Saturday, 27 September 2014

Top Cancer Causing Foods VS Top Anti Cancer Foods

Here is the Original Posting.



White blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, and typically work as part of the immune system to fight off bacterial and viral infections.  (白细胞在骨髓导致和典型地工作作为免疫系统一部分与细菌和病毒感染战斗)
There are a number of natural methods available to increase WBC include:

(1). Take Zinc (采取锌)

Studies have shown that even a mild zinc deficiency can increase risk of infection.  Consume more oysters, beef, lamb, wheat germ, and spinach.

(2). Take Folic Acid (采取叶酸)

One of the side effects of excess intake of folic acid is an increase in WBCs. A deficiency of folic acid can also lead to anemia, which is a low level of red blood cells. So if you’re low on either, increasing intake of folic acid may help. Eat more spinach and beans

(3). Take selenium (采取硒)

Selenium is required by the body for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and may help protect against free radical damage and cancer. A deficiency in selenium can lead to pain in the muscles and joints, unhealthy hair, and white spots on the fingernails. In long term cases it may even lead to Hashimoto's disease, a condition in which the body's own immune system attacks the thyroid. An excess of selenium can lead to bad breath, diarrhea, and even hair loss (硒由身体是必需的对于适当起作用甲状腺,并且也许帮助防止受到自由基损伤和癌症。在硒的缺乏在肌肉可能带领痛苦和联接、不健康的头发和白色斑点在指甲盖。在长期案件它也许甚而导致桥本的疾病,身体的自己的免疫系统攻击甲状腺的情况。硒剩余可能导致口臭、腹泻和甚而掉头发)

Top 10 Foods Highest in Selenium ( - 高名列前茅10食物):

1)    Brazil Nuts

2)    Seafood (Oysters - Cooked)

3)    Fish (Tuna - Cooked)

4)    Whole-Wheat Bread

5)    Seeds (Sunflower)

6)    Pork (Lean Tenderloin - Cooked)

7)    Beef & Lamb (Lean Beef Steak - Cooked)

8)    Chicken and Turkey (Turkey, Back or Leg Meat Cooked)

9)    Mushrooms (Crimini)

10)  Whole Grains (Rye)

For further details on the Top 10 foods, here is the Original Article.

(4). Eat more Yogurt (吃更多酸奶)

Some studies have shown that people taking probiotics had stronger immune systems than those who didn’t take them. The probiotics also seemed to boost the WBC. [Yogurt is not suitable for newly transplanted patients]

(5). Take Garlic (采取大蒜)

2002 animal study found that rats fed garlic showed a significant increase in total white blood cell count. It also seems to promote the ability of white blood cells to fight off infections, and also stimulates other immune cells.  [I prefer chopped raw garlics for better effects]

For further details, here is the Original Article, courtesy of Colleen M. Story.
Matters to Note (应注义事项):

·             Please note that diet should be adjusted in according to an individual’s requirements. 

·             Certain foods are not suitable for early stage of post-transplant patients such as Mushrooms and Yogurt.

·             Have you tried using the “Lunch Box to cook oatmeal with spinach?  I bet not many of you ever thought of it.  Give it a shot!!

·             Discuss with your Dietitian to ensure that you are taking the right portion of all foods.  Taking excess portion of any foods will give an undue burden to your kidney [VERY IMPORTANT]. (与您的营养师讨论确保您采取正确的分量的食物。采取额外分量的食物将给您的肾脏过度的负担 [非常重要].)

Saturday, 20 September 2014

FDA Approves Trulicity (dulaglutide) for Type 2 Diabetes (粮食与药物管理局批准Trulicity (dulaglutide) 为第二类型糖尿病使用)

FDA Approves Trulicity (dulaglutide) for Type 2 Diabetes (粮食与药物管理局批准Trulicity (dulaglutide) 为第二类型糖尿病使)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Trulicity (dulaglutide), a once-weekly subcutaneous injection to improve glycemic control (blood sugar levels), along with diet and exercise, in adults with type 2 diabetes. (美国食品药品监督管理局今天批准Trulicity (dulaglutide),每星期一次的皮下注射与饮食和锻炼一起改进糖血症控制(血糖水平),在成人与第二类型糖尿病)

Trulicity is a glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonist, a hormone that helps normalize blood sugar levels. The drug’s safety and effectiveness were evaluated in six clinical trials in which 3,342 patients with type 2 diabetes received Trulicity. Patients receiving Trulicity had an improvement in their blood sugar control as observed with reductions in HbA1c level (hemoglobin A1c is a measure of blood sugar control).

Trulicity has been studied as a stand-alone therapy and in combination with other type 2 diabetes therapies, including metformin, sulfonylurea, thiazolidinedione, and prandial insulin. Trulicity should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes; those who have increased ketones in their blood or urine (diabetic ketoacidosis); those with severe stomach or intestinal problems; or as first-line therapy for patients who cannot be managed with diet and exercise.

In clinical trials, the most common side effects observed in patients treated with Trulicity were nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and decreased appetite. (在临床试验,在患者观察的最共同的副作用治疗与Trulicity是恶心,腹泻,呕吐,胃肠痛苦和减少的胃口。)

For further details, here is the Original Article, courtesy of FDA, USA.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

How to Cook Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker (Lunch Box) [如何利用电饭锅烹调燕麦粥(午餐盒)] & 【愛上燕麥片的理由】

How to Cook Oatmeal in a Rice Cooker (Lunch Box) [如何利电饭锅烹调燕麦(午餐盒)] & 【愛上燕麥片的理由

Most people, including myself, will cook oatmeal in a pot and thus have to stir it constantly.  I was asking myself is there any way I can make better use of my times while the oatmeal is being cooked.  I found one.


Here is another great invention by the Koreans – “Kessler Multi-Function Electric Lunch Box”.  Using the aluminum pot inside Lunch Box, the whole cooking process will take 30 minutes BUT I don’t have to stir the oatmeal constantly.


Here is my way of cooking oatmeal:

·      Add 200-300ml of water to the pot inside Lunch Box (adjust to your preference)

·      Add any vegetables such as onion, carrot, tomato, celery, spinach, potato or any other vegetables to start the cooking process

·      For dinner, I don’t add any meat (I don’t take meat anyways) or fish as I took fish for lunch. You may add a portion of fish if you didn’t consume fish (protein) during the day

·      Let it cook for 20 minutes then add your oatmeal to the aluminum pot

·      I don’t add any salt during the process

·      30 minutes later, oatmeal and vegetables are cooked.  I will add a table spoon of light soy sauce to my oatmeal.  I can afford so because my sodium level is within range.

If you have an improved way to cook oatmeal, your sharing is much appreciated.


Matters to Note (应注义事项):

Please note that diet should be adjusted in according to individual’s requirements. 

My Phosphate test result has been below the acceptable range, most of the times, since the surgery in May. Consuming oatmeal has pushed my Phosphate result to the acceptable range.







Saturday, 6 September 2014

Post-Transplant Medications {Update#2} (移植之后疗程)

Post-Transplant Medications {Update#2} (移植之后疗)
Finally August is gone! End of August denotes the end of Valganciclovir for me. May be not a standard protocol but it is common to take three months of Valcyte for newly transplanted patient. Besides being one of the priciest medicine I ever came across, one of its side effects is reducing White Blood Cell counts.

Rejection Prophylaxis
1.        Cyclosporine (Neoral®)
- You may refer to my latest post on “Blood Test Report & Creatinine” for my current dosage on Cyclosporine
2.        Mycophenolate  mofetil (Cellcept®)
- Both Neoral® & Cellcept® must be taken every 12 hours and taken on time
- Cyclosporine may cause potassium retention & increased blood pressure
3.        Prednisolone
- A steroid being used to prevent rejection in organ transplantation
- To be taken AFTER foods
The above three drugs are to be taken for life.

- For the treatment of GERD

Insulin Aspart
- For the treatment of Type 2 Diabetes
- Taking 12u (breakfast), 12u (lunch) and 9u (dinner)

Two methods to monitor (监测) the "Concentration” (浓度) of Cyclosporine:
(A)     Cyclosporine  Trough, also known as C0 (谷值), which is the lowest concentration – To draw blood within one hour to half an hour before the next dosage
(B)     Cyclosporine  Peak, also known as C2 (峰值), which is the highest concentration – To draw blood, two hours exactly, after taking (服用) taking the dosage
It is important to monitor the concentration:
(A)     Insufficient dosage will cause rejection from the new kidney
(B)     Taking too much of Cyclosporine may lead to higher creatinine

Matters to Note (应注义事项):
1.        High dosage of Cellcept & Methylprednisolone will reduce the immunization (免疫).  Doctor should reduce dosage from as early as third week to forth week, the latest, subsequent to the surgery.  I am taking the minimum dosage of Prednisolone at the moment.
2.        Taking both Cyclosporine & Cellcept with fresh milk will tend to give better absorption within the system (用新鲜的牛奶进食将会更好的将Cyclosporine & Cellcept吸收在系统内)

3.        Wear face mask for at least three - six months whenever going out.  Avoid going to crowded places for at least one year due to low or no immunization (每当出去, 戴着面罩至少 - 六个. 由于低或没有免, 去拥挤的地方至少一年)