chronic disease

Hi all!

Imagine if we had a pill that would prevent 80% of heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes and 40% of all cancers.  Would you take it?

Join the Alliance

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is where it’s at to help the movement to a healthier and happier Canada.

The 4E’s to better health

1st E: Eat healthy – starting with 5 vegetable and fruit servings a day will help keep us Doctors further away!

2nd E: Exercise – 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity (21 minutes a day) or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week is all it takes.  More is better.

3rd E: Ethanol – being more mindful of ethanol which is the chemical name for alcohol can help. A guideline of 1 drink (or less) a day or 7 drinks a week. Please don’t drink and drive.

4th E: Eliminate tobacco – quitting smoking still is one of the best things you can  do for health.

And if that is not enough, check out these YouTube videos!

Put us out of business!

That’s the pill. Nothing more, nothing less. If you can nail these 4 behaviours daily then we Doctors will be looking for work selling apples?!

Health and happiness to all!





December 20, 2015


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I wanted to check in again… it has been sooooo long! ;D

I recently took in a certain popular movie and I was disappointed on a number of levels.  The fanboy in me saw a cookie cutter plot (heroine on a desert planet finds droid with important information with bad guys wanting to desperately find it. She meets up with new friends who then go to a cantina to find transport to deliver the droid/plans. When the plans arrive – the good guys devise a plan to blow up the super weapon just in time before the super weapon destroys them!).  I was entertained, but some of the character development was shallow.  We can only hope for more in Episode 8!

But what really took me aback was the plethora of commercials that preceded the said movie.  There was 21 minutes of them to be exact.  I fully realize the marketing potential and what advertisers are paying for, but as I was reflecting with my son – he noted that we were a captive audience.  Commercial after commercial kept getting me more and more frustrated (BTW many of these ads were insulting to our intelligence)…

I felt helpless with this onslaught of  “consumer brainwashing,” but then remembered what I could and did do… I voted with my feet.  I stood up and walked – not out of the theatre (I didn’t want to miss the movie), but I broke through the stream…

Movement is the movement.

On a larger level, this is the most important message of our time.  More on that sitting is the new disease.  We need to collectively move more and in that we can use the opportunity to also start sending a message back to “the culture.”

Who is ready to stand up for themselves?




It is well known that there are 4 simple behaviours that can reduce and improve over 80% of all chronic medical diseases and premature death.  Conditions like heart disease, cancer, strokes (CVA) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease/emphysema (COPD) to name a few.  They all can be improved and prevented if we all started with the basics of healthy living.  Remember, we all will die, but it is premature death and loss of quality of life in the final years is what the name of the game is!

1st E: Eat healthy – this starts with 5 vegetable and fruit servings a day.

2nd E: Exercise – it only takes 2.5 hours a week or 21 minutes a day of brisk walking or other physical activity to keep the Doctor away!

3rd E: Ethanol (alcohol) – the chemical name for alcohol is ethanol. So limit ethanol to 7 drinks a week or 1 a day or less.

4th E: Eliminate tobacco – do what it takes to quit smoking.  It will save your life one day! 😀

More on this later…

Stay tuned for an important announcement coming soon!



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It has been some time since we have been posting in the blogosphere… We have been writing, reflecting and rewriting… and enjoying Breaking Bad, Walking Dead and most recently, House of Cards! 😀

Eat Think Live will be published this fall.  It has had many revisions and rewrites, but we are finally happy with the final product.  With that, we have decided to use the term neural engineering as the best way to describe this project.

Neural engineering is what we are doing when we help patients make lifelong healthy change like quitting smoking, losing weight or improving health and happiness.  The terms therapy or counselling with their many techniques like CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance commitment therapy), DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) and NLP (neurolinguistic programming) are too many letters to describe the very essence of this dynamic treatment.

Borrowing from the technical world of engineering with the fact that we are helping to elicit change in the nervous system from our brains to the peripheral nervous system on so many different levels, hence the term.

More on this soon.


The late, great Harold Ramis died this week.  Besides being known as one of the Ghostbusters, he also co-wrote and directed Groundhog Day (1993).

It is a movie which gives one much to think about life on this planet as it hurtles through space.

The movie’s premise is about the transformation of a selfish, self-centred weatherman, Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray), who is sent to cover the events of Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.  He becomes “trapped” on the same day, Groundhog Day, and he is forced to live the same day over and over again in all of perpetuity.  It appears to be a form of hell for Phil until he learns some valuable lessons on how to make the best of each day.  I won’t give away the movie, but will ask that if you are looking for a healthier and happier life that you might consider watching and thinking about Phil’s trials and tribulations some time.

Mediatherapy is everywhere!

This is a short piece Shaw did to help promote this year’s Walk With Your Doc. We (with Dr. Marcus Barron) talked about the positive health benefits of regular physical activity… it’s even better than an apple a day! Thanks Kait and Todd!


I just came across this video and am speechless… it is inspirational and gives me hope for a better world. It makes me want to do better each and every day… This mediatherapy rocks!

First World Problems

April 6, 2013

This video makes you think again about things that we take for granted in the First World. The shift begins…

New Year’s Resolutions

January 1, 2013

Hi all,

Happy New Year!

With a fresh new year ahead, people make New Year’s resolutions to help better themselves, only to find that by the middle of January, they have fallen and are frustrated with their “failure.”

I put quotations around “failure” to help reframe this term.  A better word would be “feedback.”  Remember that the intentions, i.e. quitting smoking or getting more exercise or eating healthier, are awesome things to strive for!

In the cessation clinic (CISIC), we say “feedback not failure.”  The “feedback” gives you useful information on how to get better at what you are doing.  Just like when you are learning how to ride a bike, if you fall off, you don’t stop trying, you brush yourself off and get back on.

The best quitters never give up!

Dr. Mike Evans has a nice video on healthy New Year changes (see post above).

May 2013 be a happy and healthy one for everyone!