Monday 30 December 2013

Diet is more important than exercise

Diet and exercise are both equally important to have good health.  However, diet is more important than exercising. We are what we eat. 

For more details, you can read the following on why diet is more important than exercising.,c9226805

1 can of coke takes minutes to drink. To burn the calories of 1 can of coke takes at least 1 hour of exercise.  So would you choose to indulgent in minutes of enjoyment and sweat out 1 hour to burn the calories you just drink down?  You decide.  For me, i am lazy so i prefer to drink plain water and i bring my own water out daily. :)

I have started adding REFRESH to my plain water since Oct 2013 and lately change my drinking container to stainless steel instead of BPA plastic bottle.

 Do you know we can keep fit through our diet?  Not telling you to skip meals but TO EAT WISER. By having high fibre diet and watching your calories help in weight management and maintaining general good health.

Listen to the following to understand more about how much calories are we taking in daily (eg a cup of milkshake is equivalent the total calories we need in a day) and what are the good dieting habits with little exercise to maintain good health.

Why run along the road and breathing in carbon monoxide, isn't it causing more harm than good?  Exercising in the gym with air refreshener ( is causing more harm too.


This is my high fibre breakfast daily.
Nutrifresh and 1 shape lite 
1 shape has soy, psyllium husk, American ginseng and fruits
1 shape lite has soy, psyllium husk and American ginseng

Instead of drinking plain water,  these are what I drink daily. Either 1 each day. 

Myself in a pair of jeans I bought during honeymoon.

Health is wealth.  Wish you good health and wealth.

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Thursday 5 December 2013

RECIPE: Encore agar agar with E-SWEET

Ingredients as above. It can make abt 120 pieces bite size agar agar.  

1. Take a bunch of pandan leaves and boil together with 700ml water for 15-30min. Then turn fire low,  add 4 sachets of E-Sweet and a sachet agar agar mix and stir slowly.
2. Add 3 sachets of ENCORE to 300ml of room temperature water and stir well.
3. Let the liquid from 1 cool off a little and add liquid from 2. Mix well. 
4. After mixing everything, dish out into the mould.

The heart and liver are vital organs that work round the clock to help the body to function. The heart works as a pump to send blood through all parts of the body. The liver is basically a filter and cleanser of the bloodstream. Both heart and liver are important to a healthy immune system. The pumping heart moves blood containing immune cells, oxygen and nutrients, to all parts of the body. The liver contains immune cells that help the body to fight infections.

Encore is specially formulated to nourish the heart and liver with antioxidant-rich plant foods so they can perform optimally—and ultimately keep the immune system at peak performance.

E-SWEET is a sweetener that contains steviol glycosides (the sweet components of the stevia leaf) and maltodextrin. One package of E-SWEET is equivalent in sweetness to about 4 level teaspoons of cane sugar (sucrose) but has only 3% of the calories and no significant effect on blood sugar level. What’s more, it tastes like cane sugar. Substitute cane sugar with E-SWEET for a natural sweet taste that does not burden your health.

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Both children had sudden fever

After coming back from half day cc on 3rd Dec 2013, their fever gradually went up fr almost 38 to 38.5 degree.

I started giving them the following.
1.30pm - a can of Millennium Sparkling to share before taking their nap

4pm - 1 sachet of CELEBRATION to share before dinner

7pm - 2 sachets of CELEBRATION to share before bed.

1045pm - 2 sachets of CELEBRATION to share before I sleep

4th dec 2013, no more fever!  I keep them home for the day and continue to give the following:
130pm - 1 sachet of CELEBRATION to share
830pm - 1 sachet of CELEBRATION to share

5th dec 2013, off to school!


Usually when the kids have fever,  it takes 2 days and 8 sachets of Millennium.  However this time I ran out of Millennium,  I use CELEBRATION and it works faster!

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Friday 22 November 2013

RECEIPE: Aromantic mini cupcakes

I started baking mini cupcakes beginning of the year due to my daughter's birthday.

2nd time trying out AROMANTIC mini cupcakes.  3rd time will be nxt thur for my girl child care bake sales drive for the Philippines disaster.

AROMANTIC tastes like coffee when make into beverage but it tastes like CHOCOLATE after baking.  Most importantly, it does not contain caffeine.  FAVOURITE AMONG THE KIDS!!!  It is made of roasted Barley, pumpkin flowers, bee pollen and pearls.  It is rich in amino acids, phytochemicals and calcium that are easily absorbed by the body.  A good alternative for coffee drinkers.

Barley is high in amino acids, vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, minerals, and beta-glucan. Beta-glucan promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon and helps prevent absorption of fats and cholesterol in the intestine.
Research has found that pumpkin (pumpkin flower) is high in carotene. It may be effective against conditions such as insomnia, high blood pressure and stroke, and may improve heart function.
Bee pollen is a complete food. It is rich in amino acids that are essential to life. Easy for the body to assimilate, bee pollen may strengthen the immune system and circulatory system, and halt the hardening of arteries. Other nutrients in bee pollen include lecithin and large amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E and B-complex.
Pearl’s high calcium content makes it an ideal supplement for good health. Pearl’s calcium can be very potent in stimulating bone marrow cells and new bone formation. Researchers have concluded that pearl can improve nervous system function, contributing to pearl’s anti-aging effects. Pearl may also help improve skin condition and the digestive system.

60 mini cupcakes, 180 degrees, 10-12min

300gm organic unbleached flour
200gm unsalted butter
180gm castor sugar ( or 5 E - Sweet and 90gm sugar)
3 large eggs ($0.23 each)
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn baking soda
7 sachets AROMANTIC
60ml purified water

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Thursday 31 October 2013

Zachary fell sick on the 3rd day of school

Zachary started cc on 16 Oct 2013. On the 3rd day,  he was down with sneezing n dripping nose. Upon reaching home from his half day school,  I started him with 3 noco and half Millennium Sparkling Drink (MSD) in the afternoon and evening and more oseed during the day and no dairy milk.

The next day,  he started feverish but less dripping nose n sneezing.  As it was weekends, I gave the following on Saturday and Sunday,
-morning: 2 oxyginberry,  1 nutrifresh, 3 noco.
-mid morning: MSD
-afternoon and evening: 1/2 MSD and 3 noco

By Monday,  he was well to go back to school! He recovered very fast and without medication as he has been taking nutritional immunology food since April 2013.

As flu and cough are very common in preschool,  I decided to continue him with noco for 3 months to build up his respiratory.

If your child has respiratory issue and do not wish to give Western medication and tcm, contact me.

You can read more here.

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Friday 25 October 2013

Sharing is Caring

Would you like to understand more abt the science of Nutritional Immunology?  Come join me on 9 nov ya.
You will understand how to prevent diseases and prevention is better than cure.

Get your ticket now!

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Sunday 20 October 2013

AVA Food Safety Excellent Award to Extra Excellence (E Excel)

E Excel is awarded Food Safety Excellent Award for 10 consecutive years. This year EE is awarded with Silver Award.

EE pride on safety.

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Saturday 28 September 2013

Children fell sick after holidays to Bangkok-part 2

Started the children on the following as they were still coughing and phlegmy since Mon. Today I never hear them cough in their zzz!

Mon to thur
Morning-nutrifresh with 2 oxyginberry
Afternoon and evening-1/2 millennium with orchestra and 1 noco.

Nutrifresh with 2 oxyginberry
Afternoon and evening-1/2 millennium.

No dairy milk these 5 days. Still continue them w 3 oseed a day.

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Children fell sick after holidays to bangkok

22 sep 2013
No dairy milk was given.

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Tuesday 24 September 2013

Book to read: What the Bible says about healthy living

Thanks to my friend Ruth for sharing this book. You can get this E book at kobo application from your smart phone.  It advocates eating fruits and vegetables and insight of "clean" & "unclean" food. 

Dr Chen Jau Fei has such great vision and mission 26 years ago to provide a fresh, convenient,  safe and unique combination of wholesome food for busy people like us. 

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Friday 20 September 2013

Honey Lovers must read

My previous post on So no dairy milk then what, highlighted about the demand of dairy milk.  Now there is also more demand than supply of honey.  Interestingly, there is more honey in the market than it can produce.  How can it be?  Let see below articles.  It really takes a lot of wisdom as a consumer to look out for SAFETY than effectiveness.  There are so many marketing lines out there which claim their effectiveness yet neglected the safety of their products.  You may wish to read here, .

Additional update, 3 Oct 2018


Surprised? I was.
More than three-fourths of the honey sold in U.S. grocery stores isn’t exactly what the bees produce, according to testing done exclusively for Food Safety News.
The results show that the pollen frequently has been filtered out of products labeled “honey.”
The removal of these microscopic particles from deep within a flower would make the nectar flunk the quality standards set by most of the world’s food safety agencies.
In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration says that any product that’s been ultra-filtered and no longer contains pollen isn’t honey. However, the FDA isn’t checking honey sold here to see if it contains pollen.
Filtering out the pollen is more costly and reduces the health value and shelf-life of the final product. So why do it? To mask the orgins of where the 'honey' came from:
Ultra filtering is a high-tech procedure where honey is heated, sometimes watered down and then forced at high pressure through extremely small filters to remove pollen, which is the only foolproof sign identifying the source of the honey. It is a spin-off of a technique refined by the Chinese, who have illegally dumped tons of their honey – some containing illegal antibiotics – on the U.S. market for years.
The food safety divisions of the  World Health Organization, the European Commission and dozens of others also have ruled that without pollen there is no way to determine whether the honey came from legitimate and safe sources.
Food Safety News decided to test honey sold in various outlets after its earlier investigation found U.S. groceries flooded with Indian honey banned in Europe as unsafe because of contamination with antibiotics, heavy metal and a total lack of pollen which prevented tracking its origin.
Removal of all pollen from honey “makes no sense” and is completely contrary to marketing the highest quality product possible, Mark Jensen, president of the American Honey Producers Association, told Food Safety News.
“I don’t know of any U.S. producer that would want to do that. Elimination of all pollen can only be achieved by ultra-filtering and this filtration process does nothing but cost money and diminish the quality of the honey,” Jensen said.
“There is only one reason to ultra-filter honey and there’s nothing good about it,” he says.
In addition to using harmful pesiticides and antibiotics, this "laundered" honey is often diluted with corn syrup and other illegal sweeteners.
Food Safety News funded testing of 'honey' from the major sellers. Here are the top-line results:
Food Safety News purchased more than 60 jars, jugs and plastic bears of honey in 10 states and the District of Columbia.
The contents were analyzed for pollen by Vaughn Bryant, a professor at Texas A&M University and one of the nation’s premier melissopalynologists, or investigators of pollen in honey.
Bryant, who is director of the Palynology Research Laboratory, found that among the containers of honey provided by Food Safety News:
  • 76 percent of samples bought at groceries had all the pollen removed, These were stores like TOP Food, Safeway, Giant Eagle, QFC, Kroger, Metro Market, Harris Teeter, A&P, Stop & Shop and King Soopers.
  • 100 percent of the honey sampled from drugstores like Walgreens, Rite-Aid and CVS Pharmacy had no pollen.
  • 77 percent of the honey sampled from big box stores like Costco, Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target and H-E-B had the pollen filtered out.
  • 100 percent of the honey packaged in the small individual service portions from Smucker, McDonald’s and KFC had the pollen removed.
  • Bryant found that every one of the samples Food Safety News bought at farmers markets, co-ops and “natural” stores like PCC and Trader Joe’s had the full, anticipated, amount of pollen.
Food Saftey News' report is worth reading in full.
Find here,, if your honey at home is fake.

The New Zealand government and the honey industry were hard-pressed to act quickly as a national warning was issued in Britain amid concerns of food safety over fake honey based on a statement made by Food Safety Minister Nikki Kaye. 

The Food Standars Agency (FSA) in the UK issued a national warming about illegal and misleading claims indicated on the labels of manuka honey jars. Ms Kaye said it's important for New Zealand to maintain its integrity on food labels, and this is the reason that there should be proper standards in labeling.
The chairman and chief executive of Littleover Group in Derby, Tony Spacey, said that most of the "shonky" manuka honey in the UK came from New Zealand. The manuka honey is bottled in New Zealand and exported by New Zealanders. Mr Spacey said he strongly suggests that New Zealand should "stop exporting crap".
 Ms Kaye said New Zealand's honey industry representatives and government officials will meet again as they seek to correct the misleading claims on manuka honey jars. She said the challenging part was getting around the technicalities. In order to provide the correct label, the industry needs to know what the label needs to say exactly. Ms Kaye said there weren't any available scientific markers as of this moment. The centre of the whole issue was really what the labels on the honey jars claim.
New Zealand should work to address the labeling issue since there is a big opportunity in Britain for makers of honey. Ms Kaye said there is great demand for manuka honey and if the label is corrected, the honey industry in New Zealand can take advantage of the growth opportunity.
John Rawcliffe of th UMF Honey Association said that domestic and international customers who buy honey products with the UMFHA quality mark are assured of product safety. Products with this quality seal have been subjected to extensive tests before being exported to other countries.
Mr Rawcliffe said New Zealand's manuka honey was highly sought by international customers that eventually there was a supply shortage. These customers were willing to pay a premium price for honey. Mr Rawcliffe also said the association has already formed partnerships with international agencies to create better testing methods to protect New Zealand's honey exports.
by SEAN POULTER, Daily Mail
Food watchdogs have ordered all Chinese-produced honey to be withdrawn from sale after trials found that much of it is contaminated by antibiotics.
Forty per cent of the honey sold in the UK comes from China.
Tests of 16 pots found that ten contained the powerful antibiotic chloramphenicol.
The chemical is a trigger for aplastic anaemia, a rare but serious blood disorder which affects up to 100 people in Britain each year. It has also been linked to leukaemia.
The news comes just two weeks after the Food Standards Agency told leading supermarkets to withdraw specific batches of own-brand honey produced in China which were found to be contaminated with another antibiotic, streptomycin.
The sudden withdrawal of all Chinese honey threatens to cause a UK shortage.
Two Tesco Finest Acacia Honey jars tested positive for chloramphenicol. One also contained traces of streptomycin.
A pot of Tesco Pure Set Honey also tested positive for both.
Two jars of Sainsbury's ownbrand honey and a Gales product tested positive for both.
Honey from Rowse, Bee's Queen and Asda also tested positive for at least one of the chemicals.
It is understood that the antibiotics are used in sprays by Chinese beekeepers to keep down bacterial infection of beehives.
The country's shambolic food safeguards system means there is no proper testing to ensure illegal residues do not get into food.
The FSA's original approach was to remove only batches of Chinese honey which tested positive for illegal contaminants.
However, it adopted a blanket ban because the problem appears to be so widespread.
Concern about potentially harmful residues in Chinese food imports led the EU and Britain to ban all new shipments. But at that stage they did not order recalls of products on shelves.
Apart from 11 tonnes of honey, China exports 17,000 tonnes of fish and shellfish and 48 tonnes of rabbit meat to Britain each year.
The FSA has convened a meeting of independent scientific experts to assess the risk.
It said consumers could use Chinese honey already in their cupboards because the risk was considered 'extremely small'.

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Friday 13 September 2013

Thank You Note from Sherlyn: oxyginberry builds up her immunity

Thanks Sherlyn for sharing the good news.

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Live with Dr Chen on 7 Sep 2013 in mandarin

Dear people

The following is a short summary of what i learn at Live with Dr Chen on 7 Sep 2013 (mandarin).

1. Do not resort to medication unless emergency or really serious.
2. For normal flu , cough - just let the immune system works they will train up the immune system to be healthier.
Imagine our immune system as an army.  If it doesn't get to do training - we sanitize everything and resort to medication easily , in fact our immune system will be weak as no chance to train up.  This will make our ourselves prone to diseases in the future.  Also,  since our immune system doesn't get to train up , and being a 'soldier' in nature, our immune system will tend to attack non- threatening substances like pollen , certain food substance etc - leading allergy and histamine.  So the idea is to nourish our immune system well with the right food as its much much more powerful than any medication.  At the same time, give our immune system a chance to train up.

The intestines in our bodies got a lot of good bacteria and bad bacteria, and the strains of bacteria in one person may be different in another person in terms of the types, the quantity, the balance. In taking probiotics, we may upset the types, quantity and balance of the strains of bacteria. And, we do not know how this will affect adversely the body. And so it be better for the body to produce their own bacteria than consume from outside source (which may only be 2-3 strains of the numerous strains in the intestine).
We do not only get the cholesterol from the food we eat, the main part of our cholesterol is produced by our liver.   Cholesterol is important for our body, it helps to make some hormones, build cell walls, etc. Cholesterol (LDL) produce by our liver is transported from liver to various parts/organs of our body. However, if there's too much LDL, more than what required by the body parts/organs, the LDL be deposited in our blood stream, and as this LDL accumulate it may clog the blood vessels.  HDL cholesterol remove LDL from blood vessels and carry back to the liver.  This is only one of the 500 functions of liver. Liver is one of the most neglected organs, but we really got to nourish it.

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Friday 6 September 2013

The toxic truth about vitamin supplements: How health pills millions take with barely a second thought can do more harm than good

The toxic truth about vitamin supplements: How health pills millions take with barely a second thought can do more harm than good

Four years ago, I began taking the much promoted glucosamine supplement after hurting my knee in a skiing accident. 
Glucosamine is made from shellfish and is widely believed to promote joint health - the theory is that it speeds up the production of the protein needed to grow and maintain healthy cartilage. 
Although there's no clinical evidence of its effectiveness, my GP said it might help rebuild the damaged cartilage and improve my joint strength. I didn't hesitate, and immediately started taking the recommended dose, 1,500 mg a day. 
Toxic tablet: Headaches, diarrhoea and a flagging libido can be side effects of taking some vitamin supplements
Toxic tablet: Headaches, diarrhoea and a flagging libido can be side effects of taking some vitamin supplements
Not long after, I found I needed to go to the lavatory far too often - sometimes more than five times a day. I had abdominal discomfort, bloating, gas and my stools were dark and tarry. I self- diagnosed IBS. 
My GP prescribed drugs to relax the bowel muscles, but they didn't help. Then, early last year, I ran out of glucosamine and didn't restock. My knee was better and I was taking fish oils, which were being promoted as the new miracle supplement for joints. 
Within a few days, my bowels returned to normal and remained so until, after another ski accident damaging the same knee in March this year, I began taking glucosamine again.
Within a week my 'IBS' had returned and I made the link. I researched glucosamine and found that side-effects include diarrhoea and loose stools. I stopped again and, hey presto, everything's back to normal. 
Sales of health supplements have soared in recent years, with 40 per cent of Britons taking them. It's such a huge market that manufacturers spend around £40 million a year just telling us about their products. 
As supplements are either made from natural substances or mimic substances produced by our bodies, many people, like me, assume they cannot do any harm. 
But we're wrong, say health professionals. They point out that the health supplement industry is unregulated, which means manufacturers are not required to list potential side-effects - nor do their products have to go through costly clinical trials. 
There are a handful of exceptions, such as folic acid, which is recommended for women trying to conceive. If you take a tablet of 400 micrograms (mcg) strength to help with conception, it is classed as a food. 
But increase the dose to 5 mg (to treat anaemia and other conditions) and it becomes a medicine, requiring a licence. Otherwise, there are no checks and balances to protect consumers. And this worries experts. 
'Health supplements can produce ill effects,' warns Anna Raymond, from the British Dietetic Association. 
'People take supplements randomly, but they can be toxic if taken with some medicines or in high quantities.' 
Woman taking vitamin supplements
Needless habit: Experts say it's better to have a healthy diet than take supplements
Indeed, glucosamine has been linked to the death of one man. In 2004, Norman Ferrie, a 64-year-old engineer from Dundee, died of liver failure within weeks of taking the supplement. 
'The liver had been normal and something had attacked it,' gastroenterologist Dr John Dillon, of Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, told the inquest in 2008. He said there had been two other cases involving extreme reactions to the widely used supplement. 
'Increasingly, people are being taken in by the prospect of a magic pill that will make them healthy,' says Dr Dillon. 'Most people don't know that glucosamine and other supplements are only licensed as a food, but are sold as a medicine. 
'It would seem fair to ask manufacturers of supplements to list serious risks. 
'Everything we need can be got from a healthy diet. The vast majority of health supplements are a waste of money. People feel fluey and start taking supplements they don't need. They could end up with hypervitaminosis, caused by excessive amounts of supplements.' 
This can lead to vomiting, lethargy and even renal failure. 'The only time a person should take a supplement is if a doctor recommends it,' adds Dr Dillon. 
But even taking supplements on doctors' recommendations is not risk free. Last month, it was reported that taking calcium supplements - often prescribed for osteoporosis - could raise the risk of heart attacks by 30 per cent. 
And it's not just the main ingredient than causes problems. Another risk is having an allergy to one of the constituents of a tablet, such as a binding agent or the gel coating, says nutritionist Dr Carrie Buxton, from the Health Supplement Information Service. 
Despite the concerns, the Food Standards Agency says legislation on supplements is adequate. So, what can you do to ensure your safety? 
Dietitian Anna Raymond advises anyone who starts taking supplements should tell their GP. And here we identify some of the supplements with potentially negative effects you won't find listed on the packet. 
WHAT IT IS: The supplement, which is made from crab and lobster shells (so should be avoided if you have a seafood allergy), is often taken to ease the symptoms of arthritis. 
POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS: According to the Arthritis Research Campaign, these can include stomach upset, constipation, diarrhoea, headache and rash; glucosamine can also react with anti-diabetic treatments by increasing blood sugar levels. 
The UK Commission on Human Medicines has noted that glucosamine has a negative interaction with the blood-thinning drug warfarin and warns against taking these substances simultaneously. 
The supplement might also cause water retention, as it attracts water. 
WHAT IT IS: This supplement is made from a seaweed which is the fastest-growing marine algae in the world - it can grow two feet in one day and is most abundant off the north California coast. 
Kelp is a rich source of several minerals and trace elements, including iodine - deficiency of which can lead to an underactive thyroid. It is marketed as a treatment for thyroid imbalance, caused by the thyroid gland producing either too much or too little of the hormone. 
POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS: Despite the claims made for it, studies have linked kelp to an increased risk of thyroid dysfunction. It's also a blood thinner and shouldn't be taken with aspirin or any medicine to lower blood pressure. 
There's also concern that some kelp is being harvested from kelp 'forests' in polluted oceans, which means it could be toxic. In 2007, research at the University of California found high levels of arsenic in eight out of nine kelp supplements. Arsenic is linked to hair loss, headaches, confusion and drowsiness. 
WHAT IT IS: Maintaining an adequate potassium level is important for bone health and the proper functioning of the body. Potassium supplements are often taken to help combat insulin resistance, arthritis and menopausal symptoms such as fatigue and mood swings. 
POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS: Taken in very high doses as a supplement, potassium can have serious side-effects such as arrhythmia (faulty heartbeat) - and it can even be fatal. 
Research at Oregon State University has also linked it to muscle weakness, confusion, stomach pain and numbness or tingling in the hands, feet or mouth. 
Potassium supplements react badly with some medicines, and shouldn't be taken by anyone suffering from kidney or heart disease, severe dehydration or high blood pressure. 
Older people who often have too much potassium in their bodies should avoid these supplements - kidneys are less efficient at eliminating potassium as we age. 
WHAT IT IS: Natural melatonin is a hormone made by the pineal gland in the brain and helps to regulate sleep. 
Supplements can control our sleep/ wake cycles and are used to treat sleep disorders. British manufacturers make medical claims about its sleep benefits, so here it is licensed as a prescription- only medicine - however it is freely available in the 
U.S. POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS: These include raised blood pressure, vivid dreams, headache, lower body temperature, fatigue, depression, decreased libido and reduced fertility. 
A daily dose of 1- 3 mg of melatonin increases the body's levels of melatonin by 20 times the normal amount. The British Pharmaceutical Society says that studies on its effectiveness to treat jet-lag have been conflicting. 
WHAT IT IS: Calcium is an essential mineral for the growth and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth and for blood clotting, muscle contraction, healthy nerves and good hormone function. It is usually taken by women to boost bone health. 
POTENTIAL SIDE-EFFECTS: Research published last month by Auckland and Aberdeen universities reflected other studies in finding a 30 per cent increased risk of heart attack among women taking calcium supplements - most women taking them are postmenopausal and concerned about osteoporosis. 
This increase is due to the risk of calcium supplements accelerating the hardening of blood vessels. Doctors involved with a 2008 New Zealand study advise women of 70 or older not to take calcium supplements

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Monday 2 September 2013

Fukushima radiation

Japan's nuclear regulator has raised the threat level of a radioactive leak at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant from 1 to 3 on a 7-point scale.
Officials said Tuesday that a storage tank has leaked 300 tons of radioactive water into the ground. The rating upgrade, which has to be confirmed by the United Nations' nuclear agency, would be the first since the March 2011 quake-induced reactor meltdown.
Here are five things to know about the leak and related radiation:
1. What does the nuclear warning level mean?
The International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) is a rating system for describing the severity of nuclear accidents. It was introduced in 1990 by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which reports to the U.N.
The 7-point scale ranges from 1 ("Anomaly") to 7 ("Major Accident"). Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority classified the Fukushima disaster as a level-7 event in 2011. [In Pictures: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami]
The new leak is the first to be given an INES rating since the original disaster. Initially classified as a level one ("Incident"), it has upgraded it to level three ("Serious Incident"), pending confirmation by the UN nuclear agency. A The upgrade to level 3 ("Serious Incident") means the event involves the release of "a few thousand terabecquerels of activity into an area not expected by design which requires corrective action," or one resulting in radiation rates of "greater than one sievert per hour in an operating area," according to the INES user's manual. A terabecquerel is 1 trillion becquerels, defined as the radioactive decay of one nucleus per second; a sievert is a unit of biological radiation dose equivalent to about 50,000 front view chest X-rays.
2. How much radioactive material leaked into the ocean?
Immediately after the June 2011 meltdown, scientists measured that 5,000 to 15,000 terabecquerels of radioactive material was reaching the ocean. The biggest threat at that time was from the radionuclide cesium. But for leaks that enter the ground, the radionuclides strontium and tritium pose more of a threat, because cesium is absorbed by the soil while the other two are not.
The Tokyo Electric Power Plant (TEPCO) estimated that since the March 2011 disaster, between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have leaked into the ocean, the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported.
The damaged plant is still leaking about 300 tons of water containing these radionuclides into the ocean every day, Japanese government officials say. An additional 300 tons have leaked into the ground from the latest storage tank leak.
3. How will the radioactive material affect sea life?
Ever since the 2011 disaster, scientists have been measuring levels of radioactivity in fish and other sea life. Several species of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima in 2011 and 2012 had cesium levels that exceeded Japan's regulatory limit for seafood, but the overall cesium levels of ocean life have dropped since the fall of 2011, U.S. and Japanese scientists both reported.
U.S. scientists say the groundwater leaks could become worse, but warn against drawing conclusions about the impacts on sea life before peer-reviewed studies are completed. "For fish that are harvested 100 miles [160 kilometers] out to sea, I doubt it’d be a problem," Nicholas Fisher, a marine biologist at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., told LiveScience for a previous article. "But in the region, yes, it's possible there could be sufficient contamination of local seafood, so it'd be unwise to eat that seafood," Fisher said.[7 Craziest Ways Japan's Earthquake Affected Earth]
4. What is being done to contain the leak?
Plant operators have started to remove the contaminated soil around the leaking tank, and are expected to remove any water remaining inside by the end of today (Aug. 21), NBC News reported.
But operators are concerned that other tanks may fail too. About a third of the tanks, including the one that just leaked, have rubber seams that TEPCO says were only meant to last about five years, The New York Times reported. A TEPCO spokesperson said the company plans to build additional watertight tanks with welded seams, but will still have to use the ones with rubber seams.
Cleaning up the radioactive water will take decades. Officials are considering several possible methods for preventing contaminated groundwater from reaching the ocean, including freezing the ground around the plant or injecting the surrounding sediment with a gel-like material that hardens like concrete. Ultimately, an integrated systematic water treatment plan is needed, Dale Klein, former head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission told LiveScience for a previous article.
5. How does Fukushima compare with the Chernobyl meltdown?
The Fukushima plant's meltdown in 2011 is considered the worst nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine in 1986. Although both were given an INES rating of 7, far more radiation was released at Chernobyl — about 10 times as much as at Fukushima, NPR reported. And the health consequences a Fukushima to date have been much less severe.
The Chernobyl meltdown involved the explosion of an entire reactor that sent out a plume of radiation over a wide area. Many people nearby drank contaminated milk and later developed thyroid cancer.
By contrast, Fukushima's radioactive cores remained mostly protected, and much of the radioactive material has been carried out to sea, far from human populations. People in risky areas were evacuated, and contaminated food was kept out of stores. While the long-term health risks are unknown, the World Health Organization said there is very little public health risk outside of the 18-mile evacuation zone.


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So no dairy milk then what???

Dairy milk leaches calcium from Singapore channel news. 

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I have decided to stop replenishing my children Formula Milk and cows produces like cheese and yoghurt.  It is a major decision indeed and i am gradually weaning them off from the above.  I used to compare the amount of nutrition facts on the tins on which has a high "nutrient values".  I do not blame the manufacturers as it is all about supply and demand.  Parents are looking for high "nutrient values" thus they added them for us and sell the FM at a high price of course. 

Do look at the Nutrition Facts at the back of the tin.  Do you see plenty of Vitamin x and Vitamin Y and Vitamin Z etc.  Please refer to: .  You will be amazed at what you have been feeding your children.

So no dairy milk then what???  May i ask, what is the intention of giving animals milk?  Or are we just following the trend?  What we intend to get from the dairy milk is basically protein and calcium.  Do you know animals' milk leaches out more calcium?  Do you know dairy milk is singled out as the biggest dietary cause of osteoporosis?  Please refer to:

I have been giving my children our NUTRIFRESH (wholesome Non GMO soy beverage with fibre and fruits and vegetables) with OXYGINBERRY beverage (6 type of plant food with high antioxidants and phytochemicals) and EVERSTAY-D (high fibre wholesome plant food) as morning milk and 3 OSEED (high calcium, protein, fibre etc).  Please refer to the following for our breakfast ideas:
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Go for Non GMO Soy instead of GMO.  There are controversies about soy which i believe is due to difference between Non GMO and GMO.  The latter has had DNA introduced into it in a way other than the combination of male and female gametes. This process may be carried out using “recombinant DNA (rDNA) technology.” As a widely planted and versatile crop, soybeans have become a popular subject of genetic modification.  For more details, please refer to: .

To supplement the children calcium and protein intakes, you could consider the following plant food.

Thank you and best regards

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