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Get Your Vitamin C Fix for the Day with Oranges and Pineapples

Reblogged from Mommylogues Manila


Sometimes, I can’t stand eating fresh pineapples. The fresh pineapples leave a funny prickly taste in the mouth. I later found out that this was due to an enzyme called bromelain reacting with one’s tongue.
Over the years, I found that dipping pineapples in a little cold water mixed with a small amount of rock salt to makes them sweeter. It also lessens the prickly sensation on the tongue.
Our family often juices leftover chilled pineapple slices with oranges. The juice comes out a lovely orange color.
Pineapples and oranges are a great combination as both fruits are rich in vitamin C and mix quite nicely.

Oranges alone have around 35 mg of vitamin C for every 100 grams, while 1 cup pineapples alone is enough to give your body 131.4% of the daily value your body needs. To get the most out of your oranges, never choose oranges with soft spots or mold. Choose oranges that are pesticide free whenever possible.

Oranges that have are smoothly textured , firm, and heavy for their size often have more juice in them. In general, oranges that are smaller and than thinner skin have more juice in them. Oranges unopened and be stored at room temperature or in the refrigerator. They can last 2 weeks and retain their vitamin content level.
Vitamin C found in pineapples and oranges helps neutralize free radicals in your body and. Free radicals cause chronic diseases like cancer or heart disease. Vitamin C also helps your body fight off coughs and colds.
Pineapple contains Manganese, Vitamin b6, Vitamin b1 and Copper.

Our family never buys bottles of fruit juices at home. I find it more cost efficient to just juice fresh fruits and get the benefits of fresh enzymes such as bromelain from pineapples. Enzymes like bromelain help enhance digestion by keeping the digestive tract healthy. Interestingly, bromelain also helps suppress cough and colds.
To get the most out of your pineapples, choose pineapples that are heavy in size. They should be free of spots, bruises and darkened eyes. Choose a pineapple with a fragrant smell at the stem end. Avoid pineapples that smell musty, fermented or sour. Cut- up pineapples should be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It can actually retain its nutrients up to 6 days with proper storage according to a study done in the Journal of Food and Agricultural Chemistry.

Interestingly, a study done in University of Innsbruck Austria found that as pineapples and oranges ripen to the point of spoilage, the antioxidant levels actually increase. So, enjoy your fruits when they fully ripen.
The next time you pick up any processed juices at the supermarket aisle that says Vitamin C, think again. Processed juices are pasteurized to kill harmful bacteria. Vitamin C and enzymes are especially sensitive to heat. You’re no longer maximizing the health benefits of natural enzymes and vitamin C – you’re left with a dose of artificially reduced vitamin C or ascorbic acid.

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Best Ointment for Bruises

Hirudoid was marketed to reduce effects of inflamed varicose veins. My sister actually used the product for her varicose veins and it helped, although daily applications were still required.

For the past five years, my family has been using Hirudoid for bruises and bumps. Hirudoid has such an amazing effect on the bruises from black and blue, you’ll see the color lighten in a matter of hours. This is because Hirudoid helps increase blood flow to the affected area. It also speeds up the healing of bruises by 50%.

It’s a very handy ointment to have around especially if you have a lot of kids in the house.

Package Insert Warnings:

* This product is for external use only.
* Do not use this product with warfarin.
* Do not apply to infected or bleeding areas.
* Avoid contact with the eyes and wash hands after applying.

This product can be purchased at most drugstores.


A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal

Just wanted to share this very interesting and useful article on the various kinds of insect repellents available to us. Personally, we only use products that are DEET FREE. So please do go and read the labels on lotions before you apply them on your children.

A Parent’s Anti-Mosquito Arsenal
by: Pam Pastor

Protect your family from dengue by arming yourselves with these products
What: Anti-Bug Balm is created by Badger, the same company behind the popular Sleep Balm (another product we love). Badger Anti-Bug Balm is a USDA-certified organic insect repellent that contains all-natural ingredients, including citronella oil, cedar oil and lemongrass oil. Don’t let the pretty packaging fool you—this balm is effective. And we’re not the only ones who love it. It has gotten great reviews from people who used it, including one who brought it to the jungles of the Amazon and swears the balm kept her protected.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P495 for the big 2-oz tin

How: Apply it to your face, hands and other exposed areas.

Why it’s good: This balm doesn’t just drive bugs away, it’s good for your children’s skin, too.

Bite Be Gone

What: Bite Be Gone Mosquito Duo is a two-in-one product—the tube contains a repellent cream that promises to prevent mosquito bites while the cap holds a balm that can be used to soothe mosquito bites.

Where: Rustan’s Essenses

How much: P295

How: Apply a small amount of the repellent cream on the skin. Apply the balm onto bites and massage lightly. Apply two to three times a day.

Why it’s good: Bite Be Gone comes in a tube that’s handy and can easily be slipped into your bag.

Off! Soft & Scented

What: Off! Soft & Scented is an insect repellent lotion that contains chamomile. Dermatologically tested, Off! Soft & Scented doesn’t just offer protection from mosquitoes, it also promises to soothe the skin.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P114.75 for 100 ml

How: Apply lotion on exposed areas.

Why it’s good: Off! Soft & Scented is extra gentle on the skin.

Off! Aqua Spritz

What: Off! Aqua Spritz is an insect repellent spray that feels light on the skin.

Where: Watsons

How much: P79.75 for 30 ml

How: Spray evenly on exposed skin. To use on your face and neck, spray onto hand and rub on. Repeat application after four hours. Do not spray onto the hands of small children—they might rub their eyes and cause irritation.

Why it’s good: Off! Aqua Spritz’s formula is non-greasy. We love the convenience of easy application—no mess!

Bug Off! Wristband

What: Bug Off! is an insect repelling wristband that contains no DEET and no chemical-based insecticides. Since it uses plant oil-based ingredients such as citronella, lemongrass and geranium to keep bugs away, it is safe and nontoxic. There are Bug Off! wristbands for adults and for kids.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P179.75

How: Wear it like a bracelet.

Why it’s good: If your kids don’t like being rubbed with lotion, this wristband might be a good way to go. Bug Off! lasts for as long as 180 hours. If used for just eight hours a day and stored properly after every use, it can last up to 22 days. A bonus? The wristbands for kids glow in the dark, making it fun for kids to wear.

Off! For Kids

What: Off! For Kids is an insect repelling lotion that was formulated for kids. It offers three hours of protection and comes with a tropical fresh fragrance.

Where: Watsons

How much: P65

How: Apply lotion to exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Off! For Kids’ formula is gentle and smells like melons and berries.

Off! Overtime

What: Off! Overtime is an insect repelling lotion that offers eight-hour protection.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P79.75 for 50 ml

How: Rub lotion on the exposed skin.

Why it’s good: Its long-lasting effect offers convenience. No need to reapply every four hours.

Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patch

What: Pest Off! Anti-Mosquito Patches are patches that can be attached to clothes to offer up to 12 hours of protection from mosquitoes.

Where: Ace Hardware

How much: P97.75 for five patches

How: Attach adhesive side to clothes.

Why it’s good: Pest Off! is chemical-free and can also be attached to furniture to drive mosquitoes away from your home.


What: Para’Kito wrist bands are natural refillable wrist bands that offer protection from mosquitoes by using natural essences.

Where: Kidz Station (Power Plant, Glorietta, Shangri-La Mall)

How much: P495

How: Insert the active pellet into one of the wristbands and wear it.

Why it’s good: Para’Kito is easy to wear and safe. There are different colors you and your kids can choose from.

Buzz Away

What: Buzz Away is a natural repellent that doesn’t just protect you from mosquitoes—it keeps ticks, flies, gnats away, too.

Where: Healthy Options

How much: P745

How: Just spray it on.

Why it’s good: The spray offers ultimate convenience. Buzz Away’s formula is non-sticky and leaves the skin feeling cool.


FDA Recalls Milk Products in Manila

FDA ordered the recall of two milk products: Sustagen Junior milk Drink Powder Vanilla Flavor and Alactagrow Bibo Trio Milk Supplement. Both milk products are manufactured by Mead Johnson and are alleged to be deficient in fat level content.

According to FDA standards, the required fat content for milk supplements should be between 3 to 6 grams per 100 calories. Based on FDA evaluation, the fat contents of Sustagen and Alactagrow were only 1.5 grams and 1.34 grams per 100 calories.

If you have purchased any of these products, please return them to the manufacturer or the licensed distributor. as they are non-compliant with FDA standards and have technical compliance issues.


Things to Do When You Have a Cold


1). Give Honey 1 to 2 tsp before bedtime.
Note: Do so only if the child is more than a year old. And the child in question is not hyperactive in anyway.

2). Do use a warm mist humidifier if you have a cold, just make sure to
take extra care that the children don’t get burns from touching the heating filament.

3). Drinking Water or broth will help hydrate your body.

4). Can give a combination of warm lemon water with honey to help loosen congestion.

5). Give Nasal Drops if the child is a baby. Saline spray for kids more than 2 years old.
They are safe and non irritating and serve to combat congestion.

6). Give Zinc only within 24 hours of a cold. Not effective after.

Vitamin C- won’t stop your colds, but it will make the duration of the cold shorter.

7). Eat more fruits (pineapple,grapefruit,apples, pears) and vegetables.

8). Eat warm foods.

Things to Avoid when you have a Cold

1). Dairy products like milk, cheese and yoghurt – has an effect of making phlegm thicker.

Alternative : give almond or rice milk

2). Alcohol, coffee and sodas that end up dehydrating your body.

3). Chocolate

4). Refined sugars in white flour or bread. Stick to whole wheat.

5). Yeast products (white breads or cured meats like bacon, hams)

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How a Misdiagnosed Cold Can Hit your Bank Account

I hate August . I realize I never realized how much I could hate a month when I start tracking down all the expenses relating to my children’s health care.

June. July. Health related bills don’t even show up in my wallet. Come August there’s an avalanche of receipts from Mercury Drug and several doctor’s offices.

It all starts with a simple undiagnosed cold that hit my daughter. The first doctor I visited (who happened to be a reliever) tells me it’s a viral and seems to have an allergic component to it and prescribes Ventolin to nebulize as is. I am a little skeptical of her (as she is not my regular doctor) but follow her instructions anyway.

During the week, I am frustrated, and add Dimetapp to my daughter’s regimen of medicines- I suspect it’s a cold. She’s got this loud hacking cough from within and a slight cold.

I come back to the doctor ( my daughter’s real pedia ) the following week, my daughter has not gotten better. In fact her coughing has worsened. She came down with a slight fever.

The doctor tells me to stop the Dimetapp since he doesn’t see any sign of a cold (at the time he inspected her nostrils) and adds salinase and an order to steam 2x a day. He tells me to continue on with the ventolin. He tells me that antibiotics are not needed.

My baby ‘s fever gets even worse in the next few days. This has never happened to us before..

In desperation, I decide to ask other friends and I am referred to a pediatrician specializing in pulmonary diseases.

I visit the doctor and I am shocked to find that everything that both doctors I visited got everything wrong:

(1) My daughter has colds but it’s stuck inside underneath.
(2) The colds are so bad that they ‘ve gotten inside her ears which explains infections and the fever that wouldn’t go away.
(3) We need to manage the cold from the “nose”.
(4) My previous doctor was going about it the other way, they were managing the symptoms but not the actual source of the problem which was the nose.
(5) The first doctor made a mistake by not telling me to use NSS solution with my Ventolin nebules. ( Believe me, I am so tempted to march up to her office and ask for my money back).

I got a VERY long list of medicines the doctor gave me and realized that everything cost me around Php 6000.00 in a single day.

By this time, I was so upset by everything, I brought my other children to the EENT that same day and had him check my daughter’s ears again just to make sure I was getting the correct care for her.

To make the long story short, she got well on the medicines the new pedia pulmo gave her, and we also missed school for almost a month on the doctor’s orders.

Lessons learned:

(1). Manage your children’s allergic rhinitis. Visit your EENT.
(2). Spend more for a specialist if you have to. In my case, had I gone to the specialist in the first place and spend Php750 instead of Php 500, my daughter would not have had her colds escalate to the point of getting fever and otitis media.
(3). Don’t be afraid to let your child miss school if she needs to recuperate.

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Coxsackie Virus in School

What’s with the coxsackie virus?

A friend of mine texted me that one child in his daughter’s school in Alabang came down with Coxsackie virus and described it as having sores in the mouth with fever and rashes. He refused to allow his daughter to go to school for 2 days.

I’ m called to school one afternoon to bring home my son who is running a fever with headache and some stomach discomfort. I bring him to a pediatrician and she tells him to rest.

A day after my daughter develops a fever as well and refuses to eat and drink. I try giving her yoghurt and pedialyte, since I ‘m afraid she’ll dehydrate if she keeps that up.

My pediatrician tells me it’s herpangina- caused by Type A coxsackie virus. It’s a virus that’s common among children age 1 to 4.

There’s no medicine for it and antibiotics are useless since it’s a viral infection. My toddler had a big sore on her throat. It was a wonder that she wasn’t getting a high fever.

The best way I ‘m told to prevent Herpangina is to keep WASHING HANDS. A tough thing for me to implement on a 2 year old who still likes putting things into her mouth.

The next day I try to look for an old Chinese drugstore remedy they call watermelon frost. It’s actually good for canker sores and mouth ulcers.

Unfortunately, the Beijing Ton Ren Tang drugstore near our place is closed. My father-in-law had to go downtown to get me a bottle spray.

Watermelon Frost contains: Watermelon Fruit Extract, Fritillaria Bulb, Belamcanda Chinensis Rhizome, Sophora Root, Indigo Puverata Levis, Menthol, Licorice Root.

Watermelon frost is used for treating sore and/or swollen throat, hoarse voice, and ulcers of the mouth, tongue and gums. Applicable in acute and chronic pharyngitis, tonsillitis, inflammation of the oral cavity, and painful and swollen gums.

I had to get 2 people to help hold her down, get some the grayish powder into a straw ( I cut a red straw in half for this purpose) and blew it into her throat.

We did this twice a day, and it must have relieved some of her pain because a few hours later, she was asking for a drink of water and other liquids.

I’m not a very big fan of Chinese medicine, but this is one application wherein I find where I find that the wonders of Western medicine are no use.

After my daughter’s bout with the virus, I find out from my friend that there were also kids affected by the virus in a progressive preschool. One of the students actually ended up being hospitalized for dehydration. The virus even spread as far as the grade school part of the school.

NOTE: Please be very careful where you buy your Watermelon Frost. Try to buy at more reputable stores. There a lot of fakes nowadays.

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Is your Plastic Bottle Safe?


I bought some water bottles from Rustan’s today, it felt like a good deal since they marked down the bottles from Php 239.75 each to Php 189.75 each.

When I buy bottles, I usually look for clear ones (so I can see if they’re squeaky clean), with no sippy straws (because they’re difficult to clean), and a cap on the bottle that doubles as a drinking cup (which makes it travel friendlier for kids).

I ended up choosing between Lock Lock and Xeonic. I counted out a brand called Gallery because the PP plastic cups they had had they really awfully rough edges ( I honestly did not like the quality).

I ended up with Xeonic because it was cheaper than Lock lock (it’s bigger and price wise a lot cheaper). The PP cup on my son’s Lock lock bottle had cracked (my Lock lock bottle was barely a year old). Xeonic had a thicker and sturdier cup.

When I got home, I decided to look up the meaning of the number markings on my bottles. For those who don’t know or are unaware, most plastic bottles in the market today have these little number markings for recycling. ‘

Brands like Lock Lock (blue cap and crystal clear plastic bottles) and Xeonic which I both bought at Rustan’s have markings indicated.

Both use PP polypropylene for the cups. The caps are pretty much safe, heat resistant and haven’t been found to leech chemicals. Polypropylene is the same plastic used other recyclable and reusable containers a la Tupperware and Rubbermaid types.

The body is another story. Both are made of polycarbonate which has been found to leech bisphenol A which is a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. The benefit in using polycarbonate as a material is that it is thin and durable. According to the Rustan’s sales person, It can used to be hold hot or cold beverages. Polycarbonate bottles are shatterproof, 100% airtight and water tight, microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and supposedly resistant to stain.

What is Bisphenol A? According to an article in Scientific American,” BPA is routinely used to line cans to prevent corrosion and food contamination; it also makes plastic cups and baby and other bottles transparent and shatterproof. When the polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins made from the chemical are exposed to hot liquids, BPA leaches out 55 times faster than it does under normal conditions, according to a new study by Scott Belcher, an endocrine biologist at the University of Cincinnati. “When we added boiling water [to bottles made from polycarbonate] and allowed it to cool, the rate [of leakage] was greatly increased,” he says, to a level as high as 32 nanograms per hour. ”

What to do if you’re using polycarbonate water bottles?

1). Try to use a mild detergent in cleaning your bottles (try brands like Seventh Generation, Planet, or coconut based detergents). Please do not use bleach. According to other research made on bisphenol A, it doesn’t necessarily take exposure to harsh detergents for polycarbonate A to leech bisphenol A.

2). The older the plastic is, the faster the leaching rate ( I would suggest disposing the bottles once it starts looking cloudy and has scratches on it).

3). Don’t use it put hot drinks. Heating increases the amount of bisphenol A that leeches.

4). If you can, try not to use polycarbonate bottles.

Some suggestions for cleaning your polycarbonate bottle, since I am again stuck with one :

– soak in soapy water
– soak in warm water with lemon
– soak in warm water with baking soda

If it smells funny :

– put a piece of charcoal wrapped in newspaper for a day or two to absorb the smell annd

I’m going to try Rubbermaid next time, at least they came up with a list of which products do or do not contain BPA.


Scientific American

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Why is Canada Changing its Policy on Flu Shots?

I wanted to share this article posted by Dr. Mercola regarding Canada’s policy change on vaccines as a response to new research. I’m glad that at least one country is doing a better job of reviewing its health care policies and making changes as they see fit.

Why is Canada Changing Its Flu Vaccine Policy?
Posted by: Dr. Mercola
November 10 2009 | 58,964 views

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Fruit and Vegetable Wash #2

My orthodontist graciously shared this fruit and vegetable wash ingredients when I went to visit her office today.

1 T vinegar – to help fight alcohol based pesticides
1 T VCO (virgin coconut oil) – to help fight oil based pesticides
1 T baking soda – to help as an abrasive and scrub wax based chemical products off fruits.

Mix with 1 litre of Water to spray or soak your vegetables in.


When cleaning vegetables, don’t leave the vegetables soaking for more than 10 minutes.

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