Aug. 7th, 2007

lurkitty: (geektoaster)
I usually take reports of vitamin therapy for major chronic diseases with a large grain of salt, but these findings appear significant.

Researchers at Warwick University have found that both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics expel vitamin B1, thiamine, from their bodies at 15 times the normal rate. Their research indicates that thiamine concentrations are 75-76% lower than people without diabetes.

The mechanism by which thiamine helps is well known, working on a cellular level to mitigate the effects of high glucose level and prevent vascular damage. The reason the deficiency has not come to light is that the new study used a more sensitive testing method.

But don't run out and buy vitamins yet. The study about whether diet and/or supplements will correct the deficiency hasn't been done yet.
lurkitty: (fudog)
The Chinese government has declared that Tibet's living Buddhas must seek permission before reincarnating.

The Times Online reports that an order coming into effect Sept 1st declares that, “The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid...”
It is aimed at preventing the "official" reincarnation of the 72-year-old Dalai Lama. The Chinese government has also banned anyone outside China from taking part in seeking and recognizing a living buddha.

This all seems ridiculous from the outside, taking into account that reincarnation isn't exactly within the control of even the most totalitarian regime. But this is all part of China's plan to break the hold the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism has over Tibet's remaining inhabitants.

And the list of human rights abuses grows even longer.

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