May 28, 2011

Nutrition – Why So Important

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We knew that every stage of life, healthful eating fuels fitness. If children and teens are well nourished, they grow, develop, and learn better. It is said that nutrition helps ensure a healthy pregnancy and successful breastfeeding. And healthful eating and active living help people feel their best, work productively, and lower their risks for some diseases.

It has been mentioned that heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke and osteoporosis are some of the main causes of disability and death. Your chance for developing these problems can drop dramatically by eating healthily.

Good nutrition can also lower your risks for obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol - all risk factors for serious diseases.

To protect yourself from these health problems, you are wise to know more. Know your family health history – and that of any close relatives who have any risk factors. And learn to manage your weight, body fat, blood pressure, and blood cholesterol levels through food choices and an active lifestyle.

Your food choices have been influenced by many factors; Your culture, your emotions, your surroundings, the people around you, your view of yourself, the foods available to you, and certainly what you know about food and nutrition.

The Gumamela Flower in my garden at the side of our house

May 26, 2011

About Health

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I have read a book about Health Guide. I was so interested that I want to post it in my blog to share it with my readers. I believe that the more you know about your health, the more involved you can be in your healthcare and the better the overall result of your healthcare experience will be.

It is virtually impossible to go through life without encountering a medical problem. For most of us, medical questions arise all the time, not necessarily because we are ill but simply because we are alive. Living is a dynamic process, and every day we are in the process of undergoing change of one kind or another.

Most of us have been in situations involving health issues, where we suddenly become aware of questions and do not know the answers. Why did it happen? What caused it? What should I do? Should I call the doctor? What can the doctor do for me?

In my next write up, I will be posting hints and tips for healthy living based on my readings.

The Anahaw plant in front of our house.

Food for THOUGHT

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Nothing is permanent except change. Life resembles a great kaleidoscope before which Time is ever shifting, changing and rearranging both the stage setting and the players. New friends are constantly replacing the old. Everything is in the state of flux. In every heart is the seed of both rascality and justice. Honesty and dishonesty are largely matters of individual viewpoint. The weak and the strong, the rich and the poor, the ignorant and the well-informed are exchanging places continuously.

Know YOURSELF and you know the entire human race. There is but one real achievement, and that is the ability to THINK ACCURATELY. We move with the procession, or behind it, but we cannot stand still.

The Narra Tree in our backyard.

May 25, 2011

A Wonderful Experience

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We went to Alburquerque, Bohol, Philippines to visit the parish of St. Monica together with my two friends. We never knew that they have their reconstruction of the church. We went inside and we saw the workers busy constructing the skeleton of the ceiling of the church. The right wing has been completed already as we can no longer see the skeleton portion. The ceiling has been covered with a big painting of the Blessed Mother. One of the priest who is assigned in this parish is a good friend of mine. He toured us to one of the rooms where painting work for the covering of the ceiling were done. We were surprised because we thought that the material being used for the covering of the ceiling is the plywood. Instead, they are using the plain galvanized iron (G.I. sheet). We were more amazed because the painting on the G.I. sheets looks like very antique in appearance. We cannot easily differentiate it with the old painting which are just placed beside it . The artist showed us his finished work like the picture of St. Roque and St. Joseph. We all admired his work because it's really beautiful. I asked the artist where he got his studies in painting. He told me he studied in Barcelona, Spain. He did his painting work in Barcelona, Spain for 30 years. I told him, so you are still young when you went there. He told me in response that he was 23 years when he started painting at that time. No wonder he got a very nice work. I told him, we will hire him for painting work as soon as we finished constructing our chapel. After our conversation, we were brought outside the church and we see a big area of banana plantation . To our amazement, it is owned by the parish. I have just known that the said parish has a big area of land. Supposedly I have still many things to discover. In as much as we were in a hurry to catch up the 12 noon mass at the cathedral in Tagbilaran City, I told the priest who is a friend of mine that we have to leave early. We thanked him for such a wonderful experience.

May 24, 2011

Refreshing Lines

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Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.
- Shakespeare

A good hearty laugh is worth ten thousand "groans" and a million "sighs" in any market on earth.

If you are successful remember that somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a lift or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember, also, that you are indebted to life until you help some less fortunate person, just as you were helped.

"The Divine Economy is automatic and very simple: we receive only that which we give."

All successful people grade high on self control!

It is nearly always more profitable to listen than it is to speak.

May 23, 2011

Some readings about Cataract

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I am also concerned about my friends' situation after the cataract removal from her two eyes. I become interested of what are the causes of this type of disease so at least in one way or another we can avoid it. As a result of my readings, I would like to share some of the risk factors . It was said that the cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light over a person's life span is the single most important risk factor in cataract development. People who live in high altitudes or who work in bright sunlight, such as commercial fishermen, appear to experience cataract formation earlier in life. Glass blowers and welders without eye protection are also at higher risk.

Some tips on how to care patients after cataract removal:
1,) For 24 hours, limit your activity to sitting in a chair, resting in bed, and walking to the bathroom
2.) Do not rub your eye
3.) You can wear your glasses
4.) Do not lift more that 5 pounds (the weight of a gallon of milk)
5.) Do not strain (or bear down)
6.) Do not sleep on the side of your body that was operated on
7.) Take your eye drops
8.) Report any pain that is unrelieved, redness around the eye, nausea or vomiting
9.) Wear eye shield to protect your eye.

May 20, 2011

Some tips to prevent stroke

I would like to share with the readers regarding my researches how we educate ourselves regarding stroke prevention. I have only a little knowledge about this sickness until my brother was attack by an ischemic stroke while he was on board an international ship. He is under medication until now and having his physical therapy thrice a week in one of our local hospitals. Based on my readings, the primary prevention of stoke includes: Maintaining an ideal body weight, Maintaining safe cholesterol levels, Smoking cessation, Reducing alcohol consumption and eliminating illicit drug use. Secondary prevention includes: Adequate blood pressure control, Care of diabetes mellitus, and treatment of cardiovascular disease, transient ischemic attacks and atrial fibrillation.

According to the book I've read, advancing age is one of the most significant risk factors for stroke. The incidence of stroke in men is higher than that of women. Family history of stroke also increases one's risk for stroke.

May 19, 2011

Words of Wisdom

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Ask any wise man what he most desires and he will, more than likely, say "MORE WISDOM".

It is a well known fact that no man ever reached a high station in life without opposition of a violent nature from jealous and envious enemies.

While others may side-tract your ambitions not a few times, remember that discouragement most frequently comes from within.

Self control is solely a matter of thought-control.

It is a peculiar trait of human nature, but it is true that the most successful men will work harder for the sake of rendering useful service than they will for money alone.

View of the Altar of The Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Poblacion, Dauis, Bohol, Philippines

May 17, 2011

The Law of Success Part 30

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Did you know that another grievous form of lack of self control is the "spending" habit? I have reference, of course, to the habit of spending beyond one's needs. This habit has become so prevalent. A well known economist has prophesied that three more generations will transform a nation from being the richest country in the world to the poorest if the children are not taught the savings habit, as part of their training in both the schools and the homes. On every hand, we see people buying automobiles on the installment plan instead of buying homes. Within the last fifteen years the automobile "fad" has become so popular that literally tens of thousands of people are mortgaging their futures to own cars. This is a speed-mad, money-spending age in which we are living, and the uppermost thought in the minds of most of us is to live faster than our neighbors.

May 5, 2011

Sayings to Ponder

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The man who actually knows just what he wants in life has already gone a long way toward attaining it.

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible to you.

I would rather begin at the bottom and climb to the top than to start at the top and remain there.

It is better to be too big for your job than to have a job that is too big for you.

It is better to be a big man in a small town than to be a small man in a big town, and ever so much easier.

A beautiful scenery
taken on top of a watch tower at Punta Cruz, Maribojoc, Bohol, Philippines

The Law of Success Part 29

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Self Confidence is one of the important essentials of success, but when this faculty is developed beyond the point of reason it becomes very dangerous.

Self Sacrifice is a commendable quality, but when it is carried to extremes, it, also becomes one of the dangerous forms of lack of self control.

Love is essential for happiness, but the person who loves so deeply that his or her happiness is placed entirely in the hands of another, resembles the little lamb who crept into the den of the "nice, gentle little wolf" and begged to be permitted to lie down and go to sleep, or the canary bird that persisted in playing with the cat's whiskers.

No doubt all people who refuse or neglect to exercise self control are literally turning opportunity after opportunity away without knowing it.

A beautiful choral

May 3, 2011

Easter stained glass and Jesus statue

I thought of sharing this beautiful pictures I took of some of the interior designs in our Latin mass church. Here is a beautiful stained glass of our Lord's resurrection to heaven. And here's a life sized statue of the Sacred heart of Jesus. Somehow, this church is the only good and religious looking church I have ever been so far while living here in America. Though its a sacrifice for us to go there 2 Sundays in the month in a 1 hour and 30 minutes trip, we still love going to this church at Saint Anthony's in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania.

May 2, 2011

Easter celebration

We had a high latin mass in our church celebrating Easter last Sunday. It was beautiful. The blessed sacrament in the altar was shown and I was able to take pictures. It was a holy moment. And here's what our church altar looks like too.
Our Easter celebration was a memorable one because we were able to attend a beautiful mass and we were able to eat lunch together with our church friends.

We are joining: