From Tomb To Table: Cumin Health Benefit’s Rediscovered

Source: TheSleuthJournal
Sayer Ji
January 3, 2017

Traded along spice routes separating ancient cultures by vast distances, spices like cumin were once worth their weight in gold. Has modern science now revealed why, beyond their remarkable aesthetic value, they were so highly prized? 

Many spices are perfectly happy living a charmed life as seasonings, peppering things generously with flavor, and without ever arousing the suspicion that they may be capable of profound acts of healing, as well.

Meet cumin, a member of the parsley family, which is to say from a well-known family of healers native to the central Mediterranean region (southern Italy, Algeria and Tunisia).

Cumin’s traditional use stretches back into prehistory, as evidenced by its presence in Egyptian tombs. The Greeks actually used it much like we use pepper today, keeping cumin at the dining table in its own container, which is still practiced by Moroccans to this day. It is also been used for millennia in India as a traditional ingredient of curry.

New research now indicates that these ancient “culinary” uses, once considered primarily aesthetic in nature, may have served more fundamental medicinal roles in these cultures. How do we know this? Modern scientific investigation has revealed that cumin has a broad range of potential healing properties that, when properly applied, could alleviate human suffering.

For instance, as recently as 2010, research published in the journal Food Chemistry and Toxicology demonstrated that cumin has blood sugar lowering properties comparable to the drug glibenclamide (known in the US as glyburide), with the additional benefit (not conferred by pharmaceutical intervention) that it also lowered oxidative stress and inhibited the advanced glycated end products (AGE) which are implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic microvascular complications.[i]

Remarkably, this is only the tip of cumin’s medicinal potential. There are at least 10 other potential medicinal properties of cumin now confirmed in the experimental literature:

  • Bacterial Infections: Cumin oil has been shown effective at killing Klebsiella penumoniae bacteria, including decreasing biofilm formation (a defense mechanism of bacteria against antibiotics), as well as enhancing the antimicrobial activity of conventional antibiotic drugs like ciprofloxacin.[ii] Even more impressive, perhaps, cumin oil has been shown to have anti-MRSA properties.[iii]
  • Candida (Yeast) Infection: Unlike conventional antibiotics which contribute to opportunistic fungal overgrowth, cumin has been shown to have considerable inhibitory activity against 3 different Candida albicans strains of yeast.[iv] It has also been studied to be effective against a wide range of other fungi and yeasts, including Aspergilli and dermatophytes (fungi that cause skin diseases).[v]
  • Cataracts: Cumin has been shown to delay the formation of diabetes-associated cataracts primarily through its anti-glycating properties, i.e. it prevents elevated blood sugar from getting “sticky” (i.e. caramelization) and subsequently damaging tissues in the body.[vi]
  • Cancers: Cumin has been shown in preclinical research to have inhibitory activity against cervical cancer[vii] and colon cancer. [viii]
  • Dental Plaque: Cumin oil has been shown effective as an anti-gingival agent alternative to the chemical chlorhexidine commonly used in mouthwashes.[ix]
  • Diabetes: As mentioned in our opening, cumin has significant anti-diabetic properties. Another 2002 study found that the treatment of diabetic rats with cumin was more effective than the drug glibenclamide, resulting in reductions in inflammation, fatty changes, tissue cholesterol, triglycerides, free fatty acids, blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin – all positive indicators. [x]
  • Food-borne Pathogens – Cumin oil has been found to work synergistically with other food preservation agents to inhibit the growth of food-borne pathogens.[xi]
  • Immune Function: Cumin has been found to effectively stimulate immune function in a way that may benefit immune-compromised individuals.[xii]
  • Fertility (Reversible Contraceptive): Cumin has been found to have potent contraceptive activities in male rats without apparent toxicity.[xiii]
  • Memory Disorders: Cumin has been found to reduce stress-induced oxidative changes in the brain, as well as improving cognition, as determined by acquisition, retention and recovery in rats, in a dose-dependent manner.[xiv]
  • Morphine Dependence/Tolerance: Cumin reduces morphine tolerance and dependence. [xv] [xvi]
  • Osteoporosis: Cumin extract has been shown effective at reversing bone loss associated with the loss of ovarian function at least as well as estradiol.[xvii]
  • Thrombosis (Clot): Cumin seed has been demonstrated to inhibit platelet aggregation, indicating it may prevent pathological blood clotting.[xviii] [Note: of course this means that it could interact adversely with blood thinners].

The evidence-based approach to understanding cumin’s medicinal value is relatively new. Only in the past two decades, but especially in the past five years, scientific research on spices and culinary herbs has virtually exploded. While enlightening, we must remember that the approach is limited in a number of ways. For one, it relies on animal research, which is both inherently cruel (vivisection) and conveys only approximate data, as these substances often have very different effects in animals than humans.

Also, spices like cumin should not be considered in isolation, as traditional recipes passed down from generation to generation contained a vast storehouse of medically relevant information pertaining to the synergies inherent in combinations of ingredients, modes of preparation, seasonal harvesting, etc. In other words, cumin does not lend itself well to the pharmacological, drug-based model of medicine, which presumes there are monochemical “magic bullets” within complex herbs or spices that must be identified and isolated into megadoses, and which are primarily responsible for their beneficial effects.

Nonetheless, it is welcoming that increasingly science confirms traditional herbalism and culinary practice. Perhaps, as the scientific evidence continues to pour in, we will be more willing to give ourselves permission to appreciate once again the wondrous superfluity of nature, its ceaseless benevolence, and the the fact that issuing directly from her fecund soil, are powerful healing gifts, that we can enjoy sensually, viscerally and now intellectually with greater abandon.


Resources

  • [iv] Juergen Wanner, Stefanie Bail, Leopold Jirovetz, Gerhard Buchbauer, Erich Schmidt, Velizar Gochev, Tanya Girova, Teodora Atanasova, Albena Stoyanova. Chemical composition and antimicrobial activity of cumin oil (Cuminum cyminum, Apiaceae). Nat Prod Commun. 2010 Sep ;5(9):1355-8. PMID: 20922990

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Study: Glyphosate damages reproductive development in rats, increasing risk for cancer and infertility

Glyphosate
Source: NaturalNews.com
David Gutierrez
August 29, 2016

Glyphosate — the active ingredient of Monsanto’s blockbuster herbicide Roundup — may disrupt development of the uterus, leading to fertility problems and cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Argentina and published in the journal Toxicology.

Roundup is one of the most widely used herbicides on the planet. Its popularity has been almost entirely driven by the adoption of Monsanto-engineered genetically modified (GM) crops that are resistant to the chemical.

Argentina is the world’s leading user of glyphosate, largely due to its heavy planting of GM soybeans. Yet doctors and scientists have pointed to an alarming trend of high miscarriage rates in soybean growing areas. Meanwhile, local farmers have blamed herbicides including glyphosate for alarmingly high rates of mutations in farm animals, which quadrupled following a recent surge in GM soy cultivation.

May cause uterine cancer

In the new study, researchers injected newborn female rats with glyphosate for seven days following birth, at doses of 2 mg/kg of body weight — the same dose that US regulators have ruled is safe to consume daily over the course of a lifetime.

The researchers observed abnormal cell proliferation and structural changes to the uteri of the rats, as well as disruptions to the expression of proteins that play a role in uterine development. These changes occurred even though there were no signs of toxicity (acute or chronic) in the rats, and no changes in their weight relative to untreated rats.

The findings suggest that glyphosate may harm female fertility and lead to uterine cancer, the researchers concluded.

Notably, among the effects observed were disruptions to hormonal activity (endocrine disruption), supporting growing concern that glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor. Significantly, many endocrine disruptors are more potent at very small concentrations (on the orders of parts per billion) than at the higher one typically tested by regulatory agencies.

The researchers note that they deliberately chose to use injected rather than oral glyphosate, even though oral administration is favored for pesticide and herbicide safety studies. That’s because the rats being studied were so young that they were only consuming their mothers’ milk, and there was no other way to give them the relevant doses. This decision was supported by scientists interviewed by The Ecologist; unfortunately, chemical-friendly regulators may use it as an excuse to ignore the study’s findings.

Roundup worse than glyphosate alone

Yet the new study is only one of many recent trials implicating glyphosate and Roundup in reproductive harm. Earlier this year, in a study published in Environmental Health, researchers from Kings College London found that ultra-low dose exposure to glyphosate — like humans might get from drinking water or from residue on their food — caused large-scale changes to the genome of rats. Some of these changes appear to be epigenetic — changes in gene expression that can be passed on to future generations.

The same researchers also successfully reverse-engineered the proprietary “inactive ingredients” of Roundup, and demonstrated that some of these may also have toxic effects. This is a highly significant finding, as most regulatory agencies simply presume that inactive ingredients are chemically neutral and therefore harmless.

But when it comes to Roundup, that consensus is starting to crack. Last year, an Australian study found that at levels commonly found in US and Australian drinking water, both Roundup and glyphosate alone caused endocrine disrupting effects, in part by killing off cells that produce the female hormone progesterone. That study actually found that Roundup is more toxic than glyphosate alone.

Also last year, the European Union Food Safety Authority (EFSA), while attempting to claim that glyphosate does not cause cancer, admitted that studies performed on Roundup have indeed suggested that the herbicide causes genetic damage. Thus, the EFSA said, Roundup is likely to lead to cancer.

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Sources for this article include:
www.theecologist.org
www.naturalnews.com
www.naturalnews.com
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How Monsanto’s Roundup Unleashes Chemical Violence Against Women & Children

Glyphosate
Source: NaturalNews.com
L.J. Devon
August 8, 2016

One of the greatest threats to human health today is a violent chemical called glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the famous weedkiller, Roundup. Glyphosate is sprayed on lawns and gardens all across America, with little regard to what it’s actually doing to the cellular health of men, women and children. The top genetically modified crops in the world, such as corn and soybeans, are genetically modified for a reason – to withstand glyphosate spraying, year after year.

As glyphosate accumulates in the environment, and as it’s introduced into the human body through the food supply, how does it affect the nervous, immune and endocrine systems of humans?

Glyphosate ravages the endocrine system, distorting hormones, damaging DNA and beneficial microbial co-hosts

Glyphosate is a violent chemical because it goes to war with the natural functions of the human body, including the endocrine system. The human endocrine system is made up of glands that produce hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that signal for the balance and homeostasis of important bodily functions. When hormones are disrupted by glyphosate, important functions such as metabolism, behavior and fertility are adversely affected. Glyphosate goes to war with the human ability to reproduce.

The chemical glyphosate also acts much like an antibiotic in the human gut, destroying beneficial microbes that aid in digestion and initiate immune system functions.

Mixed with emulsifiers and surfactants, glyphosate becomes a powerful force, penetrating to kill not only plant cells, but also microbial cells interacting with human cells. This causes genetic damage, changing human DNA in ways that people cannot understand. When pregnant woman are exposed to glyphosate early in gestation, the chemical adversely affects the sexual differentiation stage of embryonic development.

U.S. government increases allowable glyphosate residues as women and children are chemically assaulted

Many birth defects are actually defects caused by glyphosate. Instead of banning it, the U.S. EPA continues to raise the residue limits, allowing more of this chemical to be sprayed on food. The FDA has also increased the threshold for glyphosate on fruit and vegetable crops, as the chemical is paraded as safe – time and time again. It’s chemical warfare, and it’s destroying the developing bodies of the most vulnerable in society – children – while also wreaking havoc on the reproductive systems of women.

As Mike Adams writes, in Food Forensics, “Every institution in America, including Congress, the mainstream media and universities, all agree that chemical violence against women and children is completely acceptable in America as long as certain corporations are earning sufficient profits from the practice. In a world where Female Genital Mutilation is considered a crime against women, it is astonishing that the chemical mutilation of all women is somehow acceptable across America.”

What changes will you make to stop the exploitation of women, children and future generations?

Are you going to participate in the chemical violence by purchasing Roundup and other glyphosate containing products at the store?

Will you talk to your local farmers about the dangers associated with their mass spraying of glyphosate?

There is a major difference between genetically modified foods and organics. How will you change your eating habits to defend yourself and your family against the most pervasive poison lurking in the food supply?

How will you purify your drinking water, to deny glyphosate an entryway into your cells?

Will you continue to do as you’re told, allowing men, women and children to be chemically mutilated from the inside out?

How will you take your healthcare into your own hands, finding ways to grow your own food, free of this violent chemical?

As the U.S. government and corporations like Monsanto arrogantly ignore the scientific evidence on glyphosate, they will continue to forcefully lie and poison the people on this planet. Because they are not held accountable for this psychopathic behavior, there is no rule of law – unless a diligent, well informed and courageous public rises to the occasion.

Will you partake in the mass chemical violence of women and children, or will you stand for justice?

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Sources include:

MotherEarthNews.com

Science.NaturalNews.com

The Transhumanist Scrapbook – The Thoughts Of Omission

THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: TELEPORTATION OF MEMORY

Source: GizaDeathStar.com
Joseph P. Farrell Ph.D
January 27, 2015

Occasionally, as regular readers here know, I blog about some aspect of the techno-insanity that calls itself the transhumanist movement. And usually, this takes the form of commentary on the latest techno-wizardry and all the wonderful “benefits” it’s supposed to bring. But today, in conjunction with the following two articles, I want to propose an experiment, to see if perhaps others are noticing the same things, or, as the case may be, if I’m all alone at the end of the twig, perched precariously with the weight of my high octane speculations vastly exceding the load-bearing capabilities of the twig.Consider first this story about genetic anti-aging research:

Elites pouring billions into gene-therapy research

While it’s good to know that others have noticed the same thing that we’ve commented on here, namely, that some members of the elites already appear to have access to some unknown or hidden medical life-extension technologies – as the article points out, think of Queen Elizabeth II, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, and so on – there’s something that is not mentioned here, and for a few moments, I’ll leave it for you the reader to think about what that is, while we ponder this more recent story out of Germany about “spermbots”:

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