Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on November 5 and 6, 2022 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 the health benefits of Reishi mushrooms with  Dr. Colleen Hartwick ND, men’s health from the perspective of a retired professional athlete with former NHL star Trevor Linden, the importance of a morning ritual with Hina Khan, and whether Canada gets a passing grade on eye health with Dr. Keith Gordon

We specifically discuss:

Reishi Mushrooms

  • Reishi mushrooms
  • Contains polysaccharides, beta glucans, B vitamins, antioxidants
  • What can Reishi help with?
  • Hot water extraction process: dealing with the chitin
  • Reishi spores
  • Whole mushroom, powders and capsules
  • The taste?
  • Is there a different health benefit to taking the spores?
  • Is there science behind Reishi’s ability to treat cancer?
  • Expense and availability


A Professional Athlete’s Take on Men’s Health

  • Transitioning out of professional sports
  • Keys to changing lifestyle but maintaining health
  • Motivations are different
  • How do you support your health?
  • Do most men have unhealthy habits?
  • Building your social network around your health
  • The importance of seeing a doctor regularly
  • Fitness and mental health goals


The Importance of Morning Rituals

  • What is a morning routine?
  • What isn’t appropriate for a morning routine
  • Avoiding the external
  • Clearing the mind
  • Setting aside 15 minutes for your ritual
  • Start with gratitude
  • Writing your goals
  • Take the feeling from the ritual for the rest of your day


Did Canada Pass Its Eyecare Report Card?

  • The Canadian Council of the Blind
  • Fighting Blindness Canada
  • The impact of fewer eye surgeries
  • What is contributing to fewer visits to eye care specialists?
  • Surprises in the report: growing backlogs due to staff shortages
  • Patients are not returning for necessary procedures
  • What are the critical issues impacting eye health for Canadians?
  • A national vision health plan
  • Bill C-284


For more information about show sponsor New Roots Herbal go here.

To learn more about Dr. Colleen Hartwick ND go here

To learn more about Trevor Linden’s foray into health go here

To learn more about Hina Khan go here.

To learn more about Dr. Keith Gordon go here