Monday, 27 March 2017

Astronomers identify record-breaking brown dwarf located 750 light years away

A team of astronomers has identified record-breaking brown dwarf located some 750 light years away.
The object, known as SDSS J0104+1535, is a member of the so-called halo - the outermost reaches - of our galaxy, made up of the most ancient stars.
It is located 750 light years away in the constellation of Pisces and is made of gas that is around 250 times purer than the Sun and consists of more than 99.99 per cent hydrogen and helium, researchers said.
The dwarf is estimated to have formed about 10 billion years ago, measurements also suggest it has a mass equivalent to 90 times that of Jupiter, making it the most massive brown dwarf found to date.
"We really did not expect to see brown dwarfs that are this pure. Having found one though often suggests a much larger hitherto undiscovered population - I would be very surprised if there are not many more similar objects out there waiting to be found," said ZengHua Zhang of the Institute of Astrophysics in the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa.
Brown dwarfs are intermediate between planets and fully-fledged stars. Their mass is too small for full nuclear fusion of hydrogen to helium (with a consequent release of energy) to take place, but they are usually significantly more massive than planets, researchers said.

NASA's Juno probe to make fifth flyby over Jupiter's cloud tops today

NASA's Juno probe is all set to make its fifth flyby over mysterious cloud tops of the gas giant on Monday, March 27, at 1:52 a.m. PDT (4:52 a.m. EDT, 8:52 UTC).
At the time of closest approach, also called perijove, and traveling at a speed of about 129,000 miles per hour, Juno spacecraft will be about 2,700 miles above the Jupiter's cloud tops.
During the flyby, all of Juno's eight science instruments will be switched on to collect data on the gas giant
"This will be our fourth science pass - the fifth close flyby of Jupiter of the mission - and we are excited to see what new discoveries Juno will reveal,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator of Juno from the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio. "Every time we get near Jupiter’s cloud tops, we learn new insights that help us understand this amazing giant planet."
Juno has revealed that Jupiter's magnetic fields are more complicated than originally thought, and that the belts and zones that give the planet's cloud tops their distinctive look extend deep into the its interior.
Observations of the energetic particles that create the incandescent auroras suggest a complicated current system involving charged material lofted from volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io.
The Juno science team continues to analyze returns from previous flybys.
NASA says peer-reviewed papers with more in-depth science results from Juno's first flybys are expected to be published within the next few months.

Eight killed in Japan as avalanche hits ski resort

Seven school students and a teacher were killed when they were hit by an avalanche on a Japanese ski resort on Monday, local authorities said.
More than 60 students and teachers from seven high schools were taking part in a springtime climbing event in Japan`s Tochigi prefecture when the avalanche occurred, the local media reported.

The avalanche was believed to have occurred around 9:20 a.m. (local time) on the upper side of one of the slopes at the Nasu Onsen Family Ski Resort. At least 40 persons were injured in the accident, reported Xinhua news agency. 
Hours before the accident, the local meteorological agency issued an alert that avalanches were possible, according to reports.
Local government authorities asked for the assistance of the Self-Defence Forces to help with relief and rescue operations.
Seven students and a teacher were found with no vital signs after the avalanche. They were sent to a hospital and were confirmed dead on Monday evening.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke of the disaster in Parliament, saying officials were "making every effort to respond to the disaster".

The Real Truth About Microwaves Everyone Ignores

During World War II, two scientists invented a tube that produced microwaves called the magnetron. Combining the magnetrons within Britain’s radar system, the microwaves were able to find Nazi warplanes on their mission to bomb the British Isles.
By accident, Percy LeBaron Spencer of the Raytheon Company (several years later) discovered that microwaves also cook food. He found that radar waves had melted a candy bar in his pocket. The first microwave oven to go on the market, called the Radar Range was as large and heavy as a refrigerator.
According to a growing body of research, microwave ovens are dangerous to our health. 

How do microwave ovens heat/cook out food

Alternating currents force atoms to reverse their polarity. This creates friction and vibrates the water inside of the food molecules causing the food to heat up.
How are microwave ovens dangerous
Inside of your microwave there are 2.45 billion hertz which is fine, until the seal on your microwave door ages and begins to leak. The frequency amount shown to harm the human body is 10 hertz. Be cautious and never stand near an operating microwave. You won’t know your body is being harmed by the leak until the damage is already done.

HOW DOES A MICROWAVE OVEN HARM OUR BODIES

•Causes birth defects
•Cancer
•Cataracts- due to our eyes lack of blood vessels to dissipate the cellular stress and heat from the microwave
•Weakened immune system
•Lowered resistance to viral and bacterial infections
•More serious illnesses

What does the microwave oven do to our food

•Breaks chemical and molecular bonds 
•Swiss scientist, Hans Hertel’s study suggests microwaving food degrades and depletes food of its nutrients
•The radiation from the microwave destroys and deforms the molecules in the food, creating dangerous radioactive compounds
•In 1992, a study from the Search for Health, researched the effects of participants that consumed microwaved vegetables
They experienced:
-Rapidly increasing cholesterol levels
-Decrease in hemoglobin causing an anemic-like conditions
-Decrease in white blood cells
-Increase in leukocyte (indicating poisoning and cell damage)
•Microwaved breast milk looses 96% of its antibodies
•Microwaved Infant formulas’ structure is altered, changing the components in amino acids, creating immunological abnormalities
Even if your microwave oven is perfectly sealed, you are still exposed to harmful levels of electromagnetic fields. EMF can penetrate human bodies (which is why they are used for x-ray machines) but can causing serious health problems.
The EPA recommends limited exposure to EMF of .5mG – 2.5mG. If you stand 4 inches from your food cooking in the microwave, you will be exposed to 100 – 500mG. Standing 3 feet away from the operating microwave will expose you to 1 – 25mG.
Microwaves may be faster and more convenient than the convection oven but the nutritional value of your food and the health of your family will pay the price for its convenience.

The Mother of All Antioxidants

Modern medicine wants to kill your gut bacteria.
Most doctors don’t get that we need these microbes to survive and thrive.
The ecosystem of microbes we carry around. There are more than 100 trillion of these tiny bugs living in your gut, mouth, skin and elsewhere in your body.
That’s more than all the cells in your body.
And when the “bad bacteria” in your gut crowd out the “good bacteria,” you get an increase in disease and aging. In fact, your immune system relies on this balance to fight infection.
But the latest research reveals why the right balance of these tiny bugs prevents and often reverse the chronic diseases that age and ultimately kill us.
Scientists in Sweden have just discovered that those “good” microbes in your gut regulate the levels of glutathionei, your body’s most powerful antioxidant.
Glutathione (pronounced gloo-tah-thigh-ohne) is a critical part of your body’s natural mechanism for warding off disease. I’ve been recommending ways to boost my patients’ glutathione levels for years to help them live long and well.
You can do it, too.
In fact, here at Sears Institute for Anti-Aging Medicine, I offer glutathione intravenously to my patients — and it’s worked wonders with them.
The evidence of Glutathione’s power has around for a long time. Back in 1998, Danish researchers compared people aged 100 to 105 with people aged 60 to 79 — and found the centenarians had much higher levels of glutathione. And those who were most active had the very highest levels.ii
The problem today is that our modern world kills off many of the good bacteria that help your bodyproduce glutathione naturally.
That’s because antibiotics kill off both good and bad microbes. Chlorine in our water does the same thing. Even our industrial food supply has fewer good bacteria.
But glutathione is so important, many scientists now call it the “master antioxidant.”
Glutathione is critical for protecting your cells from the damaging effects of oxidative stress and toxins — both of which are major causes of the inflammation at the root of all modern chronic diseases.
Without enough glutathione, your body can’t get rid of cellular garbage, and all the toxins you are exposed to just build and build — because you can’t mop them up.
High glutathione levels ramp up your neuroimmune system. And without a healthy neuroimmune system, inflammation runs rampant through your body and keeps you chronically ill with diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.iii
In other words, your body turns into a shopping spree for free radicals — and that’s a very bad bargain for your health.
Yet most doctors still ignore this master antioxidant. They’ll tell you the body produces enough by itself and that glutathione supplements are ineffective.
We already know that even the healthiest people face an increased threat from our modern environment. And things like prescription and over-the-counter medications, toxins, pollutants, lifestyle, weight gain, increasing age — they all sap your body’s glutathione stores.
Scientists at Penn State University School of Medicine recently gathered the first-ever, long-term, human clinical trial data on the impact of glutathione supplements.iv The results not only confirmed what I’ve seen in my clinic, they also overturned long-held beliefs that supplementation doesn’t work.
The study showed glutathione levels in the blood increased after one, three and six months of supplementation. And after six months, subjects saw a 30% to 35% increase of glutathione in the blood. There was also a significant reduction in oxidative stress after six months of supplementation.v
Glutathione is actually a chain of three amino acids, and unfortunately it declines with age — just when you need it most.

BUT HERE’S HOW YOU CAN BOOST YOUR LEVELS…

The first thing to do is take care of your good bacteria, or “probiotics.” The new Swedish study shows your gut bacteria regulates glutathione and amino acid metabolism in your intestine, liver and colon.
The study showed some of these gut bacteria consumed glycine, one of the three amino acids required for the synthesis of the body’s glutathione. So with the wrong balance of gut bacteria, your body doesn’t have enough glycine to make healthy amounts of glutathione.
Low glycine levels have also been linked to type 2 diabetes and non-alcoholic liver disease.

You can help the good bacteria in your gut flourish by following a few simple tips:

  • Stay hydrated. This helps good bacteria establish themselves in your gut.
  • Buy organic fruits and vegetables. And don’t wash them too well. Your gut welcomes good bacteria from organic foods.
  • Eat organic yogurt or kefir. These fermented milk products restore good bacteria to your digestive system. Avoid products with added sugars or flavorings.
  • Eat raw sauerkraut. Fermented cabbage delivers billions of beneficial microbes in every mouthful. Avoid canned kraut. The processing kills good bacteria.
But you can also “cook up” glutathione in your cells if you have three necessary amino acids on board —glycine N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) and glutamic acid (glutamate).
One easy way to ensure you’re getting all three amino acids is to supplement with whey protein.vi I add it to my morning smoothie. But be sure to get pure whey from pasture-raised animals, so it’s free of toxins and hormones.

Other supplements that help boost your levels are:

  • L-Glutamine. Take 1,000 mg three times a day.
  • N-acetyl cysteine. Clinical trials show NAC directly boosts glutathione. Take from 1,800 mg to 2,400 mg a day.
  • Selenium. Your body needs 55 mcg per day of this mineral to synthesize glutathione. One Brazil nut is all it takes.

Can eating crushed egg shells improve health?

Eggshells present healthy, balanced calcium due to trace amounts of other minerals contained in it. Eggshell calcium is probably the best natural source of calcium, and it is easier for your body to digest and absorb. Dutch researchers have reported recently a highly positive effect of eggshell calcium (with added magnesium and vitamin D) on bone mineral density in a scientific study (double blind, placebo-controlled). Laboratory test and measures of bone density were carefully made in these studies. The eggshell supplemented group had measurable increases in bone density in their hip bones, after one year.
The ideal bone-building combination of eggshell calcium and vitamin D3 was also well documented in Japanese studies. Researchers at the Japan Women’s University, Tokyo studied a combination of vitamin D3 and eggshell powder in animals with osteoporosis. Not only was the eggshell powder with vitamin D3 able to improve bone mineral density, but it did it without significantly increasing blood calcium levels.
You can use any kind of egg (chicken, goose, duck), but it is best to use organic or certified organic eggs from free-range birds. If the bird does not get proper nutrients the eggshells won’t contain the nutrients we need.

How much to take?

One whole medium sized eggshell makes about one teaspoon of powder, which yields about 750 - 800 mgs of elemental* calcium plus other microelements, i.e. magnesium, boron, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, sulphur, silicon, zinc, etc. There are 27 elements in total. The composition of an eggshell is very similar to that of our bones and teeth.
*Elemental amounts are the amounts absorbable.
Most people require a minimum of 400 mgs per day of calcium, in addition to calcium from other food sources, so you would take 1/2 teaspoon of the powder per day. Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time. Calcium and magnesium need to be taken in at least equal amounts, and some people require more magnesium than calcium depending upon how much they obtain from their diet.
If you are getting muscle cramps take extra magnesium (about 150 mgs). If that doesn’t alleviate the cramps within an hour take another 150 mgs, and so on. If you get unusual joint pain and you do not have arthritis, take an additional 150 mgs of calcium. Do not take more than 500 mgs of calcium at one time because your body cannot handle it. If you need more than 400 mgs per day split up the doses during the day.
It is best to take calcium and magnesium with foods to help absorb them.
Don’t forget that vitamin D is very important for absorbing minerals, so take cod liver oil in the winter and get into the sun in the summer! In addition, all of the trace minerals, sodium and chloride are important for mineral absorption and to keep minerals balanced so do take a lemon juice and ocean sea salt drink every day (the juice of 1/2 lemon and 1/4 teaspoon of ocean sea salt mixed into 6 ounces of filtered water 6 times a day; 3 with meals to aid digestion).
How to Make Powdered Eggshells:
  1. Wash empty eggshells in warm water until all of the egg white is removed, but do not remove the membrane because it contains important nutrients for the joints which helps arthritis.
  2. Lay broken pieces out on paper towels and allow them to air dry thoroughly.
  3. Break the eggshells up into small pieces, and grind them to into a fine powder in a food processor, blender, coffee grinder, or a nut mill, or put them in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to grind them. Please note that some blenders will not grind the eggshell into a fine enough powder. A coffee grinder works the best.
  4. Store powdered eggshells in a covered glass jar or container. Keep it in a dry place, like the kitchen cupboard.
How to take eggshell calcium (this forms calcium citrate) takes 3 hours:
  1. Put 1/2 teaspoon of powdered eggshell into a small dish (approximately 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches across) 1/2 teaspoon equals approximately 400 mgs of elemental calcium.
  2. Add the juice of 1/2 a lemon (freshly squeezed), and mix well it will start to bubble and foam, which is what is supposed to happen.
  3. Leave it at room temperature for 6 hours the longer you leave it the less gritty it will be, but do not leave it longer than 12 hours.
  4. It can be taken by the spoonfuls, followed by mouthfuls of water to wash it down. It is not sour tasting. In fact the taste is quite pleasant.
  5. Also take 400 mgs of magnesium citrate at the same time.
Other Eggshell Recipes here are some other ways to make eggshell calcium citrate:
# 1 Lemon Eggshell:
  1. Place one whole, clean, uncooked egg into a clean, wide-mouth jar and cover it with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  2. Cover the jar loosely and place it in the refrigerator.
  3. A few times a day, gently agitate the jar the mixture will bubble.
  4. After 48 hours, when the bubbling stops, carefully remove the egg.
  5. The recipe says to take 1/2 teaspoon of this mixture daily, but with the added lemon 1/2 teaspoon would not equal 400 mgs of calcium, so it is hard to judge how much of the mixture to take in order to get enough calcium.
# 2 Lemon Eggshell:
  1. Fill a wide mouth jar with 3 clean, whole, uncracked eggs.
  2. Cover the eggs with freshly squeezed lemon juice it important that the lemons are very fresh or this mixture will not work right.
  3. Clove the jar tightly and place it in the refrigerator. You should start to see bubbles forming on the eggshells. That means the eggshells are being dissolved into the lemon juice. The mixture will gradually turn white.
  4. Gently agitate the jar a few minutes about 3 times a day.
  5. As soon as the bubbling stops it is ready to take. It should not take any longer than 36-48 hours. If you leave the mixture longer it will tend to get thick and the eggs will begin to absorb more of the lemon juice, or the eggs may split and leak into the mixture. Occasionally this mixture doesn’t work when the lemons are not fresh enough.
  6. Carefully remove the eggs without breaking the membrane, and use them as you would normally, i.e. in your raw egg drink. There will not be any shell left on the egg because it has been totally dissolved into the lemon juice, which is calcium citrate.
  7. Place a tight lid on the mixture that remains after the eggs have been removed, and shake it well.
  8. Take no more than one teaspoon per day initially because it can be very powerful. Start slowly. The amount may be gradually increased over time.
Bee’s note: The amount of this mixture to take is not easy to figure out. One eggshell (size is not stated) yields approximately 1,800 mgs of elemental calcium (amount that will be absorbed). Therefore 3 eggs would contain 5,400 mgs, divided by 400 mgs = approximately 13.5 doses.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING CRUSHED EGG SHELLS

Eggshell membranes contain substances like glucosamine and hyaluronic acid which improve joint elasticity and shock absorption.(2) This makes them ideal for fighting off conditions that affect the joints, ensuring they are kept as fully-functioning as possible.
Eating eggshells has also been linked to quickly decreasing pain in those afflicted with joint problems and keeping that pain away as time goes on.(2) 
Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D., says that osteoporosis can even be treated by eating eggshells, explaining that calcium is 90 percent absorbable by people’s bones, and that interestingly, the makeup of eggshells is incredibly similar to our teeth and bones. (3) In fact, they’re so similar to teeth that they’ve even been suggested as a way to regrow and remineralize teeth rather than face dental treatments that may be costly and involve use of harmful metals (or both).(4)
Calcium powder made from organic eggshells can be added to meals including drinks, smoothies, or blended in with oats.

How to Use Honey and Cinnamon Combination for Weight Loss

Both honey and cinnamon are well known for their healing benefits, and they have been popular used as medicine in many remedies as well. You know the nutritious and tasty of these two ingredients, but did you know that the combination of them can also be a booster for weight loss? They will not do this job alone, while combined them with the proper diet and exercise program can help you get your goal faster.
If you are still struggling to lose the unwanted pounds, why not try honey and cinnamon combination?
  
Honey and Cinnamon Combination for Weight Loss
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • a cup of hot water
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
Mix the cinnamon with hot water and let it cool down.
Add the honey to the mixture when the water cooling to a drinkable temperature, this will keep the honey’s nutritional value.
Stir and drink it.
How to Use This Remedy
It’s suggested to drink this mixture four times a day:
1. In the morning, half an hour before your breakfast. Drink it on an empty stomach will help you increase your metabolic rate and speed up the fat burning process.
2. Between meals, especially if you start feeling hungry and you experience food cravings. The mixture will lessen your appetite and also help you stay focused and alert throughout the day.
3. Consume this mixture before your workout will boost your energy for you to complete your exercise more better. Especially when you exercise on an empty stomach, drink this mixture instead of eating some foods will help you burn more calories, as the body does not need to digest foods during working out.
4. Before your bedtime, drink this mixture will give you a good night sleep and it will also help you combat the night time cravings. As it provides your stomach with the healthy substance to munch on.
Other Ways to Use Honey and Cinnamon Mixture as A Natural Remedy
Honey and Cinnamon for Boosting the Immune System
Used honey and cinnamon as a mixture regularly can improve your overall immune system, as both of them are with anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, which make the body strong enough to beat the harmful bacteria and viruses.
Honey and Cinnamon for Better Digestion
Take this mixture before meals will help you digest even the heaviest of meals, this is an effective natural cure for indigestion. It helps promote good bacteria in the colon thus promoting digestion and cleanses the colon by eliminating the toxins too.
Honey and Cinnamon Mixture Lowers Bad Cholesterol
Regular intake the honey and cinnamon mixture lowers bad cholesterol. For best result, mix 3 teaspoons of cinnamon and 2 teaspoon of raw honey in 4dl of green tea, drink 3 times a day. Bad cholesterol will decrease after a few days.
Honey and Cinnamon For Bad Breath
Gargle with the mixture first thing in the morning will make your breath fresh throughout the day.
Honey and Cinnamon For Cough
This mixture also reduces both dry and phlegmatic cough by clearing the phlegm from the chest. Drink it 2-3 times a day to relieve the symptoms of cough.
Honey and Cinnamon For Boosting Energy
You will feel more rested by drinking the mixture regularly, as it helps against fatigue and boost energy levels. Drink it in the morning and in the afternoon, and you will get many essential minerals and vitamins from both ingredients, such as calcium, iron, manganese, vitamin C and vitamin K.
Honey and Cinnamon For Protecting Stomach
This is a natural remedy to deal with some stomach problems, including bloating, gas and acid reflux. It protects the stomach wall by coating it to prevent these normal stomach problems, it also cleans the system of bad bacteria to prevent the infections.