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General Anesthesia cuts down Child's Intelligence

Their are cases when children have to undergo surgery and be given general anesthesia. Undergoing surgery is scary enough. Even so, knowing that general anesthesia can cut down a child's intelligence can freak out some parents.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

A child's brain development during their formative years (6-12 years old) raises great concern among parents.

When major surgery is deemed necessary, the use of anesthesia is a must...unless you want the surgery to be a living nightmare. But the use of general anesthesia does have it's downside when it comes to intelligence.

Researchers found out that children exposed to general anesthesia has a marked reduction in intelligence. Children experience impairment in memory and difficulty learning.

It is alarming that the bad impact of general anesthesia has over intelligence is dramatic even up to 3 month after undergoing operation.

It isn't until 1 year after surgery that a child is able to fully recover from the …
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Does Vacation at Home Eliminate Work-related Stress?

Did you know that taking a vacation is one of the most effective strategy to shake off work-related stress.
Like it or not, most workplaces bombard their employees with stress every single workingday. Stress impacts performance, decision making, health, and well-being.
When stress is piled high, burnout is inevitable. What better way to shake it off than good'ol vacation.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
During vacation, do you choose to stay at home or go somewhere you've never been before?
Want to know which one is better? Here's a research by C. Blank et al. in which they've recruited 40 employees who hold middle manager position. They were split into two groups. Half stayed at home while the others stayed in a hotel for a short vacation lasting 4 consecutive days.
It turns out that even those manager who stayed at home during vacation had great reduction in stress and significant improvement in well-being. Both group gain benefit from taking a time away from wor…

What? Kill Cancer with Measles Virus?

Breakthrough: Measles virus hold potential for cancer treatment.

Have you read the news? Measles Virus Kills Cancer

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Cancer is hard to battle. In search for better ways to kill this deadly disease, let's talk about viruses, particularly measles.

A normal person will definitely dread the idea of contracting measles, but recent breakthrough reveals it can offer an effective way to fight cancer.

This may sound horrifying, but the potential of using virus for cancer treatment became evident when tumor growth progression deteriorated among some cancer patients who contracted viral illness.

One success story of using measles virus against cancer is the case of Stacy Erholtz who had a remission of multiple myeloma after she received a single dose containing massive amounts of attenuated measles virus courtesy of Mayo Clinic. Do note that the measles virus she received were laboratory engineered to be weaker.

How do measles virus kill cancer?

Attenuated me…

8 Facts about Lanzones

Do you want to know more facts about lanzones?

Lanzones is a popular fruit grown in many tropical countries in South East Asia. It is a delicious sweet, sour, and juicy fruit. This fruit has a spherical or oval shape, with yellow to brownish peel and a semi-translucent soft flesh.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Lanzones tree's lifespan is 1 century (100 years).

2. Take it easy. Endulging in too much lanzones can cause bloating.

3. Lansones has several varieties including duku, jolo, longkong, and paete.

4. The flesh of lanzones fruit is usually eaten raw, but can also be made as candy, jam, beverage, jelly, salad, and be use as an ingredient in many Asian main dish.

5. Lanzones is in season from August to November.

6. Lanzones fruit is acidic so it's sour variety is not recommended for people afflicted with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or hyperacidity.

7. Lanzones originated from the Malaysian Peninsula. It has been grown successfully in many Asian countries l…

7 Lanzones Health Benefits

Lanzones is one of those delicious and nutritious fruits in Asia that we can't help but anticipate in delight during the "ber" months. What can I say, it's among those seasonal fruits that makes this part of the year special.

Are you wondering what sorts of health benefits lanzones gives you everytime you indulge in the goodness of it's sweet and sour fruit?


Lanzones / lansones, also known as langsat, belongs to the mahogany family. It's scientific name is Lansium domesticum.

Here's a list of the health benefits of lanzones.

1. Contains Fiber

Lanzones contains fiber which aids in proper digestion. Every 100 gram of the edible portion of lanzones fruit contains 2.3 g of fiber which is good for your gut health. If you have gut problem like consitipation, this fruit will definitely benefit you.

2. Vitamins and minerals

Lanzones or lansat is both delicious and nutritious. This tropical fruit is a rich source of vitamins like Vitamin B. Every 100 …

14 Facts about Chiropractors and Chiropractic

When it comes to musculoskeletal problems, chiropractors and chiropractic usually steps into the scene. But, did you know this profession's scope can extent beyond body pain. Here are 14 facts you should know.


1. Chiropractors are not medical doctors. Chiropractic practice does not involve the use of medicine nor an invasive surgery to heal. Instead, this holistic practice prefers technique such as diet, exercise, massage, and hands-on manipulation of joints.

2. Chiropractors are professional practitioners of chiropractic.

3. Chiropractic is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This practice does not rely on the use of medicine to heal.

4. In order to get a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, an undergraduate must pursue a bachelor's degree in chiropractic education.

5. The scope of practice of a chiropractor varies by country/state. There are countries/states that allow a chiropractor to prescribe laboratory test, diagnostic procedure, and …

8 Facts about Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate is a chemical naturally found in synovial fluid around joints. It is a popular over the counter food supplement taken by people with joint problem.


1. The sulfate content of glucosamine sulfate is needed by the body to produce cartilage.

2. Glucosamine sulfate is taken as a dietary supplement to help relive joint pain, increase joint mobility, and prevent joint deterioration.

3. Glucosamine sulfate used as dietary supplement are usually obtained from shellfish such as crabs and shrimps, or artificially manufactured in a laboratory.

4. If you are allergic to shellfish, their is a good chance you can still take glucosamine sulfate. This is because the substance causing allergen in shellfish is usually not present in glucosamine sulfate supplement.

5. Glucosamine is popularly taken with chondroitin for joint problem such as osteoarthritis, but their synergistic effect is controversial.

6. Glucosamine is a blood thinner, which means it can make you prone…

6 Benefits of Donating Blood

So, what's in it for you when you donate blood. There's got to be benefits when you donate blood, right?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Blood is a life giving fluid that has no alternative, hence, enough supply of donated blood is crucial.

Here's a list of benefits you get when you donate blood.

1. Before you can donate blood, you get a free medical check-up and blood work-up. If you pass, then you are fit to be a blood donor. If you fail, at least you'll get a glimpse of a problem that you can potentially do something about before it gets worse. However, that doesn't mean that it can be a substitute to your annual medical check-up.

2. You reduce your risk of having a heart attack and stroke when you donate blood. You can cut off your risk of suffering a heart attack by up to 88% simply by donating blood at least once a year.

3. Blood donors reduce their risk of developing cancer.

4. If you'd like to loose weight then this perk is for you. You burn a whooping 6…

5 Bad effects of Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is one of the ways our immune system acts to control infection, fight off harmful microorganism,  and facilitate healing. It is crucial to our survival, however, when inflammations lasts too long, it can have serious effect to the well being of the individual.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

There are two types of inflammation--acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation is short term inflammation that causes symptoms of redness, swelling, and pain. Acute inflammation usually lasts from a couple of hours to several days or weeks. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can last for several months to years.

Chronic inflammation jeopardizes the individual. In cases when there is no actual threat, but when inflammation runs havoc, it can turn against the body's own cells and tissues.

1. A bunch of Diseases

Chronic inflammation is a notorious culprit for the development of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheim…

Know this before Sorrow Kills

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Depression, inability to move on, and the loss of meaning in life are among the psychological trauma suffered by a person who lost a love one. Pain lashes more than words can express.

Grief brought about by this loss extends beyond the emotional and psychological bounds and affects the entire well being of the individual. In fact, a person who recently lost a spouse has higher risk }of having a heart attack or stroke which can ultimately lead to premature death.

Researchers at Rice University uncovered that grief raises inflammation in the body. Inflammation is our body's way to protect us from harmful microorganism, fight infection, and promote healing. But when the inflammatory response is prolong, it can take it's toll on the body and lead to serious consequences to a person's health.

During challenging times when a person losses a love one, it is important to get attention and support to prevent the risk of morbidity and mortality.


8 Tanning Tips and Tricks to avoid Cancer

Are you dying for a sun-kissed skin, but worried about skin cancer? Then, this tanning tips and tricks are for you.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Did you know that your skin darkens as it's protective response to shield your body against the damaging ultraviolet light which is the case when you're exposed to sunlight or indoor tanning bed. Beauty is glory and that's exactly why we turn into our skin's natural defense mechanism for melanin--the skin pigment reponsible for giving you tan.

It's up to you whether you'd like to stay safe away from the sun's ravaging rays or you'd rather battle for that glorious bronze shimmer. And if it's your heart's desire to achieve that perfect bronze summer tanned skin, then, remember these tips and tricks to stay safe and fab.

Sunlight isn't all that bad. In fact, we need decent amount of ultraviolet light in order to produce Vitamin D, but too much sun exposure isn't good either. After all, sun ex…

Tilapia skin: the New Player in Burn Treatment

Burn injury is a health issue across the globe, leaving thousands to millions of victims devastated. In search for better ways to combat the ever increasing healthcare cost and come up with better treatment options, researchers explore the use of tilapia skin as a new promising technique to speed up healing of burn and decrease the need for pain medication.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Researchers in Brazil took advantage of the abundance of the freshwater fish "tilapia" in their country to uncover a new promising alternative treatment in the care of burn victims. They use medical grade sterilized tilapia skin to debride wounds caused by burn, substituting the conventional burn treatment composed of gauze and sulfadiazine cream.

They use tilapia skin to debride second and third degree burns. Tilapia skin is rich in marine collagen peptide which is easily absorbed into the burned area to aid in wound healing.

Advantages of Tilapia Skin for Treatment of Burn:

Promotes fast…

Here's Why Pregnant Mother should Avoid Coffee

Coffee is a staple to a huge number of people, but there are cases when it's consumption isn't advisable. Let's talk about if drinking coffee is safe during pregnancy.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Pregnancy can be a tough period. It can be challenging especially to first time moms who may not realize that there are certain foods they should avoid or limit during this crucial period on their child's development. Coffee is among the beverages pregnant women should limit from their diet.

Why you should limit coffee when you are pregnant?

Drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine which you get from roughly 2 cups of coffee is link by several research to an increase risk of congenital defect, low birth weight, preterm birth, and miscarriage among pregnant women.

Is coffee worth those risk?

Let's look at what makes coffee not a suitable beverage among pregnant mothers.

Caffeine which is found in coffee is the world's most widely used stimulant. Caffeine is a drug. Ca…

Sunflower seed Oil Benefits to the Skin

Sunflower seed oil gained popularity in cosmetic because of it's many benefits to the skin. It's pack full of antioxidants and nutients, so it's no wonder it ascended from a typical cooking oil into one of the beloved beauty product. Sunflower seed oil is rich in Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, linoleic acid, and lecithin.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Let's explore the wonders sunflower seed oil does to the skin.


Having dry skin makes you prone to develop wrinkles so proper skin hydration counts. Sunflower seed oil is a natural chemical-free alternative to those commercially sold moisturizer. Technically, it's an oil but once you spread it over your body, it doen't leave you with a greasy mess. It blends perfectly with your skin. It leaves your skin soft and glistening without any distinct odor.


Sunflower seed oil is rich in Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene which prevents premature skin aging and fights damaging free radicals from the e…

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10 Health Facts & Tips # 15 @healthbiztips

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Review

When I heared the good reviews about Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, I knew I just have to try this skincare product.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Nature Republic's aloe vera soothing gel hits the market like a storm. It's no surprise that Korean skincare products are sensational. Let's look into this cosmetic stuff and review if it really lives up to the claims.

The packaging

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel comes in a green cylindrical  plastic container that holds 300 ml of aloe vera gel. When you open it, you'll see an extra plastic lid inside which prevents the content from spilling out.

This product isn't wrapped in a paper box unlike other products, so what assures costumers that it's fresh is the clear outer covering plastic wrapped around it.

There is no spoon nor a scooper that comes along with this product, so if you prefer to not get messy, you'll have to buy a separate scooper.

The price

I think this skincare product is affordable cons…

15 Facts about Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis outbreak usually occurs in tropical countries challenged by flooding and poor sanitation.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Leptospirosis is a rare disease but it can be fatal. Knowing more about this disease is key to prevent or manage it. Here are facts you should know about leptospirosis:

1. Leptospirosis is caused by the bacteria Leptospira 

2. Leptospirosis is usually transmitted by rats which humans can get exposed to when going to wet fields, freshwater, or flooded areas contaminated with rat urine through open wound and cut on the skin.

3. You can get leptospirosis when an infected animal bites you or when it's body fluid penetrates your body through skin abrasion and mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth.

4. Yes, you can also get infected when you drink contaminated water or eat contaminated food.

5. Saltwater generally are considered safe because it's iodine content kills the Leptospira bacteria.

6. Rodents are not the only animals t…

1O Health problems Solved by Roses

Roses are beautiful. You may be amazed at how elegant and timeless roses are. But, these flowers are not just pretty to look at. Once you know it's medicinal property and health benefits, you'll realize that there's more than what meets the eye.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
1. Headache, anxiety, depression, and stress
Headache, anxiety, depression, and stress are part of majority of people's lives. Want to unwind? Our sense of smell can be a powerful tool. Studies show that the smell of roses calms the mind and uplifts the mood.
The fragrance of roses is classic. There's plenty of ways to enjoy it's sweet delicate aroma...rose perfume, aromatherapy with rose essential oil, rose tea, rose petal filled bathtub, rose oil infused bath water, and even soap made of roses.

2. Insomnia
Roses helps promote a sound sleep by relaxing the brain. If you're restless, inhaling the vapor of rose water will help ease your nerve and relax your mind. You can also enjoy a …

Can I Eat Roses?

When your lover gives you roses, eating it may be the last thing in your mind. Who in their right mind would eat roses? If you're asking this question, then, you came in late.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Roses are edible! These glamorous petals have been cooked since ancient times to add flavor, beauty, nutrients, and aroma to dishes. Did you know that roses belong to the same family as apples, berries, pears, and plums?

Rose petals has a wide range of recipe applications for deserts, salad, beverages, and savory dishes. It's leaves can be brewed into a tea. Rose hip or rose fruit is also utilized in culinary. Depending on the type of rose used, flavor varies. It's flavor can be sweet, fruity, spicy, or bitter.

If you're aiming for a stronger flavor, use darker shades of roses. If you don't like bitter taste, then remove the white portion of the rose petal found at the base of the flower.

People drink rose water for it's many health benefits like anti-ag…

10 Skincare Advantages of Rose Water

Roses are timeless in beauty. But, roses don't just look beautiful, these delicate flowers can actually make you look prettier...when you literally wear them on your skin. Sounds enchanting? Here's a bottle of rose water!

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Rose water has many skincare advantages...a number of good reasons to add it to your skincare recipe.

1. Smells divine

Let's admit it. When trying out a particular skincare product, we can't help but smell it. Like it or not, you can't usually ignore the scent of a product that you put on your face.

Roses don't just look good, they smell fantastic too. Just like freshly picked roses, rose water has that sweet aromatic scent that's soothing and relaxing. It's fragrance is known to reduce anxiety, depression, and headache.

2. Lightens skin blemishes and wrinkles

Rose water is a natural antioxidant that helps fights the signs of skin aging. It's nourishing to the skin. Regular topical application of ro…

Why is titanium dioxide in my cosmetic products...and even in my food!

When I check out the ingredients of cosmetic products, I usually come across titatium dioxide. It's among those ingredients, I'm thinking the majority of us don't have the slightest hint. I figure I'll do some research to find out what it really is and here's what I've found out.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

15 Facts about Titanium dioxide (TiO2):

1. Titanium is a heavy metal!

2. Did you know that titanium is the 9th most common element mined from the Earth's crust?

3. Titanium dioxide is formed when titanium combines with oxygen.

4. Titanium dioxide is mined and refined into an odorless powdery white substance.

5. Titanium dioxide shields the skin against the damaging ultraviolet light (UVA/UVB) of the sun, so it is commonly found in sunscreens.

6. Titanium dioxide is added to cosmetic products to mask skin blemishes and imitate a lighter complexion.

7. Titanium dioxide is added to foods like candy, cheese creamer, gum, donuts, frosting, and yogurt t…

9 Facts about Cellulite

Cellulite is a fact of life to a great number of people, particularly women. Cellulite is basically the dimpling or lumpiness observed on the skin when fat pushes on the connective tissue underneath the deepest layer of the skin.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Common areas affected by cellulite includes the buttocks, thigh, abdomen, and upper arms.

2. Cellulite develops when layers of fats pushes on the layers of connective tissue under the skin.

3. Hormone plays a role in the formation of cellulite.

4. Up to 90% of women can have cellulite.

5. Cellulite is less common in men.

6. Even individuals with acceptable body weight can have cellulite.

7. Although having a cellulite can cause cosmetic problem, it isn't considered a serious medical condition.

8. Cellulite isn't considered a symptom of an underlying medical condition.

9. Most of the topical creams available in the market to treat cellulite don't live up to their claim.

Why Beauty junkies put on Snail slime

8 benefits of snail slime in skincare.
What comes into your mind when you hear snail slime? Slithery? Oozy? Does it sound anything near a world renowned beauty and skincare mate?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
We have such a strong affinity to beauty. In it's pursuit, we come across bizarre and eyebrow-raising stuffs like snail slime.
In this blog post, we'll be looking into what makes snail slime a trend in cosmetics.
Slime -- there are people who find this stuff gross, but there are other's who sees it as an answer to aging. Snail slime's potential for skincare was discovered when people noticed that farmers who handled snails have visibly smoother hands.
In cosmetics, snail slime is called snail filtrate. It's a huge breakthrough that is incorporated in a wide array of skincare products like serum, cream, face mask, and gel.
Here are the perks of using snail filtrate infused skincare products:
8 benefits of snail slime in skincare
1. Acne
At some point in our …


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