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Proper fasting is a cure-it-all medicine: No food, plain water. What’s your protocol?

For over 60 years, medical research have been conducted on fasting in Russia, Germany, and lately in the USA (California). No pharmaceutical corporations and food industry ever contributed a dime on the benefits of proper fasting. Is this of any surprise to anyone?

The results are in:

First, experiments on mice with cancers revealed that the mice that fasted two days before being injected with heavy dose of chemo lived and were found very active, while 40% of non-fasting mice died. Why?

The genes of normal cells in the fasting body manage to regulate their behavior with the new state of shock of the body, while the abnormal cells tend to die. The chemo achieve the remaining abnormal cells that have barely survived…

Second, after a proper fasting period, most bodily and mental anomalies return to normal functional states and the organs recapture their normal regulatory functions in secreting the appropriate hormones. 

Arterial tensions, sugar blood level, tetraglycerine…return to normal levels. Many diseases (pulmonary and others…) were cured during fasting by permitting the cells to dissipate the chemicals, medicines, and unwanted hormones that they were bloated with. How?

In the first day of fasting, all the glucose are depleted. Glucose (sugar) is the readily source of energy that is quickly transformed and absorbed: The brain needs glucose to function.

In the third day of fasting, 94% of the energy are generated from the decomposition of the body fat and 4% only from the proteins in the muscles.

Thus, a person weighting 70 kilo might have 15 kilo of fat, a source that can sustain 40 days of fasting while the muscles are practically intact. The male penguin sits on the egg for 4 months (real fasting period) before he has to go to sea to feed on fish: By this time, the female is back to resume the hatching period…

This process is common to all animals and mankind: First glucose is consumed, then the fat, and lastly the protein…

The toughest day is the third in the fast: The person feels joint aches, headache, nausea, feeling under the weather, and craving all kinds of food that he loves…

By the fifth day, a state of euphoria and well-being submerges the fasting individual, and life is light and the tasks are very manageable…

What’s your protocol for fasting?

My protocol is to go easy and at stages.

Stage 1: You fast two days in the first week.

Stage 2: You fast 4 days a week later. Just to experiment with the aches and pains of the 3rd days and realize that you survived and doing much better.

Stage 3: You fast 5 days a week later so that you experience the state of “feeling good” and discovering how you fared on the 3rd day.

Mind you, that during all these fasting stages you are actually losing fat and your internal organs (liver, kidneys,…) are re-learning to regulate their tasks and secreting the proper amount of hormones as they were supposed to be doing normally.

Stage 4: You fast 6 days, once every month, for 3 successive months and check how this cure is benefiting your body and mind.

Where to undergo fasting cure?

I cannot see how fasting can be done at home: The family members will be unable to survive without cooking and you smelling the good food, or not eating and drinking (things other than water) in front of you…

Mind you that you are fasting 24 hours per day from all kinds of food and you are drinking only plain water…

The problem is: Which fasting clinic will allow you to perform your own fasting protocol?

My daydream project is opening a fasting clinic with the motto: “Fast your own protocol

The client will check in the clinic and will submit to two days of learning everything on fasting, the research papers, the statistics, its consequences, the processes, the benefits, the side effects…and thorough physical tests.  The client will end up devising his own protocol for the staff in the clinic to supervise…

The fasting clinic will refrain from imposing any physical exercises or activities that the client is not hot of pursuing…

It is normal that the client be proposed a varieties of activities to undertake so that he is kept busy and to sleep like a baby after a long day of diversified tasks (physical and mental).

Fasting can become easy when experimented on stages.

Fasting longer than a week might require very specialized medical teams to supervise and follow up…I guess.

Toxic wastes poured on Falluja (Iraq) in 2004: Babies still paying the price

Nadim al-Hadidi,  hospital spokesman , reported to Inter Press Service (IPS): “In 2004 the Americans tested all kinds of chemicals and explosive devices on us: thermobaric weapons, white phosphorous, depleted uranium… we have all been laboratory mice for them…”

Karlos Zurutuza of IPS reported: “The increases in cancer, infant mortality and perturbations in birth sex ratio in Fallujah are significantly greater than those recorded for survivors of the atomic bombs at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945″

The study, released by the Switzerland-based International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, shows that in the years following Operation Phantom Fury there has been a 4-fold increase in all cancer, including a 12-fold increases in childhood cancer in those aged 0-14.

According to hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi: “Fallujah hospital cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects because there are just too many. We recorded 672 cases in January but we know there were many more.”

Hadidi projects pictures on to a wall at his office: children born with no brain, no eyes, or with the intestines out of their body.

Noam Chomsky considers the findings “immensely more embarrassing than the WikiLeaks leaks on Afghanistan.”

On March 31, 2004, images of the dismembered bodies of Blackwater mercenaries hanging from a bridge were broadcast around the world. After al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, Fallujah saw the heaviest U.S. urban combat since the Battle of Huế City in Vietnam in 1968.

The local population paid the price in the form of random house-to- house checks and intense night bombings accompanied by white phosphorus and depleted uranium (DU).

White phosphorus is an incendiary weapon that can cause injuries and even death by burning deep into tissue if contacting skin; irritating eyes, the nasal cavity, and respiratory tract if inhaled; and liver, heart or kidney damage if ingested.

Depleted uranium is said to significantly increase the penetration capacity of shells, but it is also a radioactive element with a half-life of 4.5 billion years and has been called the “silent murderer that never stops killing,” according to IPS.

From IPS:

Samira Alaani, chief doctor at Fallujah hospital, took part in a study in close collaboration with the World Health Organization. Several tests conducted in London point to unusually large amounts of uranium and mercury in the hair root of those affected. That could be the evidence linking the use of prohibited weapons to the extent of congenital problems in Fallujah

Birth sex ratio is a well-known indicator of genetic damage because girls have a redundant X-chromosome and thus can afford to lose one through genetic damage whereas boys do not.

Birth sex ratio in normal populations is about 1,050 boys born per 1,000 girls, but the sex ratio for the group born in 2005 was 860 (which is about the same as the children of Hiroshima survivors).

Dr. Chris Busby, who is visiting Professor in the University of Ulster and Scientific Director of Green Audit, said: “It was an extraordinary and alarming result, and that some very major mutagenic exposure must have occurred in 2004 when the attacks happened to produce effects like this.”

This month the WHO will collaborate with the Iraqi Health Ministry to launch the first ever study on congenital malformations in Baghdad, Anbar, Thi Qar, Suleimania, Diala and Basra. ” End of report

I recall one of my close relative, a professor of math at the university, was attending mass in Vancouver with his family as Fallujah was under heavy fire from the US troops, and the priest was going on in nhis speech and never mentioned what was happening in Fallujah. My cousin screemed: “Fallujah. What’s happening in Fallujah. Why don’t you care of the victims in Fallujah…” and stormed out of the church

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Why billions of bees are dying?

I read a couple of days an abstract of a scientific article claiming that experiments on bees demonstrated that an extremely small quantity of pesticide has the effect of disorienting bees: The bees requires four times more in duration to find their hives, and a bee that cannot return to its hive is practically a dead bee.

Recent years have seen a steep and disturbing global decline in bee populations, and a few bee species are already extinct and some US species are at just 4% of their previous numbers. Scientists have been scrambling for answers

Alice Jay of is disseminating this warning and a call for action:

Quietly and globally, billions of bees are dying, threatening our crops and food. But if Bayer, the largest producer of neonicotinoids, stops selling one group of pesticides, we could save bees from extinction.

Four European countries have begun banning these poisons, and some bee populations are already recovering. But Bayer has lobbied hard to keep them on the market.

Massive global pressure from Avaaz and others has forced them to consider the facts, and in 24 hours, Bayer shareholders meeting in Germany will vote on a motion that could stop these toxic chemicals. Let’s all act now and shame the shareholders to stop killing bees.

The pressure is working, and this is our best chance to save the bees. Bees don’t just make honey, they are vital to life on earth, every year pollinating 90% of plants and crops, accounting for an estimated $40 billion in value, over one-third of the food supply in many countries.

Without immediate action to save bees, many of our favourite fruits, vegetables, and nuts could vanish from our shelves.

Many studies claim the decline may be due to a combination of factors including disease, habitat loss and toxic chemicals. But increasingly, independent research has produced strong evidence blaming neonicotinoid pesticides. France, Italy, Slovenia and even Germany, where the main manufacturer Bayer is based, have banned one of these bee killers. But, Bayer continues to export its poison across the world.

This issue is now coming to the boil as major new studies have confirmed the scale of this problem. If we can get Bayer shareholders to act, we could shut down once and for all Bayer’s influence on policy-makers and scientists.

The real experts, the beekeepers and farmers, want these deadly pesticides prohibited until and unless we have solid, independent studies that show they are safe.

Can we afford to leave our delicate food chain in the hands of research run by the chemical companies and the regulators that are in their pockets? Banning this pesticide will move us closer to a world safe for ourselves and the other species we care about and depend on.

Note 1: A petition is circulating to be sign!

Note 2: This call for action was initiated by Alice, Antonia, Mia, Luis, Ricken, Stephanie, Pascal, Iain, Ari…of the Avaaz team

“A House of Stone” in Marje3youn (Lebanon): Who is late Antony Shedid?

Late Antony Shedid (Chedid?) is the twice Pulitzer winner who died at the age of 43, consequent to a bout of asthma while on his way from Syria to Turkey in 2011.  Chedid covered the war in Iraq and also the Arab Spring uprising in Egypt.

Antony Chedid is from the flat city of Tulsa in east Oklahoma. His grandfather (from his mother side) is Esber Samara, from the town of Marje3youn in south Lebanon, and who immigrated to the USA in 1920.

Antony Shedid died before publishing his book “A Stone House”, a house he inherited from his mother and decided to repair it in the town of Marje3youn (with currently about 800 inhabitants as most of the people fled during the long civil war that started in 1975 and theoretically ended in 1991.

(The same war lords and militia leaders are ruling Lebanon and were appointed ministers and deputies to the Parliament as a negotiated deal: They should have been put to trial and sent to prison…)

Antony Shedid names the real people he dealt with, and also named the local leader who displaced the benevolent physician running the hospital in order to appoint a person of his retinue

Like this tile master who promised to start next Monday and didn’t show up until months later because he had another assignment in the Bekaa Valley…

Like this women neighbor who is very upset because Shedid rented a room at another lady’s house.

There are no heroes in this story: Most of the real characters are sad and down on their luck, humiliated and feeling indignant.

Shedid described his grandfather as someone who was good at rhetoric and he “heard his neighbors vouching for different allegiances like the Nationalist Arabs, the French mandated power, and even for Orthodox Russia, as Russia was turning communist)”. Esber told his family:

Lebanon is no longer a safe place to live in, and it has no future, even if this time around we’ll miss a war” and he decided to take his family to the USA.

The block of the Samara in Marje3youn was called “The red tiled-roof street” and the house had many inheritance to claim it, and Anthony owned just a portion in the share, but nobody was willing to come to Lebanon and do any repair…Actually, the garden of the house still has an Israeli missile planted, which didn’t go off, as souvenir of perpetual preemptive wars launched by Israel on Lebanon.

A neighbor asked Anthony if he would repair his house too, since it is very close to the house he is repairing…Anthony had to learn how to press olive for oil and how to roll a cigarette of hashish…

I have read many novels of couples describing the detailed process of building their houses.

Like this English couple who decided to move to south France and purchased an old house with the orchard and vine trees and going through the hassle of supervising the “remodeling” adventure…describing the people of the environ, the craftsmen, the foremen…But I still have to read another book on the subject, this time a very melancholic book…

I knew a girl of Lebanese descent studying law at the University of Oklahoma at Norman in the year 1976.  She was from the Shedid family, most probably a close relative of Anthony, since her family lived also in Tulsa. She had a lovely smile and an easy laugh, and had a nose job.

I also met one of her relatives who was lawyer in Oklahoma City. How did I meet this lawyer?

I had purchased a second-hand VW from a friend of mine who had bought a spiffy Spitfire. The VW was cooled by air and didn’t require much maintenance and I wonder why this model was taken out of circulation…

One night at 2 am, I was driving in Norman to pick up a friend finishing his night job and a drunk lady ran into me at a red light. The car was beyond repair and I think I lost consciousness for seconds out of total surprise. I read later from statistics that driving at this hour of the night is the most dangerous period: The streets seem vacated and you fail to look at intersections…

Well, the girl suggested to take an appointment with her relative lawyer.

It was a period were law suits for neck and back pains from car accidents reaped huge health benefit, and the lawyer asked me to pay regular visits to a physician he transferred cases to him in Del City (by Oklahoma Cit).

The story was not profitable at all. The insurance company wanted to pay me $1,500 for the busted car. After months of wasting my time visiting this physician and all the trouble I went through, the lawyer reached a deal and obtained $3,000: Half of the amount was transferred to the lawyer account!

An older relative of Anthony once boasted in defiance: “The only time I’ll return to my hometown in Lebanon is to be buried. I have already purchased my burial ground…”

The ashes of Anthony were dispersed on the newly designed garden of his stone house in Marje3youn.

I don’t know if this decision was in the will or if a thoughtful member of the family decided that this is the most proper way to dispose of Anthony. I think that was an ingenious idea and a lovely gesture.

The Lebanese have got to change the customs of how to dispose of the dead loved ones: Dispersing the ashes around their stone houses. Sort of: “Ease up your steps…Your ancestors are in these dirts…”

There is a significant difference in meaning in the way we dispose of the bodies, and dispersing the ashes is the highest form of humanism: “Dirt you came from and ashes you’ll be dispersed…with much added values to mankind in community reconciliation

I hope the ashes of Anthony in Marje3youn will be a reminder to all the communities in Lebanon that it is about time to consider citizenship belonging supersedes tribal idiosyncracies.

Note: Post inspired from a piece of Samir Attalah. Attalah writes a weekly column in the Lebanese daily Al Nahar on Thursday.

Atmospheric physics? Who is Toufic Hawaat?

For 50 years, scientists have been visiting the North and South Poles to study the atmosphere and matching their various models to data gathered painstakingly, under harsh climatic conditions…

Toufic Hawaat is one of these researches and physicists who spent 8 years in the Poles, three months at a stretch during the Poles summer seasons: The temperature drops to minus 122 in the winter and you’ll be stuck for an entire year there if the team makes the grave mistake of visiting the Poles in winter time.

The temperature in the South Pole in summer time is a mild minus 80 degrees Celsius, and the team members of researchers live within iced walls, and feed on biscuits tasting beef and pizza and canned food…

Toufic Hawaat is born in Lebanon in the town of Bte3bourat in the district of Koura.  He got his engineering degree from the University of Lebanon and resumed higher education in Paris, receiving his Ph.D on the physics of atmospheric constitution and phenomena…

For 6 years, Toufic worked for the French public CNF and had to travel to the North Pole in 1994 at the age of 25. He visited the North Pole 6 times and planted the Lebanese flag (the first time ever).

In 1998, Toufic met with an American research team from the University of Denver, doing the same kind of research. The US team offered Toufic the Green Card and dispatched him to the South Pole.

Antarctica is 5 times as vast as the USA and snow is 9,000 meters thick, and it takes 38 hours to reach destination.

So far, Dr. Hawaat has published 48 peer-reviewed scientific articles and will deliver a speech at Rio 20+. The collected and analyzed data reveal a steady increase in natural calamities since 1972, and going worse by the year.

Toufic do visit his hometown in Lebanon, now and then, with his family (his wife is also from Lebanon), but he claims that the air and water in Lebanon are too polluted to reside here. He has no plans of settling in Lebanon…

Note: This post was inspired from an interview conducted by Pascal Azar to the Lebanese daily Al Nahar.

Lebanese Anonymous bust electronic sites of public institutions

Karim Abu Mer3i, a correspondent to the Lebanese daily Al Nahar reported:

“Monday night, social platforms disseminated the news that Anonymous named “Raise your Voice” penetrated several government and public institution electronic sites, like the ministers of interior, energy, transportation, foreign affairs, the high council for privatization, the President spokesman office, interior security agency…” 

Raise your Voice” displayed this manifesto:

“Break this silence that is invading our spirit before we occupy the streets and the Internet…We are a hungry people feeding bloated public officials. We are simply an association of citizens that can no longer suffer silence and watch all these atrocities, ignorance, and indignities heaped upon us…

It is not possible to shut us down and brainwash us by your media and propaganda…We will not stop until the Lebanese people get on the move and persistently demand his rights and snatch them…

We will not desist until the standard of living is raised at the level it should be…

No way we will backtrack until the government desist from creating smokescreen problems, like the faked electricity shortages, potable water deficiency, cost of living, increased prices of basic foodstuff…

We are the group of “Raise your Voice”. Expect from us to break this silence, anyway feasible, in the streets, on the social platforms…”

This Lebanese Anonymous is resuming its activities and penetration and getting plenty of support…The people needed a shot of adrenalin to revive their lost optimism in feasible reform changes, secular rule of laws, no discrimination on genders rights, abolishing the sectarian political structure, pushing forward into instituting a central civil government that consider all citizens as equal in their basic human rights…

YouTube announced OpLebanon#, an organization within the global Anonymous organization.

Two days ago, the government set free two activists after mass rallies, gathered days and nights, in front of the successive prisons they were transferred to. The activists had painted graffiti denouncing the political position of the government not intervening (neutral) on the grave problems the Syrian people are facing…The demonstrators shouted: “The graffiti men are inside prisons while the spies and agents are free to roam…”, the “military is flexing its strong-arm on the free citizens…”, and “Shame, shame on the military…”

Khodr Salameh and Ali Fakhry were set free on Wednesday night after the judge received a call from the prime minister not to exacerbate the highly flammable situation. Salameh signs his posts “Hungry” (jou3an), and when the demonstrators sang “Ya Khodr, ya jou3an (hungry)“, the jailor wondered how the demonstrators knew that Khodr was not receiving any food…

A sample of graffiti you see on the walls: “Walls of fear”, “I want to express my ire (Badi fesh khel2i)”, “The city walls belong to the people”, “This is no longer a point of view…”, “Freedom of expression is drowning in Lebanon”  

Note: Lebanese activists have announced May 1st the “Day for defending freedom of expression, opinion, and against government censorship on creative work”. The gathering is to start in front of Beirut Theater in Hamra Street and people are to paint graffiti, dance, sing…and voice their pent-up frustration




April 2012

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