Acne Agony

“Mom, what’s happening with these pimples on my face?” “Oh, don’t worry, I had them too…” Many people feel acne is a natural condition that should be accepted. It happens to almost 80 percent of the population between 15 and 30 years of age. That’s why they feel that one day it comes, if you’re

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Sexual Healing

An important message from Dr. Gradstein about sexually transmitted infections There’s no point in scaring people about Sexually Transmitted Infections, or STIs. Quite honestly, sometimes I tell people who come to
my clinic for an HIV test that they don’t need one, because after listening to their story, I find there is no real exposure. Some

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Got Milk?

Breastfeeding in Vietnam was not what she expected “This baby feeds from his mother’s milk,” I answered in my newly acquired language. Stepping out with a newborn in Vietnam, I had expected the typical questions to be “Boy or girl?” or “How old?” But what I heard was very different: “No Breastfeeding!” Local friends, waitresses,

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Emergency Response

A revolutionary emergency medical service for Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City has taken a transformative step with the launch of Vietnam’s first privatized 24/7 emergency medical response service—EMR *9999. The country’s leading inter- national health care provider Family Medical Practice (FMP) announced the program in which users dial *9999 (star 9,9,9 and 9) for emergency

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Live Long & Prosper

Skimping on health insurance today may be a costly regret tomorrow “Before the motorbike accident I didn’t think health insurance was important to have. I thought of getting something cheap, maybe even taking local alternatives to save money. After seeing the bill at the hospital and ending up only paying a nominal fee, it goes to

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The Snow White Syndrome

While the term was coined in India, the obsession with white skin is very popular in Vietnam as well “I have had patients, expat patients, who came to me to ask why they were seeing active ingredients for skin lightening in simple, everyday-use moisturizers. That’s how widespread it is in Vietnam,” says Dr. Mark Siefring,

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Advertorial: Rejuvenating Body, Mind & Soul

An Introduction to Ayurveda and Aveda Herbal Spa & Wellness Native to India , Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal system developed during the Vedic Indian period roughly 5,000 years ago. The word “ayur” means life and “veda” means science, therefore “Ayurveda” is the science of life. It involves a holistic approach to ensure physical, as

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So, What’s Your Point?

The healing effects of pins and needles Traipsing through the city’s must-see destinations, I stumbled across FITO’s Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (41D Hoang Du Khuong) in District 10. Everything from hand-carved wooden photographs to manuscripts in ancient Chu-nom language – a rather confusing Vietnamese language using Chinese characters – are on display. While the

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A Shot in the Dark

The ins and outs of vaccination for expat families Some of the toughest issues for expat families in Ho Chi Minh City are those which would be non-issues back home. Your kids’ educational prospects become a complex puzzle; playing outside without worrying about the heat and air quality are a major headache; and things that

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Diary of a Backache

A slightly overweight 40-something chronicles his journey to wellness Day 1 It started as a niggle in my lower back two days ago, something I chalked up to sitting for too long, the occupational hazard of being a writer, I suppose. A night of agonizing back spasms through permanently clenched teeth had me Googling “Saigon

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