September 2, 2015

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Costly pain relief – are over the counter drugs safe?

It’s been long known that over-the-counter drugs come with a long list of potential side effects. In fact, overdose on acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, is the number one cause of permanent liver damage. Many people are unable to take aspirin, as it is hard on the stomach and can cause stomach ulcers. So, they often reach for non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) instead because, for a long time, they seemed to be a safer alternative. But are they really? New warnings - are over the counter drugs safe? Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( released an … [Read More...]


Does Technology Harm Our Health?

Technology is a wonderful thing. Thanks to technology, you can connect with people and access information effectively and efficiently like we never could before! But do we, as a society, suffer from technology overload? I see it daily: people checking their email in my waiting room; people on social media; kids playing on their electronic gadgets at the restaurant or on planes. And, while technology has brought us a great deal of convenience in access to timely information and entertainment, does it come to a cost to our health? This is your brain on electronics According to … [Read More...]

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Flavored water enhancers won’t enhance your health!

The latest trend to hit the beverage aisle comes in pocket-sized packs of super-concentrated syrups that are marketed to enhance your water. This trend is doing so well that sales are skyrocketing and it is expected that it will be a $1 billion international market this year! But are these flavor enhancers really all they are cracked up to be, or do they come to a cost not only to our pocketbooks, but also to our health? Flavored Water Enhancers, What’s in a squirt? Nutritionally, these products often have no calories. Sounds good, right? You be the judge. Here is the ingredient list in … [Read More...]


Erectile Dysfunction – What Can You Do to Keep Your Engine Running?

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...]


Mercury Toxicity: Do you have it?

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...]


Probiotics Benefits – Yogurt is Not Enough!

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? Probiotic foods You can find many … [Read More...]

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