Irvingia gabonensis – new to my ears

I do not know how it is pronounced.  Is it ir*vin*ja or ir*vin*ya?  I don’t know but it’s good news for the obese and for people with slow metabolism.  A research study was made about the effect of irvingia gabonensis seeds which can be found hereResults showed effects like weight loss that were accompanied by waist circumference and hip reduction, controlled blood pressure, and controlled cholesterol concentration and glucose levels.

Irvingia gabonensis is an African herb that has many uses from its bark to its kernel.  It is a new discovery that can be worth the try.  Still, if one is interested, it is vital that further research must be done.


Teen Addiction

One of the scariest things that haunted my mind when my children were still young and in their primary years was the possibility that they can one day get into drugs.  Just like any other parent, I was very afraid of the odds that one of my children will undergo teen rehab.  Though I know that I worked very hard in establishing my relationship with the kids, in instilling values to their young minds, and in reproving the wrong deeds, I was truly alarmed of the world outside our home.  We know for a fact that there are other people aside from family that the children get to communicate and share their thoughts with.  And I know that being a good parent is not guarantee.

Teen drug statistics are escalating.  News from all over the world shares the dim world of young people being dragged and drugged.  It may sound a relief to know that a minor is only going to a teen alcohol rehab or a teen marijuana rehab.  But just the same, they are forms of addiction.  Dependence of a teenager on alcohol and marijuana is not a lesser predicament to deal with.  But I am just so glad that my children hated the idea of being an addict.  I am a triumphant mother to see that until this day and age, my children did not resort to any form of craving for the unwanted chemicals.

In relation to this, I feel so sad seeing the son of a neighbor who came back from a mental institution.  I heard that he was into drugs when he was a teenager, when someone he liked rejected him.  Being poor and uninformed, the parents did not even bother researching for teen addiction info which I believe will help ease their burden. Or maybe they do not even care at all.  The growl of the stomachs are probably more demanding than the need to give their child medical attention that would really require money.

News: Edwin Valero and Manny Pacquiao’s Match no more

edwin valero's fight

When I reached home today, Papsie asked me if I know Edwin Valero.  I have no idea I told him.  Then briefly, he told me that he was the boxer that was supposed to be matched with Manny Pacquiao in the boxing arena in the future.  I was told that he committed suicide inside his prison cell after killing his wife.  That was shocking.

Papsie continued that he learned that Valero is involved in drugs and alcohol abuse.  How come he gets to fight if he is, was my question.  I mean, he was not simply taking alli diet pills, he was a drug user, if not a drug addict.  I wonder if it is a requirement that boxers must be checked if they are drug users or addicts, or there is history of alcohol abuse. Or they will only be obliged when an opponent requested or demanded it?

News from The Washington Post mentioned this line:

Arum said he did not know Valero very well, but despite hearing rumors of drug and alcohol troubles for the Venezuelan had not seen evidence of that himself during several meetings.

Life is indeed ironic. Sometimes it makes me think what people really want in their lives. Valero has money and fame but he chose to kill his wife and end his life as well.

A sad end for a crowd-pleaser.

Cigarettes are Papa’s best friends

I cannot help but think of my father after the preceding post.  And his killers.

Cigarettes were Papa’s best friends from his youth until he died.  And his killers, too.  No, not the cigars.   They’re the cigarettes.  Those finely cut tobacco in rolls, smaller than cigars and wrapped in thin paper and not with tobacco leaves.  They are called Champion.  Actually, they are many.  There’s the Marlboro.  There’s the Philip Morris.  There’s the Winston. And a lot more.  They are all killers.

They make one an addict and dependent to the core.  Habitués have this overpowering compulsion to use these killers.  It would be a challenge to break the addiction.  Especially when Papa got acquainted with them when he was only 14 years old.  He died 61, stopped only about two years using them.  That’s 45 years of addiction.

I am thankful I did not become an addict and was able to break off from the bait.  I could have been a walking dead, too, rotten with the deadly and chronic emphysema, or other lung ailments, or a lung cancer.

My poor Papa.  His best friends were all he have during those down times, I know.  And his buddies during relaxation and freedom from life’s worries.  I know he knew that the the day will come they’re going to make him pay.  And they made him pay with bad ramification.

*Image from Your Detox Store Blog.

Remembering an old joke and the banana

It was my father who told me this short story about monkeys when I was still young (I was about 9 to 10 years old).  He started with a question why monkeys do not have pimples.  Of course, I asked why.  It’s because they always eat bananas he replied.  “Really?” I responded with awe and innocence at the same time.  Then he laughed.

Bananas indeed are good for the health.  It is one of my favorite fruits.  The benefits of eating them are many and that includes being a dietary supplement, an aid to nicotine withdrawal, a sugar fix, a diet aid, a digestion aid and a sports tonic.  Visit LiamBean of Hubpages for more details about the benefits of eating bananas.

Other than that the peel of the banana can be used to reduce the wrinkles around the eye.  This is what my father also told me.  You won’t be needing the best night creams to get rid of them.  You just have to rub the peel around the eyes.

Here in the Philippines, there are varieties of bananas.  The most common that I eat is the latundan and the lakatan.  But I prefer lakatan though my aunt told us that it has more sugar than latundan.  It is not advisable to eat when one is diabetic, she said.  I am not diabetic so I eat a lot of lakatan.

I do not remember my father having pimples.  Was the jest true?  Or we had evolved from apes?  But that is a totally different story for another day.  😀

*Image from Live and