10 Health Headlines You Shouldn’t Miss This Month

Monday, December 15, 2014 Stef dela Cruz, MD 2 Comments

Pardon me for neglecting my blog lately. My dog ate my homework! I slept late! Traffic was horrible!

Okay, those are all really bad alibis, so let me stick to the truth: I got busy. (No, maniacs, it’s not what you think.) What I mean is, I am just up to my neck in deadlines.

top health headlinesJust so we can catch up, here’s what I’m sharing with you today!

Just to be clear, I’m not complaining. Nope, not at all; I’m actually quite grateful for the work! Of course, I can’t help but feel that I’ve missed all of you (and your comments, oh, your comments!) because I’ve been gone for so long.

Ten Headlines You Shouldn’t Miss!

Let me make it up to you. Allow me to share with you the top ten articles in the last month that changed me the most. I hope that at least one of them will provoke thought and evoke emotion in you, too!

1. Five bust myths busted

boob myths

Attention, men who love staring at boobs all day! Let’s sublimate your, uh, “habit” for a second. Read this article on all the boob myths you thought were true!

Find out how many of these five boob myths you still believe. Ready to laugh at how silly you’ve been? Read it now!

2. Taking multivitamins: why you should have second thoughts.

multivitamins health

Attention, pill poppers: Your trusty multivitamin might be doing you more harm than good! As mentioned in this write-up, “Some pharmaceutical companies label their supplements as 100 percent natural or organic, giving the impression that these do not have side effects. The discerning buyer, however, knows better.”

Read it in full here.

3. An app a day keeps the doctor away

an app a day

So what if you hate exercise and health apps? None of the apps mentioned in this full-page Manila Bulletin article are either! Still, they keep you healthy. Read now and find out how.

4. Why there’s something wrong with the way we thank God on Facebook

thank God on Facebook

Oh, you know what I’m talking about, you see them each day on Facebook. “Thank you for all my money!” or “Thank you for everything I have that others don’t!”

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating. Or am I? You tell me. Read the article and tell me if there really is something wrong with how many of us thank God on Facebook!

5. Three ways being single puts your health at risk

single health risks

All the single ladies (and gents), stop dancing to Beyonce’s catchy song for a moment and just hear me out! There’s something about staying single that makes us more prone to, um, disease and death.

I know, morbid, right? Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.

6. Bill for people with rare health diseases: supporting diversity

rare diseases

Has anyone ever told you how rare you are? Was it your crush? Good for you! Unfortunately, if it’s a doctor, you might not be as lucky.

Rare diseases are set aside. People who have them don’t really get enough financial assistance from the government – at least, not yet. Let’s see what we can do by reading this eye-opener.

7. Six things I learned about surgery (and I didn’t learn them in med school)

surgery lessons

Surprise, surprise: I didn’t learn everything in med school! Okay, that’s not much of a surprise.

Anyway, let me share what happened to me during surgery and what gems I learned from it all in this Manila Bulletin feature.

8. School vs home: the war on childhood obesity

unhealthy school

Oh, yummy cake. Rather unhealthy, however. Which brings me to this question: Who bought junk food from the school cafeteria as a child? Raise your hand!

Are you raising your hand? Yeah, that’s the point: We shouldn’t be raising our hands.

Schools are supposed to teach us not just lessons on physics and chemistry, but also awesome habits in life that will keep us healthy. We all want to live until we are centenarians, yes? Without the wrinkles, of course.

Let’s find out what unhealthy habits we have picked up in school. Please read if you’re a parent!

9. School receives grant for being healthy

Nikki Coseteng

And here’s the good news: You get money for teaching kids to be healthy! Hurray!

It’s not easy, however. Read and find out how former senator Nikki Coseteng found out about getting broke when your school serves healthy food.

10. Why meat eaters and vegans are like vampires.

vegans and vampires

Here’s a snippet: “We are vampires, you and I. The vegan is like a vampire who refuses to drink human blood, recognizing the value of preserving human life. The meat lover, on the other hand, is very much like the vampire who kills humans out of instinct, believing there is nothing wrong with taking the life of an inferior living thing.”

Agree or disagree? Before making a conclusion, you’re going to have to read it first!

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Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!