Capsule Comments by Bill Coon, Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Capsule Comments

Our brain is a fragile part of our body. It doesn’t like being knocked around. A study of NFL football players who donated their brain for research after their death found that 99 per cent of the brains were damaged. In Canada, about 1.5 million people are living with a brain injury of some type. Concussions are common in the 10-18 age group with 39 per cent who visit ER departments having a concussion. Take care of your children’s brain and your own.

Medical Tourism
Are you considering medical tourism; traveling to another country to get a medical procedure done? Be sure all medical records are available after the procedure. Ask about follow-up appointments. Consumer protection laws vary from country to country and may not be the same as in Canada. Check on what immunization is needed for the country you are visiting. Make sure you know the risks of the procedure before going. And don’t go alone!

Fortnight Dieting
Have you heard of the “fortnight diet”? It’s when you diet for two weeks then eat normally for two weeks. A study compared two groups of obese men. Calorie-intake of one group was reduced by one-third and they ate this diet for 16 weeks. The second group had the same diet for two weeks then went back to their normal diet for two weeks, alternating for 16 weeks. The second group lost more weight than the first and gained back less weight after the diet us finished. Interesting!

Fun Fact
Left-handedness is found in 10% of men and 8% of women. At one time this trait was looked upon negatively. In fact, the Latin word for left is sinister.

It’s flu shot season
The immunity provided by the flu shot lasts about six months so if you haven’t already received your shot, get it now. The protection response will begin within 10-14 days. Remember, you can’t get the flu from the flu shot. It is not a live vaccine and has no ability to cause the flu but can protect you from it.

Be sure to visit Penny at Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in the Home Health Care department for your compression stocking, mastectomy or ostomy needs.

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon, Pharmacist Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy

Bill Coon graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto in 1984, and was the Faculty’s Centennial Scholar that same year.  Bill and his pharmacist wife, Barbara, along with Paul Whitehead, opened Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy in 1990. The understanding that medications are only part of the health solution has lead to Bill’s interest in fitness and health, both personally and professionally.  Bill’s Capsule Comments provide a full range of up to date health information.

Muskoka Medical Centre Pharmacy is conveniently located in the Huntsville Professional Building ~ 348 Muskoka Road 3 North, Huntsville  Phone:(705) 789-1785

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