July 5th, 2020


No Nonsense Health: What needs to change for society’s health?

By Gifford Jones & Diana Gifford Jones on June 26th, 2020

This week, the second of a two-part column. Last week W. Gifford-Jones shared his perspective on race relations and health and this week are the view of his daughter, Diana Gifford-Jones. Last week’s column focused on how racial and gender inequities can impact medical access, diagnosis, treatment and follow up – even when the health ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Lyme Disease – the black-legged tick can be deadly

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on June 12th, 2020

What a relief to be outside after being isolated by the coronavirus. But beware, warmer weather means that ticks are in the woods around you. Or even in your own back yard. A report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows, a tick bite can trigger diverse and deadly consequences. One case involved a 37-year-old ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: Obese patients at higher risk of COVID-19 complications

By Gifford Jones and Diana Jones on May 22nd, 2020

In the play, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare wrote, “Let me have men about me that are fat. Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. Such men are dangerous.” Caesar saw no risk in well-fed men. But fast ahead 500 years, and we now know that being overweight is a major health hazard. Several reports ... Read More »

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What’s Up Doc? What do different masks actually do?

By Dr. Noorali Bharwani on April 28th, 2020

“The wearing of face masks during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic has received varying recommendations from different public health agencies and governments,” says an article in Wikipedia. An editorial in the British Medical Journal (COVID -19: should the public wear face masks? – BMJ 09 April 2020) says, “Yes – population benefits are plausible and harms unlikely.” Is there any direct ... Read More »

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No Nonsense Health: How often do your brush your tongue?

By Gifford Jones and Diana Gifford Jones on March 16th, 2020

contact-us@docgiff.com Brushing teeth after meals can prevent tooth decay, save dental bills, and avoid halitosis. But not many know that brushing the tongue helps the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, immune system, and prevents a shocking number of diseases. So, how is the tongue associated with so many diverse problems, and what can you do to prevent ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Don’t worry about things you can’t control

By GILLIAN SLADE on March 16th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade Take a deep breath. Relax your shoulders and drop your lower jaw to release tension. So much of our energy, emotionally and physically, is sapped by worrying about things that will not happen or things that we can’t control. If you are worrying unduly about either COVID-19 or something else in your life it ... Read More »

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To Your Health: You’ll be surprised how often you touch your face

By GILLIAN SLADE on March 9th, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade I am still hearing lots of questions about protection from COVID-19. Please stop thinking of hand sanitizer as your first line of defence. It is not. Frequent and thorough hand washing with soap and water is. Sanitizer comes at the end of the line when there is no place to wash your hands. The ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Why are families so polite when loved ones are suffering?

By Gifford Jones on March 9th, 2020

info@docgiff.com@giffordjonesmd Robert Burns, the Scottish poet, was right when he wrote, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” I recently planned to attend a recent health meeting in Vancouver, traveling there by train. But the trip ended abruptly when protesters blocked the rail lines. What is the relevance, you might ask? ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Have a strategy in the store and kitchen

By GILLIAN SLADE on March 2nd, 2020

gslade@medicinehatnews.com@MHNGillianSlade If you feel challenged when it comes to managing food prices, especially fresh produce, you are not alone. We all know our diet should include plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit but making that happen can mean having to change our habits. There is no point in buying a whole bag of avocados cheaply ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: More research is killing COVID-19 victims

By Gifford Jones on March 2nd, 2020

info@docgiff.com@GiffordJonesMD Aristotle, the Greek philosopher, wrote “There is a stupid corner in the brain of every wise man.” The best current example is the appalling lack of action by the Chinese government to fight COVID-19 with high doses of vitamin C – both as a clinical treatment for those who are infected and as a ... Read More »

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