A polyphenol antioxidant, curcumin is well known in Asia for its anti-inflammatory, antimutagenic, antimicrobial, and anticancer properties. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory capacity, curcumin is able to exert several therapeutic effects. They include improvement insulin sensitivity, suppression of fat-cell proliferation, reduction of hypertension and inflammation. In addition, the entire family of active compounds within turmeric (curcuminoids) decreases circulating triglycerides and total cholesterol but elevate good cholesterol.
Oxidative Stress: Free Radical Build up Oxidative stress is the disparity between free radical build up and the ability of the body to eliminate or detoxify their deleterious effects by antioxidants. Oxidative stress accelerates aging. Studies show that the lower the metabolic rate, the greater the life span. Conversely, the higher the metabolic rate, the …
Free radical build up contributes to a host of chronic age-related diseases. Elimination can be achieved with dietary antioxidants found in foods containing substances like resveratrol and curcurmin. This chapter discusses the role of high antioxidant foods in extending life.
Describes the role of high antioxidant foods in preventing diseases and extending life.
This piece describes the role of two vitamins in protecting us against the ravages of age and chronic diseases.
The Gotti story is illustrative of the consequences of indolence. It demonstrates the indescribable agony one endures in the pursuit of unearned luxury. Implicit is the notion that hard work brings rich rewards.
As his mansions quietly decomposed in the tropical moisture, they too serve as a poignant reminder of the futility of ill-gotten wealth – it decomposes as well.
As a courtesan, Natalia McLennan lived the melodic life. Her lifestyle embodied the path of least resistance: she reveled in a surfeit of money and love. In this fabled existence, she splayed her legs in far flung destinations in enviable style. Hence, in a two-month period she crisscrossed the country at the expense of her clients. Though it is difficult to compute the wealth amassed over her fleeting career, she made unwarranted amounts of money. Soothing her expensive taste, she splurged on pricey jewelry and other designer accessories. But the easy life on the fast track is a date with disaster and the contours of her life was predestined to validate this aphorism. In hot pursuit of self-indulgence, she became ensnared in a web of whoredom. After six months of uninterrupted whoring and drug-binging, her flight of sexual escapades begun its descent with deadly velocity. Hospitalized, broke and friendless she ended up in prison. In a stinging rebuke to the profession, she rued that prostitution is but a senseless degradation of the human spirit. In her words: In its purest, darkest form, it’s horrible. Hers is not a lone voice. On May 14, 2012, her enabler and pimp, Jason Itzler, was sentenced to four years in prison. Like Iceberg Slim and Polly Adler, Natalia McLennan ended up with where she began, with nothing – the price of a facile wealth.
Polly Adler was a madam whose career span 20-years. She ran a high-end bordello catering to the rich and famous. After clashing with authorities, she realized that the soil upon which the seeds of her labors were sown were sterile. Despite the success of her book, she died hungry and destitute.
The Perils of Prostitution: The Grim Reality The grim statistics against prostitution is harshly revealing. While 73% of prostitutes reported having experienced physical assault, over 92% stated that they wanted to escape the abhorrent life immediately. This number has not changed in a hundred years. Yet prostitution is a growing profession. More depressing, is that prostitutes …