Good Hydrations Part 1

Hydration: How Much Water Is Enough? This is the first in a series of two articles discussing the importance of water. This article focuses on how important the right quantity of water is; the next will focus on the importance of water quality.We’ve all heard the advice to drink at least 8 glasses of water…

Good Hydrations Part 2

Hydration: Does Water Quality Matter? This is the second of 2 articles looking at the importance of water.  In the first article, I discussed the importance of quantity – ensuring that you’re drinking enough.  In this article, I’m going to look at the importance of water quality.In North America, we have access to an abundance…

Building A Healthy Body – Start With Your Frame

Build A Strong Frame Our bodies are the homes we live in throughout our lives. Houses built on strong frames can withstand a great deal – the same is true for our bodies. Having a healthy frame, or skeleton, enables us to enjoy all the activities that add so much to the quality of our…

Sweet Poisons

You’ve heard the expression “pick your poison”.  When it comes to sweet stuff, you need to do just that.  Sugar, consumed to excess, can be toxic and lead to conditions such as diabetes.  But what about artificial sweeteners? If you’ve read some of the past posts on the importance of limiting your sugar intake, this…

Warding Off Winter “Beasties”

   A Scottish Prayer May the good Lord protect you From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night. With the weather ups-and-downs of early winter, the cold and flu viruses have started to circulate and people are asking for tips to ward them off.  Here are my favourites:…

Poor Sleep, Fibromyalgia and Pregabalin

This post originally appeared in Quora. Recently, a Twitter follower asked me what she could do about deteriorating quality and quantity of sleep, and advised she is taking the medication pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. Bad sleep is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, but it can also be caused by many other conditions. Because fibromyalgia…

The Skinny On Sugar Cravings

Concern among the general public and scientific communities about obesity has resulted in the development of all kinds of diet aids: low fat this, low carb that.  On the low carb side of things, we’ve seen a proliferation of sugarless sweeteners being touted as the way to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the…

Prostate Cancer Screening: The Role of PSA Testing

It’s prostate cancer awareness month and prostate screening has been making news recently.  One of the standard screening tools, the PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test, has come under scrutiny.  Some experts advise that the test should be dropped, others say it still has value.  Who’s right?  If we drop the test, does this mean that men…

Tummy Troubles

Healthy digestion is central to comfort and wellness.  Learn more from this article series:

Asbestos: An Indefensible Export

Ever since its link to cancer and lung diseases was established, asbestos has been in the news on a recurring basis.  Recently, concerns have been raised about why Canada continues to engage in the trade of this dangerous substance. Asbestos was first discovered in North America in the province of Quebec in 1860.  By 1898,…

Healthy Skepticism

From time to time, I get asked about health information that is circulating in emails on the internet.  Some examples include: drinking 4 glasses of water at the beginning of the day will cure disease; take an aspirin but don’t lie down if you think you are having a heart attack; several major brands of…

22 Billion Reasons To Make Workplace Stress Go Away

My brother, sharp guy that he is, recently shared a brief article with me that comments on the costs of workplace stress. We all know that stress can undermine health.  It won’t surprise you that workplaces have been found to be a significant source of stress.  This article put Canada’s cost of work-related stress at…