Menopause is not a disease that has to be treated. However, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor if you have symptoms that are troubling you. Here are some ideas you can use to ease the transition into and through menopause: quit smoking; eat a diet high in fibre, low in fat with many vegetables and fruit; ensure adequate intake of calcium and vitamin D; keep to a healthy weight and do weight-bearing exercises (even stair-climbing and dancing) at least three times weekly.
Over 60 per cent of Canadians say they don’t get a good night’s sleep. It’s a common problem and sleeping pills aren’t the answer. The mineral, magnesium, might be of some help. The best way to get vitamins and minerals is from food but magnesium levels are often low in many people so supplements might be in order. How much to take daily? For women, 320mg and for men 420mg. It might help.
The development of vaccines against COVID-19 happened in record time through the cooperation of the scientists worldwide. There is hope is that this cooperation will speed up the discovery of vaccines for illnesses like HIV.
One vaccine that is 90 per cent effective is the shingles vaccine, Shingrix. Immunization requires two shots and provides excellent protection against shingles, a very painful disease. If you are over the age of 70, get your shingles vaccine shots. You may have to pay for it but it will save you enduring the grief of shingles.
An alternative to medications has been used to treat depression. In 2002, Health Canada approved a novel treatment called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). It’s a procedure that delivers powerful magnetic impulses to the brain via a coil held close to the head. The goal of this treatment is to activate brain cells to reset their connections.
StarTrek medical devices are becoming a reality. There’s a product called MedWand that can be used by a patient and can check heart rate, temperature, look in the ears, and check your oxygen saturation. It even has a camera with built-in light to look down your throat. It will be a great device for use in telemedicine in communities with few medical services.
Intermittent fasting is when a person doesn’t eat for one or two days per week and normally on the others. Another form is to eat only during eight hours during day and nothing for the other 16 hours. Some use this idea for losing weight. However, diabetics, pregnant, and breastfeeding women and growing children should not fast.
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