Health Sec Duque Assured of Full Support from Health Groups

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HealthJustice Philippines, a think tank and advocacy group with legal expertise in tobacco control and health promotion, congratulated and expressed its support for Francisco Duque III, who has just been appointed Health Secretary by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“We congratulate Francisco Duque III for once again being appointed Health Secretary. We assure him of our full support as he proceeds to make the desired changes in the Health Department, as well as continue the good ones that his predecessors have instituted, all for the good of the Filipino people,” said Mary Ann Fernandez Mendoza, President of HealthJustice Philippines.

Duterte signed Duque’s appointment papers last October 26. The appointment came after Paulyn Jean Ubial, Duterte’s first appointee to the post, failed to get the nod of the Commission of Appointments (CA) after three hearings.

Duque was the president and CEO of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) from 2001 to 2005. He afterwards served as Health Secretary from 2005 to 2010 under the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. He was appointed thereafter as the Chairman of the Civil Service Commission (CSC) by former President Benigno Aquino III. He led the CSC from 2010 to 2015. In 2014, Duque was recognized by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) as People Manager of the Year in Public Sector. With Duque at its helm, CSC was named Employer of the Year by the same body a year after.

“Secretary Duque was the Health Secretary when the DOH CSC JMC 2010-01 was signed. We hope that he will push for the stronger enforcement of this memorandum circular, which prohibits interaction between the government and all its branches and instrumentalities and the tobacco industry unless strictly necessary and solely for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the law,” Fernandez Mendoza pointed out.

“We hope that the Health Department, under Duque’s leadership, will implement programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and having a healthy diet, or those that place greater importance on developing a healthier body as opposed to just focusing on the treatment of diseases. We know Duque, a physician, would agree that, as the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound cure,” Fernandez Mendoza added.

HealthJustice is a Bloomberg Awardee for Global Tobacco Control. It is a Programme Partner of the NCD Alliance, an international network of experts, organizations, and research institutions working to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases, plenty of which have been associated with direct and indirect consumption of tobacco products.


Integrate Exercise in Daily Tasks and Push Your Limits with Fitness First

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11025424_10152804330647956_1954230720_oExercise—A word that I am not particularly fond of.  The truth is, it’s something that I have been avoiding for years.  It usually comes up every first month of the year or before summer vacation.  So after New Year’s Resolution, it has snuck up behind me again and punched me in the face.  I NEED  to exercise, there is no way around it.  Even if I went into a diet, which is another story, exercise is a health-must beyond the external aspect.

So here is the punch:  Beach and swimming season is around the corner and we want to look great in our swim wear.  No matter how we suck in or tell ourselves we are not that fat, deep down inside we know the truth.  We need to work out, to trim some excess weight and to strengthen our back and bones to work effectively even after summer is over.

We are all busy but this should not be an excuse to not spare a few minutes to walk around, jog around, or bike around.  Watching what we eat does not mean only less food intake but rather eating the right food to keep the right energy for exercise and daily work. So after setting a weekly menu of veggies, fruits, lesser meats and carbo, lots of water in right amounts per day then we are ready to work that body.

SAM_6664Fitness First recently organized an event at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center in Global City Taguig entitled Push Your Limits. The objective was to show how exercise can be incorporated in everyday tasks and without the need for exercise machines.

Fitness First created  freestyle areas in their clubs which allow you to exercise and move with purpose. They focus on dynamic movement training, movements that will challenge one’s muscles in multiple directions, combining as many muscle groups as possible to challenge you and get you moving in the way nature intended.

The four different fitness areas that were set-up was to test one’s strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed in a very fun and engaging way. Mall-goers got the chance to see how they measured up against what an average person could accomplish. What’s more, the challenges could be completed without the need to be in workout clothes.

To test their speed, participants were engaged in drills using the agility ladder. This is the most effective tool for training speed and improving footwork. For endurance, participants were asked to lift shopping bags progressively being filled with weights after every round. This type of weight training workout improves your ability to do everyday chores such as carrying a bag of groceries or lifting your young child. Participants also tested how strong they were by the number of times they could flip large tires. The entire body needs to be engaged when you flip the tire, which is perfect for improving over-all strength and conditioning. Lastly, participants were asked to accomplish a series of progressive Vinyasa poses. Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits, synchronized breathing relaxes the mind and the movements significantly improve flexibility.

All these challenges were performed under the expert guidance of Fitness First Fitness Instructors. For every fitness challenge completed, each participant received a raffle entry for a chance to win free 3-month memberships. What’s more, free health checks were made available to all guests.

But more than just participating in the challenges, Fitness First encouraged the participants to push their limits, to try and exceed what their bodies could normally endure. Most came to realize the importance of including exercise as part of their regular routine and that exercise can be fun and can be done anytime without the need for exercise machines.

You may visit any Fitness First branch to learn more about Freestyle or go to their website at

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Removing Gallstones Naturally

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By: Dr. Lai Chiu Nan

It has worked for many. If it works for you please pass on the good news. Dr. Lai is not charging for it, so we should make it free for everyone. Your reward is when someone, through your word of mouth, benefits from the regime. Gallstones may not be everyone’s concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. “Cancer is never the first illness,” Dr. Lai points out. “Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer.

In my research in China , I came across some materials which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It’s a matter of big or small, many or few.

One of the symptoms of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can’t digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the liver area.” So if you think you have gallstones, Dr. Lai offers the following method to remove them naturally.

The treatment is also good for those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.


1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day. Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.

2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 PM, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass of warm water.

4. At 8 PM, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 PM, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools. “Usually they float,” Chiu Nan notes. “You might want to count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to 100 stones. Very many.”

“Even if you don’t have any symptom s of gallstones, you still might have some. It’s always good to give your gall bladder a clean-up now and then.

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Cucumber Coolness


sharing  from Miguel Romero. . .

Cucumbers are very easy to grow and make for a delicious treat. But did you know they can prevent hangovers, or clean the kitchen sink? Below is a list of tips and tricks you can do with cucumbers.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon? Put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance. 4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the photochemical in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don’t have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don’t have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don’t have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the photochemical will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a ‘green’ way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won’t leave streaks and won’t harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!