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Since those  scientists responsible for the study do not seem to eat durians, they only refer to fart gases, which do contain hydrogen sulfide as well...

This is a University of Exeter  study so you'll probably be able to find the reference in english

Here is the french link to the study

https://sixactualites.fr/actualites/respirer-pets-serait-benefique-sante-grace-sulfure-dhydrogene/39320/

The much intriguing title in french goes "Smelling farts could be beneficial for your health"





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Science / Raw food contains excessive lead levels in indian cities
« on: October 24, 2017, 03:37:58 am »
Toxic lead found in raw food items in Kolkata ( Calcutta )

Findings regarding lead concentration in street dust and street markets  are worrisome

http://www.timesnownews.com/health/article/toxic-lead-found-in-raw-food-items-in-kolkata/111087





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A discovery of an true instinctive raw eater of direct  human ascent.

Discovered in a national park by the India/ Nepal border,  two months ago but the news has only come out recently.  When she was captured, the girl did not know how to speak and ate directly on the ground, without using her hands.

Photos and details by typing "Mowgli girl" on Google or Youtube.

There are reports that her body shows "large wounds", apparently  healed without any medical help. If anyone can find her  medical report, it will be interesting . In any case, photos show that the girl lacked the king of inter-individual grooming which "social monkeys" normally perform. Or maybe the tribe in which she was raised did not know how to groom a human......   

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PLease read article inserted  below which was published three days ago in the NYTIMES .


This discovery would seem to call  for a  revision of the instinctive theory.

According to the study below , malnourished children can sometimes be killed  by following their own instinctively driven behaviour

This discovery seems to fly in the face of a theory which until now,  foresaw that instinctive eating, when given full command, would entail a swift cure of malnourishment.

However  the term "unripe" in this  article should ring a bell in our minds : have these unripe fruits been selected  after due approval by the sense of smell ? Or have they been swallowed in a similar way as the toxic berries mentionned by  Rousseau in his famous  " Emile ou de l'éducation" ?

If not , the theory, far from being unvalidated, would remain all the more valid........


One tell-taling  detail : the  account of the story on the french web  which I read first (before searching for the original story in english )  makes no mention of the fact that the fruits were eaten unripe.... which of course,  makes the whole story sound totally crazy ..


NEW DELHI — Three years ago, Dr. Rajesh Yadav, an investigator with the India Epidemic Intelligence Service, moved to the city of Muzaffarpur, the site of one of the country’s most mysterious outbreaks. And he waited.

Every year in mid-May, as temperatures reached scorching heights, parents took children who had been healthy the night before to the hospital. The children awakened with a high-pitch cry in the early morning, many parents said.

Then the youths began having seizures and slipping into comas. In about 40 percent of cases, they died.

Every year in July, with the arrival of monsoon rains, the outbreak ended as suddenly as it began.

Beginning in 1995, investigations variously ascribed the phenomenon to heat stroke; to infections carried by rats, bats or sand flies; or to pesticides used in the region’s ubiquitous lychee orchards. But there were few signposts for investigators.


Instead of occurring in clusters, the illness typically struck only one child in a village, often leaving even siblings unaffected.

A joint investigation by India’s National Center for Disease Control and the India office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, published in the British medical journal The Lancet Global Health on Tuesday, has identified a surprising culprit: the lychee fruit itself, when eaten on an empty stomach by malnourished children.

In 2015, as a result of the investigation, health officials began urging parents in the area to be sure to feed young children an evening meal and to limit their consumption of lychees (sometimes spelled litchi).

In two seasons, the number of reported cases per year dropped to less than 50 from hundreds.

“It was an unexplained illness for so many years,” said Padmini Srikantiah, a senior epidemiologist with the C.D.C. and the senior author of the paper. “This is kind of emblematic of why we collaborate, to build this kind of systematic approach.”

The Lancet article walks through a two-year medical detective story, as epidemiologists like Dr. Yadav closely examined the lives of hundreds of afflicted children, trying to understand everything they had eaten, drunk and breathed.

“It was a very intense situation, because we witnessed children dying in front of our eyes every day, as soon as they arrived at the hospital,” said Dr. Yadav, who now works with the C.D.C. in Atlanta. Especially difficult were the detailed interviews of parents, many of whom had carried a convulsing or comatose child for hours to get to the hospital.

“They were in a kind of panic,” he said. “Their children were dying, and it was an unknown thing.”


The first clue: There was no evidence the children had infections.

For 20 years, clinicians were unable to determine if the disease, which led to acute brain swelling known as encephalopathy, was caused by an infection — the immediate assumption in many outbreaks here.

Investigators pored over records from the previous year’s outbreak and were struck by the fact that many of the sick children did not have a fever. Analysis of spinal fluid samples overwhelmingly showed that the affected children did not have elevated counts of white blood cells, a sign the body is fighting infection.



The second clue: Most of the victims had very low blood sugar levels.

Having collected biological samples from more than 300 children, the researchers were able to scan a large number of markers — including some they hadn’t suspected.

Glucose had never been a particular concern for investigators. But some of the affected children had strikingly low levels, and those with low blood glucose were twice as likely to die, Dr. Srikantiah said.

“It seemed to be a little signal,” she continued. “One of the things we heard multiple times from the children’s mothers was that they didn’t really eat dinner properly.”

The third clue: Outbreaks had been associated with the ackee fruit.

It was in the fall of 2013, during a conference call with colleagues in Atlanta, that someone mentioned “Jamaican vomiting sickness,” an outbreak in the West Indies that for many decades caused brain swelling, convulsions and altered mental states in children.

The outbreak turned out to be tied to hypoglycin, a toxin found in the ackee fruit that inhibits the body’s ability to synthesize glucose, leading to acute hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose levels. “It had been going on for a decade, if not a century, before people really figured out what it was,” Dr. Srikantiah said. “Now, the grandmothers and the mothers teach their kids, ‘Don’t eat the unripe ackee fruit.’ ”

By late 2014, laboratory tests confirmed that lychees also contain high levels of hypoglycin, as well as a similar toxin known as methylenecyclopropyl glycine, or MCPG.

This was an answer hiding in plain sight. The Muzaffarpur area, in India’s east, produces about 70 percent of India’s lychee harvest, and around the affected villages, “you really couldn’t go 100 meters without bumping into a lychee orchard,” Dr. Srikantiah said, referring to a distance of 330 feet.

Though orchards were typically guarded by caretakers, children often ate lychees that were unripe or that had fallen to the ground. But because everyone in the region eats them, it was difficult for many to believe that, in isolated cases, it could set off a catastrophic illness.

The fourth clue: Affected children had huge metabolic imbalances.

By early 2015, C.D.C. laboratories had developed a test to measure hypoglycin in urine. They found extraordinary abnormalities in the affected children. “The folks in the genetic labs said ‘We haven’t seen anything like this,’ ” Dr. Srikantiah said. “This was clearly abnormal.”

With that established, the investigators asked participants if they would be comfortable issuing recommendations based on their findings: that young children in the affected areas be encouraged to always eat an evening meal, and that consumption of lychees should be limited.

Everyone agreed. And it was done.



A version of this article appears in print on February 1, 2017, on Page A4 of the New York edition with the headline: Medical Mystery in India Uncovers Unlikely Killer of Malnourished Children.

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I'm hard to surprise, really I mean (  too much reading , I guess ) .

But this article really got me flabbergasted, realizing that there was just one single company behind all this crap science........

Surely, one of the most interesting article I have read recently .

PLease google " From asbestos to pesticides to pork"  as published on the website of  the NGO "FAIRWARNING.org"

(I'm not allowed to post external links)

This is so  unbelievable. Talking about the "structures of sin" . There you are , man....



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Found in a XIX french thesis on naval medicine

"Le médecin du bord devra, toutes les fois qu'il arrivera dans une rade, s'informer si des espèces nuisibles y existent. Dans les iles peu fréquentées, ces précautions sont impossibles. MMs ...... prétendent que , pour reconnaitre si un poisson est vénéneux,  il suffit de se frotter les lèvres avec un morceau du foie : si l'animal est toxique, on y éprouve une vive cuisson  (ndlr : that's old old french for  brulure or  burn ) : elles deviennent enflées et douloureuses. J'ignore si ce procédé est toujours certain........"



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Extracted from the french press,  back in the early days of the XXth century, prior to the discovery of vitamins !

"Several billionnaires of which John D Rockefeller have adopted a dietary regime which appears to them more hygienical than anything else : they don't eat anything cooked , no bread, no pastries , ni cakes, only raw foods : meat, vegetable, eggs etc.... This new adepts on the RAW have made up a society (??? ) whose members  increase day after day. Their menu is made up of oysters  ( my remarks :  imagine the price of oysters at that time for those who lived far from the coast ) , shellfish, honey, dried beef, salads, cheese, milk, oranges, bananas, apples and nuts, plums  and peaches, macerated wheat, unboiled  barley (??) , raw onions, radishes....They pretend that cooking destroys the nutritive principle of food , by suppressing their cellular life. They add , with the  naïve conviction of the yankee ( typical french condescension !!!  ),  that disease is nothing but the consequence of  a breach in the laws of nature.....blablabla"

John Davison Rockefeller (the founder of the dynasty) died at the respectable age of 98 in 1937 ....

Is this the reason why JD Rockefeller spent so much of his fortune in medical research ? Surely he could afford to get the best advice in the world !

I just find it amazing that at about the same time, JD Rockefeller was creating the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (soon to become R. University )


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According to Thucydides "History of the Peloponnesian war"  in Etolie,  a region in central Greece (north of the Peloponnese )  where aurochs and wild  boars used to roam the countryside, there was a ethnic group  called the Eurythanians.

According to the greek historian, these were one of the most powerful and ancient ethne. They spoke an "incomprehensible language" and "ate their meat raw". They were considered  barbarians.

 I was surprised to learn recently  that our modern european  language still bears the stigmatization  of raw meat eaters in ancient Greece

The word "Atrox"  in ancient greek  gave us  the words "atrocious" ( "atroce" in french ) : it literaly means "that which I can not eat" ( a -trophein ) and it was ALSO  synonymous with "raw"

So in ancient Greece a raw meat diet must have been an atrocious diet !
 
The association of "raw meat" with "barbarians"  also exists in Chinese antiquity and language.

Here is what can be found on the subject of "barbarians" as seen in the eyes of the Chinese people (From article "Barbarians" in Wikipedia )

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 Two millennia before the French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss wrote The Raw and the Cooked, the Chinese differentiated "raw" and "cooked" categories of barbarian peoples who lived in China. The shufan ?? "cooked [food eating] barbarians" are sometimes interpreted as Sinicized, and the shengfan ?? "raw [food eating] barbarians" as not Sinicized.[61] The Liji gives this description.

The people of those five regions – the Middle states, and the [Rong], [Yi] (and other wild tribes around them) – had all their several natures, which they could not be made to alter. The tribes on the east were called [Yi]. They had their hair unbound, and tattooed their bodies. Some of them ate their food without its being cooked with fire. Those on the south were called Man. They tattooed their foreheads, and had their feet turned toward each other. Some of them ate their food without its being cooked with fire. Those on the west were called [Rong]. They had their hair unbound, and wore skins. Some of them did not eat grain-food. Those on the north were called [Di]. They wore skins of animals and birds, and dwelt in caves. Some of them did not eat grain-food.[62]

Dikötter explains the close association between nature and nurture. "The shengfan, literally 'raw barbarians', were considered savage and resisting. The shufan, or 'cooked barbarians', were tame and submissive. The consumption of raw food was regarded as an infallible sign of savagery that affected the physiological state of the barbarian."[63]

Unquote

Unfortunately, this article does not mention the fact that the non-grain eating tradition and the raw meat eating tradition in China are both linked to the history of taoism.
 


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From a french book published in 1914 by a famous  hygienist

" A new culinary religion was born in England. This is about nothing less than eating everything raw.  Listen carefully. The  protagonists of this new diet - a natural one, if such a thing ever existed - do not simply eat their MEAT raw , but they take, under this form, everything that we eat.
It is well known that raw meat can be easily digested, contrary to cooked meat........"

Unfortunately there is no direct reference to an  english source in this book, but there are a number of indirect references where I might be able to locate the primary source.  I will keep you posted  in case I can find something




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