Thursday, 30 August 2012

Natural Home Remedies for Bladder Infections


Millions of women will suffer from a bladder infection—also know as a urinary tract infection or cystitis—in their lifetime, and many will suffer from repeat infections. Although men can get urinary tract infections as well, 90 percent of those affected are women. Blame it on anatomy; the urethra, the tube which transports urine and connects the bladder to the outside world, is shorter in women than it is in men and is also located in close proximity to both the vagina and anus, making it easy for bacteria to enter the urethra and infect the bladder.

Cystitis symptoms are no walk in the park. When the bladder is infected, its lining becomes inflamed, creating the feeling of an urgent need to pee all the time. Urination is accompanied by pain and burning, and often the bladder doesn’t completely empty, leaving the person again with the constant need to pee.

E. coli bacteria are the most common cause of bladder infections, and they can get there through a number of circumstances. Being sexually active can increase the risk of contracting a bladder infection as bacteria from the vagina can be massaged into the urethra during intercourse. Certain forms of birth control can also increase risk. If not fitted properly, diaphragms can put pressure on and bruise the bladder, increasing its chances of infection; the chemicals in spermicidal forms birth control can also upset the levels of good bacteria in the vagina and urethra. Menopause puts women at a higher risk as well; decreased estrogen levels can change the urinary tract during menopause, leaving it vulnerable to infection.

Cranberries prevent bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall and starting an infection. 


Antibiotics are also a leading cause of urinary tract infections, especially repeat infections. Most women with a bladder infection will be prescribed antibiotics as treatment, but because antibiotics kill off all bacteria in the body, both good and bad, they inhibit the body’s natural means of staving off infection. Bypass the antibiotics and treat your bladder infection naturally with these seven natural home remedies.

Cranberry juice: 
This well-known home remedy for bladder infections has earned its stripes. Studies have shown that cranberry juice prevents bacteria from latching onto bladder walls and starting an infection. Drink at least one glass daily to prevent a bladder infection, or several glasses a day if you already have an infection.

Water: 
It’s essential to drink as much water as you can when suffering from a bladder infection. The more water you drink, the more you’ll have to pee, and the faster your body can flush the bacteria out of your system.

Vitamin C acidifies urine and inhibits the growth of bacteria in much the same way as cranberry juice. Vitamin C can also enhance immune function to help fight off an existing infection. Take 1,000 mg four to five times daily.

Baking soda can neutralize acidic urine and help ease the burning sensation associated with bladder infections. Mix ½ teaspoon baking soda into a glass of water and drink.

Garlic and oregano oil both have strong antibacterial and antiviral properties that make it beneficial when fighting an infection. Garlic has more medicinal properties when eaten raw. Take 500 mg of oregano oil four to five times daily.

Probiotics: 
If you’re already taking antibiotics for your bladder infection, supplement your diet with probiotic-rich foods (or capsules). These friendly bacteria can prevent harmful bacteria from growing and can reduce your chances of a repeat infection.

Additional tips:

• Don’t hold it! If you gotta go, you gotta go. Holding urine in can back up bacteria in your system.

• Wipe front to back so as not to smear bacteria into the urethra.

• Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, soft drinks and other beverages that may contain citrus juices and caffeine, which can irritate your bladder and increase the need to pee.

Read more: http://www.naturalhomeandgarden.com/natural-health/natural-home-remedies-for-bladder-infections.aspx#ixzz252ZaBl41

Friday, 24 August 2012

How to turn a patient in bed, and how to move patients from bed to wheelchair

Please watch. It's useful to know, even though you may not understand Japanese language.

THE SPINE - A MUST SEE!

THE SPINE- a must see!

It takes a minute before the spine loads. Amazing !
Roll your mouse over any of the 24 vertebrae in the human spine!!!
Roll slowly, dont want to miss any.

What a fascinating demo of how our spine affects our bodies.
Move your mouse over back bones and see the parts that are affected!
What an amazing site.


http://www.chiroone.net/why_chiropractic/index.html

Papaya... Good & Cheap Anti Tumor Growth Prevention


TAKE PAPAYA AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN.
http://www.cancer-health.info/researchers-discover-papaya-is-effective-against-breast-pancreas-and-other-cancers
http://www.jmbblog.com/2010/03/cancer-alternative-treatment-57-papaya
http://www.naturalnews.com/026372_cancer_papaya_protein.html
http://healthbenefits-of.org/2011/06/the-health-benefits-of-papaya.html
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=47
http://www.home-remedies-for-you.com/articles/Papaya-Health-benefits.html

Update

Originally native to southern Mexico and now cultivated in many tropical countries (including Brazil ,India , Indonesia , South Africa , Vietnam and Sri Lanka ), the papaya plant has been touted by traditional healers for centuries as a source of powerful medicine. Not only is papaya fruit delicious and loaded with vitamins and phytochemicals, but other parts of the plant have been used historically to treat health problems too.

Now University of Florida (UF) researcher Dr. Nam Dang and his colleagues inJapan have announced new evidence that the papaya fights cancer cells. In fact, they discovered that an extract made from dried papaya leaves produced a dramatic anti-cancer effect against a broadrange of tumors grown in the laboratory — including cancers of the cervix, breast, liver, lung and pancreas.
The study, recently published in theJournal of Ethnopharmacology, not only showed that papaya has a direct anti-tumor effect on a variety of malignancies, but it also documented for the first time that papaya leaf extract increases the production of key signaling molecules called Th1-type cytokines.

That’s important because this regulation of the immune system raises the strong possibility that the use of papaya could help the body’s own immune system to overcome cancers. In addition, it suggests papaya could be helpful in treating or preventing other health problems such as inflammation and autoimmune diseases.

The research team found that papaya’s anti-cancer effects were strongest when cancer cells received larger doses of the papaya leaf extract — yet, unlike many mainstream cancer therapies, there were no toxic effects at all on normal cells.

In a statement to the media, Dr. Dang pointed out that the ability of papaya extract to stop cancer without toxicity is consistent with reports from indigenous populations in Australia and in his nativeVietnam .
“Based on what I have seen and heard in a clinical setting, nobody who takes this extract experiences demonstrable toxicity; it seems like you could take it for a long time — as long as it is effective,” stated Dr. Dang, who is a professor of medicine and the medical director of the UF Shands Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office.

In all, the UF scientists exposed 10 different types of cancer cell cultures to four strengths of papaya leaf extract.When they measured the effect of the extract after 24 hours, the papaya had slowed the growth of tumors in all the cultures.

What exactly does papaya do to halt malignancies? To find out, the researchers focused on a T-lymphoma cancer cell line. They discovered that at least one of the mechanisms that makes papaya extract a potent anti-cancer weapon is the natural compound’s ability to cause malignant cells — but not normal ones — to die.

The researchers hope to follow up these experiments by eventually testing the papaya cancer treatment in animal and human studies. Up next for Dr. Dang and his colleagues: they’ve applied to patent a process to distill the papaya extract through the University of Tokyo and they are working to identify all the specific compounds in the papaya extract that are active against cancer cells.

To this end, Dr. Dang has partnered with Hendrik Luesch, a UF Shands Cancer Center professor of medicinal chemistry who is an expert in the identification and use of natural products for medical purposes. Dr. Luesch recently discovered yet another natural cancer fighter — a coral reef compound that blocks cancer cell growth in cell lines.



Health Benefits
Sweet and tasty papaya makes an excellent breakfast and is good in fruit salads. It can be blended with yogurt to make a delicious digestive smoothie. It also works well as an added ingredient in green salads. It tastes particularly good with lemon juice squeezed over it. The health benefits of papaya include heart disease and cancer prevention, cold and flu prevention and healthy digestions.

Papaya Nutrition
Papaya is an excellent source of vitamin C, with one medium papaya containing about 150% of the Daily value. It is also a good source of vitamin A, in beta-carotene form. It is also a good source of vitamin K, vitamin E and folate as well as the mineral potassium.

Papaya for Heart Disease Prevention
One of the health benefits of papaya is related to the fact that it contains high doses of three vitamins involved in heart disease prevention- vitamin A, vitamin E and beta-carotene. In addition, the high levels of folate found in papayas can help lower levels of the heart disease promoting amino acid homocysteine.

Papaya for Cold and Flu Prevention
Foods high in vitamin C, such as papaya, help boost the immune system. Vitamin C has been shown to help ward off symptoms of influenza A, the common cold and pneumonia. Vitamin A provides additional immune system support.

Papaya for Neural Tube Defect Prevention
Because papayas are rich in folate, they have applications in preventing neural tube defects. Eating folate-rich foods pre-pregnancy and during pregnancy can help the fetal spinal column to develop normally.

Papaya for Digestive Health
Papaya contains special digestive enzymes, called papain and chymopapain, which help digest proteins. Papaya is often used as a detoxification food and to give the digestive system a break, because it is so rich in its own digestive enzymes. Papaya also contains anti-oxidant vitamins C and E as well as folate, all of which can help prevent colon cancer.


Papaya Leaf Papaya Tree

Papaya/Pawpaw apaya (Carica papaya) originates from tropical American
countries. Today Papaya is cultivated in most tropical countries around the
world.

The Papaya with the Latin name carica papaya is called Paw Paw in Australia and New Zealand . This is in no way related to the Paw Paw in North America that has the Latin name asimina tribola, though both are medicinal plants.
Papaya leaf juice is claimed to have reversed cancer in many people living on
the Gold Coast in Australia . Harold W. Tietze in his book Papaya The Medicine Tree, describes how to make the juice and tells the stories of many cancer survivors who reportedly used the juice to get rid of their cancer.

The book contains the the following report that was published in the Gold Coast Bulletin. "PawPaw Cancer Plea Bears Fruit". Gold coast gardeners have responded to an appeal by cancer victims desperate to find supplies of pawpaw leaves. And the Gold Coast man who, 14 years ago, first exposed the leaves as a possible cure for cancer has been tracked down to a Labrador (Gold Coast) nursing home.

The story of how Stan Sheldon cured himself of cancer by drinking the boiled
extract of pawpaw leaves was first told in the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1978.
Now research in the United States has given scientific support to his claim,
isolating a chemical compound in the pawpaw tree which is reported to be a
million times stronger than the strongest anticancer drug.

Mr Sheldon, says the discovery does not surprise him. "I was dying from cancer in both lungs when it was suggested to me as an old Aboriginal remedy" he said. "I tried it for two months and then I was required to have a chest x-ray during those compulsory TB checks they used to have. They told me both lungs were clear." "I told my specialists and they didn't believe me until they had carried out their own tests." "Then they scratched their heads and recommended I carry on drinking the extract I boiled out of the papaw leaves."

That was in 1962. The cancer never recurred. Since then Mrs Sheldon has passed the recipe onto other cancer victims. "Sixteen of them were cured," he said. Mr Sheldon's involves boiling and simmering fresh pawpaw leaves and stems in a pan for two hours before draining and bottling the extract. He said the mixture could be kept in a refrigerator though it may ferment after three or four days."

"One man has been growing papaws and giving away the leaves to cancer victims ever since he read the Bulletin's original 1978 story about Mr Sheldon. "I have no doubt that it works," he said. "I know people walking around now who should have been dead according to their original cancer diagnosis. But the pawpaw treatment helped them to beat the cancer."

The recipe is as follows:
Wash and partly dry several medium-size papaya leaves. Cut them up like cabbage and place them in a saucepan with 2 quarts/ litres of water. Bring the water and leaves to the boil and simmer without a lid until the water is reduced by half.

Strain the liquid and bottle in glass containers.

The concentrate will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days. If it
becomes cloudy, it should be discarded.

The recommended dosage in the original recipe is 3 Tablespoons/ 50ml
three times a day. It is recommended to read Papaya The Medicine Tree for the interesting stories of "incurable" people who have used this extract to beat
their cancer, and for other medicinal uses of papaya.

A letter from R.J.W.:

"… I was inspired to send some leaves to a few people dying from cancer. The first, a banana grower aged 40, had two operations on his bladder for cancer which did not prevent metastasis. I placed him on a very simple diet consistingof zero junk food,fresh living food with no preservatives, white flour, sugar,colorings or additives and told him to "stuff a handful of pawpaw leaves into a saucepan and fill with water. Boil, simmer for one hour and drink it till incomes out of your ears." He did so and five weeks had no trace of cancer whatsoever."

The leaves have also been reported successful used when dried and ground. The astonishing effects of the pawpaw have also been proved in tests on mice. The results were very impressive; tumors found in humans were being injected in mice and during treatment with papaw were disappearing.

Pawpaw twigs contain acetogenins - active compounds that modulate the production of ATP in mitochondria of specific cells - which affects the viability of specific cells and the growth of blood vessels that nourish them.
A recent clinical study with over 100 participants showed that the pawpaw
extract, containing a mixture of acetogenins, supports the body's normal cells
during times of cellular stress. Since 1976 Dr. McLaughlin, professor at Purdue University, at the request of National Cancer Institute, lead a team of two other professors in studying the effectiveness of herbs on tumors.
Pawpaw proved to be the most effective out of about 3,500 plants. Dr. McLaughlin found around 50 biologically active ingredients in this plant. Acetogenins are the medically effective ingredients of this herb.

Acetogenins found in pawpaw have been shown to have dramatic biological
activity, being active against worms, some viruses, fungi, and many cancer cell lines. When compared with conventional chemotherapy agents, they have worked comparably in cell culture and animal studies, but at far lower concentrations and with almost no toxicity to host animals.

Dr. McLaughlin says that pawpaw is also effective in the fight against tumors,
actually against any type of abnormalities which involve faster than normal cell growth. Pawpaw can be used as a support during Chemotherapy and radiation. Tests revealed that pawpaw makes these therapies more effective, and reduces their side effects.

"Pawpaw is very effective on its own. It typically doesn't need any supporting
supplements. There are however, products that may be used in increasing the pawpaw's effectiveness. The products are Noni, Immune Stimulator, Colo strums,and Protease Plus (especially when fighting a digestive tract or intestinal tumor).


However, pawpaw should not be used with any kind of thyroid simulators (e.g.:KC-X) or with CoQ10 (co enzyme Q10). For cancer patients taking Laetrile, it is important to consume paw paw and pineapple each day, as the natural enzyme strips the coating on the cancer cells, so that the B17 in the kernels canwork."

Dengue Fever Remedy

I would like to share this interesting discovery from a classmate's son who has just recovered from dengue fever. Apparently, his son was in the critical stage at the ICU when his blood platelet count drops to 15 after 15 liters of blood transfusion.

His father was so worried that he seeks another friend's recommendation and his son was saved. He confessed to me that he gave his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. From a platelet count of 45 after 20 liters of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice, his platelet count jumps instantly to135. Even the doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged. So he asked me to pass this good news around.

Accordingly it is raw papaya leaves, 2pcs just cleaned and pound and squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf. So two tablespoonful serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with hot water, it will loose its strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or sap. It is very bitter
and you have to swallow it like "Wong Low Kat". But it works.

*Papaya Juice - Cure for Dengue*

You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to inform you that papayajuice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is rampant now, Ithink it's good to share this with all.

A friend of mine had dengue last year. It was a very serious situation for her
as her platelet count had dropped to 28,000 after 3 days in hospital and waterhas started to fill up her lung. She had difficulty in breathing. She was only32-year old. Doctor says there's no cure for dengue. We just have to wait for her body immune system to build up resistance against dengue and fight its own battle. She already had 2 blood transfusion and all of us were praying very hard as her platelet continued to drop since the first day she was admitted.

Fortunately her mother-in-law heard that papaya juice would help to reduce the fever and got some papaya leaves, pounded them and squeeze the juice out for her. The next day, her platelet count started to increase, her fever subside. We continued to feed her with papaya juice and she recovered after 3 days!!!

Amazing but it's true. It's believed one's body would be overheated when one isdown with dengue and that also caused the patient to have fever papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the level of heat in one's body, thus the fever will go away. I found that it's also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat.

Please spread the news about this as lately there are many dengue cases. It's great if such natural cure could help to ease the sufferings of dengue
patients.

Furthermore it's so easily available. Blend them and squeeze the juice! It's
simple and miraculously effective!!

Saturday, 18 August 2012

11 Home and Beauty Uses for Mayonnaise | Reader's Digest Asia



11 Home and Beauty Uses for Mayonnaise | Reader's Digest Asia

Condition your hair 

Hold the mayo… and massage it into your hair and scalp just as you would any fine conditioner! Cover your head with a shower cap, wait several minutes, and shampoo. The mayonnaise will moisturize your hair and give it a lustrous sheen.

Give yourself a facia
l 
Why waste money on expensive creams when you can treat yourself to a soothing facial with whole-egg mayonnaise from your own refrigerator? Gently spread the mayonnaise over your face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Then wipe it off and rinse with cool water. Your face will feel clean and smooth.

Strengthen your fingernails 
To add some oomph to your fingernails, just plunge them into a bowl of mayonnaise every so often. Keep them bathed in the mayo for about 5 minutes and then wash with warm water.

Relieve sunburn pain 
Did someone forget to put on sunscreen? To treat dry, sunburned skin, slather mayonnaise liberally over the affected area. The mayonnaise will relieve the pain and moisturize the skin.

Remove dead skin 
Soften and remove dead skin from elbows and feet. Rub mayonnaise over the dry, rough tissue, leave it on for 10 minutes, and wipe it away with a damp cloth.

Safe way to kill head lice 
Many dermatologists now recommend using mayonnaise to kill and remove head lice from kids instead of toxic prescription drugs and over-the-counter preparations. What’s more, lice are becoming more resistant to such chemical treatments. To treat head lice with mayonnaise, massage a liberal amount of mayonnaise into the hair and scalp before bedtime. Cover with a shower cap to maximize the effect. Shampoo in the morning and then use a fine-tooth comb to remove any remaining lice and nits. To completely eradicate the infestation, repeat the treatment in 7-10 days.

Make plant leaves shiny 
Professional florists use this trick to keep houseplant leaves shiny and clean. You can do the same thing at home. Just rub a little mayonnaise on the leaves with a paper towel, and they will stay bright and shiny for weeks and even months at a time.

Remove crayon marks 
Did the kids leave crayon marks on your wood furniture? Here’s a simple way to remove them that requires hardly any elbow grease: Simply rub some mayonnaise on the crayon marks and let it soak in for several minutes. Then wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

Clean piano keys 
If the keys to your piano are starting to yellow, just tickle the ivories with a little mayonnaise applied with a soft cloth. Wait a few minutes, wipe with a damp cloth, and buff. The piano keys will look like new.

Remove bumper stickers 
Time to get rid of that Nixon for President bumper sticker on your car? Instead of attacking it with a razor and risk scratching the bumper, rub some mayonnaise over the entire sticker. Let it sit for several minutes and wipe it off. The mayonnaise will dissolve the glue.

Get tar off your car 
To get road tar or pine sap off your car with ease, slather some mayonnaise over the affected area, let it sit for several minutes, and wipe it away with a clean, soft rag.

From Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Lemongrass Egg Soup

Well, does the name of this recipe sound weird???  In fact,  I need to clear my fridge as we will be away for a week for Raya holidays.  So, when I 'rummaged' through my fridge, I found out that I still have some lemongrass, tomatoes, fried tofu strips, fish cakes and fried soya beancurd (fuchuk).  Instantly, it crossed my mind that I would like to cook soup with lemongrass.  So, this recipe is the result of leftover foods in the fridge!


Ingredients :

       Lemongrass                  Fried 'fuchuk'

       Fried beancurd strips        Tomatoes
                           Eggs

Seasonings :
   
      Japanese Miso               Garlic and Ginger

Well, the end result is quite satisfying.  You can give it a try and be creative in your ingredients and seasonings according to your preferences. Do let me know if you have a better idea how to cook it.
Enjoy!!

Recipe
Ingredients:

2 Tbsp cooking oil
A
Ginger
Garlic
B
6 pieces of fried soya beancurd - washed and cut into strips 
1 packet of fried tofu strips 
2 pieces of fishcakes - sliced 
2 large tomatoes - cut into chunks 
2 stalks of lemongrass - crushed 
1L water
4 large eggs - whipped

Seasonings :

1 tablespoon of Miso
A dash of salt to taste
A dash of pepper

Handful of chopped spring onions for garnishing


1. Heat wok/pot and put in oil. Put in A and fry until fragrant. 

2. Add in ingredients B and stir fry slightly.
3. Add in water and let it boil. Let it simmer of 2 minutes.
4. Add in eggs and keep stirring to make flower egg. Then add  

    in seasonings.
    Stir and bring back to a boil.
5. Ladle soup into a bowl and garnish with spring onions. Serve   

    hot with rice :)

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Stir-fry White Button Mushrooms with Cherry Tomatoes

My family loves fresh mushrooms; any kinds of mushrooms, be it local or imported. Today, I am going to share with those mushroom lovers how to cook simple yet yummy mushroom dish.
There is no exact measurement. Adjust according to your taste.
 Ingredients :


 

- White Button Mushrooms (200g) 

 

- Baby corns

 - Green peas
 

- Cherry Tomatoes


- Garlic and Ginger

Seasonings :
- salt (I used bamboo salt)
- soy sauce
- rice wine (I used homemade). Alternatively you can use Hua Tiao rice wine

Method
1) Heat oil in wok, fry garlic and ginger till
     fragrant.
2) Add in Mushrooms, Baby Corns and Green
      Peas. Stir well.
3) Add in salt, soy sauce and 1 or 2 tablespoons
     of water. Continue to stir-fry.
4) Add in Cherry Tomatoes. Mix well.
5) Add rice wine and dish up. Serve hot.

Isn't it simple and easy???? No complicated steps. You can cook any types of mushrooms anyway you like and it is still delicious!! Give it a try.




Recipe 

Ingredients
200gm of white button mushrooms 
Baby corns 
Green Peas 
Cherry Tomatoes 
Ginger and garlic

Seasonings
Salt 
Soy Sauce 
Rice wine

  • Methods :
  • 1) Heat oil in wok, fry garlic and ginger till fragrant. 
    2) Add in Mushrooms, Baby Corns and Green Peas. Stir 
        well.
    3) Add in salt, soy sauce and 1 or 2 tablespoons of water. 
        Continue to stir-fry.
    4) Add in Cherry Tomatoes. Mix well.
    5) Add rice wine and dish up. Serve hot.

    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    Eggs...Can You Really Eat Them?

    Adapted from :  http://eatwellenjoylife.com/holistic-lifestyle 

    For years we have been told to stop eating eggs. Why?Americans are often recommended to eat a low cholesterol diet to lower their cholesterol levels and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease. Eggs have gotten a bad rap in the past because they are considered to be a high cholesterol food due to the cholesterol content of the yolk. But now they are discovering something entirely different.


    LDL and HDL
    Over time, research started to differentiate between HDL (high density lipoprotein) and LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol. HDL is known as "good cholesterol" because it protects against heart attacks, while LDL is known as "bad cholesterol" because it creates plaque that can clog arteries, contributing to heart attack and stroke. Research has shown that there are different types of LDL cholesterol, not all of which are responsible for clogging arteries.

    In some people egg cholesterol promotes the formation of large LDL cholesterol particles, which are better than small LDL particles and do not cause plaque formation (narrowing in blood vessels).

    The NHANES III observational study evaluated over 27,000 people and found that people who ate 4 or more eggs per week had significantly lower cholesterol levels than people who ate less than one egg per week.

    Today even though we Americans have cut our egg consumption in half there has not been a decline in heart disease.

    Eggs Are A Near Perfect Food
    The yolk contains lecithin, which aids in fat assimilation. Eggs actively raise the level of HDL and they have the most perfect protein components of any food. Besides providing all eight essential protein building amino acids, a large whole, fresh egg offers about six to seven grams of protein and five grams of fat (with about 1.5 grams of it saturated), which comes in handy to help in the absorption of all the egg's fat-soluble vitamins. One egg also serves up around 200 milligrams of brain-loving cholesterol and contains the valuable vitamins A, K, E, D, B-complex and minerals iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium.

    Eggs are an ancient food. Man has always eaten the eggs of all animals that produced them: chicken, duck, goose, turtles. Additionally, eggs are a wonderful source of nutrition and can greatly strengthen your health. Eggs provide a vital source of protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, folic acid, phosphorus, sulfur, and the adrenal-building minerals: choline, sodium, and potassium.

    Health Benefits of Eggs
    Keep your brain healthy. Choline is an important nutrient found in egg yolks that is required by the body to keep cell membranes normal and healthy as they function.Choline, another egg-nutrient, is a fatty substance found in every living cell and is a major component of our brain. Additionally, choline helps break up cholesterol deposits by preventing fat and cholesterol from sticking to the arteries. So the bottom line is, don't be chicken about eating eggs, especially the cholesterol-rich yolks!
    Prevent Alzheimer's disease. Phosphatidycholine is a nutrient in eggs essential for concentration, attention, and retaining information in the memory to ultimately prevent Alzheimer's disease.
    Improve heart health. Homocysteine is a substance in the body that can damage the blood vessels and leave you at risk for heart disease. Luckily, the choline found in eggs will convert homocysteine into harmless material. Eggs can alsodecrease your risk for heart attacks and strokethanks to the anti-clotting agent found in yolks.
    Enhance your vision. The lutein found in eggs can help prevent macular degeneration.Egg yolks are the richest source of two superstar carotenoids-lutein and zeaxanthin. Not only are bright yellow yolks loaded with these fat-soluble antioxidant nutrients, they are more bioavailable than those found in vegetables, corn and most supplements.
    Aid in fat assimilation. Eggs yolks contain lecithin to help break down fats.

    So don't be chicken about eating eggs, especially the cholesterol-rich yolks!

    Eating Healthy Eggs
    It is extremely important to get eggs from a farm where the chickens are free to roam and not fed any antibiotics or chemicals. Without a doubt, fresh, pastured eggs are superior in taste and nutrition to conventionally raised commercially available varieties.

    Unfortunately, commercial chicken farms today pack 500,000 animals into close quarters where they feed them genetically modified (GM) grains and emphasize production over health, not to mention the inhumanity of it. These conditions create sick chickens that lay sick eggs. You don't ever want to eat these poor quality eggs anyway. They may not be contaminated with salmonella, but the eggs aren't fit to eat. Commercial eggs have much lower levels of essential omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients.

    ********

    The best way to prepare eggs is "over easy" (with a soft runny yolk) in organic coconut oil. You never want to overcook proteins, or they become difficult to digest. In spite of the popular myth that egg white omelets are good for you, the yellow yolk has the most valuable nutrition and is easier to digest than the white. It is best to combine eggs with lots of alkaline vegetables (especially fermented) and some Celtic sea salt to balance their acidic nature.

    If you find eggs difficult to digest try eating them with cultured vegetables and only the yolk. Once you have built up your inner ecosystem, many foods you could not eat before will be well tolerated and you can starting eating them again.

    Don't Wash Fruits With Salt

    Using salt to wash fruits and vegetables is worse.

    Salt is sodium chloride. Therefore, washing fruits and vegetables with salt will make pesticides more stable. Fruits and vegetables should be washed with water first, then clean with water again by adding a little low gluten flour (or starch). This will remove the pesticides. 


    A test done in the Inspection Agency pointed out: salt compound will stabilize pesticides. It is better off to let the vegetables sit at room temperature for half a day, then rinse with water. The advertisement "Washing vegetables with salt is healthy" is incorrect.
    A teacher at the Food Engineering Department said: salt makes pesticides more stable due to chemical bonds. Pesticide residues in vegetables will be locked in. Therefore, pesticides in vegetables should be removed by rinsing with water several times. Do not add salt to wash vegetables ......!
    In one nutrition class, Professor of Medicine in Taipei (now also a hospital clinical dietitian), has strong criticism of the misleading ads and wonder why no one ever stop it. Disclosure of such inaccurate information happened quite often, but no action was taken to stop it.... She hopes the public can have accurate medical knowledge.

    A QUICK LAUGH FOR 5 MINS

    Teacher: History is a very interesting subject. It tells you about what had happened in the past.
    Student: Please teacher, I don't think I want to study history.
    Teacher: Why?
    Student: There is no future in it.
    -------------------------------------------------------
    Teacher : Ted, if your father has $10 and you ask him for $6, how much would your father still have?
    Ted : $10.
    Teacher : You don't know maths.
    Ted : You don't know my father!
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Mother : David, come here.
    David : Yes, mum?
    Mother : You really disappoint me. Your results are getting worse.
    David : But I will only get my report book tomorrow.
    Mother : I know that. But I am going to Hong Kong tomorrow, so I am scolding you now.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Father : Why did you fail your mathematics test?
    Son : On Monday, teacher said 3+5=8
    Father : So?
    Son : On Tuesday, she said 4+4=8 And on Wednesday, she said 6+2=8.. If she can't make up her mind, how do I know the right answer?
    -------------------------------------------------------
    A mother and son were doing dishes while the father and daughter were watching TV in the living room. Suddenly, there was a loud crash of breaking plates, then complete silence... The daughter turned to look at her father.
    Daughter : It's mummy!
    Father : How do you know?
    Daughter : She didn't say anything.
    --------------------------------------------------------

    Girl: Do you love me?
    Boy: Yes Dear
    Girl: Would you die for me?
    Boy: No, mine is undying love
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    Man: How old is your father?
    Boy: As old as me
    Man: How can that be?
    Boy: He became a father only when I was born
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    Waiter: I've stewed liver, boiled tongue and frog's leg.
    Customer: Don't tell me your problems. Give me the menu card.
    ---------------------------------------------------------
    Teacher : Simon, your composition on 'My Dog' is exactly the same as your brother's. Did u copy his?
    Simon : No, teacher, it's the same dog!
    ----------------------------------------------------
    Father : Your teacher says she finds it impossible to teach you anything!
    Son : That's why I say she's no good!
    -------------------------------------------------
    Teacher: 'Where were u born?'
    Student: ' Singapore , Sir.'
    Teacher: 'Which part?'
    Student: 'All of me, Sir.'
    --------------------------------------------------
    A teacher was asking her class: 'What is the difference between 'unlawful' and 'illegal'?'
    Only one hand shot up.
    'Ok, answer, Joan' said the teacher.
    ''unlawful' is when u do something the law doesn't allow and 'illegal' is a sick eagle.'
    ------------------------------------------------------
    Teacher: 'How come you do not comb your hair?'
    Ah Kow: 'No comb, Sir.'
    Teacher: 'Use your dad's then.'
    Ah Kow: 'No hair, Sir.'
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    A boy came home from school with his exam results.
    'What did u get?' asked his father.
    'My marks are under water,' said the boy.
    'What do u mean 'under water'?'
    'They are all below 'C' (sea) level'
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    Well, that's the end of the jokes. Hope you have a good laugh! Do share it with all your friends and family so that they will have a good laugh too. :D
    Have a nice day!

    AH BENG the Crazy Singaporean

    Why did Ah Beng go to a movie with his 18 friends?
    Because below 18 not allowed Lah !
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng wants to buy a TV set. He goes to a shop.
    Ah Beng : "Do you have color TV ?"
    Salesgirl : "Yes !"
    Ah Beng : "Give me a green one, please "
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng is filling up an application form for a job.
    He supplied the information for the columns on Name, Age, Address etc.
    Then he comes to column on "Salary Expected", but he is not sure of the question.
    After much thought, he writes " Yes "
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng goes to a store and sees a shiny object.
    Ah Beng : "What is that shiny object ?"
    Salesgirl : "That is a thermos flask."
    Ah Beng : "What does it do ?"
    Salesgirl : "It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold"
    Ah Beng : "I'll buy it"
    The next day, Ah Beng goes to work with his thermo flask
    Boss : "What is that shiny object ?"
    Ah Beng : "It's a thermos flask."
    Boss : "What does it do ?"
    Ah Beng : "It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold"
    Boss : "What do you have in it !?"
    Ah Beng : "Two cups of coffee and one cup of ice cream"
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    After taking photocopies of documents, Ah Beng always compares it with the original for spelling mistakes.
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng always smiles during lightning storms because he thinks his picture is being taken.
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Why can't Ah Beng dial 911?
    Because he can't find the number 11 (eleven) on the phone.
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng had just bought a new computer and was using it. When he encountered some problems. He decided to use the 'Help' command after some tries. Soon after, he became very irritated and called the computer retailer for support.
    Ah Beng : "I press the 'F1' key for help lah, but it's been over half an hour and still nobody come and help me Lah ?!"
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng with two red ears went to his doctor.
    The doctor asked him what had happened to his ears and he answered, "I was ironing a shirt and the phone ring, lah - but instead of picking up the phone, I accidentally picked up the iron and stuck it to my ear, lah"
    "Oh dear !" the doctor exclaimed in disbelief. "But .. what happened to the other ear ?"
    Ah Beng answered : "That stupid dumbo called back, lah !!!!"
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Ah Beng talk to a long-distance telephone operator.
    Ah Beng: "Could you please tell me the TIME DIFFERENCE betweenTaipei and Las Vegas ?"
    Operator: "JUST A MINUTE..."
    Ah Beng : "THANK YOU , lah" AND PUTS DOWN THE PHONE.
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    After completing a jigsaw puzzle he'd been working on for quite some time, Ah Beng proudly shows off the finished puzzle to a friend.
    "It took me ONLY 5 MONTHS TO DO IT", Ah Beng brags.
    "FIVE MONTHS ? THAT'S TOO LONG", the friend exclaims.
    "YOU ARE A FOOL." Ah Beng replies, "SEE THIS BOX, IT IS WRITTEN
    FOR 4-7 YRS".
    -------? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    At a bar in New York, the man to Ah Beng's left tells the bartender,
    "JOHNNIE WALKER, SINGLE"
    and his companion says, "JACK DANIELS, SINGLE".
    The bartender approaches Ah Beng and asks, "AND YOU, SIR ?"
    Ah Beng replies : "Tan Ah Beng, MARRIED lah"
    -------? ? ? ? ? ? ?-------

    Sunday, 12 August 2012

    WASABI Is Kidney & Liver-Killer

    Also found the following info in a Japan-guide website.

    Wasabi is Japanese horseradish. It is most famous in form of a green paste used as condiment for sashimi (raw seafood) and sushi. However, wasabi is also used for many other Japanese dishes.
    Wasabi is a root vegetable that is grated into a green paste. In supermarkets, wasabi is widely available as a paste or in powder form. Wasabi powder has to be mixed with water to become a paste. Wasabi has a strong, hot flavour which dissipates within a few seconds and leaves no burning aftertaste in one's mouth.

    Many "wasabi" powder and paste products that are available in supermarkets (and even some restaurants) contain only very little or no real wasabi at all and are made of coloured horseradish instead. This is due to the fact that cultivation of real wasabi is relatively difficult and expensive.
    WASABI generally is : 90% chemical products!

    喜歡吃壽司的朋友要注意了!

    The WASABI generally used contains 90% harmful chemical products!

    The real WASABI is in huge demand. Since the raw WASABI plant is in shortage and the labor costs to make WASABI is very high,the WASABI generally is : 90% chemical products!


    你的肝腎夠好到可以吃有害WASABI(哇沙必)嗎?
    ~90%WASABI(哇沙必) is 多為CHEMICAL化學製品,多食傷Kidney-Liver-Killer 肝腎!!


    調查中心╱台北報導 現在的哇沙必,有很多是不明成分的化學合成物,
    因為真正的山葵產量少-價格高,甚至連5星級飯店都不保證用天然山葵,
    這種化學哇沙必部分含有重金屬,雖然沒有超過標準,但醫師提醒不要多吃。
    走到傳統漁市場,一陣嗆味撲鼻而來,仔細一看,原來是賣生魚片的攤位在調
    哇沙必,
    老闆娘說她用的是山葵粉,因為這種粉便宜又大碗,50元/包,
    就可以調成好幾百小包,一般市場小吃店甚至餐廳都喜歡用山葵粉,
    只是用粉調出來的沾醬,為什麼味道特別濃嗆?

    這裡頭到底含有什麼成分?
    記者一路追蹤到食品行,結果店家給的答案很驚人。
    業者表示:「我是怕說這會加化學的東西,加減都會,我們說實話,
    因為它這種東西有加工過,妳聽得懂我的意思嗎?」
    雖然外包裝上標示裡頭的內容物有山葵、香料以及合成色素,不過專家質疑,
    這根本就是化學合成的哇沙必,因為台灣的山葵是不可能冷凍乾燥做成粉。
    師大化學教授吳家誠指出:
    「它裡面的標示只標示出原料,並沒有告訴我們實際上是什麼化學成分,
    它很可能用這些原料,當然實際上要摻一些這種化學的這個成分,
    才會得到它這種有哇沙米辛辣的那種味道。」
    記者拿[山葵][粉]去化驗,結果檢驗出重金屬成分有銅鉛以及砷等,
    到底真假哇沙必要怎麼分辨?
    其實很簡單,一滴碘酒就可以知道答案。
    生化博士陳耀寬指出:
    「我們調和好之後,拿家裡用的碘酒滴一滴在上面,經過 一兩 分鐘,
    這個褐色的碘酒,如果變成[藍黑色]的,表示它裡面有澱粉成分存在,
    那就是說它是用丙烯芥子油加上澱粉,混合而成的假哇沙必。」
    化學合成哇沙必顏色鮮綠、味道濃嗆,
    [純天然的顏色比較淡],半小時之後,香辣味就會消失,滴上碘酒也不容易變色。
    至於山葵粉中的重金屬含量,長庚毒物科主任林杰樑強調,雖然重金屬含量
    符合標準,但是肝腎不好的人,最好少碰,以免造成身體的負擔

    33 Uses For “Baby” Wipes That Have Nothing To Do With Babies!

    Why do we call them “baby wipes” anyway? Shouldn’t they just be called WIPES? After reading what seems like a MILLION uses for baby wipes…other than for wiping the baby…I think there should be a regular wipes section at the store as big as the BABY wipes section. Have you ever noticed how much “real estate” is dedicated to baby wipes at your local Walmart or your local grocery store? It’s pretty impressive. But so are all the ways I discovered people are USING these handy little helpers.


    For more info, pls click at the link : http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/08/7247.html?+onegoodthingbyjillee%2FzBBd+%28%22One+Good+Thing%22+by+Jillee%29

    The right way open a Mangosteen


    Benefits of Cucumbers

    I didn't know this...
    WOW! WHAT A LITTLE GEM THE CUCUMBER IS.
    I WILL LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY NOW.

    1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you
    need. Every day, just one cucumber contains
    Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3,
    Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.


    2. 
    Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B
    Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that Quick pick-me-up that can last for Hours.

    3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

    4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the Area.

    5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove
    cellulite before going out or to the pool?
    Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers
    along your problem area for a few minutes,
    the phytochemicals in the cucumber
    cause the collagen in your skin to tighten,
    firming up the outer layer and reducing
    the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles, too!

    6.  Want to avoid a hangover or a terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

    7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

    8.  Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

    9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a Cucumber slice and rub it along
    the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone! 

    10. Stressed out and don't have time for
    massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire Cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water. The chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing,
    relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce
    stress in new mothers and college students
    during final exams.

    11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you
    don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath. The Phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

    12.  Looking for a 'green' way to clean your
    faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean. Not only will it remove years of tarnish
    and bring back the shine,  it won't leave streaks and won't harm your fingers or fingernails while you clean.

    13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing. Also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

    Share this with everybody you
    know!! 

    Friday, 10 August 2012

    Sweet Potato Barley Dessert

      This morning, I decided to cook  Sweet Potato Barley Dessert for breakfast  as I still have some sweet potatoes.

      Whenever I cook dessert, I prefer to use honeycomb sugar instead of granulated sugar. Besides, there is no exact measurement to the ingredients as you can adjust it according to your taste.

      Ingredients :
      1 cup of barley
      Sweet potatoes - cubed

      Honeycomb sugar and pandan leaves

      Method :
      1)  Fill medium sized pot with water.  Put 
           barley and sweet potatoes into the  pot.  
      2)  Let it boil and simmer for about 1 hour      or until barley is soft.
      3)  Add honeycomb sugar and pandan leaves.

      4)  Serve hot.  Enjoy!

    Wednesday, 8 August 2012

    Homemade Strawberry Jam

    Yesterday, my hubby bought some strawberries and since it was quite a lot, I decided to keep a packet (about 450gm) for strawberry jam.  Well, even though this is my first time trying homemade strawberry jam, my children and hubby like it so much.  I don't have an exact measurement but I just estimate according to my taste.

    Ingredients :

      
    - 1 bowl of strawberry 
    - a quarter of lemon (can get about 1 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice) 
    - half bowl of sugar
    - 1 cinnamon stick
    Method :
    1. Combine strawberries, cinnamon stick and sugar in a medium sized pot. Bring it to a simmer over medium heat.


    2.  Stir frequently and simmer for over an hour or until thick. Stir occasionally.



    3. Remove from heat. Stir in the lemon juice. Cool at room temperature before storing it in jars. Refrigerate it.
      4. Store it in a jar and refrigerate it.

    I am glad that my first attempt is quite successful. I will try other homemade jams soon!