Tag Archives: Health

A scree on Andre Picard’s recent op ed…

I don’t think I’ve written a post in a while…more than a year?  I’ve been busy.  But something recently inspired me to come out of my “retirement,” and that something was Andre Picard’s piece in the Globe and Mail, “It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease.” It is so egregious, so ignorant and […]

research vs the news – are c/s and formula babies really doomed?

You might have seen a study in the news that looked at the gut contents of babies that were born by caesarean section vs vaginally and that were breastfed or formula fed.  For those that misssed it, here are some links: CBC article Globe and Mail Winnepeg free press Toronto Star I guess it was […]

Real threats to my child’s health and happiness

There’s been a lot of news items on certain parenting mothering practices.  In fairness, these news items have probably been produced with a similar frequency for the last few years, it’s just now that I am a mother parent that I’ve been noticing them.  Afterall, prior to having a child I wasn’t on the internet reading […]

The Canadian Pediatric Society on Breastfeeding

So a funny thing happened – after my post on Sunday, I got a very nice email from the Canadian Paediatric Society pointing me towards more of their resources on breastfeeding. The CPS’ position on breastfeeding, also linked in Sunday’s post, can be found here: The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of […]

F(r)ee for service

Once upon a time, there was a country doctor.  He had a black bag and a kindly manner and was probably only called out for births and serious illness, farming accidents etc.  For each of his services, there was a fee.  As he was a private practitioner, he had the freedom to set his fees […]

How old do you have to be to provide good health care?

Several times a week, I have patients ask me how old I am.  I know I look younger than the age stated on my driver’s licence.  When I wear a surgical cap my paltry handful of grey hairs are not visible.  I have some wrinkles, but not many.  My stock response to this question, is “certainly […]

Why observational studies need to be interpreted with extreme caution

Since my son is taking longer and longer naps, I’ve had more time on the weekends to do things…like read the issues of Anesthesia and Analgesia that have been piling up over the last few months. I came across a very interesting observational study by Robert S Greenberg, Melania Bembea and Eugeni Heitmiller entitled, Rainy Days for […]

The tooth will set you free

Our baby is currently erupting his first tooth.  And Im relieved.  It’s finally here.  After 5 months of biting and drooling we’ve finally made some progress.  Being a very goal-oriented individual, I find that I am sometimes measuring my babe’s progress from milestone to milestone and I get somewhat anxious when a few weeks go […]

The value of believing in yourself: the story of Louis Pasteur

Are doctors born or are doctors made?  My first (remembered) career aspiration was to work at McDonald’s.  I was fascinated beyond belief by the register and all its colour-coded buttons.  I wanted to push those buttons so badly. Thankfully I grew out of that.  I must admit that I still love all the buttons and dials and knobs on […]

Codeine for post-operative pain

I want to comment on the recent news stories in Canada regarding the use of codeine for post-operative pain in children.  There have been some recent and some not-so-recent deaths due to codeine and this was picked up by the newspapers.  Here are some links to a few of the stories… http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/post-surgery-codeine-still-killing-children-new-study-says/article2394246/?utm_medium=Feeds%3A%20RSS%2FAtom&utm_source=Home&utm_content=2394246 http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/new-health/health-news/doctor-sounds-alarm-on-codeine-in-children-we-should-get-rid-of-it/article2396672/ http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/04/09/codein-can-kill-kids-after-tonsil-surgery-canadian-researchers-tell-parents/ Codeine […]