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A Good Postal Code Leads To Longer Life

I’ve just returned from an educational course on Cardiology aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship. A sea voyage is a great way to recharge your batteries. And this one also provided an opportunity to listen to a diverse group of international cardiologists discuss the nation’s number one killer. Now I know the importance of one’s postal code and “Matthew’s Law”.  And if you’re looking for a solid investment you can’t miss by buying shares in “The Goliath Casket Company”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 9, 2008 - Full Story

Postpone A Wormy End, and Gorillas Should Have the Right to Vote

William Shakespeare wrote “A man may fish with the worm that hath eat of a king”. He could have added,  “or fish with the worm that eventually gets us all.” This is not a pleasant thought to pass along to readers at the start of the day. But since the life of worms and other insects can be extended, it may be possible for humans to postpone that final wormy day as well.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Full Story

How Long Are Your Legs?

How many people in this country haven’t had their blood cholesterol level tested? Or had their doctor suggest a stress test or electrocardiogram to evaluate the risk of heart disease? I doubt that many have escaped some of these tests. But has your doctor ever said, “I want to measure the length of your legs?” Or examined your ear lobe? These are examples of the KISS principle, “keep it simple, stupid”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - Full Story

Chocolates And Sex, The Wrong Gift For Valentine’s Day

“What did your husband give you for Valentine’s Day?” I jokingly asked a 55 year old patient. She replied, “He brought home the usual gift, chocolates, but that won’t solve my pain with sex. Nor can my own doctor, as he never talks about sexual matters.” This is a scenario I often hear in my office and it’s time to break the hush that surrounds this problem.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, February 24, 2008 - Full Story

“It Felt Like Somebody Had Put Lead On My Legs”

What sells newspapers? Bad news! And every morning I get tired of reading more of it. Good news is exceedingly hard to find, but there are exceptions.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 18, 2008 - Full Story

Dangers and Benefits of The Cup Of “o’Joe”

What’s so important about the year 1657? It was the year that coffee was first imported into London, England from the Middle East. This glowing ad stated “A very wholesome and physical drink that helpeth indigestion, quickeneth the spirits, maketh the heart lightsom, is good against eye sores, coughs, head-ach, gout and the King’s evil”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - Full Story

Preventing Urinary Infections

Today, the Golden Rule of medicine should be, “Keep it simple.”  The reason is simple. The less complicated the treatment, the fewer the complications. Besides, in an increasingly complex medical environment doctors tend to overlook simple treatments that work. It’s a simple as that. So this week, simple ways to prevent annoying urinary infections (cystitis).

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, February 4, 2008 - Full Story

Do The Toronto Maple Leafs Need More Sex?

What’s wrong with the Toronto Maple leafs? They haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967. This year, again, they’re floundering and may once again miss the playoffs.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 28, 2008 - Full Story

An Instrument That Could End Medical Madness?

Is there a device that could stop people from destroying themselves? An instrument that could prevent lunatic behaviour and premature death of millions of North Americans? It’s a tall order. But Eureka, with the help of my children there’s finally a solution.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 21, 2008 - Full Story

Want To Get Smarter In 2008?

Only imbeciles send messages on cell phones or put on lipstick while driving. They constitute one of the reasons why injuries are the leading cause of death in this country up to age 44.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 7, 2008 - Full Story

Donald Trump To Larry King “Your Breath Is Awful”

Are you having trouble getting a second date? Do you see friends backing away when you’re speaking to them. Or has your faithful dog started to sit on the other side of the room. If so, you may be suffering from ‘Halitosis”. But before you lose your last friend there are ways to fight this problem. A good start is to take the blueberry test. It will also help to save your teeth.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, December 30, 2007 - Full Story

How To Control Cholesterol Numbers by Natural Means

“Why don’t you take my advice and start cholesterol-lowering drugs? You quote the expression in your column that “he who treats himself has a fool for a patient.’ And that’s exactly what you’re doing!” My cardiologist believes I’m making a huge mistake by saying no to cholesterol-lowering drugs.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, December 23, 2007 - Full Story

This Haircut Will Cost Me A Lot of Money

“Would you like a free massage as a holiday present after your haircut, doctor?” the owner of Elizabeth Milan’s salon in Toronto’s Royal York Hotel asked me. It had been a hard day seeing patients and maybe I looked a trifle haggard. But whatever the reason, being of Scottish heritage, the free part appealed to me. So I said, “Why not?”

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, December 16, 2007 - Full Story

What My Web Site Tells Me About Readers.

“You should have a web site, doctor”, I’ve been told a thousand times. My reply has always been “But that means I’ll have to add something every week, and I’m busy enough!”  Curiosity, however, eventually got the better of me and a site was created several months ago. So apart from triggering my depression, what has it told me about you?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, December 2, 2007 - Full Story

A Woman’s Place

I spoke with Diane Walter, Executive Director of Margaret Frazer House. This organization has been in existence since February of 1984 and was named in the honor of former schoolteacher and social activist Margaret Frazer who left a strong legacy on the Toronto community with her involvement in a variety of landmark charities such as Nellie’s.

By Guest Column Mark Borkowski- Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - Full Story

A Revolutionary Way To Prevent Cold Sores

Do you want to avoid that ugly cold sore (herpes labialis) before it even starts? Few people who feel that dreaded tingle and know an attack is imminent would pass up that chance. Now, a new therapy called “InterceptCS” employs a revolutionary technique, “Thermal Defense Technology”, that prevents cold sore outbreaks.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 25, 2007 - Full Story

How To Improve Your Immunity

A reader asks “Please write about natural ways to strengthen the immune system. I want to avoid taking the flu vaccine”. This is a good question because every year 40,000 North Americans die during the flu season and thousands more hospitalized. So what steps will strengthen your immunity and insure you’ll be around another day? And what has an accidental discovery by an insurance company to do with immunity?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 18, 2007 - Full Story

Why Muhammad Ali Couldn’t Sting Like A Bee

A patient of mine recently asked, “Why can’t you prescribe thyroid hormone to help me lose weight?” It wasn’t the first time I’d heard this question. In the past I always asked these patients whether they thought it was safer to drive at the normal 100 kilometers an hour (60 miles an hour) or faster. But now I’m going to ask them, “Why don’t you ask Muhammad Ali whether it’s a good idea?”

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Full Story

I Couldn’t Even Wipe My Bottom

Today thousands of patients are having hip and knee replacement surgery that allows them to return to a more active and pain free life. But what happens to the hip and knee can also strike the shoulder. So why is it that people are more likely to shy away from shoulder surgery when it can be a crippling condition?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 4, 2007 - Full Story

Your Heart Is Slowly Dying From Chronic Scurvy

Why is research that could save countless lives unknown to Canadian and U.S. doctors?  This week, a report that Dr. Sydney Bush, an optometrist in Hull, England, has made an historic discovery. He claims that atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) can be reversed. And his research, which could save millions from heart attack, should have made headlines around the world.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, October 21, 2007 - Full Story