Keeping Fit

Urinary Tract Infection Test Kit

by Anna Katharina on November 8, 2011

in Health Concerns,Keeping Fit,Nurse Quad

UTI Home Screening Test Kit

For those men and women who are prone to UTI, a screening test kit is available for home use. It is fast and easy to use for a qualitative detection of urinary tract infection before any signs of pain or discomfort upon urination manifest.

I bought the UTI test kit at Watson’s and it costs 150 pesos. It contains 3 test strips, a product insert containing instructions on how to use the kit with general information about UTI and a color chart pad.

The best time to test UTI is to use the first morning urine specimen. Clean the genital area and wash your hands. One can urinate directly to the test strips but it has to be midstream urine, meaning urine that is passed in the middle part during the act of urinating. Follow the steps mentioned in the product insert.

If your results are abnormal make sure your doctor knows about this, because complications can happen such as infection of the kidney, bladder and urethra.

Listening to AM radio stations is always a part of my daily routine. Aside from reading newspapers and news on the net, it’s my source of general information on topics like business, showbiz, political views and most specially health news. When I am at home, my AM-FM radio is always on and would switch channels to catch up on my favorite shows.

Even if I am a doctor myself, I do listen to fellow doctors discuss health topics on different radio shows.  I find them very educational in terms of the latest trends in medicine at the same time I learn strategies on how to explain certain topics in simple terms and delivered in Filipino language. On my part I try to apply this in teaching my patients and my students as well.

The doctors who have regular AM radio shows are:

Dr Robin Navarro

“Dis Is Manolo” ,  Monday and Thurs 10:30 PM to 12:00 MN, DZBB.

A segment of Don Manolo Favis’ show is dedicated to answer questions about the health, with Dr Navarro as resource person. He supports proper nutrition such as eating functional food such as “bulalo” ,eggs and drinking milk.

Dr Jaime Galvez Tan

“Doctor’s Order “Monday to Friday, 7:30 to 8:30 Am, DWWW.

He advocates the use of traditional, herbal medicine and Filipino healing practices such as “hilot”. Listeners can text or call in questions on various health topics.

Dr Bles  Salvador

“DRA. BLES@ UR SERBIS”, ?Sundays, 6:00-7:00PM. DZMM,

She offers free consultation on different health problems. Listeners can text or call in question on various health topics.

Dr Noel Lacsamana

“Super Kalusugan” (with Manang Rose Clores) 9:00 – 10:00 PM DZBB 1st and 3rd Monday.

He is an ophthalmologist and answers questions regarding general eye health.

I miss Dr Gary Sy, do you know if he is on air in any of the AM radio stations?

For info: I have my podcast show at Online Doktora, it is also available for download.


My Bone Scan

by Anna Katharina on January 26, 2011

in Events,Health Concerns,Keeping Fit,Product Promo

Osteoporosis “Deadly sa Kababaihan”

I had my bone scan taken 2 weeks ago to determine if I am at risk for osteoporosis. I am still within the low risk grade for osteoporosis. I may attribute this to several risk factors that are not present and my health practices that prevent osteoporosis.

First, I don’t smoke and drink alcoholic beverages, I am still in my premenopausal years, I drink only 1 or 2 cups of coffee a day. I don’t have a family history of osteoporosis, I am active meaning I walk and walk, I still take milk and likes milk products.

I want healthy bones, and one way of doing that is to take food rich in Calcium and Vitamin D. Milk is an excellent source of calcium, Anlene Gold offers the right amount of quality calcium.

A glass of Anlene contains 500 mg of calcium, while Anlene Gold has 600 mg per glass. Drink two glasses a day and you not only meet your daily calcium needs, you also reduce bone breakdown within four weeks. It comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavor.

Senator Pia Cayetano takes up the role as Anlene’s Ambassador. Her goal to promote women’s health and that includes rallying the Filipina towards action to prevent osteoporosis. She believes that promoting bone health awareness is the key to osteoporosis prevention.

In the Philippines, studies reveal that 1 out of 2 woman is at risk for osteoporosis. “Deadly sa Kababaihan”, indeed.  With prevention NO stooped back, NO loss of height, and NO easy breakage of bones in the back, hips, wrists, and ankles.

ONLINE DOKTORA is a Filipino podcast under the brinknotes podcast network that discusses and explains topics concerning overall health and wellness.

ONLINE DOKTORA, will always be ready to answer online questions about health and to guide you to a better and healthy lifestyle. The weekly podcast show is delivered in Filipino and Tagalog language.

For the month of December and January, topics to be tackled pertain to women’s health issues such as physiology of the reproductive system and pregnancy. According to 2010 Factsheet on Filipino women, around 50 per cent of the Philippines population is women and women in childbearing ages (15-49 years) was recorded at 19.4 million or 51.04 percent. The highest percentage was in the 15 to 19 years age group at 10.53 percent.

Future segments will deal about basic skin care for teens and how to care for acne prone skin. Men’s health issues will also be part of the show in the future.

It’s actually a new found activity for me. Other medical doctors who have their own radio and TV show motivated me. I do listen to health programs specially the ones on AM radio. With the help of my son, who manages the brinknotes podcast network, I hope to provide online health information delivered in Filipino.

Listeners are encouraged to send in their questions at or you can post your questions at my Facebook Fan Page.

“Ako po si annakmd ang inyong online doktora, Iwas sakit po tayo”