Consumers Association of Penang

Giving voice to the little people...since 1970

Melaka river severely polluted

The Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) is shocked and disappointed by the Melaka River pollution which has caused the death of thousands of fish due to poisoning in the river recently.


Risks from radiological & nuclear medicine examinations

 
ct-scan1The basis of present day medicine is shared decision making between the doctor and the patient. Empowering a patient to make informed decisions about their treatment is a fundamental principle in medical professionalism. But is this principle translated into clinical practice in so far as radiological and nuclear medicine examinations are concerned?

In general, patients undergoing radiological and nuclear examinations receive no, very little, or inaccurate information regarding the risks involved. Take, for example, the CT Scans and X-rays. They are so common that they are used as if they don’t pose any risk.

The total number of imaging examinations (use of nuclear and X-rays), for instance, account for 2 billion per year. Angiograms are performed routinely by cardiologists; radioisotope studies are common; the use of contrast mediums like iodine is also routine and now we have the Helical CT Scans which carry a high risk of cancer or death.
 

Malaysians must reduce sugar intake by 80%

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November 14 is World Diabetes Day. On this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang calls on consumers to reduce their sugar intake by as much as 80% to curb diabetes which is increasing at an alarming rate in Malaysia.

Do not fluoridate our water

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CAP is concerned that water fluoridation is to be re-introduced into Sabah's public wat er supply next year as reported in Bernama dated 28 December 2010.

Water fluoridation was discontinued in 1989 by the then Sabah State Government which feared that inadequate supervision in the process of adding fluoride to the water could cause adverse effects.  It is reported that the imminent water fluoridation project is under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) with an allocation of RM2.5 million.

CAP calls for Halal certification of medicine and food supplements

CAP is concerned that medicine and food supplements containing substances prohibited for consumption by Muslims are being sold to them by hospitals and pharmacies. Many Muslims consume them without realizing that they are violating their religious dietary laws.
 
Medicines and supplements containing porcine (pork) and bovine (beef) source elements (gelatin used in capsules) are widely used in the health sector and easily available in pharmacies without any prescription by doctors.alt