Dr. Ali Ghahary
Dr. Ali Ghahary is a physician from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Visit his official website at http://www.alighahary.ca for more great health tips!
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Aging isn’t usually something that people like to think about or discuss all that often. It is, however, part of the natural life cycle and something all of us will ultimately experience. As you get older, you will start to notice changes in your body. These changes that occur can be both physical and mental. For example, you might be feeling more fatigued than you used to, you may notice the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, you might have more overall body aches and pains, trouble with your eyesight, or your memory may not be as sharp as it…


According to the World Health Organization, Canadians drink more alcohol per capita than the worldwide average. Alcohol is the ingredient found in different beverages, such as wine, beer, and spirits. When these (and other types of) alcoholic beverages are consumed, it goes from the blood stream through to the stomach and small intestine, and then travels to the brain. Once it reaches the brain, it acts as a mind-altering (or psychoactive) drug that can make one feel relaxed, but also alters the way one thinks and behaves. When consumed in smaller amounts, alcohol can make one feel more talkative…


When it comes to knowing what vitamins or supplements someone should take, this is a hard question to answer, as not only does everyone have a different opinion on the subject, but also, the types of vitamins and supplements that one individual may need might not be suitable for another. For example, you might need to increase your intake of vitamin C, while someone else may need more B vitamins. The types of vitamins and supplements you need to take will also typically depends on several different factors, such as:

• Your age
• Your gender
• Pre-existing health…


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Any other year, Halloween would be a time for parties, paying visits to haunted houses, and going trick-or-treating with your friends. However, with Halloween just a few weeks away and COVID-19 still in our midst, many people are wondering exactly how they’re going to be able to safely go about navigating it without putting their health — or the health of others — at risk — and below you will find some helpful guidelines set out by the CDC.

Halloween Parties

First and foremost, you should skip attending a large Halloween party if you’re invited to one. Big indoor gatherings such as…


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At the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, very little was known about the virus. What was known, however, was that it was a form of coronavirus (the same virus that causes the common cold, for example), which is a respiratory pathogen — and that it was much more serious and also had the potential to be fatal. As it began to rapidly spread on a global scale, countries had to make quick decisions on how they were going to address it head on and what their response would be, with some even having to implement strict lockdown measures in areas…


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Now that we are entering into the fall season, you might find yourself wanting to indulge in some of your favourite fall-themed comfort foods and beverages; and while it’s okay to treat yourself every now and then, it’s important to remember not to over-indulge as that can lead to poor health (i.e. weight gain, diabetes.) Instead, below are some healthier, lighter versions of your favourite fall foods.


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For some kids and teenagers, returning to school can also come along with a lot of stress and anxiety. In many cases, that back-to-school anxiety is often associated with things such as being away from parents or other family members (especially for younger children who are starting full-time school for the first time), or having to go to a brand new school (for example, transitioning from elementary school to high school, or moving to a new neighbourhood and having to go to a new school as a result.) There are also cases where children may be bullied in school in…


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With the start of the fall season just a few weeks away, that means so is the upcoming flu season. What’s not entirely certain is exactly how the current COVID-19 pandemic will impact this year’s flu season. What is certain, however, is that both will undoubtedly coincide for several months, and therefore we need to do as much as we can to best prepare for both an outbreak of influenza as well as a worsening — or a second wave — of COVID-19 in our province as well as other parts of Canada and the world.

As we’ve recently seen…


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If you notice yourself to be congested and/or sneezing a lot more than you normally would, there’s likely one culprit that is responsible: The spring season! …


Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for both adults and children.

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental health concerns for both adults and children. For some, anxiety can be temporary experience that is based on different factors like relationship struggles (including family), or stress at work and/or school. For others, the anxiety they face can often be a chronic, recurring issue that causes a disruption in someone’s ability to carry out their daily living and may have a much harder time coping with what is often described as an overwhelming sense of dread or loss of control. As we are now seeing a steady and significant rise in the…

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