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Pain killers may decrease the effect of anti-depressant drugs says nobel prize winner Dr Paul Greengard


Even a single advil or aspirin a week or month might interfere with the remission effect of an anti-depressant drug says Dr Paul Greengard, of Rockefeller University in 2011 as reported by science daily.com in “Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce effectiveness of SSRI anti-depressant drugs“.p_33931_thumb

Dr Paul Greengard was interviewed in “A conversation with Nobel Laureate Paul Greengard” by filmannex.com. His laboratory works on unraveling the signalling process of the brain, but in particular the serotonin receptor and the P11 interaction. They are working on a clinical study using mRNA of P11 as therapy.

On September 26, 2006, a  New York Times article interviews Dr. Paul Greengard about the work in his laboratory in the 1970s which led to the discovery of the anti-depressant Prozac. It also discusses the discovery of a new brain protein, P11, in his laboratory. It is the first brain protein whose levels correlate with a neurological disorder. This protein has been jokingly called the “lesbian gene” because when it is administered to two female mice constantly fighting with each other, it transforms them into two mice that love each other. Perhaps, a similar brain protein will be discovered and turn men at war into men who love each other.

He won a Nobel Prize in 2000 and donated his prize money to recognize the contribution of women scientists in the memory of his mother who died giving birth to him.  Dr Greengard says that since he won the potato sack race in his elementary school, the Nobel Prize in 200o gave him that much pleasure.

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Why you should add beet in your diet?


Russian centenarians traditionally consumed beets and were protected from cancer (colon cancer primarily), birth defects, heart disease, eye health, nerve health and liver toxicity. Beets have a mix of anti-oxidants: two anti-oxidant carotenoids are lutein and zeaxanthin; vitamin C; and manganese. This combination provides anti-inflammatory benefits and may thus, help alleviate symptoms of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

A Beet Bunch

There are enough sites listing the nutrient list of beets. I can emphatically add my support about adding beets to your diet. It is a root vegetable and is a ‘must have’ in your winter menu. It is not really too difficult to cook, once you are determined to add it to your diet. It’s looks forbidding! The tough skin. I simply peel it. However, others recommend that you keep it for it’s added benefits. Once I ate the steamed, cooked red interior, in a spiced mixture with onion, garlic and ginger and rolled inside white bread and fried to a golden brown color, there was no turning back for me. Beets became the best health food for me and it looked just like ‘junk food’ when presented as a fried roll. That is precisely how the Bengalis of India present it to you on major occasions. They give you healthy food during feasts and disguise it as unhealthy so that you feel special. Go figure! It is an ancient culture so there is no knowing when they figured out that people prefer to eat ‘junk food’ so that is the only way to serve good food. The Bengalis fry everything and they have centenarians in every village.

Maybe, the Russians and the Bengalis know something about how to eat their beets – make the dish colorful and irresistible. The beets are so sweet. They are delicious! Once I had it in a side dish I was smitten! My dish had steamed, sliced yam, potatoes and beets. I found myself making the few beet slices last longer to lengthen the pleasure of that special, sweet taste. What a dish! We felt healthier last winter when we had beets once a week. Cannot remember getting sick last winter. This winter, is the coldest in several decades. Bring on the beets! I am hoping that you will check to see if I am a centenarian, surviving happily to write about my life and eating beets. At least, I hope I will be happy to be a centenarian, because I love eating beets.

A side effect is red colored urine, which is a reflection of your iron load (too high or too low). I would continue eating beets and ignore that. Also, the high manganese content in beets may be an issue with those having manganese intolerance, but can be taken in moderation for the other benefits that beets provide.

If you want to detoxify then beets must be in your diet. Health food stores, family farms and Farmer’s markets sell beets. Beet is the common name for Beta vulgaris which produces about 30% of the world’s sugar.  The edible portions include the fleshy root and the gorgeous, green leaves. An older lady whom I met at Whole Foods advised me how to eat the leaves. She said wash the leaves, sprinkle with salt and pepper (I add red chilly flakes), drizzle with olive oil lightly, and simply toast lightly. Watch to avoid burning (fire !) and viola! A fabulous snack and it hits the taste buds in unimaginable regions. Detoxify while you munch and start saving and adding to your retirement portfolio. If you eat beets and live to be a centenarian, you will need your money to buy beets to continue to live healthy.

You may want to check out the sites, Beet – New World Encyclopedia and WHFoods: Beets for beet nutrients, history, and recipes. Some more recipes are:
Chewy beet leaves with sweet beets in Beets and Green – a foodie;
A Polish Beet Salad – see if you can avoid draining the beautiful, red water you boil the [cleaned] beets in;
Roasted (and candied) beets by the food blog “The Partial Ingredients”.

Please, let me know if you tried any of the recipes I suggested and feel healthier each day. I would love to hear from you!

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