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Problem with the Rare Disease Called Celiac Disease Ends Because of the Wish Fulfilling and Buddha’s Blessing Mantra Pendant: Another Personal Testimony of a Reader

Published Mayo 5, 2014 by jptan2012

No One Can Beat The WheatI was just talking to a reader, R, who mentioned to me that she is wheat intolerant, and this reminded me of another reader, NS who wrote to me about her Celiac Disease.

Celiac Disease from how I understood it is an autoimmune disease that occurs in people who are genetically born with it, although they might not be diagnose of the disease until later in life. If you are familiar with lactose intolerance, celiac disease is almost the same, however, you become intolerant to wheat and gluten. It makes a person unable to absorb the nutrients of the food that he or she eats and because of this the person may become anemic, may experience fatigue, and in some case may become malnourished. On top of that, he or she may experience diarrhea also.

NS was diagnosed with her celiac disease after she gave birth to her first child. The doctor said the stress of being a new housewife and a mom might have ‘triggered’ the symptom of celiac disease. NS’s celiac disease became so bad that she stopped producing milk because she became malnourished, and she would have wanted to breastfed her son as long as she can.

When she was diagnosed with celiac disease the doctor told her she could never eat bread again along with a lot of other food. What’s worst, her rice intake should be very limited also.

Several years after, when she became pregnant again with her second baby, that’s when she decided that she really wants to breastfeed her baby. She knows that for her to be able to be healthy again, she needs to eat a balance diet. Her desire led her to request for the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT. She was 3 months pregnant when she got the pendant.

Her second baby was 6 months old when NS called me again. She said she was still breastfeeding. Before writing this post, I decided to call NS again, her baby is now 9 months old, and she said she still breastfeed her! According to her even her doctor was surprised about it.

If you wish to know more about the WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT please read the following blog posts:

FULFILL YOUR WISHES AND GET BLESSINGS FROM THE BUDDHAS WITH THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT.

WISH FULFILLED WITH THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ – A PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER.

ANOTHER WISH FULFILLED WITH THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT”.

A PROPHETIC DREAM, THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT, AND A WONDERFUL BLESSING.

WINNING THE ELECTIONS AND A NEW BUSINESS: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER ABOUT THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT”.

A MOTHER GAMBLED ON THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ FOR HER SON – A PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

WINNING THE LOTTERY AND COMING HOME. DREAMS FULFILLED BY THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ – ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

WISHES FULFILLED WITH THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ AND A BIG BUSINESS BREAK WITH ‘WEALTH AND MASTER PROTECTION PENDANT’ – PERSONAL TESTIMONIES OF READERS

A FINANCIALLY REWARDING JOB, A FATHER’S FORGIVENESS, AN EX-BOYFRIEND WHO ASKED FOR A SECOND CHANCE BECAUSE OF THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’ – ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

SAVED FROM TYPHOON YOLANDA’S WRATH THROUGH THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

ONE AFTER THE OTHER TV AND MOVIE PROJECTS AND A SUCCESSFUL RESTAURANT BUSINESS ATTRIBUTED TO THE ‘WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT’: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER WHO HAPPENS TO BE AN ACTOR

MOTHER RECUPERATED FROM CANCER AND A NEW BUSINESS BECAUSE OF THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

ANOTHER NEWSPAPER ARTICLE: THE ACCIDENTAL FENG SHUI PRACTITIONER

HOW FENG SHUI CHANGES LIVES: MIRACLES MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT

THE STORY OF AN INSURANCE AGENT AND OF A HUSBAND WHO WAS LAID OFF FROM WORK: PERSONAL TESTIMONIES FROM READERS ABOUT THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT

BECOMING A BETTER MOTHER BECAUSE OF AN UNFULFILLED WISH: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

ACHIEVING FINANCIAL STABILITY BECAUSE OF THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

THE DUST IS NOW A DIAMOND: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER ABOUT THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT AND THE POWER OF LOVE

PROBLEM WITH THE RARE DISEASE CALLED CELIAC DISEASE ENDS BECAUSE OF THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

GAINING FREEDOM FROM DEBT AND ACHIEVING FINANCIAL SUCCESS BY FOLLOWING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE DIFFERENT FENG SHUI TIPS TO ENHANCE WEALTH LUCK AND WEARING THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

MEETING ONE’S TRUE LOVE AND GAINING FINANCIAL STABILITY WITH THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY OF A READER

FROM TEACHER TO SCHOOL OWNER: ANOTHER PERSONAL TESTIMONY  OF A READER ABOUT THE WISH FULFILLING AND BUDDHA’S BLESSING MANTRA PENDANT

 

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A Feng Shui Gift of Protection for Your Mom on Mother’s Day!

Published Mayo 12, 2012 by jptan2012

Several of my readers emailed me to inquire as to what is the best Feng Shui gift to be given to a mother.

The truth is Feng Shui is personal and while there are some Feng Shui recommendations that can be ‘generally’ given, the real essence of Feng Shui is quite personal and one has to look at the Bazi of the person.

Our mom is the most precious gift we have and I believe the most valuable gift we can give our mom is the gift of protection. I personally am very thankful that I thought of giving a gift of protection to my mom, and I didn’t realize then that it is something that would save her life.

I have been practicing and studying Feng Shui then, when all of a sudden I thought of giving my mom a special protection Feng Shui charm or amulet. She was scheduled to go out-of-town with her sister and my cousin, and I thought I’ll give her something that she may use as a protection.

Two days after receiving the Feng Shui protection amulet, she fell ill. She had diarrhea, and high fever. It was so bad that we have to call a doctor friend to see her at home, on top of that she has to fed by my sister and was confined in her room for a complete bed rest. My sister who is also familiar with Feng Shui told me that I might have given my mom a wrong Feng Shui amulet. When I assured her that I’m sure that I gave her something that’s appropriate for my mom, she inquired then whether I did clean off the Feng Shui amulet of any negative chi that it might have acquired since the amulet was made of a crystal. I assured her that I cleansed of the amulet from any chi it has acquired.

We decided to let my mom take off the amulet. But since she was still ill, she wasn’t able to join my aunt and cousin. Little did we know then that the illness would save her from a terrible accident.

Without going into detail, my aunt and cousin had an accident. It was so bad that they were badly injured. My mom would have been in the same car if she didn’t get ill.

I would like to point out to points here. First, an amulet may work in a seemingly bad way, but in effect it is just preventing you from a bigger harm, and second, I believe that gift of protection saved my mom.

I still believe that that was the best gift I’ve ever given my mom.

So if you’re inclined to give a Feng Shui gift for your mom, why don’t it be a gift of protection.

There are several protection Feng Shui amulet or charm that you can give like Sun Wukong pendant, Kuan Kong pendant, etc. However, I believe the following are very good for mothers.

KUAN YIN PENDANT. Kuan Yin, for those who are not familiar,  is like the Virgin Mary of the Buddhist. But I need to stress that Kuan Yin is a Celestial Being although some people do believe that she came to earth in the form of Princess Miao Shan. Also, if we are to talk about Kuan Yin and the Virgin Mary as a concept, Kuan Yin is so much older then the Virgin Mary. In fact, some people believe that the concept of Virgin Mary was derived from that of Kuan Yin.

This is from my personal collection. The reason I love this pendants so much is because it has a inscription of the Heart Sutra at the back. I wear the smaller one everyday.

I think all mothers should have a Kuan Yin pendant or an image of Kuan Yin because Kuan Yin for the Chinese Buddhist represents the most ideal trait of a mother – infinite compassion, specially to her ‘children’.

If you want to know more about Kuan Yin, please do read my previous posts – ‘KUAN YIN: THE ONE WHO HEAR THE CRIES OF THE WORLD’; ‘UNDERSTANDING MERCY AND COMPASSION: THE TRANSFORMATION OF AVALOKITESVARA TO KUAN YIN’; and ‘PAYING HOMAGE TO KUAN YIN, THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION’.

THE SYMBOLIC SCRIPT OF AMITABHA BUDDHA’S MANTRA. Amitabha Buddha’s mantra which is OM AMI DEWA HRIH is one of the most powerful protection mantra. Wearing or carrying a symbolic script of the said mantra will continuously protect your mothers.

This is the symbolic script of the mantra of Amitabha Buddha, which is also a very good protection mantra. If you’re budget is tight, you can simply print this symbolic script, put in a red envelope and give it to your mom for her to carry everyday.

To know more about MANTRAS, please do read my previous post called – ‘MANTRA: THE INSTRUMENT TO TAP THE POWER OF THE SYMBOLIC SOUND, SCRIPT, AND THOUGHT’. 

GODDESS TARA PENDANT OR THE SYMBOLIC SCRIPT OF GODDESS TARA’S MANTRA. Goddess Tara is also called the Swift Liberator, just like our mothers, Goddess Tara is very quick to response to our plea. Goddess Tara is very good for mothers who has teenage kids and are starting to explore an ‘independent’ life by going out more often on their own. Every time a mother starts worrying about their kids who may still be out late in the evening, can call on Goddess Tara to ensure that their kids are kept safe.

To know more about Goddess Tara you can read the following posts – ‘GODDESS TARA, THE MOTHER OF SWIFT LIBERATION’ and ‘PAYING HOMAGE TO GODDESS TARA’.

This is a jade Goddess Tara pendant from my personal collection.

One other factor to ensure that your mom’s luck is kept intact and that she’s continuously protected through Feng Shui is to ensure that the Southwest section of your house should be ‘present’. Meaning, it should be habited and used, and that area do not function as a storage area. It’s also good to keep the Southwest section of the house well lit to help ensure that the mom of the house always has good chi.

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.

THE DIARRHEA FAST FACTS:

Background

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

diarrhea14

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

effective15

 

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

References:

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

 

THE LITERARY ARTICLE ABOUT THE DISEASE:

 

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.

 

References:

  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

 

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.

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