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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 […]

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Surviving Cancer, five years on…

It has been five years since my wife was first diagnosed with breast cancer. We are glad that her latest PET scan (completed earlier this month) continues to show no sign of any malignant tissue. She has been cancer-free since her last surgery in July 2012. Given that the 5-year survival rate of women diagnosed […]

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Understanding Depression

Everyone may feel sad or low mood from time to time. However, if such a feeling lingers for a long period of time without getting better, then the person may be suffering from depression. Depression can affect the way a person eats, sleeps, behaves, feels about oneself, and thinks about things. It can lead to many […]

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Vegetarian = Healthy?

Many people thought that, by simply adopting a vegetarian diet, they are automatically eating healthily. Is this true? Undoubtedly, scientific evidence does show that vegetarians clearly experience less cardiovascular diseases (CVD) than non-vegetarians. Other potential benefits of vegetarian diet may include lower body mass index (BMI), lower LDL cholesterols, as well as lower incidents of […]

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A Peek into Traditional Korean Medicine

I was in Seoul, South Korea for a short study trip in November last year. In there, I learned about the history of Traditional Korean Medicine (TKM) and the current state of TKM in South Korea today. Prior to this, I have little knowledge about TKM. Of course, I have watched the popular Korean historical […]