Mother’s Day vs Father’s Day in our household

Dad gets to take a break, on Father’s Day. Until the leeches arrive.According to the latest New York Times magazine, which I got to read on Father’s Day because I smartly let my six-year-old stay up til 1 am (meaning she slept in til 10 AM) and my partner was enlisted by our obnoxious neighbors to help install the galvanized metal scrap siding that is helping them build a carport bearing a strong resemblance to a third world shantytown, moms still do two to three times the amount of housework as dads. That sounds about accurate to me. And it goes for parental-appreciation holidays, too.

Take Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Mother’s Day was a whir of me going online to make a donation to a home for teenage moms (in lieu of the gift that no one could get it together to give me anyway; “But you took off for New York with your friend last week. Doesn’t that count as a gift?! Who do you think was watching our kid?!”), making breakfast, entertaining my child, and working on the garden etc. We spent the day outdoors, and eventually it ended in me shouting at around 8:30 PM, “Is anyone planning on making dinner or taking us out for dinner or doing something so we don’t starve to death tonight?!” Of course, living in the Hammer, all the restaurant kitchens were closing at 9:30, so we had to drive to Toronto for a meal that started at approximately 10pm. (“Where are we going next?!” asked The Little Nutball, eager to extend the festivities.)

Contrast that to Father’s Day, which started, inauspiciously enough, with the construction of our neighbor’s shanty (it was supposed to hold two or three cars, but because of a design flaw, it only fits one car, with their household’s two other junkers rusting out front in the street in front of our house) so that we have to seek parking in the back lane way. When we eventually got the man of the house back from our neighbours, there was a Father’s Day gift hunt (which ended a bit prematurely when the Little Nutball yelled “Here it is!” and handed him the gift), and then a fishing trip. I was in charge of buying all the gear and setting it up, spearing worms and leaches onto the hooks, and helping unsnag the fishing line from weeds/the dock/trees. My partner was snoring under a tree, so he missed the hijinks, which included catching and releasing a couple small mouth bass, and The Little Nutball attempting to attach leeches to her feet and even one to her neck.

I find leeches incredibly gross, although I will concede their value to medicine in the form of helping bleed people who’ve had limb reattachment surgery, or other challenges to their circulation. Leeches can help prevent their flesh from developing blood clots. In any case, I chose not to intervene when the Little Nutball tried to attach a leech to her dad’s neck.

All told, a fun day and not a drop of blood was spilled in the end. I think the leeches weren’t hungry. Breaking off pieces of worm and feeding the sunfish under the dock turned out to be more fun than fishing, and, at the stroke of 7 o’clock, a nice dinner was enjoyed by all.

Cloudy Urine Test

Urine Urinalysis

The evaluation of color and turbidity of the urine is an integral part of the so-called urinalysis. The urinalysis is the collection of a series of routine results of the urine. Today, a urinalysis usually consists of the following tests:

  • Evaluation of appearance and possible smell;
  • Test strips analysis;
  • Examination of the urine under the microscope;
  • In case of suspected urinary tract infection can also be carried out on bacteria by a special test, a so-called “bacterial culture”.

When is a urinalysis performed (carried out)?

  • As a routine examination at screening (health check);
  • On admission to hospital (In being admitted to hospital);
  • At suspicion on kidney diseases or disorders of the urinary tract (ureters, bladder, urethra);
  • Suffering from inflammation and fever with unknown causes;
  • Also in many other diseases, a specific urine test may be useful.

Urine test strip analysis

Various results of multiple test strips can provide clues to the cause of turbidity or cloudy if there is something like white mucus in urine. In any case, a microscopic examination should follow to secure the result:

Direct evidence

  • WBC: detection of white blood cells as a cause of turbidity.
  • RBC: detection of red blood cells as a cause of turbidity.
  • Nitrite: detection of bacteria as a cause of cloudy.

Indirect evidence
pH: low pH (<6) makes urates likely, high pH (> 6) phosphates.

Microscopic examination

Microscopically, virtually all causes of visible cloudy urine: not only precipitated salts, all possible cells (including bacteria and fungi), but also fats can be detected.

Uric acid and phosphate crystals often appear in fresh urine, if accompanied by more red blood cells in urine, urinary stones (calculi) should be suspected.

Time Management from the Sunnah

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said; “ There are two gifts from among the gifts of Allah wherein humanity is deceived. They are health and free time.” I will discuss health at another time, but this post is about time management. This subject is a pet peeve of mines. After years of struggling with managing my time, I am so grateful to Allah that I have learned how to utilize my time for maximum benefit. Michael Hart wrote a book in 1978 titled; The 100, Ranking of the Most Influential. This book is about 100 of the most influential people in history. Michael Hart was a Jewish American that attended Cornell and Princeton. He held a PhD in Physics. His book sold more than 500,000 copies and was translated into 15 different languages. The first person on his list surprised readers at that time. That person was none other than our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam). One quote from the book states; “Muhammad was supremely successful in both the religious and secular realms.” So in other words our prophet (“Muhammad was supremely successful in both the religious and secular realms.” So in other words our Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was successful in deen and dunya. Many Muslims are successful in only one or the other but rarely both. This is a great motivation for me. Before I didn’t like being busy. Probably because I was raised in an environment that feels “busy” is wrong or unhealthy. I can not count the number of times I this conversation at work; “How’s your day going?” And the responder follows up with a sad look on his face; “busy and hectic man!” When my wife tells me that she had a busy day at home, My follow up is; “busy is good.” Muslims should take pride in being busy. This means we are accomplishing something and being productive insha Allah. I am worried about the person that is not busy, the one that has too much free time on his hands. When I call my brother and I get voice mail, or we play phone tag, I think to myself, “ masha Allah he is productive.” I personally have a very busy life. I am first of all a husband and father of two; I am employed full time, a full time graduate student, and a regular Khatib for Jumuah and Taleem. I am also involved with other activities within the community. With all of this, I still work out 7 days per week and spend quality time with my family. I sincerely believe this is a result of my scheduling my life around Salah. My day starts at 4:30 am 7 days per week. I am thankful that I can start my day out with Tahajjud. One scholar said; A busy life makes prayer difficult, but prayer makes a busy life easy. I am grateful that I never need coffee or tea to wake up. I don’t even drink the poison. My entire day is full of energy and vigor because of prayer and exercise. I will write about this in a latter post Insha Allah.

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was supremely successful in deen and dunya. How could he do it? The messenger and last prophet of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was active as a social reformer, diplomat, businessman, philosopher, orator, legislator, military leader, husband and father. Wow, many people cannot even accomplish being a great husband and father. I believe he was able to do it because he made effective use of his time. Time management is a quality of very successful people. Success is not an accident. Insha Allah I will follow up with part II on time management within the next couple of days. My plan is to show examples of how our Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) managed his time, and what he said about time. I decided that it was time for me to be productive in my life and the Sunnah was the best way to go.

Tonsil Stones Bad Breath

It’s vital that you know what tonsil stones and tonsils are for people to go over bad breath wisely.

Tonsils are small folds of flesh discovered on each side of your throat, only behind your tongue.

These folds are actually gland tissue, made aid in fighting infection, and to filter out viruses and bacteria.

Truthfully, though, the tonsils often pile up tiny particles of mucous and food too.

All sorts of terrible things occur, when they’re added to sulfur causing bacteria!

Not minimal which is tonsil stones bad breath!

Fortunately, I discovered a tender, natural method to get rid of my tonsil stones and bad breath.

They’ll slowly calcify and compact, forming that which we realize as tonsiloliths, when food particles become wedged in the folds of the tonsils.

Sadly, among the particular signs of tonsiloliths, is just a disgusting fecal odor from the rear of the throat. Incredibly poor breath may be an early indicator of the existence of this condition.

After compressed, exactly what do we do about these stones?

The great news is the fact that a coughing fit that is drawn-out may really removes such stones, but this happens infrequently and definitely does not mean that the stones will not return.

A probiotic culture called acidophilus might have a little, but valuable effect on tonsiloliths. Acidolphilus is composed of the great bacteria that’s essential for a correctly functioning digestive track. Acidophilus keeps down bacteria that are dangerous, or the anaerobic, jointly with generally occurring yeast.

This really is largely an all-natural remedy, and new tonsil stones from being created and could keep could break down them. Recommended results and dosages are very different from person to person, therefore have patience.

Acidophilus is not difficult to locate at health food stores.

Sadly, antibiotics appear to be the “knee jerk” option for tonsiloliths. This has varying levels of effect in the stones.

Fortunately, in current times, natural solutions for tonsiloliths are found. A doctor from India, particularly, also helps eliminate the bad breath due to this case, and has an extremely successful NATURAL treatment for them.

What Causes a Swollen Uvula?

Since the causes of swollen uvula are quite different and disparate, let’s start with the most basic ones. The most basic causes are related to problems like dehydration, dryness in the mouth and simple diseases like common cold. A case of uvula swelling after drinking hot fluids is also probable, and you should take care while consuming such hot fluids. While these are considered to be the common causes of this condition, there are some severe ones that require proper medical treatment. Viral infections of different types can demonstrate the condition as one of the symptoms. Inflammation of tissues, tonsillitis, bacterial infections and side effects of a surgery are some other reasons that can lead to the problem of swollen uvula. There can be some severe throat diseases that can exhibit your uvula  swollen as one of the symptoms. In order to resolve these problems, you would have to pursue proper medical treatment.

Treatment Options

Since the underlying causes are quite different from each other, there are different types of swollen uvula treatment that you can pursue. The most common type of treatment comprises of simple home remedies that can be utilized at home. These simple remedies comprise of drinking sufficient water, gargling with a saline solution and having honey on a regular basis. Apart from that, you can even take garlic cloves 2-3 times a day for resolving the sore uvula. In case the underlying causes of such condition are too severe, you would have to consult a doctor and take some medicines. These medicines would help in improving this case by attacking the underlying causes.

Political Correctness and Personal Freedom

Voltaire once said “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” As he was defending the right of free speech for everybody, Voltaire (1694-1778) was verbalizing the principle that no government, person, or group has the right to control what we say.

Born an Englishman, George Orwell had knowledge of the [Socialist] Fabian Society that had taken root in England in the late 1800’s. In 1949 Orwell wrote his famous book “1984” that depicted, among other things, “political correctness” run amuck, where the dictionary had been reduced down to a few pages of words the population could use without getting arrested. This concept was devised by people who wanted to mask the ugly truth about their ambitions to subjugate societies to their will. Using misleading terminology like social justice, human rights, equality, and solidarity, the Socialists attracted followers that believed in an egalitarian society where everyone was equal. Since people of that day generally believed that everyone was equal in the eyes of God, the Socialists removed God from the equation and inserted themselves as the arbiters of right and wrong. With this paradigm shift of power from God to Socialism, they began deciding who had the right to live in the society they were creating.

Fabian Society member George Bernard Shaw promoted the idea of killing  undesirables as an act to cleanse society’s gene pool. This concept, commonly known as “eugenics”, had many intellectuals as followers. One of these so called intellectuals was Margaret Sanger.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood in 1916, wanted to eradicate Black people from American society, so she devised the plan to implement birth control among American Blacks to keep them from reproducing. In this application of Political Correctness, notice that “Planned Parenthood” sounds much better than black genocide.

Since intellectuals are convinced that they are more intelligent and better educated than “common folk” they also believe they should be in charge of making decisions for them. Out of this fertilizer came the thorn of Fabian Socialism.

When masking your true intentions for the destiny of mankind, you need to gag the mouths of those who see through your B.S. The first step is to demonize other points of view, calling them racist, sexist, homophobic, and worse. After this tactic begins to work, and when you have enough votes in Congress, you pass laws making it a felony to utter certain words. Afterwards, anyone opposed to what you are doing can be put in jail.

Welcome to “Political Correctness”.

Today the culture of Political Correctness has turned society on its head. It is a disease of thinking that constantly contradicts itself. This is because it is used to avoid discussing issues on their own merit. If you are cornered by a question that would expose you for the charlatan that you are, simply claim that the question is “racist”, ending the discussion. The pervasive use of this non sequitur dodge has unfortunately become commonplace and acceptable.

An application of this principle goes something like this:

A Senator wants to pass a law giving twelve million illegal aliens citizenship. This move is intended to create loyal voters for his next election. He uses the word “fairness” to disguise his intentions and appear as a “caring” politician. Should any actual American Citizen resent this flagrant move to buy votes using tax dollars he simply calls them “bigots”. This is in fact what Senator Lindsey Graham did while accepting the National Council of La Raza ‘Capitol Award’. Witness  Senator Graham exercising “Political Correctness” to silence any opposition to his smarmy attempt to stay in office.

In conclusion, the real question is whether Senator Lindsey Graham is a Fabian Socialist because he uses their inventions to silence any opposition and counter criticism of his Progressive policies.

You be the judge.

RINO – The Bain Of Political Representation

When career Politicians run for re-election, doesn’t it remind you of Albert Einstein’s quote about “insanity”?

Quote: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Every election season we get regaled with the same lies and misconceptions, packaged in sound bites for public consumption. As Politicians largely believe we are “stupid” and are not paying attention [see the website for link], they pour tens of millions of dollars into ads, trotting out the same time worn garbage to get elected. In the past when we got sick of this mind-numbing diatribe we switched off the TV/radio in disgust. To make matters worse, we stayed home rather than voting, believing that the next Senator would be much the same as the last.

Before the Socialists became a powerhouse in our national government, things didn’t get so bad that we feared for our jobs, our Constitution, our money, our way of life, and the ultimate destination of The United States of America. Today that is not true, and worse most people believe that the “American Dream” is dead.

Well, it looks like the days of spectating from the sidelines is over. Over, that is, if you don’t mind having your income given to someone that you don’t even know, provided that you are even employed.

The ‘Progressive’ Left [read Socialist] has for the past 50+ years wormed their way into the nerve system of American Government with the intent of ‘Changing’ it from a “Representative Republic” to a “Socialist State”.

Back in Bill Ayers terrorist days, blowing up a few Government buildings was a means to this end. When it finally dawned on the ‘subversive activists’ that carnage was making them more enemies than friends they changed their tactics. So changing tactics, the “activists” assaulted education, religion, mass media, journalism, and the courts in an effort to destroy American ideals. They took pointers from Communist play books like “Rules for Radicals” by Communist Saul Alinsky, who stated that the best system for opposing The United States had already been established by the Communist Soviet Union. As Christ said, “For you always have the poor with you”, old Saul found a ready army of people hungry for things they didn’t have. Using that hunger and the knowledge that poor people had little to lose, Alinsky became a “community organizer” with a Progressive mission. All he needed to do now was give the poor the tools to take wealth from those better off financially. First try at the ballot box, and if that failed, start a riot.

Well, the politicians needed votes to stay in their plush offices in Washington D.C., not to mention being treated as “Perfumed Princes” by the public, so deception became the name of the game. Telling constituents that they were working hard for them, politicians were working quietly in the background, undermining our freedoms by passing laws to buy poor people’s votes with our own tax money.

With all the under the table deals, midnight secret meetings, graft, payola, and closed door meetings, Washington D.C. became a ripe venue for political corruption.

Politicians soon learned to use ‘sound-bite’ commercials portraying themselves as champions of the “downtrodden masses”. Making promises that by passing the bills they sponsored, they would end poverty in this country. Well that worked out, didn’t it?

Then 2008 happened.

When the voters woke up and started listening, they found that their old buddy Politicians, like Senator Lindsey Graham were playing them for fools.

Listening to Senator Graham constantly claiming to be a “Conservative” should tell you something is wrong. Senator Graham’s legislative activities and friends were anything but conservative. Simply put, this is lip service designed to keep his seat in Washington.

Well, Senator Graham is coming up for election in 2014, and Conservatives in South Carolina will be up to speed for his defeat in that election. To stay informed and up-to-date, click on the links to other Conservative websites. There is a building alliance of like minded American Conservatives working hard to give you the information you need to make the right decision. When Graham faces reelection again, it will be the preponderance of evidence against this RINO that makes him a private citizen once more.

Weaponized Arrogance

Has anyone noticed that when a lawyer gets to Washington, they instantly know “everything” and have become an authority on what is good for the “common folk”? This scenario has been repeated so often that it is barely noticed anymore. Matter of fact, we have actually come to expect the people we vote for to climb up on the nearest chair to begin looking down their noses at us.

Congress is chock-full of these “genius politicians” who make critical decisions everyday that could result in nuclear war, or worse. [Worse meaning: a laboratory generated virus that kills the entire human race over an agonizing period of years.]

Do these politicians take these responsibilities seriously? Yes.

Do they have the expertise or education to know what they are talking about? In almost all cases, no.

Example: Has anyone reading this article ever called a politician to help them balance their checkbook?

The evidence of this is clear when you ask the simple question: Has anyone ever heard a politician say “I don’t know”? You can probably count on one hand [with the fingers missing] the number of times you have heard a politician say “I don’t know”.

So pervasive is the arrogance among the “perfumed Princes and Princesses” of Washington that it has even spread to the thousands of people working for them. Should you be running low on “attitude” one day, call one of the seven offices Senator Graham maintains and talk to the first person that answers the phone. Say something like, “I resent Graham’s nomination of Radical Progressive Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court”. Now, brace yourself for the political drone’s snarky response.

A poignant example of this superior attitude follows:

Richard Quinn, a South Carolina “strategist” for John McCain’s 2000 campaign and Senator Lindsey Graham’s political consultant, had some choice words for anyone who objected to Graham confirmation of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Quinn called Graham a “thinking person’s conservative” and said he expected Graham would do well with voters who have “triple-digit IQs”.

Yup, that’s right, if you don’t get what Senator Graham is doing, turn yourself in at the nearest school for the mentally challenged. Hey, South Carolinians are just a bunch of redneck rubes, what do you expect?

Senator Graham’s best buddy and bill supporting partner, Senator John Kerry, has the same disease. Senator Kerry announced that voters that do not support Democrats are “stupid”.

The standard epithet used against voters is “stupid”, but the truth be known, it is more like “complacent”. We keep putting these egregiously arrogant people back in office when they should have never served a second term. What is obvious is that after a while they come to believe the feces they keep trying to feed us.

So protect yourself and remember the watchword; Question Authority!

Stay tuned for “An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure” coming to a blog near you.

Politics and the Death of Sentient Beings

Humans are said to be self-aware. We inherently understand the concept of “cause and effect” where we know the actions we take will have either a beneficial effect, a harmful effect, or no effect at all on other people. Usually described by the term “conscience”, there is a small voice that is supposed to tell us when we have done something wrong. The conscience we possess is nurtured and reinforced by our parents (if the parents are doing their job) so by the time we become adults, it becomes the compass that guides us through life.

Some humans are devoid of a conscience and others perceive having one is an impediment to their goals. Let’s look at two of these personality disorders to better understand how they manifest themselves.

The first one is the “psychopath”. This personality type is highly misunderstood because of it’s ability to mask itself by being “Charming but Callous”. The following excerpt comes from the Scientific American article “What Psychopath Means”:

Superficially charming, psychopaths tend to make a good first impression on others and often strike observers as remarkably normal. Yet they are self-centered, dishonest and undependable, and at times they engage in irresponsible behavior for no apparent reason other than the sheer fun of it. Largely devoid of guilt, empathy and love, they have casual and callous interpersonal and romantic relationships. Psychopaths routinely offer excuses for their reckless and often outrageous actions, placing blame on others instead. They rarely learn from their mistakes or benefit from negative feedback, and they have difficulty inhibiting their impulses.

Next let’s look at the “sociopath”. A person with this disorder comprises about 4 percent of the population and is said to be devoid of a conscience. The next excerpt comes from the Psychology Today article “Your Conscience, the Sociopath’s Weapon of Choice”:

Dr. Stout begins by asking the reader to imagine a world where they have no conscience thereby freeing them from, among other downers, guilt, shame, remorse and concern for others. She then asks the reader to imagine, if they were able to conceal this psychological flaw from others, how they might live. They would, after all, be free to seek all the power, money and influence they desired, in the quickest, crudest and most ruthless way without the nagging burden of doing what is right. Or, maybe, Dr. Stout says, you are not ambitious, but seek only to relax and live as carefree as possible from the goodwill of others. Without conscience, you would be free from the guilt and shame that traditionally comes from being a freeloader.

Another way of looking at the sociopath is that when you remove the empathy from a narcissist, you have a sociopath. Just to compare both disorders simply look through on difference between psychopath and sociopath.

Everyone can easily identify a “selfish” person,  but psychopathy and sociopathy go way beyond selfishness. Their devious nature allows them to inflict grievous harm while at the same time giving the impression that they are everybody’s friend.

Remember, these personalities often gravitate to positions of power. Power provides them with the victims and self-esteem they need. Should their abuses become known, they start blaming others. Being smooth and charming they often get away without being recognized for who they really are. With politicians, a common ruse is to blame rich people for the problems they create. Having the establishment media vilifying the wealthy on a regular basis, their argument seems plausible. But wealth is nothing when compared to power. With wealth you can buy almost anything you want. With power you to incarcerate and exterminate people with impunity.

If you have trouble understanding these personality types then you would probably be called “normal”. It is interesting to note that there are virtually no books written about “normal psychology”. It is however, “abnormal psychology” that is taught in colleges and universities across the nation.

Now using this information, take a close look at our current “ruling class”, the politician. Should you be able to quiet the din of noise created by the media, contrast what they are saying against what they are doing. If these two things don’t match up, it is a real possibility you are being deceived.

One last thing to consider is that people who manipulate us do their best work in a crisis. Like a magician, they get us to concentrate on one thing while they are doing another.

Sound familiar?

Just Say ‘No’ to Boring Salads

I was recently writing a corporate presentation on eating a healthy lunch. As I was writing, I thought to myself, “Everyone is going to think I’m going to tell them to eat salads everyday and then assume it’s the rabbit-food-diet.” Well, guess what? I did tell them to eat live, whole foods and, yes, to eat a salad every single day. But, just like I’ve suggested people get out of iceburg lettuce land and jump on the kale bandwagon, I’m going to share with you how you can eat a daily salad and make it different and delicious.

I eat a salad every single day, but I almost don’t even want to call it a salad because it’s so much more than that — let’s call it a one-bowl-meal-of-delicious-items. I know where most people are coming from when I suggest they eat salads. When I think of a “salad,” I think back to my obsessive days of low-carb and endless dieting while dumping chemical filled low-fat salad dressings onto my iceburg lettuce with a side of carrots and cucumber. Can you say boring? Boy oh boy was I miserable and my food was about as exciting as a watching paint dry.

My point with this whole rant is that salads, like the recipe I’m about to share with you, should be eaten daily. Just like chef Ezra shared in his article about making a healthy lunch, you can most certainly make a salad taste gourmet. It just takes a little creativity and coming out of your comfort zone.

Here’s some inspiration and a recipe.


2 handfuls of arugula (or any leafy green you have on hand, excluding nutrient-poor iceburg lettuce)
1/2 cup broccoli, chopped
4-5 cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 ripe avocado, cubed
1 handful of sprouted mung beans*
Pinch of celtic sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 fresh lemon, juiced
1-2 drops liquid stevia (optional)

*Note: Sprouted mung beans are very high in protein, B-complex vitamins and minerals. If you don’t have any on hand, you can just add a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds or handful of walnuts for some protein.


Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and pour dressing over top. Mix together and enjoy with a raw cracker like the one pictured in my photo by Two Girls Cooking. Serves one.

Please note: All of these recipes are created in my joyous kitchen with the healthiest ingredients. I’m not a calorie counter or a professional chef — I’m a nutritionist who loves to cook and bake, and I’m delighted to share my creations with you.