Tag Archives: Health

Immunization – myths and misconceptions (2012)

Myths of immunization

This lecture was presented at the recent fall nursing symposium. Depending on your connection it may take a few moments to load.

References and links

  1. Inflammation described by Celsus
  2. What is an antigen?
  3. Types of immunity
  4. Plague in the middle ages
  5. How India has defeated Polio, a BBC report
  6. Edward Jenner – the man who saved more lives than any other man
  7. Herd immunity
  8. Algorithm for immunizing persons with egg allergies
  9. Influenza vaccination in individuals with egg allergies
  10. Ileal-lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis and pervasive developmental disorder in children, Lancet 1998- the original article by AJ Wakefield that started the controversy over vaccination in the late 1990s
  11. Wikipedia article on Andrew Wakefield
  12. My comments on Wakefield findings dated January 2011
  13. Article in The Telegraph reporting on the outbreak of Measles in Liverpool
  14. Risk of seizures after whole cell pertussis or Measles, Mumps, and Rubella vaccine
  15. Gates foundation and vaccination

Healthy living blog

I just found out that Dr Stuart Segal, a close colleague  and local family physician has been blogging too. He blogs about issues related to health that come up in his day to day practice. Being a family physician he certainly sees a broader range of health issues in his practice than I do and frequently writes commentary on frontline issues. Continue reading

Fruit and vegetable intake and overall cancer risk

This is a published 8 year study that followed over 477 thousand individuals looking for incidence of cancer. The results were interestingly that the intake of fresh fruit and vegetables make little if no difference in the rates of cancer. Interesting but not surprising findings. Remember statistically the best ways to maintain health is:

  1. Watch your weight, keep the BMI within normal range
  2. Dont smoke
  3. Get regular exercise
  4. Get treatment for hypertension and diabetes
  5. Keep up to date on vaccinations
  6. Avoid accidents

Fruit and vegetable intake and overall cancer risk… [J Natl Cancer Inst. 2010] – PubMed result.

Getting the most from your doctor- How do doctors make a diagnosis

A better understanding of how doctors make diagnoses can help the consumer get the most out of a doctor visit.

A better understanding of how doctors make diagnoses can help the consumer get the most out of a doctor visit.

By no means am I suggesting that patients need to know how to make a diagnosis but rather that a better understanding of the mechanics of the process may help avoid unnecessary waste of time and money in trying to provide care. Continue reading

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Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM

Very interesting article in the recent New England Journal of Medicine about BMI and mortality. Nothing earth shattering in terms of news but does produce more evidence that BMI accounts for a significant part of “health”. A great portion of health is just maintaining optimal BMI, not smoking and getting some exercise.

Body-Mass Index and Mortality among 1.46 Million White Adults — NEJM.