Peek A Boo Eggs a Homeboud Covid Favorite

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As a child all my friends liked to spend the night with me as much for my mama’s cooking as for my company.  One of their favorite foods was her peek-a-boo eggs.

She used a cookie cutter to make a design in the bread, everything from bunnies to hearts. She would add a small amount of oil to a skillet, drop the bread into the skillet, then drop an egg into the cut out and brown on both sides until done, also browning the cut out to use as a topper. It’s a favorite with kids of all ages.

THE HUMAN GENOME PROJECT: DNA Declassified

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The Human Genome Project is an international research effort to characterize the genomes of human and selected model organisms through complete mapping and sequencing  of their deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. A relatively new field of research, bioinformatics  began in the 1960s with the efforts of Margaret O. Dayhoff and other noted researchers. A google report classifies it as a nebulous term that encompasses molecular evolution, biological modeling, biophysics, and systems biology. has been developed in part to address the computing challenges raised by this project.

The Human Genome Project was basically a race between three organizations to map and sequence DNA ( deoxyribonucleic acid). The three groups were a private lab called Celera Genomics, a public company in London and the U.S. HGP (Human Genome Project), funded by the DOE (Department of Energy) and the NIH (National Institute of Health). The fifteen year project started in 1990.

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The genome is the genetic blueprint of a human being. It is the complete collection of an organism’s genetic material. The human genome is made up of approximately 31,000 genes located on 23 pairs of chromosomes in a human cell. A single human chromosome may have more than 250 million DNA base pairs. It is estimated that the entire human genome consists of about 3.1 billion base pairs.

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Genes carry information for making protein required organisms. These proteins determine an organisms appearance , metabolism, immunity, behavior and more.

This study’s goal was the understanding of genetic disease and human evolution. It was a major undertaking to identify all 30,000 DNA genes, determine the sequence of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up the human DNA, storing this information in databases, improving tools for data analysis, transferring related technology to the private sector and addressing the legal, ethical and social issues that arose.

The database has opened the door to the possibility of tailor-made treatments based on an individual’s  unique genetic makeup. Research has lead to more effective “Gene Therapy. The ultimate goal of this research was the cure and elimination of devastating inherited disorders.

All of the genetic information for a human being is packed into 23 pairs of chromosomes. The most important component of a chromosome is the single continuous molecule of DNA. The double-stranded molecule is shaped like a twisted ladder. It is made of nucleotides, which are linked chemical compounds.  Each nucleotide has three parts: deoxyribose which is a sugar, a phosphate compound and any of four bases- adenine, guanine, thymine or cytosine. The genetic code is specified by the order of these four bases referred to as the DNA ladder.

There are two main categories of gene mapping techniques. The first is linkage, or genetic mapping developed by American geneticist Thomas Hunt, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1933 for this procedure. The other category is physical mapping. It is a more precise method that places genes at specific databases from one another. Physical mapping uses a combination of robotics, lasers and computers.

This project successfully identified the genes responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington’s disease and genetic breast cancer.

 

Works Cited:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Genome_Project

INFLAMMATION

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“Inflammation drives the aging process faster than any  other biomarker”says  Tasneem Bhatia in “The 21 Day Belly Fix” Causes of dangerous inflammation stem from many sources including physical and microbial attacks, arthritis, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, gum disease, tendinitis and beyond.

Chronic inflammation results when the body believes it is under constant attack igniting the immune system into a continuous mode of defense. Chronic inflammation leads to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other equally frightening and deadly diseases.

When inflammation strikes the different areas of the body there are ways to relieve it.

Arthritis is relieved by avoiding the protein found in wheat and wheat products. Wheat protein can also cause inflammation in individual joints, bowels and lungs. Wheat protein allergy may produce asthma.

Asthma is a lung issue causing inflammation and is worsened by alcohol and even wine consumption caused by the sulfate content.

Body inflammation is eased by consuming anti-inflammation foods such as tomato,olive oil, green leafy vegetables, broccoli,  nuts, fatty fish; salmon, tuna, snapper, halibut, cod and bass, oranges, berries, pineapple, ginger, turmeric and garlic. Beneficial vitamins are Vitamins C & K.

Bowels & Bloating  to relieve inflammation cut emulsifiers which are mainly found in processed foods. Emulsifiers include: lecithin, mono and diglycerides, polysorbates and “esters”. Avoid red meat limiting its consumption. Consuming good oils such as olive, canola, sunflower and safflower helps decrease inflammation. Kombucha tea made from a SCOBY is greatly beneficial.           https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

Brain inflammation is relieved by ingesting healthy fats of which olive oil is a great choice containing oleic acid and omega 9 fatty acid. Fat soluble vitamins A, C, E and K are good for fighting inflammation. Five servings of nuts per week is helpful. A serving is 18-28 kernels. Good nut choices are almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts. Sunflower seeds are another good choice. Nuts & seeds provide Omega 3. Avocado is a good inflammation controller. Avocados contribute 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, including 6% of the recommended Daily Value (DV) for vitamin E, 4% vitamin C, 10%folate, 11% fiber, 2% iron, 6% potassium and 136 micrograms of lutein per 50g serving.

EYES are adversely affected by caffeine to green tea containing polyphenols or natural plant compounds like catechins, theaflavins, tannins, and flavonoids.

Heart inflammation is reduced by consuming nuts (5 servings per week) and good oils.

Joint inflammation and individual cell damage caused by excessive inflammation  is reduced by omega 3 fatty acid and by watching what is eaten good foods for this include: fatty fish and turkey containing B6, good oils, nuts, fruits especially berries, cherries and pineapple, ginger, garlic, basil, thyme,oregano, cumin, turmeric, chili powder 70% or more dark chocolate and green tea.

Lungs  are relieved from inflammation by beta carotene found in papayas, pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato and more.  Nuts especially almonds, cod liver oil capsules, vitamin A, D, E and the mineral magnesium are beneficial.

Nasal  inflammation-  try using a humidifier or vaporizer, take long showers or breathe in steam from a pot of warm (but not too hot) water, drink lots of fluids, use a nasal saline spray, try a neti pot, nasal irrigator, or bulb syringe, sit a warm, wet towel on your face, prop yourself up.

Periodontal Disease is relieved by using an aloe vera rinse or gel which attacks unhealthy bacterias.

Psoriasis responds to omega 3 fatty acids found in good oils especially canola, wild rice, eggs, soy beans, walnuts & enriched dairy products.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)  inflammation is increased by strenuous exercise like golf (extensive walking), tennis, softball, baseball, weight lifting, martial arts, basketball, cycling, hiking, etc. RA victims need stretching and  low impact exercise.

Tendonitis and Achilles Heel is relieved by stretching and extending.

Works Cited:

Perring, Stephen, The Anti-Inflammation Checklist, AARP Magazine Dec. 2017 pgs 26-27

https://www.healthline.com/health/rheumatoid-arthritis/foods-that-reduce-inflammation

10 Top Foods That Prevent Inflammation in Your Body

https://www.webmd.com/allergies/sinus-congestion#1