Welcome to the Traditional Alternative Health Care Month with the theme, “Encouraging the Integration of Traditional and Complementary Medicine (T&CM) in Prevention, Rehabilitation, and Treatment of Substance-Abuse Addiction”.
This year’s chosen theme is timely and relevant to our nation’s battle against drug addiction. Substance-Abuse Addiction becomes a rampant phenomenon that contributes negative impacts on our country and causes health problems among Filipinos.
The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, affecting almost every organ in the human body. Drug use can:
- Weaken the immune system, increasing susceptibility to infections.
- Cause cardiovascular conditions ranging from abnormal heart rate to heart attacks. Injected drugs can also lead to collapsed veins and infections of the blood vessels and heart valves.
- Cause nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain; Or cause significant damage or liver failure.
- Cause seizures, stroke and widespread brain damage that can impact all aspects of daily life by causing problems with memory, attention and decision-making, including sustained mental confusion and permanent brain damage.
- Produce global body changes such as breast development in men, dramatic fluctuations in appetite and increases in body temperature, which may impact a variety of health conditions.
- Although initial drug use may be voluntary, drugs have been shown to alter brain chemistry, which interferes with an individual’s ability to make decisions and can lead to compulsive craving, seeking and use. This then becomes a substance dependency.
- It can also cause behavioral problems like paranoia, aggressiveness, hallucinations impulsiveness and loss of self control
- I t can also cause significant birth defects
- Finally, pregnant women who use illicit drugs may engage in other unhealthy behaviors that place their pregnancy at risk, such as having extremely poor nutrition or developing sexually transmitted infections.
Hence, as an Institute that ventures towards health care, let us engage ourselves to provide innovative solution for this issue. Let us labor together to elevate the use of traditional and complementary medicine in the mainstream of health.
To all the organizers, thank you and congratulations for making this celebration a meaningful one.
To all our guest lecturers, thank you for imparting your knowledge.
To our beloved guests and visitors, we are grateful for your presence and support for this event.
Congratulations to the PITAHC family! Mabuhay!
ANNABELLE P. DE GUZMAN, MHA, FPAFP, MA Med (UK), CESE