"You might want to read this,” my wife Michelle offered over our morning coffee last weekend. “What is it?” I asked. "There’s an interesting article in the CBC on the post-COVID symptoms that you’ve been talking about. According to the article, 1 in 3 people with COVID can go on to develop post COVID symptoms. They’re calling themselves, “Long Haulers”. Haven’t you been looking into this?” I had been -especially in the aftermath of a wide-spread outbreak at Roberta Place a
The conversation often starts like this, “What’s my vitamin D level, Doc?” or “I’d like to check my vitamin D level?” A big part of my job is interpreting lab results for patients and almost irrespective of the condition, the journey usually begins at the interpretation of the complete blood count or CBC for short, and typically culminates at the vitamin D test. Less by design, and more by default -it’s just how labs are typically reported. Working through this interpretatio
Ask any of the local LifeLab phlebotomists that work in proximity to our office and they’re likely to tell you that I order lots of serum zinc tests. Ask our staff and you’ll also find that there is hardly an IV bag administered that doesn’t contain it. So why am I so bullish on zinc? Lots of reasons, including... It’s vital for growth and development. It’s critical to wound healing. It helps maintain healthy bones, skin, hair, and nails. It’s absolutely vital to optimizi
Helping patients improve their mental health is a big part of our practice. As it’s #mentalhealth awareness month, I’d like to highlight one of the lesser known prescriptions that we write in the office - the amino acid L-tryptophan. When you hear L-tryptophan, most people think of the protein precursor associated with eating too much Thanksgiving turkey! So while it’s true, that high amounts of tryptophan can help put you to sleep (which is why we use it for insomnia), it’
“What multivitamin are you taking?” I asked. “It’s the…over 50…for women,” the patient began and then told me the brand name.
“I would suggest you stop taking that supplement…” I offered.
“Why?” the patient asked.
“It contains Vitamin A and beta carotene which increases the risk of certain cancers in smokers.”
“What?!” the patient gasped, “really?”
“Yup, we’ve known this for a long time. Yet, sadly, most supplement companies continue to add vitamin A and beta carotene to