7 tips to prevent a cold

As we know, there is no cure for the cold, and we often have no choice but to suck it up for a sniffly 4-5 days...

As a doctor in Singapore, an international travel hub, I am exposed to a huge selection of germs every day.  (And people ask me all the time how I prevent myself from catching everything!)

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How can we decrease its severity and length of illness?

At first signs of a cold, sore throat or mild sniffles, I use a concoction of

1) 2000mg Vitamin C
2) 30mg Zinc Piccolinate
3) 1000mg Echinacea root 3 hourly
4) 8 hours of quality sleep a night
5) Plenty of water
6) Plenty of relaxation
7) Plenty of laughter

Other herbs to consider are black elderberry (sambucol) which has antiviral properties, and a powerful antioxidant such as olive leaf extract.

Especially for children, we stock the ever popular Immunped which is a great tasting source of liquid zinc for our little ones aged 12 months onwards

 Some trivia!

Some trivia!

If you're having persistent immunity issues, or want to talk about immunity in children do book in for a thorough consult.  

 

How healthcare is organised in Singapore

With my degree in Healthcare management I learned quite abit about the healthcare systems in the UK and can contrast this with Singapore.  Therefore I am often asked to advise and comment on the local system.

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Access is excellent, and the service is reliable wherever you go.  However, it is fragmented as we know it, and each person's experience of the healthcare system can vary widely depending on

1)  Their own perceptions of what personal healthcare should embody

2)  Their income or insurance policies.

Here's a nice little round up for those moving to Singapore, and for returning Singaporeans alike.

Everyone is different, and thus, your family doctor is well placed to help you make the best tailored choices in health and financially, in you and your family's care.

Further reading on Healthcare financing, via the LKY school of public policy, and another paper with useful numbers, from 2010.