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    Are dietary supplements safe?

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 05/07/2016

    » The Thai tropical plant ma mui, or Mucuna pruriens, was on the public radar last year after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urged farmers to grow them instead of rice to cope with drought. The herb recently made newspaper headline again when a 21-year-old woman in the southern province of Trang was found dead earlier this month after taking four capsules of ma mui supplements -- samples she received after becoming a member of a direct-sale business selling the supplement product.

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    The magic of ma mui

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 21/07/2015

    » The Thai tropical plant ma mui, or Mucuna pruriens, has suddenly come under the public spotlight radar after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha earlier this month advised farmers to grow the herb instead of rice, especially during times of drought.

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    A future for elephants

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 07/03/2018

    » An elephant eats 8% of its body weight per day. If it weighs 3 tonnes, it eats 240kg of plants daily. Food for an elephant costs around 40,000 baht per month, which means a daily spending of over 1,000 baht, and we are not even talking about fancy food here.

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    Stockpile good habits, not water

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/07/2015

    » Water tanks and bottled drinking water have suddenly become Thailand's most sought-after items as the country's drought crisis exacerbates. Late last month, the Provincial Waterworks Authority announced that this year's average rainfall is the lowest it has been in 30 years, meaning that the current drought is also worse.

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    Coffee with a difference

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 17/04/2013

    » When Blake Dinkin first developed Black Ivory Coffee, he thought it was going to be as simple as feeding coffee cherries to elephants, allowing them to be digested and excreted, and the outcome would be even better coffee beans. He was wrong.

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