If you drink your water, cook/store/eat your food from ceramic kitchenware/tableware, you could be exposed to lead poisoning. Reason: If the ceramic ware is not made properly, lead (used to make decorative designs in the lead) would leach into the food stored on it.
The Sunday Straits Times published quite a disturbing article titled Toxic Tableware- Danger Stalks You at Home (1 Nov 09).
The Malaysian Associates of Standard Users randomly tested 20 samples of ceramic tableware- cups, mugs, saucers, plates and bowls brought from different places in town. The results:
- 20% of the products were found to have leachable lead exceeding allowed standards by an average 1700%
- one sample, flat rice plates even exceed by 7500%!
Dangers of lead poisoning:
- damage nervous system
- can cause cancer
- affect brain development in children
For those who like to run in natural routes- jungles, hills, mountains, small villages, Jonathan Wyatt, a 8 times World Mountain Grand Prix champion has to share:
1. Shoes- trail/ off-road shoes instead of running shoes
- are more suitable for trail running compared to the normal running shoes because on uneven ground, it allows the foot to be stable and prevents you from twisting your ankles
- Lean forward when running uphill
- use the arms to give momentum and take small steps and find a good rhythm
- starting too fast will cause lactic acid buildup in the muscles and it gets harder to run from then on
- stay relaxed and don’t lean backwards when going down the hill
- if you think you are running out of control too fast, jump up- it’ll slow you down. Don’t lean backward and brake because you’ll lose your momentum
- Wyatt does leg press and squats to give his hamstrings and quadricep (front and back of the thighs) more force but he does not emphasize on building muscles because he does not want to carry that weight when running uphill
- advice to those prone to ankle twists or sprains- exercise on wobble boards to improve coordination and strengthen ankles
- he runs daily for up to 3 hours and covers over 150km a week. As competition nears, training got more intense and he does 8 reps of 3 miutes sprints up and down hills (sprints improve fitness levels because you work on your anaerobic capacity, ie your muscles exerts without oxygen being delivered fast enough to it)
He really has passion for running. As this sport is not glamourised- and so it does not come with luxractive cash prizes or endorsement deals that other athletes gets, it is genuine passion that kept him going for 25 years. He has his own design business to pay his bills (as he is an architect by training).
This article is from The Star paper, published on 21 November 09: Off Road Running Tips
There are cases where children who get a persistent fever during children eventually develop heart valve disease. Rheumatic fever can be the cause of the heart valve disease due to the bacteria Streptococcus A which infects the throat.
Symptoms such as:
- constant fatigue
- shortness of breath
- waer collecting around the ankles
- being unable to breathe properly while lying down
- liver congestion
A person by the name of Chris wrote to the local paper to share about his experience of having infective endocarditis (IE) with indication of mitral reguargitation. In the past, Chris had neglected to visit the dentist for years. As the result, the Streptococcusbacteria entered through a dental cavity (that has build up plague) and infected his heart valve. He then suffered from persistent fever for weeks and was on intravenous treatment of penicillin for 6 weeks. He had to undergo open heart surgery to repair the mitral valve.
He cautioned that this disease can often be masked as stress, being unfit or having a poor diet because of its main signs- shortness of breath and constant fatigue. When he consulted a cardiologist, a heart murmur was detected- he was told that had he been oblivious to this condition, he could just die of a sudden heart failure.
Real life incident like this reminds us that we should not neglect regular dental check-ups (at least once every 6 months). It would well be something that can save our lives.
Not sure if you are aware of this, but I’ve just learned that there is a way to preserve your bread – and have it tasting fresh too. This works well especially if you usually baked a lot of bread or if you are staying alone and one loaf takes too long to finish. Not to mention giving the economic times, we can’t be throwing away an unfinished loaf just because they have expired and buying a new loaf.
1. When buying bread, try to get the loaf as freshly baked as possible.
2. Figure out how many slices you want to eat prior to expiry and keep aside. As for the rest, put in the FREEZER. Yes, in the freezer and as soon as possible.
3. With this, you can get your bread even though it has way past its shelf life. Each time you want to eat, just take out and defrost it about 2 hours from the time you want to eat it. Better yet, you can toast or microwave the bread.
The reason why you want to freeze a freshly baked loaf is because it will taste fresh when you defrost. I find it to be very true- we bake our own bread sometimes and when using 1kg of flour at one time, there is a lot of bread to be finished. So what the family does is to immediately freeze the bread the moment the freshly baked bread is out from the oven and had cooled down to room temperature. It taste great- just like fresh from the oven.
Moods are just part of our emotions. Sometimes we feel happy, sad, bored, lonely, angry, etc. Our mood rise and fall, come and go. If we ignore them, they would not have the power to affect us.
It is only when we associate the mood and grasp on to the feeling of the moment, and conjure up stories and self-righteous defense mechanism that we give energy to these moods and make it worst. You know the time…when you got up from bed with a foul mood- and had to head on to work. Then…the rest of the day goes downhill from there- the road was so jammed because of the rain, you got caught in the rain, your staff forgot an important assignment, another staff called in sick, there is an emergency in the office…..and well, everything that could go wrong went wrong that day. And to make matters worse, you lost your temper on most part of the day- yelling at people to get things moving.
At the end of the day, you are totally drained, angry and felt like throwing in the towel, buy and plane ticket and disappear from the face of everyone that you know.
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In order to sustain the motivation to exercise day after day, the exercise needed to be enjoyable, easy to follow and motivational.
If you find that you are not having any motivation to exercise or do not enjoy intense exercise or following too many steps, here’s a good exercise you can follow:
From YouTube, I find Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” series to be really enjoyable. The steps are easy to follow- because it is walking, it’s natural and we would not need to struggle to follow the steps. What I like about Leslie’s approach is that she is very cheerful, and it feels that she is exercising alongside with you.
Even if a person had not exercised for a while, her videos can easily be followed. Start with the 1 mile walk, then gradually move to 2 miles and then 3 miles.
Don’t be fooled by the appeared simplicity of the exercises. If you have not exercised for a while, even the 1 mile would have you sweating. The 2 miles would make you sweat a lot.
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When I was taking a course of Chinese medicine herbs, in order for it to be effective, I had to abstain from taking fruits, fried stuff, tea (red tea, teh tarik type) and cold drinks.
One day, while chatting with my Indian friend about healing methods, she told me she was aware that when one wants to take Chinese medication, one has to abstain from various types of food. She then shared the story of her uncle:
Years ago, her uncle’s son suffered skin disease when he was just one and a half years old. From the description she gave, it sounded like psoriasis- where there are huge swellings and outbreaks on the skin. The parents took their young child to all the specialists and tried various alternative healing methods…..but none worked.
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In last Saturday’s Star paper, a study revealed that the brain of ballet dancers were different- and from years of practice, they have been conditioned not to feel dizzy. Yes, ballet dancers or even other professional dancers can train themselves not to get dizzy and performed one spin (pirouette) after another.
It was found that cerebellum of ballet dancers were smaller compared to non ballet dancers. No doubt the study is interesting but….
If one always feel dizzy or giddy, one would need to go and see a doctor and perform a blood test. Is one suffering from low blood pressure? There are certain foods to avoid- cooling/raw food like salad, cold drinks, etc.
In traditional Chinese healing systems, there are effective treatments for dizziness, vertigo, feelings of faintheartedness- through administering acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine. This is because often such problem are caused by element imbalances (deficiency or excess) in the body and this can easily be rectified once balance is retored.
Usually acupuncture and medication using Chinese herbs would work hand in hand. One is able to obtain instant relief from acupuncture but it is the Chinese herbs that would work to correct the imbalances in the body.
For example for me, I had been having chronic lower back pain which I suspect was from a nasty fall I had a few years ago. I was able to manage the pain with exercise and stretching but I knew the condition would get worst with age. When I went to acupuncture, I got instant relief- but the doctor explained that I had kidney deficiencies (and also other imbalances) that would cause weakness in the area. Hence after the acupuncture treatment, she administered herbs to correct the imbalances.
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I want to share with you on my recent experience after consulting a chiropractor for my lower back pain.
No doubt, going to the traditional Chinese doctor who had administered acupuncture and Chinese medicine had helped me, however the pain came back after a few weeks even though it was milder (the Chinese doctor did tell me that treatment will take time, as I did not develop my pain overnight).
Anyway, how I found the chiropractor was due to pure coincidence. About few weeks back I had been having flare up with my sinus, throat, itchy eyes and ears. Hence I wanted to try the resdung (traditional Malay treatment) which had been really effective for my Malay colleagues. I distinctly remembered there was a treatment center in SS2, Petaling Jaya.
When I went there, I found out that the place had folded and no more there. I was going to go back when my eye caught a chiropractic center called Premium Chiropractor. Curious, I just wanted to go and take a look- after all, my back problem also recently flared up. I would still go back to the acupuncture and Chinese medicine but since I know my back is not aligned properly- I was thinking to fix the alignment first so that the treatment would be more effective. It was located at the Mezainne floor (where you need to take a flight of stairs up).
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