In memory of Martin Luther King Jr, a Bible passage

Ephesians 4.31-32,

“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, with all malice, and be kind to one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

New Testament, page 219 Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition, (Nelson, 1952)

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated after he started working actively to fight poverty and inequality in general rather than focusing exclusively on equal rights for all races.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was born 86 years ago on January 15, 1929. The American pastor was a humanitarian and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work towards reducing racial inequality with nonviolent methods. He was a gifted speaker and his “I Have a Dream” speech continues to inspire listeners. He also spoke about poverty and against the Vietnam War later in his life. [1] Nonviolence was his life work but sadly he was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Wikipedia.

In our modern society inequality between the rich and poor has become a greater divide and sadly effects children – our future generation – to a greater extent than all age groups. Senior Citizens are also more represented among the poor, especially single women or widows.

Some statistics about the effects of growing up in single parent households are included in the following article: https://fee.org/articles/fatherless-families-are-far-too-common/

Money can’t buy happiness or health, that is true, but it can help pay the heat and electricity bill and buy adequate groceries and pay for childcare when needed. A two-parent household can have more stability against health or other financial emergencies because more childcare is available and more income may be available. With limited jobs in some areas and expensive housing it may be difficult to find a job nearby and time can be needed for a longer commute which increases the need for childcare. Some government programs are available to help families with children but the benefits may be small and can be linked to being a single parent and have requirements for working or volunteering at certain number of hours. Children need reliable and regular childcare from loving caregivers for best future and current health, both mental and physical.

The children of today will be tomorrow’s taxpayers and workers or they will be tomorrow’s crime problem or mental health or chronic illness patients. A food supply that promotes illness is part of the problem and denying that is not benefiting us today or tomorrow. Today we already are jailing too many of our workers, 30% of prisoners in the US fall into the millennial age bracket and the majority of prisoners in general are male – where have our fathers gone? to prison possibly. fee.org/too-many-millennial-men-are-behind-bars

Dr. King Jr. expanded his goals with civil rights to include ending racism and poverty. A Poor People’s March was organized for 1968,

‘The Poor People’s Campaign was part of the second phase of the civil rights movement. King said, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty”‘ (Poor People’s Campaign)

The topic is discussed in more detail in a 2014 article: .thenation.com/mlk-our-struggle-genuine-equality-which-means-economic-equality/

Previous posts of mine celebrating Martin Luther King Jr’s words:

Happy Independence Day, Let Freedom Ring!

Many quotes including one of Martin Luther King Jr. are included in this post regarding the concept “One learns by trying.” His quote that was included with a link to the full source is:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

The same quote was found when I was searching online for the source of a phrase on a protest poster I saw in a picture. The poster was being carried by a young girl and it said “Hate breeds hate.” The search engine provided the famous quote by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr as the closest, ““Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  Trust in Love, World Humanitarian Day

Ephesians 5.8:

“for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light”

New Testament, page 219, Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition, (Nelson, 1952)

He is a leader who led by positive example and his lessons are worth rejoicing and reviewing today and everyday.

Courage wears many colors because fear is found in many shades. Martin Luther King Jr. taught a nation how to be brave in the face of fear and to stand up for equal rights at drinking fountains and soda fountains. Accepting a need for change meant sometimes facing a risk of physical harm too. For some to face that risk and survive helped reduce the fear for others and eventually helped spread new habits of acceptance into future generations.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Pomegranate polyphenols and Microglia M2 activation

The short story is that pomegranate polyphenols activate a very strong positive defense mechanism against inflammation that may be less active in autism. Read more:

Pomegranate juice polyphenols induce a phenotypic switch in macrophage polarization favoring a M2 anti-inflammatory state. (1)

“Pomegranate juice given daily for 2 years to 40 prostate cancer patients with increasing PSA levels provides evidence for the possible utilization of a nontoxic option for prevention or delay of prostate carcinogenesis. It is remarkable that 85% of patients responded to pomegranate juice in this study.” Pomegranate Ellagitannins – Herbal Medicine, (4)

(Punicagilanin and other polyphenols from a group called ellagitannins are found in the pomegranate juice and more are available when the entire fruit is used to extract juice. The bioactive phytonutrients seem to start being excreted from the body within 12 hours based on clinical studies, so a daily intake would be required for consistent benefits. Pomegranate Ellagitannins – Herbal Medicine, (4))

The long story is best left to read on a website written by a doctor who is working with research on the role of endocannabinoids in autism, how they may be involved in the risk as well as treatment for patients with the condition.

  • Read more: What Glyphosate Does To Your Brain: (2), which is a continuation of an overview on the topic of the herbicide glyphosate, autism and an endogenous cannabinoid that acts on the CB2 receptors.
  • Read more: The Autism Brain, Glyphosate, and Super-Cannabinoid Production (3)
  • Glyphosate was originally produced as an antibiotic and mineral chelator and may affect many pathways in the body due to changes to enzyme and mineral access and due to its chemical similarity to an important amino acid, glycine, which can act as a brain neurotransmitter.

So the short story is our body needs endogenous cannabinoids to protect our brain and the brains of infants from inflammatory toxins and pomegranate polyphenols may be a substitute as well as the non-euphoric cannabinoid CBD which activates the CB2 receptors.

Other foods that also may provide some natural cannabinoids or polyphenols that affect the system beneficially may include the herb Rosemary, the spice Cardamom, and unrefined cocoa bean products such as dark chocolate and Baker’s Cocoa Powder or Baking Chocolate.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

  1. Saar Aharoni, Yoni Lati, Michael Aviram, Bianca Furhman,  Pomegranate juice polyphenols induce a phenotypic switch in macrophage polarization favoring a M2 anti-inflammatory state. Biofactors, Volume 41, Issue 1, Jan/Feb 2015
    Pages 44–51  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/biof.1199/full (1)
  2. Christian Bogner, MD, What Glyphosate Does to Your Brain, Jan. 16, 2017, http://drbogner.com/glyphosate-vs-brain/ (2)
  3. Christian Bogner, MD, The Autism Brain, Glyphosate, and Super-Cannabinoid Production, Dec. 10, 2016, http://drbogner.com/glyphosate-autism-2/ (3)
  4. David Heber, Chapter 10: Pomegranate Ellagitannins,Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition., Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92772/ (4)

Why care about expertise? or who cares?

Expertise in the modern age seems to have gained a negative view by many on both sides of the political divide. Liberals and Conservatives were found to doubt research that disagreed with their previous beliefs on a topic rather than doubt the beliefs. The ease of searching out an overview on a topic in our modern internet age may have something to do with the tendency to doubt expert research or it may also have to do with the increasing complexity of our everyday world according to an overview article on the topic. Read more: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2017-02-13/how-america-lost-faith-expertise?cid=int-an2&pgtype=hpg&region=br1

Experts do care, but the article suggests they’ve gotten frustrated with trying to explain why their information is important or may be tired of trying to defend against attacks from the non-expert search engine-using experts who are now everywhere, and are talking among themselves about their expert experience and research findings – that may not be helping the rest of us non-experts who admit we don’t know it all even with the help of the search engine.

Why care? It helps guide safe and effective policy decisions in our ever increasingly complex world. It may also help guide safer policies regarding international diplomacy. An example from the article follows but I’m not going to give any hints:


/Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./