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Allah’s Medicine Chest: Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

Allah’s Medicine Chest: Sesame (Sesamum indicum)

By Hwaa Irfan

Radiation, plastics, cigarette smoke, chemicals in soft drinks, pesticides, and many more common substances have all been found to damage our DNA. Our cells become inhibited in producing what our bodies need and our bodies become challenged in re-growing healthy cells. Sesamum indicum is one of nature’s blessings that assists in DNA repair.

Sesame seeds can take for granted if it wasn’t for the distinctive flavor they present, especially in the delicious thick sauce tahina which can bring any unappetizing meal alive, and the sweet, halawa/halva always tastes like a luxury!

Believed to be native to Africa, and India, Sesamum indicum belongs to the Pedaliaceae family of the plant kingdom. It was introduced to the U.S. from Africa, in the 17th century.

There are 30 species of this white, brown, or black seeds known as Juljulan, Zelzlane, Simsim (Arabic) Zhi ma, Hu ma, (Chinese-Mandarin), wangila (Swahili), bene (Malay) sesame seeds can be dried/dried and toasted to bring out that distinctive nutty taste. In fact, Sesamum indicum is one of the oldest known oil crops with a 5,000 year history in cultivation, and is still used as a cooking oil today in Africa and India as the seeds contain 50%-60% odorless, and colorless oil.

Requiring little water the herbaceous Sesamum indicum still grows as a wild flowering plant today in Africa. The plant prefer sandy, loamy, and clay soils, as it requires good drainage. It does not like the shade. Sesamum indicum  grows annually up to 100cm. The lanceolate/ovate leaves grow opposite to each other, and are protected by short hairs.The tubular flowers have four-lobed mouth, and can be yellow, white, blue or purple with downy white hairs. Flowering in July, the plant is self-pollinating as the flowers are hermaphrodite. The fruit is like a capsule/pod with rectangular features that culminate in a triangular beak, and can be as long as 8cm. The expression “Open Sesame” from the tales of the Arabian Nights arises from the sudden release of seeds as the fruit bursts open, splitting top to bottom. The seeds are ovate, slightly flattened and somewhat thinner at the eye of the seed. The seed’s coat may be smooth or ribbed.

Popular in the modern food and confectionary industry, the domesticated variety originated from India. Sesamum indicum is grown in over 50 countries with the quality crops cultivated by China, India, Myanamar, Sudan, and Uganda. Refined sesame oil is common in Europe and the U.S., from which margarine is made. The trick with sesame oil is it remain stable at high temperatures, so it is great for the unhealthy cooking method of frying. Cold-pressed is also available in the West amongst the health shops, but in Asia the hot-pressed oil is preferred. Hot-pressed is cheaper, produces high yields from the high temperature, and what is left can be reprocessed to produce more oil

Chemical Properties includes:

  • Alanine
  • Arginine
  • Aspartic acid
  • Cystine
  • Glutamic acid
  • Glycine
  • Histidine
  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  •  Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Phenylalanine
  • Proline
  • Sesamol
  • Sesamin
  • Sesamolin
  • Serine
  • Tryptophan
  • Threonine
  • Tyrosine
  • Valine

Antioxidant –  Sesamol is a strong antioxidant which has been found to protect against DNA from gamma radiation–induced damage.

Antibacterial – The oil has been found to effective in the treatment of bacterial infections such as Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and skin fungi lie athlete’s foot.

Cholesterol – The oil is also known to maintain high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) and lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL).

The seeds of Sesamum indicum is an astringent, emollient, lenitive, nutritive, tonic (liver and kidneys), diuretic, and a lactagogue. The oil is a demulcent, emollient, diuretic, emmenagogue, lactagogue and laxative.

The linoleate in triglyceride content selectively inhibits malignant melanoma growth.

Sesamin and Sesamolin reduces high blood pressure, and protects the liver against oxidative stress.

In aromatherapy, the essential oil is used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis,  and mature skin.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, black sesame seeds, hei zhi ma is used as a yin tonic for the liver-kidney meridian, visual disturbance, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, and premature graying of the hair, as well as convalescence from a long illness, , but is contraindicated in patients with loose stools and/or diarrhea due to Spleen Qi Deficiency. The ripe sesame seeds of autumn are harvested, and then dried in the sun.

Nutritional Content

A rich source of protein, calcium and other minerals, Sesamum indicum contains:

  • Calcium
  • Choline
  • Copper
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Niacin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Omega-6 fatty acids
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Phosphorus
  • Potassium
  • Riboflavin
  • Selenium
  • Sodium
  • Thiamin
  • Vitamin B₁
  • Vitamin B₆
  • Vitamins B₁₂
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Zinc

Recipes

When buying buy from a store that has a high turnover of products in order to ensure freshness, and that the containing packet is air tight without evidence of moisture. Store in a cool, dry place.

In the Philippines roasted seeds with honey are used in the treatment of chronic constipation, the juice from the plant is used to treat head lice, burned stalks are used as a poultice in the treatment of haemorrhoids, and a poultice of grounded seeds is applied to burns and scalds. A decoction of the seeds with linseed is used for coughs, and as an aphrodisiac, while the seeds alone are used in the treatment of constipation in children.
In India, the seeds are used as a poultice to heal wounds.

In the Yucatan, the seeds are used as a laxative for children, and as an emmenagogue for women.

In Africa, a decoction of the leaves are used as an aphrodisiac, and a decoction of the plant is used in the treatment of malaria. Powdered leaves are applied to snake bites, and a decoction of the seeds are used for haemorrhoids, and to regulate the menses.e He gave us everything we needed, but as for what we want!

Sources:

Akbar, F et al.   “Genetic Diversity of Sesame (Sesamum Indicum L.) Germplasm From

Pakistan Using RAPD Markers.” Pak. J. Bot., 43(4): 2153-2160, 2011.

“Black sesame seed (Heizhima).” http://www.epharmacognosy.com/2012/04/black-sesame-seed-heizhima-sesamum.html

“Sesame.” http://www.uni-graz.at/~katzer/engl/Sesa_ind.html

Gopakumar Gopinathan Nair and Cherupally Krishnan Krishnan Nair. “Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals”. December 2010, 25(6): 629-635. doi:10.1089/cbr.2010.0803.

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Telephone Interview: NATO’s Gunmen Go Thermobaric

Telephone Interview: NATO’s Gunmen Go Thermobaric

Syrian conflict is escalating – NATO’s gunmen are using more advanced weaponry (Thermobaric) – The Syrian government seems to have launched an offensive and seized many weapons – but by the Turkish border particularly there is a lot of infiltration…

Thermobaric Weapons

The heat is in the thermo which sets fire to the surrounding air, then acts like a vacuum sucking the oxygen out of the air. First developed in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, thermobaric bombs have been used by the US, UK and Israel. The U.S. used 200 pounds of thermobaric bombs in Iraq, and in Afghanistan.

In 2012, the U.S. will load mini thermobaric bombs into XM29 rifles, which can use standard bullets, as well as thermobaric bombs, which can be programmed by a soldier to go off when and where desired allowing the soldier to escape being fried alive in theory, but in reality the flammable mist that is fired from an XM29 rifle spreads slowly around corners, and nay nook and cranny, burning slowly. Several rooms can be hit in one go, then the lungs of victims collapse, and eyes are wrenched out of their sockets, as they are crushed to death with the air burning at 3000 C. Burning everything in range, no body count is possible. Those who do escape the fire, can die from asphyxiation. The bombs have also been used in Hellfire Missile and fired from Apache helicopters and MQ9 Reaper Drones.

The The BLU-118 thermobaric bomb first used in 2001 can also be attached to laser guidance systems including GBU-15, GBU-24, GBU-27 and GBU-28 laser guided bombs, as well as the AGM-130 missiles.

This is what the global elite’s NATO is arming Syrian rebels with, as we hear of further reports of massacres!

To make sense of it all follow the money. According to David Icke:

The Rothschild family is slowly but surely having their Central banks established in every country of this world, giving them incredible amount of wealth and power.

The Rothschild family is slowly but surely having their Central banks established in every country of this world, giving them incredible amount of wealth and power.

In the year of 2000 there were seven countries without a Rothschild owned Central Bank:

  • Afghanistan
  • Iraq
  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Iran

The only countries left in 2003 without a Central Bank owned by the Rothschild Family were:

  • Sudan
  • Libya
  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Iran

The only countries left in 2011 without a Central Bank owned by the Rothschild Family are:

  • Cuba
  • North Korea
  • Iran

July 2012

An estimated 10,000 armed men equipped with highly-sophisticated weapons, including anti-tank missiles, have reportedly entered Syria to help fuel the unrest in the country.

Informed sources in the Qusayr village in Homs say the terrorists crossed into Syria from the Lebanese border and that they have taken positions in the suburbs of the restive city.

Meanwhile, Syrian forces are still tracking armed groups fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad across the country.

Syrian authorities say while the Joret al-Shayyah neighborhood in Homs has been cleared of armed groups and calm has been restored in the area, clashes are still ongoing in al-Hamidiye, al- Khalidiya and Homs’ old neighborhood.

Syrian forces have also discovered the decomposing remains of nine people in the Karam Zaytoon district of Homs, who were killed by armed men.

Syrian forces also managed to retake control of Damascus suburb of Douma, forcing the armed men to flee the region. The Arab country’s authorities say the armed groups are using ”scorched earth policy” and they destroy the area they held before retreating.

Syria has been experiencing a deadly unrest since mid-March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of many people, including large numbers of security forces.

While the West and the Syrian opposition say the government is responsible for the killings, Damascus blames ”outlaws, saboteurs and armed terrorist gangs” for the unrest, insisting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. – Press TV

Sources:

“BLU-118/B Thermobaric Weapon.” http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/munitions/blu-118.htm

“Child Victims of War.” http://childvictimsofwar.org.uk/the-weapons/thermobaric-weapons/

http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=187955

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Occupy World: One Man Takes on Syngenta for GM Crimes!

Occupy World: One Man Takes on Sygenta for GM Crimes!

 

By Hwaa Irfan

The reduction in the global food supply, has yet not been matched to the reduction in investment in agriculture over the decades. But the reduction in the global bee population has been matched by the gluttony of coporations that have increased their profits through the invention and production of seeds and crops engineered by the limitations of man’s mind that has in turn poisoned and contaminated land, waters, and life through genetic modification. As these corporations stand in the frontline of a global eugenics program that has been around since WWI, human, animal and all terrestial life stand as a huge field experiment in the advancement of the wealth and power behind these corporations. Much has been said about Monsanto in this regard, but there are others like Syngenta.

Syngenta has just faced a defeat in this regard, for intentionally covering up the fact that GM Bt corn kills livestock. The irony is that the cover up was done legally, as far back as 2007, demonstrating that the law means in the interest of coporations vs. life! Mirroring the case of the Canadian, Percy Schmeiser vs. Monsanto, exposing Syngenta was the battle of one man, Gottfried Gloeckner, a German farmer whose livestock died after the Bt toxin. Gloeckner raised his own cows from 1997 to 2002, but it was not until 2000, that he began to feed his cows exclusively with Syngenta’s Bt 176

Using the tactics of big corporations that deceive the consumers like Monsanto, Syngenta tried to silence Gloeckner with €40,000, but like Schmeiser, Gloeckner persued justice through the courts with a civil lawsuit – at the time, 2 cows had died and others fell prey to some mysterious illness. Of course Syngenta denied all responsibility, and the case was dismissed.

Left with thousands in debt, and more cows dying, Gloeckner stopped feeding his cows with Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn. Gloeckner pursued investigatio through the Robert Koch Institute, the data of which remains unavailable. In 2009, Gloeckner got involved with the German action group, Bündnis Aktion Gen-Klage, to bring the case to criminal court. This time, additional evidence was made available from another farmer whose cows also mysteriously died from the consumption of Syngenta’s Bt 176 corn, bringing the deaths to a total of 65. Additionally, Hans-Theo Jahmann, the German head of Syngenta was charged for withholding evidence.

This comes at a time, when the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) declared there is no ‘scientific’ evidence that Monsanto’s GM crops pose a risk to human, animal and environmental health, while a German farmer has proven otherwise! This declaration led to the E.U. overstepping  French sovereignty, and the rights of the French people who protested on mass against Monsanto in March 2012, and a temporary moratorium on the planting of Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, MON810 in France.

Despite leading journal Current Microbiology publication of evidence that glyphosate used in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup, is changing and destroying micro-organisms in the soil, cronyism turns a blind eye in favor of profits over population health, and the land from which natural food grows.

Syngenta’s Bt 176

Bacillus thuringiensis Cry toxins are used worldwide as an insecticide injected into GM/ transgenic plants or as a spray in agriculture. Bt genes are extracted from bacteria and is called Bacillus thuringiensis. Bt Cry toxins work on receptors in the insect gut, forming pores that lead to cell and insect death. Blind intent has led to the global reduction of the bee population, the bounties of which are acknowledged in the Qur’an. Bees play a major role in fertilization of plants, and therefore natural global food supply. Bees on route are exposed to Bt Cry toxins becuase bee larvae consume large quantities of pollen sometimes sourced from maize plants (Sabugosa-Madeira et al. 2007). Ramirez-Romero et al 2008 found that the learning processes of honey bees fed on the active form of purified Cry1Ab protein are affected. For example, the foraging behaviour of bees are affected. Then add to the combination Cry1Ab toxin which was found in Monsanto’s GM corn MON 810.  Cry1Ab toxin was found to be consistantly higher in leaves than grain and pollen in a 2009 study carried out by Andra´s and team of the Department of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry, Plant Protection Institute, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

In 2012, Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and team of the University of Caen found that Cry1Ab toxin kills human cells. In Canada, at the Sherbrooke Hospital in Quebec Cry1Ab toxin was found in the blood stream of 55 out of 69 pregnant and non-pregnant women who were tested, and 80% of fetal blood also contained Cry1Ab toxin, which kills human cells. None of the participants or their partners had been near any sight where Cry1Ab toxin can be found, and/or pesticides used. However, GM soybean, GM corn, and GM potatoes form a part of the local diet. Trace amounts of Cry1Ab toxin was found in the gastrointestinal tract of livestock fed with GM corn, putting consumers at risk on the consumption of meat. Unless one is on a death-wish, consumers need to be more diligent about the foods we eat.

Syngenta

GM biotechnology is a product of petroleum-based large scale farming, the kind of farming that South Africa is seeking to introduce into the country in the misguided belief that it will actually guarantee food security, and even if it could at what cost to human health, and environmental health. Swiss-based Syngenta is the world’s Syngenta, the world’s largest agrochemicals company.  Syngenta market their seeds as:

“Elite genetics is the heart of every productive crop. How the crop stands. How it matures. How it resists pests. How it uses nutrients and moisture and how it yields. These strengths are built into the genes of the crop through decades of plant breeding and development. Nobody has better genetic resources and plant breeding expertise than Syngenta.”

In other words eugenics!

With growing resistance from farmers in the West, the next place to sow their profits, is Africa where they expect to  “invest” U.S$500mn in Africa through their seeds.

“Africa has become one of our strategic growth regions and our aspiration is to contribute to the transformation of African agriculture,” Chief Executive Mike Mack told Reuters.

One such initiative is the BecA Hub, a bioscience platform based in Kenya as well as the PRECAD project in Mali. Syngenta also sponsors the Global Crop Security Trust, and has partnered with the Norwegian government the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, and the Rockefeller Foundation through CGIAR to collect, store and research on seeds around the world at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault built into a hill on a remote island in Norway.

Sources:

Bee learning behaviour affected by consumption of Bt Cry1Ab toxin. The Bioscience Resource Project News Service, 21 October 2008 http://www.bioscienceresource.org/news/article.php?id=35

Guuciardi, A. “Busted: Biotech Leader ‘Syngenta’ Charged Over Covering Up Animal Deaths from GM Corn.” http://naturalsociety.com/syngenta-charged-over-covering-up-animal-deaths-gm-corn/#ixzz1xtLzgiuE

Sherrod, A. “Are Bt Toxins Safe to Eat?” http://www.watershedsentinel.ca/content/are-bt-toxins-safe-eat

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