Life Science Headed For Extinction

From the days of the Louis Pasteur era until now, scientists have made numerous successful attempts in their exploratory approach to save humanity. Science, along with technology, has become so advanced over the years that what was once thought of by scientists as an uncertainty is now a breakthrough in innovative discoveries, for scientists now have the resourceful devices necessary to further their exploration of the human body with precise detail and remarkable accuracy. With the birth of such remarkable artificial life-saving devices as the pacemaker and the dialysis machine, the possibilities for discovering complete cures to life-threatening illnesses seems more and more possible in the future as science advances in the areas of biomedical engineering, thanks to all of the financial support provided by the U.S. Government to scientific research agencies over the past few decades.

Unfortunately during this decade, one of those resources has been drastically cut this year by 10% at the very least — a percentage that cannot be ignored, especially when it pertains to biomedical research. Since humanity has been anticipating for years to hear of a much awaited breakthrough in the discovery for cures to some of the most deadliest of diseases such as cancer and HIV, it seems all hope will have to be put on hold for what seems to be a much bigger problem that appears to be taking precedence lately over healing the sick: war-related funding.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the most pertinent sources of funding for biomedical research agencies and institutions, has been commended for increasing the life expectancy of humanity since the early 1800’s. Not only does the NIH conduct their own research at their own facilities, the agency relies on its funding to be allocated within the congressional budget. The United States has already spent approximately $1.7 trillion on war-related expenses from 2001-2011, and is expected to see these expenditures rise above the $6 trillion mark by the end of the 2013 fiscal year. To avoid a government shutdown this year, Congress had to cut all expenditures until March of 2014 by at least 10%, and this includes the financial support the NIH heavily relies upon to continue its research efforts. The NIH has reported their biomedical research expenses to be at $29.5 billion for the 2013 fiscal year alone. With Congress being unable to properly negotiate a suitable national budget plan while continuously financially supporting war-related expenses to the fullest, the NIH has been forced to put a majority of their critical clinical trials on hold with no certainty of when they will resume again.

Eventually along the line, we all reap the benefits of medical research, even those who are currently considered to be in perfect health. At the rate in which science has advanced, humanity’s chances for a greater life expectancy could have been dramatically increased many years ago if it had not been for the extra expenditure of wars… or could it?

©2013 Learus Ohnine

To Eat or Not To Eat

The warm-weather seasons are one of the most favorite times of the year for enjoying the outdoors, especially those fun backyard barbecues. One can pretty much be guaranteed to catch a whiff of that delightful aroma of burning charcoal combined with a mixture of fresh flaming meats mainly on those traditional barbecuing holidays, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
As with most any holiday, purchasing large quantities of meat are usually sought out with the best bargains in mind, depending on the budget of the shopper. However, most of us who are not health-conscious about what we stick in our bodies are likely to walk away from the store with the cheapest bargains, feeling satisfied at being able to carry home a few more extra dollars in our pockets than expected. We save money in the long run, but are we really saving money? Or are we really sacrificing our health for the sake of a principle?

Conventional foods seem to be the cheapest to buy, but alternatively come with a hefty cost in the long run.
Bovine Somatotropin, also referred to as BST or BGH, is a peptide hormone that is naturally produced in cows. Molecular cloning of this growth hormone created the synthetic version named “Recombinant Bovine Somatotropin”, or rBGH, which is widely used by the agricultural industry to increase livestock productivity. By injecting dairy animals with rBGH, this increased the level of production of the IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1 hormone, also naturally produced by cows and humans) that is neither destroyed by pasteurization or homogenization. Physicians became increasingly concerned with the risks associated with the human consumption of this synthetic hormone as a possible link to developing breast cancer in males as well as females, especially pre-menopausal women. Other risk factors may include a higher risk for infertility, heart and kidney abnormalities, gastric ulcers, arthritis, heat intolerance, prostate and colon cancer, and an increased susceptibility to infections.

Organic foods are normally priced substantially higher than conventional foods, however, the health benefits associated with its consumption versus consuming conventional foods outweighs it monetary forfeiture in the long run. Natural fertilizers, such as compost and manure, are used to treat the soil for cultivating plants and vegetables. Pesticides made from natural resources are used as opposed to using synthetic insecticides, and environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds are applied in the place of using synthetic herbicides to control weeds. The harvesting of these naturally-grown plants and vegetables are also used as feed for the livestock, which in turn suggests these animals are assured to have a proper balanced diet. In ensuring these animals have a properly well-balanced diet will also insure no synthetic growth hormones and other potentially harmful chemicals will be passed through human consumption. The results are: a greater human consumption of antioxidants naturally found in foods, reduced pesticide exposure, and reduced exposure to potentially life-threatening synthetic chemicals.

With the cost of health care these days, who could not afford to maintain a healthy diet that may assure them a longer life in the long run? Taking shortcuts when it comes to one’s health may not be such a profitable idea afterall…

©2013 Learus Ohnine

Breakfast For My Ears

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. With all of its nutritional benefits, it is no wonder we run short on energy by noon when we skip this meal. My breakfast is music; its what I need to get to get motivated to start the day. Classical  music has always been my choice of music as a resort to get my head together (no matter what time of day it is), to calm my nerves, and to release tension. Supposedly, it has been scientifically proven that classical music really does have a soothing effect on animals, babies, and apparently on elevator riders… and I have to say this is so true.

There is something about this piece that just hits me right down to the soul. There is something about the way these notes flow together that has a tranquilizing effect. Perfect for the start of any day…

Don’t get me wrong; yes I do eat. However, my ears need “nutrition” when I first wake up as well. The rumble in my ears is much louder than in my tummy in the mornings; a sign that they crave hearing something sensual…

Hope you all can join me for breakfast one morning 🙂

© 2013 Learus Ohnine

Something to think about: “Walls were Made to be Broken” (part 4) The Demolition Process

Hopefully by now, you have uncovered which walls need your immediate attention and which walls do not. I would suggest beginning the demolition process on any wall that is causing an immediate hindrance to your daily living, such as anything that is interfering with your peace of mind. Nothing compares to enjoying life with a healthy state of mind. Remember – you only get one life; it is better to make the most of the time you have to spend on this earth than to waste it and regret it later.

So on to the demolition…

The demolition process basically starts off following the same procedures for both Conscious and Unconscious Walls. The only difference is the amount of time it takes to completely destroy them. That time is determined by factors such as when that wall was placed there and who put it there. For example: an Unconscious Wall that has been built by an authority figure, such as a parental figure, a lover, or whomever you have depended on for emotional support and approval, may take years to demolish simply because it has been ingrained inside your heart and mind as a necessity for survival. Let’s say, for instance, a child who grows up in an environment that is unsympathetic and is full of callousness may have had to learn to adapt to that kind of situation by becoming so thick-skinned that they do not know how to love or be loved. They reject anyone who comes across as caring and sympathetic, or the total opposite, because they do not recognize that real love and are only receptive to people who resemble the authority figures of the environment they have grown up in. They will recreate their childhood environment because that IS their comfort zone. It may take years before this person can make a successful personal transformation, but it is not impossible.

So let’s begin with a less challenging wall to destroy: the Conscious Wall. Just a quick recall, a Conscious Wall is one that is derived from a realistic fear stemmed from an illogical belief. Examples of this would be along the lines of stereotyping: ALL marriages end in divorce, ALL blondes are dimwitted, ALL males are cheaters, and ALL women are not as intelligent as a man, and so on. Plenty can be said about the stereotyping of gender, sexual preference, and races but I will not get too deep into those details. When stereotype a person, place or thing, we will react to them according to what we feel is appropriate, and that includes avoidance. Keep in mind it is healthy and wise to avoid something or someone we know for a fact is not in our best interest. However, stereotyping is not based on facts. Stereotyping is based on opinion and does not necessarily mean one part applies to the whole, if you catch my drift.

But how do we debunk any hypothetical stereotyping beliefs we may have?

Get out there and find out for yourself. Be realistic; nobody is perfect. We all have flaws, hang-ups, etc., but is that not what makes us all unique? None of our personal flaws may have anything to do with our gender, our cultural background, or our sexual preference.  The funny thing about social networking, such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In, etc., is we all can be whoever we want to be behind the screen, but it is the words that we speak that will be noticed by others first. We do not see a face, a race, or a gender unless we post a profile picture, and even that sometimes is not always truthful. The bottom line is: you will never know what you are missing until you get to know the character of a person. Drop everything that you have heard and read about a gender, a culture, or a sexual preference and just meet a variety of people from all, and I do mean ALL, walks of life and from any and every category. Remember, you yourself fall into one or more categories. Would you want someone to discriminate against you without giving you a fair chance?

 

© 2013 Learus Ohnine

The Realization Of Character

Everything we do starts with words. Words will determine who we are. Whatever we think we are, we will become. It is no wonder why we see so many people who struggle with low self-esteem, but that is such an extensive topic that I will save for a later discussion.

I am sure you all have heard the “formula” for how one’s character comes into fruition and the end result of where our character will lead us. If not, I will briefly go over the famous formula in order of importance:

“Words = Thoughts”

“Thoughts = Actions”

“Actions = Habits”

“Habits = Behaviors”

“Behaviors = Character”

“Character = Our Destiny”

“Words = Thoughts”: Words will determine your thoughts. Words are very powerful. Like it says in the Bible, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue…” (Proverbs 18:21). When we insult someone, we are killing them figuratively. When we compliment someone, we are giving them life. It does not matter if words are spoken or written; they will have the same affect on the listener and/or reader. We begin to think exactly what words tell us to think. We should be aware of what we say to one another as well as what we hear and read because once we let those words take root into our minds, we become those words.

“Thoughts = Actions”: Our thoughts have a heavy impact on the things we do. Most all of our actions start with our thoughts.  We can think ourselves into motivation, inspiration, encouragement, and so on. On the other hand, we can think ourselves into procrastination, depression, discouragement, and so on. Our thoughts will determine what we will do next.

“Actions = Habits”: Our actions will become our habits. Have you ever met someone who seemed impossible to change the way they think about themselves? They have learned to adapt to a particular way of thinking that their whole life is arranged around their thought processes.  They withdraw instead of socializing. They retreat when faced with challenges. They may have been told time and time again that they are stupid or a failure, and so they tend to believe those words without applying themselves to rise above the adversity of those words. That is because they have become so comfortable in thinking what they think is true, it has become a habit. Habits are hard to break.

“Habits = Behaviors”: Habits develop into behaviors. Hurting people hurt other people. It is just that simple. Very rarely have I come across an angry individual who goes out of their way to make others happy. In fact, I have seen hurting people deliberately hurt others to bring them down and have said this somehow makes them feel better knowing someone else is hurting just as much as they are. I suppose this would account for the numerous abuse  and murder cases in the world today because this seems to be the only outlet a hurting person knows, trusts, and feels comfortable in doing. It is a horrible habit that, unfortunately, has become a behavior that is justified in their minds.

“Behaviors = Character”: Our behavior determines our character. People are known for what they do. Someone who carries a reputation for lying, stealing and cheating has built that reputation centered around those actions. The same goes for someone who has proven to be trustworthy, honest and caring. People are more drawn to these traits. Our character derives from the behaviors we set forth and also determine the type of characters we draw to us.

“Character = Destiny”: The kind of character we build for ourselves will determine our destiny. For example, if we are a well disciplined individual, chances are we will go far in life. We will resist the temptation to procrastinate in order to get things done. However, if we are lazy, we may not accomplish much in life due to neglecting important responsibilities. This is why it is so important to take heed as to the people who you allow in your life because they, too, can determine your destiny…

(to be continued…)

© 2013 Learus Ohnine

Quick-fix meal tips…

 

The 11 best foods to eat to lose weight fast….

1. Raw Fruits & Vegetables

You’ll not only maintain your weight much easier if you eat more RAW fruits & veggies but you’ll also lose weight much faster on aweight loss plan eating more RAW fruits & veggies and here’s another quick fact…

Your body burns 16% more calories after you eat a meal that’s mostly fruits & vegetables than if you ate a meal without any fruits or vegetables plus…

Fruits & vegetables high in vitamin C like Oranges, lemons & pineapples liquefy (or burn off) body fat so the fat can be easily flushed out of your body and you need to eat RAW fruits & vegetables because…

Farmers feed pigs steamed or cooked veggies to fatten them up because they know raw veggies will slim them down.

2. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is loaded with fiber that decreases your appetite by making you feel full so you can go for long periods of time without eating while keeping your energy levels high at the same time and…

If you eat oatmeal about 1-to-2 hours before doing your weight loss workout… Oatmeal will give you a longer lasting blast of energy that helps you workout longer & more intensely which helps you lose weight much faster and…

It’s better to eat steel-cut oats, plain or natural oatmeal & not the flavored oatmeal packets that contain lots of sugar.

Researchers at Loughborough University found that when athletes ate complex carbs (like oatmeal ) for breakfast & lunch… They burned much more fat off during the day than those who ate simple carbs or bad weight loss foods plus…

The researchers also found out that the athletes burned more fat while working out and were able to workout longer when eating complex carbs like oatmeal.

3. Dairy products

Dairy products or foods high in calcium like Low-fat yogurt, cheese, & milk breakdown fat cells faster and in a recent study…

People who ate low-fat dairy products 3-to-4 times a day lost 70% more fat than people on a low-dairy diet and scientist also believe that foods high in calcium suppress calcitriol, a hormone responsible for making fat cells bigger and dairy products also contain high quality proteins that help suppress appetite.

4. Any kind of raw nuts

Eat any kind of nuts for fiber to ward off hunger and to also get a good dose of protein & healthy Omega-3s fats to help you burn fat faster & produce more testosterone but… Make sure you eat raw & organic nuts instead of roasted & salted to get the full weight loss benefits.

5. Apples

Eat apples so the pectin found in apples can prevent your body from absorbing too much fat and… The pectin from apples causes your body to release fat and…

Pectin is also a strong appetite suppressant that keeps you satisfied for long periods of time causing you not to overeat so you won’t gain weight and in a study done in Brazil…

People who had 1 whole apple before each meal lost 33% more weight than a group of people who didn’t eat apples.

6. Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts are rich in selenium and selenium is needed by your body to make thyroid hormones that are responsible for keeping your metabolism high.

7. Fish

Eat more fish like Salmon, Tuna, and Sardines to make your body more sensitive to a fat-burning hormone called Leptin (Leptin means “thin” in Greek).

Leptin suppresses your appetite and Leptin determines whether you store the calories you eat as fat or if you burn the calories you eat for energy.

8. Spices

Add spices to your foods like chili peppers, jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers or hot mustard to increase your fat burning metabolism by 8-to-20% for up to 3 hours after eating spices and…

Dr. Henry at Oxford University proved that hot peppers can increase your fat-burning metabolism by adding just 3 grams of chili peppers to meals and In a British Study… Spicy mustard made people burn an extra 45-to-75 calories over 3 hours and…

Garlic is a strong diuretic that can help you flush out excess water weight plus… Spices foods can reduce your appetite by increasing your body’s norepinephrine and epinephrine levels and…

Gingerol (the active ingredient in ginger) increases growth hormone production which increases the amount of fat released from your fat stores to be burned as fuel.

9. Organic Beef

Organic Beef contains lots of CLA (or conjugated linoleic acid) which is basically a healthy fat that helps you burn fat and…

According to The International Journal of Obesity… People who took CLA lost belly fat by reducing their waistlines by 1.2 inches without making any diet or lifestyle changes.

10. Resistant starch

Resistant starch is just another kind of dietary fiber but According to a study done at the University of Colorado…

You’ll burn 20-to-30% more fat by including more foods loaded with resistant starch like Navy beans, High amylose cornstarch, Bananas, Potatoes, Lentils, Oatmeal & Wholegrain breads in your meals and…

Resistant starch also prevents your body from storing too much fat and like other types of dietary fiber… Resistant starch also makes you feel fuller longer so you’ll never gain weight (and only lose weight).

11. Avocados

Avocados contain a sugar called mannoheptulose that helps lower insulin levels to prevent you from storing fat (or gaining weight).

Source:    http://www.nowloss.com/best-weight-loss-foods-to-eat-to-help-you-lose-weight-fast.htm#apple

The WeightScale that stole my happy days

I guess it would be wise to take my health seriously this year. I mean, after all, I’m only going to get one chance to live my life using this one body, so I might as well take care of it.

My main problem is… I love to chew. I love food, I love everything about it. I love the smell of food, the taste, the texture. I love to hold it, to look at it. Now if I can only figure out a way to eat it and not show the evidence of what I’ve been eating in the form of fat…

I did some research and found some foods that are considered “GOOD” foods to eat when trying to lose weight:

All whole grain or unprocessed foods
Any fruits or vegetables
Oatmeal
Steel-Cut Oats
Plain popcorn – lightly salted
Brown rice
Wild rice
Wheat Germ
Potatoes
Wheat breads (Avoid White breads)
Granary bread
Pitta bread
Wheat Bagel
Wholegrain cereals
High fiber breakfast cereals like All Bran and Fiber One
Porridge
Grits
Oats
Shredded wheat
Whole wheat pretzels
Muesli
Cassava
Corn
Amaranth
Oatcakes
Pastas made with wheat like Macaroni or Spaghetti
Whole Barley
Buckwheat / Buckwheat pasta
Quinoa
Sprouted bread (Ezekiel bread)
Any vegetables

Artichokes
Asparagus

Arugula
Green beans
String beans
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celeriac
Celery
Chervil
Chicory
Chives
Collard Greens
Cucumbers
Squash
Tomato
Cucumbers
Dandelion greens
Dill pickles
Eggplant
Endive
Garlic
Garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
Grapefruit
Kale
Kidney Beans
Kohlrabi
Leeks
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard greens
Okra
Onions
Parsley leaves
Pinto Beans
Turnips
Watercress
Parsnips (raw/boiled)
Peas
Peppers (green/red)
Pickles (sour/sweet)
Pumpkin
Radishes
Rappini
Rhubarb
Rutabagas
Sauerkraut
Salsify
Scallions
Shallots
Sorrel
Soybeans
Spinach
Tomatoes
Spirulina
Swiss Chard
Yams
Sweet Potatoes
Zucchini
Water Cress

Apples
Apricots
Asian Pears
Bananas
Blackberries
Blackcurrants
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherry
Cranberries
Currants
Damson plum
Figs
Goji Berries
Grapes
Honeydew melon
Huckleberries
Kiwi
Kumquats
Lemon
Limes
Loganberries
Mangoes
Melon
Muskmelons
Navy beans
Nectarines
Papaya
Pineapple
Plums
Pomegranates
Prunes
Oranges
Peach
Pear
Plum
Avocado
Raspberries
Spaghetti Squash
Strawberries
Quince
Tangerines
Watermelon

Any type of Protein shakes & supplements…

Protein Bars
Whey Protein Shakes
Casein Protein shakes
Egg Protein shakes
Soy Protein Shakes & Soy Protein Bars – vegetarian protein source
Hemp Protein Shakes – another vegetarian protein source
Blended Protein shakes – combination of protein sources

Any animal sources…

Organic Beef (range-fed or game)
Cornish hen
Chicken – Lean Chicken breast (skinless)
Turkey – Deli Turkey breast / Skinless Turkey breast
Quail
Duck
Goose
Emu
Leanest cuts of Beef like Red round steaks and roasts, top loin, top sirloin and chuck shoulder and arm roasts.
Leanest cuts of pork like pork loin, tenderloin, center loin and ham.
Well-trimmed Leg of lamb
Bison
Rabbit
Deer / Moose / Elk / Caribou
Top Round Leg cutlet or Chop cuts of Veal
Egg whites / Egg beaters
Eggs

Most fish & other seafoods…

Tuna
Sardines
Trout
Salmon
Abalone
Bass (fresh water/sea)
Cod
Roe
Perch
Pollack
Halibut
Anchovy
Catfish
Mackerel
Flounder
Herring
Tilapia
Swordfish
Whiting
Grouper
Haddock
Snapper
Crab
Crayfish
Mussels
Shrimp
Scallops
Oysters (half shell)
Frog legs
Terrapin (turtle)

Any nuts & seeds – High protein foods for vegetarians

Unsalted Cashews
Unsalted peanuts
Raw Almonds
Hazelnuts
Brazil Nuts
Pecans
Walnuts
Pine Nuts
Pistachio Nuts
Macadamia Nuts
Pistachio nuts
Hazelnuts and Filberts
Butternuts
Beechnuts
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Chia seeds

More high protein foods…

Hummus
Seitan
Tempeh
Natural peanut butter
Natural cashew butter
Natural almond butter
Beef Jerky
Tofu & Soy products

4 Good Fats that help you burn fat…

Omega-3s
CLA –
Omega-6s
MCT

7 Low-fat dairy products that help you lose weight…

Low fat yogurt
Greek yogurt
Low fat cottage cheese
Low fat cheese
Low-fat/non-fat sour cream
Low-fat or Skim milk
Fat free cream cheese

7 Condiments that can be used safely when trying to lose weight…

Carb options barbeque sauce, ketchup and pasta sauce
Fat free mayonnaise
French’s honey mustard
Mrs. Dash
I can’t believe it’s not butter
Smuker’s sugar free jams
Balsamic vinegar
31 Spices & Spicy Foods that increase your metabolism…

Hot peppers
Cayenne peppers
Hot mustard
Cinnamon
Cumin
Turmeric
Cloves
Jamaica pepper
Africa birdseye
Anaheim
Curry Powder
Jalapeno Peppers
Habanero Peppers
Chili Peppers
Chili Powder
Cayenne Peppers
Thai Peppers
Ginger (Turmeric)
Garlic
Bell peppers
Bird’s eye chili
Tabasco
Rocoto
Chiltepin
Piquante
Super Chili
Datil
Fatalii
Naga
Jolokia
Scotch bonnet

Uh, oh boy, yum….