Archive | August 2011

Hardly Any Fruit in Your Kids Juice!

 

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Monsanto and Bill Gates: More Superbugs in the Making!

Monsanto and Bill Gates: More Superbugs in the Making!

 

It looks as if the GM chicken is coming home to roost for The world’s largest chemical, and plant seed corporation as farmers begin to fear what many have expected when one tampers with nature. Just as Monsanto is set ready to release to the ordinary  U.S. consumer their GM corn, in the fields of Iowa, U.S., a new superbug, the western corn rootworm is manifesting that is resistant to Monsanto’s GM corn. What happens to us human when we continually take antibiotics for every illness is that the natural immunity wears down, is the same as the problem that many farmers are experiencing as they continue to use chemical pesticides, and fertilizers.

The GM corn itself, is under attack by the superbug that it is supposed to annihilate, as Monsanto dispatches a combination of GM and non-GM corn to tackle the problem.  What purpose this will serve is none too clear – is it expected that the superbug rootworm will eat the non- GM corn instead of the GM corn? Has the superbug received its instructions? And even if the superbug neglects the GM corn, does this mean that the non-GM crop throughout the U.S. subject the devastation by the new strain of rootworm?

This coincides with Bill Gates campaign on malaria at a time when malaria is on an upsurge, when previous campaigns successfully reduced malaria. The upsurge is higher than before the campaign. This is a result of an increasing resistance to the anti-malarial drug insecticide deltamethrin, recommended by WHO, and used by Gates to treat bed-nets.

Instead, what is left, is what was always available and present in the beginning for young people to experience repeated infections in childhood, with a natural immunity developing from those infections for those who survive alongside the successful Cuban method, and maybe it’s time to stop fooling ourselves that we can control nature, and start realizing that we are supposed to work with nature!

References

Kilman, S. “Monsanto Corn Plant Losing Bug Resistance.”  Wall Street Journal

Laurance, J. “Infection Surge Raises Doubts Over Gates’ Plan to Beat Malaria.”  http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/infection-surge-raises-doubts-over-gates-plan-to-beat-malaria-2339634.html

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U.K: Your Health is No Longer Your Choice!

It’s Time to Get Real About Halal/Kosher Meat!

Meat By Any Means

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Frozen Chicken Horror

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Food Revolution: Taking Control of One’s Food Supply

Put the Glass Down

Put the Glass Down

 

A professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see and asked the students, “How much do you think this glass weighs?”

‘50 gms!’…. ‘100 gms!’…… ‘125 gms’ …… the students answered.

“I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing” the students said.

“Ok! What would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?” the professor asked.

“Your arm would begin to ache,” said one of the students.

“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”

“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress and paralysis and have to go to hospital for sure!” ventured another student; and all the students laughed.

“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” asked the professor.

“No” the students said.

“Then what caused the arm ache and the muscle stress?” The students were puzzled.

“Put the glass down!” said one of the students.

“Exactly!” said the professor. “Life’s problems are something like this. Hold it for a few minutes in your head and they seem okay. Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold it even longer and they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.”

“It’s important to think of the challenges (problems) in your life, but EVEN MORE IMPORTANT is to have trust in Allah (SWT) and to ‘put them down’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every day fresh and strong and can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!”

So, as it becomes time for you to leave work today, Remember friend to “PUT THE GLASS DOWN

TODAY” and have tranquility by putting trust in Almighty Allah (SWT).

{He it is who sent down tranquillity into the hearts of the believers that they might have more faith added to their faith} (Al- Fatha 48:4)

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Eid Mubarak- final Ramadan Reflection 2011

Eid Mubarak– Final Ramadhan Reflection 2011

Ramadhan Reflections: Your Questions and God’s Answers from this Ramadhan

Ramadhan Reflections: How Do I Find The Balance To Do What I Should

Ramadhan Reflections: What We Do Will Live Beyond Us…

Ramadhan Reflections: When Your Actions Say You Know More Than God.

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do I Do When Things Don’t Fall Into Place

Ramadhan Reflections: Your Chance to Get What You Want‏

Layla-tul Qadr

Ramadhan Reflections: What Can People Expect from You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Remembering Those Who Don’t Have the Choice to Fast‏

Ramadhan Reflections: I Am Not Racist, Some People Just Aren’t Good Enough.‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Every Soul Shall Taste of Death are You Ready?

Ramadhan Reflections: What you see in others IS a reflection of who YOU are.‏

Ramadhan Reflections: It’s Not Really My Problem

Ramadhan Reflections: Why Do The Same Issues Keep Coming Up In My Life?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Should I Be Interacting With People Who Aren’t Muslim?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Why does Islam Seem So Hard and Boring All the Time!

Ramadhan Reflection: Of course I Care About Others…Sort of!

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Make Mistakes?

Why Does God Let These Things Happen To Me?

Ramadhan Reflections: Are You Worthy of God’s Forgiveness?‏

Do You Really Trust Allah?

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Think About You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

The World Does NOT Revolve Around Me.‏

Stuffing Ourselves and Sleeping All Day…

Ramadhan Reflections: Do My Prayers Benefit Me?

Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy‏

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Ramadhan 2011

Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

U.K: Corporate Homicide

U.K: Corporate Homicide

By Hwaa Irfan

 

It cannot be easy to be a prime minister amongst leaders who face the minute by minute of descending further into economic collapse. It surely cannot be easy to be one of many leaders struggling to maintain an artificial economic system that has been in place since WWII based on the lower classes keeping the wheels of increased profit margins in motion, and yet turn to the sweat, blood, pockets, and rights of those same lower classes to bailout financial institutions that if were run as small businesses would be forced into foreclosure by the very same banks who have mis-managed the financial affairs of nations.

Such a leader is bound to turn grey overnight at the slightest additional ‘hiccup’ in the miscalculations of overpaid ‘experts’ who are lost in the notion that they have a right to do as they do, and freedom to get away with daylight robbery.

So it should not be so surprising that Britain’s David Cameron reacted to the recent London riots like any other dictator of the Middle East. With a thin line between the two, as NATO’S actions in Libya stirred up civil war that led to the deaths of some 30, 000 people what is the difference between a person who dies at the hands of British police and gets away with it, and those that continue to die in Libya from a NATO bomb? One group are defined as thugs for rioting against police injustice, enforced poverty, lack of proper access to health, employment and education, and the other group as rebels, or revolutionaries. The only difference is that one group is more politically aware of the situation in their own countries, but groups are completely unaware of the situation on the ground in the other group’s country despite what the corporate media would like to have us believe.

Cameron promised to deal with those “thugs” with all his might, for his might is all that he has to fall back on as some basis for an immediate solution, as if London does not have a long history of riots (remember Guy Fawkes), riots much worse than has been witnessed by the world through the media in August 2011.

It is the time in history when the haves, possess a good reason to fear the have nots, and react accordingly, as  much commentary about the way people have been arrested, charged and flung into prison  makes good fodder for a film pushing the prison population to a record high. The British elite reaction can be typified by such comments by Peter Hitchen:

“People riot because they are wicked, selfish and lawless…we have dismantled every form of authority in society.”

… which differs greatly from observation of the wise:

‘When you cut facilities, slash jobs, abuse power, discriminate, drive people into deeper poverty and shoot people dead whilst refusing to provide answers or justice, the people will rise up and express their anger and frustration if you refuse to hear their cries. A riot is the language of the unheard.” –  Dr. Martin Luther King, December, 1963

Yet, which of these comments is more likely to lead to a long term solution instead of a fait a compli?  Except in this case, under such circumstances where the pot continues to boil because the ‘heat’ remains the same, can the British elite continue to afford to live in fear of those they have disenfranchised? Police continue to in the same manner as that which led to the riots whereby civilians still die at their hands or in police custody like the 53 year old Philip Humes who was basically tasered to death, and the 27-year-old bodybuilder Dale Burns.  As the independent police investigating body, IPCC, look into these deaths, of the 333 people who died between 1999 and 2009 under police custody, not one person in charge has been charged, investigated, suspended, or fired! Will IPCC make a difference?

However, the 2011 riots did bring some results in terms of social justice, in ‘principle’ at least, because as of September 01st  the concept of ‘corporate homicide’ has been introduced into the British legal system making the police, prisons, and youth and immigration detention centers responsible and able to face prosecution if someone dies in their custody. However, it still depends on the burden of proof, the evidence of which is with the very same institutions, and if found guilty they get away with a simple fine! Maybe one day accountability will realize that money cannot buy lives just as it cannot profit from consumers who have been disenfranchised or bombed by NATO!

 

References:

Carter, H. “Man Dies After Taser Arrest Near Bolton.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/aug/24/man-dies-taser-arrest-bolton

Leville, S. “Corporate Homicide Law Extended to Prisons and Police Cells.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/

 

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The Truth About the Situation in Libya

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U.K: Cameron’s Reaction Proves Talk is Cheap

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To Be Accepted or Rejected!

U.K. – Tottenham Riot and Disenfranchised Youth

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Diet and Longevity Have More in Common Than We Think!

Diet and Longevity Have More in Common Than We Think!

 

By Hwaa Irfan

As we notice more and more older people looking more healthy and fit today in a globalized world where ‘youth’ by any means is an obsession, especially if it can be done with the help of a plastic surgeon, an overly priced jar of cream, or that multi-vitamin that promises all, there seems to be
more fundamentals at play in that regard including one’s disposition.

Researchers at the University of Maryland took a look at the diet of 2,500 70 – 79 year olds over a ten year period, and had some interesting findings. The participants in the study were classified into those whose diets were mainly:

  • “Healthy foods” (374 participants)
  • “High-fat dairy products” (332 participants)
  • “Meat, fried foods, and alcohol” (693 participants)
  • “Breakfast cereal” (386 participants)
  • “Refined grains” (458 participants)
  • “Sweets and desserts” (339 participants)

Those who had led a life of healthy eating habits were those who had diets that consisted of a low consumption of low-fat dairy fruit, whole grains, poultry, fish, and vegetables. Their diet was also low in the consumption of meat, fried foods, sweets, and high calorie beverages and added fat, i.e. the western diet!

Control factors like gender, age, physical activity, smoking, and race was taken out of the equation.

The findings found that those who had a high fat (dairy products) had a 40% higher risk of
mortality than those who had a life of consuming healthy foods, and that those who had a diet of sweets and desserts had a 37% higher risk of mortality than those who had a life of consuming healthy foods. A healthy foods diet consists of high amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, poultry, fish, and low fat dairy products due to the higher nutritional value, especially that present in raw foods, as too much cooking reduces the nutritional value – this improves not only one’s longevity, put also the quality of life when it comes to diet related diseases.

However, in the study who had a diet mainly of meat, fried foods and alcohol seemed to have almost the same longevity as those who had a diet of healthy foods, but as for the quality of life that is a question that the study has yet to reveal. However, it was found that the difference in consumption in between those who had a diet mainly consisting of  meat, fried foods and alcohol, was less than 2 in higher consumption of meat, fried foods and alcohol.

It is known that the high consumption of red meat on the body takes its toll. A 2009 study by the National Cancer Institute on 500,000 American middle-aged and the elderly with a daily consumption of 4 ounces of red meat had a 30% higher risk of dying prematurely through
complications like heart disease, and cancer. Processed meats increased that risk.

Risk increases because cooking red meat generates cancer forming compounds (HCAs, a family of mutagenic compounds). The longer and hotter the cooking process, the greater the amount of HCA’s). Consumers also increase the risk of having high blood pressure and cholesterol.

People who eat red meat are more likely to have, which increases the risk of heart disease. Processed meats contain substances known as nitrosamines, which have been linked to cancer. Study leader, Rashmi Sinha commented to the Washington Post that:

“Although pork is often promoted as “white meat,” it is believed to increase the risk of cancer because of its iron content.”

Not surprisingly the American Meat Institute was up in arms at such findings detrimentally affecting consumption rate hence their profit margin!

The study investigated 545,653 white volunteers aged 50 – 71 over 10 years with the end result of 47,976 male and 23,276 female mortalities. Of those deaths with a daily consumption of 1 pound of meat:

  • 36% females more likely to die for any reason especially cancer (20%), and heart
    disease (50%)
  • 31% males more likely to die for any reason especially cancer (22%), and heart disease (27%)

Those that ate mainly white meat i.e. poultry were less likely to die by about 8% as poultry
contains more unsaturated fats.

High consumption of red meat also increases:

–       Bad body odour

–       High cholesterol

–       colon, bowel, breast and prostate cancers

High consumption of high-fat foods: meat, dairy products, fried foods, and vegetable oils increases the production of estrogens in the female body,  which provides the correct internal environment for the formation of breast cancer and other organs that are sensitive to female sex hormones.

It is also known that the high consumption of fats on the pancreas has a negative impact,
but how many of consider the well-being of our pancreas?

A healthy pancreas provides:

–        Enzymes to digest our foods

–       The hormone insulin

–       Controls glucose blood level

High fat foods negatively impact on the pancreas through the production of triglycerides, also excessive consumption of alcohol leads to inflammation of the pancreas, which in turn prevents absorption of needed nutrients. The problem with inflammation of the pancreas is that it spreads
as toxins from the pancreas leaks into the abdomen damaging blood vessels. Also, the pancreas cannot cope with a high level of blood glucose as in those who consume a lot of sugar/sweet foods. This leads to a build up of fat on the muscles, and the liver causing damage to tissues and organs.

Let food be your medicine, not your illness!

Sources:

“Diet and Cancer Research.” http://www.cancerproject.org/diet_cancer/facts/meat.php

Huget, J. R. “Study Links Diet To Longevity, But With Confusing Findings.” http://voices.washingtonpost.com/checkup/2010/12/this_healthful-eating_thing_mi.html?wprss=checkup

Stein, R. “Daily Red Meat Raises Chances of Dying Early.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/23/AR2009032301626.html

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Ramadhan Reflections: Your Questions and God’s Answers from this Ramadhan

Ramadhan Reflections: Your Questions and God’s Answers from this Ramadhan

Text Summary:

Ramadhan came almost a month ago to visit us and how is she leaving us? In what state did she
find us? Did she find us poor and is leaving us rich in spirit? Did she find us bankrupt and is leaving us with the wealth of remembrance? What promises are we making now that she is leaving for another year, knowing in our hearts that we may not be here to see her again? Did we set some goals for ourselves? Even though we are anticipating Eid and all the joy that comes with it there is also a sense of sadness that Ramadhan is leaving.

Did you notice yourself doing anything different? Did you start making some improvements? Did you find yourself having hope after feeling hopeless? Did you find strength that you forgot you had? Did you realize that you are stronger than you often gave yourself credit for having?

So how do we set goals for ourselves so that the spirit of Ramadhan is taken with us through the rest of the year. The last thing we want is to be “Abdul Ramadhan”- servants of Ramadhan. Instead, taking the glimmers of light that now radiate from within, we should seek to magnify it in our daily lives.

Is it now that we pray all five of our prayers if we weren’t doing it before? Or add one or two more to whatever we were doing?

  • Do we start to add an additional day of fast on a Monday or Thursday?
  • Do we stop backbiting?
  • Do we give more charity?

What do we do to continue to build our relationship with God, so that God becomes the eyes by which we see, the ears by which we hear and God becomes the basis of all our actions.

Let us use the growth from this month as a place of strength and humility because while we will find strength that we have within us, we also realize that we have areas of growth. Let us use this as a catalyst to seek forgiveness from those around us whom we may have hurt/upset in some way whether it was un/intentional or not. Imam Ghazali says that there is no time when two people
sit together without one person offending the other. So we should keep this in mind and be humble in our dealings with each other. Yet at the same time knowing that we expect mercy and forgiveness from Allah, we should be quick to show mercy and forgive others ourselves.

Let us find those we love and those we interact with and seek their forgiveness. At the same time, let us set a goal or two for ourselves to take with us from Ramadhan. Don’t try to do too much, because sometimes we feel this “high” and we want to “do it all” but that often leads us to give up before too long.

Write down your goal/s and then share it with a friend or two or maybe a family member so that they can help keep you on track and help you to continue to grow and to become the best you that you can possibly be.

In the same spirit, I would like to ask for your forgiveness on behalf of myself and my family, if we have done anything to hurt/upset you in anyway- please forgive us.

Any mistakes from the Ramadhan Reflections series are my own and any good comes from God. Please keep us in your prayers during the remaining days of this month and thereafter, insha’Allah…

 

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Ramadhan Reflections: What We Do Will Live Beyond Us…

Ramadhan Reflections: When Your Actions Say You Know More Than God.

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do I Do When Things Don’t Fall Into Place

Ramadhan Reflections: Your Chance to Get What You Want‏

Layla-tul Qadr

Ramadhan Reflections: What Can People Expect from You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Remembering Those Who Don’t Have the Choice to Fast‏

Ramadhan Reflections: I Am Not Racist, Some People Just Aren’t Good Enough.‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Every Soul Shall Taste of Death are You Ready?

Ramadhan Reflections: What you see in others IS a reflection of who YOU are.‏

Ramadhan Reflections: It’s Not Really My Problem

Ramadhan Reflections: Why Do The Same Issues Keep Coming Up In My Life?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Should I Be Interacting With People Who Aren’t Muslim?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Why does Islam Seem So Hard and Boring All the Time!

Ramadhan Reflection: Of course I Care About Others…Sort of!

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Make Mistakes?

Why Does God Let These Things Happen To Me?

Ramadhan Reflections: Are You Worthy of God’s Forgiveness?‏

Do You Really Trust Allah?

Ramadhan Reflections: Does God Think About You?‏

Ramadhan Reflections: Memorizing the Qur’an is Not Enough

Ramadhan Reflections: What Do Your Actions Say About You?‏

The World Does NOT Revolve Around Me.‏

Stuffing Ourselves and Sleeping All Day…

Ramadhan Reflections: Do My Prayers Benefit Me?

Ramadan Reflections- We begin with Mercy‏

Pre-Ramadhan Reflections

Keep Ramadhan Simple!

Ramadhan 2011

Iftar…

Letter to the Self #30 Remember Me

Letter to the Self #29 Forgiveness

Letter to Self # 28: Those We Ignore