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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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vitamin C: If It’s Good For Gorillas Why Not Us

Are you headed for a heart attack because of “marginal scurvy”, a condition resulting from a lack of vitamin C? Moreover, if vitamin C is sound medicine for gorillas, why isn’t it good for us? And in the 16th century, why did the ship’s cat survive long sea voyages when its sailors died from scurvy?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 15, 2007

Anusitis and Other Causes of Rectal Bleeding

“Why didn’t you come to see me earlier? It could have saved you months of worry,” I recently asked a patient. She had delayed seeing me because of rectal bleeding and she was terrified I’d tell her the diagnosis was cancer. Yet her only complaint was anusitis, an often overlooked rectal condition. But whether it’s anusitis or a serious problem a cardinal rule is never, never ignore rectal bleeding.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Monday, October 8, 2007

Collagen Producing Peptides For Wrinkled Skin

What made Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, so attractive? Certainly being born beautiful wasn’t a hindrance for her seduction of Mark Anthony. But apart from having genetics on her side she knew that natural beauty could be preserved and augmented by the application of healthy emollients. Both Cleopatra and Poppea, wife of the Roman Emperor Nero, used a honey-and-milk lotion to keep them looking youthful. But what would Cleopatra and Poppea have done to get their hands on a new potion proven to reduce wrinkles up to 78 percent?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 30, 2007

New Support Group For Psoriasis Patients

Sir William Osler, one of this country’s greatest physicians, remarked that no doctor thoroughly understands a disease until he suffers from it. He could have added that this also applies to patients.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 23, 2007

Should You Buy Organic Food?

“Do you ever buy organic food?” I asked my wife. She quickly answered, “No”. Then I asked, “Why do some people buy it?” She replied what most people say, “Because it’s free of pesticides”. But is this true? And with increasing food prices is it prudent to spend hard-earned dollars on organic farm products?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 16, 2007

New “Sahara Desert” Drug Cures Head Lice

Why am I scratching my head? It’s because I’m writing about head lice and even the thought of having this crawly beast, “Pediculosis capitis”, in my hair triggers this reaction. It also makes me understand the traumatic, emotional and embarrassed reaction of parents (and child) when they’re told, “Sarah (or Johnnie) has head lice”. Now that school has started, over a million parents in this country will hear this news. Fortunately, a new “Sahara Desert” treatment rids families of this common pest.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, September 9, 2007

Ovarian Cancer, Scaring Women Half-To-Death

It’s been said that a little knowledge is an dangerous thing. A report from The Mayo Clinic shows that this is particularly true when the subject is ovarian cancer. And it illustrates how easy it is to both inform women and worry them at the same time.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sacrifice Part of Your Stomach To Lose Weight?

“Desperate diseases require desperate cures”, wrote the immortal bard, William Shakespeare. For grossly obese patients this means putting part of the stomach and small intestine out of commission (bariatric surgery). But this is not minor surgery and patients should know the risks before making this desperate decision.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 19, 2007

Where Was Oscar The Cat When I needed Him?

“Why don’t you go to lunch? I’ll wait here until he dies”, I suggested to the nurses. The patient was a 90 year old Baptist minister, and after days of futile treatment for cardiac problems I was sure the end was imminent.

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 12, 2007

Are You Damaging Your Liver?

“What causes liver disease?” Ask anyone this question and 99 percent will answer, “It’s imbibing in too much Cabernet Sauvignon or other alcoholic drinks”. But today the liver can be injured by a host of less known, but equally hazardous habits. So how are you being unfriendly to your liver? And what can we learn from the “Mayflower”, the ship that carried Pilgrims to this continent in 1620?

By Dr. Gifford Jones - Sunday, August 5, 2007

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