Most Embarassing Experience for an Alternative Therapy Enthusiast`is to be hospitalised for 4 days for something mundane as tonsilitis.
Yeah! Yeah! I thought I had this totally eradicated before.
I am prone to to tonsilitis or formation of tonsil stones since I was a child. My mother used to bring me to our family doctor every month and was given a steady course of antibiotics ever since. The attacks became less frequent during my adult years but much stronger…
Prior to our dabbling in natural therapy
- hospitalized at a Local Hospital for severe tonsilitis and dehydration in 2002 — (solution: ENT cut a portion of my right tonsils and scraped/pressed the puss out of the tonsil stones,then a course of antibiotics and painkillers via drips)
- hospitalized at a Private hospital for severe tonsilitis and dehydration in 2004 — ( antibiotics and painkillers via drips.. this was like a stay in a hotel as at that time the company I was working for have the best medical coverage)
When we started dabbling on natural therapy
- the tonsilitis attacks/tonsil stone formation became less frequent/less intense and started to almost disappear completely, leading me to believe that I have eradicated it
However, for the past few months, it seems I have slowly succumbed to pressure at work and ate everything on sight (everything that my equally stressed office mates passed around.. chocolates, BAKWA (cured processed piece of meat just like the tocino that Filipinos like me love very much.. very unhealthy but very yummy)…
Then we were in a very tight financial position as almost 30% of my Salary is being remitted to the Philippines for a property that I am paying for in 6 months installment. Suffice it to say, I did not spend on quality food and quality herbs — sacrificing my health for that piece of land.
So there I was… Sunday, March 2, I can not eat solids anymore… March 3, cannot drink any liquid, I vomit or cough it out and I was breathless. I asked my mother to bring me to the hospital as I really need liquids to survive. I cannot even swallow a tablespoon of water, even if I force myself to swallow it.. within seconds.. my body would shake and cough/vomit and spit out until I was breathe less.. but I knew I need the hydration as my lips are starting to crack — I have started to hyperventilate, I have’nt urinated for 24 hours, I was pale and dizzy and sleepless and my already sunken eyes were more sunken than usual. With only about 100 dollars cash left on my wallet until pay day, I am pretty sure I cannot self medicate anymore and cannot risk doing this alone… so its time for emergency procedures…. but I knew what I needed was at least the following
- dextrose (IV/drips) to address the dehydration
- injectable antibotics and painkillers to reduce pain and swelling so I could start drinking again
- apparently (nasal drops too) — read here
All of those were what I needed on March 4, Tuesday when we arrived at the local hospital’s A&E at about 4pm… they went through the usual screening and then the triage and then the first treatment…which only came 3 hours later…and that treatment was not what I expected they sent me to an ENT doctor who cut my tonsils to see if there is puss, pressed and scraped it until I cried (no tears due to dehydration)…
Why did I agree for this ENT procedure in the first place?
I dont know — perhaps lack of judgement, perhaps confused because of the pain… but waiting for 3 hours for treatment this is the best that I got.. and I also remember that in 2002 I have undergone the same procedure. However, this time there was no relief after the cutting, pressing and scraping.. but the doctor kept “digging” to make sure.. thats when I pressed his knees hard to let him know that I cannot take the pain anymore. So he said, I will need to be admitted so that I can be given antibiotics via iv/drips and that tomorrow he will have a go at it again (no mention of relieving my pain, no mention of my breathless ness, no mention of the dehydration).. All he cared about is the chance to be able to cut my tonsils.
But again, I tried to trust the system this is all I got.. I have no money… all I have is my Medisave and Insurance which this local hospital will use for my treatment.
After the first treatment… I was made to wait at the A&E Lounge again for another 2 hours.. until I kicked and made crazy movements to indicate my distress.. they kept saying oh the doctor is busy.. tried to write my requests/demands on my Iphone..
Painkillers!!! (they just looked at me and said yes, doctor will see you after this patient)
After another agonizing hour… of spitting saliva, coughing/vomitting, gargling my mouth… (this is the best I could do for myself for the moment)….I was finally injected with painkiller with codine (cough suppressant) and antibiotics.. the coughing/vomitting stopped and I managed to drink perhaps a tsp of water… but I was still breathless… and increasingly tired…I finally gave up asking for treatment and collapsed on the wheelchair..
Finally at 1am they said that “I have a bed available at Ward 55A”— finally I can stretch my legs…I can finally sleep.. but sleep never came.. nurses came in and out.. iv/drips, antibiotics, pain killers, check BP, check my oxygen level, but nobody addressed my breahtlessness … and by the time I doze of at about 5am or 6am.. the DR came — as if in a nightmare he woke me up and asked me to open my mouth again… I was so angry and tired.. but I opened it and he said… you will see another doctor at 11am for another look… what!!>>>??Wake me up at this hour for an 11am appointment?? Did you know what time I got a bed? and what time exactly i was able to sleep? Of course, I cannot shout right? But I was shouting on top of my brains and no one could hear.. if only eyes could speak!!!
So, i brushed my teeth and gargled with difflam, and was wheeled into the ENT again at 11am for the painful procedure, this time its a lady Dr. Perhaps she would be gentler? More caring? 1st thing she did is to call a peer to come to take a look so he will get the experience.. Ok fine in my distress i have to tolerate young doctors needing experience. Then she poked and injected me with local anesthesia while saying yes I know the needles even more painful and she kept injecting the roof of my mouth 5 times. Then started cutting again as if I am just some piece of dead meat.All this while I was couchung and hyperventilating so i was choking on my own saliva, phleghm and blood… Then she stopped asked me to spit and gargle… And then open my mouth wide again for which I said no and then my hyperventilating esclated.. The nurses came to try to calm me down.. They said close ur mouth, breathe through your nose and I was breathing under water… I was chocking on my own bodily liquids, I try to spit, cough and vomit despite the pain as I cant breathe then I said nose drops!!! What? One of the nurses said they cant understand me through my hyperventilation, coughing and spitting… Then I tried to demonstrate ” nose drops” by pinching my nose and pretending to use a dropper to put nose drops in.. Thats when one of the nurses sprung into action. That was a huge relief! And I was able to say, just let me sleep please and give me lots of pain reliever so I could sleep.. Then they finally let me go….
On my bed, I tried to lie flat on my back with my head elevated and breathe as calmly as I could, i wasnt able to sleep as I had to spit the unending supply of saliva, blood ang mucus…I asked for a pan so I dont have to run back and forth to the toilet.. They gave me a plastic bag instead which was even harder to use.. So for another 8 hrs I have to run back and forth to the toilet…i told the nurse I cant breathe.. She used that odd instrument to check my oxygen level and said but your oxygen level is ok… Its ok?!! But cant you see that i am panting here as if I am running and swimming at the same time? i am so tired!!! Just give me the nose drops please! And so she did! I was able to sleep for 2 hours.. And the cycle began, 2 hrs sleep.. Nurse check me spitting and gargling then sleep again to be awakened by injections and morr checks.. But with small doses of sleep I was able to regain strength… At about 7pm, i managed to take in a few tablespoons of water only to be told i have to stop drinking at 12midnight until the procedure the next day.. This time, I hid a bottle of water beside me and continued to drink sips of water despite the pain.. Continued to spit and gargle… Until finally a nurse said I will give you anti vomitting medicine so u can sleep longer. So she did, I woke up at 5 am and drank more water, against dr orders. I am determined to show them all I need is hydration, antibiotics, pain reliever . The 5th dr then took a look again and told me he needed to cut again and i said No. He called the most senior ENT, who said “the symptomatic issue” is improving.. So yeah you can return her to the ward for one more night of observation. I felt triumphant!!! And for once, i heard the right statement yes the symptomatic issue is improving ( and I have to deal with the root cause myself at home cause all these doctors have no idea!!!! All they know is cut and dig for puss!!!)….so to prove that I am well and i dont need those cutting procedure, I ate my mashed banana (with gusto) and the porridge ( tolerated)– I even threw away a portion of it so theyll think I have finished it all.. I can actually eat more bananas and other soft fruits… But they only give us 1 banana at a time. The drooling stopped so I was more relaxed this time and was able to engage in chit chat with my 3 ward mates… But I continued to gargle everytime.. Even without DR confirmation I knew I will be going home the next day. I cant wait to go home to continue to recover without drugs but with pure fresh fruits and fruit juices and coffee enemas.
My diet since yesterday is young coconut or watermelon for breakfast, up to 10 bananas through out the day .. And then for dinner more watermelon, freshly cut aloe vera meat and juice of 2 papaya leaves with apple juice…
I still take the Augmentin ( just to complete the course), but I am going to detox myself from the toxins afterwards.. I also went to Raffles Medical Clinic to get serraenzyme tabs ( recommended by Selle one of my blog readers, but they dont have serraenzyme and was given another brand of enzyme). By the way, the GP at Raffles said that the cutting was unnecessary, all I needed was injectable antibiotics, pain reliever and iv/ drips for dehydration and nose drops!!! Isnt that just what i said in the beginning of this article? I also got mad at myself for putting myself through this…and embarassed in the sense that I didnt practice what I preach about prevention being the key.
My daughter suffered from Allergic Rhinitis from when she was a baby until shortly after she turned 7 years old. Most of my friends’ kids below 7 years old seemed to exhibit allergic rhinitis as well. For that reason, it seems I really have to write some of my thoughts around this matter. Apparently there is a very specific name for this disease prevalent on young children.
Paediatric allergic rhinitis (AR) Allergic Rhinitis according to a Singapore study done in 2001-2002
The most prevalent clinical symptoms were: watery rhinorrhea 61%, blocked nose 61%, sneezing 52%, snoring 17%, and epistaxis 12%
Rhinitis is a disease of the upper airway characterized by runny and/or blocked nose and/or sneezing. Though not viewed as a life threatening condition, it is also recognized to impose significant burden to the quality of life of sufferers and their caretakers and imposes an economic cost to society. Through a PubMed online search of the literature from 2006 to September 2011, this paper aims to review the published literature on rhinitis in young children below the age of 6 years. It is apparent from epidemiology studies that rhinitis in this age group is a relatively common problem. The condition has a heterogenous etiology with classification into allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Respiratory viral infections may play a role in the pathogenesis of long standing rhinitis, but definitive studies are still lacking. Treatment guidelines for management are lacking for this age group, and is a significant unmet need. Although the consensus is that co-morbidities including otitis media with effusion, adenoidal hypertrophy and asthma, are important considerations of management of these children. Pharmacotherapy is limited for young children especially for those below the age of 2 years. This review underscores the lack of understanding of rhinitis in early childhood and therefore the need for further research in this area.
More from the same study
The studies from Singapore show that the prevalence of rhinitis in preschoolers is substantial with prevalence of 25.3% in the 4 to 6 year age group  and a cumulative prevalence of 42.7% in the 2 year age group . These rates are in fact comparable with that reported in the phase III of the ISAAC with rhinitis rates reported at 25.5% for Singapore schoolchildren 6-7 years old . These studies indicate that the prevalence of rhinitis young children may be considerable.
Since my daughter’s rhinitis falls under the allergic rhinitis category, we were told to just manage our environment and reduce exposure dust mites. Management also includes prescription drugs for cold, cough and fever whenever there is a severe attack. This does not sit well with me, as I know its just addressing the symptoms. What we need to know is the root cause.
I discussed this with a few of my Singaporean friends before and a few of them theorized that Allergic Rhinitis in kids living in Singapore, were caused by vaccinations. A few of them postulated that the vaccinations in Singapore were designed for Europeans and not Asians. Therefore Asian kids reacted differently. A TCM doctor which we used to see at the height of my daughter’s allergic rhinitis attacks, said that
” children with rhinitis are just detoxing the ‘toxin’s from the vaccines, and once it is completely detoxified by the body, the attacks will slowly stop, meanwhile during the kids’ first 7 year cycle, alternative ways to manage the attacks (it is drug less) is recommended.”
My daughter’s chiropractor echoed the same observation (without my prompting– I did not even mention these theories to him). He said:
whenever your daughter have a fever, embrace it.. the fever is just like a storm, as the storm/rain cleanses the environment neutralizing toxins, the fever/cold/cough is doing exactly the same thing to our bodies, it cleanses our bodies, neutralizing toxins and makes way for fast elimination of toxins…by age 7 you should see some improvements..
Interestingly, the allergic rhinitis attacks stopped shortly after my daughter’s 7th birthday (or maybe it was also because of the interventions we took during a period of years.. herbs, chiropractic adjustments, nose spa, tuina, breathing in ocean air, yes! like literally going near the beach whenever she is having allergic attacks (works like a free saline nasal spray on a wider scale and in a more fun and relaxing way)…
suffice it to say.. we managed her allergic rhinitis the natural way.. no anti histamines— we did’nt even bother much about the mites..seriously?? SIngapore is too clean already— what if we bring her back to the Philippines? she will probably have to be on a respirator within minutes upon setting foot in Philippine soil… so I don’t buy that environmental management as the main approach to manage allergic rhinitis.
One of my blog readers and my friend M is currently trying my approach to managing allergic rhinitis of their daughters (below 7 years old)… well, lets see in 3-4 years time.. this article will probably be another favorite of my blog readers..
So, why does these attacks lessen if not stop after 7 years of age or when kids age?
Here is what the experts say:
It is apparent from epidemiology studies that rhinitis in this age group is a relatively common problem. The condition has a heterogenous etiology with classification into allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. Respiratory viral infections may play a role in the pathogenesis of long standing rhinitis, but definitive studies are still lacking. Treatment guidelines for management are lacking for this age group, and is a significant unmet need. Although the consensus is that co-morbidities including otitis media with effusion, adenoidal hypertrophy and asthma, are important considerations of management of these children. Pharmacotherapy is limited for young children especially for those below the age of 2 years. This review underscores the lack of understanding of rhinitis in early childhood and therefore the need for further research in this area.
The experts know it is prevalent to kids below 6-7 years of age… why then does it lessen after 7 years of age? Did they have lesser exposure to house dust mites? If its true that the most common cause are house dust mites.. can we prove that there is less house dust mite in the same house for all children above 7 years? Do they spend less time at home therefore less exposure to house dust mites? In my daughter;s case, it is very unlikely.. we still live in the same house, same room, we have the same routines.. she spends the same amount of time at home as she did when she was 2 years old.
If I am a clinical researcher with passion to really help children and their parents, I would find a way to find a correlation between vaccinations and possible detoxification of toxins for children age 2 to 7 years old as a possible reason that these attacks lessen after a child turns 7. If I am a researcher bent on really finding the cause and dealing with the cause.. I will move away from pharmaceutical approach..will think outside of the box.. and pray to God that someone will sponsor my resarch even if there is no promise of ROI… Anyway. ever hear of the 7 year cycle?
e.g. something so simple.. instead of giving saline nasal spray.. why not ask the parent to bring the child to the beach.. and stay there for at least 2 hours.. breathe the humid saline ocean air!! That is what 18th century doctors told their patients suffering from respiratory diseases did anyway…everything just shifted focus on drugs after the 1950′s (major change in the medical education system).. and then everyone just forgot the basics.. and hold fast on what they believe is TRUE.
Morning meditation with my daughter Z last 15th January
Z: Good Morning mom! What are you reading? Why is the text red? And the others black?
Mom: the red text are what Jesus actually said ..
Z: how did He do that?
M: He shared parables with people and someone wrote the stories for Him
Z: so which story are you reading?
M: am still praying for Him to guide me which parable I should read todAy
Z: mom, you know I have 4 stickers yesterday, but I did nothing I just kept quiet.. Mom read this.. Pointing to:
So, I read it aloud while she listened and silently read the passages beside me…
Then she drew something on her whiteboard, a big man talking to a little girl, and another man behind the big man holding medals..
who are those zRah? The big man is a daddy just like tito Bong and the girl is a daughter just like my cousin. And the small man? Its someone giving the daddy medals.. Why? For his talent!
today (that was 15th January) as I sit on the bus, i am saying a prayer for all the dads in the world, my brother, my boss, my father–/ may You receive what you and your daughter earnestly need today.
And that whatever they receive be it one or five talentS, use it dont hide it….
And to all single moms like me who act like a dad too, may it well be with our souls
The benefits of praying, is not actually about the prayer being answered.. but the conversation established and the relationship being nurtured with a living God… it does not change God’s will for our lives.. but it changes us.
If we are not confident about our skills, we draw confidence from God.. if we think others are given more talents and we only have one.. we have to see it from God’s point of view..He gives us everything He Knows we can effectively manage…it does not matter if you are given 5, 3 or 1 talent.. the important measure is the returns.. if you are given 5 and you return 5 thats a 100% – if you are given 1 and you return 1 –
If we have skills but too scared or too burned to showcase it (as you know the more skills you have– the more is expected from you.. and it never stops).. but here God is admonishing us to use it not to compete but to give Glory to the one who gave it in the first place.
The last few weeks, it seems my manager is calmer (perhaps he got what he needed so bad– appreciation and respect)..
The past few months it was hard for me to pray for myself, because so far everything that I have prayed for have been given to me and more. However, I felt that I have not done enough to Glorify Him…. so I was embarassed to ask something for myself. Everyday when I wake up in the morning, all I can say is thank you Lord for giving me extra time with nanay, for giving me Z as my daughter. For giving me a job that pays our bills (I probably have to ask for wisdom on spending wisely)… I cannot bring myself to ask for more as I am not sure if I can handle the responsibility (the more you receive, the more responsibility to be a good steward on what was given you).. if you were given the power and authority to lead a team of people.. it comes with responsibility.
But I know that I cannot keep hiding from Him, I cannot NOT pray because its like losing the most important conversation in my life. There is no such thing as OVER COMMUNICATION.. sometimes we perhaps OVER PRAY.. and I dont think its a bad thing.. I know that we cannot ask God to do what we want.. only what He wills for us.. but it also pleases Him when we engage.. when we continue to communicate even in times of confusion…specially when things are going OK (at least OK than before)…
Therefore, I prayed for others.. not knowing that what God wanted me to pray for others.. is the same prayer I would have prayed for myself…and for my daughter.
THis is why the Bible is a living book.. this is why prayer does not always guarantee that we get what we want when we want it.. but it assures us that God will give us what we needed at the perfect time in place.. to the point that it will be so clear to us.. that we will have to ask for it in humility and not demanding for something we dont deserve. Cause we know that when the desire is God given.. we know its what we needed.. and its easier to ask and to RECEIVE!
The past few days.. my father started asking me every morning.. do you want coffee? And yes, I said i want coffee! In a few seconds the mug of coffee is there..piping HOT (I Know ! I know! coffee is not healthy and I should stop drinking it.. but what do you say when its your father’s way of showing affection he withdrew from you for years.. all I can say is.. receive and be happy!
When we pray we have to realize that we are not in a position to command a God, we are praying to somebody entirely different from us, a God who knows and sees the future- we pray on what is best for us as He sees it, Not as we see it.
- kids go to school half of the day then stay at home with grandparents or household help who are also having challenges managing their time at home in the same way you manage your time at work
- you mentally check each item on the way to work or on the way home or worse you think about it the whole day
- you dont want to be a tiger mom nor a wishy washy mom
- delegate without delegating (grandparents and household help sometimes get annoyed) . Create a simple list that kids and adults will easily understand with minimum adult supervision for completion of task (e.g say “nanay pls rest for a while and sit beside Z at 3 pm to 3:30 while she do her homework… You can just do nothing just sit there on my behalf”
- create a workable before bed routine ( older kids from 5 and up can be trained on weekends where to get their supplies and what to do when clock strikes at 6pm)
- my opinion: we should not over rely on tuition teachers and centers, kids just need structure at home so they can learn how to manage their time so they have enough time for play ( if z drags her feet in doing homework she knows she will lose her play time). Besides traveling to and fro to tuition centers after school is a logistic nightmare. Id rather the child have enough time to play and rest so he/ she can focus on what the teacher is saying the next day.
- most importantly soften the environment with soft toys and little love notes
- leave water bottles and cut fruits in small containers where kids can easily reach for them ( similar to racks in kindy where kindies put their water bottles and lunch boxes). But, my kids wont eat fruits? Experiment. Trial and error . Dont fuss if they dont eat the fruits. Just eat the left over fruits when you get home ( and eat it with gusto while kids are watching)
Whatever you cant do and is outside of your control, leave it to God… You cannot outlove God, God loves your kids more than you do.. He just let you borrow them for a while..ask for His guidance.. Seek for His comfort and teach your child how to depend on His grace
The past few weeks, people from different parts of Singapore have called Nanay and went to our house to get the free branches of Moringa (Ok I do not promote this as much), as the branches are only from the weekly pruning (as we have very limited space on our front yard and our landlord wouldnt want the moringa leaves poking out to the street). (I will tell you something about the bear with a banana in a while)..
We do not have much time to plant so we are just giving it away. Some of the visitors would bring Nanay fruits which she would politely decline at first, saying “No, you dont need to do that, if you dont get the branches, we will just throw it away, as we dont have time to plant. But what a waste if we just throw….so we are glad someone takes it from us”, Of course, she will have to accept the fruits due to persistence..
Very kampung.. very barrio isnt it? It put her in high spirits the whole week and kept bugging me..
N: “do I have a youtube channel?”
Me: yeah, “we do have a youtube channel… for so long already.. cant believe you have just asked me..”
N: you should share what we have experience to a lot of people
Me: huh! isnt that what am doing already?
N: oh ok! how come I cant see it .. when I go to youtube?
Me: because we dont have a lot of traffic.. our theme is not very popular.. we are no make up guru, no beauty guru, no hair guru… not even a herbal guru..
N: what does it mean…
Me… long story.. but yeah.. am sharing as much as I could…
So, that’s how in this day and age, we can still be “neighbours”.. we can still trade goods instead of money.. and share a chat or two…ANd I have a feeling that some of those who come and get the free branches.. do not just want to get the branches but also see the cancer survivor who never had chemo or radiation…
Nanay’s herbs are blooming, basil, sage, oregano, rosemary (but she would’nt allow me to harvest– it seems like those were her pets). I was like, isnt this supposed to be for consumption? She says, yeah, but try not to take too much …”kawawa naman sila” (they are pitiful)..Then perhaps we should’nt really eat meat and fish no? They are also pitiful.
Anyway, I still harvest the herbs, without her looking .. SHHHH!!
I realized too that some plants/trees thrived when always pruned/harvested ==> MOringa is like that.. the more it gives, the more it grows.. while some are like vulnerable herbs, when you overly harvest.. it does not thrive well.. Nanay is really wise without her knowing it.
On my own, I also seemed to have a following– mothers who are working full time and also trying to be healthy themselves, mothers with little kids/daughters who have dental issues… which I do enjoy talking/chatting with (though I profuse my conversations in the beginning.. with ” I am not a doctor, I am just sharing”.. but in the middle of conversations… it begin to become a very warm kind of feeling.. it seems that we have become a “kampung/barrio” in our own way.. where mothers.. would go and visit the other mother, and share every trick or life hack that they have mastered either by trial and error, by experience or by being passed on to them by their own mothers..
So we have decided, Nanay and I will continue sharing our journey, in the spirit of the kampung/barrio. We are citizens of the world anyway– regardless of race, we share the same air, we share the same natural resources, we even share sickness and what NOT! We also have to ensure that we record our learnings — for our daughters and future generations…because in reality.. no one will write books on our daily encumberances and tricks.. as it is no money making machine..I also made a new friend, R –who I have met yesterday.. thanks R for the Z’s leggings! Nanay said, “wow! kakatuwa naman…parang barrio talaga.. palitan!” (wow! it really is fun, just like in the barrios! trading goods!)
In the office, it seems that we are being made to compete with each other.. just like these monkeys in a cage, with a banana on top of the ladder. And Nanay and my closest friends know that I hate competition and if someone wants something so bad, I readily give it.. even if I know its rightfully mine.. just so that I wont get the animosity. So to the managers that I trusted, I kinda made it known to them that I can sense what they are trying to do…and one of them even joked to me … as I was trying to engage one of his team members he said.. ok I would pretend not to see when tiger meets the lion.. and I said, I am neither a lion nor a tiger.. I am a bear.. I am all warm and cuddly– dont make compete with anyone…cause I will just pretend to sleep ….or perhaps I would just shake that ladder.. so all the bananas fall down.. and we all have our fill ( btw, I am not a monkey, I am a bear who loves bananas.. )..the two of them just laughed hard! (hope they get the message, jokes are half meant anyway, right?)
The other manager say, we are all in the same zoo… lets help each other…So, I hope the approach I am taking now in this blog and the wider Singapore community works in the office too.. We are foreigners here in Singapore, but we do not come here to compete but just to earn our means.. and I do understand the sentiments of the locals.. it seems that they are always being made to compete with foreigners like us.. and to that I would say to policy makers.. please try not to do that.. because as in every MNC going through redundancies,, everyone is affected.. those who leave and those who are left behind…And i do try to keep a friendly attitude towards my office mates locals and foreigners alike…and of course companies do not expect us to make friends.. we are expected to bring results.. And I say, I will give what the company needs.. but don’t put me against my friends ..
RIGHT! if you wont give me BONUS or fame.. at least give me happiness!
.And most importantly within our midst.. there are widows.. who are just fighting for survival of their families.. Some of us compete for promotion or a salary raise… while others are just working for their JOBS.. common la.. can you really do the job of 3 people with effectiveness?
So, I would just DO what I could honestly do with effectiveness (enough to feed my family), leaving something behind for the others.. its a WIN WIN Situation.. and that is how the balance is maintained in this world.. otherwise its an EYE to EYE, tooth for a TOOTH kind of existince, which makes life too stressful than what it should really be!
An excerpt from a local’s blog: http://poskod.sg/Posts/2012/6/13/A-Delicate-Pellet-of-Dust
In his paper “That Imagined Space”, sociologist Chua Beng Huat writes, “The popular nostalgia for thekampung, particularly for those who had never lived in one, is rooted in [the] common-place criticism of the stressful life dictated and disciplined by the logic of capital.” To Chua, the “invocation of the abstracted ‘relaxed’ social life of the kampung is not about the desire to go back to the reality of thekampung with all its material disadvantages. Instead…[it] is indicative of the desire to ‘rest’, to be content with one’s lot after having strived for long and ardous years, instead of striving for just that littlebit more.”
All of us are all longing for a place of REST! In fact, even in Biblical times, Job said:
Job 3: 26 I was not at ease, neither had I quiet, neither was I at rest; yet trouble came.
And if all else fails, Jesus Says:
“Most people poorly absorb curcumin; taking Turmeric with a little good fat greatly increases curcumin absorption.” Doctor Russell Blaylock MD
For serious problems consider one to two grams of curcumin a day in divided dose taken with food. IMO EVERYONE over 40 or so should take some curcumin at least once a week or so; just for its iron chelating and anti-cancer properties if noting else.
For this reason, we no longer buy the expensive Curcumin capsules and instead try find different ways of getting our daily dosage of Curcumin from either fresh turmeric (Ideally) or the powdered turmeric. There were times wherein we put the turmeric powder (the type you buy from grocery stores) and just put them into capsules. And Nanay religiously took the required daily 8 grams dosage for 2 years.. until there was a time, she felt she can not take it like this anymore. She developed some form of allergic reaction which made her fall out of love with Curcumin/Turmeric powder, and I believe its because it is not absorbed by the body.
So, she boiled the fresh rhizomes instead as a tea… until we realized, Curcumin is soluble in fat or oil. We tried trying to dissolve the turmeric powder in oil, but still its really hard to swallow. The powder seems to scratch my throat and esophagus… So we never took Turmeric for almost a year I think.
My father always get athlethe’s foot which prompted me to create these golden cubes not only for him to address the inflammation (internally and externally). Yes, I intended that he takes some of this internally, and the rest to be applied directly into his athlethe’s foot. And to add more anti-fungal properties to it,I added Oregano Oil from Barefoot HErbalist. Actually, if I only have 1 ingredient for all sorts of issues it would be Oregano Oil, but the taste is too strong so its hard to take therapeutic dosages of oregano if you take it in its pure form.
200 grams of turmeric rhizomes (or enough to make 1/2 cup of juice)
1/4 cup coconut oil (curcumin is fat soluble)
1/4 cup aloe vera as an emulsifier and also to soothe the digestive system
14 cloves of garlic for the anti microbial effect
1. Wait for turmeric sediments to settle at the bottom (this is the best material for creams)
2. Filter the sediments and put it away for future use
3. Add the coconut oil and aloe vera gel — so the liquid mixture will now be about 1 cup
4. Blend on high, until creamy and smooth (it will smell like curry)
5. Put the mixture in an ice cube trays (this will yield about 14 cubes)
6. Freeze the mixture
7. Once frozen, take 1 cube at a time, divide 1 cube to 8 pieces so you can easily swallow it
Other interesting reads:
The World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines for general health promotion for adults is a daily dose of 2 to 5 g of fresh garlic (approximately one clove), 0.4 to 1.2 g of dried garlic powder, 2 to 5 mg of garlic oil, 300 to 1,000 mg of garlic extract, or other formulations that are equal to 2 to 5 mg of allicin.. Read Moree
For, Athlethe’s foot, some experts recommend simply adding a few finely crushed cloves of garlic to a foot bath and soaking the affected foot for 30 minutes, or mincing a few garlic cloves, mixing the minced garlic with olive oil, and then using a cotton ball to rub some of the solution on the affected area.Read More
This is a bit too graphic, but a strong proof that Turmeric helps in skin disorders caused by inflammation:
The product was developed by a Singaporean doctor, but it contains alcohol as a preservative and a solvent. It also contains aloe vera gel which helps to soothe irritated skin. Nanays Golden Cubes, contain coconut oil as a solvent and we use pure turmeric juice instead of the powdered extract. THe only drawback to our cubes is that it will easily spoil, so we to keep it in the freezer (therefore we cannot earn money from it heheheh!)…and make a fresh batch everytime. My fingernails are also now very yellow (stains)…I have also added garlic to provide anti-microbial properties and of course Oregano oil for its potent anti-fungal properties. When applied topically, to my father’s raw skin (athlethe’s foot), he said it stings a bit but provides relief from the itchiness, upon exposure to air the yellow mixture turns red, due to the sulfur from the garlic. Its showing remarkable improvement now — it better be as we are addressing this internally and externally– I just hope that he would also change his diet, so he can overcome this recurrent athlethe’s foot once and for all.
At the time Nanay was on a 40 juice fast based on BeetRoot, she was also taking about 700ml of strong Turmeric Tea daily. Then after that she was on 8 grams of Curcumin capsules daily for about 6 months, then about 8 grams of Turmeric capsules daily for another 6 months. All this while she have iron deficiency anemia, which is a contra-indication for turmeric/curcumin as it is an iron chelator… meaning it pulls iron from the body. However its iron chelating properties is advantageous for cancer patients as it removes iron from tumuors and therefore reduces its life source.
I am also still trying to understand how iron is metabolised ..again am not a medical practitioner.. just someone passionate about analyzing seemingly unrelated issues (but are actually related)…
Iron absorbed from the intestine is stored as ferritin in intestinal epithelium or transported in plasma as transferrin. Erythroid progenitors obtain iron for hemoglobin synthesis from plasma transferrin or from recycling of senescent erythrocytes by macrophages in bone marrow, spleen and liver. Iron that is in excess for that required for hemoglobin production is stored in macrophages as ferritin, which is oxidized to hemosiderin. These stores can be released from macrophages in times of need (increased erythropoiesis). More here
Measuring the plasma ferritin concentration is also useful for the detection of excess body iron ….
The concentration of circulating ferritin was measured in 250 normal adult women and 229 women presenting with early breast cancer. Ferritin concentrations are higher in cancer patients than in normal women. Patients with an intial circulating ferritin concentration above 200 mug/1 have a higher tumour recurrence rate during the subsequent 4 years.. More Here
So there are 2 types of ferritin 1.) stored ferritin and 2.) circulating ferritin or the plasma ferritin.
Based on the diagram above.. stored ferritin is on the left side of the diagram– the intestines
while the plasma or circulating ferritin is inside the macrophages or the plasma/fluid/serum of the blood
OK– so if you already have breast cancer (or probably any malignancy), and your circulating ferritin is very high– you have a higher tumuor recurrence than those who have breast cancer but have lower circulating ferritin. WHAT? you mean if you have breast cancer and have anemia at the same time, then you have better chances of surviving? YES! YES! YES!
Ok, let us read more from this article..More Here
Excess iron is dangerous, because it promotes free radical production. Whole body iron levels are regulated primarily at the level of absorption by enterocytes, there is no regulated pathway for active excretion of iron (can only occur by bleeding or sloughing of iron-laden enterocytes). Regulation of iron uptake by enterocytes and release of iron stores from macrophages and hepatocytes is mediated by the hormone hepcidin, and its effect on ferroportin (see above). Hepcidin decreases serum iron by decreasing iron absorption and preventing macrophages from releasing iron (causing iron sequestration)
What happens when there is an excess of anything? REGULATION! when prices of commodities continue to rise up.. REGULATION Takes place..
When you have excess IRON==> REGULATION need to take place…
but how? BLOOD LETTING? LEECHES? You may not believe this but this is actually done in medieval times as a valid medical procedure ouch!!
Our body will also automatically trigger a SELF-REGULATING mechanism—when there is an excess of IRON.. by calling in a MEDIATOR– a hormone called Hepcidin..
What will the mediator do? The mediator (Hepcidin)- will put a RED LIGHT on iron supply on its way to plasma==> then reallocate it to the liver, heart and spleen.
The problem is the mediator, Hepcidin, will continue pumping iron to your liver,kidney, heart.. but block iron to your plasma/blood.
So, its the perpetual unending cycle…when the doctor measures your plasma IRON content– it says you have low iron.. so doctor will ask you to get more IRON supplements.. when in fact you have excess IRON to begin with..
In Summary: if we have low ferritin levels in our plasma at the time of our breast cancer diagnosis (which is the case for my mother), should we be thankful about your body’s magnificient wisdom to regulate our iron stores? The reason why you have low ferritin levels is because you have IRON SEQUESTRATION or ANEMIA OF INFLAMMATION...read more here which is actually caused by oversupply of IRON!! and not the lack of IRON… IMHO–then TURMERIC it is ! and drink lots of it with fat so that it will be dissolved and absorbed by the INTESTINES and to chelate excess circulating ferritin.
Since Macrophages are mentioned here, you will notice that there is a small amount of ferritin within the macrophages inside the plasma. When combined with oxalates/oxalic acid of beetroot or other plant with oxalate/oxalic acid, the combination becomes cytoxic to cancer cells.. the macrophages also burst when these enzymes from plants, activates the macrophages. When macrophages are activated it becomes a mean fighting machine.. it eats aliens in our bodies as big as worms and parasites.. read my blog entry about Parasites and Beets here
PRECAUTION: Do not take ASPIRIN or any blood thinning medication with TURMERIC and GARLIC!
And as I have always said, I am not a medical practitioner, conduct your own research before embarking on either alternative or conventional medicine.
A Juicy and Healthy Christmas Morning to one and All!
This year we broke some traditions and created new ones. Instead of Noche Buena.. we have Christmas Juice Feasting on Christmas Morning!
Red.. ABC (Apple, Beetroot and Carrot Juice)
Green Spinach/Moringa (plus Apple, tiny piece of radish, garlic, and 2 celery stalks)
Gold Orange, Carrot, Apple Juice
Now, just waiting for the rest of the extended family for a sumptuos Christmas Lunch!
And most of all… in remembrance of the true meaning and spirit of Christmas…