[Chapter: Blooming zakka]

There’s something pleasing to the eye when cotton canvas meets leather. Just what could it be?

Makr marries both materials so well and I sure they’ll have a happy ever after.

Pulse reading

[Chapter: Daily etc picks]

Pulse reading is fascinating. Just by taking your pulse, a skilled Chinese physician can tell what’s going on in your body. My mom used to see a Chinese physician who had lots of people going to him because he was very accurate with his diagnosis and more importantly his herbal prescriptions worked. Mom said he could feel tumour through the pulse.

Sometime back I heard about a correlation between pulse rate and mould from Dr. Doris Rapp, a mould expert in an online health interview. She pointed out that to discover if you are sensitive to mould, feel your pulse to see if it’s beating faster when you’re in a mouldy room.

I also came across a book Pulse Test by which shows you step-by-step how to discover your pulse beating pattern, and test to find out what allergens (from foods, bedding, toiletries, etc.) cause your pulse to work harder than usual. Dr. Cocoa developed this test in the 1930s. The testing starts with taking your pulse rate per minute (at lease 30 seconds x 2) in the morning before rising. Write it down, keep track, and do that for 2-3 days to establish your resting heart rate. Anything that causes the pulse to race is probably the irritant that should be eliminated.

To take your pulse, you can either use an oximeter, or place your index and middle fingers on the underside of your wrist near to the thumb side. You don’t really have to press hard to feel it. Count the number of beats per minute (or at least 30 secs x 2). You can also place your index and middle fingers under the jawbone (below the ear).

Feel and listen to the bam bam rhythm and perhaps it could be sending you a message.