My new book is out!

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“This is an important book – in fact, indispensable for women and their families whose lives have been affected by heart disease.”

Dr. Barbara Keddy, Professor Emerita, Dalhousie University, Halifax

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My new book, “A Woman’s Guide to Living with Heart Disease” (Johns Hopkins University Press, November 2017) is now available. It’s based on my award-winning blog, Heart Sisters.  You can read Chapter 1 here (via the press kit at JHUP). Ask for my book at your local bookshop (if they don’t have it yet, get them to order!) or purchase it online at:

If you do order your copy of the book online, please leave a Customer Review after you’ve read it (Amazon or Barnes and Noble). Apparently, these reviews help. . .

 

Bohemian polypharmacy – with a nod to Queen

Bohemian Polypharmacy

Sit back for six minutes or so and enjoy every line of Bohemian Polypharmacy – a parody of Queen’s classic, Bohemian Rhapsody. This time around, it’s a song all about polypharmacy – which is what we call it when we are taking more medicines than we need to.  This is yet another brilliant gem from Canadian pharmacist and professor Dr. James McCormack, with lyric help from David Scotten and creative input from Pete McCormack.  Great vocals are by local Victoria band Aivia members Liam Styles Chang (lead) and Shae Scotten (background).

Dr. James McCormack is half of the brains behind Therapeutics Education Collaboration (TEC), home of the highly entertaining (and educational) BS Medicine podcast (the BS stands for, of course, Best Science). His partner in crime is family physician Dr. Michael Allan. Here’s how they describe TEC:

“The best way to describe us is that we are the ‘mythbusters’ of drug therapy.”
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The cardiac miracle cure? Vitamin C, lysine and Dr. W. Gifford-Jones

It all started with a simple question from one of my blog readers at Heart Sisters.  Another heart attack survivor asked me if I’d heard about the use of high-dose vitamin C and lysine to prevent or reverse coronary artery disease, a treatment duo often touted in health food stores. It turns out that almost any Canadian who reads any daily newspaper across our great country has likely heard of these particular supplements, thanks to a syndicated health columnist named W. Gifford-Jones MD whose columns have been published in over 70 newspapers in Canada and beyond.

He’s a University of Toronto- and Harvard-trained MD and author whose bio also includes “family doctor, hotel doctor and ship’s surgeon”. (That’s not his real name, by the way – which is Ken Walker).  In one of his columns published in the Windsor Star in December, the 89-year old Gifford-Jones/Walker described his own personal experience taking this vitamin C and lysine combo:   Continue reading