THE MESSAGE NO. 117 AUGUST 2011
THE ANONYMOUS LADY'S SERIES - ALAM SHAH HA'ANIM EDITION
TO STAY HEALTHY AND FREE FROM CANCER, EAT PAPAYA EVERYDAY.
Papaya -- No need to cry about scarcity of blueberries, strawberries, etc in SOUTHEAST ASIA. We have our wonderful payayas, pineapples and bananas, and durians and mangoes are affordable. Papaya was the only studied food found to halt breast cancer.
Scientists studied 14 plant foods commonly consumed in Mexico to determine their ability to halt breast cancer cell growth. These included avocado, black sapote, fuava, mango, prickly pear cactus (nopal), pineapple, grapes, tomato, and papaya. They also evaluated beta-carotene, total plant phenolics, and gallic acid contents and antioxidant capacity. They found that only papaya had a significant effect on stopping breast cancer cell growth. (International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition, May)
Papaya is a store-house of cancer fighting lycopene. The intense orangey-pink color of papaya means it is chock full of cancer fighting carotenoids.
Not only beta carotene, but lycopene is found in abundance. The construction of lycopene makes it highly reactive toward oxygen and free radicals. Scientists at the University of Illinois think this anti-oxidant activity contributes to its effectiveness as a cancer fighting agent.
Epidemiological studies have indicated an inverse relationship between lycopene intake and prostate cancer risk. They showed that oral lycopene is highly bioavailable, accumulates in prostate tissue, and is localized in the nucleus of prostate epithelial cells.
In addition to antioxidant activity, other experiments have indicated that lycopene induces cancer cell death, anti-metastatic activity, and the up-regulation of protective enzymes. Phase I and II studies have established the safety of lycopene supplementation. (Cancer Letter, October 8, 2008)
Prostate cancer was the subject of a study in Australia that looked at 130 prostate cancer patients and 274 hospitalized controls.
The scientists found that men who consumed the most lycopene-rich fruits and vegetables such as papaya were 82% less likely to have prostate cancer. In this study, green tea also exerted a powerful anti-cancer effect. When lycopene-rich foods were consumed with green tea, the combination was even more effective, an outcome the researchers credited to their synergy. (Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007)
Isothiocyanates found in papaya restore the cell cycle to eliminate cancer Organo-sulfur compounds called isothiocyanates are found in papaya. In animal experiments, isothiocyanates protected against cancers of the breast, lung, colon pancreas, and prostate, as well as leukemia, and they have the potential to prevent cancer in humans. Isothiocyanates have shown themselves capable of inhibiting both the formation and development of cancer cells through multiple pathways and mechanisms. (International Journal of Oncology, October, 2008)
Researchers in Japan clarified the mechanisms of action in a type of isothiocyanate found in papaya known as BITC, that underlies the relationship between cell cycle regulation and appropriate cell death.
When cancerous cells die on schedule, they are no longer a problem. The researchers established that BITC exerted cancer cell killing effects that were greater in the proliferating cells than in the quiescent cells. Cancer cells that are proliferating are much more dangerous than cancer cells that are in a state of dormancy. (Forum of Nutrition, 2009)
Enzymes from papaya digest proteins including those that protect tumors. The fruit and other parts of the papaya tree, also known as the paw paw tree, contain papain and chymopapain, powerful proteolytic enzymes that facilitate chemical reactions in the body. They promote digestion by helping to break down proteins from food into amino acids that can be recombined to produce protein useable by humans. Proteolytic enzymes protect the body from inflammation and help heal burns. They do a good job of digesting unwanted scar tissue both on the skin and under its surface.
Research has shown that the physical and mental health of people is highly dependent on their ability to produce proteins they can use effectively. However, as people age, they produce less of the enzymes needed to effectively digest proteins from food and free needed amino acids. They are left with excessive amounts of undigested protein which can lead to overgrowth of unwanted bacteria in the intestinal tract, and a lack of available amino acids.
Eating papaya after a meal promotes digestion, and helps prevent bloating, gas production, and indigestion. It is quite helpful after antibiotic use to replenish friendly intestinal bacteria that were the casualties in the war against the unwanted bacteria. When the intestinal tract is well populated with friendly bacteria, the immune system is strengthened, and can better protect against flu and cancer.
Being a proteolytic enzyme, papain is able to destroy intestinal parasites, which are composed mostly of protein. To rid the body of intestinal parasites, half a cup of papaya juice can be alternated each hour for twelve consecutive hours with the same amount of cucumber or green bean juice.
Papaya contains fibrin, another useful compound not readily found in the plant kingdom. Fibrin reduces the risk of blood clots and improves the quality of blood cells, optimizing the ability of blood to flow through the circulatory system. Fibrin is also important in preventing stokes. Proteolytic enzymes containing fibrin are a goo d idea for long plane rides to minimize the potential of blood clots in the legs. People who sit at a desk all day might want to use proteolytic enzymes too.
Proteolytic enzymes are able to digest and destroy the defense shields of viruses, tumors, allergens, yeasts, a nd various forms of fungus. Once the shield is destroyed, tu! mors and ! invading organisms are extremely vulnerable and easily taken care of by the immune system.
Undigested proteins can penetrate the gut and wind up in the bloodstream where they are treated by the immune system as invaders. If too many undigested proteins are floating around, the immune system becomes overburdened and unable to attend to the other tasks it was meant to do. Proteolytic enzymes can digest these rogue proteins, freeing up the immune system. Let's ensure a slice of papaya everyday.
FROM SIR WITH LOVE
I was twenty-four when I arrived in Malaya in 1951, so now that I'm eighty-four I have sixty years of experiences to reflect on, memories to brighten up my old-age days.
When I think about it, I realize I have called quite a few places "home", each one in a class by itself.
My first Malayan home was a room downstairs in the Wesley Church manse, just across the lawn from M.B.S., where my first year was spent teaching Senior boys. Nearly every afternoon my room was crowded with those boys – some to get help with an essay or other assignment, some to pepper me with questions about the “real America” as opposed to the Hollywood version.
The Teilmann family lived upstairs in the manse – Gunnar and Wava and their two little girls, Beth and Johanna. They treated me like one of the family, and enjoyed being "big brother" to the girls. I took all my meals with them, and since they had a very good "kuki", I ate very well indeed. Wava was a good cook, too, and occasionally she treated us all to wonderful pies or that special Southern-fried chicken that she had learned to perfecting in her native Virginia.
Gunnar was pastor of Wesley Church, so that meant constant activity around the manse – with visitors coming and going all day, and even sometimes emergencies at night to deal with.
All in all, 1952 was a fascinating year for this young American just settling in to life in Malaya, and I couldn't have asked for a better "host family" to see that I got off to a good start. I had come to Malaya on a three-year contract, and I could have spent the whole time very comfortably (and content) in that room at No. 2 Wesley Road.
But then I went with Gunnar on a trip to Pahang, and when I saw the little Methodist school in Bentong, something said to me, "This is where you belong."
By Dato' Ted Miles
IT WAS WHERE SUY SANG WAS BORN AND BELONGED,
FROM NOW ON AGAIN, IT IS WHERE SUY SANG BELONGS!
Like the Malay proverb says: IKAN PULANG KE LUBUKNYA (a fish going back to its deeper enclave in the river). I have now moved back to Bentong to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city Kuala Lumpur. Why? There is no reason for me to stay behind. The younger generations had established themselves there else they too have to move away if they do not made it their lifestyle in the ever busy city. Moreover, I am now a retiree nothing much to struggle for nor anymore push to prosper! Well, I have had my days and stay enough there! As far as city life is concern I will call it a day!! Bye, bye Kuala Lumpur and PJ.
My little modest home from now on is:
134, JALAN TBC 5,
TAMAN BUKIT CHAMANG,
28700 BENTONG, PAHANG.
TEL 09 222 1407.
I AM MORE REACHABLE VIA MY MOBILE PHONE: 012 358 1964.
Welcome to hear from you! Call me if you may, visit me if you have time to spare. Maybe we could chitchat away for hours about those bygone days!
ROAMING AROUND BENTONG
One misty morning, I rode an electric bicycle out to the 1st Mile Tars Road where I had tea at the Indian coffee shop. Riding there on the electric bicycle was a joy. The air was cool and actually a bit chilly. However, it was a pleasure to ride there.
I took the bridge near where the orang asli used to cross the river to reach the their village on the Chamang big vegetable garden area. And also orang putih soldiers used to coo the orang asli girls. Actually, the Johnnies and Charlies from the British army had sowed seed among the indigenous maidens or women. That is why among the indigenes, you might spot one or two individuals with fair skin. They were the legacy left behind by the British soldiers.
But now a concrete bridge spans the Repas river. Once across I came to the area where buffaloes used to graze, roamed and wallowed. Now the bovines were no more to be seen. Instead there are rows upon rows of houses all inhabited by mankind: Malays, Chinese Indians; old and young. In fact some were senile as there is an old folks home there.
There were a few blocks of apartments too plus a row of shops. During our school days the place was the wilderness. In fact tigers had been spotted in the area prowling upon the cattle.
I could recall that area was full of guava trees for my siblings and I used to roam there looking for booty. Those days, we never buy fruit an item which we could ill afford and seemingly non-essential. If we wanted to eat fruit, we looked for them in the wild. I could not remember if I had tasted an apple or an orange in my younger days. That area was also Bentong's dumpsite for all the town’s trash.
As I rode from there, I came upon two rows of new shops just beside the Petronas gas station. There I found that businesses of Kuala Lumpur city had encroached upon this area of peace and tranquillity. Wow! I found the restaurant Old Town White Coffee. Yes, that franchise business had taken root here by some franchisee!
There is also a 7-Eleven shop here and at the corner is now a Sen Heng electrical goods outlet. At the other end of the front row is a big flourishing customer-jammed Indian Muslim coffee shop. In between, there is a computer shop, telecommunications and Internet servers' outlet plus a sort of home appliances convenient store.
The whole area I described above was the site of my first school in the 1940s. I could still remember it because I had attracted and was pursued by a Hakka damsel who had a crush on me. But those days I was too young to be interested in the fairer sex. I think another person who could remember that area is Dr. Voon Phin Keong, a former local resident there – those days.
On reflection there are new things that I have mentioned here that were still non-existent 50 years ago:
Electric bicycle. A Chinese invention or at least it was China that has brought it on the road. When I traversed the area I described as a youngster, there were no such thing as electric bicycles. No, there weren't even those noisy two-wheelers like the Honda, the Suzuki, the Modenas, etc. Motorcycles those days were huge machines like the BSA, Harry Davidsons but they were also rare! Only pedalled bicycles were particularly popular such as the Raleigh, Hudson, Norman and others. The electric bicycles now in use are environment friendly. There is no emission of smoke with carbon dioxide spiked with lethal carbon monoxide. It is also noiseless too. No noise pollution, eh!
The British soldiers. Those days the communist insurgency was on. The British government, under which we were then ruled, sent soldiers to fight against the communists. They were the defenders of the country those days.
Franchise businesses. We never had such things those days – not even big companies. Most businesses were small such a sundry shops, coffee shops, Chinese medicine shops cloth merchants who sold a hundred and one things and others.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO
Like the saying goes: birds of a feather flock together. There was a congregation of expatriate ladies in the MES hostel in Bentong. The ladies must have been beauties for our mentor matched them with the then silver screen celebrities.
There came a Louise Killingsworth the equivalent of Sophia Loren. Then emerged Ann Harder nicknamed Gina Lollolbrigida an Italian movie star. Another beau was matched to carry the great sobriquet Elizabeth Taylor. Later, there cat-walked up a Margaret Thomas, and a Mariam Gruber.
Louise Killingsworth made a killing with a lashing of her tongue for it was described by our mentor that she was an impulsive chatterbox! She could talk and talk non-stop yet the audience was so mesmerised like they were sitting in front of the stupid box!! Oh, no! In 1961 television had not been introduced in the Federation of Malaya yet.
We could not blame those beauties came tiptoeing in as our mentor was the most eligible bachelor in town. Even old ladies were eyeing him not for their own use by trying to match off their daughters.
However, soon after that the expatriate numbers declined by one. Mr. Miles had naturalized himself to become a Malayan citizen. Why Malayan? Malaysia was not formed yet in 1961.
Names mentioned in his diary were:
Kamaruzaman, Habshah, Samah, Razlan, Mahesan, Nor Safian, Munzir, Hilda Ponnu who told our mentor that she stood at 5 feet 1 inch tall. Sunny, Bahari, Mohd Noor Ta’ayun, Zamri, Shahidan, Don, Soon Cheong, Kenneth, Tengku Alamshah, Tengku Jamaluddin, Tengku Baharin, Hay Yin, Tee See, Vesian, Keat Swee, Lingam, Samiun, Ponniah, Yeng Kee, Normah and Ampusadchy.
NOW IN THE PRESENT DAY HOW DOES OUR MENTOR FARE?
As I have told you sometime ago, Mr. Miles was taken ill. There was the big onslaught of activities that almost mobilized the whole MES fraternity. He rushed himself to the Bentong hospital; mind you all by himself! Then he was ambulanced to the University Hospital. There he was admitted to the Geriatric Ward where many visitors who came from far and wide went to watch. After a week he was discharged. Though frail he was allowed to go home, to be at large. He got himself someone to look after him and cooked for him.
The other day, when I called upon him, Mr. Miles looked good. He was able to move around; nothing wrong; nothing to worry about. He is advanced in age, but far from being senile as he is very alert and speaks sensibly for all to understand. He even prepared three pieces of his FROM SIR WITH LOVE notes for the MESIAN-message! He is now well looked after by Lai May, a very gentle and hardworking maid.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN AUGUST
||MOHD. SHAH MD. YUSOF
||TG. DATO IBRAHIM TG. SULAIMAN
||WONG KEM CHIN
||WONG SWEE SANG
||AU ZI SHOI
||HJ. MOKHTAR MATPIAH
||FONG SHEK PHOOI
||MOHD RAZLAN MARZUKI
||ZULKIFLI BIN MOHD ARIFFIN
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