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Natural treatment for autism

I received an enquiry to suggest any suitable nutritional supplement for a child with Asperger syndrome, a type of neurodevelopment disorder classified within the spectrum of autism. What is autism? Autism is a general term for a group of complex disorders due to the impaired development of the brain. The key characteristics of autism include […]

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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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Do you really need calcium supplementation during menopausal age?

“All my friends around my age are all starting to take calcium supplements, must I take as well? They all say we need it for menopause”, asked a client in her late forties.  Indeed, such concern is common, and not without merits. During menopause, oestrogen levels in the body naturally decline. Besides its important effects […]

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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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A rice bran derivative proven to improve chance of cancer survival: Study

For many years, I have been recommending Biobran/Lentin Plus for cancer patients to improve their immune system to fight cancer. While many patients benefited from this amazing fermented rice bran supplement in their healing journey, not all patients gave credence to my advice. Not surprisingly, since cancer patients often receive many recommendations of dietary supplements, […]

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Gallbladder flush: Does it really work?

A gallbladder (or liver) flush is a home remedy that is said to be able to promote the passage of gallstones naturally. It is widely promoted on the internet these days. Just google it and you will find thousands of webpages, blog, and video introducing gallbladder flush. There are also commercial gallbladder flush kits specially […]

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Fluoride: a hero or a villain?

Fluoride is a naturally present compound in our environment. It comes from fluorine, a toxic chemical element that exists as a gas in a pale-yellow colour. Since fluorine is highly reactive, it never exists by itself in nature. It reacts with other elements to form minerals with fluoride compounds in rocks and soil [1]. Fluoride […]

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Take the right magnesium supplement to relieve night cramps

A recent news article on Channel New Asia reported that “Magnesium may not ease nighttime leg cramps” [1] has prompted me to write on this topic to provide a more balanced view on the use of  magnesium supplements to relieve night cramps. Inaccurate news coverage This news article was based on the results of a […]

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Silicon builds strong bones

Public awareness of osteoporosis has increased over the years. Many people are now aware that calcium is the essential nutrient for building strong bone and vitamin D is needed for better absorption of calcium from the diet. However, bones are not only built from calcium. Healthy bones also depend on many other essential nutrients including […]