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The WAHL (Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle) Show brings listeners information they need to know about what's new and relevant for improving and maintaining their physical and mental health. By talking with experts in medicine, research, private practice and other relevant areas, Dr. Mike Wahl will help guide the listener through the confusing topic of Health and Wellness with the goal of building knowledge and be empowering them to make better lifestyle choices.

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The WAHL (Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle) Show brings listeners information they need to know about what's new and relevant for improving and maintaining their physical and mental health. By talking with experts in medicine, research, private practice and other relevant areas, Dr. Mike Wahl will help guide the listener through the confusing topic of Health and Wellness with the goal of building knowledge and be empowering them to make better lifestyle choices.

    Episode 103 - Monkeypox Virus with Dr. Janice Fitzgerald

    Episode 103 - Monkeypox Virus with Dr. Janice Fitzgerald

    Monkeypox was first identified in a lab nearly 70 years ago among research monkeys (hence its name). It occurs primarily in tropical rainforest areas of central and west Africa but has been occasionally exported to other regions. It’s gotten little global attention until the recent rising cases in countries in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

    Monkeypox virus is transmitted from one person to another by close contact with lesions, body fluids, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials such as bedding. Typical symptoms include fever, rash and swollen lymph nodes and may lead to a range of medical complications.

    We have been hearing alot about the virus in recent weeks so joining us today is Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, Newfoundland and Labrador's Chief Medical Officer of Health to help us better understand the Monkeypox virus, what is happening around the world and at home and what we and our public health agencies can do to control its spread and manage its treatment.

    • 33 min
    Episode 102 - The Health Accord NL Update with Dr. Pat Parfrey and Sister Elizabeth Davis

    Episode 102 - The Health Accord NL Update with Dr. Pat Parfrey and Sister Elizabeth Davis

    We often tend to blame our poor health outcomes mainly on the healthcare system. But we are quickly learning that here in Newfoundland and Labrador that social, economic, and environmental factors, which are called the social determinants of health account for 60% of the impact on our health. Where and how we live, work and play and inequalities in healthcare access are all key factors. Our genetic makeup and our biology only influence about 15% of our health outcomes while 25% of the impact is related to our health system.
    Since November 2020, Health Accord NL has gathered evidence, focused its work in six committees and four working groups, and engaged with thousands of people across the province. It has developed 57 Calls to Action. The conclusion of the work of Health Accord NL is that we can improve the health, health outcomes, and health equity of the people of the province by assessing and intervening, as appropriate, in the social, economic, and environmental factors that impact our health with support by adequate resources from a higher quality health system that rebalances community, hospital, and long-term care services.
    What will a rebalanced system look like? How will it be developed, managed, funded and evaluated? Join us today as we welcome back Dr. Patrick Parfrey and Sister Elizabeth Davis to walk us through the findings and recommendations in the Health Accord NL Report.

    • 43 min
    Episode 101 - Gut Health with Dr. Nikitha Kendyala and Dr. Purvikalyan Pallegar founders of Nucliq Biologics

    Episode 101 - Gut Health with Dr. Nikitha Kendyala and Dr. Purvikalyan Pallegar founders of Nucliq Biologics

    The human gut is complex and our gut microbiome is unique to each of us. Many people think of their gut as their stomach but it’s actually a long passage leading from the mouth to the anus. We have more than a trillion microbial cells present in our guts which collectively makeup our Gut Microbiome. Research to date suggests that the gut microbiome impacts whole-body health including immunity, heart and brain health, physical endurance, improved mood and sleep, effective digestion and mental health. Any imbalance of good and bad microbes in the gut may contribute to weight gain, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and many serious health conditions.
    Join us as we chat with Dr. Nikitha Kendyala and Dr. Purvikalyan Pallegar founders of Nucliq Biologics to learn more about gut health and the latest advancements in developing microbiome-based personalized therapeutics and diagnostics that leverage the knowledge of molecular and functional interactions between microbiome and the human body and the power of artificial intelligence.

    • 40 min
    Episode 100 - Compassion with Dr. Frances Scully

    Episode 100 - Compassion with Dr. Frances Scully

    The most commonly accepted components of compassion are:
    An emotional response (concern)
    A cognitive response (perception of suffering)
    A motivational response (desire to see suffering relieved)
    Empathy generally precedes compassion. It is the ability to understand what the other person is feeling, see things from their point of view and perhaps even see yourself in their situation without necessarily desiring to do something about it. Functional MRI’s have demonstrated that when you have empathy it activates the pain centre in the brain “feel your pain” When you take action it activates a different part of your brain – reward centre. Empathy hurts – compassion heals. It is the motivation to go beyond merely empathizing and see the pain diminished or the suffering relieved that distinguishes compassion from empathy. As one writer put it “empathy hurts - compassion heals”.

    In 2018 Drs. Steve Trezciak and Anthony Mazzarelli published Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference, a book based on their two-year journey utilizing biomedical evidence in which they conducted the largest systematic review of the literature related to acts of compassion in healthcare. Their research showed that compassion has a direct, undeniable impact on health outcomes of patients, burnout in practitioners and cost reduction in health care systems.

    Compassion is a skill and not a trait. For most of us it can be taught. It’s good for both our physical and mental health. Helping others feels good, contributes to our happiness and sense of purpose and meaning in life.

    Join us as we explore compassion with Dr. Francis Scully, professor, researcher and founder of BeCompassionateNL. We’ll examine the nature of compassion, our ability to learn how to be more compassionate, its potential impacts on our personal health and how we can build more compassionate communities.

    • 39 min
    Episode 99 - A Life Spent Listening with Dr. Hasan Khalili

    Episode 99 - A Life Spent Listening with Dr. Hasan Khalili

    In this episode we hear about a new book called a Life Spent Listening by local author and psychologist Dr. Hasan Khalili. His book is a unique and engaging perspective of humanity – a journey to wisdom shared through stories of self-awareness, acceptance, and discovery, by acclaimed psychotherapist Dr. Hassan Khalili.

    In A Life Spent Listening, Dr. Hassan Khalili reflects on four decades of being a frontline community psychotherapist and shares the wisdom he has learned over the years. By inviting the reader into his own life and the lives of his patients, Dr. Khalili explores the human condition and explains his concept of the grid as a guiding principle in his psychological practice. The book takes us from his experience as a young Iranian immigrant in Newfoundland and Labrador to his role as one of the top psychologists in the province, by way of his adventures hiking Machu Picchu and Mount Kilimanjaro. Dr. Khalili illuminates what it means to seek contentment and how we hold the key to our own happiness.

    • 39 min
    Episode 98 - Eye Health with Dr. Clare Halleran

    Episode 98 - Eye Health with Dr. Clare Halleran

    Eye health matters. The brain uses our eyes to help us to see. Eyesight is connected to brain development. We’ve all heard the expression that the “eyes are the windows to the soul” but little did some of us know that the eyes are a window to our overall health. We don’t generally think about an eye exam saving your life but a comprehensive eye exam can provide important clues in identifying serious underlying health conditions like tumors, aneurysms, MS, Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Diabetes, the number one cause of blindness in Canada, is expected to rise to nearly 14 million by 2026. 20% of newly diagnosed diabetes cases show that the damaging effects of diabetic retinopathy have been occurring for 4-7 years prior to diagnosis.

    From six months on we should be working with professionals to monitor eye health in our children. Studies show that 80 percent of what a child learns in school is information that is presented visually. Vision or eye health problems can affect their ability to retain, learn and perform basic tasks. 61% of parents mistakenly believe they’d know if their child had a vision issue.

    As we grow older, our eyes may look the same but their functionality changes affecting our colour detection, adjustment to light levels and tear duct issues leading to dry eyes. We may need intervention to deal with glare and ocular diseases like cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration which can lead to vision impairment and affect our daily activities. Seniors with vision or eye health problems experience twice the number of falls, 3 times the incidence of depression, have double the mortality rate and are admitted to nursing homes 3 years earlier.

    Join us as we chat with Dr. Clare Halleran, owner of East Coast Eye Care in Clarenville, Newfoundland about the importance of eye health, what we should know about it and what we can do to protect it.

    • 38 min

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