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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 […]

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Traveller’s diarrhoea: Natural remedies for prevention and self-treatment

I have just returned from India after a two-week stay in Bihar, one of the least developed state in this South Asian country [1]. Like many travellers from more developed countries, myself and my travel companions, one-by-one, developed diarrhoea after some times. Not surprisingly, since diarrhoea is one of the most common illnesses in travellers. […]

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Can dandelion root tea cure cancer?

A friend forwarded me an internet article which claimed that drinking dandelion tea can cure cancer. The article reported that a 72-year old leukaemia patient, who was sent home to live out his final days, found his cancer went into remission after four months of drinking dandelion root tea. My friend was intrigued by the […]

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Everyone needs probiotics

Do you know that the digestive tract is colonised by 10 trillion living microorganisms with the combined weight of 1-2kg? How do we ensure that these living microorganisms are not harming us? This is the job of probiotics. Defining probiotics World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts […]

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Essential oils and cancer treatment support

Essential oils are the concentrated water-insoluble oily liquids produced naturally by plants.  They are also called volatile oils since they are easily evaporated through steam distillation and usually have strong aromas. They are the compounds that gave pants their distinctive smells. The use of aromatic plants for their healing properties can be traced back as […]