Archive for the 'General Health Tips' Category

How Useful is Getting a Rapid Antigen Test for Covid 19 during the Omicron Surge…

January 21, 2022

With OMICRON Threat, How Effective Are Mouthwashes and Nasal Sprays Against Covid 19 Infection?

January 10, 2022

COVID-19 infection especially now with the threat of Omicron variant poses a serious risk to patients and – due to its contagious nature – to those healthcare workers (HCWs) treating them. Even when vaccinated and we left ourselves off guard without a mask, transmission can still occur and vaccinated people get the breakthrough infection.

Theories abound that If the mouth and nose of patients with infection are irrigated with antimicrobial solutions, maybe transmission can be minimized or prevented and at the same time infection controlled on site.

However, no strong recommendation as yet from health authorities on the use of such antimicrobial solutions as there are no firm studies to support its use. So what are the date regarding the safety of the mouthwash and nasal spray for the prevention of Covid 19?

How Effective are Covid Vaccine Boosters Against Omicron Variant?

December 10, 2021

Existing vaccines should still protect people who contract the Omicron variant from severe Covid cases based on the assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO appears to suggest that at present was no sign Omicron would be better at evading vaccines than other variants.

Our initial report was based on the mutations seen with Omicron showing possible changes in the virus that can evade vaccine effectiveness.

So how are our present vaccines working against Omicron?

Will Booster shots be helpful?

Which Vaccine Brand is Best as Booster?

November 19, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the amended emergency use authorization given to four Covid-19 vaccines that may be used as booster shots and additional doses.

The Department of Health (DOH) has allowed the mix and match of vaccine brands and that the priority follows the priority list before where the fully vaccinated healthcare workers will get their third dose or booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine starting November 17

Since majority of the Filipinos especially the HCW got Sinovac as the only available vaccine available at the time of vaccination campaign, the government will now allow those who completed their Sinovac doses to choose any brand as booster shot that will be approved by regulatory bodies.

But which Covid Vaccine as booster will give better protection against Covid 19 Infection and against hospitalization?

Covid Vaccine for Children

November 12, 2021

The Philippines has already began its nationwide rollout of COVID-19 vaccination among minors aged 12 to 17 as early as November 3, 2021.

Philippine drug regulators granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for minors as young as 12 in June and September, respectively.

However there are still concerns of side effects of mrna vaccine that worry many parents.

Is Sinovac a better option for children? Which countries have utilized Inactivated Virus Vaccine for their children population?

Sinovac and Travel

October 29, 2021

Which countries accept Sinovac as valid vaccine for Covid 19 infection?

Now that the economy is opening up and traveling is soon to be back, a lot of my friends are asking which countries now accept SINOVAC as a valid vaccine for entry into their countries.

WHO has already validated the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine for emergency use back on June 1 this year and assured countries, funders, and communities that the vaccine meets international standards for efficacy, safety, and manufacturing.

As more data and real world evidence have been published about Sinovac, now more and more countries have accepted Sinovac as valid proof of Immunization.

If your are vaccinated with SINOVAC, Watch This Video before you travel…..

Booster Shots for Sinovac Vaccines…Is It Time?

October 22, 2021

What we know now for sure based on the WHO recommendation is that severely or moderately immunocompromised people who have been vaccinated should be offered an additional dose of the seven coronavirus vaccines the World Health Organization has authorized, based on what the advisory committee of WHO has recently recommended due to their higher risk of breakthrough infections after standard immunization.

This advise is true to ALL People whose immune systems are considered diminished and that they should get another shot if they initially received vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, the Serum Institute of India, Johnson & Johnson, Sinopharm and Sinovac, based on the recommendation from the members of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization.

BUT is is very important that the booster shots should be coursed through legitimate sources, meaning only the National Government and DOH can recommend this strategy for the general public so that there is no issue on too many jabs.

If you got 2 doses of Sinovac then lets await full recommendation from the WHO and our local DOH as to when especially the timing of the additional jab and with what kind for our 3rd dose or booster shot so as to be completely SAFE!

Again a word of caution to those who after receiving 2 doses of sinovac, have gotten another 2 primary doses of an mrna vaccine… (then soon the required booster shot)… remember…too many vaccination jabs may not lead to better protection and may instead do harm long term.

Be careful….

CO2 Monitors in Mitigating the Risk of COVID 19

October 15, 2021

As cases of Covid 19 continue to drop, as our society is slowly starting to open, as malls are starting to gather crowds and as restaurants are opening up to cater to more people… how do we make sure we are keeping ourselves safe from getting infected with Covid 19.

Vaccination continues to be the key to end this pandemic BUT….

Can a CO2 monitor help mitigate our risk in public spaces for us to be protected from getting Covid 19 infection?

Molnupiravir as Treatment for Covid 19 Infection

October 8, 2021

A glimmer of hope in this era of Covid 19 pandemic.Finally we now have data on an investigational antiviral pill Molnupiravir that has been shown to significantly reduce the chances that patients newly diagnosed with Covid-19 would be hospitalized by about 50%.A five-day course of this new oral pill is shown to reduce both hospitalization and death compared to a placebo with good safety profile.This pill will surely help mitigate the risk of infection for all of us on top of Covid 19 vaccination and other health safety protocols. Now awaiting more data before its release to the general public.

Sinovac is as Effective as mRNA vaccine based on the Malaysia Real World Data

October 1, 2021

Real World Data on Vaccine Effectiveness has been limited most to experiences in US Israel and UK especially with regard to delta variant.

However very few data on Sinovac have been published creating much suspicions and doubts about its overall effectiveness as a Covid 19 vaccine especially with the Delta surge.

Now comes another real world data from Malaysia on Vaccine effectiveness among the different vaccines used including AZ, mRNA vaccines and Sinovac during the time of Delta surge.

Its therefore about time that we stop the Misinformation about vaccine effectiveness as data have shown that all vaccines are proven effective against severe disease and death due to Covid 19 infection.

The Chile Experience and SINOVAC… a Real World Data

September 24, 2021

Although Several Preliminary results of the effectiveness of other Covid-19 vaccines across different populations have been published….However, existing vaccine-effectiveness estimates have focused mainly on outcomes of the messenger RNA vaccine (Pfizer–BioNTech and Moderna), (Oxford–AstraZeneca), and JJ.

Data on vaccine effectiveness in the prevention of Covid-19 using Inactivated Virus like SINOVAC are definitely lacking up to now.

Now comes this new data from Chile that provide us with Real World Evidence on Coronvac/ Sinovac Effectiveness against Covid 19 Infection.

Flu Vaccine and Covid 19 Vaccine… a Tandem for the Pandemic

September 10, 2021

Our goal during this COVID pandemic is simply to get as many people healthy or with co-morbidities, young or old to get vaccinated with COVID 19 Vaccine.

However, while we are very busy with Covid 19, data have shown that In any given year, anywhere from 12,000 to 60,000 people will die from another virus causing disease called flu which we know is actually a preventable disease since we have the yearly flu vaccination.

The sad reality is less than 50% of eligible adults for flu vaccine get vaccinated.

So, Do we need to get flu vaccinated this year?

Can the flu vaccine help fight COVID-19 infection? Or can it help reduce severity of illness?

Watch and learn…

Sinovac Effectiveness Against the Delta Variant of COVID 19

September 8, 2021

The Delta variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 doubles the risk of hospitalization compared to the Alpha variant and has now become the dominant strain worldwide.

BUT always remember, the vaccine is not 100% protective against Covid 19 infection. It is therefore important not to blame a brand of vaccine on cases where you get Covid infection inspite of vaccination. Whether you got mrna like Pfizer or AZ or Sinovac, breakthrough infections can occur.

Sinovac which is the widely used vaccine in the country and other parts of Asia and China has made a lot worried due to lack of real world data on its effectiveness against the delta variant.

What the world knows is that China’s inactivated vaccines continue to be very protective during a recent outbreak of Covid-19 in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong.

The data from their experience has finally been published pending review which now provides us the real world evidence about the ability of Sinovac to stave off the highly infectious variant.

Is Ivermectin effective for Covid 19?

August 27, 2021

Those advocating Ivermectin for prophylaxis and treatment have provided some scientific studies, touting ivermectin as the magic silver bullet against COVID-19.

Recent data regarding Ivermectin will be discussed and assessed whether it can indeed help people prevent and cure infection due to Covid 19.

Why are the Covid Vaccine Antibody Levels Waning in 6 months? Do We Need to Worry?

August 13, 2021

Six months after vaccination, some immunity to the COVID-19 virus seems to be waning… Do we need to Worry?

News reports again about apparent Antibody level declining only after 6 months of SINOVAC jab came about and made headlines causing worries among those vaccinated.

Do we need to worry? Does this mean the protection from Covid 19 infection really drops after 6 months? How Long Does Covid Vaccine Protection Lasts?

Information and data from this presentation were derived in part from researched papers, social media and interviews of a renowned Infectious Disease specialist from UCSF, Dr. Monica Gandhi( including the diagram on B and T cells.)

Sinovac and the Delta Variant

August 6, 2021

You may have heard of the Several News reports about the apparent failure of Sinovac in Indonesia and in Thailand, made some of my friends and patients to question whether the vaccine that they got is worth the jab in protecting them against Covid.

This Video will closely answer some of these questions by looking at some real world data form Indonesia, Thailand and Locally and analyze the information from the news report.

Diabetes is Reversible…

July 31, 2021

Although we know that there is no cure for Diabetes but in clinical studies and in my own clinical practice, Diabetes is Reversible.

This is the first of a series of Videos on Reversing Diabetes that will share the beauty of diagnosing early and managing properly do result in normalization of sugar without the need for medication among patients with prediabetes and diabetes.

Breakthrough Infections Happen and Why?

July 30, 2021

With Covid-19 shots reaching billions of people, reports have grown more common of people getting infected with the coronavirus despite being vaccinated.

Questions continue to Arise as this pandemic continues.

Fully Vaccinated but Got COVID and Died?

Are Covid Vaccines really Effective?

How Long Does the Protection of COVID 19 Vaccines Last?

Can One get a (+) PCR test After Vaccination?

The Delta Variant and the Covid Vaccines

July 27, 2021

Up to now we haven’t vaccinated enough people. Unfortunately, that means that everyone including the Vaccinated will suffer the consequences of the unvaccinated!

With the surge of the Delta Variant, we need to vaccinate as many people as we can before another mutation comes and breeds in us.

Covid Vaccines continue to be our hope to end this global pandemic.

But are Vaccines enough to save us from this new delta variant surge?

How Best To Protect ourselves against the Covid Delta Variant

July 16, 2021

How to protect yourself against the surge of the COVID 19 delta variant…

Are our vaccines effective enough to protect the population against the surging delta variant…

What Other measures are needed as add on protection aside from vaccination to help curb a rise in the delta variant surge…