Dr. W. Gifford-Jones, Special to Postmedia Network

Dr. W. Gifford-Jones.

Dr. Gifford-Jones' common-sense based medical column offered with the occasional dash of humour has been published in Canadian newspapers for 30 years.

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Readers weigh in on whether vitamin C would help treat or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Several weeks ago I reported that autopsies of the brains of people diagnosed with dementia reveal damage to small arteries, which may cause tiny strokes and brain injury. Researchers also discovered that mice with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), when treated with vitamin C, showed that typical amyloid plaques associated with this disease disappeared! An

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We've become a nations of wimps

Long ago, immigrants landed on our hostile shores. They had no shelter, food or medical care. They hacked down forests and tried to survive. Many didn't. They developed colds and sore backs. But they had more to do than swallow pills. Nor did they have social agencies to pamper them. Today, their offspring have become wimps, part of a drug-infested

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Informed consent: Are you really informed?

If I were a patient, what would I want to know about the risk of treatment? Since I’ve been one a few times, let me tell you what I worried about before past medical procedures. And will there ever be truly informed patients?

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Are your eyes mismatched?

Leo Durocher, the fiery win-at-all-costs baseball player, and later manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, once remarked, "I never question the integrity of umpires. Their eyesight? Yes!" Durocher would have questioned their eyesight more if he had known they were suffering from aniseikonia - where the image in one eye is perceived as a difference in siz

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Dying: I don’t want to be there when it happens

Woody Allen, when asked for his opinion about death, replied, “I don’t worry about dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens!” Unfortunately, Allen will be there and so will the rest of us. This week, why I have a personal interest in the end of life. And what can we all do to provide the best of care to loved ones near death.

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Nitric oxide: The miracle molecule

My initial reaction to this news was "It's too good to be true." But three researchers received the prestigious Nobel Prize for its discovery. Louise J. Ignarro, one of the prize winners, says, "There may be no disease process where this miracle molecule does not have a protective role."

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Hillary Clinton: Did she receive the best Rx?

Do famous people always receive superior medical care? If this were a Trivial Pursuit question, the answer would be a big “Yes.” After all, they’re famous and have the money to demand the best medical treatment. But has fame and fortune guaranteed that Clinton has been given the best advice to treat pneumonia? This week I encountered several surpri

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How much protein should you really eat in a day?

Fads in clothing come and go. Women’s skirts go up and then get longer. Men’s pants get wide and then narrower. Fads also occur in medicine. In the 1980s it was “low fat” for packaged foods and weight loss diets. Later on the buzz word was “low carb.” Now, walk down the aisle in supermarkets or health food stores and it’s hard to miss the protein c

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Kidney condition can have life-long consequences

Many North Americans will unknowingly fall into a trap in 2013. It results in “unintended consequences.” Moreover, as medical treatment progresses every year, more of such consequences are waiting to happen. This week, what you should know about acute kidney injury (AKI).

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We should not need a one-way ticket

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.

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Contracting worms

“Would you like ice in your drink?” To this, I normally say “yes”. But there are times when I say an emphatic “no”. I know, when travelling in the less hygienic part of the world, having an icy drink may result in the “Hong Kong Trots” or “Montezuma’s Revenge”.