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XOXO Gossip Girl Season 5

September 30, 2011

Spotted: Our favorite Upper East Siders scattered around the world for one sizzling summer. If you think Manhattan had enough secrets and scandals to keep me busy, just wait until you see the souvenirs our sexy socialites have brought back home with them. Looks like gossip is global as "Gossip Girl" returns for its hotly anticipated fifth season!

The Organ Donor Card

September 29, 2011
from previous post:

Because of the Philippines' deep family ties, religious devotion and superstitious/traditional beliefs, the number of cadaver harvests is dismally low. To help relatives make the decision to donate, the Organ Donor Card  project was started. Although not the equivalent of a legal consent document at the present time, it can help the relatives realize that the donor has consented beforehand and that his wishes be respected.

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Organ Donation FAQ

What should I do if I want to donate my organs and tissues?

Talk about it with your family.  The single most important way to "register" as a donor is to "register" your wishes with your family so they will know your decision.  Talk especially to the person who will have the final say when consenting to the doctors for the harvesting of your organs (In decreasing order of importance: legal wife, parent, legitimate adult offspring, sibling)

What are the top ten myths regarding organ donation?

  1. Myth: My body will be mutilated when my organs are harvested.
    Fact: Donated organs are removed surgically, in a routine operation similar to gallbladder or appendix removal. Normal funeral arrangements are possible.
  2. Myth: My family would be expected to pay for donating my organs.
    Fact: A donor's family is not charged for donation. If a family believes it has been billed incorrectly, the family immediately should contact its local organ procurement organization.
  3. Myth: I might want to donate one organ, but I do not want to donate everything.
    Fact: You may specify what organs you want donated. Your wishes will be followed.
  4. Myth: If I am in an accident and the hospital knows that I want to be a donor, the doctors will not try to save my life.
    Fact: The medical team treating you is separate from the transplant team. HOPE  is not notified until all lifesaving efforts have failed and death has been determined. HOPE does not notify the transplant team until your family has consented to donation.
  5. Myth: I am not the right age for donation.
    Fact: Organs may be donated from someone as young as a newborn. Age limits for organ donation no longer exist; however, the general age limit for tissue donation is 70.
  6. Myth: If I donate, I would worry that the recipient and/or the recipient's family would discover my identity and cause more grief for my family.
    Fact: Information about the donor is released by HOPE to the recipients only if the family that donated requests that it be provided.
  7. Myth: My religion does not support donation.
    Fact: All organized religions support donation, typically considering it a generous act that is the individual's choice.
  8. Myth: Only heart, liver and kidneys can be transplanted.
    Fact: The pancreas, lungs, small and large intestines, and the stomach also can be transplanted.
  9. Myth: Wealthy people are the only people who receive transplants.
    Fact: Anyone requiring a transplant is eligible for one. Arrangements can be made with the transplant hospital for individuals requiring financial assistance.
  10. Myth: I have a history of medical illness. You would not want my organs or tissues.
    Fact: At the time of death, HOPE will review medical and social histories to determine donor suitability on a case-by-case basis.

What kind of tissues can be transplanted?

Currently transplanted human tissues include bone, corneas, skin, heart valves, veins, cartilage and other connective tissues. These tissues can be used to treat patients suffering from congenital defects, blindness, visual impairment, trauma, burns, dental defects, arthritis, cancer, vascular and heart disease. Many heart valves are used to treat children with congenital defects of their own heart valves.

Tissue transplantation can be lifesaving as in the case of serious burn injury (skin grafts) or heart valve replacement. More often, however, tissue transplantation is life-enhancing. Giving the gift of sight to someone who would otherwise be blind or repairing a bone injured due to trauma or disease are life-enhancing benefits of tissue transplantation.

What if I want to donate NOW and not after my death?

  1. Blood - Blood donors are always needed. Did you know that you can safely donate blood every 8 weeks?  In the Philippines, contact the Philippine National Red Cross at 527-8392, 527-8393, 527-8384, 527-8394, 530-0049, 527-3595 for Metro Manila.  You can also donate at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute's Blood Bank at 924-3601 to 19.
  2. Bone - If you are going to have total hip replacement surgery, you can donate the bone that is going to have to be removed from your body.  To donate bone, you can call the Philippine General Hospital Bone Bank at 521-8450.
  3. Bone Marrow - Did you know that your healthy bone marrow could save a life?  To inquire about Bone Marrow donation, call the HOPE office at 924-0680.
  4. Kidney, Partial Liver, and Partial Lung Donation - Relatives, spouses, friends and others may be considered as potential living donors to people with whom they have a "significant emotional tie." If you are close to someone who needs a kidney, lung, or liver transplant and would like to be considered as a donor, contact that person's transplant center to see if it might be possible to donate. If you are considering living donation, please see TransWeb's FAQ on living kidney donation or some US statistics and information on living liver donation.

    At this time, there is no mechanism for living kidney donors who simply want to donate a kidney, but don't have any specific recipient in mind. We encourage you to channel your generosity into the following actions that can save many lives:

     - make sure your family knows that you would like to donate your organs and tissues upon death
     - donate blood whenever possible
     - consider joining a bone marrow donor registry

    No, you can't sell your kidney.
  5. Skin - If you are having excess skin removed (due to a drastic loss of weight), you may have considered donating the excess skin to a skin bank. Unfortunately, this is not possible.

Can I sell my kidney?

Paid donation is illegal in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and all of Europe. In India, paid organ donation has been tolerated in the past, but the government there has passed a resolution intended to eliminate the practice. To date, no reputable organization pays for human organs anywhere in the world. Although paid donation may occur in some parts of the world, the lack of accountability of the unscrupulous individuals that engage in this practice means that it is an unsafe to either donate a kidney through such an organization, or purchase a kidney in this way. 

In the Philippines, there is currently no law that either allows or prohibits the practice of selling organs but most medical professionals especially the transplant surgeons and urologists find this practice unethical and distasteful.  Although it may happen in this country, it does so without the knowledge of the doctors since this is a private deal between the donor and the recipient who pass the donor out as a "distant cousin".

Tell me about Brain Death?

Brain Death is the complete cessation of brain functions including the brain stem.   The heart may be functioning as well as the lungs with support, however the brain has been irreversibly damaged.  This state is called Brain Death and is legally and medically equivalent to clinical death.  For more information you can find an excellent treatise at http://www.transweb.org/donation_folder/b_death.html.

Is there any truth to the so-called "Stolen-Kidney Myth" wherein a man is supposed to have been drugged by a beautiful woman and later wakes up in a motel room with one of his kidneys removed?

The original story comes from a "friend of a friend/cousin/neighbor" who is supposed to have walked into a bar and met an extremely beautiful girl who allows herself to be seduced by the friend.  After a few drinks they go to a nearby hotel/motel.   The next thing he remembers is waking up in a bathtub, filled with ice and a fresh incision scar on his back.  Consulting his doctor he finds out that one of his kidneys had been removed and is warned that there is a syndicate specializing in stealing kidneys from healthy looking people, drugging them and performing the surgery in a hotel/motel room.  The kidneys are then sold to wealthy people who need the organ
This story is actually a classic "urban legend", the sort of folklore that is passed by word of mouth, but all attempts to trace the source are confounded.  There are several reasons why this story is highly unlikely:
  1. A donor nephrectomy operation is a very delicate and demanding procedure since unlike a simple nephrectomy wherein you remove a sick kidney, in the former the kidney that you remove has to be able to function when transplanted, thus the procedure emphasizes delicate tissue handling as well as maintaining the blood supply and length for easy transplantation.  These issues are difficult enough in a modern operating theatre, much less a motel room where transporting surgical lights, breakable surgical table drapes, instruments, anesthesia machines, vital signs monitors as well as catheters, sutures, and other consumables without anyone seeing them is impossible.
  2. Virtually no one uses ice anymore to take care of fresh surgical wounds.
  3. Unless it is done to a LOT of victims, it is difficult to find a good match for the relatively small number of wealthy recipients.
I have actually read the story in a book named "The Big Book of Urban Legends" by Jan Harold Brunvand, et al (Paradox press 1995)
For more information on this you can browse at http://www.unos.org/hoax_pr.htm or http://www.unos.org/heist_pr.htm.


Love, now and always,
Mia always dreamt of becoming 5'8" or higher that goes with the reason why she wears higher platforms. She wears lighter makeup these days because her MAN is particular with INNER beauty. She's the same old shopaholic you now, splurging over stuffs that a part goes to charity. Today, she is not writing blogs and promos anymore. She ventured into marketing... selling souls to the devil. And oh wait, on her spare time, she writes short stories of love with tragic ending. Some of her published works are "Cries, Cameras and Actions", "8 folds", "The Boat", "All for Carlie", "Ragnarok Online Love Story" and "Resume of Lovers". 

All About Organ Donation

September 28, 2011

Human Organ Preservation Effort (H.O.P.E.)

The Human Organ Preservation Effort is a non-profit organization in the Philippines under the umbrella of the National Kidney & Transplant Institute, dedicated to the legal procurement of donor organs for transplantation to patients afflicted with various types of end-stage organ disease. The effort concentrates mostly on donors who have been declared brain dead with otherwise normal organs.

Coldplay2011: Mylo Xyloto, out on October 24

September 27, 2011

Mylo Xyloto is the upcoming fifth studio album and second concept album by English alternative rock band Coldplay that will be released on 24 October 2011.

Abduction starring Taylor Lautner

September 26, 2011

Taylor Lautner stars as a young man unwittingly thrust into a deadly world of covert espionage in Lionsgate's action-thriller, ABDUCTION, directed by John Singleton.

For as long as he can remember, Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) has had the uneasy feeling that he's living someone else's life. When he stumbles upon an image of himself as a little boy on a missing persons website, all of Nathan's darkest fears come true: he realizes his parents are not his own and his life is a lie, carefully fabricated to hide something more mysterious and dangerous than he could have ever imagined.

San Miguel Oktoberfest 2011

September 23, 2011


This year, San Miguel celebrates the Filipinos’ passion for the world’s best tasting beers with San Miguel Oktoberfest “Beer Festival”, the grandest and most exciting beer event in the country!

How to Enable the Facebook Timeline

September 23, 2011

The timeline is the first of the many Facebook developments this year as said in the F8...  Above is my own timeline! I'm excited to update it with pictures and all. 

Facebook Timeline: The Story Of Your Life

September 23, 2011
from http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150289612087131

Tell Your Story with Timeline

by Samuel W. Lessin on Friday, September 23, 2011 at 1:30am
Since the beginning of Facebook, your profile has been the place where you tell your story. People use it to share everything from the small stuff, like their thoughts on an article, to the most important events of their lives, like the photos of their wedding or the birth of their child.

The evolution of your profile

Back in the early days of Facebook, your profile was pretty basic – just your name, a photo, where you went to school…stuff you'd cover in the first five minutes you met someone.

2011 Facebook f8 Now Streaming

September 23, 2011

The Facebook f8 (pronounced "eff eight") conference is a yearly event held by Facebook and takes place in San Francisco, California. Its mission is to bring together the developers and entrepreneurs who are building the social web. f8 is a Facebook developer conference where developers and entrepreneurs collaborate on the future of personalized and social technologies.

Guys join #phchurpchurp now! Get rewarded for your social networks! It's really cool!

September 22, 2011
Guys join #phchurpchurp now! Get rewarded for your social networks! It's really cool!

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Love, now and always,
Mia always dreamt of becoming 5'8" or higher that goes with the reason why she wears higher platforms. She wears lighter makeup these days because her MAN is particular with INNER beauty. She's the same old shopaholic you now, splurging over stuffs that a part goes to charity. Today, she is not writing blogs and promos anymore. She ventured into marketing... selling souls to the devil. And oh wait, on her spare time, she writes short stories of love with tragic ending. Some of her published works are "Cries, Cameras and Actions", "8 folds", "The Boat", "All for Carlie", "Ragnarok Online Love Story" and "Resume of Lovers".

iPhone 5 Wanna Be's

September 13, 2011
Every year Apple fanatics are all waiting for the new product releases of the company,  especially the Amazing Apple iPhone. 

iPhone, for a lot of people, is the trendiest and coolest phone. Not that I don't agree with them, I actually admit that I once craved and drooled over an iPhone but the mutual feeling changed when I had my very first Blackberry. 

Celestial Events for September 2011

September 03, 2011
Here are the celestial events for September 2011 that all moon geeks, whether be photographer, astronomer or simple human beings:
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