Father's involvement and childhood obesity

Father's involvement and childhood obesity

A June 2017 study found that, “fathers' increased involvement with child caregiving was linked with a decreased likelihood that their children would become obese from age 2 to 4.”

More involvement in, “physical child care (such as bathing and dressing children) and the frequency that they took children outside for walks and playtime were linked with a decreased likelihood of obesity in their young children."

 

Marriage, fatherhood and weight

Marriage, fatherhood and weight

Bath University, in a June 2017 study, concluded that, “Being married makes men gain weight, and the early days of fatherhood add to the problem.”

“There's no effect on male BMI if their wife becomes pregnant, but in the early years after childbirth men gain weight.”

“It confirms the idea that people who are single but seeking marriage have more incentive to stay fit and make more effort than those who are married. It also supports the theory that marriage leads to more social occasions involving richer foods, or more regular meals for men; while putting paid to the idea that married couples have better physical health because of increased social support.”

 

Autism

Autism

Someone called us today about their son who has autism. We referred them to Hakim Salim M. Khan of Leicester and Hakim Mohammad K Karim of Inverness.  We understand that Hakim Mohamed Karim does hold Clinic sessions in London from time to time.

We also mentioned a BBC Radio 4 interview with Nura Aabe a British Somali woman whose son Zackie has autism.

We also mentioned holding therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

Red Onions

Red Onions

A June 2017 study by Engineering professor Suresh Neethirajan and PhD student Abdulmonem Murayyan at the University of Guelph concluded that, “the red onion not only has high levels of quercetin, but also high amounts of anthocyanin, which enriches the scavenging properties of quercetin molecules … We found onions are excellent at killing cancer cells …”

“Onions activate pathways that encourage cancer cells to undergo cell death. They promote an unfavourable environment for cancer cells and they disrupt communication between cancer cells, which inhibits growth."

"Anthocyanin is instrumental in providing colour to fruits and vegetables so it makes sense that the red onions, which are darkest in colour, would have the most cancer-fighting power."

The researchers determined, in an earlier study, that, “onions are effective at killing breast cancer cells.”

"The next step will be to test the vegetable's cancer-fighting powers in human trials," said the researchers.

 

Chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeat

Chocolate may decrease risk of irregular heartbeat

A May 2017 study concluded that, “Consuming moderate amounts of chocolate was associated with significantly lower risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF)--a common and dangerous type of irregular heartbeat.”

“The benefit levelled off slightly with greater amounts of chocolate consumption, with those eating one or more servings per day having a 16% lower AF rate … Eating excessive amounts of chocolate is not recommended because many chocolate products are high in calories from sugar and fat and could lead to weight gain and other metabolic problems. But moderate intake of chocolate with high cocoa content may be a healthy choice."

 

The benefits of rice bran

The benefits of rice bran

A Colorado State University study in June 2017 found that, “Rice bran, the outer covering of the rice grain, has high nutritional value and is a rich source of proteins, fats, minerals and micronutrients such as B vitamins.”

"A single serving of rice bran ... delivers more than half of a person's daily requirements of important vitamins such as thiamine, niacin and vitamin B6."

 

The many benefits of mangos

The many benefits of mangos

A June 2017 study found several potential health benefits including, “improved blood pressure, blood sugar control, and gut health ... and promising outcomes on mango's potential to reduce the risk of metabolic disorders and chronic inflammation,"

 

Benefits of Ursolic Acid, Curcumin and Resveratrol

Benefits of Ursolic Acid, Curcumin and Resveratrol

In research published in a June 2017 study by Texas University, it identified, “several natural compounds found in food, including turmeric, apple peels and red grapes, as key ingredients that could thwart the growth of prostate cancer, the most common cancer afflicting U.S. men.”

“The researchers found that … the most promising active ingredients were ursolic acid, a waxy natural chemical found in apple peels and rosemary; curcumin, the bright yellow plant compound in turmeric; and resveratrol, a natural compound common to red grapes or berries.”

 

 

Muffins for Heart Health

Muffins for Heart Health

A May 2017 study by Queensland University suggests that,

“There is good evidence that three grams or more of oats beta glucan consumption a day can help reduce cholesterol levels.”

The study follows and earlier Queensland University study that demonstrated that the beta glucan fibre in oats “can slow absorption of fats to reduce blood cholesterol.”

The University perfected, “a low-fat blueberry muffin recipe” which contain “three grams of beta glucans - a healthy soluble fibre that occurs naturally in the cell walls of oats and cereals, and meets the food standard guidelines for cholesterol-lowering properties.?”

Researchers said, “The trick was to avoid making the muffin gluggy from all the extra oat bran and beta glucan fibre." And concluded, “Eating a muffin a day is a convenient way for people to improve their heart health."

Grill or Microwave Mushrooms for Best Nutritional Effect

Grill or Microwave Mushrooms for Best Nutritional Effect

A May 2017 study of white button, shiitake and oyster mushrooms has shown that:

“Microwaving and grilling are the best processes to maintain the nutritional profile of mushrooms”

“Mushrooms are considered valuable health foods, since they have a significant amount of dietary fibre and are poor in calories and fat.”

“They have a good protein content (20-30% of dry matter) which includes most of the essential amino acids; also provide a nutritionally significant content of vitamins (B1, B2, B12, C, D and E) and trace minerals such as zinc or selenium.”

“Mushrooms are also an important source of biologically active compounds with potential medicinal value such as beta glucans.”

“A little oil portion while grilling mushrooms is not a problem. This minimal amount will not cause nutrient loses by leaching; in fact, the antioxidant capacity can be even improved.”

“If olive oil is used, the fatty acid profile of the final preparation is enhanced with barely [any] increase in the calorie content."

"Frying and boiling treatments produced more severe losses in proteins and antioxidants compounds, probably due to the leaching of soluble substances in the water or in the oil, which may significantly influence the nutritional value of the final product"

Low GI diet may stop age-related eye disease

Low GI diet may stop age-related eye disease

A May 2017 study suggests that, “development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) could be arrested by switching from a high-glycaemic diet (starches as are found in white bread) to a low-glycaemic (starches found in whole grains). For the same amount of total carbohydrate, high-glycaemic diets release sugar into the blood stream more rapidly than low-glycaemic diets.”

 

 

 

 

Exercise to reduce bone fat

Exercise to reduce bone fat

May 2017 research concluded that, “exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and offers evidence that this process improves bone quality and the amount of bone in a matter of weeks.”

The study also suggests that, “obese individuals - who often have worse bone quality - may derive even greater bone health benefits from exercising than their lean counterparts.”

 

 

Sunnah Dates in June 2017

Sunnah Dates in June 2017

INTRODUCTION

The well-known hadith suggests 17, 19 and 21 of the lunar month.   Islamic scholars have advised that cupping is not restricted to those dates. 

We offer hijama cupping every day of the month (except Wednesdays before sunset). 

Each month we publish the Sunnah Dates as published by the Saudi Press Agency, by the Moroccan Ministry of Awqaf and by the ICOUK.

There are differences of opinion about sighting of the new moon. We do not decide who is right nor impose one opinion over others. We simply offer a service to all members of the community whatever view they take about the matter.  And Allah knows best.

 

SUNNAH DATES IN JUNE 2017

UK, Middle East & North Africa

Monday 12 June 2017

Friday 16 June 2017

 

WHEN DOES THE ISLAMIC DAY START?

In Islamic terms the new day starts at Maghrib (sunset) time and this can be very relevant when thinking about which time to book your appointment.

 

WHY DO YOU OPEN ON WEDNESDAYS?

We prefer not to do hijama cupping between Maghrib (sunset) on Tuesdays and Maghrib (sunset) on Wednesdays. 

We are open on Wednesdays during the day to receive calls, to arrange appointments and give telephone advice.

We see people for appointments on Wednesdays after Maghrib (sunset) because it is Thursday in Islamic terms.

 

IS SUNNAH CUPPING RESTRICTED TO JUST "THE SUNNAH DAYS"?

The short answer is: no.  Because to do so is to restrict the Sunnah of hijama cupping as explained by Ibn Qayyim who advised cupping at any time of the month in respect of certain issues.

 

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may promote health ageing

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may promote health ageing

Two May 2017 studies, “add to the evidence that dietary intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can promote healthy aging”.

It was said, “A lot of research tells us that people need to be eating fish and fish oil to get neuro-protective effects from these particular fats, but this new finding suggests that even the fats that we get from nuts, seeds and oils can also make a difference in the brain,"

 

 

Leg artery blockages: Eating Fruit and Veg lowers risk

Leg artery blockages: Eating Fruit and Veg lowers risk

A May 2017 study concluded that, “Eating three or more servings of fruit and vegetables per day may lower your risk of developing peripheral artery disease (PAD)” and noted that, “Previous studies linked lower consumption of fruits and vegetables with the increased occurrence of coronary heart disease and stroke.”

 

The many benefits of Fennel

The many benefits of Fennel

A May 2017 study, noting that “Fennel, an anise-flavoured herb used for cooking, has long been known for its health benefits for a variety of issues, including digestion and premenstrual symptoms”, goes on to confirm that it is, “effective in the management of post-menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and anxiety, without serious side effects.”

Fennel is al shamr in Arabic.  Ibn Qayyim lists it as raazyaanaj. In Moroccan Arabic it is bes bes and in Greek it is marathon.  In Chinese medicine it is xiao hui xiang. In Latin it is Fructus Foeniculi Vulgaris.

As-Suyuti in "Medicine of the Prophet" said that fennel may have been what was referred to in the hadith as ‘sanut’ being of the three things that cures everything except cancer. Others said ‘sanut’ meant honey, Makkan fat, a seed similar to cumin or dates. As-Suyuti refers to fennel as one of the ingredients in a sweet ebullient. He notes that some physicians recommend fennel for treating cases of weak eyesight.

Ibn Qayyim in "Medicine of the Prophet" said that ‘sanut’ has eight explanations and includes fennel.  He mentions it in relation to chicory (hindiba). He says (of chicory), “the more bitter sort is more beneficial for the liver. Its pressed out juice is beneficial for obstructive jaundice, especially when mixed with juice of moist fennel.”

Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber" classifies fennel as bitter sweet and a carminative and suggests it for conjunctivitis and blepharitis.

In Yang, Huang and Zhu’s “Introduction to Chinese Materia Medica” it is said of fennel that it is, “pungent and warm; expel[s] cold, warm[s] the liver and stomach, arrest[s] vomiting, and [is] specialised at curing different types of hernia.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obesity: Eating Fruit and Veg

Obesity: Eating Fruit and Veg

A May 2017 study suggests that, “Pro-vegetarian diets (with a higher consumption of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods) could provide substantial protection against obesity”.

The risk is cut by more than half.

The study states, “Current evidence suggests that such a pro-vegetarian diet has a protective role in cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but little is known about its role on the risk of developing obesity in healthy populations.”

 

The DASH diet and Gout

The DASH diet and Gout

In a May 2017 study, it has been suggested that following a diet known to reduce the risk of hypertension and cardiovascular disease may also reduce the risk of gout. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis known since ancient times and is due to elevated levels of uric acid the blood.

The UK Gout Society says, “Too much uric acid can also be caused by a diet rich in purines (a protein found in many foods), alcohol, crash dieting, stress, prolonged illness, injury, or by certain medicines e.g. diuretics (water tablets), aspirin.”

The DASH diet emphasizes increasing the consumption of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.