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June 18, 2019 – We Are All Brothers and Sisters, Children of Our Heavenly Father

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

The Yellowtards want to oust Duterte AT ALL COSTS including going to WAR with China

If one were truly looking out for the overall welfare of Filipinos and the bigger good of the entire nation, the focus of any sort of activism would be on finding practical forward-looking solutions to problems. In the case of the current brouhaha over an accident involving a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat on Reed Bank, the most practical solution to move forward would be to contain the situation and mitigate any further impact on the broader Filipino public.
But take stock of the shrill shoutouts being issued by the “woke” crowd of “influencers” and “activists” of the Yellowtard-led Philippine Opposition and it becomes glaringly evident that they have a different agenda in mind. Their agenda, as always, remains fixated on ousting duly-elected Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and returning their own people to power — power they believe they are entitled to by virtue of the blessings of no less than the Pope himself.
In the mid-2000s Antonio Trillanes destroyed private property and put thousands of Filipino lives at risk to achieve an ILLEGAL agenda.

The Yellowtards unfortunately would just as soon sabotage an economy or drum up war with China (or both) if they see an opportunity there to seize power even through illegal means. Suffice to say, these are not very nice people as they think nothing about disrupting — even putting at risk — millions of lives just to achieve their ends. Think Antonio Trillanes back in the mid-2000s and how he presumed to use military resources under his command to do just that and you will find a person who singularly encapsulates the character of the Yellowtards.
Not very nice. It’s time Filipinos get rid of them and their cancerous legacies in Philippine society.


RIZAL 101: Remembering The Man


Today’s generation could understand Rizal as an idea, a symbol, the epitome of national pride, excellence, and patriotism. But this idea could either prosper or die in vain.
As we move to a sophisticated time characterised by advanced technology – everything changes. Every teaching is ultimately tested by a criterion known as pragmatism. An idea can only survive the challenges of time if its concept can be translated into actions: result-driven and predictable.
A classic example: Marxism is failing; Heliocentrism is dead and proven false.
So, how about Rizal and his teachings?
How can it prosper? How can it last? How can it influence the fate of our nation? How can we ensure that his legacy is remembered, now and forever? How can Rizal maintain his name as the man for all seasons?
As we commemorate and celebrate his birthday every 19th of June and his martyrdom every 30th of December: have we turned into blind followers or worse, ignorant followers? Do we celebrate because we understand his writings and teachings? Do we commemorate because we emulate him? Or do we just admire the man because it feels good to be part of this national consciousness?
Is Rizal Day just a day and ritual of wreath offering?
Does Renato Constantino’s “Veneration without Understanding” reverberate a resounding unfortunate truthfulness on this?
How many of us have read his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo? How many Filipinos have dissected the meaning of his last poem Mi Ultimo Adios? Have we really understood what he fought, through his works and writings, for our country? But some will argue he never “fought” as he is not a revolutionary man like Bonifacio but a reformist.
Do we really know him? If we know him, do we follow him?
These are my questions.
Walk the Talk
 Knowing Rizal is different from “doing” Rizal. Knowledge is blossoming but wisdom is rare.
It is time to examine our national consciousness as to how we identify ourselves and nationhood to this man we fully admire.
There is no harm in admiring this hero. But the challenge is to live as Filipinos according to Rizal’s teachings.
Who really is Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal? This is the question every Filipino should seek and understand. How we see him is how we see our country!
Rizal is rational. A man of intellect and high integrity.
He is a seeker of knowledge. Rizal is prepared to question the authority and the Church.
Rizal is a reflective man. He translates his mind into words and writings.
Rizal is an action man. He is not idle. Wherever he goes, he achieves great things.
Now, we, Filipinos, who admire him and take pride as Rizalist: do we seek knowledge? Do we question authority? Even the Church. Do we love to read and write? Do we help our fellow Filipinos and contribute to our society?
Mi Ultimo Adios
 Thus, to address this Rizalian idea – will it prosper or die? Will it just remain an idea?
The children and the youth of our nation who carry this bucket determine the future of this Rizalian precept.
It is in our hands.
But we need to be truthful to this cause. It is a challenge. It is a must that we read his works. For how can we know him if we haven’t read any of his writings?
Thus, a pragmatic issue is at hand. Will his works become obsolete? Will the new generation find joy reading his novels amidst the advent of technology?
This is the ultimate “Mi Ultimo Adios.”
Rizal’s life and teachings will fade if we will fail to commit to study and follow him.
Yes, time changes but his love for our land is eternal and sublime. Let this legacy remain vibrant to each Filipino.
A challenge for all us: Before we pay respect to him and offer flowers to his statue – let us keep an indefatigable hunger to look and read his books and writings. Then, let us strive to follow his example, in words and in deeds.
May his idea become alive among all of us! Let it not die in vain!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Cashew Nuts: Are They Good For You, Nutrition Facts, Benefits and More (Research Based)

Cashew Nuts: Are They Good For You, Nutrition Facts, Benefits and More
Cashew nuts are a highly nutritious type of seed from the cashew apple. Cashews are good for you because of their many health benefits and their nutritional value. Many of their medicinal health benefits are due to the fact they contain healthy fatty acids and antioxidants. Cashews contain high levels of copper, iron, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus.
Raw, unprocessed cashews are actually poisonous, and you can’t eat raw cashews before they have been processed. However, once processed, cashew nuts make for a delicious, healthy snack that has many benefits to your health. Consuming cashews has been linked to improving cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol, and even losing weight.
In this article, I will look at the nutritional value of cashews and discuss all the reasons why cashews are good for you.

What Are Cashews?

Cashew trees are native to Brazil and are now cultivated in many countries.
Cashews are actually seeds, not nuts, that grow on the underneath side of the cashew apple (or cashew fruit). The raw cashew nuts or seeds are encased in a shell in the shape of a kidney and surrounded by several toxic layers.
cashew fruit
To prepare cashews to make them edible, the raw cashew nuts are roasted to remove the toxic acid. (1)
The majority of cashew nuts are shelled by hand because mechanical methods often result in the nut being damaged. The manual processing methods are one of the reasons why cashews are so expensive.
Cashew nuts are good for your health because they contain dietary fiber, vitamin K, a range of healthy minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids. Cashews are also a good energy source and 18 medium-sized cashew nuts contain about 5 g protein which is about 10% of your daily protein needs.
Cashews are different from peanuts because they have minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Some people view cashew nuts as healthier than peanuts because they contain more omega-3 fatty acids and less omega-6. An imbalance of omega-3 and omega-6 has been linked to chronic disease and inflammation. (2)

Are Cashews Toxic?

Cashew nuts themselves aren’t toxic, but the shell around the nut contains a toxic oil containing urushiol.
The National Institutes of Health reports that urushiol from cashew shells can cause severe cases of contact dermatitis. Coming into contact with this acidic substance can result in skin rashes, itching, and blisters. Roasting the shells is enough to eliminate the toxins in cashews. (3)
Because great care is taken when processing raw cashews to make them edible, it is rare that someone would suffer from dermatitis due to eating cashew nuts. (3)

Are cashews toxic for dogs?

Dogs can eat cashews and they can be a tasty treat for your pet dog. Cashews are good for your dog’s health because they contain healthy fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and other nutrients.
Unlike macadamia nuts, which are poisonous for dogs, you can safely give your dog cashew nuts. (4) Because cashew nuts have a lot of calories, you should be careful in the number of nuts per day you feed your dog. 1 oz. (28 g) of cashews contains about 157 calories and 12 g of fat.

What Are Cashew Apples / Fruit?

You can also eat fresh cashew apples which are also a good source of antioxidants. Some people describe the taste of cashew fruits or apples as a very sweet and refreshing taste. The taste of a cashew apple can resemble tropical fruits like mango with citrus overtones.
In countries where cashew trees grow, people use cashew apples in cooking or make chutneys and jams. Cashew apple juice is also used for its medicinal purposes. (5)

Cashew Apple Fruit Juice Has Antioxidants

Juice extracted from cashew apples is rich in antioxidants with many benefits to your health.
The journal Experimental Biology and Medicine reported that cashew apple juice is well-known for its antioxidant properties. Extracted cashew apple juice also contains anti-inflammatory properties with wound-healing potential. Cashew apples are rich in vitamin C, minerals, and antibacterial properties. (6)

Nutritional Value of Cashew Nuts

The nutritional value of cashew nuts means that they are very good for you. Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic say that there are around 18 cashew nuts in 1 oz. (28 g). (7)
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that one ounce (28 g) of cashews contains 8.5 grams of carbs and 157 calories. So, there are approximately 8 calories in one cashew nut. (8)
Cashews are also good for your digestion because 18 cashews contain just under a gram of fiber which is 4% of your RDI.
Cashew nuts are healthy because they have monounsaturated fatty acids that have benefits for your health. Research has found that cashews contain oleic acid, linoleic acid, and palmitoleic acid. (9) Scientists suggest that one ounce serving of cashew nuts a day can help prevent heart disease. (7)
There are also high levels of amino acids and protein in cashews which help keep your muscles and bones strong. For example, 100 grams of cashews contain 18 grams of protein which is about 36% of your RDI. Of course, because 100 g of cashews has 553 calories, it wouldn’t be advisable to consume so many in a day. (10)
Cashews are healthy for you because they contain most of the minerals that your body needs to stay healthy. 1 oz. of cashews contain 0.6 mcg copper (31% RDI), 0.5 mcg manganese (23% RDI), 82 mg magnesium (20% RDI), and 166 mg phosphorus (17% RDI).
Levels of iron in cashews can help to keep your blood healthy and may prevent iron-deficiency anemia. For example, 1 oz. of cashews, or about 18 cashew nuts, contain 2 mg of iron which is 10% of your daily needs.
One study found that the nutritional value of cashews includes important minerals for healthy blood. Apart from cashews being a good source of iron, cashews also contain minerals like calcium, zinc, magnesium, and selenium. All of these minerals have a positive effect on our health. (21)
For example, minerals like selenium, magnesium, and zinc are linked to helping your body fight disease by strengthening the immune system. Many of the minerals in cashew nuts also have anti-inflammatory properties. (111213)
Cashews don’t contain sodium; however, you should be careful of consuming salted cashew nuts as too much salt in your diet can affect your heart health.

Antioxidants in Cashews

Cashews are also a good source of antioxidants and can help protect your body from the effects of oxidative stress.
The journal Food Science & Nutrition reported that cashews contain vitamin E and fatty acids that all have antioxidant properties. (14) Researchers say that the antioxidant potential of vitamin E can help to reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, degenerative brain conditions, and cancer. (15)
Researchers have also discovered that consuming more cashews in your diet increases the levels of antioxidants in your body. (16)
You can also increase the levels of antioxidants in cashews by roasting the kernels. One study found that quickly roasting cashews over a high heat increased phenolic acids and flavonoids – all important antioxidants for a healthy body. (17)

Health Benefits of Cashew Nuts

Let’s look in more detail at the many reasons to add a serving of cashews to your daily diet to boost your health.

Cashew Nuts Promote Good Heart Health

The high levels of antioxidants in cashews are excellent to help keep your heart in good health.
Researchers have found that nuts such as cashews are an excellent source of phytosterols and phenolic compounds that are good for your heart. As with many nuts, cashews contain unsaturated fatty acids with low levels of saturated fatty acids. These have an anti-inflammatory effect in your body that helps keep your heart healthy. (18)
Scientists say that nuts like cashews help to reduce your risk of coronary heart disease. There is also evidence to suggest that taking nuts 5 times a week can help to lower your mortality risk of heart disease. (18)
Even though cashews are high in calories, you don’t have to worry that they increase body weight. One study found that increasing your nut intake doesn’t result in a larger waist or BMI. It seems that the dietary benefits of consuming more nuts have a beneficial effect that offsets increased calorie intake. (19)
You can learn about more foods to eat to keep your heart healthy.

Cashew Nuts Can Help Lower Your Cholesterol

One of the reasons that cashew nuts are good for you is that regularly consuming cashews can help lower your “bad” cholesterol.
One trial in 2017 found that the high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids help to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (this is the type of cholesterol that is bad for you). Scientists also found that the saturated fat content of cashews doesn’t impact on overall blood fat levels. (20)
Researchers concluded that swapping high-carb snacks with cashews can help manage your cholesterol levels. (20)
If you suffer from high cholesterol, learn about other ways to reduce bad cholesterol and lower your risk of stroke.

Cashew Nuts Can Help Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Minerals in cashews like magnesium and potassium help to regulate blood pressure and can benefit you if you have hypertension.
One randomized controlled study from 2018 found that consuming more cashew nuts can help to lower systolic blood pressure in people without causing weight gain. The trial involved 300 adults with type 2 diabetes. The participants were divided into 2 groups and had to follow a standard diabetic diet for 12 weeks. One group consumed 30 g of cashew nuts per day. At the end of the trial, the group taking the cashew nuts had lower blood pressure and higher HDL cholesterol (or, “good” cholesterol). (21)
Did you know that there is evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar (ACV) can also help to lower blood pressure?

Cashew Nuts Can Help Manage Diabetes Symptoms

Cashews are among some of the healthy nuts that can help to control blood glucose and manage symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
The journal Nutrients reported that consuming nuts such as cashews, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, and almonds can help to reduce the effects of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that nuts have a small effect on controlling blood sugar and in reducing glycemic responses after a meal. (22)
Other studies have shown that cashew nut extract can help to increase glucose uptake and has the potential to be used as a natural anti-diabetic remedy. (23)

Cashew Nuts Have Minerals That Help Strengthen Bones

Cashew nuts contain vitamins and minerals that promote good bone health and may help prevent conditions like osteoporosis.
A report from 2016 said that nuts such as cashews are a good dietary source of magnesium that helps to keep bones healthy. (24) In fact, 2 oz. of cashew nuts contains about 160 mg of magnesium which is 40% of your daily needs.
Cashews also contain vitamin K which is needed for good bone health. Some research suggests that most people’s diet is deficient in vitamin K. This can affect bone mass density and increase the risk of bone fracture. (25) 2 oz. of cashew nuts contains 19 mcg of vitamin K which is about 25% of your RDI.
Along getting enough vitamin K, learn about the reasons you also need vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis.

Cashew Nuts Can Help Lose Weight

Contrary to popular belief, nuts can actually help you lose weight when combined with a weight-loss program.
Many people tend to avoid nuts if they are trying to lose weight because of their high calorie and fat content. One cup of cashews contains about 700 calories and about 57 g of fat.
However, researchers from Harvard Medical School report that nuts like cashews are little packets of protein and fat. Cashews contain healthy fats as well as good amounts of minerals. Some studies indicate that 2 or more servings of nuts per week can help to prevent weight gain and obesity. (26)
One ounce of cashews also contains 9 grams of carbs and have a glycemic index (GI) of just 3.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that there is no evidence that nut consumption is connected to weight gain or a higher body mass index (BMI). (27)
Consuming some cashews as a tasty snack can help calm any hunger pangs and help you feel fuller for longer.
To help lose more weight quicker, you can try these 12 simple tweaks for weight loss.

The Health Benefits of Cashew Milk

Another way to get the benefits of cashews is to drink cashew milk. Cashew milk contains the nutritious goodness of cashews but you can use it to make smoothies or as a great dairy-free alternative to cow’s milk.
The journal Nutrients in 2018 published research showing that cashew milk is a rich source of plant sterols. (28) These are important natural antioxidants that help to strengthen the immune system and prevent chronic disease. (29)

Side Effects and Precautions When Consuming Cashews

Many people enjoy cashews along with other nuts as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet.
However, for some people, nut allergies can cause potentially life-threatening allergic reactions.
The International Archives of Allergy and Immunology reported in 2018 that cashews can cause severe allergic reactions in some people. Some symptoms of a nut allergy can be abdominal pain, itching, nausea, and difficulty swallowing. In severe cases, anaphylaxis is a life-threatening reaction that requires emergency medical attention. (28)
Some people may suffer from excess gas and bloating when they consume cashew nuts especially when eating a large number of them.

Former President BS Aquino was an even bigger sucker to China than President Duterte ever was


Filipinos of all people should know that you need strong and capable enforcement to ensure compliance to the law. They, after all, form a society of people that don’t generally abide by the law unless subject to a big stick. Look at Manila’s streets and you will find multiple layers of redundant enforcement measures — traffic lights, cops directing traffic underneath them, concrete barriers where lane markings would have sufficed, and the word “strictly” to punctuate various traffic signs among others. This attests to the reality that Filipinos don’t follow rules unless kicked in the ass.
Thus it comes across as quite baffling that Filipinos would now regard with scorn the supposedly “friendly” relationship Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte cultivates with China and then use it as context to criticise his government’s handling of the Reed Bank incident involving a reported collission between a Chinese vessel and a Filipino fishing boat. It seems Filipinos are banking on China to take action against the crew of the Chinese vessel that, it is alleged, “rammed” the Filipino fishing boat.
The fact is, the onus is on the Philippines to mobilise an on-going capability to respond swiftly, decisively, and effectively to these incidents. Onus is on the Philippines to give chase to crooks and haul them back in to face Philippine courts. So far the Philippines has exhibited no such capability — which is why its “activsts” and “thought leaders” are lashing out against externalities to sidestep this elephant in the room.
Not surprisingly, the Philippine Opposition’s allies in Western liberal news media jumped at the opportunity to support this position. The Washington Post, for example, “reports” the cherry-picked opinion of a certain Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines’ Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea…
“If the action taken by China on this incident is unsatisfactory — if they ignore or downplay it — we can expect it will be repeated in the future,” he said. “Or that China will further abuse the friendship the Philippines has shown to it.”
Of course it may be repeated in the future, professor. That’s because, in the future, the Philippines will still lack the capability to patrol its waters and project a credible enforcement presence against perpetrators of illegal activity within Philippine territory.
It comes across as astoundingly naive that Filipinos would expect a government to turn over its own citizens to the courts of another. Nonetheless, it is interesting to note that the Philippines is subject to an existing extradition treaty with the People’s Republic of China (PROC) that came into effect in 2006. Back in 2011, no less than then President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino supposedly invoked that treaty when he ordered the deportation of 14 Taiwan nationals to Red China despite their government’s objections. However, the proper procedure for extradition requires that “Philippine authorities determine that the extradition request complies with the terms of the treaty and that the documents provided are authentic, then the Philippines does indeed have to carry out its obligations to China under the treaty.” Back then, however, the Taipei Times reported
The truth is that when the Philippines put the 14 Taiwanese on board a direct charter flight to Beijing on Feb. 2, disregarding a writ of habeas corpus issued by the Philippines Court of Appeals, the procedure used was not one of extradition, but a simple deportation — and the two procedures are quite different.
As the debacle raged, Aquino had pretty much dug in his heels on the position he had taken handing over these Taiwanese nationals to Beijing…
President Benigno Aquino III reiterated Tuesday that the Philippine government made the right decision in deporting the 14 Taiwanese nationals to China, and that he will not apologize for sticking to that decision. “I did give instructions na medyo me problema tayo sa [that we see some problem with] apologies. Given the facts available at that time, the decision I believe was sound,” he told reporters after attending activities at Camp Aguinaldo in connection with the 25th anniversary of the 1986 EDSA People Power uprising. Taiwan officials warned that they will impose severe measures on Filipinos seeking work in the island-state “if the negotiations on the deportation row are not going as well as expected.”
To be fair, Aquino trod carefully as the circus transpired just as, today, Duterte treads and chooses his words carefully as more information surrounding the Reed Bank issue comes to light. The trouble is that troublemakers amongst the so-called “thought leaders” and “activists” of the Opposition prefer their government to make and take uninformed decisions and actions. Worse, the Philippine media, in their quest for profitable scoops, are further inflaming the situation by publishing and broadcasting irresponsible reports as well as content meant to sensationalise information and turn the debacle into popular entertainment. Just recently, what seemed to be an ABS-CBN News camera crew happened to be at the right place and the right time to cover a phone call between Lani Insigne and her husband Junel, captain of the fishing boat that was allegedly rammed by a Chinese vessel at Reed Bank. For what? Evidently the intent was not to inform but to subvert public opinion on the incident. Chalk one up for the predatory nature of ABS-CBN “news” reporting.
As usual, rather than contribute clarity to an issue, the self-appointed champions of “truth” amongst the Philippines’ activists and “woke” journalists are, instead, perverting it. It also attests to just how criminally selective today’s Opposition leaders are in the way they fulfil an otherwise critical role in a modern democracy. The fact is, Duterte is acting no differently to (if not exhibiting an improvement on) the way his predecessor handled a similar situation back in 2011.
The Opposition continue to fail to appreciate the underlying reason why the broader Filipino public had lost confidence in them at such a massive scale as to see them suffer a complete rout in this year’s elections. This latest debacle where statesmanship on both camps — the incumbent and the Opposition — was to be expected.

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To The Friends Who Still Love Us Even If We Don’t Talk To Them Every Day

Thank you for being in my life even if my life took me miles and miles away from you, I can still feel you next to me.
Thank you for always lifting me up when I’m down even if you have to do it through video calls and weak internet connection.
Thank you for being the same old friends I grew up with even if you’re now married with kids.

Thank you for breaking all the barriers of distance and time when we meet again and find that nothing has changed.

Thank you for giving me a bond and a friendship that will live and die with me. Thank you for being an example of friendships that last no matter what life throws our way.
Thank you for giving me the best reunions and the warmest welcomes.
Thank you for believing in me even when you don’t understand what I’m doing.
Thank you for being the ones who still take care of me when I’m a mess.
Thank you for still being my partners in crime when we reunite, giving me adventures and crazy stories all over the world.
Thank you for traveling to meet me halfway and thank you for crossing oceans to see me.

Thank you for loving me no matter how the years have changed me.

Thank you for allowing me to change, for allowing me to grow and for reassuring me that you’ll always be there for the good and the bad.
Thank you for everything you’ve done and everything you still do.
But more than anything, thank you for making me feel safe in knowing that wherever life takes me, I can always come back to you. I can always find a home in you. 
Thank you for not letting time and distance define our friendship.
Thank you for forgiving me for all the times I wasn’t there and for not holding it against me.
And last not least, thank you for saving me from all the hardships, all the obstacles, the self-destructive days and the self-loathing nights.
Thank you for helping me find my way when I’m lost and for opening your door to me when I didn’t even knock on it. 

Rania Naim is a poet and author of the new book All The Words I Should Have Said, available here.