Saturday, June 30, 2012

'60 Minutes' Reports on the Dangers of Sugar

In a ground-breaking news story, 60 Minutes reports that new research coming out of some of America's most respected institutions is finding that sugar is a toxin that can lead to major chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and cancer.
This is jolting to people who don't realize that even if they don't add it to their foods, hidden sugar, including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is in virtually all processed foods, from yogurts and sauces to breads and sodas.
Although some experts argue that "sugar is sugar," test subjects in strict clinical trials who were monitored 24 hours a day, who consumed HFCS, developed higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within two weeks.
Other studies indicate that if you limit your sugar, no matter what form you get it in, you decrease your chances of developing cancer—including breast and colon cancers.
What's even more startling is that a growing number of studies are also showing that the more sugar you eat, the less satisfied you are.

It Pays to Listen to Alternative Health Experts...

This is another perfect example of how it can take the conventional medical establishment YEARS to catch up to the truth.
I've been writing about the dangers of high sugar consumption for over 15 years, ever since I started this web site back in 1997, as this is (or at least should be) part of the very basics of "proper nutrition."
So if you're a longtime subscriber to this newsletter (or other alternative health news), you've had a tremendous head start.
As time went on, it first became increasingly clear that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was more problematic than regular sugar (sucrose), and later, that whichever form of sugar you consume, it can act as a literal toxin in your body when consumed in excess.
Back in the year 2000, I published the work of Bill Misner, Ph.D. in an article that was aptly named Killer Sugar—Suicide With a Spoon. Then, about two years ago, I came across one of Dr. Robert Lustig's lectures, and I immediately knew he was right—sugar is a toxin; at least in the high amounts most American's are getting it in.
As Dr. Lustig states in his article on the website Diet Doctori :
"The problem with sugar isn't just weight gain ... A growing body of scientific evidence is showing that fructose can trigger processes that lead to liver toxicity and a host of other chronic diseases. A little is not a problem, but a lot kills -- slowly."
That same year, the brilliant work of Dr. Richard Johnson also convinced me that fructose is the worst of the two (although it's really like choosing between two evils.) Now, finally, 60 Minutes, which is one of my favorite TV shows, has revealed the truth to the masses, and yes, some people are absolutely shocked by it. Interestingly, as I have gotten to know Dr. Johnson, I learned that I actually inspired him to pursue this topic further. Very shortly, we plan to be publishing his new book, The Fat Switch, which promises to turn the health world on its head with his exciting discoveries.

How High Fructose Corn Syrup has Decimated Human Health

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) entered the American market in 1975. Food and beverage manufacturers quickly began switching their sweeteners from sucrose (table sugar) to corn syrup when they discovered that it could save them a lot of money. Sucrose costs about three times as much as HFCS. HFCS is also about 20 percent sweeter than table sugar, so you need less to achieve the same amount of sweetness.
Around that same time, dietary fats were blamed for heart disease, giving rise to the "low-fat craze," which resulted in an explosion of processed nonfat and low fat convenience foods—most of which tasted like sawdust unless sugar was added. Fructose was then added to make all these fat-free products more palatable. Yet as the low-fat craze spread, rates of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity skyrocketed...
Clearly, this plan was seriously flawed from the get-go, and it's not difficult to see that trading fat for sugar is not a wise move.
We now know, without a doubt, that it's the excessive fructose content in the modern diet that is taking such a devastating toll on people's health.
At the heart of it all is the fact that excessive fructose consumption leads to insulin resistance, and insulin resistance appears to be the root of many if not most chronic disease. Insulin resistance has even been found to be an underlying factor of cancer. Fructose also raises your uric acid levels—it typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion, which in turn can wreak havoc on your blood pressure, insulin production, and kidney function. So far, scientific studies have linked fructose to about 78 different diseases and health problemsii .

Contamination and Genetic Engineering Adds to the Health Hazards of HFCS

And, as if the negative metabolic effects are not enough, there are other issues with HFCS that can have a negative impact on your health:
  • More than one study has detected unsafe mercury levels in HFCSxv .
  • Crystalline fructose (a super-potent form of fructose the food and beverage industry is now using) may contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.
  • Nearly all corn syrup is made from genetically engineered corn, which comes with its own set of risks. For example, Bt toxin found in genetically engineered Bt corn has now been detected in the bloodstream of 93 percent of pregnant women tested, and in 80 percent of the umbilical cord of tested babies. There's already plenty of evidence that the Bt-toxin produced in genetically engineered corn and cotton plants is toxic to humans and mammals and triggers immune system responses. The fact that it flows through our blood, and that is passes through the umbilical cord into fetuses, may help explain the rise in many disorders in the US since Bt crop varieties were first introduced in 1996.

Using Uric Acid Levels as a Marker for Fructose Toxicity

The link between fructose and uric acid is so strong that you can actually use your uric acid levels as a marker for fructose toxicity. According to the latest research in this area, the safest range of uric acid appears to be between 3 and 5.5 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl), and there appears to be a steady relationship between uric acid levels and blood pressure and cardiovascular risk, even down to the range of 3 to 4 mg/dl.
Dr. Richard Johnson suggests that the ideal uric acid level is probably around 4 mg/dl for men and 3.5 mg/dl for women. I would strongly encourage everyone to have their uric acid level checked to find out how sensitive you are to fructose.
As you know, two-thirds of the US population is overweight, and most of these people likely have uric acid levels well above 5.5. Some may even be closer to 10 or above. Measuring your uric acid levels is a very practical way to determine just how strict you need to be when it comes to your fructose consumption. As an example, if you're passionate about fruit and typically eat large amounts of it, but find out you have a uric acid level above 5 (or better yet, 4 if you're a man, and 3.5 if you're a woman), then you may want to consider lowering your fruit consumption until you've optimized your uric acid levels, to avoid harming your body.

How Much Fructose are You Consuming?

It's no secret that we are eating more sugar than at any other time in history. In 1700, the average person ate four pounds of sugar a year. Today, about 25 percent of all Americans consume over 134 grams of fructose a day, according to Dr. Johnson's research. That kind of consumption equates to more than 100 pounds of sugar per year! And it just so happens this statistic dovetails nicely with the statistics showing that one in four Americans is either pre-diabetic or has type 2 diabetes.
As a standard recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.
For most people it would actually be wise to limit your fruit fructose to 15 grams or less, as you're virtually guaranteed to get "hidden" fructose from just about any processed food you might eat, including condiments you might never have suspected would contain sugar.
Keep in mind that fruits also contain fructose, although an ameliorating factor is that whole fruits also contain vitamins and other antioxidants that reduce the hazardous effects of fructose. Again, one way to determine just how strict you need to be is to check your uric acid levels. If you feel strongly that fruits are exceptionally beneficial to you and don't believe my recommendation then at least promise me you will do a test. Consume whatever level of fructose and fruits you believe is healthy for a few days and then measure your uric acid level. If is outside the healthy ranges listed above, then I strongly suggest you listen to your body's biochemical feedback and reduce your fructose consumption until your uric acid levels normalize.
Juices are nearly as detrimental as soda, because a glass of juice is loaded with fructose, and a lot of the antioxidants are lost. While processed foods will tell you how much sugar/HFCS it contains on the label (just remember to calculate how many servings of it you're eating), whole fruits can be trickier. Here's a helpful chart, courtesy of Dr. Johnson, to help you keep track of your total fructose consumption from fruit.

Do Know Your Supplement

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  • Many supplement makers add “flow agents” and other fillers to their supplements. One potentially hazardous additive commonly used is magnesium stearate.
  • Magnesium stearate is essentially a chalk-like substance, which prevents the supplements from sticking together and allows the machinery to run smoother and faster, which equates to cost savings during the manufacturing process. Magnesium stearate is not a source of magnesium and has no benefits, but may have a detrimental effect on your immune function as stearic acid has been linked to suppression of T cells. The filler also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm, which can prevent proper absorption of nutrients in your digestive tract. 

    Does Your Supplement Contain this Potentially Hazardous Ingredient?

    It's common knowledge that drugs, vitamins or supplements contain more than just the active ingredient. Something has to encapsulate them―hold them together―in a form that not only makes them usable, but producible by a manufacturer in massive quantities.
    In the U.S. many supplement makers are adding "flow agents" into their capsules. Their only purpose is to keep ingredients from sticking to equipment during mixing and compression. They make manufacturing faster and easier, but it's not impossible to produce the final product without them. Not using them simply adds to manufacturing costs and final sales price of the product.
    Magnesium stearate is a commonly used and potentially harmful additive found in many supplements. This is a substance I have warned about for a long time because of its subtle ability to cause possible harm to your intestine, possibly even preventing the proper absorption of nutrients.

    Potentially Harmful Effects of Magnesium Stearate

    Magnesium stearate is formed by adding a magnesium ion to stearic acid. The compound has lubricating properties, which is why it's often used in the making of supplements, as it allows the machinery to run faster and smoother, and prevents the pills or capsules from sticking to each other.
    However, previous research has shown that stearic acid suppresses T cells—your natural killer cells—which are a key component of your immune systemi. According to that study, stearic acid causes the collapse of cell membrane integrity—an effect that was found to be time and dose dependent—which, ultimately, can destroy cell function.
    Naturally, when you take vitamins and other supplements, you do it with the idea of strengthening your immune system. However, if you take supplements containing magnesium stearate, you could end up doing the exact opposite as you're actually consuming chalk-like substance with each dose you take.
    This filler also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm. You frequently see biofilms when you lift the lid of your toilet reservoir. Biofilms are a sort of sludge lining that acts as an effective barrier to the absorption of not only that particular vitamin but ALL the nutrients you'd normally get from food sources as well.
    This is of particular concern for anyone with impaired digestion, which in today's world includes the vast majority of Americans, due to poor dietary habits.
    In my view, this side effect alone is a major reason for focusing on nutritional foods, or, if you're taking a supplement, making sure it's a high quality, natural food-based supplement that does not include potentially harmful fillers and additives such as magnesium stearate.

    Contamination Issues

    Another issue that has been raised in relation to magnesium stearate is the fact that the stearate is commonly sourced from hydrogenated oils such as cottonseed oil. This crop is oftentimes genetically engineered, but even when it's not, cottonseed oil tends to have very high levels of pesticide residues.
    Other contamination can also occur during the manufacturing process of the magnesium stearate. According to a December 2011 report by the World Health Organization (WHO)ii, several batches of magnesium stearate manufactured by Ferro Corporation were found to contain various levels of harmful contaminants such as:
    • Calcium hydroxide: aka "slaked lime," which is considered toxic, according to the National Institutes of Health
    • Bisphenol-A: a toxic chemical and potent endocrine disrupter
    • Irganox 1010: a "moderately hazardous" chemical with potential developmental toxicity, according to the Environmental Protection Agencyiii
    The cross contamination was determined to be due to incomplete cleaning of air milling equipment introduced into the Ohio Ferro plant in February that same year. Granted, this is not a chronic problem, as far as I know, but it just goes to show how easily contamination can occur in general.

    Will Magnesium Stearate Get Axed?

    As recently explained in the featured article, magnesium stearate might be on the verge of getting axed from supplements altogether, which probably would not be a bad thing; at least from a health perspective.
    During the March 2010 session of the Codex Committee on Food Additives (CCFA), it was recommended that "magnesium salts of fatty acids" (ie magnesium stearate) be deleted from the Codex, as it has no known use in food. The following year, at the March 2011 CCFA session, the International Alliance of Dietary Supplement Associations (IADSA) submitted a request to reinstate magnesium stearate as a food additive. It was subsequently reinstated under INS number 470(iii).
    However, as explained in the featured article:
    "...the Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) now requires toxicity data to substantiate magnesium stearate's new standing, despite its existing history of use in supplements. According to John Venardos, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for the global network marketing company Herbalife, who presented this issue at the recent NIA West conference in Laguna Beach, the estimated cost of this tox data on magnesium stearate would cost $180,000. No manufacturer has yet volunteered to foot the bill."
    It would appear as though, unless someone accepts the task of doing the research necessary to prove its safety as a food additive, it will likely get eliminated from the market. Considering the fact that a vast majority of supplement makers use magnesium stearate, backlash is to be expected. But for companies that already operate without magnesium stearate, it's just proof that they've been right all along.
    Eliminating this component from the product equates to slightly higher manufacturing costs, as the machines cannot run as fast and hence cannot produce as much on any given day. But I believe the increase in cost is well worth it. It's really important to me to first do no harm, and to take the extra precautions to ensure the products sold on this site are of the highest quality and purity possible.

    How to Identify High Quality Multi-Vitamin Supplements

    I do believe that dietary supplements -- including vitamins and minerals -- can help compensate for some of the damage your body incurs through living in a contemporary culture. However, it's not wise to use supplements to justify a poor diet. In my experience no amount of supplements will ever be able to substitute for healthy food choices.
    But there are times when supplements can be quite useful, and I believe that some supplements, such as a high quality animal-based omega-3, for example, are essential for nearly everyone. This is because the main source of animal based omega-3 fats in your diet comes from fish – most of which is now so grossly polluted with heavy metals, PCBs and other environmental toxins I can no longer recommend eating fish for optimal omega 3 levels. Another supplement that many people need is vitamin D3, unless you can get sufficient amounts of safe sun exposure year-round, or use a safe tanning bed.
    There are other instances when supplements may be useful as well, such as in the case of CoQ10 if you're taking a statin drug. You may also want to take one or more food-based supplements to ensure you are getting an adequate variety of nutrients. However, I strongly recommend you make whole food supplements your first choice, and steer clear of synthetic vitamins. How do you tell whether or not a supplement you're looking at is a good choice? For starters, make sure it has the following characteristics:
    • It is as close as possible to its natural (whole food) form.
    • Use independent third party labs that check the raw materials for contaminants and correct dosage.
    • Follows industry standards for quality assurance including ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) certifications.
    • The utmost care has been taken in all phases of its production, from growing its ingredients, to manufacturing, testing for potency and quality control.
    • It works! I always try to select from companies that have a long track record of providing high quality products that produce good clinical results.
    • As this article states, avoid any supplement that uses magnesium stearate. Read the labels carefully as companies need to declare it if they use it, but it is in very tiny print and you might need a magnifying lens to read it.
    If you are interested in optimizing your health, your BEST solution is to choose the highest quality foods possible, and eat a wide variety of whole organic foods. You can use my free nutrition plan and work your way up to the advanced stage. Once you have addressed your diet and are looking for further improvement, odds are you would likely benefit from some supplements, like an animal-based omega-3 supplement and a probiotic, for example. There are many others you could consider depending on your specific circumstances, but just about everyone would benefit from these two.
    Just remember to do your homework first and use only those that come from a reputable manufacturer using whole-food, natural ingredients that are free of harmful additives, fillers and binders, and have gone through a vigorous quality control process.

Phlegm Color Guide

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Ever wondered what is the sticky fluid that you cough up when down with a respiratory infection? It is a type of mucus that is secreted by the mucous membranes. It was believed in the medieval times that phlegm was one of the four bodily humors. These bodily humors are body fluids that influence the body health. Phlegm was thought to possess the property of coldness and wetness. It was due to phlegm that a person became apathetic and has a sluggish behavior. Thus, the old word belief has been upheld by the word phlegmatic.

Phlegm Color Guide
The color of phlegm can help diagnose a lot about the person's health. Different phlegm color, means a different type of infection. The following phlegm color meaning will help you understand the infection or cause better.

White Color:
White phlegm is very rarely observed. It could be a sign of upper respiratory tract infection or indicates sinus congestion or sinus pressure. It could also indicate chronic heart failure in some cases. White phlegm is also an indication of bronchitis.

Clear or Pale Phlegm:
Clear, pale or watery phlegm is generally considered as normal. It is secreted by the sinus membranes and helps in functioning of the breathing mechanism. Clear phlegm is secreted abundantly and therefore sometimes drips from the nose. It may also be a sign of allergic reaction or infection by a cold virus. Some people suffering from hay fever may also drip clear or watery phlegm from their nose.

Light Yellow:
Light yellow phlegm color is a sign of a well-functioning immune system. It signifies that your immune system is having tough fight within your body and is at the beginning or end of a sinus infection. It is a sign of viral infection in the upper respiratory tract. Many times breathing dry air will also cause drainage of light yellow color phlegm.

Dark Yellow Color:
It means a bacterial infection or lower respiratory tract infection. If one develops chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath along with dark yellow color phlegm, they should seek medical attention.

Brown Phlegm:
Brown phlegm color meaning is often associated with people who smoke. You can find the phlegm mixed with your saliva. When you spread out the phlegm, you will find it to be grainy textured. This means it is mixed with dust and foreign matter due to damage to cilia commonly observed in COPD patients. If you are smoking too much, the phlegm color will be brown due to resin sticking to it. Just cut down on your smoking if you observe this, as it may worsen the underlying respiratory problems. Also, people who have inhaled a lot of dust and smoke, may throw up brown phlegm. It may also be a sign of chronic bronchitis, especially in chain smokers.

Brownish-yellow/Brownish-green Phlegm:
When one throws up brownish-green/yellow phlegm along with a bit of vomit, it may be a sign of intussusception. This is a serious disorder that is accompanied by severe abdominal pain, lump in abdomen, fever, lethargy, diarrhea. This disorder occurs when one part of intestine gets invaginated into another part of the intestine. This condition is very common in children than adults. Thus, if one observes rectal bleeding, red jelly-like stools with blood, painful episodes of breathing, along with brownish-green/yellow phlegm, they should seek immediate medical help.

Green Color Phlegm:
Green phlegm color means you have been infected and is commonly observed in cases of pneumonia and internal micro-bleedings. The phlegm is green due to an enzyme called myeloperoxidases (MPO), that is green in color. It is present in white blood cells and bacteria attracts more white cells than viruses. It could also indicate bronchitis, when accompanied by coughing, fatigue, wheezing, etc. Sinus infection, hay fever as well as house mites can also lead to green phlegm.

Blood Color Phlegm:
Blood in phlegm is a benign symptom of a bronchitis. The phlegm is normally streaked with blood. When you are coughing up a significant amount of blood, it maybe a sign of major illness such as tuberculosis. You need to seek immediate medical attention, if the amount of blood is more than normal. If one coughs up a lot of blood along with mucus, they should immediately call the emergency services.

Pink Color Phlegm:
Pink colored phlegm appears mucus tinged with pink color. It is indicative of serious conditions like chronic heart failure. If it appears suddenly along with fatigue, weakness, irregular heartbeat, swollen abdomen, swelling of extremities, persistent cough with pink or white mucus, it could indicate acute heart failure that requires immediate medical help.

Frothy Phlegm:
When one throws up frothy phlegm, it indicates gastroesophageal reflux disease. It is a condition that is caused by stomach acid reaching the esophagus and damaging the muscular tube. It culd also be caused by pneumonia and lung edema. Thus, a doctors attention is required in all these cases.

Phlegm Production
The phlegm is produced in the lungs, throat passages, bronchial tubes, bronchiole and other organs of the respiratory system except the nasal cavity.

Uses of Phlegm
Now that we know the reasons and indications of the colored phlegm drained out of the body, it is important to understand its uses. The uses of phlegm are as follows:
  • Helping the immune system when overworked
  • It helps in trapping all the bacteria, virus, dust and other foreign bodies
  • It helps in protecting the lungs from infection and possible damage from an infectious organism
  • It also helps in protection all the respiratory system organs
Underlying Causing of Phlegm
Phlegm serves as an important symptom of a respiratory infection. It may signify the following illnesses:
  • Acute respiratory tract infection
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Lung cancer
  • Asthma
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Smoking
  • Marijuana use
  • Breathing polluted air
  • Digestive disorders like gastroesophageal disease
Avoiding Phlegm
If you want to avoid development of phlegm, you will have to follow the following phlegm guide to keep your respiration obstruction free.
  • Avoid breathing dry air and use humidifier to keep your nasal membranes moist.
  • Keep nasal passages clear to avoid sinus congestion
  • In case of infection, take plenty of rest as it will help your body fight the invading organisms.
  • Drink plenty of water that is at room temperature. Use 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt for every 1250 ml water intake , daily.
  • Healthy foods and healthy drinks help your immune system remain strong.
  • Stop smoking immediately.
Keep an eye on the sticky, disgusting sputum you cough and check out its color. If you suspect anything that is wrong, visit your physician for diagnosis and treatment. I know it's gross to even look at it, but it was once a part of your body and is now trying to alert you of a possible infection. So break your inhibitions, give a thought to your phlegm color meaning.

P.S. This is not about another company.

Or pushing another product.

Or comparing the latest and greatest comp plan.


This is about an Army.

A movement.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Power Of Meditation

In today’s busy world full of distractions and noise it’s never been more important to slow down. Because our external world is a reflection of our internal world we must have a practice to tune in and find balance. The most powerful tool to do this is meditation, which is a practice of relaxing the mind, improving thought power and reducing stress.
Man has conquered the deepest oceans, the highest mountains and numerous other challenges; but, are we able to conquer our own mind? How often do you find yourself a victim to your own negative thoughts? Through meditation we can bring our unruly mind under control.
Numerous research studies report that those who meditated for about 30 minutes a day for eight weeks had measurable changes in gray-matter density in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress.
This week Shawn Stevenson interviews Tristan Truscott, who has been studying this mind-body-spirit connection for over 20 years. Tristan is also a founder of the Austin Martial Arts Academy and has spent most of his life practicing and teaching martial arts, self defense, fitness, healing and meditation.
You won’t want to miss a second of this important podcast!!
And don’t forget to share this valuable information with family and friends.
When you listen to the podcast below you’ll discover:
  • Tristan’s personal story.
  • How the fight or flight response effects the brain?
  • Essential elements of martial arts and meditation.
  • Physical benefits of meditation.
  • Dangers of too much Beta state of the brain.
  • Why the Alpha Brain state is important.
  • How to reach sustained productivity.
  • Difference between relaxation and meditation.
  • The 5 stages of meditation you need to master.
Click play below to listen to the podcast…

The Power Of Meditation (43:52) 

 Shawn Stevenson

Shawn Stevenson is a Professional Nutritionist specializing in biochemistry and kinesiological science, as well as advanced treatment for acute and chronic disorders. He is the author of several books including The Key to Quantum Health and The Fat Loss Code. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree from The University of Missouri – St. Louis, and he is the founder of the Advanced Integrative Health Alliance. Over nearly a decade of research, Shawn’s work has touched the lives of thousands of people in his private practice, programs, and live events. Shawn’s greatest gift has been providing a tremendous array of valuable strategies, insights, techniques, tools for healing, and proven methods for radically transforming the health and beauty of the human body. His website? just click

Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fasting 30 Days.....What happens to your body when you fast

Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Luxury for a price at Novena hospital

Singapore’s newest hospital, which opens on July 1, will have several firsts such as top-of-the- range scanners and operating theatres.
But it is the size of its suites and accompanying price tag that could make it a formidable competitor for ultra-rich patients, both local and foreign.
The Parkway Pantai group's Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital will boast a 140-square-meter suite – bigger than a five-room Housing Board flat – that costs S$12,888 (US$10,148) a night.
This is about 50 percent more than the most expensive suite at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in the Orchard area.
For that amount, the patient gets two bedrooms, a spacious living area, a tiny kitchenette, a private lift, an alcove for guards to provide round-the-clock security, and five meals for up to four people daily.
Its cheapest bed costs US$578 a night since patients will all be housed in single-bed rooms – the same as charged by Mount Elizabeth Hospital, which is currently the most expensive.
The one-patient-per-room policy is aimed at “wealthy domestic patients and premium medical travelers”, said the group's chief executive officer, Tan See Ling. He expects demand to be high, given the experience of its other hospitals here – Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles and Parkway East, which also offer multiple-bed rooms.
The group is majority-owned by Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah. Khazanah plans to list the parent company IHH Healthcare – which owns 30 hospitals in eight countries – on both the Singapore and Malaysian stock exchanges next month.
The new hospital's chief executive officer, Lee Hong Huei, hopes to attract an equal number of resident patients and medical tourists.
Aside from Indonesia, Malaysia and Indochina, the major sources of medical tourists for Singapore, Lee said wealthy mainland Chinese “are waking up to the idea that they can get good medical care overseas”.
Many are now heading for medical brand names in the United States.
He wants Mount Elizabeth Novena to be on their radar screen.
In order not to be in a head-on competition with its sister hospitals, Lee said it will focus on five key areas: cancer, general surgery, and heart, brain and musculosketal treatments.
It will also have a fairly large ear, nose and throat as well as gynecology presence.
But it will not offer obstetrics, something the three other Parkway hospitals do, and expects very little pediatric work as a result.
The S$2 billion hospital will open with 180 beds but will eventually have 333, of which 40 will be for intensive care.
More than 100 specialists with clinics in the adjoining medical centre are expected to start practicing there about the same time that the hospital opens. 

Its Chairman Suite is larger than a five-room Housing Board flat. For $12,888 a night, the patient gets two bedrooms, a spacious living area, a tiny kitchenette, a private lift, an alcove for guards, and five meals for up to four people daily. -- ST PHOTOS: DESMOND WEE.

Mount Elizabeth Novena: hospital or luxury hotel?

 by Cheryl Tay

Parkway Pantai's new S$2 billion Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (pictured) boasts a penthouse-level, super VIP suite complete with a living room and roof terrace, similar to a luxury five-star hotel.

Tham Tuck Cheong, Managing Partner at Consultants Incorporated Architects + Planners (CIAP), said, “It has a very luxurious feel. At the same time, the caregiver is able to be stationed there and help with recovery.”

The project was developed by architectural firms and healthcare specialists HOK and CIAP.

The super VIP suites are called the Chairman, Presidential and Royal suites. The entirely single-room flagship hospital also offers 37 deluxe rooms, eight VIP rooms and 206 individual rooms.

Additionally, Mount Elizabeth Novena has 254 medical suites, with over 80 percent occupied by more than 170 specialists. The remaining suites will be retained by Parkway Pantai for its own use.

Patient rooms are either angled or canted, with the bathroom tucked in a corner, to make them more patient-friendly. The room layout also allows more space for family members who wish to spend more time with patients.

Rather than the usual mirror images, patient rooms were developed with everything in the same place to minimise medical errors. The hospital also features connectivity between in-patient wards and specialists' medical suites.

“Having the physicians so close and so accessible — (the absence of which) was a common complaint in other facilities — works very well for us,” noted Lee Lian Hai, Group Vice-President (group project and construction management) of Parkway Pantai.

The 14-storey complex and first greenfield private hospital built in recent years will likely open its doors by the end of this month, after having received its temporary occupation permit (TOP) from the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) on 23 April.

The Parkway Pantai group's Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital will boast a 140 sq m suite - bigger than a five-room Housing Board flat - that costs $12,888 a night.

This is about 50 per cent more than the most expensive suite at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in the Orchard area.
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