Friday, 14 September 2018

Weight loss product found to contain potentially dangerous ingredients: HSA

The weight loss product marketed as Ke Le was sold online and promoted as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. (Photos: HSA)

A weight loss product promoted as an appetite suppressant for weight loss was found to contain two undeclared potent chemicals that could pose serious health risks to individuals with heart conditions, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Thursday (Sep 13).

In a news release, HSA warned members of the public not to purchase or consume the product, known as Ke Le, which has packaging labelled in Korean.

HSA tests found that the product contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are used to treat the common cold, flu and allergies by relieving symptoms such as coughing and a blocked nose.

The adverse effects include an increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, stroke, seizures and even death, it added.

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My 2 cents:
Nature has provided us with good food for weight loss. Yet most of us would instead look elsewhere to find that drug, supplement or other herbal weight loss tea for weight loss help.

Doctors have always advised us to eat fruits after a meal. 

Fruits help us in 2 ways:
1) digestion (acid in all fruits),
2) clear of unwanted stuff from our bodies (fibre).

One should eat some fruits after a meal, including breakfast and tea breaks. The more food you eat, the more fruits you should eat, and less fruits if you have just eaten a little food.

I have been following this advice and I am happy with the outcome as this works better than physical exercises. You should try. It is natural and safe. Exercise is still needed for one to build strong bones and muscles.

Picture of me taken on 14Sept2018. My weight is getting lighter ever since I ate more fruits 6 months ago.

Forum: Bouquets: Singapore's generosity needs highlighting

I recently spent a very pleasant eight-week holiday in Singapore and I'd like to thank Singapore for the welcome I and other foreigners have received - a welcome which goes far beyond the friendliness of Singaporeans.

When my father and I had some minor illnesses, we were seen and treated by an excellent doctor at the My Family Clinic in Rivervale Mall within 30 minutes and at a cost of about $30. Our jaws dropped.

This is unheard of in private healthcare in Britain, where I come from.

I can use public Singaporean gyms at the same rates as locals, and I can stay in the country for up to three months.

It is easy to criticise Singapore for its anti-gay laws, its anachronistic use of caning, its curbs on free speech and the Internal Security Act (plenty of people are busy doing this), but I think it is also important to highlight how wonderful and generous Singapore is.

One of the opportunities that the proponents of Brexit are always fond of highlighting is closer engagement with the wider world.

I sincerely hope that the future will bring a closer connection between Singapore and Britain.

Daniel Emlyn-Jones (Dr)


Why onions and garlic are good for your liver

Your liver and kidneys are vital organs that help process and filter out food, medications, alcohol and other substances that enter your body. What you take into your body can pollute your liver and kidneys, make it hard for them to function properly. This can lead to innumerable kinds of complications, including renal failure, kidney stones, liver cirrhosis and hepatitis. Detoxification techniques utilizing household items are available. Exercising and eating the right kinds of foods are key to effectively detoxifying your liver and kidneys.

Garlic and onions contain allicin, a sulphur-containing compound that promotes liver detoxification. Allicin occurs best when garlic or onions are finely chopped or crushed. Add these to your entrees at the end of cooking to receive the most benefits from the allicin.