Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 18 and 19, 2023 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’ll discuss the efficacies of cannabis and other medications prescribed for pain management with geriatric pharmacist Andy Donald, what to do if you’re struggling with low desire with Sex Therapist Michelle Fischler, how proper hydration may lengthen your life with researcher David Nelson ND and slowed down self-care with entrepreneur Kristy Miller.

We specifically discuss:

Pain Management

  • What makes pain challenging to treat?
  • The subjective nature of pain
  • Short term (acute) pain vs. chronic pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Pain pathways
  • Why is pain more severe as we age?
  • What happens if pain goes untreated?
  • Pain treatments
  • Lifestyle treatments of pain
  • Topical pain medications
  • Nerve pain meds
  • How does acetaminophen (Tylenol) work?
  • Medical cannabis
  • Is cannabis a viable Arthritis treatment?
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Are the side-effects of cannabis significant?
  • …Opioids


Struggling With Low Desire

  • How common is low desire?
  • Quality of sex
  • What causes low desire?
  • What happens when there is a desire discrepancy?
  • How do you fix the desire discrepancy?
  • Creative solutions
  • Broadening the notion of what is sex
  • Medications in support of sex


Hydration and Longevity

  • Why is water important to our health?
  • Types of water
  • Fluoride as a microbiome disruptor
  • A broad, long term, new study into hydration
  • Hydration and sodium load
  • How much water is enough water for better health?
  • Dietary acid load


Slowed Down Self Care

  • Self care
  • How the pandemic impacted self care
  • Shower steamer
  • Essential oil vs. oil fragrance
  • Self care rituals


To learn more about show sponsor, Pharma-Z powered by the Health Depot go here

To learn more about Andy Donald go here

To learn more about Michelle Fischler go here

To learn more about David Nelson go here

To learn more about Kristy Miller go here.