Updated: Jul 21, 2020
by Mary Jane O. Velasquez
“The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child.” – Roy Lessin
In the Gregorian calendar that contains 365 days, some dates are important for the celebration of someone dear to us, some dates are for the recognition of a breakthrough, some are for a group of individuals that deserves to be recognized, and some dates are remembered to acknowledge an encounter or an event that has changed our world; what we live in now, 2020.
Today, June 21st, marks one of the celebrations of the world wherein a day is entitled for someone special to us: our fathers.
Fathers, the real men, have served their stereotype function as the “pillars of home”. We believed that they have worn capes when we were kids, acting as our superheroes. We believed they were a fortress that protected our families against strangers and those with suspicious front. They have also acted as our road signs and traffic lights, to guide us which direction to go, to tell us when to stop going in the wrong way and stand back up again, slowly to go forth. Our fathers have done a big contribution to the society we lived now, as workers, that has only one goal to heart: raising their children.
However, in our society, we can also change our roles due to life’s setbacks. Single mothers, grandmothers, and the siblings that have raised children, grandchildren, or brother and sister, deserves to be acknowledged in this special day as a father, too.
Truly, most of us have different perceptions about what a father means to us. We all have a say as to how our fathers have created an impact in our lives. Nevertheless, it is also true that our fathers have been a source of look back, inspiration or motivation, as to how we continue our journeys to fulfill our dreams, or where you are now, as a successful individual.
In another side, fathers can sometimes wear off their capes, shatter their fortress, and malfunction their traffic lights and signs when they have experienced a major problem or when they are weary of their roles in the society. This is the reason why they resort to vices, such as drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes or tobacco. These products make them feel alleviated from their current situation, or escape the reality. Unfortunately, some of them treated these vices as a habit, leading to addiction, and eventually compromising their overall health.
According to Health line, alcohol consumption affects the following parts of the body when consumed in a prolonged period of time: digestive and endocrine glands, liver, pancreas, central nervous system, digestive system, circulatory system, sexual and reproductive health, skeletal and muscle systems and the immune system. Some of the diseases include: pancreatitis, liver cirrhosis, diabetes, diarrhea, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, heart failure, erectile dysfunction, infertility, premature delivery, miscarriage, atrophy and pneumonia. Based from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking and tobacco use badly damages almost all organs of the body, resulting to cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and cancers that may develop on the following organs: bladder, blood, colon and rectum, esophagus, kidney and ureter, larynx, liver, oropharynx, pancreas, stomach and trachea, bronchus and lungs. It is also negatively affecting non-smokers and pregnant women. Smoking also causes infertility, bone health deterioration, teeth loss, cataracts, type-2 diabetes mellitus, decreased immune function and rheumatoid arthritis.
The diseases stated above are caused by excessive toxins in our body and lack of essential nutrients, especially water and minerals. IONIQUE® Concentrated Mineral Drops (IONIQUE® CMD) is a great source of 72 macro and trace natural minerals, especially Magnesium, that our body needs in order to function well and give the best ease we couldn’t have imagined ever existed. According to Dr. Gary Price Todd, the author of “Nutrition, Health and Disease”, he said that, “The human body needs at least 60 trace minerals in order to maintain a disease- and illness-free state.”
In celebrating this Father’s Day with bearing in mind that we are in a pandemic, let us be more cautious of our health. Let us not forget that this pandemic taught us better on prioritizing our health by taking better care of ourselves, internally and externally, in fighting off this COVID-19.
“The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.”
– Proverbs 20:7
Tough on the outside;
Heart-warming on the inside;
Entirety of this man is also another human, like us.
Responsibility is heavy on your shoulders,
Even without great power;
Another day, another time to grow up;
Love was a constant supply to feed us.
May this message find you at heart;
A dedication for your great sacrifices;
Now, see how your child grows up; your greatest bond of love.