Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

Obesity now kills more people worldwide than car crashes, terror attacks, and Alzheimer's combined

Five takeaways from a giant study on an epidemic governments can't ignore.

“Today, for the first time in history, more people are dying from too much unhealthy food than they are from too little healthy food,” Mike Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, said in a statement. “This is a global epidemic that governments can no longer ignore, because there are many steps that they can take to tackle obesity and save lives.”

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

Stephen Hawking's Beautiful Message For Anyone With Depression -

Stephen Hawking's Beautiful Message For Anyone With Depression Stephen Hawking has one of the greatest minds of our time. He is well known for his work in theoretical physics, and was born on January 8, 1942, (300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England.

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. If you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

In case you are wondering what the GAG Rule is and how it impacts women, here is a good two page read. Basically, if your foreign organization would like to take advantage of US funding, you should not talk about abortions whether your own government allows it or not. If you do, the funding you lose affects not only the state of abortions in your community (intended effect), it also affects the supply of contraceptives, technical assistance, public debate, discourages family planning and inadvertantly encourages spread of diseases like HIV (unintended effect).

Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma

Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit

There are two types of intelligence: crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence. Crystallized intelligence is your ability to utilize information, skills, and experience already learned -- basically, it's cerebral knowledge. This tends to build as you age, and is emphasized in most Western cultures (especially since it's easily tested on standardized exams).

The idea that meditation gives peace of mind and well being for self is what always motivated me to work on it. To make the mind "sthir" meaning calm takes an immense amount of effort making one fidgety and wanting to time oneself while practicing. This very interesting article talks about how meditation increases your IQ.

Rajat

Rajat posted a photo in blog 'Experiments In ...'

A source of protein for vegetarians

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Meat eaters are often baffled at whether vegetarians can get any reasonable amount of protein.

Here's one "Buckwheat". It contains 22.5 grams of protein, 17g dietary fibre, 3% DV calcium, 21% DV Iron.

Incidentally Buckwheat is known as "Kutu" flour in the Indian subcontinent and is used to make "puris" and used mainly fasting when grains are not allowed.

Boil a fistful, mix it up in your salad and enjoy! 

Rajat

Rajat Emma Zahren-Newman

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Emma Zahren-Newman

Emma Zahren-Newman Oh wow, I had no idea!

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma You get buckwheat flour too. Its not easy to use though... I have posted a recipe for Kutu puri long back in my blog "My experiments with food". Go down to the post on Oct 31st 2015

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Anju Sharma

Anju Sharma Here: http://www.thehobmob.com/pages/single/photo.php?photoid=2701&mediafrom=blog&f=1

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Rajat

Rajat

Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotics Crisis?

Ethnobotany is a historically small and obscure offshoot of the social sciences, focused on the myriad ways that indigenous peoples use plants for food, shelter, clothing, art and medicine. Within this already-tiny field, a few groups of researchers are now trying to use this knowledge to derive new medicines, and Quave has become a leader among them.

-PROMISE OF ETHNOBOTANY AND WHY MERE MEDICINAL EXTRACTS MAY BE NO GOOD:

-Ethnobotany has promise to bring more effective cures against antibiotic reistant bacterial strains( just to remind ourselves Antibiotics are used to cure bacterial infections whereas vaccines are used to fight viruses, and bacteria are single celled microorganisms whereas viruses are acellular and need a host to replicate and make copies of the viral DNA/RNA)
-Since the 80's very few new antibiotics have been discovered, meanwhile bacteria have become superbugs. Essentially antibiotics contain certain molecules which are isolated and replicated and are effective in killing the bacteria.
-However, the botanical origin of this approach has historically been used in folk medicine as well as modern medicine. Some commonly known medicines that trace their origins to plants are: Aspirin from meadowsweet; Morphine from poppies, Malarial drugs from artemisinin extracted from sweet wormwood.
- Researchers have also found that some botanical extracts prevent "quorum sensing" in bacteria that prevent them from releasing toxins in the infected person. Basically the bacteria don't reach a critical mass and the chemical communication between them is disturbed by these botanical extracts.
- What is very interesting to note is that research also validates that plant remedies work best as complex mixtures of many distinct molecules rather than an extract of 1 or 2 molecules which are deemed to be the active agent. For example, they found that rodents with artemisinin resistant strains of malaria were treated effectively when they were fed whole wormwood leaves from which artemisinin is extracted.
- Next time you go to a pharmacy and buy - garlic, turmeric, agave or other extracts beware since they may not be doing really doing any good. Go for the whole thing in it elemental plant form!

Adam Pryor

Adam Pryor

Postnatal Development of Intestinal Microflora as Influenced by Infant Nutrition

Birth is an exciting moment for the newborn, parents, and relatives, but it is also exciting for the microbial ecologist. The postnatal period of a new human being offers a great opportunity to study, from the very beginning, the formation of a new ecosystem: the microflora of the human gut.

"-At birth the fetus is sterile, and the first encounter with the microbial world begins during delivery.
-type of delivery (natural vs. cesarean) and feeding (breast vs. bottle feeding) play dramatic roles in determining the microflora composition.
-Newborns delivered by cesarean section seem to have a reduced number of bacteria compared with those naturally delivered infants; moreover, the appearance of bifidobacteria seems to be delayed for up to 6 mo of life" ( In fact recently doctors are experimenting with swabbing cesarian birth newborns with mother's vaginal fluids)
-After contamination related to delivery, environmental, oral, and skin microbes from the mother provide the major source of bacteria for the newborn via modes of transfer such as suckling, kissing, and caressing" ( in fact household pets like dogs seem to do a very good job as well)

Jeff Gordan

Jeff Gordan There was a similar article in the WSJ recently speaking about the link between allergies and infant gut. http://www.wsj.com/articles/study-sees-link-between-allergies-and-the-infant-gut-1476122104

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