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Common Household Problems,Less Known Home Solutions

In consumer forum, cookery/receipes, Family on October 1, 2012 at 12:17

We have forgotten what our parents and grand parents did to solve common household problems.

We now to resort to Technology, which is expensive, leaves side effects and does not solve the problem.

Now to some household issues and their remedies.

Vegetables .jpg.

Vegetables

TO…

Skinning Sweet Potatoes quickly.

Soak in Cold Water immediately after boiling.

Boil Potatoes quickly.

Peel off  the skin on one side and boil.Watch avideo under videos for a better method.

Avoid Tears while peeling Onions.

Drop the Onions in water and then peel;Chew Chewing Gum.

Avoid the Smell of cabbage while Cooking.

Keep a Piece of Bread in the vessel in which the Cabbage is being cooked.

Get Pure Ice

Boil Ware before Freezing.

Whiten White Clothes.

Add a piece of Lemon in Hot Water along with the Clothes.

Remove Ink stains from Clothes.

Apply toothpaste generously and let it Dry completely.

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Rising Food and Vegetable Prices.Why?

In Economy, India on January 11, 2011 at 07:45

Main reason for increase in vegetable /food prices is due to online trading of commodities,which goes on unchecked,farmland operations by corporations,shrinking area for food production(land is being sold for real estate) ,hoarding and bottle necks in idstiribution.

Unless these issues are addressed in time , situation could become worse and the government shall be a mute spectator.

Look at Indian Agriculture Ministerwho says he could not help it and Finance Minister who requests(?!) traders to release stocks and the sluggishness of the bureaucrats who let 200 tons of Onions imported from Pakistan rot in Mumbai port!

Story:

Last month, global food prices surpassed their mid-2008 records, according to a report out from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO’s food price index clocked in at 214.7 in December, up 4.2% in just a month, and breaking the previous record of 213.5 in June 2008.

“It will be foolish to assume this is the peak,” says FAO senior economist Abdolreza Abbassian. He calls the situation “alarming,” but dutiful bureaucrat that he is, he won’t call it a “crisis.”

Last month, global food prices surpassed their mid-2008 records, according to a report out from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The FAO’s food price index clocked in at 214.7 in December, up 4.2% in just a month, and breaking the previous record of 213.5 in June 2008.

“It will be foolish to assume this is the peak,” says FAO senior economist Abdolreza Abbassian. He calls the situation “alarming,” but dutiful bureaucrat that he is, he won’t call it a “crisis.”  Heck, even the Super Big Gulp ain’t what it used to be: Now with 9% less!

http://blogs.forbes.com/greatspeculations/2011/01/10/speculators-savor-it-but-consumers-rue-the-pinch-from-higher-food-prices/

Related:

- Record food prices will hit the world’s poorest hardest, raising the risk of riots, export bans, foreign-owned farmland expropriation and further price spikes fuelled by short-term investors……..

So far, experts say weather-related supply shocks — floods in Australia, drought in Argentina, dry weather and fires in Russia and potentially crop damaging frosts in Europe and North America — were largely to blame. But they worry politics and markets could soon take over to produce a vicious circle.

“The danger is that what happens now is that you get a second shock as countries can respond by imposing export bans and financial markets investors pile in for short-term investment, pushing prices much higher, as they did in 2008,” said Maximo Torero, divisional director for markets, trade and institutions at Washington DC’s International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

Russia imposed export restrictions last year after fires and drought. In 2008, IFPRI says at least 13 countries including Argentina, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, China, Ethiopian, Malaysia and Zambia imposed either export bans or taxes, further squeezing supply.

“Clearly what is needed is to increase production through appropriate investment in agriculture, to increase the information on stocks around the world, strengthen the regulation of the futures markets and to have safety net mechanisms to protect the poorest consumers,” he said.

Political risk insurers, who provide protection against dangers such as confiscation or political violence, are watching closely — although they say there has not yet been any direct impact on premiums.

“The potential is there for food riots and also for governments to take action such as embargos on food exports or nationalisation of assets involved in food production or storage in order to protect their people — not always necessarily for the sake of altruism but often to preserve their position as governments in office,” said a senior underwriter in the London political risk insurance market.

The highest risks of farmland expropriation remain in Latin America, insurers say — particularly Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador — but this is more down to local political factors than rising prices. The greatest impact of the recent rally could be on land deals in Africa, some suggest.

RISK MITIGATION STRATEGIES

The 2008 spike produced a flurry of interest in farmland purchases both from Western funds and richer emerging countries such as China and Gulf states keen to preserve their supplies.

While some deals fell through after the crash, others are now entering production. But they have proved controversial. Local anger over the purchase of Madagascan farmland by South Korean firm Daewoo was seen by some as a contributing factor in the island’s 2009 coup.

“The main risks will come where they are in an area where the population is short of food themselves and the deal is seen as being in some way inappropriately negotiated,” said Jonathan Wood, global issues analyst at Control Risks. “So many of these projects are in East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania. But a lot will depend on the individual deal.”

Some investors such as London-based funds Emergent Asset Management and Chayton Capital say a key part of their strategy has been to ensure such projects clearly benefit the local community, for example through local milling.

“Smart investors don’t own the land,” said Bond at the World Bank‘s MIGA. “They work with contract farmers and see the domestic market as their first and most important market. It makes sense from a risk mitigation strategy’

http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-53968020110106?pageNumber=2



Fruits , Vegetables in India highly toxic.

In Health on December 23, 2010 at 12:23

 


Indian veggies, fruits remain highly toxic
Durgesh Nandan Jha, TNN, Oct 30, 2010, 11.52pm IST

NEW DELHI: Rampant use of banned pesticides in fruits and vegetables continues to put at risk the life of the common man. Farmers apply pesticides such as chlordane, endrin and heptachor that can cause serious neurological problems, kidney damage and skin diseases. A study conducted by Delhi-based NGO Consumer-Voice reveals that the amount of pesticides used in eatables in India is as much as 750 times the European standards. The survey
collected sample data from various wholesale and retail shops in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

“Out of five internationally-banned pesticides, four were found to be common in vegetables sold in the Indian markets. Banned pesticides were found in
bitter gourd and spinach,” said Sisir Ghosh, head of Consumer-Voice.

The banned chemicals included chlordane, a potent central nervous system toxin, endrin, which can cause headache nausea and dizziness, and heptachlor that can damage the liver and decrease fertility.

Officials said the tests conducted on vegetables at the government-approved and NABL-accredited laboratory, Arbro Analytical Division, revealed that the
Indian ladies finger contained captan, a toxic

pesticide, up to 15,000 parts per billion (ppb) whereas ladies finger in the EU has captan only up to 20
ppb.

“Indian cauliflower can have Malathion pesticide up to 150 times higher than the European standards,” said an official.

The vegetables studied included potato, tomato, snake gourd, pumpkin, cabbage, cucumber and bottle gourd, among others. “We have informed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India about the excessive use of pesticides in fruits and vegetables that pose serious health hazards,” said
Ghosh. He added that strict monitoring from government agencies is required to check manufacture, import and use of banned pesticides. The pesticide residue limits have not been reviewed for the past 30 years, said Ghosh.

Earlier this month, the consumer organization had conducted tests on fruits sold in Indian markets which again showed that 12 fruits, including bananas, apple and grapes, had high quantity of pesticides, violating both Indian and European Union standards. The chemical contents found in fruits were endosuplhan, captan, thiacloprid, and parathion and DDT residues.

Article:

NEW DELHI: It is time to get careful while consuming fruits or vegetables.
The lush and leafy green cabbage and the ”fresh” apple may contain colors and chemicals that can lead to serious health problems.
Even after Delhi high court pulled up the state government on the issue, few steps have been taken to curb the use of harmful chemicals at vegetable markets. ”The chemicals can cause gastric ulcer, liver problems and kidney failure. People must be careful and wash fruits and vegetables properly
before use,” said Dr M P Sharma of Rockland Hospital.

Experts said bottle gourd is often injected with chemical like oxytocin for faster growth that can cause abnormal growth and other complications in
human beings.

”Fruits and vegetables are brought to Delhi from several parts of the country. To maintain their ‘freshness’ and get a better deal out of them,
suppliers and hawkers apply synthetic colors’ on vegetables and fruits which contain heavy metals like mercury and lead. Vendors and hawkers apply these colors particularly on vegetables like okra, beans and bitter gourd,” said Sugriv Dubey. He filed a PIL in HC on the issue following which the court sought explanation from the government on Thursday.

Fruit sellers use chemicals like copper sulphate and calcium carbide to ripen bananas and mangoes. Sources added that in farms, pesticides and
herbicides are used to excess to get better yield.

A few sellers admit some of them put chemicals in vegetables. ”We have no other option. We purchase fruits and vegetables at high price. If we sell
the over-ripened or dried up vegetables, no one will buy them,” said a vendor.

When contacted, Delhi health minister Kiran Walia said the prevention of food and adulteration department has collected samples of fruits and
vegetables from markets and those found guilty would be punished. The minister did not comment on the alleged shortage of field officers in the
department. The department recently purchased more than 20 refrigerators to preserve samples collected during raids.

Sudesh T Sachdeva, a fruit merchant at the Azadpur Mandi, claimed fruit sellers here do not use chemicals to ripen fruit. ”At mandi, we do not
apply any chemicals or colors. May be the farmers or the hawkers do it,” he said.

The news of chemicals in vegetables and fruits has left Delhites worried.
”I soak all fruits and vegetables in lukewarm water before use. We often find a ripe fruit with bitter pulp. This is definitely because chemicals are
being used,” said Promila Badhwar, a housewife.

Article:

NEW DELHI: How fresh and healthy are the vegetables that you consume daily?
Not much, according to the Union health ministry.

In a bid to make them look garden fresh and ensure that they grow faster to reach markets, farmers are using chemicals at random that threaten to cause serious health hazards to consumers.

Expressing concern, minister of state for health Dinesh Trivedi has said,
“Eating vegetables — a must for good health — may pose serious threat to health, causing nervous breakdowns, sterility and various neurotic
complications because of their chemical content.”

In a letter to Union health secretary K Sujatha Rao, Trivedi has called for immediate action against farmers involved in such unscrupulous acts.

The letter outlines that the health benefits of consuming green vegetables as a staple diet finds “a sharp contradiction in the present day context”.
Farmers are blatantly using hormone shots to help vegetables at a faster rate. “These hormones may cause irreparable damage to our health, if consumed over a period of time,” Trivedi wrote.

Oxytocin is the most commonly-used hormone, which was earlier primarily prescribed for pregnant women.

However, the Schedule H drug has been banned since then.

“The hormone can be used only on animals, leave alone vegetables. The even more shocking element is that the public/authorities may also be aware of
this Oxytocin. In local parlance, it has got many names starting from cocin and ‘paani to dawai’, and is available at almost all the general stores,”
the letter said.

Oxytocin is a mammalian hormone, which also acts as a neurotransmitter in brain. The hormone is used clinically to help begin or to continue labor,
to control bleeding after delivery and to stimulate the secretion of breast
milk.

“Researchers have proved that the indiscriminate use of Oxytocin injections by farmers has been causing health hazards. Oxytocin is being used by fruit and vegetable growers, who administer it to the plants and climbers which grow faster and get ready for sale,” warned the letter.

The injection is mainly being administered to vegetables like pumpkin, watermelon, brinjal, gourd and cucumber.

Trivedi also pointed to the rampant use of chemicals like copper sulphates for artificially colouring both fruits and vegetables. The minister hoped that the adverse effects of these toxins are scrutinised and their wanton usage monitored and looked into immediately.

Milch cows are also administered Oxytocin to augment production of milk.

Calcium carbide is used in fruits for ripening, but can harm eyes and lungs, besides causing severe irritating and burning sensation of skin. Also, it
may lead to irritation in mouth and throat, and if inhaled can cause both coughing and wheezing

Related:

You know the Environmental Working Group‘s super-helpful list of the most-pesticide-laden fruits and veggies? Well, there’s a Big Aglobby group called the Alliance for Food and Farming that’s trying to debunk it. And the USDA just gave the lobbyists $180,000 to aid their smear campaign, The Atlantic reports.

So exactly who’s behind the Alliance for Food and Farming? According to SourceWatch, its board of directors includes honchos from the California Strawberry Commission, the California Tomato Farmers, the Produce Marketing Association, and the California Association of Pest Control Advisors, among other industry groups. The AFF’s main argument: “Promotion of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list actually makes the work of improving the diets of Americans more difficult because it scares consumers away from the affordable fruits and vegetables that they enjoy.”

Riiiight. Considering that the EPA freely admits that pesticides can cause “birth defects, nerve damage, cancer, and other effects,” it’s totally boneheaded to suggest that raising consumer awareness about pesticides is making Americans less healthy. What’s more, it’s not like the Environmental Working Group is suggesting you give up on produce entirely and stock your fridge with Mountain Dew instead. In fact, EWG explicitly states that the list isn’t meant to discourage people from eating their veggies. From the FAQ:

Do all these pesticides mean I shouldn’t eat fruits and vegetables?

No, eat your fruits and vegetables! The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.

The bottom line: The more you know about your food, the better. Period.

http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2010/11/government-attacks-most-pesticide-laden-fruits-and-veggies-list

 

Macrobiotic Diet for Health.

In Health on July 9, 2010 at 21:16

Very true.Note that non vegetarian food is excluded.
Indian Philosophical treatises stress the fact that natural food is to be consumed.
Human Nature is broadly divided into three categories.
Contented,self reliant and calm
Highly energetic,active and passionate .
Inactive,dull and depressed.
These three characteristics are present in every human being and the combination of these factors vary depending on predisposition, and habit.Also these characteristics vary from one moment to another.
The first mentioned is ideal when you become healthy, strong both physically and mentally.You shall be in control of your mind and emotions and you shall be self reliant and self contented.
This can be achieved by diet;for your thinking is determined by what you eat and you become what you think.
For instance if you take pungent, spicy food you become hyperactive , easily swayed by emotions.On the other hand if you take mainly dairy food and vegetables you not only become healthy but you can manage your emotions.
Therefore Diet is given pride of place in Indian Philosophy.
There are foods to avoid.
-Spicy,pungent,stale,food that is too hot or that is too cold;
that is not cleaned,that is over cooked/under cooked;non vegetarian food including egg.
Suggested food.
Grains, Vegetables,roots,Milk products
Also it is necessary that the food be prepared by people who love you.In fact Sanskrit texts say ‘That food is best that is prepared by self; next that is prepared by one’s Mother,Sister,Daughter and Wife in that order.Any thing other than this is equivalent to poison’
Mental vibrations do play an important part in preparing the food.
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http://www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/macrobiotic-diet.htm

Story:
Macrobiotics is an Oriental theory that lays down guidelines for promoting wellbeing and longevity through systematic diet consisting mainly of whole grains and beans. Macrobiotics is made up of two Greek words, Macro meaning the bigger picture and Bios meaning life. It is basically more a way of life than a specific diet that was followed in Japan.

The macrobiotic diet probably originated with the teachings of a nineteenth century Japanese natural healer, Sagen Ishizuka. It was introduced to the West by George Ohsawa, a teacher in Japan who studied the eating habits of ancestors, followed the dietary principles of Sagen Ishizuka and claimed to have been cured of a life threatening disease—tuberculosis.

Macrobiotic Diet

Chinese philosophy describes the Yin and the Yang as the two opposite, but complementary cosmic forces that operate in all areas of life. Macrobiotics extends the principles of the Yin and the Yang to the realm of food and cooking. The main tenets of the macrobiotic diet are Yin and Yang, meaning Expansive and Contractive forces that are inherent in any food we intake. Ohsawa said if we balance the contractive and expansive forces we will stay away from diseases and live a healthy, happy life. Ohsawa’s original macrobiotic diet was considered too restrictive by many dieticians and the Kushi diet popularized in North America by Michio Kushi in 1978 is seen as a popular alternative to Ohsawa’s macrobiotic diet.

The nutritional aspect of the macrobiotic diet holds to the principle that the body can exist in harmony with Nature and recover its natural good health. It is important to note here that the diet should be based on foods native to ones’ own climate, as this helps in achieving that “natural balance”. The diet should constitute of the following components:-

Reduce weight -No pills , no slimming course.

In Health on June 18, 2010 at 09:15


Follow the link to plan your diet.
It may be added that there is no conclusive evidence as to why some put on weight and how some never gain.
It is attributed to genes,ethnicity as well as diet.
Essential is that you do not go starving in the name of diet.This might result in your losing essential factors that constitute your health.
Suggested course is that you burn your energy by your accustomed activity.If you have sedentary habits, take a walk;walking should be at your normal pace, not jogging;walk till you think you can,no fixed distance is indicated.preferable walk in the early morning.
Most importantly,DO NOT GO TO CLINICS, which offer slimming courses, as it is not supported by hard science.
A relative of mine expired because of a dieting clinic.
Beware.
Preferable you avoid non vegetarian food.avoid junk food and snacks.
For more details read my blogs filed under ‘Health’

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/health/interactives/diet/index.html

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