July 17th, 2018

Health

To Your Health: Sugar could be stopping your sweet sleep

By Gillian Slade on July 16th, 2018

There are a range of possible reasons for not sleeping well and/or not falling asleep but there is one that we don’t often think of. Sugar. It is certainly not something I’d ever thought of until the day after struggling to get to sleep. By chance I heard an expert talking about her sleep being ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Doug Ford is dead right, injection sites are dead wrong

By Medicine Hat News on July 16th, 2018

Not all the lunatics are in the asylum. Why? Because federal prison officials are providing needles to prisoners so they can inject themselves with illegal drugs. Now, Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, is being criticized for damning the use of injection sites in prison and in Canadian cities. Condoning drug use is the most illogical ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Why did Anthony Bourdain commit suicide?

By Medicine Hat News on July 9th, 2018

Albert Camus, the French humanist, wrote, “There is only one true philosophical problem and that is suicide. Judging whether life is worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.” Pliny the Elder had said earlier, “Admit the miseries of our life on earth, suicide is God’s best gift to man.” But what prompted ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Rise early, stay hydrated to beat the heat

By Gillian Slade on July 9th, 2018

A heat wave without air conditioning does not have to be unbearable. Even though you may not have to work in the sun it pays to get up earlier than you normally do and accomplish the tasks around your home before temperatures start to climb. The coolest time of the day is in the very ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: The greatest threat to your life — clot

By Medicine Hat News on July 2nd, 2018

Ask anyone, “What’s the greatest medical risk of dying?” and they’ll answer “Heart attack.” The correct answer is a blood clot (Thrombosis) that occurs in the heart, brain or legs. Now, a shocking report in the health publication, “LifeExtension,” shows what can happen to our legs when we’re flying at 35,000 feet. So with an ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Loneliness, isolation can lead to serious health problems

By Gillian Slade on July 2nd, 2018

Lack of human interaction is detrimental to our mental and physical health. Loneliness and social isolation can significantly affect our quality of life. A British study found prolonged loneliness is linked to serious health problems including being as damaging as if the person smoked 15 cigarettes a day. When there is nobody to share your ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Medicine is in good hands, but doctors and patients will have to adapt to changes

By Medicine Hat News on June 25th, 2018

Seventy-two years ago I arrived in Boston. I’d been accepted as a student at The Harvard Medical School. That night a full moon shone on the school’s white marble buildings, an awe-inspiring sight I’ve never forgotten. I recently returned for a 68th reunion, attended lectures, and as a former student was interviewed by a film ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Sometimes a remedy is right in your kitchen

By Gillian Slade on June 25th, 2018

When there is a natural remedy already in your kitchen that you can try for an ailment, it is sometimes worth a shot. For painful joints, arthritis pain, even acid reflux and more, the remedy is cider vinegar, according to the internet and those in favour of natural remedies. If you are questioning how something ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: When all this doesn’t happen, we’re all dead

By Medicine Hat News on June 18th, 2018

What did I learn at my 68th medical reunion at The Harvard Medical School (HMS)? I learned, from an article written by Stephanie Dutchen, that my brilliant classmate, Melvin Glimcher, physician, engineer and professor, had created the myoelectric elbow. Dubbed “the Boston Arm,” this device is a godsend to upper arm amputees. But I learned ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Consider adding lentils to your diet

By Gillian Slade on June 18th, 2018

Most of us already know and understand the importance of reducing the quantity of white carbohydrates in our diets. We know to reduce potatoes, white rice, white bread and so on but it is often difficult to find a substitute that we really enjoy. I have written before of eating barley instead and now there ... Read More »

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