Monthly Archives: March 2012

Will Phaseolus vulgaris make me thin?

Lobese (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Lobese (Phaseolus vulgaris)

Generika Drugstore now carries Lobese* which contains Phaseolus vulgaris, a potent starch blocker. Actually, it is an extract from white kidney bean. And although is has been used as a main food staple in Central and South America for thousands of years, it is now coming onto the forefront as a diet and weight loss product ingredient as a starch blocker.

According to EvaPharm, Inc., it is proven to reduce weight to as much as 7 lbs in 1 month! (I was actually able to lose 7 lbs in 1 week using the Rebisco cracker diet. But that would involve going on an almost hunger strike.) It prevents carbohydrate absorption, reduces calorie intake from regular meal, and promotes healthy weight management. With Lobese, I can actually eat all the carbs that I want without getting fat! Now I can eat kare-kare and sinigang with rice–without feeling guilty afterwards. Same goes with noodles and pasta. 🙂 Yay!

The efficacy of Lobese is backed by clinical trials, which gives us the reassurance of its safety and effectiveness.

The main and important ingredients are phaseolin and phaseolamin, which block the production and use of alpha-amylase. Alpha-amylase is a chemical that takes carbohydrates and turns them into fat cells for long term storage. Thus, Phaseolus vulgaris keeps the body from absorbing as many calories and carbohydrates, thereby stopping up to one third of the carbohydrates that we eat each day from becoming stored as fat. This will definitely assist in preventing further weight gain. (What about losing the current weight that I have? I think I need a metabolism booster and an appetite suppressant as well. Haha!)

But even with all these weight loss supplements, physical fitness is definitely essential to good health and is one of the best things that we can do for our body, mind, and spirit. Plus, exercise improves the way our body works and can make us look better, feel better, and live longer.

Now, if I can only find the boost I need to start a daily exercise routine…

Okay, so here’s the thing. I’m gonna try this on myself and see if this actually works. So I’ll call this the LOBESE CHALLENGE. I currently weigh 110 lbs and I am going to try taking this product for 10 days. I will be taking the product as indicated, 1 capsule for three times a day, 15 to 20 minutes before meals. I will be eating as usual and I will see if I will be losing weight. If you’re trying this out as well, let me know your progress okay? I’ll be blogging again about this after 10 days. So… wish me luck! 🙂

Click here for more information on Lobese.

*Lobese is initially available in selected Generika Drugstores. Each bottle contains 60 capsules though you may opt to purchase per piece for only PhP 22.00 each.

PPhA Training the Trainer Course on Engaging the Pharmacy for TB Control

On March 12, 2012, I attended a Training the Trainer course on Engaging the Pharmacy for TB Control: The Pharmacy DOTS Initiative 2010 Approach at the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City together with colleagues from Generika Head Office. The event was attended by representatives from various drugstore chains like Generika, Mercury Drug Store, Watsons, South Star Drug, and The Generics Pharmacy together with private drugstore owners and representatives from target areas.

Me With Certificate of Completion

Me With Certificate of Completion

Here’s an introduction from Ms. Marilyn Young Tiu, RPh, M.S. from the PRC Board of Pharmacy regarding the purpose of the event:

A high percentage of those who seek treatment for tuberculosis opt for self-medication. As the first point of contact for these patients, the pharmacy plays a strategic role for intervention in support of the DOTS strategy.

Recognizing this role, the USAID funded Philippine Tuberculosis Initiatives for the Private Sector developed the Pharmacy DOTS Initiative (PDI) in 2004 where pharmacy personnel were trained to do interventions geared towards the provision of information about tuberculosis, discouraging dispensing of TB drugs without a valid prescription and the eventual role of the pharmacy to refer patients to the DOTS centers. While the 2004 PDI implementation in seven pilot sites proved that the concept of pharmacy intervention is effective and doable, most participating pharmacies ceased to implement the interventions after the project.

The Linking Initiatives and Networking to Control Tuberculosis (TB LINC) saw that the 2004 PDI interventions were complicated, tedious and time consuming. This may be one of the reasons why implementation by the PDI pharmacies eventually ceased after the project. TB LINC will now embark on the implementation of a more simplified approach that will foster better compliance by participating pharmacies.

The PDI 2010 approach will engage pharmacies in 12 sites to achieve the following ends:

  1. Change patients’ behavior on self-medication
  2. Change drug dispensing behavior of pharmacies
  3. Explore the role of the pharmacy as a referral site for TB symptomatic

With this endeavor, we hope that all pharmacies participate in this program for a TB-free Philippines in the future. This shall be our contribution to the attainment of the Millennium Goal of the National Tuberculosis Program.

It is possible to eradicate tuberculosis in our country. We can stop the spread of the bacteria. Let us stop our fellow Filipinos from self-medicating anti-TB medicines which can only lead to Multi Drug-Resistant (MDR) and Extensively Drug-Resistant (XDR) tuberculosis. Let us stop dispensing anti-TB meds without proper prescription. As community pharmacists, we have the opportunity to directly affect the lives of other Filipinos. Aside from achieving our goals, this can also serve as a step to uplift our profession.

Let us support this initiative. Let us be more responsible community pharmacists.

Abel, Moe, and Annie with Certificates

Abel, Moe, and Annie with Certificates