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Ginger Root for Migraines

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines to give it a try since it’s just some safe, common spice. At the first sign of a migraine coming on, the patient mixed a quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger in some water, drank it down, and poof! Within a half-hour, the migraine went away. It worked every time for them with no side effects. That’s what’s called a case report.

In my video, Ginger for Migraines, I show the remarkable case report, but case reports are really just glorified anecdotes. Case reports have played an important role in the history of medicine, though. AIDS was first discovered as a series of case reports. Some young guy walks into a clinic in Los Angeles with a bad case of thrush, and the rest is history. Reports of an unusual side effect of a failed chest pain drug led to the billion-dollar blockbuster, Viagra. Case reports may represent the weakest level of evidence, but they are often the first line of evidence, where everything starts. The ginger and migraine report isn’t helpful in itself, but it can inspire researchers to put the treatment to the test.

The problem is, who’s going to fund it? The market for migraine drugs is worth billions of dollars. A quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger costs about a penny. Who would fund a study pitting ginger versus the leading migraine drug?

No one… that is, until now. A double-blinded, randomized, controlled, clinical trial compared the efficacy of ginger to sumatriptan, also known as Imitrex, one of the top-selling billion-dollar drugs in the world in the treatment of migraine headaches. Researchers tried using only one-eighth of a teaspoon of powdered ginger versus a good dose of the drug.

They both worked just as well and just as fast.

Most patients started out in moderate or severe pain but, after taking the ginger or the drug, ended up in mild pain or completely pain-free. The same proportion of migraine sufferers reported satisfaction with the results either way. As far as I’m concerned, ginger won—not only because it’s a few billion dollars cheaper than the drug, but because there were significantly fewer side effects in the ginger group. People taking sumatriptan reported dizziness, a sedative effect, vertigo, and heartburn. The only thing reported for ginger was an upset tummy in about 1 out of 25 people. (As a note of caution, taking a whole tablespoon of ginger powder at one time on an empty stomach could irritate anyone’s stomach.)

An eighth of a teaspoon of ginger is not only up to 3000-times cheaper than the drug, but you’re also less likely to end up as a case report yourself of someone who had a heart attack or died after taking the drug—tragedies that have occurred due to sumatriptan.

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Avoiding aspartame (Aspartame and the Brain) and using lavender may also help (Lavender for Migraine Headaches). If you have cluster headaches, ask your physician about capsaicin (Hot Sauce in the Nose for Cluster Headaches?).

In health,

Michael Greger, M.D.

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San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

San Francisco city supervisors unanimously approved a measure that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products — with city supervisors saying nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction.

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DOH urged woman to under cervical cancer screening

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) urged women to get screened for cervical cancer to boost survival rates for the illness, which kills more than 12 daily and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipino women.

“The tragedy of cervical cancer deaths is that this cancer is preventable and treatable. In fact, in developed countries, cervical cancer is much less common because screening and vaccination are well-established,” Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial said.

“Our goal now in the Philippines is to institutionalize HPV (human papillomavirus) immunization and screening so that our precious women will no longer die of cervical cancer,” she said.

In recognition of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month last May, the DOH offers free cervical screenings using the VIA (visual inspection using acetic acid) method for women aged 25 to 55 years in selected DOH hospitals across the country.

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“With regular screening, women will know if there are changes in their cervix due to HPV infection, which may eventually progress into cancer,” she said.

As indicated by Ubial, almost 100 percent of cervical cancer cases are caused by HPV.

“It is unfortunate that, every day, more than 12 women die from this disease, primarily because they are detected late and are not given early protection,” she said.

As part of its National Growth Prevention and Control Program, the DOH will spearhead this year’s commemoration of Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month with the theme “Babae, Mahalaga Ka! Magpa-Screen, Now Na!” (Woman, you are priceless! Get screened at once!)


12 Ways to Encourage Dad to be a Hands-on Parent

No matter how much of a supermom you are, it is also good for both your husband and your kids if Dad’s more involved in raising them. Nagging is definitely not the way to go (when is it ever?), so some of these tips might help.

1. Take baby steps
It can be overwhelming for a new dad if he’s saddled with a screaming infant and he has no idea what to do. Anne Santos, children’s-book author and mom of Tiago, 6, suggests, “Slowly ease him in, and involve him in your parenting chores little by little. Give him books to read, and praise him for a job well done or at least for trying. This way, he won’t be too scared to step in and eventually step up.”

2. Take him along to the OB-gyn and pre-birth classes
Even before babies arrives, begin working as partners so your hubby will know what’s going on and not feel like an outsider. He’ll understand his role from day one and know what to expect and what is expected from him.
According to Andrean Garabedian, director of sales marketing and mom of Lily, 1, “if your marriage’s sole foundation is about partnership, why shouldn’t that go along with the next stage of your life as parents?”

3. Ask him to help you
The best way to reel him in is simply ask. According to clinical psychologist and Miriam College associate professor Jerry Jurisprudencia, Ph.D., men will assume “[the mom] can do it better, and think, ‘if she doesn’t ask me to help her, then I’d just let her do it.” That’s why it’s important to ask him to help you out.

Inez Velasquez, lawyer and mom to Lala, 8 months, agrees: “They don’t know what’s going on inside your head, how you feel, or what baby needs. I think that once husbands realize how badly wives need their help raising the kids, they would willingly become more involved.”

4. Send him parenting articles or videos
While you may be reading parenting articles, he is most likely watching gadget videos. Ina de Vera, former primary-years educator and mom to Nacho, 17, Josh, 14, Emilio, 6, Amara, 3 and Cato, 6 months, says it’s important to learn together:

“We attend parent-education talks together or send each other interesting articles. In the case of busy dads, short videos seem to work better.”

5. Assign him certain tasks.
“An agreement on shared parenting can be established with a specification of roles expected from each partner,” says Celia Aguila, Ph.D., chair of the Miriam College Department of psychology. “Each role can be established, taking into account the partner’s ability and availability to play the role. In doing so, gray areas such as who wakes up at night to change diapers or who babysits when the yaya is unavailable become clear.”

“My husband and I agreed that I would take care of feeding and bathing the baby, while he would take care of dirty diapers,” says Inez. “At night, I wake him up whenever the baby needs a diaper change. No matter what time it is, he always gets up to change Lala’s nappies without complaint.”


6. Involve kids in activities dad likes to do
“My husband likes to water the plants and go for a night jog, and he still really enjoys his comic books. So the kids garden and go on evening strolls with him, and he keeps them entertained talking about comic-book characters and making up bedtime stories based on those,” relates Ina.

“My husband Miko loves to cook, so he bakes cookies and cupcakes with the girls,” says Gabbi Pascual, mom to Natalia, 6, and Solenne, 3. “Their dad lets them help in sorting the ingredients and mixing the batter. Then he leaves them fully in charge of decorating.”

7. Have the kid ask dad for help
“I tell my son that there are specific activities where papa is the expert at, so he and [his dad] Charlie do those things, such as coloring with markers, together,” says Treena Ongking, mom to Carlo, 3. She explains that this way, “Carlo asks Charlie to help or play with him,” so Dad can’t say no.

8. Lower your expectations
Sometimes, when we notice that our men don’t do the job as well or as efficiently as we do, we swoop in and take over. Dr. Jurisprudencia says this is a bad idea. “Nagging your husband if he doesn’t do something right away would be a turn off,” he explains. “He might not meet your expectations, so don’t expect what he does with the kids to be the same as how you would do it.’

9. Set a Daddy playdate
“Another way to involve Dad further is to involve his friends,” suggests Inez. “One of my husband Paolo’s closest friends has a daughter who is only six months older than Lala. Sometimes, our families meet up and have ‘family dates’. We went walking at the park one Sunday, and it was so heartwarming watching these two dads playing with their daughters while the mommies talked and traded mommy tips.”


10. Spend time together without mom
“I let my husband spend a lot of time with Tiago so they can get to know each other and have a relationship just like a mom and child do- or as close to that as possible,” says Anne.

Inez’s husband is the one who insists on giving his wife a break: “On Mama’s days off, I would leave the baby with my husband. It’s great because Mama gets a break, while Daddy and Baby have alone time.”

Andrea and her husband take turns. “On Saturdays, they go to swim class together and that’s their thing,” she says. “There are weekends when he plays golf all day and I have her, but on another day, I get a day off, too.”

11. Give him a list
You might have your child’s needs memorized. However, according to Dr. Jurisprudencia, husbands can be forgetful, so it’s important to make a list for him. Anne does this as well. If she’s going to leave her husband with her son, she makes sure there’s a …read more    

Fatherhood Brings Performance Anxiety (It’s Not What You Think)

Being a dad is no joke. As I always tell my friends, making kids is the easy, enjoyable part of starting a family. Once they’re there though you assume responsibilities you never really thought about and try to meet expectations to prove your worth as a “quality” dad. Being the father of two highly-opinionated, snarky kids (a teenage boy and a precocious 8-year-old girl), here are five things about being a dad no one told me.

I wasn’t given a warning about performance anxiety.
No, not THAT kind of performance. When my wife told me that she was pregnant with our son, I was ecstatic. It was something we have been waiting for (and I also realized the “boys” were actually working, woohoo!). But the day after the announcement, I was working in front of my PC at home, and it just hit me: I’ll be a father, and I didn’t have any savings.

That thought led me into a downward spiral of worrying: will I be able to provide for my child and my wife? Will I find a better job? Is my current job fit for a padre de familia? What about when my child enters elementary school? High school? College?

Am I going to be a failure as a father?

At that moment, I kind of wished the boys didn’t perform their job that well. My wife noticed that I looked sullen and worried and asked me what’s wrong. Thankfully, after I told her my fears, she reassured me, helped me process, and made me realize that I just need to take it one day at a time and enjoy being a soon-to-be-dad.

You’re expected to be Mr. Handyman.
When you get married, your wife will likely assume that you, being this virile alpha male, know your way around a toolbox. Minor house repairs should be your domain. While my dad taught me how to use a screwdriver (leftie loosie, righty tighty!), becoming a dad brings with it additional expectations on your skills.


After breaking his favorite toy truck when he was young, my son naturally asked me to fix it. One look at the poor truck though, with its cracked housing and wheel and bent axle, I could tell there was no way anyone could fix it. When I told my son that it was beyond repair, he gave me this look of profound disappointment. He thought his Dada could fix anything, short of resurrecting a totally destroyed toy.

I felt quite small when my son gave me that look. So I salvaged his damaged perception of his superhero father and drove him to the nearest toy store. Yes, I bought him a new toy. Problem solved. Reputation intact. Dada is a hero.

You will have to steel yourself for when you have a girl.

Be ready for fashion makeovers.
This is something you will have to steel yourself for when you have a girl. Little girls think everyone is a mannequin, and the most pliant one would always be you, the Dad. Why? Because they have this sixth sense — they know they’ve got you wrapped around their finger. Lipsticks and makeup while you’re working at home? Suffer through it.

Headbands and tiaras while playing tea party? Suck it up. Putting colorful clips on your hair because she’s bored while waiting for your flight at the airport’s waiting area? Sit through the embarrassment with quiet dignity. On the plus side, though, you get really admiring glances from the ladies. I think their uteruses can sense great daddy material when they see it.


Patience x infinity = dadhood
Patience is not just going to be a virtue when you’re a father. It’s practically going to be your last name. You have to learn to keep your cool when they throw a tantrum at the toy store, when they kick their sibling on the face, when they pull the placemat from the table with a plate on it. You can’t lose your cool and get angry for something little kids are kind of expected to do because what kind of a dad would you be? You’re trying to be the cool DAD, right? And Cool Dads are, you know, COOL! You’ll have to learn the art of Zen even if you don’t know what the frigging hell Zen is when you became a dad.

You’re going to be a rolemodel — 24/7
No one tells you that being a role model is a LOT of hard work. It is probably the hardest thing to do when you embark on your journey of fatherhood.

Whenever I’m with my son and daughter, I have to remember to say “please,” “thank you,” “po,” and “opo” when I talk to everyone. When I order anything at the restaurant, I have to be extra nice and polite even when I’m tired and just want to mumble our orders with a quick thanks to end it. Every single show we watch together, every single movie, every single Facebook post they read becomes an impromptu moral lesson.

Patience is not just going to be a virtue; it’s practically going to be your last name.

And you know you’ve turned into a parent when you do the one thing you hated your parents for doing — give those “during my time” and “when I was your age” stories. You suddenly realize your parents told you those stories not to torture you; they just really love you, and they’re just afraid you won’t develop the tools and skills you need to survive adulthood.

And yes, this is THE ONE THING I wish someone told me about being a dad — you’ll always live in this bubble of overwhelming love for your children, vexation for the wrong things they do, fear for their future, and pride for raising really cool kids.


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5 Anti-Acne Drugstore Products That Actually Work

Many expensive skin care brands can do wonders for your skin, but don’t think that more affordable ones won’t work. Especially when it comes to dealing with acne, products you would normally find in a drugstore deserve a second look and a trial spin.

Below, we list five of our favorite budget-friendly options to soothe those breakouts!

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Naruko Tea Tree Shine Control & Blemish Clear Night Gelly, P739, Watsons

A mattifying night moisturizer that calms breakouts and fights sebum production, it also works as a spot treatment!

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Himalaya Herbals Neem Purifying Mask, P135, Watsons

Treat yourself to this neem mask that will balance your oil production and clear your pores of dirt, sebum, and more.


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Celeteque Acne Solutions Acne Spot Corrector Gel, P169, Watsons

Need to dry up a zit overnight? This works like magic!


Celeteque Acne Solutions Clearing Concealer, P269, Beautymnl

With the help of salicylic acid, this concealer hides blemishes and helps them heal faster all in one go. What more can you ask for?

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Leaders Insolution Derma Soul Anti-Trouble Mask With Green Tea, P78, SM Makati

Prevent and calm down breakouts as you chill the night away using this mask.

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How This Children’s Book Helped My Bullied 8-Year-Old Daughter

My daughter never had any trouble making friends. She’s generous, affectionate, and up to the time she was in second grade, believing every single person in the world was the same way.

Then one day she stopped talking about school. And over the next few days, she became petulant and emotional. (In other words, she was a complete brat.) Lots of tantrums and sulking. Red flag: she stopped eating her baon when usually she’d bring enough to share.

After Lord knows how many attempts to get her to open up, I found out that her friends had stopped talking to her. She knew about bullies — bad kids, mean kids — but she didn’t know what to make of people she loved and trusted going out of their way to make her miserable.


“What did I do wrong, Mama?”

We talked a little. We hugged a lot. I approached teachers and parents who basically said, “Kids will be kids, they’ll sort it out.” Eventually, she found other people to play with, but she remained wary. “He’s my friend…today.”

I wondered how to bring up the bullying incident without opening a hole in her heart that I couldn’t close.

And then, I found the book.

Super Ningning is a story about a lonely little girl who is bullied and thinks she needs superpowers to either earn friends or run away from the teasing. Along the way she finds other people who are just as scared or hurt as she is, and she reaches out and helps. It turns out she doesn’t need anting-anting; she needs compassion and kindness. She doesn’t need to be strong and perfect; she just needs people who accept her just the way she is.

“Do you want me to read you a bedtime story?” I asked my daughter.

“You said I was too old for bedtime stories,” she said. “I can read them myself.”

“No, this is a story I want us to read and talk about together.”


I read the story to her. She listens. Then she shakes her head.

“Why are you shaking your head?” I asked.

“Sometimes kids stay mean,” she said. “Sometimes even if you’re nice…really nice…they still won’t play with you.”

I’ll be honest with you. Super Ningning is a beautiful, empowering story that can help kids understand that words can hurt and actions have a consequence. But it will not magically erase the feelings of a child who’s already been bullied.

What it can do is start a conversation. It gives kids who don’t have the emotional vocabulary to explain what they feel a safe way to talk about what they went through.

“I still wish I had superpowers. I still wish I could kick them.” And we talk about anger.

“Does Ningning and her friends still fight? What if they suddenly don’t talk to her?” And we talk about how it’s okay to disagree, but there’s a friendly way to do it.

And we talk about sitting alone in school. And what I went through, and what the authors went through, and it’s really about being okay with who you are.

“You know, the author of the book was also bullied? And she said writing was her superpower,” I said. “Sometimes writing and talking about stuff can make you feel better. I do it all the time.” She looked at me. “How?”

So we got a piece of paper. And she drew her mean friends, and we both had fun putting horns on their heads and giving them green teeth and red eyes.

And I said, “Do you want to write a letter to Ningning?”

“She’s not even real, Mom,” she tells me, rolling her eyes.

“Okay, fine. Do you want to pretend to write a letter to a pretend person?”

“But why?!” she asks.

“Because one day you will meet a nice, friendly, and really wonderful person. And maybe her name will be Ningning or maybe it won’t, but I bet you’ll have a lot of fun with her. What would you say?”

For the first time she smiles really widely. “I would say…Hello, Super Friend.”

Get a copy of Super Ningning at National Book Store, Precious Pages, and Mt. Cloud Bookshop in Baguio.


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Why Shamcey Supsup Needs Hubby’s Approval to Post Baby’s Photos

Shamcey Supsup doesn’t want her daughter Nyke to ever feel pressured to do something she doesn’t want.

So to those who are asking if she and Lloyd will allow Baby Nyke to join pageants in the future, the former beauty queen says, “It depends, but it’s going to be up to her.”

This means that the one-year-old can choose to be the person she wants to be.

“We will just be there to guide her. It’s her decision.

“Sa akin, as a mom, magiging role ko is to tell her to finish school siguro.

“After that, kung ano gusto niya, we will let her do her thing,” she points out during a bag store’s recent event.

Nyke, whose full name is Nylah Kelsey, is so named simply because Lloyd wanted the name Nyke.

Her nickname came first so when they selected her full name, it stood for winner, brave, and goddess of victory.

Shamcey jokes, “So dapat panalo na siya.”

Unlike most celebrity parents, Nyke’s photos do not dominate her feed and Lloyd’s on social media.

The host/architect/restaurateur has two reasons: one has something to do with protecting her daughter’s digital footprint, the other is, “yung mga shots, hindi okay.”

Smiling, she says, “I think mas madalas on Facebook. I post videos kasi personal account.

“Yung mga lolo, lola na malayo, that is the only place for them to see her regularly, aside from messaging or video call apps.

“On Instagram, since public so here and there lang.

“Pero ang sarap i-document nung paglaki niya.

“Nung mas bata siya, mas maraming pictures.

“Now, ang hirap na kunin kasi ang likot na so less photos na rin.”

Lloyd plays an important role in Nyke’s social media presence.

Shamcey reveals, “I ask him, I show him first, siya mag-a-approve. Kasi ayaw niya mag-post ng pangit na picture ni Nylah!”

Meanwhile, as parents, the two relish the opportunity of working together, and, at the same time, being able to bond with Nyke.

“If we need to spend time at home, uwi lang kami.

“Bonding na rin namin yung if we bring her somewhere for quick check-ups or trips to the mall.”

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These Cool Backpacks Are Perfect for Every Disney Lover

No matter how old you get, Disney will always have a soft spot in your heart…and if you disagree, stop lying. We know you secretly clicked on our Disney-themed list! And because we love Disney as much as the next guy, we were thrilled to find out that they teamed up with JanSport for a wonderfully nostalgic backpack collection.

The Disney x JanSport Summer 2017 Collection is a limited-edition 32-piece range that features popular JanSport silhouettes clad in never-before-seen and familiar scenes from Mickey’s adventures. They’re perfect for kids and kids-at-heart!

Check out some of our picks:

Superbreak Gand Dot (P2,490)

Disney Superbreak (P2,490)

Disney Right Pack Expressions (P4,690)

High Stakes Forest Camp (P2,990)

Superbreak Hide and Seek (P2,990)

Right Pack Expressions Alpine Take a Hike (P4,690)

Disney High Stakes (P2,990)

Hatchet Mickey Floral (P4,290)

The Disney x JanSport Collection is now available online and at select retailers nationwide.

For more information, log on to JanSport’s Facebook page

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Gives Great Advice In Harvard Commencement Speech

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg delivered the commencement address to the class of 2017 at Harvard University. He himself only got his honorary degree from Harvard this year. He actually dropped out of the university in his sophomore year in 2005.

Zuckerberg began his speech by saying, “If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard.”

Zuckerberg, though, delivered one hell of a speech. Here are our favorite parts:

1. “My best memory from Harvard was meeting Priscilla [his wife]. I had just launched this prank website Facemash, and the ad board wanted to ‘see me.’ Everyone thought I was going to get kicked out. My parents came to help me pack. My friends threw me a going away party. As luck would have it, Priscilla was at that party with her friend. We met in line for the bathroom in the Pfoho Belltower, and in what must be one of the all-time romantic lines, I said: ‘I’m going to get kicked out in three days, so we need to go on a date quickly.'”


2. “Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started. Oh, you know what else movies get wrong about innovation? No one writes math formulas on glass. That’s not a thing.”

3. “Taking on big meaningful projects is the first thing we can do to create a world where everyone has a sense of purpose. The second is redefining equality to give everyone the freedom they need to pursue purpose.”

4. “Purpose doesn’t only come from work. The third way we can create a sense of purpose for everyone is by building community. And when our generation says ‘everyone,’ we mean everyone in the world.”

5. “We all know we don’t succeed just by having a good idea or working hard. We succeed by being lucky too. If I had to support my family growing up instead of having time to code, if I didn’t know I’d be fine if Facebook didn’t work out, I wouldn’t be standing here today. If we’re honest, we all know how much luck we’ve had.”

6. Millennials are already one of the most charitable generations in history. In one year, three of four US millennials made a donation and seven out of ten raised money for charity. But it’s not just about money. You can also give time. I promise you, if you take an hour or two a week—that’s all it takes to give someone a hand, to help them reach their potential.”

7. “Change starts local. Even global changes start small—with people like us. In our generation, the struggle of whether we connect more, whether we achieve our biggest opportunities, comes down to this—your ability to build communities and create a world where every single person has a sense of purpose.”

Watch Zuckerberg deliver his full speech below:

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