Sunday, December 27, 2015

Latest Truth about Cholesterol

Latest Truth about Cholesterol

One thing at a time, I guess. I earnestly wait for the day when they
will say the same about Insulin and the greatest ever scam on mankind
gets revealed

Cholesterol is finally officially removed from Naughty List ...

The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a
'nutrient of concern', doing a U-turn on their warnings...

In the meantime of 40 years US Drug Industry in connivance with
Health Department made over 1.5 trillion US Dollars by selling
cholestrol lowering drugs. This fear probably caused death of a
million gulliable citizen who believe the US drug industry. (My comment)

By Nikki Barr...

Cholesterol has been on the "naughty" list of nutrients for nearly 40
years, with health officials warning us to stay away from
high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and
clogged arteries.

"Full-fat dairy products and advocados are high in good fats."

But US officials have finally given the green light for a U-turn on
previous warnings, which means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products,
nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as "safe" and
have been officially removed from the "nutrients of concern" list....

The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating
the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015:
"Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that
cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.

"The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because
available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between
consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol,
consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American
College of Cardiology) report....

"Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption."

"Eggs are no longer on the 'naughty list'. "

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no
longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will
instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern...

The 70s, 80s and 90s were the 'non fat' years, with the government
warning people to limit the amount of high-cholersterol foods in
their diets to avoid heart disease and strokes.

But nutritionists and scientists have long been campaigning for the
U-turn, which started with introducing "good cholesterols" back into
the 'safe zone'...

US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: "It's the right decision. We
got the dietary guidelines wrong...
They've been wrong for decades."

He esitmated that about 20 per cent of cholesterol levels in your
blood come from your diet, which means the rest is produced by your
liver and is actually needed by the body...

Dr Chris Masterjohn added: "Since we cannot possibly eat enough
cholesterol to use for our bodies' daily functions, our bodies make
their own....

"When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less.
If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol - such as eggs,
butter, and liver - our body revs up its cholesterol synthesis."

"Nuts were previously thought to contain too much cholesterol."

Sugar has now been identified as the "worst" food culprit for health
problems, with GPs now focusing on weaning patients off the sweet stuff.

Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who works with group Action On Sugar,
says a clamp-down on the food industry is next...

He said: "It's very clear that added sugar has absolutely no
nutritional value whatsoever and, contrary to what the food industry
want you to believe, the body doesn't require any carbohydrate for
energy from added sugar....

"And we know the food industry have been spiking our food with added
sugars. We also know that carbohydrates and particularly refined
carbohydrates - so carbohydrates that lack fibre, sugar being one of
them - have the biggest impact on insulin in terms of surges of
insulin in our body. And insulin is a fat storing hormone." So, in
summary, ditch your skinny latte for a full-fat latte and get some
avocados down you....

MUST READ!!!??????

The Real Truth about Cholesterol

The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver.
Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol.  It is essential
for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the
creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen,
testosterone, and corticosteroids.  High cholesterol in the body is a
clear indication
which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.

Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study
for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and
its risk factors states: "Saturated fats & cholesterol in the diet
are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the
greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century"
Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time.

There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol!  Men of science have
abandoned truth for money.

Attempting to control cholesterol is a very, very dangerous practice
that occurs in every hospital and medical clinic daily.

By Ron Rosedale, MD

             "Statin Drugs Actually Increase Heart Disease"

So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level.
Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn't cause heart disease
& it won't stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have
heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels...

By K.L. Carlson, MBA
Cholesterol guidelines have been created to increase pharmaceutical
profits, not to improve peoples' health.  I know from my experience
as a pharmaceutical sales representative for a statin drug. We were
trained to emphasize to physicians the new lower LDL guidelines that
were ostensibly created by health experts. The truth is the majority
of the experts who created the lower guidelines have multiple
financial ties to pharmaceutical companies.  One expert was found to
have ties to ten drug firms

If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver Got to work
more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is
high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect.  Experts say
that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.

..  Cholesterol is not found to create block any where inn human
body. Why does it create block only in heart, where as calcium sediments create
Block all over the body .. for example kidney, pancreas. Urinary
bladder, gall bladder etc etc...

Saturday, December 26, 2015

The Charms of Goan Dhobitalao

The Charms of Goan Dhobitalao

If you live, or have ever lived, in Bombay, depending on how old you are, this will either be a nostalgic trip of  memories lodged in some dimly lit corner of your mind, or informative of a Bombay that's long gone and you never knew. Either way, it's a most evocative article.
The original dhobis' talao
In a certain generation not too long ago, if you said
Dhobitalao, you meant Little Goa. That area of Bombay was home to a large Dhobi (washer-men) community that worked from a natural pond that was originally built by the Parsis to supply their Agiaries (Fire Temples). Over time as the water got impure, they turned it over to the Dhobis who needed exactly such a spot to base their trade in and the Paris built residential buildings, which they gave over as rentals to new comers in Bombay, while still maintaining their own inhabited buildings in separate compounds.


The Dhobitalo Parsi agiary
It was exactly in such a condition that the first Goans started moving in. Soon the area was overflowing with Goan migrants who chose to live together, God knows how, given the crab mentality for which the community is famed. Not only did they live in harmony, but also in relative peace, although a typical large family of seven or eight lived in one room no bigger than 300 to 500 sq feet. In that space they hatched, matched and were dispatched.
Jer Mahal - the most iconic "Goan" building of Dhobitalao - then and now

Dhobitalao when I knew it was Goan enough to be known to the rest of Bombay and even parts of Pakistan and the Middle East as the Goan hub outside Goa.  Among well-known features of the area were oases of large living spaces of about 1500 sq. feet or more in very old dilapidated buildings that became the homes of Goan Village Clubs of which much has been written about. What I will add is the living conditions were absolutely pathetic but then living in Goa of the time was equally so, despite the large village spaces.
If this description has put in your mind a decrepit neighborhood you would not be entirely wrong, but I have not yet made a reference to the vibrancy of the place as yet.
Dhobitalao was the Bronx of the 1930s. People hung out their washed clothing to dry and sat on their building terraces while their Italian-American counterparts sat on their patios. The terraces were the community arenas where every social celebration took place. A birthday, a dance and even movie shows. Everyone was invited, both from the building and everywhere else. It was prohibition Bombay and the famous Aunty's rotgut was served.
On one occasion, while learning German from a Saligao resident of Indra Bhuvan, I was called to watch a movie on the 'penthouse'. The boys running the projector sat precariously with their equipment on a small patch on the roof, the white painted wall was the screen and the bar was lined along one side.
There were all kinds of home cooked snacks on a table and everybody sat hunched on the floor in the dark of an 8pmday. I don't remember the name of the movie, but it was smuggled in by the Goan usher of the nearby Metro MGM cinema. There was dancing after the movie but by then I had left as I had a long distance to reach home.

Goan ushers smuggled us into Metro cinema to watch movies free!
Dhobitalao's main street extended from the Sonapur Church to the meat and vegetable market at the other end, a distance of about 800 meters. Along the way were butcher shops selling fresh pork, the famous C D'Souza's and Vienna restaurants which were frequented by lonely mariners between trips.
Our Lady of Seven Dolours church - better known as Sonapur Church
They served excellent Goan-Bombay fusion food at ridiculously low prices. In 1965 for one rupee, you could get a plate of sorpotel, a loaf of bread and Crumb Chops (pork chops fried with batter and bread crumbs) followed by a plate of rice with fish curry and a fried mackerel on the side. Even for that era, it was excellent value.
On Dhobitalao streets, other restaurants abounded. The names that come to mind are Snow Flakes and Castle Rock. Along Main Street were also a couple of wax candle shops. Thinking about it now, I wonder what kept them in business. Perhaps it was the yearly fairs at which body parts made of wax were sold. If you didn't have a baby, you bought a wax baby to offer at the altar. If you had polio I suppose you offered a wax leg. Main Street was the show-piece of Dhobitalao. Other side streets were not so clean nor as spacious.

Snow Flake restaurant today
There were the Wellington Terraces, a group of four buildings within a rough stony compound that was a village all by itself. Everybody in Dhobitalao had a relative or villager in Wellington. Outside the Wellington were all sorts of trades-people -- tailors, darners, cobblers and others.  All were excellent craftsmen and I remember my dad taking me to a cobbler there to custom make my leather shoes even though we lived in Byculla, a street car or bus ride away. Perhaps part
of the reason might have been the opportunity to visit one of his friends where a glass of hooch was assured.

A Bombay tram
Out of this enclave but still within Dhobitalao on the southern and eastern ends were the Irani restaurants about which our Goanetter Marcos Catao recently sent a most interesting link on Goanet. Two of them were popularly known as Sassani and Bastani. They made the best bread puddings and the most flaky and light meat patties that melted on your tongue. The pani-kum (less water) chai was a great chaser to these snacks.
Bastani and Sassanian - today

A little beyond Bastanis on a straight line was the standing place of the 'Dhobitalao Mixed Band'. These were not band members but individual musicians who waited to be hired for any weddings or other big occasions. They were not a cohesive unit and some never played with others, but once they were selected, without practice, they performed as if they were an accomplished orchestra.
That is a great thing about Goans. They make awesome musicians. Partly in the genes and partly due to their village choir-master training, playing is across the spectrum. In all the great Bombay swing bands of the sixties and seventies, Micky Correia, Johnny Baptist, Maurice Concessio, Goody Seervai, Nelly, Ken Mac and Hal Green, Goans were by far the majority of the musicians. Nowhere could this
be seen better than in Dhobitalao.

Band leaders Maurice Concessio, Johnny Baptist. Ken Mac,    
Mickey Correa, Goody Seervai, Cyril Sequiera

A walk down any neighborhood street especially after sun set (the classic drinking time) would produce harmonious wafting sounds of lilting Portuguese and Brazilian marches and sambas, Argentinian tangos, classical mandos, and even Louisana blues and Hollywood music scores. It was truly a music fest per gratis.
At the heart of Catholic Dhobitalao was the Sonapur (town of gold) church. Manned by priests of the fire and brimstone era, they thundered out against mortal sin and every violation of the Church code of the time. Women withsleeveless dresses were sent away without the host and the ones without veils or scarves on their heads were publiclyberated. Khomeini must have learnt his state-craft from them.
They did not single out the men. These they considered to be without redemption. As soon as the priest stepped to the pulpit to start the preaching, the men made off to C. D'Souza's next door for a coffee and cigarettes. What they didn't hear, they didn't care about.
The vicar even attempted to put a loudspeaker on the tin roof of the joint so as to disturb all conversation inside duringsermon time, but that only resulted in coffee-talk rising many decibels higher. Eventually their volumes outdid thespeaker, permeated the church and disturbed the sermonizing priest himself. The vicar conceded defeat and relocated the loudspeaker, where in his opinion; it would do good to the
more faithful.
In time, we youngsters joined this group of philistines. We called ourselves "outstanding Catholics". 
Religious feast processions winding through the streets of Dhobitalao were as bad as the culling of seals in the Canadian Arctic. There would be a massive crowd of people setting out from the church but as each Aunty's speakeasy was passed along the way, the numbers of men would get less and less until at the door of the church on returning the only males in the procession were below fifteen, those banned from their favorite Aunties bars due to non-payment or bad credit or the very frail who wanted nothing but peace with their God whom they were due to meet soon.
The boys and girls of Dhobitalao were indoctrinated in the value of education by their parents, whether they went to thenearby Jesuit school of St Xavier's or to the more plebeian Little Flower, St Sebastian or Our Lady of Seven Dolours,nearby. They might have had no place to study except under the dim lights of the passage ways or during late nights withtheir parents snores for company, but they learned their lessons well. They became masters of merchant naval vessels and business and working middle class men and women all over the world.

St Xavier's High School, 1910. My father went there too - and won theSchool’s most prestigious award, the St Xavier’s Silver Medal forgraduating at the top of the Matriculation Class. It looked much the same in 1950 when I started there and in 1974 when the last of us four brothers graduated.He was awarded that Silver Medal as top student of his year too.

Here in Toronto there are many of thoseonce-Dhobi Talao-youngsters. They are solid burghers now and their children go for the best higher education there is. It's almost like Thomas Friedman, a columnist in the New York Times, put it with a touch of humor: When we were young kidsgrowing up in America, we were told to eat our vegetables and not leave them. Mothers said "think of the starving childrenin India and finish the dinner".  And now I tell my children "Finish your homework. Think of the children in India who would make you starve if you don't."

Friday, December 25, 2015

benefits of buttermilk (chaas).

Here are some of the amazing benefits of buttermilk (chaas).

1. Fights acidity.

9 Health Benefits Of Buttermilk
If you tend to suffer from acid reflux after a meal, start including chaas in your diet. The yoghurt will cool your stomach and soothe any irritation, while the ginger and spices will help prevent the acidity.

2. Soothes the stomach after a spicy meal.

Spicy food irritates the stomach lining, but chaas can help soothe it. Milk and milk-based products are actually the best remedies for spice – they contain proteins that neutralise the spice and cool off your system. 

3. Improves digestion.

The spices in chaas are excellent digestive aids that prevent indigestion and excessive burping. Yoghurt is loaded with probiotics, which encourage the growth of healthy gut flora. This will improve everything from your digestion to your immunity. 

4. Boosts your calcium intake.

9 Health Benefits Of Buttermilk
Adults require 1,000 – 1,200 mg of calcium per day, to maintain healthy bones and teeth. 1 cup of milk contains about 300 mg, while 1 cup of yoghurt contains about 420 mg of calcium. Adding just 1 cup ofchaas to your daily diet can boost your calcium intake by 350 mg.

5. Washes down fats.

Do you know that feeling, when you’ve eaten so much that you think you’re in a food coma? Drinkingchaas after your meal will make you feel better, since it washes down the oil, butter and ghee that coat your oesophagus and stomach, making you feel much lighter.

6. Contains several other nutrients, apart from calcium.

Chaas is a good source of proteins, potassium and B vitamins. Each of the ingredients in chaas is extremely healthy, with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These nutrients boost immunity, improve sleep, enable hormone synthesis and much more. 

7. Lowers cholesterol, reduces blood pressure and prevents cancer.

9 Health Benefits Of Buttermilk
A study found that the milk fat molecules in buttermilk contain a unique bioactive protein that lowers cholesterol and has antiviral, antibacterial and anticarcinogenic properties. The same study found that drinking chaas every day can reduce blood pressure significantly.

8. Prevents dehydration. 

Carry a bottle of chaas with you if you know you’re going to be out in the heat, or have a chilled glass as soon as you get home. The combination of water, yoghurt, salt and spices will replenish your fluid and electrolyte levels instantly, helping you ward off dehydration. 

9. Works for lactose-intolerant people.

Many people who are lactose intolerant are actually able to digest yoghurt without a problem. If you’re lactose intolerant, drinking chaas is one way to make sure you get your calcium.

Masala chaas recipe

9 Health Benefits Of Buttermilk
• 400 ml yoghurt
• 1 tsp black salt
• 1 tsp chaat masala
• 1/2 inch piece of ginger
• 2 green chillies, finely chopped
• A pinch asafoetida (hing)
• Salt to taste
• 1 tsp lemon juice
• A few curry leaves (kadi patta)
• 2 tbsp chopped coriander 
• Put the green chillies, coriander, ginger and 2-3 curry leaves in a mixer and blend them till they form a smooth paste.
• Add the yoghurt and blend using a hand blender, till smooth.
• Pour this mixture into a glass.
• Add the chaat masala, black salt, salt, lemon juice and asafoetida and mix well.
• Chill in the refrigerator.
• Garnish with one curry leaf and a few coriander leaves and serve.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

15 Christmas Traditions from Around The World

Christmas is a holiday celebrated in countless countries around the world. And because each country has its own culture, they also have unusual traditions, practices, and myths that are specific for this blessed feast. While you may have heard of the Italian's Befana, this may not be the case for the Greek's evil goblins and Austria's bizarre food-tossing tradition. Here are 15 weird Christmas traditions from around the world that you may have never heard of!
1. Estonia
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World
2. Ireland
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

3. France
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

4. Germany
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

5. Greece
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

6. Austria
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

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7. Venezuela
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

8. Italy
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

9. Japan
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

10. Czech Republic
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

11. Ukraine
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

12. Iceland
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

13. Australia
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

14. Slovakia
15 Bizarre Christmas Traditions From All Over the World

15. Britain