#172 Challenges in the Canadian Healthcare Sector, the Covid-19 Vaccines, Anxiety and Sex and the Intolerance of Uncertainty

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on February 20 and 21, 2021 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 challenges in the Canadian health care sector with George Barakat, the Covid-19 vaccines with Adarsh Shah, the connection between anxiety and sex with Carlyle Jansen and the intolerance of uncertainty with Tracey Soghrati

We specifically discuss:

Challenges in the Canadian Health Care Sector

  • What challenges face the Canadian health care industry?
  • Health equity, health care spending, evolving patient expectations and an aging population
  • What challenges face Canadian health care practitioners?
  • Telemedicine and the coordination of patient records
  • What challenges face Canadian patients?
  • The concept of “Patient First”
  • Technological solutions

The Covid-19 Vaccines

  • Which vaccines are Canadians getting?
  • The vaccination schedule
  • Does the vaccine inject a virus into our system?
  • MRNA technology
  • How is the Pfizer vaccine different from the flu vaccine?
  • Efficacy rates of Covid-19 vaccine
  • Is the Covid-19 vaccines working across all age groups?
  • What does the Covid-19 vaccine shot feel like?
  • How long does the vaccine take to work?
  • Do we have to wear a mask if we’ve received the vaccine?
  • Are the vaccines effective against Covid-19 variants?

Anxiety and Sex

  • Is it common for people to feel anxiety about sex?
  • Anxiety with new existing partners and existing sexual partners
  • How does anxiety manifest during sex?
  • Diminished desire
  • The 5-4-3-2-1 exercise
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Better Sex Through Mindfulness
  • Move the focus to pleasure instead of orgasm
  • Are we capable of learning how to experience pleasure?
  • Healthy lifestyle leads to confidence and lowering anxiety

The Intolerance of Uncertainty

  • What is intolerance of uncertainty?
  • Doubt and uncertainty is regarded negatively: worrying becomes a positive
  • Ruminating vs. worrying
  • How does intolerance to uncertainty manifest?
  • Preferring the certainty of a bad outcome over uncertainty
  • Fear of delegation
  • Avoidance
  • Set a goal to increase tolerance to uncertainty
  • Mindfulness: learning to accept, open awareness, practice being with uncertainty

For more information about show sponsor Jack Nathan Health and George Barakat go here.

To learn more about Ultramatic and Adarsh Shah go here.

To read articles by Carlyle Jansen in Tonic Magazine go here.

To learn more about Tracey Soghrati go here

#107 Humanizing Health Care In The Digital Age, Strong Muscles Equals Strong Bones, Holistic Holiday Gifts For The Health Conscious and Chasing Yoga Feels

Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on November 23 and 24, 2019 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 humanizing health care in the digital age with George Barakat, why strong muscles lead to strong bones with Dr. Stacy Irvine, holistic holiday gifts for the health conscious with Megan Horsely,  and sensation junkies chasing their “yoga feels” with Jelayna DaSilva

We specifically discuss:

Humanizing Health Care

  • Aging gracefully: “Live Your Best Life”
  • What are the problems with our current health care system?
  • Retail health as a solution to “Hallway Medicine”
  • Digital health strategy as a Canadian export strength
  • What do patients want from their health care system?
  • Visibility and clarity into health records
  • Usage of “wearables” and digital records
  • How will digital health tools be used going forward?
  • Telemedicine
  • Personalizing health care

Strong Muscles = Strong Bones

  • Bone health and morbidity
  • The cost of bone fractures to the economy
  • Bone density and preventative health
  • The connection between muscle and cortical bone density
  • Metabolic factors that impact bone health
  • Hormonal impact on bone health
  • Weightlifting
  • Diet and bone-density
  • Calcium and Vitamin D
  • When is it too late to deal with bone density?
  • Balance and stability

Holistic Holiday Gifts

  • Essential Oil Travel Pack
  • Class passes – experiential gifts
  • Personal training sessions
  • Massages
  • Workout wear and accessories
  • Health store gift cards
  • Alternative lifestyle cookbooks

Yoga Sensation Junkies

  • What is a “sensation junky”?
  • What is the problem with chasing sensations?
  • The mindful element of yoga
  • What do you get from “finding the calm” in our yoga practice?
  • Back body awareness
  • How do you find your calm?

For more information about show sponsor Jack Nathan Health and George Barakat go here.

To learn more about Dr. Stacy Irvine go here.

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

To read Jelayna Da Silva’s article on Tonic Magazine go here.