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Jangan takut rayakan lebaran dengan santan

Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri, Maap Lahir Batin. Jangan takut untuk makan yang berkuah santan, karena banyak riset membuktikan bahwa makanan bersantan ternyata merupakan diet yang tidak menyebabkan penyakit jantung koroner dan tidak menyebabkan obesitas.
Indonesia merupakan salah satu produsen terbesar coconut oil (dan palm oil), dimana ekspor keduanya merupakan jantung perekonomian Indonesia yang sustainable dari sektor agraris.

Mungkin banyak yang belum tahu bahwa sejak negara-negara industri juga menghasilkan seeds oil (minyak dari biji-bijian: seperti sunflower, corn) dan animals oil (beef-tallow, pig-lard), perang menguasai pasar versus tropical oils (palm based) telah lama dikibarkan. Diantara yang menjadi skandal adalah peranan ilmuwan-ilmuwan negara industri "melacurkan" hasil penelitian mereka untuk membuat minyak biji-bijian terlihat superior dari minyak asal tropis (dan mediteranian oil: olive).

Caranya ada banyak:
Minyak kelapa dan sawit buruk bagi kesehatan -- tidak …

School Canteen and Vending Machine contribute childhood obesity

Research focussing on children food lifestyle at school has concluded two significant contributors to early obesity: (1) vending machine and (2) canteen.

Above all, kids are too exposed to soft drinks and imbalanced diets that can cause harm to their developmental stage, not only causing obesity and higher risk of cardiovascular disease, later. Only one from six people is able to sustain weigh loss, rest of them either having a bounced phenomenon or stay as they are now.

Hey, those are in America, how bout children in Indonesia?

Currently, my research team is conducting a survey, consisting 440 primary school students, seeking their perception of "hygiene" and "health". Unfortunately, I could not publish the result, but from similar finding in other parts of Indonesia, we can safely say that there is a big chunk of parents not preparing them healthy food, resulting kids to buy snacks from street vendors in the school and surroundings.

As a common problem to Indonesia …

Antibiotics: not a monopoly of modern medication

Introduction to bacteria was merely 120 years ago, perhaps this was the first empirical evidence of sub-small living organism that can cause disease. Since then, research in microbiology flourished. Officially the term of antibiotics was established in 1928, marked by penicillin. Next to it, streptomycin and chloromycin were added to antibiotics medication.
However, concept of antibiotics is not an alien knowledge to ancient civilization. Recently, proof of antibiotics, extracted from Streptomyces, has been found in ancient Nubians (Sudanese). During that period, auereomycin (named after golden circular bacterium of Streptomyces on medium) was vastly used to cure illness. Traces of presently called streptomycin were detected in bones of kids and adults of Nubians by mass spectrometry (see: brief communication).
Similar to Nubian, ancient societies were hypothesized to consume antibiotics through drinks, alcoholic beverages, and herbal concoction. Healers of Egyptians, Chinese, and G…