Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 24 and 25, 2024 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss what shingles is with Dr. Christine Palmay MD, the science behind the medical use of cannabis with Dr. Benjamin Caplan MD, how to decipher online health information with health advocate Dr. Charles Platkin PhD and post Ozempic weight maintenance tips with author Dr. Eric Berg DC.

We specifically discuss:

What is Shingles?

  • Less than 10% of Canadians over 50 understand the incidence of the develppment of shingles
  • Aging and shingles
  • What is shingles?
  • How is it caused?
  • Why are there so many misconceptions surrounding shingles?
  • Vaccine fatigue
  • The risk of developing shingles increases with age
  • Severe shingles
  • Are booster shots required?
  • What happens if you miss the second dose?
  • Is shingles contagious?
  • Shingles is painful
  • Can you get shingles if you’re under 50?
  • If you’ve never had chicken pox can you get shingles?


The Science Behind Cannabis

  • How do cannabis treatments offer a new paradigm in treatment?
  • The endocannabinoid system
  • What does the endocannabinoid system do?
  • Endocannabinoid deficiency
  • Which chronic illnesses can cannabis potentially help with?
  • Can cannabis help combat cancer?
  • How can we quantify if cannabis is treating illnesses?
  • Cannabis can help with sleep: muscle relaxation and rumination
  • The Doctor Approved Cannabis Handbook


Deciphering Online Health Information

  • Why is it important to get good health information?
  • Who owns or is responsible for the online content?
  • How can you assess the credibility of a website?
  • Fact vs. opinion
  • Accuracy and timeliness


Post-Ozempic Weight Maintenance Tips

  • Why is it important to have a sustainable approach to weight maintenance?
  • Protein and other nutrients
  • The Keto diet
  • Maintaining the Keto diet
  • Going off and on the Keto diet
  • Intermittent fasting
  • 16-8
  • OMAD – one meal a day
  • Maintaining muscle mass: protein and exercise
  • Other lifestyle choices


To learn more about Dr. Christine Palmay MD go here

To learn more about Dr. Benjamin Caplan MD go here

To learn more about Dr. Charles Platkin PhD go here

To learn more about Dr. Eric Berg DC  go here.