The Cruelest of Things

There is an old saying, the nicest of deeds never go unpunished… wait what? Let me elaborate with some of this twisted tells..

Better late then never?

Michael Durant, a 31 year old bus driver, was cut his wage because he was late at work… The boss didn’t believe his excuse  that he had to stop to help a man in his burning car.

-Esquire, January 1995

Losing is not an option!!!

Boomer Esiason, quarterback of New York Jets, was driving home after his teams 28-24 defeat to the Miami Dolphins . Until he suddenly saw a crashed car, he jumped out and helped out the old lady. She was crying and her car was trashed. But the first thing she said to Esiason. She looked at Esaison and said ” Boomer?”, Esaison said ” Yes”. She said you really stink, how’d you lose the game today?”.

That’s what you get.

Lorne Murdock, a truck driver saw a delivery truck collide with car, he jumped out of his car and went out to help the injured. On the other of things, someone stole Murdock’s 1980 AMC Spirit truck. Murdock had some sad words” It’s incredible,  you try to save someone’s life and something like this happens, do the right thing and stuff like this happen”.

– Santa Rosa Press Democrat, May 2, 1993

Honor Of Valor

In 1982, Timothy George, a worker at a restaurant in Vallejo, California. Chased a man who had stolen from a customer, he caught up the man somewhere outside. And gave the customer all his money back but he was fired for leaving his job.

Unsual Lawsuits

The Plaintiff: A Chinese restaurant in Stansted, England

The Defendant: Kevin Clifford, a customer

The Lawsuit: Kevin Clifford entered the Chinese food restaurant and ordered a large meal. He was so hungry he couldn’t wait. The smell was making him go even more crazier, a few moments later he lost control and started eating leaves of the plants on the tables. Before his ordered meal arrived he had time to eat all the leaves of every pot.

The Verdict: I believe waiting for the meal would have been more profitable for Kevin, the lawsuit went on to cost him 700$.

The Plaintiff: Donald Dusky

The Defendant: God, the almighty ruler of the monotheistic religions.

The Lawsuit: In 1999, Dusky was fired from his job and he blamed this God. He said after losing his job god didn’t take “corrective actions”. He asked to be granted guitar playing skills , resurrection of his dead pigeon or his mother

The Verdict: Since God decided not to show up, Dusky claimed himself the winner… Aside from the stories of a burning place with mercy called hell, God is a nice guy eh..

The Plaintiff: Nellie Mitchell, a 98 woman from Arkansas

The Defendant: Globe International, The Sun, newspaper/tabloid.

The Lawsuit: The sun featured a story about some old lady and they inserted the picture of Nellie on the paper. Nellie charged for invasion of privacy.

The Verdict: The jury awarded her 1.5millioon U.S but later reduced to 850,000$. Not bad, old Nellie, not bad at all…

Many more stories like this.. I might post some at another time.

Mister or Mistress ?

Before the current modern, well educated society, people didn’t believe men and women were capable of the equal. But some women went far to realize their dreams and these are the tales of those brave ladies.

Dr. James Barry

A British army surgeon and pioneer of many medical breakthroughs.. Barry wanted to go a reputed medical university which was a man only university at the time. The university of Edinburgh in 1808, Barry quickly managed to become the most famous students and then one of the best doctors in England. The medic wasn’t a soft spoken person he often picked fights with his colleagues and flirted with the ladies…alot. All the hates he got from his colleagues put him in early retirement.

In 1865, Barry died at the age of 73, that also seemed strange cause men would always die younger except for a few. Something everyone, who worked with him in the army realized, was that they never saw him naked and later from his body they discovered he was a women. How can some keep  such a big secret till their death, they can’t? Many people believed that her bosses knew she was women. So discrimination wasn’t really that bad back then or was it?

Charlie Parkhurst

He was known as one of the toughest stagecoaches drivers of the old west.  Parkhurst worked in a stage company in California. He was 5″7, strong upper body, gambled and liked to chew tobacco. Parkhurst always told everyone that he was an orphan. His friends noticed a few things about him, he never had facial hair, they thought he had a fetish against facial hair, he never went to the prostitutes with his friends and never slept in the same bad as his men friend. Other then those weird things about him, he was an ordinary guy.

In late 1860, Parkhurst was forced out of his job because of an illness. In December 31, 1879, he died in his home in the woods in Watsonville,California. A doctor who checked his body, noticed that it was a female. She had died of cancer and was once pregnant. One secret she did keep was, her identity. Till this day nobody know who that woman was.

Billy Tipton

A popular jazz musician from Washington from the 1930s and 1980s. He got married more then once, and the last one was the longest with Kitty Oakes. He had 3 children, all adopted. He said he couldn’t have normal sex because of some kind of injury. Even many of his fans suspected him because of his high pitch feminine voice.

In 1989, Tipton died out of a bleeding ulcer. He was 74 when it happened and the paramedics who attended his body discovered that he was a women, Katty apparently already knew that. His children were surprised, nobody had told them until the funeral that their dad was a woman. But they still remembered her as their dad.

Interesting facts about Lavender

To many of us, the term Lavender reminds of the soothing perfume it spreads around, and, might be in every man’s toiletries, used in shaving and facial creams.

Lavender is nothing but a small aromatic evergreen shrub that belongs to the mint family. The leaves of the shrub would be narrow and the flowers will be of a bluish-purple color.

Lavender is not just used for making perfumes, oils, soaps and scented sachets. In fact, it has a long history of healing and the purposes for which it is used in medicine is much more than its usage as a perfume.

Some of the medicinal and other benefits of lavender are given below:

The dried flowers of the lavender can be sewn into a pouch and tucked under your pillow in the bed to restore restful sleep devoid of any disturbances.

Lavender is also the help to look to when you are feeling anxious or tense. It has been discovered in research that lavender increases the type of brain waves associated with relaxation. Add some lavender oil to a diffuser to disperse the scent throughout a room. If you do not have a diffuser, add 3 drops of lavender oil to a bowl of steaming water and inhale the steam. If time permits, you can add lavender bath oil or 5 drops of essential oil to bathwater for a stress-busting soak.

Massage oils are often infused with lavender. The essential oils in lavender are easily absorbed through the skin and their sedative effects on the central nervous system can help you to feel relaxed.

Lavender oil has minor pain-killing properties. It appears to reduce the transmission of nerve impulses that carry pain signals. Mix a few drops of the oil into a tablespoon of carrier oil and rub it in. Lavender also relieves itching, thanks to its anti-inflammatory action. It is the perfect remedy for insect bites and stings.

Cancer specialists have observed that monoterpenes, a class of chemical compounds in lavender, appear to inhibit the development of cancerous cells and may help to prevent them from multiplying. While it is too early to say for certain that lavender has beneficial effects on cancer, early results are promising enough and as such, essential oils are being tested in clinical studies for possible anti-cancer potential.

Interesting facts about grains

Grains are some of the basic ingredients that we consume on a daily basis to get the requisite energy.

Grains refer to the family of cereals that is one of the primary components of any food that we eat to get the required energy.

Grains are an excellent source of starchy carbohydrates as well as dietary fibers. It is a good source for vitamins and mineras such as Vitamin B, iron, niacin and riboflavnin.

The salient feature of grain as a component of the daily meal is that it is very economical than other types of foods that include meat, fish or other staples of diet.

What are the commom varieties of grains?

The common products that can be easily identified as grains include –

  • Barley
  • Corn
  • Oats
  • Rice, and
  • Wheat

Barley is the staple food which is consumed the most by the people living in the Middle East countries. As a soluble source of fiber, barley contains Vitamin B and rich source of minerals that include magnesium, zinc, phosporous and iron. The slightly sweet taste that this grain offers makes it an ideal choice of addition for salads, casseroles as well as pilafs.

Corn, an ancient grain corp, and variants that include maize and millets, is an important type of grain that is grown in Asia as well as North America the most. This grain is very useful for consumption by people especially those suffering with celtac disease. Millets can be used in the preparation of tasty flat breads.

Oat is a type of grain that can be used for breakfast. Oat bran helps in lowering the blood cholesterol levels because of the high soluble fiber content present in them. Oats also helps in effective utilization of the insulin produced in the body.

Rice is one of the grains that is consumed by more than half of the total population across the world. The unrefined brown rice is a rich source of fiber and vitamins in the group of B Vitamins. Useful amounts of phosporous and calcium are also present in brown rice.

Wheat is also one of the varieties of grains and is also the mostly widely consumed grain in the world. If the husk or the outer cover of the whole gain is not removed and consumed as a whole grain, the benefits would be more and will be more nutritious.

Useful diet tips for sports persons to enhance their performance

It is but true that in order to emerge as a successful sports person, one needs to do a lot of exercises and practice with dedication and involvement.

In addition to the exercises and practice, healthy and planned food is also essential for enhancing the performance, by providing the right amount of fuel and energy at the right time.

To get that extra edge over the other sports persons and stand-out in the crowd, a typical sportsperson requires the correct combination of food and exercises. In this article, let us concentrate on the food-related tips for enhancing the performance.

Preferred source of fuel is carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are the most preferred source of fuel for the people in general, and in particular, to the sports persons involving in physical activity. A sports person’s daily carbohydrate requirement can range between 2.7 grams to 4.5 grams per pound or 6 grams to 10 grams per kilogram of body weight of a sports person. Breads, grains, cereals, pasta, fruits and vegetables provide the high-octane fuel for the muscles for the sports persons.

Increased intake of fluids

During high activity, fluid losses increase the risk of cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. As a sport person, one should drink before, during and after an event as part of the exercise routine. As a sportsperson, get into the habit of drinking lots of fluids even on days when you are not working out. Water, sports drinks, fruit and vegetable juices are the ideal choices for fluid. One should drink anywhere between 400 ml to 600 ml of fluid two hours before a workout or exercise, and around 150 ml to 350 ml of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes during exercise.

Timing the meals is very essential

As a sports person, if you are running a race or competing in an event, you should have a low-fat, high-carbohydrate meal at least two to three hours before hand. Eat foods that you are familiar with and that you can digest easily. If you have food in your stomach when you are working out, blood in the body is diverted away from your digestive tract to your working muscle leading to cramps and a heavy feeling.

In addition to the above mentioned important diet tips, one should also consider the following points

  • 1.Try to load carbohydrates before starting events that might long more than 90 minutes
  • 2.Replenish carbohydrate after exercises
  • 3.Replace the sodium and potassium lost during exercises with food

By following some or all of these tips, one can enhance the performance in the sports activities he takes up for gaining expertise.

Understanding diabetes and living with it

One of the common words we often hear from a middle-aged or an old person is that he or she is a diabetic patient. It is also quite common to see some persons, though fond of eating, avoid some types of foods and beverages citing diabetes as one prime reason.

What actually is diabetes?

It is a well-known fact that our body is made up of a large number of cells and the functioning of the cells is essential for the life. The cells need energy for functioning and it is for this reason that we consume food in one form or the other. The food we intake is converted into glucose and this glucose is used by the cells to get energy for effective functioning of the various parts.

If the process of transferring the glucose in the bloodstream to the cells breaks down, then the person is said to be a diabetic or suffering from Diabetes. In other words, diabetes is a condition in which the process that transfers glucose into the cells from the bloodstream breaks down. As a result of this breakdown, the cells will not get the required energy, and the glucose content in the bloodstream, not transferred to the cells, gets increased, resulting in high sugar content or glucose content in the bloodstream.

What causes a breakdown in the transfer of glucose to the cells? Before answering this question, we should understand how the glucose is transferred to the cells?

The pancreas present in the liver secretes a hormone called insulin. It is this insulin, which is responsible for transporting the glucose from the blood to the cells. Now, coming to the earlier question, if the cells are not receptive to insulin or if adequate insulin is not secreted by the pancreas, then the transfer process from blood to the cells would get affected.

Diabetes can be caused in either of the two cases and as such, diabetes is of two types – Type I diabetes and Type-II diabetes.

If insulin produced in the body is not sufficient for the total requirement by the body, then it is called as Type-II diabetes. In this type, the cells resist the message from insulin to let blood glucose inside the cells. In other words, the cells become insulin-resistant.

In Type-I diabetes, the immune system in the body destroys the very cells in the pancreas which create the hormone called insulin. If there is no production of insulin in the body, then glucose in the blood could not be transferred to the cells for energy. The glucose stays in the blood stream and the content of glucose gets increased in blood, leading to high blood sugar and might lead to further complications such as heart attack, leg amputation, stroke, blindness and kidney failure.

What is clear from this discussion about diabetes is that the level of glucose content and the effective distribution of this glucose to the cells is what determines the diabetic condition of a person. Glucose is generated in the body through the food we take. Thus, the quantity and quality of the food we take and the amount of sugar content in the food we take is what determines the level of sugar or glucose in the blood and its effective distribution to the cells.

The moment a person is told by the Doctor that he is suffering from diabetes, or that he is a diabetic patient, the first thing that comes to mind is that he needs to curb his eating and stay away from sugar. However, one need not panic or get worried of being deprived of eating the food of his choice or regulating his food intake. With an effective understanding of the food we intake, we can have an effective control over the blood sugar levels and can, in fact, lead a life of satisfaction.

Diabetes is not a killer disease and the level of glucose in the bloodstream can be effectively kept under check, with planned intake of nourished foods and beverages.

A primer on the role of minerals in our body

Minerals play an important role in the effective functioning of the body. While there a number of minerals that may be present in the food we consume to keep our self energetic and healthy, around 20 minerals are considered to be very vital for the body requirements.

Why do we need the minerals?

It is the minerals that enable the muscles in our body to contract as well as relax and also transmits the impulses through the nerves. Most of the minerals are found in the form of soluble salts, and these minerals helps in regulating the composition of fluids in the body. Minerals enable chemical reactions to take place in the body such as breaking down the components of the food and effective utilization of the same.

Where do we get the minerals from?

The major source for minerals is none other than the plants which absorb these from the soil. It has been found that a wholesome food comprising fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts contains the essential minerals that are needed for the body.

What are those essential minerals?

The following are the most essential or vital elements that every person needs for a healthy life.

Calcium: This is one of the essential minerals that is required for the functioning of the muscles, maintenance of the cell membranes, and also for nerve functions.

Any deficiency in this vital mineral at any stage of the life might lead to the risk of developing osteoporosis.

Chlorine: This minerals plays an important role removing the excess sodium in the body and as such, is deemed to be very effective in preventing high blood pressure. It also plays an important part in helping digest the proteins.

Magnesium: This mineral plays a vital role in metabolizing calcium and potassium. Magnesium is required to ensure correct and effective functioning of the nervous system and also in regulating the temperature of the body.

Phosphorus: This mineral is essential for the bones and the teeth, and working in tandem with calcium, helps in the release of energy.

Potassium: This mineral is required for healthy functioning of the cells. Also this mineral, in association with sodium, helps in regulating the body fluids.

Sodium: This mineral, working in association with potassium, helps in ensuring a constant balance of bodily fluids.

Iron: Iron is an essential mineral that helps in the formation of haemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood. The deficiency of this important mineral leads to aneamia.

Manganese: As a component of the enzyme system, this mineral plays an important role in reproduction.

Molybdenum: Molybdenum is a mineral that helps in ensuring the effective functioning of iron in the body.

Selenium: This mineral acts as an antioxidant, working in tandem with Vitamin E, and helps in preserving the structure as well as functioning of the membranes.

Zinc: Zinc is an essential mineral that is required for the growth as well as synthesis of proteins. Zinc also plays an important part in healing the wounds and also in the development of reproductive organs.

Apart from these essential minerals, some amount of Chromium, copper and iodine are also needed for the effective maintenance of the body. These three minerals are referred to as Trace Minerals.

A primer on Vitamins that our body needs

One of the key components that keeps us functioning normally on a day-to-day basis is the contentof vitamins in our normal consumption of food intake.

What are these vitamins?

Vitamins are nothing but essential chemicals that our body requires, of course in small quantities, for effective functioning of the body on a daily basis. There is not just one single vitamin that is consumed by the body but there are a number of vitamins, and each of the those vitamins have different roles to play. More than one vitamin combines with the other as well to keep the body running. The vitamins we need on a daily basis have been categoized as Vitamin A, Group of vitamins under the head Group B, Folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.

While it is imperative that all the people do need some dosage of vitamins on a daily basis, vitamins could be of immense use to growing children, elderly people, women who are pregnant, and newly crowned mothers lactating the infants. Vitamins are needed the most by the people who have suffered from a minor ailment and are in the process of returning to normal condition.

The vitamins needed by the body can be broadly classified in to two broad groups – water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins.

The food we consume, the fruits, vegetables, starch, fiber and complex carbohydates – whatever may the mixture and composition of the meal we take – include vitamins and are effectively segregated in the digestive system of the body and is put to effective use for the body requirements.

Vitamins are broadly divided into two groups – water-soluble vitamins and fat soluble vitamins.

The vitamins categorized under the B Group, Vitamin C and folate are some of the examples for water-soluble vitamins. These vitamins dissolve in the blood as well as tissue cells easily and as such cannot be stored for a longer period of time. Also, these water-soluble vitamins are vulnerable to heat.

On the other hand, fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the fatty tissues as well as liver. These fat-soluble vitamins are generally found to be more stable than water-soluble vitamins. However, these fat-soluble vitamins, comprising of Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K, might be very sensistive to air well as light.

Each of the vitamins have specific purpose and role in the well-being of the body.

Vitamin A: This vitamin is essential for growth of the body and especially helps in keeping the skin as well as mucuous membranes in a healthy manner.

Vitamin B group: This group of vitamins comprise Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. Vitamins falling under this group are very essential for the effective functioning of the digestive system, the immune system, the circulatory system, the nervous system, the brain and also for the production of new blood cells.

Folate: This type of vitamin is essential for the formation of new cells and especially the growth of the baby in the womb of the mother. It is also vital for the normal growth and development of the children.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is essential for the health of the connective tissues such as collagen and bone cartillage. Vitamin C also helps in absorbing the iron content and also aids in speedy recovery from injuries and or illness.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D is required by the body for absorbing calcium and phosphorous minerals. This vitamin also ensures sound formation of bones and teeth.

Vitamin E: This vitamin actsas an antioxidant and plays an important role in protecting cell membranes from oxidation. It also prevents blocking-up of the artery walls in the heart, and thus protect from heart-related diseases.

Vitamin K: This is a vitamin that aids in the formation of protein in the body and also helps blod clotting.

A right mix of the appropriate vitamins in the right quantities will ensure that you have a healthy life by eating the right mix of food in right quantities.

Interesting facts about melons

Do you know what is the fruit that is resorted to for beating the heat?

It is the water melon, one of the many varieties of melon. The high water content in this fruit makes it is not only the ideal fruit to beat the heat, but also very a nutritious fruit with a sweet and flavory taste.

Melons provide innumerable benefits to the consumers. Among the many varieties of melons available in the world, the yellow varieties are found to be rich in Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. In addition to Vitamin A, melons are found to have useful contents of Vitamin C as well as potassium mineral. Some of the melon varieties have been also discovered to have rich content of pectin, a soluble fiber that is found to be of immense use in controlling blood cholesterol levels.

There are a number of varieties of melons available. The chief among these groups include water melon, honeydew, casaba, canteloupe, crenshaw and Persian.

It has been found that a canteloupe, a yellow variety of melon, is a rich source of beta carotene, which is converted by the body to Vitamin A. One-fourth of a canteloupe is discovered to have contained as many as 55 milligrams of Vitamin C, that is more than 60% of the Recommended Diatery Allowance or RDA. In addition, the canteloupe also includes more than 600 Retinol Equivalent of beta carotene, about 320 milligrams of potassium and only 46 calories.

Honeydews, one of the many varieties of melons, are also found to be very low in calorie content but have rich content of Vitamin C, and is also found to be an excellent source of potassium.

Watermelons, on the other hand, is a type of melon that has high calorie content and is an ideal choice to beat the heat in summer days. A piece of water melon, about 2.5 cm size, is found to contain as much as 100 calories, but contrary to other types of melons, contains relatively lesser amount of Vitamin C and also potassium.

One very essential feature of this melon is that it is a rich source of pectin, soluble fiber that is useful in keeping the blood cholesterol levels under check.

Due to the non-existence of the starch content in this type of fruit, there is no possibility of the fruit ripening after they are picked up from the vine. As such, any melon picked up from the vine cannot ripen and achieve its peak flavor.