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Germ Phobia invites Liver Damage and Cancer

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I really feel helpless when I see my family and friends obsessed with so much of cleaning ritual the wrong way. 🙁
 
Remember one thing: Bacteria are our friends. They are not our enemies. If we really believe in non-violence, stop using cleaning agents.
These agents not only kill our friends but also create sickness due to absence of Bacteria.
 
Break Bacteria phobia now!
 
Solution?
 
1) User dung ash with soil to clean utensils. (Our grandfathers used to use this only. It is just 2-3 generations back, under the influence of powerful Ads, we
2) Clean hands with only water for 30-45 seconds (Just like how that kid is mocked in one of the Lifebouy ad for not using LifeBouy , it is actually a right way! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nEolXQZ7Jg)
 
Take care. Take bold steps. Break the illusion created by Ads on TV. There is nothing like Germ-free, Germo-check and all fake jargons.
 
More than that, it is found that this chemicals do not actually work on bacteria. (http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/anti-bacterial-soaps-may-not-curb-bacteria/1/331609.html) It is plain marketing gimmick fooling us. 🙁
 
Triclosan is found in : Deaoderant, Colgate toothpaste, Gillette® Complete Skin Care MultiGel Aerosol Shave Gel, Cleaning agents ( List here: http://drbenkim.com/articles/triclosan-products.htm)
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Research
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Soap antimicrobial may damage liver and raise cancer risk, mouse study shows

Long-term exposure to triclosan, an antimicrobial agent commonly found in a broad array of soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and other consumer products, may have potentially serious health consequences, reports a research team including a UC Davis scientist.

Data from a new study shows that triclosan causes liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through molecular mechanisms that are also relevant for humans. The study, led by the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, appears Nov. 17 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“Triclosan’s increasing detection in environmental samples and its increasingly broad use in consumer products may overcome its moderate benefit and present a very real risk of liver toxicity for people, as it does in mice, particularly when combined with other compounds with similar action,” said Robert H. Tukey, a professor in UC San Diego’s departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Pharmacology.

Tukey led the study with Professor Bruce D. Hammock, who has a joint appointment in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Davis. Tukey and Hammock are directors of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Programs at their respective campuses.

Tukey, Hammock and their research colleagues, including Mei-Fei Yueh of UC San Diego, found that triclosan disrupted liver integrity and compromised liver function in mice. The mice exposed to triclosan for six months (roughly equivalent to 18 human years) were more susceptible to chemical-induced liver tumors. Their tumors were also larger and more frequent than those in mice not exposed to triclosan.

The study suggests triclosan may do its damage by interfering with a protein called the constitutive androstane receptor, which is responsible for clearing foreign chemicals from the body. To compensate for this stress, liver cells proliferate and turn fibrotic over time. Repeated triclosan exposure and continued liver fibrosis eventually promote tumor formation.

Triclosan is perhaps the most widely used consumer antibacterial. Studies have found traces of it in 97 percent of breast milk samples from lactating women and in the urine of nearly 75 percent of people tested. Triclosan also is common in the environment: It is one of the seven most frequently detected compounds in streams across the United States.

“We could reduce most human and environmental exposures by eliminating uses of triclosan that are high volume, but of low benefit, such as inclusion in liquid hand soaps,” Hammock said. “Yet we could also, for now, retain uses shown to have health value — as in toothpaste, where the amount used is small.”

Triclosan is already under scrutiny by the FDA, thanks to its widespread use and recent reports that it can disrupt hormones and impair muscle contraction.

Co-authors include Koji Taniguchi, Shujuan Chen and Michael Karin, UC San Diego; and Ronald M. Evans, Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

This research was funded, in part, by U.S. Public Health Service grants ES010337, GM086713, GM100481, A1043477, ES002710 and ES004699.

 
http://news.ucdavis.edu/search/news_detail.lasso?id=11092

Food, Sense and Modern Insensitivity

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How do you eat?
***Alert: This post may hit you on personal level as it is about habits. Take care 🙂
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In between running fast and chasing butterfly called ‘life’, we do teach our next generation, some etiquette (संस्कार?). Great!

As a part of this etiquette training, modern moms and school teachers teach toddlers how to eat in western way. They pin up handkerchief against their neck, set up dishes, serve their yummy food and as soon as kid starts eating it, they stop, scream (चुन्नू! Bad habits!छुरी और कांटे से खाओ! कितनी बार सिखाया है तुम्हे!) and suggest them to eat using fork and knife. To learn how to use fork and knife, some of them send children to coaching classes! (lol)

Is it really a right way of eating? Let me share common sense observation.

We have been using so many sensors in daily life. Temperature sensors, fire sensor, moisture sensor and what not! While surrounded by all hi-tech sensors, how can we forget body’s ingenious sensory nerves and their role in our body?

Did we forget utility of finger nerves and their touch sensations in eating?

We read number of self-help books teaching us to be proactive in any life situation but we blissfully ignore proactive set up for life’s most important process i.e. Food intake and digestion.

Fingers sensation of food sends appropriate signals to brain and ask it to prepare proper environment for digestion system, to welcome food which is ready to enter in channel. Isn’t it common sense? or may be it is rocket science. Or are we ok to ignore micro impacts of touch and sensation on body and ready to expose ourselves to diseases?

Oh wait, we eat our foods while watching TV or wearing iPod! (Couch potato as they love to be known as) We don’t get time to do all this sensation and stuff. We want to enjoy our program or movie! We are entertainment hungry! Leave us alone! Body will take care of food. It is automatic process.

Ok, as you wish. Only at our health’s cost, we can enjoy all these side activities along with meals. Don’t pay attention to food (and don’t befriend food) while eating it and welcome indigestion related diseases (Majority diseases have their roots in improper digestion)!

Enjoy TV while eating! (with fork and knife! 🙂 )
Be modern ! 😉

Grain Storage : Then and Now

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In ideal, prosperous Kingdoms of Bharat, storing food for future was critical state duty. One can judge the success of the state based on their dedication of storing of food for citizens.

Ancient Kings, quipped with master astrology scientists as their Ratna in the assembly, could predict bad monsoon followed by famine very precisely. Famines were expected as a natural cycle.

They do not either plant crops during famine or do not use it food. For such bad years, they utilize stored grains. This is to provide highly nutritious food for all citizens so that they are not devoid of Prana and do not forget path of their dharma.

This is one of the finest way to maintain crimes in the state. Because, it is mal-nutrition that causes major mental disorders driven crimes.

This storage was never a centralized facility. It was distributed at village level. Highly decentralized facility. Unlike modern India’s wastage of precious grains.

This duty was shared by citizens too. They also used to store grains at individual family level.

One of the benefits of using old grain is that grain goes through all different environmental conditions and imbibe protection against the odds. When subjects eat it, they too are blessed with the quantum information instructions stored in grains. Not only grains, ghee, jaggery, turmeric, honey – they all were stored based on same principle.

It is high time we revive this forgotten ritual at state level and at individual level.

Surgery and Bharatiya Superiority

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“Now we are beginning to find out that the Hindu Shastras also contain a Sanitary Code no less correct in principal, and that the great law-giver, Manu, was one of the greatest sanitary reformers the world has ever seen.”

-Lord Ampthill, 1905
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“The Ancient Hindus attained as thorough a proficiency in medicine and surgery as any people whose acquisitions are recorded. This might be expected, because their patient attention and natural shrewdness would render them excellent observers, whilst the extent and fertility of their native country would furnish them with many valuable drugs and medicaments. Their diagnosis is said, in consequence, to define and distinguish symptoms with great accuracy, and their Materia Medica is most voluminous.”

– Professor Wilson
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“In surgery, too, the Indians seem to have attained a special proficiency, and in this department, European surgeons might, perhaps, even at the present day still learn something from them, as indeed they have already borrowed from them the operation of rhinoplasty.”

– Mr. Weber
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The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. They conducted amputations, arresting the bleeding by pressure, a cup-shaped bandage and boiling oil; practiced lithotomy ; performed operations in the abdomen and uterus ; cured hernia, fistula, piles ; set broken bones and dislocations ; and were dexterous in the ex-traction of foreign substances from the body. A special branch of surgery was devoted to rhinoplasty, or operation for improving deformed ears and noses and forming new ones, a useful operation which European surgeons have now borrowed. The ancient Indian surgeons also mention a cure for neuralgia, analogous to the modern cutting of the fifth nerve above the eyebrow. They devoted great care to the making of surgical instruments, and to the training of students by means of operations performed on wax spread on a board or on the tissues and cells of the vegetable kingdom, and upon dead animals. They were expert in midwifery, not shrinking from the most critical operations, and in the diseases of women and children. Their practice of physic embraced the classifications, causes, symptoms and treatment of diseases, diagnosis and prognosis. Considerable advances were also made in veterinary science, and monographs exist on the diseases of horses, elephants, etc.”

-William Hunter

Squatting position : Ancient Wisdom, Modern Necessity

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Laborers/Villagers/Generation before Toilet seat don’t get fat stomach. Officer-goers, armchair-intellectual do get. One strikingly different habit? Squatting.

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Seven Advantages of Squatting
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[1] Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent “fecal stagnation,” a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.
[2] Protects the nerves that control the prostate, bladder and uterus from becoming stretched and damaged.
[3] Securely seals the ileocecal valve, between the colon and the small intestine. In the conventional sitting position, this valve is unsupported and often leaks during evacuation, contaminating the small intestine.
[4] Relaxes the puborectalis muscle which normally chokes the rectum in order to maintain continence.
[5] Uses the thighs to support the colon and prevent straining. Chronic straining on the toilet can cause hernias, diverticulosis, and pelvic organ prolapse.
[6] A highly effective, non-invasive treatment for hemorrhoids, as shown by published clinical research.
[7] For pregnant women, squatting avoids pressure on the uterus when using the toilet. Daily squatting helps prepare one for a more natural delivery.

Health Benefits of the Natural Squatting Position

by  JONATHAN ISBIT

Ancient Indian Spectrometer

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There is a manuscript of Maharsi Bharadvaja titled ‘Amsu-bodhini’ (with a commentary of Bodhananda) at the library of Oriental Institute, Vadodara (Baroda). In the introductory passages, it is said that in the original text of Bharadvaja, the aphorisms of ‘Amsu-bodhini’ are divided into twelve chapters having one thousand sections. In order to make it understandable, Bodhananda wrote a commentary on it. Actually the available manuscript is the first chapter of the work, having a commentary over the first 50 aphorisms of Maharsi Bharadvdja.

The title of this chapter is ‘Srstvadhikarah i.e. the Evolution of the Universe. Description of aphorisms in first chapter describes creation of Solar system. Study of this manu-script concludes,

1. the nature and properties of the ultraviolet, visible and infrared radiations were well known in Ancient India,
2. they knew the properties and methods of preparation of materials useful in such radiation studies and
3. presumably also knew the theory and practice of this and other four types of spectrometer.

Guduchi Benefits, Idea of Green Tourism

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Disconnect with essentials (food,water, herbs) is painful for क्षेत्र (body). Present FMCG sector is faulty economy because it widens this disconnect and hence less healthy society. Even if you purchase something (other than life essential items which are not grown locally) from local vendor, it is good habit (on both seller and buyer part) to inquire and keep source in mind (and keep check on it. Be connected with source.). It has its own psychological benefit. Think about it. Will discuss sometime in future when idea is ripe again.

Tinospora spreads new wings in monsoon. This (post monsoon, post sharad) is good season to revere and seek help of this divine herb.

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“Columbin, tinosporaside, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy benzyl, tetrahydrofuran, jatrorhizine, palmatine, berberine, tembeterine, tinocordifolioside, phenylpropene disaccharides, choline, tinosporic acid, tinosporal and tinosporon”

When these chemicals are bundled together, they have miracle effects on your क्षेत्र (Body). like a good and sensible farmer constantly think and act for replenishing क्षेत्र with nutrients, we should also take care of क्षेत्र in our possession i.e. our पञ्चकोषिय शरीर.

When this bundle of chemicals is packed by nature, it is different in constitution at different place. We identify is as Amrta in Sanskrit. Tinospora (English), Giloy (Hindi), Amruthaballi (Kannada), Cittamrtu (Malayalam), Amrutha valli, Seendhil kodi (Tamil), Thippatiga (Telugu), galo (Gujarati).

Tinospora is divine herb. Mixer of Pungent (Katu), bitter (Tikta) and astringent (Kashaya) tastes. Post-digestion, it gives Sweet (Madhura) taste. It alleviates three Doshas (Tridoshahara), mainly relieves Pitta. Promotes strength (Balya), appetizer (Agni dipani). It cures fever (Jvara), eliminates metabolic wastes & toxins (Ama), morbid thirst (Trt), burning sensation (Daha), diabetes (Meha), anaemia (Pandu), jaundice (Kamala), skin disorders (Kustha), gout (Vata asra).[1][2][3][4]

Some modern researches extend its boon-periphery to benefits like Radioprotective and anti-oxidant. [5][6][7][8]

So? Find our sources, find our Authentic Ayurvedic doctor and prepare medicine for entire family.

Here is an idea: Why can’t we develop real form of green-tourism? Design a treasure-hunt trips in vacations. Family trips. (Best if possible on cycle or foot) One at the end of each season. Explore areas where this medicine (and many such herbs) grow in abundance. Connect with the source as a selfless friend. And remain healthy!

Mind you, if modern pharma companies try to invade idea and sell you Amrta in packed bottle, it carried no value! Essential part is missing! Real essense is in urge to heal self (Read here : https://www.facebook.com/marut.mitra.5/posts/278289388962643 ) and that cannot be develop by purchasing medicines from mall or medical shops.

[1] Tinospora cordifolia is proved to be Immunostimulant in HIV patients (Kallikar et al., Indian J Pharmacol. 2008)
[2] Caraka Samhitha, Chikitsa Sthana, 3/299
[3] Ethanolic extract of stem and leaves of Tinospora exhibited significant antipyretic activity in experimental rats (Vedavathy and Rao, 1991)
[4] Aqueous and alcoholic extract of Tinospora showed that it is good anti- hyperglycemic agent in experimental animals with induced diabetes by different diabetogenic agents (Puranik K N et al., Biomedical Research 2008)
[5] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=20932729
[6] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21350610
[7] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21042467
[8] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=12587720

It is not birth that makes a king

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There are misconceptions propagated in our society that in ancient times of Bharat, Nation-states were always ruled by son of the King. This is not complete truth. Selection of successor was never exclusively birth based. As Kalidasa described precisely in this verse of raghuvaMsham.

अथेतरे सप्तरघुप्रवीरा ज्येष्ठम् पुरोजन्मतया गुणैश्च।
चक्रुः कुशम् रत्नविशेषभाजम् सौभ्रात्रमेषाम् हि कुलानुकारि ॥ १६-१

“Then, the other seven brave princes of the Raghu family made Kusha – the eldest both by his being born first and by his possessing virtues…”
The king is honored because of his qualities. It is not birth that makes a king. He is not respected so much because of his ancestry, as for his prowess, strength and valor. There were of course instances where seat of king was claimed by mere birth. But we are not talking about failed states or average states. When we look at the history and learn the lesson from it, we must thrive for best of it. And the best is, selection of King by qualities.

To support Kalidasa’s words, we have Allahbad Pillar inscription which records that Samudra Gupta was chosen among other princes of the family who were rendered crestfallen.

Conclusion:

It is half truth when someone says that only Qualities are important and not Varna. Similarly, it is also half truth when someone says that only birth is enough to decide Kingly qualities.

Best way to summarize: Out of all Kshtriya clans, the most powerful (full of Kingly traits) becomes the King with Praja’s (Citizen’s) consent.

Tsunami of poisonous perceptions

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विषय or attachment for subjects kills by mere thinking about it.

Eating fast food for the sake of hunger is different than craving for fast food. The later kills absolutely as it attacks the mind. And it is mind that manifests body, be it healthy or sick.

विषस्य विषयाणाञ्च दूरमत्यन्तमन्तरम्
उपभुक्तं विषं हन्ति विषयाः स्मरणादपि

The disparity between ‘viSha’ (poison) and ‘viShaya’ (sense object) is enormous. viSha kills on consumption; viShaya kills just by reminiscing (Thinking).

Fast food, Fast entertainment, Fast life
Poison loving generation? Felo-de-se (Societal suicide)?

 

Xenobiotic Toxins, Ginger and Virechana

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A xenobiotic is a foreign chemical substance found within an organism that is not normally naturally produced by or expected to be present within that organism. It can also cover substances which are present in much higher concentrations than are usual.

In Ayurveda, we have concept of आम/Ama. It is manifested due to several reasons (Read this note for detail: https://www.facebook.com/marut.mitra.5/posts/452328781558702)

Now, on top of Ama generated due to operational inefficiency of body or environment, we imbibe tons of toxins in form of modern drugs, pesticides and chemicals in air and water. All Xenobitocs.

Ama or Xenobitocs are toxin of both endogenous and exogenous origin. In this way Ama and Xenobiotics share similar qualities. Both Ama and Xenobiotics are tough for spontaneous elimination. They need a special pathway and intervention that facilitates the elimination.

If they are not eliminated timely, they obstruct Prana flow and hence bodily intelligence. Results in sickness of greatest intensity of pain i.e. Cancer.

The method of elimination of ama and Xenoblotlcs can be assessed only with the aid of Ayurveda concepts. Modern biochemistry explains the elimination of polar Xenobiotics (water soluble) through urine. But the method of elimination of nonpolar or lipophilic Xenobiotics can be possible only by Ayurveda. That IS as fat cannot be eliminated from urine, but can be brought to intestine and then eliminate by virechana and so on.

Two wonder boons of mother nature helps best here: Ginger and Garlic.

Many communities ( Jains, Swaminarayana for example) in Bharat traditionally don’t eat garlic and ginger as they think that they are of Tamasik nature. If you want to do survey, do it. They suffer from cancer, joint pain most. Amount of Ama and Xenobiotics have increased manifold but there is absolute absence of GArlic and Ginger in their. This results in cancer, arthritis and many Vata disorders.

Take care. Eat Ginger and Garlic moderately as per your Prakriti, age and season. Ask your grandmother, she will have all ideas about ginger and garlic usage.

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