Author - Ruslan Dorfman

What is the difference between a drug allergy and drug intolerance?

All medications have the potential to cause side effects such as nausea, dizziness, stomach upset, rashes, and other issues. Pills contain ingredients which are supposed to improve a medication’s taste, color, absorption, or shelf life. Some of these chemicals are allergenic and can cause allergic reactions. Active ingredients of...

New treatments for treatment resistant depression: exercise, healthy diet, and ketamine.

Major depressive disorder, or MDD, affects 10-15% of people over their lifetime. The current standard of care includes cognitive behavioral therapy and several classes of medications, mainly Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medical...

Supplements for depression and anxiety: Are they safe and effective?

Many people are concerned about the safety of antidepressants and are looking for natural alternatives. Although there are several natural products such as St. John’s Wort, S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e), Rhodiola rosea, and omega-3 which have been shown to have mood stabilizing effects, supplements cannot substitute medications for people with...

Cannabis – How can private health benefits plan sponsors and insurers make the right coverage decisions for plan members?

The legalization of cannabis poses a challenge for employers and insurers, as they are expected to cover the cost of medical cannabis as a part of their employee health benefits. A recent Deloitte report indicates that 7% of adult Canadian population are daily cannabis users, of which 29% are...