“Skin Care” And Cosmetic Products
If you insist on being seduced by TV commercials into buying “skin care” and cosmetic products, if you are the kind of person who needs to have make up on their face to be confident , then start reading the labels of the cosmetics before you buy them . These ingredients should be avoided as they are toxic.
The new buzz words for advertising personal care products are “ natural”, “ back to nature” “herbal” “eco friendly” – these terms are so loose that anything chemical and lethal is also included Many of these ingredients are used in skin care products by companies who market themselves as natural so start getting educated.
1. AHA (alpha hydroxy acid):
Skin is exfoliated chemically instead of mechanically via abrasion, dries the skin and increases aging. Supposed to be anti-wrinkle, found in many skin and hair care products. Used as a solvent originally in cleaning compounds and for tanning leather. A smooth finish is developed by stripping the outer layer of the skin, irritated skin can puff up. All your Fair and Lovely type creams have this ingredient.
Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Most degenerative diseases like heart disease, stroke, arthritis are now proven to be a result of one’s diet and therefore not just preventable but to some extent reversible. An eye disease – age related macular degeneration (AMD) - has also been found to be due primarily to our diet. This form of eye disease is the leading cause of blindness in people in their sixties and older. Every year more than 2 million people are affected.
This is a painless, progressive loss of the central vision in the macula of both eyes simultaneously. The macula is the part of the retina which provides our most acute and detailed vision. When the macula degenerates, people experience blurring or darkness in the center of their vision and tasks such as reading, watching television and driving are affected. The words on a page may look blurred, a dark or empty area may appear in the center of vision, or straight lines may look distorted. The disease goes from a mild blurring to blindness.
'Meat Made' Items
A member of my extended family’s favourite food is blood pudding. You take the blood of a cow and then put it into a cake dish with salt, herbs and a little garlic and then put the dish into the fridge. When it congeals it becomes like a cake. You can then cut it and eat it in slices. This dish is much eaten in South European countries.
Are you feeling sick? But you eat meat. People in the Northeast eat dogs and look after goats. You eat goats. The Scottish eats the stomachs and intestines of sheep and cows. The Maharajas in India made pickles out of deer feet. The British boil pig feet and call it trotters. The Europeans eat snails and the cancerous liver of geese called pate. The Orientals eat snakes, Locusts and bear gall bladders and monkey brains. The Africans and Chinese eat everything.
The Truth About Dioxin
When you look for a bride/groom for your son/daughter you look into the antecedents of the whole family carefully. When you admit your child to school you check the best possible educational centre. When you give your clothes to a tailor you find out the best tailor. When you buy a car you look for the best possible make. So why don’t you apply the same rigorous procedures to the most important thing in the world – the food you eat?
Where do you get your eggs from? The shop down the road. Do you know which poultry they come from or what the chickens have eaten or how they are kept? Of course not, an egg is an egg, you will say.
No it is not. An egg is the menstrual blood of a hen and its shell is not a shell but a porous skin that contains this blood. And eggs differ vastly depending on how the chicken has been kept and what it has been fed. Most eggs contain dioxins.
Japanese Encephalitis and Pig Killings
We have a tradition of Health Ministers in this country who believe that they have been put there only to give licences to drug manufacturers and medical colleges for monetary considerations, to threaten tobacco companies and to have their offices renovated. They understand nothing of disease. In this century, pandemics are common, diseases that stretch across continents. No Health Minister can even visualize these. They cannot even understand the old ways of tackling disease – look at the abysmal primary health centres – forget about the new. This minister, Ramadoss, is perhaps even worse because he is a primary grade doctor and so he thinks he knows a lot. In response to a question of mine in Parliament that fluoride in toothpastes was banned for children abroad, would we do it here as well, he replied that Fluoride was an essential nutrient of the body! In one year all he has done is to try and take over the Homeopathic, Ayurvedic and Medical Councils so that he can do the licencing of the teaching colleges and get the kickbacks. Oh yes, and threaten the cigarette companies.
So when there is a health crisis like Japanese Encephalitis, what is the response of the Health Minister– and all health ministers in each state and health officers in the municipalities? Kill the pigs in the towns.
Humans the only ones that die of Heart Attacks…?
I am still reading the book Zoobiquity and one chapter is about the similarity of heart attacks in people and animals. According to the author, a doctor and head of internal medicine in a teaching hospital, whenever a shocking event like an earthquake or tsunami or even a war close by takes place, people get far more heart attacks than normal. Chest pains, arrhythmias and deaths rise. For instance when the Iraqi forces sent Scud missiles into Tel Aviv and civilians faced the possibility of being blown up at random, more Israelis died from heart attacks than from the missiles. Fear and dread is a terrible weapon. I know because I have lived with it most of my life and working with sick and dying animals can literally weaken and break your heart. During the 9/11 time, heart attacks reached an all time high across America. Doctors say that people watching sports matches often keel over from anxiety.
But are humans the only ones that die of fright? No. Bird trappers see that when they throw a net over forest birds and then move to put them into capture boxes, many have died on the spot, terrified by the sudden capture. The heart and the mind are inexorably linked. People die of emotional stress- even though their hearts and arteries are clean and healthy. The only thing that doctors find in such cases is a lightbulb shaped bulge at the bottom of the heart, now known as Takotsubo- direct physical evidence that severe stress (fear, grief, shock, intense negative emotion) can alter the shape of the heart and the way it pumps blood. It is now called the “broken–heart syndrome”. Not just human, every animal gets it. Watch an elephant that lies down by its dead friend or child and dies a few days later. That is Takotsubo. Stress hormones called catecholamines gush into the blood stream, poisoning muscles, causing clots, and causing the heart to beat wildly and dangerously.
Diabetes – What You Need To Know
Diabetes is the fastest growing health problem in the world. Type 1 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes in children but it also appears in adulthood and patients must take daily injections of insulin for the rest of their lives.
The pancreas is an organ that makes digestive juices and hormones. It produces hormones, like insulin, which regulate the use and storage of the body's main energy sources, sugar and fats in the cells. The insulin-producing cells are called beta cells.
To understand its prevention, you have to understand type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is the result of the body attacking and destroying its own insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. When these beta cells are destroyed, the body cannot produce insulin. Type 1 diabetes is diagnosed.
Smoking and How It Affects Your Pets
You don’t want to give up smoking for your own health or because you smell or even if people look down their noses at a lower class habit. Would you do it for your companion animals?
Cats living with smokers are twice as likely to acquire malignant lymphoma as those in non-smoking households, reports Tufts University and Massachusetts University scientists. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology entitled "Environmental Tobacco Smoke and Risk of Malignant Lymphoma in Pet Cats” links second-hand smoke to cancer in cats. Feline lymphoma is the most common cancer in domestic cats.
All household pets are exposed to the same environmental contaminants as their owners. In fact their exposure levels might read even higher than those of human household members who can spend time away from the home Cats not only inhale smoke, they also ingest particulate matter by licking it from their fur while grooming. The number of household smokers also appears as a factor with nearly a double relative risk for cats living with one smoker and four times the risk for cats living with two or more smokers. The risk increased according to the duration and level of the cat's tobacco exposure. Cats living with humans smoking a pack or more a day had a three-fold increased risk
L cysteine - It's in Your Food
Humans – and specially those that make religion into a profession and trade in it – never cease to amaze me. While collecting data for an article on ingredients in your food, I came across a fight started by Jewish priests or Rabbis who are extremely powerful in America/Israel about something Indian which will shock you!
Jews are allowed to eat only Kosher food. The Rabbis have to decide what, from time to time is kosher as the food industry keeps bringing in new things on to the table. They have to decide whether frog’s legs and snails are kosher, whether beetle blood can be used as red essence, whether pregnant salmon can have their stomachs slit and their eggs extracted for caviare.
There are hundreds of components in your food that you read on the label but never investigate. Carmine, cysteine, carrageenan, candelilla wax. What are those ingredients in your food? Which is from animal fat? From Insects? Which are vegetarian? For instance, Though lecithin exists in egg yolks and tissues of animals, some companies extract it from soybeans. Lipase is derived from pigs.
Is Gelatine Hiding in Your Food?
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 21:23
Several months ago, a young millionaire from Baroda came to see me. He talked enthusiastically about how he and his brother had come up from nothing and had stayed vegetarian, teetotallers in keeping with his family’s strict morals and Indian culture etc and made money anyway. What did he make it from? India’s largest gelatine factory. He reminds me of the owner of Al Kabeer, India’s largest slaughterhouse, who says he is vegetarian. In fact this man buys his “raw material” from Al Kabeer.
How many times a day do you eat a slaughtered animal? Every time you eat anything that has gelatine in it. Gelatine made from the hooves, cartilage bones, skins and tendons of animals by boiling them or using dilute acid. Pigs, cows, calves, buffaloes, chickens, fish. Gelatine companies select the “raw material” suppliers- the people who grow animals in their factory-farms and then these are killed, their bones, hooves, skins stripped. The worldwide production of gelatin is now 250,000 tons per year. Millions and millions of animals.
Viagra and its Natural Substitute
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 11:58
On Valentine’s Day, an ad was aired on CNN, ESPN by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). The ad, titled “Room 103,” depicts a hotel room and a couple whose romance comes to a crashing halt because of failure to perform. The camera pans to the remains of what the couple had for dinner: a meat-heavy, high-fat dinner. The ad ends with the tag line, “Eating meat contributes to artery blockages—and that can make you impotent.”
How many older men perked up when they read about Viagra? For a few years it became the best selling “medicine” in the world. Now its popularity is down with so many people getting sick with headaches and upset stomachs and dying of heart attacks and strokes after using and misusing it. Over 700 men have died while using Viagra in the U.S. alone. Other side effects are a stuffy nose and heartburn, visual disturbances, hypersensitivity to light. Viagra cannot be taken by patients who take nitrates for coronary heart disease -- angina, blocked arteries to the heart.
When an article comes out on pesticides people tend to skip over it because they feel powerless about the problem and they already know that pesticides in their food will give them diseases starting with cancer. Even the government agencies that allow these pesticides only test for their cancer causing potential and if it doesn’t show up immediately or they have multinational pressure on them they allow it as “acceptable risk”.
This piece is about a completely new impact, which has just been studied, -violence in society. Thousands of years ago the Greek Philosopher Socrates commented on the new generation
"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they love chatter in place of exercise. What is happening to our young people?
Weekly Article by Maneka Gandhi
I know a girl who spends a lot of her day pulling out tiny hair from the backs of her fingers and scratching her pimples till they bleed and scar. Some humans mutilate themselves by inflicting cuts on their bodies. Not to kill themselves but to cause pain that makes them feel better. Some people chew nails right down to the cuticle and seem to enjoy the ache. Others go and get regular tattoos that hurt a lot. What makes people do this? They give all sorts of fancy names – borderline personality disorder, for instance. The fact is that no one knows what the trigger is.
Do animals do the same? I have adopted a very strange dog who was thrown out of his house because all he did was bite his own body till he got smelly sores. While he has stopped most of it, he does it again when his hair gets long. He pulls the hair out, making whimpering noises of pain- usually when I have visitors. Some years ago, we had a dog who licked and licked his front foot till he had a large wound. Any dressing was quickly bitten off. We had to put an Elizabethan collar round him till the wound healed. Dogs that are tied up in the same place all day are likely to start hurting themselves.
Some owners complain that their cats lick themselves so hard that they get red oozing sores. They do not do it in front of humans, being secret lickers.
Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Alsatians, Great Danes, Dobermans are some of the dogs that also suffer from this: they lick themselves obsessively till they develop sores. Most abused parts of the body are the base and tips of the tail and the legs. This has nothing to do with fungus, fleas or infection. It has no reason. Watch an animal do this and you will see the dazed hypnotized look on its face. Vets have named it Canine Compulsive Disorder.
When I was Minister for Social Justice there were demands for giving grants to build Alzheimer’s disease Homes - a disease unknown in India till the 1970s. In the West the first 150 cases happened in 1948, rose to 600 by 1978. Now there are 500,000 cases in the U.K., 250,000 in Canada and 4.5 million in the U.S. 10% of people over 65 in the US have it and 50% of 85 year olds. It is now very much in India – which means homes have to be set up as it is almost impossible for anyone to look after an Alzheimer’s patient for a long time.
Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible brain disorder in which a person loses his capacity to reason, think, recognize and function. The disease progresses from mild forgetfulness to death in just 8 years and is most prevalent in people over the age of 65. 55% of all senility cases are now Alzheimer’s.
Is it to do with old age? If so, everyone would get it. But, the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that very poor people in Nigeria/India are far less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease than their relatives in New York, Obviously it is a lifestyle related disease.
Obesity - A Pressing Health Problem
We often wonder how first generation Indian children do so well abroad in the fields that requires intelligence. Could it be? As they have been brought up by their newly immigrant parents in the same tradition of vegetarianism as they were accustomed to at home? How come the second generation of Indian children settled abroad is not as bright as their parents – they are in fact the same mental level as any American children. Could it be because the third generation has been brought up on the typical western meat-fat diet?
The International Alzheimer’s Association once called a meeting to discuss new findings that this mental disease may be the result of meat eating. Alzheimer’s disease isn’t the only thing meat-eaters need to keep in mind when it comes to mental health. Research from the University of Toronto shows that high-fat diets of meat and dairy products starve the brain of its energy supply. Researchers believe that high-fat diets may hinder normal brain function by promoting insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is also a precursor to diabetes, another disease linked to meat consumption.