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Hieizan Enryakuji Onioi-shiki In a lively Buddhist service, a monk wearing a goblin mask is chased off.


Osame Fudo Osame Fuda Otakiage Charms and amulets received during the year are burned as prayers of thanks are offered.


Shimai Tenjin The temple fair is held the 25th of each month. This particular day being the last fair of the year, the market is bustling with people shopping not only for potted plants and sundries but also the many New Year's items on display.


Keta no U-Matsuri At this distinctive festival, the way that a single cormorant comes to a stop by the light of a flickering candle atop a platform is used to foretell whether the coming year will bring a good or bad harvest and fishing catch.

Do you Know : On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!



Akibasan Hibuse Matsuri An esoteric Buddhist ceremony. Monk ascetics, called Shugenja, perform rituals for the deity using drums, bells, and religious chants. In a ritual called Hiwatari, they also walk barefoot across burning embers.

Do you know? The human body produces and destroys about 900 million blood cells every minute; that is, about 15 million every second.


The Secret to Happiness ... buy someone something.

In the spirit of the season, here's another reason to get out there & be extra happy. A study at the University of British Columbia in 2008 proved that people found happiness and satisfaction NOT from money they have earned and spent on themselves, but from money they spent on other people. This theory proves an old-time saying from the Bible: “It is better to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

You Yawn Because You Need Oxygen? – No, says researchers.

State University of New York researchers questioned the old myth that a person yawns because of a need to increase oxygen levels. The researchers concluded that people yawn to allow air in to cool their brains. In their experiment, the researchers found that those who watched others yawn had the urge to yawn as well. However, those who held an ice pack to their forehead or those who breathed with their noses did not have the urge to yawn.


In this festival, an offering of birds is made to the deity. The festival has its origins in offerings made by emperor Nintoku when he would return from hunting.

Cellular Phone Radiation Causes Insomnia

Bengt Arnetz, a Swedish researcher whose finding was published in in 2008, discovered that radiation your brain receives from using the cell phone before bed can keep you up at night. People, in the study, whose brains were exposed to cell phone radiation not only slept less, but did not reach a state of deep sleep.


Taikyousai This festival offers thanks for a bountiful harvest and catch. Various foods are prepared for the deities using duck and salmon. Bonfires are lit at night, when dances are also performed.

Do we really need Muti-Strains Probiotics?

Multiple strains of probiotics
Not all good bacteria have the same function in the body.

This makes it necessary to supplement with a well balanced, well researched formula to achieve optimal health.

Some bacteria work in the upper part of your digestive system, while others work towards the end (bottom - no pun intended) of your digestive system.

Hence, it necessary to choose a product that contains several strains of Probiotics. One such example is Bio-15 which contains 15 clinically proven strains of probiotics.

What is the Lifespan of our Hair?

The lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years on average. While you quite a few hairs each day, your hairs actually have a pretty long life providing they aren’t subject to any trauma. Your hairs will likely get to see several different haircuts, styles, and even possibly decades before they fall out on their own.

Salmon sold in our Stores contain huge amounts of Contaminants!

Almost 100% of the salmon that is sold to Asia in stores is farm-raised and can contain as many as 16 more contaminants than wild salmon. Did you realize even realize that farmed salmon are gray and not supposed to be pink (unlike their wild salmon cousins)? Since farm raised do not consume their natural foods, they are given colouring agents that give them the salmony pink colour. In recent studies, this colouring agent has been shown to cause a marid of human related illnesses including cancer. If possible, consume Wild Salmon instead of the farm bred ones.

Probiotics Are Vital For Women’s Health

Both oral probiotics and douching supplementation can prevent and cure vaginitis and vaginosis. An interesting study on probiotics and vaginosis was conducted in a 2007 by the University of Milan (Drago et al).

They found that after a 6 day daily douche of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus paracasei F19, 92.5% of women had their vaginosis cured. The fishy order was cured in all women. The pH levels of women were normalized to 4.5 in 34 out of 40 women. Probiotics has also been shown to reduce mastisis.

About H. Pyori Infection

Historically, it was widely believed that the highly acidic environment of the stomach would keep the stomach immune from infection.
However, a large number of studies have indicated that most cases of peptic ulcers, gastritis, and stomach cancer are caused by Helicobacter pylori (H. Pyori) infection.
Bio-15 has been shown to "kill" H. Pyori in our stomach.

What's the Strongest Muscle in your body?

Your Tongue is the strongest muscle in your body: Compared to its size, the tongue is the strongest muscle.


Hadakambo Festival (Naked Man Festival)

Hofu Tenman-gu Shrine, Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture

One of the most famous 'naked' festivals in Southern Japan. Men dressed only in loincloths brave the cold to carry mikoshi (floats) through the streets of Hofu to the Tenman-gu Shrine.

Breast-Fed=Higher IQ

90% of breast-fed children get higher IQ points than those who are formula fed. 90% of babies carry a specific genes needed to digest breast milk fats into polyunsaturated fatty acids that develop the brain. Those babies end up with more IQ points. This research study was done in England and New Zealand in 2007 and included more than 3,000 children. Infant-Formula Industry: Unethical Tactics In summer 2007, The Health and Human Services Department ran an ad campaign showing health risks for infants who are not breast-fed. Soon the infant-formula industry, through lobbying, was able to force the Health and Human Services Department to replace its ads by new ones that do not mention any risks and only emphasize benefits of breast feeding. We will discuss on the benefits of breast feeding & probiotics in later blogs.

There Are More Than 100 (known) Benefits To Taking Probiotics

According to the book, Probiotics by Casey Adam Ph.D., there are more than 100 benefits to supplementing with probiotics. Hundreds of studies have shown different species of probiotics confer different health benefits. However, we must take these probiotics in their proper context. For example, almost every probiotic study requires the patient to take large, therapeutic doses, for at least two months. Often times, the studies conferred the benefits after an entire year of daily, large dose supplementation.

During your lifetime, you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools.

Saliva plays an important part in beginning the digestive process and keeping the mouth lubricated, and your mouth produces quite a bit of it on a daily basis.

Cry to Protect Yourself

Tears and mucus contain an enzyme (lysozyme) that breaks down the cell wall of many bacteria. This is to your advantage, as the mucus that lines your nose and throat, as well as the tears that wet your eyes are helping to prevent bacteria from infecting those areas and making you sick.


Shichi-Go-San Festival The Making of Little Adults: The Celebration of 753

Three, five and seven year-old children in their finest kimono are taken by their parents to shrines to pray for the children's future health and good fortune.



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Probiotics Produce Antibiotic Chemicals

In the book Probiotics, Protection Against Infection, Casey Adamas writes: “To protect against pathogens, [probiotics] will produce a number of natural antibiotics designed to reduce the populations of [pathogenic bacteria]…” Moreover, these antibiotic substances are perfectly tuned to kill the invading pathogens. And if the pathogens become resistant to that chemical, then the probiotics will change strategies and produce a new, more effective antibiotic chemical. Contrast this dynamic probiotic strategy to our static, oral antibiotics which must be phased out every few years (as pathogens evolve resistance). While we may be able to continue to discover new antibiotic substances, nature will always win in the long term. The bacteria will always evolve resistance. This is illustrated by the fact that bacteria can even survive in nuclear waste! Currently, under labaoratory tests, Bio-15 Probiotics have shown to be able to "kill" viruses & anti-biotic resistant  bacteria such…

It takes 48 hours for your body to completely digest the food from one meal.


Are You Getting Your Vitamins? Better Get Your Probiotics.

It has been proven that probiotics produce a huge number of vitamins, such as: Vitamin A Vitamin K Vitamins B1-B3, B5-B7, B9, B12 Essential Fatty Acids So perhaps the need for B-vitamin supplementation is really a call for proper probiotic colonization. I look forward to the day when probiotic companies and organic food companies put vitamin companies out of business. Additionally, probiotics also increase the digestibility, bioavailability and processing of a large number of nutrients, including: copper calcium magnesium iron manganese potassium zinc proteins fats carbohydrates sugars milk phytonutrients cholesterol For example, Bio-15 Probiotic, as it undergoes a tedious 6 years natural fermentation process, contains 18 types of Amino Acids, 10 types of Vitamins, 9 types of Minerals & 4 types of Organic Acids. Imagine All that plus 15 strains of Clinically tested Friendly Bacteria & Prebiotics in just 1 capsule!

How Large are our Lungs?

The surface area of a human lung is equal to a Tennis court! In order to more efficiently oxygenate the blood, the lungs are filled with thousands of branching bronchi and tiny, grape-like alveoli. These are filled with microscopic capillaries which oxygen and carbon dioxide. The large amount of surface area makes it easier for this exchange to take place, and makes sure you stay properly oxygenated at all times.

Do You Know? When you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red!


Probiotics Fight Cancer, Colds and Constipation

It may not surprise you to hear that probiotics can reduce constipation (Italy, Amenta et al. 2006). But what may surprise you, is that probiotics play a role in cancer. They have been shown stimulate production of anti-cancer chemicals (Hatakka et al. 2008). The probiotics, Lactobacillus casei, have also been shown in Tokyo to reduce the risk of bladder cancer, depending on frequency and dosage (Ohashi et al. 2002). Numerous probiotics have been shown to fight viruses such as colds, the flu, rotavirus, herpes and ulcers. In New Delhi, 100 children ages 2-5 were given L. acidophilus for 6 months. These children have fewer incidences of colds, flu, diarrhea and fever than the placebo group (Saran et al. 2002). In Japan, Bio E has conducted several studies in hospital in the Philippines & South East Asia that has shown remarkable improvements & shortened days of recovery on children using Bio-15 & Biogenics MD probiotics.

Here's wishing all our Muslims Friends & Families Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha!


There Are 10 Times More Probiotics Than Cells In Our Body!

In a healthy person, there are more than 100-300 Trillion probiotic bacteria and yeast, compared to only 10 trillion cells in our body. According to Mary Ellen Sanders, if the bacteria in our body were laid end to end, they would encircle the globe 2.5 times. It's no wonder recent science has begun on a quest in understanding Probiotics & the Microbiome it has on our lives.


Karatsu Kunchi Festival

Karatsu, Saga Prefecture

Famous in Japan for its hikiyama floats. These are carried on the shoulder like ordinary mikoshi (i.e. floats) but are topped with outlandishly decorated fish, lions, samurai helmets and other paraphernalia. They lead a boisterous, saké-fuelled parade around the town.

We Get a New Stomach Lining - When?

You get a new stomach lining every three to four days. The mucus-like cells lining the walls of the stomach would soon dissolve due to the strong digestive acids in your stomach if they weren’t constantly replaced. Those with ulcers know how painful it can be when stomach acid takes its toll on the lining of your stomach.

Happy Halloween - Japan Style!

Modern day Halloween came to Japan probably with Tokyo Disneyland and the celebration of Halloween night.
Despite Japan’s new interest with Halloween, it already has an old tradition with regards to commemorating the dead.

The festival of Obon, celebrated during July or August, is a 500-year old Buddhist custom where families visit, clean and decorate their ancestors’ graves with fruits and lanterns.

The name Obon, which is derived from the Sanskrit phrase meaning, “hanging upside down”, comes from a myth about a disciple of Buddha who was able to see his dead mother hanging upside-down in Buddhist hell. His intercession through offerings allowed his mother to be released, and his subsequent dance of joy became known as Bon Odori, or “Bon dance”. Bon Odori has many variations throughout the islands, although the typical dance consists of people circling a high wooden scaffold called a yagura.


Kikusui Matsuri Festival at Futaarayama Shrine, Utsunomiya, Tochigi Pref. Yabusame (horseback archery) is held at the shrine, twice from 9 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. on both days. A parade of horen (a sacred palanquin) accompanied by armored warriors and Yabusame horses is held from 9:30 a.m. to around 3:30 p.m. on both days. In the case of heavy rain, the event will be canceled.

Scary Facts - Would you add Burnt Cow Bone in your Coffee?

Would you put a teaspoon of powdered, burnt cow bone into your morning coffee? I think most people here would say no. But, if you use pure white sugar (the most common type), you probably are putting bone char in your drink. Bone char has been used to whiten sugar since the process was first patented, in 1812.

Our Appendix Is Not Useless – It Incubates Probiotics

In the past, the appendix (see figure) was largely thought to be useless. Appendicitis, a life-threatening condition, would call for removal of the appendix. In 2007, Randal et al. at Duke University conducted research into the vermiform appendix. The researchers observed that when the body was under attack by pathogens, the appendix would release probiotic bacteria that would perfectly counter the specific type of invaders. The appendix does this by releasing them into the cecum when the body is infected.


To All Our Indian Friends, Happy Diwali!

Coffee may prevent depression, scientists say - from BBC Health News

By Michelle Roberts, Health reporter, BBC News Women who drink two or more cups of coffee a day are less likely to get depressed, research suggests. It is not clear why it might have this effect, but the authors believe caffeine in coffee may alter the brain's chemistry. Decaffeinated coffee did not have the same effect. The findings, published in Archives of Internal Medicine, come from a study of more than 50,000 US female nurses. The experts are now recommending more work to better understand the link. And they say it is certainly too soon to start recommending that women should drink more coffee to boost mood. Caffeine lift The Harvard Medical School team tracked the health of the women over a decade from 1996 to 2006 and relied on questionnaires to record their coffee consumption. Just over 2,600 of the women developed depression over this time period. More of these women tended to be non- or low-coffee drinkers rather than frequent coffee consumers. Compared with women who drank o…

How Much Hair Do we Lose in a Day?

Every day the average person loses 60-100 strands of hair. Unless you’re already bald, chances are good that you’re shedding pretty heavily on a daily basis. Your hair loss will vary in accordance with the season, pregnancy, illness, diet and age.

Probiotics Are Responsible For 70% Of Our Immune Response

According to Casey Adams Ph.D., probiotics play a role in 70-80% of our immune response. Probiotics stimulate everything from T-cells to macrophages. Probiotics also activate cytokines and phagocytic cells to coordinate the immune response. As in another study done by the Royal Society of Medcine in UK, 90% of infections & diseases are contracted via our Gastro-intestinal Tract (GI Tract). This further proves the imprtance that Probiotics play in our lives in our Immunity. Current studies on the Microbiome of our GI tract by BIO E in Japan would reveal the co-relation between the type of bateria strains, it's DNA & in our own DNA interaction & Immunity. For more information on Probiotics on our immunity click here
Also on the types of Probiotic Production & Why it matters click here.

How Strong is our Stomach Acids?

The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razorblades. While you certainly shouldn’t test the fortitude of your stomach by eating a razorblade or any other metal object for that matter, the acids that digest the food you eat aren’t to be taken lightly. Hydrochloric acid, the type found in your stomach, is not only good at dissolving the pizza you had for dinner but can also eat through many types of metal. That's why BIO-15 Probiotics have capsules that are Enteric (Double) coated & PH balanced to ensure it's contents reach the Intestines before it's "digested" by our stomach.

5 Interesting Facts About your Brain.

The brain operates on the same amount of power as 10-watt light bulb. The cartoon image of a light bulb over your head when a great thought occurs isn’t too far off the mark. Your brain generates as much energy as a small light bulb even when you’re sleeping.The human brain cell can hold 5 times as much information as the Encyclopedia Britannica. Or any other encyclopedia for that matter. Scientists have yet to settle on a definitive amount, but the storage capacity of the brain in electronic terms is thought to be between 3 or even 1,000 terabytes. The National Archives of Britain, containing over 900 years of history, only takes up 70 terabytes, making your brain’s memory power pretty darn impressive. The brain is much more active at night than during the day. Logically, you would think that all the moving around, complicated calculations and tasks and general interaction we do on a daily basis during our working hours would take a lot more brain power than, say, lying in bed. Turns …

Fight Cancer with Bright Colours!

It's all in the color! The brighter the produce color is the better antioxidant it is. Blueberries (and other bright-colored berries), red cabbage, and eggplant are a few good antioxidant foods. In a study, Monica Giusti found that these produce not only stopped tumors from growing, but also killed about 20% of tumor cells. We would be discussing on the colours of health in our upcoming issues.

100-year-old earns record, global attention after marathon run

Never too old to set records

Fauja Singh, a 100-year-old runner, earned a spot in the Guiness World Book of Records for becoming the oldest person to complete a full-distance marathon when he finished the Toronto Marathon on Sunday.

It took Singh more than eight hours to cross the finish line, more than six hours after Kenya’s Kenneth Mungara won the event. He was the last competitor to complete the course.
“Beating his original prediction, he’s overjoyed,” said his coach and translator, Harmander Singh. “Earlier, just before we came around the (final) corner, he said, ‘Achieving this will be like getting married again.’ ”

Certainly, Singh has shown to all of us that age is never an excuse to do anything.

What's Under Your Mattress?

It's not Halloween yet but it's true...

Average pillows and mattresses contain millions of fungi cells from 16 fungi species. This fungi (normally found in damp and moldy places) come from night time sweating. The average person sweats about 100 liters each year. In addition to fungi, other bed partners are dust mites—mattresses gain a pound or more each year from dust mites.