From farm to table, whence does food grow?

First published in Tulay Fortnightly, Chinese-Filipino Digest 25, no. 3 (July 10-23, 2012): 16, 15. “U y, galing Baguio yan” or “Galing Zambales yan.” Vendors at the wet market will gladly impart such information, believing it means something to customers seeking quality. Yet, these phrases may mean nothing to many shoppers. Even as produce moves …

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ABCs of hepatitis

Hepatitis is a general term for inflammation of the liver, which can be caused by several viruses. At present, there are hepatitis A, B, C, D, E and G. There is no hepatitis F. Because the virus attacks the liver, all the symptoms are also related to the liver. As the largest internal organ in …

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Worms: aliens in human bodies

In the Philippines, there are three worms that cause the most health problems: roundworms (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworms (Trichuris trichiura) and hookworms (Necator americanus and Ancylostoma duodenale). These three have been a burden to humanity for centuries. They are called soil-transmitted helminthiasis and are found in the soil. Helminths. Helminths are really parasitic worms (like aliens) …

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