On the safety of dental fillings

For many years there have been questions raised regarding the safety of dental amalgam (silver) fillings. The concerns over silver fillings stem from the fact that they contain mercury. While mercury in its free elemental form is toxic to humans, the relevant question is whether or not mercury that is bound to other metals in […]

How to avoid puppy mills online

In one of my first positions as an associate veterinarian, I worked at a clinic that was a popular choice for people that had purchased their new puppy or kitten from a local pet store. Most of these new pet owners were completely unaware their new companion was likely brought into this world in a […]

Understanding Canada’s hate laws

Virtually all residents of Ward 32 are familiar with a publication delivered to their doors by Canada Post, deceptively titled Your Ward News. Many have labeled it a racist and hateful publication. The publication features anti-Semitic rants about “ZioMarxists,” “parasites,” and the classic “illegitimate Zionist apartheid state of Israel that holocausts Palestinians.” Other targets include […]

Cutting the organic hype

For many of us the word organic conjures up images of wholesomeness, health, clean ingredients and superior nutrition. While many will agree that organic food in general is a better choice, is it really? Well, that depends. Organic produce, grains, legumes and meats can be nutritionally superior to non-organic varieties. Certified organic foods must contain […]

New real estate rules provide clarity

New rules and guidelines came into effect on July 1 that are meant to add a higher level of transparency to the offer process Ontario real estate brokerages and sales representatives follow. Introduced in the Ontario Legislature through a revision to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act (REBBA 2002), these new regulations (Bill 55) […]

Patient-friendly dental apps

For those of us who are users of smartphone technology, it is common knowledge that there is an app out there for virtually everything. For those who are not quite so tech savvy, an ‘app’ or ‘mobile app’ is simply a computer program designed and formatted specifically for smartphones and tablet computers. Although they have […]

Coconut oil a healthy diet addition

Coconut oil is a healthy saturated fat and a great addition to most diets. Over recent years the media have been inundated with positive studies on the many health benefits of this oil, ranging from enhanced athletic performance to assistance with weight loss. And yet for some there are still lingering concerns over the value […]

‘Coming soon’ a sign of spring

We’ve had hints of an impending spring season, yet as May arrives, it only now appears that spring intends to stick around. It seems that Mother Nature had been toying with us regarding her intentions of raising the curtain on spring. A handful of warmer sunny days last month really felt like we’d turned the […]

Prevention the key in dental injuries

With the change in weather comes the beginning of the summer sports season – an appropriate time to think about prevention of dental injuries associated with participation in sports. The statistics on sports-related dental injuries are actually quite alarming, with almost 40 per cent of children in organized sports sustaining dental injuries over the course […]

Action important when pets are poisoned

My clinic, for whatever reason, has had a bit of a rash of cases involving known or suspected exposure to toxins recently, with three serious situations in the past few weeks. I thought it might be a good time to discuss two of the more common threats our pets face from toxins in their immediate […]