Somewhere in Time

This film is one of my favorite classic love stories and I truly fell in love with the song and the characters. 
It is timeless and will live in my heart forever.

Either you're truly romantic or just simply a hopeless romantic one, love stories can intensely influence emotions and inspire human behaviour towards anger, fear, pain and despair to the earthly or heavenly desire for love and deep affection. Love stories are timeless classics that are undoubtedly sympathetic with the theme of romantic love. We are all capable of sharing the majesty and beauty of love in any way we want to express it. Different stories of love will enlighten our consciousness to its magical power.

"Come back to me."

Somewhere in Time is a story beyond fantasy... beyond obsession... beyond time itself. A story of young writer Richard Collier (played by Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman, Elise McKenna (played by Jane Seymour). Another picture this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with the returning to 1912 through self-hypnosis and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there.

Richatd Collier was fascinated with this portrait of Elise McKenna

The first and last time they made love

The reason why they unexpectedly parted.

He sacrificed life in the present... to find love in the past.

Afterbirth - Postpartum Depression

In the Philippines, we have this saying; "A mother who is about to deliver a child has her one foot into the grave" and that's absolutely true because giving birth is a serious condition which can lead to complications if not properly monitored. It can be life threatening.

There are several indications that women after childbirth experience changes physically, emotionally, mentally and even psychologically. Such changes may be mild, moderate or severe. These are usually accompanied by depression or mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, anger and frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer period.

The new mother is tired physically and mentally and she may find it hard to reconcile her maternal instinct with her desire as a woman and wife. This may trigger depression on her part, nursing her baby and maintaining intimacy on her spouse. The father may suddenly find himself taking second place in his wife's attention and affection.

Sleep deprivation
Postpartum Depression is a condition when a new mother experience anxiety, overwhelming sadness and emotional disturbances which can cause a psychotic reaction or a loss of touch with reality.

Restless or irritable
Feeling sad or crying a lot
Lack of energy
Head and chest pains
Heart palpitations
Sleeping and eating disorder
Having no interest in the child
Feeling of worthlessness and guilt
Cold flashes
Panic disorder

Overwhelming sadness
If those women who are suffering from postpartum depression do not receive adequate treatment, the illness may worsen and can lead to more serious condition like;

Postpartum Psychosis is the most severe form of depression. It's a psychiatric illness which occurs in approximately 1 to 2 per 1,000 women. Its presentation is often dramatic with onset of symptoms as early as the first 48 to 72 hours after delivery. This disorder exhibits a rapidly shifting depressed or elated mood, disorientation or confusion and erratic and disorganized behavior. Auditory hallucinations that instruct the mother to harm herself or her infant may also occur. Risk for infanticide and suicidal tendencies.

To date, only a few studies have systematically assessed the pharmacological treatment of postpartum depression. Conventional antidepressant medications (fluoxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, and venlafaxine) have shown efficacy in the treatment of postpartum depression. In all of these studies, standard antidepressant doses were effective and well tolerated. The choice of an antidepressant should be guided by the patient’s prior response to antidepressant medication and a given medication’s side effect profile. Specific serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are ideal first-line agents, as they are anxiolytic, non-sedating, and well tolerated. For women who cannot tolerate SSRIs, bupropion (Wellbutrin) may be an alternative; although one pilot study suggests bupropion may not be as effective as SSRIs. Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are frequently used and, because they tend to be more sedating, may be more appropriate for women who present with prominent sleep disturbance. Given the prevalence of anxiety symptoms in this population, adjunctive use of a benzodiazepine (e.g., clonazepam, lorazepam) may be very helpful.

The story of Andrea Yates that shocked the world.

Early treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) is important for you, your baby, and the rest of your family. The sooner you start, the more quickly you will recover, and the less your depression will affect your baby. Babies of depressed mothers can be less attached to their mothers and lag behind developmentally in behavior and mental ability.

Heart Disease - Fatal as Ever

People are now suffering from various diseases because of many possible factors such as lifestyle, contaminated environment, congenital traits or hereditary attributes.  Stroke and Diabetes have affected a number of individuals old and young.  HIV and AIDS have become the primary viral infection that can be transmitted from one person to another and the illness is actively spreading.  But the number one cause of death is still... HEART DISEASE.

Also known as cardiovascular ailment, heart disease is a disorder affecting both the heart and blood vessels. It is the worst health scourge, the leading cause of death not only in the Philippines but in the world as well. The most frequent cause of death from cardiovascular disease are as follows:

Coronary artery disease, brought on by obstructions that develop in the coronary vessels nourishing the heart muscle. These fatty blockages impair adequate delivery of oxygen-laden blood to the heart muscle cells. This blockade is the result of atherosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of the arteries.

The fat carried in the bloodstream piles up on the inner wall of the arteries like rust in a pipe. As more and more fatty substances including cholesterol, accumulate, the once smooth wall gets thicker, rougher and harder, and the blood passageway becomes narrower. Eventually, blood flow may be obstructed to cause the heart muscle cells to send out distress signals. People with this disease experience chest pains that strike when the heart fails to get enough blood or it may be a full-blown heart attack. When blood starves, heart tissue dies. Heart disease has been labeled the 20th-century epidemic or the "black plague of affluence."

Proper diet

Heart attacks hit males hardest. The frequency of heart attacks begins to build rapidly among men between the ages of 30 and 40 but it is almost unknown in women of the same age group. The incidence of heart attacks increases with age.  The peak years for male heart attacks are in the 55 to 59-age bracket. The percentage of deaths from first heart attacks, however is higher among men in their forties than those in their sixties. Presumably because the younger men do not have as well-developed collateral circulation to protect them.

Hypertensive heart disease is an impairment of heart-pumping function stemming from persistent high blood pressure. Untreated, elevated pressure makes the heart work harder, causing it to enlarge and sometimes to fail. It can also lead to serious damage to the kidneys and acceleration of the vessel-clogging process responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Hypertension is the most common of the cardiovascular diseases.

Rheumatic heart disease is the left-over scars of rheumatic fever attack. It is a complication in which the heart valves are damaged. Such damage is not readily noticeable. It can disrupt normal blood flow through the heart.

Congenital heart disease includes the collection of heart and major blood vessel deformities that exist at birth. The defect may affect various structures in the heart including the valves, veins leading to the heart. The child is not growing normally with this defect and often has a little hope of full life. The disease is accompanied by difficulty in breathing and heart murmur.

The term blue baby refers to the infant born with a heart impairment that prevents blood from getting enough oxygen. Since blood low in oxygen is dark bluish red, it imparts a blue tinge to the skin and lips. Some defects can be traced to maternal virus infection such as German measles during the first three months of pregnancy when the fetus heart is growing rapidly. Certain drugs, vitamin deficiencies or excessive exposure to radiations are among other environmental factors known to be associated with such defects.

  • A feeling of strangulation
  • A prolonged, oppressive pain or unusual discomfort in the center of the chest that may radiate to the left shoulder and down the left arm
  • Abnormal perspiring
  • Sudden, intense shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting (Because of this symptoms, an attack is sometimes taken for indigestion; usually, coronary pains are more severe.)
  • Occasionally, loss of consciousness

Knowing these warning signals and taking proper steps may make the difference between life and death. Time is crucial.  Most deaths occur in the initial hours after attack. Seek help immediately. Do not ignore chest pain or discomfort. Control blood pressure and cholesterol level by maintaining a proper and healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Don't smoke. This is the single best lifestyle change you can make.

Remember these:
Prevention is better than cure.
Health is wealth.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.
Seven days without exercise make one weak.

Reference: Medical and Health Encyclopedia

STONEHENGE, an enduring symbol of mystery

My sister Malu has visited UK for several times already because she's working with a UK-based company, FINANCIAL TIMES up to this time.  She's fortunate to make some trips while she was there back in 2007.  I, for one is truly fascinated with the thousand year old architecture.

When was it built?
Why was it built?
How was it built?
Who built it?

Dating from about 3000 to 1600 BC, Stonehenge is the best preserved structure remaining from the late Neolithic, or New Stone Age. Situated north of Salisbury, in southern England, it contains a remarkable collection of prehistoric monuments. For centuries the ponderous complex of stones was enshrouded in myth. In the 17th century, the English antiquary John Aubrey proposed that Stonehenge was a temple built by Druids, the priests of the pagan Celts who came to Britain in the centuries immediately preceding the Christian era. However, the theory has been disproved in the 20th century by modern archaeological techniques. It is now known on the basis of careful research, that its construction preceded the arrival of the Celts in Britain by more than 1,000 years.

The enclosure survives from the earliest phase of Stonehenge. Defined by a bank and ditch, its main entrance was carefully aligned to face the midsummer sunrise in one direction and the midwinter sunset in the opposite direction.

By about 2500 BC, huge sarsen stone came all the way from north Wiltshire and smaller bluestones from west Wales. This marked the beginning of over 800 years of construction and alteration stretching into the period known as the Bronze Age, when the first metal tools and weapons were made. . By this time, Stonehenge was the greatest temple in Britain, its banks, ditches and standing stones arranged in sophisticated alignments to mark the passage of the sun and the changing seasons.

Stonehenge was believed to be built by three separate cultures:
  1. Neolithic herdsman-farmers who came to Britain in about 2200 BC and later merged with invaders from the Continent known as the megalith builders.
  2. Beaker, the sun worshipping people (c. 1700 BC)
  3. Wessex Culture of the Bronze Age (c. 1500 BC)
The date of the first Stonehenge construction has been fixed between 2100 and 1600 BC by radiocarbon dating of charcoal samples found at the site.

Builders of Stonehenge were apparently influenced by architectural techniques employed in the great cultures of the Mediterranean. The dressing of the sarsen stones, for example, included the highly sophisticated refinement known as entasis, a technique whereby optical illusions are corrected by deliberate distortion.

Stonehenge was just one part of a remarkable ancient landscape. Hundreds of burial mounds clustered in the surrounding hilltops, while smaller temples and other ceremonial sites were built nearby. It has inspired people to study and interpret it for centuries.

Although information pertinent to the dates and construction of Stonehenge has been slowly pieced together by archaeologists and geologists, the larger question of why it was built has persisted. The most startling theory concerning the original purpose of the monument was offered in 1963 by Gerald S. Hawkins, a British astronomer.

Noting the narrowness of the trilithon openings and the obvious alignment between those openings and certain other stones and spaces in the monument, he speculated that the entire structure might have served its builders as a huge transit instrument, its uprights and openings pointing to stars or planets.. he calculated the compass directions of about 170 pairs of positions, as between stones, stoneholes and trilithon openings, and gathered data relative to the positions of the heavenly bodies in 1500 BC: all of this information he fed into the computer.

The computations showed at once that there was no correlation with the planets or stars, but revealed 24 close correlations with solar and lunar positions. Moreover, all 24 principal alignments were with key locations on the site, such as the Altar Stone, the arches, the Avenue, the station stones and the two stones near the entrance.

One of Hawkins' more startling discoveries concerned lunar eclipses. He showed that the midwinter full moon is eclipsed over the heelstone three times in a 56-year cycle, at intervals of 19, 19 and 18 years. He theorized that the 56 Aubrey holes originally held a set of stone markers, and that the markers were moved one hole each year to record the progress of the eclipse cycle.

But even with the evidence that archaeology and modern science provide, not all fundamental questions about it can be answered. Stonehenge will always keep some of its secrets.

My sister MALU

Today, visitors experience Stonehenge as a wonder of ancient achievement. The only visible elements of it are the stones themselves. Some are small, unshaped or broken but many are massive, finely worked and intact.