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Vikramarka Era, Virodhi
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Fish : Mad Cow Disease from
U.S. scientists are concerne about the potential of people contracting Creutzfeldt
Jakob disease, the human form of "mad cow disease" from eating farmed fish,
in the latest issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Mad cow disease,
also called bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a fatal brain disease in
cattle, which scientists believe can cause Creutzfeldt Jakob disease in humans
who eat infected cow parts.
Eating the beneficial omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids has beneficial
effects on the heart and brain. However, omega-3 acids can be obtained
from vegetable products such as flax oil, purselane, urad dal, walnuts, almonds
Purslane comes from India, where it was a food crop centuries ago. It was
Gandhi's favorite food. Now it also grows across America, and around the
world. See for more on purslane http://www.vepachedu.com/tsjNovember2004.html.
Green tea is the second most popular drink in the world, and some epidemiological
studies have shown health benefits with green tea, including a reduced incidence
of prostate cancer. The few trials conducted to date have evaluated the clinical
efficacy of green tea consumption and few studies have evaluated the change
in biomarkers, which might predict disease progression.
According to results of a study published in Cancer Prevention Research,
a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, men with prostate
cancer who consumed the active compounds in green tea demonstrated a significant
reduction in serum markers predictive of prostate cancer progression.
Results of a recent year-long clinical trial conduced by researchers in Italy
demonstrated that consumption of green tea polyphenols reduced the risk of
developing prostate cancer in men with high-grade prostate intraepithelial
Skin Cancer in Summer
As the hottest months of summer approach, dermatologists say people need
to take extra precautions when working and having fun in the sun. There
are three basic types of skin cancer. Two of them, basal cell carcinoma and
squamous cell carcinoma, are the most common and least dangerous. But
melanoma, which makes up just 3 percent of skin cancer cases, is responsible
for more than 75 percent of skin cancer deaths, according to the American
Cancer Society. It's also the most common form of skin cancer among young
adults and the second-most common among adolescents -- though like most skin
cancers, it is highly treatable if detected early.
Up to 90 percent of skin cancer is caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays.
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 65,000 people worldwide
die from too much sun each year, mostly from malignant skin cancer. To combat
that, cover yourself instead of bearing it in the sun, and liberal use of
sunscreen is recommended for exposed skin. But some sunscreens are more effective
Pollution Raises Cancer Risk
About 2.2 million Americans live in places where chemicals in the air increase
their risk of cancer, officials said in June. Parts of New York, Oregon and
California had the highest risk. The worst spot was between two freeways
near Los Angeles. The estimated cancer risk there is 34 times the national
average. The report came from the Environmental Protection Agency. It was
based on data from 2002.
Scientists have long thought obese people have a higher cancer risk, possibly
because fat cells produce hormones that might lead to the disease. But doctors
haven't been able to prove that losing weight in other ways, including dieting,
reduces that risk.
Women who have their stomachs stapled not only lose weight, they also may
reduce their cancer risk by up to 40 percent, new research says. In a study
of more than 2,000 obese people who had surgery to reduce the size of their
stomachs, Swedish researchers found women who had the procedure were less
likely to get cancer than those who did not. But for some reason, the surgery
didn't have the same effect in men; there was virtually no difference in
the cancer rates in men who had the surgery and those who did not.
The research was published online in the medical journal, Lancet Oncology.
A previous study has shown that stomach stapling surgery can prolong the
lives of men and women by up to 10 years compared to those who don't have
it. Two other studies have suggested women in particular benefit from a lower
cancer risk after getting the weight-loss operation.
The American Medical Association has taken action to support doctors' ability
to discuss obesity with their overweight patients. Under a new policy
adopted, the AMA formally opposes efforts by advocacy groups to define obesity
as a disability. Doctors fear using that definition makes them vulnerable
under disability laws to lawsuits from obese patients who don't want their
doctors to discuss their weight. Doctors took the action at their annual
meeting in Chicago.
Marijuana smoke has joined tobacco smoke and hundreds of other chemicals
on a list of substances California regulators say cause cancer. The ruling
Friday by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment likely will
force pot shops with 10 or more employees to post warnings. Final guidelines
are expected by the time warning requirements take effect in a year.
The listing only applies to marijuana smoke, not the plant itself.
Ingredients: 2 cups flour, 1 tbsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 tbsp margarine,
3/4 cup soy milk
Preparation: Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees. Put all the dry ingredients
into a bowl. Using a fork, blend the margarine into the dry ingredients until
the mixture breaks down into fine particles. Add the soy milk and stir until
the particles cling together. Turn out onto a floured bread board or countertop
and knead for 1 to 2 minutes or until the dough is smooth. Add more flour
as needed if the dough is sticky. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out
to about 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into rounds (a drinking glass works well),
place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve hot.
Ingredients: 2 containers firm or extra firm tofu, pressed; 1/3 cup soy sauce;
3/4 cup water; 1 tbsp fresh ginger, minced; 3 cloves garlic, minced; 1 1/2
tbsp sesame oil; 2 tbsp sesame seeds (optional).
Preparation: Slice each block of tofu into 4 or 5 slices. In a small bowl,
whisk together the soy sauce, water, ginger, garlic and sesame oil. Pour
mixture over each piece of tofu in a shallow bowl or pan, and allow to marinate
for at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and lightly grease
a baking sheet. Carefully place each slice on the baking sheet and sprinkle
with sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes, then rotate the sheet, if needed
and drizzle with more marinade. Bake for another 15 minutes, or until liquid
is almost dry. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/tofurecipes/r/sesametofu.htm?nl=1
Lemon Baked Tofu
Ingredients: 2 blocks firm or extra-firm tofu, well pressed; 2 tbsp soy sauce;
2 tbsp lemon juice; 2 tbsp olive oil; 2 tbsp Dijon mustard; 1 tsp sugar ;
1 tsp basil; 1 tsp thyme; salt and pepper to taste.
Preparation: Slice your pressed tofu into 1/2 inch thick strips. Whisk
together all ingredients except for tofu. Transfer to a shallow pan or zip-lock
bag and add tofu, coating well. Allow tofu to marinate for at least
1 hour (the longer the better!), turning to coat well with marinade.
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Transfer tofu and marinade to baking dish
and bake for 20-25 minutes, turning halfway through and pouring extra marinade
over the tofu as needed. http://vegetarian
Ingredients: 2 blocks firm or extra firm tofu, pressed; 1/4 cup soy milk;
2 tbsp soy sauce; 2 tbsp lemon juice; 1 cup bread crumbs; 2 tbsp crumbled
nori seaweed; 1 tsp lemon pepper.
Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Slice tofu into strips and coat
well with flour. In a pie plate or shallow bowl, whisk together the soy milk,
soy sauce and lemon juice. In a separate bowl or pie plate, combine bread
crumbs, nori and lemon pepper. Carefully dip floured tofu in soy milk mixture,
then coat well in bread crumbs. Bake for 40-45 minutes, turning over once,
until crispy and golden brown. Or, pan fry on both sides in a bit of oil.
Serve with a vegan tartar sauce. http://vegetarian.about.com/od/tofurecipes/r/fishsticks.htm?nl=1
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