In mid-January 2004, a team of journalists of the “Weekly Quality
Report” program from the state-run China Central Television (CCTV)
investigated the production of the Hongshuai Soy Sauce. The Chinese
journalists went to the food seasoning manufacturer in Hubei province.
They pretended to be buyers and enquired about the soy sauce
ingredients. They were told by a manager that the soy sauce was made
from the amino acid syrup, and mixed with water, sodium hydroxide, red
sugar; hydrochloric acid and other chemical additives. . . . They also learnt that the soy sauce
manufacturer purchased at least a thousand tons of amino acid syrup (or
powder – the dry form) per month from another manufacturer in producing
few thousands tons of soy sauce. As a result of the preliminary
investigation, the journalists decided to explore the source of amino
The journalists then found the amino acid syrup manufacturer (a
bioengineering company) in Hubei province. When asking how the amino
acid syrup (or powder) was generated, the manufacturer replied that the
powder was generated from human hair . . . From the Internet Journal of Toxicology
In case you were planning to drink a liter of seawater any time soon, forget it. According to the BBC, it has more than just salt in it: in fact, a recent study shows that it "can contain more than 20,000 different types of bacteria." So next time you go swimming out there, keep your mouth shut coz they don't chlorinate the ocean.
Reports of a traditional Chinese medicine having beneficial effects for
people suffering from type 2 diabetes
now has some scientific evidence to back up the claims. A collaboration
between Chinese, Korean, and
Australian scientists at Sydney's Garvan Institute, has revealed that
the natural plant product berberine could be a valuable new treatment.
Berberine is found in the roots and bark of a number of plants
used for medicinal purposes including wound
healing and treatment of diarrhoea. It has also been documented in
Chinese literature as having a glucose lowering effect when
administered to people with diabetes; yet, until now, its mode of
action was unknown.
scientist Dr Jiming Ye says: "Our studies in animal models of diabetes
show that berberine acts in part by activating an enzyme in the muscle
and liver that is involved in improving sensitivity of the tissue to
insulin – this in turn helps lower blood sugar levels. In addition, it
seems berberine can help reduce body weight".
Monkeys are intelligent and agile, well-adapted for jungle life as they swing happily from tree to tree. As a monkey, you are a social animal who eats a wide range of food, is quick to learn new things and loves to climb. A monkey's tiny primate features are irresistable, as is her gregarious personality!