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(The Philippine Star) Updated January 19, 2010 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Rosella (not her real name) is a brave lupus survivor. Here, she shares her story of faith and triumph over a life-threatening disease:

“It was a miracle that I got healed. I guess God answers our prayers but not always in the way we want. Just when you think the game is over, just when you’re at the edge of the cliff of hopelessness, the Lord pulls you up and helps you get out of the quagmire of desperation.

“In 2003, during my second year in college, I was diagnosed with lupus nephritis (class 4) and confined in the hospital for over a month. Two years later, I was diagnosed with lupus cerebritis as a result of a seizure. I was so devastated when I learned that the lupus virus had started to attack my brain. Then and there, I wanted to end my life, especially when my doctor said I could no longer go back to school. I was even advised to see a psychiatrist to help me cope with my situation, so that I would be able to accept the fact that lupus would remain in my system forever.

“But deep inside, I refused to just let things be. I knew I would overcome this disease because I have faith in God and deep in my heart, I knew my prayers would be answered. Besides, with today’s technological advances and endless research to find a cure for lupus, I just knew I had a fighting chance to be cured.

“This treacherous disease started attacking my immune system and vital organs like my kidneys and lungs. My hemoglobin count dropped. I screamed and cried from the excruciating pain every time doctors took out about four liters of water from my lungs. I just wanted to die to put an end to the pain. When I went through a recent surgery, I was awake during the whole procedure because the anesthesia didn’t work. It was probably because of the overdose of painkillers injected in me all this time.

“And then, one day, my mother was listening to her favorite radio program when she heard about Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass and its benefits if taken on a regular basis. She immediately inquired about how she could purchase the wheatgrass. Barely two days after taking the wheatgrass, she felt strong and didn’t feel as weak as she did after doing household chores. She told me to try it and see if my condition would improve.

“However, I was advised against taking wheatgrass by my doctors because it might conflict with the medicines I was taking or might harm my kidneys further. But my mother’s persistence made me relent. I started to take two sachets of this wonder wheatgrass every day for two weeks. After two weeks, I felt nothing — I mean, I felt great! I felt strong. I was able to sleep better. I didn’t feel dizzy anymore. When it was time for my periodic lab test to check my hemoglobin count, the doctor was in for a big surprise. My hemoglobin count went up from 8.1 g/dl to 12 g/dl (normal level) and my creatine level was normal. My doctor was amazed, but because we did not tell her that I was taking wheatgrass, she assumed it was due to the injections and other maintenance medicines I was taking.

“After continuously taking Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass for six months, my test results showed more improvements: My pus cells were normal. I no longer had UTI (urinary tract infection). I might be taken off steroids soon. Easy Pha-Max wheatgrass, a superfood, must be God’s gift to man.

“Because of my improved condition, I am studying again and back to my day-to-day routine. And I feel stronger every day — strong enough to reach for my young dreams.

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http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleid=541838

WELL-BEING By Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit (The Philippine Star) Updated April 13, 2010 12:00 AM

tress or tension is the absence of faith and so, to remove it, all you have to do is increase your faith,” says Rhonda Byrne of The Secret franchise. Those words created much impact on me as I felt mounting stress a week before our family vacation.

If you really think about it, Rhonda is perfectly correct in saying that. We feel mostly stressed when we do not seem to be in control. And yes, while we do feel swamped with a lot of things that are not under our control, there is a God who is in fact the Master of everything.

Daily exposure to little stresses that pile up and take consistent soft jabs at our health leads to a lot of illnesses, decreases our immunity, and even makes our waistline bigger. According to the Mayo Clinic, chronic stress is a result of long-term exposure to acute stress brought about by nagging day-to-day situations that seem unrelenting, such as relationship problems, work difficulties, and financial woes.

They further said that while mild stress can actually be beneficial in motivating and energizing us into action, the buildup of little things is really what stresses us out. Persistent stress, they warned, can lead to health problems such as headache and fatigue, poor concentration, depression, irritability, resentment, and isolation.

Understand Your Stressor

Like a nagging allergy, medicine may be able to tame the symptoms but not manage the disease altogether if you do not know what you are allergic to. The same goes for stress, you have to identify what really exasperates you.

Mayo classified stressors into external and internal. The external ones include major life changes, which can be either negative such as the death of a spouse or divorce or positive such as marriage or a promotion. They also took note of environmental stressors such as excessive noise or extreme brightness, unpredictable events such as calamities or a pay cut or those related to family (a nagging mother-in-law or a stubborn teenager), workplace (an impossible boss) or social (a blind date).

There are also internal triggers such as feelings and thoughts that cause us unrest. These include fears and apprehensions, uncertainties, negative attitudes, and unrealistic expectations stemming from a perfectionist or controlling personality.

If you have read or seen Byrne’s The Secret, you understand that any negative thought or attitude blocks the manifestation of the good that you want or are hoping for. Having said that, a negative disposition will continue to be negative as disappointments, rather than pleasant surprises, will keep on appearing in your life due to your attitude.

Where Faith Matters

Stress like tax is here to stay, we cannot escape it, but we can learn to manage it and cope with it.

According to Mayo, spirituality helps in managing stress because it makes you focus on what is most meaningful in your life (eliminating the non-essentials which most of the time cause stress). Faith also leads to valuable inner peace during difficult times as it elevates you to a purpose in life. Faith also allows you to surrender and release control as well as expect great things to happen.

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Post me a note at mylene@goldsgym.com.ph or mylenedayrit@gmail.com.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=565844&publicationSubCategoryId=80

MIND YOUR BODY By Willie T. Ong, MD (The Philippine Star) Updated April 13, 2010 12:00 AM

As the age-old saying goes, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and supper like a pauper.” The American Dietetic Association agrees that breakfast is really the most important meal of the day. You “break the fast,” so to speak, of not eating for the whole night.

If this is so, then how come almost one out of three persons doesn’t eat breakfast? Let’s look at the health benefits of eating a healthy breakfast every day:

Increases energy. Just like a car low on fuel, skipping meals causes the body to become sluggish. On the other hand, eating breakfast increases one’s metabolism because the body is burning up the food. Our brain needs fuel, in the form of glucose from food, for it to function properly.

“Eating breakfast is very important for the brain and the body,” says Los Angeles registered dietitian Gail Frank, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. “Breakfast skippers often feel tired, restless or irritable in the morning.”

Lowers cholesterol levels. According to a study conducted at the University of Nottingham in England, skipping breakfast can lead to an increase in LDL levels (the bad cholesterol levels), probably from bad food choices and habits. Conversely, a healthy breakfast rich in soluble fiber (found in oatmeal, citrus fruits, vegetables, and strawberries) has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. And lowering your cholesterol levels may prevent a heart attack.

Helps control weight. Some people think that skipping breakfast can make them lose weight. This is not true. In fact, eating breakfast can actually help you lose weight. According to dietitian Gail Frank, “Breakfast is also very important for weight loss and weight management.”

Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat fewer calories the rest of the day. A 1994 report shows that children who skip breakfast are almost twice as likely to be overweight compared to kids who eat breakfast.

The problem with skipping breakfast is that it causes severe hunger patterns later in the day. This results in overeating on the next meal. Moreover, it’s hard to make a healthy food choice when you’re already starving. Nutrition experts believe that it’s better to eat several small meals a day.

In a survey by the National Weight Control Registry, 80 percent of dieters who lost 30 pounds or more ate breakfast regularly. Take note that these people ate a healthy breakfast and not one loaded with fats and calories.

Improves children’s ability to concentrate. Kids who ate breakfast have gotten higher test scores and shown greater ability to concentrate in class. They were also more alert and creative. This finding is not surprising since it’s hard to think straight when your stomach is growling.

Improves adult’s work performance. Likewise, adults were better able to perform at work if they have eaten breakfast. Research shows that those who ate breakfast have better concentration, memory, and problem-solving skills than those who skipped breakfast. Perhaps, employers should start encouraging their workers to eat breakfast, too.

May prevent stomach pain and ulcers. Eating breakfast, more specifically eating several small meals in a day, can help prevent gastritis and stomach ulcers. One common habit of people with ulcers is the tendency to skip meals. Remember that the food we eat stays in the stomach for around four hours only. After which time, the stomach will be empty and will be looking for something to digest. For those with ulcers, take a banana or a piece of bread every two to three hours.

• May prolong life. Dr. Roger Henderson, author of 100 Ways To Live To 100, says, “Researchers recently reported that people who reach the ripe old age of 100 tend to consume breakfast more regularly that those who skip the first meal of the day.”

Dr. Michael Roizen, internist and author, agrees, “Non-breakfast eaters have a mortality rate that is 1.3 to 1.5 times per year higher than those who eat breakfast regularly.”

Eating breakfast also avoids wide swings in your blood sugar from fasting, then overeating. A University of Nottingham study found that those who skipped breakfast were more resistant to insulin, making them at risk for diabetes.

Choosing A Healthy Breakfast

The benefits of eating breakfast apply only if you choose healthy foods over unhealthy ones. Eating donuts, buttered pastries, or fatty meats is not a good way to start the day. It’s high in sugar, fat, and calories.

So, which foods make up a good breakfast? Actually, your usual choices of healthy foods are acceptable already.

Cereals are good breakfast foods. Several studies have shown that breakfast cereal (those high in fiber) can play a role in maintaining weight. A Harvard study of more than 17,000 men found that those who frequently ate breakfast cereal consistently weighed less than those who rarely or never ate breakfast cereal.

Eggs are healthy, too. A study from the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that eggs can satisfy hunger. The subjects were more satisfied and consumed fewer calories throughout the day, compared to those who ate a high carbohydrate meal.

But what about the controversial egg yolk and its cholesterol? A large egg contains 75 calories, six grams of protein, and 212 mg. cholesterol. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), healthy people can eat up to one egg a day.

The healthiest breakfast would, of course, include some fruit on the side, like a banana, an apple or a slice of mango. Other excellent choices are vegetables, yogurt, skim milk, and oatmeal. For our protein needs, our local fare of fish (sardines, tilapia, and bangus) with a cup of rice will give you plenty of energy.

So, to all our readers who aren’t regular breakfast eaters, let me remind you again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s the secret to good health, great energy, and long life!

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