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Breast cancer busters

Last year as I had my first breast ultrasound just before I turned 36, I asked my breast specialist what causes breast cancer. I even inquired as to the possibility of a woman’s diet causing this much dreaded disease to develop. I was told that diet does not directly promote the initiation of breast cancer cells which are mainly brought about by free radicals or unstable molecules which capture electrons from proteins, enzymes, cell membranes, and DNA; chemical toxins in the mammary fat which are derived from the environment, food and water; and the third unfortunate cause is genetic flaw. My breast doctor emphasized the importance of catching the disease early on. Women should learn how to do monthly self breast examination, get an ultrasound and mammogram depending on their age …

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When acne strikes… Again!

When you have adult acne, you feel and look like you haven’t left your teenage years. What’s worse, it not only affects how you see yourself, it also affects how others see you. Acne can be a debilitating disease, physically and psychologically, but you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, more than half of women in their 20s have hormonal acne, and it doesn’t end there, as there are still women up until their 40s who still have it. Men also have cases of hormonal acne, but studies say it is more prevalent in women in certain age groups. This week, let us learn the main causes and triggers of hormonal acne, and how you can start the path to clear, healthy, and acne-free skin! Acne is a …

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Hola from España

The 17th International Congress of Dietetics attended by delegates from 49 countries early last month in Granada, Spain promoted sustainable eating. The Philippines, after having been under the Spanish rule for over 300 years, may just learn something from the very country that has greatly influenced us in so many ways. Marlon Pelayo, RD and director of In-Patient Services at Kaiser Permanente Roseville in the US, astutely observed the Spanish way of eating and their lifestyle during the said conference. “They adapt sustainability by supporting local produce, offering what’s in season and are conscious about waste. Fastfood is not widely embraced. They eat smaller serving portions compared to other Western countries. They also lead an active lifestyle through walking, cycling, and commuting. The Spaniards take long siestas (afternoon rest or nap), which …

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Arch enemy

I am a 45-year-old office worker who jogs two to three kilometers three to four times a week to keep fit. My problem is I have been experiencing pain on the sole of my feet when I start to walk upon waking up in the morning for several weeks now. At the start, the pain got relieved after I walk for a few minutes, but lately, my soles, especially the heel area are slightly sore the whole day. Is this pain related to my jogging, but I’ve been jogging for years now?  —robert_y@yahoo.com Yes, your foot ache is most likely related to your jogging. In fact, foot ache is very common among middle-aged people like you who engage in sports that involve a lot of walking or running such as tennis, …

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When nature sparkles

Water, in any of its natural form, whether liquid, vapor, or solid like ice, gives life. From the condensation that falls from the heaven, to the vast oceans and down to the human body, the abundance of water is marvelous. This is the reason people could go on longer without food and die sooner in the absence of water that leads to dehydration and complications. Water is in fact a miracle drink. Able to make people lose weight, it lowers cholesterol, increases immunity, and more! We are talking about plain still water here but what about the one that’s bubbly, also known as sparkling water? Does sparkling water have any health benefits or is it detrimental to one’s health? Flavored sparkling water or fizzy drinks may contain added sugars and artificial flavorings and colorings, which we all …

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Let’s have a baby

For some Filipino couples, the dream of having and raising a baby together are dashed by fertility issues, which, unknown to many, is actually a disease recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The organization describes infertility as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.” Merck Philippines joined forces with St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City for a public information project that promotes awareness on infertility, as well as the different medical solutions that can give life to the dreams of Filipino couples. This project coincides with the fifth year of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI). “As of a Synovate survey we conducted in 2011, one out …

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The ABCs of postnasal drip

What is postnasal drip? Is it really a very common cause of common cough?  How is it treated? —fidel2003@yahoo.com Postnasal drip is a condition that involves the numerous mucus glands present in the lining of our nose (nasal cavity) and throat. Throughout the day, these glands produce a limited amount of mucus that moistens and cleans these areas, humidifies inhaled air, traps inhaled foreign matter and clears them, and helps destroy pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria and viruses before they can get into our body and cause infection. Normally, the mucus mixes with saliva and drips unnoticed down our throat, swallowed unconsciously and continuously throughout the day. When these glands secrete excessive amount of—or very thick—mucus, however, the secretion accumulates in the back of our nose and when it flows down our throat to be swallowed, it becomes annoying and noticeable, and is referred to as postnasal drip. Postnasal drip irritates and makes us want to constantly clear our throat. Often, it also triggers a cough—that is why the condition …

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Happy in heels

They say that when it comes to heels, the higher, the better. People take notice when a woman walks in her favorite pair, because she instantly looks good, stands taller, and appears more confident. This is why almost every woman owns a pair of high heels. And we have to admit, sometimes we sacrifice comfort over style, no matter how much it hurts to wear them. Wearing high heels may look good, but it also may come with a price. This week, let us talk about what most women can relate to: corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are often used interchangeably as they both appear as hard areas of thick and dry skin. There is, however, a difference. Corns, also called clavus, clavi, or heloma, are usually round or circular in shape, may …

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When you’re spotted

Have you ever wondered why Michael Jackson’s skin color has changed through the years? A quick Google search about the King of Pop and you will see the drastic change on his skin. While he was of African-American descent and had predominantly dark skin, he had been seen with white patches on his body, and he reportedly covered himself in make-up and eventually bleached his skin to hide the patches. Michael Jackson is among the one percent of the world’s population that has a skin condition called vitiligo. This week, let us find out why some people have vitiligo, if it is contagious, what the treatments are, and the ways one can protect one’s skin if one has the condition. Melanin is responsible for providing the skin its color, and melanocytes …

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6 ways to lose weight if you’re not a gym rat

Do you want to lose weight yet feel uncomfortable exercising in groups or in public places? Don’t fret. Although regularly working out in a fitness facility can help you manage your weight, frequenting the gym is not the sole solution to your weight problems. You can still exercise within your comfort zone.   Here are six ways to shed those unwanted pounds without going to the gym:   1. Move often. We burn calories even when asleep therefore we could burn more just by simply moving. Any form of movement results to energy output. Walk whenever you can. For example, instead of sitting in front of the television after dinner, walk in place while watching your favorite show. You don’t just burn calories but aid proper digestion by doing this.   2. Take flight. I don’t …

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