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Debunking strange Filipino health myths
 

Debunking strange Filipino health myths

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The Filipino culture will not be complete without the beliefs and myths passed on to us by our older generations. However, as healthcare professionals, it’s our duty to inform our patients of the truths behind these myths.
 
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7 Sep 2016 - General
 
Im not sure if anyone is familiar with this. Im actually surprised that some of my friends who recently gave birth are using a "bigkis" for their child. Its like a piece of cloth or any similar material thats wrapped around the waist of the child to prevent infections and diseases. Oh i remember "binat". In fact, until now despite my degree in medicine, my mom will still correct me whenever I give my opinion against this mythical phenomenon! She claims that it has worked for ...
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We used to have two pet geckos (tuko) back at home, and I remember once my lola told us that a man was looking for large geckos and was willing to pay a high amount . They say that the gecko's blood is by Chinese to cure asthma. Most of us at home is asthmatic, but we would never drink the gecko's blood whatever they say! And we didn't sell the geckos. Upti this day, one of them is still roaming in our home, and the other one "migrated" to our neighbor. Haha Other myths inc...
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#1. Step over a child---Hahaha. We used to like really get mad at people who walk over our stretched legs because of this myth. Crazy. #2. But then there are weird coincidences, right? So Filipinos being very superstitious would naturally put meaning into things. #3. We've discussed this before. I used to believe this, so I would never sleep with my hair wet, but now I just don't because it will make my pillow wet. #4. Oh my gosh!!! I remember my yaya getting my underwear for this. Ewwww...
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@Jemar Nicdao What about getting pasma (hand tremors) because you washed your hands immediately after doing work? If this were true, everyone in the health sector would have had hand tremors because we practice good hand hygiene. It is still hard for Filipinos to accept that hand tremors are usually related to a medical condition and not due to hand washing right away after doing chores using our hands. # 1 is something that I used to believe in when I was a kid. I would ask my cousins to "...
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I had to cringe at the wiping menstrual blood on your face to prevent acne. Ughhh. I actually never heard of that one. The paglilihi one is still the cutest for me. I really like that if you eat a twin banana you can give birth to twins. They are of course not scientifically based but they won't really harm anyone. For growth there is also jumping on new years eve would make you taller. For menstruation there is also jumping down a couple of steps would shorten your menstruation. So probably...
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