Docs Talk archives

  • Photo: Wind power and human health: No evidence of direct harm

    Wind power and human health: No evidence of direct harm

    September 9, 2010

    I got pulled into the debate over wind turbines as acting medical health officer for Chatham-Kent, Ontario. The municipal council asked me to make sense of the conflicting information council... More »

  • Photo: Standing on Guard

    Standing on Guard

    July 15, 2010

    I have vivid memories from my school years in Ireland of our geography teacher Mr. Crowe's stories about travelling across Canada. He always appeared to drift into some kind of... More »

  • Photo: Healthy hearts need clean air

    Healthy hearts need clean air

    June 2, 2010

    Our Docs Talk blog brings you a medical perspective on current environmental issues and the implications for your health. This month's topic is air pollution and what it does to your body. More »

  • Photo: The value of biodiversity and its impacts on human health

    The value of biodiversity and its impacts on human health

    May 20, 2010

    May 22 is the International Day for Biological Diversity, marking the day on which the United Nations adopted the Convention on Biological Diversity in 1992. In the past two decades,... More »

  • Photo: Environmental chemicals and cancer

    Environmental chemicals and cancer

    April 19, 2010

    A couple of years ago, I reviewed a landmark report on the connection between breast cancer and the environment. State of the Evidence 2008 made headlines with its conclusion that... More »

  • Photo: Is climate change getting you down?

    Is climate change getting you down?

    March 18, 2010

    Mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will like climate change. As things get warmer and weather patterns change, they will spread and take their biting, whining, malaria, dengue and yellow-fever-containing selves to new altitudes... More »

  • Photo: Pesticides and your health - a family physician's perspective

    Pesticides and your health — a family physician's perspective

    February 25, 2010

    Ultimately, the controversy surrounding pesticide use comes down to health — if these chemicals are harmful, they should be banned; if they are safe they can be used widely and freely without restriction. More »

  • Photo: Your environment, your health

    Your environment, your health

    January 28, 2010

    Why have I, a family physician from a small town in south central B.C., been given the honour of writing the inaugural "Docs Talk" column? And why are the David... More »