Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on October 15 and 16 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’ll discuss how to improve healthcare through preventative wellness with industry insider, George Barakat, the health benefits of phytoplankton with expert, David Hunter,  the nexus of diabetes and age with Dr. Stuart Ross and sleep as an employment issue with Julien Heon

We specifically discuss:

Improving Healthcare Through Preventative Wellness

  • What health and wellness issues are important to Canadians?
  • The concept of graceful aging
  • Proactive vs. reactive medicine
  • Cost as a factor of preventative medicine
  • Healthcare coordination
  • Bringing the healthcare provider to the home
  • Telemedicine
  • Community paramedics and nurse practitioners


The Benefits of Phytoplankton

  • What is phytoplankton?
  • What are the health benefits of phytoplankton?
  • The origin story
  • …the taste


Diabetes and Age: Facts and Myths

  • What are the links between diabetes and age?
  • Diagnosis of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
  • The (mis)treatment of Type 2 diabetes in older patients
  • Overmedication
  • The role of family physicians in determining appropriate treatment
  • Once weekly insulin under clinical trials


Sleep as an Employment Issue

  • How prevalent are sleep disorders?
  • How do we know if we suffer from poor sleep?
  • What are the impacts of poor sleep at work for individuals?
  • What are the impacts for employers?
  • Collateral impacts: mental health
  • How do we solve sleep issues in the employment context?


To learn more about George Barakat and Medworks go here

To learn more about David Hunter and Karen Phytoplankton go here

To learn more about Dr. Stuart Ross go here.

To learn more about Julien Heon and  go here