assalamualaikum dan salam sejahtera.
mudah-mudahan di laman yang tak seindahnya ini dapat memberi munafaat miski secebis cuma. inshaallah.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR

First of all, I would like to thank you for your supporting my blog.

 

I will try my best to keep on sharing  good articles.

 

Secondly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish a happy new year.  May Allah gives better life to every one of us.  Inshaallah.

 

 

Pohon lada tumbuh merimbun,

Lalu dipetik berjual di pecan;

Tercetus azam di awal tahun,

Istiqamah berusaha untuk melaksanakan.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

TERIMA KASIH KEPADA HAMBA ALLAH BERHATI MULIA

Pagi tadi saya telah ke MAB untuk menghadiri suatu program anjuran MBPJ.  Tetapi bukan itu fokas saya, namun saya ingin ceterakan akan kejujuran dua insan berhati mulia.

 

Setelah selesai menghadiri program anjuran MBPJ, saya singgah di surau MAB untuk melunaskan hak YANG MAHA ESA ke atas hambanya.

 

Setelah segalanya selesai, entah bagaimana, akibat kecuaian diri, tanpa saya sedar tas tangan saya tertinggal di surau MAB.  Tetapi dengan rahmat Allah, DIA telah hantar dua insan berhati mulia untuk menemui  tas tangan saya itu.

 

Di atas kejujuran dan kemulian hati insan-insan tersebut, maka selamatlah tas tangan itu kembali kepada saya.

 

Maka di sini, saya ingin mengucapkan setinggi-tinggi ucapan terima kasih kepada hamba Allah yang bernama Ji/Rotiah dan sahabatnya yang saya tak ketahui namanya.

 

Sesungguhnya, kalian benar-benar muslimah sejati yang berhati mulia, kerana tiada satu barang pun yang terusik kecuali hp saya yang kalian gunakan untuk call husband saya.

 

Saya benar-benar rasa terhutang budi dengan dua hamba Allah ini.  Maka kepada kenkawan blind yang terbaca catatan ini, dan mengetahui nombor hp Ji/Rotiah, tolonglah tinggalkan nombor beliau di  Pusat Reflexology Ideal "42521814".  Kerana sesungguhnya, saya amat tidak tenang selagi tidak dapat mengucapkan terima kasih dengan mulut saya sendiri kepada beliau.

 

Sesungguhnya kejadian tengah hari tadi begitu memberi impak kepada diri saya agar lebih care terhadap barangan yang dibawa.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Is it true that the fructose in fruit is metabolized as fat? Would eating fruit with additional fiber-containing foods be a good strategy?

The fructose found in fruit does not get metabolized as fat inside your body. The fructose found in fruit is a simple sugar, and it gets metabolized as a simple sugar. Eating fresh fruit does not elevate your triglyceride level. Eating fresh apples, berries and citrus fruits is an excellent practice, and one we'd encourage you to continue. (You'd want to make sure that these fruits were part of an overall balanced and varied meal plan that was matched to your individual needs). We would also encourage you to purchase certified organic fruit whenever possible for their greater nutritional content. You will also be avoiding toxic residues from pesticides and other contaminants.

 

When it comes to fructose, eating fresh fruit is very different than drinking a soda that has been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. A medium-sized apple contains about 10 grams of fructose. A 12-ounce soda that has been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup contains close to 25 grams. There is some research evidence showing that excessive intake of fructose can raise triglyceride levels in humans, and there is definitely concern among health professionals about greatly increased intake of high-fructose corn syrup in sodas and other processed foods in the U.S. diet. But a whole, natural food like a medium-sized apple does not contain an excessive amount of fructose, and moderate amounts of whole, natural foods in a balanced diet are highly unlikely to bring your fructose intake to an excessive level.

 

Fortunately, when we stick with whole, natural foods, we do not have to worry about the effects of different food components. Our bodies are designed to derive optimal nourishment from whole, natural foods. The amount of fiber found in fresh fruits is exactly the amount there is supposed to be. You can trust this amount to balance all of your health needs, as long as the fresh fruits are part of a healthy meal plan. You do not need to add anything to the fruit to counteract any nutrient contained within the fruit. This same principle would apply to any whole, natural food.

 

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George Mateljan Foundation, PO Box 25801, Seattle, Washington 98165

 

 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Is canned salmon good to include in my Healthiest Way of Eating?

Canned salmon can, in fact, be a good addition to a Healthiest Way of Eating. It is available year round and less expensive than fresh or frozen salmon. While most canned salmon is wild salmon it's important to read the label since it is not always the case.

 

Canned salmon offers some additional advantages as well. It is often packed in its own oil, so you can benefit from greater quantities of omega-3s. Canned salmon also includes the bones, which are safe to eat since they soften during the canning process. The result is a 3-ounce serving of salmon that has over half the calcium found in an 8-ounce glass of cow's milk. Low-salt or no-salt added varieties of canned salmon are available for those concerned about their salt intake.

 

 

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George Mateljan Foundation, PO Box 25801, Seattle, Washington 98165

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

'KAN ALLAH MAHA KAYA, MAHA BESAR, TAPI KENAPA...

Sekadar nak share secebis pengalaman.

 

Terkadang anak-anak akan menimbulkan persoalan yang mungkin bagi kita kecil, tetapi andai tidak cepat menangani dengan baik, ianya boleh menimbulkan situasi yang kurang enak dalam diri mereka.

 

Anak:  "ma, mama memang hebat.  Boleh lakukan kerja seperti mana mama orang lain juga.  Dan lagi hebat, Sekali saja saya menyahut, mama boleh agak saya kat mana dan apa yang sedang saya lakukan."

 

Dia begitu pandai bermain kata-kata untuk menarik perhatianku agar terus bersembang dengannya.  Aku pasti, tentu ada sesuatu yang dia ingin perkatakan padaku.

 

Aku:  "terima kasih.  itulah kekayaan Allah."

 

Jawabku bersahaja.

 

Anak:  "kan Alla tu Maha Besar, Maha Kaya, dan Maha adil,  tapi kenapa sampai sekarang, Allah belum tunaikan lagi permintaan saya?"

 

Aku:  "apa permintaan kamu?"

 

Anak:  "setiap hari saya berdoa, agar mama papa nampak.  Mama kata hati kanak-kanak bersih.  Tapi kenapa permintaan saya tu Allah tak tunaikan lagi?"

 

Aku:  "mungkin kamu tak istiqamah berdoa agaknya."

 

Sengaja aku menguji.

 

Anak:  "mama jangan cakap macam tu.  Allah tahu.  Setiap selepas solat saya berdoa.  Tak pernah terlupa sekali pun."

 

Bersungguh dia mempertahankan dirinya.

 

Aku:  "kenapa kamu nak sangat mama papa nampak? Kamu malu ke keadaan kami?"

 

Anak:  "taklah malu, tapi saya nak mama papa boleh bawa kereta dan boleh hantar saya kesekolah macam kawan-kawan."

 

Aku:  "kenapa,   kamu tak bangga ke, pergi sekolah naik bas awam.  dan semua bus driver kenal kamu.  Nanti besar, bila jadi boss, kamu tentu buat baik dengan pekerja terutama driver kamu."

 

Sengaja aku tekankan perkataan boss dan driver.  Dia ku lihat lebih ceria berbanding tadi.

 

Anak:  "tapi kawan-kawan kata, tak best naik bas ke sekolah.  Kalau naik kereta, boleh relax, tak payah jalan kaki langsung."

 

Aku:  "tak apalah.  mana mereka tahu tak best.  Sedangkan mereka tak pernah naik bas awam.  mama tengok, kamu happy aje bila nak naik bas.  Lagi satu, nasib baik papa ada duit,  boleh juga kamu naik bas ke sekolah.  Kalau papa tak kerja, langsung kamu tak dapat ke sekolah."

 

Dia mula menunduk.

 

Anak:  "maaflah  ma.  Mama jangan cakap saya tak bersyukur pula.  Saya tak naklah jadi macam kanak-kanak yang kita jumpa atas jejantas kat kedai papa tu.  Sebab  mama papa dia tak ada duit, dia taksekolah."

 

Untuk menanam rasa syukur dalam hati, mahu tidak mahu, kita hendaklah sering memandang orang yang lebih susah dari kita.

 

Sementara untuk memotivasi diri pula,  kita diajak melihat orang jauh lebih kehadapan/berjaya dari kita.

 

Dua konsep ini hendaklah selalu dimasukkan dalam santai bersama anak.  Agar perasaan "tidak puas" tidak melebihi "rasa syukur".

Monday, November 5, 2012

SANTAI TENGAH HARI

Erm,  nampaknya semakin hamper gerbang pilihanraya dibuka,  semakin akrab pemain-pemain politik dengan orang awam.

 

Masa inilah, segala  ungkapan dikirimkan,  samada ungkapan "selamat hari raya, pertanyaan khabar, mau pun  sekadar mengajak memelihara kemakmuran keluarga, masyarakat dan Negara.  Dan ada pula tanpa segan silu, bertanyakan "kerajaan manakah yang lebih anda minati?"

 

Biar pun sms-sms semuanya dihantar secara rambang,  namun pada pendapat pemain-pemain politik, cara begini sedikit sebanyak,  akan memberi kesan kepada penerima.

 

Kalau tak, takmungkin si A akan tergadai kredit card hanya karna sms,  atau si B terdorong membayar sejumlah wang untuk mendapat hadiah, jua karna sms.

 

Begitulah besarnya peranan sms kepada masyarakat hari ini.

 

Adakah anda juga tergulung dalam masyarakat seperti ini?  Tepuk dahi tanyalah akal.

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

HEALTH

I want to know the best way to get sufficient amounts of iron and calcium as I had read that they inhibit each other's absorption. For example, do I need to consume calcium- and iron-rich foods separately?

You can get sufficient amounts of both iron and calcium by eating whole, natural foods that are rich in these two minerals and part of a balanced, consistent Healthiest Way of Eating. Fortunately for all of us, whole, natural foods have evolved in such a way as to meet our nutrient needs provided that we do our part to consume them in a balanced and responsible way.

With respect to interactions between calcium and iron, let me address possible absorption problems from one perspective at a time. First, when it comes to calcium inhibition of iron absorption, I've seen several research studies showing clear, dose-dependent reductions in iron absorption following addition of calcium to a meal or to foods themselves. These reductions in iron absorption involved both plant (non-heme) and animal (heme) forms of iron, and were in the general range of 50%. While these studies definitely warrant more follow-up, I am reluctant to draw major conclusions from them about the interaction between these two minerals when it comes to whole, natural foods.

From my perspective, it is very different to add supplemental calcium to foods and examine the effects on iron absorption than it is to start with naturally high-calcium, non-supplemented foods and look at their impact on iron. In studies that I have seen on natural foods and long-term iron status, there does not appear to be any significant lowering of iron absorption when iron-rich foods and calcium-rich foods are consumed simultaneously. Over the long run, our bodies seem well equipped to handle both minerals simultaneously from the standpoint of iron absorption from whole, natural foods.

With respect to iron inhibiting calcium absorption, I have seen in vitro laboratory studies that show calcium absorption to be blocked when excessive amounts of iron have been allowed to accumulate in the spaces surrounding our cells. These lab studies, while extremely important, do not address the issue of iron and calcium that have been naturally stored up inside of food and are trying to make their way from food up into the body. The only studies that I have seen in this area of iron impact of calcium absorption have involved mineral supplements rather than whole foods. That being said the evidence in these studies points consistently in the direction of very little impact of iron on calcium absorption.

There is active transport of calcium from the upper parts of the small intestine into the cells lining the intestinal tract when calcium intake is very low, and this process is very carefully regulated. There is also passive transport of calcium lower down in the digestive tract that takes place under conditions of normal or high intake of calcium. I would expect this passive process to be influenced by a variety of minerals present in the lower small intestine, but I once again have found no evidence that separation of high-iron foods and high-calcium foods (or high-calcium foods and iron supplements) would be necessary to obtain beneficial amounts of both minerals.

For more information on this topic, please see: 
 Calcium
Iron
 
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George Mateljan Foundation, PO Box 25801, Seattle, Washington 98165

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

RESIPI; Rendang Maman


Pernahkah anda makan rendang maman

Kalau belum, apa kata hari ini kita sama-sama mencubanya.

Masakan ini adalah masakan tradisi orang Negeri Sembilan.  Setiap kali ada keraian, rendang maman takmungkin dilupakan.

Rendang Maman;

Bahan-bahan:
*1 kg daging/1 ekor ayam,
*3 setengah biji kelapa, diambil santan,
*setengah kilo daun maman,
*5 keping asam gelugur,
*dua genggam cilipadi/ikut ketahanan pedas anda
*garam secukup rasa,
*sedikit kunyit hidup.

Cara-cara membuat:

*bersihkan daging/ayam
*daging dihiris nipis,
*tumbuk kunyit, cili padi, sehingga lumat,

*potong daun maman,  ambil daun dan batang lembut sahaja,
*bersihkan daun maman dan toskan air
*masukkan daging ke dalam periuk bersama air dan bahan yang ditumbuk, asam keeping,
*biarkan daging kecut
*setelah air  kering, masukan santan
*setelah daging empuk dan kuah tinggal sedikit, masukkan maman,
*masukkan garam secukup rasa, kacau hingga sebati,
*didihkan sehingga kering

Nota:  jangan kacau terlalu kerap,  agar rendang tidak pahit.


Resipi dari:  ibu mertua

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BUAL PAGI


Ha, pernahkah anda makan buah ini?

Bagi saya, inilah kali pertama menjamah buah entah apa nama ni.  Kulitnya agak keras.  Untuk mendapatkan isinya, kita perlu mengetuk agak kuat dengan tangan.

Isinya seumpama buah laici kering.  Rasanya lemak.

Buah ini diimport dari Raup Pahang, oleh seorang kenalan.  Menurut kenalan tersebut,  mereka di sana memanggil dengan nama buah “poppop”.

perlu diingat, sekiranya isinya berair, ini bererti, buahnya sudah rosak.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

INTERNASIONAL WHITE CANE DAY2

mbeberapa photo ketika Hari Tongkat Putih (white Cane Day)



Monday, October 15, 2012

INTERNASIONAL WHITE CANE DAY

Mungkin tak ramai dari kita yang tahu bahawa hari ini adalah hari Tongkat Putih Antarabangsa (Internasional White Cane Day) yang diiktiraft dunia.

Sebagaimana umum tahu, tongkat putih (white cane) adalah satu alat sokongan bagi memudahkan seseorang OKU pengelihatan bergerak di luar rumah.

Tugas utama tongkat putih (white cane):
*membantu mengesan sebarang halangan yang berada di hadapan penggunanya.

*membantu agar pemandu kenderaan lebih berhati-hati bila melalui jalan yang ramai pengguna tongkat putih (white cane).

*membantu menarik perhatian para pemandu kenderaan agar berhenti, ketika OKU pengelihatan hendak melintas jalan.

Sabtu lalu, 13 Oktober, Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya dengan kerjasama komuniti Kota Damansara telah mengambil inisiatif menganjurkan sambutan Internasional White Cane Day peringkat daerah.

Mereka telah mengundang lebihkurang 100 OKU pengelihatan untuk turut sama menjayakan acara tersebut.

Acara dimulakan dengan:
*berjalan di dalam Hutan Simpan Kota Damansara,
*perasmian oleh YB Elizabeth Wong,
*pemberian tongkat putih (white cane) kepada OKU pengelihatan yang hadir.

Semoga pihak Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya terus mengiktiraf pengguna tongkat putih di daerah mereka.  Dan mudah-mudahan tahun hadapan, biarlah acara dijalankan di tempat awam.  agar dapat melibatkan ramai masyarakat umum, terutama pemandu jalanraya.

Saya berpendapat Hari Tongkat Putih (White Cane Dayh) arus disambut di setiap negeri di Malaysia.  Kerana:

*memberi kesedaran kepada masyarakat setempat, bahawa di tempat mereka, ada pengguna tongkat putih,
*meningkatkan kesedaran para pemandu setempat, terhadap pengguna tongkat putih,



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

PANTUN; Pesan Berpesan

Mekar sejambak bunga melati,

Kembang menghias serambi rumah,

Menambat seri hati penghuni;

Usah diturut kata hati,

Jangan terdorong nafsu amarah,

Kelak binasa diri sendiri.

 

Menuruni bukit terus ke lembah,

Menghijau pepohon nan merimbun;

Jangan diulangi kesilapan Al'qomah,

Bimbang tak sempat bermohon ampun.

 

Berseri sanggul dek bunga sekuntum,

Berkebaya labuh menyerlah keanggunan;

Sahabat nabi lagi terhukum,

Inikan pula kita orang kebanyakkan.

 

Berpantun berseloka adat orang kita,

Penuh pujian mau pun sindiran;

Terlalu mulia kedudukan ibubapa,

Termaktub dalam hadith dan alquran.

 

Terhampar langit tiang tiada,

Dihias bulan bintang mentari;

Berdamailah rendahkan hati kita,

 Demi sebuah redha ilahi.

Monday, October 8, 2012

SNACK

I find that I snack a lot. What are your suggestions as to how I can tide myself over between meals?

 

If you're trying to reduce the amount of food you eat between meals, there are several things to consider.

 

Snacks should provide a balance of nutrients

 

The first is to make sure that your meals contain an appropriate amount of protein, fiber, and accompanying nutrients. This will help to satiate your appetite so that you will be less hungry between meals.

 

You also want to make sure that your meals don't contain an excessive amount of fat or simple sugars. Excessive fat can slow down your digestion to the point where it takes too long for you to derive energy and nourishment from your food. Excessive sugar can digest too quickly and leave you too quickly ready for more food.

 

Timing of snacks

 

You'll also want to ensure that you don't wait too long between meals because it's difficult to avoid overeating if you go longer than four to five hours between meals. It is best to have smaller meals more frequently throughout the day rather than larger ones two to three times a day (please remember this means mini-meals filled with nutrient-rich foods rather than eating nutrient-depleted junk food snacks every several hours). If small frequent meals won't work for your schedule, you'll want to ensure that the snacks that you eat between meals are filling and nutritious.

 

Vegetables and dips make healthy snacks

 

Vegetable crudités are some of the most healthy and easy snacks to prepare. Cut up small pieces of your favorite vegetables and enjoy them with a small amount of dip made with extra virgin olive oil or low-fat yogurt. I like the idea of a low-fat yogurt since it boosts up the protein content and increases the "holding power" of the snack. Bean dips would work in this exact same way, and are even higher in protein and fiber than dips made using yogurt. Small amounts of nut or seed butters-like almond butter or sesame seed butter (tahini)-would also help to build the fiber and protein content of a dip as well as bring small-to-moderate amounts of dietary fat into your snacks. From my perspective, when kept moderate, this added fat can be a good thing for slightly slowing the digestive process and stretching the snack's impact. But it's also important not to overdo things, and push your snack calories upward all the way to meal level.

 

Ideas for vegetable selection include (but are definitely not limited to) zucchini sticks, baby carrots, bell pepper slices, and cauliflower and broccoli florets. Even though it is not highly time-consuming to do the cutting and chopping of these vegetables yourself, you might want to consider the added convenience of pre-chopped and pre-sliced vegetables. Many stores offer organically grown, pre-cut vegetables that could provide just the right amount of extra convenience to get you going on some improved snack options. In any case, you'll get a variety of nutrients from these vegetable-plus-dip combinations and have your appetite satisfied by a reasonable number of calories.

 

Other considerations

 

Also, design your meals so that you experience them as pleasurable and relaxing (for example, eat more slowly, light some candles, and unplug the telephone). If meals are a chaotic experience and not enjoyable, you are less likely to be satiated both physically and emotionally and you will more likely want to eat again soon afterwards.

 

I'd also like to add one last set of observations about individuals who find they snack too frequently. It's important to think about the pattern of your entire day in terms of enjoyment and activities. You may or may not want to make healthy snacking the solution to a daily pattern that just isn't working for you in terms of balance and enjoyment. In some cases, planning a larger, more nourishing meal before a difficult snack period time-and then shifting activities to turn a former snack period into a period of time focused on other enjoyable pursuits-can be a more effective way of "tiding yourself over" than experimenting with your snack content.

 

 

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George Mateljan Foundation, PO Box 25801, Seattle, Washington 98165

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CELOTEH PAGI


Masih rancak warga Malaysia memperkatakan perihal budget minggu lepas.  Masing-masing membelek-belek catatan budget, mencari sesuatu yang akan memberi impak terhadap diri secara langsung.

Anak belia tersenyum lebar dengan volcher rm 200 untuk gajet canggihh, manakala mereka yang berpendapatan bawah rm 3000pula tersengih kerana mendapat potongan 50 peratus ke atas lrt.  Dan pakcik-pakcik pencen rasa berbangga dengan penyelarasan semula wang pencen.

Tapi dengan kenaikan harga gula, siapa pula yang ketawa riang?  Para penanggung keluarga sudah pasti mengeluh.  Masing-masing sudah pasti dapat mengagak bahawa bebanan kos sara hidup bertambah lagi.

Kalau hari ini, rm 2 boleh mendapat 5 biji kuih, tapi esok lusa, rm 2 hanya untuk 4 atau 3 keping kuih sahaja.

Kalau hari ini, makan sekeping roti canai kosong dan minum secawan teh tarik kat kedai mamak, hanya rm 2,  tapi esok lusa, rm2.30-2.50sudah pasti.

Begitu juga anak-anak sekolah, tidak lagi  cukup dengan wang saku rm 2 untuk makan di kantin.

So, siapa yang pening kepala?

Untuk menghalalkan kenaikan harga gula, sekali lagi diabetis dijadikan alasan.  Wal'hal pengambilan kabohidrat yang berlebihan adalah penyumbang utama terhadap berlakunya diabetis.

Yang pasti, pi mai, pi mai, tang tu jugak.  Kos sara hidup, dari hari ke hari terus meningkat rakus.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BUAH TIN/FIGS

Sebagaimana yang kita maklum,  setiap apa yang dicipta Allah di muka bumi ini, pasti ada kebaikannya.  Kalau tidak kepada manusia,  ianya bermunafaat buat tumbuh-tumbuhan mau pun alam sekitar.

 

Apatah lagi jika sesuatu itu menjadi sunnah rasullullah SAW.  Contohnya buah tin/figs.  Bila ianya sudah menjadi diet harian baginda,  pasti kelengkapan nutrisinya tidak boleh dipertikaikan lagi.

 

Mengikut pengalaman blogger yang kerdil ini, setelah beberapa minggu dijadikan diet harian keluarga, selain dari kandungan nutrisi yang menakjubkan, ianya terlalu baik untuk pembuangan angin.

 

Anak blogger tidak lagi mengadu susah K E N T U T dan mengalami kembong.  Kalau sebelum ini, dia amat mudah diserang kembong perut, jika tersilap  makan.

 

Baegitu juga terhadap diri blogger sendiri, terasa badan lebih bebas dari dikuasai angin dan perut tidak lagi mengandungi asid berlebihan.

 

Nota:  *buah tin ada beberapa saiz;  kecil, sedang, dan besar

*lingkungan harga di pasaran Malaysia:  rm 30  hingga rm 35 1 kilogram.

 

 

Rujuk artikal di bawah untuk maklumat hasiat buah tin dari cik google:

 

Health Benefits

Help Lower High Blood Pressure

Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. Since many people not only do not eat enough fruits and vegetables, but do consume high amounts of sodium as salt is frequently added to processed foods, they may be deficient in potassium. Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension.

 

In the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) study, one group ate servings of fruits and vegetables in place of snacks and sweets, and also ate low-fat dairy food. This diet delivered more potassium, magnesium and calcium.

 

Another group ate a "usual" diet low in fruits and vegetables with a fat content like that found in the average American Diet. After eight weeks, the group that ate the enhanced diet lowered their blood pressure by an average of 5.5 points (systolic) over 3.0 points (diastolic).

 

A Sweet Way to Lose Weight Figs are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber and fiber-rich foods may have a positive effect on weight management. In one study, women who increased their fiber intake with supplements significantly decreased their energy intake, yet their hunger and satiety scores did not change. Figs, like other high fiber foods, may be helpful in a weight management program.

 

Fruit and Cereal Fiber Protective against Postmenopausal Breast CancerResults of a prospective study involving 51,823 postmenopausal women for an average of 8.3 years showed a 34% reduction in breast cancer risk for those consuming the most fruit fiber compared to those consuming the least. In addition, in the subgroup of women who had ever used hormone replacement, those consuming the most fiber, especially cereal fiber, had a 50% reduction in their risk of breast cancer compared to those consuming the least. Int J Cancer. 2008

Jan 15;122(2):403-12.

 

Fruits richest in fiber include apples, dates, figs, pears and prunes. When choosing a high fiber cereal, look for whole grain cereals as they supply the most bran (a mere 1/3rd cup of bran contains about 14 grams of fiber).

 

An Insulin-Lowering Leaf in Diabetes You probably do not think about the leaves of the fig tree as one of fig's edible parts. But in some cultures, fig leaves are a common part of the menu, and for good reason. The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections. In one study, a liquid

extract made from fig leaves was simply added to the breakfast of insulin-dependent diabetic subjects in order to produce this insulin-lowering effect.

 

Bone Density Promoter

Figs are a fruit source of calcium (79 milligrams in an 8 oz-wt serving), a mineral that has many functions including promoting bone density. Additionally, figs' potassium may also counteract the increased urinary calcium loss caused by the high-salt diets typical of most Americans, thus helping to further prevent bones from thinning out at a fast rate.

 

Cardiovascular Effects

In animal studies, fig leaves have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (a form in which fats circulate in the bloodstream), while in in vitro studies, fig leaves inhibited the growth of certain types of cancer cells. Researchers have not yet determined exactly which substances in fig leaves are responsible for these remarkable healing effects.

 

Besides their potassium and fiber content, figs emerged from our food ranking system as a good source of the trace mineral manganese.

 

Dipetik dari:  WH food

Thursday, September 20, 2012

How do organic foods compare to non-organic foods in terms of nourishment?

From a research standpoint, I believe that scientific comparisons of organic and non-organic foods show the clear benefits of organic. However, I also recognize that there are a relatively limited number of studies in this area and that the results have been controversial. Virginia Worthington, as part of her doctoral dissertation at John Hopkins University analyzed (and later published) 41 existing studies that compared organic to non-organic foods. On average, she determined the organic foods to contain:

 

o                               27% more vitamin C

o                               21.1% more iron

o                               29.3% more magnesium

o                               13.6% more phosphorus

In her review, she also noted that while five servings of organically grown vegetables (lettuce, spinach, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) provided the daily recommended intake of vitamin C for men and women, their conventionally grown counterparts did not. Organically grown foods were also found to contain, on average, about 5% less nitrates than conventionally grown foods. While nitrates have not been conventionally spotlighted as toxic risk factors in food, they nevertheless appear (in the 216th spot) on the 2007 CERCLA Priority List of Hazardous Substances as published by the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This review of organic foods also determined them to be lower in protein than their non-organic counterparts but to contain higher quality protein in terms of amino acid composition.

 

·                     Other studies on organic versus non-organic foods have found fewer statistical differences between their nutrient content, and in some cases, greater amounts of some nutrients in non-organic versus organic foods. These studies also typically show large amounts of variability in the nutrient contents of different foods, both organic and non-organic.

 

·                     From my perspective, it makes sense that certain crops, grown under certain very favorable environmental circumstances, would be likely to show greater concentrations of certain nutrients than other crops grown under less favorable environmental circumstances, even if non-organic farming methods were used in their cultivation. Basic patterns in sunlight, rainfall, temperature, and other factors would always remain critical in the final chemical composition of the foods. For this reason, when I consider the research as a whole, I believe it clearly shows the nutritional advantages of organically grown versus non-organically grown food.

 

·                     In a study reviewing data sets gathered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, researchers found that in a comparison of 8 fruits and 12 vegetables, 73% of the non-organic crops were found to contain pesticide residues, in comparison with 6-27% of organic crops (depending on the exact crops that were compared). For some non-organic fruits (apples, peaches, pears, and strawberries) and for one non-organic vegetable (celery), over 90% of the non-organic food samples showed pesticide residues.

 

·                     Additionally, 12-62% of the non-organic crops were found to contain multiple pesticide residues, and in some cases as many as 14 different pesticide residues. In the case of organic crops, this range was only 1-7%. About two-thirds of the time, a lower quantity of the pesticide levels was found in organic versus non-organic foods.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

MAB Strategic Plan

Hai komuniti blind,  jum kita lihat apa perancangan Dato'President bersama ahli council yang lain.

 

Mudah-mudahan,  ianya akan memberi impak positif kepada masyarakat blind pada keseluruhannya.

 

 

 

"As requested, I would like to briefly go through the MAB Strategic
Plan which was approved by the Council at the end of 2011, but only
recently officially announced through the media.

It must be remembered that over the years MAB has been evolving in
response to various needs of the time, and there never was any
elaborate forward planning to develop the organisation that will
simultaneously promote the very cause of its existence - the
well-being of the BVI. Being a professionally trained social planner,
I felt that something more tangible should be put in place in the form
of a medium-term development plan. When I became the MAB President I
began to work on it.

The MAB Strategic Plan embraces 12 major objectives and fixes the year
2020 as the target, although each objective has its own time-frame for
completion. I shall list each one of them, followed by some
explanation and/or updating:

1.   "MAB shall be the premier organisation on visual impairment" -
Although it is the first on the list it will be the last to be fully
achieved, ie only after all the remaining objectives have been
fulfilled.

2.   "MAB shall be the custodian of facts and figures on visual
impairment" - A research unit will be set up to collect data on visual
impairment from all over. A researcher has already been appointed
recently and work on it has started.

3.   "MAB shall set up branches in all States of Malaysia" - So far
MAB does not have any branch although it serves the whole country.
With branches in the states (except Sabah and Sarawak) we hope to
provide services more accessible to the BVI as they will be available
in every state.

4.   "MAB shall upgrade the training facilities to college level" -
this refers to the GTC. Work has already been started by assessing its
capability for the eventual change, targeted for 2014.

5.   "MAB shall mobilise all its physical assets"  - We now have
assets in KL, Temerloh, Ipoh and JB. In KL we have 193 and the Wisma
MAB, both are planned for redevolopment; Taman Harapan is all set
except for the necessary funding to begin construction; we have
already started a rehabilitation course at Kinta Valley Workshop in
July and other services will follow. An eye clinic will also be set up
there soon; similar services will be placed in JB after some initial
renovation work.

6.   "MAB shall acquire new physical assets" - We need similar assets
elsewhere in order to provide services to the BVI. We have just been
given a piece of land in Kota Baru Kelantan that is intended to
provide training and other services, plus an eye clinic.

7.   "MAB shall harness the potentials of the private sector" -
Obviously we need all forms of support including financing and job
opportunities from all sectors.

8.   "MAB shall engage in full production and distribution of Braille
materials" - Considering the lack of Braille materials in schools and
universities, we hope to fill the gap quickly to provide a level
playing field.

9.   "MAB shall be the sole distributor for all forms of assistive
devices" -We hope to get the dealership of all such materials in order
to benefit the BVI through its non-profit status.

10.  "MAB shall run enterprises to benefit the BVI" - The current MAB
Shoppes in Mid Valley and Kinrara-Giant will be a part of the MAB
franchise system that is being developed. We hope to set up many such
outlets throughout the country, thereby providing employment
opportunities to those qualified in the trade. There are many other
ventures in the pipeline, and the one already in place is the
koperasi.

11.  "THONEH shall set up at least 10 satellites clinics" - This is
obvious as the preventive and remedial work.

12.  "NIOS shall establish a full-pledged university producing
eye-care professionals" - The National Institute of Ophthalmic
Sciences is currently producing optometrists and specialised nursing
staff. We are already starting to move towards this direction.

You will appreciate that the above are basic Plan that require a
considerable fine-tuning process. A lot of consultation will be
conducted and here the BVI will play an important role for their
invaluable inputs. But please wait for it. We will tackle them one by
one.

My presidency ends next year and I like to place a solid foundation
for uninterrupted development. Therefore, please no more distractions
and waste of energy so that we can all move forward according to plan.

Regards,

Abdullah"

 

 

Dipetik dari:  MAB cyber club mailing list

Friday, September 14, 2012

BUAL ISU

Tulisan ini tidak berpihak kepada mana-mana.  Ianya sekadar pemerhatian saya dari jauh.

 

Saya kira sekalung pujian wajar kita, masyarakat blind berikan kepada Dato' President MAB,(Dato' Abdullah Baginda).

 

Kenapa saya kata sedemikian?:

*beliau dengan rela hati turut aktif dalam mailing list kelolaan club cyber MAB.

 

*beliau bermurah hati meluangkan masa  menjawab beberapa persoalan yang ditimbulkan lister dalam mailing list tersebut.

 

*dari cara beliau menjawab persoalan dalam program dialog lalu,  tternyata beliau seorang yang penyabar, lembut tapi tegas serta benar-benar berminat dengan apa yang sedang beliau ceburi kini.

 

Saya kira ketidak puasanhati terjadi mungkin disebabkan tiada komunikasi antara pihak council MAB dan masyarakat blind.  Ia juga disebabkan mungkin ketidaktelusan tindak tanduk seorang dua ahli council.

 

Apa pun saya secara peribadi, berbangga punya seorang president yang boleh diajak berbincang, melalui cyber mau pun pertemuan secara nyata.   Beliau juga masih boleh menjaga pena untuk tidak menyinggung mana-mana pihak.

 

Di bawah saya lampirkan sebahagian tulisan beliau yang menunjukkan kebertanggungjawaban  beliau  sebagai ketua organisasi.  Tulisan di bawah saya petik dari mailing list club cyber MAB.

 

 

"I would like to thank you all for expressing your concern over the
affairs of MAB. I would have responded earlier but I had to follow
doctor's orders that I take complete rest at the hospital and at home.
Now that I am reasonably well again, I feel obliged to write in order
to enlighten you over your various concerns.

 

To many of you, I am only a name or a person who was elected President
of MAB in 2010. But I am more than just that. For the last 60 years I
have been involved in dealing with the welfare of people, including
the disabled. Some of the old-timers among the BVI might recall our
encounters in different parts of the country. However, I became more
involved with work for the BVI since 1987.

 

Someone had mentioned Major Bridges. Well, he is not just a name to me
because I knew him personally as I first met him at the Social Welfare
Headquarters in Batu Road KL in 1953. I know the full history of MAB.

 

I heard a lot of complaints during the meeting on 29/8, and where
remedial actions were required, they were attended to as soon as
feasible. I took the trouble to explain several issues that were
brought up by the BVI present. Unfortunately there were some errors in
the presentation of facts from the Council, and for this I apologise
on behalf of the Council. I am aware that this mishap had further
aggravated the unhappiness among you.

 

MAB, as a legally registered organisation, is governed by its
constitution and for operational purposes, rules and regulations are
put in place in order to ensure the proper conduct of the
organisation, including financial management. Please be assured that
everything is done by the book. Just the same, because there is now an
accusation of cronyism, we are looking into this matter seriously, and
should it turn out to be true, we shall take appropriate action.

 

I do not wish to go into detail in dealing with your complaints
because I have answered most of them at the meeting. I would rather
deal with principle issues. I would like to convey a message in the
following saying, "What seems need not be". I give you the example of
the old place at 193. Earlier this year you saw a dilapidated and
abandoned set of buildings rotting away and becoming an eyesore, and
now it has become a car park. You know very well that that piece of
land is not meant for a car park. So, why did the MAB Council decide
to do that? Has the Council as a body gone mad? Don't you want to
know? OK let me tell you. That car park is only for a short period
while we are preparing the blue-print for a multi-storey building that
will house training and other facilities for the BVI !!!

 

Please give some credit to the MAB Council, for surely they are not
there to do as they please. I, for one, have established a reputation
of being a 'no-nonsense' creature and so far I have not blemished
myself in any way, nor do I intend to do so now !

 

I know that some of you may not agree with what I am saying and even
find more reasons to hit at me. You are at liberty to do so. But I
sincerely hope that the statement above will make you ponder and
approach whatever issues in future with a cool head. If you are not
sure, please ask. I would appeal to you to address whatever you are unhappy about directly to me in a civilised manner.

 

Naturally I cannot attend to everyone, and to get around it I always
make it a practice to meet the BVI as often as practical, and please
make time to be there so that I can meet you face to face. I find
great satisfaction in face-to-face interactions rather than writing in
cyberspace.

Yours sincerely,

Abdullah

 

Sama-samalah kita berdoa dan memberi sokongan agar apa yang dituliskan di atas,  akan menjadi kenyataan.

 

Semoga Dato' President sukses membawa perubahan dalam pentadbiran MAB dan secara tak langsung akan membawa impak positif kepada masyarakat blind Malaysia.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

HEALTH; AN EGG

How can I tell whether an egg is bad both before and after cracking it?

 

I don't recommend using appearance alone as your egg safety test. Particularly with respect to an egg that has been cracked open, there can be a good number of discolorations in the white or yolk that do not represent food safety concerns. However, with that context in mind, there are certain types of egg inspection techniques that make sense when trying to determine whether an egg has gone bad.

 

First, I would look to ensure that there are no cracks in the shell. If there are cracks, I would dispose of the egg.

 

Once you have cracked the shell, smell the egg and see if it smells fine. If not, I would throw it away. If the raw white of the egg has turned pinkish, green, or black, you should also definitely toss out the egg.

 

 

In terms of determining quality from an uncracked egg, in his classic book, On Food and Cooking (Scribners, 2004, Revised Updated Edition) Harold McGee discusses how better quality eggs have smaller air cells; he notes that in a fresh egg, the space is about 1/8-inch deep and has the diameter of a dime. To test the size without cracking it, he writes that you should put the whole egg in a bowl of water; if the air cell is much larger than the size noted above, the wide end of the egg will rise above the narrow end. If your egg does this, it would then be a reflection that it is not that fresh.

 

McGee's freshness test is also related to a long-time folklore belief about the degree to which an egg will float in water. According to this belief, a spoiled egg will float all the way up to the surface but a safe egg will not.

 

While this belief is not completely accurate, it does harbor one important element of truth. If the pores in an eggshell have become sufficiently large, or if the shell has been cracked, it is possible not only for air but also for additional bacteria to enter into the egg, become metabolically active, and create gas inside the eggshell. This additional gas could cause the egg to be more buoyant. (However, other factors could also cause the egg to float, including simple transfer of air through larger pores, even if no bacteria had migrated into the egg.)

 

The bottom line: you may want to try the float test for fun or the "wide end up" float test for freshness. But to determine an egg's safety, judge by the smell and discoloration of the opened egg as described above and notice if there are cracks in the shell of the unopened egg.

 

 

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