Friday, December 26, 2008

Anti-Stress Meal

Because of heap of work and high life demand, many career women easily get stress. How can they avoid it? The answer is choose carefully your food. According to Dr. Tecce of Nutrients Study Center, Boston University, USA, food that contains vitamin B and C can help overcome stress condition stres.

There is also a kind of food called comfort food that is capable to raise comfort feeling because it improve serotin level in brain. The food usually contains high carbohydrate such as baked potatoes and wheat bread.

However, how much food must be consumed, it depends on every one metabolism. It is better to take counsel with nutritionist. because if we consume it without rule, body weight can leap.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Therapy for Tuberculosis Patient

Many researchers believe they have found a new tuberculosis medicine. The wonderful medicine is a free telephone pulse. For years, many doctors struggled to make tuberculosis patients constantly consume their medicines at least for six months respectively.

Currently, a research held by MIT student (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) has developed the use of cellular phone.

How this can happen? The patients will get free telephone pulse if they obediently follow doctor guidance. The patients must examine their urine using paper strip designed to be able to show a numeric code if their really urine contains tuberculosis medicine. The code then can be sent via sms by the patients in order that they get a free telephone pulse for several minutes.

By this way, patients are motivated to consume their medicines and examine their urine respectively to prove they have ate their medicine. Meanwhile, the doctors will easily know that their patients have drank their medicine, because if they send the code via sms, it means that they have drank their medicine.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Lick Your Wound, It will Recover!

You do not ever think that dog or cat instinct to lick their wound can be proved scientifically. They lick their wound and then they recover in a few days. Their unique customs make some Dutch researchers examine a compund in salliva, especially human salliva. The compund is predicted enable to faster wound recovery.

Researchers team finds that histatin, a small protein in salliva which previously believed it can kill bacteria, has responsible to the recovery. The research result is then published in the newest edition of Journal of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). The invention clearly gives hope to the patients who has chronic injury in connection with diabetes, traumatic wound, and burn. Furthermore, because there is possibility it can be produced massively, the substance can be shaped as an antibiotic cream or linement.

'We hope the findings benefits for everyone who has unhealing wounds, such as ulcer on foot, diabetes injury, and it is also useful for traumatic injury medication like burned injury." said Gerald Weissmann, Editorial Chief of FASEB. The reseach also reveals why wound because of tooth withdrawl recover faster than wound at skin and bone.

Translated and edited from: Kompas Online

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Training bacteria Eating Caffeine in Coffee

Scientist now is training bacteria to eat and destroy caffeine contains in coffee plant. if this is successful, we will enjoy drinking coffee with no caffeine but still has its comfort flavour.

Coffee contains many caffeine because coffee plant produces coffee fastly but its proccess to destroy its caffeine is very slow," explain Justin Gallivan, chemical scientist from Emory University at Atlanta, USA.

"We will create bacteria that can destroy caffeine fastly. That is why we will create bacteria depending on how they live in caffeine." he explains.

Galllivan and Shaw Desai, a university student, find a way to install bacteria with theophylline. Theophylline is a compound made for destroying caffein on coffee and tea plants.

According to American Chemical Society October edition, most coffee which has low caffeine is made using chemical solution which can absorb caffeine in coffee seeds. There is also a technic called "Swiss Water Process" using hot water and steam to
separate caffeine from coffee seeds.

"The bacteria's life depends on theophylline. However, they do not know how to fabricate it themselves. We will train bacteria to produce theophylline needed to destroy caffeine," he said.

The bacteria which has gene that can convert caffeine into theophylline will survive. The scientists hope they can isolate the gene and make caffeine annihilation proccess faster. However, it still needs years more to make the bacteria successful in producing coffee without caffeine with natural and delicious flavour.

Translated from Jawa Pos

Friday, November 7, 2008

Who thinks walking bare foot is unhealthy?

Foot functions as a backing of body organ, balance regulator and for mobility. Unconsciously, we often force our foot to do their functions without enough treatment. Do you know that foot palm has more nerves than your face?

Thousands of nerves and cencor exist in the foot palm. So when a small object of sand presents in our shoes when we are walking, we will feel it.

More than 30 of bones, 30 of joints, 30 of muscle, and more than 100 of bonding and 200 of networks exist in our foot palm. This is a very complicated construction, and make our foot become a very special system.

Foot palm is divided into 3 parts: front, middle and back. the most uniqueness of foot palm is its bone formation, which is formed arch. The arch-formed is very important, because it can divide body-weight optimally and it also keep to absorb collision perfectly.

Palm foot has three arches, two of them form lengthwise direction and one of them forms sideways direction.

If there is a slope at the arch, caused by weak muscle, the balance of palm foot is disturbed.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Natural way to avoid Esophagus

Men who are fond of consuming fruits and vegetables will safe from the attack of throat cancer. The statement is based on a research conducted by Japanese doctor team, thursday. The research was carried out by japan Ministry of Health by monitoring around 39000 men, with age between 45 and 74 years old for eight years.

Esopaghus or throat cancer is known in medical term as esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). The disease is mostly suffered by Japanese men, due to the habit of smoking and drinking alcohol. The statement is stated by Shoichiro Tsugane, the chief of Epidemiology and Prevention Division at National Cancer Centre, Japan.

Men who become subject in the research were divided into three groups. Among them, it is found that the men who ate more fruits and vegetables are highly resistant against esophageal SSC than the others.

"every time we add vegetable and fruit consumption 100 gram a day, the risk of esophageal SCC is lower by 11 percent," said scientists. The research finally concludes that vegetable, especially vegetable from cruciferous family such as radish and cabbage, will degrade the esophageal SSC risk by one-third for the men who fond of smoking and drinking alcohol.

nevertheless, the scientists reminds that the best way to avoid it is by stopping smoking and drinking alcohol. It is important to know that in a research held by Britain Institute of Food a month before, it is known that men who fond of eating brocolli, one of vegetable from cruciferous family, will be avoided from prostate cancer and other chronical diseases.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

White Chocolate or the Brown One?

Besides having brown color, there is also a kind of chocolate which has white color. People often prefers to white chocolate by assumption that white chocolate has less fat than the brown one. But do not be cheated. White chocolate does not contain solid white cocoa seed (cocoa butter), and it is mingled with dense milk and sugar. This cocoa butter is very saturated, it means it contains high cholesterol.

Beneath it all, brown chocolate is better than the white one for health. Moreover its cocoa content is over than 60 percent. Beside containing a large amount of important nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, kalium, iron, vitamin B, D, and E, cocoa contains flavonoid compound which is important to prevent from coronary disease and the growth of cancer cells. Even accroding to research, magnesium content in chocolate can repair woman emotion before and during menstruation.

Erika from rubrik kesehatan kompas

Monday, September 15, 2008

Asthma and Vitamin C

Do you have child or nephew suffer from asthma? Just try giving them vitamin C regulary. You can take them from fruits or vitamin supplement. According to research held by Third National Health and Nutrition Examination in 1988-1994, it is known that there is relationship between asthma and low level of vitamin C's antioxidant, alpha caroten, beta caroten, and beta criptoxantin.

Generally, the elements content in patient's blood is low. That is why it is suggested giving vitamin C and alfa caroten that significantly have influence to increase the stamina of asthma patients.

Taken from Erma Dwi Kusumastuti's writing on kompas

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Naughty Children because of Junk Food

Believe or not, Sugared and fatty snacks can influence children behavior. These kinds of food can cause child tend to naughty and unable to concentrate properly. In consequence, a healthy life campaign has to be carried out to save children.

Scientists find that, without good balanced nutrients since their early age, poorly-fed children will endure gradually damages in their immune system. At school, children will become stupid.

Research proves children who do not have unhealthy-eat pattern unable to learn well at school and their test results are bad. The research result was revealed by scientists from University of London's Institute for Education.

the research project was carried out by Bristol Children since 1990 involving 14000 children. The data reveals that children fond of junk food can not grow as expected.

Dr. Pauline Emmett, nutritionist from Bristol University said, "We sure that everything is connected. All of these prove that giving nutrient as early as possible for children can improve their next growth process. Therefore, it is important for children get well-balanced nutritious food for their optimal growth."

Friday, September 5, 2008

High Dosage of Vitamin C Protects body against Stroke

The high level of vitamin C in the body can avoid someone against stroke attacks. It is the result of a 9,5 years study involving 20,000 people of middle age or older in Norfolk, England.

During the study it was found 448 stroke cases. The researchers found that since the study begun, people with high level of vitamin C had 42 percent smaller risk of stroke than people with lower concentration of vitamic C.

The primary cause of stroke such as age, gender, smoking habit, alcohol consumption, dy-weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, the physical activity, diabetes and supplement consumption, can not influence The protective effect of vitamin C against stroke.

Results of the study of Dr. Phyo K. Myint and his team of the Cambridge University, England, has been pulished by American Journal of Nutrition. "The study reinforces proof that cconsumption of fruits and vegetables in large quantities enable to protect the body against stroke attack," said gr. Phya K. Myint.

Source: Kompas, Indonesian edition

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stop using CFC

Chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) emissions damage the ozone molecule in the stratosphere but also cause global warming. Destruction of the ozone layer could increase the intensity of UV-B rays in the earth surface. The case of eyes cataracts; skin cancer; the decline in body resistance; the stunted crop; the plankton death; was the negative impact resulting from UV-B rays.

As a country which signed Protocol Montreal about the Ozone Layer Protection, Indonesia obliges to reduce the CFC use. So since January 1, 2008, CFC import was stopped.

The Indonesian government through Industry Minister's Regulation no. 33/M-IND/PER/4/2007 declared CFC banning to be used at indoors and vehicle air conditioning products, household refrigerators, and Halon for fire extinguisher production.

Domestic stock of CFC imported before January 1, 2008 was permitted to be used only in the foam production, freezers, and aerosol up to June 30, 2008.

Counted from July 1 2008, domestic stock of CFC and its recycling results could be only used for the maintenance activities.

Products which already have not use CFC material and / or Halon are obliged to use NON CFC or NON HALON & NON CFC logos.

This information is declared by:
Jl. D.I. Panjaitan Kav 24, Gedung A, lantai 6
Kebon Nanas, Jakarta Timur 13410
Telp. (021) 8517164, fax: (021) 85902521

Jl. Gatot Subroto kav. 52-53
Jakarta 12950
Telp. (021) 5252746, (021) 5255509 ext 2159
fax (021) 5252746

Friday, July 18, 2008

Beware of Your Printer

Free Image Hosting by FreeImageHosting.netPeople has long known about the dangerous of cigarettes for the health. But it rarely known that a printer, especially laser printer, which is oftenly used in offices, is also as dangerous as a cigarrete. Cigarrete spreads around small particles that is dangerous for the health. As a cigarette, printer also spreads around dangerous particles in a lot of numbers. The health danger caused by these particles varies from the irritation in the respiratory system to the problem kardiovaskular and cancer.

This health threat was published by Professor Lidia Morawska (International Laboratory for Quality Water and health, Queensland University of technology) based on her study recently that involved 62 kinds of printer. According to him, small particle emissions from toner printer could enter into the lungs as a cigarette smoke inhaled. If these particles is inhaled, they can cause negative effects similar with cigarette smoke.

The risk will even more increase when you are close to the printer or you work in a poor air circulation room. The other factors which can contribute the amount of partticles diffused are toner or cartridge age and the kinds of documents printed.

From 62 printers tested, 17 printers categorize dangerous for the health. Unfortunately, for any reasons, she did not mention the brand of those dangerous printers. To reduce the damaging impact, Profrsor Morawska recommended the government not only arrange rule that regulate the level of emissions of vehicles, factories, or the like, but also the emmision of office equipment like printer.
(Translate from CHIP Computer Magazine, 08 2007)

Friday, July 11, 2008

Haemophilia Illness Can bring Permanent Defect

Haemophilia, a genetic illness that causes the blood clotting difficult and could not be cured, can result in the permanent defect and the death if being not handled well. In fact, in Indonesia, the survive medicine for haemophilia sufferer is very expensive.

Dr. Rosiawati stated this statement when she was giving the escort in the Competition of Haemophilia Poetry reading at Blood Transfusion Unit Building of Red Cross Indonesia (PMI), Semarang Branch, on Friday, May 23 2008. This agenda was held by Yasmia Jawa Tengah, the foundation of Haematology.

"If there is a continuous bleeding on knees pivot without being treated and late of treatment, then will cause deformity or change on the knee form. The calf shape will reduce and the sufferer will disable for the rest of his life," Rosiawati said.

Moreover, the bleeding can happen at brain. If the bleeding happens to

certain nerves of the brain, it will result the permanent defect. For example, the bleeding that happens to seeing nervesat brain will cause permanent blindness. The only way to handle brain bleeding is operation.

Very small wound will be fatal for haemophilia sufferer because the bleeding will last long. The sufferer does not have substance to make blood frozen. " The bruise wound for example, can cause sweeling because blood gathers in certain part of the body. The sufferer will feel extraordinary pain.

Ideally, the patient must routinely consume a medicine named KOate. Koate is a medicine used for blood freezing. However, this medicine is very expensive, about rp. 1,8 million per vial. For middle class people, this price is too expensive. There is another medicine that can be used as a substitute, named cryopnaecipitat. The medicine has a lower price and can be obtained at UTD PMI.But the quality is not as good as koate.

According to the Yasmia member, Sulistyowati Bambang, the haemophilia sufferer must receive the support and might not be avoided. The haemophilia sufferer must be given the opportunity to develop like any normal persons because their intelligence and physical form are normal," said Sulistyowati.

Their limitations are just only at their physical activities. They can not do dangerous physical activities in case they are bleeding. The life expectancy of the haemophilia sufferer is as normal as most people, as long as they routinely consume koate or cryopnaecipitat.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Seven Ways to Improve Your Brain Performance

To increase your brain performance, dr. Daniel G. Amen, who wrote a book Making a Good Brain Great Here, gives 7 tips as follows:

1. Improve your water intake
Remember, our brain is compiled to 80% water. Light dehydration can increase the production of stress hormone stres that can destroy our brain.

2. Limit your calorie intake
Research at animal and human shows that diet with limited calorie is good for brain and lengthens our age. Eating a small amount of food can trigger certain mechanism in body to increase the production of nerve growth factors, which has benefit for brain.

3. Consume Omega-3 fatty acid
Fish, cod oil, and DHA, is one of omega-3 fatty acid. Research in the last few years indicates that diet using rich omega-3 fatty acid helps improve emotional balance and healthy mood, probably because DHA is the main component of brain dendrite.

4. Consume Antioxidant
Vitamin E and C is sources of antioxidant. A number of researchs have indicated that consuming antioksidan from fruit and vegetable significantly lessen our cognate ability.

5. Consume protein, good fat, and carbohydrate in well-balanced portion
Try whenever you eat food or cake, you get a well-balanced of protein, carbohydrate, and fat.

6. Listing 24 healthy foods in your daily diet
The kinds of food such as:
Protein Source
- fish: salmon, poor, makerel, herring
- poultry: turkey without skin
- red flesh: ox and pig; egg
- soybean: soybean products - milk and milk products
Complex Carbohydrate
blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, blackberry, orange, cherry, peach, brocolli, grist, red and yellow peppercorn, gourd, spinach, tomato,
avocado, olive oil
water, green tea or black

7 . Consumption low calorie of snacks

Monday, June 30, 2008

Side effects Sitting in front of Computer

More often you are sitting in front of computer, more vulnarable you are to get physical and mental fatigues, and sleep difficulty. This is a result of a research held by medical team of Chiba University, Japan.

Today computer is a general electronic peripheral used in various job fields, but there is little information about the danger of being long sitting in front of it. To inquire it, Dr. Tetsuya Nakazawa and some of his friends carry on survey to 25 thousand white colars workers who are usual working in front of computers.

As a result, many of them complain of headache, fatigue eye, joint pain, and stiff at shoulder. In other hand they also frequently experience mental symptom, like lethargy or a kind allergy of certain substance, dread and unwillingness to go to the office. They also experience insomnia or sleeplessness. The extraordinary fatigue befalls to workers that will pass the time more than five hour every day in front of computer.

Survey result shows that how many duration you spend in front of computer in one day, it will really influence the level of your consciousness. So the precaution from this mental damage and sleep trouble is advising you to lessen time you spend with your computer. Not more than five hour a day. This is the conclusion of the research report (D.A Candraningrum)

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Vitamin Supplement Supports Tubercolusis Treatment

Nutritional diet with supplement, including selenium and vitamin A, B complex, C and E, can maximise medical treatment of the tuberculosis patient. Consuming those vitamins also reduces the risk level of illness complication to Tubercolusis patient.

This is the result of a study to 887 Tubercolusis patients held by team of researchers from harvard School of Public Health, Boston. "Nutrient status is an important indicator of clinical result of a patient with infection," said Dr Eduardo Villamor from Harvard School of Public Health to Reuters Health in New York.

Villamor and his colleague explains their hypothesis that supplementation of nutrition will reduce the risk of illness complication and death to tuberculosis patients who is undergoing medical treatment.

They tested the hypothesis in the study that involved 887 patients in the Salaam ice Bang, Tanzania.

The use of nutrition is connected with the risk reduction of medical failure of Tubercolusis treatment and reduces as far as 45 percent of illness relapse after successful medical treatment.

The effect is more stronger for group of Tubercolusis patients infected by HIV, the main virus of AIDS. HIV patients often have tubercolusis as their illness complication.

Nutrition supplementation is also related to the risk reduction of illness complication of tubercolusis that attacks lungs.

"We convince that the finding can become important additional therapy fo tubercolusis patients," said Dr Christine Stabell Benn from Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen.
(Reuters Health)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Sleep Deprivation Uplifts Cardiovascular and Mortality

Insufficient sleep time does not only make you short-tempered, but it can also stress your heart and raise your risk of cardiovascular disease and death. It is the result of a study held by University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The study have been presented at SLEEP 2007, he annual gathering of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The research reveals another effect of sleep deprivation, besides other neurological and behavioral effects such as lowered concentration, hand-eye coordination and poor mood.

When someone has sleep deficit over just five nights, it is enough to stress his heart.
The researchers tested the cardiac function of their 39 volunteers twice -- once at the beginning of the study, after a night of 10 hours' sleep, and again after five nights when they got a mere four hours of shut-eye each night.

The electrocardiograms revealed that all of the volunteers had a much faster heart beat and significantly less heart rate variability following the nights of sleep deprivation.

Heart rate variability describes the naturally occurring beat-to-beat changes in heart rate which reflect the body's adjustment to a host of stresses and stimuli.

Reduced variability can be a marker for cardiac problems and other diseases and has been linked to high blood pressure.

"The effect of the sleep deficit was to increase the stress on the hearts of these volunteers," said Siobhan Banks, a lead author on the study.

"If our finding is sustained by a larger group and further analysis, it may suggest why short sleep duration is associated with a heightened risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality."

The findings are consistent with previous research showing that shift workers are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease due to the fact that they get less sleep because of the disruption in their circadian or sleep-wake rhythms.

In another study, researchers reported that extra sleep can help athletes raise their game. The athletes also reported improved energy and improved mood during practices and games, according to the Stanford University investigators.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

54 Local Traditional Drugs Claimed Dangerous

Food and Medicine Supervisory State Body (BPOM) announces that 54 brands of local traditional medicine spread in Indonesia contain dangerous chemical drugs. 54 brands fo the traditional medicines are such as OBAT KUAT, jamu and medicine strong, OBAT CAPEK, blood-vessel acid, and body slimming.

The Head of BPOM, dr Husniah Rubiana Thamrin, told the medicines evidently contains dangerous chemical drugs, as sibutramin, hidroklorida, sildenafil citrate, siproheptadin, fenilbutason, acid mefenamat, prednison, metampiron, teofilin, and parasetamol.

Recently BPOM branches in all of Indonesia continuously inspect traditional medicines sold in open markets. Since 2007, Many of them are accused using toxin chemical susbtance or the mixture is not compatible with the label. All of those medicines brought to the laboratory will be examined. The result is that 46 of 54 products use fake regristration number, 7 brands are different between their contents with their labels, and 1 brands unlisted from foreign country

"Every drugs and traditional medicine which do not pass away the test will be directly pulled and annihilated."

"If the drugs get away the test, but different with their existing lable, we give them warning," stated Husniah in BPOM office Jakarta, yesterday.

According to Husniah, 54 brands of drugs and traditional medicines are found and seized in 15 sub-provinces and cities in Indonesia. Some of them from Yogyakarta, Cilacap, DKI Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Kendari, Medan, Mataram, Lampung, Aceh, Bandung, Pontianak, Bengkulu, Padang, Pekanbaru, Kupang and Makassar. "We have commanded all offices of BPOM in Indonesia to monitor and draw dangerous medicine from circulation," he said. Drugs and traditional medicines that assumed dangerous can be seen at the table.

Husniah stated that traditional medicines contained chemical substance felt efficacious if drinked, but its side effects can destroy body organ. Even, it brings death.

Meanwhile, traditional drugs and medicines researcher from Yayasan Lembaga Konsumen Indonesia (YLKI) Ida Marlinda told there are still many traditional drugs and medicines that contain hard chemicals substance circulating in the market. If they consumes, they can destroy body organ because of their high doses.


(sofian dwi - seputar Indonesia)

Monday, June 9, 2008


Conduct Early Detection
Don't let virus HPV penetrate your body, immediately conduct early detection after married.

Keep Your Vagina Health
Wash vagina cleanly so that viruses and germs can not go into it.

Don't Use Vagina Antiseptic
In vagina, there is bacterium in vagina that can produce acid. The bacterium kill bad germs exist in vagina. If women uses antiseptic oftenly, then germ that produce acid will be death.

Use contraception device
Sexual disease happens because of sexual intercourse without protection. It also produces white substance in smelly vagina.

Don't Use Pantyliners To Much
Woman that excessively use pantyliners will make her vagina damp. So use pantyliners not to much.
(Inggrid n)

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Flatulent Stomach bothers Your Gastric System

Many people assumes that flatulent stomach means maag disease. However, flatulent stomach does not always means maag disease. Nausea, vomit, flatulent, decrease of appetite, and other related symptoms can be caused by indigestion. Indigestion might happen at upper digestion or lower digestion.

This statement is expressed by Dr. H Ari Fahrial Syam SpPDKGEH, MMB, Gastroenterology staff, medical Faculty, University of Indonesia, in a seminar titles "The Important of enzyme role in gastrointernal system."

Consuming wrong medicine can make the ill patients become unhealthy or uncured. Even the failure brings kidney malfunction to the patients. The failure also brings other diseases such as usus buntu, radang kandung kencing, and etc.

The main cause of flatulent differs from one to others. According to doctor Ari, if someone eats bread then he gets his stomach flatulent and BUANG AIR ENCER, it is perhaps that he does not have enough certain enzyme to digest the kind of food. Flatulent stomach can also be caused by physical stress.

Nausea and vomitting after eating also can happen because there are excessive gasses in the gastric. There is no limitation in age for everyone struck by the illness. Everyone has potent to ill according to what they consume. However, 40 - 60 years of age is more potent to struck.

enzyme is protein needed by body to break food into smaller parts so that intestine system can absorb them easily. The digestion process needs enzyme as helping tool. Without enzyme, the food can not be digested smoothly.

Enzyme is also needed to keep human health and metabolism proccess in the body. The anomaly of enzyme can cause maldigestion, and then malabsorbtion.

The lack of enzyme can be happened because of genetic factor, pancreas disorder, and old age. One of good solution to handle the disease is by consuming enzyme supplement.

Chronic enzyme disorder can cause the patients malnutrition. The weight amount of patients who have malnutrition will decrease significantly.

How can we get enough enzyme beside using enzyme supplements? Enzyme can be drew back again by consuming fruits and vegetables at a needed amount, or as we stated before, by consuming a good enzyme supplement which has exact composition.
(Inggrid Namirazswara)

Monday, May 26, 2008

Serviks Cancer Attack Women at Productive Age

Serviks cancer, according to Dr. dr. Andrijono from Medical Faculty of Indonesia University, often attack women when they are at 30 - 50 years of age. Whereas, it it important time in the life of a woman, when they are still working and also reproducing.

Based on his experience in handling cancer patient, he said that not only the life quality of a patients degrades, but also his family endure the same thing. Above all, the medical cost is really expensive.

In a research held by Dr Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, in association with Dutch Government, it is found that the most cancer cause in Indonesia is viruses named HPV 16, 18, and 52. The viruse is indentified at some big cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Tasikmalaya.

Infection caused by HPV 16 and 18 is around 70% - 80%. Only 5% is a combination of HPV16, 18, and 52 infections. So there is a possibility of double infection.

dr. Andrijono said that the virus infection actually can cure by itself. The probability is at around 75% - 90%. Only 2% will became cancer. If there are 100 person infected by the virus, only 2 will be attacked by cancer.

The journey for the virus infection to become cancer actually take a long time. It can be 10 - 20 years. Unfortunately, people rarely realize the process. It is because the infection process to become cancer is mostly without symptoms.

When the cancer reachs stadium 1, the system immune of a patient is very important to cure the disease, and at this stadium, the cancer has not spread yet because cell membrane still can prevent it. However, when the stadium increases, there must be a medical action.

dr. Andrijono said that he has ever had a pra-cancer patient and he suggested him to take medical operation, but the patients refused. Three years later, the patient died.
(ririn from media indonesia)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Is Fatness Good?

Many civilian said that fatness is a symbol of prosperity. Nevertheless, many butterballs feel that fatness is unfavourable and has correlation with serious diseases, like high blood pressure, heart and diabetes.

So it is astonished that commercial advertisements of anti-fatness products can draw people attention and their products are bought by many people especially women.

Commonly fatness means there is abundant of fat in the body. Whereas medical definition of fatness is a complex disorder of appetite and energy metabolism controlled by specific biological factors.

The value of fatness is measured by formula:

Height x Height / Body weight
WHO Classification (for Asia Pacific)

Result Value:
18,5 - 22,9 = normal
23 - 24,9 = overweight
25 - 29,9 = obese 1
> 30 = obese 2

The fatness is caused by imbalance of calorie and its use which happens at a long time, inactive way of life, metabolism disparity, leptine gen which make us always saturated because of mutation.

Diseases caused by fatness are diabetes, gallstone, hypercholesterol, joint illness, cardiovascular, hypertension, infertility, apnea sleep syndrome, cancer, and disorder menstruation.

Target of fatness treatment is decreasing body weight, prevent fatness come back again, altering eat behavior, doing sport exercise to prevent from complication.

What the butterball can do are:

  • Food arrangement: Lessen to consume fat and carbohydrate instead of vegetables and fruits.Consult nutritionist if necessary.
  • Behavior Change: Scheduled eating and exercising
  • Medicine: It is used at certain condition.

The conclusion is that fatness is a chronic disease that need to have long-range and regular treatment. Besides arranging eating schedule, it ias also better to change behavior and endure planned body exercise and active life. (Dr Indra marki SpPD)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

1.174 People Die Because of Cigarette

This is quite fanciful number. In Indonesia, there is around 1.174 people die because of cigarette. Or there are around 427.948 deaths in a year. The data is broght by Badan Khusus Pengandalian Tembakau Ikatan Hygienist Masyarakat (TCSC- IAKMI).

Researcher from Quit Tobacco Indonesia (QTI) Dra Yayi Suryo Prabandari MSi Phd at Medical faculty of UGM tells that half of the death happens by age productive.

He explains, at this time, cigarette is one of main cause of death in the world. Even, based on data World Health Organization (WHO) at 2008, 5,4 million people are predicted die because of cigarette. He is affirming now cigarette is legal murderer machine in the world.

Yayi regrets that even no-smoking campaign continues to declare, the amount of smokers continue increasing.

At this event, she also expresses research result conducted by her institute to adult smoker in Jogja. She said there is significant escalation of beginner smoker.

Yayi said that in 1995 research, the amount of male beginner smoker were only around 45 percents. However, research in 2000, the level becomes 60 percents. For this year, the researh is still going on.

Source: Jawa Pos

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Skip it Sleeping Eight Hour A Day

This is the conclusion of a research conducted in the United States. The reason is even also very controversial. One who sleeps eight hour or more a day tend to die quicker. Of course this is different with the old theory that it is better for adult to sleep eight hour a day.

This Opinion perhaps correct. As you know, outstanding people like Bung Karno, Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Margaret Thatcher generally sleep only two till three hour a day and they do not experience health trouble. They are even more productive than anyone else.

On the other hand, there are some group of people in the world who sleep 8-12 hour a day, and if you do like that, it means that you are classified as a sleeper. A sleeper is usually less active to compete, less ambition, and quick accept what existence of (nrimo).

It is true that life is not merely sleeping. Also life is not for sleeping. But don't quickly assume that sleep is unimportant. A healthy people must sleep comfortably, so when he wakes up, his body is fresh again and he can conduct his activities properly. Hard workers like executives or professional need enough sleep without losing their high productivity.

Now the question is how many hours are the most ideal sleep? As concluded above at the research in America, which was conducted for 6 years and included more than a million respondents, the most ideal time for sleeping is 7 hours a day.

It Doesn't Matter Sleeping Six hour or Five Hour
Prof Daniel f. Kripke, MD, a psychiatry in University of California, said to WebMD that it is not bad to sleep six hours a day. Most Americans are sleeping at average of six and a half hours in one day. However, you must not sleep eight hours and there is no problem if you sleep less than that, he said.

Nevertheless, Donald L Bliwise, a sleep expert from Atlanta’s Emory University, reminds that it is not good for our health if we continuously sleeps in unsufficient number for a long time.

Death Risk
Krike and his patners analyzed a research result from American Cancer Society that performed between in 1982-1988. This Study collected information about sleep habit and human health examined for six year. The analyzed objects were people with average age of 30 –102 year.

According to the research, people who slept eight hours a day have a risk to die quicker 12 percents. the level risk became 17 percents at people sleeping seven hour a day. Meanwhile the bigger risk 34 percents came for people who slept ten hour a day. Death Risk for people who sleep ten hour a day is equal to death risk at fatness people," said Kripke.

Then how is the people that less sleep? They also experience earlier death but the prosentation is smaller than people who sleep longer.

Why is Sleeping Longer Bad?
Long sleep is similar with eating much. Jim Horne, PhD, from Loughborough University, UK, that also conduct similar research about sleep problem, said, "If you sleep longer, you sleep more than you need to. It is similar if you eat much, you eat much more than you need to."

You had to remember about research which used the sample of 8 university students in France. The research showed that long staying in bed would reduce system immune. Eight french students that slouch in bad during six weeks with the position of their head lower than their foot/feet, their immune system againts viruses and tumor reduced between 40-50 percents in first fortnight.

Indonesian Sleep Longer in the World
How is in Indonesia? In research held by psikiater Dr Yul Iskandar, the average sleep of Indonesian is at 22.00 and wake up at 05.00. The result of research at a group of teens in Bali is even worse. They spend 30 - 40 percent of their activities for sleeping. That is why if we will be more productive for our country, we must take a short cut of our sleeping hour.

Friday, May 2, 2008

7 Secrets to Stay Young

Many people made a noise about her skin and face conditions which shows older than her real age. To overcome this problem, there are 7 secrets in order to you to remain ageless:

Always Feel Happy
Feel happy is one of main key in order to remain to be seen ageless. In every activity, try to conduct in accordance with what Anda wish. Avoid stress, guilty feeling and depressed because of others constraint. Remember, what you feel will tercermin at face Anda. Thus, one who is being happy, its face will be seen alight, easy going and younger than age actually.

Frequently Move
Doing physical exercise is way in order to ageless. Conduct jogging, quick walk, cycling and also swimming at around 30 minutes everyday. With sport, risk of heart attack, osteoporosis, and cancer will also shrink. A routine sport can add muscle flexibility, strengthen bone, and lessen stress, because body cells get more oxygen. Your sleep even also of well-sleep.

Consuming Vitamin C
You can obtain Vitamin C from fresh fruits (especially orange), green vegetables (brocolli and others) or vitamin C 1000 mg supplement a day. Vitamin C proves be able to strengthen body immune, lessen risk of cancer and protect a body against pollution. It is also better to drink much fresh water. Drinking 8 glasses of fresh white everyday will lessen stress, improve skin freshness, and smoothen the activity of body organ.

Use UV Protector (Sunscreen)
The sun is one of primary factor of early aging. In consequence, always use sunscreen moisturizer lotion regularly everyday, especially when going travelling, in order skin remains to be fresh, damp and not burn by sunshine, especially ultra violet ray (UV).

Enough Rest
Human needs at least 8 hour everyday to sleep. Enough resting can avoid eye poke forming, wrinkles and tired face.

Keep up Appearance
Appearance and face make-up also play important role. Even when age continue to increase, remain to pay attention at cosmetic type you use. Use thin make-up for natural impression without neglecting your condition and skin type.

A pessimist is always unconvinced of himself, easily hopeless and never keep up appearance, these conditions can make one get depression. Thus, become optimistic at all points, because this will make your life healthier and happier. (AD)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Do You Have Allergy?

Allergy arises if immune system gives excessive reaction to substances that usually not generate problem to most people. Allergy disease is known as modern epidemic. In sub-tropical climate countries more than 20% of their resident endure ‘hay fever’, asthma or eksema atopik. However, hay fever is most common than any others.

Hay fever is caused by pollen allergen. The main symptom is itchy nose, sneezes, itchy-watered eye and clogged-up nose. Though this symptoms usually do not threaten one’s soul, patient experiences of degradation in the quality of their everyday life.

Avoid allergen, for example by using tiling floor and not carpet, this way is frequently be useful. Drugs that can be given to the patient including antihistamin tablet, eye drip medicine, intra-nasal kortikosteroid and oral steroid. Immune therapy can be applied for patient that can not be cured completely by using any medicines mentioned above.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Research Reveal the Possibility of Multiple Orgasm

A hormone type produced when someone has sexual intercourse maybe is a key of a problem about the rising of sexual desire. This is the result of Germany expert research.

Drs. Manfred Schedlowski and Michael Exton from Medical Phsychology Institute of Essen University, Germany, recently measure the level of various hormones in blood of 10 women when they begin masturbation till reach orgasm.

The experiment reveals that the level of prolaktin hormone rises after orgasm. The hormone is responsible to the rising and lowering of libido.

We see 100 percents escalation and remain to be at enough level until an hour after orgasm," say Exton. "We sure that prolaktin response to sexual desire is by giving negative input to the brain, then arranges someone desire to have sexual intercourse after the experience of orgasm."

Prolaktin, that released by pituitary gland, is currently noted very related to the production of mother milk at woman after pregnancy.

Excessive prolaktin production can causes decrease of libido and social function both for female or man. Previous Research by same team in common measures similar effect at man, but the level of prolaktin in man is higher than woman.

The result of the study enables researcher to produce 'miraculous' medicine that can depress prolaktin production, enabling someone to experience multiple orgasm in a single sexual intercourse.

"But this is not the mainwork of our research, but according to me, there is a place from psychological side to use such medicine," said Exton

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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Do You Want to Know Your disease? Open Wide Your Mouth!

by Puteri Fatia

Do you have already known early sympton of diabetes, heart disease or leukimia? There is simple way to know those. let your mouth wide open.

If some say that eyes can express someone's feeling, whereas mouth can also open the secret of your health. Newest research proves, your mouth condition can express early symptoms of dangerous disease, even it can predict premature birth.

One of diabetes symptoms is extreem tooth and gum disease.

"Patients with diabetes tends to have 3-4 more mouth illness than ones not having diabetes disease," said Sally Cram, American Dental Association official speaker which is quoted by Webmd, Friday (10/11/2006).

Generally, diabetes patient was easily injured when they brush their teeth or when they are using denture cleaner yarn. The tooth of diabetes patient also frequently get abscess.

Those are all happened because phabocyte of diabetes patients are damaged. Whereas phabocyte is absolutely needed to fight against bacterium which cause infection in mouth. Besides gum problem, diabetes also results dry mouth, sprue, and heat mouth.

The smell of someone mouth also can express his tendency of high blood sugar. The smell is often called "acetone breath", a sweet aroma that can immediately be recognized by dentist, marking that the patient has diabetes.

However, if your mouth smells undelicate, it shows that you are experiencing of nose, mouth, lung, or stomach infection

Osteoporosis and broken tooth have close correlation. If someone experiences Osteoporosis, then it is because he/she experiences degradation of bone density. The close result is pain at hip and some parts of the body which are expostulated by bones. This process also influences the sturdy of jowl and tooth.

At some woman, there are three or four moments where someone risks more of mouth disease. First, the moment after menopausal, then when age of puberty, pregnancy, and about/around a period of menstruate per month. At these moments, certain hormone rises until triggers inflamation processes and make mouth more risks to bacterium infection.

Lately estrogen therapy is found and can help this problem. The therapy actually can help lessening the level of tooth brittleness and gingivitis.

Newest Research compares the health mouth of 256 adult heart patients with 250 other patients without heart sickness. The result is it is known that the first mark of early heart sickness is pericoronitis or gum infection around tooth molar. Then usually tooth will decay until only leaving small part of its root. The disease is usually accompanied by gingivitis, mouth inflammation, and broken tooth.

This condition is perhaps caused by bacterium in mouth which is common as the cause of atherosclerotic plaque (disparity at vein that accompanied plaque and inelastic), related to heart sickness.

Research proves woman that experience of gum trouble during a period of pregnancy have 7 times more risky of premature birth experience. Not only premature, baby that were born generally smaller than average. This is caused when someone experiences of mouth trouble, inflamation that happened caused some certain substances release to blood stream so its poison influences the weight of baby body and birth borne process. Other study mentions that cleaning plaque and tartar regularly can lessen risk borne premature.

Leukimia patient generally has gum that reddens, inflames, meradang, and softens. So, by open mouth at least you can anticipate some early symptoms of dangerous diseases. But, don't draw a conclusion by yourselff. Immediately consult to doctor if you experience symptoms like above mentioned.(fta/yla)

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Dust and Allergies

by Dr. Fred Little
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

House Dust and Asthma
In this entry, I would like to discuss how house dust and dust mites contribute to asthma in adults and children. There are also strategies you can use to control your and your child’s exposure to dust and dust mites, an important indoor asthma trigger for many individuals.

What is dust allergy?
While we often can see dust floating indoors and gathering on surfaces, it is not typically the dust to which people are allergic, but rather substances that are carried on the dust that cause hayfever symptoms and/or wheeze.
Dust is a combination of many substances, including pet dander, fabric particles, and small dust mite particles, to name a few. While high levels of dust can lead to irritation of the nose and lungs without allergy, the most common allergens on dust are pet dander, cockroach particles, and house dust mites. Allergy to these specific triggers can be assessed by skin testing or blood testing. Allergy to these triggers that may make up part of dust in your home (every home is different) does not mean that you have a dirty home or need to brush up on your housekeeping.
When a doctor speaks of being allergic to dust, he or she typically is referring to specific allergy to dust mite. Dust mite allergic individuals react to body proteins as well as proteins released by these critters. Dust mites are very small insects that live in places that are warm, humid, and near where people spend lots of time. In our homes, dust mite levels are highest in mattresses, boxsprings, rugs, and upholstered furniture. Since they are very small, they can be easily released into the air from beds and furniture. Over 50% of asthmatics are allergic to dust mites.

Controlling dust and dust mite exposure
Simple strategies to minimize dust in the home include dusting with a damp cloth, vacuuming, and limiting the number of carpeted rooms. For rooms that need covering, area rugs are better than wall-to-wall carpeting. However, no amount of diligent housekeeping can remove dust mites. To control exposure to dust mites, the strategy is to isolate and starve the mites. This includes placing dust mite covers on mattresses, boxsprings, and pillows, as well as washing bedding every week in hot water. Dust mite covers are airtight, so the mites can’t escape and their food source (normal skin shedding from our bodies) is eliminated. Dust mite covers are relatively inexpensive and come in a range of prices, sizes, and comfort. Upholstered furniture is trickier. Some couches can be covered beneath the upholstery but typically this is not very easy – better to replace the furniture with leather or vinyl-covered furniture. At the minimum, pets should not be allowed to get on upholstered furniture.

Interesting fact
Dust mites not only like, but need, humidity to survive. Since the air in higher altitudes is drier (and cooler), dust mites do not survive much above 4,000 feet. So if you want to be sure you’re living in a mite-free home, you can consider moving to Denver!

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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Mosquito Essence

I've got this article from one of the biggest forum in my country and is written in my own language. I try to translate it in English in order that can be reviewed by everyone who know much about mosquito essence. The person who wrote the article confessed that he formerly worked at one of mosquito essence company in Indonesia. However, because he never reveal his indentity, it is difficult for us to believe his honesty.


How often do you use mosquito repellent? What is its brand? What kind of it do you have? How much potent is it? Those are questions which come up when we talk about mosquito repellent. However, many person often do not ask about its safety against our life. Honestly, there are no mosquito repellents in Indonesia that are really potent and safe.

The basic principle that must be understood by everyone when using mosquito repellent is that the substance made of it is poisonous, and in fact there are no safe-poisons. I was sad to see false advertisements of repellents in the TV and other medias. Do you know about the newest of Baygon advertisement promoting Blue Baygon which is claimed not making someone cough, with its fresh fragrant? The advertisement is really exagarate / excessive and misleading, because by the ad, people thinks they are free of staying in the room when the repellent is spraying.

Baygon contains 2 main poisons, that are Propoxur and transfluthrin. Propoxur is the prohibited compound karbamat. One of its mixture, MIC, had killed thousands of people and caused nerves damage thousand hundreds of other person in the Bhopal case in India. Its use has been prohibited in the world because it is strongly suspected contain carsinogenic substance. Whereas, transfluthrin is relatively safe at this time.

I ever work in a factory that make propoxur more than 1.5 years so I know much about this. I ever poisoned propoxur just because I touch it by hand, although my hand wore gloves. I caught a terrible fever for more than 7 days. What effects will someone got if he breath small amount of it everyday?

The mosquito repellent HIT which promotes itself as a potent and cheap mosquito repellent is indeed a little more potent from Baygon, but it is also more dangerous because it is not only use Propoxur but also DDVP or dichlorvos, the chlorine descendants's substance chlorine that has been banned to use since many years ago. Cheaper but more dangerous, how can you choose one of them?

Whereas other mosquito repellent like green-Cap Baygon, Vape, Raid and Mortein are indeed non-propoxur and non-DDVP but their capability to dissipate mosquitos is very doubtful, they are only effective fighting Aedes mosquitoes but they can not handle Culex mosquitoes sp (mosquitoes which come everynight in our house).

The tender fragrant of aerosol mosquito repellent and its spray edition should precisely become the warning that we might not be in the room when the smell of fragant is still exist, approximately for 1 hour.

Then what kind of repellent we must use? None of them are suggested. They are all the same, not only spray, but also mosquito repellent burnt and electric, they are all dangerous. The use of mosquito repellent by means of burnt or electrically must be in the room with good air circulation in order to reduce the proportion of the poisons mixed with oxygen in the room.

How about mosquitos cream repellent such as Autan, Sari Puspa / Soffell or Lavender? For your information: Ketiganya mengandung racun bernama Diethyltoluamide atau DEET.

How about mosquitos cream repellent such as Autan, Sari Puspa / Soffell or Lavender? For your information: The Three Of Them contained poison named Diethyltoluamide or DEET.

DEET this was very corrosive, Autan could not be kept in forum PVC plastic sachet
PVC or iron because in a week, DEET will erode his layer. Imagine when it often hit our skin?
So once more happens the public's lying through the advertisement anti-mosquitoes creams that they are soft for skin, nourishes with Aloe Vera, and other moisturizer. With those moisturizer, they are still dangerous and you are not allowed using them for tender and sensitive skin or fo children below 2 years.

what must we do then? The only safe way is back to nature. At night, we are safe to use mosquito net, and in the afternoon, we use electricity racket. Mosquito repellent should only be used when the mosquito disturbance is very intense and we can not controll them again. Use mosquito repellent with care and do not think it is safe. Choose mosquito repellent which has smallest poison-content.


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How To Beat The Cancer

After years of telling people chemotherapy is the only way to try and eliminate cancer, John Hopkins is finally starting to tell you there is an alternative way.
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

a. Sugar, is a cancer-feeder.
By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt. ( THE WEST MADE US 2 CHANGE FROM SEA 2 WHITE IODISED SALT )
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus . By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment.
A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.
About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine.
Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water- best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.
Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital was on a TV program to explain this health hazard.
He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat.
He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cell of the body.
Instead, he recommends using glass, such as CorningWare, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food.
You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.
Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

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Saturday, March 1, 2008

Health Supplement Can Cause Cancer


By Maggie Fox

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two men seeking to boost sexual performance and grow bigger muscles instead ended up with advanced prostate cancer after taking "herbal" supplements, U.S. doctors reported on Tuesday.

They said many supplements marketed as "safe" and "natural" could contain unknown and potentially dangerous ingredients, and noted that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has little authority to regulate them.

"Physicians need to ask their patients not only about the prescription drugs they may be taking, but -- perhaps even more importantly -- about the over-the-counter drugs and supplements, which may have a profound impact on certain health conditions," Dr. Claus Roehrborn, chairman of urology at the University of Texas Southwestern medical school, said in a statement.

Roehrborn's team became concerned about what they call herbal/hormonal dietary supplements, or HHDSs, after two men developed aggressive and incurable prostate cancer within months of taking the same supplement.

They analyzed the product, which they did not name for legal reasons, and found it contained two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol. When they tested it on tumor cells in the lab, they found it fueled the growth of prostate cancer cells more potently than testosterone alone, they reported in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

"We filed an adverse event report with the FDA who issued a warning letter. The manufacturer responded by removing this HHDS product from the market," the researchers wrote.

"Individuals use HHDS for self-improvement, failure or distrust of conventional medicine, and because they believe that, these natural products are safe and drug-free," they wrote.

The researchers searched Web sites promoting such products and found they promised "'fountain of youth,' maintenance of a 'youthful' heart, relief of stress, and improvements in mood disturbances, stamina, energy, strength and virility."

The patients, a 67-year-old white man and a 51-year-old black man, have both survived but have extensive cancer that has spread throughout their bodies.

"Unlike prescription and over-the-counter drugs, the law does not require nutritional supplements to undergo pre-market approval for safety and efficacy," the researchers wrote.

"The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994 (DSHEA) allows HHDS manufacturers to assume the sole responsibility for ensuring the effectiveness and safety of their products. Thus, the current Food Drug Administration regulatory system provides little oversight or assurance that HHDS will have predictable pharmacological effects or even that
product labels provide accurate information to consumers."

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Be careful if you want to take herbal supplement! It means that if you take natural supplement, especially made traditionally or made by uncredible manufacturers, then you must think it over. Sure some herbs are admitted can cure disease. But if you consume those herbs without knowing how much you must to consume everyday, it can be dangerous for you. It is advisable to Take herbs supplement from credible fabricants such as Sidomuncul or Air Mancur if you in Indonesia or herbal supplement produced by Tianshi Tianjin Biological Industry, one of the biggest and credible bio-technology industries from China. You can find about herbal supplements of Tianshi from

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Searching Good Food to Eat

Note: When we buy milk, margarine, can foods, and everything to eat made by manufacturers,, we can find label in their packages that post nutritional facts of the food. However, the facts are that not only people in most developed country like US do not comprehend with those facts. Moreover, many people in small country like Indonesia even don't understand at all about the facts. Whereas, the amount of nutrition in those food is very important for us to determine precisely what kind of food we need at that time. By reading this article, we hope that we can choose better about the food we consume everyday in order to make ourselves healthier.

Good Luck If You're Searching for Good-for-You Eats

Most packaged foods in the United States are required to post nutrition facts and figures on their labels — but Americans cannot understand what those facts and figures mean, according to new research published in today's issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The study finds that many people can't understand the nutrition labels on food packages. Researchers gave a nutrition-label survey to 200 patients in their family doctors' office. The survey had been drawn up with input from doctors and dietitians — and was designed to measure whether patients could understand those labels.

Even though the patients surveyed were reasonably well-educated, most of them couldn't understand much, the researchers found. Of those surveyed, 77 percent had at least ninth-grade reading abilities and more than two-thirds had at least some college.

Overall, patients answered close to 70 percent of the survey questions correctly. But only 22 patients could calculate the number of carbohydrates in two slices of low-carbohydrate bread. And only 60 percent of patients could figure out how many carbohydrates were in half a bagel when the serving size on the package was a whole bagel.

Basic Math Issues.
Patients had a hard time with basic math calculations, such as how many calories are in a 20-ounce soda bottle if a single serving size is 8 ounces? Some experts say that consumers don't always know what to do with the information on a food label. "When most people look at a food label, their eye goes right to the number of carbohydrates — the grams of fiber or sugar," said Felicia Stoler, a nutritionist and exercise physiologist in New Jersey.

"But most people don't understand how many carbs are in a single serving, or how many carbs they should eat in a day."

If patients can't rely on nutrition labels to guide their food choices, how can anybody ever know how to eat right?

"Poor understanding of nutrition labels can make it difficult for patients to follow a good diet," said Dr. Russell Rothman, study author and professor at the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services Research in Nashville, Tenn. And a good diet is something that everyone should probably follow.

In this study, roughly 40 percent of the patients surveyed suffered from a chronic illness and needed to keep a close eye on their diets.

Rothman said that doctors should "improve how they talk to patients about using food labels and following diets."
"There are also opportunities for the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] to improve how food labels are designed in order to improve how patients take care of their nutrition." In the meantime, patients can pay attention to the number of serving sizes in their packaged foods, for example, to keep a good handle on good nutrition.

Many government organizations offer healthy food shopping tips for consumers on their Web sites. Ultimately, eating right might be everybody's own personal challenge. "Everyone is different and has different nutritional needs," Stoler said. "We have to learn what our individual bodies need. That's not too hard to do."

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008


When rainy season comes, many person catch colds. Sometimes colds can cause asthma. Below are the advices and explanation of a doctor how to avoid colds and asthma and how to manage it when we are struck by them.

What causes colds?
Over 90% of common colds (upper respiratory infections, ‘URI’s) are caused by cold viruses. These viruses are easily transmitted from person to person, at home, work, school, and in the child-care setting. People typically start with a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and can feel run down with an occasional low grade fever. Cough usually develops later, and symptoms typically last 5-10 days, after which things clear up. Very few URIs are caused by bacteria. This is also true of sore throats without runny nose (‘pharyngitis’). Only about 15% of pharyngitis is caused by bacteria (‘strep throat’), which does require antibiotics.

Avoiding getting colds
We were always taught to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze, especially when we have a cold. While this is certainly good manners, most colds are not caught by breathing in infected cough or sneeze droplets of others, but rather by direct contact. Since we are always (and unconsciously) touching our mouth and nose, small amounts of these secretions are almost always on our hands. Since cold viruses can live happily outside our bodies for several hours, we inadvertently pass them onto things we touch as part of daily living - door handles, faucets, kitchen items, among others. When someone else opens the same door a few minutes later, for example, they come into contact with virus. When they next touch their nose or mouth, they are probably exposing themselves to virus. This is why we can easily catch a cold without remembering being around someone who was coughing or sneezing.

While it is a good idea to cover our mouths when we cough or sneeze, we can go a long way to limiting the spread of colds by frequent hand washing with water or mild soap. For obvious reasons, this is hard to do with kids - and part of the reason why kids are more susceptible to catching colds.

Colds and asthma
For reasons that are still being carefully studied by scientists, URIs, especially those caused by viruses, account for the majority of asthma exacerbations in adults and children. Some patients with asthma can feel a cold coming on because they feel chest tightness and wheeze before they have a sore throat and runny nose. Worsening of asthma control should be treated the same as other asthma triggers - continuing your controller medicine (or increasing it as recommended by your doctor) and using quick relief medication as needed. Of course, the best way to avoid a flare from a URI is using the precautions mentioned above to not get a cold in the first place - though not always as easy as it sounds.

Final thoughts
A brief word about antibiotics and colds… Many people, both with and without asthma, are concerned when cold symptoms last longer than 3-4 days and have persistent cough: “This cold has settled down in my chest.” Cold symptoms and cough can last for 10 days in some individuals. Often this will lead patients to feel that they need antibiotics to help ‘clear it up.’ Since over 90% of colds are caused by viruses, antibiotics are rarely indicated, and are of little value in this setting. Unnecessary antibiotics can upset the normal balance of healthy bacteria that live without causing problems both in our intestines and on our skin. Antibiotics should be reserved for when symptoms clearly suggest a bacterial infection. With a little patience, you should be over your cold without medication that does little to help your body’s natural defenses. Of course, your primary care physician can help you navigate your specific situation.

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