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Course "101": Treating and Preventing Colds

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 11, 2007

"How do you treat a cold?" Sir William Osler was once asked by a colleague. He was one of this country's greatest physicians. "I tell them to go to bed, hang their hat on the bedpost, start drinking whiskey and stop when they see two hats", he replied. This facetious remark had some merit years ago. But today there's less chance of a hangover and greater chance of relief if you use a more modern therapy.

The Twin Epidemics

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

November 26, 2006

I experienced a terrible tragedy upon visiting an old friend. He failed to recognize me. All the past history of our years together vanished into the night. And as I drove home the question recurred; what had caused this mental disaster. Could he be victim to what's been called the "Twin Epidemic"? Had his long-standing diabetes played a factor in this condition?

Helpless Without Epinephrine Kit

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Saturday, May 6, 2006

"Why are you using, Celebrex a oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to treat arthritis of your knee when a safer medication Pennsaid is available? There's also a report from Boston that will also help to ease your pain." It's advice I recently gave to my tennis partner.

Five-Minute Wait Decreases Risk of Lead Poisoning

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Civil wars and corruption helped to bring down the Roman Empire. But how much was due to mad emperors? Some authorities suspect that their brains had been so poisoned by lead that they could no longer govern wisely. Romans used cheap, easy to use lead pipes for their plumbing and wine processing. Some Romans even sprinkled lead on their food! Today lead still poses problems, but being patient when thirsty can decrease the risk.

Torture In the Big Toe At 2:AM

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Monday, December 19, 2005

Why not prescribe natural remedies rather than man-made pills to prevent disease? The longer I practice medicine the more I'm convinced this has some wisdom. Now, a report in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that an ancient anti-gout diet does work. And that mother was often right.

Why Diabetic Patients Need Aspirin

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Why do diabetic patients die? Over 60 years ago, Joslin, the founder of the world famous Boston Diabetic Clinic, remarked, "With an excess of fat diabetes begins, and from an excess of fat diabetics die." Years ago diabetic patients died in coma due to a lack of insulin. Today, since the discovery of insulin, patients are dying from premature cardiovascular disease. Why does this happen and can Aspirin save many of these deaths?

HBOT To Treat Chronic Conditions

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

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 use hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

Amevive: A New Biologics Drug To Treat Psoriasis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 25, 2005

It's been a long time coming. But finally there's a new revolutionary treatment to ease the suffering of those afflicted with psoriasis. This infuriating skin disease plagues one million Canadians and treatment has never been easy. But recently at the annual meeting of the Canadian Dermatology Association, doctors reported that a new drug, Amevive, would help subdue this physically and emotionally taxing disease.

A New Treatment For Difficult Rheumatoid Arthritis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

January 18, 2005

For people free of pain it's hard to envision the problems suffered by those who have severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Those with joints so swollen and tender they're unable to do simple things like buttoning up a shirt, unable to walk down stairs unless they do so backwards holding railings with both hands. The psychological trauma when the condition gets steadily worse is also crippling. Now, a new drug, Humira, is restoring these patients to a normal life.

Genetic Family History 101

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 26, 2004

How much should you worry if your father died of a heart attack at age 50? Or your mother developed breast cancer at 40 years of age? Or a brother required surgery for malignancy of the colon at an early age? Or there's a strong family history of diabetes or osteoporosis? In these cases how beneficial is genetic testing?

Psoriasis: Osler Advised Sending Them To Egypt

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 27, 2004

Sir William Osler, was not only one of Canada's most famous physicians, but also realistic enough to know when even he could not help patients. On one occasion a colleague questioned him on how to treat patients suffering from emphysema. He quickly replied, "Send them to Egypt." His startled colleague questioned, "For the arid climate and low altitude?" "No" Osler smiled, "Egypt is just the farthest place I can think of to send them".

New Help For Diabetic Patients But What About Bears?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 27, 2004

"My god", I thought, "why are we doing this to bears?"

For the human population the statistics of diabetes are staggering and they will eventually destroy our health care system. Every 45 seconds a new diabetic is diagnosed in North America. But it's only those who have to take insulin day after day who know the magnitude of this disease. Now a unique device is available that won't cure diabetes, but it will make life easier and safer for patients. Unfortunately, it won't help bears.

The Night The Cat Died

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

May 31, 2004

How many readers can make this diagnosis? A dentist and his wife became ill after eating at a restaurant and by 2:00 a.m. they were patients in the hospital's emergency department. A doctor diagnosed food poisoning and sent them home on anti-nausea medication. Arriving home, the dentist's wife soon developed a headache and increased nausea. Then she became hysterical when she found the cat had suddenly died. At this point the worried dentist called Dr. Marvin Lipman, now Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus at New York Medical College. His speedy diagnosis saved their lives.

How Hypoglycemia Can End a Tennis Game

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

April 4, 2004

Moments before meeting a friend for a tennis game, all hell suddenly broke out. Firemen began arriving at my friend's home, and police sirens were getting closer and closer. To my dismay they were racing to my friend's side. A sad way to put an abrupt end to our game.

Fighting Arthritis With Exercise And Pennsaid

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 7, 2004

"Why are you using, Celebrex a oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), to treat arthritis of your knee when a safer medication Pennsaid is available? There's also a report from Boston that will also help to ease your pain." It's advice I recently gave to my tennis partner.

Canadian Cancer Society Wrong Again

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 8, 2004

Why would The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) make such an asinine statement? And why wait nearly two years to worry women once again about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)? The logic escapes me, but doesn't surprise me. Years ago, when I fought for the legalization of heroin to fight terminal cancer pain, CCS publicly fought me and continually made illogical statements.

Potassium Iodide For A Nuclear Disaster?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 3, 2003

What would happen if terrorists attacked a nuclear power plant? Or an accident caused fallout of radioactive iodine? If you were driving in the opposite direction your first reaction would be to step on the gas. But for those trapped in a large city there would be absolute chaos on roadways as people tried to escape. So is it time to provide potassium iodide (KI) to Canadians to protect the thyroid gland from cancer?

How Chickens Decrease The Risk of Macular Degeneration

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

March 3, 2003

Today seven million North Americans suffer from a devastating disease, macular degeneration. No longer can they enjoy the simple pleasures of reading or watching TV. These unfortunate people have lost their central vision. And although there's no cure for macular degeneration there are ways to reduce the risk of developing this disabling problem.

Feeling Tired And No One Knows Why?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

October 13, 2002

I'm so tired. Could it be that my blood is low? I can't count the number of times I've been asked this question. Sometimes the query is right on and iron is needed for anemia. But for patients suffering from "hemochromatosis" (iron overload), a prescription for iron is a death sentence. Now a genetic test identifies those with this disease.

The Checkup, Too Much Or Too Little?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

August 25, 2002

What constitutes a good checkup examination? Good sense dictates that young children don't need a Pap smear for cervical cancer, a PSA test for prostate malignancy or X-ray studies to measure bone density. So what's included in a checkup depends on the patient's age and it can save a life or prevent serious diseases.

Do Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Cause Heart Failure?

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 25, 2002

What is causing the epidemic of heart failure in North America? The usual answer is an aging population. Old hearts eventually get tired and stop beating. But at a meeting in London, England, several researchers suggested a surprising new reason for heart failure, cholesterol-lowering drugs (CLDs). Ironically, the very medication prescribed to prevent heart disease may in fact be causing it! And 12 million Japanese may have the answer to this dilemma, coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10).

Eating Your Way Out of Arthritis

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

July 21, 2002

Could the thousands of recent knee and hip replacements have been prevented by the right diet? And could millions of people suffer less arthritic pain by following more nutritious food consumption?

Rx- Suffer A Little Bit

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

June 25, 2002

Why would I want people to suffer pain when in the past I've criticized doctors for inadequate pain control? For years I've stressed it was inhuman allowing terminal cancer patients to die in agony. How some get insufficient amounts of painkillers. How others are denied medication for fear of addiction even though they have days or weeks to live. But suffering a little bit is the right prescription for million of other people.

You Have One Chance In Four Of Having NAFLD

By Dr. W. Gifford Jones

February 2, 2002

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 suffer from this disorder. What is it and how can it be prevented and treated?

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