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A Spanish doctor who speaks of a healthy diet
27 February 2016

      I have just found an interesting video, about Health, that I should like to show you. If you want to watch this video, please click on the link below:

http://www.antena3.com/programas/espejo-publico/objetivo-bienestar/doctor-escribano-llevar-buena-dieta-ayuda-vivir-mas-mejor_2016012100187.html

Susana Griso (Presenter of the program “Espejo Público”, Antena3 tv): “Well, let's talk about health, as every Thursday, you know we have here “Objetivo bienestar” ("Well-being"), and, today, we focus on our diet. Eating well is not only necessary to maintain a healthy weight, but also helps us to have an iron health and be more long-lived. "Eat well, live longer and better," is the motto of Dr. Escribano, is the motto and also the title of his book. Are we what we eat, Doctor?, good morning”

Dr. Escribano: “It was told……, good morning, good morning, good morning .... by Hippocrates, more than two thousand years ago ..... and still in force”.

Susanna Griso: “Up to what point affects our mood what we eat?”

Dr. Escribano: “It affects everything, because few people know the fact that a person, in its life, eats 60,000 kilos of food, and 100,000 litres of water; 100,000 litres of water come in and go out; but 60,000 remain and how these 60,000 are....-- first 60 are chosen ..., not 84; and second, that if they choose well, it depends health, it depends longevity, it depends on mood, depend thousand things, far more than previously you thought, even ten years ago, and of course 20 or 30 ago”

Cristina Fernández (journalist): “With what food the stress is corrected, these days, with the current political situation, when everybody is so stressed, above all them?; What politicians must eat, these days, with so much stress?........... Foods that give you stress and others that removed you”

Dr. Escribano: “Yes .. well ... one thing that gives a lot of stress is to eat a lot ..., eat lots is complicated ..., eating little is very interesting, and, after little, well .... What is well?, well is to eat for example the four jewels, I put.., five jewels, that I always put in food ....... I think that should have a section of jewelry, in supermarkets, and there should be: fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil and water. Well, this is added some fish, some meat, no more than five eggs a week, no less than three, and some forceful carbohydrates (pasta, rice, etc.) and you make a combination”

 Cristina Fernández: “No sweet”

Dr. Escribano: “No”

Susanna Griso: “And what must we not eat?, we have stayed with the "crown jewels"”.

Dr. Escribano: “But, you have not to drink alcohol .....; alcohol is an assault on the body, I have said many times  --and moreover I have published it-- , if alcohol did not exist on this planet, the world would be better ...., alcohol only create disadvantages , inside and outside. And sweets are a real problem, because a Spanish, a century and a half ago, took d three kilos of sugar a year, now it takes 70 ...., 70; this creates a problem, that animals do not have, which is the diabetes, type two”

Another journalist: “Not even a little glass of wine?”

Dr. Escribano: “I do not like it....., I, personally ....,”

Susanna Griso: “And chocolate?, I go for sweet…, Chocolate?”

Dr. Escribano: “Chocolate is a nut ...; chocolate is cocoa and cocoa is a nut, Right? ... How much chocolate?, man, then 2 cm per day, not half a metre .......; but, what happens is that chocolate is very addictive and ...............”

Albert Castillón (Partner of the program “Espejo Público”): “Mr. Lee, who has some of the best Chinese restaurants, in the end, those who live 115 years are not here, are in Japan, Huh?”

Dr. Escribano: “And here…….., here, here we fight with Japan, in terms of longevity, because we have a diet somewhat similar, as for fish, which is a very interesting element;  Japanese eat less than we do, in quantity, and that is fine, and then they have some very rough life parameters --in relation to family, in relation to environment .....”

Susanna Griso: “We, Spanish women, are very long-lived, something we are doing well .....Huh?, something we are doing well ......”

Dr. Escribano: “Eighties ....”

Susanna Griso: “They laugh at me, because I am always with the same old story ........ Are there foods that promote sleep, that prevent insomnia, Doctor?”

Dr. Esccribano: “Yes..”

Susanna Griso: “I know it, I know it…What do you want to tell you?”

Dr. Escribano: “The first those with Tryptophan, because they generate Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that induces us to sleep, which are: nuts, Omega3, blue fish (mackerel), all that has Tryptophan, banana, dairies (milk) come in handy. But, the first to have sleep, sleep, sleep is having, Huh ?... that is very important ..; there are people who nap and, finally, do not go in ...; you can not go for sleep, you miss it, you have to let it come .... if you let it come and, especially, if you calm down yourself, in stress, it usually comes too well”

Susanna Griso: “Dr., you have spoken of milk; but you know that milk has "bad press" ....; suddenly, there are many people, who say that we should not drink cow's milk ... What do you think about?”

Dr. Escribano: “It has .., it has bad press .... We spend eight thousand years drinking cow's milk”

Albert Castillón: “Yes, but we are the only one mammal, that drinks milk from another mammal, which is not his”

Dr. Escribano: “I smile, because they make me that question ten times, each week”

Susanna Griso: “Answer”

Dr. Escribano: “We do not take milk, as mammals, we do not take breast milk, we drink milk, like an animal product…. milk as sirloin ... for us ... it is an animal product and eight thousand years ago, we started to drink milk .., we mutated and produce lactase ....-- ... not all human ..., in Spain, 30 percent do not; in Sweden, practically everyone tolerate lactose; in central Africa, almost none, because it is an evolution ..., this is very simple”

Another journalist: “Doctor, alcohol, tobacco and obesity .... 10 percent of the international GDP (Gross Domestic Product) and what they spend, in the State coffers, for those diseases……”

Dr. Escribano: “Well, that is incredible”

Another journalist: “Is there a miraculous formula, after excluding these items?”

Dr. Escribano: “The miraculous formula is to be clever, when living and care; and to take care of yourself means get rid of things, that hurt us, and introduce things that are well for us -- in the book, I have introduced seventeen things, that I consider to be the team that you have to get, to defend tackles, with studs, which life gives you, once in a while, Right?”

Susanna Griso: “That are a few…”

Dr. Escribano: “That are a few…..So, if you have the fit team, well. There are things you have never invite them: tobacco, alcohol, obesity, and there are things you have to enter, such as personality --which there I describe it ... of course if you have personality, do not influence anything. ..True?”.

Susanna Griso: “Well .... those seventeen recommendations, to strengthen the football team, that we all have inside, are there .... "Eat well, live longer and better". Doctor .... a pleasure”

Dr. Escribano: “Thank you very much”

Note: While they were talking about, you could read, on the image: Bring a good diet helps you live longer and better.

      Well, I hope that you have enjoyed this video.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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Another spanish saying and proverb 66
23 February 2016

      Today, I would like to show you a very popular Spanish saying: "Al pan, pan, y al vino, vino" = "Bread is bread and wine, wine".

      This expression is used, as it is done, by Delibes, in "Five hours with Mario", in praise of speaking bluntly and calling everything by its name. This, indeed, is more admirable considering that "most of the speakers, quite frankly, half shut".

      Well, I hope that you have liked this saying.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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A young Spanish doctor influences in Europe
22 February 2016

      I have just found a news, that has attracted my attention: “A Spanish doctor has been chosen as one of the thirty young, under 30, more influential in Europe”, according to the “Forbes” magazine.

     This young Spanish doctor (29 years old) is the leader in the category of Science and Health. His name is César Velasco Muñoz and deputy Medical Director of the Clinical Universitary Hospital of Zaragoza (North eastern Spain).

César Velasco Muñoz

         César has been interviewed on the radio and explained how he knew of his nomination. He said he was called, by Forbes, several months ago, in order to update his Curriculum vitae, to know if it corresponded with what they expected; but he did not expect to be one of the 30 chosen  --and less that he should be chosen the first in the list. He says he stayed speechless--.

      Cesar looks this nomination humbly; but he does not it to remain in a mere mention, but it represents the efforts of a whole generation of young people, who are struggling to get a place in the professional world.

      Cesar is specialized, in Preventive Medicine and Public Health, and it is unusual, for this type of Awards, to remember his specialty. He says that, in Spain, there are very good professionals, in this specialty; but also his specialty is not sufficiently recognized.

      Preventive Medicine and Public Health is a very broad field, is a multidisciplinary field that combines several facets of Medicine and Health: from epidemiology, vaccines, prevention of diseases that are transmitted and nontransmissibles  --as the obesity--; it also has a component of Health Administration  --and what he is doing, in Administration and Management of Health, which is something to which he is working as now, to expand knowledge, in his career, and that is what he is doing in the Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza. And it also has a component of health research. All these branches are united in the Specialty, that Cesar chose, because it was the most one that he liked, going from Madrid to Barcelona.

      Indeed, César made the Specialty in Barcelona, he has worked at the European Centre for Disease Control; also he went to Sierra Leone, to learn more about the Ebola virus. It has also been designated Expert of the World Health Organization on this disease. He was also investigating  in Mozambique. He notes, as very advantageous to his career, the fact of having learned language. He also adds he won Scholarships, at the Universities of Harvard and Boston

      Cesar says that it has been a big challenge, to have accepted this post, in the Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza. But, even though it is a personal challenge, he wants to emphasize that it is a challenge for many young people, like him, who want to show their responsibility and enthusiasm, to face projects that can advance society.

      Cesar belongs to the Spanish Society of Vaccinology and, right now, along with Dr. Maria Jose Alvarez Pasquín, is leading the web: vacunas.org, which is a website that has a very long history, and they are catching it up and, at the same time, they are making a major project in Social Networks and other scientific projects.

      Cesar also said that, in the Clinical Hospital of Zaragoza, they are developing a "sanitary product for women", very interesting; but they need funding, in order to formalize the patent.

      Cesar insists that this award, which has received, can serve to raise awareness, in the sense that they see that young people –Cesar is only 29 years old-- have ideas and willingness to work; but they need funding, to carry out their projects.

      Well, I hope that you have liked to know about this young but great Spanish Doctor, César Velasco Muñoz. Do not forget him.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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A secret of pastry making in Spain
20 February 2016

      I want to show you a curious video about pastry making: on an original dessert called "Merle" --invented in a family business (“La flor y nata” = “The crème de la crème”),from Astorga (León),north western Spain--. If you want to watch this video, please click on the link below:

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/aqui-la-tierra/aqui-tierra-secreto-merles/3482146/

Juan Pablo Carpintero (Reporter): ”Life gives you surprises, Astorga pastry making gives you surprises.... What are you doing now?”

Jose Manuel Ruiz (Pastry cook): ”I am preparing the puff pastry, to line the molds 0f The Merles”

Juan Pablo: “Only you sell them…”

Jose Manuel: “Only I make them”

Juan Pablo: “Since when?”

Jose Manuel: “But…..from 35, that my grandfather took the sweet shop ...., I think that it was done”

Juan Pablo: “Well, for the puff pastry: flour, water ....”

Jose Manuel: “vegetable margarine…….. and affection”

Juan Pablo: “And affection ... come on, nothing, give it affection there ...., let us go to the rolling mill”

…………..music……………

Juan Pablo: “I see that you do not leave it very thin, you leave it rather thick”

Jose Manuel: “Well ... to its measure, because if it is very thin, then they do not fit”

Juan Pablo: “The molds are metallic, made to measure”

Jose Manuel: “Dough…. Flour, over it…….and to give it.........”

Juan Pablo: “The secret is not in the mass, but in what is inside”

Jose Manuel: “In the filling, in the filling…, yes sir…”

……………music……………………..

Jose Manuel: “Juan Pablo, take this one to the walk-in freezer and let it settle”

Juan Pablo: “Come on”

……………..music…………………………………………

Juan Pablo: “For the filling, Jose, the ingredients, that I am seeing here, are: eggs, margarine and sugar, and you are going to tell us how it is done ...”

Jose Manuel: “Well, this is going to be no, I am not going to tell you the secret”

Juan Pablo: “You have a secret….!”

Jose Manuel: “Of course…, the secret is how it is done….. Yes, but you can not look ......, no no no ....”

Juan Pablo: “But, let me a little bit…”

Another cook: “You out, this can not be seen, it is a secret”

Juan Pablo: “Here, I am seeing a notebook from 1935”

Jose Manuel: “This is a book of my grandfather, who pointed what was manufactured, when there were important celebrations”

Juan Pablo: “They lacked cakes and bones .... Always lacked ...?, I mean that there was good ..... eh?”

Jose Manuel: “Well, it looks that it was sold well ... and that ... pay attention to shortage, that there was ....”

Juan Pablo: “Now you let me see ..., eh?”

Jose Manuel: “Now, it is already prepared”

Juan Pablo: “Well, Is it already?”

Jose Manuel: “Yes. We are going to fill…….Come on”

………………music………………………..

Juan Pablo: “That is like pouring, right?”

Jose Manuel: “This you need a lot of skill, in order that it does not leak out of the cup .....”

….music………..

Juan Pablo: “twenty-two minutes at 250 degrees”

………music………………….

Jose Manuel: “We have them .... twenty-two minutes .... and cooked .....”

Juan Pablo: “Uau…how it smells…..”

Jose Manuel: “That must be left to cool, because you can not touch it, of course, and the filling should come out. Tighten, on its edges, and, if not, you have to warm up the tin a little bit, because if it does not go out.....”

Juan Pablo: “Look, look…..it is going out….”

Jose Manuel: “This one..., do not believe that……it has work…”

Juan Pablo: “Where do you have the machine, that mechanically extract it out?”

Jose Manuel: “I have there someone, who is the machine, that extracts it out”

…………..music…………………..

Juan Pablo: “Well, what I am going to do is to taste it now”

Jose Manuel: “To taste more ...?, If you have not stopped, since you have come ....”

Juan Pablo: “What are you saying…..?. Scientific research, journalistic investigation”

Jose Manuel: “I see, I see, you have eaten too much”

Juan Pablo: “Man, my God .... Nothing, gentlemen, you know: with eggs, flour, butter you can made endless combinations and, from one of them, goes out "The Merle from Astorga"….Thank you, Jose Manuel"

Jose Manuel: “You are welcome. To you”

      Well, I hope that you have liked this video.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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Storks in Spain
15 February 2016

        The last Saturday, I could listen, on the radio, talk about storks in Spain.

      When I was a child, I always heard that babies came from Paris and that a stork --and I believed it, but I did not understand it--. Now, I know that storks migrate, in winter, from Central Europe to Africa, and that the legend says that, once, a couple of storks went to Paris, instead of going to Africa. Then --according to the legend-- these storks made nest on the roof of a house, in which lived a couple, who, soon after, had a baby. Throughout the city, people thought these storks had brought the baby.

      Storks are often generally on top of church steeples, on the outskirts of cities. In Spain, we can traverse the "Route of storks".

      Right in the centre of Madrid, the Centre for Outreach and Conservation “Avifauna”  is next to the Parque del Oeste.

      Continuing our route, to the north, we stop in Patones de Arriba, 60 kilometres from Madrid. There, we can visit the church of San José, which today is a centre of tourism and cultural initiatives, but retains its intact architecture. It is a charming place, where storks use to nest.

The church of San José

      We head towards Berrueco (Torredelcampo), at the M-131, where we find its spectacular castle, in the hills and slopes of different proportions. It is said that the storks, that flyed over this castle, announced the death of Pedro Giron, who could not marry who later became Queen Elizabeth the Catholic.

The Castle of El Berrueco

      Our route passes through Alcala de Henares  --to the Northeast of Madrid--. We have to stop, because some of the most distinguished citizens, of this city, are the storks. Their nests adorn the monuments and elegant presence is so important, that their settle, in historical buildings, has become an excellent tourist itinerary to know the city.

         The meadow of the Henares River, where Alcalá de Henares is located, has crops, in which our storks can find food; therefore, it is a key point of our itinerary.

      We continue our itinerary of storks to Ciudad Real, where Almagro is a must stop. Its square is currently closed by a glazing Central European style, that makes it unique in Spain. Formerly, these galleries served as forums, for public events, such as the famous bullfights, which were banned by Carlos III. In the square, we can also find the Comedy Corral, declared Monument, in 1955.

      Almagro is very close to TheTablas de Daimiel and its National Park. There we will see storks, partridges, bargains, canasteras and many more birds. This National Park is in an exceptional state, both internally and in its surroundings. Coinciding with the autumn migration route, in the months of August, water levels of the river Guadiana and river Cigüela are going down, causing that many birds come to the park to feed on the banks. Thus, we can see storks, avocetras and sandpipers, between other species.

      And, finally, we arrive to Cadiz, specifically to Barbate, situated in the south of the province. The location of this city is privileged, from the point of view of nature. It has excellent beaches of fine sand and also the Natural Park of the Cliff and Piny of Barbate, where pine trees grow, a protected variety, and there are also storks, that seek nests protected from the rocky wall.

Storks close to Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer, near Barbate

      We conclude our trip in Tarifa (Cádiz), town located just 40 km from Africa. There, volunteers from the Ornithological Collective “Black Stork”, in collaboration with the Department of Environment of the City Hall of Algeciras, have launched a regional campaign placement of nesting boxes for small birds, in the suburban “Park Torrejón”. These nest boxes favour nesting, in forested areas, and are used by the storks to make their homes, in a natural environment. Now, you have to relax in one of the best beaches in Spain.

Getares beach, Algeciras, Cadiz

Los Lances beach, Tarifa, Cadiz,Costa de la Luz, South west of Spain

      Well, I hope that you have enjoyed with this story.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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The oldest dam in Europe is in Spain
05 February 2016

      I would like you watching a video, about the reservoir of "Tibi" (the oldest in Europe and probably worldwide). If you want to watch it, please click below:

http://viajestic.atresmedia.com/espana/visitamos-pantano-funcionamiento-mas-antiguo-europa_2016012600340.html

Joaquín Hernandez (A journalist of Antena 3 tv): “We are in Tibi, a small village, in the province of Alicante. We came up here to show you a structure, that will surprise you safe; measures 44 metres high and 40 metres wide, at its bottom. This is the reservoir, active, oldest in Europe”

……….music…………………………..

Joaquin Hernandez: “Joaquín. When this damwas built?”

Joaquín Melgarejo (Director of the Water Institute at UA = Alicante University): “This dam was built around 1680. Its construction lasts 20 years”.

Joaquín Hernández: “It is still in operation, which is the most curious thing, right?”

Note: Now, you can read:  FOR ABOUT 300 YEARS IT WAS THE HIGHEST DAM IN THE WORLD

Joaquín Melgarejo: “Yes, it continues to operate, without interruption, as I am commenting you, from the late sixteenth century to date”

Joaquin Hernández: “It is documented that it is the dam, in operation, oldest in Europe; but in the world?”

Joaquin Melgarejo: “We have been trying to date this and we do not know any other dam, from this time --There are some later, but, from this time, we do not know anyone, at least what we know—“

Note: While Joaquin Melgarejo was talking, you could read: THE KING PHILIP II ENGINEERS SUPERVISED THE WORK OF THE DAM

Joaquin Hernández: “So that is possibly that, apart from Europe, it is from the world, in operation, which is the key”

Joaquin Melgarejo: “Most likely, that it has been, in operation, continuously, that is the question, right?”

………………..music………………………..

Note: You can read: DAM STONES WERE SCULPTED BY HAND

Joaquin Hernández:  “Joaquin, we are already on the top of this dam and, here, you see how width it is”

Joaquin Melgarejo: “If, indeed, we are on the crest of the dam of Tibi and it is a extraordinary dam, by settings in blocks and continue in business, right? "

Joaquin Melgarejo: “This is a spillway, when major flooding occurs, in the Monnegre river, in order that it should not affect directly the dam; you could alleviate, directly, through these floodgates, which are seen here, the floodgates were raised and let the water flow, towards the natural riverbed. This water is used for irrigation, mainly; now, it has, approximately, about 4 or 5 cubic hectometres of water accumulated”

While Joaquín Melgarejo was talking, you could read: THE RESERVOIR OF TIBI IS CURRENTLY USED FOR IRRIGATION

Joaquin Hernández: “Joaquin, What is the key to this reservoir is still standing, after so many centuries?”

Joaquin Melgarejo: “This dam remains, after more than 400 years, thanks to being built with bow, and this enables the force of water pressure go to extremes, to the mountain itself; this has been what we have done, an old lady, over 400 years in active”

      Well, I hope that you have liked this video and want to visit that place. If you do that, please tell me it.

      Until my next post, kind regards,

Luis.

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