Revisiting Contrave

*This article was originally posted on May 3, 2021* Ozempic isn’t the only weight-loss medication on the block. Today, I want to talk about Contrave! The new but old kid on the block. What do I mean by that? Well, the medication known as Contrave is newish to the market, especially the Canadian market, but it is made up of two older medications that have both been around for some time! A few geniuses in our world realized that bupropion and naltrexone on their own lead to some weight-loss, and they thought, “Well, if one is good. More is better?” They were right! But, how does it work? Get some answers with me here!

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The Brain and Obesity. Part 6 – Changing our Habits with the Lazy Modern Brain

Habits are hard. They serve a very important role in our lives and have been vital to the survival of the human race. They allow us to essentially automate the remedial tasks and problems that we regularly encounter to free up cognitive capacity to solve more complex problems and challenges. Today I discuss the structure of a habit, how we incorporate change and how we plan accordingly. Let’s dive in!

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The Brain and Obesity. Part 5 – How to keep the old man primal brain happy

Welcome back to the Brain and Obesity series. Earlier, I talked about the old man primal brain, the modern teenager brain, and the synergistic beauty/pain in the ass the 2 of them can be.
Today, I talk about how we manage them. Fundamentally, there will always be components we have zero control over, but that does not mean we can’t influence/support them to make it as easy as possible so that you have a better chance of choosing the apple over the apple pie!

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Revisiting Wegovy

*This article was originally posted on June 14, 2021* Wegovy is used for managing diabetes and was recently approved by the FDA to manage obesity! In this blog, I explain the differences between Ozempic and Wegovy and what we can expect with Wegovy in the market.

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Revisiting Ozempic and Obesity

*This article was originally posted on March 15, 2021*
Ozempic is a medication that is currently available in Canada and the US for diabetes management. However, the hot news around it concerned the recent studies completed that showed some impressive results regarding weight loss. Obviously, this is kinda sort of a big deal in my practice, and I have gotten a few questions. So hopefully, I can piece together some answers for you here.

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The Brain and Obesity. Part 4 – The Lazy Modern Brain

Is the modern brain lazy? Earlier in the brain and obesity series, Dr. Dan introduced the modern side of our brain – the teenager riding shotgun to the primal brain. Now it’s time for an in-depth look at how your modern brain is lazy and easily fatigued. The modern brain is all about work smarter, not harder, but is that always the right path to take?

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Do you feel like your weight-loss medication Saxenda or Ozempic is no longer effective?!

Is it possible?! After a certain point, can weight-loss medications such as GLP-1 receptor agonists stop working? In this blog, we’ll explore what happens with GLP-1 RAs, particularly Saxenda or Ozempic, when it seems like they are no longer effective. We call it tachyphylaxis when a drug no longer becomes effective or becomes less effective with successive doses. Does this happen in GLP-1 RAs? Does our body start to adapt? Find out the answers here.

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The Brain and Obesity. Part 3 – The Modern Brain

As I’ve mentioned earlier in this series, our brains have two parts: the primal and the modern. We’ve covered the primal brain in parts 1 & 2. Now, let’s talk about the other player: the Modern Brain (aka the prefrontal cortex). This is the part of our brain that separates us from the animals. In this blog, we’ll cover how our modern brain allows us to plan ahead, organize our day, prepare meals, go grocery shopping, solve problems, etc. What kind of influence and control does it have over our primal brain? Join me here to find out.

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