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    Paragis: A ‘Miracle’ plant?*

    February 8th, 2018

    Paragis. Image © https://commons.wikimedia.org

    THESE days, people are talking about the new “miracle” plant, Paragis, because of its alleged benefits and power to cure various ailments, including cancer.

    Paragis used to be almost everywhere but not since its medical potential and benefits to those who suffer from minor to severe illnesses were discovered. Paragis is known by many names which include goose grass, wild grass, carabao grass and dog’s tail. Its scientific name, however, is Eleusine Indica.

    Paragis generally is a tropical plant and can usually be found in river banks and along the roads. It is actually a weed and was reportedly first used as an alternative medicine in Africa.

    The Aetas of Zambales are known to use Paragis to lower fever, against inflammation and a natural antihistamine or anti-allergy treatment. Burnt leaves of dried paragis can also be used as insect repellant.

    Nevertheless, despite its alleged many uses and absence of toxicity history, Paragis is still not recommended as an alternative medicine by the Philippine Department of Health’s (DOH) unlike guyabano which is suggested to fight cancer and tawa-tawa for dengue.

    Benefits of Paragis

    According to a number of testimonials, Paragis is a powerful diuretic and can be used to cure cystitis, urinary infections, gallstone, bladder, kidney stone, high blood pressure, spleen dysentery, heart, lung and liver problems. It can also be used in deworming.

    Moreover, Paragis leaves reportedly can be used for sprains, dislocation of bones and lumbago or discomfort in the lower back area. It is also allegedly best for coughs, flu, asthma and the common colds.

    Because of Paragis’ alleged anti-oxidant properties, it can lower the risk of growing cancer cell in the body.

    Preparation of paragis for treatment

    It is also claimed that drinking paragis tea on a daily basis can make ovarian cyst and myoma completely disappear. For arthritis, pounded Paragis leaves are supposed to be heated and mixed with scraped coconut before being applied to the affected area. Instant relief from sprain can be reportedly achieved if minced leaves are applied.

    For those with kidney problems, drinking boiled paragis leaves daily is said to be  like taking a diuretic medicine as it makes the kidney to expel excess water and salt in the body in urine form.

    The plant concentrate or decoction, which can be obtained through heating or boiling it, can also stop wound bleeding and lowers the risk of high blood pressure. It can also allegedly fight diarrhea.

    Paragis mixed with coconut oil is also said to be good against dandruff and could prevent hair loss.

    Other illnesses that can be allegedly cured by Paragis are malaria, jaundice, epilepsy, infertility in women and hemoptysis, among others.

     

    * Beyond Deadlines recommends consulting your doctor first before taking any alternative medicine.

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    No cure yet for HPV*

    February 5th, 2018

    Human Papilloma Virus. Image © http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk

    WE often hear about HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, but most of us don’t really know its meaning or origin. One thing is sure though, it’s different from the widely known and much deadlier Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes the dreaded acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS.

    HPV or the human papilloma virus belongs to a group of over 100 types of virus that infect the human skin and mucus membranes. Most people with HPV have never known they were infected and for they never develop any problem, sign or symptoms related to the infection, which usually goes away on its own.

    HPV infection is so common that it is estimated that most sexually active men and women get the infection at some point in their lives.

    However, certain types of HPVs may cause health problems in some people.

    For example, some HPV types cause genital warts and cervical cancers, while others cause typical skin warts. Fortunately, not every HPV infection results in health problems. Cancers caused by HPV typically take many years, even decades, to develop.

    Studies show that the world’s population increase and the easy, free and open access to “sex sites” make everyone, especially the youth, vulnerable to different STDs, including HPV infection. Most people are ignorant of the fact that many fatal disease, including HPV infection, could be acquired from sexual intercourse thus they continue with their sexual habits. This is why we often hear people of age carelessly say “banat lang ng banat” without thinking of the consequences of their action.

    IS HPV CONTAGIOUS?

    Yes, HPV is highly contagious.

    Don’t ignore the common warts on the skin or soles of the feet. Why? Because contact with warts may spread the HPV infection. Genital warts are also contagious. HPV can be spread from person-to-person even when the infected person does not have any signs of symptoms.

    Sufficient knowledge about this kind of disease and health issue can help all of us avoid this disease. Knowledge could teach us how to protect ourselves.

    HOW IS HPV ACQUIRED?

    HPV can easily infect a person right after the onset of sexual activity. Moreover, it was established that some cervical cancer are caused by sexually acquired infection with certain types of HPV.

    Another bad news is that HPV can be transmitted even without having a sexual intercourse. Yes, the virus can be acquired by simply doing a French kiss because it can also happen that the HPV is silently present in the mouth.

    In short, any person who has been known to be sexually active can acquire HPV as the virus is mainly transmitted through sexual contact or having vaginal, anal or even oral sex with someone who is infected with it.

    IS THERE CURE FOR HPV?

    Sad to say there is no cure yet for the HPV virus. There are however, several things one can do to help the body clear the virus and lower the chances of it persisting and eventually turning into cancer.

    Medical experts’ primary advice is to avoid smoking and to avoid oral contraceptives. They were found to be increasing the risk of HPV transmission.

    Although testing positive for the virus does not automatically mean, one will get cancer, some studies estimate that 50 percent of those infected with HPV will clear the virus within eight months while 90 percent will be cured within two years.

    It is when the immune system fails to fight off the infection that some strains of HPV can persist and probably lead to cancer. Thus it is important that we strengthen or boost our immune system.

    For women, getting regular screenings and pap tests are important for early detection. Sadly, there is no HPV test for men. But men and women can lower their risk of HPV by getting vaccinated.

    HPV ‘NATURAL’ TREATMENT

    Most cases of genital warts go away on their own. Although there is no cure for the HPV infection, doctors treat it with antiviral drugs, topical medications or minor surgery to alleviate the inconvenience it causes.

    Experts have found some “natural” cure for HPV.

    First and foremost is through dieting. Have a wart-removing diet especially those with lots of vitamin C, probiotic foods, garlic, high selenium foods, goat’s milk kefir and coconut kefir; ingestion or application of antiviral herbs to boost the immune system and inhibit viruses. Antiviral herbs can be consumed as herbal teas, infusions or herbal-infused oils.

    Another natural treatment for HPV is the use of essential oils like tea tree oil and thuja oil. For those already with genital warts, these oils are homemade wart removers.

    BEST WAYS TO PREVENT HPV

    Since there is no HPV cure, prevention is still the best option.

    Abstaining from sex is still the foremost natural way of not getting the HPV infection.

    The next best thing is to have sex with a monogamous partner and one should avoid having sex with those who have visible signs of HPV. And, although it’s not 100 percent full-proof, proper use of condom can help protect against penile, vaginal and anal HPV infection as well as other STDs.

    * If you suspect or feel that you are suffering from an HPV infection immediately consult a doctor.

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    “Kim Digong” on the way to Malacanang?*

    April 24th, 2016
    Rodrigo Duterte

    Rodrigo Duterte

    “IT’S the character, stupid”

    This is the phrase used recently by critics of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte to describe the political antics of the witty local executive from the south as election day comes nearer. It is a slight variation of US President Bill Clinton’s popular “It’s the economy, stupid.”

     Simultaneously, the same critics are now asking us, the Filipino voters, if we are ready to have a president: who is quick to shout expletives on his man Friday after failing to promptly bring his steaming hot coffee in the morning, who grins when reading about how a beautiful woman was raped, who gets out of his limousine to curse “traffic causing” motorists while he was on his way to Malacanang, who brands his own daughter a drama queen because he is in the dark about the stories publicly circulating about her, who makes fun of a person with disability, who vows to cut diplomatic relations with other countries that expressed concern about his trash talking, and who threatens to kill a person based on a suspicion that he is a criminal?

    The critics claimed that Duterte’s numerous gaffe is a prelude to the kind of presidency the country will have under his administration. They added that the Philippines could be a pariah country like North Korea if Duterte took the country’s reins come election day.

    One critic, Rocky Ducayag, said he could not help but compare “Digong” with Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s young dictator. 
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un © www.theguardian.com

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un © www.theguardian.com

    Ducayag, a former political coordinator based in Kalinga, said Duterte’s controversial pronouncements almost exactly mirror Kim’s rule in the hermit kingdom. He noted that Kim’s reign is marked with the reported killings of 120,000 prisoners, suppression of political opponents and belligerency against the world.

    Ducayag noted that Duterte’s pronouncements will lead to a kind of dictatorship practiced by Kim. Like Kim, Duterte would be unpredictable and dangerous. He wonders if we Filipinos are ready for that.

    “Are we ready for a berdugo? Are we ready for a Filipino Kim Jong-un in Malacanang?” asked Ducayag.

    Nevertheless, Duterte diehards do not care. For them he is a leader that will transform the Philippines political landscape. He is the man who will instill discipline and fear on criminals.

    *The opinion of this author is his/hers alone. It is not necessarily the views of Beyond Deadlines.

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    US protecting its interest in RP-China territorial dispute

    March 8th, 2016
    alex yanquiling

    PNP Supt. Alejandro Yanquiling

    A PHILIPPINE National Police officer said the United States is helping the Philippines in its dispute with China because it is a component strategy of its national security.

    Superintendent Alejandro “Alex” Yanquiling, Department of the Interior and Local Government coordinator of the crime prevention and response program Street Watch, made this assertion in an interview with Beyond Deadlines shortly after it was reported that China briefly occupied Quirino Atoll, a Philippine territory and traditional Filipino fishing area at the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

    He said the US’s pledge to help and extend military assistance to the Philippines in case of war against China is “all part of its national security strategy and foreign relations policy.”

    Yanquiling explained that the American strategy in dealing with a potential enemy (like China) is to build its sources of strength and influence. He asserted that this was meant to shape an international order which would allow the US to overcome the security challenges it face in the 21st century.

    A former officer of the Manila Police Department, Yanquiling has a doctorate degree in criminal justice system and a master’s degree in national security from the National Defense College of the Philippines. He also took up criminal justice education from the University of Virginia, wherein one of his subjects was international and domestic terrorism.

    The Philippines and China are locked in a dispute over some protruding rocks at the West Philippine Sea. The latter is claiming to have sovereignty over almost the entire South China Sea prompting the administration of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to ask the United Nation’s Permanent Court of Arbitration to arbitrate and settle the issue.

    Senator Ferdinand "Bong-Bong" Marcos © filipinostarnews.net

    Senator Ferdinand “Bong-Bong” Marcos
    © filipinostarnews.net

    China, which started challenging American hegemony in the Pacific,  refused to participate in the proceedings and warned that it won’t recognize the decision of the The Hague based arbitral tribunal. It insists on settling any disagreement through a bi-laterial discussion and without interference of any outside power.

    Recently, Vice Presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. asked Pres. BS Aquino to enter into a dialogue with China and use the Philippine-Indonesian Exclusive Economic Zone agreement as a guide to ease the escalating tension between our two countries. He said the government should not just rely on the decision to be handed by the United Nations Permanent Court of Arbitration.

    In my opinion, and this has been my stand ever since, we should talk to China and tell them what we want and that we are not in favor of what they are doing, and start from there. What is important is we start a dialogue,” Marcos said in a statement issued by his office.

     

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