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Friday, December 29, 2006
My husband received a box of pistachio nuts from one of his patients, Mrs. Lydia Bondoc. Since my kids are really fond of pistachios they feasted on it while we are still in the clinic looking at our patients. By the time we finished, we decided to take a snack and we remembered the pistachios. There were only very few left just enough for me to take pictures of.

Pistachios are very healthy nuts. Aside from being cholesterol-free like most other nuts, it is rich in monounsaturated fats thus it helps lower the level of blood cholesterol. It is protein-rich, low in saturated fat, high in fiber, has low calorie value, and contains antioxidants. It is also rich in nutrients - Vitamin B, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. These help in the metabolism and absorption of protein, strengthen the immune system, promotes appetite, and strengthen bones and teeth.

Salted pistachios are the ones available here in the Philippines. You can chopped them and add them to your salads, ice cream, cereals, and even into your sandwich spreads. Happy New Year!
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:11 AM   0 comments
Chocolates, are they bad? II
Thursday, December 28, 2006
From what I read in the medical tribune, chocolates aren't good after all. Researchers found out that eating them may actually prolong a bad mood. This is very much in contrary to my previous post where I wrote that chocolates are stimulants thus they improve the mood and makes one feel happy. Since they prolong a negative mood, according to researchers, then its best to eat them occasionally. Its also best not to give them as gifts especially to people suffering from depression. And since the best tasting chocolates are also very expensive, then why not stick to giving flowers and you will surely receive the sweetest smile ever.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 11:39 AM   0 comments
Christmas 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Christmas is just around the corner and parties are here, there, and everywhere. Buying gifts, wrapping them, and attending Christmas parties are things that keep me busy these days.

The photo on the left taken during the Philippine Academy of Family Physicians, Pangasinan Chapter Christmas Party. It was held at City de Luxe Restaurant, Tapuac District, Dagupan City, Philippines on December 9 at 5:00 PM. It was a family Christmas party. Doctors brought with them their families. The children had lots of fun joining the parlor games and winning prizes. They also enjoyed the company of Proppy, the mascot from Pascual Laboratory. Series of Christmas parties from different organizations then followed - the Faculty of Medicine of Lyceum Northwestern University on December 14 and in PCFMI Hospital on December 15.

Of course let us not forget the children especially those who are in the orphanages. Me and my family were busy last night wrapping some gifts for them(see photo on the left) and preparing some chocolates for street children (photo below) . These maybe are just ordinary items for most of us but it may mean a lot for all these children. Making them happy during this season and if possible all throughout the year will make wonders to everyone of us.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 9:03 AM   0 comments
Green Tea
Friday, December 01, 2006
I had a patient one day who is a palm reader. She offered to read my palm for me to know something about my future. I hesitated for a while but later on I gave in. Im not really fond of doing this, in fact it was my first time. I told myself it was just for fun, nothing really serious.

She started by telling me a little about my past. Well, I was amazed because most of her words were true! So I asked her if she really knew me. She answered "No, doctor, I am just reading from your palm!" Then she started pointing to some lines in my hand where she "read" those messages. She explained to me what each of those lines mean. Later on she started reading my "future". Oh! They were the best words that I heard for years that I didn't realize I was already crying out of joy and happiness. Of course it was just a prediction! But at least they were really good except for soon to be illness. And this is where the green tea enters. She told me to drink green tea as prevention for this illness.

Green tea is an herbal medicine popular in the Chinese and Japanese community. It is believed that it can cure any kind of illness and it is also effective in losing weight. It contains an anti-oxidant compound which is effective in counteracting the free radicals in the body and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells. It also helps in lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL) blood levels.
posted by Amelyn R. Rafael,MD @ 4:16 PM   0 comments
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About Me: Family Physician, and Associate Professor (Clinical Anatomy and Medical Physiology)
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