NY Colored Orphan Asylum 1836 to 1863

Pardon my political incorrectness! This is my entry for Black History Month, February 1018, about a unique part of African-American history yn New York City at the 19th Century – the 1800’s.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the city of New York used outer areas to house orphans, sick, and unwanted. It kept the peace stable. Most people lived in what is now the financial center and Tribeca. Farms gave way to establishing a city in lower Manhattan. One key question, how were “Negro” orphans treated in the segregated 19th century?

Orphans are and have been a reality for centuries. Churches have tried to camouflage it but there were orphanages in most western civilized societies. If you were black, Afro-American, or Negro in New York City’s 19th-century, and an orphan, you had a safe place to stay. The NY Colored Orphan Asylum was a secure, racist-free orphanage on Fifth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets. The Colored Orphan Asylum provided home services for about 233 children.

The New York City Colored Orphan Asylum was at this location from 1836 to 1863. Actually, the idea began in 1834 when three Quakers decided to create a safe haven for negro orphans. In 1836 they purchased a house on 12th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The purchase was necessary because no property owner would lease to a group housing black children. With the house ready to receive orphans, three Quaker women headed to the almshouse. They rescued 11 children who were being housed in the cellar there.

In 1836, New York City barely resembled how it appears today. Most New York City residents lived south of 14th Street. Actually, south pf Canal Street. The infamous 5-Points neighborhood wasn’t built yet toward the now trendy lower east-side.

42nd Street and Fifth Avenue was undeveloped land and a socially acceptable area to build asylums, particularly a Colored Orphan Asylum. People didn’t need to see, hear, or think about the wayward, the sick, and the orphans. As a matter, one main reservoir from the original Croton Reservoir (1843) was on 42nd Street, where Bryant Park is today. That’s how remote the current midtown hub was in 1836. It remained there until 1863 when it was destroyed and burned.

White racism among the poor and immigrant people reacted to the Civil War military draft imposed by President Abraham Lincoln. A key problem focused that the advantaged wealthy were able to pay for exemption. The poor and new immigrants from Germany and Ireland would be drafted.

The poor Irish and German immigrants had a particular focal point at targeting the African-Americans of New York as scapegoats. The Irish usually had to compete with the “Negroes” for jobs and grunt labor, particularly in building tunnels, such as the water tunnels and sewage tunnels. In addition, “Negroes” were pretty much exempt from being drafted due to a lack of military opportunities.

The riots were a three-day orgy of violence towards Afro-American owned businesses, Afro-Americans, and Native Americans. They marched upwards to the shanty areas where those “minorities” lived. And, by the third day, the Colored Orphan Asylum was burned to the ground. Most of the children were rescued by the Fire and Police department.

The asylum would relocate to 144th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, in the new village of Harlem, at Sugar Hill. Later it moved to Riverdale in the Bronx. Though attractive, the Riverdale site was the most upper, out-of-the-way area of the Bronx, on West 261 Street bordering Yonkers. It was larger and considered one of the best orphanages in New York City. In the 1960’s, the site was sold to the Hebrew Home for the Aged.

Dr. James McCune Smith, an African-American physician, provided medical services for about 20 years to the orphans at Colored Orphan Asylum in New York. As there were absolutely no opportunities for Africans to enter medical schools in the United States, Dr. McCune received his medical education at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. In addition, he was the founder of the American Geographic Society.

It is difficult to put yourself in the shoes of those who are not seen as being on par with tour status. Many minorities are viewed under different scopes. This included blacks and the poor. The conceptualization of race (or gender) moved from the biological to the sociological sphere with the march of science. The atmosphere created by racial inferiority theories and stereotypes, 246 years of black chattel slavery, along with biased educational processes, almost inevitably led to medical and scientific abuse, unethical experimentation, and over-utilization of African-Americans as subjects for teaching and training purposes. Stricter ethical controls became issues only in the late 1970’s.

With no acceptance to the American Medical Society, most 19th-century African medical doctors received training in Africa, Europe, or very segregated schools in the Americas. Thus it is important to understand how influential the Quakers were in providing medical care to those residing at the New York City Colored Orphan Asylum.

In contrast to what happened in Manhattan in 1863, There was a Home for Colored Aged in Crown Heights in 1863, supported by many philanthropists of that area. These African Americans had lived in a Brooklyn area called Weeksville. This area had one of the largest (one of three) “Colored” communities.

Unwanted or orphaned children continues to be a society-wide dilemma, often debated. Fortunately, segregation is no longer legally valid. Despite strides toward the American Dream of equal opportunity, people are still separated by race, ethnic, religious and gender issues. As Senator Patrick Moynihan may have said, New York (and the USA) is less of a melting pot but more like a tossed salad. There are still many strides and challenges to overcome.

Alzheimer disease and neurostimulation pacemaker

The powers of cognition (the ability to recognize people, places, things and relationships) are believed to take place in the frontal lobe areas of the brain. Some theorists believe that when certain areas of the frontal lobe degrade, so do the rapid access to the entire brain’s cognitive networks. New research seems to be emerging on creating digital pacemakers to stimulate those tissues of the frontal cerebral cortex that otherwise might develop Alzheimer Disease.

Cognition is about thinking and interpreting sensory perceptions – touch, see, hear, smell, and taste. We create emotional attachments to these senses and the viability of those senses off significant contributions to survival and growth. These begin at birth. Some say before birth, as evolutionary genetic markers pass along to generations.

Many people get frightened when they seem forgetful or get stuck on that tip-of-tongue phenomenon. Some fear these are signs of Alzheimer Disease. Other causes for memory problems can include aging, medical conditions, emotional problems, mild cognitive impairment, or another type of dementia.

Alzheimer Disease was once exclusively attributed to aging. It is the degradation of the ability to develop and access cognitive networks. Simply put, it isn’t. Many adults maintain cognition throughout their entire lifespans. Alzheimer disease may also form at much earlier ages. Cognition is a very lively, experimented topic. The development of Alzheimer disease and cognitive research are part of a mutually cohesive network with many branches. Can brain stimulation of certain areas improve chances of reducing or avoiding the effects of Alzheimer disease?

The use and research of brain pacemakers is less than a decade old and was originally developed to help treat Parkinson’s disease. A significant research sponsor is Michael J. Fox, a popular TV actor who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

When it comes to Alzheimer Disease, there are many memory disorders. Currently research theorists on the development of Alzheimer disease debate inferences of causality.

The problem has been that as it emerged beyond the aged norm of senility, Alzheimer’s disease was diagnosed with complete accuracy only after death, when microscopic examination of the brain reveals the characteristic plaques and tangles. This leads to questions as to why so many living people are being diagnosed with Alzheimer disease?

There has been much evidence that has shown how mice kept in a stimulated environment (vs mice in a non-stimulated environment) developed more brain tissue and neuron networks. Neurologists have been discussing that physical exercise produces BDNF or Brain-derived neurotrophic factors. BDNF, it is believed, promotes the survival of nerve cells (neurons) by playing a role in the growth, maturation (differentiation), and maintenance of these cells. It may play a role in building new neuron networks. Some studies support that BDNF increases as a result of physical exercise, aiding neuronal health. The presence of BDNF acts as a natural stimulant for certain brain areas. Since BDNF is genetic, can the reduction or absence of BDNF be behind some cognitive declines?

Cardio-exercise, REM Sleep, Antioxidants found in Coffee or Tea and Meditation help produce BDNF. Subsequently, stress, sugar, and social isolation may reduce BDNF. As such, some that are immobile or old (lacking social networks) might be developing some cognitive impairment because of lower BDNF levels.

According to BBC News,Doctors have known for some time that loneliness is bad for the mind. It leads to mental health problems like depression, stress, anxiety, and a lack of confidence. But there’s growing evidence that social isolation is connected with an increased risk of physical ill health as well. Again, stimulation helps cognitive wellness.

Use of brain pacemakers to help prevent cognitive decline is relatively new and few agree where they should be implanted. Nonetheless, Nanobioelectronics represents a rapidly developing field with broad-ranging opportunities in fundamental biological sciences, biotechnology, and medicine. Instead of referring to these as pacemakers, I prefer neuroprosthetics for monitoring and treating neurological diseases that may help resolve some of those cognitive pathologies that we only are beginning to fathom. Be it Parkinson’s, dementia (there are 4 types of dementia), aphasia, or Alzheimer disease symptoms, there are futures to behold.

There are many things that disrupt access to memories. Finding the seat to how memories are retrieved, processed and accessed is very complex and often to broad to even consider. Normal memory function involves many parts of the brain. Any disease or injury that affects the brain can interfere with memory. Amnesia, for example, might result from a physical trauma from an injury or accident. It may also develop from other causes, often undefined. Dissociative amnesia is organic and may results from a medical or psychological cause as opposed to direct damage to the brain.

There are two types of amnesia:

Anteror Grade Amnesia – Anterograde amnesia is a loss of the ability to create new memories after the event that caused the amnesia, leading to a partial or complete inability to recall the recent past, while long-term memories from before the event remains intact. In a sense, one with Anteror Grade amnesia has no short-term memory.

RetroGrade is a loss of memory-access to events that occurred, or information that was learned, before an injury or the onset of a disease. … It is not to be confused with antero-grade amnesia, which deals with the inability to form new memories following the onset of an injury or disease. One with retrograde may create new memories.

While neuroscience has made inroads at understanding the locations of where memories are stored and, possible treating amnesia. Yet, as result of research, amnesia – particularly antero-grade amnesia – was medically induced. This happened in the case of H.M.

The high incidences of cognitive loss and Alzheimer disease continue despite vast experimentation and research. Are more people being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s than before. There is a genetic marker, APOe-4, that seems to cite some evidence. Yet there are clean genes, dirty genes, and mutated genes. And nutritionists believe that this gene could be influence by dietary factors.

But is APOe-4 the only gene behind Alzheimer onset? Is there more research necessary? In the complex universe of the brain, there is obviously a vast network of questions covering nutrition, neurotransmitters, neurotransmission co factors, and infinite variables from environment and activity.

How would positive results of an APOe-4 test and scale influence one’s life, career, and state of living?

Are we dealing with Alzheimer disease, micro-stroke with cognitive decline, or other cognitive issues?

Of course many of the research experiments aren’t well funded. Perhaps some corporate donors might want to sponsor the research. Elon Musk, of Tesla and Space-X, is developing Neuralink that connects brains with computers. While Neuralink shows no ambitions to treat Parkinson or Alzheimer disease, it may stimulate other business leaders to consider possible investments.

I supported and studied frontal lobe dementia. Frontal lobe dementia does not cause memory loss, but it can exhibit cognitive and neurological problems similar to those caused by Alzheimer’s disease or stroke. The particular area of atrophy is not dissimilar between schizophrenia and dementia. Similar theorists believe that long-term memory storage may have been disaffected due to biochemical deficiencies in REM sleep. On either level, there are no clear etiologies that indicate or predetermine any causal effect of alzheimer disease type symptoms. Yet schizophrenic symptoms and dementia symptoms share some similarities that may be from a missing link between the cortex and the mid-brain memiry centers.

Genetics, diet, smoking, alcohol, substance abuse might be not highly associative to dementia. The problems involve neurotransmitters, catalysts, inhibitors, proteins, peptides, enzymes and a host of variability make us wonder ever more how this prefrontal lesion originated and its effects on memory and organized thinking.

A neurostimulation implant pacemaker therapy may be one significant approach to help suppress cognitive deficits. Using nano-electronic intervention for cognitive decline and avoiding Alzheimer disease, is a promising exploration into helping patients and families deal with cognitive decline. Whether a brain pacemaker will be a benefit is really up to further research as to where they could best stimulate possible reduction in Alzheimer disease decline. Yet, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow may still require a series of quixotic games, puzzles, and questions to conclusively answer. We still don’t know what lies ahead. Do you?

Time restricted eating and Intermittent fasting diets

It isn’t what you eat. It’s when you eat. Meet newer wisdom that may be or not be true.

Research indicates that Time Restricted Eating is a better, healthier way of curbing obesity and weight management. This mouse study shows some really interesting results from its strict controlled environment. Can humans follow it?


Humans do not live in a research lab.

The research went like this:
A mouse allowed to eat 24 hours a day (left) had much higher levels of liver fat (white) than one that consumed the same high-fat diet within an 8-hour daily feeding window (right). Mice that eat only during certain hours avoid obesity and related health problems—even on a high-fat diet.

According to the researchers of this study, While we eat, the body stores fat, which adds weight and puts stress on the liver, and produces glucose, which elevates blood sugar levels—a sign of diabetes. In contrast, evidence suggests that when we stop eating for several hours, the liver stops releasing glucose into the blood, and instead uses it to repair cellular damage. It also releases enzymes that break down cholesterol into acids, which in turn help break down brown fat—a “good” fat that converts calories into heat.

The researchers also add some caution — It’s not yet clear whether there’s a minimum fasting time for the metabolic benefits to kick in at all, or whether they simply work better the longer the fasting time. The researchers also caution that the study shouldn’t motivate anyone to adjust their eating schedule and then completely ignore the fat content of their diet. They also add that there is no evidence that mouse results would be applicable to humans.

Barring some diseases and more sedentary behaviors, obesity. Pictures from our past show many people that would be called obese today. In the past, your ancestors struggled with food scarcity; whereas, today, Americans enjoy an overabundance of available food sources.

Our ancestors had no refrigeration so they ate as needed. Mostly agrarian, they were proficient at storing carbohydrate grains through harsh winters.These ancestors faced difficult lives with long, strenuous, routine labors. Today, office work is more common and computing devices replaced more manual labor.

Early philosophers observed obesity and possible effects. Hippocrates wrote that “Corpulence is not only a disease itself, but the harbinger of others”. As therapy, time restricted eating has few long-term results indicating a considered lifestyle choice. Yet, those willing to try and lose 50 or more pounds find media news about time restricted eating or intermittent fasting attractive.

Gluconeogenesis is a trick that favors low-carb dieting. Time restricted eating, ketogenic, and Intermittent fasting diets postulate that restricting carbohydrates will result in the body creating its own glucose, if you restrict sugars and starch from your body. No sugars mean the body cojnverts body fat into energy. Weight loss is the gain. Simple. Yet the process may also produce some harmful effects down the line. Going too extreme can create stress to your normal functions and cortisol is the end product of managing stress.

The cortisol/glucogenesis relationship is a hormonal process and high levels of cortisol can make any of these low-carb dieters consider other options. Cortisol is an end-product of Adrenalin, secreted by adrenal glands, and is considered one of the key ways that our body responds to stress as fight or flight. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars (glucose) in the bloodstream, enhances your brain’s use of glucose and increases the availability of substances that repair tissues. The reaction is supposed to be brief as cortisol washes away after a stressful incident. When cortisol remains for too long it may be possible to develop HPA Syndrome or adrenal fatigue.

The problems associated with chronically elevated cortisol levels include:
Suppressed immunity.
Hypertension.
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia)
Insulin resistance.
Carbohydrate cravings.
Metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Fat deposits on the face, neck, and belly.
Reduced libido.

Reducing cortisol to a healthy balance requires managing body stress. That takes a chronic approach. Cortisol is made by your adrenal glands, two small glands that sit on top of your kidneys. As a critical end-product in stress management, cortisol plays a key role in other functions, including how your body breaks down carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins. Ketogenic diets believe that if no carbohydrates are present, the liver and kidneys will generate simple-carbs for what the body requires, including the brain. It then metabolizes lipids (fats) and proteins that promote weight loss. While there are tests for cortisol levels, any of these fad diets require scrutiny in the long run.

Cortisol is one of the byproducts among the mechanisms used as natural body protectors in stressful situations. Other hormones are from the pituitary gland that releases corticotropin releasing hormone, or CRH. This hormone acts as a catalyst to create corticosteroids – one of which is cortisol.

This network of natural responses deal with maintaining homeostasis (balance) within the body. Trying to adapt time restricted eating and intermittent fasting diets are habits that run against normal balance. They can be very stressful. Habituation to these diets can be extremely difficult.

In addition, living requires homeostasis — body balance. For some, skipping meals and severely limiting calories can be dangerous. People with certain conditions, such as diabetes, coronary diseases, hypertension, and others associated with chronic obesity may be prone to electrolyte abnormalities from fasting. Some may be dietary while others may be side-effects from medicines you are taking.

A recent article posted association with inflammatory dieting with the incidence of cancer in men.

When it comes to managing weight, time restricted eating and intermittent fasting diets require serious (if not religious) thought. Can you follow these prerequisites and conditions for both weight loss and health maintenance?

The major research on time restricted eating is at the mouse level. Harvard University indicates research on intermittent fasting has been small. One of the not-so-alarming results was a very high dropout rate (38%) in the intermittent fasting group.

While time restricted eating and intermittent fasting diets are in vogue, there is confusion of what foods can be eaten when you can eat. Ads show higher caloric, carb-rich foods, and bad fat foods. That really doesn’t work.

That Hippocrates was mentioning the complex nature of corpulence around 2500 years ago, is a worthy observation that indicates obesity as a significant reality in human history. The low-carbohydrate, high fat diet was developed by William Banting in the 19th century. It was anecdotal as he was the only subject of his original study. He was the first person to do it. It’s been made popular by Professor Tim Noakes in his book The Real Meal Revolution. The idea is that this way of eating makes your body switch from burning carbs for energy to burning fat. Later, Atkins and others wrote books supporting this approach.

From appearance to wellness, diets reign as top in the self-help books and articles. Weight gain and slower metabolism is normal with age. Fashion and health guidelines determine obesity leveling. The main caveat, your body tries to keep an inner balance. Your body is happy being fat and doesn’t consider the possible illnesses that may be attributed to that condition.

Both intermittent fasting and time restricted eating are throwing blows to the generally acceptable calorie restriction diets. Advocates of intermittent fasting and restricted eating claim that, following either, will improve biorhythms and sleep. Yet more people are concerned about their fasting schedules. How will it affect my work, my leisure, and all my other activities. There can be social problems as to whether you can eat dinner out. Unlike our ancestors that ate 2 meals per day – morning and evening – our day spans 24-hours of probable resting and active activity. Does time impact weight gain? Is this a stressor?

The key basis of time restricted eating is that our ancestors followed a circadian rhythm guided by sunrises and sunsets. Once we were able to control light, adjustments were allowed to live differently. Electricity and digital-age change the way we see time. Living 24/7 is probable but is it healthful?

As such, Time restricted eating, Intermittent fasting diets, and any other radical regimen that sweep through the media have to be taken as light jokes. Sensibilities dictate that you really consider whether you can follow these diets in a world where you work, play, and have an abundance of meal and snacking choices. As you age, fat develops and metabolism rates reduce. While responsible eating and exercise matters, how easily can you adapt to any diet?

As time restricted eating and intermittent fasting diets have little research on humans, long-term side-effects aren’t really known. You might lose weight but at what biochemical cost? Will it extend overall wellness? Habits are hard to break but you can learn to tweak them in proper directions.We all make adjustments to new realities with responsibility and care. Overall, we are not mice in a cage. We are people living in modern societies.

Micro-cheating relationship betrayal or polyamory

Nearly all dramas are filled with secret lies and betrayals. They sell books and make movies popular. An Australian psychologist coined a term micro-cheating as any relationship that may be mildly flirtatious or even as sending a romantic emoji or gif to someone online.

Melanie Schilling, an Australian psychologist, claims this type of behavior isn’t as innocent as you may think. It might be akin to emotional betrayal. The term “micro-cheating” is supposed to serve as an umbrella term for all of the little ways both emotionally and/or physically that you can be unfaithful to your partner.

As a psychologist, Schilling also considers herself a dating expert. In her perspective and view micro-cheating is defined as a series of small actions and/or thoughts that indicate a person’s interest or focus outside their prime relationship.

If micro-cheating made it to the Diagnostic Statistic Manual or some social or legal venue, micro-cheating has a list of symptoms:

1. Lying about your relationship status to attractive-looking strangers.

2. ‘Liking’ Instagram photos of attractive people way too often.

3. Casually flirting with colleagues at work.

4. Never refusing anyone who offers to buy you a drink.

5. Keeping regular touch with exes and frequently meeting them for drinks.

6. Making jokes about dating/hooking-up with someone.

In a “me too” era where dozens of influential people lose jobs and status from allegations of forms of negative behavior in work or off-work relationships. These allegations depict a variety of behaviors.

Yet, the media is filled with stories about twisted relationships, affairs, and betrayals. In literature, it goes back a few hundred years. Thousands of years if you include the pld testament of the Bible. That “You shall not commit adultery” managed to make it into the 10 commandments sends hints that relationship cheating and betrayals might have been pervasive problems.

In contrast, there are those that favor polyamory. Polyamory is a philosophy or state of being in love or romantically involved with more than one person at the same time. In a polyamorous relationship each partner kind of knows that one or the other may have other partners with no prime commitments. All partners do this consensually so betrayal is not an issue.

The difficulties that discussing an anecdotal term like micro-cheating is that casual or friendships or acquaintances are now questionable. Maintaining close relationships is often difficult. The courts, jails, and psychotherapy couches are active and filled with effects of disaffection within a relationship.

Spread by the media, and with open-access to social media, micro-cheating is entering jargon and thoughts of a young generation trying to establish roots. It is yet another delicate tight-string to provoke thoughts of cheating and betrayal in otherwise stable, loving relationships.

It is sad that romantic and pure love is meeting needless tensions. As sexuality types of all situations are finding voice and equality, adding micro-cheating as a pseudo-psychology term is just another waste of time and emotion.

I can only think of a Tina Turner lyric:
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
What’s love but a second hand emotion
What’s love got to do, got to do with it
Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken

And the introduction of micro-cheating may make heart breaks easier. Is micro-cheating okay? Will it just be a passing fad?

Dark Mystery of salad dressing

Any new year means new goals to achieve. Many resolutions scatter and fade like dust in a wind. Top of the list, for many, is to shed the gained weight from the previous year(s). The simplest thing might be to cut the cakes and transition to salad. There are many vices that lurk atop and within a salad. Sometimes the key suspects may not be in the salad but in the salad dressing. Exploring and enjoying salads is an adaptation that is easy to adopt as a lifestyle. There are hundreds of salad types, with or without salad dressing, for any season.

According to the 2018 US News World Report Diet list, the Mediterranean Diet is, again, rated #1. This diet incorporates fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and advises a strict limit of limit unhealthy saturated fats. The most prominent salad dressing and food additive is olive oil. Tied with Mediterranean on the list is the DASH diet. Both are easy to do but, of these the better is the Mediterranean Diet.

The quick way to benefit the Mediterranean lifestyle for weight loss is to reduce breads and limit servings of pasta. Breads and pasta are tasty but were perfect if you were active all day, working the fields and vineyards. In a general sedentary lifestyle, reducing those carbohydrates is helped by eating salads and using olive oil as a primary dressing.
Those top-tier fashion models eat servings of salads and snack yogurt as part of their daily regimen. Bread and pasta might be measured by bites instead of servings. That helps them maintain top-tier status, earning demand from advertisers.

Yet, beyond the Mediterranean, salads are a significant part of a meal.

The main complaint about salads in the United States is that they aren’t filling or they don’t taste like anything. That’s because, in the USA, salads consist of lettuces, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Yes, far less appetizing than a hero from Subway or a Pizza shop. Of course, a hero has about 400 calories in bread and around 80 grams of carbohydrates. dry. Salads don’t necessarily require lettuce and can be very filling, satisfying, and nutritious.

In the Mediterranean region, for example, salads are eaten with fish or chunks of cheese and chunks of meat. They also add mushrooms, onions, peppers, and olives. Those salads are meals. Some add ground herbs and a little salt. The dressing? Olive Oil and (sometimes) vinegar. The royalty of vinegar is Balsamic, made from grapes. There are fundamentally no other salad dressings. A flavored salad dressing from a bottle might be for tourists.

Apart from the fact that Olives are plentiful in the Mediterranean region, olive oil is considered a much healthier fat than butter or other fats. Olive oil has one of the highest level of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) of all oils. Olive oil is also a reasonable source of fat-soluble vitamin K and vitamin E, among other micronutrients. A 1 tablespoon serving of olive oil has no cholesterol and:

Calories 120
Total Fat 14 g
Saturated Fat 2.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8 g
Monounsaturated Fat 10 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Total Carbohydrates 0 g

While a fat source, monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) are considered extremely healthy by the American Heart Association.

Vinegar has also many supportive but non-scientific substantiated benefits as a partner for olive oil. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Apple Cider vinegar has been purported to play a role at controlling:

Diabetes. Some preliminary research suggests that consuming vinegar or apple cider vinegar might reduce blood sugar levels after a meal.

Slow digestion (gastroparesis).

Weight loss.

Leg cramps and pain.

Unsettled stomach.

Sore throats.

Sinus problems.

High blood pressure.

Among the Mediterranean region, the somewhat costlier Balsamic vinegar, with its slightly sweet flavor, lends a romance with olive oil to transform any salad from dull to tasty.

Balsamic vinegar contains polyphenols, antioxidants that can protect the body from heart disease and cancer.

Balsamic vinegar also is purported to help support immunity. The grapes that are used to make balsamic vinegar contain antioxidants that may fight against cell damage, improve the body’s immune system and make blood platelets more flexible.

A tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar add calories as a salad dressing. Olive oil delivers 120 calories (mostly from healthy MUFA and PUFA) per tablespoon. Balsamic Vinegar adds 14 calories per tablespoon, mostly from natural grape carbohydrates. For an entree salad, 3 or 4 tablespoons are recommended. A USA tablespoon is about a 1/2-ounce. Four tablespoons are 2 ounces. Basically, a 1:1 combination (2 tablespoons each) yields about 268 calories. You can reduce calories by using 1 tablespoon olive oil to 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, that would subtract about 100 calories to the salad dressing mix. Usually, after mixing salad contents, much of the liquid remains at the bottom of the bowl.

USA supermarket shelves have at least 6 dozen different salad dressings from about 4 manufacturers, not including small gourmet varieties. Some of these dressings seem healthy and appetizing but aren’t as clear and simple as they seem. Are they healthy or just convenient?

Let’s take Newman’s Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette. It sounds great! Healthy organic blend of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Then you read the ingredients:

Organic Vegetable Oil (Organic Soybean Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil), Organic Balsamic Vinegar, Water, Organic Distilled Vinegar, Organic Cane Sugar, Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Organic Garlic Puree, Organic Spices, Organic Red Bell Pepper*, Organic Onion*, Organic Gum Acacia, Xanthan Gum.
*Dried.

They reveal that Olive Oil is one of many oils and that Balsamic Vinegar is diluted with ordinary distilled vinegar. Now here is the ingredient that is quite confusing. Organic Cane Sugar. In my view, whether it’s processed sugar or raw sugar, it is still sugar. As a principle ingredient, there are no sugar warnings for people on special diets. Why the added sugar?

The answer may be found in the minute amount of actual balsamic vinegar in the Newman dressing mix. True Balsamic Vinegar comes from Modena, Italy. The main ingredient is White Trebbiano grape juice. True balsamic vinegar is made from a reduction of pressed Trebbiano and Lambrusco grapes, not as wine like other vinegar, but as juice through an aging fermentation process. A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar contains 14 calories and zero grams of fat and protein that create a healthy bond as a tasty salad dressing when mixed with olive oil.

There are about 360 calories in a 4 tablespoon salad dressing of Paul Newman’s Balsamic Vinaigrette and an undisclosed amount of MUFA/PUFA distribution. There are about 600mg of salt and 2 grams of sugar. While similar nutritionally to Balsamic and Olive oil mix, Newman’s salad dressing is saltier and spicier.

About Salad Toppings

Using a small base of mixed greens, there are a wide variety of toppings that can make your salad healthier, more flavorful, and filling. Here are a few: When using mixed greens as a base, packaged salads are usually better. These packaged salad greens usually go through a thorough washing process to remove any insects and surface pathogens that may be lodged at the base. I prefer not to use them at all. Make your mix using these:

*Vegetables. Asparagus, Beets, Artichoke hearts, Cucumbers, Peppers, Carrots, Broccoli, Edamame, and Legumes (beans)
*Eggs. Hard-boiled, Poached, Soft-boiled.
*Whole Grains. Couscous, Farro, Quinoa, Barley, Rice, Whole grain pasta serving
*Seeds. Pepitas, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds
*Nuts. Almonds, Walnuts, Peanuts
*Dried Fruit. Raisins, Cranberries, Chopped figs/dates
+Vegetarian Protein. Tofu, Seitan
*Seafood. Canned (or fresh prepared) Tuna, Salmon, Sardines, Clams, Oysters
*Meat. Cold cuts, Chicken, Beef, Ham
*Cheese. Cheddar, Gouda, Mozzarella, Swiss, Feta, Blue Cheese, Nanchego
*Condiments: Olives, Garlic, Dill, Parsley, Chopped crackers, Croutons

Of course, any additive will add caloric values from carbohydrates or fat to your overall salad mix. Don’t think calories at first. Learn to be filled with salad. In the USA, salad is a learning experience. Food filled salads and hearty salad dressing should help replace snack foods filled with excess carbohydrates.

The general idea is to use salads to provide nutrition, energy, and fullness. Eat salad as much as possible. Beyond recipes I have shown, simplicity could be a 6-ounce can of salmon, a can of beans, some shredded carrots, broccoli, a spoon of grated cheese and edamame. Make an easy salad dressing for flavor and you have a great meal – large enough for snacking it between meals. Salad recipes may be diversified and lettuces aren’t always necessary.

Bottled salad dressing may be a tasty shortcut. Be aware that those flavors may not be what you might think they are. Realize that a balsamic vinaigrette may have very little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. A blue cheese dressing may have little or no blue cheese. An Italian salad dressing may have no resemblance to the salad dressing a typical Italian might eat. When you make your own salad dressing, you know what you are getting.

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals. They may have been naturally designed for its survival and they may have minute properties that might help remove cholesterol, certain body fats, and regulate over all body balnce at cellular and blood levels. Many fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are not considered nutrients that are essential for life, like carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. Among the benefits of phytonutrients are antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. These nutrients have only recently been studied as co-factors that the body needs and dark berries, fruits and vegetables are believed to contain many of these. Phytonutrient index, or PI, refers to the amount of colorful plant pigments and compounds in a food that help prevent disease and promote health. Some of these phytonutrients ma come from different regional soils and environments.

Would cooked fruits, vegetables, and herbs promote or eliminate nutrient or phytonutient properties? Some phytonutrient-rich foods may unleash additional bioactve properties after they have been heated. These include green, leafy vegetables and tomatoes. In salad creation for health, these are healthy options. Cooking some ingredients properly may be healthier.

The US News and World diet report did rate medically-proven ketosis and intermittent-fasting lifestyles at the bottom of their lists. These are radical approaches that virtually eliminate sugars as glucose as glycogen from your diet. The result is that your body uses available body fat. Your liver, brain, and kidneys will create whatever glycogen it needs. You can eat a diet with fat and protein, but almost no sugar. In the USA diet, this takes a great deal of discipline. USA foods highly regard sugars and starches. Going without them is almost as impossible as fighting opioid and nicotine addictions. Maintenance of body ketosis will help you drop body-fat weight rapidly and keep it off.

In considering a Mediterranean diet, Obesity among aging Italians has become a focus of European research as part of an approach to study body weight in the Mediterranean regions. The Mediterranean Diet may not be helping those currently living by the Mediterranean.

Salads are the good thing of the Mediterranean diet lifestyle but, where most people become sedentary consumers instead of active agrarians, this easy diet may not yield tremendous weight reduction results.

Considering all your salad options, keep pasta and grain additions low. Do not eat more than a slice of bread with your salad serving. Use herbs with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for added flavor enhancement.

Weight loss resolutions often die horrible deaths at gyms or at diet centers, if they even realize in the first place.
Winter is a tough time to establish a weight loss regimen with lower levels of light and colder temperatures. The ideas of weight and weight loss may be associated with depressing moods that confound your goals. Because of the multitude of possible salads, following a regimen is easier as you make a transition toward a reasonable goal.

For those of you who are frightened from using lettuce in a salad because of the latest E-Coli association with romaine lettuce, Eat This Not That offers a list of 20 salads you can make easily with health and weight loss in mind. For those seeking an entree-size salad with Mediterranean flare, try this Italian Lentil Salad:

What you need:

1 lb(s) green lentils – canned

2 scallions, chopped

1 cup halved seedless green grapes

1 cup halved seedless red grapes

1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced

½ cup coarsely chopped, skinned and toasted hazelnuts

2 tsp lemon zest (from about 2 lemons)

Vinaigrette
⅓ cup fresh lemon juice (from 1 to 2 lemons)

⅓ cup extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directtons:
Heat canned lentils and cook or steam, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain and let cool for 5 minutes. Place lentils and remaining salad ingredients in a large salad bowl.

For the salad dressing, I’d recommend this alternative:
Juice 2 fresh lemons
Stir in olive oil (about 1/4-cup)
Add a little salt, pepper, and garlic to taste

This recipe provides 3 satisfying servings filled with protein, fiber, and phytonutrients. Variations might include add-on canned sardines, canned tuna, canned salmon, or no more than 4 ounces of fresh seafood or meat.

There are literally thousands of salad recipes on the Food Network that do not require veganism or vegetarianism. When you kill some of the commercial salad dressing options, you keep control of your tastes. There’s no mystery. Just lots of food to help you target resolve at slowly attaining a weight management resolution.

Adapting a healthy weight management lifestyle means adopting a holistic lifestyle approach you can live with for a long time. Salads are very much whole food eating. Commercial salad dressing is convenient and tasty. Taking time to make your own salad dressing helps brings you at one with your salad for an appreciative lifestyle. Solve the dark mystery of salad dressing.

The clues to the mystery is what you choose to place in your salad and how to add the right condiments. Squeezes of lemon, drops of olive oil and balsamic vinegar are the culinary rewards. You would be Amazed how many salad dressings are available from FOOD NETWORK online.

Are you getting the nutrition you need? Choose a fine vitamin supplement. Centrum might be a choice.

Eating homemade salads as a major part of your diet is a way to help trigger a lifestyle regimen of weight management and wellness. It may be a resolution you can stick with.

CTE aphasia and lesions of the brain

Boxer Muhammad Ali recently passed away from a decades struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. The culprit might have been from a result of getting too many punches to the head. Recently, there were incidence among football players with speech and cognitive disorders. Soldiers in action, surprised by attacks, developed cognitive problems after leaving military service. A diagnosis might be several diseases but the umbrella is CTE. Scientists, doctors and engineers are studying CTE to discover possible preventives and treatments. CTE and lesions of the brain is a firm of newer approaches stemming from advanced needs and developments in neurosciences.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. In CTE, a protein called Tau forms clumps that slowly spread throughout the brain, killing brain cells, resulting with varied symptoms such as speech disorders, confusion, memory disorders and more. Speech patterns are also effected and are often early signs of CTE. These may mimic aphasia and other frontal lobe related speech problems.

Encephalopathy is a general term describing a disease that affects the function or structure of your brain. There are many types of encephalopathy associated with brain disease. The term represents a very broad spectrum of potential problems. Encephalopathy is often dependent of other diseases of the body, particularly liver, kidney, and other vital organs. It is how the brain may react.

CTE is relatively new to research and the possible symptoms and results go overlap with other diseases:

Memory loss
Confusion
Personality changes (including depression and suicidal thoughts)
Erratic behavior (including aggression)
Problems paying attention and organizing thoughts
Difficulty with balance and motor skills

The prominent symptoms of CTE may be chronic episodes of confusion and speech patterns. There’s an area of the brain’s frontal lobe named after an early scientist named Wernicke and it is aptly called the Wernicke area. Wernicke discovered an area of the brain identified as being associated with something called aphasia. Aphasia delivers a form of state that resembles one who is drunk. It is associated with difficulty walking, speaking, remembering, and a vast number of symptoms, not dissimilar from CTE. Aphasia has been associated with patients recovering from strokes having problems with language comprehension.

CTE has been seen in people as young as 14, but symptoms do not generally begin appearing until years after the onset of head impacts. CTE has been associated as a product from repeated physical child and spouse abuse.

Virtually all people may, at one time, have a head concussion from a fall, an accident, or a physical altercation. Some symptoms might include headache, confusion, memory issues, and unconsciousness Key difference is it’s a one-time concussion and those symptoms are temporary. Those with CTE have had many head collisions resulting with or without concussions and not noticed.

The reasons why CTE hasn’t been a formidable problem until now is that most diagnoses were based on post-mortem brains. Recent findings that clusters of tau protein build-up may be associated with CTE onset and development. With diagnostic tests which can identify the signs of early onset CTE, it would be possible to screen professional athlete, military personnel and others who are at risk for developing this condition so as to safeguard their future health and happiness. Doctors at Boston University, in September 2017, have possibly discovered a way to diagnose CTE signs in living individuals.

Tau protein develops in neuron networks. Some tau deviations and clusters have been under the watchful eyes among neurocognitive practitioners as a possible association with Alzheimer Disease development. As a natural protein, Tau is essential in tiny amounts as nerve stabilizers. Theorists claim Tau buildup is caused by increased activity of enzymes that act on tau called tau kinases, which causes the tau protein to misfold and clump into tangles within the brain. This contributes to cognitive loss.

Whether there are CTE research breakthroughs from UCLA on the west coast and Boston University on the east coast, skepticism rises from established brain injury specialists that CTE may be susceptible to over diagnosis. Research studies are small and are often sponsored by interested parties, such as the National Football League (NFL). The NFL has quite a financial and protective interest in protecting their players from CTE and determining early CTE symptoms.

Chronic, repetitive head injuries, no matter how small, may leave lesions on the brain. A brain lesion is an abnormality seen on a brain-imaging test, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT). It may seem like a scratch (as you might gain in a physical injury, or a bump, pr a change in thickness. Lesion development may have associations with cancer, muscular dystrophies, and neuromuscular disorders, as well as cognitive issues. Locations and types of lesions translate into conditions. If a lesion falls on Wernicke ‘s or Broca’s areas, aphasia symptoms might develop. Yet brain lesions aren’t just dependent on CTE, brain lesions may form many other ways.

Many things, including keyboard shapes and styles, have changed to prevent repetitive problems that affect our limbs and muscles. While CTE emerges as results of repetitive brain impacts through sports and military activity, CTE covers a very broad range of complicated neurological disorders. Head gear upgrades are necessary. Yet, in a discussion with a former boxer, use of head gear in a fight detracts and reduces “knockout” potential. But…at what cost? What research into ergonomic designs?

I agree that possible repetitive injuries may result when protective gear against CTE are not worn. Also, I would want gear for amateur as well professional players. Then again, some argue that such protective gear significantly reduces the challenges of competitive sports.

Simultaneously, there are those that develop brain diseases without ever having had repetitive injuries. The causes may arise from many other areas and conditions. There are ergonomic needs required for those that work or play and are subject to repetitive injuries of the head. I really would like to see that happen.

Ultimately there are so many reasons, theories, and studies as to how the brain works and how diseases develop within neural networks. It’s complicated. Rattling the brain’s positions around to champion a rough, challenging sport may (or may not) develop consequences down the road. CTE is an important concern. Yet CTE injury concerns are at infancy, with only slight regard within the economics of sports. Often it partners with the quests for ultimate prizes and contracts. Is the possibility of CTE really that important?

At writing, there really aren’t any conclusive tests to determine if CTE is present or if someone is a more likely candidate. As a recent researched topic, there are really no particular methods of treatment or cure, other than resulting symptoms.

I might wonder if the high-volume bass reverberations in dance clubs might be associative with CTE development. We know that aging rock stars developed hearing problems. Only a few studies showed small evidence of brain altering that could be indicative of CTE. That was a study using rats, not humans. One study from Boston in September 2017 indicates how CTE may be addressed with sports players. CTE may be a popular term in people’s jargon but remains elusive.

Yet, there has been much research (not CTE related) that cite some evidence that music may trigger or suppress certain neurotransmitters that affect brain functioning.

Recurring CTE throughout life is believed to lead to dementia as indicated in MRI tests of patients. Obviously, not all dementia patients were sportingly active. As an umbrella term, CTE is more like a phantom – something to acknowledge as a threat or as a neutral agonist. There’s much more to be studied about CTE and potential harms or benefits from sports and general living.

Soy Hexane problem with processed soy

Soy is a bean. It is a vegan source of protein, fiber, with low carbohydrates. Sold as beans, soy seems like a perfect food that also adds no cholesterol and healthy body fats. Marketers, however, extend soy into milks, oils, and pastes (todu, veggie patties, tempeh) as a means of integrating soy products as a major part of healthy meals. How do they do this? Is it healthy?

The problem comes in when Hexane is used to help convert the bean into one of those food products. Hexane is naturally found in fruits, vegetables, and some seafood. Hexane is found in citrus. Hexane is an extraction solvent used in food production Present in volatile fractions of various plant species e. g. apples, orange juice, guava fruit, roasted filberts, porcini (Boletus edulis), shiitake (Lentinus edodes), heated sweet potato and sage. Also present in scallops Hexane has been shown to exhibit hepatoprotective, antibiotic, anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial functions.

Of course hexane isn’t necessarily extracted from those sources. It is manufactured. Hexane is a highly volatile aliphatac hydrocarbon. It is a commercial and industrial product that contains a mixture of hydrocarbons with six carbon atoms. It is likely that hexanes are used in the bulk processing of many soy products we hold dear.

Soy is the main protein source among vegans and those trying to lower LDL cholesterol naturally. Can dietary soy also be bad for you?

What makes a good thing like soy possibly toxic? Hexane is a byproduct of gasoline refining. It is a neurotoxin and a hazardous air pollutant. Soybean processors use it as a solvent — a cheap and efficient way of extracting oil from soybeans, a necessary step to making most conventional soy oil and protein ingredients.

Yet….there are soy beans and genetically modified soybeans, One of the miniscule components in soy is phytoestrogen that mimics a hormone that might add feminine characteristics to men and possible breast cancer and heart problems in women. These results are studied but research remains inconclusive. Many foods are packed with phytonutrients that may also include phytohormones and some valuable nutrients like Lutein and other phytonutrients.

Vegans aside, I believe that various sources of protein – from soy, beans, wheat gluten, fish and meats – are healthier. The goal is to moderate on each source.

Consequently, natural soy is a rich vegan source of lecithin that delivers many benefits that are believed to protect the heart, liver, and other parts of the body.

Should hexane in soy isolates be harmful to your health? Not really. As long as you stick to recommended servings of these soy food products, your liver filters out the hexane. Hexane has been shown to be associated with nervous conditions in shoe manufacturing, where there is high exposure to Hexane solvents. Also, many warnings against feeding babies soy milk are required on soy packaging. Adults should monitor their own intake of processed soy products.

Processed soy food products may deliver some positive and negative side effects. If you plan vegan sources for protein, seek out legumes (lentils, black beans, etc.) or Seitan from wheat gluten.

Soy beans and minimally processed soy products offer health benefits as a vegetarian, no cholesterol protein. Soy beans are also natural derivatives of lecithin. While soy burgers are good sources of protein, the processing to make them delicious uses a toxic solvent called Hexane. The quantity of hexane in each soy burger is extremely tiny. If you eat a serving or two with a meal two or three times a week, studies show that there will be no negative effects of hexane because your liver filters hexane, as it would many other of the potential toxins you eat and drink daily.

Yet, dietary, chronic soy dependency may yield higher doses of hexane Chronic exposure can cause damage to the nervous system. If swallowed, it may cause abdominal pain and impact the respiratory system, resulting in shortness of breath.

Diversify your protein sources and try to stay away from processed foods. Just because that soy patty tastes like chicken or steak may not mean it’s healthier than eating small servings of fish, chicken, and meat. Soy burgers, in moderation, may not harm or compromise its perceived health benefits.

Of course, soy is a high value market with millions of fans. There are many studies that will say that soy dependence is healthy and has no harmful issues.

Carbonated water seltzer and teeth

For all the unhealthy issues thrown at the soda industry and USA consumption, now seltzer may be considered a variable promoting tooth enamel erosion.

Seltzer is water that goes through a triple filtration process and then adds carbonation for those bubbles. Like water, 0 calories and 0 sugars or non-sugars. That’s what makes it seltzer or carbonated water.

Doctors and nutritionists will then discuss research claims that seltzer upsets calcium absorption, destroys tooth enamel, and contributes to weight gain.

While soda manufacturers do manufacture and sell seltzer, some are behind the small, ineffective studies that might claim that seltzer is healthy or unhealthy for this, that, and those. In one study, comparing seltzer against water consumption for a 15 day period. Those who drank carbonated water had significant improvements in digestive symptoms, constipation and gallbladder emptying, Carbonated water has benefits for digestion. It may improve swallowing, increase feelings of fullness and reduce constipation.

What revelations! For over 100 years, seltzer has been used as a health-promoting media (along with Aspirin) in Bromo Seltzer and Alka Seltzer.

Now HESCA (Health Smart Choice Advocates) concludes (October 2017) that, “Based on a number of different research studies on different kinds of water, seltzer water does have a variety of different great benefits that people should take advantage of.”

The core idea is hydration is a health necessity. Water accounts for 60 percent of your body and feeds each cell throughout your physiological system. It helps improve cardiovascular health, hypertension, and more. Water is an active agent:

1) Increases Energy & Relieves Fatigue
2) Promotes Weight Loss
3) Flushes Out Toxins
4) Improves Skin Complexion
5) Maintains Regularity
6) Boosts Immune System
7) Natural Headache Remedy
8) Prevents Cramps & Sprains

The only thing I can state is that uncarbonated water is in the state that your body uses. Carbonated water has to go through a digestive process. Either will hydrate. Generally, that process filters out the carbolic acid and carbon to convert it to water.

Perhaps the error from most is that any liquid is a substitute for water. That’s the water in coffee, milk, or juice. That really isn’t the case. That is why water and seltzer are necessary for promoting health. Something to sing about!

When it comes to fake research, the media will jump on any tiny study. Then rumors spread. Whether still or carbonated, seltzer and water are almost clones. Still water moves more rapidly when you are dehydrated.

If your active, still water is a better thirst quencher than seltzer. When you aren’t, seltzer is a great alternate beverage.

As far as eroding tooth enamel, there are many foods and drinks that may do that. Try cans of Pepsi or Coke – with either sugar or sucralose. Sucralose has chlorine in its formula.

HPV Men kissing deadly

Increased TV viewing of HBO, Netflix, and other subscription channels may be more likely to engage in emulating some of those passionate and kinky sex scenes. There has been a barrage of complaints that Game of Thrones has significantly reduced sex scenes in later seasons. Is it possible that reflective passion and sex scenes might increase possible cancers and gum diseases? A salivary virus, HPV, might make your next kiss a deadly one. HPV is an STI transmitted by oral and genital sex – including kisses.

Actor Michael Douglas has been a spokesperson at highlighting the human papilloma virus or HPV as possibly the number one cause of mouth and throat cancer.

Is it possible that deep kissing and oral sex might result in head or neck cancer? A recent research study hints that it might be true. Two variables found in saliva, especially men’s saliva, are HPV and HSV. The latter has been linked to possible STD (herpes). HSV-1 and HSV-2 are transmitted through direct contact, including kissing, sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal sex), or skin-to-skin contact. HPV is becoming more prevalent in male saliva, among 1 in 9, and that may lead to cancer of varying types.

higher likelihood of developing cancer of the oral and neck areas. Are women off the hook? Transmission of two HPV types (16 and 18) cause 70% of cervical cancers and precancerous cervical lesions, that can spread to nearby areas.

Papillomaviruses are a diverse group of DNA-based viruses that infect the skin and mucous membranes of humans and a variety of animals. Evidence is mounting that HPV might be a contributing agent.

There have been studies of HPV presence and the development of gum disease. Results have been generally weak linking HPV and periodontitis. This correlation is due to HPV and its interaction with soft tissue and mucosal membranes. Anecdotally, dentists show some concern that oral sex positively correlates with potential gum disease development.

HPV infection is extremely common and more statistics and research is targeting HPV. Most sexually active people will be infected with HPV at some point in life. Fortunately, there are available vaccines that help a virtual elimination of HPV. So far, they help prevent infections with HPV types 16 and 18, two high-risk HPVs that cause about 70% of cervical cancers and an even higher percentage of some of the other HPV-associated cancers (9, 10). Gardasil also prevents infection with HPV types 6 and 11, which cause 90% of genital warts.

Of course, few routine medical exams and tests search for HPV presence, unless you ask specifically. The current Affordable Care Act does cover HPV testing and vaccination. The HPV vaccines for the recommended age groups of males and females, Pap tests, and HPV testing for women are all covered under this policy. It should be noted that the ACA is subject to change.

Fundamentally, while semi-graphic TV sex scenes on TV might induce foreplay, does thought come into consideration when you “make love” to a new partner spontaneously about HPV. In the US it is estimated that 52% of unintended pregnancies result from couples not using contraception in the month the woman got pregnant. Considering the cancer potential when “French kissing” or oral exploration may be a comparable danger. Would you kiss your toilet seat?

While HPV is known in several medical circles, were you aware whether your body fluids contained HPV? Sometimes a kiss can be deadly, even from someone you love. Or to someone you love (or just like). Routine medical exams are helpful but, as relationships go, if french kissing is a form of oral sex, you might become a victim. Even though it was just a kiss.

Do you know if you have HPV?

Halal ketogenic kosher vegan dieting

Everyone, at one time or another, thinks about dieting.There are so many diets to choose from. There are at least 38 different diets that deem some worthiness. There are actually hundreds of dietary methods. Dieting and choosing a diet often seems punitive and often require lifestyle discipline. For most, the menu is confusing. For many, it has been coded by deities. Is one better than the other?

There are many faiths and religions covering billions of people that faithfully follow divine diets. People seem to follow diets based on godliness than health and wellness. Are they healthy in today’s times? Were they ever designed for the healthy lifestyles we seek?

Indeed, virtually all diets require enduring faith. For many people, religions have established blueprints with no second-guessing. But do those diets deliver health benefits or were they designed to counter pantheist and pagan cultures that lived concurrently? Diets often tend to fail but, with help of gods, faith is often more esteemed than will.

Diet is considered a four-letter word. Diet isn’t one of those words .For many people in western civilization, to follow a diet as a healthy lifestyle, is considered a torrid road to Inferno. Historically, dietary lifestyles were bound by divinity, evolution of tools (i.e. veganism), and science (i.e. ketogenic). The latter trail behind lifestyle followers of those that have divine origins. We will be discussing Islamic Halal, Jewish Kosher, Garden of Eden’s Vegan, and scientific Ketogenic.

Over 1-1/2 billion people follow halal and kosher dietary rules that have come from divine origin. There are also special dietary laws for Buddhism, and Hinduism. Christianity did not develop elaborate dietary rules and customs. This probably grew out of the controversy between the Judaic and Greek Christians and the Roman church during the earliest years of Christianity. It is believed that Jesus and Mary followed kosher laws and vegetarian diets.

When it comes to ritually slaughtering meat and the prohibition of pig meat, halal and kosher follow very specific and similar laws. Halal adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Quranran. Virtually all vegetarian cuisine is halal if it does not contain alcohol. The most common example of non-halal (or haram) food is pork (pig meat products). While pork is the only meat that categorically may not be consumed by Muslims (the Quran forbids it Sura 16:115), other foods not in a state of purity are also considered haram (not halal).

Kosher follows specific laws throughout several passages of the Torah or Five Books of Moses.. A kosher species must be slaughtered by a Shochet, a ritual slaughterer. Since Jewish Law prohibits causing any pain to animals, the slaughtering has to be effected in such a way that unconsciousness is instantaneous and death occurs almost instantaneously. In kusher, animals must chew their cud and have a split hoof. Poultry (birds) and fish also have specific rules. All ritually slaughtered must not be from a predator species. In addition, meat and milk must not be consumed together.

The key elements are that health is not subscribed to either halal or kosher, other than the animal must be a healthy one. These rules are found in the scriptures of divine origins. That means fat and cholesterol issues of today, were not included. Nor were mortality statistics or current diseases.

Yet, most Jews and Islamic people have followed these rules for thousands of years, without question. These have been deeply integrated into their lifestyles through setting up homes and abstaining from certain foods. means abstaining from the use of alcohol (Islam) and pork or from things which contain the by-products of those. This accounts to over 1-1/2 billion people following the precepts set a long time ago through divine scriptures.

The divine scriptures have also places a focus on the vegan diet. It begins at the creation of the world. “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30. It was really afterwards that the Lord starting granting compromises about meat. Vegans, as individuals, usually don’t think about the Genesis quote but following a vegan diet does require some religious fervor.

Vegans have many different motives for choosing an all vegetable, fruit, and grain diet. For those seeking weight loss, some vegans actually gain weight. There is considerable debate whether being vegan is healthy or not. A good vegan diet is still based on calories, nutrition, and activity. Unlike Halal and Kosher, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.

Many vegan wannabes make a mistake about vegetarianism and veganism. Like kosher or halal being a vegan follows a strict type of vegetarianism that excludes meat and all animal products. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any foods containing them. A vegan diet relies on plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Seeds, as in nuts, are great sources of dietary fats, protein, nutrients that include magnesium. Like kosher and halal, vegans don’t necessarily mimic other non-vegan foods, they create many of their own. Yes, dark chocolate is vegan!

While considered healthy, the Vegan Coach does suggest that vegans choosing weight loss as a goal simple carbs (such as white rice or white pasta) and instead reach for whole grains (like brown rice or whole grain pasta) for lasting energy and to encourage weight loss. DO cut back on your sugar intake. Sugar is bad news and the more you eat the harder it will be to lose weight.

The Vegan Coach notes that some vegans tend to get fat and that is due to consumption of excess carbohydrates (sugars and starches). Everything (other than most dairy, all meat, poultry, and fish) naturally contain carbohydrates. Vegetables, fruits and, especially, grains. Basically all core foods vegan eat. That isn’t necessarily bad.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day. Primary foods with the highest carbohydrates are:
Fruit. Whole fruit and fruit juice.
Grains. Bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, oats, wheat, crackers, and cereal.
Legumes. Beans and other plant-based proteins.
Starchy Vegetables. Potatoes and corn.
Sugar – Processed or Raw table sugar as sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and maltose.

Excess carbohydrates convert to body fat as storage. If you exceed your calories from carbohydrates, and don’t move, you gain weight over time. Even as a vegan.

Adopting a ketogenic lifestyle turns the vegan diet backwards. Meat, dairy, fish, poultry are staples. Few vegetables, fruits, and grains are consumed. Depriving your body of carbohydrates will be naturally compensated by your body AFTER it uses natural fat storage.

Ketogenic is more of a science based diet that originally was used to curb epilepsy symptoms. The side effect was weight loss and long-term management. Like kosher, halal, and (somewhat) vegan, ketogenic is a lifestyle that doesn’t have any ties to divine commandments. A ketogenic diet is a personal choice and, like vegan, kosher, and halal, must be followed as a lifestyle.

While there are many variables in low-carbohydrate dieting, ketogenic diets work best when you place your body in ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carbohydrate diet.

What happens when stored fats are used? The liver, kidney, and brain produce just enough of natural body energy sources called ketones that keep your body functioning. Getting your body to do this means reaching consistent ketosis. the daily intake of net carbs required to enter ketosis could vary from 20 to 100 grams per day. Most people, who have experienced ketosis, claim to have reached that state at about 20-50 grams of net carbs per day. It varies per person. 50 grams is equivalent to a cup of coffee with milk and 2 spoons of sugar OR 1 bagel dry.

A net-carbohydrate is calculated by subtracting the food’s fiber content from the total carbohydrates. Suppose you have a can of beans (that strangely yields about 3 servings). Each serving has 20 grams total carbohydrates. There are 8 grams of fiber per serving. The net-carb (total minus fiber) is 12 grams per serving. One of the popular low-carb diet strategies, Atkins Diet, conjured up this net-carb formula. This way you might enjoy bread while following your ketogenic goals.

Typically, a slice of whole-wheat bread has 20 grams total minus 5 grams of fiber, to deliver 30 grams net carbs per 2 slice sandwich. Low-carb bread alternatives might be some wrap-like pita or flat breads, delivering a 1-bread sandwich. A low-carb bread might have a 10 gram total, 5 gram fiber, yielding a 5 gram net carb. Net-carb is a neat trick to help you enjoy a sandwich.

Adopting a ketogenic diet means a long-term lifestyle choice. While not divinely commanded, the ketogenic diet lifestyle helps keep you trim and helps reduce weight at a recommended level in order to avoid weight related diseases, such as diabetes, chronic obesity, arthritis, and others. Some say that a combination of ketosis and exercise might even help memory by stimulating a certain neurotrophic factor in your mid brain.

Since its discovery almost about 30 years ago, neuroscientists and neurologists have studied that the secreted neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been firmly implicated in the differentiation and survival of neurons of the central nervous system. The BDNF role has also been emerging as an important regulator of synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying learning and memory in the adult central nervous system. A ketogenic diet and moderate exercise has demonstrated strong links with BDNF production in the hippocampus region of the brain. The hippocampus is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory.

There is much to be said about those diets long foretold through the Old Testament and the Koran. They illustrate respect and cleanliness of animals and other foods. This respect may allow for an above average mortality rate than others not following kosher or halal rules.

According to a recent book, Jesus and Mary were kosher abiding vegetarians (not totally vegan). This lifestyle also extended to the original Aramaic Christians that lived within adjacent environments. Devout Jews and Islamic follow kosher and halal as strict dietary laws. Food is an important part of religious observance for many different faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Health-wise, those laws, customs and guidelines are more faith than science.

The ketogenic diet has been academically and scientifically examined for nearly 100 years. Ketogenic results are based on studies ranging from diet, metabolism, and a wide range of sciences. While low-carb ketogenic lifestyles have grown in popularity over the past 30 years (as opposed to thousands), many nutritionists cite science studies that suggest that the ketogenic lifestyle may be attributed to healthy longevity. The ketogenic adoption to fat and protein over natural fruits and vegetables appear to astonish and irritate old ideas.

Apart from religious lifestyle diets, there are hundreds of dietary lifestyles competing to be top-of-the-list. Dieting or maintaining good dietary health by choice is more of a failing game of thrones. According to the New York Times (1999) “95% Regain Lost Weight. Or Do They? It is a depressing article of faith among the overweight and those who treat them that 95 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and sometimes more — within a few months or years”. Psychology Today claims, given many human instincts and habits, this dietary struggle is so constant that dieting isn’t worth it.

For religions, devout followers adopt dietary laws as integrated through many generations. Vegans might have a couple generations but usually volunteer to the lifestyle for varied reasons. Ketogenic dieting is difficult, especially within a world that heavily markets carbohydrate-rich foods. It’s rules are simple but adoption takes endurance for months through years. Once ketosis is disrupted, you become a carb animal again.

While a ketogenic diet may reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improve memory, calm bi-polar symptoms and episodic epilepsy, the big obstacle is adopting a ketogenic lifestyle as a habit – with minor changes as you reach your goals.

The wrath of gods may not smite you for disobeying dietary laws. At least for this life, ketogenic dieting offers many positives if you faithfully follow it. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that theoretically lowers blood sugar and insulin levels (in normal individuals). Ketosis shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat, protein, and ketone production. As you reach targeted weight goals, you may add carbohydrates when exercising.

HealthLine lists four of several variations of ketogenic dietary modes:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs (1).

Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

I employ a different one that stays away from saturated fats and focuses more on mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. It’s a more difficult variation that relies mostly on nuts, soy, wheat gluten, and fish. Works for me but I don’t recommend this for most.

There are differences when we discuss low-carb and ketogenic. Low-carb can be any reduction of carbohydrates. Ketogenic means limiting your carbohydrates to 40 to 60 grams per day. Some say 20 grams is better. I’d say anything averaging below 60 grams per day will ignite the liver and brain to create ketones for weight loss and energy.

I may believe in god but humans have to find their way toward healthier, happier and longer lives. There’s an often debated phrase that God helps those that help themselves. The low-carb ketogenic approach might seem to work fast in helping to drop inches. Yet, like kosher, halal, and veganism, ketogenic requires a long, religious effort to make those choices that reap healthy dietary rewards.