Entries from May 2006 ↓

Dr. Phil Consults

Dr. Phil was conducting a therapy session with four young mothers and their small children. “You all have obsessions,” he observed.

To the first mother he said, “You are so obsessed with eating you’ve even named your daughter Candy.”

He turned to the second mom: “Your obsession is with money. Again, it manifests itself in your child’s name, Penny.”

He turned to the third mom: “Your obsession is alcohol. This, too, manifests itself in your child’s name, Brandy.”

At this point, the fourth mother got up, took her little boy by the hand and whispered, “Come on, Dick, we’re leaving.”

Kit Kat Limited Edition XI

Today I got myself a couple of NEW Kit Kat Limited Edition XI – Cappuccino Flavour. Whoa! When I opened the plastic, very strong cappuccino smell invades my nose! Taste quite good, better than Lemon Cheese, Dark Chocolate and Cherry Sakura.

Environmental Activism Online

One of my goals in life is to be able to contribute to the society by preserving the nature/environment and be involved in environmental campaigns. But in order to do that, I need to have either a lot of time or a lot of dough. And I have neither of those.

Somewhat when I found out about this program by WWF, I was really excited and joined almost immediately. It’s WWF Passport program and joining is FREE.

What is Passport?

No ordinary website because you can do extraordinary things! Passport is your licence to campaign for the environment, no matter where you are in the world, all over the world. It’s not a toy or an environmental internet game. It is for the genuinely concerned individual who takes action on-line for on-the-ground results.

Passport provides concise calls to action on important issues such as endangered species, global warming, and forest protection. The whole idea behind Passport is that it makes it easier for people who are short on time to have a big say on critical issues.

Passport Holders are committed. They are reasonable. They mean business. In joining them, you are joining a great team with a growing global reputation and proven track record in successful online campaigning.

At least, being a person who online 10-12 hours daily, I’m able to contribute towards the environment this way. And I just did my first contribution by signing a petition on a WWF project in Portugal. You can contribute too. JOIN NOW!

World Cup 2006 in your hands

You’ll thank me for this, automatically put all the football World Cup fixtures into your Microsoft Outlook calendar. I have downloaded it and the time automatically changed to Malaysia time, meaning no hassles! The first game will on June 10, 12am Malaysia time!

Click here to download.

Swimmers Risk Stained Teeth

When I was chatting with a friend earlier today, as her grandpa is a dentist, we talked about dental, teeth and all that. We were chatting about dental because both of us want brighter and whiter teeth. I gave her a dental quiz and she got 4 out of 6 correct. I think a regular person would have gotten less than 3 correct.

I asked her whether she wants to know how Indians have got whiter teeth. She said yes. Later on, I told her that Indians use wood ash – hard wood ash. Hard wood ash has potassium hydroxide but can damage the teeth over long period. So it ain’t good. The best way is to use baking soda but nothing can substitute fluoride toothpaste. So use fluoride toothpaste after brushing your teeth with baking soda.

Also, I read that sports drinks can damage teeth. according to a study cited in General Dentistry, enamel damage caused by sports beverage is 3 to 11 times greater than cola-based drinks! The best way to avoid potential enamel damage is to exercise caution when using sports drinks and similar drinks (these include lemonade, energy drinks, iced tea!) over a long period of time. It asked us to keep intake level healthy by alternating sports drinks with water and low-fat milk after a workout to preserve tooth enamel and ultimately protect teeth from decay.

I also found out something about swimmers risk stained teeth. Read the excerpt below.

Frequent swimmers may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth.

Those who swim more than six hours a week continually expose their teeth to chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives such as anti-microbials, which give the water a higher pH than saliva. As a result, salivary proteins break down quickly and form organic deposits on swimmers’ teeth.

The hard, brown deposits, known as “swimmers’ calculus,” appear most frequently on the front teeth. Incidence of brown tartar is as high as 58 percent in children who swim regularly in elementary through high school.

Brushing more often and more carefully hasn’t been proven to help. In fact, overuse of tartar control toothpaste can cause irritation and inflammation of the gums. However, swimmers’ calculus can normally be removed by a professional dental cleaning. Those who swim competitively should be sure to visit their dentist and hygienist regularly.

Surprised at the findings? Well, drinking coffee, tea, colas, sports drinks and the likes are alright as long as not too much. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss it daily and visit the dentist twice a year. That’s what I practice and I have bright and white teeth despite being a super coffee addict.