Find Your Kid with a Card

A “KidFit Card” is what you need to always be in touch with your kid or your elderly parent or loved one who may require your assistance when out in strange surroundings.

Parents in the major capitals of Indonesia are already experiencing the benefit of owning this very useful device as it helps them to be in touch with their children.  Just read what this mother had written in to give her personal review after acquiring the card:

“My grateful thanks and appreciation for saving me the anxiety of locating my young son who often goes off on his own, as he is autistic, and loves to collect bottle caps.  I no longer have to try and locate him by calling his friends who share his passion as he will wander off to some of the shops where they sell drinks, to add to his collection.  I now have peace of mind as with the KidFit Card I can easily find where he is even when he fails to answer my call”.

Would you like to have the same feeling of safety and assurance when you know that you can always be in contact with your loved ones?  Perhaps you have a parent or a relative suffering from the onset of dementia, it would then be a great relief to be able to know exactly where he or she is with this simple Kidfit Card. Just try it for a trial period of two weeks and see how it can be of great use to you and your family as a two-way convenience and safe-guard application with ability to make quick 2-way voice calls for contact.

Features of the KidFit Card are: Quick dialing system, set for designated number for quick calling; real-time positioning by GPS and LBS pointing to exact location, and supported by VOIP 2G/3G/4G network; quick SOS with immediate auto dialing facility connection; and App Management with selective on/off button, while conserving power with a durable battery.kidfitcard

LifeLongLessons

Start the New Year of 2016 with a gift from Paul Thomas 
who wrote:  I hope you had a very enjoyable New Year's Eve.  
I've got a few great resources to help you achieve your goals and dreams in 2016. First is a guide of useful, practical information to setting your personal goals and seeing them through at ...
You also get a handy flowchart that will help you write SMART goals.
Finally, I have a Setting Personal Goals Workbook.   Use this to set your 2016 goals and remember to refer to it often.
I hope you take the time to set some meaningful and achievable goals, so that 2016 becomes your best year ever!
To your success in 2016.
Paul

 

 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s strikes fear in all of us. The thought of losing your mind as you grow older is terrifying and made worse by the fact that, before now, there appeared to be little we could do to slow down or avoid Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia.  However research has found a lot of factors that raise or diminish the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Following these tips, you could slash your chances of developing the disease: 

1. Check out your ankle — Low blood flow in your foot is a clue to trouble in your brain and a simple test can reveal its cognitive state and your likelihood of stroke and dementia. The theory is blood vessel health is similar throughout the body. The degree of clogged arteries and blood flow in the feet can suggest atherosclerosis in cerebral blood vessels. Ask your doctor for an ankle-brachial index (ABI) test which involves an ultrasound device and a blood pressure cuff that compares blood pressure in your ankle with that in your arm. To remedy any impairment of blood flow your GP may advise stepped-up exercise or a change in diet/medication.

2. Anti-oxidant-rich foods — Certain foods infuse your brain with antioxidants that can slow memory decline and help prevent Alzheimer’s. All fruit and vegetables are good but top of the list are black raspberries, elderberries, raisins and blueberries.

3. Beware of bad fats    The type of fat you eat changes your brain’s functioning for better or worse. Stay away from saturated fats which strangle brain cells causing them to become inefficient. Buy low fat or fat-free dairy products including milk, cheese and ice cream. Cut down on deep-fried foods.

4. Grow a bigger brain  —  Your brain starts to shrink when you reach 30 or 40 so it takes longer to learn. However scientists now believe you can increase the size of your brain through the act of learning. Try studying, learning new things or broadening your circle of friends for stimulation.

5. Chocolate Treat    Cocoa, the main ingredient in chocolate, has sky-high concentrations of antioxidants called flavanols, which possess strong heart and brain-protecting properties. Drinking cocoa increases blood flow to the brain. Cocoa powder has twice as many flavanols as dark chocolate which has twice a many as milk chocolate. White chocolate has zero. 

6. The oestrogen evidence    Sixty eight per cent of Alzheimer’s patients are women, possibly as midway through life they lose the protection of the hormone oestrogen which boosts memory. Unless your GP says otherwise, start taking oestrogen immediately at the time of menopause – starting any later risks dementia and strokes.

7. Raise good cholesterol    It’s well known that having high good-type HDL blood cholesterol protects you from heart disease. But it can also save your brain. Researchers claim it blocks sticky stuff that destroys brain cells and acts as an anti-inflammatory to lessen brain damage. Ways to ramp up good cholesterol include exercise, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and losing weight.

8. Google something    Doing an internet search can stimulate ageing brains even more than reading a book. And MRI scans show that savvy surfers have twice as many sparks of brain activity as novices. Go online to search for information, things to buy or games to play. Although it’s not known how much it will benefit your brain, it’s better than passive pursuits.

9. The ApoE4 gene  —  One in four of you reading this has a specific genetic time bomb that makes you three to 10 times more susceptible to developing late-onset Alzheimer’s. The gene is called apolipoprotein E4. If you inherit a single variant of ApoE4 from one parent, your Alzheimer’s risk triples. If you inherit a double dose from both parents, your risk rises by 10 times. Ask your doctor about a DNA test to reveal your ApoE4 genotype.

10. Say yes to coffee    Coffee is emerging as a tonic for the ageing brain. It is anti-inflammatory, helps block the ill effects of cholesterol in the brain and cuts the risks of stroke, depression and diabetes, all promoters of dementia. It is also high in antioxidants and caffeine which stop neuronal death and lessen diabetes, high blood pressure and strokes that bring on dementia. For most people, a moderate daily intake of coffee, two to four cups, won’t hurt and may help.

11. Dangers of underweight  —  Unexplained weight loss after age 60 or so may be a sign of Alzheimer’s. A study showed that women with the disease started losing weight at least 10 years before dementia was diagnosed. Among women of equal weight, those who went on to develop dementia slowly became thinner over three decades and, when diagnosed, weighed an average 12lb less that women who were free of Alzheimer’s. Talk to your doctor about unexplained weight loss after 60.

12. Drink wine  —  A daily glass of wine may help delay dementia. Research says that alcohol is an anti-inflammatory and raises good cholesterol which helps ward off dementia. High antioxidants in red wine give it additional anti-dementia clout. Such antioxidants act as artery relaxants, dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow which encourages cognitive functioning.

13. Know the early signs  —  Memory problems are not the first clue. You may notice a decline in depth perception, for example you reach to pick up a glass of water and miss it. Or you misjudge the distance in walking across a street.  Doing a jigsaw puzzle or reading a map may also be confusing. Losing your sense of smell can also be an early clue, as well as asking the same question repeatedly or misplacing belongings in odd places (like putting keys in the fridge). Be aware of memory problems as the earlier the signs are spotted, the more successful lifestyle changes and medications are likely to be.

14. Mediterranean diet    The Mediterranean diet, no matter where you live, can help save your brain from memory deterioration and dementia. Studies consistently find that what the Greeks and Italians eat is truly brain food. Following this diet – rich in green leafy vegetables, fish, fruits, nuts, legumes, olive oil and a little vino – can cut your chances of Alzheimer’s by nearly half. Rather than depending on just one food or a few nutrients, it is a rich menu of many complex brain benefactors, including an array of antioxidants, which shield brain cells from oxidative damage.

15. Middle Age Obesity  —  Your brain cares if you are fat. A study showed obese people had 8% less brain tissue and overweight people had 4% less brain tissue than normal weight people, which according to one scientist hugely increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. Moreover, brain shrinkage occurred in areas of the brain targeted by Alzheimer’s, and which are critical for planning, long term memory, attention and executive functions, and control of movement. Tackle signs of rising weight early, when you are young or middle aged. Oddly, being obese after the age of 70 does not raise the risk of Alzheimer’s but that doesn’t mean you should neglect exercise as it is the best way of stimulating cognitive functioning and may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s at any age.

16. Get a good night’s sleep  —  A lack of sleep is toxic to brain cells. Sleep has surprising powers to protect your brain against memory loss and Alzheimer’s. It is a wonder drug that helps manipulate levels of the dreaded brain toxin peptide beta-amyloid, a prime instigator of Alzheimer’s, which according to one scientist puts you at accelerated risk. Research has also found that sleeping an average of five hours or less a night is linked to large increases in dangerous visceral abdominal fat, which can cause diabetes and obesity that can lead to Alzheimer’s. Take naps and seek treatment for sleep disorders.

17. Have a big social circle  —  Studying the brain of a highly sociable 90-year-old woman who died from Alzheimer’s, researchers in Chicago found that having a large social network provided her with strong “cognitive reserve” that enabled her brain to not realise she had Alzheimer’s. Why this happens is a mystery but interacting with friends and family seems to make the brain more efficient. It finds alternative routes of communication to bypass broken connections left by Alzheimer’s. So see friends and family often and expand your social network. The stronger the brain reserve you build through life, the more likely you are to stave off Alzheimer’s symptoms.

18. Deal with stress —  When you are under stress, your body pours out hormones called corticosteroids, which can save you in a crisis. But persistent stress reactions triggered by everyday events like work frustration, traffic and financial worries can be dangerous. Over time, it can destroy brain cells and suppress the growth of new ones, actually shrinking your brain. Sudden traumatic events like the death of a loved one or a life-changing event like retirement can leave a hangover of severe psychological stress that precedes dementia. Be aware that chronic stress can increase older people’s vulnerability to memory decline and dementia. Seek professional advice. Antidepressants, counselling, relaxation techniques and other forms of therapy may head off stress-related memory loss if treated early.

19. Take care of your teeth  Bad gums may poison your brain. People with tooth and gum disease tend to score lower in memory and cognition tests, according to US dental researchers who found that infection responsible for gum disease gives off inflammatory byproducts that travel to areas of the brain involved in memory loss.  Consequently, brushing, flossing and preventing gum disease may help keep your gums and teeth healthy but also your memory sharper. In another study, older people with the most severe gingivitis – inflamed gums – were two to three times more likely to show signs of impaired memory and cognition than those with the least.

20. Get enough Vitamin B12  —  As you age, blood levels of vitamin B12 go down and the chance of Alzheimer’s goes up. Your ability to absorb it from foods diminishes in middle age, setting the stage for brain degeneration years later. Researchers at Oxford University found that a brain running low on B12 actually shrinks and a shortage can lead to brain atrophy by ripping away, myelin, a fatty protective sheath around neurons. It can also trigger inflammation, another destroyer of brain cells. Take 500 to 1000mcg of vitamin B12 daily after the age of 40. If you or an older family member has unexplained memory loss, fatigue or signs of dementia, be sure to get tested for vitamin B12 deficiency by your GP.

21. Vinegar in everything  —  There is plenty of evidence that vinegar sinks risk factors that may lead to memory decline, namely high blood sugar, insulin resistance, diabetes and pre-diabetes and weight gain. Researchers in Phoenix, Arizona, have noted in studies of humans and animals that the acidic stuff packs potent glucose-lowering effects. Studies have also found it can curb appetite and food intake, helping prevent weight gain and obesity, which are associated with diabetes, accelerated dementia and memory loss. Pour on the vinegar – add it to salad dressings, eat it by the spoonful, even mix it into a glass of drinking water. Any type of vinegar works.

 22. Have your eyes checked —  If you preserve good or excellent vision as you age, your chances of developing dementia drop by an astonishing 63%. And if it’s poor, just visiting an optician for an eye test and possible treatment at least once in later life cuts your dementia odds by about the same amount. Exactly how vision problems promote dementia is not clear but impaired vision makes it difficult to participate in mental and physical activities such as reading and exercising, as well as social activities, all believed to delay cognitive decline. Be aware that your eyes reflect and influence how your brain is functioning, especially as you age. Don’t tolerate poor vision as often it can be corrected. 

23. Eat curry  —  Curry powder contains the yellow-orange spice turmeric, packed with curcumin, a component reported to stall memory decline. One study showed elderly Indians who ate even modest amounts of curry did better in cognitive tests. Curcumin works by blocking the build-up of Alzheimer’s-inducing amyloid plaques (deposits found in the brains of sufferers) then nibbles away at existing plaques to slow cognitive decline.  It is recommended to eat two or three curries a week, and make it a yellow curry. Otherwise, sprinkle the spices on your food.

24. Diabetes control  —  Having type 2 diabetes makes you more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s. Studies show it may double or triple your risk and the earlier diabetes takes hold, the higher the odds of dementia. Some experts refer to Alzheimer’s as “diabetes of the brain”. The two disorders have similar causes – obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high fat and high sugar diets, low physical activity as well as high blood sugar. In short, diabetes can deliver a double whammy to the brain, destroying neurons and increasing inflammation. Do everything possible to keep blood sugar levels low and stick to a low-saturated fat diet and regular exercise.

25. Drink more tea  —  Evidence suggests that tea stalls the cognitive loss that precedes Alzheimer’s and that the more tea you drink, the sharper your ageing memory is. Tea’s secret is no mystery. The leaves are packed with compounds able to penetrate the blood-brain barrier and block neuronal damage.  One particular green tea antioxidant can block the toxicity of beta-amyloid, which kills brain cells. Make a point of drinking black and green tea. Don’t add milk, it can reduce tea’s antioxidant activity by 25%. 

Racial Harmony in Singapore — One Man’s Story

Until I was 18 years old, I was raised in Penang, Malaysia, in an extended Chinese family steeped in Chinese tradition. I was educated in an elite Chinese-language school where preserving Chinese roots and mores formed the moral compass for young minds. Looking back, I would even go so far as to define my prevailing attitude about race as borderline chauvinistic. What started the change in my attitude about race relations was probably the 10 years I spent overseas for my tertiary education subsequently; the exposure widened my horizon beyond the confines of my ethnicity.
 
But, the real change happened when I came to Singapore 33 years ago. Singapore’s multi-racial environment transformed my values and outlook in life completely. The positive energy of an open society which recognises and rewards personal effort regardless of ethnic background drove that transformation. For me, meritocracy eliminated race and other barriers for personal growth. I am Singaporean now and will be among the first to agree unequivocally that ours is a people where all races live and work together. We are intertwined in every possible aspect; what’s more tellingly positive is that we are single-minded in our efforts to improve our lives. As the nation prospers, we have been able to create wealth and share it equitably among the races. It is this progressive environment that has shaped us as a people, and racial harmony binds us together to make this nation tick.
 
Still, embracing racial harmony as a necessity is not the same as generating genuine fondness among the races. To reach that state requires a conscious effort to engage each other in a meaningful manner, such as finding time for heart-to-heart conversations, family visits and sharing mutual hobbies. It means taking the time to discover the soul of a friend and appreciating his perspective about life and the world. It is about humility and the readiness to learn from others outside our race and be richer for it.
 
Given the common behavioural pattern of forging friendships within one’s own social circle, it is vital that we continue to provide opportunities for young Singaporeans from all races and walks of life to interact, and scale the social ladder together.
 
My close friends of diverse ethnicities include those who share similar interests in sports and music, those who are career-driven yet family-oriented, and those who care to appreciate and celebrate what we consider are the fine things in life worth pursuing. They are colourful and possess a good sense of humour. Our get-togethers are marked by the sheer joy of being in one another’s company and a genuine care for one another’s personal circumstances. They never cease to amaze me with their insights, even though we were raised differently. In fact, our diversity has probably provided the spark for our interactions. I have on many occasions been humbled by the refreshing takes on various issues by my friends of another race, and I admire them the more for it.
 
All these lead to the point that what lies beneath racial harmony is a reservoir of values, wisdom and strengths that define Singaporeans of different ethnicities. We can harness and integrate these qualities into our common psyche and move one step closer to genuine racial integration. While past campaigns have improved awareness of racial issues and tolerance of differences, in my view, we should take a great leap forward by promoting mutual admiration and reinforcement of values across races.
 
We know about the limitations of our little red dot which exposes our vulnerability and our constant grapple to ensure national survival. We will only be selling ourselves short if we do not strive to grow as a people and get the best out of our human assets. We can do this by making that leap towards active racial integration, rather than remain satisfied by trawling the surface of racial tolerance. It is time for us as a people, led by our capable leaders, to take the next leap of integration and transform ourselves into one national race.

BY YEOH TENG KWONG

(Dr. Yeoh holds a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Waikato, New Zealand, and is currently a free lance consultant who provides management, media and marketing services and conducts public speaking courses.)

Advice On Relief From Chronic Pain

Top 3 Tips To Manage Your Chronic Pain

  1. Stay busy! When you remain isolated or dwell on the negativity of your pain or your current circumstance it can absorb your entire focus and  make you feel even worse. By doing activities you enjoy or simply interacting with other positive-minded people, you take your mind off your pain and take back control of your life.
  2. Relax your mind! Meditation and deep breathing have been proven to lower heart rate and stress, which can lead to depression, chronic fatigue and anxiety. Stress causes an inflammatory response in your body that can aggravate chronic pain relief. Taking up yoga, getting a massage and practicing mentally controlling your pain have helped many who suffer with chronic pain.
  3. Love your body! Exercise regularly to improve strength and flexibility, and get plenty of rest and eat foods abundant in antioxidants. Antioxidants boost your immune system and energy level while lowering inflammation. Avoid alcohol and smoking – both increase your risk for many diseases and have been proven to exacerbate chronic pain.

Natural chronic pain relief may be as close as your kitchen! Antioxidant-rich foods help to lubricate joints, minimize inflammation, mop up free radicals that cause oxidation and stimulate your immune system. Here are the top five antioxidants that may help you naturally and effectively manage your pain.

Top 5 Antioxidants to Fight Chronic Pain

1. Omega-3s – found in salmon, mackerel and sardines, omega-3 fatty acids help fight inflammation and keep joints moving freely.
2. Quercetin – found in onions, red wine, broccoli and apples, quercetin fights inflammation and strengthens your immune system.
3. Carotenoids – found in sweet potatoes, papaya, carrots and red peppers, carotenoids also minimize inflammation and boost your immune system.
4. Anthocyanins – found in blueberries, this tiny fruit is one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods available and actively “mops up” free radicals that trigger inflammation.
5. Sulfur compounds – found in onions and garlic, sulfuric compounds are highest in these vegetables, which stimulate T-helper cells that boosts your immune system.

Avoid high fat, high cholesterol foods that tend to provoke inflammation. Also limit your intake of animal products such as meat and dairy.

How your brain processes pain may be the mechanics. That does not mean your pain doesn’t exist. Learning how to manage chronic pain relief will help you get your life back. You are more than your pain – you are limitless possibilities.

Removing Gallstones Naturally

REMOVING GALLSTONES NATURALLY
by Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Dr Lai is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone benefits from the Regime.

Gallstones may not be everyone’s concern, but they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer which is never the first illness as there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer and people with cancer usually have stones. It’s just a matter of whether they are big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like your food has not been digested and it gets more serious if you feel pain in the liver area.  So, if you think you have gallstones,  Dr Lai offers the following method to remove them naturally. The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gall bladder are closely linked.

Here is the Regimen to follow:

1..For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day, or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer.  Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.

2..On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3..At 6 p.m. take a teaspoon of Epsom salt or magnesium sulphate with a glass of warm water.

4..At 8 p.m. repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gall bladder ducts.

5..At 10 p.m., take half-cup of olive or sesame oil, with half-cup of fresh lemon juice, mxed well before drinking. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.
(1 cup = 250ml;  half-cup lemon juice = 3 lemons).

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. Dr Lai notes “Usually they float; you may want to count them as some people have passed as many as 40 to 50 or even up to 100 stones. Even if you don’t have any symptoms of gallstones, you still might have some stones. It’s always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up every now and then.”

As always, spread good things around, it may benefit someone.