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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Day 88 and sipping on pineapple!

Day 88! Only 20 days left to go!

I've just juiced up some pineapple, goji berry, celery juices for the evening!

Really the only things I'll include, are a bit I copied from about the significance of the number 108, and following that a bit about the correlation between fruits, veggies and your body.


In mathematics

One hundred [and] eight (or nine dozen) is an abundant number and a semiperfect number. It is a tetranacci number.
It is the hyperfactorial of 3 since it is of the form .
108 is a number that is divisible by the value of its φ function, which is 36. 108 is also divisible by the total number of its divisors (12), hence it is a refactorable number.
In normal space, the interior angles of an equilateral pentagon measure 108 degrees each.
There are 108 free polyominoes of order 7.
In base 10, it is a Harshad number and a self number.
[edit]Religion and the arts

[edit]In Eastern religions & traditions

Japa Mala, or Japa beads, made from Tulasi wood. Comprising of 108 beads in total + the head bead.
Sacred within Hinduism, Buddhism and connected yoga and dharma based practices.
A mala usually has beads for 108 repetitions of a mantra.
Hindu deities have 108 names. Recital of these names, often accompanied by counting of 108-beaded Mala, is considered sacred and often done during religious ceremonies. The recital is called namajapa.
It is described in the Srimad Bhagavatam that Krishna dances with 108 'Gopis' (cow-herd girls) in His Vrindavan pastimes, and later marries 16,108 wives in His city of Dwarka. Hare Krishna devotees thus hold 108 as a number of great significance.
Siva Nataraja dances his cosmic dance in 108 poses.
The total of all digits of 108 (1+0+8) is 9, which in Hinduism is said to represent the 9 tattvas[citation needed]. If you divide 108 by 2 or multiply by 2 the total of all digits again equals 9.
2^2 * 3^3 = 108 ( (2 * 2) * (3 * 3 * 3) )
The number of sins in Tibetan Buddhism.
In the temple Angkor Wat area there are numerous references to the number 108, which plays a significant role in the symbolism of the structure.
Ananda Coomaraswamy holds that the numerology of the decimal numeric system was key to its inception. 108 is therefore founded in Dharmic metaphysical numerology. One for bindu; zero for shunyata and eight for ananta.
In Japan, at the end of the year, a bell is chimed 108 times to finish the old year and welcome the new one. Each ring represents one of 108 earthly temptations a person must overcome to achieve nirvana.
Zen priests wear juzu (a ring of prayer beads) around their wrists, which consists of 108 beads.[1]
Many Buddhist temples have 108 steps.[1]
Hindu Kshatriya Dhangars have 108 clans. The lineage of these clans is from solar and lunar dynasties. It should be noted that the diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth. The distance from the Sun to the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Sun. The average distance of the Moon from the Earth is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
The Eklingji temple complex includes 108 temples within its walls.
There are 108 holy temples of Vishnu.
The Lankavatara Sutra repeatedly refers to the 108 steps.[2]
[edit]Martial arts

Marma Adi has 108 pressure points.[3]
The Chinese school of martial arts agrees with the South Indian school of martial arts on the principle of 108 pressure points.[4][5]
108 number also figures prominently in the symbolism associated with Karate, particularly the Goju Ryu discipline. The ultimate Goju-ryu kata, Suparinpei, literally translates to 108. Suparinpei is the Chinese pronunciation of the number 108, while gojushi of gojushiho is the Japanese pronunciation of the number 54. The other Goju-ryu kata, Sanseru (meaning "36") and Seipai ("18") are factors of the number 108.[1]
The 108 of the Yang long form and Wing Chun, taught by Yip Man having 108 movements are noted in this regard.[2]
Several different Taijiquan long forms consist of 108 moves.
Paek Pal Ki Hyung, the 7th form taught in the art of Kuk Sool Won, translates literally to "108 technique" form. It is also frequently referred to as the "eliminate 108 torments" form. Each motion corresponds with one of the 108 Buddhist torments or defilements.
[edit]In literature

In Homer's Odyssey, the number of suitors coveting Penelope, wife of Odysseus.
There are 108 outlaws in the Chinese classic Water Margin/Outlaws of the Marsh.
The number of surat al-Kawthar in the Qur'an, the smallest one of the Book.
There are 108 love sonnets in Astrophil and Stella, the first English sonnet sequence by Sir Philip Sidney.
Sonnet 108 by William Shakespeare
[edit]In astronomy

108 Aquarii is a star in the constellation Aquarius
108 Hecuba is a large and bright main belt asteroid. Hecuba orbits within the Hygiea family of asteroids
Messier 108 is an edge-on spiral galaxy in the constellation Ursa Major, discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781 or 1782
[edit]In other fields

The year AD 108 or 108 BC
108 AH is a year in the Islamic calendar that corresponds to 726 – 727 CE
108 is the emergency number in India; and the Coast Guard emergency intervention number in Greece
Traditionally the Angelus Bell is rung 108 times.
The atomic number of hassium.
Ben Turpin's schtick for taking a fall (similar to Chevy Chase's) was known as a “one-oh-eight" or a "hundred and eight".
Chinese astrology and Tao philosophy holds that there are 108 sacred stars.
There are 540 (108 * 5) doors to the Great Hall of Valhalla in Nordic mythology.
108 Stars is also the name of a group of space pirates who use Tao magic in the anime Outlaw Star.
The number of stitches on a baseball and also the name of a popular baseball magazine.
The number of minutes that cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin orbited the earth during the first manned space flight.
Squaresoft's Final Fantasy Tactics has an accessory called 108 Gems, which cancels various status effects and enhances elemental magic spells.
The number of Mbit/s of a non-standard extension of IEEE 802.11g wireless network using channel bonding.
108 is the name of a community of and for open source developers, created by Red Hat.[6]
The Pokémon Spiritomb seems to be intricately linked to the number 108.
The sum of "The Numbers" in the American TV show Lost (4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42). It is also the number of minutes within which these numbers must be entered into the computer and the button must be pushed.
The TV series Cheyenne aired for 108 episodes on ABC from 1955 to 1962
It is part of the Mythology in the videogame The Legend of Dragoon
Konami's Suikoden series always has 108 characters to recruit, called "Stars of Destiny".
108 is the ten code for officer down or officer in danger.
108 (b. 1978) is an Italian artist who uses numbers instead of letters for his name
In Tokko (manga) 108 demons had to be killed in order obtain 108 fragments which could be used to close the demon's portal.
The Stinson 108 was a popular general aviation aircraft
The 108 Mile Ranch Airport or South Cariboo Regional Airport located in British Columbia, Canada
STS-108 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour on December 5, 2001
108 is a band formed in 1991, notable for playing hardcore music infused with the beliefs of the Hare Krishna religion
Radio stations such as Kiss 108 WXKS-FM, Boston, and Rock 108 KEYJ-FM, Abilene, Texas
The 108 Hospital is a hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam
The 108th Division was a formation of the United States Army Reserve following the conclusion of World War II
The meridian 108° west of Greenwich is a line of longitude that extends from the North Pole across the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the Southern Ocean, and Antarctica to the South Pole
The 108th United States Congress met from January 3, 2003 to January 3, 2005, during the last two years of the first administration of U.S. President George W. Bush
The British Rail Class 108 diesel multiple units were built by BR Derby from 1958 to 1961, with a final production quantity of 333 vehicles
The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108 (FMVSS 108) regulates all automotive lighting, signalling and reflective devices in the United States
The London Buses Route 108 is a Transport for London contracted London bus route
The Lotus 108 was specially engineered superbike by Lotus engineering for the British cyclist Chris Boardman for the 1992 Summer Olympics
There are 108 cards in an Uno deck.
The numbers 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42 appear in the "Impossible Quiz." The sum of these numbers is 108. In the test, they serve as a distraction. Test-takers do not need these numbers in order to pass the "Impossible Quiz."


This is interesting info... 

You are what you eat, so eat well. A stupendous insight of civilizations past has now been confirmed by today's investigative, nutritional sciences. They have shown that what was once called 'The Doctrine  of Signatures' was astoundingly correct. It now contends that every whole food has a pattern that resembles a body organ or physiological function and that this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to the benefit the food provides the eater. Here is just a short list of examples of Whole Food Signatures.  
A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and science shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes  

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.  

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.  

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.  

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.  

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it ! From the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.  

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).  

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers  of sperm as well to overcome male sterility. 

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.  

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries. 

Grapefruits, Oranges, and other citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.  

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.  

'The news isn't that  fruits and vegetables are good for you, it's that they are so good for you, they can save your life.'

1 comment:

Michael said...

Hello, Bronwyn,

In seeing your discussion of the number 108, I was reminded that Katherine Duncan-Jones (in "Was the 1609 Shake-Speares Sonnets Really Unauthorized?" from The Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 34, No. 134. (May, 1983), pp. 151-171--she also discusses it, I believe, in her edition of the Sonnets, The Arden, 1997) believes that Shakespeare deliberately wrote 108 sonnets in the middle section of that work, in keeping with a tradition established by other sonneteers. Below is a quote from the article. This info may be a bit more esoteric than what you're interested in, but I'm a sonnet nerd writing my dissertation, so there isn't much else I'm thinking about these days.

Good luck on your juice journey!


"Shakespeare's Sonnets fall very obviously into three sections. There is an opening section of
17sonnets of persuasion to marriage, a central section of 108 sonnets of friendship, in which time, love, and beauty are profoundly explored, rounded off by a twelve-line envoi, and followed by the final section of 28 'Dark Lady' sonnets, which includes, as final sections often did, some rather miscellaneous material. The last two poems are 'Anacreontic' -the two sonnets, perhaps referring to Bath, on Diana's cooling fountain. [...] The middle section of 108 sonnets, however, conforms to the precedent set by Sidney in
Astrophel and Stella, which in the authoritative I 598 text, overseen
by his sister, has 108 sonnets. It is clear that this figure was felt to be of significance and authority in Sidney's immediate circle, since
Fulke Greville took pains in the Warwick Castle MS to bring his
Caelica also to the total of 108. In the posthumous printed text
the number is 110. (Shakespeare's middle sequence is 108 or 109,
according to whether or not we include the 'envoi'.) Alexander
Craig's Amorose Songes, Sonets, and Elegies (1606) also totals 108
poems, and there are 108 lines in Spenser's Doleful1 Lay of Clorinda,
in which the Countess of Pembroke is imagined as lamenting the
death of her brother. Whether or not we accept Adrian Benjamin and
Alastair Fowler's theories about the reason for this number, it is too distinctive a total to have recurred by chance in Sidney, Greville, Spenser, Craig, and Shakespeare.