Surprising Causes of Lung Damage

29 Apr 2022

Mold It’s a type of fungus that puts tiny particles called spores into the air. They can sometimes cause serious lung infections if you have mold allergies, a lung condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or a weak immune system — your body’s defence against germs. If you’re sensitive to mold, fix any […]

Mistakes That Can Affect Your Cholesterol

28 Apr 2022

Your Numbers Your cholesterol levels tell your doctor about the fats in your blood. Unhealthy levels are linked to hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Your numbers include “bad” (LDL) and “good” (HDL) cholesterol, and triglycerides, a common fat in your body. If you understand where your numbers […]

What to Know About Your Heart Rate

28 Apr 2022

What Is Your Heart Rate? Your heart rate, or pulse, is the number of times your heart beats in a minute. Everyone’s is different, and it changes as you get older. Understanding your heart rate and what’s a healthy one for you is an important part of taking care of yourself. Your Resting Heart Rate […]

Keep Your Immune System Healthy

16 Feb 2022

Your immune system defends you against the viruses that cause colds and flu. These eight steps can help support your immune system so it’s ready to fight those viruses.  Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.  Get enough sleep. […]

Antimicrobial Resistance Now Causes More Deaths Than HIV/AIDS and Malaria Worldwide – New Study

11 Feb 2022

Antimicrobial resistance is spreading rapidly worldwide, and has even been likened to the next pandemic – one that many people may not even be aware is happening. A recent paper, published in Lancet, has revealed that antimicrobial resistant infections caused 1.27 millions deaths and were associated with 4.95 million deaths in 2019. This is greater than […]

Drink Up: Large Study Confirms Coffee Beneficial to Liver Health

12 Nov 2021

Drinking more than three cups of caffeinated coffee a day is associated with less liver stiffness, according to an analysis of a nationally representative survey, which was recently published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study is likely the most rigorous look to date on the benefits of coffee on liver health in the U.S. It […]

Sleep Apnea Has Many Faces – Dr Douglas Paauw

12 Nov 2021

I recently saw a 62-year-old patient who had been struggling in her job at a law firm. She had been one of the top paralegals for over a decade, but recently had received a poor job performance. She told me she was forgetting things and was worried she might be developing dementia. Fortunately her problem […]

The Secret I Tell All My Patients by Alex McDonald, MD

06 Oct 2021

When I meet a new patient, I often take a moment to get to know them, and I tell them about myself and my personal and professional philosophy and guiding principles as their new family physician. As part of this initial visit, I always tell them, “I have a medical secret. It might not quite […]

Four factors that increase the risk of vaccinated people getting COVID

24 Sep 2021

Two weeks after your second COVID-19 vaccine dose, the protective effects of vaccination will be at their highest. At this point, you’re fully vaccinated. If you still get COVID-19 after this point, you’ve suffered a “breakthrough” infection. Broadly speaking, breakthrough infections are similar to regular COVID-19 infections in unvaccinated people – but there are some differences. […]

Why 7,000 steps a day is the new 10,000 steps a day

21 Sep 2021

Many of us have smart watches or apps on our phones that count the number of steps we do. Usually, we aim to reach at least 10,000 steps a day, which we are often reminded is the target to help improve our health. This target is an arbitrary number that seems to have come from a […]