From the Desk of Dr. Hildy ~~WATERMELON !!~~
H. Staninger© Sept. 4, 2012
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Did you know that the watermelon is really a berry? And what a sweet and delicious fruit it is to all of us who have eaten it during these long hot “microwavable” summers that stretch around the world. Whether it is a little sugar baby or just a long green one it is always refreshing on hot summer day. The fruit, rind and even the seeds have been known for their therapeutic medicinal use in ancient times in Persia, Egypt, Spain, Rome and Greece.
Watermelon has been reported as a very helpful in correcting abnormal kidney conditions, such as polycystic kidney, exposure to mycotoxins (Balkan Disease) and aids in the reduction of adenovirus within the kidney tissue. Apparently there is an ingredient in the seeds, Cucurbocitrin, which has the effect of dilating the capillaries, the tiny blood vessels of the body. Consequently, the pressure upon the large blood vessels within the kidney are then reduced.
Watermelon wedges are popular as desserts and they are also used in fruit salads, smoothies, popsicles, or mixed in a salad with pieces of cantaloupes, pears, apples and other fruits and berries. It is quite a treat on a very HOT day, especially when served Ice cold.
4/2/12-FROM THE DESK OF DR. HILDY-Series 2- BioEthnoticity and Nanotechnology – Cinnabar and Nanocheops
© March 6, 2012
Series 2: BioEthnoticity & Nanotechnology
CINNABAR and NANOCHEOPS
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 –