The Atheist Doctor

A Filipino doctor blogging about atheism, secular issues, and healthcare

  • Juan Pilosopo Podcast banner Juan Pilosopo Podcast For April 2014: Reproductive Health and Reproductive Health Law

    Last April 8, Tuesday, the advocates of the Reproductive Health Law or Republic Act 10354 scored a huge victory when the Supreme Court declared the law as constitutional, although they may have lost some of the provisions in the law, as it was struck down partially or in full as ...

  • image The First PATAS Free Medical Clinic at Barangay Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal and PATAS Third Anniversary Celebration

    Last February 15, 2014, Saturday, the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society celebrated its third anniversary by having the first of its series of free medical clinics at Barangay Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal. There were almost 400 patients seen by doctors who participated in the clinic. Medications were partly donations from pharmaceutical ...

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    The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, Inc. (PATAS, Inc.) will be having its first free medical clinic at Barangay Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal on the 15th of February, 2014 as celebration of its third anniversary. The barangay is home to approximately 10,000-15,000 residents: 6,000 voting residents and approximately 4,000 children and ...

  • Why Should We End Hereditary Religion?

    January 20, 2014 is the 3rd Annual International Day of Protest Against Hereditary Religion.  It's a movement that was started to advocate children's quest for achieving personal autonomy without parents indoctrinating them into a particular religion or religious belief.  Diverse groups have joined in the discussions and protest in the live 24-hour ...

  • 9330d8cc-e0d5-4af1-95d4-6fc6271e8996_pope_crop Should The Pope Be Called Time Magazine’s “Person Of The Year”?

    I am not quite sure about Time Magazine's criteria for choosing who will be awarded "Person of the Year", but I have this nagging thought that perhaps Pope Francis may have won the award for reasons that may seem just right, but actually, if you think about it, quite disturbing. ...

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Last April 8, Tuesday, the advocates of the Reproductive Health Law or Republic Act 10354 scored a huge victory when the Supreme Court declared the law as constitutional, although they may have lost some of the provisions in the law, as it was struck down partially or in full as unconstitutional. I have been writing about RH and have been an advocate for it since 2007.  But lately I wasn’t able to write much, though I do try to participate in some other ways to help in moving the advocacy forward.  One way is through our organization’s podcast. In this  [ Read More ]

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Last February 15, 2014, Saturday, the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society celebrated its third anniversary by having the first of its series of free medical clinics at Barangay Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal. There were almost 400 patients seen by doctors who participated in the clinic. Medications were partly donations from pharmaceutical companies like Cathay Drugs, OEP, SVMore, and Sandoz and the rest where bought with donations from many different individuals who support the project. Volunteers who manned the clinic came from PATAS, the barangay, and other interested non-member individuals. The free medical clinic is the primary humanistic activity of the Philippine  [ Read More ]

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The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, Inc. (PATAS, Inc.) will be having its first free medical clinic at Barangay Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal on the 15th of February, 2014 as celebration of its third anniversary. The barangay is home to approximately 10,000-15,000 residents: 6,000 voting residents and approximately 4,000 children and 3,000 women. These figures are just approximation of the Barangay Captain Ronnil Hernandez. There is a rural health unit near the barangay. However, according to Barangay Captain Ronnil Hernandez, there is always a shortage of stocks of medications and that they’re mostly in need of cough and cold medications, multivitamins,  [ Read More ]

January 20, 2014 is the 3rd Annual International Day of Protest Against Hereditary Religion.  It’s a movement that was started to advocate children’s quest for achieving personal autonomy without parents indoctrinating them into a particular religion or religious belief.  Diverse groups have joined in the discussions and protest in the live 24-hour online event that can be found in Youtube, which are not only composed of atheist groups, but secular humanists and freethinking groups. The Philippines is a country where almost every child is taught at an early age to embrace the religious beliefs of his parents and elders.  It is common  [ Read More ]

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I am not quite sure about Time Magazine’s criteria for choosing who will be awarded “Person of the Year”, but I have this nagging thought that perhaps Pope Francis may have won the award for reasons that may seem just right, but actually, if you think about it, quite disturbing.  Perhaps he won because of his increasing popularity? Although I would like to think that, considering my bias as an atheist, I merely overlook his successes as a new pope who is seen trying to break away from the traditionalist era of Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI.  But even Time  [ Read More ]

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Last November 23, 2013, the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, Inc. (PATAS, Inc.) visited the evacuees arriving at the Villamor Airbase.  The place is where the planes from Tacloban, Leyte bring the evacuees.  Upon arrival, the evacuees are given food and drinks and if needed urgent medical attention, they are brought to the doctors and nurses who have set up tents on one part of the airbase.  This operation is called “Oplan Salubong“, led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).  If the typhoon survivors have relatives in Metro Manila or in the nearby provinces, they are brought  [ Read More ]

It’s been a long time since I have updated this blog.  To be honest, I felt that, for a time, I have run out of things to say about atheism, in general.  Like any other atheists out there who have frequented forums on debate about religion, god, and beliefs, one can reach a point of saturation.  It did feel sometimes that everything about atheism has been discussed, through and through. But here comes this incident involving a militant atheist and a pastor that I felt I needed to share and speak about.  I feel that this is a wakeup call  [ Read More ]

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Recently, two university students, Abishek Phadnis and Chris Moos, found themselves being forced to leave a school event at London School of Economics (LSE) for wearing T-shirts depicting Jesus and Mohammed in a satirical cartoon.  Both students belong to the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist student society at LSE. Initially, they were asked to “cover up” their garments while they are attending the university’s Fresher’s fair, an event welcoming new students.  Both agreed to do so.  The next day, they came back wearing the T-shirts with the “offensive parts” covered with tape.  They were, then, approached by leaders of the Student Union (LSESU),  [ Read More ]

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Just recently learned of that Dediva woman who made some rude remarks about Megan Young winning the Miss World Title.  Something about Filipinos and toilet cleaning. An example of how some Filipinos reacted to this remark: Click on the play button to hear my reaction

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Click on the play button below to hear my reaction on the news article from The Guardian, “Irish schoolchildren to learn about atheism”.

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*Originally posted in December 2, 2007.  Just reminded me I’ve been into the RH advocacy for a long time.  It is sad to see that it’s taking so much time to pass a much needed law. (Author’s Note: This is actually a very delayed reaction to Jester’s post, “Apparently Religiosity is Not Compatible with Sentience nor Sanity” last November 18. However, since it was World AIDS Day last December 1, I think it’s timely enough that I bring back the topic, though the “news” itself isn’t news anymore. But the topic is still very relevant. Very. And I’ve to say  [ Read More ]

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*Originally posted July 5, 2007 Lately I’ve been featuring articles written by my fellow doctors regarding the current healthcare status of our country.  And yes, we’ve received both positive and negative comments about the views presented by these doctors.  But that’s the purpose of the whole thing, right?  So that a whole lot of people be aware of what’s happening and to initiate discussion about it, in the hope that something could be done to stop the deterioration and to rebuild. And since I want to have a balance of views here, today I’m featuring an article, written by Lalon  [ Read More ]

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*Originally posted January 10, 2007 Here is another set of funny (sometimes) anecdotes from my medical practice: 1) At the HMO clinic, a 40-year old female came in with complaint of joint pains. Blood examination revealed elevated serum uric acid. I prescribed Allopurinol and a pain reliever and advised her on what kind of food to avoid. Then she told me, “Can I just go on fasting so I can purge my body of the uric acid?” Arrrrrggggghhhh!!! Obviously she hadn’t been listening to what I just told her. It’s so damn ridiculous that people would rather fast than modify  [ Read More ]

*Originally posted September 24, 2007 For me, this post seemed to write itself in my mind. I can almost hear the words as I go through the motions of saving a 5-month old baby with pneumonia who choked on her milk and was already cyanotic. At intubation, milk gurgled out of the endotracheal tube. Also, we, at the ER, suspected that she’s already septic at that time and was already exhibiting signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation. She was bleeding from multiple sites (and even at venipuncture sites). Eventually, we had to do CPR as her cardio-pulmonary system continued to deteriorate.  [ Read More ]

*Originally posted April 23, 2007 During a family gathering, my niece asked me if it would be advisable for her to pursue a medical career after college (which meant she has to attend medical school right after she finished college). She’s starting freshman year at DLSU on a course of Early Education. I think it was a good sign that, even at this early stage, she was considering career possibilities and not limiting herself to simply finishing college and getting a diploma. She seemed intent on making the best career choice, with conscious assessment of her strengths and weaknesses and  [ Read More ]

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