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Reality Check: Diagnosing the future of healthcare in Canada

- Robert Roach, Director of Research, Canada West Foundation

As we stumble through this recession, there are two things Canadians and their governments should understand about health care.

By Troy Media - Saturday, April 11, 2009 - Full Story

The Right Medicine for Health Care Reform

Dear Mr. President:

Thanks for your focus on health care reform in the recently released budget. We, the patients and providers of America, appreciate the details on what you are proposing. But please be careful: We need to give the right medicine for lasting health care reform. Otherwise, we risk making the problem worse.

By Epoch Times - Thursday, April 9, 2009 - Full Story

A Skin Cream That Prevents Cancer

I’d bet that 99 percent of readers have never heard of the name “Actinic Keratosis” (AK). But thousands of people have this type of skin lesion that if left untreated can develop into skin cancer over time. Now there’s a unique skin cream that can prevent or stop this from occurring.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 6, 2009 - Full Story

Has Anyone Felt Your Testicles Lately?

How many women will have their breasts examined this year? I don’t know the exact figure but it will be in the millions. But how many men will have their testicles examined during 2009? Again, I don’t know the exact number but it will be miniscule compared to that of the fairer sex. Is this sexual discrimination? If so, we need a class action lawsuit to protect men’s rights or, more to the point, our testicles. But more important, an increase in TSE (testicular self examination) would increase the survival rate of testicular malignancy.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 29, 2009 - Full Story

Don’t Read This Column with Your Morning Coffee

Would you consent to have another person’s fecal matter inserted into your body? It’s a repugnant thought, particularly if you’ve decided to read this column at breakfast. But this procedure is being done, and it’s curing patients who suffer from Clostridium difficile infection, a troublesome recurrent bowel problem. So where do you pick up this infection and how is fecal material transplanted?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 22, 2009 - Full Story

Leg Pain: The Lull before The Fatal Storm

“Have you ever heard of Matthew’s Law?” I asked a journalism student who recently interviewed me. Her assignment was to find out what young people could do to prevent health problems. The timing of the interview was good because at the time I was writing a column about peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a prime example of Matthew’s Law. And did she, or readers, know about the ABI test?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 16, 2009 - Full Story

Reader Reaction: Debbie’s Death and Euthanasia

Several weeks ago I wrote that Debbie, the world’s oldest polar bear, had suffered a number of strokes. Her zoo keepers in Winnipeg decided she had suffered enough and painlessly ended her life. I also mentioned a good friend who, unlike Debbie, had endured an agonizing death. And I asked readers whether we needed a Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Humans (SPCH). I’ve spent hours reading the huge response, surprised by the reaction.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 9, 2009 - Full Story

Off-With-Your- Panties-Videos At Age Six?

“Do you know where your children are this evening?” It’s a question we often hear these days about parents who fail to keep an eye on their children’s whereabouts. But suppose you’re a diligent parent and they’re in your own home. How safe are they when watching television?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, March 2, 2009 - Full Story

The Red Wine Pill

How do the French differ from North Americans? They eat fat-rich, calorie-packed baked goodies that are not heart healthy. Yet they’re less likely to die from cardiovascular disease than North Americans. It’s called “The French Paradox”, believed to be linked to resveratrol, a substance found in red wine. Now, a new study shows that a red wine pill provides more health benefits than drinking hundreds of glasses of the “sweet nectar of the gods”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 23, 2009 - Full Story

Torture At 2:00 A.M.

What’s the worst torture of all? Ask Thomas Sydenham and he would quickly say “gout”. Sydenham, often referred to as the English Hippocrates, died in 1698 of gout. To my knowledge, no one since that time has better described the intense pain associated with this disease.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 16, 2009 - Full Story

A Society For The Prevention of Cruelty To Humans

Who was Debbie? If you missed her death notice, she was the world’s oldest polar bear at Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo, who died at 41 years of age. Due to a number of strokes, zoo keepers decided Debbie had suffered enough and painlessly ended her life. But unlike the polar bear, a friend of mine recently experienced an agonizing death which has prompted this column.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 9, 2009 - Full Story

Do You Need A Walletectomy?

How right were mothers and teachers when they told us to sit up straight? What can we do to improve brain function? Is it necessary to take antibiotics before dental procedures when you have a faulty heart valve? And if you have back pain do you need a walletectomy?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 2, 2009 - Full Story

John the Baptist medicine (without grasshoppers)

Sent in by a CFP reader….

ARTHRITIS:

Arthritis patients may take daily, morning, and night, one cup of hot water With two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

By Guest Column - Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - Full Story

It’s Like Sticking A Potato In The Car’s Exhaust Pipe!

“Do you think my daughter and I should agree to a “detox diet?” a reader asked. Several of her friends had already undergone detoxification, she said, and had never felt better. So do I think it makes sense to purify our bodies? After all, who doesn’t want to feel healthier?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 26, 2009 - Full Story

Caffeine: The Ultimate Health Saboteur

‘Let’s go for a coffee sometime’ is now a way of life. Coffee shops are opening at record numbers and with record profits. In a generally sedentary and malnourished society looking for quick fixes, caffeine, in any of its variations, is the drug of choice to help us through the day or lose that extra weight. Caffeine or its derivatives are found in coffee, tea, chocolate, pain medication and weight loss products among other things.

By Guest Column William McCreary, PhD.- Monday, January 26, 2009 - Full Story

Two books – One for your Physical Health, One for your Soul

There are two books I’d like to bring to your attention, both have different subjects – in fact one is non-fiction and the other fiction. However, while each subject is not new they depart from the expected norm and this is what I found welcome; had they not they may have stayed in the dusty ‘unread’ shelf of my library.

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Sunday, January 25, 2009 - Full Story

A Revolutionary Way To Beat Stress Without Drugs

Who wouldn’t want to be less stressed these days when each day brings more frightening economic news? But before you reach for Prozac, make note of a new breakthrough non-drug way to shrug off stress, sharpen your mind, enhance memory, sleep like a baby and improve emotional health. The science behind this exciting breakthrough is called “Mind Aerobics”, based on powerful sound technology called “Holosync”, and used by 300,000 people in 55 countries.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 19, 2009 - Full Story

Zona Plus : A Hand Held Device To Treat Hypertension

Could experiments on F-16 fighter pilots help to decrease the need of blood pressure pills?  In the 1960s an Air Force study was conducted in an endeavour to increase a pilot’s ability to withstand the huge G-forces and prevent him from blacking out during aerial combat.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 12, 2009 - Full Story

Cabernet Sauvignon and The 99% Brain

This New Year’s Eve, would you like a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? Several months ago I suggested that this might be a good practice to stop the ravages of this disease. But was it questionable advice?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 29, 2008 - Full Story

Why Do You Laugh? There Is No One With You.

What prescription could I write to ease this patient’s trouble during the holiday season? I knew that Prozac or St. John’s Wort was not the answer. Nor could any of the other drugs that I normally prescribe ease her suffering. Finally, I realized the best prescription was staring me right in the face. So as she left the office I wrote a few numbers down on my prescription pad. And I hope that some readers will do the same thing.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 22, 2008 - Full Story