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Food: Instant and fast, Why?

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Instant! http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2015/6/140615_brunch_img12.jpg

The idea of instant food was not invented by popular American cartoon family, The Jetsons who used to eat mere pills as food, but it is an inevitable fantasy in a culture desperate to do everything faster.

One by one, upper class to higher middle class to villagers, to bottom of the pyramid, we are slowly being conditioned to change our food habits, forced to adapt “gobble, gulp and go.” culture. German philosopher, Ludwig Feuerbach said in 19th century that ‘We are what we eat.’ And so root cause of majority societal problems is, life style in general and eating habits in particular.

Today, most meals are little more than refuelling pit stops. Instead of sitting down with family or friends, we often eat solo, on the move or while doing something else—working, driving, reading the newspaper, surfing the Net. When families do eat together, it is often at fast-food joints like McDonald’s, where the average meal lasts eleven minutes.

The acceleration at the table is mirrored on the farm. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides, intensive feeding, antibiotic digestive enhancers, growth hormones, rigorous breeding, genetic modification—every scientific trick known to man has been deployed to cut costs, boost yields and make livestock and crops grow more quickly.

Our उत्सवs are varied and so frequent in nature. There is special food item associated with each major उत्सव. This food is indication of food habit change as per season.

What I have observed it, Indians now celebrate major festivals like Diwali,Navratri,Uttarayan with more fanfare but with major flaw and that is synthetic unification of ways and means of celebration.

Festival -> Fire crackers -> DJ party -> Fast food

Thats it! No variation, no change! What a miserable way of celebration!

How can someone eat same food in all seasons? 🙂 Isn’t it against the Natural tendency of body? And we(we= society) complain about diseases 🙂

If it is winter, body has special needs. In monsoon and summer as well.

Do not forget that, this is the same land where once taking meal was considered as divine ritual. Days are not far when we will have to return back to roots, out of sheer uninvited intolerable misery in lives of billions.
Eating is ritual. Go slow, enjoy, and say big THANKS to all who participated in presenting food dish to you, from farmer, to Nature to cook. If you can’t offer prayer due to your delusional modern and global attitude, at least say THANKS to cook!

Myth: Indians had shorter life span (Despite Ayurveda)

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When I share various glorious aspects of Ayurveda and how it can help us strengthen life and slow down aging, I often get rational taunt.

“If Ayurveda is so superb, why were Indians dying early before independence? Life expectancy in India is estimated to have gone up from 31 years in 1947 to 64 years in 2005.”

Many Indians influenced by British accounts of life span in India, claim that why mortality was high and life span was low in land of Ayurveda?

Freedom and life span
Freedom and life span

This is answer for them. स्वतंत्रता quotient decides longevity. How free you are? How free our society is? Whales in Sea world lives for 10-15 years. Whales in free sea lives for 100+ years.

Why life span of Indians is considerably short?

पश्येम शरद: शतं, जीवेम शरद: शतं, श्रृणुयाम शरद:
शतं, प्र ब्रावाम शरद: शतमदीना: स्याम शरद: शतं भूयश्च शरद: शतात्।
-यजुर्वेद (36।24)

हम सौ वर्ष तक देखें, सौ वर्ष तक जीवित रहें, सौ वर्ष तक सुनें, सौ वर्ष तक अच्छी प्रकार बोलें, सौ वर्ष तक पूर्णतया अ-दीन होकर रहें और सौ वर्ष से अधिक भी।

There is important concluding remark related to 100 years life span.

It is critical to live self-supporting (ख़ुदमुख़्तार, स्वतंत्र, स्वावलंबी) life. Long life is possible when you strive to live self-reliant life. For last 1200 years and more, large population of Bharat lived as slave. Slaves live short life.

Elephants born into stressful situations have fewer offspring and age faster, researchers at the University of Sheffield have found.

So, this shorter life span is blanket blame on Ayurveda. But for such irrational taunts, here is the answer.

 

“Scientists discovered that Asian elephants born during times when their mothers experience highest stress levels produce significantly fewer offspring in their lifetime despite having higher rates of reproduction at an early age.”

Can you now correlate? Do you imagine the slavery stress? For last 1000 years, Indians were under foreign rule with constant religious, cultural and economic torture. Under stress, mothers produce babies with short life span. It is Nature’s design to truncate life early for less struggle with the stressful environment.

Even whales and elephants die young in Zoo. Less we talk about humans.

Data which is often presented about life expectancy , is of British India. Large section India was still under different small rulers. Do survey and you will find different results.

So don’t blame Ayurveda. Apply common sense. We are right now slowly building environmental stress for our kids. What do we want to gift our kids?


Research


 

Chained don't live longer
Chained don’t live longer

Elephants born when mothers are stressed age faster and produce fewer offspring

http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/elephants-stressed-mothers-age-offspring-study-1.505370

Scientists discovered that Asian elephants born during times when their mothers experience highest stress levels produce significantly fewer offspring in their lifetime despite having higher rates of reproduction at an early age.

The research team, from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, also found that those animals born under stress declined much more rapidly in older age, decades later.

Lead author Dr Hannah Mumby, said: “Poor early life conditions have been linked to many disease outcomes in humans, but is unknown whether stress in early life also speeds up ageing rates in long-lived species.”

“We found that the decline in reproduction with age is much steeper in the elephants born at the poorer time of year. Even though they reproduce slightly more when they’re young, this still doesn’t compensate for the steep decline and they end up with fewer offspring.”

Zoo Elephants Die Very Young

http://www.livescience.com/3147-zoo-elephants-die-young.html

Elephants in European zoos live dramatically shorter lives than pachyderms in the wild, finds a new study.

The research is based on health information for 4,500 Asian and African elephants living in some 270 European zoos between 1960 and 2005 and their counterparts living in the wild either in Kenya or as working animals in Myanmar.

The wild creatures live decades longer, on average.

Child Development : Role of Nature

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Forest, not urban habitat, is the eternal spring of knowledge. If your city is not blessed by forest near by, if you do not visit forests more often, your children will forever remain aloof from real schooling.

Sensory development can happen best when children spend maximum time with mother nature. There is entire life ahead to learn how to interact with our modern world. Why waste critical childhood?

On top of it, future demands more sensitive and nature-loving generation.Someone needs to take care of havoc created by us 😉.

I imagine an ideal school in our time, where there are no whiteboards, no laptops, no internet for at least half term of the year, spread equally in 12 months, in forest.

What is happening right now? 1-2 day picnic in artificially designed gardens 🙂. That is it about exposure to mother nature! 😀

 

Want to Break India? Destroy family institution!

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Broken families : Collapsing society
Broken families : Collapsing society

Have you ever thought why media is paid so heavily to spread perversion in society? Be it TV serial or news, there is unlimited sell of affairs, perversion and sex.

Media Perversion Example: Daily bombardment of perversion by crime serials
Media Perversion Example: Daily bombardment of perversion by crime serials

There is this program on Life Ok which telecast sleazy scenes and stories for 24×7. Especially when the home-makers are idle at in middle class homes i.e. afternoon and late evening.

There are cases reported where teens took inspiration from this show and performed brutal murders of family members.

Do you know why all of this?

Breaking India.

How?

Break family institution.

कुलक्षये प्रणश्यन्ति कुलधर्मा: सनातना:।
धर्मे नष्टे कुलं कृत्स्नमधर्मोऽभिभवत्युत ।।१.४०।।

कुल के नाश से सनातन कुलधर्म नष्ट हो जाते हैं, धर्म के नाश हो जाने पर सम्पूर्ण कुल में पाप भी बहुत फैल जाता है |

Development of civilization pays high tribute to virtue of family system कुल-धर्मं. Lack of कुल-धर्मं/Family system promotes अधर्म. Resulting danger to society and civilization is troublesome. Hope, people understand this by keeping their modernism and wantonly living.

Due to proliferation of delusional properties about self-centered living imported from west, Indian family system is passing through worst time ever. Increase in break-ups, divorces, old-age homes, orphanages, need based marriages, misuse of laws show surely that it is not a good situation. When families are destroyed, Nation suffers.

Take care. Save family from collapse.

Perversion of Dharma based self-realization Tools

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If you want to do survey, do it. You will find that, majority of us are either incapable of or not interested in, deciphering self by understanding it in essence (तत्त्व ज्ञान). But that does not mean, this majority should remain aloof of spiritual progress.

Hence, we have ritualistic and symbolic configuration, which can help large majority in taking one baby step further in spiritual progress.

Perversion of DharmaTools
Perversion of DharmaTools

Those who understand that Cricket is now major anti-national establishment, agree with center image. Cricket lovers oppose it. Those who understand that Bollywood is anti-national establishment, agree with background image. Bollywood sympathizers disagree.

I wanted to avoid this post. But it is required. If we as society, won’t take steps at family level, no one will save us from becoming slaves again.

You use Itihasik characters names as movie characters. Okay. We had history about such films. Unlike past movies, recent attempt by Mr. Bhanshali is different. How?
You show Ram as drug peddler, womaniser; Hanuman with gun, and in background, there is on and often display of real portrait of Itihasik(ऐतिहासिक) character – this surely reveal malicious intents. Trained neuroscientists will tell you that, more than center stage, it is background that connects you with the concept and story more. So when in background, you see continous focus on real Ram and the center stage is of character ‘Ram’ who is drug mafia, it creates cognitive dissonance that slowly converts into disbelief.

Not everyone of us is born with constitution of research and reading. So, major mass will rely on symbols and archtypes to follow ideal life. These symbols are shared with them since childhood by visual and auditory perceptions. Stories, Bhajans, songs, drama etc.

Now when you derail them and shamelessly replace with modern depictions, mass is under tremendous subconscious cognitive dissonance. The storm is so powerful that they slowly disconnect from the roots. A major loss for society. Loss because, self-realization path for majority is derailed.

Results?

Sachin’s godhood, Tejpal’s sexual assault and release of Ram leela – they are not isolated events. They are connected events; represent us as society as a whole. Shows our tastes and inclinations. Shows our disinterest in protecting values and symbols. Shows zombie and parasite state of society. Unfortunate. Pity.

At least save yourself from these devils. Do not contribute in their profits at your perils.

 

The Cola Brainwash

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The infamous Cola Brainwash
The infamous Cola Brainwash

See this is how they sell your useless products. In 1891, Coca Cola sold you toilet cleaner with a fancy label “Brain tonic”. It is our weakness, to become super smart using shortcuts.

For almost 130 years, people drank it without a second thought. And this was the century of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Day by day, generation after generation, it became part of daily diet.

Situation is so worse now that, even if you show evidences, people won’t listen and keep enjoying their high sugar drinks. May be there destiny.

For sane and sensitive,

What you eat affects how you think. Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. It makes you stupid day by day.

Choice is yours. Think about and take care.


Research


This is your brain on sugar: UCLA study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory

Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid.
A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.

 “Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,”

“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”
Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food.
While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain.
Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Prepare for Sharad : Kaitha fruit

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कैथा and शरद
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Kaitha - Indian fruit
Kaitha – Indian fruit

Hindi कैथा and Gujarati કોઠું or Limonia acidissima as scientific name. It is native fruit of Bharatiya subcontinent i.e. India, Nepal, Bangaladesh and Pakistan.

Very popular among female folk and children.

The fruit is eaten plain, blended into an assortment of drinks and sweets, or well-preserved as jam. The scooped-out pulp from its fruits is eaten uncooked with or without sugar, or is combined with coconut milk and palm-sugar syrup and drunk as a beverage, or frozen as an ice cream. It is also used in chutneys and for making jam. A drink, Bael-panna made by blending the fruit with water and spices, is drunk during summers.

The ripe fruit is rich in beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A; it also contains significant quantities of the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin, and small amounts of vitamin C.

Fruits are refrigerant, stomachic, stimulant, astringent, aphrodisiac, diuretic, cardiotonic, tonic to liver and lungs, cures cough, hiccup and good for asthma, consumption, tumours, opthalmia and leucorrhoea.

Why this कैथा वार्ता?
My friend’s farmer father shared local wisdom 3 months back. While travelling to local pilgrimage together, he shared this: “Look at the Kotha tree. Plenty of fruits. Too many. This is indication of dry monsoon. There will be hardly any rain in this region.”

3 months later, we indeed have no rain (52% deficient in my district). He was so right. So do we have plenty of कैथा/ કોઠું. Mother is suggesting to eat them freely so that you can save self from unusual September heat! Eat Kothu chutney!

Mother Nature is so loving. She shares all her त्रिकालज्ञान by plenty of signs. Not only that, she also prepares us for upcoming seasonal catastrophe. So much wisdom if we just spend life with her and learn from her nurturing!
Less rain or too much rain, does not matter. From Today, there is arrival of शरद ऋतू. शरद without monsoon is difficult.

रोगाणाम शारदि माता (Season Sharad is mother of all disease) – Current season (from 14th Sept) is known as season of epidemics. It is season when Mother Nature prefers to balance the population.
End of monsoon, humid & hot – perfect setup for pathogens to expand their rule.

And so it is well-known wish/Blessing for loved ones – जीवेत शरदः शतं – May you live 100 शरद (You may get answer why this season and not any other season is used in blessing for long life). Those who successfully pass through this time without any sickness symptoms, observe Dashera festival to celebrate victory over all possibilities to degenerate their life, against whom they fought and won.

Abundant Kaitha or lemon is a sign that use them profusely in your diet. Take care. (Y)

Kaitha medicinal reference:http://globalresearchonline.net/journalcontents/v28-1/36.pdf

The Aja (Goat) metaphor

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अज = बकरी, goat?
अज = बकरी, goat?

अज = बकरी?

1) अज = Goat
2) अज = Ayurvedic Aushadhi


‘Aja’ or ‘अज’ also mean ‘moon’ or ‘Self’. And it also mean goat. 🙂 🙂
Eid al-Adha (Bakri Eid) means festival of sacrifice.
Sacrifice of self = Sacrifice of अज
बकरा नहीं आत्माका sacrifice tha…kya se kya ho gaya 😀


See…it is simple. Vedic Yagna ritual demands अज or goat! You guys are hypocrite! Your religious texts suggest sacrifice of goat and you keep crying about Muslim way of animal sacrifice! Fascists! Dhimmis! RSS agents!


😀. This is the result of half baked knowledge of the texts. This is the result of inability to contemplate on Sanskrit words and realize their right contextual meaning.

अज = अ + जन. अ means ‘No’ and ‘ज’ means ‘ability to sprout/ability to become alive again or make biological progress’.

अज – Inability to bring life back.

Rice seeds kept in sterile environment where sunlight can not reach, becomes अज after 7 years. For different seeds, this period varies.

Branches of tree fall when they become अज and for Yagna, only collected wood is prescribed in Satapath Brahman granth. Chopping tree for Yagna or Antim Sanskar is a crime against nature.

अज is full of Prana but devoid of ability to bring new life. By using अज in sacrifice, we do not kill the natural possibilities of new life.

On mental plane, in front of Agni Devta, let your mind तप्त to the level that no new Vikruti can sprout again. When mind becomes अज, sacrifice it to Agni Devta so that you transcend the limits of mind.


PS: Barring some highly specialized, target oriented, selfless, not so common rituals, we do have procedure of Bali. But that is not common practice!! And all can perform it! So don’t compare them with regular rituals Hindus perform!

 

Cinnamon : Golden herb : Potent cure for learning disability

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cinnamon
http://ayurvedasrilanka.net/en/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/cinnamon-e1421924494651.jpg

In ancient days, cinnamon more valuable than gold. Gold was in abundant supply, while cinnamon was not widely available.

In Ayurvedic terms, cinnamon pacifies Vata and Kapha doshas, but it may aggravate Pitta dosha if taken in excess. It has a sweet, pungent, and bitter rasa or initial taste, it is heating, and has a pungent vipak or aftertaste.

Cinnamon improves digestion and absorption, and promotes elimination. It removes toxins from the body, and improves circulation by strengthening the heart and warming the kidneys. As a blood thinner, cinnamon prevents heart attacks. Additionally, cinnamon may be used in the treatment of respiratory and sinus congestion, bronchitis, colds, and the flu. It is both an expectorant and a decongestant.

Read more here: http://vedichealing.com/cinnamon-the-ancient-healing-spice/

here is the new aspect of it:


Research


Cinnamon May Aid Learning Ability

Study finds spice consumption made mice better learners

https://www.rush.edu/news/cinnamon-may-aid-learning-ability

Cinnamon is a delicious addition to toast, coffee and breakfast rolls. Eating the tasty household spice also might improve learning ability, according to new study results published online in the July issue of the Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology.

The study by neurological scientists at Rush University Medical Center found that feeding cinnamon to laboratory mice determined to have poor learning ability made the mice better learners.

“This would be one of the safest and the easiest approaches to convert poor learners to good learners,” said Kalipada Pahan, PhD, the lead researcher of the study and the Floyd A. Davis Professor of Neurology at Rush.

Some people are born naturally good learners, some become good learners by effort, and some find it hard to learn new tasks even with effort. Little is known about the neurological processes that cause someone to be a poor learner and how to improve performance in poor learners. 

“Understanding brain mechanisms that lead to poor learning is important to developing effective strategies to improve memory and learning ability,” Pahan said.

 

Modern Homes: Curse on Childhood

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Flame Retardant and Child Development
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Just bought new house or planning to buy one? Planning to buy new furniture? Had oil paint walls? Did they come with fire-resistant label? Did they come with almost VOC free label?

If yes, read on.

Furniture, textiles, electronics, and insulation – they are treated with flame retardant chemicals. Your glossy expensive furniture come with Lower IQs, Hyperactivity in Children.

Solution?

• Do not paint your bedroom (Bedroom because you spend most inactive time there. Preferably entire home) with oil paint. Go with simple lime based white-wash
• Children room should not be dump yard of electronic toys
• Wear cotton clothes (at least for children) (if possible colored with natural colors )
• Use cotton white curtains
• Less is beautiful. Minimal furniture with minimum use of flame retardant chemicals

Difficult solutions, right? We are so modern that it is now difficult to live simple life 🙂 Take care (Y) as much you can.


Research Article


Flame Retardants Linked to Lower IQs, Hyperactivity in Children

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/flame-retardants-linked-lower-iq-hyperactivitiy-children/

Almost a decade after manufacturers stopped using certain chemical flame retardants in furniture foam and carpet padding, many of the compoundsstill lurk in homes. New work to be presented today reaffirms that the chemicals may also still be hurting young children who were exposed before they were born.

Researchers investigating the health impacts of prenatal exposure to flame retardants collected blood samples from 309 pregnant women early in their second trimester. Spikes in the levels of one class of flame retardant, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) correlated with behavior and cognition difficulties during early childhood.

The researchers tracked children through the first five years of their lives, looking at a battery of tests for IQ and behavior. They found that children of mothers who had high PBDE levels during their second trimester showed cognition deficits when the children were five years old as well as higher rates of hyperactivity at ages two to five. If the mother’s blood had a 10-fold increase in PBDEs, the average five-year-old had about a four-point IQ deficit. “A four-point IQ difference in an individual child may not be perceivable in…ordinary life. However, in a population, if many children are affected, the social and economic impact can be huge due to the shift of IQ distribution and productivity,” says lead author Aimin Chen, an assistant professor of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The findings, based on women and children from Cincinnati, will be presented May 6 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, D.C. The unpublished results have been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal, but the paper has not yet been accepted.

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