Category: health

Prana introduced to mainstream US media

I was surprised to see an article in the health magazine of US News. People all over the world know that US is the bastion of junk food, fast food and more recently non-food (GMO). As US has the best marketeers in the world, they have exported most of these food brands to the urban population in developing nations successfully. A group of young college students in a city such as Bangalore will likely decide on Pizza hut or McDonald instead of a local Idly Sambar place. Individuals from the same group when alone may make a different choice though. This is because at home they have understood from childhood that it is best to avoid stable food. Yet, modern marketing messages create can overpower common sense wisdom when an individual is among peers. The author of the article in US New, introduces the idea of high Prana food by using the example of the growing popularity of stores promoting

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Mutant Milk and Ayurveda

Neurologists had found a link between a compound called BCM7 and mental health issues such as autism and schizophrenia. This compound has also been linked to type-1 diabetes and certain types of heart conditions. Patients with these conditions were earlier recommended to stay away from Milk. Scientists have now found certain milk proteins to be susceptible for breaking down into BCM7 during pasteurization. Growing interest among scientists to study the connection between food we eat and the upswing of of illnesses have brought attention to genetic differences among breeds of cattle. Mutated cow gene is now held responsible for a change in the originally healthy milk protein, A2 Beta Casein. Argument in favour of A2 milk for autistic children has come from certain scientific studies. Australia and New Zealand are countries where A2 milk is a widely available alternative to its consumers. A big part of this maybe the public pressure from the 2007 bestseller “The Devil in the Milk” written by

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Animal Feeds and Antibiotic Resistance

Center for Disease Control (CDC) this week issued an Antibiotic Resistance Threat.  According to CDC, antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that is looming large. Health leaders all around the world are concerned of the “nightmare bacteria” which are developing resistance to low cost antibiotics. Health care providers in the US report that 2 million people are infected each year with such bacteria and a percent of these die. The CDC report point a finger at the cattle and livestock industry as a culprit harboring these nightmare bacteria. Livestock industry may be consuming as much as 80 % of the antibiotics that are sold in the US, half of which may be unnecessary ( CDC recommends phasing out the use of antibiotics for promoting tissue growth in live stock. Food industry’s use of antibiotics today is not just for the purpose of treating sick animals but to make animals larger and to harvest more meat from them. Meat industry in

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The estrogen dependent alpha male

Scientists always continue to explore the secrets of nature and human behavior. But it is interesting to see how society picks up interim conclusions and converts them into “the whole truth” with the help of its Marketing and Media machinery. Everyone has heard that the male hormone testosterone is what makes a man. This entrenched idea is driving the sales of testosterone gels supporting a two billion dollar pharma segment. But new studies are suggesting that Estrogen, the female hormone is the likely contributor in the development of male brain circuitry associated with territorial behavior. An even more recent research reported in NYT shows that a man’s waistline will expand when the levels of estrogen circulating in his blood drops. While testosterone is needed for muscle tone, lesser amount of it is believed to be needed to maintain body strength than the amount needed to keep fat off the waistline. This is because the body produces Estrogen from testosterone and

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A Politician’s 4 step Lets-Loot Scam!

Pic Credit Recent audits of the records from the previous administration of the state of Andhra Pradesh is establishing clearly the modus operandi of the nexus between politicians in India and their business interests. The signature aspect of such projects seem to be “no technical evaluation, no clearance requested from other Governmental agencies, no feasibility studies, and doling out advance money“. The four step to a successful scam is now understood to be Start a business Change hands – Once you achieve some success, hand the business over to relatives Action time! – Get directly into politics.  Make money from your political might for your business interest.  The Jalayagnam projects (read article in firstpost) , attributed to the calculated initiative of a single politician, YSR, drained more than US$10 billion from tax payer money instead of bringing water to the masses. Most of the MPs/MLAs linked to the Jalayagnam projects were once contractors, founders and promoters of their respective infrastructure companies. All

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Churches morphing into Temples?

Malaysia is a Muslim majority country. The catholic church in this country had earlier claimed the name Allah in its Church newspapers. The Government has now appealed Church’s earlier legal victory. Calculated steps to make it easy for conversions, as elaborated by the author Iain Buchanan in his book, tend to create fear in the majority community. Wall Street Journal article mentions a poster bearing the words “Save Allah”! Church morphing into Hindu Temples in South India Contrast this with the Hindu majority country, India. Any religion is free to use the Hindu name for the Supreme divinity. The Church has been using the term “Veda”, referring to the ancient knowledge books cognized by Rishis  to refer to the Bible for many decades. Indian society’s tolerance to new thoughts and ideas are founded on the Hindu belief that enlightened masters will continue to spread spirituality in the future just as many have done in the past. Forms of worship are merely an anchor to the

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Indian Villages to US households in a Century!

There were half a million small scale oil extraction facilities in India, almost one per village in the early 1900. Simple machines driven by animal power met the needs of the entire population. Housewives, then, relished the freshly pressed mustard, coconut, peanuts and sesame oils. During the British rule the number of units had fallen to 140,000 and then increased to 300,000 during Mahatma Gandhi’s Swadesh movement. Today India is the second largest importer of cooking oil. Indian housewives are marketed sophisticated, refined and heart healthy oils such as Canola oil while smart consumers in the US are moving away from it.  According to Cory McArthur, Vice-President, Canola Council of Canada “ India can benefit from the availability of heart-healthy canola oil. When used in the place of saturated fat, canola oil can reduce the risk of heart disease”. Canola has quickly claimed the title of the “wonder oil” – low in saturated fats, rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is made from

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Food Security in a Kleptocracy?

Today’s Wall Street Journal article on Philippines says that tens of thousands of protesters turned out there for an anti-corruption rally after the country’s Commission on Audit found that $140 million had been questionably diverted. The story may be worse in India. An estimated 90 lakh, crore Rupees (1800 billion US$) of corruption money has been stashed away in foreign banks in the recent years according to RTI (Right To Information) reports filed by Indian activists. Food aid is an easy breeding ground for corruption. It can still be robbed at gunpoint by governments, criminals, and warlords alike, and sold for a profit. Corrupt officials pocket 80% of the subsidized food aid to poor in Bihar, a state of India, according to a Forbes report from 2007. The state run Food Corporation of India with its Public Distribution System, consisting of 50,000 fair price shops is notoriously corrupt. According to Inter Press Agency: August 13, 2013 article, 50% of the grain channeled through the PDS is sold in the open

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From Chemical to Organic – One experiment

Even with awareness about the benefits of organic farming, farmers in India feel trapped in conventional chemical farming methods. They have to sacrifice two years of income to transition their fields to Organic. A few young men made a determination to help the farmers make the transition. Supporting each other’s enthusiasms they have created a model. Indians love greens that come in a variety of forms. Chennai alone uses a million bundles of greens, called Keerai in Tamil. The young men decided to grow Keerai which grows in just a couple of weeks. They innovated by switching to native methods of using cow dung as both a fertilizer and pest controller. They sold produce door to door, educating city folk about organic produce. Eventually they were able to popularize it enough to sell five thousand bundles a day.  The Hindu newspaper ran a article about the Nallakeerai group last year and again on the “green brigade” two days back. The

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Terminator Seeds impact Wheat export

US exports about 9 billion worth of its wheat to Asian countries whose consumers want nothing to do with GMO food. In a strange sequence of events, a farmer in Oregon reported his suspicion about GMO wheat in his field to US Department of Agriculture and quite suddenly Japan and South Korea place a ban on import of wheat from the US and a farmer in Kansas files a law suit against Monsanto Corporation for negligence in keeping GMO wheat from US fields. The suspected GMO seed in this case is of the variety that has earned itself the nick name “terminator seeds“. Monsanto Corporation developed the first Roundup Ready seeds as early as 1996.  They named them for the fact that they are resistant to the weed killer “Roundup” that is popular in the US, both in home gardens and in farmlands. Roundup contains Glyphosate which the EPA regulates as a toxic chemical for its concentration levels in ground

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