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Links for a lazy Sunday – New Years 2015 Edition

It’s the first week of January, so it’s a given that the majority of the online health buzz has been about nutrition, exercise, resolutions, etc. That doesn’t mean the content has been dull however, so without any further ado…

1) This hilarious video poking fun at bad nutrition advice has been making the rounds from British comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb from their hit show That Mitchell and Webb Look. The video is from 2009, but it’s still well worth the watch. Funny enough, it’s the hardest I’ve laughed at a medical parody since the last video I watched from Mitchell and Webb.

2) Julia Belluz (@Juliaoftoronto) from Vox gives us two great pieces focusing on lifestyle changes in the new year. This one gives a good look at integrating exercise into daily life, and the other gives a 7-day nutrition start for the New Year with help from expert Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (@YoniFreedhoff).

3) I’m an unabashed fan of the work done by the people at Science-Based Medicine and Neurologica. Pharmacist and skeptic Scott Gavura (@PharmacistScott) provides us this piece from early December following up on the CBC marketplace investigation into homeopathic “vaccines” and anti-vaccine rhetoric from those providers. He also wrote this evisceration of “detox programs”, to serve as a future reference whenever we are confronted with anyone pushing detoxifying pseudoscience. Steven Novella (@SkepticsGuide) chimed in with this entertaining piece on “How to Create a Fad Diet”.

4) Many emergency departments have been dealing with longer than usual wait times over the holidays, and this video provides a light reminder to patients on what constitutes an appropriate visit.

5) For anyone who has any interest in the art of debate and logical thinking, the website “Your Logical Fallacy Is” is an absolute gem. They offer both printable posters and posters for order through the website, making for easy access to call someone out on a logical fallacy quickly.

6) Here’s a useful article for patients from the NHS in the UK on how to critically look at health-related articles in the newspaper and online.

7) More patient resources, here’s an entertaining cartoon that explains in simple terms why vaccines work.

8) Big news here in Ontario this week as the smoking laws have changed as of January 1st. A much needed step forward in curbing tobacco use.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Links for a lazy Sunday…

What better way to start off my blog than you give you some good reads from the week. My aim is do this at least once a week to be posted early Sunday mornings.

1) Two very interesting books to read this holiday season, both written by esteemed Canadian authors. The first is “The Diet Fix” by Yoni Freedhoff (@YoniFreedhoff), a family doc from the University of Ottawa, and an international-renowned obesity expert. The book explores why diets fail, and looks at positive solutions to curb obesity and change the behaviours that lead to poor eating habits. I wholeheartedly agree with many of his strategies, and certainly this is a book we can suggest to patients knowing they will be getting good evidence-based information.

The second book is “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything” by Tim Caulfield (@CaulfieldTim), professor of health law & science policy at the University of Alberta. Tim is a tireless advocate for skepticism and educating the public about pseudoscience. The book “identifies and debunks the messages and promises that flow from the celebrity realm, whether they are about health, diet, beauty, or what is supposed to make us happy”. Take a look at the summary, it’s quite amusing.

2) Dr David Juurlink (@DavidJuurlink) from the University of Toronto wrote this terrific piece aimed at young physicians, where he aggregated advice from 40+ physicians around the world into one elegant piece of itemized literature. This is a must-read for any young physician, and I hope it is passed on from physician to physician around the wards and clinics.

3) Comedian Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) with some interesting insight into his recent hiatus from Twitter and the benefits of being “unlinked”.

4) David Gorski (@oracknows) from Science-Based Medicine with a great summary on the Gordie Howe/stem cell nonsense. Hockey fans and scientists alike will find this quite useful.

5) Andre Picard (@picardonhealth) from the Globe and Mail with an easy-to-read PSA on the benefits of water fluoridation. Picard can always be counted on as one of the few major medical journalists in Canada to provide good quality writing without resorting to inciting hysteria amongst the population.

6) In case you missed it, a summary of the Amanda Lang saga (CBC News’ Senior Business Correspondent) about paid speaking engagements she did for Manulife and Sun Life, followed by cupcake interviews she did on air with reps from both companies.

Have a great week and a Happy New Year!