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Monday, October 15, 2012

Will You Advice Your Child to Punch Someone?

Violence is never a good thing. Generally, educated and sensible people settle arguments in a diplomatic way – though talking. Yet, there are some cases to consider. Some people would rather take action – using their fists instead of their mouth to solve problems. In schools, as bullying can be openly popular, talking to the aggressor may not be efficient especially when their superiors (teachers) would choose not to intervene.

Interestingly, some parents would let their children fix their own problems by fighting back.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tragic Love Poems

 These are poems written out of wickedness. Fortunately, two are fictional tales. One is an unspoken secret.

Good byes can be very sad and haunting. My poems Warlock, Mesmerized and My Elisha have this common thought. Although, one of the three can be very grim (come to think of it, not parting entirely) and a naughty composition inspired by the genius Edgar Allan Poe, the other poems’ gloomy endings were really necessary. These two were written sensibly for the best of things - an awakening from a beautiful illusion.

Partings can be sorrowful, bitter-sweet and heart-slashing.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Dealing with Writer’s Block through Research

Having a writer’s block is one dilemma for someone who is anxious to write for a deadline. And ironically, the more one tries to conquer it, the more he feels beaten. While a writer’s block can be dealt by simply taking a break, this can be a problem with an individual who is trying to catch up with a schedule. This instance can be frustrating and fortunately, can be prevented in the future.

More ways of dealing with a writer’s block include watching movies and reading to get ideas and inspirations. Talking to people and listening to music can be helpful as well. And if you enjoy doing researches, definitely you will be free of a writer’s block.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Putting an Annoying Drinker to Sleep with MSG

MSG is monosodium glutamate. It is probably the most popular flavor enhancer throughout the globe. Discovered by Professor Kidune Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University in the 1908, MSG has created an unhealthy reputation because of its undesirable effects on some people.

The FDA has categorized MSG as GRAS or Generally Recognized as Safe. However, monosodium glutamate (MSG) has been cited to cause migraine, insomnia, depression, anxiety and cognitive disorders. It is also linked to obesity as it can be very addicting in food. MSG can also cause palpitation, hypotension or hypertension, stomach pains, blurred vision, dizziness and even hives.

In Asian countries, MSG has remained a favorite. Interestingly, in some parts of the Philippines, MSG is also used to sedate talkative drunk individuals.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Drug Issue: Levocetirizine and Cetirizine

Levocetirizine and cetirizine are generally prescription medications, categorized as piperazine derivatives. Both are employed as systemic antihistamines for allergic rhinitis (sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose) and chronic urticaria (skin allergy). As a Third Generation Antihistamine, levocetirizine is actually an enantiomer of cetirizine, a Second Generation Antihistamine.

Both levocetirizine and cetirizine has less CNS penetration unlike the FGA.  With this, both drugs have minimal sedating effect.
Cetirizine image source

Levocetirizine can be available in 5mg tablet and in 5mg/5ml drops. It is given once a day. A 5mg tablet can be taken by an adult and children from 6 years old and above. Children from 1 to 6 years old are given half the dose (2.5mg) while infants from 6 months to 1 year old are given 1.25mg once a day.

Cetirizine on the other hand, is available in 10mg tablet, 5mg/ 5ml syrup and 2.5mg/ml drops. A 10mg cetirizine can be taken by adults and children from six years old. It is usually taken once a day. However, its dose can be divided into two - usually given in the morning then in the evening. Children from 2 to 6 years old are given half the dose of a 10mg cetirizine and infants from 6 months to 1 year old are given 2.5mg.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Thought: Love Sonnets

Written by yours truly, these three sonnets are really imperfect sonnets, trying to at least resemble, the Shakespearean sonnet pattern, a-b-a-b, c-d-c-d, e-f-e-f, g-g.

Sonnets 016, 012 and 035 are imperfect sonnets with a description of a perfect love written in three different ways.

             Read more of my poems here

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kalabasa Healthy Recipes

If you like kalabasa or squash, you are going to love the recipes below. These dishes are actually shared by a good friend of mine - Ms. Che-Che Escudero. God bless her for these really delicious and nutritious kalabasa recipes. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Some Facts About a Suppository

A suppository is a drug dosage form, usually inserted in the rectum or anus and in other cases, into the urethra and vagina. This dosage form has faster effect than syrup, capsule or tablet. In addition, a suppository is administered if the patient has a vomiting tendency and if the patient can't tolerate drugs that can cause stomach pain or ulceration.

Most people are usually accustomed to suppositories used for constipation like glycerin suppositories. However, this form of medicine has many types. Eucalyptol suppository is an example. This is indicated for respiratory ailment. Another one is paracetamol or acetaminophen which is for fever.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drug Issue: Furazolidone for Diarrhea

 Image by the author

Loperamide is a common antidiarrheal medication for loose bowel movement. It is generally an OTC or over-the –counter drug and recommended by pharmacies for acute types of diarrhea. However, loperamide is limited to individuals below 12 years old. With this, some drugstore outlets recommend the prescription medicine furazolidone. But, can furazolidone be safe for use in children particularly in infants?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Plants Vs Zombies: Going Through the Last Stand

The ‘Last Stand’ is one of the most enjoyable mini-games in Plants Vs Zombies. It includes the sun power of 5000 and the player gets to choose the plants of his choice. However, he must also defend his house from the toughest and special types of zombies like the Conehead zombie, Screen door zombie, Dolphin rider zombie, Ladder zombie, Football zombie, Jack-in- the- box zombie and the Bucket head zombie. More to this, the player is not allowed for a Sunflower or a Sun-shroom for additional sun power. There are a lot of strategies to get through the ‘Last Stand’. Below are two of the most enjoyable techniques.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Quotation # 9

One of the hardest decisions you'll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Drug Issue: Ibuprofen for Fibrafen

A new pharmacy aid at a popular drugstore chain received an unreadable prescription from an old lady. Still not familiar with that situation, he gave the drug order to the branch manager for instruction. The branch manager told him that the drug prescribed was Ibuprofen 200 mg – a non-prescription, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine. He made things clearer by writing a brand ‘Midol’ over the generic name.

However the manager didn’t notice the sigma or the instruction for use below the prescribed drug. It was stated that the medicine should be taken once at bedtime. The drug Ibuprofen is usually taken three times a day or as needed.

As it turned out, the old lady came back to the drugstore with a daughter. The customer’s daughter had been very formal to tell them that her mother was buying Fenofibrate Fibrafen 200mg – a drug for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. The old lady has very poor eyesight that she didn’t recognize the name of her medicine.
Ibuprofen for fenofibrate

One of the side effects of ibuprofen is gastric irritation. With other drug mix up, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs can be easily recognized, since these types can usually cause stomach pain in older people. However, fenofibrate is also often taken with food.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Avoid Being a Plagiarist: Do Not Delete Your Articles

People do not like thieves which include plagiarists. These individuals simply copy paste others work and by doing so, they also steal page views and hard earned cents from the original writer. Sadly, an online writer (at least, an honest one) can be a plagiarist without him knowing it.

I have a friend who was a writer at triond.com three years ago. She has already written a hundred articles when she decided to start all over again. She created an account at bukisa.com - another article writing site and began publishing under a new pen name. Over time, she considered transferring her Triond articles at Bukisa. However, to do this, she needed to delete her articles at Triond since she was already using a new name. All went well, until she received an ill comment about one of her content as a duplicate.

Monday, July 2, 2012

An Asthmatic Patient Handling His Cat

Can an individual who has asthma take care of a cat?

Studies reveal that the cat’s saliva and its skin are accountable for allergies in susceptible individuals. The glycoprotein Fel d1, the culprit allergen is secreted by the mucous membrane via the cat’s saliva and skin. While sneezing and related hay-fever symptoms can be some hypersensitivity reactions, shortness of breath that can progress to asthma can be alarming.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Writing Experience with StoryMash

Who says creative writing is the easiest form of writing? Would you dare take the challenge?

I first heard of storymash.com through an article of a friend. Since I enjoy writing fiction stories, I had been eager to check out the site.

StoryMash unlike Triond only publishes creative writings - short fiction stories, novels, screenplays and new creative writing forms. They pay a contributor for every chapter they make (in Storymash a chapter refers to the content). The payment methods are through PayPal and check in U.S. dollars. Like other writing sites, a chapter also earns by page views.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Medical Mission Volunteer Benefits

Medical missions are something to wait for. While it is actually intended for the poor, the middle class and even the rich people can also benefit from its services. Locals may admire volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and other health professionals for their free service, but is it really free? What can these people gain as volunteers for a medical mission?

Medical missions are common in developing countries. These are generally organized by Catholics or Christians. While there are international groups such as the American Leprosy Missions and the CMMB’s Medical Volunteer Program, there are also the local groups. In the Philippines, the most recognized medical mission groups are the St. Charles Borromeo Philipine Medical Mission and H.O.P.E Foundation International.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Is Albendazole 400mg Safe for my 4 year old?

In the Philippines, the month of November has been declared as Filariasis Treatment Month. Residents, especially children two years old and above are advised to participate in the program. However, although most people are grateful for the free medicines, there are still some reluctant to use the preventive drugs for their children. These parents are worried about the side effects. One resident has even found the idea of giving a 400mg albendazole tablet for her 4 year old child alarming.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Simply Photo: A Visit to Somewhere

Once, I did wonder if swimming is possible here...

A dapo???

Walking in silence ... No snake here!!

I miss our own ....!

This one, I remember taking a sip at its sweet nectar. How? Secret!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday Thought: To Heed An Angel's Call

A whisper from within is a calling of the conscience. And as mortals, it is our decision to listen.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

On Choosing The Perfect Job: Knowing Your Own Standards

Big companies are usually picky in selecting staffs. While small industries are satisfied in hiring applicants considering their good personality, health and their eagerness to work, huge establishments hire applicants from high quality standards. The prospects qualifications are reviewed carefully. They are screened down through a series of examinations. And two to three interviews are always necessary before finally being hired.

Looking for work with giant and popular companies may be intimidating but if you got what it takes, you should also be choosy. The following can be helpful in making you decide:

  • Institution Stability
An established company means that it has been on the business for years or decades. One can be sure of its integrity. It would be a real pride in working for a popular institution and more to that, desirable number of benefits and promotions are also something to look forward to.

Never the less, stable institution may require great expectations from you. You may have to work harder with extra hours. Having quality with family or loved ones may be narrowed down. And definitely, if you won’t be up to it, your health could be at risk.

  • The Salary
Big companies usually give big salaries, but not all of them. Of course, they have some guidelines to follow. Often, job seekers are misled by big sums of pay. Most of them do not consider that taxes and most benefits (particularly, those unnecessary) are also deducted from the payroll.

  • Work Location
A close work place is cheaper and convenient. It can also be beneficial to health, since you will be more relaxed without much traveling.

  • The Schedule
Long hours of work can be hazardous to health and family. A half or an hour daily break is refreshing. It will help the mind refocus. A day off from job at least once a week is also important, not only for rest and recreation, but more importantly for some quality time with loved ones. 

It’s All Up to You

What matters to you most? Is it money or your health? Is it your career or family?

People needs and wants vary. Most would choose to devote on a job, working hard night and day. If it’s for the money or career growth, they have accepted the consequences behind their decision. They would find a way to make up with their families and they will know how to take care of themselves.

Your quality job depends on how will you like them to be. Career opportunities may be misleading. Large figures maybe attractive but you may not like the policies behind it.

Analyze your job offers. A wrong employment for you is a waste of time and effort. Bear in mind that any job comfortable and enjoyable for you, means not working at all.

(c) Phoenix Montoya @ May 15, 2009

*This article is also published at Bukisa and Wikinut

Monday, June 4, 2012

Ladders and Passageways Dream Interpretation: Are These Bad?

A friend of mine used to dream about a big and old scary house. In her dream, the house was actually hers. The house was really big and appeared seemingly more spacious because of its lack of furniture. She had this dream on two to four occasions – always the same gloomy house.

What’s disturbing about it, was her always on a run from someone. She would end up on a small room or a kitchen and from there; she would find a secret passageway – a ladder leading down. She would endlessly climb down into the bottom, then up again into a different passageway. She would get tire at one time, only to discover that she had lost herself in the maze of tunnels and ladders.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday Question: Delayed Anaphylactic Shock

Anaphylaxis or anaphylactic shock can be the most serious type of allergic reaction. But, can it be possible that it can be delayed?

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Drug Issue: Lesofat for Weight Loss

Orlistat is a popular medication for weight loss support. Back then, it was only Xenical, but at the end of Xenical’s patent in 2009, trade names including Olisat (Biocon), Obitrol (Micro Carsyon), Orstat (Windlas) etc have been available in the market. In the Philippines, Lesofat is recognized as a cheap alternative for Xenical.
As an orlistat, Lesofat is a Gastro intestinal lipase inhibitor. It works by blocking the fats consumed by an individual. About one third of fat is prevented from being absorbed by the body and is flushed down via large intestines. Hence, with less consumption of fats means fewer calories and with this, is an ideal body weight.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Creating Your Digital Book at Hello Poetry

With the dead line of my check-in card at Hello Poetry this coming 12th of September 2011, I have decided to make my own digital book. I am not looking forward to earn since I understand that selling a digital book can be very hard. However, just for the fun of having a digital book with my name on it, I have wasted my entire morning yesterday creating my own book.

If you would want to publish a digital book and be serious about promoting it, Hello Poetry can be the website for you. Hello Poetry can provide you the tools for creating a book and with every published work you sell; you will receive 70% from Hello Poetry via PayPal.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Are You In Love With a Ladies Man?

We tend to meet a ladies man once in a while. They can be popular guys we know or some stranger with the most appealing personality we meet. With a notorious name and face, there is an advantage. We know what kind of person he is, we’ll think twice before getting involved. But with a new guy possessing the most solemn face and the nicest words, that’s a dilemma.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Simply Photo: Via Dolorosa de Lucban

The Way of Sorrow

Adam and Eve

Man made falls

The Ascending Christ
*Images by the author*

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Life Quotation # 8

The significant problems we face in life can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

 ~Albert Einstein~

Friday, May 18, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Drug Facts: Carbocisteine

As a mucolytic agent, carbocisteine works by helping the lungs loosen phlegm easily. It is similar to ambroxol (Ambrolex, Musosolvan, Zobrixol) in action. However, if a patient has a history of asthma, doctors and pharmacies usually recommend ambroxol. Carbocisteine is a very good mucolytic though. Despite that this cough cure is used in special precaution with elderly people and asthmatic patients, doctors prescribe carbocisteine in combination with an anti-asthma agent such as salbutamol.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Life Quotation # 7

When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to smile.


Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Question: Is Popcorn a Junk Food?

Corn maybe a vegetable therefore indeed good for the body. But, is a popcorn particularly, a ready made or microwaveable, healthy as well?

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beware: Expired Medication Cover-Ups

Just like bottled drinks, milk, canned goods etc. all medicine has an expiration date indicated in their labels or containers. It is a requirement by the Food and Drug Authority upon its approval for the general market.

Disappointingly, some drug outlets - hospitals and private clinics in particular, ignore the expiration date's importance and dispense expired drugs, solely for business reasons. Without even knowing it, you could have been a victim.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012