Spending time in nature feels great, and is good for our health. silviarita/Pixabay)

Prescribing a Day in the Park

We’ve long known it’s refreshing to spend time outside in natural environments. Being cooped up inside can feel unnatural and increase our desire to get out. Taking a walk on a wooded path, or spending an afternoon in a park can have a noticeable impact on our mood. Renowned biologist E.O. Wilson, creator of the biophilia theory, hypothesizes


7 Ways to Feel More in Control of Your Life

Leslie and Josh came to therapy to talk about their son’s problems in school. But it soon became apparent that they had a different problem altogether—one familiar to working parents. As an experienced child and family psychologist (Anthony) and a management psychologist who works with business leaders (Paul), we were struck by how common these

Doing good things for others is its own reward, and having more power to do good things can lead to a bigger reward. (Flickr)

Why Powerful People Need to Cultivate Compassion

When we think of powerful people from history, we often think of negative examples—like Hitler, Mussolini, or Stalin. The idea that power is bad can be summed up by the saying, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But power also has a positive side, especially when it’s wielded in the service of humanity. Think of Martin


13 Habits Researchers Have Linked to a Long Life

Many people think that life expectancy is largely determined by genetics. However, genes play a much smaller role than originally believed. It turns out that environmental factors such as diet and lifestyle are key. Here are 13 habits linked to a long life. 1. Avoid Overeating The link between calorie intake and longevity currently generates a lot of interest.

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6 Mistakes That Slow Down Your Metabolism

Keeping your metabolism high is crucial for losing weight and keeping it off. However, several common lifestyle mistakes may slow down your metabolism and make it difficult to lose any weight. Making these mistakes on a regular basis can also make you more prone to gain weight in the future. 1. Eating Too Few Calories

Pharma's high-priced bone drugs are a poor substitute for a good diet and healthy living (Jupiterimages/

Beware the Drug Industry’s Lucrative GMO Drugs

The drug industry is employing several tricks to stay a Wall Street darling. Drugs priced at five and six digits like the Hepatitis C drugs, genetically engineered, injected drugs from Chinese hamster ovary cells (like Humira) and convincing healthy people they are “at risk” of serious diseases. All tactics are seen with newer bone drugs. In 2010,

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Dr Hu Naiwen: Seeking Wisdom from Traditional Chinese Medicine

Our modern, sedentary lifestyle has placed us at an increased risk of chronic diseases. But can we control or even prevent their onset? These questions and more were addressed at a health talk on chronic diseases organised by the Epoch Times (Chinese edition), which was held on 2 July 2016 at Furama City Centre Hotel.


The Fruit You’ve Never Heard of: 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Eating Okra

From the United States to Ethiopia, there aren’t many places that you won’t find people eating okra, or “ladies’ fingers.” The small, green pods are found in cultural dishes across the globe, used to serve up as side dishes and accent pastas and casseroles. They can be grilled, fried, sautéed, or baked. They can be

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Eat Mushrooms To Keep Your Brain Sharp?

Seniors who consume more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may have 50 percent reduced odds of having mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a new study. Researchers defined a portion as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms with an average weight of around 150 grams. Two portions would be equivalent to

Shape Up Your Posture the Chinese Way

The ancient Chinese, like modern psychologists and physicians, regarded good posture as a key to maintaining physical vigour and spiritual health. According to traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy, your stance and gait play not only a significant physical role, but reflects your inner character as well. Hence the traditional proverb: “Stand like a pine, sit

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Protect Your Eyes From Cataracts – The Leading Cause of Blindness

Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions, and they are the leading cause of blindness. According to research, cataracts account for 41 percent of blindness cases, and 49 percent of low vision cases. In the elderly (age greater than 60), this number jumps to 73 percent. The Disease Stages of Cataracts Cataracts take

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Sleep To A Better Day

Everybody understands the importance of sleep to our overall health. After a good night’s sleep, we wake up refreshed and ready to face the challenge of the new day. To some of us, sleep is of a second nature and it is as effortless as eating or breathing. However, others are not that fortunate as

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Dr Hu’s Tips for Surviving the New Year Binge

When the year-end festive season comes around, it’s hard to avoid the inevitable feast of rich, greasy, and meaty dishes. However, this season of excessive indulgence can be harmful to your health. Uncontrolled bingeing may cause bloating and indigestion. Here are a few tips to survive the New Year binge: Firstly, try massaging the zusanli

Ms Kwan Soo Chin (R), ITEC Academy Lecturer in Diet & Nutrition

Tackling the Problem of Chronic Constipation

Constipation affects thousands of people. About 80% of Singaporeans will experience constipation at some point in their lives, and 25% suffer from chronic constipation. In addition, constipation becomes more common as we age. It is estimated that 6 or 7 of every 10 elderly patients has constipation, and they are also more likely to suffer

“Inclusion is essentially about belonging, participating, and achieving one’s full potential in a diverse society,” Mr Lee Poh Wah, CEO of Lien Foundation, told Epoch Times.

Welcoming Special Needs Children With a Smile

The Lien Foundation commissioned Blackbox Research to survey 800 parents of special needs children for an Inclusive Attitudes Survey on how inclusive Singapore society is to special needs children. The survey was conducted between January to May 2016. The survey found that only 28% of these parents regarded Singapore as an inclusive society, while 57%

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Helping The Invisible: The Asia Malaria Images Exhibition

Just because we don’t see evidence of danger, doesn’t mean there’s no danger. – Professor J. Kevin Baird, Head of Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta Malaria is long thought of as an African problem. Yet close to home, in the Asia-Pacific region, over 2 billion Asian lives are at risk of endemic malaria.


Cancer—Staying Informed and Seeking Support

One in six deaths worldwide is due to cancer, while in Singapore, the figure is one in three deaths. According to the Singapore Cancer Society, about 37 people are diagnosed with cancer every day. In 2015, cancer made up 29.7% of the total deaths in Singapore, the highest among all other causes of death, as

In Chinese medicine, all mental illnesses are attributed to an imbalance in the heart. In modern terms, we could say chronic stress leads to heart problems. (

Dr Sebastian Liew: Cholesterol and Heart Health

Despite advances in modern medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death among adults in Singapore and in most advanced or developed countries. From the perspective of conventional medicine, the main targets for preventing heart disease are treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lifestyle such as smoking and alcohol, and obesity. Therefore, the emphasis


Mental Health: Towards an Inclusive Singapore

Hence, in light of creating a society of inclusion for these mental health sufferers, the hidden and agonising stories of these individuals need to be told. Seven in 10 persons with mental conditions experienced problems living with dignity due to discrimination and the negative attitudes of others, according to a recent study by National Council

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