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Should I take iron supplements?

“Should I take iron supplements?” This is a common question that I get from ladies. My simple answer to them is, “Don’t take unless you are diagnosed with iron-deficiency anaemia.”  Although iron-deficiency anaemia is considered as one of the most common conditions among women, it does not mean that ladies should all start popping iron […]

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Fasting and health

Fasting is defined as ingesting minimal or no food during a limited period time, forcing the body to use exclusively its energy reserves without endangering health [1]. During the month of Ramadan in Islamic calendar, healthy adult Muslims are required to fast from sunrise to sunset. No food, water, beverages, or smoking is allowed during […]

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Healing eczema

Eczema, or Atopic dermatitis, is a chronic or recurring inflammatory skin disease that affects both children and adults. It usually begins in childhood and can last until adulthood, or even manifests the first time in adulthood. This condition is getting more common now as it affects up to 20% children and 3% of adults worldwide […]

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Quch! I sprained my ankle!

Ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries of the lower leg. A simple misstep can twist the ankle unnaturally, damage the ligaments in the ankle, causing swelling and pain. While most ankle sprains are mild, with no ligament tears involved, some can be quite severe with torn ligaments and unstable ankle [1]. Healing […]

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Meditation lowers blood pressure

Regular practice of meditation can lower blood pressure (BP). This is the finding of a recent meta-analysis study that is slated to be published in April 2017 in the Journal of Hypertension, one of the most prestigious medical journal on hypertension [1]. Meta-analysis is a type of research study that combined data from multiple clinical […]

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Walk away cancer!

Walking is my favourite exercise, it is low-impact, free, and a good way to keep fit and healthy. The following poster from EverybodyWalk.Org best summarises the many health benefits of walking. In fact, numerous studies have consistently shown that regular walking has been associated with lower mortality from all causes, regardless of one’s current health […]

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Pap smear, HPV, and natural approach to prevent cervical cancer

I received an email from a friend who became worried after getting an “abnormal” Pap smear screening result. It can be a fearful moment reading report show medical terms such as “low grade squamous intraepithelial lesion”. What does it mean? What is the risk of having cervical cancer? These are questions one will naturally ask. […]

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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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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 […]