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Coles sports grants help local clubs stay on track


More than $2.2 million in sports equipment grants distributed by Coles in four years

Coles is helping Little Athletics centres to stay on track with more than $250,000 in sports equipment grants to be distributed to 73 local centres across Australia for this summer’s season.

The latest round of grants from the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund takes Coles’ donation to grassroots Little Athletics centres to more than $2.2 million in four years and will help centres buy new sports and safety equipment such as javelins, discuses, hurdles and defibrillators to support aspiring athletes and community volunteers.

This year’s grants have been made possible with money raised by Coles, its banana growers and customers during the inaugural Coles Little Athletics Banana A-Peel held earlier this year, when 10 cents of every kilogram of Cavendish bananas sold in Coles supermarkets was donated to the cause.

Coles Little Athletics Australia CEO Myles Foreman said the grants will help centres immensely, particularly those severely impacted by the NSW/QLD floods in February.

“The past two seasons have been extremely testing for our clubs and centres who have battled numerous challenges such as COVID-19, floods and bushfires,” he said.

“These natural disasters and the pandemic have not only impacted on Little Athletics centres’ ability to fundraise at a local level but it’s also had a huge impact on the morale of the centres. The grants from this round of the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund will not only help centres buy new equipment but it will lift the spirits of their volunteers, athletes and families for the new season.”

Coles General Manager Corporate & Indigenous Affairs Sally Fielke said Coles was delighted to continue to support grassroots Little Athletics through initiatives like the Coles Little Athletics Community Fund and banana donations.

“Coles has been a proud supporter of Little Athletics for over five years, and we’re delighted to provide more than $250,000 in sports equipment grants to help local centres kickstart their new season,” she said.

“We’re very aware of the challenges local Little Athletics centres have faced over the past two years and we’re proud to do our bit to help them to recover and grow so that kids and families can continue to enjoy Little Athletics each week.”

Among the centres to receive a grant is Maryborough Amateur Athletics Club in Queensland whose clubrooms were under water seven months ago.   Club President Gavin Grantz said the grant will help the centre to rebuild and recover from the devastating floods.

“The floods last season destroyed some of our equipment and it also damaged our buildings, grounds and canteen equipment, which means that our ability to fundraise this season will be severely impacted,” he said.

“The grant from Coles will allow volunteers to concentrate on training the athletes rather than constant fundraising as the club is still needing to pay for other repairs to the grounds.  It will help us to buy a new trolley for our volunteers to move equipment safely and efficiently and the new hurdles and javelins will provide a more enjoyable experience for our athletes.”

In addition to providing more than $2.2 million in equipment grants, Coles has donated more than 3.7 million bananas to Little Athletics centres since 2017.

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Restoring the Gift of Hearing

Restoring the gift of hearing with advanced technology using robot-assisted surgery

Every year, World Hearing Day falls on 3 March. Imagine a world that is silent – no birds
chirping, no music and no words to be heard. That’s how seven year-old Suri (not her real name)
has experienced the world for the past three years. However, in January this year, her silent world took
a delightful turn for the better when Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City granted Suri the gift of hearing with a Cochlear implant using a 3D Exoscope. This robot-assisted technology with 3D cameras is commonly used in neurosurgery and Dr Shailendra Sivalingam, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon
decided to harness the machine’s advantages in providing better visibility and ergonomics
during Cochlear implant surgery.

“Cochlear implant surgery is traditionally done with a 2D operating microscope and now, it
can be performed using a 3D Exoscope, making us the first private hospital in Malaysia to do
so. The surgery on Suri went smoothly without any difficulty and using the Exoscope,
precise, complicated surgical manoeuvres were performed flawlessly,”

Dr. Shailendra Sivalingam, Consultant ENT Surgeon

The Wonders of Sounds for a Child

Suri was four years old when her mother, Samantha, noticed she did not respond when being
called. She was diagnosed with severe hearing loss in both ears and was fitted with hearing
aids. Her speech was also found to be two years behind her age, which required her to
undergo speech therapy. A specific cause of her hearing loss could not be identified, and she
did not have any family history of hearing loss.

“She would go about her day lip reading and reading facial gestures – until the pandemic hit.
It was really challenging when classes started being conducted online. She could hardly hear
a word her teacher was saying over the computer, and face masks meant she couldn’t lip
read,” Samantha said.

As the years passed, Suri’s hearing continued to deteriorate until a point that her hearing
aids were no longer helping her.

“We were introduced to Dr Shailendra at Sunway Medical Centre, who told us about a
Cochlear implant. I feared Suri would not be able to function normally in society if her
condition continued to decline. So, I decided that she should have this implant. I trust her
speech will improve with better hearing,” Samantha expressed.

Cochlear implants are different from hearing aids in that hearing aids only amplify audible
sound, while a Cochlear implant delivers signals directly to the hearing organ (cochlea).

The implant has an internal and external component. The external component picks up
sound with a microphone and transmits it to the internal part. The internal part is placed
under the skin behind the ear where a fine electrode enters the cochlea. The electrode
stimulates the auditory nerve which sends signals to the brain, producing hearing.

The Moment of Truth

It would be another two weeks after surgery before the Cochlear implant was activated.
Those two weeks were pretty rough on Suri who couldn’t hear at all, making communication
hard between her and her family. Samantha said her daughter was silent the first five days and
slowly came out of her shell when she started communicating through text.

Dr Shailendra explains that a Cochlear patient’s initial hearing will not sound like normal
hearing when the implant is switched on as the device needs to be tuned and adjusted to fit
the individual. The implant mapping process may take up to 6 months after surgery, and this
varies between patients depending on their individual responses.

“Suri was quite nervous on the day and when it was switched on, she was a little
overwhelmed with the new sounds that she was hesitant to wear the external component.
She tried it again after some persuasion on the lowest volume to let her gradually warm up
to the new sounds she is experiencing.

“Until the day of surgery, I was still second-guessing my decision. Did I make the right choice
to put Suri through such a major surgery? But looking at her now (about a month after
surgery), she has made good progress since the implant was switched on. She is discovering
new sounds every day and has become more cheerful and alert of her surroundings,”
Samantha said.

Hearing again means a brighter future awaits

“I’m happy for Suri and her family because I understand the difficulties they have gone
through. This is a big step towards regaining her hearing and it is extremely rewarding to be
able to restore a person’s hearing as it is one of our cardinal senses. It satisfies me the most
to see a Cochlear implant patient being able to live a normal life among their peers,” Dr
Shailendra expressed.

“With Suri, her hearing loss has affected her speech which has impacted her education and
learning. Now, we are hopeful that she will be able to communicate better when she goes
back to school. Our journey has a long way to go, but this does mean a brighter future for
Suri,” Samantha said.

The use of robot-assisted technology is the way forward and becoming a norm in many
surgical fields. The 3D Exoscope is among many advanced robotic surgical camera systems
to help improve surgical precision and patient safety. For Cochlear implant, this has certainly
proven to be a sound decision.

Article and image provided by Sunway Medical Centre, Sunway City, Malaysia.

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Learn nature’s secrets with Bali-based Kenny Peavy!

Learn Nature’s Secrets!

Explore Nature and Learn the mysteries of Nature and her inhabitants. We’ll explore cool habitats, learn fun facts, and discover the amazing and interesting stories Nature has to tell us! Let’s connect with as many inhabitants here as we can while creating lives full of adventure, learning and building healthy and sustainable communities! Along the way, we’ll explore Nature’s Secrets alongside Sustainable Living, BALANCED Living, Wellbeing, Mindfulness, Creating a Healthy Lifestyle, and discover how we can connect with People and Planet. It’s incredibly crucial that we make deep connections with Nature and spend time discovering her secrets while we Learn to Love Life on The Pale Blue Dot.



We only have one planet as far as I can tell. I reckon it would be best if we learned to get along and start sharing this place we all call home. For Samara. You will never know how much happiness and Joy you bring to me. May the sun forever shine after the rain on this Pale Blue Dot we all share. Attributions All photos by Kenny Peavy shot on location in Borobudur (Java, Indonesia), Prabanan (Java, Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Bukit Kiara, Malaysia), Tioman Island (Malaysia), FRIM (Malaysia), Sirinat National Park (Phuket, Thailand) Krabi (Thailand), Gunung Leuseur National Park (Bukit Lawang, Sumatra), Inspired by The Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.

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Attributions: All photos by Kenny Peavy shot on location in Borobudur (Java, Indonesia), Prabanan (Java, Indonesia), Kuala Lumpur (Bukit Kiara, Malaysia), Tioman Island (Malaysia), FRIM (Malaysia), Sirinat National Park (Phuket, Thailand) Krabi (Thailand), Gunung Leuseur National Park (Bukit Lawang, Sumatra), Inspired by The Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan.

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Kempen ‘Chosen’ memperkasakan kanak-kanak dengan peluang untuk mengubah hidup mereka dari kemiskinan

Kempen Chosen dari World Vision Malaysia memberi peluang kepada kanak-kanak untuk mengambil langkah pertama dalam mengubah masa depan mereka. Buat pertama kalinya, kanak-kanak berpeluang memilih penaja mereka.

Organisasi kemanusiaan antarabangsa, World Vision Malaysia melancarkan kempen Chosen untuk membasmi kemiskinan dari komuniti B40 yang terjejas pada 8 Julai 2021 ini.

Gambar di atas, kanak-kanak menunjukkan gambar penaja yang mereka pilih sendiri. (sumber: World Vision Malaysia)

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif World Vision Malaysia Encik Daniel Boey berkata, “Chosen adalah anjuran terbaharu World Vision yang ingin memberi kanak-kanak peluang memilih penaja mereka sendiri – buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah 70 tahun World Vision!

Kempen ini akan bermula dengan komuniti di Kemboja di mana sejak kes pertama COVID-19 dikenal pasti, kanak-kanak telah kehilangan masa kecil mereka dan hidup dalam ketakutan untuk kesejahteraan mereka.

Tajaan bulanan sebanyak RM65 akan membawa air bersih, pemakanan, pendidikan, penjagaan kesihatan asas, perlindungan dan harapan kepada kanak-kanak dan komuniti mereka. Penaja dapat menjalinkan hubungan dengan anak angkat mereka dengan menulis surat dan menghantar gambar.

Seorang bapa kepada dua anak, Encik Boey menambah: “Ramai kanak-kanak menunggu bertahun-tahun untuk dipilih oleh penaja. Sebagai seorang ayah, saya tidak dapat membayangkan bagaimana perasaan anak itu. Apabila kita memberi kanak-kanak peluang untuk memilih penaja mereka, kita juga memberi mereka harapan untuk menamatkan kemiskinan. Lebih daripada itu, kami memberi kuasa kepada mereka untuk mengambil bahagian dalam keputusan yang akan mempengaruhi kehidupan mereka, dengan menghantar mesej bahawa kami mengambil berat tentang apa yang mereka fikirkan. Kami berharap ini akan mendorong kekuatan untuk memilih masa depan mereka.”

Dia mengatakan bahawa rakan kerjanya di World Vision Malaysia telah memantau dan menyesuaikan program untuk bertindak balas terhadap situasi COVID-19 global. “Kanak-kanak akan memilih penaja mereka di acara pilihan (dengan semua amalan keselamatan COVID-19) pada 5 dan 6 Ogos, dan kami akan memberitahu penaja mengenai anak angkat mereka. Terima kasih kepada semua rakyat Malaysia kerana turut serta melindungi dan memperkasakan anak-anak dan komuniti mereka yang terjejas di dunia.

Pengasasnya Bob Pierce menubuhkan World Vision pada tahun 1950 dan Program Penajaan Kanak-Kanaknya memberi tumpuan kepada peningkatan kesejahteraan fizikal, emosi, rohani, dan sosial anak-anak yang paling terjejas. Di Kemboja, World Vision telah melaksanakan program bantuan dan pembangunan untuk memberi manfaat kepada anak-anak yang rentan sejak awal tahun 1970-an.

Di seluruh dunia, program ini membawa banyak kegembiraan dan harapan kepada keluarga. Kelmer yang berusia enam tahun dari Guatemala, memilih keluarga Justin Hollander untuk menjadi penaja.

Kelmer dari Guatemala, Amerika Selatan (sumber: World Vision Malaysia)

Kelmer yang berusia enam tahun memilih keluarga Justin Hollander sebagai penajanya.

“Anak perempuan mereka sangat cantik. Saya rasa bahawa dia suka berbual dan suka bermain,” katanya.

“Ibu bapa sangat cantik juga. Mereka kelihatan seperti suka memberi pelukan! Dan mereka suka bermain. “

Terdapat lima orang dalam keluarga Kelmer. Ibu, ayah, anak-anak berusia 9 tahun, 6 tahun dan 8 bulan. Kelmer berada di prasekolah. Dia suka belajar. Apabila dia dewasa, dia mahu menjadi guru. Ibunya, Yesica, mengatakan bahawa kadang-kadang anaknya jatuh sakit tetapi dia tidak mampu membawa mereka ke klinik berdekatan. Yesica mengatakan apabila Kelmer memilih penajanya, dia turut mengambil kesempatan untuk membuat pilihan sekeluarga. Dia teruja dan merasa terharu.” Dia memberitahunya bahawa ketika dia melihat semua gambar, “Saya hanya ingin memilih Justin Hollandar.”

Kelmer suka bermain bola sepak dan guli-guli. Dia berkata, “Sekiranya mereka (penaja) datang ke sini, saya ingin bermain bola sepak dengan mereka. Saya ingin menghantar kata-kata cantik. Saya gembira atas lawatan anda. Te quiero.

Video ini menunjukkan masa kanak-kanak membuat pilihan mereka.

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AFT Interviews: Dentist Dr. YokeLi Ling on crooked teeth, sleep disorders and systemic health

Oral myofunctional therapy and dental sleep medicine for both children and adults.

Team AFT met with Dr. YokeLi Ling, a dentist based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 20 March 2021. What ensued is a chat between The Kurang Manis (Sugar, Less) Podcast co-hosts Jasmine Low & Nikki Yeo with the good doctor about how she’s been able to assist her patients breathe better and live better. Her passion and dedication as a Sleep and Airway Centric Dentist shows in her work in providing a holistic patient management approach. 

In this interview, Team AFT speaks to Dr. Ling about:

  • Minimal, non-invasive interventions in dentistry
  • Prevention and rehabilitation of poor facial and jaw growth development that results in dental misalignment, sleep disordered breathing, and compromised systemic health.
  • Oral myofunctional therapy, incorporating it into the treatment of orofacial myofunctional disorders, and dental sleep medicine for both children and adults. 

In this interview, Dr. Ling speaks at length about her field of specialty. She shares, “I would like to introduce a broader concept of the dentist as an oral physician, a gatekeeper to the wellness of systemic health through the mouth.”

AFT: You practice minimal, non-invasive dentistry to achieve sustainable outcomes for your patients. We’re curious what that means, what is non-invasive and why this kind of specialty? 

Dr. Yoke Li elaborates on Malocclusion, Sleep & Airway and compromised health.

AFT: What causes a child or adult to have crooked teeth? 

Some people have an upper or lower jaw that is too far in or out? What has resulted in that? Is it in our genes that some of us are born with a smaller jaw hence the overcrowding of teeth?

Having a small jaw with crooked teeth are signs that a person’s sleep may be compromised.

“Once sleep is compromised, health is also compromised” – Dr. Ling.

When we sleep the body is restored and our immune system is generated to protect the body. When sleep is interrupted, the lack of oxygen during obstructive sleep apnea would lead to a diminished quality of life, mood swings, irritability, hypertension, even metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

AFT: Why is our jaw too small to accommodate all our teeth? Surely it should be perfectly balanced, unless it’s changed over time?

The standard practice now is for most people to remove their wisdom teeth. Dr. Ling shares her thoughts thoughts on this. 

AFT: Do our food choices contribute to misaligned teeth, jaw and the structure of our face?

We don’t seem to be chewing enough in this era with foods. Archeologists have shown that the hunters and gatherers had a full set of teeth, continuous stimulation of the jaw bone.

AFT: How about people who grind their teeth at night? Can that be cured?

Ever heard about singing as a cure? Dr. Ling elaborates on some situations where spouses have reported positive improvement after their partners undergo treatment in merely exercising upper body, tongue and facial exercises as well as a diet change.

Put your tongue on the top of your mouth palette and breathe. Try it.

Don’t under estimate the power of the tongue and the power of breathing through your nose, chew your food, eat foods that require you to chew and that’s when your body starts to becoming more effective overall.

Q: At Asia Fitness Today, we advocate movement as therapy. What is the one thing that you have been able to use your Fitness for Good?

Married to her childhood sweetheart and blessed with 3 children, Dr. Ling loves hiking, traveling and playing tennis. She shares that fitness activities is how she gets herself out and up and encourages her family and friends to join her. Through sport, it’s not just about being fit physically, but also about being mentally and emotionally fit because good hormones are released.

Dr. Ling’s credentials include:

  • Doctor of Dental Surgery from University Science of Malaysia (Honours, 2006)
  • Recipient of the USM Chancellor’s Gold Award, USM’s University Gold Award and Conference of Malay Rulers’ Royal Education Excellence Award
  • Postgraduate training and certifications on Orthotropics from London School of Facial Orthotropics
  • Mini Residency on Guiding Craniofacial Growth and Development in Children
  • Mini Residency on Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
  • Craniofacial Epigenetics
  • Oral Myology from Coulson Institute of Orofacial Myology
  • Myobrace from MRC Australia
  • Implant Training Program University of Southern California

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Powerful Cleverin arrives in Malaysia

Small yet powerful.

It is said that good things comes in small packages. Cleverin is a unique anti-viral and bactericidal product that has been proven to remove 99% of airborne viruses and bacteria by harnessing the power of Chlorine Dioxide, or Clo2.

The product is the brainchild of Taiko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. based in Osaka, Japan. The company itself has been around for more than 70 years and has expertise in various business segments related to consumer pharmacology.

A recent report by Taiko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., which elucidated the mechanism by which Chlorine Dioxide molecules block infection by the COVID-19 (SARS CoV 2) virus in the human body, was published in the English academic journal, Annals of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutics, under the title “Inhibition of the Binding of Spike Protein of SARS CoV 2 Coronavirus to Human Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 by Chloride Dioxide” (2020, Volume 5, Issue 5, Article 1195).

Cleverin is already available in 8 countries with expansion plans to the rest of Asia Pacific, Europe, including Russia, Mexico, Brazil and the US. A quick search on the internet finds that the product is also already available in Indonesia, South Korea, Singapore and the Philippines on top of its home market in Japan, of course.

Speaking at the virtual launch of the Malaysian market, Senior Vice President of Overseas Business of Taiko Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Mitsuhiro Yamashita, began his address by greeting the media in fluent Indonesian.

“We are pleased to introduce the Cleverin brand to the Malaysian market. We are confident that the brand will be met positively by Malaysians, as all households here will truly benefit from this all-in-one disinfector, steriliser, deodoriser and virus eliminator. Currently, we hold more than 130 relevant patents in the world and have seen annual sales in excess of USD 95 million. In fact, Cleverin is the best-selling product of its kind in Japan, where one Cleverin product is sold every five seconds1. These factors, in themselves, bear testament to Cleverin’s efficacy, which is backed by science and extensive research,” said Yamashita.

Cleverin is also proven to be as safe as it is effective. All its products are made with materials which have passed stringent safety procedures and tests in Japan and around the world. Cleverin products are also non-toxic to humans, and can safely be used around children, pets and elderly. The products’ safety and efficacy are also attested by its endorsement by various clinics, health professionals and governments, further lending credibility to Cleverin’s authenticity.

In Malaysia, Cleverin is available in two types – the stand-type Gel and the Stick Pen Type.

The stand-up Cleverin Gel is ideal for use in rooms and enclosed spaces with no power supply required for use. The Cleverin Gel is available in two sizes – 60 grams (RM58), which is able to disinfect a room of up to 13 square metres and lasts up to a month; and 150 grams (RM98) which is ideal for rooms of up to 20 square metres and lasts up to two months.

Meanwhile, the Cleverin Stick Pen Type is designed to be a more mobile and portable device, which can be used just about anywhere – even in the user’s own shirt pocket to remove viruses and bacteria in the surrounding air. The Cleverin Stick Pen is available in a single pack (RM49) which comes with two refills and each refill can last for about two weeks. Also available are refill packs (RM48) which contain six refills each.

Both the Cleverin Gel and Cleverin Stick Pen Type are easy to use anywhere – in the home, at the office, as well as in schools, hospitals, restaurants – just about everywhere.

The Cleverin range is now available online via Lazada and Shopee and will expand the distribution to retail outlets in Malaysia in 2021. Meanwhile, the rest of the world will just have to wait until Cleverin arrives on their shores.

1 Sales data from April 2019 to March 2020.

Chiva-Som offers three complimentary online wellness services this September

International health and wellness resort, Chiva-Som, based in Hua Hin, Thailand is offering three complimentary online wellness services for guests around the world this September. These sessions are sure to provide valuable insights and tips to get the best benefits from these wellness therapies.

Guests simply need to register and fill in their details for sessions they are interested in. Chiva-Som’s health and wellness team will then send across the link to the session for the date.


4th September – 3pm Indochina Time (6pm SYD, MELB, CANBERRA)

The movement of the flow yoga practice is for all levels to help strengthen and mobilise muscles, joints and release toxins.



16th September – 3pm Indochina Time (6pm SYD, MELB, CANBERRA)

This online webinar will give you knowledge in understanding potential underlying factors for mood and the vital synergistic relationship that gut health and mental health share. Here you’ll identify what contributes to poor gut health, how it affects your mood and how it can be improved with natural health interventions such as diet, herbal supplements and lifestyle interventions



30th September – 3pm Indochina Time (6pm SYD, MELB, CANBERRA)

Neurodynamic stretching with the unique style and fluid movements of traditional Thai dancing, to create Neurodynamic Nerve Exercise. This session provides the benefits of Neurodynamic stretching, a series of postures and movements that enhance mobility and flexibility, with the benefits of Thai dancing, which has been shown through studies to improve nerve function, muscle power, and enhance blood circulation.  

This is a great class for those individuals who are interested in a simple, enjoyable, and innovative way of engaging in the ancient art of Thai dancing while gaining the benefits of enhanced flexibility, decreased pain, and improved muscle tension.  


Top 5 Best Healthcare Centres in Selangor, Malaysia

As Malaysia prepares for its lockdown due to the novel coronavirus, or COVID19, those in the Selangor state of the country can look to these five healthcare centres for their health needs. The following article is written by Muhammad Afiq Dinie bin Nor Arzaimi at Tourism Selangor.

“The goal of real healthcare reform must be high-quality and universal coverage in a cost-effective way”. Every hospital plays a very important role in caring for every patient who comes for treatment. Therefore, we would like to recommend to you the Top 5 Best Healthcare Centres here in Selangor, Malaysia.

1. KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital

KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital is conveniently located in an upscale area of Kuala Lumpur that has become a center for expatriates and young urban executives. KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital is part of the KPJ Healthcare Group, one of the leading private healthcare providers in the region with more than 29 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Local and international patients most commonly visit this hospital to seek treatment in the department of Cardiology, Bariatric Surgery, Oncology, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Orthopaedic and Paediatric & Neonatology and also for general health screening.

2. Sunway Specialist Centre Damansara

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Sunway Specialist Centre Damansara (SSCD) focuses on delivering outpatient specialist consultation and day surgery services. SSCD is a subsidiary of Sunway Medical Centre (SunMed), one of the largest private healthcare providers in Malaysia. Both SSCD and SunMed is equipped with modern facilities and equipment, supported by a team of caring and experienced healthcare professionals including medical consultants, allied health staff and dedicated nurses. 

3. The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital

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The Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) was established in 1986 by the late Yang Amat Berhormat (YAB) Tun Hussein Onn, the third Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Chairman of the Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB) (1975 – 1990). For more than 30 years, Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital has built a strong reputation as a centre of excellence providing quality specialised eye healthcare with expertise in a comprehensive range of sub-specialties by using the latest technology which can offer the most advanced medical treatments in its field. 

4. Avisena Specialist Hospital

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Avisena Specialist Hospital is located just 15 minutes away from Subang Airport, in the capital city of Selangor with a driving distance of 35 minutes to Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). The hospital was officiated by the current Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj and was graced by Her Royal Highness Tengku Permaisuri Selangor, Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin. Also present at the launch was YAB Tuan Amirudin Shari, Menteri Besar of Selangor. Avisena Specialist Hospital is a fast-growing healthcare group in Shah Alam offering a combined spectrum of primary care, specialist services and health wellness programs to serve healthcare needs of our community, local and international customers.

5. Columbia Asia Hospital Bukit Rimau

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Columbia Asia Hospital Bukit Rimau is a multi-specialty hospital located in Shah Alam and within reach of the communities in Subang Jaya, Klang and surrounding neighborhoods. Columbia Asia Hospital is staffed with highly skilled doctors and nurses with a vast range of up-to-date facilities and services. The Bukit Rimau hospital also covers an array of medical specialties such as Cardiology, Orthopaedic, Rheumatology, Sports Injury Medicine, Paediatrics, General Surgery, Radiology and Urology. 

Each hospital requires highly skilled panel doctors in a variety of medical field and speciality. It is important that hospitals and healthcare providers are able to attend to and treat patients with utmost dedication and proper care.

Ayurvedic home remedies by CGH Earth Wellness in conjunction with World Sleep Day

Today, Friday 13 March, is World Sleep Day. It is an annual event intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep. Studies have found that Malaysians are amongst the world’s worst sleepers.

Now, some of you may think that you don’t need sleep or that you can catch up with sleep later due to numerous reasons. One of them may be because of that deadline you have to meet. Or, for new parents, the numerous wake up times your new arrival has at night is wreaking havoc with your sleep.

According to a national sleep survey done by Nielsen Malaysia in 2018, nine in 10 Malaysians suffer from one or more sleep problems. Nearly half of them reported that they wake up in the middle of the night, while just under a third say they feel tired and unrested in the morning, feel sleepy or have fallen asleep during the day.

For many, treating the cause of these conditions is vital and here is where CGH Earth Wellness, the brand behind a collection of leading luxury Ayurvedic hospitals in beautiful Kerala, India, believes that the ancient practice of Ayurveda could provide a helping hand when it comes to restoring the quality of your sleep. 

Below are some tips from our friends at CGH Earth Wellness.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies by CGH Earth Wellness 

In Ayurveda, sleep disorders are called Alpa nidra and insomnia is known as Anidra. According to Ayurveda, the doshas responsible for this disease are Tarpak Kapha, Sadhak Pitta or Prana Vata. 

Insomnia due to lack of proper nutrition Tarpak Kapha is a sub-dosha of Kapha (water). It nourishes the brain cells and facilitates a good night’s sleep. Imbalance of this dosha causes poor nourishment of brain cells, leading to insomnia. This happens to those who are deprived by circumstances and few due to food faddism. 


● Take carbohydrate- and fat-rich foods at night before 8:00 PM 

● Drink fat-rich milk with nutmeg and jaggery or sugar before bedtime. 

Insomnia in workaholics Sadhak Pitta is a sub-dosha of Pitta (fire) and is located in the heart. It controls one’s emotions, desires, decisiveness, and spirituality. An imbalance in Sadhak Pitta makes a person demanding and a workaholic, thereby leading to situations that may cause a lack of sleep. 


● Drink ash gourd or sugar cane juice after dinner. 

● Take 5 soaked almonds at bedtime. 

● Drink 100 ml of lukewarm almond milk at bedtime 

Insomnia due to anxiety and stress Prana Vata is a sub-dosha of Vata (air). It is linked to insomnia, anxiety, and conditions such as depression. As Prana Vata makes the nervous system sensitive, a sensitive nervous system coupled with an aggravated Prana Vata leads to insomnia. 


● Wash your legs with warm water and massage your feet with butter. 

● Make a paste of milk and butter and apply that paste over your bregma (crown of the head) and feet. 

How 2′-FL Has Changed Childhood Nutrition

2′-FL (2′-fucosyllactose) is a special nutrient, and the third most abundant component of breast milk. In the last two decades, how these prebiotics benefit children and why it’s important for them to be included in a child’s diet has become more widely understood. 

Breakthrough research by Abbott shows that 2′-FL can provide health benefits to a growing child and plays a role in supporting the development of a strong body defense system. Abbott was the first company in the world to include this important ingredient in growing-up milk, bringing about one of the biggest advances in children’s nutrition in the last decade. 

Probiotic and Prebiotic Basics About 70% of the body’s defense system resides in the gut, so it’s crucial to give your growing child the building blocks they need from the start. 

Probiotics, also known as beneficial bacteria, are live microorganisms located in the intestinal tract. Prebiotics are not bacteria, but they provide the food source that probiotics need to survive. 

2′-FL acts as a prebiotic that feeds the beneficial bacteria in a child’s gut, helping them to flourish, and supports the development of the body’s defense system in the early years of life1. 2′-FL has also been shown to support the defense system beyond the gut. 

Developing a Strong Body Defense System A child’s body defense system develops rapidly early in life, and nutrition is critical to that development. 

The new Similac Gold Gain Plus (Stage 3) with 2′-FL and Gain Kid (Stage 4) with 2′-FL can help your child’s developing body defense system. 2′-FL and nucleotides (an essential building block in the body) found in Similac Gold support a child’s digestive system as well as strengthen their body defense system. 

2′-FL supports the innate body defense system of children, like their skin and stomach lining, acting like gates and walls to protect them. It acts as a decoy for germs, preventing it from affecting the cells and causing illness1

On the other hand, nucleotides support children’s adaptive body defense system, which consist of specialized cells that eliminate pathogens in the body. 

Strong Children Learn Faster Science has shown that a child’s body defense system can also have a significant effect on their brain development2. And research has shown that a strong body defense system goes hand-in- hand with better cognition to help children learn faster3

Keeping children strong during their formative years is important for their development. If children frequently fall sick, they may not be able to concentrate and learn. 

Research has found that the longer children suffer from illnesses, the worse they perform on developmental tests2. In the absence of illnesses, nutrients are utilized for brain development, which encourages stimulation that promotes learning4

When children fall sick, the body diverts nutrients to fight the illness. This leads to reduced stimulation that interrupts learning and compromises cognitive development. Every sick day can reduce a child’s learning, growth and developmental potential5

Since 85% of a child’s brain growth occurs in the first three years of life, it is crucial to keep children strong so that they can learn faster. 

“By harnessing the unique qualities of 2′-FL, we can nourish the developing digestive and body defense systems in children, which then contributes to their overall brain development for faster learning. We want to support parents in enabling them to give their children the strongest possible start with good nutrition and health,” says Dr Nina Mazera Mohd Said, Medical Director of Abbott Nutrition Malaysia. 

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