Saturday, March 31, 2018

HOMECOMING: Half a Century After (Article in Progress)

ROSARIANS HS 1967 (Rosary College is now St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur)
significant events of the world the last fifty years 

In our search of Utopia, we get lost on the way. Can we turn back?

In our postmodern living we are moving away from the natural world which guaranteed our success in evolution as a species. Then, rationality brought us out of the biblical Paradise in search of Utopia. We have been travelers searching for this ultimate destination.
Dr Abe V Rotor 
Utopia, and its antithesis dystopia, as imagined by children in these drawings. Utopia comes in different versions from Plato's Republic to Thomas Moore's semblance of socialist state. The continuing search of a perfect society may be the most primitive aspiration of mankind, more so in postmodern times despite breakthroughs in science and technology, and convenient access to social media, utopia remains elusive as ever. (Acknowledgement: Internet images)

In the process many of us entered into different worlds, willfully or by circumstance. Many found their dreams, others failed. Others succeeded but for a cost they paid so dearly. Others simply got lost on the way.

I can imagine the world of the lost - professionals and students, ordinary people notwithstanding. It is a world where
  • Thoughts refuse to close down, even only for respite.
  • Energy drains the whole being, even before starting to work.
  • Sleep never comes on time and is never enough.
  • Relationships are strained, if not alienated.
  • Family bond is breaking up.
  • Self worth and respect are falling to a point of depression, or suicide.
Civilized man is such a whirl, accumulating material things, that he neglects those most treasured possessions in life, such as love and affection, friendship, happiness, and good health.  
                                                                                                                      - M H Soglow, Relax Your Way to Health
A friend of mine sought for help. I couldn't recognize him at first. How he has changed!

Gone were his wit and humor, amiable nature, gait and stride, clean face and clothes. And yet he is very intelligent. He graduated with honors from high school and college.

What went wrong to a very intelligent guy? Isn't intelligence the primordial tool for survival and success?

It is generally the impression. And it is true.

But psychologists found out that the more intelligent a person is, the greater uphill climb he has to do in adjusting to stresses and strains of modern living. He seldom settles on mediocrity; he aims for excellence. Contentment to him is far and wide. Therefore his overactive brain never stops, it knows no limit, and has no vision of dead end. His brain is very sensitive to impressions, good and bad, ordinary people would simply dismiss.

He lives in parallel worlds: childhood, career, family, wealth, fame - all mixed up.

It is also high intelligence that leads the lost traveler back home. And my friend did, after obligingly heeding to the advice of his doctor - and friends.

The secret? Relaxation. It is a discipline, a regimen, to
  • switch off your thoughts to release stress before it builds up.
  • conserve energy, budget it well
  • sleep well to obtain full rest.
  • mend relationships, build friendship
  • bond closely with your family.
  • discover your potentials to enhance self worth and respect.
My friend has finally found his way back on the road to Utopia.

Utopia after all is a Happy Valley called Peace of Mind. 

NOTE: See your doctor if you are invariably suffering of these symptoms. Get closer to your family and friends. Above all, take things moderately. Drop your extra load, release your grip. Travel light on the road to Utopia. ~

Easter Blessing from "Apo Resurreccion"

Dr Abe V Rotor

We wish to ask in prayer the blessings of our Apo Resurreccion to all our blog members and viewers, radio listeners, and to all whose lives they touch in turn, and to the management of Google (Blog), and Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid.

Apo Resureccion has been with us in our ancestral home for four generations now. Life size to a typical Filipino, the icon is enclosed in a three-side glass cabinet. I took these photos after grooming the Apo in time for the Easter celebration in 2014. The Apo was groomed again in time with the current Lenten Season.   

Nothing has changed in the Apo except his linen and some signs of getting old, so to speak. The icon is made of one-piece wood carved faithfully from head to foot. No one can tell in my generation and that of my dad who the model was.  No explanation can be offered on how the holy icon transformed beyond the limits of any mortal model. 

San Vicente is traditionally famous for furniture and wooden saints. It is the Paete of the north, as often compared; it is a local seat of Renaissance art. The town takes pride with a distinction of producing professionals,  leading farmers, artisans, and leaders, notwithstanding,  in practically all fields of human endeavor.  The ratio per one thousand population is one of the highest in the country, and in fact, in the world. ~  

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Reflection by the Fountain

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog

The Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas, Manila,

on its quadri-centennial celebration (1611-2011)

It's a clear day, any ordinary day,
it's a Monday or a Friday;
it's time for writing, reading,

memorizing or just dreaming.

It's a place to be under the sun,
to catch the breeze before it's gone;
it's a birthplace of heroes, martyrs,
a place of laughter and tears.

It's time of the young in their hour,
like fruit and seed in their flower;
the old are done with their prime,
the essence of life and time.

And I, I see again 
myself here
as I had seen year after year,
on this mirror that turns pain
into a great, glorious fountain. ~

Building sandcastles, building dreams

"Build sandcastles, while in tender years;
        grownups who did, live up in good cheers." avr
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog

 Building Sandcastles on Morong Beach, Bataan
Build sandcastles, they bring back the past,
when you were young and never ceased to ask;

Build sandcastles, they make dreams come true,
on a flying magic carpet’s view;

Build sandcastles and copy the cloud,
faces of creatures behind the shroud;

Build sandcastles and meet the Martians,
the Aztecs, the cowboys and Indians.

Build sandcastles, poet Milton long aimed:
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained;

Build sandcastles along the river,
playground of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer;

Build sandcastles, and meet Peter Pan,
Casper, Nemo, in the world of fun;

Build sandcastles and hunt for treasure
at the Pyramids, the Aegean shore;

Build sandcastles for pleasure and pain
in Great Expectations by Mark Twain;

Build sandcastles, indestructible to doom,
big enough for victims in their dome.

Build sandcastles for today's modern toy,
with skills to invent, not to destroy.

Build sandcastles as tall as the Eiffel,
'til the sun sets and the winds chill;

Build sandcastles, while in tender years;
grownups who did, live up in good cheers;

Build sandcastles and reach out to sea,
to the unknown and risk to be free;

Build sandcastles, fairy tale or true,
for life is but a passing review. ~

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Humor and wit take away cares and worries

Dr Abe V Rotor 
Living with Nature School on Blog 

Light moments, Amadeo, Cavite, author and graduate students of UST

1. A judge in sentencing a criminal recently said, "I am giving you the maximum punishment - I am letting you go free to worry about taxes, inflation, and everything else, just like the rest of us."

2. In prehistoric times, cavemen had a custom of beating the ground with clubs and uttering spine-chilling cries. Anthropologists call this a form of primitive self-expression. When modern men go through the same ritual, they call it golf.

3. Not so long three lunatics escaped from a large asylum. Search officers combed the surrounding countryside for twenty-four hours, and they finally brought in five.

4. When the Creator gave out brains, I thought he said trains - and I missed mine! When He gave out good looks, I thought he said books - and I didn't want any! And when He said noses, I thought he said roses - and I ordered a big red one.

5. A young woman boarded a crowded bus. A tired little man got up and gave her his seat. There was a moment of silence. "I beg your pardon?" said the tired man. "I didn't say anything," replied the young woman. "I'm sorry," said the man. "I thought you said 'Thank you.'"

6. A grade-school student was having trouble with punctuation. "Never mind, sonny," said the visiting school board president, consolingly. "It's foolish to bother about commas; they don't amount too much, anyway." "Elizabeth Ann," said the teacher, "please write this sentence on the board: "The president of the board says the teacher is misinformed." "Now," she continued, "put a comma after the board and another after teacher."

7. An American engineer returned recently from a mission to the Soviet Union. The Russians, he reported, were fascinated by the Americans' use of the expression OK. " But what is this Okie-Dokie? one Russian asked him. Before he could answer, another Russian interrupted with, "Don't be a dope. It's the feminine of OK.

8. It often happens that I wake at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope. (Pope John Paul XXIII)

9. Here's a story about smart kids. "I wonder why people say Amen and not Awomen?" Bobby questioned. His little friend replied, "Because they sing hymns and not hers, silly."

10. Here's a story for the political candidate for the coming election. Voter: "Why, I wouldn't vote for you if you were Saint Peter himself." Candidate: 'if I were Saint Peter, you couldn't vote for me - you wouldn't be in my district."

11. Motorist: "Your honor, I was not drunk.  I was only drinking." 
      Judge: "Well, in that case I an not going to send you to jail for one month - only for 30 days." 

12. A fellow in a lunatic asylum sat fishing over a flower bed.  A visiting doctor, wishing to be friendly asked.
"How many have you caught?"
Answered the not-so-dumb fisherman, "You are the ninth."

13. The many faces of Peace
Peace is often mispronounced and a butt of jokes: fish, feast, piss, fish be with you, phase 1- phase 2, piece of paper, may you rest in peace (good sleep). – (Fr. Jerry Orbos, June 11, 2006)

14. Count
What comes after five? Six, po. 7? Eight, po. Who taught you how to count? My father, po.  What comes next after ten? Jack, po. (Fr. Jerry Orbos, June 11, 2006)

15. Just to show you
A wife was frying eggs for her husband’s breakfast. Suddenly her husband burst into the kitchen, “Careful…
CAREFUL! Put in some more butter! Oh my GOD! You’re cooking too many at once. TOO MANY! Turn them! TURN THEM NOW! We need more butter. Oh my GOD! WHERE are we going to get MORE BUTTER? They’re going to STICK! Careful… CAREFUL! I said be CAREFUK! You NEVER listen to me when you’re cooking! Never! Don’t forget to salt them. Use the salt. USE THE SALT! THE SALT!”

The wife stared at him. “What the hell is wrong with you? You think I don’t know how to fry eggs?”

The husband calmly replied, “I wanted to show you how it feels like to have you sitting next to me when I’m driving.

Acknowledgment: Jokes, Quotes and One-Liners for Public Speakers by Prochnow H V and HV Prochnow Jr; Speaker's Encyclopedia of Humor by Jacob Braude, Prentice-Hall

Who are the Privileged?

Dr Abe V Rotor

Do you still have time for leisure? Details of mural by AVR

The privileged today, according to Ivan Illich, a social thinker, are not those who consume most but those who can escape the negative byproducts of industrialization - people who can commute outside the rush hour, be born or die at home, cure themselves when ill, breathe fresh air and build their own dwellings.

The underprivileged are those who are forced to seek satisfaction through having instead of doing to consume with the "packaged goods and services designed and prescribed by professionals."

... people must arm themselves with the self-confidence and the means to run their own lives as far as possible, especially as big institutions like schooling, medical care and transport today are creating more problems than they solve.

Acknowledgment: Ecology for Beginners, Croall S and W Rankin, Pantheon Books

Father and Son and a Carabao

 Father and Son and a Carabao
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog

A pair of Philippine buffalo (carabao) beating down summer heat on a stream in Agoo, La Union.

Once upon a time there lived a father and son who had a carabao. One day they decided to sell the carabao, so they set off to the town market. 

As they were passing by a group of men idly conversing, someone said “Ay, ang tanga naman yon mag-ama. Naghihirap pa sila, pwede maman silang sumakay sa kalabaw.” (How stupid these two are – they would rather walk than ride on the water buffalo.) On hearing this, both father and son jumped onto the back of the carabao and continued their journey.

No sooner did they pass another group of people walking down the road. On seeing both father and son atop the carabao, one commented, “Kawawa naman ang kalabaw.” (Take pity on the poor beast.) On hearing this, the son alighted leaving his father riding while he walked along. They continued on.

Not far away they passed by a shop where a group of young men were playing wooden pool, a local version of billiards. “Ay, hindi lang maawa sa bata yong matanda, pinaglalakad pa.” (Referring to the father riding, while the son was walking.) On hearing this, the two exchanged places, this time the son rode while the father walked along.

As they got nearer to their destination, they passed another group idly drinking tuba, young coconut wine. One had taken one sip too many, and with a characteristic slur commented, “Kawawa naman yon matanda, walang hiyang anak.” (Take pity on the old man walking, shame to his son.”

On hearing this, father and son scratched their heads, bewildered. “Ano kaya ang gagawin natin?” (What shall we do?)

What option is left for them to do? If you were in their shoes, what would you do? Carry the carabao?

Note: So father and son took the carabao back home. Lesson?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Nicholas Rosal: "Beyond the Crossroad of Philosophy and Theology*

Nicholas Rosal: "Beyond the Crossroad of Philosophy and Theology*  
Philosophy takes us to the highest plane of reason, whereas theology takes us to that of faith. Can a philosopher be a theologian, and vice versa? Can a learned person embrace both, their similarities and differences?
*Nicholas L Rosal: San Vicente IIocos Sur to the World Series
By Dr Abe V Rotor
 Living with Nature School on Blog
Two books written by Dr Nicholas L Rosal. "Understanding an Exotic Language: Ilokano" is the counterpart of "Balarilla in Pilipino," a scholarly guide to technical Ilokano."Handbook of Miracles is a valuable guide on how to understand what true miracles are and how they relate to the ultimate purpose of our existence -- eternal life in heaven." (Msgr. Armando Perini, the author's former pastor, Edison, N.J.)

Two most important words in the house of learning are philosophy and theology, in either sequence. The science of man and the science of God.

Philosophy takes us to the highest plane of reason, whereas theology takes us to that of faith.

Can a philosopher be a theologian, and vice versa? Can a learned person embrace both, their similarities and differences?

When Albert Einstein, the greatest mind in modern times, was asked, “What more can you not understand, Mr. Einstein?” 

The man behind the splitting of the atom, and adjudged Man of the Twentieth Century, answered in all humility, “I understand just a little about the atom; all things else, only God can understand.” It is manifestation of deep faith in Higher Principle, above that of science. .

On the other side of the coin, so to speak, when Pope Francis was bombarded with questions on ethico-morals confronting our postmodern world, he answered calmly and hushed the audience, “Who am I to be your judge.” And he led the faithful to a prayerful meditation. It is deep philosophy, humbling everyone with the biblical lesson, “He who has no sin throws the first stone.”    

And Mahatma Gandhi, Man of the Millennium  brought not only man to his knees, but a whole proud nation that was once the biggest empire on earth – “The sun never sets on English soil,” through asceticism and non-violence – terms that cannot explain the force that liberated India from centuries of human bondage, undoubtedly the power of the of the Human Spirit.

To this day, no one can truly explain how one man – simple, frail, devoid of the tools of war  – succeeded in leading India to independence, and preserving democracy in this subcontinent with more than a billion in population. Similarly, how Nelson Mandela liberated his country South Africa from British colonial rule. Lately too, the great achievement and sacrifice behind the canonization of  Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and  John Paul II.   

Milton's query: If Paradise was lost because of man's disobedience, was it regained in his absence?  

Our subject, a philosopher and theologian, Dr Nicholas Llanes  Rosal, must have reflected on the lives of these great men, the epitome of human values, the models the world looked up to, that produced equally great men and women, including our own, Dr Jose Rizal, and Jose P Burgos.  He certainly found inspiration from the life and works of one of the most learned Doctors of the Church – San Vicente de Ferrer, patron saint of his hometown. 

Dr Rosal was a St. Thomas Aquinas scholar, having finished a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and a doctoral degree in Sacred Theology (STD, Magna cum Laude) from the University of Santo Tomas.

If there is more to add to his rich educational background it is a Master’s degree in Journalism from the Merill School of Journalism in the US, where at the same time became a university professor. Dr Rosal taught Christology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, moral theology at St John’s University, and contemporary moral problems at Loyola University in Chicago. He is the only Filipino preacher for the National Propagation of Faith under Bishop Fulton Sheen, and on many occasions he conducted recollections for priests, which we call spiritual retreat.  
As a child I looked up to Uncle Charito, as I called him then, I will always remember one summer vacation when his family played quartet classical music in violin and piano, and I was there imagining of Vienna in its glorious days.           

How time flies…   

Years passed.  On knowing that he was residing in New Jersey, I dropped at his place on my way back from Canada to the Philippines via the US. That was in July 1976, exactly 33 years since I saw him last in our hometown.

A span of thirty-three years is significant in the Christian world – it was the age of Christ when he died. So with great men like Alexander the Great, Amadeus Mozart, Chopin, Mendelssohn,  Schubert, while others found themselves at a crossroad of life.  I belong to the latter.

I have been a disciple of the Three Wise Men, Magi or sages in their time, powerful and wealthy as kings, for which they are often referred as The Three Kings, and to whose honor we celebrate their feast day on January 6, and until lately, every first Sunday of January.

In one of my readings I came across the life of the great explorer and missionary Dr Albert Schweitzer.  When Albert was young he asked his parents and teachers whatever happened to the three kings, after seeing the Baby Jesus, and presenting Him precious gifts. 

Where were they during the years of His mission, when He was persecuted and condemned to die. What did they contribute to Christianity?  Well, to humanity?  The young Schweitzer was greatly bothered that he took upon himself the challenge to become a missionary. First he studied medicine and became a doctor, and humanities specializing in organ music. Thereafter he set foot on the largely unexplored interior of the Black Continent which is Africa. Another great man who followed his footsteps was Dr David Livingstone. He too, became one of the world's greatest explorers and missionaries.  

There is a story related to the Three Wise Men - The Fourth Wise Man. It is a story about a man who lost his way to join the caravan of the three wise men mentioned in the bible. He never found the infant Jesus, neither the child Jesus, nor Jesus in his mission.

He had been helping people all along the way, living in a colony of lepers, healing them, helping them rise over ignorance and poverty. For 33 long years.

He lost all hope of finding Jesus. He became a very sick man. There was no news from the three wise men, who were said to have seen and given gifts to the Holy Child. He learned that his father had died, so he released his servant to be a free man.

A more detailed story goes like this. 

“Artaban is a young Magus (Wise Man) who desires to follow the star to the birthplace of the coming King, against the counsel of his friends and family. Carrying three precious jewels to give to the baby Messiah, Artaban and his reluctant servant Orontes set off to join the caravan of the three other wise men. They miss the caravan, but Artaban continues the search for his King, always one step behind. Artaban spends much of his remaining wealth and all of his energy helping the poor and unfortunate people he meets, until at the end of his life he finally finds Jesus--at His trial! Has Artaban wasted his life in a foolish quest? Will he ever get the chance to present his gifts to the King? “ 
Written by Yortsnave The Other Wise Man
The path beaten by Artaban leads to a philosophy of life - love for the least of our fellowmen.  It is a way least trodden, lighted by a spirit that glows in the heart.  It is this human spirit that elevates man to the highest level of philosophy and theology, beyond the crossroad of uncertainty. It leads to man's fulfillment in his long search for meaning. Mother Teresa, Maximillan Kolbe, Lincoln, Rizal, Gandhi, Mandela at al all took this road. So with many others around the world unknown, unsung, perhaps with only God the only witness to their deeds. ~ 
Nicholas L Rosal – linguist, author of Understanding an Exotic Language: Ilokano, a dissertation that traces the roots and origin of an ethnic heritage distinctly Ilokano yet wholesomely Filipino, borrowing the words of Francisco Cruces, Archbishop of

Dr. Nicholas L. Rosal taught Christology at St. Francis College in Brooklyn and moral theology at the former Brooklyn campus of St. John’s University. As an adjunct, he taught contemporary moral problems at Loyola University in Chicago while working toward his master’s degree at the Medill School of Journalism. A preacher for the National Propagation of Faith under Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, he gave retreats to nuns and recollection to priests.

Dr Rosal earned (magna cum laude) his STD and PhL degrees at the Pontifical Seminary of the University of Santo Tomas. In addition to writing numerous articles about religious, educational, and government issues, he has published pamphlets on comparative religion and written books, including The Jerusalem Journal (2009), a continuous life story of Jesus (Claretian Publishing House, Manila), Learning an Exotic Language: Ilokano (1980), a linguistic analysis of one of the major Philippine native languages (Paragon Press, Manila) and The Unjust Position of the Church in the Philippine Constitution (1960), study of the state relations in the predominantly Catholic country in Asia (University of Santo Tomas Press, Manila).

He has translated from English into Ilokano the Catechism of the Catholic Church (822 pp), now being reviewed by the Archbishop of Nueva Segovia (Vigan).

Before going to the United States, he taught Religion, Latin, and music at the Archdiocesan Minor Seminary in Vigan, worked in parishes, and held briefly the position of chancellor of the Nueva Segovia Archdiocese. After receiving permission to leave the ministry, he went to work for Bell Labs in Murray Hill, N.J., and the Perth Amboy Board of Education, N.J., as education advocate and, later, as principal of the Adult High School.

Dr. Rosal was born in San Vicente, Ilocos Sur to devout parents (Alfonso, a lawyer, and Matilde, a school teacher). He has two brothers (Elias and Antonio), and a sister (Natividad). He has three sons (Anthony Nicholas, Patrick, and Mark) from his marriage to Mimi (deceased) and a step daughter (Christine) by his marriage to Thelma.

NOTE: Antonio Vivaldi great composer and violinist known best for his "Four Seasons" was a former priest. A book by Richard Bennet, Far from Rome, Near to God: Testimonies of 50 Converted Roman Catholic Priests, 1997 cited the following ex-priests of outstanding accomplishments in their later careers: Henry Gregory Adams, Joseph Tremblay, Bartholomew F. Brewer, Hugh Farrell, Alexander Carson, Charles Berry and Bob Bush. And among them walks Charito trying in his own way to live up to his name. ~

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Abercio  V. Rotor, Ph.D. 
Award-winning author of "The Living with Nature Handbook" (Gintong Aklat Award 2003) and "Living with Nature in Our Times" (National Book Award 2008); Radio program: columnist BANNAWAG (Okeyka Apong); recipient Father Jose P Burgos Achievement Award (2016); professor, University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle University-D; former Director, National Food Authority; and Consultant on food and agriculture, Senate of the Philippines.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Vitamins that add zest to sex life

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.  George Sand, 1862
Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature - School on Blog

Lesson: A healthy and fulfilling sex life can be enhanced by vitamins that are naturally occurring in many foods. Here is a guide in knowing what these foods are so that they can be given importance in our diets.

Papait from the chyme of ruminant animals is added to kilawin (medium rare) or made into soup is extremely healthful and rich in aphrodisiac properties. Soup Number 5, anyone?

Ukoy made of kalabasa (squash), shrimp, egg, and flour as binder, is among the recommended recipes.
Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are. – Anthelme Brillat Savarin, 1825
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.
“If we use sex unwisely, we may develop emotional and psychological problems, disease or, what can be worse, we can become addicted to it in such a way that all other aspects of our lives – work, exercise, rest, recreation, creativity, relationships, family life – become distorted and out of balance.” Dr. Bernard Jensen
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, lettuce, 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 orgasm.

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, panthothenic 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 grains, nuts and seeds like sesame. These also provide another Vitamin B member, biotin, the lack of which could lead to depression.
Alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine are mood-altering drugs that interfere with normal sexual functioning with long tern use. Unbalanced diet, stress and constipation have similar negative effect.
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 point for a few minutes and filtered.) It is then mixed with kilawin (medium rare meat of goat, ot beef). This preparation is 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 B 12.

Lack of Vitamin B12 is manifested by fatigue, irritability, paleness, muscle jerking, and mild mental problems, all of which can greatly adverse sexual life.
Anger and jealousy produce nerve acids that upset blood chemistry, leading to a dull sex life.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Prolonged lack of this vitamin may lead to scurvy. Poor sex 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 is carrying oxygen, hormones and nutrients to the organs and tissues of the body. How do we know is we lack this vitamin? It is manifested by the bleeding of gums, poor digestion, slow healing of wounds, frequent colds and infections, shortness 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.

Raw (kilawin) or cooked in tamales, many kinds small fish - freshwater and marine - have aphrodisiac properties.

Good health is the key to sexual vitality

It is important to keep always in mind that good health is the key to sexual vitality
Dr Abe V Rotor
Fresh eggs, whole wheat bread, brewed coffee (not decaffeinated) for breakfast - add a fruit or two, orange, pineapple or mango - make a wholesome breakfast. 

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). Among the top Vitamin E rich foods are sweet potato (kamote), spinach or amaranth, squash and coconut oil. 

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. (Essential fatty acids (EFA's) are sometimes referred to as Vitamin F. It refers to omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-6 essential fatty acid is found in raw nuts, seeds, legumes, while omega-3 essential fatty acid is found in fish.)

Is it not strange that desire should so many years outlive performance? – William Shakespeare. 1532
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, 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 in to 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 is important to healthy sex. Many experts say that the greatest aphrodisiac is the human mind. ~
Sources of Vitramin E
“All mankind love a lover” - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays

Sunday, March 11, 2018

40 Ways to Spend Summer - A Checklist

Dr Abe V Rotor

Details of mural paintings by the author

Beating summer heat, San Juan, Ilocos Sur

Summer is here. Generally, it is a season synonymous to vacation. To others a time of reflection, extra work, make-up for lost time, an opportunity. It is coming home; it is reunion. It is respite for body and soul. Make this summer a fruitful and memorable one.

Summer in 40 ways. Check those that apply to you.

1. Putting on cool clothes, comfortable field shoes, accessories against sun.

2. Enrolling in summer classes, back or advance subjects.

3. Having a digital camera and taking photos and arranging them in an album, or in the computer.

4. Not wasting the season watching TV and playing with the computer every day.

5. Getting into some classes in craft, art, sports, dance, driving, and the like.

6. Going on vacation to the province, pay respects to old folks. It is reunion with family and relatives, and friends - and having new acquaintances.

7. Going abroad, staying with relatives and friends there, seeing places, meeting people. To be in other countries expand our consciousness about different cultures, and discovering how beautiful our country is. It can make one really feel homesick.

8. Homecoming with former classmates. It is attending to a friend's wedding, or seeing one before leaving to live in another place, welcoming new neighbors and members of your organization.

9. Working on your body at a local gym, play badminton, volleyball, pingpong, other sports.

10. A walk in the park, on the beach, walk with nature – nature trail.

11. Learning to market, to cook and prepare the table – specially for girls.

12. Renting a beach house for the whole family and building a campfire.

13. Having an inflatable swimming pool on the garden, for kids - and adults, too.

14. Planting tree seedlings at the onset of rain, and preparing the home garden as well.

15. Putting up a lemonade stand and going into business. Selling halo-halo, gulaman, buko juice,

16. Relaxing at the beach watching the ocean – meditating and recharging energy.

17. Creative writing – poetry, short story, essay, feature.

18. Writing in your journal – The Story of my Life19. Giving more chance for the body to recovery faster from ailment and infirmity.

20. Seeing the family doctor, scheduling a thorough checkup – and getting a clean bill of health.

21. Making a family video of an occasion, better still a documentary. It is organizing family photos, report cards, birthday cards, artwork, concert programs and other keepsakes from the past year into a scrapbook.

22. Remembering the departed, offering candles and prayers in their memory; above all a whisper or act of gratitude for all the goodness they did for us.

23. Bonding with pets, making them happy and healthy - and teaching your dog new tricks.

24. Learning a new language. The best way is to go to a place where the language you wish to learn is the only language.

25. Improving your English - speaking and writing. And reviving the art of handwriting.

26. Learning to play a musical instrument. Music enhances the mind in many ways. Studies have shown that children who study music at an early age do better in school than those who don’t. Aside from that, it is also just plain fun.

27. Learning to sew, making and mending clothes. Older and more skilled children can even make their own clothes for the coming school year.

28. Taking a special computer class - but make it fun. Learn to type properly, use a spreadsheet or database, design websites, make presentations, etc. Most jobs these days involve computer use, so knowing as much as you can about computers might help you get a higher salary.

29. Sorting through your stuff . Go through your clothes and things and prune out those you no longer want or need. You could donate the things you no longer need or hold a garage or yard sale and make some money to put into your college or retirement savings.

30. Getting a summer job, “earning to learn,” specially for working students.

31. Indexing your books, other references, documents with the computer or the conventional way.

32. Cleaning out your computer. If there are programs you don’t use, uninstall them. If there are files that you no longer need, delete them. Keeping your hard drive from getting too full will extend its life.

33. Mall Walking - Walking in an indoor, air-conditioned mall is a great way to get exercise away from the heat and smog, and you can also save on sunscreen. You can even window-shop during your walks, but if you think you might get too tempted, leave your money and credit card at home.

34. Learning to swim. Swimming is another low-impact exercise (safer than running) which increases endurance, muscle and cardiovascular strength. Try to swim in an indoor pool whenever possible or wait until early evening to avoid sunburn.

35. Joining prayer rallies, healthy religious activities, bible studies.

36. Making sweet, jams, jellies, for hobby and money. Summer is fruit season.

37. Joining community projects like Clean and Green, supporting environmental campaign such as beach cleaning, prevention of brush fire.

38. Reviving traditional games like kite flying, sipa, spinning top, yoyo – make, don’t buy.

39. Repair, repair, repair. Name it and it needs repair (toys, house, figurine, kitchen wares, china, garden tools, books, etc)

40. Fiestas, celebrations, festivities. It is also a time of retreat and reflection.

From these responses, it is good to keep always in mind this guide.

  • Be frugal and simple,
  • Be productive,
  • Have fun, and
  • Share with others.
NOTE: This is an open ended list. Please share your experiences and add them to the list. ~