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Food AllergyWhat are allergies? From a scientific perspective, it is an immune response triggered by a substance called an allergen - which could either be a type of food, or ingredient, or an animal that induces an abnormal upsurge of antibodies and hormones causing itching, abdominal pain, hives, and other symptoms. To put it simply, allergies occur when our body’s immune system overreacts to substances that are usually harmless to others.

Every 8th of July, the Philippines’ National Allergy Day is celebrated to educate and raise awareness on the growing problem of allergies among Filipinos. The typical symptoms of allergies are pretty mild. You can experience some runny nose, sneezing, or watery eyes but somehow, they can also be a real nuisance and may have a considerable impact on everyday life. In rare cases, the person experiencing a food allergy reaction may suffer from a medical emergency known as anaphylaxis. It is a severe and life-threatening allergic reaction that is characterized by rapid heartbeat, swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat, confusion, and difficulty breathing.

DMSF ArticleBy: Angelou L. Monton, RN - Lactation Recorder

For twelve years, the Davao Medical School Foundation Hospital (DMSFH) has been promoting the importance of breastfeeding in the belief that “Breastfeeding is the best feeding”. It is for this reason that the institution is consistently Committed, Compassionate and Caring to our mothers who are the center of this promotion in developing a healthy community and improved quality of life.

Committed in sharing the importance of breastfeeding and its benefits by conducting lectures and mothers' classes, lactation management training and programs to our employees, mothers and soon-to-be mothers. Last August 2018, sixty-eight (68) lactating mothers participated in our “Dare to Bare: The Big Latch On or sabayang pag-papasuso”. The mothers were also enlightened by the lecture of Dr. Monina P. Quiambao, a neonatologist, entitled “How to Deal with Breastfeeding Problems”.

Breastfeeding is the hardest yet most rewarding thing a mother can do for her baby. In August 2019, in celebration of the breastfeeding month, the DMSFH lactation committee conducted a lecture on: “the importance of breastfeeding” with testimonies from DMSFH employees, Mommy Dawn and Mommy Gretchen. We also provided a Lactation Massage demonstration by Mommy Tere to help mothers increase their milk supply.

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Feeling weak, tired, having palpitations or headaches? If yes, some people might say you have anemia or “kulang sa dugo” while others might say that you might have a high blood pressure or you might have them both. But how do we differentiate between the two?

What is anemia?

Anemia is the term for when a person does not have enough "hemoglobin" in their blood which helps red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body. If your hemoglobin level is low, your body might not get all the oxygen it needs. The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency anemia where you might be:
● Not eating enough iron rich foods such as meat, fish and poultry
● Not absorbing enough iron from food for those who had a surgery involving the stomach or intestines
● Losing blood through menstruation or injury or from intestinal parasites
● Having greater needs especially during early growth and pregnancy

Image article on natural food toxinsDid you know that there are natural toxins found in foods? They are naturally produced by the plant or animal as self-defense against predators, insects and microorganisms or are produced as response to extreme weather conditions. These toxins are not harmful to the plant or animal but can be toxic to vulnerable individuals who ingest them in high amounts or simply by contamination of common food. The following are examples of natural toxins in foods and how to avoid them:

1. Algal Toxins and Ciguatoxins in Fish or Shellfish may cause food poisoning, paralysis and even death.

There are two main types of toxins found in either fish or shellfish: algal toxins and ciguatoxins. Algal toxins are produced by algae which are small organisms that are usually consumed by shellfishes. They are harmless when they are eaten by shellfish such as oysters, scallops and mussels but these toxins may accumulate in their body and cause disease to humans when they eat shellfish with high amounts of this toxin. It can lead to paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), which can lead to death in two hours. Other symptoms of shellfish poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, tingling sensation, confusion and paralysis.

Prostate CancerProstate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO) GLOBOCAN database. This June we are observing Prostate Cancer Awareness Month with the theme “Prostate Cancer Sama-Samang Labanan, Tamang Impormasyon, Kailangan” which aims to promote health awareness, early prevention and screening strategies and streamline available treatments for men’s health.

What is prostate cancer?

Prostate cancer happens when normal cells in the prostate gland change into abnormal cells and grow out of control. The prostate gland makes fluid that is part of semen. This gland sits below the bladder and in front of the rectum, and forms a ring around the urethra, the tube that carries urine out of the body.

Prostate cancer occurs most often in men older than 50. Although prostate cancer is very common, most men do not die from it. This is because prostate cancer usually grows very slowly.

Image nutrition for healthy kidneysNephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis are ranked 10th as the leading causes of death in the Philippines showing that kidney disorders are increasingly becoming common problems. Recent studies however indicate that kidney failure can be delayed or even prevented if kidney disease is diagnosed or managed early. A healthy kidney filters out waste products from the blood. When your kidneys are not working well, you may need to limit certain foods to prevent the build-up of waste products. The nutritional management of patients with renal disease focuses on the intake of calories, protein sodium, potassium, phosphorus, and fluids. Here are some nutrition tips on how to maintain healthy kidneys:

1. Keep hydrated. Most people don't drink enough water during the day, which may have the biggest negative impact on their kidneys. Being the high-volume filters that they are, the kidneys need adequate water to remove toxins, waste products and unwanted or unneeded compounds from the blood. As such, drinking plenty of water at regular intervals throughout the day will help your kidneys function properly and not get too congested or calcified. Aim for 8-12 glasses of water a day . Your urine should be fairly clear or straw-colored when you go to the bathroom. If it's any darker than that, then it may be a sign you are dehydrated. Caffeinated beverages (coffee, black tea, soda pop) obviously contain water, but caffeine is diuretic and triggers frequent urination, so they are not great sources of hydration. Stick with filtered water and natural fruit/veggie juices.