Regenerative neurologist, Dr Siddharthan Chandran, of The Euan MacDonald Centre, at the University of Edinburgh, asks whether we can repair the damaged brain. Here’s the problem: Humanity is facing an epidemic of fast-progressing, devastating neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s, motor neuron disease, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s. Collectively, this is one of the biggest public health threats of our time. Over 35 million people are affected, and the global annual cost is $700 billion and rising — greater than 1% of global GDP.
Chandran shows two clips of one of his patients, John, who, speaking through a respirator, explains that difficulty breathing, in 2011, led to the diagnosis of motor neuron disease.
Healing Spices is a detailed look at the healing and curative properties in many spices, both ordinary and more exotic. Part one of this book discusses ancient medicines and how spices have been used throughout history from about 2,600 BC. This glimpse into history includes the cultures of India, Indonesia, Syria, Egypt, and even Rome.
The first part of the book also includes a brief introduction to spices, what they are, and how they work. It also explains epidemiological studies and what they have discovered about different types of spices. There’s also information on phytonutrients contained in a variety of different spices. Continue Reading
Professor Bharat B Aggarwal, of the Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, joins Curcumin as part of a naturally sustained approach to good health., with Joyce Riley, to discuss some of his research. Professor Aggarwal is one of the world’s acknowledged experts on the uses and efficacy of
Professor Aggarwal is a co-author of Healing Spices, a detailed look at the healing and curative properties in many spices, both ordinary and more exotic. This interview is focused upon Curcumin; it also covers the potential of other spices, to contribute to a healthy diet and lifestyle. Continue Reading
Sometimes called Indian saffron, turmeric is an ancient ayurvedic medicine that has been used for centuries throughout Indonesia and Southeast Asia. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant with a long history of use both medicinally and in cuisine. A perennial plant native to South Asia, turmeric is a member of the ginger family. Some regions use the leaves or eat the root raw, but usually the root is harvested, boiled, then dried in hot ovens and ground into powder. The yellow-orange colored powder is used as a spice, a food additive for coloring, and as a dye. It is the main ingredient in curry powder, an earthy, peppery spice used prevalently in many types of cuisine, from Thai to Indian.
Curcumin adds a distinctive yellow colour to Indian curry and yellow mustard, but it is much more than a food ingredient. For centuries, people in India have used Curcumin to treat the symptoms of diabetes, bronchitis, and laryngitis. Medical practitioners are even starting to understand how beneficial Curcumin can be when used to relieve swelling and ease the symptoms of chronic diseases. Several research studies have confirmed the benefits of Curcumin for reducing inflammation, especially the inflammation associated with inflammatory bowel disease.