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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Milk & Breast Cancer

I would like to share with you this article which was extracted from 'Your Life in Your Hands', by Professor Jane Plant.

"I had no alternative but to die or to try to find a cure for myself. I am a scientist - surely there was a rational explanation for this cruel illness that affects one in 12 women in the UK?  

I had suffered the loss of one breast, and undergone radiotherapy. I was now receiving painful chemotherapy, and had been seen by some of the country's most eminent specialists. But, deep down, I felt certain I was facing death. I had a loving husband, a beautiful home and two young children to care for. I desperately wanted to live.  

Fortunately, this desire drove me to unearth the facts, some of which were known only to a handful of scientists at the time.

Anyone who has come into contact with breast cancer will know that certain risk factors - such as increasing age, early onset of womanhood, late onset of menopause and a family history of breast cancer - are completely out of our control. But there are many risk factors, which we can control easily.

These 'controllable' risk factors readily translate into simple changes that we can all make in our day-to-day lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer. My message is that even advanced breast cancer can be overcome because I have done it..

The first clue to understanding what was promoting my breast cancer came when my husband Peter, who was also a scientist, arrived back from working in China while I was being plugged in for a chemotherapy session.

He had brought with him cards and letters, as well as some amazing herbal suppositories, sent by my friends and science colleagues in China.

The suppositories were sent to me as a cure for breast cancer. Despite the awfulness of the situation, we both had a good belly laugh, and I remember saying that this was the treatment for breast cancer in China, then it was little wonder that Chinese women avoided getting the disease.
Those words echoed in my mind. Why didn't Chinese women in China get breast cancer? I had collaborated once with Chinese colleagues on a study of links between soil chemistry and disease, and I remembered some of the statistics.

The disease was virtually non-existent throughout the whole country. Only one in 10,000 women in China will die from it, compared to that terrible figure of one in 12 in Britain and the even grimmer average of one in 10 across most Western countries. It is not just a matter of China being a more rural country, with less urban pollution. In highly urbanized Hong Kong, the rate rises to 34 women in every 10,000 but still puts the West to shame.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have similar rates. And remember, both cities were attacked with nuclear weapons, so in addition to the usual pollution-related cancers, one would also expect to find some radiation-related cases, too.

The conclusion we can draw from these statistics strikes you with some force. If a Western woman were to move to industrialized, irradiated Hiroshima, she would slash her risk of contracting breast cancer by half.
Obviously this is absurd. It seemed obvious to me that some lifestyle factor not related to pollution, urbanization or the environment is seriously increasing the Western woman's chance of contracting breast cancer.

I then discovered that whatever causes the huge differences in breast cancer rates between oriental and Western countries, it isn't genetic.

Scientific research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people move to the West, within one or two generations their rates of breast cancer approach those of their host community.

The same thing happens when oriental people adopt a completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong. In fact, the slang name for breast cancer in China translates as 'Rich Woman's Disease'. This is because, in China, only the better off can afford to eat what is termed 'Hong Kong food'.

The Chinese describe all Western food, including everything from ice cream and chocolate bars to spaghetti and feta cheese, as 'Hong Kong food', because of its availability in the former British colony and its scarcity, in the past, in mainland China.

So it made perfect sense to me that whatever was causing my breast cancer and the shockingly high incidence in this country generally, it was almost certainly something to do with our better-off, middle-class, Western lifestyle.

There is an important point for men here, too. I have observed in my research that much of the data about prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

According to figures from the World Health Organization, the number of men contracting prostate cancer in rural China is negligible, only 0.5 men in every 100,000. In England, Scotland and Wales, however, this figure is 70 times higher. Like breast cancer, it is a middle-class disease that primarily attacks the wealthier and higher socio-economic groups ¨C those that can afford to eat rich foods.

I remember saying to my husband, 'Come on Peter, you have just come back from China. What is it about the Chinese way of life that is so different?'

Why don't they get breast cancer?'
We decided to utilize our joint scientific backgrounds and approach it logically.

We examined scientific data that pointed us in the general direction of fats in diets. Researchers had discovered in the 1980s that only l4% of calories in the average Chinese diet were from fat, compared to almost 36% in the West.  But the diet I had been living on for years before I contracted breast cancer was very low in fat and high in fibre. Besides, I knew as a scientist that fat intake in adults has not been shown to increase risk for breast cancer in most investigations that have followed large groups of women for up to a dozen years..

Then one day something rather special happened. Peter and I have worked together so closely over the years that I am not sure which one of us first said: 'The Chinese don't eat dairy produce!'
It is hard to explain to a non-scientist the sudden mental and emotional 'buzz' you get when you know you have had an important insight. It's as if you have had a lot of pieces of a jigsaw in your mind, and suddenly, in a few seconds, they all fall into place and the whole picture is clear.

Suddenly I recalled how many Chinese people were physically unable to tolerate milk, how the Chinese people I had worked with had always said that milk was only for babies, and how one of my close friends, who is of Chinese origin, always politely turned down the cheese course at dinner parties.

I knew of no Chinese people who lived a traditional Chinese life who ever used cow or other dairy food to feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet nurse but never, ever, dairy products.

Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation with milk and milk products very   strange. I remember entertaining a large delegation of Chinese scientists shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s.

On advice from the Foreign Office, we had asked the caterer to provide a pudding that contained a lot of ice cream. After inquiring what the pudding consisted of, all of the Chinese, including their interpreter, politely but firmly refused to eat it, and they could not be persuaded to change their minds.

At the time we were all delighted and ate extra portions!

Milk, I discovered, is one of the most common causes of food allergies . Over 70% of the world's population are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, which has led nutritionists to believe that this is the normal condition for adults, not some sort of deficiency.
Perhaps nature is trying to tell us that we are eating the wrong food.

Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow.

In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for my fifth case of cancer, I had been eating organic yoghurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to recover and repopulate my gut with 'good' bacteria.

Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer . Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. wish I'd been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them..
Following Peter's and my insight into the Chinese diet, I decided to give up not just yoghurt but all dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and yoghurt and anything else that contained dairy produce - it went down the sink or in the rubbish.
It is surprising how many products, including commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some form of dairy produce. Even many proprietary brands of margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil spreads can contain dairy produce .
I therefore became an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth.

My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect - the lump was still the same size.
Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink
 About two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and one week after giving up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch. Then it began to soften and to reduce in size. The line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and smaller.

And, very significantly, I noted that instead of declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer is meant to do, the tumour's decrease in size was plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or remission) of the tumour.

One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of the lump. I couldn't find it.. Yet I was very experienced at detecting cancerous lumps - I had discovered all five cancers on my own. I went downstairs and asked my husband to feel my neck. He could not find any trace of the lump either.

On the following Thursday I was due to be seen by my cancer specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London. He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where the tumour had been. He was initially bemused and then delighted as he said, 'I cannot find it.'
None of my doctors, it appeared, had expected someone with my type and stage of cancer (which had clearly spread to the lymph system) to survive, let alone be so hale and hearty.

My specialist was as overjoyed as I was. When I first discussed my ideas with him he was understandably skeptical. But I understand that he now uses maps showing cancer portality in China in his lectures, and recommends a non-dairy diet to his cancer patients.

I now believe that the link between dairy produce and breast cancer is similar to the link between smoking and lung cancer. I believe that identifying the link between breast cancer and dairy produce, and then developing a diet specifically targeted at maintaining the health of my breast and hormone system, cured me.

It was difficult for me, as it may be for you, to accept that a substance as 'natural' as milk might have such ominous health implications. But I am a living proof that it works and, starting from tomorrow, I shall reveal the secrets of my revolutionary action plan."

Visit the website of Professor Jane Plant: dairy-free diets for prevention of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Getting to know Bryonia Alba

Bryonia Alba is not Jessica Alba's sister. As a matter of fact Bryonia Alba could be anyone sister, brother or friend. Haha...gotcha! ;-) 
Bryonia Alba is actually a homeopathic remedy. If you are irritable when you're sick, vehement, angry and everything seems to put you out of humour, you are most likely to need this remedy for your illness. Let us check further on the overall characteristics of this wonderful remedy.
Generally, there will be aching in every muscle and the pain feels like stitching, tearing; worse from movement (all pain will be worsen by any motion) and feels better when resting. The mucous membranes of the entire body are all dry. The lips and tongue dry, parched, cracked; stools large, hard, dry as if burnt; urine dark and scanty; cough dry, hard, racking, with scanty expectoration; bursting and splitting headache as if hit by a hammer from within, worse on motion even when stooping or opening eyes, throat dry with excessive thirst, stomach sensitive to touch.  This remedy is best for those having gout or rheumatic pains, constipated, cough and headache if the symptoms above fit the symptoms of the person. 
The main characteristics; aggravation from any motion and amelioration (relief) from absolute rest. That's Bryonia Alba! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bitter Gourd Salad

Bitter gourds are one of the common vegetable found everywhere in the market here in Penampang, Sabah. I remember back in my younger days my mom used to grow this vegetable at our backyard. I used to help mom cover the tiny growing fruit with newspaper to protect them from being eaten by pests. When the vegetables are ready to be picked, one only needs to 'feel' the newspapers that cover the fruits. It was a very interesting process. (well at least, for me!) The only way to find out was to hold the newspaper. If you feel that the vegetable inside the newspaper is big enough to be picked, then you may pluck it from the tree. There were times when we accidentally left the fruit too long on the tree and it ripened before we could collect it. We normally stir fry the ripened bitter gourd. The seeds of the ripened bitter gourds are red in colour and surprisingly they taste sweet!

The best time to harvest the vegetable is when it has matured but still unripe. Eating bitter gourd regularly can help build our immunity system as they are so rich in nutrients.

Bitter gourd salad 
Bitter gourd can be taken by either cooking, juicing or eat raw (salad). When making salad from bitter gourd make sure that it is firm and unripe. The ripe one will be too soft and may be very bitter and not suitable for making salad. Very easy to make; clean your bitter gourd under cold running water and add a drop of biodegradable cleaning liquid. I usually use my own homemade cleaning enzyme to wash vegetables. After the vegetable is thoroughly cleaned, slice it length wise and scoop out the seeds. Slice it into small pieces and place it in a glass bowl. To add flavour, take a handful of dried anchovies. Wash the anchovies and soak in hot water for 10 minutes before adding them into the bowl of bitter gourd. Finally add sliced chilly, shallot, lime juice and salt to taste. Mix them together. Your bitter gourd salad is now ready.

Simple and yet so appetizing!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Benefits of mulberry

One of my favorite plant in my garden is the mulberry trees. Mulberry tree is so easy to plant and it bears good fruits too. When my children were younger they used to love plucking ripe mulberry fruits and popped into their mouth whenever they play outside the house!

Mulberry fruits freshly harvested from my garden.
Mulberry has many health benefits. Among others it could help alleviate various condition such as constipation, anemia, dizziness, heart palpitations, strained eye-sight, insomnia and many others. When I googled 'health benefits of mulberry' I found numerous information regarding this wonderful fruits. Most of the articles says that mulberry could help chronic gastritis and chronic hepatitis, strengthen body organ such as liver, kidney and heart. It could also lower cholesterol and blood sugar level. One that really strikes me the most is that the juice if applied directly on the scalp may promote healthy hair and blackening of gray hairs! On top of that the fruits not only have high vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium and potassium content but they're also rich in resveratrol, a compound with anti cancer properties. Wow! Such a remarkable thing for a small and humble fruit like mulberry...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Beet root juice

Whenever you make beet root juice, always mix it with other vegetables or fruits. 2 oz of undiluted beet root juice is sufficient, about half of a piece of beet root depending on the size. Beet juice mixes well with carrot, cucumber and apple. Here, I replaced apple with sengkuang or jicama root as I prefer to use our local produce. Sengkuang is easily accessible here in this part of the country where I live. It is much cheaper and taste as good as apple.

Do not take beet juice in excess as it is a powerful kidney and blood cleanser. Just take 8 oz of  beet juice mixed with the above vegetables to be taken twice weekly. The iron content in beet root is not as high as other food but it is a high quality iron. This make it so easily and efficiently used by the body. Beet juice helps in building up the red blood cell count, liver and gallbladder problems, and in menstrual and menopausal disturbances.

Emm...this is my beet root juice. Very strong in taste, fresh and so delicious.

Note:  Recently it was reported that beet root juice is effective in reducing high blood pressure to normal level. Too good to be true...please check with your doctor before using this method to reduce blood pressure. You can also check Nitrate in beetroot juice lowers blood pressure, study finds for more information. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Is it anxiety, stress, panic attack or...?

Last Sunday Jerome and I were assigned to give a talk during the beginning of the Catechetical Week at our parish. I prepared power point presentation slides as well as a sharing about our family for the talk. After a week of preparations with amendments, additions and editing the final product was finally ready. That Sunday, everything was fine until Jerome asked me to do a last minute amendment and to go to a printing shop to make photocopies of our notes. At that time I just came back from sending Joelle to her Sunday school class at 10.00am and I supposed to fetch her back at 11.30am. Jerome and I were asked to go to our parish at 12.00pm an hour before our scheduled talk. Why the last minute request from my other half? I was quite mad about it and decided not to do anything with the presentation anymore. Yes, I will drop by the printing shop before picking Joelle, pick Joelle, send her home and then go to the parish hall. As I was thinking that I might be late to reach the venue, I suddenly feel a slight spell of uneasiness in my chest. I found it hard to breathe and I could hear my heart pumping the blood in and out of my arteries. Oh my God! I'm having palpitations and tight chest! I try to take long deep breath but only small airs manage to go into my nostril. I quietly walked towards Jerome and asked him to pray for me. According to Jerome, my face at that time was so pale. I was still trying to catch some air but with much difficulty. I forced myself to cough so that I could get some oxygen into my body. While Jerome prayed over me, I felt a sensation of peace. What was happening to me? I never felt like this before.
Is it anxiety, stress, panic attack?
The only homeopathic remedy that I was thinking at that time was Pulsatilla. I was glad that I have it in my bag all the time. It helped me to relax and slowly my breathing was back to normal. After that incident I spoke with some friends about it, I was told that it could also be some kind of spiritual attack because we are doing the Lord's work. Perhaps they were right. The only way to be stronger than the devil is PRAYER. ;-)

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nutritious crocodile meat

Recently Jerome and I went out of the way from our usual Tamu shopping at Donggongon to Lido wet market. While enjoying the produce at the market and buying some vegetables we bumped into an old friend, Mr. Kong. He is now a towkay selling crocodile meat. He owns a big crocodile farm at a village in Penampang. Mr. Kong persuaded us to buy some of his produce...crocodile meat!

These are crocodile meat. I took this picture at Lido Market.
He told us that crocodile meat is the healthiest meat and most nutritious. It has high protein content and yet very low in cholesterol. It is the best alternative for beef even though it taste more like chicken or white fish. We were quite skeptical at first especially myself as I'm not a keen meat eater.

The crocodile bones are RM35 per kg while the meats are RM40 per kg
Anyway, Mr. Kong convinced me that crocodile meat is more of a fish product rather than meat or red meat for that matter. The tail meat is said to be the best part as the meat is even whiter than the other part of the meat and a cooked crocodile tail is very tender and succulent. We were also told that crocodile meat has no fat content and could strengthen one's immunity system. Those who have asthma or lung problems may also benefit from eating this meat especially when it is brewed into herbal soup.
These are the crocodile bones and the herbs that go along with the soup recipe.
After much persuasion we decided to give it a try!! We bought the meat and also the bones!! Haha....we can be very adventurers especially when it comes to food. I cooked the bones together with the herbs recommended by Mr Kong. Surprisingly true, there were no traces of oil in the herbal crocodile soup! When I presented the soup on our dining table not even one of my children suspected anything different. They just took the soup like any other soup. When we told them that they have just eaten a crocodile, my two girls felt gross but somehow I guess they've enjoyed it...

The piece of meat in the middle is the crocodile meat.
The crocodile meat can be cooked like how you would normally cook chicken or fish. If you were to ask me whether I would buy crocodile meat again in the future, my answer is a big 'YES'.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Cabbage, carrot & tomato salad

I decided to make the above salad due to my own guilty conscience. Been eating unhealthily and I feel that I should really really be serious about changing my eating habit whether my family like it or not!!!

Very easy to prepare. Wash all the vegetables and simply slice the cabbage and carrot. Mix with 2 tablespoon of fish sauce and a bit of organic brown sugar. Lastly, dice the tomato and add them into the salad.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Go Raw Now Trailer

Once in a while, I would watch this video clip to remind me of the benefits of eating raw food. I'm still struggling... now I'm even getting better and better in my cooking. How lah...

Friday, July 1, 2011


Some of my patients are very particular when they or their children have fever. Even after explaining to them a number of times the wonder of fever but still, they will resort into taking antibiotics. How very sad! Fever is in fact our strongest weapon to fight against infections or illnesses. But most parents will be worried sick when they or their child's temperature rise up. Our body has fever because it is infected with bacteria, germs or viruses. It is our immunity system that raises our body temperature so that these harmful microbes will be killed. These microbes can only live in a normal body temperature between 36.5°C to 37.5°C. When our body is having a fever i.e. above 37.5°C to 38.5°C, it is an ideal temperature to kill harmful microbes. However, try not to let it rise above 40°C for long period as it will lead to kidney failure and brain damage. Control the body temperature by drinking plenty of water, lots and lots of it and bring down the temperature by sponge bathing.

I normally will not give any medication when my children contracted fever not until the fever is over 39°C. Most of the time, I will make sure that they drink plenty of water and sleep, sleep and sleep. In a day or two the fever is gone! Never disturb your immunity system doing its work by letting antibiotics into your body. Antibiotics will only hinder your natural body's response to get better naturally. In the process you weaken your own immunity system because antibiotics will not only kill the bad guys but also the good ones!!

Homeopathic remedies for fever that I have often used in my clinic are Aconite, Arsenicum, Belladonna and Ferrum Phos depending on the symptom.

Monday, June 20, 2011

My Moringa Tree

This is my Moringa tree in front of my house. I used to take its leaves whenever I ran out of vegetables to cook for my family. Little did I know that this plant has numerous medicinal value. Moringa leaves are pack with nutrients; vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and protein.
Moringa leaves just plucked from the garden.
Nutritional Information
One half cup of cooked leaves will meet your daily recommendation for Vitamins A and C.
One half cup of pods (raw) will supply your Vitamin C requirement for a day.
One ounce of raw leaves contains the recommended daily amount of Vitamin C.
Ounce per ounce it contains 6 to 7 times the amount of Vitamin C in orange juice.
Moringa leaves contain 3 to 5 times more beta-carotene than carrots.
3 oz of moringa powder contains more than 10 times the recommended daily amount of Vitamin E.
Ounce per ounce Moringa leaves contain over 3 times the iron as found in spinach or roast beef.
Moringa leaves contain 3 times the amount of potassium as bananas.
Ounce per ounce Moringa leaves contain 4 times the amount of calcium found in milk.
I simply saute my moringa leaves with garlic, a bit of salt and anchovies stock.
Our simple dish packed with nutrients!
Moringa leaves compared to common foods
Values per 100gm. edible portion


         Moringa Leaves

          Other Foods

Vitamin A           6780 mcg          Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C              220 mg            Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium              440 mg          Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium              259 mg          Bananas: 88 mg
Protein               6.7 gm          Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

from Nutritive Value of Indian Foods,
by C. Gopalan, et al.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Cancer treatment is about making money!

I posted this article, which may have some provoking thoughts:

The below is absolutely 100% true and as a doctor I have been telling people this for 15 years now. No one wants to listen. Folks need to wake up. Cancer treatment is about making money. It is a 120 billion dollar a year industry in the United States alone and estimated to be a 600 billion dollar a year industry worldwide.

A successful cancer case according to the American Cancer Society and the American College of Oncology and Hematology means that the person survives for 5 years. Both the American Cancer Society and the American College of Oncology and Hematology admit that a person is likely to survive cancer for 7 to 10 years even if they do absolutely NOTHING. Of course, only the doctors get those magazines - not you, the cancer patient.

Alternative medicine's track record of curing cancer is 10 times higher than that of conventional medicine. Note that I say CURE.

Remember another thing. A TUMOR is just a symptom. It is not the cause of cancer.

Science is cause and effect. Remove the cause and the effect disappears.

I am in my third battle with cancer right now. I have not done any chemotherapy or radiation or surgery for any of my bouts with cancer. I survived leukemia, I survived Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and now I have Glioblastoma which is supposedly an incurable form of brain cancer. I was given two months to live 5 months ago.

I have been using Chinese herbs, high doses of vitamin C, acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and nutritional changes. Yes, at first it got worse. It had metastasized to my lymph nodes, my lungs and my bones. As of this week, I am happy to say that there is no evidence now of any cancer in my lymph system or my bones. I had 6 tumors in my lungs, now there are only two. The tumors in my brain have shrunken tremendously. I never did any of their chemo, radiation or surgery.

Here is a very interesting statistic that you can only have access to by being a doctor. Every year more than 1,000 doctors oncologists (cancer doctors) are diagnosed with cancer. Less than 10% of them choose to do the treatment that they have been giving to their patients. Sort of like the fact that less than 25% of all pediatricians vaccinate their own children because of the fact that the risk of sudden death or serious side effects from the vaccination is higher than the risk of catching the disease one is being vaccinated for. This is not bullshit people - it is truth.

Medicine is about money, not about your health and the system traps people, especially the elderly, disabled and poor into a deadly treatment regime that puts them in an early grave. Meanwhile, all the jet set billionaires are flying off to Europe and paying big bucks for alternative treatments and getting cured.

Does alternative medicine work all the time? No. Of course not. Nothing works all the time. But there is a reason for that. You don't die until it's your time to die. Nothing can make you live longer than that time.

However quality of life comes into play. Those cancer patients who use alternative therapies for their cancer, yet still die from the illness, suffer a much higher quality of life. They die able to spend time with their families and even recognize their family members. They don't become emaciated like those who do chemotherapy or radiation do and rarely is a person who goes under the treatment of chemotherapy able to recognize anyone for the last few days of their lives. Their bodies become ravaged to the point that you can't even recognize them either. They suffer at a much much higher rate and they have one let down after another as doctors tell them, ahhh - it's looking good, only to tell them on the next visit it's looking worse, you need more chemo and radiation.

What is criminal about this is that YOUR DOCTORS KNOW THIS SHIT.

I took an oath as a physician. I have always followed it. That has certainly not made me successful financially as a doctor because I have consistently refused to go along with conventional medicine's bullshit.

By: Rick Cantrell, PhD, MD, PsyD

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Just to update...

I can't believe that it has been 3 months since I last updated my blog! Though I've been thinking about it but it just seemed impossible for me to sit and write...

I do not have any maid or domestic helper for 2 years now. Anyway, I'm glad that somehow I manage to put things in good order. As a busy mother and running a homeopathy clinic at home, I value my time so very much.

I'm living in a house that has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms! A hall that can comfortably accommodate 30 people at one time (normally used for church activities). Attached to it is my clinic, i.e., my consultation room and a waiting room. Next to it is an underground living room with a wine cellar at the corner. Outside my house I have a garden that needs my constant attention. Our car porch is quite huge too where it can also be used as badminton court. My daily routine starts with waking up at 5.00am and will be up till 1.00am though I'm trying my best to end the day by 11.00pm.

I do the laundry (daily), cleaning the entire house (weekly), watering the plants (alternate days), cooking for my family (daily), shopping for groceries (weekly), keeping my hubby and kids healthy (at all times), picking my daughters from school (daily), sending them to extra classes (3 times weekly), appointments with patient (as and when needed), attending mass (daily) except Saturdays, attending household meetings (in the evening twice or thrice weekly), etc.

Though tired and exhausted I am contented and satisfied. Indeed, today has been another day of joy, love and commitment.

Monday, February 14, 2011

On Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! Know that you are special!! Just to share with you the story below:

An old man got on a bus one February 14th, carrying a dozen
roses. He sat beside a young man. The young man looked at
the roses and said, "Somebody's going to get a beautiful
Valentine's Day gift."

"Yes," said the old man.

A few minutes went by and the old man noticed that his young
companion was staring at the roses. "Do you have a
girlfriend?" the old man asked.

"I do," said the young man. "I'm going to see her right
now, and I'm going to give her this Valentine's Day card."

They rode in silence for another 10 minutes, and then the
old man got up to get off the bus. As he stepped out into
the aisle, he suddenly placed the roses on the young man's
lap and said, "I think my wife would want you to have these.
I'll tell her that I gave them to you."
He left the bus quickly. As the bus pulled away, the young
man turned to see the old man enter the gates of a cemetery.


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Lifetime Commitment

I feel that today is one of my lucky day. Our celebrant this morning mass coadjutor archbishop John Wong announced that there is a couple in the church celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary. All eyes were on the beautiful old couple standing somewhere in the middle pew of the church. "Wow" I said in my heart. Such a lovely thing to witness this couple celebrating their 66 years of wedded bliss! I could see the amount of love and wisdom in this committed couple's face. My mind was quick to guess that the couple must be in their mid eighty. If Jerome and I were to celebrate our 66th wedding anniversary, he would be 95 and I, 92 years old! Would we still be alive at 90? What about our love for each other? Could it survive the test of time? Can we endure the pressures of job/finance, family/home, midlife/old age and pain/sickness? Only time can tell. In the meantime, I pray for strength and wisdom to withstand any possible storms in our marriage. I pray for more love, intimacy, trust, joy, good health, forgiveness and kindness. I also pray that I will always express my love for Jerome in every possible way through respecting him, appreciating him, encouraging him, serving him minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. Thank you Lord, for the gift of LOVE.

Friday, January 28, 2011

When the going gets tough...

This post is long overdue. Been delaying writing this post since I first started my blog. Just can't bring myself into putting this into words. I'm sure by now most of you realized that I'm not a good writer!
On the 8th of April 2007, a day after my birthday, while taking my shower, I discovered a lump on my left breast. I was shocked. I thought I was imagining it because I have several patients who have lump on their breast too and I used to advise them what to do and what not to do. I checked...and rechecked. Yes, there's a lump there. It was as big as a 10 sen coin and felt like a soft marble. I was wondering how come the lump suddenly appear? I have the habit of checking my breasts whenever I shower and I remembered very well that the lump was not there a day earlier. I prayed to God for peace and strength. There were so many things playing on my mind that very morning. I try not to be panic. I know that most lumps are benign. Even if it is malignant, I have made a decision not to be too emotional about it. To me, benign or malignant lump would not make any difference to how I feel. The most important thing is that there's a lump on my breast and I take it as a warning.
When I told Jerome about it, he was so disturbed and worried. He asked me to see an oncologist right away. I told him not to be panic and told him that I'm a doctor to my own body. (I can be very stubborn at times!)He wanted to argue and even said that my body belongs to him too (We learned this from MER2)and that I cannot have full control over it! However, after some heated but honest discussions he gave in to my stubbornness. I respected him for that and in return, I promised to really take care of my health. I did not see any medical doctor pertaining to the lump for several months to a year. The lump did make some positive progress as it shrunk to a smaller size. I thanked God for that. Anyway, in June 2008, I discovered another lump. This time, it was on my right breast and was bigger than the original size on the left. Oh dear Lord! What is happening? Maybe my immunity system is down as I sleep very late and had only four or five hours of sleep daily. I have not been taking good care of my health. Am I being self-centered? Being me, I'm the type of person who is very independent. I don't like to trouble people but this time I really was worried. When I told Jerome about it, he almost went berserk! The following day on 24th June 2008, I went to Sabah Medical Centre for a mammogram scan. I did not asked Jerome to accompany me and I regretted it. I found that the mammogram was such a painful procedure. After the mammogram, I had an ultrasound scan checked. The doctor informed me that the lumps were benign. (surprisingly, I was not relieved by that fact). The next morning, when I woke up I felt excruciating pain on my right breast. To my total disbelief my lump had swelled to the size of a golf's ball. When I touched the area it was so painful that I almost cried. I immediately alerted Jerome. Knowing Jerome, yes... as he is the panicky type, he became scared and did not know what to do. I could feel that he was also feeling the pain that I was experiencing. I could not even raise up my right hand to change my clothes. I was determined then to take extra care of myself. I went for a total 3 days detoxification, just fruits, vegetables and some nuts and plenty of water along with homeopathy medicine. To my amazement the swelling reduced considerably and the pain totally gone! Praise the Lord! (will write again about this, got to end here as it's getting late)

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Urine Therapy

Hi there! I would like to share with you yet another amazing therapy to treat our body naturally. Please read testimony from Martha Christy on how she treated her ailing body with simply using her own urine! Yes, very interesting findings. You may want to consider using this method of healing to cure any diseases that you may be suffering right now. :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year 2011!

Like everyone else, during the new year eve and throughout the first day of the new year I received so many wonderful messages from friends far and near through SMSes. One of those that I like most is this:-
Wishing you that your journey through this world will be touched by kindness, inspired by wisdom, graced with understanding and kept safe from all harm. Wishing you not just happiness but pure joy, not just wealth but heaven's treasures, not just silence but God's peace. May God continue to bless you and your family with divine light, love and power that will bring much love, joy, peace, inner strength and overflowing abundance in your home... HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!
Isn't that wonderful? To all my loved ones and friends out there, your friendship means so much to me. Have a blessed 2011!