Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

An Interactive Session to Understand the Perils of HIV/AIDs


10 July 2010

Eunos CC YEC held a workshop session to impart the knowledge on HIV/AIDs, together with NUS AIESEC and Standard Chartered.

Through meaningful games and activities, participants not only learnt more about the transmission of the disease, they also understood the social stigma that HIV patients face.


Adviser Zainul also dropped by to interact with the participants.


Monday, May 04, 2009

Swine Flu's Impact on Daily Activities

4 May 2009


About 3 days ago, I received a text message from NUS. I was asked to report to the examination venue 1 hour prior to the start of the paper, due to the temperature checking procedures that need to take place.

The morning traffic was slow and I ended up reaching school at 8.45am, instead of 8am. As the bus drove past the Multipurpose Sports Hall, one of the venues for examinations, long queues were seen doving straight to the carpark. I was fortunate to have my exam in a small lecture theatre.

One by one, each student was subjected to checks using the ear thermometer. When the disposable cap was used up, the oral thermometer was used. Invigilators donned the N95 mask. The exam started slightly later than supposed to and invigilators asked us to verify our details for contact tracing purposes as we took the exam.

In the afternoon, headed to Changi General Hospital to visit Grandma. Many exits were sealed to direct visitors to the main temperature screening point. I reached at 2.15pm and was told that visiting time was already over (12-2pm). I couldn't even enter the building.

In the evening, I went to the Meet-the-People Session (MPS) to volunteer. Again, anyone entering the office needed to be screened and to fill a form.

Many people that I have encountered lamented the exaggeration of such precautionary measures. In my opinion, it is best to be safe than sorry. The SARS crisis had taught Singaporeans many lessons and hopefully these lessons enable us to avert the Swine flu pandemic. The measures taken by the Government were swift and decisive. The short-term inconvenience would translate into a happier future.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Eunos Emergency Preparedness Day 2008

28 December 2008

It was tough getting out of bed. The fever bug had just left my body, having sucked away part of my soul.

At the market, Yap surprised me when he said that he would be sponsoring the fruits instead of consigning them to the youth group. Thanks to Yap! If you are staying in Eunos, do check his fruits stall located somewhere between MacDonald's and KFC. He only sells fresh fruits in the morning.

Eunos CC was already crowded with people when I arrived. The immense effort in putting up this great show by a small group of us payed off. I was the photographer for the event and managed to capture the many happy smiling faces of the participants.

At 12pm, I left for the Emergency Preparedness Day. After eating the lunch provided for by the SCDF, CERT members as well Zone 3 RC members gathered to do a final rehearsal of the emergency exercise.

My role was a CERT (Community Emergency Rescue Team) leader conducting a routine patrol in the area. I would spot smoke gushing out from a unit at Blk 622 and order my team members to evacuate the residents. Wei Kiat would make announcements through the loudhailer to request for residents to evacuate. I called for the police and fire brigade and they arrived at the scene. After briefing them about the situation, they moved in to conduct the rescue. At the same time, the Combined Platform Ladder of the fire engine would be used to rescue victims from the 6th storey. To end the drill, grassroots leaders would fall in alongside SCDF and await for further commands.

I am not good in acting in front of a big crowd, so I was quite stressed after the rehearsal. As the "main lead", the whole show would fail if I committed some silly mistakes. Luckily it turned out well and thanks to Hock Rong for the photo moment.

Wei Kiat was beginning to fall sick as well. As the most outstanding youth in Eunos, he had certainly contributed a lot to this event.

The SLC students and some of the YEC members chilled over the buffet dinner, before going back to rest.

Hock Rong called and woke me after a 4-hour nap. We met for a while to discuss the year plan for 2009...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sicko - The Disgusting side of American Healthcare System

The first few scenes covered American citizens who bought health insurance but were rejected for various reasons. Many others found themselves unable to be accepted by any insurance firms.

I was particularly disturbed by how insurance firm and hospitals view profits as a higher priority than human lives. A young girl had a high fever in the middle of a night. Her mother immediately sent her to the hospital where medical staff told the mother that the treatment was not covered under insurance. Finally, the girl was transported to a designated hospital and upon arrival, she died of cardiac arrest. And they are talking about Human Rights?

Even Guantanamo bay detainees are given better health care. The ratio of medical staff to detainees is 1:4 (high). Film director Michael Moore finally found free universal healthcare on American land. He brought 3 9/11 rescuers to Guantanamo bay asking for treatment but was not granted. Eventually they had free healthcare services provided by Cuban doctors.

On the other end, we have Britain and France which provide free healthcare services to their people. I am thankful that there are still socialism in Singapore to care for the people.

Capitalism doesn't necessary lead to better services. The greed that prevails in the U.S. is astonishing. In such a free country, even the most basic essentials are not being properly provided.

Image from http://www.michaelmoore.com/sicko/index.html

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Reebok Pink Ribbon Walk 2008

4 October 2008


Organised by the Breast Cancer Foundation, the Reebok Pink Ribbon Walk 2008 attracted 2,500 participants which gathered at the Singapore River. The event aims to promote the awareness of breast cancer and the organisers urged females to do their mammograms regularly.

Lin Qiang and I had our event shirts of the wrong size, too small in fact. And we were quite shy to don the pink colour but for the event, for a good cause, we did it anyway. Some participants turned out in creative renditions of pink, with some wearing pink wigs, pink ribbons on shoes, etc.

The Guest-of-Honour for the event was Mr. Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Community development, Youth and Sports, who also donned the pink event shirt. He started his speech by asking participants to raise their hands if we love our Mothers and then proceeded to talk about the importance of screening.

After flag-off, the Minister also embarked on the walk with the participants.


It was great that the weather was conducive for walking the 5km. We then had a family dinner at RSVP by the Park, Park Hotel and watched the movie Eagle Eye. What a fruitful day!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dementia - Patients or Family Suffers?

In Singapore, "one in 20 Singaporeans may suffer from dementia at the age of 65"^. In percentage wise, it's 5%. If we have a class of 40 students, 2 classmates would lose their memories after 65. If we have a school of 1600 students, 80 students would forget their peers at 65. That translates to 2 classes of people. What a high percentage!

Imagine yourself losing your precious childhood memories. What would it feel like? Painful, neutral or peaceful? At current scientific progress, we don't really have the answers to this question. But one thing is certain, and that is people around Dementia patients suffer.

It hit me hard when my Grandma couldn't recognise me. As my guardian for more than a decade, I thought I would be the last of all things to be forgotten. It took me quite a long period to get over it and I finally did. I realised, to a certain extent, it could be a positive outcome for Grandma to forget the bad (inevitably the good) memories and be in a peaceful state of mind.

Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, in his eulogy to the late S. Rajaratnam, mentioned that "A few years ago he began to lose his memory. When I visited him in 1998, he did not recognise me."^^ He dropped tears for the second time on television.

Nevertheless, showing care and Love for dementia patients is still very important. They didn't want to lose their memories. They have given us the best memories. And the best we can do is to make them feel positive about themselves. A recent comment by an influential medical ethics expert completely made my heart boil.

I strongly condemn Baroness Warnock's point of view!

Baroness Warnock: Dementia sufferers may have a 'duty to die'
By Martin Beckford Social Affairs Correspondent
Telegraph.co.uk

The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are "wasting people's lives" because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain.

She insisted there was "nothing wrong" with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society.

The 84-year-old added that she hoped people will soon be "licensed to put others down" if they are unable to look after themselves.

Her comments in a magazine interview have been condemned as "immoral" and "barbaric", but also sparked fears that they may find wider support because of her influence on ethical matters.

Lady Warnock, a former headmistress who went on to become Britain's leading moral philosopher, chaired a landmark Government committee in the 1980s that established the law on fertility treatment and embryo research.

A prominent supporter of euthanasia, she has previously suggested that pensioners who do not want to become a burden on their carers should be helped to die.

Last year the Mental Capacity Act came into effect that gives legal force to "living wills", so patients can appoint an "attorney" to tell doctors when their hospital food and water should be removed.

But in her latest interview, given to the Church of Scotland's magazine Life and Work, Lady Warnock goes further by claiming that dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives through euthanasia because of the strain they put on their families and public services.

Recent figures show there are 700,000 people with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's in Britain. By 2026 experts predict there will be one million dementia sufferers in the country, costing the NHS an estimated £35billion a year.

Lady Warnock said: "If you're demented, you're wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service.

"I'm absolutely, fully in agreement with the argument that if pain is insufferable, then someone should be given help to die, but I feel there's a wider argument that if somebody absolutely, desperately wants to die because they're a burden to their family, or the state, then I think they too should be allowed to die.

"Actually I've just written an article called 'A Duty to Die?' for a Norwegian periodical. I wrote it really suggesting that there's nothing wrong with feeling you ought to do so for the sake of others as well as yourself."

She went on: "If you've an advance directive, appointing someone else to act on your behalf, if you become incapacitated, then I think there is a hope that your advocate may say that you would not wish to live in this condition so please try to help her die.

"I think that's the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you'd be licensing people to put others down."

Her comments were criticised last night by MPs, charities and campaigners.

Neil Hunt, the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "I am shocked and amazed that Baroness Warnock could disregard the value of the lives of people with dementia so callously.

"With the right care, a person can have good quality of life very late in to dementia. To suggest that people with dementia shouldn't be entitled to that quality of life or that they should feel that they have some sort of duty to kill themselves is nothing short of barbaric."

Nadine Dorries, the Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, said: "I believe it is extremely irresponsible and unnerving for someone in Baroness Warnock's position to put forward arguments in favour of euthanasia for those who suffer from dementia and other neurological illnesses.

"Because of her previous experiences and well-known standing on contentious moral issues, Baroness Warnock automatically gives moral authority to what are entirely immoral view points."

Phyllis Bowman, executive director of the campaign group Right to Life, added: "It sends a message to dementia sufferers that certain people think they don't count, and that they are a burden on their families. It's a pretty uncivilised society where that is the primary consideration. I worry that she will sway people who would like to get rid of the elderly."

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Is Jolly Shandy Non-Alcoholic?

I remember drinking Jolly Shandy when I was in my Secondary schooldays. A can of Jolly Shandy turned my face slightly reddish. My peers thought it was an exaggerated reaction. Their thinking was justified since the alcohol content of Jolly Shandy is below 1%.

On my way home, I saw an advertisement of Jolly Shandy on a bus. What caught my eye was the claim that Jolly Shandy belonged to the non-alcoholic category. I was stunned for a moment.

What happens to the innocent young children who see Jolly Shandy as a soft drink. What happens if Muslims were to unknowingly consume Jolly Shandy? Isn't it inaccurate to label it non-alcoholic when there is alcoholic content within the drink?

Anyway, I boarded the bus. At a traffic light junction, the light turned green for the bus and a drunkard was taking his own sweet time strolling in front of the bus. The bus driver pressed the horn slightly and this angered the drunkard.

The drunkard mumbled some words and pointed fingers, challenging the driver to go out for a fight. The driver ignored him and he spat at the windscreen in the direction of the driver. Tough life for a bus driver, isn't it?

I find this incident rather ironic. Here was a man who just enjoyed his alcohol and now spitting at a bus with an alcoholic (non-alcoholic category) drink advertisement.

Image Source: http://www.jolly.com.np/products.php

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sometimes More Could be Less, Less Could be More

It doesn't take a genius to say that to reduce weight, one should eat less. On the surface, it might look like a good advice. However, with considerable analysis, the advice wouldn't stand absolutely true. Because...

Sometimes More Could be Less & Less Could be More

While dieting may help to a certain extent, reducing the intake of carbohydrates would certainly not be helpful. By consuming less of carbohydrates such as rice and noodles, the body would receive less blood sugar. With a long day of work, the body could go into hibernation mode as blood sugar level turns low. During this period, the body would begin to get a false signal and reduce its metabolism and start storing fats. = Increase in weight...

Alternatively, to reduce weight you should eat carbohydrates in moderation. This way, you are more energetic (and thus will be more willing to exercise) and reducing weight becomes more possible.

Let's turn to the case of money. The most usual advice when we come to money is to SAVE MONEY. While being thrifty is a good value that one should embrace, it might not necessarily translate into accumulation of wealth. Just look at how many people actually become millionaires because they save prudently. People save but they spend away their savings when big discounts are given and indulge in emotional purchasing of products and services.

On the other hand, we could utilise money in such a way that we can maximise their value. By using suitable investment vehicles (based on individual risk appetite), we could make more with less.

Similarly, it doesn't mean that if you think you are a small speck of dust, then you couldn't achieve big results. Hopefully my message today expands your current boxed and limited mindset!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Grassiq - The Cure for Cancer

One leaflet reads:
Life is Precious. You Too Can Save Lives of Cancer Patients.

Congratulations and blessing for your good health! Please pass this message of health to persons who need it!

Although cancer is dreadful, but certainly it is not a death sentence. Let us face it with a scientific and open mind. Grassiq The life's Spring - A new rising star to save the lives of cancer patients. Because it eliminates the environment in which cancer cells survive. In a short period of 10 days, it lets patients feel satisfied with the effect. Tumors diminish. Patients after radiation therapy/chemotherapy would not feel painful and miserable. Operated patients would reduce their risk of post-surgery infection.

Moreover other chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension can be improved.

We seek your compassionate heart to find out more about this newest lucky star of human life, Grassiq The life's Spring, and let persons who need it, drink it to save his/her precious life!

4 Months ago when I came across this proclaimed Cancer Curing Drink, I was highly skeptical. Who wouldn't be? A product, that received seemingly no mention in the newspapers or the media, could cure Cancer? You must be kidding.

There were testimonials of cancer-stricken patients recovering from the disease, even from the most severe stage of cancer. Patients attending chemotherapy felt revigorated after the drink. And it doesn't matter what cancer it is.

Introduced by my Uncle, James* purchased the miraculous cancer curing drink as soon as he was detected with cancer cells. The instructions were to consume 4 bottles of Grassiq per day. And Grassiq drink isn't cheap. A carton of 30 Grassiq bottles costs S$390, which translates to S$1560 per month. However, consuming Grassiq is more pleasurable and economical as compared to the traditional chemotherapy sessions.

Grassiq is a product by Apex Cosmeceutical Industry Pte Ltd (www.apex.sg). The company falls under the Apex group of companies. From my understanding, Grassiq is distributed in a multilevel marketing system by Apex Nation Network Pte Ltd. That might explain why there's no advertisement of the product. Through word-of-mouth marketing by the many patients that have recovered from Cancer, it is a great sell. There are also product educational talks in the office at Jurong East.

At one point during the past 4 months, James was told that there was shortage of Grassiq and that only genuine cancer-stricken patients should buy the product so as to benefit those in need.

Just a few days ago, James had a great surprise. His tumour cells had shrunk in size. The Doctor thought it was the successful result of chemotherapy but James had never attended one. I am totally convinced by this product. Some online forumers even claimed 100% cure for cancer.

You might argue that placebo effect might be in play. Believe it or not, Grassiq could be the saviour of the day.

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Updated on 30 March 2009

James went for medical treatment after a resurgence of cancer. He went for radiotherapy and chemotherapy. He passed away due to pneumonia (due to weakened immunity) 3 days ago.


* Not real name

Friday, August 01, 2008

Burning Joss Sticks can cause Cancer

I was alarmed when I read the papers today. At one corner of the page of The Straits Times was this article stating Burning joss sticks can cause cancer. In disbelief, I searched online for more information and came across this page at http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jul/30/health ...

... devotees across Asia could be taking their life into their hands every time they go to a temple to pray...

...as deadly as traffic fumes and cigarette smoke...

...risk of leukaemia, lung, blood and bladder cancers

One joss stick creates the same amount of cancer-causing chemicals at one cigarette.

"It's not necessary as part of the ritual for these traditional joss sticks to burn down," he (Dr Manoon) said. "By putting them out after a minute or so the air pollution would be cut by 30 to 40 times."
I can't believe I had been a smoker since I was born!

However, I do not believe every Buddhist, Taoist and Hindus would immediately abolish their own traditions of burning joss sticks during religious prayers. Therefore I have come up with some pragmatic solutions to the health hazard caused by incense.

Solution 1 : Open Windows to ensure proper air flow [Duh...]

Allow the smoke to escape out of the house when burning joss sticks indoor, so as to reduce the amount that you have to breathe in.

Solution 2 : Wear a N95 Mask or Chemical Protection Mask

Simple! Just don a mask to prevent the inhalation of toxic substances while carrying on the practice.

Solution 3 : Learn from SAF - SIMULATE

If we can simulate rifle shooting with "Bang! Bang! Bang", we could also use simulation on joss sticks. Instead of lighting them, we could just light it up "virtually/imaginarily". This way your joss sticks won't release any gas at all.

Solution 4 : Install the Urn outside your house

Just like in temples, most of the time the urn is situated outside.

Solution 5 : Buy premium grade Incense

I had come across some joss sticks that don't release toxins. They cost much higher but they are made of premium grade of wood.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Flu Remedies

I'm down with the flu of 2008, my annual dose of illness to give me a break from my work. Let's take a look at some effective flu remedies. For those of you who can't differentiate a flu from a cold, a flu basically gives you fever, blocked nose, sore throat etc while a cold just gives you the running nose.

Combating the Sore Throat:

When Baohui said eating the MacDonald's Ice Cream could cure sore throat, I was in disbelief initially. So we put it to the test. We bought the S$0.60 Ice Cream cone and then I began to gobble it up as usual. The MacDonald's Ice Cream is smoother than normal ice creams, probably due to the gelatin content within it. True enough, my throat wasn't that painful after eating the ice cream. The ice cream might make you cough, which is good in removing off the phlegms.

Combating the Fever:

Yes, I'm a true believer that Coke works on curing fever. During my Secondary school days, I had a high fever while travelling to Vietnam on a school excursion. That night, my teacher Mr Ling bought coke for me and it cured my fever overnight. Coke is also good for diarrhoea cases too (will be explained in the next section).

Before the Coke, my Mother bought a Ling Yang (羚羊) drink, a traditional Chinese herbal drink. This is a must-have for all fever cases. Very effective as well.

Of course, I reluctantly popped two paracetemol pills before I slept.

* Caution: Do not drink coke + Ling Yang + pop pills at one go!

Combating Diarrhoea:

Coke also helps in curing diarrhoea due to the gas it creates in your stomach. However, if you are having diarrhoea, try to avoid the MacDonald Ice Cream...

Last But Not Least:

The Love and Concern are the best antidotes for any diseases in the whole world.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Review on the Pinhole Glasses

Finally received the free pinhole glasses from Pietro Joaquin.

Removing the pinhole glasses from the envelope, I was amazed by the design of it. The pinhole glasses that I usually see have black frames instead of transparent ones.


Pinhole glasses, also known as stenopeic glasses, are eyeglasses with a series of pinhole-sized perforations filling an opaque sheet of plastic in place of each lens. It works like a pinhole camera, restricting the amount of light that enters the eye so as to reduce the circle of confusion at the retina and increase the depth of field. As a result, it is said that pinhole glasses could treat myopia, astigmatism, hyperopia, cataract, presbyopia and computer vision syndrome. Check out how pinhole glasses work.

Now to the reviewing...

Comfort
Initially, looking at the pinhole glasses, I was afraid that it might be too small for my head. When I tried it on, it fit comfortably well with the elasticity. One size fits all.

Vision
The pinhole glasses worked better when you are in brightness. For instance, wearing it while blogging gave me the same kind of vision comparable to when I am wearing my own spectacles. However, I found it not very useful when reading the newspapers and book. I would suggest users to only use it in the day or when facing the screen where there is sufficient lighting. This would give you a good feel of how effective the pinhole glasses is.

Design
As mentioned above, I find this design cooler than the usual ones I encountered which have black frames, although you wouldn't want to wear this out to town (It's not meant for that anyway). With transparent frame, it looks more like a pair of sunglasses.

Purchase your pair of Pinhole Glasses from Pinhole Glasses Direct

Friday, July 04, 2008

Vinegar Egg - Production & Consumption

In Taiwan, Japan and China, "Vinegar Egg" has been seen as a great dish to nourish the body and improve health.

The benefits of the vinegar egg is that the egg yolk is acidified, causing the breakdown into simple substance, releasing vital nutrients from the yolk. The vinegar also causes the egg to be more easily digested. This is similarly applied to the egg white.

Furthermore, the shell of the egg is also softened by the vinegar, releasing the calcium into the solution. The dissolved calcium also gets easily absorbed by the intestines. Calcium aids growth and can prevent or alleviate diseases like high blood pressure.

Health Benefits of Vinegar Egg
  • Reduce Stress
  • Good for Rheumatism
  • Improve Sleep
  • Prevent Osteoporosis
  • Improve Appetite
  • Helps in countering Asthma
  • Reduce Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
  • Improve constipation
  • Aids Digestion
  • Combats Aging
  • Slimming Effect
  • Improve Skin Texture
What You Need

Basically, you just need to have a chicken egg (best if it's fertilised), a jar, rice vinegar, ceramic spoon (do not use metallic spoon), satay stick, and some wipes.

How to Make a Vinegar Egg
  1. Clean the Egg. Use Rice Vinegar to wipe the surface of the egg repeatedly.
  2. Pour 14 spoonful of Rice Vinegar into the jar.
  3. Ensure that the egg is completely submerged into the vinegar. Tighten the cap of the jar.
  4. Upon contact of vinegar, the egg shell begins to break down. You will observe bubbles (see picture below) forming on surface of egg.

  5. On Day 2 and Day 3, open the cap to allow gas to escape for one minute once in the morning and once at night.
  6. On the 4th Night, break open the egg first. Use the ceramic spoon to bring the egg up and peel off the outer layer of the egg with a satay stick. Pour the egg white and yolk back into the solution. For the outer layer of the egg, divide it into smaller pieces and then pour it back into the jar too. Use the stick to stir. The Vinegar Egg is ready to be consumed.
How to Consume the Vinegar Egg
  1. Prepare 4 spoonful of water
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of honey into the water and stir
  3. Scoop 2 spoonful of Vinegar Egg solution and mix with honey solution. Gulp the mixture down.
  4. Consume the Vinegar Egg twice a day. In the morning, take it with an empty stomach. At night, take it right before sleep. Finish the Egg within 7 days.
  5. After consuming, do allow 30 - 45 min before eating breakfast. Do not drink dairy products as vinegar could react with them.
  6. After 7 days, continue the process again.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Mobile Healthcare Services


22 May 2008

As the morning brightens the day, I rushed myself to my Aunt's place to bring my Grandmother for her regular medical appointment. Since I am having a long vacation now, I thought it was a good idea to relieve my Aunt.

At 8.40am sharp, 3 personnels from APAC Mobile Healthcare Services came. They carried Grandmother on a mat and placed her on a stretcher. After loading the stretcher into the ambulance, the maid and I tagged along.

This was the first time I sat in an ambulance, albeit a private one. This ambulance was driven by a crew of dedicated and passionate staff. Through my observation, I find that they are very detailed and meticulous. Really admire their professionalism.

The usual limelight on the healthcare industry falls on the well-qualified doctors, professional nurses, and emergency rescue personnels. They are the heroes in numerous dramas and movies. Yet, few would look up to these diligent group of people that delivers immobile patients to and fro hospitals.

APAC Mobile Healthcare Services can be reached at 67440070

Thursday, November 23, 2006

A health lesson

The second interview is more of a reminder that I am taking my health for granted. Health is generally dependent on three adjustable factors - food, exercise, sleep. I'm glad he made it sound so simple.

Also learnt something about magnetic therapy and some beneficial magnetic therapeutical products such as mattresses and pillows. It's a good-to-have and I will eventually buy one for my family members since they are important to me, and so are their health.

Flipped through the Straits Times forum. I believe my article will come out tomorrow.