Anika’s Heart Story – A Little Help

A ‘unity run’ organized by Team Breathe Hope along with Breathe Hope Runners to help save a toddler’s heart and give her a brighter life.

Anika, now 5 years old, is a baby girl who has a single ventricle loosely translates to having a HALF HEART. For further details, here is her medical condition:

The 2d echo showed that she had a Single Ventricle defect (basically half a heart), a rare type of CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) with other heart defects such as:

Single Ventricle – A complex heart defect that results in one of the heart’s pumping chambers (ventricles) being underdeveloped.

Dextrocardia – is a congenital defect in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body; a otherwise harmless condition. Or refers to the heart being a mirror image situated on the right side.

Pulmonary Valve Atresia –She has a small pulmonary artery. Blood can’t flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and on to the lungs so low-oxygen (bluish) blood mixes with the oxygen-rich (red) blood in the left atrium.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) – also known as a “hole in the heart”. Is a congenital heart defect in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers (atria) does not close completely.”

With this, we organized a unity run for Anika’s heart. A fee of 200 will bring BIG changes in her life. Lending a hand couldn’t be this fulfilling! :D

If you want to help her live a better life, come & run for her!

A little run can make a difference – KK2012


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Anika’s Fan Page

This is the story of Anika’s journey with CHD.

Anika is our Heart Baby. She was born on April 17, 2007.

She was so perfect. She was the most beautiful little baby I had ever seen. Anika grew up as a happy and healthy child until she was 8 months old when her pediatrician heard a heart murmur. We got scared but he told us that this diagnosis is actually extremely common. Sometimes these extra sounds are simply the sound of normal blood flow moving through a normal heart. Other times, a murmur may be a sign of a heart problem. After a month, the heart murmur was still present so he advised us to consult a pediatric cardiologist. We immediately consulted a pediatric cardiologist and an Echocardiogram (2d echo) was done. She referred us to the Philippine Heart Center for further diagnosis and treatment.

The 2d echo showed that she had a Single Ventricle defect (basically half a heart), a rare type of CHD (Congenital Heart Defect) with other heart defects such as:

Single Ventricle – A complex heart defect that results in one of the heart’s pumping chambers (ventricles) being underdeveloped.

Dextrocardia – is a congenital defect in which the heart is situated on the right side of the body; a otherwise harmless condition. Or refers to the heart being a mirror image situated on the right side.

Pulmonary Valve Atresia –She has a small pulmonary artery. Blood can’t flow from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and on to the lungs so low-oxygen (bluish) blood mixes with the oxygen-rich (red) blood in the left atrium.

Atrial Septal Defect (ASD) – also known as a “hole in the heart”. Is a congenital heart defect in which the wall that separates the upper heart chambers (atria) does not close completely.

Thus began our journey to the world of CHD. I will NEVER forget the day we found out about her broken heart. She was almost perfect. I never knew there were heart defects until I had a baby with one. Her case is rare and it happens 1 in 100,000 births. A lot of moms have healthy kids but why me? and why Anika? I have always asked that question. Her dad and I had so many plans for when she came to this world but it turned out to be so many twists and turns of fate.

We had regular check ups at the Philippine Heart Center where several tests such as blood tests, chest x-ray, Electrocardiography (ekg) and Echocardiogram (2d echo) were frequently done. During a case presentation last December 2009, the doctors have told us that her heart defect is rare and inoperable in the Philippines and we should be prepared. They are not sure if they can offer surgery. The surgery Anika needs is most performed in the United States. However, they told us that there is a Japanese surgeon who travels to the Philippines once a year to perform surgery for complex cases. But we still have to wait in line and the surgeon performs only 5 surgeries in a year. In order to find out if she can be a candidate for surgery, she needs to undergo a Cardiac Catheterization and CT Angio Scan. As a patient from the social service division, we have to wait in line to be given a schedule. We patiently waited for almost a year but we were not given a schedule and we did not hear about the Japanese surgeon’s visit at all. I feel sad that they are giving false hopes to the hundreds of children who have different struggles and find ways to travel from the province just to keep up with the check-ups and waiting in line starting at 5am to show that they are still alive, hoping they can have surgery just like my little girl. My heart goes out to these kids and their family.

Since Anika’s case needs immediate attention, we transferred her as a private patient and the Cardiac Catheterization was scheduled. A Cardiac Catheterization is a procedure wherein a catheter is inserted into a chamber or vessel of the heart. A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, doctors can check blood flow in the arteries, blood flow and blood pressure in the chambers of the heart, find out how well the heart valves work, and check for defects in the way the wall of the heart moves. Results from cardiac catheterization help determine whether treatment or surgery or may be effective.

On January 14, 2011, we were admitted at the PHC for the Cardiac Catheterization. Prior to the procedure, she underwent Phlebotomy because the CBC showed that her hematocrit is high, meaning she has excessive numbers of red blood cells. Phlebotomy is a procedure in which blood is taken from a vein.

The Cardiac Catherization took almost 3 hours and when they got her out, she was placed on a heart monitor until completely awake. They frequently checked vital signs (temperature, pulse, breathing, blood pressure), circulation, the heart monitor, and the pressure bandage placed over the cath insertion site. Thanks to the doctors for taking good care of Anika. The catheterization confirmed that her pulmonary arteries are small. The good news is that surgery is possible. However, in order for Anika to survive, she will need 2 surgeries:

Glenn Shunt & Pulmonary Reconstruction– Before the bidirectional Glenn shunt can be performed, her pulmonary artery needs to be enlarged. The goal of the Glenn Shunt is to bypass cardiac circulation and allow some blood to get to the lungs for oxygenation, without overworking a weakened or tiny ventricle. This is achieved by taking the superior vena cava, which is returning blood to the heart for transit to the lungs, and hooking it directly to the pulmonary veins. Such a move creates passive bloodflow to the lungs, completely bypassing the heart.

Fontan Procedure – A Fontan procedure is a palliative medical operation in which the right atrium of the heart is attached directly to the pulmonary artery, bypassing the right ventricle. The Fontan procedure allows blood to travel passively from the atrium into the pulmonary artery, which takes blood to the lungs to get re-oxygenated, instead of passing into the right ventricle, where it is pumped into the pulmonary artery.
We are trying to prepare ourselves for these surgeries. There are no words to explain how we feel. Although her heart will never be perfect, she can survive.

For the first surgery, we need to raise PHP 450,000. She needs the first surgery soon as possible. But at this point we really do not know how to have all the money that is necessary. We are hoping that the spreading her story through the internet will help our daughter survive. I know somewhere out there, there are people who want to help. Please help us in raising the funds to help her get her surgery.

We have some heart items for sale. These are items that we have made by our own hands. If you wish to buy, the proceeds will help finance Anika’s surgery. If you would like to make a donation, please visit donate.

I am reaching out to the world because my daughter means a lot to me. Anika is truly a miracle baby. There are no words to describe how strong this little girl is. She is a sweet, happy, loving and smart child. When she was diagnosed, we were told that there’s no guarantee for survival but she is still here with us even without the surgeries so we will fight for her no matter what.

I always tell Anika that I will give her much of life as I can. I want to do it so bad but I need all your help to give me a chance to do it. Please help me save my daughter. She is only three years old and could dream of only small things. She is too young to imagine all the struggles that await her. The world is too rich to take this child’s dream. I am knocking to your hearts to help us in this endeavor. To those who want to help, thank you so much on behalf of our entire family.

Please help us pray for Anika. Thank you to our families and friends who stand beside us. Special thanks to Dr. Nancy and Dr. Dorotan for trying so hard to help us.

If you would like to send a donation, you may deposit your cash donations to:

Banco De Oro (BDO)
Account Name: Anika N. Arjona
Savings Account Number: 0281005540
Branch: BDO SM Megamall B

Globe Gcash: 0906-9343359

You can also send PayPal donations by clicking the “Donate”

Let us know if you have made a donation so that we can acknowledge your gift. Please email us at

Thank you all for supporting our worthy cause because every child deserves a better life.

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Hannah’s Concert for a Cause

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A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Kindly Help Baby John Michael Arones……

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We are calling for financial donations to BABY JOHN MICHAEL ARONES for his medical examination expenses at Davao Medical Center.

Baby John Michael Arones was born on September 27, 2011 at Andres Soriano Memorial Hospital Cooperative, Cumawas, Bislig City. He was the seventh child of Mr. Eugene Arones and Doris Arones, living at P-11 Core Shelter, Poblacion, Bislig City.

His father Eugene Arones was a warik warik vendor (vending fish on the sidewalk at the Mangagoy Public Market earning just P150-P200/day only) could not possibly think how to generate thousands of money to spend for the entire medical expenses of his son. He could not even fully support his other six children for their basic needs moreover to specially attend Baby John Michael’s daily supplement for food and medicines. While his mother, Doris together with his aunt managed to struggle for more than a month of sleepless night to care for him.

Baby John Michael was diagnosed to have congenital defect called “ANENCEPHALLY; MULTIPLE CONGENITAL MALFORMATION”. His attending Physician Dr. Rowena Dimaano expected him to survive for only a week after his birth but for an unexplained reason, he manage to struggle for his life up to the present.

We are appealing to every one of us, in our most humble way to help us generate an ample amount of money to be used for medical examination expenses for Baby Michael. The City Government under the leadership of Hon. Librado C. Navarro has already extended financial support for his medication, but this amount cannot pay all his laboratory examination.

Please contact our office for your donations:


ORBELE A. CARMEN, CDRRM Officer – +639391316674

YOUREALLY-LOVE SANGO, Assistance In-charge – +639293183361


CDRRM Officer

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Help Save Baby Liam

Admin-Mike] For those who were with us in support of Liam, we bear witness to the amazing blessings that sent baby Liam, from near death to good health.

We also saw the power of social media that in just FIVE MONTHS of ONLINE BAYANIHAN of foreigners and Filipinos all over the world, enough funds were raised for the discharge of Liam last August 19, 2011.

In just over a year’s time, we will again bear witness how Liam’s first year of existence has paved the way for a better possibility for Mark’s liver transplant.

TONIGHT, AUGUST 29, watch “Ako ang Simula” at 9:45pm at DzMM Teleradyo and at 11:45pm at ABS-CBN. Meet the babies that Definitely Filipino has championed.

Definitely Filipino does not believe in dole outs, what we believe in is planting seeds of hope and kindness in fertile ground.

To see this seed grow and bear fruit in the replication of the bayanihan spirit is Definitely Filipino’s patriotic fulfillment.

Please visit to know how you can help in giving Mark his new liver.



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Siguro kung makakapagsasalita si Baby Liam, isa ito sa mga unang sasabihin niya:

“Psstt..duwag lang ang sumusuko!”

Hindi ko akalain na ang bagong silang na sanggol na dumaan sa sakit na severe pnuemonia at …sepsis at nilagyan pa ng tubo sa kanyang mura at maliliit na lalagukan (trachea) ay ang sanggol na malugod na tinitigan ng aking mga mata. Sa edad na tatlong buwan, hindi siya nagpatalo sa unos ng buhay at hindi din nagpadala ang kanyang ina sa kakulangang pinasyal. Wala sa kanilang pamilya ang nawalan ng pag-asa at naghintay lang ng awa.

Mga simpleng tao, mga payak na buhay na pilit gumawa ng paraan maski manipis at maiksi ang pising pinagkakapitan. Hindi naman sila nabigo.

Tunay, na nasa Diyos ang awa, nasa tao ang gawa.

Sa simpleng ligaw na post sa Facebook nagmula ang madaming tugon.
Nasa abroad man o nasa Pilipinas, walang nagdamot at madami ang malugod na nag-alay ng panahon, dasal, tulong pinansyal at serbisyo.
Madami ang mga hindi pa nagkikita at sa Facebook lang nagkakilala.
Sadyang mahiwaga nga naman ang buhay ng tao.

Eto ngayon ang sanggol na si Liam sa bisig ng kanyang ina.
Bilog, masigla ang mga mata at talaga naman nakakatuwang makita.
Napakalayo sa sanggol na nasa incubator na itinakda kong masilayan, mahigit isang buwan lang ang nakaraan. Payat, malamlam ang mga mata at naka-oxygen at swero pa.

Hindi naman ako magtataka kung saan nakuha ni Liam ang kanyang angking katapangan.Si Lola ay isang bagong bayani na nasa Hong Kong, na pilit nilalabanan ang pangungulila para lang sa kinabukasan ng kanyang pamilya. Si Nanay maski bata pa at nag-iisa sa pagtaguyod ng kanilang kinabukasan, isinulong ang kapakanan ng kanyang anak gamit ang angking talino at lakas ng batas.

Mula sa bagong sibol na buhay, madami ang nagkusa.
Pwede naman magpatalo at sumuko.
Pwede naman di pansinin.
Pero taliwas ang nangyari.

Bakit magpapadala sa hirap ng buhay kung may paraan?
Bakit tatalikuran ang mga taong, bukas matang lumalaban?
Bakit susuko kung kakayanin naman?

Ang daming magagandang intensyon at plano para sa batang ito, madalas gusto namin sadyain pero mas mabuting umayon at sumalimbay sa nais ng Diyos. Sabi nga, kung ukol, bubukol at eto na nga.

Sa tulong ng isang abugadong ayaw magpapakilala, nakaluwas ang mag-ina sa Maynila at nakadulog sa PCSO para sa tulong pinansyal at pangkalusugan.

Sa tulong ng Fund Allocation Fund Manager na si Mr. Ruben Magno ng PCSO, makakapagpakonsulta si Liam sa Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC). Nakatakda na ang medical work out (X-rays, EENT, EEG at BAER tests) ni Liam sa unang linggo ng Setyembre. Ito ay kailangan upang masigurado ang kanyang kalusugan, lumaking siyang normal at maliksi.

Kasama po ang pamilya ni Baby Liam, kami po ay lubos na nagpapasalamat kay

Dr. Cristan Cabanilla na unang tumingin kay Liam sa Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC),
kay Dra Bambi Gesite na magiging Pedia-Optha ni Liam,
kay Dr. Norman Fajardo at lalong lalo na kay Dra. Myrna Cruz na tutulong sa mga ilang gamot na kakailanganin.
At kay Dra. Amparo Agrava, Pedia-Neuro na sinisiguro na masasa-ayos lahat para lumaking normal na bata si Liam. Damay na natin dito ang mga assistants na mga duktor na gumagabay sa mag-ina habang sila nasa PCMC.

Sa mga estudayante ng UP Law School na umako ng tutuluyan ng mag-ina habang nasa Maynila.

Sa lahat po nang nagpadala ng tulong pinansyal para mabuno ng pamilya ni Liam ang kulang kulang sa PhP 500,000.00 na bayarin sa hospital at sa lahat ng mga nagdasal para kay Liam,

Patuloy pa din po kaming dumudulog ng inyong dasal at tulong para sa lubusang pagsulong ng buhay ni Liam.

Sana po ay maging ka-isa namin kayo sa Piso mula sa Puso. Ang piso ay malaking halaga kapag lahat tayo magkaka-isa sa pagtaguyod ng isang bagong sibol na buhay.

Ipadala lang po sa ina ni Liam sa pamamagitan ng:

Money transfer (e.g. • Western Union • LBC • Cebuana • GCash)

• Acct details:
Address: 148, 3rd Ave., Bernardo Dist., Cabanatuan City
Contact No.: +63906 344 9801

O sa pamamagitan ng BDO ACCOUNT
Savings Acct. No. : 005720137379

Madaming may problema, madaming mahihirap pero kung may magagawa tayo para sa 1 tao o para sa 1 komunidad, bakit di natin gawin. Sandali lang ang buhay na ipinagkaloob sa atin, ang sarap mabuhay na alam natin nabigyan natin ito ng saysay.

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Silent Angels by Kcat Yarza

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MANILA, Philippines — Girls like Julia are called ‘silent angels’ because they cannot speak. These angels need us.

Julia Roman was born on December 21, 2000, and like all newborns, she was a perfectly healthy and beautiful baby. But on her seventh month, things started to change.

Julia’s muscles started to weaken, making it difficult for her to remain seated for a long time. She threw up after every feeding. Her parents took her to a developmental pediatrician and she was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay.

Visits to numerous specialists and therapy clinics began. Julia did not develop age-appropriate gross and language skills. At one year old, when most babies started walking, Julia had not yet even learned how to crawl, and it took her a long time to roll over.

She never cried like most babies and toddlers do. She also lost purposeful use of her hands and stopped playing with the toys she used to love.

Julia’s condition brought her family increasing anxiety and sleepless nights while waiting for the test results of her MRI, Metabolic and Organic Acid Screenings, Chromosomal Analysis, EEEEG, ECG, Hearing Tests, Thyroid Screening, X-rays, and Drug Assays. Julia underwent almost every medical test, but all results came back normal.

At age two, Julia experienced her first non-febrile seizure. Two months later, her mother Pam noticed that Julia was wringing her hands together, and was tapping her mouth over and over again in the same manner.

She also patted her mouth with her left hand, while her right hand patted her chest. Her two hands moved quickly and repetitively — a distinguishing symptom of Rett Syndrome (RTT ). She was exactly two years and six months old then.


Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder common in young girls that causes a sudden and permanent decline in mental capabilities.

Julia’s condition defies reason and brings confusion and sadness. For three straight days, Pam just cried and and stayed awake at night, wondering how to make it go away and ‘fix’ her daughter. “I wondered what I did to make it happen,” Pam recalls.

But she knew she must remain strong for Julia. “I searched for answers, begged for a cure, and tried everything I could. I desperately needed to fix it all. But when it all wouldn’t fix, I realized that I had to do it myself”, Pam continues.

Somehow, the diagnosis brought relief to them in the form of answers to some questions, but it didn’t answer them all. Pam devoured each and Pevery available material and learned everything she could about RTT .

She knew the specialists in the field, the hospitals, the drugs, and the tests that need to be done. She learned how to be a “special mom” and took care of her child with special needs; but it did not come easily. Julia was dependent on her on every aspect of daily living — feeding, bathing, brushing, changing of diapers, clothes, etc.

Hurt after hurt, challenge after challenge, and crisis after crisis, Pam faced them all. She later realized that RTTTT is not the worst thing that could happen to a family, and that no family is immune to pain and disease.

Pam shares, “We found joy where others might not even notice. We found times to laugh when others couldn’t even find a smile. We learned patience for her many needs and appreciation for her many gifts. She is everything I hoped for in a daughter. She is love in a sense I have never known.”

Julia may never have uttered the words, “I love you”, but with her beautiful, all-knowing eyes, she speaks these words everyday. She gives her mom, dad, brother and sister those looks that seem to scream out: “Oh, I love you so much!”


Because of the lack of knowledge in the country about RTTTT, there are probably hundreds of girls who are still undiagnosed or misdiagnosed (usually with autism or cerebral palsy) without knowing that it is Rett Syndrome.

Here are some symptoms of Rett Syndrome:

• A girl with RTT is usually born healthy and shows a period of apparently normal or near normal development until 6-18 months.

• Intellectual development appears to be severely delayed, but true intelligence is difficult to measure.

• Her social development appears normal, and she may begin to use and understand language. Sometime between one and two years old, she experiences a regression of these skills.

• She loses the ability to pick up and hold things in her hands or to use her hands functionally

• She stops responding to the spoken word and stops using the few single words she has learned.

• When she is upset or scared, her body may tremble or shake.

• If she can walk, her legs are stiff and wide apart. She may walk on her toes. Other girls lose the ability to walk.

• Purposeful hand use is replaced by stereotypic hand movements such as hand clasping, clapping, hand-to-mouth movements or what has become the hallmark of Rett Syndrome, hand wringing.

• She may breathe differently, either holding her breath (apnea) or huffing and puffing (hyperventilation).

• Seizures and Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) are common

Girls like Julia are called “Silent Angels” because they cannot speak. These angels need us. October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. Let us lend them our voices. Let us be informed and help spread awareness of this rare disease.

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Shirts Against Cancer by Kanser Waryor

Hello everyone. The brachytherapy for the tumor in my nose will start soon and the cobalt therapy for my neck will start next week in Rizal Medical Center care of Dr. Efren Madrid. Instead of just asking money from you, I’ve decided to sell these shirts to raise funds for my treatment. I and my family have been fighting this disease since 2009 and our resources are already depleted. You can also help through donation, but buying these shirts will really be a great help to me and my family. Thank you so much. God bless. :)

Each shirt costs 300php. The sizes are unisex (TS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL) —> the sizes are similar to the sizes of Blue Corner shirts. To order, just text me @ 09325901818 or 09103636336 or just send me a message here in Facebook. The deadline of orders and payments will be on October 30, 2011. The shirts will be released on the 2nd week of November 2011 (around November 7).

There are several ways of claiming your shirts:
-To those who live in GMA, Cavite: just go to my house ;-)
-To those who live in Carmona: we can meet up at Waltermart
-To those who live in Biñan: we can meet up somewhere near OP
-To those who live near UPD or inside UPD: we can we can set a schedule for buyers to claim the shirts somewhere in UPD
-To those who live in Metro Manila: we can meet up in Alabang (Starmall) or we can also set a schedule for buyers to claim the shirts in Glorietta or Megamall

Shirts can also be sent via LBC. (See last picture in this album to see the cost estimate of the shipping and handling fee.)

You can send your payments through my BPI bank account or you can give it to me in person. Details can be discussed when you send me a PM or SMS. :)

P.S. Thanks to Charles Dy para sa design ng shirts. :)

Just send me a message here in Facebook

Just text me @ 09325901818 or 09103636336

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Bakit maraming mayroong kanser sa ating panahon?

Food Inc.

Nagtataka ka ba kung bakit maraming mayroong me Kanser sa ating henerasyon? Bakit maraming mataba? Bakit maraming hindi healthy? Bakit maraming nagkakasakit ngayon? Bata, matanda…. Nung panahon ng ating mga lolo’t lola iilan lang ang mga nagkakasakit, Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm? Pero kung iispin mo ano nga ba talaga ang mga dahilan?


isa sa dahilan ay ang ating mga kinakain….. Bakit? Halos lahat ng kinakain natin ngayon ay process food at me mga sangkap na di natin alam kung ano? saan? at paano? ito ginawa.

Ilan sa mga dahilan……

Hot dogs: The Cancer Prevention Coalition recommends that children should not eat more than 12 hot dogs per month because of the risk of cancer. If you must have your hot dog fix, look for those without sodium nitrite listed among the ingredients.

Processed meats and bacon: These meats almost always contain the same sodium nitrite found in hot dogs. You can find some without nitrites, but you’ll have to look for them in natural grocers or health food stores. Bacon is also high in saturated fat, which contributes to the risk of cancers, including breast cancer. Limiting your consumption of processed meats and saturated fats also benefits the heart.

Doughnuts: Doughnuts contain hydrogenated oils, white flour, sugar, and acrylamides. Essentially, they’re one of the worst cancer foods you can possibly eat. Reader’s Digest calls doughnuts “disastrous” as a breakfast food, and many experts agree it’s probably one of the worst ways to start the day.

French fries: Fries are made with hydrogenated oil and fried at high temperatures. Some chains even add sugar to their fry recipe to make them even more irresistible. Not only do they clog your arteries with saturated fat and trans fat, they also contain acrylamides. They should be called “cancer fries,” not French fries.

Chips / crackers / cookies: These generally contain white flour and sugar as well as trans fats, but it’s not enough to simply look for these ingredients on the label; you have to actually “decode” the ingredients list that food manufacturers use to deceive consumers. They do this by hiding ingredients (such as hiding MSG in yeast extract, or by fiddling with serving sizes so they can claim the food is trans fat free, even when it contains trans fats (the new Girl Scout cookies use this trick)

Mga sangkap sa ating kinakain na masamang nakakaepekto sa ating katawan

High-fructose corn syrup

(NaturalNews) Corn sugar? It’s high-fructose corn syrup by any other name, and it’s dangerous. What sweeteners are safe? What’s not? You may be surprised at the latest research.

Last September, manufacturers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) asked the federal government for permission to sweeten its image with a new name: “corn sugar.” Their TV ads say, “Your body can’t tell the difference between corn sugar and cane sugar.” A popular website, Sweet Scam (, purports to clear up the confusion, while condemning “activist groups like the Weston A. Price Foundation, Joseph Mercola, and the Naturopathy Movement, which have perpetuated unfounded myths about sweeteners [and] completely ignore the scientific and nutritional evidence to backup [sic] their outlandish claims.”

What is Aspartame?

Formaldehyde Poisoning from Aspartame

Aspartame ( Nutrasweet )

In 1997 there was an increase in aspartame users reporting severe toxicity reactions and damage such as seizures, eye damage and vision loss, confusion, severe migraines, tremors, depression, anxiety attacks, insomnia, etc. In the same years, Ralph Walton, MD, Chairman, The Center for Behavioral Medicine showed that the only studies which didn’t find problems with aspartame where those funded by the manufacturer (Monsanto). Given the agreement amongst independent scientists about the toxicity of aspartame, the only question was whether the formaldehyde exposure from aspartame caused the toxicity. That question has now been largely answered because of research in the late 1990s.

The following facts shown by recent scientific research: 1. Aspartame (nutrasweet) breaks down into methanol (wood alcohol). 2. Methanol quickly converts to formadehyde in the body. 3. Formaldehyde causes gradual and eventually severe damage to the neurological system, immune system and causes permanent genetic damage at extremely low doses. 4. Methanol from alcoholic beverages and from fruit and juices does not convert to formaldehyde and cause damage because there are protective chemicals in these traditionally ingested beverages. 5. The most recent independent research in Europe demonstrates that ingestion of small amounts of aspartame leads to the accumulation of significant levels of formaldehyde (bound to protein) in organs (liver, kidneys, brain) and tissues. 6. Excitotoxic amino acids such as the one which is immediately released from aspartame likely increases the damage caused by the formaldehyde.

(NaturalNews) In response to growing awareness about the dangers of artificial sweeteners, what does the manufacturer of one of the world’s most notable artificial sweeteners do? Why, rename it and begin marketing it as natural, of course. This is precisely the strategy of Ajinomoto, maker of aspartame, which hopes to pull the wool over the eyes of the public with its rebranded version of aspartame, called “AminoSweet”.

Aspartame has been renamed and is now being marketed as a natural sweetener

Artificial Sweeteners. The link: Calorie watchers scored a win when diet sodas were introduced in the early 1950s. Then lab studies suggested that the sweetener cyclamate caused bladder cancer in rats, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned its use. Then saccharin, the replacement of choice, was also shown to cause tumors in rats. Although saccharin was never banned, all products containing the sweetener were required to carry a cancer warning on their packaging.

So, what is an excitotoxin?

These are substances, usually amino acids, that react with specialized receptors in the brain in such a way as to lead to destruction of certain types of brain cells.

An enormous amount of both clinical and experimental evidence has accumulated over the past decade supporting this basic premise. Yet, the FDA still refuses to recognize the immediate and long term danger to the public caused by the practice of allowing various excitotoxins to be added to the food supply, such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal — the blue packets).

Has the FDA repeated the aspartame approval process for sucralose, allowing a product with proven carcinogens to flood our food supply? Only time will tell, as it has with aspartame. Yet at the cost of human lives.

Aspartame, the main ingredient in Equal and NutraSweet. Almost all of the independent research into aspartame found dangerous side effects in rodents. The FDA chose not to take these findings into account when it approved aspartame for public use. Over the course of 15 years, those same side effects increasingly appeared in humans. Not in everyone, of course — but in those who were vulnerable to the chemical structure of aspartame.

Aspartame consumption strongly associated with migraines and seizures (Most all people they found that get migraines have low magnesium)

the phenylalanine in aspartame could conceiveably mediate neurologic effects. If mice are given aspartame in doses that elevate plasma phenylalanine levels more than those of tyrosine (which probably occurs after any aspartame dose in humans), the frequency of seizures following the administration of an epileptogenic drug, pentylenetetrazole, is enhanced. This effect is simulated by equimolar phenylalanine and blocked by concurrent administration of valine, which blocks phenylalanine’s entry into the brain. Aspartame also potentiates the induction of seizures by inhaled fluorothyl or by electroconvulsive shock. Perhaps regulations concerning the sale of food additives should be modified to require the reporting of adverse reactions and the continuing conduct of mandated safety research.

75% of complaints to the FDA is From Aspartame.

The Dangers of MSG

In this eye-opening interview, you’ll learn:
How MSG and aspartame are related to cancer, obesity, neurodegenerative diseases, and metabolic disorders.
How food companies hide MSG on food labels by using a “secret code” of innocent-sounding ingredients.
Why kids eating Splenda may end up with suppressed immune systems.
How the manufacturers of artificial sweeteners enforce scientific censorship on the dangers of their products.
The real reason why the American Diabetes Association won’t speak out against aspartame.
Why yeast extract is more dangerous than monosodium glutamate.
The hidden link between soy and dementia.
Why many foods labeled “all natural” aren’t healthy — or natural!
How you can slow MSG and glutamate absorption using nutrients and herbs.
How aspartame both causes and accelerates cancer.
Why the pharmaceutical industry needs MSG to help create more patients.


Yes Jack In The Box has MSG

Menu items that contain MSG (in various forms):

Bacon Ranch Dressing
Barbecue Dipping Sauce
Beef Regular Taco
Buttermilk House Dipping Sauce
Chicken Fajita Patty
Grilled Chicken Fillet
Homestyle Chicken Fillet/Mini Homestyle Fillet
Chicken Patty
Spicy Chicken Breast Fillet
Chicken Strips Grilled
Creamy Ranch Sauce
Creamy Southwest Dressing
The Spicy Chicken Sandwich has MSG
Croutons Gourmet Seasoned
Egg Rolls
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
Hot Taco Sauce
Lite Ranch Dressing
Ranch Dressing
Sausage Patty
Seasoned Curly Fries
Sirloin Beef Patty/Mini Sirloin Beef Patty
Soy Sauce
Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
Taco Sauce
Teriyaki Dipping Sauce
Teriyaki Sauce

12 Food Additives to Avoid

Maging mapanuri sa ating mga kinakain – KK2011

Cancer Awareness by Stef dela Cruz

Stef dela Cruz ask me a small favor to post this……. :-)

We need not be superheroes to make a difference. As bloggers, we have one weapon that we can wield: our capacity to spread the word. It is through the humble posts found in our blogs that we can help promote awareness and increase public knowledge.

I would then like to invite all bloggers to participate in “Charity Blogging for Cancer Awareness”. Through this event, we can help increase cancer awareness. In addition, for every 10 blogs that join this affair, I will donate one Prosure formula to CanShare, a support group for cancer warriors and survivors. To join, follow the mechanics below:

Write a blog post of 300 words on cancer. The goal is to increase cancer awareness, so writing useful information on cancer detection and prevention are ideal.
Link to this URL: and inform your readers about Charity Blogging for Cancer Awareness.
Mention in your blog post that a whole-day event for cancer patients and survivors is to be held this December. The event will include contests, freebies, inspirational talks, and performances. Donations are accepted and may be forwarded via PayPal to doc_alma_jones (at) yahoo (dot) com.
Using the comment form below, post the URL of your blog entry.
For every ten blog entries, CanShare receives one Prosure package. (Prosure is a nutrition formula that helps manage weight loss due to cancer.)
Deadline of entries: September 30, 2011, 5 p.m. (Extended to October 30, 2011, 5 p.m.)
Unlike other blogging events, you don’t get to win freebies and cash prizes for this one. But you get to use your power as a blogger to help spread the word about cancer. Let’s fight the battle against cancer – God knows our brave cancer warriors and health professionals need all the help they can get.

If you’re not a blogger, help spread the word by tweeting or posting on your Facebook wall about this blogging event!

To donate to this cause, you may forward your donations via PayPal to doc_alma_jones (at) yahoo (dot) com. Proceeds will be used for a whole-day event for cancer patients, which I am planning to organize for December. (If the event doesn’t push through, I’ll donate the money to CanShare.)

Kindly visit her blog post about Blogging For Cancer Awareness

A little help can make a difference – KK2011

Blogging For Cancer Awareness – Share lang ng Share

Story of 10 yr old boy…..

Life is like a journey when someone travels in different directions; some to the left, to the right, forward and sometimes backwards. In this trek of life you witness a lot of things, meet many people and relish every experience. All these are part of one’s journey which enables one to grow as a person. In my journey of life, I have many experiences, memories to treasure and witnessed several events whether significant or not.

For 29 years, this journey can be described as typical almost inconsequential. Probably the same dreams and aspirations of the common man. There are things which I had always wanted to do that have been done by others and while some are still to be relished. I pleasure myself in listening to others and sharing my insights as well. I rub elbows with strangers and all kinds of people at leisure and would not mind a clash of opinions too. I would like to tell my story not because I seek pity or elicit some sympathy but just to impart myself to others and not expect a response. Maybe whatever I share with that person can be of use to him, if not now but maybe in the future. I believe that all souls are linked in this universe and an action will always evoke a reaction whether significant or inapparent. Whether you are young or old, rich or poor, black or white, brown or red, abled or differently abled, nature or humanity everyone and everything are related in this complex cosmos intertwined intricately and decisively.

me_before the operations

A lot of people are aware of the malady of cancer, previously feared since it can be contagious and be condemned to a nontreatable disease. I understand their misconceptions since ignorance can be a source of fear itself. They dread that it is a futile battle against an invincible illness that reduces your body until its weak to that point where you take your last breath.

I am lucky because I was born in this age with the present technology and medications capable of subduing this disease. I will not be helpless and await my final resting place to swallow my being.

I was 10 years old when medics discovered that I had the dreaded C. It was thyroid cancer. I had to shuffle back and forth in hospitals ever since I was born. I was initially misdiagnosed for another illness. They said it was pulmonary tuberculosis something endemic in the Philippines where every 7 of 10 Filipinos have the disease but I had to be The Exception. I was spared from the tuberculosis but only after months of futile treatment. Then the physicians learned they were dealing with something else, it was then that my parents decided to take a second opinion. I went through three doctors and a battery of diagnostic tests, before they realized the true nature of my malady. They knew I had cancer, but could not understand why a 10 year old would have this disease. This usually affects older people around 40-50 years old. I had to undergo two major operations which lasted cumulatively for almost 12 hours. My parents feared the worst thinking I had expired. They were not expecting that the operations would take that long.

Despite the wait, the operation was hailed as a success. What I underwent was a subtotal thyroidectomy which eventually removed almost all my thyroid glands including a large portion of the cancer.

Despite the success, I still had to undergo radioactive therapy in order to eliminate the remaining cancer cells which were not removed during the surgery. I learned that the cancer had started to spread to my lungs according to my doctor.

my operation02

During those times, I was not fully aware of the gravity of my health situation. However, my frequent visit to the hospital for various treatments heightened my concerns. I never dared to ask any questions and allowed them to proceed, with whatever they had to do which they claimed should make me well. I admit I felt I was left in the dark with regards to the course of my disease and the treatment plan they had in mind.

I was oblivious to what was going on since I was a child. I had probably preoccupied myself in playing, running then falling down. Sometimes I would quarrel with my playmates during those times. I also played basketball while I was growing up. All these provided an avenue to distract myself, from the health menace I was facing.

When I was 12 years old, I continued with my radioactive therapy and I began to feel different mixed emotions of fear, loneliness and uncertainty, not because I was ill but because I had to be isolated alone in a room. Such quarantine was necessary to prevent other people from getting exposed to the radiation. I felt like I was in jail since I have lost my freedom to go out or even to see and talk with my family and friends. Only the doctor and the nurse were my constant companions and they had to wear protective suits that protected them from the radiation. It was like I was a dangerous illness that had to be blocked from other people to keep them from being contaminated.

I had to endure this for seven days until my radiation levels were safe for others to interact with me. Such concealment only heightened my concerns, since the length of time appeared to correlate with the bigger doses of radiation. During my first night, I can only feel solitude as I began to relish any noise from the outside creeping into my room. The four walls of my room appeared to enclose upon me, and the skyscrapers seen from the outside through my window, appeared to stretch further out only to seclude me further. I yearned for any auditory clues that would signify the existence of the outside world. At that point, I knew the meaning of loneliness. It was not being in your solitude inside a confined space but that of a yearning to get out but unable to do so. I had no one to see or even speak with someone that I did not understand at my age, but was compelled to do so. My intent was only to get well so I would not have to endure the same feelings of loneliness once more.

radio active isotopes

To alleviate my lonesome, I found a piece of paper and a pen and decided to write or doodle anything whatever was happening inside me. In this emotional state, I was able to compose my first poetic creation that became my first companion that endured me through my subsequent visits to the hospital whenever I felt lonely and when I had no one to speak with. I learned to express myself and release what was inside of me through different media.

I expressed myself through art and when even I was in my solace I found a means of release. This helps me a lot because I can express myself in the medium that can best reflect my inner thoughts and feelings.

When I was 18 years old, it was only then that I found out, since I was the one going by myself to the doctor. He explained to me the situation and I had the opportunity to ask some questions since I was not inquisitive about my condition previously. My real condition was never communicated to me by my family and friends probably to protect me from being fearful about my illness and allow me to live a normal childhood. I was engulfed in melancholy but it would be replaced by a sense of clarity of the situation that had eluded me through all this years. This sense of clarity of the nature of my illness had enabled me to be more aware of things.

I tried to reflect on what I experienced and what’s in store for my future. I tried to look at myself and my condition. It may be painful or difficult to accept what has become of me. Most of the people I know attribute this as the Will of God. However, for me is part of the circle of life. It is the nature of the flow of life which I have to face, accept and fight for. I tried to remove it from my mind and tried to avoid from sinking into my heart that my Creator is responsible for my illness. I realize that I am still luckier than most people, not because I’m ill, but because I can see the void of hope which can separate me from the light if I am weak in faith. I was given the chance and the right to choose the option to seek treatment for my illness, while others have none. The acceptance of my family and my friends, the way they made it possible to continue through life without stopping, for giving me guidance through the darkest moments of my life. They have given me the light to see where I am and where I’m going.

my operation01

This is why I was able to live a normal life and not in self-pity. After 19 years, I have learned so many things not just what happened to me but including those that surround me. Now, I try to give value to anything whether they are big or small. I understand now that time is too short and that too many people disregard this. What they do not know is that their disregard can lead to a greater regrets in the end. Such misfortune is irreversible and you can not do anything to get this back. My illness served to be the key of awakening my consciousness which was asleep. It continues to explore, discover, understand and impart this to my surroundings. The process of my growth had continued and I know that I will endure several more failures, commit more faults, mistakes to correct, accidents and sufferings that will happen. However, I will strive to give a broad perspective in my mind so I can fill the void slowly.

My enemy is still here and I am not afraid of it and I am aware that it can be subverted. But I cannot defeat it alone. I need a companion in my fight so I can subdue the enemy. This is why I am still continuing my journey until I reach the end so I can still pursue this trek in another world.

a journey of my life……

A little help can make a difference – KK2011