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Wellness not only proper diet, exercise – 2 January 30, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Bowel Movement, Detox Agent, Good Bacteria, Hormonal Imbalance, Lacto-baccilli, Lactose-free, Low gycemic, Strengthen Bones.
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Drink one-half cup of lactose-free Kefir from organically fed cows three times daily before meals. You can mix this with one-half teaspoon of coco honey/nectar (which is low-glycemic, safe for diabetics). Kefir is the latest rage in the US, and is now available in the Philippines. A pre-digested protein from Kefir grains is a potent detox agent which promotes healthy bowel movement and regulates blood sugar levels, kidney/liver/nervous systems and best of all, natural weight loss. High in magnesium and calcium, it strengthens bones, promotes health and sound sleep. Many use Kefir as a meal replacement. However, it is best to combine this with a light meal. Kefir is stronger than yoghurt or commercially prepared lacto-baccilli drinks because it provides billions of live “good bacteria.” Success stories include weight loss of 10-15 lbs in four to six weeks if consumed 30 minutes before meals. For inquiries, call 0916-2676056 (Alabang), 0906-2769996/0927-3767626 (Metro Manila). Call Coco House for coco nectar at 4893166.

Q: I’ve been suffering from depression for longer periods of time. Is there a way out?

For as long as we have a heart that feels, human beings will always be subjected to a gamut of emotions—happiness, love, contentment, guilt, fear, anger, sadness. However, when depression hits you for no apparent reason, there is reason for concern.

Rule out hormonal imbalance. Have a physical check up.  Get started on an exercise routine. This gets your endorphins (feel-good hormones) flowing.

Learn a new hobby.

Forgive anyone who has wronged you, set aside your feelings of abandonment and bitterness by replacing them with happy memories. Leave your past behind, focus on the present and open your heart to the future by letting go of your past pain. According to Greg Anderson in “The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness,” if you change your behavior, you change your thoughts, thus you influence different results. If you have been in therapy for one year without successful results, there is something definitely wrong. And it’s your wrong emotional choice. So, make a decision to be happy by responding to life’s challenges differently. If your heart has been broken, there is a saying: There’s nothing like a new love to replace an old love. Smile!

Ref: Cory Quirino of World of Wellness.

Wellness not only proper diet, exercise – 1 January 26, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Heart Ailments, Heart Problems, Meditation, Regular Meal, Vegetable Diet, Yoga.
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MOST people believe that wellness is simply about eating the right food, taking a walk and inheriting good genes.

Here are the answer to the numerous questions on wellness.

Q: I am male, 45 years old. Last year, I had a heart attack and underwent by-pass surgery. How is it possible when it is not in my family history?

Neglect and abuse can lead to heart problems.  The factors leading up to heart ailments include: No exercise, high-fat diet, overwork/stress, excessive drinking, smoking, fatigue/exhaustion and sleepless nights.

The recommended heart care regimen includes: diet rich in vegetables, regular exercise/brisk walking, meditation/non-stressful routines (yoga, tai chi) and regular intake of vitamin and mineral supplements, especially magnesium, potassium and coenzyme Q10.

Q: Could you help me lose 10 lbs without surgery before Christmas?

If you’re serious about losing 10 lbs in one month, it can be done. But commitment is needed. Here’s what you can do:

Throw out/give away all the junk food in your kitchen, night table and refrigerator.
Consume vegetables and fruits, high-fiber breads/pasta, lemon, olive oil and virgin coco oil.

Eat regular meals. Don’t skip breakfast, lunch or dinner. Take two tablespoons of virgin coco oil before breakfast. Eat only one-half of your usual intake of rice/bread/pasta. Eat more fish or chicken.

Enroll in a group class at the gym or brisk-walk/jog/run daily for 30 minutes.

Take your probiotics.

Ref:  Cory Quirino of World of Wellness


Lemons, grapefruits are good detox food – 1 January 22, 2009

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DO you know that any changes in your eating habits will affect your metabolic rate?

Gaining weight is deceptively easy, especially if you’re not alert. What to do?

1. When brushing teeth, scrape the surface of your tongue. Health experts believe this is the best way to reduce the amount of germs/bacteria and infections entering your body.

2. Balance the pH in your system. Drink something alkaline like a cup of warm water with a slice of lemon or 1 tsp apple cider vinegar or a glass of alkaline water.

3. For the next seven days, take a pinch of rock salt with a glass of water. Place it on top of your tongue, then drink up. Salt will help you keep hydrated. Take 10-12 glasses daily.

4. Be kind to your liver. Abstain from fatty foods and alcohol for one week. Eat a handful of black grapes; it’s considered liver food.  Eat a fresh clove of garlic (mixed with food and not alone). Or take a capsule of garlic oil after meal.  Drink a glass of pure, fresh carrot and beat root juice.  Take 2 capsules of dandelion or fennel tea.

5.  Aside from liver, the other major detox organ is the kidneys.  Go easy on commercially prepared beverages unless they are low in sugar and preservative free.  Drink coconut water up to two glasses a day.  Take a warm cup of water mixed with fresh, wild honey (from bees) or coconut honey (from coco flower nectar).  Drink a glass of cranberry juice.  Eat two slices of fresh melon in the morning. Note: Best to eat it alone and not to eat any other food 30 minutes before and after you consume it as it may cause indigestion.

Reference: “Detox Yourself” by: Jane Scrivner The British School of Complementary Therapy


All about nightmares – 2 January 19, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Creaming, Deep Sleep, Frightening, Normal Childhood, Psychic Healing Process, Sleep Disorder, Stage of Sleep, Traumatic Event.
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In children, most nightmares are probably part of normal development that reflects a child’s attempts to cope with normal childhood fears and problems. As a rule, they do not need treatment, although it is advisable to encourage young children to discuss their nightmares with their parents or other adults. But if the nightmares are very disturbing and recurrent, the aid of a therapist may be required.

In adults, most nightmares also do not necessitate treatment. Nightmares that repeat a traumatic event are probably part of the normal psychic healing process, and will diminish in frequency and intensity with time. But if after several weeks or months no change in frequency or intensity in the nightmares occurs, consultation with a therapist is in order.

Some nightmares can really be very frightening, especially those that involve physical danger such as the one you experienced. However, there is no evidence that links nightmares to death while asleep. People experiencing nightmares are also not at risk for physical injury because nightmares occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, which is characterized by relaxation or paralysis of the skeletal muscles to prevent a person from acting out his or her dream. Thus, screaming and thrashing about, which are common in another sleep disorder called night terror or sleep terror, are uncommon in nightmares. Night terrors occur during deep sleep and not during REM stage of sleep. Hence, people who have night terrors are not dreaming. A person who is having a nightmare is easy to waken and often wakens by himself/herself, but a person experiencing night terror is difficult to rouse.

By the way, people’s attitudes towards nightmares vary. Most people are not disturbed by their nightmares, and studies have shown that about half of those who have recurrent nightmares regard them as fascinating and creative acts of their minds or as just dreams.

Ref: dailyinquirer 

All about nightmares – 1 January 16, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Distressing Emotions, Disturbing emotion, High Fever, Illness, Sleepwalker, Stressful Event, Traumatic Event, Unpleasant Emotion.
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Good morning everybody.  All of us experience a dream.  Sometime, someone who experienced that don’t wake up anymore.  That would be a bad one.  Let me tell you what I have read.  You might dreamed the same thing like this.

Last night, I had a nightmare. I was walking when I got caught in a gang fight. One gang member tried to run me over with his car. I was thrown into the air when the car hit me. I landed on the car’s trunk and ended up on the street, but was unhurt. Then I woke up, horrified. What is a nightmare? Can it kill? How do you get rid of them?

A nightmare is merely a dream that evokes a strong unpleasant emotion. The usual disturbing emotions felt by dreamers in a nightmare are those of fear and anxiety, as in your case, but other distressing emotions such as anger, guilt, or sadness can also be experienced. Typically, in a nightmare, the sleeper wakens in a state of distress.

Nightmares are more common among children, especially between 3- and 8-year-olds, but about 50% of adults experience them occasionally.

Some nightmares are related to physical conditions such as a high fever or an illness; some are caused by certain drugs, but many occur after a psychologically stressful or traumatic event such as change of job, divorce, or marital separation, death of a loved one, or an accident. The last category also includes the nightmares that haunt war veterans, which like many other nightmares occur over and over with the subject of the dreams directly related to the traumatic event. There are, however, people who experience nightmares without any apparent precipitating factor.

Ref: dailyinquirer

Ampalaya for diabetes? – 3 January 13, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Ampalaya Derivatives, Ampalaya Vegetables, Anti-diabetic medications, Food Supplement, Herbal Alternative, Hippocratic Oath, Pills, Tea, Treatment for Diabetes.
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First, Do No Harm


While it might be a bitter pill to swallow for some people, especially for the entrepreneurs marketing “food supplements,” we have to face the fact that ampalaya derivatives (pills, tea, etc.) have not been fully proven to be totally effective, by themselves, as sole treatment for diabetes, to warrant abandonment of the physician prescribed proprietary or generic drugs for diabetes. That is a fact the Department of Health and all health providers should accept.

Furthermore, the DOH must explain and qualify its new circular as clearly as possible for public safety. Not to do so would be to trivialize and denigrate the sanctity of the healer’s precept of primum non nocere (first, do no harm) in treating living beings, the basic tenet of the Hippocratic Oath which all physicians took as they were sworn into the practice of medicine. Not doing so would also be a great disservice to the patients and a potential grave risk to people’s lives.


The Message

The January 29, 2008 circular of the Department of Health should be carefully understood with all its medical subtleties. The fact is while ampalaya could be an aid in the treatment of diabetes, the ampalaya vegetable alone, and/or the ampalaya preparations being marketed as a treatment or “cure” for diabetes, alone and in themselves, are NOT effective enough to replace the anti-diabetic medications prescribed by the physician. Before using or shifting to this herbal alternative, patients should first discuss this thoroughly with their attending physician. To do otherwise would be foolhardy and dangerous.

Ref: dailyinquirer

Ampalaya for diabetes? – 2 January 12, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Dieting, Physical Exercise, Sumptuos Ampalaya.
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The 2003 Circular

“Ampalaya…is not intended to treat, prevent, mitigate, cure or diagnose (diabetes) disease,” said Leticia B. Gutierrez, Director of the Philippine Bureau of Food and Drugs (BPAD) in her position paper released August 29, 2003.

Cebu Daily News

Safe as an Aid

While eating the sumptuous ampalaya vegetable and leaves can conceivably aid in the management of diabetes, using this alone, or taking ampalaya preparations alone, as an alternative method of treatment for diabetes, abandoning anti-diabetes medication prescribed by the physician, is most unsafe.
With the advent of these widely advertised ampalaya pills and drinks “for diabetes,” there have been cases reported where diabetic patients unwittingly discontinued taking their prescription drugs and replaced them with ampalaya capsules, who went into coma, some of them dying. The ampalaya preparations were obviously not potent enough to control the diabetes.

Among those with pre-diabetes, people who are prone to develop the disease but who do not have the full-blown diabetes yet, physical exercises and dieting can significantly delay, and in some cases prevent, the onset of diabetes. It is conceivable that this pre-diabetic stage is where eating ampalaya regularly or using the ampalaya pills or tea as a part of the delaying regimen might be of real benefit in warding off the disease for as long as possible.


Ref: dailyinquirer

Ampalaya for diabetes? – 1 January 10, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Ampalaya Leaves, Diabetes Mellitus, Heral Medicinal Plants, Lower Blood Sugar, Momordica Charantia, Treat Diabetes.
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Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, on January 29, 2008, issued a circular, rescinding a previous one released in 2003, reinstating ampalaya (Momordica charantia) on the Department of Health’s list of “scientifically validated herbal medicinal plants.”

The reason cited for his decision was the “recent evidence on the clinical efficacy of ampalaya against diabetes mellitus.” The basis was the “clinical trials conducted by scientists at the University of the Philippines in Manila and Los Baños which have found that leaves of ampalaya growing in Mt. Makiling are comparable to synthetic drugs for diabetes…Other studies have established that ampalaya fruits and seeds have medicinal properties.”

Not Potent Enough by Itself

As we have written in this column on September 15, 2003 (The Brewing Bitter Controversy), “while ampalaya has the property to lower blood sugar, eating ampalaya or taking any of those ampalaya preparations (capsules, tea, etc) being marketed as herbal alternative “cure” for diabetes, alone and by themselves (in lieu of prescription medications for diabetes), is not effective enough to adequately and safely treat diabetes.”

Announcing that ampalaya has been “scientifically validated herbal medicinal plants” is fine, but saying that the “ampalaya leaves are comparable to synthetic drugs for diabetes” is dangerously confusing to the lay persons. That statement should be qualified for public safety.

Ref:  dailyinquirer

The most effective tool against lice – 2 January 9, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Cleaning Home Environment, Home Environment, Human Blood, Inspection, Lice-infected person.
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Cleaning the home environment

Some entomologists believe that you do not have to clean the home environment at all because head lice die very quickly once they are off the human head (within 36 to 48 hours). They are very slow moving off the head, and nits need a human blood meal within 45 minutes of hatching to survive.

Focus on all the possible areas that lice may transfer to during the course of the infested person’s day. These are the bed area, personal items, clothing, and any other possible lice breeding grounds. These areas should be treated. You need to be thorough in your inspection and cleaning to help prevent the lice from coming back.

1. Because lice are easily passed to another person within the same vicinity, start with other family members, especially those who sleep in the same bed as the lice-infested person.

2. All bed sheets, pillowcases, blankets, and pyjamas that have been recently worn or used by the infested person should be washed in very hot water (by hand or machine) and then if you have a dryer, put them in the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes. Lice hate dry heat.

3. If you have clothing that can’t be machine-washed, do them by hand or have them dry-cleaned. Stuffed toys also should be dry-cleaned if you don’t know how to wash them. If you’d rather not have them dry-cleaned, you can put them in airtight plastic bags for a couple of weeks.

4. Any furry or upholstered surfaces or furniture and all carpets in your home and car should be vacuumed.

5. Personal hair care items like hair brushes, combs, clips, headbands, etc., should be washed well in hot water and then soaked in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo.

Ref: dailyinquirer

The most effective tool against lice – 1 January 8, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Hatch, Head Lice, Infestation, Lice Treatment, Little Nit Comb, Manually removed, REproduce, Soread, Warm Weather.
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It may come as a surprise to know that the lowly little nit comb is a very valuable tool you can use in the treatment of head lice, especially if there are members of your family who are allergic to medicated lice treatments or are under two years of age and cannot use them.  

But even if you do use medicated shampoos, you still must nit-pick manually so you will learn to do it as effectively as possible.  

The eggs or nits are laid very close to the scalp. The old thinking was that eggs farther than half an inch from the scalp would not hatch. Unfortunately, new studies have shown that this isn’t true, especially in warm weather like ours. So the only sure way to control a lice infestation is to remove all the nits that you can find. 

To remove lice and nits manually, have the person shampoo and condition his or her hair every 3 to 4 days. Make sure the hair is still wet before using the nit comb because this disables the lice for a while, and it will be easier to run the comb through newly conditioned hair.  

Make sure that the person whose hair you’re working on is positioned underneath a bright light: by a window during the day, or near a bright lamp. Your goal obviously is to remove every single lice and nit you find because if you don’t, each nit can hatch, reproduce, spread, and continue feeding on the blood of someone in your family!

Ref: dailyinquirer