El bálsamo de Fierabrás

aceite de oliva y salud

Nuestros olivares son auténticas factorías de producción de un elemento muy saludable: El aceite de oliva

Todo esto fuera bien escusado, respondió Don Quijote, si a mí se me acordara de hacer una redoma del bálsamo de Fierabrás, que con sólo una gota se ahorraran tiempo y medicinas. ¿Qué redoma y qué bálsamo es ese? dijo Sancho Panza. De un bálsamo, respondió Don Quijote, de quien tengo la receta en la memoria, con el cual no hay que tener temor a la muerte, ni hay que pensar morir de ferida alguna; y así, cuando yo lo haga y te lo dé, no tienes más que hacer, sino que cuando vieres que en alguna batalla me han partido por medio del cuerpo, como muchas veces suele acontecer, bonitamente la parte del cuerpo que hubiere caído en el suelo, y con mucha sutileza, antes que la sangre se hiele, la pondrás sobre la otra mitad que quedare en la silla, advirtiendo de encajallo igualmente y al justo. Luego me darás a beber solos dos tragos del bálsamo que he dicho, y verás me quedar más sano que una manzana.

Pues resulta que el bálsamo de Fierabrás que se nombra en “El Quijote” existe. Existe y lo tenemos en Jaén.

Hace tiempo que tenía en mente escribir un post sobre las propiedades saludables del aceite de oliva virgen y virgen extra, recopilando las numerosas noticias que a diario salen en la prensa. Yo sabía de las increíbles propiedades de éste producto, pero una vez más he quedado sorprendido por algunas aplicaciones que desconocía al documentarme para el post. Y es que el aceite de oliva sirve para todo, o como decimos aquí: “sirve pa tó”. Cual bálsamo de Fierabrás, el aceite es un remedio para gran número de enfermedades que aquejan a nuestra sociedad, un remedio milagroso. En éstos tiempos de química, productos milagro y “alimentos funcionales”, el aceite de oliva se postula como el mejor aliado para cuidar nuestra salud.

Además de ser un excelente producto culinario para nuestra mesa, es un producto muy saludable. Un producto con un espectacular valor de uso y que, modestamente, creo que no se valora suficientemente y se adultera con demasiada facilidad. Sin que las autoridades o las leyes, tan estrictas para otras cosas, hagan nada para evitarlo. Por ello os dejo un listado de sus propiedades con sus correspondientes enlaces a las fuentes, para que quien tenga la curiosidad pueda satisfacerla.

Ésta lista se irá completando con los nuevos descubrimientos que sobre sus propiedades salgan a la luz. A la vez agradecería que, si alguien conoce otros usos, me haga llegar el uso en cuestión junto con el enlace para seguir completando la lista, con el fin de hacerla lo más completa posible.

Así que: Dime que enfermedad padeces y seguramente que, con aceite de oliva de calidad, encontrarás un alivio, cuando no curación.

Salud y aceite de oliva.

  • El consumo de aceite de oliva virgen extra ralentiza el crecimiento de los tumores.
  • Castillo de Canena edita el trabajo ganador del I Premio de Investigación Oleícola Luis Vañó . El estudio recoge la influencia de los componentes minoritarios del aceite de oliva en la prevención del cáncer de mama.
  • El aceite de oliva reduce hasta un 66% el riesgo de padecer problemas circulatorios en las extremidades.
  • Se me ocurrió usar aceite de oliva para tratar úlceras por presión.
  • Aceite de oliva virgen extra y cuidado de la piel.
  • Las increíbles propiedades del aceite de oliva.
  • El aceite de  oliva virgen reduce el riesgo de problemas circulatorios..
  • La dieta mediterránea reduce un 30% el riesgo de infarto e ictus.
  • Aceite de oliva y fibromialgia.
  • La dieta mediterránea también previene la diabetes tipo 2, según los investigadores del estudio PREDIMED.
  • Aceite de oliva virgen extra contra el deterioro cognitivo en la vejez.
  • El aceite de oliva ayuda a cuidar la voz, según Selena Gómez.
  • Pies cansados y aceite de oliva.
  • El aceite de oliva ayuda a prevenir la pancreatitis.
  • Beneficios del aceite de oliva para el cabello.
  • Aceite de oliva, un remedio natural contra las infecciones bacterianas.
  • El aceite de oliva reduce el riesgo de depresión.
  • Beneficios del aceite de oliva en la salud visual.
  • El aceite de oliva virgen extra no engorda, adelgaza.
  • El aceite de oliva virgen potencia el colesterol bueno.
  • Aceite de oliva para las imperfecciones de la piel.
  • Descubra por qué el aceite de oliva protege el cerebro.
  • Enfermedades cardiovasculares y aceite de oliva.
  • El aceite de oliva virgen extra también sirve para prevenir enfermedades oculares.
  • El aceite de oliva virgen evita enfermedades.
  • La Hispalense investiga propiedades del aceite de oliva para prevenir enfermedades como el lupus eritematoso.
  • El aceite de oliva favorece el embarazo y ayuda a prevenir enfermedades.
  • El consumo habitual de aceite de oliva virgen extra retrasa la aparición de enfermedades degenerativas.

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Olive groves and fracking

Olive groves and fracking

Olive groves in the region of La Loma in danger if gas exploitations by fracking in the region succeed.

Versión en español

Our olive groves have one fright after another. Turns out that the major threat to olive groves is not the expansion of Chinese crops, the Moroccan production, the low prices or the Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

The major olive grove’s problem can already be seen in the horizon and it is much more serious than the ones above mentioned. This threat is the fracking – also called hydraulic fracturing-.  We better get use to this technique’s name and to the name of the company who pretends to launch it: Oil & Gas Capital, Ltd.

This technique is based on the extraction of natural gas by the drilling of a well, first vertically and then turns and continues horizontally. A mix of water and sand is pumped into the well at high pressure together with almost 400 different chemicals. These wells reach depths of around 2,000 and 3,000 meters but they could even reach 5,000 meters depth.

The slate breaks and allows the release of natural gas. According to a report of the European Parliament, among the substances which are injected we can find toxic, allergenic, mutagenic and carcinogenic substances—damaging substances that the United States companies have done their utmost for not having to declare them—.

More than one would be asking him or herself: so, how does this affect the olive groves? Well, I will explain myself:

The Oil & Gas Capital, Ltd. Company has applied and granted many permits prior to the exploitation of gas in the province of Jaén by means of this technique.

I will focus on the case of the Jurassic aquifer of Úbeda, a huge carbonated and highly fractured aquifer that meets all requirements for bearing the brunt of all the negative impacts this technique may cause.

The aquifer of Úbeda is a great example of this situation which may be extended to aquifers all around the province and that will affect the main production areas of the province —some of the most important municipalities like Úbeda, Baeza or Villacarrillo.

The area of Úbeda sits over a huge aquifer which covers about 20,000 square kilometers. This aquifer — where there are around 300 wells— irrigates 20.000 hectares of olive groves. There is also another small aquifer over it that recharges the aquifer of Úbeda and which is connected to it due to the huge amount of drilled wells.

The Oil & Gas Capital, Ltd. Company has applied for a range of permits in the province. Two of them—the Ulises 2, which is in force, and the Himicle 3, for which the company has applied— will have a negative effect on the aquifer in its south-western end.

If wells would be drilled in this area and it would be done by means of this fracking technique, the aquifer may be seriously harmed. A priori and depending on the flow directions of the aquifer it may become polluted:

  • The aquifer itself, that taking into account both confined and unconfined parts, it amounts up to 880 km2.
  • The Guadalimar river. Linked to the aquifer and a natural water discharge.
  • The Giribaile reservoir that collects water from Guadalimar river and that is in direct contact with the aquifer.
  • The Lower Guadalquivir, as the Guadalimar river is its main tributary.
  • The carbonated surface of the area of Beas de Segura —as according to many authors it may be connected to the aquifer.
  • The Miocene aquifer of Úbeda. On the exploration surface and connected through wells with the deeper carbonated aquifer.

Aquifer’s pollution

The pollution of the aquifer would be more likely due to its high permeability, the intense fracturing it is subjected to  and its great depth. The deepest well from which I have heard is 770 meters depth.

In addition, the last researches carried out through seismic, mechanical and vertical electric explorations have located a range of fault throws around 30 and 100 meters deep that affect the aquifer and its underlying unit which may reach the depth where fracking exploitation is expected to take place.

These faults may connect the highly polluted exploitation area to the aquifer and, at the same time, the aquifer itself connects to the Guadalimar river, the Miocene aquifer of Úbeda and even to the aquifer of the Natural Park.

Seismicity

Another harmful effect may be the increasement of the seismic activity in the area — area which is already highly damaged—. Nowadays there are 3 main regional mapped faults, apart from those of smaller size. These faults affect the deeper materials and, as a consequence of the lubrication originated by the fluid injection, the faults may reactivate.

In addition, seismicity may also increase due to these injections, the hydraulic fracking and the explosions­—apart from the sharp changes of water levels.

Current authors think that among earthquake possible triggering causes an important factor to take into consideration is the action of water—both in the aquifer and in its underlying and overlying units. This water may have caused new fractures or the faults reactivation.

Another effect that may increase the seismicity in the area would be the dissolution of a vast quantity of evaporites from the geological unit existing under the aquifer. This is due to the contribution of a huge amount of water for exploitation which may go through the fractures from the lower levels and that may cause collapses or diapir movements— which would intensify the number of earthquakes.

Difficulties

We will found therefore pollution spreading across a great part of the province due to both surface and ground water pollution.

We could hardly publicize our olive groves and olive oil as a great product if those have been watered with highly polluted waters. This polluted water in one of the main growing areas in the province will create negative publicizing.

Also the Natural Park of Cazorla, Segura and las Villas would be harmed if this pollution reaches it, as well as the slogan of the province “Jaén, paraíso interior”  (“Jaén, inner paradise”.)

If there is still someone supporting this technique I must say that not even the generation of employment is a valid the pretext since the average life expectancy of the wells is around 5 or 6 years and the companies exploiting them would presumably hire workers already trained in Texas or Oklahoma, for example. This situation will end up with an area useless for its original purposes.

By writing this blog, even if just a few people read it, I would like to encourage this sector to do some research on the topic and on this fast coming threat which some agrarian organizations, such as UPA (small-scale livestock owners and farmers’ association) or COAG (coordinator of livestock owners and farmer’s associations), have already reported. Moreover I also want to encourage the affected towns to follow the lead  of Torreperogil and declare themselves as “Fracking free towns”.

Repsol Investigaciones petrolíferas S.A. Company has ceased in the permit it had applied for due to the allegations made by the House of Alba for harming their interests. There must be a reason…

However, the local government of Úbeda, town which will have their ground water affected, has belittled declaring the town as “Fracking free” because of the votes against from the two largest parties.

I hope they will realize their own mistake and that our tree, which is the sacred tree of Athena, triumphs once more and that our politicians, even if it is by seeing the name Ulysses (Ulises) in the permits, they will not follow the siren’s songs. Our future relies on it.

I would like to express our gratitude to Mss. Ana Vacas Vegas, degree in Translation and Interpretation from the University of Granada, who helped us to translate this article into English.

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