Saturday, March 25, 2006
Dried and Compacted Ear Mushroom
My friend gave me a dried and compacted ear mushrooms from a chinese grocery shop. Here are the step-by-step if you soak it in the water, it'll getting big and bigger. I couldn't believe my eyes, I used only half portion and I got a lot of mushroom. I took the picture last year and found it in between picture folders because of Picasa. Picasa is a cool software from Google, it'll sort your picture collections in you computer and even able to sort it in which year you save it. Try it and enjoy the effects Picasa has.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006
Virgin Coconut Oil dan Air Hexagonal
Saya menulis tentang Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) ini untuk menentang pemasaran VCO di Indo yang semakin meningkat. Kalaupun kelak dibawah artikel ini ada iklan VCO atau air heksagonal itu iklan acak dari AdSense, bukan dari saya.
Begini, coconut oil atau minyak kelapa itu mengandung asam lemak jenuh (saturated fat) yang jenisnya bisa dianggap paling jahat, yaitu lauric acid alias asam laurat (jenis saturated fat jahat lainnya adalah capric acid). Kenapa paling jahat? Karena bisa menaikkan kolesterol jauh lebih banyak dibandingkan dengan lemak jenuh lainnya. Alias, kalian2 yang memberikan VCO justru menambah resiko penyakit kolesterol HDL (kolesterol jahat) dan penyakit jantung berlipat2 ke peminum VCO. Seriuslah, dasarnya apa sampai saya menyatakan ini? Karena saya pernah kuliah Farmasi, belajar Kimia Organik dan saya ada teman ahli diet yang saat ini lagi mengambil master di Sydney.
Yang saya tulis disini adalah ilmu dasar kimia organik.
Coconut oil mengandung asam laurat dan merupakan lemak jenuh berantai medium. Minyak kelapa ini dikatakan stabil alias ga gampang teroksidasi alias ga akan menimbulkan bau tengik. Namun jenis asam lemak jenuhnya VCO-lah yang membahayakan, yakni asam laurat, yang harusnya dihindari karena memacu penyakit kolesterol tinggi. Sebenarnya tidak ada bukti penelitian efektivitas Virgin Coconut Oil alias engga ada buktinya dikalangan akademik. Kalaupun banjir iklan2 di internet dan media, itu dikarenakan iklan itu TIDAK bertanggung jawab. Mereka cuma mengatakan penelitian dari dokter ini (yang notabene ga begitu dikenal di kalangan akademik sana) kalo VCO bisa menyembuhkan ini itu, dsb. VCO BUKANLAH obat ajaib, penelitian yang bertanggung jawab adalah penelitian yang bisa dibuktikan kebenarannya di kalangan akademik dan peneliti ilmiah yang berkualitas alias didukung universitas yang dikenal bertanggung jawab.
Yang perlu diingat, kenapa di Indo beredar hal2 seperti ini? Selain VCO juga air hexagonal yang katanya merubah kelarutan, padahal alat yang pakai magnet berputar2 itu ada di laboratorium kimia kuantitatif dan dipakai sebagai pengganti sendok agar mahasiswa bisa mengukur kadar kelarutan tanpa mengaduk2 yang bisa mengurangi volume larutan yang diteliti. Jadi alat itu tidak mungkin mengubah kelarutan, bisa kacau nanti hasil praktikum di laboratorium kalo hal itu benar2 nyata.
Padahal kalau kita benar2 belajar kimia yang paling sederhana buat kelas SMU, kita pasti tahu bahwa VCO dan air heksagonal itu tidaklah benar sama sekali.
Kalau ada yang mau nanya soal VCO atau air hexagonal, silakan tinggalin comment dan email kalian, nanti aku jawab atau tanyakan ke teman yang dietician.
I was busy after came from Indonesia, so this is my first blog after I got annoyed by those marketing people asked me to buy hexagonal water and VCO. I wanted to educate them, but was speechless when I realised that they were after the sales money.
Ada surat teguran keras dari FDA buat produsen coconut oil, kalo mau aslinya tinggalin saja email kalian, ini saya copy paste dari email surat yg di scan, buat dimuat di website saya terpaksa merahasiakan nama perusahaan dan nama produk lain yang membuat perusahaannya bisa dikenalin. Ini dia suratnya:

Food and Drug Administration
212 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 5540'i .
Telephone: (612) 758-7114 - --
Fax: (612) 334-4142
March 31, 2005

Certified Mail
Return -Receipt Requested Refer to MIN 05 -11 -
xxx, Inc.
xxx Main Street

Dear Sir or Madam:
This is to advise you that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed your website at the Internet address http://www..... and has determined that yourproducts "Organic Virgin Coconut Oil," "xxx" xxx," "xxx," and "xxx" are promoted for conditions that cause the products to be drugs under section 201(g)(1)(B) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act) [21 U.S.C. & 321(g)(1)(B)]. The therapeutic claims on your web site establish that the products are drugs because they are intended for use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.
The marketing of these products with these claims violates the Act.

Examples of some of the claims observed on your web site include:

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
"Initial trials have confirmed that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients . . . ." (quoting Dr. xxx)
"To read more about fungal infections like Candida, and how coconut oil can help "[C]oconut oil is converted by the body into "Monolaurin" a fatty acid with anti-viral properties that might be useful in the treatment of AIDS:"
"The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s."
"Much of the recent research done on coconut oil and lauric acid, the most predominant fatty acid chain found in coconut oil, has centered around the antimicrobial and anti-viral properties of this unique fatty acid. . . . When lauric acid is consumed in the diet, . . . lauric acid forms a monoglyceride called monolaurin, which has been shown to destroy several bacteria and viruses, including listeria monocytogenes and helicobacter pylori, and protozoa such as giardia lamblia. Some of the viruses that have been destroyed by monolaurin include HIV, measles, herpes simplex virus-1, vesicular stomatitis virus, influenza and cytomegalovirus."
"Virgin Coconut Oil offers great hope for those suffering from hypothyroidism (low thyroid function) today." (testimonial)
"Virgin Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. It is currently being used in treating AIDS ."
"Virgin Coconut Oil is also great for digestive disorders such as Crohn's disease, IBS, and Colicitis"
"There is exciting research showing that the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) in coconut oil act to kill Candida Albicans! These MCTs .. . hold a promise for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers . . .."

Furthermore, your products are not generally recognized as safe and effective for the above referenced conditions and therefore, the products are also "new drugs" under section 201(p) of the Act [21 U.S .C. & 321(p)]. New drugs may not be legally marketed in the U.S. without prior approval from FDA as described in section 505(a) of the Act [21 U.S.C. & 355(a)]. FDA approves a new drug on the basis of scientific data submitted by a drug sponsor to demonstrate that the drug is safe and effective. Your products are also misbranded within the meaning of section 502(f)(1) of the Act, in that the labeling for these drugs fails to bear adequate directions for use [21 U.S .C. & 352(f)(1)].
This letter is not intended to be an all-inclusive review of your web site and products your firm markets. It is your responsibility to ensure that all products marketed by your firm comply with the Act and its implementing regulations.
Failure to promptly correct the violations described above may result in enforcement action without further notice. The Act authorizes the seizure of violative products, and manufacturers and distributors of such products are subject to injunction and criminal prosecution.
Please advise this office, in writing and within fifteen (15) working days of the receipt of this letter, as to the specific steps you have taken to correct the violations noted above and to assure that similar violations do not occur. If corrective actions cannot be completed within fifteen working days, state the reason for the delay and the time within which the corrections will be completed. Your reply should be sent to Compliance Officer Tyra S. Wisecup at the address in the letterhead .


W. Charles Becoat
District Director
Minneapolis District
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