Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Gonorrhea in Men

Artwork by Antonio Totto, Jr.


Gonorrhea is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the Philippines. This involved discharge from the genitals or in Philippine colloquial terms, “tulo”.

Gonorrhea is an infection caused by neisseria gonnorhea or gonococcus. In males, it usually starts in the urethra (a tube which connects the urinary bladder to the outside of the body) and may spread to the prostate and epididymis. In females, the infection starts in the cervix and may spread to the uterus, Fallopian tubes and pelvis.

The main symptoms in men are urethral discharge, yellow and pus-like (purulent), often more obvious in the morning. However, in some cases, it may not be noticeable.

Other symptoms include dysuria or pain and burning while urinating. Sometimes, the infected person has to urinate more often than usual. A cloudy or bloodstained urine may also result. If pus collects in the urethra during the night, the first urine pass in the morning looks hazy or cloudy. The next urine pass becomes clear because the pus has been washed away.

Under specific circumstances, gonorrhea may also present with anal discharge or rectal pain. This is due to an infection of the anus and rectum following anal sex with an infected partner. Homosexual men are particularly at risk.

Sore throat may occur after oral sex with an infected partner, Some gonococcal throat infection may be asymptomatic (presenting no symptoms).

The main complication of gonorrhea in men is urethral stricture or narrowing of the urethra due to scarring. This happens after the inflammation of the urethra has persisted for some time. Another complication is epididymitis which presents as pain or tenderness of the scrotum, often on one side. There may be swelling and warmth. Unless it is treated, the testis may be destroyed causing infertility.

The association of prostatitis with gonorrhea is not clear. It is often caused by other bacterial infections. Prostatitis presents with pain in the penis or passing urine or on sexual intercourse. It presents as pain or discomfort in the perineum (between the scrotum and the anus) and/or the pelvis.

Men who suspect that they have gonorrhea should seek medical attention and not resort to self-medication which usually results to wrong or incomplete treatment. Self-medication leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria causing an advanced stage of infection.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Dead Man's Suit

Look for the female blonde mortician.
(Photos from the Web)


A man who had just died is delivered to a local mortuary wearing an expensive, expertly tailored black suit.

The female blonde mortician asks the deceased's wife how she would like the body dressed. She points out that the man does look good in the black suit he is already wearing.

The widow, however, says that she always thought her husband looked his best in blue, and that she wants him in a blue suit. She gives the blonde mortician a blank check and says, 'I don't care what it costs, but please have my husband in a blue suit for the viewing.

The woman returns the next day for the wake. To her delight, she finds her husband dressed in a gorgeous blue suit with a subtle chalk stripe; the suit fits him perfectly.

She says to the mortician, "Whatever this cost, I'm very satisfied. You did an excellent job and I' m very grateful. How much did you spend?" To her astonishment, the blonde mortician presents her with the blank check.

"There's no charge," she says.

"No, really, I must compensate you for the cost of that exquisite blue suit!" she says.

"Honestly, ma'am," the blonde says, "it cost nothing. You see, a deceased gentleman of about your husband's size was brought in shortly after you left yesterday, and he was wearing an attractive blue suit. I asked his wife if she minded him going to his grave wearing a black suit instead, and she said it made no difference as long as he looked nice."

(You might have guessed what the blonde mortician did...)

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"So I just switched the heads," she said.


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This joke circulates in the Internet.

R.I.P.

Image by dioxzde on Flickr

Son: Dad, Dad, what is the meaning of "R.I.P." in graveyards?

Dad: Duh?!? Son, you don't know that?

Son: No, that's why I'm asking.

Dad: RETURN IF POSSIBLE! Use your common sense, Son!!


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This circulates in mobile phone's text messages.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dwight

Dwight: Find His Mole.


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Examine Your Moles

Dwight and his mole - the one on his cheek
not the mole at his back.
Hehehe.


Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups.

Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural color. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.

Philippine folklore gives meaning to a mole depending on the part of the body it appears. A mole in the forehead means that the person is intelligent. A mole somewhere in the cheek where tears fall means the person will have a miserable life. A person with a mole somewhere in the lips is said to be a rumor-monger. A person with a mole in the sole of the foot is destined to be a traveller. And a person with a mole in his genitals, well, I’m sure you have catch my drift right now.

It’s up to you whether you should believe this or not, but it will be helpful if you would examine your moles regularly. Most moles are not dangerous. The only moles that are of medical concern are those that look different than other existing moles or those that first appear after age 20.

When examining your moles, keep in mind the following ABCDEs:

Asymmetry. One half of the mole does not match the other half.

Border. The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or irregular.

Color. The color of the mole is not the same throughout or has shades of tan, brown, black, blue, white, or red.

Diameter. The diameter of a mole is larger than the eraser of a pencil.

Elevation. A portion of the mole appears elevated, or raised from the skin.

If a mole displays any of the signs listed above, have it checked immediately by a dermatologist. It could be cancerous.

Melanoma is a form of skin cancer. The most common location for melanoma in men is the back and in women, it is the lower leg. Melanoma is the most common cancer in women ages 25 to 29.

Moles Cause Burn?!?

Read 'em and Weep. Click image to enlarge.
(This circulates in the Internet.)

Burn Victim

A man was rushed to the hospital for third degree burn in both legs.


Doctor: Nurse, please insert intravenous (IV) fluids and apply some burn cream for his wound. Give antibiotics and pain relievers every four hours and Viagra every eight hours.

Nurse: Viagra?!? Why?

Doctor: So that the sheet would not touch his wounds.

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Joke and photo circulates in the Internet.

Computer Error

I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over.


Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.


As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong?

He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired, 'An, ID ten T error? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

Eric grinned... 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?'

'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'

So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T

I used to like Eric...

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Joke circulates in the Internet.

Friday, July 25, 2008

"Rugby Boys"

Artwork by Antonio Totto, Jr.


“Rugby Boys” are often seen in the streets of Metro Manila. Nope, they are not healthy kids playing the ball sports, but rather they are street children snorting “Rugby” a brand of contact cement or glue and other aromatic solvents to moderate hunger pangs.

A UNICEF report estimates the number of street children in the Philippines to range from 75,000 to 80,000. On the other hand, data from the Department of Social Welfare and Development show that the number of street children increases by 6,365 yearly. And half of the country’s street children, from 8 to 20 years old, have at one time or another sniffed Rugby and other inhalants. The relative ease of procuring these substances due to their low costs contributed significantly to widespread abuse. There is no comprehensive epidemiologic data on the magnitude on inhalant abuse among children and adolescents in the Philippines.

The Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (Republic Act 9165) does not include solvents in the list of dangerous drugs and substances.

“Rugby Boys” are also called “Solvent Boys”. And of course, even girls do the sniffing in the streets. The chemical is placed in a plastic bag and these kids inhale the vapor directly form the bag to achieve a state of euphoria.

The chemical toluene gives the aromatic smell in contact cement and other glue and the culprit behind the addiction. Toluene abusers are exposed to levels above 1000 ppm (parts per million). Levels of exposure greater than 600 ppm cause confusion and delirium.

Inhalant abuse causes permanent damage to the brain and may result in “sudden sniffing death”. It can also cause loss of memory, confusion or disorientation, distorted perception of time and distance, hallucination, illusion, nausea and vomiting. Inhalant abuse leads to muscle cramps and weakness, numbness of limbs, abdominal pains, damage to the central nervous system, kidneys and liver. It also produces psychological dependence. Once the habit is formed, the dose has to be increased gradually to produce the same effect.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hymen Hype

It's a lamp. What were you thinking, you dirty mind?!?
(Photo taken from the Internet.)

Hey, men… how much do you value a woman’s virginity? And what’s your proof of her virginity? A broken hymen?


I’d like to share with you this interesting note in a brochure on reproductive health produced by the Department of Health (Philippines).

“Many men still believe that the hymen is a tangible proof of virginity. It really doesn’t matter if hardly anyone knows anything about this piece of untouched tissue beyond its reputation for breaking during sexual intercourse. Society mores so ordain it, and popular lore is rife with stories about women who were beaten up or abandoned by their husbands on the wedding night because their hymen was no longer intact.

A double standard exists that allows men to be as debauched as they please before marriage. Supposedly, they have nothing to lose. But do women lose anything? What does the state of the hymen really say of them? What exactly is the hymen and why all this hype?

The vaginal opening may be partly covered with a thin piece of skin at the opening called the hymen. Other names for it are “cherry” and “maidenhead”. Biologists have long said that the hymen is different between one woman and the next. Some have a hymen that breaks easily, even without intercourse. Some women may continue to have sex with men without any injury to the hymen at all.

It seems irrational then to base a person’s virginity and her value as a person on this flimsy tissue. Virginity then, should be redefined to mean purity of purpose, commitment and sincerity, more than the physical aspects of a woman’s sexuality. A woman should be valued for what she is, what she makes of herself, and the degree to which she is able to contribute to the improvement of society.”

So, will you still look for a virgin or would just settle for “like a virgin”? Do you hear Madonna singing now? Hehehe.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jason

Jason: Department of Health (DOH) Poster Boy


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Drug Abuse in the Philippines

Jason in the DOH Drug-Free Poster
(Poster design by Weng Bunoan)

Poster Translation:
I’m Drug-Free. This is the Good Trip!
Drug Testing is Available in All DOH Hospitals


Profile of Filipino Drug Abuser

Based on reported 4,703 cases admitted in the different treatment and rehabilitation centers, both residential and out-patient facilities in 2006. (Source: Department of Health’s Dangerous Drugs Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program)

Age: Mean age of 28 years old
Sex Ratio:
9 males: 1 female
Civil Status:
Single (57.77%)
Occupation:
Unemployed (35.81%)
Educational Attainment:
High School Level (29.79%)
Economic Status:
P13,706 (US$133) average monthly family income
Place of Residence:
Urban, specifically Metro Manila (58.32%)
Duration of Drug Abuse:
More than 6 years

Top 10 Drugs/Substances of Abuse

1. Methampethamine Hydrochloride (Shabu) – 3,256 cases
2. Cannabis (Marijuana) – 1,807 cases
3. Contact Cement (example: “Rugby”) – 536 cases
4. Benzodiazepines – 173 cases
5. Cough/Cold Preparations – 128 cases
6. Methylenedioxymethampetamine or MDMA (Ecstasy) – 71 cases
7. Cocaine – 53 cases
8. Nalbuphine Hydrochloride – 29 cases
9. Psilocybin (Magic Mushroom) – 23 cases
10. Solvents (acetone, thinner) – 16 cases

Note that poly drug use (or abuse drugs one after the other or in combination with other intoxicating substances) is common among drug abusers.

Drug in the Workplace

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Cartoons from the Internet

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Husband Store

A store that sells husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband.

Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE!


There are six floors and the attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights.


There is, however, a catch... You may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!


So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband.

On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men have jobs and love the Lord.


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The second floor sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, and love kids.

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The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

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She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead good looking and help with the housework.

'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'

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Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love the Lord, love kids, are drop- dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the sign reads:

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Floor 6 - You are visitor 4,363,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please.

Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. Watch your step as you exit the building, and have a nice day!

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Joke and artwork from funlock.com

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Hemophilia - For Males Only

Hemophilia is the excessive bleeding that occurs from minor injuries or even without any obvious reason, owing to the absence or abnormality of a clotting factor in the blood.


Hemophilia is passed from a parent to a child. Men with hemophilia pass the gene on to their daughters, but not their sons. These daughters’ blood usually clots normally, though they carry the gene for hemophilia in their blood. When these daughters have babies, they may pass hemophilia to their children. Affected girls will be carriers like them while affected boys will have hemophilia.

Hemophilia may be severe, moderate or mild:

Severe hemophilia occurs in people with hemophilia A and B. Hemophilia A means that the person is lacking a clotting factor 8 while Hemophilia B is missing clotting factor 9. Bleeding can happen after an injury, or even without any obvious cause (spontaneous bleeding). The patient will bleed more often and need more medical attention.

Moderate hemophilia happens when a person has a small amount of factor 8 or factor 9. He will most likely bleed less often and usually following an accident.

Mild hemophilia occurs if a person’s factor 8 or factor 9 level is just a bit higher than in moderate hemophilia, but still below the level for a good clot. Unusual bleeding will only happen when people like this have a tooth taken out or when they have an operation or a big accident.

Most bleeding can happen inside the body, where it cannot be seen, into muscles and joints. The bleeding that can put a hemophiliac patient’s life in danger includes the head, throat, gut, and iliopsoas or the muscles in front of the groin area.

Hemophiliacs are advised to wear a medical identification such as a Medic-Alert bracelet or a necklace. He should carry a card with him all the time indicating the kind of hemophilia he has and the treatment he needs. He should also stay in close contact with health care professionals and the closest medical clinic that can give advice about hemophilia.

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Image from the Internet.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Superman or Barbie?


DAD (holding two toys): Superman or Barbie?

SON: Superman, Dad.

DAD: Good! (then he left)

SON: Oh, Superman, you're so handsome! And look at your muscles?!? My gosh!!!


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Joke circulates in mobile phone text message.

Monday, July 14, 2008

So, Your Son is Gay

Artwork by Antonio Totto, Jr.


One of the more difficult issues a father might have to confront with is that his son is turning out to be a homosexual. Some fathers do everything to turn their gay son into a “man”. Others just hope and pray that their gay son will not become a disgrace to the family. Still, many accept their son for who he is.


While society in general, so it seems, is now more open and more accepting to gays and lesbians, there are still pockets of society that remain to be prejudiced and discriminating. The Catholic Church condones homosexual acts, including gay marriages. Many bars and restaurants in the country do not allow cross-dressing gays in their establishments. And promotions in many workplaces are seldom offered to gays. These are some of the reasons why being gay takes a special kind of courage to live with intolerance, verbal abuse and physical violence.


Sexual orientation is an emotional, physical and sexual attraction to another person. It ranges from an attraction to the opposite sex (heterosexuality), attraction to the same sex (homosexuality) and attraction to both sexes (bisexuality). Homosexual orientation is sometimes referred to as “gay” (for both men and women) or a “lesbian” (for women only).


Sexual orientation is not a choice nor it is something people can decide for themselves or for others. Many scientists believe that it has a very strong genetic component and is not purely determined by life’s experiences or family upbringing.


Whether a person is a heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual, it is usually established before puberty or even before birth, and before he/she begins having sexual relationship. Homosexuals are capable of having a lasting, loving, long-term, committed relationship with a single partner. They are also capable of being good parents. Being a homosexual is not an illness, mental disorder or an emotional or social concern. It does not require treatment.


While others may have difficulty believing that homosexuality is not wrong, we should always remember that treating someone with respect and accepting him or her does not mean you have to agree with everything he/she does. No one deserves to be rejected because of who they are or how they act. No one deserves to be discriminated because of sexual orientation.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ace

Ace goes a little daring, raw and wild.

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Men and Their Balls


The sport of choice for the urban poor is BASKETBALL.
The sport of choice for maintenance level employees is BOWLING.

The sport of choice for front-line workers is FOOTBALL.

The sport of choice for supervisors is BASEBALL.
The sport of choice for middle management is TENNIS.

The sport of choice for corporate officers is GOLF.


CONCLUSION: The higher you go up the corporate ladder, the smaller your balls become.

Male Menopause


Some people call it a myth, while others believe it is most likely to happen. Medical experts estimate that 408 million men between the ages of 40 and 55 years old worldwide are undergoing male menopause. This number increases by about 10% or 15% by the time men reach 70 years old.


Male menopause or andropause is a symptom complex, experienced by a man aged 40 years and above, characterized by waning interest in sex, body malaise, hot flushes, mood swings, or feeling of uneasiness which may be brought about by the decrease in the male hormone, testosterone.

The most common physical symptoms of male menopause include longer recovery time from injuries or illness, lessening endurance for physical activity, feeling fat or gaining weight, difficulty reading small print, thinning or loss of hair, and sleep disturbance.

These physical changes have accompanying psychological and sexual symptoms as well. The most common psychological symptoms are irritability, indecisiveness, anxiety and fear, depression, loss of self confidence, loss of purpose in life, feeling lonely, unattractive and unloved, forgetfulness and difficulty in concentrating.

Its sexual symptoms include reduced interest in sex, fear of losing sexual potency, increased fantasies with new and younger partner, more relationship problems over sex, love and intimacy, and loss of erection during sexual activity.

One solution to male menopause is hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) for men that are available in three different testosterone preparations – oral, intramascular and transdermal. These preparations may not be widely available in some countries, though. Urologists cautioned that HRT should only be used in certain specific cases only and be given after a thorough medical examination to rule out conditions like hypertension, heart disease and diabetes.

HRT is also not recommended for long term use. It should only be used intermittently between one to three months. Prolonged use may result to side effects like severe liver problems, certain vascular conditions, lowered sperm count resulting to sterility. Other effects are enlarged prostate or prostate cancer.

Instead of HRT, men undergoing andropause are advised to keep a positive outlook in life. Exercise keeps one in the peak of health and proper frame of mind. Eat less fats and sweets but rather indulge in vegetables, fish, lean meat and high fiber foods. Also, consume less alcohol and avoid smoking.

Male menopause is a normal recurrence among healthy males. The good news is that the decline in male hormone is only minimal unlike in women where the drop in hormone is drastic and completely gone after menopause.

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Spongebob photo from the Internet.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Redefining Women

Math


Science


Engineering



This circulates in the Internet.
Click image to enlarge.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Treasure After Use?

Photo from www.engrish.com

Sleep Off Stress

Photo from the Internet.


Sleep is a wonderful cure-all, a time to recharge your body’s batteries. Lack of sleep makes you cranky and irritable. But what if you can’t sleep because you are under a lot of stress? Just stay away from tranquilizers and sleeping pills because these won’t help you to get to sleep but will only interfere with your body’s already upset rhythms. So here are some tips:

Warm milk can help you get to sleep. If you can’t digest milk, or don’t like it, the essential element that makes milk work as a sedative is L-Tryptophan, available over-the-counter in health food stores.

Avoid strenuous exercise just before bedtime. This will not tire you out, but will stimulate your body and keep you awake.

Take warm bath or shower to relax.

If you are a heavy smoker, avoid smoking just before sleeping because nicotine is a stimulant.

Try to clear your mind of your day’s problems and worries which can literally keep you up nights.

And, if you can’t sleep after a week or 10 days, it would be wise to consult your doctor.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Weight Watch

Measure yourself without shoes and weigh yourself without clothes. Use the same scale and weigh yourself at the same time every day, preferably in the morning. See if you are within your ideal weight for height.



Garfield cartoons from the Internet.
Click image to enlarge.


The lower figure is for younger and/or smaller boned people; the higher figure is for older and/or bigger boned people.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sean James


“To keep myself fit, I do yoga, drink tea,
have oatmeal and a piece of fruit for breakfast. HIHI”
Visit his blog – READ OR DIE
www.cabccishawn.blogspot.com

You too can be the MAN OF THE MOMENT

Send your photo and tell something about yourself.
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Real Men Cry

Do real men cry? Before you shed a tear or two, read this.


Tom Lutz, Ph.D., an associate professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears, said that crying in public was pretty normal, even for men. He said that “through most of history, tearlessness has not been the standard of manliness.”

Lutz wrote that heroic epics from Greek times through the Middle Ages are soggy with weeping of all sorts. When Roland, the most famous warrior of medieval France died, 20,000 other knights wept so profusely they fainted and fell from their horses. Long before that, the Greek warrior Odysseus cries in almost every chapter of Homer's Iliad while St. Francis of Assisi was said to have been blinded by weeping.

For those who look to religion and the Bible for guidance, a wonderful role model for a man unafraid to cry is Jesus. It was written that when Jesus heard of the death of his friend Lazarus, he wept with sorrow. Even with his faith that his friend could be reborn, Christ felt able to share in the suffering of others and cry openly.

Until the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th and early 19th centuries came. According to Lutz, the industrial age needed diligent, not emotional, workers. Crying was then delegated to privacy, behind closed doors. Children learned that weeping itself was the problem and not the result of a problem. People everywhere became more uncomfortable with public tears.

Since then social stigma were attached to crying in public. It is considered a sign of weakness, vulnerability, desperation, or worse for men, a sign of femininity.

Types and Benefits of Tears

There are three types of tears: continuous tears, which stop our eyes drying up; reflex tears, caused by irritants such as smoke; and emotional tears (or "psychogenic lachrymations", the medical term). The emotion need not be sadness; people shed emotional tears out of frustration, anger, relief, sometimes even in an aesthetic experience such as the birth of a child or receiving an unexpected gift.

What most people are not aware of is that new scientific studies actually prove that tears caused from 'emotional crying' carry toxins not normally found in the tear created to simply moisten the eye, like in cutting onions. William Frey II, Ph.D., biochemist and tear expert of the Ramsey Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and author of “Crying: The Mystery of Tears”, compared the normal moisturizing tear with the tear caused by emotion and found that stressful tears contained ACTH or adrenocorticotrophic hormone. ACTH is a hormone associated with high blood pressure, heart problems, peptic ulsers and other physical conditions closely related to stress.

Tears are secreted through a duct, a process much like urination or exhalation. Frey believes that like these other processes, shedding emotional tears may be involved in removing waste products or toxic substances from the body. Perhaps that is why so many people report feeling better after crying.

Research has proven that emotions help create illness in the body and perhaps the tears help remove the poisons that make us sick. Crying is a natural, healthy way to help deal with emotions and may be healthy. But don’t overdo it too, because crying over everything that happens in life may indicate a lack coping skills and can even indicate a medical problem.

So guys, cry if you have to, whether you do it in public or in the comfort of your private space.

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Emo cartoons taken from the Internet.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

"Pregnant Man" Gives Birth

Thomas Beatie, dubbed as the “pregnant man” who made headlines around the world after appearing in Oprah Winfrey’s show, has given birth to a baby girl Thursday (July 3).

Beatie, 34,
who lives in Oregon, was born a woman but decided to become a man 10 years ago. He began taking testosterone treatments and had breast surgery to remove glands and flatten his chest. He got pregnant through artificial insemination. Beatie’s wife, Nancy Roberts, said she inseminated him with a syringe using sperm purchased from a bank.

A Filipino television network, ABS-CBN, reported that Beatie has Filipino ancestry – he has a Caucasian mother and a Filipino father. He was born as Tracy LaGondino and was a former Miss Hawaii Teen USA finalist.


His
unusual situation first became public after he wrote an article entitled “Labor of Love” in March in “The Advocate”, the leading US gay magazine.

Nancy
, to whom Beatie has been married for five years and who has two grown daughters by a previous marriage, said in Oprah’s show that the couple’s roles will not change once the baby is born. “He’s going to be the father and I’m going to be the mother,” she said.

Their marriage is legal and he is recognized under state law as a man.

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Photo grabbed from the Internet.

Future Births?!?


This circulates in the Internet.

The Aliens Are Coming

Photo from technovelgi.com

The aliens are coming and they are taking goodlooking men to their planet to improve their race.

Don't get me wrong, I am not worried about you.

I just want to say gooooooooooodbye...

Friday, July 4, 2008

Addicted to Caffeine?

(Photo taken from the Intenet. Click to enlarge.)

FIND THE MAN IN THE COFFEE BEANS
Normal brain can find the man in 3 seconds or less.
Ready, Set, Go! ...3...2...1. Time's up! Something wrong with your brain?!?



While a cup of coffee may be good to get you going, too much caffeine can cause problems.


Caffeine is a stimulant and it gives you a boost of energy, but it also has some less than desirable potential side effects. Although it has not yet been confirmed that caffeine can cause heart disease, it can surely produce a fast heart beat, abnormal heart rhythms and increased blood pressure. Too much caffeine can also produce digestive disorders because it increases the secretion of acid in the stomach and is a major cause of heartburn.

Here are some more effects: caffeine can affect a developing placenta during pregnancy; can trigger or relieve headaches in some people; can bring on symptoms of anxiety; and is even said to raise body temperature or block out the fever-relieving effectiveness of aspirin.

Maybe you don’t drink coffee, but if you drink tea, cola, or like chocolate a lot, you are probably addicted to some form of caffeine. So how much caffeine is too much? About 250 milligrams (mg) is already considered a “drug dose”. And how can you tell if you’re overdosing?

Here are some sample caffeine-containing figures:

Brewed coffee (6 ounce or oz.) – 83 mg.
Instant coffee (6 oz.) – 60 mg.
Leaf tea (6 oz.) – 41 mg.
Cola (12 oz.) – 40-72 mg.
Chocolate (1 oz.) – 5-10 mg.

Once hooked on caffeine, no matter what the source, it is possible to experience withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking it abruptly. The symptoms can range from headache and drowsiness to vomiting and mental depression. It is suspected that people who have headaches on weekends may not be suffering from tension or migraine headaches but symptoms of caffeine withdrawal. This is most likely to happen to people who drink tremendous amount of coffee during the work week and only have a cup or two at breakfast, for example, on the weekend.

To avoid withdrawal symptoms, don’t go cold turkey, but rather gradually decrease the amount you drink until you are freed of your addiction.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Carjackers' New M.O.

Photo by Justin Walker on Flickr

Beware of the new scheme or modus operandi (MO) of carjackers. I received this e-mail and it sure is worth posting here…

You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. You start the engine and shift into Reverse.

When you look into the rearview mirror to back out of your parking space, you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you shift into Park, unlock your doors, and jump out of your car to remove that paper (or whatever it is) that is obstructing your view. When you reach the back of your car, this is when the carjackers appear out of nowhere, jump into your car and take off. They practically mow you down as they speed off in your car.

If you see a piece of paper stuck to your back window, just drive away. Remove the paper later. It may save you from harm.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

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Reasons for Overeating

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Are you eating too much? Are you thinking of dieting? Well, no diet will work for you if you don’t understand why you eat too much in the first place. Otherwise, after you’ve lost weight, you’ll simply gain it all back because you’ll fall back into old eating patterns that caused you to gain to begin with.

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins University list some psychological reasons many people overeat. This list was compiled from case histories of thousands of patients. Maybe you can find your own reason for overeating.

Occupational Obesity. It’s hard to eat regularly or well if you work long or erratic hours, or work shifts, especially the night shift.

Sedentary Obesity. People who sit a lot use up fewer calories, but they gain weight because they are still eating as much as when they are more active. And the more you sit and the more you weigh, the less likely you are to have the energy to exercise during free time.
Nighttime Eating Syndrome. Many people who eat nothing or very little during the day can’t really relax during dinner because they’re still keyed up. They only begin to unwind after dinner, which is when they often start snacking. No matter how little you eat during the day, the after-dinner-midnight-snacking or middle-of-the-night-raid-the-refrigerator approach to eating can put weight on.

Businessman’s Bulge. Anyone who does business over lunch or dinner and entertains tends to put on weight, if not from the food itself, then from the calories of a single social drink or two.
Pregnant Father. While pregnant women are expected to gain weight, “sympathetic pregnancy” is a phenomenon where the father-to-be gains weight as well. Thus, a temporary eating disturbance can lead to a permanent weight gain.

Compulsive Eating. For some people, hunger doesn’t cause eating. Rather they eat because it’s a substitute for other emotions. In other words, they eat if they are sad, if they are happy, if they are depressed. They will eat just because food is there.

Food as Reward. Sometimes we are so busy working, that there is no time to go out and enjoy ourselves. So we reward ourselves for a job well done with a favourite, probably fattening food.

Nutritional Obesity. Some people are overweight because they simply eat too much, and others are overweight because they are not aware of good nutrition and have no idea what in their diet is causing this problem.

Why Diet and Lifestyle Changes Now?


Heart and kidney disease and stroke are the three leading illnesses in the Philippines. The culprits blamed are nutrition and poor lifestyle, like bad diet (high-fat, high-cholesterol and high-carbohydrates, rice and sweets), smoking, alcohol abuse and sedentary life (lack of exercise). The risk factors are android (“apple-shape”) obesity, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and dyslipemia (abnormally high cholesterol/lipid fats in the blood).

The Sixth National Nutrition Survey (2003-2004) of the Food Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) showed that 22 out of 100 Filipino adults are hypertensive (BP of 140/90 or higher). The blood pressure rises starting 40 years old, however, about 40% of those between the ages of 20 and 29 already have pre-hypertensive findings.

The study also showed that while android obesity (accumulation of fat around the abdomen) was seen in 3.1 percent of men, but this was more prevalent in about 18.3 percent of women. Moreover, Filipino adults have about 3.4 percent incidence of diabetes mellitus, especially among those 40 to 59 years old. This metabolic disease of abnormally high blood level of glucose (sugar) is a chronic illness that leads to various complications, like bouts of fainting dizziness and spells that go with the blood glucose fluctuation, coronary heart disease, visual disturbances/blindness, kidney failure, circulatory problems in the legs, among others.

The next FNRI-DOST survey is scheduled this year. Whether these figures improve or worsen remains to be seen. What you can do right now is to personally change your diet and lifestyle. Here are some tips to follow:

Increase consumption of vegetables particularly leafy and yellow vegetables or fresh salads.

Eat at least 2-3 servings of fruits. These are rich sources of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium. According to nutritionists, one serving is equivalent to the size of a matchbox.

Limit consumption of fatty foods especially those from animal sources.

Eat breakfast that is high in complex carbohydrates like oatmeal, rootcrops, whole grain cereals, and bread.

Avoid excessive intake of sugar and salt.

Exercise regularly. Perform aerobic exercise at least 3 to 5 times a week for 20-30 minutes or more, rather than logging two hours of exercise in two days during weekends.

Do not smoke. The best rule is never to start smoking because once the habit is acquired, giving up smoking is not easy. It can only be done if the smoker sets his mind to stop.

Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. Moderate alcohol intake means no more than two drinks per day for men and no more than one drink per day for women. One drink of alcoholic beverage means 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer or ½ glass wine or 1 jigger (1 ounce) whiskey or 1 ½ ounce of gin.

Practicing a healthy lifestyle means staying healthy and living longer.

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Illustration by Ian Christopher H. Asuncion

Pee Matters

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Why is a man’s urine cleaner than a woman’s urine? Well, the man’s urine passes through a tube while the woman’s urine flows out of a canal.