Papaya leaf tea aka free tea

Papaya leaf tea can be free tea. If you pick and dry the leaves yourself.

Get some papaya leaves, cut them up, dry them in the sun and steep in boiling water for around 10 minutes.

papaya leaves on the tree

Growing papaya

If you have no access to papaya trees it’s very easy to grow them. Buy a nice papaya, eat it, but save the seeds.  Put a few seeds in a big pot with soil where it will get some sun. A balcony will be fine.  Their germination rate is phenomenal, so you should just thin out the seedlings so you have one per pot eventually.

Mosquitoes are back!

Mosquitoes are back, unfortunately. Just then I went outside. I looked down at my bare leg. Ugh. A mosquito. I hit it immediately and that was it. An ex-mosquito. I’d killed it before it even had a chance to bite me.

Which reminds me of a funny conversation I had with a Japanese girl once in Tokyo many years ago. We were talking about James Bond and Sean Connery. And she said, “Sean Connery is killed.” At that time, the actor wasn’t so old. I was shocked. But it turned out what she was saying was, “Sean Connery is kilt”. Meaning he was wearing a kilt. Well, I found it amusing.

5G is coming to Malaysia

If you look at the news at all it’s hardly a surprise that 5G is coming. The question most likely is, “When?” Much less likely is the question, “If?” or “Will scientists research it for safety before it’s introduced?”

Malaysian Communications & Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chief digital officer Gerard Lim said in April 2019 that will be possible for Malaysians to start using 5G by 2021 or 2022. Some areas may have it earlier.

It is time to look into this issue before it becomes too late. . This is a shorter form of what I will be writing in a report for my upcoming membership newsletter.

5G – what is it good for?

So, who would be opposed to much faster Internet? Probably no one.

5G is 20 times faster than 4G. And latency – that is, the response time – is 50 times better than 4G.


Avoiding mosquito bites

Avoiding mosquito bites should be part of your life in the tropics.

By the way, this is a refresh of an article I posted in 2012, with new content added.

Where we live in Penang we used to have mosquitoes year round. Neighbours in our street have been afflicted with dengue. However, they took no precautions at all. Malaysian rarely take any precautions to avoid bites. But every year mosquitoes have become less of a problem. I will expound on this later.

The danger of mosquitoes

The main danger with mosquitoes is that they are a vector (I’ve always wanted to use that word) for malaria and dengue fever. And other diseases, but these are the main ones in Malaysia.

If a mosquito of a certain type  bites someone who has either of these they will become a carrier.  Then if the mosquito bites someone else the person bitten may contract the disease.

Most carriers are apparently illegal immigrants. They bring it with them to Malaysia and naturally do no have their health checked. It’s actually quite unlikely you will stay or go to the same places as them. A possible exception is construction workers building a condo near where you are. Nevertheless, mosquitoes do not travel very far.

Currently, in 2019, we can go days or even weeks without seeing a mosquito outside our home. When we first moved to our house, almost nine years ago, they were constantly outside, and thus sometimes got inside as well, despite carefully following all the correct procedures. Thus mosquitoes bit us all too frequently.

Avoiding mosquito bites in general

Out of action

I was out of action due to a dental infection. Couldn’t concentrate enough to do anything but watch films. Reading was too taxing. Listening to podcasts was too taxing. Writing was certainly too taxing. So no blogging. My jaw had swollen so much that I couldn’t eat, and could, in fact, hardly even put in pills.

Out of action due to dental problems

It’s difficult to decide at what point self-care is no longer best and having to choose to go to a professional. When does some minor tooth pain become something that requires antibiotics? Mostly I can deal with minor tooth pain with clove oil. Available online in Malaysia.

out of action but clove oil helped


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:

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!