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Category: Health EN

Lesson from the Sick Bed

  Our concepts of physical and psychological health have become one-sidedly identified with the heroic qualities most valued in our culture: youth, activity, productivity, independence, strength, confidence, and optimism. Advertisements reflect our picture of health as young, white, slim, athletic, and beaming with "the cheerful effervescence of a Bernie Siegel or a Louise Hay," as writer...
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Yes, we CONSUME 1,000 CANNED DRINKS per minute

The main ingredients of soft drinks are carbonated water, added sugar, caloric sweeteners, artificial colouring and flavours. Total junk that are made of sugar and chemicals. Soft drinks are linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, dental cavities, and lower nutritional benefits. And sugar is linked to 60 diseases. The Malaysian National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2006 showed that 38% of...
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“No Scents Make Good Sense”

That is the policy in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia in Canada, which discourages the wearing of fragranced products in municipal office, libraries, hospitals, classrooms, courts and buses. Most modern perfumes are derived from petroleum, not from natural flowers. And many contain ingredients not listed on the label, including substances that may cause allergic reactions to some people. The...
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CAP lauds hard liquor ban by DBKL

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) supports the move by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to ban sundry shops, convenience stores and Chinese medicine shops in Kuala Lumpur from selling hard liquor with effect from 30 September 2021. Our support for the introduction of this ban is because of many evidence-based reasons. We urge the government to: > Restrict the number of licenses...
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Antibiotic Resistance Crisis

  Misuse and overuse of antibiotics have led to many strains of bacteria that cause illnesses becoming resistant to antibiotics. We may be losing our cures in our battle against the resistant superbugs. Infections which were easily managed before may once again become untreatable and uncontrollable. The superbugs are killing millions of people around the globe. WHAT ARE ANTIBIOTICS...
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Nearly one in five Malaysian adults has diabetes

SOME 3.6 MILLION MALAYSIANS HAVE DIABETES, the HIGHEST IN ASIA and one of the highest in the world. 1 in 5 Malaysian adults now has the condition, as reported in the National Health and Morbidity Survey. By 2025, close to 1 in 3 adults (7 million, both diagnosed and undiagnosed) are estimated to be affected by diabetes in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health revealed in 2019. CAP’s advice: Protect...
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Monitoring Indoor Mercury Vapour in Hospitals in Indonesia

  Krishna Zaki from the Nexus3 Foundation shared his experience with monitoring indoor mercury vapour in hospitals in his community in Indonesia. They used the citizen science approach in this campaign because the citizens, especially healthcare workers, are the people most at risk of being exposed to the harms of mercury-containing devices. He said that these devices are still widely used...
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CAP: Strictly Enforce the Poisons Act 1952

The Consumers Association of Penang, (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to strictly enforce the Poisons Act 1952 as controlled poisons were found to be added to food. Recently the Health Ministry found 21 food products such as health drinks, candies and premix coffee to contain controlled poisons, such as sildenafil, tadalafil, dexamethasone and prednisolone. Sildenafil is the active agent in...
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Using Scents To Manipulate and Sell

One department store in Japan use smells proven to induce a sense of dread in their complaints department. Intimidated through scent, an irate customer is more likely to accept the complaint officer’s explanations and leave the store without a refund! Marketers have spent millions of dollars on “AROMACOLOGY”, the study of how smell affects behaviour. As a result, some shopping places now...
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DESIGNED TO MAKE KIDS OBESE: Checkout Counter Displays

Why do checkout counter displays always sell sweets, chocolates, candies and other unhealthy snacks? And often at the eye level of kids? A UK government-funded study showed that 76% fewer purchases of sweets and candies were bought from supermarkets that do not stock them at checkouts than at those that do. The checkout displays tempt kids to put these items into the shopping carts when the...
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