Friday, February 29, 2008


Interesting article I received via email, thought I would share this....

Why women in China do not get breast cancer...because they do not take dairy on..

By Prof. Jane Plant, PhD, CBE­

"Why I believe that giving up milk is the key to beating breast cancer..."
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.

Extracted from Your Life in Your Hands, by Professor Jane Plant

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

Natural Healing Foods

by Sivakumar Kumaresan, PhD (Universiti Malaysia Sabah)

Ghee is produced from cow milk where curdled milk is turned into butter and purified by removing the water content within butter. It is a saturated short chain fat which is easy digested and helps build tissue as the building body tissues requires healthy lipids and amino acids. Contrary to popular perception, short chain saturated fats are healthy for the body and help lubricate the joints in the body as well as moisturize the skin. A scientific study has shown that Ghee can help reduce the levels of Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is associated with heart disease. It is also able to withstand high heat and will not turn into trans-fatty acids which are linked to cancer and other health problems.

Ghee is an excellent source of healthy cholesterol which is part of the estrogen producing cycle. Thus a constant supply of Ghee ensures that women will have a healthy estrogen cycle and have attractive figures. Ghee also has an adaptive property in which it increases the body's digestive fire (agni in Sanskrit) significantly while cooling the body overall. It also prevents constipation and toxicity buildup by lubricating the colon which also enhances digestion.

Ghee is used as a carrier for herbs as it can dilute the fat soluble essences of the preparations. It also increases the virility of the body by replenishing the essence (ojas in Sanskirt, jing in Mandarin) fluids in the body such as sperm and ova, thus can be used in fertility and impotence treatments.

Dr. Raajen Coopan, the Founder President of the South African Ayurvedic Medicine Association (SAAMA), write that Ghee consumption can control the bodies tendency to overproduce cholesterol. In addition, he notes that it increases the body’s digestive fire and ability to metabolize cholesterol.

*The above came with the purchase of a brand of GHEE recommended by DH's sinsei. Please be informed that we are now consuming a pip of garlic with a teaspoon of ghee followed by extra warm water every morning before food.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sewing Class!

We had a wonderful 2 day session with Tini! And mom and daugher came away with a set (or rather sepasang?) baju kurung traditional each! Tini found a light purple piece of fabric for my sister! While Yatie is now a happy owner of a light coral pink/peach baju!

We came away from the session not only taught to cut and sew the baju but also learnt beading! 2 simple beading patterns and 3 types of traditional stitcheries for finishing the baju kurung neckline!

And of course there was home cooked dishes by Tini and her mother!

1st day started at 11am cos I was stuck in the traffic which started after mid-valley and leading up to the bridge going to Kelana Jaya - 1&1/2 hours! Then got lost abit going to Tini's place!

1st day's lesson was:
1. Two types of hemming stitches
2. Three types of neckline finishing stitches, traditional
3. Two beading patterns
4. Learning to use the sewing machine
5. Sewing a pin cushion
6. Learning to take body measurements
7. Drafting the paper pattern
8. Piecing the paper pattern onto fabric, marking and cutting the fabric

2nd Day's lesson was:
1. Learning to use the serger
2. Step by step instruction on sewing of garment

This was my eldest gurl's first attempt at sewing a garment but she managed to finish it at the end of the 2-day session! Well all that is left to be done are hemming at the sleeves and the tunic! And of course beading! Then they are truly complete.

It was a great refresher course for me but I learnt a couple of new elements of sewing! And finally beading!

Thank Q very much Tini for a wonderful session. Ladies, Tini's baju kurung traditional course is worth the fee spent. Aside from the bonding session, I came away from it ready to start sewing ... again!

BTW Tini provided each participant with a full kit of:

a. Measuring tape
b. Fabric scissors
c. Dressmaker's pencil (blue/red)
d. Thread cutter
e. Metal roller/marker
f. Sewing needles
g. Pearl head pins
h. Tailor's chalk
i. Seam ripper
j. 2 types of drafting rulers
k. Packet of colored tracing papers
l. Notes in paper file
m. And stitcher's wallet/housewife to keep all the tools (made by Tini!)for the 1st ten participants only!

You can see Tini's ad for the sewing class here:

Fabrics cut and ready for sewing:

Getting ready to cut out the neckline piece:

Shoulder pads, zips and hooks all laid out by Tini!

Yatie's baju top:

Yatie with my piece:

Three type of traditional finishes for the neckline:

Beading done by Tini:

A Gift From The Teacher:


Yummy lunch ~ Loved That Ikan Bilis Sambal!

Friday, February 15, 2008

All About Valentine!

Arent they cute?

And the Love bird is a surprise gift from Angie Tan!

Usha's SVE to moi!
The theme was Mickey Mouse! There were Hearts Galore! And the woven hearts are lovely and Usha sent loads of purple craft stuff too! Thanks a Bunch!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Tim Sum!

On a recent rare Sunday spent with DH. We went for a Tim Sum brunch at our favorite hotel, The Park Royal of Kuala Lumpur.

The new lunar year for the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Rat. There is a mightly sample of that in the lobby!

The Si Chuan Dou Hua Restaurant serves Sichuan cuisine which is hot and spicy.

We had our usual Eight Treasures Tea:

Fried Radish Cake:

Spicy Tan Tan Noodles:

Stewed Chicken Feet:

Steamed Char Siew Pau:

Steamed Fish Dumplings:

Fried Fish Paste with Prawns Spring Rolls:

Mmmph, my favoriate ~ Fried Stuffed Yam Balls: