Health

Medical Matters – and Malaysian fake news legislation repeal (Countdown: 5)

Over the years I have visited medical clinics in many countries, pretty well every time for nothing serious, and with, from memory, two exceptions, I have been treated well and there was no attempt to trick me into anything. One exception was a doctor in London, and one in Penang, about which I believe I have already written. In both of these cases the doctorsy wanted me to undertake expensive, but unnecessary procedures.  Getting second and third opinions was an important step in avoiding such problems.

However, my opinions and experience differ greatly from what is expounded by the controlled corporate media, and from what many doctors will say if you ask them.  Doctors must have a licence, issued by the medical establishment, to practice, and that means they are controlled to an extent by this establishment.  The more student, and other debt they hold, presumably, the more they must tow the line with this establishment, for fear of losing their licence and thus being unable to earn a living.

I don’t know the history of the medical establishment in Malaysia, but from memory, the American one was set up by, or in collusion with the Rockefellers, whose business was selling oil.  So allopathic medicine, including medicines based on petroleum and other synthetic substances, and surgery – which also uses such substances – has been the basic treatment.

I have been fortunate, in that many doctors have told me more or less that they can give me, for example, antibiotics or some other medicine if I want, but that it’s not necessary. They’ve left it up to me to choose the healthy way.  Over the years, by trial and error, trying out different “traditional”, as opposed to allopathic, treatments, I have gradually learnt better ways to look after myself and solve medical problems without medicines.  In a year I rarely would take more than two ibuprofen tablets.  And that’s it. So far this year I’ve had one, after I got a great number of itchy bites from swimming in the wrong spot.

One source of more natural, less or non-invasive health treatments has been the podcasts of Dr. Jennifer Daniels:

http://vitalitycapsules.com/truth-files

She has many podcasts you can download, plus she has a free report you can download.  She tends to cover one topic during the podcast, and thereafter for the rest of the podcast answer questions from her audience on a chat line on anything medical.  Thus, if the topic doesn’t interest you, you can skip to the questions.

She was a practicing physician in the United States, but the American medical establishment, it appears, objected to her non-allopathic practices with patients so her licence was suspended and she was placed on a “do not employ” list and the terrorist list.  This destroyed her life and impoverished her. She then left the United States and started over in Panama ten years ago, but now she’s under attack again, and has been put on an international known terrorist list.  For basically quoting and analysing the establishment medical research, and suggesting alternative safe treatments.  Her bank accounts have been shut down.  Interpol at work.  There has been no crime committed, there have been no charges, no arrest, no trial, no conviction. This is the cost to her of spreading information.

I don’t know how much longer her information will be available.  So I suggest you download as many of her podcasts as you want, while you still can.  So far I haven’t found this week’s podcast – maybe she has already been silenced.  Or maybe it hasn’t yet been uploaded.

Naturally I don’t, of course agree with absolutely everything she says.  For example, she had a bad experience with Ayurveda in India, whereas my Ayurveda experience (from Sri Lanka)  has been very good. But it’s good to listen to different opinions and judge, and experiment (if you wish) for yourself.

She request her listeners to spread the knowledge she provides as this will make it harder to hide it, and harder to sustain an attack on her.

And as for the Malaysian fake news legislation – will it be repealed on not?  I don’t hear much about this, but found this snippet a week ago, “The Anti-Fake News Act, officially gazetted in April, will be abolished, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo today.”  As his portfolio is the media, this should hold some weight. Lim Guan Eng, former Penang Chief Minister and now Federal Finance Minister has also expressed a similar opinion, I’ve read.

So, I’m optimistic.

 

UPDATE – Evening of 28/05/2018

This article states that the move to repeal this legislation is expected to be brought to Parliament during its first meeting on June 25, according to the minister mentioned above.

It’s looking positive!

Current podcasts – 2018

I like to listen to podcasts while doing something else – gardening, cooking, exercising.  I cover a number of topics – politics, technology, films, health, current affairs, history, German etc. Here are most of the podcasts I currently keep up with – but I don’t listen to any particular podcast if the topic doesn’t interest me. They are very loosely separated into categories:

 

FILM & REVIEWS

The Dusty Den – book and film reviews – only broadcast occasionally

http://www.empireonline.com/podcast/ – film and TV reviews from the UK, but covers US too

 

GERMAN

Langsam Gesprochene Nachrichten – Deutsche Welle – http://www.dw.de/deutsch-lernen/nachrichten/s-8030 – comes with the script so you can read along

Was heißt das auf Deutsch – songs with English lyrics translated to German

DeutschTop-Thema – various themes in German, covered in two or three minutes

Germanpod101.com – short teaching podcasts

News des Nachrichtens – from Berlin about Germany but in English – I met the podcaster in Berlin once

Radio Spaetkauf – from and about Berlin but in English – http://www.radiospaetkauf.com/ – I once attended the live podcast in Berlin

Slow German – every couple of weeks or so, covering one theme for a few minutes

 

HEALTH

Healing with Jennifer Daniels – now on Republic Broadcasting

Kick it Naturally – natural approaches to solving health problems

 

HISTORY

The Dangerous History Podcast – fantastic history podcast – but much is US based

http://www.spingola.com/SpingolaSpecials.html – long running political, health, history etc. podcast

http://spingolaspeaks.wordpress.com/

 

IT

Gadget Lab podcast – from Wired Magazine US

http://www.wired.co.uk/podcast – from Wired Magazine UK

http://podcast.pcpro.co.uk/ – from PC Pro magazine – UK

Reply All – US – idiosyncratic topics – sometimes really interesting, sometimes I skip it

 

JAPANESE

News in Slow Japanese – and full speed, too – a few minutes on a specific topic

Disrupting Japan – in English – Tokyo based, in English, talking to start-ups

 

POLITICS & NEWS

http://www.corbettreport.com/?i=Interviews – Japan based, excellently researched politics, news, history

NovaraFM – far left UK broadcasts, but some more moderate coverage, too

Project censored – another mostly left wing leading podcast, that advocates no censorship

Free Man beyond the Wall – right oriented freedom podcast

Liberty Weekly Podcast  – right oriented freedom podcast

Brexit Central – mainly anti-Brexit

Brexit Podcast – pro-Brexit

http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/podcast.php – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.blacklistedradio.com/ –  – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.sovereignman.com/category/podcast/ – right oriented freedom podcast

http://www.redicecreations.com/radio/nonsubscriber.phphttp://www.redicecreations.com/radio3fourteen/ – right oriented podcast

http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/category/radio-archives/ – right oriented freedom podcast

Democracy Now – far left extremists – yesterday they were pushing marxism. Best are interviews with musicians, which they occasionally have.

 

SPANISH

SBS en español – from Australia, short podcasts on various topics

Radio Nacional de España – Nómadas – http://www.listenradios.com/en/radio-nacional-de-espana/

News in Slow Spanish – weekly or so

Duolingual Podcast – a series of podcasts in both English and Spanish

 

SPIRITUAL

Eschaton – eclectic, but interesting

The Mind Renewed – from the UK, sometimes also political or religious

http://www.21stcenturyradio.com/audioarchives/2018/index.html – from Baltimore, sometimes ecological, music…

http://www.thecrowhouse.com/radio.html – from Australia – politics, too

Touch Veggie Delight – vegetarian restaurant

I dined here much earlier in the year, but am finally writing about it.

While I don’t understand the concept of eating “vegetarian chicken” – as you may just as well eat chicken, or recognise you are eating soy, they have plenty of dishes that don’t pretend to be something other than what they are.  I saw an advertisement that states that there is no MSG, and I am pleased about this and that awareness of the toxicity of MSG is spreading.

It’s bright and clean inside.  I went with a group, and we all enjoyed our food.

Details are:

68-1-1 Sunrise at Gurney, Persiaran Gurney, George Town, Penang, 10250 – you can park (using a voucher) on Gurney Drive.
+60 4-217 0158
http://www.touchfancydelight.com
Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

night view from outside

menu

menu

menu

inside

inside

my meal

I just lost 10KG!

I just lost 10KG

Well, a few disclaimers.  “just” means over the last few months. And 10 KG is my goal – so far I am down 9KG, but almost at 10KG.  And my waist is down 7cm.

Weight loss and maintenance seems to be a very individual thing, and also to vary according to periods of one’s life.  So I am simply going to write what worked for me at this time.  It may or may not be effective for anyone else.

To compare my weight and waist size I weigh myself when I get up in the morning.  My weight usually varies during the day between less than this figure to more – with a  2 – 3 KG range.  This is water.  I typically drink quite a lot of water, and  this can easily add 2KG to one’s weight.  Climbing Penang Hill while it’s still cool will reduce weight measurement by perhaps 2KG, even when drinking water while climbing.

I started the year with a two-week water fast.  Thus I lost 5KG, but, as usual, immediately after I resumed eating I regained weight, in this case 2KG.

Soon after I resumed eating I thought I would try a regime whereby I ate normally four days a week, and a restricted calorie diet (LCD, or low-calorie day) for the remaining days.  Internet articles and books set the limit as 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men. The aim was to lose weight, but I found that while I didn’t gain weight, all I did was maintain the same weight.  Still an improvement, as I was down 3 KG from New Year’s Day pre-water fast.  I also found restricting my food intake difficult. Once I started eating  it was difficult to stop until I was satisfied.

I did this regime for about three months, and then decided it was just easier to NOT eat for three days a week.  Not eating was easier as then I didn’t actually have to stop eating once I had reached a certain limit.  But another problem was the three-day thing. Which three days during the week?  So then I thought AFD – alternate day fasting – would be easier, and it is. I eat every second day.  If, as you can predict will happen, a meetup is on, it will invariably fall on a fasting day.  So then I do two days of fasting before, in the hope that this will compensate for the invariable overindulgence.

So this is the regime that has worked for me.  Once I started AFD I really started to lose weight.  One more Kilo and I will have reached my goal.  After which I must maintain my weight. For this I am considering fasting every third day – so eating two days and then a fasting day, ad infinitum.  And obviously adjusting this as needed to keep my weight where I want it.

I also walk daily for about half an hour – so that I total at least 8,000 steps a day with other activities, have a bath or sauna two or three times a week.

And soon I will start a new regime at the gym.  If new muscle mass adds weight then that’s OK.  Muscle, of course, weighs more than fat.

The result from all this is that I feel really good and light moving around, my clothes are a bit too loose, and I spend less on food.

Penang clinic and hospital experience – concluded

At the end of March, about five weeks ago now, I discovered a minor medical problem, and visited a clinic and two hospitals for consultation – as described in a previous blog.

Briefly, the clinic I visited first gave me some (all-natural, no-drug) pills and said the problem would go away by itself.  Then I visited a specialist at the local hospital who insisted an operation was the only possible solution – and that I should check into the hospital immediately, stay overnight, and be operated on with a general anaesthetic at 6AM the next morning.  After another night in the hospital I could go home. He gave me the same kind of pills, too.  I declined the operation, and visited a specialist in another hospital the next morning for a third opinion. This doctor said that surgery was unnecessary, and even  if it were, there were various alternatives apart from the knife. And he gave me the same kind of pills as the other two doctors.  The problem would go away by itself.  What I read on the Internet was inconclusive, so I needed the consultations to make my decision.

And as it has turned out, the problem did go away by itself.  In a little over a month.  So, be wary…

Penang clinic and hospital experience

I do not have much experience with hospitals and doctors as I live a very healthy life, so I was shocked to discover a medical problem appeared.

I went to a local clinic I’d visited before – the last time was five years ago, but I rarely need a doctor.  I was told the problem would disappear naturally – and I was given some pills, which, on checking, turned out to be a natural supplement and not a drug.  Cost, RM55.

As I had an upcoming trip I thought I’d get a second opinion.  I went to Gleneagles Hospital and saw a specialist in this field.  He was very thorough in his questioning and examination.  His diagnosis was that there was no alternative to surgery, and this would require a general anaesthetic.  It was not life threatening at all, but he booked me for surgery at 6AM the next morning and I was supposed to check in immediately to a hospital ward and stay the night. Thereafter I would have to stay one or two more nights.  I was in a state of shock at this, and the suddenness, the cost, and particularly the necessity for a general anaesthetic, and meekly went along with this, so I went to hospital administration to start the procedure.  The whole thing would be over in less than a day, though, which would be good.  Then I thought that I shouldn’t make such decisions when in shock, and when in an unfamiliar environment.  So I said I’d go home and think about it, instead of immediately checking into a hospital room there.  So I paid the cost of the consultation and medicine (the same pills as from the GP) – just under RM500 – so ten times the GP cost.  The price of the operation, though, was around RM15,000 for something taking less than 30 minutes.

At home I decided to get the opinion of another specialist, and proceeded to the Adventist hospital the next morning.  This specialist, who  had the same specialty as the doctor the previous day,  was also thorough.  His diagnosis was that I should take the same pills as prescribed as the previous two doctors, and that the problem would resolve itself.  Surgery was unnecessary, and even  if it were, there were various alternatives apart from the knife.  Cost for consultation was around RM150 with medicine etc. or three times the clinic, but one-third of Gleneagles.  Waiting time at Adventist was longer, though.

This has just occurred, so I will see how it goes.  I heard from another friend recently that it the problem disappeared by itself.   I  realise that unless something is very urgent it is important to not be rushed into something, but to go away and calmly consider the best approach.  I can always go back to Gleneagles if I need to.

Dengue fever and a new vaccine

One risk of living in Malaysia is that of catching dengue fever. And another is of catching malaria. Both are mosquito based.

My understanding is that the mosquitos that carry dengue are circulating during the day, and those that carry malaria, at night.

I have blogged before about how to minimise your mosquito problem. If you choose to live in a condo, then live above the 12th floor. Use mosquito screens on your windows. Don’t leave water lying around outside. When coming in and going out of your residence move quickly so mosquitos don’t enter.  Use mosquito traps outside. And have a few of those tennis racquet mosquito killers to zap any that get inside.  They tend to be around more at dawn and dusk. And note that mosquitos like low down, blue colours and alcohol, but dislike smoke.  If you want to get bitten, wear blue denim shorts and blue t-shirt, have a few drinks at dusk, and stay on the ground floor. They are attracted to CO2, so smoke confuses them – do the aformentioned while BBQing and you’re OK.

A natural cure for vaccine is the use of papaya leaves.  I don’t know the exact protocol, but a friend who wasn’t getting better in hospital then used these leaves and recovered.  I read once in the newspaper that a protocol would be published, but I have yet to see it. But in Malaysia it is very very easy to get papaya leaves.  I can get them within 30 seconds of leaving my house.

There is a new vaccine released in Mexico for dengue – Dengvaxia® – tested for ages 9 to 45. I have read it uses a live virus. And I don’t understand that much about it.  The government here in Malaysia is still evaluating it and have yet to decide whether its use here will be allowed.

What I do know is this:

20 years ago I innocently allowed myself to be  vaccinated as work recommended it. I suffered badly from it, and it took one and a half years to nominally recover from it.   I couldn’t work for a long time thereafter. Another friend almost died from a vaccine. So I have avoided vaccines ever since.

People who are vaccinated with live viruses – e.g. measles vaccinations – shed the virus and thus are contagious for a while thereafter.  Other people can catch the disease from them until the contagion ends. So one should stay away from recently vaccinated people.  If this dengue vaccine has live material, as the NY Times reports,  then one should avoid those vaccinated with it. For how long? I don’t know.  However, you probably couldn’t catch it directly. Dengue is transmitted by mosquitoes, so if a recently vaccinated person is bitten by the dengue carrying mosquito (Aedes aegypti), then it could possibly transmit it to another person by biting them.

And what else is in the vaccine? I don’t know. Vaccines can violate the precepts of all the major religions.  They can contain blood (violation of Christianity), cow products (violation of Hinduism), pig products (violation of Islam) and aborted fetuses (violation of Buddhism). They may contain mercury, GM material, and many other suspect materials. In Africa they have contained sterilising material that has kept the birth rate down – without the knowledge of the recipients. Let’s say you are not religious, or choose to ignore your religion. You should be able to read the vaccine insert, or find it online, find out the contents, and thus decide if you want these injected into your blood.

We need answers to these questions. I await further information.