Lab Rat Report #4 – Self Experiment

It’s been approximately 6 months since my last post on my “self-experimentation” with KENREISHI. Throughout the time, I haven’t been ill, or felt any symptoms of illness (e.g. common cold) while everyone in the office, trains amongst other public places seem to be wildly spreading germs. I’ve also continued to live my normal lifestyle without any changes, and I’m pretty glad to think it’s daily intake of KENREISHI doing its work.

"the ability to grow peanuts on your face" - not the best X-MEN power

Mom’s been asking why I’ve haven’t updated the blog for awhile and the truth of the matter is, well…a few reasons: 1) I’ve got side-tracked with too much writing for my Masters programme and got a little lapse in inspiration, 2) waiting for the tsunami aftermath to reside, 3) focusing on other business/career opportunities. So mom, let me reassure you that I’ve not gotten lazy. And all the folks out there reading this, my whole family is taking it daily and we have not evolved into mutated X-MEN (in case, you’re worried about the radiation still).

Although if I were an X-MEN, I would really love to have teleportation powers so I can reduce my shipping costs, which ultimately means savings on KENREISHI for me and you!

The Japan nuclear crisis and food products

If you, like mom, dad and me are a tad concerned about the nuclear crisis currently happening in Fukushima, Japan…the truth is so are we. Especially since we directly import KENREISHI from there. However, with the full extend of the nuclear crisis waits to be unfolded, and its best to keep abreast with reliable news report to stay informed. At this point in time, there really is no absolute factual reason to go into the PANIC-BUYING mode like what I’ve view on the telly, or to completely avoid all Japanese produce or products whatsoever. If you really think about, the chances of you dying from radiation present in food is far less than you contracting a bout of diarrhoea from not washing your hands and handling food after which. And trust me, that very bout of diarrhoea could lead to more severe complications. So really, there’s really cause for concern yet…

Hong Kong, China (CNN) — Governments are taking precautions and conducting thorough inspections of Japanese food, which is popular worldwide and available at high-end stores around Asia, and specialty shops in Europe and the United States.

Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety has conducted radiation tests on at least 34 samples of fresh vegetables, meat and fish from Japan. The center reports all test results were satisfactory.

“As far as radiation is concerned, I think the most at-risk articles are those fresh products, perhaps dairy products, fresh fruits and vegetables,” Dr. York Chow, Hong Kong’s Secretary for Food and Health, said earlier this week.

“In case we detect anything, of course, we will ban those products from Hong Kong.”

Thailand’s government is focusing on Japanese imports of meat, milk, fish and seaweed.

A radiation physicist from the Office of Atoms for Peace has told CNN the agency will work with Thailand’s health ministry to do random checks of imported food from Japan.

India on Tuesday also ordered radiation tests of Japanese food at its ports and airports. Only food originating from Japan after March 11 will be tested.

Tokyo resident Paul Yang said his family is not changing its eating habits.

“I am not worried about the safety of Japanese produce,” the father of two said. “The majority of farm produce and agricultural products come from warmer areas, therefore farther away from the Fukushima area (where the nuclear reactor is).”

“Also, many of the products are labeled with their origin of production so we would know if it is from Fukushima. Right now, the radiation level within 20 to 30 kilometers (12 miles to 18.6 miles) of Fukushima is high, but as soon as you move away from the origin of radiation, the effects of it fall dramatically,” Yang said.

“The closest location that produces significant amounts (of fresh produce) for Tokyo, for example, is Chiba or Ibaraki prefectures, which is approximately 150 to 200 kilometers (93 miles to 124 miles) from Fukushima.”

While Yang is not worried, the perception of possibly tainted produce is already having a knock-on effect.

“We’re already hearing talk in our office about women stopping to buy Japanese cosmetics,” said Kirby Daley, a senior strategist of Newedge Group. “We’re talking about Japanese food imports being stopped and we’re not going to be trusting the sushi.”

Daley told CNN’s World Business Today program that the talks will affect a weak economy.

“These are all anecdotal, but this is what will weigh on the economy for a long time,” Daley said. “And the economy is not that strong to start with.”

Peter McGuire, an independent market strategist based in Australia, says it is too early to say whether the quality of Japanese food will change because many products shipped before the earthquake are still on store shelves.

“We just have to see the severity of this. It’s so hard to speculate,” he said.

One item that’s selling out: Japanese baby formula.

In Hong Kong, many parents bought extra boxes of the formula manufactured before Friday’s earthquake and tsunami.

Caroline Smith DeWaal, food safety director of Center for Science in the Public Interest in the United States, said she is not worried about Japan’s food safety for two reasons.

“Japan is a net importer of food and (it) has one of the best food safety systems in the world,” she said in an email to CNN.

De Waal also compared the Fukushima situation with the 1986 Chernobyl accident and its impact on food.

“Following the 1986 Chernobyl accident, the U.S. tested nearly 8,900 samples of both animal and nonanimal based imported foods coming from the affected area over a five year period,” De Waal said. “They found 1.4% (of imported foods) were contaminated above the regulatory limits, with the majority of these being in the animal products side. They also tested samples of food from U.S. Embassies in the region and found the highest numbers of positive samples in vegetables (both leafy and nonleafy), some fruit and spices.”

De Waal described Chernobyl as a “much worse disaster, as the cloud went over a large agricultural area of Europe.”

“Therefore, findings are illustrative of a worse case scenario, not the current situation involving food exports from Japan.”

She cautions that the most vulnerable agricultural sectors during a nuclear emergency are dairy and vegetables.

“It is important that all food animals in the affected areas be sheltered along with their food and water sources,” DeWaal said.

Cooking or boiling radiation-contaminated food does not make the food safe to eat, she said.

Most experts seem to agree that the biggest confidence-builder is Japan’s strict food regulations.

Japan’s food safety standards are “one of the highest in the world,” said Jean-Yves Chow, a senior food and agribusiness research analyst at Rabobank International.

However, Chow said, “In food safety, zero risk does not exist.”

 

Our hearts goes out to Japan…

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If you like me, are dumbfounded and feeling a sense of helplessness from viewing the devastating imagery of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you’re definitely not alone. At times like these, it reinstates how mankind forms only a small component in the overall biodiversity in this world, and how minute we are in the rampage against the force of mother nature. It is also at times like these, when we learn in reflection, that there’s more to life than just the trivial pursuits of capitalism, and that the real joys and motivations in life can simply be swept away in an instant.

We have contacted our KENREISHI team in Tokyo, Japan and are glad they are safe and well, if only shaken and distraught by the horrific images of destruction and suffering of the people in the aftermath like most of us. So…we’re not alone.

The question on everyones’ minds right now is: ” How can we help?”

In all honesty, relief is going to take some time, with major coordination and planning prior to reach as many people as possible. Furthermore, an impending nuclear meltdown and possible aftershocks predicted does not help matters. However, there’s a dime and dozen channels  to send relief set up over these few days, here’s one I have faith and trust in…From the Red Cross:

You can do your part to help.

Japan Disaster 2011

An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 had hit Japan at 14:46 on 11March 2011. This was followed by a Tsunami of about 10 meters which entirely wiped out towns off the map. The death toll stands at 413 confirmed dead, 784 missing and 1128 injured. Figures are predicted to increase.

What has been done so far?

Since the disaster, the Japanese Red Cross (JRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been working more than 24 hours to assist in the aftermath of the disaster.

The full picture of the scale of devastation is still emerging and assessment on the situation is still ongoing. At present, the JRCS has 86 medical teams, comprising of 400 doctors, nurses and support staff and have been providing assistance in affected areas through mobile medical clinics, as well as assessing the damage and needs of the communities affected. Over 100 volunteers have also been deployed and helping at various displaced camps and hospitals. 62 national disaster response teams are also on the ground to carry out assessments and provide first aid and healthcare in the affected areas. Emergency relief planning is underway.

The Singapore Red Cross has been in touch with the JRCS and IFRC and is monitoring the situation closely and identifying the assistance required.

The Singapore Red Cross has opened our hotlines to help Singaporeans and Japanese trace immediate family members affected by the disaster. The hotline number is 6334 9152 / 6334 9153 / 6334 9154. The hotline number to call at the SRC is 6334-9152 / 6334-9153 / 6334-9154.

The SRC will take down details of the missing family member and will be forwarded to our sister national society, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Committee of Red Cross to assist with the tracing of the member.

How you can help?

The Singapore Red Cross is also accepting monetary donations towards this disaster. Donors may do so with the following:

Cash Donation :

For walk-in donations, the SRC is open during the hours:
Mondays to Fridays 9.30am-9pm,
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 9.30am – 6pm.

Cheque Donation:

Cheques to be made payable to the “Singapore Red Cross Society” At the back of the cheque, please indicate:

i) Name
ii) IC/Passport No.
iii) Address and Contact Number
iv) “Japan Disaster 2011”

SMS Donation

Donors may donate via their mobile phones to 75772. For every sms, S$50 will be donated to the “Japan Disaster” fund.

*Please take note that all donations to this disaster are non tax-deductable.

 

 

Event!

Union membership has it perks. For a very long time, I only thought my membership with our “co-operative” union NTUC, served as an instrument to only get rebates from buying stuff at their supermarkets(I just got my 5 bars of soap “free” with the linkpoints yesterday…keke), and have usually ignored those EDMs (Electronic Direct Mailers) that one frequently receives from them. To my surprise, it actually has pretty worthwhile events, offers, discounts amongst other things worth partaking in or viewing. In our busy lives, I guess we often fail to stop for 3 seconds and “smell the roses”, a sadly overlooked moment of digression and reflection in which to recharge ourselves. So I’m sharing one such event in this post if anyone’s interested (only $2, get FREE resistance band somemore ahhh…WAH). I also intend to share more if I see anything good that comes along the way in the near future. Stay tuned

*Disclaimer: I’m NOT trying to make you sign up to be an NTUC member.

“Healthy Bones Begin with you” Workshop

Osteoporosis affects 1 in 3 women over age 50, and affects 1 in 5 men aged over 50.The good news is, osteoporosis can be delayed or prevented through healthy lifestyle practices.

Join us to learn more about osteoporosis! This workshop is open to 60 members only, on a first-come-first-served basis.

Date: 19 March 2011 (Saturday)

Time: 9am to 12pm (please arrive at 845am for registration)

Venue: e2i, 141 Redhill Road, Room 01-03

Cost: $2 per participant (refreshments will be provided)

Participants will learn:-

– What is osteoporosis,

– The risk factors

– The preventive measures

– Types of exercises beneficial for building stronger bones

– How to do a self-assessment on their risk of osteoporosis

– Observe a food preparation and learn how to prepare 2 delicios and hi-calcium snacks

– Try out strengthening exercises with a resistance band (and take home a resistance band too!)

Lab Rat Report #3 – Self Experiment

"Yup...we're weird with a tad of retardation."

It’s been approximately 1 month and 8 days since my last post on my “self-experimentation” with KENREISHI. I’m with the realization that it has somewhat ceased to be a experiment and has progressively become a part of my daily life by now. However, before I proceed to report or bore you with updates on my personal well-being and such, I just wanted to share my reflections on what I’ve been busy with.

Stuff I’ve been busy with:

  • Work. (Duh)
  • Exploring potential referrals for other job opportunities. (It falls onto your lap at the strangest times)
  • Masters in Training & Development program(from Griffith University) with the Institute of Adult Learning.(Honestly, never thought I’ll get that far in the arena of higher learning and academia. It somewhat fell in place, and I’m strangely enjoying every moment of it if sans the assignments and thesis. (heh) I’m giving this top priority at the moment.)
  • Created the momlovesreishi website which incorporates this blog. I think it looks heck a lot more pro and aesthetically pleasing right now. My future supportive spouse agrees of course.
  • Flooding the web with Search Engine Optimization strategies I’ve learned along the way. (I would be more than delighted to share with you if you’re interested…it is hard work.)
  • Revamped the collateral and marketing material for KENREISHI.
  • Designed business cards for Mom, Dad and me.
  • Created another website/blog for my upcoming union of matrimony with my future supportive spouse. The masses love it! I love it! It’s just for laughs and to record my memoirs by the way…
  • I’ve been profusely engaged in writing with my blogs, work and other stuff to get me into the “zone” and hone my skills in argumentative writing.

So anyway, enough about me….but wait. It’s still about me…Here’s a quick report on my state of health and if there are any noticeable effects of KENREISHI:

I lost my voice after a bout of training in the prisons amongst others, which progressively led to a annoying cough stemming from a throat infection. I upped the intake of KENREISHI to hopefully boost the immunity levels. I noticed the initial build-up of phlegm in the first 2 days ceased, and there were significant signs that showed the throat infection stopped escalating into a full blown ailment.

The next most noticeable thing was that my right ankle, back and left knee(old sports injuries- I sprained my ankle too many times to count) was not suffering any pains or aches(as it usually does) after a strenuous round of soccer. The aftermath of going to work the next day was not as painful, with most of the soreness coming from unused muscles and the “Monday feeling” more than anything else.

Apart from this little “cough” of recent, everything is as per normal as the last time I reported . I feel great and energized, despite all the stuff which has been keeping busy. Now, I just got to keep myself psychologically healthful, in sacrificing my Saturdays and Sundays for research and fulfilling my Masters thesis. Eeeek.

Health News-Horkut Chooi Foong Hor Lok Tan???? Who the???

There’s been some flurry in health related news of recent…increase in tongue cancer in women in Singapore(had no idea it even exists…yikes…read it HERE), doctors not being able to practice both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine together (the real reasons are rather sketchy though HERE), Dr. Susan Lim, the specialist surgeon and her alleged overcharging of the Brunei Royal Family ( as if that’s anything new to over inflate prices and overcharge the filthy rich???) And finally this….

The bottom-line is, only buy products you put into your body that you’ve had researched on, ask good questions to make an educated decision, and purchase from trusted sources….( Personally, I would have been put off by the names by itself…Horkut Chooi Foong Hor Lok Tan???? What the who?

Feb 24, 2011

HSA warns public to avoid 3 health products

By Vanessa Jalleh

(From left) Majun Dua Istimewa, Raja Maajun-Jerat Dan Seret Angin and Horkut Chooi Foong Hor Lok Tan. — PHOTOS: HSA

 

MASKED as traditional medicines, three health products have been found by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) to contain potentially harmful ingredients.

The three products, Majun Dua Istimewa, Raja Maajun-Jerat Dan Seret Angin and Horkut Chooi Foong Hor Lok Tan, contain various undeclared potent western medicines.

The three health products are:

1) Majun Dua Istimewa:

Malay traditional medicine packaged in small white plastic containers containing bean-shaped tablets. The product label claims that it can be used to treat general weakness, numbness of the leg and pain. Western Medicines Detected: Dexamethasone

2)Raja Maajun-Jerat Dan Seret Angin:

Malay traditional medicine packaged in clear plastic containers containing black pills. The product label claims that it can treat pains, body weakness, tension, cramps and rheumatism. Western Medicines detected: Dexamethasone, Chlorpheniramine

3) Horkut Chooi Foong Hor Lok Tan:

Chinese traditional medicine packaged in brown glass bottle containing black pills. The label claims to treat general weakness, sprain, backache, and pain. Western Medicines detected: Indomethacin, Paracetamol, Dexamethasone and Dextromethorphan

The HSA is asking the public to refrain from consuming these products as ‘they can cause serious side effects’.

The three products were sent for analytical tests at HSA’s Pharmaceutical Laboratory after receiving reports about side effects.

Health products containing undeclared western medicines are considered illegal, as they are often made under poor manufacturing conditions with no proper quality controls or professional oversight, and can be deemed dangerous and harmful to one’s health.