Calcium Supplements May Be Hurting Your Heart

We all know how important it is to eat a balanced diet full of nutrient-rich foods, but in this fast-paced world many of us find it hard to do. That’s where supplements come into play. Canadians are huge buyers of supplements, spending an estimated $374 million a year. Supplements, in moderation, can certainly play an […]

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Medisys Physical Activity Guide

Exercise falls into 3 basic groups: 1. Cardio/Endurance: Rhythmic activities such as walking, running, swimming, cross-country skiing, skating and aerobics all increase your heart rate. Like any muscle, the heart gets stronger. This type of activity also pumps more oxygen and blood throughout your body, increasing your energy and burning calories to help you maintain […]

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Why increased physical activity should be on your new year’s resolution list

Our bodies were designed to be active. Physical activity promotes a healthy heart and cardiovascular system, a healthy brain, strong bones and the muscular strength and flexibility to be able to do physical tasks without pain or injury. In today’s sedentary society, people spend a great deal of time behind desks, in cars, and in […]

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Why you should drink less alcohol this holiday season

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect and it can be addictive. Short term effects of alcohol include intoxication, dehydration, and poisoning if consumed in enough quantity. In excessive quantities, alcohol is capable of damaging many organs and important body systems. Long term effects include changes to liver metabolism, addiction, damage to the […]

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Preventive Health Saves Lives

Preventive Health Saves Lives Evaluating the value of preventive health and what your proactive strategy should be. Read more below:   http://www.personalhealthnews.ca/prevention-and-treatment/preventive-health-saves-lives

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What you need to know this flu season

Why you and everyone around you needs to be protected.  The flu vaccine does not prevent every episode of influenza BUT, it can help reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent flu-related complications.  Influenza and its complications such as pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death in Canada and often a life-ending episode […]

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What is the quadrivalent influenza vaccine?

Until recently, seasonal influenza vaccines were designed to protect against three different influenza viruses, and so were referred to as trivalent influenza vaccines. The seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and one influenza B virus. However, there are two different types of influenza B viruses that can circulate in a given […]

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Being active is a predictor of healthy aging

We don’t just want to live longer; we want to live as healthy, active adults. No one is anxious to be that person, lost in a long-term-care facility, with little independence. So how do you achieve both a long life and a healthy one? You’ve read a bit about the importance of exercise. Indeed, exercise […]

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Is sitting the new smoking?

  • September 13, 2016
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    Dr. Irvine is the co-founder of Totum Life Science which has opened a new site at Medisys Bay St. Clinic, 333 Bay St. 15th Floor, Toronto Ontario. Stacy is also a Senior Exercise and Lifestyle  Advisor at Medisys Executive Health. Through her work as a chiropractor and strength and conditioning specialist, Dr. Irvine’s clientele ranges  from beginners, just starting out on an exercise program, to elite and  professional athletes, looking for advanced rehabilitation and training program strategies.

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Canadians come from a “Sitting Culture”. Improving health and heart disease prevention with regular exercise is core to the Medisys philosophy as a preventive health provider. Our society has evolved from hunter/gatherer to agrarian to one that is now technological in nature and which involves less and less physical activity.  “Screen time” is beginning to […]

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Is Exercise The Secret To Longevity

Olga Kotelko, a resident of West Vancouver, lived until her mid-90s, throwing a javelin and competing in senior’s track and field events. Was her longevity a result of regular physical  activity? Let’s explore what research says about our physical body, exercise and aging. Why should we start or continue exercise at the age of 65 or older? […]

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This Father’s Day, let us reflect on men’s health

  • June 15, 2016
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    Dr. David A. Delaney, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP

    Dr. David Delaney is a Family Physician who was born and raised in Quebec City. He is a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine and he completed his residency in the Family Medicine Department of St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Delaney is Board Certified in Family Medicine in both Canada and the United States. He is a Fellow in Family Medicine with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

    Dr. Delaney has been practicing medicine since 1996 in Canada as well as the United States. He provides high quality Evidence Based Medicine with an emphasis on Preventive Care. His areas of interest include the care and management of complex medical conditions, adolescent medicine and sports medicine. He has extensive experience working in private practice, caring for his patients in both the community and hospital settings, including the intensive care unit.

    In addition to his private practice experience, he was the team physician for Concordia University’s women’s hockey team in Montreal and Castleton State College’s men’s hockey team in Vermont. Prior to joining Medisys, Dr. Delaney practiced in Las Vegas, Nevada with United Healthcare.

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Understanding one’s risks for certain types of common diseases, and how one’s personal habits and lifestyle choices can help prevent some of these medical conditions constitutes a wise first step along the path of healthy living. With Father’s Day and Men’s Health Week around the corner, this is a good time to reflect on men’s […]

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Manage your weight with an active lifestyle

It’s no secret that physical activity and exercise does our body good. But did you know physical inactivity or sedentary behaviour has its own set of negative consequences? Sedentary people are more likely to carry excess fat mass and have difficulty maintaining a healthy body weight. These harmful consequences can lead to an increased risk of […]

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How Hard Should You Exercise For A Healthy Heart?

  • February 03, 2016
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    Hedieh Hafizi, Kinesiologist

    Hedieh Hafizi is a clinical exercise specialist with seven years of experience and a number of certifications in Health and Fitness. She completed an internship at the Healthy Heart program at St. Paul’s Hospital and was further certified as an Exercise Specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine.

    She obtained her Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Masters of Science degree in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of British Columbia.

    Hedieh is qualified to deliver a variety of exercise assessments, rehabilitation, risk factor identification and lifestyle management services to individuals with or at risk for cardiovascular, pulmonary and metabolic diseases.

    She is committed to helping clients make healthier lifestyle choices, meet their fitness goals and assist them in their recovery from injuries and chronic conditions.

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The fitness centres and gyms fill up this time of the year with folks eager to meet their New Year goals. Many of you might jump into exercise without considering your existing fitness status, medical issues, medication side effects and how intensely you should be exercising. When you exercise, your heart beats faster to meet the demand for […]

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Exercise For A Healthy Immune System

  • January 11, 2016
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    Stephanie Schlaak is a Certified Exercise Specialist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta in 2008. She obtained her ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification the same year. Stephanie started her career in cardiac rehabilitation, performing fitness tests and counseling patients to minimize their risk factors, improve their level of fitness, and help achieve a healthy lifestyle. She has experience working with clients in group settings and one-on-one to counsel and educate them on exercise programs, adherence to exercise, and progression through their program.

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Do you ever feel like you are constantly trying to get over a cold? Aging, smoking, mental stress, poor nutrition, and lack of sleep have all been shown to impair the immune system. Although this is an area of growing research, exercise can be a great way to keep your immune system strong. Introduce moderate […]

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Pneumonia and pneumonia deaths are increasing in Canada. How can you protect you and your family.

Since it’s the season to talk about immunization and flu shots, I thought I would also write about adult pneumonia. Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and needlessly affects millions of people worldwide each year that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Common signs of pneumonia can include cough, fever, and trouble breathing. […]

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It’s that time again: Practical tips for the cold & flu season

  • November 25, 2015
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    Trish Stolle is a graduate of the Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program at UBC and was Copeman Healthcare’s first Family Nurse Practitioner. Trish began her career in nursing following an honours degree (BScN) from the University of Western Ontario.  Her first introduction to pediatrics was working in the oncology and medical/surgery wards of the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario – an experience that revealed her two greatest passions; caring for children and teaching nursing. Her love for teaching was inspired by precepting students on pediatric rotations from her alma mater, UWO.

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As fall begins, we start to see the leaves change, the temperatures drop and the number of coughs and runny noses begin to climb. And it’s not the chilly weather that causes more illnesses, but our tendency to congregate indoors – making virus transmission easier. In order to help you deal with the months ahead, […]

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Is Swimming The Ultimate Exercise?

  • October 27, 2015
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    Les Jickling is the Senior Director, Marketing and Communications for Copeman Healthcare. He brings with him 21 years of experience in marketing, communications, product management and business development having worked for companies in the technology, biotechnology and healthcare sectors. He holds a BA in Political Science, a Master’s degree in Business Administration and his healthcare interests are prevention, nutrition and exercise.

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Consider the multiple beneftis of aquatic exercise Many people will never enjoy the feeling of cold water, the thought of holding their breath beneath the surface  or the stench of chlorine — but consider—could swimming be the ultimate exercise? The following report card on swimming shows that unlike other cardiovascular exercises, swimming offers benefits beyond […]

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Fighting Allergies

With the arrival of good weather a few weeks ago, trees began pollinating in earnest. This process causes many people to experience a variety of symptoms such as a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, watery and itchy eyes and puffy eyelids. If you feel the onset of any of these, chances are you have an allergy. The most common allergens are: […]

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Sun Protection From The Inside Out

Most of us are familiar with the guidelines for sensible tanning: no prolonged exposure, no exposure during the hottest parts of the day, and no exposure without sunscreen. However, you can help your skin resist the harmful effects of the sun by preparing and protecting it another way. How? By changing your diet. Starting now and for the rest of […]

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Reboot your exercise routine: 5 easy tips to meet your fitness goals

  • April 20, 2015
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    Lisa Kirk is the Director, Clinical Service Integration and a clinical exercise specialist at the Copeman Healthcare Centre in Calgary. Lisa obtained her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. She com­pleted an internship at the Cardiac Wellness Institute of Calgary and was further certified as a clinical exercise specialist with the American College of Sports Medicine.

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Is your resolution for 2015 to finally reach your health and fitness goals? It’s not as daunting as it may seem. Follow these five easy tips to get the most out of your workout: Move longer than the recommended 30 minutes Take the stairs, park farther away, and take your dog on longer walks. Use […]

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You Might Want To Reconsider What You Put In Your Coffee!

Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science released a study stating that artificial sweeteners might trigger high blood-sugar levels. These sweeteners are promoted as aiding weight loss and preventing diabetes – but they actually may have the opposite effect. Recently published in the journal Nature, the study led by Weizmann researchers Dr. Eran Elinav of […]

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Cancer Prevention

The Medisys team is proud to help you achieve your health objectives. In order to support your initiatives and keep you informed, we have written a series of short health capsules. You will occasionally receive reliable information that will help you make the right choices and adopt healthy lifestyle habits.   In Canada, more than […]

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The Non-Smoker’s Guide to Lung Cancer: How to Protect Yourself from the Invisible Killer

  • January 14, 2015
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    Dr. Cathy Harvey received her medical degree in 1982 from the University of British Columbia along with the Hamber Gold Medal for the high­est cumulative standing that year. During almost 25 years of family practice, Dr. Harvey has served as a medical advisor for the Workers Compensa­tion Board, a sessional physician for Planned Par­enthood and as a member of important collabora­tives in chronic disease management and mental health for the Vancouver Coast Health Authority. She has taught Clinical Skills at the University of British Columbia Medical School and has served as a ward supervisor and preceptor for family practice residents and medical students.

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If you don’t smoke, you’re not at risk of devel­oping lung cancer. True or False? If you said, “True”, think again. About 16 per cent of lung cancer deaths, or 3,000 cases per year in Canada, occur in non-smokers. The leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers is an invisible, tasteless, odourless gas called radon, […]

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Apps and Gadgets: Top Picks for Weight Loss Tools

  • January 14, 2015
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    Nina Hirvi is a Registered Dietitian and Director of Clinical Integration at Copeman Healthcare Centre. She has provided realistic nutrition solutions to several thousand clients through both individual counseling and seminars across Canada. Nina obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics from the University of British Columbia and an accredited internship from Vancouver General Hospital. Nina is a Certified Diabetes Educator.

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Did you know that 75 per cent of people who are successful at maintaining weight loss track their weight at least once a week? Whether dropping a few extra pounds or cutting down on daily fat intake, most of us need a source of accountability when taking on new health challenges. Consider keeping some on-demand […]

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Top Picks for Wearable Fitness Technology

  • January 14, 2015
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    Patrick May graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Exercise & Health Physiology). Patrick also obtained certifications in Clinical Exercise Physiology with both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Rachel Francis obtained her Kinesiology degree from the University of Calgary and went on to complete her practicum with the Southern Alberta Renal Program. Rachel has a strong background in chronic disease prevention and management, cardiac rehab and weight management. She is certified with the American College of Sport Medicine as a Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist.

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Aside from its convenient location in your pocket or on your wrist, the benefits of wearing a tracking device include helping with motivation, fostering competition, planning for future activity, and keeping you on the path to obtaining your goals. It is especially effective when your tracking device fits your fitness personality. Do you like all […]

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Got Jet lag? Seven Helpful Tricks to Reset Your Body Clock

  • December 23, 2014
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    Amra graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology & Genetics, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner. Amra maintains a special interest in travel medicine and immunizations. She also has a keen interest in education and is an Adjunct Professor at the UBC School of Nursing teaching in the Master’s program.

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We’ve all suffered from it. After taking a flight across two or more time zones, you might find yourself craving an omelette in the middle of the night or ready for a good night’s sleep…at 9 a.m. It’s called jet lag, and it’s caused by the temporary difference between the sleep and wake cycle generated […]

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10 bedtime tips to get your child to sleep

  • December 23, 2014
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  • Physical Health

    Trish Stolle is a graduate of the Master of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner program at UBC. She is passionate about her profession and enjoys working collaboratively within Copeman Healthcare’s, a member of Medisys. As a family nurse practitioner, Trish sees patients of all ages but has a particular passion for children. You will see Trish’s friendly smile when you visit the West Vancouver clinic.

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10 bedtime tips to get your child to sleep Sleep is an essential part of daily life for people of all ages. For children, sleep helps them grow, combat illness, and recover from action-filled days of new experiences. Children grow rapidly and are learning a wealth of information on a daily basis; they need downtime […]

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Yoga for a better night’s sleep

  • December 23, 2014
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    Sukhi Kambo is registered with the American College of Sports Medicine as a Clinical Exercise Specialist and is also registered with the Cardiology Technologist Association of British Columbia as a Registered Cardiology Technologist. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics in 2007, Sukhi started working with patients in the North Shore Cardiac Rehabilitation group and at the Saint Paul’s Healthy Heart Program. In 2010 she graduated with a technical diploma in Cardiac Sciences to further her understanding in cardiac pathophysiology and ECG interpretation.

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In our fast-paced Western culture, it’s no surprise that so many Canadians have difficulty falling asleep. Since it is not often possible to change our culture and our environment, another way to find some peace within the chaos of the world is through yoga. Yoga is the salvation in a tornado of mental and physical […]

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Why you should be sleeping like an athlete

  • December 23, 2014
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    Stephanie Schlaak is a Certified Exercise Specialist. She graduated with a Bachelor of Physical Education from the University of Alberta in 2008. She obtained her ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Specialist® certification the same year. Stephanie started her career in cardiac rehabilitation, performing fitness tests and counseling patients to minimize their risk factors, improve their level of fitness, and help achieve a healthy lifestyle. She has experience working with clients in group settings and one-on-one to counsel and educate them on exercise programs, adherence to exercise, and progression through their program.

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Whether you’re training for a competition or involved with recreational sports, you can expect to see a decrease in exercise performance if you are selling yourself short on sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends sleeping an average of seven to nine hours a night, but statistics show that adults get less than seven hours, on […]

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8 nutrition strategies to promote a good night’s sleep…and control your weight

  • December 18, 2014
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    Leslie Beck, a Registered Dietitian, is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements.
    www.lesliebeck.com

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Feeling tired and irritable aren’t the only consequences of poor sleep. Getting too little sleep can also sabotage your efforts to shed excess weight. Even a single night of poor sleep can wreak havoc on weight control by slowing metabolism and increasing hunger. Research shows that compared with normal sleep (8 hours), the body’s resting […]

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Tips for Nutrition Month 2013

On the occasion of Nutrition Month 2013, the team of dietitians at Medisys is pleased to provide you with some nutritional tips! On the menu: health information, lunch ideas and a healthy, easy-to-make recipe.   HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH COFFEE? While small doses may increase alertness and ability to concentrate, research has linked excessive […]

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