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Monday, July 12, 2010

WATERMELON AND FURADAN

Furadan is the trade name of Carbofuran, which is 2,3-dihydro-2,2-dimethyl-7-benzofuranyl methylcarbamate (CAS number is 1563-66-2) manufactured  by FMC Corporation. This pesticide is very successful in controlling pests in field of crops like watermelon, potatoes, beet, maize, sorghum, sunflowers, oilseed rape, alfalfa, peanuts, soya beans, sugar cane, rice, cotton, coffee, cucurbits, tobacco, lavender, citrus, vines, strawberries, bananas and other vegetable crops. Due to its cholinesterase inhibitor activity, carbofuran is considered a neurotoxin pesticide and is deadly to human beings, animals and birds.

Possibilities of Carbofuran dangers

FURADAN AND WATERMELON Furadan  is a systemic insecticide, in which the plant absorbs through the roots, and distributed mainly in vessels, stems and leaves. Usually fruits are not getting precipitated with traces, but some studies in India showed that it may precipitate in banana, or watermelon.

Furadan is water soluble and acts as systemic pesticide. Hence the chances of absorbing and storing as a metabolite in Watermelon is highly possible. Authorities in all countries must  perform valid studies in this area to find the exact truth.

WATERMELON AND CARBOFURANWatermelon and other fleshy fruits are on high risk while considering these facts. Many countries like USA already banned the presence of Carbofuran in any foods or fruits. On May 11 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that traces of carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States, whether domestic or imported, 

This ban clearly indicates that the traces of Furadan or Carbofuran is present in many fruits and crops where they were cultivated by using this pesticide as prime insecticide. Kenya is another country that took strong measures against the use of carbofuran.

In their website, www.furadanfacts.com, FMC says” Furadan remains a useful product, vital to the sustainability of agriculture. FMC believes the proper use of Furadan does not create a risk to human health, wildlife, or the environment, and we will continue to promote its responsible use.”

But this claim cannot be accepted as it is stated. Until now , there is no clear studies about the after effects of prolonged consumption of mild traces of Carbofuran or its metabolites done anywhere in world. Developing countries like India and China still permit the use in paddy field and cotton fields.

Some of the trade names that are available in market :

  1. 'Curaterr' (Bayer)
  2. 'Furadan' (FMC)
  3. 'Agrofuran' (Sanonda)
  4. 'Carbodan' (Makhteshim-Agan)
  5. 'Carbosip' (Sipcam)
  6. 'Cekufuran' (Cequisa)
  7. 'Chinufur' (Agro-Chemie)
  8. 'Furacarb' (Aimco)
  9. 'Fury' (Nagarjuna Agrichem)
  10. 'Terrafuran' (Sanachem)

Now it is the time to react against this dangerous pesticide and I request my readers to share facts with me about the same subject so that a highly updated post can be published here.

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Friday, July 09, 2010

MAN LIVES WITHOUT FOOD AND WATER FOR YEARS

I was quite shocked hearing that Prahlad Jani, a holy man,known as Mataji is claimed to be living without food and water for years. Usually human beings can live without food for several weeks, with the body consuming on its fat and stored proteins. But without water human body can survive only three or four days. But in this case, Mr Prahlad Jani is surviving without food and water for more than 70 years.

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Mr Prahlad Jani, is a Hindu saint who was born and brought up in Charod village in Mehsana district in Gujarat. This unmarried man or “Brahmachari” follows the yoga lifestyle. He wears the dress of a devotee of the goddess Ambaji - a red sari-like garment, nose ring, bangles, crimson flowers in the hair and vermilion "tika" mark on his forehead, similar to a married Hindu women.

He claims that he has survived several decades without food or water because of a hole in his palate. According to him drops of water filter through this hole which can be utilized instead of food and water, surviving himself on air and meditation

 

Medical Investigations on secrets behind chronic fasting

A detailed study was performed by India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), the state defense and military research institute in April 2010. They tried to find the secret behind the survival without food and water, hoping that it may benefit  warfront soldiers, astronauts etc.

Various laboratory tests were performed on Mr Prahlad Jani’s heart, lungs and memory capacity. Scanning, hormonal tests, enzymes, energy metabolism and genes. The laboratory results and concluding findings will be released soon.

This man cooperated well with the investigations and he spent 15 days under constant surveillance under cameras and closed circuit television. During these period he didn’t eat, drink or go to the toilet. He avoided bathing also in order to avoid false conclusion that he may drink during bathing.

Examiner Shah's words sound different: "We have reached a hypothesis which confirms that Jani's body has certainly undergone a biological transformation due to yogic kriyas. And he can control his inner organs' functions, which itself is intriguing."

Earlier Investigations on Mr Prahlad Jani

This is the second time, this man was brought under medical investigations to find the mystery behind his survival. In 2003, similar investigations were done on him. Read to know more-http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3236118.stm

In both investigations, this man was found to be 100% normal.

How to reach Mr Prahlad Jani

Do you like to perform any Medical Investigation or want to learn the technique? Contact Mr Prahlad Jaani or his devotees to meet him at the earliest.

Location:
Charod Village, Mehsana District, Gujarat State, India

Distance:
Approximately 74 km from Ahmedabad, Capital City of Gujarat

Best Time to Visit:
October to March

How to Reach Charod, Mehsana
By Air: The nearest airport from Mehsana is located 100 km from Ahmedabad.
By Train: Mehsana is a railway junction and have number of trains from all parts of Gujarat
By Road: State and private buses are always available. Apart from this, taxis and private cars are also viable options to reach.

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