This is a very common conversation that I have just prior to performing a needle biopsy:

Me: Why did you wait for your mass to grow this big before going to the doctor?
Patient:  Well, when I saw the mass, I didn’t mind it because it was not painful and didn’t cause me any discomfort. 
Me: But it never stopped growing, right? 
Patient:  I took this herbal supplement, and the skin overlying the mass became reddish.  I think it’s about to burst.


Villanueva Clinical Laboratory has been performing Bacteriological Water Analysis for 15 years and Physico-Chemical Water Analysis for 5 years now.  We have consistently updated our methods through seminars and workshops in Visayas and Luzon.  Our results conform with the 2007 Phillipine National Standards For Drinking Water (PNSDW)

Why should drinking water be analyzed at Villanueva Clinical Laboratory?
Lots of diseases are transmitted through drinking water.  Some of these diseases include Cholera, Typhoid, Rotavirus, and Hepatitis A. These diseases are transmitted through the fecal-oral route, meaning they appear in water that is contaminated by human feces.  Bacteriological Water Analysis determines if drinking water is contaminated by human feces, and is therefore not potable.
Other contents of water also determine its potability, plus its taste and texture.  Some substances, at high levels, can be toxic. Physico-Chemical Water Analysis determines if these substances are safe levels.


I’m sure at some point in your life you were advised not to jump around after having a heavy meal.  Or not to take a shower after playing basketball under the sun.  Although these beliefs are not found in medical books, we believe them anyway.  In fact, a lot of our local doctors believe them too.  So what gives?  Are they really true?  Here, I will list as many as I can remember and try to answer them as scientifically as I can.


These days, we are bombarded by countless advice on how to be healthy.   Eat organic food, take this supplement, do not eat this, take that in moderation, do this every morning, drink only this type of water, undergo this procedure, etc..  so much info, so little time!  The problem is how to delineate between fact and fallacy.  Most people are not experts, after all, therefore vulnerable to marketing pitches and scams.  But wait! There’s more..
Truth is, there is no secret to being healthy.  Have you asked yourself why you have been healthy pretty much all your life without obeying most health chatter?  Our bodies are amazingly well-designed machines that, while mostly made of soft flesh and water, can withstand a lot of stress for decades.  However, some bad habits do take a toll on our bodies over the long term.  Taking these into consideration, we will go back to basics and list down things that will REALLY keep you healthy.


What Are the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis?

Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include joint pain and progressive stiffness that develops gradually.

Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the fingers, arms, legs, and wrists occurring in the same joints on both sides of the body, especially upon awakening.


The day you are diagnosed as a diabetic is the day that will forever change your life.  From this day until the day you meet your Maker, Diabetes will be your constant companion.  In this day of high speed internet and Mars rovers, no cure for this dreaded disease has been found.  And nope, despite all the hype, Stem Cell Therapy is just not there yet.  Please, don’t get me started on those cure-all, “all-natural” herbal remedies.


The good news is, while Diabetes has the potential to cripple or even kill you with its many dreaded complications, the latest advances in its management has made living with this diseases, well, more livable.  I’ll tell you how.


Typical Heart Attack Symptoms


Chest discomfort or pain

This discomfort or pain can feel like a tight ache, pressure, fullness or squeezing in your chest lasting more than a few minutes. This discomfort may come and go.


Upper body pain

Pain or discomfort may spread beyond your chest to your shoulders, arms, back, neck, teeth or jaw. You may have upper body pain with no chest discomfort.


is the most serious form of heat injury and is considered a medical emergency. It is a condition caused by your body overheating, usually as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This most serious form of heat injury, heatstroke can occur if your body temperature rises to 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires emergency treatment.


A few moments ago, while backing up to park, a motorbike suddenly appeared out of nowhere and took my spot.  My face immediately wore a grimace, and I swore through my teeth!  I literally wanted to rip his head off, helmet and all!