Monday, December 24, 2007

SALMONELLA in Cadbury Chocolate!


Seven Cadbury chocolate brands have been recalled due to salmonella
contamination. The Food Standards Agency, UK, has issued a Food Alert for
Action. Cadbury Schweppes responded by recalling the seven brands - they
also issued a press notice on June 23.

-- Food Alert for Action.
-- Cadbury Schweppes Press Release

Products should be returned to:

Cadbury Recall
B302QZ (United Kingdom)

There is a free helpline at (UK) 0800 818181.

The following products are being recalled:

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish 250g

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk Caramel 250g

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk Mint 250g

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk 8 chunk

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk 1kg

-- Cadbury Dairy Milk Button Easter Egg 105g

-- Cadbury Freddo 10p

Over one million chocolate bars have already been removed from shelves in
the UK.

Apparently, a leaking pipe at Cadbury's Marlbrook chocolate factory in
Herefordshire caused the salmonella contamination. The fault in the pipe
was discovered in January, 2006. Samples were sent to an independent
laboratory which identified a rare strain of salmonella (salmonella
Montevideo). Cadbury Schweppes says this is purely a precautionary measure.
Levels of contamination, they say, are well below danger levels.

The company says people should not be alarmed if they have eaten any of
these seven brands. They can contact the company if they want a full
refund. The Food Standards Agency is carrying out its own investigation and
advises people not to consume the products. The Health Protection Agency is
carrying out a separate investigation.

Symptoms of Salmonella Gastroenteritis

-- Sudden onset of nausea
-- Abdominal cramping
-- Bloody diarrhea with mucous is common
Salmonellosis (salmonella infection) has no real cure, only the symptoms
can be treated. Less than 1% of cases are fatal. Symptoms usually appear
within 6-72 hours after the it enters your body. The patient usually
recovers after 5 to 7 days. The main thing to look out for is dehydration.
A complication can be when the infection spreads out from the intestines.

If your diarrhea is severe you will require rehydration.

Antibiotics are used when:
-- The illness persists
-- The infection spreads out from the intestines

Written by: Christian Nordqvist
Editor: Medical News Today


About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Chinese had to leave Italy. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Chinese community.

So the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the Chinese community. If the Chinese win, they could stay. If the Pope wins, the Chinese would leave.

The Chinese realized that they had no other choice. So they picked a middle-aged man named Ah Pek to represent them.

Ah Pek asked for one condition to be added to the debate. "To make it more interesting", he said, "neither side would be allowed to talk".

The Pope agreed. The day of the great debate came. Ah Pek and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute.

Then the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. Ah Pek looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Ah Pek pointed to the ground at where he sat. The Pope pulled out a loaf and a glass of wine. Ah Pek pull out an apple.

The Pope stood up and said: "I give up. This man is too good. The Chinese can stay."

An hour later, the cardinals were all around The Pope asking him what happened?. The Pope said, "first I held up three fingers to represent the holy trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to both our religions."

"Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us." He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us."

"I pulled out the wine and loaf to show that God absolves all sin. He showed me an apple to remind us of the original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?"

Meanwhile, the Chinese community had crowded around Ah Pek. "What happened?" they asked.

"Well," said Ah Pek, "First he indicated to me that all Chinese had 3 days to get out of here. I replied to him f*@k off and not one of us was leaving."

"Then he pointed that this whole city would be cleared of Chinese. I showed him that we are staying right here."

"Yes, and then???" asked the crowd. "I don't know", said Ah Pek, "He took out his lunch, and I took out mine!!!"

Amazing Sand Castles from China!

Malaysian Models (Hot!)

Women & Heart Attacks!

I've meant to send this to my women friends to warn them that it's
true that women rarely have the same dramatic symptoms that men have
when experiencing a heart know, the sudden stabbing pain
in the chest, the cold sweat, grabbing the chest and dropping to the
floor that we see in the movies. I had a completely unexpected heart
attack at about 10:30 pm with NO
prior exertion, NO prior emotional trauma that one would suspect
might've brought it on.

I was sitting all snugly and warm on a cold evening, with my purring
cat in my lap, reading an interesting story my friend had sent me, and
actually thinking, "A-A-h, this is the life, all cozy and warm in my
soft, cushy Lazy Boy with my feet propped up." A moment later, I felt
that awful sensation of indigestion, when you've been in a hurry and
grabbed a bite of sandwich and washed it down with a dash of water,
and that hurried bite seems to feel like you've swallowed a golf ball
going down the esophagus in slow motion and it is most uncomfortable.
You realize you shouldn't have gulped it down so fast and needed to
chew it more thoroughly and this time drink a glass of water to hasten
its progress down to the stomach. This was my initial sensation---the
only trouble was that I hadn't taken a bite of anything since about
5:00 p.m. After that had seemed to subside, the next sensation was
like little squeezing motions that seemed to be racing up my SPINE
( was probably my aorta spasming), gaining speed as
they continued racing up and under my sternum (breast bone, where one
presses rhythmically when adminstering CPR). This fascinating process
continued on into my throat and branched out into both jaws. AHA!!
NOW I stopped
puzzling about what was happening--we all have read and/or heard about
pain in the jaws being one of the signals of an MI happening, haven't

I said aloud to myself and the cat, "Dear God, I think I'm having a
heart attack!" I lowered the foot rest, dumping the cat from my lap,
started to take a step and fell on the floor instead. I thought to
myself, "If this is a heart attack, I shouldn't be walking into the
next room where the phone is or anywhere else...but, on the other
hand, if I don't, nobody will know that I need help, and if I wait any
longer I may not be able to get up in a moment." I pulled myself up
with the arms of the chair, walked slowly into the next room and
dialed the Paramedics. I told her I thought I was having a heart
attack due to the pressure building under the sternum and radiating
into my jaws. I didn't feel hysterical or afraid, just stating the
facts. She said she was sending the Paramedics over immediately, asked
if the front door was near to me, and if so, to unbolt the door and
then lie down on the floor where they could see me when they came in.
I then laid down on the floor as instructed and lost consciousness, as
I don't remember the medics coming in, their examination, lifting me
onto a gurny or getting me into their ambulance, or hearing the call
they made to St. Jude ER on the way.

But I did briefly awaken when we arrived and saw that the Cardiologist
was already there in his surgical blues and cap, helping the medics
pull my stretcher out of the ambulance. He was bending over me asking
questions (probably something like "Have you taken any
medications?"), but I couldn't make my mind interpret what he was
saying, or form an answer, and nodded off
again, not waking up until the Cardiologist and partner had already
threaded the teeny angiogram balloon up my femoral artery into the
aorta and into my heart where they installed 2 side by side stents to
hold open my right coronary artery.

I know it sounds like all my thinking and actions at home must have
taken at least 20-30 minutes before calling the Paramedics, but
actually it took perhaps 4-5 minutes before the call, and both the
fire station and St. Jude are only minutes away from my home, and my
Cardiologist was already to go to the OR in his scrubs and get going
on restarting my heart (which had stopped
somewhere between my arrival and the procedure) and installing the stents.

Why have I written all of this to you with so much detail? Because I
want all of you who are so important in my life to know what I learned
first hand.

1. Be aware that something very different is happening in your
body...not the usual men's symptoms, but inexplicable things happening
(until my sternum and jaws got into the act ). It is said that many
more women than men die of their first (and last) MI because they
didn't know they were having one, and commonly mistake it as
indigestion, take some Maalox or other "anti-heartburn" preparation,
and go to bed, hoping they'll feel
better in the morning when they wake up...which doesn't happen. My
female friends, your symptoms might not be exactly like mine, so I
advise you to call the Paramedics if ANYTHING is unpleasantly
happening that you've not felt before. It is better to have a "false
alarm" visitation than to risk your life guessing what it might be!

2. Note that I said "Call the Paramedics". Ladies, TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

Do NOT try to drive yourself to the ER--you're a hazard to others on
the road, and so is your panicked husband who will be speeding and
looking anxiously at what's happening with you instead of the road.
Do NOT call your doctor--he doesn't know where you live and if it's at
night, you won't reach him anyway, and if it's daytime, his assistants
(or answering service) will tell you to call the Paramedics. He
doesn't carry the equipment in his car that you need to be saved! The
Paramedics do, principally OXYGEN that you need ASAP. Your Dr. will be
notified later.

3. Don't assume it couldn't be a heart attack because you have a
normal cholesterol count. Research has discovered that a cholesterol
elevated reading is rarely the cause of an MI (unless it's
unbelievably high, and/or accompanied by high blood pressure.)
MI's are usually caused by long-term stress and inflammation in the
body, which dumps all sorts of deadly hormones into your system to
sludge things up in there.

Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and
be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive!



An Eye Opener on Ovarian Cancer

I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to all you can. Send this to the women in your life that you care about.

Years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer. Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated for everything under the sun until it was too late. This blood test finally identified her illness but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.

KATHY’S STORY: this is the story of Kathy West

As all of you know, I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it is essentially Ovarian Cancer.

Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with the “tumor marker” CA- 125 BLOOD TEST, and they are treated in the same way – surgery to remove the primary tumor and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.

Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from the same fate. That is why I am sending this message to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via E-mail to everybody you know.

One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL responsibility for our own health care. I thought I had done that because I always had an annual physical and PAP smear, did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive organ cancers.

LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don’t have ovaries (and they were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn’t it?

These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell us: ONE out of every 55 woman will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY PERITONEAL CANCER.


I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor. Because these symptoms seemed to be “abdominal”, I went to a gastroenterologist. He ran tests that were designed to determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with “Irritable Bowel Syndrome”. I guess I would have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more tests.

They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip to Europe. I couldn’t wear any of my slacks or shorts because I couldn’t get them buttoned, and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED on more tests, and they reluctantly scheduled me for a CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is what I mean by “taking charge of our own health care”.

The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT normal). Needless to say, I had to cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS assure you, but NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me.

Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally, finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I was properly diagnosed.

I HAD THE CLASSIC SYMPTOMS FOR OVARIAN CANCER, AND YET THIS SIMPLE CA-125 BLOOD TEST HAD NEVER BEEN RUN ON ME, not as part of my annual physical exam and not when I was symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple blood test!


Be forewarned that their doctors might try to talk them out of it, saying, IT ISN’T NECESSARY”. Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3 cancer). Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT take ‘NO’ for an answer!

The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That’s right, 754!). If the number is slightly above 35, you can have another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumors or when men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.

Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early, and that’s the goal in diagnosing any type of cancer – catching it early.

Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY YEAR for the rest of your life.

And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell all of your female family members and friends. Though the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what, I’m exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it. Age is no factor.


Well, after reading this, I made some calls. I found that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent to a man’s PSA test prostate screen (which my husband’s doctor automatically gives him in his physical each year and insurance pays for it). I called the general practitioner’s office about having the test done. The nurse had never heard of it. She told me that she doubted that insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential Insurance Co., and got the same response. Never heard of it – it wound be covered.

I explained that it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband for years. After conferring with whomever they confer with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered.

It is $75 in a GP’s office and $125 at the GYN’s. This is a screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries). And you must insist that your insurance company pay for it.

Gene Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are lobbying for women’s health issues, saying that this test should be required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the mammogram.

Good Info on Car Battery

01. How do I buy good quality battery?

- Look for a well reputable manufacturer or brand.
- Check for the specifications whether conform to JIS, DIN, or BCI standard.
- Whether battery is suitable for tropical or temperate climate used.
- Whether the manufacturer back up with warranty claim.

02. What is Dry Charged battery?

The positive and negative plates are formed / charged in acid tank. The charged plates are dried and assembled into the battery casing. Activation of battery take a place when dilute sulphuric acid is filled, the battery will give instant current and ready to use.

03. What is Wet Charged battery?

Unformed plates are assembled into battery, filled in dilute sulfuric acid and charged in the factory.

04. What is a battery made of?

It consists of P.P. casing, lid, vent plugs, positive and negative plates, separators, lead parts and dilute sulfuric acid.

05. What is CCA?

CCA stands for Cold Cranking Amperes, it is a rating used to describe how much current the battery can deliver to the starter motor for a specified time. The Battery Council International (BCI) defines CCA as "The discharged load in amperes which a new fully charged battery at 0`F (-17.8`C) can deliver for 30 seconds and maintain a voltage of 1.2 volts per cell or higher.

06. What is Reserve Capacity?

A battery must provide emergency power for ignition, lights etc. in the event of failure in the vehicle's battery recharging systems, the reserve capacity rating is defined as the number of minutes a new fully charged battery at 80`F (26.7`C) can be discharged at 25 amperes and maintain a voltage of 1.75 volts per cell or higher.

07. How do I determine the right battery for my car?

The best way is to consult the vehicle owner's manual for the correct group size and minimum rating. If this is not available, you can look up the vehicle make, model, and year in a battery application guide and note the recommended group size and rating given.

You should not use a battery with a rating lower than which the vehicle manufacturer recommends. There is no problem using a higher rated battery than that specified for the vehicle. In fact, moving to a higher rating will improve starting in the case for older vehicles and, in general, provide longer battery life.

08. How do I maintain / service my battery?

Clean the terminals and vent plugs if required. A clogged vent plug can caused an explosion. Check the water level of each cell and fill up. Always use good quality drinking water or distilled water free of ions or other chemical.The contaminated water could drastically reduce the battery life and power. Do not fill over or acid may flow overand spill on to your car. Sulphuric acid attacks your car paint and any other metal parts.

09. What precautions shall I take when charging battery?

Always handle batteries with care whether they are charged under or not. All lead-acid batteries contain highly corrosive sulphuric acid and generate explosive gases, when the battery is being charged several precautions should always be taken.

- Always charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.
- Connect the charger leads to the battery red positive(+) lead to the positive(+) terminal and black negative(-) lead to the negative(-) terminal.
- Make sure that the leads to the connections are tight and secure.
- Turn the charger off before connecting the leads to the battery to avoid dangerous sparks. (Apply the same when full charge is achieved).
- Never try to charge a damaged or frozen battery.
- Do not allow the battery to overheat or prolong the charging.
- Read and understand the charger instructions before attempting to use the equipment.

10. How do I know when I needed to replace my battery?

Warnings that a battery may need replacing or that the electrical system needs checking include:-

- Slow or interrupted turnover of the starter motor.
- The instrument panel indicates battery "discharge" for extended period after the engine is already running.
- The battery seems to lose power quickly in cold or extended starts.
- The headlights dim at idle. Unfortunately, many times there is little if any warning. If you suspect your battery is failing, the prudent thing to do is to have it load tested or replaced.

11. How long is the life spent of a battery?

The lifespan of a battery varies significantly from vehicle to vehicle, region to region and driving patterns related to the profession of the drivers. Batteries are designed to have over 200 life cycles. Each day or each start will use up a fraction of a cycle. A normal lead acid battery will have a lifespan of 18 to 30 months. If you are disappointed with the battery life you get and your car's electrical system is in good operating condition you should grade up.

12. My battery is new and how do I prevent a 'flat' battery?

Take the following precautions to prevent the battery running flat:-

- The radio, electrical items and all head lights must be switched off when the engine is not running.
- Check the alternator regularly. A faulty or loose alternator belt cannot efficiently charge the battery.
- The wiring system is not functioning properly. Any short circuit will drain the battery.

Car Robbery Cases! (Malaysia)

be extra...extra careful ....


After shopping in 'Macro' Shah Alam, a couple was pushing their trolley to their Pajero. The husband went ahead first to get their Pajero. He was reversed the vehicle to where his wife was standing and came out to help the wife load their purchases at the back. While doing so, a guy quickly rushed into the vehicle and drove it off. We saw the wife shouting and running after their vehicle whilst the husband just froze from shock. Shortly after regaining his senses he too joined his wife in chasing after his vehicle but finally had to give up cos the Pajero has sped off… They reported the incident to the Macro's security… but there was nothing much they could do…


For your safety have a look at this danger point when stopping at petrol stations. A couple in a Honda Civic stopped by a shop in TTDI. The husband went down to buy a packet of cigarettes at the counter. Whilst in full view of the husband, 5 male Indonesians jumped into the car and drove it away with his wife in it…. She was seen screaming and the husband was shouting but it was too late... they have driven off with his car and wife.

Similar reports are heard everyday...we certainly have to be more cautious.


Another area reported by taxi drivers is the KLCC Suria complex. Make this known to all your friends… especially ladies BEWARE!

A good friend of mine lost her handbag, a few thousand ringgit and all her important documents in it while she was filling petrol at a service station near Tabung Haji recently. The handbag was at the back seat and her car was locked. She went to pay for petrol before filling it (self-service) not realizing and knowing that someone was trying! to open the back door while she was away at the counter. When she came back to her car no one was there and did not notice that the back door was already unlocked. Just when she was about to fill the tank, a guy appeared, coolly opened her rear car door and took her handbag and ran off on a waiting motorcycle nearby. My friend was hysterical but everything happened so fast and the two thieves escaped. A police report was made… and can you imagine, my friend's case was the 78th case in that area reported to the police for that week alone and most of the victims were ladies.

Well, even when you lock your car doors, something like this still can happen… what more if you had left it unlocked....So, take care.


This incident happened right in front of USJ Taipan McDonalds on a Saturday nite (17 April). Two armed guys got into the car trying to abduct a lady and her car .. she managed to put up a fight with them and the guys then try to push her out of the car... She was dragged on the road with one of her leg out of the car for more than 200 meters… finally they took her in the car !!

They threatened to KILL her.. but somehow or rather she managed to escape !


A man was kidnapped and taken away with his car on Thursday nite!! The incident started when a car rammed into his car from the back. He was flagged to stop to talk about the accident, when he stopped his car....four guys went straight into his car with parangs. They blindfolded and took him with them. He was taken to an isolated place ...where managed to escape with some struggle .He was badly injured by parangs when he put up a struggle. Pray for God's protection on all of us.

So please be very careful when you drive alone… Keep your doors lock whether you are in a public area or in isolate place as it can happen... to YOU !!!!!! . There bad guys are waiting for victims for their next strike…………………………every single seconds.

The sad truth was that ... while there were many people in USJ Taipan who saw the first robbery.....nobody really bothered to help…!! So please help yourself first, lock your car doors at all times!! And be constantly ALERT!!

Don't wait for incident to happen it is too late to regret………………..

Its a desperate time right now for robbers……… based on the news you hear or read daily.

So please be careful as the saying goes……………prevention is better then cure!!!!!!!.