PULSE: A Day in the Life of an Undertaker

PULSE: A Day in the Life of an Undertaker

Have you ever wondered who will take care of you once you have reached life’s end?


For most social and religious groups, embalming is respectfully practiced upon death.

Undertakers take responsibility for such task of taking care of the dead body; make sure that it is clean and presentable.

Undertakers handle cadavers before being presented to families during wakes. They make sure that a corpse is disposed according to standard set by society; they put a dash of glam on a pale dead face and body; affix decent clothes on a cold and decaying body.

Scissors, comb and a neck-stand are some of their daily work tools.

A daily view on their workspace.

Attaining success in any profession was never easy but theirs- a different story. Every “opportunity” requires a certain level of dedication.

Make-up and cotton among other things that are needed to prepare a cadaver. A false teeth is also shown which used to be owned by his previous ‘client’.

So, what does a regular undertaker go through? Here’s a day in the life of undertakers.

Find out here:

  1. They get exposed on toxic chemicals for a long period of time hence the strong fumes they have to endure.
  2. Also, endure a grieving family drama on the background. And make sure that their standards are met.
  3. A depressing work environment to go to e everyday.

    Always in need of guidance from a Higher Force.

  4. Facing a dead body everyday. (Or could their spirits be lurking while being embalmed?) Bathe and clean them inside and out. Yes, including their internal organs and biofluids.

    Peek inside a morgue.

  5. Be prone to cancers and other pulmonary ailments for the fumes inhaled.
  6. Face their regular lives and personal responsibilities after a tiring day. They’re still humans after all.

Well, what do you think?

Undertakers take their jobs seriously. It takes time to get used to what they’re doing but their profession is nonetheless one of the most noble jobs out there.

Don’t you agree?

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You Shouldn’t Hide Forever

You Shouldn’t Hide Forever

To you whoever is reading this:

You are worthy.

You are a beautiful soul.

Take charge of your life, stand up for yourself (and for your kids).

If you have endured so much pain; accepted how life turned out for you; reading this message of hope means there is still a light waiting for you.

Love should not be abusive; should not hurt.

Silence should mean peace – not hide violence.

Show the world the scars they can’t see.

Revive your self-esteem.

Fight for what has been lost.

Let yourself be heard.

You can start now.

There’s a gift for you here. We know you can figure it out:

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The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

The Worsening Threat of Dengue in Asia

Dengue virus dwells in the tropics and sub-tropic parts of the planet. Thus, Asia has suffered most in terms of the rallying cases of the vector-borne disease.

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Having been known for fatal results when not given immediate attention, the virus sets an alarming tone each time an outbreak is reported. Here are the cases that swept Asia in 2017:


Fresh from the scandal that brought Philippine health officials and Sanofi in shambles, the Philippines recorded 657 dengue-related deaths from November 2016 to November 2017. With a total case of 117,654 nationally, Dengue virus still imposes grave challenges to the Filipino nation.


In a week’s time, New Delhi covered 176 cases in the first week of December 2017. Although a decline in 2017 Dengue cases were revealed, the number of fatalities still alarm  health officials; the urge to find immediate solutions still an utmost priority. 9,072 cases were recorded this year making up a portion of 153 635 cases and 226 deaths in the entirety of India. 


174, 889 cases have been reported in Sri Lanka for 2017. The upsurge in number was brought by all 4 dengue strains found in the country. These strains have brought about 320 deaths according to the Epidemiology  Unit of the Ministry of Health.


A town in Pakistan,Peshawar, unfortunately had 69 deaths due to delayed blood transfusion and fluid overload after the dreaded dengue outbreak out of 24,807 laboratory-confirmed cases. 2,849 cases were recorded in the town of Karachi followed by 229 fatalities. 


For Malaysia, 81,790 new cases comprise the dengue statistics in 2017. 170 fatalities were recorded for the entire year.




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One of Zambia’s largest cities suffer from rising cases of Cholera.

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Since the 6th of October 2017, cholera cases in Lusaka, Zambia have increased to 1045 affecting locals of the city according to Ministry of Health Head of Communications and External Relations Stanlous Ngosa.

The public is urged to be keen on initial symptoms. Once diarrhea and vomiting are observed, immediate medical care should be sought according to officials; not accessing treatments usually result to higher death rate.

Also, proper hygiene should be immensely observed.

The reality in such places is that communities takes dump in public places and drinks water from shallow wells.

The use of toilet when attending the call of nature is highly recommended to avoid further spread of bacterial contamination; only drink potable water by adding chlorine or boiling it.


The Ministry of Finance has already released a K34 million budget to attend the needs of the affected citizens.

“Funds are being utilised to improve the availability of clean and safe water, improving sanitation including solid waste management, health promotion and education, supporting and enforcement of the public Health Act,” according to an interview by The Lusaka Times.

Community intervention has also been evident to make the efforts more effective. More health and environmental workers are hired to intensify awareness on the current outbreak.




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ATTENTION: 719 Alarming Fresh Cases of LEPROSY in India!

ATTENTION: 719 Alarming Fresh Cases of LEPROSY in India!

Eradicating Leprosy has been a long time battle in India.

Since 2005, although gradually decreasing the disease  statistics, Leprosy remains.

Leprosy is caused by Myobacterium leprae which affects the nerves of the extremities, lining of the nose and the upper respiratory tract.

Disturbing new number of Leprosy cases have already ballooned to 719 new patients in November 2017 which contributes to 63% of the world’s total cases according to a report by WHO.

The World Health organization strategizes to eliminate Leprosy by 2020. However, with these new cases rapidly increasing, a much effective policy seems to be needed now more than ever.

Leprosy can spread through mucus and droplets which can be heavily communicable; public awareness about the disease is certainly important.

Delayed attention to the disease could lead to:

  • disfigurement

  • hair loss, particularly on the eyebrows and eyelashes

  • muscle weakness

  • permanent nerve damage in the arms and legs

  • inability to use the hands and feet

  • chronic nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and collapse of the nasal septum

  • iritis (inflammation of the iris of the eye)

  • glaucoma (an eye disease that causes damage to the optic nerve)

  • blindness

  • erectile dysfunction and infertility

  • kidney failure


Prevention is always better than cure. Although Leprosy is treatable, avoiding the disease would be better.

“The best way to prevent leprosy is to avoid long-term, close contact with an untreated, infected person,” according to Health Line.

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Listeriosis kills 36 in Gauteng, South Africa.

Since the outbreak erupted, almost 600 cases were already reported.

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Pregnant women, elderly, children and infants are the most vulnerable to the disease which can be traced in soil, water and vegetation. It eventually contaminates food sources such as animal products and fresh produce causing massive outbreaks.

A report made by News 24 Africa, Minster of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi urged the public to report to the nearest health facilities once symptoms manifest.

The minister said those who contract the disease will have flu-like symptoms including diarrhoea, fever, general body pains and weakness. He said the disease can cause meningitis, which is an infection of the brain and septicemia which is an infection of the blood stream, both can be fatal. However, Motsoaledi stressed that while the disease is serious and dangerous, it is treatable with antibiotics and urged that anyone who is showing symptoms should get medical help immediately. “If you encounter the symptoms I’ve mentioned please rush to look for medical help, in other words don’t just assume and sit at home especially if you get flu like symptoms now in summer.”- Health Minster Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi

The number of deaths are expected to increase once the reports have been finalized.

The primary source  of the outbreak it still being identified according to sources.

“All the stakeholders are cooperating with the investigation led by the NICD. Environmental health officers are following up diagnosed cases and are visiting their homes to sample food where available,” added Motsoaledi.

“Motsoaledi also said it’s believed that this particular outbreak is from a food source that is being consumed by both the rich and the poor, and the contamination points may well be farms and food processing plants”, reported News 24 Africa.

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How exactly do you get rid of acne?

How exactly do you get rid of acne?

Like most people who have acne-prone skin, you’ve probably gone through a lot just to find an answer to that question. You’ve tested products after products and took supplements after supplements just to end your skin breakouts.

Unfortunately, no matter what you do or apply to your skin, your acne just won’t stop. In fact, the more you try to solve the issue, the worse your skin gets.

Frustrating, isn’t it?


If you want to get rid of acne, you shouldn’t just focus on treating it. You also need to avoid the things that trigger it.

Now, you’re probably wondering: How do I know my triggers?

This is where things start to get more challenging. You see, not all people with acne-prone skin have the same set of triggers.

In essence, this means that you can’t blame the things that are causing your friends’ acne for your own breakouts.

To start, you have to pay close attention to the things you use, do and wear every day and how they are affecting your skin.

Take, for example, your diet.

If you eat a lot of dairy products or foods with high glycemic index, there’s a good chance that your diet is what’s causing your breakouts. The same applies to eating too much sweets and drinking too much alcohol.

Now, apart from your diet, you should also pay close attention to your routine. Make sure you are using the right products for your skin type.

Wash your face twice a day and use a moisturizer right after. Deeply cleanse your skin and invest in the best face mask for acne-prone skin to make sure no dirt, makeup residues, and dead skin cells can clog your pores.

Aside from establishing a good skincare routine, you should also assess your physical activity, stress level and habits. Why?

Well, this infographic on the sneakiest causes of acne can answer that. Check it out and discover the things you probably didn’t know are breaking your skin out.

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REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

REAL TALK: Dengvaxia and Why You Don’t Need It YET

“There are 4 types of Dengue strains and all of those were transmitted to the Dengvaxia vaccine recipients “, says a pediatric doctor from St. Lukes Hospital Bonifacio Global City in the Philippines.

The pathophysiology of the vaccine clearly implies that ‘Dengvaxia’ isn’t fit for public consumption.

The statistics of Dengue cases in the Philippines may have compelled WHO, Sanofi Pasteur and the Philppine government through its Department of Health to conduct mass testing of the vaccine mostly to public school students.

What was supposed to cure Dengue outbreaks in targeted communities have simply failed to deliver and did exactly unforthcoming- Dengvaxia gave 4 strains of Dengue viruses to the vaccine receptors as if they already had the virus for 4 times already.

As a result, the vaccine will aggravate the respondent’s condition once they get infected by the Dengue-causing mosquito.

What can ‘Dengvaxia’ recipients do? “NOTHING. Unfortunately, they need to be careful not to have the Dengue virus in their system since they cannot afford to have the consequences from the vaccine”, added the source from St. Luke’s BGC.

It was believed that Sanofi Pasteur conducted a clinical trial in the Philippines through the Department of Health with then DOH Secretary Janet Garin‘s supervision.

Clinical trials have different phases and Dengvaxia was said to be on Phase 3. It

was administered to unintentional victims who basically had zero-knowledge of what could arise after testing the vaccine on them.

The Philippine government advises the public not to panic despite the commotion that is already circling the issue.

To understand the phases of clinical testing, watch this:


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ATTENTION: Anthrax Virus Suspiciously Spreading in Thailand Through Animal Meat

ATTENTION: Anthrax Virus Suspiciously Spreading in Thailand Through Animal Meat

Heading to Thailand?

A slaughtered goat was believed to have carried Bacillus anthracis that has already infected a villager in Northwestern Thailand, according to the Public Health Ministry Undersecretary Chetseda Chokdamrongsuk.

Anthrax is a bacterial disease that typically affects the skin and lungs of sheep, goats, cattles and the likes. Transmission to human is possible causing severe ulceration or severe pneumonia in the form of wool-sorter’s disease.

Another villager was suspectedly infected after the goat was slaughtered. The goat was allegedly smuggled from inside Myanmar according to a source. Both cases were villagers of Mae Sot District.


Meanwhile, a previous case of slaughtering smuggled sick goats from Myanmar indicates a serious case of caprine outbreak in Myawaddy, Myanmar. This incident could possibly be a clear linkage of what is currently happening in Thailand.

Source: Xinhua

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