29 Dec 2012

SOME HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER (ZINGIBER OFFICINALE)


GINGER (Botanical name: ZINGIBER OFFICINALE)
GINGER (Botanical name: ZINGIBER OFFICINALE) is an important cash crop grown mainly in India, but also in other parts of the world for its aromatic rhizomes. Apart from its economic uses, it also has it also has rich health benefits in the following areas:
  • OVARIAN CANCER TREATMENT: Ginger may be a powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. Research on cancer shows that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.
  • COLON CANCER PREVENTION: Research has also proved that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.
  • MORNING SICKNESS: A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.
  • MOTION SICKNESS REMEDY: Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.
  • PAIN AND INFLAMMATION: One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.
  • HEARTBURN: Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.
  • COLD AND FLU: Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.
  • MIGRAINE: Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.
  • MENSTRUAL CRAMP: In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.
  • DIABETIC NEPHROPATHY: A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).

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19 Dec 2012

INVITATION TO THE EPISCOPAL ORDINATION & THANKSGIVING CEREMONIES OF MOST REV. DR. FORTUNATUS NWACHUKWU


His Holiness
Pope Benedict XVI
will confer Episcopal Ordination upon

the Most Reverend Fortunatus Nwachukwu
Titular Archbishop-elect of Aquaviva, &
Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua
*
Venue: Saint Peter’s Basilica Rome, Italy
Date: Sunday 6 January, 2013
(the Solemnity of the Epiphany)
Time: 9:00 am
*
The newly ordained Archbishop will celebrate
a Mass of Thanksgiving
*
@ Christ the King Cathedral Aba, Nigeria
on Saturday 19 January, 2013 
by 10:00 am
&
@ St Benedict’s Church Ntigha, Abia State
on Sunday 20 January, 2013 
by 10:00 am
*
The Archbishop-elect is grateful to all
who take part in these celebrations
and who accompany him in their prayers.

17 Dec 2012

RE: PASTOR OYAKHILOME EXPLODES AGAIN! “SMOKING IS GOOD”

Often times due to ignorance, lack of the requisite education, seeking cheep attention and popularity through radicalism, etc., most private gospel entrepreneurs lose sight of the fact that many people erroneously look up to then in good faith as authorities in what they roll out as the word of God. And by making certain careless statements or drawing some radical and ambiguous conclusions, they intentionally or unintentionally lead their fans  away from God, instead of leading them to Him, which they claim to be doing. 


But a good theological education which is prerequisite for becoming a minister of the gospel should imply the knowledge of the concept of VIRTUE. Simply put, a Virtue is a good habit, which seeks to perfect the human agent, and which cannot be put to a bad use. TEMPERANCE, a.k.a., the righteous habit, is one of the four Cardinal Virtues. It makes one to govern the natural appetite for pleasures of the body in accordance with reason. It is the virtue which moderates concupiscence, the yearning for pleasure and delights which most powerfully attract the human heart. Temperance has as its subordinate virtues, ABSTINENCE, CHASTITY and MODESTY. Abstinence moderates the consumption of food and drink. The measure of this self-restraint is not constant, but varies according to individuals, and for different ends in view. The vices opposed to abstinence are GLUTTONY and DRUNKENNESS. 

God created everything good, to the glory of his name and for the happiness of man. But whether the Bible explicitly or implicitly condemns or approves the consumption of any substance, God has also given man the ability to rationally decipher what is good and evil, as well as the difference between moderation and excess. Thus, any extent of enjoyment or consumption of any substance that temporarily deprives the human agent of the rational ability to choose between good and evil contradicts the virtue of abstinence. And the vices of drunkenness (intoxication) and gluttony which are opposed to the virtue of abstinence are no less sinful.

< http://www.naijaonpoint.com/pastor-oyakhilome-explodes-again-smoking-is-good-fellow-pastors-react/

10 Dec 2012

7 DANGEROUS & UNHEALTHY HABITS AFTER MEALS

  • SMOKING: Experiments from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher). 
  • EATING FRUITS: Eating fruits Immediately after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruits 1 -2 hours after meal or 1 hour before meal. 
  • DRINKING TEA: Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the protein content in the food we consume to be hundred thus difficult to digest. 
  • LOOSENING YOUR BELT: Loosening the belt after meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted and blocked. 
  • BATHING: Bathing after meal will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs and body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease, this will weaken the digestive system in our stomach. 
  • TAKING A WALK: People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake. 
  • SLEEPING IMMEDIATELY: The food we intake will not be to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric and infection in our intestine.

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7 Dec 2012

AHIARA DIOCESE GETS A NEW BISHOP!

According to the Vatican Information Service (VIS), The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI today appointed Msgr. Peter Ebere Okpaleke of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, as bishop of Ahiara Diocese, Nigeria. 
  • Born in Amesi, Aguata LGA of Anambra in 1963. 
  • Ordained a priest in 1992. 
  • Studied Canon Law at the Holy Cross Pontifical University,  Rome. 
  • Currently a judge at the inter-diocesan tribunal of Onitsha.

Congratulations Msgr. Okpaleke, and long live the Catholic Diocese of Ahiara.

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24 Nov 2012

ARCHBISHOP JOHN ONAIYEKAN JOINS THE COLLEGE OF THE CARDINALS



History is made today in the annals of Nigerian  Church. Archbishop John Onaiyekan joins the college of the Cardinals. In the just concluded ordinary public consistory held in Vatican on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI created six cardinals among whom is Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria. 
Pope Benedict XVI took the universality of the Church as the theme of his allocution to the participants in the Consistory during which he created six new Cardinals: Archbishop James M. Harvey, Prefect of the Papal Household; His Beatitude, Bechara Boutros Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch in Lebanon; His Beatitude, Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal, Major Archbishop of Trivandrum in India and head of the Syro-Malankara Church; Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria; Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogotá, Colombia; and Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila in the Philippines.

The Holy Father focused on the meaning of the word, “Catholic” – “A word,” he said, “which indicates an essential feature of the Church and her mission.” The Holy Father went on to say, “What makes the Church catholic is the fact that Christ in his saving mission embraces all humanity.” Pope Benedict explained that the universality of the Church flows from the universality of God’s unique plan of salvation for the world, and that this universal character emerges clearly on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fills the first Christian community with his presence, so that the Gospel may spread to all nations, causing the one People of God to grow in all peoples. “Situated within the context and the perspective of the Church’s unity and universality,” said Pope Benedict, “is the College of Cardinals: it presents a variety of faces, because it expresses the face of the universal Church.” The Holy Father went on to explain that in Saturday’s Consistory, he wanted especially to highlight the fact that the Church is the Church of all peoples. 
Welcoming the assembly and the representatives of different countries,  the The Holy Father said , I cordially greet the official Delegations of the different countries, the bishops, priests, consecrated persons, and lay faithful of the various diocesan communities and all those who share in the joy of the new members of the College of Cardinals – their family, friends and co-workers. The new Cardinals, who represent different dioceses around the world, are henceforth associated by a special title with the Church of Rome, and in this way they reinforce the spiritual bonds that unite the whole Church, brought to life by Christ and gathered around the Successor of Peter. At the same time, today’s rite expresses the supreme value of fidelity.

Addressing and exhorting the new cardinals, The Pope said, "Indeed, the oath that you are about to take, venerable brothers, contains words filled with profound spiritual and ecclesial significance: “I promise and I swear, from now on and for as long as I live, to remain faithful to Christ and his Gospel, constantly obedient to the Holy Apostolic Roman Church”. And when you receive the red biretta, you will be reminded that it means “you must be ready to conduct yourselves with fortitude, even to the shedding of your blood, for the increase of the Christian faith, for the peace and well-being of the people of God”. Whereas the consignment of the ring is accompanied by the admonition: “Know that your love for the Church is strengthened by your love for the Prince of the Apostles”.
In these gestures and the words that accompany them, we see an indication of the identity that you assume today in the Church. From now on, you will be even more closely and intimately linked to the See of Peter: the titles and deaconries of the churches of Rome will remind you of the bond that joins you, as members by a very special title, to this Church of Rome, which presides in universal charity. Particularly through the work you do for the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, you will be my valued co-workers, first and foremost in my apostolic ministry for the fullness of catholicity, as Pastor of the whole flock of Christ and prime guarantor of its doctrine, discipline and morals". 

Dear friends, The Holy Father concludes, " let us praise the Lord, who “with manifold gifts does not cease to enrich his Church spread throughout the world" and reinvigorates her in the perennial youth that he has bestowed upon her. To him we entrust the new ecclesial service of these our esteemed and venerable Brothers, that they may bear courageous witness to Christ, with a lively growing faith and unceasing sacrificial love". 

< Rev. Fr. Val. Onwunjiogu, reporting from Rome.

19 Nov 2012

CANADIAN PRIEST APPOINTED TO SUCCEED MSGR. FORTUNATUS NWACHUKWU AS HEAD OF PROTOCOL TO THE HOLY SEE

Msgr. Jose Bettencourt,


OTTAWA, Ontario - Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Jose Bettencourt, a native of Portugal who grew up in Ottawa, as the Holy See's head of protocol.
Msgr. Bettencourt is only the second non-Italian to hold the position. The post had been held by Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, a Nigerian diplomat, who was named Nov. 12 as apostolic nuncio to Nicaragua.
In his position Msgr. Bettencourt is in charge of the protocol involving the Holy See's relationships with other states, from welcoming visiting heads of state at the airport to dealings with diplomats and ambassadors accredited to the Vatican. His role includes overseeing how heads of state and others participate in ceremonies such as canonizations and consistories and ensuring that visitors to the Vatican are welcomed and relaxed.
Before his appointment, Msgr. Bettencourt worked closely in organizing papal audiences, briefing the pope and visiting bishops, heads of state and lay people for the visits. He has served in the Vatican's Secretariat of State since 2002.
Born in 1962 in Velas, Azores, Portugal, Msgr. Bettencourt grew up in Ottawa, where he attended both elementary and secondary school. He graduated from the University of Ottawa before pursuing theological studies at Dominican College and St. Paul University, where he studied for the priesthood. He was ordained in 1993.
 < By Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News

12 Nov 2012

MSGR. FORTUNATUS NWACHUKWU APPOINTED AS APOSTOLIC NUNCIO TO NICARAGUA



The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu, chief of protocol at the Secretariat of State, as Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua. A priest of the Diocese of Aba in Nigeria, he has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy (Urban University, Rome), and completed a Doctorate in Sacred Scriptures at the Biblical Institute in Rome, before transferring to the Jesuit Faculty, Sankt Georgen, in Frankfurt, specializing in Old Testament textual criticism. He obtained doctorate degrees in Systematic Theology and in Canon Law, respectively from the Pontifical Urban University and the University of St Thomas Aquinas in Rome. He was called into the diplomatic service of the Holy See in 1994, after attending the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy in Rome. He served as Secretary at the Apostolic Nunciatures in Ghana, Togo and Benin, in Paraguay, in Algeria and Tunisia and as Counselor at the Permanent Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations at Geneva. In 2006 he became the Desk Officer for human rights and United Nations Organizations in the Vatican Secretariat of State. In 2007 he was appointed Head of Protocol of the Secretariat of State of His Holiness. His publications include The Birth of Systematic Theology in Contemporary Black Africa, The Courage to Change: Take Off Your Shoes, as well as numerous articles and a number of reflections on theology in Africa, published both in L’Osservatore Romano and various periodicals. He speaks various languages including English, Italian, German, Modern Hebrew, French, Spanish and Arabic.

Hearty congratulations to Monsignor!! A German adage says that the reward for good work is more work. And that explains why he has continued to climb in status and responsibilities. The best is yet to come. May the good Lord continue to guide and protect him, and may His graces continue to move him from strength to strength, to the glory of His name and the good of all mankind, Amen. 

21 Oct 2012

TEN BAD HABITS THAT CAN DAMAGE THE BRAIN


1. NO BREAKFAST: People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

2. OVEREATING: It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

3. SMOKING: It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

4. HIGH SUGAR CONSUMPTION: Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

5. AIR POLLUTION: The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

6. SLEEP DEPRIVATION: Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

7. HEAD COVERED WHILE SLEEPING: Sleeping with the head covered, increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8. WORKING YOUR BRAIN DURING ILLNESS : Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9. LACKING IN STIMULATING THOUGHTS: Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10. TALKING RARELY: Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.


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11 Oct 2012

P0INTS TO REMEMBER WHEN FIGHTING WITH YOUR SPOUSE


Marriage is madness. Not in some kind of dysfunctional traumatic way, so to speak. But more, in that, it is a long and often grinding road that maintains that we keep on keeping on or just get the hell out of the way.

Even marriages that have suffered somehow and are “on a break” are never really on a break. Once you hit the gas, say “I do,” and aim that thing toward the setting sun, there really is no pause button.
Therefore, there would definitely be times where you get into arguments with your spouse, and if not handled correctly it could lead to major disagreement.
Here are 10 things you should keep in mind when getting into a quarrel with your spouse.
  • You were in love once. That’s why you got married, dummy. So you’re probably still in love. Remember that.
  • Money is more important than some things in a marriage and less important than others. You pick which ones.
  • No one else is married to you. It’s just him or her. That says A LOT.
  • Romance is nice. Patience is nicer.
  • Some marriages are perfect. Yours is not one of them. Deal with it.
  • When questioning your marriage, you should be questioning a lot of other things first.
  • No one cares more about your marriage more than you two.
  • Living with the person you love can suck sometimes. Put your grown-up pants on.
  • Long periods of confusion mean you’re not saying enough.
  • Remember that exact moment when you both just knew it was the real deal. Well, guess what? It’s still happening.

      < By Patience, http://peculiarmagazine.com/2012/


6 Oct 2012

TOP TEN GREAT HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING CHERRIES



  • Cherries, known as a “super-fruit”, are packed with antioxidants called anthropocentric which aid in the reduction of heart disease and cancer.
  • Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles.
  • Cherries are an excellent source of beta carotene (vitamin A). In fact they contain 19 times more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries.
  • Cherries are rich in vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.
  • Cherries are referred to as “brain food”, aiding in brain health and in the prevention of memory loss. 
  • Because cherries contain anthocyanins, they can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout.
  • Eating cherries reduces the risk of diabetes.
  • Cherries are a good source of fiber which is important for digestive health.
  • Cherries are a great snack or dessert choice important for weight-maintenance.
  • Because of their powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness for runners and athletes after workouts.
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HEALTH BENEFITS OF WALKING BAREFOOT

Who knew something as simple as a barefoot walk could be so good for you – mind, body and soul.

CLEAR YOUR MIND: It’s hard not to pay attention to every step when you’re walking barefoot. You have to be on the lookout for sharp rocks and thorns. Awareness of what’s in front of you in this moment quiets your inner chatter and clears your mind and helps you focus on the here and now.
IT’S FREE FOOT YOGA: Walking barefoot strengthens and stretches the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your feet, ankles and calves. This helps prevent injury, knee strain and back problems. Not only that, but because it works muscles not used when you’re wearing shoes, it strengthens and stretches your core, helping keep your posture upright, and your balance spot on.

IT’S A FREE REFLEXOLOGY SESSION: There are reflex points to every part of your body in your feet. Every little bump and rock in the road helps to stimulate all these little reflex points. If it hurts at first – especially in specific areas, this means your feet need the stimulation they’re getting by being barefoot. Over time, these sensitivities will go away, and the areas the tenderness corresponds to will be rejuvenated, helping decrease the symptoms of whatever it is that ails you.

DECREASE ANXIETY & DEPRESSION: Walking barefoot in the grass can help decrease anxiety and depression by 62 percent, and increases the levels of those feel good endorphins. Awesome!

GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP: The ancients believed that walking barefoot in the grass was the best cure for insomnia, and many people still swear by it today.

IT’S GROUNDING. LITERALLY: Our bodies are made up of about 60 percent water, which is great for conducting electricity. The earth has a negative ionic charge. Going barefoot grounds our bodies to that charge. Negative Ions have been proven to detoxify, calm, reduce inflammation, synchronize your internal clocks, hormonal cycles and physiological rhythms. The best places to get some negative ions through your feet are by the water. Everyone knows how good it feels to be barefoot on the beach – now we know why!

GET BACK TO WHAT MATTERS: To be barefoot outside doesn’t just involve your feet – the rest of you has to be outside too. You get to connect with Mother Nature all around. Feel the sunshine on your face; hear the wind in the trees. It’s easier to connect to a higher power when you’re in touch with Nature; it’s easier to put things into perspective.

Who knew something as simple as a barefoot walk could be so good for you – mind, body and soul.

5 Oct 2012

A BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTAL PLANT, BUT VERY DANGEROUS!

DUMB CANE or DIEFFENBACHIA
If you have this plant, get rid of it please. It is very common in our houses, gardens, parks and offices (popular as indoor & outdoor plant). Known as the DUMB CANE or DIEFFENBACHIA, it is now proven to be dangerous. I personally toyed with it as a child, and I have not forgotten the experience. I ate it mockingly as sugar-cane. I had a swollen tongue, and experienced severe itching from my lips and tongue down to my throat, and all over my body that came in contact with the sap. It was a large intake of red oil that saved me. So please, take note!

The leaf is known to cause itching if its sap (milk) touches the skin. But there are more dangerous facts! A child put a piece of the leaf of this plant in her mouth, and her tongue swelled to the point of suffocation. There are also other species with the same characteristics of coloring. Those are also poisonous and we should get rid of them. Please watch out for our children. As we all leave our children at home in the hands of house-helps, we should give them a safe environment where they can play.

This plant is a deadly poison, especially for the children. It can kill a kid in less than a minute and an adult in 15 minutes. It should be uprooted from gardens and taken out of offices. If touched, one should never touch the eyes; it can cause partial or permanent blindness.

<General Knowledge.

1 Oct 2012

FOODS THAT ARE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR SEX LIFE


You are what you eat, they say. When it comes to sex, therefore, you invariably sex what you eat! It’s that simple. Truth is, what you eat affects every part of your being, your ability to become aroused, achieve orgasm and feel sexually satisfied.
This is why we have decided to share, with blessings from several experts, those foods that may be killing your sex life. Here they are:
  • Fried Foods and Chips: Love those tantalizing baconcheeseburgers? Well, go easy on them because the saturated fats contained in most cheeses and fatty meats will possibly, over time, clogs your arteries. But you already knew that, didn’t you? I am not sure if you knew that first arteries usually affected are the penal and vaginal arteries? They are small, which means they quickly collect plaque — so even if you’re still looking svelte despite your close personal relationship with the pastries, your sex life might be suffering.
  • Cookies and Muffins: Whether you prefer pastries or macaroons, scones or muffins, baked food that combine flour and sugar spike glucose levels, which can reduce sexual desire and causes hormonal imbalances. A lot of chips and other fried foods do contain trace amounts of libido lowering fats as a byproduct of processing, even though the label on your fries and chips says trans-fat. Initially though, the initial ingredients may be trans-fat free, but the processing often creates unhealthy fats which clog the ventricles, not to mention, trans-fats have been linked to reduce testosterone levels (which means lower sex drive).
  • Soy Products: You may have been medically advised to ingest more soy products for a healthier life, I am here to tell you that too much of it for a man can, most possibly, affect his sex drive because of their high estrogen levels. A high estrogen level in male is not libido friendly.
  • Dairy Products: As women, you have been told that you need a healthy dose of dairy products in your diets. As much as that is true, high-fat dairy does have a way of affecting your menstrual cycle by exacerbating cramps and bloating and further depleting energy levels.
  • Meat: You have heard how much danger excessive red meat deposits into your body system, right? Now, I can go a little further to tell you that most meats, including dear poultry and fish, have added hormones, antibiotics and chemicals which create a hormonal imbalance. It gets worse, those tasty, fatty meats do contain high levels of saturated fats and cholesterol known to clog your arteries and blood vessels, making it difficult to achieve orgasm and maintain arousal. Can you now see why you need to sacrifice your taste for a healthier sex life?
  • Alcohol: Think happy hour makes you happy? Try frequent happy hours and see if it doesn't impede your getting laid! Frequent use of alcohol suppresses your libido, decreasing your sex drive and your sexual satisfaction.

Don’t say I never told you because I just did.
-Ruth Olurounbi < http://dailypost.com.ng/

29 Sep 2012

10 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART


WORLD HEART DAY- 29TH SEPTEMBER
Theme of 2012: "One World, One Home, One Heart"

10 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY HEART


Care for your heart. If you don’t, it leaves you dying.
  • AVOID SMOKING: Smoking reduces life expectancy by 15-25 years. If you are a smoker, you are twice more likely to have a heart attack than a non-smoker. The moment you stop smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to reduce.
  • CUT DOWN ON SALT: Too much salt can cause high blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
  • WATCH YOUR DIET: Try to have a balanced diet. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, starch foods such as wholegrain bread and rice.
  • MONITOR YOUR ALCOHOL: Too much alcohol can damage the heart muscle, increase blood pressure and also lead to weight gain. Avoid intake of alcohol or at least limit it to one to two units a day, gradually decreasing the consumption.
  • GET ACTIVE: At least aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day. Keeping yourself fit not only benefits the heart but also improves mental health and well-being.
  • MONITOR YOUR BP, BLOOD SUGAR AND CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: Routine medical check-ups will ring an alarm, if you need medical help.
  • MANAGE YOUR WASTE: Cholesterol deposition in blood vessels begins in the first decade of life. Carrying a lot of extra weight as fat can greatly affect your health. Make small but healthy changes in your diet.
  • MANAGE YOUR STRESS LEVEL: If you find things are getting on top of you, you may fail to eat properly, smoke and drink too much. This may increase your risk of a heart attack. Practice yoga/meditation. Take a vacation.
  • CHECK YOUR FAMILY HISTORY: If a close relative is at risk of developing coronary heart disease from smoking, high BP, high cholesterol, lack of physical activity, obesity and diabetes, then you could be at risk too.
  • LAUGHTER IS THE BEST THERAPY: Laughter anytime will work wonders for you. It is an instant way to unleash the pressure and it makes you feel light.

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24 Sep 2012

ONIONS: THE MEDICINAL AND POISONOUS ASPECTS.


Onions absorb bacteria when cut and kept in the room, or by the bedside of the sick. Thus, they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu. But the cut and left-over, becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning. Also, dogs should never eat onions because, their stomachs cannot metabolize them.
In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu... Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn't believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P. S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions: 
Thanks for the reminder. I don't know about the farmer's story...but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill... I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs...sure enough it happened just like that...the onion was a mess and I began to feel better. 
Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties. 
This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don't know what to blame. Maybe it's the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria.  That is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn't eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open. 

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.
Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed's answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not really necessary." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.
Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it's the POTATOES.
He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it's not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you're asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning. 
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