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DR. MITCH: Marijuana, Safe?

In our present legislative environment where marijuana will soon be more easily available, the natural assumption is that it must be safe. That is not entirely true. A parallel to alcohol is worth considering. Read more...

Maybe you don't have a cold: could it be a seasonal allergy?

Are you wondering why you have the sniffles and it seems to last forever? Feels like a cold doesn't it with the runny eyes, maybe a bit of a tickle at the back of your throat. Perhaps you're sneezing, coughing. But if you don't have a fever and it seems to start around the same time every year, what you may actually be suffering from is a seasonal allergy! Read more...

DR. MITCH: Ah come on, more diet bad news! Give us a break!

Yesterday, on air, we briefly discussed an important study that was just published in the Journal, Obesity. In it the authors followed 14 out of 16 participants in the TV show, The Biggest Loser, 6 years after they first appeared as contestants. Read more...

DR. MITCH: Diet, Exercise: Both? Neither? What’s Best When It Comes To Weight Loss

I know that what I’m about to write may surprise (perhaps even anger) some of you, but it turns out that exercise is not the best way to lose weight. At the medical conference that I’m attending, a diabetes expert from Edmonton reviewed all the data on weight loss. Among his findings: exercise is good for you. It’s much better to be fit than not. Exercise is a super way to both become fit and to stay fit if you already are, but, on its own, exercise is not an easy way to shed pounds. Read more...

DR. MITCH: Is Something Wrong with Health Care in Quebec ?

One of the advantages of attending medical conferences with docs from across Canada is the chance to compare how we practice. Some things are the same no matter where you're from but there are differences and they're not always for the better. For example, how we take care of people with "mini-strokes". Read more...

DR. MITCH: As Bad As It Gets

Traveling opens your eyes to many things. Not least of which is how badly people everywhere are at watching their weight. All through the developing world obesity and diabetes numbers are skyrocketing. Read more...

DR. MITCH: Why Aren't We All On ASA

We already know that acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) can help to prevent a second heart attack or stroke and may help prevent a first one in people who are at high risk. There are literally millions of people already taking a single baby ASA tablet of 80 mgms each day for those reasons. Read more...

DR. Mitch: Is Aspirin the Cure?

A great study was recently reported in JAMA Oncology. They looked at over 135,000 men and women, some of whom had been followed for up to 32 years. They had asked the participants if they used ASA (Acetylsalicylic Acid which goes under the trade name of "Aspirin" among others) and if so, how much and why. Read more...

DR. MITCH: The Dangers of Air Pollution Here in Canada

Reports from the World Health Organization and the American Academy for the Advancement of Science remind us that this is not just a problem in China or India. Read more...

DR. MITCH - What To Do To Stay Awake

Almost all of us are sleep deprived to some degree. Unfortunately you can’t really make up for it by sleeping in on the weekends. So how to cope? Read more...