White Coat, Black Art with Dr. Brian Goldman


She was sterilized without her consent at 14. Now she wants the practice made a crime

Author and activist Morningstar Mercredi is calling for an end to forced and coerced sterilization, in the hopes that women — especially Indigenous, Métis and Inuit women — will never suffer the physical and mental trauma it inflicted upon her.

Q&A: What running can do for your health, according to a sport medicine physician

Running is said to be one of the best cardio exercises you can do to stay in shape. One sport medicine physician speaks to the research.

Q&A: Two family doctors on why they needed to cut back

Some family doctors are struggling with huge patient loads, paperwork and the pandemic and have opted to cut back or cut out of medicine altogether.

What can vitamin D actually do for my health?

Vitamin D has been touted as a "wonder treatment" with a lot of health benefits. But what can vitamin D actually do for my health? This week on The Dose, Dr. Peter Lin, a Toronto-based family physician, speaks about what the research shows, dosage amounts, and much more.


Childhood neglect and abuse can lead to serious health problems in adults. Toronto psychiatrists Dr. Bob Maunder and Dr. Jon Hunter are calling for radical change to deal with this national epidemic in their new book, "Damaged: Childhood Trauma, Adult Illness, and the Need for a Health Care Revolution."

What do we know about long COVID?

Since the first days of the pandemic, people who have recovered from the coronavirus have complained of long COVID symptoms. There’s still a lot to learn about the condition, but researchers are looking for answers. We spoke with Manali Mukherjee, assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University and affiliate scientist with the Research Institute of St. Joe’s Hamilton.
First Person

Cancer taught me the hard truth about speaking up for myself

As a little girl, Jennifer Fotheringham was shushed for asking about cancer. As a grown woman, she was dismissed for asking about a mammogram. Now as a cancer survivor, she knows not to be silenced.

What do we know about how seasonal allergies are changing?

This year's allergy season has come early in parts of Canada, with some specialists saying there's growing evidence to suggest a connection to climate change. We spoke with Dr. Anne Ellis, professor of medicine and chair of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Queen's University.

Canada's guidelines say most women in their 40s don't need a mammogram. This breast cancer survivor disagrees

Currently, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) doesn't recommend a mammogram for women aged 40 to 49 if they don't have any pre-existing factors that put them at risk of breast cancer. Some experts and breast cancer survivors worry that women are getting the wrong message.

What do I need to know about Paxlovid?

The sixth wave of COVID-19 has seen an increase in hospitalizations and more ICU admissions. What’s different this time is that we have a new medication called Paxlovid that can keep at-risk people out of hospital. We hear all the details on Paxlovid from Kelly Grindrod, a pharmacist and associate professor at the school of pharmacy at the University of Waterloo.

Harrowing journey aboard medical train in Ukraine takes injured to safer areas

Canadian health-care workers are going to great lengths to care for Ukrainians on and near the front lines of the war that started when Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.

Do I need a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

COVID-19 case counts are once again climbing in many parts of Canada along with hospitalizations. This week, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommended that a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine be given to all Canadians ages 80 and up. We hear from Dr. Lynora Saxinger about fourth doses.
First Person

I'm a new mom trying to keep my baby safe in this pandemic. Anger is my secret weapon

Maria Glavine became a first-time mother during the pandemic and took every precaution to keep her daughter, Clare, safe. But as mask mandates are lifted and the vaccine passports eliminated in most provinces, Clare has lost her only defence against the virus.

Probiotics, prebiotics — now postbiotics? What's known and not about latest gut research

You may have heard of prebiotics and probiotics, but how about postbiotics? It's a relatively new term and it's an area of research that is very popular right now, microbiologists say.

Every Breath

Jeremie Saunders has cystic fibrosis but is relieved provinces are lifting Covid restrictions because he can get back to a higher quality of life. The Sickboy podcast host hopes people who had “road rage” at public health measures become kinder toward others, especially if they’re immunocompromised.

What do we know about how psychedelics can treat mental illness?

Psychedelics are no longer just illegal street drugs. A lot of research has come out about their benefits as treatments for people with mood and other mental health disorders. So what do we know about how psychedelics can treat mental illness? We hear from Dr. Robert Tanguay, clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary and Chief Clinical Medical Officer at the Newly Institute.

The Recovery Sessions Part Two: 5 seconds of courage

Maryam Mahdavi, a first-year psychology and music student at McGill, is paired with Dr. Kwadwo Kyeremanteng, an Ottawa ICU physician and healthy living advocate. He helps Maryam break out of her COVID sedentary lifestyle and move past the loneliness brought on by pandemic isolation.

With provinces lifting mask mandates, should I still wear a mask?

Countries in the European Union are seeing a steep rise in COVID-19 cases, just weeks after lifting COVID-19 measures. Meanwhile, in most parts of Canada, pandemic restrictions are being eased. So, should we still wear a mask? We hear from Jason Tetro, microbiologist and author of The Germ Files.
First Person

How I'm taking small steps to feel comfortable around people again post-pandemic

Kealey Pringle, who lives in Saanichton, B.C., has health risk factors for COVID-19 and has been dealing with anxiety during the pandemic. As cases come down, she's taking steps to re-enter the world outside her home and create more connections with people.

This family learned loved one had medically assisted death only after she was gone

Cheryl Hiebert chose to have a medically assisted death without telling anyone in her family. Her siblings and father say they desperately wish they’d had a chance to say goodbye, and think they should have been informed. But as Ontario’s chief coroner explains, the patient’s right to privacy comes first.

Time for a regular checkup? Here's what doctors say you should ask about

If it has been a while since your last checkup and you're feeling some aches and pains, family doctors say it's time to make an appointment.

The Recovery Sessions Part One: Baby Steps

In the first of a 3-part series called The Recovery Sessions, where each episode we pair a person struggling to find their footing post-pandemic with a health care professional, we meet Kealey Pringle, who craves company but has anxiety about lifting restrictions.
The Dose

What do we know about how effective sleep aids are?

Some sleep experts in Canada have seen a rise in insomnia and sleep-related complaints since the start of the pandemic. For some people, sleep aids can help them get some much-needed rest. Dr. Brian Goldman spoke with Dr. Elliott Lee, a sleep specialist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, about sleep aids.

Here's how to cope with anxiety as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted across Canada

As pandemic restrictions lift in many parts of the country, some of society's most vulnerable may be left feeling anxious about how to cope without that extra layer of security. Some psychologists advise doing a risk assessment before venturing into the world.

This lab studies what makes us slip and slide during winter to prevent falls

Dr. Brian Goldman walks on ice in the name of science at WinterLab at the KITE Research Institute. Scientists at the lab study winter slips and falls as well as the use of mobility devices to improve safety for Canadians.