On Thursday April 24th GFB: Dr. James Downar & Dr. Zach

Apr 23, 2014

By Valerie Massie

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11:15 AM ET | Dr. James Downar
12:15 PM ET | Dr. Zach


GUEST – Dr. James Downar

TOPIC – Debate about physician-assisted death.

INFO – TORONTO – Doctors need to move beyond the “yes or no” debate about physician-assisted death and begin preparing policies and guidelines in the event the act is legalized in Canada, a group of palliative-care specialists argues.

For over 20 years, Canadian citizens and courts have been engaged in a profound and divisive debate surrounding one of the most important moments in an individual’s life – the moment that it ends. In The Trouble with Dying, each side of the argument over the right to choose the time and manner of one’s death weigh in on both the dangers and benefits of medically assisted dying, and the many ethical considerations that the concept entails. Produced and released by Toronto’s Holgate Production House, the program offers an independent and thought-provoking take on an issue that has only begun to unfold on the national stage.

Here’s a link to our show page for the amazing, deeply moving documentary, “The Trouble With Dying” about the national debate over physician assisted death that we premiered on Vision on April 7.

The doc is now streaming from the page and you can also take a peek at the preview trailer:  http://www.visiontv.ca/shows/the-trouble-with-dying/


GUEST – Dr. Zach, GFB House Doctor, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine at McGill University

TOPIC – Shortness of Breath

INFO – Shortness of breath is the feeling of not being able to get enough air. It is a very uncomfortable feeling and is quite common. Causes range from the benign to the life threatening. Problems with many body systems can result in shortness of breath, including the lungs, the heart, blood vessels, and blood, hormone problems, nerve problems, and psychological problems. We will discuss the most common and the most worrisome causes of shortness of breath, when you should be checked out, and what can be done about them.

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