TaN: For capital-strapped countries, low-tech solutions should be the emphasis – where cash is not the People and societies are getting more stupid as the influence of industrialization and of consumerism continues to drive our development. It is absolutely illogical and inane to insist on hi-tech solutions where money is scarce.
As a case in point, in a news topic some weeks ago, the topic of cooties (as body and head lice) came up, and chemical solutions were proposed as a way of countering them. This is the typical “solution” but not the best – but the general public has been conditioned not to go for the best but for the “modern” solution. The best solution – best in the sense that it is cheap because the ingredients can be sourced from the kitchen, that it is safe because the ingredients can be ingested, and that it is simple to carry out – uses only starch (corn, tapioca/cassava, etc), water, and a towel.
The procedure is: prepare the solution; moisten the hair – or fur, if you are apply it to the fleas and the ticks of your pets – thoroughly [it should not be too wet else everything will be drippy and not as effective]; apply the solution generously – messy but not dripping – and massage it into the scalp (or the skin); let the solution sit for at least an hour. [A towel or cloth may be wrapped or covered to making a big mess.] After an hour or longer, rinse the solution off. It will be necessary to repeat it a few more times because the solution will not be able to target the eggs.
The “magic” solution is simply a starch solution but the consistency should be thick – enough to stand a chopstick but not so thick that it will not spread smoothly. By the way, the solution should have as little lumps as possible.
This technique works because ticks and fleas – and cooties – need air to breathe. By coating every strand of hair/fur with a thick starch solution clogs up their air passages and effectively suffocating them. It takes a while of smothering to ensure that them varmints are asphyxiated. No need for any chemicals or toxic substances to be mixed into the starch solution. Starch is completely edible and very cheap.
Another case in point is the problem of worms (i.e., most parasitic intestinal worms) where the best solution – again, best because it is non-toxic, cheap, and efficiently effective. Simply use papaya seeds. It has worked for my friend’s nephew, his pet dog, and host of others who believed in me and tried it.
To use: dry roast papaya seeds on a pan; grind them into powder; mix it into any food. Wait a day or so and watch the “magic” go to work. Or, a much faster way is to include the seeds when you eat papaya.
All this is only to illustrate that we do not need high-tech solutions to everyday problems. All it takes is a little imagination and some common sense (which everybody has hence the adjective “common”, but it may appear to be absent in some because they may have it but are not using it). Even complicated problems can be solved with simple, inexpensive, and practical solutions.
Remember: There is always more than one solution to a problem and the best solution is always the simplest.
TaN: All this anxiety over saturated fat being unhealthy is unfounded and needless. We are focusing on – or our attention is being manipulated and redirected to – the wrong culprit. Because most of us are either too lazy to think for ourselves or too intellectually-challenged, we have become easy targets for mis-information campaigns – to manipulate our minds into a particular agenda.
Everything is simple yet complicated, at the same time. It is simple because fat is essential to good health and there is no such thing as bad fat. As explain in previous blogs, nothing (but man) can be truly good or bad. If used in the intended manner, it is always good, otherwise it will be bad.
First, (nutrient) fats can be classified into saturated and unsaturated. Saturated means that the molecular structure is very stable and will resist rancidity and oxidation, while unsaturated means the opposite. This is a reason why cooking – i.e., heating – with unsaturated fats required that (at most) it should be discarded after the second time, whereas saturated fats can be re-used up to ten times (depending on the quality and the type of saturated fat).
There are only two known sources of beneficial or healthy saturated fat: coconut oil and mother’s milk. Other sources of saturated fat are animals and are generally considered “unhealthy” – though is not exactly true. One reason why coconut oil and mother’s milk are good saturated fats is because their fatty acids are medium-chains. The general rule is that the longer the chain (of carbons), the more it tends to be solid at room temperature and the higher its melting point. Moreover, before the body can use the fat, the chains must be broken down into shorter ones. (For more, one good source of information is: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-fatty-acids.aspx.)
Furthermore, the argument that eating fats that are solid at body temperature will mean that your blood vessels will have tiny bits of solid fats floating and clogging them does not make sense when you consider that carnivores eat solid fats too. Does this mean that they will have clogged blood vessels too and die of massive heart attacks or strokes? I have not read of anything regarding carnivores having heart attacks and strokes in the wild. In fact, you will notice – when you watch carnivores n the wild eat their prey – that most of them do not hesitate to consume the internal organs (which are supposed to be full of “bad” cholesterol and “bad” fats). The key to digesting animal proteins properly is to have the proper enzyme and in enough quantities – in this case, the enzyme is protease.
Another key is an enzyme called uricase. It enables the digestive system to metabolize and breakdown proteins and make the nutrients available to the body. However, uricase is present in abundance only in carnivores and less in omnivores and in small quantities in herbivores. Unfortunately, man claims to be an omnivore but is really an herbivore. The proteins that we can metabolize are those from plant sources – like from nuts and seeds, from legumes, and from lentils. This is the principal reason why meat-eating people are prone to arthritis – the uric acid, which is a waste product of breaking down animal protein, cannot be properly handled by our bodies and these uric acid crystals are now deposited in the joints, which give rise to arthritis (mostly gout).
Finally, there are certain races who have developed – over the generations – the ability to cope with eating meat and fats mainly because they live and survive in environments that have no or little plant foods. If we want to consume fats and meat, we have to spend generations in such environments in order for our descendants to develop and acquire this ability and to produce uricase in enough quantities.