• Panic to Peace : Unraveling the spectrum of anxiety with Dr Nik Grujich

    12 JUN. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.    >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.        Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University.  Welcome to "Ditch the Lab Coat," the podcast where we dive deep into health issues and medical discussions with leading experts.In today's episode, Dr. Mark Bonta chats with psychiatrist Dr. Nik Grujich, who specializes in mood and anxiety disorders and directs mental health programs at the University of Toronto.Together, they'll explore the intricacies of prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD, the evolutionary roots of anxiety, and the line between normal and abnormal behavior. They'll also tackle the impact of modern technology on children's mental health, delve into the complexities of diagnosing mental health conditions using the DSM and ICD, and highlight the resilience of the human mind.From personal stories and cultural insights to professional perspectives on mental well-being, this conversation promises a comprehensive look at the ways our minds cope with adversity and how therapeutic techniques can foster resilience. Plus, hear their engaging discussion on the role of cognitive behavioral therapy and the promising future of biomarkers in mental health diagnosis and personalized care.Get ready for an enlightening and thought-provoking episode that underscores the importance of holistic health and the powerful intersection between our minds, behavior, and physical well-being. Join us for this compelling conversation on "Ditch the Lab Coat" with Dr. Nik Grujich!Timestamps : 06:52 Immigrant upbringing, limited discussion, led to psychiatry. 11:11 Socialization and nurturing have evolutionary and practical aspects. 19:40 Anxiety leads to checking and relief. 20:34 Obsessive compulsive disorder: intrusive thoughts, rituals, distress. 27:11 Anxiety linked to evolution and survival instincts. 36:39 Anxiety disorders, specific phobias, and PTSD. 38:15 Specific phobias may not be relevant. 43:53 Parents struggle to address their children's anxiety. 52:08 Anxiety treatment involves trust, support, and challenge. 57:07 Flooding therapy works, especially for PTSD treatment. 01:01:35 Rick Arsenault, a specialist in internal medicine, leads advanced training for unexplained symptoms nationwide. His approach integrates mind and body, with remarkable results, including lower recurrence of heart attacks compared to medication use. 01:05:26 Fascination with normal and abnormal human behavior.
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  • Marrying Tech with Medicine: A Conversation with your IT Doc

    3 ABR. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University. Welcome back to "Ditch the Labcoat," where today we're diving deep with the compelling insights of Dr. James East. From intense medical shifts that demand lightning-fast responsiveness to the emotionally charged transitions from ICU pressures to family presence, Dr. East offers a rare window into the life-saving ballet performed daily by our healthcare heroes.Together, they shed light on the emotional fortitude required in this profession, the camaraderie needed to weather the storm, and the ever-evolving tools at their disposal. As the worlds of healthcare and technology collide, we explore the role of AI and technological interfaces, challenging the traditional white coat with terms like Chat GPT and electronic health records. Dr. East, a critical care maestro, and tech startup visionary, debates the true utility of inference-based decisions and AI-assisted diagnostics, while Dr. Bonta lends his seasoned skepticism to the conversation on tools like ECGs and their digital interpretations.From the lab to the living room, the discussion navigates the emotional labor physicians carry and the importance of processing traumatic cases. And as if navigating the corridors of care wasn't enough, our guests tackle the digital transformation of healthcare head-on, weighing in on the potential integration of AI in patient care and the necessity of maintaining the human touch amidst digital disruption.Strap in for a journey through the pulse-pounding, data-driven, and deeply human field of modern medicine. You don't need a lab coat where we're going—this is "Ditch the Labcoat," featuring Dr. James East.Dr. James East, GIM/ICU physician at Mackenzie Health and Trillium Health Partners. Chief Product Officer and Head of Content Development at FirstHx /  https://firsthx.com/about-us/Episode Timestamps :00:00 Doctor bridges clinical work with healthcare technology.10:16 Supportive partner helps balance demanding work schedule.13:33 Residency experience: few patients come home.18:43 Dealing with worst days, first responders' challenges.25:54 Advances in technology enhance clinical decision-making.27:13 Analyze electronic health records evolution from paper.36:55 AI engines lack meaningful benefits for clinicians.38:37 Need standardized, evidence-based, high-quality solutions for clinicians.48:06 AI can aid in efficient, thorough patient care.55:09 AI may struggle to replicate human empathy.59:16 Ethical concerns regarding AI in healthcare.01:05:11 Advocacy for seeking professional medical support online.01:09:04 AI aiding clinicians in diagnosing and treating.
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  • Heartbreak and Health with Dr Michael Ward, Interventional Cardiology

    27 MAR. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University. Welcome back to "Ditch the Labcoat," where today we debunked heart health myths with the remarkable Dr. Michael Ward. Did you know stress can literally break your heart? Dr. Ward broke down the realities of Takatsubo cardiomyopathy, stressed the importance of timely intervention in heart attacks, and shared his insights on the Mediterranean diet for cardiac wellness. Plus, we got a glimpse into the high-stakes world of interventional cardiology—straight from the operation room. Stay heart-smart and catch the full episode for a deep dive into the art and science of keeping your ticker ticking! Remember, a healthy heart is a healthy start. Don't miss it! 00:00:03 Understanding Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy and Broken Heart Syndrome with Dr. Michael WardDr. Mark Bonta discusses Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as broken heart syndrome, with Dr. Michael Ward. They explore how the condition is often triggered by emotional stress, such as the loss of a loved one, leading to acute heart failure.00:01:03 Discussion on the Heart as a Muscle and Cardiac ConditionsDr. Michael Ward discusses the heart as a muscle that pumps and the various cardiac conditions patients may face, such as heart attacks, heart failure, and heart rhythm problems. The conversation emphasizes the importance of understanding the basic function of the heart for better management of cardiac health.00:02:26 Discussion with Dr. Michael Ward on Interventional Cardiology and Hypertrophic CardiomyopathyDr. Michael Ward is an expert in interventional cardiology who helps people prevent and recover from heart-related issues. He also focuses on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition affecting the heart. With a background in both medicine and research, he is a valuable asset at Western University in London, Ontario.00:03:50 Interview with Dr Michael Ward, Interventional CardiologistDr. Michael Ward, an interventional cardiologist with both an MD and a PhD, discusses his background in cell-based gene therapy and his interest in cardiovascular medicine. He shares insights on heart health, the importance of vacations for mental health, and his balanced lifestyle.00:07:18 Insight into the Fascinating Aspects of the Heart from an Interventional Cardiology PerspectiveDr Mark Bonta, an interventional cardiologist, shares his perspective on the intricate nature of the heart, highlighting how it responds to various stimuli and stressors. He emphasizes the role of the cardiovascular system in determining life and death outcomes and the potential for improving quality of life through cardiology interventions.00:11:14 Discussion on Interventional CardiologyDr. Mark Bonta discusses their work in interventional cardiology, including responding to emergencies like heart attacks and performing procedures in the catheterization laboratory. They describe the challenges faced by patients with heart conditions and the range of cases they handle.00:13:26 Understanding Cardiovascular System with Dr. Michael WardDr. Michael Ward talks about atherosclerosis as the accumulation of plaque in the arteries, which can lead to heart issues like angina and heart attacks. The discussion also touches on the difference between chronic accumulation of plaque and acute blockages causing heart attacks.00:18:01 Understanding Acute Heart Attacks and Plaque Ruptures in ArteriesAcute heart attacks can occur when plaque ruptures inside an artery, leading to a clot that blocks the artery and causes the heart attack. Platelets play a crucial role in responding to the rupture and forming clots to heal the affected area.00:19:44 Importance of Timely Intervention in Heart AttacksDuring a conversation between Dr. Mark Bonta and Dr. Michael Ward Interventional Cardiology, they discussed the critical importance of timely intervention in heart attacks. Dr. Bonta mentioned that when a heart attack occurs, time is of the essence as the muscle of the heart is deprived of blood flow. Historically, patients were given aspirin and blood thinners but no interventional procedures were done immediately.00:21:20 Advanced Cardiac Care Protocols in CanadaIn Canada, there are advanced protocols in place for managing ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) cases, including direct ambulance transportation to hospitals with cath labs. Time is crucial in treating cardiac emergencies to minimize heart muscle damage.00:23:51 Patient Experience in the Cath Lab: What to ExpectThe patient experience in the cath lab involves inserting a needle with a wire into their arteries, either through the wrists or groin. Patients may not feel much during the procedure, but there might be some sensations of discomfort or awareness of the procedure taking place.00:26:56 Understanding the Process of Opening Blocked Heart VesselsIn the conversation between Dr Mark Bonta and Dr Michael Ward Interventional Cardiology, they discuss the process of opening blocked heart vessels during angioplasty procedures. They talk about using topical lidocaine for anesthesia and how temporary discomfort may be felt when the blockage is being opened up. Dr Ward explains that a stent is not a rigid pipe but a meshwork that is placed in the living system of the coronary artery.00:29:41 Understanding Interventional Cardiology and StentingInterventional cardiology involves using contrast dye and x-ray cameras to map arteries and identify blockages. Stents are used to provide support and prevent arteries from narrowing, improving blood flow to the heart muscle. The decision to place a stent is based on the degree of blockage and the impact on blood flow.00:34:10 Discussion on Heart Health Interventions and Medical ManagementThe conversation between Dr. Mark Bonta and Dr. Michael Ward Interventional Cardiology delves into the topic of heart health interventions and the importance of medical management in cardiac care. They discuss the limitations of interventions like stents in treating moderate blockages and emphasize the significance of lifestyle changes and medications in preventing heart attacks and strokes.00:38:32 Preventing Cardiovascular Disease Through Exercise and MedicationsDr. Mark ...
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  • Bridging Life and Breath: A Conversation with Critical Care Expert Dr. Niall Ferguson

    20 MAR. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University.  On today's episode of "Ditch the Labcoat," our host Dr. Mark Bonta dives deep with renowned intensive care expert Dr. Niall Ferguson into the world of intensive care, ventilators, and the balance between technology and humanity in critical care medicine.In a compelling conversation, we unlock insights into the evolution of respiratory care, the ethical considerations surrounding life support, and how the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped our approach to patient care.Key takeaways from this episode:- The Overuse of ICU Resources: Dr. Ferguson discusses the careful balance required when utilizing ICU facilities, emphasizing the need for proportionate care to maximize patient dignity and humanity, even in unconscious states.- The Evolution of Ventilation Techniques: Delve into the history of ventilatory support, from the iron lung to modern positive pressure ventilation, and understand how these critical interventions have been both a lifeline and a learning curve during pandemics.- Patient-Centered Care: Drs. Bonta and Ferguson underscore the necessity of clear, honest communication between healthcare providers and patients, aligning treatment with patient health goals, especially when considering life-support interventions.Don't miss the heartfelt stories, professional insights, and the fusion of human touch with technology that Dr. Ferguson brings to this enlightening discussion on "Ditch the Labcoat". Dr. Niall Ferguson shares a compelling tale from medical history, asserting the dramatic impact of vaccines in eradicating polio. He recounts the 1952 polio conference in Copenhagen, which, ironically, preceded a polio outbreak later that year in the same city. This outbreak led to deaths from not just respiratory muscle weakness but from bulbar polio, affecting the victim's ability to swallow and clear secretions. The conventional iron lung was unable to aid patients in coughing or clearing these secretions, resulting in numerous fatalities.However, a pivotal moment in medical innovation emerged when an astute anesthetist named Bjorn Ibsen intervened. Recognizing patients were hypoventilating, Ibsen proposed a more effective method: invasive positive pressure ventilation, an invention that has since revolutionized medical care. This story, relayed by Dr. Ferguson, underscores the relentless pursuit of medical advances in the face of disease outbreaks and the critical role that vaccines play in preventing such health crises.00:00 Ventilator's origin, critical care medicine, teamwork in healthcare. 05:24 Vaccines ended polio, led to ventilation innovation. 14:45 COVID patients may have low oxygen levels. 20:50 Setting up province wide COVID response; challenges. 25:20 Mechanical ventilation can cause respiratory damage. 28:15 Balancing life support on ventilator, ECMO concerns. 37:43 Patients' readiness and family's understanding affect decisions. 40:40 Importance of end-of-life conversations for clarity. 48:27 Some private hospitals have overly luxurious ICUs. 52:18 Doctor prioritizes in-person patient interaction during rounds. 54:47 Impactful conversation about ventilator history and medicine. 01:00:30 Gratitude and encouragement for future engagement.
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  • From "No-Nut" Schools to EpiPens 101 with Dr Berger, Clinical Allergist & Immunologist

    13 MAR. 2024 · Episode 6 : From "No-Nut" Schools to EpiPens 101: Dr. Magdalena Berger, Clinical Allergist & Immunologist Unpacks Allergy Myths and Gives You The Tools to be an Allergy NinjaDISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University.  Welcome back to "Ditch the Labcoat," with me, Dr. Mark Bonta, and today we're diving into the complex world of allergies. Our guest, Dr. Magdalena Berger, brings her expertise on managing allergies in children, clarifies myths about EpiPen usage, and illuminates the murky waters of food allergy protocols. Expect personal tales, life-saving tips on handling anaphylactic shocks, and insights into global allergy trends.Whether you're a concerned parent or just curious about the immune system's quirks, this episode is packed with invaluable knowledge. So tune in as we tackle the science and skepticism of allergies head-on. Let's get started.00:00 Family medicine in crisis, need more providers. 03:15 Internal medicine involves diagnosing, treating complex illnesses. 06:17 Relevant roles in education discussing allergies and immunology. 10:55 Concern over lack of access to allergist. 14:46 Confirm food allergies through allergist office challenge. 17:17 Clear diagnosis of food reactions requires thorough testing. 21:40 Oral immunotherapy for food allergies and tolerance. 23:04 Early introduction of allergenic foods needs caution. 28:05 Hygiene hypothesis: overactive immune system from cleanliness. 30:18 Dairy allergy and anaphylaxis: Can it happen? 34:38 Maternal diet impact on baby's allergies summarized. 37:49 Specific protein in milk can cause allergies. 39:50 Deciding to probe or maintain relationships courteously. 43:47 School has EpiPens for kids with allergies. 45:28 Risk mitigation for allergies during unsupervised activities. 51:34 Check expiration date, clear liquid means good. 54:36 Podcast covers allergy; impact on parents. 57:42 Ensure good working order, anticipate potential situations. 59:05 Exciting updates and feedback for digital lab.
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  • Beyond the Scale : Re-thinking Our Approach to Obesity Medicine with Dr Sean Wharton, MD, FRCPC

    6 MAR. 2024 · Welcome, listeners, to another intriguing episode of DITCH THE LAB COAT. I'm your host, Dr. Mark, and today we've got a particularly compelling show that delves deep into the complexities of obesity medicine. In episode four, we're honored to have obesity and type two diabetes expert, Dr. Sean Wharton, join us to unravel the mysteries of this fascinating and often misunderstood field. Dr. Sean Wharton, Specialist in General Internal Medicine will shed light on how obesity, a disease mired in stigma and misconception, impacts much more than one's physical appearance—it intertwines with psychological states and numerous other medical conditions ranging from cognitive disorders to cardiovascular diseases.Prepare to challenge what you thought you knew about weight management as we discuss the genetic components of obesity, the effectiveness of medications, and the societal perceptions that shape our response to this modern epidemic. This isn't just about the numbers on a scale; it's about understanding the human element behind the struggle with weight, the unseen battles with societal expectations, and the cutting-edge medical interventions that are reshaping lives.Now, let's strip away the stereotypes and biases as Dr. Sean Wharton guides us through the medical and psychological impacts of obesity, the latest research on genetic predispositions, and the innovative treatments leading the charge against this chronic condition. Are you ready to ditch the lab coat and dive into the heart of the matter? Let's get started.00:00 General internist explaining role as non-surgical doctor. 04:57 Listen to people with obesity, avoid defining. 06:21 Obesity's medical and psychological impacts on health. 10:33 Obesity connected to health issues, including diabetes. 13:26 Smoking and cancer risk linked to environment. 17:01 Genetic predisposition to preserve fat in modern society. 21:01 Understanding thinness: a genetic puzzle unsolved. 26:16 David Allison criticized calorie signboards, lost job. 28:55 Obesity driven by genetic desire for calories. 30:53 Compassion and understanding key in treating genetics. 35:26 Redundant system for weight regain hormonal response. 38:17 Developing super pill with glp one mixture. 40:40 Medications may increase risk of pancreatic cancer. 45:36 Access to medical treatment affects obesity in Canada. 49:50 Parenting challenges, obesity, and societal attitudes addressed.
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  • State of Emergency with Dr David Carr, Emergency Medicine Physician

    21 FEB. 2024 · Welcome to Episode 5 of "DITCH THE LAB COAT.  I'm your host, Dr. Mark Bonta, and today we're peeling back the curtain on emergency medicine with our esteemed guest, Dr. David Carr MD-EM. While your favorite TV dramas might have glamorized the life-saving adrenaline of the ER, Dr. David is here to share the raw and real side of the field—where the main script involves caring for everyone from the critically ill to those with minor injuries and facing the daily challenges of an overstretched healthcare system.In this episode, we'll dive into the variety and intensity of an emergency doctor's day, handling anywhere between 20 to 50 patients, and the stark reality of being on the front lines, from grappling with the collapse of primary care to dealing with litigation fears and the quest for work-life balance.Join us as we discuss the evolution of emergency medicine in Canada, the candid emotions associated with on-call duties, family life compromises, and the passion that keeps professionals like Dr. David Carr MD-EM dedicated to this intense yet vital aspect of healthcare, despite its considerable demand on their personal lives.Stay tuned as we explore how emergency rooms are becoming the de facto primary care for many and ponder on possible solutions to this healthcare conundrum. Remember, this isn't just about the stethoscope and the white coat; it's about the people and policies shaping our emergency medical experiences. Let's ditch the lab coat and get into the heart of emergency medicine—here, on Episode 5 with Dr. Mark Bonta and Dr. David Carr MD-EM00:00 Emergency medicine: routine patients, not super exciting. 03:13 Emergency department faces staff and space challenges. 08:05 Hospitals use trackers for department busyness monitoring. 13:18 Emergency care system needs improvement, lives at stake. 16:17 Traditional family physician still exists in small towns. 19:25 Cardiology procedure amazes patient, changed speciality protocols. 22:47 Maintaining passion in changing emergency medicine landscape. 27:54 Challenges of shift work in healthcare careers. 29:08 Balancing work and personal life in healthcare. 35:15 Interest in diverse medical experiences and training. 39:06 Internal medicine: Sexy facade vs. true purpose 40:48 Telehealth for non-emergency health concerns and suggestions. 45:59 Fear of litigation affects medical decision-making. 48:28 Dictation and documentation tools require clear communication.
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  • COVID-19 Past, Present and Future with Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, MD, FRCPC | COVID Future | Part 3 of 3

    21 FEB. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University.  Hello, and welcome to "DITCH THE LAB COAT," the podcast that strips down medical science and uncovers the core of health issues. I’m your host, Dr. Mark Bonta, and this is episode-3 of our thought-provoking three-part series on Covid-19. Today, we sit with the esteemed Dr. Suman Chakrabarti, our head of infectious diseases at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga, who will unravel the now, the next, and the nuanced complexities of the pandemic. Despite battling a mild runny nose himself, Dr. Chakrabarti breaks down for us the realities of immune suppression, the risks, the recovery, and the truth behind the social decisions impacting our lives. From the gravity of lockdowns on mental health, education, and the economy to the lessons that could shape future pandemics, we dive deep into the controversies. We’ll critique the polarizing divides between vaxxers and anti-vaxxers, maskers and anti-maskers. We'll explore how the pandemic has pressed on the wounds of inequality and delayed essential health care. Dr. Chakrabarti presses on the importance of a balanced approach to illness, the understanding of contagiousness, and the necessity of humility and cooperation. We'll consider the ramifications of our actions and investigate how we can empower rather than instill fear.  Strap in as we also discuss the future of vaccination, the promise of mRNA vaccines beyond COVID-19, and the crucial need for personal empowerment over mandatory government intervention.Join us as we cast off the lab coat, and glean valuable insights on adapting, innovating, and thriving amidst this pandemic and the ones to come. Remember, DITCH THE LAB COAT airs every Wednesday morning. Don't miss this engaging conversation with Dr. Suman Chakrabarti, right after this short break. 05:37 Balancing safety and practicality in workplace precautions. 06:58 Immune suppression varies, impacts differently, precautions necessary. 11:17 Balancing work and health during Covid-19. 15:01 Stay home if sick, adapt to changes. 17:13 Pandemic viruses become less virulent over time. 22:02 Friends welcome, risks of gathering acknowledged. 26:30 Balancing spending priorities during pandemic response is crucial. 28:20 Focus on mental health and healthcare sustainability. 32:16 Concerns over pandemic response; need for improvement. 35:54 Society should only be shut down when necessary. 40:01 Duty and sacrifice emphasized in helping society. 43:29 Summary: Discussion about past, present, and future pandemics. 45:06 Learning from pandemic to shape future mindset.
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  • COVID-19 Past, Present and Future with Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, MD, FRCPC | COVID Present | Part 2 of 3

    14 FEB. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (https://podcastsins.trafft.com/) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University.  Welcome back, dedicated listeners, to another compelling episode of "Ditch the Lab Coat.I'm your host, Dr. Mark Bonta, here to peel away the layers of science-based skepticism and dive deep into the conversations that matter. In the second part of our eye-opening three-part series on COVID-19, we continue our thought-provoking discussion with the infectious disease expert, Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti. Today, we're unraveling the intricacies of COVID's present state and examining the social, medical, and psychological fabric it has woven into our lives.We'll delve into the massive shift in societal perception of common symptoms like coughs and the impact of mask-wearing on our consciousness. While the obsession with COVID counts and the broad-spectrum community testing has been at the forefront, Dr. Chakrabarti questions the necessity of this approach, emphasizing a more targeted testing strategy in hospital settings.The toll of lockdowns and school closures cannot be overstated, with rising concerns about social isolation, loneliness, and their profound effects on both the physical and mental health of our communities—from our respected elderly in nursing homes to the developmental milestones of our children.And it's not all talk—our discussion brings us practical tools to protect against severe infection and strikes a crucial conversation on the future. How do we take our learnings and incorporate them into daily life and future pandemic preparedness? Today's episode promises to be informative, evidence-based, and candid, as we navigate the path of living with the virus in its ever-evolving form. We're setting the stage for the final episode, where we'll peer into what lies ahead, but for now, let's dive into COVID's present impact with Dr. Chakrabarti.Stay tuned, let's dismantle the myths, and remember, the best protection is an informed mind. "Ditch the Lab Coat," where science meets everyday life. It's time to redefine our approach and expectations towards pandemics. Now, let's continue our journey with Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti.06:52 Children need social interaction, sickness shouldn't hinder. 10:14 RSV in hospitals, lingering symptoms, adapting to COVID. 12:20 Dislike Trump, supports fake news, favors new testing. 16:28 Wearing masks may give false confidence, limited effectiveness. 19:21 Reduced viral transmission can have detrimental effects. 23:41 Nursing home residents suffered during pandemic. 27:10 Baby boomer living comfortably while younger generation struggles. 30:13 Repeated lockdowns have negative downstream consequences. 33:15 Testing affects behavior, societal fabric, hospital necessity. 35:21 Tracking symptoms, testing, trust, and virus precautions. 38:52 Support hospital staff, masks, and individual actions. 42:47 Challenges in basing decisions on scientific evidence. 45:51 Vaccination benefits outweigh risks for vulnerable populations. 50:48 We fear COVID's impact, but seek empowerment. 54:17 Preparing for future pandemics involves considering consequences. 55:12 Excited to host, thank listeners, tune in!© 2024 ditchthelabcoat.com - All Rights Reserved 
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  • COVID-19 Past, Present and Future with Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti, MD, FRCPC | COVID Past | Part 1 of 3

    14 FEB. 2024 · DISCLAMER >>>>>>    The Ditch Lab Coat podcast serves solely for general informational purposes and does not serve as a substitute for professional medical services such as medicine or nursing. It does not establish a doctor/patient relationship, and the use of information from the podcast or linked materials is at the user's own risk. The content does not aim to replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and users should promptly seek guidance from healthcare professionals for any medical conditions.                                                  >>>>>> The expressed opinions belong solely to the hosts and guests, and they do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Hospitals, Clinics, Universities, or any other organization associated with the host or guests.                                                                                  Disclosures: Ditch The Lab Coat podcast is produced by (Podkind.co) and is independent of Dr. Bonta's teaching and research roles at McMaster University, Temerty Faculty of Medicine and Queens University. 1. Introduction and Background of Guests    - Introduction to "Ditch the Lab Coat" podcast emphasizing the focus on Covid-19's past, present, and future.    - Background of Dr. Sumon Chakrabarti as an infectious diseases specialist.    - Dr. Chakrabarti's expertise in tropical medicine and his anecdotal experiences with diseases such as neurocysticercosis.2. Vaccine Efficacy and Policies    - Discussing the stability and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines for under 70 populations.    - Debates on COVID-19 booster shots for young, healthy individuals.    - Government policies on vaccinations and the comparison to alcohol and cigarettes accessibility.    - The role of vaccine in individual risk reduction versus transmission prevention.    - Comparison of COVID-19 vaccine with traditional vaccines like measles for public health impact.3. Epidemiological Insights and Disease Transmission    - Concepts of fomite transmission and the role of ventilation in transmission reduction.    - Transmission of infectious diseases like tuberculosis in poorly ventilated spaces.    - The use of masks, especially N95 masks, and related confusion.4. Healthcare Workers' Experiences and Emotional Stress    - Dr. Mark's reflections on emotional stress while working in hospitals.    - Sumon Chakrabarti's personal experiences during the pandemic.    - Healthcare providers' emotional reactions and fears.5. Public Health Messaging and Social Impact    - Regrets over early response and messaging advocating for strict isolation.    - Effects of isolation measures on mental health and widening socioeconomic disparities.    - The credibility of public health messaging and the evolving nature of science.6. Social Media and Public Engagement    - Sumon Chakrabarti's use of Twitter before and after Elon Musk's acquisition.    - The experience of online vitriol and engagement strategies with the public.7. Pandemic Reflections and Measures    - Experiences leading up to the declaration of the pandemic.    - Initial pandemic preparations and avoidance of large gatherings.    - The idea of self-sufficient confinement and its health impacts.8. Impact on Healthcare Systems and Services    - The struggle of healthcare systems with ventilator supplies.    - Halting of non-COVID health services and its consequences.    - Prioritization of COVID-19 patients over other health needs.9. Socioeconomic Factors and Policies    - The shift in perspective on the affected population and the impact of lockdowns.    - Downstream impacts of delayed diagnoses and mental health issues among children.    - Policies crafted by individuals not experiencing the same realities.10. Controversies and Community Perspectives     - Dissenting opinions within the medical community regarding lockdowns.     - The tension between public health guidance and individual freedoms. Summary: - Final thoughts on the episode's discussions. - Acknowledgment of the learning curve throughout the pandemic. - Anticipation for further discussions with Sumon Chakrabarti in upcoming episodes. Timestamps: 09:49 Reflecting on pandemic experiences and shift in care.11:15 Fears of death due to pandemic impact.14:40 Medical students sent home due to COVID-19.20:04 Ventilation important in preventing spread of respiratory viruses.21:42 TB spread through air, not just close contact.26:51 Message: Be cautious but don't isolate completely.29:30 Ventilator shortage fears during Covid, healthcare impact.31:12 Implicitly shifting healthcare responsibility to the population.36:22 Frustration over policy makers' lack of experience.39:44 First vaccine dose, limited protection against infection.43:27 COVID vaccine blunts severe disease but not transmission.45:34 COVID vaccines less effective due to mutations.49:22 Healthcare workers struggled as resources dwindled.52:25 Criticism of government's pandemic response and hypocrisy.57:15 Analysis of pandemic impact on various aspects.59:57 Changes take time, hope for better response.© 2024 ditchthelabcoat.com - All Rights Reserved 
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Candid conversations between healthcare experts, released once a week, with no holds barred debate about hot topics in healthcare. This is for all the closet doctors, nurses, pharmacists and all others who are deeply fascinated about medicine but view the headlines with science-based skepticism.
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