Chocolate is good for you!

Today, our Staff Writer & Managing Editor Diana Williamson talks about the little known wonders of cocoa. Cocoa – Who Said Being Healthy Had to Hurt? As Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine.” Cocoa has been hailed around the world for its wonderful effect on the body not to mention its delicious flavor for over three thousand…

The Benefits of Beer

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how drinking in moderation can be good for you. In my medical column I’ve written for years that beer, used in moderation, provides health benefits. Many beer drinkers don’t know that some beers contain no sugars, a huge benefit in fighting obesity. Beer does not contribute to heart…

Red Wine Headache

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how to avoid wine headaches. “Oh my aching head! Why did I drink so much last night?” That’s a question many people will ask on the morning after a night partying. Some headaches will result from too many Martini’s, beers or scotch-and-sodas. That’s a hang-over. But you’ve magnified…

Shave the beard for more sex!

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how shaving is good for your health, and other health tidbits to keep in mind. “Why bother shaving today when I’m not going anywhere?” I thought. But I suddenly changed my mind. Dr. Shah Ebrahim, at the University of Bristol in England, reports that men who don’t shave…

Take care of thy belly.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the importance of taking care of our stomachs. What’s your waist measurement? I’d bet you don’t know. So let’s start by putting a bit of old-fashioned horse sense back into medicine. As has been aptly said, “keep it simple, stupid (KISS). Moreover, this approach could save your life….

Why I’m Not A Teetotaler

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the benefits of moderate drinking. What’s the first thing I do after seeing patients all day? I take a 20 minute walk home, greet my wife, open up the bar and enjoy a drink while watching the evening news. Some evenings a glass of wine with dinner. There…

Natural ways to treat arthritis.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about avoiding prescription medication with natural alternatives. “Why are you taking drugs when you haven’t tried natural ways to ease the pain of arthritis?” Thus I remind patients they’re not taking M and M candy, but powerful drugs that can cause major complications. Moreover, they forget that many natural…

Get a 2nd opinion before surgery.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about questioning the necessity of surgery when alternative, safer options can work. Is it better sometimes to run for the woods rather than submit to surgery? The decision is easy when the diagnosis is acute appendicitis or a strangulated hernia. But there are times when a sojourn in the woods…

Oxygen therapy can save limbs.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how the oxygen is a wonder cure to avoid amputation. What treatment would you choose, a leg amputation or increased amount of oxygen? Foolish question. But according to a recent report diabetes patients who develop diabetic leg ulcers are too often facing needless amputation because of a failure to…

Healthy Weight = Healthy Liver.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the importance of maintaining one’s weight and protecting the liver. I’d bet a thousand to one that 99.9 per cent of readers have never heard of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Yet a recent report from Johns Hopkins University claims that 25 per cent of North Americans…

Aspirin – A Wonder Drug…

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about how this inexpensive little drug can be very valuable for heart conditions and diabetes. How long does it take for good news to reach the public? It appears a long, long time. For several years the medical community has known of the multiple benefits of Aspirin. Yet,…

Painkillers: not so innocent.

This week our contributing writer Doctor Gifford-Jones talks about the dangers of Tylenol and other over the counter painkillers. Socrates, the Greek philosopher, cautioned in 410 B.C. “Nothing in excess”. Others since that time have added, “Too much of a good thing is worse than none at all.” But North Americans don’t believe it. Every year…