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    FIGHT OBESITY | Prebiotics offer hope for children suffering from obesity

    New study using Prebiotin prebiotic fiber shows positive results   HARRISBURG, Pa., March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — How can prebiotics help children suffering from the effects of obesity and overweight? A new study shows that a simple daily addition of a particular prebiotic fiber prior to dinner may help children feel satiety and eat less. The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on February 22, 2017. http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/02/22/ajcn.116.140947.abstract What sets it apart is that few such studies have ever been conducted with children to examine the effects of prebiotic supplementation on appetite control and energy intake. The effects of obesity are pervasive in our Western-style fast-food culture. The effects on a child of being overweight or obese are enormous, including the threat of diabetes. A child’s digestion, immune system, and even self-esteem, all suffer. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in the child’s colon and create a feeling of fullness and reduction in energy intake (calories).  The specific proprietary supplement formula used in this successful study is oligofructose-enriched inulin, OEI, sachets/stick packs by Prebiotin. “The results of this dietary intervention study highlight the potential of prebiotic supplementation in the management of pediatric overweight and obesity, with significant improvements in …

  • GPS | Korea: Altar of a shaman for a ritual ceremony held on an island

    GPS | ASIA:  In October 2005, I took a bus to Yangtze Island in South Korea and attended a private Daedong Gut (shaman ritual) by the Korean shaman, Kim Keumhwa, a governing official spirit.  Shamanism is Korea’s indigenous religion and is very much alive in Korea and where Koreans live, despite the efforts of churches, official and quasi-official agencies and crafty antique dealers to ignore its existence in fast-paced, Western-focused contemporary Korean society. There are any number of reasons why a ritual will be held: illness or to give thanks for good health, bad business or new prosperity, blessing a new house or business, searching for a mate or fixing a failing marriage, getting good grades in school, or winning the lottery.  Shamans are selected for the strength of their spiritual integrity.  The images on the altar are representations of spiritual icons and gods. — RG Related articles The experience of altered states of consciousness in shamanic ritual: The role of pre-existing beliefs and affective factors (personspiritresearch.wordpress.com) Welcome to K-Soc! (koreansociety.wordpress.com) Purification and accumulation (inyourbones.com) Totem Talk: Soloing old raids as a DPS shaman (wow.joystiq.com) ‘Poison-needle plot’ Korean held (bbc.co.uk) Korean Nuclear Envoys to Meet Next Week, South Says (nytimes.com) North Korean …