Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on September 16 and 17, 2023 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in The Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss why getting vaccinated for Covid and Flu is still important with clinical pharmacist Andy Donald, why it’s hard for women over the age of 40 to lose weight with author Gabrielle O’Hare, the benefits of supervised toxic drug sites with researcher Dr. Dan Werb and how to effectively advocate for yourself or loved ones in the healthcare system with author Melissa Mullamphy.

We specifically discuss:

Getting Vaccinated Is Still Important

  • Why are vaccines so important?
  • Covid-19 and the Flu viruses
  • How are viruses transmitted?
  • Why is Covid-19 so bad?
  • Covid-19 and your lungs
  • Covid-19 and strokes
  • How do we protect ourselves from catching Covid-19?
  • How do vaccines protect us?
  • The vaccine time lag
  • Vaccination myths
  • What can you do if you catch Covid-19?


Why It’s So Hard For Women 40+ To Lose Weight?

  • The factors that impact weight loss
  • Habits that inhibit weight loss
  • Emotional eating
  • The barriers preventing women from prioritizing their health
  • Unsupportive partners, friends and family
  • Maintaining weight loss
  • Accepting what you need to do
  • Changing perspective


The Benefits of Supervised Toxic Drug Sites

  • What are the objections to supervised toxic drug sites?
  • The benefits of supervised sites
  • The balance of pros and cons
  • Designing centers to mitigate concerns
  • Collateral benefits to supervised sites
  • The human rights prism


Effective Advocacy Within  The Healthcare System

  • Why is self-advocacy so necessary?
  • What are the problems that patients face?
  • The internet: pros and cons
  • Effective advocacy
  • The nursing crisis
  • Top advocacy tips


To learn more about show sponsor, Pharma-Z powered by the Health Depot go here

To learn more about Andy Donald go here

To learn more about Gabrielle O’Hare go here

To learn more about Dr. Dan Werb go here

To learn more about Melissa Mullamphy go here.