Archive for December, 2012

Have a Healthy Resolution for 2013? Here are 5 easy to Keep ones.

Posted by on December 27th, 2012

resolutionsHard to believe it’s almost the end of another year! Everyone here at is excited for what the New Year is going to bring. Besides reflecting on what happened over the previous 12 months, this is also a time that a lot of us make resolutions about the future, and one of the most common ones are about living a more healthy life.

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If you’re looking at some simple lifestyle changes in 2013 here are 5 resolutions that are easy to keep and will make a big difference.

  1. Cut the calories you drink. Juices, pop, fancy coffees, and especially alcohol pack a lot of hidden calories. Cut the number of calories you drink and try to add more water, and healthy beverages like caffeine-free green tea into your diet for an easy change that will make a big difference.
  2. Get more sleep. The scientific evidence is piling up that society’s sleep deficit is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Study after study shows a link between too little sleep and weight gain. So try a lot harder in 2013 to get an extra hour of sleep a night and you’ll see major positive results in your overall health.
  3. Assess the liveability of your approach. You may make a sudden change and drop 25 pounds over the next three months, or totally cut out all sugar from your diet. But can you keep this up for life? Probably not. Changes that stick are ones that you can stick with for life, so make small changes that you can stick too.
  4.  Set realistic goals. Don’t be let down when you can’t reach unattainable goals right away. Make small, realistic goals.
  5. Focus on behaviours, not pounds.  Don’t obsess over the scale. Instead focus on how great the changes you are making, make you feel. Not everyone loses weight easily, but making healthy choices will add years to your life, even if you can’t drop that last 10 pounds.

Happy New Year from Everyone at!

A Happier, Healthier Holiday is Possible!

Posted by on December 21st, 2012

santaTis the season to eat, eat, eat and eat some more! It’s not even Christmas yet, but a lot of us sitting here at the head office in wintery Winnipeg are already feeling our pants fit a little bit snugger after what seems like a marathon of pre-Christmas snacking. It’s hard to avoid grabbing a chocolate, or cookie, or some fruit cake when they’re just sitting there on that table leading to the printer…

We’re not going to lie to your face and say that it’s possible to avoid temptation during this time of year.  The holidays are a time to enjoy friends, family and good tidings, and that is going to mean food and probably a few drinks too. But a little bit of planning and a few easy-to-follow tips can help you make it through the holidays without totally blowing up the healthier life you tried to live all year.

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Try to Break Even: It’s hard to stay active over the holidays because schedules get thrown for a loop, but the single best way to ensure you don’t gain too much weight over Christmas is to try to break even. So enjoy that shortbread, but break even the next day with a brisk walk or jog. The calories might not balance out but just committing to a bit of physical exercise for every holiday indulgence will go a long way to keeping you healthy.

Moderation: Just a simple word! But it’s a hard one to get behind! But if you simply give yourself some boundaries and decide that you’re going to enjoy yourself but place some limits on what you eat and drink, it’s going to make a huge difference.

Only what you love: Another great tip that it’s easy to remember is only indulge in what you really love. You don’t love every appetizer at the party, do you? Only enjoy the holiday treat you really love.

Balance: Another one word tip, but a key one and something we should aim to do in all things in your life. For every glass of wine you have, balance it with a glass of water. Have a balanced breakfast so you don’t overeat the rest of the day. Make sure your Christmas dinner plate has as many veggies as it does ham.

Keep Busy: Avoid mindless snacking over the holidays and eating just cause it’s there. Enjoy your family and friends. Go for walks, stay active together.

The Cost for Brand Name Drugs Has Skyrocketed in the U.S.

Posted by on December 14th, 2012

iStock_000009645608XSmallIn 2012 prices for the most popular brand-name prescription drugs surged once again. This continues a long-term trend that has seen the price that Americans pay for leading brand name drugs outpace the rate of inflation every single year for the past decade.

In 2012, the most highly prescribed brand name drugs saw their average price increased by 13.3% overall. This report was done by Express Scripts and used information from a random sample of over six million Americans to compile its price figures.

The only bright spot for Americans that are struggling with record high drug costs is that overall in 2012, spending on all drugs only rose by 3.5%. The reason for this is that many leading brand name drugs, such as Lipitor, went generic in 2012. Overall, spending on generic medication as a category was 22% lower in 2012 than a year earlier.

Generics often offer the best possible value. Whenever a lower-cost generic is available from Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, we here at offer it as a lower priced alternative to our patients. The price of brand name medication from also represents significant savings on drugs that have no generic equivalent available.

Almost 25% of drug spending in the U.S. in 2012 was spent was on drugs for mental and neurological disorders just as depression or Alzheimer’s. This category has seen the largest jump in use over the past decade, surpassing what is spent on drugs to combat various forms of diabetes and heart disease, the former leading category of medication spending. The reason for this is mostly because generic versions for many leading drugs to tackle depression or other mental disorders have not yet been released in generic versions, whereas many of the most prescribed drugs for heart disease have been released from patent protection and are now available in lower cost generic versions.

If brand name drug costs continue to grow as 13% a year, and Americans struggling with their cost are not allowed to look to safe, lower-cost international mail order pharmacies, more and more people will be pushed over the edge and will be unable to afford the medication they need.

Brand Drug Prices are Double for Americans

Posted by on December 4th, 2012

Business Insider Magazine published two charts this week that clearly show why the cost of healthcare in the U.S. is among the highest in the world on a per capita basis.

This first chart shows that the U.S. dedicates more money per capita than pretty much any country in the world on total healthcare costs. With the ongoing debate in Washington on the “fiscal cliff,” a lot of demands are going to be made on reducing the money spent on healthcare to help tame the growing budget deficit, but this next chart shows that the difference in drug costs between the U.S. and the rest of the world is one of the main reasons healthcare costs are so high for Americans.

The cost of brand name medications in the U.S. is double what people pay for the exact same drugs in Canada or Europe. This price discrepancy is why and other safe, legitimate online Canadian pharmacies are so important to those struggling with high costs. When the cost for the exact same drug is twice as much for an American senior, as it is for a senior in Canada or the UK, you see why having access to Canadian or British medication can save you so much on your drug bill.

This chart is an excellent way to visualize why your bill with is so much cheaper than it would be if you ordered from a local pharmacy. And it’s also part of the reason why that first chart shows how much money per person is spent on healthcare for Americans, but without the results you would expect with such spending in terms of outcomes.