Take Note of the Signs and Reminders About Diseases

Take Note of the Signs and Reminders

About Diseases

By Apolinario Villalobos


What we do normally is to take the necessary steps only when we are already feeling the effect of a disease or sickness. What most people forget is that signs and reminders are also manifested by other bodies, especially, the first-degree relatives. Their suffering from a certain disease or sickness should remind us that the same can happen to us. If for instance, our mother, or father, or brother, or sister, or first cousin, or uncle, or aunt, are suffering from or worse, died of cancer, hypertension, or complications triggered by diabetes, then most likely, we can have the same fate because the same diseases are in our blood. The signs pointing to them should immediately caution us to be very extra careful…at least, to delay the effect if we want to live longer…or, at least minimize the pain of the effect upon their occurrence.


All kinds of diseases are inherited, although, the “amount” varies according to the genes. It is for this reason that prevention for the onset or worsening is very necessary. This is also the reason why blood sample is taken from the newly-born infant to determine the stages of its life when certain diseases may occur and the parents are counseled what precautionary measures to take or when they should go back to the pediatrician so that necessary prescriptions could be made.


Those who were born before the blood sampling for newly-born has been popularly practiced, rely on the time when diseases occur. When a member of the family succumbs to the heart attack, for instance, he is brought to the hospital which could  already be late.  Of course “maintenance medicines” are prescribed after check- ups done usually at the age of 50 or 60. But such may be considered late, as the disease could have fully developed to become well-entrenched in the person’s system….arteries have been clogged, diabetes has reached uncontrolled level, inflammations in the organs have occurred and developed into cysts, kidneys have been damaged, etc.


What I am trying to say here is that parents themselves should remind their children about “family diseases” as shown by deaths in the family. At a young age, the children should be counseled on what food to avoid or at least eat in moderation. Each one of us should also open our mind for inputs from other people and what are gathered from the media, especially, the internet. WE SHOULD NOT ONLY READ BUT ACT ON WHAT ARE BEING SHARED. The inputs should not only be appreciated but put into practice. They should not only be made as “conversation pieces”, but emulated.


There is always resistance every time chili, garlic, ginger, ampalaya, turmeric, saluyot, okra are mentioned- foods that are beneficial. They would say, it is hot, slimy, bitter, etc. And, those who have read or heard testimonies about their healing effects, express their appreciation …and it ends there, nothing else is done by the person who appreciates.


When an acquaintance died of cancer or complications brought about by diabetes or stroke, friends ask questions….but I doubt if the unfortunate incident has ever made them think if their lifestyle, especially, their diet, will also lead to such, or it made them curious about deaths in their family which necessitates asking their elders about their family history, so that preventions can already be taken.


Again, I say…regrets comes always at the end.

Earthquake Occurrences in the Philippines

Earthquake Occurences in the Philippines

By Apolinario Villalobos

The Philippines is within the Pacific seismic belt and “ring of fire”. This fact made the archipelago a literally explosive nation in Asia.

In 1937, Manila was rocked by a severe earthquake that destroyed many buildings in the commercial district. In August 2, 1968, another earthquake occurred violently that an apartment building collapsed, killing hundreds of people.

In June 3, 1868, a violent earthquake caused destruction to the Manila Cathedral and hundreds of buildings and homes. The Visayas and Mindanao islands were rocked by a series of destructive earthquakes in April 1, 1955, ranging from Intensity 3 to Intensity 8, and consequently, hundreds of lives were lost in areas around Lake Lanao.

The most destructive earthquake so far, that had the most disastrous aftermath, struck Mindanao in August 17, 1976 with an intensity that marked the gauge at 8. The earthquake caused a massive tidal wave that left 90,000 people homeless, 3,000 dead, and 3,000 missing. Millions of properties were destroyed.

To date, Manila is so much concerned about the biggest occurrence of an earthquake, “The Big One” which based on historical facts the “cycle” indicates that it can occur anytime. Regular earthquake drills are being conducted in public places such as malls and government buildings, as well as, schools and offices. Warnings have already been sounded off to those who are residing right above the fault line. The Phivolcs has also printed guidelines and a map that indicate the coverage and extent of the fault line.