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Author: Lai Cheng

WHAT DOES YOUR DOCTOR PRESCRIBE?

“Most doctors work to put patients on medications. A superior doctor works to help you change your lifestyle in order to get you off medications,” says physician and medical school professor Robert Lufkin MD. Lufkin is author of over 200 peer reviewed scientific papers, 32 book chapters and 14 books, among them ‘Lies I Taught in Medical School: And The Truths That Can Save Your Life’....
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ULTRAPROCESSED FOODS Reduce Children’s Physical and Cardiovascular Fitness

A new study found that children ages 3 to 5 who consumed more ultraprocessed foods had poorer locomotor skills than children who consumed less of these foods. It also showed lower cardiovascular fitness in 12- to 15-year-olds who consumed more ultraprocessed foods. Ultraprocessed foods were categorised in this study as including packaged snacks, breakfast cereals, candies, soda, sweetened juices...
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RECLAIM PUBLIC SPACE

Public spaces are an important asset to our cities. Here’s why. Public space is essential for life. With the majority of the world’s populations living in metropolitan areas, public space is a key factor for well-being and health. Public space contributes to children’s development, community life, reduces stress levels and improves mental health and well-being. Yet public space is a key...
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Consumers Need Accurate Information from Government to Avoid Unnecessary Anxiety

The government should get its act together over the confusion on the palm cooking oil, chicken and eggs subsidy issue. One very clear example was the announcement reported in the media on 23 June 2022 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who said that the subsidy for cooking oil in bottles of 1kg, 2kg, 3kg and 5kg will be stopped from 1 July. However, on the same day the media...
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YOUR SLEEP POSITION CAN AFFECT YOUR HEALTH

Tummy, side, or back? Curled up or splayed out like a starfish? You might be surprised at how the way you lie down during sleep impacts the quality of your slumber and your health. There are 5 main sleep positions, and which one is right for you depends not only on which is most comfortable but also on a variety of health issues that can interfere with top-quality slumber. Sleeping on your side...
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THE TRUTH ABOUT THROWAWAYS

There is no away. Everything we purchase and discard must end up somewhere. (Environmental Media Association) If you really think about it, you are never throwing your trash “away” because there is no “away” on Earth. Everything that you throw out is being put somewhere else instead. It either goes to recycling, landfills, oceans, or streets. (Penn State University) Buy less stuff. Focus...
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EATING EGGS CAN PROTECT YOUR HEART

Eating an egg a day is officially good for you. Once demonised as a major cause of heart disease, eggs in fact prevent the problem by raising levels of the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. Researchers have discovered that regular egg-eaters are far less likely to suffer from heart disease or stroke because they have higher levels of a protein that ‘builds’ HDL (high-density lipoprotein)...
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CAP’s 2023 National Budget Recommendations

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) submitted our recommendations for the 2023 Budget to the Treasury last week. Among the topics covered were governance, healthcare, housing, food security, inclusive development, environmental issues, disaster risk management and proposal for tax measures. On the matter of governance, CAP proposed that the anti-corruption agency be adequately funded...
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HOW MUCH TO EAT?

How much you eat can be just as important as what you eat. You can have too much of a good thing if you eat everything that is served on your plate, or to satisfy your appetite. Having a healthy, balanced diet is about getting the right types of foods in the right amounts. Eating the right portion size can help you stay within your calorie and fat recommendations for the day and can help you...
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TREES KEEP CITIES COOL

A recent study has found that trees can reduce land surface temperature in European cities by up to 12 degree Celsius. Trees naturally cool the air by a process known as “transpiration cooling”. As trees release water into the atmosphere from their leaves via transpiration, the surrounding air is cooled as water goes from liquid to a vapour. Trees also cool the air by providing shade. A...
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