Proposed Pharmacy Bill – Unjustified

The Consumers Association of Penang is disappointed at the Ministry of Health’s decision not to separate the roles of dispensing and prescribing.  Cleared the Ministry of Health has bowed down to the pressure of the powerful medical lobby in refusing to create a system of separation of duties in prescription and dispensing. Separation of dispensing and prescribing is the norm in developed countries. It is most ironic that a nation aspiring to attain high-income status by 2020 takes a retrogressive stand in healthcare practices.

Antioxidants – Food’s amazing healing powers

broccoliThere's something magic in food that can save you from virtually every disease and it’s described in one word: antioxidants. Here’s what everyone should know about this miracle food substance.
 
 
Antioxidants are basically nature’s anti-ageing medicine. It protects against free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are unstable, high-energy, electrically charged molecules that can damage DNA and cell membranes. Cell damage of this sort could increase the risk of cancer and countless other illnesses.

What our ancestors knew about food

Our early ancestors ate plants and fruits that had therapeutic effect on the body as well as providing nutrition. Since the dawn of civilisation, man has relied on the forests, fields and gardens for medicines.

Foods to prevent cancer

Taking supplements does nothing to fight cancer. In some cases, some supplements can be downright unsafe.  In January 2009, an editorial in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI) noted that most trials had shown no cancer benefits from vitamins.  Several large credible studies, including research into the effects of Vitamins C and E and beta carotene, found the supplements did not seem to help prevent cancer.