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.

For the Best Medical Outcome it Pays to Research

  If you live in Bali where do you go when you have a life-threatening medical condition requiring cutting edge medical treatment to survive? Immediately you ask the question some obvious questions arise.   What is the condition and where do they treat it best?   What are my chances of a successful outcome? If […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more