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How a plant-based diet can reduce hypertension and prevent stroke

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MEATLESS BUT MORE NUTRITIOUS Malunggay soup (with tomatoes, onions, organic vegan bouillon cubes and Himalayan salt), string beans (with shiitake mushrooms, okra, eggplant, Braggs tomato sauce) and oil-less fried, non-GMO soy wheat stick (with seaweeds). Safe proteins were found to be from plants. Photo by Tessa Salazar

What do five of the 10 leading causes of illness and death in the Philippines have in common? Coronary heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and atherosclerosis are all associated with our diets.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

GERD treatment guidelines developed for Filipino physicians

The Philippine Society of Gastroenterology (PSG) has completed the development of treatment guidelines for gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, a bothersome condition whose prevalence in the country is increasing.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

7 most important vaccines

Have you gotten your shots yet? If you don’t get vaccinated, you may succumb to various diseases because of lack of immunity.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

A salty advice

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Dr. Tony Leachon, the current president of the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), recently e-mailed me an article-commentary on the unfavorable effects of a high salt diet. The PCP, which is composed of around 6,000 specialists in internal medicine practicing all around the country, is actively involved in a healthy-lifestyle advocacy to help prevent common medical problems.

Posted: August 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Cockroaches, animal products and their link to asthma

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The Department of Health’s Asthma Week (observed Aug. 16 to 20) is officially over. But then, for the estimated 235 million sufferers of chronic asthma (according to World Health Organization estimates), their affliction, an inflammatory lung disease involving recurrent breathing problems, doesn’t really follow any timeline.

Posted: August 23rd, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

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