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January 2015

Cold Sore Remedies

About 20 to 40% of the population have suffered from or will suffer from cold sores. The causative agent is a virus called herpes simplex virus type 1, spread through direct contact with a cold sore lesion or touching fluid from a cold sore (e.g., via sharing of utensils).
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January 2015

Immune System Boost

Q: Other than Echinacea, what else can I use to give my immune system a boost during the cold and flu season? A: Adequate rest and fluids as well as proper hygiene (i.e., handwashing) are important tools in helping keep you from getting sick during this time of year.
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January 2015

A Little Bit of Pressure and A Little Bit of Heat

Sometimes we need more from our clothing than just to help us make a fashion statement; sometimes we need our clothing to be functional. There are two common types of functional clothing: compression therapy and far infrared radiation therapy, which uses pressure and heat therapeutically, respectively.
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December 2014

Medical Foods and Metabolic Syndrome

High blood pressure, increased blood glucose levels, excess body fat around the waist, elevated triglyceride levels, and reduced HDL (or “good”) cholesterol levels…each of these risk factors are undesirable conditions on their own, but if you have a combination of any three of these, you may have Metabolic Syndrome. Although having Metabolic Syndrome increases your risk of having heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, it is not an inevitable conclusion. A physician-approved exercise plan along with some conscious changes in the diet to include more fibre, vegetables and fruit will go a long way to improve each of these risk factors. For some people, inclusion of a Medical Food such as Ultrameal® can help meet their health goals.
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December 2014

Don't be Singing the ShingleBells

“ShingleBells” is definitely not a tune you would want to sing this Christmas, or any other time at all! Fortunately, there are things you can do and natural supplements you can take that can help minimize your risk of getting a shingles outbreak.
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December 2014

Fueling Your Body with Fats

“Fats” in our diet have traditionally suffered a bad reputation for contributing to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, skin conditions (e.g. eczema and psoriasis) and even cancer. Nowadays, we are more aware that there are many different types of fats and many of them play a role in keeping us healthy. Consider that 10-12% of our brains are made up of some sort of lipid and every cell in our body requires a certain level of fatty material to keep its cell membrane healthy. With all of the fad diets and supplements out on the market, how can we tell which fats will help with our health goals? Here is a brief overview for you.
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September 2014

Bugs In Your Belly

The landscape of our gut gives epic meaning to the term, “internal conflict”. At any one time, the healthy human gut carries approximately 100 trillion micro-organisms in the intestines. This number is 10X greater than the total number of human cells in the body! The majority of these micro-orgnisms are bacteria, and because they are perpetually active, some scientists even view them collectively as an “organ” in the body, processing and releasing important nutrients and byproducts into the gut.
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September 2014

4 R's For Gastro-intestinal Health

Optimal gastro-intestinal (G-I) health is a key component of overall wellness. The common saying, “You are what you eat” is very true. For centuries, the ancient Chinese believed that “All wellness and ailments originate from the central gut”. Dysfunction of the GI tract has been linked to various disease states including immune disorders, respiratory problems, mental acuity, energy level, mood, weight control, skin, joint, blood, and of course stomach and intestinal problems.
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September 2014

Haemorrhoids

Q: Every time my haemorrhoids flare up, I’m frustrated by the itching and the pain. Is there anything natural I can use to help with the symptoms or even to prevent the flare ups?
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August 2014

Insect Bites

Q: I develop huge swellings when I get bitten by mosquitos and other insects. Is there anything I can do to reduce the itchiness and swelling?
Mosquito in Nature image courtesy of SweetCrisis / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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July 2014

Mushrooms for Life

Growing up in an Asian household, we always thought that mushrooms were simply tasty foods, especially shiitake mushrooms which can add a savoury touch to so many dishes. Maitake mushrooms are particularly tasty when simmered in a hot-pot broth. But, I’m not here to give you a cooking lesson…at least not this month! For us, we realized the importance of mushrooms for their medicinal purposes when our uncle was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer and our father, Dr. Henry Cheng, put him on the Yunzhi mushroom (aka. Coriolus or Turkey Tail) as a part of the integrative approach he took to conquer his cancer.
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July 2014

Mental Exhaustion and Memory

Q: Is there anything that can help my mental exhaustion and memory?
Brain in Head image courtesy of smokedsalmon / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
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