185 Vaastu Shastra Tips for your Prosperous and Happy Life


Vastu Shastra General/Common Tips : The following are the general Vastu Shastra tips/points, here you may find various vaasthu tips and techniques at our general living places. These tips will help you at the time of your choice. Before following these tips first consult one experienced vaastu consultant and then only decide to follow the tips. We strongly recommend you please consult one expert vastu consultant and get right recommendations, don’t blindly alter the properties by reading books and tips through websites. These tips are only for your kind information. There may be human errors in publishing tips here. Please double check every thing before taking the decisions.

The pooja room may be placed at Eshan (Northeast) corner but before doing this there is a one technique to place pooja room at Eshan corner, Eshan corner should not be closed by placing the pooja room.

It is good to keep the kitchen in the Southeast or northwest of a room. As per vaastu first preference is given to Southeast.

The bed room for the heads of the family, male and female is to be at Southwest part of a room.

The over head water tank should be on the Southwest part of the upper portion of the house.

South middle part of a room is fit for young people’s bed room, store room or pooja room.

The store room should be in the Southwest room.

West middle room is for the rest room of younger people.

West middle room is used as pooja room or store room.

It is better to keep the grown up people fit for marriages in the Northwest room. It can be also used as a guest room.

North middle room is fit for young girls to stay. It also can be used as pooja room.

Northeast part of a room can be used as a drawing room or reading room or pooja room.

East middle part of a room is fit for younger men to stay. West, South rooms can be used as pooja room.

Steps can be constructed at the southwest part of a building.

Southeast part also is fit for steps.

Northwest part also is fit for steps.

Northeast part is good for bore well.

Flower plants can be kept at the north or east part.

Strong trees can be grown at south or southeast part of the building.

The entrance gate also can be at north or east part of the building.

The entrance gate also can be at north or east part of the building.

It is also good to have entrance gate at west or northwest part.

In the upstairs terrace tall constructions can be at South or West parts.

In the inner side of a building in the vacant space the southwest part must be higher, southeast part must be a little lower, Northwest part must be a little lower and Northeast part must even a little lower than the other parts.

South or West compound wall should be more in height and breadth.

East or North wall should be lesser in height and breadth.

The low level water tank can be at East or North.

If the staircase goes up at south and west it is good.

The earth where we live must be in a higher level at south and west.

The earth where we live must be in a low level at east and north.

If there is a mountain at the south and west side of a living place it will be good according to vaastu.

If there are rivers, tanks or lakes at the east or north part of a living place it is good according to vaastu.

If the burial ground is at the southwest or west or south part of a living place it is good.

It is better if there are temples at the southwest or south or west part of the living place.

If we put a shed in vacant space at the southwest part it is good.

It is good to leave open space at the northeast part.

It is good to worship facing east or north.

It is good to have a path at northeast, southeast and northwest.

It is good to climb a mountain facing south or west.

The vacant space or building should be at the east or west part broad.

If the vacant space is square it is good.

The goods pictures must face east or north.

The building facing south and north will give strength to the women in that family.

The east and west buildings are good to male members. They will give strength to them.

If the plot is broad at northeast or plots at northeast will help the family to develop.

A tank at east for male god’s temples and the tank at north for female god’s temples will be good.

If one worships in the temple he must stand facing east or north, it will be good.

If one cooks standing or sitting towards east or west it will be good.

If one sits towards east or north and study he will get good knowledge.

If we want to converse we must sit facing east or north is good.

While sleeping one must lie down keeping head towards south and leg towards north.

If one keeps head at east and legs towards west and lie down to sleep is also good.

The Almira must be kept at the southwest.

A small and a narrow window must be kept in south and west parts.

A broad window must be kept at the northeast part.

The air condition plant must be at the southwest or northwest or south or middle part of west.

The slab steps can be at east or north entrance.

The lofts must be at south or west entrance at the lower parts.

The watchman’s room must be at southwest or northwest vacant place.

A temple can be constructed at southwest part and worshiped there.

One can grow papal tree or Neem tree at the southwest part of the temple.

If there is a vacant space near the house at the southwest part, Neem trees or papal trees can be grown.

One can construct tall pillars at the south or west compound walls at east or north side.

One can keep “Thulasi” (Basil) at southwest or west part of the house.

If one wants to draw water from the well he or she must stand towards east of north and draw water from the well.

The entrance at the east or north should not have circular shape.

The entrance at the south or west corner will be good.

One must avoid corner shape at the main entrance or internal entrance.

If there is a tank at the north, east or northeast part of a temple it is good to worship there.

If there are entrances in a higher level in the rooms of a house it will be good.

If sunlight enters in the northeast part of the house it will be better.

If there are vacant places at north or east parts of near the house it is good.

In the south or west parts there must be vacant space in small area.

If one keeps fish tub and keeps fish in it, it will be good.

If one keeps goat, cattle, rabbit and dogs and also other animals in a house it will be good to him.

If one keeps loft at the south or west walls it will be good.

If one keeps electrical box at the southeast or northwest parts it will be good.

If you keep heavy things at south or west parts it will be good.

If there are higher constructions in the vacant places of south or west parts it will be good.

As far as possible the east and the north parts must be in a lower level.

If the road is in a higher level at the south or west entrances it will be good.

The road at the east or north entrance must be in a lower level.

The rest room must be at the east or north part of the house.

One can keep flower pots on the south or west compound walls.

One can setup drainage at east, north part of the vacant place near the house.

One can park vehicles at the space facing east or north direction.

If one lives in a vaastu method building there will not be any disease.

If one lives in the northeast part he will get Government posts or jobs in the foreign countries.

If one lives in a vaastu method house he will not convert himself to other religions.

The rationalists or spiritualists must live in a vaastu covered house.

The temple also requires vaastu construction.

If one does not keep tall construction or overhead tank in the northeast part of the building it will be good.

The southeast part should not be high or lower level.

The northwest part also should not be in a high or lower level.

If the east and northeast part facing a street it is good.

In the same way the south or southeast street focus is good for living.

In the same way the west or northwest street focus is good for living.

In the same way in the southwest street focus plot, if there is a hospital it will be good.

If one setup a business in connection with fire at the southeast part of the plot will be good.

If there are broad streets at the east or north plots it will be good.

If there is a narrow street facing south or west it will be good.

It is good to keep the kitchen in the southeast or northwest of a room. As per vaastu first preference is given to southeast.

In a building the northeast room or northeast part of the building should be weightless.

In a northwest room the kitchen slab should be towards the west wall. We should cook facing in the west direction.

Avoid keeping footwear and broomsticks at the northeast part of a room.

If you want to have an extra kitchen outside the house avoid northeast, north and east directions of the empty place.

For school going children’s it is good to keep their heads towards east and legs towards west at sleep. They will become brilliant.

Those who are in service at police department, Home guard, Military should sleep keeping their heads towards west and legs towards east. This position would give them good effect.

According to vaastu living in south or west facing plots will give good effects.

In the houses in which the main entrance is facing at east and north, lighting of oil lamps at the main entrance will not give good effect.

In the houses in which, the main entrances are fixed towards south and west, lighting oil lamps will give good effects.

In the main entrance door, carving of flowers, figures of gods will give good effects, but avoid birds and animals.

For a south facing house it is good to fix the main door and the main gate at south east.

For east facing houses, fixing the main door and the main gate at north east is good.

For north facing houses fixing the main door and the main gate at northeast is good.

For an east facing house back door entrance will not give good effect.

For a north facing house back door entrance will not give good effect.

For a south facing house the back door entrance setup will give good effect.

For the west facing house also it is good to fix back door entrance system.

In the pooja room the god’s pictures should be fixed facing east or north.

It is no good to have pooja room at the northeast room of the house.

Making pooja room at the Niruthi (Southwest) corner of a building will give good effect. (Not for House)

Vaastu calculation will not go agree with the old manaiadi measurements / star powers as per ones birth time.

There is no benefit if the pooja room is made in a building which is not in vaastu conditions.

The pooja room fixed in a vaastu conditioned building the benefit will be double.

For the plot which is facing western direction of the road the main entrance facing north will give good effect.

For the flat house also vaastu method of construction should be followed. Then only the inhabitants will be prosperous.

If a well or bore well is dug at the direction of south, west, southwest it will affect badly and it will lead to sick and entry of evil spirits.

When there is no water in a well or bore well which is at northeast, if we close it with mud it will give bad effects.

The small parks infront of the house at south and west will not give good effects.

The parks situated at the north or east direction will be good.

Building a temple at the Niruthi (Southwest) corner is good for an industry.

It is good to have a single/double/triple folded doors for the main entrance of a house.

In a vaastu defective building, there will be theft, fire accidents, sudden deaths etc.

For the plot which is facing eastern direction of the road the main entrance should be fixed at east, will give good effect.

For the north road facing plot the main entrance should be at the north direction.

For a plot facing the road should have main entrance at east.

It is good to have small windows at the walls of south and west.

Big windows should be fixed at the wall of north and east.

The plot facing south, the big gate for the vehicle and the wicked gate should be fixed at the south east of the compound.

For west facing plot, the big gate for vehicle and the small gate should be fixed at the north west part of the compound.

For the north facing plot the big gate for the vehicles and the wicket gate should be fixed at the north east compound wall.

For the east facing plot the big gate for vehicles and the wicket gate should be fixed at the northeast compound wall.

The lofts should be built on the west and south walls of a building.

If you build the lofts on the walls of east and north they will give bad effects.

If you want to build a guest house near the empty place of your building it should be done at the direction of south, west or southwest part.

In an empty plot, it will not give good effect, if you build a building at the northeast, southeast, northwest directions.

In a pooja room, the electrical lamps are for beauty only but the oil lamps are only effective.

At the time of meditations you should be facing at the east or northeast.

To get good effect we should clear the north east room daily thrice a day by water.

In an east facing house we should keep the foot wears at the left side of the house.

In the west facing house we should keep the foot wears on the right side of the house.

For the south facing house it is go9od to keep the foot wears at the left side of the house.

It is good to build an extra room on the southwest part of the terrace and have a water tank on the extra room.

It is no good if you build an extra room at the central part of northeast, northwest, southwest of the terrace.

For school children the northeast room is good for their study.

The northeast room should be ventilated, weightless.

When you buy a plot, it should be lengthy wise at east and west or it should be a square one.

It is good to close the top of the well and have two holes on the top.

It is common in southern regions to have a well at the Nairuthi corners. It will give bad effects.

In a house the main gate at southwest (W) south, southwest (N) northwest (E) south east will give bad effects.

When you start a new construction, for house pooja make a pit of 4×4’ at the northeast part of the plot and perform house pooja, it will give good effect.

Performing house pooja at the center of the plot will not give good effect.

In a house when you find more vaastu defects if you take non-vegetarian food, it will reduce the evil effects of the bad vaastu.

Counting the number of windows and doors are not important for a building. They should have been fixed as per vaastu condition.

Some people like to have single/double pillars/rooms in a building. It is good to give importance for vaastu calculations.

The vaastu conditioned structure of a staircase is very important for a house. But we need not give importance to the counting of steps of a staircase.

It is not bad to grow a single tree in an empty area of the plot.

As per vaastu all street effect will not give bad effect.

The street effect of east, south east will give bad effects. The street effects of south, southwest will give bad effects.

The street effects of west, south west will give bad effects.

North and Northeast Street effects will give good effects.

The street effect to the center of the plot will give good effect to business people.

It is good to keep the Almirah facing at the north or east direction.

When we build our houses they should not be attached to the buildings which are at the direction of north and east.

When we make building there should not be gap at the south, west and northeast directions.

If the sick people modify their houses as per vaastu, they will be recovered soon and they will lead a healthy life in future.

For south facing main door, it should be fixed at the left side of the door post.

For the west facing main door, it should be fixed at the right side of the door post.

For the east facing main door, the door should be fixed at the left side of the door post.

For the north facing main door, the door should be fixed at the right side of the door post.

There should not be burial yard towards north east, north, east of our house. This will not give good effect.

In our living area the water sources of river, tank, lakes are available at the directions of south, west southwest will not give good effect.

In our living area, the mountains, hills, sand hills are available at the north, northeast, east it will not give prosperous life to the inhabitants.

When we buy a plot/house we execute on a auspicious day. This will give good effect and benefit to the buying people not for selling.

When we build double house in a plot there should be gap between them, this only it is good.

Have this concoction for 7 days and see what happens to you.


Garlic and honey may seem like odd ingredients to put together, but combining them results in an impressive immune-boosting substance that will keep your body healthy and strong.

Not only is garlic the perfect choice for adding flavour to a savory recipe, it provides a long list of health benefits thanks to its powerful antioxidant properties. Garlic contains a compound known as allicin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, prevent blood clotting, and has been shown to have anti-cancer properties and anti-microbial affects.Garlic is low in calories, but high in nutrients, containing Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, selenium and fiber. It’s a natural immune system booster that helps the body fight infection. One study found that a daily dose of garlic reduced the number of colds by 63%, while reducing the average length of cold symptoms by 70%. On the other hand, raw honey is full of antioxidants, along with enzymes and minerals including iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. It also contains Vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin.

But raw honey is rich in taste and has a high number of nutritional benefits. It has a healthy glycemic index that aids in better digestion.  The natural vitamins and minerals in raw honey help lower cholesterol levels. Raw honey helps to fuel the body and the mind while making it easier to maintain a healthy weight. Its antibacterial and antioxidant properties make it a great remedy for the immune system!

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Colours have the power to alter your life: here’s all you need to know about colour therapy.


Colour therapy can help treat mental, physical as well as spiritual problems. And it’s not just for humans!

Picture courtesy: Reuters

We’ve all known that colours have had the power of uplifting or dampening our mood. But what if we told you that you could now even heal through the power of colours?

Colour therapy or colour healing–also known as chromo therapy/healing–is performed using specific colours. It can be used as an overall-relaxation therapy, or for treating specific ailments–physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.

So, how exactly do colours heal?

It might come as a surprise to most of us but the fact is that colors are the only visible element of the energy spectrum, which has a tremendous effect on us, not only physically and mentally, but also emotionally and spiritually. Each colour has its own particular energy, thanks to varying wavelengths, which therapists use to heal and balance your body’s chakras.

If you’re still not convinced, think about how many times you’ve used a colour to describe your mood–“feeling blue”, “pink with embarrassment”, “purple with rage”, “green with envy” are some of the most popular explanations for our emotions.

According to Colour Therapy Healing, every colour in the light spectrum vibrates at a different frequency. The faster the vibration, the warmer the colour; the slower the vibration, the cooler the colour. For instance, red is a warm colour, while blue is cool. Â

According to Mittal Lodhia, Divinity Holistic Healing, Mumbai, “If you place a child in a red room, he will become angry. But if you place him in a blue room, he calms down instantly.”

People are increasingly using colour therapy for their home, health and well-being. This therapy can be used for adults, children, babies and even animals.

According to Indianparenting: Colour therapy can be practiced in the following ways
  1. Coloured light bulbs and coloured glass windows can be used as part of the therapy.
  2. Clients are asked to visualise colours under the effect of hypnosis.
  3. Experts make suggestions about the colour of the food a person should eat, the colour of his clothes and even the colour of his surroundings.
  4. Solarised water can be used as a healing tonic. In this method, purified water is filled in a clear container of the prescribed colour and left out in the sun for a couple of hours. The sun’s rays filter through the coloured glass container and energise the water with the vibration of the prescribed colour.

Coffee Quickens Elders’ Reactions


In a study presented Tuesday at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society’s annual meeting, researchers set out to examine the effects of caffeine on a number of cognitive abilities in healthy, older adults. Their goal was to see what role caffeine could play in treating dementia.

Coffee Quickens Elders’ Reactions

Some current treatments for dementia focus on enhancing the ability to pay attention. Most people have come to believe that first (or fourth) cup of coffee in the morning allows them to concentrate better – but there has been little scientific study to back that up.

So researchers from the University of Bristol in England tested 38 healthy adults who ranged in age from 55 to 91. Each took a series of tests that measured different aspects of attention. Then the participants were asked to stop drinking caffeine for a week.

After that week, one group was given 1 cup of caffeinated coffee, while the other group was given decaffeinated coffee. They were then asked to perform the tests again. The next day, the drinks were switched.

The results were clear: Drinking the caffeinated coffee improved the participants’ average reaction time. Investigators also found that the caffeine improved participants’ accuracy on a test called the Stroop test, which measures skills such as planning and focusing.

The study team noted that these improvements were small, but for people with cognitive impairment even a slight improvement could make life more tolerable.

Exploding fireballs can put out fires.


Dust off those old gym class skills, they could save your life. A Thailand-based invention stands to replace our first line of defense against fire. The Elide Fire Extinguishing Ball can be thrown into an open flame, and it will explode in a cloud of flame suppression chemicals, extinguishing it instantly.

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8 Foods To CLEAN Your Liver


8 Cleansing Spring Foods To Support Your Liver Hero Image

8 Cleansing Spring Foods To Support Your Liver Hero Image

There’s a reason that asparagus is the celebrated veggie of spring. Yes, it is one of the first vegetables to make itself known in the garden, but that’s not the only thing to get excited about.

Asparagus, along with a few other foods, gives our body the boost in needs to recover from the chill of winter. Spring is a natural time to think about hitting the dietary reset button.

There is no right way to spring clean your diet, you just need to pick a starting point. Choose foods that support your body’s natural detoxification process and that fuel your life force—your prana or chi.

Foods that purify your system include colorful veggies and fruits that are antioxidant rich. Phytochemicals in plants absorb sunlight giving them their rich colors and vibrant flavors. When we eat these foods the energy is transferred to us.

Try to add one or two more servings to your day, or add a new color or vegetable that you haven’t tried. Some ideal veggies include:

1. Asparagus

Asparagus contains glutathione, a powerful antioxidant known for its role in supporting the body’s naturaldetoxification process carried out by your liver.

Asparagus cooks very quickly, making it an easy addition to an omelet in the morning. What’s better than starting your day with a fresh green veggie?

2. Avocados

Along with asparagus, avocados are rich in glutathione. This powerful antioxidant supports the liver in getting rid of harmful materials.

Avocados are a fun addition to a smoothie—hello, yummy creamy beverage.

3. Lemons

The volatile oils in the rind of the lemon are called limonoids. These chemicals, in addition to the juice of the lemon, support healthy digestion.

Lemons are also abundant in vitamin C, which boosts your immune system while fighting free radical damage to the body.

Squeeze a little in your water, or, better yet, make your own zesty salad dressing. My favorite is lemon tahini, which is great drizzled on kale, broccoli, or just about any other veggie you can think of.

4. Walnuts

High in ALA (alpha-linolenic acid), a type of omega-3 fat that not onlyboosts brain power and also supports detoxification in the body.

You know what to do here: Toss some on a salad or just enjoy them as a snack.

5. Garlic

Raw garlic, in particular, activates liver enzymes, helping your body to destroy unwanted chemicals and toxins.
Mince or chop fresh garlic, let it sit on the counter for a minute or two (this activates the allicin, the enzyme that gives it its aroma), and then add it to salad dressing or a really nice olive oil for dipping vegetables or crusty bread.

6. Dandelion

Yes, the pesky lawn weed has medicinal properties. The root of dandelion makes a great tea that has been shown to help the liver rid the body of toxins.

The tea is a tad bitter, so add a splash of local honey.

7. Beets

It’s acceptable to continue eating these root veggies well into spring. Beets benefit the overall health of the liver while also boosting cardiovascular endurance.

Roast, juice, or shred them on a salad.

8. Green Tea

Nothing says spring better than iced tea. Why not make it iced green tea? Green tea is high in catechins, which cleanse the body and support liver health.

Add a bit of mint for a refreshing twist.

Spring is a natural time of transition. No matter where you may have drifted over the winter, don’t let that stop you. As we now head into the vibrancy of spring, start thinking about what your reset looks like. Keep a growth mindset over the next few weeks.

This is not a pass-fail event but rather an invitation to transition your diet to one that supports your best self as you step into the warmth of spring. Pick one food each week to add to your cooking routine.

Gov’t admits rotavirus vaccine causes intussusception, adds it to injury compensation program.


Because the Obama administration quietly announced their plans for 3,400-plus new regulations[1] last week just after Ferguson erupted and just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, a lot of what’s actually going on in that rather long list was already lost and forgotten pretty much the moment it was released.

Rotavirus vaccine

One regulation worth mentioning has to do with rotavirus vaccines and a condition called intussusception.

Intussusception is a serious condition where part of the intestine slides into an adjacent part of the intestines, and it is the most common abdominal emergency to hit kids under the age of two. Usually the intestines become blocked. This results in the veins becoming compressed, the intestines swelling, and ultimately, obstruction. Reduced blood flow can actually kill the affected intestine, causing it to become gangrenous. Intussusception can cause internal bleeding, and it can even cause the intestine to rupture. Symptoms include cramps and abdominal pain which for infants seems like a colicky reaction, vomiting, and lack of appetite. Failure to catch this condition early or misdiagnosis can lead to death.

Babies under a year old are most susceptible to intussusception.

One of 3,415 new rules (which surely should’ve been in place when rotavirus vaccines first began being administered) officially adds intussusception[2] to the Vaccine Injury Table for rotavirus vaccines under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

The rule states:

The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program allows a family of a child, a person, or their estate to receive monetary compensation if they experience a vaccine-related injury or death after receiving a covered vaccine. Currently, no adverse event is listed on the Vaccine Injury Table for rotavirus vaccines. However, recent data point to a small risk of intussusception, and the rule amends the Vaccine Injury Table to provide for this adverse event.
The rotavirus vaccine is administered at two, four, and six months of age in combination with other vaccines.

According to the VAERS Database at the time of writing this article, of the nearly 11,000 adverse events reported in children under three after receiving a rotavirus vaccine, there are 532 incidents listed where a child under the age of 3 received a rotavirus vaccine and later presented with intussusception. (Note: there were actually 542 cases, but age was unknown in 10 of them.)

The United States currently has the most aggressive vaccination schedule in the whole world. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we shoot up our infants up with 26 shots by age one, and then ten more shots before age five.

Considering what ends up reported in the VAERS Database is only a teeny tiny window into the true number of side effects suffered by patients who are administered vaccines (as most people aren’t even aware the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System even exists to report side effects to in the first place), coupled with the fact that the government has basically been forced to list intussusception as a side effect, this is yet another vaccine risk parents need to be aware of.

The World Health Organization officially recommended rotavirus vaccines be included in all national immunization programs in 2009. Only two rotavirus vaccines are approved for infants in the U.S.: Merck’s RotaTeq and GlaxoSmithKline’s Rotarix.

This particular vaccine has always stood out as especially controversial considering both its revolving door, conflict-of-interest origins and the fact that the FDA admitted in 2010 these vaccines were contaminated with DNA from two pig viruses.

First, about those pig viruses (via the National Vaccine Information Center[3]:

On May 7, 2010[4], the FDA announced that RotaTeq vaccine was contaminated with DNA from two porcine circoviruses: PCV1 and PCV2. To date the vaccine manufacturer, Merck, has not given any information regarding if, or when, PCV1 and PCV2 will be removed from this vaccine. Although PCV1 has not been associated with clinical disease in pigs, PCV2 is a lethal pig virus that causes immune suppression and a serious wasting disease in baby pigs that damages lungs, kidneys, the reproductive system, brain and ultimately causes death. The FDA recommended temporary suspension of the use of Rotarix vaccine on March 22nd after DNA from PCV1 was identified in Rotarix, but did not call for suspension of the use of RotaTeq vaccine after PCV2 was found in RotaTeq. On June 1st,[5] NVIC called on Merck to voluntarily withdraw RotaTeq from the market until PCV2, especially, is removed from the vaccine.
Now on to the origin story…

In the U.S., the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is the body of supposed medical professionals and health experts that officially votes to recommend what vaccines will become part of the mandated childhood vaccine market. Dr. Paul Offit, who has sat on a Merck-funded $1.5 million dollar research chair (the Maurice R. Hilleman Chair in Vaccinology in fact) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since it was created in 2005, just so happened to be a voting member of ACIP from 1998 to 2003. He then went on to take a $350,000 grant from Merck to help develop the Big Pharma company’s RotaTeq pentavalent rotavirus vaccine which was approved by the FDA 2006.

When the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia sold its worldwide royalty interest in the vaccine, Dr. Offit refused to admit how much his take was. The income distributed to Offit has been estimated as high as $46 million.[6]

So, essentially the guy who sat on a the board that helped create a captured market for the rotavirus vaccine then went on to create said vaccine.

As Dr. Mercola[7] put it, Offit effectively used his position on ACIP to “vote himself rich.” When the good doctor then goes on to write books with scaremongering titles like Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All[8] and advises parents on what vaccines to give their infants, just note that Offit has perhaps one of the most vested interests anyone could have – in both his bosses’ happiness and in his own wallet – in doing so.

Keep in mind, Dr. Offit is the same guy who once infamously said that according to his studies and in theory, “healthy infants could safely get up to 10,000 vaccines at once,”[9] because children have such great immune systems with such an enormous capacity to respond to “challenges” (not that the human body was designed to respond to all these vaccinations in the first place, which is why manufacturers have to create such a disgusting cocktail of ingredients including heavy metals, formaldehyde, fetal cells, animal tissues and emulsifiers like polysorbate which have been shown in studies to increase permeability[10] in the gut and blood brain barrier).

So when it comes to Dr. Offit and promoting vaccines (and the rotavirus vaccine in particular), the phrase “conflict of interest” doesn’t even remotely begin to cover it.

As usual, evidence continues to emerge that vaccine “science” is based more on corporate greed than health…[11]

And as evidence continues to emerge that ties linking the astronomical rise in autism in the U.S. to vaccines may have been covered up at the CDC,[12] the propaganda[13] is having less and less of an effect on parents as more are making informed choices about whether or not their children should even take so many shots.

Most people don’t even know that the government set up a no-fault compensation program through a special vaccine tribunal where parents and others harmed by vaccines have to submit their claims. Did you know the federal government has awarded more than $2 billion in damages to children and adults who have been injured by vaccinations?

If you think about this entire situation from a common sense standpoint, it’s absolutely absurd we even live in a nation where the parents of children who are harmed by vaccines aren’t even allowed to directly sue the vaccine manufacturer for creating a dangerous, sometimes life-altering, sometimes life-threatening, sometimes deadly product to begin with, let alone that those parents have to wait until the government admits that a specific vaccine can cause a specific side effect (like rotavirus vaccines officially causing intussusception in official government-funded studies) before that parent can even make a claim for damages because of it.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/047913_Rotavirus_vaccine_intussusception_injury_compensation.html#ixzz45LP7bXqA

Octopus Brains Are So Much Cooler Than You Think.


A flying blue-ringed octopus

Let’s clear up one thing right off the bat: “Octopuses” is a perfectly acceptable plural of “octopus”—and it makes a heck of a lot more sense than “octopi.” That’s because the word derives from Greek (oktopous, meaning “eight feet”), not Latin.

This week’s episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast is all about octopuses, specifically how these amazing cephalopods—the group of marine invertebrates that also includes squid and cuttlefish—are vastly more intelligent than they get credit for. That’s right: Octopuses lead a life of the mind. Not that they have a brain like you’re probably picturing, exactly.

“Their brain is so unlike ours, it’s almost difficult to describe it as a brain,” explains Sy Montgomery, a naturalist and author whose most recent book, The Soul of an Octopus, is a fascinating dive into cephalopod psychology. “Ours is like a walnut in a shell; their brain wraps around the throat.”

In fact, most of an octopus’s neurons aren’t even in the brain, but instead reside in the tentacles. As a result, each tentacle can not only continue to function if it gets disconnected from the body, but it actually has something akin to a personality: Some limbs are daring, others more shy. Montgomery goes on to detail other amazing aspects of the octopus psyche, including recognizing human faces, forming positive or negative judgments of individual humans, navigating complex mazes, and opening child-proof bottle caps. It’s all the more impressive when you consider that unlike social, long-lived humans who can pick up cognitive skills from parents and peers, octopuses live asocial, short lives.

“Probably the thing that drove them to be intelligent is that they lost the ancestral shell,” Montgomery says. “Without a shell, everyone wants to eat them. They are programmed by nature to learn very quickly.”

Watch the vido. URL:https://youtu.be/t-LTWFnGmeg

600 smartphones of data can fit in this much DNA


All the baby pictures, financial transactions, funny cat videos, and email messages that we hoard often require technology companies to build sprawling data centers.

A new technique could shrink the space needed to store digital data that today would fill a Walmart supercenter down to the size of a sugar cube.

The team of computer scientists and electrical engineers has detailed one of the first complete systems to encode, store, and retrieve digital data using DNA molecules, which can store information millions of times more compactly than current archival technologies.

THE DIGITAL DATA IS CHOPPED INTO PIECES AND STORED BY SYNTHESIZING A MASSIVE NUMBER OF TINY DNA MOLECULES, WHICH CAN BE DEHYDRATED OR OTHERWISE PRESERVED FOR LONG-TERM STORAGE.

In one experiment outlined in a paper presented in April at the ACM International Conference on Architectural Support for Programming Languages and Operating Systems, the team successfully encoded digital data from four image files into the nucleotide sequences of synthetic DNA snippets.

More significantly, they were also able to reverse that process—retrieving the correct sequences from a larger pool of DNA and reconstructing the images without losing a single byte of information.

The team has also encoded and retrieved data that authenticates archival video files from the University of Wsahington’s Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal project that contain interviews with judges, lawyers, and other personnel from the Rwandan war crime tribunal.

“Life has produced this fantastic molecule called DNA that efficiently stores all kinds of information about your genes and how a living system works—it’s very, very compact and very durable,” says coauthor Luis Ceze, associate professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington.

“We’re essentially repurposing it to store digital data—pictures, videos, documents—in a manageable way for hundreds or thousands of years.”

The digital universe—all the data contained in our computer files, historic archives, movies, photo collections, and the exploding volume of digital information collected by businesses and devices worldwide—is expected to hit 44 trillion gigabytes by 2020.

That’s a tenfold increase compared to 2013, and will represent enough data to fill more than six stacks of computer tablets stretching to the moon. While not all of that information needs to be saved, the world is producing data faster than the capacity to store it.

DNA ARCHIVES

DNA molecules can store information many millions of times more densely than existing technologies for digital storage—flash drives, hard drives, magnetic and optical media. Those systems also degrade after a few years or decades, while DNA can reliably preserve information for centuries. DNA is best suited for archival applications, rather than instances where files need to be accessed immediately.

The team from the university’s Molecular Information Systems Lab in close collaboration with Microsoft Research, is developing a DNA-based storage system that it expects could address the world’s needs for archival storage.

First, the researchers developed a novel approach to convert the long strings of ones and zeroes in digital data into the four basic building blocks of DNA sequences—adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine.

“How you go from ones and zeroes to As, Gs, Cs, and Ts really matters because if you use a smart approach, you can make it very dense and you don’t get a lot of errors,” says coauthor Georg Seelig, an associate professor of electrical engineering and of computer science and engineering. “If you do it wrong, you get a lot of mistakes.”

The digital data is chopped into pieces and stored by synthesizing a massive number of tiny DNA molecules, which can be dehydrated or otherwise preserved for long-term storage.

RANDOM ACCESS

The University of Washington and Microsoft researchers are one of two teams nationwide that have also demonstrated the ability to perform “random access”—to identify and retrieve the correct sequences from this large pool of random DNA molecules, which is a task similar to reassembling one chapter of a story from a library of torn books.

To access the stored data later, the researchers also encode the equivalent of zip codes and street addresses into the DNA sequences. Using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques—commonly used in molecular biology—helps them more easily identify the zip codes they are looking for. Using DNA sequencing techniques, the researchers can then “read” the data and convert them back to a video, image, or document file by using the street addresses to reorder the data.

Currently, the largest barrier to viable DNA storage is the cost and efficiency with which DNA can be synthesized (or manufactured) and sequenced (or read) on a large scale. But researchers say there’s no technical barrier to achieving those gains if the right incentives are in place.

Advances in DNA storage rely on techniques pioneered by the biotechnology industry, but also incorporate new expertise. The team’s encoding approach, for instance, borrows from error correction schemes commonly used in computer memory—which hadn’t been applied to DNA.

“This is an example where we’re borrowing something from nature—DNA—to store information. But we’re using something we know from computers—how to correct memory errors—and applying that back to nature,” says Ceze.

Cognitive scientists discover new perceptual illusion


Fingers are a human’s most important tactile sensors, but they do not always sense accurately and can even be deceived. Researchers at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) of Bielefeld University demonstrated this in a new study in which they ‘outwit’ human perception. Test subjects placed their index finger in an apparatus and touched an object whose softness changed at random without the person noticing. While touching the object, the test subjects were under the illusion that it was the position of their finger that changed, not the softness of the object. The curious thing here was that the test subjects felt an “illusory” finger displacement, much larger in extent than the actual, “real” displacement. The researchers published their findings this Thursday, 7 April in the scientific journal Current Biology.

 Developing a virtual sense of touch is the long-term aim of Professor Dr. Marc Ernst, who headed the Cognitive Neurosciences research group in Bielefeld until the end of March 2016. On the EU research project “WEARHAP,” Ernst is working with colleagues from all around Europe to achieve this goal. “We now have a better understanding of how we can virtually convey the impression of whether an object feels soft or hard,” explains the neuroscientist. “In the future, this should help in developing a virtual sense of touch with which one can ‘touch’ things across distances, such as how a sweater or another product feels while shopping online.””A fundamental question in this project is what role haptic stimuli play in perception,” says Ernst. With the term ‘haptic stimuli,’ the cognitive scientist is referring to the sensations that arise from touch. “A special feature of our finger pads is that they are fleshy – they can ‘deform’ by giving way when touching something,” says Marc Ernst. For instance, when a person touches a sponge, she feels its composition and consistency through the tactile sensors in her skin.

For their experiment, the researchers constructed an apparatus at the end of which an elastic fabric strap was stretched horizontally. The tightness of the strap was adjustable. The test subject laid her hand and lower arm in the guiding casing of the apparatus. The person was instructed to say when they thought their finger was bent more. In reality, the position of the finger did only change a little – only the tightness of the elastic band did. “Astonishingly, all study participants estimated their finger to be most bent when the elastic band was loose. This is apparently because the loose band has comparatively more contact area with the skin,” explains Dr. Alessandro Moscatelli, who performed the experiment.

“The key here is how much surface area of the object comes into contact with our skin. The greater the area of contact, the closer the seems to be, and therefore, the more the finger appears to be bent. Why is this finding significant? “If we were not to know exactly how our body is positioned, we would not be able to grasp or catch, and therefore could not interact with objects or other people,” explains Marc Ernst.