Press these points in a pumping (press-release-press-release) manner with your tip of finger for about a minute, 1-3 times a day
Point # 35-location: at the crossing of wrist-crease and a vertical line drawn from the skin between ring and little finger
Point # 51-location: just below the lateral maleolus (bukulali luar)
Point # 56- at the centre of the forearm, 2 thumb-widths above the wrist-crease
Point # 74-lies on top of the head, at the centre of a vertical line joining the lobes of the two ears
What is the Glycemic Index?
Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. put it simpler, it describe how fast the glucose from the carbo is absorbed to our body. high GI carbo causes the glucose to rise very quickly .this also causing rapid rise of insulin and later on can lead to insulin resistance syndrome--obesity, diabetes
High GI carbo - > 70
Medium GI carbo -> 56-69
Low GI- <55
What are the Benefits of the Glycemic Index?
-Low GI diets help people lose and control weight
-Low GI diets increase the body's sensitivity to insulin
-Low GI carbs improve diabetes control
-Low GI carbs reduce the risk of heart disease
-Low GI carbs reduce blood cholesterol levels
so choose lowest possible GI food in your everyday's diet.
How to Switch to a Low GI Diet
The basic technique for eating the low GI way is simply a "this for that" approach - ie, swapping high GI carbs for low GI carbs. You don't need to count numbers or do any sort of mental arithmetic to make sure you are eating a healthy, low GI diet.
-Use breakfast cereals based on oats, barley and bran
-Use breads with wholegrains, stone-ground flour, sour dough
-Reduce the amount of potatoes you eat
-Enjoy all other types of fruit and vegetables
-Use Basmati or Doongara rice
-Enjoy pasta, noodles, quinoa
-Eat plenty of salad vegetables with a vinaigrette dressing
As a simple rule of thumb, anything in white (rice, bread etc) has higher GI than the brown (rice, bread etc)
Some of the GI values are shown below:-
Corn Flakes ® -84
French fries -75
Green peas -48
Cashew nuts, salted -22
Overweight people need to consider taking these nutrients/herbs in order to assist them achieve weight reduction:-
- Chromium-required for normal carbohydrate metabolism and increase insulin sensitivity
- Magnesium-also important for carbohydrate and glucose metabolism
- Green tea-studies has shown it able to reduce weight by fat-burning effect
- Guarana-enhance metabolism and increase fat burning
- Fish oil-Essential fatty acids (omega-3) found in fish oils promote thermogenesis, the process by which foods are converted to heat. Because of this, the body burns calories instead of converting them into fat for storage
- DHEA-Low levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a steroid hormone, have been linked to increased weight gain.Studies suggest that supplementing with DHEA produces beneficial body composition changes.
- 7-keto DHEA. A metabolite of DHEA called 7-keto DHEA has also attracted considerable attention for its value as a fat-loss supplement
- Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is found in ruminant meats such as beef and lamb and in dairy products such as milk and cheese. Many studies support the anticancer, antiobesity, antidiabetic, and antiatherogenic properties of CLA
- Take 200–600 mcg of Chromium daily.
- Take 160–320 mg of Magnesium citrate daily before bedtime.
- Take 3000–4000 mg of CLA (with or without 1000 mg guarana) daily
- Take 2400 mg of Omega 3 daily.
- Take 200 mg of 7-keto DHEA daily in the morning.
- Take 725–1450 mg of Green Tea extract daily.
- Minimize consumption of foods cooked at high temperatures.
- Consume most calories early in the day (avoid late-night snacking).
- Reduce intake of high glycemic foods (breads, pasta, potatoes, fruit juices, sugary snacks).
- Reduce intake of saturated fats such as those found in beef and butter, and increase consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fats, such as fish.
- Increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Mohamed Idris said children who used mobile phones were at greater risk because they were more susceptible to the radiation than adults.
"Parents should not allow their children to use mobile phones and consumers should use the speakerphone function, so that the phone is held more than 20cm away from the head. Use landlines whenever possible," he said.
Recent advances in dietary science have highlighted the crucial role of insulin in weight gain. Produced in the pancreas, insulin is a critical hormone for the control of blood sugar (glucose). Its job is to transport glucose into cells, where the glucose is burned as fuel. While this process is necessary for life, abnormalities in the insulin-glucose system caused by aging, lack of exercise and poor diet can cause major health problems. In aging, cells become more resistant to the effects of insulin. As cells become increasingly insulin resistant, the body compensates by increasing the number of insulin receptors on cells and secreting more insulin in an attempt to drive more blood sugar into muscle and liver cells (Fulop 2003).
Insulin resistance is a dangerous condition. Research suggests that adipose tissue (fat) is a source of pro-inflammatory chemicals that have a role in the development of insulin resistance (Sharma AM et al 2005). Insulin resistance is associated with obesity (in particular, abdominal obesity) (Greenfield JR et al. 2004). It is also associated with aging muscle (Nair KS 2005), physical inactivity, and genetics.
This increase in insulin (called hyperinsulinemia) and decreased insulin sensitivity have a number of harmful effects, including contributing to diseases associated with being overweight (Zeman et al 2005; Garveyet al 1998)
Over time, high insulin and insulin resistance may lead to type 2 diabetes in susceptible individuals, a major risk factor for heart disease. A study sponsored by the NIH showed that over a 10-year period, hyperinsulinemia was associated with increased all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, independent of other risk factors (NIH 1985).
Controlling insulin levels as we age is essential for overall health, longevity, and weight management. An increasing number of physicians recognize the role of insulin resistance in the current obesity epidemic. The good news is that nonprescription drugs and low-cost dietary supplements that have demonstrated beneficial effects upon insulin action are already available.
Fiber Reduces Insulin Spike
When it comes to weight loss, fiber has not received the attention it deserves. The recent focus on carbohydrates has led some people to reduce their intake of whole fruits and some vegetables because these foods contain carbohydrates. By doing this, those dieters deprive themselves of the many benefits of a naturally fiber-rich food source
According to the American Heart Association (AHA) , we should consume about 30 g or more of fiber every day.The actual average consumption, however, is between 12 and 17 g (AHA 2005; NCI 2005).
Consumed before a meal, soluble fiber has multiple benefits. First, it is filling and causes people to eat less because they are satiated sooner
Equally important, consuming fiber before meals can reduce the rapid absorption of simple carbohydrates (such as refined sugar) and modulate blood sugar levels (Anderson et al 1993). A review of clinical studies of fiber shows that it has numerous weight-loss benefits.
Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, vegetables, fruits, and other foods. However, for weight-management purposes, it is important to have soluble fiber before every meal. Therefore, soluble fiber supplements (such as powders or capsules) should be kept where meals are consumed, such as the kitchen or the office.
Some people shy away from fiber because they experience lower bowel disturbances if too much fiber is consumed at first. This can be avoided by beginning with a low dose of fiber before each meal and gradually increasing doses over a two- to three-week period. Once the body adjusts to increased fiber intake, gastrointestinal side effects usually disappear.
How to Use Fiber Supplements
The type of dietary fiber to use is an important consideration. To help induce weight loss, purified soluble dietary fibers, such as pectin, guar, psyllium, glucomannan, alginate, and beta-glucan, help normalize blood glucose and have an antidiabetic effect (Trepel 2004).
The typical dose for soluble fiber drink mix is 8 to12 g taken before meals. Begin with only 4 g before each meal for the first week or two to allow your digestive system to adjust to higher fiber intakefurther reading here
I'm sure many, out there, looking for a simple and practical way of how to LOSE WEIGHT. But whatever the method you choose-remember: NO SHORT CUT please!
I will outline to you- the holistic way of how to do it-basically without need for any drugs. just get the mind tuned, eat right and exercise well-that's all!
this is the first lesson..
The Star, Sunday 25,2008
He was a chiropractic doctor who believed in the natural healing power of foods, and the healing power of natural remedies and therapies.
He also taught and trained thousands of medical doctors and complementary health practitioners from all over the world, either at his beautiful Hidden Valley Health Ranch in California, or during his extensive travels across the globe.
He studied, improved and promoted natural methods such as nutritional therapy, iridology, colon hydrotherapy, fasting, reflexology, herbology, homeopathy, craniopathy and many more. He authored more than 50 books and booklets and conducted thousands of classes and seminars right until his death.
He introduced us to the people of the Hunza Valley and other remote communities famous for their longevity.
His teachings have been continued by his many students in their own countries. Thus his legacy lives on and his teachings have benefited millions of people on the planet.
Some say that he was also among the most influential persons in encouraging organic farming and organic living throughout the world.
Applying his own teachings, he lived to a ripe age of 93 (he died on February 22, 2001), but not without battles with the scourges of cancer and ageing.
Pagi ni baru balik melawat seorang pesakit di hospital. Makcik Siti , 63 yang juga merupakan ibu mertua Pn Ira (pengantin baru), my ex-staff.
Makcik Siti who has no known medical illnes, suddenly turned into loss of conciousness with bouts of vomiting yesterday. An urgent CT scan of brain revealed massive intracerebral hemorrhage (bleeding into the brain) on the left side. She is now in Glascow Coma Scale 9. Latest news I heard, she will be electively ventilated while waiting for decision by the neurosurgical team whether they want to proceed with operation or not..
Just a few points to ponder here. Pn Ira, semalam dgn nada teresak2 beritahu saya, doktor (most likely junior doctor) yang buat ward round semalam bagitau begini-"mak awak ni dah takde harapan.pendarahan dalam kepala nampak teruk. kita dah tak boleh buat apa-apa.awak boleh bawa dia balik untuk cuba rawatan lain."
Hmmm..cuba bayangkan perasaan relative bila seorang doktor cakap begitu. kalau cakap pasal penyakit yang tak boleh sembuh is quite OK, but to encourage "at- own -risk" (AOR) discharge to the relatives, is to me, very unethical. morever, doktor tu sebenarnya takde authority untuk cakap begitu sebab dia dari medical team, bukan neurosurgical...
So..they're waiting for neurosurgical team to decide whether to go in or not..sementara tu, kawan-kawan saya di luar sana yang mempunyai kebolehan 'distant healing' or Reiki, plz help Makcik Siti by sending your 'energy'.others can sama-sama berdoa ke hadrat Allah swt, semoga dipermudahkan segala urusan..ameen.
A few words on intracerebral hemorrhage.
What is it? Intracerebral hemorrhage occurs when a diseased blood vessel within the brain bursts, allowing blood to leak inside the brain. (The name means within the cerebrum, or brain). The sudden increase in pressure within the brainpear can cause damage to the brain cells surrounding the blood. If the amount of blood increases rapidly, the sudden buildup in pressure can lead to unconsciousness or death.
What causes it? The most common cause of intracerebral hemorrhage is high blood pressure (hypertension). Since high blood pressure by itself often causes no symptoms, many people with intracranial hemorrhage are not aware that they have high blood pressure, or that it needs to be treated. Less common causes of intracerebral hemorrhage include trauma, infections, tumors, blood clotting deficiencies, and abnormalities in blood vessels (such as arteriovenous malformations).
CT scan appearance:
Treatment depends on the location, cause, and extent of the hemorrhage.
Surgery may be needed, especially if there is bleeding in the cerebellum.
1- Some cells are designated "fat cells."
If you overeat consistently, fat cells expand. When they reach a certain point, they recruit other cells that aren't designed to hold fat. Thus, fat spills over into parts of the body such as the heart, liver and pancreas. That's when disease occurs.
2- We need some dietary fat. It helps satisfy us when we eat and is important for basic body metabolism and disease prevention
3- Fat-free or reduced-fat may not be best. Take peanut butter, for instance. It's an excellent source of healthy fat. When you buy reduced-fat peanut butter, fat often is replaced with sugar or other unhealthy fillers.
4- The good news: 10 percent of our fat cells die every year.
And the bad? They're replaced by new fat cells. The cycle of dying and regenerating is based on fat cells we have accumulated through puberty. After that, the number remains the same. That makes it especially important to keep our children's diets healthy; what they eat affects their predisposition to disease later in life
5-Our bodies need 20 percent to 30 percent of daily calories to come from fat. The key is what kind of fat?.
Unsaturated fats -healthier option: Olive and canola oils; olives, nuts, avocados, salmon, tuna, sardines, some shellfish.
A caveat: "Healthy fats are great to choose,"but you need to do so in moderation. Many people think because they're healthy, they can have unlimited amounts." Big N-O.
Saturated fats -limit: Tropical oils such as coconut and palm oil; high-fat dairy products; fatty meats. Keep these to less than 20 grams per day
Trans fats- avoid: Man-made hydrogenated oils. Many restaurants no longer use them. But that's not permission to order extra french fries!
6-Paying attention to labels can help make you healthy.
--When label-reading, keep saturated fat at 2 grams or less per serving.
7-Cardio + resistance training fat taming
"When you start doing cardio, your body releases hormones and enzymes to send fat to the bloodstream to be used as energy,"
"People who come in and do 5 or 10 minutes of cardio aren't burning fat; they're burning simple sugars. Your body may not get into the fat-burning system for 25 minutes."
Additionally, studies show that the more toned your muscles, the better you can control your weight. That's because the more muscle weight you have, the more calories you burn.
8- Liposuction is not a cure for obesity. "It's a cosmetic thing"
9- Fat doesn't make us fat. "The bottom line is, when we take in too many calories, whether they're fat or carbohydrates or protein, we will gain weight,"
10-Belly fat: Not pretty, not good for you, not easy to lose.
Belly fat, especially in women, isn't just uncomfortable and unsightly, it's also unhealthy. It has been linked to higher risk of diabetes, stroke and heart disease. Its secretions narrow blood vessels and promote inflammation, according to the journal Neurology.
For women, a belly-button circumference of 35 inches or more means you have an unhealthy concentration of belly fat. For men, that number is 40 inches.
What to do to keep fat under control?
--Eat fiber-filled foods to help lower risk of heart disease.
--Do aerobic exercise for at least 30 minutes every day.
--Have blood sugar and blood fats tested. The sooner you know about abnormalities, the sooner they can be treated.
-from Daily News, Life Extension, 05-22-08
- Normalizing blood pressure. People deficient in vitamin D are much more likely to have high blood pressure. Treatment with vitamin D and calcium significantly lowers systolic blood pressure. Vitamin D likely exerts this effect by suppressing the expression of the blood pressure hormone renin
- Anti-inflammatory effects. Vitamin D appears to have a potent effect on reducing inflammation, as measured by C-reactive protein (CRP). Dramatic reductions in CRP have been documented. In contrast, statin medications may only produce modest decreases in CRP levels
- Anti-diabetic effects. Diabetes is more prevalent in individuals with low serum vitamin D levels. Vitamin D administration reduces blood sugar and increases sensitivity to insulin. Improvement in insulin sensitivity is associated with a cascade of benefits, including a decreased risk of developing full-blown diabetes
METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water,
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes,
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning .May commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.
6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to
Cure/control/reduce main diseases:
1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days
2. Gastric - 10 days
3. Diabetes - 30 days
4. Constipation - 10 days
5. Cancer - 180 days
6. TB - 90 days
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st Week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times. It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.
Not recognizing heartburn as a sign of dehydration and treating it with antacids and pill medications will, in time, produce inflammation of the stomach and duodenum, hiatal hernia, ulceration, and eventually cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, including the liver and pancreas.
Then you might want to try acupressure!
Press acupressure points as shown below about 1 minute each with your tip of finger.
Note: apply pumping (press-release-press-release) manner.
point#35.location: at the junction (crossing) of wrist-crease and line drawn between the ring and the little finger
point#51. location: just below lateral maleolus (buku lali luar).
point#56.location: at the centre of the forearm, 2 thumb-width from the wrist-crease
point#86.location: midway between 2 eye-brows
- Have a slice of chicken, or a banana before heading to bed. These foods contain tryptophan, an amino acid that's used to make serotonin, a brain chemical that helps you sleep.
- Try a glass of warm milk (milk contains tryptophan) and a cookie, or warm milk with a spoonful of honey.
- Avoid big meals late in the evening
- Wake up at the same time each day, no matter how little sleep you got the night before. On weekends, follow the same schedule, so your body adheres to the same pattern all week long. You'll sleep better.
- Every morning, go for a walk. With your body clock set by the great outdoors, you'll sleep better at night.
- If you just can't sleep, don't lie in bed worrying about it. That will only make sleep harder to attain. Get up, leave the bedroom, and grab a book or watch TV.The goal is to bore yourself into oblivion-so sleep becomes a sweet release.
- Avoid exercising
- Avoid caffeinated beverages
- Avoid alcohol
- Avoid tobacco
- Valerian helps people fall asleep faster without the "hangover" affect of some sleeping pills.
- "Natural" sleep remedies often include herbal ingredients such as hops and skullcap. Whatever the formulation, follow the package directions.
- Lavender has a reputation as a mild tranquilizer. Simply dab a bit of the oil onto your temples and forehead before you hit the pillow. Or place a lavender sachet near your pillow.
- Put a drop of jasmine essential oil on each wrist just before you go to bed.
Blood pressure a bit too high? Spending half an hour a day listening to music and breathing slowly may help.
That's what happened in a new Italian study of 28 adults taking drugs to control their mild high blood pressure (hypertension).
First, the patients wore a device that tracked their blood pressure for 24 hours. Next, they were given a CD of classical, Celtic, or Indian music. All of the tunes on the CD had similar slow rhythms says Professor Pietro A. Modesti, MD, PhD, of Italy's University of Florence.
The patients were assigned to listen to the CD for 30 minutes per day for a month and to breathe slowly while listening to the music, taking twice as long to exhale as to inhale. At the end of the month, the patients wore the blood pressure monitor again.
The patients' blood pressure improved during the study. When the experiment ended, their average systolic blood pressure (the first number in a blood pressure reading) had dropped three points, and their average diastolic blood pressure (the second number in a blood pressure reading) had dropped four points.For comparison, 20 other patients didn't listen to music or practice slow breathing. Their blood pressure didn't change during the study.
It's not clear what mattered more, the music or the slow breathing. "The antihypertensive effects [have] to be considered as the result of the combination of music and breathing exercises," Modesti notes.
The findings were presented in New Orleans at the American Society of Hypertension's annual scientific meeting. Modesti calls for further studies to see if the results hold up in the long term.
American Society of Hypertension Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, May 14-17, 2008.
Another scientific evidence validated the effects of reducing stress (listening to music, breathing exercise), hence going deep into alpha and these measures able to bring down the blood pressure.
So next time if you're happen to be diagnosed with having high blood pressure, go to any music store and grab some cds of Mozart,Beethoven, or Scarlatti before seeing your doctor. :)