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Who Invented French Fries?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 19, 2010

Who Invented French Fries?

Both the Belgians and the French claim themselves to be ones who invented French fries. French fries have got a long history in these countries. The Belgians claim the people in the valley between Dinant and Liege used to eat fried fish from the local river. Around the year 1680, the river froze in the winter and the locals couldn’t fish. They cut potatoes lengthwise and fried them in oil to accompany their meals. Thus the French fries were born.

The French use the name “pommes de terres frites” for French fries. Honore Julien, a French chef, whose manuscript, which comes from the 1800s expounds on how to make fried potatoes. The rest of the world learnt about the French fries from the French and that is where the name ‘French fries’ originates from. Belgians, however, argue because French is also an official language in Belgium, ‘French’ in ‘French fries’ refers to the French language and not France. The name ‘chips’ is more common in Britain and Commonwealth nations.

French friesFrench fries have a number of variants, most common include: thick cut fries, steak fries, jojo fries, curly fries, crinkle fries, shoestring fries and oven fries. The French equivalents are pommes pont neuf (thick cut fries), pommes allumettes, pommes pailles, pommes gaufrettes etc. The health-risks associated with French fries are well known. They contain harmful fats and are a major cause of obesity in the developed world, particularly the United States. There are companies which are trying to woo customers by claiming that their French fries are safer. Instead of using normal oil, they fry chips either in canola oil or peanut oil or something similar which would pose lesser health risks.

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What Effects Does Smoking Cigarettes Have?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 17, 2010

The word cigarette originates from a French word cigarette which means a small cigar. Cigarettes are simple objects – they are tobacco covered in a piece of paper. They have been around for quite a long time. The hookahs of the Arabs are well known. The Europeans first learnt about cigarettes from the Mayans and the Aztecs sometime around the 18th century, although the natives had been smoking cigarettes since the 9th century. They have been pictured in paintings like la cometa, la merienda en el Manzanares. Those painting belong to the 18th century.

There are only harmful biological effects which are known. Smoking may give us a psychological pleasure for sometime but in the long run:

(1) One in two smokers, who have been smoking for a long time, will die in the middle age.

(2) Tobacco makes the body more prone to diseases and causes many kinds of cancer.

(3) Cigarettes produce carbon monoxide gas when they are lighted and the inhalation of this gas cause the heart to beat faster which in turn increases the blood pressure. This strains our blood vessels.

(4) Strained blood vessels are a major cause of heart attacks and stroke. Smoking restricts your blood flow.

(5) Smoking reduces the supply of oxygen to our feet and hands. This is not healthy for them in the long run.

(6) It has been calculated that 20-breaths of cigarette smoke per day will fill you with 210g tar in a year.

(7) Those who hold on to the smoke longer end up having tar accumulated deeper inside their lungs.

(8) Carbon monoxide swells up the airways and this in time results in lesser air for the lungs.

(9) Smoking, one says, is a slow way to die. Smoking causes emphysema. It is an illness which slowly rots our lungs.

(10) Bronchitis, lung problems and heart failure are direct consequences of suffering from emphysema.

(11) Surveys suggest, smokers are ten times likely to have lung cancer than those who don’t smoke.

Cigarette(12) Smoking blocks blood vessels which lead to a heart attack. The reason for this is the deposits of pollutants from cigarettes in the vessels.

(13) One is five people, who die from a heart attack, is a smoker. The situation is worse among the young where three in four who die from the heart disease are smokers.

(14) If a lady smokes cigarettes during pregnancy, it is likely that her child will have a low birth weight and the chances of pre-natal mortality are also higher.

(15) Smoking cigarettes is a major cause of lung cancer, larynx cancer, oral cavity cancer and esophagus cancer among other diseases.

In addition to the diseases mentioned above a passive smoker is prone to:

(1) Ear infections. It has been more common among the children and the young.

(2) Passive smoking accounts for more than 10,000 low weight births a year.

(3) Nearly 8,000 cases of asthma each year are because of passive smoking.

(4) Still births and an adverse effect on the eyes is also a major consequence of sitting with smokers.

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How To Get Rid Of Yeast Infections?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 13, 2010

Yeast infections aren’t necessarily a serious threat to our health. They are rarely life-threatening. But these infections are uncomfortable and painful. Many of us think yeast infections are a female problem but men can also suffer from this condition.

Fortunately you can take some steps to prevent yeast infections and to get rid of infections once they have already started. Men, women and children are all susceptible to the yeast infection (known as candida albicans). Nearly a third of the population of any country may have a yeast infection of some level in a year’s time.

A Normal Thing
Almost all of us have yeast bacteria as a regular part of the chemistry in our bodies. These organisms are present throughout our bodies, including on the skin. Our systems usually remained balanced and the bacteria don’t cause problems. We might contribute to a yeast infection by eating foods high in refined sugar and carbohydrates. Yeast multiplies in the presence of large amounts of sugar. The first thing you can do to get rid of yeast infections is make some changes in your diet.

You might be able to “starve” the bacteria by drastically cutting your intake of sugars and carbohydrates. In fact, some individuals may have to eliminate carbohydrates completely to avoid future infections. Combine these healthy changes in diet with additional drinking water each day. Give your body plenty of water to flush out harmful bacteria and toxins. Your doctor or nutritionist will probably recommend a diet free of yeast for several months until you show no symptoms of infection.

It may be necessary to take a prescription medication. Antibiotics taken orally help get the body’s bacteria back in balance by removing excess bacteria that could cause problems. In addition to these internal medicines, a doctor might suggest an over-the-counter ointment or cream. These are meant to be applied directly to the affected area, so the active ingredient can kill the bacteria. Topical ointments may provide temporary relief and remove visible signs of infection.

However, your body may still harbor plenty of yeast-causing bacteria. It will probably be necessary to combine skin treatments with oral medications to work on all aspects of the infection. If you have cleared up outward signs of yeast infection you should still watch for other symptoms: indigestion, fatigue, headaches, sinus troubles and so on.

Have a Complete Plan
Yeast InfectionFighting yeast infection requires a total plan, one that works inside and out. You should combine changes in diet, improved personal hygiene and topical ointments with professional help such as prescription medications and treatments from medical professionals. Consider anti-fungal medications and natural substances such as garlic and grape seed extract.

You should also make sure your body remains clean. Don’t give yeast bacteria a chance to start growing inside our outside the body. As we mentioned earlier, a yeast infection from candida albicans may not threaten our life but this malady can cause us serious problems. Yeast infections are painful and uncomfortable. Do what you can to prevent them and get rid of them.

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How To Get Rid Of Yellow Hair?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 9, 2010

Some people may be tempted to ask why yellow hair is a problem. After all, there are many people in the world who have light-colored hair – blond, wheat straw etc. But this is a slightly different situation. If you have discoloration in your hair and that color is really yellow you will need to know the best way to get rid of it.

People may experience a yellowing of their hair because they use water that contains strong minerals and chemicals that change the hair pigment. If your water is extremely “hard” such as water from a ground well, you can treat the water with tablets that will eliminate much of this problem.

If you use too much of a product meant for styling or shaping your hair you might contribute to the problem of yellow hair. If your natural color is a certain shade of brown/red and you use too much peroxide, you could change the color to an orange shade or give it a yellow tint. If hair treatment products are causing the problem you should change brands or treatment type.

Good Old Vinegar
For centuries people have know how to use household vinegar for cleaning, clearing up and changing things in various situations. You might be able to restore some of your natural hair color with vinegar. If you notice that your hair is changing to a yellowish color you can mix some vinegar and water and use it as a rinse. This solution will dry the scalp and may damage the hair. But give it a try then rinse your hair again with water.

Try to remove traces of chemicals and/or minerals with retail shampoos and conditioners. A thorough washing of the head and scalp may be necessary to get rid of yellow hair. Once this is accomplished you will have to change your hair treatments and even change the way you wash your hair (if water is the problem).

There is one other cause that you may not be able to do much about. If your hair color is of a certain shade and the sun bleaches some places to a yellow tint, you may have to treat specific spots on your head or you may have to stay out of the sun.

Think About Iron
Yellow HairWe’re not talking about the iron you use to press your clothes. We are going to consider the chemical element iron. Yellow hair may be caused by the presence of iron in the body. You may not be able to change the iron level in your system but you could change the color of your hair slightly with some professional help and quality hair products.

Iron may be one of the primary culprits in ground water that is used for washing your hair. It may be necessary to use commercial hair toning products or to try a natural treatment that will balance the iron content in your hair and scalp. Vinegar was mentioned at the beginning of this article for a reason. The acid content of vinegar seems to be just about right for making slight changes in hair color.

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How To Gain Weight?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on August 5, 2010

A simple answer is: consume more calories and go for the right kind of exercise. Eating disorders, chronic diseases, lack of healthy meals are some of the factors which cause a person to become too thin. It is a well-known fact that obesity increases the risk of many diseases but being underweight also adds to the risk factor of diseases like osteoporosis (increased chances of having a fracture) in women, erectile dysfunction (male impotency) in men etc. Following are a few simple steps, if followed, can help a person gain weight:

Identifying the problem
This is the first step. In medical terminology it is called ‘diagnosing a problem.’ Here, it means to ascertain if there exists a problem or not. There exists some mathematical equations famous as Mifflin-St Jeor equations and they can help a person determine if he/she is underweight or not. The equation goes like this:

Male: BMR = 10 ×weight (kg) + 6.25 ×height (cm) – 5 ×age (years) + 5

Female: BMR = 10 ×weight (kg) + 6.25 ×height (cm) – 5 ×age (years) – 161

Here BMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate and it is the tells us the amount of calories that are needed to keep a person in with the way he/she is with his/her current level of activity, other parameters being constant.

Another system used is BMI (Body Mass Index). It is equal to
BMI = weight / height2

If the BMI of a person is equal to 22 then his/her weight is considered normal. Once your BMI has been found, the next step would be to increase your calorie intake. In case of packaged food, the number of calories it contains is written over it. An increase of 500 calories is advisable for many.

Does that mean I’m free to have as much junk food as I wish?
It is true that junk foods contain a lot of calories, but according to the doctors, even calories have got their own types; some are good for us and some not so good. Junk foods contain calories in form of unhealthy saturated fats or trans-fats. Trans-fats are trans-isomer-fatty-acids and various researches throughout the world have proved that they increase the risk of a heart-attack and other diseases.

Fats are also found in fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts etc and these fats are healthy fats. A chemist would call then omega-3 essential fatty acids and these are good for the body. It is also advisable to have six smaller balanced meals a day than three large meals. Energy drinks can also be used if one still wants more calories. In short the there should be healthy diet (vegetable, salad, fish etc) and it should be taken at short intervals in small amounts.

Gain weightExercise:
It is difficult not to listen to remarks like ‘exercise helps one reduce weight’, ‘Sitting ideal causes obesity’ and similar arguments. Although there some is truth in these sentences, but only a half truth. The Right kind of exercise can also help you gain weight. For example, resistance training like lifting weights increases muscle size.

In a Nut-shell:
And it has to be kept in mind that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so one must learn to be patient. The second fact is; health is not a stage but a state i.e. as long as one is eating healthy and sufficient food and doing exercise, one will remain healthy. All this can be put into a nutshell like this:

(1) Calculate the calories that are required to keep you in your current form

(2) Increase the amount of calories that you take

(3) Choose a correct and healthy diet

(4) Go for right kind of exercise

(5) Continue to follow all the steps listed above.

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How To Get Rid Of Sun-Burns?

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on July 29, 2010

Sunburns are the result of excessive exposure of the body to the ultra-violet rays from the Sun. This leaves your skin dry and causes constant pain. But here are a couple of ways to soothe your pain:

(1) First thing that you have to keep in mind is: the word ‘sunburn’ signifies that your skin is burnt and it is not going to heal in a day or two. There will be some time before everything returns to normal. With time, your body will shed off the burnt skin.

(2) To make a quick recovery, avoid going out in the sun. There could be areas around the sun burnt skin, which may need only a little exposure to sun and they will become sun burnt too. It could worsen the problem so the first step is to avoid the sun.

(3) Bathing with cool water will soothe the pain. This works as long as you are taking a shower but the moment you are out and your skin is dry again, the effect vanishes. Avoid using soap while taking a bath. Soaps suck natural oils from your body and in this case, your body badly needs them.

(4) After having a bath, you can apply skin moisteners to the burnt parts of your body. There are some products, called after-sun lotions, which can be used. It is an important step and it has to be performed immediately after taking a bath.

(5) Drink a lot of water and have a healthy diet. If your body is properly hydrated it will do its job nicely and this helps it to heal quickly. Seven to eight glasses a day are sufficient and avoid junk food as much as you can.

(6) Avoid wearing skintight clothes as the friction caused by them will only add to your problems. Loose-fitting clothes don’t aggravate your problems. Cotton shirts with cloth pants are recommended.

(7) Keep the burnt areas covered, when out-doors.

Sun burnsIt has already mentioned in the first point that during the process of healing, the body will shed-off the burnt skin. Now, that shouldn’t mean that to quicken the healing process you are going to do it yourself – it would only aggravate the problems and not to mention, the pain. If you don’t want to have a burnt skin, a specialist has to be consulted.

As it is said, a precaution is the best medicine, so here are some simple steps to avoid any kind of sun-burn in the first place:

(1) Keep in mind that sunburn may also cause premature aging of the skin and in extreme case they it may lead to skin cancer. The first step towards avoiding this is to use sun-screen-lotions when going out in the sun. There are a variety of sun-screen-lotions available in the market. You can opt for one with the highest SFP factors. SFP stands for Sun Protection Factors.

(2) A hat on your head offers better protection than sun-glasses so wear a hat when going out-doors.

(3) Tanning saloons are useless. Spending long times in tanning saloons can still cause sunburns especially among people with relatively white skin.

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Excellent Article On Cancer

Posted by Sandeep Kumar on July 27, 2010


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins :

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are
unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person’s lifetime.

3. When the person’s immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiplenutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental,food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiplenutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence
the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also causecancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very sma ll amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg’s aminos or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and
substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than
beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline
environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to no urish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties.
Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified
and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of
cancer cells and allows the body’s killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the
body’s own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the
body’s normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger,
unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax
and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

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