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My Weight Loss Chicken Stew

Published Agosto 9, 2012 by jptan2012

Trying to lose weight is really one of the hardest things that I’m trying to do in my life. I think it becomes harder because my metabolism is really slow, I love to eat, and I was born fat and has never been really thin my whole life. On top of that, after losing 40 pounds, my body has adjusted to the exercise routine that I have been doing thus I need to push myself further.

Losing weight entails a lot of discipline and self – control, and one of the easiest ways for me is really to take control of what I eat. I need to decide and plan what I eat everyday, it cannot be ‘grab anything when hungry’ type of plan, I really have to plan and think about it.

Taking control and planning also entails that I cook my own food, because my family loves to eat those unhealthy food.

It is because of this that I came across the blog of Ann Curtis’ boyfriend who said that he used to be fat. On his blog he shared a recipe, which I adopted and revised a little base on my taste.

I would like to share this with you now, well, if you like me needs to lose weight.

I’m calling the dish the Weight Loss Chicken Stew…I really don’t know whether I can call it Chicken Stew, but since I don’t know how it is called, I decided to call it as such.

I don’t want to sound ‘mayabang’ or boastful but I honestly think that this is a good, delicious, and healthy dish.

I say healthy because a lot of the ingredients in the dish are what you call negative calorie food. If you want to know more about negative calorie food please read my previous blog about it by clicking here.

Going back to the Weight Loss Chicken Stew…

The ingredients are the following: Celery, carrots, bell pepper, chicken breast fillet (cut into small cubes), chorizo (this is the only unhealthy ingredient of the dish, so don’t put too many of it), onions, chicken stock, paprika, pepper, chick peas (garbanzos).

First, in a pot put a little oil and sauté the onions and chorizo.

Wait until the chorizo has ‘sweat’ a little, put in the celery, carrots, and bell pepper.

Make sure that you stir it so that the ingredients will mix.

After about 2 minutes you can put some chicken stock or for more flavor you can replace this with spaghetti sauce.

Cover the pot for about 5 minutes then put in the chicken, and a generous amount of paprika. Make sure you stir them together.

About 7 minutes, put in the pepper and chickpeas. Again stir the ingredients together.

Cook for 5 more minutes and it’s done! You can put some fresh basil if you want it adds a lot of flavor to the dish.

You notice that I didn’t put in any salt or sugar, because the chicken stock or spaghetti sauce and paprika and pepper will gives flavor to the dish, not to mention the chicken breast, chorizo, and the vegetables contributes to making the dish really flavorful.

Also, notice I didn’t put any measurements as to how much celery you should put, etc. That is because I always ‘play it by ear’. I just make sure that the vegetables are the ¾ part of the dish, the chicken, chick stock, etc, only consists ¼ part of the dish. The chorizo although it adds flavor to the dish should be negligible.

Try it and hope you enjoy the dish. But what I can assure you that it’s heavy on the stomach, but the calories shouldn’t be that high, plus all the vegetables in the dish are negative caloric vegetables so it should not put on too much calories on your body.

I know it doesn’t look very appetizing, and I blame bad lighting and the phone camera phone! Hehehe! But try it. It’s flavorful and healthy.

Negative Calorie Food

Published Hunyo 29, 2012 by jptan2012

People who know me personally know that I’m currently trying to lose weight. After losing about 40 pounds in a year’s time, I now find it hard to shed the rest of the weight that I need to lose, especially; my metabolism is sort of slow. The fight against the bulge is a constant battle, and one needs to come up with different ways of fight the bulge because our body get used to what we eat and do and sort of creates a certain ‘relax’ mode that makes the fight a little slower.

In my new quest to lose weight, I found out that there is such a thing as a negative calorie food; basically, these are foods that have a low calorie index and will take out more calories for us to digest them. Scientists are divided with regards to this belief, some say it’s impossible and say its true. However, if you look at the arguments of both sides, regardless whether ‘negative calorie’ theory is true or not, one thing is certain, these are foods that has low calorie index. Meaning, you may eat a lot and there’s a low chance that you’ll get fat from a ‘negative calorie’ food. Furthermore, most of these foods included in the list of ‘negative calorie foods’ are high in fiber and will tend to make us feel full longer. A lot of them are also high in nutrients.

Allow me to share the top fifteen ‘negative calorie’ foods.

CELERY. This is the best of all negative calorie foods because it is high in fiber and essential nutrients. Plus, you need to eat about 1.5 kilos of celery before you get 200 calories out of it, so it’s really a low calorie food.


ORANGES. Is another negative calorie food. Furthermore, it’s high in vitamin C.

STRAWBERRY. Another fruit on the list is the beautiful and very delicious strawberry, this is one of my favorite fruits. However, strawberries are considered one of the ‘dirtiest’ fruit in terms of the amount of pesticide it gets before it reaches us. Here in the Philippines, it is almost if not totally impossible to get organic strawberries.

KIWI. A fruit that I also really love is kiwi and I’m lucky enough for it to be included in the negative calorie list. On top of that, a kiwi has one of the highest amount of vitamin C.

GRAPEFRUIT. I never really liked grapefruit, but I’ll try to eat more of this fruit because other than being a negative calorie fruit it’s also high in essential nutrients and anti-oxidants.

CARROTS. Need I say more? We all know the benefits of eating a carrot, we’ve been told about this by our parents and teachers.

APRICOT. They look like peaches but not as delicious, at least, for me. However, here in the Philippines, it is very rare that we have fresh apricots, and take note, dried ones are not as good.

LETTUCE. I really don’t know whether we can cook a lettuce or what’s the best way of cooking it. However, it’s one of the most common vegetable you’ll find in a salad. But again be careful with the kind of dressing that you use. It’s just sad that my favorite vegetable Arugula is not in the list of top fifteen negative calorie foods.

TOMATOES. What’s so nice about tomatoes is that one can eat it raw, but they say if you want to benefit from lycopene you must cook it. By the way, a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable.

CUCUMBER. A cucumber has a very high water content, therefore it will easily make you feel full.

WATERMELON. I love a really cold watermelon, but they say it has no nutritional content.

CAULIFLOWERS. One of the best way of eating a cauliflower is simply to blanch it and then dip it in a non-fat salad dressing.

APPLE. Even before I found out that an apple is a negative calorie food, I’ve started eating it whenever I’m craving for food. I believe that it has help me in my weight loss. However, apples are also one of the dirtiest fruits in terms of pesticide use on them. In fact, the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is no longer true.

ZUCCHINI. Not my favorite.

HOT CHILI PEPPER. Okay, I don’t know why this is in the list, it’s not like we eat like we eat the other foods in the list. However, aside from being a negative calorie food, a chili also has a certain property that aids in weight loss.

Also add in the list are most green leafy vegetables, however, it should be noted that some say for them to be truly negative calorie they should be eaten raw. It’s not a problem with the fruits, but with some of the vegetables, eating them raw tends to make it bland, so be careful with the dressing if you’re making a salad out of it. Nevertheless, some say they’re negative calorie regardless whether they are raw or cooked, but you have to be careful with the other ingredients if you decided to cook them, because they will add calorie to the negative calorie food.


Sneaky Causes of a Heart Disease

Published Mayo 9, 2012 by jptan2012

Today, I would like to write about something else, something other than Feng Shui. Hope my readers will forgive me for veering away from my usual topic; anyway, this blog was set up for me to be able to write about anything and everything that fascinates me. It just so happens, and little did I know that it would be mostly about Feng Shui.

Anyway, I’ve always been overweight and although I’ve tried to lose weight, I never seriously got into it until last 2010. Unfortunately, because I overdid trying to lose weight, I sort of unintentionally affected my heart. I was asked to stop going to the gym for a while and with proper caring and Feng Shui I’m now able to go back to the gym.

Of course, I would have to not overdo my exercising. I went to the gym to prevent having a heart problem; little did I know that going to the gym would cause it, albeit a temporary illness. What does it say; it only means that there are things that we don’t notice that may affect our heart.

I’m sharing this with you because I know that there might be readers who want to lose weight also, and all of us should be doing it properly. Aside from doing an exercise, there are other things that can affect our heart health.

In my work as a marketing communications and PR consultant, I got the opportunity to work with a lot of doctors and other medical practitioners. And I would like to share with you some of the things that you don’t know may cause heart problems.

BAD ORAL HYGIENE. Not brushing and flossing after every meal may cause serious heart problems. The reasons, from how I understood it, are not yet clear, but they believe that the bacteria cause by bad oral hygiene may travel down through our throat and affect some of our internal organs, specifically the heart. Bad oral hygiene may increase one’s risk for heart attack.

DRINKING SUGAR-FREE SODA. Drinking sugar-free soda may be good for your blood sugar, but it is definitely bad for your heart. Some studies states that there’s a 30% increase of heart attack amongst sugar-free soda drinkers compared other soda drinkers.

TV & COMPUTER. Being in front of the TV and/or computer for about 4 hours a day will significantly increase your risk for a heart attack. On top of that, even if you exercise, but spend about 4 hours a day on TV or computer doesn’t lower this risk.

Technology Can Be Bad for Our Health!

Published Pebrero 3, 2012 by jptan2012

Technology is very useful. It makes our life easier. For one, my Blackberry is such a useful tool that it makes running my business easier. I can readily answer important emails even if I’m on the road. On a personal level, I can ‘chat’ with friends abroad without extra costs via BBM. In fact, I can also blog using my Blackberry!

Of course, I also love my Mac. I get to work even if I’m on the road and stuck in traffic. I also use my Mac to watch TV series. However, there are times that staring too long in front of my Mac makes my eyes dry. So I know that my Mac is also causing some health problems. That’s why the recent Yahoo! article didn’t come as a surprise.

I urge all of you to read it because as the article shows it can get really bad. It may even cause THROMBOSIS!

Please click here to read about it.

Creatively Taking a Shot for Life: A Chinese New Year Themed Advocacy Party

Published Enero 21, 2012 by jptan2012

Last week, I got an email invite to attend a Chinese New Year’s (CNY) party. I’ve attended several CNY party but this one is different because it says that the party is a Mystery Scandal Dinner.

Being a foodie and a feng shui enthusiast I decided to attend the party more out of curiosity and also because I really haven’t tried the food in Mango Tree Bistro. I called up Jeff Tan of Idea Buffet (A Marketing and Media Mileage Consultancy Firm) to inquire as to what is the nature of the party, I initially thought that its a food event, but Jeff Tan clarified that it’s not and refuses to share me what is the nature of the event. He said – IF I WERE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE REAL NATURE OF THE EVENT, THEN IT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN CALLED MYSTERY.’ My love for food and mystery really prompted me to go and attend the party.

When I got to Mango Tree Bistro in Trinoma, I was met by Jeff Tan of Idea Buffet. After exchanging a few words of niceties, he introduced me to one of the host of the event. Edison, as he introduced himself, then found me a seat. I thought it was kind of weird because it seems like a private party. The weirdest part is it appeared to be a private party. Though it’s kind of weird also that a private party would hire a PR agency to do the inviting and also most of the guest are bloggers.

Anyway, they really made an effort to give the feel of a CNY.

Happy New Year in Chinese Character.

After awhile an emcee started the party, he introduced the host of the CNY party. Kind of weird because I don’t know any of them, on top of that the main host of the party was introduced as the patriarch of the Sy family and also the newly elected president of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. I know for a fact that he’s not the president of the Filipino – Chinese Chamber of Commerce! Add to the mystery is the fact that he introduced his children, one of them is the youngest neuro-surgeon of St. Luke’s Global, but the patriarch looks really young to have a neuro-surgeon son.

I approached Jeff Tan to inquire as to what really is happening, and he just told me to be a little patient.

Soon a drama unfolded! Apparently, the Sy family are a family of achievers, but the oldest child, who happens to be a daughter is a ‘disgraced’ to the family because she is the only one who failed to finish school and she is also a under achiever. The other children are both over achievers both in academic and in sports.

The Patriarch who is also the newly elected president of the Filipino - Chinese Chamber of Commerce

The patriarch with his wife and the neuro-surgeon son.

The long ‘buried’ family issue soon surfaced! Apparently, the patriarch has been doubting whether the under achiever daughter is really his’! Naturally, the mom got mad and they had a fight! There was shouting and I thought they might even become physically violent. But an entrance of a doctor saved them.

The patriarch with the eldest daughter whom they considered as a disgraced to the family.

According to the doctor, she knows the reason why the daughter is different from the others.

Dr. Anna Ong-Lim gave a very good explanation. Apparently, there is a medical reason for this. I will not attempt to discuss everything that she discussed because I’m sure I won’t be able to get all the facts really straight. Just find below a ‘copy-pasted’ literature about the disease that was share with us that night.

Dr. Anna Ong-Lim explained as to what caused the daughter's low intelligence, low energy and unsteady footing, and short height.

But before that, I would like to say that the daughter’s pagka-bobo (low IQ), pagka-lampa (unsteady footing) and pagka-mahina (low in energy), and pagka-pandak (short in height) is caused by diarrhea which is in turn cause by a virus called Rota or Rotavirus. In fact, this virus is so dangerous that it even accounts for the second leading cause of death amongst children. Again, in fact, it kills 13 Filipino Children everyday!!! Isn’t that scary?! Who would have thought that diarrhea can be so fatal?!

The good news is that according to Dr. Anna Ong – Lim, DOH has already announced that a vaccine to prevent the disease is now included in the immunization program of the DOH. Dr. Anna Ong-Lim also shared that there are 2 kinds of vaccines available in the market. She said one was made by GSK and the other was made by MSD. She mentioned the brands but I really can’t remember them, but naturally they both starts with the word ‘ROTA’. A short internet search revealed their name but I think its better not to include them here because I might have gotten the wrong names.

However, I believe I should share that the 2 vaccines, as shared by Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, basically achieves the same goal, and that is preventing diarrhea. Some members press for the difference, here, I thought Dr. Anna Ong-Lim had a little discomfort in sharing the specifics, but from what I get from what she shared, is that one of the vaccine had to be administered 3 times, and the other 2 times. My initial thought is that, if you can afford it, its better to get the 3 times rather than the 2 times because it might provide better cure or prevention. But I was wrong, according to Dr. Anna Ong-Lim, ultimately they provide the same kind and level of protection. A follow-up internet research showed that in fact the 2 times provides an earlier protection compared to the 3 times. Meaning, if I understood it correctly, the 3 times is not as potent that is why it has to be given 3 times. The other one is more potent thus it can be given 2 times only. Plus, because of the fact it’s given twice you are able to get earlier prevention. But, that’s just base on my research, please check with your doctor or people who are knowledgeable about this.

Anyway, I’ll just let the fast facts and article shared with us in the event do the ‘talking’, so that I don’t run the risk of giving you the wrong information.

Also kudos to the people behind this event. I really hope that we get to be invited to more activities such as this. Very creative and very informative. If all health activity are presented in this manner, surely more people will write about worthy health news.



Rotavirus is the leading cause of diarrhea in the Philippines and worldwide. Every minute, 1 child dies of diarrhea worldwide. In the Philippines, at least 13 children under five years old die every day.

In recent months, Secretary Enrique Ona of the Department of Health has announced to media its intention to included Rotavirus Vaccination as part of the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in 2012. This is aligned to P-Noy Administration’s direction and goal of Universal Health Care and moves the Philippines forward in achieving Millennium Development Goal 4(Reduce Child Mortality) by 2015.

The Philippines will become the very first Asian Country to implement Rotavirus Vaccination in the EPI.

Some of the countries that have Rotavirus Vaccine in the EPI/UMV: USA, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Ecuador, El Salvador, Finland, Germany Mexico, Peru, South Africa, and GAVI eligible countries-Bolivia, Honduras


Diarrhea a Very Serious and Deadly Disease

Diarrhea is the second leading killer of children aged less than 5 years old in the Philippines and Worldwide.

In Developing Countries Rotaviral Diarrhoea and Vomiting Kills a Child Every Minute4

In the Philippines, more than 13 Filipino children die due to diarrhea every day. This accounts for at least 12% of deaths among children under five in the country2 Rotavirus is the most common cause of vomiting and diarrhea in children worldwide and the Philippines5,6

About 40% of diarrhea cases in the Philippines is due to Rotavirus- Asian Surveillance Network data (ARSN Publication)7

Diarrhea also leads to serious long term effects to a child’s development?8 Recurrent Diarrhea may lead to long term effects of a child’s development in terms of Height, Energy Levels and Cognitive abilities.8

i.                  Diarrhea affects nutrient absorption and leads to lasting impact on the growth and development of a child.8

ii. Growth shortfalls of up to 8.2 cm by age 7 years have been attributed to early childhood diarrhea long-lasting8

iii.                  Profound effects on fitness, cognition, and schooling are also observed. 8

This means that each day, 4,000 children die of diarrhea.3

Its burden is greatest in the developing countries of Asia and Africa where access to clean

water, sanitation, and urgent medical care may be limited.

It has been calculated that repeated bouts of diarrhea in the first 2 years of life can lead to a loss of 10 IQ points and 12 months of schooling by age 9 years8

3.                  What are the direct and indirect costs associated with diarrhea?

Hospitalization due to acute gastroenteritis/diarrhea bears very serious impact on the patient and parents’ quality of life as well as their livelihood.9 62% of working caregivers had an average of P1, 000.00 income loss per day.9 Amongst working caregivers, almost all missed 1-3 days of work or more9

More than half of the caregivers had spent more than P5,000.00 (an average of P7,870.00) for all the medical expenses9

4.                  Rotavirus vaccination in the Expanded Program for Immunization of the Department of Health is Aligned to P-Noy’s direction Universal Health Care Program

a.                  “Sixty percent of our countrymen who succumb to sickness die without seeing a doctor.”- Pnoy’s Challenge on the need for Universal Healthcare Program for all Filipinos10

b. One of key health policy direction of Aquino administration is attainment of MDG 4 specifically reduction of infant mortality rate10

5.                  Rotavirus vaccination in the Expanded Program for Immunization of the Department of Health moves the Philippines towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goal

b.                  Diarrhea is the 2nd leading killer of children under five2 c.                  More than 13 Filipino children die due to diarrhea every day. This accounts for at least 12%

of deaths among children under five in the country1 e.                  By preventing diarrheal deaths among children thru rotavirus vaccination, we are able to

reduce substantially overall child mortality in the Philippines towards achievement of MDG4 by 2015.

What are the ways to prevent diarrhea?

Rotavirus is highly contagious and stable in the environment. It can survive on hands for hours; on solid surfaces for days and remains stable and infective in stools for a week.13

Improvements in water and sanitation do not significantly reduce rotavirus diarrhea burden,

which is why in developed countries like Australia, USA, Spain and UK rotavirus still

contributes around 50% of the diarrhea cases and rotavirus vaccination has been successful

in reducing the burden by as much as 75.6% reduction in hospitalization due to rotaviral


Rotavirus infection often causes vomiting, which makes oral rehydration therapy far less



7. Rotavirus Vaccination is the most effective way to prevent diarrhea related childhood deaths under 5years of age.16


World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) recommends that rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programs, particularly in countries where diarrhea deaths account for more than 10% of deaths in children younger than 5 years3

In the Philippines, Diarrhea is the 2nd leading killer of children under 52 More than 13 Filipino children die due to diarrhea every day. This accounts for at least 12% of deaths among children under five in the country 1


8. Value of Vaccination vs. Treatment

Every year about 3 million deaths are prevented 750,000 children are saved from disability due to vaccines17 With the exception of clean drinking water, vaccines are the most effective intervention in reducing and preventing the return of infectious diseases. It is considered as one of the greatest public health achievements in the world18

WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) recommends that rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programs, particularly in countries where diarrhea deaths account for more than 10% of deaths in children younger than 5 years3 In the Philippines, Diarrhea is the 2nd leading killer of children under 52

More than 13 Filipino children die due to diarrhea every day. This accounts for at least 12% of deaths among children under five in the country 1


1.                  Field Health Service Information system 2008 NEC Department of Health, Manila 2.                  Black RE, Cousens S, Johnson HL, et al. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in

2008: a systematic analysis. The Lancet 2010; 375:1969-1987

3. 4.                  Huilan A, et al. WHO Bull 1991; 69: 549–55. 5.                  Linhares and Bresee, Pan Am J Public Health 2000 8(5) 305-331 6.                  Santos MIBL, et al. Acta Medica Philippina 2005; 39 (1):36–42; Paje-Villar E, et al. Ann Trop Med

Parasitol 1994; 88(1): 53–8; 7.                  ARSN Publication 8.                  Moore SR et al. Int J Epidemiol 2001; 30: 1457-64.; Guerrant DI et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 1999;

61: 707-13.;Niehaus M et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2002; 66: 590-3. Ndamba J et. Al. Ann Trop

Med Parasitol 1993 vol. 87, 553-561. 9.                  Quality of Life Assessment of the Impact on the Caregivers of Children Hospitalized for Acute

Gastroenteritis in the Philippines

10. Lecture Entitled, Aquino Health Agenda: Universal Health Care by Enrique T. Ona, 2nd Philippine Health Outlook Forum 22 October 2010

11. http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ 12. 13. PENELOPE H. DENNEHY, MD, Transmission of rotavirus and other enteric pathogens in the home 14. Gimenez-Sanchez F. 17th ESPID. June 9-13, 2009. Brussels, Belgium. 15. http://www.path.org/projects/rotavirus_vaccine.php 16. State of the World’s Vaccine and Immunization, WHO 2003 17. Ehreth J. Vaccine 2003; 21:4105-4117 18. V.Usonis, 2008




Taking A Shot For Life

You don’t know Mark. Or Sarah. Or Michael. And you never will.

Same with Andrew, Amor, or Katrina.

You will never hear Jairus’s laughter. Kenneth will never reach kindergarten. Myra and Elizabeth will never get to join any school activities.

Noelle, Brian, and Carlo won’t even get to throw their first birthdays.

Thirteen children, dead—and that’s just for today. Tomorrow, thirteen more in the Philippines will suffer the same fate which could’ve been averted.

Parents, be alarmed: don’t dismiss “pagtatae” (diarrhea) as a trivial incovenience. In the Philippines and worldwide, diarrhea is the second leading killer of children aged less than 5 years old1. Everyday, 1,500 children around the globe die because of rotavirus-related diarrhea2.

Those who escape death may not be so lucky as well. Because diarrhea affects nutrient absorption, it leads to lasting impact on the growth and development of a child.  Growth shortfalls of up to 8.2 cm by age 7 years have been attributed to early childhood diarrhea, with profound effects on fitness, cognition, and schooling observed among children who experience repeated bouts3. In fact, it has been calculated that children who regularly suffer from it in the first 2 years of life can lead to a loss of 10 IQ points and 12 months of schooling by age 9 years3.

With  the reduction of child mortality as part of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations, saving children from rotavirus-related deaths counts among the most important missions countries must take—especially as this disease is highly preventable through vaccination. The World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) recommends that rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programs, particularly in countries where diarrhea deaths account for more than 10% of deaths in children younger than 5 years1. In the Philippines, diarrheal deaths accounts for at least 12% among children under five in the country6

Considering that one of the key health policy directions of Aquino administration is the attainment of MDG 4 specifically reduction of infant mortality rate, rotavirus vaccination is imperative to achieve the Philippines’ goal to lower this mortality rate5. By preventing diarrheal deaths among children thru rotavirus vaccination, the country will be able to substantially reduce overall child mortality in the Philippines towards achievement of the fourth Millennium Development Goal by 2015.

“We need to be serious about saving our children from the grip of this burdensome but highly preventable disease,” says Dr. Salvacion Gatchalian, Director, Clinical R & D and Medical Affairs for GlaxoSmithKline Philippines, “And there is no better way than to vaccinate our children to protect them from rotavirus, the most common cause of diarrhea which accounts for 12% of deaths among children under five in the Philippines6. If properly implemented, the Philippines may be the very first country in the Asia to include rotavirus vaccine in our national immunization program. ”

Thirteen children have died yesterday from diarrhea-related illnesses. But with this vaccine, millions do not have to suffer the same fate.



  1. Black RE, Cousens S, Johnson HL, et al. Global, regional, and national causes of child mortality in 2008: a systematic analysis. The Lancet 2010; 375:1969-1987
  2. WHO, UNICEF. Joint Statement on Clinical Management of Acute Diarrhoea. 2004.
  3. Guerrant DI et al. Am J Trop Med Hyg 1999
  4. WHO. Wkly Epidemiol Rec 2009; 84: 220–36.
    1. Lecture Entitled, Aquino Health Agenda: Universal Health Care by Enrique T. Ona, 2nd Philippine Health Outlook Forum 22 October 2010
    2. Field Health Service Information system 2008 NEC Department of Health, Manila



Published Enero 21, 2012 by jptan2012

Dementia is a scary disease. It breaks the heart of a love one and may even break families.

I have a friend whose mother had dementia. At first, it manifested as a slight change in attitude, the person gets moodier, little by little she started forgetting where she put things. She lost their cordless phone at home, only to find out later that she had put it inside the freezer. Then, she almost burned their house, because she was cooking dinner, went upstairs and forgot that she was cooking. One time, she forgot the name of her husband and soon she forgot how to open a door. They were told that she has an early onset of Alzheimer’s disease.

According to my friend, the worst part of the disease is not that they have to take care of her. It’s not even the change in attitude, she being moody, although it was really bad and really painful its still not the worst. The worst is when his mother started forgetting about them, forgetting about herself, forgetting about life.

It was so bad, that my friend’s father who is unable to cope with the pain, started looking for the caring, loving, thoughtful wife she had elsewhere. He started having affairs in the hope that he’ll find his wife again. The sister of my friend so hated this that to this day, she still doesn’t talk to her father.

My friend’s mom had since passed away, but the pain still lingers. Dementia, Alzheimer’s, whatever you call it, its a scary cruel disease that brings pain.

I will not attempt to talk about the nature of the disease in detail, there are a lot of websites that can do that better. But I want to write about it because I saw how it affected my friend’s family.

Also want to share with you how you can cut the risk of dementia. Yahoo! had an article about it. Please read through it by clicking here.

Habits that Make Us Sick

Published Enero 20, 2012 by jptan2012

When I started becoming more health conscious may mga bagay akong nalaman na sa tingin natin eh walang kuwenta pero unti-unti nagpapapasama sa kalusugan natin.

Ang ilan dito ay…

1. Kung nagpapapayat at nag cra-crave ng sweets mas makakabuting kumain nito kahit konti kasi pag sobrang tiniis eh baka mag binge tayo.

2. Exercising without loading up on liquid is like driving a car without gasoline.

3. Sitting in front of the whole computer may cause stroke.

Madami pang iba. Pero recently, nagsulat din ang Yahoo! ng online article that talks about bad habits that may lead to bad health.

Read the article here.

Pagtatae, 2nd Leading Cause of Child Death!

Published Enero 12, 2012 by jptan2012

Takot na takot tayong lahat sa dengue kasi alam natin nakakamatay ito. Kaya naman ang mga magulang eh ingat na ingat na hindi makagat ng lamok angmga anak nila dahil takot silang magka dengue ang mga ito.

Pero diarrhea o pagtatae pala ang 2nd leading cause of death of kids below 5 years old. Sa katunayan nga raw eh araw-araw 13 Filipinong bata ang namamatay dahil sa diarrhea na kadalasan daw at dulot ng virus na ang tawag eh rotavirus.

Pero ang magandang balita, ang rotavirus daw ay highly preventable dahil sa vaccine. Lahat ng baby from 6 weeks to 14 weeks old ay pwedeng magpa vaccine. Ang magandang balita eh ang Pilipinas daw ang kauna-unahang bansa sa SouthEast Asia ang magsasali ng rotavirus vaccine sa National Immunization Program.

Ayon kay Sec. Enrique Ona, nasa proseso na raw sila ng pagprocure ng vaccines. Dalawa raw ang vaccine na available sa publiko ngayon kaya may bidding na magaganap. Pero may nagtanong sa media kung ano ang pagkakaiba ng dalawang vaccine, ang naisagot lang ng assistant secretary ni Sec. Ona eh yun isa raw two doses at yun isa eh 3 doses.

Base sa akin research, mas matagal maging epektibo yun 3 doses kasi nga kailangan umabot na muna ng 3 doses bago magkaroon ng full immunity ang bata, so parang mas maganda yun 2 doses lang. Bakit hindi kaya yun nalang ang kunin ng DOH?

Base rin sa akin research sa web, yun 2 doses ay tinatawag na Rotarix at yun 3 doses ay tinatawag na Rotatech. Bakit kaya hindi nalang ginawa ng Rotatech na maging 2 doses na rin lang sila?

Pero hindi na natin masasagot yan dahil hindi naman tayo doctor. Pero ang mahalaga may protection na ang mga Filipinong bata sa sakit na ito.

Inspirasyon sa Pagpapapayat!

Published Enero 7, 2012 by jptan2012

Alam kong mahirap magpapapayat! Hindi enough na gustuhin mo lang ito, dahil kung sapat na ang gustuhin mong pumayat siguro wala ng mataba sa mundo. But losing weight is a struggle. One will have to work hard for it. I consider my weight loss battle as climbing my Everest. Alam kong hindi sapat na isipin kong gusto. Alam kong hindi sapat na pagtrabahuan ko siya. I need to have lots of determination, discipline, and inspiration.

One way for me to draw inspiration is to read about people who have successful fight the bulge. I always draw more inspiration sa mga ‘normal’ na tao at hindi sa mga celebrity na sobrang yaman na may kakayahan kumuha ng sarili nilang chef para magluto ng special meal for them. A recent online article is one such kind of inspiration. If you want to get inspired in your fight against the bulge, I suggest for you to read this online article.

Mga Simtomas ng Sakit ng Bata na Hindi Pwedeng Baliwalain.

Published Enero 7, 2012 by jptan2012

Here’s another Yahoo! article that I think may be helpful to all parents and/or adults who take care of kids. Bilang isang tao who works closely with a pharmaceutical company, madami na akong nabalitaan o narinig na kuwento na mga batang napahamak dahil sa maling akala ng magulang o sa ‘pagbabaliwala’ ng magulang sa sintomas ng anak.

If you are parent and/or an adult who takes care of a child. Please do read the article.

DASH Diet, the best diet?

Published Enero 6, 2012 by jptan2012

May bagong diet fad na lumalabas. DASH diet ang tawag dito. Actually, hindi naman daw ito para sa weight loss, kundi ang diet na ito raw ay concentrated on getting your sodium low and para mawala ang hypertension o para hindi magkasakit sa puso. The weight loss is only a secondary effect of the diet.

Medyo maganda ang reviews ng diet na ito. Personally, I’m not sure whether I’m going to try it or not. I still believe proper diet is still the best diet. Pero I suppose, lumalamang itong diet na ito in the sense the its really low in sodium, which is really good.

Trying to Understand Food Labels.

Published Enero 2, 2012 by jptan2012

A little more than a year ago I was around 240lbs. Yun ay bago kong tinangkang magpapayat. I’m now around 210lbs and I still need to lose about 50lbs for me to achieve my ideal weight.

I have been overweight my whole life. Madaming factor ito…kawalan ng disiplina sa pagkain, hindi pagkakaintindi kung ano ang tamang pagkain na kainin-nalaman kong malaking factor sa pagtaba ay ang carbohydrates eh ang hilig ko man din sa spaghetti, mami, kanin kahit pa sinigang, suka’t bagoong, sabaw lang ng paksiw ang ulam, talbos o kamatis na may bagoong lang ang ulam.

Yun sinubukan ko nang magpapayat, medyo naging mas conscious ako sa mga kinakain ko. Doon na rin ako nagsimula maging conscious sa pagbabasa ng mga food labels.

Pero ganunpaman, minsan, medyo deceiving ang food label. Akala mo ‘healthier choice’ yun nakuha mong food pero hindi pala.

Ang ilan sa mga bagay na natutunan ko base sa pagtatanong at pag research sa internet ay…


Ang rule pala kasi para dito ay hindi kailangan ilagay sa label kung hindi indi umabot sa 1g ang trans fat. They’re not even required to round it off. Meaning, if the food that you’re buying has .98g trans fat, they’re not required to round it off and write it. Kaya kung mahilig ka sa junk food na kagaya ng chips, at bawat isang balot ay may 10 servings, at nabubos mo yun, meaning you have already eaten 9.8g of trans fat!

So how do we know kung may trans fat? Unfortunately, wala pa akong malinaw at tuwiran sagot about that. Pero ang general rule is inaaalam ko kung worth it ba kainin yun food at yun added calories from that food. Tsaka, I normally veer away from oily foods. Sabi rin nung iba pag daw ang label ay may – ‘PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OIL’, ‘HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL’, ‘SHORTENING’ eh malaki ang possibility na may trans fat yun.



Walang malinaw na batayan kung ano ang ‘ALL NATURAL’, ‘NATURAL’, at ‘ORGANIC’ ay totoo, kasi the manufacturers can just put the the word kahit pa isa o dalawang bagay lang ‘NATURAL’ O ‘ORGANIC’ doon. Walang malinaw na batas sa kahit saan man bahagi ng mundo. Pero, pag may label ito na USDA-CERTIFIED ORGANIC ito ang medyo reliable. Hindi ko sure kung may local counterpart ito dito sa Philippines, pero sa ngayon mas reliable lang ang ‘USDA-CERTIFIED ORGANIC’.



‘MADE WITH REAL FRUIT’ only means that it might have one or two pathetic small pieces of preserved real fruit. Pwede rin naman may maliit na real fruit juice sa ingredients, at yun lang yun. Ang classic na example dito para sa mga dieters at ang yoghurt. Madaming yoghurt brand na may nakalagay na ‘MADE WITH REAL FRUIT’, pero ang katotohanan baka nilagyan lang ito ng maliit na piraso ng preserved fruit. Mas maganda pa kung bumili ka nalang ng plain yoghurt at lagyan ito ng real fruit. Besides its always better to eat fresh fruits.



Isa sa pinaka una kong inalis ko yun nag diet ako eh yun white rice at lahat ng klase ng refined grains. Meaning, kasama dito ang white bread, etc.

Pareho lang ang carbohydrate content ng white bread sa whole wheat bread, ng ordinary cereals sa whole grain cereals, pero iba ang effect nito. Mas matagal mawala ang pagkabusog sa whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals as compared to white bread, o ordinary cereals. Mas hindi rin mag spike o tataas ang blood sugar na dulot ng carbohydrates kapag whole grain o whole wheat ang kinain. Pero hindi lahat ng whole grain o whole wheat ay totoong whole grain o whole wheat. Minsan nilalagyan lang nila ito ng maliit na bahagi na whole grain o whole wheat, kasi nga mas mahal ang whole grain o whole wheat, pero at the same time this makes the bread or cereals coarser and mas matigas.

So paano mo malalaman kung totoong whole grain o whole wheat ang isang pagkain? There is a rule na kung ano ang pinakamaraming ingredient sa isang product, yun dapat ang kauna-unahang item sa food label. Kaya tingan mo sa ingredients kung ano ang unang nakalagay. The first item should always be Whole Grain o Whole Wheat. Kung ang unang item at ‘Enriched Flour’, it means hindi na siya ‘Whole Grain o Whole Wheat’. At huwag magpapaloko sa term na ‘enriched’ ang isang ibig sabihin nito eh mas nakakataba ito.



Masama ang sugar pero hindi ibig sabihin kapag ‘sugar free’ ang isang product eh ok na ito. Minsan, pinapalitan lang nila ito ng mga ibang bagay na at the end of the day, at kapag na process ngkatawan natin eh sugar na rin. So pag ingatan ang mga – BROWN RICE SYRUP, BARLEY MALT, CARAMEL FRUCTOSE, FRUIT JUICE CONCENTRATE, CORN SYRUP, dahil ang mga ito at the end of the day ay sugar din. To be completely honest, I was told that there are about 60 different kinds of sugar that is not required to be put as sugar, pero gaya nga ng sabi ko sugar pa rin ito at the end of the day. Ang isa nalang sa naging basehan ko eh ang calorie count.

Ganunpaman, hindi rin ito masyado accurate kasi ang mga artificial sweeteners ay calorie free pero this may cause stomach bloating and upset stomach. Some studies also indicates that this may also cause us to eat more kasi it messes our taste buds.

Ang standard ko, its better to avoid anything that’s sweet.



Ang katotohanan, fat is not as bad as they’re painted to be in the past. Pero huwag lang nga in excess. Ang mga ‘fat-free’ o ‘reduced-fat’ products means tinanggalan o binawasan na ito ng fat, which also means, tinanggalan na rin ito ng flavor. If they remove the flavor they’ll have to replace it with something else, and most likely, they’ll replace it with sugar.

Unang sinabi sa aking ng personal trainer ko is that I should not be afraid to eat healthy fats (fats found in egg whites, yoghurt, and lean meat), basta in moderation and also at the end of the day, fats are satiating, which means it has the potential to curb our cravings.



Yun nag uumpisa pa lang akong mag diet, naging conscious ako sa calorie count. Siyempre pag mababa ang calorie count binibili ko ito agad. Pero ang hindi ko napag ingatan ay ang serving size. Madalas kasi nakalagay ’50 calories’ pero ang hindi natin napapansin eh yun isang pack o container ay mayroon palang 4 servings. Meaning pag naubos mo buo eh naka 200 calories ka na. So it is always advisable to check the serving size.


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