Monthly Archives: November 2015

A diabetic actually does not require special foods since their nutritional needs are identical to the non-diabetics.  Common ordinary foods consumed in controlled amounts will continue not only to provide sufficient and adequate diet but also to help control blood sugar.  In fact, the same low-fat and high-carbohydrate diet that has always been advocated for healthy individuals is also perfect for diabetics. 

Even though more carbohydrates are encourage as part of a diabetic diet, it is important to understand what this actually means.  Usually 50% of our total calorie intake comes from carbohydrates which is our main energy source and also because our meals are mostly sugars and starches.  What constitute sugars are mainly glucose (blood sugar), sucrose (table sugar), fructose (fruit sugar) and lactose (milk sugar).  Starches come mainly from noodles, rice, bread or potatoes.  Hence even though it is recommended that diabetics can continue to consume more carbohydrates, up to 50% of total calories as per normal diet, it is actually starches that should be increased and not sugars.

Dietary control continues to remain as one of the most important natural healing remedies to prevent and control diabetes.  There are some diabetics who are able to control their blood sugar levels through diet alone without the need for tablets or insulin injections.

Healthy eating need not mean skimpy boring meals.  With some creativity and some adjustments, even the most popular Asian recipes can be immediately transformed into healthy delicious and attractive meals that are suitable not only for the diabetic but also for his/her entire family.  Unlike Western foods, most traditional Asian foods are high in fiber and low in calories and fat hence not much really needs to be adjusted to fit them into a well-balanced diet.  Through healthy cooking and moderate consumption by regulating portions, the reward reaped by a diabetic is vibrant health and good diabetes control.

Here is a delicious and healthy oriental salad recipe that is suitable for a diabetic.

Diabetic Oriental Salad


3 large dried mushrooms
2 medium carrots, shredded thinly
1 red chilli, shredded thinly
1 medium green pepper, shredded thinly
1 cup thinly shredded cabbage
1 cup beansprouts, tails removed
½ thumb-size ginger, shredded thinly

Dressing ingredients

1 teaspoon sesame oil
½ teaspoon safflower oil or walnut oil
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Sugar to taste
Light soya sauce to taste


Place dried mushrooms in a small bowl, pour boiling water sufficient to cover all the mushrooms and leave to soak for at least 20 minutes or until mushrooms become soft.
Place shredded carrots, red chilli, green pepper and cabbage in a bowl of cold water, set aside for an hour then drain well.
Place all vegetables in a serving bowl, toss well, cover and place in the refrigerator.
Dressing preparation – Combine all the dressing ingredients into a small bowl and mix well.
Just before serving, slowly drizzle the dressing over the salad, a little at a time, until the salad is well covered.  Serve.

I am a strong advocate of natural healing remedies and healthy recipes as I really believe we can use food, herbs, fruits and vegetables as a natural medicine rather than to go for toxic drugs that brings with them serious side effects.  Do check out my websites for the natural healing way

11 traditional Chinese therapies that will weird you out
A number of mysterious therapies have surfaced in recent years as people have strayed from the typical herbal remedies and cupping procedures to seek out alternative "cure-all" treatments. We've taken a look at some of the more baffling out-of-the-box ...
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Do herbal medicines improve our health?
... remedies may be effective in treating asthma. An analysis of 17 randomised controlled trials into the use of herbal preparations in asthma (Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine) found a significant improvement in more than half of the trials. The herbs ...
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Is It Time to Take Chinese Medicine More Seriously?
Well, I finally listened to the entire show and it was a horrifying hour-long paean to pre-scientific nonsense like qi, acupuncture and herbal remedies of dubious efficacy. I finally had enough when an actual physician from our flagship state ...
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Making the change from Ving Tsun Sticky Hands to Taijiquan Pushing Hands should be an easy one. Of course, a fire drill is always easy, until one has a real fire in their backyard. Thus, to understand this change one must make a few adjustments in the way they think about things.

First, the Sticky Hands of Ving Tsun is usually done with a certain springiness in the limbs. Someone pushes on your defense, and you give away enough to guide them, and then spring into the opening created. This is a generality, and there is a lot more to the drill, but it is what we must focus on to make our transition.

Second, the pushing hands of Taijiquan is actually a bit misnamed. It should be called 'emptying the whole body,' simply, one must give way until the opponent over pushes and thus unbalances himself. This summation of Pushing Hands is quite inadequate, but, again, we are attempting to bridge from one exercise to another, and this is what we must focus on.

Now, we go from giving way with a certain 'springiness' inherent in the movement, to a giving way (emptying of) with the entire body. One drill is giving way with the arms, and the other is to absent the whole body from incoming forces. Thus, if one can take the 'springy' quality out of the arms, and just concentrate on emptying the arms and the rest of the body, the transition can be accomplished easily.

When an opponent strikes and you feel that the springing quality is not sufficient for the situation, or you just feel like converting into Taiji, match the velocity of the incoming strike, turn the waist, and guide him past. It goes without saying, that he should not feel you manipulate him. It must be a guidance not of flesh to flesh, but of hair to hair. Your touch should be so soft that he doesn't fight it.

At this point you should be able to question whether you are doing the art of Ving Tsun, or the art of Taiji. The only difference, you see, is in the depth and height of stance. You may be standing in a two legged stance (goat riding) or in a single leg stance of some height, versus being in the deeper shifting stance that is common to Taijiquan.

So we come to the crux of the matter. Give way in sticky hands and let the attacker fall through (or into a lock). Or give way in pushing hands, and then use springiness.

We are not really talking large differences here, merely subtle differences that are, truth be told, inherent in either exercise should one take the time to study gung fu long enough and with a correct eye to the potentials. The whole point here, is to help people who have been trained in one art to adjust to new training and new methods, and new (sometimes just stated differently) awareness. That is how you make the transition from Ving Tsun Sticky Hands to Taijiquan Pushing Hands.


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Ancient healing gets Swiss stamp of approval
Singapore-born Carla Fuhlrott believes in the healing power of alternative medicine, which in her case is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). In her pristine clinic 20 minutes from downtown Zurich, the TCM practitioner sees about eight patients a day ...
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The Straits Times - Kwong Wai Shiu begins m revamp
By 2017, the Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital community hub will house a bigger nursing home and senior care centre as well as both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Western medical clinics. Home care and hospice services will also be offered. The plan is ...
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Cubs to the slaughter: Ian Michler's fight against the lion farms of South Africa
The lions are packed so close together that they're touching. In their enclosure, they "move like snakes", says safari operator and environmental writer Ian Michler, his voice strained with the affront. Territorial by nature, meant for vast open spaces ...
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Christmas comes to Coldharbour Road
Firstly there's Acuherbs, specialising in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture and run by the delightful Sophie and her partner Zhang. Second is the family-run Italian coffee shop and deli, The Lavender Coffee Shop, which is packed full of delicious ...
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Owner of new Chinese massage business aims to help elders in the community
The special combo massage, which costs $ 35, is a service that includes using Chinese herbal medicine as rubbing oil on customers, Shen said. Massage therapy is beneficial in strengthening one's body and enhancing one's immune system, said Shen.
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Fruit and vegetables could "cure" untreatable and aggressive cancers, it has ...
A cocktail of natural chemical compounds found in fruit and vegetables could "cure" untreatable and aggressive cancers in patients who have relapsed, a study found. Active compounds known as phytochemicals are responsible for many of the ...
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Your signature brain wave activity is distinctive for you. It has a unique rhythm and pattern which has created over time and by means of routine. Acoustic Brainwave Activation systems can help you build new patterns and increase frequencies that you might be missing or needing additional of. For instance for those who have difficulty focusing, have a look at Beta and Gamma centered applications. Or if you have difficulty soothing, explore theta, alpha or even delta programs

Investigation from the human brain also as measurements of brain waves conclude that there are 4 simple active and passive circumstances from the brain, that are in immediate correlation using the physical reactions.

1. Beta-Waves (over 13Hz, at centre about 14-16 Hz and as much as thirty Hz) These waves decide brain activity throughout awake, tense and lively conditions. At the forefront are the consciousness, influenced by exterior stimuli, the processing of mental impressions and important considering. Within the constructive beta location, a situation of elevated concentration is current. Elevated frequencies past a particular limit trigger harmful circumstances, such as stress, fear as well as panic. Overly elevated beta-wave-shares cause a greater output of stress-hormones.

2. Alpha-Waves (8-13 Hz) They seem inside a peaceful situation when the eyes are closed within the stage among rest and waking hours. Qualities are nice rest, constructive mood and a feeling of physique and spirit integration.

3. Theta-Waves (4-8 Hz) They typically build throughout rest, dreaming and deep meditation. The formation with the sub-consciousness is now lively. This zone is characterized by vivid creativity capability, enhanced learning and recollection ability, fantasy and instinct.

4. Delta-Waves (0.5-4 Hz) They seem mostly during deep-sleep and therefore are rarely experienced during wakening hrs. The accompanying psychological conditions are a dreamless rest, trance and deep-hypnosis. Delta waves are of outstanding importance for healing processes as well as the working of the immune program.

A less toxic approach to beating cancer
Professor Wen Jiang, from Cardiff's School of Medicine, said: “Traditional Chinese Medicines are an interesting avenue for novel cancer therapies, representing relatively low-toxicity and inexpensive formulations that have been in use for centuries.
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Acupuncture and Chiropractic Neurology May Help People Heal Faster After ...
Practitioners at the Redwood City clinic, who provide a combination of a specialized form of chiropractic care focused on the treatment of neurological disorders and Traditional Chinese Medicine, report a faster recovery process and better outcomes ...
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Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica Honored by Waters Centers of Innovation ...
Waters Corporation has welcomed the Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica's (SIMM) Research Center for Modernization of Traditional Chinese Medicine under the direction of Dr. De-an Guo into the Waters Centers of Innovation (COI) Program.
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Health Matters for week of Nov. 16
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Nobel Renews Debate on Chinese Medicine
In fact, in its award, the Nobel committee specifically said it was not honoring Chinese medicine, even though Artemisia has been in continuous use for centuries to fight malaria and other fevers, and even though Dr. Tu said she figured out the ...
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Gone to Jungle For Healing, Holistic Plants & Spiritual Work: WATCH What Happens
“If you ask a shaman or a medicine woman which plant cures cancer, there's no one answer. You can't sit in a hotel room and drink herbs,” he said. “If you look into ancient folk medicine from indigenous cultures, all the way to ancient Chinese medicine ...
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Health Briefs: Nov. 18
Yoga for Every-Body with Kari Richards: 5:15 Mondays and Wednesdays at Living Tree Holistic Wellness Center, 1210 N. Main St. Using the philosophies of yoga, taichi and qigong, as well as offering modifications, this class makes yoga available to ...
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Music Monday: Cotton Mather Harnesses Ancient Chinese Wisdom In “The Book of ...
What was being offered by this amazing, beautiful, humble master from an age-old tradition of qigong and tai chi was unique, rarified, pure temple training, handed down directly through generations from ancient masters. My music up till then had been ...
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Atelier qi gong organisé par l'ASCBM
Retrouvez les photos de l'atelier qi gong organisé, le samedi 14 novembre, par l'ASCBM à la salle du Majestic à Mandeure. Images proposées par " ASCBM (Mandeure) ". Retrouvez les photos de l'atelier qi gong organisé, le samedi 14 novembre, par ...
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Labyrinths are walking meditations that go way, way back in time.  Archeologists can date them all the way back to 1500 BC but they are probably much older than that.  We can find them all over the world, in churches, cathedrals, old ruins, and now many spiritual retreat centers have them.  Perhaps the most famous labyrinth is Chartres Cathedral just south of Paris.  It's a beautiful labyrinth that dates to over 800 years ago.  I suggest anyone that goes to Europe visit Chartres Cathedral.  It's beautiful and the labyrinth is right inside the cathedral.

Some people confuse labyrinths with mazes, but it's not a maze.  It is more of a meditation that is in walking form.  Let me explain.  The labyrinth has a pathway that you walk in order to reach the center but it goes round and round, back and forth, until you reach the center.  The key is to take slow steps and just walk towards the center; taking your time and following your breath.  I recommend with each step taking a breath.  Continue to walk all the way to the center until you get to there.  Once you get to the center, stop, be, listen.  I don't want to necessarily tell you what will happen but I do want to encourage you to get on the internet and find a labyrinth near you.  Go to the labyrinth and walk the labyrinth.  See what happens when you get to the center.  The experience is different for different people.

I love labyrinths and have been to many of them around the world.  I encourage you to try a labyrinth.  They are a walking meditation in a beautiful, winding course.  Many people, including myself, see it as a metaphor.  At one point you're born, you enter life, life has twists and turns but then when you reach the center all is well.  All is well.  All has always been well, because there's a path, a journey that each of us is on.  This path has a direct, exact way for each of us to go and we really can't veer from it even though it has twists and turns in it.  It is leading us exactly where we are supposed to go.  Our goal throughout the journey is to stay present, stay focused, and just take one step, one breath, or metaphorically one day at a time.  As we enjoy the journey, even with the twists and turns, we get to the center and all is well.

People around the world use labyrinths as a way to enter a contemplative state; a state of mental coy essence, where our minds are still and we just be.  Taking one day at a time, one moment at a time in life.  Life truly has a course for each one of us.  All will be well; we just need to keep going.  All will be well, all is well.

Throughout history people with time and money limitations have traveled labyrinths in lieu of traveling to actual holy sites.  They see the labyrinth as a substitute to these travels and create the same experience as visiting one of these holy sites around the world.  I encourage you to find a labyrinth and experience it.  Experience something that has been around the millenniums.  If you ever get a chance to visit California I would love to take you to some of them or better yet perhaps we could even experience the beautiful labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France some day.  I always welcome my readers and listeners contacting me.  I enjoy sharing my experiences with you, the reader and would love to do so personally.


Dr. Robert Puff, Ph.D. is a meditation expert, international speaker and the creator of the weekly Meditation For Health Podcast, available at He has a weekly podcast that explores the world of Happiness at He also has a blog at If you would like to contact Dr. Puff, his e-mail address is