Dr. Mitch Shulman

Public Health

As CJAD AM 800’s medical consultant, Dr. Mitch Shulman has developed a large following of listeners and now readers who trust his down-to earth and extremely informative medical advice.

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First, some hard truths. The average guy pays a lot less attention to his health than the average woman. It’s a fact. Compared to women, men are more likely to drink alcohol and use tobacco; take unnecessary risks and avoid seeing a doctor for regular checkups. The biggest killers of men and…

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Intermittent fasting refers to the practice of only eating between certain hours of the day, or in some versions, alternating normal diet days with days when you severely restrict the number of calories that you eat.

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Whether it’s a reaction to grass, trees, ragweed or any one of a score of other spring and summer time seasonal triggers, for some of us this time of year can be sheer misery. At the core, your body’s immune system is reacting to something that it should be ignoring. Once you’re exposed, you…

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Almost every one of us has had the occasional night where we couldn’t fall asleep and felt miserable the next day. But what happens when that occurs night after night. Will it affect our health and, if so, what can we do about it?

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This can be a tough time. The holiday bills come due; work and school restart; and with the short, cold, dark days it’s easy to become sad. Here are some suggestions to beat the “post holiday blues”.

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Not a day goes by without a story about a new health miracle: a diet that will let you live to be 120; a new exercise that will prevent cancer; a drug that will stop Alzheimer’s disease in it’s tracks... But if you’ve been a close follower of my articles in The Suburban, then you won‘t be su…

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Eighteen years ago, more than 2,000 people fell ill in Walkerton, Ontario and 6 died. E. coli and campylobacter contamination of the water supply was responsible. In Dec 2017, E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce left many sick in both the US and Canada. There have been other outbreaks in th…

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Now that the kids have been back at school for a few weeks, colds and sore throats are starting to peak in the community. It’s predictable every year. But this is also hay fever season — a misnomer, by the way, as the reaction is to pollen in the air from ragweed. There’s no hay around and i…

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As we’re getting ready for the start of the new school year, let’s look at some things that you should consider. Take a few moments to update your kid’s emergency contact info. Don’t count on the school or their cell phones. They need to have an updated emergency contact list in their backpa…

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Some of the heat waves that we recently endured were with us long enough to make some people very sick and most of us very miserable. Fortunately, the temperature and most importantly the humidity are back to more reasonable levels. The flip side to that advantage is that any adaptations tha…

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There’s a lot of confusion as to how you should keep yourself properly hydrated as the summer heat and humidity attack. Our body consists of cells and tissues that are filled with liquid. We have to keep enough inside to meet all the various needs of circulation, metabolism, cooling and wast…

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“Cancer cure!!! Big breakthrough!!!” — Pick your cancer. These types of headlines appear over and over again. They don’t reflect what’s really happening and because of that people get discouraged. They shouldn’t be. Let me explain why.

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A guy walks in to the doctor’s office. “Doctor,” he says, “I want to live to be 100. What should I do?” The doctor replies, “Give up wine, women and song.”

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Could there be a public health reason why the Habs haven’t gone very far in the post season? Perhaps they are worried about triggering heart attacks in their fans? A report published this fall in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology might reasonably lead you to that assumption.

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As the days get shorter, some of us will start feeling increasingly fatigued and lethargic with less energy or interest in doing anything. It’s labelled the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD for short) and it’s a form of depression. So, can indoor tanning help beat the winter blues? Unfortuna…

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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’d like to take this opportunity to debunk some myths about cancer in general and breast cancer specifically.

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Getting ready for school isn’t just about shopping for clothes and books and supplies. You also have to prepare your kids for the shift in their schedules that starting school necessitates. This can be especially difficult for your teens as their natural body rhythm prefers late nights and l…

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Men have a reputation for not seeing their doctors enough. It‘s a fact. In spite of the truth that men die at an earlier age than women and are more likely to engage in activities such as drinking to excess and smoking that put their lives at risk, they are half as likely as a woman to have …

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‘13 Reasons Why’ is a TV series appearing on Netflix based on the novel (of the same name) by Jay Asher. It relates the story of a fictional teenager, Hannah Baker, and her suicide. She records and leaves behind 13 tapes going over why she has done this.

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‘13 Reasons Why’ is a TV series appearing on Netflix based on the novel (of the same name) by Jay Asher. It relates the story of a fictional teenager, Hannah Baker, and her suicide. She records and leaves behind 13 tapes going over why she has done this.

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The headlines scream: “Anti-inflammatory Medicines linked to Cardiac Arrest!” If you occasionally use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen (trade names Advil, Motrin and others) or have been prescribed anti-inflammatory medications like diclofenac (trade name Voltare…

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Alan Thicke’s recent tragic and unexpected death has refocused attention on the risk to middle-aged and older men playing hockey and perhaps other sports. Is hockey really to blame? Should we all stop playing once we hit a certain age?

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As we get closer to the holidays, the stress tends to increase. Shopping; all the stuff that has to get done before the vacation time off; school pressure and exams; the preparations for visiting family and friends… All this and more can ramp up the stress you feel to incredible levels.

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It’s probably one of the most commonly believed medical myths. Parents, teachers and babysitters will tell you that the reason young Tommy or Sally is bouncing off the walls is because they are under the influence of a “sugar high”. Where does this idea come from? It may date back to the 1970s.

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As Halloween approaches, you may be making special preparations so that your children are safe as they go trick or treating, but they aren’t the only ones who need to be careful at this time of the year.

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A new study may be stoking unnecessary fears among pregnant women. Researchers in the U.S. looked at boys who were already diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and tried to figure out if the number of ultrasounds that the mom had undergone during her pregnancy led to more severe autistic …

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Please do not rush out and start yourself (if you’re pregnant) or your child, on zinc supplements to reduce the risk of developing autism ….. yet. But do keep your eyes and ears open as there have been some very interesting recent scientific developments.

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Typically this is where I remind you about the preschool visit to the kid’s doc; the update of any vaccines etc; and, the need to take precautions to make your child’s knapsack manageable and safe by reducing the load. There, it’s done!

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Summer is finally here. However, with the sun comes the heat and humidity, which can be dangerous to anyone, not just the elderly or people with underlying medical conditions. Even an Olympic athlete needs about 2 to 3 weeks to become acclimatized to high heat and humidity.

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Once again wait times in Quebec emergency rooms (ERs) have hit the headlines. We’re the worst in the Western World! On the one hand we can wait for the bureaucracy to step in and try to fix things (which they’ve obviously failed to do so far) or we can take matters into our own hands.

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When someone develops rheumatoid arthritis (RA), their immune system attacks the lining of the joints, the synovium, causing pain; swelling; and eventually, the deformity of those joints. The resulting inflammation can also damage the heart, eyes and many other organs.