WHY KOREANS SLEEP ON FLOOR
I moved to Korea when I was 59 years old. I had suffered for years from chronic lower back pain. The apartment I moved into had a standard western mattress in the bedroom which I used. The summer got hot, hot enough that I used the air conditioner. The air conditioner was in the living room, not the bedroom, so I decided to sleep on the floor in the living room. After the first night, I got up the next morning and, lo and behold, my back pain was gone. I’ve never slept on a mattress since.
Okay, that’s my story, but that’s not your question. Korea is the most floor oriented culture in the world, much more so than Japan. Koreans not only sleep on the floor, but dine on the floor, and work on the floor. And, the Koreans invented heated floors. (Long before the Romans came up with the same idea.) It’s called an ondol and is the same as gravity heated floors in the west. This is truly a gift to civilization.
Heating an entire floor in an apartment or house, though, can get expensive with the cost of fuel being what it is, plus much new apartment construction in the high-rise apartment/condo buildings in Korea don’t have ondol floors, so owners will buy heated floor mats which are slightly padded and use them in areas of the apartment where there is a lot of activity. I often sat on a floor mat like this when I was teaching private students.
Later, I moved to a studio apartment owned by a Korean friend and in the apartment was a stone ondol bed. It had an adjustable heat level, so in the winter I would just turn up the heat some and sleep directly on the stone bed naked with one light-weight blanket over me in the completely unheated apartment. In the morning when I would wake up there would be ice on the windows, but I had enjoyed a wonderful night’s sleep.
And no back pain.
Contributed by Lynn Ridenour
Doctors have long known that people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk for infections, which can range from mild to life threatening. Problems with your immune system (the body’s defense against infectious bacteria and viruses) are partly to blame. But other factors, such as your age, overall health, environment, certain lifestyle habits and being hospitalized, can make a person more susceptible to infection, too.
The medications that help control the immune system’s wayward behavior in RA can also weaken the body’s defenses. “It’s a fine line – we want to treat a patient’s illness, but we don’t want to cause complications,” says Leslie Harrold, MD, a board certified rheumatologist and epidemiologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester.
These factors can cause opportunistic infections to wreak havoc in people with RA. But careful medication management and commonsense habits can help reduce your risk or minimize the severity of infections.
How Big a Risk?
Research dating back to the 1950s indicates that RA patients have more infections than people who don’t have the disease. Dr. Harrold’s patients tend to get mild infections, such as the common cold. However, serious infections are associated with one in four deaths among people with RA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A serious infection is one that requires intravenous antibiotics or hospitalization, or proves fatal; a few examples include pneumonia, staph infections and sepsis.
The increased risk for infection in RA may be partly due to a drop in the number and activity of white blood cells available to attack invaders. Also, the immune system of an RA patient is weakened and less able to recognize germs. Some research suggests that RA patients may not mobilize important defenders called T cells as efficiently as non-patients.
Your infection risk also rises with the severity of your disease activity. If it’s mild, your risk increases almost 3-fold, according to a 2013 study in The Journal of Rheumatology, while severe RA raises the risk nearly 5-fold. Other personal characteristics also raise your risk. As you age, your immune system works less efficiently, and you’re more likely to have other medical conditions linked to infections, such as diabetes or chronic kidney disease. Smoking weakens your defense against infections. And if you work in certain environments, such as a hospital or school, you may be exposed to more germs.
Medications and Infection
There’s little question that suppressing the immune system with medicine – essential for controlling RA – is a significant cause of infections. For example, a 4-fold increased risk for serious infections is one of the downsides of corticosteroid use.
Disease-modifying drugs such as methotrexate make infections somewhat more likely, too, but “the risk substantially increases when you add a biologic to the equation,” says Ali Ajam, MD, an assistant professor in the division of rheumatology and immunology at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.
Initially there was some question as to whether biologics increase infection risk. An analysis of 106 clinical trials published in The Lancet in 2015 found that, compared to older DMARDs such as methotrexate, biologics carry double the risk for serious infections. However, the authors of the analysis found that only moderate and high doses appear to be a concern; low doses of biologics had a similar risk for infections as older DMARDs. Earlier studies, including one by British researchers published in 2011 in the journal Rheumatology, found the risk is greatest during the first 6 months you’re on a biologic, then diminishes until it’s only somewhat higher than the risk associated with DMARDs, though no one is certain why.
While doubling the risk for serious infection sounds scary, Dr. Ajam points out that “most of these medications have less than a 5% incidence of major infections. If a patient starts a biologic and has frequent infections, lowering the dose or switching to another often solves the problem,” says Dr. Ajam.
Cut Your Infection Risk
“There are many ways you can decrease your risk for infection,” says Dr. Harrold. Some steps are common sense: Eat a balanced diet, wash your hands often, don’t smoke and get plenty of sleep. In addition, take the following critical steps.
Get vaccinated. An annual flu shot and the pneumococcal vaccine are musts. (Ask your doctor which type of the latter is right for you before getting it.) You should also get the herpes zoster (shingles) vaccine when you’re eligible; since it contains a live virus, you must receive this shot before starting a biologic. Avoid sick people. If you will be exposed to others who may be ill, wear a surgical mask. Consider supplements. Herbal supplements containing turmeric, garlic and cinnamon may give your immune system a boost, says Dr. Ajam. If you use a biologic and develop a fever or any other sign of infection, call your doctor. While infections are an important concern for RA patients, good control of your symptoms should be foremost in your mind.
“Don’t be scared of your medications,” says Dr. Harrold. “Be proactive and manage the risk.”
Health & Fitness
Answer the phone by LEFT ear. Do not drink coffee TWICE a day. Do not take pills with COOL water . Do not have HUGE meals after 5pm.Reduce the amount of OILY food you consume.
Drink more WATER in the morning, less at night. Keep your distance from hand phone. CHARGERS . Do not use headphones/earphone for LONG period of time. Best sleeping time is from 10pm at night to 6am in the morning. Do not lie down immediately after taking medicine before sleeping. When battery is down to the LAST grid/bar, do not answer the phone as the radiation is 1000 times.
Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.
Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholesterol, and eliminate stomach upset and headache.
Tomato + Carrot + Apple - Improve skin complexion and eliminate bad breath.
Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk - Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.
Orange + Ginger + Cucumber - Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.
Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon - To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.
Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi - To improve skin complexion.
Pear & Banana - regulates sugar content. Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization .
Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk - Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and str engthen body immunity.
Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.
Banana + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.
The Organs of your body have their sensory touches at the bottom of your foot, if you massage these points you will find relief from aches and pains as you can see the heart is on the left foot. God created our body so well that he thought of even this. He made us walk so that we will always be pressing these pressure points and thus keeping these organs activated at all times. So, keep walking.
EVERY SEED OF POMEGRANATE IS A SEED OF LIFE FOR YOUR HEART
Two things are full of benefits for the human being, lukewarm water and pomegranate. Pomegranate is a seasonal fruit. Dried pomegranate seeds are known as "ANAARDHANA". It is available in most grocery stores. In North India,, it is commonly used in place of our tamarind for taste.
Prepare a decoction by boiling fistful of dried seeds in half liter of water for 10 minutes, squeeze the seeds, strain the decoction and drink a glass of lukewarm decoction on an empty stomach in the morning for angina pain, coronary arterial blockage, cardiac ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle) etc. In a case of coronary arterial blockage the patient started using half glass of fresh pomegranate juice everyday for one year, although all symptoms were completely relieved within a week but he continued taking it for a whole year, it completely reversed the plaque build-up and unblocked his arteries to normal. Angiography report confirmed the evidence. Thus decoction of dried pomegranate seeds, fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning is a miracle cure for cardiac patients.
The lukewarm dried seeds decoction is found to be more effective compared to eating a whole pomegranate or fresh pomegranate juice. Use of pomegranate in any way has given positive effects as blood thinner, pain killer for cardiac patients; in lowering of LDL (low-density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and increase of HDL (high-density lipoprotein or good cholesterol). There are more than 50 different types of heart diseases, the most common being coronary artery disease (CAD), which is the number one killer of both women and men in some countries, and there has been no medicinal cure for this disease. Many cardiac patients have reversed their heart diseases by drinking a glass of lukewarm decoction of pomegranate dried seeds, half glass of fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning. It was the very first real breakthrough in the history of cardiology to successfully treat the cardiac diseases by a fruit.
To obtain faster results, fresh raisins, quince, guava, prunes (dried plums), natural vinegar, mixture of grape fruit juice and honey in the morning (empty stomach), basil and chicory leaves, powder of oregano leaves and rock salt in equal quantity (if one is not hypertensive) and sesame oil for cooking are to be used. A regular use of pomegranate in any way ensures a healthy cardiac life, thinning your blood, dissolving the blood clots and obstruction inside the coronary arteries, maintains an optimal blood flow, supports a healthy blood pressure, prevents and reverses atherosclerosis (thickening of the internal lining of the blood vessels). One pomegranate day keeps cardiologist away.
Drinking Water on Empty Stomach
It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value.. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:
Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
Method of Treatment
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/ control/ reduce main diseases:
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.
It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
This makes sense.. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals.. not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...
For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.
It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.
Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food.. It will line the intestine.
Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks:
Honey — The Wander Drug
Cinnamon and Honey
Honey is the only food on the planet that will not spoil or rot. It will do what some call turning to sugar. In reality honey is always honey. However, when left in a cool dark place for a long time it will do what I rather call “crystallizing”. When this happens I loosen the lid, boil some water, and sit the honey container in the hot water, turn off the heat and let it liquefy. It is then as good as it ever was. Never boil honey or put it in a microwave. To do so will kill the enzymes in the honey.
Bet the drug companies won’t like this one getting around.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon
It is found that a mixture of honey and Cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also accept honey as a ‘Ram Ban’ (very effective) medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without any side effects for any kind of diseases. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, if taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm diabetic patients. Weekly World News, a magazine in Canada , in its issue dated 17 January,1995 has given the following list of diseases that can be cured by honey and cinnamon as researched by western scientists:
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread, instead of jelly and jam, and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack. Also, those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, they are kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as you age, the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins.
Arthritis patients may take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week, out of the 200 people so treated, practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain, and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.
Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.
Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, given to a cholesterol patient, was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol is cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.
Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that if Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Take four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans also increase and even a 100 year old, starts performing the chores of a 20–year–old.
Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water. If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.
Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.
Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
Recent research in Japan and Australia has revealed that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully. Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.
Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens, who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts, are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M. when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, increases the vitality of the body within a week.
People of South America, first thing in the morning, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water, so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Remember when we were kids? We had toast with real butter and cinnamon sprinkled on it!