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US Under Secretary of State David Hale accused Iranian-backed militias in several countries of the Middle East of spreading corruption and terrorism not only in the countries in which they are located, but in the entire region.

Hill said that Hezbollah in Lebanon sponsors corruption and sacrifices the people's interests in exchange for collecting weapons and carrying out its activities regionally. He also added that Iran funded it with $ 700 million and that its leader Hassan Nasrallah called publicly for donations to help bridge the deficit.

The US Under Secretary of State added that we continue to urge our international and regional partners to ban Hezbollah and consider it a terrorist organization.

He continued that the American administration's support for the Lebanese army is part of its strategy to confront Hezbollah terrorism.

Concerning the US military presence in Iraq, the US Under Secretary of State stressed that it is to counter Iran's influence and eliminate the terrorist organization ISIS.

He explained that the pro-Iranian militias in Iraq pose a threat to its long-term stability and carry out assassinations, sectarian violence and theft of state resources.

As for Yemen, the US Under Secretary of State indicated that the Houthi militia continues to threaten regional security and stability by targeting civilian installations in Saudi Arabia.

David Hale emphasized that the Gulf States are important partners for the U.S. in the war on terror and curbing Iranian influence.

Source: Al ain news

Translated by: Maiada mossad

 

physical symptoms people suffer is inflammation. It is a sign that the body has initiated self-healing, but when inflammation is prolonged, it can result in an excessive free radical activity and tissue damage.

There are numerous mechanisms in the body which can cause inflammation and it can show up in various forms, but most of the time it directly involves a dysfunction of the digestive system – like most ailments.

The immune response is one of the main mechanisms to initiate inflammatory processes. Citokines are one of the most well-studied molecules involved in the immune response, and are responsible for cellular apoptosis (cell death) and cascades of inflammatory processes. An excessive level of citokines in the body is associated with insulin resistance, diabetes and many other health problems.

Insulin, Cholesterol, C-reactive Protein

One of the main markers of inflammation is hyperinsulinism. In medical literature this is a main factor associated with cardiovascular diseases. A high level of insulin (above 5) determines high levels of pro-inflammatory mediators and is also associated with a high level of C reactive protein, a main marker for inflammation. Studies showed that the high level of C reactive protein is also associated with high consumption of the trans fats found in processed foods.

Cholesterol has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and a critical importance in regulating inflammation and free radical activity. A low level of cholesterol is associated with many auto-immune inflammatory conditions. (For more information, please read my previous articles: Debunking Cholesterol Myths and Cholesterol Behind The Numbers: Facts Your Doctors Don’t Tell You.)

As with a high cholesterol level, C reactive protein is a response to inflammation, not the cause of it. Causes are multiple and they are mainly generated by nutritional deficiencies, glucose metabolism malfunction, hyperinsulinism, toxicity and the body’s response to stress.

A level higher than 3 for this marker indicates a higher inflammation level. Analyzing C reactive protein in association with homocysteine and insulin levels is essential to properly monitor inflammation in the body.

Intestinal Dysbiosis

Medical research showed that inflammation often involves digestive function. Autoimmune diseases, for example, mostly always involve intestinal dysbiosis and other multiple chronic infections, which are often not considered in allopathic, conventional treatments. That’s why it’s essential to follow a strategy which focuses on re-establishing the digestive function and immunity, in order to normalize the inflammatory response.

Reactive foods, pathogen infections, heavy metal toxicity are also directly responsible for mucosal barrier damage and inflammation.

Processed Foods and Incorrectly Prepared Food

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution and the processing of omega 6-rich vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, canola and safflower oils – which are so abundant in our collective diet today – the balanced ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids on which our human genome thrived for hundreds of thousands of years changed drastically in our diets.

These days, it is estimated that we eat one-tenth of the amount of omega 3 fatty acids required for normal functioning. This is one of the reasons why a high percentage of our modern population is susceptible to food-related health conditions like heart disease, cancer, insulin resistance and diabetes, obesity, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The elimination of toxic trans fatty acids alone could avert tens of thousands of coronary events each year, in the United States and around the world!

Disease is frequently caused by the consumption of processed foods which contain toxic and even carcinogenic substances, commercially-grown produce containing dangerous herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and rodenticides (2 billion pounds of such chemicals are used annually in the US alone!) and commercially farmed animals that are raised on steroids, antibiotics, food laden with mycotoxins (very poisonous toxins from mold and fungus) – and other toxic additives.

Cooking foods at high temperatures, crust formation when barbecuing foods, frying, etc. can generate high inflammation in the body and carcinogenic compounds named advanced glycation end products – AGEs.

Neurological Inflammation

Neurological inflammation occurs when an inflammatory cascade releases inflammatory mediators. Neurological inflammation can be a result of the overexcitation of neurons, nerve pathways in the nervous system and brain, leading to misfiring, exhaustion, and ultimately the death of these nerves.

When neurons die, chronic inflammation results, leading to poor nerve signaling and health imbalances. For example, the red swelling that surrounds a bug bite is actually the body’s inflammatory process at work. A very similar process can occur in the areas surrounding our nerves, even if we can’t see that internal process as clearly as we can the red bite on our skin’s surface. (Dr. Amy Yasko, Ph.D – Neurological Research Institute)

The causes which determine the process of “neurological inflammation” resulting in autism and autistic-like behaviors including ADD and ADHD is multifactorial. Without a particular combination of genetic mutations, heavy metal toxicities, chronic viral infections, underlying bacterial and fungal infections, and excitotoxin damage leading to a negative cascade of neurological events, autism, ADD/ADHD and other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease may not manifest. And the same underlying factors may also be responsible for the increase in chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia as well as the increase in mitochondrial disease.

For example, excitoxins are stimulating chemicals present now in many common foods, that overstimulate brain chemistry via the neurotransmitters and nerve receptors. This over-stimulation can trigger nerve cell death, which results in poor signaling, contributing to “stims”, and language difficulties. Add to this all the other mentioned factors and it’s no wonder such conditions are on the rise in our society!

Dangers of Using Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Aspirin, Ibuprofen

Commonly used anti-inflammatory medications can cause ulcers, stomach bleeding, and other gastrointestinal complications. Research shows that 80% of deaths caused by ulcers occur in patients who take anti-inflammatories, and people who follow anti-inflammatory drug therapy have a 5-10 times higher risk of developing ulcers. Moreover, these drugs can also affect the kidney and liver function, especially when used over a long period of time. (For more information, please see the article: 9 Natural Alternatives to Ibuprofen/NSAIDs Without the Side Effects.)

Natural Alternatives to Eliminate Inflammation Long Term

The best long-term strategy to eliminate inflammation is to ensure you provide your body with the necessary nutritional support to maintain normal biological functions. This means to first follow a clean organic diet that fits your unique metabolism. A wrong diet, even if “organic”, can quickly become a stressor for the body if it doesn’t fit to your unique genetic and biochemical requirements. It is also essential to eliminate inflammatory foods (frying, sugar, processed foods, the above mentioned vegetable oils, reactive foods like gluten and dairy, additives and other toxic, industrial substances, etc.)

Proteolytic enzymes like bromelaine, pancreatin and serrapeptase contain powerful anti-inflammatory effects. These have been shown to be efficient at inhibiting fibroids formation, fibrinogen and excessive coagulation. Serrapeptase has very beneficial effects in joint inflammation, arthritis, fibroids, excessive blood coagulation, respiratory conditions, mucus excess, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease.

A large variety of plants have an anti-inflammatory effect, plus other health benefits; some of these are boswellia, willow bark, turmeric, ginger, cloves, rosemary, holy basil, arnica, yarrow.

Anti-Inflammatory ‘Golden Milk’ Recipe!

This turmeric-based drink has its origins in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It has a special earthy taste, is very rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, and naturally supports the body’s elimination (detox) and immune systems. As with any other medicinal plants, overuse or misuse can lead to negative health effects. Consume the turmeric golden milk considering your dosha and metabolic type, and most importantly, carefully observing your body’s signs and symptoms. (For more information, check out my article: Listen To Your Body. Correct Food Ratios. Reverse Disease.)

You can use a previously-boiled turmeric paste for this recipe, but it is not mandatory to gain the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. In my recipe, I’ll use turmeric powder.

Ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk (ie. organic, grass fed milk from cow or goat, coconut milk, home made hemp milk or almond milk)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp organic turmeric powder
  • a pinch of black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg (a combination of these or all of them)
  • 1/2 tsp organic, raw honey (optional)
  • 1/2 organic coconut oil or coconut cream (optional)

Preparation:

  • Add milk together with all ingredients except honey.
  • Warm on a medium heat, without boiling.
  • Stir well and add honey at the end.
  • Drink this healthy “cocktail” with pleasure and intention!

 

Estrogen has always been neglected as being the little sister of testosterone. But recently scientists recognized the danger posed by an excess of estrogen in the body. It is important to flush out the excess hormone from the body.

The 10 Vital Signs That Show Possible Estrogen Dominance

  1. An imbalance in the progesterone and estrogen hormones causes irregular periods. Estrogen levels spike excessively, about two times the normal level and then it drops suddenly.
  2. Estrogen is associated with libido. As we near menopause, the progesterone levels decrease. Due to the increase in estrogen, abrupt mood swings occur. This can negatively affect your sexual life.
  3. High levels of estrogen also lead to the uncontrolled growth of the body. This stresses out many women and hence they feel persistently tired.
  4. The premenstrual syndrome we face in the 1st half of our period cycle is due to estrogen. It leads to issues like water retention, headache, and breast tenderness. It also affects our mood in general.
  5. Hair loss is another symptom.
  6. You may suddenly gain weight in the thigh and waist regions.
  7. The dominance of estrogen also makes our mind foggy thus hindering our brain functions.
  8. Your circadian rhythm is affected negatively.
  9. The function of the thyroid gland is affected. It results in weight gain.
  10. The metabolism slows down due to fluctuating estrogen levels.

Creating A Balance

Try not to consume estrogen from outside sources. Some non-organic products, cosmetics, and plastic bottles are such sources.

Flush Out The Excess Hormone

Constipation should be avoided at all costs. Drink enough water, eat more fibrous food and leafy vegetables. Probiotics will also help you out.

Detoxification of our inner system is essential. Exercise is mandatory and occasional sauna baths are also known to flush out toxins. Do breathing exercises for the lungs. A lymphatic massage will ensure a higher progesterone level.

Liver Is Important

Our liver excretes many of the wastes and toxins including excess estrogen. But only a healthy liver can do that, so supply it with essential nutrients. And stay away from alcohol and drugs. Take enough of vitamin B. Try not to overeat. Use natural products like milk thistle to improve liver functions.

Hormonal Balance

Calcium-D-glucarate helps in detoxifying our liver. DIM supports the metabolism of estrogen. Another option for balancing hormone metabolism is Indole 3 carbinol. A compound that detoxifies the liver is Sulforaphane.

Detox Your System

Use dandelion roots, milk thistle seeds, and other such organic herbs do the job. Matcha and passion flowers also help us relax and are good to energize us.

So, these are a few ways in which you can identify and treat the estrogen dominance in the body.

Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:12

What your feet say about your personality?

 

We all have different feet and toes, but no one actually thinks about what it might mean and does it connect with our personality in any way. Apparently, the shape of your foot can say a lot about your personality. Take a closer look at your feet to learn which description fits your personality.

  1. The Roman Foot

The Roman foot shape is actually the most common foot shape at people. It is easily distinguished because the first three toes form a straight line. People who have this foot shape are usually very friendly and social. Their personality is outgoing and they really enjoy getting out of their comfort zone and discovering new cultures and surroundings.

  1. The Peasant Foot

When all of the toes are the same length, this foot shape seems angular but steady. It is actually rarer foot shapes. People with such feet are very practical, calm and reasonable. Very reliable on serious matters and trust-worthy.

  1. The Greek Foot

This is also often called the Flame Foot or Fire Foot and is where the second toe is larger than the big toe. People who have this kind of feet are usually very emotional, artistic and have a tendency to become strong leaders. This foot shape is very common at athletes.

  1. The Egyptian Foot

This is a quite common foot shape and its means your toes form a perfect line together, the big toe is the longest and the following four descend at a 45-degree angle. People with such feet are known to be prone to mood swings. They are loners and can be very mysterious, they do not like to reveal many things about themselves

Saturday, 26 September 2020 19:10

How Far East Asian Women Stay Young Forever?

All women have their tried and true methods of looking after themselves and these methods tend to vary from country to country. It’s great to have your own secrets but it’s always a good idea to learn from others and incorporate that knowledge into your life. Today we thought we’d look for some beauty tips in the East and tell you about 10 secrets that eastern women swear by to stay young forever.

  1. Multi-Step Cleansing Is Best

Korean women swear by multi-step cleansing. They start with oil-based cleansers to dissolve oil-based products like sunscreen and makeup. Then they move on to water-based cleansing foams to cleanse the face from oils and water based products. As a result, you get a squeaky clean face and therefore no breakout, which will keep your skin looking young and glowing for longer.

  1. Moisturizing Toners Are Key

Japanese women never use drying toners on their face, they always go for a moisturizing one. Usually, it will do a better job at restoring the PH level of your skin, and in many cases, these moisturizing toners have hyaluronic acid in them which is known for its incredible moisturizing and plumping properties. And as we all know, plump skin is crucial for that youthful look.

3- Omega 3 For The Win

Most Asian diets are rich in Omega 3, which definitely helps keep your skin looking good. Omega 3 keeps your cell membranes strong which results in smooth, wrinkle-free skin. You can get Omega 3 from salmon, shrimp, oysters and if you’re a vegetarian, you can get plenty of it from seaweed, walnuts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, etc.

4.Sheet Masks For Days

Sheet masks are the bomb when it comes to young looking skin. There’s a reason all Eastern ladies always have a few in the fridge. They aren’t a magical fix for everything but they definitely are handy on a bad skin day. Always go for moisturizing sheet masks instead of harsh peel-off masks.

  1. Lip Masks Are The Bomb

Everyone knows that your lips just seem to get smaller and thinner as you age. But Korean ladies swear by lip masks to keep their lips looking young and plump. They’re made of jelly-like substance and coated in specific products that are great at moisturizing your lips. Forget those awful lip plumping products that sting – lip masks are the way to go.

  1. Sunscreen Is A Must

Sunscreen is something most people think of only in the summer when they go to the beach, but Eastern ladies know the importance of it and use it daily all year round. You need to protect your skin from the damaging UV rays. Prolonged exposure to the sun damages it and UV rays decrease the collagen production in your skin, which results in spots, thin skin and wrinkles. So SPF 50 is definitely your best choice when it comes to preserving your youthful complexion.

  1. Moisturiser Isn’t Just For Your Face

Lot’s of women make the mistake of only using a moisturizer on their face, but really you should be using it on your neck and décolletage area too. In fact, your neck and your décolletage area are more likely to show signs of ageing faster than your face so to prevent it – make sure you moisturize it well.

  1. Facial Mist Will Save The Day

Eastern women always keep a small bottle of facial mist with them. It’s a great refresher and a great way to keep your skin moisturized. See, while you can put on creams and serums (and you definitely should) you can’t always control the levels of hydration in your environment. Your office might have dry air, plains are notorious for having very dry air, and that’s when you should whip out your facial mist and spray it at your face to keep it from getting too dry.

  1. Thick Brows Save Lives

Ok, they don’t save lives but think brows definitely make your face look more youthful and cute. Eastern ladies never tweeze their eyebrows to look super thin, they keep them on the thicker side. And if you can’t grow them out you can always use brow gels or a bit of eyeshadow to fill them in and shave off years from your face.

  1. Less Is More When It Comes To Makeup

Eastern women tend to go for more natural makeup looks. They will fill in their brows, curl their lashes, use a lip tint, maybe use some muted earthy eyeshadows, but they never really go for bright colors with makeup because that can actually make you look older. They also tend to go for cream products instead of powder because that makes the skin look radiant and youthful and powders while mattifying tend to make wrinkles more visible.

 

Some people suffer from dry nose, what are its causes and how can it be faced?

To answer these questions, the German Association of Otolaryngologists explained that dry nose means dryness of the mucous membranes lining the nose, which prevents the membranes from performing their functions of preparing breathing air and fighting germs.

The association added that a dry nose has many causes among which are infections such as influenza, allergies, frequent nasal cleaning, cigarette smoke, or dry air, for example, due to air conditioning or a heater.

The symptoms of nasal dryness are a stuffy nose, itching, burning, impaired sense of smell, sneezing and nosebleeds.

Nasal dryness can be countered by the use of “decongestant nasal drops” and “sprays”, as they work to moisturize the mucous membranes. For the same purpose, a person should also drink enough water; at least two liters per day.

In the event that troubles persist, then a doctor should be consulted to determine the true underlying cause of a dry nose.

Source: Al ain news

Translated by: Maiada Mossad See Less

Healthy foods are especially good for dental health, and some dental problems indicate a poor diet or are due to eating foods that attack it.

Stefan Zimmer, a German dentist, explained that tooth decay is caused by a wrong diet, as caries arises due to eating a lot of low-molecular carbohydrates, that is sugar.

Bacteria on dental deposits use sugar to produce acids that, in turn, cause tooth decay. Zimmer pointed out that it does not just depend on what we eat, but when and how.

He explained that during breaks between meals, complex oral processes occur. There are bacterial deposits, which produce acids from sugar, then the pH value drops to a low level, and the plaque on the teeth is removed. Zimmer added that it takes about three-quarters of an hour for the pH to exceed this value again. During this time the tooth is weak.

The good news is that the body will regulate this by itself if it takes time to do so. This means taking a break for several hours between meals and not eating a snack or drinking anything in between.

Vegetables are an ideal meal

Vegetables are the right choice for inter-meal. Since they contain fewer sugars and need more chewing, such as celery sticks rich in fiber, which cleans the teeth to some extent, and pepper and carrots are also beneficial.

For those who prefer sweet foods, they can eat apples, which are not high in sugar or oranges.

On the contrary, eating fruits high in sugar, such as bananas, requires the use of a toothbrush immediately afterwards.

Zimmer believes that he prefers to drink orange juice in large sips instead of drinking over and over again because of the lack of sticking of much juice on the teeth and the consequent attack of the acid in it.

Avoid foods that stick to the teeth

It is also preferred to eat foods that do not stick to the teeth as their stickiness causes it to be difficult to wash and last longer on the teeth, thus damaging the teeth. Potato chips, for example, stick to chewing surfaces and cause damage to them with their high carbohydrate content.

Important vitamins

In general, vitamins play an important role in maintaining the teeth health and the mouth as a whole. Fruits and vegetables with green leaves and yellow vegetables contain a lot of vitamin A and this in turn is beneficial to the mucous membrane lining the mouth.

Vitamin C also helps to have strong teeth, while vitamin D is very important for the growth and strength of the teeth.

Source:Al ain news

Translated by: Maiada Mossad

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