The canonization of Mother Teresa took place on the 4th September at the Vatican. This ceremony was transmitted live all over the world. The mass at St. Peter’s square took 2 hours, and it was led by Pope Francis. Mother Teresa was canonized 19 years after she died and in fact even though she was an icon globally for the work she did with the poorest of the poor, yet there were deep criticisms regarding the order which she founded.
Her relics have been and are venerated, and people can even buy 1.5m 95c postage stamps commemorating her and her humility, dedication, simplicity and strength.
Prior to the mass, her images were displayed all over the Vatican, and there were series of different musical events, prayer sessions, seminars and feasts which were held for those who were visiting pilgrims. Rita Ora the British Pop star too performed at the Vatican before the ceremony.
In Kolkata, there were three months of commemorations which were planned. These commemorations included art shows, book launches, stadium masses as well as installing of a bronze life-size statue of her.
The Prime Minister lauded the efforts of Mother Teresa in a radio broadcast. Sonia Gandhi too wrote a letter to the Vatican saying that it was a proud moment for all Indians and not only Catholics that Mother Teresa was canonized.
The Hindu nationalists, however, claimed she surreptitiously baptized dying people without them knowing it. Aroup Chatterjee too who was one of her critics felt that such a huge hoopla should not have been made about a black magic ceremony. He said she was a bogus figure. Some criticized the work the nuns did which lacked medical training. Some did not like her dogmatic views about contraception, abortion, and divorce. Others felt the care the disabled children got was inept and unprofessional.
Artificial light at night or ALAN is causing serious concerns. As per studies, when there is chronic exposure to artificial light, the hormones are affected, and this could be the cause of the obesity epidemic which is worldwide. There are other studies conducted which show that artificial light exposure at nights results in hormonal cancers.
As per the Nara Medical school in Japan, 1100 elderly participants whose average age was 72, were followed for almost two years and their lifestyle, as well as health, was evaluated. It was found that those participants who had more exposure to artificial light gained more weight and increased in their waist size than those that did not have this artificial nighttime exposure to light. It was also seen that those who had exposure to natural light in the mornings had not only healthier body weight but also had smaller waist sizes. It was estimated that an increased night time light exposure increased the weight gain by 10.2 percent and the BMI increased by 10% over ten years.
The timing, as well as balancing of energy and the metabolism, is due to nerve cells which are called the suprachiasmatic nucleus and this is found in the hypothalamus. This is what is called the master biological clock. This sets the timing and the rhythm of the other clocks in the body which includes the thyroid, insulin, and leptin as well as the gene clocks too. Due to artificial light at night, the ambient light disrupts the rhythm of these internal clocks, and there is a misalignment created between the internal clocks in the body and the natural rhythm of the environment, and so this leads to decreased energy and impaired tolerance of glucose and so increase in obesity. As per the study, a sleep duration of about 5 hours a night reduces the insulin function by 20%.
Shark Liver oil is widely used to increase the immunity of the person as it has alkylglycerols and squalene as well as Vitamin E and other such compounds. All these help in boosting the immunity of the person and to help in aging in a healthy manner. However, in addition to this, it is also beneficial for increasing the vascular health as well as supporting the immunity when pregnant and decrease the wasting of muscles.
In fact, studies have shown that it helps in peripheral microvascular circulation blood flow and for stiffness of blood vessels and that too without side effects. It keeps these blood vessels flexible as it has polyunsaturated fats. This increases the flexibility and elasticity of the cell membranes. This protects the vascular tissues from damage due to oxidation and acts as a scavenger for free radicals.
In pregnant women who had bladder infections, urinary tract problems and inflammation of the urinary tract, those that had shark liver oil found improvements in their condition and that too with less pain. It is also used for those suffering from sinus infections.
Those women who suffered from cervical cancer were given shark liver oil, and they were able to better tolerate radiation therapy.
Those who were very elderly were studied especially those who needed to face surgery. In these people who were 90 years old and more, the post-operative inflammation, as well as the immune risks of infection, was reduced. These patients were able to recover quicker than their counterparts. The number of their white blood cells increased too. Those who were treated for insulin resistance and obesity too benefited and the cholesterol, body weight, fasting blood sugar, triglycerides as well as leptin and insulin levels improved too.
Those who had loss of muscle mass or fat tissue like those who had major trauma, cancer, mal-absorption, surgery and severe infections found considerable improvement upon taking shark liver oil.