Archive for the ‘nutrition’ Category

Soup Kitchen Project in Penafrancia Parish

April 5, 2009

To help feed the poor residents of Naga City a group of church-goers of the Penafrancia Shrine bonded together to set up a soup kitchen. The weekly project supported by donations from friends and benefactors started last March 21, 2009 with indigents of Liboton, Penafrancia and San Felipe as recipients.

The humanitarian activity which aims to supplement the nutrition of the poor is spearheaded by Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Gerry Hernandez who serves as the spiritual director. Volunteers include Dulce de Guzman as president, Joan Padillo, secretary-treasurer; Helen Juanillo auditor; Capt. Roland Villanueva, Tony and Edna Amparado, Pacing Oriño, Josie Lumangaya, Naty Virata, Eden Agravante, Lolit de Jesus, Mameng Roñosa and Shirley Mendoza, members. (Photo Credit: Princesse_Laya) =0=

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IgCo Business Presentation in Iriga City

February 18, 2009

Dr. Amy Goleta-Dy of St. Luke’s Medical Center announces a product presentation of IgCo (Colostrum Milk) in Bicol. The bovine-derived milk is rich in immunoglobulins (Ig) and has been recommended for its nutritive and healing properties.

A discussion about IgCo will to be held at the 2nd Floor of Mayee Restaurant located in Dr. Ortega Street, San Roque, Iriga City on Saturday, February 21, 2009. Everyone is welcome to attend. Ibalonians who wish to come may get in touch with Agnes Goleta or Arlene Pinpin. =0= (Photo Credit: Krakencrafts)

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Seminar on Immunoglobulin-rich Milk (IgCo)

January 7, 2009

Dr. Amy Goleta-Dy of St. Luke’s Medical Center Pediatric Oncology Department announces a product presentation and information dissemination seminar on the varied uses of Ig-Co, the colostrum-based milk product developed in New Zealand. The nutritive bovine milk packed with disease-fighting immunoglobulins (antibodies) will be the central topic in conferences slated in the following dates and venues:

1. January 16, 2009, 5:30 p.m. at Villa Caceres, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City
2. January 18, 2009, 2:00 p.m. at Casablanca Hotel, Penaranda, Legazpi City
3. January 24, 2009, 3:00 p.m. at Waterfront Hotel, Lahug, Cebu City

“The newly introduced product is helpful for a lot of medical conditions including those with diabetes, asthma, allergies, patients with disordered and depressed immunity (immunocompromised,) cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with chronic kidney problems and osteoporosis.” Colostrum Conference in Bicol (10/28/08, mesiamd)

Open to the public (free,) the seminars are suggested for those who might benefit from taking IgCo and those who want to promote the product in their respective communities. For more information contact: Dr. Amy Goleta-Dy at 09178126135 or Agnes at 09175802301 (Photo Credit: Tambakothejaguar) =0=

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Shrinking pan de sal doesn’t mean it’s economical

December 9, 2008

Filipinos will generally welcome pan de sal that is cheap even if it’s small. According to Simplicio Umali, Jr., the president of the Philippine Bakers Industry Group, bakers will shrink the bread further and sell it cheap. Members of the baker’s association agreed to make little pan de sals, probably next month.

The poor man’s bread at P1 peso will weigh only 20 grams, smaller than the regular pan de sal which is 30-35 grams sold for P3 pesos. The cost of a 600-gram bread loaf is pegged at P55.50.—Philstar (12/09/08, Osorio, E.)

Isn’t 20 grams too small? How much of the bread is air and how much is flour? Why try scrimping on the last indulgence of Filipinos who rely on the bread for breakfast and snacks? Most likely, smaller pan de sals will make people crave for more and perhaps spend more.

Whether this tiny bread prepared is nutritionally adequate to satisfy the hungry is unclear. Though affordable, a smaller version of the bread doesn’t mean it is economical. Making small bread pieces is labor-intensive and needs as much flour and packaging if it will be sold to satisfy. That’s why there are those who think keeping the regular-sized bread may still be a good idea.

When the bread becomes inordinately small, it’s expected to have low nutritional value. Shrunken and cheap, the bread will make the birds happy. Yet people with larger stomachs and bigger caloric needs may feel famished eating them. To compensate they’ll need to eat more which costs as much as the regular bread, volume per volume. (Photo Credit: Oggi108; KDLig)=0=

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The “paradoxical” faces of hunger: obesity and emaciation

November 18, 2008


A report shows the United States is beset with hunger problem just like the poor countries of the world. The US Department of Agriculture reports that 50% more American children compared to the previous year suffered hunger in 2007. Other findings are:

“_Some 691,000 children went hungry in America sometime in 2007 (above the 430,000 in 2006.) About one in eight Americans (12.5%) struggled to feed themselves adequately even before this year’s sharp economic downtown.

_The families with the highest rates of food insecurity were headed by single mothers (30.2 percent), black households (22.2 percent), Hispanic households (20.1 percent), and households with incomes below the official poverty line (37.7 percent).

_States with families reporting the highest prevalence of food insecurity during
2005-2007 were Mississippi (17.4 percent), New Mexico (15 percent), Texas (14.8 percent) and Arkansas (14.4 percent.)

_The highest growth in food insecurity over the last 9 years came in Alaska and Iowa, both of which saw a 3.7 percent increase in families who struggled to eat adequately or had substantial food disruptions.)”—Associated Press; Yahoo.news.com (11/17/08, Sniffen, MJ)

What constitutes hunger for Americans is a bit unsettled compared to those who endure apparent lack of food in other countries. Although the definition of hunger isn’t clear, it is appalling that the richest country on earth is reported to suffer hunger like the Philippines, one among the top five world nations which deals with lack of food.

Understanding food deprivation in USA is hard given the tremendous resources the nation has. Many of its “hungry” people are obese and are within arms way from government welfare services which are meager or almost non-existent in the Third World. Sixty-five (65%) of the Americans suffer from excessive weight; among them are those who complain of hunger. Paradoxically, even the overweights experience hunger. Fat people are seen quite regularly lining up in welfare offices, food stamp lines, social service agencies, and soup kitchens.

It seems hunger looks differently in USA than in other places that most people know. In the Third World, the hungry are usually underweight and emaciated—- the usual signs of malnutrition from pervasive lack of food and high incidence of diseases. Each day the poor struggle to eat, mostly subsisting on skimpy food devoid of essential nutrients which explains their thinness. The social milieu in which they live shows food scarcity—-unlike in USA where faulty food distribution is the problem.

Where food supply is abundant and readily available, obesity is traced to poor eating habits. Inadequate knowledge on nutrition, lack of exercise, and alternating over-eating and undisciplined binging are leading reasons for their excessive weight. Concurrent illnesses and the influence of genes are blamed for some forms of obesity, but almost all emaciated people suffer from lack of food and/or concomitant diseases.

So there’s the clue why people who go hungry can’t be easily recognized by their appearances. It’s interesting to know how many among the obese complain of hunger in America while in the rest of the world, the hungry are physically wasting away. It’s sobering to think how Americans could suffer hunger in the midst of plenty. (Photo Credits: Calvaryslo; MioCade; ClaudeBarute; ItuDk) =0=

RELATED BLOG: ‘Hunger in the Philippines” Posted by mesiamd at 11/05/2008

Next Colostrum (Ig-Co) Meeting Slated

November 13, 2008

In view of the growing interest for the immunoglobulin colostrum (Ig-Co) milk offered by the Smart Naco Colostrum Co. (SNC,) another product presentation will be held at Geewan Centro (3rd Floor) in Naga City, Philippines at 1:30 PM on Friday, November 14, 2008. Since its introduction, Ig-Co has gained more than 200,000 users, adherent members and distributors.

According to Dr. Amy Goleta-Dy, noted pediatric oncologist of St. Luke’s Medical Center Cancer Foundation in Manila, this meeting is an opportunity to know the multi-faceted uses of the nutritive product.

The newly introduced product is helpful for a lot of medical conditions including those with diabetes, asthma, allergies, patients with disordered and depressed immunity (immunocompromised,) cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with chronic kidney problems and osteoporosis.” Colostrum Conference in Bicol (10/28/08, mesiamd)

Those interested to learn more of Ig-Co including its potential for distributorship are invited to come. Dr. Goleta-Dy has the special invitation extended to frellow Ibalonians. Contact: Agnes Goleta at 0917-580-2301.=0=

RELATED BLOG: ‘Colostrum Conference in Bicol’> Posted by mesiamd at 10/28/2008

Colostrum Conference in Bicol

October 27, 2008


The special antibody-rich, nutrient-packed milk called colostrum is produced by mothers in the first 72 hours after delivery. The milk contains valuable disease-fighting immunoglobulins (Ig) which support the body’s defense system, foster cell division, tissue growth, and body repair. Complementing the campaign that breastfeeding is best for babies up to two years, recent studies reveal that colostrum has other uses beyond the baby’s first few days of life.

Bovine colostrum (from cows) together with skim milk has been developed by Creeyan Laboratory, a company in Auckland, New Zealand. The company manufactures the Smart Naco Colostrum Product (SNC,) a novel immunoglobulin-colostrum (IgCo) milk that can help improve immunity, shorten recovery time from infections, repair arthritic joints, prevent and treat osteoporosis, lessen allergies, and delay the aging process. The main bioactive ingredients of the melamine-free SNI/Ig-Co include immunoglobulins (IgGs,) lactoferrins, proline-rich peptides and growth factors.

The newly introduced product is helpful for a lot of medical conditions including those with diabetes, asthma, allergies, patients with disordered and depressed immunity (immunocompromised,) cancer patients on chemotherapy, and those with chronic kidney problems and osteoporosis.

Dr. Amy Goleta-Dy, a UP Ibalonian and prominent pediatric-oncology specialist of St. Luke’s Medical Center, Manila who actively uses SNC/Ig-Co for her patients in the Cancer Foundation announces that SNI Philippines will present its product in Bicol to familiarize local doctors of the varied uses of SNI/Ig-Co.

The conference will be in Villa Caceres on October 30 at 5:30 PM in Naga City followed by another on October 31 in Chowking Pacific Mall at 5 PM in Legazpi City. All doctors, healthcare workers, caregivers and interested patients are invited. (Photo Credit: CreeyanLabs/ SNI Philippines) =0=


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