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.

Well, How Long Do You Want to Live?

I read recently that Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Woods and his wife Jo have just set up a private health club & in London. The menu is 100% organic, including the booze. "Organic vodka gives you much less of a hang over" wife Jo points out. The couple expect to attract a mixture of stars […]

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Why take Supplements at all?

The answer to the question is simple. We have so depleted our soils, contaminated our water, polluted our food & air, degraded our food supply and thus created much of the disease that now plagues us. By choosing to eat the right foods and nutritional supplements, and by making simple changes in your life style, […]

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It’s in the Blood

Regular blood testing will not only keep you alive longer, heading off a slew of nasty diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes, but also allows you to become healthier, more energetic, sexier and stronger. Yet all too often, people fall victim to a disease that could have been prevented if their blood was tested […]

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A Quick Smoke & a Wee Swally

I don’t know if you’ve experienced the Scots celebrating Hogmanay and Burn’s Night but it can be an awesome spectacle. There’s something about the Dionysian rites as celebrated by the Northern European tribes that is very different from the slightly sinister but colourful revels of Carnival in warmer climes. Nonetheless, both are expressions of ancient […]

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Big Medicine

A while ago "Asiaweek" magazine ran an article by a Dr. Gopal Baratham on anti-aging. After a masterful summary of the way antioxidants combat free radicals and prevent the chronic diseases of old age, Dr. Baratham went on to dismiss the whole concept as rubbish saying there was no proof for any of it. A […]

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