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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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story

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 - Full Story