Zinc-up to fight the blues

Brain cells that govern emotion are rich with zinc; the more they have, the healthier they are. In a 12-week study, participants who took 25 mg a day of zinc reported feeling happier. If you’re feeling blue, consider a zinc supplement, or dig in to a plate of fresh oysters. Three ounces provide a 52-mg 

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The Straighten Up Canada app

By Dr. George I. Traitses Musculoskeletal issues are the cause of one-third of missed work second only to the common cold; poll reveals almost half of Canadians suffered from four or more MSK conditions in the last year. The Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA), in partnership with the 10 provincial chiropractic associations, has launched a new 

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Five things that will zap your energy

By Dr. George I. Traitses You don’t need us to tell you that living off Pop Tarts and three hours of sleep drains you of energy. But those are not the only factors that can lead to a big dip. If you’re about an hour away from crawling under your office desk to take a 

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Updated Policy: Preventing discrimination vs pregnant and breastfeeding women

TORONTO–The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released an updated version of its Policy on preventing discrimination because of pregnancy and breastfeeding in an eLaunch Oct. 29. An hour-long webinar – available at – provides an overview of the policy, offers a Q&A opportunity, and features several speakers. “Pregnancy and breastfeeding are health issues, and 

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Children and Vitamin D

By Dr. George I. Traitses Some children suffer from winter-related atopic dermatitis–a chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin that makes victims uncomfortable and more prone to a vulnerable bacterial infection. Now, recent findings show that vitamin D could significantly improve symptoms of the seasonal health issue. “While we don’t know the exact proportion of patients 

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Healthy lifestyles and women

By Dr. George I. Traitses After being followed an average of 10 years, women who ate a healthy diet, drank alcohol moderately, never smoked, remained physically active and had a healthy body weight were 54 percent less likely to have a stroke than women with none of these factors, said study author Susanna Larsson, a 

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Child heart patients and alternative medicine

By Dr. George I. Traitses Findings from a new study indicate that patients presenting to pediatric cardiology clinics in Canada reported a high use of complementary and alternative medicine products and practices. Researchers developed and distributed a survey to pediatric cardiology patients and their parents or guardians who were seen at Stollery Children’s Hospital in 

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Exercise offers hope for ADHD/Prescription Drug Epidemic

By Dr. George I. Traitses The CDC says 6.1% of American children were taking an ADHD medication like Adderall or Ritalin in 2011 (the latest data available), up from 4.8% in 2007. Eleven percent of children were diagnosed with ADHD in 2011, also up from 7.8% in 2003. Despite the well-documented dangers of ADHD drugs 

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Important tips for drivers during back-to-school season

By Dr. George I. Traitses As summer draws to a close and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, over 800,000 students across Ontario will ride the bus back to school. Dr. George Traitses and Canadian Automobile Association are reminding drivers to slow down in school zones and watch for flashing bus lights. 

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Tomatoes may reduce prostate cancer risk

By Dr. George I. Traitses Dig into summer’s favorite vegetable (well, fruit): researchers in the U.K. say tomato consumption may lower a man’s risk of prostate cancer by a staggering 20 percent. The health benefit may be related to reselycopene, a powerful antioxidant found in tomatoes. “Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in 

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