TCM FOR EVERYONE
TCM in Singapore
Most of us are pretty familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a form of alternative healthcare. You do not need to know about Hua Tuo (the legendary late 2nd-century TCM physician) to know that there are numerous TCM physicians and clinics all over the city – ready to help you with your medical woes.
TCM was first introduced to the masses in Singapore by early migrants from mainland China. Today, it is a booming healthcare option that has won over the general public for its holistic approach and effective cures.
In the west, it was used prolifically by people and practitioners of colour to increase access to healthcare for those who needed it the most. Did you know that acupuncture and TCM treatments were first used in the Bronx as part of a recovery programme to help people get over their drug addiction?
This is in contrast to the perception of TCM Medicine as used only for the privileged and affluent — not a city’s houseless and marginalised residents.
Although there is still scientific debate as to the efficacy of TCM practices, it became widespread in the United States because of an alliance of POC activists who wanted to democratise access to good medical care. Does this sound familiar to you?
Black Panther Practitioners
The rise of TCM treatments in the US all started with the Black Panther Party (BPP), an African-American revolutionary party with the original purpose of protecting POC neighbourhoods from racial mistreatment and police brutality.
Patients of colour historically received sub-optimal healthcare compared to white Americans. The Black Panther practitioners learned about how acupuncture in Communist China was designed to provide healthcare to communities who were not served by modern hospitals.
In an effort to democratise access to decent medical care in the Bronx, the BPP received acupuncture training to help patients in need.
Those acupuncturists of colour have laid a foundation for community-based alternative medicine and helped lessen the inequality gap in the United States.
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ A new integrated hospital near Bedok North MRT station is scheduled to open around 2030.
2️⃣ Temasek Holdings is in active talks to make its first direct investment in health care and edu-tech in Southeast Asia.
3️⃣ A 14-member committee of healthcare experts in various fields were appointed by MOH to make recommendations to the government on its Covid-19 vaccination strategy.
4️⃣ Participating in TraceTogether, along with other conditions that need to be met, might allow us to move into phase three.
5️⃣ What’s in your kaya butter with toast set? Here’s a list of the 16 most unhealthy breakfast foods in Singapore.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Science can’t prove ghosts exist, but it can tell us more about how certain mental and environmental factors make it seem like they do.
2️⃣ Using a valved mask might not offer you as much protection from droplets as well as other masks.
3️⃣ Our height changes throughout the day: we are tallest when we wake up and we “lose” about an inch after a few hours of getting up!
4️⃣ Cigarette smoke reprogrammes the cells lining the airways, causing COPD to hang on even after you stop smoking.
5️⃣ The post-meal ice cream won’t help — high fat and sugar diets actually stop us from feeling full!
MYTHS GONE VIRAL
In light of Singapore getting the Covid-19 vaccine by early 2021, we are gonna debunk the top 3 vaccine myths!
MYTH#1: Decreased infections are the work of better hygiene and sanitation, not vaccines.
It’s true, keeping good hygiene practices and taking care of your health definitely helps eliminate the risks of catching infectious diseases! However, when these factors are isolated and rates of infectious disease are scrutinised, we cannot deny how big role vaccinations have played in bringing those numbers down.
MYTH#2: I do not need to get a vaccination because everyone around me has gotten one.
Herd immunity happens when a large population of the community is vaccinated, lowering the chances of an outbreak happening. However, what would happen if everyone assumed that the other has gotten a vaccination – BAM! We have got a serious case of the pandemic.
MYTH#3: Vaccines can cause the illness they’re supposed to prevent.
A vaccine causing an outbreak would be extremely unlikely. Most vaccines are inactivated (killed) vaccines and renders it impossible to contract the same disease from the vaccine.
Of course, nothing is for certain.
What we can certainly be confident about is an expert committee of 14 health experts working with the government in planning a vaccination strategy to ensure the safety of its citizens.
Weird & Wonderful
- People suck at recharging. Approximately 8 hours of recharging for 16 hours of use is terrible.
- Basically, everybody in 2015 who answered the “Where do you see yourself in five years?” question got it terribly wrong.
- People in the International Space Station could have an IRL Among Us game if they wanted to.
- The decision to wear a long-sleeved shirt is usually a commitment to keep pushing your sleeves up for the rest of the day.
- You don’t really notice how strong your chewing is until you bite your tongue or cheek.
Take photos of your skin rashes and suspicious moles
If you are one of those who have queued in front of the Apple store for your iPhone 12 – now you have a better use for that gorgeous 3-eyed cam. Take photographs of all your skin rashes and suspicious moles — make a scrapbook, even (for your doctor)!
Just like how we compare baby photos with that of our aged self, having an older photo of that strange splotch can come in handy (one day). It also helps you show your doctor the mysterious vanishing rash that you have.