The Philippines is a country with unending sunlight and so, one would think that Vitamin D deficiency would be uncommon. Surprisingly, it's not. A local study on the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency commissioned by Unilab, found that 7 out of 10 Filipinos living in major cities in the Philippines are Vitamin D deficient. Because of these findings, Unilab launched Forti-D, the first available single-ingredient Vitamin D in mainstream drugstores in the Philippines.
Monday, February 09, 2015
Saturday, December 10, 2011
I stopped smoking on November 15, 1990. That's one month and 21 smoke free years and since then, I have tried to influence friends and family who continue to smoke. Of course, I am not very successful. In a way I understand because I had a hard time too. I started smoking when I was 18 and I know that it is very hard to stop the habit unless there is a compelling reason to do so. So how did I do it...what prompted me to stop smoking?
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I do not know if the advocates of hormonal contraceptives for birth control have their information wrong or they just refuse to accept the fact that there have been many documented adverse reactions resulting from contraceptive use, the latest of which is The Lancet study that reported that there is a strong link between HIV transmission and the use of hormonal contraceptives, particularly injectable hormones such as Depo-Provera aka "the shot". In September 26, 2011, the US FDA has expressed "concern over the potential increased risk of blood clots” associated with the use of one of the most popular types of birth control pills. The pills in question contain the progestin drospirenone, and have in recent years been marketed to young women under such trade names as Yaz, Angeliq and Yasmin in the Philippines. There is also an increased incidence in breast cancer and increased risk of cervical cancer due to contraceptive use as reported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Oral contraceptives are not to be used in women with a history of stroke, heart attacks, blood clots, liver disease, breast cancer or are over 35 years old and smoke. They do NOT provide any protection against any sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. This last information is very important in this day and age where many girls become sexually active at an early age and where oral contraceptives are easily made available to them. Studies show that hormonal methods of birth control, such as Depo-Provera (the shot), the patch, and oral contraceptives, can actually increase your chances of getting an STD from your partner if he is infected. Depo-provera will suppress the immune system, and hormonal methods can make the reproductive tract more vulnerable to infections like HIV and chlamydia. There are also many other side effects that need further study like the disruption of the psychological and physiological health of women. Users of oral contraceptives have seen side effects like migraines,mood swings, altered memory, and vomiting; and young women seeking pregnancy-free sex might experience a decrease in libido from these pills as well as fertility problems may arise in the long-term especially for women who have never been pregnant before, which is an ironic consequence .
With all these information, why does our government push for hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUD), injectables and other allied reproductive health products and supplies to be considered under the category of essential medicines and supplies? Is the purpose really to empower women by making oral contraceptives/ injectables/ IUD's, etc. available for free? Or is it because the WHO (and USAID, for that matter) says so? The WHO's definition of essential medicines is that these are medicines that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. I cannot see the logic on how oral contraceptives can fall under "priority health needs". Just as I cannot understand how women of child-bearing age could be labeled as "high risk for pregnancy"...since when has becoming pregnant seen as a disease? Since our government seem to abide with the WHO's guidelines, then maybe we should also be informed that the WHO also lists "safe abortion" as part of their packages of interventions for ensuring quality reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health services. The target group to be given free access to hormonal contraceptives are women of reproductive age who cannot afford to buy them. These women are also poorly educated and may not have the capacity to understand the information given to them. The process of informed consent is not a guarantee that they get knowledge and give consent. Why are we giving the poorer sector of our society something that the rich will not want for themselves?
There are many other family planning methods available including natural family planning...oral/hormonal contraceptives is just one of them. Personally, the only sure way I know to avoid pregnancy is abstinence. Of course, this is something that requires superhuman effort for most people. As to safe sex?...no such thing.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Last October 10, I was supposed to attend the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival at SM City Bacolod but it rained so heavily and I couldn't get out of my car. I then decided to go to another event I was invited to by a friend at the Business Inn. I was able to park at the basement and my friend was quite happy to see me, as there were only a few guests when I got there. After I greeted her a happy birthday and some introductions, I was told that this event was about a new direct selling beauty company called Revere Beauty. Their products are made of absolutely no heat cold processed virgin coconut oil (ANH-VCO) and selected essential oils and oil extracts from fruits and plants. Revere products are ABSOLUTELY FREE of harmful chemicals. They currently offer the following: Herbal shampoo, Natural hair cream, Coco cleansing bar, Coco body scrub, Feminine wash, Lightening body lotion, and Whitening deodorant. After the product presentation, they announced that they will raffle off 10 business kits and guess who won one?
I tried these products at home and they actually work! My hair is softer but stronger (less hair fall) and the soap works well with my very sensitive skin...it has actually lessened my skin itchiness due to contact dermatitis. A friend who came with me (and also won a kit) says the same thing. And of course, there's the bag that came with the kit which makes it a really good investment.
Conclusion: great products, well worth your money!