GFM Network News


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


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

A flight longer than two hours may make you a candidate for compression stockings.

Guide Health: Compression stockings – not just for Grandma any more

Compression stockings are meant to help prevent pooling of blood in your legs

Reading Time: 3 minutes When you hear of compression stockings being recommended for people on long-distance flights, you may remember the thick beige stockings your grandmother wore for varicose veins. Yes, those were compression stockings too, but today’s are available in a much wider variety of colours, lengths, and even thicknesses and compression strengths. Compression stockings are intended to […] Read more


Regardless of the type of allergy, the mechanism is the same. A foreign substance enters your body and puts your immune system into overdrive to manufacture antibodies.

Guide Health: Be prepared for allergies

Depending on your destination, winter travel can mean allergy season lasts all year

Reading Time: 2 minutes Whether you suffer from hay fever or have “bug” bites, you will certainly know the symptoms of an allergy. Allergies are caused when a foreign substance — think plant pollen or insect venom — enters your body and your body’s immune system reacts to that substance or allergen. With today’s travel, such allergies aren’t confined […] Read more

Younger children and babies without a fully developed immune system can be more at risk for tuberculosis.

Guide Health: Tuberculosis — not just an old disease!

There are two categories of tuberculosis, latent and active

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tuberculosis has been infecting people for thousands of years. Peruvian remains that are 6,000 years old have shown evidence of this illness, and it has even been found in Egyptian mummies. The prevalence of the infection peaked during the 18th and 19th centuries, but recently we have seen a resurgence. Tuberculosis is caused by an […] Read more


Up to 75 per cent of cholesterol is actually manufactured by your body, so sometimes, no matter how well you eat you may not be able to reduce your cholesterol score.

Guide Health: What you can do to lower your cholesterol

Don’t wait for your body to give you a cholesterol warning. You may be too late!

Reading Time: 2 minutes Between 30 and 40 per cent of Canadians have high cholesterol, and many don’t even know it. And they may continue not knowing it until they get a lab result, or, worse yet, a heart attack. Cholesterol is the broad term used for lipoproteins and triglycerides found in the body. By accumulating in blood vessels, […] Read more

Advertising would have you believe flavoured water beverages are just the thing you need for your health. But are they?

Guide Health: Fortified water – a good thing or not?

Many of these drinks may make sense for pro football players, but not the rest of us

Reading Time: 2 minutes Undoubtedly you will have seen the rows of fortified and flavoured water drinks in just about any store, as well as energy and sports water products too. According to the advertising, these beverages are just the thing you need for your health. But are they? Canada’s Food Guide has recently been updated, and it recommends […] Read more


You don’t have to accept hearing loss as simply part of aging. Therapies and devices such as hearing aids have come a long way.

Guide Health: Hearing loss – listen to this!

Too many of us mistakenly believe that hearing loss is an inescapable part of the aging process

Reading Time: 2 minutes Anywhere from 20 to 50 per cent of Canadians report some degree of hearing loss, with the higher numbers being among seniors. A great many of these people accept diminished hearing as part of aging, or alternatively do not realize that they do not hear as they once did. Often, it is actually a different […] Read more

Fibre is found mainly in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.

Guide Health: Are you getting enough dietary fibre?

Start slowly — adding too much fibre too fast will result in adverse effects

Reading Time: 2 minutes You know that fibre is an important part of your diet, but do you get enough? Daily recommendations vary from 25 to 30 grams of fibre, with older people and women needing even more. A penny weighs about a gram, so that’s about 25 to 30 pennies in weight. (I suspect you can remember pennies!) […] Read more