Smart Patients helping one another with Dr. Roni Zeiger

June 9, 2017

Ep 142

Dr. Roni Zeiger

Smart Patients

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Roni Zeiger who left his role as Google’s Chief Health Strategist to create Smart Patients, an on-line network of what he calls, “micro-experts”. Zeiger says, “we believe patients are the most underutilized resource in health care”

Far too many patients are uncertain, they don’t fill prescriptions or when they do they don’t take the medication. Zeiger believes the medical profession has created silos where the patient has questions that keep coming up once they’ve left the doctor's office. He goes on to say they talk to one another all the time and frequently follow the recommendations of a friend with confidence because they witnessed the result or simply believe them.

Zeiger decided to create the forum that lets patients talk to one another about their specific health issue secure in the knowledge that a medical professional is monitoring the conversation to ensure the information is valid as well as offer further insights.

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Did Canada miss out on Asia? with Stewart Beck

June 1, 2017

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Stewart Beck of the Asia Pacific Foundation on the opportunities Donald Trump’s isolationist and anti-trade rhetoric aimed at Asia, present to Canada. Did we squander the endowment that was created in 1970 by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau when Canada was the first nation in the world to recognize the government of the People’s Republic of China?

Many experts believe Canada relied too heavily on our relationship with the United States and in doing so missed out on China and Asia. Australia recognized the opportunities and negotiated trade deals with both China and Japan while Canada did little or nothing.

The question is, does a unique opportunity to distinguish ourselves from the United States exist now that Donald Trump sits in the President's chair in the White House?

What are we doing to seize that opportunity and use it to our advantage in international relations? How should we move forward to take part in Asian markets, where previously we’ve failed to rise to the occasion? In particular, what is our nation’s plan in recognizing and moving in on opportunities in Asia Pacific: an economic region that is called home to 65% of our worldwide population.

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Tic Toc, Come on Doc when is my surgery?

May 25, 2017

Ep 139

Dr. Kevin Wing

Tic Toc, Come On Doc when is my surgery?

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Kevin Wing, the Past President of the BC Orthopaedic Association who talks about wait times and what he and his colleagues are doing to reduce the wait and relieve pain.

Are you or someone you know living with chronic pain? Have you ever wondered why it takes so long to see an orthopaedic surgeon? Then, why it takes longer still to get a date for surgery? How come someone in a car accident, or an on the job injury, gets into surgery within hours, but you wait, and wait, and wait?

Orthopaedic surgeons have been asking the same questions and they’ve broken down the wait time into what they call “Wait 1” and “Wait 2.”  Wait 1 time is the period between when your physician refers you to an orthopaedic surgeon and when you get to see that surgeon. Wait 2 time is the space between your consultation for surgery, and the actual surgery. As it stands, in combination these wait times can take up to 2 years. This has become unacceptable in the eyes of patients and Doctors alike. Dr. Wing says, “we’re doing everything we can to reduce wait 1 time but wait 2 times are out of our hands, it’s really up to the Government to decide if they want to fund more surgery time.”

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Losing Faith in just about Everything

May 18, 2017

Bridgitte Anderson

Losing Faith

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Bridgitte Anderson of Edelman, a global communications and marketing company. She shares insights from the company's international survey on trust. She says. “ globally and in Canada, we're losing faith across the board.”

Anderson points out, “we are losing trust in governments, politicians, business, media, and non-government agencies.” In the aftermath of Brexit and the US Presidential election where misinformation was the order of the day, we appear to have lost our trust in leaders and are we also losing trust in the conduit between us and them, the media?

President Trump labeled gold standard media outlets as fake news and his followers believed him. Mainstream media lived in a bubble echoing their belief that they, and they alone, knew what the real story was only to have missed it. Online media feeds you stories and information that support your perspective and rarely the other side of an argument.

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Treating ADHD with Nutrition - Karen Ryan

May 11, 2017

Karen Ryan

Treating ADHD with Nutrition

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Karen Ryan, a mother of a child that was clinically diagnosed with ADHD who quit her job as a nutritionist to care for her son. What she discovered was that neither stimulant nor nonstimulant drugs were an option for her son.

 

Ryan says, “as a nutritionist I believed there had be other ways of dealing with this. So I researched the crap out of it and learned that it’s a multipronged syndrome so it deserves a multipronged approach.” Ryan points out, “there is no such thing as a magic pill, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. So what you really need to do is educate before you medicate.” She goes on to say, “I would never advocate to a parent do not medicate your child but before you do, talk to me and I will give you a mental tool box that you can exhaust and if that doesn’t work then by all means go the route of medication.”

 

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The Problems with Sex with Maureen McGrath

May 4, 2017

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Maureen McGrath a “Sexpert” who says sex is one of the most contentious issues in relationships. She says, “many couples go months if not years without sex. For some this works because it’s what both partners want but the problem arises when one partner wants sex and the other doesn’t.”

The reasons are many and they range from sex is taboo to the disruptive nature of technology, body image challenges, recreational use of erectile drugs, porn, boredom and that’s just the start of it. McGrath works with people to help them, help they need because as she points out, “sex is still a very much a taboo subject. And people are not comfortable talking about it. They'll sneak about because they were raised with guilt or embarrassment or shame around sex. Or a lack of appropriate education.”

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Bringing Back Hope with Dr. Rick Hodes

April 28, 2017

Ep 1345

Dr. Rick Hodes

Bringing Back Hope

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Dr. Rick Hodes of Addis Ababa a man on a mission to save the lives of children with horribly twisted spines. The degree of deformity is mind boggling, how can the spine be so corrupted? They’re terrified but they know Dr. Hodes by reputation as a kind and caring man. “My policy is everybody gets seen on the day they come in. The average age is probably about seven or eight and they range from literally two, three weeks old to up into their 50s.” And treat them he does, he transforms their bodies and saves their lives.

 

Over the past 29 years Dr. Hodes has relied on the generosity of health care practitioners from around the world including Vancouver to bring help and healing to thousands. The work he is doing not only helps those affected but it is also providing insights into what is possible in the human body, “we're discovering new deformities that we never knew existed we have an alpha deformity, we have a gamma deformity. We have a saxophone deformity, it's sort of like spinal deformity on steroids.

 

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Can Science Save Us with Dr. Scott Sampson

April 20, 2017

Scott Sampson PhD

Science and why we need more that ever

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Scott Sampson, PhD of Science World on the role of science in our lives, our economy and the opportunity BC has to be a global leader in research and development. Sampson points out, “we use science everyday for everything, it’s all around us, whether it's understanding the atmosphere or the iPhones in our pockets or the medical care we receive or the cars we drive or whatever it is. It's all based on science, but not many people think about that. They just sort of go through their lives using the things that are around them, not really realizing that there's a series of basic research, which then moves to technology which then moves to the marketplace.”

 

Sampson’s biggest concern is we’ve literally driven children’s sense of wonder away - wonder that is needed if we’re going to cultivate the scientists of the future. Sampson says there are three components of modern life that are inhibiting children from asking how everything works, “there's the fear factor, there's the over scheduling factor, we schedule kids to the nth degree. They don't have time for free play, and there's the tech factor and I think that we rob kids, especially young kids, of their childhood by not letting them have that free unstructured playtime.”

 

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Social Licence to Operate with Radha Curpen

April 12, 2017

Ep 133

Radha Curpen

Social Licence to Operate

 

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Radha Curpen on the role of Social Licence in the development of projects that affect the environment, our neighbourhoods and our relationships with each other. What is ‘Social Licence’, who grants it, how do you get it, does it affect or influence regulators and does it have legal weight? Curpen says, “the gap between the legal licence and society's expectations is where social licence resides. There is a distrust of the regulatory process. And as a result, people are talking about social licence as something else in addition to the regulatory process of getting a licence.”

 

Complicating the process of acquiring ‘Social Licence’ is the nature of who will grant it. Curpen says it’s challenging, “this social licence discussion is the result, is the outcome of people not being satisfied, of people's expectations being higher, or of having to voice certain issues.”  As a result the overall regulatory process can become unstable and oddly creates a situation where there is reduction of public confidence in the formal regulatory process.

 

To obtain ‘Social Licence’, Curpen says, “you need to identify the stakeholders, engage them early, collaborate, get their input and continue to do so after your approval is obtained and continue to do so during the life of the project, that's what I call corporate social responsibility, the outcome of that is what we call the social licence to operate.”

 

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Women in the Media - It’s still a Man’s world with Shari Graydon

April 6, 2017

Shari Graydon

Women in Media - It’s still a Man’s world

This week’s Conversation That Matters features Shari Graydon of Informed Opinions which strives to amplify women’s voices to ensure women’s perspectives and priorities play an equal role in Canadian Society. Graydon regrets that in 2017 women remain under-represented as experts in the media, while men provide the lion’s share of commentary and analysis. She says, “that it is a profound loss that we are not actively engaging, accessing, utilizing, permitting women to contribute their talents, insights, energies and intelligence to everything we're doing.”

Graydon points to the US election as proof that women are still treated differently, “it's very, very clear that the degree of sexism that operated in terms of the coverage and attitudes generally, reinforced by media about Hillary Clinton's candidacy are still alive and thriving”. She notes that the more women experts and politicians we see, the easier it will be for all of them to be perceived as competent and treated more responsibly.

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