Sunday, August 25, 2013

Relay For Life Kuala Lumpur 2013

Hi all,

The annual Relay For Life event organised by the National Cancer Society Malaysia was held on 24 and 25 August 2013 at the Padang Petaling Jaya,Taman Jaya. The occasion was well attended with an appropriate theme A World without Cancer.

The pictures below says it all.


 Happy are the clowns

 Not too old nor young to celebrate

 Great supporters

 Opening ceremony

 Pink Unity on the go

 Guolin Qigong 


 Piped music

 Mr Dass interviewed by TV3
 Colours on parade

 Mr Dass reading a tribute for the late Dr Borhan

 Torch bearers


More Photos here. Please feel free to download.

Thank you and lets meet again next year.

Allen Lai

Monday, August 19, 2013

SMIP004 - the next drug for prostrate cancer?

Hi all,

I am pleased to read the announcement in July 2013 of Sanford- Burnham's research into SMIP004. I am all for the approach to down regulate the androgen receptors of cancerous cells. This is seen to be the first stage to arrest the rapid growing of the cancerous cells leading to metastasis.

SMIP004 is specifically good with prostrate cancer patients who have developed into the castration resistant stage and have cancer cells who are insensitive to androgen dripivation therapy.
Let us pray that SMIP004 will be successfully tried out in vivo and accepted by the FDA soonest.

Visit   Here
 for details.

Take care

Allen Lai

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Resistant Starch Foods

 I was reading The End of Diabetes by Dr Joel Fuhrman, MD and realised the importance of resistant starch foods; not only to diabetics but also for people with cancer.

Resistant starch foods are foods that does not digest normally like other foods in the stomach and small intestines. It actually ferments in the stomach giving food to the colonies of bacteria in our stomach. Resistant starch foods are mostly beans, peas, green vegetables and whole grain nuts. These foods contain amylase inhibitors that resist digestion of their starch. Resistant starch foods also contain a high percentage of fiber. The calorie content of  resistant starch foods are taken into account in food labeling, which is not exactly correct to some extent as full digestion of the food does not take place.

Notwithstanding that eating resistant starch foods is an important strategy to control diabetes, it is also an applicable strategy to control cancer.

Cancer cells feed primarily on simple sugars. Resistant starch foods does not digest immediately to produce the simple sugars. Resistant starch ferments in our stomach and in the digestive tracks, in that very little of it gets absorbed into the blood, like other starches. Eating a higher amount of resistant starch foods actually provides less food to cancer cells.

However a point to note is that resistant starch foods should be slowly and deliberately introduced into our diet. We should also take other non resistant starch foods to complement our diet. Resistant starch foods complements well with probiotics and yogurts.

Food data from Dr Fuhrman's shows the percentage resistant  starch in some common foods. 

% Of Resistant starch in foods :

Black Beans - 26.9
Northern beans - 28
Navy beans - 25.9
Red kidney beans - 24.6
Lentils - 25.4
Split peas - 24.5
Black eyed peas - 17.7
Corn -25.2
Barley 18.2
Brown rice - 14.8
Millet - 12.6
Rolled oats - 7.2
White rice - 14.1
Whole wheat flour - 1.7
Pasta - 3.3
Potato flour - 1.7

Take care

Allen Lai

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI)

Dr Joel Fuhrman, MD, the author of Eat to Live, created and developed the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) for common foods. ANDI is an aggregated index for the density of nutrients in each type of foods, scoring out of the maximum of 1000 points, based on nutrients per calorie equation.

ANDI was created to support Dr Fuhrman's health formula H=N/C. This health equation Health equals Nutrient over Calories expresses the concept of eating for micronutrients per calorie density. However it must be noted that eating foods high in the index alone is not sufficient diet as some macronutrients should also be eaten as well.

The purpose of the ANDI index is to encourage us to eat more foods that have more higher indexes and to eat larger amounts of these foods. And rightly so vegetables have higher indexes.

A big thank you to Dr Joel Fuhrman for coming out with this index. Now that we know common foods nutrient density, we should be shopping for the best nutrient value per calorie.

Some of Dr Fuhrman's ANDI Scores for common foods are :

Kale - 1000
Water cress -  1000
Collards -1000
Book Choy - 865
Spinach - 707
Arugula - 604
Romaine Lettuse - 510
Brussels Spouts - 490
Carrots -  458
Cabbage - 434
Broccoli - 340
Cauliflower - 315

Low end of the ANDI Index score are:

Cola - 1
Corn chips - 7
Olive oil - 10
Low fat cheddar cheese - 11
White pasta - 16
White bread - 17
Ground beaf - 21
Chicken breast - 24

You can google for the full list of the ANDI index.

Take care.

Allen Lai