“Some people say you are what you eat. I say you are what you know. Understanding your health is the first step towards improving it”
– Talia Zenlea
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Here you’ll find the answers to some of the questions I encounter most commonly in my practice – and ones that you may have had but were afraid to ask!
You Really Are What You Eat: Can Food Actually Have an Impact on Health and Disease? I get a lot of questions from patients about food. There’s a lot of interest lately in using food to treat disease. Now, we know that “eating right” is “healthier” in that too much of anything can…Details
La traduction en français de cet article est ci-dessous Every few months, I’ll stumble upon something on my Facebook feed about a celebrity, and their opposition to vaccinating their children. When did it become totally mainstream to not vaccinate your kids? As a mom and a doctor, it really freaks me out…Details
HPV? We’ve Got You Covered There are more than 100 types of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) out there, and it’s a VERY common virus that affects both females and males. How common? About 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection during their lifetime. And we have to…Details
What You Need to Know About Post-Partum Depression Recently many celebs, such as Hayden Panettiere and Drew Barrymore, have opened up about their battles with Post-Partum Depression (PPD). However, despite the “awareness” raised by their stories, most of us still don’t know when the line is crossed from being a hormonal, sleep deprived…Details
Hiatal Hernia – What You Need to Know I get asked about hiatal hernias a lot – what are they, can they be fixed, and most importantly, are they the cause of my symptoms. Chances are, if you’ve been told you have a hiatal hernia, it’s because you underwent some sore of upper-GI…Details
Neonatal Eye Ointment and the Canadian Controversy Local mommy groups are abuzz this week after Canadian news outlet, Global, reported that the mandatory application of prophylactic eye ointment to newborns was “ineffective, outdated and unethical.” What followed were two camps: happy hippies, and a lot of pissed off doctors. All of this suggesting…Details
How do you teach your kids to give? The topic of gift-giving has come up recently in my family. I love seeing the smile on my kids’ faces when they get something they like. That something doesn’t necessarily need to be huge – yesterday my son got a free paper subway and it…Details
Is it OK for doctors to refuse to take care of people who refuse vaccines? Last week, the journal Pediatrics published a study describing the characteristics of physicians who dismiss families for refusing vaccines. Perhaps most shocking was the finding that 83% of the over 500 physicians surveyed reported that in a typical…Details
Busted! Top 3 Myths About Vaccines In a previous blog post, I talked about a recent study describing the characteristics of physicians who refused to care for families who declined vaccines for their children. I talked about how I suspected it was about something much deeper than just misinformation, or misconception. But I also…Details
Childhood Obesity, A Heavy Burden As a pediatrician who treats children and adolescents with obesity, many parents have asked me, “Why is my child obese?” I have to admit that I don’t have a good answer to this question. It’s not as simple as an imbalance between calories consumed and calories burned. The…Details
Bothered by Stretch Marks? You’re Not Alone Roughly 75% of women will develop stretch marks during pregnancy. They can appear on the belly, sides, thighs, breasts, arms and buttocks. They can also happen during puberty, or at times of rapid weight gain, as well as from some medications or medical conditions. Given how…Details