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@ Mikko - If you want to use science as your supportive stone, then I can say the same goes for the recommendations given by the government and public health agencies regarding cholesterol. Over the years, they have misconstrued and manipulated data in every which way to make citizens believe that fat, especially saturated fat, is harmful. They created these cholesterol claims based on HYDROGENATED vegetable oils, which to this day, have been shown to be deleterious to health. But now, most researchers are abandoning this 'myth'. There is SUBSTANTIAL evidence showing that saturated fats, in the presence of MODERATE carbohydate intake (below the AHA recommended 45-65% of daily calories), actually have favorable effects on cholesterol. SFA do indeed raise LDL-C, but if seeing SFA in light of research done on LDL-C particle size, you'll come to realize that SFA tend to increase the size of LDL-C, which is a good thing. Not to mention SFA decrease triglyceride levels, which are by far a better predictor of cardiovascular health. Read up on Ronald Krauss, the researcher who was one of the first to begin studying LDL-C particle size; the Great Fat Debate, a roundtable of Walter Willeet and Dariush Mozaffarian; Cholesterol Myths by Uffe Ravnskov.

There is a reason that ghee, coconut oil, palm oil, butter, and pretty much any other FOOD has been used in cultures for eons. Populations believed in the nourishing effects of these foods. However, the prevalence of these foods is dwindling, and polyunsaturated fats such as corn, cottonseed, canola, soybean oils are taking their place. Guess who was partly responsible for our misinformed impression on vegetable oils? Scientific literature. Real food is being pushed off the table by man-made food.


Mikko - I am one of those healed by the miracles of ayurveda and yoga as they go hand in hand. They have been practised for over 5000 years and as you said they are based on old religious scriptures but are based on experienced and utter observations. For more information please read this article.


I don't think there is too much scientific evidence to validate these kinds of suggestions to include butter (clarified or not) in one's dietary regimen. It seems to me somewhat irresponsible for someone to give such recommendations based on few dodgy literary sources, some of which are older than old.

How many people you know that have actually been healed from a serious illness by ayurvedic healers? I know or have heard of none.



There is a good article in the current issue regarding dry skin and Ghee was one of the recommendations to help. I'll try to find the whole article for you.
Love you a bunch,



janice gero

Ms. Knittel's articles on yoga for autistic children have been very interesting and helpful for someone like me with a wonderful autistic child in our family. My question is - we are in Los Angeles - does she know of any yoga classes for autistic children in this area that she would recommend. My e-mail address is: If you could forward my question to her I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

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