Health and Medicine


Caffeine: The Ultimate Health Saboteur

‘Let’s go for a coffee sometime’ is now a way of life. Coffee shops are opening at record numbers and with record profits. In a generally sedentary and malnourished society looking for quick fixes, caffeine, in any of its variations, is the drug of choice to help us through the day or lose that extra weight. Caffeine or its derivatives are found in coffee, tea, chocolate, pain medication and weight loss products among other things.

By Guest Column William McCreary, PhD.- Monday, January 26, 2009

Two books – One for your Physical Health, One for your Soul

There are two books I’d like to bring to your attention, both have different subjects – in fact one is non-fiction and the other fiction. However, while each subject is not new they depart from the expected norm and this is what I found welcome; had they not they may have stayed in the dusty ‘unread’ shelf of my library.

By Guest Column Michael Vallins- Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Revolutionary Way To Beat Stress Without Drugs

Who wouldn’t want to be less stressed these days when each day brings more frightening economic news? But before you reach for Prozac, make note of a new breakthrough non-drug way to shrug off stress, sharpen your mind, enhance memory, sleep like a baby and improve emotional health. The science behind this exciting breakthrough is called “Mind Aerobics”, based on powerful sound technology called “Holosync”, and used by 300,000 people in 55 countries.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 19, 2009

Zona Plus : A Hand Held Device To Treat Hypertension

Could experiments on F-16 fighter pilots help to decrease the need of blood pressure pills?  In the 1960s an Air Force study was conducted in an endeavour to increase a pilot’s ability to withstand the huge G-forces and prevent him from blacking out during aerial combat.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, January 12, 2009

Cabernet Sauvignon and The 99% Brain

This New Year’s Eve, would you like a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? Several months ago I suggested that this might be a good practice to stop the ravages of this disease. But was it questionable advice?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 29, 2008

Why Do You Laugh? There Is No One With You.

What prescription could I write to ease this patient’s trouble during the holiday season? I knew that Prozac or St. John’s Wort was not the answer. Nor could any of the other drugs that I normally prescribe ease her suffering. Finally, I realized the best prescription was staring me right in the face. So as she left the office I wrote a few numbers down on my prescription pad. And I hope that some readers will do the same thing.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 22, 2008

Single Injection Treats Osteoporosis For One Year

There’s a major problem with human behaviour. Unlike elephants, humans have a great propensity to forget. In fact, they often forget to do the simplest of tasks such as taking medication on a regular basis. This pitfall can have dangerous consequences. Now, due to advanced technology, it’s possible to treat postmenopausal osteoporosis (brittle bones) with just a single injection every year. And that’s pretty hard to forget!

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 15, 2008

My Way To See Hawaii

“What’s your destination?” friends, asked me. “Is it Maui, Kauai or one of the other Hawaiian Islands?” I always replied that my primary destination was, “The Zaandam”, a Holland imageAmerica ship. Why? Because I’ve been a ship’s surgeon and love ships and long sea voyages. The port-a-day routine does not appeal. So this 15-day return trip from San Diego to Hawaii provided 10 days of relaxation at sea and also a visit to all the major Hawaiian Islands.

San Diego, with its huge naval base, is a perfect port from which to embark. The night before boarding the Zaandam,  we dined at The Fish Market along side the aircraft carrier Midway that played such a vital role in the Pacific during World War II. Arriving in San Diego a day early is good insurance that you won’t miss the ship’s departure due to airline delays and also allows more time to explore a beautiful and vital harbour.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Saturday, December 13, 2008

Coping With The Mother Of Economic Disasters

Sheer chance had me aboard the Holland America Line in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when the stock market crashed with devastating results. If I’d been in Canada I could have cried on my financial advisor’s shoulders while asking why so much hard earned money was going down the drain. And as the news became progressively worse, I wondered if I could even afford a canoe to return to Canada. So how did my psyche cope with this “mother” of all economic disasters? Hopefully, this advice will help others who have seen their finances melt.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 8, 2008

A Crapshoot at Best- America’s Health Care is a Matter of Luck

We have come to expect certain things from our hospitals…. as flawed as the system that they operate within might be. We expect safe standards of operation for routine and general procedures. But we do not always get that. In fact, we often get nothing even close to that.  But whether we require hospital services for broken bones or disease treatment protocols, we expect to have such services in a clean, safe and proficient environment. After all, the US spends more than 3 times the amount per person on health care than ANY other country in the world. That money must be going to provide high quality access to standardized levels of health care for all, right??? Whether you go to your local hospital or a ‘big name’ facility, one might expect that the standard of care should be relatively even, all things considered. Health care is health care right???

By Guest Column William McCreary, PhD.- Friday, December 5, 2008

Don’t Fire Until You See The Whites of Their Eyes

What do people fear the most? It’s often said that giving a speech tops the list. But a recent survey shows it’s losing one’s sight. Today, with an aging population, an increasing number of people face the ultimate fear, a condition called Age–related Macular Degeneration (AMD) that destroys vision and can even lead to blindness. For the first time a new medication, Lucentis, is available that stops, and can even reverse, vision loss caused by the most serious form of this debilitating disease.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, December 1, 2008

Mayo Clinic’s Four Habits For Healthy Skin, Winter and Summer

“Please write more about how to keep skin looking young.” Or, “What can I do to keep my skin from drying up like an old prune during the winter months?” I receive many requests like these asking me to write about medical problems. But whenever I write about skin care the response dwarfs other mail. So here’s what a prestigious clinic says about aging skin.

By News on the Net - Sunday, November 23, 2008

Napoleon Didn’t Have a Choice When Treating His Hemorrhoids

Would Woodrow Wilson have negotiated a more lasting peace treaty following World War I if he had not suffered from tight-fitting shoes? Would Napoleon have won the Battle of Waterloo if he had not been suffering from hemorrhoids (piles) while sitting on his horse?  Such small but painful annoyances might have determined history. But unlike Napoleon, patients today no longer have to endure the pain of hemorrhoids.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 16, 2008

Sorry, Doctor, I’d Prefer An Opinion From The Dog

What do dogs have that humans lack? Harry Truman, the straight-talking former president of the United States, once remarked that, “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.” But friendship is not the dog’s only virtue. A dog’s nose has 220 million cells that detect odours, compared to a mere five million in humans. And although none have yet graduated from The Harvard Medical School, they can often outsmart doctors in recognizing serious disease.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, November 9, 2008

How Fruit Juices Affect Medication

What would you think of somebody who poured himself a vodka martini for breakfast every day? No doubt you would believe he was on a rocky road to medical hell. But how many readers are aware that a large glass of grapefruit juice in the morning is also a health hazard? Studies show that downing a glass of fruit juice can have a powerful effect on medication.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, October 19, 2008