Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Truth About Turmeric and Curcumin

Front row of my spice cabinet: turmeric and curry powder



Spending my early childhood in India, I developed a taste for spices like curry powder and turmeric (one of the main ingredients in curry powder). After three years in New Delhi, my family returned stateside with a taste for curry. So when I started reading about the amazing health benefits of turmeric and its main chemical constituent, curcumin a few years ago, I was intrigued.

Turmeric grows wild in the forests of South and Southeast Asia. There turmeric and curcumin have long been used in 
traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine and Siddha practices as attempted treatment for various diseases and internal disorders, including indigestion, throat infections, common colds, liver ailments. It is also used topically, to cleanse wounds or treat skin sores. It is worth noting the average lifespan in India during the time of native Ayurvedic medicine was abysmally short.


However, the big money-making movement for "all natural" foods, medicines and products has quickly embraced older ethnic practices of using herbs and oils to treat everything from warts to cancer. Indeed, my own mother was an early subscriber to "Prevention" magazine where she learned about home remedies to treat lesions on the leg and succumbed to melanoma cancer as a result.

Today turmeric and curcumin have been put forth and hailed as treatments for everything from inflammation to high blood pressure, from arthritis to Alzheimers. Herbs, vegetables and fruits provide necessary nutrients and have other benefits for the body, but there is little high-quality clinical evidence for use of turmeric or curcumin, as treatment for the wide array of ailments they are said to impact.


According to one curcumin study curcuminoids have been the subject of over 120 clinical trials of against several diseases, but "No double-blinded, placebo controlled clinical trial of curcumin has been successful." That study found curcumin to be "an unstable, reactive, nonbioavailable compound and, therefore, a highly improbable lead." 

Another turmeric study looked at research on the spice for a variety of health conditions and found that, "Claims that curcuminoids found in turmeric help to reduce inflammation aren’t supported by strong studies."


Even studies where researches believe the turmeric has potential benefits are forced to acknowledge that while turmeric and curcumin, have been studied in numerous clinical trials for various human diseases and conditions, the conclusions have either been uncertain or negative. That points to the lack of systematic review conducted to evaluate the strength of the research.



An interesting study of turmeric's effects on skin indicates the spice "has been shown to exhibit anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anti-neoplastic properties," but sums up by saying it "may provide therapeutic benefits for skin health" and that further studies are essential. 


In conclusion, the many alleged reports of the numerous health benefits of turmeric and curcumin are mostly anecdotal at best. The majority of reported clinical trials and research studies are inconclusive. There is no clinical evidence that turmeric or its chemical component curcumin have any medicinal properties and no proof turmeric supplements have any benefits.


I still plan to cook with turmeric. I enjoy the flavor and would not be surprised if turmeric, like other vegetable, fruits, herbs and spices, might add a modicum of healthy benefit to my diet. However, I won't be wasting my money on turmeric supplements with no clinical evidence and no proven benefits. The powerful all-natural spin machine can get rich on someone else's dime.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Eating Healthy at Murfreesboro Farmers Market

Saturday Market on Main Street in Murfreesboro


July 8 brought the weekly Saturday Farmers Market on the Square to Murfreesboro, TN. Vendors lined the sidewalks on Main Street and around the square with fresh vegetables, meat products, organic soaps, honey and bee pollen, beautiful cut flowers and other delectable and healthy goodies.

Prices for fresh produce compared favorably to grocery stores, often less, and there is something more sensory and satisfying about picking out your veggies from colorful arrays outside in the sunshine. It's nice to support local farmers, too.
A local vendor at the Farmers Market sells sunflowers and produce

There were many varieties of healthy fruits and vegetables on hand including zucchini, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, potatoes, peppers, peaches, onions, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage and mother produce from local farms. When you buy healthy food, healthy eating just seems to follow naturally.
Colorful tomatoes at the Saturday Farmers Market

Walking from booth to booth around the town square is also a good way to get out, get moving and get some light exercise, and if you end up walking back to the car with a big head of cabbage in your bag, you will get a little weight training to boot!.

The Farmers Market on the Square takes place in Murfreesboro at the historic Town Square every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon and is well worth a visit.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Pope Francis and President Trump Defend Charlie Gard's Human Dignity in Controversial Case


How do we deal with health and medical conditions that could cause serious disabilities? Are disabled, retarded, geriatric, senile or otherwise impaired patients not to be extended the same rights as other patients? Do parents not have the right to seek available healthcare for their children? This controversial case examines  how we look at disabilities today.

In separate statements of support, Pope Francis and President Donald Trump have vigorously defended little Charlie Gard's human dignity, and the right of his parents -- Chris and Connie -- to do everything in their power to save the life of their disabled son. Further, President Trump has extended a welcome to Charlie Gard in a U.S. hospital. The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network applauds both leaders for their heroic witness and protection of our most vulnerable and disabled brothers and sisters


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Monday, June 26, 2017

Business Opportunity in Healthy Skincare


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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Clayver Wine Pots Used in Cosmetic Production

CLAYVER, THE INTELLIGENT WINE POT BECOMES AN ALLY FOR COSMETICS PRODUCTION

Clayver has surprised more than a few wine producers.
The market grows with a +78% rate and opens up to new possibilities


Created in 2014, Clayver has made a big hit in the wine market. Having landed producers such as Tarlant and and Château Les Carmes Haut-Brion after impressive results during comparative ageing trials, Clayver lands in US where it will be used for wine and even cosmetic products.

Clayver is an innovative stoneware round egg conceived for fermentation, vinification and wine ageing. Inspired by clay amphoras, Clayver inventors wanted to go beyond mechanical resistance and impermeability. What makes a difference with traditional amphoras is shape and material.

If wine is Clayver's intended use, it is not the only one. Cosmetics companies too have become interested in Clayver for the production of natural body and face lotions. Clayver in particular will be used for the maceration process of roots, flowers and fruits. Being made of an inert material, Clayver prevents any loss of matter from the container, thus allowing to achieve a 100% natural product.

Clayver’s round shape allows pots to keep the flower, root and fruit cap moist, helping color and flavor extraction. Wall thickness guarantees thermal inertia – a key factor for maceration – and a uniform, three-dimensional oxygen exchange concerning the smallest possible surface area. Grès porcelain is resistant, isolating and easy to sterilize and is safe for handling food – Clayver is certified for use in foodstuffs.

Clayver has now 150 customers all over the world, with a +37% growth rate in the numbers of customers and a +78% in the amount of pieces ordered from 2016. It is now available in 2 different sizes: 250 and 400 litres.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Naked and Not Afraid!


I went naked today. No, I wasn't on "Naked and Afraid" nor was I on a questionable PETA campaign.  For that matter, I was only naked from the neck up.

Today was the annual Rodan + Fields #RFGoNaked Day where the creators of Proactiv and the new Rodan + Fields Dermatologists line of anti-aging skincare donated $1 to help empower disadvantaged youth for every selfie posted without makeup on social media with the hashtag #RFGoNaked.

Makeup-Free Skin Is Healthier Skin

The doctors believe makeup-free skin is healthier and can be as attractive if not more so without foundation and cosmetics. To prove their point they encourage women to go makeup free for one day and share their selfies. And to top it off, they donate $1 to help educate young people for each one posted with the #RFGoNaked hashtag.

Go Without Foundation for a Good Cause

It's not too late! The RF team will be counting hashtags until midnight tonight Pacific time. So go ahead--go naked and make your selfie count!

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Fashion and History Collide at Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times



Cheekwood Botanical Gardens is hosting the lavish Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times exhibit, and it will appeal to fashion lovers and history buffs alike, as well as fans of the popular television series.

The beautiful costumes are displayed in the historic rooms of Cheekwood Mansion which has been restored to its glory days in the 1930s. Guides make sure visitors learn about the fabrics and embellishments used in the historically accurate fashions worn on the show. Changing hemlines are noted as well as tapering skirts and dropped or raised waists.


Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
photo (c) by Kathryn Darden

In addition to the garments, there are enlarged photos from "Downton Abbey" hanging on the walls. These photographs are often paired with photos of the Cheek family in similar garments which gives the display a distinctly Nashville flavor and neatly ties the fashions into the history of the mansion.

Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times runs from June 17 through September 10, 2017 at Cheekwood Mansion in the Belle Meade area of Nashville. 

For more information about Dressing Downton or the Cheekwood Mansion restoration, visit cheekwood.org.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Join the RF Go Naked Event and Support a Good Cause!



You are cordially invited to change a life by going naked on June 21, 2017.
On June 21st, celebrate #RFGoNaked Day event with us and "Go Naked" from the neck up for a good cause!! Join the movement to support the Prescription for Change® (PFC) Foundation with your makeup-free selfies. 

For every selfie publicly posted on social media with #RFGoNaked, Rodan + Fields® will donate $1* to the PFC to serve youth with life-changing empowerment programs where they live around the globe.



I have participated every year. In fact, thanks to great skincare, I "Go Naked" almost every day!

Here are the basics:

* Go makeup-free 
* Point 
* Snap
* Post with the 
#RFGoNaked hashtag.

*Rodan + Fields will donate up to $500,000 USD.


So Go Naked with us and see how much fun you can have when you do good naked! 


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