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A Virgin from Medjugorje? And why my mom is kneeling in front of the TV screen?

Lebanon is a major theater for the exotics: Events, artistic shows, mass religious ceremonies of all of the 18 officially recognized sects, and not counting the State “heretic” sects, not the least the horrors of a civil war that lasted 17 years, a pseudo State that do not practically exist…Lebanon is the theater of one-dimensional mentalities, demonstrations of opposing factions separated by a barbed wire to prevent theocratic and ideological groups from coming to close hand-to-hand contacts…

Last week, and for every evening, we had this lady “communicating directly” with the Virgin Mary who landed in Lebanon (see note), along with her statue of the white virgin, and a few TV channels reporting live of the mass gathering in the Forum of Beirut, attending mass…

As if Lebanon lacks all kinds of statues of the Virgin, perched on hills, mountain tops, standing in niches at every street corner, and people crossing their faces at the sight of the statue…

It is reported and confirmed that the Virgin of Harissa turns her face at every election period, facing the political alliance that the Maronite Patriarch and his bishops want to win in the poll. We all know how this tactics works, and we make plenty of fun about this phenomenon. The irony is that it works each time at the poll!

Covering publicly these masses sounds absurd by TV channels. The less than absurd phenomenon is watching my mom kneeling, with the congregated people in the Forum, in front of the TV screen. The more absurd of all is that mom was very upset that the coverage was not clear: The channel was scrambled, blurred, breaking up…That was an ignominy of the highest degree…It sounded far worse than the electricity going off, at the nick of time, when a cake was being prepared in the cooking show of “Sit Latifeh” and mom missed the recipe.

And I wondered how mom, plagued arthritis managed to getting up: I had left the premises at this excruciating view…

The Virgin was not considerate the next day: My mom was left flat on her back in the garden shouting: “Oh Virgin Mary. Come to my rescue…” The virgin was listening, and my sister was returning from her morning brisk walk and saw my mom and extended a helping hand.

I have been telling mom to do very light exercises before she venture in the kitchen or the garden so that her joints and muscles warm up for the day non-stop exertions: Mom has not learned yet to taking occasional short breaks before finishing all her tasks. Apparently, I failed to admonish her not to kneeling, in front of no one…

I would feel somewhat relieved if Lebanon turns the page on racist behaviors and import a Black Virgin from Brazil, or a Lebanese sculptor is temerricious enough to using black marble for the his “chef-d’oeuvre” of the virgin…I don’t think this artist will be tolerated by his fellow artists or the clerics…

The funny thing is that mom whispers to me ironically: “Your dad touches every single icon and picture of saints in the house and crosses his face, on each of his frequent visits to the bathroom, and back and forth too…”

Note: In the center of actual Herzegovina, ex-Yugoslavia, Marija Pavlovic Lunetti, one of the “eye-witnesses” of Mary appearance in June 24, 1981, and the one who conducted the mass, supposedly listening to the Virgin…

Cancer cells are Naturally reversible? Even at an advanced stage?

All cancer experts know, without a shadow of a doubt, that even in advanced stages, a miracle can happen, and cancer cells of all kinds (leukemia, melanoma, breast, colon, lung, prostate, skin cancers…) may regress to normal cells.

A team of researchers at Cachan, led by Adam Telerman and Robert Amson, has succeeded, in vitro, on cancerous cultures to be “reprogrammed”. Cancerous cells still dispose of “survival mechanism” genes to revert to normal, before they die, and us along…

This stand to reason: If protein P53 attacks cancerous cells, and protein TCTP tries its best to “reprogram” the cancerous cell to normalcy, then a very “rational” duel for survival is engaged among the cells, irrespective of the end result for the dying client…It is who will win: the “rogue States” or the US acclaimed “good and satisfactory” States…

The team of researchers point of view is: “We are looking at how a tumor may quit being lethal, and not focus on how a normal cell takes the wrong turn...”

In this duel, the oncogenes (the accelerator of cancerous mutations) and the “suppressor genes” trying to break-up the mutation havoc and wild craziness are battling for their survival existential nature.

There are myths related to cancer:

Myth #1: “What you eat is the cancer that you get”.  Wrong.  A third of cancer types are related to diets and the other two-thirds have other main factors.  A cancer lingers for 15 years and it is not by following a late specific diet that cancer will be prevented.  There are 25,000 bio-components in food and investigating the effects of each component and the interactions of these components is not an easy scientific matter.

Myth #2: “Eating fruits and vegetables will block or retard cancer development”.  Wrong.  Or the other dictum: “Eat five kinds of fruits and vegetables per day to preserving your health.” Wrong. Fact is fruits and vegetables are plagued with pesticides (proven to be carcinogenic), and simple washing will not do to remove the pesticides.  Over 70% of pesticides that enter our digestive system come from vegetable products.

(We are going through a period where soil is impoverished and needs constant and abundant chemical fertilizers; the produce have to be treated with pesticides in order to reach maturity).  Unless you are confident that your provider is entirely bio and that you can afford the higher prices, then do not bet on any effective diet.

Myth #3: “Wine is carcinogenic from the first glass you drink.”  Wrong.  Khayat suggest for men to drink three glasses of wine per day (preferably red wine) and women two glasses (a maximum of 30 grams of ethanol):  wine has high levels of “resveratol” which is an antioxidant and thus, offers anti-cancer virtue.  The less alcoholic and the less in sugar content the better the wine is for the health.

(I don’t know; maybe wine is given special status among all other alcoholic beverages because studies on wine benefits are done by French, Italian, and Spanish biased researchers.  Cheap wine in those countries might simply be cheaper than bottled water.  I want to know the effects of cheap beer, cheap vodka, and cheap gin: Just to be fair with consumers in most countries).

Myth #4: “Eat lots of fish.”  Wrong.  Fat and large fish, those that feed on other fish, have high levels of heavy metals (far higher than industrial mines!) such as dioxin, arsenic, polychlorobiphenol, methylmercury, cadmium and lead…) that are proven to be carcinogenic. Anyway, omega 3 was not proven to be that beneficial to health.

Physician Khayat offers many recommendations:

First, eat meat with moderation and make sure meat does not come in direct contact with fire:  When temperature reaches over 240 (C degrees) then aromatic amino polycyclic are produced and they are proven to be highly carcinogenic.

There are no link between red meat and colon cancer.  It appears that Asiatic women using the “wok” (cooking utensil) have higher levels of lung cancer compared to other women and this is due to using the wok for cooking meat.

(I would like to believe that studies on the wok effects have controlled most of the variables that produce cancers.  All that I can say when I read these kinds of “scientific studies” is that “Wok has to be studied more seriously”)

Second, Vitamin E, iron, and beta-carotene should go out of the window. These vitamins are time bombs.  People who regurgitated lots of vitamin E had more cases of colon cancers than normal people.  Beta-carotene (found in carrots) increase lung cancers among smokers.

Third, men suffer more prostate cancers than other kinds of cancers.  Thus, men over 50 should eat plenty of tomatoes, drastically reduce milk and milk based consumption,  and eliminate fatty products that fabricate male hormones susceptible to stimulating cancerous cells in the prostate.

Fourth, females have tendencies for higher cases of breast and uterus cancers after menopause.  Thus, women have to eat plenty of green and white kinds of vegetables that are rich in phyto-oestrogenes. They have to eat fruits and vegetables rich in fibers (ale, banana, onion, asparagus, whole grain breads, …): these products accelerate the transit and reduce the time of contact between intestinal mucus and product potentially carcinogenic.  Women should drink non-fatty milk for its calcium.

Can we deduce that basically, what is harmful for men is good for women? 

(Here I get nervous and pretty suspicious: what, if I like milk and milk products then, should I be angry and upset for being created with prostate?)

Fifth, eat in the morning yellow and orange kinds of fruits and vegetables( such as orange, mandarin, mango, grapefruit (pampelmouse)…): their high antioxidant properties repair a night fasting.  Eat at anytime and during the entire day all kinds of red and white fruits and vegetables (such as tomatoes, red cabbage, ale, onion, and soja): reasons not explained.

At night, eat green (broccoli, cabbage…): green color is the product of photosynthesis linked to solar activities and thus, night-time equilibrate these effects.

Avoid red-violet and blue products at night.  (Here I get suspicious when colors are involved; for example, if there are outside effects then how these effects resume when eaten inside our system?)

Six, eat plenty of Curcuma, green tea (the Japanese kind), ale, onion, quercetine, selenium, and tomatoes.

I love to eat everything and in moderation.  Since I cannot afford meat, I am doubly lucky.  I suggest that psychological stability far outweigh food dieting for those categorical in their diet systems

Note: This post was inspired by an article in the French weekly Le Nouvel Observateur and the book by physician Khayat.

Why 40% of my blog readers are generated in the US? One of the surprises…

WordPress surprised me twice this week. Did you notice a world map, plenty of colorful flags on the stats page? When I pressed on Summary, a week-long statistics of my readers located around the world was displayed. The second surprise is my realization that I am read in 90 countries! I double ckecked the count.  China is not among the countries: Just figure out the astronomical increase in hits if China gets engaged in reading my blog.

As is the typical law on living phenomena, 20% of the pool accounts for 80% of the activities. For example, 40 countries registered 3 hits or less each.  The US accounted for about 40% of readers, and the cohort of England, India, Canada, Germany and Australia accounted for another 20%, and another 20% for countries registering over 3 hits. My question is: “Why the US is overwhelmingly first?”.  You may add your reasons to the list of possibilities:

1. Maybe over 80% in the US read in only one language: One of the English dialects,

2.  The US had a good head-start in social platforms and internet facilities

3. WordPress was established and is located in the US, and readers in the US were more familiar with this wordpress

4.  They are sick and tired of working two jobs and going nowhere: Investing in reading and surfing the net is the best “sanity savior” remedy

5. Reading in different sources is the best way to acquiring better skills, such as “Occupying” streets and squares longer, more efficiently, and learning new tactics to counter the Israeli “mob dispersing and dislodging” techniques adopted by the US police

6. Many of my articles deal with the US crisis

7. Many of my articles deal with world crisis and resolution alternatives

8.  My sources of knowledge, information, and intelligence sources are generated from three languages Arabic, French, and English

9. My sources are from hard copy books, magazines, documentaries, dailies, the net, social platforms and in three languages

10. My posts are secular in nature. When I approach a religious matter it is strictly from historical context and its political nature

11. I reviewed over 200 books in three languages, and exhaustively, and a few of the important books that I reviewed were done one chapter at a time, in series…

12. My blog is versatile, concise, and on target: My posts are about 800 words and distant from the confusing and tiresome journalistic style…Over 45 categories

13. I was bold enough to write my autobiography and included my diaries…

14. I published three fiction novels, and eye-witness testimonials of civil wars

15. The US has the highest per capita usage of internet access (except for Finland, which is not a reliable factor in my case, since Finland was no where on the screen of the Stats…)

I like these kinds of surprises. India is getting hot (second to England). Lebanon is picking up steam (over 20 hits last week). Keep surprising me.




March 2012

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