Flu: More Serious Than You Think

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Flu (seasonal influenza) is NOT to be mistaken for the common cold. The flu is a serious respiratory infection, which can lead to severe complications and even death. Although flu may seem like a minor illness, the complications that follow are serious, and may even result in death.

Flu is highly contagious. Influenza viruses is divided into 3 types:
(1) Type A. Subtypes A(H1N1) and A(H3N2) are the main ones circulating among humans.
(2) Type B. Infects humans almost exclusively and is responsible for severe pneumonia, meningitis and other invasive diseases in children below 5 years old.
(3) Type C. Less frequent. Usually causes either a very mild respiratory illness or no symptoms at all.

One of the dangers is that flu viruses are able to mutate as they travel all over the world. This is why immunity towards the virus does not last long, and people can catch the flu many times during their life. As children have a weaker immune system, they are more susceptible.

How Does Flu Spread

Flu spreads easily:
  • through droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • when an infected person touches a contaminated surface, which another person touches and subsequently touches his mouth.

Symptoms of Flu
  • sudden fever
  • chills and shakes
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • extreme fatigue
  • dry cough and/or sore throat
  • loss of appetite

In younger children or newborns, additional symptoms include:
  • high ever that can't be explained with no other signs of illness
  • febrile seizures/convulsions
  • stomach upset, vomiting, diarrhea
  • earaches and red eyes
  • severe leg or back pain due to muscle inflammation.
Incubation period (time from infection to when a person falls ill) is about 2 days.
Infection period is 1 day before symptoms start to show, and up to 5 days after falling sick.

Possible Complications from Flu
  • middle ear infections
  • neurological problems
  • heart inflammation
  • pulmonary diseases like bronchitis
Flu itself usually does not cause death, but produces consequences that lead to other serious medical conditions such as pneumonia or secondary bacterial infection, which can be fatal.

How to Reduce the Occurrence of Flu
  • good hygiene practices like frequent hand washing, covering one's mouth when coughing, proper disposal of tissues after use and avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth
  • stay at home for at least 24 hours if feeling sick with a flu-like illness.

High Risk People
  • people with chronic respiratory conditions like asthma, heart and lung diseases
  • pregnant women
  • adults above 65 years old
  • children below 5 years old
  • obese people.
    (Sources: 
    StarFit4Life, It's the Flu by Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, 20 November 2011
    StarFit4Life, Sensible Protection by Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail, 1 January 2012)

    Most Effective Treatment

    The best and most effective way to treat flu is by preventing it in the first place. We can do this by strengthening our immune system. Shuang Hor's Yung Kien Ganoderma has received accreditation from the Health Ministry of Taiwan under its Health Food Control Act 1999 that it is able to help enhance the production of immune cells and the production of antibodies. In other words, regular consumption of Yung Kien Ganoderma can boost up our immune defence so that it is strong enough to fight the invasion of these viruses and hence prevent flu.

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    Accreditations and Endorsements for Shuang Hor Lingzhi

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    Accreditations and Endorsements for Shuang Hor Lingzhi

    Monday, 28 November 2011

    In assessing whether a lingzhi/ganoderma is able to perform all the functions as claimed, it is crucial to look for third party or independent accreditations. Any company can make any sort of sensational claims on its own products. Are these claims substantiated and verified by any authority? If not, you should be able to form your opinion on the capability of the products.

    Shuang Hor's Lingzhi has received certifications and validations from many credible parties over the years. Among them are:

    1. Japan, Singapore and Malaysia
    Shuang Hor's lingzhi is endorsed by many government ministries. It is certified by the Health Ministry of Malaysia, for it to be distributed in Malaysia. Shuang Hor also has approval from the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore. One of the main functions of this organisation is to ensure that health products available in Singapore meet appropriate and acceptable standards in quality, safety and efficacy, which Shuang Hor's lingzhi does.
    Shuang Hor's lingzhi has also received endorsement from the Japan Health Food Association. This is something Shuang Hor is proud of because it is not easy for a foreign health product to penetrate into the Japanese market. Japan is a country which is well known to have high quality lingzhi, which it calls reishi. So, for the Japanese Health Food Association to endorse a similar product coming from another country is evidence that the product has met certain standards, which Shuang Hor's lingzhi does.

    2. Ministry of Health, Taiwan

    Shuang Hor's lingzhi has also been endorsed by the Health Ministry of Taiwan. Taiwan is one of the few countries, apart from Japan and China, to have enacted a Health Food Control Act. It was enacted in 1999 to enhance the management and supervision of matters relating to health food, protect the health of the people and safeguard the rights and interests of consumers.
    Shuang Hor's lingzhi has received 2 very difficult-to-earn accreditations. The 1st one is Immuno-Regulatory Health Food Accreditation. Based on the results of experiments carried out on animals and in vitro (outside the body) tests, it has the functions as below: 
    • Helps promote the production of antibodies
    • Helps enhance the production of immune cells
    • Helps modulate the functions of T-cells
    • Helps promote the vitality of natural killer cells
    • Helps promote the vitality of phagocytes.

    The 2nd one is on Liver Function Food Accreditation. Based on the results of animal tests, in which carbon tetrachloride was used to inflict damage on mouse liver, Shuang Hor's lingzhi has the functions as shown below: 
    • Helps reduce the indices of GOT and GPT. These are trans-aminase enzymes which are released by the liver if any of the liver cells die or are injured. If your GOT or GPT readings are high, that means that you have some form of injury or infection on your liver. Shuang Hor's lingzhi can repair those damaged cells.
    • Helps increase the protein content in the liver. This means Shuang Hor's lingzhi can help improve and increase the regenerating ability of your healthy liver cells.   
    3. Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
    GMP are practices and systems required to be adapted in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The ultimate goals are safeguarding the health of the patient as well as producing good quality medicine, medical devices or active pharmaceutical products. Complying with GMP is a mandatory aspect in pharmaceutical manufacturing. 

    However, lingzhi is a food, not a pharmaceutical product. Nevertheless, Shuang Hor has subjected itself to this stringent practices and complied with the GMP requirements. Shuang Hor company's Yung Kien Factory in Taiwan won the first certificate of Food GMP in lingzhi, authorised by the Industrial Development Bureau of Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan. And thus Shuang Hor became the first professional lingzhi manufacturer with Food GMP recognition in the world.

    4. ISO 9001:2008
    Shuang Hor is accredited with the ISO 9001, version 2008 certificate of approval, demonstrating the factory's production management system is able to ensure the highest efficacy and safety standards. ISO 9001:2008 specifies the requirements for a quality management system, where an organization:
    • needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide product that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements
    • aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
    This is important to ensure that every bottle of lingzhi we purchase, from the first bottle to the 1,000th bottle to the next 1,000,000th bottle, are of stringent high quality.

    (Source: http://www.shuanghor.com/Display.php?ID=kingdom_pride)

    From the above, you would note that Shuang Hor's Lingzhi - Yung Kien Ganodermahas been accredited with many endorsements to certify its Effectiveness and Safety. If you want to try this high quality Lingzhi, please email me at askfuiping@gmail.comClick here to refer to Shuang Hor company website for Product Description and Price.

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    The Culprits of Premature Aging and the Secret to Effectively Retard Premature Aging of Our Skin

    Thursday, 24 November 2011


    "You look much younger than your age!" 

    Aren't you delighted when somebody tells you this? Indeed, looking young always is everybody's aspiration. We don't really mind growing old so long as we're able to preserve our youthful looks. And that explains why there are such extensive research into creating products that can effectively retard premature aging of our skin.

    For people aspiring to look young and radiant for years to come, "anti-aging" is obviously the most crucial part in their skin-care regimen. It is a misleading notion that only those who have already reached a certain age start to worry about this problem. The increasingly deteriorating condition of environmental pollution, improper living habits, mental stress, exposure to excessive UV rays etc., are causing our skin to age at a faster rate, and younger age.

    Our Skin's Functions

    1. Protection: an anatomical barrier from pathogens and damage between the internal and external environment of our body.
    2. Sensation: our skin contains a variety of nerve endings that react to heat and cold, touch, pressure, vibration, and tissue injury.
    3. Heat regulation: dilated blood vessels increase heatloss, while constricted vessels reduce blood flow to the skin and conserve heat.
    4. Control of evaporation: the skin provides a relatively dry and semi-impermeable barrier to fluid loss. Loss of this function contributes to the massive fluid loss in burns.
    5. Aesthetics and communication: people see our skin and can assess our mood, physical state and attractiveness.
    6. Storage and synthesis: acts as a storage center for lipids and water, as well as a means of synthesis of vitamin D under the sun.
    7. Excretion: sweating is one of the ways to regulate our body temperature. 
    8. Absorption: the cells comprising the outermost 0.25–0.40 mm of the skin are "almost exclusively supplied by external oxygen". In addition, medicine can be administered through the skin, by ointments or by means of adhesive patch, such as the nicotine patch. 
    9. Water resistance: the skin acts as a water resistant barrier so essential nutrients aren't washed out of the body.
    (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_skin)

    The first sign of aging is not the emergence of crow's feet at the corners of our eyes. In fact, the manifestation of skin aging strikes earlier and takes many forms:
    • loss of skin lustre
    • appearance of brown spots
    • sagging skin
    • declining skin elasticity
    • surfacing of fine lines
    • more pronounced wrinkles
    • slackening of the skin tissues
    • diminishing contrast of facial contours
    • flabby neck etc.

    Prime Culprits Behind Premature Aging of the Skin

    1) Improper Cleansing

    Excessive cleansing is perhaps the least suspected cause of aging pores. Excessive cleansing can do more harm than good, including disturbing the moisture-retention balance in the skin. It actually strips away the moisture on our skin, and may result in our skin secreting more oil. Wrong skincare products may contain strong surfactants, mineral oil, artificial perfume and steroids. If improper skincare products are used, it will cause facial pores to become dehydrated and enlarged, and may lead to severe skin problem in the future. The recommended approach is to use a cleanser that gives adequate cleansing, is mildly acidic and does not over stimulate our skin.

    2) Ultraviolet Rays

    UV rays are universally known as being the leading cause of aging skin. Prolonged exposure to the sun causes sunburn and suntan. Other problems attributed to UV rays include formation of pigmentation on our skin and damage to our DNA, leading to declining immunity and dwindling health of our skin.

    3) Water Deficiency

    Water is the foundation on which the fitness of our skin lies. Our skin cells are bound to each other by water. In the event of water deficiency, our dermal cellular framework will become dry and collapse, resulting in an uneven surface of our skin and reduced skin elasticity.

    4) Build-up of Aged Cutins

    When skin cells grow old, they are gradually pushed outward to the outermost layer of our skin, where they become aged cutins, and are supposed to shed off naturally. However, many factors affect the normal shedding of aged cutins, including:
    • premature aging of our skin
    • incomplete cleansing
    • prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
    • undue sebaceous secretion
    • irregular hours between work and rest
    • fluctuations in climate.
    Over time, the build-up of aged cutins will start to clog our pores and our skin forms blackheads. It will disrupt our skin's ability to absorb moisture and nutrients, and we will have dull and uneven skin tone, as well as unable to generate new skin cells.

    In conclusion..

    The stability and intactness of the DNA in a dermal cell is a prerequisite for youthful skin. This ensures the normal functions of the cell and contributes to the production of proteins for youthful skin. As such, the earlier we establish a skin-care regimen that pays due attention to anti-aging, the better our chances to sustain our youthful looks.

    If you are looking for a skin-care product that effectively retards premature aging, check out this article Aquasense Total Renewal Cream: Ingredients of the Ultimate Skincare Product.

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    Ingredients in Aquasense Total Renewal Cream - Ultimate Skincare Product for Radiant, Clear Skin

    Tuesday, 22 November 2011


    Do you dream of having beautiful, radiant skin? Read on..

    Aquasense Total Renewal Cream is a skincare product rich in stem cells cultured from Criste Marine, done through a special technology to provide the bio-energy needed in the cellular growth and repair of our skin. It is like having our skin frozen in time, because it helps reduce all those fine lines and brown spots and helps to fade away our blemishes.

    Criste Marine is a very potent coastal plant source. The stem cells are extracted from its root, stem and new shoots. By penetrating into our skin tissues at the cellular level, Aquasense Total Renewal Cream protects and revitalizes our skin's stem cells to enhance their vitality, thus reactivating the mechanism to restore a flawless complexion for us.

    To find out more on what is Criste Marine stem cells, please read this article Criste Marine: Plant Stem Cells That Delay Premature Aging.

    10 More Top Ingredients in Aquasense Total Renewal Cream

    In addition to Criste Marine stem cells, Aquasense Total Renewal Cream is further enhanced with the following ingredients, in order to facilitate deep-layer repair and high-efficiency moisture retention:


    1) Growth Factor from Soy Protein: A vegetal placenta extracted from soya bean providing our skin cells with nutrients to promote metabolic activities.

    Codium tomentosum
    Blidingia minima algae
    2) Codium Tomentosum & Blidingia Minima Algae Extracts: Encourage hydration in the skin for long-lasting actions to lock up moisture and give clear exquisite skin.

    3) Biopeptides: Effective to
    • Maintain skin elasticity
    • Reduce wrinkles in the inner layers
    • Prevent premature ageing.
    4) Canadian Willowherb: Effective in alleviating the condition of skin allergy, peeling, tightening and irritation and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

    5) Gamma-PGA: Extracted from fermented soybeans, capable of absorbing water up to 3,500 times its original size, making it the most effective moisture-retention ingredient known.

    6) Beta-Glucane: Extracted from the cellular wall of yeast, capable of
    • Enhancing the immune system of the skin 
    • Resisting the harm of UV rays, air-borne pollutants, etc.
    7) Macadamia Oil: Capable of
    • Retaining moisture in the skin
    • Repairing the skin's horny layer (epidermis' outermost layer)
    • Delaying lipid peroxidation (process in which free radicals "steal" electrons from the lipids in cell membranes, resulting in cell damage)
    • Safeguarding the skin cells against external threats.
    8) Shea Butter: Can be readily absorbed by the skin and features powerful repair, anti-flammatory, and healing functions.

    9) Jojoba Oil: Capable of relieving the conditions of dehydrated, rough and flaky skin.

    10) Neroli Oil: Gives a dense and mildly sweet scent that helps
    • Ease mental stress
    • Promote cellular regeneration
    • Impart long-lasting moisture retention to enhance skin resilience.

    How to Use
    Smooth on to your face and neck after cleansing. Use day and night.

    Do you desire radiant, clear skin? Want to get rid of ugly acne scars and wrinkles? Please contact me at askfuiping@gmail.com  to buy Aquasense Total Renewal Cream. Click here to refer to Shuang Hor company website for Product Description and PriceI am an Authorized Distributor of the company.


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    Criste Marine: Plant Stem Cells That Delay Premature Aging

    Stem cells are biological cells that can divide into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. A newborn baby has some 250,000 stem cells in his body. As he grows older, the stem cells either dwindle in number or gradually lose their innate vitality. However, the dermal stem cells residing in the bottom layer of the epidermis of our skin are capable of continuously producing new dermal cells, hence are the key to maintaining youthful skin.

    Protecting and preserving the vitality of our dermal stem cells is all-important in retarding premature aging of our skin. When in excellent condition, dermal stem cells are capable of enabling skin rejuvenation and repair. More so, they play a crucial role in the renewal of damaged skin barrier at the cellular level. In other words, dermal stem cells are the key to keeping our skin hydrated and restoring its youthful radiance.


    Plant stem cells are reputed as being a revolutionary anti-ageing active ingredient. Extensive clinical experiments have pointed to the finding that Criste Marine Stem Cells have a rich cache of the "essense of youth" that delays aging. Plant stem cell is in the active state of a plant's life. It can provide endless energy and skin repair capacity.

    Criste Marine thrives on cliff tops along the coastlines of France. Since this unique type of sea algae sustains itself by absorbing nutrients from sea mist and high waves, it has developed a robust life system. It spends 12 hours submerged in seawater and the other 12 hours on the stones under the hot scorching sun. Criste Marine only grows during the springtime and has to be manually harvested. Its scarcity and special attributes have earned itself the reputation of being "the most precious skin-care ingredient of the 21st Century".

    The skin repair benefits of the plant stem cells of Criste Marine are accredited to their strikingly powerful affinity to the human skin cells. In particular, they work wonders in:
    • improving skin elasticity and radiance
    • promoting speedy wound healing
    • expediting dermal metabolism
    • preserving structural integrity of skin lipids
    • reducing melanin (which causes freckles) formation
    • initiating various skin protection functions.

    Aquasense Total Renewal Cream is an amazing skincare product that is rich in stem cells cultured from Criste Marine.

    To discover more secrets of Aquasense Total Renewal Cream, please *click* here to check out this article now.

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    What Happens When I Start Taking Lingzhi

    Monday, 21 November 2011

    During the first few days when a person starts taking Lingzhi, he will experience these Initial Responses:-

    1) Improvement of subjective symptoms. For instance, if you have a sinus problem, you will find that you're able to breath better and the frequency of attacks are lesser.

    2) Feel more energetic. You will feel more vitality and less tired.

    3) Sense of hunger. Your appetite may increase, but your body weight stabilizes.

    4) Sleep more deeply and soundly. Your sleeping hours may be reduced but you will wake up refreshed.

    5) Improved bowel movement. You will have better and smoother excretion.

    6) Vertigo reactions. This is a concept in Chinese medicine whereby the symptoms will become worse before they become better, as the causes of the diseases are being eliminated.

    Vertigo Reactions

    After taking Lingzhi for several days, slight vertigo reactions may result. It is not a side effect, so you should continue to consume. This is simply the result of Lingzhi's efficacy. The reactions will be different for each individual. Not everyone will experience the reaction, as it depends on the amount of toxins in the body that are being eliminated. Symptoms vary from 1 individual to another; for some they may be light, for others they may be more severe. It depends on one's constitution.

    In general, a person who has a hypersensitive constitution, or who takes large amount of medicines or chemical drugs will easily have such a reaction.

    For the following conditions, these reactions may occur:

    1. Acidic body constitution - very sleepy, thirsty and dry mouth, urination at night, frequent flatulence.

    2. Hypertension - heaviness in the head which may last for 1 to 2 weeks.

    3. Anemia - nose bleeding, mostly happening to women.

    4. Gastric disturbances - heat in the chest, poor appetite.

    5. Gastric ulcer - pain in the affected part.

    6. Gastroptosis (abnormal downward displacement of the stomach) - heavy feeling in the stomach, hiccough.

    7. Enteropathy (disease of the intestine) - diarrhea.

    8. Hepatopathy (disease of the liver) - hiccough or vomiting.

    9. Cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver - stool with blood stain.

    10. Renal (kidney) disease - protein level suddenly drop, slight edema (swelling caused by fluids) in the face.

    11. Diabetes - blood sugar may rise, slight edema in the hands and feet.

    12. Hemorrhoids (painful swollen veins in the lower portion of the rectum) - bleeding may occur occasionally.

    It must be highlighted again that these are not side effects. It is the process of toxic substances within the body being discharged. So do not worry. Continue to consume consistently and the symptoms will lessen or disappear very soon. It is a positive sign when these symptoms occur, because it means the disease will be cured gradually.

    (Source: Ganoderman (Lingzhi) A Miraculous Herb, Double Crane Enterprise Co. Ltd)

    Related Articles:
    What is Vertigo Reaction - Some Facts and Figures
    Why Lingzhi Seems to be Ineffective for Some People

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    What are the Symptoms and Causes of Hypothyroidism

    Friday, 18 November 2011

    Hypothyroidism is a condition that occurs when your thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormones (thyroxine) than your body needs.

    Thyroid hormones are crucial for the following functions:-
    • for our body's metabolism
    • affects our breathing, brain development, heartbeat, nervous system, body temperature, muscle strength, skin dryness, menstrual cycles and weight.
    Hypothyroidism happens more in women than men.
    Older people are more likely to get it.
    Most people do not know they have hypothyroidism because the symptoms are non-specific and easily confused with other diseases.

    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
    • fatigue
    • weight gain
    • depression
    • intolerance to cold
    • feeling sleepy all the time
    • hair getting dry and course
    • skin getting dry
    • constipation
    • muscle cramps
    • difficulty in concentrating
    • swelling of the legs
    • increased cholesterol levels
    • puffiness around the eyes
    • slow down in heart rate or body temperature.

    Causes of Hypothyroidism

    1) Hashimoto's thyroiditis. It is an inherited autoimmune condition. This means that your body's own defence cells attack your thyroid gland cells. Very common in Western countries.

    2) Thyroiditis following hyperthyroidism. Affects up to 8% of women after pregnancy. When your thyroid gland becomes inflamed, thyroid hormones leak out of your inflamed thyroid gland and cause hyperthyroidism. After the leakage stops, you go into a hypothyroid phase because the inflamed cells reduce production of the thyroid hormones. This phase usually lasts for 6 months or so before returning to normal.

    3) Destruction of thyroid cells.
    When your thyroid gland is removed or destroyed because of:
    • cancer
    • Grave's Disease (which causes hyperthyroidism)
    • a goitre (abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland that causes a lump to form in the throat),
    you no longer have that many thyroid cells left to produce thyroid hormones. You may have to go on thyroxine pills the rest of your life.

    4) Pituitary or hypothalamic disease. The thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland and governed by the hypothalamus. You will get hypothyroidism if anything were to affect the pituitary gland and hypothalamus, such as:
    • medications for hyperthyroidism may cause the reverse - hypothyroidism
    • iodine deficiency eg lack of seafood.

    (Source: I Feel Slowww... by Dr Y.L.M., Star2 Health 16 November 2011)

    For info on the "opposite" problem, read this article What is Hyperthyroidism - Symptoms and Causes.



    Lingzhi/Ganoderma is well-known for its ability to regulate our body functions. Hence lingzhi is sought after as an effective solution to control hypothyroidism condition to bring it back to normal. Click on this link to understand how Lingzhi regulates our immune system.

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    How to Keep Intestinal Problems at Bay - Probiotics

    Thursday, 17 November 2011

    As the saying goes, "Illnesses often find their way into our body from our mouth". That is because the source of most of our health problems usually originates from unhygienic food and drinks.

    Our modern lifestyle is typified by a hectic schedule, irregular meals, not enough rest, stress and exhaustion from work. These unfavourable factors give rise to a long list of diseases affecting our digestive tract, with symptoms like stomach ache, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea etc which are signals for more serious diseases.

    The intestinal tract is that portion of the digestive system connecting our stomach to the anus, covering the small intestine, large intestine and the rectum.

    Function of:
    1) Small intestine - absorption of chyme (semifluid mass of partly digested food from the stomach).
    2) Large intestine - condense the remaining digestive waste of the food.
    3) Rectum/anus - eliminate the waste via feces out of our body system.

    As more than 90% of the nutrients needed by our body are absorbed in our digestive tract, we must take great effort to preserve its wellbeing. The most effective approach in preventing diseases affecting the digestive tract is to observe a proper dietary habit.

    This include:
    - ensuring hygienic condition of the foods before they are served
    - reducing consumption of raw and cold foods
    - ensuring our drinking water is properly boiled or filtered
    - have meals at regular hours.

    Probiotics

    The intake of probiotic formulations is a proven solution to preserving long-term healthy condition of our intestinal tract. By maintaining the population of the friendly bacteria at a sufficiently large number, it will reduce the presence of harmful bacteria.

    Probiotics mainly refer to Lactobacillus (lactic acid bacteria) and in part Saccharomyces (yeast).
    Functions of Lactobacillus include:
    - housekeeping of the flora colonies in the gut
    - beef up the immune mechanism in the intestinal tract
    - enhance the nutritional value of the food we eat
    - support the synthesis of vitamins and production of enzymes
    - reduce the content of cholesterols
    - reduce the risk of colon cancer
    - subdue the growth of tumour.

    Conclusion

    Probiotics are viable bacteria that benefit us provided the bacteria are taken on a daily basis, in "alive" form and in sufficiently large number.

    Source: Keep Intestinal Problems at Bay via Proper Housekeeping of Flora Balance in the Gut, Shuang Hor Magazine, September 2011 Issue

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    Lingzhi is Remarkable for Treating Gynecological Diseases and Infertility Problems

    Monday, 14 November 2011

    Dr. Yoshinori Imanishi, Head of the Imanish Gynecology and Obstetrics Hospital, prescribed Lingzhi to women patients who had menstrual cramps, dizziness, irregular menstruation, menopausal disturbances and difficulty in getting pregnant.

    These are some of the results:

    1) A 46 year old woman took Lingzhi for 1 month, after which her dizziness and shoulder pains were relieved.

    2) A pregnant woman had distress in her chest and no appetite. After treatment with Lingzhi her condition improved.

    3) A woman with a physiological disorder was married for many years but could not conceive. After taking Lingzhi for 3 months, she became pregnant.

    4) A patient who consumed Lingzhi with herbal medicines felt relieve from serious dizziness and shoulder pain after 3 months.

    5) Another patient who also consumed Lingzhi with herbal medicines experienced a reduction in abdominal pain.


    Lingzhi and Pregnancy

    Lingzhi is very effective in helping women who have difficulty in getting pregnant, or who have had habitual miscarriage before.

    Prof. Kanata of Tohoku University believes that taking Lingzhi can improve sexual drive of both the male and female, as well as intensifying the activity of spermatozoa and regulating ovulation of the female.

    During pregnancy, women are quite sensitive to outer stimulation, both mentally and physically. Even though getting pregnant is a natural phenomenon, most women have difficulty adapting to it. During this period, taking Lingzhi may act as a hemocatharsis (cleansing of the blood), a diuretic (elevate rate of urination) and as a detoxicant (eliminate or reduce toxic substances), thereby allowing the fetus to develop normally.

    (Source: Ganoderma (Lingzhi) A Miraculous Herb, Double Crane Enterprise Co. Ltd)

    Please email me at askfuiping@gmail.com if you want to buy Lingzhi to help friends who have difficulty conceiving or pregnant friends who want to alleviate their discomforts.
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    What is Hyperthyroidism - Symptoms and Causes

    Sunday, 13 November 2011


    Our thyroid is shaped like a butterfly and located in front of our throat, just below our larynx. The thyroid gland produces, stores and releases thyroid hormones into our bloodstream. There are 2 main hormones:
    • T3 (tri-iodothyronine)
    • T4 (thyroxine)

    T3 and T4 are crucial for the following functions:-
    • for our body's metabolism
    • affects our breathing, brain development, heartbeat, nervous system, body temperature, muscle strength, skin dryness, menstrual cycles and weight.

    Our thyroid gland also produces a hormone called calcitonin, which affects our blood calcium level.
    Thyroid hormone production is governed by our pituitary gland in our brain through TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone).

    What is Hyperthyroidism?

    It happens when we have too much T4 or T3 circulating in our blood stream. The T4 or T3 can be overproduced by our thyroid glands either on its own, or because it's overstimulated by too much TSH circulating in our bodies.

    Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism
    • nervousness or irritability
    • frequent mood swings
    • insomnia
    • get tired easily
    • inability to tolerate heat
    • trembling of hand at rest
    • palpitations or rapid heartbeat
    • frequent bowel movements
    • loss of weight despite a good appetite

      Causes of Hyperthyroidism

      1) Grave's disease. Most common cause. Happens when our body's own immune system attacks the thyroid tissue and cells. In this disease, our body makes an antigen called TSI (thyroid stimulating immunoglobulin) which mimics the TSH and causes our body to make too much thyroxine.

      2) Thyroid nodules growing in 1 or more lobes of the thyroid gland.
      Adenoma - benign thyroid nodules. Don't produce hormones.
      Toxic adenoma - overactive thyroid nodules that produce excessive hormones.
      Toxic multinodular goitre - multiple nodules which are overactive.

      3) Thyroiditis. This inflammation of the thyroid gland causes the thyroid hormones to leak out of the gland into the bloodstream.

      4) Eating too much iodine, e.g. from medications like amiodarone for heart rhythm irregularities, certain cough syrups, seaweed supplement.

      Source: Thyroid Overload by Dr Y.L.M., Star2 Health 2 November 2011

      For info on the "opposite" problem, check out this article What are the Symptoms and Causes of Hypothyroidism.


      Lingzhi/ganoderma is well-known for its ability to regulate our body functions. Hence lingzhi is sought after as an effective solution to control hyperthyroidism condition to bring it back to normal. Click on this link to understand how Lingzhi regulates our immune system.

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      Some Technical Facts on F-A-T-S

      Friday, 11 November 2011

      We know that excessive fat intake causes excessive weight gain and obesity. But do you know there are "good" fats and "bad" fats? Most of us get confused. Here are some facts.

      A small amount of fat in the diet is essential for health. Its functions include:

      1) Contributes to the energy needs of a person.
      2) Provides essential fatty acids (EFA) that cannot be made by the body.
      3) Promotes absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K).
      4) Improves the taste and flavour of food.

      Types of Fatty Acids

      The fat molecule, known as triglyceride, is made up of 2 components:
      - glycerol backbone
      - fatty acids attached to it.


      Fatty acids are composed of varying numbers of carbon and hydrogen atoms.

      1) Saturated fatty acid (SFA) - when all bonds joining the carbon atoms in a fatty acid molecule are single (saturated) bonds. Eg. beef or mutton fat, pork fat, coconut oil.
      2) Unsaturated fatty acid - when 1 or more double (unsaturated) bonds occur in the fatty acid chain. Eg. olive oil, soya bean oil, palm oil.
           (i) Monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) - 1 double bond.
           (ii) Polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) - more than 1 double bond.

      Essential fatty acids (PUFA which cannot be made in the body and must be obtained from our diet) are:
      (a) linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid)
      (b) alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3 fatty acid)
      Eg. seed oils, fish, nuts, vegetables, smaller amounts in meat, eggs and dairy products

      Hydrogenation - an artificial way to "saturate" an unsaturated oil so as to make it harder, by adding hydrogen to the double bonds in polyunsaturated oils. Eg. margarine. Trans fatty acids (TFA) or trans fats are thereby formed. TFA have been shown to have harmful effects on human health, especially in increasing risk of coronary heart disease.

      Proper understanding of cholesterol

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      Cholesterol is required by our body for many purposes, including:
      1) to build cell membranes
      2) to manufacture bile acids, steroid hormones and vitamin D.

      Cholesterol is found only in foods of animal origin, eg. egg yolk, butter, meat, seafood, milk.
      2 points to highlight:

      (i) Cholesterol from diet plays only a minor role in increasing blood cholesterol. Unless a person has high blood cholesterol, don't be overly concerned about cholesterol from the diet.

      (ii) Most of our body's cholesterol is manufactured in our liver. The healthier is our liver, the better our cholesterol level should be. If we have fatty liver or raised liver enzymes, our liver usually make greater amounts of triglycerides and LDL "bad" cholesterol. Our liver is the main fat burning organ in our body. If we have a fatty liver then our liver is storing fat, not burning fat.

      (Source: Avoid Excessive Fat Intake by Dr Tee E Siong, nutritionist)

      Related Article:-
      Fatty Liver - What Are The Risk Factors And Tips To Keep It Healthy

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      Lingzhi is Effective in Treatment of Hepatitis and Liver Dysfunction

      Sunday, 6 November 2011

      Our liver is one of the most important organs to maintain our health. Simply by keeping our liver in good shape, we will be able to keep a lot of sickness at bay. Unfortunately, liver functions are quite complicated. Therefore, liver diseases are considered difficult to treat. Dietetic treatment is generally the only method adopted by Western physicians.

      Fortunately, Lingzhi is able to return this complicated organ's functions back to normal. When our liver function is declining, we feel extremely tired. Taking Lingzhi can help ease the fatigue. In fact, based on some practical investigations, it is found that Lingzhi contributes a very positive effect.

      Dr. Shigeru Yuji from Kinki University reported that 10% of liver disorders could be cured after taking Lingzhi for 2 months. 40% of the patients were relieved of their symptoms and their liver sizes were reduced. 50% of the patients felt their symptoms diminished.

      Dr. Mitsui Hashimoto, Head of Hashimoto Hospital, disclosed that he prescribed Lingzhi for hepatitis patients and it proved to be exceptional.

      He prescribed 6 capsules per day to some patients who could not benefit from other drugs. 3 months later, all the said patients were recovering. Their GOT and GPT values decreased from 200-300 to 100. When the liver sustains damage it will excrete specific enzymes, such as GPT (ALT) and GOT (AST). Abnormal values of these 2 enzymes indicate a problem in the liver. GPT (ALT) normal range is 5-35 IU/L. GOT (AST) normal range is 10-34 IU/L.

      Dr. Hashimoto revealed that a patient who used Lingzhi together with some Chinese herbal medicines also reported decreased GOT and GPT readings.

      There was another case of hepatitis complicated with hypertension. After taking Lingzhi, satisfactory results were obtained.

      The above conditions were not conclusively satisfactory, but positive results of taking Lingzhi on hepatitis can be expected.

      Source: Ganoderma (Lingzhi) - A Miraculous Herb, Double Crane Enterprise Co. Ltd

      Related Articles:
      Liver - How to Take Care of This Silent Workhorse

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      Guest Blog Testimony: How Lingzhi and Pollen Help My Migraine and Gastric Conditions

      Saturday, 5 November 2011

      This is a Testimony by Ms Jennifer Lee on her first month's experience after consuming Lingzhi and Pollen for her Migraine and Gastric ailments.

      Start of Testimony:

      How I was introduced to the Shuang Hor Yung Kien Ganoderma (Lingzhi) & Bee Pollen (Pollen)…

      I was complaining to a friend that since the beginning of the year, I have been having bad headache, body ache, feelings of nausea & lethargy and flatulence throughout each of my menstruation period. I have never suffered any serious PMS symptoms previously. I disliked this feeling and it was disrupting my daily routine. I suspected that I might have hormonal imbalance and was planning to visit a gynaecologist.

      Aside from this discomfort, I have been suffering the lifelong ailments of Migraine and Gastric.

      My friend then recommended me to speak to Fui Ping to find out more about Lingzhi. He is very satisfied with Lingzhi and highly recommended me to try it. So that’s how this started...

      After a long explanation on the benefits and effects of Lingzhi by Fui Ping…

      As I am very sensitive and allergic to various foods (this requires a long explanation), I was very skeptical and reluctant to try after the detailed explanation. I was very worried about the vertigo effects of consuming Lingzhi. I was also very conscious about the cost as I am worried that I might just waste my money if the Lingzhi does not agree with my body.

      I researched on the internet and asked around to find out more about Lingzhi. There were indeed more positive feedback among the mix reviews I have received from this personal survey.

      Despite my skepticism, my partner insisted that I should try and he proceeded to purchase the Lingzhi on my behalf.


      Now that I have a 3 month supply of Shuang Hor Yung Kien Ganoderma & Bee Pollen…

      So I started to consume 2 capsules of Lingzhi and 4 capsules Pollen twice a day, once before my breakfast and another before I go to bed. I was not ready to consume a huge dosage as suggested by Fui Ping to avoid any sensitivity or allergic reaction. I was also having gastric pain during that time, so I was careful not to consume anything that will aggravate my gastric problem.

      For the 1st week, I did not feel any dramatic physical difference except for a big painful acne inside my ear, which eventually subsided after a week. My gastric did not react even when I consumed the Lingzhi and Pollen on empty stomach. This is a very positive sign, I was thinking to myself.

      On top of that, just after 3 days of consuming the Lingzhi and Pollen, my colleague who sat next to me, commented that I looked fresher and less tired. I also noticed that I did not have any body ache which I usually felt after a whole day of facing my PC at work.

      Then on the 2nd week, I increased my dosage from 2 Lingzhi and 4 Pollen twice a day to 4 Lingzhi and 8 Pollen twice a day. Right after, I had many breakouts on my back,  but it subsided after 4 days. During this time, my period came and I noticed that aside from the headache, I do not have any of the other usual symptoms. The headache was also a bearable one which I did not need to take any painkillers for.

      By the 3rd week, I reduced my dosage back to 2 Lingzhi and 4 Pollen twice a day. It has been 4 weeks since I started this program. I feel less tired and am able to sleep later (prior to this, I used to feel very sleepy early in the night, and usually will doze off by 9pm).

      I will continue to consume and I am looking forward to my next period cycle to see if the symptoms are truly gone. I will keep you posted.

      End of Testimony.

      Are you suffering from migraine and gastric? Please email me at laifuiping@gmail.com if you want give this Lingzhi + Pollen Program a try.
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      Stroke - Risk Factors and the Role of Lingzhi

      Thursday, 3 November 2011

      Email askfuiping@gmail.com to buy Shuang Hor Lingzhi to prevent or manage stroke.


      A stroke happens when the flow of blood to part of the brain is interrupted for longer than a few seconds. Deprived of blood and oxygen, the affected brain cells die, resulting in permanent damage to the brain.

      There are 2 major Types of Stroke:

      1) Ischaemic stroke. Occurs when a vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked.
      (a) Thrombotic stroke - when a clot forms in an artery that is already very narrow.
      (b) Cerebral embolism / embolic stroke - a clot breaks off from another place in the blood vessel and travels up to the brain.
      Transient ischaemic attack (mini stroke) is caused by a blockage in the arteries supplying blood to the brain. They typically last less than 2 hours.

      2) Haemorrhagic stroke. Occurs when a blood vessel in the brain becomes weak and bursts, causing blood to leak into the brain.

      Risk Factors for Stroke

      1) Hypertension. According to a report published online in Neurology on October 2011, people who have pre-hypertension were 55% more likely to have a stroke compared to people with normal blood pressure. Pre-hypertension is defined by systolic blood pressure of 120-139 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure of 80-89 mmHg.
      2) Diabetes. Diabetics are 4 times more likely to have a stroke.
      3) Atrial fibrillation (AF), a condition where the upper chambers of the heart (atria) beat rapidly and unpredictably, producing an irregular heartbeat. AF patients are 5 times more likely to suffer from a stroke.
      4) High cholesterol can block normal blood flow to the brain and increase the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis (hardening of the artery walls).
      5) Heart disease or atherosclerosis.
      6) Family history of stroke.
      7) Lifestyle factors e.g. sedentary lifestyle, overweight, drink heavily, smoke, takes drugs.

      Signs and Symptoms of Stroke
      • Sudden severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting or dizziness.
      • Confusion or trouble speaking and understanding.
      • Paralysis or numbness on 1 side of the body.
      • Trouble seeing in 1 or both eyes.
      • Difficulty in swallowing.
      • Difficulty walking, loss of coordination and balance.
      • Change in alertness, such as feeling drowsy.


      How to Remember the Warning Signs - FAST
      • F for Face: Ask the person to smile. Does 1 side of the face droop?
      • A for Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does 1 arm drift downward?
      • S for Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?
      • T for Time: If you observe any of these signs, seek medical help immediately.
      The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified stroke as the 4th highest burden of disease worldwide. In Malaysia, stroke is the 3rd largest cause of death.

      (Source: StarFit4Life, When Stroke Strikes by Dr Kalpana Naya 30 October 2011)

      How Does Lingzhi Prevent Stroke?


      To discover how to reduce the risk factors of stroke and the significant role Lingzhi / Ganoderma plays, please check out the following articles:

      1) Hypertension - Love Your Heart So It Can Love You Back.
      2) Diabetes - Diabetes is No More a Dreaded Disease: The Role of Ganoderma.
      3) High cholesterol - 8 Compelling Reasons Why Jia Hor Fibre Is So Unique.
      4) Heart disease - Heart Disease - The Malaysian Experience.

      Please email me at askfuiping@gmail.com should you want to purchase Lingzhi to prevent or manage stroke. Click here to refer to Shuang Hor company website for Product Description and Price.


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