We Should Not Need a One-Way Ticket
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, May 5, 2013
What would you do in this situation? The patient is paralyzed, incontinent of bowel and urinary functions, unable to take nourishment and obviously in pain. I doubt that anyone, regardless of race or religion, would disagree with a lethal injection if the patient were a beloved dog. But humans in most nations are denied this right.Antibiotics for Cleaning Teeth after Hip Replacement?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, March 24, 2013
What should you do if a dentist or dental hygienist says, “I won’t clean your teeth unless you agree to take antibiotics following surgical hip or knee replacement?” Today, over one million hip and knee replacements are done every year in North America. It’s estimated that by the year 2030 this number will escalate to four million annually. But should dentists paint every joint implant patient with the same brush?TA-65, Ponce de Leon’s Anti-Aging Pill
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, April 15, 2012
Would Albert Einstein’s genius have discovered the secret of life if he hadn’t died at 76 years of age? We will never know. But for years, in an endeavour to extend life, scientists have searched for Ponce de Leon’s “fountain of youth”. Now, their discovery of a unique molecule, TA-65, which is not science fiction, has opened new doors to this goal.Try the Kitchen Experiment to Protect Your Vision
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, February 19, 2012
It’s been said that, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”. But wherever you are, good eyes are a priceless possession. Today, tens of thousands of North Americans are struggling to read fine print, worrying about driving at night, or suffering from dry eyes or eye fatigue. Now, there’s a natural remedy “Vision Essentials” to help prevent these degenerative problems of aging.Advance toward an imaging agent for diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease
By American Chemical Society Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Scientists are reporting development and initial laboratory tests of an imaging agent that shows promise for detecting the tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the brain — signs that now can’t confirm a diagnosis until after patients have died. Their report appears in the journal ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters.
Winter Fractures – How to Prevent them
By Guest Column Friday, November 18, 2011
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a silent thief. It is a life altering, disabling and potentially deadly disease. It is a condition in which ongoing loss of bone leads to thin fragile bones that break easily. The bone loss may continue to the point where the bones can no longer provide the points of attachment for the muscles and tendons or protection for the body’s organs. One of the most devastating issues is the fractures and collapse of the spine. This can lead to significant postural changes that affect your breathing and digestive system as well as your quality of life and that of your families.
Osteoporosis causes an estimated 80% of 30,000 hip fractures annually in Canada. Sadly, less than 20% of women and 10% of men are appropriately tested after an osteoporosis-related fracture. Hip fractures related to osteoporosis result in death in up to 30% of cases and 23% of patients who fracture a hip die in less than a year. Osteoporotic hip fractures consume more hospital bed days than stroke, diabetes, or heart attack combined.Senior Helpers Takes Caregiving to the Next Level With New Alzheimer’s and Dementia Program
By Guest Column Monday, November 7, 2011
Alzheimer’s disease is among the top ten leading causes of death in the United States, affecting more than five million people across the nation. And for each person with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, there can be as many as four individuals providing their daily care. That’s why Senior Helpers, one of the largest in-home care companies for seniors, has created a revolutionary program to help local caregivers and families properly care for their elderly loved ones battling these devastating diseases.The Secrets To Staying Active Physically, Mentally And Sexually At Age 100
By Guest Column Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Southlake, TX, – With 80,000 centenarians currently in the world and more expected in the future, scientists predict that children born today may well reach their 150th birthday. And that doesn’t mean their last fifty years will be in a nursing home; it means living life to the max – good mental faculties, physically active and also enjoying sex – the new ‘doorway to the fountain of youth!’There’s More to Boston than Baked Beans
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, September 25, 2011
This fall the mention of Boston brings the Stanley Cup to mind. But there’s more to Boston than hockey and baked beans. I recently visited 711Washington Street in downtown Boston. Why? Because it’s the address of the world’s largest research center on nutrition and aging. 300 scientists there are studying a disease that affects everyone, Sarcopenia.
By Guest Column Wednesday, April 27, 2011
MONTREAL, Twenty-four hour cycles, known as circadian rhythms, are important for proper body functions, including for normal brain function and mental health. Disruptions of circadian rhythms and sleep-wake cycles have been observed in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. A new study by Douglas Institute researchers unravels a possible basis for these perturbations.
Is Your Parent Healthy Enough For Surgery?
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, April 17, 2011
Warren Buffett, believed to be the world’s greatest investor says, “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing”. Risk in surgery also comes from not knowing what you’re doing. But in this case rather than losing money you can lose a life. This week, how the fragility test saves lives.
A report from Johns Hopkins University says that “50 percent of people over 65 will undergo surgery.” It’s therefore a forgone conclusion that aging parents and their children will be asking, “Do you believe he or she is well enough to undergo an operation?”Vitamin C and Alzheimer’s Disease
By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, August 29, 2010
What causes Alzheimer’s Disease? No one knows the answer. But an article in the Journal, “Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders” claims there’s an important link between heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. The link is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). What amazes me is that since it’s been shown vitamin C can reverse atherosclerosis in coronary arteries, why isn’t any one advocating its use in trying to prevent this catastrophic disorder?Vitamin C and Alzheimer’s Disease
By Dr. Gifford Jones Monday, August 16, 2010
What causes Alzheimer’s Disease? No one knows the answer. But an article in the Journal, “Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders” claims there’s an important link between heart disease and Alzheimer’s Disease. The link is atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). What amazes me is that since it’s been shown vitamin C can reverse atherosclerosis in coronary arteries, why isn’t any one advocating its use in trying to prevent this catastrophic disorder?Fight Aging and Diabetes With a “Cup Of o’Joe”
By Dr. Gifford Jones Monday, August 2, 2010
“Would you like another cup of coffee?” the waiter asks. Most likely you’ll say “Yes” and then wonder if you’re drinking too much of “o’Joe” for your health. Today, over 110 million North Americans consume coffee. But how much is too much, and can it decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes or slow down aging?Health Canada approves first and only once-a-month treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis
By News on the Net Monday, June 1, 2009
Health Canada has approved Actonel(R) (risedronate sodium tablets) 150 mg, Canada’s first and only once-a-month dosing option in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Canadian patients at high risk of osteoporotic fracture now have the convenience of taking one tablet on the same day each month.Next 15 Columns