Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Spice Turmeric could help the brain repair itself Medical English lesson

This is not the first time that I have heard that the spice Turmeric is beneficial to people. Maybe it is not a causal effect, but it is said that in India there is a lower incidence of cancer because people eat more Turmeric and Curry.  So just to be on the safe side, I try to add these spices to my food at least once a week. 

Read this article and get the latest scoop.  Either write the answers to the questions, or discuss them

Key Terms

aromatic turmerone
brain stem cells
endogenous neutral stem cells (NSCs) 
subventricular zone (SVZ)  
bio-active compounds
to intervene.


According to the article, what is the main effect of aromatic turmerone?
How did the researchers test the compound?
How can this help people with Alzheimer's?
What are NSCs?  What do they do? 
Why is this important? 
Could this help other people as well?

Do you take research like this seriously? 
What precautions do you do to protect your health? 
Would you change your diet based on this research?

How often do you go to the doctor? 
Do you go to a dietician? 
If so, do you go by the recommendations that you are given?

What do you feel about testing medicines on animals?
Which animals should be used for medical testing?
What about testing soaps and shampoos on animals?
Do you make a point a of buying soap and shampoos that are not testing on animals?  

Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher

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