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Lung Cancer and Melanoma Awareness Campaign

A while ago I was asked by Heather Von St. James if I could help post a little info on a campaign she has started 11 years ago to gain awareness on Mesothelioma. It is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body’s internal organs known as mesothelium. The campaign is called, Lung Leavin’ Day. It’s an amazing story by such a strong survivor of such a rare type of cancer. Hey man, she had 1 of her lungs removed!!

I had recently attended a lung cancer and melanoma awareness workshop as cancer does run in my family. I figured that attending it would help educate me more about prevention and how to identify the signs and symptoms of cancer.

Lung cancer is one of the most common causes of death in the world and is estimated to be responsible for 1 in 5 deaths out of 1.59 MILLION deaths.. THAT’S MORE THAN 300,000 deaths!! In Malaysia alone, 4,404 lung cancer cases were recorded in 2012 with more than 80% leading to death.

Death is usually a taboo subject to talk about and so are diseases to be honest.. I mean, yes, people are aware of cancer.. they wear the pink ribbon, walk on for movember but are we really, REALLY aware of it? How often does one actually get checked?

To be honest, I’m pretty much a chicken when it comes to getting myself checked out but I try do it as often as possible and alhamdulillah, so far so good. There are so many things we need to do to get checked.. teeth, heart, physical health, breast cancer, colon cancer; the list goes on!!

What causes lung cancer?

Of course, many of us know that smoking is one of the leading risk factors for lung cancer and so is second hand smoking. Other risks include Radon (an odourless radioactive gas; second most frequent cause of death.), asbestos, inhaled chemicals, diesel exhaust, air pollution, radiation therapy to the lungs (eeeekkk), arsenic in drinking water and also family history. Yup! You can’t run away from those genetics.. ☹

In most lung cancer cases, symptoms usually only appear when the disease is already at an advanced stage and this makes early detection and timely treatment very very challenging. These symptoms include a worsening cough (or one that just won’t bloody go away), chest pain, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing up blood, feeling tired easily and even weight loss with no known causes (and no, that sort of weight loss is NOT GOOD!)

Now what about melanoma?

To be honest, I never knew about it till this workshop and I’m glad I do now coz I need to get myself checked for it. Melanoma is a type of cancer that is most often on the skin. It begins in the skin’s pigment producing cells. It can also develop on other parts of the body including the eyes, digestive tract, nails and also the mouth. Melanoma is the most serious forms of skin cancer.

In the US, melanoma is the 5th most common type of new cancer diagnosis in men and 7th in women. There was actually an estimated 9,710 people who would die of melanoma in 2014!! Acral lentiginous melanoma is the most common type of melanoma in Asians and in Malaysia, 62.5% of melanoma cases are usually detected in stage iii. That’s already a bit late for detection I’d say..

There are many risk factors that cause melanoma and despite the benefits of Vitamin D, the sun (!!!) is a major source of UV rays. Moles are also a risk factor to a person if they have irregular or large moles. Fair skin, family history (yep! Still can’t run!), immune suppression, age, gender and even a rare, inherited condition known as xeroderma pigmentosum are also contributing factors to melanoma.

Melanoma can occur anywhere on the body and develop in areas that are most exposed to the sun (see… I don’t wear a hijab for nothing.. LOL). But hey, jokes aside, it can also develop in covered areas like the soles of your feet, your palms and even under your fingernails!!

For screening and diagnosis, you could actually do a self-examination. Go get checked by a physician and as they’re doing the screening, you could ask him/her to show you how to self-screen and what to look out for! There’s actually this simple guide to help you out (and we also have google) it’s called the ‘ABCDE’ acronym which is based on

Asymmetry – One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other

Border – The edges are irregular, ragged, notched or blurred

Colour – The colour is not the same all over and may include shades of brown or black or sometimes even patches of pink, red, white or even blue!

Diameter – The spot is larger than 6 millimetres across (the size of a pencil eraser but they could even be smaller than that)

Everything – The mole is changing size, shape and colour

But…. The only way you can accurately diagnose melanoma is with a biopsy. This means that all or part of the mole or growth is removed and analysed.

That’s basically the low down on what I learnt the other day about these 2 forms of cancer..

But what if you are actually diagnosed with lung cancer, melanoma or any other type of cancer?? What are the things that can be done?

There are a few options of treatments that you could undergo if you are diagnosed.


Removal of the tumor and surrounding tissue during an operation. Surgery is the oldest type of cancer therapy.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses high-energy radiation to shrink tumors and kill cancer cells. X-rays, gamma rays, and charged particles are types of radiation used for cancer treatment.


Destroy cancer cells that may remain after treatment with surgery or radiation therapy. Kill cancer cells that have returned or spread to other parts of your body


A new treatment method that uses certain parts of a person’s immune system to fight cancer cells. This is done by stimulating the immune system to work hard or smarter to attack cancer cells and also by giving the immune system some extra components; such as man-made immune system proteins. (COOL HUH?!) This treatment basically targets the immune system and not the cancer itself.

There are a few treatments offered for immunotherapy

Monoclonal antibodies – man-made immune system proteins, which are antibodies designed to attack a specific part of a cancer cell.

Cancer Vaccines – substances introduced into the body to cause an immune response against certain diseases.

Non-specific immunotherapies – treatments that generally boost the immune system to help the body attack cancer cells. (I believe this one can be for anyone really).

Immunotherapy holds greater potential than existing conventional treatment approaches to fight cancer and increases long term survival. It helps improve quality of life with lesser side effects.

Target Therapy

The drugs known as targeted therapy help stop cancer from growing and spreading. They work by targeting specific genes or proteins. These genes and proteins are found in cancer cells or in cells related to cancer growth, like blood vessel cells. Doctors often use targeted therapy with chemotherapy and other treatments.

Hormone Therapy

This drug is not a selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM) – it acts like an anti-estrogen throughout the body. This treatment option is used to treat metastatic breast cancer.

It’s amazing how many different treatments there are to help us with treating such a devastating and common disease and it’s great to know that in this country, we have access to all of these here in Malaysia. Alhamdulillah.

So it’s time I get checked soon coz I’m getting old (damn.. I am…) and I actually do have some moles I’ve been told to get seen to and yes, cancer is in my family history too. But if you ever find the chance to go for regular check-ups, I suggest you do just that. Remember, prevention is better than cure!!

healthy snacks for kids

5 easy healthy snacks for kids

easy healthy snacks for kids

There’s always a case when someone is hungry while you’re in the middle of cooking or haven’t even started cooking. Here are 5 easy healthy snacks you can simply stick in an air-tight container in the fridge for times like these or to nibble on throughout the day.

1. Carrot and Celery Sticks
Most children like eating carrots and celery because of the crunch and also because they are sweet. Not only do they fill a little hole in the tummy, they are also super healthy! Make it interesting and pair them with some home-made hummus. 🙂

2. Fruits
Everyone loves fruits. Dice up some of your favourite fruits. Watermelon, melon, apples (drizzle with lemon so they don’t yellow), grapes, papaya, oranges. remember, if they are not still in it’s skin, they don’t last too long, so eat up! try making a fruit salad!

3. Raisins
Another healthy snack for the family. Not only for in the house, they can be kept everywhere for the “just in case I’m hungry” moments. Perfect for pack lunches too!

4. Yogurt
A must have for a healthy family especially if you have children. You could even get creative by buying plain yogurt and have your children help you create their own flavours too!

5. Cereal
Don’t give in to the chocolate, sugar coated cereals to make things easy. When you start your children young, they would be happy with practically any cereal you give them. Serve with milk and add some honey for sweetness or simply serve as it is so they can much on them. Adults like cereal just as much a children do too!


Good Night Bed Mites!!

Ok…. Big EEEWWWWW… To know that the average bed has about 10,000 mites and 2MILLIONS mite droppings is DISTURBING!! That alone has made me feel super grossed out to go to sleep at night!!



Dust mites are only 0.3-0.5mm small making it almost impossible to see with the naked eye. They love warm and humid environment making Malaysia one of the most perfect countries for mites to reside. Mites can breed and feed on dead skin cells AND can live up to 2 months!! A single mite can produce 20 droppings a day AND LAY 100 eggs in its life time. So imagine having 10,000 mites laying up to 100 eggs in the span of 2 MONTHS!!! Eeeewwwwww!!!! In a mere 3g of dust, there are about 4,000 dead mites!!


Mite feaces and droppings are strong allergens and can trigger allergies like asthma especially in children. As clean as we try to be especially when we have children, most times, it’s hard to get rid of mites as these little critters have clawed feet which grip onto bedding or fabrics when tried to be removed. We can always hoover and whack our beds, carpets and sofa’s as hard as we can but these little things just won’t budge.

Mites are known to cause allergies including asthma. Now that I know this, a little advice to parents whom want to reuse their old baby cots and mattresses, this would be one of the best ways to properly clean the usage of the past and allow new baby sleep on a old mattress with a brand new feel of CLEAN! Though I opted on getting a new mattress as it was WAY before the new SHARP invention was introduced.


SHARP had done so much research on finding the most effective way to eliminate mites by breeding more than 5,000 mites (eeewwww) and experimenting the best way to eliminate these harmful critters… The conclusion was that any normal vacuuming couldn’t do the trick hence, SHARP had invented the new Mite Catcher with Heat Cyclone! Heated air between 40-60 degrees is blown onto the bedding which forces the mites release their grip off the fabric are are the brushed out with the vibrating power brush with centrifugal separation cyclone that sucks the mites out. The vacuum then incinerates (muuuaaahhahaha!!) them in the cyclone and bye bye mites, hello clean bed…


The new SHARP Mite Catcher is a whole new innovation as it is the first of its kind. Seems to me that this could be better than a steam cleaner as steam cleaners may kill germs and mites, but they don’t really suck em out so good would they?

For more information on the all new Mite Catcher, check out these links!!


Malaysia Website:

Global website:

Official FB page:



HAZE – Protect You and your Baby


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The haze has been a huge problem for us over the years and it doesn’t seem to get better. Air pollutants can cause terrible health problems and affect our bodies especially babies and the elderly in numerous ways.

  • NOSE – when inhaling polluted air, particles and chemicals irritate the nose which causes the mucus to flush out these particles. The more mucus produced, our nasal passage ways becomes blocked and the nose swells. This reaction is more intense to those who have allergies.
  • AIRWAYS/LUNGS – The particles inhaled may inflame the airways as they travel down into the lungs causing the lungs to also be inflamed. The airways and lungs then produce phlegm to try get rid of these particles causing the airways to spasm to provoke a cough to discharge the particles and phlegm.
  • SKIN – Those whom suffer from eczema may find it very itchy and inflamed. Using moisturiser 3-4 times a day can help protect the skin.
  • EYES – These hazardous particles can cause burning sensations, irritate the eyes causing them to tear to lean itself and also inflames the eyes causing conjunctiva. During times like these, avoid wearing contact lenses. Use preservative-free lubricants every hour or so to remove allergens.
  • HEART – When the nose and airways are inflamed, the body reacts under pressure and the heart starts pumping faster. The body also releases chemicals which make blood clot more easily. High blood pressure and the formation of blood clots can cause a heat attack, stroke or heart failure

For babies who are in general good health, the effects of the haze are usually mild and can be treated pretty easily.

  • The haze may irritate baby’s nose, throat, airways, skin and eyes.
  • Some babies may develop skin rashes.
  • Your baby may experience sneezing, a runny nose, eye irritation, and dry throat and cough.

If your baby has a history of respiratory problems, sinusitis and/or skin allergies, she may be more vulnerable during the haze period. For example, if your baby has asthma, the symptoms may be more severe than usual.

In all cases, if air quality reaches critical levels, fine particles found in the haze can also penetrate deep into baby’s lungs.

Here are a few points on how to protect yourself and your children from the haze.

Stay indoors
The best thing you can do to protect your baby is to keep her at home. Keep all doors and windows shut. Many families in Malaysia have invested in air cleaners or purifiers to improve indoor air quality. Others use a humidifier to dampen down the particulates; the additional moisture can also help reduce respiratory irritation.

You could play some fun indoor games with your baby or toddler so you both wont get cabin fever.

Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to protect your baby’s health. As long as she’s breastfeeding, she’s getting your antibodies and your natural immunities. Breastfed babies generally have milder symptoms when it comes to the common ailments such as colds and flu.

You can still breastfeed even when you’re feeling generally unwell or have a fever, just remember to mask up just in case.

Don’t smoke and stay away from smokers
Make sure you keep your baby and yourself well away from smokers. If you or your husband are smokers, there’s no time like the present to quit.

Practise good hygiene
Make sure everyone washes their hands and faces as soon as they step indoors. You may even want to change baby’s clothes or even give her a bath.

Now that the preventions have been summed out, we can never be too careful and at times, our children will be affected by the haze. Here are a few guidelines to treat health problems caused or made worse by the haze.

Mild sneezing, runny nose, dry throat and dry cough
Children under a year old should not be given cold or cough medication. Always check with your family doctor or paediatrician to find out what is suitable for your baby, according to his age and weight.
Ensure your baby gets plenty of rest and liquids, including breastmilk or formula, water, soups and juices.
Increase the amount of vitamin C-rich fresh fruit and vegetable juices gets. If you are breastfeeding, increase your intake of these foods, and your baby will benefit.
If he develops a fever, give him paracetamol suspension under a doctor’s direction.

Breathlessness or asthma
Asthma in most children is a reaction to a trigger, and the haze is always a likely suspect. The haze can make asthma worse, so if your baby is wheezing or breathless, consult your doctor immediately.

Eye irritation
Apply a few drops of saline solution (available at most pharmacies) to help relieve irritation. Some mothers believe that a few drops of breastmilk are just as effective.

These tips can help you and your older children stay more comfortable during the haze.

  • If you or your husband, or older children wear contact lenses, stop wearing them and go back to using glasses for a while until the haze subsides.
  • Symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, dry throat and cough can be relieved with cold tablets or cough mixture. You can buy them at major pharmacies, but always consult your family doctor or paediatrician before giving medicine to your children.
  • When the Air Pollution Index exceeds 150 (in the “Unhealthy” range), wear a mask. Masks that are certified grade N95 are able to keep out fine particulate matter. Change your mask when it becomes soiled or distorted. Standard surgical masks do not provide enough protection from haze particles. Those with respiratory ailments should consult their doctor before using a respirator mask.

Dengue Fever

I had recently lost a friend who was battling dengue and it seemed only natural that I write about it.

Of course like all my other articles, I research information (or just copy and paste.. heh) and also ask from doctor friends for medical advice. This write up, however, comes from the heart. Many of the articles here are posted just after something happens to me, my girls, people I know, when i’m asked questions or seek advice and/or when situations become a topic of discussion. Posts are written to bring up awareness to the public on how serious (or not serious) they can be.

When it comes to viruses and sickness, we always think that it would never happen to us until it actually happens. Personally, I have always been the type who opts for natural remedies before seeking medical help and I will still do so but when it comes to more serious illnesses, I will be sure to see a professional.


Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with symptoms such as headache, fever, exhaustion, severe muscle and joint pain, swollen glands (lymphadenopathy), and rash. The presence (the “dengue triad”) of fever, rash, and headache (and other pains) is particularly characteristic of dengue. Other signs of dengue fever include bleeding gums, severe pain behind the eyes, and red palms and soles.

Dengue (pronounced deng-gay) strikes people with low levels of immunity. Because it is caused by one of four serotypes of virus, it is possible to get dengue fever multiple times. However, an attack of dengue produces immunity for a lifetime to that particular serotype to which the patient was exposed.

Victims of dengue often have contortions due to the intense joint and muscle pain, hence the name breakbone fever.

Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a more severe form of the viral illness. Manifestations include headache, fever, rash, and evidence of hemorrhage in the body. Petechiae (small red or purple blisters under the skin), bleeding in the nose or gums, black stools, or easy bruising are all possible signs of hemorrhage. This form of dengue fever can be life-threatening and can progress to the most severe form of the illness, dengue shock syndrome.


Many people, especially children and teens, may experience no signs or symptoms during a mild case of dengue fever. When symptoms do occur, they usually begin four to 10 days after you are bitten by an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of dengue fever most commonly include:

  • Fever, as high as 106 F (41 C)
  • Headaches
  • Muscle, bone and joint pain
  • Pain behind your eyes

You might also experience:

  • Widespread rash
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rarely, minor bleeding from your gums or nose

Most people recover within a week or so. In some cases, symptoms worsen and can become life-threatening. Blood vessels often become damaged and leaky. And the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your bloodstream drops. This can cause:

  • Bleeding from your nose and mouth
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Bleeding under the skin, which might look like bruising
  • Problems with your lungs, liver and heart

Factors that put you at greater risk of developing dengue fever or a more severe form of the disease include:

  • Living or traveling in tropical areas. Being in tropical and subtropical areas increases your risk of exposure to the virus that causes dengue fever. Especially high-risk areas are Southeast Asia, the western Pacific islands, Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Prior infection with a dengue fever virus. Previous infection with a dengue fever virus increases your risk of having severe symptoms if you’re infected again.

If severe, dengue fever can damage the lungs, liver or heart. Blood pressure can drop to dangerous levels, causing shock and, in some cases, death.

Diagnosing dengue fever can be difficult, because its signs and symptoms can be easily confused with those of other diseases — such as malaria, leptospirosis and typhoid fever.

Your doctor will likely ask about your medical and travel history. Be sure to describe international trips in detail, including the countries you visited and the dates, as well as any contact you may have had with mosquitoes.

Certain laboratory tests can detect evidence of the dengue viruses, but test results usually come back too late to help direct treatment decisions

No specific treatment for dengue fever exists. Your doctor may recommend that you drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration from vomiting and high fever. Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can alleviate pain and reduce fever. Avoid pain relievers that can increase bleeding complications — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve, others).

If you have severe dengue fever, you may need:

  • Supportive care in a hospital
  • Intravenous (IV) fluid and electrolyte replacement
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Transfusion to replace blood loss


Rest in peace dear friend. May you be placed amongst the righteous in the hereafter. #syarified


Natural Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Being overweight can affect one’s self esteem, it is also harmful to one’s health. The extra fat in your body can make you prone to diseases easily. High blood pressure, diabetes and heart attack are few examples from the list of diseases. Obesity or being overweight is caused due to boredom, depression, anger, lack of exercise, lack of rest, incorrect lifestyle, improper diet and hypothyroidism. Try these natural remedies to lose weight.


Natural Home Remedies for Weight Loss

Honey and Ginger Juice:

Combining honey and ginger is excellent for weight loss. Drinking this mixture twice a day will help you to reduce your weight.


  • 3 tbsp Honey
  • 2 tbsp Ginger


Extract juice from ginger and add 2 tbsp in a bowl. Add 3 table spoons of honey to juice. Mix it well and drink twice a day. Notice the change in your body in just one month.

Honey and Cinnamon:

The benefits of honey and cinnamon are endless. Though honey adds a great taste it has a healthy glycemic index, hence it doesn’t get absorbed into the body all at once like sugar. Cinnamon is great to stabilize high blood pressure and improves the function of insulin. Hence, you lose weight.


  • Honey 1 tbsp
  • Cinnamon 1 tbsp


Boil cinnamon in water for 15 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool. Add honey to the water and drink this mixture every day. Honey will lose its enzymes if added to hot water, so mix honey to the cinnamon water once cooled.

Lemon, Honey and Black Pepper:

Lemon and honey is a famous combination used to lose weight. Adding black pepper doesn’t just give it a better taste but also boosts your energy and makes your body feel light.


  • Luke warm water-1 Glass
  • Honey – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 4 tbsp


Take a glass with luke warm water. Add 1 tsp of honey, 1tsp of black pepper. Add 4 tbsp of lemon juice and mix well. Drink everyday in the morning to gain a noticeable change.

Jujube or Indian Plum Leaves:

These leaves are said to cut down fat in the body. Take a handful of Indian plum leaves or jujube leaves and soak it in water overnight. Remove the water in the morning and eat these leaves on an empty stomach. It will take a month’s time to observe the results.

Apple Cider Vinegar Water:

While water is good to flush out extra toxins from the body, apple cider vinegar helps in boosting the metabolism. Lemon juice will help make the taste of vinegar drinkable. Try this mixture to notice the change in your body.


  • Water – 1 bottle
  • Apple cider vinegar – 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp


Add a tea spoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to the mixture and drink at least once a day. You will surely see good results.

Peppermint Remedy:

Peppermint which comes from the mint family stimulates the flow of digestive juices and relaxes the muscles of the digestive system. It calms to improve digestion in the stomach. Try consume peppermints daily to promote healthy digestion.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Vinegar as it is has a sour taste to it, if consumed by itself, it gives a burning sensation in the stomach. However apple cider vinegar remedy is recommended by every diet specialist. Consuming a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every day before going to sleep is good to lose weight. The tartaric acid present in vinegar will burn body fat while you sleep.


One of the most recommended home remedies to losing weight is the consumption of cabbage. The tartaric acid present in cabbage does not allow sugar and carbohydrates to be converted into fat. It is very good for losing weight. It is a rich source of vitamin C and A and works well to prevent heart disease and cancer.

Cucumber Remedy:

Cucumber contains 90% of water and just 13.25 calories. It is an effective and famous home remedy to cut down fat cells and excess body fluids. Cucumber has vitamins A, C and E that eliminate the toxins from the body. Consuming cucumber also gives you energy and makes your body feel light and energetic. Try consuming lots of cucumber daily.



Using the above remedies will cut down fat in your body and help you gain satisfying results. Along with the mentioned remedies try to add 30 minutes of exercise to your daily routine. Try to reduce your calorie intake and drink as much water as much as possible.

It is very important to love yourself, try not to stress out too much on being overweight. Be a little conscious while making decisions related to food. Losing weight bit by bit is much healthier than trying to lose it all at once. Be happy, stay fit and enjoy being healthy by using the home remedies for weight loss.


Eco-Friendly Cleaning – Garbage Enzymes

When it comes to cleaning a home with children, we always want the best yet safest products. When it comes to good, toxic free and eco-friendly products, it’s always the price which turns us off a bit. Saving the environment is just so expensive!

What if I told you that YOU could make YOUR OWN eco-friendly, toxic free cleaner? It’s honestly really simple. Not only is it good for cleaning, it can also be used for gardening AND it helps with reducing global warming!! How perfect it that? You get 100% toxic free cleaner which fertilizes your plants and helps save the world. Hero? For sure!

Here’s how you do it with just 4 things

An air tight container
one cup if sugar or molasses
one cup if sugar or molasses
3 cups of organic waste (no meat)
3 cups of organic waste (no meat)
10 cups of water
10 cups of water

mix all of these together and put into the container.

For instance, add 100gs of sugar with 300gs of fruit skins, pour in 1ltr of water and mix well in a plastic bottle and cap tightly. Keep in a cool dry place at room temperature. Release the gases formed once a day for the first month. Make sure it is re-capped tightly each time after the gas is released. For the 2nd and 3rd month, only release any gases if necessary. There may be times when there is a white layer on the surface of the enzyme solution during fermentation. Should worms/maggots appear in your enzyme solution, don’t freak out, this is normal. Just add a handful of sugar, mix well and cap tightly. The maggots will disappear overnight!

Fermentation process will take 3 months. after filtering and removing the residue, garbage enzyme is then obtained. The residue can the be use for either a new batch of production by adding fresh organic waste following the direction as above or you can dry the residue, blend it then bury it in the ground as fertilizer.

Garbage enzyme has many great uses for the environment, agriculturally and van even be used in homes!

For agriculture, garbage enzyme is used:

-to reduce the usage of chemial fertilizers
-to keep a farm free from insects and infections
-a soil fertilizer for growing vegetables
-a natural pesticide and herbicide
-to convert sandy land to fertile farm land
-to keep the air cool and clean in the farm atmosphere

In homes, garbage enzyme is used:

-as a household cleaning agent
-to remove foul odours, molds and grime in the kitchen and toilet
-as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent
-to drive away insects
-to clean carpets and remove ticks
-for laundry washing and ironing
-for mopping floors
-for cleaning cars

global warming can be reduced tremendously by using garbage enzymes if every household produces and uses enzymes. Together, we an make a difference!


HFMD – Hand Foot and Mouth desease

School is back in and it’s time for us parents to be a bit cautious on common epidemics that occur in schools mainly for the younger children.

HFM desease

Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) a common, highly contagious viral illness. This disease is typically named after the breakout of sores and rashes which occur on the hands, feet and in the mouth. HFMD often occurs in children under 10 yeaThe virus can be transmitted from person to person via direct contact with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool of infected persons. The virus may continue to be excreted in the stools of infected persons up till 1 month.

Signs and symptoms of HFMD normally appear 3-6 days after exposure to the virus. A person is most contagious during the first week of the illness. Common symptoms include fever, tiredness, loss of appetite, sores/ulcers in the mouth, rashes with blisters and general discomfort and irritability. The rashes caused by HFMD are rarely itchy for children however, if adults are infected, it can cause serious itchiness. Blisters on the other hand can be extremely painful. A baby with HFMD may not want to breastfeed or eat because of the sores in her mouth.

rashes on palms of the hands

Rashes on the soles of feet

Although you may just have to wait out the seven to 14 days it typically takes for the HFMD to subside as no antiviral treatment or vaccine is currently available for HFMD, you can make your baby more comfortable. Dehydration very important apart from body temperature monitoring because the mouth sores may make it difficult and painful for children to eat and drink.

  • Give your child paracetamol suspension, under your doctor’s recommendation.
  • Dress your child in light, thin clothing
  • Do tepid sponging with water (room temperature) as often as necessary
  • Expose your child under the fan.
  • Teething gel may relieve your baby’s pain.
  • Keep offering breastmilk or formula, or water and diluted juice for an older baby. A toddler may enjoy an ice-lolly, which will provide fluids and soothe the sores.
Specific prevention for HFMD or other non-polio enterovirus infections is not available, but the risk of infection can be lowered by good hygienic practices. Preventive measures include:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after diaper changes, after using toilet and before preparing food
  • Maintain cleanliness of house, child care center, kindergartens or schools and its surrounding
  • Proper cleaning of shared utensils
  • Clean contaminated surfaces and soiled items with soap and water, and then disinfecting them with diluted solution of chlorine-containing bleach (10% concentration)
  • Avoid direct contact with infected individuals (including keeping infected children home from school)
  • Parents are advised not to bring young children to crowded public places such as shopping centers, cinemas, swimming pools, markets or bus stations
  • Bring your child to the nearest clinic if they show signs and symptoms. Refrain from sending them to child care centers, kindergartens or schools.
  • Avoid close contact (kissing, hugging, sharing utensils, etc.) with children who are infected with HFMD to reduce of the risk of infection.

Wio Power Plate Hub and Zac & Zibbo

Mothers always find it difficult to find time to workout and get back into their pre-pregnancy clothes due to work and child caring at home. All that can change now as Citta Mall inAra Damansara homes the countries biggest Power Plate Studio, WiO Power Plate Hub and first specialized gym for kids Zac & Zibbo.

Power plate fitness has been a huge hype lately and is well practiced by athletes and celebrities across the world as well as Malaysia. With just two sessions per week, Power Plate® effectively identifies and helps you tone up, lose weight and reduce cellulite. Its so easy (well, not really)! With just a few short sessions each week, you can soon see and feel the benefits.

wio power plat hub

At WiO, your workout is meticulously designed to be an all-encompassing experience. Furnished with class and sophistication, WiO offers the latest in Power Plate® technology via the immense Pro 7 that comes with effective build-in training programs.

Apart from being the largest Power Plate® hub in town, WiO also provides other value-added facilities such as Freemotion ™ RAPIDfit workout, an exclusive VIP Area and a first-of-its-kind Kids’ Gym in Malaysia which is just next door!!

There was a time when we could take our bikes to the parks and walk to the nearby shops without adult supervision, all that has changed now. Neighbourhoods are no longer as safe as they use to be. Parents afraid of their kids getting sun burnt and hurt playing in the parks and on the streets has made indoor play places a huge hit.

zac & zibbo

With WiO Power Plate Hub and Zac & Zibbo being conveniently next door to each other, there could be nothing more a busy mummy could ask for. You can now sync your schedule of busting that fat with your childs play time.

With a full line of latest kids machines, top quality and state of the art cardio equipment and elite personal trainers as well as fun, entertaining, innovative and most effective individual or group exercise classes. Zac & Zibbo’s  innovative concept combines resistance circuit training, cardio activities and gymnastic classes which is designed to allow kids between the ages of 2 years to 12 years to exercise in a well fitted playground, where they can move freely, with games and stimuli that help them to develop his or her motor performance

Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, who launched the opening of the two outlets, said he was pleased with the concept.

“I believe fitness should be instilled in the young from the very beginning. This idea resonates with the Sports Ministry’s Fit Malaysia movement launched recently,”

The kids will enjoy unique and exciting new ways to improve their health, appearance, and developing lifetime healthy habits and lifestyle changes.

WiO and Zac & Zibbo executive director Datuk Malek Noor said both fitness outlets were intended to provide the complete package for patrons in line with its tagline “Your Family Wellness Centre”.

The former national bodybuilder assured that the quality of the equipment, delivered by Universal Fitness and Leisure, is certified to be safe and designed to the highest standards.





Head Lice – Treatment and Prevention

Spotting a tiny little white thing on your child’s hair is enough to make a parent freak out. There is no need to panic. Head lice may be icky but they don’t usually cause any serious diseases.

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that cling onto the scalp and neck and feed on human blood. A louse is basically the size of a sesame seed and could be difficult to spot although you can still spot them with the naked eye. Lice eggs (nits), however are glued onto the hairs close to the scalp and are slightly harder to see.

head lice

Head lice are most common in young children who go to day care, preschool, or elementary school. Children this age often play very closely together, have more hair-to-hair contact, and they may also share brushes, hats, hair clips, and other things kids normally do. Adults who live with children also have a risk of getting head lice.

Lice usually spreads via direct head-to-head contact that allows the pests to crawl from one person’s hair into another. Lice can also survive for a short period on clothing or other personal items, so a shared hairbrush can help a louse find a new home (head) in no time. Lice cannot jump or fly from one person to another.

Head lice can be white, brown, or dark gray. They are most often found in the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears. The nits are oval dandruff like specks which are tightly glued to hairs near the scalp. If you try to slide the nits off with your fingers, they won’t budge.

Spotting a live louse or nymph (a young louse) is often the only sign of an infestation. Seeing nits alone can’t confirm an infestation. In many children, head lice don’t cause any discomfort. When symptoms do happen, the most common problem is itching and that could start only weeks or even months after the lice actually move in.

The itching from lice is caused by an allergic reaction to the bug bites. A lot of scratching may lead to sores or raw skin on the scalp. It’s not common, but sores from scratching could actually become infected. Call a doctor as soon as the skin becomes red, swollen, or painful; or the lymph nodes in the neck become tender. These may be signs of a skin infection.

Head lice will not go away on their own. If you suspect your child has an infestation, there are several steps you should take right away. Call your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Notify your child’s day care or school so other students can be checked. Examine all other members of the household for signs of lice. Finally, treat everyone who’s infected at the same time to prevent it from reoccurring in the near future.

You can find lice-killing treatments over the counter which are made from extracts of chrysanthemums or a synthetic version that is similar. They are considered safe, but they may not be recommended for young children. These products kill live lice but not nits. Follow instructions on the label carefully for how long the medication should be left on the hair and how it should be washed off. A second treatment may be needed 9 to 10 days later. If two treatments don’t do the job, see your doctor for stronger medication.

Ridding Your Home of Lice

Although lice don’t survive long on bedding, it’s best to wash the sheets of anyone being treated for lice. Clothing worn in the past 48 hours should also be washed in hot water. While parents are sometimes told to clean and quarantine all of a child’s stuffed animals, experts say this is not necessary. If your child sleeps with a favorite plush toy, put it in a hot dryer for 20 minutes. That should kill any creepy-crawlies.

Unlike fleas and ticks, which can live off the host,  head lice must live on its host to survive. Therefore there is very little benefit in spraying buildings or subjecting children’s environments to the other remedial treatments.

Parents want to take immediate action for the lice problems their children bring home. Unfortunately, many often think their homes to have lice rather than the children. The truth of the matter is that the majority of head lice transmissions occur through person-to-person contact. Spraying the environment or hiring extermination services for head lice eradication is unwarranted, and can also pose potential health threats.

Fine-Toothed Combs

The famous kutu-comb! Fine-toothed combs are another way to get rid of lice. This comb has teeth fine enough to pull out lice and their nits. It worked for the ancient Egyptians — nit combs have been found in their tombs. The drawback is that it takes a very long time and patience (for both the comber and the child) to comb every last nit out of a child’s hair. It may be more effective to comb the hair after treating with a medicated shampoo to get rid of any stragglers. If your child is 2 years old or younger, you should not use medicated lice treatments. You’ll need to remove the nits and lice by hand.

Head Lice Myths

Head lice are not a scourge of the lower classes, nor a sign of poor hygiene. They affect children across all levels of income, social class, and cleanliness. The bugs can survive underwater for up to 6 hours, so kids who bathe regularly are just as vulnerable. The good news is lice don’t carry diseases.

Head Lice at School

If your child is infested with lice, it is best to inform your child’s school immediately so parents can check their children and take appropriate measures.  After treatment, dead eggs may remain in a child’s hair until they are removed. Some schools have a “no nits” policy, meaning the eggs must be removed before the child returns to class.

School administrators should not consider spraying lockers or coat racks, but rather should adopt a sanitary strategy for the short term storage of hats and coats. In the home, parents should be more focused on thorough nits removal than with unnecessary housework or bagging. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals and cars. Placing items like bed sheets in a dryer for ½ hour on high heat is just as effective as washing them. Additionally, parents need only be concerned about items and surfaces that have had recent contact with affected individuals.

Guarding Against Head Lice

If you have young children, there’s unfortunately very little you can do to ward off head lice. Children will be children, and when they put their heads together or share hair bows, lice get a free ticket to ride. Your best defense is to examine your child’s hair and scalp regularly so you can catch an infestation early. Quick treatment will help prevent the bugs from spreading to the rest of the family.

No matter how long the problem lasts, be sure to remind your child that although having lice can certainly be very embarrassing, anyone can get them. It’s important for kids to understand that they haven’t done anything wrong and that having lice doesn’t make them dirty. And reassure them that as frustrating as getting rid of the lice can be, there is light at the end of the tunnel.