Dr. Alan Viau

Dr. Alan Viau is a health scientist and adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. He is also a yoga teacher and lover of horses. He lives in Ottawa with his wife of 32 years and has three creative adult children.


Don’t Eat More Vegetables and Really Don’t Eat This Other Stuff

By Dr Alan Viau

For years we have been bombarded with news items declaring obesity and diabetes as epidemic in our North American society. And it is true. Our society has hit all-time highs in recording of health problems related to these two conditions Continue reading

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I Am Not A Cancer Survivor – I Am A Thriver

By Dr Alan Viau
The year 2015 is a lost year for me. Three different cancer operations in January, June, and December will do that. I made it through… surviving cancer. However, I found that I re-emerged not as a cancer survivor but as a thriver.

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Yoga is Good Physical Activity for Older People

By Dr. Alan Viau

Physical inactivity leads to serious health issues. Inactivity accounts for 9% of all deaths worldwide and is among the top 10 risk factors for global disease burden. More importantly, nearly half of people aged over 60 years are inactive. Efforts to influence that factors that detract from physical activity can help alleviate this health risk. Continue reading

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Flexibility is Essential for Living a Full Life

By Dr. Alan Viau

You can increase and maintain your flexibility by stretching your muscles every other day on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter when you start a regular stretching routine. Doing it now is what counts. Continue reading

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You Need Your Strength

By Dr. Alan Viau

One of the essential components of health as you age is your strength. There are two important types of strength to build; bone strength and muscle strength. Understanding how to build both will keep you moving and active. Continue reading

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Yoga Reduces the Risk of Diabetes

By Dr. Alan Viau

I discovered an amazing study to share with my readers. Over 99,000 women were followed for over eight years. The study examined the association of muscle-strengthening activities with the risk of Type 2 Diabetes in women. The results are astounding. Continue reading

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Be Happy and Be Healthy

By Dr. Alan Viau

A new body map helps us see the link between our emotional and physical selves. Continue reading

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Degenerative Disc Disease and Hatha Yoga

I’ve been asked a few times about back pain and degenerative disc disease – can yoga safely help? The short answer is yes. The path to health is a slow process that requires patience and persistence. Continue reading

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Two Health Goals Yoga Achieves Over Gym Fitness

By Dr. Alan Viau

With the start of the New Year, many people set fitness goals. Losing weight is a common goal. There are four dimensions of fitness to aim for. Gym attendance coupled with regular Yoga practice can help meet them all. Continue reading

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Intensify your Yoga

By Dr. Alan Viau

Yoga has been shown to be an excellent form of exercise. In some studies, yoga has been found to yield better results than other forms of exercise. As you become fit, you need new ways to intensify your yoga to continuously improve your health. Continue reading

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