Edgardo Medina Jr., 26

Published: August 14, 2018 05:24pm | Metro Manila


His story seems like a script straight out of an afternoon soap opera. Ed’s journey to become an executive assistant to Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc.’s special events section saw him switching gender roles, getting hooked to and recovering from an addiction, hopping on his first plane ride and saving up his first peso.

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New employees find love, care in Yamang Bukid

  • Just six months into being employed, Hecille Manansala could not help but wonder in awe how fortunate she was when Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) sent her gifts for Noche buena and home buiding materials last Dec. 18.

    Hecille was at her house near a rice paddy and flood-prone community in Barangay Manolo, Naga City; the wooden structure covered with tarps with beaming faces of local politicians and that of a bookseller chain.

    Her home which she shares with husband Christopher and their two teenage kids incurred damage as Typhoon Tisoy (international name: Kamurri) so getting house repair kits from her new employer was a bit of surprise to her.

    The Philippines’ number 1 turmeric tea maker, YBHPI, has gifted Hecille and 13 other sales personnel and employees in Bicol food and house repair kits to help them cope with the devastation brought by “Tisoy” after the powerful storm battered the eastern Philippine region with 200-kilometer per hour winds and intense to torrential rains last Dec. 2-3.

    “I could not go to work for two days because of toppled electric poles that blocked the highway to Legazpi,” Hecille said, adding she was also worried for her family as floodwaters were slowly rising at the back of their house.

    When the storm subsided, her house was flooded knee-deep and the family had to flee to safer grounds.

    Now weeks after the typhoon, the family of the 35-year old sales staff is picking up the pieces of their lives as they find ways to repair their house, with its roof partially giving way due to rainwater and high winds.

    “I just could not believe Yamang Bukid visited us here and brought gifts. I’m just six months with the company and its personnel and officers are showing their concern to all of us being affected by the storm,” she said.

    Over P115,000 worth of food packs and house building kits were given by YBHPI to its personnel affected by the storm in the provinces of Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Sorsogon, according to Kim Malipe, YBHPI vice president for special events. “This is our way of helping our staff affected by the typhoon to cope and recover,” said Malipe.

    Hecille said the goodies they got would mean a happy Christmas for the family, especially the kids.

    “We will have food for the noche buena,” she said, tears welling down her cheeks. Despite being new in Yamang Bukid, Hecille said she felt being valued as part of a family.

    “I used to work at the production division of a pizza company when my husband, who works for a bookseller at a shopping mall in Legazpi told me about Yamang Bukid hiring sales personnel. I applied and was lucky to be accepted,” she said.

    Working with Yamang Bukid, she said provided the needed income to augment her husband’s and helped the family meet its financial plans, including the slow payment for the lot they’ve built their house in.

    She said the family is optimistic for the coming year even if they have experienced the wrath brought by the previous weeks’ typhoon.
    “Im grateful for Yamang Bukid for not leaving behind its employees in this time of calamity. We can celebrate a merry Christmas after all,” Hecille said.

    (JL)
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Insulin Plant Benefits and its Uses: How to Maximize Healing

  • (This article is a reprint from hellodoctor)
    Insulin plant (Costus igneus, Chamaecostus cuspidatus) is an herb that is part of the family Costaceae. Other common names for insulin plant include fiery costus and spiral flag. What are some insulin plant benefits?

    Uses


    Insulin plant benefits include controlling blood glucose levels. It can also be a source of protein, iron, and antioxidants.
    The plant is native to Brazil, but was later introduced to India and other parts of South and Central America. The flower is usually bright orange with large, dark green leaves with purple underneath.
    Insulin plant has properties that can treat symptoms of: • Diabetes mellitus
    • Obesity
    • Metabolic syndrome
    • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
    • Liver damage
    • Cancer

    How does it work?


    Insulin plant gets its name because of its ability to effectively lower blood sugar levels, much like the endogenous insulin made by the body and synthetic forms used as injections.
    This is beneficial to people with diabetes mellitus, obesity, and other metabolic disorders.
    The insulin plant benefits come from its phytochemical content.
    The triterpenoids, flavonoids, proteins, and fatty acids contained in the plant work to delay carbohydrate absorption, increasing glucose uptake and storage, and enhance the effect of endogenous insulin.
    In the numerous studies conducted to learn more about insulin plant benefits, both crude extracts and refined extracts produced similar levels of effectiveness.
    Interestingly, it seemed to lower blood sugar in diabetic patients, but did not cause hypoglycemia in normal patients.

    Precautions & Warnings


    Herbal supplements are generally safe to take in moderate amounts, as directed by a health professional.
    However, because most herb and food supplements are not approved by the FDA for treating and preventing specific diseases, recommended daily values are not always established.

    What should I know before using insulin plant?


    Despite being advertised as “all-natural” or “safe”, natural or food supplements must be treated as conventional medication.
    Certain herbal preparations can interact with other medications you are taking, increasing the risk of adverse drug reactions and toxicity.
    Before using any insulin plant preparation to get its benefits, inform your doctor if: • You have ever had an allergic reaction to insulin plant or other supplements.
    • Have a history of allergy to other medications, food, or other substances.
    • Are taking other medications especially hypoglycemic agents or insulin.
    • You have underlying health conditions, such as kidney or liver impairment.

    Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?


    There is insufficient data regarding the use and safety of this supplement during pregnancy.
    Insulin plant should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits justify the potential risks to the fetus, as determined by your doctor.
    It is not known if the active compounds are excreted into breast milk.
    This supplement should be used while breastfeeding only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the child, as determined by your doctor.

    Side Effects


    All supplements have the potential to elicit side effects even with normal use.
    Many side effects are dose-related and will resolve when it is adjusted or at the end of therapy.

    What side effects can occur from insulin plant?


    Potential side effects while using this supplement include: • Gastrointestinal discomfort
    • Skin irritation (if applied to the skin)
    • Hypoglycemia
    You may experience some, none, or other side effects not mentioned above.

    If you have any concerns about a side effect or it becomes bothersome, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

    Interactions


    To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and inform your doctor and pharmacist.

    Potential Drug Interactions


    Avoid using other diuretics while taking this supplement, as it may cause excessive urination, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalance.
    The liquid extract preparation of this medication may contain alcohol.
    Avoid taking the following together with this preparation: • Antihistamines
    • Sedatives
    • CNS depressants
    If you experience an adverse drug interaction, stop taking this drug and continue taking your other medication.
    Inform your doctor immediately to reevaluate your treatment plan.
    Your dose may need to be adjusted, substituted with another drug, or discontinue using the drug.

    Does food or alcohol interact with insulin plant?


    This medication may be taken with or without food.
    If you experience any gastrointestinal discomfort, taking this medication with meals may prevent this symptom.
    It is important to drink enough water while taking this medication.
    The liquid extract preparation of this medication may contain alcohol.
    Thus, alcohol consumption should be limited to prevent intoxication, especially in children or adults who need to drive or operate machinery.
    Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding food-drug interactions.

    What health conditions may interact with insulin plant?

    This supplement should be taken with caution if you have an allergy to any of its ingredients.
    Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns regarding specific health conditions.

    Dosage


    The information provided is not a substitute for professional medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using insulin plant.

    What is the dose of insulin plant for an adult?


    The recommended dosage of this drug has not been established for treating any specific disease or condition.
    Consult with a doctor for the appropriate indication and dosage.

    What is the dose of insulin plant for a child?


    This supplement is not recommended for use in children and the recommended dose has not been established.
    Consult with a doctor or pharmacist for alternatives and more information.

    How is insulin plant available?


    This supplement is available in the following dosage forms: • Liquid extract
    • Dried powder
    • Tea
    • Capsule

    What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?


    In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

    What should I do if I miss a dose?


    If you miss a dose of this supplement, take it as soon as possible.
    However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled.
    Do not take a double dose.
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JP Navida, from sales staff to training officer

  • JP Navida is one of the top sales supervisors and training officer of Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Incorporated. See how he endured the life struggles and still prevail in life. Yamang Bukid is the leading turmeric tea manufacturer in the Philippines.
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