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.

7 reasons why you need a primary care physician

You’re young, you’re healthy, and you’re very, very busy. Do you really need a primary care physician? The short answer is, “Yes, you do.”

Family doctors create caring relationships with patients and their families. They really get know their patients. They listen to them and help them make the right health care decisions.

They take care of the physical, mental and emotional health of both their patients and their patients' families. They know your family's health history and how it can affect you. They are trained to care for you through all the stages of your life.

Here are some of the benefits of establishing a therapeutic relationship with your chosen family doctor.

1.  Having a family doctor improves healthcare outcomes.  It has been shown that people who have a relationship their own family doctor spend less on healthcare and get ill less.  Using a primary care physician as their regular source of care compared with those using a specialist had 33% lower annual adjusted health care expenditures. [source]

2. Your family doctor takes the long view - your lifetime - your history, your family history and your potential future.

3. Your family doctor provides holistic care, treating you (not just disease) in the context of your family, work and other important aspects of your life. You are more than your joints, your gastrointestinal system and your hormones.

Good primary care attends to your body, mind, relationships and spirit.

4.  The family doctor who knows you well may be the best physician to help you make personal health choices, sorting through information you've read on the internet, advice from friends and the opinions of other physicians.

5.  A primary care physician is a doctor who is going to be the organiser of your healthcare, a starting point.  When you require more treatment, your family doctor will coordinate this with the relevant specialists.

6.  One of the greatest advantages of having a primary care physician is the bond you'll create over time. Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates and lower total costs of health care.  Remember, it takes time to build a relationship with your doctor.

A healthier, happier life starts with doctors who put your needs first.

Apart from the above, my specialist interest is in functional medicine to enable you to live life in the "ultra well" zone, with greater vitality.

Get in touch to book your appointment to invest in your health and wellness!