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Open Access - eSocSci

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SAGE Open Categories: International, Publisher, Tags: International, Publisher, SAGE Open is a peer-reviewed open access journal for the social and behavioural sciences and the humanities.

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Open Access resource for research in the social, behavioral and environmental sciences.

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Functional Foods of the East

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Health and healing foods have a long history in the Asian cultures. Those of Eastern culture have long believed that food and medicine are from the same source and can treat illnesses and promote a healthier life. This volume covers certain traditional Asian functional foods, their history, functionality, health benefits, physiological properties, mechanisms of anti-cancer and anti-aging action. In addition, it covers processing technology, storage, material sources, marketing, social, and economical aspects. Expanding on geographical areas covered in previous works, the authors consider foods that originate from all over upper and lower Asian as well as the Middle East.
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An aspect of Sustainability is contained in knowledge of health, culture and food.

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Impact of Fermentation on Phenolic Compounds in Leaves of Pak Choi ( Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis var. communis ) and Chinese Leaf Mustard ( Brassica juncea Coss)

Impact of Fermentation on Phenolic Compounds in Leaves of Pak Choi ( Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis var. communis ) and Chinese Leaf Mustard ( Brassica juncea Coss) | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Publication: Impact of Fermentation on Phenolic Compounds in Leaves of Pak Choi ( Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis var. communis ) and Chinese Leaf Mustard ( Brassica juncea Coss) on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.
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Notice specifically Kaempferol (polyphenol). Both sauerkraut and kimchi have higher levels after fermentation.

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Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging

Diet that mimics fasting appears to slow aging | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Benefits demonstrated in mice and yeast; three cycles of a similar diet given to humans.
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I usually do a daily 16 hour fast 6pm-9am. I tend to break off and 'eat' only a mixed greens juice with berries, coconut oil and banana diet for a few days. That sustains, with fats, carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins, but decreases calories greatly. 

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Susan Walker-Meere - Google+

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Susan Walker-Meere - Lakeland Community College - Newbury, Ohio - Ohio State University, Kent State Univ., Lakeland CC
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How to Make Kimchi: according to my Kun Umma -- Samuel Kiehoon Lee - YouTube

Award winning short documentary about Korean-Canadian immigrant life, and how to make the famous Korean dish. Starring Bong Ja Lee Directed by Samuel Kiehoon...
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I persist in being interested in improving contemporary western health by learning traditional ethnological methods of preparing foods. This video has the added benefit of making the statement that Canada is actively supporting the preservation of culture and cultural knowledge. Very important in the larger picture of sustainability!

 

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Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

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"Critical thought is a cognitive process that proposes the systematic analysis of information, opinion and statements that we accept in our daily life as valid or true. It is a basic skill for a competent, free and responsible citizen."


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I would add: Trans-disciplinary thinking; systems thinking for sustainability. Most people can not see the forest through the trees so miss the larger connections of the impacts that action, goods & services have on both environmental systems and human systems. 

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Carole Maurage's curator insight, February 6, 2014 6:40 AM

L'éducation qui appelle le cerveau entier à se mobiliser, c'est à dire le gauche ET le droit, qui est aussi relié à l'émotionnel.

L'école du futur, c'est le monde entier : "the whole world's a classroom" comme le dit Marina Gorbis @mgorbis @iftf  http://www.iftf.org/?id=70

Les nouveaux comportements liés aux usages du numérique font, enfin, bouger l'éducation (du moins on l'espère...)

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 18, 2014 8:35 AM

Critical Thinking: Educating Competent Citizens

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, November 16, 2014 3:48 PM

La pensée critique, une competence clé du 21ème siècle avec tant d'information qui nous arrive. 

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Grooming Divergents

Grooming Divergents | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later.

 

The benefits of divergent thinking are huge, especially in a day and age where employers value skills over knowledge. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different ideas about a topic in a short period of time. This type of thinking is found among people with personality traits such as nonconformity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, and persistence. Divergent thinking typically occurs in a spontaneous, free-flowing manner and unexpected connections are often drawn leading to new ideas.


Studies conducted by a Cornell University research team in 2012 found that divergent thinking improves language proficiency and performance. That same year, psychologists from the Netherlands revealed that divergent thinking leads to positive mood swings while convergent thinking leads to negative mood swings. An article published this year presents the first measure of divergent thinking that can be used with children as young as 2 years, and shows that some children are better at divergent thinking than others and that children’s divergent thinking increases with age. Scientists have also found a positive correlation between divergent thinking and entrepreneurial potential.


There’s still a lot to be discovered about divergent thinking, but we know that it produces highly intelligent, creative individuals. Teach your students to think divergently and you’ll never worry that you haven’t made a difference.


Here are 30 ways to get started: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/06/10/30-ways-to-inspire-divergent-thinking/

 


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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, June 17, 2014 2:35 AM

Divergents or more commonly, change agents are often celebrated as champions of change, innovation, and versatility in modern workplaces http://sco.lt/8It39l

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Welcome to Amazing Carbon!

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Great resource for soil systems, carbon, nitrogen.

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Understanding nitrogen in soils : Nitrogen : Nutrient Management : Agriculture : University of Minnesota Extension

Understanding nitrogen in soils : Nitrogen : Nutrient Management : Agriculture : University of Minnesota Extension | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Explains different aspects of nitrogen to understand when managing crops
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Good, quick overview of the Nitrogen cycle - food for systems thinking and algal blooms in Lake Erie or eutrophication in the Gulf or Great Lakes.The case can be made for building the soil to sustain soil living systems. Re-mineralization, cover cropping with legumes etc. are great starting points. This will reverse the negative impacts of commercial/conventional agriculture's ad hoc attempts to manage land for food and fuel.

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William Irwin Thompson: Ross Institute Summer Academy 2014

"The Sustainability Thread in the Spiral Curriculum" William Irwin Thompson, PhD, is a Ross School Founding Mentor and author of "Cultural History and the Evolution…
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He covers Sustainability through curriculum nicely! This is also from a 'history' perspective. There is an idea here that suggests we may actually 'move past' the present paradigm of 'increasing the bottom-line at all costs' to realizing the Dynamic Complex Systems theory as a way to judge choices - globally. Whether we are talking Geopolitics, both ideological differences or resource conflict issues, or economics of the bottom-line. (Tragedy of the Commons scenario.)

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A vision for human well-being: transition to social sustainability

The world is experiencing urgent and interconnected problems on many social as well as environmental fronts.

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This article helps illuminate some of the dimensions of sustainability that are commonly overlooked.

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Sustainability Starts with the Supply Chain

Sustainability Starts with the Supply Chain | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
The biggest challenge to supply chain sustainability is a widespread perception among suppliers that sustainability and business goals are at odds.
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Notice: Conflict Mineral report card, unfair and unsafe labor practices and toxins.

 

'The news is filled with stories that demonstrate just how costly a lack of supply chain intelligence can be:

Mattel had to recall almost 1 million toys in 2007 because they contained lead-tainted paint from a supplier in China.Nintendo found there was nothing amusing about getting a zero on its conflict minerals report card in 2012.Apple’s iPhone lost some of its glitter in 2012 when unfair and unsafe labor practices by suppliers in China were exposed.'
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Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Second Edition

Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Second Edition | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Food and nutrients are the original medicine and the shoulders on which modern medicine stands. But in recent decades, food and medicine have taken divergent paths and the natural healing properties of food have been diminished in the wake of modern technical progress. With contributions from highly regarded experts who work on the frontlines of disease management, the bestselling first edition of Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Food and Nutrients in Disease Management effectively brought food back into the clinical arena, helping physicians put food and nutrients back on the prescription pad. Board-certified in General Preventive Medicine, Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD, MPH has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Guided by Dr. Kohlstadt, this authoritative reference equips clinicians with the information they need to fully utilize nutritional medicine in their practice. New in the Second Edition Toxic exposures such as molds, microbial infections, xenoestrogens, heavy metals, and inert nanoparticles Food safety issues: precautions for patients with preexisting medical conditions, adequate labeling of food allergens such as gluten, potential adverse effects of artificial sweeteners, consequences of applying ionizing radiation to food, food-borne mycotoxins, critical food restrictions following bariatric surgery, precautions for preparing food in the home Consumer advocacy issues on navigating claims of medical foods and dietary supplements Physical forces on nutritional needs, such as ultraviolet light initiating vitamin D synthesis, non-ionizing radiation’s effects on brain glucose metabolism and excess body fat’s effects on inflammation and hydration Preventive medicine and how to preserve resiliency at the individual and public health levels Written by doctors for doctors, Advancing Medicine with Food and Nutrients, Second Edition reunites food and medicine. Buttressed with new evidence, leading physicians on the frontlines of disease management apply the latest scientific advances to the clinical practice of medicine. Each chapter offers adjuncts to standard care, fewer side effects, improved risk reduction, or added quality of life. An article by Ingrid Kohlstadt on education and nutrition appeared in TIME Magazine online on November 12, 2014.
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From Meat to Microbes to Main street: is it time to trade in your George Foreman Grill? - Human Food Project

From Meat to Microbes to Main street: is it time to trade in your George Foreman Grill? - Human Food Project | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
If scientists keep publishing the results of their work in journals, we’re going to run out of stuff to eat. The latest nutritional no-no literally has meat-eaters on the ropes following a startling article published in Nature Medicine that draws a possible link between a nutrient (carnitine) in red meat and cardiovascular disease. But what [...]
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As I further my study in sustainability, here of the human internal cooperative system (gut bacteria), I find this article to be of interest. How do we eat. How do we prepare foods to encourage digestion, assimilation and affects for mental and physical wellbeing. If we understand ourselves we may understand the other (biosphere). 

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JAFRA:“The world is paying attention to ' Natto ',which contributes to Japanese longevity."

JAFRA:“The world is paying attention to ' Natto ',which contributes to Japanese longevity." | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
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Once again, systems thinking; our relationship with the microbiome and learning to value diverse human cultures and their knowledge.

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Attachment trauma and neuroplasticity

Attachment trauma and neuroplasticity | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Early experience shapes the structure and function of the brain. This reveals the fundamental way in which gene expression is determined by experience. Daniel Siegel Homo sapiens is a social species, and we have a prolonged developmental phase of dependency as we grow to adulthood. Because of this, evolution has kitted us out with systems…
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This is important. We can relearn and change our responses to stimuli. How does exposure to nature fit in? What about the micro organisms in the soil - bacillus viviens. What about Boswellia (Frankincense) as an anti-depressant. Systems Thinking.

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Sacha Kagan's News and Blog

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from Lüneburg and elsewhere
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Sacha Kagan has written a great meta-analysis of culture and a trans-disciplinary view of sustainability in: Art and Sustainability. A must read.

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Empathy: it's what will save the world

Empathy: it's what will save the world | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
This is one of my favorite things. A short video just shy of 11 minutes packed a big punch and changed my perspective on humanity. Jeremy Rifkin explores the evolution of empathy and offers up a compelling framework for thinking about solutions to some of the world’s most vexing problems.

 

Empathy is the capacity to share or recognize emotions experienced by another sentient or fictional being.

Empathy is the invisible hand. Empathy is what allows us to stretch our sensibility with another so that we can cohere in larger social units. To empathise is to civilise; to civilise is to empathise.

 

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A compound found in turmeric encourages brain repair

A compound found in turmeric encourages brain repair | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
Scientists have discovered that a common curry spice encourages the growth of neural stem cells in rats, and could help the brain heal itself.

 

New research suggests that aromatic-tumerone, a compound found in the spice turmeric, could be used to create future drugs to treat patients with neural impairment, such as sufferers of strokes and Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Scientists from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine at the Research Centre Juelich in Germany studied the impact that aromatic-tumerone has on neural cells by injecting the compound into the brains of rats. Scans revealed that, after being injected with the compound, the regions of the brain involved in nerve cell growth were more active. 

 

The researchers also tested the impact of the compound directly on neural stem cells, which are cells that have the ability to transform into any type of brain cell and, in theory, should be able to repair damage or disease. But in humans and other mammals this process doesn’t seem to work so well.

 

"In humans and higher developed animals their abilities do not seem to be sufficient to repair the brain but in fish and smaller animals they seem to work well,” Maria Adele Rueger, a neuroscientist who was part of the research team, told Smitha Mundasad from BBC News.

 

The turmeric compound also sped up the differentiation of the stem cells. The results are published in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy http://stemcellres.com/content/5/4/100

 

Read more here: http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20142909-26250.html


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Using ethnological knowledge, one would think that simmering it in oil like curries are prepared or making it bio-available during a fermentation process like in a kimchi, or adding to a secondary kefir ferment would make it more efficacious.

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, October 8, 2014 3:33 AM

My PhD research was on the bioactive properties of gingers and I find this study rather interesting. I did not work on stem cells and I focused more on the Etlingera genus but turmeric is interesting nonetheless.  http://arrow.monash.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/monash:25662

 

Read more scoops on functional foods and regenerative medicine here: 

http://www.scoop.it/t/biotech-and-beyond/?tag=Regeneration

http://www.scoop.it/t/food-health-and-nutrition/?tag=Functional+Foods

 

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Sustainable Music: cultural sustainability

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Woo, Hoo! Cultural Sustainability!

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The Food & Makeup Contaminant That Fuels Breast Cancer

The Food & Makeup Contaminant That Fuels Breast Cancer | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
A heavy metal called cadmium, found in cheap jewelry and some foods, may boost breast cancer risk. Read more at Rodale News.
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I have always wondered about the prudence of the 'open air' Urban Gardening movement because of those soils being contaminated with local pollutant agents such as cadmium.

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IDH inhibitors for when citric acid causes cancer

IDH inhibitors for when citric acid causes cancer | Sustainability: All Issues | Scoop.it
When one single mutation strikes, citric acid changes from a metabolic chemical to a carcinogen. New drugs from Agios Pharmaceuticals will reverse this.

 

Citric acid is a molecule central to human life. Most people know it as the reason why citrus fruits have a sour, tarty taste. Scientists know it as as the molecule at the central node of human metabolism. Because of its central role, biology can go haywire when citric acid is mishandled by its enzyme, Isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH1/2).

 

This enzyme is normally responsible for catalyzing the conversion of citric acid to α-ketoglutarate, a metabolic chemical. When a simple mutation in the enzyme occurs, the citric acid is instead converted to 2-hydroxyglutarate, a carcinogenic chemical. 2-hydroxyglutarate is able to alter DNA like many other carcinogenic compounds. In doing so, it will often turn off a cell’s safeguards against cancer.

 

This is where the drugs developed by Agios Pharmaceuticals become relevant. Two drugs, AG-221 and AG-120,  were invented that had profound effects on reversing brain cancer or CML in preclinical trials. Meanwhile, neither drug affects normal citrate metabolism, a necessity for success in clinical trials.

 

Since these initial studies, both drugs have entered into phase I clinical trials, where safety profiles and preliminary effectiveness of the drugs are gauged. Preliminary data showed that 60% of patients responded to AG-221 therapy, while results from the trial of AG-120 are set to be announced at the AACR’s late breaking drug presentation on November 19th.

 

Read more about the clinical trials of the two IDH inhibitors here: http://www.breakingbio.org/citric-acid-causes-cancer-agios-pharmaceuticals-idh-inhibitors/

 

The associated research articles published in Science can be read here:

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6132/622.abstract

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/340/6132/626.abstract


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Without researching the similarities between the acid (citric) used in the study and our own bodily acidity due to stress, foods/drinks, etc., I wonder at the correlation between the purposeful de-acidification - alkalizing of the body by ingesting alkalizing foods, and other modalities known to decrease acidity in urine and blood samples, and the regression of cancers in individuals who have use this method.

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Eric Chan Wei Chiang's curator insight, October 5, 2014 5:12 AM

An interesting method of treating cancer, which does not involve killing cancer cells directly nor inhibiting cellular division. Thanks @Breaking Bio for suggesting this scoop.

 

More scoop on cancer therapies can be read here:

http://www.scoop.it/t/biotech-and-beyond/?tag=Cancer