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Former East Bloc countries health care systems beat Canada’s

-Ben Eisen, Policy Analyst, Frontier Centre for Public Policy

The Canadian health care system is opaque, unconcerned with patient satisfaction and, of course, has lengthy waiting times for medical services as a defining feature. Canadians are aware of these problems but many accept them as the unfortunate but inevitable consequence of universal coverage; that’s because they believe our model is better than what many posit as the only alternative, a supposedly wholly private American-style system which leaves millions uninsured and without access to quality care.

By Troy Media - Tuesday, June 2, 2009 - Full Story

Health Canada approves first and only once-a-month treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis

Health Canada has approved Actonel(R) (risedronate sodium tablets) 150 mg, Canada’s first and only once-a-month dosing option in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Canadian patients at high risk of osteoporotic fracture now have the convenience of taking one tablet on the same day each month.

By News on the Net - Monday, June 1, 2009 - Full Story

The “Ain’t So’s” About Cholesterol

Why are people so misinformed about cholesterol when so much has been published   about it? After all, cholesterol has become a household name. It’s hard to go to a social gathering without someone mentioning this fatty substance and their own cholesterol level. But as one wise sage remarked, “It’s not the things you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s the things you know for sure that ain’t so”. So what ain’t so about cholesterol?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Full Story

Lions Don’t Buy Nike Running Shoes

Have you ever seen lions running? You bet they run when they’re hungry and chasing prey. The only other time they exercise is at mating season when they’re having sex every 20 minutes! But most of the time they lay around or sleep. Exercise is simply not high on their priority list, and they survive well without buying Nike running shoes.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, May 31, 2009 - Full Story

Onychomycosis: It Doesn’t Make You a Big Hit In The Bedroom

How often do we look at a person’s nails? Not as often as we cast an eye at other parts of the anatomy. But nails reveal much about a person’s general health. So the next time you’re invited to a dinner party, scan the nails. But if want to be invited back, wait for another time to announce a guest is suffering from onychomycosis.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, May 17, 2009 - Full Story

A Natural Remedy For Pot Bellied “Killer Fat”

Never before in human history have so many North Americans been so obese and pot bellied. It’s causing an unparalleled epidemic of diabetes with disastrous complications. But research shows that it’s the abdominal fat, called visceral fat, that kills. Now, a natural remedy, Glabrinex, can help to decrease this “killer” fat.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, May 10, 2009 - Full Story

Eggs Decrease Risk of Macular Degeneration

“Don’t you worry about cholesterol in eggs?” a friend recently asked me. I had ordered ham-and-eggs for breakfast which I often enjoy. But my friend was sure that eggs were a nutritional relic of the past, only good for a display at the Smithsonian Institution. I told him he was suffering from “cholesterolphobia”, should upgrade his thinking about eggs, and that if he would order the same breakfast, it would decrease his risk of heart disease and macular degeneration.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, May 4, 2009 - Full Story

Health care reform a prescription for political headaches

Doug Firby, Columnist, Troy Media Corporation

Spiralling health care costs are the bane of every provincial government. And, as Alberta is learning for the second time this decade, taking bold action to bring those costs to heel is only guaranteed to deliver political grief.

By Troy Media - Thursday, April 30, 2009 - Full Story

Swine Flu Public Health Emergency

August, 1998, North Carolina. 2,400 animals fall ill with symptoms similar to the human flu. Almost 10% of pregnant sows lose their litters. Surviving piglets are born small and weak as about 50 sows die. The disease that struck these animals was a new strain of flu. The animals had little immunity to the new swine flu. Influenza strains outside North America experience continuous adaption, but this was the first such sign of a flu virus evolving into a different strain and sickening American pigs since 1930.

By Douglas V. Gibbs - Monday, April 27, 2009 - Full Story

Sex After A Heart Attack?

I’ve always believed that being shot at 95 years of age by a jealous lover is the ideal way to depart this earth. But suppose you survive a coronary attack much earlier in life, how is it going to affect your sex life? Is it time to forget about “amour” and switch to backgammon or hooking rugs? Or, is a little romp in the bed still safe?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 27, 2009 - Full Story

US declares public health emergency

WASHINGTON: The United States declared a public health emergency yesterday amid an outbreak of 20 confirmed cases of swine flu and will screen visitors arriving from infected countries, officials said.

By News on the Net - Sunday, April 26, 2009 - Full Story

Rx- Suffer A Little Bit

Why would I want people to suffer pain when in the past I’ve criticized doctors for inadequate pain control? For years I’ve argued it’s inhuman to allow terminal cancer patients to die in agony. How some get insufficient amounts of painkillers. Others are denied medication for fear of addiction even though they have only days or weeks to live. But suffering a little bit is the right prescription for millions of other people.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 20, 2009 - Full Story

Seven Things To Know About Prostate Cancer

Benjamin Disraeli, Queen Victoria’s Prime Minister, once remarked “There are three kinds of lies, lies, damned lies and statistics”. Disraeli, if he had been a doctor, could have been referring to the PSA test for prostate cancer. For instance, the New England Journal of Medicine has just reported a European study that showed that this blood test cut the death rate of this disease by 20 percent. But this impressive figure refers to a relative reduction in deaths.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, April 13, 2009 - Full Story

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