Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Performing on brain power, youthful winners win for all

I read about the top winners in this years Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
Just the top three winners alone have such inventions that could benefit the world- and I mean
the potential to affect and reach the vast majority of every single person on Earth.
The top winners of this fair are ages 18 and 17 and hale from Romania and the United States.

Exercising the brain is a wonderful thing
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I sure would like to know what other inventions were considered and even from past years what's become of the inventions of past winners.

I sure do like to hear about young minds putting forth effort and energy into thinking. Way too much emphasis and exposure is placed on athletic abilities and outward physical attraction.

The rewards sure have drastically increased compared to just last year.

In 6th grade I came up with an idea for a solar powered washer and dryer. I don't remember where I put that paper, but I had sketched and detailed how my invention would work for a class project.  It was fun designing something new that would help the earth and mankind.  About eight years ago I had submitted my idea design for a therapeutic pillow to help relax neck and upper back muscles and keep pressure off the ear. The company, which I will not mention by name,  I made my submission to to help me make my design presentable to potential industry buyers and market and sell it, wouldn't 'cha know, was hit with a class action lawsuit. I would've rather chosen my design get patented and marketed rather than the few hundred lawsuit dollars I received. The world of inventions can be a ruthless one if not careful.

Here's info on invention fairs.

Wrapping this up, I do appreciate one's physical abilities to run fast, jump high, throw a ball through
a hoop from thirty feet away and looking at a perfectly symmetrical face, a body with little body fat and a thick head of hair, but in the scope of daily living, how do any of those things really benefit
you and me?

We, collectively, need to really consider top rewards to those who's inventions help mankind on a daily basis. I am really proud of all those who win but also each one who submits their entry to an invention fair.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sprinkle on that golden, sunny spice

I felt this spice I've read about bears sharing with you. Consuming this spice is documented and studied to have very favorable benefits to you and I.  We all know of someone who has dementia or some inflammatory condition, or craves sugar or is needing protection against certain cancers The compound responsible is called curcumin, and it's in turmeric spice.  Yes, it's not some expensive pharmaceutic drug, but something natural you can pick up in your grocery store. And it's cheap.

Spices containing curcumin-the natural wonder compound
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What about that? Cheap in price but huge and effective head to toe for your health- for healing and preventative purposes.

Get the turmeric spice and sprinkle it on with black pepper. I knew there had to be a reason I like curry so much. Now I'm gonna use more yellow-colored Indian spices more than I have been.

An Indian meal flavored with spices rich in curcumin
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Below is the article, complete with references,  about this helpful spice and how to maximize it's effect on your health.                                         


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Dear Katrina
Inside your kitchen cabinet there are probably dozens of spices and herbs you should be using more liberally... and more often.
In fact, these flavor-boosters don't just make your meals taste better... they can also dramatically increase the healing power of your foods.
Today I'm going to share one of most powerful superfood spices you should be shaking, blending and stirring into your meals to supercharge your health.

Turmeric: The Golden Spice for Head to Toe Protection  

Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its distinct yellow color. But the benefits of turmeric extend well beyond its ability to add a sunny hue and spicy kick to foods, thanks to a powerful compound called curcumin.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Research shows that the effects of this phytonutrient are comparable to the steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (like COX inhibitors) that people take for the pain and swelling associated with arthritis... but without  the serious side-effects.
In fact, recent research published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism found that injections of turmeric almost completely eliminated joint swelling in rats that were bred to develop rheumatoid arthritis. In another study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin produced comparable benefits to the prescription phenylbutazone, including shortened duration of morning stiffness, increased walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Sprinkle On This Cellular Cancer Shield 

But curcumin doesn't just reduce inflammation and free radical damage in the joints. It guards cells throughout the body too by preventing the mutations that can lead to cancer as well as destroying existing cancer cells.
Dr. Bharat Aggarwal of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says:
"Curcumin acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch. Transcription factors regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells."
And not only does curcumin turn OFF the genes that promote cancer, but it also turns ON the genes that boost your body's most powerful cancer-fighting agent - glutathione.
It's no wonder that curcumin has been found to be protective against many types of cancer cells, including those of the prostate, colon, breast, lung and skin.

Guard Your Memory with the Golden Spice

Arguably the most impressive of turmeric's capabilities lies in its unique ability to defend against dementia.
Scientists began investigating turmeric's effects on the brain because Alzheimer's rates are astoundingly low in India where curry is consumed frequently. Research published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry found that curcumin actually helps to break up beta-amyloid plaques that damage the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Maximizing Turmeric's Power

Because oxidative damage and inflammation are two key factors in most chronic diseases - from arthritis to Alzheimer's - researchers believe curcumin is beneficial for a wide range of "age-related" conditions.

To get the most inflammation-fighting, cancer-preventive and neuron-protecting power out of turmeric, be sure to store it in a cool, dark place. And use or replace your supply every six months. When you do use turmeric, you can increase its power by doing these two things:
  1. Combine with black pepper (Piper nigrum). A compound in pepper called piperine has been shown to boost turmeric's power by 2,000%!
  2. Enjoy with some oil or healthy fat. Because the active constituent of curcumin is lipid-soluble, eating it with foods that include fat will enhance the body's absorption.
Here are some simple and delicious ways to get the benefits of turmeric in your everyday meals:
  • Add to scrambled eggs and frittatas
  • Mix into free-range chicken or egg salad
  • Make a flavorful curry marinade for your grass-fed beef, free-range chicken, wild salmon or shrimp
  • Make an Indian-spiced dressing (try avocado oil, turmeric, ginger, garlic and pepper) to drizzle over steamed veggies or use with stir-fries
Turmeric is one of the most healthful and bioactive foods known to man. Not only will it add flavor to your cooking, but, quite possibly, years to your life!
Stay tuned. In the coming weeks, I'll be sharing several more superfood spices and healing herbs you should be using to add fabulous flavor and powerful health benefits to your cooking.
To Staying Healthy... Deliciously! 
Kelley Herring 
CEO & Editor-in-Chief
Healing Gourmet 
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