Jake Carney, Founder The Alternative Daily
The Four Unhealthy
“Healthy Oils” You Should Never Consume!
Decades ago when food processing first began, it became regular practice to alter that which nature provided. Thus began the era of “frankenfoods.”
Whole, nutritious natural foods that mostly came straight from the farm to the table were replaced by over-processed, refined and chemical laden, mass-produced convenience foods.
And fats were no different. Over four decades healthy sources of fats were replaced with vegetable oils that were thought to be “better-for-you.” We now know they’ve done more harm than good.
The following four are the worst offenders you should avoid at all costs:
Consumption of this “GMO Oil” has been linked to muscular disorders and fatty degeneration of the heart, kidneys, adrenals and thyroid gland. To avoid it, check labels closely – even in so-called healthy products – because it’s practically everywhere.
Cottonseed Oil – An industrial plant saturated with pesticides…
Thousands of commercially produced foods contain cottonseed oil; everything from canned foods to chips and other packaged items. It is even in beverages such as Gatorade. However, cotton is not a food crop, and is therefore not treated like an edible crop but an industrial one.
Virtually anything can be sprayed on cotton plants to ward off insects and induce growth. Dangerous poisons such as trifluralin, cyanide, dicofol, propargite and naled are used on cotton crops. These work their way deep into the plants, literally transforming them into toxic organisms.
While it may be ok for making pants and shirts, cottonseed oil is truly not safe to consume. The majority of cotton plants are genetically modified – altered at the molecular level. Even though we are not eating the cotton plant directly, the extracted oil contains the same properties as the plant.
Besides a high amount of omega-6 fatty acids, cottonseed oil has a similar protein structure to peanuts, so people who are allergic to peanuts may have a serious allergic reaction to this oil, as well. However, the FDA does not require an allergy label on the oil – even though peanut oils can be fatal.
Safflower – Studies show an increase of Omega-6 also increases the rate of death by heart disease, reason enough to avoid this oil…
If you still believe that saturated fat and cholesterol are a direct cause of heart disease then safflower oil probably seems like a healthy swap.
Previous studies had found that by substituting animal fats with vegetable oils such as safflower, cholesterol levels would indeed drop.
However, what the earlier studies failed to evaluate was the high ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in these oils and that the amount of omega-6 fatty acids in the American diet was growing astronomically.
Researchers now have evidence that it may not be cholesterol that kills, but omega-6′s. When a group of individuals replaced animal fats with omega-6-rich safflower oil, their cholesterol levels decreased, however, the rates of death from cardiovascular disease and coronary artery disease increased significantly as compared to those consuming the animal fats.
These results prompted researchers to re-evaluate their theories on saturated fat, cholesterol and heart disease and point the finger at the formerly dubbed “heart-healthy” omega-6 fatty acid.
Soybean – The GMO, hormone disrupting nightmare “health” food they keep telling you is safe…
Oh, the ever-questionable soybean. While marketers will have you believe that soy is beneficial because our healthy Asian counterparts consume it regularly, this is arguably one of the biggest nutritional myths out there. Asians enjoy soy in its fermented state and in considerably smaller quantities than we do.
Ninety-three percent of American soy is GMO and most of the soy we consume is in its unfermented state. This highly processed soy has been linked to numerous conditions including thyroid damage and hormone disruption thanks to its large quantities of estrogen-like compounds called phytoestrogens. As for soybean oil, up to 80 percent of the oil we consume today is soybean oil.
It’s highly processed and heavily hydrogenated and found in a vast majority of products on supermarket shelves. And don’t think choosing organic soy makes you any safer… as some so-called “organic” soy farms have been found to be fraudulent… passing off the GMO-product for the real thing. It’s best to avoid soybean oil completely.
We can almost guarantee you have one of these oils or foods containing these oils sitting in your pantry right now. Maybe you even used one of these oils when you cooked your dinner last night. And today you’re coming to the sad realization that YOU’VE BEEN LIED TO BY THE FOOD MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY.
Actual healthy foods have been vilified-and your “so-called” healthy food choices have been manipulated by manufacturers getting richer by the day. All while your diet has grown more and more nutritionally-void every day!
ARSEN KURBANOV was born in Mahachkala, Dagestan. In 1988 he completed coursework at the Jamal Dagestan Art College, receiving a red diploma – a symbol of scholastic excellence. Kurbanov was immediately accepted into the Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, where he studied with the late Neprintsov, graduating in 1994.
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” - George Bernard Shaw
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” – Paulo Coelho
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection” - Gautama Buddha
The Alternative Daily,
Here’s a newsflash I’m sure won’t surprise you… nothing concocted in a laboratory can ever replace the value of what is found in nature!
Mother Nature is incredibly generous in the way she provides – offering a bounty of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients to nourish your body so you can enjoy a long healthy life.
One fruit in particular – the coconut – is so abundant in its healing properties it’s referred to as “the tree of life.” And before World War II, people living in island countries, like the Philippines, consumed a diet that consisted mainly of rice, root crops, vegetables and an abundance of the ultra-healing superfood, the coconut.
The coconut is a “World War II, rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber – the essential nutritional building blocks for perfect health.
For generations, island people considered it “The Cure for All Illness” and consumed the meat, milk and coconut oil daily. Although this diet was high in saturated fat, Western conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease were virtually unheard of.
Filipinos and islanders were instead rewarded with a lovely youthful complexion, soft wrinkle-free skin, almost no skin cancer – even with excessive exposure to year round sun – and abundant good health.
Coconut oil in particular has been shown to protect you from viruses, bacteria, infection, cancer, thyroid, brain and heart problems… plus beautifies your skin – and even burns fat!
Coconut oil – a saturated fat – is chock-full of health-promoting properties – and is in no way responsible for high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and the bad effects you’ve been led to believe.
Finally, modern medicine and science are starting to realize this fundamental truth… and it’s been a long time coming. But sadly not before heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity and a whole host of other catastrophic diseases have reached epidemic proportions!
The Saturated-Fat Myth That Robbed You of Your Good Health!
Before World War II, the miracle-healing coconut had been used to help alleviate:
- Skin infections
- And more!
But that all changed when the war ended and the United States proclaimed hydrogenated oils to be the “healthier oils.” By the 1960s, a weak scientific theory claimed that saturated fats-like those found in butter, eggs, milk, red meat and coconuts – increased “bad” LDL cholesterol and were dangerous to consume.
Nothing was further from the truth! But this “health scare” was enough to push the public away from saturated fats and instead to refined vegetable oils. This was perfect for food manufacturers because they were far cheaper to produce.
It wasn’t long before Western-style diets made their way to the islands and the old ways were forgotten.
Cheaper, mass-produced hydrogenated foods replaced traditional foods, like the versatile and all-healing coconut oil that had kept the islanders healthy for generations.
And for the first time ever, diseases that had become prevalent among Americans… heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity started to plague the island nations.
“We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It’s one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it’s another to think that yours is the only path.” - Paulo Coelho
“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong’. Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.” - Charles M. Schulz
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” - Marie Curie
“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” - Charles Darwin
Imagine being so poor that you choose to sell your own organs. And that’s just the beginning.
ORIGINAL: By Vocativ. Found on the fab Audio Vision by Maya Sugarman.
In the country of the blind, the one – man is king. – Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536)
When money speaks, truth keeps silent. – Russian (on money)
When we think we lead, we are most led. – Henry James Byron (1834-1884)
A good book praises itself. – German (on books and writers)
A picture’s worth a thousand words. – unknown
If you believe everything you read, better not read. – Japanese (on books and writers)
Even the best song becomes tiresome if heard too often. – Korean (on art and creativity)
Death keeps no calendar. – English (on death and dying)
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away . unknown
Music has charms to soothe a savage beast. – William Congreve (1670-1729)
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Before you marry keep both eyes open; after marriage keep one eye shut. – Jamaican
“A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.”
“There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts.”
“Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.”
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”
“A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.”
“Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.”
“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”
Gregg Kreutz is an oil painter and playwright based in New York City. He teaches at the Art Students League as well as many art schools around the country
Lebanese Black Market: Syrian Refugees Sell Organs to Survive
By Ulrike Putz
A young man Syrian refugee named Raïd, shown here, recently sold his kidney as part of a growing illegal organ trade in Lebanon.
In the shadow of the Syrian civil war, a growing number of refugees are surviving in Lebanon by illegally selling their own organs. But the exchange comes at a huge cost.
The young man, who called himself Raïd, wasn’t doing well. He climbed into the backseat of the car, in pain, careful not to touch any corners. He was exhausted and dizzy. A large bandage looped around his stomach, caked with blood. Despite that, the 19-year-old Syrian wanted to tell his story.
Seven months ago, he fled the embattled city of Aleppo, in Syria, to Lebanon with his parents and six siblings. The family quickly ran out of money in the capital, Beirut. Raïd heard from a relative that the solution could be to sell one of his kidneys, and then he spoke to a bull-necked man, now sitting in the passenger seat, smoking and drinking a beer.
His acquaintances call the man Abu Hussein. He said he’s employed by a gang that works in the human organ trade – specializing in kidneys. The group’s business is booming. About one million Syrians have fled into Lebanon because of the civil war in their home country and now many don’t know how they can make a living. In their distress, they sell their organs. It’s a dangerous and, of course, illegal business. That’s why the gang has its operations performed in shady underground clinics.
Abu Hussein’s boss is known in the poor areas of Beirut as “Big Man.” Fifteen months ago, Big Man gave the 26-year-old a new assignment: find organ donors. The influx of Syrian refugees from the war, Abu Hussein’s boss argued, made it more likely people would be willing to sell organs.
‘More Sellers Than Buyers’
Lebanon has a tradition of illegal organ trading. The country has immensely rich people and a huge number of people living in poverty. And organ traffickers don’t need to worry about government controls. Those are exactly the ideal conditions for organ trafficking, said Luc Noel, transplant expert at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Every year, tens of thousands of rich Arabs from around the region come to Beirut for treatment in the country’s excellent hospitals. The authorities don’t pay attention whether a patient flies home with a new nose — or with a new kidney.
Previously, it was mostly destitute Palestinians who sold their organs. Then came the war in Syria, and then the refugees. Now the groups are in competition and the prices are falling.
“When it comes to kidneys, we now have far more sellers than buyers,” said Abu Hussein. He added that four of the Big Man’s other recruiters have brokered the sales of 150 kidneys in the past 12 months. According to Abu Hussein, other gangs are doing similarly well.
Experts estimate that 5,000 to 10,000 kidneys are illegally transplanted per year worldwide. “Many of our products go abroad to, for example, the Persian Gulf,” said Abu Hussein. But Big Man also has customers in the US and Europe, he said.
Enough to Survive On Until Spring
Raïd had no trouble selling his left kidney because he was fit and didn’t smoke. He played for the Syrian national youth soccer team. During the examinations doctors told him lies evidently meant to calm him down. With a little luck, the kidney would grow back, he was told, and there wouldn’t be any after-effects. In truth, live donors need to undergo check-ups for years after the operation, and people like Raïd can’t afford that kind of treatment.
He got $7,000 (€5,200) for his kidney. “While I drove Raïd and his mother to the clinic, a colleague of mine was shopping with the father,” says Abu Hussein. The family lacked everything: Raïd’s father bought mattresses and winter clothing, a fridge and an oven, and took it all to the one room the family of eight lives in today. They have enough left over to get through the winter. And then? “I don’t know,” says Raïd.
Abu Hussein says everyone benefits from the organ trade. The Syrians get money and the sick — who pay up to $15,000 for a new kidney — get a new life. He himself wins too, he added. He gets $600 to $700 commission for every sale he arranges. That’s as much as a Lebanese teacher earns in a month.
‘I Don’t Care If You Die’
Later that evening it became evident not everyone benefits from this trade. Raïd, sitting in the back of the car, was feeling unwell. His kidney had been cut out from the front, seven days ago. “I need the drugs. You said you would get me the drugs,” he said to Abu Hussein who just minutes earlier had been bragging how well his organization took care of the Syrians.
But when Raïd asks for painkillers, Abu Hussein shouts at him: “Shut up. I don’t care if you die. You’re finished anyway.”
When Apple Cider Vinegar is mixed with onion juice and applied directly to the skin, it can help you to get rid of age spots and sun spots.
- Finely chop or blend an onion, and use a strainer or cheese cloth to squeeze and extract the juice.
- Take one part of Apple Cider Vinegar and one part of onion juice and mix them together.
- Dab a cotton pad into the solution and apply it directly onto the age spots.
Leave this on the skin for a minimum of 30 minutes, and as long as you are comfortable with it. Repeat this once a day for approximately 6 weeks and you should begin to notice a gradual improvement. If the spots have not completely disappeared after the 6 weeks but they have started to fade, keep repeating the process until they do.
To speed up the process, you can mix 3 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar into a mug full of water (hot or cold), and drink this twice daily for a month. This will not only improve your age spots, but it will also give you a healthy young glow and make you feel energized and active. If you find the taste of the vineger to be too strong, try adding a tablespoon of honey as a natural sweetener.
Vladimir Gusev Russian painter was born in 1957. The first teacher of drawing and painting in Vladimir was his father, an artist Sergey Gusev. But becoming a creative young artist connected with his studies at Moscow State Art Institute. VISurikova, from which he graduated in 1981. Department of Painting. Gusev teachers at the institute were honored artist of the RSFSR Professor Tsyplakov VG and Associate Professor Zabelin VN In 1983. Gusev, VS was admitted to the Union of Artists.
Some 30 million people around the world are believed to be living in slavery, according to a new global index. Many of those in modern slavery are trafficked for sex work or unskilled labor.
The inaugural “Global Slavery Index” by the Walk Free Foundation released on Thursday said that India had by far the highest number of enslaved people, but that the problem was most prevalent in Mauritania, Haiti and Pakistan.
The index ranked 162 countries by estimating how many people in each nation are living in slavery, the risk of enslavement and how governments were responding to the problem. Modern slavery is defined as human trafficking, forced labor and practices like debt bondage, forced marriage and the sale or exploitation of children.
Ten countries are believed to account for 76 percent of all people living in slavery – an estimated 29.8 million people – including China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Russia, Thailand, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
A well-networked ring of child-trafficking agents abducts poor children from Delhi and sells them off to sugarcane farmers in western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. It operates with impunity in a corrupt system. (20.09.2013)
Mauritania was found to have the greatest number of slaves proportionally – about 140,000 to 160,000 people in a population of just 3.8 million. The high figure was attributed to culturally-sanctioned forms of chattel slavery and high rates of child marriage.
The report said the west African country was a nation with “deeply entrenched hereditary slavery,” while “people in slavery may be bought and sold, rented out and given away as gifts.”
Walk Free also highlighted forms of slavery in India.
“By far the largest proportion of this problem is the exploitation of Indians citizens within India itself, particularly through debt bondage and bonded labor,” said the report.
The estimated 2.9 million people living in slavery in China “includes the forced labor of men, women and children in many parts of the economy, including domestic servitude and forced begging, the sexual exploitation of women and children and forced marriage.”
Walk Free was founded last year by Australia mining magnate Andrew Forrest, and its index has received the backing of leaders like former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Microsoft’s Bill Gates.
“I urge leaders around the world to view this index as a call to action, and to stay focused on the work of responding to this crime,” Clinton said in the statement, while adding that the index was not perfect, but it was nonetheless a good starting point.
dr/hc,ipj (Reuters, AFP, AP)
By IBTimes Staff Reporter
Over 190,000 immigrants arrived in Canada last year. Many of them are on a four-year-work-permit that is set to expire by April 2015.
“Their work permits will expire on April 1st 2015 because of a rule enacted on April 1st, 2011, that created a four year limit on cumulative time a foreign national can spend in Canada as a temporary foreign worker,” reported CICS.
The number of temporary foreign workers in Canada has sharply increased from around 100,000 in 2002, to over 300,000 this year, and the new rule was an attempt to reduce over-dependence of Canadian employers on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) to meet their permanent labor needs, according to the CICS
Following the new rule, many applicants including a number of people in China protested against the rule saying it was a heavy blow for them as many of them have invested a lot, and hoped for long time to get into Canada, but their visa application got cancelled because of the new rule.
“The new policy is a heavy blow for us. So many years of waiting, so much time invested, so many years of hoping. If they told us earlier, we’d have made other plans,” the Globe and Mail quoted Sun, a Chinese applicant as saying.
Sun along with other applicants even wrote to the Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney saying that they were surprised by the sudden new rule.
“We applied to immigrate to Canada because we believed that Canada is governed by the rule of law and treats everyone equally. Sadly, your conduct reveals an alternative, sinister side of Canada, one mirroring the same attitude toward the people [we]in autocracies are used to suffering,” said the applicants in the letter signed and addressed to the Immigration minister of Canada.
It’s never easy to acknowledge darkness, to step up and face it head on. But in facing it together, we will find the way forward on a journey that will strengthen all of us.
This moving documentary tells the stories of Lyna and Glen, who were taken from their homes and placed in church-run boarding schools as children.
We Were Children is a beautiful docudrama that skillfully tells one of the most horrifying and important stories in Canadian history.
Director Tim Wolochatiuk and writer Jason Sherman masterfully blended the testimony of residential school survivors Lyna Hart and Glen Anaquod with dramatic re-enactments, which were brought to life by many talented young actors. Residents of Portage la Prairie will recognize the Rufus Prince building in a number of outdoor shots; the building served as the original Portage Residential School.
Over 100 years, more than 150,000 native youth were forced into residential schools run by various religious organizations and funded by the Canadian government. The goal of these schools was to ‘kill the Indian in the child’, which is made very clear in the re-enactments in the mental, physical, and sometimes sexual abuse that they endured.
The film was a very sympathetic, heartfelt depiction of children who were taken far away from their families at a very young age and stuck in a strange place where they don’t know the language, culture or food. If they deviated from the expected behaviour, they were punished, often quite severely.
You can’t help but feel an overwhelming sadness when Lyna Hart enters a Manitoba residential school at the age of four. Nuns bathed her, sprinkled DDT on her head to kill any bugs, and then cut her beautiful, long hair.
It really is a national tragedy and the documentary shows not only the effects residential schools had on the children both during and after their residency there, but the parents are addressed as well. Lyna’s mother watching her child be driven away in a vehicle and clutching her father closely and sobbing, or Glen’s relative calling the school after he ran away as she truly believed that he was getting a good education and likely feared being sent to jail if she harboured him.
The testimony of both Glen and Lyna is so frank and captivating. Despite having some truly awful things happen to them, they have gotten to a place in their lives where they are able to talk about it openly and honestly. It really is inspiring and it allows strength and bravery of residential school survivors to shine through.
The positive side of the whole documentary is that these residential school survivors will finally be believed. There story is out there for all of Canada to see and I honestly hope it will create some positive dialogue not only among residential school survivors, but among their descendants, and among the rest of Canada as well.
Source:Turtle Island News Daily
“When shall it be said in any country of the world, my poor are happy, neither ignorance or distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes not oppressive; the rational world is my friend because I am friend of its happiness. When these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and government .” - Thomas Paine
Not many people know this method of treating moderate and severe cases of acne. They usually go to a corner store and buy acne washes and such. But this should cure your acne symptoms.
Buy some bananas. If you already have any this is not needed.
Eat the banana, and save the peel. It will be used. Make sure that the peel is yellow/black and not green. when it has a mix of yellow and black it is usually most effective. It is not shown if green peels can treat acne.
Using the inside part of the peel, rub the infected area with it. Acne is usually red, and that means that whatever treatment you are using is not helping it very much. The inside part of the peel decays into black color as you rub due to whatever soot gets on your face, and you should replace and throw away the banana peel once it is entirely black. You should continue to do this for at least 10 minutes. After that, there is not much additional effect.
Do not wash your face after rubbing. This is important. Whatever the peel is made of helps remove the infection from the skin. Only when you go to bed do you wash your face. Should you wash your face right after rubbing, whatever you did a few seconds ago now has no effect whatsoever.
Continue use. Use it every day. After one day, you should see some improvements. When acne is not red and instead is nearly the color of your skin, the infection is weakened and cannot grow anymore.
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.
It will hardly surprise anyone that bride-snatching is illegal in Kyrgyzstan, but when you look at sentencing, the reality paints a far different picture. A sheep’s life is worth four times more than a young woman’s. The custom – in which single young men kidnap their bride of choice and pressure them to agree to marriage – is very common in this country. But as RT’s team has found out, this centuries-old tradition surprisingly has its passionate proponents as well as harsh critics.
I always tell people that religious institutions and political institutions should be separate. So while I’m telling people this, I myself continue with them combined. Hypocrisy!
I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?
I do not deny that I planned sabotage. I did not plan it in a spirit of recklessness nor because I have any love of violence. I planned it as a result of a calm and sober assessment of the political situation that had arisen after many years of tyranny, exploitation and oppression of my people by the whites.
By Kevin Press, BrighterLife.ca
A study published by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that “Canada performs exceptionally well in measures of well-being,” according to an online report. On a range of measures — housing, income, health and safety — Canada scored among the world’s best-performing countries. The study scored 36 nations, including 34 OECD members, Russia and Brazil. No overall ranking is reported. The findings will surprise some, given our 7.2% national unemployment rate, 14.5% youth unemployment rate and economic growth projections that remain soft in the short term.
Here are seven highlights from the OECD report:
- Income: The average household earns US$28,194 each year after taxes. That’s more than US$5,000 above the OECD average. There is disparity at both ends of the earnings spectrum though, not surprisingly. The top 20% takes home US$55,718, while the bottom 20% earns US$10,526. We ranked seventh on household wealth and ninth on income.
- Community: Canadians spend two minutes a day volunteering; that’s about half the OECD average. On the other hand, 64% said they’d helped a stranger in the last month. (The OECD average is 48%.) And 94% know someone they could count on if needed. We ranked seventh on support network.
- Housing: Nine in 10 Canadians are satisfied with their housing. The average home in this country provides 2.6 rooms per occupant, more than any other country. And 99.8% of Canadians live in a home with a private washroom that has an indoor, flushing toilet. (The OECD average is 97.8%.) We ranked 24th on the ratio of housing costs to income, eighth on basic facilities and first on number of rooms per person.
- Environment: We’re better than average on both air pollution and water quality measures. We ranked 14th on pollution and 12th on water quality.
- Health: Our life expectancy at birth is 81, a full year above the OECD average. And 88% of Canadians say they are in good health. Health spending in this country makes up 11.4% of gross domestic product. (The OECD average is 9.5% of gross domestic product.) We ranked third in health and 17th in life expectancy.
- Safety: Just 1.3% of Canadians said they were assaulted over the one-year period leading up to the survey. That’s well below the OECD average of 4%. Our homicide rate is less impressive. It’s 1.6%, only marginally below the average rate of 2.2%. We ranked first on assault rate and 23rd on homicide rate.
- Work-life balance: Canadians work an average 1,702 hours per year. That’s 74 hours below the OECD average. When asked if they work more than 50 hours a week, 4% said yes. (The OECD average is 9%.) We ranked ninth on working long hours.
The full index is made up of 11 categories. Canada ranked 27th on job security, fourth on student skills, fourth on government transparency and eighth on life satisfaction.
This is a transcription of the speech that Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations on 12 July 2013, the date of her 16th birthday and “Malala Day” at the UN.
Today I am focusing on women’s rights and girls’ education because they are suffering the most. There was a time when women activists asked men to stand up for their rights. But this time we will do it by ourselves. I am not telling men to step away from speaking for women’s rights, but I am focusing on women to be independent and fight for themselves. So dear sisters and brothers, now it’s time to speak up. So today, we call upon the world leaders to change their strategic policies in favor of peace and prosperity. We call upon the world leaders that all of these deals must protect women and children’s rights. A deal that goes against the rights of women is unacceptable.
We call upon all governments to ensure free, compulsory education all over the world for every child. We call upon all the governments to fight against terrorism and violence. To protect children from brutality and harm. We call upon the developed nations to support the expansion of education opportunities for girls in the developing world. We call upon all communities to be tolerant, to reject prejudice based on caste, creed, sect, color, religion or agenda to ensure freedom and equality for women so they can flourish. We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave, to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential.
Dear brothers and sisters, we want schools and education for every child’s bright future. We will continue our journey to our destination of peace and education. No one can stop us. We will speak up for our rights and we will bring change to our voice. We believe in the power and the strength of our words. Our words can change the whole world because we ware all together, united for the cause of education. And if we want to achieve our goal, then let us empower ourselves with the weapon of knowledge and let us shield ourselves with unity and togetherness.
Dear brothers and sisters, we must not forget that millions of people are suffering from poverty and injustice and ignorance. We must not forget that millions of children are out of their schools. We must not forget that our sisters and brothers are waiting for a bright, peaceful future.
So let us wage, so let us wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first. Thank you.
“This is my country, that is your country, these are the conceptions of narrow souls, to the liberal minded the whole world is a family”
Virchand Raghavji Gandhi
“May peace rule the universe; may peace rule in kingdoms and empires; may peace rule in states and in the lands of the potentates; may peace rule in the house of friends and may peace also rule in the house of enemies”
Virchand Raghavji Gandhi
This juice will satisfy your flavor palette.
This juice will satisfy your flavor palette. Strawberries, mangoes, and lime are also great sources of vitamin C and vitamin A. If you choose to include wheat germ, you will gain the added benefit of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and helps to protect immune cells from harmful oxidative damage.
This juice is a combination of three root vegetables, which independently contain immune boosting properties. Celery contains vitamin C, vitamin A and folate, but the true secret to this juice is in the leaves. Celery leaves are a wonderful source of vitamins A and E. Beet leaves contain an ample amount of vitamins C and A.
This juice is a wonderful combination of healthy green leafy vegetables. Kale, spinach, and parsley provide a significant amount of nutrients including, magnesium, folate, and vitamin B6, which play important roles in optimal immune health. Vitamin B6 in particular plays an important role in immune cell proliferation and antibody production.
Kiwi Strawberry Juice
Strawberries and kiwis are sweet and tasty fruits that are filled with vitamin C. What makes this juice even better is the added benefit of mint. Mint is not only a great herb that gives this juice a fresh kick, but it’s a good source of folate, vitamin A, magnesium, and zinc. Insufficient magnesium intake may weaken the immune system and leave the body at risk for infection.
Pumpkin Power Juice
Pumpkin is not only a delicious vegetable, but also a good source of vitamin A. What makes this juice even better is the inclusion of pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds are filled with immune boosting vitamins such as vitamin E, B6, and zinc. Zinc is an important mineral that helps to increase the production of fighter T-cells, white blood cells, and antibodies that all help the body fight off infection.
Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A, which helps the body fight off infection. Pineapple and oranges contain an ample amount of vitamin C.
Source: health line.com
Fruits and vegetables are great sources of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that can help you achieve optimal immune health. However, some people may find it difficult to consume the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
These quick, easy, and delicious juice recipes pack in a variety of fruits and vegetables to help your body fight off the cold and flu this season. All you need is a juicer!
Carrot Apple Pear Juice
Carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, a substance in plants that is converted into vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A plays an essential role in regulating the immune system and helps the body fight off infections, and helps keep enough T-cells, also known as fighter cells, in circulation. It also boosts the activity of white blood cells, which defend the body from foreign substances
Orange Grapefruit Juice
Oranges, grapefruits, and limes are citrus fruits that all contain a good source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and protects cells from substances that damage the body. Vitamin C promotes white blood cell and antibody production, which help fight off foreign invaders. A deficiency in vitamin C can lead to delayed wound healing, inability to properly fight infections, and impaired immune response . This juice is a vitamin C monster.
Kool Kale Juice
Kale has gained a great deal of popularity in the past few years. Not only is it a tasty and versatile vegetable, but it’s also loaded with numerous vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Kale is a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, vitamin B6, copper, and iron, which are all beneficial for immune health. This recipe also uses beets, which are a good source of folate, a vitamin that helps your body produce DNA and RNA, which are needed for the production of white blood cells.Tomato Garden DelightThis delightful combination of ingredients is a powerhouse of immune protecting properties. The tomato is a secret fruit (i.e., it’s not a vegetable—surprised?) and it’s also a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, two vitamins that play an integral part in immune health.
Man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was simply “making childish hand gestures” for hours
By Aislinn Laing, Pretoria and Josie Ensor
A mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a “fraud” who simply made “childish hand gestures” for hours as he stood on stage.
Deaf groups say the man, who has not yet been identified, made no sense in any language to those relying on him around the world, and did not seem to know the recognised signs for South Africa, Mr Mandela’s clan name Madiba, President Jacob Zuma or former President Thabo Mbeki.
As a result, they say, he had the effect of marginalising the deaf community, which was “contrary to everything Mandela fought for”.
The embarrassing revelation also raises questions about the security at the landmark event, which was attended by 91 heads of state and government including Barack Obama and David Cameron.
President Barack Obama stands next to the sign language interpreter after making his speech (AP)
“If you want to succeed in your life, remember this phrase: That past does not equal the future. Because you failed yesterday; or all day today; or a moment ago; or for the last six months; the last sixteen years; or the last fifty years of life, doesn’t mean anything… All that matters is: What are you going to do, right now?” -Anthony Robbins
Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
By: Catherine Roberts
Keeping control of your cholesterol is an important part of staying healthy. High cholesterol is an epidemic brought on by poor eating habits and stress. High cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to accumulate on arteries and blood vessels. This restricts the movement of blood, causing high blood pressure. This can lead to coronary heart disease, which can be a precursor to heart attacks or strokes.
High cholesterol can be caused by a variety of factors. Your age, gender, and genetics play an important roll in your risk of high cholesterol. Your weight, diet, activity level, and stress levels also play a huge roll on your risks. Thankfully these factors are controllable through lifestyle change.
Not all cholesterol is created equal. HDL, or high density lipoprotein, is known as good cholesterol. This is a very beneficial cholesterol to have in high levels, as it carries the fat through the blood and prevents it from depositing on you arteries. Bad cholesterol is known as LDL or low density lipoprotein. You should also consider your triglyceride levels. Total cholesterol levels should ideally be between 100-200 mg/dL for an adult.
Diet plays an important part in your cholesterol levels. It can both raise and lower your numbers. Here are 12 LDL cholesterol lowering foods for you to enjoy.
1. Whole Eggs
Eggs are a controversial food in relation to high cholesterol. Some small studies have found that eating egg yolks can raise cholesterol levels. However, there have been a few very large studies that have shown that eating egg yolks can lower high cholesterol by raising your good cholesterol. This seems to only be applicable when you have a good diet to begin with. Many people forget that raising HDL cholesterol can lower your risk of heart disease and balance your cholesterol levels. Eating a whole egg each day can do wonders for your blood work.
It may seem counterintuitive, but eating more fats can actually lower your cholesterol levels. Monounsaturated fats help lower LDL cholesterol. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids, which can lower the level of triglycerides in your body. This lowers the fat in your blood stream and can prevent plaque buildup in your arteries. Studies have shown that eating just a handful of walnuts every day can lower your LDL cholesterol levels by 10%.