Cum Laude Kate Tan Dies; Father Sues "Doctor"


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It sounds like a headline you would find in a tabloid, but it's not. It's the story of Kate Tan, a cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University. "But what is it to me?" you might ask. Well, it's this: Kate could have been your sister, best friend, or daughter. Kate could have even been you.

Kate TanMeet Kate Tan. She looked awesome. She was awesome.

That was how I felt: She could have easily been me. I found way too many similarities between me and Kate: She was the eldest child in the family, she was an achiever in school, and she also wanted to become a writer. She had a loving and supportive family, too, just like me.

There is, however, one thing that sets us apart: Unlike Kate, I'm still alive.

Kate passed away in July 2013. "Everybody dies," you might think. "It's just another sob story," you might say. But it's not.

That headline you just read is the tip of a big and potentially scandalous iceberg, one that will affect every single one of us. So if you're a sister, best friend, or daughter, pay close attention to what I will reveal about my four-hour interview with Bernard Tan, Kate's father.

If you don't want your sister, best friend, or daughter to be the next Kate Tan, I suggest you sit tight, pay attention, and prepare to share this on every single one of your social networks.

You see, Kate did not want to die quietly. She - together with her grieving father and the people who know about the hideousness that happened to her - have a message for you that might one day save the life of someone you love.

5 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep: Sleep Congress 2014


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"You have breathing problems when you sleep," Dr Christian Guilleminault, an authority on sleep medicine, told me with a smile after taking one look at my face. "I'm a hundred percent sure about it."

Dr Guilleminault was a guest speaker during the 2014 Sleep Congress entitled, "Sleep Talks: A Congress on Sleep Medicine Across Specialties". In celebration of World Sleep Day, he came all the way from Stanford University to talk about sleep problems in children.

The 2014 Sleep Congress was organized by Dr Keith Aguilera, Head of Comprehensive Sleep Disorders Center at St. Luke's Medical Center (SLMC) at Global City. Hand in hand with the Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine, he wanted updates and topics on sleep  medicine to be shared with the public. (Joan Teotico, digital content officer for SLMC also told me that they have the country's biggest sleep facilities with the most complete range of services for sleep-related problems.)

Dr Guilleminault Sleep CongressDr Guilleminault was a key player in the discovery of obstructive sleep apnea. I was starstruck!

I instantly liked his unapologetic honesty. "Do I fit the profile?" I asked, aware that a person's face shape may very well dictate one's breathing habits, especially during sleep.

It was actually one of the five interesting things I learned about sleep during the 2014 Sleep Congress. I didn't expect, however, that I was going to be the perfect candidate for someone who - gasp - snores!

5 Things I Learned During the 2014 Sleep Congress in Manila

Let me share with you the five things I learned during the 2014 Sleep Congress in Manila, held at EDSA ShangriLa Hotel on March 14 to 15. See if it's your first time to learn about them, too.

Sleep Medicine Conference 2014

6 Claims about Stem Cell Therapy that Don’t Make Sense


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"It worked on my daughter, so it should work for others, too!" That's just one of the many stupid claims about stem cell therapy. What I just said probably sounds harsh - rude, even - but it's also the truth. Hear me out.

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When a scam artist tells you something, you are likely to believe it. Hey, that’s what they do. You don't want to be duped, but you do, anyway, because scam artists feed on your vulnerability and desperation.

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If you believe in the magic of stem cell therapy on autism, Alzheimer's disease, and just about any illness you can think of, it's time you opened your mind to two things: logic and evidence. Let me qualify that by sharing with you six common but very stupid claims about stem cell therapy.

6 Stupid Claims on Stem Cell Therapy, Debunked

Stem cell therapy, unfortunately, is a field abused by con artists - not only in the Philippines, but also in other parts of the world. Although life arms us with tools to help spot the con, sometimes we still get duped.

There are many claims about stem cell treatment that don’t make any sense, but here are six that make it to the top of my list. Listen to the evidence and the logic.

#1 Stem cell therapy claim that doesn’t make sense:

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In philosophy, we can say one thing about the above stupid claim: "Post hoc ergo propter hoc." In other words, the above is an example of false causation. Just because two events occur one after the other does not mean that the former caused the latter.

To make a vivid example, let me rephrase the above claim on stem cell therapy by substituting a few words:

"After my daughter threw out the garbage, she met a handsome man. This is evidence that throwing out the garbage will help you find a handsome man!"

Yes, I know, it doesn't follow.

#2 Stem cell therapy claim that doesn’t make sense:

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Legalities aside, if you don't see the several red flags in that statement, you are in trouble. (But yes, for the record, only those authorized to administer stem cell therapy are legally allowed to do so.)

There is a very good reason why different countries regulate stem cell therapy. Can you imagine what would happen if the paracetamol in your medicine cabinet, the Rivotril in your bag, or the chemotherapy drugs at the pharmacy can be prescribed by just about anyone who wants to practice alternative medicine?

Health is the one element that spells the difference between life and death. Regulation is our safeguard against people who use this knowledge to make fools out of us.

Lastly, if you don't believe in doctors and you prefer alternative medicine therapists, that's your call. But legit (I can not emphasize that word enough) stem cell therapy is not alternative medicine; it is based on scientific research and dogmas of evidence-based medicine.

Now, I ask you, does it make sense to seek the help of an alternative medicine expert if what you get from him is traditional medicine? Feel free to come to your own conclusions.

#3 Stem cell therapy claim that doesn’t make sense:

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