#55 The Future of Medical Cannabis, Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance, The State of Care-giving in Ontario and the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on November 24 2018 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the future of medical cannabis with Shekhar Parmar, mindfulness and distress tolerance with Tracey Soghrati, the state of care-giving in Ontario with Christa Haanstra and the health benefits of dark chocolate with Ted Snider.

We specifically discuss:

The Future of Medical Cannabis

  • How does the new legislation impact the medical cannabis market?
  • Supply to the medical and recreational markets
  • Procedure to access medical cannabis in Ontario
  • Ailments qualifying potential medical cannabis patients
  • Ailments that disqualify one from medical cannabis
  • How do you start the process of accessing medical cannabis?
  • Online consultations
  • Online resources
  • New products and delivery mechanisms

Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance

  • Tolerating the “not knowing”
  • Distress tolerance
  • Window of tolerance
  • Anxious fantasy
  • notice your feelings
  • describe what you observe about your feelings
  • letting go

The State of Care-giving in Ontario

  • Mandate of the Change Foundation
  • The Role of Caregivers in the Health System
  • What is a caregiver?
  • Caregivers don’t self-identify
  • Systemic issues in the health system precludes support for caregivers
  • Why do caregivers struggle?
  • What is the “caregiver experience”?
  • Long term caregivers
  • Intensive caregivers
  • How do caregivers feel about care-giving?
  • Where do caregivers go (and don’t go) for help?

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • dark chocolate flavanoids
  • How dark?
  • chocolate and heart health
  • cholesterol, blood pressure, circulation
  • How much chocolate should we eat?
  • chocolate and diabetes
  • chocolate and mood
  • chocolate and brain health
  • chocolate and weight loss/exercise

Links:

For more information about show sponsor Harvest Medicine go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here.

To learn more about the Change Foundation go here.

To learn more about Ted Snider go here.

#54 Offloading Responsibility for Toronto’s Infrastructure to the Province, Digital Access to Health Records in Canada, Healthy Fats and Prebiotics vs. Probiotics

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on November 17 2018 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we discuss the pros and cons of offloading responsibility for Toronto’s infrastructure to the province with Mitchell Abrahams, digital access to health records in Canada with Michael Green, healthy fats with Dr. Emily Lipinski and prebiotics vs. probiotics with Tonic Holistic Nutritionist Megan Horsley.

Also….the Soul Segment with Lisa Marvin

We specifically discuss:

Offloading Responsibility for Toronto’s Infrastructure to the Province

  • What is Infrastructure?
  • Tax collection and responsibility
  • Sources of revenues and raising capital
  • raising capital through public/private collaboration
  • Provincial growth plan: Urban growth centers
  • Planning ahead
  • Transit
  • Growing the region
  • Benefits: Private Sector Suppliers
  • Cons: Less local say

Digital Access to Health Records in Canada

  • Current status of records in our health system
  • Coordinating technology
  • Adopting new technology
  • Reasons to update technology
  • Will some be left behind: age and affordability
  • Access and mobility concerns
  • Aspirations: Controlling health care through mobile devices
  • Resources required to make change
  • Timeline for changes:
  • Jurisdictions and resources to coordinate provinces and territories
  • Security concerns
  • Identity management

Healthy Fats

  • Should we avoid fats?
  • Sugar is the new fat
  • Trans-fats
  • Quality of fats
  • We need fat in our diets
  • Healthy vs. Unhealthy fats
  • Animal fats
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Olive oil

Prebiotics vs. Probiotics

  • What are probiotics?
  • What do probiotics do?
  • How do we know we need more probiotics?
  • Where do we get probiotics from?
  • Supplementation, fermented foods
  • What do prebiotics do?
  • What are prebiotics?
  • Contraindications?

Links:

For more information about show sponsor The Benvenuto Group go here.

To learn more about Michael Green’s work and Access 2022 go here.

To learn more about Dr. Emily Lipinski ND go here.

To read Megan Horsley’s article in Tonic Magazine go here.