November 22, 2013 at 2:50 am #41576
note: Scientists cannot figure out why nuts are good for us. I suspect it has to do with SEED energy of the nuts activating a sense of our own seed energy in our soul. -Michael
Study ties nuts to lower cancer, heart death risk
November 20, 2013 6:35 PM EST
DALLAS (AP) Help yourself to some nuts this holiday season: Regular nut eaters were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease in fact, were less likely to die of any cause during a 30-year Harvard study.
Nuts have long been called heart-healthy, and the study is the largest ever done on whether eating them affects mortality.
Researchers tracked 119,000 men and women and found that those who ate nuts roughly every day were 20 percent less likely to die during the study period than those who never ate nuts. Eating nuts less often also appeared to lower the death risk, in direct proportion to consumption.
The risk of dying of heart disease dropped 29 percent and the risk of dying of cancer fell 11 percent among those who had nuts seven or more times a week compared with people who never ate them.
The benefits were seen from peanuts as well as from pistachios, almonds, walnuts and other tree nuts. The researchers did not look at how the nuts were prepared oiled or salted, raw or roasted.
A bonus: Nut eaters stayed slimmer.
“There’s a general perception that if you eat more nuts you’re going to get fat. Our results show the opposite,” said Dr. Ying Bao of Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
She led the study, published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine. The National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research & Education Foundation sponsored the study, but the nut group had no role in designing it or reporting the results.
Researchers don’t know why nuts may boost health. It could be that their unsaturated fatty acids, minerals and other nutrients lower cholesterol and inflammation and reduce other problems, as earlier studies seemed to show.
Observational studies like this one can’t prove cause and effect, only suggest a connection. Research on diets is especially tough, because it can be difficult to single out the effects of any one food.
People who eat more nuts may eat them on salads, for example, and some of the benefit may come from the leafy greens, said Dr. Robert Eckel, a University of Colorado cardiologist and former president of the American Heart Association.
Dr. Ralph Sacco, a University of Miami neurologist who also is a former heart association president, agreed.
“Sometimes when you eat nuts you eat less of something else like potato chips,” so the benefit may come from avoiding an unhealthy food, Sacco said.
The Harvard group has long been known for solid science on diets. Its findings build on a major study earlier this year a rigorous experiment that found a Mediterranean-style diet supplemented with nuts cuts the chance of heart-related problems, especially strokes, in older people at high risk of them.
Many previous studies tie nut consumption to lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and other maladies.
In 2003, the Food and Drug Administration said a fistful of nuts a day as part of a low-fat diet may reduce the risk of heart disease. The heart association recommends four servings of unsalted, unoiled nuts a week and warns against eating too many, since they are dense in calories.
The new research combines two studies that started in the 1980s on 76,464 female nurses and 42,498 male health professionals. They filled out surveys on food and lifestyle habits every two to four years, including how often they ate a serving (1 ounce) of nuts.
Study participants who often ate nuts were healthier they weighed less, exercised more and were less likely to smoke, among other things. After taking these and other things into account, researchers still saw a strong benefit from nuts.
Compared with people who never ate nuts, those who had them less than once a week reduced their risk of death 7 percent; once a week, 11 percent; two to four times a week, 13 percent; and seven or more times a week, 20 percent.
“I’m very confident” the observations reflect a true benefit, Bao said. “We did so many analyses, very sophisticated ones,” to eliminate other possible explanations.
For example, they did separate analyses on smokers and non-smokers, heavy and light exercisers, and people with and without diabetes, and saw a consistent benefit from nuts.
At a heart association conference in Dallas this week, Penny Kris-Etherton, a Pennsylvania State University nutrition scientist, reviewed previous studies on this topic.
“We’re seeing benefits of nut consumption on cardiovascular disease as well as body weight and diabetes,” said Kris-Etherton, who has consulted for nut makers and also served on many scientific panels on dietary guidelines.
“We don’t know exactly what it is” about nuts that boosts health or which ones are best, she said. “I tell people to eat mixed nuts.”November 24, 2013 at 8:09 am #41577November 24, 2013 at 9:14 pm #41579
Allahabad High Court today denied permission to a sadhu from taking ‘bhu-samadhi’ (living in a dug up pit, which will be covered with mud from the top without food, water or air) at Kumbh mela premises.
Their first meal together was a pleasant surprise to the retreatant, who had expected a diet of bread and water, since it consisted of fried eggs, rice and beans, honey and wine. As with the hour of rising, however, he discovered that the monks themselves followed a stricter rule: for at least six months of the year they were allowed only one meal a day, and that of coarse vegetables washed down with vinegary wine.
-ROBERT BALDICK, The Life of J.-K. Huysmans
“Strict Observance” refers to the Trappists’ goal of following closely St. Benedict’s Rule and taking the three vows described in his Rule (c. 58): stability, fidelity to monastic life, and obedience. Benedict’s insistence on lack of speech has some impact on their way of life, though (contrary to popular belief) they do not take a vow of silence. Trappist monks generally speak only when necessary; thus idle talk is strongly discouraged. According to St. Benedict, speech disturbs a disciple’s quietude and receptivity, and may tempt one to exercise one’s own will instead of the will of God. Speech that leads to unkind amusement or laughter is seen as evil and is banned. A Trappist sign language, distinct from other forms of monastic sign language, has developed to render speaking unnecessary. Meals are usually taken in contemplative silence as members of the order are supposed to listen to a reading.
One of the most pronounced effects of amphetamine appears to be on the central nervous system, where it accelerates and desyncronizes the electroencephalogram and facilitates monosynaptic and polysynaptic transmission in the in the spinal cord. In laboratory animals, low and moderate doses produce increased spontaneous motor activity as measured in jiggle cages or photoelectric cell activity chambers. Humans report insomnia subjective feelings of euphoria, and exhibit generally increased motor activity.
-TRAVIS THOMPSON & CHARLES R. SCHUSTER, Behavioral Pharmacology
One might get impression that even trappists, who are supposed to be so ascetic, have become quite effeminate.
Here is something again where kung fu/yoga bums and hobos have upper hand.
This is simply so because it really seems that for some more unusual changes special conditions are necessary.
So to make some fundamental transformations with metabolism plausible, one needs position where it’s possible to withdraw as far as possible from any kind of disturbances.
Anyway also these Indian cases quite clearly show how important secrecy is in certain things.
Ps. Sorry for my broken English.
Here’s another strange look at Prahlad Jani, an Indian holy man who claims to have lived without food and water since 1940, and says that the goddess Amba sustains him. Since the 1970s, Jani has lived as a hermit in a cave in the rainforest near the Gujarati temple of Ambaji, awakening at 4am each day and spending most of his time meditating.
From April 22 until May 6, 2010, Prahlad Jani was observed and tested by Sudhir Shah and a team of 35 researchers from the Indian Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), as well as other organizations. The team studied Jani with daily clinical examinations, blood tests, and scans. Round-the-clock surveillance was reportedly followed using multiple CCTV cameras and personal observation. The researchers say that Jani was taken out of the sealed room for tests and exposure to sun under continuous video recording.
According to the researchers, Jani’s only contact with any form of fluid was said to be during gargling and occasional bathing starting from the 5th day of observation, and the toilet in Jani’s room was sealed to test his claim that he did not need to urinate or defecate. After fifteen days of observation during which he reportedly did not eat, drink or go to the toilet, all medical tests on Jani were reported as normal and researchers described him as being in better health than someone half his age.
The doctors reported that although the amount of liquid in Jani’s bladder fluctuated and that Jani appeared “able to generate urine in his bladder”, he did not pass urine. Based on Jani’s reported levels of leptin and ghrelin, two appetite-related hormones, DRDO researchers posited that Jani may be demonstrating an extreme form of adaptation to starvation and water restriction.
Dr. Sudhir Shah and Prahlad Jani
10 May 2010. The logo to the left indicates the source of the story this post begins with. FOX, being fair and balanced, got the story from The Sun, the fair and balanced tabloid from the UK. The story begins: “An Indian holy man has amazed a team of doctors by not eating or drinking anything for two weeks.” To be fair and balanced: this story is all over the Internet.
I wrote about this “holy man,” Prahlad Jani, in my last newsletter. He claims he hasn’t eaten or drunk anything for over 70 years. About six years ago, Jani pulled this same publicity stunt and it was reported by the BBC. In 2003, Jani and his promoters, led by Dr. Sudhir Shah, were debunked by Sanal Edamaruku of the Indian Rationalist Association.
“The Indian Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the NASA have obviously been taken in by the absurd claims of a village fraud,” wrote Sanal Edamaruku, Secretary General of the Indian Rationalist Association, in a letter to the Indian Defense Minister George Fernandes. “It is shocking to see that government officials and scientists are so gullible to believe that a human being can survive 60 years without food and water! The claim does not only contradict experience and common sense, but also our well-established biological and medical knowledge about the functioning of the human body. It is absolutely impossible that it is true – if it was, it would disprove the laws of physiology and we would have to rewrite our scientific text books!”
….The Indian Rationalist Association has experienced specialists for such cases and a long track record of successful investigations into similar claims. Up to now, all of them have been exposed as frauds.
In 1999, there had been the widely reported case of Kumari Neerja from Jalaun district (Uttar Pradesh state), who claimed that she was the reincarnation of the Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of letters and literature. She stayed alone in a small closet and allegedly did not take any food for five years and did not excrete urine or stool. Since her managers announced that she would soon transform into a lifeless statue of Saraswati, the police were alarmed.
In cooperation with the police, our young rationalist investigators and physicians verified her room and found the entry to a little toilet hidden behind a shelf and a brick hole, through which she received food. Blood tests revealed the presence of glucose, indicating the intake of food. When finally a harmless gas, causing vomiting sensation, was released into her room, she vomited pieces of chapatti and potatoes. The confused woman turned out to be a mental case and was admitted to the local government hospital.
In 1992, Sanal Edamaruku exposed the godman Pilot Baba who claimed that he survived in meditation under water for five days without breathing. Pilot Baba’s under-water feat attracted national and international attention. He constructed a huge swimming pool in a Delhi public park, climbed down in front of a crowd of 4000, ordered water to be pumped in and stayed there underwater for four days. That was at least the claim.
But Edamaruku and his assistants exposed him. They found out that there was a special secret pipeline connection. Though water was pumped in, the tarpaulin-covered pool did not get wet inside, and the Baba had a comfortable time on its dry ground. Four years later, in 1996, he tried it again. This time he claimed to stay for four days buried under the earth. Edamaruku exposed him again in front of television cameras. This time he was sitting comfortably in an underground dug-up room.
Jani’s handlers did not allow Edamaruku and his associates to be involved in the testing of Jani in 2003. Nor were they allowed to be involved in the recent re-testing. According to Edamaruku:
I asked to be allowed to send an independent team to survey the room where this test is taking place, but I was repeatedly turned down. It is ridiculous to ask people to believe that any man can go 15 days, let alone 70 years, without food or water.
Dr. Shah has been in charge of three similar investigations over the past ten years, and he has never allowed independent verification. In 2000, he was asking for funds to investigate a man he claimed got his energy from the sun, just like plants do. In 2003, he even approached NASA for funds to investigate Mr. Jani, claiming astronauts might benefit from the research. This particular hospital, led by this particular doctor, keeps on making these claims without ever producing evidence or publishing research.
Another reason for being suspicious of Dr. Shah is that he is not presenting his evidence (including his alleged round-the-clock film surveillance of Jani) to a scientific journal or committee. He gave the results of the study to a blogger. Another blogger commented: Id love to see the video of his gargling and bathing activities, which appear to be a shift from the no-liquids rule from earlier in the experiment. (As far as I know, Sanal EdamarukuSanal Edamaruku has not blogged recently about Shah and Jani. update2: 18 May 2010. Edamaruku has an article in the The Guardian about Shah and Jani. See also Beyond Bodily Needs: Prahlad Jani and the Solarian Scam by Narendra Nayak, President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations. He is a retired professor of Biochemistry.)
Some might find it amusing that the Daily Mailnot known for its fair, balanced, and skeptical reportingfinds the Jani story a bit of a stretch, even if it tugs at the apron strings of little old ladies with infinite faith and a willingness to suspend disbelief in the incredible.
update1: 16 May 2010. Rationalists doubt claims made for ‘Mataji’ Prahalad Jani The Gujarat-Mumbai Rationalist Association (GMRA) has said that Jani’s claims have never been proven….Secretary of GMRA Keeran Trivedi said in a press release that Jani’s claims have never been substantiated, and that such baseless superstitious claims should not be fuelled further. The release says, “We rationalists have challenged Jani’s claims in the past as well. US-based rationalist Deepak Patel had offered to get Jani checked in the US, but he has not responded. At regular intervals, drama is created about Jani’s alleged abilities, but the reports of his medical examinations are never made public. Moreover, the team of doctors is always the same, as is the hospital.”
new Prahlad Jani in EsoWatch.com, the wiki of irrational believe systems (From the FAQ for EsoWatch: “we are not associated with any sceptic organization. We like many sceptic resources, but usually they are a bit tame for our taste.”) The Prahland Jani article is very detailed and about as objective as one can be about an incredible story where access to all the data is limited by interested parties. Note: most of the articles on EsoWatch seem to be in German. Of those in English that I have looked at, most have some sort of connection to quackery in Germany and to Germanic New Medicine.
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