Articles and Q&A's

August 2014

Give Your Brain a Boost

Nobody likes to be forgotten, and, definitely, nobody enjoys forgetting. Regardless of your age, a healthy brain and nervous system are crucial to creating and maintaining our valuable memories. However, as we age, we need to help our bodies along by eating healthy, exercising our brains, and considering appropriate supplements to maximize our brain function and continue learning and remembering.
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?
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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.
July 2014

Mental Exhaustion and Memory

Q: Is there anything that can help my mental exhaustion and memory?
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June 2014

Topical Pain Control

I’ve tried all sorts of creams and ointments and nothing seems to take away my body and joint aches. Can you suggest other options? A: A prescription, compounded topical pain-gel is your best bet. Pain is a subjective sensation or a communication between the site of pain and your brain. We want something that can interrupt this message.
May 2014

Achy Breaky Body

Pain. What a terrible 4-letter word. However, living pain-free may be more within reach than you think. Without trivializing it too much, pain is a perceived sensation with many potential causes. It is a subjective feeling triggered in the nervous system by a physical stimulus such as a blunt or shearing force, a chemical, a poke, a pinch, etc. So, we can feel “pain” when we get a trivial paper cut or, more seriously, suffer a car accident, shingles outbreak, pinched nerve, severed limb, etc. In a way, it is an evil game of “telephone” between the trigger site and your brain. Imagine if we can somehow interrupt this telephone game; the message would be lost and you will not have that sensation of pain anymore. Sound too good to be true? Read on.
May 2014

If You Don't Snooze, You Lose

Sleep. For many of us, that is easier said than done. But everyone needs sleep. No matter how much coffee or Red Bull you drink, there comes a time when your body just needs to crash. The reason is that your body needs this down-time to reorganize, purge, and detoxify. For example, your energy stores need to be replenished, the toxins built-up in your brain and nerves during the day need to be cleared, brain pathways from the day’s learning need to be sorted and reinforced.
Woman in sleeping gesture image courtesy of Michal Marcol /
May 2014


Q: Summer is just around the corner and it is time for me and my girl friend to get ready for our bikinis. Is there a homeopathic preparation that works like the HCG that I used to get on line? A: HCG has been publicized by TV and radio talk shows as a weight reduction miracle. Cloverdale Pharmasave compounds a homeopathic mixture called Metabolic Syndrome Mix that works the same way if not better than HCG.
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April 2014

Practice Your A, B, C, D's for Great Health

As we get older, many factors can affect the adequate absorption and proper utilization of vitamins and minerals from our diet. For example, diseases and normal physiological changes affect the way our bodies require, absorb and process food. There are also lifestyle choices, such as smoking or being vegetarian that may limit the amount of vital vitamins and minerals we get from our diet. Therefore, it is fitting to use quality supplements to ensure optimal functioning of our bodies. This can be achieved if you take a few minutes to brush up on your “A, B, C, D’s”. It’s easy!
ABC blocks image courtesy of Naypong /
April 2014

Hay Fever

Q.: I have seasonal allergies in the spring and summer. What can I take to prevent it?
Woman sneezing image courtesy of Stuart Miles /
April 2014

Growing Hair and Healthy Nails

Have you noticed more hair on the floor when you vacuum your home lately? Are you now able to see your scalp between hair bundles? These are the subtle signs of hair thinning. Don’t wait till you go bald. You can do something to slow down the process if not grow back more hair.
Woman brushing hair Image courtesy of imagerymajestic/
March 2014


Q: My ophthalmologist asked me to take 3 capsules of fish oil for my dry eyes. I am already taking over 20 pills a day and I really can’t swallow any more pills. Do you have a strong liquid oil preparation that will provide the same amount of DHA and EPA?