Hello everyone!

I am so grateful to have been able to run this health website for almost a year. Thank you, dear loyal followers and readers, for having been part of it. It has been a great success and a steep learning curve! 🙂


I have recently moved to a smaller French-speaking town in Quebec (Trois-Rivieres) to start my residency in family medicine. I have quickly realized how very few health and well-being resources exist in French for people who do not speak English. Although I have studied medicine in English, I am fluent in French and will be doing my medical residency here, in Trois-Rivieres, in French. I consider it my duty to bridge this gap in lack of medical information available to French populations and thus, starting this week, I will be writing most of my entries on this website IN FRENCH! I am also hoping to bring my health events and workshops to smaller Quebec communities, mostly in French.

Moreover, this website will undergo a lot of interface changes over the next few weeks in order to adapt to a different language and make it even more practical and user-friendly. The website will also be renamed shortly.

I want to thank all of you for being part of this, and I hope that you have learned a thing or 2 about health & well-being. Until next time, au revoir 😉

HSP Summer Retreat Aug 12-14 2016

I am proud to introduce my dear friend and colleague, Natalie Harvey. Skilled in psychology and a dedicated performance consultant at Dale Carnegie, she is the founder of HSP Montreal, The Highly Sensitive People MeetUp group, and an HSP events host and organizer.

If you, or anyone that you know, is highly sensitive (15-20% of the population) you should check out the HSP website here where you can learn more about being highly sensitive, take a test to know whether you are or not a highly sensitive person, and find various resources available to you.

We are organizing an amazing summer retreat for this August in Vermont, USA – the first of its kind in this part of North America!! The Misty Hilltop Resort is a real gem and there will be well-known professionals and HSP coaches as well as various workshops and activities to help you harness your sensitivity. We are very excited! Click here for more information, talk to one of us from the organizing team, and to register. There are only 25 spaces and they are filling up fast.

We hope to see you there! 😉

There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today

Source: There Are 5 Better Ways to Eat, and You Can Start Today | Psychology Today

How can you start incorporating mindful eating into your life? Use your five senses in five new ways! Learn how from these experiments:

1. The Crunch Effect.

Research indicates that eating loudly actually helps you eat less. In a recent study, participants were told to eat cookies quietly, loudly, or normally. Those who ate loudly ate the least. It may be that the participants were less worried about social rules and simply enjoyed what they were eating. Put a little cookie monster into your next meal and enjoy the munch. Continue reading

FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods

Source: FDA Calls for Less Salt in Processed Foods – WebMD

Agency sets short- and long-term goals in effort to cut Americans’ risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants the food industry to cut back on the salt.

In draft voluntary guidelines issued Wednesday, the agency set both two-year and 10-year goals for lower sodium content in hundreds of processed and prepared foods. The aim is to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke among Americans, according to the FDA.
“Many Americans want to reduce sodium in their diets, but that’s hard to do when much of it is in everyday products we buy in stores and restaurants,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an FDA statement.”Today’s announcement is about putting power back in the hands of consumers, so that they can better control how much salt is in the food they eat and improve their health,” she added. Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Minute: Less Salt Doesn’t Mean Less Flavor

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a draft of voluntary guidelines encouraging food manufacturers, restaurants and food service operations to reduce sodium in prepared foods. The average American adult’s salt intake is approximately 3,400 milligrams per day, which is more than the 2,300 milligrams per day recommended by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans .

The goal of the new guidelines is to make a difference in salt intake when dining out; however, as an executive chef from the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program demonstrates, there are ways to reduce salt in your kitchen. Jeff Olsen has more in this Mayo Clinic Minute.

Mayo Clinic Minute: The Truth About Gluten

Source: Mayo Clinic News Network

May is Celiac Awareness Month, and the Celiac Disease Foundation wants to make the process of going gluten-free easier for people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease. Mayo Clinic experts agree that people with celiac disease should not consume gluten. But, many people who don’t have celiac disease also go gluten-free, because it makes them feel better. Dr. Joseph Murray says for that group, gluten may not be the issue.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses gluten with Dr. Murray.

Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Source: Gluten-Free Diets Are Not Necessarily Healthier, Doctors Warn

Some kids are following a gluten-free diet even though they do not have a medical condition that requires avoiding gluten, and this is worrying some doctors.

Gluten-free foods are not necessarily healthier. In fact, they can be higher in calories, and may not be enriched with vitamins and minerals that are important for children, said study co-author Dr. Eyad Almallouhi, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Continue reading

Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers

Source: Let a baby cry for better sleep, say researchers – Medical News Today

One of the biggest challenges many new parents face is lack of sleep. But getting up on numerous occasions throughout the night to calm a crying infant is part of the job, right? According to a new study, it doesn’t have to be; letting a baby cry themselves to sleep may lead to a better night’s rest for all parties.
[A baby crying in a cot]
Ignoring a child’s cries may result in better sleep for infants and parents, say researchers.

The study suggests a behavioral technique known as “graduated extinction” – which involves letting a baby cry until they fall asleep – can lead to longer sleep duration for the child and their parents.

Study co-author Michael Gradisar, Ph.D., associate professor in the School of Psychology at Flinders University, Australia, and colleagues recently published their findings in the journal Pediatrics. Continue reading