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The waiting room at the Dempster Clinic in Toronto is designed for relaxation: Patients can kick back in one of four oversized leather loungers, watch a DVD on the flat-screen TV or take a snooze. They typically enjoy a cocktail, too.
No, not a martini or a manhattan in a chilled stem glass, but a cocktail containing vitamins and minerals dripping slowly into their veins.
Intravenous micronutrient therapy (IVMT) has been used for decades as an alternative treatment for chronic conditions such as asthma and fibromyalgia.
Recently, however, people suffering from the modern ailment of burning the candle at both ends have begun to add the drips to their laundry list of anti-aging remedies and lifestyle enhancements.
“I wake up the next day and just feel better,” says Ann Layton, who runs a busy public-relations agency in Toronto and goes to the Dempster Clinic every two months or so. “I have a lot of late nights and I’m always travelling. Sometimes I’m just not eating properly and it helps when I’m crossing all those time zones.”
Athletes, rock stars and scientists are also among those frequenting naturopathic doctors for the fast-acting boosters. One California nurse told CNN last year that she administered a popular form of the injections – called Myers’ cocktails after the Baltimore doctor who pioneered them – to … Read More »
You would think signs of a moustache and male pattern baldness in a woman in her forties might tip off her doctor that something’s up.
You’d also think a condition that affects an estimated 1.4 million Canadian women – one that can lead to infertility, heart disease, diabetes and cancer, whose risk of these complications skyrockets in the middle age – would be tracked by statistics Canada.
And you’d expect guidelines to its diagnosis and treatment would have been set out decades ago by our gynecological society. But you’d be wrong.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologist of Canada is only in the early stages of drafting such guidelines for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a condition where a woman’s body produces excessive amounts of the masculinizing hormone androgen, has irregular periods and develops multiple fluid-filled cysts in her ovaries. Some doctors simply regard red flags as unfortunate and embarrassing legacies from some aunt, not symptoms of a potentially life-threatening condition. The problem is, so do their parents.
“In most cases, woman attribute the symptoms of PCOS to family genes, stress poor diet,“ says Mitchell Chasin, a cosmetic laser surgeon and medical director of three cosmetic clinics in New Jersey. “They think their acne and … Read More »