Fight Inflammation with This Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir


Starting the day with your morning routine may suit your needs just fine. A bit of yoga, maybe meditation, a shower, a healthy breakfast with organic coffee, and then out the door. Does this sound familiar? If so, your morning routine is already exceptional. But we have a mighty elixir that can compliment your regimen wonderfully.

You may have heard that warm lemon water will get those pipes working in the morning and optimize your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. However, have you heard of warm lemon water combined with honey, cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? If you have yet to try this one, you may be missing out on an excellent way to begin your day. All-natural lemon and turmeric are especially powerful ingredients that boast a wealth of beneficial properties.

Lemons offer a tasty, tart flavor with many health-promoting properties. According to a study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. The study authors state, “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” Lemons are indeed a healthy ingredient to enjoy at the beginning of the day. However, when you couple lemon with turmeric, your health and wellness benefits increase significantly.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in the Journal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”

One active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.

Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”

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Curcumin’s anticancer potential:Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”

Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,” including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.

The Turmeric and Lemon Morning Elixir
1 serving
Prep Time- 5 minutes
Cook Time- no cooking

Ingredients
What you’ll need…
1/2 of a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water, and/or coconut milk (the coconut milk adds healthy fats, and helps absorption of turmeric)

How to make it…

Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water or milk. You will want to stir these ingredients well. Add cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it — this will ensure that the turmeric does not settle at the bottom of your cup.

Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for, and can help you fight inflammation in your body.  I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.

What healthy alternatives get your morning off to a perfect start?

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Broccoli Extract Can Rid Your Body of Cancer-Causing Chemicals and Fight Oral Cancer


It’s no surprise that cruciferous vegetables – such as broccoli, cabbage, and garden cress – are good for our health. Now, a new study demonstrates how broccoli sprout extract activates a gene that detoxifies carcinogens in the body, serving to prevent cancer recurrence in people who have encountered head and neck cancer.

The study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research, was led by Dr. Julie Bauman, co-director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Cancer Center in Pennsylvania.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the United States, over 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed, and there are over 8,000 deaths due to oral cancer. The survival rate for such cancers is quite low, with a 5-year survival rate of about 50 percent.

“With head and neck cancer, we often clear patients of cancer only to see it come back with deadly consequences a few years later,” says Dr. Bauman.

Methods of treating oral cancers include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy, but they can be disfiguring and costly. Repeated exposure to carcinogens is the greatest risk factor for head and neck cancer. Cruciferous vegetables have a high concentration of sulforaphane; previous research has shown it can protect people against environmental carcinogens.

 Dr. Bauman notes that previous attempts to develop drugs to reduce the risk of head and neck cancer recurrence “have been inefficient, intolerable in patients and expensive. That led us to ‘green chemoprevention’ – the cost-effective development of treatments based upon whole plants or their extracts.”

Lab, mice, and human studies have been successful

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To further investigate, Dr. Bauman and colleagues first treated human head and neck cancer cells with different doses of sulforaphane, as well as a control. They then compared them with healthy throat and mouth cells.

Results showed that the sulforaphane encouraged both cell types to increase levels of a protein that turns on specific genes that induce carcinogen detoxification, protecting cells from cancer. Next, in a small preclinical trial, for several days, 10 healthy volunteers drank or swished juice mixed with broccoli sprout extract.

Not only did the study subjects have no significant problems tolerating the extract, but the lining of their mouths also showed that the same protective genetic pathway was activated in their mouths. The researchers say this means the sulforaphane was absorbed and focused on at-risk tissue.

In a further experiment, the researchers used mice to see how the extract worked in those predisposed to head and neck cancer. Results showed that the mice that received the extract developed fewer tumors, compared with those that did not.

In light of the successful studies, Dr. Bauman and her colleagues have initiated a larger clinical trial in humans who have previously been cured of head and neck cancer. The participants are currently taking capsules with broccoli seed powder.

The researchers write:


”Together, our findings demonstrate preclinical chemopreventive activity of sulforaphane against carcinogen-induced oral cancer, and support further mechanistic and clinical investigation of sulforaphane as a chemopreventive agent against tobacco-related HNSCC [head and neck squamous cell carcinoma].”

Watch the video discusion. URL:https://youtu.be/QTA-BMAYaxQ

 

A Burial Pod That Safely Decomposes Bodies Beneath Trees


How should you handle your body after you die? Turns out there are more options than just a coffin or cremation. In the last decade, the death industry has widened considerably and includes many other options, plenty of which are environmentally friendly choices. One of these green options is the Capsula Mundi burial pod, which is basically a way to let a body become a tree.

There are two different varieties of Capsula Mundi’s burial pods: a small pod that houses cremated ashes and a larger pod that holds a body in fetal position. Once the remains are inside the pod, it is planted into the Earth like a seed. Then, a tree, which is chosen by the deceased before they die, is planted above the pod. The family of the deceased cares for the tree as a memorial to their loved one, while the pod safely decomposes with the body in the soil. The Capsula Mundi creators were inspired by the idea of planting a tree rather than cutting one down to build a coffin. Watch the video below to see how the pods work, and to learn about other eco-friendly post-mortem options.

When It Comes To Nutrition, Canned And Frozen Produce Is Often Better


In the frozen aisle. In reality, however, the opposite is often true: frozen and canned produce can have many more nutrients than its fresh counterparts. That’s because the moment produce is picked, its nutrients start to degrade. Plucking a fruit or vegetable from the tree, bush, or vine takes it away from its food source, so it starts using up its own nutrients to stay alive. The produce you find in the grocery store may have taken days or weeks to get there and experienced significant nutrient changes as a result. In order to keep it from spoiling before reaching its destination, fresh produce is also usually picked before it’s ripe, so it doesn’t even contain all the nutrients it could. Canned and frozen produce, on the other hand, is processed right when it’s ripe, so its nutrients are locked in and aren’t given much of a chance to degrade over time.

Then why do people say the opposite? It’s true that canning and even freezing can expose fruits and vegetables to some amount of heat, which can destroy nutrients. But compared to the natural degradation that fresh produce experiences, that nutrient loss is often pretty minimal. The biggest losses are in water-soluble vitamins like vitamin B and C; according to a systematic review in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, broccoli loses 13% of its vitamin C when refrigerated for 21 days but a whopping 50% when frozen. But it found that other nutrients, in particular antioxidants like polyphenols, hardly degrade at all in freezing and canning processes. Of course, processing always leaves room for unhealthy additives like sodium, and produce picked and eaten that day is healthier than any alternative. But in general, there’s no need to avoid canned or frozen produce. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, the amount you eat is more important than the form they take. Learn more about the science of food storage with the videos below.

The Counterintuitive Science Of Traffic


Traffic is frustrating. It’s no wonder, considering that you’re an individual navigating a system much larger than yourself. For this reason, traffic science is full of counterintuitive factors. Consider, for example, the Braess Paradox, which confusingly states that closing roads can speed up traffic—a phenomenon illustrated flawlessly when New York City’s 42nd Street was closed on Earth Day in 1990 and traffic improved. There’s also the fact that the safest and most efficient way to merge is to use the “zipper merge”; that is, to wait until the last possible second and take turns merging with other drivers, instead of moving into the new lane ahead of time. Of course, the oddities of traffic are compounded by our human instincts. A 1968 experiment found that drivers were less likely to honk at a high priced car than an older model, and another study in 2014 found that people were less likely to pass a slow-moving car if it was particularly expensive. A study in Arizona found that drivers honk more when it’s hot outside, and a 2007 paper noted that drivers are more likely to speed, run stop signs, and break other traffic laws when they were driving in familiar locations than in unfamiliar ones. Explore the science of traffic with the videos below.

After Exercise, Women Aren’t As Sore As Men


Women don’t often have an advantage over men when it comes to strength. But according to science, they have a leg up on the day after a hard workout: women don’t experience as much post-exercise soreness as men do. Delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, is the pain and stiffness that starts 6–12 hours and peaks 24–36 hours after exercise. It’s especially common after workouts that involve what are known as “eccentric contractions,” where a muscle is both flexing and lengthening, as in the lowering phase of a bicep curl. Though a common misconception about DOMS is that it’s caused by a buildup of lactic acid, modern science recognizes that the pain probably stems from inflammation and other reactions to microtears in the muscle tissue.

It’s there that scientists think women, with their abundance of estrogen, have the advantage. Animal studies point to a difference in those microtears: male rats show more muscle damage than female rats after eccentric contractions, for example. But studies of humans show something further down the chain. Astudy in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that men and women experienced the same amount of muscle damage, but men’s muscles had more inflammation post-exercise. Though more study is needed to learn exactly why women feel less pain from their gain, it could explain why they have an advantage over men in intense endurance events like ultramarathons. Learn more about the science of exercise with the videos below.

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The West Can Have Burkinis or Democracy, but Not Both


Elites can overturn Islamophobic laws, but the public’s illiberalism isn’t going anywhere.

The West Can Have Burkinis or Democracy, but Not Both

Some stories are both provincial comedies and national tragedies, insignificant on the face of it and yet of much deeper importance than meets the eye. The strange fall and rise of the French burkini is one such story.

After the terrible attack in Nice, France, when an Islamist terrorist guided his truck down the Promenade des Anglais, murdering scores of innocents on their way home from a fireworks display on the city’s stunning beach, local politicians wanted to be seen as doing something — anything. But since it’s pretty difficult for the mayor of a small town to make much of a contribution in the fight against the Islamic State, Lionnel Luca, the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, turned to a symbolic solution. Since a Muslim had killed people near a beach, he sought to address the grave problem of Muslims and beaches. And since he who seeks shall find, Luca came up with the brilliant solution of banning women from wearing burkinis — essentially, wetsuits that allow women to swim without exposing their hair — on his city’s beaches. That’ll show ‘em.

Fourteen towns quickly followed suit, and local police forces all over France bravely set out to fulfill their duty. When policemen in Nice spotted a woman wearing a headscarf on the beach, they duly fined her 38 euros. According to media reports, bystanders approved, shouting, “Go home!” and treating the cops to a round of applause.

It wasn’t just the local beach bums who applauded the burkini ban. Right-wingers like former President Nicolas Sarkozy and Marine Le Pen, the leader of the xenophobic National Front, also endorsed it. Manuel Valls, the center-left prime minister, grandiloquently proclaimed that the French Republic had to defend itself against such “provocations.” A clear majority of the population agreed. According to Ifop, a respected French pollster, only 6 percent of French people are in favor of allowing the burkini to be worn on public beaches, while a walloping 64 percent support the ban. (The remaining 30 percent are indifferent.)

In a sense, this sorry spectacle is unsurprising. After three major terrorist attacks in 18 months, hatred of Muslims has become palpable in many aspects of French life. Le Pen, whose hostile stance toward Muslim immigrants forms the core of her political appeal, is more popular than ever. As in so many other countries in Western Europe, North America, and beyond, rising popular anger has even been pushing politicians who were once moderate toward increasingly illiberal policies.

In France, this rising anger has entered an unholy alliance with the country’s deeply restrictive understanding of secularism. In the United States or Germany, the separation of church and state invokes the liberal principle that the state is not allowed to impose religious views on its citizens. In other words, a secular political order is supposed to protect ordinary people from religious coercion, whether by the state or by private individuals, even as it gives them ample space to heed their ethical or religious principles in their own lives. French secularism, by contrast, has long had a more militant commitment to keeping most forms of religion out of the public sphere. Any attempt at conspicuous religiosity in public, on this view, is a full-frontal attack on the cherished value of laîcité — what Valls would call a “provocation.”

Since it is very much in the eye of the beholder what is or is not conspicuous, this principle has always restricted the freedom of French Muslims more than it has that of French Christians. In the country’s imagination, a nun in traditional dress is simply going about her day, whereas a woman going for a walk in a headscarf is conspicuously colonizing public space in the name of Islam. In the last years, the slippery slogan of laîcité has thus stood at the center of big debates about any number of imagined provocations: Should girls be allowed to wear the veil in schools? (No.) Should full-face coverings be allowed in public? (No.) Is it acceptable for school canteens in immigrant-heavy neighborhoods to serve halal meat? (No again.)

But even by the strange standards of France’s illiberal conception of secularism, the burkini ban was extreme. As Aheda Zanetti, the garment’s inventor, pointed out in a recent op-ed for the Guardian, she had aimed to “give women freedom, not to take it away.” Inspired by a niece who wanted to play netball without the obstruction of an unwieldy headscarf, she designed the garment to enable women who cover their hair to be more comfortable while doing sports or swimming. And as the critics of the burkini ban quickly pointed out, seeing the burkini as a call to arms by jihadis is ridiculous given that the least tolerant forms of Islam, like the one that’s the ruling ideology of Saudi Arabia, don’t permit women to swim on public beaches at all, even under the cover of a terrorist-sympathizing burkini.

When France banned schoolgirls from wearing the veil, it could at least claim the fact that some of them covered their hair due to pressure from their families. When the country banned the burqa (a step that Germany is nowconsidering emulating), it could at least point to the fact that the full-body covering could conceivably pose a security risk. No such thin veneer of liberal neutrality was available for the burkini ban. The illiberal venom that lurked behind many of the previous restrictions on France’s Muslims was finally out in the open.

That helps to explain why the Conseil d’État, France’s highest court — which is usually much more circumspect about interfering in the political process than the Supreme Court of the United States — struck down the burkini ban in the clearest terms on Friday. The municipal ordinances, it ruled, “seriously, and clearly illegally, breached … fundamental freedoms.”

In the short run, this is a cause for celebration. The burkini ban was discriminatory, counterproductive, and needlessly cruel. The court’s judgment makes French laws more humane, consistent, and liberal.

And yet, the judgment reveals a much wider tension that will shape Western societies long after we have forgotten all about the burkini. Because of a mix of economic anxiety, growing fears about terrorism, and an unwillingness to accept ethnic and religious minorities as true equals, illiberal passions are growing more intense in many democracies. The widespread French support for the burkini ban is only the latest in a string of similar findings: Across Europe and in the United States, majorities favor real restrictions on the religious liberties of unpopular minorities and are increasingly open to discriminatory immigration policies.

Political elites in the most liberal democracies will therefore face more and more dramatic versions of the choice faced by France’s constitutional court: They can either heed the anger of their constituents — turning their countries into places where the people rule but individual rights are regularly violated. Or they can insulate the political system from the views of the people by giving more and more power to unelected institutions like constitutional courts, independent bureaucratic institutions, or international organizations — turning their countries into places where individual rights are upheld but the views of the people go ignored. One way or the other, liberal democracy is increasingly under siege. Over the next few years, it is likely to decompose into its constitutive elements, facing us with a tragic choice between illiberal democracy (or democracy without rights) and undemocratic liberalism (or rights without democracy).

For all of its perniciousness, the temporary ban on the burkini had a comic side; in part because the immediate stakes were comparatively small, it was a perfect way for journalists to fill the dead days of summer. And yet the fall and rise of the burkini also hints at a truth that is at the heart of the political conflicts that will define our era. As restive voters become more willing to embrace discriminatory policies, we may eventually be forced to choose between two of our most fundamental values — individual rights and the collective will.

The #1 WORST Food that CAUSES Faster Aging


Do you eat these foods that HARM your blood sugar and age your joints and skin faster?  Some are even deceptively marketed to you as “healthy” by giant food corporations.  Avoid or minimize these and look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.

Due to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you eat on a daily basis, some foods age you FASTER than your real age, while other foods help to FIGHT aging. Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age. Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called

Due to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you eat on a daily basis, some foods age you FASTER than your real age, while other foods help to FIGHT aging. Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not fun!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age. Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called “glycation”, “inflammation”, and “oxidation”. When we talk about aging, we’re not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is… we’re also talking about factors that you can’t see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading. Yes, I’m sure you’ll agree this is much more important than just how you look superficially (although we’ll show you how to improve BOTH below!) With the title of this article, you might have guessed that obvious answers like sugar or trans fat would be what we talk about in this article.  Yes, we all already know those are bad, but I want to discuss another food that ages your body faster than normal… and it’s one that you might not expect! So let’s dig right in and I’ll show you how your rate of aging can be directly related to the foods you might eat every day, and how to protect yourself… The #1 WORST food that ages you faster: Wheat based foods (yes, even “whole wheat”) Before I tell you why wheat can actually speed up the aging process in your body, let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body… This deals with “glycation” in your body, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin. So with that said, what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body?  This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body.  This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.  But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics. So, let’s get back to how “whole wheat” relates to this… Here is a little-known fact that’s often covered up by the massive marketing campaigns by giant food companies that want you to believe that “whole wheat” is healthy for you… but the fact is that wheat contains a very unusual type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar HIGHER than even pure table sugar. In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar MORE than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing that’s documented in studies. This means that wheat-based foods such as breads, bagels, cereals, muffins, and other baked goods often cause MUCH higher blood sugar levels than most other carbohydrate sources.  If you don’t believe me, here’s something you should know… I ran personal blood sugar tests on myself using a blood glucometer about 45 minutes after eating 2 slices of wheat bread vs eating a bowl of oatmeal, with equivalent grams of carbs. The blood sugar test results: 2 slices of whole wheat toast: 45 minutes after consumption:  Blood sugar spiked from 86 fasting level to 155. 1 Bowl of Oatmeal (equivalent grams of carbs to 2 slices wheat toast) 45 minutes after consumption:   Blood sugar raised from 86 fasting level to 112 As you know now, the higher your average blood sugar levels are over time, the more AGEs are formed inside your body, which makes you age FASTER.  Clearly, the whole wheat spiked blood sugar MUCH higher than the oatmeal, and if you don’t know, 155 is a massive blood sugar reading that will certainly contribute to faster aging if you eat wheat frequently. You’ve probably also heard about the potential health-damaging effects of gluten (another problematic compound found in wheat that can cause inflammation in your digestive system) in the news recently, but this blood sugar aspect we just covered is not talked about that often, and is yet another reason to reduce or eliminate wheat-based foods in your diet.  Your body will thank you by aging slower and looking YOUNGER! And losing bodyfat is typically another fun side effect of eliminating or reducing wheat in your diet!

Yet another problem with wheat-based foods and aging… As it turns out, baked wheat products contain carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc.  These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked in studies to possible increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging.  Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods. Don’t worry though… There’s a trick that you can use to protect yourself from these carcinogenic acrylamides, and it has to do with eating the RIGHT foods that COUNTERACT damage from these nasty chemicals.  I’ll show you how to find the EXACT foods that protect your body on the next page! Other foods to watch out for that can increase aging in your body include corn-based foods that also disrupt blood sugar highly (corn cereals, corn chips, corn syrup), soybean oil and other “vegetable” oils that contain excessively refined and processed fats that cause inflammation in your body, and also excess sugars from candies, cakes, and sweetened drinks. But the good news is… We’ll show you how to find plenty of delicious foods, spices, herbs, and nutrients that PROTECT your body from aging on the next page! You will also discover over a dozen surprising tricks you can use daily to FIGHT aging, helping you to look 5-10 years YOUNGER… click the button below to go to the next page to discover unique and delicious anti-aging foods, spices, herbs, teas, and other potent

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Also Discover How These Anti-Aging Foods…

Naturally BOOST Your Metabolism, Increase Fat-Burning, Flatten Your Belly, Trim Your Waistline & Transform Your Arms and Legs from Saggy to Slender and Sexy!

Many of the anti-aging superfoods, teas, spices, herbs, secret supplements, and ingredients you’ll discover in this manual will also help to BOOST your metabolism andincrease fat-burning inside your body. This is a natural side effect you’ll experience from some of the powerful phytochemicals and other nutrients you’ll find inside! This occurs due to the robust effects these nutrients have in your body such as:

  • Powerful blood sugar control
  • Reduction of dangerous inflammation in your body
  • Balancing your hormones
  • Metabolism-boosting benefits
  • Fat Burning Becomes EASY
  • Increased Natural Energy
  • Natural Detox that wipes away years of toxins

So not only will you enjoy a more youthful and energetic body with improved joint health, skin health, and less risk of cancer and other degenerative diseases, but you’ll also enjoy a LEANER body!

History Has Been Made. Female Genital Mutilation Banned In Nigeria.


“More than 130 million girls and women have experienced female genital mutilation or cutting …”

 

Nigeria made history by outlawing female genital mutilation. The ban falls under the Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 that was passed in Senate on May 5 and recently enacted into law.

This was one of the last acts by the outgoing president, Goodluck Jonathan. His successor, Muhammadu Buhari, was sworn into office this past Friday, May 29.

 Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) is the act of either partially or totally removing the external female genitalia or causing injury to the female genital organs for non-medical purposes.

According to UNICEF:

“More than 130 million girls and women have experienced FGM/C in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is most common.”

With the help of community activism, campaigns and numbers of organizational efforts to end this practice, UNICEF reported that teenage girls were now one-third less likely to undergo FGM/C today than 30 years ago.

Now with the new law criminalizing this procedure, the hope is the ban will fully eliminate this practice and be strongly enforced to combat any existing societal pressures.

The World Health Organization cites immediate harmful effects of FCM/C that include hemorrhage (bleeding), bacterial infection, open sores, and long-term consequences that include infertility, childbirth complications and recurring bladder infections.

In another UNICEF report, communities who practice FGM often do so to reduce sexual desire in women and to initiate girls to womanhood, among other purposes.

According to “The Guardian‘s” analysis of 2014 UN data, a quarter of the women in Nigeria have undergone FGM.

Stella Mukasa, director of Gender, Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women, explains the complexity of the implementation of the new law banning FGM/C.

“It is crucial that we scale up efforts to change traditional cultural views that underpin violence against women,” she wrote in an article for “The Guardian.” “Only then will this harmful practice be eliminated.”

Under hashtag #VAPPBIll, Twitter users celebrated the bill’s passing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Violence Against Persons (Prohibition) Act serves to protect women and violence in multiple aspects. BuzzFeed News cited a 2013 version of the bill that highlights its purpose to eliminate violence both in private and public, and end physical, sexual, domestic and psychological violence.

Satellite images of Mars reveal fascinating ‘structures’ buried beneath the surface


Images taken by the HiRISE camera onboard the MRO orbiting Mars seem to indicate intelligently designed structures and subdivision which seem to be of logical proportions of the base dimensions. The anomalies found at the Hellas Planitia have roughly the same length and similar straight features that spread across a distance of one kilometer.


The idea that Mars is inhabited –or at least was, millions of years ago— has fascinated researchers and people for decades
Throughout human history, as far as there are written records, the red planet has captured the interest of ancient civilizations around the world in a magical way.
But is there something more to this mysterious planet other than it’s red color and authority in the skies?
How much do we know today about Mars?
And what if governments worldwide are not telling everything they know about the red planet?
In the last couple of years, we have learned so much about the red planet.
We have come to understand that Mars isn’t a desolate, dead world as researchers previously believed.
In fact, Mars may have been Earth’s twin planet in the distant past.
Scientists have found a couple of extremely interesting clues that suggest life may have developed on Mars in the distant past.
Not long ago, scientists discovered that there is liquid water flowing on the surface of Mars. Researchers have also found traces of giant oceans, rivers, and lakes that covered most of the Martian surface.
Experts have also discovered faint traces of a once mighty atmosphere that encircled the red planet in the distant past.
Recently, researchers have discovered that in the distant past, Mars had a ‘human’ breathable atmosphere.
Using the ChemCam instrument aboard Curiosity, scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory have discovered high levels of manganese oxides in cracks filled with minerals present in some Martian rocks of the Kimberley region in the Gale crater.
The presence of this chemical suggests that in the past there were sufficient levels of oxygen in the atmosphere of Mars, which would have made the planet “breathable” for humans.
As you can see, every discovery points to the possibility that life as we know it may have developed on Mars in the distant past.
The question remains how much life on Mars may have developed.
Was life on Mars just microbial?
A comparison of the structures on Mars (left) and an archaeological site on Earth (right).
Or is it possible that the planet offered ideal conditions in the past, for an advanced alien species to flourish on Mars?
Curiously, based on the numerous satellite images of Mars and photographs taken by NASAs rovers exploring the surface of the red planet, people around the globe have been able to identify certain ‘anomalies’ on Mars which ‘seem’ to indicate an advanced species, capable of erecting structures, once flourished on Mars.
Now, these structures are covered under the Martian surface and are barely visible according to many.
A perfect example of possible structures is identifiable in the images taken by the HiRISE Camera on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) at the Hellas Planitia on Mars.
UFO hunters believe the Hellas Planitia on Mars may hide an anomaly indicative of intelligently designed structure buried under the surface.
According to a post written on ATS, the author indicates that the first formation seen in the satellite images is the most noteworthy mostly because of the subdivision which seems to be of logical proportions of the base dimensions.
The author explains that all of the formations seen in the Hellas Planitia have roughly the same length and similar straight features that spread across a distance of one kilometer.
While the author remains reserved saying that they do not have to be necessarily artificial in nature, their extraordinary alignments and subdivision are something noteworthy to mention.