Health and Medicine


Put Some Spice In Your Life

“Give Fae ginger ale for her queasy stomach”, I suggested to my daughter. But, “What’s in ginger ale that’s going to help?” she asked me. Telling her that my mother gave me ginger ale for this ailment wasn’t the scientific reply she expected from me. Unfortunately, my mother had never mentioned the magic ingredient in this drink. So I decided to research the health benefits of ginger and other spice

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 22, 2009

What Caused The Death of The Grand Admiral?

Today, let’s turn back the clock nearly 200 years, to an important moment in medical history. At that time a certain disease was invariably fatal. It can still be without speedy diagnosis and treatment. But, if by chance, you’re in a specific English pub when this condition strikes, you’re lucky. The pub owner can make the diagnosis quicker than most physicians. I wonder if you can diagnose what happened on October 30, 1723.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 15, 2009

Take Your Melatonin In A Glass Of Merlot

During long plane flights I always ask for a glass of wine with dinner. Wine helps me to catnap and relieve the boredom of night travel. But why does red wine cause drowsiness? In the past, we understood that melatonin, a soporific, was only produced by mammals. Now, a report in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture claims that melatonin is also produced by plants. Italian scientists report that the skin of grapes used to make red wine contains high levels of melatonin. So enjoy your merlot or cabernet sauvignon for relaxation and sleep.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, June 8, 2009

Obama’s Health Care Reform “Paints the Roses Red”

Painting the roses red; And many a tear we shed; Because we know; They’ll cease to grow; In fact, they’ll soon be dead; And yet we go ahead…

[Alice:] Oh, pardon me; But mister three; Why must you paint them red?

By News on the Net - Sunday, June 7, 2009

Fight Government Encroachment Into Healthcare!

With a faltering economy, and skyrocketing costs, healthcare continues to be a critical issue for all Americans. Unfortunately government encroachment into the doctor/patient relationship is poised to exacerbate our problems with healthcare.

As an OB/GYN with over 30 years of experience in private practice, I understand that one of the foundations of quality healthcare is the patient’s confidence that all information shared with his or her healthcare provider will remain private.

By Guest Column - Thursday, June 4, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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