Pineapple Really Improves Fertility?

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Pineapple Ananas comosus(scientific name), also known as “Pinya”, is a delicious tropical collective fruit (a cluster of flowers mature into a single mass that produces into a fruit). That’s belongs into one of Bromeliacea family which consist of have one healthy and important compound called bromelain enzyme that was used for medical and culinary purposes.In addition pineapple juice which can be found in tropical countries has many byproducts, have been created through innovation of time from pineapple. It does not only limit its wide array in cuisines but byproduct  from this fruit may include many beverages such as “piñacolada” as one of the main ingredient use in cocktails also vinegar’s and wines. Pineapples is also use as fiber material in  textile manufacturing for Barong Tagalog and Baro’tSaya, commonly known as piña that can be found here at the Philippines.

According to Megan Ware in her written article titled Pineapple Health Benefits, Recipes, Health Risks, that consumption of antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. Since free radicals can damage the reproductive system, foods with high antioxidant activity like pineapples that battle free radicals are recommended for those trying to conceive. The antioxidants in pineapple such as vitamins C, beta-carotene and the vitamins and minerals and copper, zinc and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.Moreover, fruits that contain bromelain enzymes like pineapple helps reduces or fight inflammation in the body, including in the uterus. It is also a mild blood thinner which some believe can aid in implantation. But take note that many doctors prescribe baby aspirin, a blood thinner, to help with implantation.  In addition humans implantation is the very early stage of pregnancy at which the product of conception at any point between fertilization and birth adheres to the wall of the uterus.

Another written article from Ashley Bravo entitled Does Pineapple Increase Fertility, tells that the common beliefs of women  regarding  about pineapple is that it helps with the implantation process when in  becoming pregnant. However, there is no scientific proof in this belief. On the other hand, men can also helped in regards to fertility by eating an increased amount of Vitamins C. This has been shown to help with the quality of their sperm and is especially helpful for men who are heavy smokers. While it is best to avoid smoking altogether when you are trying to conceive, adding vitamin C to your diet can help if you continue to do so. In some studies according to pineapple can also help with fertility because it is a common source of pregnancy. Adding it to your diet can help to allow you to lose weight, which can hinder your ability to become pregnant. So, while pineapple doesn’t have any direct ties to fertility, it can definitely be something that will help in a number of other ways.

On the other hand  the truth behind  that eating pineapple gives a great deal of Vitamin C it helps women to become pregnant. Vitamin C helps fight the symptoms like PCOS, (Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome – Symptoms) that one of the common symptoms of this PCOS is having an irregular periods or no periods at all that leads to a difficulty  of getting pregnant, it is because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate.

Source:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276903.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineapple

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Polycystic-ovarian-syndrome/…/Symptoms.aspx

http://www.fertilityafter40.com/9-fertility-wonder-foods-separating-myth-from-fact-to-get-pregnant-faster-naturally.html#sthash.QBFOtTJg.dpuf

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=34

http://pregnancytips.org/getting-pregnant/fertility/does-pineapple-increase-fertility/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/pineapple.html

Carrots (Daucus Carota) as Cancer-Risk Reduction

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Carrots are considered to be one of the most important cultivated vegetable crops in history. They have been providing nutrients to populations for thousands of years, with records showing that the first modern-day carrot varieties were consumed around the 10th Century in parts of the Middle East and Asia.

Daucus carota scientific term for Carrots is a bienial and bears flower and it can grow from 2 inches to 3 feet in length. In terms of its nutrients and vitamins it contain a beta-carotenes, carotenes is the source of vitamin A, which is is very important for the fully growth and healing of the body tissues. Also Carrots have a Potassium, Thiamin, Folic acid, Magnesium, Falcarium and Luteonil that needed of our body to reduce or to prevent cancer cells.

BEBEFITS OF CARROTS

1.  Improves vision

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the liver. Vitamin A is transformed in the retina, to rhodopsin, a purple pigment necessary for night vision.

2.  Helps prevent cancer

carrots reduce the risk of lung cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Researchers have just discovered falcarinol and falcarindiol which they feel cause the anticancer properties.

3.  Slows down aging 
The high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage done to the body through regular metabolism.  It help slows down the aging of cells.

4.  Promotes healthier skin 
Vitamin A and antioxidants protects the skin from sun damage. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone.

5.  Helps prevent infection 
Carrots are known by herbalists to prevent infection. They can be used on cuts – shredded raw or boiled and mashed.

6.  Promotes healthier skin (from the outside) 
Carrots are used as an inexpensive and very convenient facial mask.  Just mix grated carrot with a bit of honey.

7.  Prevents heart disease
Studies show that diets high in carotenoids are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.  Carrots have not only beta-carotene but also alpha-carotene and lutein.

The regular consumption of carrots also reduces cholesterol levels because the soluble fibers in carrots bind with bile acids.

8.  Cleanses the body
Vitamin A assists the liver in flushing out the toxins from the body. It reduces the bile and fat in the liver. The fibers present in carrots help clean out the colon and hasten waste movement.

9.  Protects teeth and gums
Carrots clean your teeth and mouth. They scrape off plaque and food particles just like toothbrushes or toothpaste.  Carrots stimulate gums and  trigger a lot of saliva, which being alkaline, balances out the acid-forming, cavity-forming bacteria.  The minerals in carrots prevent tooth damage.

10.  Prevents stroke
From all the above benefits it is no surprise that in a Harvard University study, people who ate more than six carrots a week are less likely to suffer a stroke than those who ate only one carrot a month or less.

Bright orange carrots are rich in nutrients, inexpensive, and easy to find in the fresh produce section of your grocery store. They’re rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that are good for your health, and it’s possible that eating carrots may help to prevent cancer.

In research studies performed in labs, rats fed either raw carrots or even just falcarinol — an antioxidant extracted from carrots — demonstrated a delay in the growth of colon tumors. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant and a pre-cursor used to make vitamin A in your body, and carotenoidrelatives like zeaxanthin and lutein. Eating a diet rich in these antioxidants may help to reduce your risk of cancer by preventing damage to the healthy cells of your body.

References:

http://curingcancerwithcarrots.com/author/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/carrots.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5499722_characteristics-carrot-plant.html

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html

http://nutrition.about.com/od/healthyfood1/a/carrotscancer.htm

http://draxe.com/carrot-juice/

SMART 3D SPECTACLES: WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY THAT ALLOW AND ASSIST VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE TO SEE

An invention of Dr. Stephen Hicks, a Neuroscientist from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Dr. Hicks’s invention was widely known as SMART GLASSES. The Smart 3D Spectacles has a built in camera that technically picks up the three-dimensionality of the enhanced objects nearby, thus, can be tuned to a bright easy-to-see display and as well as can be put up or rather can be seen from the inside of that particular pair of spectacles. Practically, people can see an extra layer of vision when being worn. It adheres or rather give support and context to that specific environment. It is a significant way to help and assist vision of the people with severe sight impairments. A citation from www.thedailyguardian.com, that according to research, 90% of people who are registered blind have some existing light perception. The glasses use 3D cameras to greatly enhance what little they can already see through a computer and this is projected on to lenses. The result is that close-up objects and people go from being dark, indefinable blobs to outlined, cartoonised images. It was also mentioned that The glasses began life two years ago as chunky goggles with banks of computer screens. A £500,000 grant from the Google Impact Challenge, which supports charities using technology to aid people, is funding the development of a wearable slimmed-down pair of glasses and software that is usable on a mobile phone. In 2015, 1,000 volunteers tested the new version at home. If all goes to plan, a spin-off company owned by Oxford University and device creator, Stephen Hicks, could be selling them by 2016, priced at £300-£400. The potential to transform lives is huge with 30 million blind people worldwide. Though, this invention is likely to and possibly to be produced in the Philippines since we already have similar inventions from EPSON called The Moverio, thus, this device has also a front-facing camera that enables image and video capture as well as marker detection for AR apps that give users relevant information related to the real-world and as well as the “Wear-ever” device by the Smart Communication Network. The network’s spokesperson said “All this is part of the digital tsunami that we expect will sweep the world, including the Philippines in the coming years,” citing about their invention that could change the way people communicate. According to www.wfs.org, They combine a 3D camera and built-in software to enhance vision. The software enhances and highlights objects in the foreground while hiding the background. The wearer can even pause the visual feed and zoom in for greater detail. The depth camera works in the dark allowing for night. But The glasses don’t replace lost vision but assist with spatial awareness. Anyone using the glasses looks through them to make the most of their existing sight, with additional images appearing in their line of sight to give extra information about who or what is in front of them. (Photo below from Len Rosen’s 21st Century Tech Blog). VA-ST-software-e1434460715873 What is great about these glasses is that you can see through them and make the most of the vision you’ve got. They add to what you see with extra information. In some cases, details such as facial features can become easier to see – making social interaction more natural. The glasses work particularly well in low light and can be used to cope with night blindness. http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2014-06-17-smart-glasses-people-poor-vision-being-tested-oxford

How is Development Communication as an Art and Science of Human Communication?

 

Communication is the key to human development. According to Nora C. Quebral development communication as an art and science of human communication is applied to the speedy transformation of a country and the mass of its people from poverty to dynamic state of economic growth that makes possible greater social equality and the larger fulfillment of the human potential.

Our country is facing different kinds of problems in social, economic, agricultural, and industrial and many more. As, Development Communication communicators we can communicate with them and stressed the main roots of their problem and make an immediate action. Helping people in all levels of communication, through communication media techniques like for example social networking it can develop human thoughts, and can catch the curiosity of the audience and increasing human participation. In our generation today we are influence by modern technology, development communication can be useful in terms of developmental projects with the use of media.

Development communication is a big help in our progressive country, there is a dynamic strategy behind people participation, like for example communication activities, exchanging ideas and information in a very productive way. Face to face communication is the best way because there is a bridge understanding between you and the person you are dealing with.

We are living in a communication age there is a full impact of communication and the development we are having right now, are can be seen. Development involves change and we are also making change.

Communication focuses on a long process that can change our behavior.

As we look in the future the communication of rural development will be upon us. Helping us in our living and making our life to become easier. That was devcom is.

 

 

 

DevCom: Art and Science of Human Communication

“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.”
-Harold Kushner
According to Nora Quebral, Devcom is the art and science of human communication applied to the speedy transformation of a country and the mass of its people from poverty to a dynamic state of economic growth that makes possible greater social equality and the larger fulfillment of the human potential.
Development Communication as an art
DevCom requires creativity because you have to gain attraction and attention to your audience. It practices the creativeness of the field such as community organizing, reporting and a lot more which requires creativity, resourcefulness, skillfulness and a lot of ideas in human communication.
Development Communication as a science
It practices systematic application to processes, strategies and principle of communication to bring about positive social change by supporting sustainable change in development operations. It also aims to do this through engaging key stakeholders, inducing positive behavioral and social change, disseminating information and establishing conducive environments.
DevCom brings change to the society through the use of new technology and mass communications. The best example of social change devcom brings is the community organizing. It is where you go to communities, teach them how to be resourceful, skillful, creative, the strategies in life for a better living, and shared ideas in a devcom way and surely their lives will change. Not only their lives but also the community their living in and is their social behavior.
As Development Communicators, we are ready to face any challenges, whether it is easy or hard as long as we have trust and confidence and can give happiness to people. We are born to change and give care to the society into a much better place to live in.

Development Communication: Significance in Popularizing Breakthroughs in Science and Technology

Science and technology, uplifting the today’s face of reality because of advanced innovations. It is one of the biggest factors why most of the societies today are progressive. Like Japan, despite of being a victim of the natural phenomenon and tragedies, they recover so fast and their development growth never goes down. Since it is under science, Development Communication has a very wide scope of work. Therefore it plays an important role in popularizing breakthroughs in science and technology.

            The rapid prevalence of ICT, it defined a new form of social underclass as demarcated by the digital divide between developed and developing countries. The need for ICT served economic, political and social justice. Development communication policy as a field has always been characterized by tension and conflict owed to a socially contextualized policy-making process and value-driven technologies. Communication has been framed within the ruling discourses on development paradigms along with the convergence of media and communication technologies and the rule of the market-based media structure.

            Developing countries today face a wide range of needs, from more secure food supplies to cheap and effective medicines. One factor that almost all these needs have in common is that satisfying them adequately will not occur without the use of modern science. From both points of view, development can be characterized as the process of putting scientific and technical knowledge into practice. Conversely, it is important that building the capacity to absorb and make use of scientific and technical knowledge must be placed at the heart of the development aid efforts if these are to be successful in achieving their goals.

            Development is such a big word for us to comprehend its truest sense. We can define development on our own.  Yet, true development can and will be measured through me and my community.

Human Communication Roles in Development Communication

         Communication is necessary in the world. We are obliged to communicate in order to live life harmoniously. Can you just imagine what will happen if we don’t know the art of communication? Exactly! This world will start and end up in an unorganized way. No understanding and no development at all.

          Human communication plays an important role in development communication. Humans are the centered of development. We find ways on how to achieve the kind of development we wanted and needed. As a human being, we have the answers on how important human communication is in achieving our goals in life. As much as we know, we are lucky to be born with skill and knowledge on how to communicate. We just have to know how to develop these.

Development Communication can be simply discussed using only two terminologies, Development and Communication itself. On my own words, it is a tool on achieving desired goals which can result to the development of a certain place through the use of human communication in forms of science and technology and artistry.

Human Communication promotes development if actively practiced. The concept of people’s participation creates development. As they say, Development Communication is an art and science of human communication. Indeed, development was brought by the advancement of science and technology in our society. Technology made our lives easier. These thought may give us a hope of achieving development in a faster way with the use of different technologies such as the use of Social Media. Technology is already part of human communication. It creates a bridge on giving and getting information no matter where we locate ourselves. With the modernization we have now, human communication improved in a way we never expected.

Indeed, active human communication plays a big role in development communication.

Development Communication as an Art and Science….

Dr. Nora Quebral of the University of the Philippines at Los Baños defines Development Communication as “the art and science of human communication applied to a speedy transformation of a country and the mass of its people from poverty to a dynamic state of economic growth that makes possible greater social equality and the larger fulfillment of the human potentials”.

How is DevCom as an art and science of human communication?

Development Communication as an art of human communication means of being creative in communicating or giving messages to its audience simply with the use of various communication media and communication materials. On the other hand, communication materials can also be a source of communication information. In the practice of field programs such as conducting seminars, workshop, community organization or having an interview, we can gather information which we wanted to know. In a working environment it is very convenient to make use of outputs such as posters, leaflets or TV spots because it is easy to get the attention of the audience before he would decide to read it.

          Development Communication is a branch of communication science yet its basic differences lies with its orientation. It is essentially an orientation towards people for it implies a personal belief, a personal stand and a personal commitment. It is a message-centric and receiver-oriented because it does not limit itself to use of mass media.

Development Communication is relatively a young science because it uses scientific methods, where different theories and principles are being applied in giving solutions to the societies problem. And also for creating decisions and planned how to carry out the communication intervention in a society.  Development communication as a science helps to improve the public to gain understanding of science in determining where to get primary information. Through organization, processes, packages or distributing ideas in forms of communication materials such as leaflets, electronic mail, television or radio. It also helps to educate, teach the poor to improve his life by knowing how to provide for himself and his family the basic needs.

 

Reference:

Ongkiko, I.V and Flor, A (1998). Introduction to Development Communication. Development Communication, Page 129. SEAMEO Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture and the University of the Philippines Open City. Philippines

Dev Com as an Art and Science of Human Communication

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DEV COM IS AN ART AND SCIENCE OF HUMAN COMMUNICATION

                    “Life without communication is senseless”

Communication, the human connection is the key to personal and career success.

Looking back, the communication was not so satisfactory which resulted to countries slow or poor development. Now, development communication has been established to inform, to  influence, persuade, to be more understandable to the society/community.

IT’S AN ART…..

Being a development communicator is more to be socially developed. We met different faces everyday, gone to many places to pursue our vision or purpose. In our case, we have our community immersion as given in our course. We evaluate the life and procedures of some people and learn from it. We learned different cultures, on how we address ourselves with others how to interact well, such a matter of well-being. Relate to a relationship, it’s not working without communication though the fact that you know that you love each other. See? How communication can travel in our own world? It’s an art because it changes people, their beliefs, advocacies and views. When you are a good communicator, you are not just molding others, yourself too. It deals with self actualization, self realization, good character and a great leader. Another, we’ve been to some radio stations for us to learn and experiment. From there we are foreseeing how to be a good media practitioners, the reason why we are there, how we spread the news firmly. Moreover, gadgets too has a big impact to the society nowadays. We can send “chismis” quickly, go with friends as far as we want, get through even you are miles apart. Before, it takes a Calvary to climb before you receive the message/information. But now, the development is on going. Us, Development Communicators. We, the recipient of purposive developers  are such the reflections of our National heroes that passed away.

Development Communication: towards Nation’s Progress

Development Communication was defined as the art and science of human communication linked to a society’s planned transformation from a state of poverty to one dynamic socio-economic growth that makes for greater equality and the larger unfolding of individual potentials by Dr. Nora C, Quebral, the mother of this discipline in 1971. Development Communication grew in response to societal problems. One of its underlying assumptions is that these (societal) problems may be traced to root causes and these root causes may in turn be remedied by information and communication. Development Communication is both an art and science of human communication because it uses scientific methods to make complicated things simple and as an art it uses different artistic, creative and eye catchy communication materials and media to communicate effectively. As a Development Communicator in the future, the author was able to draw out several realizations on how Development Communication was considered as an art and science of human communication.

YOU MUST BE CREATIVE. In persuading the community, you must implement the programs creatively. You, as the source of information must be able to transmit this information to your audience correctly and with their full attention to the topic, because if you don’t, you might find yourself alone.

Photo taken during the Community Organizing Class of BSDC 3A (batch 2014) at Brgy. San Roque, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Teaching these children the importance of proper hand-washing and personal hygiene.   Photo by: K.M. Vergara

Photo taken during the Community Organizing Class of BSDC 3A (batch 2014) at Brgy. San Roque, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Teaching these children the importance of proper hand-washing and personal hygiene.
Photo by: K.M. Vergara

YOU MUST BE RESOURCEFUL. This is making use of the available resources in the community. Give the fact that not all communities have the access to new technologies, you as a DevCom practitioner must be able to make out of something from the community, what’s with them and what they can do to it to make it useful, you must integrate different ideas to the community for as the old quote would say, teach them how to fish and they will live forever.

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY. This is the main point of being a Development Communicator, communicating development to the people. You must be able to inform and educate people on the things of their concern and the things that they must learn whether they will be children, youth, those with profession, or even the adults.

Informal Education/ Spiritual Instructions to the children of Brgy. Mabini, Buenavista, Guimaras.
Photo by: R.P. Escala

YOU MUST BE ABLE TO SIMPLIFY THE COMPLICATED. This is one of the most needed attributes of a Development Communicator, and this is where the “science” takes place. Communicating new scientific innovations on farming for example is not easy, you have to learn it first, and then teach it to people on how use it in the simplest way possible in order for them to make use of it.

YOU MUST BE READY. Development Communication may lead you to somewhere far away from home. Let you step on a muddy road. Let you eat exotic food, therefore you must be ready emotionally, physically and mentally.

The discipline goes beyond profession, for development communication is a commitment and a life to live for the progress of the nation through information and communication. Development in the Third World Countries such as the Philippines is a dream and a goal that must be reached, for development starts from within, for Development Communication measures development through ‘man’.

Reference:

Ongkiko, Ila Virginia and Flor, Alexander G. (1998). Introduction to Development Communication. Los Baños: University of the Philippines Open University and Southeast Asia Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture.