Patient Resources

Links to informative websites and documents are listed, however the Hugh Allen Clinic Family Health Group and its Physicians do not take any responsibility for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information contained on these sites. Please note the health information provided on these websites should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a health professional.

 

 NOT-FED STUDY (New Obesity Treatment – Fasting, Exercise and Diet)

  

*********IF YOU ARE DIABETIC YOU SHOULD DISCUSS THIS WITH YOUR DOCTOR FIRST*******

 

The NOT-FED Study’s objective is to help patients lose weight who are at risk for diabetes, pre-diabetic or mild diabetes using a different approach to eating. This weight loss program is a voluntary program which you can follow at home. You can begin gradually and go at your own pace and introduce any part of the program when you feel it is a good time. If you choose to become part of the study simply send an email to hac@slmhc.on.ca and we will arrange for a meeting with our nurse to review the criteria and you are on your way to losing weight and a healthier you.

 

Not-Fed Study Information Sheet

Not-Fed Study Consent Form

Not-Fed Study Introduction Presentation

Not-Fed Study More Information Presentation

 

 

Addictions

Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority: Prescription Drug Abuse

Information about prescription drug abuse and links to other resources and support.

Meno Ya Win Health Centre: Community Counseling and Addictions Services

Outlines the Services offered related to addictions and mental health in Sioux Lookout.

SMART Recovery

SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a four point program to help people recover from various types of addictions. They offer both face-to-face and online support groups.

Drug and Alcohol Helpline

Provides free numbers, webchat and email to contact for support, as well as other resources.

 

Arthritis

The Arthritis Society

The Arthritis Society aims to promote the best care and treatment for arthritis, and also continues to research the causes and search for a cure. Their website includes information about, and living with, arthritis, as well as other educational information.

 

Cancer and Preventative Health

Canadian Cancer Society

The Canadian Cancer Society is a national organization whose goal is to help enhance the quality of life of those affected with cancer. Their site contains a variety of information on different types of cancer and their treatments, prevention and screening, as well as support and further resources.

Finding Cancer Early: Men

This brochure, written by the Canadian Cancer Society, outlines the importance of screening tests for men and what types of changes should be reported to your doctor.

Finding Cancer Early: Women

This brochure, written by the Canadian Cancer Society, outlines the importance of screening tests for women and what types of changes should be reported to your doctor.

Breast Assessment Guide

This booklet contains information about breast screening including the tests that are used, personal accounts from both women and men, and common questions.

HPV, Cervical Dysplasia and Cancer

Outlines information on prevention, symptoms, tests and treatment of cervical dysplasia and cancer.

 

Cardiovascular and Circulatory Health

Heart and Stroke Foundation

The Heart and Stoke Foundation is a charitable organization working towards eliminating heart disease and stroke through research and promotion of healthy lifestyles. They offer resources and support for individuals seeking information about heart disease, as well as ways to manage your disease.

Hypertension Canada

Hypertension Canada aims to assist individuals with or at risk of hypertension through informing, educating and helping to manage your blood pressure.

Warning Signs of Stroke

Using the FAST acronym, this document outlines how to recognize the signs of a stroke and explains what a stroke and TIA are.

Understanding Arrhythmias

This document provides an in-depth explanation of arrhythmias, treatment and procedural information, and FAQs.

Coumadin – Coumadin, Your Diet and Vitamin K

This document provides information on the levels of Vitamin K in many common foods.

 

Diabetes

Canadian Diabetes Association

CDA aims to provide information, resources, education and support to individuals with diabetes.

Gestational Diabetes

Outlines what gestational diabetes is and ways to manage it.

Cholesterol and Diabetes

Information on cholesterol and how to manage your levels through lifestyle choices.

Healthy Eating

Tips for eating healthy with diabetes, as well as some sample meals.

Taking Care of Diabetes

Information about both types  1 and 2 diabetes and how to control your condition.

 

Diet and Nutrition

Canada Food Guide

Guidelines and serving suggestions to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Eat Right Ontario

Provides nutritional information, meal planning advice, healthy eating tips and recipes.

Sodium 101

Provides information on the impact of sodium on your health and how much you should be consuming.

Food Labels

Information on how to read food labels

The following documents contain information about various dietary components and examples of foods in which they can be found:

Eating Healthy Snacks

Fluids and Hydration

Healthy Diet

Creatine

Calcium

Food Sources of Calcium

Food Sources of Cholesterol

Food Sources of Sodium

Incredible Edible Fibre

Food Sources of Iron

Iron In Teen Girls

Vitamin B12

 

Ear, Nose and Throat

The following documents provide information on some ear, nose and throat infections. They include an explanation of the infections, as well as tips to help prevent them:

Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear)

Otitis Media (Ear Infections) in Children

Sinusitis

Sore Throat

Upper Respiratory Tract Infection Comparison Chart

This chart provides a comparison of the symptoms, causes, onset/duration, prevention and treatment of some common upper respiratory tract infections.

 

General Health and Lifestyle

Sioux Lookout First Nation Health Authority

The Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority aims to provide support and a successful healthcare system for the First Nations in the Sioux Lookout area. Their website contains information and links to available programs and services available in the area, as well as some general health information.

Healthy Living

This page from the Public Health Agency of Canada contains many links to fact sheets, videos and guidelines regarding various aspects of healthy living.

Sleep Hygiene

This document provides tips on how to improve your sleeping habits.

Strategies for Weight Gain

Provides information on how to gain weight, such as estimates of calories burned during various activities as well as healthy food suggestions.

Strategies for Weight Loss

Provides information on how to lose weight, such as estimates of calories burned during various activities as well as healthy food suggestions.

 

Genitourinary and Gastrointestinal Health

National Association for Continence

NAFC provides information on bladder and bowel health. There is information on various conditions and treatments, and where to seek further help from health professionals.

Urinary Incontinence

This document provides information on causes, types and treatment of urinary incontinence.

Bladder Infections in Women

This document provides information on cause, diagnosis and treatment of bladder infections.

Digestive Health Guide

This document provides information on many digestive disorders, their symptoms and treatment options.

Vomiting and Diarrhea: Helping Your Child Through Sickness

This document provides information to parents on diarrhea, ORS’s, signs of dehydration and what to do when your child has diarrhea.

 

Immunizations

Northwestern Health Unit

The Northwestern Health Unit provides many health services including vaccinations.

The following are recommended immunization guidelines for various age ranges:

Immunization Guidelines: Birth to 6 Years

Immunization Guidelines: 7-18 Years

Immunization Guidelines: Adults

 

Influenza

Flu Prevention Checklist

Outlines strategies on how to help prevent spreading and catching the flu.

Fight Flu

Public Health Agency of Canada provides information about the seasonal flu, how to fight it, and the flu shot.

 

Information for Parents and Kids

Caring For Kids  

This site has helpful information and resources for parents regarding their children, and was developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society

Kids Health

This site has separate sections for parents, teens and kids, and includes information on health, behaviour and development throughout childhood and adolescence.

Bullying

This site provides information about bullying, as well as resources for all individuals involved.

 

Mental Health

Alzheimer Society of Ontario

The Alzheimer Society provides resources and support for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, as well as for family and caregivers.

On Memory: A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s Disease

This site is directed towards caregivers, providing information about Alzheimer’s as well as ways to maintain one’s own health when caring for someone.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario

CMHO supports and can direct individuals to various mental health services in Ontario. It also provides descriptions on mental health conditions for children, teens and their families.

Mental Health Canada

Mental Health Canada provides a great deal of information and descriptions of various mental disorders, resources for crisis prevention and much more. There are also a number of links to other informational sources.

Canadian Mental Health Association

CMHA is a volunteer organization which aims to support and promote mental health and recovery. Their site provides information on understanding your mental illness and how to find help, as well as ways people can get involved in CMHA.

Firefly

With offices in Atikokan, Dryden, Ear Falls, Fort Frances, Kenora, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout, Firefly provides physical, emotional, developmental and community services for individuals of all ages and their families. Their site provides information on their services as well as links to other resources.

Mental Health Hotline

Provides free numbers, webchat and email to contact for support, as well as other resources.

Crisis Response Services

Contact information for crisis response services in the Kenora Rainy River District.

 

Obs, Gyne and Women’s Health

Kegel Exercises

Information on pelvic floor muscles and exercises.

Vaginal Discharge: Changes That May Be Signs of a Problem

This document provides information on what type of discharge is normal, and what may be indicative of a problem. It also gives descriptions of different vaginal infections.

Vaginitis

Provides information on causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of vaginitis.

Breast Pain

This document includes explanations to common questions about breast pain and ways to help relieve it.

Menopause

This brochure, developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, provides information on the symptoms and treatment options for menopause.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Canada

Osteoporosis Canada aims to educate, empower and support those with or who are at risk for osteoporosis. They provide information on prevention and treatment, as well as other resources and programs.

 

Physical Activity

Public Health Agency of Canada: Physical Activity

This webpage outlines the benefits of physical activity as well as links to guidelines and tips on how to get active.

Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines 

This site has links to the physical activity and sedentary behaviour guidelines for all different age groups, and other related resources.

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the Single Best Thing We Can Do for Our Health? (Video)

This video outlines the importance of physical activity and the positive impact being active has on various aspects of your health.

 

Pregnancy, Postpartum & Caring for Your Baby

Your First Prenatal Visit

Information on what to expect during your first prenatal visit with your doctor.

Health Canada: Prenatal Nutrition

This government page contains recommendations and guidelines regarding nutrition for women during pregnancy as well as links to additional resources.

Pregnancy Weight Gain Calculator

This resource calculates your pre-pregnancy BMI and then provides a recommended amount of weight gain.

Public Health Agency of Canada: A Healthy Pregnancy

This webpage contains links to many useful informational topics about how to have a healthy pregnancy as well as answers to some common questions regarding pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes

Outlines what gestational diabetes is and ways to manage it.

Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy

This pamphlet was written by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and provides information about nausea and vomiting during pregnancy and ways to try and help control it.

Signs to Watch For

This is a list of important signs to be aware of when you are pregnant that indicate that you should go to the hospital or contact your doctor.

Prenatal Screening

This pamphlet describes what prenatal screening is, the conditions that are screened for and the tests that are used.

Preterm Labour

Outlines what premature labour is, what the warning signs are, and what to do if experiencing the warning signs.

Rh Factor: How It Can Affect Your Pregnancy

This document explains what the Rh factor is and the effects it has on your pregnancy.

Postpartum Depression

This page of the Canadian Mental Health Association website describes postpartum depression and treatment options.

Meno Ya Win: Healthy Choices for Healthy Babies

The Meno Ya Win Health Care Centre has informational booklets available online with lots of helpful information for new mothers about caring for their babies.

Baby’s Best Chance

This informational booklet contains an abundance of information about becoming a parent and caring for your baby.

Can Your Baby Hear

This document outlines the importance of determining whether your baby can hear and how to make sure they can, as well as some important developmental communication milestones.

Tummy Time for Play, Back Time for Sleep

Outlines times when it is best to have your baby be on their stomach and when they should be on their back.

Exercise After Pregnancy

Provides information on exercising after pregnancy as well as outlines some stretching and strengthening exercises that can be done after pregnancy, with guidance from your healthcare provider.

 

Respiratory Health

The Lung Association

The Lung Association works at the national, provincial and community level to promote and improve lung health. They provide information on various lung diseases and conditions.

The Asthma Society of Canada

The Asthma Society aims to provide information, education and self-management tools to individuals with asthma. Their site has links to services and programs to help people learn about and manage their asthma.

 

Sexual Health

SexualityandU

This site was developed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and provides a variety of information on sexual health.

What You Need to Know About STIs

Information on the different STIs as well as how to prevent them.

Northwestern Health Unit

The Northwestern Health Unit provides many health services including sexual health clinics.

 

The following documents provide information on some of the types of contraception:

Oral Contraceptives: Taking Your Pills

Depo Provera

IUD Fact Sheet

NuvaRing

The Patch

Tubal Ligation

Vasectomy

 

Missed Pills

What to do if you miss taking your birth control pill(s).

Erectile Dysfunction

Information on erectile dysfunction, including prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

 

Smoking

Smoker’s Helpline

Operated by the Canadian Cancer Society, this is a confidential service offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use.

Make Your Home Smoke Free

Outlines the importance of avoiding second-hand smoke and how to keep your home smoke free.

Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Outlines both health and financial benefits of quitting smoking.

Quitting: You Have It In You

Offers tips to quitting smoking as well as additional support and resources.

Health Effects of Smoking

Outlines the effects smoking has on your health.

 

Travel

Travel: CDC

This section of the Centre for Disease Control website provides information and recommendations to travelers and clinicians for areas all over the world.