Jason: The Warrior Inside an Autist

My eldest son Jason graduated AB English from TIP in 2015. Most families with special children patted me in the back and congratulated, saying. “You did well, Mommy, but this is it, this is where to draw the line..” They said it like a death sentence and perhaps they meant well; autists, even high-functioning ones are not well-known to be part of the working class.

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Jason with younger sibling Aimee and Me
Jason running his favorite 10k distance at Camp Aguinaldo QC

Frankly, I was at a loss for a while. Being in school for many years, there was a certain contentment and complacency that all parents like me thrive on, because it certainly gave a direction and purpose to our children’s extraordinary lives. My hubby once half-kidded me that we can keep Jason in school, one course after another, until our dying days. Back then, and even now, I’m not sure if we played that denial stage not so much because we didn’t exactly know what to do with Jason after college — or, if that we were just plain scared of what the world might NOT offer him.

Trusting my instincts and with the necessary support of Mona Veluz of ASP, we placed Jason on a soft program of developing and instilling both soft (socialization, communication, decision-making, problem-solving) and hard skills (detailed work, computer proficiency) for over a year, post-college. For the first time, Jason interfaced with fellow adult autists and I saw how inward-looking my son became even after 15 years of formal classroom education.

I still get weepy when I recall how much of a man he transformed right before my eyes. Yes, he took a little from our family life but he placed those emotional deposits into another “family” of fellow-autists and primary supporters who knew and encouraged that part of him yearning to break out. This was the WARRIOR inside that had been aching and fighting for release.

When the stint at SM Mezza Savemore came. my warrior was more than ready.  Except for a few adjustments here and there, Jason started making personal decisions on how he would be conducting his work, from the moment he woke up, commuted via LRT, walked almost 1 kilometer to and from our place everyday, the manner by which he would comply with tasks given to him, and most especially, what he would do with his salary.  I did not mind taking the backseat and taking his bull-headedness at times, after all, this was also teaching him life-skills more than anything else.

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Thank you ASP, ILLC and SM SaveMore for this experience!
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with friends and co-workers Brainard and Rhav!

I specifically remember that stormy day in late September that we got a text message from him – “SOS, LRT is closed. What to do?” Trying not to sound worried, I texted him back with a message that an Uber driver was on his way to get him. It didn’t take long for him to get home after that, but I ‘m still proud of that fact that my warrior had become less dependent on me and more dependent on his own man.

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Jason and the ASP boys of Mona Veluz!

As sure as Jason is looking forward to more work experience, I will be happy to have him home more often in the meantime, being helpful at some chores and running errands. In fact, we know he will hit the roads and pick up his running more regularly now; all part of being the warrior that he will continue to be.

“See you again someday, SM Mezza Savemore

Autism is NOT a limitation; it is a beautiful beginning waiting to unfold!

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Formula for Immunity + The Looks = CONZACE

Even the best of our TV and movie stars can fade away fast, prematurely, if they do not take care of their health and complete well-being.  Because like it or not, acting is such a demanding job that requires long hours in unfavorable weather conditions and thriving in stressful situations – than the average guy.

Take veteran actor Ian Veneracion, now 42. We can’t get enough of this hunk and that only means sleepless days and nights under the klieg lights as when he portrayed Engineer Antonio “Anton” Noble IV as the he dashing, separated with three kids guy who falls in love with another broken soul. And of course before, as Eduardo Buenavista in the 2015 remake of ‘Pangako Sa Yo,’ the role that regained Veneracion’s fame and his career to leading man stature.

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And then there’s that totally different side of Veneracion that is separate from showbusiness. Apart from being an actor, he is also a painter, an athlete, a pilot, a chef, and a family man—the last being his favorite role to play.

But to be all that and MORE, Veneracion needs a multivitamins-and-minerals regimen that will help him cope, not just with his busy schedule, but with the different roles that he has to play in life. “I need strong immunity as well as healthy skin and hair, I cannot afford to get sick, and look stressed.”

Ogilvy Unilab Conzace x Ian Veneracion17570_02.pngWhen United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB) chose Ian Veneracion  to be the face of its premier multivitamins-and-minerals Conzace, logically he had to be put on the daily Conzace regimen to support his active lifestyle. Hence, Veneracion, by advocating for Conzace, also promotes good health from within (immunity) and out (good looks).

I believe that if you are healthy inside, it just comes out. It reflects physically—in your hair and in your skin. And in the line of job that I am in, it is quite important that I don’t just don’t look good but really be healthy,” Veneracion concludes.

Invest in good health with Conzace

Decades ago, our parents forced carrots on us for a good dose of Vitamin A and only Vitamin C was the supplement-standard long term protection against many diseases. In more recent years, Zinc became such a popular option because of similar therapeutic results in terms of immunity and wound-healing. And then also came trending of Vitamin E as tops in anti-oxidant properties.

We live in the times when, perhaps, no single medicine or food supplement can address building one’s defense against illnesses, hence CONZACE was developed to remove the guesswork and start re-building a better body.

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  • Conzace is the only Multivitamin Brand in the country that has the unique formulation of 25mg Zinc, 5,000 IU Vitamins A, 500mg Vitamin C and 100IU E. This combined formulation provides the highest levels over other multivitamins brand.
  • Conzace’s unique formulation creates a synergistic effect that is clinically proven to provide top Immunity through the following:
    • ZACE help in the production and multiplication of white blood cells, strengthening one’s immunity
    • ZACE helps white blood cells eliminate foreign  microbes including viruses, germs and bacteria which cause sicknesses
    • Each of the ZACE molecules in Conzace contributes in providing healthy skin and hair.
      • Zinc: Assists in proper structure of proteins and cell membranes, improves wound healing
      • Vit A: Maintains normal skin health by reducing bacterial numbers in both the ducts and skin surface
      • Vit C: Helps in Collagen production to improve Skin Regeneration
      • Vit E: Protects tissue from free radicals through its Antioxidant properties

All these attributes result in Conzace being the number 1 prescribed Multivitamins + Mineral brand by General Practitioners and Dermatologists.

So get your immunity and good looks in a single take, as Ian Veneracion does. There is NO OTHER. Conzace.

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for more information, please visit the following sites:

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Crave Healthy: Cravings Satisfied!

A distinct common experience in pregnancy is an unmistakable craving for certain foods, which may or may not be supportive of the condition of both expectant mom and/or the baby.  In fact, snacking in general is considered unhealthy but preggies do lament that hormones make craving for snacks so unmanageable and stressful!

Thank the heavens we now have Crave Healthy.

Crave Healthy is the first snack product in the Philippines that is specifically designed for the pregnant woman by doctors and nutritionists.

It’s NUTRITIOUS because it contains essential nutrients – Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium that are critical for both the mom and her growing baby. It also has reduced salt and just the right amount of calories that give the pregnant woman that extra energy she needs daily.

It’s DELICIOUS because it tastes just like her regular snack. Crave Healthy is currently available in Sweet Corn flavor and does not have any aftertaste of nutrient fortifications. It helps support the nutritional needs of pregnant women and their developing fetus.

Hence, preggies can NOW UNITE and have their ultimate food cravings and hunger pangs satisfied, without comprising on their health and the growing life within – with nutritious and delicious Crave Healthy!

It’s available online at http://www.cravehealthysnacks.com, select Med Express branches, and select Robinsons Supermarket outlets.

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Crave Healthy 30g SRP P25.00

Athena Builds Strong, Beautiful and Intelligent Women

We’ve come a long way, WOMAN, and we want it all.

The XY-gene has definitely evolved into the human being that we have always wanted to be – strong, intelligent and responsible. Almost gone are the days when we were referred to as the ‘weaker sex” because we seek the same achievements as men, and we go after our life goals with a steely determination that envelopes a soft side we call wisdom.

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Women have become the greatest juggler of our time. Some by necessity, others by sheer will and purpose. But with increasing roles and responsibilities, the essential woman of today needs a solid nutritional base to strike a balance between work, family and other passions – and be able to enjoy life to the fullest. We have to stay fit and attractive, to look good and feel good whenever we can.

Even Athena, the Greek patroness of wisdom and war, directed Wonder Woman to a especially-formulated nutritional concoction that can fully enhance the the very same gifts and attributes that make them superior beings.

Introducing Athena, the milk especially formulated to meet OUR special nutritional needs.

High Calcium essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones

Low in Fat so you can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake

Source of Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function.

Two glasses daily of Athena is a delicious beverage to start and end the day!

Drink Athena today!

Athena is available online at www.athena.com.ph and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar drugstores.

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Athena Milk 180g SRP 180.00

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Athena Milk 400g SRP 273.00

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Athena Choco SRP P130.00

 

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Not just pain but Breakthrough Cancer Pain

One day we wake up to the harsh reality that cancer has become a leading cause of morbidity and mortality everywhere. It is even projected that towards 2030, cancer will become the leading cause of death globally, beating even cardiovascular diseases and other communicable diseases (source: http://www.ceche.org/publications/infocus/fall2007/GlobalDisease.html).

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A friend used the word “commonplace” to describe cancer and I would go further one step to say that we become united as a community to talk about it quite openly, but PAIN is a taboo topic from our lack of knowledge and even patients’ unwillingness to discourse.

They say that the hardest situation in the world is watching a loved one deal with cancer pain, especially the terrible, almost unpredictable flares OVER and ABOVE the usual background (basal) pain. Now I understand why cancer patients can cope on some days  and then all of a sudden, excuse the self from life — reeling through and dealing with breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is something one does NOT share easily.

Breakthrough Cancer Pain : The Media Event, March 7, 2017 at the EDSA Shangrila

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Dr Dolma Santos, Medical Oncologist

In  this recent undertaking that sought to raise awareness on BTcP, a mix of medical oncology and pain management studies where presented by the experts. Dr. Dolma Santos, leading Filipino medical oncolologist presented the prevalance of BTcP in the local setting, wherein an estimated 45,000 Filipinos suffer with this debilitating cancer pain. It was even postulated that the numbers might be conservative due to the Filipino nature of “suffering in silence” rather than make family and friends worry about their condition.

Based on the Cancer facts and Estimates, “…there will be 200,000 (annually) Filipinos who will suffer cancer pain such that pain-alleviating management must be made available now”, quipped Dr. Santos.

 

 

PROF. MICHAEL UBERALL
Prof Michael Uberall

Hence, according to Prof Uberall, the pain and palliative care expert from Germany: Breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP) is a transient exacerbation of pain than occurs either spontaneously, or in relation to a specific predictable or unpredictable trigger, despite relatively stable and adequately controlled background pain. BTcP is characterised by a sudden onset of pain that reaches peak intensity within as little as 3 minutes and lasts for an average of 30 minutes. Patients with cancer have around 4 episodes of BTcP in a day.

 

 

 

Small wonder that BTcP is a common problem among cancer patients with its detrimental impact on quality of life (QoL), including daily functioning, social relationships and overall enjoyment of life – despite the cancer. Furthermore, a number of studies have reported that a large proportion of patients with BTcP feel dissatisfied with their pain control. Thus, there is a need for effective treatments for relief of BTcP as current treatments do not adequately address BTcP.

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The Meranini Medical-Marketing Team with Dr Uberall and Dr Santos

 

 

Now, cancer patients who suffer from Breakthrough Cancer Pain do not have to miss those special moments in their lives. If you or any of your loved ones are suffering from Breakthrough Cancer Pain, please seek consult with either your pain/palliative care specialist or medical oncologist.

Quality of Life means Control Over BTcP

I have heard of a lot of stories from families and friends who were surprised that the cancer patient can be very practical many times over and not opt for chemotherapy or any cytostatic medication anymore.  I recall that the late President Corazon Aquino, despite her having obvious means of getting the best medical care and against the advise of her medical team, simply opted for pain-killers rather than spend for chemotherapy.

While I will never espouse self-medication or question the benefit of chemotherapy, at the end of day, it’s the pain that has to be addressed…to still have some semblance of Quality of Life, especially if the pain is BTcP.

 

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-about Meranini and its philosophy

Menarini Asia-Pacific improves the lives of people in the region by providing them rapid market access to innovative healthcare brands from around the world. We do this through our established global network, strong expertise across key therapeutic areas, proven brand and sales know-how, to insightful experience in all major Asia-Pacific markets. Menarini Asia-Pacific is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Menarini Group. Leveraging the strengths of its global infrastructure, we are able to tap onto extensive global resources and our own unique local customer insights to deliver innovative brands from R&D, through to manufacturing, regulatory approvals and commercialisation.

 

References:

1. Institute for Neurological Science, Nuernberg, Germany – as presented by Prof Michael Uberall in the BTcP Media Event 03.07.17, EDSA Shangrila

Sports and Fitness in the Camp: A Guide for Running in Camp Aguinaldo

I am compelled to write about Camp Aguinaldo again, to try to override what I wrote about a temporary ban on running at about this time last year. As one does not easily give up on something you love (and by golly, I love the camp!), running and related sports are back to normal…in fact, some roads have been opened to the general vehicular public as access roads to EDSA, Katipunan and Marikina, subject to the conditions on securing a car pass into the camp. This greater access makes it possible for more people to get back into the fitness and training modes, and yet I have this nagging feeling that a lot others have not yet experienced this running haven situated North of Manila.

Claiming no expertise in this except the the right of passage of years running, holding races and getting to understand and memorize every nook and cranny of this place fondly called “agi” (short for Aguinaldo) is where my passion for life thrives. If you are ever curious what attracts people like me and those who dare step on the sacred grounds where dignitaries have held inaugurals and ceremonies, get intimate with the camp in this 101.

The essentials:

Camp (General Emilio) Aguinaldo is a highly-secured installation being the military headquarters (GHQ or general headquarters for those in the know) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Entry into the camp, even on a personal basis, is a privilege and not a basic right as you would experience playing in the grounds of Rizal Park (Luneta). As a key government facility, the hassle of work and business dominates weekdays more than your need for a running haven – but “agi” (I don’t really know whoever started calling the camp this way) is also home to officers, soldiers and their familis who are “domicile-camped” to ensure the nation’s security day in and out.

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Hence the first thing you bring into the camp is called COURTESY. If you are coming in as a pedestrian (and this includes you and your bike!), your valid ID is the first sign that you respect the camp. If you are entering by car, DIM your lights if needed and ROLL down the driver window enough for the guards to see your head and face. Do this automatically so it becomes more a habit than compliance. I drive up the camp at least once a day and I have a way of unnerving the guards to give me back a smile as I greet them good morning/afternoon. I think the gatekeepers respect you back by sometimes managing a snappy salute.

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Courtesy is also what you need in cruising along the roads inside the camp; it’s a behavior that permeates in a military environment particularly where soldiers interface with civilians. Signages also say them all – “Slow Down for Bikers and Joggers” or “Speed Limit 30kph” (for vehicles). Military Police (MP) uses radar speed guns and can apprehend and/or fine camp violators,including illegal parkers.

Since sports and recreation are your official business at entering the camp, park only at the following designated parking areas:

  1. Parade Grounds/ Grandstand area – This is nearest from Gate 1 and very secure. There are times, though, that the PG gates will be closed to the general public, to give way to special AFP events.
  2. AFP COC (Commissioned Officers Club) – The clubhouse parking practically as near to Gate 1 as the Parade Grounds, but slots are limited and may also be off-limits at times due to military or private functions .
  3. St Ignatius Chapel – This is my favorite parking hangout because I like starting my workout with a short prayer of thanksgiving. In addition, the restrooms are decently clean (don’t look for immaculately spotless) and unless there is Simbang Gabi (series of early morning Catholic masses during Christmas season) it’s not hard to compete on parking slots with church-goers.
  4. LogCom (Logistics Command) (Golf) Driving Range – Most bikers frequent the ample parking space here, as it is nearest to the infamous rolling Daza hills. This is also less than 500m away from Gate 6.
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The Parade Grounds (image courtesy of spacebattles.com)
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The Grandstand (image courtesy whitewashed.com)

Based on current experience, there are 3 gates to enter the camp, if you are on foot or have no carpass (valid YELLOW sticker):

Gate 1 (along Boni Serrano, fronting 15th Avenue, Murphy QC) – This gate is open 24hours but gate guardians become logically more inquisitive if you are coming in for a workout after 7PM and before 5AM. The main roads have been more lit lately thus encouraging early morning or night race simulation.

Gate 3 (along EDSA, proximal to the Camp Aguinaldo Golf Club/CAGC) – This gate is open only for stickered vehicles, only up to 9PM daily.

Gate 6 (along Boni Serrano, before 20th Avenue from Katipunan Avenue) – This gate takes in outsiders but of late, there have been days when gate has not been opened at all. Another current limitation is that this gate goes on a RIGHT TURN towards Katipunan and White Plains only.

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A usual “route” of 7KM can give you an athlete’s high because of a variety of terrains on almost 100% more-forgiving asphalted roads. Daza road alone can offer you long and winding or short and steep hills, depending on what on the workout-menu for the day.

The entire camp is a plush greenery of big pollutant-absorbing mango and santol trees that certainly complement the combed greens of the in-house golf course. It also helps that there are less vehicles plying these routes, hence one can practicing good breathing technique while doing workouts.

Seldom do visitors like us stay long enough to seek for concessionaires, but if you are not in a mad-rush, there are places worth breaking the routine for:

Soldiers Mall – The row of carinderias serve typical “silog”-varieties but only in these eateries does one experience trying kambing (goat-dishes) even for breakfast.

Hole No 14 Canteen, entrance near AFPSLAI/Gate 2 – Only this canteen seem accessible to public, compared to the others which are attached to the different holes of the golf course. Cheap, staple runners foods like saging saba and hard-boiled eggs have been perennially at P10. but you might also catch chicken arroz caldo or dinuguan-puto for P30 per serving. And yes, you can buy some bottled water or energy drinks, if the food was just a furlough to a long workout or session.

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CAGC (image from golfguidephils.com)

The CAGC Clubhouse restaurant (Gate 3) opens for breakfast but you can also treat the entire team with garlic chicken and pancit canton. Now that’s refueling in style!

Some runners and bikers also end the workout with silog breakfast or sisig-beer combo, at the logcom driving range canteen.

 

Sharing the road for safety

Bikers go with the vehicular traffic flow and this is enforced by the Military Police who also prioritize runners and bikers crossing intersections and the like. Runners, however, are not mandated to use any direction. By force of habit, I always run against the flow as this helps me anticipate road conflicts. Some, including the different military groups running almost daily in the camp, usually run WITH the flow of traffic and will tend to occupy the entire lane. If you like the smell of sweat, the sound of feet-pounding on the pavement and military cadence, you may want to join these groups…just make sure you can keep up with the pace set by the cadence master.

daza1Even if the entire camp is runner-and biker friendly, keep to the gutter-side of the roads, especially along the narrow Daza roads. While motorists are patient on slow runners who may have the tendency to hug the middle of the road, bikers in groups practicing sprint will skim you off the road if needed.

Flag-raising and flag ceremony. On dry weather, from Tuesdays to Sundays, a bugler calls the attention of everyone (runner, biker, pedestrian, motorist) in the vicinity of the Parade Grounds to halt and pay respect to the flag-raising in a 30-second bugle. Mondays are reserved for the full ceremony at 7:30AM, hence it would be prudent to exit the camp earlier or risk the inconvenience of not being able to get out when the long ceremonies commence. In the past, I used the Monday flag ceremony period (which is a good 15-20 minutes) to do hills-work along Daza which is much too to get affected by the flag-raising activities.

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Segundo Avenue near the Parade Grounds

Don’t leave special water bottles and personal stuff on top of your car, while on the run or ride. While the camp has a good reputation against bukas-kotse, I have lost a bottle or two, presumably, to strangers who may think it didn’t matter (you can take the bottle, but not the cold water in it, please!)

 

What the future holds for Camp “Agui”

I must admit that I went ballistic once, when running and biking was banned inside the camp. It is but stark reality that the use of the camp as our playground and recreation is always subject to its primary purpose of being a military facility. That is why I savor each time I am given the privilege to use these grounds and treat everyone crossing my path with dignity and cheerfulness. Over the years, I have gained neighbors and confidants in both civilian and uniformed men and this gives me an assurance that I can still count more years of my life running in this special place, running with my heart!

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iWOMAN: A Maternal Health Advocacy

Women of child-bearing age must be invoked on to read and understand Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354), informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law simply because it deals with the rights of women in a world of differing views on maternal health. Remember that the initial proposal for the RH Bill came around in 1967 and from then on stirred controversy after controversy until the much-debated revision of this Law was passed in 2014. And then, it took the pre-election and election campaign periods from 2014 to the early part of 2016, and more proponents for and anti, to further form a wedge on an already long-divided nation…ultimately landing on a new presidency and administration that projected a future of more responsible women coming into play.

I’m a survivor of generations of women in my lifetime. I was among the Maria Clara type of women of the 60s and 70’s when sex and pre-marital sex were only heard of in whispers and hushes. And then came the independent, working class of women in the 80s and 90s who struggled much against the stereo-type as we learned more and more about women who got very sick and even died from reproductive causes. At the turn of the millenium, it was really a battle between conservatism and modernity, as we began to talk openly about the plight of women and not getting adequate maternal care.

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It is important that women have access to information related to the health concerns of the female anatomy, even if reproductive processes seem to be the crux of it all. Belatedly, hormones play key roles in all womanly functions and therefore, drugs and related products that regulate hormones are a part of a woman’s armamentarium to ensure a healthy reproductive system.

While we can leave the statistics and hard strategies to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the local authorities such as the Department of Health (DOH), we should make it our mandate, AS A WOMAN, to help one another, in the best way we can. Even if the only way we can help at all, is to spread the real deal on what it will take to improve maternal health care in the country today. It is no longer excusable to embarrass or be embarrassed, at encouraging peers to put more emphasis on science and objectivity (versus conservation-religion and emotionalism, I’m afraid  to say) when it comes to our health and our lives.

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Contraception for responsible parenthood is one such tool that can help women stay healthy and happy, for as long as she makes informed decisions. Even staunch Catholic obstetricians and general practitioners are now recommending the use of COCs (Combined Oral Contraceptives) with products that can clearly support a woman’s life and family goals. Admittedly, however, the successful practice of COCs in the Philippines is severely  untapped mainly due many misconceptions and perceptions about its use in birth control.

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Weight Gain. Subject is still widely debatable as differing studies have proven conclusive to make a definite stand. An extensive research conducted in 2011 at the Cochran Database System Review analyzed 49 studies that compared a variety of birth control methods with placebos and found no evidence that birth control causes weight gain. In contrast, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published a study in 2009 that found the use of  Depo-Provera may have caused weight gain and increase in body fat in its subjects. One thing is certain: Your OB must be consulted to get the better options using contraceptive methods.

No conception while Breastfeeding. Even in the Philippines, this seems a likely cause of a lot of unwanted and unplanned pregnancies.  A reality check is that breastfeeding exclusively (without supplementing with formula) can suppress the hormones from the pituitary gland that make you ovulate, but it’s not a guarantee against conceiving. Is the uncalculated risk of pregnancy something you can (or cannot) handle?  You decide.

No conception with Non-drug Contraceptive Methods. The so-called “safe” period of some days before and after your menstrual cycle presents an even higher risk of getting an unplanned pregnancy. It is funny that the woman who can make these calculations are certainly healthily ovulating individuals whose cycles can be largely affected by day-to-day worries about life and family. The only way to secure a non-pregnant state in a sexual relationship is to take contraceptives while one is still actively producing hormones.

For more myth-busters on birthcontrol, you may want to check out the friendly advisories from http://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/birth-control-contraceptive-myths.

Behind a successful Woman…is her Obsterician!

annabelenalensuelaIn a round-table discussion held last July 27, the almost-all-women media contingent was treated to a seriously-but-lively talk with the bubbly Dra. Anna Belen I. Alensuela, FPOGS, a Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist  at FEU Hospital and a staunch advocate of the RH Law relative to improving maternal health.

She related her experience at defending the RH Bill, especially in objectively defining and clarifying conception versus the faith-inacceptable abortifacient.

With her vast knowledge and research on the development of the Pill comes renewed hope that the newer generations of COMBINED ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES are not only more effective (than traditional means) but also better tolerated.

Dr. Alensuela appealed to us all to help spread awareness that COCs are all about improving quality of life while being responsible women and enjoying our sexuality.

iWoman: A Woman’s Health and Wellness Advocacy

The campaign for women’s welfare has never been this purposeful. This sends a shockwave of a message that women also have to take care of themselves to be the best that they can be to the world.

i matterWomen matter. Much as women have accepted the God-given fate as the conceiver of life, they have long been around as professionals and leaders too.No longer arebthey just confined at the sidelines but now, rather, seek the full spectrum of their womanity in everything that they do and have become.

Women nurture. Call them Mother Earth or Mother Incarnate – it’s all the same. To nurture and facilitate growth is not just a function; it’s a commitment to bring happiness and fulfillment to the entire human race. i nurture

i influenceWomen influence. True women fight for their right to choice. And responsible women take it to the next level to ensure information is shared for the benefit of the most people.

iWoman. This is the new bedrock of initiatives in advocating women’s right to information and choice!

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Available in the market today is a formidable line of COMBINED ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES that caters to the varying needs and priorities of the empowered woman.

The ideal pill to use for first time users is the the one with the lowest dose. The brand Minipil, is a combination of 100 mcg Levonorgestrel + 20 mcg Ethinylestradiol. (“mcg” is micro gram). It is the lowest available in the market. Other bands have 125 to 150 mcg of Levonorgestrel and 30mcg of Ethinylestradiol. Take note that low dose does NOT mean reduced efficacy, but it will definitely reduce side effects, particularly useful for newbie users.

For those that have severe acne, chances are the pill with the active ingredients: Cyproterone acetate 2mg + Ethynylestradiol 35mcg will be prescribed. It is prohibitively expensive at Php 656 in Mercury, the price you have to pay to get clear skin since the pill is made in Europe. There is however more affordable option, priced at about Php 450 in Mercury and that is Cybelle. It is also contains Cyproterone acetate 2mg + Ethynylestradiol 35mcg and also made in Europe.

For girls that have been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), chances are you have been prescribed a pill with Cyproterone acetate and Ethynylestradiol. It is prohibitively expensive at Php 656 in Mercury, Europe-made. However there is brand that is more affordable at about Php 450 in Mercury, that is Cybelle, it is also made with Cyproterone acetate and Ethynylestradiol and also made in Europe. Cybelle will definitely give you more value for your money without scrimping on your treatment.

For girls that have uncomfortable periods or PMS, treating with regular pain reliever is not enough to manage all the symptoms, especially bloating and mood swings! You have to take pills with Drospirenone and Ethinylestradiol. Do consult your doctor on how to best manage this. However, being manufactured in Europe, these pills will cost anywhere from Php 889 to Php 905! The price alone will certainly cause your moods to swing. But fret not, more affordable brands are available in Mercury; these are Lizelle, which cost only Php 629 and Liza, which is only Php 600! They have the same basic ingredients and also made in Europe. Best to check with your ObGyne as Liza and Lizelle on dosage and administration; one of them should be the ideal brand for you.

For ladies who get bloatedness and gain weight when they take the pill, the ideal pills to take would be those with Drospirenone and Ethinylestradiol. Consult your ObGyn about you weight concerns when taking pills. The recommended  but affordable brands in Mercury Drugstore are Lizelle, which cost only Php 629, and Liza, which is only Php 600!

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