Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on May 11 and 12, 2024 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 the future of pharmacy and healthcare in Canada with clinical pharmacist Andy Donald, what a healthy detox looks like with naturopath Dr. Kate Hunter ND, how to find meaning in everything with author Seye Kuyinu and the limits of ‘Food as Medicine’ with Dr. Charles Platkin PhD

We specifically discuss:

The Future of Pharmacy and Healthcare in Canada, Part Two

  • Which provinces leading with clinical pharmacy let health care?
  • Are there enough clinical pharmacists in Ontario to make meaningful change?
  • Why did Alberta make the choice to support clinical pharmacy?
  • Why haven’t the other provinces followed Alberta’s lead?
  • The role of AI and clinical pharmacies and health care
  • Can AI help with dosing and prescriptions?
  • Genomics and personalized medicine
  • Liver enzymes
  • Codeine isn’t for everyone
  • Genomics and privacy issues
  • The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act


What Does a Healthy Detoxification Look Like?

  • What is a detoxification?
  • How do we support the organs of elimination and how do we support them?
  • Is detoxification for everyone?
  • Rerouting toxins
  • Get medical advice before detoxing
  • What are the mechanics of a proper cleanse?
  • Reasonable expectations of results from a detox
  • Examples of toxins


How to Find Meaning In Everything

  • What does “everything is meaningless” mean?
  • Meaning is a tool that the mind uses to navigate the world
  • If everything is meaningless…what do we do next?
  • Aren’t we trying to create a framework that allows us to continue to live?
  • Meaning is subjective
  • The role of religion
  • Existentialism


The Limits of Food as Medicine

  • What does ‘Food as Medicine” mean?
  • How can food be integrated into one’s health?
  • How can food help disease states?
  • By labeling something as ‘Food as Medicine’ what happens?
  • Taxation policy: cigarettes as an example


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To learn more about Dr. Kate Hunter ND. go here

To learn more about Seye Kuyinu go here

To learn more about Dr. Charles Platkin PhD go here