Medicine, like other sciences, drew it's nourishment from the Quraan and its philosophy of life. And like other sciences, the principal of harmony and balance also worked through and influenced the science of medicine.
The whole study of Medicine is also related to the Islamic faith through the injunctions of the Holy Quraan and Hadith of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) concerning hygiene and better and healthy living. In short, the Islamic Shariah has issued directions regarding ablution, cleanliness, general hygiene, dietary habits, healthy foods and many other elements affecting the body and it's health.
There is certainly another intimate link between medicine and Islam. The human body is considered to be the formal residence of the soul (Ruh) and therefore closely related to both the spirit and the soul. Thus both soul and spirit, are intimately related to and are dependent upon the physical body of man because the former cannot exist in this world without the latter. Secondly, man has to maintain his outward form as well as his inwardly in a good and healthy condition to exist at all. Therefore the health and care of the body becomes an important matter both for medicine and religion, in order to keep man outwardly and inwardly in a healthy condition.
The anatomy and physiology of the human body provided a wide field of study for philosophers, theologians and physicians. Quranic studies further encouraged the study of the human body, it being one of the signs (Aayat) of the Creator. Man being the supreme and noblest creation, the study of his physical body was therefore considered necessary and important for the proper understanding of Allah's Wisdom. The Quraan has invited man to look into the matter of his own creation in order to find the Wisdom of Allah and to understand the purpose of the whole creation.
It is necessary to keep the physical body very healthy so that spirit and soul may also remain healthy in order to achieve spiritual attainment as well as material.
Let us briefly examine some of the health regulations prescribed to us by the Quraan and Sunnah:
1) The dietary regulations plays an important role in Islamic medicine. Islam has prohibited certain foods because of their ill-effects, and allowed all other pure, good and clean things. Allah says, "O Believers! Eat of the good and pure things that we have provided for you and render thanks to Allah, if it is (indeed) He whom you worship." (2: 172)
As regards the criterion for judging whether a thing is pure or not? It should be noted that all those things are pure which are not unclean according to any principle of Islamic Law, or which are not offensive to good taste or have not universally been regarded as repugnant by cultured people. After stating this general principle with regard to permissible foods, the Quraan specifies the prohibited foods in these words "He has only forbidden you dead meat and blood and swine flesh and that food over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked" (16 :115)
These four things are absolutely forbidden in Islam for reasons known to Allah. However, research on these things have shown that some of them are injurious to human health - as dead meat, blood and swine meat, and some are harmful to moral health as well - flesh of swine, and still others to spiritual health as food over which the name of any other than Allah has been invoked.
2) Alcohol is also prohibited because of it's harmfulness is greater than it's benefits. The physical, moral, social and spiritual evils of intoxicants and gambling are clearly referred to in the Quraan as the filthy work of Shaitaan.
3) The Quraan has also given very useful tips regarding a balanced diet which contains every useful ingredient necessary for the growth and repair of the human body, including protein, fat, calcium, iron, salts etc.
The most balanced diet consists of meat, especially roast fat, calf or fish, fresh milk, cheese and fruit. The Quraan makes indirect references to the importance of animal protein in human diet on various occasions. "There came our Messenger to Ibrahim with glad tidings, They said, 'Peace'. He answered, 'Peace! and hastened to entertain them with a roasted calf". (11.69).
Then the Quraan also mentions the meal of fowls "And the flesh of fowls, any that they desire". (56:21)
Fish is also considered to be food of very high protein and very important for human consumption. The Quraan refers to this fresh food in these words, "It is He who has made the sea to be of service that may you eat thereof flesh that is fresh and tender". (16:14).
The Quraan then refers to the importance of animal protein in general in the human diet. "And the castle He created for you, from them you derive warmth and numerous benefits, and their meal you eat". (16:5).
The usefulness of fresh milk is stressed in these words. "And in the cattle there is truely a lesson for you. We give you to drink of that which is in their bellies". (23:21)
The benefits of fruit as good nourishment is described in these words, "And of the fruit of the date-palm, and grapes, you get out wholesome drink and also good nourishment". (16:67)
The Quraan mentions the great medicinal uses of honey for mankind "And your Lord taught the bee to build it's cells on mountains on trees and inhabitants." (16:68).
Honey seems to possess immense medicinal value for various diseases. It is extremely effective and useful for heart diseases and provides top-grade, ready made glucose for body weaknesses. Very good for the eyes, that if used regularly, young people can get rid of their spectacles in a few years.
Honey has also been used for preparing and preserving other medicines. Because it does not rot, which is why it is a substitute for alcohol, good for common colds, blood diseases, digestion and so on. In fact the Prophet (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) recommended the use of honey for a great many illnesses.
Abdullah Bin Masoud (Radhiyallaahu Anhu) reports Messenger (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) as saying, "Make use of the two remedies, honey and the Quraan".
So in short, the ingredients of honey show that it is being useful in these ways:
a) As good nourishment.
b) As a protective measure
c) As a medicine for various kinds of diseases.
It's ingredients are calcium, sulphur, carbon, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, chlorine, sodium, potassium and iodine.
There is no verse of the Quraan which specifically mentions surgical and anatomical operations as such but by implication and interpretation, a few scholars reported to have taken this verse in this context, "Have we not expanded your breast" (94: 1-3).
This is given further support by an incident which occurred during the time of the Prophet's (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) childhood when two men clothed in white threw him down and opened his belly and searched therein and stretched it apart.
There is a possibility the above incident might well have initiated surgical medicine in the early phase of Islamic civilization and might have encouraged many physicians to take the line of medicine. Famous physicians like Ibn Sina, Ibn Al-Quff and so on were encouraged performing surgical operations.
A little reflection on the aayats of the Qur'aan will show that the central theme of the Islamic faith unity. Tawheed covers every aspect of human life and every field of human study. Tawheed is the essence of the science and you cannot proceed even a step forward without referring it in one one way or another, because Allah is the starting and finishing point of everything. This is the great distinguishing point between a Muslim scientist and a non-Muslim scientist. Therefore, the former sees everything and all knowledge spring from Allah and must be referred back to Him.
Shisha smoking a major health risk
ABU DHABI — Numerous cafes and restaurants serving shisha (hubble-bubble) have become a disturbing feature of most residential areas across the emirates and pose a menace due to noise and air pollution.
The increasing trend is also blamed for multiplying the parking woes of the already suffering residents.
What is really serious about the phenomenon is that most shisha smokers wrongfully take to the hubble-bubble thinking that it poses only 'light' health risks compared to the serious health related complications of cigarette smoking.
Medical experts have warned that shisha has a more perilous impact on health compared to cigarette smoking. They say most shisha smokers have a misconception based on a wrongful and unscientific notion that tobacco used in shisha is herbal and does not affect body organs.
Residents of buildings with coffee shops and snack counters that serve shisha expressed their resentment over the outlets for the multiple problems they cause them. They called upon the authorities concerned to adopt certain measures to control spread of shisha outlets in the country.
It is to be noted that in their efforts to combat smoking, the health ministers of the GCC states have proposed a hike in the fees of commercial licence issued for cafes and restaurants serving shisha in the member countries. Despite several steps taken by the country to control the spread of tobacco, the UAE is considered among the world's leading consumers of tobacco.
Medical experts have also cautioned that one of the hazards of smoking shisha is lung cancer.
"Most people misleadingly believe shisha does not contain tobacco and that when they smoke they inhale herbal products. It is the added flavours that make them feel they are smoking herbs, while they are actually taking in tobacco and are highly likely to become addicted to nicotine. Shisha smokers should realise that it is far more dangerous than cigarette smoking because the amount of nicotine in shisha cannot be measured due to packing differences," a doctor in the government sector warned.
Moreover, while smoking hubble-bubble the aluminium foil, which is usually of poor quality, reacts with the burning charcoal and produces aluminium fumes that are carcinogenic or in other words causes cancer, he said.
He clarified that the amount of carbon dioxide inhaled through shisha is very high compared to cigarette smoking, adding that one shisha smoke is equal to seven or 10 cigarettes depending on the packed ingredients.
He stressed shisha smokers should also be aware of the fact that when smoke goes through water humidity in smoke increases and it then tends to stay for a longer time in the lungs. Some germs, mainly bacteria that cause tuberculosis, live in the shisha pipe.
"According to recent studies the pipe could act as a good medium for conveying bacteria causing infectious diseases like Hepatitis A that can be easily transmitted when shisha pipe is used by multiple smokers," apprised the medical expert.
Maria Antonia, a resident, said: "it is a bad influence for young kids as they too feel like smoking cigarettes and having shisha."
Imli Jungla, another resident, wondered whether something can be done to curb the trend, which she finds sickening. "I find the smell sickening, can't they stop the roadside hubble-bubble culture?" she asked.
Aseel Maad (name changed) said: "Serving shisha in the residential areas has become very annoying to most people in the emirates. I personally believe authorities concerned should intervene to regulate the spread of shisha outlets, especially in residential areas. Besides health risks of hubble-bubble, it distracts youth from becoming creative and utilising their leisure time for doing something useful."
Duriya Ahmed, a 54-year-old housewife, said: "I believe shisha cafes and restaurants distort the beautiful look of cities. They also allure young people to taste the much promoted type of smoking (shisha), which I fear might soon become a habit of elegant and educated young people. I believe authorities concerned should be alert to control prevalence of this harmful phenomenon."
2008 Khaleej Times
Stress and A Big Belly
By Nora Belfedal
Young or old, thin or big, many Muslims are getting a paunch and have to bear some feelings of heaviness in the abdomen. But aside from being a nuisance, having a big belly can also lead to serious diseases.
It has been found that if the abdominal muscles do not work well, the entire metabolic system becomes affected. Badly sustained, the organs fall downwards, pulling the spine into an incorrect position. The intestines become unable to launch exhalation as they should and hence keep the carbon dioxide inside the body, making the renewal of oxygen especially difficult. A study of 17,150 men also showed the link between abdominal obesity and the risk of developing cataracts. In this study, reported by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a big belly was cited as the main risk factor (Eller).
However, contrary to popular belief, lack of exercise is not always the culprit in obesity. Before addressing the issue of exercise, doctors first look at their patient's lifestyle to determine possible causes for digestive troubles. "For most of my patients, the weight gain was due to a digestive disruption," says French dietician Francois Pallardy (Pallardy, p. 5).
The Prophet Mohammed (saws) also commented on the importance of proper eating habits, saying, "A believer eats in one intestine (is satisfied with little food) and a kafir (unbeliever) or a hypocrite eats with seven intestines" (Bukhari). This hadith (saying of the Prophet) explains the problem of obesity well. Obesity occurs when people eat too much and too fast, which causes a swollen belly due to constipation or abdominal wind.
The digestive system is a wonderful system. But, to keep it functioning properly, people are advised to reduce their consumption of acidic products that increase the acidity rate in the stomach, which can lead to heartburn and bloating. Acid-forming foods include: vinegar, red fruits, milk products, some vegetables such as tomatoes and watercress, jams, sweet drinks and stimulants like coffee and tea, among others. Abdominal wind can also be due to presence of gas in the stomach caused by chewing gums and fizzy drinks like soda (webmd.com).
Moreover, food fermentation often increases if one is continually nervous or anxious, thus causing bloating because stress upsets the bile and insulin production needed to digest the foods. A Yale University team found a link between chronic psychological stress and fat storage. Stress makes the brain, especially the hypothalamus, secrete an excessive amount of cortisol, a stress hormone, which may contribute to a high fat rate or an upset of the insulin rate responsible for diabetes, high cholesterol, and ulcers (webmd.com).
Many experts also believe in the psychological factors of many digestive diseases. "The cause probably has something to do with the stress, which affects the nerves connected to the intestines and cause cramping," says Thomas M. Ball, an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the University of Arizona (webmd.com).
Furthermore, the development of some bad genes may be halted or slowed down if the person stays relaxed as Dr. Smith advises in his book Low-Stress Diet. Dr. Smith says, "Stresses can allow genetic traits to appear" (Smith, p. 17).
Furthermore, we usually react to stress by smoking, stopping exercise and overeating. Psychiatrists used to say that stress, or the perception of stress, can lead to low blood sugar, thus causing people to overeat. If stressed people are on a diet, they often feel guilty if they overeat; which creates more and varied stresses that can cause them to perceive they are weak and unable to control their bodies. Learning to accept one's self will also help us get to know our bodies, making it easier to exert control. Many scientists think that "mind-body" techniques might make a difference in many diseases (Smith, p.20).
Doctors advise that in order to stimulate better digestion, a person should try to reduce stress with imagery techniques. For example, people can imagine themselves relaxing in a calm cottage. Doctors also advise breathing fresh air, exercising three times a week, and following certain rules while eating. The following guidelines are also recommended:
1. Remember this Hadith: "Mention the Name of Allah and eat with your right hand, and eat of the dish what is nearer to you" (Bukhari).
2. Shut the television at mealtime and you will more easily concentrate on your food and become satiated faster.
3. Allow your appetite to dictate eating times. Eat small portions, but as often as you are hungry.
4. Avoid cutting out foods and eat mainly fresh foods, for they contain more vitamins, which will quell hunger.
5. Never eat sugar and protein at the same time. Protein should be eaten first, followed by legumes and grains, then vegetables such as salads. "Protein needs acid for its digestion; by ingesting water, fruit, or salad before the protein you dilute the hydrochloric acid" (Smith, p. 67).
6. Have some raw foods with each meal, which are convenient and a good source of Folate and B vitamins.
7. Drink fresh juice and water instead of coffee, tea or soda.
By relieving the system of stress, and maintaining good eating habits, a person will notice a real difference in their life. Their energy will increase, their nerves improve, and indigestion symptoms will often disappear.
Eller, Daryn. "The Mind Body Connection." Sciences et Avener Magazine.
Pallardy, Francois. "Health Problems and Obesity." Top Sante Magazine #120. September 2000.
Sahih Bukhari. "Book of Food, Meals."
Smith, Lendon, MD. "Dr Lendon Smith's Low-Stress Diet." USA: Avenir Press. 1985.
Q & A on Water and Sanitation in Islam
The following issues were discussed by the IOMS, The Fiqh Academy at Jeddah and WHO in various meetings held between the years 1980 - 2000.
Q: 1) What importance Islam gives to personal cleanliness?
A: Islam attaches great importance to cleanliness. This is clearly apparent in Islamic legislation which makes ablution and bathing a duty. Islam also requires to wash our hands before and after meals, and to wash our clothes to purify them. All these obligations are related to individual and collective acts of worship, emphasizing the Islamic concept which considers man's body and soul two parts of a single entity which are mutually complementary.
Q: 2) Is cleanliness a prerequisite for prayers?
A: Yes. God has made ablution an essential preliminary for prayers. He explains that: "God does not want to impose any hardship on you, but wants to make you pure" (5:6). Ablution is a divine obligation to be undertaken by everyone who wishes to pray. God says in the Quran: " Believers, when you prepare for prayer, wash your faces and your hands upto elbow, and wipe your heads and wash your feet up to the ankles (5:6). The Prophet (PBUH): "God does not accept any prayers which have not been preceded by ablution".
Q: 3) Are Muslims urged to perform ablution for purposes other than prayers?
A: Yes. A person who is in a state of ceremonial impurity, i.e. janaba, is encouraged to perform ablution if he wants to eat or sleep, though the state of janaba required taking bath in which one washes the entire body. However, Islam encourages a person in such a state to perform ablution if he delays taking bath. The Prophet (PBUH) was asked whether a person in a state of ceremonial impurity may sleep, eat or drink. He answered: Yes, if he performs ablution in the same manner as when he wants to pray".
Islam also requires a man who has had sexual intercourse with his wife and wants to do so again to perform ablution in the interval. According to an authentic hadith: "If any one of you has had intercourse with his wife, and wants to repeat it, he should perform ablution".
Muslims are also recommended to perform ablution before going to bed, and when one is in a state of anger or has touched or carried a dead person, and before reciting the Quran or reading the hadith, and for attending Islamic lessons, entering a mosque, calling for prayer, giving a sermon or visiting a graveyard.
Q: 4) Is taking a bath considered obligatory in Islam?
A: Yes, taking a bath is considered obligatory in Islam on a number of occasions, including the end of menstruation and post natal discharge, after sexual intercourse and wet dreams. In this connection, God says in the Quran: "If you are in a state of ceremonial impurity, purify yourself" (5:6). He also says: "Believers, do not come near prayers when you are drunk until you are aware of what you are saying, nor when you are in a state of ceremonial impurity, except during traveling, until you have taken a bath" (4:43).
Islam requires its followers to take special care to keep themselves clean by taking bath regularly, even in the absence of above causes. A Muslim is required to take bath before the weekly Friday prayer and for attending prayer on the two annual Islamic feasts. It is also recommended to bath frequently during the pilgrimage and the Umra and on such occasions as entering Mecca, prayer for rainfall, when there is an eclipse, on regaining consciousness after fainting, after having washed the body of a dead person, when one feels that one's body odour is becoming unpleasant, before retiring to a mosque for mediation and prayer, when entering Medina and before attending any gathering.
Until the 16th century C.E. the operation of Caesarean section was a mystery and highly controversial in Europe but in the Middle Ages, Muslims wrote about the operation and even illustrated it with pictures. Towards the end of the 12th Century C.E. the European nations were beginning to surpass their rivals in the Islamic East.
The increasing strength of the West took full advantage of scientific and literary discoveries of the Muslims. Far from giving any credit to the Muslims or acknowledging their contributions to science, the Western scholars painted a very distorted picture and left highly biased opinions of their predecessors from the Islamic world. This fact can be very easily illustrated by many examples from the history of medicine.
It is unfortunate that the Western medical historians have not appreciated the value of the writings of early Muslim scholars. On the contrary, for many centuries they have made positive efforts to discredit the Muslims. As an example, it is a generally held view in the West that surgical advancement was discouraged by great Muslim physicians like Ibn Sina because, in his Al-Qanon he did not emphasise surgical procedures. In these futile efforts it is forgotten that Al-Qanon was primarily a treatise on internal medicine and not on surgery.
Many European authors of later ages produced medical texts on similar patterns. Moreover these shortsighted historians completely ignored surgical geniuses and the contributions of people like Abu Qasim (known in the West as Al Bucasis). In this context, the history of Caesarean section presents a good example. In 1863 a French medical historian by the name of C. Rique recorded that the operation of Caesarean section was strictly prohibited in Islam. He went on to say that according to Islamic jurists any child born by such an operation should be killed immediately as a child of the Devil. This author also quoted the name of an unknown Arab to justify his conclusion. But even after exhaustive searches this reference can not be found in the authentic Arabic literature. From the middle of the last century until modem times, Rique's statement has been quoted and referred to by many historians without establishing the truth or its validity.
The literature on this subject is littered with references to the above quotation without even referring to the original source. On the contrary, no medical historian has ever mentioned that during the middle ages it was a well known belief in Europe that the devil or the Antichrist would be born by Caesarean section before the end of the world. This legend is mentioned and supported by a picture in a book published in 1898 by R. Procter and can be seen in the British Museum.
Unfortunately worthwhile literature of the early Islamic period is scanty and scattered or else is in the wrong hands. Many valuable manuscripts are either in private hands used only as profitable investments or in museums all over Europe and America. The Islamic states and the statesmen who can easily afford to collect and compile copies of these manuscripts for free circulation have never shown any interest in this wealth of inheritance. Lack of interest and research in these early manuscripts has created an atmosphere of doubt and misinformation.
If someone cared to devote time and effort searching through the available literature, a great a deal of truth could easily be found buried under the sands of time. As regards Caesarean section we know that in the pre-Islamic days the Romans used to perform this operation after the death of a pregnant woman. This practice was strictly governed by law. Jewish religious books have also mentioned various rules in relation to a child born by an operation. If we go further back into history, in India we find that the Buddha was possibly born by an operation.
A famous Indian medical man by the name of Susruta wrote about such an operation in 6th or 7th century B.C. All these rich sources relating to Caesarean section were available to Muslim scholars of the Middle Ages, when a vast amount of scientific literature was translated into Arabic. In fact many of the Syriac, Creek and Sanskrit texts were only saved and are available to us because of their Arabic translations whilst the originals are lost forever. Many of the famous translators in the Islamic period were Christians or Jews. We known that an Indian by the name of Manka was appointed to translate Susruta's works into Arabic.
A unique and extremely rare manuscript exists in Edinburgh University Library. It is manuscript number 161 called "Al-Asrar-al-Baqiyah-an-al-Qurun-al-Khaliydh" or the Chronological History of Nations. It was written by the famous Muslim, Al-Beruni, who died at the age of 78 in 1048 C.E. Al-Beruni has also left us a large volume on the history of India and many other texts. He travelled extensively in pre-Muslim India and his writings were greatly influenced by these experiences. In particular he was impressed by medicinal plants form India.
In the above manuscript Al-Baruni has mentioned that Caesar Augustus (63 B.C. - 14 C.E.) was born by post-mortem Caesarean section. He also wrote that a folk hero Ahmed-Ibn-Sahl was born by Caesarean section after the death of his mother. Apart from these two very relevant references he actually included a picture of the Caesarean section in his book. Without any question this picture is the first ever illustration of such an operation in a textbook and places its author at least 500 years ahead of others.
Another famous name and contemporary of Al-Baruni was Firdousi (935-1025 C.E.), author of the well known "Shahnama". In this 60 000 verses long poems he described the birth of Rustum by Caesarean section. This lively and fascinating description and use of anaesthesia during the operation is there for everyone to read and provides convincing proof that the concept of Caesarean section was mature and its use was an accepted fact.
When we seek help from the religious authorities we discover no less than the towering figure of Imam Abu Hanifah (699 -767 C.E.) who decreed that an operation on a living or dead woman to save the life of an unborn child is allowed in Islam. This is mentioned in a book called Radd al-Mukhtar published in 1844 in Egypt.
Further strong evidence is available in the Fatawa Alamgeeria-a collection of Islamic decrees compiled by Sheikh Nitzam-ud-Din of Burhanpur under the auspices of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, who himself was well versed in Islamic Sharia. In this document there is a decree that if a pregnant woman dies and a child is expected to be alive, then the child must be removed by operation. It goes on to say that the operation should also be performed in order to save the life of a mother when the child is known to be dead.
In conclusion it can be proved that Caesarean section has never been prohibited by any Muslim authority. On the contrary, the Muslims in the Middle ages were the first to write about it in text and poetry and to illustrate the operation in pictures. They also formulated rules governing religious matters to allow such a procedure when the need arose.
by Dr. N. H. Naqvi
Q & A on Environmental Health - ( Islamic perspective )
The following issues were discussed by the IOMS, The Fiqh Academy at Jeddah and WHO in various meetings held between the years 1980 - 2000.
Q: 1) What does Islam say about maintaining clean environment?
A: The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) urged the people to clean and not pollute their environment. He (PBUH) said: "To clear the road of all sources of harm is a benefaction". Benefaction, or sadaqa, is a term used in Islam to refer to what we call today civilized behaviour or civilized conduct, because as the derivation of the Arabic word suggests, it is true evidence that an individual belongs to the civilized Muslim community.
The Prophet's (PBUH) guidance also includes his injunction, "Let no one urinate in stagnant water". The Prophet (PBUH) has forbidden anyone to urinate where he bathes". He used to say: "Avoid the two actions that bring peoples curses!" He was asked: "What are these?" "The one who defecates in the road and the shade used by others".
Q: 2) What does Islam tell against exploiting environment?
A: God draws our attentions to what may occur if humans, indifferent to the various types of balance, go too far in exploiting the environment, which is what we are witnessing today. He says: "If God were to bestow abundance upon His servants, they would behave on the earth with wanton insolence" (42:27). He also says: " Do not follow the counsel of those who are given to excesses, those spread corruption on earth instead of setting things to rights" ( 26: 151-152). And He says: "Had the Truth been in accordance with their desires, certainly heavens and the earth would have been corrupted" (23:71).
Q: 3) Is excessive exploitation of environment punishable by God?
A: Yes, excessive exploitation of environment with no check or control is an injustice of the worst type. It is ingratitude for the favours bestowed by God, because gratitude for a favour means that one should maintain and guard it. God gives the example of a town which..." was once safe and secure. Its sustenance came to it in abundance from every quarter. But it was ungrateful for God's favours. Therefore, He afflicted it with famine and fear of what it did" (16:112). Speaking of similar towns, God says: "Such is the scourge of your Lord when he chastises sinful towns. Harrowing and severe is His punishment" (11:102). But "God was not unjust in treating them (29:40). It were they who used to "transgress in the earth and act unjustly...Mankind, it is against your own souls that your offenses rebound" (10:23). God does not stop at warning against corruption; he also points out the right way. He instructs the Prophet (PBUH) "Say: My Lord has commanded you to be just" (7: 29), meaning to be fair and moderate in all matters without going into either extreme.
Q: 4) What are the views of the Prophet (PBUH) about plantation?
A: The Prophet (PBUH) sought to encourage agriculture in order to increase vegetation resources and enhance benevolent environment. He (PBUH) said: "Whenever a Muslim plants or grows a sapling or a plant, and a human being, a beast, or anything else feeds upon it, it is counted for him as an act of benevolence".
Q: 5) Did the Prophet (PBUH) establish environmental ?
A: Yes. The Prophet (PBUH) was the first to establish environmental reservations, where trees could not be cut down and animals could not be killed. "God's messenger protected the whole Medina, section by section, where no tree could be uprooted and nothing bigger than what can be used to drive a camel could be cut". He also said: "I forbid the trees between the two lavas of Medina to be cut down and the game to be killed". Referring to the Wajj Valley in Taif, he said, "The game and trees of Wajj are forbidden".
Red Meat Linked To Colon Cancer
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) concluded in a recent report that the evidence linking red meat (beef, pork and lamb) to colon cancer is now so strong, it should prompt a nationwide reduction in red meat consumption. They recommend limiting red meat consumption to no more than 515 grams (cooked) per week and to avoid processed meat. The report indicated, that for every 100g over this amount that is eaten per day, the risk of colorectal cancer increases by 30%.
AICR Nutrition Advisor, Karen Collins, said, "The meat-and-potatoes mindset is slowly killing us. We need to break ourselves of the notion that we need a hunk of red meat at every meal."
She also said, "Smokers are a subset of people whose chosen habit places them at much higher risk for lung cancer, but this is different. Everybody eats. And everybody who eats a diet high in red meat is at a higher risk of colon cancer. If there were a drug that was found to increase risk of a disease by 30 percent, it would get pulled off the shelves."
The AICR says that reducing the amount of red meat eaten every week is an important cancer-protective step. Although choosing lean cuts plays a protective role in heart health, diets high in red meat - regardless of the fat content - increase the risk for colorectal cancer.
If you want to find out more details about the link between red meat and cancer, visit: http://www.aicr.org/redmeat.
AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave a special attention for Dates as part of the believer’s diet especially during the Holy month Ramadan. Allah Almighty mentioned Palm trees many times in the Quraan, and made it the food of the dwellers of Paradise, So what are the secrets of this great nutriment? Is it possible to think of using dates as remedy for some diseases? What do scientists of today say about dates?
Dates are one of the most nourishing fruits and It’s called sometimes “Bread of Desert”, More than two third of dates’ weight is natural sugar. This fruit was highly esteemed by the ancient civilizations more than 5000 years ago; ancient Egyptians considered dates as a symbol of fertility, while the Romans and the Greeks used it to ornament their stately triumph pageants. Today, dates are widely-grown in the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Egypt, Iraq, Spain, Italy and the United States. There are more than 600 varieties of dates.
Next, we are going to explore the usefulness of dates to humans throughout the different stages of their lives.
Dates and the Prebirth period
Dates stimulate the uterus by regulating And brisking it's contractions which facilitate delivery. The uterus is a relatively large muscular organ and it urgently requires an adequate supply of natural sugar during labor and delivery. Being laxative, dates are essential for pregnant women before delivery in order to purge the colon and intestine and to facilitate delivery. The miraculousness of the Quranic verse shows evidently as Allah tells Mary: (And shake the trunk of the palm tree towards thee – thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee) [Mariam – 25]
Nutriment and medicine for children
Dates contain natural sugar which is easily absorbed and digested, thus, it is safe and comforting for children’s stomach and intestine. And the dates juice is useful especially if we mix it with Milk to become very nourishing and restorative drink for children and adults. Dates and honey paste is used for the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery in children but it should be taken three times a day.
This paste also comforts and hardening the gums during teething and facilitates the process.
It is advisable to purchase the good varieties of dates and to wash them thoroughly before use especially when used as food or remedy for children. Here, we should mention the prophetic tradition of (Al Tahneek); rubbing the newborn’s mouth with a well-chewed date and feeding him with it. Science has proved that giving the newborn some sugar dissolved in water provides the child with the necessary nutrition and improves their immunity against diseases.
And when we know that sugar in dates is the most easily absorbed and digested type of sugar so it will be suitable nutriment for newborns but the dates should be well-chewed or soaked in water to be easy for the newborn to take. This proves that the great prophet (PBUH) preceded today’s doctors to this type of nutrition. It’s no wonder that he preceded them as he is the messenger of their God.
An effective treatment for constipation
Dates can be used in the treatment of intestinal disturbances and it also helps the intestine perform their function effectively, and helps establishing a colony of friendly bacteria in the intestines. Dates are also highly beneficial in the treatment of constipation as the roughage provided by it stimulates sluggish bowels. They should be immersed in water at night and taken after making them into fine syrup the next morning to secure laxative effect .
A Remedy for Sexual Debility
Date syrup can be used as a treatment for weak heart. It can also be use for the treatment of sexual weakness. When it’s mixed with milk and honey, dates can be used as a tonic for the treatment of sexual disturbances for both sexes, And such syrup strengthens the body and raises its energy levels. The elderly would benefit from this syrup too. It improves their stamina and purges their bodies from the toxins that have accumulated in their cells along the years.
An Ideal Nutriment for Fasters
It was very weird that western physicians who treat their patients by fasting advise them by taking the natural sugar in fruits and water when breaking the fast . And when we know that dates contain a high ratio of such easily-absorbed sugar then dates and water are the best nutriments for fasters.
Here we remember the Hadith of our prophet (PBUH) : (When any of you breaks his fasting he should eat dates cause dates are blessing, if he didn’t find dates then drink water cause water is purifying) [Narrated by Abo Dawood].Here we see that the prophet (PBUH) showed us the principles of effective fasting, by eating dates and drinking water at breakfast centuries before Westerns.
The prophetic wisdom out of having Dates for breakfast might be reduce the hunger and consequently, reduce the amounts of food consumed; therefore the fasting will be effective and useful. And if we remember that fasting consider the best weapon to excise toxics out of the body, then having dates ( toxin-resistive ) when you break your fast represent a real integrated treatment against weakness and fatigue resulted from the accumulation of toxic chemicals and heavy metals in the cells of the body.
A Treatment for Obesity
The wide variety of nutritious elements in dates makes it hunger-resistive! And when we know that the cause behind Obesity is a persisting feeling of hunger and an appetite for food which drives a person to consume larger amounts of fats and sugar when he eat his meal. So treatment by eating few dates when feeling hungry helps reduce hunger and be filled. These dates will provide the body with the necessary sugar and stimulate the intestine which reduce hunger greatly, and eventually, reduce food consumption. The miraculousness of the prophet’s saying shows as he said: (A household that has dates doesn’t feel hunger) [narrated by Muslim]. We can conclude that dates can be used to treat Obesity!.
A Remedy for Lever and Inflammations
Dates remedy Lever and purge it from toxins, Breaking the fast with dates, is one of the most magnificent of natural remedies for the maintenance and purging the Lever from accumulated toxins. And also drinking dates juice could be used in the treatment of sore throat, various types of fever, rhinorrhia and common cold.
A Remedy for Intoxication
Dates are an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. In such a case, drinking water in which fresh dates have been rubbed or soaked will bring quick relief. Here we’d like to mention one of the prophet’s (PBUH) Hadith in which he referred to dates as a remedy for intoxication. Prophet (PBUH) said: (Who eats 7 pressed dates in the morning, will not be inflected with witchcraft or poisoning that day) [Narrated by Abu Dawood]
If we deeply study the medical implications of the Hadith, we realize its miraculousness:
1- The prophet (PBUH) used the number 7. This number has significance in the universe, the Quran and the prophetic tradition. It’s enough to know that the first number mentioned in the Quran was Number 7.
2- 7 dates weigh approximately 70 grams which provides a sufficient intake of a wide variety of minerals, salts and vitamins for the body.
3- This amount is sufficient to purge the body from the accumulated toxins in the cells; like heavy metals, lead as an example. The accumulation of toxins has increased nowadays due to widespread water, air and food pollution.
4- The Hadith implicitly referred to the toxins entering the body as (Poison). He also indicated that eating dates reduces the dangers such toxins impose the body to.
5- As for the word (Witchcraft); only God knows what was meant with it.
6- The Hadith doesn’t imply that taking poison after eating seven dates would be completely harmless, In fact, doing this deliberately is considered as harming one’s self on purpose and this is forbidden in Islam. But we have to undersand that Hadith means that eating seven dates each morning reduces the harmful effects of toxicants. In order to make the process more effective, regularity with eating seven dates in the morning should be maintained. As our Prophet (PBUH) asked us to do.
And we should understand from the Hadith that eating dates everyday regularly And in order will effect our psychological state and make it more stable, God only know the truth.
Date in numbers:
Having high medical and nutritious value, dates are expected to be the best food for the future. Dates contain as high a percentage as 88% of carbohydrate (starch), (2.5-5%) of fat, (2.3-5.6%) of Protein and (6.4-11.5%) of Vitamins and dietary fibre. The flesh contains (0.2 – 5%) of oil, whereas the seed’s weight is (7.7 -9.7%) oil. The weight of the seed is (6.6 – 14.2%) of the date’s weight.
Dates contain Vitamins A, B1 and B2, And contain Fluorine who defeats teeth decay. Other minerals that are found in various proportions in dates include boron, calcium, cobalt, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, sodium and zinc. Additionally, the seeds contain aluminum, cadmium, chloride, lead and sulphur in various proportions. Selenium, element believed to help prevent cancer and important in immune function, is also found in dates.
For all of the previously mentioned benefits, date is the ideal food for the future. The fruit’s production has increased 3 times over 40 years, whereas the world population has only doubled, an indication to the rapid growth of the production of this ideal fruit.
Dear Believer if you are feeling weak, don’t hesitate to take 7 dates in the morning as the prophet (PBUH) recommended. those Seven dates weigh around 70 gm, so if you take them, then you actually took 70 milligrams of calcium- which is very useful for the bones, joints and nerves, 35 milligrams of phosphorus which is nutritious to the brain and 7 milligrams of iron which is strengthens the body in general and the heart in particular.
It’s also suitable for reducing weight as it only contains 0.25 gm of fat. So if you suffer from Obesity, then this meal is the right thing for you. This prophetic meal regulates and stimulates the bowels with the10 gm of dietary fiber it contains.
So won’t you say yes to the prophetic advice?!
Different sites of cupping:
1 – al-Bukhaari (2156) narrated that Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping on his head when he was in ihraam, and for some kinds of pain.” It was also narrated by Muslim (1203) from the hadeeth of Ibn Buhaynah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping on the road to Makkah when he was in ihraam, in the middle of his head.
2 – Abu Dawood (3860), al-Tirmidhi (390) and Ibn Maajah (3483) narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping three times in the two veins at the side of the neck and the base of the neck. Saheeh Abi Dawood.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Cupping in the veins at the side of the neck is beneficial for sicknesses of the head and its parts, such as the face, teeth, ears, eyes, nose and throat, if the cause is an excess of blood or corruption of the blood, or both. End quote from Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/51.
3 – Abu Dawood (3863) narrated from Jaabir (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping on his hip for a pain in that site. Saheeh Abi Dawood.
4 – al-Nasaa’i (2849) narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was treated with cupping when he was in ihraam, on the back of his foot, for a pain in that site. Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.
So these five sites are proven in the Sunnah: The head, the two veins at the side of the neck, the base of the neck, the hip and the back of the foot.
There are other sites which are known to those who are specialized in cupping.
Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Cupping beneath the chin is beneficial for pains in the teeth, face and throat, if it is used at the right time. It purifies the head and hands. Cupping on the top of the foot is a substitution for venesection of the saafin, which is a large vein in the heel; it is beneficial for treating abscesses of the thigh and calf, cessation of menses and itching in the testicles. Cupping at the bottom of the chest is beneficial for the treatment of sores, scabies and pustules on the thighs, and of gout and scabies.
End quote from Zaad al-Ma’aad, 4/53
For more details on the diseases that may be treated by cupping, and the sites that are suitable for cupping, please contact those who are skilled in cupping.
By Sheikh Saalih Munajjid
Getting a good nights rest
Did you sleep well last night? Or did you wake up feeling fatigued and sluggish -- perhaps even wondering if you really slept at all? Getting a good night's sleep requires more than crawling into bed and closing your eyes.Understanding your sleep behavior and preparing for a sound slumber can help make sure every night is a good night for sleeping.
"Sleep is a behavior and, like all behaviors, it varies greatly among people," explains Dr. Carol Landis, sleep researcher and associate professor in biobehavioral nursing and health systems at the University of Washington School of Nursing. "The greatest differences occur in the timing of sleep and the amount of sleep -- the factors which are most important in determining whether you will wake up feeling rested."
Research has found that people sleep better at different times during their daily cycle. For example, some people function better if they go to sleep early and rise early, while others feel more rested if they stay up late and sleep in. "Many people don't pay attention to the timing of their sleep," Landis notes. "Yet delaying or altering the time you go to sleep can have a major impact on how you feel when you wake up."
The amount of sleep the average adult needs each night also varies. Some people may be fine with six hours sleep, while others need up to nine hours per night. Landis points out that those who follow a regular sleep schedule are more apt to function better on fewer hours, but she adds that most adults need at least six hours of sleep each night.
"A person's sleeping patterns aren't set in concrete," Landis stresses. Gradually altering the timing of sleep can help change sleep patterns. An "evening person" who needs to get to work early in the morning can try upping the time they go to bed by 30 minutes every few days. Within a few weeks, this slow adjustment will help "reset" the internal body clock.
In addition to maintaining a regular daily sleep schedule, Landis offers the following tips on practicing good sleep hygiene:
* Avoid stimulants including cigarettes, caffeinated beverages and food such as chocolate in the late afternoon and evening.
* Avoid alcohol. This can have a rebounding effect, causing a person to wake up a few hours into sleep and disturb sleep patterns.
* Finish exercising at least two hours before going to sleep. Exercise increases body temperatures and has an arousing effect, making it more difficult to easily fall asleep.
* Don't sleep in a warm environment. A drop in a person's body temperature is important at the onset of deep sleep. People who sleep in a well-heated room or use an electric blanket may not sleep as soundly.
* Catch up on missed sleep when you have the opportunity. Busy work schedules or weekend activities often make it difficult to get as much sleep as we'd like each night. To reduce this sleep debt, try taking a 30-minute nap during the day before 4 p.m. or sleeping in on weekends when you have a chance.
* "Instead of getting a coffee during a work break, people can get energy by taking a 15 or 30-minute nap instead," Landis points out. "You'll feel better in the long run."
This article was excerpted from HEALTH BEAT, January 27, 1998, a publications of the University of Washington.
When you have a sore throat
What causes a sore throat?
Many things can cause a sore throat. These causes include infections with viruses or bacteria, or sinus drainage and allergies, among others. You should see your doctor right away if you have a sore throat with a high fever, if you have problems breathing or swallowing, or if you feel very faint. If you have a sore throat and a fever, but you just feel mildly ill, you should visit your doctor within the next day or two. If you have a cold with sinus drainage, you may use over-the-counter medicines, like Sudafed or Actifed. Visit your doctor if this cold lasts for more than two weeks, or if it gets worse.
How does the doctor decide if I need antibiotics?
The decision to prescribe antibiotics might be based only on your history and physical exam. Antibiotics usually are prescribed only for patients who might have "strep throat," an infection caused by a bacteria called Streptococcus. A patient with strep throat might have a sore throat with fever that starts suddenly, without a cough or cold symptoms. Strep throat is very common in children from 5 to 12 years of age. The exam might show a red throat, with pus on the tonsils and swollen neck glands. If you have these signs, the doctor may do other tests to see if you need an antibiotic.
Why not just give everyone antibiotics?
Antibiotics have a small risk of causing an allergic reaction every time they are given. Some of these reactions are serious. Antibiotics can also cause other side effects, such as an upset stomach or diarrhea. An even more serious problem is that bacteria can become resistant to antibiotics if these medicines are used frequently in a lot of people. Then antibiotics wouldn't be able to cure people's illnesses. To prevent this from happening, doctors try to prescribe antibiotics only when they will help. Antibiotics only help when sore throat is caused by bacteria. Antibiotics don't help when sore throat is due to viruses, which are the cause of the common cold.
If my doctor doesn't give me antibiotics, what can I do to feel better?
It will take several days for you to feel better, no matter what kind of sore throat you have. You can do several things to help your symptoms. If you have a fever or muscle aches, you can take a pain reliever like acetaminophin (Tylenol), aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil). Your doctor can tell you which pain reliever will work best for you. Cough drops or throat sprays may help your sore throat. Sometimes gargling with warm salt water helps. Soft cold foods, such as ice cream and popsicles, often are easier to eat. Be sure to rest and to drink lots of water or other clear liquids, such as Sprite or 7-Up. Don't drink drinks that have caffeine in them (coffee, tea, colas or other sodas).
Should I be concerned about any other symptoms that occur after I visit my doctor?
Sometimes symptoms change during the course of an illness. Visit your doctor
again if you have any of the following problems:
* Fever that does not go away in five days
* Throat pain that gets so bad you can't swallow
* Inability to open your mouth wide
* A fainting feeling when you stand up
* Any other signs or symptoms that concern you
This information provides a general overview on sore throat and may not apply to everyone. Talk to your family doctor to find out if this information applies to you and to get more information on this subject.
This information was provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
How to Cure Indigestion without a Doctor
First of all, before you can begin to even think about curing a medical problem, you really need to make sure what exactly the medical problem is that you are suffering from. To know for sure whether of not you have indigestion means you need to take a look at a few things and then you need to learn how to cure indigestion all by yourself without having to turn to doctors and modern medicine. Although you do not have to be showing signs of all of the symptoms of indigestion, knowing what to look for will help you understand your situation.
Someone who is suffering from indigestion will often get a lot of stomach aches and just a feeling of uneasiness in their stomach area. Also, they may be having a lot of gas and vomiting along with feelings of weakness and pain in the lower parts of the legs. And this is on top of a loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, and acidity that is commonly experienced in people suffering from indigestion. So since every person is different, it is important to make sure that you understand that not everyone will experience the same symptoms.
There is a lot to say about someone wanting to learn how to cure indigestion by themselves. It shows that the person really wants to be personally involved with their own health and that they truly care about what all goes into their body instead of just jumping in head first into pills that a doctor would prescribe. Knowing how to cure indigestion by yourself could actually give you a better chance from being cured from it versus taking medication given by a doctor of hospital.
When talking about how to cure indigestion there has to be talk of drinking more water because not only is it good for your overall health, but it also relieves the pain of indigestion pretty quick. Also, there is talk of mixing a little bit of lemon juice in warm water and that being drank three times a day would dramatically improve digestion. A lot of people also say that drinking buttermilk after you have had your meal will really improve your digestion. All in all, knowing how to cure indigestion is all about research and then trying different things, as what works for one person may not work for you but the point is to never give up.
8 things you can do to counteract the effects of stress
1. Increase dhikr (remembrance of Allah): "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of Allah: for without doubt in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction (Qur'an, 13:28)."
2. Increase prayers: "O you who believe! Seek assistance through patience and prayer; surely, Allah is with the patient (Qur'an, 2:153)." Regardless of the type of meditation, recent studies have verified the physiological effects of meditation. Most of those mediations consist in focusing on something, repeating some words and breathing (Greenberg, p.142, 143).
3. Perform ablutions: The most important component of relaxation is what Hans Loehr calls "the rituals of success." These rituals may be as simple as making ablution; yet, they must be performed properly for it is not enough to pass water on the body parts - those parts must be massed.
4. Ask for forgiveness : Even if a person has not done anything wrong, he must insure the forgiveness of Allah. "Then I said, 'Ask forgiveness of your Lord; surely, He is the most Forgiving'" (Qur'an, 71:10).
5. Recite the Qur'an: The Prophet (SAW) said, ". Qur'an is a remedy for illnesses of the mind" (Bukhari). "The echo of sound has a medical effect and is now widely utilized," says Dr. Greenberg. "The recitation of or listening to the Qur'an has an effect on the body, the heart and the mind! It is said that the letter Alif echoes to the heart and the letter Ya' to the pineal gland in the brain.
Dr Ahmed El Kadi of Akber Clinic (Panama City, FL) conducted and published the effects of listening to Qur'anic recitation on physiological parameters ( i.e., the heart, blood pressure, and muscle tension), and reported improvement in all factors, irrespective of whether the listener was a Muslim or a non-Muslim, Arab or non-Arab. Obviously, it can be postulated that those who understand and enjoy the recitation with a belief in it will get maximum benefits," writes Dr Athar.
6. Make the hereafter one's main concern: "Whoever has the hereafter as his main concern, Allah will fill his heart with a feeling of richness and independence; he will be focused and feel content, and this world will come to him in spite of it. Whoever has this world as his main concern, Allah will cause him to feel constant fear of poverty; he will be distracted and unfocused, and he will have nothing of this world except what was already predestined for him," said the Prophet (SAW). One of the greatest causes of stress is money - how to pay the loans, whether one's job will be lost, what will happen to the family if the father dies, etc.
7. Think positively: Muslims should forget about the bad things of the past and think of good things, always having hope that he can be better. Trying to change the past is a foolish and crazy waste of time, "for saying 'if only.'opens the way to Shaytan" said the Prophet (SAW). The Prophet (SAW) also said, " Know that victory (achievement) comes through patience, and that ease comes through hardship." Muslims understand that there's no reason for panic in the case of crisis - no reason to be distressed or worried for we know that after hardship come ease!
Do not waste time on thoughts of fear or stress: "The search of time is one of the most frequent causes of stress" (Seyle, p.102). Laziness is the mother of all evils, and the Prophet (SAW) used to seek refuge in Allah from it. Understanding that this life is short and time precious, Muslims should try to work hard and pursue worthy knowledge .
Lose Weight and Stay Healthy
How do we know which weight loss plan is the one we can lose weight and keep it off. I am sure you've tried about such diets as Adkins, Slimfast, Jenny Craig, Nutri-system, the Green Tea diet, low carb diets and Weight Watchers just to name a few.
We have a crisis here in the United States. It's called obesity! This is the fastest-growing killer of men and women that are overweight the United States. The sad thing is that it's entirely preventable.
Do you know that about 33 percent of Americans are overweight or obese In America, one in eight of all of the deaths is caused by an illness that's directly related with being overweight or obese.
Here is more bad news. A large number of children in the United States. carry extra body weight. This burden greatly increases our children's risk factors for a variety of health problems including heart conditions, mental health problems, diabetes and bronchial asthma.
Therefore, what does it take to lose those extra pounds? The first thing you must do is reduce the number of calories that you absorb daily and start burning more calories daily. Calories, by definition, are the amount of energy in each piece of food that you eat. Some foods are higher in calories than others. If you consume foods that are high in sugar and fat, then you are typically eating a lot of calories. If you eat many more calories than your body can use, the extra calories are stored away as what? You're right excess body fat.
Let's look at this by the numbers! A pound of fat is equal to about thirty-five hundred calories. To lose a pound a week, all you have to do is eat 3,500 less calories a week. That relates about 500 less calories a day. If you don't want to do it that way, then you'll have to burn up the extra calories. You can burn these calories off by just being more active or by exercising.
The best weight loss program is for you to take in fewer calories and then burn off those calories. Just imagine all you've to do is to eat 250 calories less daily and exercise enough to burn up an additional 250 calories a day. That will be equal to you losing a pound a week.
Many experts say that you should lose no more than 2 pounds a week. Losing more than that will mean that you're probably losing water weight as well as lean muscle mass and that you ar not losing excess fat. If you do this, you'll find that you will have a decrease in energy and more than likely you will gain the weight back!
Diet pills are not a magic cure all. It is true that diet pills may help you lose the weight initially, but they will usually not help you to keep the weight off, and they may also have side effects which could be damaging.
I think diet pills should be a last resort. Most of these diet pills have not been tested by the FDA which means you are unsure if the drugs are safe. Taking diet pills does not help you to learn how you must change your eating and exercise habits if you want to lose weight. The only way to lose the weight and keep it off is by changing your lifestyle.
Smoking - One Of The Most Destructive, VOLUNTARY Things You Can Do To Your Health!
Notice that the title of this article says that smoking is voluntary, if you are a smoker and have tried any number of times to quit, you probably think that smoking is anything but voluntary. But let's admit to the truth, you do choose each and every time you light up, you could just as well choose not to.
I have a good friend who is and has been a heavy smoker for the 20 years I have known him. About 10 years ago he had a heart attack at age 45, which resulted in a quadruple bypass.
When I visited my friend at the hospital, he was scared half to death, he said that his doctors told him he would need to make some lifestyle changes, one of which was to quit smoking. He swore that he was at that point, done with tobacco forever...well that lasted 2 weeks, he had made a choice.
This is a guy who was and still is in fairly good physical condition, his job is physically demanding, he is active in some sports, not overweight. So his major risk factor is most likely smoking, and he has chosen to still smoke. He is about 5 years younger than me and, sadly I fully expect that I will attend his funeral. So you see it really is a choice, not always a wise one, but still a choice,
Well let's get real...I know, I was a heavy smoker for over 25 years before I convinced myself that I had a choice. Quitting by whatever method you choose is not a walk in the park! That's what this newsletter and in fact what this entire site is all about, helping you with tips, motivation and resources to overcome your health challenges.
Because they are all equally as damaging to your health and the health of those around us we should include all of the methods that we abuse our health with tobacco in this article. We will deal with each of them one at a time.
Smokeless tobacco - snuff, dip, chew, etc.
Using smokeless tobacco causes bad breath, stains and wears down your teeth, can cause painful mouth sores, can raise your blood pressure and your cholesterol. Over time you will be at higher risk for heart attack and cancer.
Pipe smoking increases the risk of periodontal disease (loss of gum tissue, bone loss, and loss of teeth), mouth and lip sores and lesions, several oral cancers, heart attack and vascular disorders.
Cigarette smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths, raises the risk of heart disease, contributes to high blood pressure, and vascular disease, and increases those risks for other people by exposing them to second hand smoke.
Many ex cigarette smokers are cigar smokers and try to convince themselves that this is a safe way to smoke, because they don't inhale. In fact almost all cigar smokers who were cigarette smokers do inhale. Cigar smokers who never were cigarette smokers tend not to inhale. Cigar smoking whether you inhale or not is still as damaging to your heath as any other form of tobacco use, there may be somewhat less risk of lung cancer, however there is no decreased risk of many other types of cancer, if you inhale a few other cancer types are added to the list.
We are exposed to a great numbers of advertising messages each day that try to glamorize tobacco use. To balance the message read the 1964 Surgeon General Report on smoking this was the first real indication to the public that there were dire risks associated with tobacco use. At the time this report was published about 70% of the U.S. adult population were smokers, smoking was depicted in movies and on television, in ads, on billboards, and glamorized in any way possible.
What changes have we seen?
There are fewer movies and television shows that promote smoking as blatantly as before.
There are fewer ads that promote smoking.
There are health warnings on cigarette packs, smokeless tobacco containers, pipe tobacco containers, however not on cigars.
The places that you can smoke are far fewer. most workplaces, many bars and restaurants, theaters, airplanes, buses.
Are these and many other changes and restrictions working?
About 23% of the US adult population now smokes, this is down from about 70% in 1965.
However there is still much that needs to be done, many high school and college students still smoke and many are starting everyday, with the information that is available today it simply amazes me that these otherwise intelligent persons are still smoking.
To Your Health,