Red blood cells disperse after exposure to negative ions
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How can Negative Ions help with Hypertension, Cardiovascular and Lung Diseases?

In my earlier article on negative ions, I explained about why negative ions are generally good for us, how much negative ions we need vs how much we are actually getting, why negative ions help us fend off free radicals,  and how negative ions can help cancer.

But for most of us relatively healthy folks, negative ions can still help our health and PREVENT any major health issues. I am compiling my research to summarize how negative ions can help with various health conditions. This article will focus on Hypertension, Cardiovascular Disease and Lung Diseases.

Negative Ions – Hypertension, Cardiovascular and Lung Diseases

1) Accumulation of fats leads to increased formation of free radicals and potential inflammatory reactions within the vascular cells and tissues. Furthering the problem, accumulation of fats within the blood vessels leads to narrowing of the blood vessels resulting in overall increase in blood supply to other parts of the body. (1)

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Source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/. Anions have been found to dilate (rat) coronary blood vessels. (9)

Negative ions help in stabilization of the functions of the heart by promoting its muscle activity, regulating autonomic nerves that help the heart maintain its optimal function. (1) Negative Ions can activate cells and rejuvenate muscle cells in vessel walls, thus preventing or improving vascular sclerosis, eliminating factors of hypertension, which resolve the problems of cardiovascular diseases from the root. (2)

Research has found anions to be a potent dilator of (rat) coronary blood vessels (1,9)

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Mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer Recovery Journey – Part 4

Now that mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer is in remission with her PET-CT scan showing resolved metabolic activity and her CEA markers consistently in normal range, there are days even I tend to forget the details of this blessed journey we have been on this year. It has really been a very epic year from being told my mum had stage 4 cancer in February when all she had was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, to being told in March she only had 6 months to live if she didn’t do chemotherapy, to her being in remission by Jun and now even healthier than before, without having to take her high blood pressure medication she was taking for 20 years before this. ALL the in the same year!

Hence, I decided I will be slowly write on our journey to capture God’s blessings every step of the way, to remind us to be thankful for everyday and also to let all of you out there who might be going through similar struggles to know that you are not alone, and you too can overcome cancer.

Following from Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,

Most days, I thank God for the MNC I have been working in for the last almost 8 years. But looking back on my mum’s cancer recovery journey, I really thank God that because I was always constantly under so much pressure to make decisions, and everyday there is a new crisis at work, the experiences enabled me to be more calm about my mum’s situation (after the crying sessions of source). My work mind kicked in and told me that crying would not help my mum; I need to do what I can within my circle of influence to get her better.

February 28 was a very special day because within the past 48 hours, I had 6 unrelated people tell us to let mum heal the “natural way”. These 6 people are:

1) Traditional Chinese Doctor – who has reversed his patient’s cancer over 9-12 months
2) Ms J, whose own mothers’s cancer was reversed by juices and she is now selling juicers
3) Ms S, the shop assistant doing the negative ion machine treatment for my mum (and also shared a testimony of an advanced breast cancer survivor who reversed her cancer with the negative ion technology)
4) Aunty D, whom I have not met in 10 years and randomly bumped into at NTUC who is into natural healing
5) Ms A’s aunty, whose whose husband survived colon cancer
6) My husband, who watched his grandfather suffer the side effects of chemotherapy

God tends to repeat something to me when he wants to get a point across to me. But I was still skeptical, so we prayed and asked God for the 7th person to give me this advice to be a MEDICAL DOCTOR, as a confirmation.

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Raw Marble Cheese Cake ($9.90) - Pricey for its size but taste and texture is like real cheese cake! Great for the lactose intolerant

Eatprayflying’s Top 5 Vegan/Vegetarian Restaurants in Singapore (and more!)

Because my mum has recovered from Stage 4 Colon Cancer but still needs to be extra careful with her food, my top 5 picks criteria are based on:
1) Organic
2) Vegan
3) Raw Food options
4) Taste :)
Enjoy!

1) Living Greens

Living Greens is my most frequented organic, vegan cafe with mostly Asian dishes. Cosy place and you can feel the love and concern from the owner and staff as they are used to caring for many cancer patients and survivors. Not high on social media but definitely worth a try.

Read more in my detailed review – Living Greens.

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Super greens prepared specially for my mum’s birthday celebration at Living Greens
2) Loving Hut

Loving Hut is part of an international vegan chain of 200 strong with their flagship store in Joo Chiat. Good mix of Western and Asian dishes. Amazing creativity that can make vegan food tastes like fish, meat, lard…Unbelieveable! My personal favourites – Teo Chew Noodles and Raw Marble Cheese Cake!

Read more in my detailed review – Loving Hut.

Raw Marble Cheese Cake ($9.90) - Pricey for its size but taste and texture is like real cheese cake! Great for the lactose intolerant
Raw Marble Cheese Cake ($9.90) – Pricey for its size but taste and texture is like real cheese cake! Great for the lactose intolerant
3) Real Food

I eat at Real Food so much, I should write a post on them soon! One of the original pioneers of real, organic, no MSG, vegan food in Singapore, Real Food is doing well with 3 outlets in Novena, Killiney and Central.

Website: http://www.realfoodgrocer.com/

Stuffed Veggies - Raw, Organic Starter @ Real Food
Stuffed Veggies – Raw, Organic Starter @ Real Food
4) Sunny Choice

Sunny Choice is an inconspicuous cafe along Rail Mall that I walked past umpteen times without even glancing at. But it became a frequented cafe as they also try to use as much organic produce as possible. They also stock fresh organic produce like fruits, vegetables and chia seeds. They also served cold-pressed juice if you want a drink full of enzymes before your mains. My favourites – Xin Zhou Bee Hoon, Nasi Lemak, Po Piah.

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Organic, vegan Xin Zhou Bee Hoon!
5) Afterglow

Afterglow - Probably the one and only organic cafe focused on RAW food. Food is exquisitely made with intricate flavours. Good as a treat but the prices are too steep for everyday dining.

Read more in my detailed review – Afterglow.

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Raw lasagna that tasted quite like the real thing.. need I say more?

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Living Greens @ Rangoon Road

Living Greens, an organic vegan cafe, is a blessing to my mum and family. Ms Barbara Chin, the owner and chef of Living Greens, has years of experience taking care of cancer patients so she is very aware of patients’ dietary needs. All her food sauces and salad dressings are painstakingly prepared from scratch using fresh ingredientsEven the water she uses to make her soups is filtered. Living Greens used to be located at Beach Road but I am so glad they have now moved to relatively central Rangoon Road so we can eat there often without having to stress about all the food preparation at home!

Cheery Barbara, photo from http://thelittlerawdot.weebly.com/
Cheery Barbara, photo from http://thelittlerawdot.weebly.com/

Most of Living Greens mains are under $10, and these are some of our all time favourites!

Raw dishes

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Avocado Salad. The avocado tastes like egg! Amazing texture.

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Loving Hut @ Joo Chiat

As a relatively new vegan, I was very glad to hear that Loving Hut opened its flagship store in Joo Chiat. Loving Hut is an international vegan chain with around 200 stores worldwife. It is pretty difficult to find organic, vegan, non-GMO options in Singapore to bring mum too so I strongly support all these restaurants and cafes now. And Loving Hut does not disappoint. It is one of my personal favourites in terms of the freshness and taste of the food.

Loving Hut is the fastest growing chain of international vegan restaurants in the world. All our ingredients are 100% vegan. We use as much organic vegetables and non-GMO products as possible for all our dishes and drinks, with a particular focus on sourcing our ingredients from local producers to offer our customers the most natural, healthiest and most delicious cuisines.

 

Loving Hut Flagship Storefront
Loving Hut Flagship Storefront

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Dwarika’s Summer Salad

Recipe: Nepalese Dwarika’s Summer Salad

During my amazing stay at Dwarika’s at Nepal before we did our Poon Hill trek, N and I tried some amazing food at the Dwarika’s Resort. At that time I wasn’t vegan, but the food quality was exquisite. Since then, I have come to learn that at Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, Mr. Pramod Mahaseth, the head chef, uses almost all of the restaurant’s ingredients from their very own two organic farms – one near Dhulikhel and the other in Chitwan. I am glad that while the Dwarika’s Group preaches that food is a very important aspect of the lifestyle at the resort, they live what they preach by sourcing and growing their own organic, fresh Nepali ingredients.

Here is one amazing looking salad recipe from Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel, which I believe we can all re-apply at home even if we can’t travel to beautiful Nepal!

Dwarika’s Summer Salad
Dwarika’s Summer Salad

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Mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer Recovery Journey – Part 3

Now that mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer is in remission with her PET-CT scan showing resolved metabolic activity and her CEA markers consistently in normal range, there are days even I tend to forget the details of this blessed journey we have been on this year. It has really been a very epic year from being told my mum had stage 4 cancer in February when all she had was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, to being told in March she only had 6 months to live if she didn’t do chemotherapy, to her being in remission by Jun and now even healthier than before, without having to take her high blood pressure medication she was taking for 20 years before this. ALL the in the same year!

Hence, I decided I will be slowly write on our journey to capture God’s blessings every step of the way, to remind us to be thankful for everyday and also to let all of you out there who might be going through similar struggles to know that you are not alone, and you too can overcome cancer.

Continuing from Part 1 and Part 2, on Feb 24, Mum was discharged to go home to rest as she needed to rest for 1 week before her colon re-section surgery on Mar 3 to remove the primary tumour. The rest is needed so that her intestines which have been stretched from the constipation (due to tumour blockage) must contract back and the intestinal walls thicken so that the intestines are strong enough for the operation on Mar 3. She is ordered not to eat fibrous food as it might push the stent out of position again. So we fed her a lot of carbs and meat for her to recuperate, which in retrospect, now that we learnt about how sugar and casein protein will aid cancer cells growth, what we fed her was such a bad idea! Continue reading

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Recipe: Green Vegetable Juice

After my previous post on Juice Fasting, quite a few of you wrote to me to ask for recipes, so I have decided to combine what I learnt from the clinic and from different fruits I have been trying out at home into this recipe recommendation!

Please note though – use only certified organic ingredients when juicing, otherwise you will probably be drinking concentrated pesticides/fungicides from the fruits in inorganic produce.

If you are doing a juice fast, I recommend at least 4L/day as you would not be having solid food. If you are supplementing juice as a daily liquid sunshine into your lifestyle, I would recommend at least 1L/day for regular people and at least 2L/day if you have cancer/recovering from cancer as you need to constantly be giving your body alkalizing nutrition to build your immunity. As an overall rule, keep to 80% Base+Dark Leafy Greens, and 20% flavouring.

Food preparation class where we learnt Vegetable Juicing
Food preparation class where we learnt Vegetable Juicing from Jack Cross

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Mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer Recovery Journey – Part 2

Now that mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer is in remission with her PET-CT scan showing resolved metabolic activity and her CEA markers consistently in normal range, there are days even I tend to forget the details of this blessed journey we have been on this year. It has really been a very epic year from being told my mum had stage 4 cancer in February when all she had was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, to being told in March she only had 6 months to live if she didn’t do chemotherapy, to her being in remission by Jun and now even healthier than before, without having to take her high blood pressure medication she was taking for 20 years before this. ALL the in the same year!

Hence, I decided I will be slowly write on our journey to capture God’s blessings every step of the way, to remind us to be thankful for everyday and also to let all of you out there who might be going through similar struggles to know that you are not alone, and you too can overcome cancer.

Continuing where I left off early this week, on February 22, I finally managed to catch hold one 1 doctor in TTSH who had some time to answer my questions.  I sat the doctor down for a chat and realized the original abdominal CT scan that they had caught nodes in her lungs! So I wonder why they told me the day before that my mum would be fine once the primary tumour is removed in her colon! While many of us have spots in lungs due to scarring in the lungs from asthma etc, the doctor agreed to send her for a Thorax CT scan to check for lung metastases. Meanwhile, the stent in mum’s colon appears to have moved from the x-ray so she cannot go home to rest yet, as she was originally supposed to before her operation to remove the main tumour.

February 23 is probably the GRAYEST day of my life ever – The Thorax CT scan shows multiple cancerous nodes in both her lungs, confirming that she has Stage 4 cancer. Though the doctors don’t want to say it explicitly, it seems unlikely she can treated, but they will still go ahead with her colon surgery to remove the primary tumour improve her quality of life for so long as she shall live. This was the day my family broke down… I have never seen my dad shed a tear. Not even when my dad did a very painful operation before. Continue reading

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Mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer Recovery Journey – Part 1

Now that mum’s Stage 4 Colon Cancer is in remission with her PET-CT scan showing resolved metabolic activity and her CEA markers consistently in normal range, there are days even I tend to forget the details of this blessed journey we have been on this year. It has really been a very epic year from being told my mum had stage 4 cancer in February when all she had was irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, to being told in March she only had 6 months to live if she didn’t do chemotherapy, to her being in remission by Jun and now even healthier than before, without having to take her high blood pressure medication she was taking for 20 years before this. ALL the in the same year!

Hence, I decided I will be slowly write on our journey to capture God’s blessings every step of the way, to remind us to be thankful for everyday and also to let all of you out there who might be going through similar struggles to know that you are not alone, and you too can overcome cancer.

I will start from July 2013, when my mum started having some irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms during my wedding period. But we all just dismissed it as IBS because it is unlike our family to be very paranoid, plus mum seemed to feel better whenever she took probiotic pills and stopped taking yellow noodles full of gluten. In retrospect, my first few learnings are:

  • Always doing regular health screenings AND colonoscopy. Colon cancers are slow growing and typically take 10 years to develop into cancer. A colonoscopy would be able to detect any abnormality early.
  • Always listen to your body. My mum’s body was giving her signs like aches and pains that things were not right but we just dismissed it as a small issue thinking it is a normal part of ageing. Take the warning signs from our body seriously.
  • Do not dismiss what your family members tell you when they tell you they are uncomfortable. Not to be paranoid either, but looking back, my mum told me a lot about her irregular stool movements and feel strangely breathless doing workout videos but I was too busy with work and life so I just told her it was probably IBS and lack of exercise. Otherwise, we might caught her cancer earlier.
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