The morning was exceptionally cold on July 7, 2016 as rain was continuously pouring the night before. The gloomy weather was particularly a challenge but never did the J3 HealthWatch team allow it to dampen their spirit. They were all set, ready to begin the busy day ahead as the most awaited J3 HealthWatch Health Caravan, the first wave of a series of health caravans for the Luzon provinces, commences. With hearts full of strong desire to change people’s view and perspective regarding their health, the cohesive team of five, headed by Jamaica Lemana (Doc Jam), a registered chemist and naturopathic doctor, set out to the Provincial Convention Center of Quezon at Lucena City following a two-day outreach at the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) Residence which also served as the kick-off venue for this week-long activity.
J3 HealthWatch Health Caravan and Outreach Program started in Doc Jam’s beloved hometown, the humble yet beautiful City of Kidapawan, North Cotabato. The reception of the people who had been reached out by the Health Caravan proves positive. Words of the benefits of the Caravan spread rapidly in different towns, consequently making it easy for the HealthWatch team to bring it further to different provinces in Mindanao. These include Davao, Zamboanga, Bukidnon, General Santos, Cagayan de Oro and Maguindanao to name a few. The overwhelming acceptance of the people on lifestyle medicine is very inspiring. We have heard of feedbacks on how lifestyle medicine changed patient’s quality of life and how these patients yearn to echo what they have learned to others. And now that J3 HealthWatch Health Caravan has already made its impact down south, the team decided that it’s time to share it to the distant Northern provinces and in due time, the wonderful Visayan archipelago.
It is the strong advocacy of J3 HealthWatch Health Caravan to promote Lifestyle Medicine. Utilize it in the promotion of health, prevention of illnesses and treatment of diseases. Many are asking if Lifestyle Medicine is synonymous with alternative medicine. To an extent, it is. Lifestyle Medicine practically is the integration of the modern practice of medicine and healthy lifestyle aimed at lowering the risk factors of chronic diseases through adequate nutrition, proper physical activity and exercise, strong social and family support and reduced exposure to disease-causing environmental factors. We strongly believe that the most important causative factor of diseases in our lifetime is people’s destructive lifestyle practices --- cigarette smoking, delayed and skipped meals (especially breakfast), over eating leading to excessive weight gain and obesity, frequent “fast-food” or restaurant eating, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, excessive soda drinking, abusive synthetic medication use, negativism, depression and stressful lifestyle. These may not be something we haven’t heard of, but the fact remains, that though people know the injurious effects of the above on their health, they remain unrelenting. As we know it, breaking the bad habit is far more arduous than it may seem. Our conviction is that by correcting these deterrent lifestyle practices, we will unquestionably prevent diseases, foster body homeostasis and promote health. The task at hand is tough but through health awareness and education coupled with health coaching and motivation, the outcome is favorable.
The recently concluded Health Caravan at LWUA Residence and Lucena City, Quezon Province showed its promise. The reception was astounding. Close to a hundred patients came for consultation. Through the latest, safe and accurate technology of the Magnetic Resonance Analyzer (MRA) and Diacom Feedback Analyzer (DFA) utilized as assessment tools, together with a comprehensive health history, patients had the opportunity to have their health thoroughly checked-up for a very inexpensive price of one hundred pesos for the MRA and three hundred fifty pesos for the DFA. The consultation allowed patients to know better the health conditions of up to twenty of their vital organs and how these conditions relate to each other. Patients were given a clearer understanding of their integral health status. J3 HealthWatch also introduced twelve variants of herbal supplements, all manufactured and owned by the company with due approval from the Food and Drugs Administration. More importantly, patients were taught the proper practice of herbal management, tailor fitting these herbal supplements according to their body needs in order to alleviate their chief complaints. They were made to understand the benefits and disadvantages of continually taking synthetic medications vis-a-vis the herbal and organic meds. The health team ensured that ample time is given to each patient in coaching them regarding lifestyle-based interventions customized to address their health concerns. And since the services and products offered during the Health Caravan are low-cost and very affordable, even the financially challenged clients were able to avail them.
The recent Health Caravan would not have been realized if it’s not for the unwavering support of the LWUA Residence management through Ms. Jannet Gojocco and the dynamic Quezon Tourism Department headed by Mr. Alberto “Jun” Bay Jr and Ms. Glaisa Torcelino. In fact, their efforts paved the way for the second wave of Health Caravan come August 12 – 21, 2016. The two offices already expressed their commitment to support the next Health Caravan assuring us that more people will be informed and invited and be educated. The next waves of Health Caravan will be more extensive as J3 HealthWatch aims to bring it to the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Cagayan Valley, Appari even the Batanes. It is in this connection, that we want to express J3 HealthWatch’s need of area coordinators for the above mentioned provinces. (For those interested, please do not hesitate to contact us at the following numbers: 0927 – 0219844; (02) 738 – 2150 and (02) 624 – 1017)
In conclusion, J3 HealthWatch stands that holistic health is achievable if only we take into consciousness that no matter how fervent we seek medical interventions, if we do not alter our detrimental lifestyle practices, all will be in vain. Let us altogether achieve the health we deserve. Join us and DISCOVER A HEALTHIER YOU!
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Rommel is a Registered Nurse and a former college professor, clinical instructor and Nursing Licensure Examination Reviewer from Cebu. After his personal battle on the negative effects to health of unhealthy lifestyle practices, he is now making conscious efforts to achieve optimum health through Alternative LifeStyle Medicine. Being part of the J3 HealthWatch team gave him the opportunity to do so and more importantly share his valuable knowledge and learning to people who like him yearns of achieving a healthier self.