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Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus?

Ted Talk: Could we treat spinal cord injuries with asparagus? | Andrew Pelling

Take a mind-blowing trip to the lab as TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling shares his research on how we could use fruits, vegetables and plants to regenerate damaged human tissues -- and develop a potentially groundbreaking way to repair complex spinal cord injuries with asparagus.
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Every day you live, you impact the planet

TED TALK: Every day you live, you impact the planet | Jane Goodall

Legendary primatologist Jane Goodall says that humanity's survival depends on conservation of the natural world. In conversation with head of TED Chris Anderson, she tells the story of her formative days working with chimpanzees, how she transformed from a revered naturalist into a dedicated activist and how she's empowering communities around the world to save natural habitats.

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. - Dian Fossey (via ms_eclectic)
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An ode to living on Earth

An ode to living on Earth | Oliver Jeffers

If you had to explain to a newborn what it means to be a human being living on Earth in the 21st century, what would you say? Visual artist Oliver Jeffers put his answer in a letter to his son, sharing pearls of wisdom on existence and the diversity of life. He offers observations of the "beautiful, fragile drama of human civilization" in this poetic talk paired with his original illustrations and animations.
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"8 Counterintuitive Things That Helped Me Fix My Chronic Insomnia"

If you struggle with insomnia, try these:

1. Going to bed later

2. Understanding quality is more important than quantity

3. Understanding I was likely sleeping better than I thought I was

4. Taking sleeping pills in moderation

5. Understanding I don’t have to follow perfect sleep hygiene

6. Ignoring alarming articles and news

7. Not overthinking bad nights

8. Realizing I’m not Alone

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New Name and Mission!

The community, "cancernaturally", now has a new name: healthy_planet!

The mission is being expanded.  We will talk about natural remedies, for cancer, other illnesses, and general health.

We will also talk about healthy eating, living, and relationships - for a better society.

And we will talk about what we can do to build a better environment for all species.

I want us to look at the connexions between our health and behaviour with that of the global system of nature.  I see manufacturers of gluten-free or organic foods wrapping their product in lots of unrecycleable plastics, or not listing the recycling codes.  I see environmental causes neglecting their impact on certain people's health.  The companies that actually show concern about recycling seem to put out toxic products.

So, this is still a community about personal health, including dealing w/ cancer, etc., but will also be looking at the planet in the same sense.  What natural remedies can we come up to address it's own illnesses?

Please consider adding these other communities:

anti_viral - New community.  Feelings and thoughts about the present COVID-19 crisis.  Also other viral concerns.

w_a_r_m_i_n_g - Climate change isn't going away.  It's a reality, and it's time to get real.

crisis_911 - For those in distress.  For those who want to help those in distress. And news about emergencies.
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New Curcumin Treatment (!)

Nano Curcumin (NC) tops standard for herpes, possible Alzheimer’s treatments

For years, curry lovers have sworn by the anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric, but its active compound, curcumin, has long frustrated scientists hoping to validate these claims with clinical studies.

The failure of the body to easily absorb curcumin has been a thorn in the side of medical researchers seeking scientific proof that curcumin can successfully treat cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic health conditions.

Now, researchers from the University of South Australia (UniSA), McMaster University in Canada and Texas A&M University have shown that curcumin can be delivered effectively into human cells via tiny nanoparticles.

Sanjay Garg, a professor of pharmaceutical science at UniSA, and his colleague Dr Ankit Parikh are part of an international team that has developed a nano formulation which changes curcumin’s behaviour to increase its oral bioavailability by 117 per cent.

The researchers have shown in animal experiments that nanoparticles containing curcumin not only prevents cognitive deterioration but also reverses the damage. This finding paves the way for clinical development trials for Alzheimer’s.

Co-author Professor Xin-Fu Zhou, a UniSA neuroscientist, says the new formulation offers a potential solution for Alzheimer’s disease.

“Curcumin is a compound that suppresses oxidative stress and inflammation, both key pathological factors for Alzheimer’s, and it also helps remove amyloid plaques, small fragments of protein that clump together in the brains of Alzheimer disease patients,” Prof Zhou says.

The same delivery method is now being tested to show that curcumin can also prevent the spread of genital herpes.