Let There Be Light

Many people who live in the colder parts of the world tend to struggle during the winter months. Some struggle so much that they have what doctors call seasonal affective disorder, or SAD. An appropriate name.  The prevalence of SAD ranges from 1.5% to 9%, depending on how far north you […]

Is chronic pain linked to the bacteria in your gut?

The gut-brain axis is a new idea in medicine whose importance is growing.  This Canadian study of fibromyalgia patients adds this very common condition to a list of pain disorders that are linked to the microbiome, or the ecosystem of the gut.

Researchers found that fibromyalgia patients had several differences in their […]

Real Life Halloween Monsters

It’s that sweet, sweet, time of year again. For children, it means indulging in treats and playing dress-up. For parents, it’s a fall holiday that requires extra vigilance when it comes to food safety. Although most Halloween candy may seem like the ultimate excuse to feed that sweet tooth, […]

Yoga for Pain: What the Science Says

Yoga for Pain: What the Science Says
Recent systematic reviews and randomized clinical trials provide encouraging evidence that some mind and body practices such as yoga may help relieve some fibromyalgia symptoms. Current diagnostic criteria are available from the American College of Rheumatology. Treatment often involves an individualized approach that […]

Antidepressants & Weight Gain


Antidepressants can be life-changing, but they are not without risk. These are some of the most commonly prescribed medications, and most of our patients who have issues with pain and the brain are either taking them now or have used them before. While a lot of […]

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Everyone knows what it is like to feel tired. Perhaps after a poor night’s sleep, after a lot of strenuous exercise – or a stressful day at work. You don’t feel like doing anything. You just want to lie down and relax. You need rest. You go to sleep … and the next day […]

Sweat It Out & Relax

It seems that sweat is back in style. The use of saunas can definitely offer health benefits, but there are a few things I ask patients to keep in mind so they can get the most out of this soothing medicine.
The use of sauna therapy for detoxification is not new. Its […]

Think Twice Before You BBQ

The anti-AGEing barbecue
Aah, summer. A time for swimming and sunning, relaxing with friends and enjoying good food. In Canada, like many other parts of the world, summer means barbecue. Cooked meat tastes good. If you are like most of our patients, you eat healthy food when you can, and […]

Eggs – Get Crackin’

For as long as I can remember, my grandfather ate two fried eggs a day for breakfast.  I have always liked them, but used to be careful not to eat too many. We were all told to avoid eggs because of cholesterol. It was not true.
Dietary cholesterol does not raise blood […]

Mind Full or Mindful?

Awareness is also called concentration, focus, or mindfulness. It is the act of paying attention. It is one of the most remarkable things our minds can do – but we don’t do it much anymore. Too bad, because it is secret medicine.
The state of mindfulness was likely absolutely critical to human evolution. Without […]