Dietary Curcumin and Health

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.

The Price of Facile Wealth: Confessions of a Prostitute

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.


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.[1]  This number has not changed in a hundred years.  Yet prostitution is a growing profession.  More depressing, is that prostitutes …