Humans have engaged in fasting out of necessity (no food!) and later, for spiritual reasons for centuries. Many physicians in the past have recommended fasting during times of illness as a way to combat disease. Recently, the practice of fasting has resurfaced. Here is a brief overview of types of fasts and their health benefits.
I am often asked ‘Why do you suggest that people choose organic meat and produce whenever possible’?
It is no secret that diet plays a huge part in our health and how our body functions. There are many people who avoid or add in certain foods in order to improve their health and wellbeing. When asking people why they are avoiding certain foods the usual response is that they are ‘allergic’ to it. However, I would argue … Read More
What is Leaky Gut? Leaky gut is increased permeability in the small intestine, which allows large protein molecules (such as undigested food particles), pathogens (including bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi) and toxins to enter the bloodstream. Leaky gut also prevents us from absorbing certain nutrients that we need. Most commonly, we can become deficient in Vitamin B12, and the fat … Read More
The most valuable attribute that sets the medical doctor apart from other practitioners is their ability to interpret lab tests. Let’s face it – there are many practitioners who can offer high quality advice on nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, and other lifestyle factors. The unique ability of the medical doctor to order relevant labs and put them in context with … Read More
I am writing this blog to pay homage to Dr. Danielle Martin. She is a Canadian physician, health care administrator, and associate professor at the University of Toronto. She recently wrote a book titled ‘Better Now – Six big ideas to improve health care for all Canadians’ The book has been discussed on CBC, The Toronto Star, and other independent … Read More
Glad to see you back for another week of exploring the GI tract. This week will be particularly interesting for many readers since the vast majority of simple medical issues I see can be corrected with improving the health of your GI tract. It is unfortunate for all of us that conventional medical training does not actually teach us how … Read More
I recently gave a seminar for an educated group of my patients and various health practitioners including doctors and nurses. It was titled ‘Cholesterol – A convenient villain’. This topic was highly relevant to everybody in the room, who’s ages ranged from mid 20’s to some in their 70’s. The reason so many people are interested in cholesterol is that … Read More
In 2004, a group of 30 men in Melbourne, Australia organized an event to raise funds for prostate cancer research. They grew their best Tom Selleck moustache for the entire month to pay tribute to this important medical issue. Little did they know that their well-intentioned small event would balloon into a multi-million dollar corporate fund raising giant. How relevant … Read More
The Big Picture Congratulations on making it through the first four weeks of my blog. Some of the information may have seemed kind of dry, but I really needed to set the foundation for the landscape of medicine we work in. This will make the rest of the journey not just about learning about your body (which you most certainly … Read More
November 3, 2016: We are embarking on an exciting time in health care. All doctors may not share this realization, but if you look in the right direction, the future is bright. To this point, I want to share my experience in attending the Personalized Medicine Lifestyle Institute (PLMI 2016) in October 2016 in Arizona. What is the … Read More
September 30, 2016: The most contentiously debated topic in health care in Canada right now is the legalization of private medicine services. Although this issue has been a hot topic for decades, it has become considerably more relevant since the start of the BC Supreme Court case of Dr. Brian Day vs. Medicare in September of 2016. The Nuts … Read More
I feel like I need to deviate from my regular weekly postings to comment on a recent study, which is attracting media world-wide. On August 23, 2016, a study titled ‘Menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer: what is the true size of the increased risk?’ was released. 1 The findings of the study The researchers used questionnaires from participants in … Read More
In part 2 of the Future of Medicine series, I described the flaws with chronic disease treatment in Canada. I then proposed that integrative medicine is a logical solution. The final part of the series explores what an integrative medicine clinic would look like. As you will always see in my blog, I will specifically focus on Canada. We have … Read More
In Part 1 of the Evolution of Medicine Series, I explained how the medical system operates under a standard of care model. Although this model has led to many success stories, we are realizing the limits to its success. This has led forward thinking doctors to develop novel ways to improve those aspects not addressed in the current system. The … Read More
Welcome to the Future of Medicine series. This is a three part series, which will help you understand the medical system. I will explain how the conventional medical doctor was trained to think. This will be compared to how modern thinking doctors now approach cases.