No Ads For Sugary Drinks

Those advertisements are too annoying. About three fourths of the broadcast were ads. The movie was too short and even cut shorter in the end. I barely understood what I intended to watch. What imprinted to my mind was the toothpaste brand that was repeatedly screened. Come to think of it, it was their ultimate motive. Show the product to watching public again and again until people perceived the brand as product itself. Buying in the name of Colgate when what we really want is Close-Up. Force our mind into something that we don’t usually do. If we feel thirst, drink cola. If we feel hunger then prepare instant noodles. If we want pack snack and lunch we sort to instant juice drink and packaged biscuits.

The government, in hope to battle the health issues caused by sugary drinks put a levy on such. If manufacturers pass the extra cost to consumer shoulder, with 100% expectation, then many may discontinue buying. Those target mostly class D market. Price increase is sure a big blow.

Wait! People buy base on what? They buy base on what they deem is popular. What their idol endorsed. Even if it is of not nutritional value. Products which targets child population are much harder to handle. What do you usually do if your kids want something and playing tantrums? Just give in to put the scene on halt.

So non stop ads is part of the problem. Such junks if not popular and bearing high price tags won’t catch people attention much. FYI, Public Health of England is implementing such. Any drinks that they find with too much sugar have their ads regulated.

Canned Juice Drink?

Juice drink? Just when did it changed to such. It is juice drink all along? I thought all canned juices have more percentage natural juice or nearly 100%. I know even if it is labeled 100% natural, it isn’t. Manufacturer sure adds some additive to make the shelf life significantly longer. It is pure when you extract it yourself or someone do it in your presence.

I am not a fan of instant juices in stand-up pouches. I am well aware that they are water plus flavorings, sugar and preservatives. It is some kind of scam. Making so much margin for a very little capital. It is unhealthy and can never quench thirst.

For some reasons, before, I had never seen canned juice drink. They are either labeled as juice, nectar or 100%. Whenever I have a severe cold or feel like filling in and there is no fruit around, I go for canned juice. My favorite is canned pineapple juice. The brand is Del Monte I think. It is sour, barely sweet but gets my colds cure in few days. I regard other popular and cheaper brands as daily maintenance.

Why I noticed only now. The small “juice drink” words under the product name. Sure I am not paying attention well.

I wanna stop buying it. Based on my stored knowledge, juice drinks contains 30% or less natural juice. It is 70% water and other ingredients. Looks like I need more than three to get 100%.

Europe, Africa, Middle East and former Soviet Union. There is additional notice in label. The product is not to be sold or resold in this countries. Not sure why. Maybe these territories have special standards that has not been met.

This, for sure, is affected by sugar tax under the TRAIN law. Sugary drinks are linked to increased obesity rate, chances of diabetic and others. Government want reduce this problem by forcing people to refrain purchases. If the measure is not effective. At least, they can earn more from it.

Other countries are doing extra measures. A levy on sweets and banning the advertisements.

Health Benefits Of Paragis

Guyabano became popular in treating cancer. Tawa-tawa is well known for dengue. The first is a common fruit while the second is a common grass. Now there is another weed up to stardome. It is none other than paragis. 

Paragis is one off the grasses I hate the most. The other three are  cogon, mutha and sili-silihan. 

Why? This weed grows almost everywhere. From nutrient rich soil to sandy and rocky land. From wide open area and in between cemented floor cracks. 

Weeds compete with plants for nutrients. However it is not the reason why I hate it. It is because it its very hard to pull up. When we were still working in father’s farm. He was always requiring us to pull everyone of them.  Remove down to its roots, else, it re-grows in no time. There was always a lot of them, so we were pulling a lot too.

 I guess it is time for a change of heart. The weed I hate created a hype via social media, tv and local conversations.  They are saying it can cure many diseases.  The likes of diabetes, myoma, intestinal worms, urine problems, high blood pressure, fever, dandruff and dysentery.  The roots, stalks and leaves are boiled and the resulting concoction is drunk. 

Maybe it has more. All is need are research and clinical trials.

The weed also caught the attention of Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho. The crew interviewed several personalities proving the weed efficacy.  They also included some medical experts. Some are against it. Not to be surprised of. Some are on its side. Saying it can really be used as natural medication. 

It is a long  alternative medicine in Africa.  It is a bionic drug to this country. Meaning, it can cure both humans and animals.  It has no toxicity history and has substances of known medical properties. 

Sadly, like guyabano and tawa-tawa. It is not included in DOH approved medicinal herbs. The approval process wood take very long for sure.   If they don’t start the process, then I would not happen till the rest of eternity. 

Paragis has a scientific name of Eleusine indica. Also known as wire grass, goose grass and dog’s tail.  I think this is what we call carabao grass.

The Bitter Sugar Tax

Sugar Tax may actually do more harm than good. Just like Sin Tax on alcohol and cigarettes and the proposed salt tax. It is meant to raise governments revenue collection while forcing our citizens to practice healthy lifestyle.

The true purpose is raising government revenue, for all we know. Health concern is nothing but excuse. Cigarette and alcohol causes health problems and they could just have stopped its production and trade completely. However, they cannot. The two bring a lot of cash. Cash that help build public facilities, pay government employees and officials and build hospitals to tread illnesses cause by such.

Who never want to be healthy? I want to be healthy and perhaps you want too. However, for common citizens, the price of healthy foods are not attractive. Should I say it is too expensive instead. A kilo or two of organic produce cost might be enough budget if allocated for conventional foods.

When we were young, we often ate rice with sugar, sometimes salt, sweet hot coffee, milk, or fish crackers. Not because we often can’t afford, we usually feel like it.

However, there many families who have no choice but to live this kind of lifestyle. If budget comes, they buy either sardines, low cost processed meat, instant noodles and salted fish.

If sugar tax together with salt tax came into law. What can they afford will be out of reached and they are going to live their life with plain rice and plain salt forever. Working students may skip more meals to cope with their tuition fees. Remember, camote cue and banana cue have sugar coatings. The instant juice drink and samalamig also has.

Over the years, several law makers submitted their proposed versions. They are all pointing to one thing, raise the tax of foods containing sugar.

Sugar is carbohydrate, a cheap energy source. Raising tax due will gravely affects commoners but not people who can afford the cost of medications. Excessive consumption causes diabetes. How can one be diabetic if he cannot afford it. Sugar is not the sole culprit of having the disease. It is just one of them.

From 45 to 35 Days…

The more reason to engaged in poultry farming. The money making scheme has been significantly reduced by 10 days. You get one extra growing season for every third cycle.

This was a result of technological advancement. New growth hormones, more efficient feed formula, more antibiotics and medicines are force down to chicken organs. Less chicken exercise and less time for synthetic chemical withdrawal.

A little review. Broiler chickens are raised inside congested growing houses and provided with unlimited feeds. Eating whenever they want, plus restricted movements help the chicken fast growth. Running around, flying and jumping burns so much energy and waste a lot of feed resource. Growers never want this happening.

Afraid? You only feel afraid for a moment but actually not. You are still eating inside your favorite fast food restaurant and taking home roasted chicken. Seeing how the trend goes, this merchants are using 35 days old broiler chickens.

Have you heard about chicken allergy?

This was the second time I heard the same exact story from two different persons.

She never ate chicken simply because she was allergic to it. Then his friend told her that she might be allergic only to broilers. She tried the traditionally grown native and her allergy symptoms never manifested.

So it was not the chicken causing her allergy. Instead, the various synthetics fed to it.

Having hard time finding native chicken for his own consumption, she started her own native chicken farm.

Perhaps the same goes with pork. If including it in regular meal is causing you problems such as high blood pressure, increase creatinine and gout attacks. Switching to native pigs might alleviate those problems. Consuming too much will still be harmful of course.

Would You Consider Getting DengVaxia® Shots? The First Dengue Vaccine.

Perhaps, the tawa-tawa herb is the first dengue medicine known to man. It has been proven by very few scientific studies and thousands of anecdotal literature. I hope it is not true as of date! Pharma companies sure not making money from it. The herb can be grown easily and can be found in the wilds.

It is meant to cure, not prevent. Vaccine does that. The DengVaxia® is the first commercially available dengue vaccine introduce in the market.

According to who.int, DengVaxia® or CYD-TDV is the first dengue vaccine to be licensed. It was first licensed in Mexico in December 2015 for use in individuals 9-45 years of age living in endemic areas. CYD-TDV is a live recombinant tetravalent dengue vaccine developed by Sanofi Pasteur (CYD-TDV), given as a 3-dose series on a 0/6/12 month schedule.

It has various efficacy levels among age groups. Though licensed, it is still a new drug in stage of clinical trials. Earning cash while getting research data is a dirty trick in my opinion. They should have put more effort into it before making the general public their guinea pigs.

The vaccine already reached the Philippine archipelago. The developer together with Watson’s Personal Care Store planned to conduct immunization service which cost 4,000 pesos per shot. Three shots should be given in a year so it is a whooping 12,000 pesos per head. Not much if you belong to middle class, consider the dengue danger and cost of hospitalization.

However, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) prevented the act due to the following reasons. Lack of license to conduct immunization service. Drug safety is not assured. Unauthorized advertisement and promotion last April. It leads to misconception that vaccine is over-the-counter where in fact it is a prescription medicine. The agency further stated, they will revoke the product registration if the two companies continue making violations.

Something feels not right here. Certificate of Product Registration never means you can promote, advertise and administer the vaccine. Separate permits are needed for each purpose. And how come the product was approved for registration if its safety is not assured.

According to FiercePharma.com, the vaccine may do more harm than good if used in low-risk area. They stressed, dengue virus works differently than others. Second attack is expected worse than the first. In case a person receives the vaccine. It will be perceived as first infection, without making the body sick. When the same person acquires the virus naturally, the resulting sickness is expected severe. Thus, the vaccine is recommended only in high-risk areas.

Vaccine is a weak version of virus causing disease. Dengue vaccine is the weak version of dengue virus. By getting the shots, you’ll be getting a weaker version of dengue virus that your body’s immune system can easily fight. It helps produce the necessary antibodies to fight the weak and stronger virus.


Update December 2017

So some of our government officials and drug companies choose the controversial drug over the low cost tawa-tawa. I am sure you have heard about the 3.5 B Dengvaxia controversy by now. It was implemented sometime in 2016 and around 733 thousand people have been vaccinated. I think the actual value before the program stopped has grown significantly.

For whatever reasons it maybe, the authorities stopped the program only now, after almost a year. Why? WHO and the vaccine developer itself clearly stated that it may do more harm than good in some cases. The first even released a statement saying it should be only used in areas where there is proven dengue outbreak. The org never issued any recommendation to Philippines to use such.

Sanofi Pasteur said, severe is not what you think it is. It will not likely  cause death. I am surprised! The disease is a popular life claimer. How can they say “severe dengue” won’t cause death!

About two hours ago from Interaksyon. DOH Secretary confirmed the case of 12-year-old student from Tarlac who suffered severe dengue case after being injected with DengVaxia. It brought dengue to student instead of protecting her from the dreaded disease.

Another suspected case was reported from Batangas province. A child who belongs to the first group of vaccination also contracted the disease.