Sunday, November 13, 2016

Physio And Sports Solutions Lunch

Last year we brought staff from Physio and Sports Solutions to Fika Cafe for lunch. This year we thought we'll go to lunch at the Straits Kitchen in Hyatt hotel.

After a short wait to get in (it was really packed) as we made reservations, it was time to eat.

Our very own section in the restaurant
Who's late?
Kids tucking in
Yvonne, the rose among the thorns
Here's a group picture
A big thank you to all who came.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

No Prizes For Guessing Who Got New Shoes (Again)

The most recent footwear Gino reviewed was the Earth Runners/ Huraches. Previously, he also got 3 pairs of Nikes.

Well, today he came home with not one but 2 new pairs of Under Armour running shoes to review. The UA Speedform Slingshot and the UA Charged Bandit 2.

Also have a read here. Stay tuned for his review.....

Friday, September 30, 2016

Can Antiperspirants Or Deodorants Cause Breast Cancer?

A few nights ago, Gino sent me an article warning that underarm antiperspirants or deodorants can cause breast cancer. Specifically aluminium ones. He suggested that I maybe I shouldn't be using them. I replied that I've used aluminium free deodorant for years.

Why aluminium ones you must be wondering?

Some scientists have suggested that there may be certain ingredients in underarm aluminium deodorants or antiperspirants related to breast cancer since they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.

The articles have suggested that these aluminium filled products contain harmful substances which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving.

Once absorbed, it can cause estrogen (hormonal) like effects. Since estrogen has the ability to promote the growth of breast cancer cells, some scientists have suggested that aluminium based compounds in deodorants and antiperspirants may contribute to development of breast cancer.

There is also research showing that the number of breast cancers diagnosed in the upper, outer area of the breast (which is the part closest to the armpit) is on the rise (Darbre at al, 2013).

I do not know of any local studies done so far but Both the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute say there is no evidence directly antiperspirant/ deodorant use to cancer.

The research does not proof that antiperspirant causes breast cancer although some researchers who studied the chemicals are questioning if aluminium in combination with all the other compounds found in the antiperspirants/ deodorants (and many other personal care products we use) could add up to something harmful.

Many questions remain unanswered, but you cannot rule out the idea that these complex chemical mixtures could cause or contribute to the development of breast cancer.

Now you know.


Darbre PD, Mannello F and Exley C (2013). Aluminium And Breast Cancer: Sources Of Exposure, Tissue Measurements And Mechanisms Of Toxicological Actions On Breast Biology. J Inorg Biochem. 128: 257-261. DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2013.07.005.

Jones J (2000). Can Rumors Cause Cancer? J Nat Cancer Insti. 92(18): 1469-1471.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Thank You President SR Nathan

Here's Gino with former President of Singapore at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Thank you for all you've done for Singapore. Rest in peace.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Guess What Is Driving Teenage Girls Away From Sports?

BuddiGear Sports bra from Etsy
You'll probably never guess this as there seems to be so many choices with regards to sports bras these days. Other than the usual suspects brands like Nike and Adidas here in Singapore there's also Oiselle, Lulu lemon, Under Armour and many other brands that you can order online.

Boys don't seem to be affected by this of course, but research shows that girls tend to drop out of sports and even skip physical education classes around the onset of puberty.

There is a simple reason. It's developing a bigger chest and girls' attitudes about them.

Researchers studied over 2000 school girls from the ages of 11 to 18 and more than than three quarters listed at least one breast related concern regarding their participation in sports and exercise.

The girls in the study felt their breasts were either too big or too small, too bouncy or held too tightly by an ill fitting bra. There were some who felt worried about undressing in the changing room while others were self conscious and reluctant to exercise and move with abandon.

90 percent of the girls studied said they wanted to know more about breasts in general. Half the girls studied wanted to know more about sport bras and breasts specifically with respect to physical activity.

I personally found it surprising that only 10 percent of the girls surveyed  said they always wore a sports bra during sports and exercise. More than half had never worn one.

Pediatricians and adolescent health specialists suggested more needed to be done regarding informing girls about breast health and development.

The girls were asked how they would prefer to receive breast information. Via a website, leaflet or a private session with a nurse. Majority said they wanted a girls only session with a female teacher, preferably at age 11.

So if your adolescent/ teenage daughter suddenly starts giving excuses about exercising or skipping physical education classes you know what to do.


Scurr J, Brown N et al (2016). The Influence Of The Breast On Sport And Exercise Participation In School Girls In The United Kingdom. J of Adolescent Health. 58(2): 167-173.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Physio Solutions Turns 9!

Flowers from Aden, Dean and Gino
Yes, Physio Solutions turns 9 today. Our goal all these years has always remained the same, to make our patients better, in the shortest time possible.

A big thank you to all our patients who've referred their family members and friends to our clinics as well. We couldn't have done it without you.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Can Drinking Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?

Now that's a big piece of lemon
Paris Hilton, Beyonce, Miranda Kerr and other celebrities all drink hot water with lemons saying it aids weight loss.

Gino even put lemon slices in his filtered water on his long Saturday bike rides. But this is purely because he likes a bit of taste in his water. He also likes to add lemons and especially limes to his drinking water at home but again purely for how it tastes. He doesn't drink it to lose weight for sure.

Limes or lemons is much better for him I reckon. Gino used to drink lots of Coke and other sodas but has since stopped after his bike accident. He doesn't drink sports/ isotonic drinks while riding especially since they really cannot replace the sodium levels he loses during exercise.

Is it that simple and too good to be true?

Lemons are acidic and contains both citric and ascorbic acid, an acid believed to have antioxidant properties. They are also a good source of Vitamin C, alkalizing minerals like calcium and potassium.

As such, some dieticians suggest that lemon water can have an alkalizing effect on the body or at least help the digestive system stay in a more ideal alkaline pH level. There is however insufficient published data indicating this.

That's what drinking filtered water is supposed to do as well.

You will probably get lots of Vitamin C while drinking lemon water which many studies have shown to have immune boosting properties. The hydrating effects of water will also be beneficial to you.

Well, drinking water with lemons does not cause you to lose any weight by itself. However, if your lemon water is replacing a coffee or soda that you normally drink that has more calories and that results in a calorie deficit then you can lose weight.

Drink lemon water if to hydrate yourself and for the Vitamin C. But remember to rinse your mouth as the acidic levels in the drink can wear out the enamel in your teeth.

Gino's all ready for his bike ride with his lemon water