Monthly Archives: June 2011

Precaution against herbal concoctions for dengue

The cornerstone for dengue treatment remains fluid replacement and blood products (not any herbal concoctions).

According to Dr. Enrique Tayag, Director of the National Epidemiology Center, of the Department of Health, the public should be careful with taking herbal concoctions for dengue fever.

Some herbal available in the market do not pass the Food and Drug Administration (FAD) standards and therefore may be contaminated.

“There are some herbal that contains toxic ingredients that we are not aware of unless they are analyze by Food and Drug Administration we can give ample precautions,” Dr. Tayag told Yam’s Files.

Practically, everyone is taking some form of herbal not only for dengue but for other reasons.


There was an observation (in Singapore) that it increases plate count of dengue patients. “We should warn them (public) not to take it upon themselves to extract Papaya juice and drink it to cure dengue.”

Blood transfusion (of patient in Singapore) caused the improvement of the platelet count and Papaya juice is just coincidental.

Gatas-gatas or Tawa-Tawa plants – said to have a substance that stops bleeding (currently being studied by the DOH for its potential to cure dengue).

Neem tree – has repellant factor. Oil extracted from the plant has topical application. It can cause encephalopathy when ingested.

Kulantro (for measles) – relieves itchiness when applied on the skin. The acid found in it (corrosive) can cause death when ingested.


Check the ingredients and application of herbal preparation (as it might have interaction with the medicine that you are currently taking). Look for the FDA seal. This means that the herbal preparation has been tested and FDA approved.

“We are not saying that herbal has no role in medicine. What we are saying is that it (herbal) might create a false sense of security. Feeling better after herbal doesn’t mean something good happened against that particular condition or disease,” Dr. Tayag said.

Love Online

There is no fixed rule as to finding the right partner in life. Sometimes the man or woman you are bound to marry isn’t the one you fancy because they come in the most unexpected places, time and circumstances. I’m not a love guru, but I’m sharing what I’ve learned from friends and relatives who met their better half on date sites.

A distant relative of mine met her Australian hubby through online dating. She said she was cautious at first when she started chatting with this good-looking man on the net. It started with a friendly chat. She did not easily divulge personal things about her until after several chat sessions. Their friendship blossomed. Eventually, the Australian became her boyfriend. Their one-year relationship ends up in unforgettable wedding ceremony two years ago.

The best dating sites could be helpful to some in finding their partners in life. I’m not suggesting this is good for everyone as I don’t have any personal experience on this (dating site). But I believe true love between two people who just met online exists. Some online friends I’ve known through blogging are living proof to it. This only shows that cultural differences and distance don’t matter when love speaks.

Clear communication line

Hubby misses out of town travels. The last trip he had was in Tacloban City a few years ago. He was sent there by their office for an important assignment. At the end of the day, he needed to make a call to check on his staff, he had to look for cellular booster antenna to get a clearer signal from where he was standing. He can’t get a clear communication line maybe because of the bad weather during that time.

Santo Niño is a representation of the infant Jesus Christ. He is the patron saint of Leyte.

Despite the minor communication problem, he still enjoyed his short trip as he was able to grab the opportunity to visit some popular shrine in the area, including the Santo Niño Shrine found in Real St. Tacloban City. The Shrine used to be one of the 29 presidential rest houses of the late Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos.