Your Health

Suggested Links & Reading

Choosing Wisely Canada

How to provide the best care through evidence based information, reducing potentially harmful/wasteful investigations & practices and rather focusing our care and resources on what works.

https://choosingwiselycanada.org/campaign/more-is-not-always-better/
https://choosingwiselycanada.org/patient-pamphlets

Would You Consider Taking Less Medications?

The Canadian Deprescribing Network is dedicated to raising awareness of medication safety, deprescribing and safer alternatives to risky medications.  Explore their resources for the general public and heath care professional by following the link below:
https://www.deprescribingnetwork.ca/

Diabetes

Diabetes Canada: www.diabetes.ca
Suggested reading:
Diabetes Code by Dr. Jason Fung

Obesity

The Toronto Metabolic Clinic: www.torontometabolicclinic.com

Suggested reading:
Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung
The Pioppi Diet by Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Mental Health

Free Programs for CBT Therapy

MoodGYM is a free online program that aims to reduce mild to moderate symptoms of depression and anxiety by teaching you the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy.
https://www.walkalong.ca/explore/MoodGYM

E- Couch is another creation by the developers of MoodGym. E-couch offers a self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief.
http://www.efap.ca/eservices/E-Couch.htm

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): www.camh.ca

Togetherall – 24/7 Anonymous Online Mental Health Support. Free to all Ontario Residents.
https://togetherall.com/en-gb/news/free-support-now-available-to-all-in-ontario-canada/

Bounce Back Ontario: www.bouncebackontario.ca
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Suggested reading:
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns
The Worry Cure by Robert Leahy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook For Dummies by Rhena Branch, Rob Willson

Chronic Pain

Inter-Professional Spine Assessment & Education Clinics (ISAEC): www.isaec.org

Under the section for “For Patients” you will find videos and tips on how to manage your back pain.

Back Care Canada:
http://backcarecanada.ca/

Dr. Mike Evans video on Low Back Pain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOjTegn9RuY

Toronto Academic and Pain Medicine Institute (TAPMI):
http://tapmipain.ca/patient/managing-my-pain/pain-u-online/

Suggested reading:
Managing Chronic Pain: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Approach Workbook by John Otis
CBT for Chronic Pain and Psychological Well-Being by Mark Carlson
Managing Pain Before it Manages You by Margaret A. Caudill
The Pain Survival Guide by Dennis W. Turk
You Are Not Your Pain by Vidyamala Burch & Danny Penman

Patient resources on potential harms of opioids and recent guidelines:
https://www.rxfiles.ca/rxfiles/uploads/documents/Opioid-Patient-Booklet-Taper-RxFiles.pdf
https://www.ismp-canada.org/download/OpioidStewardship/Opioids-ShortTermPain-EN.pdf
https://www.ismp-canada.org/download/safetyBulletins/2017/ISMPCSB2017-08-UnderstandOpioids.pdf
https://www.ontario.ca/page/understanding-opioids

Insomnia

Patient resources on potential harms of Benzodiazepines ( sleeping and anxiety medications ) and recent guidelines.
https://choosingwiselycanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/CWC-Toolkit-BenzoPrimaryCare-V3.pdf
https://cep.health/media/uploaded/CEP_Benzodiazapine_2019.pdf

Suggested reading:
Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Gregg D. Jacobs
– Go! To Sleep® CBT app for insomnia by Cleveland Clinic

Travel Medicine

Travel’s Health (CDC):
wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel

Public Health

Public Health Ontario:
www.publichealthontario.ca

Kids Health

Caring for Kids: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/
About Kids Health: https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/
Rourke Baby Record: http://www.rourkebabyrecord.ca/
Parachute: https://parachute.ca/en/

Additional Links

Cancer Care Ontario: www.cancercareontario.ca
Hypertension Canada: www.hypertension.ca
Heart & Stroke Foundation: www.heartandstroke.ca
Health Canada: www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
Canadian Health Statistics: www.statcan.ca
Canadian Immunization Information: www.immunize.ca
Ontario Ministry of Health: www.health.gov.on.ca