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Thursday, 30 December 2010

makanan dan rahsianya..

Saya ada terbaca perubatan alternative ada menyebut khasiat almond atau buah badam.
Di antaranya menyebut menyuruh memakan buah badam 2sebiji dua sehari.. yang sudah direndam dengan air semalaman. Khasiatnya untuk orang perempuan. Jika saya jumpa lagi artikle tersbut akan saya letak disini.

Dibawah penyelidikan barat menyatakan khasiat makan buah badam elok untuk mengelakkan kencing manis dan sakit jantung.

Selain dari itu artickle yang dibawah diambil dari reuters nws menyebut semua makanan secara amnya mengandungi bahan kimia, semulajadi atau yang diproses.  Detox adalah bahan syarikat untuk menjual. Badan kita mengeluarkan bahan buangan tanpa perlu menggunakan campuran bahan yang mahal dan makanan yg dijual berjenama detox.

Jadinya kita jangan perlu terikut ikut. Kalau nak cepatkan proses perkumuhan, tu buat lah cara yang paling simple dan mudah- buat jus berserat tinggi seperti celery dan carot dan sebagainya.. kemudian makan lah banyak sayur berdaun dan minum air kosong banyak banyak.. banyak buang air besar dan air kencing, banyaklah bahan buangan. Disamping itu kenalah bergerak beraktiviti mengeluarkan peluh dan exercise. Jadi Bahan yang berserat tinggi tadi pasti akan keluar menjadi bahan buangan...
Tenaga dan badan yang sihat datang dari makanan dan beriadah - tiada jalan mudah.

Makan lah dengan berpatutan sementara boleh makan. jika kita lanyak badan kita(abuse) dan tidak beriadah, esok bila organ dan rosak atau tidak boleh berfungsi langsung kita tidak boleh makan. Lama kelamaan langsung tidak boleh makan...banyak pantang larang kerana badan tidak berupaya nak proses...


Article dibawah diambil dari dma1l with thanks

::Eating almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease, say scientists:;

::Eating almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease, according to a study.

Researchers found that incorporating the nuts into our diets may help treat type 2 diabetes, which accounts for 90 to 95 per cent of all cases.

As well as combating the condition, linked to obesity and physical inactivity, it could tackle cardiovascular disease, said the report published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition.

Diabetics have a shortage of insulin or a decreased ability to use the hormone that allows glucose to enter cells and be converted to energy. When diabetes is not controlled, glucose and fats remain in the blood and over time, damage vital organs.

The study found that a diet rich in almonds may help improve insulin sensitivity and decrease LDL-cholesterol levels in those with pre-diabetes, a condition in which people have blood glucose levels higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as diabetes.

The study – conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – looked at the effects of consuming an almond-enriched diet on 65 adults with pre-diabetes.

The group on the almond-enriched diet showed greater improvements in insulin sensitivity and significant reductions in LDL-cholesterol compared with the nut-free group.

Lead researcher Dr Michelle Wien said: ‘It is promising for those with risk factors for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease that dietary changes may help to improve factors that play a potential role in the disease development.’

An estimated 55 million people in Europe have been diagnosed with diabetes.::


article taken from reuter on yahoo news written by Kate Kelland:

"Science campaigners laid bare some of the most dubious celebrity-endorsed health tips on Wednesday, rubbishing ideas such as reabsorbing sperm and wearing silicone bracelets to boost energy".

:In an annual list of what it sees as the year's worst abuses against science, the Sense About Science (SAS) campaign group debunked diet and exercise suggestions made by actors, pop stars and others in the public eye in an effort "to help the celebrities realize where they are going wrong and to help the public make sense of celebrity claims."

In the health and fitness section, SAS noted that soccer player David Beckham and Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton have both been spotted wearing hologram-embedded silicone bracelets which makers claim can improve energy and fitness.

It also listed a diet reportedly used by supermodel Naomi Campbell and actors Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore in which followers survive on maple syrup, lemon and pepper alone for up to two weeks. Campbell told U.S. TV host Oprah Winfrey in an interview in May: "It's good to clean out your body once in a while."

But SAS said in a statement: "Many of these claims promote theories, therapies and campaigns that make no scientific sense."

Pop star Sarah Harding told Now magazine in April that she crumbles charcoal over her food, saying: "It's doesn't taste of anything and apparently absorbs all the bad damaging stuff in the body."

Dr John Elmsley, a chemical scientist and writer asked by SAS to comment on this idea, said charcoal is known to absorb toxic molecules when used in gas masks and sewage treatment, but is "unnecessary when it comes to diet become the body is already quite capable of removing any 'bad damaging stuff'."

One of the highlights for SAS was a tip from cage fighter Alex Reid, who told The Sun tabloid newspaper in April that he "reabsorbs" his sperm to prepare for a big fight.

"It's actually very good for a man to have unprotected sex as long as he doesn't ejaculate. Because I believe that all that semen has a lot of nutrition. A tablespoon of semen has your equivalent of steak, eggs, lemons and oranges. I am reabsorbing it into my body and it makes me go raaaaahh," he said.

John Aplin, a reproductive research scientist at the University of Manchester, said sperm cannot be reabsorbed once they have formed in the testes. "In fact sperm die after a few days, and the nutritional content of the ejaculate is really rather small," he said in a comment on the SAS list.

"To try and counter the effects of some of the wildest health and fitness tips, SAS published its own "easy-to-remember pointers for celebrity commentators":-

* Nothing is chemical-free: everything is made of chemicals, it's just a case of which ones

* Detox is a marketing myth: our body does it without pricey potions and detox diets

* There's no need to boost: bodily functions occur without boosting

* Energy and fitness come and exercise: there are no shortcuts.

(Editing by Paul Casciato):: wtih thanks

Monday, 20 December 2010

Satu pengakuan yang jujur

::Article Written by Annabel Giles herself taken fromDma1l m with thanks..::

::Didn’t you used to be Annabel Giles?’ the woman asked, as I was rifling through the reduced-price shelf at Morrisons to find something for supper.

‘Blimey,’ she grinned, ‘you’ve come down in the world, haven’t you?’

I used to be a Waitrose-only woman, it is true. But I don’t think that’s what she meant. Only a few years ago, I was rich and famous – now I’m just poor and obscure. But please don’t feel sorry for me, because I don’t.

There are plenty of others in the same position, and without wishing to sound too smackable, I think it’s good for us.

Thanks to the credit crunch and, let’s be honest, our own greediness, we’re having to go back to living on basics. And for me, that’s been a very good thing

At one time, I owned 17 cars, including three Porsches and an Aston Martin as well as a Morris Minor – and I hadn’t even passed my driving test!

Now I have only one, poor me, which is ten years old and held together with gaffer tape.

I had a beautiful plantation house on Montserrat, right next door to the Governor’s official residence, and popped over there when I wasn’t busy; my last holiday was three years ago.

I thought nothing of buying a top in every colour if I liked it and I certainly never looked at the price tag.

Now, in Primark or similar kinds of stores, I ask myself if I have anything it will go with, if I have anything like it already and if I can imagine life without it. Needless to say, it usually stays in the shop.

My financial life has always been a bit up and down, but this is the worst it’s ever been. The truth is, I’ve been on benefits for the past year.

I’ve deliberately not said ‘living’ on benefits because it’s not a life, it’s an existence.

The Government (to which I have paid thousands of pounds in taxes over the years) is keeping me and my son just above the poverty line, and for that I’m grateful.

It has not been easy. In fact, it’s been very hard, and I am left asking the same question as you: how on earth did that happen?

Looking back, I have had lots of good fortune as well as bad luck, and I’ve made some poor choices too.

But I’m mainly in this position today because of the shockingly irresponsible behaviour of one man and what is laughingly known as ‘family law’ in this country.

The Child Support Agency [CSA] has very few powers to deal with people who don’t want to pay for their children, especially if they’re self-employed.

I have discovered to my cost that the courts are reluctant to deal with maintenance payments, concentrating instead on property or other major assets.

And if you do manage to get a court order demanding that your former partner contribute, the courts have no way of actually enforcing this.

And mine isn’t an extraordinary example: only 40 per cent of single parents in this country receive maintenance from the absent parent.

The ‘ex’ gets to live a financially irresponsible life while you are left, quite literally, holding the baby, and paying for the privilege.

If I sound bitter, that’s because I am, and I’m not the only one. Most of the single parents I know are in a similar position.

We’d do more about it if we weren’t so exhausted from having to look after our children while trying to eke out a living.

We need practical and financial help, not men who climb Big Ben dressed, ironically enough, as superheroes.

My own change of fortune has been unusually dramatic.

In the Eighties, I was married to the pop star Midge Ure, of Ultravox and Band Aid fame, and living in a beautiful listed Georgian mansion right on the River Thames in West London with our baby daughter Molly.

We weren’t too excessive – we didn’t drive our cars into the river, for example – but we were very comfortable.

We loved antiques, we enjoyed entertaining, we were invited to lots of parties and premieres.

But we were private people, we didn’t court Press attention: in fact, we avoided it. Our idea of a good night was a takeaway curry with Hill Street Blues.

was what we called in those days a ‘top model’, which meant I was one of the lucky few who simply had to turn up at the studio looking completely normal (one photographer asked me if I was the cleaner) and the professionals would get to work transforming me into a glamorous don’t-touch-what-you-can’t-afford beauty, for which I was highly paid.

It was fun, and I was expensive. But I decided I was bored with that – yes, really – and so I became a TV and radio presenter instead.

I made my name presenting the ITV fashion show Posh Frocks And New Trousers with Sarah Greene, and went on to interview and act and film all over the world.

I loved it. I felt I’d found what I was for at last.

Midge and I separated after six years together, and so Molly and I moved to a smaller house nearby.

My solicitor at the time advised that I take lots of his money with me, but I couldn’t see why I should when I hadn’t personally earned it.

So I took back what only I’d put in, and we agreed to share the financial responsibility for Molly.

That’s probably why we’re still friends now, 25 years after we met.

We had a good life, I had a great career and all was well until, when Molly was 11 years old, I met a man. Or rather, he met me.

I won’t reveal his name, because he’d like that. Those who need to know are very well aware of who he is.

He was a comedians’ agent, and he made such a great play for me that I found it impossible to keep saying ‘no’.

Shortly after he became my agent, he became my boyfriend too. (Yes, I know, but it worked for Cilla Black and her late husband and manager Bobby Willis, didn’t it?)

We didn’t make a good couple. We partied a lot, we argued a lot. It was one of those classic on-off relationships.

My friends got tired of hearing about it, I got bored with talking about it.

Then after yet another drunken reunion, I discovered I was pregnant.

Having been a single parent for most of those years, I wasn’t keen to start at the beginning again.

But the father was ecstatic and said he would do the majority of the childcare as he worked from home and I could carry on working.

I was 38 and I really wanted the mummy-daddy-baby dream to come true, so I agreed to go ahead with the pregnancy.

It was devastating when we discovered at 12 weeks that the unborn baby had a chromosome abnormality called ‘47, XYY Syndrome’.

In a nutshell, (and please look it up on if you want to know more) this means that he would be ‘extra male’: very tall, emotionally immature and likely to have learning difficulties.

I did as much research as I could and didn’t find anything that justified a termination.

As I lay fat and exhausted on the sofa, I would cuddle my tummy and tell the baby everything was going to be fine because I already loved him, and always would.

I would have terrible nightmares about the father abandoning us, leaving me to bring up our son alone. He used to reassure me that he would never do such a thing.

But when the baby was only two-and-a-half weeks old, for reasons he’s always kept to himself, he did exactly that.

Being a single parent is the hardest job I’ve ever done. It’s lonely, heartbreaking for the child and exhausting physically, emotionally and spiritually too.

Looking back now, I can see that the confident, cheerful, capable person I had been up until then just disappeared.

I was anxious, depressed and worn out from trying to do the job of two people in half the time. Yet, in a way, it has also been the making of me.

I had to find a job allowing me to work from home, as Ted was a very challenging toddler and I couldn’t afford live-in childcare now.

Plus, I had a spirited teenage girl to keep an eye on. So I wrote novels from my shed in the bottom of the garden. Luckily, they did well.

My first novel reached No 6 in the Sunday Times Best Seller List of October 2001 – it was a thrilling moment.

I tried to keep both careers going, but eventually had to give up broadcasting.

I was advised – wrongly – to turn down any TV work I was offered in order to be taken seriously as an author.

I can see now that this was when I lost everything I’d worked for in the entertainment business.

I’ve tried to get back in, but to no avail – I haven’t even managed to get an agent.

I don’t know if this is because I’m too old or too forgotten – it’s just the way it is.

Molly’s career as a singer/songwriter in the music business really took off and she left home.

We moved to Brighton, where I renovated a huge, crumbling house on the seafront and sold it at a good profit at the tail end of the property boom in 2007.

I’d managed, after much expensive litigation and delicate negotiation, to carve out some sort of working relationship with Ted’s father.

He’d also been ordered to pay Ted’s fees for the excellent St Aubyns School in Rottingdean, East Sussex, which has a big heart and small classes, plus a decent monthly amount to me, to cover back-payments for previous years.

But without warning, Ted’s father relocated to Los Angeles and, although we saw him a couple of times after that, he was obviously very busy with his new life, because he hasn’t spoken to Ted since his ninth birthday in 2008.

Ted is obviously very upset about this and gets distressed whenever we try to talk about his father.

There’s been the odd email since, but he soon stopped sending the payments, and a couple of years ago he announced that he wouldn’t be paying the school fees either.

I had given up trying to get any money out of him through the courts and the CSA.

Now that he is out of UK jurisdiction, I am completely powerless.

Of course I paid the school fees for as long as I could while desperately trying to get my old career back.

I don’t earn any royalties from my novels; in fact, you can buy them all on Amazon for 1p each.

I had no time to write another novel and, last December, I finally ran out of money.

I applied for various ‘normal’ jobs, but as a 51-year-old woman with no qualifications except a degree in Showing Off, I didn’t get so much as an interview.

And I couldn’t work full-time as I had Ted in the school holidays.

I took a job in a cafe, but someone tipped off the local paper and I was still hanging on to my ‘reputation’ then, so I left.

I’d lost all my confidence, I became frightened and I couldn’t stop crying.

But none of that earned me any money, and I had a child to feed and clothe.

So there was nothing else for it: I had to make that call to the Benefit Office.

I’m glad I did, because that was my first step to asking for help and, thanks to some careful accounting from me and the generosity of others, we’re surviving.

I’ve been so touched. There’s still a lot of human kindness out there in these hard times and I’ve been fortunate.

The school has awarded us a huge bursary, for example. I’ve still got my house, because the interest-only mortgage repayment is cheaper than living in rented accommodation.

The best news of all is that the school and I have worked well together, and Ted has become a fantastic young man and is back on track.

The workings of the benefits system are obscure and confusing at the best of times, but suffice it to say that I don’t have a penny to spare by the end of the week.

And this is despite a level of resourcefulness I never knew I had. We walk almost everywhere, avoiding using the car.

I keep a record of everything I spend and check my bank account every night. I wear all the clothes I never used to wear.

I never turn the heating on during the day, but make do with layers of jumpers, blankets, gloves and a hot-water bottle if necessary.

Where I can sell things, I do. I have completely given up alcohol and takeaways are out of the question.

I’ve managed to stay away from the credit cards but I am, of course, in debt.

The bank rang last week and told me they’d cancelled my overdraft facility, so I owe them thousands of pounds which, right now, I have no hope of repaying.

I’d love to get back to performing – I’ve got a good face for radio. I’ve also got a great idea for a non-fiction book.

Or maybe I should try something completely different. Perhaps we single parents should rise up and demand a change in the law. I’m open to suggestions!

If or when my circumstances change again, I hope I never forget to be as forgiving to others as people have been to me.

I don’t begrudge anybody trying to get by on government handouts because for most of them it’s not a lifestyle choice.

If you know a struggling single parent, then why not offer them a bit of seasonal help?

This is the worst time of year, as the pressure’s really on to provide the kids with a Christmas we can’t afford.

And to answer that lady in Morrisons, I am still Annabel Giles, but with a lot less money and a lot more compassion.::

Maaf lah anda tidak kenal sapa  orang ini. Tapi disatu ketika dia hidup mewah, rezeki murah dsbnya. Kemudian dugaan melanda. Dia masih cuba bersikap positif dan berterus terang didalam penulisanya didalam article diatas. Dia tidak pura pura nak menyembunyikan fakta dsbnya. Dia face realiti dan mengakuinya..

Tidak macam setengah org celebriti, bila dah takde duit, guna nama peminat, nak bertemu peminat dan jual karya recycled. Lepas tu senyap buat perangai sana sini, venture busines nasilemak bungkus, con sana sini, atau jadi penyu jadian(tinggal telur sana sini) kmudian recycle album lagi dan buat lah apa yg patut untuk mendekati peminat.
Dalam dugaan hidup kita manusai samada jadi yang positif atau makin menjauhi yang positif. atau pura pura positif  bak kata orang show off ajala...

err no offence this is general application ye..

sosiologi...kajian yang ada kebenaranya

::We're living longer... but not healthier: Children born today will suffer an extra year of disabilities than those born three decades ago::

::By Jenny Hope of DM with many thanks::

Living longer is not necessarily a bed of roses – it may mean more years spent struggling with disability, researchers say.

Figures show life expectancy is rising but that in return people born now will have to cope with disability or a long-term illness for an extra year compared with those born 30 years ago.

The gender gap is also closing, with women losing their traditional advantage in having better health for longer as they enjoy greater life expectancy.

Researchers predict that men born in 2007 will have an average 13.7 years of disability in their life, compared with 12.8 years for those born in 1981. For women, the figures are 17.1 years and 16 years.

Men born in 2007 are likely to spend an even greater proportion of their life in poor health, 8.7 years compared with 6.4 years in 1981.

Women today spend 11 years in poor health compared with 10 years in 1981, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

However, the proportion of life spent in good health is increasing at a faster rate for men than for women – men have narrowed the traditional gender gap by more than a year.

Figures show a similar picture in the US, where the average 20-year-old will spend an entire extra year struggling with illness compared to their peers born 10 years ago.

More...Eight out of ten wives fret over an unhealthy husband

A quarter of children are overweight or obese by the age of FIVE

In 1998 a 20-year-old man could expect to live another 45 years without cardiovascular disease, cancer or diabetes. By 2006 that had fallen to 43.8 disease free years to look forward to. For young women the number of years they could enjoy good health also fell from 49.2 years to 48 years.

The number of people, including youngsters, with the ability to walk up ten steps, walk a quarter mile, stand or sit for 2 hours, and stand, bend or kneel without using special equipment also dropped.

Men in their 20s will spend 5.8 years without basic mobility - up from 3.8 years, while women of the same age are likely to experience 9.8 years without mobility - up from 7.3 years a decade ago.

Researcher Eileen Crimmins, who published a study in the Journal Of Gerontology, said healthier living and medical advances have contributed to the increase in life expectancy.

She said 'We have always assumed that each generation will be healthier and longer lived than the prior one.

'There is substantial evidence that we have done little to date to eliminate or delay disease while we have prevented death from diseases.

'At the same time, there have been substantial increases in the incidences of certain chronic diseases, specifically, diabetes.'

But the prevalence of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes have all increased along with the proportion of the population with multiple diseases. Obesity rates have also shot up.

Dr Crimmins said: ‘The increasing prevalence of disease may to some extent reflect better diagnostics, but what it most clearly reflects is increasing survival of people with disease.’

'The growing problem of lifelong obesity and increases in hypertension and high cholesterol are a sign that health may not be improving with each generation.

'We do not appear to be moving to a world where we die without experiencing significant periods of disease, functioning loss, and disability.'::

bila difikirkan balik ada benarnya sedikit sebanyak yang ditulis oleh sociologist ini. Tengoklah dulu mana ada boleh melantak sosej berger 24/7 tiap hari. Ais krm sekotak, mat donel,pakcik janggut putih, segala cream cheese, cheese cake, public resipi dsbnya. Dulu mahal dahtu ada orang bukan mampu nak makan semua itu..
Sekarang semuanya murah, cuma kualiti saja lah yang kurang.. so anak anak dilatih makan makan yang segera lagi senang.taste bud jadi lali.
Anak anak yg duduk dibandar terutamanya mana nak makan nasi lauk pucuk rebus, masak air, sayur kampung sangat. Ikan sungai diajar ibubapa moden banyak tulang. Kalu ada bawang macam diletak paku atau racun didalam makanan tu. Makanya mereka menjadi kurengg la makanan yang sihat.. lebih gemar pada daging daging, berger, sosej ,steak dsbnya.
Lepas makan makanan berdaging, dok mengadap play station. Anak anak sekarang mana ada kena kerah cuci tandas, sapu sampah di laman, daun daun, buang sampah sangat. Kalau ada tu buat ingat ingat lupa. Memori yang lemah.. makan benda cam tu apa nak buat. Dah makan berdaging tiap hari, mahu badan tak panas..buka ekon, satu rumah, tidur berekon. Sebab terlampau  panas tak tahan peluh.
Duduk dalam ekon, mana ada keluar peluh, keluar rumah kalau naik keta aircon, tak peluh..bila kala berpeluh?mana badan nak sihat..
Makan daging elok, buatlah cara old fashion seminggu sekali ayam, sehari daging merah, hari hari lain ikan. Tapi hidup dah mewah makan apa sajalah..tepuk dada tanya selera..Sakit zaman moden memang disebabkan excess dalam segala benda yang patut dikurangkan didalam seharian.

food trend

::taken fr Dm many thanks - Written by Marianne Power.::

:::The latest cake sensation consists of two discs of sponge with a thick, buttercream filling.

Despite the whoopie pie’s plain appearance, it’s flying off the shelves.

Biscuit in Glasgow was one of the first British cafes to stock whoopie pies and owner Sharyl Brown bakes hundreds every week.

They’re outselling cupcakes and people are coming here to buy them especially,’ she says.

‘They’re less sweet with a balanced flavour.’

London’s trendy Notting Hill gets its first whoopie pie store next year.

More manly than a cupcake and easier to eat (no frosting up your nose), it has been compared to a sweet hamburger. What’s not to like?


Reputedly invented by an Amish wife in the Twenties as a way to use up leftover cake batter. They got their name after her husband opened his lunchbox and shouted: ‘Whoopie!’


The average number of calories in a whoopie pie - compared to 350 calories in a frosted cupcake

The recipes have become more varied, such as blueberry spice and lemon fillings or chocolate chip sponge.::::

macam dalam kartun asterix and obelix pulak

Anything lah as long as it helps the sufferer
:::Mistletoe can help kiss goodbye to cancer side effects :::


:According to folklore, mistletoe 'magic' may seal romance, bestow fertility and bring peace to warring spouses.

The plant has also been credited with the power of healing - an attribute currently being harnessed by a new outpatient unit at the independent Raphael Medical Centre in Kent, which offers integrated cancer care.

The centre uses mistletoe (known by its Latin plant name, viscum album) to combat undesirable effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, such as fatigue, nausea, weight loss, low mood and infections

Advocates believe the herb boosts the immune system and may even help kill tumour cells - particularly breast, gynaecological, colo-rectal, pancreatic and lung cancer, along with lymphomas and leukaemia.

Results have been so promising that Professor Gene Feder, a GP and Professor of Primary Care at Bristol University, is initiating the UK's first pilot study.

From his GP experience he says: 'Patients receiving mistletoe during and after radiotherapy or chemotherapy appear to tolerate those treatments better. The university is planning a pilot double-blind randomised controlled trial, and hope to start recruiting in Bristol in April.'

Treatment is usually by injections - two a week for two years. Patients inject at home after initial treatment by medical staff to monitor effects.

Dr Maurice Orange MSc, who heads the integrated cancer care clinic at Raphael, explains: 'We look for inflammation at the injection site.

This may be itchy, tender or painful for a day or two. Like after-effects of a bee sting, redness indicates the body's immune response. For this treatment that's desirable. After weeks or months of treatment it settles down.

'Similarly, within 24 hours of an injection we expect patients to feel off-colour, fatigued, headachy with bodily aches and pains, and possibly raised body temperature - like mild flu, but lasting about 12 hours. Again it's a positive sign. The immune system is firing into action. Depending on reactions we adjust doses, increasing as patients get used to it.'

Dr Orange stresses that mistletoe is an adjunct to conventional cancer treatment. While patients sometimes want to avoid orthodox treatment, he sees his job as discussing best treatments, often referring patients to sympathetic oncologists.

Kiss of life: Anne Marshall-Lee, 51, who is receiving mistletoe treatment for her breast cancer

One patient who believes mistletoe has been the kiss of life is Anne Marshall-Lee. Diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2009, the 51-year-old teacher from Manchester was advised to have a mastectomy.

She studied the debate about whether mastectomy is appropriate for her particular cancer - DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma in situ - cancer in the breast ducts) which later progressed to invasive cancer. She declined a mastectomy.

Specialists ruled out lumpectomy, in which only the tumour is removed. :

'When the surgeon at my local hospital returned from leave, he saw my records and asked if I'd like to be referred for mistletoe therapy. I hadn't heard of this, but after discussion felt very comfortable with the idea,' recalls Anne.

She started injections in March 2009 and her NHS consultant kept watch with biopsies and scans.

Two weeks ago an ultrasound scan left Anne jubilant.

'In the last six months the diseased area reduced by almost two inches,' reports Anne. 'I'm looking forward to further successes as treatment continues.'

The average cost of mistletoe therapy is £50 a month.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

New Tile Cleaning Method

Dibawah ada beberapa viedo dambil dari you tube. Untuk berkongsi bersama, tip tip didalam video ini...Tapi untuk maintenance yang paling berkesan adalah menggunakan klorok atau pencuci bilik madi yang ada dijual.. mould atau fungi ini mati dansenang di scrub dengan sponge hijau pencuci periuk...KURANG CALAR

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Bathroom Cleaning Tips : How to Clean a Bathroom

kulat dikeliling rumah dijumpai hidup didalam paru paru pesakit semput...

Kajian yang disiar didalam akhbar dibawah menyatakan penyelidikan mereka menjumpai fungi atau kulat yang biasa ditemui di taman luar rumah..
Selalunya kita sering menyalahkan bulu haiwan sebagai punca lelah dsb. Kita lupa bilik air , tandas kita juga sumber pembiakan kulat/fungi bilamana kita mandia air lembapan didinding lantai bilik air juga menggalakkan pembiakan kulat atau fungi. Ditambah lagi jika tingkap bilik air ditutup dan pintu ditutup rapat selepas mandi. Cuaca panas menjadikan ianya senang berbiak. Ditambah lagi jika hawa dingin dipakai, perubahan ketara pada suhu akan menjadikan ianya tempat yang senang untuk kulat/fungi berbiak.

Bilik air perlu di basuh tidak kurang sekali seminggu. Kolah juga perlu di cuci permukaan luar dan dalam sert didinding sekitarnya. dinding bilik air perlu di rendam, jirus spray dengan kloroks atau pencuci bilik air, biarkan setengah jam barulah di berus pakai sponge hijau yang kita pakai buat cuci periuk.Ini supaya kita tidak mencalarkan dinding bilik air. Jika dinding bercalar kerana kita memberus pakai berus dawai, lagi cepat dan lagi payah kita nak mencuci tiles dinding bilik air kita dan lagi banyak kulat membiak di permukaan yang di calarkan menggunakan berus dawai tadi.
Bagusnya jika kita mandi pastikan janganlah simbah air kasar kasar sampai lecak satu bilik air. Buatlah secara perlahan. Kalau boleh beli lah getah squeegee yang macam wiper tu, lap dinding yang sangat basah tadi. Latih lah anak anak melakukannya dari kecil.  Latihlah dirikita atau anak anak supaya bila mandi tidak melecakkan merata tempat. Elok untuk anda dan tidak kekok bila pergi ke rumah orang atau ke negara orang..

Begitu lubang tandas- rajin rajinlah mencuci dengan merendamkan klorok semalaman semasa semua sudah tidur, supaya senang nak diberus. Juga elakkan guna berus dawai. Guna lah berus plastic yang standard dijual untuk berus lubang tandas.
Pastikan di bawah kaki tandas duduk di basuh kerana segala macam boleh melimpah disitu dan tempat yang menjadi segala macam kuman dan bakteria..

Begitu juga peti sejuk. Pastikan makanan yang sudah dimasak atau berlebih di simpan selepas dinormalkan pada suhu bilik  dan ditutup rapat atau dengan menggunakan plastik.
Basuh lagh peti sejuk anda setiap minggu.
 Dimana mana didalam rumah permukaan yang kena air dengan kerap dipastikan ianya dilap supaya tidak menggalakkan kulat..dsb..

Sink dapur lantai dapur, longkang perlu dicuci...jika kita neglect benda yang basic macam ini, anak anak yang belum kena asthma akan mudah terhidu spora dari fungi yang hidup didalam dan dikeliling rumah...

Jika boleh elak lah dari memakai karpet didalam rumah. Ini menggalakkan segala macam habuk, spora dan dsbnya. Jangan lupa lap lantai dandsbnya....
 Kalau penat, latih semua ahli keluarga membantu  termasuk la yang sisuami.. memang kerja mereka  pun membantu didalam dan diluar rumah.. kalau meerka tak buat siapa lagi nak buat?

::::Many asthma sufferers 'have garden MOULD growing on their lungs':::

::By Dma1l reporter - many thanks::::

A common garden mould that causes an allergic reaction in asthmatics actually grows in many sufferers' lungs, scientists have found.

The discovery was made during research into the impact of the mould Aspergillus fumigates on asthmatics. The funghi is usually found in soil and compost heaps.

The research was led University of Leicester scientists at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

Professor Andy Wardlaw, from the University of Leicester, said: 'Asthma is a very common condition where the breathing tubes (bronchi) can go into spasm making it difficult to breathe.

'We found about half of people with severe asthma have evidence of allergy to moulds like A. fumigatus.

'We also found that if you were allergic to A. fumigatus you had more narrowing of the airways than if you were not allergic, and this was worse in patients from whom A. fumigatus was grown.

'Our research concluded that it is possible that fixed narrowing of breathing tubes in many people with asthma could be caused by A. fumigatus growing in their lungs.'

The mould was found to grow from the sputum, which is the matter expelled from the respiratory tract, such as phlegm, mixed with saliva.

The findings, published in the December issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, suggest the problem of A. fumigatus growing in the lungs could be more common than previously thought.

Professor Wardlaw added: 'Treating individuals from whom A. fumigatus is detected with antibiotics against the mould may prevent fixed narrowing of the airways.'

The study was carried out by researchers at Leicester university and Glenfield Hospital and funded by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Fishermens Breakfast Fish Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Koboi masak ikan

Grilled Brick Oven style Pizza by the BBQ Pit Boys

Grilled Onion Soup Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

kecualikan brandi etc tapi letak sedikit halia.. sedap...letak sedikit lada sulah atau lada hitam.. masa demam kalau tidak ada selera sedap..makan..., kalau nak buat rendang tu, rebus dulu daging sampai empuk, air rebusan tadi disimpan dlm freezer, bila nak buat sup bawang, keluarkan dan gunakan... kalau nak sedap sedikit, masa nak caramelis bawang tadi masukkan sedikit bawang putih dan halia yang di blend atau diketuk...
kalau masa naak anak kena demam selsema dan batuk sedap makan kasi peluh, cicah roti atau begitu saja.. lain benda macam cheese tu optional..

Barbecue Baked Beans Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

bake beansrecipe  cuma kita tak payah letaak bacon .. inside..

Lobster, Clam, Shrimp on the Grill by the BBQ Pit Boys


BBQ Shrimp with Crab Meat Stuffing Recipe

Roast Beef Recipe Barbecue by the BBQ Pit Boys

Pakai oven  pun ok juga, lagi cepat dan mudah...baki boleh buat daging salai  cicah air asam, masak lemak dan sebagainya...

Buat sandwhich....

Pit Beef Barbecue by the BBQ Pit Boys


FLAT IRON STEAK recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Kalau tidak ada, kuali biasa pun jalan juga...beli daging dan bahan bahan, boleh buat steak di rumah.. lagi murah... bapa bapa patut take over buat benda benda ni... for a change. Beli daging frozen pun ok juga..ikut budget..
jika buat dirumah, anak anak akan biasa makan dirumah tidak asik teringat nak mcd dsbnya...

Corned Beef Brisket Barbecue Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Corned beef yang mereka makan bukan macam kita makan dari dalam tin. Dalam tin tu, kurang sihat.. yang dimasak sepereti didalam video tu cara orang Irish masak adalah cara yang sihat.Walaupun begitu kita masih boleh menggunakan daging yang bahagian yang tidak mahal, cheap cut...

Rib Eye Steaks - Grilled Steak Recipe - Steak Tips

Pastikan kuali panas..sebelum masukkan daging.. minyak.. cukup untuk melicinkan steak anda.. jangan lupa apu stok  pada daging anda...

Stu's brisket

marinate kita boleh localized flavour kita selain dari guna mustard etc..
Tidak semestinya kena guna  cara mereka untuk marinate...

cara memilih daging -- untuk di salai...How to select season & barbecue beef brisket

Pilih yang berlemak supaya daging tetap lembap dan lembut.. tapi jika ada baki berlemak bila daging dah sejuk, trim  sperti didalam video video ini..

How To Smoke A Brisket-Texas Style

Kalau tidak ada bbq  smoker etc, pakai ajalah oven.. sama saja.. end resultnya...tapi mula mula tutup atas dengan aluminium foil dulu, lepas 2-3 jam baru buka dan selepas 1-2 jam tukar side  dan roast dalam sejam dua lagi baru di angkat..Air juice  boleh di buat sauce..

How To Smoke A Brisket-Texas Style (Part 2)

Selain dari makan daging salai cicah sambal air asam, atau buat sambal dendeng, masak lemak, kerabu daging,  sedap dibuat sandwich ala mewah, diletak tomato, bawang timun dan tomato.. cili sos sudah memadai .. sangat healthy dari asik guna mayonnaise saja.. kalau nak rasa omputihh guna bbq sauce atau mustard..

How To Smoke A Brisket-Texas Style (Part 3)

Daging salai yang di mince jadi cebisan... sedap dibuat salad , dibuat sandwich guna roti bun, roti biasa, roti pitta.. dicampur dengan bawang, cili sos, salad, timun dan tomato..sedapp  tak payah pakai mayonnaise...pack sekali makan , sesuai untuk dibawa piknik, bekal kerjamsekolah dan makanan anak anak. Lebih berkhasiat....dari berger. Buat  lebih kan daging dan simpan didalam freezer macam dilakukan oleh mamat didalam video ini. Tak payah makan atau rely sausage selalu..
kalau buat nasi goreng, mi goreng, pasta bolognese, pizza senang saja boleh makan..
takde bbq smoker tak  per, letak je dalam tray pakai oven, mid heat...for  few hours... tapi kalau nak jiimat karan buat sekali untuk sebulan dua punya stok. Jimat tenaga, masa dan stok semanjang ada.
Flavour marinate pakai apa saja.. kalau nak pedas, pakai cili, dsbnya.. tak kisah...kalau nak tekak melayu, kunyit jangan lupa dan cili serta serta garam...buat lah variety tray untuk dibakar didalam oven spt black pepper, cajun, cili boh dan kunyit, kunyit dan halia ketumbar, dan macam macam lagi...

How To Smoke A Brisket - Texas Style Part 5

bbq cara mereka memang lah katakan.. makanan mereka steak, beef dan macam macam berkaitan dengan beef...

daging bbq salai - BBQ Smoker in Action

Corned Beef Brisket Barbecue Recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

Real corned beef.. not the processed corned beef falam tin..

Beef Brisket Barbecue recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

untuk buat daging salai tapi cara mereka ada sikit cincai  ..tapi recipe dan method...serta explanation yang penting...

Beef Steak and Philly Cheesesteak recipe - from you tube the pro

Beef Steak and Philly Cheesesteak recipe by the BBQ Pit Boys

resipi from the pro- How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Menyalai menggunakan cara Texan-How To Smoke A Brisket-Texas Style (Part 2)

Mereka ini memang pakar bbq atau masak steak, beef atau daging salai..


lawal pasal anak orang kaya

Lihatlah lawak ini menhingkap bagaimana anak orang kaya punya mentaliti... selalunya lah...lalu dijadikan lawak...

interview - joke

seee what it says  and think about the whole sketch..

Monday, 6 December 2010

taken fr utube

Jimmy's Global Harvest Episode 1 Highlight

just to share ..

Jimmys Food Factory - Series 2 - Episode 2 - Food in a Flash - 1 of 2

fast food vidoe fr youtube

Monday, 29 November 2010

tidur didalam hawa dingin...

Sebenarnya tidur didalam bilik dengan penghawa dingin tidaklah elok.. malah ianya dehydrate kulit dan membrane hidung kita dan banyka lagi...

Baca lah di bawah..

Thanks to home
::Sleeping in a cold room has no evidence of increasing your resistance to colds. In fact it may make your problem worse. And if the room is very cold and very dry then it may cause some serious complications as it would dry out the mucous membranes in your nose and will cause a very dry throat too so you would probably wake up with a sore throat, cold or a bad headache. If you like sleeping in a cold room then make sure you have a humidifier to balance the moisture in the room.::

causes of Obesity/increased body weight:

:decreased variability in the temperature of our surroundings (air con, heating, indoor lifestyles).

The temperature of our surroundings may play some part in our increasing weight problem. When we are cold we shiver – when we are hot we sweat ... both of those bodily processes burn calories in our attempts to maintain a stable body temperature.

When we are thermally comfortable ie. not too hot or too cold, we do not require energy consumption to maintain our body temperature, as our clothing and environmental heating or air con serve that function for us. This is what scientists call our thermoneutral zone (TNZ) and evidence suggests that we spend more time in this state than we used to in the past.

British household temperatures have risen by 5°C (9°F) over the past three decades from 1970. U.S. indoor thermal standards for winter comfort have risen from 18°C (64°F) in 1923 to 24.6°C (76°F) in 198626,27.

In the US, the proportion of households with no air conditioning dropped from 44% in 1978 to 28% in 1997. Taking a look at the extreme case, by 1997, 93% of households in the southern US (where some of the highest obesity rates in the world are found) had some form of air conditioning, compared with 74% in 197828.

Even in the UK, the amount of energy consumed by air conditioning has risen dramatically as more shop, offices and cars are fitted with air con to improve comfort levels.::


taken from Harry Clarke blog with

2. Climate control. Humans like to keep our core body temperatures pretty constant regardless of what's going on in the world. We do this by shivering or sweating. Keeping warm and staying cool take energy unless we are in the ‘thermoneutral zone’ of around 27 °C for a naked body - increasingly where we choose to live and work.

Ambient temperatures have changed in the past few decades. Between 1970 and 2000, the average British home warmed from a chilly 13 °C to 18 °C. In the US, the changes have been at the other end of the thermometer as the proportion of homes with air conditioning rose from 23 to 47% from 1978 to 1997. In the southern states - where obesity is highest - the houses with air con has shot up to 70% from 37% in 1978.

Studies of people in respiration chambers show that, in comfortable temperatures, we use less energy. In one study of women exposed to 27 °C versus 22 °C, it amounted to a difference of about a megajoule (239 kilocalories) a day. That's the amount of energy in 27 grams of body fat.

Sweating burns up energy, however, and there's good evidence that high temperatures reduce the amount people eat. Whether these factors significantly alter energy balance is not clear, but it's got to be worth investigating.


mandi air sejuk/air biasa tanpa water heater.....kebaikannya..

Kalau yang membesar dikampung, zaman dulu dulu, sebelum airpaip ada, mandi diperigi pukul 5 pagi, lepas tu kena berjalan beberapa meter untuk balik kerumah dengan kain basahan dan tuala mandi.
Perigi tu kiranya sebagai tempat public bath jadinya ramai keluarga yang keluar dengan timba, gayung sabun dan sebagainya ke perigi untuk mandi. Bayangkan jika pagi yang berangin, memang sejuk.

Ada pengalaman balik kampung mandi di perigi di pagi hari masa kecil. Sejuk air perigi kena ditubuh.. tapi ibu segera mengelap dan mengeringkan badan. Memang rasa segar..

Bila masuk alam persekolahan, bangun pukul 5 pagi mandi air paip bukan air perigi. Air didalam kolah.. bila terkena air terus terbuka segar mata.
Bila dah tua, dewasa, bila mandi air sejuk walaupun tidur tidak cukup dan ada sakit kepala, bila kena air kolah yang dingin terus segar dan darah menderu ke kepala. Sakir kepala terus hilang atau lega.
Bila siap berpakaian terus rasa segar. Tiadalah cranky mood itu ini .
Syukurlah kita tinggal di negara yang panas sepanjang tahun. Maka kita tidak perlu memkai water heater dan kena membayar bil elektrik yang tinggi.  Dibawah diambil artikel artikel untuk kita berkongsi kebaikan mandi air sejuk..

Biasakan lah anak anak untuk mandi air didalam suhu biasa/air sejuk tanpa pemanas dari mereka kecil. Trick nya mandikan anak anak yang kecil lewat didalam pukul ,10 pagi keatas ketika matahari sudah memancar, jadi mereka tidak rasa sejuk sangat. Cara menyesuaikan tubuh mereka mandi air sejuk/suhu biasa tanpa water heater.

Mandi air sejuk ini amat menyihatkan. perhatikan mak mak, bapa. tok nenek moyang, semua mandi sepanjang hidup mereka mana ada pakai water heater? Sihat dan panjang umur, demam demamni jarang kena.
malas nak translate articles dibawah, bacalah ya...

This bit taken ::from earth cliniic: with thanks:

Generally speaking, hot showers are not good as they tend to depress the various physiological systems of the body.

Cold showers have the following positive effects:

* Brings blood to the capillaries, therefore increasing circulation throughout the body.

* Cleans the circulatory system.

* Reduces blood pressure on internal organs.

* Provides flushing for the organs and provides a new supply of blood.

* Strengthens the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

* Contracts the muscles to eliminate toxins and poisonous wastes.

* Strengthens the mucous membranes, which help resist hay fever, allergies, colds, coughs.

Many health problems are reduced or even eliminated over time by providing proper circulation of the blood to the affected area using the cold shower massage.

::Cold showers are good for you - official::
::Sunday, 21 November 1999 taken fr  with thanks:

Cold showers and cold baths, which were part of the regular regime of Edwardian gentlemen, may be set for a comeback. Later generations have dismissed cold showers as a masochistic fetish designed to control sexual appetite. But now German doctors have found that immersion in cold water has beneficial effects on body chemistry.

Cold showers and cold baths, which were part of the regular regime of Edwardian gentlemen, may be set for a comeback. Later generations have dismissed cold showers as a masochistic fetish designed to control sexual appetite. But now German doctors have found that immersion in cold water has beneficial effects on body chemistry.

Year-round swimmers in Berlin have half as many chest infections as other people, say doctors from the Herzog-Julius Hospital in Bad Harzburg and the Medical School at Humboldt University in Berlin. Swimming in freezing water, cold plunges in ice water following a sauna, and other forms of cold immersion harden the body and benefit health by increasing resistance to chest infections, the German doctors say.

Dr Werner Siems, a biochemist at Herzog-Julius Hospital became interested after observing patients with rheumatoid arthritis who were given exposure to cold at -110C for up to three minutes at a time. Patients, who wear shoes and gloves and special protection for the nose, mouth, ears and other sensitive parts, report a reduction in pain following treatment in the cold chamber.

Studies of year-round swimmers, both men and women, have found that regular exposure to cold changes the body's chemistry, making it more resistant to oxidative stress. The swimmers' bodies have increased quantities of a substance, glutathione, and elevated levels of several enzymes that enable the body to remove reactive oxygen from the body more quickly.

It appears that swimming in cold water may help the body combat natural decay caused by reactive oxygen. Among the possible, but as yet unproven benefits could be protection against heart and blood vessel disease. "Modern life has a deficiency of stimulating factors such as cold, heat and physical stress and this results in poor resistance to disease," said Dr Siems. "Brief exposure to cold causes a mild oxidative stress which may prepare the body to resist a greater stress."

Cold treatment is popular in Siberia, where it has been witnessed by Professor William Keatinge, of Queen Mary and Westfield College in London, an expert on cold exposure.

"In Russia they call this treatment Ivanov therapy after a guru who walks in the snow barefoot and without a shirt," Professor Keatinge said. "I saw a number of expectant mothers in Krasnoyarsk, central Siberia, troop out of the hospital clinic into the snow in bikinis, meditate for a few minutes, and then troop back.

"But I was even more astonished to see a newborn baby given Ivanov therapy. The baby was only a few hours old when a nurse poured a bucket of ice-cold water over its head. Then I was shown a one-year-old boy who had been given the treatment every day of his life. He had become so used to cold water that he continued to play on the floor after it was poured over him as if nothing had happened."

Russian doctors particularly recommend the ice-water treatment for what they call post-Chernobyl syndrome, an anxiety condition recognised in Russia which may have psychological aspects similar to ME, the persistent fatigue syndrome.

Professor Keatinge has for many years been studying the increase in deaths in this country during the winter. He has shown that some 30,000 people in Britain die each winter as a result of exposure to cold. These are mostly older people who go outdoors wearing insufficient clothing during cold weather when they may, for example, have to wait in the cold at a bus stop.

"Cold stress acting over a period of half-an-hour to several hours causes the blood to become more concentrated and increases the risk of a heart attack," said Professor Keatinge. "Shorter exposures to cold may make people more resistant to it, but there are risks. People who swim in the cold may suffer heart attacks. So it is not advisable for older people, unless they have been doing it for a long time. It is particularly ill-advised for anyone who suffers from angina."

'It's brilliant. It is like an addiction'

The air had a frosty nip as Chris Ruocco dived into water at 9C (48F), writes Oliver Gillie. Every morning, winter or summer, Mr Ruocco swims in Highgate pond, north London, along with other members of the Highgate Lifebuoys.

He began swimming in the pond at the age of 10, when, as a boy boxer, he worked out with the legendary trainer, Georgie Francis, and has been swimming year in, year out ever since. The cold baptism of Highgate ponds has blessed a generation of boxers such as Frank Bruno, John Conteh, Cornelius Boza Edwards, and Bunny Stirling who all hardened themselves in its water under the guidance of Francis.

"It is good for toughening up," said Mr Ruocco, who won prizes in the ring as a young amateur.

The cold plunge gives Mr Ruocco a big lift before he begins his work as a tailor. His clients have included pop groups such as Wham!, Bananarama and Spandau Ballet. Now after more than three decades of toughening up Mr Ruocco does not look his age.

"An hour after swimming you feel a glorious glow through the body. It's brilliant. I have to do it. It is like an addiction," he said. In the winter the Lifebuoys have to break the ice before they can swim.

Along with a few others Mr Ruocco swims year round despite warnings from Health and Safety Officers employed by the City of London Corporation who are responsible for Highgate pond.

Tim Graydon, secretary of the Lifebuoys, warns: "You have to build up to it slowly. I wouldn't recommend cold swimming for someone who does not take other regular exercise. It doesn't matter who you are, diving into cold water in mid-winter is a shock to the system. Nobody can stand cold water for long - you have to get out sharpish."

The Lifebuoys, who were founded in 1903, run a Christmas day race which has had to be cancelled twice when the ice was too thick to break.

Article below taken from with many thanks
Cold Water Therapy

You’re in the middle of a nice, hot shower, feeling your muscles relax, the day’s tension (or night’s sleepiness) melt away. As you bask in the quiet moment of repose, suddenly your body gets a startling jolt. After a second of disoriented shock, you realize something has happened to the hot water. Did someone start the washer? Is the water heater going berserk? Your hopes of relaxation now dashed, your stress level through the roof, you finish only the most obligatory rinsing and step out of the shower cursing, muttering and shivering as you reach for your towel.

But does a cold shower need to ruin the day? Can they actually be more than a nuisance, but a legitimate health therapy as some say? We thought we’d do some digging to explore the notion MDA reader Alex recently put forth: “The way Grok kept himself clean sure wasn’t with sustained periods of temperature controlled hot water. Maybe we shouldn’t either.” The results we found were very intriguing (and encouraging) indeed.

The underlying premise of cold water therapy is that briefly and somewhat regularly exposing the body to certain kinds of natural stresses (like cold water) can enhance health. Promoters of cold water therapy say that it can boost immune function, decrease inflammation and pain, and increase blood flow. Some argue that a shower setting is suitable, while others say some level of immersion is necessary for real benefit. What does the research say? Here’s what we found.

The benefits of cold water therapy appear to depend on the subject’s adaptation over time. In other words, regular polar dips seem to enhance long term health, but a single cold burst in the shower won’t offer much beyond a good wake-up jolt. The power of cold water therapy, it seems, is in the habituation itself.

In studies comparing regular winter swimmers with subjects not adapted to cold immersion, winter swimmers showed an ability “to survive a significantly greater temperature gradient between body and environment than non-cold-adapted subjects.” Their advantage over the non-adapted subjects was a modification of the “sensory functions of hypothalamic thermoregulatory centres to lower heat loss and produce less heat during cold exposure.” The researchers concluded that regular winter swimmers show “metabolic, hypothermic and insulative” kinds of adaptation to cold temperatures.

Cold showers, research shows, can help this habituation process, but only water at 10 degrees Celsius (as opposed to 15 degrees C) made a difference. Habituation also seems to be somewhat long-term. In a British study, subjects’ responses showed that habituation to cold water lasted 7-14 months as measured by respiration and heart rate.

Some of the specific benefits? A German study examined oxidative stress associated with ice-bathing in regular winter swimmers and found these swimmers showed an “adaptive response” through enhanced “antioxidative defense” as measured by several blood markers.

Other research highlighting cold water’s effect on immunity shows an increase in both the number and activity of peripheral cytotoxic T lymphocytes in those regularly exposed to cold therapies.

Full body cold water immersion and cryotherapy (cold air chamber) also resulted in a sustained increase in norepinephrine, which substantiates the long-term pain relief touted by cold therapy promoters. Exposure to cold also increases metabolic rate.

Finally, the benefits of cold water therapy show promise for those with chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic heart failure, and some (non-lymphoid) types of cancers.

So, are you intrigued yet? Though the jury may still be out on some of the findings related to specific medical conditions, healthy individuals seem to have much to gain from the cold. It’s all about upregulating our systems, taxing them in a healthy, natural way like intermittent fasting. While the findings don’t suggest people should, in the name of health, give up hot showers altogether (who would give them up even if they did!) Alex may have a legitimate point after all. We will be keeping our eyes and ears open for new research around cold water therapy for future posts.

Some specific suggestions based on the findings? Very cold showers appear to be beneficial for the purpose of habituation, but we’d recommend alternating them occasionally with immersion when you can. Those of you in Northern climates might have more fun and social occasions (e.g. New Year’s polar dips) for such an exercise, but we can all spare the water heater for a day now and then for a nice cold dip in the old tub.


Article from ::blogfind healthy food:: with thanks
::Cold Shower Morning Health Benefit::

-The health benefits of a cold shower therapy.-

Nobody can deny that a cold shower is stimulating. When having a cold shower in the morning, our body, which are still left exhausted after sleeping at night can feel fresh and be ready to perform our daily activities. Cold showers stimulate the circulation, help the body rid itself of toxins, and can even promote energy and a sense of well-being.

Cold Shower Morning Health Benefit

The reason for this is the shocking effect a cold shower has on the system. As the change in temperature is the most important aspect of a cold shower, ensure that you shower in a warm room. If taken regularly, cold showers can increase your general health as well as help you feel energetic in the short term. Yoga practitioners recommend cold showers to help build immunity to cold and flu.

Showering with cold water everyday fools your body into thinking that you are about to get sick, so your immune system gets triggered and is prepared for any virus or microbes coming your way for the rest of the day. The other good news for men who want to pursue the cold shower treatment, cold showers may actually help if you are a male trying to father a child. This is because a cold shower stimulates the testicles so that they produce more sperm.

Hot showers cause depression, bad posture, back pain, lowering of the immune system, low energy, they are horrible for your skin as they dry it out completely and makes your skin looser and makes you look older, its bad for your hair as it also dries it out and makes it weak and brittle.

Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs. This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation in your blood by forcing the blood to move. The ideal practice would be to switch numerous times between hot and cold water, but merely ending the shower with cold water does help with circulation. Why should you worry about having good circulation? Well, it prevents such problems as hypertension, hardening of the arteries, and the appearance of varicose veins. Good circulation improves the performance of your system and thus help looking and feeling better.

You should not try cold showers if you have a heart problem. Cold showers may cause discomfort to women during menstruation. These folks should try a lukewarm shower instead and avoid giving shocks to the body.

Cold showers have the following positive health effects:

•Brings blood to the capillaries, therefore increasing circulation throughout the body.

•Increase men fertility by produce more high quality sperm

•Cleans the circulatory system.

•Reduces blood pressure on internal organs.

•Provides flushing for the organs and provides a new supply of blood.

•Strengthens the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.

•Contracts the muscles to eliminate toxins and poisonous wastes.

•Strengthens the mucous membranes, which help resist hay fever, allergies, colds, coughs.

When we have cold showers, it sets the heart pumping, pushing oxygen and blood throughout the body at a higher rate. It contracts the muscles, which then take in fresh blood and release toxins. It stimulates circulation to all areas of the body. It also prompts a release of chemicals from your brain, waking you up. Once you are out of the shower, the increased circulation of oxygen in your body should give you a sense of calm and well-being.


Article taken from with thanks

::A friend of mine is 45 years old, has no gray hair, and very good skin for her age. I wanted to find out if there was anything in her routine that could have been a reason for such youthful looks for her age (all without any surgery by the way!). Leaving genetics out of the equation for a moment, the one interesting thing that popped up was the fact that she takes a cold shower every morning. So I did a little research about the subject and found 4 main benefits that you gain by taking cold showers.

Now when I say cold shower, I want to clarify exactly what I mean by that. Taking a full cold shower, meaning no hot or warm or lukewarm water at all, is borderline torture! Especially in the cold winter months (I am from Montreal, and it is VERY cold here!). Besides, there are many benefits to taking a warm shower, the primary one being that it feels really good! But seriously, what I mean in this context, is the practice of starting with a warm shower, and ending the last few minutes with cool to cold water. Here are the benefits that you gain by incorporating a cold shower into your shower routine:

1- Better Circulation

Warm water makes the blood rush to your skin, and cool water makes the blood rush to your organs. This switching between hot and cold triggers better circulation in your blood by forcing the blood to move. The ideal practice would be to switch numerous times between hot and cold water, but merely ending the shower with cold water does help with circulation. Why should you worry about having good circulation? Well, it prevents such problems as hypertension, hardening of the arteries, and the appearance of varicose veins. Good circulation improves the performance of your system and thus help looking and feeling better.

2- Better looking skin

When you shower with warm water, it opens up your pores. Then you wash and this cleans up your pores. That’s all good. When you end, it would be best to close your pores and cold water does just that. It’s good to close your pores after you are all cleaned up because it will prevent the pores from being easily clogged by dirt and oil, which causes skin imperfections such as acne for example. Another benefit is that cold water makes your blood vessels constrict which reduces swelling and the appearance of dark circles under your eyes (where skin is at its thinnest). This provides you with a young, healthy glow.

3- Healthier hair

Cold water makes your hair look healthier and shinier. As a matter of fact, cool air makes your hair shinier too (that’s why there is a cool air button on your hair dryer). What the cold water does is that it closes the cuticle which makes the hair stronger and prevents dirt from easily accumulating within your scalp. Basically, the same principle with how it closes the pores of your skin as mentioned above. Stronger hair, of course, prevents hair from being easily pulled out when you are combing, and it helps in slowing down overall hair loss.

4- Mental benefits

There are plenty of mental benefits to ending your shower with cold water. The ancient samurai warriors used to pour buckets of cold river water on their heads every morning in a Shinto practice called Misogi. This was a purification ritual on a spiritual level. They believe that it cleansed their spirit and helped start a new day & new adventure fresh. Cold water obviously helps waking you up, which is what you want in the morning. Also, it energizes you and invigorates your entire being with the essence of life. Give it a try, you will definitely feel more alive! It can also lift you up if you are feeling a little down or unmotivated.

Ending your shower with cold water clearly has its advantages. Many benefits to cold showers, as you can see. I know this is something that can be very difficult for many people to do. The key is to not torture yourself. Go about it gradually. Start with a level of cold you can deal with, and slowly make it colder after each shower. As long as you get your feet wet (no pun intended!), and begin adding this routine at the end of your showers, you will be on your way to making a habit out of it and enjoy the benefits that this practice can bring you. Who knows, maybe you can avoid gray hair altogether like my friend! Maybe the fountain of youth is made up of very cold water?! ::

::the article below taken from with many thanks..

Want to experience the benefits of hormesis very directly? Take a cold shower! And don’t just try it once, make it a habit and take cold showers daily. I have been doing it daily for the past six months and am loving it!

As one form of hydrotherapy, the health benefits of cold water therapy are numerous. Cold showers provide a gentle form of stress that leads to thermogenesis (internal generation of body heat), turning on the body’s adaptive repair systems to strengthen immunity, enhance pain and stress tolerance, and ward off depression, overcome chronic fatigue syndrome, and stimulate anti-tumor responses.

Some people advocate starting with a warm shower, and switching over to cool or cold water only at the end of the shower. This is fine, particularly if you are afraid that a pure cold shower would just be too uncomfortable or intolerable. But I prefer just jumping right in. When you start with cold water, you will experience the phenomenon of cold shock, an involuntary response characterized by a sudden rapid breathing and increased heart rate. This in itself is very beneficial. The extent of cold shock has been shown to decrease with habituation, and exposure to colder water (10C or 50F) appears to be more effective than just cool water (15 C or 59F) in promoting habituation. The habituation itself is what is most beneficial, both objectively and subjectively. There is an analogy here with high intensity resistance exercise and interval training, both of which elevate heart rate and lead to long term adaptations to stress, with improved cardiovascular capacity and athletic performance.

But cold showers provide a different and probably complementary type of habituation to that which results from exercise. A study of winter swimmers compared them with a control group in their physiological response to being immersed in cold water: Both groups responded to cold water by thermogenesis (internal production of body heat), but the winter swimmers did so by raising their core temperature and did not shiver until much later than the controls, whereas the control subjects responded by shivering to increase their peripheral temperatures. The winter swimmers also tolerated much larger temperature differences and conserved their energy better. Other studies confirm that the benefits of habituation show up only after several weeks of cold showering. For example, adaptation to cold leads to increased output of the beneficial “short term stress” hormones adrenaline and thyroxine, leading to mobilization of fatty acids, and substantial fat loss over a 1-2 week period.

So regular cold showers, like high intensity exercise, and intermittent fasting, appear to provide similar, but not identical hormetic benefits.

But now I’d like to focus on the subjective experience of taking cold showers, something not commented on in many of the studies I’ve read. If you follow my approach and plunge right into a cold shower, you’ll get the initial “cold shock” mentioned above: a quickened pace of breathing and a pumping heart. Often I find myself involuntarily smiling or even laughing. For waking up, this beats caffeine. I keep the water cold the whole time. It helps to brace yourself when entering by gritting your teeth and stiffening your muscles. Go in head first and alternate from back to front to make sure you are getting cold all over, including your hands and arms and any sensitive zones. After about a minute, you’ll find the cold water starts to become more tolerable, and after 2 or 3 minutes you’ll feel your body getting warm by its own efforts. This is thermogenesis. I make a point of staying in the shower until I’m no longer uncomfortable. I found that at first my hands were the most sensitive part, and now they are no longer as sensitive, so they have habituated.

When I started taking cold showers, I measured the water temperature at around 60 F (16 C), but over time I have reduced this somewhat to 50-55 F (10-13C) as my body has adapted. (You can determine this by bringing into the shower a plastic cup and meat or candy thermometer and collecting some water once the temperature equilibrates). Of course, depending on where you live and the season, there is a lower limit to how cold you can go, but in general you should be able to get at least as cold as 60F in most places. Also, my cold showers used to be very short, maybe 4 or 5 minutes, but now they last as long as my previous warm showers, perhaps 10 minutes. I still take the occasional warm shower, perhaps once every week or so, but I prefer the cold ones.

I find that cold showers are great for the mood. Not only are they physically invigorating, they make you feel alive, vital and ready to take on the day. They stimulate thinking early in the morning. I also believe that they have the effect of slightly raising blood glucose very quickly — by perhaps 10 mg/dl, and thereby have an appetite suppressing effect. Generally, this rise in blood glucose is relatively short in duration, but that’s good enough to prime the pump and get the day started. This effect of cold showers works well with my practice of skipping breakfast most days and often fasting until dinner.

These effects are apparent with the first cold shower. If you continue the practice for several weeks, you’ll find the psychological benefits are even greater. First and foremost, cold showers appear to have improved my stress tolerance, by buffering emotional reactions. What I mean by this is that bad news, surprises, arguments, or events that would have previously caused a brief surge in adrenaline or an emotional flush, no longer have that effect, or at most have a very attenuated effect. I think this is a consequence of becoming acclimated to the the adrenaline-producing effect of the cold shock. A deeper explanation of why cold showers are effective in boosting mood, and why the psychological benefits of cold showers increase the longer and more frequently you take them is addressed in my recent post on the opponent-process theory of emotions.

As with any application of Hormetism, you can experiment with the intensity of cold, the duration, and the frequency of cold showers to improve your tolerance at a tolerable rate. If you find that your heart is beating uncomfortably fast or you are going numb, that’s a good reason to ease into the routine more slowly. But don’t sell yourself short and rush through a cold shower, because you may find that extending a few more minutes provides the greatest benefits in adapting your body to tolerate stress. Not just cold stress — but physical and emotional stress in general

Friday, 19 November 2010

apa makna pada label makanan

Fikirkan bila kita pergi shopping makanan di supermarket, makanan yang telah diproses, ada yang tidak kisah, lalu memilih makanan yang biasa. Yang setengah setengah cua menjadi health conscious lalu mengambil yang rendah lemak atau lite etc.
Tapi bagi kita di luar sana kita benar benar berserah bila membeli benda benda yang dilabel sebagai lite tadi. Kerana kita menjangkakan bahwa apa yang ditulis di label makanan tadi adalah benar semata mata. Tapi kadangkala menganggap ianya benar dan reliable. Tapi semua adalah trick of the trade. Kita kena mengkaji dan memahami supaya kita tidak membuta tuli mempercayainya tanpa mempersoalkan label tadi..

Seperti didalam artikel yang ditulis dibawah oleh R Hill lifestyle Yahoo,  kebenaran makanan yang ditulis lite/kurang lemak atau diet  jika kita faham maksud istilah tadi dan kebenaran mengenai kesihatan dan kebaikan untuk diri kita, ianya akan memeranjatkan.

Istilah yang digunakan tidak bermakna ianya berbeza dari segi lemak, dsb. Tapi ianya mungkin bermaksud yang sungguh kurang tepat tapi dengan penjenamaan yang berlainan akan memberi pengeluar kesempatan mengenakan harga yang berbeza malah lebih tinggi kepada pengguna, tetapi berat dan bahan dikurangkan semata mata kerana istilah lite, reduced fat, slimming dan sebagainya.

Bacalah sebelum anda terpengaruh dengan trend trend ini. Kalau nak jaga kesihatan belilah makanan yang belum di proses dan masak dari asas. Ingat  dan  beringat ingatlah makan untuk hidup bukan hidup untuk makan. Jagalah kesihatan dan pemakanan semasa sihat bukan semasa dah sakit.Jika mula nak jaga masa dah sakit susahlah jadinya..

:written by Rachael Anne Hill, Thursday, 18 November 2010::

dari yahoo lifestyle:: with thanks
It’s easy to toss a product into your trolley because it says ‘light’, ‘reduced fat’ or ‘diet’, but do you actually understand what those terms mean? The truth about their healthiness, and their lasting effect on your diet, might surprise you.

‘Only 5% fat’

According to healthy eating guidelines no more than 30% of the calories we eat should come from fat, so food products that proudly display packaging declaring themselves to be 5%, 10% or even 15% are well below that right? Wrong. This is because these percentages refer to the ‘weight’ of the food not the percentage of calories within the food that come from fat. Therefore, although you can rest assured that a product claiming to be 5% fat will only have five grams of fat per 100 grams of weight in calorific terms the product could still be at least 30% fat or above.

For example:

A certain brand of oven chips is advertised as 5% fat because it contains just under five grams of fat per 100g of chips – all perfectly legal and above board as far as labelling laws are concerned. However, in terms of calories these chips contain five times that amount. How can that be? Because according to the nutritional label 100g of chips contains 172 calories, we know that five of those 100 grams are fat so to find out what that equates to in calories simply multiply five by nine (because fat contains nine calories per gram). Result? 45 calories and 45 as a percentage of 172 equals 26% - more than five times the percentage advertised on the packet!

‘Lite’ or ‘light’ foods

Watch out for the way that foods are described too. The words 'lite' or 'light' might lead you to assume that they are either low in calories or low in fat. However, neither is necessarily true as current labelling law allows manufacturers to use the term on products that may simply be lighter in colour or texture than another similar product. Many leading brands of ‘light’ mayonnaise still contain over 90% fat.

‘Reduced fat’ foods

Similarly, be careful of terms such as 'reduced fat'. This does not necessarily mean 'low fat', just that the product has a reduced fat content to other similar versions. Consequently, crisps advertised as ‘reduced fat’ may still be more than 50% fat.

‘Slimming foods’

The same is also true of many ‘slimming’, ‘healthy living’ or ‘calorie controlled’ products. It may be reasonable to expect foods that are advertised as being beneficial to slimmers to have fewer calories, less fat and maybe even less sugar but don't bet on it. It’s not unusual for some ‘diet’ versions of foods such as ready meals, crisps and snacks to have, weight for weight, more calories, fat or sugar than other ‘non slimming’ varieties. Sometimes the only factor that makes a product more suitable for the slimming market is that it is sold in smaller quantities. For example, chocolate bars marketed to slimmers may have more calories, weight for weight, than normal chocolate, only the size of the bar is smaller - and then some manufacturers can charge consumers up to 100% more for the privilege!::

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Selamat hari raya haji semua semalam

Selamat hari raya aidil ad-ha kepada muslimin dan muslimat semua. Diharapkan tidak terlambat dengan ucapan ini.
Semoga hari kurban ini membawa seribu erti dan makna pada semua yang telah menerima  title haji dan hajjah, yang mendapatnya kelmarin dan yang masih menunggu seru. Selain dari itu  amalan kurban yang dilaksanakan pada yang berkemampuan, semoga diberkati amalan ini insyaAllah.

Kepada yang sudah lama bertitle hajjah dan haji ini semoga hari ini menjadi hari yang besar  dan penting untuk merenewkan perjalanan sebagai hamba Allah yang sudah ada kontrak dengan Allah swt. Merenungkan kembali dari perjalanan menunaikan ibadah haji ini sehinggalah sekarang. Menilaikan dan menggunakan hari raya haji ini untuk meneruskan cara yang lebih baik dan murni adab dan peradaban serta amalan harian kita sendiri pada Allah swt, pada orang lain dan makhluk Allah swt.
Pada waktu yang sama kita menilai tutur kata dan kelemahan kita setakat ini, diwaktu yang sama berniat meneruskan apa yang kita janjikan dalam perjanjian kita semasa menunaikan fardu haji tempohari. Bukanlah untuk tempoh singkat perjanjian ini, tapi perlu berterusan.
Kawal lah diri dari melakukan sesuatu yang boleh merosakkan ibadat haji kita sepertimana kita menjaga ibadat dan amalan tutur kata kita walaupun kita telahpun mendapat haji yang lengkap. Kerana kita perlu menjaga supaya amalan kita yang telah lepas diredhai dan di terima Allah swt dan Allah meluruskan kita meneruskan amalan tersebut hingga akhir hayat. Supaya kita tidak lupa perjanjian dan amalan serta hanyut bila meneruskan hidup harian kita selepas ini..
Fikirlah dan renungilah..


Gula memang terdapat didalam makanan dan minuman harian kita. Nasi yang dimakan akan diproses menjadi gula, buah buahan dimakan mengandungi gula juga..
Segala yang dimakan setiap hari diproses didalam badan...walaupun makanan yang elok untuk kesihatan. Pakar pemakanan yang ditemui dulu ada berkata, jika mahu makan yoghurt beli lah yang plain tak ada perisa. Kerana tiada perisa yang mengandungi gula dicampur didalam yoghurt tadi. Jika mahu tambahlah potongan buah buahan segar atau buah buahan segar yang dibekukan. Itu adalah lebih baik.

Diawah adalah article diambil dari dma1l : ditulis oleh Victoria Lambert:  with thanks

::The sugar timebomb lurking in your drink (even those so-called 'healthy' yogurt ones)::

-Could that supposedly ‘healthy’ yogurt drink increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? Worrying new research suggests it might.

One finding was that people who had just one or two sugary drinks a day were 26 per cent more likely to develop diabetes or metabolic syndrome (a precursor to diabetes), and were also at greater risk of obesity, said researchers from the prestigious International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk.

There is no doubt that sugary drinks are a real factor in childhood obesity, explains endocrinologist Professor Nick Finer, of University College London Hospitals. ‘One of the problems is that 20 per cent of a child’s energy now comes from sugar in or added to drinks and foods — and this is linked to weight gain and obesity.’

And it’s not just fizzy soft drinks to blame — some yogurt drinks can contain as much as 15 teaspoons of sugar in just one serving.

Unfortunately these liquid calories are ‘invisible’, explains nutritionist Susan Jebb, of the Medical Research Council (MRC). ‘They don’t satisfy us in the same way calories from food would, so we can consume more without feeling full.’

Meanwhile, they are so sugary our bodies react by releasing large surges of insulin. Repeated occurrences of these insulin spikes can make the body less sensitive to the hormone, increasing the risk of insulin resistance (when our bodies don’t react to insulin properly) which may lead to diabetes.’

So what is the sugar content of your favourite drink? We asked Glenys Jones of the MRC’s Department of Human Nutrition Research to calculate the number of teaspoons in 40 popular beverages; the results may well shock you.

Note the calculations are based on the amount contained in the bottle — as Glenys Jones explains, people buying a 500ml bottle of drink don’t stop at a neat 250ml glass a day, but tend to finish it off. The sugar content of squash is based on the manufacturer’s instructions.

Many drinks bottles have been ‘super-sized’, so while they may contain two servings, people will often drink the whole bottle or carton. ‘Many don’t realise that by drinking a 500ml bottle, they could be doubling their sugar intake,’ says Glenys Jones.

A spokesperson for the British Soft Drinks Association says: ‘People should enjoy soft drinks as part of a balanced diet; there are also plenty of low-sugar choices if they are concerned about sugar intake.’-

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Giant Watermelon

Giant Tomatoes

Planting Watermelons

Giant Pumpkins hobby dan achievement