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I have been nursing a right knee injury for some months, going for ultrasound and shockwave therapy.  However, I noticed rapid recovery recently when I started to apply my wife’s hyaluronic acid easily available from any pharmacy (off-the-shelf) called Super Hyaluronic Acid (about S$20 plus), purportedly the current rage in Japan for skin hydration.

A check in the internet showed that indeed it is also used for knee pain through injection (presumably at a higher price and faster recovery) although I find topical application also helps in my case.   I have also been keeping my right knee warm (wearing a similar-but-cheaper Ebene knee band) in a cold aircon office environment that seemed to restrict healing.   However, for those using Ebene and like  products, remember not to wear one that is too tight or for long duration since it will restrict blood movement and may damage your blood vessel valves and lymphatic valves around your knee.  Do NOT wear it to sleep.

At night, I put on a simple wrap-around knee bandage loosely (sprinkled with a dash of Chinese medicated oil) to keep my knee warm since my wife prefer to sleep in an aircon environment.   So far it seems to be working and I can run pretty well too last few days.  Off course, swimming also helps but I refrain from breast strokes since it could have caused my medial collateral ligament strain or tear in the first place.

A check with this site shows that  Hyaluronic acid is also very important to preventing mitral valve prolapse and even helps in fibromyalgia.  (see Connective Tissue Disorder Site http://www.ctds.info/mvp1.html).     I think many people should try hyaluronic acid plus whey protein for their heart (which is actually a muscle) too and also their connective tissues and nerves before going straight for a “ticker” implant to force dying heart muscle to contract.  This is painful.  Go straight to the root cause and restore the muscle cells with HA and Whey protein.

Mitral Valve Prolapse and Hyaluronic Acid

One interesting fact about MVP is that the heart valves in humans with the condition show abnormalities of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a component of connective tissue that occurs in high amounts in places like the eyes, hearts and joints. What’s really interesting is that hyaluronic acid is dependent on a variety of nutrients for its synthesis, and one of these nutrients is magnesium. A reduction in the availability of magnesium has a negative impact on hyaluronic acid production.  (link)


Hopefully this will be of use to runners who are frustrated by the lack of healing or very slow progress in their recovery in their knee or skeletal injuries.  Of course you have to help yourselves too.   There should be ample rest and different form of relevant exercises and therapy to aid healing.

Take Care







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It is just a simple solution to save the cost of cleaning and filtering debris from the public swimming pools.  I have just written a letter to the relevant authorities and I am keepig my finger-crossed that at least this simple suggestion can be implemented.   Having less pollutants in the pool also means use of less resources and energy to clean the pool.  So there are savings indeed.

Recently there are so much talk about pool etiquette.  Perhaps the authorities should provide some amenities for the public to do so.  For instance, the life-guard should be seated next to a perhaps, redesigned pool entry to check or remind people to shower and rinse their mouths before entering the pool.  Likewise, the swimming instructors could do their part since they are the most authoritative personnel to tell the young about social-civic consciousness. This should be part of their (the kids) theory exams, if any, for their progressive  swimming tests which is presently only based on practical.

I also wondered why some swimming pools used by many are still without any proper sun shelter (not even a canvas) to allow better utilisation during the “blazing hot” afternoon period.  Thus many people are now forced to congregate and swim in the early morning and evening.  This not only create a jam-packed pool with its associate hygiene concerns but also a waste of energy and resources with uneven distribution of usage.   Even swimming instructors could get more students, especially adults during lunch-time, if the pool conditions, especially if some form of sun-shelter are provided.

This is actually common-cents!


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Just read that Mr Calvin Lee, 42, the CEO of Deutsche Telekom Asia, died during the swim segment of the Osim Singapore International Triathlon. It is sad to learn that his buddys’ claims that he was a strong swimmer.  But I am not sure if it meant that he had lots of experience swimming in the sea.  Perhaps the days leading to the actual event, he may had depleted his store of energy and electrolytes and cramp out at sea is usually fatal when your body is exhausted.  Did he learnt any survival drill for the event?

I am indeed a novice still trying to learn how to swim the freestyle properly (without a leg float) in a normal swimming pool.  So the sea is out for now.  Despite what people say that it is easier to float in the sea, we should be realistic at times and know our health and physical conditions.  I understand that he maybe wanting to set a good example as a CEO just like many of previous high-calibre officials who had fallen during endurance events.  I salute them for their tenacity and gung ho-ness but it is time someone tell them sometimes we need to listen to our body.

For those who thought that practising in a swimming pool is good enough or just a few session out at East Coast sea, they are prepared for triathlon swim in the sea.  Please think again especially for those veterans.  Or better still read the articles shown in the links

a.  Deaths Draw Attention to Triathlon Swim (New York Times, July 31, 2008)

A triathlon’s open-water swim hardly resembles the pools where most triathletes train, said Neil Cook, a New York City based triathlete and coach. “There is no wall 25 yards away, you can’t see the bottom and the 50 to 150 people around you are more than you’ve probably swam with in total during your training,” he said. “Oh, and you are wearing this wetsuit that’s tighter than a girdle.” Raise your heart rate and blood pressure under those conditions, he said, and “any weakness you have will become apparent.”

b.  Study: Triathlons can pose deadly heart risks (March 28th, 2009 By MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Medical Writer)

Cold water constricts blood vessels, making the heart work harder and aggravating any pre-existing problems. It also can trigger an irregular heartbeat. On top of this temperature shock is the stress of competition.

“It’s quite frightening – there are hundreds of people thrashing around. You have to keep going or you’re going to drown,” Dr Mosca said.

c.   Is Triathlon A Dangerous Sport? What Are The Risks? (Written by Jim P. on April 3, 2009)

I wonder if the organisers or even the participants had read up the latest as to the risks or techniques for events that they are taking part in.  The new generation should try to read up and practise on the new techniques, diet and be aware of risks associate with the sports that they partake in.  There are so many medium that the can learn from.  I got my video tapes on freestyle from the library and also the Youtube.

Take Care!


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I am writing this for my elder son, Mervyn, who is now trying to do a proper pull-up as compared to “kick-propelling” chin-ups.  Actually I always use the term, “overhand grasps chin-up” or simply just “underhand chin-up” for both methods.

Well, this site seemed to explain the difference. (link)


However, after visiting the site, it is still quite confusing for me too.

Anyway, I told my son that doing pull-up is actually better as in the real-world, it allow us to climb over wall or hoist ourselves after pulling up a horizontal bar, or swing from bar to bar via overhand method.  Even monkeys uses the pull-up method when swing from tree to tree.   So pull-up is more practical than chin-up.   Chin-up, however, do help to build some biceps though and useful in certain situation which I seldom encounter.

Nevertheless, more and more people and especially kids and teenagers are using the chin-up method as they can do more and that where quantity comes in,  for whatever reasons whether they would be useful or not.  Right?

Ok , pull-up is easy to do if you know the method.  I am also new to pull-up as I have always been using chin-ups to chalk the numerical requirements.  Now, I prefer to do the proper method, though.  Partly to improve my overall well-being for a strong back and shoulder muscle to improve my spinal column.

So I experimented on few techniques.  Increasing the distance between both hands on the bar is the first requirement as compared to chin-up when both hands should be parallel and not wider that your shoulder’s width.

Here, comes the technique.  Remember when you do INCLINE chin up, you naturally use the overhand grasp like in a normal Pull-up.   Well, then you should try to apply this to your normal Pull-up by looking up, tilting your head slightly back and slanting your back slightly like doing a incline chin-up and then pulling from your chest rather than your shoulder.  As you find your chest heaving towards the bar, rotate your overhand grasps forward and complete the pull-up with ease.  This will allow you to use your various muscles more efficiently.  However, now the catch is whether the instructors or teachers would allow for a slight swing or tilt even if it is more efficient.  I hope we are wise enough to discern the relevancy of the pull-up techniques and improve with time.

Confucian did not say “Better to do a few proper pull-ups than lots of lousy chin ups that serve no purpose”.  I say so.

Have fun!


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