HEADS & TAILS

You Are Eating Much More Than You Think You Are

When I bite into a bar of chocolate, I think of calories. I don’t think of rat hair and faeces. But perhaps I should. The American Food and Drug Authority, the regulatory body for food standards in the United States, publishes something called the Defect Levels Handbook. This sets permissible limits for “natural or unavoidable defects […]

How Ibn al-Nafis Proved Galen Wrong

Claudius Galenus, known as Galen, was a Greek physician/ surgeon in the Roman empire who was physician to several Roman emperors. He, unfortunately, influenced the development of various scientific disciplines, including anato­my, physiology, pathology, pharmacol­ogy and neurology, in European medi­cal science for 1300 years, till proper scientists found that everything he said was “incorrect or […]

Whose Money, Whose Health?

Terminally ill patients don’t care whether a cancer drug works on a mouse, or that some disease can be cured in another species. Such claims only taunt them with false hope. They need real cures based on real science not misleading and antiquated animal experiments. Millions of animals are torn open every year in laboratories […]

When Little Babies Are Cut And Their Ribs Broken

Every country is replete with innovations in policy: things that make life better for everyone. If we had a team in Niti Ayog, whose only job was to look through the Net and find these new strategies, then they could pass them on to the ministries. Perhaps the most important decision that was made in […]

How is Your Car Connected to a Monkey

When you buy German cars you have given your consent to them for all the monkeys and hu­mans they have maimed and killed. It has now been discovered that Ger­man automakers funded studies that had humans and monkeys inhaling diesel fumes. Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler have been exposed in a report published by the New […]

Ketamine in Your 'Natural' Chicken

The medical use of Ketamine Hydrochlo­ride is as an anaesthetic used in medi­cal procedures, or surgery. It is a white crystal that can be used as a recreational hallucinogenic anaesthetic (and is used for date rape). It is banned in this country for open sale as it is a party drug. Unfortunately, the veterinary hospitals […]

The Truth About Vitamins

All living beings require vitamins, es­sential micronutrients, and these should come through the diet. An extra dose of vitamin has very little nutritional ben­efit if you are already healthy, but if you are defi­cient in any vitamin you will require supplements so that your cells and tissues can grow properly. Vitamins facilitate the chemical reactions […]

Monkeys Killed By Toothpaste, Rabbits Blinded By Perfume 

So many companies test on animals. Even those that don’t need to do so. For instance, perfume companies by now have isolated all the ingredients needed to make a perfume. It is simply a matter of mixing them. But they continue to spray the perfume in rabbits eyes, slice their skins open and rub it […]

California Sets The Trend

California has a very interesting political system. This allows organisations and individuals to bypass politicians and put potential laws directly to a vote by the general population – as long as they can get enough signatures to support the measure in the first place. This makes sense to me, because, in India, we are at the […]

What are we being fed in the name of supplements

All living beings require vitamins, essential micronutrients, and these should come through the diet. An extra dose of vitamin has very little nutritional benefit if you are already healthy, but if you are deficient in any vitamin you will require supplements so that your cells and tissues can grow properly. Vitamins facilitate the chemical reactions that produce […]

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