Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

Venice (Venezia) !

Venice (Venezia) !

Venice (Venezia) !

Today’s Holiday: Alaska Day

Today’s Holiday:
Alaska Day

Alaska Day commemorates the formal transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States on October 18, 1867. The event, which took place at Sitka, was a sad one for the Russian colonists who had already made Alaska their home. After the transfer, Alaska was eventually organized as a territory and maintained this status until it became a state on January 3, 1959. Today the lowering of the Russian flag and the raising of the Stars and Stripes is reenacted every year as part of this festival in Sitka. Other events include a parade and a period costume ball. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Jan Gies (1905)

Today’s Birthday:
Jan Gies (1905)

When the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands forced Otto Frank to resign from his own company because he was a Jew, his friend Jan Gies nominally took over. Soon after, the Franks and several friends went into hiding in a secret annex on the company’s premises. For the next two years, Jan and his wife, Miep, sustained eight people in hiding, including Otto’s daughter Anne, bringing them food and supplies until they were betrayed to the Nazis. How were the Nazis responsible for the Gies’ marriage? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Earthquake Destroys Basel, Switzerland (1356)

This Day in History:
Earthquake Destroys Basel, Switzerland (1356)

Estimated to have been greater than 6.0 in magnitude, the Basel earthquake of 1356 may have been the most serious seismological event in the recorded history of central Europe. The main earthquake struck around 10 PM. In the Swiss city of Basel, all the major buildings—including castles and churches—were destroyed by the quake and subsequent fires. Three hundred people are thought to have been killed. The event was felt across Europe, including as far away as what locations? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Jane Austen

Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

Dress is at all times a frivolous distinction, and excessive solicitude about it often destroys its own aim. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: The Basmachi Revolt

Article of the Day:
The Basmachi Revolt

Begun in 1916, the Basmachi Revolt was a largely Turkic uprising against Russian rule in Central Asia that developed into a lengthy civil war between the Soviets and the rebels, who were called Basmachi, or “bandits,” a deliberately pejorative term. The Soviet strategy of simultaneously acceding to ethnic demands and ruthlessly pursuing the guerrillas successfully quelled the revolt by the 1930s. How did the Soviets counter British and Turkish aid to the Basmachi? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: be (as) easy as one-two-three

Idiom of the Day:
be (as) easy as one-two-three

To be extremely easy, simple, or intuitive; to require very little skill or effort. (Sometimes used with the numbers spelled out (“one-two-three”) or written numerically (“123” or “1-2-3”).) Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: unstudied

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Not contrived for effect; natural.
Synonyms: uncontrived
Usage: She walked with an unstudied grace that the other models envied and imitated.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Watch “Using Turmeric Root, An Immune Boosting Natural Anti-Inflammatory” on YouTube

Turmeric root is one of those ordinary spices you wouldn’t normally think to call a superfood, but this curcumin containing rhyzome is actually full of health enhancing properties and one of the most extensively researched herbs around.

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Miss “Know It All” Portrait


Miss “Know It All” Portrait

From Wikipedia: Tarhon


Tarhonul (Artemisia dracunculus L.) este o plantă perenă din familia Asteraceae. Are tulpina dreaptă și ramificată, cu flori alburii, cu frunze lanceolate aromate întrebuințate drept condiment. Frunzele sale se folosesc verzi sau uscate și maruntite. Se folosește ca condiment în fripturi, salate, etc.

Autumn: the golden season

Autumn: the golden season

Autumn: the golden season

Consume a quarter of a teaspoon everyday (1,25gm):Watch “Turmeric Curcumin, MGUS, and Multiple Myeloma” on YouTube

Best Food for MGUS to Prevent Multiple Myeloma
Written By Michael Greger M.D. FACLM on May 11th, 2017

Multiple myeloma is one of our most dreaded cancers. It’s a cancer of our antibody-producing plasma cells, and is considered one of our most intractable blood diseases. The precursor disease is called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). When it was named, it’s significance was undetermined, but now we know that multiple myeloma is almost always preceded by MGUS. This makes MGUS one of the most common premalignant disorders, with a prevalence of about 3% in the older white general population, and about 2 to 3 times that in African-American populations.

MGUS itself is asymptomatic, you don’t even know you have it until your doctor finds it incidentally doing routine bloodwork. But should it progress to multiple myeloma, you only have about four years to live. So, we need to find ways to treat MGUS early, before it turns into cancer. Unfortunately, no such treatment exists. Rather, patients are just placed in a kind of holding pattern with frequent check-ups. If all we’re going to do is watch and wait, researchers figured they might as well try some dietary changes.

One such dietary change is adding curcumin, the yellow pigment in the spice turmeric. Why curcumin? It’s relatively safe, considering that it has been consumed as a dietary spice for centuries. And, it kills multiple myeloma cells. In my video Turmeric Curcumin, MGUS, & Multiple Myeloma, you can see the unimpeded growth of four different cell lines of multiple myeloma. We start out with about 5000 cancer cells at the beginning of the week, which then doubles, triples, and quadruples in a matter of days. If we add a little bit of curcumin, growth is stunted. If we add a lot of curcumin, growth is stopped. This is in a petri dish, but it is exciting enough to justify trying curcumin in a clinical trial. And six years later, researchers did.

We can measure the progression of the disease by the rise in blood levels of paraprotein, which is what’s made by MGUS and myeloma cells. About 1 in 3 of the patients responded to the curcumin with dropping paraprotein levels, whereas there were no responses in the placebo group. These positive findings prompted researchers to commence a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. The same kind of positive biomarker response was seen in both MGUS patients, as well as those with so-called “smoldering” multiple myeloma, an early stage of the cancer. These findings suggest that curcumin might have the potential to slow the disease process in patients, delaying or preventing the progression of MGUS to multiple myeloma. However, we won’t know for sure until longer larger studies are done.

The best way to deal with multiple myeloma is to not get it in the first place. In my 2010 video Meat & Multiple Myeloma, I profiled a study suggesting that vegetarians have just a quarter the risk of multiple myeloma compared to meat-eaters. Even just working with chicken meat may double one’s risk of multiple myeloma, the thinking being that cancers like leukemias, lymphomas, and myelomas may be induced by so-called zoonotic (animal-to-human) cancer-causing viruses found in both cattle and chickens. Beef, however, was not associated with multiple myeloma.

There are, however, some vegetarian foods we may want to avoid. Harvard researchers reported a controversial link between diet soda and multiple myeloma, implicating aspartame. Studies suggest french fries and potato chips should not be the way we get our vegetables, nor should we probably pickle them. While the intake of shallots, garlic, soy foods, and green tea was significantly associated with a reduced risk of multiple myeloma, intake of pickled vegetables three times a week or more was associated with increased risk.

For dietary links to other blood cancers, see EPIC Findings on Lymphoma.

The turmeric story just never seems to end. I recommend a quarter teaspoon a day:

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating the canonization Mass of new saints in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 15.

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating the canonization Mass of new saints in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 15.

Pope Francis greets the crowd after celebrating the canonization Mass of new saints in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 15. The pope canonized groups of martyrs from Mexico and Brazil, an Italian Capuchin priest and a Spanish priest. (CNS photo/@paul.haring) #StPetersSq #stpeterssquare #vatican #vaticancity #vaticano #PopeFrancis #canonization #saints #sainthood #martyrs

BBC News: Kirkuk: The city that highlights Iraq’s war within a war

For profit does’t mean for pride: BBC News: Trump NFL row: NFL won’t make players stand for anthem

BBC News: Los Angeles homeless numbers jump 23% in a year

BBC News: California hepatitis A outbreak death toll climbs to 19

Edouard MANET

Edouard MANET

Edouard MANET

Willem Claeszoon Heda (Dutch, 1594-1680). A still life with a silver goblet and a watch on a pewter plate

Willem Claeszoon Heda (Dutch, 1594-1680). A still life with a silver goblet and a watch on a pewter plate

Willem Claeszoon Heda (Dutch, 1594-1680). A still life with a silver goblet and a watch on a pewter plate

Watch “Vitamin D, Deep sleep & Gut Bacteria w/ Dr. Stasha Gominak” on YouTube


Watch “Erik Satie – Gymnopédie No.1” on YouTube

Tarbell, Edmund (American, 1862-1938) – Preparing for the Matinee – 1907

Tarbell, Edmund (American, 1862-1938) - Preparing for the Matinee - 1907

Tarbell, Edmund (American, 1862-1938) – Preparing for the Matinee – 1907

Cagnaccio di San Pietro (Italian, 1897-1946) – Woman at the Mirror 1927

Cagnaccio di San Pietro (Italian, 1897-1946) – Woman at the Mirror 1927

Edouard MANET

Edouard MANET

Edouard MANET

African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) Wild Bird

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African paradise flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis)

Wild Bird

Palm tree Beach

Palm tree Beach

Palm tree Beach

My Duck today

My Duck today

My Duck today

Just a thought:

Just a thought:

When sound bothers us we turn the volume way down. When images bothers us we turn the projector off…
And then we’re left blind and mute in the crowds…pasive, pasive, pasive!!!

Watch “Erik Satie – Once Upon A Time In Paris” on YouTube

Watch “Regina Spektor – Songs (Full Album)” on YouTube

As Chritmas approaches: Milan Cathedral at Christmas !

Milan Cathedral at Christmas !

Milan Cathedral at Christmas !

Right therapy…a well deserved vacation!

Right therapy...a well deserved vacation!

Right therapy…a well deserved vacation!

Vorbă de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : Bună Dimineața!

Vorbă de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului :  Bună Dimineața!

Vorbă de pe la Breaza Făgăraşului : Bună Dimineața!