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UN urges Australians to eat more bugs

A report today from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is urging more people in the West to consider insects as food.

The report says insects can help combat food shortages.

Skye Blackburn has been selling bugs for human consumption for five years and says insects are healthy, environmentally friendly and easy to grow.

"A lot of people are looking for alternative sources of protein because some people can't digest red meat properly, and bugs are definitely something that's easier to digest and you still get the protein," she said

For people trying bugs for the first time, Skye Blackburn recommends starting with a cricket.

"They're like tofu because they take on the flavor of their surroundings," said Ms Blackburn who described their flavor as "crunchy and nutty."

Source: science daily


Black Olives for Muscles and Skin

Black olives are a treat for not only the stomach but also the body as well. The best type of olive is indeed the black olive. This type of olive can be found in the following areas: California, Mediterranean area, Chile, and South Africa for starters. Why black olives for eating? They are loaded with many different healing components such as antifungal properties that can keep a fungal infection from spreading. This is a gift for the whole body and not just one part of it. Caution is required as eating too much of this can lead to digestive upset.

Two major properties of black whole olives are the antifungal and antibacterial effects that they have on the body. Polyphenols are both antifungal and antibacterial in nature. They give the best of both worlds when it comes to healing the human body.

Black olives not only smooth the skin but also reduce wrinkles and fine lines. So they are very beneficial to the skin. In the muscles, they create a ratio of protein to fat that is very beneficial. They also keep the acidity of the body to a lower level. It is understood why a diet containing these olives is so important.

Eating black olives also does wonders for the immune system. It stimulates the immune system so that it runs more efficiently and fights off disease. Black olives also stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach that is vital for digestion and breaking down food.

These types of olives have many different nutrients to them such as Vitamins E, C, and as well as amino acids and protein. Omega-3, 6 and 9 are also a part of this value packed olive. Magnesium, sodium and fats round out the nutrients of this very nutritious olive. It is also considered to be one of the best sources naturally for Vitamin E. So, this olive covers a lot of ground as a healthy diet.

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WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.

This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.

Two more people in Saudi Arabia are also reported to have died from the virus, according to health officials.

NCoV is known to cause pneumonia and sometimes kidney failure.

World Health Organization (WHO) officials have expressed concern over the clusters of cases of the new coronavirus strain and the potential for it to spread.

Since 2012, there have been 33 confirmed cases across Europe and the Middle East, with 18 deaths, according to a recent WHO update.

Cases have been detected in Saudi Arabia and Jordan and have spread to Germany, the UK and France.

"Of most concern... is the fact that the different clusters seen in multiple countries increasingly support the hypothesis that when there is close contact this novel coronavirus can transmit from person to person," the World Health Organization said on Sunday.

"This pattern of person-to-person transmission has remained limited to some small clusters and so far, there is no evidence to suggest the virus has the capacity to sustain generalised transmission in communities," the statement adds.

  France's second confirmed case was a 50-year-old man who had shared a hospital room in Valenciennes, northern France, with a 65-year-old who fell ill with the virus after returning from Dubai.

"Positive results [for the virus] have been confirmed for both patients," the French health ministry said, adding that both men were being treated in isolation wards.

Meanwhile, the Saudi deputy minister of health said on Sunday that two more people had died from the coronavirus, bringing the number of fatalities to nine in the most recent outbreak in al-Ahsa governorate in the east of Saudi Arabia, Reuters news agency reports.

The Saudi health ministry said that 15 people had died out of the 24 cases diagnosed since last summer.

WHO officials have not yet confirmed the latest deaths.


In February, a patient died in a hospital in Birmingham, England, after three members of the same family became infected.

It is thought a family member had picked up the virus while travelling to the Middle East and Pakistan.

Novel coronavirus is from the same family of viruses as the one that caused an outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (Sars) that emerged in Asia in 2003.



A New Solution That Stops Snoring and Lets You Sleep

If you’re like most Americans you probably don’t get eight hours sleep each night.

But, if you also constantly feel exhausted, experience headaches for no obvious reason or have high blood pressure, you could have a more serious problem.

That’s because these can all be the result of snoring—which is, in turn, the most common symptom of a potentially serious health problem—obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

While most people think of snoring as a minor annoyance, research shows it can be hazardous to your health.  That’s because for over 18 million Americans it’s related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who suffer from OSA repeatedly and unknowingly stop breathing during the night due to a complete or partial obstruction of their airway.  It occurs when the jaw, throat, and tongue muscles relax, blocking the airway used to breathe.  The resulting lack of oxygen can last for a minute or longer, and occur hundreds of times each night. 

Thankfully, most people wake when a complete or partial obstruction occurs, but it can leave you feeling completely exhausted.  OSA has also been linked to a host of health problems including:

    OSA can be expensive to diagnosis and treat, and is not always covered by insurance.  A sleep clinic will require an overnight visit (up to $5,000).  Doctors then analyze the data and prescribe one of several treatments.  These may require you to wear uncomfortable CPAP devices that force air through your nose and mouth while you sleep to keep your airways open, and may even include painful surgery.

Fortunately, there is now a far less costly, uncomfortable, and invasive treatment option available.  A recent case study published by Eastern Virginia Medical School's Division of Sleep Medicine in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine concludes that wearing a simple chinstrap while you sleep can be an effective treatment for OSA.

The chin strap, which is now available from a company called My Snoring Solution, works by supporting the lower jaw and tongue, preventing obstruction of the airway.  It’s a made from a high-tech, lightweight, and super-comfortable material.  Thousands of people have used the My Snoring Solution chinstrap to help relieve their snoring symptoms, and they report better sleeping, and better health overall because of it.

Source :Reuters


Forms of Vegetables, Fruits and Their Relationship to Human Body


DAMASCUS, (ST) – Exotic information about forms of fruits and vegetables and their relationship to the human body, and how the form of internal human organs largely resemble the proper food to these organs.

A specialist in alternative medicine and herbal medicine, Dr Faisal Ghabra, said that a section in a piece of carrot cut incidentally is very similar to the lens of the eye, and many of the medical researches have proved that the carrot is very useful to the eye sight as it is known that carrots contain Vitamin A which is necessary for the eye.

He added that a walnut is very similar to the shape of the brain with its left and right parts inside the skull and even the convoluted in it, pointing out that recent researches have shown that eating walnuts contribute to the growth of a lot of nerve cells that help in the performance of the defensive tasks.

Dr. Ghabra pointed to the similarity between the bean and the kidney in the body, pointing out that several researches have proved that beans help the kidney in the performance of its tasks and the German law allowed using the peel of green beans as a treatment for kidney and bladder stones.

Dr. Ghabra clarified that there are similarities between the celery plant and the bones of the body and its benefits as a percentage of sodium in celery is about 33 percent, the same percentage as in the bone.

He explained that celery contains important elements, including calcium and potassium which are essential elements needed by the body to strengthen and build bones and resist arthritis and rheumatism.

Dr. Ghabra noted that sweet potato resembles pancreas in shape and it helps to make a balance of sugar in the blood, as well as similarities between the cross-section of a tomato and a heart, saying that a tomato has four chambers and heart also has four chambers, two ventricles and two alaventans.

He continued that all the recent researches confirm that tomato is the food of heart and blood, pointing out that a recent study has confirmed that tomatoes reduce the risk of heart disease and for their ability to reduce the incidence of arterial clots.

Dr. Ghabra also pointed to the similarity between the cluster of grapes in its external shape and the heart that each bead resembles a blood cell, adding that modern medical researches have proved that grape is good for the heart and blood, too.

Dr. Ghabra confirmed that avocado, eggplant and pears all are essential to the health of a woman's uterus and recent studies showed that when women eat one avocado a week, it helps to make a balance of hormone uterus and reduces cervical cancer.
It is worth mentioning that the avocado takes nine months to mature fully as fully developed fetus in the mother's womb.

Sh. Kh.