Opinion: The Southern Negros; ‘Vetsin’, Magic Sarap, Migraine & Headache
Yesterday during a rare Sunday afternoon "working meeting" with some contacts, talks about local and national politics dominated the sharing.
The political fever is heating up within the various political parties because many want to run for certain elective positions in 2013 but their party leaders are eyeing outsiders.
Cracks are very visible no matter how partymates try to cover up the melee within their ranks.
Anyway, more heated exchanges and developments are upcoming.
Let us see who gets mangled again, and who gets thrown into the streets, literally.
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BAD FOOD FOR MIGRAINEURS.
We shifted to "healthy topics" when some among us went very detailed in asking the chef what ingredients were included in a menu most of us preferred to order.
Seasoning, food taste enhancers, and preservatives — as usual in most restaurant menus.
To our three friends who said they continue to suffer migraine attacks, and frequent headaches not necessarily associated with migraine, we shared some notes based on personal experiences.
After 15 years my severe migraine abandoned me, only when I stopped eating food laced with seasoning like "vetsin", Magic Sarap and Knorr cubes.
I also avoided instant noodles, and foods preserved with sodium nitrate which are usually found in canned foods.
I also avoided sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners such as Equal (aspartame), NutraSweet (aspartame), and Splenda (sucralose).
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I’m sorry to the manufacturers of seasoning and artificial sweeteners, also to makers of softdrinks and other beverages using sugar substitutes.
I am are purely basing on my own experiences, and those of some friends who also used to have migraines or have experienced attacks and headaches triggered by such foods and beverages.
To significantly minimize, if not totally eradicate, migraine attacks, avoid those foods and beverages.
I have proven it, first hand.
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At home, before I partake of the food and drinks on the table, I always ask whether Magic Sarap, Sinigang Mixes, Knorr cubes, Ajinomoto or any other seasonings and enhancers were mixed.
Or, if the coffee’s sweetener is a sugar substitute.
I just want to make sure that after 15 years of suffering severe migraine attacks that lasted for as long as five to six days per attack, I will not suffer again.
It’s been almost two years since I last had a migraine attack, and believe me, my unstable blood pressure is now also stable for the last 14 months— just by avoiding food and drinks with those ingredients.
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How I wish I can share more on how to beat the debilitating migraine!
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IN SOUTH NEGROS.
Everyday in Bacolod City, the major news always include political developments.
Not quite too early but politicking has snatched considerable space in local newspapers and most radio programs.
It’s just that political pronouncements and moves in Negros Occidental and Bacolod are being closely monitored.
The political season has come to town.
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As political noise starts to overwhelm development news in the capital city, the events taking place in southern Negros Occidental are those of good news.
Good news because when we hear mayors and other officials of cities and towns in the south, we hear of new structures and additional tourism support undertakings.
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Last week, I had a sudden ride to Kabankalan City, and was infront of Kabankalan Mayor Isidro Zayco by lunch time.
The former vice governor and governor and now Kabankalan chief executive remains as one of the few colorful newsmaker, in the province.
He knows what news to share to media people, and what not to tell them.
Mayor Pidio is correct, that he is closer to the people, and has too little problems as mayor than as a governor.
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It’s nice to know that the Kabankalan airport project is ongoing, purely funded by the city government.
The project will ultimately be completed no matter how little funding support it also gets elsewhere, he said, although what stops the continues construction of the airport is the rainy season.
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Keep it up Mayor Z.
You are right, no matter who sits as governor, Kabankalan will continue to grow in leaps and bounds— and you will continue serving it and its people.
I maintain my suggestion that with your "scaleable" caves in Magballo, and the waterfalls and inland-mountain resorts, local and domestic tourists have places to go to when they are in the progressive southern capital city of sugarlandia.
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CAUAYAN MAYOR JOHNREY TABUJARA is getting more praises for pursuing the construction of the town’s potable water system.
Since Cauayan is very near the coastal areas, such a water system is vital to sustain the continuing growth of the town.
Of course, Cauayan has inland and coastal resorts for the adventurers and tourist-wanderers to visit and spend days and nights.
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SIPALAY CITY IS IN A ROLL.
The multi-million-peso Sipalay City Hall is now the new center of government service.
The beautiful, palace-like structure built for P140-million adds life to the already lively city under the helm of Mayor Oscar "Nonoy" Montilla.
Located seven kilometers from the city proper, the new city hall site will be another growth area for the city knows for diving spots, beautiful beaches and corral reefs, as well as mountain resorts.
There are just many tourist spots in Sipalay that both foreign and domestic tourists can visit to relax and enjoy and commune with nature.
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Sipalay is also where rich mineral deposits can be found.
Gold, copper and other minerals abound.
Mayor Montilla said once Philex, Selenga, and Maricalum mining firms are into full operations, the city will earn an additional income of P300-million annually.
That would be a lot to generate more projects and therefore jobs, not counting the thousands of jobs in the mining operations.
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It looks to me that, in case the sugar industry will once again find its place in the crisis zone and the stake of the entire province, the potentials and materials of the southern part of the province will be the next hope for the local economy.*