Archive | October 31, 2011

UNESCO: Hope Prevails as Courage Outshines U.S. Threats

UNESCO: Hope Prevails as Courage Outshines U.S. Threats


The UN cultural and educational agency Unesco has granted Palestine full membership against Israeli and U.S. threats. Palestine is now a full member of the UN cultural and educational agency despite U.S. threat to withhold U.S$80m (£50m) annually from the U.Ns Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

A round of applause ensued from the decision (107 votes to 14 with 52 abstentions), and “Long live Palestine!” shouted one delegate, in French.

Who said anything is possible when done by the willing!

From 2010, UNESCO had voted to support the religious significance of the old city of Jerusalem, which means the city that was for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, a very significant vote when party politics and the foreign policies of U.S. and allies has promoted significantly religious polarization. As such, UNESCO is not in support of the ongoing Israeli excavations on significant monuments like Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is also in contravention of UN and Security Council resolutions. UNESCO voted that al-Haram al-Ibrahimi/Tomb of the Patriarchs in al-Khalil/Hebron and the Bilal bin Rabah Mosque/Rachel’s Tomb are intrinsically a part of  Bethlehem, which have been deemed by Israel as Israeli heritage sites. UNESCO also voted to protect the Gaza Strip, and remaining true to the original ethos of the Old City of Jerusalem supported the Israeli Elishia Park/Ain El-Sultan oasis at the heart of the Judean desert, which overlooks the ruins of the first fortified city mentioned in the Bible where it is believed prophet Jesus/Issa (SAW) battled with Shaytan for 40 days.


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Can Vitamin D Supplements Solve U.Ks Problem of Rickets!?

Can Vitamin D Supplements Solve U.Ks Problem of Rickets!?


By Hwaa Irfan

The popular cereal company Kellogg recently announced it will add vitamin D to children’s breakfast in order to counter the growing problem of rickets that is taking place in the U.K. The health problem from the Victorian era has returned with as much as 1 in 5 British children from the lower class to the middle class having the problem according to reports.

Capitalizing on the situation Kellogg already adds vitamin D to their questionable corn flakes and Ricicles, but will be adding it to their Rice Krispies, and Frosties next year. The Department of Health’s good advice of oily fish, eggs, breast milk/goat’s milk, and sun does not seem to be sufficient as more and more parents make their children stay indoors for various reasons. Unfortunately the DoH also recommended fortified cereals and bread. Just imagine, outside is the natural light we need free of charge waiting to play its vital role in metabolizing calcium, but our reductionist approach to life just deletes such important information from our lives, which we cannot in all intents and purposes do without!

Today we have the problem of not recognizing how out lifestyles lead to certain problems whether than problem pertains to physical or mental health, yet instead of trying to address the balance, we always think we can outsmart the laws of nature by popping a magic pill or some other man-made convention to solve a problem.

Fortified Foods

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to illnesses including cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis, but vitamin D through supplements and fortification is a solution that has consequences.

A study by Rubenberg and team, Myocardial Infarction in Patients Treated with Sippy and Other High Milk Diets, carried out as far back as 1960 was carried out at a time when only 7% of U.K. milk was homogenized, and 95% of U.S. milk was homogenized. The study demonstrated how U.K. ulcer patients on a high milk diet had 50% fewer heart attacks than their American counterparts.

A 2008 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition explored food fortification with a serum of vitamin D found there was insufficient evidence to support boner re-mineralization, and there was an increased risk of hyperparathyroidism.

Adding vitamin D to milk has provided over the years much evidence that outweighs its benefits. That evidence includes the fact that it leads to calcium build up within the body physical, which is deposited in places within our bodies which our bodies are not designed to withstand. The result ar other diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, calcification of the kidneys –  (we have grown to consider kidney stones as a fact of life), cysts/fribroids within the female reproductive system, skin problems, undefined allergies, hardening of the arteries, and even mental retardation. U.S. milk has provided much evidence of the side effects, has it has been homogenized and then fortified with synthetic vitamin D. Many ulcer patients are a product of American homogenized milk. Recent reports and studies pass the side effects off as a result of excess vitamin D intake, instead of questioning the issue of fortification.


O’Donnell. S. et al. Efficacy of food fortification on serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations: systematic review. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, doi:10.3945/ajcn.2008.26415. Vol. 88, No. 6, 1528-1534, December 2008

Rainey, S. Kellogg’s Adds Vitamin D to Cereal to Fight Rickets.”

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