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Statin Drugs Over Prescribed and Pose Unnecessary Health Threats for Many 10/15/12

Over the years I have been commissioned to deliver many wellness and lifestyle medicine lectures to the employees of large companies, financial institutions, as well as legal and accounting firms, in Canada and the United States. In conversation with the director of Human Resources of these corporate entities they often tell me that the single most expensive drain on the employee health benefits plan is the cost of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. A 2012 report showed that 32 million Americans were prescribed a sta...

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Creatine Supplementation Proven To Maximize Muscle Recovery After Limb Immobilization: Important implications for fracture patients 08/13/12

Although it has been known for a number of years that creatine supplementation is the gold-standard method to re-establish muscle size and strength after limb immobilization (example – after having your arm or leg in a cast due to a fracture), very few family doctors, physiotherapists and orthopedists recommend creatine supplementation to their fracture patients. This is indeed unfortunate. A published report in the Journal of Physiology (Hespel P et al, 2001) was the first to show that providin...

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Supplements Required to Remain Functional and Reach Your Longevity Potential 07/31/12

It’s a very attractive philosophy when we hear people say they believe they can get all necessary nutrients from food to achieve vibrant health. This is something I would have believed as well prior to spending the last 30 years reviewing the published research data on this subject. The problem with the argument is that it is based in philosophy not science. What science has shown us is that as we age the body’s production of some key molecules decline, which creates a type of deficiency state. Unfortunately, the...

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Creatine Supplementation for Anti-aging 04/19/12

When I was younger I used creatine supplementation to enhance the results of my workouts in terms of  increasing muscle mass and sports performance. During this phase of my life I am realizing how valuable creatine supplementation is to preserving my strength, muscle mass and endurance ability and warding off age-related changes to my body. Recent studies have shown that providing older individuals with creatine supplements makes a remarkable difference to their strength, energy and preservation of...

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Recent Studies Explain Why Vitamin D Supplementation is Helpful for MS, Autoimmune and Chronic Inflammatory Conditions 03/14/12

It is estimated that 1 billion people around the world are vitamin D deficient. A recent experimental study helps explain the many anecdotal reports of patients being helped by Vitamin D supplementation in cases of MS, autoiummune, and/or chronic inflammatory conditions. The study published by Zhang Y and fellow researchers, in The Journal Of Immunology (2012), showed that Vitamin D activates immune cells (e.g. macrophages) in a way that suppresses the release of inflamma...

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Why Every Adult Should Complete The Free Online Nutrition, Lifestyle & Anti-aging Assessment 03/06/12

  Let me begin by stating that you should have a physical exam by your physician every year. This enables your doctor to assess physical aspects of health (blood pressure, pulse, skin lesions, respiratory function, rectal exam, prostate exam, internal exam etc), for which there is no substitute. Your doctor will also order some standard blood work to assess your blood level of cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, and other basic blood parameters, along with a urinalysis. These procedures are designed to look ...

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