The Banana Diet has become a hit in Japan in recent years. Eating bananas not only helps with weight loss, but also reduces the waistline, relieves constipation and improves skin. Despite such ideal results, the effect of the Banana Diet depends on when and how you eat this fruit. A famous gastroenterologist in Japan, Dr
When you are watching Korean dramas, have you ever wondered why they have such flawless and youthful skin? In real life, many of them don’t look like their age even without makeup. Well, it is not a secret that Koreans are culturally obsessed with healthy skincare nationwide, be it men or women. The 10-step routine
Dr Cai Fengbo managed to lose 11 kilograms in a month, simply by incorporating tomatoes into his daily meals! How did he do it? Dr Cai, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Taiwan, shares his story here. Surprised to find his waistline growing, Dr Cai was determined to lose weight. He turned to tomatoes since they
Imagine being trapped in a cave, unsure if any help will arrive. Fear and despair have begun to well up. “Is there still hope of survival?” you think to yourself. That was the situation twelve Thai boys and their football coach found themselves in, in 2018. Trapped in a flooded cave complex for over two
Most of us believe (even until now) that we only need to wear sunscreen to prevent extreme sunburn, which explains why we only apply it when we are heading to the beach or outdoor swimming pools. The fact is – that’s 100% not true! Do you know that 90% of our skin “sins” are related
Located just above the equator, we experience the typical tropical climate all year round, where the weather stays hot and humid. Especially when the heat wave hits, our usual cream type moisturizer might seem too heavy, leavi ng a tacky layer that sits on top of the skin. We might as well skip the skincare
According to the Singapore Cancer Society, about 37 Singaporeans are diagnosed with cancer every day. The World Cancer Report states that there were approximately 14 million new cases of cancer in 2012, and this is expected to rise by 70 percent over the next two decades. With this alarming trend, the fear of developing cancer
Older generations say: “Eat only until you are 70 to 80 percent full.” It sounds simple, but it may just be part of the solution to fatty liver syndrome. Fatty liver syndrome, as the name suggests, is the accumulation of fat in the cells of the liver that can sometimes damage liver cells. The damage
According to the 2010 National Health Survey, about one in six (17.4 percent) Singapore residents aged 18-69 years have high cholesterol. Can traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) keep cholesterol levels down? Here’s Taiwanese physician Dr Hu Naiwen’s take on combating high cholesterol. Cholesterol is a type of fat present in our body, and it is essential
What is nutrition? The ancient Chinese understanding of “nutrition” is completely different from that of modern medicine. In ancient China, the word for nutrition, yinyang (营养), was used as a verb instead of a noun. It was used to describe how a specific drug or food nourishes or benefits (有益) the body’s qi and blood.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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%
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.
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
Fighting Cancer: The Silver Lining—Would Well-being Improve If We Were Genuinely Kinder Towards One Another?
Robust investments are being made to Singapore cancer research to further develop the medical capability to fight cancer. But, there may exist great potential on the path of the intangible that is left unventured – the mind. According to the 2015 report by American Cancer Society (ACS), one in seven deaths worldwide are caused