Alhamdulillah, last Wednesday, I managed to make a trip home to Penang especially back to my Diabetic Herbal Treatment Specialist in Kepala Batas.
Phang Oo Lang Treatment Centre at No.5881, Jalan Satu, off Jalan Datuk Ahmad Badawi, 13200, Kepala Batas, Seberang Perai Utara, Penang is where thanks to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala, many diabetic patients like me have found relief and am getting better from my condition.
The treatment centre may not be like your usual, run of the mill spanking new ultra modern, flashy 5 star hospital where doctors and specialists would be milling about and performing bloody expensive treatments on filthy rich sick patients, but for all it's humble down to earth, set in the kampong area of Kepala Batas, it is a haven for poor folks like me who have been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (mine is type 2) and many others suffering from all other kinds of ailments.
Herbal Specialist Phang Oo Lang is not your typical Chinese Sinseh @ physician. He is a Punjabi raised by a Chinese Herbal Master and has been trained to be a herbalist since he was a teenager. Speaks Hokkien and Malay only. Don't expect him to converse in the Queen's English!
He has helped treat so many people suffering from their diabetic complications and other sicknesses.
My late mother used to take his herbal medications since the time I was a boy. I remember her taking his herbal medication to treat her diabetes condition way back then. She managed to maintain a reasonable control over her diabetes and lived till 60 plus.
The name Phang Oo Lang was constantly being mentioned by my mum when speaking to family and friends who asked how she maintained her health although confirmed as a diabetic?
Now, I have inherited the condition as a result of my own doing as I was a constant drinker of Coca Cola and other soft drinks. People in the West are suing such companies for the harm that their products do.
We aren't that alert to our rights as consumers nor are our justice system as dynamic as those in the USA or Europe. Here, people can even get away with murder! :P
Back to my condition. All the sugar accumulated over the years finally got me enrolled as a 'Pesakit Kronik Kencing Manis' in the Ministry of Health's Diabetic Register!
Not something to be proud of but hey...I got what I deserved for not paying heed to all the 'consume less sugar campaigns'! :P
Some say it's hereditary but I figure it's more of our own doing. We decide whether to drink this or that?
Just the same like smoking cigarettes and graduating to something else as most folks do. No one forces us but we are caught in a situation where if we don't join in, we will be castigated by our 'friends' and branded a wimp!
Back in my kampong days, we used to smoke 'rokok daun' then graduated to trying out ganja!
Hehehehehe!!! Call it, the trials and misadventures of an era gone by. That was in the mid 70's when I used to hang out with my kampong buddies in Jelutong, Penang.
I stopped short after watching some of my friends go into heavier narcotics. No point in following those who don't listen to advice. I never did more than that. Even then I was just taking a puff or two with my buddies. It was the 'in thing' to do back then. I never touched any other stuff.
I once saw a young Malay guy dead from drug overdose in a hut at Jalan Madrasah, Jelutong, Penang. His face had a greenish hue and he had foam frothing at his mouth. Eyes half open but the fella was gone. Drug overdose.
Folks say that he had popped some 'Roche' pills and had taken ganja 'the basuh way' @ 'smoke on the water'. His brain must have undergone some serious shit for his face looked just so out of this world type! Sheeesh!!! Well, it's his funeral!
Today, I see kids doing all kinds of things to themselves. Call it evolution, call it whatever. I call it stupid. I was. At this age, I think I now know better but am still learning with each passing second, minute, hour and day.
Way back then, no one really bothered to listen to advice but we weren't as screwed up as kids are today. Today, it's the same old scenario only thing is that kids today have much more money than we did. We used to pool our scant resources. 20 sens here, 50 sens there.
A small roll of ganja used to cost 3 to 4 ringgits. I don't know what the going rate is now and hehehehe..don't want to know! Everyone's got a past. So do I.
Just learn that whatever harm we do to our bodies will come kick our ass later. It sure has whupped me well! :P
I quit smoking way back in 1987 when I got married for the first time. I was an avid smoker of Marlboro cigarettes since I left school back in 1976. You know, peer pressure and all that shit.
The thing is humanbeings have always been rebellious. The more anyone says ' don't do this ; don't do that' , the more we will feel inclined to do just that and even more.
That's why Allah says in Surah Wal Asr that we Mankind will always be at a loss save for those who go and warn society against committing evil and strive against it.
Only those who are patient and committed in their faith towards Allah will be successful. The rest will just have to answer for their deeds both here on earth and in the Hereafter. Guaranteed.
Well, that's for you to find out as well. You decide what you want for yourself. As the saying goes, 'You shall reap what you sow!' I sure have. :D It's hard being a sweet guy! :P
Remember when I shared with you about how high my blood sugar level was when I first got tested at Phang Oo Lang last month when I visited my sick sister who was treated there at the centre in Kepala Batas?
It was 18.8! Last Wednesday, a month after taking his herbal treatment, the blood sugar level dropped to just 11.7! Alhamdulillah!
This is quite remarkable for me for I had been eating normally as I always did, only skipping the condensed milk added coffee, soft drinks, etcetera.
When I was asked to fast for 12 hours and then have my blood sugar tested, it read 12.8. The normal blood sugar level ranges between 3 to 6.
So, after taking Phang Oo Lang's herbal treatment, eating normally, and getting an 11.7 reading, is just very encouraging to me, as far as the effectiveness of the herbal treatment is concerned.
All praise be to Allah SWT for giving me the opportunity to get treatment from Phang Oo Lang, who charges only a RM100 for my month's medications.
The government clinic charges just 1 ringgit for a month's medications but it is more towards regulating but not actually bringing down the blood sugar level or even treating any of the diabetic sores as pictured here.
There's a whole lot of difference between just regulating and healing. No joke. Diabetes is a killer disease.
I have seen with my own eyes how a guy from Perlis recovered completely from a gangrenous sore on his foot where he had stayed for treatment at Phang Oo Lang's centre for 6 months and paid just about 600 ringgits per month for his treatment there. Read about it here.
I don't have the exact table of fees charged but that's what he told me. You have to check with Phang Oo Lang to confirm the costs.
Be reasonable in your expectations. He has his overhead too. Others in his position would charge us like hell. He doesn't. Thanks be to Allah for that.
Here I am with this kind hearted Chinese Herbal Specialist who might seem fierce with his handlebar mustache but his heart and compassion for his fellow humans is just something that we seldom see in this materialistic world.
May Allah SWT bless him with His Taufeek and Hidayah to become a Muslim! Subhanallah! That will be great joyous day for me. Insya Allah, I will see if I can spend more time with him in my next visit. May my wish come true to share with him about Islam. Ameen.
As it is, traveling by bus from KL to Butterworth takes more than 4 long hours. Followed by a trip by a ramshackle bus from Butterworth to Kepala Batas, with no air condition felt like a trip back to the future! Hehehehe..what an experience!
The fare was just RM1.70 per trip. Still cheap! Taxis will just rip you off! All over the world!
We all know how hospitals will charge you like hell and fleece you of your entire life's savings but over there at Phang Oo Lang, even the very poor and destitute are being treated by him at costs that they can afford.
He is a classic example of how some Non Muslims are amongst those who portray the ideals of being a good servant of Allah yet only caught in their situation of being in a belief denying Him as their Creator. If only we as Muslims do our part in Dakwah al Islamiyah to them and if Allah Wills, they will make splendid Muslims.
Phang Oo Lang is such a down to earth, sincere Non Muslim who is doing all of us a great favor by keeping his charges reasonable and affordable to all who go seek his herbal treatment.
If that's not a humanitarian service by him, I don't know what else is?
Just gives me the shivers when I see the pictures of all these gangrene set feet of folks who came to get treatment at Phang Oo Lang after they failed to take care of themselves after knowing that they have diabetes.
I remember the pitiful wailing of the old Chinese lady who was suffering from severe pain due to her rotting foot! Who is to blame but herself for not watching her sugar intake? Just like me! :P
All Malaysians are susceptible to this chronic condition where excessive sugar in our blood gives way to the breakdown of our body's defenses against the onslaught of sores and other complications of diabetes.
My sister didn't take her medications as advised by Phang Oo Lang and her husband, didn't see to it that she did. :(
Her diabetes condition was just way too serious and her refusal to drink the medications only made her condition deteriorate to such a stage where she was beyond help.
She discharged herself and went to Lam Wah Ee Specialist Hospital back on Penang Island where the doctors had no options but to amputate her left leg up to the knee.
I heard that she was warded at the Penang General Hospital for a month and she had just returned home to Kg Binjai, Bayan Lepas, Penang when I stopped over to see her after returning from Phang Oo Lang with my medications.
Words can't express my sadness to see her like that but it's her own doing. She is now in a wheelchair and has only herself to blame for not following the medication procedures at Phang Oo Lang or even go get treatment at the initial stage of learning that she had diabetes.
Many people tend to do that. They go into denial. They refuse to admit that they are sick and that they need to get treatment. Such is the human ego. Never willing to submit to the Truth.
I for one never shied away from admitting my mistakes or my sins. I just do not have to spell it out for you in detail here for Allah so forbids us to disgrace ourselves. He knows us best. We can't hide anything from Him, can we?
There's no need to be secretive about anything from Him. He is our Creator and knows our past, present and our future. He does however give us the choice as to live well and in accordance to what's good for us and to stay away from evil and harm. Yet there are just so many who fail to heed His Warnings and Guidance and throw themselves into disaster.
As for me, I am grateful to know that there is still hope for me and a way to live out the rest of my life in a manner befitting my being a servant of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. Alhamdulillah!
My advice to you is to watch your health and live as Allah wants us to. It's all taught in Islam.
Study the faith properly. Put it into practice and learn from reliable sources.Insya Allah, we'll be alright.
May Allah SWT bless us all with good health, wealth and Iman. Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.