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    The World As I See It

    February 19, 2011 is a day that I will never forget. As I patiently wait in my new Optometrist’s waiting room, I hope that my vision hasn’t changed. My biggest worry at the time was spending money on a new pair of glasses.

    February 10, 2015  |  Author:   |  3 Comments

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    My Best Friend Helped Me Battle Depression When My Mother Wouldn’t

    They scratch, they cut, they burn, pop pills and they tell you it’s an accident - you believe them. Depression is an illness, not a mere emotion. You can be surrounded by several people, have a perfect life and still be depressed. Sad, upset, hurt - these are all emotions. Depression is more than this; it is a relentless state that consumes you.

    December 3, 2014  |  Author:   |  2 Comments

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    Breaking Barriers Surrounding Organ and Tissue Donation

    Organ and tissue donation have many myths and stigmas attached to them within the South Asian community and yet there are so many possible benefits and lives that can be saved by such a tremendous act.  As a result of misconceptions Ontario, and the GTA itself, are far behind the country and the rest of the world in terms of organ and tissue Donation.

    March 25, 2014  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    A New Approach to a Failed Resolution

    I never once thought I would give any importance to working out or any thought to eating healthy. Well, life sure did change!  I would always eat anything & everything my taste buds desired. Unfortunately these carefree days have long gone, after gaining weight in the wrong places and feeling unhealthy, I decided to actually try out what this gym life was all about.

    February 28, 2014  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    Let’s Talk About Mental Health

    A year ago, I found my sister unconscious next to an empty bottle of pills. She was lucky. We were lucky. I couldn't sleep that night. I knew my sister wasn't well- she had been battling depression and anxiety for a few months. But something wasn't sitting well with me. So I went to check on her and there she was. She survived.

    January 28, 2014  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    Mr. Rajalingam’s Prostate

    “What’s with the stache, bro?” “It’s a token of my prostate cancer awareness campaign for Movember,” replied Mayooran, sporting a smirk while wolfing down what was left of his tuna salad sandwich. “I’m not really fundraising for the cause – it’s just to avoid shaving for a month and to rebel against the norms of manscaping,” Mayooran added, chuckling. “Are you serious?” asked his friend Mithunan. “If you’re going to hold out on shaving for a month, you’d better know that misshapen peach fuzz doesn’t count!”

    July 15, 2013  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    11 Reasons You Should Quit Smoking

    The following is a list of day-to-day practical benefits for smokers trying to kick the habit. And for the die-hard smoker (no pun intended), I hope you’ll find this more compelling and less preachy than those uninspired “Quit Smoking Now” brochures.

    June 3, 2013  |  Author:   |  1 Comment

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    Mental Health: Seeking Help in the Tamil Community

    What comes to mind when you think of mental illness? Prior to my psychology career, my perception of mental illness was influenced by the frightening portrayals in the films A Beautiful Mind, Identity and Monster. My reactions were confusion, compassion, fear and a note to myself to keep my distance.

    May 16, 2013  |  Author:   |  1 Comment

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    Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)- What Women AND Men Need to Know

    At least a few times a month in family practice, the walk-in, or the emergency department, I encounter a distraught patient who suddenly comes to the realization that he or she needs to be more "careful" about their practices and encounters. Our conversation usually goes something like this: "Hey doc, I need you to check me for everything, and when I say everything, I mean everything." Some of you may have clued in that everything is referring in particular to sexually transmitted infections (STDs). It is possible to diagnose an STD with the right investigations, but what if we could prevent them with a vaccine like we prevent polio and measles? When it comes to human papillomavirus infection (HPV), we can.

    May 3, 2013  |  Author:   |  1 Comment

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    Conquering Mont Blanc for Kids with Autism

    Last month I attended Radiant Night 2013, an annual fundraiser organized by South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC), an organization that helps more than 100 kids with autism and their families. Autism is a mental condition characterized by greater difficulty in communicating and forming relationships; it persists throughout an individual’s lifetime.

    April 22, 2013  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    Going Green: D.I.Y. Facials

    Maybe it’s just me, but why did winter this year seem exceptionally long and brutal? I know brown people can’t technically get pale, but I’m pastier than Casper the Ghost. I want my glow back! So last weekend, as an official good-bye party for winter, I decided to call my girlfriends over for some delicious mimosas and to discuss some of our favourite homemade (and cheap) remedies. So here are some beauty tips, for both men and women, to get you ready for spring. Guys, feel free to try these tips at home too. Trust me, great skin is sexy!

    April 5, 2013  |  Author:   |  2 Comments

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    The New Face of Family Medicine

    For those of you who had a family doctor prior to the year 2005, you may remember walking into an office with a small, cramped waiting room facing a secretary’s desk piled with patient charts. Beyond the waiting room, you could find a narrow corridor, leading to a few examination rooms, in one of which you would encounter your grumpy family doctor, who likely would only have all of three minutes to assess your health concern and send you on your way. All of this trouble, despite your 2 hour wait in that little waiting room and 3 week wait prior to making this appointment. I am sure we have all experienced this very scenario, myself included.

    March 28, 2013  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts

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    The Power of Autism

    In Sri Lanka, there are a reported 39,000 children with autism. However, with no continuing data collection or improvements in screening tools, this is likely a gross underestimate. In India, the Autism Resource Centre in Tamil Nadu reports ~ 1 in 150 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

    February 26, 2013  |  Author:   |  1 Comment

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    Spicy Green Mango Smoothie Recipe

    From the Spice Girls to my sometimes spicy attitude, you could definitely say that I have an affinity for all things spice related; but in addition to adding a little je ne sais quoi to the aroma of food, spices are also a natural method of preventative health care. Did you know that before we were using spices for culinary purposes, they were used medicinally?

    February 19, 2013  |  Author:   |  Leave your thoughts