Myths Dispelled (Second Part) Dr. David Hepburn

Continuing with the topic of the last post,Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealykeep demystifying some beliefs of the medical world. In this post they will try to educate us about some things that we have believed for a long time that affect our health despite the fact that various studies indicate that it is not true.

The first myth is about chocolate and junk food. It has always been thought that these two foods cause acne which is false according to Dr. Sealy. In his own words “acne is due to hormones which is a whole different problem bacteria as well. So go ahead and eat as much chocolate and junk food. You’re not going to end up with a pizza face it’s not going to happen”

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On the other hand, Dr. David Hepburn clarifies that despite popular belief that shingles is contagious. This absolutely not true, Dr. David Hepburn explains that “shingles is not contagious shingling is obviously not contagious shingles is a painful lesion that comes initially from the chicken pox virus and you tend to get as and you tend to get as you get older it breaks out in blisters but those blisters are not contagious. You can´t catch shingles from somebody who has shingles so that means you can just sidle right up to a men and not worry about catching it”

Another myth mentioned by Doctors Hepburn and Sealy was about aluminum and its relationship with Alzheimer’s. According to the myth cooking with aluminum pots and pans increases the risk of having Alzheimer’s but this is false. While it is true that in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s was found 30 times more aluminum than in a person without this disease the truth is that several studies have proven that the aluminum does not come from the pots used for cooking therefore this it is a myth.

The third myth is about vaccines. Dr. David Frederick Hepburn pointed out that it is completely false that vaccines cause autism. “It has been proven that there is no relationship. Vaccines do not cause autism.

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Finally Doctors spoke about spicy food. It is false that spicy food causes ulcers. So you know, you can eat a lot of spicy without worrying about an ulcer

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Myths Dispelled (First Part) Dr. David Hepburn.

How many times have you heard that if you read in the dark you will hurt your eyesight?
This is false. As well as this myth, there are many others with in the world of medicine. In this post Dr. David Hepburn and Dr. Sealy tell you some of the most common myths.

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The first, as we said at the beginning, is that Dr. David Hepburn points out is false. In his own words “reading in dim light can damage your vision well that’s not true. Reading in dim light can not damage your vision it can cause you a bit of eye strain but will do nothing to your vision.

Other medicine myth is regarding colds and the climate, Dr. Sealy explains, it is very common to think that there is some relationship between climate and colds but this is completely false. Quoting Dr. Sealy“another myth we he are specially in the winter months in the West Coast is cold wet weather causes colds and flus well of course that’s not true despite what mum told us we want to stay out of the damp chilly stuff but it doesn’t cause colds. Colds are due to respiratory infections from about 200 different viruses”

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Following the same problem Dr. David Hepburn enlists a third myth that is very common which is you need antibiotics for colds. Of course this is not true. Dr. David Hepburn states “We still have people coming in to the office do not come into our office ifyou have a cold there is no reason to do that. You don’t need to see adoctor and you don’t need an advisor for colds”
Another common myth according to Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy is about cracking your knuckles which is commonly attributed as a cause of arthritis. This is false actually it may help to prevent this disease as the doctors mentioned. This conclusion was based on a studio made by the Johns Hopkins University. In this studio was proved that “by cracking knuckles or any joints themselves it improves the lubrication the joint kind of opens it up so it actually reduces your risk of arthritis so go ahead and crack up all you”

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This is the first part of Myths Dispelled by Dr. David Hepburn and Dr. Sealy. Keep tune for the next post

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Dizziness By Dr. David Hepburn and Dr. Sealy

Have you ever felt dizzy?

Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy state that dizziness can mean different things to different people and it could be lightheaded or vertigo where you actually truly feel like you’re moving or the room it’s moving about you.

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Dr. David Hepburn mention “I’lltell you that dizziness is not uncommon which is another way of saying course is dizziness is common and yes we differentiate between whether it is alight headedness where you’re going to feel like you’re going to faint or the sense that the external environment is spinning about you and that is vertical” Dr. Hepburn explains that one of the most common reasons for dizziness is something called “positional vertigo benign positional brit”

Dr. David Hepburn emphasizes that is called benign because “what happens sometimes with age is there are little stones that build up inside our ears are very small canals of our inner ears and when you turn quickly in a certain way or you get off of the bed you may get the sense of a spinning sensation”. This can be diagnosed and even treated

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According to Dr. David Frederick Hepburn another cause of vertigo is something called labyrinthitis which is a little virus that can get sit in the middle ear that causes the spinning sensation, once again Dr.Hepburn mention this I treatable.
Dr. Hepburn ended by pointing out that “if your head is spinning and you’re not blonde make sure you see your physician and get that treated”

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Death By Chocolate Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy

Is it good or bad for your health to eat chocolate? Through the “Wisequacks” program, Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy explain the health benefits of eating chocolate. At the begging, Dr. Sealy said that the doctor prescribes “a whole ton of medications various colors and shapes and sizes and not many people really enjoy them but there is a medicine that is actually fairly easy to digest, the chocolate”

Chocolate, according to Dr. David Hepburn and Dr. Sealy brings several medical benefits but it is important to know that are some specific chocolates that produce greater health benefits. Dr. Sealy mention “apparently the chocolate has to be a certain type most people crave the milk chocolate but chocolate the darker the better and if it has a higher content that’s right cocoa bean that’s better for you”

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The doctors point out that these types of chocolates are rich in antioxidants and omega-3s achieving as a consequence that its consumption cleans up our arteries and prevents a lot of diseases. In words of Dr. Sealy eat chocolate “reduces things like our cholesterol and our blood pressure may even prevent diabetes. Studies show that people who eat a lot of chocolate not only look smarter but acts smarter” however it must be emphasized that in order to see the benefits in our health, chocolate must be bitter and the higher percentage of cocoa the better.

Dr. David Hepburn claimed “chocolate lowers your blood pressure is good for your heart good for your mood”

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Finally, Dr. David Hepburn and Dr. Robert Sealy urged you to consume more chocolate with a high cocoa content and thereby improve your health.

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Bladder Matters Dr. David Frederick Hepburn

Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy In their well-known program, The Wisequacks tell us about the importance of taking care of urinary incontinence

First at all Dr. David Hepburn begun saying that “Urinary incontinence is an under-diagnosed and under-reported medical condition that affects whopping a number of you but it takes about six to nine years for the average person with urinary incontinence to come to a doctor” Dr. Hepburn emphasize that for some reasons and social stigmas a lot of people do not visit doctors for this problem.

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Dr. Sealy accentuate that one main problem is the syndrome called“overactive bladder where I get this twitchy sort of contraction of the muscles and it makes me feel like I have to go quite frequently and urgently sometimes over eight times a day” This syndrome indicates Dr. Hepburn and Dr. Sealy affects about 1 in 6 adults

The Dr. David Frederick Hepburn mention that if you have this problem is a pathology and it is very important to see a Physician which helps you with this and actually there are a lot of things that you can do to treat this syndrome. On the other hand Dr. Hepburn commented that there is another type of incontinence called “stress incontinence” Dr. David Hepburn defines this kind of incontinence as one that is caused by the stress.

Another important incontinence is the one that “where if you laugh or a cough or sneeze you may actually leak a little bit” this happens a lot to the women “who have a weak pelvic floor from giving birth to say children or locomotive or a man who’s had a prostatectomy prostate”.The important thing as mentioned by Dr. Hepburn is that there are many ways to treat the syndrome and why you should not suffer from incontinence

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In the words of Dr. David Frederick Hepburn himself “there’s somethings that can be done don’t suffer for six to nine years with stress incontinence or overactive bladder syndromes there are lots of things that can be done ranging from medications of course to simple little procedures”

So remember if you suffer from incontinence or overactive bladder visit the doctor and have him take care of the problem.

LEECHES AND MAGGOTS By Dr. David Frederick Hepburn

“Forceps stat!”
“Here you go, doctor.”
“Hemostat stat!”
“Stats stat!”
“The Leafs are 3 points up with a game in hand and….”
“No, no, the patient’s vital stats.”
“Pulse is 30, respirations 89 and her mutual funds are at 18.9%.”
“That’s better, now leeches, stat!”
“Leeches sir? Don’t you think that maggots would be more appropriate here?”

Amidst the seething whirls and whistles of high tech hospital lasers, fiber optics and designer bedpans, rests a simple aquarium crawling in leeches. Leeches have slithered back into our hospitals but now with a meaningful job to do. These slimy surgeons sit back in their little leechy surgeon’s lounge, smoke cigarettes and discuss recent cases, recent wives, and politics (they love their fellow senators).

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Occasionally they perk right up, hopping up and down madly and wagging their tails with anticipation every time a plastic surgeon happens to walk by the aquarium. Plastic surgery is what they do best. A day in the OR for the leech means a succulent feast of blood. They utilize their 300 teeth and a unique ability to inject an anti-clotting agent in order to suck up undesired engorged blood from reattached fingertips, earlobes, lips and even tongues. If too much blood is left in these reattached pieces then the congestion may cause the tissue to die.

Leeches are even being used to treat the congested blood of hemorrhoids. (“Good news Bloggins, that massive barnacle in your behind is now fully decompressed, bad news is WE CAN’T FIND THE LEECH!”) The hospital actually buys the leeches, at about $8.00 each, from the Tax Department where they are bred en masse. The leech wrangler, a nurse, usually named Sarge, can get pretty “attached” to the little surgeons. She gives them names such as Robin Leech (prefers blue blood), F. Leech Bailey (according to my lawyer I should make no comment here) and Pamela Leech (definitely no comment).

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After a 45minute fling in the OR however, the leech, now stuffed to its gills, is classified as biohazardous waste and is therefore sent to the hospital cafeteria. Not only do the leeches perform the surgery but they also provide their own anesthesia. As any schoolboy knows who, on a sunny afternoon, has substituted Math class for a day of searching out swamp frogs and crawfish, the leech attachment is pleasantly painless. Exiting the swamp covered in painless leeches, frog in one hand and blood dripping down the legs is a joy that only a boy of the male species would understand.

If the leech on your tongue idea hasn’t put goosebumps on your goosebumps yet, perhaps a doctor at the foot of your bed barking, “This patient needs a new dressing and throw some maggots on that wound will ya.” might convince you that you’re a guest of the Vince McMahon Memorial Hospital. In fact, these cuddly little botfly babies are also making a comeback in some hospitals. Prior to the introduction of antibiotics in the 1940’s, some 300 US hospitals used MDT or maggot debridement therapy (debridement meaning your wife leaves you should you ever incur this treatment.)

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Any dead tissue sitting in a wound is a serious source of infection. To maggots, it’s a smorgasbord. Doctors noticed that soldiers’ wounds were cleaner and healed better when they were infested with maggots. These patients required less nursing care (nurses refused to go near them) and wounds healed better. As antibiotic resistance currently develops at an alarming rate, Maggie the Maggot is once again in vogue and actually being used in some hospitals to clean out bed sores, diabetic foot wounds, post-op wounds and skin ulcers.

The future may hold more interesting bio-therapy including slugs for depression, mussels for muscles, and hornets for impotence. But for now, don’t lose your maggots when you see you, doctor, reach for a leech.


It was a dark and stormy night, and I, as a hospital intern/scut monkey, was called to assist Dr. Cerveza or whoever, in surgery. It was a trauma case and I could smell the alcohol pong wafting off the hapless victim on the table. But then….. “Ok, young intern, you make the insssishin will ya.” Now, please don’t extrapolate this to mean that all surgeons are inebriated all the time. There is lent.


Under the “How Much Money Was Spent On This Study” file, comes the actual headline HUNGOVER SURGEONS MAKE MORE MISTAKES. This study, done in Ireland, involved doctors who were asked to either drink to a nice Dudley Moorish buzz or abstain completely, the latter category making this a very difficult study in Ireland. In simulated surgeries, those who drank excessively the night before performed poorly.

Stop the presses! Surgeons who drink to excess the night before they operate are more likely to make errors the next day, even as late as four in the afternoon. The message, published in the Archives of Surgery actually stated “Surgeons should not drink excessively the night before operating. The definition of “excessively” is an issue that needs to be defined by the surgical profession.”


Unlike airline pilots, who have had to follow a “bottle-to-throttle” mandate restricting drinking before flights, surgeons have no “bottle-to-scalpel” rule. So if you happen to notice that your kidney is now dangling from your earlobe, it might’ve been safer to fly Aer Lingus standby.

I always think it strange when I’m asked to give an “expert” opinion on hangovers, as I am an admitted teetotaler. It’s a major character flaw that I realize I need to address, but it’s like asking me how it feels to give birth. All I know is that having a hangover and having a child both cause headaches, nausea, loud noises and often involve alcohol.

Hangovers are caused by increased levels of alcohol breakdown products called acetaldehyde, which is an unpleasant sounding word unlike say, peppermint or playoffs. Alcohol, a diuretic, leads to dehydration and causes electrolyte depletion. Dehydration means that the body now can’t easily rid itself of the irritating acetaldehyde and other byproducts of alcohol. Result…hangover, as in hanging over the porcelain phone leads to hanging over at a friend’s place and hanging under large ear mufflers.


To treat a hangover:

-Try to drink water or beverages like Gatorade or bouillon soup to help replace lost electrolytes or lost soup
-Pace yourself. Don’t drink large amounts of alcohol quickly. No more than one drink an hour, since that is all the alcohol your liver can handle. Those of you with no liver can drink as quickly as you wish.
-Exercise. It raises your metabolic rate, which helps you clear toxins associated with metabolizing alcohol. Chinese checkers is not exercise.

-Eat a meal before you start drinking unless you cook flambees without the flam.
-Use Tylenol. If you consume more than three alcoholic beverages a day, be very careful with acetaminophen, which itself can mess up a liver.

-Drink more alcohol. It doesn’t help and it’s only enhancing the existing toxicity and making dehydration worse. Hair of the dog is only good if you’re a Pekingese.

-Drink caffeinated beverages. Will further aggravate dehydration.

-Drink dark drinks. Complex organic molecules called congeners to create more toxic byproducts and are found in greater concentrations in darker drinks (e.g. whiskey, brandy, rum, even red wine)

compared with clear drinks (e.g. vodka, gin, white wine, Fresca)-Operate any heavy scalpels at 3 AM.