Under the name ParacelsusAsia writer, journalist and long-time Asia hand, Adrian Batten, takes a characteristically wry, humorous but always staunchly consumerist, if not iconoclastic, look at life in general in his column “Alternative Voice”. About half the subject matter gives hard-hitting no-nonsense advise about integrative medicine, various chronic conditions and personal well being, a subject he has researched and written about for well over a decade.

Mending a Broken Heart French medicine shows the way….

“You have mild aortic stenosis”, the Hong Kong cardiologist told my wife two years ago. “Nothing to worry about”, he added. “You have critical aortic stenosis” said the Singapore cardiologist in April of this year. “Unless you have a valve replacement immediately you could die at any moment”.   My wife, who is a four-time breast […]

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Shot in the Arm for Sanur Cafe Society

A welcome addition to Sanur’s culinary repertoire was the recent opening of Spice by Chris Salans.  Having in the past referred to the ‘Culinary Curse of Sanur’, a seemingly psychic law that, apart from the conspicuous exception of Massimo Sacco, makes it hard for an aspiring restaurateur to prosper significantly in the town, my hope is that master-chef Chris Salans of  the Mozaic reaturant in Ubudwill succeed […]

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Down My Gang & On My Bike

Any residual hankerings have been vanquished by the last  rainy season, which we survived, soggy but unbowed, with the aid of a succession of short-lived plastic tarpos and buckets of all shapes and sizes. Same goes for  geckos, of whom I was once fondly tolerant. They now seem to have reached  infestive proportions , even in our kitchen, […]

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Tales of Hoffnung Computer woes & Municipal Concern

To remedy this all we can do is ask around for a steer and trust to luck. This can be a frustrating and costly experience. Bitter experience  shows that good initial research can save a bucket of tears down the pike. Such difficulties are by no means confined to the house, indeed when it comes to the services […]

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