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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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Arsenic warning – should I stop eating rice?

I recently received an email from An Australian friend who became concerned with the arsenic in rice after reading an online article with the title “Arsenic in Rice: How Concerned Should You Be?”[1]. He sent me an email, and I quote:  “What’s your take on this article?  Anything we can do to reduce the intake […]

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Let the Earth be your healer

“Go to any park, take off your shoes and walk barefooted on the grass for at least 10 to 20 min daily,” This is what I suggest to almost every patient that comes to my clinic. The rationale is simple, Mother Earth is a great healer, we just need to learn to reconnect back to […]

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Seven common food items that can lower your blood sugar naturally

Diabetes is now a global public health problem with over 425 million adults affected by this condition worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation [1]. In Singapore, 1 in 3 residents are at a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk is forecasted to increase to 1 in 2 by the year […]

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Make your blood thin, it can save your life

High blood pressure, elevated LDL cholesterol, low HDL, type-II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, smoking, age, and male gender; What comes to mind when these risk factors for health are mentioned? Cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as Heart diseases and stroke, of course! However, there is one major CVD risk factor is linked to all the other […]

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Sweet potato – the ultimate wonder food

Steamed sweet potato is one of my favourite breakfast items, it is easy to prepare (just wash and steam the whole tuber until soft), delicious to eat, and most importantly, packed with energy and loads of nutritional value! Sweet potato is the tuberous root of a plant scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas.  The edible root […]

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Five proven natural therapies for relieving chronic low back pain

Low back pain (LBP) is a common health problem with an estimated 38% of the worldwide population experiencing this condition in a year [1]. Although some instances of LBP can be caused by injury/fracture, infection, tumour, arthritis, or osteoporosis, most of them are non-specific, that is, the pain cannot be attributed to any definite cause […]

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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 […]