Sep 302014

MANILA, Philippines – The calcium intake of Filipinos is inadequate because they are not eating and drinking enough milk and milk products, according to the latest survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST).

The study shows that nearly 90 percent of Filipino households is not meeting the average calcium requirements. The consumption of Filipinos for milk and milk products decreased by seven grams, from 49 grams per capita per day in 2003 to 42 grams per capita per day in 2008, it added.

What is calcium deficiency
Calcium deficiency as defined by is a condition wherein there is a low blood level of calcium (hypocalcemia), which can make the nervous system highly irritable, causing spasms of the hands and feet (tetany), muscle cramps, abdominal cramps, overly active reflexes, and so on. Chronic calcium deficiency contributes to poor mineralization of bones, soft bones (osteomalacia) and osteoporosis, and, in children, rickets and impaired growth.

Two types of calcium deficiency

It is the term for an abnormally low level of calcium in the body. Calcium is necessary to keep bones strong and to help them grow or heal. Hypocalcemia may be the result of low calcium production or insufficient calcium circulation in the body. A deficiency of magnesium or vitamin D is linked to most cases of hypocalcemia. Symptoms include seizures, muscle stiffness, anxiety or depression, hypotension, congestive heart failure, dementia, cataracts, eczema, dry, coarse skin, and parkinsonism papilledema.

Dietary Calcium Deficiency
Global Healing Center says that this condition exists in individuals who are not getting enough calcium intake through their daily nutrition or supplement intake. What happens here is that the natural calcium storage within the bones becomes depleted. As a result, the bones begin to weaken and thin at an alarming rate. Symptoms include back or neck pain, bone pain or tenderness, bone fractures as a result of minor or no trauma, loss of height, and stooped or humped posture

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This may also lead to osteoporosis. states that osteoporosis is a bone disease, the name of which means “porous bones” in Latin. The inside of a normal bone has small spaces, like a honeycomb. Osteoporosis increases the size of these spaces so that the bones lose strength and density. At the same time, the outside of the bone also grows weaker and thinner.

Sources of calcium

The most important dietary sources of calcium are milk and milk products. Milk and milk products contain highly absorbable calcium and are also good sources of other vital nutritional elements including high quality protein for building and repairing of body tissues, and vitamin A for better eyesight and healthy skin.

Dairy products are also rich in riboflavin for the normal functioning of the nervous system, cobalamin or vitamin B12 for maturation of red blood cells and even phosphorus for proper bones and teeth development. For people who have lactose intolerance or milk allergy, consumption of calcium-fortified juices and drinks will make it easier for them to get the recommended daily amount of calcium.

Aside from milk and milk products, there are other sources of calcium like fish, especially the small ones eaten with bones including dilis and sardines, small shrimps or alamang, soy bean curd or tofu and tokwa, and green leafy vegetables like malunggay leaves, saluyot, alugbati and mustasa.

One should include milk and milk products, calcium-fortified juices and drinks and other calcium-rich foods like small fish and green leafy vegetables in the daily diet to meet the requirement for calcium.

Non-milk drinkers may add milk to casseroles, cheese sauces, fruit shakes, dips, puddings, mashed potato, and halo-halo to get considerable benefits from milk as well.

Sep 302014
Aussie beauty brand BYS lets you accessorize with makeup

Makeup maker: BYS founder Ed Aitken says he tests all products himself before putting them out on the market. PHOTO FROM BYS FACEBOOK The “lipstick index,” coined during the recession in the early 2000s, says lipstick sales go up in times of poor economic health. It suggests that we tend to substitute expensive items such as clothes and shoes with lipstick — the quickest beauty fix, confidence-booster, mood-enhancer and all-around girl’s best friend in one nifty stick. It was said to have been replaced by nail polish some time in 2010, but now, it seems that the index rings true for the entire spectrum of beauty products. My favorite impulse buy is makeup for the face — foundation, powder, BB cream, CC cream, primer and concealer. I enjoy the excitement that goes with trying out a new product. Unlike with lipstick, where you can almost always tell if the shade on the stick is going to look good on your lips, foundation, for example, is tricky. And it’s exhilarating for a beauty product junky to find just the right one. It’s true, makeup is the ultimate pick-me-up buy, even for women who don’t like it. It’s aspirational — maybe you’ll use it, maybe you won’t, but don’t tell me you aren’t already imagining the dress or shirt or earrings you’ll be wearing it with. Lately, it’s become easier, too. Beauty junkies in Manila are on a high, thanks to the continuous entry of various makeup brands from Japan, Korea, and Read More …

Sep 302014
Jaguar unleashes sexy, new F-Type Coupé

MANILA, Philippines – Last Thursday was a zestful day for Jaguar enthusiasts, as Jaguar Cars, Inc. (JCI) – the exclusive distributor of Jaguar vehicles in the country – launched the much-coveted Jaguar F-type Coupé in the Philippines.  The  F-type Coupé is now available for the tasteful driver to experience, and comes in 2 variants: The F-type S, that comes with a 380HP, 3L supercharged v6 engine; and the F-type R, which comes with a more powerful 550HP, 5L supercharged v8 engine. Also present at the media unveil was lovely Jaguar brand ambassador Georgina Wilson. “Visual appeal is fundamental to Jaguar and the F-type Coupé builds on the design of the stunning C-X16 concept sports Coupé and the F-type convertible, which won the 2013 World Car Design of the Year Award,” explained JCI President and Chairman Wellington Soong at the launch event. The new, all-aluminum F-type Coupé is the most torsionally rigid production car Jaguar has ever built. Maintaining the car’s low mass albeit preserving its extremely rigid body was key to its sporty driving dynamic. Equally impressive was how the brand’s design vision was not compromised by the engineers’ efforts to exploit the car’s physics. Clearly, there is a lack of B-pillars in this car, to establish a low roofline and exude a dramatically sleek body. This was achieved by using a high-strength, hydro-formed aluminum alloy beam from the front of the A-pillar to the back of the D-pillar; running through the door opening line and towards the rear quarter Read More …

Sep 302014
Banned ‘child flu medicine’ in US now in Manila store shelves

MANILA, Philippines — An environment and consumer safety watch group alerted authorities to the local sale of a child flu medicine, which was banned in the US after it was found to contain high levels of the toxic metal lead and actually make kids sicker. EcoWaste Coalition cited a September 26 US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory warning parents and caregivers against buying the “Bo Ying Compound” for infants and children as it could cause lead poisoning. The group said that although the product has not been registered with the country’s FDA, the medicine has found its way to the shelves of Manila’s stores. EcoWaste said that it was able to buy on Monday for P580 the “Bo Ying Compound,” which was manufactured by the Hong Kong-based Eu Yan Sang Ltd and was made up of six small bottles of powdered Chinese medicine, from a store in the Binondo district. Based on the product information, the medicine is supposed to “dispel wind and clear away heat, eliminate phlegm and tranquilize the mind.” It further claimed that it can relieve a baby’s cough, fever, indigestion, influenza, nasal discharge, poor appetite, restlessness and crying at night. “We urge consumers providing Bo Ying to babies and kids to follow the US FDA health warning and to report any adverse reactions to the Philippine FDA that may be related to the consumption of Bo Ying,” said the group’s Project Protect coordinator Thony Dizon. The New York City department of health and mental hygiene Read More …

Sep 302014
Del Rosario sounds alarm vs China’s ‘dangerous, reckless, forceful activities’

AT THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY By Matikas Santos | 3:09 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 MANILA, Philippines—Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert del Rosario sounded the alarm before the United Nations (UN) general assembly Tuesday against China’s “dangerous, reckless and forceful activities” in the South China Sea. “We have invited a State Party to settle our maritime disputes peacefully through Unclos (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) including its provisions on dispute settlement, specifically arbitration,” del Rosario said referring to China. “However, it has refused to join us and has continued to unilaterally embark on an expansionist claim that violates the legitimate rights of the Philippines. Instead of peacefully resolving the maritime disputes [under Unclos], said State embarked on a series of dangerous, reckless and forceful activities in an attempt to impose unilateral change in the maritime status quo of the South China Sea,” he said. Philippines and China are locked in a maritime dispute over the West Philippine Sea, which China claims in its entirety, including parts of the Philippines 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone through the nine-dash line claim. Philippine has challenged China’s nine-dash line claim before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (Itlos). China however refuses to participate citing it has “indisputable sovereignty” over the South China Sea based on “historical facts.” Chinese Maritime Surveillance (CMS) vessels have maintained control over the South China Sea since the Scarborough Shoal stand in 2012. The region is believed to be Read More …

Sep 302014
OFWs in Hong Kong told to stay away from protests

By Kristine Angeli Sabillo | 1:29 pm | Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 A police car is blocked by protesters after thousands of people block a main road to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. AP FILE PHOTO MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang on Tuesday reiterated the government’s call for Filipinos to steer clear of the massive protests in Hong Kong. “Kung maaaring umiwas sila sa paglahok sa mga aksyon na yan at magfocus na lang sa kanilang gawain (If it is possible for them to stay away from the protest actions there and focus instead on their work),” Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a Palace briefing. Thousands of Hong Kong residents conduct rallies in the city calling for genuine democracy. RELATED STORIES DFA: No Filipinos hurt, involved in Hong Kong protests Hong Kong protest spreads to new site across harbor Hong Kong protests turn festive Follow Us Other Stories: Malaysia pulls out offensive video German Chancellor Merkel backs PH stance on China row US to pay for Tubbataha damage ‘very soon’ Index ranks Japan Asia’s most efficient innovator Recent Stories: Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Short URL: Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer’s day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact Read More …

Sep 292014
Football legend Joe Montana visits kids in SF neighborhood

Montana and Conway surrounded by kids served by United Playaz and West Bay Multi-Service Center. PHOTO BY JUN NUCUM SAN FRANCISCO — After a series of violent incidents prompted a peace march by residents of the South of the Market Area (SoMA), the kids in the neighborhood got a morale booster with a rare visit from football legend Joe Montana. The National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers himself, brightened up the United Playaz (UP) center where he was welcomed by officials, mentors and excited star-struck kids of the UP and West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center. Nicknamed at Mr. Cool and master of come-from-behind victories who led the 49ers to four Super Bowl wins, including the consecutive ones in 1989 and 1990, Montana was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player three times during his career. Another visitor joined Montana–technology startup giant Ron Conway to give the kids a pep talk as they seek the right path in their lives. “A legend in football, Joe Montana, and Ron Conway, a billionaire in technology business, are speaking to the kids to inspire them and let them know to tell how to be champions in life,” explained an all fired up Rudy Corpuz, United Playaz executive director. “And we thank the biggest gangster in the world, God, who set it all up so we were able to invite and have them here.” Easy to convince Corpuz, a Filipino, said his group did not have a hard time convincing Read More …