IQ may not be enough: Raising Mentally Resilient Children

It has been said time and time again: what all mothers want is for their children to grow up healthy, strong, and smart.

To achieve these, moms have long believed that apart from their kids’ physical well-being,  IQ  is the one facet that needs to be harnessed as it is akin to mental strength. That’s why moms prioritized fostering their children’s IQ, mainly intent on nurturing logic, memory, and language. However, in recent years, it has been discovered that mental resilience relies on the development of not only IQ but also EQ.

EQ or emotional intelligence is the ability to understand, use, and manage one’s own emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict. Recent studies point out the importance of EQ as part of a child’s holistic growth and in the development of mental health among children. Unfortunately,  nurturing EQ abilities such as confidence, sociability, attentiveness, etc. has been the missing part of the development of Filipino children for years.

Good news for moms as there is now a reliable way to nurture the EQ growth of kids above 3 years old. Moms can now help complete the #MissingHalf of their kids’ development with Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro along with proper nutrition and stimulation. Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro is the only one with the game-changing combination of MFGM Pro and superior DHA levels*, plus a prebiotic blend of HMO and FOS.

MGFM or Milk Fat Globule Membrane, which contains proteins and lipids such as phospholipids and sphingomyelin, plays an important role in supporting your child’s cognitive development and may help enhance a child’s EQ. DHA, on the other hand, helps support brain development.

Today’s millennial moms must understand that while building up IQ helps kids communicate, comprehend, memorize and reason more, EQ development will help their kids become more confident, optimistic, calm, sociable, alert, attentive, and good-tempered. When moms help foster both the EQ and IQ of their children in addition to giving them proper nutrition, stimulation, and  Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro, their children are set to have fulfilling childhoods, and achieve holistic development, and attain growth that may increase their chance for future success.

So moms, help raise your kids’ IQ and EQ advantage.  Nurture them with love and care– and help complete the #MissingHalf now through proper nutrition, stimulation, and Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro.

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*Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro 35mg vs. other premium milk brands

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Kristine Hermosa Never Settles for Anything Less

For a very long time, moms believed that apart from fostering health, immunity, and fitness, enhancing their kids’ IQ was the most important thing needed to ensure the development of their children. Little did moms know that there’s more to raising children with high IQ- and that they have been actually missing out on the other half which is vital to the mental health development of their growing kids: EQ or emotional intelligence.

Popular actress Kristine Hermosa, loving wife to Oyo Sotto and mother to five kids vouches for the importance of nurturing a child’s EQ, which she says should be given the same priority as honing their IQ.

While engaging her kids to join activities that intend to sharpen their IQ like reading educational books, building legos, and playing chess, Kristine also makes sure that she nurtures her kids’ EQ-  by teaching them skills related to confidence, behavior regulation, and independence.

She explains, “EQ is equally important to our family. There are times they get frustrated and lose heart, for example when doing homeschool or learning new sports, or when they cannot properly execute what they imagine–  we tell them that frustration comes with learning and they just need to persevere and not give up. When they face uncertainties, I believe that it’s their EQ that will help them overcome, apart from their personal relationship with the Lord. With EQ they are able to learn how to deal with success, heartbreaks, challenges and other situations and how to live in a world full of troubles and temptations”.

Making sure that her kids grow up with high EQ has reaped fruit. Kristine proudly cites 3 traits that best describe how her children exhibit good EQ:

  1. Caring– “They are responsible children even when we’re not around, the older kids are in charge of taking good care of their younger siblings, they help them shower, assist them when eating, reminding them to clean their mess, to pray, etc– though it’s not always perfect and peaceful as they are kids but overall, Oyo and I know that we can rely on them and that they are very careful not to break our trust.”
  2. Expressive– “They are very expressive with how much they love us. Or how sorry they are when they make a mistake.”
  3. Respectful– “They respect us and other people — they love helping others.”

In making sure her children grow up with high EQ, not just IQ,  Kristine says, “I really make sure that I am present in their lives. I help them in their daily routine and in their studies; I give them encouragement;  learn with them and support and discipline them. I take good care of them by providing for their needs and by giving them a healthy and balanced diet together with the Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro.”

Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro helps #CompleteTheMissingHalf needed for the proper holistic development of kids above 3 years old. With proper nutrition and stimulation, Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro is the only one with the powerful brain-boosting combination of MFGM Pro and superior DHA levels* to help raise your child’s IQ and EQ advantage—plus HMO 2’-FL to help support the immune system. Combined with a mother’s love and care, proper nutrition, stimulation, and Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro holds the key to a child’s holistic growth.

Understanding the importance of a balanced EQ enhancement and IQ enrichment to the mental resilience of children is crucial to a child’s growing years. That’s why other moms raising kids 3 years and older should take heed in the words of Mommy Kristine:  “Don’t settle for half. Help nourish both IQ and EQ to complete the #MissingHalf”.

Learn more about how to complete the #MissingHalf by visiting this link.

*Enfagrow A+ Four Nurapro 35mg vs other premium milk brands

Reference(s):
https://www.enfagrow.com.ph/development
https://www.enfagrow.com.ph/EnfagrowAII4

New study shows lozenges can help fight COVID-19

Over-the-counter lozenges have been a go-to relief for people experiencing early signs of sore throat and to manage pesky colds or coughs. A recent study claims that some OTC throat lozenges may also be effective against COVID-19.

Researchers at Microbiology and Immunology Institute of the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, found that throat lozenges containing a combination of Benzydamine Hydrochloride (BH) and Cetylpyridinium Chloride (CPC) may have a virucidal effect against Covid-19 and help reduce the risk of viral transmission.

The results of this study were first published by Andrej Steyer, Misa Marusic, Marko Kolenc, Tina Triglav from the Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in the article “A throat lozenge with fixed combination of cetylpyridinium chloride and benzydamine hydrochloride has direct virucidal effect on SARS-CoV-2”, COVID, 2021;1(2):435-446 (Available from: ) which has since been republished with permission in the Romanian Journal of Pharmaceutical Practice (Sarafoleanu C et al, 2021).

According to their preliminary findings, which were based on testing in a defined and controlled laboratory environment designed to mimic the conditions of the oral cavity, certain throat lozenges have virus-killing properties that can fight SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19 infection.

In fact, the throat lozenges that have a high concentration of BH and CPC were the fastest at destroying the virus, reducing the viral concentration by 99.99% in as fast as 1 (one) minute. This also suggests the possibility of reducing the amount of virus in the oral cavity as well as reducing the risk of viral transmission.

While this study is yet to be peer-reviewed, it is an encouraging step in the battle against Covid-19.

Especially as economic activities start to reopen with the country downgrading its restriction status to Alert Level 1, these results are extremely encouraging and are a welcome positive step in finding ways to manage the spread of COVID-19.

Of course, getting vaccinated with booster shots and the observance of standard health protocols such as proper handwashing, physical distancing, and mask-wearing are still the most effective ways to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

But through a simple and effective method such as using widely available medicated sore throat lozenges with Benzydamine Hydrochloride and Cetylpyridinium Chloride contents, people can at least add a layer of security for themselves.

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Keep your furbabies healthy with Simparica Trio

To most households, dogs are more than just pets or house guardians, but are important members of the family. Thus, we also do our best to keep them happy and healthy.

Knowing what elements can be harmful to their health and how to avoid or prevent them is an important part of being a responsible pet owner.

For dogs, specifically, there are three major health concerns: heartworm, gastrointestinal worms, and ticks & fleas. A single bite from any of these parasites poses a potentially deadly disease for our pets. But what exactly are these pests that cause harm to our beloved dogs? 

The Silent Threats

Heartworm is a parasitic disease spread by mosquitos and transmitted when they feed off our dogs and can be debilitating and potentially fatal.

Meanwhile, fleas are frustrating parasites that cause allergic dermatitis, not only to pets but to humans as well, and may lead to tapeworms if carried by the pest.

Ticks on the other hand are quite small, you only notice them once they are swollen with blood. Though it can be carefully removed, infections may occur and can cause kidney-related problems.

Gastrointestinal worms come from eggs passed in the feces of infected animals, and dogs are at high risk due to their tendency to eat soil and feces. Humans are also at risk as these parasites can also be transmitted to people with dire consequences to their health. 

As dog owners, it’s best to ensure preventive measures to avoid illness rather than having it treated at the last minute. We don’t want to risk our dog’s health and cause them anxiety by being apart from us as they get wait to be cured.

However, with so many options in the market, it’s quite confusing to choose which one we should give them. Apart from having the difficulty of being presented with various options, it can also be expensive to purchase medication for each health concern.

Furthermore, having our dogs take different supplements for each health concern may pose a danger if an owner proceeds without the proper guidance as some ingredients may not be safe to be taken at the same time.

Doggie Defense Made Fun (and Chewable!)

Aiding with these concerns is Simparica Trio, the first monthly chewable supplement that provides complete protection for your dog with three proven ingredients designed for defense.

A highly efficient medication, this yummy and chewable tablet is only needed to be taken once a month to defend your fur babies from heartworm, gastrointestinal worms, and ticks & fleas.

Distributed by Zoetis, a global animal health company that has made it their goal to improve your dog’s quality of life, Simparica Trio is a brand that understands that canine preventative health is a must for every dog owner.

This preventative supplement not only ensures that your dog is taken care of but has taken immense steps in helping fur parents further show their love and care for their babies.

This easy-to-use tablet is an FDA-approved prescription product that is deemed safe for puppies as young as 8 weeks old (weighing at least 2.8 lbs) and guarantees 100% satisfaction that will keep your worries at bay.

Being a dog owner is not something to be taken lightly. However, it is life-changing and an incredibly rewarding experience… as long as you’re ready for the responsibility it comes with.

Giving your dogs lots of love, companionship, regular exercise, and a healthy diet are parts of an owner’s responsibility. Add in regular check-ins at the vet and routine medical care, and you’re sure to have a fulfilling and happy life with your fur buddies. 

Visit your veterinarian and ask for guidance on the proper use of Simparica Trio as you continue your dog’s journey to a healthier, happier life. 

Simparica Trio comes in the following variants: 2.5 to 5 kg dogs, 5 to 10 kg dogs, 10 to 20 kg dogs, and 20 to 40 kg dogs, as prescribed by veterinarians.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/ZoetispetcarePH, follow @zoetispetcareph on Instagram, and get to know more about the brand and Zoetis Philippines on their official website https://ph.zoetis.com/.

Protect your kids from infectious diseases through vaccination

For quite some time now, debates about whether or not it is safe to have our children vaccinated have divided the parenting community.

Anti-vaxxers have recently come forward with supposed evidence linking vaccines to complications in children’s growth and development.

Meanwhile, medical experts have stood by their scientific research and findings that vaccines are indeed effective in protecting them against infectious diseases.

Your Call as a Parent

Every parent wants to keep her child protected, especially against serious, sometimes deadly diseases. We always can’t keep an eye on what our children might get from the environment. 

According to World Health Organization (WHO), twenty-seven out of 1,000 Filipino children do not get past their fifth birthday and the leading cause of children’s death under 5 years old are mostly infectious diseases, which include pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria — diseases that can be prevented through proper nutrition, care, and vaccination. 

Immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is recommended to a child, especially on the first 1,000 days of life. This is to keep them protected against infectious diseases that may harm them. Vaccines use weakened germs to keep your child’s natural immune response working and provide long-term protection against the disease the vaccine is made for. It is like preparing the immune system of your child for “real” diseases they may contract.

The Fatal Consequence of Delaying Your Choice

A number of parents right now are choosing to delay their routine immunization schedule due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However, is there really no other choice?

According to an online press briefing by Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, the National Immunization Program by the Department of Health (DOH) observed that in May 2020, the rate of Filipino children getting their shots has slowly gone down. It is an alarming rate as it hit an all-time low of 7 percent in the first quarter of the year due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the pandemic.

Prior to ECQ, vaccination rates were recorded to be at a 16 percent average immunization rate per quarter — a far cry from the ideal target of 23 to 24 percent per quarter, with a cumulative target of a 95 percent vaccination rate per year to achieve herd immunity.

In 2019, the country has already experienced a measles outbreak which the DOH traced to vaccine hesitation or a delay or refusal in accepting recommended vaccination services despite availability. If this rate continues to downgrade in the coming months or years, we might be facing another disease outbreak which is the first thing we want to prevent.

Don’t worry — the government and other associated agencies have kept the implementation of immunization services as one of their top priorities and all health care services are ready to observe proper infection control measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc. (PPS) and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Of The Philippines (PIDSP) also drafted guidelines on immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As parents, we should also be responsible when we bring our children outside for their vaccination schedule.

  1. Before scheduling for vaccination, ensure that your child is well.
  2. If your child is suffering from fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, and influenza-like illness, seek help or advice from a doctor first.
  3. Make sure that your child has had no significant exposure to a positive or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
  4. Know if you and your child are residents in an area with localized transmission or a local community under enhanced quarantine. Check DOH updates to confirm if the child’s community is classified as such. 
  5. Take note of any contraindications or any reason to withhold the vaccination. 
  6. Follow the recommended schedule and administration of vaccines included in the Childhood Immunization Schedule.
  7. Schedule ahead and assess the clinic’s condition and guidelines.

It’s Now Your Call 

Pediatric vaccinations aren’t given in a one-time visit. Each shot is given on a different timeline usually throughout the first 24 months of your child’s life and even until they are 18 years old.

As a parent, you should be the first one to keep track of the vaccinations your child is getting. Some children may need a different schedule based on their health conditions, while others might have to catch up dosage from their previous. 

With all these stages and difficult names, you don’t have to worry about remembering everything all by yourself. Your child’s pediatrician will guide you through the process.

Vaccination is part of keeping a child safe and healthy, but it might also be too complicated for us. That’s why it is okay to ask a lot of questions about vaccines, the vaccine schedule, or how to “catch up” especially if your child hasn’t gotten any shots since birth. But we should ask the right person about it – our pediatrician. 

It is important for parents to consult pediatricians so they can make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their children. Go to the nearest clinic or talk to your doctor to know more about the schedule for your kid’s shot.

Visit the Call The Shots Facebook page to learn more.

Johnson & Johnson Philippines supports the DOH in Batang Bida program

Johnson & Johnson Philippines supports the Department of Health (DOH) in advocating hygiene and physical play to thousands of Filipino Households through the Batang Bida program.

Through the years, one of Johnson’s main advocacies has been learning through play. The brand firmly believes in the importance of play to every child’s physical and emotional development.  This is why in 2012, the brand launched their legacy campaign Play Days and the Di Lang Laro ang Laro advocacy, together with the Department of Education and NGO Play Pilipinas, to create greater awareness around the benefits of physical play and encourage children to go play outdoors and get away from their “screens” and gadgets. 

This advocacy went through several iterations in the years that followed, including Play Days: Play for Real in 2015; Di Lang Laro Ang Laro in 2018 emphasizing joint active play between parents and their kids as a critical part of every child’s holistic development; and “Sa Laro Natututo” in 2019, which empowered parents with home-based activities to push the idea of learning through play.

“Our company has always believed in the power of play and the positive impact that physical play brings to a child’s development. Play needs to be better supported at home which is why Johnson’s is working to fully empower our moms with the knowledge, tools, and products to make play significant for their children,” says senior marketing manager Crismer Tiria.

In 2020, the Johnson’s Batang Bida Campaign was launched to communicate and demonstrate how physical play was still possible despite necessary health restrictions through the practice of proper hygiene.

The campaign was made possible through a partnership between Johnson and Johnson Philippines, Inc. and the Department of Health’s (DOH) BIDA Program, which worked with local public healthcare workers to reach out and educate more moms on the importance of proper hygiene for kids.

Reaching 31,600 households and 500 sari-sari stores in NCR and Davao even through quarantine, the Batang Bida house-to-house caravan was a huge success.

Now on its second year, Johnson’s continues to advocate proper hygiene, health, and playful learning by continuing to support the Department of Health’s (DOH) BIDA Health Program, which aims to provide Filipinos access to credible health information.

The Johnson’s Batang Bida Caravan promotes the adoption of proactive health habits to keep the family 100% protected through practicing the 3K’s– Kalinisan, Kalusugan at Karunungan (hygiene, health, and knowledge).

Here, play is a key element not only in every child’s learning but also in the continued education of the family in the importance of good hygiene habits, good nutrition, and the important role of physical play for growing kids. 

The Batang Bida Caravan is on track to reach 100,000 households in Philippine key cities by the end of 2021, with 56,000 households across four cities reached by the end of August.

To know more about the new Johnson’s Baby products and to get more tips on babies’ and children’s skincare, visit https://johnsonsbaby.com.ph, like Johnson’s Baby PH on Facebook , and follow Johnson’s Instagram account @johnsonsbabyph.

To read more on the Department of Health’s BIDA Campaign, visit https://doh.gov.ph/bidasolusyon.

LG Styler arrives in PH to keep clothes clean and fresh

The newest product from South Korean tech brand LG designed to keep clothes fresh and clean has just arrived in the Philippines

In a recent online event, LG introduced the LG Styler to the local market. Hosted by LG Brand Ambassador Stephanie Zubiri, the event showcased the different uses the LG Styler has for individuals from all walks of life.

LG envisions the Styler as the future of wardrobe management, especially with the Philippines’ unpredictable weather. Normal clothes are easy to wash, but some, such as outerwear like jackets, or dresses with fragile fabric, are a different story.

This is where the LG Styler comes in.

With the Styler, all you need to do is put your clothes inside and it’s good as new in minutes – no fuss and definitely, no damage. You can also do this to shake off wrinkles and odors.

Care for suits, dresses, sweaters and more with the touch of a button, so you and your clothes will always look at your best. Shake off odors, leaving your clothes fresh and clean.

No need to worry about special fabrics either. The LG Styler prevents shrinkage and damage courtesy of its Heat-Pump Technology. Gently dry clothes that require special care without worrying about shrinkage or damage. No more dampness or accidental damage – only fresh, clean clothes as they were meant to be.

At the core of Styler is the patented LG TrueSteam™ technology, which eliminates over 99.9 percent of the germs and bacteria found in clothing and toys and is approved as asthma and allergy friendly® by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Clothes placed on the moving hangers shake out wrinkles and unpleasant odors while the Gentle Dry cycle removes moisture quickly and thoroughly.

Heat Pump Drying reduces energy consumption by recycling heat from the hot, moist air inside Styler, and Pants Crease Care creates a crisp crease-line without an iron. 

Aside from being functional, it’s sleek, stylish, and blends well with any interior. Whether you’re living by yourself or with a family, the LG Styler is a key piece in anyone’s wardrobe. With it, you can refresh clothes in the comfort of your home.

From unpleasant smells, harmful pollutants, dripping wet, wrinkles, seasonal clothes and even difficult to clean items – effortlessly remove them quickly and effectively at your home. 

LG also remains committed in providing smart solutions for its appliances. The Styler can be controlled using your smartphone. ThinQ™ app lets you operate or monitor precious garments from anywhere, anytime. You can use Cycle Download to add newly developed care cycles.

Knowing the need to efficiently eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses in the community, LG recently donated Styler and Wearable Air Purifiers and more than 2000 hygiene kits to the local government of Pasig City through Mayor Vico Sotto. LGhas always been a long and ardent supporter of the LGU where the LGEPH headquarters is located. Over the past months, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, LG also donated washing machines, refrigerators and digital signage displays to help out city frontliners and its constituents. 

Seungjae Kim, LG Philippines’ Managing Director, shares his piece on how the LG Styler can benefit Filipino families and the community. “The LG Styler provides a fast and easy way of disinfecting your clothes, which is crucial in the time of COVID. It helps keep you and your family safe. It is also a perfect addition to any household, whether you’re living alone or with a family. We also believe that the CSR initiatives we have done, including the recent Styler donation will make a difference in helping out Pasig City’s civil servants.” 

Read more about the LG Styler and its features on https://www.lg.com/ph/clothes-styler/lg-s3mfc or visit LG’s official social media channels. The LG Styler is available through authorized dealers and in LG flagship online stores at Lazada and Shopee.

Make better home movies with TECNO Camon 18

International smartphone brand TECNO Mobile is coming out with its latest Camon 18 series, which will feature MediaTek’s Helio G96 chipset and a stabilized gimbal camera.

Set to launch this October in the Philippines, the Camon 18 series is fitted with enhanced technology that boosts display and photography experiences expected of a powerful mainstream 4G smartphone.

The MediaTek Helio G96 SoC ensures premium everyday user experiences with its support for 120Hz displays with up to FullHD+ resolution for notably smoother scrolling of web pages and animations in apps.

Combined with support for up to 108MP cameras for the most detailed images, fast Cat-13 4G LTE WorldMode modem integration, dual 4G SIM and VoLTE and ViLTE services, as well as its Intelligent Resource Management Engine and Networking Engine, MediaTek’s Helio G96 brings an impressive breadth of features and capabilities to 4G smartphones.

For all this, Camon 18 is already being called “The Movie Master, with the added Stabilized Gimbal Camera on the Camon 18 Premiere, this feature is definitely something to watch for. 

The pre-order period for Camon 18 Premier in the Philippines is from November 6-10, 2021, while pre-order for Camon 18 and Camon 18P is from November 6-19, 2021.

Camon 18 will be available online via the TECNO Mobile PH Official Store in Shopee Mall, Kimstore, MemoXpress, Rulls, Ephone Shopee, Ephone Lazada, and Wirecomm.

Here’s why you should care for your thyroid

Caring for one’s thyroid is good for optimal health. Unknown to many, thyroid disorders are becoming more and more prevalent in the Philippines.

According to Dr. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr., president of the Philippine Thyroid Association, common thyroid diseases such as goiter have been affecting mostly women, and that cases among Filipinas have been on the rise since 1993.

“In fact, Filipinos are afflicted with goiter more than diabetes. 9 out of 100 Filipinos have it. While three other known thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, and thyroid cancer affect a significant number, around 4 to 6 in 1000,” he said during the recently held online event dubbed “Thyroid Care: Walking The Healthy Path.”

A study by the World Health Organization (WHO)’s International Agency for Research on Cancer also revealed that in 2020 alone, thyroid cancer is the number 7 most common cancer in the Philippines, next to cervical cancer. However, the former is the least most common cause of cancer deaths, ranking at number 21.

In the same event organized by leading global pharmaceutical company Merck, Dr. Adrian Fernando, head of the Head & Neck Unit of the Benavides Cancer Institute in UST Hospital, said the rise in thyroid cancer cases is mainly attributed to genetics, unhealthy lifestyle, and advancements in disease detection. 

He claims Filipinos are predisposed to thyroid cancer due to our genetic make-up. “Genetics play an important role in thyroid cancer development. As Filipinos, we need to increase public awareness, invest in improved cancer registry, and adopt our own management guidelines,” Fernando suggested.

The good news is most thyroid disorders are treatable especially if detected early.

The thyroid gland is a small but powerful organ that plays an important role in bodily processes such as metabolism, heart rate, and digestion, among others. It basically produces two important hormones, T3 and T4 that regulate vital bodily functions in coordination with other organs.

Among the most common preventive measures against thyroid diseases are routine head and neck examinations and ultrasound of the thyroid. This detects early on lumps and nodules that can lead to cancer. Another important intervention is to conduct a blood test specifically to detect abnormal amounts of T4 and T3 hormones. 

Merck has been doing its lion’s share of treating and preventing thyroid disorders worldwide by coming up with fact-based, scientific education programs and media forums, while constantly improving their medicines and drugs.

“We see to it that our research and development is well funded and clinically capable of producing the best medicines and treatments for thyroid problems,” said Henry Wilson, president and managing director of Healthcare of Merck in the Philippines. 

Pressed by media on what steps to take to have a healthy thyroid gland, Dr. Nicodemus advised the public to live a healthy lifestyle, make sure to have an ideal intake of iodine through seafood and dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, and limit exposure to radiation. Iodine is the main component in producing thyroid hormones.

Merck medical director Dr. Raymond Tapang said to continually come up with more informative media symposiums like this to educate the public on the proper care of their thyroid to prevent diseases.

“Events like this aim to dispense medically sound treatment and solutions to best manage thyroid-related medical conditions. We need public discussions like this to dispel rumors, myths, and fake news on thyroid care that proliferate on the internet,” said Dr. Tapang.

Merck has come up with a Facebook page called Unmasking Your Thyroid to inform the public about proper thyroid healthcare. There are other good resource websites for thyroid care such as Thyroid.ph and Thyroidaware.com that have thyroid symptom checkers.

As a parting shot, Wilson said the best option still if you feel there is something wrong with your thyroid is to seek professional, medical advice immediately. “Nothing beats that!”