Archive for August, 2009

Anti Influenza A H1N1 – coconut water, orange, lemon and pomelo

Anti H1N1 – coconut water, orange, lemon and pomelo

 The former associate professor of ecology at Universiti Malaya(Malaysia), Dr Palaniappan has authored several books on complementary therapy called, ‘Ecological Healing System’.

Dr Palaniappan said his 33 years of research had shown that high acidity in the body resulted in loss of immunity, thus making people more susceptible to viral diseases like Influenza A (H1N1).

Hence, to prevent acidity, it was essential to consume alkaline food and drinks that could neutralise excess acid in the body. Dr Palaniappan recommends coconut water, which is alkaline, and therefore could be used as a herbal medicine for the prevention of H1N1.

For example, he said, those who felt feverish and developed a burning sensation while attending to a call of nature because of extreme acidity, could neutralise it by drinking coconut water, twice a day, for three days. He also recommended orange, lemon and pomelo which, despite containing citric acid, were very rich in potassium and therefore, would not disturb the body’s immunity.

According to Dr Palaniappan, excessive physical activity like running a marathon should be avoided as it produced acid due to excessive metabolic activity. Similarly, he said, keeping late nights without adequate sleep and working without proper rest could also increase the body’s acidity which in turn, lowered immunity and made the body vulnerable to viral attacks.

Camelia says ” I am drinking lemonade daily….”

Psyllium Husks

Psyllium Husks

Common Names of Psyllium : Flea,lspaghua,Spogel,Plantago Psyllium,Isaphgol,Plantago sp., Isabgula,Plantaginis Ovatae Testa
 
Botanical Names of Psyllium : Plantago Ovata, Plantago Ispaghula

Psyllium Other Name: Psyllii semen, Blond Psyllium.

The husk of Psyllium is the actual coating of mucilage around the seed. It is considered pure dietary fiber and is the only part of the plant used in manufacturing Psyllium products. Its nutritional value consists mainly of glycosides, proteins, polysaccharides, vitamin B1, and choline. Fiber content of  over 80% compared to less than 15% for oat bran and 10% for wheat bran. The husk is composed mostly of a fiber called hemicellulose which is a complex carbohydrate found in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Hemicellulose is undigestible, however, it is partially broken down in the colon and feeds the friendly intestinal flora.
Psyllium is mainly used for Water Soluble Polymers, Colon cleansing, KhaKha in Chit Mix, Fiber rich for detoxification, Tackifier, Erosion Control Industry.

Medicinal Applications:
Psyllium has been used in connection with the following conditions :-

  • Constipation
  • Diverticular disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diarrhea
  • Hemorrhoids
  • High triglycerides
  • Ulcerative colitis (to maintain remission)
  • Parkinson’s disease (for constipation)
  • Weight loss and obesity

HEART DISEASE – LOWERING BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

Soluble fibre (Psyllium) acts as a hypocholesterolemic agent.  Soluble fibre (Psyllium) helps block the synthesis of cholesterol through its fermentation into Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) by the intestinal flora (friendly bacteria in the colon). When soluble fibre reaches the colon, it starts a fermentation process with the gut flora producing SCFA.

Several studies of Fibre Therapeutic Diet are done at New Orleans, at the University Of Kentucky College Of Medicine in Lexington and at Chicago Center of Clinical Research. These studies showed that when soluble fibre (Psyllium) is consumed either with high or low fat diet,it helps decrease total as well as LDL cholesterol.

DIABETES – BLOOD GLUCOSE CONTROL

Psyllium helps control the rise of blood glucose following a meal. It also helps reduce insulin requirement in-patients with diabetes mellitus.

COLON FUNCTION

Psyllium treats / prevents constipation or diarrhea. Soluble fibre in Psyllium adds bulk to faecal mass. It increases activity in bowel movement and increases intestinal transit time. It helps keep regularity. Psyllium acts as a detoxifying agent. Through its ability to absorb large amounts of water, it binds with heavy metals and chemical toxins. Psyllium is useful during radiation therapy due to its ability to rid the body of radiation induced toxemia.
 
DIVERTICULOSIS / DIVERTICULITIS

Psyllium increases the bulk of the material reaching the colon. It increases bowel movement and reduces the pressure on gastrointestinal (GI) walls. Such control helps decrease symptoms  associated with diverticulosis. It also helps avoid diverticular inflammation (diverticulitis).
 
COLON CANCER

Psyllium increases the bulk of the stool and decreases transit time. This dilutes the concentration of potential carcinogens in the stool. It also decreases the exposure of intestinal wall to the toxic compounds found in the stool.
 
WEIGHT CONTROL

Psyllium mucilage absorbs water and expands substantially. In the stomach, Psyllium expansion produces feeling of fullness. This causes a decrease in food intake. Psyllium has no harmful chemical side effects; it is just a herb that is
loaded with beneficial soluble fibre.

Industrial Applications:

  • Mainly use to prevent landscaping, soil erosion. 
  • Used as thickening agent during capsule formulation in some pharmaceutical industry. 
  • Psyllium can be used in health drinks, beverages, ice cream, bread, biscuits, other bakery products, rice, cakes, jams, instant noodles, breakfast cereals etc., to improve the fiber content of the food as also to  increase the bulk of the food. 
  • It is being used as a thickener in ice cream and frozen deserts. The viscosity of Psyllium mucilage dispersions  are relatively unaffected between temperatures of 68°F to 122°F, by pH from 2 to 10 and by salt (sodium  chloride) concentrations up to 0.15 M. These properties in combination with psyllium’s natural fiber characteristic may lead to increased use by the food industry.
  •  Psyllium Husk may also be added to fresh fruit drinks or flavored drinks to improve the mouth-feel of the drink and make it more rich and impart good consistency to it.

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Becareful MADE IN CHINA Jeans(Shanghai)

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ATT00136ATT00133Be careful with cheap jeans !! especially those “made in Chine” one……

今年1月上海一女孩在美特斯邦威购买了一条黑色牛仔裤,穿着后两条腿患了严重的皮炎,奇痒难忍,夜不能寐,连续数日奔波于各大医院都未能治愈。
  一条裤子怎么会对人体造成如此的伤害,女孩向其化学专业的朋友救助,回答令她吃惊,原来现在很多厂家使用廉价的染料和助剂,目前已知的23种芳香胺可合成几百种染料,其中以2萘胺和联苯胺致癌毒性最强,可导致恶性肿瘤,另外最容易导致过敏的就是甲醛,甲醛是一种毒性极强的物质,人体大量吸收后可致癌,严重可危及生命。

 

  现在市场上销售的服装甲醛含量超标情况较多,含有甲醛的纺织品制作成服装后,在穿着过程中会逐渐释放出游离甲醛,当从衣物纤维上游离到皮肤的甲醛量超过一定限度时,人体轻者会出现红肿、发痒等皮肤过敏症状,多分布在胸、背、肩、肘弯、大腿及脚部等;重者连续咳嗽,可能引发气管炎、免疫能力下降,肝、肺功能异常等。如果使用含甲醛的纺织品过多,还会造成室内环境污染。

Bikini Riot

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Starfruit can kill (Must Read)

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Wednesday April 23, 2008

Star fruit can be poisonous for kidney patients

By AMANDA LEE

KUALA LUMPUR: All it takes is one fruit or 100ml of its juice and the ordinarily harmless star fruit becomes poison in a matter of hours for kidney patients.

University Malaya Medical Centre consultant nephrologist Prof Dr Tan Si-Yen said this was what had happened to Tang Gon Seang in China.

The 66-year-old, who has been suffering from a kidney ailment, was in Shenzhen visiting his son when fell into a coma on March 29 after eating star fruits.

“Star fruits contain a neurotoxin which is not present in other fruits. It affects the brain and nerves. In healthy persons, the kidneys filter it out.

“In kidney patients, it cannot be removed and worsens their condition,” he said.

More than 10 other patients in the hospital suffered the same condition after consuming star fruits. Two of them died.

After discovering the star fruit connection, Tang has been undergoing dialysis.

His brother-in-law Teoh Thian Lye, 55, confirmed that Tang had been on medication for kidney problems for three years.

The family sought the help of MCA Public Complaints and Services Department head Datuk Michael Chong to transfer Tang back to Malaysia as the family could not afford the hospital bill of RM1,000-RM2,000 a day in intensive care.

According to Dr Tan, there was little awareness of this relatively new discovery and no local cases yet.

“The public must be alert to reactions to star fruit. Look out for initial symptoms including hiccups, numbness and weakness, and neurological symptoms including confusion, agitation and epileptic fits,” he said.

“The risk of death is high,” he added.

Girl with a tattoo

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