February 2008


In the absence of the Viagra/Cialis alternative, N-Hanz that the Malaysian researchers have reported to have developed last year using walnuts, the only available walnut-based anti-erectile dysfunction solutions should be those from China, one of which was exhibited in last year’s Canton Fair.

Yesterday, the Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued a warning against a product called ‘Power 1 Walnut’. The name of the product must have misled ignorant sexually dysfunctional people into thinking that it contains natural herbal ingredients, not knowing that this Power 1 Walnut contains 2 potent ingredients, glibenclamide and sildenafil which can be deadly if mishandled. These 2 are strict prescription medicines – glibenclamide is used for treating diabetes and sildenafil is the drug found in Viagra which treats impotency.

Power 1 Walnut’, supposedly manufactured by a company in Guangzhou, China is one of the 36,000 illegal sexual enhancement pills seized by police and HSA 2 evenings ago.

At the time of the report by ChannelNews Asia, 6 male people who had consumed ‘Power 1 Walnut’ suffered a serious adverse reaction, resulting in hypoglycaemia (very low blood sugar levels) and if untreated in time, could lead to unconsciousness, seizures and sometimes death. Although the 6 patients were discovered and treated, one of them is critically ill and is under close observation in a hospital.

HSA founded that this ‘wonder‘ pill is more like a diabetes drug than a sexual enhancement one as it contains 90mg of glibenclamide – about 5 times the amount prescribed to a diabetic patient – and only 7mg of sildenafil, far below the 25mg to 100mg needed for any sexual enhancement effect.

This kind of unscrupulous company who“挂羊头卖狗肉” (displays goat’s head but sells dog’s meat) should be severely punished as it again also tarnishes the reputation of honest manufacturers and also other decent “Made in China” brands of health enhancement products.

(see comments for more interesting updates on this “killer”)

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Where do you want to be in March 2008 ?

It was last April when the news appeared that we’ll be able to view 360% of Singapore as well as neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia on the world’s tallest observation wheel – the Singapore Flyer.

Singapore Flyer

Instead of the stated date of public opening on 1st March, 700 lucky people got the first spin yesterday up the 165meters ferris wheel which is 30meters higher than the London Eye. They were guests of the 17 companies who coughed out $8,888 for each of the 28 capsules booked.

Until 1st March, the flyer is opened only for private functions. Judging by the sold-out response for the next few days, even at the normal S$29.50 (adult fare) for the 30 minutes ride, it will definitely be a mad rush for the 20% seats allocated to walk-in.

To prevent your blood pressure from shooting up, book online at their website www.singaporeflyer.com.sg.

Come to think of it, will patrons breathe in fresh air, or circulated air-con?

If anyone is between the ages of 30 and 60 and especially for men, gout (a type of arthritis caused by uric acid) is increasing becoming a risk. To reduce the risk, traditionally, the public is advised to drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol as well as avoid eating food high in purines (see chart).

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Now, medical researchers in the US, UK & Canada are putting the blame on sweet drinks (non-Diet soft drinks) which contains a type of sugar called fructose.

They said that the increase in gout cases had coincided with a substantial rise in the consumption of soft drinks. A 12-year study covering 46,000 men aged 40 years and over with no history of gout concluded that with an intake level of five to six servings of sugary soft drink per week, the risk of developing gout was significantly increased.

The study suggests that “Men who consume two or more sugary soft drinks a day have an 85% higher risk of gout compared with those who drink less than one a month“.

Apart from sweet drinks, researchers said that fruit juice and fructose rich fruits (apples and oranges) were associated with a higher risk. So, they are advising patients with gout to reduce intake of apples and oranges.Last year, it was reported that coffee drinking reduces risk of gout. So for sure, coffee should now be preferred over sugary soft drinks, but over fruit juice?

Desire : Reduce weight, prevent high blood, reduce cholesterol, relieve pain

Remedy : Kissing 3 times a day, 20 seconds each

A Russian newspaper quoted a scientific research saying that kissing can stablize heart artery behavior, prevent high blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and in the long run can result in weight loss. No details given.

The research also reported that during kissing, the massive saliva released in the mouth which is high in calcium and phosphorus can protect against tooth decay as well as reduce the probability of gum inflammation. I wonder who is cleaning who ?

On the other hand, kissing is good for facial beauty as passionate kissing exercises 30 muscles on the face, promotes blood circulation, thus resulting in smoother skin. Is that how those skin beauty equipments were simulating ?

Kissing relieve pain as the saliva contains pain relieving properties and the more passionate the kissing, the more saliva will be released. The researcher joked that if ever pain is unbearable, try kissing instead of pain killer medicine. Are the manufacturers of Panadol, Tylenol, Aspirin, etc. laughing away ?

For those who buy in this research, please share the result. For those who are not taking the chance on kissing or weight loss pills, try tea.

For those calories watcher, the annual temptation is around the corner. For those who are ignorant, read on.

Chinese New Year aka Lunar New Year is the time when Chinese will go nuts with all the cookies (nuts, seeds, beans, “love letters“, all kinds of drinks, beer, wine, bak-kua (sweet-salty barbeque meat), etc to indulge in during each visitation to relatives, friends and business associates, etc.

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I for one love peanuts, black melon seeds & broad beans with my beer much more than those expensive pistachio and cashew nuts. I don’t count calories. I like fried but hate oily food.

Now, I was kinda of shocked when told of how much oil these nuts contain. Eating 12 of my favorite peanuts (approx 20grams) will mean an intake of 110 calorie or 2.75 teaspoons of oil. So, that is why the peanut cooking oil in older days which was so fattening are finally replaced by alternatives such as sunflower cooking oil.

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From the information, the worst goodies to eat too much is probably the cashew nuts. Just 10 pieces (also approx 20 grams) of the cashew nuts and it will be equivalent to 2.85 teaspoons of oil or 115 calorie.

So what is the problem when each day men consumed from 1,500-4,000 total calories and the total for females varies from 900-2,500 ?

As long as we burn what we eat, we will maintain our weight but if we don’t burn off the excess calorie, we are likely to gain weight. 1,100 calorie a day for a week can gain 1kg of weight.

Are you likely to gobble up 1,100 extra calories easily during this Chinese New Year period ?

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Now, according to a nutritionist, to burn off 184 calories for a 60kg adult, it will need 30 minutes of swimming or 1 hour of walking. In other words, if one eats 20 cashew nuts and accumulate 230 calories, it will need more than half an hour to burn off.

For the nuts lovers, during your visitation, ask for oil-dissolving beverages such as green tea, roselle tea instead.