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25% of adults over 50+ are Vitamin D deficient

25% of adults over 50+ are Vitamin D deficient

A June 2019 study by Trinity College Dublin found that, “Over a quarter of adults aged 50+ are deficient in vitamin D” and “Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in older adult populations living at Northern latitudes”

“Our study identified factors associated with vitamin D deficiency, including being aged 80+ years, obesity and sedentary lifestyles; all of which are increasing traits in western populations.” said Professor Maria O'Sullivan

Dr Niamh Aspell said, “Those who used a vitamin D supplement, were less likely to be vitamin D deficient as may be expected, but supplement use was low (4.4%) …”

Constipation - Qabz - Imsak-ul-Batan

Constipation - Qabz - Imsak-ul-Batan

Constipation, Qabz, Husr, Ehtebaas-al- batan, Eátaqaal-al- batan, Ehtabas-al- tabiya, Eátaqaal-al- tabiya  and Imsaak-ul- batan

The home of disease and the mother of disease

The Arabs of old said, “The stomach is the home of disease and restraint is the basis of the remedy.” There is also an old saying that “constipation is the mother of all diseases”. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.”

The Cause of constipation

The National Health Portal India states that, “According to Unani Medicine, constipation (qabz) is caused by intake of less quantity of food, consumption of constipative and flatulent diets, decreased repulsive force or increased retensive force of intestine, weakened intestinal sensation and muscles, excessive absorption of chyme by the liver, decreased flow of secretions towards intestine and weakened heat of stomach and intestine…” and is a result of a “faulty lifestyle and wrong dietary pattern. Causes like untimely, unbalanced food habits, irregular sleeping habits, and low physical exercise are few of them. It is also mentioned that constipation is the mother of all diseases. It causes gastritis, piles, duodenal ulcer and severe abdominal pain.”

Diagnosing Constipation

 In June 2019 research by King's College London it was reported that

  1. The “public's perception of constipation differs drastically from that of doctors' and from the formal diagnosis guidelines.”

  2. “Currently prescription medication for constipation fails in nearly 60% of patients and almost half report not being satisfied with their treatment.”

  3. “Nearly one in three "healthy" patients were … clinically constipated but did not recognise it.

  4. “The study also highlighted six key symptom clusters which were commonly agreed upon across the study groups: abdominal discomfort, pain and bloating; rectal discomfort; infrequent bowel movements and hard stools; sensory dysfunction; flatulence and bloating; fecal incontinence.”



  • Drink more water.

  • Do more exercise.

  • Walk or do light exercise in the open air in the morning.

  • Take a hot bath on an empty stomach.

  • Eat radishes, turnips, peas, carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, sprouts, coriander, cabbage, and mint.

  • Eat avocados, guava, mangoes, oranges, papaya, and grapes.

  • Eat dried figs, almonds, apricots, and dates.

  • Drink apple-pear juice.

  • Eat stewed prunes, figs, and dates.

  • Chew food properly.

  • Drink more soup.

  • At the end of meal, eat watermelon, mangoes, and cucumber.

  • Eat honey and lentils.

  • Reduce bread, white flour, biscuits, preserves, sugar, cakes, pasta, pizzas, burgers, cookies.

  • Avoid fast foods, coffee and strong tea, fried foods, oily and junk foods.

  • Avoid boiled eggs, cheese and yoghurt.

  • Avoid spices, fats, and excessive salt. 

Checklist of Essential Minerals and Vitamins

Checklist of Essential Minerals and Vitamins




















Vitamin A

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Vitamin K

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)


Vitamin B6

Vitamin B12

Pantothenic Acid

Folic Acid (Folate)


Vitamin C


Belching, Yawning and Gasping

Belching, Yawning and Gasping

According to Tibb, Chishti in "The Traditional Healers Handbook" says, “These are caused by excess gas. Use a purgative and correct digestion. Relief of gas can be had from ground anise in rose water or honey.”

Suyuti says of endive (Arabic: Hindiba) “The endive changes its temperament according to the season. In summer it is hot, in winter cold. Its powers fall to naught at the end of each season. It prevents both hot and cold diseases of the liver. It causes to disappear the flatulence produced by vinegar and by sugar. It is used in decoctions and in the syrup of dodder. A traditional saying is as follows: Eat endives and do not belch, for verily there is not one single day that drops of the water of Paradise do not fall upon them. So says Abu Nu’im.”


Write it when you bite it

Write it when you bite it

A new report published in February 2019 by the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina says, “If you want to lose weight the single best predictor of success is monitoring and recording your calorie and fat intake throughout the day -- to "write it when you bite it."

Despite seen as “unpleasant and time-consuming”, the most successful participants “…spent an average of just 14.6 minutes per day on the activity.”

The report found that, “What was most predictive of weight-loss success was not the time spent monitoring – those who took more time and included more detail did not have better outcomes – but the frequency of log-ins.”

One of the researchers said, “Those who self-monitored three or more time per day, and were consistent day after day, were the most successful,” and, “It seems to be the act of self-monitoring itself that makes the difference – not the time spent or the details included.”


Fasting boosts metabolism

Fasting boosts metabolism

A January 2019 study at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University suggests that, “going without food may … boost human metabolic activity, generate antioxidants, and help reverse some effects of aging.”

One of the authors of the study, Dr Takayuki Teruya said, “Contrary to the original expectation, it turned out that fasting induced metabolic activation rather actively.”  

A study by the G0 Cell Unit and Kyoto University researchers suggests that fasting, which puts the body in “starvation mode,” leads to fuel substitution, antioxidation, increased mitochondrial activation and altered signal transduction. 

The study suggests that, “…during fasting, the tiny powerhouses running every cell are thrown into overdrive.”

30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

30-Day Anti-Inflammation Detox

Eat More

  • Healthy Fat (animal fats, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil).

  • Non-Citrus Fruit (apples, avocado, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, grapes, kiwi, raspberries, strawberries, watermelon)

  • Protein (chicken, fish, meat, preferably organic and grass-fed)

  • Vegetables (asparagus, beetroot, broccoli, cauliflower, courgettes, kale, pumpkin, spinach, sweet potatoes)

Eat Less

  • Citrus Fruit (clementine, grapefruit, lemons, limes, mandarins, oranges, tangerines)

  • Corn

  • Dairy (butter, cheese, milk, yoghurt)

  • Eggs

  • Gluten (barley, grains, rye, spelt, wheat)

  • Gluten-Free Grains (millet, quinoa, rice)

  • Legumes (beans, chickpeas, lentils, peanuts, peas, soy, soybeans)

  • Nightshades (aubergine, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes)

  • Yeast


  • Additives, Sweeteners and Preservatives

  • Caffeine

  • Genetically Modified Foods

  • Processed food (fast food, junk food)

  • Sugar

  • Trans-Fats and Oils (blended vegetable oil, biscuits, cakes, crackers, crisps, deep-fried food, frozen foods, margarine, pastries)

Please note the contents of our Disclaimers page.


Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

Vitamin D with Magnesium Deficiency

A recent trial at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center has shown that magnesium optimizes vitamin D status and that magnesium had a regulating effect in people with high vitamin D levels.

"Magnesium deficiency shuts down the vitamin D synthesis and metabolism pathway," Dai, one of the researchers, said.

Eureka states, “Foods with high levels of magnesium include dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, dark chocolate, fatty fish such as salmon, nuts and avocados.”

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

Diabetes – Dried Fruits

A study by St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto found that, “Foods high on the GI index -- such as white bread, most breakfast cereals, potatoes and rice -- produce a spike in blood glucose and insulin, while the carbohydrates in low GI foods -- including pasta, beans, lentils and certain whole grains such as barley and oats - are broken down more slowly, and cause more moderate increases in blood glucose and insulin.

Eureka says, “This study compared the glycemic response of four dried fruits -- dates, apricots, raisins and sultanas -- versus white bread in 10 healthy participants and found the fruit had a lower GI and could lower the glycemic response of white bread through displacement of half of the available carbohydrate.

"People often worry about sources of sugar and fruits being one of them, but most fruit -- in particular tender fruit -- have a low glycemic index and what we're showing here is dried fruit also have a lower glycemic index, so they don't raise your blood sugar very much," said Dr. Sievenpiper.

"This study finds people can use dried fruits as a low glycemic index food source to replace higher glycemic index foods, so as a snack food, for example. Dried fruit is going to be preferred to a grain-based cracker or snack."

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

Diabetes – foods from prophetic medicine

For those with diabetes useful foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus are:

·         Blackseed

·         Lemon Grass

·         Olives

·         Miswak

·         Honey

·         Barley

·         Dates

·         Zamzam Water

·         Vinegar

·         Costus

·         Trouffles

·         Figs

·         Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)


Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature

Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2


Plant-based or vegan diets and Diabetes Type 2

A recent review of evidence by The International Diabetes Federation found that, “… plant-based diets accompanied by educational interventions can significantly improve psychological health, quality of life, … and weight, and therefore the management of diabetes [and] could potentially improve diabetic neuropathic pain and the levels of total cholesterol, [low density lipoprotein] cholesterol and triglycerides in [type 2 diabetes].”


Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again


Quick Results ... and Try, Try Again

According to a recent study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of Colorado, it only takes a few weeks of healthy eating to generate lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Dr Campbell, one of the researchers said, “"These findings should encourage people to try again if they fail at their first attempt to adopt a healthy eating pattern," …It seems that your body isn't going to become resistant to the health-promoting effects of this diet pattern just because you tried it and weren't successful the first time. The best option is to keep the healthy pattern going, but if you slip up, try again."



Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Diabetes – Restricted Diets – Foods From Prophetic Medicine

Launched in 2015, NHS England’s Diabetes Prevention Programme (NHS DPP) records that, “around 22,000 people with diabetes die early every year. Type 2 diabetes is a leading cause of preventable sight loss in people of working age and is a major contributor to kidney failure, heart attack, and stroke.”

Diabetes UK announced a new pilot by NHS England starting in 2019 which, “…will test a Type 2 remission programme … involving low-calorie diets.”

The Guardian reports, “The 800-calories-a-day regimen, made up of soups and shakes, has been shown to help people lose excess weight that has caused fat to build up around their internal organs including the pancreas, leading to type 2 diabetes.”

We hope that those taking on such a regimen consider the role of phlegm (mucus, balgham) we wrote about last week.

And also the role of foods from prophetic medicine in the management of diabetes mellitus as listed by Bassem Y. Sheikh of the College of Medicine, Taibah University, Madinah in his review of the literature:

  • Blackseed

  • Lemon Grass

  • Olives

  • Miswak

  • Honey

  • Barley

  • Dates

  • Zamzam Water

  • Vinegar

  • Costus

  • Trouffles

  • Figs

  • Gourd (Cucurbitaceae)


And we are reminded, again, of the hadith of the Prophet, peace be upon him, who said, “No human being has ever filled a container worse than his own stomach. The son of Adam needs no more than some morsels of food to keep up his strength. Doing so, he should consider that a third of [his stomach] is for food, a third for drink and a third for breathing.”



Alternatives To Wheat

Alternatives To Wheat

Sometimes it can be useful to take a 30-day holiday from eating wheat. 

By “wheat” we take the meaning to be: all types of bread made from wheat. Also, pasta, pizza, cake, biscuits, and cereals. This includes naan, pitta, roti and paratha.

Here is a short non-exhaustive list of alternatives:

  • Oats

  • Oat Bread

  • Oat Cakes (make sure it doesn’t contain wheat)

  • Oat Pitta Bread

  • Oatibix

  • Porridge

  • Barley

  • Barley Bread

  • Barley Pitta Bread

  • Rye Bread (make sure it’s 100% Rye)                        

  • Rye Crispbread (for example, Ryvita)

  • Rice

  • Rice Bread

  • Rice Cakes

  • Buckwheat,

  • Chickpea (gram),

  • Corn

  • Maize

  • Millet flour

  • Potato flour

  • Rice flour

  • Tapioca flour

Of interest is a recent study from Copenhagen University concluded that, “When healthy people eat a low-gluten and fiber-rich diet compared with a high-gluten diet they experience less intestinal discomfort including less bloating, a new study shows. The researchers attribute the impact of diet on healthy adults more to change in composition of dietary fibers than gluten itself.”

Keeping the lungs strong

Keeping the lungs strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the lungs strong we eat rice, chicken eggs, duck and chestnuts. Then in autumn when it is dry our lungs can stay balanced.”


Keeping the spleen strong

Keeping the spleen strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the spleen strong we eat millet, beef and apricots. Then in late summer when it is humid our spleen can stay balanced.”

Keeping the heart strong

Keeping the heart strong

Paul Robin and Paul Brecher in, “Practical TCM”, say, “To keep the heart strong we eat millet, sheep and plums. Then in summer when it is hot our heart can stay balanced.”




Latin: verbascum thapsus

Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM): Jia Yan Ye


“A demulcent expectorant” (Menzies-Trull in "The Herbalist's Prescriber").

“A very beneficial respiratory remedy useful in most conditions that affect this vital system.” (David Hoffman in “The New Holistic Herbal”).

Unani Tibb: For, amongst other things, coughs, colds, chest and haemorrhoids (Robert Thomson, in “The Grosset Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine” (1980).