HEALTHY OPTIONS: Now offers Organic Food

HEALTHY OPTIONS: Now offers Organic Food 

My aspiration for 2013 is to eat and live healthy. I badly needed to improve my well being and do some lifestyle changes for 2013. I am aware that I need to eat fresh and eat quality food. I should listen more to my body and give it what it needs. Balance.  Super foods. Time with nature. Nourishing my body. Nurturing my soul. Healthy, nutrient dense meals and snacks. Nourishing food. Organic. I should love myself more and know what is good for me. I am eager to find out where I could source organic food. That’s why when I got an invitation from Healthy options with the theme: Organika: Celebrating Life in the Farm, I readily agreed. 

The night started with cocktails of healthy foods at Shangri-la E-Bar. I got so giddy when I saw Healthy Options very unique centerpiece ideas. Some “wagi” centerpiece they have that night are:
  • organic corn
  • organic Camote
  • organic eggs

While eating we were serenaded with classic music by these musicians. Oh la la! How I wish I could play the Violin! #wish

Afterwards, we were asked to go to the tent outside. Look at all these cool nature-themed decors. 
 Inside the tent, Healthy Options announced about their organic products. The amazing Amanda Griffin hosted the event.
Yes! Healthy Options announcement is very timely. This is really a very good news to us my fellow Filipinos! Healthy Options, the country’s leading natural products store chain, proudly introduces organic produce and meat farmed locally, in keeping with its mission to provide the most nutritious, best-tasting, and top-quality products to health-conscious Filipinos.

‘Good food grown the good way’ hits Healthy Options stores this 2013 as the leading natural products brand will now offer organic vegetables, herbs, pork, chicken, and eggs sourced from local farmers. 

“By launching these products from our very own farm, we renew our commitment to giving our customers better choices for a better life. It is also a show of support to small organic farmers, and to healthy, humane, and sustainable farming,” says Healthy Options managing director Romy Sia. 
Nestled at the foot of the scenic Mt. Banahaw and near the two-storey high Majayjay Falls, the five-hectare organic farm is a promising local source of nutritious, flavorful, and top-quality products the store has been known for. 


Healthy Options shelves will now carry organic vegetables and herbs that are planted and harvested by hand. Nurtured only by sunlight, pure spring water, and organic compost, this fresh, tasty produce contains optimum nutrients. These gorgeous models walk the runway carrying various organic farm products of Healthy Options.

Healthy Options also showcases livestock-raising in an environment that cultivates their natural behavior and provides a better quality of life. As Mr. Sia proudly claims, “Our animals live in five-star conditions!” 

I got excited when I learned that the Healthy Option’s free range chickens can run around and forage for food, and are feed with wholesome grains, organic vegetable trimmings, and wild bugs and insects. Meanwhile, the pigs eat an all-natural diet of rice bran, duck weed, copra meal, fruits, and vegetables, and are raised in odor-free pens, with soft beddings made of soil, sawdust and carbonized rice hull. The stress-free environment allows natural instincts like foraging and scratching. How I wish I could visit their farm!

Healthy Options organic pigs live comfortably, in a stress-free environment that lets them exhibit natural instincts like rooting or scratching. They are raised without antibiotics or growth hormones.

Healthy
Options organic chickens are allowed to roam free, and are fed on an
all-natural diet of wholesome grains, grass, and organic vegetables. Truly, the animals lead a happy and healthy life, and are treated with care and respect. They are then grown to an optimum weight at their own natural pace before they are slaughtered humanely, and are not subjected to any form of mutilation or cruelty. These practices greatly differ from those of industrial farms, which commonly use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on crops, and steroids, growth hormones, sub-therapeutic doses of antibiotics, and synthetic trace supplements on animals. 

Most commercial farms also practice mono-cropping which leads to higher pest attacks, use additives to hasten production, and cram poultry and livestock in very tight, unsanitary spaces that expose them to stress and diseases. 

Healthy Options organic eggs are freshly laid every day and are big in size, nutrition and flavor.

Healthy Options organic vegetables and herbs are naturally grown, freshly hand-picked, and are free from chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Aside from offering superior meat and vegetable produce, Healthy Options is also proud to advocate farming that does not produce excessive waste or pollution, and results in a healthier ecosystem. 

“We will deliver products that have the Healthy Options guarantee of freshness and quality, just as we have been doing for more than a decade,” promises Mr. Sia. 

Let’s eat healthy!

Green Leafy Vegetables

A pleasant Good morning to everyone~!

I took this photo when we were in Baguio City Public Market. Kids today don’t like to eat vegetables. And that is a no no!
While your kids are still young, train them to eat Green Leafy Vegetables. It is not only healthy but also very nutritious too!



Greens are a neglected gold mine. Filipinos today are trained to eat at fast food restaurants as early as two years old or maybe even younger. While I was growing up,  everybody is telling me that green leafy vegetables have a good effect on one’s health. Then why do Filipinos today rarely eat green leafy vegetables?


Why are cabbage, broccoli, turnip greens, and spinach are rarely seen at the Filipino’s dinner table? 

Why is lettuce the only green vegetable that most Filipinos ever use. Yeah, they use it on their salads or as toppings on their burgers with thousand island dressings and mayonnaise.

Green vegetables are recognized by nutritionists as one of the most inexpensive sources of so many important nutrients. And yet, we take those green leafy vegetables for granted.

Kumain ng gulay dahil eto ay pampahaba ng buhay! (Eat vegetables for they prolong life!) Enjoy! Have a happy day!

Is Glaucoma already ruining your sight?

Is your eyesight slowly blurring? It may be a sign of the dreaded disease called glaucoma. As the darkness of glaucoma ruins the quality of life for you and your family, it’s most dire effects can be temporarily circumvented with proper knowledge of what it is.

Glaucoma is an incurable eye disease that gradually steals vision. This means that as your days pass, blindness slowly take over a person’s life. Save what was left of your eyesight. Have yourself or your love ones check before its too late.

Glaucoma damages the optic nerve, which is the cable that connects the eye to the brain. Damage to this very crucial nerve is permanent and causes shrinking of the visual field, leading to blindness.
In the Philippines, glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. As an advocacy against glaucoma, the Philippine Glaucoma Society is aggressively promoting awareness of the disease in the country in partnership with Allergan.

How exactly can you know that you have glaucoma already? You can’t. Only your doctor can pinpoint exactly if it truly is glaucoma that is ruining your eyesight as symptoms of the disease may not be apparent in the early stages.
 
Although mostly asymptomatic early on, a small percentage of cases of glaucoma have episodes of eye and head pain, blurred vision, redness, headache, vomiting and seeing rainbows around lights.
Patients who have high eye pressure, family history of glaucoma, are aged over 45 years old, previous eye injury, chronic steroid use, diabetes mellitus, or Asian descent have a higher risk of getting glaucoma.
High eye pressure
The normal range of eye pressure is 10-21 millimeters of mercury.  Your doctor measures your eye pressure using a special instrument called a tonometer. 
Eye pressure alone does not cause glaucoma; however, it is the most significant risk factor for the disease. If diagnosed with high eye pressure, it is smart to frequently get comprehensive eye examinations to check for signs of glaucoma. It is only the only risk factor that can be modified with treatment.
Diabetes mellitus
Patients with diabetes are also at high risk of getting the incurable eye disease. This is by virtue of the two diseases occurring in a similar age group (>50 years). There is also a certain type of glaucoma resulting from diabetic complications in the retina. This usually occurs in long-standing uncontrolled diabetes. 
Family History 
Open-angle glaucoma, one of the most common types of glaucoma, is hereditary. If you have immediate family members with glaucoma, you are more susceptible to the disease compared to those without it.
Steroids
There are many studies that show the relationship between the chronic use of steroids and glaucoma. Long-term steroid use may cause elevation of the eye pressure and cause glaucomatous damage to the optic nerve. Common indications for steroids are asthma, arthritis, severe allergies, eczematous skin conditions. If you are being given steroids for more than 1 month ask to be referred to an eye doctor for measurement of eye pressure.
Eye injury
A previous eye injury also makes a patient susceptible to glaucoma. Injuries that penetrate the eye may damage the drainage channels of the eye causing high eye pressure. Common causes of these are sports-related injuries.
There is no cure yet for glaucoma. The only thing that you and your doctor can do is slow down the damage that glaucoma causes on not only your vision but also your life. 
Remember, for glaucoma, early detection is the only solution. Visit your doctor and find out if glaucoma is already ruining your sight.

Achieve Wellness with N.Y. THERASPINE

                                                Adds Life To Years And Years To Life 

It’s important to make sure that your body is always in a state of natural balance. N.Y. THERASPINE is one of the leaders in natural, non-surgical and non-invasive treatments of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Rest assured that with N.Y. THERASPINE your health will be in the hands of chiropractors and physical therapist who are licensed and experts in the field.
 

N.Y. THERASPINE integrated the best of conventional and alternative disciplines such as Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Myofacial therapy, their holistic approach to wellness has created powerful solutions to the chiropractic needs of many Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. 

Take the first step to pain-free living today.  Visit N.Y. THERASPINE and discover the health benefits of chiropractic treatments. 

 

Achieve Wellness with N.Y. THERASPINE Complete Chiropractic Adjustment Package

It is important for everyone to always stay on tip top shape. Achieve total wellness with N.Y. THERASPINE complete chiropractic package, inclusive of an Initial Chiropractic Evaluation and Treatment, Digital Postural and Movement Analysis, and a Findings Report.

When muscles are sore and bones are tired, even the smallest steps and the simplest tasks become particularly difficult to endure. Joint pains, stiffness, injuries and other chronic conditions like arthritis and scoliosis make it hard to go about the day like nothing is wrong, and the pain is so personal that no one else understands why.

At NY Theraspine Clinic, they completely understand these problems. With its team of friendly, highly-qualified, even award-winning chiropractors and physical therapists accredited abroad, NY Theraspine offers only personalized the best treatments for the most common neck and back pains, to posture problems, and for stroke rehabilitation.

 
 Adds Life To Years And Years To Life

“Don’t resort to quick fixes and go to the nearest neighborhood spa, entrusting your bodies to your favorite masseuse. It is dangerous to have your bones and back be touched by just anybody. You need professionals to do that.” quips Michelle Natividad, New York (NY) Theraspine Clinic owner and registered Physical Therapist.

Chiropractic corrects the cause rather than treats symptoms.

NY Theraspine Clinic employs the methods of Chiropractic -a form of alternative medical treatment that focuses on manual therapy and manipulation of the spine, joints, and soft tissues. When done correctly, chiropractic not only treats existing conditions, but can also prevent potential injuries and illnesses from happening, also preventing surgeries.

For those who suffer from disabling conditions like low back pain, arthritis, fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome or sciatica regardless of age and fitness level, the NY Theraspine Clinic also offers Physical Therapy Rehabilitation, which involves the use of heat treatment, ultrasound, electric stimulation, therapeutic exercise, and therapeutic massage with the aim of restoring each patient’s maximum functional independence.

For those who lead active lifestyles and are into sports and intense physical activities, the clinic also offers Sports Physical Therapy and Conditioning which ultimately aims to rehabilitate muscles and treat injuries of both professional and amateur athletes as soon as possible, so that they may continue playing their sport without having to take a long break for treatment.

NY Theraspine also makes use of the Myofascial Release approach, which caters to those who are plagued by headaches, pain, and restricted motion as a result of the tightening of the fascia. This often happens to people who have suffered from trauma — a fall, whiplash, or side-effects from a surgery.

With the Myofascial Release approach, therapists individualize each session to cater to each patient’s specific needs, using a number of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy to help restore the patient’s range of motion, alleviate pain, and eventually help them return to living an active, free life.

NY Theraspine Clinic’s services also include weight management and fitness and

conditioning, showing just how dedicated the clinic is to promoting a healthy, happy lifestyle.

Take the first step towards a pain-free world. Call 375-1035/921-9831. You can visit them at 73-G Sct. Dr. Lazacano cor. Sct. Tuazon, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City to receive a free initial evaluation. Like their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-York-Theraspine-Clinic/159174327505633.

Symptoms and signs of heart attack

My Mama and Papa died of heart attack. Heart Attack is the leading cause of death and disability for both men and women not only in the Philippines but globally. Heart disease isn’t contagious. You can’t catch it like you can the flu or a cold. Instead, certain things increase a person’s chances of getting cardiovascular disease. Doctors call these things risk factors.
Some of these risk factors a person can’t do anything about, like being older and having other people in the family who have had the same problems. But people do have control over some risk factors like:
  •  smoking
  •  having high blood pressure
  •  being overweight
  •  and not exercising can increase the risk of getting cardiovascular disease.
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Symptoms and signs of heart attack may include the following:
  • Chest pain or discomfort that is crushing, like a heavy weight; or squeezing, like a tight band around the chest; or an ache in the centre of the chest. The pain may radiate to the neck, jaw, shoulders, arms (especially the left arm), back, abdomen, face or teeth. The pain is persistent (longer than 15 minutes), and does not ease with rest. The pain is sometimes mistaken for indigestion. Note that in some cases, heart attacks are painless.
  • Profuse sweating
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Feeling dizzy or light-headed
  • Nausea
  • Pale, clammy skin
  • The pulse may be fast or irregular.
  • The person may suddenly collapse and lose consciousness

First aid for heart attack:

  • Encourage the person to sit still, with knees bent to ease strain on the heart.
  • Talk to him calmly and reassuringly, and loosen any tight clothing.
  • Monitor any changes in condition.
  • The person should take one aspirin with water (Unless he is allergic to or unable to take aspirin). Aspirin helps to prevent blood clotting

UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD BANKING CAN SAVE LIVES

Attention: Expectant Parents
Cord blood banking is probably one of the most important long-term investments for your family’s health. While it is crucial that your child’s stem cells are processed and stored with the best methods possible, it is even more vital that you need a cord blood bank that would be with you for years to come, regardless of how uncertain times may be.
During pregnancy, the umbilical cord functions as a lifeline between mother and child. Years later, the blood present within the umbilical cord could offer hope for the child or other individuals in the family.
The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs); cells responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. HSCs are known as ‘precursor cells’, as they have the unique ability to differentiate into the different types of cells found in the body, namely:
  • Red Blood Cells – which transport oxygen
  • White Blood Cells – which produce antibodies and fight bacteria
  • Platelets – which assist blood clotting
Since 1988, UCB stem cells have been used to treat an increasing number of diseases. Today, this numbers more than 80, including blood and metabolic disorders, immunodeficiency ailments and autoimmune diseases. For a full list of treatable diseases, click here.
When transplanted into a patient, the haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) migrate to the bone marrow and produce new blood cells, boosting the immune system. With the rapid advances in technology, the number of diseases treated by stem cell therapies is expected to increase.
Advantages of storing UCB stem cells are:
  • A guaranteed match for autologous transplants (where the donor and recipient are the same individual)
  • A readily available supply of stored HSCs. This compares well to having to do a national or international search which is costly and time-consuming in an already time critical situation.
  • Lower risk of Graft vs. Host Disease for autologous transplants, a situation where the transplanted tissue attacks the patients own tissue.
  • Ease of collection, which is pain-free and risk-free to both mother and child.
  • UCB stem cells are more vigorous, have a higher rate of engraftment and are more tolerant to tissue mismatches, compared to other types of stem cells, e.g. bone marrow.
The main intention for a stem cell transplant is the need to reconstitute a patient’s blood and immune system, following treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, which destroys the blood cells. The HSCs are infused directly into the patient’s blood stream, and subsequently migrate to the bone marrow.
Within the bone marrow environment, the HSCs are able to begin their differentiation into the three types of blood cells, thereby initiating the regeneration of the patient’s blood and immune system.
The first umbilical cord blood transplant was performed in 1988 and resulted in the successful treatment of a 5-year old boy diagnosed with Fanconi Anaemia. To date there have been more than 14000 umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants reported worldwide.
                                                               Source: Cord Blood Forum. Accessed 10 November 2009
 
List 1: DISEASES TREATED BY STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION
Malignant diseases (cancers):
  • Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia
  • Acute Myelocytic Leukemia
  • Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia
  • Chronic Myelogeneous Leukemia
  • Juvenile Chronic Myelogeneous Leukemia
  • Juvenile Mono-Myelocytic Leukemia
  • Myeloid/Natural Killer (NK) Cell Precursor Acute Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
    • Refractory anemia
    • Refractory anemia with ringed sideroblasts
    • Refractory anemia with excess blasts
    • Refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation
    • Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Polymphocytic Leukemia
Non-malignant diseases (such as inherited metabolic storage disorders, immune system disorders etc):
  • Agnogenic myeloid metaplasia (also called Myelofibrosis)
  • Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  • Blackfan-Diamond Syndrome
  • Cerebral X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • Dyskeratosis Congenita
  • Evans syndrome
  • Familial Erythrophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis
  • Fanconi’s Anemia
  • Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy (also called Krabbe disease)
  • Gunther Disease
  • Hurler Syndrome
  • Kostmann Syndrome
  • Lesch Nyhan Syndrome
  • Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome
  • Osteopetrosis
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria
  • Pure Red Cell Aplasia
  • Purine Nucleotide Phosphorylase Deficiency
  • Reticular Dysgenesis
  • Severe Aplastic Anemia
  • Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID)
  • SCID with absence of T & B cells
  • SCID with absence of T cells, normal B cells
  • Combined Immmunodeficiency
  • Common Variable Immunodeficiency
  • Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Thalassemia (Major)
  • Thymic Dysplasia
  • Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
  • X-linked Lymphoproliferative Syndrome
  • X-linked HyperIgM syndrome
List 2: ADDITIONAL DISEASES TREATED BY STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION (2002-2004)
Malignant diseases:
  • Lymphomas:      
    • Burkitt’s Lymphoma
    • Hodgkin’s Disease
    • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Multiple Myeloma
Non-malignant diseases:
  • (Alpha-)Mannosidosis
  • Aspartylglycoasminuria
  • Bare Lymphocyte Syndrome
  • Chediak-Higashi Syndrome
  • Chronic Granulomatous Disease
  • Congenital Neutropenia
  • DiGeorge Syndrome
  • Histiocytosis X (also called Langerhans’ Cell Histiocytosis)
  • Hurler-Scheie Syndrome
  • Gangliosidosis
  • Glanzmann’s Thrombasthenia
  • Omenn Syndrome
  • Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency
  • Mucolipidosis II (I cell disease)
  • Metachromatic leukodystrophy
  • Neuronal/Infantile Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (also called Batten Disease)
  • Nezelof Syndrome
  • Sialidosis
  • Shwachman–Diamond syndrome
  • Sly Syndrome
  • Tay-Sachs Syndrome
  • Wolman Disease
List 3: ADDITIONAL DISEASES TREATED BY STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION (2006-2007)
Malignant diseases:
  • Acute Biphenotypic Leukemia*
  • Acute Undifferentiated Leukemia*
  • Mantle Cell Lymphoma
Other malignancies:
  • Brain tumour*
  • Ewing Sarcoma*
  • Ovarian Cancer*
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma*
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer*
  • Testicular Cancer*
Non-malignant diseases:
  • Rescue after autologous bone marrow transplant failure
    • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    • Amyloidosis
  • Congenital Amegakaryocytic Thrombocytopenia
  • Congenital Cytopenia*
  • Congenital Dyserythropoietic Anemia
  • Griscelli Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura
  • Polycythemia Vera*
  • Fucosidosis
  • Gaucher’s Disease*
  • Niemann-Pick Disease*
  • Sandhoff Disease*
  • SCID with Adenosine Deaminase Deficiency*
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Nijmegen Breakage Syndrome
  • Chronic Active Epstein Barr (resulting in lymphoproliferative disease)
  • X-linked Immune Dysregulation Polyendocrine Enteropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis *
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis*
  • Type 1 Diabetes*
  • Cerebral palsy*
*Part of ongoing clinical trials in the U.S. (refer to www.clinicaltrials.gov for more info).
References:
  • Raetz et al., BMT, 1997
  • Shaw et al., Pediatric Transplantation, 1999
  • S. J. Fasouliotis, J.G. Schenker / European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 2000
  • Ballen et al., BBMT, 2001
  • Gluckman et al., Exp Hematol., 2004
  • Martin et al., BBMT, 2004
  • Gluckman and Wagner, BMT, 2008
  • www.marrow.org
  • www.cordblood.com
  • www.nationalcordbloodprogram.org 
Banking cord blood does not guarantee that the cells will provide a cure or be applicable in every situation. Use will be ultimately determined by the treating physician.
Last update 4th Aug 2011.
Studies have shown that cord blood stem cells can also be used for siblings and other members of your family who have a matching tissue type. Siblings have up to a 75% chance of compatibility, and the cord blood may even be a match for parents (50%) and grandparents.
Cord blood stem cells are currently used in the treatment of several life-threatening diseases, and play an important role in the treatment of blood and immune system related genetic diseases, cancers, and blood disorders
Saving our first-born’s cord blood stem cells was a no-brainer for my husband and me. As new parents we want to be able to provide the best options we can for Noah; we’d also like to try and start preparing for his future. Cord blood banking does both for us. We don’t know if or when we’ll be needing the stored cord blood stem cells, but it gives us a sense of security and peace that, should we ever need it, the best solutions are available to us.

We chose CordLife for 2 reasons – their service quality and the fact that they have a facility in Manila. It just made a lot more sense to us and we’re so happy we did it!

Gillian Akiko Thomson-Guevara
3-time Olympian, gold medalist SEA Games and entrepreneur

Type 1 diabetes

A clinical trial underway at the University of Florida is examining how an infusion of autologous cord blood stem cells into children with Type 1 diabetes will impact metabolic control over time, as compared to standard insulin treatments. Preliminary results demonstrate that an infusion of cord blood stem cells is safe and may provide some slowing of the loss of insulin production in children with type 1 diabetes

Cord blood banking was a completely new concept to me when I had my first child, but I had read up on it due to the fact that my mom was diagnosed with stage 3b cancer the year prior to my pregnancy – and I wanted to do my tiny part in perhaps saving a family member’s life down the line. With percentages high on potentially saving lives within my family – I knew that I wanted to do this for those I love more than life itself.
Lexi Schulze Berenguer-Testa
TV Host and Magazine Editor

Singapore Storage Facility
Singapore is an ideal long-term storage place for your baby’s cord blood unit because of its natural disaster-free location, political and socio-economic stability. Located in Singapore Science Park II, our cord blood processing laboratory is housed in the most prestigious research and development (R&D) and technology hub in the country.
Our AABB accredited facility is well equipped with 24/7 backup systems, which are further enhanced with remote alarm to alert our staff via phone if anything is amiss. Our equipment, critical materials and services also undergo stringent testing and certification regularly.
Your baby’s cord blood will be stored in fire retardant and vacuum insulated double hull nitrogen tanks which can remain at optimal temperature for more than two weeks without replenishing liquid nitrogen.
As Singapore is geographically small and free from natural disasters, there is no real need to store your baby’s cord blood in different locations. This unnecessary location transfer will only heighten the risks of exposing your baby’s cord blood to heat, resulting in cellular damage and sample mix-up. It is CordLife’s lifelong commitment to safeguard your baby’s cord blood unit under the best storage conditions in the most secure and safest location in Singapore.
CordLife Singapore’s AABB accredited facility
Philippines Storage Facility
Located in UP-Ayalaland Technohub in Metro Manila, Philippines’ first and only cord blood processing and storage facility was officially inaugurated on 23 February 2010. This world-class facility is registered with the Department of Health and is built in accordance with global gold standards such as the American Association of Blood Banks and ISO. The facility operates 365 days a year and offers the world’s only fully automated cord blood processing system, SEPAX, with a storage capacity for more than 20,000 cord blood units.
“CordLife’s latest cord blood processing and storage facility in the Philippines marks another regional expansion milestone for the company. Focusing on high quality services, CordLife has been investing in various innovations to ensure that it provides value-added services to all its customers. SPRING will continue to partner CordLife in its journey to enhance capabilities for greater growth locally and regionally,” said Ms Samantha Su, Deputy Director of Services & Biomedical and International Partnership Office, SPRING Singapore.
                                                Photo courtesy of Aidea Philippines, Inc.

CordLife Limited is a leading healthcare company that provides a full suite of cord blood and tissue banking services to expectant parents for the collection, processing and cryopreservation of cord blood stem cells and umbilical cord tissue. The Company is dedicated to offering the highest possibility of successful adult stem cell therapy to give hope and save lives. Listed on the Australian Securities Exchange, CordLife Limited is well established as the largest network of private stem cell banks across Asia Pacific with state-of-the-art cord blood and tissue processing and cryopreservation facilities in India, Indonesia and the Philippines as well as a network that extends to Singapore, Hong Kong, and China Safe and secure processing and storage facility equipped with 24/7 laboratory monitoring technology

Call (02) 710-9195 to find out about their flexible payment plans.

     

ROTAVIRUS VACCINATION A MUST FOR EVERY CHILD

 Oral Vaccine
To all the mother’s out there! If you care for the over-all being of your child, vaccinate your newborns against rota virus. The vaccines must be initially administered orally among newborns six to 12 weeks after birth while the succeeding dose is given after four weeks.  
The inclusion of rota virus vaccination in the Department of Health’s (DOH) Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is good decision for the children of the Philippines.
  
What is Rota Virus? Rota virus is the virus that causes severe diarrhea and vomiting among children below five years old. It is the second leading killer of under-five Filipino children, accounting for 3,500 deaths annually.
It is undeniable that special attention must be given to the health of our children, particularly because many of them are continuously and needlessly suffering from diseases that are either preventable or treatable.
Diarrhea is a preventable disease. if it will be reduced or eradicated, this will contribute to the reduction of under-five mortality in the Philippines.

According to studies almost all kids have had a rotavirus infection by the time they are five years old.

Signs and Symptoms

Kids with a rotavirus infection have fever, nausea, and vomiting, often followed by abdominal cramps and frequent, watery diarrhea. Kids may also have a cough and runny nose. As with all viruses, though, some rotavirus infections cause few or no symptoms, especially in adults.
    
Sometimes the diarrhea that accompanies a rotavirus infection is so severe that it can quickly lead to dehydration.

Signs of dehydration include:

  • thirst
  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • lethargy
  • sunken eyes
  • a dry mouth and tongue
  • dry skin
  • fewer trips to the bathroom to urinate, and (in infants) a dry diaper for several hours.

Fast Facts:

Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea among children worldwide. Each year it causes:

  • About 111 million cases of disease requiring home care only
  • 25 million clinic visits
  • 2 million hospitalizations
  • more than 500,000 deaths in children aged five or younger

Transmission

 A person with rotavirus diarrhea often excretes large amounts of virus, which can spread readily through contaminated hands. Rotavirus, a hearty virus that survives easily in the environment, can also be transmitted through contaminated objects, air, water, or food.

Treatment
 Neither antibiotics nor other drugs can cure rotavirus.

The only treatment consists of preventing dehydration by providing fluids and salts until the disease runs its course. In the most serious cases, frequent vomiting makes oral rehydration ineffective.

Children who cannot keep down fluids urgently need intravenous fluids, or they risk dying from dehydration.

 
Rotarix – A two-dose, orally-administered vaccine that offers protection against rotavirus to infants.  Rotarix is indicated for the active immunisation of infants from the age of 6 weeks for prevention of gastro-enteritis due to rotavirus infection. Rotarix is made available by GlaxoSmithKline.

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. 

Preventing serious disease in the first place is the best way to protect children in poor countries.

 Source: http://www.rotavirusvaccine.org/rotavirus-facts.htm

Goodbye Paputok! A DOH advocacy

“Goodbye Paputok!”  is the Department of Health’s (DOH) campaign slogan against the use of firecrackers this new year. 

DOH introduced what it called “the safest firecracker” ever produced. Wrapped in a triangle-shaped paper, reminiscent of the five-star firecracker is a compact-disc containing various sounds of firecrackers. You could play it over your dvd/cd system this coming New Year. 
The APIR Campaign stresses the following safety reminders:
1. Mapanganib ang paggamit ng paputok
2. Lahat ng paputok ay bawal sa mga bata
3. Umiwas sa mga taong nagpapaputok
4. Huwag mamulot ng mga di sumabog na paputok
5. Magpagamot kaagad kapag naputukan.
The DOH urged the audience to act as agents in advocating the safer way of celebrating the New Year by promoting and participating in community fireworks display and street party instead of using dangerous firecrackers.
The DOH wants Filipinos, especially the children, to usher in the new year with their fingers and other body parts intact, thus the campaign.

 

Goodbye Paputok CD  MP3 files can be downloaded from the website of Department of Health  for FREE!

On their page, just look for the “Download Safest Firecrackers Experience” link at the upper right. 

You can also go directly to their Safe Firecracker website at www.safestfirecracker.com

Happy New Year everyone keep safe!!!
 
Iwasan magpa putok~!

10 Ways to Improve Memory

10 Ways to Improve Memory
1. Exercise Regularly. Studies shows that aerobic fitness may reduce the loss of brain tissue during aging.
2. Stick to a Healthy Diet. Avoid sugar and saturated fats. Eat lots of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, such as spinach and beets. The magnesium in dark green, leafy vegetables appears to help maintain your memory.
3. Learn New Things. Mastering activities you’ve never done before, such as playing the piano or learning a foreign language, stimulates neuron activity.
4. Get Enough Sleep. Too little sleep impairs concentration.
5. Devise Memory Strategies. Make notes or underline key passages to help you remember what you’ve read. Invent your own mneumonics for remembering things.
6. Socialize. Conversation, especially positive, meaningful interaction, helps maintain brain function.
7. Get Organized. Designate a place for important items such as keys and checkbooks. Keep checklists for things such as daily medications or items to pack when you travel.
8. Turn Off the Box. Experts say too much TV watching weakens your brainpower.
9. Jot Down New Information. Writing helps transfer items from short to long term memory.
10. Solve Brainteasers. Crossword puzzles, card games, and board games such as Scrabble improve your memory.
*From HEALTH TODAY MAGAZINE AUGUST 2008

Drink Water on an Empty Stomach Health Benefits

We all know that drinking 8 glasses of water per day is good for the health
This article which has 56K share on facebook can give you enough details why you really need to drink water everyday specifically in the morning during an empty stomach
You have nothing to lose if you try this out because we really need to drink water daily
This article can help you maximize the health effect by following the method of treatment. 
One disadvantage is  frequent urination. 
To keep you reminded put a note in your refrigerator door.
Read the whole article below:

"Drink water on empty stomach" 

DRINK WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. 
For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.
METHOD OF TREATMENT
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing your teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water.
 
2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes.

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours.

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.
The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure (30 days)
2. Gastric (10 days)
3. Diabetes (30 days)
4. Constipation (10 days)
5. Cancer (180 days)
6. TB (90 days)
7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily.
This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life. Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.
This makes sense.  The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! 
Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine.

Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks:

· Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

· Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

· You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

· Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

· 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

· Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.
A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to everyone they know, you can be sure that we’ll save at least one life.

Please be a true friend and share this article to all your friends you care about.

* I got this from facebook and I am sharing it to help others.