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Do not consume APPLE SEED

An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Entirely true, but, if you eat the seeds, he might stay away because there’s nothing he can do to help you.
Scientists have discovered that eating a large quantity of apple seeds is extremely hazardous to our health, because they contain a certain amount of cyanogenic glycoside, commonly known as cyanide. The amount of seed necessary to cause damage isn’t known yet, but the seeds of just one apple should have no negative effect on an adult. Children are more vulnerable however and should be taught to avoid eating the apple whole.
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Symptoms of apple-seed intoxication include abdominal pains, vomiting, excessive sweating, coma and even death.

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Healthy Foods for a Healthy Body

image006BEANSPROUTS – SPERM
The stir-fry favourite bears an uncanny resemblance to the images we see of ‘swimming’ sperm trying to fertilise an egg. And research from the US suggests they could play an important part in boosting male fertility.
A study at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio showed that to make healthy sperm in large quantities, the body needs a good supply of vitamin C, a powerful
antioxidant that protects cells against damage by harmful molecules called free radicals.
Just half a cup of bean sprouts provides 16 per cent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C for a man.
It’s not just dad but baby too who could benefit.
Bean sprouts are packed with folate, a vitamin that prevents neur
al tube defects, where the baby is born with a damaged brain or spine.

image005CHEESE – BONES
A nice ‘holey’ cheese, like Emmenthal, is not just good for your bones, it even resembles their internal structure.
And like most cheeses, it is a rich source of calcium, a vital ingredient for strong bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Together with another mineral called phosphate, it provides the main strength in bones but also helps to ‘power’ muscles.
Getting enough calcium in the diet during childhood is crucial for strong bones.
A study at Columbia University in New York showed teens who increased calcium intake from 800mg a day to 1200mg – equal to an extra two slices of cheddar – boosted their bone density by six per cent.

image002MUSHROOM – EAR
Slice a mushroom in half and it resembles the shape of the human ear.
And guess what? Adding it to your cooking could actually improve your hearing.
That’s because mushrooms are one of the few foods in our diet that contain vitamin D.
This particular vitamin is important for healthy bones, even the tiny ones in the ear that transmit sound to the brain.

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GINGER – STOMACH
Root ginger, commonly sold
in supermarkets, often looks just like the stomach.
So it’s interesting that one of its biggest benefits is aiding digestion.
The Chinese have been using it for over 2,000 years to calm the stomach and cure nausea, while it is also a popular remedy for motion sickness.
But the benefits could go much further.
Tests on mice at the University of Minnesota found injecting the chemical that
gives ginger its flavour slowed down the growth rate of bowel tumours.

image003BANANA (SMILE) – DEPRESSION
Cheer yourself up and put a smile on your face by eating a banana.
The popular fruit contains a protein called tryptophan.
Once it has been digested, tryptophan then gets converted in a chemical neurotransmitter called serotonin.
This is one of the most important mood-regulating chemicals in the brain and most anti-depressant drugs work by adjusting levels of serotonin production.
Higher levels are associated with better moods.

image001BROCCOLI – CANCER Close-up, the tiny green tips on a broccoli head look like hundreds of cancer cells.
Now scientists know this disease-busting veg can play a
crucial role in preventing the disease.
Last year, a team of researchers at the US National Cancer Institute found just a weekly serving of broccoli was enough to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 45 per cent.
In Britain , prostate cancer kills one man every hour.


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TOMATO – HEART
A TOMATO is red and usually has four chambers, just like our heart.
Tomatoes are also a great source of lycopene, a plant chemical that reduces the risk of heart disease and several cancers.
The Women’s Health Study — an American research programme which tracks the health of 40,000 women — found women with the highest blood levels of lycopene had 30 per cent less heart disease than women who had very little lycopene.
Lab experiments have also shown that lycopene helps counter the effect of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.
One Canadian study, published in the journal Experimental Biology and
Medicine, said there was “convincing evidence’ that lycopene prevented coronary heart disease.

image009WALNUT – BRAIN
THE gnarled folds of a walnut mimic the appearance of a human brain – and provide a clue to the benefits.
Walnuts are the only nuts which contain significant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
They may also help head off dementia. An American study found that walnut extract broke down the protein-based plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers at Tufts University in Boston found walnuts reversed some signs of brain ageing in rats.

Dr Wu’s secrets to good health

Dr Wu’s secrets to good health
Published: 7/05/2009 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: Mylife

The human body has the power to heal itself. The immune system has a self-defence mechanism to block and destroy bacteria or viruses that invade our bodies, while the self-healing mechanism will get us back on the road to recovery. When you have a cold and take medicine, the medication may kill the virus but your immune system will not fully function, and its efficiency will decrease. As a result, your body will be more vulnerable to germs.

Dr Wu’s principle is to strengthen the immune system, and avoid medication as much as possible. In his book, he offers the following guidelines to good health:

1. Have at least three bowel movements a day.

Other health experts may advise one bowel movement a day, but Dr Wu says that’s not enough. You need three to four bowel movements a day in order to excrete all the accumulated faeces from your intestine. Your liver will not be overburdened and it also helps reduce cholesterol in your body.

2. Drink at least three glasses of fruit or vegetable smoothies each day. This is a way to ingest enough phytochemicals to strengthen the body’s cells and immune system. Use not only the flesh, but also the skin and seeds of fruits and vegetables to make smoothies, as they are rich in phytochemicals.  Most of the fruit seeds have small amounts of cyanide which kill bacteria and viruses without damaging the body. Actually the recommended smoothie diet is six glasses a day, two in the morning, one before lunch, two more in the afternoon, and one more before dinner.  However, if that’s too much, you may start with three glasses a day. Use a high powered blender (at least three horsepower) as it can release phytochemicals
from the fibre. It’s best to choose sour fruits like green or red apples, grapes, pineapples, kiwi and lime.

3. Sunbathe 30 minutes daily. We often hear that the Sun’s UV rays will damage our skin, and many people apply sunblock before going out.

But Dr Wu says the opposite. He says the UV rays will help convert cholesterol underneath the skin into vitamin A which helps moisten the skin and prevent skin cancer, and also vitamin D that helps prevent colds, osteoporosis, and certain kinds of cancer.

“Therefore, use the Sun. Expose yourself to sunlight about one-half hour a day, at noon or another appropriate time based on your local climate. The Sun will make you healthier,” says Dr Wu.

4. Exercise 30 minutes a day. Don’t exercise for more than 30 minutes. If you go beyond that, your body will be overworked. “If you do it more than half an hour, that will become labour, not exercise. Your heart and your body will be working too hard,” he says.

5. Shower with hot, then cold water. Try an alternating cold and hot water shower: Three minutes of hot water followed by 30 seconds of cold water, then repeat twice more. This process will bring a rush of blood and energy to your body. It helps increase your immune system, blood circulation, and metabolism.

6. Drink a lot of water, in the correct way. How much water you need to drink each day depends on your specific situation. If your office is air-conditioned, drinking six glasses of water a day is enough. If your work involves lots of walking, you have to drink 8-10 glasses a day. If you work under the hot sun, then 10-12 glasses of water are required.

The way you drink is also important. The correct way is to sip it little by little, to give your body cells time to absorb the water. If you drink the whole glass down at once, your cells can’t absorb it all, and the water will be excreted as urine.

7. Eat according to your blood type. Your blood type determines what you should eat. Eating the wrong foods will make you sick. People with blood type O have to eat a certain amount of meat. If they eat only vegetables for a long time, their body won’t absorb all the substances they need to strengthen their immune system. The recommended diet for this group is 75% vegetables, 10% fruits, 10% meat, seafood and goat’s milk (avoid cow’s milk), and 5% grains. People with blood type A, however should avoid milk and meat, while increasing grains and fruits. People with blood type B should also avoid meat, while those with blood type AB should avoid chicken and beef.

8. Eat according to your biological clock. Every human being has a biological clock that tells us when to eat, sleep, and wake up. If you don’t follow your biological clock, the organs will lose their balance. Toxins and wastes won’t be excreted from your body, and soon you’ll get sick.

According to Dr Wu, the biological clock is divided into three phases.

From 4am to noon is the time for bowel movements, so in the morning you should eat foods with lots of fibre. Fruit and vegetable smoothies are recommended.

From noon to 8pm, your body will absorb food so lunch is the most important meal. A vegetable salad with grains is recommended. Fish or boiled eggs can be added to your lunch. Avoid meat at dinner as the amino acids in the meat will disturb your sleep. Try to finish dinner by 6pm.

From 8pm to 4am, the nutrients and energy from food will be distributed throughout your body organs. The golden time for your sleep is between 10pm and 2am, as your immune and self-healing system will function at its best.

Before & After Pictures of The Tree Man

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image001Dede Koswara, known in his native Indonesia as “Tree Man,” has lived for years with rapidly spreading warts that have covered his entire body in a case that has baffled doctors.
The man has been undergoing a radical transformation at a tropical hospital in Bandung and in the time it takes to conceive and give birth to new life, a team of local doctors have performed eight major operations involving an electric saw, skin grafting and the removal of pounds of dead skin tissue hardened by the years.
“The surgery of Dede is not perfect, but the results meet what we hoped or expected,” said Dr. Hardisiswo Soedjana, a leading plastic surgeon in Indonesia and the head doctor in Dede’s case.
In the coming months, Dede will return to Hasan Sadikin hospital for at least two more major surgeries.. Doctors will continue to work on his immune system and find ways to cope with the challenges of excessive bleeding during operations, the deep growth of his warts and the search for more skin donors.
It wasn’t until Dede was a teenager that what started as a simple wart on his knee spiraled his life out of control. They started spreading over his entire body as a result of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.
HPV- Common Disease With Uncommon Results
It is a common virus that approximately 20 million Americans live with, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some without even knowing it.
“The wart gets into your skin and makes the skin grow out of control,” said dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “It grows above the skin. It grows into the skin..”
However in Dede’s case, the warts had run wild, creating a medical mystery for doctors. “Some people don’t do well with the treatments because their immune system isn’t that good at fighting the virus,” Jaliman said.
Doctors diagnosed Dede as having an immune deficiency. It was, in a way, a “perfect storm” of dermatology. The combination of the incredibly common HPV and his incredibly rare immune deficiency caused Dede’s warts to form growths that resembled tree bark and roots — growths that eventually took over control of his body.
Soon Dede lost the ability to perform daily functions, or even hold his children, because of the weight of his hands and feet.
Becoming ‘Tree Man’
When he lost his job and left his village to earn a living the only way he knew how — begging on the city streets.
It was there that he met Hanny of Hanny Enterprise , an organization that hosts the most sensational carnival-like shows in the country. Dede became a rising star, known as Tree Man.
Ironically, Hanny’s success at building Dede’s fame as Tree Man may have lead to his medical treatments.
Doctors became as curious as the public and the media were about his condition.
American doctor Anthony Gaspari is part of the team that set a plan in motion to treat Dede to “control the tumorous growths and to restore his immune system,” he said at an earlier news conference.
“We have a lot of room to improve the patient’s condition and improve the quality of his life, improve his appearance, improve his ability to use his hands,” Gaspari said.
Hospital staff today say Dede is in good spirits, has put on healthy weight and is happy to be returning home.
Though it’s unlikely that Dede will ever be free of all traces of disease, his treatment will give him a chance to go back to his village, to be with his family and friends and lead a new life approaching normal.

Sacked from his job, deserted by his wife, shunned by neighbours, the warts on this man’s body have ruined his life. So thank goodness someone’s finally decided to operate on him then.

According to Dr. Anthony Gaspari from University of Mary land who tested Dede’s blood and it was determined that the growths are the result of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common infection that usually causes small warts.image007image006image005image004image008image012Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari (L) examines Dede’s hands at hospital in Bandung before the operation.

Dede speaks during a news conference before leaving Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, west Java province.image011

 

Dede eats his meal after a news conference at the Hasan Sadikin Hospital .

 

image010Doctors removed six kilograms (13.2 pounds) of the growths.

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Dede demonstrates holding a pen during a news conference.