Bladder Infections and D-Mannose

My wife once had UTI, which can be brought about through Cystitis. She was really in pain. What she was feeling was having a hard time urinating and she always had to urinate often which was always painful. With this kind of feeling she started to have a high fever as well and was getting the chills because of the pain in the pelvic area.

Although there are several types of Cystitis, the most common cause is by the bacteria Escherichia coli, commonly known as E. Coli, that when found in the lower gastrointestinal tract, this is where the Cystitis problem starts. Treatment always recommends doctor attention and in most cases of bacterial infection, an antibiotic is prescribed. Although there has been several side effects known with the use of antibiotics, there are some recommended alternatives such as D-Mannose.

There is natural and synthetic D-Mannose and D-Mannose can be naturally found with simple sugar since this is a stereoisomer of Glucose and can be found in small quantities in fruits like cranberries. Although our bodies had D-Mannose, this is abundantly excreted into urine. This is know to work well with bladder infections such as Cystitis, as this can flush out E.Coli. If I have know this when my wife had UTI, I would have recommended this treatment to augment her antibiotic medication. It’s safe and has no known side-effects. And D-Mannose can easily be purchased online.

Disclaimer: I am no doctor and if ever you have Cystitis, UTI or any type of bladder infection, don’t just listen to my advice and take D-Mannose. Consult your doctor and seek their advice.

Summer is Hot

It is hot. And many times once I get home, and work in my home office, I work with my shirt off. It’s so hot. Whenever there is this heat wave, in zoos, they place big blocks of ice and you can see even desert animals like staying beside the ice and licking it. Some people shed off the hair of other animals to cool them down using Shed Ender. Usually in the belly area that is also in the shade of the sun and not under direct sunlight in most animals.

This Post is Dedicated to All Lives that were Lost last September 11, 2001

If you did not watch the video yet and just decided to scroll down, here is more information about it:

Dylan Avery has created a documentary about the 9-11 tragedy and has documented everything very well. I still give the benefit of the doubt, his documentary video may be questionable, but the news and press releases with the known and accepted truth are also questionable. True or not, I believe people should see this video and give it to the viewer to decide for the video about the September 11, 2001 tragedy on four airplane crashes at the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the failed airplane crash heading for the White House.

A few points described well in this video:

  • 7 of 8 black boxes were not found for all plane crashes. Black boxes that record all flight data are stored in heavy titanium that can withstand almost all of the toughest physical damage.
  • Eye witness accounts say that the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center did not look like a commercial airplane at all.
  • Videos seems to show an explosion just before impact of the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175, signifying a missle was shot just before impact.
  • The crash at the Pentagon did not seem to be caused by a Boeing 757, American Airlines Flight 77. All it had was a small hole and no damage was caused by the large wings a Boeing 757 has and all lamp post were bent away from the Pentagon.
  • No large debris of a Boeing 757 was found around the Pentagon. All debris were carried by hand.
  • Many airplane parts are made of Titanium that has a melting point of 1,688oC. And high grade jet fuel burns at a maximum of 1,000oC. Many engine parts should be visible even after the crash event.
  • The Pentagon Flight 77 crash engine debris found looked like a single turbo prop engine that experts say came from a JT8D Turbofan Engine from a US Air Force A3 Skywarrior that only a few are flying today.
  • The defuser case found at the Pentagon crash did not have the same defuser case similar to a Boeing 757 of American Airlines Flight 77.
  • The wheel hub found was not consistent with a wheel hub of a Boeing 757 but similar to smaller military aircraft.
  • The damage caused on the Pentagon looks like a cruise missle damage.
  • Eye witnesses tell mixed stories, some saw a commercial airplane, some saw something that did not look like a commercial airplane.
  • A plane looking like a military C-130 was flying right after the so called crash event.
  • The Sheraton Hotel surveillance camera that has the Pentagon in view was confiscated by the FBI, minutes after the attack.
  • Many of the eyewitnesses of the event at the World Trade Center were convinced that there were many explosions after the planes crashed into the World Trade Center. And in the history of many burning buildings, only one aside from the twin towers have collapsed due to internal fire. Signifying that the World Trade Center was demolished using professional controled demolition explosions. The explosions are viewable on tape.
  • The base of the World Trade Center after the event during clean up has shown evidence of molten steel right at the base of the main foundation. As if the bottom was exploded by bombs.
  • The lobby looks like it was exploded by a bomb and exploded even before collapse and the airplane crash happened 94 more floors above.
  • Underwriters Laboratories’ Kevin Ryan wrote a letter to Frank Gail of the of the National Institute of Science and Technology saying that the steel used for the construction of the World Trade Center passed ASTM E119 steel strength quality and it will require 2000oF, and for it to melt and causing the whole tower to collapse will need about 3000oF to melt and cause it to fall. After a few days, Kevin Ryan was fired from his job.
  • Video cameras were not operational during the 9-11 tragedy and bomb sniffing dogs were removed just before the event.
  • The plane that claimed to fail to crash at the White House, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania had almost no debris but a small crater. The victims of the crash claimed to have called through their cellphones. And cellphones are not usable when in flight.
  • Eyewitnesses did not see a commercial plane flying over the Pennsylvania but noticed a different plane that seemed to be a military aircraft minutes before and after the crash event.
  • Video of Osama Bin Laden who claimed to have admitted the crash does not seem to be Osama Bin Laden, FBI files says Osama Bin Laden is left handed. And the video shows Osama Bin Laden writing with his right hand and wears a gold ring and watch.
  • Why some of the alledged hijackers are still alive. Very weird. But the FBI claimed that the actual pilots used falsified papers are not really the actual people.

Dylan Avery ends his video saying:

I know that it is hard to imagine that our own government would murder almost 3,000 innocent people.
But once you begin to accept that possibility, you can no longer go back to the 19 Arabs, or melting trusses or let’s roll. The official story becomes the conspiracy theory. America has been hijacked, not by Al-Qaeda, not by Osama Bin Laden, but by a group of tyrants ready and willing to do whatever it takes to keep their stranglehold on this country. So what are we going to do about it? Are we going to sit down and take it? Or are we going to stand up and fight for what ever little freedoms we have left? The story of flight 93 is a perfect metaphor for the state of this country. A group of heroes willing to sacrifice themselves for the good of the nation. Voted to take matters into their own hands, no matter the consequences. The time has come. Let’s roll.

Disclaimer: This blog post does not neccessarily voice out the views of the owner of this blog. This blog did not verify any truthfullness of this blog post and advises the readers of this blog and viewers of this video that is it the reader’s/viewer’s discretion whether or not to believe in this blog post. Which is the same with religion, what your teachers teach you in school, what your parents told you, what you read in books, and what you hear in a network marketing seminar. Think twice and use Rene Descartes’ rule of doubting everyting before believing to know the truth. Sabi nga ng Grin Department, Isipin ng sampung beses, count to 1, count to 2, count 3… count to 10, kantuten.

This blog post is a reposting of the same article I posted on my other blog. The latest news is I also bought myself a copy of the video, both first and second editions from Loose Change 911 Information. Once I receive the CD in the mail, I will post about the second edition.

What’s Wrong with Phenylpropanolamine and Paracetamol?

Where is Paracetamol?

When I was in the Philippines last December, I caught a fever, colds and cough. Commonly for anything related to fever and pain relief, Paracetamol is one of the generic drugs that would come to mind for the common Filipino since these are commonly found in the Phillipines. Some of the popular brands are Biogesicâ„¢ and Tempraâ„¢. I still remember old TV commercials of Biogesicâ„¢ promoting that Paracetamol is safe for pregnant women, people with heart ailments and asthma.

But here in the US, after a visit at the drug store… I went through each pain killer of the shelf and of course the most popular known is Aspirin which is like an everyday word. And this is Acetamenophen having one of the most popular brands as Tylenol. Another popular brand is Advil. But I noticed all of the off-the-shelf pain killers were either Acetamenophen or Ibuprofen. I wonder why there is no Paracetamol based pain killers in the US off-the-shelf drugs? Is it because of some policy the US Food and Drug Authority (FDA) that did not allow this but such ruledoes not exist in the policies of the Philippines’ Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD)? In extreme pain, in the Philippines you can also buy Mefanemic Acid pain killers like the popular Ponstan 250.


I know Phenylpropanolamine has been banned in large doses since it is used in some rapid weight loss drugs and has several bad side-effects. But in small doses, it is used in medicines for the common colds in the Philippines. Nearly every cold tablet in the Philippines is Phenylpropanolamine, from Neozep to Decolgen, to Ornex to Dimetapp.

And here in the US, not a single cold tablet or syrup uses Phenylpropanolamine. All use Pseudoephedrine. I wonder if the US FDA does not allow to use Phenylpropanolamine even in small amounts why uses that is allowed by the Philippines’ BFAD.

I am a Chemist by profession, but I am not Pharmacist. Generic names are actually nicknames and are not the actual scientific compound names. In chemistry, standardization of naming conventions was done by International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and from the names of compounds, you already get to know what it is made of based on the name alone. Some compounds have very long names that pharmaceutical companies make nicknames of the compounds to make the name shorter. Phenylpropanolamine is a good IUPAC name since I know it is nothing but phenol, propanol and an amine group stuck together. Phenol is benzene with a hydroxy group attached to it and benzene is a known carcinogen. I know Phenylpropanolamine has many harmful effects in large doses, but so does anything in large doses. Menthol which is in a bunch of candies and ointments is harmful to some extent, and even the ordinary Luffa is said to be carcinogenic.

Well just wondering why…


– I am not claiming to be an expert in the field of pharmacy.
– I am not stating which type of medicine is better than the other.
– I am not promoting any type of brand of medicine.
– I do not work for any pharmaceutical company.
– I am not a doctor nor pharmacist.
– You may not quote me for scientific or statistical facts. I am not even sure of the spellings I wrote. It is just how I remember them. Thus this is not a reliable source of factual data.
– All brands mentioned are trademarks of their respective owners.

I am just wondering why the predominant drug differs in the US and Philippines.

All Rough Estimates

My daugther’s growing up from toddler to small kid is happening without me. 🙁 And all I get the stories. She has a bump on her head, slightly bruised near the ear and a red swelling nose. My wife told be she fell down the stairs.

These stories really make me uneasy. And I found out she feel from the second to the last step and went down head forward, since her bump is in the middle of her forehead.

While chatting with my Marcia, my wife… I was doing a few rough estimates. Since she fell head first dropping like a log into a slightly diving position, and her feet was like stationary, it was her head that was building up acceleration. I estimated that to be about 3 feet which is 0.9144 meters. And acceleration due to gravity is 9.8m/s2, that means based on my estimate, her head was travelling at 8.96m/s2.

Force is mass multiplied by acceleration. And Marcia said Jamie is 10kg. The head is less than 25% of the total body weight. So I estimate it to be 2kg. That makes the force of impact 89.6 Newtons. And since I rarely use newtons in my life, I can’t even imagine it. I have no reference of how that feels like.

But in contact sports, punches are sometimes measured in pressure with the unit pounds per square inch. Often used in tires which is called PSI. And in sports they simply refer it as pounds. Pressure is force per unit area, and the area is the bump on her head which I estimate to have a 1×1 inch area. But I need metric to used the area with the Newton unit and the pressure is 3527.56kg/m2. Converting that to PSI is 5.02lbs/in2. Ouch! Now I can imagine it more. Having a few references based on experience… a 10 pound bowling ball, and getting half of that, laying on the floor, and having it fall on my head at 3 feet. Ouch.

Poor Jamie, good thing she is still a kid. Things like that are not nice to happen when you are grown up and falls like these also serve as balance lessons as they grow up. I guess everyone of us has a memorable bump on their head as a kid. I have tons of them until college days, mainly form the sports I was into. No wonder I am crazy. 😛

Jamie, take care next time. Daddy gets worried being far away. See you all soon Ate and Mommy too.

ADHD? Hyperactive? Energy?

Taken from MSN

My child can’t seem to sit still. Could she be hyperactive? What can I do?

Toddlers are an active bunch. And because they have lots of energy to burn, many of them are just like your little one, unable to sit in one place for long. That’s why traditionally doctors reassure parents not to worry about hyperactivity at this age, and have rarely diagnosed children under the age of 5 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Recently, however, a spate of news articles and research studies has shown that more children this age are being diagnosed with ADHD and prescribed medications such as Ritalin and Prozac to help them cope. But most experts continue to believe that it’s a mistake to prescribe medication for toddlers and preschoolers, especially as the side effects of these medications haven’t been well studied in young children.

If your toddler’s activity level is causing you concern, you may want to speak with your doctor about it. But the most important thing you can do is help her find as many outlets as possible for her abundant energy. Schedule frequent visits to the playground so she can run and climb to her heart’s content. If you’re indoors, turn on the radio or pop in a CD and get her dancing. You may want to join in the fray yourself (dancing, after all, increases the heart rate and keeps limbs loose, a plus for both adults and children). And if you can’t play with your child — for instance, when you’re cooking dinner — give her something to do instead of expecting her to sit quietly and wait for you. Loan her a few pots and pans and encourage her to use her toys as “ingredients” for a meal she cooks alongside you. The blocks can be mushrooms, and the puzzle pieces can be meat. Sing a song together as you cook, or catch up on your respective days.

You can help interest your child in sustained quiet activities by introducing them selectively and letting her participate at her own level. For example, if she doesn’t seem to enjoy sitting on your lap to listen to a story, let her sit on the floor or wander around the room. If you add a lot of enthusiasm to your reading — funny voices and animal sounds are big attention-getters — she’ll be hooked and will pay more attention.

Rhythm is a great outlet; if you can stand the noise, encourage her to pound on drums or shake a pair of maracas. Musical instruments help focus her energy on one activity, while allowing her to play vigorously and work out her emotions. And remember, your child is more likely to play with her toys if you play with her. If she’s under 2, she’ll rarely play for long on her own.

Finally, limit the amount of time you ask her to sit still. If it’s important to you that she sit still at dinnertime, then get her involved in something physical before dinner so she’ll be ready for some quiet time. And if five minutes is her limit for staying in her chair, praise her for her good mealtime behavior and let her go.

13 Resting BPM

Our hearts pump blood to keep blood circulating all over our body. This keeps the blood going all over every part of your body to supply each part with the nutrients needed like Oxygen and Iron(which makes the blood red). If the heart stops, we die. When we exercise and tire ourselves, the more oxygen and other things like sodium and magnesium is needed in our body, especially in the body part that is exerting effort. The more it these nutrients need to circulate, the blood needs to be pumped by the heart.

What fitness trainers use as a gauge for one’s endurance is the heart rate. There is the resting heart rate which is the rate of your heart in beats per minute(BPM) when you are doing nothing. The lower it is, the fit you are, because it takes a longer time for your heart to reach it’s maximum capacity.

And to improve on this, you need to do aerobic exercises(not necessarily the aerobic class many people think of with a lot of women in spandex). Aerobic exercises is nothing but doing a continuous exercise that will make your heart pump about 65 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate. Going lower than that is said to not improve your heart rate, and going beyond will just burn you out so fast you can’t do anything anymore.

I remember my resting heart rate back in college to be near the 60 BPM range. Today it is like 80 to 90 mainly because of my type of goiter that I have. I have hypertyroidism where my thyroid gland tells my brain that it needs more blood to be pumped there and my heart goes to work, thus I get tired more easily. There were times that my knees hurt because of the lack of blood going there since my Thyroid gland wants more attention.

But it is getting better now since I do not get any problems with my knees. And maybe because I have been avoiding patis and bagoong which are rich in iodine that I do not need because of my hyperthyroidism.

Well I just thought of talking about this because of my admiration of Lance Armstrong who is veing for his 7th Tour de France win! If he wins that will be tour history for him. 7 consecutive wins is a feat that I think cannot be beaten for a very long time. And I have heard his resting heart rate is 13 BPM! Imagine that? Thinking of the human body as a machine… how is that possible? It is slightly more than 4 seconds for every heart beat. And these nutrients should be spread all over your body to live. That means each pump is strong that it is sufficient enough to supply the body with what ever it needs from the blood.

Well Tour de France started with a time trial, one of Lance’s rivals German Jan Ullrich, a former winner also started out 1 minute earlier than Lance since it is a time trial lap, and Lance pass by Jan! lolz :)) funny.

Six-time Tour de France winner and leader of the Discovery Channel cycling team, Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas, rear right, overtakes T-Mobile team leader Jan Ullrich of Germany, foreground, 3 kilometers (2 miles) before the finish line during the 1st stage of the Tour de France cycling race, a 19-kilometer (11.80-mile) individual time trial between the coastal town of Fromentine and the island of Noirmoutier, western France, Saturday, July 2, 2005. David Zabriskie of the U.S. won the stage in 20 minutes and 51 seconds, Armstrong finished 2 seconds behind and placed second, Ullrich finished in 12th place.
(AP Photo/Pierre Lablatiniere/Pool)

And a surprise time trial win came from American David Zabriskie who has the best time trial performance in the whole history of Tour de France!


I decided to check out Mt. St. Helen’s current activity and found up-to-date information on the US Geological Survey website. Well this is an active volcano, unlike Pinatubo which was dormant, when it erupted, it was a big one since being dormant, there was a lot of pressure build up inside before it blew up.

Intrigued by the people that maintain the site I went to the homepage and saw the satellite photography. And I then started to look at a lot more stuff that calls my interest.

Then I thought how cool it would be to work at USGS. And I checked out the job openings, and saw I can enter in a lot of them. There were a lot of openings for Chemist, Physical Scientist, and IT. And there were a lot of jobs for each category, if I don’t qualify in one, there are a lot more. Salary sounds good too.

I can if I wanted to, but I decided not to at the moment. You never know how much it will eat of my time in the future. For every movement the earth makes, that is something significant to USGS and I might be required to be there all the time when something happens. That may sacrifice time with my family in the future. Although I believe I’ll love the job, I still love my family a lot more. I know there are a lot more opportunities out there that I can maximize my time with my family.