Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Health Check For Ourselves And For Our Neighbours Too

Can We Control The Air Emitted From Our Neighbour?

I am living in Penang, Malaysia, part of South East Asia. We had a problem for half part of the year.........when we have dry season in our neighbour.....Indonesia.

It is a grieving problem whenever our neighbours had their harvest done, they practice a conventional way of clearing their land. Burning it. The effects has been tremendously bad and the situation gets worst when the wind direction shift towards us.

Our affected countries' leaders had their views forwarded to our Indonesia neighbour on numerous occasion. read related story here....

We are at mercy cause we can't do much. The land they burnt belongs to them.

But it sound strange to me when I hear the news today about the controversy Walt Disney had with the neighbours and the Hong Kong Government 'sidelines' those affected.

I think various view should be sought before any long term effects on health from the air pollution created by the fireworks. continue here....

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

My Admiration To A Charitable Friend

This Is What I Mean Charity- Without Defining Race, Colour, Religion and Reward

I have known this friend for more than a year. Penny is in her forties and have a lovely family. She is committed to her family and children needs. Yet she could find the extra energy and time to fulfill her social obligation.

She is a Reiki Level III practitioner and a Christian. She offered her Reiki service to cancer patients in Mount Miriam Hospital in Penang. For free of course. And it doesn't end here.

She is the pioneer to set up a Reiki Healing Centre in one of the Buddhist Temple: The Mahindarama Temple. Her beliefs in Christianity did not stop her from performing charity when she is needed.

This short but real story shows me the true Charitable person whom I admire in and around me. I would like to wish her long life and health for her continuous deeds.....

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

What Is The Meaning Of Charity?

My Thoughts On Charity...

- Great man leaves a legacy- by doing something beneficial to human mankind. We remember then because they have contributed to the man survival, bringing human species to a next level.

- There is a similarity for Great Man- Bill Gates and Warren Buffet who declare to donate most of their fortune to charity. They are willing to part their wealth to help.

- The 'Organ Pledgers'- those who are alive who pledge to donate their useful organ in the event when they pass over unexpectedly. They are the heroes.

- The NGOs' who fight for human rights, environment, animals,.... They champion their goals without expecting much.

- The parents who give unconditionally to their children. This is the basic of human and most of the living creature.

For me, I feel blessed when I am able to give while I am able. Let's give this a thought..... There's greatness in everyone of us. Let's bring it out and expand it to all...

Monday, January 22, 2007

Charity Meaning....

How Can Someone Be So Mean And Unthoughtful?

I am living in an apartment. Someone had an idea to bring forward a recycling bin at one of the corners at our apartment lobby.

The bin belongs to a Buddhist Foundation Tzu Chi. The Foundation involved in many kinds of charity for the needy. They include dialysis centre, natural disaster help centre, running of schools, endless.........

It was a very Nobel indeed to have it done cause otherwise our recyclable waste would have gone unseparated.

We have about 100 household in our apartment block. Almost all of us contributed some recyclable waste to the bin. But out of the many, some could have mistaken it as a rubbish bin and contributed rubbish instead. In the end, some residents complaint about the stench. They wanted to abandon the project. Can't they think of how to resolve the human problem instead of scrapping the bin?

I am saddened by the way my neighbours handle the situation. In my thoughts.......

1) Why can't the resident pay a single thoughts to the needy people who is waiting for help at the end of the line.

2) Don't they have the feeling for the person who is waiting for help at the hospital bed, the one who are affected by the natural disaster, the one who needs scholarship to further studies?

3) What is our work to get the action to separate rubbish and recyclable item? Negligible!

4) I feel blessed when we are able to give. Especially to charity. It shows we are of capable, healthy, have enough and able.

5) Don't we feel happier to give than to receive?

6) How do we educate our children? To be a giver, receiver or the by stander? And endless......

How can we be so unthoughtful in this society when we think about giving back to those who are in need?

Is that difficult to do? Being thoughtful?

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Study On The Mobile Phone Side Effects

Mobile Phone Risks 'Need Further Study'.

Professor Challis who is a radiation expert is calling for a full scale study on the effects of mobile phone. According to him, the effects can be traceable by conducting a survey on a 200,000 populations.

Analog mobile phones models were first introduced in the early eighties. Since then many NGOs' and Government Health Department has shown great interest in the effects. But those study conducted was way too early to detect any significant results.

The Professor pressed for the comprehensive study by relating the effects of the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb and the asbestos issue (which was known after many years). Study is still pending approval grant from the British Government. continue here....

Friday, January 19, 2007

Please Check Your Email Before Forwarding

Forward An Untrue Statement May Cause More Harm Than Good

Yes, I personally came across this mail in my mailbox this morning. It sounded very urgent and important and needed to be forwarded to all my list. The content read like this:

" A 10 year old boy, had eaten pineapple?about 15 days back, and fell sick, from the day he had eaten. Later when he had his Health check done... doctors diagnosed that he had AIDS.

His parents couldn't believe it...Then the entire family under went a Checkup... none of them suffered from Aids. So the doctors checked again with the boy if he had eaten out...The boy said "yes". He had pineapple that evening.

Immediately a group from Mallya hospital went to the pineapple vendor to check. They found the pineapple seller had a cut on his finger while cutting the pineapple , his blood had spread into
the fruit.

When they had his blood checked...the guy was suffering from AIDS......but he himself was NOT aware.Unfortunately the boy is suffering from it now.

Please take care while u eat on the road side and pls fwd this mail to your dear one."

Somehow I found the content was unconvincing and unambiguous. Then I made a search. To my surprise, I found the truth about it. Continue here....

The moral of the story is to check the authentically of the story before forward it out to your list.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Omega 3, 6 and 9

Know The Difference, Benefits and How Much Needed

We may have heard of the normal Omega 3 which has been much talked about. It has been associated with a healthy heart, blood pressure, good eye sight, ........ And Omega 6 as the normal cooking oil from palm based or soy based. Omega 9 is from olives and olive oil. Continue here for the difference....

A proper balance intake of the 3 types of Omega Oil is important to our health. Neither is to be neglected for a healthy lifestyle. Since each group contribute different functions to our body system, we need all of them in moderation and proportion.

Read more on Omega 3 for it uses, benefits, daily requirement, proportions,........ here

For Omega 6, continue here....

And Omega 9 here....

There is no doubt about the current situation where we consume more of the Omega 6 than the rest of the Omega 3 and 9. With this trend going, our health will be affected.

And as for Ladies who are taking Evening Primrose Oil, Beware! You might be overdosed. The normal cooking oil is more than enough of Omega 6!

From the Nutritionist point of view, we are lack of Omega 3 and Omega 9 in general. Therefore, we need to consume more of these 2 essential oil to balance up our consumption.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Eating Style May Cut some Calories In Each Meal

We May Not Aware Of The Extra Calories But.....

...the rate we eat our food may determine how much we eat. Just imagine if we could reduce 100 Calories daily would make you 10 pounds less in a year. Isn't that amazing?

The colour and size of the plates play an important role too. Continue here....

For my other post related to weight loss

Burj Dubai Construction

Dubai is surely and expediatedly become a world class City in very near future.
The speed of the growth has surprised even the most outstanding cities. Look at the construction of Burj Dubai continue here

Diet Coke and Mentos

This is the video most talked about. For related issue please goto:

Another Way To Survive A Heart Attack....

Picking The Fingers?

I heard from a friend about another way to survive a heart attack and stroke.

When someone is under attack by stroke or heart attack, normally it is due to increased in blood pressure. In that instance, use a needle to prick the end of the victim's fingers. It may be able to release some pressure from the arteries.

Theoretically it sounds logical. It may or may not work! It has yet to be proven and I can't find any write up at the moment. I will update one I find it. Read further on Heart Attack prevention.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

What Will Happen When We Drink Diet Coke With Mentos?

Small 'Burst'?

There was an experiment carried out by some Brazilians boys on the effects of Mentos on Diet Coke. The results surprise many.

The test reminds me during my teenage years when I used to put some table salts into soda. The effects was not as great as this....

The Believe of Cancer Patients Towards Soy Products

Too Much Of Something Good May Post A Danger!

Researches on the effect of rich soy based protein in the excessive amount may post a danger to cancer victims. Read more here....

The problem lies when there is an over supply of a certain nutrients. The portion needed is over exceed which in turn reduce the rest of nutrients which is not presence in the soy based product. "Practice moderation is the best".

Most of the time when we over dose even the best nutrients in our body, we will get the 'poison effects'....

Monday, January 15, 2007

A New Marker Could Pave Way To Detect Breast Cancer Earlier

My previous post on Breast Cancer.

The development of detecting breast cancer at an early stage has achieved a further milestone.

With the new finding, detecting breast cancer with a bio marker at an early stage could make a significant difference in the success of treatment. Continue here....

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Early Action To Heart Attack May Prove To Be Effective

Coughing Out?

Can coughing really help to alleviate the worst scenario? Check this out here... and here....

Considering the chances of being alone and the nearest and fastest medical help is available, there is no harm trying. All you need to do is to cough out as loud as possible.

Scientifically, the cough is able to generate some extra pressure in our blood vessel to push through any blockages in our blood system. Sounds right isn't it?

"Coughing hard at the first signs of a heart attack could save a patient's life, researchers claim. Polish doctors said the pumping action caused by a deep cough would cause blood to be pushed through the body and to the brain." Continue....

Saturday, January 13, 2007

New Findings On Trans Fatty Acid

It Is More Harmful Than Thought

I have written a post on Trans Fatty Acid and now it seems the new finding prove they could make women Infertility. Check it out.

And the good news on the restaurant which serves...

Friday, January 12, 2007

Relations Of Physical Fitness To How We Age And Feel

I Feel Fitter And Better Now

I cycle uphill 3-4 times weekly for a duration of about an hour and a quarter each time. This regime has put me into a fitter and better person since I started it intensely 3 months back.

Before, I was on a once a week. The effects hasn't been good back then.

Now I have a BP of 75-115, Heart Rate of less than 60/min (at rest) and Body Fat at 23%( I must admit I am a bit PLUM). But I feel good.

Watch this video by Michael Roizen, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Internal Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical Center.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Can Petai Be Considered A Wonder Bean?

Petai Is Available In South East Asia And North Eastern India

Petai has been consumed raw or cooked by the people in these locations. The benefits are endless:

"A tall species of the lowland forest in Malaysia, also known as Parkia Speciosa. The seeds encapsulated in the long pendulous pods of this species are a local delicacy, despite its strong and slightly bitter aftertaste. The seeds are eaten raw, grilled or blanched." continue here....

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Children: Are We Ready For Them?

Raising A Child Is Getting More Challenging Now Than Before.

We have less source of bad exposure during our childhood than now. The trend is not getting any better.

I feel that it is our responsibility to blend the situation with society and environment to educate our kids instead of pointing fingers towards others. The teachings we received during our childhood is definitely not enough and not the same anymore.

As we human evolve around, we tend to have higher IQ and understanding. So does our share of teaching to our children. Even our questions to them should be phrased in an intelligent way.

We may need to know the kind of question which would best deal with the situations. There are simple ways to best describe the instances. Continue here....

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Apples For Anyone?

An Apple A Day Will Keep The Appetite Away!

It sure not going to make me eat the apple skin together again.....

Next time I will munch without the skin.

Monday, January 08, 2007

How Do You Wash Away The Waxy Powdered Grapes?

Wondered Is This The Way?

It is quite irritating to see our favourite fruits being 'tempered' with foreign particles like wax and other kinds of preservatives. I was shown of a way to do it safely as shown in the pictures.

It should be legitimate considering the ingredient used is actually the "Toothpaste".

Happy washing....

Sunday, January 07, 2007

My Salt Experience

To Me Salt Is A Miracle

I am a cyclist. In fact a mountain biker. I like the thrill of it. And falling is part of the game. Although I don't like falling but sometimes it is inevitable.

Bruises are common. I never visit any clinics for the small injury. Salt was my options for treatment. Believe me. They really work but need to bear the pain for the first of every time.

This is how I do it when I have bruises. First, clean the wound with soap and water. Then get 2 tablespoon of table salt and mix with about 1 litre of filtered water. Then rinse on the affected bruise slowly. Ouchhhhhhh! It hurts for the first time. Then dry it up with cotton wool completely. I would cover it up with a thin gauze (for protection).

Repeat the process after every bath time. Within very soon, my wound would heal naturally without any medication. Usually a complete heal will take about 2 weeks. One word of cautious is to observe the cause of the wound. If the causes are from an infected like rust metals, it is safer to have an ATT injection.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

More Of Salt

Salt Again?

Since I have research on the salt Properties the last 3 days, I will go further on this subject deeper. The interesting part of it is in the cooking. Check here.... and here....

Salt has no shelf life! Storage life for salt is indefinite. So long as you do not let it get contaminated with dirt or whatever, it will never go bad. Continue here....

Interested to know how salt is made?

Surprisingly, Salt plays an important role in our daily lives. We may not aware of what it has benefited us but on average, we use more than 1 pound a day! Continue....

Friday, January 05, 2007

Iodine Salt

Deficiency In Iodine Salt Has major Impact On Growth

There is another kind of salt: Iodine Salt. I found out about it from my pharmacist a couple of years back. I was briefed on the uses to prevent thyroid and since I have been using it sparingly in our food preparation. It looks like the normal granulated white salt but the properties are different. Check here....

There seems to be a great deal of problem with those who are lack from it. The population from North West China who had suffered from goitre and growth deficiency were the most obvious. The report says: "The main source of water in land-locked Xinjiang is glaciers. With very low iodine content in the soil and water, the region, especially southern Xinjiang, used to be plagued by the "big-necked disease" or cretin, caused by iodine deficiency disorder (IDD).
Of a population of 19 million in the 1980s, 1.28 million suffered goiter, with an accumulative 12,000 victims of cretin, most in the Tarim Basin, according to Wang Shaohua, deputy director of the regional health bureau." Continue here....

More to it is the miracle it could bring to Chernobyl victims. "Iodized salt could have significantly lowered the numbers of exposed children who developed thyroid cancer" Keep reading here....

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Secret Of Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

I found out about this wonderful salt from a friend who happened to have survived a heart attack. We were talking about his experience of the last heart attack which occurred a couple years back.

Then I came to notice his vast experience in health knowledge. He is very much overweight. A smoker although he had tried to stop many times. We discussed many issues and one of them to me is about 'gall bladder stone' and 'kidney stone'. He had the understanding of using Epsom Salt to 'dissolve' the stone's presence in our organ.

I was amazed and I made a search on this particular subject. I am astonish with the findings. It magnesium and properties include being a fertilizer, cosmetics and medicinal value, stress relieve therapy and food taste enhancer, health benefits, and the Epsom Salt applications.

And do you know you can grow Epsom Salt Crystal?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Salt: How Much Is Enough?

We Can't Live Without It But We Don't Need Too Much

Salt were worth as much as gold Centuries ago. During the period, people went to war for it. Now, we are over supply and become a health problem for some.

In today's flood of processed food, we are over consuming it. We have this problem of high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney failure and liver failure more than our grandfathers. Why?

The problem lies in the urban lifestyles. We consume more processed food than before. And the problem lies from the prepared food. We are unable to access the amount of sodium from the food we take. How much do we need a day?

Alternatively, we could save our health by simply making the choice of food we desire and cook our meal without sodium. We can have it as tasty as we want by making a healthy substitution. Continue here...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Cloned Product Allowed Now?

The FDA Close To Accepting On Cloned Product Now?

Check this report by the FDA.

When the issue of cloning surfaced during the last couple of years ago, there were lots of disapprovement from the Authorities. The FDA were the first to react. Now it seems the reverse. They seem to approve.

I have no idea what it seems to be and I am in no position point of view to suggest any objection but any Tom, Dick and Harry would know the consequences of the matter.

We human being survived on this Planet due to our immune system and the right conditions of all aspect of life to our species. We need each other species to survive in their natural habitat.

Just like the sea corals which need the right combination of temperature, sun light, salinity, pH level and etc....... The corals will die if any of the factor changes . Like wise in our forest. Even a termite play an important role in the ecology. They have been there millions of years. Take them away and the whole ecology system collapse. They have their role to play.

When there is a genetic change of live stock that directly feed the human, the consequences will be greatly altered. We can't take the change in a matter of a few years. Our DNA has not changed since the last 10,000years. And now we need to adapt to a new kind of food? Can WE?

We have seen the effects when we breed our chickens. We used to raise them in 90 days during our grandmother's time and now we need only 25 days to make them as big for the dinner table. The effects on human for now? The children now we see mature sooner than they should be. In fact some of the 16 years old look like 22! Why? Because of the food we eat.

We don't want any surprise like that for our future generations. We don't need another booster to make us grow faster and older. For every evolution in food chain, there must be some unknown side effects in our DNA. We will not find out the effects until many years to come. But when we do, it's too late.

Who is to blame then?

Monday, January 01, 2007

Welcome To 2007

Many Great Wishes Awaiting

My mobile has not stop from beeping with short messages from friends and well wishers since last evening.

Many thanks to All for the wonderful thoughts, wishes and nice inspiring words. I would like to wish everyone for all the kindness shown and may the Year 2007 bring Good Health, Wealth and Prosperity to You, Your Loved Ones and All around You.