In the article entitled Doctors Slam Bill 20, written by Joel Ceascu, Dr. Michael Kalin describes how young female doctors will be penalized in Québec for working part-time. Family medicine is the ideal work environment for a women who want to practice medicine and raise a family at the same time. However Québec’s Health Minister, Gaétan Barrette doesn’t seem to want part-time doctors. He also doesn’t want doctors spending “too” much time with patients.
According to Dr. Louis, president of the FQOM, “bill  will impose unrealistic patient quota’s on each family doctor “. GPs need to spend a reasonable amount of time listening to patient concerns and then provide a proper treatment plan. Quality care cannot be measured in time spent with a patient. All healthcare professionals, like nurses, dietitians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists and not just doctors, need time to get to know a patient, assess their needs and then provide a plan. Imagine if the patient is vulnerable like an elderly person with many health problems or a patient living with a severe mental health issue. These patients cannot be rushed out the door, they need proper and often lengthy care.
Dr. Kalin is concerned that bill 20 will promote what he is calling ‘assembly line medicine’. This approach is not just a concern for doctors but for all healthcare professionals. Imagine taking time off work to go visit a professional who can only spend 5 minutes with you.
I’m starting off the new year with a diet. I want to set myself up for success, so I will not make this an all or nothing plan. I will start with 30 days and if I have a slip up so be it. Yoni Freedhoff says slip ups happen so I will accept that it will happen and move on. After 30 days I will assess my progress and decide what the next step is.
My diet is about social media. I don’t think I consume it in a healthy way. I spend an excessive amount of time on social media. Since I did not have it growing up, it is a novelty that I cannot get enough of, kind of like junk food for some people.
I long for those days of simplicity with paper and productivity. I remember fondly writing little notes in class and passing them to my BFF known then as my best friend. I remember hours of phone conversations instead of endless digital chats. When I wanted to learn something new, I would get a book on the subject or read an article in a journal. Now I just scroll through my Facebook feed and click on the many links to learn about stuff I don’t really need to know.
One of the problems has become too much information. I can’t take it all in. Too much of anything is unhealthy. Too much food, even good food, is not healthy. Eat less, is the message top nutrition scientists have been saying for years. I am going to implement this same advice for social media consumption.
My high school buddy Dr. Tanny is also dieting. He proposed the idea and it was just the impetus I was looking for to stop the insanity of Facebooking. Partnering up with someone who has the same goals is motivating and fun. Exercising with someone helps with accountability and reduces the chance of missing a workout.
We will see how far we get and what positive experiences stem from this approach to reducing the consumption of social media. Dr. Tanny will wean himself off slowly by ranting on twitter. I will relax on Pinterest for now.
Two of the newest fads in the food world is kale and green smoothies. Unlike many other food fads, these are ones I can get behind. I want to share with all of you a recipe I learned earlier this year for a Kale (Or Spinach) Green Smoothie.
Kale is a great dark green vegetable that provides vitamin A and K. The high fibre content in kale gives it a really interesting texture that I liken to collard greens. What I love most about kale salads is that unlike lettuce or other salad mixes, the dressing won’t wilt it down in just a couple of hours. It stays vibrantly crisp even after cooking it down in soups.
I had this smoothie while I was doing my Stage at Royal Victoria College – a McGill residence. They make this smoothie in their dining hall. I immediately told my supervisor, family and friends that I had just drank the best smoothie I’d ever had in my life. A couple of months later, I taught a basic nutrition class at two elementary schools and the kids loved it! They said “ew” and “gross” as they watched me pour all the kale into the blender but soon after, they oo-ed and ah-ed and proceeded to ask me for the recipe to give to mom and dad at home to make for them. I was really pleased with the outcome.
I love kale and spinach. However, I realize that not everyone does. BUT I can assure you that this smoothie may likely change you and your children’s minds about these dark and nutritious vegetables.
So follow this recipe and have a taste. It’s the closest I’ve gotten to the smoothie I had at RVC.
Kale Mango Soy Smoothie (it’s Vegan!)
Makes 4-5 cups
- 2 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1 cup no-added sugar orange juice or apple juice (or even just regular milk or water!)
- 1 banana
- 1.5 – 2 cups of kale (or spinach!!) – or more
- 1 cup of frozen mangos
Add it all into the blender – I usually go with the exact order I listed (liquids first!). The recipe is approximate, and feel free to have fun with it. Add a lot of kale and spinach! If you like your smoothie thicker – add more frozen mango.
The secret is, the vanilla soy milk. It adds a nutty and sweet flavour to the smoothie that milk or regular soy milk just doesn’t. Try it with other smoothies too! This is great for those who are lactose-intolerant or have dairy allergies.
As the weather in Montreal is getting nicer, try this and let it become a summer staple.
D the Intern
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When I was working in public home care, I used to visit a lot of seniors. Sadly, many of them had some form of mild to severe dementia. At one of my home visits, a family member of one of my clients asked me if coconut oil was good for improving the memory of those with Alzheimer’s. I told them I never heard about that. I went back to my office and I did a bit of googling and found that there were in fact studies being done on this. Researchers where looking at the fatty acids in the oil to see of they had any effect.
I met a few other families that had heard about this and were cooking with coconut oil and telling me that it was helping their loved ones. Who was I to tell them there wasn’t yet enough evidence to confirm that coconut oil improves memory? Many seniors especially those over the age of 80 are at risk for malnutrition as evidenced by weight loss secondary to myriad of issues.
Here is a current article written by a dietitian on the Extenso website that confirms that coconut oil is not the cure for Alzheimer’s. But coconut oil is fat. Fat has calories. Calories are needed for weight gain especially for those who need to increase weight to improve health status. It would be remiss to tell those clients not to try it.
The placebo effect is a beautiful thing.
Addendum: Dr. Joe posted this on October 10, 2013!
(Featured image taken off madeofmuscle.net)