Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Licealiz Battles Head Lice Infestation in Mindanao With KilusangKontraKuto

About one-third of elementary public school students in the Philippines suffer from head lice-related problems. Head lice infestation or pediculosis can cause severe itchiness and infection of the scalp, but this could be the least of these children’s worries; the social stigma associated with having kuto can leave lasting psychological damage on both children and their parents. 

A survey ofcommunities visited by the Licealiz caravan last year found that 47%of respondents from Visayas and 76% of respondents from Mindanaosaid that their children were bullied and teased for having head lice, causing some of them to miss school to avoid their peers. The parents, on the other hand, feel incompetent and embarrassed for being unable to prevent head lice from infesting their children. 

In response to this, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo launched Nationwide OplanAlisKuto as a part of its KilusangKontraKuto effort to educate the public on lice infestation issues. The caravan was launched in partnership with the Department of Education, University of the Philippines Manila College of Public Health and Mommy Bloggers Philippines with the goal of traveling to different schools and barangays all over the country to hold shampooing programs and lectures for students and their parents. 

Lamoiyan Corporation is set to end the year with 30 public schools visited and over 8,000 children shampooed. 
The KilusangKontraKuto visits Ayala Central School in Zamboanga City for Nationwide OplanAliskuto

“We want to remove the stigma associated with having kuto by educating communities on lice infestation issues,” said Lamoiyan Corporation Marketing Director Bing Cavestany. 

“We want to drive home the message that everyone can be potentially infested by kuto, that it’s not something to be ashamed about, and definitely not something to ridicule others for. We also hope to encourage these communities to unite and take action to solve this public health problem together,” shared Cavestany. Licealiz invites everyone to join the KilusangKontraKuto in changing the public’s perception about head lice infestation and spreading correct information regarding head lice prevention and treatment. 

For more information on head lice prevention and treatment, visit Licealiz’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/licealiz.

Friday, November 17, 2017

What Are The Chances of Having Twins on Clomid?

Whenever a couple has been trying to conceive for a year without any success, the first thing that they will do is schedule a visit with the doctor and start taking the next step. The next step is that the doctor would check the man’s sperm count and quality and see if that checks out. And the doctor would run several tests on the woman to see if her hormone levels check out. Ultrasounds would be done to check the structural part of her reproductive system, as well as a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) would be done to check to see if her fallopian tubes are functional. At this point, the couple would be referred to a fertility specialist. If everything structurally checks out with the woman, including that the hysterosalpingogram indicated that the tubes are fine- then it is possible that she is not ovulating on a regular basis. Even if the blood work indicates that there is no obvious hormonal issue present, she will be given a drug called clomiphene citrate, also called Serophene or Clomid, which is the most common term for this drug. If the man in fact has an issue with his sperm count and quality, then the fertility specialist will suggest intrauterine insemination (IUI) to be done to help conception happen. This way, a tube that injects his washed sperm will go into her cervix and bypass the long way through the fallopian tubes and insert the sperm right into the uterus right around the time ovulation is expected. Even if a woman who has to have IUI done who ovulates regularly may be put on Clomid to help time ovulation, as it would be monitored via ultrasound and bloodwork. Now that we are talking about a woman who has to take Clomid due to the fact that she may not be ovulating regularly due to having a condition such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which can cause anovulation- and/or has to do IUI due to her partner having poor sperm quality. One thing that will frequently cross a couple who has to go through fertility treatments involving the woman having to take Clomid is what are the chances of conceiving twins?

How Clomid Works 

Before we go into that, let’s talk a little bit about Clomid and how it works. Clomid was the first fertility drug in 1967 that became part of the market that came in injection form at the time. Now it is available as a tablet, and the dosages range from 50mg to 200mg. Side effects can range from having hot-flashes, moodiness, breast tenderness, nausea and fatigue. They are rather uncomfortable but not serious. Clomid is usually taken from day 5-9 of a woman’s cycle (or it can be taken from day 2 to day 6 of the cycle). What the drug does is that it tricks the brain into thinking there is not enough estrogen and it ends up sending out hormones that stimulate follicular growth and egg maturation. Hence, it triggers ovulation, and again the growth of the follicle is monitored through ultrasound and bloodwork. Because Clomid is a safe drug, couples do often wonder the statistics of ovulation happening, and pregnancy resulting. Here are important points to take in about Clomid’s effects:
  • 80% of women will ovulate while taking Clomid within the first 3 months.
  • 40% of women will conceive while taking Clomid within the first 3 months.
  • The live birth rate for women taking Clomid is between 30% to 60%.
  • Couples have a 10% higher chance of conceiving twins than they would naturally.
That is right! Many couples who have to use Clomid whether it is due to anovulation on the woman’s part, or the need for IUI due to the man’s poor sperm quality - or if both reasons are happening at the same time- these couples are concerned about how likely they are to have Clomid twins.

 Odds of conceiving twins on Clomid

Now that it is known that the odds of achieving a twin pregnancy on Clomid is 10% higher than it would be naturally- the couple will have to find a way to embrace the possibility. This statistic is relevant for an increased chance of having fraternal twins, meaning two eggs being released at once, being fertilized by two different sperm. This statistic does not apply to identical twins- when one single fertilized egg splitting into two embryos. Even though a 10% higher chance is not significantly higher, the odds are still increased. Therefore, it may be recommended for the couple who is trying to conceive while Clomid is in the picture to educate themselves on what a twin pregnancy involves. A twin pregnancy has more complications than a singleton pregnancy, due to the fact that expected weight gain is 40 lbs instead of 25 lbs for a single baby. Therefore, the risk of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia due to extra weight gain, extra stress and pressure on the body from carrying twins is higher. Women taking Clomid will have to prepare themselves since a twin pregnancy has a slightly higher chance of happening of possibly dealing with extra fatigue and even more nausea and sickness. 

How to increase odds of conceiving twins on Clomid 

However, if a couple loves the idea of having twins, and wants to know how to increase the odds beyond 10% while the woman is on Clomid- then there are methods to increase the odds of having a twin pregnancy while on Clomid. Firstly, if a twin pregnancy is desired then it is recommended for the woman to not drop too much weight if she is overweight. She can safely carry a pregnancy if she has a BMI of 30, which is somewhat overweight. The extra weight can be encouraging for ovulation to happen especially if Clomid is being taken. The woman should also increase dairy intake whether it is from drinking more milk or eating more cheese. It is best to not eat too much ice cream because too much sugar can inhibit ovulation even while on Clomid. That would defeat the purpose. The hormones in dairy products can help stimulate ovulation even further. It is also known that if there is a history in the family, on either side, that alone can also increase the odds of having twins. However, regardless of whether a couple wants or doesn’t want twins- it is known that the odds of having twins on Clomid is 10% higher than it naturally would. Couples can either embrace the possibility of that happening or increase the odds even more if that is what they want!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas for Everyone and Anyone Important In your Life this Winter

Although the warm and sunny months of summer are behind us, we still have a lot to look forward to as winter approaches ever closer. One of many people's favorite things about the winter months are the holidays, getting together with family, celebrating and probably exchange gifts. One of the hardest challenges this time of year is finding everybody in your life that perfect gift. If you’re stuck on ideas and don’t want to buy another tie for your dad that he will probably never wear or some cheap jewelry for your mom, here are some outside of the box ideas for everyone in your life.
In all of my life, I have never met a girl who doesn’t like a fresh bouquet of flowers. With the ease of access to online flower stores, you can order fresh and beautiful bouquets for all the special ladies in your life with just a couple of clicks. They’re sure to bring a smile to her face and remain as a little reminder of summer.
  • Customized Mugs, towels, etc.
Parents and grandparents will rarely get tired of seeing pictures of their children or grandchildren. A great gift for them could be custom coffee mugs with a picture of each grand child on each mug. You can also customize things like water bottles and towels. Try to find an online novelty store that does custom printing, you can usually get a lot of really cool things customized.
  • Spa Day
A working mom will tell you how hard it can be to manage the entire family without losing it; it’s a 24/7 job with no days off. Get your wife an all inclusive spa package so for a day, she can actually enjoy herself with no stress of kids or work. Try to schedule it for her, or pa for everything and allow her to book her own appointment. Try to get her the best treatments within your budget, she deserves it. Also, don’t forget to include the tip so she has absolutely nothing to worry about on the way in or way out.
For the romantic couples out there, you can get a delivery service that delivers chocolate covered berries straight to your door. Get some nice beverages to accompany the berries and enjoy eachothers company. Not only are the berries delicious, but the time spent together will be like a bonus gift.
  • Guys Shopping Spree
Middle aged and older men can sometimes be the hardest to shop for because they will usually just buy whatever they want, when they want it and not wait to get it as a gift. Turn this into an activity gift. Take your dad, husband, grandpa, etc. to Bass Pro Shops, give them a budget and let them get what they want/need. It’ll give you some time together and you’ll know they actually like what your money goes towards.
Photo from 1800flowers.com

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Be Fashionable with Wigs

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Oh fashion, it doesn’t matter what it takes for as long as women can have the latest trend. In today’s market, there are many choices and many options to have the latest fashion. It depends on the person herself if she will buy the latest fashion with the most famous brand or she will buy the things with fashion with the price that’s affordable but with elegance. This is so for her to buy her shoes and the accessories that she can pair with the clothes that she will be wearing without breaking her savings. Elegance and style depend on the person herself. Along with the accessories, she can also pair it with different styles of lace front wigs, Remy human hair wigs (oh, love this one), lace front wigs, and much more.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Krispy Kreme Welcomes 4th Store in Cagayan de Oro

Krispy Kreme welcomes another addition to its growing outlets as it unveils its newest store in SM CDO Downtown Premier. This is the 4th store in Cagayan de Oro, following Centrio Mall, CDO Uptown and the Hot Light store in Limketkai. Krispy Kreme SM CDO Downtown Premiere is set to delight their fans beginning on August 21. With the opening of its new store, Krispy Kreme brings a monthlong celebration of everyday moments as it offers a lineup of delightful treats. Krispy Kreme combined forces with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to create the deliciously satisfying Ultimate Chocolate Chiller. This cool quencher is made with unique premium, Ghirardelli chocolate doused with milk and whipped cream, sprinkled lightly with Ghirardelli chocolate chips and drizzled in rich caramel. It’s definitely a crave-worthy flavor experience that chocolate enthusiasts wouldn’t want to miss. Krispy Kreme also highlights a well-loved doughnut flavor when it released the Kit Kat Green Tea doughnut. Their newest doughnut flavor has already made waves for its doughnut fans, now making it a mainstay offering. Apart from these sweet treats, August is a special month for Cagayan de Oro as it celebrates the annual Higalaay Festival. Krispy Kreme joins the CDO community in celebration of the feast day of St. Augustine as it throws another delicious treat alongside opening its new store. Krispy Kreme is offering 3 Original Glazed doughnuts and any 3 Cake doughnuts for only P150 in all stores in Cagayan De Oro from August 25 to 28. Doughnut lovers are sure to get excited for more craveable melt-in-your-mouth moments with Krispy Kreme. These are just some of the many things to look forward to as Krispy Kreme opens its newest store in SM CDO Downtown Premier. The brand continues to bring a delightful experience to its customers through its indulgent doughnuts, great-tasting beverages and exciting creations. Discover your own #KrispyKremeMoment and visit their newest store at the Ground Floor, SM CDO Downtown Premier.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I Don't Have A Peace of Mind...

They said that going to the doctor and have a check-up will give you a peace of mind. In my case, I don't think so... I dread going to the doctor these days and did a series of blood work, not to mention waiting for the doctor for many hours before my turn is called.

I've experienced spotting last month so I made an appointment with my OB-gyne. First day, I was made to wait for 3 hours and the following day, it took me 4.5 hours! For my lab work, I had transvaginal and upper abdominal ultrasound. I was aware of my polyps so it has to be removed (and that also caused my spotting). What I was so shocked about was the cysts in my liver. I was aware of it before but the sizes now are bigger. OMG! My kidney also has cysts but the size was still small. So, after going to my OB-gyne, I checked with my liver specialist and required me to have have a repeat ultrasound and also requested for a blood chemistry. The result was normal in my bloodwork, my ultrasound still resulted that I have enlarged liver cysts but not yet severe as mentioned in my previous ultrasound.

And tomorrow, I am scheduled for a D & C with my ob-gyne to remove my polyps and clean my cervix. What I don't get is why she wants another labtest for my creatinine and sgpt? I just did that a month ago and it was normal. Maybe she doesn't believe it? Maybe I look too sickly for her? I had an appointment with her last week wherein she told me to seek for a second opinion about my liver. She was hoping I would get a biopsy. She was even wishing I undergo a CT-scan. That made me panic to be honest. I was trying not to think about my cysts or any illness that I have but my doctor wanted to remind me that I am not well (?). Maybe she's just too concern to the point that she became an alarmist.

But God, everything that I went thru lately scares me. I don't want to be scared but can't help it. I wanted to be well that's why I went to see these doctors but now they're the ones giving me a heart attack. I can only hope and pray that nothing's bad going to happen to me. I pray that after my procedure and bloodwork tomorrow, I am cleared and go home healthy.

I wanted to be with my family, especially to my kids who are my life and my strength. I wanted to take care of them especially with my youngest child who needs special attention.

Dear Lord, heal me. You're the best doctor I know. May You give me strength and courage and peace of mind as I face these ordeals. Please hear my pleas and make me well again. I know I am a sinner and I do not deserve to be heard by You. But I believe that You always forgive and listen to those who called upon Your Name. So, I asked You to please hear my prayers.

I also ask everyone reading this blog of mine to include me in your prayers. I appreciate that very much. Be safe and be healthy, too!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Moving To Another School

Sorry, my blog is boring to read lately and even I, myself, is lazy to read it, lol. I'll just give some updates of the recent events in my family's life.

My eldest daughter, who is now in grade 9, transferred to another school. We've been planning this all along but finalized only after she took the entrance exam of her new school, Corpus Christi.

This school, is by the way, my high school Alma Mater. For the reason why I didn't enroll my daughter there since grade 1, well, that will be another story to be posted in another blog :-)

I used to think that my daughter would finish her junior high in her old school but things changed along the way. I felt that she was taken for granted and her growth was very limited. She has so much to offer but 'they' (the teachers) just neglected it so why force her there when nobody even cared?

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive when I transferred my daughter because she might not be well-liked or she might be bullied or not welcome but opposite things happened. She was warmly welcomed and very much appreciated. She made new friends and seemed to look forward to go to school the next day. So for now, I could say that both of us made the right decision to transfer.

If you asked if this was my sole decision, NO, it's not. My daughter is 13 years old and turning 14 next month. She also made her own decision. In fact, it was she who was so eager to transfer that she couldn't wait for her classes to begin. And she told me again she made the best decision so far.
Well, I am glad! I just hope she would be more inspired to study harder and show what she's got and what she has to offer.

But most of all, I am happy that she is happy and that I am also looking forward for her to grow and succeed and achieved her endeavors in life.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

NOVUHAIR SUMMER HAIR CARE TIPS

Heading to the beach may be the most exciting part of summer. It is almost always part of the itinerary this season for most people. Others prefer to give in to their adrenaline rush climbing that mountain slope or just about anything that gets you that summer tan to fit in the crowd. 

Did you know that spending extended hours under the extreme summer sun can pose serious danger to your hair and scalp? The same UV rays that brings damage to your skin without proper protection can equally hurt your hair and scalp. 

Below are some of the problems your hair can encounter during the season: 

• Split-Ends - UV rays and extreme high temperature can take their toll on your strands. The heat drains the moisture of your hair out causing breakage. 
• Double Trouble – Rebonded or permed hair needs extra attention as high temperaturewell as humidity disrupts the cuticle breaking some of the chemical bonds that keep the hair straight or curls and roughing up the cuticle, taking away shine and smoothness. 
• Scalp problem – Scalp may also get sun-burned if you don’t use cover-ups for your head. 
• Grease problem – Summer sun and humidity can bring extra grease on your hair, leaving it vulnerable to damage. 
• Chlorine Stress – Swimming in the pool subjects your hair to chlorine. The outer layers of the cuticle of the hair opens up when you swim and chlorinated water seeps into the center of the hair thus making your hair more brittle. 
• Excessive Salt Water – Salt water can cause the same damage as chlorinated ones. Salt water dries on the hair it creates a high-saline solution which can build up and cause hair to feel dry, weighed down and hard to manage. 

All these problem can be addressed by keeping your hair clean and showered after each activities. Take vitamin supplements that benefits you hair such as Vitamin C and Biotin. Getting your hair pampered will also give respite to the sun and chemical abuse. 

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is made of 19 Natural ingredients which includes herbal components such as moringaoleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint. 

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. #NovuhairSummer 

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.



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