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Baking Soda for Washing Fruits and Vegetables

Baking soda is more effective than both Clorox bleach and tap water in removing pesticide residues from the surface of apples, a study found.

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How to keep your bone strong after menopause?

How to keep bone strong after menopause? Keep an active lifestyle, maintain a sufficient level of vitamin D, and eat a healthy diet rich in calcium are the three main strategies.

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Five plant-based supplements for managing cholesterol levels

A friend lost her father recently in his sleep. A sudden heart attack was the determined cause of death. A silent killer indeed. However, this is not uncommon. Sixteen people die from heart disease or stroke every day. Nearly 1 in every 3 deaths in Singapore is due to heart disease or stroke according to […]

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Managing menopause with flaxseeds

Menopause is a natural age-related physiological change that every woman will experience. Normally occurs around age 50, it is the time of life when a woman’s ovaries stop producing sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Oestrogen, together with progesterone, regulate menstruation. With the ovaries stop producing these sex hormones, the menstruation cycle comes to an […]

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Common household herbs and their health benefits

There are many common household herbs that can be easily grown under the hot and humid weather of Singapore. Even with only a limited space in most apartments, herbal plants can thrive as long as there is sufficient light and water. I and my wife are not known to have green fingers. Our first experiment […]

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Protecting the kidney function with alkaline foods

Human kidneys are extremely hardworking. They are water filtering plants in the body that work non-stop for 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help the body to remove metabolic waste and regulate the amount and composition of body fluids. The kidneys also help to maintain the acid-base balance of the blood and […]

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Soy is GOOD for Breast Cancer Patients

Many breast cancer patients were advised by their oncologist to avoid soy foods and products. This has severely restricted the sources of protein for anyone who is considering a plant-based diet. A barrier towards a wholesome health promoting diet. Is such advice valid? Actually, it is not. When my wife was undergoing her cancer treatment […]

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Fermented rice bran helps to fight cancer

Introduction Rice is the staple food for half of the world population. It is being consumed regularly worldwide, especially in East and South Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, and the West Indies, contributing to one fifth of the calories consumed worldwide by the human [1]. However, rice is mostly consumed in the form of […]

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Send your love, not negative emotion

What to do when we feel powerless to help a loved one who is sick? The following is a recent email I sent to J & L who felt worry and powerless about the condition of their sister, K, who suffered from an illness with poor prognosis. I feel compelled to share this email since this […]

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A Short Excursion to Singapore’s Countryside

While most people may have the impression that countryside does not exist in this highly urbanized tiny little red dot, the reality is, countryside is thriving and alive here. Do you know that you can walk in the nature, do bird watching, buy organic produce, and have a kampong-style lunch in a farm, all in […]