“It’s always easier to prevent health problems than solving them.”

“I went places in life but finally I decided to come back and join my childhood friends in order to start our own dendrobium business.”

Dendrobium (石斛) ?

“It’s a type of an orchid from Himalayas that has a long thin stem. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years and has many uses. It nourishes the skin and improves functioning of the lungs, kidneys, stomach, reduces your thirst, boosts your immune system and people say it even treats impotency. When air pollution and smoke dry out your lungs which also increases thirst, dendrobium can be used in the form of tea to moisten the passageways. Oh, … and it’s amazing on hangovers.”

Is it expensive?

“There are several species of dendrobium with different prices up to 4000 kuai for a kg (600€/kg), we grow the slow growing one that is harvested every 18 months.”

- gave us a ride from Detian to Nanning [ CHINA ]

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How spaceflight ages the immune system prematurely

Bethesda MD (SPX) Feb 03, 2015
As the world waits to see if Mars One can establish a human colony on Mars, scientists are working to determine the long-term consequences of living in low or no-gravity conditions, such as those that might exist on the trip to another planet. New research published online in The FASEB Journal, shows that spaceflight may be associated with a process of accelerated aging of the immune system.
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Microbe is Immune to Aging

While aging remains an inevitable fact of life, Max Planck Institute researchers have discovered a microbe that stays forever young by rejuvenating every time it reproduces. The findings provide fundamental insights into the mechanisms of aging.

In general, even symmetrically dividing microbes do not split into two exactly identical halves. Detailed investigations revealed that there are mechanisms in place that ensure that one half receives older, often defective, cell material, whereas the other half is equipped with new fully-functional material. So microbes produce offspring that is younger than the parent – like is the case with humans.

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