The Med Thread

The Med Thread
From opium poppies to sleeping pills, from sucking to infusing, from insomnia, anemia, auto immune diseases and beyond - we discuss the threads that led to current trends and research in medication therapy. Listen to The Med Thread monthly, as we sew a patchwork quilt with squares of history, mythology, research, sciences and technological advances. The show is produced at CHMR studios in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

About us
For questions and comments about our podcast or if you have topics you would like us to talk about, contact us at

Mike Chong and Cathy Balsom (co-hosts)

Mike Chong
Drug Information Pharmacist at the School of Pharmacy and drug history enthusiast! Answering questions about medications, treatments and all drug-related curiosities from health care professionals across the province!  

Drug Information Centre
(709) 777-7584
Tweet @MUNDruginfo
Dr. Cathy Balsom
Clinical Pharmacist at the Medication Therapy Services Clinic and self-acclaimed trivia fact connoisseur. Provider of medication advice, smoking cessation counsellor and deprescribing advocacy through the MTS Clinic and community pharmacy!
MTS Clinic
(709) 777-7491
Tweet @MTSClinic

*New* Episode 5 - Stimulants - ADHD or... Study Aid?

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

MUN Student Support

Canadian Public Health Association: Students and Study Drugs

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction: Publications

Episode 6 - PPIs and Stomach Acid
Coming in October!

Episode 1 - Insomnia: You're Getting Sleepy

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Real-world use: CCSA sedative summary (2017)

Towards Optimized Practice (TOP) - Adult Insomnia

Centre for Effective Practice - Chronic Insomnia Tool

Merck Manual (1899): List of insomnia treatments, see Transcript Page 4

Episode 2 - Anemia: Why am I so tired?

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Dieticians of Canada: Iron

Dieticians of Canada: B-vitamins

Health Canada: Understanding Food Labels

Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Foods to Which Vitamins, Mineral Nutrients and Amino Acids May or Must be Added

Episode 3 - Cannabis: Clinical and Cultural Connections

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

National Cannabis Survey

Health Canada: Cannabis in Canada

Episode 4 - Biologics: Medicines From Life

Full transcript and references
Helpful links:

Health Canada Fact Sheet: Biosimilars

The Conversation: Biologics: The pricey drugs transforming medicine

Medical Disclaimer: While all presented information is checked to the best of our knowledge, the podcast and transcripts are not intended as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis and treatment. Nor are they endorsements for any specific product or therapy. Please consult appropriate healthcare professionals for any medical issues.


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