Toward a urine test for detecting blood clots
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Detecting dangerous blood clots, which can cause life-threatening conditions such as strokes and heart attacks, leading causes of death for men and women in the U.S., has been a coveted and elusive goal. But scientists are now reporting progress in the form of a simple urine test. Their study, in which they demonstrated that the test works using laboratory mice, appears in the journal ACS Nano.Don’t Ignore This Amazing Video
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, October 19, 2013
I’ve just sent an e-mail to my children urging them to watch an amazing, informative video and telling them to never, never forget what they’ve seen. The video was produced in New Zealand for 60 Minutes, the TV show. It demonstrates the incompetence and sheer arrogance of some physicians. A man’s life was at stake and close to ending. But fortunately, his son knew more than his doctors.A Diagnosis Missed 98 Percent of the Time
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, June 8, 2013
What’s the diagnosis when a middle-aged man seems to be dying of heart failure, but his coronary arteries and heart valves are normal? I doubt that many have an answer. But don’t feel bad as it’s also missed by most doctors even though iron overload is the most common genetic disease of white males.Non-Toxic Ways To Lower Blood Cholesterol
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, April 6, 2013
“Is a natural remedy as effective as cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs)?” Or “Is it possible to lower cholesterol by just dietary changes?” These and other questions routinely arrive in my e-mail. What everyone should be asking is, “What is the safest way to lower blood cholesterol?”Explaining how extra virgin olive oil protects against Alzheimer’s disease
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The mystery of exactly how consumption of extra virgin olive oil helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may lie in one component of olive oil that helps shuttle the abnormal AD proteins out of the brain, scientists are reporting in a new study. It appears in the journal ACS Chemical Neuroscience.
Peewee Amounts of Vitamin C Won’t Stop Heart Attacks
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, February 17, 2013
How can The Harvard Medical School, my alma mater, be so backward about heart attack? It’s apparent its researchers never heard Linus Pauling when he countered critics with “It’s the dosage, idiots”. Fortunately, a new remedy, Medi-C Plus, allows readers to benefit from Harvard’s error.New Zona Plus Device To Treat Hypertension
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, February 9, 2013
Why would patients choose to endure the side-effects of blood pressure pills when a new Zona Plus exercise can ease hypertension? Before you say “it’s too good to be true”, let me tell you about F-16 fighter pilots. These pilots have to withstand huge G-forces in combat to prevent them from blacking out. This presented a major dilemma for flight researchers.Hell Will Freeze Over Before I Stop Eating Steak
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, December 2, 2012
“Are you sure you want your steak blue?”, waiters often ask. I’ve learned the word “blue” is the best way of ensuring a rare steak. But lately I’ve noticed I’m the only one eating meat. Friends are ordering either chicken or a vegetarian diet. They claim this is the way to better health.Vitamin C and Lysine Powder Help Prevent Heart Attack
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, October 20, 2012
Why is heart attack the number one killer in this country? 99 percent of doctors say it’s due to atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and that cholesterol lowering drugs are the primary way to treat it. But I say it’s because cardiologists have closed minds and are ignoring facts that could save thousands of North Americans from coronary attack.What’s The Diagnosis?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, May 13, 2012
How would you like to save a life this week? After all, it’s not only doctors who are involved in life or death situations. So all you have to do is remember this column.
Why Couldn’t This Woman Go To Church?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, March 4, 2012
Several years ago I landed at Nairobi airport in Kenya after many hours in the air. It was an uneventful flight, but one elderly traveller had encountered an embarrassing problem. On arrival, she could not put on her shoes due to swelling (edema) of her feet. So why do legs and feet swell in flight, and when is it dangerous? Also what prevented one woman from going to church?Which Do You Prefer, Heart Attack or Diabetes?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, February 12, 2012
Is it getting easier for patients to make the right health decision today, compared to 50 years ago? It should be, considering the huge advances in medical knowledge since that time. But unless you’re blessed with the Wisdom of Solomon, these advances may merely help you exchange one disease for another. Or, as one wise sage remarked, “Life would be easier if there were no ‘buts’.”Niagara’s Grass Roots Approach Targets Childhood Obesity
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, November 20, 2011
What will it take to eliminate the current obesity epidemic in children? There’s no easy answer and every year children are putting on more pounds. So why not try a new approach? The one veteran politicians use to get elected, the grass roots approach? This is what Dr. Stafford Dobbin, a wily Irishman and family physician, decided to try in the Niagara Region. It should set a standard for the nation.Surgery for Swinging-Door Heart Valves
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, August 14, 2011
What do the swinging doors of a western movie have to do with mitral valve surgery? They’re the easiest way to describe what’s wrong with the heart’s valves and what surgical procedure is needed to correct mitral valve prolapse (MVP). To get a first-hand look I watched Dr. Tirone David, one the world’s great cardiac surgeons, perform this operation at the Toronto General Hospital.
The mitral valve separates the two left chambers of the heart. Each time the heart beats the valves open, like the swinging doors of a western saloon. But after opening they firmly close while the heart pumps blood to the body.Consumers Kill Campbell’s U.S. Poster Child
By Dr. Gifford Jones Saturday, July 30, 2011
If your company makes soup, what’s the best way to shoot yourself in the foot? Try selling soup with a little less salt. In 2009 Campbell Soup made a brave and healthy decision. Each serving of its soup would have 32 percent less sodium to help tame one of North America’s big killers, hypertension. Now foolish consumers have forced Campbell’s soup in the U.S. to put sodium back again.
Fortunately, this decision at the moment does not affect Campbell’s soup in Canada. Moreover, there are also other products here that are helping to combat these common diseases. For instance, Loblaw’s President’s Choice Blue Menu line of products, contains both decreased salt and calories. Blue Menu soup has only 400 milligrams of salt compared to 800 or more milligrams in other soups.Next 15 Columns