Cancer: What happens AFTER treatment?

“All of us have cancer cells in our bodies. But not all of us will develop cancer.”- David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD Surviving cancer is a difficult journey requiring remarkable courage and endurance. Conventional treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy and surgery are often necessary, but they do not address why cancer cells are being generatedContinue reading “Cancer: What happens AFTER treatment?”

Fish and sushi- safe during pregnancy?

We know that fish are packed with important nutrients, but we also know that fish contain lots of contaminants such as mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) that could potentially affect the baby’s health. And how about sushi? Is that safe in pregnancy? Though it is not recommended that pregnant ladies avoid fish altogether, there are certain guidelines that mommies-to-be shouldContinue reading “Fish and sushi- safe during pregnancy?”

Help me sleep, please!

Some people fall asleep the minute their head hits the pillow at night. For others, it’s not that easy. Insomnia affects everyone once in a while, but if you persistently can’t fall asleep or stay asleep, you should address it before it affects your health and mental/ functional capacity during the day. Instead of relying on sleeping pills orContinue reading “Help me sleep, please!”

What’s making you fat- without you even knowing it

Earlier this year, the U.S. White House announced that it was targeting a new threat to America’s health and security- a class of chemicals that are making us fat. These chemicals are called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). And chances are, you’re eating or drinking them right now. Scientists have coined these chemicals “obesogens”, because they may promoteContinue reading “What’s making you fat- without you even knowing it”

Will you be breastfeeding?

August 1st to 7th marks World Breastfeeding Week, and a 10-step checklist has been sent to hospitals in over 150 countries to ensure adequate maternity support for breastfeeding. Nowadays, when I ask my patients during their antenatal consultation whether or not they will be breastfeeding, all of them give an enthusiastic YES. But perhaps after giving birth, not enoughContinue reading “Will you be breastfeeding?”

Get rid of my canker sores!

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are small white sores that develop on the inside of the mouth, gums or inside of the cheeks. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious, but they can be extremely painful. If you have a few of them at the same time in close proximity to oneContinue reading “Get rid of my canker sores!”

Chinese SPAM (長城牌午餐肉) in your cupboard? RECALL today following (pearls of) mercury contamination

Do you have one of these sitting in your cupboard? You may want to double check to make sure the meat (Can you even call it “meat”?) doesn’t look funny or have any “metallic pearls” embedded in it. A man found mercury pearls embedded in his SPAM a few days ago. There’s been a recallContinue reading “Chinese SPAM (長城牌午餐肉) in your cupboard? RECALL today following (pearls of) mercury contamination”

Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer risk: Study

We all know that taking fish oil supplements benefit heart health, but a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows fish oil supplements may also help reduce breast cancer risk. In the study, the use of fish oil was linked to a lower risk of invasive ductal breast cancer. Ductal breast cancer is the mostContinue reading “Fish oil linked to lower breast cancer risk: Study”

Artificial colours in food linked to cancer and behavioural disorders in children: Study

Food dyes- used in everything from M&Ms to brightly coloured breakfast cereals to Kraft salad dressings- pose risks of cancer, allergies and hyperactivity in children, and should be banned, according the Centre for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The new report titled, “Food Dyes: A Rainbow of Risks”, found that artificial colours in foodsContinue reading “Artificial colours in food linked to cancer and behavioural disorders in children: Study”

“Help! I’m overweight- but I don’t eat much!”

Whenever I hear this statement in my office, I first ask for a detailed 24-hour diet recall. Some people may not be consciously aware of how much they eat, so it’s a good idea to recall what’s actually been consumed (e.g. “Let’s see. I had coffee this morning. I only had a chicken salad for lunch. I had some Häagen–DazsContinue reading ““Help! I’m overweight- but I don’t eat much!””