Tag Archives: pollution
Air quality on the way to work
This week I was contacted by CBC news to comment on a recently released study by researchers at the University of Toronto. The study showed elevated levels of diesel gases and particulates inside the GO Transit diesel train cars in … Continue reading
Better Safe than Sorry!
We worry about relatives or friends dying from heart disease when they are obese, smoke a pack of cigarettes daily, never exercise, have high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels, and diabetes. If that special person reduced as many of … Continue reading
Don’t hold your breath!
Take a deep breath Every day, on online health and fitness sites, on TV and in popular magazines, media is informing us that the food we eat is affecting our health. In our doctors’ offices, diet becomes an issue as … Continue reading
Love is in the air – and what else?
Millions of couples get engaged on Valentine’s day. Five years ago, my son proposed. This year, my wife and I were invited to two weddings. Love is certainly in the air. When couples enter into a committed relationship, the next … Continue reading
What we aren’t learning from Zika
The Zika virus is a top story in the news and with good reason. It can cause microcephaly in newborn babies whose mothers are bitten by an infected Aedes mosquito in the first trimester of pregnancy. These babies have smaller than … Continue reading
Where does your lipstick go?
Have you ever wondered where your perfume goes when it wears off? Or where your lipstick ends up when it’s time to reapply it again? Some of our man-made products eventually break down completely, but many can be found … Continue reading
2015 – A Retrospective
It’s the end of 2015, a time to celebrate the promise of the coming year but also a time to reflect on the 12 months that have just passed. It was an incredibly exciting year for me professionally. As a physician who advocated for my patients for so many years, I no longer feel that I am paddling upstream against the hardline, medically conservative current that has discredited environmental medicine for decades. The patient groups that I work with have realistic hope for improved care in the near future. Continue reading
Linking MCS and Autism
I’m in my 60s now, ten years into my second marriage, and my wife and I have six children between us. We are at a stage in life when our children are having babies and our friends and relatives of the same age are also becoming grandparents. When we hear the exciting news – that we’re expecting a new grandchild – the combined feeling of joy and excitement is hard to describe, which helps to suppress the unspeakable worry; that the baby might be born with less than good health. And we have good reason for concern, because developmental disorders now affect one in six children. Continue reading
You can roll your eyes…. but
Last week, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne addressed the press, announcing the cap-and-trade system, an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. She began by stating, “We have to take into account all the costs of not doing this because if…,” at which point she stopped in mid sentence, distracted by a member of the press. This was followed by, “I know, you can roll your eyes, but” and signalled, with her hand held up, to halt the posturing by a reporter. She continued, “ if people’s insurance costs go up because of extreme weather and because of increasing damage that’s done…insurance costs have to keep going up; that’s a huge cost”. Continue reading
Suprises in the Pantry
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight – to feel and look better, and also to be healthier. In 2014, experts in weight loss were talking about sugar as the enemy, contributing to the obesity problem and the related health concerns, such as diabetes and heart disease. While diet is certainly the main cause of weight gain, the environment plays a significant role too. It’s now the third week of that resolution to lose weight. Perhaps making some changes in your environment can help you achieve a more successful outcome. Continue reading