7 Safety Checks for Solane Hatid-Bahay



One of the safest, most reliable, and efficient cooking fuel is liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). By simply making sure that replacement tanks and accessories are properly installed and placed in well-ventilated kitchen area, this cooking fuel brings convenience to many homemakers, letting them cook hearty meals for their families and loved ones. 



Leading LPG solutions provider Solane shares the following 7-point safety check to ensure you enjoy worry-free and reliable hours of cooking using this dependable kitchen partner. 

When a customer calls for a Solane Hatid-Bahay service, the order is promptly delivered by its friendly, courteous, and well-trained riders. They then perform the Safety Check on the following: 1) Environment: Cylinders must be in a well-ventilated area, away from sources of ignition; 2) O-Ring: The rubber O-ring inside the valve should be free from scratches or cracks; and 3) Regulator: The regulator is in good condition and replaced every 3 years.

Moreover, the riders inspect the 4) Regulator and Valve Connection: The regulator must be securely connected to the cylinder valve. 5) Hose: Must be in good condition and replace after every 2 years; 6) Hose Connection: Metal clamps are used to attach the hose to the regulator and appliance; and 7) Flame Quality: The burner produces a blue flame.

Finally, Hatid-Bahay riders conduct a Weight Check in front of customers using calibrated portable weighing scales, assuring households of value for their money.

Even better, Hatid-Bahay customers in Metro Manila have a chance to win exciting prizes under the yearlong Solane Hatid-Bahay Promo, when they order via the Hatid-Bahay Hotline at 887-5555, or www.solane.com.ph. Prizes at stake include one year supply of Solane, gadgets, kitchenware, home entertainment, and gift certificates.

Cheapest Way To Boost Immunity



Viral infections, which can be traced to weak immune systems, have been identified as a major cause of serious diseases among Filipino children below 14 years old and are thus now considered a growing health menace, a recent clinical study on the subject revealed.


                      

The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism in November 2014, said viral and bacterial infections can be traced to the responsiveness of the innate and adaptive immune systems of young individuals, and urgent measures must be taken to reduce infection incidents among the young.

Strengthening immunity is a must
“Among the known factors that influence the strength of the immune system is malnutrition. And the relationship between macro- and micronutrient deficiencies and immunity has been clearly established,” according to the study jointly conducted by the School of Nutrition of the Philippine Women’s University, the Clinical Nutrition Services of St. Luke’s Medical Center and the School of Statistics of the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Practical immune booster
The study checked the possible effects of canned pineapples as a practical and easily available immunity booster through a nine-week randomized, controlled trial on 98 elementary school children in Paco, Manila who were divided into three groups.
Two of the three groups of children were given canned Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits for nine weeks, after which the researchers checked the effects of regular pineapple consumption on various immune markers as well as the children’s nutritional status and physical health. The third group served as the control group and was not given any canned pineapples.

Increase in granulocytes

The trial results showed a decrease in the incidence of viral and bacterial infections in two of the groups after regular consumption of canned pineapples.

Results suggest that intake of both one 140g serving and two servings (280g) of Del Monte Pineapple Tidbits may shorten the duration and incidence of infection and may increase the production of granulocytes, with intake of two servings (280g) demonstrating higher granulocyte production.
Granulocytes make up 60% of the white blood cells and help the body fight infection such as bacteria, viruses and other parasites. They contain granules of enzymes that help kill the invading microbes.
The third group that served as the control group did not show any increase in granulocyte production.
                                                                                                                                            
A chance to improve the health of millions of children

Asked to comment on the study, Ma. Bella Javier, Chief Scientific Officer of Del Monte Philippines, remarked, “We wish to commend the research team for its findings because the importance of having strong immunity, especially among our youth, cannot be understated.”

“We fervently hope that the study will encourage the public to explore simple, scientifically proven ways to improve immunity among young people because this will go a long way towards improving the overall health of millions of Filipino children.”

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About Del Monte Philippines
Del Monte Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) is a leading producer of pineapple and other food products.
The company markets over 100 processed food and beverage variants, including pineapple solids (slices, tidbits, chunks), tropical mixes, pineapple juice and mixed drinks, tomato-based products (tomato sauce, catsup, spaghetti sauce), condiments, and pasta (spaghetti, macaroni).
Today, Del Monte Philippines operates the largest integrated pineapple operation in the world. The company grows pineapple across 20,000 hectares in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. Two distinct pineapple varieties are grown, for processing and for fresh fruit export.

When To Take Allergy Tests



Feeling nauseous and itchy all over your body after eating shellfish? Can’t stop sneezing when cleaning your room? You could be allergic to certain substances. The best way to find out if you have allergies is to see your allergologist. 


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“Allergy testing can determine what substances trigger your allergic response. A detailed medical history and a thorough physical exam give you precise information about your allergy concerns and how you can best manage them,” says Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines.

Some types of allergies are easy to determine because symptoms appear upon contact or ingestion of the allergen, like allergy and dust, which results in successive sneezing. However, certain types of allergies are harder to diagnose and can trigger fatal symptoms. Seek emergency treatment if you experience symptoms of anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that is potentially life-threatening. Its warning signs include swollen throat or a lump in your throat that makes breathing difficult, rapid pulse, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, and severe drop in your blood pressure.

An allergist or a doctor who specializes in allergies may be prompted to conduct an allergy test if you report various symptoms after exposure to certain substances, including skin itchiness, watery eyes, nasal congestion, wheezing, chest congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and swelling of the face or other parts of the body.

Types of allergy tests


Allergy testing can be performed in a variety of ways. One of the fastest and most proven ways is skin allergy testing, which studies your body’s reactions to suspected allergens by introducing them through your skin. It includes skin prick test, which lets a drop of an allergen solution penetrate your skin through scratches or needle pricks; intradermal test, which directly injects the allergen solution into your skin; and skin patch test, where a patch containing allergen is taped to your skin for 24 to 72 hours to determine contact dermatitis.

If you have a medical condition that may interfere with skin testing, your allergist may perform blood allergy testing as an alternative. One of these tests is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA or EIA), which measures the level of immunoglobulin E or IgE in your blood. People who have allergies typically have higher IgE levels.

For suspected food and medication allergies, you may be asked to take the allergy challenge test, where you inhale or orally take a very small amount of allergen under your doctor’s supervision.

Safety precautions to take

Always make sure to see an allergist for allergy testing to get an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Licensed allergists also use allergen extracts or vaccines that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Avoid unsafe and unproven allergy tests. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) has identified a list of allergy testing methods that are ineffective and may lead to inappropriate diagnosis and treatment. These include applied kinesiology, which links allergy to your muscle strength or weakness; cytotoxic testing, which determines your food allergy based on the reaction of your blood cells from blood samples that are placed on a glass slide coated with food allergens; skin titration, which places varying amounts of allergens on the surface of your skin; urine autoinjection, which injects a small amount of your urine into your skin; and sublingual provocation and neutralization testing, which places allergens under your tongue.


MediCard has 12 free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, diagnostic tests and specialty medical services for young and adult patients. Visit
www.medicardphils.com for more information.