A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: January 2012

That’s How She Likes Her Eggs

That’s How She Likes Her Eggs

My 3.9 year old little devil enjoying her breakfast of bread dunked into half boiled free range chicken egg. She made quite a mess on the table, on her face, her hands and clothes. She even dipped her fingers into the egg mixture and tried […]

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A Future Hobby To Embark On

A Future Hobby To Embark On

Each morning when I jog round the neighborhood, I would see a lady in her fifties doing gardening in her little plot of land outside her house. I grew up in a house with a huge garden and I love plants, especially flowers and trees […]

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Tonsilloliths

Tonsilloliths

The very first time I coughed out a tiny, white and soft stinky irregular shaped ball from my throat was many, many moons ago. I think I was still a teenager then or was I in my early 20s? I cannot really recall. But I can remember how disgusted I was when I smelled the tiny ball, which looked like a firm, lumpy, cuddled regurgitated milk. I was horrified, thinking that I had some kind of disease. I told my mum about it and she told me that she and my brother had experienced coughing out those stinky lumpy balls but they too did not know what they were. Whenever a sore-throat was impending, I would cough out these foul-smelling globs. This would be accompanied by bad breath and a general feeling of malaise. Whenever I felt this way, I knew that I would fall sick.

I never knew what exactly those stinky balls were until recently when I read about it in the Reader’s Digest. I was very relieved to have read that article and finally my almost 2-decade long curiosity was quelled.

Tonsilloliths, also known as tonsil stones, are irregularly shaped, whitish/yellow, foul-smelling globs of mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. The tonsil stones form in the tonsil crypts which are simply small pockets or divots that appear in the tonsils of everyone. The scientific name for these white globs is tonsilloliths.

It is only recently that the oral care community has begun to understand what these white spots actually are – many people have reported that their dentist told them that they were just extra food debris, which is not true!

These tonsillar stones don’t do any physical harm, and sporadically coughing them up doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with you. However, they can be annoying and sometimes they are an indication that you have tonsilloliths and bad breath.

If you have ever broken open a tonsil stone, then you know that they smell absolutely terrible! The smell is actually caused by a combination of volatile sulfur compounds (methyl mercaptan and hydrogen sulfide), post nasal drip, and bacteria.

They will only form in people who still have their tonsils; however, that does not mean that you should run out and get your tonsils removed! Not too long ago, they were routinely removed for being swollen and inflamed. What was not understood then was that the tonsils’ sole purpose is to prevent organisms and bacteria from traveling deeper in the throat.

Tonsilloliths are not something that you have to live with – there are various treatments to get rid of them, without having your tonsils removed (which can be dangerous as people get older).

Whenever I feel Tonsilloliths in my throat (yes, I can feel those globs stuck at the back of my throat, thus irritating my throat), I will try to cough it out, using all my strength to force cough them out. Sometimes, it is only 1 huge ball while other times, there are many tiny broken up balls. The Chinese will say that I am very heaty. I will also gargle my throat with sea salt water, drink lots of coconut water, plain water, avoid deep fried food, heaty food, spicy food and sleep early.

Do you have Tonsilloliths too?



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No More Toys!

No More Toys!

When Alycia and Sherilyn were younger, my hubby and I spent a lot of money on their toys and books. I was still working then and could still splurge generously on toys for them. Most of their toys were battery-operated, which means we ended up […]

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Not A Risk Taker

Not A Risk Taker

My suppliers sell all sorts of cute kids’ clothes and kids’ accessories. A supplier even sells funky wigs for kids and Cowboy Hat! These are all very slow-moving products as people would only buy such items for special occasions like for a concert or for […]

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OTO e-Lux and OTO e-Cuddle, iLove Them To Bits!!

OTO e-Lux and OTO e-Cuddle, iLove Them To Bits!!

These have got to be the second and third best gifts that the hubs has ever given me, after the previous 2 digital cameras. He bought me an OTO e-Lux for X’mas as I have been complaining to him about having stiff shoulders, stiff neck and lower backache. He too always suffers from stiff shoulders and often goes for physio therapy. So it was a ‘kill 2 birds with 1 stone’ sort of gift – a gift that benefits the both of us 😀

The OTO e-Lux is a portable mini-massage chair that can be attached to just about any chair at just about any place from your dining chairs to your office chairs, your car seat (but I think this is highly hazardous as one will surely doze off during the massage session!) and I think you can even put it on your bed to enjoy a good upper, middle and lower back massage.

The Shiatsu massaga on my back unblocks energy blockages and reintroduces the optimal flow of energy or qi. The Rolling massage mode helps reduce stress and improves blood circulation. The healing properties of heat therapy provides added pain relief and relaxation. I always have 2 rounds of Shiatsu and 2 rounds of Rolling massage, for at least half an hour.

Ever since I used OTO e-Lux on my chair when I work and even when I am having my meals, I don’t suffer from stiff shoulders or backache anymore! The results after each session is very noticeable. I can feel all my tensed up muscles all loosened up and I feel really refreshed and good after each session. And yes, I often doze off and have a 15-20 minute power nap during the massage session.

But the OTO e-Lux does not reach the head. So my dear hubs bought an OTO e-Cuddle (this massages the head) 2 weeks later! Now I can enjoy a body and head massage everyday. OOoh, I so love my e-Lux and e-Cuddle. If only I have a chair that can be reclined, I will enjoy each massage session even more.  Oh by the way yesterday while we at Mid Valley, we saw a gadget that massages the feet when we passed by the OTO shop. If the hubs buys this too, our set of body massage tools will almost be complete!


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My Ballerina Wannabe

My Ballerina Wannabe

My baby girl will be 4 years old in April this year. Each time she sees her #2 che che in her ballet costume or practicing ballet movements at home, she will surely badger me to send her for ballet lessons. Sherilyn and Cass are […]

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If Only I Knew

If Only I Knew

If only I knew that there was insurance for the unborn child, I would have bought one for Cassandra when she was still in-utero. This type of insurance covers even hereditary conditions, suffered by the child. But it’s too late, as fate had it. It’s […]

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Health Freak Granny

Health Freak Granny

My mum is one of the healthiest 60 something year old woman I have ever known. Everything that goes into her mouth are healthy, bland in taste (as very little seasonings are used) and many are home-grown. Her dishes are mostly steamed with very little soy sauce and salt… if she cooks her own food.   When we were back at my parents’ in Ipoh during the school holidays, she prepared some healthy beverages for us with her Nakada beverage maker and Breville juicer.

This is a multi-grain and seed beverage, consisting of black sesame seeds, walnuts, ground flax seed, Job’s tears, barley, millet, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and a dash of brown sugar.

The product…. iLike it!! It’s tasty in both ways – hot or cold. It fills you up with the good carbs and fibre. Excellent for kids and adults.

Beet root, carrot, green apple, cucumber and celery juice…

The Vampire girls loving their ‘bloody juice’!

My mum’s expensive Breville juicer…. yet she is contemplating to buy an even more productive and effective juicer which costs over RM2k – a juicer that allows you to dump the whole fruit in and everything, including the skin, core and seeds will be juiced till they are dry! And if she does buy that RM2k++ juicer, I will be the happy beneficiary of this Breville juicer kekekeke….

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What Do You Do With Your Leftover X’mas Turkey?

What Do You Do With Your Leftover X’mas Turkey?

Last X’mas (which was just a few days ago), the hubs bought an XL size turkey and roasted it himself. With so much stuffings for the turkey besides having other side dishes, there was a big portion of leftover turkey at the end of the […]

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