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The best doctors…
Never underestimate how lifestyle impacts your health. A bit of healthy living can go a long way.

The best doctors…

Never underestimate how lifestyle impacts your health. A bit of healthy living can go a long way.

Pandemic.

Theoretical physicist Dirk Brockmann and his team have created a simulation for a pandemic with similar characteristics as the 2009 swine flu. The crux of any pandemic is the rate of transmission. In today’s globalized world, the potential of swift and rapid transmission has never been greater.

In this video, the team simulates an index case in Atlanta before making its way around the globe.

Read more here…

Climate Change: the State of Science by the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme.

I generally do not post beyond the field of medicine but this video is an important reminder about our responsibility towards not only population health but also planetary health. We all have a place on this Earth and to make our impact on this planet sustainable. As we enter the anthropocene era, where human influence directly affects and shapes the course of the planet, our health outcomes will become intertwined together. 

How Hot Does it Get in a Parked Car? by Dr. Ernie Ward.

As summer goes into full swing, make sure to pay attention to the weather forecast and the temperature outside. There have been some record heat waves being set recently and there is still a lot of days left in the season.

One of the tragic stories I read today was how a three-year-old girl in Edmonton died after she was left in the car under the hot summer sun. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case. This veterinarian demonstrates how after just thirty minutes of sitting in his car with all of the windows rolled down an inch, the inside warmed up to a sweltering 46°C / 115°F; our bodies are designed to operate at a mean temperature of around 37°C / 98.6°F. When we are pushed outside of that comfort zone in either extreme, systems shut down and bad outcomes compound each other. 

Please take care to protect yourself from the sun and from the heat. Consider this a public health announcement.

Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and body together.
Thomas Dekker (1572-1632).
A Fast Food Burger Is 3 Times Larger Now Than in The 1950s from the Atlantic.
Echoing my sentiments in this post, it is nauseating to see just how much our foods have grown. Even worse, there shows no signs of stopping. With trend lines this steep, are we too late to reverse the change?
Of course, change is always hard to enact, especially one that forces us to deconstruct what we have grown accustomed to. However, we as a society have shown that when push comes to shove, we are capable of rallying to a great and worthy cause. With the mounting issue of obesity, I am hopeful that we will once again rise up to that challenge.

A Fast Food Burger Is 3 Times Larger Now Than in The 1950s from the Atlantic.

Echoing my sentiments in this post, it is nauseating to see just how much our foods have grown. Even worse, there shows no signs of stopping. With trend lines this steep, are we too late to reverse the change?

Of course, change is always hard to enact, especially one that forces us to deconstruct what we have grown accustomed to. However, we as a society have shown that when push comes to shove, we are capable of rallying to a great and worthy cause. With the mounting issue of obesity, I am hopeful that we will once again rise up to that challenge.

Super-sizing Portions.
You go to the market place, to the restaurant, to the coffee shop, and place your order. Over the years as you became older, bigger, and stronger, so too did the portion sizes of what you ate and drank. We hardly think of it as we transition from youth to adulthood, given how natural it seems and how logical it feels. Yet, as we slowly plateau at our peak years and as our body’s requirements level off, our meals and drinks have continued to grow up with or without us.
In today’s Starbucks generation, a small size drink suitable for a child is 8 fluid ounces; the largest drink sizes available are upwards of 30. Sixty years ago, a regular cup of coffee for an adult would have been 6.5 fluid ounces, with the largest cups of that period, the “king-size,” irking out only 12, what we would consider to be a small-sized drink by today’s standards. 
Of course, market growth has never been a homogenous distribution; some grew by even more extremes. Take for example the Original Hershey chocolate bar. When it was first introduced, it weighed only 0.6 ounce; now the range stretches from 1.6 to 8 ounces - over ten times larger than the original. Fast food and baked goods, including cookies and muffins have also grown up to 8 times larger.
It is a scary trend when put into perspective of the growing obesity epidemic. Already, 26 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 2-17 years old are overweight or obese. Projecting this trend forward should it continue, we can expect 70% of 35-44 year olds in Canada to be overweight or obese in 20 years.
So next time when you order something, ask yourself if it is the right portion size for you.

Super-sizing Portions.

You go to the market place, to the restaurant, to the coffee shop, and place your order. Over the years as you became older, bigger, and stronger, so too did the portion sizes of what you ate and drank. We hardly think of it as we transition from youth to adulthood, given how natural it seems and how logical it feels. Yet, as we slowly plateau at our peak years and as our body’s requirements level off, our meals and drinks have continued to grow up with or without us.

In today’s Starbucks generation, a small size drink suitable for a child is 8 fluid ounces; the largest drink sizes available are upwards of 30. Sixty years ago, a regular cup of coffee for an adult would have been 6.5 fluid ounces, with the largest cups of that period, the “king-size,” irking out only 12, what we would consider to be a small-sized drink by today’s standards. 

Of course, market growth has never been a homogenous distribution; some grew by even more extremes. Take for example the Original Hershey chocolate bar. When it was first introduced, it weighed only 0.6 ounce; now the range stretches from 1.6 to 8 ounces - over ten times larger than the original. Fast food and baked goods, including cookies and muffins have also grown up to 8 times larger.

It is a scary trend when put into perspective of the growing obesity epidemic. Already, 26 percent of Canadian children between the ages of 2-17 years old are overweight or obese. Projecting this trend forward should it continue, we can expect 70% of 35-44 year olds in Canada to be overweight or obese in 20 years.

So next time when you order something, ask yourself if it is the right portion size for you.

When the Chef Is Also a Doctor

To Dr. David M. Eisenberg, an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, flavor is a health issue. That’s why he has started teaching doctors how to cook.

We are just starting to learn about nutrition and diet in the context of child development. While lectures have tried hard to deliver the basics behind the nutrients we need, the reasons behind their importance, and how a nutrient’s overabundance or lack thereof impacts us, I feel that something is lost in translation. Clinically, how do we distill the science into a practical suggestion for patients? I think this doctor is onto something.

Discussion: Food Security

Topic: Are there determinants of healthy eating? What do you think they are? As a matter of personal reflection, how often do you think about the safety or nutritional value of what you eat and drink?

Discuss your thoughts here.

I would love to have some exercise equipment at the hospital, preferably a strength room.
Health and wellness-centric classmate’s response to a survey on what the class should do with the sum we have accrued through fundraisers in the past year.