Cancer Update
Johns Hopkins Hospital
 John Hopkins hospital

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/dayand by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply. *CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.

B. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body intoan alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un- forgiveness and bitterness putthe body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Please share this with your friends.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.


By Chan Suy Sang in collaboration with Lee Kim Thai

Kim Thai told me that after babysitting her son for a few months, she felt restless. Then she got a job in a Church. But she also babysat there by bringing her son along to work everyday. To her that was a good arrangement, as she could look after her baby could draw a stipend. Though her salary was meagre and she had to be frugal. But wasn't that hitting two birds with one stone!

 Trsut Money
When her son was older, Kim Thai grabbed the opportunity to make money. Where else could she see more money than dealing with money especially where people bring in cash to invest. She was involved with selling unit trusts. It was in 1993. here was a boom then and people were loaded with cash. So they invested. Many people trusted unit trusts. There she made good money and climbed up the corporate ladder until she was raised to the position of agency manager. She got perks too one of which was a free trip to America. She flew to Los Angeles and traversed a number of states, cities and set eyes on many attractions in the United States.

Came 1997, the economic bubble burst. The economy was on the downturn. People held on to their cash and declined to invest. Kim Thai's business hit bottom. What to do? She bade the company adieu!

However, good fortune descended from the Divine. Her church offered her a free trip to England. That was a dream came true for Kim Thai. So she flew to U.K. There she visited the whole of the United Kingdom. She called on Shakespeare's hometown. She traipsed the Midlands and was captivated with its spectacular scenery.

 Bethlehem Map
From England Kim Thai made a pilgrimage to the holy land. She visited Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem. She set eyes on the Red Sea and floated her whole body in the Dead Sea. According to her in the Dead Sea nobody would get drown because nobody's body would go down.

 Chicken No
Food was fish, lamb, beef but no chicken. No porcine meat there was understandable, but no chicken was unexplainable! For an order of fish and chips, they served her a whole tilapia fish plus the potato chips. In the Sea of Galilee, she saw huge catfish. Everybody in the streets put on a headgear such as a hat, a cap, a scarf, a veil or a scalp cap.

 Straw Hat Animation
She wondered why and inquired. She was told that was to indicate that human was only that high. It meant that regarding human height the hat is the limit not the sky. here in Israel, she saw the deserts and the nomads. She saw the incessant rattle of gunfire and bombs in the Gaza Strip. Finally she confided, "that was the most wonderful trip I could aspire that pilgrimage!"


Much patriotism was shown by the school and the students towards the National Language Month. Led by a enthusiastic principal much time went into preparing students to participate in the various contests conducted in the Malay language. Examples: English nursery rhymes and songs were rendered into Malay. Of course the results were encouraging with the schooling raking in many top prizes. The school also won accolades from the organizers of the contests. Mr. Miles was on cloud nine.

His diary mentioned many names including: Tin Chee, Ghafar, Tengku Rubiah, Nor Safian, Ampusadchy, Siti Hafsah, Hay Yin, How Seng, Looi Wai Seng, Sakunthala, Tong Ah Tai, Lim Kok Cheng, Alamshah, Janan, Shafie, Mohd Noor, Keat Swee, Rahman Aziz, Zamri, Sathiah, Bahari, Mustafa, Tengku Jamaluddin, Rahim, Latif, Hassan.

To set a good example to the students the principal also fasted with the Muslim students. That was the happenings in February 1961.


After waitng for about 15 minutes at the Subang Jaya train station, the commuter train came. It passed a few stations before I heard my cell phone rang. It was from Liew Fook Choy the guy I wanted to meet in Klang. As soon as I heard his call, the train pulled into the Klang train station. I told him I had just arrived. I walked out to the station's waiting area. There I stood and after a quarter of an hour Fook Choy alighted from his car and beckoned me. I boarded his car and he drove us round taking the route to Sri Andalas. Then he drove me over to the housing area where Harbans Singh lived. At a corner restaurant, we had lunch. We ate fried noodles and a platter of oyster fried with eggs. The food was too much for us. I did not eat much. It was Fook Choy's treat.

After food, we drove over to Harbans Singh's house. Harbans was lively, but he looked worn down. He must have shed quite a lot of weight. He said he had problems of consuming good food of late. He couldn't take too rich food as his body would heat up. Then he would cough blood. However, he was alert and moved about quite freely; and, a lot exuded from his mouth. His talk was sensible and logical especially regarding things spiritual.

Harbans dealt a heavy blow on the unethical tactics of many direct sale people. According to him, none of those products were real but they were blown-up by the agents who pester people to buy. They fleeced the buyers. Imagine a bottle of liquid drinks the size of a half bottle of Coke goes for RM160. The agents claimed the liquid cures all diseases! Once you have bought a bottle, then they ask you to join as an agent/member and make money. From thence on, the talk is no more of the efficacy of the product, but how much money you could make! You would be led to think about profits and how you would succeed in earning money. To Harbans's view we affirmed totally.

After tea we left at 5.30. Fook Choy sent me to the commuter train station and yours truly was the way back to Subang Jaya. Oh! something interesting happened in the train. I was a standing passenger. A Malay youngster got up from his seat and tucked at my shirt. He asked me to sit down. But on turning round a foreign-looking youngster had dumped his bum on the just vacated seat. My would-be seat benefactor looked disappointed but I comforted him saying, "never mind, for me standing is fine."


Life can begin at 60, it is all in your hands!

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years of age owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinion. But it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant.

1. Never say: 'I am aged'. There are three ages, chronological, biological, and psychological. The first is calculated based on our date of birth; the second is determined by the health conditions and the third is how old you feel you are. While we don't have control over the first, we can take care of our health with good diet, exercise and a cheerful attitude. A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth: If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority. Thus, you will not be a burden to them. Have an annual health check-up and take the prescribed medicines regularly. Do take health insurance cover.

3. Money is important: Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life, keeping good health and earning family respect and security. Don't spend beyond your means even for your children. You have lived for them all through and it is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse. If your children are grateful and they take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation: The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter. Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

5. Time is precious: It is almost like holding a horse's reins. When they are in your hands, you can control them. Imagine that everyday you are born again. Yesterday is a cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash use it profitably. Live this moment.

6. Change is the only permanent thing: We should accept change - it is inevitable. The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things. We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness: All of us are basically selfish. Whatever we do, we expect something in return. We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us. But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness we derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.

8. Forget and forgive: Don't be bothered too much about others' mistakes. We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one. But for the sake of our own health and happiness, let us forgive and forget them. Otherwise, we will be only increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a purpose: Take life as it comes. Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are. Everybody is unique and right in his own way.

10. Overcome the fear of death: We all know that one day we have to leave this world. Still we are afraid of death. We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on.


"What is your wish for 2011?" was a question posed to ten young people for the "Youth Says" column in the New Straits Times.

The answers ranged from "world peace" (no surprise) to "no corruption in Malaysian politics" (surprise).

There was a wish to meet popular rock stars, to backpack around the world, and - inevitably - to get a car. (What teenager just attaining driving age does't want a car?)

The thing that caught my attention, though, was the phrase to become rich - which appeared in three of the ten answers. That's a pretty high percentage of young people wanting to fall down and worship the God of Money. (To be perfectly fair, though, one of the answers went on to say "so that I can help poor people.")

Have we - parents, teachers, mentors - given our charges the impression that making a living is more important than making a life? If we've done that, we've probably also - inevitable, perhaps - made it appear that the more opulent the living the happier we'll be. (One of the young persons who wished for riches said it was so he could "be free from all financial problems." Little does he know!)

The answer I liked best was the one which said he simply wished that everyone could go to bed at night with a smile on their face.

With all the wars and rumours of wars in the world, with all the back-stabbing and insults being hurled at one another, with all the natural disasters that interrupt so many lives and eclipse the man-made disasters, it so often seems that there's nothing to smile about, so wouldn't it be fantastic if that wish came true?

It could - if people and nations put aside their differences and agreed to treat each other as they liked to be treated. It could - if people and nations were better prepared - physically and mentally - to cope when the awful inevitable happens. It could - for then everyone would really have something to smile about.

- Ted Miles. -


 Rabbit Year 2011 - Left


 Rabbit Year 2011 - Right

 Book and Quill
Edited and written by Chan Suy Sang

Our condolences to the family and tribesmen of the Reverend Bah Rahu, who had been called back to be with the Lord, recently.

We also wish to register our heart-felt sympathies and condolences to Loh Kok Keong and his family on the demise of his wife Mrs. Loh Kok Keong.

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