Monday, December 26, 2011

Camel Milk May Be Answer to Diabetes?

It has been scientifically proven that gulping down camel milk daily would supplement 60 to 70 per cent of insulin in Type I diabetics.

India is sitting on the world diabetes throne with the maximum number of diabetics across the globe. Yet in the arid sand dunes of Rajasthan, there is a tribe of camel breeders called Raicas who are immune to this condition, thanks to a staple item on their daily menu, camel milk.

According to the research conducted at the Diabetes Care and Research Centre, SP Medical College Bikaner, a litre of camel milk contains about 52 units of insulin.

“These units in camel milk are not neutralized by the acidic juices in the stomach, unlike other forms of orally administered insulin,” said Mr RP Agrawal, director, Diabetes Care and Research Centre, Bikaner.

It has been scientifically proven that gulping down camel milk daily would supplement 60 to 70 per cent of insulin in Type I diabetics.

The research on the project had begun with the Raica community as the base model. An initial survey revealed zero prevalence among the Raicas in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, while the rest of the tribe members in the same region who do not like camel milk but have similar lifestyles, had five to six per cent prevalence. Camel milk was successfully tested on albino rats clinically induced with diabetes. Later, similar tests were conducted on more than 50 individuals with Type I and Type II diabetes for more than two years, resulting in a drastic fall in their blood sugar levels.

“A Type I diabetic who needs 20 units of insulin annually can bring this down to six to seven units with regular intake of camel milk,” he said. Both camel milk and this batch of researchers from Bikaner are yet to get their due in their own diabetes-infested country. But they have featured in many international journals and research publications and even been recommended by the American Diabetes Association.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently recognized this unique discovery which could provide an effective relief to scores of diabetics in the country.
"Sadly, most of the people in our country are unaware of the fact.  But, we are in correspondence with medical universities and research institutes in the USA,” Dr Agrawal said.

Scientists are attributing this trait of camel milk to a unique phytonutrient (derived from plants) present in the camels’ daily diet. But they are yet to isolate this blood sugar fighting agent. Research is on. Camel milk is also high on minerals and low on cholesterol content, compared to cow's milk.

Changing horses in midstream

How to pursue your passion, and become a better-rounded person, through a career change
Whether you are pursuing a life-long passion or looking to reinvent yourself, it is never too late to pursue a new career. Aimee Flynn, career services director at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham in North Carolina, US, offers tips on changing careers and making the most of this transitional period.

Hunt and gather

It’s important to start with a thorough investigation into your new industry.
“You are looking for general parallels between who you are and who you want to be, where you’ve been and where you are going,” says Flynn.
Pasha Lemnah, a photography student at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, found this parallel between the past and the future. After 20 years in the nursing field, she re-evaluated her life and what she wanted from her career. This investigation led her to pursue her childhood passion of photography.

Seasoned pro or  newbie?

Dumping the ego is crucial. “Be open to starting fresh, and embrace a sense of equal status with everyone in the classroom,” she says. “Surrender to the fact that you can learn as much from a first-year student as they can from you.”
Lemnah embraces this equal status, finding support through her fellow students who refer to her as “Mama Pasha”.

Network, network, network

While this is a common tip, be smart about how and with whom you network. Try to network with people already employed in your field of interest. Surround yourself with people who are supportive and can help you acquire new contacts.
Now that you’re back in the classroom, go beyond it: attend local ‘lunch and learns’, workshops and industry-related events.

Be willing to change

“Every industry has its own tenors; its own language. Adopt them,” says Flynn. Edit your Facebook, Twitter and social networking pages to reflect who you want to be.
A willingness to change is a key factor in successfully reinventing yourself through your career. A great example is Denise Hartz, an interior design student at The Art Institute of Michigan. Hartz, who is retiring from her current career in two years, says, “I want to be a successful older person. I don’t want to retire.” Instead, she’s taking steps to turn a passion she’s had for years into a brand new career in interior design.

Revisit your resume

“Develop a new resume as a platform to highlight your critical and analytical thinking skills, your leadership abilities and willingness to collaborate, your planning and management skills, and your ability to facilitate creative thinking when faced with a problem to solve,” recommends Flynn.

Build your team

Find a dedicated career services advisor. “Make an appointment, show up prepared, and be humble and open to a possible entry level experience,” says Flynn.
“I just think it’s never too late in life to do what you want to do... pursue a dream,” says Hartz. Lemnah echoes this statement, calling herself a “walking, living, breathing dream catcher”.