Why are 2 small salads better than 1 big salad?


Trippin’ to the hospital

Earlier this month, a 30-year-old man in the US brewed tea using “magic mushrooms”, which he then injected into his veins. If you are thinking that that sounds like a terrible idea, you would be absolutely correct. 

He ended up in the ICU for 8 days (out of a total of 22 days spent at the hospital) with fungus in his blood and had to be treated for multisystem organ failure. 

Did we mention that this was the result of trying to self-medicate his bipolar disorder?

Will shrooms reign supreme?

Last year, studies came to light showing that psilocybin (the drug found in psychedelic mushrooms) might have some use when it comes to rebalancing the brain.

This meant it could treat mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, and even help with migraines and curb obesity.

To this end, psilocybin will soon be legalised in some places, like Oregon in the USA, and maybe Canada, for the purposes of psychotherapy. Its use as a recreational drug has also been decriminalized in several US states.

Singapore says a hard NO to drugs

Regardless of the potential benefits of psilocybin, Singapore’s zero-tolerance stance on drug-use is unlikely to change any time soon. Last year, the World Health Organization (WHO) moved to reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous, and therefore less regulated drug.

When the decision was made public, Singapore’s government was quick to express their disapproval, stating that it would continue to uphold its strict regulations regarding drug-use and drug-trafficking.


5 Singaporean stories to catch up on

1️⃣ Water safety: Yesterday, SafeEntry@Sea was launched for workers boarding or disembarking ships in Singapore.

2️⃣ Meat-free KFC: Fast-food chain, KFC, has released a mycoprotein patty, also the burger as a whole isn’t vegan.

3️⃣ The future of cancer treatments: A team of scientists at NUS have found a new mechanism of cancer formation which could change the face of cancer treatment.

4️⃣ Thank you, Doctor Oon! One of Singapore’s first obstetricians and gynaecologists received an honorary degree from NUS for her lifetime dedication to Singapore’s healthcare.

5️⃣ Vaccines for everybody! More than 6,200 people in Singapore have been vaccinated against Covid-19 as of 13 January 2021.

And 5 facts to spice up your life:

1️⃣  Sharing is caring! WHO has stated that 95% of the world’s vaccine doses are going to just 10 countries.

2️⃣  Just another drug: A new study shows that 6 months on a low carb diet (goodbye, sugar) can lead to remission of type 2 diabetes.

3️⃣ Not another one! A new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered in Columbus, Ohio.

4️⃣ The world’s smartest mask? Razer has unveiled a reusable transparent N95 mask that can project your voice and shines LED lights on your mouth.

5️⃣ No such thing as too much: Studies show that there’s no limit to how much exercise you can do in order to improve heart health.


Anti-nutrients sound like the anti-Christ, but they are not

Anti-nutrients can be found in all types of plant foods, and they exist to protect plants from infections and being eaten by bugs. Some examples of anti-nutrients include lectins, tannins, and oxalates.

To some people, anti-nutrients are the anti-Christ of foods. They get concerned over the presence of anti-nutrients in food because they affect how well we absorb nutrients from other foods, but they do not necessarily have to be a bad thing.

Plants are defo still good for you

We do not actually know the exact level at which anti-nutrients block nutrient-absorption — and it really depends on individual metabolism rates and food preparation methods.

So guess what? There is STILL no reason to cut plants out of your diet entirely. In fact, this would lead to an even greater lack of nutrients than eating anti-nutrients. Confusing? It gets better.

Anti-nutrients can be beneficial in their own right — many of them are antioxidants, and can reduce the risk of cancer or heart-diseases, among other things. Wew.

Eat your greens and other things

If you are still worried about anti-nutrients (why so paranoid?), there are ways you can reduce the amount present in various foods.

One good tip is to boil or even just soak your vegetables before consumption. This can help remove anti-nutrients like phytates and lectins.

You should also make sure to eat balanced meals since anti-nutrients only block nutrients taken in during the same meal. Alternatively, you can time your eating or drinking habits based on the levels of anti-nutrients in whatever you’re consuming. If you enjoy drinking tea, (which can be high in tannins), try to drink it between meals, so that you get more nutrients out of your meals.


Weird & Wonderful

  1. A burger has no front or back until you bite into it.
  2. Starbucks replaced straws by adding more plastic to its lids.
  3. If you like raw cookie dough, there’s no such a thing as an undercooked cookie.
  4. Dentists regularly conduct cavity searches.
  5. A person can be saucy, cheesy, meaty, and crusty. So can a pizza.

A time for self-reflection (literally!)

Unless you are allergic to technology (what!?), you are going to be very familiar with the recent increased use of virtual meeting spaces, AKA the Zoom Boom. In this time of the pandemic, working from home has been convenient and safe, and most of the time, pants ain’t a necessity. 

One unintended consequence of the Zoom Boom, which may be surprising to some, has been a worldwide rise in demand for plastic surgery and other non-invasive cosmetic procedures.

What happens when you stare at your face all day

You know when you are on a Zoom call, and should be focusing on whoever’s speaking at the moment, but you just cannot help peeking at the little corner where your own face is? Narcissist much? Well, you are not the only one.

A study conducted last year showed that the rise of video conferencing also meant a rise in concern over our facial appearance. This coincides nicely with an increased interest in cosmetic treatments.

Illumia Medical’s here to help

If you need a confidence boost, Illumia Medical has the solution. It is time to say auf wiedersehen to feeling bad about your wrinkles or your double-chin, and say hello to newfound confidence. 

From age-defying facelifts to non-surgical eye bag removals, Illumia Medical is committed to enhancing your natural beauty with their wide range of aesthetic services. These services are rooted in a thorough understanding of the latest proven technology in aesthetic medicine.

Look like your Zoom best — sign up for your first consultation with Illumia Medical here!

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Vanessa is a go-getter and knowledge-seeker with way too many hobbies. On weekends, she can be found enjoying a lie-in and pretending she doesn't have anything else she should be doing.