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Ladoo Gopala & the Metaphor of a Child

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Just like Devaki, aglow with Sri Krishna’s presence within her, those who carry the light of the supreme truth within themselves definitely glow with bliss, they also illuminate others around them.

As the Sri Krishna enters the world as a bright bubbly baby, he enchants all with his charm and gets fans from all around just as he is born! Interestingly, the child form of Sri Krishna is called “Laddoo Gopala”

Lord Krishna’s form as an attractive baby lured one and all to him! As a little child, he was always eating butter, so naturally he was a chubby little baby, almost as round as a laddoo, a traditional Indian sweet! This particular form of Sri Krishna is therefore called Laddoo Gopala!

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Children are the manifestation of God, pure and innocent. This is a dictum that popularly does the rounds in every part of India be it remote rural locales or in the bustle of the metropolises. The God that is referred to almost by direct association is Shri Krishna in his baby form, known popularly as Bal Krishna.

A lot of debate has happened so far in the medical field, and particularly in departments of neurosciences and psychology about the mind of a baby.

Beginning with Sigmund Freud and Lacan during the opening of the 20th century who opined that a baby’s mind is a tablua rasa or an empty, impressionable slate which slowly learns to make sense of the world though the five sense perceptions, followed by the information received through language. In India and other parts of the oriental world, this kind of an analysis of a child’s mind is resisted, primarily due to the existence of the ideas and beliefs about human life, soul etc, informed by religious and communal knowledge.

Our Dharma looks towards Lord Vishnu for answers and cites Bal Krishna’s example as being typical of all children- Inquisitive, restless, extremely delicate and adorably messy. One particular episode that marked Krishna out from all other babies came to pass when one day, during a casual game, BalKrishna had cast a lump of clay into his mouth. His foster mother Yashoda rushed to her child and prompted him to open his mouth and spit out the dirt. Bal Krishna simply opened his mouth. Yashoda was awe struck by what she saw in the child’s mouth and fainted. The whole universe, with countless star systems and galaxies swirled in the mouth of Bal Krishna. This was no stray incident of Bal Krishna showing signs of being extraordinary. Almost from the time of his birth, supernatural events have accompanied the boy. Droves of demons sent by his malevolent uncle Kansa met their doom at the smile of Bal Krishna. The fiercest of snakes and Yakshas have been subdued by a mere boy who was always so much more.

As always, one can screen out the religious and hyperbolic elements and objectively look at the narratives of Bal Krishna. Clearly the child was gifted. He had the most ingenious ways to reach the butter his mother would make and store in their house. When caught all he had to offer was a disarming toothy grin with some baby babble to boost his appeal. The degree of recociousness this child had made it easier for others round him to realize he was meant to achieve greater things in life. While his elder brother Balabhadra would be easily angered, Krishna always had a means of getting past difficulties by the sheer use of wit. He may have been brought up by cow-herders but his heart and mind were always extraordinary. This is an aspect that to date raises the nature-nurture debate that tries to figure out if a person’s character is determined more by  in built natural predisposition one has or by the kind of care and nurture one is given under specific kinds of value systems.

In simpler words, every child represents endless possibilities. Every parent would be aware of the simple joys of getting to see their children grow up. The universe really is a child’s playground- standing for an inimical connection we share with the very forces that make life possible on earth- a connection the hustle and banality of daily life slowly but steadily erases from our psyche. One does not here argue about whether or not children share a magical connection to endless possibility, but given the right impetus and situational support there really is no limit to what a child can grow up to achieve. The historical Yadava Prince after whom Krishna is modelled must have been one such remarkable individual.

 

Cancer In A Can: The Shocking True Story Of How Pringles Are Made

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To understand the nature of Pringles and other stackable chips, forget the notion that they come from actual potatoes in any recognizable way.

The Pringles Company (in an effort to avoid taxes levied against “luxury foods” like chips in the UK) once even argued that the potato content of their chips was so low that they are technically not even potato chips.

So if they’re not made of potatoes, what are they exactly?

The process begins with a slurry of rice, wheat, corn, and potato flakes that are pressed into shape.

This dough-like substance is then rolled out into an ultra-thin sheet cut into chip-cookies by a machine.

According to io9:

“The chips move forward on a conveyor belt until they’re pressed onto molds, which give them the curve that makes them fit into one another.

Those molds move through boiling oil … Then they’re blown dry, sprayed with powdered flavors, and at last, flipped onto a slower-moving conveyor belt in a way that allows them to stack.

From then on, it’s into the cans … and off towards the innocent mouths of the consumers.”

I suspect nearly everyone reading this likely enjoys the taste of potato chips. However, they are clearly one of the most toxic processed foods you can eat—whether they’re made from actual potato shavings or not.

Potato Chips are Loaded with Cancer-Causing Chemical

One of the most hazardous ingredients in potato chips is not intentionally added, but rather is a byproduct of the processing.

Acrylamide, a cancer-causing and potentially neurotoxic chemical, is created when carbohydrate-rich foods are cooked at high temperatures, whether baked, fried, roasted or toasted. Some of the worst offenders include potato chips and French fries, but many foods cooked or processed at temperatures above 212°F (100°C) may contain acrylamide. As a general rule, the chemical is formed when food is heated enough to produce a fairly dry and brown/yellow surface. Hence, it can be found in:

  • Potatoes: chips, French fries and other roasted or fried potato foods
  • Grains: bread crust, toast, crisp bread, roasted breakfast cereals and various processed snacks
  • Coffee; roasted coffee beans and ground coffee powder. Surprisingly, coffee substitutes based on chicory actually contains 2-3 times MORE acrylamide than real coffee

How Much Acrylamide are You Consuming?

The federal limit for acrylamide in drinking water is 0.5 parts per billion, or about 0.12 micrograms in an eight-ounce glass of water. However, a six-ounce serving of French fries can contain 60 micrograms of acrylamide, or about FIVE HUNDRED times over the allowable limit.

Similarly, potato chips are notoriously high in this dangerous chemical. So high, in fact, that in 2005 the state of California actually sued potato chip makers for failing to warn California consumers about the health risks of acrylamide in their products. A settlement was reached in 2008 when Frito-Lay and several other potato chip makers agreed to reduce the acrylamide levels in their chips to 275 parts per billion (ppb) by 2011, which is low enough to avoid needing a cancer warning label.

The 2005 report “How Potato Chips Stack Up: Levels of Cancer-Causing Acrylamide in Popular Brands of Potato Chips,” issued by the California-based Environmental Law Foundation (ELF), spelled out the dangers of this popular snack. Their analysis found that all potato chip products tested exceeded the legal limit of acrylamide by a minimum of 39 times, and as much as 910 times! Some of the worst offenders at that time included:

  • Cape Cod Robust Russet: 910 times the legal limit of acrylamide
  • Kettle Chips (lightly salted): 505 times
  • Kettle Chips (honey dijon): 495 times

Beware: Baked Chips May Be WORSE than Fried!

If you think you can avoid the health risks of potato chips by choosing baked varieties, which are typically advertised as being “healthier,” think again. Remember that acrylamide is formed not only when foods are fried or broiled, but also when they are baked. And according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) data on acrylamide levels in foods, baked chips may contain more than three times the level of acrylamide as regular chips!

Interestingly, the same trend holds true for other foods, too, which suggests that baking processed potatoes at high temperature may be one of the worst ways to cook them. For instance, according to the FDA’s data, Ore Ida Golden Fries contained 107 ppb of acrylamide in the regular fried version and 1,098 when baked. So remember, ALL potato chips contain acrylamide, regardless of whether they are natural or not; baked or fried. Likewise, they will ALL influence your insulin levels in a very negative way.

Acrylamide is Not the Only Danger

Acrylamide is not the only dangerous genotoxic compound formed when food is heated to high temperatures.

A three-year long EU project, known as Heat-Generated Food Toxicants (HEATOX), whose findings were published at the end of 2007, found there are more than 800 heat-induced compounds, of which 52 are potential carcinogens. In addition to their finding that acrylamide does pose a public health threat, the HEATOX scientists also discovered that you’re far less likely to ingest dangerous levels of the toxin when you eat home-cooked foods compared to industrially or restaurant-prepared foods.

Additionally, the HEATOX findings also suggest that although there are ways to decrease exposure to acrylamide, it cannot be eliminated completely.

According to their calculations, successful application of all presently known methods would reduce the acrylamide intake by 40 percent at the most—which makes me wonder whether chip manufacturers have really succeeded at this point in reducing acrylamide levels to within legal limits… There’s no updated data as of yet, so there’s no telling whether they’ve been able to comply with the 2005 settlement.

For more in-depth information about acrylamide, I recommend reading the online report Heat-generated Food Toxicants, Identification, Characterization and Risk Minimization.  In general however, just remember that cooking food at high temperatures is ill advised. A few of the most well-known toxins created in high-temperature cooking include:

  • Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs): These form when meat is cooked at high temperatures, and they’re also linked to cancer. In terms of HCA, the worst part of the meat is the blackened section, which is why you should always avoid charring your meat, and never eat blackened sections.
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs): When fat drips onto the heat source, causing excess smoke, and the smoke surrounds your food, it can transfer cancer-causing PAHs to the meat.
  • Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs): When food is cooked at high temperatures (including when it is pasteurized or sterilized), it increases the formation of AGEs in your food. When you eat the food, it transfers the AGEs into your body. AGEs build up in your body over time leading to oxidative stress, inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease.

The Search for a “Healthful” Chip Continues…

Like a modern-day search for the Holy Grail, chip manufacturers keep searching for methods to improve the image of their health-harming but profitable snacks. For example, by the end of 2011, about half of Pepsi’s Frito-Lay brand snacks will be reformulated with all-natural ingredients. The switch is part of PepsiCo’s master plan to tap into the healthy foods market share. The Wall Street Journal recently reported the company hopes to boost their nutrition business from $10 billion to $30 billion by 2020.

The company will remove dietary hazards like monosodium glutamate (MSG), replacing it with natural seasonings, such as molasses and paprika. Artificial colors will be replaced with beet juice, purple cabbage and carrots. All in all, about different 60 snacks are scheduled to get an all-natural makeover.

This is certainly a good example of how consumer demand can alter the direction of food manufacturers in a positive way.

The reformulated chips may end up being less bad for you than the original formulations. However, chips will never be truly healthful. All-natural chips may be the lesser of two evils, but if consumed regularly, they will still push your health in the wrong direction… There’s no getting away from the fact that modern plagues such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have a dietary component, and potato chips and French fries will always be a losing bet if you want to avoid becoming another disease statistic.

How to Avoid Heat-Induced Toxins in Your Diet

Ideally, you should consume foods that are raw or minimally processed to avoid these types of toxic byproducts—the more raw food, the better. My nutrition plan emphasizes the need for at least one-third of your foods to be consumed raw. Personally, I consume about 80 percent of my food raw, and I find it is one of the most important factors that help keep me healthy.

It may take you awhile to switch over to a less processed diet, but throwing out the most obvious culprits would be a great start.

These would include:

  • French fries and potato chips
  • All sodas (both regular and diet, as artificial sweeteners may be more problematic than fructose)
  • Doughnuts

Healthy Eating Made Easy

Aside from creating potentially toxic byproducts, cooking and processing also depletes the food of valuable micronutrients, which is another reason for eating as much raw food as possible. This includes protein sources such as eggs. Raw whole eggs from organic, pastured chickens are an incredible source of high-quality nutrients that many are deficient in. Raw milk is another good example of a food that is beneficial in its raw state but becomes harmful after it is pasteurized.

By opting for foods that will benefit your health, such as raw, preferably organic and/or locally-grown vegetables, organic grass-fed meats, healthy oils, raw dairy, nuts and seeds, you can change your health for the better. These are the foods that are truly natural, and quite easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.

For a step-by-step guide to make the transition to a healthier diet as simple and smooth as possible, simply follow the advice in my optimized nutrition plan.

Remember, eating fresh whole foods is the “secret” to getting healthier, losing weight and really enjoying your food. It’s unfortunate that so many are under the mistaken belief that it’s “next to impossible” to create a meal without processed foods. Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough tackle this issue head-on in their book Real Food Has Curves, which is a great starting point to “relearn” the basics of how to enjoy and prepare real food.

Once you get used to it, you’ll find you can whip up a healthful meal from scratch in the same amount of time it would have taken you to drive down the street to pick up fast food. The main difference will be greater satisfaction, both physically and mentally, and perhaps even financially, as processed foods typically end up being more expensive than cooking from scratch.

This was written by Dr. Joseph Mercola, and published at Mercola on November 7, 2011.  Photo by Meg Bee/ Flickr.

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Cancer In A Can: The Shocking True Story Of How Pringles Are Made

 

 

 

 

Great Milestone – Texila Launched South America’s First International E-journal of Academic & Scientific Research in English

Texila Continues in Proving its Immense Quality of Education in America.

Some of the inspiring moments while publishing Texila’s International journal.

Energetic and passionate CEO of Texila American University launching the EIJASR (E-International Journal of Academics and Scientific Research) amidst the TAU employees of India. The website is a perfect blend of innovative and educational journal contents written by the TAU students. Raring to go and to become one of the prominent E-journal websites to be launched and supported by a university in South America, the university has launched two journal – South American Journal of Medicine and South American Journal of Public Health.

Launching of Journal by CEO of TAUBeloved CEO giving a brief detail on what instigated him to initiate this new milestone and how much lack of proper research material is available online. He feels that there is no proper platform for students as well as researchers to publish their finding or case study and EIJASR would be one innovative platform which does that.

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Speech from Dr. Anand – Chief Advisor of EIJASR & Executive Dean of TAU

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Prestigious Journal of Texila American University

The front page of the EIJASR website. Initially the university has decided to publish two journals related to the field of Medical Science and Public Health. The journals – South American Journal of Medicine and South American Journal of Public Health are currently available for download and in the coming months the university plans to publish three more journals- South American Journal of Management, South American Journal of Surgery, and South American Journal of Clinical Research.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL

SAJoM –South American Journal of Medicine

The front page of the South American Journal of Medicine containing seven research contents and case studies written by our PG upgradation students.

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SAJoPH –South American Journal of Public Health

The front page of the South American Journal of Public Health that has seven research contents and case studies done by our DOP students of Public Health and Behavioral Science.

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South America’s First E- journal

Read here: http://www.eijasr.com/

 

 

News! – GCCI & Texila American University Donation to the Ministry of Home Affairs

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce & Industry and member company Texila American University have donated one (1) motor cycle to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Community Policing Secretariat to help facilitate the work of the MoHA.

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From left: Mr. Dennis Pompey, Administrator of the Community Policing Secretariat, MoHA; Mr. Clinton Urlng, President of the GCCI and; Mr. Ashok Kumar representing Texila American University.

Read more:

http://gcci.gy/gcci-texila-american-university-donation-to-the-ministry-of-home-affairs/

 

Pakistan edge Guyana in Thriller…

Thrilling cricket match held in Georgetown, Guyana.

CRICKET-starved fans in Guyana took up every vantage point that was available to them at the once-famous Georgetown Cricket Club ground, to cheer on their local heroes who were engaging the visiting Pakistan cricket team in a 50-overs practice encountered few days back.

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For the Pakistanis who made 246 for 9, opener Ahmed Shehzad struck a patient half-century – a feat that was later repeated by Guyana’s middle order batsman Narsingh Deonarine whose 55 was not enough, as Saeed Ajmal ripped through the Guyanese middle and lower order batting lineup to take 5 for 37 and bowl out the home team for 239 fro 49.4 overs.

Read More:

http://www.guyanachronicleonline.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=61573:pakistan-beat-guyana-in-thrilling-encounter–shehzad-and-deonarine-hit-50s-ajmal-takes-5&catid=12:sports&Itemid=4

http://tribune.com.pk/story/576164/cricket-pakistan-register-7-run-win-over-guyana/

http://www.windiescricket.com/news/pakistan-edge-guyana-thriller