Do PPIs suppress B12?

This letter to the Editor was published in the November 2001 issue of Parkhurst Exchange, p7 Gentlemen: In the June 2001 issure of Parkhurst Exchange, your consultant AS reported no serious side effects from the longterm use of pantoprazole, to his knowledge. Gastric acid suppressive therapy in general has been…

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Letter to the Editor: Comment on ‘Acute Impact of Immediate Release Methylphenidate Administered Three Times a Day on Sleep in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder’

The study reported on in the article “Acute impact of immediate release methylphenidate administered three times a day on sleep in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder” (Corkum, Panton, Ironside, Macpherson, & Williams, 2008) found a significant reduction in total sleep time of almost an hour with medication compared to the no…

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Letter to the Editor: PPIs, B12, and falls. Comment on ‘Use of proton pump inhibitors and risk of osteoporosis-related fractures’

This letter to the editor of the “Canadian Medical Association Journal” was published electronically on the CMAJ website, on 2008-11-18, in response to this article:  Targownik LE, Lix LM, Metge CJ, Prior HJ, Leung S, Leslie WD. Use of proton pump inhibitors and risk of osteoporosis-related fractures. CMAJ. 2008;179:319-326. Article…

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Too much, too late?

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette. It appeared in the 2006-11-24 edition under the heading “Puerile bullyboy”. Dan McTeague criticises Prime Minister Harper (letters, 23 Nov 2006) for “openly” chastising China on its human-rights record and bringing up the case of Huseyin Celil, then complains that he should…

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“Sleeper cells”

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette. It appeared in the 2006-3-8 edition under the heading “Lack of vitamin B12 also causes lesions”. The article “Brain’s ‘sleeper cells’ stalking boomers” (7 mar 2006) points out that white matter lesions in the brain predict stroke and dementia. It fails to…

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Same-sex marriage

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette. An edited version appeared in the 2005-1-27 edition under the heading “It’s up to the PM to convince us”. It appears that once again the federal government is attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians. Prime Minister Paul Martin…

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Referendum on same-sex marriage

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette, It appeared in the 2004-12-15 edition under the heading “Referendum way to express opinion”. Your editorial (”Vote no on this”, Gazette 2004-12-14) decries referendums as divisive, and blames them for creating or widening wounds in the fabric of Canadian society. In reality,…

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Suspended with pay

An edited version of this letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette appeared in the 2004-8-2 edition under the heading “Suspension with pay not a bad idea”. Given the demonstrated inability of many government or crown corporation bureaucrats to do their jobs properly, it seems pretty clear that they…

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Tremblay’s outrage

An edited version of this letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette appeared in the 2004-6-18 edition under the heading “Lavish lunches exemplify abuses”. So Mayor Tremblay is outraged that members of his political party were reimbursed for lunches and vintage wines out of our taxes? Nothing to compare…

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Daylight saving time

Letter to the Editor of the Montreal Gazette. It appeared in the 2002-11-5 edition under the heading “Let’s make those long winter evenings brighter”. Dr. Colin Shapiro recently pointed out (Changing clocks causes temporary havoc, Gazette 2002-10-28) that the switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time, on the last…

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The Y2K problem

This letter to the editor of the Montreal Gazette appeared  in an edited form in the 1998-5-30 edition with the title “”Programmers can do in millenium bug” The millenium bug has received a great deal of editorial comment. Hapless users of elevators, automobiles, banks, governments and all the other products,…

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