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Viagra For Climbing Mount Everest?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 15, 2007

Hmm… I had the naive belief that Viagra was strictly for making “amour”. Now I learn it may even help adventurers climb Mount Everest! On the other hand, if you decide to go down, rather than up, swim goggles may present a hazard. And handguns it seems are not the only things to shoot you these days. And is it really dangerous to eat nuts and seeds if you suffer from bowel problems?

Pneumonia, The Big Killer

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 22, 2000

What infection will cause the most deaths this winter? Many people will answer it's AIDS or hepatitis. But it's pneumonia. In fact, the pneumonia mortality rate is four times that of AIDS. Every year three to four million North Americans develop pneumonia. Unfortunately many die because they believe pneumonia is not a big deal.

A New Drug To Treat Asthma

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 16, 2000

Why are more asthma patients with "twitchy airways" being rushed to emergency departments? Or needlessly suffering from this common disorder? Since the 1970's the incidence of asthma has continued to rise. Today, an estimated four to five percent of the population suffers from this disorder. Now, a new medication will help to improve the quality of life.

A Better Way To Treat "COLD "

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 5, 1999

Have you ever tried sucking up a thick milkshake through a small straw? It's not easy. Today millions of people in North America are desperately trying to get air in and out of their lungs. They're suffering from "COLD". Not the common cold. But from chronic obstructive lung disease. Now there's new hope for patients with chronic respiratory problems.

The "White Death" And Airplane Travel

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 13, 1999

What should you do if you're sitting next to a fellow traveller who is incessantly coughing? The smartest thing to do is get up and move. But suppose you're not on a bus or subway? Rather, you're on an international flight and there's no other seat available? And you don't know whether your fellow traveller has "the white death", tuberculosis?

Zyban, A New Drug To Kick The Nicotine Habit

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 4, 1999

Are you a "smokaholic"? One who says "Of course I know the dangers of smoking. I haven't been living on Mars. But I enjoy smoking and if it's destined to kill me, so what?" If that's your attitude no one can stop you smoking. But for others, trying to break the nicotine habit, a new drug "Zyban", could save your life.

The Benefits and Hazards of Marijuana

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 14, 1999

Have I ever smoked pot? Not in the past and not at the moment. I grew up in a era when the worst thing you did was sneak behind the barn and smoke a cigarette. But would I smoke marijuana now? You bet, if there was a medical need. And like some people with AIDS and other diseases I'd fight like hell to do it.

Lung Reduction Surgery For Emphysema patients

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 9, 1998

How would you like to be attached to an oxygen tank for several hours a day? It's not a pleasant thought. But today thousands of patients are destined for this fate. The majority are smokers who have developed emphysema. Now, a new surgical procedure offers better quality of life to these people.

Kill the Cat or Your Child!

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 14, 1996

Why are so many people suffering from asthma being rushed to emergency rooms or dying? Is it the fault of the doctor, the patient or both? And what is so sacred about the family cat when a child's health is at stake?

A Little "Fidgeting" Can Prevent Pulmonary Embolism

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 27, 1995

What was the diagnosis? Last winter Dan Quayle, former ViceªPresident of the U.S., developed chest pain and shortness of breath. Doctors in the emergency room diagnosed pneumonia and sent him home on antibiotics. But the following day the real diagnosis was made, "pulmonary embolism". What causes this problem and how can a quick diagnosis save your life?

The Boston Red Sox and Tuberculosis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 18, 1993

How close you can be and yet still so far away. A few years ago all the Boston Red Sox team needed was one more strikeout and they would win the World Series. But it didn't happen. In the 1980's it appeared that tuberculosis, the leading cause of death in North America at the turn of the century, was about to receive the final strikeout. But again it didn't happen. What went wrong? And why may it be necessary to help doctors make the TB diagnosis.

How to kill your asthmatic child: second of two parts

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 5, 1992

Why are more adults and children dying from twitchy asthmatic airways? Last week I recorded that for years doctors believed that spasm of the bronchial tubes was the only problem faced by asthmatics. And that excessive use of "little puffs" from bronchodilators to relieve bronchial spasm could trigger serious asthmatic attacks and sometimes death. This week, what parents should know about the treatment of asthma in children. And why some parents are inadvertently helping to kill their child.


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 28, 1992

Why are more asthmatics with "twitchy airways" dying in this country? Is it that the severity of asthma has changed? Are patients doing something wrong? Or are some doctors inadvertently killing their patients? To find out I recently talked to Dr. Graham K. Crompton, a specialist in respiratory medicine at Edinburgh University.


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 3, 1991

Would you like to linger at a sidewalk cafe in Paris, Mexico City or Madrid sipping a cool drink? Few would turn down this offer. But before any of us accept this invitation it would be prudent to first test our lungs.


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 24, 1991

What is the price families pay, medically, for living in the city? Physicians and sociologists know that the rapid pace of urban life makes people more susceptible to peptic ulcers, hypertension, nervous breakdowns and physical assault. Now we are being warned of another hazard. A report from California reveals that our children's lungs are being attacked from an unsuspected source. And what about adults who become "suddenly breathless"?


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 3, 1991

 Have you looked in the mirror lately to see how much you're aging? Or commented about a friend, "My, how she has aged"? But are the changes entirely due to the passing years? Or could you, or your friend, be one of the 7 million North Americans suffering from a poorly functioning thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)? If so, you'd better get your FSH checked before having cosmetic surgery to remove puffiness under the eyes. Or if you're a Hasidic Jew and can't grow a beard.


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 5, 1990

Would any sane person try to wash a cat? Particularly when he or she may come off second best? There are exceptions to every rule. And a recent report from the University of Washington brings good news to asthmatics who are allergic to Felix. Researchers claim that giving the cat a regular bath helps asthmatics. 


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 28, 1988

Today an unprecedented number of children are being treated for asthma. Eight million in Canada and the U.S. under the age of 17 have been diagnosed as asthmatic. During the 1970's the prevalence of asthma increased 58 per cent in children between 6 to 11 years of age. And the number of deaths per year among children under 14 doubled from 1979 to 1985. Why are children dying from asthma today? And can parents of asthmatic children help them?


By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 7, 1988

How much damning evidence is needed before someone calls a halt? For several decades I've watched the sweetening of this country. It's a disastrous way of living that's causing an epidemic of diabetes unparalleled in proportion in North America. Yet Ministers of Health, Medical Associations and the Public Health Service are failing to alert the person-on-the-street to the immense dangers of this twentieth century menace.

Should your cholesterol level be tested?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 4, 1988

Thank God there are still researchers like Dr. John Frank on this planet who challenge popular medical practices. Doctors who prove it's wise to take a look at the total picture rather than jump on bandwagons. Who remind physicians that before patients are routinely screened for cholesterol they should be aware of the implications of being told,"Your cholesterol is high and you need medication for this problem."

W. Gifford-Jones M.D is the pen name of Dr. Ken Walker graduate of Harvard. Dr. Walker's website is:

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Pre-2008 articles by Gifford Jones
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