Health Problems of Children Living In The Philippine Slums

Just one of the many disadvantages that poverty brings to children living in the slums in the Philippines is their poor health. While statistics from various government agencies in the Philippines as well as from international organizations like the UNICEF will tell you that infant and child mortality has decreased in the last ten years in the Philippines, health nonetheless is still a major concern, especially when it comes to children living in the slums.

It is not surprising that poor health is a direct consequence of poverty in the Philippines. For one, poverty prevents a child from getting the nutrition that he or she needs, and it is a problem that often starts right from when he or she was still inside his or her mother’s womb. We all know the direct relationship of the mother’s health to the health of the fetus she carries. If she does not get proper nutrition, naturally she will not give birth to a healthy baby.

Most of the time, nutrition is not that high of a concern for most families living below the poverty line. As long as there is something to eat, something that will quell the rumbling of the stomach even if it is just rice, that is enough, no matter if the food lacks the proper nutritional value.

Lack of nutrition makes a child’s body weak. A child living in the slums is vulnerable to various illnesses simply because of where he or she lives. Slums in the Philippines are beset with overcrowding and lack of sanitation. Many slum areas are located near polluted canals and waterways. Many are also situated near landfills and dump sites. In such conditions, can you seriously expect a child who is already weakened by poor nutrition to not succumb to illness borne by his or her environment? Outbreaks of diarrhea are common in the slums, not to mention dengue epidemics, among others. Children often fall victims to these diseases.

The hardest thing about the health problems besetting the Filipino child in the slums is that if they do fall ill, they would not have easy access to proper medicine and health care. There are community health centers and public hospitals in the Philippines, but they are grossly understaffed and overcrowded. The better hospitals, on the other hand, are far too expensive for them.

Health problems are just one of the realities that children living in the slums of the Philippines have to face. It is a constant threat that they have to live with all the time.

Health Problems Due To Vitamin Deficiency

In this article you will discover ailments that occur when your body lacks important vitamins and which of these vitamins you can use to reverse deficiency diseases.

I will like to start with Vitamin A.

The following will be the experience if your body lacks Vitamin A

You will suffer:

1. Excess discharge of pus from ear or virginal
2. Eye problems
3. Skin rashes-dry and rough skin
4. Poor growth for children
5. Viral infection that does not respond to treatment
6. Frequent cold and fever
7. Lack of sleep
8. Night blindness
9. Unnecessary weight loss
10. Infertility or not easy to get pregnant
11. Tuberculosis
12. Deform teeth
13. Respiratory infections like cough, asthma, sneezing without end

Vitamin A in combination with Vitamin D will help the body absorb Vitamin A better. This will reverse the above problems.

Prevention is better than waiting for deficiency to show up but if you are already having any of the above health problems, you may be required to take it for 6 weeks or more.

Vitamin A side effect: If you take this vitamin for a very long time it can lead to some uncomfortable effect like hair loss, itching, joint pain, birth defect, crack and scales on lips. But you can also get Vitamin A from Carotenoids. These nutrients do not have any side effect when use for long period.

If you plan to use this vitamin, look for the type that has the combination of D and naturally prepared type so as to get the best result.

Vitamin B.
Let us talk about Vitamin B and its members. As the body age, the rate of absorbing vitamin B from food will be reduced. This means you will need outside source of this vitamin to compensate the shortage. Shortage of this vitamin usually shows up around the age of 35. People of that age and above should supplement their diet with B vitamins.

At other times, when diet is poor, the deficiency of this vitamin will show up earlier than expected.

There will be deficiency symptoms of this vitamin to tell the body of its shortage before these symptoms turns to serious disease.

If you lack Vitamin B and its members, you will suffer the following or experience health problems mentioned below. You need to take vitamin B in combination with calcium, vitamin C or Vitamin E for proper assimilation and reverse deficiency symptoms.

Lack of Vitamin B and its members will show up as:

1. Stress feelings
2. Enlarged liver
3. Nervousness
4. Tiredness or fatigue
5. Insomnia lack of good night sleep
6. Mental disorders
7. Dizziness, headaches and poor digestion
8. Retarded growth in children
9. Epilepsy
10. Anemia and poor appetite
11. Constipation
12. Hair loss, Acne or scaly and rough skin, and premature grey hair
13. Depression and being sad all the time
14. Dandruff and Candida problems
15. Crack mouth sore or around the eyes, nose, inflamed red tongue
16. Numbness of arms and legs, memory loss
17. Convulsion
18. Lack of development of fetus
19. Burning feet or abdominal pains
20. Blood sugar problems

VITAMIN C
This vitamin is water soluble and so very fragile. Due to this nature it cannot be stored in the body. You need to get it daily and should come from your foods but preparation and over processing of foods have stripped it from most foods. This vitamin detoxifies body of toxins, mercury; lead etc. City dwellers need it every day to help fight air pollution. Since it can’t be gotten from most foods, you need to supplement it from naturally prepared type of food supplements.

The following are problems link to lack of Vitamin C in the body:

1. Problematic teeth, gums and eyes, reasons people lose their teeth.
2. Poor healing of wound and poor breast milk
3. Poor digestion and low blood sugar
4. Bleeding gum- as seen when you brush your teeth
5. Blood pressure
6. Asthma
7. Vision problems
8. Cancer
9. Body pains
10. Infection
11. Breathing problem
12. Womb problem
13. Frequent bruising
14. High cholesterol

If you take fruits and vegetable in raw form, you may be able to get Vitamin C but most of these fruits and vegetables have lost this vitamin due to preservatives or long stay on the shelf before it got to you. Therefore if the above mention health problems shows up or you notice that you suffer any of the above mentioned ailments; you will need to add naturally prepared type of Vitamin C supplement to raw fruits and vegetable so as to reverse that health problem. For fast result get the type without preservatives and is prepared in a way to last longer in the body- the type that can stay 6 hours in the body is better.

VITAMIN E
A study at Cambridge University some years ago shows that Vitamin E in (400-800mg) can reduce the risk of heart disease up to a massive 75%. With this assurance let us get to know some of the problems we can experience if there is lack of Vitamin E in our body.

When talking about Vitamin E, we want to take note that there are natural Vitamin E and Synthetic Vitamin E. It has been confirmed that the natural Vitamin E is the best and in fact can do the job of Vasoprin (blood thinner drug) better.

You will experience the following health problems if your body lacks Vitamin E:

1. Ulcer
2. Low sperm count
3. Heart disease
4. Short breath and leg ramps
5. Allergies/inflammation
6. Epilepsy
7. Stretch marks
8. Prostrates cancer for smokers
9. Early sign of aging (premature aging)
10. Spontaneous abortion (miscarriage)
11. Hot flushes and menopausal aging spot
12. Cold hands and feet (as in diabetic patient)
13. Blood clot and high cholesterol
14. Lack of proper circulation in the body
15. Cataracts
16. Anemia
17. Angina pain (strong chest pain)
18. Lack of energy (sport men/women need it)

Vitamin E has been found to protect against 80 diseases and if you must take Vitamin E for any reasons use the natural Vitamin E as it provides better result than Synthetic Vitamin E (dI-alpha).

Solving Environmental Health Problems

Global warming, unsafe drinking water, poor air quality inside and outside and contaminated food supplies, those are just some of the big environmental health problems we are currently experiencing. These problems may seem very overwhelming, it may seem inevitable and unavoidable, but it is us who have all the power to prevent or fix these problems. It is us who have all the power to decrease pollution, limit our exposure, and most importantly, strengthen our bodies and environmental systems in order to resist contamination.

Decrease pollution: Try to improve your quality of life by decreasing your contribution to pollution. A good example would be to turn down the thermostat during winter time; doing so will decrease carbon dioxide emissions and also improve the quality of indoor air.

Using HVAC (Heating Ventilating & Air Conditioning ) on high levels will redistribute contaminants inside a building. To avoid using HVACs try and wear appropriate clothing for the temperature. For example, instead of turning up the heater during cold days, just wear a thick jacket in order to save electricity; you won’t just save electricity, but your body’s immune system will be strengthened and it will be trained to live in rhythm with nature.

Safe pesticides and cleaners: While it is recommended to avoid pesticides completely, if you should use them, use biodegradable and safe pesticides. When it comes to cleaning agents, you should also use biodegradable and safe cleaning agents. In cleaning your house, it is best to limit the use of chemicals to prevent contaminants from getting inside. Biodegradable products will also keep your water supplies safe for drinking.

Exposure to contaminants: If possible, try and limit your exposure to contaminants. The human body was designed to process at a specific level of contamination. Environmental health problems are the result of exposure to levels that are too high for the body to process. As it is always important to decrease levels, if there already are some contaminants present, precautions should be taken in order to limit exposure. A good method to avoid exposure to lung illness is ventilating your home. The use of a HEPA-filtered vacuum in your home will get rid of any paint led chips which will make your children safe from lead poisoning. Another way to limit your exposure to chemicals is insuring that your building materials, clothes, furniture and other products you use on a daily basis are only made of materials which do not emit chemicals. Perfume and smoke are also contaminants. A perfume-free and also smoke-free environments are protections against exposure.

Organic foods: It is always best to eat natural, organic foods, and also drink clean water and exercise in clean environments; you should always know that you are eating. There are types of fish that are caught from certain areas that have pollutants such as mercury in their tissue; this can cause some developmental problems in fetuses and children. While pesticides increase crop yields, they also increase the presence of contaminants in our water and soil. Installing a water filter system will insure that the drinking water will be clean.

Always remember that eating naturally will decrease exposure to contaminants.