With Founders of My Voice - Elim Chew & Danny Yeo at last night’s book launch of the Chinese version of “My Voice: Overcoming”. I contributed my story in this book of how I overcame difficulties and depression at 24 years old.
Author Chua Seng Lee’s original motivation to write My Voice: Overcoming arose out of his shock and distress at the suicide of a young student he was mentoring. One recurring theme in all the stories in the book is the stigma of being associated with emotional or psychiatric problems here in Singapore. Many quietly suffered from depression without getting help. His 7 contributors who revealed their experience with depression are courageous individuals motivated by a genuine and urgent need to help others cope with depression.
Do you know that 1 in 5 persons (2014) in Singapore has gone through or is still suffering from depression? If you know someone like that, take good care of them as you may save their lives.
For those who are depressed, know that you are not alone. Look at your problems as events that make you more human, more compassionate, stronger. We are people with much courage and strength. We are overcomers!
“If it is a problem, there will be a solution. If there is no solution, then it is a fact. You have to accept it, cope with it and move on. Don’t look back at how you fall but instead focus on how you can get up again. For you have not failed yet until you give up trying…”- Jacelyn Tay
I had so much fun conducting Health Promotion Board’s lunchtime workshop, teaching Mapletree Business City’s staff how to make pesto zucchini noodles! #healthycookingmadesimple
Thought I’d share this with pet lovers. A client came to #BodyInc to buy Lingzhi. She said she gave Lingzhi to her dog who suffers from cancer and her dog’s fur turned from sparse and grey to black and lush. It seems like Lingzhi had brought down her cancer cells & aided in recovery. Wow! … I knew Lingzhi has effects on anti-cancer but never knew that it works on dogs too. The pix my client put up on her FB- Left is before; right is after Lingzhi. Amazing! Now I m thinking should I feed my doggie with some Lingzhi to prevent cancer? Well I myself take it everyday, so y not?
Overheard my Chinese physician at Body Inc. talking to parent of a 5 year old child patient who was down with cough and sinus. Child slept in air-conditioned every night & took too much ice-cream. Physician said when the tummy area catch cold, fluid in the digestive system becomes phlegm and raise up to the lungs causing cough. And ice-cream aggravated the “coldness” in body. For kids who sleep in air-conditioned room, they should wear a tube top inside the pyjamas to protect stomach area especially the belly button. Mummies, don’t throw away your old tube tops. They can be put into great use now!
Tips for children with eczema:
In Chinese, eczema is called shi zhen. Shi means damp. In TCM perspective, causes of eczema are: 1. deficiency of lung and spleen
2. stress and anxiety that stagnates the liver
3. inappropriate diet, which damages the spleen and stomach and creates excess dampness in the body.
In TCM terms, the symptoms of eczema are a mixture of heat, dampness and wind, which manifests in the form of itching, redness, blistering and crusting of the skin.
According to some TCM physicians, one way that dampness and wind can get into the body (other than the above mentioned ways) is having wet hair for a prolonged time. This is often due to after showering, child goes into an air-conditioned room without drying the hair totally hence hair is wet for a long time (That is why I put my child in a non air-conditioned childcare centre!). It is recommended (even for adults) not to wash your hair after 7pm. When dampness and wind gets into the body, it may create phlegm which affects lungs and then aggravate eczema condition.
So mummies, blow-dry your child’s hair always if he is going into an air-conditioned space!
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#axasmartdrive when asked to pick which driver we are, I took the “kiasu driver” sticker! Haha… My hubby picked “fast & furious”. No wonder we always argue while he drives!