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Oct 24, 2005

Avian Flu - How Worried Should I Be?

Many customers have called our office and asked, “how worried should I be about avian flu? Should I still be eating chicken?”:

There are two areas of concern. One is the H5N1 avian flu as reported in the media – a disease affecting birds with high mortality and which very rarely infects humans causing similarly high mortality. The second concern is the possibility of a mutated avian flu spreading from human to human.

The first concern – the chances of the average Malaysian being infected by avian flu is very slim. If we were to look at the situation objectively, in spite of millions of birds being killed and the number of countries affected since it first surfaced in Hong Kong in 1997, the total humans affected thus far is in the region of about 120 persons with about 60 mortality. Compare this to SARS or to Nipah.

All those killed by the avian flu were those with direct contact with live chickens. They were either involved in the culling of sick birds, or butchered sick birds to cook. One must remember in many poorer Asian countries birds that are obviously sick are still slaughtered and cooked. In 2004, two siblings in a Vietnamese family died after butchering 10 sick chickens for a wedding dinner. None of the guests or other members of the family who ate the cooked chickens came down with the disease.

It is not the practice in Malaysia to sell or to eat diseased chickens.  The signs of disease in a chicken with avian flu are obvious and cannot be passed off as healthy, ie those people who died from butchering sick birds for food knew the birds were sick though they may not have been aware of the consequences.  Further, most Malaysian families do not buy live birds and therefore are not involved in butchering live birds.

For ease of mind, buy your chickens from a farm that is visited regularly by vets (as is the case with DQ Farm), and avoid buying live birds at the wet market or have live birds delivered to your homes. 

The second concern – the mutated avian flu that will spread from human to human. If such a mutation occurs, you won’t be getting the flu from chickens but from another human being.  Eating chickens will not increase or decrease your chances of catching such a flu, if it should happen. You are better off avoiding crowds. Better yet, have DQ Chickens delivered to your home and boost up your immune system with home-made DQ Chicken essence of chicken.

In the event of human to human avian flu, we would suggest stocking up on N95 face masks as these masks will filter off even flu viruses. It can be used for up to 8 hours continuously before changing.


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Oct 23, 2005

Veterinarian Inspected

Our chickens are inspected regularly by a veterinarian surgeon.  Dr. Craig Wong came today Oct 23, 2005 to inspect the chickens in our farm:

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                                                            Checking the Vent



How's the weight for its age?

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Oct 17, 2005

EMFs - What's That?

EMFs – What’s that?!

Well, you better find out more about it as it could affect your health.  Research in many countries are pointing to EMFs as a possible cause of some cancers, for one thing.  EMFs means ElectroMagnetic Fields.  Here’s one article from Dr.Mercola  http://www.geocities.com/dqcleanchicken2/EMFMercola/emfmercola.html . 

We just bought a Gauss meter ( a meter that measures EMFs).  This is what we found out – I have been sleeping in a location where the EMF reading is 2 mG for the past 15 years.  The accepted safe limit is 1 mG.  My handphone on standby is 0.2mG.  When I am sending, it shoots up to 5mG.  That lamp next to my bed which sometimes is on 24 hours is 1.5mG.  That silly battery operated alarm clock next to my head is 2.5mG;  it is going to that shelf two meters away.  My table fan’s motor is shooting out 40mG, but luckily the front is only 1 mG one meter away.  My little aquarium pump was humming along at over 2000mG, the price we pay for buying “cheap” things!

I paid big bucks for one of those low emission TVs.  It is true, the measurement at the screen was only 1.5mG. but surprise, surprise, the twin speakers at the sides were emitting 5 to 6 mG.

When you are using your microwave, you like to peer inside to see how the food is coming along, don’t you?  I don’t know about yours, but when I placed my Gauss meter on the door, it went off the scale (2000mG).  I had to back up 4 feet before it went down to 1 mG.  That microwave oven is going to the garbage bin tomorrow.

A friend told me he sleeps in one of those Japanese health beds that’s suppose to cure his back or something.  I told him the chances are he is exposing himself to high EMFs and that may be the reason for his chronic headaches.  That was before I got the Gauss meter.  I recommended he wears a Qlink, and it had an immediate effect in restoring his eye sight and reducing his headaches.  That he moved the motor of his “health” bed about 4 feet away from his head may also have helped.  I can’t wait to check the emissions at his bed with the Gauss meter.

By the way, when we were passing under a high tension overhead cable, the meter went up to 6 mG.  Wonder what’s the reading inside a house right next to the cables?

For your health, find out more about hidden EMFs in your house and office and practice “Prudent Avoidance”.

To find out more about Qlink, visit www.qlinkmalaysia.com



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Oct 02, 2005

Fruit Bats - Home at DQ

Am so glad that Fruit Bats have decided to make our farm their home at last.  They used to be transcient, roosting in bushes during fruiting seasons.  Now, they seem to have decided at last to make the farm their permanent home.  It speak volumes for the natural environment that is found in our farm - their endorsement is our sucess.  We know some of our workers come from countries where bats are part of their cuisine.  The only way to stop them was to inform them that the bats get rid of the dreaded aedes mosquitoes at the times that the mosquitoes are most active - early morning and late evening.  We have seen the bats going for the mosquitoes in the twilight and early dawn.

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