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Hydrocortisone and betamethasone creams and ointments are two common examples of topical corticosteroids.

Guide Health: Steroids – essential for life

We’ve all heard about anabolic steroids and sports, but what are corticosteroids?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Steroids are a group of organic compounds that we produce in our bodies, just like many other species. As molecules, steroids are similar in their structure. Specifically, each steroid consists of a group of four chemical rings with various side chains. In the body, steroids have a variety of functions. They help to regulate your […] Read more

The human bowel contains between 10 and 100 trillion micro-organisms that protect against harmful bacteria, promote good bowel function, and are involved in your immune system.

Guide Health: Your bowel – don’t take it for granted

Yes, your bowel habits are very personal, but get your symptoms checked sooner, not later

Reading Time: 2 minutes You don’t really think about your bowel until something goes wrong like constipation or diarrhea. Your digestive tract includes everything from your mouth to your rectum, but often the word “bowel” is meant to be your small and large intestine. The small intestine is made up of three parts, specifically the duodenum, jejunum and ileum, […] Read more


A nasal spray may help you breathe better, but make sure you can sniff air before using it.

Guide Health: Take care of your nose. It’s nothing to sniff at

Abrupt loss of smell can be related to trauma, tumours, polyps or diseases like COVID-19

Reading Time: 3 minutes You probably take your nose for granted. You breathe through it and you don’t even need to think about it. Breathing is an autonomic nervous system function; it just happens. And, of course you use your nose for smelling, which you do notice, even though sometimes you wish you didn’t have to! Your nose is […] Read more

Cannabidiol (CDB) is considered the “therapeutic” option as it does not cause intoxication and euphoria as does cannabis which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Guide Health: The scoop on cannabis

Check with your health care providers before using cannabis for any medical condition

Reading Time: 2 minutes We all know by now that cannabis is legal for recreational use in Canada. We also know there are still a number of restrictions and limitations on its use, and we know how to find out exactly what these are. However, we also hear claims about therapeutic uses for cannabis and about its effectiveness and […] Read more


Alcohol-based hand sanitizer contains 70 per cent alcohol and is the recommended option when washing your hands is not possible.

Guide Health: Antiseptics and disinfectants

Always let your hand sanitizer evaporate on your skin. That’s how it works!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Antiseptics and disinfectants both slow or stop the growth of micro-organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi, but with one difference. Antiseptics are intended for human use, while disinfectants are used to clean inanimate objects like table tops, counters and sinks. Sometimes the same product can be used for both, but the disinfectant may be […] Read more

Guide Health: Dealing with migraines

Migraines often have a trigger, whether it be environmental or lifestyle

Reading Time: 2 minutes The excruciatingly painful headaches classed as migraines are considered to be the most common type of headache. About 25 per cent of women and nine per cent of men are affected with between four and six work days lost per year for each sufferer. Migraines are thought to involve a nervous system dysfunction which results […] Read more


Besides contamination, another reason for a drug recall is a health hazard.

Guide Health: Drug contamination

As drug standards get stricter, recalls will become more common

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether it’s a prescription drug or nonprescription remedy, when you take a medication, you would like to think that it will be effective and not cause you more problems. While adverse effects or even interactions with other drugs or foods are by far the most common reason for problems, drug contamination has recently been mentioned […] Read more

Calcium is the basis for healthy bones.

Guide Health: How to help prevent osteoporosis

Men can be impacted as well, and are more likely to end up in a nursing home

Reading Time: 2 minutes Osteoporosis is linked to low bone density, a decrease in bone strength and deterioration of bone structure. And, with this loss of bone integrity comes an increased risk for fractures, most notably hip and wrist fractures. Unfortunately, by the time you realize your have osteoporosis, it may be too late to build healthy bone. Bone […] Read more


A single pod of some e-cigarettes contains more nicotine than a whole pack of tobacco cigarettes.

Guide Health: Vaping. Please take care

Lung damage is starting to be noticed with the increased use of e-cigarettes

Reading Time: 2 minutes E-cigarettes and vaping have been in the news recently with concerns about their safety and health risks. While nicotine is often an ingredient in these products, there may be other substances too. Electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes were designed to be an alternative to smoking and are actually promoted as a way to quit smoking. It […] Read more

Have you ever noticed that your sense of taste all but disappears when you’re congested with a cold or a bout of the flu?

Guide Health: Your nose – nothing to sneeze at

Reading Time: 3 minutes We all take our noses for granted. We breathe through them and smell odours with them, but you really only notice them when your’s doesn’t work well. Yes, you can breathe through your mouth, but you miss the warming and filtering of the air that your nose normally provides. And you may miss being able […] Read more