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    Men's top 10 health threats: Mostly preventable

    What most threatens men's health? Find out the leading killers and how to reduce your risk.

    Do you know what threatens men's lives the most? The list is surprisingly short.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2003, just over a million American men died. Nearly 80 percent of them died of heart disease or one of the nine other leading causes of death among American men.

    These CDC statistics show men are at higher risk of death than are women in most of these categories. As a result, the average American man lives 5.3 fewer years than does the average woman. In 2003, male life expectancy was 74.8 years. Female life expectancy was 80.1 years.
    It's unclear why men have a shorter life span than women do. Inherited traits and male sex hormones may play a role, affecting such characteristics as body fat distribution. Specifically, men are more likely to accumulate fat around the abdomen (apple-shape obesity), which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and stroke. Women, on the other hand, are more likely to put on extra weight around the hips (pear-shape obesity). While unhealthy, this type of fat distribution is not linked as closely to potentially fatal conditions.
    Socially sanctioned "male" behavior also may predispose men to premature death. CDC statistics show men are more likely to smoke, drink, use illicit drugs and engage in casual sex than are women — all of which can increase their risk of serious diseases. Males are also more likely to take risks and behave aggressively, which may partly explain why they have a higher risk of dying from accidents, suicide and homicide. Young men are especially at risk. In young men, accidents, suicide and homicide are among the most frequent causes of death. In young and middle-aged men, AIDS is on the top 10 list.
    While experts are continually working to understand the underlying causes of death in men, one thing is clear: By recognizing the leading threats to your life, you can take steps to reduce your risks — and avoid the leading causes of death.
    No. 1 — Heart disease

    According to the American Heart Association, in 2004, over 410,000 men died of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in both sexes. Because men usually develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than women do, they're more likely to die of it in the prime of life. About one-fourth of all heart-disease-related deaths occur in men ages 35 to 65.
    You can reduce your risk of heart disease by making healthier lifestyle choices and getting appropriate treatment for other conditions that can increase your risk of coronary artery disease, such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure. Some preventive measures you can take:
    • Don't smoke or use other tobacco products.
    • Eat a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoid high-fat foods.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
    • Have your cholesterol tested.
    • If you have diabetes, keep your blood sugar under control.
    • Get regular blood pressure checks.
    • Take a daily dose of aspirin, if your doctor OKs it.
    No. 2 — Cancer

    In 2003, the CDC recorded nearly 288,000 men who died of cancer, the second-leading cause of death for both sexes. Lung cancer — 90 percent of it caused by cigarette smoking — is the most common cause of cancer death in both sexes. In 2003, 89,964 men died of lung cancer.
    The CDC also notes that prostate cancer and colorectal cancer are the second- and third-leading causes of cancer death in men.
    Some preventive measures you can take:
    • Don't smoke or use other tobacco products.
    • Eat a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and avoid high-fat foods.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
    • Limit your exposure to sun and use sunscreen.
    • Drink alcohol only in moderation, if at all.
    • Be aware of potential cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) in your home and workplace, and take steps to reduce your exposure to these substances.
    • Have regular preventive health screenings.
    • Know your family medical history and review it with your doctor.
    No. 3 — Unintentional injuries

    In 2003, accidents killed 70,532 men, according to the CDC. Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause. More than twice as many men as women died in traffic accidents. Male drivers involved in such accidents were almost twice as likely as female drivers to be intoxicated. To reduce your chances of a fatal crash:
    • Use your seat belt every time you drive.
    • Don't exceed speed limits.
    • Don't drive after drinking alcohol.
    • Don't drive while sleepy or under the influence of drugs.
    The CDC recorded poisoning as the second-leading cause of fatal unintentional injury to men in 2003 — 13,176 men died of it. In comparison, 6,281 women died of poisoning that year. To reduce your risk of poisoning:
    • Place carbon monoxide and smoke detectors near bedrooms in your house.
    • Have fuel-burning appliances inspected each year.
    • Store household products in their original containers.
    • Read and follow label instructions for household products.
    • Turn on a light when giving or taking medicine and follow label instructions.
    • Ventilate areas in which you use chemical products.
    • Post the poison control number, 800-222-1222, by each telephone in your home.
    Falls and drowning were the third- and fourth-leading causes of fatal unintentional injury to men. In 2003, falls caused 8,910 deaths among men, compared with 8,319 deaths among women. Drowning accounted for 2,632 deaths among men and 674 deaths among women.
    Common-sense precautions such as using a safety ladder, placing nonskid mats in showers and tubs, and never swimming alone in a large or unfamiliar body of water can reduce the risks.
    Workplace accidents — which include some vehicle crashes, poisonings, falls and drowning — are a significant cause of fatal injury to men, partly because men are concentrated in dangerous occupations such as agriculture, mining and construction.
    No. 4 — Stroke

    In 2004, over 58,000 men died of stroke, according to the American Heart Association. Although stroke affects equal proportions of men and women, men have better chances of surviving than women do. You can't control some stroke risk factors, such as family history, age and race, but you can control the leading cause — high blood pressure — as well as contributing factors such as smoking and diabetes.
    Additional preventive measures:
    • Lower your intake of cholesterol and saturated fat. Get your cholesterol checked.
    • Get regular blood pressure checks, and if it's higher than normal, take measures to control it.
    • Don't smoke.
    • Control diabetes.
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
    • Manage stress.
    • Limit alcohol consumption.
    • Talk with your doctor about taking a daily dose of aspirin.
    No. 5 — Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    In 2003, according to the American Lung Association, 60,714 men died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a group of chronic lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It's strongly associated with lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths among men. The main cause is smoking. Men who smoke are 12 times as likely to die of COPD as are men who've never smoked.
    Some preventive measures you can take:
    • Don't smoke.
    • Avoid secondhand smoke.
    • Minimize exposure to workplace chemicals.
    No. 6 — Diabetes

    The American Heart Association reports that in 2004, 35,000 men died of diabetes, a disease that affects the way the body uses blood sugar (glucose). Excess body fat, especially around the middle, is an important risk factor for diabetes. About 80 percent of people who have the disease are overweight or obese.
    The diabetes complications most likely to be fatal are heart disease and stroke, which occur at two to four times the average rate in people with diabetes. Men with diabetes haven't benefited as much from recent advances in heart disease treatment as have men without diabetes.
    An estimated one-third of men with the most common form of diabetes don't know they have it. Many are unaware of the disease until they develop complications such as impotence (erectile dysfunction), nerve damage causing pain or loss of sensation in the hands or feet, vision loss, or kidney disease.
    Some preventive measures you can take:
    • Maintain a healthy weight.
    • Eat a varied diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and low-fat foods.
    • Get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
    • Get your fasting blood sugar level checked periodically.
    • Know your family's diabetes history and discuss it with your doctor.
    No. 7 — Influenza and pneumonia

    In 2003, 28,778 men died of pneumonia and influenza, according to the CDC. These lung infections are especially life-threatening to people whose lungs have already been damaged by COPD, asthma or smoking. The risk of death from pneumonia or influenza is also higher among people with heart disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system due to AIDS or immunosuppressive drugs.
    You can reduce your risk of complications and death from pneumonia and influenza by getting immunized. A yearly flu shot is up to 90 percent effective in preventing influenza in healthy adults. The pneumococcal vaccine can reduce the risk of getting pneumonia by more than half.
    No. 8 — Suicide

    In 2003, the CDC noted 25,203 men committed suicide. Men commit suicide four times as often as women do, partly because they're more likely to use deadlier means — such as firearms — when they set out to take their own lives. Depression — which is estimated to affect 7 percent of men in any given year — is an important risk factor for suicide. But male depression is underdiagnosed, partly because men are less likely than women are to seek treatment for it. In addition, men don't always develop standard symptoms such as sadness, worthlessness and excessive guilt. Instead, they may be more likely to complain of fatigue, irritability, sleep disturbances and loss of interest in work or hobbies. Alcohol or drug abuse — which is more common in men — can mask depression and make it more difficult to diagnose.
    People at risk of suicide may:
    • Be depressed, moody, socially withdrawn or aggressive
    • Have suffered a recent life crisis
    • Show changes in personality
    • Feel worthless
    • Abuse alcohol or drugs
    • Have frequent thoughts about death
    • Talk about death and self-destruction
    If you find yourself avoiding others, feeling hostile and worthless, thinking about death and using alcohol and drugs to numb your pain, talk with your doctor. In an urgent situation, an emergency room or crisis center can help. Friends or family members may be the first to notice your uncharacteristic behavior. Take their advice and seek help. If you or someone you love is depressed, remove any access to firearms in the home. Don't expect to be able to overcome the feelings of depression without medical help. This is a disease, not something you can "snap out of."
    No. 9 — Kidney disease

    Kidney failure, most often a complication of diabetes or high blood pressure, took the lives of 20,481 men in 2003 says the CDC. Control of diabetes and high blood pressure can prevent or slow the progression of kidney disease. Another cause of kidney failure is overuse of medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) that are toxic to the kidneys.
    Some preventive measures you can take:
    • Drink plenty of fluids.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Maintain your proper weight.
    • Don't smoke.
    • Get checked regularly for diabetes and high blood pressure.
    • Limit your use of over-the-counter pain relievers.
    • Take all medications only as directed.
    No. 10 — Alzheimer's disease

    About 4.5 million older Americans — both men and women — have Alzheimer's disease. In 2003, 18,335 men died of Alzheimer's, which usually develops in people age 65 or older. But statistically there are more women who have the disease, because women live longer than men — and the older you are, the more likely you are to have Alzheimer's. The American population has more and more older adults each year. Consequently, the number of people with Alzheimer's has more than doubled since 1980 and continues to increase. As men live longer because of improved treatments for other conditions, they are more likely to die of Alzheimer's.
    Although experts are doing promising research into preventing Alzheimer's, currently there's no proven way to prevent the onset of the disease. Taking steps to improve your cardiovascular health may help:
    • Lose weight if you're overweight.
    • Exercise regularly.
    • Control your blood pressure.
    • Keep your cholesterol levels in normal ranges.
    While there is some controversy about whether it's effective, some research indicates doing intellectually challenging activities may help delay the onset of dementia. It certainly can't hurt — and it may help maintain your mental fitness.
    Putting health risks into perspective

    It's important to understand that this ranking of health risks applies to the entire population of American men, no matter what their age. Although heart disease is the No. 1 lifetime health threat to men, it tops all other causes of death among men in only two age groups: ages 45 to 54, and age 65 and over. From childhood until age 44, accidents are the most significant threat to men's lives. Cancer emerges as the leading killer only in men ages 55 to 64.
    The top killers also vary somewhat among men from different ethnic groups. Black men, whose life expectancy is shorter than that of men from other races, are at higher risk of death by homicide and AIDS. American Indian men are more likely to die of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. More white men die of Alzheimer's disease than do men from other groups. In men of Asian or Pacific Island descent, the top two killers are the same as for men of other ethnic groups, but their order is reversed — they are more likely to die of cancer than of heart disease. Hispanic men are at higher risk of death by accidental injury, at least partly because the population of Hispanic men is younger than average.
    The bottom line: Be concerned about health risks, but don't panic. Do all you can to lead a healthy lifestyle — eat healthy foods, stay physically active, don't smoke, get regular checkups and guard against accidents. By making these preventive measures a way of life, you'll increase your chances of staying vital and active into your 80s and 90s — well beyond the statistical average of 74.8.


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    Disaster or Emergency Preparedness Plan for Women

    When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to act. Prepare now for a sudden emergency. By taking simple steps to prepare your family for natural or other disasters, you can help protect your loved ones and you will be able to cope better if a disaster does occur.
    There are three basic steps for disaster or emergency preparedness:
    1. KNOW – what natural or other disasters could occur in your area and how to prepare for them. Know what your local evacuation routes are so that you know how to leave an area quickly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has lots of information on preparedness. For information on pandemic flu and avian influenza, see www.pandemicflu.gov.
    2. PLAN – make an emergency plan – and give family members a copy of it. Talk with your family members so they know the potential disasters or emergencies that could happen in your area and explain how to respond to each of them. Select a meeting place, other than your home, for your loved ones to meet in case it’s unsafe to return to home or you are unable to. Make sure you designate an “emergency check-in” contact and teach your children the phone number for this contact. This is important in case you get separated during a disaster! Download a ready-made checklist ( PDF file).
    3. PACK – emergency supplies in your home to meet your needs for three days. Always keep all of your important documentation together, in one place, in case you have to “grab and go” during an evacuation.
    Evacuation Disaster Kit

    Identification for yourself and your children
    • birth certificates
    • social security cards (or numbers written on paper if you can't find the cards)
    • driver's license
    • photo identification or passports
    • welfare identification
    • green card
    Important personal papers
    • marriage certificate or divorce papers and and custody orders
    • health insurance papers and medical cards
    • medical records for all family members
    • children's school records
    • investment papers/records and account numbers
    • work permits, immigration papers
    • rental agreement/lease or house deed
    • car title, registration, and insurance information
    • cash or small denomination traveler’s checks that can be cashed easily
    • credit, debit and ATM cards
    • checkbook and bankbook (with deposit slips)
    • house
    • car
    • safety deposit box or post office box
    A way to communicate
    • phone calling card or cell phone (if possible, always have an extra, charged cell phone battery).
    • Emergency check-in number for all family members in case you get separated
    • list of important phone numbers
    Medications and supplies
    • all medicines you and your children are taking, as well as a copy of the prescriptions (if possible).
    • Extra eye glasses or contact lens and supplies
    • Feminine hygiene products
    Things to help you cope – if you have extra room
    • pictures and small keepsakes
    • children's small toys or books
    Essential Items

    Below are essential items to get together when preparing for evacuation or disaster. Keep these items together in one safe place that you can get to if you must evacuate.
    • Keep at least a 3-day supply of water stored in plastic containers per person. Each person needs 1 gallon of water each day. Four family members = 4x3 = 12 gallons of stored water.
    • Store at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food such as: canned meat, beans and vegetables, peanut butter or other high energy food, canned fruit and juices, unsalted crackers, etc. Be sure to include a non-electric can opener.
    • Canned pet food
    Infant Care
    • Baby formula if child is not breastfed
    • If you have a baby or toddler and need to evacuate – don’t waste precious space by trying to carry a stroller. Shirts, towels, small blankets and sheets can be used to carry a baby. The Mamatoto Project has a quick video of how to make safe baby carriers out of household items or clothing.
    Household supplies
    • Large, sealing plastic bags (for waterproofing important papers)
    • Battery-powered flashlight and radio w/extra batteries
    • First Aid Kit
    You may need to survive on your own after a disaster. This means having water and food sufficient to last three days. Relief workers will most likely be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Put together supplies disaster kit to carry with you if you evacuate or in case you need to “stay in place” and are not able to evacuate.
    Breastfeeding During an Emergency

    When an emergency occurs breastfeeding saves lives:
    • Breastfeeding protects babies from the risks of a contaminated water supply.
    • It provides protection against respiratory illnesses and diarrhea--diseases that can be fatal in populations displaced by disaster.
    The basics of breastfeeding during an emergency are much the same as they are in normal times. Continuing to breastfeed whenever the baby seems hungry maintains a mother’s milk supply and provides familiar comfort. The release of hormones while a mother is breastfeeding relieves stress and anxiety and is calming to both mother and baby. Learn more from La Leche League, including how you can breastfeed in an emergency even if you have been giving your baby formula.
    Food and Water Safety During an Emergency

    Food may not be safe to eat during and after an emergency. Water may not be safe to drink, clean with, or bathe in after an emergency such as a hurricane or flood because it can become become contaminated with bacteria, sewage, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals, and other substances that can cause illness or death . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about keeping your food and water safe.
    Staying Safe from Violence During an Emergency

    In the aftermath of disasters, women are at an increased risk for being sexually assaulted or attacked. And, although the data is limited, domestic violence has also been reported as problems for women during these times. Go to womenshealth.gov's Violence Against Women section for more information and resources on how to protect yourself from violence and assault.

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    Learn to Love What You See in the Mirror

    When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you like what you see? Women in the U.S. are under pressure to measure up to a certain social and cultural ideal of beauty, which can lead to poor body image. Women are constantly bombarded with "Barbie-like" doll images. By presenting an ideal difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits. It's no accident that youth is increasingly promoted, along with thinness, as an essential criterion of beauty. If not all women need to lose weight, for sure they're all aging — which is a "disaster" sure to happen — just ask any middle-age anchorwoman or model — if you can find one.
    Other pressures can come from people in our lives.
    • Family and friends can influence your body image with positive and negative comments.
    • A doctor's health advice can be misinterpreted and affect how a woman perceives and feels about her body.
    Celebrate and Nourish Your Body

    Building a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and physical activity is important to improving body image. We all want to look our best, but a healthy body is not always linked to appearance. In fact, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes! Developing and nurturing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman's happiness and wellness!
    Change Your Body Image Not Your Body

    It is important to remember that when you change your body image, you don't change your body, you change the way you think about your body.
    Essentials to developing healthy body image include:
    • eating healthy
    • regular exercise
    • plenty of rest
    Eating healthy can promote healthy skin and hair, along with strong bones; exercise has been showed to increase self-esteem, self-image, and energy; and plenty or rest is the key to stress management - all of these can make you feel good about your body.
    What is body image?

    With a positive body image, a woman has a real perception of her size and shape and feels comfortable and proud about her body. With a negative body image, a woman has a distorted perception of her shape and size, compares her body to others, and feels shame, awkwardness, and anxiety about her body. A woman's dissatisfaction with her body affects how she thinks and feels about herself. A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, dieting, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

    And don't forget your kids! The attitude of parents about appearance and diet affects their kids' attitudes. Read how to positively influence your child's body image.

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    Are You Getting Your Beauty Sleep?

    You know how important good nutrition and exercise are for your health and beauty, but do you know sleep is crucial too? When you doze you're getting more than rest. Sleep researchers say your body is healing and repairing itself. For this reason, dermatologists often suggest using your most "active" skin creams before bed.
    To avoid puffy, bloodshot eyes, dark under-eye circles and a pale washed-out complexion -- and for peak alertness and energy -- experts say you need eight hours of sleep a night.

    Here are some tips from the Sleep Disorders Institute at New York's St. Luke's Roosevelt hospital to help you get the sleep you need:

    - Exercise every day. Even 20 minutes of walking can help keep stress hormones from interfering with your sleep.

    - Avoid large meals just before bedtime. An active digestive system can disrupt sleep.

    - Minimize light, noise and temperature extremes; your bedroom should be comfortably cool, about 68 degrees.

    - Don't read, watch television or work in bed. Use the bed only to sleep. This helps prevent you from developing sleep disorders.

    - Avoid caffeine, nicotine or other stimulants within four hours of bedtime.


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    Black Seed: A Cure for Every Disease

    Both Sahihs have reported the hadith narrated by Abu Salamah on the authority of Abu Hurayrah (May Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Use this black seed regularly, because it has a 'shifaa' (cure) for every disease, except death.

    The Scientific Fact:

    For more than two thousand years, black cumin seed has been known and used as a natural treatment in many Middle and Far Eastern countries. In 1959, ad-Dakhakhni and his colleagues managed to extract Nigellone from black seed. Black seeds contain 40% fixed oils and 1.4% volatile oils. They also contain around fifteen amino acids, proteins, calcium, iron, sodium, and potassium. Among its most effective compositions are thymoquinone, dithymoquinone, thymohydroquinone, and thymol. The role of black seed in increasing human immunity was not clear before 1986, when Dr. Qadi and his colleagues started a series of researches in the United States. Afterwards, many researches were launched in various countries. Dr. Qadi proved that the use of black seed strengthens immunity since the ratio of the T assistant lymph cells increased by an average of 72% compared to the restraining cells. Also, there was a considerable development in the activity of natural killer cells with an average of 74%.

    The results of many modern researches supported the findings of Qadi. Amongst them are the results published by the International Immunity magazine in August 1995 about the effect of black seed on the outer lymph cells and the activity of white blood multi-nucleus cells. In September 2000, the International Immunity magazine also published a research on the effect of black seed oil in preventing cytomegalovirus on laboratory rats. Black seed oil has been tested as an anti-virus substance and the immunity acquired during the early stages of the disease was measured through determining the natural killer cells and other things.

    In October 1999, the European magazine of Cancer published an article on the effect of thymoquinone on abdomen cancer in rats. Likewise, in May 1998, a magazine specialized in anti-cancer researches published an article on the extracts of black seed as a treatment for cancer tumors. On April 2000, the Ethanol Medical magazine wrote about the toxicity and immunity effects of ethanol extracted from black seeds. Also, in February 1995, Medical Plants magazine published an article on the effects of black seed stable oil and thymoquinone on white blood cells. Many other researches came out supporting these facts.

    Facets of Scientific Inimitability:

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) told us that black seed is a cure for every disease. The Arabic word ‘shifaa’ (cure) came without the definite article which means that it is an indefinite word that covers most cures. This means that black seed contributes to the cure of every disease. It has been scientifically proved that the immunity system is the only system that has the ability to combat diseases and produce cells that kill viruses.

    Through research and laboratory work that has been done on the effect of black seed, it has been found that it activates human immunity and increases the production of natural killer cells, constraining cells, and assistant cells. These are all very complicated and important lymph cells. According to Qadi, the production of such cells increased by 75%. Such findings were supported by the researches published in other periodicals and magazines. Black seed led to the development of assistant lymph cells, an increase in interferon and interleukin 1 and 2, and the immunity of the cell became stronger. All this led to an increase in the immunity system’s ability to combat and destroy cancer cells and viruses. It has also healed the tracks of schistosomiasis. Based on these facts, we can conclude that black seed is a cure for every disease because it strengthens the immunity system which is responsible for curing diseases and combating viruses.
    These scientific facts that are mentioned in the hadith of the Prophet (peace be upon him) are obvious. No one can claim the credit of knowing these facts fourteen centuries ago, except a prophet. Almighty Allah says: [Nor does he speak of (his own) desire. It is only an Inspiration that is inspired.] (An-Najm: 3-4)



    History of the Black Seed

    For over two thousand years the black seed, a plant from the Ranunculaceae (buttercup) family, has been traditionally used by various cultures throughout the world as a natural remedy for several diseases and ailments and to improve health in general.

    The ancient Egyptians knew and used the black seed and described it as a panacea (cure for problems and diseases). Tutankamun even had a bottle of the oil in his tomb!

    The Romans also knew this seed and called it Greek Coriander and used it as a dietary supplement.

    In the first century, the Greek physician Dioscoredes recorded that the black seed were taken to treat headaches, nasal congestion, toothache and intestinal worms.

    The black seed is also mentioned in the Bible in Isiah 28:25-27 as the ‘fitches’. Ibn Senna, known in the West as Avicenna, who wrote the great medical treatise 'The Canon of Medicine', referred to the black seed as the seed ‘that stimulates the body's energy and helps recovery from fatigue’.
    What is Nigella Sativa (the black seed)?

    Nigella Sativa originates from Western Asia and is a herb that grows about 16-24 inches in height and has white flowers when in bloom. The plant is now cultivated from the Near East to India. The deep black, sharp-cornered rectangular seeds (no longer than 3 mm) are the part of the plant that is used for the preparation of products.

    The black seed is cultivated in Russia, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Oman, Ethiopia, Middle East, Far East, India, Bangladesh, France, Germany and the Mediterranean Basin. It also grows wild in Egypt, Syria, Asiatic Turkey and the Balkan States.

    Nigella Sativa is known commonly in Arabic as Habbat-ul-Baraka (blessed seed) and in English as Love in the Mist.

    Since 1959, over 200 studies have been carried out at international universities and articles published in various journals have shown remarkable results supporting its traditional uses.

    The Nigella Sativa seed itself contains numerous esters of structurally unusual unsaturated fatty acids and the chemical composition is very rich and diverse. Apart from its active ingredient, crystalline nigellone, it contains 15 amino acids (including eight of the nine essential ones), carbohydrates, fatty acids including linolenic and oleic, volatile oils, alkaloids and dietary fibre, as well as minerals such as calcium, iron, sodium and potassium.

    Recent research on the black seed as an anti-biotic, anti-tumour, anti-inflammatory, anti-histaminic, anti-bacterial, anti-bronchial and immune boosting agent has shown great promise.

    Traditional uses of the Black Seed from around the world

    For centuries, the black seed and its oil has been used by people in Asia, Africa, the Middle and Far East to promote health and fight disease. It has been traditionally used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal complaints, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system support and to improve health in general.

    Please find below some traditional Black Seed remedies that are used around the world:

    Asthma & Bronchial Problems (Far East, Middle East & Malay Peninsula)
    Mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil in coffee. Taken twice daily. Also rub chest with Black Seed Oil every night and inhale the vapour of Black Seed Oil in hot water.

    Backache & other kinds of rheumatism (Middle East & Malay Peninsula)
    Mildly heat a small amount of Black Seed Oil and then stroke the rheumatic area intensely. A teaspoon of the oil should also be drunk three times daily.

    Diabetes (India)
    Mix a cup of whole Black Seeds, a cup of watercress or mustard seeds, half a cup of pomegranate peel, and half a cup of fumitory. Grind the mixture to powder. Take half a teaspoon of the mixture together with a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil daily before breakfast for one month.
    Diarrhoea (India & Middle East)
    Mix a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil with a cup of yoghurt. Drinking the mixture twice a day until symptoms disappear.

    Dry Cough (Middle East & North Africa)
    A teaspoon of Black Seed Oil should be mixed in coffee and taken twice a day. Rub the chest and back with Black Seed Oil.

    Flu & Nasal Congestion (General)
    Placing three to four drops of Black Seed Oil in each nostril can relieve nasal congestion and head cold distress.

    Hair Greying (General)
    Massaging the hair with Black Seed Oil regularly may prevent premature hair greying.

    Hair Loss (India & Middle East)
    Stroke the scalp thoroughly with lemon and leave for about 15 minutes, shampoo, wash and dry hair thoroughly. Then massage Black Seed Oil into the scalp. Drink a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil mixed in tea/coffee.

    Hay Fever (Middle East)
    One tablespoon of Black Seed Oil mixed with a glass of lemon should be taken twice daily until symptoms disappear.

    Headaches (General)
    Rub the forehead and the sides of the face near the ears with Black Seed Oil and bandage the head. Also a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil should be taken before breakfast.

    Healthy Being (General)
    To maintain good health take a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil mixed with one teaspoon of pure honey, twice daily.

    Healthy Complexion (General)
    Mix a tablespoon of Black Seed Oil with a tablespoon of olive oil. Rub the face with this mixture and leave it for at least one hour. Wash with soap and water.

    Hypertension (India)
    Mix any drink with a teaspoon of Black Seed Oil and also take two lobes of garlic every morning with breakfast. Rub all the body with Black Seed Oil and expose your body to sun rays for half an hour once every three days. Repeat for one month.

    Laziness and Fatigue (Turkey)
    One tablespoon of Black Seed Oil with a glass of pure orange juice every morning for at least 10 days.

    Memory Improvement (Middle East)
    A teaspoon of Black Seed Oil mixed in 100mg of boiled mint for at least 15 days.

    Muscular pains (General)
    Massage the area with Black Seed Oil.

    Nervous Tension Stress (India)

    A teaspoon of Black Seed Oil with a cup of tea/coffee to be taken three times daily.

    Sexual Impotency (Europe & Middle East)
    Mix 200g of ground Black Seeds with Olive Oil & l00g of ground olibanum & 50g of Black Seed Oil & 50g of olive oil & 200g of pure honey. Mix thoroughly and take a tablespoon after every meal.

    Sleeping Disorder (General)
    A tablespoon of Black Seed Oil mixed with honey in any hot drink in the evening.

    Toothache & Gums (General)
    First cook Black Seeds with vinegar. Add Black Seed Oil. Rinse the mouth with this formulation to help the gums and relieve toothache.

    Ulcers (Indonesia & India)
    Roast powdered Black Seeds over the fire. Mix them with oil of orrisroot, or the oil of henna plant, or the oil of camphire plant making an ointment that is then spread over the festering rural ulcers. After lavation treat with vinegar.



    Habbatul Barakah (Black Seed)
    "The Seed Of Blessing"
    By CalgaryIslam.com Editoral Staff

    Narrated Abu Hurairah (Radhiallaahu 'anhu): I heard Allah's Messenger (Sal-Allaahu 'alayhi wa sallam) saying, "There is healing in black seed for all diseases except death." [Meaning of Sahih al-Bukhaaree, Book of Medicine, Hadeeth No. 5688]

    Black Seed is also known as Black Cummin, Black Caraway & many other names. It's botanical name is Nigella sativa.

    Published Scientific Reports confirm that Black Seed has an astounding array of health benefits:

    Increases immune function.
    ~ U.S. Patents Sections, Antiviral Agents Bulletin #5,482,711

    Black seed stimulates bone marrow and immune cells and raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells .
    ~ Cancer Immuno-biology Laboratory ,South Carolina

    Black seed contains valuable unsaturated fatty acids, for example Linoleic and Gammalinolen acids get into the organism. By that it is possible to reach a synthesis of important immune regulating substances derived as from Prostaglandin E1. Linoleic acid stabilizes the cell membranes and Prostaglandin has the effect of inhibiting inflammation. By that the immune reactions are stopped which cause the illnesses and which otherwise could be the start of many chronic illnesses like acne and hayfever right up to cancer.
    ~ Dr. Peter Schleicher Immunologist,
    Munich , Germany

    Black seed proves to have an anti-histamine, anti-oxidant, anti-biotic, anti-mycotic and broncho-dilating effect .
    ~ Study of Black seed oil o*n humans, American Scientists

    Black seed is truly a remarkable herb that has been used for over 3,000 years. It contains over 100 valuable components. It is a significant source of essential fatty acids, proteins, carbohydrates and other vitamins and minerals. "The seeds are also rich in sterols, especially beta-sitosterol, which is known to have anticarcinogenic activity".
    ~ Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC. O.M.D

    Black seed tests prove to be genuine universal remedy.
    ~ Pharmaceutical newspaper, Wissenschaftlicher Text

    Black seed is a valuable source of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and niacin as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, selenium, magnesium and zinc.
    ~ Phytochemicals of Nigella sativa seeds. Food Chemistry

    What is Black Seed?

    Black Seed is a traditional herb that has been in use for thousands of years by people living in the Middle East and some parts of Asia and Africa to promote health and fight disease. It is also known the "Blessed Seed".

    What are the essential properties of Black Seed?

    Black Seed herb contains over 100 components, many of which still remain to be discovered. It is a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids and contains about 35% oil, 21% protein, and 38% carbohydrates. More than 50% of the oil are essential fatty acids. It's linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid content help form Prostaglandin E1, which helps the body to inhibit infections, balances the immune system, and regulates allergic reactions. Gamma-linolenic acid also helps stabilize the cell membrane. Black Seed also contains about .5- 1.5% volatile oils including Nigellone and thymochinon which are responsible for Black Seed's anti-histamine, anti-oxidant, anti-infective, and broncho-dialating effect.

    What are some of the traditional uses of Black Seed?

    Traditionally, Black Seed has been used for a variety of conditions and treatments related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal complaints, kidney & liver function, circulatory and immune system support, and to improve general health. Its can be topically used for eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, inflammation, and scalp massage.

    What scientific research has there been o*n Black Seed?

    Since 1959, there have been over 200 studies at international universities and articles published in various journals showing remarkable results supporting some of its traditional uses. In 1960, Egyptian researchers confirmed that Nigellone was responsible for Black Seeds broncho-dialating effect. Recently scientists in Europe have confirmed the anti-bacterial and anti-mycotic effects of black seed oil. Scientists at the Cancer and Immuno-Biological Laboratory have found that Black Seed stimulates bone marrow and immune cells and raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells.

    What about the effects of Black Seed and Prostaglandin E1 o*n the Immune System?

    Through the formation of Protaglandin E1, the complete immune system is harmonized and the body's over-reactive allergic reactions are stabilized. By also inhibiting infection, the immune system is able to prevent and control chronic illnesses. Healthy cells are protected from the damaging effects of viruses, inhibiting tumors. As a result Interferon cell protein is formed, inhibiting growth of damaging micro-organisms.

    Recently independent clinical studies published in the Archives of Aids also established some astonishing effects of Black Seed o*n the defense system by improving the ratio between helper T-cells and suppressor T-cells by a significant amount while also enhancing the natural killer cell activity.

    What are some of the other Effects of Black Seed?

    Black Seed helps support metabolism, digestion, and lowers blood sugars levels. It has been useful in the treatment of diabetes melitus. In digestive matters, Black Seed helps to stimulate bile and promote regularity, improve digestion, and has been used to fight worms and parasites of the intestinal tract.

    What are the overall benefits of Black Seed?

    Black Seed is a excellent herb with many benefits, especially when it comes to maintaining a strong and healthy immune system. It is also very useful to individuals suffering from asthma and respiratory complaints, weakened or over-stimulated Immune system, kidney or liver problems, digestive and stomach problems, arthritis and circulatory complaints, allergies and hay fever, and acne. Black Seed is a safe and excellent herb that can be used by anyone. It has no known side effects and has a long history of use for several thousand years.

    What is more effective, Black Seed herb or oil?

    Both are effective in their own standards. However, Black Seed oil is more concentrated than the herb itself, but many people prefer using the herb to the oil. Caution should be taken when using black seed oil due the fact that many oil products are imported and may be adulterated or mixed with other oils. Some oils coming from the Middle East are extracted with heat and hexane, a petrolium by-product. Always use a product that is labeled as 100%, cold-pressed, solvent free, and packed and sealed by machine.

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    Thats great information on the Black seed. I hope you don't mind me printing it off to keep as a reference.
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sis Nur

    Thats great information on the Black seed. I hope you don't mind me printing it off to keep as a reference.

    by all means, take what ever you like and share with others inshallah.

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    Women of all ages can improve their health by making wise choices about eating and physical activity. By lowering the number of calories taken in and being physically active, women may reduce their chances of becoming overweight or obese. They may also reduce their chances of developing certain life-threatening diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers.

    Here are some tips for healthy eating and physical activity from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports:
    1. Start your day with breakfast. Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. Easy to prepare breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat or fat-free milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, or whole-grain waffles.

    2. Get Moving! It's easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike, or jog to see friends. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or elevator. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you read or watch TV. Try to do these things for at least 30 minutes on most if not all days of the week.

    3. Snack smart. Choose snacks from different food groups, such as a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk, an apple, or celery sticks with peanut butter.

    4. Work up a sweat. Regular vigorous workouts—when you're breathing hard and sweating—improve the health of your heart and lungs, help relieve stress and anxiety, and reduce some of the effects of aging.

    5. Balance your food choices. Choosing foods based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's My Pyramid Plan and checking out the Nutrition Facts label on food packages will help you get all of the nutrients you need without taking in too many calories.

    6. Make healthy eating and physical activities fun! Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat healthy foods you like. Be adventurous—try new sports, games, and other activities, as well as new foods. Set realistic goals—don't try changing too much at once.

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    This is a great thread, I just got around to reading it now actually. islamirama, jazak Allah khayr for the useful info. However the Plant Experiment link didn't work for me, it's saying file not found...?

    The Toxins in the Kitchen article was good; often we don't realize that all the cleaners we use are really dangerous for us. Simple things like baking soda and vinegar work wonders.

    All the harmful and questionable ingredients in personal care products are really crazy. It's almost impossible to find a product that doesn't contain something harmful, like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). I'm trying to be very careful about what products our family uses, not only to put in the body like food, but to put ON the body. It's sad actually, that we have to be so picky and suspicous of everything that is common, convenient, and cheap out there.

    I also recently started using black seed. It's such a wonderful thing to have something that we are told from the Prophet (pbuh) is a cure for all diseases. It has SO many benefits, alhamdulillah.

    Sis Nur, you haven't used the microwave in 10 yrs.?! Wow, that's great. I guess you and your family are really used to it by now. Once when we moved, we didn't have a microwave for a few weeks, and I realized that after a few days we just got used to it - we could manage without it. But we ended up buying it eventually...although now I'm considering really minimizing our use of it. People think they can't live without certain appliances, but it's all in our heads. It's up to how determined we are and what we consider more important, for example health or convenience? Health or certain pleasures? People before us lived without microwaves...

    “Say: O My slaves who have transgressed against themselves! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah, verily Allah forgives all sins. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (39:53)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaminah
    This is a great thread, I just got around to reading it now actually. islamirama, jazak Allah khayr for the useful info. However the Plant Experiment link didn't work for me, it's saying file not found...?

    The Toxins in the Kitchen article was good; often we don't realize that all the cleaners we use are really dangerous for us. Simple things like baking soda and vinegar work wonders.

    All the harmful and questionable ingredients in personal care products are really crazy. It's almost impossible to find a product that doesn't contain something harmful, like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate). I'm trying to be very careful about what products our family uses, not only to put in the body like food, but to put ON the body. It's sad actually, that we have to be so picky and suspicous of everything that is common, convenient, and cheap out there.

    I also recently started using black seed. It's such a wonderful thing to have something that we are told from the Prophet (pbuh) is a cure for all diseases. It has SO many benefits, alhamdulillah.
    Wa'iyyakum sis, I don't think most here know all of my threads that i post to dailyl. They all have lot of beneficial stuff in them. As for the waterplant experiment, the link expired since it's been uploaded so long ago. I can upload it again and give you the new link.

    Toxins, be they in foods or cleaning bottles, are very common in US and not other parts for the world. Take East for example, only toxic thing you'll find at home maybe are poison pills for rats and nothing else. Everyone uses plain water and soap and brick homes (not cardboards) with cement or tile floors. Did you know over 1/2 of the stuff we have in our foods in the US are banned from usage and considered illegal for companies to put in food in Europe?

    We used to use microwave often but rarely now if at all. Get those non-stick pains and it takes 2 minutes to heat stuff in them and it tastes better as well.

    I liked reading the (Traditional uses of the Black Seed from around the world) section of the post as its interesting to see how people have used blackseed around the world and benefit from it. It's rather funny that how people in US run to the doctor even if they have a splinter. Doctor is often the last option (not first) in the East. There's so many house remedies from Sunnah and pass generations passed on that solves 90% of your problems.

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    Yes, I'd appreciate the new link please.

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    Originally Posted by news-medical.net

    A honey of a cure
    Disease/Infection News
    Published: Monday, 10-Jul-2006

    A cancer hospital in Manchester is importing Manuka honey from New Zealand to treat patients following surgery for mouth and throat cancers.

    Dr. Nick Slevin, the specialist leading the program at Christie Hospital in Didsbury, Manchester, says Manuka honey has special anti-inflammatory and anti-infection properties and is believed to reduce the likelihood of MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) infection.

    The Manchester Royal Infirmary has been using special honey-coated dressings since May and 60 patients at the hospital are taking part in a study to see if the honey can prevent infections which can be resistant to antibiotics.

    The honey is produced by bees which mainly feed on the Manuka bush and the hospital is buying it in bulk.

    The practice is not new as honey has been used as a medicine since the Ancient Egyptians, who regarded it as a cure for just about everything.

    Manuka honey can cost up to £12 for a jar and the hospital has so far imported 400kg of honey for the clinical trials.

    Alternative Medicines: The Miracle of Honey
    by Vivian bint Joan Taylor

    More than 1,400 years ago Allah and His messenger sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), told us that honey can heal a variety of medical problems.

    Allah says in the Quran, "And the lord inspired the bee, saying: Take your habitations in the mountains and in the trees ad in what they erect. Then, eat of all fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made easy (for you)'. There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying color wherein is healing for men. Verily in this is indeed a sign for people who think." [16:68-69]

    The Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), has also told us of the healing found within honey for a variety of medical problems, including stomach ailments.

    One hadeeth, reported by Bukhari, states that a man came to the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), because his brother had a stomach disorder. The Prophet said "Let him drink honey." The man returned a second time and again the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), responded again, "Let him drink honey." The man returned again, and said "I have done that." The Prophet then responded, "Allah has said the truth, but your brother's stomach has told a lie. Let him drink honey."
    He drank it and was cured.

    Tirmithi, Ibn Majah and Baihaqi also reported that the Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), said, "Make use of the two remedies: honey and the Quran."

    Modern medicine is only just learning of this fact. Traditional uses of honey have included honey mixed with lemon for sore throats. Honey coats the throat and reduces throat irritation. Research has already shown that honey blocks the growth of oral bacteria.

    Honey has also been used for stomach pains and problems. Modern research shows that honey is effective when used in the treatment of gastric or peptic stomach ulcers. Research has also revealed that honey is effective in the treatment of various wounds and infections because of its antimicrobial (antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal) properties.

    Researchers are not absolutely sure why honey heals but they are learning new things about honey everyday. We do know that honey contains a variety of sugars and minerals. Honey is also considered an antioxidant. This means it allows the blood to circulate better and provide more oxygen to areas of the body such as the brain.

    Honey can also be used externally to promote healing when applied to wounds, even postoperative wounds. Honey has also been effective in its use to treat burns. It has even been shown to be low in calories and useful as a sweetener for diabetics, people with heart disease or those overweight.

    Although there is healing in honey for a variety of medical disorders, certain precautions should be taken. Children under the age of one year should never be given honey due to the possibility of infant botulism. This type of food poisoning can be deadly; however, it only seems to affect infants under one year of age.

    Also, if you have any known allergies to specific plants, then you should make sure the honey you are using is not made from that plant. People with allergies to bee stings should be careful when using other bee-related products such as porpoise or royal jelly. If these precautions are followed, then honey may provide healing for you.

    As Muslims, we must acknowledge and accept that Allah and His Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), know better and have revealed the truth.

    We should, therefore, study the research that is available, not to confirm or deny the truth that has been revealed by Allah and his Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam (peace be upon him), but to learn of new ways we can use honey.

    Shaykh Saalih Ibn Ghaanim as-Sadlaan:
    "Verily we are in age where the norm of the people with regards to whom they consider to be Scholars has deteriorated severely. So they make everyone who has the ability to deliver an eloquent admonition, or an intense lecture, or a profound sermon, a Scholar ('aalim) to whom one can refer to for iftaa` (giving religious verdicts), and from whom knowledge can be taken. This is apparently ridiculous, so let the seeker of knowledge be warned against these individuals, and let him not raise them to the levels of Scholars."

    The Goodness of Honey
    1. FOR BURNS
      Apply freely over burns. It cools, removes pain and aids fast healing without scarring. Apart from being a salve and antibiotic, bacteria cannot live in honey.
      A teaspoon of honey before bed aids water retention and calms fears in children.
      A dessertspoon of honey in a mug of hot milk aids sleep and works wonders!
      Honey is a mild sedative with minerals; vitamins, amino acids etc. Replace all white sugar with honey. White sugar is highly stimulating with no food qualities!
      Place a dessertspoon of honey in a basin of hot water and inhale fumes after covering your head with a towel over the basin. Very effective.
      Cover wound with honey and a bandage. Excellent healer.
      Dissolve a dessertspoon of honey in warm water or quarter honey balance of water in a jug and keep in the fridge. Honey is primarily fructose and glucose and so it is quickly absorbed by the digestive system. Honey is a unique natural stabilizer - ancient Greek athletes took honey for stamina before competing and as a reviver after competition.
      Mix honey with oatmeal approx. 50/50 till thick and apply as a face pack. Leave on for half an hour then wash off. Great as a deep cleanser for acne etc.
      Mix honey with apple cider vinegar approx. 50/50 and dilute to taste with water. This aids digestion. (Also reputed to be wonderful for the joints.)
      Mix honey with equal quantity of Olive Oil and cover head with a warm towel for half an hour then shampoo off. Feeds hair and scalp. Hair will never look or feel better!
      Let a teaspoon of honey melt in the back of the mouth and trickle down the throat. Eases inflamed raw tissues.
    12. FOR STRESS
      Honey in water is a stabilizer - calms highs and raises lows. Use approx. 25 percent honey to water.
    13. ANEMIA
      Honey is the best blood en-richer by raising corpuscle content. The darker the honey the more minerals it contains.
      Cakes with honey replacing sugar stay fresher longer due to natural antibiotics. Reduce liquids by approx. one-fifth to allow for moisture in honey.
      These people are well advised to replace white sugar (sucrose) with honey, natural fructose and glucose.
    16. HAY FEVER
      Chewing the tops of comb honey stimulates the immune system due to minute amounts of pollen. During the season thew for 20 minutes a teaspoon of bee capping (tops) five to six times per day. Highly effective and useful for asthma sufferers as well.
      Four teaspoons of honey to a baby's bottle of water is an excellent pacifier and multivitamin additive. If baby's motions are too liquid then reduce by half a teaspoon; if too solid, increase by half a teaspoon. [Webmaster Note: Pediatricians advise parents not to give honey to babies under 1 year of age.]

    18. TEETHING
      Honey rubbed on a baby's gums is a mild sedative and anesthetic.
      English research has shown that a teaspoon of honey per day aids calcium utilization and prevents osteoporosis. Essential from age 50 onwards.
    20. MIGRAINE
      Use a dessertspoon of honey dissolved in half a glass of warm water. Sip at start of attack. If necessary repeat in 20 minutes. Always effective (so tip goes) as migraine is stress related.
      Honey dissolved in equal quantity of warm water. Apply, when cooled, as lotion or eye bath.
      6 oz. liquid honey with juice of 2 lemons Mix well. Bottle and cork firmly. Use as required. Important Keep honey in first aid cupboard for emergency use, and another in the kitchen cupboard.


    Easily digested: Because sugar molecules in honey can convert into other sugars (e.g. fructose to glucose), honey is easily digested by the most sensitive stomachs, despite its high acid content. It helps kidneys and intestines to function better.

    Rapidly diffuses through the blood; is a quick energy source: When accompanied by mild water, honey diffuses into the bloodstream in seven minutes. Its free sugar molecules make the brain function better since the brain is the largest consumer of sugar. Honey is a natural composition of sugars like glucose and fructose. According to recent research, this unique mixture of sugars is the most effective means to remove fatigue and increase athletic performance.

    Supports blood formation: Honey provides an important part of the energy needed by the body for blood formation. In addition, it helps in cleansing the blood. It has some positive effects in regulating and facilitating blood circulation. It also functions as a protection against capillary problems and arteriosclerosis.
    Does not accommodate bacteria: This bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect." There are various reasons of this anti-microbial property of the honey. Some examples are: the high sugar content that limit the amount of water microorganisms need for growth, its high acidity (low pH) and composition which deprive bacteria from nitrogen necessary for reproduction. The existence of hydrogen peroxide as well as antioxidants in the honey prevents bacteria growth.

    Antioxidant: Everyone who wants to live a healthier life should consume antioxidants. Those are the components in cells that get rid of harmful byproducts of normal metabolic functions. These elements inhibit destructive chemical reactions that cause spoilage of food and many chronic illnesses. Researchers believe food products rich in antioxidants may prevent heart problems and cancer. Strong antioxidants are present in honey content: Pinocembrin, pinobaxin, chrisin and galagin. Pinocembrin is an antioxidant that merely exists in the honey.108

    Vitamin and mineral depot: Honey is composed of sugars like glucose and fructose and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium chlorine, sulphur, iron and phosphate. It contains vitamins B1, B2, C, B6, B5 and B3 all of which change according to the qualities of the nectar and pollen. Besides the above, copper, iodine, and zinc are also present, albeit in small quantities.

    Honey is used in healing wounds:

    - When used in treatment of wounds, thanks to its ability to absorb moisture from the air, honey facilitates healing process and prevents scarring. This is because honey stimulates the growth of epithelial cells that form the new skin cover over a healed wound. In this way, even in case of large wounds, honey may eliminate the need for tissue transplantation.

    - Honey stimulates the regrowth of tissue involved in the healing process. It stimulates the formation of new blood capillaries and the growth of fibroblasts that replace the connective tissue of the deeper layer of the skin and produce the collagen fibres that give strength to the repair.
    - Honey has an anti-inflammatory action, which reduces the swelling around a wound. This improves circulation and thus hastens the healing process. It also reduces pain.

    - Honey does not stick to the underlying wound tissues, so there is no tearing away of newly formed tissue, and no pain, when dressings are changed.
    - Thanks to its aforementioned antimicrobial property, honey provides a protective barrier to prevent wounds becoming infected. It also rapidly clears any existing infection from wounds. It is fully effective, even with antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Unlike antiseptics and antibiotics, there is no impairment of the healing process through adverse effects on wound tissues.109


    ¬Take one part honey to two parts of luke warm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder, make a paste and massage it on the itching part of the body slowly.
    ¬It is noticed that the pain recedes within a minute or two.
    ¬Or arthritis patients may daily, morning and night take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder.
    ¬If drunk regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.
    ¬In a recent research done at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week out of the 200 people so treated practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain and within a month, mostly all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis started walking without pain.

    Hair Loss
    ¬Those suffering from hair loss or baldness, may apply a paste of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder before bath and keep it for approx. 15 min. and then wash the hair.
    ¬It was found very effective if kept for 5 mins. also.

    Bladder Infections
    ¬Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of luke warm water and drink it.
    ¬It destroys the germs of the bladder.

    ¬Make a paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and five teaspoons of honey and apply on the aching tooth.
    ¬This may be done 3 times a day daily till such time that the tooth has stopped aching.

    ¬Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water, if given to a cholesterol patient, it reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10% within 2 hours.
    ¬As mentioned for arthritic patients, if taken 3 times a day any chronic cholesterol is cured.
    ¬As per the information received in the said journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complains of cholesterol.

    ¬Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon luke warm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for 3 days.
    ¬This process will cure most chronic cough, cold and clear the sinuses.

    ¬Yunani and Ayurvedic have been using honey for years in medicine to strengthen the semen of men.
    ¬If impotent men regularly take two tablespoon of honey before sleeping, their problem will be solved.
    ¬In China, Japan and Far-East countries, women who do not conceive and to strengthen the uterus have been taking cinnamon powder for centuries.
    ¬Women who cannot conceive may take a pinch of cinnamon powder in half teaspoon of honey and apply it on the gums frequently throughout the day, so that it slowly mixes with the saliva and enters the body.
    ¬A couple in Merryland, America had no children for 14 years and had left hope of having a child of their own.
    ¬When told about this process husband and wife started taking honey and cinnamon as stated above, the wife conceived after a few months and had twins at full term.

    Upset Stomach
    ¬Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.
    ¬GAS : According to the studies done in India & Japan, it is revealed that if honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

    Heart Diseases
    ¬Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on bread or chappati instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast.
    ¬It reduces the cholesterol in the arteries and saves the patient from heart attack.
    ¬Also those who have already had an attack, if they do this process daily, are kept miles away from the next attack.
    ¬Regular use of the above process relieves loss of breath and strengthens the heart beat.
    ¬In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that due to the increasing age the arteries and veins which lose their flexibility and get clogged are revitalized.

    Immune System
    ¬Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.
    ¬Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts.
    ¬Constant use of honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles to fight bacteria and viral diseases.

    ¬Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food, relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

    ¬A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

    ¬Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly arrests the ravages of old age.
    ¬Take 4 spoons of honey, 1spoon of cinnamon powder and 3 cups of water and boil to make like tea.
    ¬Drink 1/4 cup, 3 to 4 times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age.
    ¬Life span also increases and even if a person is 100 years old, starts performing the chores of a 20 year old.

    ¬Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste.
    ¬Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water.
    ¬If done daily for two weeks, it removes pimples from the root.

    Skin Infections
    ¬Eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections are cured by applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts.

    Weight Loss
    ¬Daily in the morning, 1/2 hour before breakfast on an empty stomach and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup water.
    ¬If taken regularly it reduces the weight of even the most obese person.
    ¬Also drinking of this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

    ¬Recent research in Japan and Australia has reveled that advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully.
    ¬Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month 3 times a day.

    ¬Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful than detrimental to the body strength.
    ¬Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon power in equal parts are more alert and flexible.
    ¬Dr. Milton who has done research says that half tablespoon honey taken in one glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3.00 p.m. when the vitality of the body starts decreasing, increases the vitality of the body within a week.

    Bad Breath
    ¬People of South America, first thing in the morning gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water.
    ¬So their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

    Hearing Loss
    ¬Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder taken in equal parts restores hearing.

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    Once again jazak Allah khayr,

    I love honey and I keep it in my house, but I had no idea it was good for so many things Alhamduliah. I like to use it for colds, stomach viruses, sore throats, and the facial cleanser, but thanks to this article I have so many more uses for it now.
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sis Nur
    Once again jazak Allah khayr,

    I love honey and I keep it in my house, but I had no idea it was good for so many things Alhamduliah. I like to use it for colds, stomach viruses, sore throats, and the facial cleanser, but thanks to this article I have so many more uses for it now.
    wa'iyyakum, Prophet saws said make use of two remedies, quran and honey. That shows us that both of these things (one for eatin and one for reciting) both have healing benefits and he singled out these to show their importance.

    There are lot of different kinds out there, you have to make sure you the raw honey that is pure without anything else in it. also, it's good not to give honey to child less than 1yr (i think, or 18months) since its bad for them becuase they can't digest it at that age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by islamirama
    There are lot of different kinds out there, you have to make sure you the raw honey that is pure without anything else in it.
    Yes thats the kind I buy, I usually get a 10lb tub from this Islamic food mart in my area.
    "The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger." (Sahih Al Bukhari Vol 8. No.135)

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    Careful, lads, that laptop might burn your genes
    By Sam Lister
    Scientists have linked portable computers and male infertility

    BUSINESSMEN and teenage boys could be risking their fertility by using laptop computers, research suggests.

    The combination of heat generated by the computers and the posture needed to balance the equipment on the lap leads to raised temperatures around the scrotum, a study has found. Past research shows that higher scrotal temperatures can damage sperm and affect fertility. And the introduction of new technology such as Bluetooth and infrared connections — which provide wireless links to the internet — has resulted in a growing number of men using the machines on their thighs rather than at a desk.

    To keep the testicles at an ideal temperature — and for greater comfort — men naturally sit with their legs further apart than women. When working on a laptop, however, they will adopt a less natural position in order to balance it on their laps, which results in a significant rise in body heat between their thighs.

    The latest findings, published in the journal Human Reproduction, give warning that teenagers and young men should consider cutting the time spent with a computer positioned on their lap because of the possible long-term damage to their fertility. Researchers from the State University of New York said their study was the first to look at the effect of heat from laptop computers on scrotal temperature.

    Using 29 volunteers aged 21 to 35, the researchers, led by Yefim Sheynkin, found that sitting with the thighs together to balance a laptop caused scrotal temperatures to rise by 2.1C. But when the laptop was in use, average temperatures rose by 2.6C on the left of the scrotum and 2.8C on the right.

    Research this year showed that sperm counts have dropped by almost a third in a decade. A study of 7,500 men who attended the Aberdeen Fertility Centre, at the University of Aberdeen, between 1989 and 2002, showed average sperm concentrations fell by nearly 30 per cent. The reasons are unclear, but drug use, alcohol, smoking and obesity are factors. Pesticides, chemicals and radioactive material have also been linked to decreases in fertility.

    Now the growing popularity of laptops could also affect sperm production.
    Dr Sheynkin said: “By 2005, there will be 60 million laptops in the US and 150 million worldwide. Continued improvements in power, size and price have favoured their increased use in younger people and laptop sales now exceed those of desktop computers.”

    The researcher said that laptops could reach internal operating temperatures of more than 70C (158F).The average surface temperature of the computers used in the experiment increased from nearly 31C (87.8F) at the start of the test to nearly 40C (104F) after one hour.

    “The body needs to maintain a proper testicular temperature for normal sperm production and development,” Dr Sheynkin said. “Portable computers in a laptop position produce scrotal hyperthermia by both the direct heating effect of the computer and the sitting position necessary to balance the computer.”

    Dr Sheynkin said they did not know the exact frequency and time of heat exposure that would lead to reversible or irreversible changes to sperm. But he said that frequent use of laptops over years without sufficient recovery time between exposures “may cause irreversible or partially reversible changes in male reproductive function”.

    The study found that within the first 15 minutes of using a laptop, scrotal temperatures had increased by 1C (33.8F).

    “Until further studies provide more information on this type of thermal exposure, teenage boys and young men may consider limiting their use of laptop computers on their laps, as long-term use may have a detrimental effect on their reproductive health,” Dr Sheynkin said.


    There are an estimated 100 million laptop users in the world of the five million laptops in Britain, about 100,000 are damaged each year and another 67,000 stolen more than £1.5 billion was spent on laptops in Britain last year, with more than three million laptops made in this country a recent poll found that laptops were the third most popular gadget in Britain, after digital cameras and mobile phones while a mobile phone is sold to a Briton every minute, a laptop computer is bought every two minutes more than 400 laptops have gone missing from government departments in more than two years, according to a parliamentary answer from Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary,

    Almost 600 other computers have disappeared from the Ministry of Defence in the past five years.

    Recent research suggests that using computers intensively heightens the chance of developing glaucoma, which can lead to blindness

    People with short sight run almost double the risk. Intensive computer use has also been linked to increased incidences of short-sightedness

    Other studies have suggested that radiation emitted by computer screens is responsible for headaches, anxiety, flu-like symptoms and even muscular pain.

    The emissions from a desktop computer were found to have a range of 18ft and be capable of penetrating through 8ft of concrete


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    10 Tips to healthy eating and physical activity for you.

    1. Start your day with breakfast.
    Breakfast fills your "empty tank" to get you going after a long night without food. And it can help you do better in school. Easy to prepare breakfasts include cold cereal with fruit and low-fat milk, whole-wheat toast with peanut butter, yogurt with fruit, whole-grain waffles or even last night's pizza!

    2. Get Moving!
    It's easy to fit physical activities into your daily routine. Walk, bike or jog to see friends. Take a 10-minute activity break every hour while you read, do homework or watch TV. Climb stairs instead of taking an escalator or elevator. Try to do these things for a total of 30 minutes every day.

    3. Snack smart.
    Snacks are a great way to refuel. Choose snacks from different food groups - a glass of low-fat milk and a few graham crackers, an apple or celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, or some dry cereal. If you eat smart at other meals, cookies, chips and candy are OK for occasional snacking.

    4. Work up a sweat.
    Vigorous work-outs - when you're breathing hard and sweating - help your heart pump better, give you more energy and help you look and feel best. Start with a warm-up that stretches your muscles. Include 20 minutes of aerobic activity, such as running, jogging, or dancing. Follow-up with activities that help make you stronger such as push-ups or lifting weights. Then cool-down with more stretching and deep breathing.

    5. Balance your food choices - don't eat too much of any one thing.
    You don't have to give up foods like hamburgers, french fries and ice cream to eat healthy. You just have to be smart about how often and how much of them you eat. Your body needs nutrients like protein, carbohydrates, fat and many different vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and A, iron and calcium from a variety of foods. Balancing food choices from the Food Guide Pyramid and checking out the Nutrition Facts Panel on food labels will help you get all these nutrients.

    6. Get fit with friends or family.
    Being active is much more fun with friends or family. Encourage others to join you and plan one special physical activity event, like a bike ride or hiking, with a group each week.

    7. Eat more grains, fruits and vegetables.
    These foods give you carbohydrates for energy, plus vitamins, minerals and fiber. Besides, they taste good! Try breads such as whole-wheat, bagels and pita. Spaghetti and oatmeal are also in the grain group.
    Bananas, strawberries and melons are some great tasting fruits. Try vegetables raw, on a sandwich or salad.

    8. Join in physical activities at school.
    Whether you take a physical education class or do other physical activities at school, such as intramural sports, structures activities are a sure way to feel good, look good and stay physically fit.

    9. Foods aren't good or bad.
    A healthy eating style is like a puzzle with many parts. Each part -- or food -- is different. Some foods may have more fat, sugar or salt while others may have more vitamins or fiber. There is a place for all these foods. What makes a diet good or bad is how foods fit together. Balancing your choices is important. Fit in a higher-fat food, like pepperoni pizza, at dinner by choosing lower-fat foods at other meals. And don't forget about moderation. If two pieces of pizza fill you up, you don't need a third.

    10. Make healthy eating and physical activities fun!
    Take advantage of physical activities you and your friends enjoy doing together and eat the foods you like. Be adventurous - try new sports, games and other activities as well as new foods. You'll grow stronger, play longer, and look and feel better! Set realistic goals - don't try changing too much at once.

    Food Guide Pyramid

    Food Guide Pyramid is a practical tool to help you make food choices that are consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Using the Pyramid enables you to eat a variety of foods daily so that you can get the nutrients you need.
    To make the most of the Pyramid, you need to know what counts as a serving.

    Food Group: Vegetable
    Serving Size: 1 cup raw, leafy vegetables, 1/2 cup cooked or chopped raw vegetables or 3/4 cup vegetable juice

    Food Group: Bread
    Serving Size: 1 slice bread, 1/2 bagel or English muffin, 1 ounce ready-to-eat cereal, 1/2 cup cooked cereal, rice or pasta, or 5-6 small crackers

    Food Group: Fruit
    Serving Size: 1 medium piece of fruit, 1/2 cup mixed fruit or 3/4 cup fruit juice

    Food Group: Milk
    Serving Size: 1 cup milk or yogurt, 1-1/2 ounces natural cheese or 2 ounces process cheese

    Food Group: Meat
    Serving Size: 2-3 ounces cooked lean meat, poultry or fish (about the size of a deck of cards.) Other foods which count as 1 ounce meat; 1/2 cup cooked dry beans, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons peanut butter or 1/2 cup nuts

    The Kids Activity Pyramid

    Each week you can have fun and be active by trying the following things...

    With Friends:
    -Dance to music
    -Play games like tag and hopscotch
    -Join a sports team at school or the park

    With Family:
    -Go on a walk together
    -Play at the park
    -Turn off the TV for a day

    By Yourself:
    -Fly a kite
    -Do cartwheels, somersaults, or jumping jacks
    -Practice sports skills


    What's Your Nutrition and Physical Activity I.Q.?

    Can you fill in the blanks to find these secrets to healthy eating and physical activity?
    1. Eat from the five food groups every day. These include a) ??, cereals and grains, b) fruits, c) vegetables, d) milk, yogurt and cheese and e) ?? And proteins.
    2. Do moderate physical activities for ?? minutes daily.
    3. Eat ?? to get going in the morning.
    4. Vigorous activities make you ?? and breathe hard.
    5. Eat a ?? of foods every day.
    6. Take a 10 minute ?? break every hour while you read, ?? or do homework.
    7. Smart ?? are just what you need if you get hungry between meals.
    8. Be sure to ?? your muscles before and after work-outs.
    9. Use the ?? Facts Panel and the Food ?? Pyramid to help you balance food choices.
    10. Keep ?? to stay in shape.
    1. a) breads e) meats
    2. 30
    3. Breakfast
    4. Sweat
    5. Variety
    6. Activity, watch tv
    7. Snacks
    8. Stretch
    9. Nutrition, Guide
    10. Moving

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    Caffeine has been called the most popular drug in the world. It is found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod. All over the world people consume caffeine on a daily basis in coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.
    Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.

    There is no nutritional need for caffeine in the diet. Moderate caffeine intake, however, is not associated with any recognized health risk. Three 8 oz. cups of coffee (250 milligrams of caffeine) per day is considered a moderate amount of caffeine. Six or more 8 oz. cups of coffee per day is considered excessive intake of caffeine.

    Caffeine enters the bloodstream through the stomach and small intestine and can have a stimulating effect as soon as 15 minutes after it is consumed. Once in the body, caffeine will persist for several hours: it takes about 6 hours for one half of the caffeine to be eliminated. There are numerous studies to support the idea that caffeine causes physical dependence. If you suspect that you or someone you know is dependent on to caffeine, the best test is to eliminate it and look for signs of withdrawal, such as headache, fatigue and muscle pain.

    Although caffeine is safe to consume in moderation, it is not recommended for children. It may negatively affect a child's nutrition by replacing nutrient-dense foods such as milk. A child may also eat less because caffeine acts as an appetite suppressant. Caffeine can be safely eliminated from a child's diet since there is no nutritional requirement for it.

    Although the FDA does not advise against women who are pregnant or nursing to eliminate caffeine from the diet, many experts recommend limiting the amount consumed during that time to one or two 8 oz. servings per day.

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    You have more calcium in your body than any other mineral. Calcium has many important jobs. The body stores more than 99 percent of its calcium in the bones and teeth to help make and keep them strong. The rest is throughout the body in blood, muscle and the fluid between cells. Your body needs calcium to help muscles and blood vessels contract and expand, to secrete hormones and enzymes and to send messages through the nervous system.

    It is important to get plenty of calcium in the foods you eat. Foods rich in calcium include diary products such as milk, cheese and yogurt, and leafy, green vegetables. The exact amount of calcium you need depends on your age and other factors. Growing children and teenagers need more calcium than young adults. Older women need plenty of calcium to prevent osteoporosis. People who do not eat enough high-calcium foods should take a calcium supplement.

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    • Calcium Intake Tools(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)


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