***We’re CLOSED on Saturday October 7th and Monday October 9th 2017. Happy Thanksgiving.
Our doctors adopt and strictly follow the new 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain to improve our patients’ care and reduce harm. For more information please follow this link: 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Pain
***We’re CLOSED on Saturday August 5th and Monday August 7th. We’ll be back on regular hours Tuesday August 8th 2017. We apologize for inconvenience.
***Dr. Abdul Hadi, is currently on maternity leave. She’ll be back on schedule in the fall of 2018. Dr. Taha, male doctor, will cover her shifts during this time.
Public Health Warning – Lyme Disease
Hamilton Public Health Service officials warn that Hamilton is poised to become a risk area for Lyme disease. Increased numbers of disease-causing ticks have been found in the Hamilton area. Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria. In Ontario, Lyme disease is carried by some black-legged ticks, also known as deer ticks. However, in Hamilton, the most common type of tick found is the American Dog tick. American Dog ticks cannot transmit Lyme disease. Ticks are bugs that sit on tall grass and bushes until they attach themselves to a person or animal passing by. Make sure to check your body or your pets for ticks after hiking and other outdoor activities. For more information visit: hamilton.ca/ticks or call Hamilton Public Health Services 905-546-2489. A useful resource on Lyme Disease for primary care physicians is available on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/ .
***Our Summer Schedule:
Saturday July 1st: CLOSED
Monday July 3rd – Tuesday July 4th: CLOSED
Wednesday July 5th – Friday July 7th: 10 AM -5 PM
Saturday July 8th: 10 AM – 3 PM
Monday July 10th – Friday July 14th: 10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday July 15th: CLOSED
Monday July 17th – Tuesday July 18th: CLOSED
We’re back to normal hours on Wednesday July 19th 2017. Enjoy your summer and we apologize for the inconvenience to our patients.
***We’re CLOSED on Monday May 22nd for Victoria Day. Enjoy camping and follow safety protocols to boost your fun!
***Please note our Easter Holiday Schedule, we’re CLOSED for the following days:
Friday 14th of April
and Saturday 22nd of April
We’re pleased to have Dr. Cusimano joining us on Tuesday 18th, 12 noon to 3 pm, and Wednesday 19th, 10 am to 1 pm. Walk-in or appointments welcome!
We’ll resume our regular hours @ 10 o’clock on Monday 24th of April.
We’re sorry for the inconvenience and Happy Holidays!
***Please be advised, in no circumstance that you will receive any request either directly from us (MediCorner Clinic) or from a person on our behalf asking you to send/forward money/funds/cheques for donations, compassionate funds, charity, etc. We don’t use social media, mail, email, phone or any other method of communication to promote charity of any kind. Please be careful and use your common-sense judgement to avoid potential fraud, scams, etc.
***Please take note that we are CLOSED on the following days:
Friday February 17th,
Saturday Feb in18th,
Monday Feb 20th,
and Tuesday Feb 21st.
We will re-open Wednesday Feb 22nd at 10 AM resuming usual regular hours
We apologize for the inconvenience and happy family day!
Please take note of our “Holiday Schedule”:
Monday Dec 26th: closed
Tuesday Dec 27-Thursday Dec 29th: open regular hours
Friday Dec 30th to Monday Jan 2nd: closed
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Flu shot is here! Take your flu shot, protect self and others! Click link below for more details:
Cheerful News: Dr. Abdul Hadi, female doctor, is now scheduled regularly one day a month to provide more convenience to our female patients to have their regular routine well-woman exams done in time, e.g. Pap smears; call us to find out about her next booking day!
Attention; we are closed for Monday October 10th for Thanksgiving Holiday; Happy Thanksgiving
Five Things You Need to Know About Zika Virus
Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. You can also get Zika through sex.
Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. Also, Zika can be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners.
Zika is linked to birth defects.
Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly that is a sign of incomplete brain development. Doctors have also found other problems in pregnancies and among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth. If you are pregnant and have a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika, do not have sex, or use condoms the right way, every time, during your pregnancy.
Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.
If you must travel to one of these areas, talk to your healthcare provider first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during your trip.
Returning travelers infected with Zika can spread the virus through mosquito bites.
During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in a person’s blood and can pass from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites. An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
Couples with a partner who lives in or has traveled to an area with Zika should take steps to protect during sex.
My “common-sense” hypothesis on diet!
I always wondered what is it and what would it take to eat healthy. You probably know already that you opened the door on a very wide range of thoughts, almost endless like a “sea”.
Then, I thought, let’s go back to the basics, back to our ancestors; this was the time when we’re still hunting, gathering and forging. This is the time of our very beginning, perhaps about 160 thousands years, a time when the oldest fossil of our ancestors dated. We didn’t farm until about 12 to 14 thousands years ago; before then we were almost like any other “omnivore”.
Now, you’re probably getting closer to what our menu looked like. Everything was fresh, apart from what was cooked with simple “flame of fire” because back then we knew fire at some point before we farmed. Fire kept us close; in fact, they even thought that fire helped us develop “language” a ground breaking point in our distinction from our ancestor, the Homo erectus.
Again, you probably notice that we could be eating all day long, because we were roaming the earth searching for food and probably eating some in the meanwhile carrying some with us home. I wonder how much vegetables and fruits we ate then. You know they’re very hydrating in a long day walking down the savannah looking for more food.
We ate meat too, but that comes out of a price. We would have to run, chase and ambush; this means, we would have to waste more energy to get meat, but we needed it, because our brains needed it. In other words, it means that our body is designed in such a way that it conserves energy the best way it can, otherwise, we’ll have trouble surviving. Our best tool is our brain, that’s why about 30% of our blood volume goes to our brain. As a result, less blood goes to our muscles, and other organs to compensate for that. Hence, compared to other animals, we’re not the fastest, strongest or tallest, but we’re the most intelligent, hence we needed so much blood to go to our brain.
How are we doing now? We certainly evolved, I spent about 30 minutes sitting down to write this article on my computer at home; not so much hunting, gathering or even walking round the yard. I spend most of my hours at the office, sitting down, talking, typing and writing prescriptions; though I hope I do more than just writing prescriptions to my patients. I hope I can motivate them for a healthier life-style; hence, I wrote this article.
So we evolved in our life-style, more convenience, more sitting down, less walking, less searching on our feet, less running and chasing. Our food evolved also to match our busy lives; processed food, dense in calories and carbs to give us the energy quickly with less chewing, so we can go back and work on our computers, or driving our trucks, which is not a whole lot of exercise either. Not only you can eat processed food faster, but it is indeed cheaper because it has a longer shelf-life so it can be stored and “sold” for less. The end result, is less exercise, more calorie-dense food, less nutrition; remember, the food we ate in the past takes a lot of chewing and it’s bigger in volume, because there’s a lot of vegetables and fruits full of fibre, nutrients, and antioxidants that every cell in our body needs.
You may argue, that we live longer; though this is a very broad-base discussion either because there are many factors involved in living longer. We live safer. We surpassed the microbial challenges with antibiotics and vaccines. We take less risk because we’re not hunting anymore. We’re more sanitary. Technology allowed us to bypass blocked blood vessels in our heart and provided us with another “10-years” of heart-attack free time. Those factors to name few, so we live longer not because our food is better; in fact our food is one of the main reasons that we are less healthy and although it shorten our life-span, that is compensated by these factors just mentioned.
Our intelligence allowed us to develop technologies that changed our life-style forever, but our genome hasn’t evolved yet to allow us to be less energy/calorie conserving. The genome takes way longer to evolve. I wish our genome would evolve to allow our eyes to send signals to the brain to increase our metabolic rate when we are about to eat that cheesecake! That is not happening yet.
So what’s the solution to our unhealthy food habits. Simple, eat fresh, more salads, a lot of salad, like really a lot, less breads and pastries. Eat meat and eggs, it’s fine as long as you exercised on that day, like you “hunted your prey”. Avoid the “white killers”, they’re killers because they’re highly refined/processed: salt, sugar, white wheat flour, or any white flour. Take cucumbers and carrots. Eat them on your way to work, eat them at work. Eat a lot of them. Eat whole vegetables and fruits, don’t be afraid of peels. You have no time to peel, otherwise, the sun downs and you’re in the middle of the jungle facing nocturnal predators.
Finally, I would like to ask you to keep searching, reading and exploring the question: What is it to eat healthy?
Thank you for reading, have a nice meal!
Dr. Hussam Taha, CCFP