A Lack of Action on Canada’s Drug Pricing could Translate to a Decrease in Health and an Increase in Spending

National prescription drug coverage would provide access to necessary medications to those who cannot afford them. A national drug program, could also save billions of dollars in healthcare expenditure. A 2016 poverty Backgrounder explained that the inability to afford prescription medications poses three problems: increased acute care expenditure over time, tenfold non-adherence to prescribed regimens among those with low household incomes, and inequitable access to necessary drugs. In 2010, Gagnon reported that generic drugs are often referred to as ‘tried and true’, they are often well researched and frequently used. Generic drugs in Canada are more than double the median price in other OECD countries. The current multi-payer system for prescription drug coverage is highly inefficient. Maintaining the status quo would lead to higher expenditures by employers and employees on private insurance plans. Research shows that employers and employees pay steep premiums, which increase labor costs and reduce competition. There is a negative correlation between drug expenditure and research and development of drugs over a 15-year period in Canada. Using the same data, countries who spend 35% less on pharmaceuticals spend more on research and development.

Why Should you Care about Food Security?

We’re living in a wealthy, healthy, privileged and developed country, we’re actually so privileged that we’ve masked the inequality that exists in our country. Health and wealth are correlated in Canada. The people with the four times the food insecurity rates also have the lowest life expectancies in the country. It’s a cycle that continuously affects the whole population through healthcare spending (tax dollars)- Canada can’t spend less on healthcare until everyone has equal opportunities for health.
Food banks are kind of like a band-aid… a necessary band-aid but band-aids don’t heal wounds or problems, they cover them. Policy intervention must take place in order to help those who are food insecure so that they can continuously have adequate food in their home. Adequate food is affordable and is nutritious. Adequate food is also food that the person knows how to prepare and has the tools to do so.

How Strong is the Food Industry, Really?

A quick read for Nutrition Month. Do you understand the influence of the food industry? Are you aware that the food industry funded research is 5x more likely to conclude that there is no association between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity than systematic reviews without conflicts of interest.

The Dreaded Month of January

I don’t think you need to only eat soup for a month and I definitely don’t think you need to try drinking charcoal lemonade or a juice cleanse.
I think it’s great if January motivates people to try to change their lifestyle with the goal of health… but I generally hate the way people seem convinced to do it. I didn’t write this piece to discourage people from changing their lifestyle but to encourage them to love themselves at any size and know that the number on the scale doesn’t equate to healthy or unhealthy. Small tweaks can change the trajectory of your whole life. Those are the things that will make you feel healthier, have more confidence and more energy. Shifting priorities can help you make up your mind to stop dieting and start living a happier, healthier lifestyle

My latest for ASKMEN.COM

Just in time for Meatless Monday you can check out my latest piece for askmen.com where I dive into some of the reasons why people may choose to eat less meat and share FIVE of my favorite meatfree recipes including burritos, thai food, quiche, and more.

A Dietitians’ Take on #ads and Food Industry Bias

Do you sometimes see #ad and think, “This person is trying to influence what I buy.” Or … Do you scroll right by it? Perhaps you don’t even notice that it’s an ad at all or what that really means?

Nutrition bias? Industry influence? Sponsorship?
When a profitable company is seeking Dietetic professionals to create advertisements for their product they are asking you to influence the market although most prefer the term ‘educate’. Why? Because we’re the biggest influencers of the food market.

How I Think You Should Feed Your Kids

Are you sick of bribing your kid at mealtime and begging them to take one more bite? Are you making more than one meal at dinner time and feeling frustrated?

Feeling confident about what you’re feeding children can help to foster a healthy relationship with food for your child.

I’ve got a list of tips to try to help you become confident in what you’re feeding your children.

James Fell, nutrition month and lasagna

Read what syndicated columnist James Fell has on his mind about nutrition. I asked him some difficult questions and he came up with some great answers.

His lasagna recipe is linked here too!

How should I serve leftovers? CURRY POUTINE!

Recipe tips from a nutrition expert, Dietitianeats AKA Emma on how to serve your leftovers over and over without getting complaints. These easy additions are sure to please your family or guests!

Try adding curry poutine, meatball subs and Tex-mex salad to your meal repertoire. This will decrease meal fatigue from serving too much of the same leftovers. Yes- curry poutine!

The (healthy) overweight individual

No one’s weight defines who they are as a person.
I’ve seen another person attacked on social media solely due to their weight in Alberta. Some people are trying to discredit the knowledge and ability of overweight individuals due to the fact that they are visibly overweight.
WHAT THE FUDGE ???
Health is a multifactorial state that truly cannot be easily defined. Quite often a person’s appearance does not define whether they are healthy or not.