Interview #2: Tatum Zablan

Last time, I was able to illustrate a glimpse of what it was like to be part of the research and teaching academe. But my small project didn’t end there.

Aside from research, I wanted to take a glimpse of another field most physical science-related majors (most especially a percentage of psychology majors) end up in: the corporate world. I was determined at gaining insight on what it’s like to have an office space for myself and incentives for some sort of motivation, but I wanted insight from the experience of a fresh psychology graduate rather than another professional veteran.Read More »

Interview #1: Sir Glen Mangali

Taking up a psychology program translates to flexible opportunities, ranging from the human resource department and social welfare office to research and clinical practice as a psychometrician.

However, the fields a psychology degree (or any degree in physical sciences) can pursue usually branch out to two categories: academic (clinical practice, research, medicine) and corporate (HR management, clergy). Since I’ll be part of the workforce soon enough, I wanted to look into these fields of employment further. Read More »

walang #gandagluta: the myths of glutathione (part 2)

During my short days working in a cafe, two 30-year-old women came in with a set of glutathione shots and went straight into injecting 5ml of the whitening miracle into each other’s bloodstream- without professional help. The one in yellow chattered away about wanting to be whiter than she already was despite her skin being much fairer than the rest of us there. The lady in blue nodded as she pierced the syringe through her friend’s skin.

From their small talk, I learned that none of them were licensed doctors.

An hour passed and I found myself shopping for supplies with the cafe’s 39-year-old cook. Right after shopping for coffee beans, she went straight to the pharmacy aisle and purchased two glutathione pills for less than P99. That’s P48.5 for one pill-cheaper than the standard over-the-counter cough syrup. With pills that cheap, it’s needless to say a doctor’s prescription wasn’t necessary.

But let’s change the scenario: let’s say they do want to take glutathione pills for the sake of their health rather than their skin. No harm in that. With all the vital health benefits of glutathione, there isn’t anything wrong with taking glutathione supplements, right?

Not so easy.
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walang #gandagluta: the myths of glutathione (part 1)

The growing awareness of morena beauty and a slight shift of beauty standards is more than enough to make a difference. We need more of it. Or better yet, have a growing belief that whatever skin tone we’re born with is the best and most beautiful trait we can ever have.

Ever since the era of Spanish and American colonization, the Filipino ideals of beauty have relied heavily on white skin. The pressure of achieving Caucasian looks have grown stronger and stronger until papaya soaps no longer sated the yearning, envious Filipino. That paved way for a new whitening revolution: glutathione supplements.

In the recent decades, these glutathione supplements have been sought after for skin whitening. The industry feeding off of colonized dreams turned into a large promise of instant white skin with over-the-counter pills and injections that seep into the bloodstream.

But the miracle drug heavily advertised for the skin isn’t supposed to be meant for the skin. That’s right: glutathione is not meant for any sort of skin whitening whatsoever.

What, then, is glutathione and what is it for?
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