Thursday, May 23, 2013

Bottle Brush or Weeping Willow Insect repellant and spray, deodorant and ointment

Dr Abe V Rotor

Direct crude extract (ground fresh leaves) repels mosquitoes and flies. It also serves as fresh deodorant in the bathroom and kitchen.  

Dilute with tap water at 1:4, filter with ordinary cloth, and spray (atomizer) on garden plants and in dark corners.

Bottle Brush or Weeping Willow (Salix sp)
Another preparation is by dissolving the fresh extract with ethyl alcohol 1:2 ratio, air dry, and add Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly to the powder residue. This also serves as ointment of minor wounds and skin problems.    

The mosquito repellant that is advertised is made of synthetic compounds and there are reports that it is carcinogenic, affecting not only the skin but internal organs as well, since poison can be absorbed by the skin and goes into the blood stream which circulates throughout the body.Researchers from the University of Santo Tomas found out that the volatile oil of the weeping willow, also known as bottle brush (named after the form and shape of the leaves) is an effective mosquito repellant. The oil is extracted by dissolving the ground dried leaves with ethyl alcohol as solvent.
Results of the experiment showed that the extract is effective in repelling house mosquitoes (Culex pipens) with the same efficacy as the advertised commercial product. The result also validates the old practice of using weeping willow to ward mosquitoes by simply rubbing crushed fresh leaves on the skin. (Clemente R, Landan RP Luquinario MI and P Padua, UST 2002)

Make your Environment Allergy-Free

Dr Abe V Rotor

A. Sick Building Syndrome (Things to be done)
  1. Install proper air-con and exhaust fans corresponding to the number people, and nature of work.
  2. Avoid blocking the air supply and return vents.
  3. Clean up water spills and damp places to get rid of molds.
  4. Store food properly, and empty the garbage daily.
  5. Observe if symptoms are experienced by co-workers, other occupants, visitors.
  6. Check equipment and supplies – they may be the source of irritating odor and fumes.
  7. Strictly no smoking allowed.
  8. Divide area into independent units – office, manufacturing, kitchen or storeroom.
B. Allergy-Free Travel

  1. Detect kind and source of pollen
  2. Learn the lingo to describe your allergies
  3. Ensure you are insured
  4. Get checked up before traveling. 
  5. Bring medicine with you; bring mask, too
  6. Clean the car of allergens.
  7. Check before you sign in for your lodging; stay in non-smoking quarters.
  8. Drive off-hours (less allergens).
  9. Pack own food, if you are sensitive to eating any kind.
  10. Be a happy camper; stay safe in the sun. 
  11. Stick to your routine/itenerary.
  12. Know the doctor or clinic in the area.
C. Allergy-Free Diet

  1. Avoid dehydration – harmful to people with allergies and asthma.
  2. Clear pantry of allergy-provoking items.

  • Milk and cheese
  • Omega-6 fatty acids, saturated fats, trans fats
  • Alcoholic drinks, caffeinated beverages
  • Meat and poultry
  • Honey, sugar
3. Stock up on these allergy-fighting Foods

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Magnesium-rich foods (spinach, cashew, beans)
  • Zinc-rich food (oysters, lentils, legumes, yoghurt)
  • Vegetable oil – olive, canola, virgin coconut oil
  • Ginger and turmeric
  • Spirulina, Chlorella, Porphyra

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

UST GS Paper Wasps on the Run!

Or was it the other way around?
Dr Abe V Rotor

This happened to me, rather what I did, when I was five or six - perhaps younger, because I don’t know why I attacked a colony of putakti or alimpipinig (Ilk). 

It's bravado when you put on courage on something without weighing the consequences, much less in knowing the reason behind.

I was sweeping the yard near a chico tree when I suddenly felt pain above my eye. No one had ever warned me of paper wasps, and I hadn’t been stung before. There hanging on a branch just above my head was a neat clump of paper-like nest the size of a fist. On the guard were a dozen or two of this kind of bees, which is a local version of the hornet bees in other countries. Bees belong Order Hymenoptera, the most advanced order of insects owing to their highly developed social behavior.

I retreated, instinctively got hold of a bikal bamboo and attacked the papery nest, but every time I got close to it I got stung. I don’t know how many times I attacked the enemy, each time with more fury, and more stings I received, until dad saw me. I struggled under his strong arms sobbing with anger and pain.

I was lucky. Kids my size wouldn't be able to take many stings. Fortunately I was not allergic to bee poison. There are cases when the poison paralyzes the heart.

I learned a valuable lesson: Don't allow anger to overcome reason, and don't do anything, how courageous you may think, if it is motivated by revenge. They call this bravado - not courage. ~

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Song for the Birds

In loving memory of  Rev Msgr Benjamin Advincula, Episcopal Vicar for the Clergy, Archdiocese of Capiz, and Parish Priest of  Santa Monica.  

Dr Abe V Rotor
Resource person, Diocesan Gathering of Priests, 2011

Song for the Birds in acrylic, AVR

Make me an artist to capture this ephemeral sight,
the colors of the rainbow fading in sunset;
    from where you came, to this little stream I imagine,
        this bastion of your kind from what it had been.

          Make me a teacher that I may understand your language,
                 your cheerful songs from your cries; that I may gauge
         the difference of knowledge from school and that of life,
        joy and sorrow, love and care, leisure and strife.

   Make me a man, the forgotten child many years ago,
           long lost searching for the truth, from what I know,
that I may be worthy of my role in passing review,
                 to come down from Mount Olympus to your rescue. ~

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

UST GS Rare insects found on Fuga Island

Dr Abe V Rotor
Two species of insects found on Fuga Island - stinkbug (Nezara), and locust (Locusta), reported in a study by Dr Ronel P dela Cruz, and published in his book Isla Fuga: Sacred Scapes 2013.  

Self-Administered Test Preparing for the Monsoon Season (True or False, 25 items)

Dr Abe V. Rotor 
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawidand with Ms. Melly Tenorio 
DZRB 738 AM Monday to Friday, 8 to 9 Evening Class

1. The rains we are experiencing this early are thunderstorms. 

2. Three things to do in preparation for the monsoon season: repair house, prepare garden, and participate in community work such as tree planting and cleaning waterways and drainage. 

3. The best time and most economical, with least care and attention to plant vegetables in the backyard and idle lots is during monsoon period. 

4. Actually you can propagate the following by cuttings: Malunggay, katuray, ipilipil, madre de cacao. 

5. During the monsoon season the most important crop is corn. 

6. During the monsoon period the ITCZ is usually up north of the Philippines; whereas during the amihan, the ITCZ moves southwards to Mindanao or lower. 

7. It is customary to walk, play, sing, in the first heavy rain of May, but you have to wet the navel first before attempting to do so - that is, according to old folks. 

8. Mushrooms immediately sprout after the first rain of May. 

9. Rain makes the swimming pool green because of acid rain. 

10. Gamu-gamu swarming anticipates the coming of the monsoon. 

11. Insects that usually swarm at night are winged termites, winged ants, and honeybees.

12. The worker and soldier termites suddenly become sexually mature, grow two pairs of wings, and out they come from their anthill from twilight and deep into the night.

13. Swarming of gamu-gamu is a sexual instinct called nuptial flight wherein males and females from the same colony mate and establish new colonies. 

14. Swarming of locust is ecological – that is, they coalesce into congregans, and the congregans further coalesce into the migratory phase.

15. The path of the monsoon winds is over the south western Pacific picking up moisture that builds into clouds and subsequently rain. 

16. June beetles may come out pf their subterranean hiding as early as April. 

17. It is the male cicada (kuliglig) that sings, attracting the female into its lair. 

18. Cicada usually lives for a year in the soil, but there are species that live for two, three, 5, to as long as 17 years, hence the latter is called 17-year old locust. 

19. Among the recommended plants to plant now are ubi, malunggay, singkamas, gabi

20. In summer you can raise vegetables using solely faucet water. 

21. Frogs, snails, hito and the like hibernate during summer. 

22. Then they come out of their hiding – cracks of the earth, carabao wallow, river basin, as the rains come, populating the flooded fields in a short time.

23. Weathering is a geological process leading to soil formation. 

24. Bare watershed absorbs rain greedily because it is thirsty so to speak, so why worry of not replanting it? 

25. Ubi tuber can grow up to one ton in weight from a single plant. 

Note: Answers to be posted in a week's time. 

The Power of Black & White Photograpghs

Dr Abe V Rotor
Black and white captures the true color of this dog. Tenten at home, QC
 Agoo La Union cathedral: architecture against cloudy sky
 B & W enhances sharpness
Microscopic study of plankton (30X magnification)
Takong, native sow, Agoo, La Union 
Epiphytic Drynaria fern on acacia
Rock promontory in Mandaon, Masbate
Sta Maria Beach, Ilocos Sur
Friendly eagle at Avilon Zoo, San Mateo, Rizal
Herons on the ricefield in Sudipen, La Union  
Old sampalok tree, San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur
Break time, UST, Manila 
Pine tree skeleton, Baguio City
Dying camphor tree, UST Manila
Old tree and its shadow 
UST Main building
UST Pharmacy Garden 
Walking stick, UP Museum of Natural History, Mt Makiling Laguna 
Sea urchins at play in Camindoroan, San Juan, La Union
A pair of water buffaloes (carabao) beating summer in Agoo, La Union

Kids at play in Calatagan, Batangas
Sugarcane mill chimney at night, Calatagan, Batangas
San Juan (LU) parish church 
Tagaytay Zoo visitors
A group of cicada attracted by a singing male, topmost (females are dumb), former ecosanctuary, SPUQC

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Song on a Bamboo Xylophone

Dr Abe V Rotor

                                    Vietnamese bamboo xylophone 

How can I compose a song on a bamboo xylophone?
I ask Beethoven for the sound of Nature,
The genius of Bach for organization,
Chopin's touch and Mozart's therapy,
And Schubert’s lament to linger on.

But I must first enter the Cuchi Tunnel,
And fly ever the delta and trace
The restless meandering Mekong River
Seeking homage to the sea and beyond;
Then visit the War Museum,
To be able to write a Vietnamese song. ~

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Vitamins add zest to love life

Dr Abe V Rotor

What we eat greatly affect our energy and behavior, thus people who eat proper food with the needed vitamins and minerals are more active, and they generally lead happier lives. They have lesser problems with health and sex. A healthy body has the energy and positive disposition to a zestful sex life. Let us examine what these vitamins are and what specific role they play in enhancing a healthy love life.
                                                                                                         Community Gardening in San Juan MM

Vitamin A. This vitamin helps in the production of sex hormones, and fights inflammation and infection of tissues. Acute deficiency may lead to atrophy of the testes and ovaries. Soft skin and healthy look may be attributed to a good supply of Vitamin A
which comes from carrot, broccoli and other crucifers, yellow fruits and green leafy vegetables.

Vitamin B Family. This vitamin complex may be derived from unpolished rice, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Milk principally gives riboflavin, a type of Vitamin B2. Its deficiency may lead to the development of arthritis.

Niacin or Vitamin B3, on the other hand, is derived from asparagus, mungo sprouts, lean meat and fish. This vitamin improves memory, and together with Vitamin A and minerals, gives the flush and glow in the person. Its deficiency may result in skin
eruptions and pellagra.

There is pyridoxine, which is vital to the functioning of our brain and nerves. Pyridoxine deficiency is manifested by a general feeling of weakness, neuritis, insomnia, irritability, and anemia. These lead to loss of sex appetite and failure of experiencing sex

Most of the Vitamin B rich foods contain pyridoxine and pantothenic acid. Pantothenic acid is classified as Vitamin B. It is needed in the production of body energy. Choline, which is allied to Vitamin B, enhances sexual arousal and performance. Choline is an ingredient of lecithin, a rejuvenator. Lecithin also contains inositol. Inositol, pantothenic acid, and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) constitute what is termed as “youth vitamin." Sources of this vitamin other than those mentioned are eggs, crucifers like cabbage, liver, legumes, whole grain nuts and seeds like sesame.These also provide another Vitamin B member, biotin, the lack of which could lead to depression.

Another form of Vitamin B is folic acid, the synthetic form of the B vitamin folate which helps eliminate homocysteine from the blood, an amino acid linked to arterial disease and heart attack. It is also essential in embryonic development and early growth. That is why folic acid is added to milk and foods as protection against birth and childhood defects. People who eat a lot of dark leafy vegetables, carrots, beans, asparagus, and whole grain, need not worry about folic acid deficiency.

Vitamin B6, which is derived from ginger and certain vegetables, brings relief to the so-called carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS, which is a painful and irritating condition developed by long hours at the keyboard. Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by swollen tendons that move the fingers. Other than this remedy, proper posture and work habits must be followed. Ginger as anti-inflammatory properties, aside from its value in toning the cardiovascular system and reducing platelet aggregation, thus helping in protecting heart attacks and strokes.

The most complex of all vitamins is Vitamin B12 or cobalamine. It is important in the synthesis of nucleic acid and myelin, the covering of nerves. Vitamin B12 was discovered in papait, derived from the chyme of ruminant animals. The chyme is heated and pasteurized (heated below boiling for a few minutes and filtered). It is then mixed with kilawen (medium rare meat of goat, or beef). This preparation is 

Luffa or patola is rich is vitamins

effective against tuberculosis and anemia. Vegetarians are at risk for its deficiency, especially among children, which may result in pernicious anemia characterized by symptoms of weakness, apathy, lightheadedness, shortness of breath, numbness of extremities, and loss of balance. Among older people acute Vitamin B12 deficiency may lead to loss of memory and disorientation.

Other food sources of this vitamin are fish and poultry, seaweeds like gamet (Porphyra), arusip (Caulerpa), and gulaman (Gracillaria).Chlorella, a green alga and Spirulina, a blue-green alga, contain high Vitamin 812. Lack of Vitamin 8 12 is manifested by fatigue, irritability, paleness, muscle jerking, and mild mental problems, all of which can greatly adverse sexual life.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Prolonged lack of this vitamin may lead to scurvy. Poor sex life is attributed to its deficiency. Its role is in the absorption of iron. Iron aids in oxygenation of the blood. A well-oxygenated blood is efficient in carrying oxygen, hormones and nutrients to the organs and tissues of the body. How do we know if
we lack this vitamin? It is manifested by the bleeding of gums, poor digestion, slow healing of wounds, frequent colds and infections, shortens of breath. Mango, avocado, citrus, tomato, guava, and strawberry are among the rich sources of Vitamin C. Doctors recommend a daily intake of 1000 milligrams although some people go as high as 2000 milligrams when exposed to toxins, infection and chronic illness. Taking Vitamin C is a practical way of preventing colds, and some people take it with two cloves (not heads) of raw garlic once they start feeling cold symptoms.

Vitamin D. Although there is no known direct effect on sex, the lack of this vitamin which is actually a hormone complex known as sterols, adversely affects calcium-phosphorus balance and metabolism. Bone deformity in children and osteoporosis are the chief manifestations of its deficiency. Regular outdoor exercise and sunlight exposure, and taking in of calcium-phosphorus rich foods protect us from deficiency disorders. Calcium supplement, mainly in milk, becomes a necessary part of the diet of older people.

Aside from slowing down the aging process, Vitamin E adds zest to sex life. It prevents the oxidation of fatty acids which are important in the production of sex hormones. It is found in most of the vitamin-rich foods, but some people may still need Vitamin E supplement often marked tocopherols [Greek: to bring childbirth) (Jensen).

Another vitamin is Vitamin F, which is needed by the thyroid, adrenal and prostate glands. It promotes calcium absorption, buffers cholesterol, helps keep our hair and skin look healthy. Most of the vitamin-rich foods provide us with adequate Vitamin F.

It is important to keep always in mind that good health is the key to sexual vitality. Although it is highly recommended that we eat a lot of vegetables and fruits, particularly those specifically mentioned in this book, it does not mean that the more we take them the more we are benefited by their nutrients and herbal values. First, it is wise to think of certain herbs of their specific significance and the kind of illness we may be treating. There are herbs that are actually dilute forms of natural drugs, and not foods and dietary supplements. Second is that anything taken in excess is bad. It is but proper to take these herbs with moderation, and better still, with proper consultation. And third, avoid smoking. Smoking reduces life span to as much as 20 per cent, not considering the predisposition to smoking-related illnesses, principally lung cancer and heart attack, which may cut short a good life even before reaching middle age. Drugs, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and menthol are known to deaden the nerves in the long run. Medical reports point to them as culprits to many kinds of potency problems both in men and women.

It is also important to consider that we have to maximize the vitamins present in the food we eat. We must remember that heat destroys vitamins and other nutrients, for which reason, vegetables must not be overcooked. It is also well to know that alcohol,
nicotine, drugs and coffee prevent the absorption of nutrients, principally vitamins and minerals. This may develop into a kind of malnutrition that may be taken' for granted. Thus, people who abuse themselves with these substances suffer poor health and
generally lead sedentary lives. It is also good to remember that even if we get the proper kind and amount of food, we must complement it with regular exercise and good rest, a positive disposition notwithstanding. And lastly, both physical and mental well-being are important to healthy sex. Many experts say that the greatest aphrodisiac is the human mmd.

"All mankind love a lover.”

Friday, May 10, 2013

10 Healthy Food Rules - be healthy and happy with the food you eat

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB AM Band, 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday
Ukoy na kalabasa, with egg and small shrimp.  
It is served in patties, or rolled like lumpia 
Bulanglang or diningding: young pod of bataomalungay pod, soup 
thickened with kamote or sweet potato, topped with sea weed (Gracillaria). 
Fresh seaweeds as salad: Gracillaria and Codium (pokpoklo)

Sweet potato paste (suman) 
Tamales, fish with onion, tomato black pepper, salt and ginger,
 wrapped with banana leaves - steamed. 
Sinkamas or yam with natural vinegar and salt.

Buko - direct from the young nut 

Health Food Rules

Rule 1 - There is no substitute to freshness. Perishable food must be prepared and served without delay: newly caught fish (better if alive), animals and fowls direct from the slaughter house (better if butchered or dressed at home), newly picked fruits and vegetables (fully mature when harvested).  

Rule 2 - The less processed your food is, the better.  Reduce if not avoid eating processed food (canned, preserves, dairy, etc), heavily spiced, overcooked, over decorated, culinary loaded - they are unhealthy,  They burden body physiology from digestion to circulation to excretion. Besides they are very expensive and unfriendly to the environment. 

Rule 3 - Food residues are harmful, if not  poisonous. Antibiotics residues in meat and poultry, eggs and dairy; sodium in salted products, instant noodles, sauce; chemical residues in fruits and vegetables from insecticide, herbicide, fungicide, nematocide; and hydrocarbon from fossil fuel and smoke emissions. The miracle insecticide against malaria  mosquito - DDT (Dichloro-diphenyl-tetrachloro-ethane) remains banned because it is not  degraded even as it passes from one organism to another in the food chain. Thus it accumulates in predators -  among them humans.  DDT poisoning builds even after years from ingestion. 

Rule 4 - Metal poisoning causes permanent impairment, or results to death.  Lead is the most common toxic metal around from, china wares to car batteries. It damages the central nervous system and internal organs.  Mercury poisoning is more severe. Cadmium is a recent introduction with cell phones and other electronic devices. Other than direct contamination, these metals are absorbed by plants and animals and find their way on the dining table. Kitchen wares made of aluminum, tin, nickel, antimony are being phased out.  

Rule 5 - Avoid particulates in food, water and air
. Car and factory emissions scatter particulates in the environment which we can only observe in the form of smog, sediments and dusts. Tar from cigarette and asphalt, asbestos from car brakes, unburnt carbon from tires, and old and faulty engines, metal particles in factories, silica from cereal mills.  

Rule 6 - Avoid synthetic food and additives, they are harmful, and affect mainly the nervous system and senses. 
 The Number One food additive to avoid is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) or Vetsin. It is the cause of Chinese Food Syndrome. A friend of mine died of vetsin overdose. It is also used in dognapping by simply throwing a piece of bread saturated with vetsin. Avoid sweeteners - NutraSweet, saccharin, aspartame and other concealed brand names. Another is Olestra - fatless fat.  The fat molecules are so large the villi cannot absorb them. So the unbroken fat simply leaks and causes discomfort - and quite often, embarrassment. Go natural, like brewed rather that decaffeinated coffee.

Rule 7 - Beware of the invisible poison: radiation.   The worst kind of radiation is from fallout following a nuclear explosion (Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 1945), and nuclear plant meltdown (Three-Mile Island in the US, Chernobyl in Russia in the seventies, and Fukoshima Japan following a massive tsunami in 2011).  Radioactive decay slowly takes hundreds of years, thus it can cause harm to the members of the food chain. (grass to cow to milk to baby, back to the same or similar cycle). Radiation from high voltage lines, transmission towers, electronic gadgets may get into the food we eat. So with hospital waste containing radioisotopes. The innocent looking microwave oven is now being phased out in many countries. 

Rule 8 - Beware of Frankenfood from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO). Frankenfood is named after the creator of the monster in Mary Shelley's novel – Frankenstein. Examples are Bacillus thuringiensis Corn (Bt Corn), GM potato, GM soybean, SavrFlavr tomato, and golden rice which contains the yellow pigment gene of daffodil. Pharmed food has built-in medicine or drug. An increasing number of food grown in the laboratory includes in vitro stem cell burger which is dubbed lab meat.  

Rule 9 - Drink natural instead of distilled water. Manufacturers call bottled water as mineral water because the process did not take away the naturally occurring minerals which are removed through distillation. But why buy mineral water when you can make your own at home with seeds of malunggay (Moringa oleifera), and through simple water treatment?

Rule 10 - Don't overeat, and eat the right food with the proper nutritional value.  Eat more fruits and vegetables and less of meat and meat products. It is best to grow or procure your food, cook at home and serve it yourself to your family. The family that eats together stays together happy and healthy. Food indeed is santa gracia. ~