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The Hunza People

The Health Secrets Of The Hunza People Who Live Over 100 Years And Are Cancer-Free

By Sidrah

Cheerful, healthy and full of life, it seems as if the people of Hunza Valley belong to another planet. They eat fresh apricots, breathe the mountainous air, look youthful and they hardly ever get sick.

The Health Secrets Of The Hunza People Who Live To 100 Years And Are Cancer-Free

People are often surprised when they learn that the citizens of Hunza (also known as Burusho people) usually live up to the age 120. They can easily conceive even after 60 years and it is very rare for them to get tumors.

How is that possible? How do they stay healthy? What are their secrets? Let’s find out whether these are legitimate facts or merely myths.

1. Life expectancy of an average Hunza is 120 years.

1. Life expectancy of an average Hunza is 120 years.

2. It is very common for Hunzas to have children after the age of 60.

2. It is very common for Hunzas to have children after the age of 60.

It might sound shocking to you, but Hunzas can readily conceive even between the ages of 60 and 90. Again, the secret to their youth is their exceptional diet and physical activity.

3. Hunzas don’t stress over little things. They are always smiling.

3. Hunzas don't stress over little things. They are always smiling.

Tension, stress, and conflicting thoughts are unknown to Hunzas. They are completely free of stress-related diseases as they have made themselves fully immune to self-doubt and failures. It won’t be wrong to say that they lead lives like children. Content with their lives, the people of Hunza live in the moment.

4. Did you know that the people of Hunza are descendants of Alexander the Great? Yes, they could very well be Greek!

According to Burusho legend, people of Hunza descend from Baltir, the village that was founded when the army of Alexander the Great left behind sick soldiers in the valley as they could not keep up.

5. There is no such thing as cancer in Hunza.

5. There is no such thing as cancer in Hunza.

According to research, apricots of Hunza Valley are said to be the key behind the absence of tumors. Hunzas eat large amounts of the fruit which is rich in Amygdalin (vitamin B-17). Amygdalin is widely known for its anticancer properties.

6. The people of Hunza are not lazy. They are active and fast!

6. The people of Hunza are not lazy. They are active and fast!

7. For two to four months, they don’t consume anything except for juice extracted from dried apricots.

7. For two to four months, they don't consume anything except for juice extracted from dried apricots.

Once a year for a period of two to four months, Hunzas take a break from their regular diet and solely live on the juice of dried apricots. It is an old tradition that they still follow during the time when apricots are unripe. Scientists agree that it contributes to their amazing health.

8. Drinking and bathing in the glacier water is the secret to their gorgeous skin!

8. Drinking and bathing in the glacier water is the secret to their gorgeous skin!

Hunzas only drink and bathe in the pure glacier water that comes directly from the mountains. Their most famous ‘not-so-secret’ drink is an herbal tea that is made from boiled glacier water and a herb known as Tumuru. The glacier water and herbs are the reason they have such glowing skin.

The Health Secrets Of The Hunza People Who Live To 100 Years And Are Cancer-Free

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Health, Learning and development, Nature

Stop plastic pollution from McDonald’s and Starbucks


I have two very exciting updates to share with you about our campaigns to stop plastic pollution from McDonald’s and Starbucks. In a nutshell: We’re winning!

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McDonald’s ditches plastic straws in the UK!

Yes! You read that right. Just last week, the fast food multinational announced that it would start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants in May!

Since last year, SumOfUs members from all over the world have been urging McDonald’s to ditch plastic straws. More than 388,000 of you have signed the petition, you sent over 21,000 emails to McDonald’s executives, and you shared videos and images on social media thousands upon thousands of times. Thank you!

When we met with McDonald’s lawyers in February, they told us that they had heard your message loud and clear — and now we’re seeing action.

Ditching straws in the UK is a great start, but McDonald’s must roll this out globally, so we are ramping up the pressure.

That’s why a SumOfUs member has put forward a proposal for McDonald’s upcoming annual shareholder meeting, to get McDonald’s shareholders on side too.

This could be our most powerful tactic yet. Can you help make it happen?

Will you chip in 1 € to cover the costs a group of SumOfUs members attending the AGM — so they can speak up for our movement?

Starbucks promises a #BetterCup….again

Last month SumOfUS members across the world joined in with the ‘Starbucks: break free from plastic’ coalition to pressure the giant coffee chain to make good on its decade old promise to produce a 100% recyclable cup. And you did it!

The campaigning coalition formed ahead of Starbucks’ 2018 annual shareholder meeting in March. In the run-up to the meeting, the coffee giant was urging its shareholders to vote “no” on a proposal asking Starbucks to address its plastic pollution problem put forward by our friends, As You Sow.

And that’s where SumOfUs members like you really started to pile on the pressure.

Over 300,000 of you signed the petition. You emailed and tweeted the company in your thousands. And the day before the meeting, Starbucks suddenly announced it will commit $10 million in a partnership to bring a fully recyclable and compostable cup to market in three years!

Yes, Starbucks has made promises like this before. But it knows that the movement calling on it to break free from plastics is now stronger than ever, with SumOfUs members like you ready to hold it to its promiseon cups — and to push it to rid itself of plastics completely.

Time and time again, you’ve stopped giant corporations from carrying on, business as usual, with no regard for the damage they’re causing in pursuit of profits. And you’re already off to a flying start in 2018. Just think what else we’re going to accomplish together this year!

Thanks for all that you do,
Sondhya, Eoin, Tricia and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

McDonald’s to start phasing out plastic straws from its UK restaurants Sky News, 28 March 2018
Starbucks and Closed Loop Partners to develop recyclable, compostable cup solution, Starbucks, 20 March 2018


Thank you Sondhya

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Learning and development, Nature

Are You Full Of Plastic?

The plastics crisis is more urgent than you know.

From The Guardian by  John Vidal

A deposit scheme for bottles won’t make a scrap of difference. This stuff is in our food, our clothes – and in us


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West Wales, last weekend. The old foam mattress lying waterlogged on an otherwise clean beach might have been at sea for months before it was washed up on the tide. A large bit of it had broken off, and the rest was crumbling. It was a clear threat to wildlife, so we heaved what was left of it above the wave line and promised to come back to dispose of it properly when it was dry.

But how do you safely dispose of an old mattress made of billions of tiny plastic particles leaking formaldehyde and other potentially dangerous chemicals? Do you burn it? Bury it? Do you expect the company who made it to come to collect it? Answers to environment secretary Michael Gove, who today pledged to stem the tide of plastic debris by announcing a consultation on a plastic-bottle return scheme for England, which aims to get people to recycle more.

Gove’s initiative is welcome, but minimal, and will have zero impact on the vast and growing scale of the plastic problem. The scheme is aimed at people fed up with litter, and to Blue Planet viewers who are shocked by images of birds swallowing plastic straws and turtles being choked by plastic bags. It is no more use than a heavy smoker forgoing a single cigarette.

Since we started engineering polymers to make plastic on a mass scale in the 1950s, this byproduct of the petrochemical industry, which uses about 6% of all the oil we extract a year, has spread to myriad manufacturing processes. Plastic is now ubiquitous, insidious and impossible to avoid. It makes up our clothes, containers, bottles, electronics, food trays, cups and paints. Our cars depend on it, so do our computers, roofs and drain pipes. It’s the global packaging material of choice. We sleep on it, wear it, watch it, and are in direct bodily contact with it in one form or other all day and night.

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It may have profound societal benefits, but this most successful of all manmade materials sticks around for centuries. When exposed to sunlight, oxygen or the action of waves, it doesn’t biodegrade but simply fragments into smaller and smaller bits, until microscopic or nano-sized particles enter the food chain, the air, the soil and the water we drink.

The BBC’s hugely popular Blue Planet series and a stream of scientific studies have made us aware of how the oceans are being polluted, but we still have little understanding of how human health is impacted by the many synthetic chemicals and additives that are used to give plastic its qualities. In the past few years, minute microplastics and fibres, measuring the width of a human hair or far less, have been found in an extraordinary range of products, such as honey and sugarshellfishbottled and tap waterbeer, processed foods, table salt and soft drinks.

In one study, 95% of all adults tested in the US had known carcinogenic chemical bisphenol A in their urine. In another, 83% of samples of tap water tested in seven countries were found to contain plastic microfibres. A study published last week revealed plastics contamination in more than 90% of bottled-water samples, which were from 11 different brands. And earlier this year the River Tame in Manchester was found to have 517,000 particles of plastic per cubic metre of sediment – that’s nearly double the highest concentration ever measured across the world.

The more researchers look, the more they find in the human body. The same scientists who raised the alarm on air pollution from the deadly particles emitted by diesel vehicles are now finding plastic microparticles raining down on cities, and blown into the air from cars and construction sites, washing lines and food packaging. Indoor plastic pollution may be even worse than outdoors, with a single wash of sports kit or manmade textiles found to release thousands of microfibres into the air.

At a recent UK workshop convened by the marine group Common Seas, 30 scientists, doctors and others compared notes, and agreed unanimously that plastic is now in what we eat, drink and breathe, and constitutes a significant and growing threat to human health.

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If we can breathe in these micro- and nano-sized particles and fibres, the scientists conjecture, they are likely to get into the human bloodstream, lung tissue and breast milk, or become lodged in the gut and respiratory systems. Some microparticles may pass through the body without causing harm, others may lodge there dangerously. Many are suspected to be carcinogenic or to have hormone-disrupting properties.

The consensus is that there are great gaps in what we know about how microplastics affect human health, and that we need more robust science. We don’t know the risk when we drink contaminated bottled or tap water every day. We don’t know how much we are ingesting or breathing, or what effect exposure to hazardous plastic particles may have over years. We don’t know the concentrations that are safe for adults, let alone infants. There is mounting concern that under-studied microplastic particles threaten health by presenting a potentially major source of toxic chemicals to the human body.

Although we have known for years that some of the additives used to make plastics flexible, transparent or durable are chemically dangerous, few have been tested on humans. Some countries have banned some chemicals – but there is no consistency, and the chemical companies have found it easy to avoid regulation, finding substitutes that are potentially just as dangerous.

It is not enough to single out plastic bottles, coffee cups, or the microbeads found in cosmetics. We urgently need the government to form a comprehensive plastic action plan. Banning all plastic bags and single-use packaging would be a good start, but we need to go way beyond that. Plastic production has to be reduced, just as alternatives should be encouraged. Regulators must think about phasing out whole groups of chemicals of concern, rather than slowly restricting individual chemicals one at a time, and consumers must be helped to understand what they are being exposed to, and to navigate the complexity of what can be recycled, composted or burned.

In the 1950s the world made about 2m tonnes of plastic a year. Now that figure is 330m tonnes a year – and it is set to treble again by 2050. It’s not enough to return a few plastic bottles, or even to pick up an old mattress on a beach.

 John Vidal is a former environment editor of the Guardian


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Learning and development, Nature

The Sum Of Us

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Dear friend

Thank you for stepping up to do your bit for the planet.

As a friend of the earth, you and I are working together to change the world for good, creating a cleaner, healthier, fairer world for everyone.

Everything we achieve relies on people like you.

Over the coming months we’ll be in touch most weeks to tell you how you can make a difference – keeping dirty fossil fuels in the ground, protecting bees and combatting climate change. The Earth needs us to stand together more than ever. We need it.

I would be so pleased if you choose to fight with me side by side.

Here are some of our wins in 2017.

Highlights of the year

Bee-harming pesticides – could this be the end?

Our bees campaign celebrated big wins in 2017. We want a ban on bee-harming pesticides called neonicotinoids – or neonics – and we’ve seen progress among local authorities, retailers and government.

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The year got off to a good start as we celebrated Cornwall council’s decision to restrict neonic use in its parks,  highways and other public land. Devon, Dorset and Somerset have also committed. Great news for the South West and huge thanks to our local groups and campaigners in their communities.

In May, after campaigning by our colleagues and supporters, B&Q became the first of the UK’s big 10 garden centres to commit to stop using neonics. And in November Homebase became the 10th:  days after we’d handed over an 18,000-strong petition, the company said that by the end of 2018 it would stop using bee-harming pesticides on garden plants and in other garden products.

Also this year the UK government rejected the National Farmers’ Union’s latest request to lift restrictions on neonics. Thousands of our supporters emailed their MPs to help bring about this win.

And in the biggest victory of all, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced in November that the government now backs tougher restrictions on neonics.

We’ll be keeping up the pressure in 2018 to help our precious polinators.

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Coal, oil and gas: cutting off investment

We’re part of a growing global alliance persuading people to divest from fossil fuels – in other words, move their investments out of coal, oil and gas.

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We want to prevent new coal extraction and stop coal being used to generate our electricity. It’s the dirtiest of fossil fuels. So 21 April 2017 was a landmark for Britain – it was the first day since the 1880s that we hadn’t used any coal to produce electricity. The UK now gets more of its electricity from wind power than from coal.

But we’re not resting easy. In June we took part in a public enquiry into a proposed opencast coal mine near beautiful Druridge Bay in Northumberland. We’d spent months focusing media attention on the contradiction between this huge new project and the government’s commitment to phasing out coal.

Our pressure, along with thousands of signatures from local communities and others, persuaded the government to call in the Druridge Bay coal project – the first time this has ever been done for climate reasons. A decision on the project is now the government’s rather than the local council’s. And we’re hoping for good news around March 2018.

Also this year, Barclays Bank announced it will sell its investment in Third Energy, the company that wants to frack in Ryedale, Yorkshire. Barclays had faced increasing pressure from Friends of the Earth and our partners in the divestment movement.

And we had more reason to celebrate when oil company UKOG withdrew plans to drill 4 oil wells under the South Downs National Park. We’d been campaigning against the plans with local residents. Big environmental concerns included the company’s plans to pump chemicals into the wells, potentially endangering drinking water in the area.

Throughout 2017 more organisations have announced they’re moving away from dirty energy investments. Friends of the Earth local groups have played a big part in keeping up the pressure. The list now includes Hackney council – joining the likes of Waltham Forest, Southwark, Haringey and South Yorkshire – as well as over a third of our universities, the TUC, UNISON, and large parts of the Catholic church. Pressure is even growing within parliament to de-carbonise its own pension investments.

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Shedding light on air pollution

In late 2016 we launched one of the biggest-ever nationwide citizen science experiments – and revealed the dirty truth about air pollution.

Since then more than 4,000 of you (including schoolchildren) have tested the air quality all around the UK using our unique Clean Air Kit. Many of the results have been alarming.

By uncovering hidden pollution hotspots you’ve helped put Britain’s dirty air firmly on the political agenda. Our National Air Pollution Map and groundbreaking report [pdf] show dirty air is a far wider problem than national and local government suggest.

Now our Clean Air Schools Pack, endorsed by the National Union of Teachers, is helping to educate a generation of children on the dangers of air pollution – and what we can do about it.

In the run-up to the June General Election we produced a 6-point plan for tackling air pollution. It led to dramatically improved commitments from two of the main political parties, including a pledge by Labour to end illegal air pollution by 2018 – in line with Friends of the Earth’s position.

We’ve unmasked diesel as a dirty fuel of the past. By the end of 2017, diesel sales were in an unprecedented decline, with 8 consecutive months of reduced year-on-year sales.

And garages are no longer allowed to advertise the practice of removing vital air pollution filters from cars after we launched a complaint.

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These are just some of our victories. We hope that you win join and have more victories together with us for a better world.

Thanks for all your support.

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Friends Of The Earth

Together we can protect people and planet

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Save Sherwood Forest from fracking

Our investigations have revealed that a huge energy company called INEOS wants to explore for shale gas in beloved Sherwood Forest – the first step towards fracking.

We aren’t going to sit idly by and let this happen. 

We need your help, and we need it urgently. Please give what you can to our fighting fund today.

Donate To Save Sheerwood:

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Nature, Psychology

Can´t Stop The Feeling – Spring Is Here

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The wind is finally turning and coming from the south.

Over the meadow
And under a log
Lived some little black bugs
And a big green frog.

Over in the meadow
And in a tree
Lived some baby blue birds
And busy yellow bees.

Over in the meadow
Where wildflowers grow,
Orange and purple butterflies
Flutter to and fro.

Over in the meadow
Where white cows graze
Little red ladybugs
Up and fly away!

Jean Warren

The spring feeling is strong. You can feel the electrical energy in your whole body. So let´s dance…….

I got this feelin’ inside my bones
It goes electric, wavy when I turn it on
All through my city, all through my home
We’re flyin’ up, no ceilin’, when we in our zone
I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, movin’ so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop
And under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine
Nothin’ I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance
Feel a good, good creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
Ooh, it’s something magical
It’s in the air, it’s in my blood, it’s rushin’ on (rushin’ on)
I don’t need no reason, don’t need control (need control)
I fly so high, no ceiling, when I’m in my zone
‘Cause I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet
I feel that hot blood in my body when it drops (ooh)
I can’t take my eyes up off it, moving so phenomenally
Room on lock, the way we rock it, so don’t stop (stop, stop, stop)
Under the lights when everything goes
Nowhere to hide when I’m gettin’ you close
When we move, well, you already know
So just imagine, just imagine, just imagine
Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance
Feel a good, good, creepin’ up on you
So just dance, dance, dance, come on
All those things I shouldn’t do
But you dance, dance, dance
And ain’t nobody leavin’ soon, so keep dancin’
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’
So just dance, dance, dance
I can’t stop the feelin’ (yeah)
So keep dancin’, come on



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Health, Nature, Psychology, Wellness

Saudade – The Strong Word of Longing

longing is a strong feeling of need or desire for someone or something. If you’re stuck in detention and all of your friends are outside enjoying a sunny day, you might be looking out the window with longing.

A longing describes an unfulfilled desire. The days might feel long as long as you are longing to see someone you love, if that person is far away. You might be longing for your mother’s home-made chicken soup, if you are sick and far from home. Or perhaps you are a pregnant woman, wide awake and longing for pickles and ice-cream at four in the morning. Let’s hope there’s a twenty-four hour deli open somewhere to help satisfy your longing.

is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. One English translation of the word is missingness, although it might not convey the feeling of deep emotion attached to the word “saudade”. Stronger forms of saudade might be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died.

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Saudade was once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places, or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one’s children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings altogether, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.

“Memory of something with a desire for it.”

Duarte Nunes Leão

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I’ve always been fascinated that there are certain words with no direct equivalents in other languages. It goes to the idea that life is so varied and complex, it will spawn words as distinctive as snowflakes.

The natives of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina have the word mamihlapinatapai for a look shared between two people when both are wishing the other would do something neither wants to. In Thai there is greng-jai — when you don’t want someone to do something for you because it would be a bother for him or her.

Perhaps my favorite of these elusive words is saudade, a Portuguese and Galician term that is a common fixture in the literature and music of Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde and beyond. The concept has many definitions, including a melancholy nostalgia for something that perhaps has not even happened. It often carries an assurance that this thing you feel nostalgic for will never happen again. My favorite definition of saudade is by Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo: “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.

Since it comes up so frequently in the music we listen to on our show, we decided to dig deeperJoining us to explain the concept are two musical masterminds: jazz singer Luciana Souza and producer Beco Dranoff. Both do a great job of explaining what saudade means playing some of their favorite tracks.

I hate winter and the cold. I look outside in my garden and I see snow and it is freezing cold. The winter has been way to long (it is every year). I LONG so much for summer and my thoughts and passion are so much directed to the memories of the hot burning sun, wunderful beaches and a lush nature. Here below you can see some of my strong SAUDADE.

Summer please come soon

The winter is holding me like a cocoon

The passion for the heat is strong

It has been cold far to long


Love, Summer and Lush