Friday, April 25, 2008

When To See Your Doctor For Cold And Coughs Treatment

When your symptoms get worse. If you suffer from other health conditions such as asthma or diabetes that worsen during a cold. It is also advised that you consult your doctor if the symptoms come on suddenly, are severe or last longer than usual.

See your doctor if you or your child suffer from:
- Temperature higher than 38.5 0C (380C in children)
- Chills
- Severe headache
- Hurting eyes
- Chest pains
- Shortness of breath, noisy or fast breathing or difficulty in breathing.
- Skin rash
- Pale or mottled skin
- Vomiting
- Difficulty waking up or drowsiness
- Persistent cough
- Aching muscles

Immediately see your doctor if your baby develops:
- Bulging of the fontanel (soft spot on the top of baby’s head)
- High temperature
- Strange high pitched cry
- Lack of energy
- Loss appetite/ not drinking or feeding properly
- Earache

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy (Adapted from



有一天,一個21歲男生戴著隱形眼鏡去參加一個烤肉聚會! 就在他開始以木炭生火之後的幾分鐘內,他突然大叫,然後很痛苦的跳來跳去,在地上打滾……

全場的人都嚇呆了,沒人知道究竟發生了什麼事? 大家趕緊送他到醫院,醫生說,他永遠都看不見了!原因是, 隱形眼鏡是用塑膠製成的,而就在他生火的同時,過熱的溫度熔化了他的隱形眼鏡!

Knowing Which Dressing To Use When Treating A Wound

In areas that have been chafed or soiled, cover the wound using a transparent adhesive patch after it has been properly cleaned and dried.

For small cuts on your fingers or hands, light adhesive bandages that allow the wound to breath are best.

Avoid bandages that cause a lot of sweating underneath.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Star Fruit Can Be Poisonous For Kidney Patients

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. –Amanda Lee

Using Antiseptic When Treating A Wound

It is always a wise precautionary move to use antiseptic when treating a wound- apply it only on the wound margins (around the wound). However, you should always remember that some antiseptics are not suitable to be applied around deep wounds. If you accidentally get the wound wet, dry it thoroughly and re-apply the antiseptic. You may leave small clean wounds open, especially if you find it difficult to apply or retain dressings on them. Make sure that they are thoroughly dry and apply closure strips.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

How Can You Avoid Being Bitten By The Cold Bug?

1. Take preventive measures- always wash your hands with soap and water.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with your hands.

3. Always cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.

4. Use tissues rather than handkerchiefs and throw them away after use.

5. Avoid sharing utensils such as cups, cutlery and other personal items.

6. Avoid contact with other cold sufferers.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

子宮肌瘤及卵巢巧克力囊腫 (Growth of Cyst in the Womb)

最近朋友的朋友剛於子宮位置長了(巧克力囊腫)就是最近藝人 夏禕 胡晴雯開刀割除的病,即是瘤內積滿血,血呈深黑色.滿以為割了之後會完全康復,殊不知短短幾個月間又再返發,於是即往向婦科醫生求診。

醫生隨即問她是否常吃雞翅,朋友的朋友感到十分愕然 .... 為何醫生會知道.......原來雞的激素或抗生素注射部位通常在雞翅 /雞頸 位,而雞腳則會囤積抗生素,故此常吃雞翅或雞腳再加上女性荷爾蒙分泌影響,令到愛吃雞翅或雞腳凍的女士們特別容易患上子宮部位的腫瘤,故此奉勸大家少吃雞翅或雞腳凍為妙,現今社會女性有 80%都容易得到子宮肌瘤 及卵巢巧克力囊腫,真是可怕。

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Serious Note About Heart Attacks

Not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this article sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life. Read this & Send the link to a friend. It could save a life. So, please be a true friend and send this article to all your friends you care about.

Don't Drink Cold Water After Meal

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Ways To Eliminate Cancer

After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try and eliminate cancer, John Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way.

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

Cancer Cells Feed On:

a. Sugar, is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt. (The west made us 2 change from sea to white iodised salt.)

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened Soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water- best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

How To Stop A Wound From Bleeding?

If what you have is a deep or puncture wound, examine the surrounding skin for tender lumps or points that indicate the likelihood of a foreign body.

The wound must first be properly cleaned. Next, apply a thick square of clean gauze firmly using your fingers; the limb must be elevated at the same time as much as possible. Keep this up until clotting has occurred (between 7-8 minutes).

If the bleeding persists, seek medical attention.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Friday, April 18, 2008

What Are The Symptoms Of Cold And Coughs?

Usually, you will have a runny nose and weepy eyes. Some people also cough, sneeze and suffer from sore throats. More commonly, you would feel generally unwell and in slightly more severe cases, you may have a headache, fever or even lose your voice.

Coughs that are associated with colds are harmless and you should be mindful to see whether it progresses to be longer than a week. If you still feel unwell, it’s time to see a doctor.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Cancer News from Johns Hopkins

A dioxin chemical causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat.

He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Common Cold And Coughs Explained

An infection- mainly occurring in the nose and throat. Common colds are caused by viruses and generally take two to five days to recover from. The viruses that cause common colds are very contagious and are spread by a simple fine spray from sneezes and coughs.

Coughing is a reflex action that can be caused by many irritants. Although it can be an indication of more grave illnesses such as pneumonia- it usually is due to upper respiratory tract (nose and throat) infections.

The differences between colds and flu

Often people talk of ‘having the flu’ when they are actually suffering from a cold. They are both caused by viruses. However, the flu- influenza- is a serious illness that can result in death.

The flu start suddenly with a high fever and you would feel so unwell and take to bed immediately. The onset of a cold, however, is more gradual and symptoms are normally restricted to just your throat and nose.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How To Properly Clean A Wound And When To Treat The Wound Yourself?

Wipe blood from around the wound with moistened cotton, wool swab or gauze (using tap water is fine).

You may treat the wound yourself (using adhesive closures such as bandages and plasters) if:

a. The wound is not in a sensitive area.

b. It clean and not gaping or bleeding.

c. It does not need stitching.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy

Friday, April 11, 2008

送給不小心感冒的人 : 密招

下次感冒初期,不妨試試 ! 無害。
如果你感覺到已經開始流鼻水、連續打噴嚏、有點頭痛,就快要感冒了! 趕緊先喝兩、三杯熱開水( 不可以喝冰的 ) 。

等三、五分鐘,再沖一杯咖啡,一定要熱的喝才有效 ( 不可冰 )。

二、三十分鐘以後,咖啡和先前喝的開水會讓你要尿尿。 而且,很神奇的,流鼻水、打噴嚏、頭痛都慢慢不見了!


一、咖啡可以讓你加速排尿。加上先喝的開水, 可以把已經侵入繁殖的病毒, 從身體裡「洗」掉大部分。

二、咖啡有提神、興奮的作用,會讓你低迷不振的免疫功能提振起來。病毒從尿尿排掉了一部分,免疫功能又加強了, 感冒繼續惡化的可能當然降低不少。

Friday, April 04, 2008

Say NO to Passive Smoking 2

My second daughter was born while she was just 7-month-old due to some complication. She was staying at the Malaya University Hospital’s SCN (Special Care Nursery) for a month.

During this period of time, I was traveling to hospital once or twice a day to deliver breast milk for the baby as well as talking and touching my little baby girl who was in the incubator.

One of these days, from the window of the SCN, I saw a few guys puffing with the cigarette smokes. The toxic gas is then spread out around the hospital compound; entering to the in-patients' rooms from the windows.

It was really too much, the patients have already suffering with illnesses, and these guys were dosing them with harmful gas, to certain extent, shall I say they were sort of killing them?

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

What Is Wound?

A wound is any physical injury that involves a damage or break in the continuity of our skin.

Wounds may be caused by stumbles and trips, puncture wounds, running into things, etc.

Untreated wounds leave a wide open entry for bacteria.

The infections that may follow can result in sepsis, gangrene amputation or even death.

Source: Health care booklet from Guardian pharmacy


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