All posts tagged "health"

  • Green spaces massage the body and brain, says Japanese research

    Nature bathing is a national pastime for Japanese people. It is easy to understand why. The air outside the city just feel fresher and better. Another reason is they know something most of us don’t. The Japanese...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • When is toe walking bad?

    We all know babies toe walk in the early stages of their development. Toe walking is an attempt to move with the ball of the foot instead of  having the heel and bottom of the foot touch...

    • Posted May 16, 2017
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  • Parents, Teachers, W sitting is a problem, says physical therapist.

    Lauren Drobnjak, a pediatric physical therapist warns parents that W-sitting is a problem. “This position limits trunk rotation so that kids can’t shift their weight to either side. This affects the development of balance reactions and the...

    • Posted May 11, 2017
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  • Possibly contaminated plastic pieces found on Volvic pet bottles in Japan

    Kirin Beverage announced that it is voluntarily recalling 3.7 million 500 ml- bottles of Volvic mineral water with expiry date on October 2019.  The water in question was distributed across Japan except Okinawa and Kyushu. “The reason...

    • Posted May 2, 2017
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  • Potentially Toxic Compounds Lurking at Your Tokyo Homes

    You may be unaware but potentially harmful chemicals have invaded our homes through products families use everyday. To know if what you’re using has a safety concern, here is a guide about these chemicals and what you...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • The ADHD controversy

    A controversial comment made by leading Harvard Child Psychologist Jerome Kagan in Spiegel Online became the subject of heavy discussions between academia and pharmaceuticals. Kagan claims ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is an invented health condition rather...

    • Posted April 7, 2017
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  • Are you a mom? Boost your energy levels day and night with Zumba.

    There's a new fitness program that's taking the world by storm! Zumba, fusing latin beats and dynamic body movements, has revolutionized the way people view fitness and working out.

    • Posted April 2, 2017
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  • HAY FEVER ALERT

    Word has it that Japan’s iconic pink petals will arrive early this year. Expect for the dreaded pollen grains to start floating in the air around this month. Don’t underestimate these normally harmless airborne particles. Every year....

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Three underrated Japanese products you need in winter

    Aloins Eau de Cream S We all know that drinking at least 2 liters of water a day is the key to plumping the skin and encouraging skin regeneration.  But during the cold winter months when the...

    • Posted January 10, 2017
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  • Where to get a ¥2,980 an hour massage in Tokyo

    Getting a body massage at a proper salon in Tokyo could cost anywhere between ¥8,000 – ¥12,000 an hour. The other day,  I spotted a ¥2,980 an hour massage signboard at the entrance of a narrow building...

    • Posted December 16, 2016
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  • Japanese scientist claims eating ice cream for breakfast boosts mental alertness

    The idea of people eating ice cream for breakfast might strike you as odd but an intriguing study made by Tokyo Kyorin University professor and psychophysiology expert, Yoshihiko Koga, will change your mind. In collaboration with a...

    • Posted November 23, 2016
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  • Managing your pain

    HEAL YOURSELF What I am going to share and teach today is not mainstream information. That’s why it’s not more well known. But you are a select few that will be way ahead of the curve and...

    • Posted November 5, 2016
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  • What to do if you don’t have enough money to cover your hospital bills

    What’s great about the Japanese health care system is that when you are hospitalized, a big chunk of the medical bills you paid upfront  can be reimbursed to you within 3-4 months after making an insurance claim ...

    • Posted September 9, 2016
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  • How can you lose weight without having to give up rice? Japanese doctor has the answer.

    Summer is when we all resolve to be healthier and shapelier. But let’s face it – giving up rice or pasta can be difficult. Dr. Toshiro Ikeya’s newfound theory shows weight watchers don’t have to give up...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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  • Designing the body you want

    As we head into the summer season, most of us would want to look our best in swim suits. But the ingestion of tempting sugary drinks, beer and fatty food with few calories burned threatens to expose...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • Protect yourself and your family from cancer. Know what to look out for.

    Even with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, experts say finding cancer cells in the body is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Cancer cells are too small sitting on billions of other cells and sometimes hidden behind...

    • Posted February 2, 2016
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  • Conditions typically seen by chiropractors

    Many people living in big cities like Tokyo are always under stress and suffer from various musculoskeletal problems due to office and manual work. People seeking chiropractic care for any sort of musculoskeletal (muscle and joint related)...

    • Posted September 11, 2015
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  • Japanese Products that help you lose weight

    Exercise is one way of boosting metabolism in order to get rid of fat and cellulites.  But any fitness guru will tell you that a good exercise routine paired with good eating habits, contribute largely to powering...

    • Posted September 7, 2015
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  • Family Support Specialists in Tokyo

    Living abroad provides families with many incredible opportunities – meeting friends from all corners of the globe, traveling to exotic destinations, and learning first-hand about other cultures, just to name a few. However, there is no rose...

    • Posted August 7, 2015
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  • Where to get meat substitute in Tokyo (for vegetarians)

    Backed up by studies, following a healthy vegetarian diet will not only help you weigh 20-25% lighter than meat-eaters, you will also be at lower risk of heart disease. According to American Glycemic Index specialists Drs. Jennie...

    • Posted August 6, 2015
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  • Exercise-induced allergy?

    I turned 41 this year. I’ve been noticing a change in my body. I break into itchy hives all over (especially around the elbows and feet) when I sweat from doing physical exercises. When I scratch it,...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Reduce Stress

    In the last trimester of my pregnancy, I gained just 15 lbs which means my weight after labor was almost the same as it was before pregnancy. However, it does not mean I have burned calories only...

    • Posted May 6, 2015
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  • Feel Good, Look Good!

    Despite taking antidepressants for post natal depression for six months, British mum Lindsey Sawada didn’t feel like she was back to being her happy-go-lucky self until she started taking Zumba classes. “After stepping into my first Zumba...

    • Posted May 6, 2015
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  • Mosquitos prefer to suck blood from pregnant women

    A scientific study claims mosquitos find the blood of pregnant women and those who drink beer as the tastiest. Mosquitos are attracted to  pregnant women that exhale 21% more carbon dioxide, more volume, and more moisture and...

    • Posted May 4, 2015
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  • Surviving Winter in Japan

    Disposable Heat Packs: Hokkairo (ホッカイロHakugen) & Hokaron (ホカロンLotte) Today there are so many different types of these great little heat packs. They come in all shapes and sizes made to warm hands, backs, feet, shoulders & necks....

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • When is chiropractic treatment good for children and when is it bad

    Children spending a lot of hours on their iPad, computers and smartphones risk neck and back pains. When this happens, what can be done?  Tokyo families asked chiropractic pediatric specialist Dr. Junko Usuda for general advice on...

    • Posted January 22, 2015
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  • Are you a jealous, moody and anxious wife? Bad news!

    A 40-year Swedish research has identified that women who are,  have a high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. A previous research centered on levels of education, cardiovascular, head injuries, and family history points to...

    • Posted December 4, 2014
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  • Move it!

    The amount of body movement you and your children need to stay in good form depends on your age group.*   Preschoolers  3 hours a day (light activities) When the baby begins to crawl, that’s the time...

    • Posted September 11, 2014
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  • Why sleep and weight are connected

    Exactly how lack of sleep affects our ability to lose weight has a lot to do with our nightly hormones. Scientists have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone (ghrelin) and decreases levels of...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • Sports and Chiropractic

    Among the people who come to see me for chiropractic treatment are professional athletes with needs to be in tip top condition all the time. Many of these athletes go for chiropractic care not only for prevention...

    • Posted September 10, 2014
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  • This is what happens inside the gut after eating processed ramen.

    Children and adults love to snack on noodles.  However, not all noodles are created the same. Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital’s experiment suggests a big difference between eating processed and fresh ramen noodles. To show...

    • Posted September 6, 2014
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  • Is your child lactose intolerant?

    My boy loves to eat ice cream but his stomach aches every time I give him a serving.  Is there any possible cure for lactose intolerance? There is no cure for lactose intolerance and the recommended way...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Q What’s the standard routine check up required for preschoolers and elementary graders before starting school?

      For preschools, health requirements will vary depending on the facility. Many will require a basic age-appropriate checkup which usually includes a health history with focus on any developmental issues, allergies (including food), current diet, and home...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Beat the summer heat!

       

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Gel nails can wreak havoc on your nails

    Manicure is no longer just about painting the nails. A lot of teens today are hooked on nail art, adding charms and designs to the nails. Nail art is very popular in Japan. Women, especially teens,  prefer...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Eating a big meal after a sleepless night makes you fat

    The result of a study made by Swedish scientists from Uppsala University published in the Psychoneuroendocrinology suggests that it might be wise to avoid a big meal the day following a sleepless night. In the study, 16...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • Congratulations to the World’s Oldest Birthday Girl!

    The world’s oldest birthday girl is 116 years old.  Misao Okawa turned 116 on March 5 and is Guinness World Record breaker for 2014.   Born on March 5, 1898 in Osaka, she says, “I owe my long...

    • Posted March 6, 2014
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  • Boosting your “Qi” with Taichi

    We have learned that oriental Chinese medicine is known to deliver through our body channels,  a bio energy known as “Qi” (pronounced as key). Traditional Tai Chi is a form of martial art that has over the...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • When should you see a chiropractor?

    The story about a broken baby’s neck after a chiropractic treatment in Australia appeared in the media in October last year.  Later,  the Australian government’s health regulation agency, AHPRA,  reported that the baby had in fact, congenital...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Parents Beware

    Internet has certainly revolutionized the way people do shopping.  Parents enjoy the convenience, variety and the freedom to shop for better prices and products.  It is easy to trust goods advertised online when you see keywords like...

    • Posted December 16, 2013
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  • Nature’s way: Asia’s secret to healthy hair

    The most disturbing experience for moms after giving birth is losing lots of hair.  This happens as a result of changes in hormone levels. The cold season and stress factors considered, moms suffer hair loss the most....

    • Posted December 16, 2013
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  • What to do when chiropractic treatment goes wrong

    Last week in Australia, a baby’s neck has been broken after a chiropractic manipulation.  In Japan, the increasing number of  chiro treatments gone wrong has sparked public debates.  In an attempt to address public safety, the National...

    • Posted October 8, 2013
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  • How unsafe are e-cigarettes?

    The number of smokers in Japan has significantly declined over the years but Japan Tobacco, in its latest annual survey,  claims there are as much as 30 million people who still smoke. The 2010 tax increase on...

    • Posted September 11, 2013
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  • Power up

      After intense workouts, the body depletes energy.  Like a car, it needs refueling to function normally. In order to replenish the energy it lost from training and other activities, the body therefore needs a balanced, nutrient-rich...

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Health check: how strong are your muscles?

    Since the advent of computers, games and smartphones, the number of hours people spend seated is at least 10 hours a day. There is much to suggest  that technology has absolutely taken over people’s precious hours disabling...

    • Posted August 5, 2013
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  • Hairless in the city

    What keeps some people from showing off some skin in the hot summer months is the unsightly grizzly hair poking out of some parts of the body, especially people with certain swimwear style where hair around the...

    • Posted August 5, 2013
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  • Head, foot, mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak

    As Japan’s July temperature hits the 33-35 degree level, the number of children reported to have been treated for  hand-foot-and-mouth infection (Teashikuchibyo) or a common form of coxsackie virus, is at its record high this year, according...

    • Posted July 17, 2013
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  • Pre and post natal pains

    Headaches, back, neck, muscles, and shoulder pain? Well, that’s all a part of the nine-month stretch. During late pregnancy, the breasts and uterus get bigger, abdominal muscles grow and nerves are strained with the movement and growth...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • Speech delay in children

    Q:  My little girl is 2 years old and hardly says a word.  She is very happy but most of the time instead of words, she just points and grunts.  Should I be concerned that she is...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • A new drink in town

    Kirin Beverage launches  its “Seikai no Kitchen Kara”  brand (from the kitchen of the world) on the occasion of its 7th year in the market selling delicious health drinks.  Seikai no Kitchen kara is highly inspired by...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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