Immunity Boosters


Sometime back I wrote a little about Alternative Medicines or Supplementation and well with all the new found worries about the latest flu viruses, I’m sure many people out there especially parents are looking for ways to boost their childrens or their very own immunity.

And so it is not suprising that many companies are coming out with claims that their products are ANTI  H1N1! Able to treat, cure or even prevent an infection! And if you are skeptical then you are absolutely on the right path, because many of them out there are just bogus outrageous claims.

Personally I would rather take precautions in terms of personal hygiene and cleanliness followed by a proper diet, nutrition and exercise.   However if and when I do feel a little under the weather or if I suspect that I could be coming down with something, especially now that both my sons are down with the flu then I will take something a little extra and so far it has helped me ( again I must emphasize on helped me personally).  

So What do I do?…..well here goes…

Apart from a once a day muti-vitamin and minerals regime, I take an extra Vitamin C tab.  Drink lots of green tea during the day and in the night I mix a teaspoonful of powdered ginger root and honey in cup of tea.  So far it has worked wonders for me.

Immunity Booster On Trial (By Me that is)

Just recently, I have come across a product to boost one’s immunity that caught my interest from ‘Pink Of Heath Pte Ltd’ at Millenia Walk.  I decided to buy it and give it a shot as I was prettly impressed with the selection of 100% organic herbs used to create this tinture.  However my only concern is the ingredient St John’s Wort which is known to contradict some form of prescription medications. 

I have since tried it and I must say that it tastes rather awful, but I suppose that is why it should be rather effective eh?  Anyhow I am not mentioning the product name till I have fully evaluated it myself.  However here are the ingredients and what it’s suppose to be good for….

Echinacea Purpurea

Echinacea enhances the particle-ingestion capacity of white blood cells and other specialized immune-system cells, increasing their ability to attack foreign invaders such as viruses.

Besides stimulating a healthy immune system to deal more effectively with invading viruses, echinacea helps accelerate healing if infection already exists.1

Licorice (Latin: Glycyrrhiza Glabra)

The glycyrrhizin in Licorice boosts the immune system’s T-cell count and stimulating production of protective compounds such as interferon.

Other ingredients—including glabridin, glycyrrhizin, and licoricidin—soothe inflammation.2

Wild harvested Cat’s Claw (Latin: Uncaria Tomentosa)

Cat’s claw is a large, woody vine that derives its name from hook-like thorns that grow along the vine and resemble the claws of a cat.

Cat’s claw has been used medicinally by tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years. In Europe it is used since the early 1990s as an adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as for other diseases that target the immune system.

In herbal medicine today, cat’s claw is employed around the world for many different conditions, including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias, chronic inflammation of all kinds, and such viral diseases as herpes zoster (shingles).3

Green Tea (Latin: Camellia Sinensis)

Green tea extract stimulates the immune system. It has long been used by the Chinese as medicine to treat headaches, body ache, poor digestion, and improve well-being and life expectancy.

Green tea extract is bioflavonoid rich, and one of its main uses is fighting free radicals in your body. Green tea extract contains high level of polyphenols (a bioflavonoid), and it’s also a rich source of EGCG (an antioxidant), that’s over 200 times more potent than vitamin E in fighting free radicals and pro-oxidants. It also helps prevent some forms of cancer including colon, pancreatic, and stomach cancer.4

Shiitake mushrooms (Latin: Lentinus Edodus)

The healing power of shiitake mushrooms has been known for centuries throughout. Ancient healers prescribed them for a number of ailments such as fatigue, liver ailments, vision problems, sinus conditions, colds, gastro­intestinal ailments. Shiitake were also prescribed as a general prophyllactic to promote longevity, vitality, and well-being.

What the ancients knew, modern medicine is just beginning to discover. Compounds in shiitake mushrooms—especially a phytochemical called lentinan—have been subjected to various clinical studies, and are thought to have possible benefit for a number of disorders, including cancer, heart disease, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, hepatitis, AIDS, and herpes (and other viral conditions).5

St John’s Wort (Latin: Hypericum perforatum)

St. John’s wort has interested herbalists since the first-century Greek physicians Galen and Dioscorides recommended it as a diuretic, wound-healer, and treatment for menstrual disorders. During the Middle Ages, remarkable, even mystical properties were attributed to St. John’s wort, thought to be best if harvested on June 24, St. John’s Day.6

Russian researchers recently discovered that this complex herb contains substances that both stimulate and suppress immunity. This allows St. John’s wort to boost the ability of the immune system to fight infection, while at the same time decreasing the immune processes that promote inflammation in wounds and other injuries. Other studies indicate that St. John’s wort may very well play an important role in the fight against AIDS.7

Lemon Balm (Latin: Melissa Officinalis)

As far back as the ancient Greeks this plant was recognized for both its soothing smell and its medicinal properties. Like most herbs Lemon Balm is antibacterial and anti viral in nature. It is also a slightly sedative herb, lowering fever, relaxing spasms and improving digestion.8

Lemon balm has potent antiviral properties useful for treating herpes and other diseases caused by viruses.

And lemon balm’s growing reputation as a medicinal herb has just taken a dramatic new turn. Long a favourite for brewing relaxing herbal teas, a new study published in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry shows that lemon balm improves mental function and reduces agitation in patients suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimers disease.9

Olive Leaf (Latin: Oleae Europaea)

The ancient Egyptians may be been the first to put the olive leaf to practical use, extracting its oil to mummify their kings. Later cultures found the leaf was better utilized for the living than the dead. Over the ages, there is documentation that it was a popular folk remedy for combating fevers.

Around 1962, a Dutch researcher determined the active ingredient in oleuropein to be a substance he called elenolic acid. It was found to have a powerful anti-bacterial effect. By the late 1960s, research by scientists at a major American pharmaceutical company showed that elenolic acid also inhibited the growth of viruses. In fact, it stopped every virus that it was tested against.10

Astragalus (Latin: Astragalus Membranaceus)

The great Chinese Emperor Shen Nung around 5000 years ago first discovered astragalus. Today astragalus is slowly becoming one of the better-known Chinese herbs. Some of its popularity may be attributed to extensive scientific study that began in the 1970s confirming the herb’s ability to stimulate the immune system, fight bacteria, viruses, and inflammation, protect the liver, and act as a diuretic and adaptogen.

Researchers believe on the basis of cell studies that astragalus augments those white blood cells that fight disease and removes some of those that make the body more vulnerable to it.11

Ginger (Latin: Zingiber Officinale)

Cultivated for millennia in both China and India, ginger reached the West at least 2,000 years ago. Most of the thousands of prescriptions in Traditional Chinese Medicine are combinations of many herbs, and ginger is used in nearly half to mediate the effects of other ingredients.

It has been studied for its antibacterial, antifungal, pain-relieving, antiulcer, antitumor, and other properties.12

Because of its remarkable thermoregulatory properties, ginger can assist in lowering a fever, as well as alleviate chills caused by colds as it warms the body. Its antibacterial/antiviral effects help reduce the incidence of colds altogether. Further research is looking into ginger’s anti-cancer properties, and immune enhancement properties. It is also an important antioxidant with more than 12 constituents superior to vitamin C.13

Garlic (Latin: Allium Sativum)

For centuries there has been a mystical folklore about garlic and its magical healing ability. Now scientists with years of serious research behind them, are convinced that garlic and aged garlic extract has been highly effective in reducing the two leading causes of death, cancer and heart disease and extending life itself.14

Garlic is a pungent herb that prevents or clears bacterial infection, lowers fever by increasing perspiration, reduces blood pressure, cholesterol and sugar levels. It is also an expectorant and is regarded to rejuvenate, detoxify and is also seen as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. It has antibacterial, antiviral as well as lipid lowering properties.15

Onion (Latin: Allium Cepa)

Everything that’s been said about Garlic can be said about onion. Onions and garlic share many of the same powerful sulfur bearing compounds that work so effectively as anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents.16

Onion is a pungent herb, protecting against infection, relaxing spasms, reducing blood pressure as well as blood clotting and blood sugar levels. It further has expectorant and diuretic properties.17

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CVS and My Computer Glasses

You know how I mentioned in an earlier post that I could hardly wait for my Gunnar Optiks Computer glasses to arrive, well due to a super long delay owing to the fact the US merchant needed to the lengthly verification of billing information, I found a way cheaper alternative at  This one I purchased arrived today and I’m quite pleased with it.

And why the urgency you may ask? Well it’s simply because the nature of my job requires that I stare at the computer screen for as long as seven hours on some days. For those of you in similar positions, well you know how just how tired and drained you can get as a result eh?

Here is a LINK to an extensive research done on CVS aka Computer Vision Syndrome. While it can be quite technical and a little dry, it is by far of one of the best I’ve found.

The design for this rimless pair of mine pales in comparison to the one I ordered earlier but hey it’s simplicity makes it super light and comfortable.  More importantly it works like a charm!

The explanation as to why it works so well is extracted from their site….

These rimless frames have only a +.25 Diopter add power compared with over the counter reading glasses that start at about + 1.0 Diopter. The idea is not to add magnification (although a slightly enlarged image is presented) but to move your eye’s focal point closer without using your eye muscles for accommodation.

The anti-reflective coatings on these lenses is similar to what you see on the front of good quality binoculars. A greenish or purple reflection can be seen if you look at the computer glasses from the front. When worn you have a very, very light green tint that helps increase contrast on the monitor screen.

This rimless computer eyeglasses design was chosen to present a sleek and modern look while remaining strong and durable enough for office use. Since you do not normally wear glasses we feel that the lightest and most comfortable computer glasses possible are essential.

These computer reading glasses for normal vision are made to the same high standard as normal optical glasses. The lenses not only have an anti-reflective coating but also have aspheric lenses. The use of aspheric lenses not only provides a thinner lens but also clearer peripheral vision and permits fitting to a wide range individuals without requiring different sizes of nose bridges. (Pupillary Distance)


Using of eyedrops to lubricate the eye and taking frequent breaks (every 15minutes) to look out at a distance and blink your eyes more frequently is probably going to give you as much relief as wearing computer reading glasses. However how many people will keep up with this routine?

An Evening With Pals July 2009

In Pictures…..

View From Our Meeting Place - The New Orchard Central

View From Our Meeting Place - The New Orchard Central

With Liz...

With Liz...

With Eileen who actually came first....hmmm that didn't sound right eh?

With Eileen who actually came first....hmmm that didn't sound right eh?

Ladies...start your engines!

Ladies...start your engines!

Pic of the world's Tallest Woman...

Pic of the world's Tallest Woman...

That's Her Feet way down there...

That's Her Feet way down there...

Then it was dinner at Tonkichi

Then it was dinner at Tonkichi

My Special Udon..

My Special Udon..

Our Dragon Roll...

Our Dragon Roll...

Liz's Veg hot pot thinghy - I still think it's with Jap Tang Oh!

Liz's Veg hot pot thinghy - I still think it's with Jap Tang Oh!

Part Of Eileen's Set...

Part Of Eileen's Set...

Group Pic After Dinner - Uno

Group Pic After Dinner - Uno

After Dinner Pic With Flash - Dos

After Dinner Pic With Flash - Dos

After a little window shopping guess who we found? Can you see the name on display? *muhahah*

After a little window shopping guess who we found? Can you see the name on display? *muhahah*

Ammi, Eileen & Liz....

Ammi, Eileen & Liz....

More laughs at Starbucks and without alcohol even! Pity Gotham came so much later...Beer next time eh mates?

More laughs at Starbucks and without alcohol even! Pity Gotham came so much later...Beer next time eh mates?

Gifts From Our Swedish Maid...Ammi *blinks*  Ha Ha and guess which one Liz and I grabbed before Eileen could??

Gifts From Our Swedish Maid...Ammi *blinks* Ha Ha and guess which one Liz and I grabbed before Eileen could??

Movie – Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)


Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Michael Gambon, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham-Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Helen McCrory, Hero Fiennes Tiffin

Director: David Yates

Director: David Yates
Screenwriter: Steve Kloves
Producer: David Heyman, David Barron
Composer: Nicholas Hooper
Studio: Warner Bros.

 Am I the only one or did you find this latest installment a disappointment? And it didn’t help that the sound system in the Cinema for the first half an hour of the movie was screwy! Certain scenes were poorly cut and the serious flaw in the scene where by the Professor offered to say a few words at the ‘funeral’ of the giant Spider to console Hagrid.  Hagrid was obviously standing too far forward for Professor Horace Slughorn to be facing him while talking so it looked like he was talking to the space behind Hagrid!

And NO it was not entirely bad in fact on the contrary it was pretty decent in terms of script, special effects and overall storyline.  It’s just that after watching the rest of the Harry Potter movies, you’d be expecting a whole lot more wouldn’t you?  Perhaps the book was so much better? Though I am not inclined to pick a copy up so I wouldn’t have a clue.

Oh and there is no rush to watch it since there is no ending to the movie, it is one of those ‘To Be Continued’  kinda films.

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Hmmm so Iron Man 2 will be out next year  and Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James Rhodes.

But the only thing I am really looking forward to is seeing Scarlett Johansson in the Black Widow outfit.  Still trying to get over Michelle Pfeiffer as Cat Woman! meooooow! And Kate Beckinsale as Selene in Underworld! Arrrrrh!



Finextra: Consumers warned of man-in-the-phone bank scam

10 July 2009 – 13:29
Consumers warned of ‘man-in-the-phone’ bank scam
Telephone banking customers are being warned about a new low-tech, man-in-the-phone (MitP), fraud technique being employed by criminals.

Vendor Actimize says it has recently spotted the scam through its fraud surveillance at several large retail banks. It originally targeted British banks but is now spreading to the US and Canada.

In a typical MitP attack, a fraudster calls the victim claiming to work for their bank, warning that their account may have been breached or compromised. The criminal then puts the customer on hold and calls their bank, connecting the two while remaining on the line.

The bank then requests authentication information, such as social security number, passwords and other personal information. Once the personal information is provided, the fraudster quickly ends the conference line and informs the customer that the issue has been resolved.

Meanwhile, with the personal information gathered during the call, the fraudster can take over the customer’s phone banking relationship and transfer money out of their accounts.

James Van Dyke, president, Javelin Strategy & Research, says: “As consumers shift more financial transactions to secure online arenas, fraudsters have become more creative in utilising traditional telephones. Access through mail and telephone transactions grew from three per cent of ID theft in 2006 to 40% in 2007 and fraudsters are getting creative and leveraging new techniques to commit fraud, so consumers need to be as diligent as ever in protecting their personal information.”

At the banking end, Actimize says firms should combine cross channel behaviour profiling and anomaly detection technologies with better call center processes and training. Call center employees should be trained to listen more closely and ask who originated the call.

Says the vendor: “Attacks may be thwarted or losses minimised if bank employees ask simple (but random instead of static) security questions at various points in the phone conversation when confirming personal credentials.”


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