Make your body your greatest project
Tom Wu and Janet Wu
By Ranee Mohamed
Tom Wu and Dr. Janet Wuwho were in Sri Lanka for the 45th
World Congress of Medica Alternativa speaking to The Sunday
Leader said the people today are busy on various projects,
but seem to be neglecting the most important project in their
lives - their bodies.
husband and wife duo who have a Wellness and Selfcare Centre
in California say that the secret to good health lies in
changing your diet and lifestyle.
"Think of your body as a project. Do not neglect it," warns
the doctors. Dr.Tom Wu holds a doctorate in naturopathy and
nutrition and Dr. Janet Wu, holds doctorates in Naturopathy
Tom Wu combines his knowledge of ancient Chinese art and
modern Western scientific medical knowledge to show people how
to use foods to let the body heal itself.
Janet Wu uses her selfcare and do-it-yourself programme to
teach people how to maintain better health the natural way.
These internationally known health speakers and educators who
travel all over the world, say that doctors in the future
ought to give less prescriptions and be more interested in the
patients' diet and lifestyle.
Combining physical well being with the state of the mind, Dr.
Tom and Janet Wu, said that doctors ought to strive to learn
all the healing arts including meditation and prayer to
complement one another to make them more knowledgeable and
more capable in helping patients to recover faster from
illness. Thus they stress that the focus ought to be on
healthcare instead of disease care, through warm personal love
instead of cold high tech procedures. "Our body is a
physical, psychological and spiritual entity," says Dr. Janet
Traditional kind of doctor
Tom Wu is the traditional kind of doctor who listens and
understands. But he does even more, he is able to study one's
foot and identify ailments and diseases which he says are
easily put right with the correct diet and lifestyle.
Once afflicted with cancer of the lung, Dr. Tom Wu, who was
then a lung specialist said that though his condition may have
been as a result of years of long treatment of victims of lung
cancer, he himself has been able to overcome his cancer with a
changed diet and lifestyle.
Today, he says he is as well as can be - able to travel and
treat other patients with love, care and the knowledge of
traditional Chinese medicine.
a diet plan aimed at curing through food, Dr. Tom Wu and Dr.
Janet Wu said that people today are eating more flour, salt
and sugar and less fruit. They attribute this
sugar/salt/floury diet to the swelling rate of diabetes, not
only in Sri Lanka, but all over the world.
However, the doctors do not hesitate to suggest a diet which
in the eye of the common man may appear too radical. They go
on to forbid the use of dairy products and 'prescribe' only
soy milk or goat milk. "The structure and composition of
goat's milk are similar to that of human milk, hence goat milk
is the ideal milk of the human body," they said.
another surprising proclamation this duo from the arena of
alternative medicine advise the intake of two tablespoons of
coconut oil, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, with
the juice of one lime for weight loss.
Describing the structure of coconut oil, they went on to speak
of its wonders when taken in its natural form. "We know that
the Sri Lankan diet involves the use of coconut milk. This is
very good, but we wish to suggest a variation. We think it
would do wonders to the body if the vegetables are cooked in
itself and the coconut milk added after it is cooked,"
observed Dr. Tom Wu.
Water, the fluid of life
Speaking about the way to good living, Dr. Tom Wu and Dr.
Janet Wu, said that the wonders of drinking water can never be
matched. Declining all kinds of sodas and juices, the duo
insist that water is the fluid of life. "Water ought to be
sipped and not gulped down by the bottle. That would only
place a great strain on the kidneys. Think about the other
organs and cells waiting to receive water, that is why water
ought to be sipped," they advised.
Speaking of warmth and room temperature this medical duo say
that many people eat fatty foods and drink frozen and cooked
sodas and other kinds of iced drinks. They say that this will
only cause the fat in the foods to harden in the stomach.
"When one drinks warm or hot water, or even tea, it will help
to dissolve and possibly flush out the fat," they said.
Brushing out the bed tea and the mid morning tea, this duo of
naturopathy said that tea ought to be drunk only after meals
as an aid to digestion.
"Eat steamed vegetables, eat steamed fish or eat salads. Eat
fruit. Think of what all the natural goodness will do to your
body. Eating white bread and other floury products ought to be
To lose weight
"Bread contains folic acid, which is added to flour. The other
day we saw a person in the hotel taking about seven slices of
bread. Think of what all this white bread will do to one's
body. The body needs only 400 mcg of folic acid and too much
of it can cause cancer," warned the doctors.
you want to truly lose weight, then do not eat bread, flour
products, pasta and noodles. Cookies and doughnuts are also
prohibited. Eggs ought to be eaten hardboiled," they pointed
Speaking of the wonders of the local stringhopper, Dr. Tom and
Dr. Janet Wu said that stringhoppers made from red rice flour
(flour made at home and not from commercial packets) are very
healthy. "The flour ought to be pounded at home, from red rice
and the stringhoppers ought to be made at home," they
advise a special smoothie for breakfast, if one is striving to
lose weight. A smoothie made of carrot, tomato, beet, celery,
baby spinach, ginger, turmeric, fresh coriander, parsley and
one teaspoon of funugreek is the ideal nourishment for the
morning. But one must not forget to add either a kiwi fruit,
pineapple or a green apple or green grapes to this mixture.
Have a glass of this smoothie for breakfast and some salad,
and take more of this smoothie for lunch alone with other
cooked food as fish, hardboiled eggs and salad." they advise.
Cure for cancer
"Eat raw vegetables and make sure that they are of seven
colours if you can. Cancer is caused by the wrong diet. We
have ensured that people who have suffered with cancer and who
have overcome the disease have experienced good health with
good eating habits. People who take this fruit and vegetable
diet have not come back with cancer," said the doctors.
While breakfast and lunch is all fruit and vegetables, there
seems to be no great plans for dinner either for one who
wishes to make his body into a great health project. Dinner,
they say ought to be brown rice cooked with some fenugreek,
diced pumpkin, one teaspoon of fenugreek powder, slices of
ginger, generous amounts of garlic and some dried beans, said
Alcohol is sugar
Prohibiting the intake of all kinds of alcohol, the doctors
said that every glassful of alcohol is its equivalent in
sugar. "Some people we have met say that they do not eat
floury products because they are diabetic, that they avoid
sweets, but take whisky, beer wine and other alcohol. Alcohol
in itself is sugar," warns the doctors.
is not that we prohibit all sweets. One or two chocolates
taken once in a way is okay," says Dr. Janet Wu.
Advising a brisk walk for half an hour everyday, these doctors
say that exercise ought to be done outside and not in
air-conditioned halls. "The pores open out during exercise and
the body tries to throw the garbage out, but the
air-conditioning stops it all, "said Dr. Janet Wu.
doctors also observed that Sri Lanka is blessed with natural
water that is so good for the body. "King Coconut water is
miraculous. It lowers blood pressure and is good for every
organ. But we do not recommend that patients' with asthma
consume it,"they said.
They said that garlic is nature's antibiotic which also lowers
blood pressure; that ginger purified your blood stream and
strengthens the kidneys.
"What is the use of being engaged in all kinds of other
outside activities if one is neglecting one's health? Look
after your body. Make it your next project," advises the
Be nice to the snakes!
always talk about the abuse perpetrated on animals by humans.
We also talk how we should work towards protecting them from
extinction. We talk about animal rights and the need to
implement strict laws to save them from being exploited by
humans. But the question that now arises is, What have we done
to promote animal welfare?
fight to protect the rights of animals is a longstanding issue
that is yet to be addressed by the relevant authorities. In
the recent past steps taken to prevent cruelty to animals have
in the main focused on dogs, cats, animals and birds listed as
endangered and endemic species, and cattle, pigs, goats,
chicken, rabbit and fish that are killed for human
However the cruelty inflicted on snakes when they are used in
awareness programmes has been largely ignored by animal lovers
and environmentalists. These programmes are conducted to
explain the importance of snakes and why they should be
protected. Awareness programmes on snakes have become popular
among environmentalists and those interested in seeing and
touching a live snake. However the stress and strain these
animals have to face when being transported long distances
where such programmes are held has been conveniently ignored
by those who organise such programmes.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader, herpetologist, Anslem de Silva
said snake awareness programmes are good as long as the
welfare of the snakes are taken into consideration. "When
transporting a snake the creature has to be kept in a cage for
a long time. During the programme the reptile is taken out and
touched by many people. People participating in snake
awareness programmes are allowed to touch the reptiles to help
reduce their fear of snakes. However due to inexperience in
handling snakes these people can accidentally squeeze them and
hurt them. This is harmful for the reptiles," de Silva said.
added that using videos and photographs during snake awareness
programmes is better than the real thing. "Videos and
photographs give the participants a better picture of the
snakes and help in identifying them. When I have snake
awareness programmes I make power point presentations to
explain the characteristics and identification of snakes," de
According to environmentalists, snake awareness programmes
have now become a fad as they are held mainly as a tourist
attraction. Leading hotels that claim to be environment
friendly and situated in areas such as Yala, Habarana and
Kandalama frequented by tourists have resorted to holding
these programmes to attract tourists and increase their
snake awareness programme conducted recently at an outstation
hotel came under criticism by animal lovers who claimed that
certain species of snakes that could not even be found at the
zoo were being caught from the forests.
Naturalists claiming to be working towards the protection of
snakes were seen taking snakes from the wilds for this
programme. "The authorities at the National Zoological Gardens
should take responsibility for the stress caused to these
reptiles as they permit such groups to take the snakes for
various programmes," environmentalists said.
Will the relevant authorities look into this matter or will
they turn a blind eye to the exploitation of wild snakes by
hoteliers and naturalists whose main intention is to earn
extra revenue under the guise of attracting tourists?
scence & heard
Ferrey and Gill reading
was an evening of music and readings at the Villa de Mel when
the second edition of Ashok Ferrey's book of short stories,
The Good Little Ceylonese Girl, was launched. Ferrey's guest
speaker was Gill Westaway, Head of the British Council in
Good Little Ceylonese Girl which was shortlisted for this
year's Gratiaen Prize was first released 10 months ago. The
new edition comes after three re-prints of the old one.
Authors Yasmin Gooneratne, Premala de Mel, Dr. Lalith and Dr.
Selvie Perera, James Moore and Richard Reidy were among the
artistic and distinguished gathering.
Earl's Regency takes on the cake
was a grand day when the Earl's Regency mixed their christmas
cake. Photo shows Thusith Samaraweera - general manager,
Latiff - chief accountant, Dayanthi - executive housekeeper,
Hilary - food and beverage manager and Senerath - chief
engineer together with the executives and the kitchen brigade
headed by Executive Chef, Sanjeewa Ranasinghe.
Time for the Balangoda Sale again
its fancy crochet serviettes, delicately crafted smocked
dresses or cross stitched bedsheets you want then the place to
visit is the Balangoda Sale held at St. Bridget's Convent,
Colombo 7. There is a wide array of linen in the most
beautiful of designs crafted by the village lasses of
sheets, pillow cases, table cloths, serviettes and exquisitely
crafted doilies will be available at this sale. Also on sale
will be nightdresses, housecoats and a range of children's
garments that are not available in stores.
items bear the trademark of excellence and are made from the
finest of handlooms giving durability in addition to style.
these works of art come from the handicraft centre at
Balangoda which functions under the direction of the Good
Shepherd Sisters. This project that began 45 years ago has
provided a profitable livelihood to the women of the area.
Balangoda Sale will be held on December 1 (Saturday) and 2
(Sunday) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St.Bridget's Convent.
support and encourage the work of our village folk - their
work is their pride and their only source of income.
Latvian National Day celebrated
National Day of Latvia was celebrated in Colombo recently.
"Latvia is a country with a growing economy. Prosperity is no
longer a distant vision but a goal that is within sight.
However, wealth alone will not make a person or society happy.
In a healthy society people responsibly participate in
national life. We should be working together, not battling
each other. The structure of the state, intertwined with the
welfare of the public, is the framework in which we can
achieve security as individuals and secure a future for our
children and grandchildren," said Hon. Consul General,
Republic of Latvia in Sri Lanka, Thomas F. Daetwyler speaking
at the event.
"Among the major achievements of Latvia is national security
of the kind our country was never before able to attain. Full
membership in the European Union is no longer merely a matter
of policy but a reality. We must remain reliable allies,
enhancing transatlantic dialogue. A strong EU and a strong
NATO are the primary guarantees for our prosperity and
security. We must work constructively with all our neighbours,
developing a dialogue and enhancing cooperation in view of the
fact that our countries' are collectively responsible for the
long term, sustainable development of the region," he said.
"The Latvian people assisted in the reconstruction in the
aftermath of the tsunami, with funds utilised for preschools
and reached out to the Sri Lankan peo- ple," Daetwyler said.
am happy that an eminent group of Latvian musicians have been
able to join us here in Sri Lanka for the National Day and
some other events, and I am sure that they will share the warm
feeling of the Latvian people towards Sri Lanka, and carry
home in their hearts the memory of the great hospitality of
the Sri Lankan people," he added.
Sri Lanka Housewives in the forefront for the
Sri Lanka Housewives Association has sprung to the spotlight
this season with their Christmas Pola to be held at the Public
Library Auditorium on December 1 from 9 a.m.
service-oriented Housewives Association has opened this year-
end pola to all and entrance is free of charge. The pola will
feature everything from food to clothes and household goods,
said a spokesperson for the Sri Lanka Housewives Association.
It added upto 11
wife is heavily pregnant and in hospital to give birth. An
anxious husband is watching cricket whilst awaiting news from
the hospital. Eventually he could not wait any longer and
called the hospital to find out about his wife, but..he
accidentally dialled the cricket stadium.˜ When the phone was
answered he asked: "How are things?" and was told: "Fine, 3
were out by tea break, in total 7 were out by lunch time, the
last one out was a duck!"˜ The husband fainted.
Serial killer and his victim walk through a dark and scary
forest. Victim to killer:" I am scared," and the killer
replied: "Why are you scared, we are two. you must know how
scared I am. I have to walk this way back alone."
marriage counsellor was attempting to determine an angry
wife's general demeanor.
"Did you wake up grumpy this morning?" he asked.
"No," replied the woman, "I just let him sleep."
some air bases the air force is on one side of the field and
civilian aircraft use the other side of the field, with the
control tower in the middle.
day the tower received a call from an aircraft asking, "What
time is it?"
tower responded, "Who is calling?"
aircraft replied, "What difference does it make?"
tower replied, "It makes a lot of difference. If it is an
American Airlines flight, it is 3 o'clock. If it is an air
force plane, it is 1500 hours. If it is a navy aircraft, it is
6 bells. If it is an army aircraft, the big hand is on the 12
and the little hand is on the 3. If it is a marine corps
aircraft, it's Thursday afternoon."
student was heading home for the holidays. When she got to the
airline counter, she presented her ticket to New York. As she
gave the agent her luggage, she made the remark, "I'd like you
to send my green suitcase to Hawaii, and my red suitcase to
confused agent said, "I'm sorry, we can't do that."
"Really? I am so relieved to hear you say that because that's
exactly what you did to my luggage last year!"
a guy takes his seat on an airplane, he is surprised to find a
parrot strapped in next to him. After taking off, the flight
attendant comes around to serve the passengers on the plane.
The guy asks the flight attendant for a coffee and the parrot
squawks: "And get ME a coke...NOW!"
flight attendant, flustered by the parrot's attitude, brings
back a coke for the parrot. However, she forgets the coffee
for the guy.
the guy points this out, the parrot drains his glass and
"Get me another coke or I'll really create a scene!"
Quite upset, the attendant comes back shaking, with another
coke, but still no coffee.
Irritated at her forgetfulness, the man decides to try the
parrot's approach. "I've asked you twice for a coffee. Go and
get it right now, or I'll create a scene that will make HIS
look like a Victorian tea party!"
next moment, both the guy and the parrot are grabbed and
thrown out of the emergency exit by two burly security guards.
Hurtling towards earth, the parrot turns to him and says:
"You're pretty cheeky for a guy who can't fly!"
Four guys have been golfing together for years. Throughout the
years, they have discussed various aspects of their lives,
with one exception: they never talk about their sons. This is
because one of the men has a son who is a flaming,
out-of-the-closet homosexual, and the other men don't want to
make him feel bad.
week, however, the man with the gay son is late to the country
club, so the other three are sitting around the table and
inevitably start talking about their sons.
son, the Mercedes salesman," says one, "has been doing so well
lately that last week, he tells me, he GAVE a friend of his a
brand new Benz!"
"Ah, that's nothing," says the second one, "My son, the marina
owner, has been so successful lately that last week he gave
one of his friends a brand new speedboat!"
son," says the third, "has done so exceptionally well in the
real estate market, that last week he gave a friend of his a
Just then the fourth man walks in and says, "You know, I never
thought my son would amount to anything. But then, just last
week, his three lovers gave him a new Mercedes, a speedboat
and a house!""