Posts Tagged ‘Health’

You’re Joking, Right?

// July 10th, 2007 // No Comments » // Blog

My mum, a woman in her early 60s, has just found out that she has developed a new allergy… and you'll never guess what it's to…

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Breastfeeding Experts – A Sign Of The Times?

// May 21st, 2007 // 8 Comments » // Blog

Another question from the Guardian, this time on health. I was flicking through the website, this morning, trying to find some Ninjabi news… hence all the Guardian-based inspiration.

Anyway, the following response from the 'breastfeeding expert' reminded me of a short conversation i had at work, last year:

Many women need skilled, sensitive help to resolve physical problems and to cope with lack of confidence and with their expectations that their babies will eat and/or sleep predictably. When breastfeeding is distressing, you need face-to-face help from someone who knows about it, who won't judge you. That person may be a counsellor from volunteer organisations such as the NCT or La Leche League – they're highly trained and non-judgmental – or a healthcare professional with breastfeeding training.

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O My Head!

// May 15th, 2007 // 17 Comments » // Blog

On the following morning, Muhammad [peace be upon him] found Ayesha [may Allāh be pleased with her], his wife, complaining of a headache, and holding her head between her hands, murmuring, “O my head!”. Having a headache himself, Muhammad answered, “But rather, O Ayesha, it's my head!” However, the pain was not so severe as to put him to bed, to stop his daily work, or to prevent him from talking to his wives and even joking with them. As Ayesha continued to complain about her head, Muhammad said to her: “It wouldn't be too bad after all, O Ayesha, if you were to die before me. For I would then pray for you and attend your funeral.” But this only aroused the ire of the youthful Ayesha, who answered: “Let that be the good fate of some else and not me. If that happens to me, you will have your other wives to keep you company.” (The Life of Muhammad, Cairo, 1935)

Now, it is time for me to complain about my head. Ayee, it hurts! This is the third headache i've had in a week… Subhanallah! Thank the Lord for soluble Paracetamol, that's all i can say. It makes me wanna barf as soon as i swallow it, but it does the job quickly, by the Mercy of Allāh.

I remember when i was little, all i had to do to get rid of a headache, was remove my socks (to reduce my body temperature), lie down and sleep it off. Sometimes, i could even imagine my pain away! I'd sit quietly, and think of all my favourite things: “I like… icecream, cartoons, playing cricket with my dad [yes – my poor dad had no sons!], sweets…” etc, etc.

Now, none of that stuff works. If i go to sleep with a headache, i will wake up with the same headache. A few (thankfully rare) times, i have gone to sleep with a mild, nagging pain, only to be awoken in the middle of the night by a nightmarish, intense throbbing in my skull that has me rolling around the bed, crying for my mother! (Not that i would wake her up for that). I often say to myself: “So this is what a hangover feels like… oooww”.

Hey, it's all expiation, right? Lord knows, i need it! It's just strange how my body has changed in its response to pain, over the years. Stress, no doubt, has a role to play in all this. No more carefree days for me. You rest when you die… At least, that's the hope, inshā’Allāh!

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// May 14th, 2007 // Enter your password to view comments. // Blog

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Virtual VD

// May 11th, 2007 // 4 Comments » // Blog

According to Google, 1 in 10 web-pages contain malicious code, that can infect PCs (BBC report):

“To entice users to install malware, adversaries employ social engineering,” wrote Google researcher Niels Provos and his colleagues in a paper titled The Ghost In The Browser.
“The user is presented with links that promise access to 'interesting' pages with explicit pornographic content, copyrighted software or media. A common example are sites that display thumbnails to adult videos.”

So, you could say that sexual promiscuity online could prove just as dangerous to your virtual health, as real-life sexual misadventures can to your physical health; both involving the transmission of deadly viruses to unknowing, and unprotected victims, via illicit, sexual acts.

And i'm sure that, just as in the real world, there will be two very different responses to this threat:

1) Use protection – i.e., continue in your debauchery, but just make sure to use a barrier to prevent viral transmission, combined with regular health checks; neither of which can prove 100% effective, i.e., there is still a chance of infection, especially from new, or previously unknown, bugs.

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2) Just say “no”. Show some self-control, self-respect, and self-preservation and stay far away from such sleazy activity. It's haraam for a reason, people!

Prevention is always better than cure, don't you think?

Green Smoothies

// April 13th, 2007 // 16 Comments » // Blog

Continuing with the theme of beauty, i now share with you, my beauteous readers, a great method for improving your looks, and overall health.

Guys, don't switch off just yet; you may think that looking good is a girly-girl issue, but i am quite sure your present/ future wives will appreciate any small effort you make to look buff!

I heard about green smoothies a while ago, on a women's forum. It was suggested as a great tip to improve skin health – zapping those nasty spots from the inside. It is also a brilliant way to get your '5 a day' fruit rations. I'm really lazy [i could put a full stop here] when it comes to eating fruit, veg, and most other things healthy, so i was quite keen to try it out.

The idea is to blend fruits and greens (such as spinach, lettuce, parsley; basically any green leaf), in a 60:40 ratio to make a smoothie. Apparently, the goodies in green leaves are very good for our health, but because they tend to taste bitter, we don't get nearly enough in our diet. The fruit in the smoothie completely masks the bitterness of the greens – if it wasn't for the colour, you'd never know they were there!

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