Monday, May 21, 2012

Raise up Kids without Gadget

I started to take note on child development when a doctor friend of mine told me about a test they did on children.  That was long time ago before I have my first child.

The test was to find out whether TV has any effect on children.  The group of doctors prepare 2 identical empty room which has only a window.  They let a child who grew up with TV into 1 room, and another child who grew up without TV to another room.  They let the kids alone, and monitor them for 2 hours through CCTV.

After a while they started to see the differences.  The child who watch TV do not know what to do.  He got so bored and lying there doing nothing.  The child who have not watch TV started to move towards the window, enjoying the view outside, at the same time trying to figure out whether he can get out of here, by trying to open the window, and see anything he can get to escape.

The doctor friend told me their conclusion of the test has proven that TV took away creativity and imagination of a child.  Young children watch TV causing them not to think, because the TV is constantly feeding them information, and flashing so many graphics that stimulate the brain without it needing to process on thinking.

Since then, I have started to read more books on child development.  I have decided to try my best not to let my kid get too much stimulation from a "square screen".  I wanted them to get their views, their feelings and experience from the real world.  Touching the real stuff, talking to real people, seeing things happening in the real world.

To me, for example, Bringing my kids to the beach, letting my kids feel the sand, teaching them about sand, play sand castle with them... is far more educational than showing them sand on a gadget.  Even we can't go to the beach, bringing them to a book store, buying a book about sand, talking to the shopkeeper, learn to pay for the book... is something worth experiencing.

Today, not even TV, many other things like video games, online chats, etc... has attracted us to rather look at the "screen" then facing the real people.  I saw so many youngster nowadays playing their games during everyday activity.  They seldom talk to people around them, their eyes are forever on the screen, no interaction with things around them.

Of course we cannot avoid technology, everyone need to keep up with it.  But we as parents, are to make sure we raise our kids in early year with good foundation, so that all the gadget later becomes things that help them on finding information, get entertainment temporary to release stress; and not get addicted, or being controlled by it.

Below is an advertisement in Thailand.  The effect of gadget is so huge in Asia that it has become a good enough topic for advertisement on family.  The message is to tell everyone, it is time to take note on people around you, people who always stand beside you, supporting you, people who love you always.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fun Theory Really Works

If we make things fun, we won't mind working harder.
If we live happier, we won't mind life is harder.

'And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God' ~ Colossians 1:10

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Hopeful Dengue Fever Cure and H1N1 Cure

My daughter (3.5 years old) got her fever on 8Feb Monday morning. I tried the usual way to clear her fever, but this time all didn't seems to work. I brought her to a child specialist clinic to check the next day, and the doctor told me she just had throat infection, and I was given cough syrup, antipyretic, and antibiotic.

The medicine didn't work. She still had her fever, and started coughing with phlegm on the 3rd day. She complained her back was itchy, and I saw some rashes there, so I apply some raw Shea Butter on her to stop the itchiness. I suspected Dengue and decided to use the 'Raw Papaya Leaf Juice' method. I got to know this method from my sister whom once got dengue, and was discharge from hospital after drinking it on the 5th day.

I also receive an email about a man who used it to save his son's life:
' son was in the critical stage at the ICU.. from a platelet count of 45 after 20 liters of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw papaya leaf juice, his platelet count jumps instantly to 135. Even the doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged.'

I thought juice from leaf should not be harmful. Therefore, I decided to stop her cough medicine. Gave my kid 1 big chinese-soup-spoon of raw papaya leaf juice. After 10mins, her fever went down from 39 to 36, and keeping a good temperature for 24 hours! I gave her another spoonful on 4th day to maintain the body temperature.

Then 5th day, I thought she was ok. I stopped giving her the juice, and start the antibiotic for her phlegm.. the fever came back within half a day! She seems weak and keep sleeping!! Midnight immediately gave her another spoon of juice again.

CNY eve (6th day), I brought her to the UH pediatric, and doctor decided to do the blood test due to many-days fever. He told us if we suspect Dengue, then we must stop taking any type of antibiotic and go for a check up. No antibiotic intake because Dengue need the body own immune system to fight, and antibiotic just weaken the immune system. And if Dengue and cough/phlegm happens together, treats the Dengue and forget about the other first.

When the result came out, the doctor was surprise her platelet was at 135, but with the WBC (white blood cell) low at 3.5. "Keep giving what you are giving, she should be fine" was what the doctor said. The next day, we just went back for a 2nd check up, my girl is already jumping up and down (and all of us first time celebrate CNY 1st day at UH!).

I continue giving her the raw papaya leaf juice for 7 days without break, and she's fully recovered. Later I spoke to few mothers, and one mother told me she used it for his son (4 years old) when suspected Dengue and later confirmed as H1N1 case, whom fever also controlled by the juice and recovered later.

These were the steps I did:

1. Pluck 2 pieces of raw papaya leaves from papaya tree, clean the leaves.
2. Tear and take the leafy part (throw away the stem).
3. Cut the leafy part into small pieces and pound them.
4. Squeeze the juice into a bowl, filter it to a spoon.
5. You will only get 1 chinese-soup-spoon of juice (roughly 2 tbsp).

Do not boil or cook or rinse the leaves with hot water. What you need is the raw leave juice. It is very bitter, just swallow it and drink some water to rinse your mouth afterwards.

I believe what the papaya leaf does was not just bringing down fever. It should have some other healing properties bringing the platelet up, and also killing the viruses. However, no institution is studying it.

Well.. this is the start of my CNY. I hope what I have learned and used can benefit others. Please pass around this information, I believe it will safe lives.

'Five of you shall chase an hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.' ~ Leviticus 26:8