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Updated: 2018-03-06T02:23:38.978-08:00


Types, Symptoms and factors of developing Cervical Cancer


     What is cervical cancer? According to Medical dictionaries it is a disease in which cells of the cervix become abnormal and start to grow uncontrollably forming tumors. It begins on the surface of the cervix and can penetrate deep beneath the surface. The cancer can spread directly to nearby tissues, including the vagina. It can also enter into the rich network of small blood and lymphatic vessels inside the cervix, which spreads to other parts of the body.

     What are the types of cervical cancer? There are three types of cervical cancer:

  1. Squamous cell carcinomas. This most common type is made up of cells that cover the surface of the cervix.
  2. Adenocarcinomas. This type starts in the gland cells that make mucus.
  3. Adenosquamous carcinomas. This type has the features of both the squamous and adenosquamos cell cancers.
     These are some factors that can increase a woman's chance of developing cervical cancer:
  1. Sexual practices. Cervical cancer was discovered by Harald zur Hausen of Germany in 1983 after 10 years of studying different types of Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) and discovering HPV 16 as tumorigenic among cervical cancer biopsies. In 1984, he discovered HPV 18 by cloning HPV 16 and 18 from patients with cervical cancer. These types are commonly found among cervical cancer biopsies contributing to 70% of cervical cancer throughout the world. Human Papillomaviruses are wart-producing viruses. Of the more than 100 types, only about 40 infect the genitals. Of these 40 types, 15 are cancer-producing among females. Today, researchers disclosed that 99% of cervical cancers are due to HPV infection through these sexual practices. (a) Age of the woman's first sexual contact. Having sex before age 18 increases the risk of HPV infection. (b) The number of partners The more sex partners a woman will have, the higher the risk. (c) Having intercourse with men whose previous partners have cervical cancer. (d) Women whose partners are HPV infected. (e) The presence of other sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes.
  2. Long-term use of birth control pills (more than 5 years). The risk declines as she stops the pill.
  3.  Women who have three or more full-term pregnancies.
  4. Women who are younger than 17 years when they had their firs full-term pregnancy.
  5. Family history. When the mother and other females in the maternal side had cervical cancer, the risk is two to three times higher.
  6. Smoking
  7. Being overweight.
     Be alarmed if you have any of these symptoms:
  • Abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods, after intercourse or menopause.
  • Increase vaginal discharge that may be foul smelling or contains mucus.
  • Periods become heavier and last longer than usual.

Sinusitis and other health problems


     Chronic sinusitis is often part of a cluster of health problems that includes asthma and bronchitis as well as serious digestive problems, such as chronic heartburn. Sinusitis also is a cause of sleep apnea (temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping), which can indirectly lead to heart attach and stroke. Knowing that these conditions can be connected helps sinusitis sufferers to protect themselves from seemingly unrelated health problems when the sinuses become inflamed by infection or allergy, the tissues swell, closing off the airflow and making it difficult to breathe through the nose. As a result of inflammation, mucus turns thick and sticky and can become yellow, green, brown or tan.

     The inflammation and infection associated with sinusitis can spreed to the respiratory track and affect the digestive system as well, causing a broad set of health problems called chronic airway-digestive inflammatory disease, which results in the following:

  • Lung problems. When the sinuses no longer cleanse the air properly, inflammation of the large and medium airways can result. This can lead to bronchitis, causing congestion, coughing and shortness of breath. Inflammation of the small airways can cause asthma.
  • Digestive disorders. Infectious mucus dripping down the back of the throat may inflame the stomach, causing acid to back up into the esophagus, leading to chronic heartburn, a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Sleep Apnea. Many people who snore also suffer from sleep apnea. Besides the stress of extreme fatigue caused by repeated awakenings, sleep apnea reduces oxygen levels in the blood, increasing heart attack and stroke risk

Testing for Food Allergies


     A food allergy usually can be diagnosed with a thorough medical history taken by an allergist. The Doctor will want to know the following:

  • When do symptoms occur? Food allergies typically cause symptoms with in a few minutes to several hours after exposure. Symptoms include stomach cramping, hives, lip swelling, runny nose, congestion and asthma. With a food intolerance, symptoms may not occur until the next day.
  • How much did you eat? With food allergies, any exposure can trigger symptoms. For some patient, 1 mg - an amount that's almost impossible to see will provoke an allergic response. A reaction can even be triggered by kissing or sharing utensils with someone who has eaten a substance to which you are allergic. A skin reaction can occur from touching the substance. With a food intolerance, symptoms usually are linked to the amount consumed. Someone who's sensitive to milk, for example, can often drink a small amount without a reaction.
     Two test can identify most food allergies:
  1. Skin prick. Extracts of suspected foods are pricked into the skin with a needle. The appearance of a rash within a few hours or even a few minutes- indicate a food allergy. Caution: The skin prick test isn't advisable for patients with severe allergies. The tiny amounts of food used in the test could trigger a life threatening reaction.
  2. Radioallergosorbent test (RAST). This blood test detects antibodies to specific food proteins. The test occasionally produces false positive - indicating an allergy where none is present. It's often combined with the skin-prick test for more accurate results.

Common Causes of Vision Loss


     These are the common causes of vision loss, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and cataracts. If you experience something wrong with your eyes it is good idea to consult an opthalmologist (a medical doctor who diagnoses and treats eye diseases) or optometrist (a doctor who treats eye conditions not needing surgery) who specializes in low vision.

  • Macular Degeneration. It occurs when the macula (the central part of the retina, which is responsible for sharpness, color and daylight vision) is damaged by gradual degeneration of retinal cells or hemorrhaging of underlying blood cells into the retina. Macular degeneration destroys central vision, so magnification is necessary for most people who have this disease.
  • Diabetic Retinopathy. A complication of advance or long-term diabetic retinopathy results in peripheral and central vision loss. It is caused by leaking blood vessels that damage the entire retina, including the macula. Diabetic retinopathy affects each individual differently, but most require a variety of aids, such as magnifiers and large print books and periodicals. Vision aids that help patients administer insulin are good for those with moderate vision loss for diabetic retinopathy.
  • Glaucoma. Increase eye pressure, resulting from a build up of fluid in the eyes that damages the optic nerves. Often leads to the progressive eye disease known as glaucoma. In late-stage glaucoma, the optic nerve damage can cause an irreversible loss of peripheral vision. Although glaucoma patients typically retain their central vision, it is impaired because their ability to see contrast is significantly reduced. This makes it difficult to distinguish edges, such as those on a curb or steps. The best vision aids is to have good lighting and contrast enhancement are crucial for people with glaucoma. They usually need double or triple the amount of light that a person with normal vision would use.
  • Cataracts. Although cataracts can be surgically removed, some people must delay or even forgo surgery because of other health problems, such as stroke or a broken hip. For those cataract patients, low-vision aids can be helpful until surgery can be performed.



     If a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, medication is usually started right away to help slow the progression of the disease as well as curb or stabilize the symptoms.

     Certain health habits are believed to help protect against Alzheimer's:

  • Control weight, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A recent study of nearly 1,500 people in Finland confirmed that risk factors for Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease are strikingly similar. Researchers fund that people who were obese and had high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels were six times more likely to develop Alzheimer's than people without those health problems.
  • Eat the right foods. A nutrition diet rich in brightly colored, antioxidant-rich fruits (blueberries, plums, strawberries, oranges, cherries, raspberries and cranberries) and vegetables (kale, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, red peppers, eggplant and onions) helps curb the damage that brain cells undergo in response to disease-promoting molecules known as free radicals.
  • Stay physically active. Any kind of physical activity is valuable. But cardiovascular exercise, including walking, is particularly good for overall circulation and blood circulation to the brain.



     With normal aging, our brain begin to shrink a few cells at a time, which slows brain functioning. In patients with early-stage Alzheimer's, however, a much more insidious process occurs. For reasons that are not well understood, abnormal accumulation of protein fragments and cellular material that contain an insoluble protein called beta-amyloid develop, as do brain-damaging bundles of neurofibers known as neurofibrillary tangles.

     When memory lapses occur as a result of normal aging, the information can almost always be retrieved at some point later. With early-stage Alzheimer's, however, memories of recent events-those that have taken place in past weeks, days or even hours - completely disappear.

     Symptoms that also characterize Alzheimer's in its early stages are the following:
  • Loss of initiative. The person may lose interest in what had been favorite activities, such as gardening, or taking walks. He/she may become passive and spend more time sleeping or watching television.
  • Loss of smell. One study linked Alzheimer's to an inability to identify certain smells - specifically strawberry, smoke, soap, menthol, clove, pineapple, natural gas, lemon and leather.
  • Language problems. Finding the perfect word or phrase becomes increasingly difficult, and vocabulary is diminished.
  • Difficulty reasoning. This affects a persons to do things such as read and understand an instruction manual, balance a checkbook or follow a recipe.
     People who have early - stage Alzheimer's also may have trouble making even simple decisions, take longer to perform routine tasks.. or experience a change in personality (such as a person who is ordinarily very sociable becoming a recluse).

     Many early-stage Alzheimer's symptoms are similar to those caused by depression. Imaging test, as wells as a family history of either condition, can be used to distinguished the two.

     During moderate-stage Alzheimer's Disease, the patient may become less concerned with personal appearance.. confuse the identities of family members.. hear, see or smell things that are not there... and/or need help with basic hygiene.

     Late-stage Alzheimer's is typically characterized by loss of bladder and bowel control... an inability to recognize close family members.. difficulties chewing and swallowing... and a need for total assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, using the toilet, bathing and dressing.



     Many people over age 50 experience recurrent lower leg cramps, usually in the evening. Their calf muscles seem to tighten up into a knot. Stretching does not alleviate the pain, though massaging the calves often helps.

     The culprit is usually mineral deficiencies. This can happen even if your taking a multi-vitamin. The three most common deficiencies, in order, are magnesium, calcium and potassium. All three are involved in nerve and muscle contraction.

     The first thing to do is to consume foods rich in these minerals. Magnesium is found in whole grains, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Good source of Calcium include broccoli, collard greens, kelp, yogurt and milk. Potassium-rich foods include apples, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, and potatoes.

     However, many people get the best results by taking a combination supplement. Take a calcium (500 mg) / magnesium (250 mg) complex after dinner. For most people, this will resolve the problem within a day. If that doesn't help, a potassium deficiency may be the problem. Drink eight ounces of vegetables juice a day, such as low-sodium V8 juice.

Vegetables: Protect Development of Alzheimer's Disease


     As we go older, we lose our memory slowly, but the  experts found out that vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables will preserve our mental edge. According to the experts, people who continued two or more vegetable a day has a 35% to 40% decrease in the decline in thinking ability over six years. That's the equivalent of being five years younger in age.

     Experts suspects that vegetables may help protect memory and thinking speed because they contain high amounts of vitamin E, an anti-oxidant that can help reduce the damage cause by free radicals, unstable oxygen molecules that can damage neurons in the brain and contribute to dementia. They also found out that vitamin E in Food, protected against cognitive decline and development of Alzeimer's Disease.

     When we eat vegetables, we tend to put the good fats on them, such as an oil-based salad dressing on salads, healthy-fat mayonnaise on coleslaw, and healthy fat margarine on vegetables. Such fats help absorb the vitamin E, and perhaps are also beneficial to the brain,

Types of Fat


     Did you realize that your body makes from an eight to a quarter teaspoonful of pure cholesterol daily, and that is as much as you need? Any extra cholesterol eaten increases your body's total cholesterol. High cholesterol gives rise to atherosclerosis, a condition in which excessive cholesterol is deposited in artery walls. In time it blocks the blood flow to vital organs.

     Some fats are "friendly" to the heart and blood. These are called high density lipoproteins (HDL). They actually remove cholesterol from the various places where it has been deposited and take it back to the liver for disposal. "Oleic acid", found abundantly in olives, avocados, peanuts, and sesame seeds, for example, seems to help maintain or increase the HDL concentration in the body. Taking regular exercise and avoiding alcohol and rich desserts are other important ways to improve one's HDL level.

     Other "good fats", called the "omega 3 acids." are thought to help somewhat in reducing breast and colon cancer. Healthful food sources of omega 3 fats are soy beans, turnips, spinach, beans, bananas, rye grain, and nuts.

     Based from the book of "Eight Secret of Health by Ethel R. Nelson, M.D."

Danger of Fat


     Besides being linked to atherosclerosis, fats are also under heavy suspicion as a contributing cause of cancer. Cancer of the breast appears to be related to excessive use of highly refined corned corn and vegetable oils. Laboratory studies in animals have shown that the more fat consumed, the more cancer observed. When research animals were fed both high-fat and high-protein at the same time, they showed a higher incidence of cancers than when fed only high-fat or high-protein alone.

     Studies from research laboratories have led to the following conclusions:

  1. Virus-caused cancer is promoted by excess fat.
  2. Chemically-caused cancer is promoted by excess fat.
  3. Cancer, secondary to X-ray radiation, is promoted by excess fat.
  4. Transplanted tumors in animals are promoted when excess fat is given.
     The ideal diet is to eat fat as it occurs naturally in whole grains, vegetables, nuts, and seeds (the latter two in moderation). Remember, vegetable fats contain no cholesterol and no viruses. However, one should not eat excessive amounts of refined vegetable oil, nuts, or seeds.

     The right fats in the right amounts are absolutely essential for every cell of the body.

     From the book of "Eight Secrets of Health by Ethel R. Nelson, M.D."

Papaya Help in Food Digestion


     Papaya (Carica Papaya 'L) also called pawpaw, is one of the most common plants grown in tropical countries. It is a fast-growing branch-less herb-like tree, 3-6 meters in height of the botanical family Caricaceae. The trunk is soft, grayish, and marked with fallen leaf scars. The leaves are deeply lobed, with long stalks, borne on the top of the tree. The male flowers are in long-stalked clusters, but the female flowers are stalkless or sessile. The fruit is obovoid, yellow-orange when ripe, fleshly, juicy, and often contains numerous black seeds although seedless varieties are also available today. The fruit usually weighs 0.5 to 2 kilos, although there are some that reach 6 kilos.

     Papaya vitamin content, is 100 g of pulp provides 103% of the RDA of vitamin C and 18% of vitamin A for an adult. The B vitamins are also present in small amounts except for folates which as much as the mango.

     Where minerals are concerned, the papaya is rich in potasium and significant amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, and iron.

     Papain, is a proteolytic enzyme (one that digest proteins), similar to the pepsin in gastric juice. Its primary source is the leaves of the papaya tree or its unripe fruit. Papain is greatly reduced in ripe papaya.

      Papaya is very easy to digest, therefore it contributes to the digestion of the foods we take. This article is based from the books "Amazing healing plants, and "New Lifestyle Healthy Food".

Insulin Treatment for Diabetes


     Diabetes is due to lack of or decreased insulin secretion by the pancreas. Lack of insulin secretion is commonly found in type 1 or juvenile diabetes. The adult-onset or the type 2 diabetes is often due to decreased insulin secretion, and/or lack of sensitivity of effectivity of the insulin being secreted by the pancreas. 

     For mild or newly diagnosed diabetes, single medication is recommended. Oral medications "push" the pancreas to secrete more insulin, or by increasing the sensitivity of the body cells to the effects of the insulin in the body.

     However, if the sugar goes beyond the target level as monitored by Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) and HBA1c (glycosylated hemoglobin A1c), there insulin therapy is the best option. Insulin therapy gives time for the pancreas to rest and recover.

     Before, insulin treatment was used only as the last resort, the "when-all-else-fails" form of treatment for diabetes. Today, however, early insulin treatment is recommended by different diabetes associations. aside from being safe, it is cost effective compared with taking several classes of anti-diabetes pills at the same time.

     Starting in an insulin treatment does not mean you will be on it for life. But you need to monitor your sugar levels closer and visit your doctor regularly to receive optimum treatment and care.

     This article is based from the dear doctor section of Health and Home by Linda Lim-Varona, M.D.

Tawa-tawa: A Dengue Fever Fighter


Tawa-tawa a local name in the Philippines, english name Snake Weed, scientific name euphorbia hirta. Tawa-tawa is a slender-stemmed, hairy, much branched herb. The leaves are opposite, lanceolate, toothed along the margin. The flowers are very small, in dense round clusters, in the axils of the leaves. Seeds are tiny, reddish, oblong, in capsules, with a wrinkled surface. They are odorless and bitter. It usually grows in waste spaces like lawns, roadsides, pathways. It grows up to 40cm and contains relatively abundant white latex.

     A number of substances have been detected in this plant including, among other things, tannins, gallic acid, quercetin, phenols, phyto-sterols, alcohols, and alkaloids.

     Did you know that Tawa-tawa can help save lives of dengue patients, even those in stage four, because it has antiviral and antibacterial components.

     So, what in tawa-tawa that makes it an agent in the treatment of dengue? Actually, tawa-tawa does not fight dengue virus. Instead, it promotes the development of blood platelets and softens the effect of the dengue virus. Tawa-tawa has natural enzymes within that stabilize the membranes of the blood vessels, preventing internal bleeding.

     According to Arlene May G. Corpus, RND, MBA, in her article "Tawa-tawa is no laughing Matter" in Health and Home, said that to prepare tawa-tawa as medicinal plant to dengue fever patient is through decoction. Here's how:
  1. Take 5-6 full whole tawa-tawa plants.
  2. Cut off the roots and set aside.
  3. Wash the remaining stalks thoroughly.
  4. Slow-boil tawa-tawa stalks in a pot of water for 1 minute.
  5. Cool tawa-tawa water.
  6. Let dengue patient drink 1 to 1.5 glasses of tawa-tawa water every hour. Let this be his water for 24 hours.
     Despite Tawa-tawa has medicinal benefits, it must be taken under a physicians guidance while there are no known interactions with other drugs, it is advisable not be used in large doses as it may cause gastrointestinal irritation, nausea and vomiting, and also pregnant women should not take tawa-tawa.

Medicinal Usage of Pepper


     In the book "Healthy Foods" by George D. Pamplona-Roger, M.D. stated that the dietary and therapeutic applications of peppers are the following:

     Peppers are beneficial for those suffering with dyspepsia (indigestion) due to scanty digestive juices or digestive atonia because they work as an aperitif, stimulating the flow of gastric juice and reducing inflammation. 

     It is also good for constipation because pepper are a mild laxative, and are anti-flatulent. And because it contain very few carbohydrates or calories, peppers are well tolerated by diabetics and suitable for the diets of the obese.

     Because of the extraordinary richness of antioxidant vitamins (A and C) in the pepper, which protect the cells from the mutagenic action of carcinogens, regular pepper consumption contributes to the prevention of cancer, particularly of the digestive organs.

     And according to JC Kurian, PH.D., D.SC. in his book "Amazing Healing Plants". The consumption of the uncooked fruit of pepper has good nutritive value. The juice of the fruit, together with carrot juice, is used as a skin purifier. The above mentioned juice also helps in stomachaches. For this, take in doses of 1 cupful every 2 hours.

     The fruit is also used for sore throat, scarlet fever, indigestion, yellow fever, diarrhroea, piles and hypertension or high blood pressure.



Properties of Pepper


Pepper (Capsicum annuum Linn)
Pepper (Capsicum annuum Linn) also called sweet pepper, paprika, bell pepper, sweet bell pepper, green pepper. It is a herbaceous plant of the botanical family Solanaceae that grows to height of 60 cm. The leaves are alternate and tapering at both ends. The flowers are solitary, bell-shaped, and yellowish or white in color. The fruit is hollow inside, containing numerous small, flat seeds. It varies in size, depending of the variety. The fruit tend to be red, green or yellow. However, there are specimens that are orange, purple and even black. Being a good stimulant, it is mostly used in salads for taste and decorations.

Peppers contain very little protein and carbohydrates, and virtually no fat. Because of this, it only contain 27kcal/100g. It also contain small amount of B group vitamins, vitamin E, and all dietary minerals. However, two vitamins are particularly noteworthy. The Provitamin A and Vitamin C.

     Provitamin A (beta-carontene), the beta-carotene transform into vitamin A in the body, peppers who provide other carotenoids such as lycopene. This carotenoid is also very abundant in tomatoes. While it does not transform into Vitamin A. It is a potent antioxidant that protect against the cancerous degeneration of the cell.

     Vitamin C in red pepper provide almost four times as much vitamin C as lemon or oranges. One hundred grams of red pepper contain more than triple the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance).

     Not only that, Pepper are also significant for other non-nutritive substances like flavonoids, capsacin and vegetable fiber.

     Flavonoids in Pepper are potent anti-inflamatory anti-oxidants that protect the circulatory system.

     Capsacin the substance makes peppers hot. While sweet pepper contain 0.1%, ten times less than hot pepper. At low doses as found in sweet pepper, capsacin is an aperitif and stimulates digestion, although at higher doses it irritate the skin and mucose.

     Peppers contain approximately 2% vegetable fiber. This, along with capsacin, contributes to their laxative action.


Medicinal Usage of TOMATO


     The consumption of tomato prevents scurvy, has a soothing effect on the body, is anti-toxic, disinfectant, laxative, and tonic. Tomatoes, when fully ripe, are recommended for constipation, scrofula or tuberculosis of the lymph glands in the neck, neuritis, liver problems, mental strain, arthritis, polyneuritis or inflammation of several nerves, rheumatism and indigestion. It should be eaten in abundance but not mixed with starch based in the article of JC Kurian, PH.D.,D.SC. in his book "Amazing Healing Plants".     A variety of studies show that men who regularly eat fresh tomato, as well as tomato sauce or juice, are at much lower risk of prostate cancer. This fact is easily explained bearing in mind that the tomato is the riches food source of lycopene, the carotenoid that protects the cells of the prostate from oxidation and abnormal growth. Regular tomato consumption in any form has been shown to be an important factor in the prevention of prostate cancer, one of the most frequent cancers among males. Bearing in mind what is known about the effect of lycopene on prostatic tissue, it may be deduced that regular tomato consumption promotes proper prostate function overall. In addition to preventing cancerous degeneration of its cells, tomato can also reduce excessive growth of the prostate, which is so common in men beyond age 50.     Tomatoes are remarkable blood alkalizers, which neutralize and help eliminate metabolic waste products, most of which are acidic. They are also diuretic, thus facilitating the work of the kidneys. Their regular consumption is highly recommended to "cleanse" the blood in case of gout, kidney failure with an increase in blood urea, or chronic presence of toxins in the body because of a diet rich in meats and animal proteins.     Externally used, the ripe tomatoes are applied directly over burns, sunburns, insect bites, piles, tumors, swollen eyes, warts and wounds. The pounded leaves are used as a soothing and softening poultice for inflammations.      The juice of the green tomato makes a good gargle for tonsillitis and general inflammation of the throat. And the juice of the ripe fruit mixed with celery juice is recommended for nephritis or disease of kidney inflammation. For this take 2 or 3 cups a day.     Because Tomato is rich in vitamins and minerals, and above all antioxidant carotenoids (lycopene and beta-carotene), tomatoes naturally stimulate the immune functions of the body. They increase the infection-fighting capabilities of the body, which are the ones that finally eliminate infectious agents (contrary to common belief, antibiotics are not responsible for this).     Tomato has antioxidant effect, it prevent the oxidation of the cholesterol transported by low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which cause the narrowing and hardening of the arteries associated with arteriosclerosis. Tomatoes are very useful as a prophylactic for all who experience circulatory system disorders, including angina and heart attack.     Another study show that regular consumption of Tomato also has a protective effect from cancers of the mouth, esophagus, stomach, colon, and rectum. Investigators describe this typical Mediterranean food as highly protective against all types of cancers of the digestive tract.[...]

TOMATO: A medicinal Food


     TOMATO is the most widespread plant of the botanical family Solanaceae. Scientific Name Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. It is cultivated throughout the world. It is hairy, upright or creeping tropical herb or vine. It grows wild in some places, but generally it is cultivated in vegetable gardens, as a field crop. 

     Actually, Tomato is a fruit but it is eaten as vegetable. The leaves are very irregular in shape. The small yellow flowers, sometimes in clusters, produce a berry which turns red when ripe. This berry is the edible Tomato, which finds its place in almost every home.

     The Tomato's similarity to the red fruit of the belladonna, a toxic plant of the same botanical family, led to the belief that is was poisonous. In fact, this vegetable was not completely accepted in German and North American cuisine until well into the 20th century. Tomato was introduced to Europe by Spaniards who brought it from Peru and Mexico in the 16th Century.

     Nutrition experts have rediscovered the Tomato. They see it as much more than an ingredient to salads or sauces. The healing power that the tomato exercises on a variety of disorders, as well as its preventive effect on certain types of cancer, particularly that of the prostate, make this vegetable a universally recognized as medicinal food.

     But remember this, studies have proved that tomatoes in the form of salads should be fully ripe, otherwise they have a harmful effect on the liver and kidney, and may cause constipation. Vinegar and lemon juice must not be used with tomatoes because the oxalic acid they contain when mixed with other acids may produce a toxic effect.


Grapes Phytochemicals


Organic acids - These give a slight tart flavor to grapes. These acids have a paradoxical effect in the blood, producing alkalinazation. Alkalization of the blood and urine facilitates the elimination of metabolic wastes, which are mostly acidic, such as uric acid.

Flavonoids - It has recently been shown that they act as powerful antioxidants, which impede the oxidation of the cholesterol that causes arteriosclerosis. Flavonoids also avoid the formation of blood clots in the arteries.

Resveratrol - Impedes thee progress of arterioclerosis. It has recently been shown to be a powerful anticarcinogen.

Anthocyanidines - These are vegetable pigments present in the skins of white, and particularly black grapes. They are powerful antioxidants able to prevent coronary heart disease.

Grapes: Good for the Heart


     Grapes is a fruit of the vine, a climbing vine of the botanical family Vitaceae. Did you know that only a small percentage in this fruit is eaten as fruit, usually they are used for the production of alcoholic beverages, particularly wine.

     And recent scientific discoveries attribute the good cardiac health of Mediterranean peoples specifically on some of the substances found in Grapes.

     There are two types of nutrients stand out in the grape's composition, the Sugars and B complex vitamins. On the other hand, grapes supply few proteins and fats. Grape proteins, although scarce, contain all essential amino acids. Minerals are present in moderate amounts.

     These are the Grapes components that merit special discussion:
  • Sugars - are present in proportions that vary between 15% and 30%. Grapes grown in cold regions tend to have lower sugar content, while those from hot dry climates are much sweeter. The two most abundant sugars in grapes are Glucose and Fructose. From a chemical standpoint, these are Monosaccharides or simple sugars that are capable of passing directly to the bloodstream without need for digestion.
  • Vitamins - with 0.11 mg/100g of vitamin B6, grapes are among the richest fresh fruit in this vitamin, surpassed only by tropical fruits such as avocados, bananas, cherimoyas, guavas and mangoes. Vitamins B1, B2, and B3 or niacin are also present in amounts that are greater than those of most fresh fruits. All of these vitamins are responsible, among other things, for metabolizing sugars, thus facilitating their chemical "combustion" within the cells to provide energy. Grapes also contain significant amounts of provitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
  • Minerals - Potassium and iron are the most abundant minerals in grapes, although they also contain calcium, phosphorous and copper.
  • Fiber - Grapes contain around 1% soluble vegetable fiber (pectin), a significant amount for a fresh fruit.
  • Non-nutritive substances - Grapes contain numerous chemical substances that do not fit into any of the classical groups of nutrients, but exercise a great deal of functions within the body, many of which are still not understood.These substance are also known as PHYTOCHEMICALS.
     In essence it may be said that grapes provide energy to the cells and promote the health of the arteries, particularly those that nourish the heart. They are also laxative, antitoxic, diuretic, anti-anemic, and anti-tumor.

Medicinal usage of Malunggay


For CONSTIPATION. At supper time, eat one or two cups of cooked malunggay fruit or leaves, followed with water. Fiber-packed malunggay helps easier passing of stool. Too much fiber, however, when taken without fluids, can aggravate rather than alleviate constipation. so drink lots of water to flush fiber down.

For SCABIES. After bathing, apply juice of freshly pound malunggay leaves on the affected skin two times daily. Malunggay has vitamin A for skin disorder.

As WOUND WASH. Crush fresh malunggay leaves enough to apply as poultice on superficial wound to control bleeding.  The vitamin K in malunggay increases normal blood clotting.

For JOINT PAIN. Pulverize one cup of roasted malunggay seeds. Add a few drops of coconut oil to make an ointment. Apply ointment on the affected area before bedtime or in times of pain. Malunggay seeds contain 40 percent oil which is considered excellent massage oil.

For BREAST MILK STIMULANT. Boil young malunggay leaves. Drink the broth as tea or make soup out of the boiled mixture.

As WATER PURIFIER. Harvest dry seed pods. Remove seed husks. Pulverize whitish kernel. Dilute powder with water then strain on cloth. Pour resulting milky fluid to water. Stir water briskly for 30 seconds, then slowly and regularly for five minutes. Cover water and set aside. After an hour, you will have a clear and purified water. About 50-150 mg of ground malunggay seeds treat one liter of water, depending on water clearness.

     This article is based from Health & Home September-October 2009.


Health benefits from Malunggay


     Malunggay with scientific name: moringa oleifera, horseradish tree in english. Is widely known in the Philippines. It will grow anywhere in the backyard. Malunggay can be used as vegetables and medicine as well. It also known as miracle plant because all the parts of malunggay can be used.

     Do you know that malunggay pods, leaves and flowers make a tasty, nutritious vegetable? Because of its home benefits, malunggay is labeled as "mother's best friend," and "nature's medicine cabinet."

     According to DepEd Health & Nutrition Center, 1 gram of malunggay leaves has the equivalent of 4x vitamin A (1g carrot), 4x vitamin C (1g orange) and 3x potassium (1g banana). A 100-gram malunggay leaves provide 75 calories of food energy, 6 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbohydrates, and 353 milligrams of calcium.

     The leaves are not only rich in natural vitamins, they are also loaded with 46 natural antioxidants that help control the symptoms of the aging process and improve cardiovascular health.

     Did you know that our body manufactures only 12 of the 20 different amino acids needed to build proteins, which are essential for the growth, repair and cell maintenance. The other eight essential amino acids must come from diet. One professor said that "One of the things that impresses about malunggay is the fact that it has the full complement of the essential amino acids that human beings need- there are eight of them that we cannot synthesize, so we have to get them from our food."

      For the past 20 years, the World Health Organization has promoted malunggay as a low-cost health enhancer. Protect yourself from poor health and untimely death. Eat malunggay.

     Reference Book: Heath & Home

Human DNA Genes and Computer's Hard Drive


     Currently it's impossible to accurately estimate the information contained in a cell, because scientists have not yet determined all the different kinds of information present. However the simplest possible living thing is estimated to require 150 DNA genes. If each gene contained the blueprint of a protein 100 amino acids long, the DNA would have to code for 15,000 amino acids.

     An estimate of the information required for each amino acid in a functional protein in 0.84 bits per amino acid. These bits are the same as those used to measure the amount of information stored on a computer's hard drive. If this estimate were correct (it's probably far to low), the smallest amount of information coding for proteins in an organism would be 12,600 bits-approximately the same amount of information as in this sidebar.

     By comparison, the information needed to encode all proteins in humans would represent about 252 million bits or 12,600 typewritten pages. And this is only about 3 percent of the three billion nucleotide "letters" in the human genome. The function of the remaining 97 percent of human DNA remains unknown, although the prospect is good that information is encoded in much of it. 

Lemon Grass Fights Against Cancer Cells


Lemon Grass (scientific name: Cymbopogon citrates) in the Philippines it is called Tanglad, also called oil grass, fever grass or citronella grass. It is a tropical fragrant grass, with an aromatic citrus flavor and a tinge of ginger, works well as medicine is some parts of the world.South Americans they use lemon grass as an antispasmodic (relief or prevention of spasms), analgesic (reduction or elimination of pain), antipyretic (treatment of fevers), and antiemetic (prevention of vomiting).Indians they use lemon grass as antifussive (relief or suppression of cough), antirheumatic and antiseptic.Chinese take lemon grass to treat headaches, stomachaches and abdominal and rheumatic pain.The lemon grass treatment is usually prepared through an infusion made by pouring boiling water on fresh or dried leaves.Based from research lemon grass has 65-85 percent citral (a mobile pale-yellow liquid, derived from lemon grass oil, used in flavoring and perfume) that contains active ingredients like myrcene (an antibacterial and pain reliever) citronella (a pale yellow to brownish aromatic oil) citronellol (a colorless liquid, with a roselike odor) and geroniol ( a fragrant, pale yellow liquid alcohol). The citral in lemon grass was proven in Israel to kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells healthy. The  success of their research led them to conclude that herbs containing citral may be consumed as a preventative measure against certain cancerous cells. How do citral works? The study found out that citral causes cells to "commit suicide using apoptosis, a mechanism called programmed cell death". A drink with a little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough citral to prompt the cancer cells to commit suicide.How do cancer cells formed? In each cell in our body is a genetic program which causes programmed cell death. When something goes wrong, the cells divide with no control and become cancer cells. In normal cell when the cell discovers that the control system not operating correctly, like when it recognizes that a cell contain faulty genetic material following cell division, it triggers cell death.A recent study by the Philippines Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and technology (DOST) claimed that every 100g of edible lemon grass, when boiled, can contain up to 24.205 micrograms of beta-carotene, the anti-oxidant that scientists believe can help prevent cancer. Another DOST study showed that lemon grass oil has the potential as a tropical eye medication against keratomycosis, an inflammation of cornea often associated with burning or blurring of vision.Lemon grass is not only a herbal medicines but also can be use in cooking and drinking. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. [...]

Teenage Pregnancy result to Abortion


Teenage pregnancy is a pregnancy in girls whose age is 19 years old or younger. The studies shows conducted by the world bank beginning 2000 and reported in 2003, the Philippines is among the top 10 countries with an increasing number of teenage mothers. Seven out of 10 Filipino mothers are adolescents; most of them are below 19 years old, and in many cases, an unplanned pregnancy result to abortion. Abortion is an operation to end a pregnancy.

Why do Teenage pregnant choose to abort their child? Its because of the following reasons:

  1. The parents might get angry or disown her because she disappoint them.
  2. She is ashamed.
  3. She is unprepared for motherhood.
  4. The father of the baby is unwilling to take the responsibility.
  5. Her schooling may be affected.
Despite the risks, many teens prefer abortion. It is alarming to think of the extent pregnant teens can do to terminate their pregnancy. When the abort fail, some seek out abortionists who insert objects into their uterus to kill the baby which is very dangerous procedure that could introduce infection and cause profuse bleeding to the girl. The infection may spread to the pelvic organs, when the time came it requires the removal of the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes causing the girl unable to bear a child anymore. The worse scenario is that, abortion could result into maternal death.

Why do teenage pregnancy is wide-spreading like a virus? Here are some of the reasons:
  1. Curiosity
  2. Easy access to porn movies through internet
  3. Poverty
  4. Friends influence
  5. Dating at private places
Abortion on the other hand, has moral and legal implications. Also the death rate from pregnancy complications is higher for 15 years old and younger.

We must bear in our mind that abortion is a SIN in the eyes of the people and especially to the eyes of GOD.

Remember this, "Do Not plant a SEED if you are not ready to CARE for it."

Reference Book: H&H Sept-Oct. 2011 issue....

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)


It is unlikely that a sexually active teenager will settle with a single partner for life. Patients histories reveal that when teenage relationship fails, another relationship follows, leading to multiple sexual partners. Some girls even claim that they engage in casual sex with acquaintances. The phrase, "The more the merrier" is absolutely not true in this case. Women who have multiple sexual partners are at higher risk of STI through exposure.

STI affect the lower genital tract. Because there is a direct connection from the vagina to the pelvic organs, infections can easily spread to the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and adjacent peritoneum. In 20 %  of PID cases, damage to these organs result in infertility. Of the various STI, infections called Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) are the more serious ones.

Infections with HIV produce conditions that progress from an asymptomatic state to full-blown acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Genital HPV has over 30-40 different strains and some do not pose any health risks. However, there are 6 most common types that are of concern due to related disease. HPV types 6 and 11 cause 90 percent of genital warts. HPV types 16, 18, 31 and 45 may lead to cervical cancer.