Monthly Archives: April 2012

4/6/12 – FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY: Celebrate Treasured Polish Custom of “Pisanki’ Coloring, Displaying of Easter Eggs

From the Desk of Dr. Hildy                       

© April 6, 2012                               Series 2: BioEthnic & Nanotechnology

Celebrate the Treasured Polish Custom of “Pisanki”  Coloring and Displaying of Easter Eggs

Pisanki

Pisanki

I want to wish all of my readers and viewers a blessed Easter, Passover and a Happy Spring Time.   Los Angeles, California is home to a variety of Ethnic communities, but due to the celebration of Easter and the coloring of the “Easter Egg.”  I feel it is important for my readers and viewers  to know the Polish tradition of “Pisanki” the coloring of eggs.

The pisanki traditions are derived from an ancient tradition when eggs, the symbol of life,

Pisanki

Pisanki

were endowed with magical properties and were thought to ensure both a plentiful harvest and good health.  The name Pisanki comes from the Polish word “pisac’”, which means to write. The practice of coloring Easter eggs is very much alive in Poland today, just as it is tradition in all households of the world who celebrate the arrival of Peter Cotton Tail and his fellow companions.   Polish people have enjoyed this tradition, Read the rest of this entry

4/3/12 – FromTheDeskOfDrHildy: Series 3 – Poison’s My Game! What’s Yours? Nano Crystals and Modified Food Starches

From the Desk of Dr. Hildy™

© April 2, 2012

Series 3: Poison’s My Game! What’s Yours?     

Poison's My Game! What's Yours?

Poison’s My Game! What’s Yours?

Nano Crystals and Modified Food Starches 

I have been asked by several of my associates to condense this particular blog into terms that the average reader may relate to in their home, work environment or within their everyday life style.   Well, if anyone knows me, sometimes it is hard to candy coat a technical piece, make it easier to understand or try to explain something technical to a non-technical minded person – so here goes.

Modified food starch is a term used in industry for any food starch that has something added to it or changed from its original form.  Food starches come from potatoes, corn and other similar produce that has a high starch yield in its chemical composition.   You may use corn starch to thicken your gravies, make fruit pie filling Read the rest of this entry

4/2/12-FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY-Series 2- BioEthnoticity and Nanotechnology – Cinnabar and Nanocheops

From the Desk of Dr. Hildy™

© March 6, 2012

Series 2: BioEthnoticity & Nanotechnology 

CINNABAR and NANOCHEOPS

Emperor Qin Shibuangdi, First Emperor of the Ming-dynasty

Emperor Qin Shibuangdi, First Emperor of the Ming-dynasty

Cinnabar was “truly one” with Qin Shibuangdi, First Emperor of the Ming-dynasty (ruled 221-210 BCE) and the earliest known imperial patron of alchemy, next to Rudolf the Great of Hapsburg in 1218 AD for Europe.  Despite the time periods Confucian disapproval of both the First Emperor and his fondness of alchemy, the ingestion of gold – or, rather, the transformed gold- appears to have remained quite popular throughout the Han dynasty.   However, most Han dynasty alchemists worked with cinnabar, sometimes with fatal results.  Cinnabar (mercury sulfide) is an ore of mercury that is a deep vermilion in color.  When heated, cinnabar produces liquid mercury, and further heating and combination of mercury and sulfur will in turn reproduce cinnabar (a cyclical transformation that particularly intrigued Chinese alchemists).  Mercury was further amalgamated with other metals (gold and lead in particular) producing elixirs to be ingested. While cinnabar itself was non-toxic- indeed it still maintains a prominent place in traditional Chinese medicine –

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