Category Archives: Health Advocacy

World AIDS Day (Crossroad of the (HIV/AIDS) epidemic)

In observance of World AIDS Day on December 1, I’m reposting Kuya Tino‘s interview with News5 discussing about the present HIV/AIDS situation in the Philippines. Although the interview was conducted in 2014, what the resource person shared about HIV/AIDS remain relevant up to this day. Please listen to the short clip. Thanks.

Video credit:  News5

What Is HIV?

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks cells that help the body fight infection, making a person more vulnerable to other infections and diseases. It is spread by contact with certain bodily fluids of a person with HIV, most commonly during unprotected sex (sex without a condom or HIV medicine to prevent or treat HIV), or through sharing injection drug equipment.

If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

What Is AIDS?

AIDS is the late stage of HIV infection that occurs when the body’s immune system is badly damaged because of the virus.

In the absence of HIV/AIDS vaccine, people must learn the simple steps or the ABCs of AIDS Prevention:

A – Abstain B – Be faithful C – Condom use

World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988, is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Wikipedia

Source: https://www.hiv.gov/hiv-basics/overview/about-hiv-and-aids/what-are-hiv-and-aids

Her story is worth sharing

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It was sad and unfortunate that a relative of mine succumbed to cancer complications nearly four years ago. I thought of sharing a brief story about her ailment and journey…

My cousin, Cecil. She was full of life.

Our extended family will end the New Year with a heavy heart. My cousin died of cancer four days before Christmas day (December 21, 2015). She was 46. We were devastated with her demise but somewhat prepared for the eventuality that she will be gone any day since her doctor informed her parents of her terminal condition last month (November). She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent mastectomy to remove the early stage of cancer from her breast. But two years later, her doctor declared that she has stage IV cancer. The cancer cells from her breast were not really abated but have spread to her brain.

Despite the pains and rigors of cancer treatment, my cousin Cecil remains positive all through her battle with cancer. Even up to her last remaining days, we know that she is holding on to her life. She loves her family so much that despite being sick she still think of their welfare. I remember her saying, “Kailangan maging malakas ang loob ko para sa pamilya.”

My cousin was laid to rest at Himlayang Pilipino on December 27.

Full story here: http://www.penname30.com/she-will-be-surely-missed/

Related story here: http://www.penname30.com/tales-of-two-women-with-cancer/

How to Banish Artificial and Cane Sugars from Your Diet for Better Health

It seems that science and the ever-changing theories of the universe banish different food groups from the average diet on an annual basis, but the opinions on artificial and cane sugars have been a constant. Sugar is bad for your health, but not too detrimental in small indulgent doses.

However, if you have weight loss, nutrition, and overall good health goals, you should consider totally banishing sugars from your diet. Why? Because in the grand scheme of good health and self-control, it’s easier to eliminate a nutritional issue than it is to indulge every once in a while.

Ween Yourself Off of Sugar-Filled Drinks and Desserts

Sugar is as addictive as some drugs, which means you should be very careful with consumption. When you realize your sugar addiction, the best way to deal with it is to take it slow in weening yourself away. The cold-turkey method of quitting can lead to severe headaches, mood swings, and other withdrawal symptoms.

Example? If you drink a 2-liter of soda a day, cut down to one to two 8-ounce glasses of your favorite soda a day. Keep cutting week by week until you’ve completely eliminated sugar from your diet.

Processed Snack Foods are a No-Go

Vending machines and breakroom snacks are laden with sugars and processed, junky carbs that rev up your blood sugar then send you crashing down. To avoid the crash, avoid the snack foods.

Check Your Labels

Nutritional labels can reveal a lot about your favorite snack foods. Something you once thought of as healthy might contain tons of hidden sugar and additives that destroy your metabolism. Always check your labels and make sure you’re nutritionally getting what you expect from your foods.

Replace Your Sugar Cravings with Water, Water, and More Water

Water is magical when it comes to its positive benefits on your body, mind, and overall health. When your sweet tooth gives you those familiar cravings, down a glass of water and reassess. Are you actually hungry? Bored? Simply longing for something chocolatey? If the craving goes away, great. If you absolutely need a treat, opt for fruit or a small square of bitter-sweet dark chocolate.