Articles and Q&A's



March 2013

Getting Ready for Pollen Season

Thank God winter is over. The birds and the bees are just around the corner. This is good news for everybody except those who have hay fever because the pollens and tree dusts are also just around the corner. Well, if you start doing something now, maybe your seasonal allergies will not hit you so hard this year. To prevent the annoying symptoms of weeping and sneezing all day with plugged up sinuses and itch eyes, you can try a homeopathic program that I had been using for over 20 years. Take Pollen 30CH one dose (1 ml or 2 pumps placed under the tongue) once a week and Thymuline 30CH (one little tube of granules to be melted under the tongue) also once a week but on a different day of the week, for a minimum of 5 weeks.
March 2013

Housekeeping for a Healthy Body

Just as keeping our houses clean promotes a better sense of well-being and allows for greater enjoyment of our houses, keeping our bodies cleansed via detoxification helps us to feel better and enjoy life more fully. So, where does the “dirt” come from? Our daily activities expose our bodies to many different toxins. Whether they be in the form of drugs that we take for medically necessary reasons, additives or preservatives found in our food, environmental toxins found in the air around us, or cellular debris from normal metabolic processes as well as disease processes, it is virtually impossible to avoid exposure. A buildup of toxins can lead to fatigue, degeneration, ageing, and weakening of our immune defense. Toxins can lead to inflammation, which has been associated with many diseases including diabetes and cancer.
February 2013

Q&A with Dr. Henry Cheng - Vinceel Mouth Spray

Q: Is there a good healing spray for mouth ulcers and sores? A: Vinceel is a homeopathic spray designed for the mouth and throat. It heals canker sores, ulcers, cuts, blisters, burns, sore throat and gingervitis.
February 2013

Natural Remedies for Rheumatism

Rheumatism is a loose term used to describe a group of clinical pains and inflammation involving joints, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It may be due to old or recent injuries, degenerative arthritis, fibro-myalgia, and auto-immune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Old age, humidity and weather change are aggravating factors. Usual orthodox treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs, topical rubs, and steroids. Natural remedies can be divided into three categories: those for healing, those for controlling inflammation, and those that act like catalysts.
February 2013

Love Your Heart

"Cardiovascular disease"(CVD)... What do these words really mean? CVD refers to a whole spectrum of disease that can affect the heart and/or the blood vessels throughout the body. Cardiovascular diseases include coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, heart attack, stroke, dyslipidemia (abnormal amounts of cholesterol in the blood), angina and atherosclerosis. CVD is a leading cause of death for both men and women in Canada, superseded only by malignant cancers.
January 2013

Q&A with Dr. Henry Cheng - Nose Dripping in the Cold

Q: I always have intractable dripping from my nose in cold weather. What can I do?
January 2013

Healthy Habits for a Healthy Year

If you're like us, it's been a holiday season filled with lots of good food! Despite our best efforts to try not to over-indulge, most of us will have put on a few extra pounds. Instead of going along the "knee-jerk" path of going on a diet, this is the perfect time to develop healthy habits that can prepare us for those times when we want to have a little fun. In particular, we'd like to focus on the digestive system.
December 2012

Q&A with Dr. Cheng - Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Q: Are there supplements that may help my IBS? I have abdominal cramps, diarrhea alternating with constipation, and a lot of gas. A: Peppermint oil is known for its ability to relax intestinal smooth muscles.
December 2012

Haemorrhoids: A Natural Approach

Humans stand on two legs and assume an upright posture as compared to the horizontal position in 4-legged animals. They pay a price for this. Due to the accumulated hydrostatic pressure in the lower parts of the body, humans develop dilated veins in their lower legs and in the lower bowel. Dilated veins in the legs are called varicose veins. Those in the rectum are Haemorrhoids. An individual would be more prone to haemorrhoids if the wall of their veins loses its normal supporting connective tissues and elasticity and whenever there is increase in abdominal pressure as in obesity, pregnancy, straining during weight lifting or constipation. There is also a familial predisposition.
November 2012

Gluten Intolerance & Coeliac Disease

Coeliac Disease is a disease of the small intestine caused by extreme sensitivity to a group of proteins collectively called gluten that is found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. The sensitivity reaction causes atrophy of the villi (tiny projections on the mucus membrane required for efficient absorption). The normal absorption ability of the gut and intestinal motility are affected, resulting in weakness, anaemia, loose and greasy stool (steatorrhoea), weight loss, constipation, chronic diarrhoea, bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain. Some of these patients are being labelled as having IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and many turned out to have gluten sensitivity. It is estimated that one in 133 Canadians has gluten sensitivity. The first step in management is to completely exclude gluten in the diet. Coeliac patients usually develop secondary lactose intolerance. Hence they have to exclude dairy products from their diet as well. Take special caution that there may be hidden gluten derivatives in soy sauce, food starch, ice cream, soups, beer, wines, Vodka, Whisky, malt, etc.
November 2012

Vitamin K for bones

Q: I have a family history of osteoporosis so I am taking calcium and vitamin D to help build up my bones; is there anything else I can do to help make my bones stronger? Christine: In addition to any supplementation, it is always important to maintain a healthy diet that can provide the trace minerals & adequate protein for healthy bone synthesis.
November 2012

Beyond Milk for Building Strong Bones

"Drink your milk up or you don’t get to play today!" That is something many of us have heard repeatedly in our early years... Well, guess what? The statement is still valid today, regardless of your age. If you do not try your best to maintain strong bones through nutrition and exercise, you will not have a strong and healthy skeleton to carry you through life and allow you to "play" well into advanced age. Many people focus on their joints, since a painful joint is easily detectable. However, without strong bones to form a healthy skeleton, painless joints would be useless. In fact, fracture due to weak bones is one of the leading causes of hospitalizations for the elderly, often with poor outcomes. Therefore, we should make an effort to take good care of our bones first.