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Seasonal Science

Another chapter in “education dumbing people down”

When the Europeans came to the knowledge of India and it’s millions of inhabitants, life in India was very sophisticated. When the British East India Company arrived to exploit India in the 1600s, there was a 95% literacy rate across the Indian subcontinent. The British were so impressed they exported and adapted the Indian education system to suit their own country and transform the British working classes by providing universal education.

By this time, concepts in advanced mathematics and science had already arrived in Europe and the Europeans quickly claimed these ideas as their own, a form of plagiarism. Hindu knowledge gave rise to the scientific and technological advancement in the Western

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We Are What We Eat

Foods support us or weaken us

āhāras tv api sarvasya tri-vidho bhavati priyaḥ yajñas tapas tathā dānaṁ teṣhāṁ bhedam imaṁ śhṛiṇu (BV 17-7)

Sanskrit has three very key words that are critically important and must be understood to better support our lives and to know the attributes or Gunas of any phenomenon. Today we briefly overview foods from an enlightened perspective which are classified as Satvic, Rajasic and Tamasic.

Satvic:

āyuḥ-sattva-balārogya-sukha-prīti-vivardhanāḥ rasyāḥ snigdhāḥ sthirā hṛidyā āhārāḥ sāttvika-priyāḥ (BV 17-8)

Satvic is Sat, Satya or essence of truth as in the Latin Sativus or noble which is derived from Satya. Sativus or Satvik qualities represent higher self, divine [ilaahi of Farsi that comes

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Turmeric

A plant vital for good health

Tumeric powder that is cooked before use

One of the most popular of the Indian spices, turmeric is also known as halad or haldi and its botanical name is Curcuma longa. Turmeric is a perennial herb with short and thick stem and multiple branches with unforgettable aromatic smell. The stems are underground (called rhizomes) and have food, medicinal as well as ritual value.

Turmeric is regularly included in Indian cookery for giving musky mouth watering flavour and beautiful yellow colour to recipe. See the Golden Milk recipe below.

The use of turmeric starts from day 1 in Indian life. A mixture of turmeric+ split gram floor+ milk is used to give bath to

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Chinese Cuisine

Is there anything the Chinese don’t eat?

A dog contemplates his dead companions

If it lives, it seems the answer is no and if it’s not food, it’s medicine! The Chinese have been condemned around the world for their love of shark fin soup – a practice where sharks are caught, their fins are cut off and the sharks dumped back in the water while still alive. But it’s not just the cruelty, the practise has seen shark numbers plummet around the world upsetting the ocean life balance.

Tourists and travellers may relish the option to see living fish before it becomes their dinner, but like sharks, there are environmental consequences. But it’s not just fish, Cats, dogs and

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Nuts & Seeds

Essential protein and primary nutrition

Without getting to deep into the word meanings, lets simply use this definition; a nut is the seed of any fruit and a seed is an embryonic plant enclosed in a covering called the seed coat or husk, usually with some stored food. In other words, nuts and seeds carry the fertilised genetic information and nutrition necessary to grow into another plant of its own species.

Seeds include also include grains and they all supply a broad spectrum of essential nutrients necessary for our health and well being. In general, seeds such as wheat provide more carbohydrates whereas beans and nuts provide a higher ratio of protein.

General classifications:

Beans (also known as legumes

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Cellulose

Is there a tree hiding in your meal?

Dinner awaits by leavesandsticks

When I first heard this story, I was surprised that I still had the capacity to be surprised by the audacity of food producers and the failure of regulatory bodies that are paid by taxpayers to ensure the quality and safety of our food supply.

We need cellulose in our diet, it’s essentially the fibre that helps to keep our digestive tract functioning regularly and we get it from all our fresh fruits and vegetables. But in this age of manufactured food, food corporations are using cellulose from trees which has no nutritional value and is completely indigestible.

In contrast, the fibre from our

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Raw Power Diet

The ultimate recovery diet

Joel Wallach and Dr. Esselstyn and many others have proved that changes in diet and nutrition can actually cure diseases. As a result of their advice and other impulses, people have been experimenting with different ways of eating raw food.

Then many people remembered that when we were ill, we were given soups and broths that were filled with nutrition and easy to digests. Many people turn to fruit and vegetable juices as a way of providing the body with essential nutrients, however fruit and vegetable juice without the essential fibre can sometimes do as much harm as good.

Some of the critics of the raw vegetarian diet are that it takes

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The foods we eat

Origin, purpose and value

Foods have sustained not only mankind, but continue to sustain all life on Earth and have done since life began. Our foods are classified by the nutrients that they provide; i.e. pulses, seeds and nuts provide proteins, grains (starches) provide energy while fruits and vegetables provide proteins, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These foods when eaten in various combinations have different effects.

“Let food be your medicine” ~ Hippocrates.

For any food to be medicine, it needs to fresh and free of introduced toxins such as chemical fertilisers and pesticides. But how much do we know about where our food comes from or what’s in it. When we grow our own, knowing is easy but when

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The Power of Mushrooms

A super food

Delicious button mushrooms

Mushrooms and toadstools are the flowering and reproductive parts of a fungi that lives underground. Their roots can spread over great distances and while some mushrooms and toadstools are poisonous, many a delicious and make a nice addition to our meals.

There is another class of mushrooms which are labelled as magic or psychedelic, when these are ingested they induce altered states of consciousness and the people don’t know what they are doing, the consequences can be fatal.

You can buy mushrooms in most vegetable markets, these are typically grown in large dark warehouses, but they also may be collected from fields typically in the spring and autumn when the climatic conditions are

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Golden Rice

Poison in disguise

Over 1/2 the world population relies onrice as a staple food

Protesters against GE have regularly torn up GE crops all over the world and in August 2013, farmers in the Philippines destroyed 1000 square metres of Golden Rice – a variety created to reduce vitamin A deficiency in fear that it will contaminate their traditional rice crops.

If you have played the video above, you will understand that all the research done on genetic modification has been done by the corporations promoting GM. Until now there has been almost no research done outside of those corporate bodies and yet institutions like the FDA have accepted these in-house trials as acceptable.

The health workers acting basically

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