Todo está iluminado — Everything is Illuminated por Jonathan Safran Foer. Reaccion a la novela

Review de la novela de Jonathan Safran Foer “Todo está iluminado” —”Una vida iluminada” en Latinoamérica — o su título original: “Everything is Illuminated”.
Este libro captiva por su estructura aparentemente caótica y la diferente forma narrativa y estilo entre aquellos fragmentos que narran el viaje físico entre los tres personajes principales y los recuerdos, testimonios y leyendas que recolectan a través del cual y forjan en una historia especulativa sobre los eventos que acontecieron en la localidad de origen de los ancestros del narrador.
Una obra exquisita, experimental, profunda y descarada en su estilo. Para leer, reflexionar y asomarse a la ventana del alma.
Recomendadisima.

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Erich Fromm’s “The Fear of Freedom” as a tool to understand the rise of Donald Trump

Erich Fromm explains in this book, published before the end of the Second World War, the reason why certain societies in particular historical moments opt for authoritarian political regimes (fascism).
A deep analysis of the development of the infant’s notion of his existence as an individual being and an extended analysis of the social structure evolution due to the economic and political transformation in specific historical periods are the grounds that Fromm utilized to explain the reasons for Hitler’s Third Reich raise.
The most intriguing thing is how these theories, written over 50 years ago, feature strong parallelisms with the contemporary events like the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America or the raise of the extremism right-wing party of Marine Le Pen in France.
Both fascinating and scary, this book is a powerful tool to understand the historical transformation we are going through, that will condition the following years that our generation will have to endure.

“El miedo a la libertad” de Erich Fromm para entender el ascenso al poder de Donald Trump

Este libro publicado antes del fin de la segunda guerra mundial explica la razón por la que ciertas sociedades en momentos históricos concretos tienden a buscar soluciones en la adherencia a regímenes autoritarios (fascistas). El profundo análisis de la psicología individual y desarrollo del yo en el niño, y luego el análisis de la evolución de la estructura social fruto de la transformación económica en determinados periodos de la historia sirven de base para entender la llegada al poder de Adolf Hitler y el tercer Reich.
Lo más interesante es cómo estas teorías escritas analizando el momento histórico a mediados del siglo XX tienen paralelismos obvios con lo que ha pasado hace unos meses en EEUU, donde Donald Trump ha sido elegido Presidente, o lo que probablemente pase en unas semanas en Francia, con el vertiginoso ascenso de la ultraderechista Marie Le Pen.
Fascinante y escalofriante a la vez. Imprescindible para reflexionar sobre este momento histórico de cambio profundo que se nos avecina y que nuestra generación tendrá que afrontar.

Guantes Garshana para masaje en seco segun la medicina Ayervedica

Los guantes Garshana para masaje en seco según la medicina ayurvédica vienen presentados en una bolsa que incluye breves manuales sobre cómo usarlos y un limpiador para lalengua.
El diseño de los guantes parece apropiado para dar masajes, aunque no se si el tejido resistirá repetidos masajes durante mucho tiempo.
La escasa información sobre en qué consiste la medicina ayurvédica y cómo utilizar los guantes, hace que este producto está más destinado a un público entendido en la materia y no tanto para curiosos o principiantes.
Lo de incluir un limpiador para la lengua como regalo con los guantes es algo que no entiendo mucho, pero nunca viene mal ir por ahí con la lengua bien limpia.
El precio, unos 25-30 dolares en amazon, hacen que el producto sea ligeramente caro para lo que contiene. Quizás añadir material bibliográfico para entender mejor los principios de la medicina ayurvédica, sus masajes secos e instrucciones mas detalladas ayudaría a elevar el ratio calidad:precio.

Prostate Supplement by Cross Trader

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This supplement combines four agents extracted from plants: Beta Sitosterol, Saw Palmetto, Lycopene and Quercetin.

The two first are phytosterols, fatty acids, with a bunch of beneficial effects on your cardiovascular system and on maintaining your cholesterol in decent levels.

Beta Sitosterol has shown an effect on preventing benign prostatic hypertrophy and therefore it is incorporated in many foods, especially margarines, and some vegetal oils, yogurt and other foods with the goal of providing a total daily intake of 1 to 3g. Nevertheless, this supplement provides only 0.1g (100mg) a day, not much of a contribution to reach that target.

Saw Palmetto has not a proven effect on preventing benign prostatic hypertrophy or other prostate diseases, including cancer. Of course some more data is needed and it is suspected that bla bla bla… studies in mice… bla bla… You have heard that before, haven’t you?

Lycopene is a very widely known antioxidant you should devour during (and before) your beach vacation in the summer: it is known to protect your skin from UV light. It is especially abundant in tomato, that’s why gazpacho is the best antioxidant boost on a summer day. Even though its effects on benign prostatic hypertrophy, to my knowledge,  have not been reported it is proven to have a preventive effect on a bunch of cancers, including prostate cancer. It also decreases C reactive protein thanks to its anti-inflamatory effect.

Quercetin is of a more blurry candidate for therapeutic molecule: no effect on preventing any pathological condition, on prostate or elsewhere, has been shown, nor any power to prevent cancer. And yes, it often happens with herbal supplements, that the sole reputation of some molecules is reason enough to be included in a supplement.

All in all, this supplement will not harm, and will help you increase somehow the amounts of some components of foods that are really good for you and that you should be getting with a healthy diet. If that is not the case, these pills won’t make miracles, but they will for sure help you enrich your diet.

In case you are serious about preventing benign prostatic hypertrophy or other prostate problems, you might need more than this supplement and then a visit to your doctor or nutritionist is a must.

A drawback of these pills is that you need to take 2 per day and a bottle only contains 60 pills. This means you will have to refill your stocks often but the price is not expensive. Regarding the amounts of nutrients you get with the pills, you can get the same on your grocery bag, only that with much more effort, but again nothing is too much when you want to prevent certain conditions and make sure your prostate stays healthy.

My advice, if you decide to go for these pills, swallow them with a glass of freshly made gazpacho! That will indeed help.