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The Powder Room : Course 101 In Overactive Bladder

Whoever remarked “Timing is everything” was right. I recently wrote about simple ways to prevent urinary infections. This triggered numerous requests from readers asking, “But what can be done when you’re constantly rushing to ‘you know where’?” Their timing couldn’t have been better. A new web site, The Powder Room, now has a bilingual Course 101 on Overactive Bladder (OAB). It contains “Everything you’ve always wanted to know about OAB and didn’t know who to ask”.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, March 16, 2008 - Full Story

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

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