Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Poisonous Foods We Love To Eat

1. Almonds

There are 2 types of almonds, sweet and bitter. The bitter ones are full of cyanide. Eating a few bitter almonds can cause problems for adults, and could be fatal for children. All almonds are heat-treated to remove traces of poison and bacteria before they are sold for consumption.

2. Cashews



Raw cashews contain urushoil, a chemical also found in poison ivy, can prove fatal if dosage is high. Cashews are steamed to remove the poison before they are sold for consumption.


3. Cassava or tapioca


The leaves and roots of cassava plants are surprisingly rich in cyanide. Before eating, peel and boil the roots to remove the poison. Low-cyanide roots are slightly bitter. High-cyanide roots are very bitter.


4. Tomatoes


The stems and leaves of tomato plants contain alkali poison called Glycoalkaloid, as are unripe green tomatoes. It would only be fatal if you eat in large quantities, but a small amount will still cause stomach problems and extreme nervousness.


5. Raw honey


Unpasteurized honey often contains grayanotoxin, but only if they are produced from certain plants' pollen or nectar. Poisoning from grayanotoxins is rarely fatal in humans, but still the side effects can last up to 24 hours.


6. Potatoes


Glycoalkaloids can be found in the leaves, stems of potato plants and sprouts of potato, or if the skin of potatoes is green. Eating glycoalkaloids will lead to cramping, diarrhea, confused headaches, or even coma and death.


7. Fruit seeds


Pips of cherry, apple, peach or apricot contain a type of hydrogen cyanide. So, do not eat the seeds of fruits, except almonds.


8. Nutmeg


Eating too much nutmeg may not kill you directly, but it will make you crazy, have seizures or hallucinating. It is so potent that it can save or kill, like fighting virus infections or induce abortion.

Ref:
http://www.foxnews.com/food-drink/2014/01/31/10-deadly-foods-probably-have-in-your-kitchen.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayanotoxin
http://listverse.com/2009/01/06/top-10-poisonous-foods-we-love-to-eat/
https://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/25/a-warning-on-nutmeg/?_r=0

Texting too much can be a pain in the neck


Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/texting-too-much-can-be-a-pain-in-the-neck

Health-tips: How to maintain healthy hair

Here are some tips to maintain healthy hair:

1. Comb or brush your hair before showering
  • Brushing your hair before showering will help remove dirt.
  • This will also prevent pulling on hair knots so that your hair and scalp will not be hurt.


2. Take care of your hair at night
  • To prevent any hair frizz due to tossing and turning over the night, smooth out your hair before going to bed.


3. Massage your scalp
  • Regular five-minute head massages will help promote blood circulation so that hair follicles can restore nutrients more rapidly.


4. Go for regular scalp detox treatments
  • Scalp detox treatments will help remove scalp sebum and clogged pores, which aids in maintaining a clean and healthy scalp.


5. Avoid over-exposing scalp and hair to strong sunlight
  • Hair can become brittle and dry under such circumstances.
  • If your scalp is sunburnt, use soothing products on it and gently massage your scalp.


6. Consume more green leafy vegetables and yellow fruits
  • Lack of vitamins is one cause of unhealthy hair.
  • It is important to consume vitamin-rich vegetables and fruit such as spinach, leek, celery, mango and banana.
  • Vitamin B helps improve hair growth and add shine, while vitamin C plays a necessary role in enhancing the absorption of iron, which keeps our locks strong and healthy.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/others/bald-truth


World's sperm are in trouble


As a couple hit their high point, millions of sperm begin their journey - rushing towards an egg to fertilise it.

But scientists say an increasing proportion of sperm - about 90 per cent in a typical young man - are misshapen, sometimes with two heads or two tails.

Even when properly shaped, today's sperm are often pathetic swimmers, veering like drunks or paddling crazily in circles. Sperm counts also appear to have dropped sharply in the last 75 years, in ways that affect the ability to reproduce.

Not everyone who wants to reproduce will be able to.

Apparently related to the problem of declining semen quality is an increase in testicular cancer in many countries; in undescended testicles; and in a congenital malformation of the penis called hypospadias (in which the urethra exits the side or base of the penis instead of the tip).

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/worlds-sperm-are-in-trouble

Help schemes for kids come under one online system

A new programme in Tampines West will consolidate the various help schemes offered by different organisations into one system.

Three schools will be part of the pilot project, led by the North East Community Development Council (CDC). They are East View Primary School, Junyuan Primary School and Tampines Primary School.

Teachers, school counsellors and volunteers (trained by MSF to screen the needs of children) will first identify vulnerable children through a one-on-one screening.

Social workers from the Students Care Service will then key the details into an online system that will analyse and match the children's needs to over 10 help schemes or programmes, such as meal fund which provides food vouchers to children, after-school mentoring programmes and character-building camps.

The programme also helps their unemployed parents by linking them to job-placement schemes, thus providing more all-round support.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/help-schemes-for-kids-come-under-one-online-system