Pomegranate Juice May Lower Your Blood Pressure

I love to eat pomegranate, since I was a kid. However, the stickiness of the juice and the stain it could cause to my cloth have prevented me to select them over other fruits. It was not until recently that I started to eat the pomegranate again.

One day I was in the grocery store when I saw the large pomegranates on the store selves. At the edge of the self, there were brochures showing how to cut a pomegranate without staining your cloth. I thought, great! I then bought some and went home to try the technique I just learned.

These are the pictures that I posted in my Indonesian blog at that time. I also found a Youtube video that pretty much describes what the brochure said, and you may also find that video there.


Over the years, I have known that the pomegranate juice is good to our health. Wikipedia, Mayo Clinic, WebMD and even the National Geographic News provided all the pieces related to these benefits. Recently, each time when Dr. Rosenfeld mentioned that he is taking resveratrol daily, he kept mentioning that he was taking the one that is mixed with pomegranate powder. That has raised my curiosity to search further.

Today, while reading Dr. Sinatra and Dr. Roberts’ book on Reverse Heart Disease Now, I came across a section that listed three benefits of taking the 100% pomegranate juice. This is based on the result of a 2004 study in Israel. Here is what they conclude based on the study of a group of people taking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily for one to three years then compared it to a control group of non juice drinkers:

  • Systolic blood pressure of the juice drinkers dropped 20%
  • the oxidized LDL antibodies had a reduction of 19%
  • the thickness of the carotid artery walls had a reduction of 30% as compared to a 9% increase in the control group

Wouw! The 20% reduction of systolic blood pressure is great for me. That’s why I was thinking to go to the grocery store and start to drink 100% pomegranate juice daily.

For those who love to research the topic further, you may find the Abstract of the Israel group’s paper here, or get a copy of the paper here.


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Taking Resveratrol will reduce the risk of falling!

On July 15, after watching Dr. Rosenfeld’s Sunday Housecall program, a visitor found my old blog and left a comment there.

Isotonix® Resveratrol

This visitor thought Dr. Rosenfeld mentioned a supplement that would lower the blood pressure. I am really interested in anything that would lower the blood pressure without all those prescribed medications. That’s why I went to the Sunday Housecall videos site, looking for that particular video, and this is what I found.

I am sure this video is what my reader Rita referred to when she talked about the supplement that may lower the blood pressure. However, as you may see from the video on top of the right sidebar, Dr. Rosenfeld was talking about the linkage between blood flow to the brain, high blood pressure and the falls in the elderly people. Once again, you will see Dr. Rosenfeld mentioned about yet another benefit of Resveratrol toward the end of the video.

Please note that if you move your mouse over the video screen, then click on the full screen icon as shown on the left, which is located at the lower right corner of the video, you should be able to watch the full screen version of this video. However, you will only see the icon when you slide your mouse over the video screen.

This is the list of what Dr. Rosenfeld said in the video:

  • Falls in the elderly is linked to decreased blood flow in the brain
  • Controlling the blood pressure will reduce the risk of falls, and
  • older people who take Resveratrol have been shown to have increased blood flow to the frontal part of the brain.

As you may see from the video, once again, Dr. Rosenfeld told us that he is taking Resveratrol daily, which is a repetition of what he had said in his last presentation on Resveratrol and Diabetes.

Thanks to Rita for the comment that have prompted me to do the search, and now I can share with you all here.

I hope you would be able to see the benefits of this powerful antioxidant – Resveratrol that promotes cellular health.


  1. For those who are interested in the research that was mentioned in the video, please check this reference on: Effects of resveratrol on cerebral blood flow variables and cognitive performance in humans: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover investigation by Kennedy DO, et.al., from Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre, United Kingdom. Did you find the info about making you sharper after taking resveratrol? 🙂
  2. This post provides some of the ER visit data mentioned in the text. ( http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/165773 ) in addition to what Dr. Rosenfeld mentioned in the video.
  3. Mayo Clinic website ( http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fall-prevention/HQ00657 ) and other sites provide useful tips to prevent falls in elderly.
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7 years ago doctors said he only had 3 years left – Dr. Shu’s cancer fighting journey (2)

Doctors wanted him to have surgery in the last step of his 3rd stage colorectal cancer treatment. But he refused.

After he went through the initial panic stage knowing that he had cancer, Dr. Shu started to learn about how to fight cancer. During that time he learned that the Qigong or Chinese breathing exercise would help the cancer patient to strengthen their immune system and recover from cancer.

He also found many amazing testimonials from cancer survivors that had practiced diligently Ping Shuai Gong — a simple but very powerful Qi-gong (Chi Kung) exercise.

He then signed up to learn how to do Ping Shuai Gong.

On the first day when he signed up at the Taichung Meimen Dojo, and explained the reasons why he wanted to join, one of the instructors told him that he would not need to have surgery if he could diligently perform the exercise daily.

Soon after that, when he refused the surgery, doctors told him that, without surgery, he would only have 3 more years to live.

One Director of a Surgical Department of a famous hospital in Taiwan even wrote an open letter in a local newspaper. He contended that Dr. Shu being a well trained doctor in Western Medicine yet refusing to get a surgery, was setting a bad example for society. He said, the first year, you could get away with it. The second year, the cancer would recur. The third year, you would be gone.

But Dr. Shu survived without surgery to tell his story in 2 books. Every day he spent two hours to do Ping Shuai Gong religiously in conjunction with his naturopathy cocktail treatment.

Seven years have passed and since then and Dr. Shu has consulted and treated thousands of cancer patients in his newly built Naturopathy Cancer Treatment Center.

You can watch the second part of the Interview by Ms. Gao Wenying of Eranews TV from the video shown in the sidebar below, where Dr. Shu continues to tell his journey on fighting cancer, or you may click here to open the English translation of the subtitle of the video. You will find how did Dr. Shu overcome all the difficulties and survive.

If you haven’t watched the first video, click here, then downlink the English transcript of that video there.

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  1. For those who are interested to find more info on Qi-gong, please check MD Anderson Cancer Center site. Please be aware that the newest references listed there was dated back to 2004. (Accessed May 28, 2010)
  2. Another source would be the pubmed site. “Qigong”+”Cancer” search produced 84 references including those published in 2010.
  3. As of July 4th, 2012, the search above produced 103 references.
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Dr. Shu’s cancer fighting journey (1)

Dr. Shu is a famous neuro-surgeon from Taiwan. During his 30 years in practice, he has performed more than 10,000 brain surgeries. Then in 2002, he got 3rd stage colorectal cancer.

The following is what Dr. Shu told Ms. Gao Wenying, the host of Focus 360-degree Program of Era News TV in Taiwan, during a primetime interview.

He told her his recollection while he was staying in the hospital as a cancer patient receiving chemotherapy.

When I was in the hospital I saw so many cancer patients walking back and forth in front of me.

Do you know how a cancer patient looks?

  • Their hair has gone,
  • they wear masks,
  • they sit there listless.
  • Due to the chemotheraphy,their faces were blackened.
  • They couldn’t even smile, they looked very timid.
  • Even if they smiled, it was a bitter smile.
  • Many of them walked around bend from the waist, hunchbacked.
  • Their hands and feet were numb.
  • Then there was this targeted therapy and the patients’ faces were full of pimpels.

I saw the scary pictures of cancer. They were walking back and forth in front of me. I thought to myself:

  • Were these all the results of cancer?
  • Did cancer cause the hair loss?
  • Did cancer blacken your skin?
  • Did cancer take away your smile?
  • Did cancer make you so timid?
  • Did cancer cause you such a skin disease?

No, NOT at all!

Terrified, scared, worried, stressed, unable to sleep, unable to eat were the hardship that they were going through. Then in the hospital treatments: radiation therapy, chemotherapy, surgery and all these hardship added up to to cause them to become like that.

That was the epiphany at the end of my office visit to the hospital. When the doctor adviced me to go to get the operation, suddenly I realized the patient’s reality.

In the video shown in the sidebar below, Dr. Shu elaborated on how he came to a final decision to refuse the surgery, even though his doctor colleagues told him that he would not live longer than 3 years. That was 6 or 7 years ago; and much more.

You may get the English translation of the video subtitle by clicking the link. This is only the first of a three-part videos. Someone has divided the whole interview into 3 shorter parts and put it up in youtube. The total length of this first part video is 9:50 minutes.

I have translated the subtitle to share with my non-chinese speaking readers, particularly for all those whose life or someone they love’s life has been affected by cancer.

In his second book, Dr. Shu wrote a list of all the major type of cancers and what kind of treatments are most effective for a particular type of cancer.

That would be my next project when I finish translating the subtitle of the other two videos.

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List of additional readings:

  1. Targeted Therapy
  2. Skin Reactions to Targeted Therapird. Accesed May 16, 2010.
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What is postprandial?

During lunch today, I asked my colleague if he knew the meaning of the word ‘postprandial’?

He shook his head and I said ok.

image by: Funadium

If you are a new visitor to this site and have read most of the posts here, I think by now you may have known that English is not my mother tongue. Actually it’s not my second language either, since I went to a Chinese Elementary and Middle School when I was young. But it is not important here. My point is, if my American colleague doesn’t know the meaning of postprandial, then it must be one of those big words that only doctors and other healthcare professionals could digest. Why bother? 🙂

But if I don’t know the meaning of that word, how am I going to use it in my post? That prompted me to let my fingers do the googling and these are what I found:

Medterm gives you the following definition:

Postprandial: After mealtime. A postprandial rise in the blood glucose level is one that occurs after eating.

Wikipedia gives these four examples;

  • Postprandial hyperglycemia (PPHG) is high blood sugar following a meal. It can be evaluated in a postprandial glucose test.
  • Postprandial dip is a mild decrease in blood sugar after eating a big meal, possibly leading to drowsiness.
  • Postprandial hypotension is a drastic decline in blood pressure which happens after eating.
  • Postprandial regurgitation is a unique symptom of rumination syndrome

As far as the diabetic related blood test is concerned, we learned from webMD that there are 4 types of blood test:

  • Fasting blood sugar (FBS) measures blood glucose after you have not eaten for at least 8 hours.
  • 2-hour postprandial blood sugar measures blood glucose exactly 2 hours after you start eating a meal.
  • Random blood sugar (RBS) measures blood glucose regardless of when you last ate. This test is also called a casual blood glucose test.
  • Oral glucose tolerance test is used to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes. An oral glucose tolerance test is a series of blood glucose measurements taken after you drink a sweet liquid that contains glucose. This test is commonly used to diagnose diabetes that occurs during pregnancy (gestational diabetes).

For more info on these tests, please visit webMD site. Don’t forget to check their slideshow on celebrities with diabetes.

If you have other medical term that puzzles you, why don’t you share with us here by leaving it in the comment section? I’m not a medical doctor but I promise to share with you, once I find the meaning of those hard to swallow words.

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Glycemic index of brown, black and white rice

Being born and raised in Indonesia, white rice has been the main dish for almost my entire life. However, a few years ago my doctor warned me that she was going to prescribe some diabetic medications if I didn’t reduce my carbs intake and shed some pounds off. I might become a type 2 diabetic soon if I didn’t do anything, she added.

Responding to that warning, I then signed up to join the Transitions Lifestyle weight management system and have reduced my belly fat as I posted early. I even went to become a Certified Transitions Lifestyle Coach to help other with their weight management problems.


In the past two years, I have slowly cut the white rice off without any problem on satiety. Instead of white rice I only ate a cup of black rice, and sometimes skipped the rice at all for other low glycemic index (GI) carbs such as sweet potato, noddle, bean, unripe banana, squash etc.

Last week I came across Dr. Izzy’s Sunday Housecall video as shown in the right sidebar: What can brown do for you? This video puzzled me.

OK, doc. Brown rice can lower your blood pressure, but was that all the benefits we get from brown rice? What about the glycemic index?

I remember that in her 2005 edition book, The New Glucose Revolution – Low GI Eating Made Easy, Dr. Jennie Brand-Miller wrote that the brown rice they have tested so far has high GI. For this reason, I have been eating black rice instead of brown rice. I don’t remember where I read that the black rice has low GI.

But after watching Dr. Izzy’s video, I did the search and found the Sydney University GI food database. This is the list of my search results.

  • A search for the word ‘rice’ alone –> found 341 records.
  • Changed to ‘rice’ with GI less than 55 –> 131 records.
  • Reduced it to ‘rice’ with GI less than 50 –> 91 records. Still too many records.
  • ‘White rice’ with GI less than 50 –> 40 records.
  • ‘Brown rice’ with GI less than 50 –> 11 records.
  • ‘Black rice’ with GI less than 50, only 1 record.

The last one actually was for black rice porridge from the work of Yang et.al., from China.

These findings totally changed my viewpoint on the glycemic index of rice. Now I know that we can get the low GI white or brown rice from the data of Sydney Universtity database. The other two search results with 40 and 11 records of rice are easy to navigate and figure out which one would probably be available in the grocery stores here.

Finally, the database is easy to search. Please follow the instruction and try it yourself. If you are like me and have to eat low GI food, then you may find the list for white rice or brown rice with GI that are lower than 50. You will be amazed by the GI food data they have there. Please come to share with us your impression, once you have checked their database.

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