by on November 3, 2019

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Not so long ago, while preparing to give a talk to family doctors, it dawned on me that wellness is a bit like the four wheels of a car. One can argue which wheel matters the most, but they all matter and are closely interconnected. The four wheels are: how we eat; how we move; […]

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by June 11, 2019 Monthly

P Not so long ago I read a story about a man who spent all his energy to climb up a ladder. It was a long and difficult ladder to climb, but he gave it his best efforts and finally made it to the top…only to discover it was leaning against the wrong wall. This […]

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by May 12, 2019 Monthly

Whenever I have residents or medical students in my office, I do my best to remind them to enquire about the quality of life for patients who come to meet with us. In our zest to deal with facts and evidence, we may at times forget to ask this important question: “Please tell me more […]

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by February 5, 2019 Uncategorized

P When Dr. Benjamin Spock published his seminal book, “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care” in the middle of the 20 th Century, he may have been motivated by parents who asked similar, recurring questions. At the time there were far less cooks in the How-To-Parent-Wisely kitchen. Spock became internationally renowned for his down-to-earth wisdom […]

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by October 13, 2018 Monthly

Doctors, midwifes, psychologists, and nurses will have to carefully consider the advice they will offer to pregnant and lactating mothers who have chosen to use marijuana in whatever form or for whatever reason. According to a landmark study from San Diego by Kerri Bertrand and her colleagues, published in last month’s journal Pediatrics, marijuana is […]

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by September 13, 2018 Monthly

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” These are the introductory words of a book, The Disappearance of Childhood, a classic bestseller I frequently review when I observe how our culture continuously trends toward rushing childhood. The author, the late Neil Postman, who was the Chair of the […]

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by August 7, 2018 Monthly

A recent headline in one of the pediatric journals I subscribe to caught my eyes: “Kids with Migraine Not Receiving Optimal Treatment.” Migraine is indeed one of the most common reasons for referrals to a pediatric neurology clinic. World-wide the prevalence is 7.7 %. Approximately 10% of school-aged children suffer from migraine and boys are […]

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by July 5, 2018 Monthly

CANADA’S CHILDREN AND YOUTH EXPERIENCE ABOUT TO START Since the current Canadian government informed the nation that they intend to legalize marijuana, much has been written on this extremely controversial and at times confusing topic. Some of the writing dealt with facts; some failed miserably to hide biases–both sides being guilty of dishonesty and subjectivity. […]

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by June 27, 2018 Monthly

Many options other than the use of pharmaceutical products exist for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The most common medications used in the treatment are by far psychostimulants. Alternative medications to psychostimulants are the so-called non-stimulant products—a class of medications which is becoming increasingly popular, most likely because side effects impacting appetite and sleep […]

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by May 14, 2018 Monthly

Introducing Allergenic Foods I have always maintained that there is a common theme when it comes to discussing politics, religion and food: consensus is virtually impossible, but compromise is an option. The current guidelines by Health Canada, the Canadian Pediatric Society and allergists on the matter of when to introduce foods which are known to […]

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