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Soursop – A natural anti-cancer remedy

I was asked by my cousin to comment about the use of soursop as an anti-cancer remedy, which is a very popular complementary and alternative medicine for cancer in Malaysia. The dry leaves of soursop are either taken in powder form or as a tea made from boiling dry soursop leaves. I love to eat […]

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Let’s smile wholeheartedly!

This writing is inspired by the talk on smiling by Dr Gooi Chien Hoong at the Metta Convention 2018. Smiling is the universal indicator of joy. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful”, this is a wonderful saying from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Smiling and positive emotions Smile and laughter are facial […]

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Soy and joint pain – The truth

I have heard many times from patients who suffered from joint pain that they were warned by well-wishing friends and family to avoid taking soybeans and soy products. There is a common belief that soy can cause inflammation and exacerbate the pain. In fact, this is a myth. Soy isoflavones and inflammation Soy and soy […]

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Selenium and health

Selenium is a trace mineral that our body cannot do without. It is present in most body tissues, with the highest concentration at internal organs and glands such as kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, brain thyroid, and lungs [1]. Selenium presents in the body in the form of a class of proteins called selenoprotiens. Many […]

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Fasting to support cancer treatment

Personally, I am a fan of fasting lately with myself going through 3 rounds of 5:2 intermittent fasting a month ago. Despite the difficulty of having to abstain from food and drinks for 2 full days a week, the experience is quite exhilarating. I lost about 2% of body weight, but more importantly, my blood […]

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What’s so special about Manuka honey?

Manuka honey has grown in popularity worldwide. It is often referred to as therapeutic honey and thus commands a premium price. Is this merely a marketing spin? How different is Manuka honey compared to traditional honey? From a specific type of flowers Honey is produced by bees with the nectar of flowers. Honey derived from […]

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DIY Fruit Enzyme Drink – Is It Any Good?

Fruit enzyme drink is a popular drink among those who are health conscious. Proponents of fruit enzyme drink claim that the drink contains probiotics, antioxidants, and enzymes, as such, it can bring about many health benefits including aiding digestion, boosting immunity, improving skin health, alkalizing body, and many more. Are these claims well founded? Let’s […]

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The health benefits of Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba or yin xin (银杏) in Chinese is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. This species is famously known as the “living fossil” due to its longevity with some trees survive over a thousand years. Originally found in Eastern Asia, especially China, Japan, and Korea, this tree has been planted throughout the world. The […]

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Do away with pre-hypertension naturally

A friend was told by his doctor that he has pre-hypertension recently. The doctor will start to prescribe him with hypertension medication if he cannot get his blood pressure (BP) in check soon. My friend was worried and seek my advice. Age is associated with an increased risk of hypertension. In Singapore, about one in […]

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The secret to a good night sleep

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  – Thomas Dekker Sleep and health Sleep is so important to our health. Indeed, sleep is the time that the body repair and regenerate itself. Research has found that deprivation of sleep can increase oxidative DNA damage, whereas a few good nights of sleep can […]