Evaluating Risks Vs Benefits and Informed Choice

This is one of the best news articles I have ever read about informed choice and how to assist patients to make decisions that are best for them.  

Everyone is getting older.  Everyone will likely need medical tests or treatments.  Everyone should read this article. 

Over the next 6 months, I plan to bring the risk vs benefit discussion to the Vancouver fitness scene, the outcome of which is uncertain :)

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/04/17/upshot/were-bad-at-evaluating-risk-how-doctors-can-help.html?em_pos=medium&emc=edit_sc_20180424&nl=science-times&nl_art=15&nlid=74162885emc%3Dedit_sc_20180424&ref=headline&te=1

Obesity. Is it more than one disease?

Obesity.  Is it more than one disease?

I recently had a patient ask me, "What is your approach to weight loss?".   To this I responded, "I do my best to help people isolate their individual drivers of weight gain."  Whenever I give this response, I am hoping that the person across from me smiles and says, "yes, that's what we need!", but instead what I usually get is a blank stare as a response.

Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying - The New York Times

Fat Stigma Fuels Weight Bullying - The New York Times

It took me years to understand the nature of weight bias and to appreciate the widespread discrimination toward obese individuals.  This NYT article highlights the reason I become so passionate about helping obese patients.

When Should a Young Athlete Begin Strength Training?

When Should a Young Athlete Begin Strength Training?

This season with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club, we experienced challenges communicating with parents when the appropriate time for an athlete to begin strength training would be, and how this process was best undertaken.  I think the 6 points in this article can apply not only to ski racing athletes, but to all athletes, so I decided to blog it!

Dr. Ryan Oughtred, ND

F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies - NYTimes.com

F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies - NYTimes.com

This move by the FDA is a HUGE step forward in the battle against our unhealthy food environment.  Has anyone ever tried to find healthy food in the southern USA?  The obesity problem is everyone's problem and its not a will power problem as some arrogant and uneducated people might suggest. 

Sports Medicine and Conditioning Doctor at Whistler Ski Club (again!)

Sports Medicine and Conditioning Doctor at Whistler Ski Club (again!)

I will be working with the Whistler Mountain Ski Club this 2014/15 season to assist with physical assessments, fitness and dry-land programming, transitional support and other sports medicine related initiatives.  The first assessments have been completed and the athletes are ready to get to work on their fitness and workouts. 

Lose roughly 50 lbs and Change your Life - Next Vancouver Weight Loss Group Starts September 30

Lose roughly 50 lbs and Change your Life - Next Vancouver Weight Loss Group Starts September 30

We need 8-12 patients patients for our next Vancouver Weight Loss/ Weight Management Group starting September 30/2014.  Patients should require roughly 50 lbs of weight loss and/ or have medical reasons for losing weight. Book your free consult today to see if the program is for you.