Sunday, June 29, 2008

Pacquiao Makes History

Grabbed from the Internet


Filipino boxing hero Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao made history by knocking out Mexican-American David Diaz in the ninth round, winning his fourth title at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Saturday (Sunday in Manila). Pacquiao sent a battered Diaz down the canvas 2:24 in Round 9 to snatch the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title. He becomes the first Asian to win four titles in four different divisions. Can we safely say now that Pacquiao is “THE LORD OF THE RINGS”?!? (4 boxing "rings", that is.)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

4 Liquid Stages of Life

Photo from the Internet

From milk to soda to beer to intravenous (IV) fluids.
(Reminder: Breastmilk is still best for babies up to 2 years)

Friday, June 27, 2008

So, How's Your Drinking?


“It’s the time of year, when good friends bring cheers.” I’m not referring to the Christmas song, but what usually happen after having another birthday, i.e. not drinking moderately! Oh well, that’s already culture and tradition in the Philippines, especially among men. Filipinos drink when there is an occasion. They drink after a hard day’s work. They drink when they do not have a job. They drink when there is a problem. They drink when they are happy. They drink - PERIOD.

No wonder, beer is the third highly purchased consumer product in the country. (Infant formula is first, and cell phone load is second. I’m using 2006 data and I guess nothing has changed much since then.) Hmmm, are Filipinos alcoholics? Remember, alcoholism is already classified as a disease.

MODERATE DRINKING IS GOOD

Alcohol, if taken moderately, has some good effects to health. Studies claim that moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. This is in addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, and less likely to suffer hypertension or high blood pressure, peripheral artery disease, Alzheimer's disease and the common cold. Sensible drinking also appears to be beneficial in reducing or preventing diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile dysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly.

Medical researchers generally describe moderation as one to three drinks per day. A drink is defined as a 12 ounce can or bottle of beer, a five ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces of liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink). It appears that consuming less than about half a drink per day is associated with only very small health benefits. Four or five drinks may be moderate for large individuals but excessive for small or light people. Because of their generally smaller size and other biological differences, the typical woman should generally consume 25 to 30 percent less than the average man. And, of course, recovering alcoholics, those with any adverse reactions to alcohol, and those advised against drinking by their physicians should abstain.

Researchers also say that drinking patterns appear to be as important as the amounts consumed. They say that the key to healthy, moderate consumption is a regular, one to three drinks per day pattern. However, drinking a "week’s worth" of alcohol over a period of a few hours would be unhealthy, even dangerous, and clearly to be avoided.
So the common Filipino way of drinking with buddies may be dangerous to health.

BAD DRINKING

The ill-effects of alcoholism far outweigh its advantages. Excessive consumption of alcohol affects the following various body parts and systems:

Brain and Nervous System. Alcohol slows down reactions, lowers a person’s inhibitions, and makes a person aggressive and hostile. In higher doses, it causes “blackouts”, impairs concentration, judgement, coordination and emotional reactions.

Liver. Heavy drinking damages liver cells leading to alcoholic cirrhosis, a condition where large areas of the liver are destroyed or scarred. Symptoms of liver disease include swelling of the abdomen, yellowing of the skin and eyes.
Skin. A heavy drinker’s skin often appears flushed because alcohol widens the skin’s surface blood vessels. Over time, blood vessels are unable to shrink back and the skin takes on a permanently reddish look.

Heart. Alcohol abuse damages the heart and weakens the muscular tissue, a condition known as cardiomyopathy.

Blood. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to anemia and bleeding disorders.

Stomach. Too much alcohol damage the stomach’s lining and cause chronic stomach problems like peptic ulcer.

Reproductive System. Male drinkers often complain of impotence because alcohol dulls the nerves that control erection and ejaculation. Chronic women drinkers report lack of sexual drive and interrupted menstruation. Moreover, women who drinks may bear children with fetal alcohol syndrome. Its symptoms include low birth weight and slow development, mental retardation and learning disabilities, central nervous system dysfunction, and facial and major organ malformations.

So... how’s your drinking?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Just A Birthday Treat... or Trick!

S U R P R I S E . . .


Oh, don’t be afraid. I’m just treating myself because it’s my 45th birthday today. Left photo shows a birthday photo when I was one year old while the right photo was taken when I was 44 years old. If you combine the two, 1 + 44 = 45. Huh, my hairline did not change a bit! Hehehe.

I hope this post would not prevent you from coming back to this new blog I created about men’s health and well-being. This is dedicated to men, 18 – 99 years old, in the mainstream of society. So guys out there, I hope you can join me by submitting your photos, articles and “what-have-you’s” to me, and I will post them here. No pornography and hate emails please. This is just our way of sharing information and releasing whatever stress life would bring. We only have one life to live, so let’s enjoy every moment of it!

HIV – Hair Is Vanishing


Photo from the Internet.

Filipinos may be the only people around the globe who use acronyms excessively. Many times these acronyms could mean two or more different things. Take HIV for example. The virus that causes AIDS has been given another meaning and can also be referred to as “Hair Is Vanishing”. This was coined maybe to diffuse or make more acceptable one of the biggest health and personality problems of many men – baldness!

Although hair loss (alopecia) can also occur in women, pattern baldness is more common in men and is associated with the presence of the male hormone, testosterone. This pattern baldness is characterized by a receding hairline and the thinning around the crown. It then advances and often leaves just a fringe of hair extending from ear to ear across the back of the head. In some men, even this fringe is lost eventually. Patterns are classified according to the Hamilton (1942) and Norwood (1975) classifications.

Illustration from the Internet.

Hair loss in men begins anytime after the onset of puberty. It is estimated that about 25% of men begin to lose hair upon reaching 30 years old. Two-thirds of men are either bald or have developed a balding pattern upon reaching 60 years old. To some people, however, the advanced stages of hair loss arrive sooner than expected.

Baldness is affected by: aging; heredity; hormones, including testosterone; thyroid hormone; birth control pills; illness and infection; medication, including chemotherapy; malnutrition; stress; nervous habits like hair pulling; and excessive shampooing or hair styling.

Hair loss caused by illness or medication does not have to be treated because hair usually grows back after circumstances have normalized. Hair loss caused by heredity, age or hormones may be treated with medications such as minoxidil or finasteride, however, baldness usually returns when medications are stopped. Meanwhile, hair transplantation produces more permanent results by redistributing hair from the back and sides of the head. Strips or plugs or hair are removed and implanted into the bald areas. And then, of course, there is the cosmetic treatment or the use of hairpieces or wigs depending on the bald areas to be covered.

Here are some hair care tips to minimize the incident of hair loss:

Use mild shampoo and conditioners.

Use soft brushes. Roller brushes can cause breaks in the hair shaft.

Use low heat when drying hair.

Do not use permanent dye on your hair.

Do not comb long wet hair as it can cause hair shaft breakage.

Do not stay too long in the pool as chlorine can weaken hair shafts.

Avoid rigorous hair drying with a towel.

Long hair should be cut to minimize weakening of hair shaft.

Lashes & Asses


Eyelashes by Ota183 on Flickr


New medical findings show that the eyelashes are connected to the hairs of the anus. Try pulling a hair in your asshole and find out if you are not going to shed a tear or cry.

HIV/AIDS

Quebec, Canada AIDS poster
targeting MSM (men who have sex with men)

A Puzzling Heart Attack

Tim Russert, the moderator of “Meet the Press” on NBC News, died of a heart attack this month at 58. What is unsettling about this news is that he was reported to have been following doctor’s advce on drugs, diet and exercise, but he died of a heart attack anyway.


Russert’s case was a plaque rupture – a fatty, pimple-like lesion in a coronary artery burst, and a blood clot formed that closed the vessel and cut off circulation to part of the heart muscle. According to an article written by Denise Grady of the New York Times, “Mr. Russert’s fate underlines some painful truths. A doctor’s care is not a protective bubble, and cardiology is not the exact science that many people wish it to be. A person’s risk of a heart attack can only be estimated, and although drugs, diet and exercise may lower that risk, they cannot eliminate it entirely.”

Although Russert took blood pressure and cholesterol pills and aspirin, rode an exercise bike, did not smoke, had yearly stress tests and other exams, he was quite overweight with a waist more than 40 inches.

In the United States, one person dies every 33 seconds from cardiovascular diseases (CVD), the No. 1 killer in America and in many well-developed countries around the world. In the Philippines, the death toll from CVD is about one every 7 minutes, and one out of ten Filipinos 15 years and older has hypertension (high blood pressure). Hypertension is common among heart patients and a most frequent cause of stroke. About 80 to 85 percent of all primary hypertension are mild enough to be effectively controlled by modification in lifestyle alone without drugs.

Rupert’s case may be puzzling cardiologists right now, but still nothing beats prevention to maintain a healthy heart. Here are some tips:

• Quit smoking;

• Drink alcohol moderately;

• Limit or avoid high-fat, high-cholesterol foods, like egg yolk, pork, beef and other red meats, including processed foods in general;

• Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, fish, high-fiber nuts and grains;

• Maintain a normal body weight for height and age by controlling calorie intake;

• Exercise daily at least 30 minutes, five times a week;

• Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day;

• Adopt a daily stress reduction and relaxation routine;

• Avoid exposure to toxic chemical vapors, even from common household sprays, etc., and protection from sun (UV ray) exposure as much as possible; and

• Have a regular medical check-up, especially for those who are over the age of 40, and for younger ones who have pre-existing illness.

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Photo from the Internet.

Patrick & Spongebob


SPONGEBOB: “What do you usually do when I’m gone?”

PATRICK: “Wait for you to come back.”

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Illustration from the Internet.

Toilet Sign


A toilet sign in Thailand
Grabbed from www.greenpinoy.com