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Birth Control in Light of Islam and Science

Birth Control in Light of Islam and Science

Birth control, also known as contraception and fertility control, are methods or devices used to prevent pregnancy. For the last 50 to 60 years, discussion about birth control or population control has increased so much that it has become a discussing point on Television, Radio, Internet and all other various platforms.

Ahmad and Abu Dawood reported on the authority of Ma'qil Ibn Yasar (May Allah be pleased with him) who narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah ( PBUH ) and said:

"I have found a woman of rank and beauty, but she does not give birth to children. He said: "No." He came again to him, but he prohibited him. He came to him third time, and he (the Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "Marry women who are loving and very prolific, for I shall outnumber the peoples by you."

This Hadith indirectly calls to abstaining from birth control and similar practices.

Consequences of Birth Control Methods on Mother's Health

It has been scientifically established that the use of birth control methods has dire consequences on the mother's health. The woman's reproductive system controls a group of reproductive hormones secreted from the frontal lobe of the pituitary gland and the ovary. In the normal state, these hormones are produced in measured degrees. Any increase or decrease in this could lead to illness. Here, medical scientists admit that all contracepts adversely affect their users. This is the result of many researchers carried out in this regard. Some of the dire consequences of using contracepts are as follows:

1. Imbalance of body hormones

2. Gaining weight and fluid retention in the body.

3. Severe infection in the woman's reproductive system.

4. Increase in vulnerability to fatal heart attacks for those who are over thirty, more so for those who are over forty.

Death of a women who took Contraceptive Tablets

News agencies once reported the case of a British woman who died as result of using contraceptive tablets. She had been using the tablets known as Valdan for eight years before changing to another known as Mithoclore on medical advice. After a few weeks of the change, she fell ill and became bed-ridden. Later, her health deteriorated and she died.

Lately, it was established that the use of contraceptives especially tablets can lead to some cases of cancer.

The Most Balanced Advice

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) had wanted to prohibit breastfeeding a child if the mother became pregnant he had not known that the Romans were doing so. This is because such breastfeeding could harm the suckling and inhibit the infant's growth.

If we ponder deeply over this Prophet guidance, we would realize that the space between one pregnancy and another takes three years, especially if we go back to Allah's statement:

"The mothers shall give suck to their children for two whole years, (that is) for those (parents) who desire to complete the term of suckling." (Soorah Al-Baqarah 2: 233)

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The Science Behind Successful Testimonials

The Science Behind Successful Testimonials

First of all, let's talk about 2 different kinds of testimonials I see out there. I call them pamper testimonials and results testimonials. Pamper testimonials talk about how nice it was to work with you, how great you are and how much fun they had. They will not hurt your marketing and they will add a little bit of spice to you when they are nicely mixed in with the results testimonials. However, if all you got is pamper testimonials, alone they will not bring you many clients. Results testimonials are more specific and they talk about what the client actually got after working with you. "I made over 10K in two weeks after our VIP day …" or "my head was was the next day after our session" or "I met a wonderful man after this program and now we are getting married …" get the picture.

So the big question is, what do you do if most or even all of your testimonials are pamper testimonials or if you do not have any testimonials at all? Maybe you are just starting out or maybe you have not had a chance to ask your clients for testimonials, or maybe they promised to give you one but have not gotten around to it.

The first thing I would recommend is this, always ask for a testimony and try to do it at the right time. Timing is everything. Do not wait until after your last session or when they have already gone through your program. They may say yes, but life will get in a way and they might forget. Instead, try to catch them when they are feeling great about your work together and maybe even bragging about something they were able to do after your last session. That's when you can ask them if they are willing to put it in writing.

Also, when you ask for a testimony, make sure you fully explain the benefits both you and your clients will get out of it. For you the benefits may be obvious – it adds credibility and Promotes you. For your client it may give them more exposure and promote their business as well. You may want to tell them, "would you be willing to give me a written testimony I can post on my web site which will at the same time also promote your business." I understand this approach will only work if your business is not anything personal or intimate.

I believe there is a lot more to a testimonial than just that. I see them as gifts and expressions of gratitude. When you are in a state of gratitude, you are naturally a lot more attractive. When you read clients testimonials at your events or during your promo time, do not just read them. Make sure you add a touch of humbleness to the way you talk about the success of your clients. After all, it is not just about you and how …

Herbal Remedies – Ancient Wisdom Now Tested By Science

Herbal Remedies – Ancient Wisdom Now Tested By Science

Herbal remedies have been known to man for thousands of years, right from early civilization, though it is impossible to put a date on their discovery. The oldest records of herbs being used as medicines date as far back as 2800 BC; these records were discovered in China.

It is well known that people belonging to Persia, India, China, Egypt and even the Red Indians (America) used herbal extracts to treat the ailing members of their community. Scientists also have evidence that animals, especially apes, know about the medicinal properties of some plants and therefore, scientists reason that herbs could have been used as medicine even before the first human evolved on our planet.

After humans discovered the medical values ​​of plants, herbal medicine became part of folklore and it spread by word of mouth and other antiquated means of communication through the centuries. In the 15th century, the printing press was invented, which helped in spreading the popularity of herbal medicine – herbal medicine recipes were printed on paper and passed around; naturally, they caught on like wildfire. By the 17th century herbal medicine was all over the place. Then allopathic medicines caught on and proponents of the allopathic chain of thought rubbished herbal medicine and claimed that it was too weak as compared to the stronger and effective allopathic medicines.

In 1985 the World Health Organization (WHO) was of the view that herbal medicines are an important constituent of health-care. Even today, debate rages on over the efficacy of herbal medicines. Here are a few herbs which natural healing properties have been scientifically validated:

Ephedrine was an early asthma drug that was derived from the herb, Ephedra.

The plant Meadowsweet contains salicyclic acid and polyphenols – salicyclic is related to aspirin and polyphenols protect the stomach.

St. John's Wort is known to be effective in treating depression.

The plant, Echinacea, has been proven to be effective in boosting the immune system.

Garlic is recognized for its effective cholesterol-lowering qualities.

The goodness of ginger helps protect against heart disease and fight cholesterol too.

Digoxin, a heart medicine, comes from the foxglove plant; Quinine, used to treat malaria, comes from the bark of the Cinchona tree; and, Morphine, the painkiller, comes from the poppy plant.

Although herbal medicines are effective, doctors prefer to stick to the regular medicines because there are many unknown quantities of herbs that still need to be known. Only time and effort will tell how and when the medicinal properties of herbs are fully understood. …

Developing Yourself in Your Life and Work Career Must Be FUN!

Developing Yourself in Your Life and Work Career Must Be FUN!

Many people go through each day with no life meaning or purpose. They do the same things the same way every day. This leads to stagnation in both their life and their work careers. To truly grow in one’s life and be able to accomplish something great you need to be internally motivated to succeed. If you lack this internal motivation you will soon become burned out and will not have the strength and stick-to-it-ness necessary to achieve your desired goals. Below are several tips to ensure you stay focused and motivated to achieve your life or work desire:

Adapt – Are you good at adapting? If things don’t go your way do you fret about it or do you figure a way to conquer it? In order to truly develop yourself into a better person you must become an adaptor. This means having the ability to figure things out on the fly and make the best out of every situation life has to offer.

Change – Most humans don’t like change. We are perfectly content doing the same thing the same way over and over again. We love the saying “It’s always been done that way!” To grow in our life we must challenge the norm. Become a trail blazer or maverick – not being afraid of the unknown. We need to have the ability to see what the difference will mean for us and what the beneficial outcome will be.

Anticipate – Do you plow straight ahead until you come to an obstacle before dealing with it? Do you have the ability to see an issue before it becomes one? To effectively grow and develop we must have the ability to anticipate outcomes, problems, or issues before they arise. If we can develop this talent, we will be able to effectively deal with an issue before it becomes bigger and we will allow ourselves more time to effectively come up with a more beneficial way to handle the outcome. Anticipating involves understanding what your true goals are and what they actually mean to you. You will then be able to clearly see what potential obstacles might stand in your way.

By forcing yourself to think about the above three things – Adapt – Change – Anticipate – you will be able to allow yourself the freedom to grow and develop into a better individual. We must always continue to grow or else we die. We must always be trying to better ourselves or else we stagnate. Don’t allow life’s roadblocks to stand in your way of success. Always:

– Adapt yourself to the situation you are in

– Be able to change the way you see and do things

– Anticipate issues or problems before they occur

Strive to be the awesome person you know you are!…

Three Questions That Will Boost Your Career

Three Questions That Will Boost Your Career

Here are three questions that will raise your profile as a communicator and will make you a lot more friends and allies in your office:

Is there anything else? During my TV reporter days, I found this question to be a gold mine. Very often people had something very meaningful to say but either felt too shy to mention it or had not been prompted to respond by one of my questions. Often in a conversation, we're focused on reaching the end of a discussion as soon as possible. Let the other person have a chance to get in the last word. At worst, you'll let them sum up their thoughts and needs, which can only help you. And who knows, you might pick up a reputation for being a great listener and who does not feel special when someone is making an effort to listen to them?

Can you help me? Put this question before your next question or request. While it may be easier to ask, "Where are the XYZ reports filed?" you'll likely get a more helpful response if you ask, "Can you help me? I'm trying to find the XYZ reports." It's a small change but it gives the person you're asking a chance to feel like a hero. Everyone likes to feel special and this allows the person with the answer the chance to feel extra special. This especially works well if you're talking to someone who is below you in an organization. The fact that you're willing to admit vulnerability will also score you some points with people. It's very rare that this question does not get someone's best effort.

How important is this argument? It's normal to have disagreements in the workplace. But often these become less about the issue at hand and more about personality conflicts. Before long, they become verbal sparing matches where there's a definite winner and loser and a ton of dirty laundry gets spread out for all to see. While spirited debts are healthy for any organization, you do not want to be remembered as the person who lost their cool over the new kitchen cleaning policies. Pick your battles and save your passion for when it really counts. If you constantly escalate a disagreement into a full-blown argument, you'll start to make enemies fast and lose prestige among your coworkers. The next time you feel your adrenaline flowing, ask yourself this question and pull back if you need to. Having a cool head may not be listed on a job application but it's a skill that's always appreciated. …

Teaching Hatha Yoga – Students With Pre-existing Conditions and Yoga Teacher Continuing Education

Teaching Hatha Yoga – Students With Pre-existing Conditions and Yoga Teacher Continuing Education

All of the subjects mentioned below will require much additional research on your part, but let's briefly go over a question and answer session about students who need special care in your classes.

Q: Over the weekend, I met up with a student that is in her early twenties (about 23-24, maybe) and she is interested in Yoga. She is in her first trimester of her third pregnancy. Is there something I should be concerned with?

I have been to many Yoga classes in the past where there were indeed women far into their pregnancies and noted that my instructor paid some special attention to them on the dos and don'ts.

A: About the first trimester of pregnancy: Unfortunately, the potential for liability suits has caused many of us to reconsider, and advise my students towards a prenatal specialist. It is much safer for pregnant students in a specialized class, under the guidance of a prenatal Yoga specialist.

Q: Another thing is about hip replacements: A student (in her fifties) had hip replacements about 14 years ago. Are there any concerns I need to be aware of or let her know her limitations?

A: Yoga for Hip Replacements: I strongly recommend researching this subject thoroughly before teaching this student. Needless to say, there are many contraindications, which relate to the specific type of hip replacement.

It is advisable to ask a student, with a hip replacement, for her doctor's recommendation or a doctor's note explaining the type of hip replacement.

The exact surgical approach her doctor took is very important. For example: Was it a total replacement? Was the implant posterior or anterior? Each of these situations is different and some postures will be modified or eliminated exclusively as a result.

Q: While I am on the subject, my neighbor (late 40's) had neck surgery about 6 years ago, and I know that her cervical region is limited. Are there any concerns here?

A: Yes, there are many concerns. In the case of Yoga for a pre-existing cervical spinal injury: Anything that causes her pain in the spine must be stopped.

This condition depends upon her doctor's advice, because of the type of surgery and the source of the problem. Extreme bending or twisting, in the neck, should be modified or deleted from her practice. It is important to note that neck rolls, and neck hyperextensions, should not be practiced by any student, regardless of their medical history.

Some mild bending or twisting may also cause pain. In this case, she should not push into pain. Students with pre-existing problems, anywhere in the spine, have to respect and avoid pain.

Yoga teachers should be cautious and give gentle guidance, when a student has any form of a pre-existing health condition or injury. In some cases, Yoga teachers should refer their students to a Yoga specialist.

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