“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!
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
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
Have Kids? How to Stay Safe This Halloween Ghouls, goblins and ghosts will soon be upon us! With the candy corn, pumpkins and costumes filling the stores, we know that Halloween is just around the corner. This year, I can’t wait to take my 10-month old trick-or-treating (or rather, me holding him in his…Details
Screw the Flu: Help Protect Ramona Ramona is my oldest friend in the world – we’ve been friends since birth (seriously!). The pic above is one of us taken sometime in the 80s. And here’s a recent one of her with her family. Ramona is maybe the funniest person I…Details
Think you got the flu from your flu shot? Think again. Did you know that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada) now recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age? That means you. The flu vaccine is safe, even…Details
Want to stop the spread of flu? Get vaccinated. Did you know that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the PHAC (Public Health Agency of Canada) now recommend the flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months of age? That means you. The flu vaccine is safe, even for…Details
Think smoothies are always healthy? Think again! How many times have you reached for the bottled smoothie, thinking you were about to consume something “healthy”? Most store-bought smoothies have a large amount of added sugar in them – up to 54 grams per bottle. That’s like drinking two cans of regular soda! …Details
Vegetarian? Let’s Go Shopping! Are you a vegan or vegetarian, and considering nutritious meals for the whole family? A plant based diet has many health benefits, but can be accompanied by deficiencies in vitamins, minerals and protein. Here’s a checklist for some nutritious options the whole family can enjoy. CALCIUM (non dairy…Details