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Stef dela Cruz is a doctor-columnist who received the Dean Bacala Academic Excellence Award from the University of Santo Tomas and the Health Media Award from the Department of Health. She is the human of three cats and a dog. Stalk her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – she won’t sue.

Denialism on veganism: a systemic blind spot among doctors regarding the health benefits of plant-based diets


“So, where do you get your protein?” A fellow doctor asked this question after finding out I became a vegan. Imagine my surprise, considering that doctors should know that a person’s daily protein requirement was less than one gram per … Continue reading


Rising Healthcare Costs: Should We Be Scared?


Health is wealth. This used to be an adage that has been overused with time. But lately, its meaning has transformed as it is true not only figuratively, but also literally. Staying healthy requires money! You might think that’s not … Continue reading


Top Tips to Reduce Your Chances of Suffering a Stroke


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Has any of your parents or other relatives suffered from stroke in the past? Chances are, you might also be a candidate for stroke. Stairlift companies say they receive hundreds of requests for home mobility assistance and stairlift information each month … Continue reading


4 Simple Ways to Keep Eyes Healthy & Beautiful


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They say your eyes reflect your health. Your eyes are arguably the most important feature on your face.  In fact, most people notice your eyes before they see anything else.   Enhancing your eyes and caring for them should be a … Continue reading


4 Ways to Avoid Sweating Too Much



So you’ve got a hot date coming up. You’ve booked a great restaurant, got your suit lined up and you’re picking her up at 7. You should be feeling great, right? Yes, you should, but you’re starting to break into a … Continue reading


Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Radiation Necrosis: Does It Really Work?


If you’re an athlete or a cancer patient, you’re probably familiar with hyperbaric therapy. If you’re not, you should be. It’s a treatment option for people suffering from different conditions, including sports injuries and radiation necrosis. Hyperbaric therapy offers 100 … Continue reading


Testosterone Deficiency: Should You Get Tested?


I received an email a few days back about someone having problems with his sexual drive. The email sender said his testosterone levels were found to be lower than normal. He then mentioned TestRush, a supplement that claims to boost … Continue reading


Effectiveness of Ultrasound Cavitation: Evidence-Based Approach


If I get a penny for every relative who asks me about cosmetic, non-surgical ways to get a smaller waistline, I will probably be $10 richer. Okay, that’s not much, but you get the picture: Everyone wants to know about … Continue reading


Stem Cell Therapy: The (Lack of) Ethics Behind the Controversy


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When an honorable physician resigns his covetable post at the Department of Health (DOH), it begs the question, “What gives?” In a public statement, DOH Secretary Dr. Enrique Ona expressed his support for doctors who charge patients for stem cell … Continue reading


How to Control Diabetes with Exercise


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Diabetes is a disease that can progress with time if not properly controlled. It’s a constant vigil: You have to exercise regularly. You must avoid eating food rich in sugar today, tomorrow, and the day after that for as long as … Continue reading


Health Governance Awards: Why We Need More Of These


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Health is wealth. I hate starting an article with a cliché, but this adage is appropriate. In a nutshell, it spells out a sobering reality: We spend a whole lot of money when we get sick. The government spends millions … Continue reading


Justice League Chemotherapy Bags for Children with Cancer


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Justice League chemotherapy bags are now available for children with cancer. It’s about time that superheroes gave sick kids a helping hand. Warner Bros., famous among comic book fans for their DC Comics legacy, recently partnered with A. C. Camargo … Continue reading


How to Incorporate Exercise in a Busy Schedule Without the Gym


When you have a packed day, it can be difficult to get down to the gym for a lengthy workout. But exercise doesn’t just rid you of extra calories; it also keeps your immune system primed to fight infection. You … Continue reading