September 25th, 2018

Health

Doctor Game: Green funerals: How we can help green our planet

By Medicine Hat News on June 4th, 2018

How would you react if you saw people dumping 800,000 gallons of formaldehyde, a carcinogenic substance, into the earth every year? Then witness them cutting down four million acres of forests annually? I suspect the environmentalists who fight underground oil pipes would be raising holy hell about formaldehyde and rampant destruction of trees. Yet this ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Researchers finding ways to provide more effective health care

By Gillian Slade on June 4th, 2018

An ankle-sized MRI machine that can be used in space has a link to the Prairies and if you thought naloxone was only to reverse the effects of an overdose of illicit fentanyl, I have a surprise for you. Gordon Sarty, researcher with the University of Saskatchewan, has been awarded a $100,000 contract by the ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: What you should know about mitochondria

By Medicine Hat News on May 28th, 2018

Ask anyone what is the nation’s number one killer and most people will say heart attack. But how many know that congestive heart failure (CHF) is the fastest growing cause of heart disease in North America? Why is this happening? And why are mitochondria of vital importance, particularly as we all grow older? Congestive Heart ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Make time for tea

By Gillian Slade on May 28th, 2018

Perhaps it can be attributed to the glorious wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex last weekend, all this talk about British traditions. The tradition of afternoon tea is entrenched in Britain, regardless of where you are on the economic or class scale. It can be celebrated with a wide circle of friends, your ... Read More »

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To Your Health: As if you needed another reason to love dogs

By Gillian Slade on May 14th, 2018

Dogs open doors to health benefits. Some well trained dogs can actually open real doors but I’m talking about dogs enhancing your life, opening new doors for you for the health of it. Pass someone while you are out for a walk and you may say “hello” but if either of you have a dog ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Readers damn opioid summit

By Medicine Hat News on May 14th, 2018

This week my email nearly developed rigor mortis from the volume of responses to my column about an opioid summit. I recently told readers the government’s proposed opioid summit was a waste of money. I asked for their opinion. The majority agreed with me. But some labelled me barbaric, cruel and Godless for praising Singapore’s ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Safety tips to enjoy the warmer weather

By Gillian Slade on May 7th, 2018

After such a long, cold winter we are finally able to celebrate warmer weather. While enjoying more outdoor pursuits it is good to be reminded of safety precautions. Wear a sunscreen or a sunblock every day and reapply during the day. You may be longing to add a little colour to your skin — get ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Do I really look like an addict?

By Medicine Hat News on May 7th, 2018

“But why must I give you a urine sample?” I asked the receptionist at the marijuana clinic. She replied, “Because we won’t see you without one, and each time you come back you must give us one. It’s to make sure you’re not taking illegal drugs.” So at 94 years of age, a doctor with ... Read More »

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To Your Health: Keep the artificial light out and your head on the pillow

By Gillian Slade on April 30th, 2018

Most us say we would do almost anything for a restful/restorative night’s sleep. It may be easier than we think. There is some excellent research indicating just how much artificial light is interfering with our sleep. For a minute let your mind go back to the sort of lives our great-grandparents lived. Physical labour was ... Read More »

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Doctor Game: Marijuana for me?

By Medicine Hat News on April 30th, 2018

Why would I, at my age, want to start smoking pot, when I’d much prefer a glass of chardonnay? It’s because I’ve suffered annoying neck pain for years due to an old injury which happened in Japan. Besides, my experience with the plant may help others who suffer from chronic pain day after day, and ... Read More »

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