Author Archives: Davidicus Wong

About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.

HOW to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Since its debut in 1944, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been a bittersweet favourite of the holiday season. In the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland sang it to cheer up Maureen O’Brien before the family’s … Continue reading

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Why I Still Believe in Santa

We live in an age of disbelief.  In a season traditionally of reverence and celebration, in recent years some may have found under their Christmas trees, Richard Dawkins’ book,“The God Delusion” and Christopher Hitchens’ “God is Not Great (subtitled “How … Continue reading

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The Root Cause of the Problems of the World: A Limited Sense of Self

What might be the root cause of the great problems of the world: poverty, homelessness, crime, violence, war, racism, discrimination, hunger and global climate change? I contend that it is a case of mistaken identity: a false sense of self. … Continue reading

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Your Health Depends on Your Relationships

  What determines your health and happiness? We know that it is much more than timely access to a good healthcare system. In the 2009 report of the Senate Subcommittee on Public Health, only 25 per cent of the health … Continue reading

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Keys to a Better Hospital Stay

Illnesses and accidents are unpredictable and we can’t always predict when we may end up in a hospital. Here are some tips to prepare and how to maintain a sense of control in the mysterious world of the hospital. PREPARING … Continue reading

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What You Should Know About Diabetes

Are you at risk? Risk factors for diabetes: Family history of diabetes A personal history of diabetes in pregnancy, polycystic ovary syndrome or metabolic syndrome Aboriginal, Hispanic, South Asian, East Asian or African descent Overweight Sedentary High Blood Pressure, High … Continue reading

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The Patient-Doctor Relationship: Making the Most of Every Medical Visit

Prepare for your medical visit by: (1) making a list of your concerns, (2) sharing it with the staff when you call for an appointment, (3) briefly reviewing that listat the beginningof your visit with your doctor and (4) bring a pen and … Continue reading

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