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CBC Radio's Dr. Brian Goldman takes listeners through the swinging doors of hospitals and doctors' offices, behind the curtain where the gurney lies.

Episode Date
How safe is your medical device? Even regulators may not really know (Encore)
Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her book, The Danger Within Us.
Jul 11, 2018
Seniors tell Dr. Brian Goldman what it's really like to live in long-term care (Encore)
Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care, from the loss of freedom to advocating for those who can't do it themselves.
Jul 05, 2018
She hid it for years, but now this doctor is talking about her own disability
Dr Paige Church, developmental paediatrician talks about her life as a doctor with spina bifida.
Jun 28, 2018
Season Finale: #Metoo in Medicine Part 2, reaction to our town hall and a follow up our first story of the season
This week: A follow to our #metoo in medicine show - A senior MD goes on the record about her experience being sexually harassed by a mentor, and details what she and others are doing to change the culture that allows for abuse. Reaction to our our Crisis of Care town hall event and we follow up on our first story of the season, about a woman who got treated for 'food addiction' alongside people who are addicted to alcohol and cocaine.
Jun 22, 2018
Crisis of Care: A town hall meeting for families and their disabled children who are aging out of the system
On June 12, White Coat, Black Art hosted a town hall meeting on 'aging out' at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. Parents, caregivers gathered to talk about the crisis of care they face when children with disabilities and complex needs 'age out' of the pediatric system that has supported them for their entire lives.
Jun 15, 2018
Cake and balloons and goodbye: Gilly's story
Dr. Goldman spends a day with Gilly, a teen with autism and developmental delay. Gily is on the cusp of aging out of the programs that support her, and her parents are struggling to figure out how the family will manage when that happens.
Jun 08, 2018
Falling Through the Cracks: Greg's Story
Greg Price, a 31-year-old Alberta man fatally fell through the cracks of the health-care system after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. After his 2012 death, his family advocated for change by continually telling his story. This week, we explore how Greg's story became a film to teach med students, and why some of the best in Canada's TV industry helped bring the film to life.
Jun 01, 2018
Music as Medicine & Medicine as Musical
Professor Michael Thaut, explores how music can be used to treat cognitive ailments from dementia and Alzheimer's disease to brain injuries. Dr. Michael Ehrenreich, a dermatologist based in New Jersey, wrote Medicine: The Musical opens off-Broadway this fall.
May 25, 2018
Adventures in medicine
Dr. Lori Regenstrief took a job as the doctor on a luxury cruise liner and ended up having to treat herself. Astronaut Dr. Bob Thirsk tells Brian about practising in zero gravity. And Brian has his own tale of intrigue about visiting Russia and helping out a Soviet dissident. ** Note: This episode originally aired in January***
May 18, 2018
'I was sobbing uncontrollably': Patients say antidepressants difficult to quit
When antidepressants first came on the market in the late 1980s it was recommended patients take them for six to nine months to relieve symptoms. But in 2018, in the US alone, 15.5 million people have been on anti-depressants for five years or more. And when they do try to stop, they face a raft of unexpected and debilitating withdrawal symptoms.
May 11, 2018
The Elephant in the Room
Host Brian Goldman travels to Ottawa to meet two extraordinary women who share a common bond. Kim McLeod and Julie Drury were both mothers to children who doctors call “medically fragile”: two kids with rare diseases so complicated they need nearly round the clock care just to stay alive. Because of their medical conditions, both children died prematurely. With great strength, the two women share their stories of their children's last days. They impart their wisdom about how the medical system could better help families cope with the painful final moments of a child's life. They both question why the medical system doesn't include death in their conversations with families, particularly those with "medically fragile" children. Is it not part of life?
May 04, 2018
Paramedics hone in on 9-1-1 "hotspot" buildings to help isolated residents
Each year Toronto’s Central Ambulance Communications Centre responds to more than 400,000 calls for 9-1-1 emergency care, but not everyone calling in has a critical emergency. After taking a closer look, one paramedic discovered that some buildings in the city are "hotspots" for 9-1-1 calls, meaning the residents made more than 100 9-1-1 calls a year -- three times the average. Jessie Lee, a community paramedic and systems engineer developed a "frequent caller" algorithm that pinpointed those buildings. Residents were often elderly, socially isolated and had few outside supports, and relied on emergency care for their regular health care. The discovery led to an innovative solution: Paramedics have started "pop-up clinics' in several Toronto Community Housing buildings where they check patients' blood pressure and general health. The result is an 18 per cent reduction in calls from the buildings. And as Dr. Goldman discovered when he visited, there's also another significant health benefit -- residents feel less isolated and lonely. Professor Verna Menec, the Canada Research Chair in Healthy Aging says that may go a long way to improving their health, since a recent study found loneliness was as unhealthy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Apr 27, 2018
Allergy Bullying: It's real, and it's dangerous
The new movie Peter Rabbit didn't get great reviews from critics - but it got a unanimous thumbs down from kids who have anaphylaxis and their parents. The movie features a scene in which the animated rabbits pelt a character with blackberries - knowing he has a deadly allergy to them. It's just one of a raft of gags and insensitive jokes, which parents and experts say amounts to "allergy bullying." This week we talk to Vancouver mum Lisa Buckley, and her 8-year old daughter River, who has a severe peanut allergy about the movie and the message it sends, and what it's like to be dubbed "the humourless allergy mum." Arianne Kirkey of Ottawa talks about how she negotiated her way through grade school, high school and early adulthood with a peanut allergy. Canadian allergist Dr. Edmond Chan tells us about his study in which 20 percent of participants reported being bullied.
Apr 20, 2018
Monsters and medicine
There's a surprising intersection between the world of medicine and zombies. Yes, the flesh-eating undead of The Walking Dead, George Romero's Night of the Living Dead, and of course Shaun of the Dead. The iconic re-animated creature pops up in some unexpected places in medicine.
Apr 13, 2018
The stupid rules edition
We asked listeners to tell us about the seeming "stupid rules" that frustrate them when it comes to our health-care system. We got a barrage of emails, tweets and posts ranging from gripes about getting kicked off a GP's roster for being "too healthy," being forced to jump through hoops to get a referral to a specialist; being unable to access to your own medical records and being restricted from seeing your own child as they go under general anaesthetic in the ICU and when they wake up post-surgery. It all adds up to White Coat, Black Art: The Stupid Rule Edition. We put some responses to experts who explain why the rules exists, we talk about workarounds some patients came up with and we shout out to the broader healthcare community for answers.
Apr 06, 2018
Still Kathryn
Kathryn Fudurich was 21-years old when her 55-year-old mother Pat was diagnosed with dementia. Pat's memory loss began with small things, like leaving the TV remote in the pantry. But soon, she was forgetting to take her medication. Then she could no longer remember the route to get to her teaching job outside of Toronto. Soon it became clear that Pat could not manage living on her own, and Kathryn quit her job in London, Ontario and moved back home to care for her. Kathryn is among the youngest of an estimated two million Canadians who put their careers and lives on hold to care for an ailing loved one. In this rebroadcast from October 2016, Kathryn reveals the challenges of being a young caregiver to a parent with early-onset dementia: The struggle to find programs for a dementia patient who was still relatively young; the loss of connection to her peers who were pursuing careers and relationships; and the pain of watching the vibrant woman who had been her 'everything" slip away to the point where she no longer knew her daughter's name. Now 28, Kathryn reveals how she eventually found a balance between caring for her mother, and caring for herself. * This program originally aired in Oct. 2016
Mar 29, 2018
My Son was in the ICU and I got PTSD: Why the emotional cost of surviving serious illnesses is rarely treated
What happens when the health-care system heals you but leaves you with emotional scars?
Mar 23, 2018
The unregulated world of medical devices
Could your hip replacement hurt you? Journalist Jeanne Lenzer explores the medical device industry in her new book, The Danger Within Us: America's Untested, Unregulated Medical Device Industry and One Man's Battle to Survive It. And Dr. David Urbach tells us why Canada's device regulators could be doing a better job.
Mar 16, 2018
Endometriosis: The painful search for answers
Endometriosis affects one in ten Canadian women, yet for the most part, it is invisible. It's a condition where the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, resulting in severe pain, and possibly infertility for those who have it. It takes on average, eight to ten years to get a definitive diagnosis and women typically see up to ten different doctors during that time. This week, White Coat Black Art has a documentary by Danielle d'Entremont, a young woman who was recently diagnosed with endometriosis. Danielle shares her six-year journey to find out what was wrong with her, and the discoveries she made along the way about how society discriminates against women's pain. We also hear from Dr Catherine Allaire, a gynaecologist and director of the Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis at the BC Women’s Hospital. She says family doctors need to be more aware of endometriosis and proactive in dealing with menstrual health.
Mar 09, 2018
#MeToo in Medicine
This week, White Coat, Black Art has stories of up-and-coming female doctors who have been harassed, abused and even assaulted by the higher-ups who are supposed to be mentoring them into the world of medicine. Many of the women say they were too afraid to file complaints fearing the power senior doctors have over their career prospects.Those who have complained find the system often does more to protect the alleged perpetrators. We canvas provincial colleges for how they are handling #Metoo allegations and hear from a lawyer who has repeatedly called for the end of self-regulation for doctors. She says these new allegations back up her assertion that the hierarchical nature of medical education is ripe for abuse, and needs more oversight. NOTE: Corrected version
Mar 06, 2018
'The hardest conversation we can have': The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety program confronts racism in health care
The big "H" sign for the hospital signals safety to most patients. But many Indigenous Canadians have a different reality. The San'yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program uses blunt talk to confront racial biases in medicine in a bid to make heath care safer and more accessible.
Feb 22, 2018
Gilly's Story - Clare and Ellery
Last week we told you the story of Ian and Rachelle Geddes, middle-class Canadian parents working flat-out to care to care for their 18-year-old daughter Gillian., who has low-functioning autism, meaning she'll never be able to work or live independently. They shared their concerns about how they'll cope as Gilly ages out of the services she's had since she was a child, and how Gilly will cope as her parents age out of being able to care for her. This week, we meet Gilly's siblings, who believe they will take over at some point down the line. And we speak with Dr. Yona Lumksy, Director of the Azieli Centre for Adult Neuro-developmental Disabilities, who talks about the challenges caregivers face as their special needs kids age out of programs - something she's familiar with as the sister of a special-needs sibling herself.
Feb 16, 2018
Cake and balloons (Gilly's story)
A day with Gilly, a teen with autism and developmental delay on the cusp of aging out of the system – and her parents who are expected to pick up the slack.
Feb 08, 2018
The Flu and You
The latest report on Canada's flu vaccine shows the shot is less than 20 per cent effective against the most common strain.. Some public health officials are questioning the focus on a seasonal flu vaccine that delivers unreliable results. We speak to Dr. Danuta Scowronski, the lead for influenza at the BC Centre for Disease Control, who says it's time for a moon shot for the flu shot. Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Public Health Officer responds. Matthew Miller, an assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON talks about Canada's role in developing a universal flu vaccine.
Feb 02, 2018
One year after MAID: A husband talks about being the spouse left behind
In our second show exploring the impact of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) we speak to Clifford Campbell. His wife Noreen was among the first to be approved for and to receive MAID. He tells Brian what it's like to be the witness to suffering, party to assisted death, and the spouse left behind.
Jan 26, 2018
'I'm going out with my boots on':Tim Regan used his last days to lobby for a clearer path to assisted death
Tim Regan had a medically assisted death on Dec. 12, 2017. Dr. Brian Goldman spoke to him the day before he died.
Jan 19, 2018
Every patient that could have been saved we saved
Dr Kevin Menes was on duty as an ER doctor after the worst mass shooting in US history.
Jan 12, 2018
Adventures in Medicine
We hear from doctors whose medical degrees took them places they never expected...from cruise ships to space ships.
Jan 04, 2018
Dear Brian, I am writing in response to your episode on...
This weel, it’s all about you. You have sent us a ton of emails, letters, tweets and Facebook posts about what you heard on the program so far this season. We share some of them.
Dec 29, 2017
A midwife an obstetrician and a mother-to-be
In 2011, Dr Brian Goldman travelled to Nelson, a city of just over 10,000 located in BC's Southern Interior. This picturesque region boasts one of the most successful groups of midwives in all of Canada.
Dec 21, 2017
Just Ask Me - Seniors talk about long-term care
Sharron Cooke and Devora Greenspon speak frankly about life in long-term residential care.
Dec 15, 2017
WCBA - Wounded Healers
How peer support workers help people with mental health crises in the ER of the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
Dec 08, 2017
Why fake news is bad for your health
A Canadian doctor is caught in the eye of a fake news storm. Snopes Science editor Alex Kasprak tells us how to sniff out fake health newse. And why stem cell stories are so vulnerable to becoming fake-news clickbait.
Dec 01, 2017
The Age of Anxiety
White Coat Black Art looks at the growing number of kids with anxiety and why the healthcare system is largely failing to help them.
Nov 24, 2017
Paige Church on being a doctor with a disability
Dr Paige Church, developmental paediatrician talks about her life as a doctor with spina bifida.
Nov 17, 2017
Doctor Burnout
Health professionals are hurting like never before. Studies show close to half of Canada's doctors are burned out and the numbers are going up.
Nov 10, 2017
Getting to Zero
The story of Kirk Foat, who shocked his doctors by coming up with his own successful plan to wean himself off prescription opiods. And a Toronto doctor who has become an expert in "de-prescribing' patients like Kirk, who want off opioids.
Nov 03, 2017
Outbreak of doubt
Vaccine hesitancy means that 11 per cent of Canadian 2 year olds are not fully immunized against measles, and 23 per cent don’t have all the recommended doses for diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.
Oct 27, 2017
Dancing Queen
As Canada mourns Gord Downie, we share the inspirational story of Catherine Wreford-Ledlow. The Winnipeg woman is facing a similar diagnosis with the same kind of courage and intention - to do good in the world before she leaves it.
Oct 20, 2017
Family Tree Helps Solve Eight-Generation Mystery Disease
Meet the family with FCAS, a disease so rare that just six hundred people on the planet have been diagnosed with it. Lynn Bidner, the matriarch reckons it goes back at least eight generations.
Oct 13, 2017
One in a million
Ian Stedman had red eyes, migraines,skin rashes and joint pain all his life. Dozens of MDs failed to diagnose him. So, he lived with it. When his daughter was born with the same symptoms, he turned to "Dr. Google" and diagnosed his own rare disease.
Oct 06, 2017
From ER to office How the practice of medicine is changing
As part of CBC's Workshift series: medical scribes making a doctor's job easier, a family MD who records office visits so patients can listen back from home and Dr. Brian Goldman weighs in on the fax machine.
Sep 29, 2017
Floods Fires Hurricanes and Hospitals
As the Atlantic Hurricane season continues unabated White Coat, Black Art tells the story of how hospitals cope when natural disasters strike.
Sep 22, 2017
They never should have let him go
Bonnie Bricker's son, Reid had serious mental-health problems. When he became an adult, she was often left out of the loop when it came to his care. She's now working to change the system to help others in distress – and their loved ones.
Sep 15, 2017
Can you be addicted to food?
Is being addicted to food the same as being addicted to crack?
Sep 08, 2017