#58 Rent Control, Surviving the Holidays With Systems Not Willpower, Lifestyle Hints for Improving Mood and Diabetes and the Risk to Eye Health

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on December 15 and 16 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 rent control with Mitchell Abrahams, maintaining your health over the holidays with systems not willpower with Kathleen Trotter, lifestyle hints for improving your mood with Dr. Emily Lipinski and Diabetes and the Risk to your Eye Health with Dr. Varun Chaudhary and Anida Westlake.

We specifically discuss:

Rent Control

  • What is Rent Control?
  • Recent Liberal changes to rent controls in Ontario
  • Institutional investing in the rent control environment
  • The cost of building and maintaining an apartment
  • subsidies to build or rent affordable housing
  • changing land use to allow for affordable housing – loosening zoning regulation
  • condominiums vs. purpose built rental buildings
  • vacancy decontrol
  • How will continued growth impact the rental market?
  • The benefits of a new/modern rental unit
  • Freeing up rental supply
  • Income growth

Maintaining Your Health Over The Holidays

  • Positive habits over the holidays
  • Mindfully indulge in what you love
  • Set up systems for your future self
  • Look at menus ahead of time
  • Bring your food to a party
  • Avoid mindless eating
  • “The Mustard Rule”
  • Planning your indulgence

Lifestyle Hints for Improving Your Mood

  • What makes us sad?
  • Commit to making a change to your mood
  • Antidepressants
  • Exercise
  • Diet
  • Supplements
  • Cannabis
  • Mindfulness and meditation

Diabetes and the Risk to Eye Health

  • What is the risk to vision for diabetics?
  • diabetic retinopathy (“DR”)
  • the retina and vision loss
  • collateral symptoms
  • treatments for DR
  • Can an eye exam act as a diagnosis of diabetes?
  • Are diabetic eye checks routine?
  • What’s it like to be diagnosed with DR?

Links:

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

To learn more about Kathleen Trotter go here.

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

To learn more about The Canadian Ophthalmological Society go here.

 

#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.