How Doctors Were Trained in Mesopotamia 2700 Years Ago

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Feb 172018
 

Reference: “Clay tablets from the cradle of civilization provide new insight to the history of medicine,” phys.org

An aspiring Mesopotamian doctor named Kisit-Ashur, took the time to document his medical training 2700 years ago on clay tablets.

According to the Danish researcher studying the tablets, the ancient form of medical practice involved “diagnosis, descriptions of symptoms, prescriptions, incantations, prayers and rituals.” One could say that modern thinking isn’t a lot different. True, modern doctors don’t perform incantations over their patients, but family and friends routinely pray for their loved ones to recover from an illness.

Kisit-Ashur’s training show a progression of responsibility much like today’s medical training. However, Kisit-Ashur’s practice involved both religious rituals and plant based remedies. His writings also indicate a practice of observations to make conclusions on disease and treatments.

I find it interesting that Kisit-Ashur took the time to document his training. Was it to educate others on the process of medical training, or was it a personal diary? We may never know. In either case, it helps us to understand how the medical profession trained and practiced 2700 years ago.

It’s also a good thing that he documented his training on tablets. I suspect that fiber material would have decayed into dust by now, and we would never know of Kisit-Ashur and his medical training.

Airborne Viruses Can Travel Thousands of Miles

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Feb 092018
 

Most of us know to cover our mouths when we sneeze, because infectious particles can travel up to 200 ft from a sneeze. However, an article titled “Viruses – Lots of Them – Are Falling from the Sky” in phys.org, reports that airborne bacteria and viruses can travel thousands of miles from one continent to another. They do this by hitching a ride on dust particles and sea mist.

So the next time you breathe, you probably are taking in viruses from Asia or Europe. There’s just no escaping these tiny bugs.

Improving My Enlarged Prostate Symptoms with Plant Sterols and Stanols

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Dec 262017
 

Doctors keep trying to prescribe statins to reduce my blood cholesterols levels. However, I refuse to take this drug for many reasons, but mostly because of their side effects. Like many, I research ways to reduce cholesterols levels with natural methods.

That’s how I came across the book, “Cholesterol Down,” by Janet Bond Brill, Ph.D. She describes how she has succeeded in reducing cholesterol levels with her clients using her version of the Portfolio Diet. Her method includes foods that reduce cholesterol levels, exercise and the use of plant sterols and stanols.

You can include plant sterols and stanols in your diet using vegetable spreads like Benecol and Promise Activ. But to get closer to the recommended 2,000 mg of stanols and sterols, I decided to use the supplement CholestOff Plus by Nature Made. I chose Nature Made because they’re a company that uses third party labs to ensure quality of their products.

After a week of using CholestOff, I noticed that I was urinating much easier than what had become normal. I didn’t have to struggle to urinate, and my urination flow was stronger.

I don’t believe that my improvement in urination flow is a placebo effect, because I didn’t know about the association between plant sterols and stanols, and enlarged prostates. I simply started putting more sterols and stanols in my diet, and noticed that my enlarged prostate symptoms decreased.

Are plant sterols and stanols alone responsible for my urination flow improvement? Well, maybe not.

An article written by Dr. Neil D. Barnard, M.D. titled “Nutrition and Prostate Health,” states that frequent milk consumption can double the risk of developing an enlarged prostate. When I started increasing my sterol and stanol consumption, I also switched from dairy milk to soy milk. So my prostate health improvement may be a combination of the two changes in my diet. Dr. Barnard also states that meat consumption can triple the risks, and not eating vegetables often can quadruple the risk of an enlarged prostate.

Even though research suggests that plant sterols and stanols improve enlarge prostate symptoms, the research doesn’t say how it works. For the moment, I don’t care. All I know is that with the dietary changes recommended by Dr. Brill, and increasing my plant sterol and stanol consumption, my enlarged prostate symptoms have improved significantly. As an added bonus, hopefully my blood cholesterol levels have also dropped.

Eliminating dairy from your diet, and reducing meat consumption may be too much of a sacrifice for some. I don’t mind since I’ve reduced my meat consumption slowly over the years, and I don’t mind drinking soy milk with my oatmeal rather than dairy milk. And, I really enjoy being able to empty my bladder with ease.

Additional References:

Lower Your Cholesterol with Plant Stanols and Sterols,” Joslin Diabetes Center

 

Police Officer Shot And Killed On Her First Day On The Job

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Feb 282016
 

Virginia police officer Ashley Guindon was shot and killed on her first day on the job Saturday night. Two other officers were injured responding to a domestic incident, and another woman was killed before the officers arrived at the scene.

The shooting suspect is in custody, and facing a capital murder charge and other counts.

Read the full story at Fox News.

Black Milwaukee Sheriff Becomes Enemy Number One Of “Black Lives Matter” Activists

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Feb 272016
 

David Clarke, a black sheriff of Milwaukee county, is rebutting allegations that police are acting too quickly and too violently against blacks.

His missions is to defend cops. And in his own words, “I’m on the side of the law-abiding public. I’m on the side of victims of crime.”

Activists of the “Black Lives Matter” movement say that he is in total denial of the conditions that blacks have to deal with in their communities.

Read the full story at Yahoo News.

Apollo 10 Astronauts Hearing Strange Music On The Fat Side Of The Moon

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Feb 212016
 

An upcoming episode on the Science Channel will discuss the strange noises that Apollo 10 astronauts heard for a full hour while on the far side of the moon. Since the moon blocked transmissions from Earth, the space sounds had to come from somewhere else.

This may not be all that strange, since radio waves are emitted by planets, comets and stars. An article by NASA called Radio Waves, describes how this is possible.

So the strange noises heard by the Apollo 10 crew could be nothing more than a natural phenomenon.

Read the full story at Fox News Science.

Are Ghost Passengers Haunting Japanese Taxis

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Feb 112016
 

At least 7 taxi drivers near the tsunami stricken area of Japan report passengers who disappear after requesting a ride to evacuated communities.

Read the full story at MSN.