Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Abusive relationship

Abusive relationship

Many people quietly suffer the indignity of being in an abusive relationship, but are not aware of it or will not readily admit to the abuse.

Here are some of the warning signs of abuse and how to deal with an abusive relationship.

What is abuse?

Domestic violence and abuse can take many forms, including emotional, sexual and physical abuse and threats of abuse. Men are sometimes the victims, but more often than not, domestic abuse is directed toward women. However, domestic abuse can likewise happen in either straight or same sex relationships.

Abuse is generally characterized as any behavior that’s used to punish, humiliate, manipulate, or embarrass another person.

According to Dr. Maria Imelda Batar, chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry of The Medical City (TMC), abusive partners often demonstrate an insensitivity to the physical and psychological needs of their partners. There is also a tendency to separate their partners from friends, family and other social contacts.

Finally, the abuser cares little or even ignores completely the rights of their partner such as their right to privacy, right to be happy, or to have their own possessions.

Overt and subtle signs

Abuse can be overt, and can take the form of actual threats, stalking, vandalism, and discreet monitoring of communications such as cellphones, text messages and email accounts.

At the same time, abuse can be more subtle. For example, the abuser exhibits fits of overreacting that keeps the abused partner frightened or on his or her toes, gives subtle spiteful remarks disguised as "compliments," provides advice that's said to be "for your own good," or even offers to "help" by managing the abused partner's money, career, or relationships with others.

Pattern of abuse

According to the Mayo Clinic, you might recognize this pattern if one is in an abusive relationship:

• Your abuser threatens violence.
• Your abuser carries out the threat.
• Your abuser apologizes, assures you he or she will change and offers gifts.
• Then the cycle repeats itself.

Typically the violence recurs and escalates, or worsens over time.

Typical profile of an abused victim

Dr. Batar adds that the typical abused partner is either perceived to be weak or passive, or poor. In other words, victims are usually people who are dependent on the abusive partner.

Abused victims are usually women, children, the elderly or the disabled. They are oftentimes poor and are therefore financially dependent on the abuser. More often than not, the victim is undereducated or lacks a formal education completely. Sometimes, victims have had an abusive relationship in the past.

Characteristics of a potential abuser

Dr. Batar also provided the typical traits of a potential abuser. These are:

1. A history of being abused during childhood.
2. Undiagnosed personality disorder
3. A history of substance abuse such as drugs or alcohol
4. Extremely jealous

Help for victims escaping an abusive relationship

Getting out of an abusive relationship is difficult. In fact in many cases, it becomes a vicious cycle where the victim escapes or leaves but later on has no choice but to go back to the abuser.

Experts agree that the victim must begin by acknowledging the problem exists. Victims should be aware of the danger signs at the earliest possible time. Dr. Batar, in particular, cautioned victims to stop thinking an abuser will change or mend his or her ways – in many instances they will not, especially in the absence of psychological help or counseling.

Victims should seek the help of family members or friends in case the abuser comes to take the victim back. Additionally there are support groups that can provide shelter and help to victims who want to escape. – with reports from Alexandra Geronimo and Gina Tobias, Multimedia Producer Yam dela Cruz

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Side effect of Not Eating Breakfast

The Side effect of not eating breakfast

Most of us skip breakfast because of the reason that they run out of time or they must be late for school but did you know that skipping breakfast is putting your life in danger. Because it have a side effect in your health and etc.
Here are some bad effect of not eating breakfast:

Weight Gain
Your body's metabolism slows down, when you go for a long period without eating. Do you know that your body begins breaking down calories at a slower rate when you dont eat between dinner and the next day's lunch. Studies show that people who eat breakfasr consume fewer calories in a day. So for those who don't want to weight gain you better eat breakfast.

Another reason to eat breakfast is its good for the mind as it is for the body. Also studies have shown that people who do not eat breakfast perform worse on memory tests and are not as alert. Also those who dont eat breakfast shown that they have less ability to concentrate on what they wanted to do.

Fatigue and Mood 
People who do not eat breakfast may suffer fatigue and irritability throughout the morning. While some may compensate for tiredness by drinking coffee in the morning, this is not an adequate substitute. Dringking coffee in the morning still do not perform as well on memory tests as those who eat breakfast because some may compensate for tiredness.The physiological effects of skipping breakfast influence not only your memory, but also your mood,grouchiness is a noted side effect of skipping the morning meal.
The article survey noted that 26 percent of people experienced large improvements in mood when changes were made in diet, such as consuming breakfast regularly.

Menstrual Irregularities
Skipping breakfast is often a common occurrence in the lives of college students running late for class. An August 2010 survey study, published in the journal “Appetite,” notes that female college students who consistently skipped breakfast had more menstrual irregularities. These dysfunctions included the severity of painful menses and irregular menstrual bleeds. No difference was found in premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, symptoms, but the breakfast skippers also suffered more consistently from constipation. Women of college age are still undergoing what the article called “post-adolescent maturation,” and skipping breakfast negatively impacts this growing stage.

Healthy Choices
Breakfast isn't always a good thing, because you have to make smart choices. If you eat a sugary breakfast, like a doughnut, you experience a sugar rush that wears off before lunch, sending you on the search for another high-sugar snack. For a quick breakfast, turn to whole-grain toast with peanut butter or cheese. Serve with a glass of milk or orange juice. Or blend some low-fat yogurt and berries for a delicious smoothie you can drink in the car.

I know its really hard to change your routine specially to those skipping breakfast become thier habit but just think about what is the side effect of not eating breakfast , specially to those who have kids.
Remember changing your routine or your lifestyle for your own risk is worth changing.


Monday, December 23, 2013

Health Benefits of WaterMelon

Health Benefits of WaterMelon

1) The Watermelon is well used for the Prevention of Cancer as it contains the rich amounts of the Vitamin-C and Beta-Carotene.This prevents the Radical Activity, as it is Well known Powerful Anti-Oxidants.

2) The One Watermelon will give about 21% of the Vitamin C Content to our Human Body.It is an Good Anti-Oxidant

3) WaterMelon Contains Rich amounts of Potassium, Magnesium and More Vitamin B, which is good for the Energy Reproduction in the Human Body

4) The Blood Vessels will Relax in the Human body by the Amino acids present in the WaterMelon, It helps to Keep the Blood Pressure at Good Levels

5) To Protect the Eyes form aging disease , Leutin is needed.The Watermelon had huge amounts of Leutin, So it keeps your Eye healthy and Younger

6) The watermelon had huge amounts of Vitamin C which always Boosts the Human Immune System

7) Watermelon has the Best Low calorie to Nutrient ratio, which it makes you to lose weightindirectly, since it is a good diet for Weight loss Program.

It's better to eat fruits than junkfoods :)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

April Boy Regino admitted that he have Prostate Cancer

April Boy Regino admitted that he have Prostate Cancer

Inamin nya na Two years ago pa nya nalaman na meron syang sakit kung saan kasalukuyang naninirahan sila ng pamilya nya sa America

Una sinabi ng duktor na lalaki, sabi niya prostate cancer ‘yan. Tapos siyempre natakot na ko cancer eh, sabi ko pa’no kaya ‘yon"

Ikinuwento din nya na nahirapan syang tanggapin nung una ang pag kakaroon nya ng karamdaman sa kadahilanan lagi nyang naiisip kung gaano katagal na lang sya dito sa mundo.

Parang ano na ‘ko nun, ‘di na makakain. Iniisip ko parang torture sa’yo, siguro sabi ko hanggang ilan taon na lang, mga hanggang 50 ano hanggang doon lang buhay ang ko, mamamatay na ako,’ pahayag niya.

Pero dahil sa pangarap ng kanyang anak na si jc na maging singer ay napag pasyahan nilang umuwi ng pilipinas kung saan gumawa sila ng Album ng kanyang anak nuong nakaraang taon pero lingid sa ka alaman ng lahat na sya ay mayroon ng karamdaman.

Sabi ko bago ako mamatay palagay ko uwi muna tayo sa Pilipinas para matupad yung pangarap mong maging singer ka," patungkol niya sa kanyang anak na si JC.

Maluha-luha naman si April Boy Regino ng sabihin nyang hindi na nya kaya pang ipag-patuloy ang kanyang career sa pag-awit sa dahilan ng kanyang pag kakaruon ng sakit na Prostate Cancer.

Tigil na po ‘ko habang buhay. Ang isang tao dapat tanggapin niya na kahit gustong-gusto niya pa 'yung ginagawa niya, kailangan na din niyang tuldukan,” pahayag nya.

kahit na gustong gusto pa nyang umawit ay talagang hindi na nya kaya wala na syang choice kundi i give up na ang kanyang career

Kapag naririnig ko [ang mga tao], ‘Idol, ‘wag ka titigil, wala na kaming inspirasyon.’ Sasabihin ko, ‘Pasensya na kayo. Mahal ko rin kayo. Pero ‘di ko alam kung bakit gusto ko nang tumigil.’ Siguro sa pagod ko na rin po. Lahat po ng tao dumarating ‘yung pagkapagod. Parang pagod na pagod na ko,” dagdag pa niya

Ipinangako naman ni April Boy Regino sa kanyang mga masugid na tagapag-hanga at kanyang pamilya na lalabanan nya ang kanyang sakit at magpapagaling .

Masayang-masaya po ako dahil sa tulong ng Panginoon nagkaroon na naman ako ng panibagong lakas pero nagpapagaling pa po ako,” pahayag niya.

Nung sinabi po ng asawa ko na, ‘Bumangon ka. Magpalakas ka. Tutulungan tayo ng Diyos. Magdasal lagi tayo na pagalingin ka.’ Wala pong imposible sa Kanya. Naku, napakabait po ng Diyos sa ’kin,” dagdag pa niya.

Sa ngayon ay nakakaramdam na sya ng pag buti ng kanyang kalagayan kaya malaki ang kanyang tiwala na gagaling sya at malalampasan ang pag-subok na ito sa kanyang buhay.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Uruguay the first country in the world that make Marijuana legal

High prospects for Uruguay's legal marijuana business

Uruguay is the world's first country to fully regulate marijuana from cultivation to consumption. — Photo by AFP

MONTEVIDEO: Uruguay's pioneering move to legalise the planting and sale of marijuana opens the door for a clandestine cottage industry of pot growers to transform into a legitimate business that could even export medical cannabis, a commodity in short supply.

More and more countries are setting up medical marijuana programs to help relieve the pain of terminally-ill patients and treat other health conditions, but there are few legal sources of the drug in the world and Uruguay could tap that tight market.

Uruguay's domestic marijuana output is expected to expand rapidly under a law that cleared Congress on Tuesday allowing its citizens to grow up to six plants a year in their homes and more in smoking collectives.

Many have been doing this secretly for years. Smoking marijuana — and indeed the private consumption of all drugs — has not been a crime in Uruguay since 1974, but the small South American nation of 3.3 million people is now the world's first to fully regulate marijuana from cultivation to consumption.

When the law is implemented in 120 days, Uruguayan residents will be able to buy 40 grams (1.4 ounces) a month over the counter at pharmacies licensed by the state, which will fix the price, tax the trade and issue permits for larger producers.

"The big difference is that we are no longer outlaws," said Alvaro Calistro, who has grown pot in his Montevideo backyard for 20 years. "This allows us to increase the scale of cultivation."

Calistro expects a rise of licensed entrepreneurs growing marijuana on small farms outside the city, though who will get permits to grow the drug for sale in pharmacies has yet to be specified in regulations the government is to draw up by April.

Licensed medical marijuana for export would have to be grown in greenhouses to pharmaceutical and security standards required by the health authorities of importing nations.

"A whole new spectrum of opportunities opens up," said Juan Vaz, head of the Uruguayan Cannabis Studies Association, which campaigned for legalisation. "It's the end of the hypocrisy of prohibitionist policies that failed to combat drug trafficking."

Vaz, who has smoked marijuana for 30 years and does research on the genetics of the plant, said legal cultivation will provide good quality pot at a price that will put the criminals out of business.

"The difference between homegrown and illegal pot is like that between a good wine and plonk," he said.

Social laboratory

Uruguay's government plans to fix the price of marijuana sold in pharmacies at $1 a gram, which is roughly enough to roll two joints, Vaz said.

With costs estimated at between 20 and 50 cents, the official price should provide growers a tidy margin and undercut the black market price for marijuana, which is mostly smuggled in from Paraguay and peddled at around $1.40 a gram on average.

Uruguay's leftist president, Jose Mujica, a 78-year-old former guerrilla fighter, has recognised that legalisation is an experiment and says it will be reversed if it backfires.

Critics say it will increase marijuana use, lead to abuse with harder drugs and attract pot smokers from the world over looking to pick up the drug at Uruguayan pharmacies. To prevent that, the marijuana sales will be restricted to adult residents of Uruguay who must be registered as users on a government data base.

The immediate impact, most experts agree, will be to reduce the smuggling of Paraguayan marijuana into Uruguay, often thrown in bundles from planes or stashed in the fuel tanks of trucks.

Success in reducing drug-related crime in Uruguay would strengthen advocates of legalising marijuana elsewhere in Latin America, where leaders have tired of the US-led "war on drugs" and the failure to curb the power of the region's drug cartels.

"Other countries will be watching very closely to see how it plays out for Uruguay now that this is a real political option," said John Walsh, a drug policy expert at the Washington Office on Latin America, which monitors US policy in Latin America.

"Uruguay has a good shot at doing it well," Walsh said. It is small and safe, unscathed by the brutal violence unleashed by cocaine traffickers in other Latin American countries such as Colombia and Mexico, he said.

The Uruguayan experiment could add momentum to the marijuana legalisation debate in the United States, where the states of Washington and Oregon last year made it legal to grow and smoke pot.

Medical exports

If regulation works, Uruguay could become an exporter of medical marijuana to countries such as Canada that are allowing an expansion of the use of the drug for health reasons.

Canada became the first country to allow terminally ill patients to grow and smoke their own marijuana in 2001. Since then, the number of people in the country legally authorised to use marijuana has grown to more than 37,000 and will rise to 434,000 by 2024, according to official projections.

The rapid growth led Health Canada to take legal production of medical marijuana out of private homes and put it in the hands of licensed growers as of April next year, a business that is estimated to be worth $1.3 billion by 2024.

In the transition, Canada will have a deficit of some 100,000 kilograms of medical marijuana that a foreign supplier could cover, says Ron Marzel, a Toronto lawyer for the Canadian cannabis industry.

Canada's health industry did not respond to questions as to whether it might seek to import medical marijuana from Uruguay.

At present, there are few lawful jurisdictions that can supply medical marijuana. Israel is a pioneer in the field but only supplies its own patients. The Netherlands has for decades allowed licensed cafes to sell cannabis, but the supply side of the business is only legal for medical marijuana, sold at a fixed price of 12 euros a gram.

Marzel, who has been retained by an advisor to the Uruguayan government on medical marijuana regulation, believes patients should not have to pay high prices when they have a medical need.

"I am optimistic and bullish about Uruguay being able to produce low-cost, high-quality medical cannabis for export to Canada," Marzel said. "If it acts fast, it could look at placing some 20,000 kilos in Canada over the next year."

Others are looking beyond the medical side of the business.

US marijuana entrepreneur Brian Laoruangroch, whose Seattle-based company Prohibition Brands aims to mass-produce marijuana cigarettes one day, sees huge potential with the trend towards legalisation. But he says Uruguay must get the regulations right because the world is watching.

"If a good business structure is implemented, free of corruption and black market problems, perhaps my firm would be interested in doing business with Uruguay," Laoruangroch said.

"Anything less than the most tightly regulated industry with professional businesses will send the wrong message."

Saturday, December 14, 2013

U.N. says, Insects are our food of the future

U.N. says, Insects are our food of the future

Nearly 1 billion of Earth's 7 billion humans are already chronically hungry, and there will likely be an additional 2 billion mouths to feed by 2050. But rather than doubling down on traditional efforts to fight hunger, a new United Nations report suggests a more avant-garde approach to feed the world: less beef, more beetles.

Produced by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the report advocates insect farming as a win-win way to mitigate the planet's mounting food problems. Not only are insects "nutritious, with high protein, fat and mineral contents," it points out, but they're also extremely low-maintenance compared with most livestock.

"Insects are everywhere and they reproduce quickly," the report says, "and they have high growth and feed conversion rates and a low environmental footprint."

Since they're cold-blooded, bugs don't have to use energy from their feed to maintain body heat. They can make about 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of insect meat for every 2 kg of feed, while cows need 8 kg (17.6 lbs.) of feed just to make 1 kg of beef. Warm-blooded livestock also need more water and land, and they pollute their environment with bacteria-laden feces and noxious flatulence — including methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Insects, on the other hand, actually break down waste and can help return nutrients to the soil.

This is old news in some places, as the FAO acknowledges, since humans already eat more than 1,900 different insect species worldwide. The most commonly eaten insects are beetles (31 percent); caterpillars (18 percent); bees, wasps and ants (14 percent); and grasshoppers, locusts and crickets (13 percent). These may seem like paltry provisions next to a hamburger, but the FAO points out insects are often a better source of protein and nutrients. Beef has an iron content of 6 milligrams per 100 grams of dry weight, for example, while locusts offer between 8 and 20 mg per 100 g of dry weight.

Still, the U.N. knows insects are a hard sell in Western nations, so it's taking a measured tone. "We are not saying that people should be eating bugs," says Eva Muller, director of FAO's Forest Economic Policy and Products Division, in a statement on how forests can fight hunger. "We are saying that insects are just one resource provided by forests, and insects are pretty much untapped for their potential for food, and especially for feed."

The FAO kind of is saying people should eat bugs, though, just not everyone all at once. "The polarity of views surrounding the practice of entomophagy necessarily requires tailormade communication approaches," it explains. "In the tropics, where entomophagy is well established, media communication strategies should promote edible insects as valuable sources of nutrition. ... Western societies require tailored media communication strategies and educational programs that address the disgust factor." Locusts in Australia, for instance, sound a little more appetizing when they're called "sky prawns."

The disgust factor isn't the only hurdle for Western insect cuisine. As the FAO notes, most industrialized nations outlaw feeding waste, slurry or swill to livestock, "even though this would be the material that insects normally feed on." They also tend to have regulations against using insects in human food — typically with accidental ingredients in mind — but the report adds that "with a growing number of novel food stores and restaurants cropping up in developed countries, it seems to be largely tolerated."

"The private sector is ready to invest in insect farming. We have huge opportunities before us," says Paul Vantomme, a co-author of the FAO report. "But until there is clarity in the legal sphere, no major business is going to take the risk to invest funds when the laws remains unclear or actually hinders development of this new sector."


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