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Dr. Ali Ghahary
Dr. Ali Ghahary is a Family Physician in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. http://www.alighahary.ca

Processed foods aren’t known for their health benefits. They contain little nutritional value, if any, and they are also high in additives and preservatives in order to improve appearance and prolong shelf-life. This is known as chemical processing.

One thing processed foods are commonly known for is their sugar content, and as you know, when consumed in excess amounts, can do a number on your health. Sugar is not only bad for the waistline (with the potential to lead to obesity), but it also increases your risk of developing diabetes, and also increases your risk of developing cavities (tooth decay)…


As many as 2.4 million Canadians over the age of 20 are living with heart disease, and about 12 Canadians die from heart disease every hour. It’s a big problem in North America and other parts of the world, but one that be combated by making some simple health and lifestyle changes. Before we get to that though, we’re going to take a look at the common types of heart disease that one can be diagnosed with.

The term “heart disease” generally encompasses a wide range of cardiovascular problems, including arrhythmia (heart rhythm abnormality), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), cardiomyopathy…


If you’re developing unexplained illnesses, suffer from asthma and notice an increase in frequency of symptoms (i.e. wheezing), as well as noticing other allergic-like reactions, this could be an indicator of mold being the culprit. While mold-related reactions are more common in the spring and summer months, they can occur at any time — especially if you happen to live in a building where mold is present, or there has been previous mold damage.

Symptoms of mold sensitivity or mold allergy are very similar to symptoms that one would experience if they suffered from hay fever; such as sneezing, coughing/throat…


One of the most common questions that healthcare professionals are asked lately, is how can someone tell the difference between COVID-19, the common cold, and flu. While these are all considered respiratory illnesses, there are some differences in the way they are clinically diagnosed, as the symptoms of each illness will also slightly differ while sharing some similarities at the same time.

First, we’ll start with the common cold. Common colds are viral in nature, meaning that there are no antibiotics that will act as a magic cure, and you unfortunately just have to let nature take its course and…


Nearly 1 in 5 Canadians between the ages of 20 and 79 have high blood pressure.

Nearly one in five Canadians (that’s approximately 4.6 million people) between the ages of 20 and 79 have hypertension — the medical term that is commonly used to describe high blood pressure. Blood pressure is when the force of your blood gets pumped from the heart and against the blood vessels, making it possible for the delivery of things like nutrients and oxygen to different organs and tissues in the body. …


If you’ve ever been on antibiotics, then you’re most likely aware of the havoc they can wreak on your gut. In some cases, depending on how stubborn a bacterial infection is, patients will sometimes require to be put on a second round of antibiotics — which can increase gastrointestinal upset. While problems with the gastrointestinal/digestive system don’t necessarily happen with all antibiotics, it’s a common occurrence with many. Along with nausea and vomiting, patients may also experience diarrhea. …


Out of our five basic senses (which include sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch), vision is one of the most important as it’s one we depend upon for our everyday routines. The eyes contain a wide range of tissues and structures that are both complex and also very sensitive, which is why it’s so crucial that you have regular check-ups with your optometrist to ensure your eyes are as healthy as they should be and that there are no underlying conditions you should be concerned about. Furthermore, if you are experiencing problems with your eyes, such as blurry vision, then…


Like any medication that someone might be prescribed, people will no doubt have questions about any potential side effects that may be attributed to them. That is also no different when it comes to the vaccines that are available to help prevent COVID-19. …


Sleep is one of the most important things you can allow your body to do. It doesn’t just improve your mental health — it improves your physical health, too, and can significantly reduce your risk of developing serious illness. In fact, getting adequate amounts of sleep each night is just as important as ensuring you get regular exercise each day as well as have a healthy, well-balanced diet. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body will give off warning signs. For example, you might feel lethargic the next day, be unable to follow through on important tasks, an inability…


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists all over the world have been hard at work studying the virus, how it impacts individuals of all ages, races and genders, and creating vaccines to help prevent infection and transmission.

To date, Health Canada has approved the use of the following vaccines:

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines

Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are what’s known as messenger RNA vaccines (also referred to as mRna.) These particular vaccines work by teaching our tells to create proteins which trigger an immune response. …

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