MIRI: Take pigs kidney stewed in special herbs and traditional medicine to relieve back pain, or how about pigs brain cooked the same way to de-stress.
These are among the traditional remedies the Chinese community resorts to, even though their efficacy is unproven.
Assistant Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Lee Kim Shin begs to differ.
He pointed out that a lot of people are unaware that pigs brain is high in cholesterol.
Lee who is also Senadin assemblyman and first vice-chairman of Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Miri Chapter claimed that some of the old remedies might cause more harm than good.
In fact, those are among the non-scientifically backed health nourishments that the MRC wants overcome among the Chinese community, he pointed out yesterday.
We want to dispel these non-scientific notions and practices which could be bad for health, Lee said.
He was speaking at a Healthy Lifestyle and Diabetic Problem talk to impart scientific and medical knowledge to improve and raise health consciousness among the community.
The talk in Mandarin was organised by MRC Miri Chapter Health and Community Service sub-committee, headed by Miri Hospital director Dr Uma Devi.
It was conducted by Miri Hospital dietician Chai Sheau Ping at the chapters training room. Among the listeners were some 100 representatives from various Chinese organisations including Chinese community leader Penghulu Chio Siong Nang.
Based on the records, almost half of the over 100 patients registered with the societys Kidney Dialysis Centre were Chinese.
We discovered that about half of end stage renal failure patients at the kidney dialysis centre are suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, Lee revealed.
As part of its community service, MRC Miri Chapter conducts talks, seminars and health programmes for the public.
We go to communities to conduct talks on health especially how to look after oneself. Your health very much depends on yourself. You must know how to take care of yourself first, since nobody else can take care of you if you dont, Lee said.
Most of the talks are conducted in English (mainly) or Bahasa Malaysia (BM). Lacking are talks or seminars for members of the Chinese community who do not read or understand English or BM.
Mandarin-speakers who do not understand English or have little knowledge of BM are therefore targetted. Miri Hospital through the Red Crescents Health and Community Service headed by Dr Uma will arrange a series of talks in Mandarin.
Lee said through the activity and programme, they would be able to create a more health-conscious community in Miri.
The Red Crescents goal and mission is to promote a healthy lifestyle and healthy living in order to reduce ailments that are preventable.