Mar 23

China Watch Blog reports that college students with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) drink more alcohol than their peers, according to a new study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

In addition to the problems normally associated with alcohol abuse, the students’ heavier drinking also exacerbates their PTSD symptoms, the study found.

“The study doesn’t identify what traumas led to the students’ stress disorder, but it’s safe to assume a good portion of them are survivors of child abuse and/or neglect,” says Rayne E. Golay, psychotherapist, child advocate and award-winning author of The Wooden Chair, (, a novel that illustrates the post-traumatic stress in the wake of child abuse and neglect.

Parental alcoholism is often a factor in child abuse and neglect. It’s compounded by the risk that as adults, these children model their behavior on their parent – including drinking alcoholically.

Golay, who specializes in addictions counseling, says that in her many years in practice, she saw one common misconception among her alcoholic patients: They all believed that their drinking didn’t affect anybody but themselves.

“That’s simply not true. In a home with an alcoholic parent, everyone suffers, the most vulnerable being the children,” Golay says. “They live in an insecure and unstable home, and because the alcoholic parent’s behavior is unpredictable and terrifying, the children learn to be constantly on guard.”

Not everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic, Golay is quick to note. And she’s not anti-alcohol. However, she urges parents and young adults to seriously evaluate whether alcohol is a problem in their lives, because there are solutions.

Golay offers these suggestions for people who suspect alcohol may play too important a part in their lives:

• Ask yourself the following questions; if you answer “yes” to one, alcohol may be a problem in your life.
Have you had the morning after drink? Do you envy people who can drink without getting into trouble? Does your drinking cause problems at home? Do you tell yourself you can stop any time you want although you keep getting drink? Have you neglected your duties because of drinking? Has anybody suggested you should stop drinking?

• Try having one drink every day for a month.
“One drink — that is, 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces of wine or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor — one drink, no more, no less,” Golay says. “If you can do that, you’re probably not an alcoholic.” She suggests this test because most alcoholics can remain completely abstinent for a length of time, but they’re unable to stop after one drink. To an alcoholic, one drink is too much and a million isn’t enough.

• If you think alcohol is a problem, a 28-day Minnesota Model treatment program gives good results. Golay mentions Faith Based Treatment (, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( among other options.

The residential Minnesota Model combines detox and counseling built around the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous ( Individualized, it includes the patient’s family.

“It’s effective because it starts with detox from all mood-altering chemicals, which is
imperative for lasting sobriety,” Golay says. “It also aims to break down denial. It forces
the patient to take a serious look at the consequences of alcohol in his or her life.”
No matter which treatment the individual chooses, aftercare and continued attendance
at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are of vital importance for lifelong sobriety.

“When the protagonist, Leini, in my book The Wooden Chair, is a young woman, she realizes that she’s relying more and more on alcohol to cope with daily life,” Golay says.

“Leini also recognizes that the abuse she suffered as a child and her parent’s drinking are family patterns passed down to her from her maternal grandmother through her own mother. In my book The Wooden Chair, Leini determines to end this cycle by getting professional help.”

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Dec 21

China Watch Blog has learnt that academic pressure and long hours spent on iPads are the reasons behind a shocking 41.1 percent of high school students suffering from neck and shoulder pain, experts revealed.

Doctors from Shanghai No. 1 People’s Hospital conducted a big-sample epidemiological research to study the prevalence of teenager’s neck and shoulder pain and relevant risk factors. The study collected questionnaires from 2,842 students from 30 high schools in Shanghai. The result was published in the professional medical journal Spine.

“Neck and spine pain can impact life quality and cause further damage to spine in the future,” said Dr Zhao Qinghua, leading expert of the study. “We also want to give more guidance to teenagers to help them ease neck and spine pain through this study,” the Journal was quoted as saying in a Shanghai Daily report.

Zhao said he sees over 10 university students for neck and shoulder pain every day while working at the hospital’s branch near a college town.

Compared to watching TV and playing computer games, experts found long-term use of iPad can do more damage to the neck and shoulder.

“Because people only use one hand while using iPad and lie on the bed instead of sitting proper on a chair, which is bad for the spine,” Zhao said.

The study found using iPad for over 1.5 hours per day or facing a screen six to 10 hours per week is highly risky.

Strong academic pressure is another cause for spine problems, and students in the last year of high school are more prone to shoulder pain as they spend long hours preparing for the college entrance examination.

“Data showed that students with less academic stress have lower prevalence of neck and shoulder pain than other students,” Zhao said. “In the Netherlands, only 11.5 percent of teenagers have neck and shoulder pain.”

Psychological stress, sports injury, improper height of desk, family history, lack of sleep and smoking all contribute to neck and shoulder problems.

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Apr 01

China Watch Blog reports Shea Vaughn is a sought after corporate trainer in health, wellness and fitness. She is an author, speaker, life coach and a recognized spokeswoman for creating individual and business well-being.

In addition, she is the well-known creator of SheaNetics®, a revolutionary wellness and exercise lifestyle practice, and the founder of Healthy Initiative – a non-profit organization that through donations and volunteer contributions champions disease prevention in the U.S. through awareness, education and sustainable solutions.

The visionary behind Healthy Initiative, Shea has devoted her life to helping people break old, negative habits and replace them with healthier choices for a more joyful way of life.

While we do hear that lifestyle-related diseases are costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year, we don’t always hear about the staggering personal cost. Adults are dying prematurely and for the first time in history parents will be burying their children – the tragedy of this trend is that it is largely preventable.

Beginning in Chicago, The Healthy Initiative Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, is a nationwide effort that advocates disease prevention. Their mission is to defeat obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and other lifestyle diseases in children and adults, and they do this by promoting ideas and distributing knowledge and information on wellness, diet, nutrition, fitness and mental and emotional strength.

They welcome like-minded organizations for partnering opportunities and Shea believes that with the support of concerned individuals, civic leaders, businesses and medical and wellness professionals, this fight can be won!

To raise awareness, the Foundation is following the success of Vaughn’s own SheaNetics® inspired “Breakthrough” program—which made its mark on the airwaves of ABC’s Windy City LIVE—likewise the first 40 participants in the Healthy Initiative’s signature 90-Day Breakthrough Program will experience her “Breakthrough,” gaining the necessary tools to embrace a healthier lifestyle and hopefully go on to become tomorrow’s community ambassadors for this beneficial cause.

This is the only program of its kind to be conducted in conjunction with the Adler School of Psychology of Chicago, GH Training and DexaFit to produce a complete range of supplemental qualitative and quantitative data useful to understand and sustain personal levels of achievement.

With a passion that goes beyond the limits of possibilities, and fueled by an endless positive attitude, Shea and her team of experts inspire others and deliver results by helping to provide an exceptionally healthy Mind, Body and Heart experience to the wellness community they serve.

SheaNetics® is a doctor-endorsed East meets West lifestyle practice, supported by Shea’s 5 Living Principles of Well-Being; Commitment, Perseverance, Self-Control, Integrity and Love, as outlined in her book, Breakthrough – The Five Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great and Find Total Well Being (HCI).

While SheaNetics® provides the dynamic, multi-age appropriate combination of body resistance exercises that build exceptional body and core strength and muscle and joint flexibility, it is the Living Principles in Breakthrough that best describe the mental and emotional sides of SheaNetics® and the inspiration and answers to living life on your terms and living it well.

An international speaker, Shea has been featured on numerous TV programs, including Ellen and The Marilyn Dennis Show. As a health and fitness expert, she appears regularly on Windy City LIVE and The Best Ever You Network.

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Mar 30

China Watch Blog reports that airlines should charge obese passengers more, a Norwegian economist has suggested, arguing that “pay as you weigh” pricing would bring health, financial and environmental dividends.

Bharat Bhatta, an associate professor at Sogn og Fjordane University College, said that airlines should follow other transport sectors and charge by space and weight.

“To the degree that passengers lose weight and therefore reduce fares, the savings that result are net benefits to the passengers,” Bhatta wrote this week in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management.

“As a plane of a given make and model can accommodate more lightweight passengers, it may also reward airlines” and reduce the use of environmentally costly fuel.

Bhatta put together three models for what he called “pay as you weigh airline pricing.”

The first would charge passengers according to how much they and their baggage weighed. It would set a rate for kg per passenger so that someone weighing 59 kg (130 pounds) would pay half the fare of a 118 kg (260 pound) person.

A second model would use a fixed base rate, with an extra charge for heavier passengers to cover the extra costs. Under this option, every passenger would have a different fare.

Bhatta’s preferred option was the third, where the same fare would be charged if a passenger was of average weight. A discount or extra charge would be used if the passenger was above or below a certain limit.

That would lead to three kinds of fares – high, average and low, Bhatta said.

Airlines have grappled for years with how to deal with larger passengers as waistlines have steadily expanded. Such carriers as Air France and Southwest Airlines allow overweight passengers to buy extra seats and get a refund on them.

Asked about charging heavier passengers extra, Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz said: “We have our own policies in place and don’t anticipate changing those.”

United Air Lines requires passengers who cannot fit comfortably into a single seat to buy another one. A spokeswoman said the carrier would not discuss “future pricing.”

About two-thirds of US adults are obese or overweight.

In a 2010 online survey for the travel website Skyscanner, 76 percent of respondents said airlines should charge overweight passengers more if they needed an extra seat.

Mar 03

China Watch Blog reports that Malaysia’ s top nutritionist on eggs Dr JB Lim that eggs are good. See the following:

1. Eggs and milk are among the best foods for the body especially to a growing child.

2. Eggs do not cause an elevation of blood cholesterol

3. Eggs do not clog up the coronary vessels as once thought. In fact the opposite is now true

4. Eggs are low in energy value, and is a factor to consider in the formulation of a caloric-restriction diet

5. Eggs protein quality is extremely high, and has a very high nitrogen-retention value. Hence it is extremely useful in post-surgical care, trauma, and in post-management of hypovolemic shock against negative nitrogen balance

6. Eggs contain vitamin D in its natural form. The benefits of vitamin D require several chapters on human nutrition in medicine to discuss. And I refuse to repeat

7. Eggs are cancer-protective, especially for breast cancer

8. Eggs are very rich in sulfur-containing amino acids methionine which is a very crucial amino-acid in blocking damaging free radicals. These are directly linked to the pathogenesis of heart disease, cancers, DNA damage, all degenerative disorders, and accelerated aging.

9. Eggs protect against fatty liver, slow growth, macular degeneration (degeneration of the macula area of the retina in the eyes. This is responsible for central vision for reading, face recognition and detailed vision), edema (water retention), and various skin lesions

10. Eggs promote healthy growth of nails, hair and skin

11. Eggs are rich in tryphophan, selenium, iodine, and riboflavin (vitamin B2)

12. Eggs selenium content is cardio-protective against Keshan disease, cardiomyopathies (diseases involving the heart muscles, cardiomegaly (enlarged heart), myocardial dysfunction (poor heart function) and death from heart failure.

13. Eggs are protective against Kashin-Beck disease (osteoarthropathy) , myxedematous endemic cretinism (mental retardation)

10 Health Benefits of Eggs

1. Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent mascular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources.

2. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs.

3. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids.

4. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks.

5. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system.

6. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat.

7. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol.

8. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.

9. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%.

10. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

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Feb 24

China Watch Blog has learnt that as a guide to hygiene levels in China’s public toilets has been met with ridicule online and by expats living in Shanghai. A draft sanitation standard using the number of flies has been proposed: three flies good, four flies bad.

Comments on the initiative from the Ministry of Health ranged from “odd” to “too funny” and “ridiculous”, according to a Shanghai Daily report.

The ministry is proposing a standard for toilets inside public buildings that would specify no more than one fly per square meter. Stand-alone public toilets should have no more than three per square meter. And the limit for maggots is zero.

The ministry is seeking public opinion on its draft regulations, which also list standards for odor control, toilet cleaning and disinfection.

They also suggest the number of stalls for women should be double that for men in some places. Erecting panels between male urinals and doors for toilet stalls is also advised in the draft.

However, it is the fly count that has attracted most attention.

“I think that if there are flies present, it is an indication that the toilet is dirty. Why not just make a regulation that every public toilet needs to be cleaned at least, for example, four times a day?” Tero Sarkkinen, an expat from Finland, told Shanghai Daily.

“If a toilet has three flies per square meter it would meet the standard, but just imagine how insanitary it would be with that many flies going around,” he said.

Online, there were jokes about a new job opportunity as a fliers’ counter. Others asked why there was no standard for mosquitoes while some lamented that the new standard would cause the flies (driven away from toilets) to feel they had been born in the wrong country.

More serious comments included questions about different standards in different seasons.

“There are more flies in summer than in winter, and in daytime than in nighttime, therefore, does it mean there should be several versions of the standards?” was one comment.

Celine Chanut, a Frenchwoman who has been living in Shanghai for three years, said the proposed standard “sounded funny.”

“The rule of one or three flies would be very difficult to control,” she said.

But she did welcome the idea of standards if they improved conditions at the city’s public toilets.

“If I can choose, I usually do not use outside public toilets but those in 5-star hotels or in a cafe. If I can’t choose, or in case of emergency, I choose the squat toilets, which seem to be cleaner than the Western-style toilets.”

She said she would appreciate toilets that cleaned themselves automatically with appropriate disinfection products. And she said there should be training to encourage people to keep public toilets clean.

Standards of hygiene in China’s public toilets, particularly at scenic spots, have long been a cause for concern. There are also complaints over the shortage of public facilities. In some popular Shanghai tourist spots, long queues often form for public restrooms.

On the Bund, for example, there are only five public toilets, about 400 meters apart. But the riverfront area gets about 500,000 visitors on a normal day and up to a million tourists every day during holiday periods.

There are no department stores or other buildings along that stretch of the Huangpu River where people desperate to relieve themselves can go.

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Feb 08

China Watch Blog has learnt that a growing generics sector, combined with the introduction of compulsory licensing, will lead to a dramatic revenue drop in China’s HIV therapeutics market in the near future, predicts research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest report* forecasts HIV drug sales in China to fall from a 2012 valuation of US$374m to US$129m in 2020 at a negative Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 12.5%. The primary factor in this expected revenue depreciation is the increased dominance of generic drug use amongst Chinese physicians.

Before the end of the decade, patents for key HIV drugs including AbbVie’s Norvir, Janssen’s Prezista and Merck’s Crixivan are due to expire, leaving the market open to the entrance of much cheaper generic variants.

GlobalData estimates that a generic version of ViiV’s Epzicom will enter the Chinese market in 2016, followed by Gilead’s Truvada and Atripla drugs in 2018. However, China’s recently amended intellectual property laws could mean these treatments – if declared to be of public interest – face compulsory licensing before their respective patent expiration dates.

Compulsory licensing will make HIV drugs available to a much larger segment of the HIV positive population. China is adopting aggressive healthcare policies to identify newly infected people and connect them with the appropriate level of treatment to limit viral transmission.

Use of branded drugs would result in an increased financial burden for the Chinese government, but compulsory licensing can potentially make treatment for all infected people a reality. However, while the adoption of compulsory licensing potentially increases the size of the treated population, it limits the attractiveness of the market for pharmaceutical companies.

GlobalData new report forecasts the global HIV therapeutics market to decrease in value from US$11.4 billion in 2012 to US$10.8 billion in 2022, representing a negative CAGR of 1% over the 10 year period.

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Jan 01

China Watch Blog wishes all its loyal readers a wonderful and prosperous New Year in 2013, and may this new year bring joy, happiness and good health and prosperity to all.

May we have world peace, and people of all religious backgrounds show even greater tolerance to people from other religious backgrounds. Let each person to live life according to his or her own beliefs.

May global trade be strengthened, and those people in power show greater mercy to the haves and the have-nots, and allow people to have greater confidence in the justice systems around the world.

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Oct 07

China Watch Blog has learnt that the Centre for Health Protection is investigating a fatal case of Vibrio vulnificus infection, or flesh-eating disease, involving an 80-year-old man with chronic illness.

He fell ill on September 30 after being injured by a crab. He was admitted to Tuen Mun Hospital the following day with facial bruises and swelling around the right eye.

His condition deteriorated and he died on October 2.

He tested positive for Vibrio vulnificus.

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Sep 12

China Watch Blog would like to share this invaluable information to all our readers. Please pass on this information from the medical world that makes sense to as many people as you can as it may be of interest to everyone and may even save a life.

This is an extremely good article. Everyone should read it.


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins University, a world-class university in Baltimore, Maryland:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetics, but also to environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet to eat more adequately and healthy, 4-5 times/day and by including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract etc., and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc. are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little other meat, like chicken. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C)..

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells.. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

> > 1. No plastic containers in micro.
> > 2. No water bottles in freezer.
> > 3. No plastic wrap in microwave..

> >
> > Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well. Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don’t freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Recently, Dr Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You
get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn’t bad but you don’t know what is in the paper. It’s just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper The dioxin problem is one of the reasons. Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.
> > This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.
> > Philippians 4:17 Not that I seek or am eager for [your] gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit [the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account].

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