According to a 2014 study, Viagra and other similar drugs prescribed for male erectile dysfunction (ED) may increase the risk for malignant melanoma. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in these drugs, works by inhibiting PDE5A and increasing nitric oxide production. Low expression of PDE5A is known to increase the invasiveness of melanoma cells. Primary care physicians who prescribe these drugs are encouraged to check their patients’ face, scalp, ear and neck during check ups to ensure early detection.
Although there is some controversy regarding the claims of an increased risk for melanoma … [Read More...]
If you call Poison Control and ask them what level of mercury exposure is considered safe, they will not hesitate to answer “NONE”! In fact, even minimal exposure to mercury can lead to a long list of health issues. And while the sale of glass mercury-filled thermometers has been banned in Canada showing a growing awareness of mercury toxicity, it is still surprising to see just how much we are exposed to mercury on a daily basis.
It is very difficult for your body to rid itself of certain forms of mercury, so it is bio-accumulated or “builds up” in our organs and tissues. In fact, … [Read More...]
You’ve heard it time and time again: probiotics are essential to good health. Health experts—including myself—extoll the virtues of maintaining a healthy gut flora to reduce the symptoms of many different chronic diseases. It is important to get enough probiotics every day.
But, when we go out in search of a good probiotic, the options are overwhelming! There are foods that contain probiotics or there are supplements, and let’s not mention the number of different strains! Which should we take? What is the best source? Are all probiotics created equal?
You can find many … [Read More...]
Now that the nice weather is here, all of the race weekends are upon us. It seems that each year, there are new ones that are being added to the already long list of options. Runners can choose to do marathons, half-marathons or those beginning can do 10 km, 5 km and even some 1 or 2 km races. There are also the beloved obstacle races, made most popular by the Spartan race, which there are three levels: Sprint, Super and Beast. Or you may choose from a growing list of other obstacle races, including this past weekend’s Mud Hero, or the Foamfest, Badass dash and too many others to list (over 70 … [Read More...]
Most of us are becoming more and more aware about how our meat and vegetables are being raised and grown, making decisions to avoid consuming growth hormones, antibiotics and pesticides. We look for labels indicating that they are organic or raised without hormones, checking for Canada Organic, USDA Organic or Non GMO Project labels. But, what about seafood? It’s safe (provided you only eat large fish once a week because of mercury concerns), right?
Organic seafood is always best, right?
I wish I could say yes. But the truth is, when it comes to fish and seafood, organic is NOT … [Read More...]
“The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost
We are constantly looking for ways to get fit, lose weight, get healthy and so on. We improve our bodies through better nutrition, chiropractic care and fitness, all with the goal of looking better, for longer, and staying healthy. But our bodies are only one part of our whole: what about our brain? Our intelligence? Our alertness?
Over the years, professionals have worked to help us reach our weight goals and provided us with … [Read More...]