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Seven alternative lifestyle therapies for lowering blood glucose

Diabetes is now a major pandemic of the world with the number of people with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled during the past 20 years [1]. Many countries including Singapore has now declared “War on Diabetes” – attempting to mobilise the general public to raise awareness on diabetes and how to prevent it. One […]

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Soursop – A natural anti-cancer remedy

I was asked by my cousin to comment about the use of soursop as an anti-cancer remedy, which is a very popular complementary and alternative medicine for cancer in Malaysia. The dry leaves of soursop are either taken in powder form or as a tea made from boiling dry soursop leaves. I love to eat […]

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Let’s smile wholeheartedly!

This writing is inspired by the talk on smiling by Dr Gooi Chien Hoong at the Metta Convention 2018. Smiling is the universal indicator of joy. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful”, this is a wonderful saying from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Smiling and positive emotions Smile and laughter are facial […]

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Fasting to support cancer treatment

Personally, I am a fan of fasting lately with myself going through 3 rounds of 5:2 intermittent fasting a month ago. Despite the difficulty of having to abstain from food and drinks for 2 full days a week, the experience is quite exhilarating. I lost about 2% of body weight, but more importantly, my blood […]

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The health benefits of Ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba or yin xin (银杏) in Chinese is a large tree with fan-shaped leaves. This species is famously known as the “living fossil” due to its longevity with some trees survive over a thousand years. Originally found in Eastern Asia, especially China, Japan, and Korea, this tree has been planted throughout the world. The […]

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Do away with pre-hypertension naturally

A friend was told by his doctor that he has pre-hypertension recently. The doctor will start to prescribe him with hypertension medication if he cannot get his blood pressure (BP) in check soon. My friend was worried and seek my advice. Age is associated with an increased risk of hypertension. In Singapore, about one in […]

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The secret to a good night sleep

“Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.”  – Thomas Dekker Sleep and health Sleep is so important to our health. Indeed, sleep is the time that the body repair and regenerate itself. Research has found that deprivation of sleep can increase oxidative DNA damage, whereas a few good nights of sleep can […]

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Meditation for cancer care

Being diagnosed with cancer, a life-threatening condition, can be a shock to many patients. Undergoing cancer treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy can be a long and distressing process. The cancer treatment can also bring about many unwanted side-effects such as loss of appetite, hair loss, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, etc., which can severely affect […]

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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 […]