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Phytotherapy plants that heal

I grew up in a home surrounded by various plants and fruit trees. Although I was given western medicine whenever I got sick, I was not totally ignorant of the use of medicinal plants as my grandfather was a believer that plants had healing properties. I was transported back in time as I wandered through Nurture Farmacy’s unique vegetable plots, which were intricately shaped liked the organ systems of the body. Nurture “Farmacists” donned in traditional Filipino costumes expertly explained the medicinal benefits of the plants, which are specific to illnesses of the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, reproductive system, digestive system as well as for general wellbeing. Nurture Farmacy’s fertile soil yields a melange of herbs, fruits, and vegetables such as kale. This green leafy vegetable belongs to the cabbage family or …

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How to live to 100

How long can a person possibly live? Any tips on how we can live that long? —jordana_ql@gmail.com Scientists who studied survival data dating back to 1900 from more than 40 countries have calculated that the absolute limit of human lifespan is 125 years. Only a few people have gotten close to that limit. The oldest verified person on record was a Frenchwoman, Jeanne Calment (1875 to 1997), who lived to be 122 years and 164 days. Determinants of lifespan Our maximum lifespan is dictated by the genes that we have inherited from our parents. At birth, we are already programmed to grow old and die. Currently, researchers have already identified some of the genes—which act in concert with each other—that influence health and life expectancy. Those among us who have been lucky enough …

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Starting again

It is not easy for any parent, wife, or sibling to see a loved one become a victim of the drug menace. The anxiety, the sleepless nights wondering where one’s child could be,  the despondency over the late recognition or even denial  of the ailment (for some families) that transformed a  sane individual into a total stranger. Yes, drug addiction is a disease that affects not only the individual’s  physical and mental makeup but also erodes the moral fiber that holds the family together,  and  has a tremendous impact on society in general. As a 13-year-old boy in the ’60s who thought it was cool to be in the company of older friends, who were taking marijuana and then slowly graduating to the hard stuff—name it, he has tried them all. From …

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Zap that zit!

Breakouts can be a bummer! And believe me, having a blemish or two can definitely ruin one’s day! Don’t fret, though, because this week, I’ll let you in on the popular and effective over-the-counter anti-acne ingredients that will leave you confident and in the clear. Acne can be described as having comedones (blackheads and whiteheads), blocked pores, papules (red and raised bumps on the skin), pustules (pus-filled bumps), and cysts (deep bumps that are painful when touched). It is caused by four major factors: the growth of P. acnes or propionibacterium acnes, overproduction of sebum or oil, clogged pores, and skin inflammation. Hormonal activity, which starts at puberty, and environmental factors, such as stress, lifestyle (like smoking and alcohol consumption), and diet may trigger acne. As a result, the following …

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Pretty ugly

All Natural, Non-Toxic, Organic We all have encountered these in the beauty and personal care products we buy, and immediately, we are assured that it is safe for use. But be minded that not all products labeled such as “Contains Natural Extracts” or “Made With Organic” come from 100 percent natural ingredients. More often than not, it has added chemicals to it, and is just a marketing phrase to sell the product. So how do you know that your mascara is safe for use, or your shampoo won’t cause health problems in the future? Consumers encounter those attractive, catchall phrases mentioned above because in truth, the beauty industry is largely unregulated, such that any company can add almost any chemical on their product, tested or not, and even have the option to …

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Celebrating life

By Kaye Estoista-Koo Breast cancer and celebration of life would normally not be seen in the same sentence together. But with the ICanServe Foundation, anything is possible. On Oct. 13, for the second time, ICanServe partners: with fashion designers for a one-of-a-kind fashion show called Fashion Can Serve featuring breast cancer survivors and the people who journey with them: husbands, children, family members, doctors, surgeons, and more. Randy Ortiz, Dennis Lustico, Patrice Diaz, Rosanna Ocampo, Mark Bumgarner, and Patty Ang all showcased a full collection. Miss World 2015 Megan Young walked for Patty Ang while Iza Calzado walked for Randy Ortiz. This year is especially poignant as Heart Evangelista-Escudero walked alongside ICanServe president Tang Singson for Mark Bumgarner’s collection. Tang still recalls when they first held the fashion show in 2015. “Doing fundraisers weren’t that easy. Philip Cu-Unjieng, brother of our chairman Libet Virata, proposed this fashion show.” She is grateful …

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Yet another reason to be wary of Mosquitoes

I read a newspaper article that said the Department of Health has declared an outbreak of chikungunya in Cavite. What is chikungunya? Is it a new disease or is it really just another form of dengue as some people say? —linaliy_ed@gmail.com The Department of Health (DOH) has indeed declared an outbreak of chikungunya in Cavite province late last month after more than 400 cases of the disease were reported in the town of Indang and two cases each in the cities of General Trias and Dasmariñas. Chikungunya is a disease that shares some commonalities with, but is not simply another form, of dengue.  Like dengue, it is mosquito-borne. Also, it is transmitted by the same mosquitoes that spread dengue, Aedesaegypti and Aedesalbopictus. It is likewise caused by a virus, but a different …

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Fat in focus

Heavy weight and large body frame always equate to obesity. That is what most people believe because this perception has been deeply ingrained in our minds even before the BMI (body mass index) was conceptualized and accepted as a tool to assess health risks based on one’s height and weight. What if I tell you that the truth you believe in may be flawed and that bigger people may even be healthier than skinny ones? Are you now wondering why a dietitian like me would say something as ludicrous as this? The truth is there are skinny people who have high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and even blood glucose while there are heavier people who have no medical conditions whatsoever. Now you ponder on how that is even possible. Your weight and …

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Primer on stem cells and stem cell therapy

Can stem cell therapy really reverse or retard the aging process and cure a variety of cancers? —rina_ccc@gmail.com   Stem cell therapy refers to the use of stem cells to treat, prevent, or reverse a disease or condition. The term stem cell, on the other hand, does not refer to a single cell type. It is the collective term for the cell types in the body that have the capability to multiply infinitely and transform into a variety of specialized cells. There are many types of stem cells and their capabilities differ. At present, the list of diseases or conditions for which stem cell therapy has been shown to be beneficial is a very short one. It doesn’t include retardation of the aging process.   The origin and nature of stem cells The trillions of cells that make up a human being originated from a single cell, the fertilized ovum, which resulted from the union of the father’s sperm …

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Whitening wonder

In a culture where white is beautiful, almost everyone has heard of or have tried glutathione, a popular whitening ingredient featured in countless products available in the market today. Glutathione is so well-known you won’t miss it in an aisle of beauty products where it can be found in different forms, from lotions and soaps to pills and powdered drinks! But is it true that glutathione is not effective when taken orally? Is it safe for the body? This week, let us uncover the facts and debunk the myths about glutathione. 1. Glutathione is a chemically produced substance to lighten skin. FALSE: Glutathione is a naturally occurring substance in our body consisting of amino acids cysteine, glycine, and glutamate. Contrary to popular belief, skin lightening is not glutathione’s main function nor is it a …

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