Leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo during a thanksgiving Mass at Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University.
Robredo believes her husband continues to guide her because her victory came on the day Jesse would have celebrated his 58th birthday. Robredo said her victory reminded her of Jesse’s principle in life that anything one wants to achieve is coupled with sacrifice and determination and it would not be served on a silver platter.
Robredo also dropped by the Minor Basilica of the Our Lady of Penafrancia to offer a prayer of gratitude for her victory.
Robredo said she was happy that the official canvassing of votes showed that she won because it dispelled allegations of discrepancies in copies of certificates of canvass. Robredo said she is excited to work with President-elect Rodrigo Duterte even though they differ on many aspects. Naga City Mayor John Bongat said Robredo’s victory was not only an achievement for Naga and the Bicol region. Emily del Castillo, Robredo’s elementary and high school classmate at Colegio de Sta. About 100 of Robredo’s classmates actively campaigned for her via Facebook and volunteered themselves to gather donations and contributions from other Naguenos and supporters.
Robredo led Marcos by 263,473 votes in the official count, after Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers finished tabulating all 166 certificates of canvass on Friday evening. Garcia also served as lawyer for Senator-elect Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri in a counter-protest against Sen. Garcia congratulated Robredo for her victory, but added that their search for truth did not end in the canvassing. Garcia also extended gratitude to supporters of the late dictator’s son and namesake. Incoming Vice President Leni Robredo with a portrait of her late husband, former Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo. The victory of Leni Robredo in the vice presidential race might as well be a birthday gift for her husband, the late Secretary Jesse Robredo.
In a Facebook post on Friday, their daughter Aika said her father must have wanted to share Robredo, the next vice president, as a gift to the country. In an interview after the closing of the canvassing, Senator-elect Leila de Lima said Jesse must be turning in his grave in high spirits now that his wife had been declared winner. According to the official count from the Congress canvassing tally of 166 certificates of canvass (COCs), Robredo led the vice presidential race with 14,418,817 votes, or just 263,473 ahead of Marcos who got 14,155,344. De Lima said she texted Robredo her congratulations but the Camarines Sur representative had not yet replied because she was probably busy celebrating her victory. Another counsel for Robredo, Romulo Macalintal, said it seemed like Robredo’s victory was her destiny especially when she was declared winner on the day of Jesse’s birthday. In 2013, Leni whipped the Villafuerte political dynasty, buoyed by the outpour of sympathy for Jesse.
Leni served a three-year term as Camarines Sur representative before joining the vice president race. Although Representative Robredo initially wanted to run for senator in the May 9 polls, she was convinced to be the running mate of LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas when the administration’s first choice Sen. Robredo started off as the lowest in the voters’ preference polls until she rose to a statistical tie with front-runner Marcos before the elections. She won the vice presidency through votes from her bailiwicks in Bicol, which stood out against the “Solid North” votes for Marcos.
When her husband was still mayor, Robredo served as human rights lawyer for Saligan, an organization of lawyers for marginalized sectors.
Robredo also filed her own version of the freedom of information bill, which remains pending in Congress. On her late husband’s birthday, administration candidate Leni Robredo won the vice presidency in a tight race. Robredo was in her hometown in Naga City for Jesse Robredo’s 58th birthday on Friday when she led the final and official count of the House of Representatives at 263,473 votes ahead of rival Sen.
Robredo was later invited by Liberal Party to be the running mate of standard-bearer Mar Roxas after their first choice Sen.
The lawmaker had said that if it wasn’t for her husband’s death, she wouldn’t be in politics today. Earlier in the day, Robredo remembered her husband’s birthday by posting on Facebook a photo of them together: “Always and forever the better half of me.
Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City on May 26. DAVAO CITY—Although the landslide win of incoming President Rodrigo Duterte in the canvassing of votes was a predictable feat, his camp on Friday said his victory remained a significant part of election history in the country. Duterte garnered a total of 16,601,997 votes or 6,623,822 votes far ahead of his rival, Liberal Party’s standard-bearer Mar Roxas.
On the third day of the canvassing of votes, the Congress finished all 166 certificates of canvass from different regions and countries. Below is a chart showing the finals results of the 2016 presidential and vice-presidential canvassing. Leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo during the thanksgiving Mass at Church of the Gesu in Ateneo de Manila University.
According to the official count of Congress sitting as the National Board of Canvassers, Robredo led the race with 14,418,817 votes, or just 263,473 ahead of Marcos who got 14,155,344. Although Representative Robredo initially wanted to run for senator in the May 9 national polls, she was convinced to be the running mate of LP standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas when the administration’s first choice Sen.
Marcos had decried massive cheating and automated fraud shaved his votes in favor of Robredo after a supposed change in the command script in the transparency server that received the unofficial count. In the presidential race, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as expected maintained his overwhelming lead with 16,601,997 votes in the official count. Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao City, in southern island of Mindanao on May 26, 2016.
Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte emerged as clear winner in the presidential race as the Congress ended its canvassing of votes Friday evening.
Duterte garnered a total of 16,601,997 votes or 6,623,822 votes ahead of his closest rival, administration candidate Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, who got more than 9,978,175 million votes.
Congress finished canvassing all 166 certificates of canvass on its third day of official counting of votes, which started last Wednesday. Duterte, who is currently in Davao City, earlier said he would not attend his proclamation.
Election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, representing vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo, shows to the media an authentic copy of a provincial certificate of canvass in a press briefing at the Liberal Party headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City.
The camp of leading vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo on Friday said a separate proclamation for President and Vice President is illegal and against the 1987 Constitution. Macalintal added that the joint committee of Congress sitting as the national board of canvassers (NBOC) was tasked to canvass the votes only for purposes of recording the election results and submitting the canvass report to Congress for its approval. Macalintal said the joint committee had no power to declare a separate proclamation for President and Vice President. He added that there could not be a separate proclamation because there was only one certificate of canvass for both President and Vice President. Marcos’ camp has called for an early proclamation for presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte as the senator questioned the results of the vice presidential race, the unofficial count of which showing Robredo leading him by at least 200,000 votes. DAVAO CITY – Presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said a mandatory drug test will be implemented in the Philippine National Police and even generals will not be spared from it. Duterte told reporters here that the drug testing will be immediately implemented, a day after he takes his oath as President. Duterte, known for his hardline stance against illegal drugs, said that he planned on using more advanced methods in drug testing and not just the usual urine test. Calling the PNP one of the most problematic institutions, Duterte said that he  planned to effect a massive reshuffling within the law enforcement agency and those suspected to be involved in questionable activities would be the ones to go first.
Erring authorities all over the country will face the brand of discipline that he enforced in Davao City, Duterte said. Duterte has been critical of prison officials assigned at the National Bilibid Prisons, especially in the wake of raids there that uncovered illegal activities among high-profile and notorious inmates, such as drug lords. Duterte said he wanted to reform the police force and that officials had to prove that they were worthy of the people’s money, from which they get their pay. He admitted that those involved in illegal activities may go after his head but he said he feared nothing. In the case of the controversial plan to inter the remains of an actual dictator, the late Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, at the Libingan ng mga Bayani or Heroes’ Cemetery, this distinction does not hold. Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the next President of the Philippines, says he will honor his campaign promise to Marcos’ family to allow the long-sought burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, on the grounds that the former president was “a soldier.” This is a deceptive and dangerous distinction, meant to rationalize an unjust, unpatriotic act.
When the Marcos family requested permission to bring Marcos’ body back to the Philippines in 1992, the president at the time, Fidel V.
But the campaign to inter Marcos’ remains in a manner befitting a former president has never stopped, leading Vice President Jejomar Binay in 2011 to recommend burial “with full military honors,” and both Binay and Duterte in 2016 to pledge support on live national television for burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It is true that, according to the pertinent Armed Forces of the Philippines regulation, “active and retired military personnel of the AFP” who have died may be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. But most of these ordinary soldiers died in combat, something not even the most sympathetic of Marcos supporters can claim for him. The President-in-waiting suggests that the critics of Marcos, the enemies of martial law, must learn to “jettison their hate”—as though demanding accountability, asking for the Marcoses to show even a hint of remorse, working to recover the billions of dollars the family illegally acquired, were acts of hate.
If he wants the healing of a nation still scarred by the terrors of martial rule, he must direct his attention not to the victims but to the victimizers.
Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte will authorize the burial of the embalmed corpse of dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the Inquirer reports. McCoy is an American professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Australia. US National Archives officials did not learn what the documents contained until after they were copied. Between 1945 and 1948, various US Army officers rejected Marcos’ two requests for official recognition of a Maharlika force, calling his claims distorted, fraudulent, contradictory and absurd. In addition, the US Veterans’ Administration, helped by the Philippine Army, found in 1950 that some people who claimed membership in Maharlika had actually been committing “atrocities.” The records include no direct evidence linking Marcos to those activities. Spokespersons of his regime said he won 32 medals for heroism during World War II, including two from the US Army. The validity of Marcos’ supposed medals has been challenged by Philippine and American journalists, among others. When the Philippine newspaper We Forum published an article in 1982 questioning Marcos’ war record, government authorities shut the paper down. Like thousands of other Filipinos immediately after World War II, Marcos asked the US Army to recognize his unit so he and the other soldiers could receive back pay and benefits. In his submissions, he offered widely varying accounts of Maharlika’s membership, from 300 men at one point to 8,300 at another.
Shortly after the war, the US Army did recognize the claims of 111 men listed on the Maharlika roster.
It is clear throughout the records that at no time did the US Army recognize that any unit designating itself as Maharlika ever existed as a guerrilla force in the years of the Japanese occupation, 1942 to 1945. For the third consecutive time, the leftist organizations in the Philippines failed in their effort to have one of their own elected to the Senate and be able to claim a national mandate.
In 2010, the Left fielded then Representatives Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza of the party-list groups Bayan Muna and Gabriela, respectively, in the senatorial race, under the ticket of presidential candidate Manuel Villar’s Nacionalista Party. Although Maza and Ocampo had drawn considerable public attention for their active participation in deliberations at the House of Representatives and in street demonstrations, they did not make it.
At the time the Left opted to ally with Poe, Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte had not yet made up his mind on running for the presidency. The alliance with Poe was forged despite questions over her giving up Filipino citizenship in favor of being a citizen of the United States (the Left’s favorite reason for street protests) and then reclaiming Filipino citizenship when she was appointed by President Aquino to a government office. To compound the Left’s woes, Bayan Muna and Gabriela were a shadow of their old selves in the party-list elections.
After their two failed attempts to secure national recognition through the ballot, it would be reasonable to expect the leftist organizations to have learned their lessons and made the proper adjustments in their action plans. Their social ideology and program of government are attuned to the problems (and aspirations) of the least privileged members of our society who constitute a supermajority of the voting population. The combined votes of the D and E sectors of our society would have been more than enough to elect one of the Left’s own to the Senate, or ensure that its party-list groups would garner the number of votes needed to entitle them to three representatives each in the House.
Sadly, the Left has been unable to attract the votes of millions of Filipinos whose causes they have vigorously fought for in Congress and for whom they’ve borne the perils of street demonstrations, including the truncheons and water cannons of antiriot policemen. The apparent disconnect between the Left and the “unwashed” is difficult to explain considering that the media have been generous (sometimes to a fault) in giving leftist organizations public exposure for their activities. They get into front-page or prime-time news for their comments on the issues of the day even without the benefit of PR agencies.
Besides, they have the ability and resources to engage in grassroots campaigns to make their constituency aware of their existence and the causes that they espouse. It’s a puzzler, therefore, that, for all these years, the Left has failed or been unable to gain the national following it craves. If the Left wants to be a political force to reckon with in our country, it has to make major adjustments in its strategy and program of action. I met recently with Health Secretary Janette Garin, who was looking remarkably relaxed and laid-back despite the heavy load of her position and the impending end of her stint in the Cabinet. Amid information-sharing (read: chismis) on her possible successor, Garin aired a plea that she hoped would reach the Supreme Court. And where would this leave Filipino women of reproductive age who wish to postpone or space their childbearing? The TRO on contraceptives clearly undercuts the intent and meaning of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, which ran the gauntlet of legislative procedures for over a decade until its signing into law in 2012. Women and RH advocates can take some comfort in knowing that presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is a staunch supporter of reproductive health. This is based not just on recent public statements he has made, in the course of which he also launched an attack on the Catholic Church, but also on his history as mayor of Davao City. Let’s hope that, apart from his own braggadocio and macho posturing, especially on the issue of rape, which has earned him a reprimand from the Commission on Human Rights, Duterte will keep to his pro-RH position in defiance of conservative elements of the Church. Why did the prolife groups which sought the TRO from the Supreme Court focus their attention on the implants?
This is because, once they were introduced into the market after FDA approval, the implants proved to be highly popular in the market. Part of the reason for this was that the implants, which release a steady dose of contraceptive hormones, are good for up to three years.
Working in the implants’ favor, I must say, is that they not only provide “worry-free” protection for a woman for three years (which in the opinion of many experts is the “ideal” gap between pregnancies); also, a woman need only pay just a single visit to the health center for such lengthy protection. The petitioners who successfully sued for a TRO on the implants cited the alleged risks associated with the method. But the implants have been in use in many other countries—some of them in poor developing countries—for many years, with no widespread reports of the alleged dangers to the health of women or their babies. Indeed, the implants and all other forms of contraception in use today, were tested and reviewed by the FDA before they were granted a license.
Media coverage of a fire usually focuses on the chaos, anguish and grief as the blaze rages. In a postfire scenario, the most difficult part is explaining to people why they can’t immediately enter a gutted building. Even after the fire was officially declared controlled, we were warned that a new fire could start again.  Indeed, when the doors to the Faculty Center were opened shortly after the big fire had been put out, the oxygen rushing in from outside set off a new fire at the core—the famous Recto conference hall where, even at the height of martial law, people could speak freely without fear of being arrested. For days, too, after the fire, there were still smoldering embers, occasionally coming alive again, a kind of huling hirit—a “last hurrah,” with flames shooting up then dying down.
I tell people that we have to let go and move on, but I know that’s easier said than done because Bulwagang Rizal involved so many years of our faculty’s lives, in many personal, intimate ways. Some years ago the Institute of Chemistry, better known to many as Science Pavilion 2, burned down completely. Before entering the building I playfully imagined that maybe I would see nebulous figures floating in and out of the rooms, or hearing crying or laughter. It will be very different with Bulwagang Rizal, with literally thousands of faculty members and students nursing memories of the place, and its times. After the turnover, as the ambassador met and talked with five of our students on scholarship from the embassy, I realized how steeped he was in history and culture events and understood why he empathized so much with our loss at UP Diliman.
That same afternoon, I was working when my secretary told me the Ayala Foundation had sent a van with 14 large boxes of books for some of the departments affected by the fire. I also know that the two large donations carried messages of sympathy (We’re sorry about what happened) as well as of solidarity (We want to help you move on). Disasters are disasters because of the long-lingering effects.  After Tropical Storm “Ondoy,” one of my graduate students told his classmates and me that the floodwaters had destroyed his laptop and his thesis manuscript inside it. He said a fire would have been better because all you would have are ashes, but water-logged photographs leave you hanging.
Rej Cruz, of our anthropology faculty, found in the debris metal plates that made up a precious kulintang, a musical instrument similar to a xylophone. I looked at the eight rusted pieces on the floor and asked Rej to make sure to update me as he restored the kulintang. Every Sunday I receive the grace of patience by simply enduring the lengthy and mindless sermons of priests who think nothing of their parishioners. My pet peeves are “commentators” who order everyone, including the presiding priest, when to sit, stand or kneel, and “missalettes” distributed before Mass that distract people like myself who tend to read silently rather than listen to Scripture proclaimed orally. Just like “commentators” who tell us when to sit, stand or kneel, there is the ringing of hand-held bells during the elevation of the host that signals the kneeling congregation to look up, then down.
Early this week an 800-pound, 19th-century bell named “San Pedro” was returned to the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Bauang, La Union, by the superintendent of West Point, where it had been kept since it was taken as a souvenir during the Philippine-American War. In the colonial Philippines, bells summoned people to worship, very much like the adhan (or Muslim call to prayer) is made from mosque towers, formerly with a human voice and now with a loudspeaker.
So integral was the bell in the colonial Philippines that people lived bajo la campana—literally under the bell, but actually within hearing distance of the church bells. San Pedro, the bell returned to Bauang this week, must have been one of a pair because the Church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. The bell was taken by the enemy in 1899 during the Philippine-American War and was shipped to the United States in 1902. To cut a long story short, West Point, upon the request of the parish priest of Saints Peter and Paul in Bauang, has returned the bell to the Philippines.
As a kid, I dreaded one thing more than monsters and math: The Great Family Reunion Kiddie Talent Show. My coperformers—my cousins—were ready with their song-and-dance numbers, but I sat in a corner, silent and drenched in cold sweat, my heartbeat so loud I could hear it. Childhood mercifully passed without giving me posttraumatic stress disorder, as far as I can tell. So when it comes to being with friends, an introverted person would prefer meaningful conversations with a friend or two, instead of a loud and lively party. These concepts are largely still alien to Filipinos, so much so that even parents can make a misjudgment of their introverted children. It’s understandable that parents should get worried about their children not having as many friends as “normal” kids do.
Not understanding introversion may seem like a negligible matter, but it has intricate ways of preventing introverts from thriving. In the classroom setting, for instance, a student who rarely participates in recitation is often dismissed as unintelligent. Our highly extroverted culture has led to introverts viewing themselves as inferior, as though introversion were a flaw that they need to completely eliminate. On the other hand, introverts need to realize that it’s OK to not always be outgoing, loud or talkative.
As long as we are capably communicating with others and not locking ourselves up in our own little bubble, we don’t need to be sorry about our introversion.
Now, unity is radical change, but impossible to begin in a climate that has demanded change the partisan way. A democratic framework, however, that treasures and protects freedom and human rights will need radical change from people’s attitudes as much as radical change in the ways of leadership – not only of a President but of a government bureaucracy).
Mixed messages are an anathema to great change, especially to a divided people that quickly become confused from a cacophony of slogans, allegations and accusations.
Those who loudly clamored for change, going to the extent of being more aggressive and angry than Mayor Duterte himself, it is they who will have to close their eyes to questionable appointments and mixed messages. Thank goodness that a growing number of Filipinos are distancing themselves from politics and political messiahs. Most Filipinos are not involved in the rigodon of political personalities shifting power and positions. Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte said he will stop labor contractualization in this country.
We commend Duterte’s resolve to end the practice of contractualization, which has long deprived workers not only of just wages and rights, but also of their dignity as human beings. How ironic that during the Aquino administration our GDP growth rates surpassed those of our Asian neighbors but did not result in higher incomes for our workers. Raising wages and salaries is logical and practical: Higher incomes raise the workers’ purchasing power and, therefore, boost consumption and help the economy. We also hope that with his labor secretary, Duterte will seriously look into and curb the pervasive corporate violations of labor laws and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards that put at risk the lives of workers. So that workers can actively and consciously protect their rights from abuses and harm, participate in discourses and creative actions that will effect genuine change in the next six years of his leadership, we urge Duterte to uphold workers’ right to organize unions freely. For the past two decades, the neoliberal policies implemented by previous administrations, as well as the state-capitalist measures, have shrunk the number of workers’ unions and unionized workers, leaving workers with very little, if any, protection. Lastly, we pray that Duterte finds wisdom in the people’s demands to abandon the neoliberal policies that continue to drag the  workers and the poor deeper into poverty. We wish the incoming president good health so that he will be able to realize his vision to lift the Filipino people from centuries of oppression. Globe Telecom is the first Philippine telecommunications company to adopt the TV white space frequency for broadband use in line with its commitment to improve the state of internet in the country especially in remote and outlying areas in the country. In partnership with the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology, Globe is currently pilot-testing the use of the frequency for broadband service in several areas in the country, including Bohol and Cebu. According to Estrada, another obstacle in rolling out broadband service in rural areas is that the concentration of establishments and households does not make it economically viable for telecommunication providers to deploy broadband facilities. Estrada said increasing demand for wireless data traffic and growing pressure to network capacity has spurred an interest to utilize these unallocated portions of the radio spectrum. TV white space refers to the either unassigned or unused frequencies located between broadcast TV channels, which can be used to provide wireless data connectivity to remote communities in the country. DOST Undersecretary Louis Casambre, for his part, said there is a need to enhance internet service in the provinces, stressing the use of the TV white space for broadband use would provide data connectivity among local government units and national agencies, hospitals and health centers as well as among educational institutions in rural areas. The ongoing TV White Space pilot testing in the country is the most extensive in the Asian region. In addition to the TV white space frequency, Globe is also calling for the harmonization and equitable distribution of the unused 700 MHz band as part of its bid to enhance network capacities, emphasizing that utilization of this particular spectrum would allow the telecommunication companies to provide broadband and data services at faster speeds and in a more cost-efficient manner. The two breweries which Asia Brewery currently owns in Cabuyao and El Salvador will be upgraded so that they can brew HEINEKEN brands, parent firm LT Group Inc. HEINEKEN is the world’s most international brewer with a portfolio of more than 250 international, regional, local and specialty beers and ciders.
The local venture is seen to implement HEINEKEN’s global policies and approaches in relation to supplier code, local sourcing, water management, employee healthcare and human rights, community investment and responsible alcohol marketing. Frans Eusman, president of HEINEKEN Asia Pacific, said: “This joint venture with Asia Brewery, Inc. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and operations are expected to commence in the 4th quarter of 2016. In a press briefing after UnionBank’s stockholders meeting on Friday, bank president Edwin Bautista said growth had been fastest on the consumer side where loan spreads are bigger. Bautista said Union Bank, which used to have one of the lowest loan to deposit ratios, had anticipated that the opportunities for securities trading gain would be limited.
About 45 percent of core earnings last year came from the consumer business, 30 percent from corporate clients and 25 percent from the middle market or small and medium enterprises. Bautista said the increase in the bank’s core business was anchored on its wholesale customer acquisition strategy, which harnesses corporate and institutional relationships. But while the Tys’ GT Capital will cede majority control of Global Business Power to Beacon Electric Asset Holdings Inc.
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Oil prices had topped $50 a barrel for the first time this year on Thursday following production disruptions in Canada and Nigeria as well as a drop in US crude inventories. The $50 level is an important point because it’s the price that makes economic sense for suppliers to start pumping again, CMC Markets trader Alex Wijaya told AFP. The following information has been compiled to help spread the good news with the hope of placing more people onA the path to greater health, relaxation and happiness.
Leni Robredo received the news that she officially won the vice presidential race while on her way to visit the grave of her husband, former Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, on Friday.
What I have achieved could be an inspiration to ordinary people that they can do the same because this is proof that this not exclusive to the wealthy, people with connections or people with [a popular] name,” Robredo said.
I was worried then because people who do not know me might believe (in what they’re saying),” Robredo said.
The completion of canvassing tonight came at a most opportune time considering that today happens to be the 58th birth anniversary of her husband,” Bongat said.
What if naghahanda kami for an election protest, what if we are trying to lay down the proper road for the filing of an election protest,” Garcia told reporters in an ambush interview after the canvassing at the House of Representatives. Kung mag-file kami ng protesta, ipapaalam po namin sa publiko because they really deserve to know,” Garcia said.
I’ll just stand up there at mag-raise ako ng kung anu-anong objection pero hindi po namin ginawa.
The whole Bicolandia is quite happy, and very proud of our VP Leni,” said De Lima, whose roots can be traced to Iriga, Camarines Sur. She ran for Congress in 2013 and toppled the Villafuerte clan after Jesse, former interior secretary, died in a plane crash in 2012.
Let us celebrate this milestone of Philippine democracy by uniting and working for genuine change,” Lavina said. All 166 certificates of canvass have been tallied by Congress in a joint session that lasted three days. Sympathy for her husband buoyed the widow to win in the congressional district of Camarines Sur in the 2013 midterm elections and topple the Villafuerte political clan.
But the change was dismissed as a cosmetic modification intended to correct the spelling of a candidate’s name. To do so would not only be illegal but impractical because Congress would have to hold two joint public sessions to make such separate proclamations,” Macalintal said. It will be a mandatory drug test, all of them, from generals (down to the lowest rank),” he said. Ramos, agreed but laid down three stipulations: that the body would be given the honors of a junior officer, that it would be buried immediately, and that the burial place would be in Marcos’ home province of Ilocos Norte. Indeed, the great majority of the more than 45,000 dead who are buried at what was once called the Republic Memorial Cemetery are soldiers.
By pretending to have accomplished feats of heroism on the battlefield, all of which have been debunked, he has also disgraced the dignity of the common soldier. Duterte, a lawyer and former prosecutor, must know the difference between justice and hate. He must ask them to jettison their greed, make them understand that burying Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani is yet another act of thievery—this time, of the common soldier’s dignity, and the country’s honor.
McCoy stumbled on documents while researching on World War II in the Philippines at the US National Archives.
He said he worked with the records by himself until he brought them to the attention of The New York Times.
Army investigators concluded that Maharlika was a fictitious creation and that “no such unit ever existed” as a guerrilla organization during the war.
Two of the medals were supposedly for his activities as a guerrilla leader, but the rest were for exploits before 1942 or after the return of US forces to Luzon in 1945. In response, his spokespersons contend that the medals were properly earned and that the records validating them were destroyed in a fire.
In his petitions, he certified that his unit had engaged in numerous armed clashes with Japanese forces, as well as in sabotage and in intelligence-gathering throughout a vast region of Luzon, and had been the preeminent guerrilla force on the island. Mercado served as a communication officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Bangkok. Their candidacies got a lot of flak because they shared the campaign platform with Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son and namesake of the dictator against whom they fought bitterly during the martial law years. They took the 25th and 26th places, respectively, in the Senate race; Marcos, on the other hand, got the seventh highest number of votes.
Teodoro Casino ran for senator under the banner of Makabayang Koalisyon ng Mamamayan, and wound up 22nd in the winning list.
There was no way the Left would tie up with the administration’s Liberal Party given its strong opposition to President Aquino’s economic and social policies.
Miriam Defensor Santiago, who had Marcos as vice presidential candidate, was out of the question because, first, her presidential candidacy was a fluke, and, second, it would reprise the 2010 polls and history may repeat itself. In spite of Colmenares’ high visibility, he was only good for the 20th slot of the senatorial list. Unlike in past elections when they were perennial topnotchers, Gabriela was in second place and Bayan Muna in the 15th slot. Politicians will gladly give an arm and a leg to get a piece of the attention that the media routinely give them. This has to do with the existing TRO (temporary restraining order) that is about to turn a year old prohibiting the Department of Health, and by extension any public health facility, from offering to the public (read: women) contraceptive implants.


Now the Supreme Court, by sitting on the law’s full implementation, not only has thwarted the people’s will expressed by the legislators for whom they had voted, but has also put women’s and babies’ health at risk.
As mayor, Duterte encouraged his constituents to limit the size of their families, though he has since amended his position to say he favors a couple having “only” three children. In fact, reports indicate, the number of “acceptors” of the implants, which are tiny rods inserted under the skin in the arms of users, was fast catching up with the number of users of injectables and even of the very popular pills.
Compare this with the injectables, which provide protection against pregnancy for up to three months, or the pill, which a woman has to take daily. The closest rivals for “years of couple protection” are IUDs, which prevent pregnancies for up to 10 years, and of course such permanent methods as tubal ligation and vasectomy.
This is a function precisely reserved for the FDA, which is presumed to have the necessary expertise and authority to determine the safety and efficacy of drugs whose makers and marketers are seeking government permission. What happens afterwards—the hours, days, weeks, and longer—is apparently not as newsworthy.
There are the forensic issues, with the site becoming off-limits as investigators come in to try to determine the cause of the blaze. In our case, even a neighboring building was affected by air pollution and classes could not be held there for a week.
This time around, the venue for the most inflammatory speeches was consumed by real flames.
At the height of the fire, there were almost 50 fire trucks deployed from throughout Metro Manila. Throughout the next weeks faculty members trooped back, accompanied by our maintenance people and with safety gear on. Yet the members of the chemistry faculty do not recall too much of grief because the pavilion consisted mainly of classrooms and laboratories, rather than faculty rooms. And I have to express, again, my thanks to people from all over, even non-alumni, who have helped us.
The plates had rusted in the seven weeks or so since the fire, but he is optimistic that he can have them cleaned, and a new wooden base built.
I know that after a fire, what matters is not so much what we find, or don’t find, as the way we seek closure. Excellent homilies are available online, and all that is required is competent delivery, yet many fail even in that. In medieval times, libraries were not the places of silence that we have today; all reading was oral, following the principle of taking mute words from a page with the eyes, and giving it life through the vocal chords.
I have it on good authority that the so-called Sanctus Bell is optional, its use in earlier times resulting from the priest, with his back to the congregation, reciting the relevant Latin words inaudibly. Bells tolled to announce a birth, marriage or death by the way these were rung, the number of times, the intervals, etc.
During the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War, bells were confiscated by the enemy because they could be used to send signals far and wide in an age before the cell phone, or they could be melted down and made into weapons or bullets. The postscript to this story will hopefully be the return of one or all three of the bells taken from the church of San Lorenzo in Balangiga, Eastern Samar, during the Philippine-American War. Come Christmastime, our extended family would gather ’round a makeshift stage while the little ones each performed a “talent” for a chance to win more presents. I didn’t want the spotlight on me, and had to wear down the grownups with repeated refusals. One of the biggest characteristics of an introvert is drawing energy from solitude, silence and internal interests instead of people, activities and external stimuli. Research has revealed that all sorts of people, including introverts, feel happier when they socialize; it’s just that introverts have lower tolerance for external stimulation and thus feel exhausted after too much socializing. Or, when they do party, introverts might find themselves gravitating toward a specific place in the room, hanging with only a couple of people instead of hobnobbing with the crowd. Perhaps it is also heightened by generational differences: Our parents grew up at a time when “How to Win Friends and Influence People” was pretty much a bible for living. Worse, there are educators who try to browbeat quiet students out of their shells: We all know that one teacher who intentionally trains the attention of the whole class on the quiet student at the back, forcing the spotlight on him or her in an attempt to make him or her speak up.
As with all other forms of stigma, there needs to be more understanding on this matter, an understanding that transcends cultural and generational mores. The expressed clamor for change by passionate partisans of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte signified they wanted great change.
True, too, is the opposite possibility, where a dictatorship generates enough hate to unite a people to rise against it. They have to be the ones who must drum up support for the man they created into a President whatever he does in the beginning. More Filipinos go on with their lives dedicated to build a solid foundation for the future they dream of for their children. That is a powerful attitudinal buffer zone in the prevention of deep disappointment or even delicate political discontent. He said he doesn’t want companies firing workers after five months to avoid giving them the right wages and benefits. We count on Duterte’s promise to provide Filipino workers security of tenure by repealing laws that legalize this practice and thereafter hold accountable employers making use it. We urge the Duterte administration to work on the immediate passage of the OSH bill which seeks to criminalize OSH standards violators. It is the workers’ means to achieving social justice and it gives them some guarantee that they will benefit from economic growth. We support his openness to address the root causes of armed conflicts by paving the way for just and lasting peace through peace negotiations. The move would maximize available spectrum given rapid increases in data consumption amid growing smartphone penetration. However, building a cell site has proven to be a major challenge for us and we couldn’t build cell sites as fast as we want to. The TV white space’ long range of reach means utilization of this frequency for broadband use would require less number of cell sites to provide coverage for a given geographic location compared with existing wireless technologies, he said.
These vacant frequencies are located between broadcast TV channels in the UHF and VHF range of 54 MHz and 806 MHz.
So far, only the United States has already undertaken commercial deployment while many other countries are holding trials. Even with the utilization of the TV white space frequency, Globe needs an allocation from the 700 MHz as this spectrum has existing technology for state-of-the-art LTE, currently not available for TV white space frequency.
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We respected the process, we respected the members of the board, and we respected the will of the Filipino people na magkaroon na agad tayo ng president and bise president na maipoproklama,” Garcia said. Nagkaroon lang kami ng problema nung 2013, parang out of the blue natulak akong kandidato na representative ng third district ng Camarines Sur. It has been 24 years since then, and the Marcoses continue to refuse to honor any of the three conditions. This would seem to qualify Marcos, because despite having faked his medals and exaggerated his exploits, there is no dispute that he did once serve as a soldier. Perhaps his supporters will dispute that description, but what should we call that state of existence where you have been forced to flee your country by a nonviolent uprising, where you have been caught entering another country with hundreds of millions of dollars in cash and jewelry, where by the time you died you have already figured in the record books for world-class corruption? Neither was it politically sensible for it to make common cause with the United Nationalist Alliance of Vice President Jejomar Binay, hobbled as he is by accusations of graft and corruption. Even more important, the high court’s TRO also prohibits the Food and Drug Administration, which had approved the implants, from issuing licenses for the distribution and marketing of any form of contraception and from renewing the licenses of contraceptives available on the market. Given the high maternal mortality and child mortality rates in the country, this is nothing less than arrogant and criminal. Indeed, after promising at a rally that the city government would provide free family planning supplies to anyone who wanted them, Duterte had to retract his promise after some days when city health centers were inundated by women and couples clamoring for supplies and services. In effect, with the TRO on the implants and other contraceptives, the Supreme Court, which is made up of lawyers, has effectively taken over the functions and authority of the FDA, and of the DOH, which has supervision over it. They were all gone the next day, and replacing them was a tiny makeshift fire truck from Barangay UP Diliman: little David, I’ve christened it, after the biblical tale of David and Goliath. There were still chairs and laboratory equipment—for example, a centrifuge machine, now rusted, was in one corner. Last Wednesday, UP president Alfredo Pascual and I, joined by other officials, received 200 books and videos, 30 computers and 30 printers from Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua. I browsed through the long list of books and was even more touched, knowing they had been carefully selected. It was a kulintang he had since college days when, as an engineering major, he had been attracted to indigenous music forms and instruments—an interest largely responsible for his moving on to anthropology after graduation from engineering. It is unfortunate that I have not been weaned from short, sensible Jesuit homilies and the Benedictine preoccupation with meaningful liturgy. The Word was transmitted by sound, and caught by the ear to touch and transform both mind and heart. More educators need to understand that the last thing you should do to introverts is to embarrass them. Aging itself is change, the body giving way to nature’s design and journey to a natural end or death. And these passionate partisans even convinced millions more to join the bandwagon of change, not small change, but radical change. It sounded like Philippines was the equivalent of hell itself, that everything was wrong, that nothing was working, and a massive overhaul was the only way. Visionaries can see unity and dedicate their lives to it, but ordinary Filipinos conditioned by a history of divisiveness cannot simply rise to it. A determined leader may have the stomach to whip people into line, but whipping people is not leadership.
They have to be the ones who must show extraordinary trust and determination to make the Duterte presidency deliver the promises he made. Just like the OFWs who do their thing despite government yet end up giving that same government more strength and room for growth. Our insignificance insulates us from the political dynamics that triggers in Davao City what is now called the biggest job fair in the Philippines. It will be a great service to Filipino families if a member does not have to find a job abroad to sustain his family. We call on the incoming president to heed the workers’ demand to bring wage rates closer to living standards and raise the daily minimum wage in the private sector to P750. In the same vein, we hope that Duterte’s malasakit extends to those affected by occupational deaths—like the 74 victims of the Kentex fire, by serving justice to their families, and by holding the responsible government and company officials accountable for the deaths. We strongly urge Duterte to repeal the “assumption of jurisdiction” powers of the labor secretary that undermine the workers’ right to strike and have cost the lives of many strikers. We look forward to seeing all political prisoners embracing their families, colleagues and comrades outside their detention cells. We hope that making use of available spectrum would enhance bandwidth capacities and allow our network to transmit enormous amount of data at faster speeds,” Globe Senior Vice President for Network Technologies Strategy Emmanuel Estrada said, noting that construction of a single cell site involves about 25 permits with at least 8 months lead time. TV white space is considered an ideal wireless data delivery medium in the Philippines because of its long distance propagation features and the ability of its signals to travel over water and through thick foliage. This means that the use of the TV white space spectrum for propagation of broadband technologies is more cost efficient for ISP providers. Utilizing TV white space for propagation of internet service is relatively a new technology as TV broadcast began transitioning from analog to digital, paving the way for the availability of more TV channels or frequencies that could be utilized for broadband use. Because in order to burn belly fat naturally  you have to know your body and to understand the reasons fats accumulated around your waist. Using a far infrared sauna can help strengthen the bodya€™s immune system by stimulating increased production of white blood cells by the bone marrow and killer T-cells by the thymus.A 2. Parang napaka-swerte naman po, coincidental na natapos ito, birthday ng asawa ko,” she said in an interview on TV Patrol on Friday night. Are the justices claiming that they have more scientific and medical knowledge than the authorities, scientists and doctors of the FDA and DOH? I’m sharing some of our experiences to help people understand what’s involved, and to help readers incorporate some of the lessons we’re learning into your own disaster preparedness plans. Walls, posts, even stairs, may survive the fire and people want to rush in, unaware that the structural integrity may have been destroyed. The Chinese Embassy offered the donation on its own, for the departments affected by the fire.
As an historian I can’t help but look beyond rubrics, tracing origins to understand how and why liturgical movements and conventions are the way they are today. Today, priests face the congregation, the liturgy is in the vernacular, churches have microphones and LCD projectors—yet bell-ringing remains as tradition. Thus, San Pedro is also known as the “Berry Bell.” It remained in storage until it was rediscovered in 1959, when the chapel was renovated.
Not many Filipinos even recognize the inherent differences in our temperaments—that while a great deal of us are sociable, lively extroverts, there are those who are just naturally quiet and introverted.
But it’s also an ill-informed opinion to consider someone “not normal” or “not OK” when he or she is merely introverted. Not even about—with due respect to my more vivacious relatives—refusing to participate in family talent shows.
They did not mind the thought of summary termination or imprisonment of suspected corrupt officials or government personnel (wow, hundreds of thousands could be affected, and their families, of course); they did not mind the possibility of summary executions of suspected drug pushers or drug lords (tall order whether six months or six years). Federalism was a battle cry, a change of the Constitution a foregone conclusion, and even a revolutionary government was not objectionable. They usually begin at the top but can cascade rather rapidly to their followers comprising the base of the pyramid.
Unless maybe China attacks us, or tsunamis, typhoons and earthquakes hit us in rapid succession. His appointments at the highest, second highest and third levels of government must reflect it as well.
Because if they do, then others may follow and give the new president enough room to prove himself. Like call center agents and other BPO employees who simply go through different time zones in pursuit of their own ambitions—and end up enhancing the economic strength of government.
For all we know, if we had enough basis through expertise or connection, we might be applying for a position, too, or haggling to keep our slot in government.
We also urge Duterte to remedy the dire working conditions in factories and workplaces across the country. Similarly, we call on Duterte to increase the salaries of government employees, the very same people who implement his plan for the people. The latest TV white space equipment can deliver up to 10 megabits per second of data throughput at a maximum range of 10 kilometers and can accommodate numerous customers at any given time. This will make GT Capital the second largest shareholder of MPIC while Hong Kong-based First Pacific will retain a 55 percent stake. Only by identifying the real cause of your weight gain you can find the most appropriate ways to burn belly fat quickly, without putting your health at risk.But this can be quite an overwhelming task if you’re not a professional trainer or a nutritionist. Far infrared rays improve blood circulation, stimulate endorphins, lower lactic acid, kill certain bacteria and parasites, and burn calories. Hilario Calica A su Yglesia de Bauang (Given to the church of Bauang in 1883 by the Gobernadorcillo Mariano Balancio and Lt. But no matter how gentle, aging disrupts the status quo because disruption is the very nature of change. If his values and standards differ substantially from those he appoints, he will be so busy firing them. Or small farmers and fisher folks who are the most threatened by climate change but keep feeding their families and us no matter what. This is why we took the time to analyze and list here the best strategies on how to burn belly fat fast, without the need of cardio machines, expensive weight lifting equipments and complicated menus!How to burn belly fat fast by changing your mindsetIf you want to burn stomach fat fast  you have to start with your mindset. Proponents of hyperthermia, also known as fever therapy, maintain that using far infrared energy to therapeutically induce higher body temperatures helps fight infections and even cancer. One side was accused of being self-righteous, and their critics became self-righteous, too.  It seemed like those who were not for us were against us. Presidential appointments are so critical in assuring the citizens that great change is coming, or has come. On their backs, on their resilience, often on their resigned spirit, government is allowed to commit mistake after mistake without collapsing.
Their argument is supported by the human body itself, which radiates infrared energy for the benefits of warmth and tissue repair.A 3. Down the line, only the sustained faith and support of the people can honor the kind of change that the leader begins. You’ll surely manage to burn belly fat quickly  once eliminating all the negative and stressful thoughts and accepting your body the way it is at the moment.Weight loss begins in your mind so make sure you set a realistic goal and do your best to reach it. And by realistic we mean a weight goal that doesn’t put your health at risk by limiting the calorie intake drastically or by overworking your body.Printing a photo with your desired body and placing it on the wall in front of your working desk can be extremely motivating so it’s a smart strategy to follow by anyone looking into how to burn belly fat fast. This is the heat you feel penetrate your skin when you stand in the sun and miss when you walk into the shade. If you care about your appearance and you consider yourself a health conscious person, keep in mind eating unhealthy products not only ads pounds around your waist but also increases the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.Instead of eating a chocolate bar after a tiring day, have a cup of fresh fruits mixed with frozen yogurt.
When people do not receive adequate amounts of far infrared heat, they often can become ill or depressed.A 4. Not only it’s tastier and more refreshing but it can also help you burn belly fat naturally! Add fibers in your diet as they are essential for improving digestion, stimulating the metabolism and dropping pounds in no time.Forget about acid drinks and drink more water daily.
Far infrared saunas are recognized by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. If you’re a coffee lover, have two cups daily as it speeds up the breakdown of fats, sustaining weight loss and controlling sugar cravings.
Far infrared saunas are thought to be 7 times more effective at detoxifying heavy metals such as mercury, aluminium, and other environmental toxins than conventional heat or steam saunas. Have salads for dinner and never skip breakfast as it’s the most important meal of the day. For many chronically ill patients as well as people who are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their toxic burden, the far infrared sauna is the detox method of choice.A 6.
Eating a rich in proteins breakfast will help you increase lean mass while working out.Choose the cardio routine you like to burn belly fat fastEven if you don’t have the time to hit the gym regularly you can still do cardio trainings to accelerate weight loss and burn stomach fat fast  in the comfort of your home. Bathing in a far infrared sauna in the early stages of a cold or flu has been known to stop the disease before symptoms occur.A 7. Far infrared heat can penetrate into the skin about an inch and a half to two inches deep and can have therapeutic benefits, such as helping to dissolve fat deposits under the skin.
Since toxins may be stored in the fat, the deep penetrating heat of a far infrared sauna can help eliminate them, especially toxins such as heavy metals and acidic compounds.A 8.
You’ll notice a huge difference in your sizes within only few weeks with this amazingly easy to apply strategy!If you don’t like dancing, replace it with jumping rope or funny hula hoop sessions! The radiant heat of a far infrared sauna is efficient because it warms the sauna bather directly. The body absorbs as much as 93 percent of the heat, causing perspiration and producing a vast array of health benefits.A 9. If you love the treadmill but don’t have enough time to get to the gym daily, you can simply run in place while listening to workout music.
Far infrared saunas can help clear cellulite, the gel-like lumps of fat, water and debris trapped in pockets beneath the skin.
As strange as it sounds, this often brings better results as it’s quite similar to HIITs – high intensity interval trainings.While on the treadmill, lots of people tend to decrease the speed and set a longer time interval but running in place, in front of a mirror, can literary boost your metabolism. European beauty specialists routinely incorporate daily far infrared sauna baths in programs to reduce cellulite.A 10. All you have to do is run as fast as you can for 3-5 minutes, maintaining your core area contracted and then rest for 1 minute. Generally speaking, far infrared saunas are less expensive, easier to install, and require less maintenance than traditional saunas.
They come in many sizes and are often quite portable, making them a great choice when limited space is available.A 11. Don’t overwork your body as this does nothing but tiring your muscles and cardiovascular system, slowing down your metabolism and making fat reduction even more difficult. Far infrared radiant heat provides all the healthy benefits of natural sunlight without any of the dangerous effects of solar radiation.A 12. Give your body time to rest and to recover after running, dancing or doing complex exercises.If you’re working in a stressful environment, you’re more likely to gain weight in the mid area of your body and if your job is a sedentary one, involving office work, then your posture is most probably an incorrect one while at the desk.
Far infrared saunas are more cleansing than conventional saunas because they are designed to generate more than two to three times the amount of perspiration.
Keeping your abdominal muscles contracted can help in preventing the saggy stomach aspect although won’t make fats go away.To prevent pounds from being added around your waist, try to keep stress levels in your life their minimum. This way you’ll feel less tired at the end of the day and your natural defense mechanisms will stop asking for sugary rewards after each failure or whenever your energy levels drop. Unlike in traditional saunas where temperatures range from 140 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit (60 to 105 degrees Celsius), the temperatures of far infrared saunas typically range from 100 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 60 degrees Celsius).A 14.
Not to mention you’ll stop looking for tips on how to burn belly fat fast as you’ll learn to be more tolerant with your body and to give it all the time it needs for getting in shape![Related:  How To Burn Stubborn Belly Fat]Kill Your Belly Fat! Click Here to Discover How You Can Start Burning Off Belly Fat TodayDrink water to burn belly fat naturallyYou know those people who pride themselves on losing 5 pounds in 2 days? This allows a person to perspire faster and to tolerate a longer period of time inside the sauna. Typical sessions in a far infrared sauna last 20 to 30 minutes and can be repeated to maximize the benefits.A 15. Dehydration is the one of the biggest enemies for someone trying to burn belly fat naturally as without enough water your organism won’t be able to function properly – you’ll start feeling tired, nervous, you’ll experience frequent hunger pangs due to increased stomach acidity.Drinking more water helps in preventing muscle fatigue, allowing you to be more alert and active during the day so you’ll have a healthier attitude towards foods and physical exercises. The lower heat range of far infrared saunas is safer for people with cardiovascular risk factors or fragile health because lower temperatures dona€™t dramatically elevate heart rate and blood pressure.A 16.
Not to mention toxins in your blood will be eliminated easier so you’ll surely experience increased levels that will enable you to run faster, to do more crunches and squats and to take longer walks in order to speed up your fats metabolism.Did you notice how puffy your hips and belly look like when you don’t drink enough water?
Far infrared saunas have been used to treat sprains, bursitis, rheumatism, muscle spasms, neuralgia and hemorrhoids. This is because your body retains all the liquid it receives, just to make sure it has some extra reserves for bad days. But if you give your muscles enough water daily, they simply eliminate excess amounts, leaving your body slim and nicely shaped.And the strangest thing is this rule applies to fats as well. The effects of toxin, chemical and pesticide poisoning can be greatly reduced by the far infrared saunaa€™s detoxification action. Contrary to the general opinion, by depriving your body from fats you only encourage it to store as many lipids as it can when it receives even the smallest amount. People who work with chemicals, as well as home gardeners who frequently use fertilizers and pesticides, are advised to use far infrared saunas on a regular basis.A 18.
Far infrared radiant heat is a form of naturally occurring energy that heats objects by direct light conversion. When you do strength trainings, you tone and grow your muscles and it’s well known stronger muscles burn more fats.So make sure you buy some dumbbells, an exercise mat and a stability ball and start doing squats, deadlifts, pushups, reverse crunches, leg raises, yoga stretches or Pilates. Direct light conversion warms only the object and does not raise the temperature of the surrounding free air.A 19. Stay motivatedLast but not least, don’t lose your motivation as this will compromise all your efforts of shedding off the belly bulge.
Far infrared sauna use can help promote rebuilding of injured tissue by having a positive effect on the fibroblasts, the connective tissue cells necessary for the repair of injury. The key in losing excess pounds stored around your waist is to remember why you started the weight loss routine and which your ultimate goal is.Yes, you will most probably feel that nothing changes and your body surely won’t look all toned and slimmed down after the first week but hey, we’re talking about healthy weight loss here and this takes time. It also can help increase growth of cells, DNA syntheses, and protein synthesis, all of which is necessary during tissue repair and regeneration.A 21. I know you want to burn belly fat fast and get a sexy and attractive body but you have to understand the only way you can achieve this is by staying motivated and continuing the weight reduction routine even when you don’t feel like doing it.Is it too rainy outside? In the electromagnetic spectrum, far infrared wavelengths measure between 5.6 and 1,000 microns. You’re too tired to do 20 pushups in a row and don’t really feel like doing leg raises either? Wavelengths of between 6 and 14 microns are believed to be the most beneficial to humans and other living things on Earth.A  The human palm emits far infrared wavelengths of between 8 and 12 microns. Start with something simpler but keep the rhythm alert and you’ll see how quickly you’ll regain motivation!Remember, the best tip on how to burn belly fat fast is to stay motivated and determined even if you don’t see any change in your size after one week.
The energy output from far infrared saunas so closely match the human bodya€™s radiant energy that nearly 93 percent of the saunaa€™s far infrared waves reach the skin.A 22. There’s absolutely no chance to fail in burning the belly if you work your body out daily and follow the tips above! Far infrared sauna therapy has helped people with cardiovascular conditions such as congestive heart failure and angina. It enhances endothelial nitric oxide, lowering blood pressure and improving cardiovascular function.A 23. The radiant heat of far infrared saunas has been shown to be especially beneficial to people with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other chronic pain conditions.A 24. There are some definite advantages to using far infrared sauna thermal heaters, such as no high heat claustrophobic reaction and better air circulation. Far infrared heaters heat the body, not the air, so a bather is more comfortable and cooler.
Far infrared saunas require 90 percent less electrical energy than conventional saunas, and no plumbing is required for a far infrared sauna.A 26.
A 20 to 30-minute session in a far infrared sauna has been touted to burn as many calories as a six-mile run.A 27. Far infrared saunas are now used in health facilities for a range of health problems such as menopause, ulcers, insomnia, asthma, bronchitis, ear infections, and allergies.A 28. You dona€™t have to worry about setting the sauna up on a waterproof floor or near plumbing, and you dona€™t have to worry about mildew.A 29. Unlike a traditional sauna, which requires a closed atmosphere to maintain heat levels required for therapeutic results, a far infrared sauna can be used with its door or window completely open if far infrared penetration is the only objective.A 30.
Far infrared saunas benefit all your organs of elimination, from your lungs to your liver to your kidneys to your skin.A 31. Infrared light lies between the visible and microwave portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
Infrared light has a range of wavelengths, just like visible light has wavelengths that range from red light to violet.
Near infrared light is closest in wavelength to visible light, and far infrared light is closer to the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
A far infrared sauna is usually warm within 10 or 15 minutes, whereas a conventional sauna can take more than an hour to reach optimal temperatures.A 33.
Another option, although quite costly, is to use far infrared bulbs, which can provide warming and stimulating color therapy.A 34. In addition to hemlock, wood choices for far infrared sauna construction include basswood, birch, oak, poplar, spruce and western red cedar. When a wood type is stated to be hypoallergenic, it means that the wood contains minimal allergens and is therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
When far infrared heat penetrates a bathera€™s body, he or she can experience a refreshed mind, relaxed mood, reduction of aches and pains, improved metabolism, and systemic regularity leading to an overall feeling of wellness.A 37. Hemlock is a very strong wood that is quite able to withstand the heat of a far infrared sauna.
It is also abundantly available, which means the end cost to the consumer is less than it might be for another wood type.A 38. Far infrared radiation is believed to be the only antidote to excessive ultraviolet radiation.A 39.
Certain alternative healing practices such as palm healing, a practice with some 3,000 years of tradition behind it in China, rely on the human bodya€™s ability to emit far infrared radiant energy.A 40.
And weight gain, muscle loss, decreased libido, wrinkles in our skin, and a growing number of aches and pains are probably other distressing concerns.A Some people try to defy nature by undergoing cosmetic surgery, utilizing every a€?anti-aginga€? skin care product available, taking stress management or meditation courses, or relocating to less polluted areas. These actions may have merits worthy of consideration, but the fact remains that no one, no matter how determined he or she may be, can slow down the passage of time. We start aging even before we are born, and the process does not stop until the day we die.A While our efforts may not influence time itself, they can, however, affect how our bodies respond to and endure it. Qualified health professionals agree, for example, that regular exercise and good nutrition can have a long-term positive impact on a persona€™s quality of life. As well, avoiding the dangerous ultraviolet rays of the sun is universally regarded as an effective way to help maintain healthy, youthful skin. And leta€™s not forget how quitting smoking has been shown to improve respiratory health and reduce the risk of cancer in many vital bodily organs.
A One activity that has been proven to be of great benefit to the lungs, heart, skin and other organs is far infrared sauna bathing. The rays from a far infrared sauna can help improve cardiovascular functioning, strengthen the bodya€™s immune system, reduce fat and cellulite, revitalize skin cells, improve muscle tone and strength, improve nutrition and production of brain chemicals, and much more.A Far infrared sauna bathing also helps to flush toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other destructive agents from our bodies. Exposure to this highly toxic substance can reportedly increase blood pressure and cause fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, and memory or concentration difficulties. Researchers have also linked lead exposure to Alzheimera€™s disease, a debilitating condition akin to dementia that most people associate with aging.A Various sources likewise suggest a connection between Alzheimera€™s disease and mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth. By definition, red is the color with the longest wavelengths of visible light, and violet is the color with the shortest wavelengths of visible light. Among the types of invisible light or electromagnetic radiation that reside outside of the optical spectrum are infrared radiation (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Translated from Latin, a€?infraa€? and a€?ultraa€? mean a€?belowa€? and a€?beyond,a€? respectively, so infrared radiation, or infrared light, is literally a€?below red,a€? and ultraviolet light is a€?beyond violet.a€?The German-born astronomer William Herschel discovered infrared light while living in England in 1800, about 20 years after his historic first sighting of the planet Uranus.
Measuring the heat from the optical spectrum, Herschel observed that the temperature in the colors increased as he went from violet to red. He also noticed that the temperature continued to increase beyond the color red, into a region of invisible light that Herschel named a€?infrared.a€?Infrared light is divided into three distinct segments with precise ranges of wavelength measured by microns.


Far infrared light is sometimes called thermal radiation or thermal light, and its wavelengths measure between 5.6 and 1,000 microns.
The light or energy from sunlight and fire that we perceive as heat is far infrared.The far infrared radiation (FIR) emitted by the sun should not be confused with its deleterious ultraviolet radiation. Chief among the consumer products utilizing the technology is the far infrared sauna or heat therapy room.
A key attribute of far infrared light is its ability to heat an object directly without elevating the temperature of the air surrounding the object.
This is called direct light conversion.A Direct light conversion is perhaps best demonstrated when youa€™re outside on a summer day and a big cloud moves in front of the sun. In the shade, you dona€™t feel as warm as when you were basking in the direct path of the suna€™s energy. Yet, by positioning itself between you and the sun, the cloud has blocked the suna€™s far infrared rays from reaching you.
Thata€™s the reason you feel cooler even though the temperature of the air around you has not changed.A The value of far infrared light to human health and wellness must not be underestimated. Penetrating as deeply as three inches into our bodies, far infrared rays improve blood circulation, stimulate endorphins, destroy certain bacteria and parasites, lower lactic acid, and burn calories.Advocates of hyperthermia, also known as fever therapy, contend that employing such deep-penetrating far infrared energy to therapeutically induce higher body temperatures helps combat infections and even cancer.
Their assertion is supported by the human body itself, which emits infrared energy for purposes of warmth and tissue repair.A Saunas have long been a tried, tested and true source of health benefits.
For centuries, traditional saunas have helped to improve cardiovascular function, promote body detoxification, maintain general health, and foster greater relaxation in sauna bathers around the world.
For many sauna enthusiasts, the traditional hot sauna a€“ the Finnish sauna a€“ remains the preferred route to renewed health and a rejuvenated spirit.A Sometimes called radiant heat saunas, soft heat saunas or heat therapy rooms, far infrared saunas offer most of the same benefits that traditional Finnish saunas do, but they do so at lower, more tolerable temperatures. While the air temperature in a typical Finnish sauna bath ranges from 170 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (77 to 93 degrees Celsius), such temperatures arena€™t required in a far infrared sauna to induce optimal bather perspiration.A By penetrating the bathera€™s body and effecting a deep, satisfying heat of just 100 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit (38 to 55 degrees Celsius), the far infrared rays can create an enjoyably cleansing, detoxifying and revitalizing experience for the bather. In fact, many sources claim that the volume of sweat produced during a far infrared sauna bath can be as much as three times greater than in a Finnish sauna bath. The higher volume of sweat means a faster, more thorough, and thus more beneficial flushing of toxic chemicals and harmful heavy metals from the body.A Far infrared rays are a fundamental, indispensable part of life on Earth. And now, with far infrared heat therapy rooms and other infrared applications becoming increasingly common, we humans are wisely taking action to benefit from those rays and improve the quality of our own lives.A Benefits of Far Infrared Sauna UseThere are many benefits to be derived from proper and regular use of a far infrared sauna. Far infrared sauna bathing can improve autonomic functions of the nervous system.Further Applications of Far Infrared EnergyFar infrared saunas are just one example of the application of infrared energy in contemporary society.
Other uses of infrared energy have resulted in infrared hair dryers, infrared foot massagers, infrared pillows, infrared underwear, and even infrared leg wraps for horses.
There are far infrared ray-emitting paints and wallpaper that combat mold as well as fast-cooking far infrared ovens that reportedly kill E.
Far infrared rays are being utilized to purify polluted air, promote growth in plants, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, treat injured athletes, and even encourage new hair growth.Far Infrared Is Essential to LifeFar infrared rays are a fundamental, indispensable part of life on Earth.
And now, with far infrared saunas and other infrared applications becoming increasingly common, we humans are astutely taking steps to benefit from those remarkable rays and improve the quality of our own lives.
Similarly, you may not pay much attention to far infrared saunas, but these fantastic devices offer health benefits that you may not be able to afford to ignore any longer.A As time progresses, it seems that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place. We live in an age of terrorist activities, nuclear weapons, dictatorships and religious fanaticism.
Costly international conflicts show no sign of abating, and just about everyone feels more insecure and vulnerable than they did a decade ago. Even in our local neighborhoods, many of us worry about rising crime rates and growing threats to our personal safety.A And, as if those problems were not enough for us to worry about, many of us have major health issues with which we have no choice but to contend. Not helping matters are all the poisons and contaminants that have found their way into our environment and into our bodies.
Fortunately, though, we are not powerless against these mighty and malicious microscopic menaces. In fact, we can start doing something about them right now - we can start fighting back with far infrared sauna detoxification therapy.A Far infrared saunas are revered by scientists and health professionals around the world for their ability to help flush out many of the toxic chemicals, heavy metals and other destructive agents that have accumulated deep within the bloodstream, skin and other vital organs of people from all walks of life. For individuals affected by mercury toxicity, lead poisoning, and other life-threatening exposures, the far infrared sauna is often viewed as an essential component of detoxification therapy.A If you think that only people in high-risk occupations qualify for far infrared sauna detoxification therapy, youa€™re wrong. Exogenous toxins, which can be absorbed through the skin, respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract, are those not produced by the body itself, and examples include mercury, lead, zinc and cadmium. Sylver writes that a€?this category consists of waste produced by the body in the course of normal metabolic functioning and also pathogens (viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites) and the waste they excrete. Also known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS), CFS was once commonly referred to as the a€?yuppie flua€? after about 200 people, most of whom were white, wealthy, young females, come down with a strange illness in 1984. National Institutes of Health claim that, for some people, chronic fatigue syndrome can first appear after a cold, bronchitis, hepatitis or an intestinal bug; for others, it can follow a bout of glandular fever. CDC and CFIDS Association of America announced in 2001 that stress may exacerbate but most likely does not cause the disorder.A On the polemical subject of CFS prevalence, Dr. Buist asserts that toxins can impede muscle metabolism, causing the pain and fatigability of muscles felt by many fatigued people.A Addressing the Well Mind Association in Seattle, WA, Dr.
The affected persona€™s detoxification system is clogged up or destroyed, they get a backlog of chemicals, and their immune system goes down.a€?A Dr.
Edelson and Deborah Mitchell, authors of What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Autoimmune Disorders, put it like this: a€?The hallmark of CFIDS is overwhelming, persistent, incapacitating fatigue that leaves those afflicted unable to carry on their normal physical functions. Schmidt writes, a€?Researchers at Uppsala University Medical School in Sweden reported that patients with chronic fatigue contain abnormal levels of mercury within their cells.
Of patients with chronic fatigue, 45 percent showed mercury hypersensitivity and 49 percent showed lead hypersensitivity. When the metal burden was removed from the body (in many cases, by removing mercury-containing silver dental fillings), 77 percent of patients reported improved health.a€?A If these conclusions are correct, how can sufferers retaliate after the damage of toxic build-up has manifested itself as chronic fatigue syndrome? Lyon recommend far infrared sauna therapy.A a€?For the chronic fatigue patient, a consistent program of infrared sauna therapy will assist the problem of autonomic dysregulation, which is common to the condition,a€? states Dr. These symptoms are reduced, as regular sauna therapy induces normal autonomic functioning.A a€?Through extensive research, it has been shown that saunas greatly assist in the elimination of accumulated toxins,a€? Lyon adds.
It has become well known that people who take regular saunas (2-3 per week) reduce their incidence of colds and influenza by over 65% (a study by the British Medical Association). While many people use saunas primarily for relaxation and stress reduction, the other health benefits are increasing the popularity of saunas. An often agonizing muscle disorder in which the thin film or tissue holding muscle together becomes thickened or tightened, fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pains and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, mild to incapacitating fatigue, and disturbed sleep.A The pain of fibromyalgia is typically felt in the neck, back, shoulders and hands, but it is not exclusive to those areas. Based on criteria set in 1990 by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), a diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a patient to have experienced widespread pain for a minimum of three months in 11 of 18 tender muscle sites. Among those 18 sites are the hips, knees and rib cage.A Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include allergies, anxiety, carpal tunnel syndrome, depression, dizziness, headaches, irritable bowel symptoms, numbness, and tender skin. Most sufferers of fibromyalgia are women of childbearing age, but it has also been known to strike men, children and the elderly.As for what causes fibromyalgia, many theories exist.
The Alternative Medicine Guide to Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Illness states that a€?post-traumatic fibromyalgia is believed to develop after a fall, whiplash or back strain, whereas primary fibromyalgia has an uncertain origin.a€? However, in her book Detoxify or Die, Dr.
Nenah Sylver extols the sauna for its ability to increase cardiovascular activity and white blood cell, enzyme, and norepinephrine, beta-endorphin and possibly thyroxin production.
As they, in turn, help to enhance circulation, increase waste removal and nutrient absorption, raise metabolism, and promote the elimination of toxins, foreign proteins and microbes, Dr. Sylver deems the aforementioned benefits of proper sauna use crucial in helping people with fibromyalgia.
She notes a€?there are actually very few health problems that cannot be helped (or would become worse) with sauna therapya€? but advises patients nevertheless to consult with their health providers before beginning sauna therapy.A Dr. Rogers and other health professionals insist that the far infrared sauna, radiant heat sauna or heat therapy room is of greater benefit to fibromyalgia sufferers than the traditional hot Finnish sauna because of a fundamental difference between the two styles of sauna. Rogers calls the far infrared sauna a€?infinitely more tolerable,a€? particularly for people with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome or multiple sclerosis, because it can function effectively at a much lower temperature than a conventional Finnish sauna.A a€?Ia€™m convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health,a€? declares Dr. That such an effective detoxification tool exists should be welcome news to anyone suffering the ill effects of excessive lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic or aluminium in his or her body.
A Not everyone may believe they have sufficient reason to worry about heavy metal and chemical toxicity, but many experts are urging the skeptics to think again.
Lead is a highly toxic substance, exposure to which can produce a wide range of adverse health effects. In adults, lead can reportedly increase blood pressure and cause fertility problems, nerve disorders, muscle and joint pain, irritability, and memory or concentration problems. A Because their brains and central nervous systems are still being formed, young children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to leada€™s harmful health effects. National Safety Council (NSC), a€?Even very low levels of exposure can result in reduced IQ, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, behavioral problems, stunted growth, impaired hearing, and kidney damage.
Lead can also be found in automobile exhaust, pesticides, hair dye, ink, and some glazed dishware.Mercury, a ubiquitous environmental pollutant that can be found in tuna and swordfish, latex paint, dental amalgams, vaccines, cosmetics, contact lens solution, fabric softener and tap water, has also been classified by researchers as posing a grave threat to human health.
In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared that no level of mercury can be considered to be safe, as it is the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth.A In their book What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Autoimmune Disorders, Dr. Like so many other heavy metals, cadmium can be found in air, water, soil and food.A Noting that the highest contributor to cadmium toxicity is cigarette smoke, the Center for Environmental and Integrative Medicine (CEIM) in Knoxville, TN, states that a€?cadmium can weaken the immune system and allow bacteria, viruses, yeast and parasites to proliferate.
Cadmium may also promote skeletal demineralization and increase bone fragility and fracture risk. Department of Health and Human Servicesa€™ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Eating food or drinking water with very high cadmium levels severely irritates the stomach, leading to vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes death. Breathing air with lower levels of cadmium, or eating lower levels of cadmium, over long periods of time can result in a build-up of cadmium in the kidneys. This has been seen mostly in workers exposed to arsenic at smelters, mines, and chemical factories, but also in residents living near smelters and arsenical chemical factories. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) have all classified inorganic arsenic as a known human carcinogen.A Since arsenic is found naturally in the environment, humans risk exposure to it when they eat food, drink water, breathe air, or come in contact with contaminated soil or water. The same can be said for aluminium compounds.A People may also be exposing themselves to aluminium compounds when they ingest medicinal products like certain antacids, laxatives and buffered aspirin or have skin contact with aluminium metal, antiperspirants, or other substances that contain aluminium or aluminium compounds. Mercola asserts that aluminium has been linked to serious illnesses such as osteoporosis, extreme nervousness, anemia, headache, decreased liver and kidney function, speech disturbances, and memory loss. He also contends that people who have died from Alzheimera€™s disease have been found to have up to four times the average amount of aluminium accumulated in the braina€™s nerve cells.A Offering its view on the subject, the ATSDR states that exposure to aluminium is usually not harmful but notes that some people who have kidney disease store a lot of aluminium in their bodies.
In these children, the bone damage is caused by aluminium in the stomach preventing the absorption of phosphate, (which is) required for healthy bones.a€?Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic and aluminium are just five of an intimidating number of toxins capable of severely compromising your health.
Among the other heavy metals most often found at unacceptable levels in the body, according to Edelson and Mitchell, are nickel and tin. Sherry Rogers writes, a€?The lungs, urine, stool and sweat are the main vehicles the body has for getting rid of nasty chemicals, but by far sweat is the most efficacious. And Mayo Clinic studies show that (utilizing) far infrared energy is the safest way to induce healing sweata€¦ Far infrared sauna technology is the only proven, most efficacious way of getting rid of stored environmental chemicals.a€?A A far infrared sauna has been cited as the best place to sweat because, whereas bathing in a conventional hot air sauna produces perspiration that is composed of approximately 97 percent water and three percent toxins, soaking in a far infrared sauna has been shown to produce sweat composed of about 80 percent water and 20 percent toxins. As well, far infrared saunas can produce up to three times the sweat volume of a conventional hot air sauna while operating at a considerably cooler air temperature range of 110 to 130 degrees versus 180 to 235 degrees for hot air saunas.
Ita€™s worthwhile to also note that, according to author and sauna historian Mikkel Aaland, a 15-minute far infrared sauna session can execute the same heavy metal excretion that would take the kidneys 24 working hours. In other words, sweating in a far infrared sauna can be a very efficient method of detoxification.A Even though sweating is a natural function of the human body, many people do not perspire properly because their skin has been damaged or deactivated by, among other culprits, chemicals in bath water, lotions, soaps and deodorants. Fortunately for these people, far infrared sauna therapy can greatly help to restore the skina€™s eliminative powers. Ita€™s just one more way far infrared saunas work to heal bodies compromised by harmful chemicals.A If you are concerned about how harmful chemicals and heavy metals can affect your health, consider the many benefits of owning a far infrared sauna.
Most people have a casual understanding of each of those three, but it is the mercury included in the periodic table of elements that demands greater public contemplation. For if contemporary society placed more of an emphasis on the pernicious effects of mercury exposure, perhaps fewer people would be victimized by related illnesses and diseases.A Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element on Earth, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has proclaimed that no level of mercury can be regarded as being safe. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced in a 2001 study that one in every 10 American women of childbearing age is at risk for having a baby born with neurological problems due to mercury exposure.A There are three principal types of mercury, and each type presents a serious health hazard to humans. The first type, elemental mercury, is a liquid that gives off mercury vapor at room temperature. Elemental mercury can also enter the bloodstream by permeating the skin.A Inorganic mercury compounds, the second type, can also be inhaled as well as pass through the skin. Unlike elemental mercury, though, inorganic mercury compounds can also be absorbed through the stomach if swallowed. Elemental mercury, if swallowed, is not absorbed and usually exits the body without causing any harm.
Many inorganic mercury compounds are irritating or corrosive to the skin, eyes and mucus membranes.A The third type of mercury, organic mercury compounds, can enter the body by way of all three routes a€“ lungs, skin and stomach. Exposure to any form of mercury on a repeated basis, or even a very high single dose, can lead to chronic mercury poisoning.
According to the New Jersey State Department of Health, chronic mercury poisoning is characterized by three major symptoms:Gum problems. People with chronic mercury poisoning frequently experience wide mood swings, becoming irritable, frightened, excited or depressed very quickly for no apparent reason. Some people may become extremely upset at any criticism, lose all self-confidence, and become apathetic. Memory loss, hallucinations, and inability to concentrate can also occur.Nervous system impairment. The earliest and most frequent symptom of chronic mercury poisoning is a fine tremor of the hand. A person with chronic mercury poisoning may also experience difficulty balancing and walking.A In What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Autoimmune Disorders, authors Dr. Research has demonstrated that the bodya€™s tissues, especially in the brain, kidneys, jaw, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, and liver, absorb and store mercury.a€?A With such research findings having caught the publica€™s attention, some people have begun insisting that their dentists use composite fillings, also known as a€?white fillings,a€? as a non-toxic alternative to amalgam fillings. As well, some dental patients are demanding that their existing amalgam fillings be removed and replaced with composite fillings.A In her book Detoxify or Die, Dr. Rogers writes, a€?Autoimmune disease, heart disease, high cholesterol and triglycerides, chemical sensitivity, allergies, antibiotic-resistant infections, depression, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, leukemia and just about any symptom you can think of have improved once sufficient accumulated mercury was removed from the teeth and body.a€?Going a step further, Dr. Daniel Royal, member of the Nevada State Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners, states, a€?While removal of amalgam fillings stops further poisoning from mercury fillings, you still need to detoxify the body to eliminate the residual effect from mercury that remains behind in the body.
Royal calls the sauna a useful adjunct to safe mercury removal because it induces profuse sweating.
One reason is that far infrared saunas, also known as radiant heat saunas or soft heat saunas, can effectively function at temperatures lower than those characteristic of traditional hot Finnish saunas.
The findings of this study make a strong case that far infrared saunas are simply better detoxification devices than conventional hot saunas.A Before you begin a sauna detoxification program, or if you suspect that you suffer from mercury poisoning, you should discuss your plans or share your suspicions with a qualified health professional. And if you decide to purchase a far infrared sauna for any of its many therapeutic properties, be sure to research your choices thoroughly, as satisfied sauna buyers are typically well-informed sauna buyers.A Opening the Sauna Door to Better Healthby Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa You may think of a home sauna as being little more than a luxury, an object that offers pleasure and comfort but is ultimately inessential to your well-being. However, the results of decades of research may just convince you of what sauna enthusiasts have believed for centuries a€“ that regular sauna bathing offers significant, perhaps even life-saving, health benefits.A A chief objective of any sauna bath is to make you perspire, and perspiration is a natural, necessary function of the human body.
Ita€™s a means by which the body can rid itself of extra heat and water and eliminate harmful toxins that have, over time, built up inside it. Included among these toxins are mercury, lead, cadmium and aluminium.A The health benefits of sauna bathing, however, go beyond aiding detoxification.
As your body increases sweat production to cool itself during a hot sauna bath, your heart increases blood circulation.
Heart rate, cardiac output and metabolic rate all increase, while diastolic blood pressure decreases, helping to improve overall cardiovascular fitness.A Sauna bathing may also contribute to healthy weight loss. A letter in a 1981 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association asserted that a€?a moderately conditioned person can easily a€?sweat offa€™ 500 grams in a sauna, consuming nearly 300 calories, the equivalent of running two to three miles. A heat-conditioned person can easily sweat off 600 to 800 calories with no adverse effects.
While the weight of the water lost can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories consumed will not be.a€?A Most irrefutable are the claims that regular sauna bathing helps to relieve stress and promote relaxation. It has been demonstrated time and time again that spending just a few minutes in a hot sauna bath can reduce anxiety levels, sooth nerves and warm tight muscles. Not only has sauna bathing been shown to encourage deeper, more restful sleep, far infrared sauna therapy has proved effective in alleviating pain associated with arthritis, backache, bursitis, fibromyalgia, headache, sprains, strains and other muscular and skeletal ailments.A a€?I am convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should do to restore health,a€? contends Dr. And while the condition known as Raynauda€™s disease has perhaps not received as much attention as those previously mentioned, credible sources suggest that sauna bathing can benefit its sufferers as well.A Raynauda€™s disease is a condition that causes some areas of your body, such as your fingers, toes, ears, cheeks, tongue, and the tip of your nose, to feel numb and cool in response to cold temperatures or stress. Named after Maurice Raynaud, the French physician who first described it in 1862, it is a disorder of the blood vessels that supply blood to your skin. During a Raynauda€™s attack, these arteries narrow, limiting blood flow to affected areas.A Accurately discussing Raynauda€™s can be challenging for some people, as two types of it exist, and each type has two names. What most laymen generically call Raynauda€™s disease could be either primary Raynauda€™s or secondary Raynauda€™s.A Primary Raynauda€™s, the most common form of the disorder, is what physicians and medical textbooks correctly refer to as Raynauda€™s disease. Although anyone can develop the condition, primary Raynauda€™s mainly affects women between the ages of 15 and 40. Ita€™s also more common in people who live in colder climates.A Secondary Raynauda€™s, also known as Raynauda€™s phenomenon, is caused by an underlying problem like scleroderma, Sjogrena€™s syndrome (both connective tissue diseases), lupus (an autoimmune disease), rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease), hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid gland), diseases of the arteries (such as atherosclerosis and Buergera€™s disease), carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve damage, or chemical exposure. As well, people in certain occupations, such as those who operate vibrating tools, may be more vulnerable to secondary Raynauda€™s.A Most typically, cold temperatures provoke Raynauda€™s attacks.
Just taking an item out of your freezer, putting your hands in cold water, or exposing yourself to cold air could trigger one.
For some people, however, cold is not even necessary; emotional stress is enough to instigate an episode.
In both cases, the body seems to exaggerate its natural response of trying to preserve its core temperature by slowing blood supply to its extremities. During an attack, which can last from less than a minute to several hours, affected areas of your skin usually first turn white.
As your blood circulation improves, the affected areas may turn red, throb, tingle or swell. Raynauda€™s attacks may grow more severe over time.A If the condition becomes severe, blood circulation to your extremities could permanently diminish, resulting in deformities in affected areas like your fingers or toes. Also, skin ulcers or gangrene could develop if an artery to an affected area becomes completely blocked.A Depending on the cause and severity of symptoms, treatment can take many forms. Medications may include alpha blockers, calcium channel blockers, or vasodilators, all of which help relax blood vessels. For example, during a session in either type of sauna, the bathera€™s heart responds to the sauna heat by increasing blood flow and perspiration production to cool the bathera€™s body. In this way, sauna bathing is a form of cardiovascular exercise.A Perspiring in a sauna, especially a far infrared sauna, also helps the body rid itself of harmful toxins that have built up over time. With experts having already drawn the connection between nicotine, secondhand smoke and Raynauda€™s, this benefit is certainly noteworthy.A As anyone who has stepped into a sauna seeking relief from muscle aches, sports injuries or ailments such as arthritis or fibromyalgia should already know, sauna bathing also offers a proven way to alleviate pain. A clinical study conducted at Sunnybrook and Womena€™s College Health Science Centers at the University of Toronto confirmed that far infrared therapy can bring about significant improvements in both subjective measures of pain and discomfort associated with Raynauda€™s disease.A Lastly, sauna bathing fosters relaxation and stress relief.
To those Raynauda€™s sufferers whose attacks are caused by emotional stress, as well as to the innumerable Raynauda€™s sufferers whose emotional stress is understandably caused by their attacks, this news is likely very welcome.A If you think you may be suffering from Raynauda€™s disease or Raynauda€™s phenomenon, be sure to discuss your concerns with a qualified health professional. Meanwhile, youa€™d be wise to investigate the many ways a home sauna, be it a traditional Finnish sauna or a far infrared sauna, can improve your health and happiness.A Insomnia and the Far Infrared Saunaby Pertti Olavi JalasjaaYoua€™ve wisely avoided sleeping pills, but it seems as if youa€™ve tried almost everything else to get a better nighta€™s sleep. The comforting heat of a sauna works to induce healthy perspiration, assist respiratory function, benefit blood pressure, stimulate endorphins, cleanse skin, and relieve sore, tired muscles.
By raising your body temperature in a sauna bath right before bedtime, you compel it to normalize itself afterwards, and ita€™s this temperature readjustment following the sauna bath that helps to improve the quality of your sleep.A Of course, other effects of the heat bath can certainly contribute to improvements in your sleep. Regular sauna bathers routinely report that soaking in a hot sauna helps them rid their minds of the anxieties, frustrations and worries that may have been plaguing them prior to bathing.
And by helping to alleviate any existing physical pain like headaches, muscle strain or joint stiffness, a sauna bath can effectively disarm many of the aggravations that might have impeded truly restful sleep.A Home saunas are available in many styles and sizes. Around the globe, doctors, researchers and other professionals have discovered the tremendous value of using sauna heat to help increase the human bodya€™s white blood cell count, stimulate its immune system, facilitate detoxification, and produce a state of general relaxation that is vital to the healing process.A In many countries, experts continue to research the therapeutic properties of the sauna. Chuwa Tei, professor of medicine and chair of the department of internal medicine at Japana€™s Kagoshima University, and his colleagues have demonstrated saunasa€™ usefulness in treating heart patients.A In one study, Tei and his colleagues compared 25 men with at least one risk factor for heart disease, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking, with a group of 10 healthy men. Each study participant spent 15 minutes in a 140-degree Fahrenheit (60-degree Celsius) dry sauna, followed by 30 minutes in a bed covered with blankets, once a day for two weeks. The researchers then measured how well the participantsa€™ blood vessels expanded and contracted, a sign of the health of the vessels.
The researchers also found that the sauna therapy lowered participantsa€™ blood pressure slightly. The results of the study should be encouraging to anyone concerned about blood vessel diseases like atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and erectile dysfunction.In earlier studies, Tei and his colleagues demonstrated that sauna therapy improved the blood vessel function in hamsters with chronic heart failure. The hamsters that received sauna therapy also lived about three weeks longer than those that didna€™t receive sauna therapy.A German researchers recently studied 22 kindergarten children who took weekly sauna baths and compared them to a group of children that did not take any sauna baths. Both groups were followed for 18 months and closely monitored for any occurrence of ear infections, colds, or upper respiratory problems. The researchers found that the children who did not take the weekly sauna baths took twice as many sick days as their counterparts.A Other findings suggest that it may be more than the heat of a sauna that is so advantageous to human health.
Tests have indicated that the practice of tossing or splashing water on heated rocks in a traditional Finnish sauna produces a high quantity of negative ions in the air. Research has concluded that air abundant with negative ions offers great benefits, while a lack of negative ions or a higher ration of positive to negative ions in the air we breathe can cause physical harm.And while a June 2001 edition of The St.
Lying above the 60th parallel, the southern boundary of the Arctic Circle, northernmost Finland receives little sunlight during the winter, which typically begins in November and lasts at least until May. Throughout all of Finland, winter days are remarkably short, with the sun low on the horizon even at midday.
In the far north, the period known as a€?kaamosa€? or polar night, during which the sun never rises above the horizon, is nearly two months long.A Light deprivation is a serious concern during Finnish winters, particularly in areas where continuous darkness stretches several weeks.
Many experts believe it could explain why Finland has one of the worlda€™s highest suicide rates. Each year, 14 percent of northern populations reportedly experience the a€?winter blues,a€? and another six percent suffer from the more serious Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of clinical depression that, by definition, afflicts people only at certain times of the year.
A In addition to depression, common symptoms of SAD include anxiety, fatigue and low energy, irritability, increased sleeping, difficulty concentrating, and changes in appetite, most notably carbohydrate cravings.A For many people, Seasonal Affective Disorder is a seriously disabling illness that prevents them from functioning normally without continuous medical treatment.
For others, it is a mild but debilitating condition that causes discomfort but not severe suffering.
This milder form of SAD, called Subsyndromal Seasonal Affective Disorder, is what most people perceive to be the aforementioned winter blues.A Yet another form of SAD is Reverse Seasonal Affective Disorder (RSAD), and it typically strikes during the late spring or early summer and lasts throughout the warmer months. Also known as summer depression, RSAD is characterized by decreased sleep, weight loss, poor appetite, and other symptoms. Because treatment options can differ for SAD and RSAD, ita€™s important to note that the information in the following paragraphs pertains specifically to SAD a€“ in other words, winter depression.A According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder include monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOs), psychotherapy, and light therapy.
Certain sources claim that, in addition to being used to treat SAD, insomnia and jet lag, light therapy can also be beneficial for people suffering from skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis and vitiglio.A For treating Seasonal Affective Disorder, the most commonly used phototherapy equipment is a portable lighting device known as a light box.
The patient sits in front of the box for a prescribed period of time that can be as brief as 15 minutes or as long as several hours.
The duration and frequency of light therapy sessions often depend on the patienta€™s physical needs and lifestyle. As one might surmise, light therapy sessions for SAD typically begin in the autumn months and continue throughout the winter, sometimes even into the early spring.A The light box may be mounted upright to a wall or slanted downwards and set on a table.
The light from a slanted light box is designed to focus on the table upon which it sits, so patients may look down to read or enjoy other sedentary activities during their phototherapy sessions.
Patients using an upright light box must face the light box, although they dona€™t need to look directly into the light. As for the brightness of the light utilized, the light sources in these light boxes typically range from 2,500 to 10,000 lux (units of illumination). In comparison, average indoor lighting typically ranges from 300 to 500 lux, and a sunny summer day is roughly 100,000 lux.A Before undergoing any light therapy treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder, be sure to discuss your concerns and options with a qualified health professional. If you believe that you suffer from SAD, it is vital that you receive a proper diagnosis from a physician experienced in treating mood disorders.
As well, certain risks (like potential eye strain, hypomania and headache, among others) are associated with phototherapy, especially for people who are photosensitive, so consulting with your doctor and an ophthalmologist could prevent additional problems from arising during or after your treatments. If you decide to pursue light therapy treatments without the assistance of a qualified health professional, be aware that different companies hold decidedly different stances on exactly what constitutes light therapy.
A Among the health-related companies that are now making light therapy part of their business are manufacturers and retailers of home saunas. It is a logical development since far infrared sauna therapy has repeatedly been proven to be an effective form of light therapy.
The light found in a far infrared sauna is, of course, far infrared light, a type of invisible light located below the optical color red in the electromagnetic spectrum.A An indispensable part of life on Earth, far infrared light has long been used by humans to purify polluted air, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, promote growth in plants, and more.
Little did the early sauna bathers of Finland realize centuries ago that their beloved heat baths might someday become a source of hope and healing, not just for the people of their own country but for everyone who finds the dark days of winter hard to weather.A Sweat and Far Infrared Saunas- Here's the Skinnyby Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa For whatever reason, most people feel uncomfortable talking about perspiration.
For example, ita€™s not unusual to hear someone remark that he or she a€?sweateda€? over an academic assignment, a€?worked up a sweata€? on the tennis courts, or a€?lost a pint of sweata€? while awaiting an important decision. But these are simply colloquial expressions that many of us utilize to make a point about our mental or physical stress or exertion related to a particular undertaking or event. After all, to do so, polite society decrees, would be in poor taste.A And yet much could be gained if people felt free to discuss the natural biological process of perspiration without fear of judgment or reproach.
When we perspire in a far infrared sauna, we help our bodies rid themselves of the countless toxins like mercury, lead, cadmium and other contaminants that have accumulated within us over time.
As well, by intensely sweating in a far infrared sauna we benefit our hearts, lungs, kidneys and other organs that are essential to our survival. Far infrared sauna bathing has also been proven to promote pain relief, muscle relaxation, and emotional tranquility.A For people suffering from certain skin diseases, far infrared sauna bathing can be particularly therapeutic. As the far infrared heat induces an increase in blood circulation to the skin, the bodya€™s defence against chronic skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis is considerably bolstered. As well, thorough sweating helps unclog the skin of whatever unhealthy remnants of soap, lotions, deodorants or makeup may be unnecessarily lodged in its pores. Dead skin cells are also effectively flushed away by a good sweat in a far infrared sauna.A Increased blood flow and decreased toxins and foreign material in our skin mean more natural nutrients and fewer reasons for irritations and disease.
Elasticity, texture, tone and color can all noticeably improve after just a few sessions in a far infrared sauna. These benefits are available even if your skin has suffered harsh damage from excessive exposure to the sun.A You dona€™t have to talk about perspiration if you dona€™t want to.
If you live a mostly sedentary lifestyle and therefore dona€™t perspire much on a regular basis, you must take action for the sake of the health of your heart, lungs, skin and other vital organs.
People face stress at home, at work, at school a€“ anywhere opportunities to react to internal or external stimulation exist.A That stimulation can come from a disagreement with a spouse, a conflict with a co-worker, criticism from a teacher, bad news from a doctor, and so on.
And the stimulation need not be negative; people often become stressed when they start new jobs or enter into new relationships. Even a big, surprise win at the casino can cause stress.A A little stress isna€™t necessarily a bad thing.
Stress during a job interview can help you give the best answers to the people asking the tough questions. These hormones are not harmful in moderate amounts, but cortisol is secreted excessively in response to chronic stress and is extremely toxic in these larger amounts.A a€?Cortisol actually kills and disables your brain cells,a€? says Dr. Chronic exposure to cortisol causes the mental haziness, forgetfulness and confusion that is associated with aging.a€?A People under stress may also be at higher risk of developing coronary heart disease.
Stress causes arteries to constrict and blood to become stickier, increase the probability of an artery-clogging blood clot. As well, people who regularly experience sudden increases in blood pressure caused by stress may, over time, develop injuries in the inner lining of their blood vessels.A Studies suggest that chronic stress may increase a persona€™s chances for developing infections, having strokes, experiencing flare ups of multiple sclerosis, and suffering gastrointestinal problems like peptic ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Chronic stress has also been linked to the development of insulin resistance, a key factor in diabetes.
And ask anybody who has ever suffered from headaches, insomnia, skin disorders or sexual dysfunction if they believe that stress was at least partly to blame for their woes, and then construct your own conclusions about how damaging stress can be to onea€™s health and well being.A If you think you have a serious condition that has been caused or made worse by certain stressors in your life, you should discuss your concerns with a qualified physician. If, however, youa€™d like to improve the quality of your life by learning how to better cope with stress, many options exist. Perhaps your first focus should be on discovering the remarkable benefits of relaxation.Relaxation decreases blood pressure, respiration and pulse rates, releases muscle tension, and eases emotional strains. In their quests for greater relaxation, some people choose biofeedback while others opt for massage therapy. Studies indicate that soaking in a hot sauna bath can help improve respiratory function, increase cardiovascular strength, reduce and remove body toxins, strengthen the bodya€™s immune system, relieve headaches, and cleanse and beautify skin. Sauna bathing can also increase blood circulation, relaxing tight, tired or aching muscles by providing them with more oxygen.A If youa€™re searching for a healthy way to alleviate the stress in your life, consider purchasing a home sauna.
Residential saunas are available in a range of styles and sizes, from pre-cut Finnish sauna kits to outdoor barrel saunas and far infrared heat therapy rooms.
Seemingly ubiquitous advertisements and TV commercials for antiperspirants continue to convince generations of consumers that perspiration is an undesirable, offensive bodily function. While no one would dispute that sweat can be quite unwelcome in important social and business situations, it would be imprudent not to acknowledge the necessity of perspiration and understand the critical role it plays in human health.A Sweating is an essential function of the human body, as essential as eating, breathing and sleeping. Skin is sometimes called a€?the third kidneya€? for this very reason.A Your body eliminates various toxins through a variety of metabolic processes, one being urination and another being perspiration.
The kidneys filter waste materials from the blood and excrete them, along with water, as urine. The temperature in a traditional Finnish sauna is usually between 180 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit (80 and 95 degrees Celsius). The two types of sauna operate differently, but, at their respective temperature ranges, working up a sufficient sweat in either type should be achievable for even the most inexperienced sauna bather.A Using high heat to induce perspiration has a great number of benefits.
In addition to decreasing the amount of toxins and heavy metals, such as cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel and zinc, in your body, an intense sweat bath in a sauna can help cleanse it of other impurities like cholesterol, nicotine, sodium, and sulfuric acid.
By improving blood circulation, regular sauna bathing can help draw the skina€™s own natural nutrients to the surface, leading to better tone, texture and elasticity.
Thata€™s why sauna bathing is being increasingly included in high-intensity treatment programs for skin ailments like acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Some beauty specialists in Europe even claim the sauna can be quite a powerful weapon in the war against cellulite.A As beneficial and therapeutic as sweating in a soothing hot sauna may be, however, it is imperative that bathers not allow the experience to dehydrate them.
As well, be sure to discuss your plans and expectations with your personal physician before you take to the sauna for the first time, as he or she should know of any existing conditions or limitations that pertain specifically to your health and might impact your sauna use.A As for all those advertisements and TV commercials that say sweating is bad, forget about them, and start doing what you know is best for your health.



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