A while has gone since my last newsletter in 2015, so I am pleased to update you about Montebrollo’s activities here in Bologna (Italy). The vegan cooking courses have continued to take place during this year 2016, with the presence of a very good vegan cook of Bologna. In one way it is more practical to have Davide live in the same city, on the other hand he is not an Adventist, so we miss the personal testimonies of Concetta and Leila while leading out their courses. My plan is to have them join us again in autumn 2016. And of course keep a friendship with Davide that can lead him to think that Christians aren’t after all so bad! (so many people here in Italy have a distorted idea of God and church due to the negative influence of a certain church in the history of this country).
After the cooking-class, we usually have a lunch together in the big living-room and a walk in the beautiful paths around the house. The hills nearby remind us a little bit of Tuscany, which is not so far away from us.
A small group of participants are coming now regularly to the courses and a friendship has developed from these events. The words of Giulia, the daughter of a couple that loves to come and herself participates, has especially touched me: “Thank you Alessia for these moments of peace and fellowship in your house. A long time has passed since I have seen my parents in such a good mood and harmony among themselves!”. The couple, that I know personally since the father is a MS patient of mine, has experienced a negative atmosphere in their relationship, due also to his invalidating illness.
Such are the rewards for me, small but significant: to make a difference in the life of others by sharing a place that many say brings a deep peace within, that they say to experience very rarely. Indeed the soothing sounds and atmosphere of nature around the property mean a lot.
These and other experiences have convinced me about the need to move to the country-house myself. So, the need for a person/couple that would help with running the B&B and the health courses is now more than ever urgent. They would help with cleaning and preparing breakfast, and with running the orchard and garden around the house. In exchange they would be offered lodging in the house, like an au-pair exchange. They would need a car, and some economic independence. I am thinking about some students that have ended a medical missionary school, a retired couple that wants to support a missionary oriented health project, or a single lady with a vision and experience. As the B&B activity will increase, the work will too and it will be possible to pay a salary.
My request to you is to please pray for this small project and spread this particular request with friends and church members. If you have any questions, suggestion or idea please feel free to write me back, as it is always nice to read news from you and keep in contact. You are also welcome to visit! Thank you for your support and friendship, God bless you always,
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Nyanchwa Adventist Hospital is a newly established hospital which was formerly serving as a dispensary in Kisii town, Kenya. Dr. Elfred Solis (general surgeon) and his wife Marialita (obstetrician) are the only doctors in this 30 bed facility. Since 2014 they have done about 700 surgeries.
Many of their patients are having BPH or urethral strictures resulting from infections or forceful catheterization done in some rural health centers. There are no urologists in this area and often surgeons are expected to handle these cases. Right now the only way of managing them is by open prostatectomy and urethral dilatation or scar excision.
By October 2016 a German urologist plans to serve in Nyanchwa Adventist hospital to help improve the services for urological patients. Thanks to generous donations we already received some endoscopic equipment, such as a light source, a camera and monitors. To properly attend to the needs of our urological patients we still need a cystoscope, a urethrotome and a resectoscope. We would be most thankful for used equipment or financial support.
For further information contact: Nyanchwa@gmx.de
WHEN? 22-24. April 2016
WHERE? Berlin, Germany
Scientific presentations by leading researchers & renowned medical practitioners (Garry Fraser and Mark Messina from Loma Linda University), practice-oriented workshops, a platform for professional networking, a delicious plant-based buffet, public day “Open VegMed” and more.
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WANN: 22.-24. April 2016
WO? Berlin, Deutschland
Wissenschaftliche Vorträge weltweit führender Forscher & renommierter Ärzte (u.a.Garry Fraser und Mark Messina aus Loma Linda) , praxisorientierte Workshops, Plattformen für professionelles Networking, ein pflanzliches Bio-Feinschmecker-Büfett, Publikumstag „Open VegMed“ und mehr.
Wahnsinn, jetzt ist es offiziell so. Die WHO stuft – basierend auf 800 Studien – verarbeitetes Fleisch als krebserregend ein: https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/who-fleisch-krebs-101.html
“Das Risiko steigt demnach umso stärker, je mehr Fleisch ein Mensch isst. “Jede verzehrte Portion verarbeiteten Fleischs von täglich 50 Gramm erhöht das Darmkrebsrisiko um 18 Prozent”, hieß es in der IARC-Studie. Eine Arbeitsgruppe aus 22 Experten hatte mehr als 800 Studien über die Folgen des Fleischkonsums ausgewertet. (…) Es gebe “starke Anzeichen” für einen direkten Zusammenhang zwischen dem Konsum von rotem Fleisch und dem Risiko, an Darm-, Bauchspeicheldrüsen- und Prostatakrebs zu erkranken.”
Does cooking meals at home lead to improved health outcomes? And how do TV dinners compare nutritionally to TV chef recipes?
Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) have made a discovery that could lead to better treatment for patients suffering from brain cancer. Despite current treatment strategies, the median survival for patients with the most aggressive brain cancer – called glioblastoma, is 15 months. Less than five per cent of patients survive beyond five years.
HBI member V. Wee Yong, PhD and research associate Susobhan Sarkar, PhD, and their team including researchers from the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the university’s Southern Alberta Cancer Research Institute, looked at human brain tumour samples and discovered that specialized immune cells in brain tumour patients are compromised. The researchers took this discovery and, in an animal model, identified a drug that is able to re-activate those immune cells and reduce brain tumour growth, thereby increasing the lifespan of mice two to three times. Their discovery will be published December 8th in the prestigious journal Nature Neuroscience.
Our brains normally contain specialized cells, called microglia, that defend against injury or infection. “Microglia are the brain’s own dedicated immune system,” explains Yong. “And in this study, we have formally demonstrated for the first time that these cells are compromised in living brain tumour patients.” As with other forms of cancer, brain tumours start as individual stem-like cells – called brain tumour initiating cells (BTICs). These cells quickly divide and grow, eventually forming a mass, or tumour. Yong and his team have discovered that the tumour disables microglia, permitting the rapid proliferation of BTICs, which ultimately leads to brain tumour growth.
“We refer to this as the battle for the brain, in which early on in the disease, the microglia are trying to destroy the brain tumour initiating cells,” says Yong. “But over the course of time, the tumour disables the microglia and we start to see more initiating cells and more rapid tumour growth. We have sought to tip the battle in favour of the brain to suppress the tumour.”
In addition to discovering this mechanism, Yong and Sarkar also identified a drug – amphotericin B (AmpB) – to reactivate microglia that in an animal model, showed a significant reduction in brain tumour growth. “This drug was able to re-activate the disabled microglia,” says Sarkar, “thus restoring the body’s natural defense mechanisms and restricting the growth of brain tumour initiating cells.”
The drug they identified is a powerful agent that is already used clinically to treat severe fungal infections of the brain and spinal cord. “It’s a rather harsh medication,” says Yong. “But we have demonstrated that this drug can be used in very small doses where it is not only well tolerated, but it is also effective in re-programming microglia.” Yong and Sarkar hope this discovery will lead to clinical trials and ultimately to a new standard of care for brain tumour patients.
The finding has already garnered attention from researchers across Canada, including internationally recognized brain tumour scientist and neurosurgeon Dr. James Rutka. “This research is highly significant as it implies that a commercially available drug, amphotericin B, which has never been used before for patients with gliomas, may be a novel treatment to consider in future trials of patients with this frequently lethal cancer,” says Dr. Rutka, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto.
The funding was provided by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions/Alberta Cancer Foundation. V. Wee Yong is a Canada Research Chair in Neuroimmunology.
Source: Innovations Report
Der dumme Vegetarier – Deutsch, 48 min –
In dem folgenden Bericht “Der dumme Vegetarier” werden die Zusammenhänge zwischen Mensch und Tier, Fleisch und Essen, und die Konsequenzen für die Erde genaustens beschrieben. Das Video zeigt kristallklar, welche Informationen in dem heutigen Konsumfleisch stecken, inwiefern Fleisch-Essen gesund ist, warum wir so gerne Fleisch essen, welcher Aufwand zur Herstellung von Fleisch betrieben werden muss, welches Ergebnis der Fleischverzehr haben kann und welche Auswirkungen der Fleischkonsum für unsere Erde hat. Dieses Video ist für all diejenigen interessant, die wissen wollen, was alles in einem Stück Fleisch steckt und woher es kommt.
Wer hat Recht? Wissen ist Macht. Und so liegt es jedem selbst, sich genügend Informationen einzuholen, um sich seine Meinung bilden zu können. Wir sind mit dem Fleischkonsum groß geworden und es ist für uns das Normalste der Welt. Aber was gesellschaftlich als “normal” gilt, muss ja nicht immer richtig. Jeder hat seine Realität, in der seine Vorstellung von richtig und falsch pflegt. Neues Wissen, neue Erkenntnisse und neue Erfahrungen können somit das Bild von richtig und falsch verändern. Mehr Wissen über das gesunde Fleisch-Essen kann also dafür sorgen, dass ein Fleischesser zum Vegetarier wird, oder sogar zum Veganer.
Das obige Video “Der dumme Vegetarier” ist zufällig eine saubere Zusammenfassung all meiner bisher verfassten
Here are some interesting thoughts by Marvin Minsky, who is one of the great pioneers of artificial intelligence — and using computing metaphors to understand the human mind. His contributions to mathematics, robotics and computational linguistics are legendary and far-reaching.