“Punch-In-The-Face” Potion For When I’m Sick

I woke up the other day with an itchy throat and an overall stuffy, sick feeling that isn’t just morning allergies. It’s now the third day, with little signs of improvement, and I’m dreading that this could only be the beginning of a cold. Apart from the usual stuff I use when I catch a cold (like Bactidol, Salinase, and Berocca), I’d google things I could mix up for myself using whatever available ingredients we have in the kitchen. Usually, home remedy recipes for colds and cough call for the following ingredients: honey, hot water, and lemon juice. You should...

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TMI: Having PCOS Sucks, But I Have To Live With It (Like How So Many Other Women Do)

I was 17 years old when I was first told I had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS for short. Periods were my absolute nightmare when they came, and the anxiety of not having a period for months was just as bad. Puberty was the absolute worst, with pimples and weird combination skin, and when my period would come, my breakouts only intensified. It’s tough being a girl in general. My parents didn’t really take me seriously when I started having cramps, and thought I was exaggerating about the pain. Understandably, my dad wouldn’t be able to get how bad it could...

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Six Effective and Natural Home Remedies for Cough and Cold

Rainy days are here and it is also the time when cough, cold, and flu spread the fastest. People at our home have cough and colds, my little boy have been sniffing and coughing for days. I thought about how we tend to be so dependent on medicines such as expectorants. We stock up on these things at home but what we don't realize is that there are better ways to feel better when you cough or cold.. I have tried 6 easy-to-do home remedies with my little boy and I believe that he is getting better because of it.  ...

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Burn Fat Not Fuel: Alternative Transportation

Free Energy Transportation is an alternative to dominant models of transportation namely; PUV's and private cars. Our dependence on PUJ's and Private cars poses a lot more threat than an average Filipino would know. Sitting in traffic makes us very unproductive and sometimes enraged, the costs of road construction and maintenance are high, injuries and fatalities are there and a cancer causing environment caused by pollutants is bad for us and the planet. These are only some the reasons "why we should end our addiction to petroleum" and find alternatives that would not only reduce traffic and other costs but...

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TMI: 3 Eco-Friendly Period Products That May Turn Your Life Around

So I’ve noticed that in the Philippines, using anything other than a sanitary napkin for your period is a form of taboo, as well as talking about the possible alternatives. People give you this judgmental look if you tell them you prefer tampons (it is convenient, and if you put it in the right way, you don’t feel it), because sticking anything up in there is “unladylike”. Girls are usually warned against using tampons because they may lose their virginity because of it. That is ludicrous because firstly, “virginity” is some manmade concept that makes women feel like they’re lesser...

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Should Marijuana Be Legalized As An Alternative Medicine?

Marijuana’s legalization as a medicine is still a hot topic in the Philippines. Some even consider the issue as taboo. This is primarily because of the herb’s reputation as an illegal drug. So what exactly is medical marijuana and should it be legalized in a still rather conservative country? Medical research done over the years has proven marijuana to be an alternative medicine for a number of ailments. In US alone, where most of its States have legalized it, the herb is used as treatment for certain approved conditions. Cancer, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and severe and chronic pain are among...

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To My Former Self: I’m The Only Person Allowed To Hate You

Hi, my name is Joachim, and I hate my former self. I wouldn't say I'm overreacting. It's not the sort of situation where I don't like how my hair looks in an old picture. It's more a matter of randomly remembering a past mistake and cringing. It could be a major office blunder from last week, or a tiny slip-up from seven years ago. After the memory comes the merciless self-scolding. The scenarios of what could be if I hadn't made said mistake soon follow. These thoughts may spiral into a full-blown emotional funk on days when I'm particularly vulnerable....

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Why Breaking The Meat Habit Will Do Pinoy Kids Good

The International Conference on Nutrition and Medicine was held last July 29-30 in Washington D.C. Neal Barnard MD, founder of Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), along with hundreds of doctors, marched into the White House to deliver a message: Break the meat habit. Ditch the meat to improve your health. Custer Deocaris, a Filipino scientist cited, that what we put on our plates should change immediately. He has revealed that an average Filipino eats only 40 kilograms of vegetables and fruits in a year.  The normal and healthy intake should be around sixty nine percent. Deocaris has urged the Filipinos...

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26 Hospitals Offering Free Emergency Medicine for Stroke Patients

In celebration of Brain Attack Awareness Week, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Ubial announced on Tuesday, 16th of August that alteplase, an emergency drug for stroke which usually costs P80,000 per vial in pharmacies, will be made available for free in 26 government hospitals nationwide. Alteplase or tissue plasminogen activator, is ideally given to patients within the first three hours of the onset of an acute stroke. [caption id="attachment_23468" align="aligncenter" width="250"] Photo credit: Inquirer[/caption] “Alteplase is truly a life saving drug, and every stroke patient eligible to receive it, should have access to it. It is not acceptable that a...

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You Should Stop Drinking Probiotic Drinks And Here’s Why

We believed that probiotic drinks are one of the healthiest drink we can ever consume.Not only that it's has probiotic keeps our stomach regulate properly and help boost our immunity system. They provide good bacteria which is known as Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota that reaches out in the intestine and restores the bacteria found in the gut. According to the researchers, probiotic are not only useful but they can as well act as an effective medicine however, there are studies pinpointed that these good bacterias that was found in different brand products cannot even reach the small intestine. 8 kinds...

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Indoor Plants That You Need To Have Inside Your Home

When you think of indoor health hazards, exposure to air pollution is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. According to some research, even inside our home there is still pollution, which is considered to be hazardous that can cause illness such as asthma, cough and flu. So to keep your house breathable with clean air. A simple house plant can prevent the pollution from spreading inside. Fortunately, we can count on nature to be our health ally when it comes to creating healthier indoor air. In the late 1980s, NASA researchers studied the ability of houseplants to...

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Surprising Benefits That You Can Get From This Super Banana Found In The Philippines

There may be different kinds of bananas in the whole world but there’s no other banana that can ever compare to the nutrients that a Cardava Banana in the Philippines can sustain. According to the Doctors of Ministry in Alternative Medicines or DMAM, it was proven that a Cardava banana or also known as “Saba Banana” in the Philippines, has the highest nutrient content among other bananas. This fruit is usually produced in the Philippines and in other Asian Countries. Most Filipinos prefer  to eat it cooked but according to the DMAM, it was showed that when you eat cooked...

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