Muslim chaplain claims discrimination on United flight

Muslim chaplain claims discrimination on United flight
By Ray Sanchez, CNN
Updated 1258 GMT (1958 HKT) May 31, 2015
Tahera Ahmad

Source: CNN
Muslim woman claims discrimination on United flight 02:05
Story highlights
Tahera Ahmad says she was left in tears after being discriminated against
Ahmad says fight attendant denied her an unopened can, saying the can possibly could be used it as weapon
(CNN)A simple request for an unopened can of Diet Coke on a United Airlines flight left Tahera Ahmad in tears.

A Muslim chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, Ahmad, 31, was traveling Friday from Chicago to Washington for a conference promoting dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian youth. She was wearing a headscarf, or hijab.

For hygienic reasons, she asked for an unopened can of soda, she said. The flight attendant told her that she could not give her one but then handed an unopened can of beer to a man seated nearby. Ahmad questioned the flight attendant.

“We are unauthorized to give unopened cans to people because they may use it as a weapon on the plane,” she recalled the flight attendant telling her.
When Ahmad told the flight attendant she was being discriminated against, the attendant abruptly opened the beer can.

“It’s so you don’t use it as a weapon,” Ahmad said she was told.

Shocked, Ahmad asked other passengers if they had seen what happened.

A man sitting across the aisle turned to her and yelled, “You Muslim, you need to shut the f— up,” she said.


The man leaned over, looked her in the eyes and said: “Yes, you know you would use it as a weapon. So shut the f— up,” according to Ahmad.

“I felt the hate in his voice and his raging eyes,” Ahmad wrote on Facebook while the plane was still in flight. “I can’t help but cry … because I thought people would defend me and say something. Some people just shook their heads in dismay.”

After her Facebook post, people took to social media in support of Ahmad using the #unitedfortahera hashtag. Some pledged to boycott United.

Suhaib Webb, a prominent Muslim American imam, tweeted, “I’m asking all of you to let @united know that you are disgusted with this bigotry.” He also tweeted a photo of a can of Diet Coke over #unitedfortahera.
In a statement, United spokesman Charles Hobart said the airline “strongly supports diversity and inclusion.”

“We and our partners do not discriminate against our employees or customers,” the statement said. “We are reaching out directly to Ms. Ahmad to get a better understanding of what occurred during the flight.”

“We are also discussing the matter that Ms. Ahmad describes with Shuttle America, our regional partner that operated the flight. We look forward to speaking with Ms. Ahmad and hope to have the opportunity to welcome her back.”

Ahmad, who has Premier frequent-flier status with United, said Saturday that she had not heard from the airline.

“I’m not doing this to go after United Airlines. This is about bigotry and racism and our country is going through a very difficult time right now. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and so many others worked so hard …” Ahmad said, breaking into tears.

“They strove so hard so that Americans would not mistreat each other on the basis of the color of their skin or religious or ethnic background but I guess we’re still on that journey.”

The flight attendant as well as the pilot later apologized, she said.

“She said she’s working on her rude behavior and that the man (sitting across the aisle) should not have said anything,” Ahmad recalled.

Ahmad was recognized at the White House last year “as a leading Muslim female in the United States” during Women’s History Month, according to Northwestern University. She had previously attended a Ramadan dinner hosted by President Barack Obama.

In 2013, Ahmad sparked outrage among Islamic conservatives when she became the first woman to recite the Quran at the Islamic Society of North America convention in Washington, the nation’s largest Muslim gathering, according to Northwestern.

Ahmad was born in India and grew up in Morton Grove, Illinois. She said she has been spat on and had her hijab ripped off in Islamophobic encounters after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“This time I was being treated as a threat to everyone around me 30,000 feet above the ground and being told that I could use a can of Diet Coke as a weapon,” she said. “And no one said anything.”

The incident comes amid growing hostility toward Muslims living in the United States.

On Friday, protesters at a “Freedom of Speech” rally outside a Arizona mosque were met by counterprotesters. The two groups lined opposite sides of the street in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix. They yelled at each other as a line of police officers kept them apart, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.

The Islamic center is the mosque once attended by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who drove from Arizona to a Dallas suburb to shoot up a Prophet Mohammed cartoon contest there. Both were killed by police early this month. Many Muslims consider demeaning depictions of Mohammed to be blasphemous and banned by Islamic law.

In Washington, activist and conservative blogger Pamela Geller of New York wanted to place ads showing cartoons of Mohammed in the capital’s transit system. She hoped to display the winning cartoon from her group’s contest in Texas — the one where Simpson and Soofi were killed by police. The Washington Metro board voted to stop showing issue-oriented ads throughout its system.

Events such as this have some Muslims scared, said Imraan Siddiqi with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“Recently, the mosques here in Phoenix actually received threatening letters — very specific threats, saying that we are going to massacre your congregations,” he said.

In a national survey by the Pew Research Center in 2013, 42% of respondents said Islam was more likely than other religions to encourage violence among its believers. In addition, Muslim Americans are seen as facing more discrimination than other groups, including gays and lesbians, Hispanics, African Americans and women.

According to the survey, 45% of the respondents said Muslim Americans face “a lot” of discrimination, and 28% said Muslims are subject to some discrimination.

CNN’s Carma Hassan, Sara Sidner, Ed Payne contributed to this story.


Once again Dog meat sold as mutton in Karachi- so avoid ready backed and prepared meat

KARACHI: Dead dogs were being skinned in a garbage dump by drug users, the Karachi director of veterinary services has clarified to The Express Tribune after news broke of arrests.

On Monday television channels reported that the police had arrested two butchers for supposedly selling dog meat.

“Private television channels were misreporting the facts,” Imran Qadeer, the KMC director of veterinary services, told The Express Tribune. “Actually, it was our veterinary teams who raided the area on a tip-off, but discovered nothing.”

“It’s not the Philippines where people eat dogs,” he added.

It was reported earlier that police had raided the area and caught two butchers red-handed for slaughtering dogs in a building.

It was said that the suspects reportedly belonged to a group that has been doing this for three months.

The police were said to have seized at least 0.5kg of meat for testing.

It was reported that the suspects would appear in court tomorrow (March 3).

Reportedly, the group slaughters as many as seven street dogs every day and sells them in Korangi and Landhi.

In a related incident, on January 6, Multan police claimed to have arrested two butchers with donkey meat.

Read: Quality control: Two arrested for selling donkey meat

A police spokesperson had said the meat was to be sold for Eid Milad celebrations. He added that the butchers, identified as Basaar and Ramazan, had been selling the meat for over five years.

An FIR was registered against them after veterinary doctors inspected the meat and confirmed that it was donkey meat.

Police had claimed that the men had confessed that they were planning to sell it for Rs800 to Rs1,000 per kg.

“The meat had been mixed with mutton so that it could not be identified,” the spokesman had added.



The Truth About Refined, Flours

It is a “well-known and tragic fact that in the formulation of the great majority of today’s processed foods, the primary considerations of the manufacturer are taste, mouth-feel, appearance, shelf life and profit. Sadly, the all-important considerations, these being the nutritional value of the product, and the effect that the product will have upon the health of the consumer, are not always given the attention that they deserve.

This oversight has resulted in the proliferation of very attractive, very tasty, very long-lasting food products that have as their main ingredients, refined sugar, highly refined grains, and highly refined hydrogenated fats. Whatever else is included will usually amount to little more than a wonderful combination of chemicals that are used to preserve the products to enhance the flavour, to improve the colour, and or to modify the texture.

If such foods were used only on rare occasions, the situation would not be as serious as it is, but the sad fact is that the majority of families are now using such foods as their primary source of nourishment – with devastating results. As the remainder of this leaflet should convincingly prove to you, this is one major reason why so many people complain of lack of energy, why so many are constipated, and why so many are plagued by ever-recurring illnesses.

The wheat grain consists of five main components:

  • the germ, or embryo from which a new plant develops, rich in protein, vitamins and minerals:
  • the endosperm, the starchy interior;
  • the aleurone layer, a thin layer rich in protein, vitamins and phytic acid;
  • the bran, a rich source of protein and fibre;
  • the husk, the external fibrous part;

What is most tragic, however, is that when wheat is refined, the outer layers of the grain are removed along with most of the nutritive elements that are so essential to the maintenance of life. This leaves a refined end product that is, at best, hopelessly deficient in nutritional value and sadly lacking in essential fibre.

In the refining process, the germ of the wheat is also removed. The following is a list of the many vital elements that are found in this little power-house of natural goodness. These include: vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, inositol, folic acid, folinic acid, biothl, vitamin B6, vitamin Bl2, choline, para amino benzoic acid, pantothenic acid, alpha-lipoic acid, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, cobalt, molybdenum, and zinc.

Obviously, therefore, when we use refined foods, as in the case of refined white flour products, we are using food that has been deprived of much that is essential to the body’s energy needs and to the maintenance of good health. We certainly cannot deny that the process of refining has distinct advantages for both the manufacturer and the retailer in that, once refined, the product will have a longer shelf life but, as far as the consumer is concerned he now has to make use of a food that is seriously lacking in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, bran, fibre, and natural oils – and he will surely stiffer as a result. Refined foods now make up the bulk of our diet, with white flour, white sugar, white rice, processed oil and margarine being the main culprits. Is it any wonder, therefore, that our immune systems can no longer counteract infection? Is it any wonder that so many people suffer from nutritional deficiencies?

Food refining is good for the food business – but it is also good for the vitamin business. There certainly is no mystery as to why so many people are desperately turning to nutritional supplements. Yet, surely, is it not more beneficial, wiser, and far more economical, first to do all in our power to obtain our nutrition from organic, unrefined foods rather than rely solely on expensive, inorganic tablets and/or tonics?

‘Why spend money on what is not bread and your labour on what does not satisfy?’- Thinking people the world over are asking this very question and, on the evidence of science and simple logic, they are turning their backs on refined foods. These people have realised and accepted that life simply cannot be sustained on a diet that is high in fat, high in sodium, high in sugar, high in preservatives, highly acid-forming, highly refined, and low in all of the vital nutrients that are so essential to the functioning of the living organism. Nobody ever questions the fact that we must feed our horses balanced rations, that we must correctly fertilise our plants, and that we must give the correct octane fuel to our motor cars. Yet, strangely, so many people seem to have extreme difficulty in understanding that our bodies have the same uncompromising energy requirements as do horses, plants and motor vehicles.

None of us would dream of running our cars on the wrong fuel, yet, by using a diet that is high in refined foods, we are attempting to run our lives on what we might term ‘wrong fuel’ – with costly, painful and often tragic consequences which follow.

Panna mills produces a range of unrefined whole-wheat Stoneground flours. Previously these flours were only available from selected health shops at prices that are unaffordable to the general consumer for everyday use. Panna’s Wheat Flour and Panna’s Roti Flour are two unrefined whole-wheat flours that are inexpensive and full of natural goodness. All flours are manufactured using the highest grades of local wheat.

Source: Neville Mandy – Disease Free (The Natural Health Foundation)

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Don’t take niacin for heart health, doctors warn


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Niacin, or vitamin B3, is too dangerous and should not be used routinely by people looking to control their cholesterol levels or prevent heart disease, doctors say. The warning comes following recent evidence showing the vitamin does not reduce heart attacks or strokes, and instead is linked to an increased risk of bleeding, diabetes and death.

Niacin has long been used to increase people’s levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or the “good” cholesterol, and has been a major focus of research into heart disease prevention for several decades. However, clinical trials have not shown that taking niacin in any form actually prevents heart problems. Considering the alarming side effects of niacin, researchers now say the vitamin shouldn’t even be prescribed anymore.

“There might be one excess death for every 200 people we put on niacin,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, a cardiologist and chair of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “With that kind of signal, this is an unacceptable therapy for the vast majority of patients.” [8 Tips for Healthy Aging]

The latest and largest study of niacin, which included more than 25,000 people withheart disease, was published July 16 in The New England Journal of Medicine. The researchers found that using long-acting niacin to raise the HDL cholesterol level did not result in reducing heart attacks, strokes or deaths. The results were presented prior to publication last year, after which the manufacturer of the niacin medication used in the study, Merck & Co., said it would stop selling the drug.

The study also found some unexpected and serious side effects. People who took niacin were more likely than people taking a placebo to experience liver problems, infections and bleeding in various body areas including the stomach, intestines and brain.

Niacin was also linked with more hospitalizations among diabetic patients and the development of diabetes in people who didn’t have it at the beginning of the study.

The Merck drug was a combination of niacin and laropiprant, a drug that prevents the facial flushing that can be caused by high doses of niacin. However, the study researchers said the side effects were consistent with the problems seen in previous studies of Niacin alone, and that the new findings “are likely to be generalizable to all high-dose niacin formulations.”

“That particular medication is not being sold anymore, but the issue is that there’s still an awful lot of niacin prescriptions being given to patients, whether that’s plain niacin or extended-release niacin,” Lloyd-Jones told Live Science.

“When you look at the totality of the data, particularly with this largest and the most recent trial, it suggests that it’s actually niacin itself that’s the problem, and not this specific niacin-laropiprant combination,” said Lloyd-Jones, who wasn’t involved with the new study.

The popular rise of niacin

Prescriptions for niacin have jumped in recent years, tripling over just eight years to reach 700,000 prescriptions monthly in the United States by the end of 2009, researchers have found. Of all niacin prescriptions written in 2009, 80 percent were for Niaspan, a slow-releasing niacin tablet made by Abbott Laboratories, according to a study published last year.

However, the rate of niacin prescriptions may have decreased after the results of several studies were released, Lloyd-Jones said.

Niacin can also be bought over the counter as a supplement. These supplements may have their own issues because vitamin products are not regulated in the same way that pharmaceutical products are. “It may come with other things in the preparation that we don’t know about, and could potentially enhance the toxicity of niacin,” Lloyd-Jones said. “Because it is available over the counter, I think it’s important for consumers to understand that this signal appears to apply to all types of niacin.”

The available evidence suggests that having higher levels of good cholesterol is only a sign of lower risk for heart problems, and trying to artificially raise levels of the good cholesterol doesn’t appear to translate into lowering a person’s risk of heart problems.

“HDL is a nice marker if it’s higher, you tend to be at lower risk. So if you could manipulate that with healthy lifestyle and physical activity, that’s undoubtedly a good thing to do, but we haven’t found a drug that will raise HDL in isolation and provide benefit in terms of lower risks,” Lloyd-Jones said.

A healthy lifestyle is the first recommendation for lowering LDL, or the “bad” cholesterol, and reducing the risk of heart disease. For people who are not successful in controlling their cholesterol levels by changing their lifestyle, doctors may prescribe statins, which remain the best choice to reduce heart attack and stroke risk, Lloyd-Jones said.

Niacin should only be considered for patients at very high risk for a heart attack and stroke who can’t take statins, and for whom there are no other evidence-based options, Lloyd-Jones said.


28 Amazing Benefits Of Papaya For Skin, Hair And Health


Papaya is available throughout the year. It has a delicious sweet taste with a soft butter like consistency. This pear-shaped fruit is usually 7 inches long. The inside flesh is rich orange in colour with a slight shade of pink or yellow. Papaya has a lot of hidden benefits for skin, health and hair. Not just the fruit itself, but other parts of papaya also are very beneficial. Like ‘Papain’ commonly known as papaya enzyme is helpful in digesting proteins. It is extracted from the tree and the fruit to make dietary supplements, and is also used as a major ingredient in some chewing gums.

Papayas were originally found in Central America, while the explorers from Spain and Portugal helped bring this fruit to many other subtropical lands, which then journeyed to places like Philippines, some parts of Africa and India. Today, the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico are said to be the largest commercial producers of papaya in the world. Apart from Papains, papaya is also a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenes, vitamin C and flavonoids; the B vitamins, folate and pantothenic acid; and the minerals, potassium and magnesium; and fiber. The pulp of this fruit is also a basic component of many facial creams, and shampoos.


Skin Benefits Of Papaya:

Papaya, which is rich in so many healthy components, is best for skin care as it promises and works to provide you with healthy and glowing skin.

  1. Being a good source of Vitamin A and Papain, this fruit helps in removing dead skin cells along with breaking down the inactive proteins.
  2. The best feature of papaya is its ‘Low Sodium Quality’, thus resulting in very little retention of water. In simple words it means, it helps you keep your skin hydrated.

  1. Papaya is actually a wholesome fruit as it contains more Carotene when compared to other fruits like apple, custard apple, guava and plantains. Not being an expensive fruit, papaya is a common man’s fruit which is beneficial in many ways.

  2. The application of finely grounded paste of raw papaya on the face for 25 minutes helps reduce those unwanted pimples and other embarrassing blemishes on the face.

  3. Both, direct application and eating will help you achieve smooth, supple and soft skin.

  4. Regular consumption or application of papaya also provides shine to the skin, which comes from within and is long lasting.

  5. The mashed papaya can be used for treating the sore and cracked heels.

  6. Papaya also acts as a natural skin exfoliator.

  7. Application of papaya also helps in removing skin discoloration.

  8. The peel of papaya can not only be used on the face, but it can also be used for whitening the legs.

  9. The use of raw papaya helps you treating the ringworms as well. You just need to rub some slices of raw papaya on the ringworm patches and see reduced inflammation.

  10. Papaya helps the skin by reducing the aging signs on the face.


How to Use:

  • The papaya peel helps in reducing and treating the signs of aging. Just rub the peel on the face after eating the papaya. Let it stay for 5 minutes and then wash it off with cold water. Regular use offers visible results. The most coveted ingredient, AHA’s or Alfa-Hydroxy Acid, are found in abundance in papaya to offer anti-aging properties, but this is the only reason which makes papaya an acidic fruit. So, do not apply it for more time as it may cause dryness and irritation to sensitive skin.
  • Papaya is also fruitful for treating the dark spots.  The application of mashed and uneaten papaya with or without milk on your face can help in removing the dark spots and evens out the skin tone which results into a fairer and glowing skin.
  • For getting hydrated skin, mix mashed papaya with honey and apply on your face.
  • Papaya is also effective for treating dry skin. All you need to do is to mash a small section of papaya and mix it one tbsp of malai or milk cream. Apply on your face for 20 minutes and then wash it off.
  • A very simple method for moisturizing the skin is applying papaya on it. Take a ripe papaya, clean it and blend it into a fine paste. Now apply this paste on your face for 15 minutes. Wash it off using a wash cloth and pat dry to get great results.
  • For skin tightening, apply mashed papaya mixed with honey and rice-flour for 20 minutes, three times a week.
  • Papaya is also suitable for using as a body scrub. It can be made by mashing raw papaya and mixing it with honey, salt spa and olive oil.
  • For curing the skintans and brightening the complexion, the simple face packcan be made. Just follow the steps mentioned below:
    • Make a paste of pulpy papaya
    • Add yogurt, honey, lemon juice and egg white into it
    • Mix all ingredients till the mixture becomes thick which can be applied on the face
    • Wash your face thoroughly so that it becomes clean and dirt free
    • Apply this facial mask on your face and leave it for 15 – 20 minutes
    • Wash off with the lukewarm water and pat dry

Papaya benefits for skin are truly endless. We will now proceed to the benefits of papaya on hair.

Hair Benefits Of Papaya:


Apart from amazing skin care benefits, papaya is also useful when it comes to hair care. According to hair care professionals, the benefits of papaya for hair can be gained by eating the fruit regularly or by the regular use of hair care products containing papaya as its major ingredients. Papaya can also help in creating the volume by nourishing the hair shaft. Other papaya benefits for hair are listed below:

  1. Rich in nutrients, papaya may help prevent balding, thus helping boost growth and strength of the hair.
  • Papaya is also used for controlling dandruff.

  • Add papaya to your daily diet to help reduce hair thinning. Although no scientific evidence has been derived with this theory, but still many people have tried and found it worthy. Results may vary from individual to individual.

  • Papaya being rich in minerals, vitamins and enzymes also helps in removing the dirt, oil and chemical build up from the hair in a very safe way.

  • Papaya leaf extracts can be used as a conditioner for adding shine to dull, unruly and lifeless hair.

  • Using of papaya hair mask can result into thick, strong, shiny and healthy hair.

  • How to Use:

    This papaya hair mask will help you add thickness, strength and shine to your hair.


    • 1 cup diced ripe papaya
    • 1 cup diced ripe banana
    • 1 tbsp molasses
    • 1 tbsp coconut oil
    • 1 cup yogurt


    • Blend all the ingredients together thoroughly. Take care that no chunks remain after blending
    • Apply to damp hair
    • Cover with a plastic cap or shower cap
    • Allow it to stand for half an hour
    • Now wrap a towel around your cap to generate heat
    • Again leave it for another half an hour
    • Now wash your hair in your  regular way
    • It is optional to add your favorite deep conditioner to this recipe to get super soft hairs

    Now that we have seen how Papaya is beneficial for the hair, lets discuss about the medicinal uses and how it helps cure many problems.

    Health Benefits Of Papaya:

    Papaya benefits are not just limited to skin and hair care. Several researches conducted on papaya also showed a lot of its medicinal properties. Many scientists have successfully concluded that papaya is beneficial for health related problems and some diseases too. Let’s find out what else papaya can do other than benefiting skin and hair.

    1. Papaya acts as an antidote for hypertension. This is one of the most popular health benefits of papaya. The rich amount of potassium in papaya helps keeping the blood pressure in check along with improving the mental alertness.
  • Another of the most important papaya health benefit is that can help improve eyesight. Consuming 3 or more servings per day may keep your eyesight normal, along with improving and lowering the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.

  • Papaya also helps in boosting the immunity system of our body. The presence of Beta-carotene in papaya is required for the proper functioning and boosting of the immune system.

  • Papaya also prevents the body from recurrent ear infections, cold and flu.

  • Papaya also provides protection against heart diseases. As it is rich in nutrients too, it helps in preventing the oxidation of cholesterol, which helps preventing the cause of heart attacks or strokes.

  • Papaya can also heal external wounds. The pulp of this fruit can be applied directly on the wounds.

  • Papaya is also able to cure chronic ulcers on skins. All you need to do is to take papaya juice and mix some butter in it. Apply it on the affected area for quick drying and healing of long standing ulcers.

  • If one suffers from respiratory disorders like cough, bronchitis and breathlessness, then papaya can be helpful as it contains latex which is useful in the respiratory disorders.

  • Papaya despite being sweet in taste is also good for diabetic patients.

  • Papaya can also help you from cancer. Papaya’s fiber is able to bind to cancer-causing toxins in the colon, thus keeping them from harming healthy colon cells.

  • So we saw how papaya is good for health too. Till now we were talking about the papaya fruit, ripe papaya, mashed papaya and papaya peels. Now we will discuss about the benefits of its juice and also find out how it is helpful to us.

    These are the numerous skin, hair and health benefits provided by papaya and its juice. Though the results are not instant, once they are achieved, they are permanent. Papaya indeed is a fruit of the angels, as it protects every possible body part and provides positive visible results.The uses of papaya are simple outstanding in number and efficacy!


    Nutrient Value

    Percentage of RDA

    Energy 39 Kcal 2%
    Carbohydrates 9.81 g 7.5%
    Protein 0.61 g 1%
    Total Fat 0.14 g 0.5%
    Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
    Dietary Fiber 1.80 g 4.5%


    Folates 38 µg 9.5%
    Niacin 0.338 mg 2%
    Pantothenic acid 0.218 mg 4%
    Pyridoxine 0.019 mg 1.5%
    Riboflavin 0.032 mg 2.5%
    Thiamin 0.027 mg 2%
    Vitamin A 1094 IU 36%
    Vitamin C 61.8 mg 103%
    Vitamin E 0.73 mg 5%
    Vitamin K 2.6 µg 2%


    Sodium 3 mg 0%
    Potassium 257 mg 5%


    Calcium 24 mg 2.5%
    Iron 0.10 mg 1%
    Magnesium 10 mg 2.5%
    Phosphorus 5 mg 1%
    Zinc 0.07 mg 0.5%


    Carotene-ß 276 µg
    Crypto-xanthin-ß 761 µg
    Lutein-zeaxanthin 75 µg


    What’s Really Inside Those McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets?

    Last Updated: Jan 17, 2014 | By Cristina Goyanes
    What's Really Inside Those McDonald's Chicken McNuggets?
    Photo Credit iStock


    McDonald’s started out as a beefy burger joint back in 1948, but the world-famous fast-food chain has been offering another high-protein meat – chicken – since the specially molded McNugget made its debut in 1983.
    Perhaps now as iconic as the Big Mac or Quarter Pounder, these tiny deep-fried chunks seem harmless on the surface, which consists of a tempura-like batter that has been cooked to a golden perfection. Over the past 30 years McDonald’s has added 10 delectable dipping sauces, including spicy buffalo, honey mustard and tangy barbeque, to the McMenu, making these bite-sized bits appealing to the taste of just about anyone – adults and kids alike.
    White poultry has less saturated fat than red meat, which means it generally won’t raise your cholesterol and contribute to heart disease. While that might appear to be a healthy advantage, the other ingredients McDonald’s adds make its nutritional value questionable. If you’re not too squeamish or too chicken to hear all the details, read on to get some nuggets of truth about these little golden treats.

    THE SUSPECT: McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets (6-piece serving size, 3.4 oz)
    THE DETECTIVE: Christopher Ochner, Ph.D.,a research associate at New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center. Ochner is very familiar with McDonald’s menu. A few years ago, he conducted his own “Super Size Me”-type diet experiment: Every day for two months he ate one meal at the fast food restaurant as part of a study. His findings have yet to be published.
    Without sauce: 280 calories, 18 grams fat, 18 grams carbs, 13 grams protein, 0 grams sugar, 540 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber
    With tangy barbeque sauce: 330 calories, 18 grams fat, 29 grams carbs, 10 grams sugar, 800 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber, 13 grams protein
    Chicken McNuggets: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Seasoning (Autolyzed Yeast Extract, Salt, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavoring [Botanical Source], Safflower Oil, Dextrose, Citric Acid), Sodium Phosphates, Natural Flavor (Botanical Source). Battered and Breaded with: Water, Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Yellow Corn Flour, Bleached Wheat Flour, Food Starch-Modified, Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Lactate), Spices, Wheat Starch, Dextrose, Corn Starch. Contains: Wheat.
    *Prepared in Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
    Tangy Barbeque Sauce: High fructose corn syrup, water, tomato paste, grape vinegar, distilled vinegar, salt, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), food starch-modified, spices, dextrose, soybean oil, natural smoke flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, caramel color, garlic powder, cellulose gum, dried chili peppers, malic acid, natural flavor (fruit and vegetable source), onion powder, sodium benzoate (preservative), succinic acid. Allergens: Wheat and Soy.

    So while McNuggets are ‘made with 100 percent USDA Grade A chicken,’ as states, there’s no way of knowing what percentage of the whole nugget is actually chicken.

    Christopher Ochner, Ph.D.


    CHICKEN: It’s always good to see the actual food listed as the first ingredient: White boneless chicken. “The first item on the nutrition label means the food contains more of that one item than any other single ingredient,” said Ochner. So while McNuggets are ‘made with 100 percent USDA Grade A chicken,’ as states (note it says “made with” not “made of,” Ochner pointed out), there’s no way of knowing what percentage of the whole nugget is actually chicken.
    “White boneless chicken is almost a pure protein, boasting a phenomenal 0.2 protein (grams):kcal ratio with less than 20 percent fat,” explained Ochner. “McNuggets, on the other hand, have a very mediocre 0.046 protein:kcal ratio with 57 percent of kcal from fat. This seems to suggest that the other ingredients, besides chicken, are the primary driver of the macro-nutrient profile,” he said.
    With over 30 ingredients listed, it’s easy to see how chicken may actually play a minor role in this dish. It may also explain why the chicken seemed to disappear in an alarming YouTube time-lapse video shot in March 2013 (see link below in the “Resources” section of this article), showing McNuggets left at room temperature over a two-day period. When Ochner performed this experiment himself (he left them in the fridge for 10 days), the so-called chicken in the McNuggets pieces remained intact. This disturbing mystery remains unsolved.
    FAT: Holy cow, er, chicken: McNuggets are 57 percent fat! One big fat contributor may be hydrogenated soybean oil, which is loaded with trans fats. “I don’t suspect there is a ton of it in there because the saturated fat is relatively low,” Ocher said. “However, some of it is almost certainly still partially hydrogenated, which also helps with preservation.”
    TBHQ (TERTIARY BUTYLHYDROQUINONE): You might recognize this hard-to-pronounce ingredient (hence the acronym) from our recent “What’s Really Inside those McDonald’s French Fries” exposé (see link below in the “Resources” section). This powerful petroleum-based preservative (which is also found in varnishes, lacquers, pesticide products, cosmetics, and perfumes) may be used to help the chicken and other ingredients maintain their distinct shapes. Consumed in high doses – and it’s hard to determine exactly how much is added to McNuggets – this chemical can be toxic. Possible side effects include nausea, delirium, collapse, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and vomiting. Some studies have linked it to hyperactivity in kids, asthma, rhinitis, dermatitis, aggravated ADHD symptoms and restlessness. Furthermore, animal studies have reported that it may cause DNA damage. This mounting scientific evidence was enough that McDonald’s entirely removed this bad-news ingredient from the version of their McNuggets sold in the United Kingdom. Oh, America, can we please take a cue from the British on this one with regard to concern for our citizens’ health?
    *DIMETHYLPOLYSILOXANE: Here’s another ingredient the British won’t stand for in their McNuggets. This silicone-based anti-foaming agent has also been removed from the United Kingdom’s McNugget ingredient list – and with good reason, too. While admits that “a drop of an additive in vegetable oil is added to simply prevent foaming on the surface that naturally occurs in cooking,” what it isn’t telling you is that this same chemical is found in silly putty, contact lenses, medical devices, shampoos, lubricating oils, heat-resistant tiles and breast implants. “No studies have suggested any toxic effects,” Ochner said, “but it’s definitely gross to think about.”
    *AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRA: This sneaky ingredient contains monosodium glutamate (also known as MSG) which allows McDonald’s to create the illusion that you’re getting more protein with each bite than you actually are. This cheap, flavor-enhancing filler is FDA-approved (even though approximately 15 percent of Americans have MSG sensitivity and suffer from headaches, nausea, and heart palpitations when they consume it). That said, even if you’re not one of the people affected with MSG sensitivity, including MSG in the McNuggets recipe is still a devious way of cheating you the consumer out of real chicken (seriously, how much poultry is in those things?!), cutting corners on costs and avoiding listing the word “MSG” on the label.
    *SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE: Key word here is “aluminum.” You know, the silvery metallic element you use to line your oven rack before baking or roasting? Ochner explained that this ingredient is synthetically produced from aluminum as well as phosphoric acid and sodium hydroxide. While this all sounds highly unappetizing, its function isn’t to entice you but rather to act as a leavening agent that’s often used in flour mixes, like the breaded part of the McNugget. In terms of its safety, the FDA allows a daily aluminum intake that ranges from 10 to 100 mg, so as long as McDonald’s stays within that range, it’s within the legally acceptable limit.
    THE VERDICT: McNuggets are McNasty.
    THE SENTENCE: Though they’re supposedly made of good-for-you lean white meat chicken, McDonald’s McNuggets are far from healthy and nutritious. So, if your options are all about deciding whether to nosh on a McNugget or not, your best bet is to fly the coop (just like the disappearing white stuff in that now-you-see-me-now-you-don’t YouTube video you can watch by following the link below in the “Resource” section).


    Important Highlights of Qurbani Masaail


    ‘Those whose earnings are Haraam, for example, through interest, gambling, Insurance, robbery and theft should not participate in collective Qurbaani otherwise they are responsible themselves.’1
    In the case of collective Qurbaani it will be necessary for those seven people participating together to be specified and to make an intention on their behalf,
    A female goat is better than a sheep.2
    It is sufficient to say, ‘Bismillah’ at the time of slaughtering and it is not necessary to say ‘Allahu Akbar’ although saying, ‘Bismillahi Allahu Akbar’ is in keeping with the Sunnah.3
    It is the special favour of Allaah upon the Ummah of Muhammad (SAW) whereby the meat of the Qurbaani animal is Halaal for them.4
    It is not permissible to distribute Qurbaani meat by estimation.

    It is permissible to eat tripe.5
    If the children are immature, then Qurbaani is not compulsory upon them.6
    In fact, it will be valid to even include more than one person in a single share, so much so, that even if one makes Qurbaani on behalf of the entire Ummah in one share it will be in order.
    It is not permissible to cut the hair of an animal once it has been purchased with the intention of Qurbaani7 and if someone has done this, it will be Waajib for him to give its price in Sadaqah.8
    Sterility is not considered a fault for Qurbaani. Just as a castrated animal,
    An animal is classified when it is unable to eat and drink, its Qurbaani will not be valid.9

    Even if a person forgot to recite, “ بسم الله الله اكبر ” and slaughtered an animal, then too, its meat will be Halaal and it is permissible to eat it. This is because it will be accepted that the one slaughtering it on the basis of being a Muslim does not slaughter on any name besides the name of Allaah .10

    Nothing else should be done before reciting “Bismillaah” so much so, that if a person lays the animal down and recites “Bismillah” then leaves that animal alive after which he slaughters another animal with the same “Bismillah” he had recited for the first animal, it will not be permissible to eat that slaughtered animal.11


    It is not necessary for the husband to make Qurbaani on behalf of his wife.12
    To render an animal unconscious by shooting it in the head or stunning it is not in keeping with the method of slaughtering according to the Sunnah method and Islaamic teachings.

    The very first Qurbaani was made by the two sons of Hadhrat Adam (AS), Haabil and Qaabil which means both of them made one Qurbaani each.

    The reason for naming the days of Tashreeq as Tashreeq is the fact that people used to slice the Qurbaani meat into pieces and dry them in the sun.
    Any such meat which had been dried in the sun was termed “Tashreeq-ul-Lahm”.
    According to some Ulema the reason for calling the Eid Salaah and the day of Qurbaani Tashreeq is the fact that the Eid Salaah is performed when the sun is shining.
    It is Waajib to recite this Takbeer at least once from after the Fajr Salaah of the ninth Zil Hijjah to the Asr of the thirteenth Zil Hijjah immediately after the Fardh Salaah.13
    To say it more than this is not Waajib.14
    He will then have to give in charity the value of a sheep or goat.

    The system of Allaah’s provisional power is such that He provides items in keeping with the necessity for them.

    After slaughtering the animal, one will also have to slaughter the young that is removed and to eat it is Halaal.
    If it is stillborn, it will not be valid to eat it. If it dies before being slaughtered, its meat is Haraam.15
    If it was slaughtered after the days of Qurbaani have already passed and is eaten, then the value of the animal has to be given in Sadaqah. To do this is compulsory.
    The condition for this is that no shareholder’s share be less than a single share and that each one’s intention is to make Qurbaani or Aqiqah.
    It is not permissible to make Qurbaani of an animal that is a hermaphrodite.16
    Before selling the Qurbaani animal’s hide, it can be used for oneself or even given to a wealthy person as a gift.
    It is not valid to slaughter an animal for Qurbaani which has no teeth at all.
    إنى وجهت وجهى للذى فطر السموت والأرض حنيفا وما أنا من المشركين ان صلاتى ونسكى ومحياى ومماتى لله رب العالمين
    اللهم منك ولك
    بسم الله الله اكبر
    اللهم تقبله منى كما اقبلت من حبيبك محمد وخليلك ابراهيم عليهما الصلاة والسلام

    An animal which does not have a tail from birth is not permissible for Qurbaani.
    بسم الله الله أكبر
    بسم الله الله أكبر
    It is not necessary to take the name of every shareholder at the time of making Qurbaani.
    It is mentioned in Jami’ us Sagheer that the entire throat is a place of slaughter.
    It is Sunnah for the slaughterer to face the Qiblah. It is Makruh to leave it out for no reason.17
    بسم الله الله اكبر
    If three are cut, then too it is valid and it will be Halaal to consume it. If only two were cut, then the animal is carrion and it will be Haraam to consume it.
    If it is found that a live calf came out, then it should be slaughtered as well,
    If the Qurbaani animal has given birth just before slaughtering, then the ruling for the calf will be the same as mentioned above.18

    It is Makruh to separate the head of the animal before it can become cool after slaughtering, but the meat of the slaughtered animal will be Halaal.19

    It is permissible to cook vermicelli on the day of Eid.
    The Qurbaani of such an animal that was born without horns or the horns broke is valid.20
    Shias are not Muslims, nor are they people of the book.
    It is however better to give a live animal as charity.
    As for those who are craftsmen, their tools also fall under actual necessity.
    If the value of these items reach the nisaab amount, then Qurbaani will be compulsory upon the owner of them.
    It is better for a student of Deen to buy books of Deen rather than performing Nafl Qurbaani.21
    In Shari’ah, consideration is given to age and not to the teeth.
    There is no doubt that the animal slaughtered by a Muslim woman is Halaal.

    An animal that eats filth
    If it is a camel, then it should be tied for forty days. If it is a cow or bull, then for twenty days and a goat should be kept confined and fed fodder for ten days.22

    Qurbaani is remembrance of Ibraaheem
    Consequently, the enthusiasm for giving one’s life and for giving others preference will be created. This is the soul of Qurbaani.
    This is because the soul of Qurbaani is giving a life and the soul of Sadaqah is giving wealth.

    Qurbaani is an important form of worship
    Qurbaani is for three days

    To feed the Qurbaani meat to workers
    The rulings of Qurbaani do not apply after the meat has been cooked.23

    The time of Qurbaani
    It is permissible to do Qurbaani once the Eid Salaat has been performed in any Masjid or Musallah of the city. It is not necessary that the person performing Qurbaani should complete the Eid Salaat.
    The person performing Qurbaani is in one country and the animal is in another country
    It will be necessary to do the Qurbaani on the common Eid day between them.
    Qadha of Qurbaani
    Qurbaani is a separate form of worship. Just as fasting is not done by a person performing Salaat, and Salaat is not done by a person keeping fast, Hajj is not done by a person giving Zakaat. Similarly, Qurbaani is not done by a person giving charity.24
    It is necessary to make Qurbaani during the days of Qurbaani.
    The Qurbaani animal
    It is not permissible to slaughter a horse, chicken, deer etc. because it is not proven from Rasulullaah (SAW) neither by action or word.
    Eid Salaat is sufficient for Qurbaani
    If the Eid Salaat is performed anywhere in the city, it will be permissible to slaughter the Qurbaani animal.

    It is not a condition for the person performing Qurbaani to complete the Eid Salaat.
    Qurbaani is Waajib (compulsory)
    Rasulullaah (SAW) stayed in Madinah Munawwarah for ten years after Hijrah. He performed Qurbaani every year with punctuality.25
    Payment of the butcher
    It is not permissible to give the skin or meat of the Qurbaani animal to the butcher as payment or to stipulate it as the payment.
    Being a butcher
    It is valid to take up the profession of being a butcher and to sell meat.
    It is not compulsory upon the immature children to make Qurbaani.

    Giving meat to a non Muslim
    It is permissible to give Qurbaani meat to a non-Muslim – not as payment.

    How many Qurbaani are waajib?
    One Qurbaani is compulsory upon the sahib-e-nisaab.
    Raw meat
    It is permissible to eat Halaal raw meat.
    Removing the skin
    It is impermissible and Haraam to remove the skin after slaughtering the animal, before it has cooled down. It is necessary to stay away from such an action.
    It is not valid to stop someone from slaughtering a cow
    It is not permissible for a Muslim to agree or back non-Muslims in stopping others from slaughtering cows because in it lays the destruction of Islaam. The person who supports the non-Muslims in the destruction of Islaam cannot remain a Muslim.26

    Distributing the meat by weight
    It should not be distributed by estimation.

    The slaughtered animal of a dumb person is Halaal.

    Animals that have worn out teeth
    But it has the ability to eat grass, then it is valid to make Qurbaani of it.
    It is not permissible to make Qurbaani of such an animal that is so lame that it cannot walk to the place of slaughter.
    This young will be in the order of the mother, and the mother is a goat, so this young will also be a female goat.
    Qurbaani is not compulsory on a mad person.
    A traveller
    It is not compulsory upon a traveller to make Qurbaani.
    A person in debt performing Qurbaani
    The person who is in debt should worry about fulfilling his debt.
    There is more reward for slaughtering in Mina
    It is for this reason that Rasulullaah (SAW) slaughtered 100 camels during Hajj, 63 he slaughtered himself and the rest he gave to Hadhrat Ali (SAW)
    Performing Qurbaani on behalf of the deceased
    Hadhrat Ali (RA) used to slaughter a ram for himself and a ram on behalf of Rasulullaah (SAW).27

    How should Qurbaani on behalf of the deceased be performed?
    It is however valid to make a nafl Qurbaani share and send the reward of it to more than one living and deceased individual/s.
    Is charity or Qurbaani more virtuous for the deceased?
    It is more virtuous to make Qurbaani on behalf of the deceased for Isaal e Thawaab than it is to give charity during the days of Qurbaani.
    If an immature boy or girl is wealthy, owns nisaab, then Qurbaani is not compulsory upon such a person.

    The slaughtered animal of an immature child
    An immature child can slaughter an animal.
    The slaughtered animal of a blind person
    The slaughtered animal of a blind Muslim is Halaal
    White antelope
    It is not valid to make Qurbaani of a white antelope.
    It is also conditional that the animals should not be wild but it should be tame and used to humans.28

    Wasiyyah (bequest)
    It is not permissible for the wealthy to eat of a Qurbaani animal that was made out of fulfilling a vow.29

    It is permissible if a number of individuals take a share in a big animal for walimah and others for Qurbaani.
    Qurbaani of a Deer
    It is from among the wild animals and it is not permissible to make Qurbaani of wild animals.
    There is no difference if it is tamed or not.30


    8 Weird Places MRSA Hides

    8 Weird Places MRSA Hides


    MRSA threats are no joke! Americans endure more than 80,000 infections from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) a year, a statistic that costs the U.S. healthcare system more than $4 billion! At one time just a problem in hospitals, now MRSA lurks in our everyday environment, even inside our homes. While hospitals are getting a better handle on preventing it, fixing the spread of MRSA in our communities is now part of our responsibility, too.

    One major factor fueling MRSA’s spread involves the standard practice of feeding antibiotics animals to produce standard supermarket meat. With more than 80 percent of antibiotics used to fuel the growth and counteract filthy factory-farm conditions, choosing undrugged meat is a great way to stop the spread of this virulent infection. But until America adopts a less drugged up meat supply (Denmark is successfully doing this, by the way), you should take extra steps to prevent MRSA threats.

    Here are 8 weird places MRSA hides:


    1. E-Cigarette Smokers’ Throats
    Health claims surrounding e-cigarettes are going up in smoke. The latest puff of bad publicity? E-cigarette threats now officially include MRSA infections, too. Researchers at the University of the VA San Diego Healthcare System and the University of California–San Diego recently discovered that e-cigarettes appear to fuel potentially life-threatening drug-resistant pathogens.

    In lab tests, e-cigarette vapor increased the virulence of MRSA while compromising human cells’ ability to fight off the hard-to-kill germs. MRSA prefers to colonize in the upper throat behind the nose, an area that’s continuously exposed to the vapors.

    Stay Safe: Smoking regular cigarettes also creates a favorable habitat for MRSA, so your best bet is to quite all cigarettesas soon as possible. Visit the American Lung Association for help.

    2. Your Airplane Armrest
    Don’t let airplane germs ground your plans for healthy travel. Microbiologists and engineers from Auburn University found that nasty germs—including MRSA—were able to survive on airplane surfaces like armrests, plastic tray tables, and seat pockets for days.

    Stay Safe: Wash your hands often—especially before eating. (Just don’t make these 5 classic hand-washing mistakes.) When washing’s not an option, turn to alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 70 percent alcohol to kill MRSA. Consider carrying on a few Seventh Generation disinfectant wipes in a baggie to disinfect your seating area on the plane.

    3. Antibacterial Soap Users’ Noses
    Antibacterial chemicals triclosan and triclocarban are commonly found in household soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, and cleaners. But University of Michigan researchers uncovered a dirty little secret: People living in homes using these products are likely to harbor triclosan in their noses, where it promotes the growth of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, possibly predisposing some people to MRSA infections.

    Stay Safe: Wash your hands using regular soap and water. Government and university studies have proven this is just as effective as using antibacterial soap, without all the added risks. (Triclosan is also linked to thyroid damage and water pollution.)

    4. Your Supermarket Meat
    Here’s a reason to gag in the meat aisle. In 2011, researchers found that half of U.S. supermarket meat sampled contained staph bacteria, including hard-to-kill MRSA. The study appeared in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases. Turkey products were the most likely to harbor staph bacteria, followed by pork and chicken products.

    Stay Safe: Choose organic, Certified Humane, or Animal Welfare Approved meat at the supermarket to avoid drugged meat. Or find a local farmer who raises meat without the use of antibiotics. (Check out these 9 other appalling facts about your grocery store’s meat.)

    5. Your Local Farm Field
    Modern farming practices could be the root cause of exploding community-acquired MRSA rates, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers found that people living near large conventional pig farms or around a series of smaller ones were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with a MRSA or other soft-tissue infection.

    In fact, just living near a field that’s been fertilized with pig manure increases your risk. People living in the areas with the highest level of swine crop-field manure exposure faced about a 38 percent greater risk of a community-associated MRSA infection than people in areas with the lowest levels of exposure, according to lead study author Joan Casey, a Johns Hopkins graduate student.

    Stay Safe: It might be hard to figure out exactly what farmers are applying to fields near you, but you could ask your county’s conservation district for details. And demand organic to help keep antibiotics (and the supergerms that their overuse breeds) out of the food—and manure—supply altogether.

    6. Basketballs and Volleyballs
    University of California–Irvine researchers recently discovered that basketballs and volleyballs harbor staph bacteria, including MRSA. In fact, with each dribble, basketballs accumulated more of the germs. What’s worse: They survived on the balls for 72 hours in storage-room conditions!

    Stay Safe: Playing basketball is a great workout—so don’t let this keep you off of the court. Just be sure to cover up any open cuts before starting a game, wash your hands right after the final buzzer sounds, and shower as soon as possible afterward.

    7. Your Doctor’s Tie
    Multiple studies have detected MRSA on common surfaces in healthcare settings, including curtains and even doctors’ ties!

    Stay Safe: You can stop this unfortunate transfer of bacteria by asking a few simple questions, including asking your doctor or nurse to wash his or her hands as soon as he or she enters the room. Before surgery, ask about a hospital’s infection rate, and find out if they have a “bundle” plan to prevent infections—that may include not wearing ties!

    8. Your Family Member
    A 2014 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciencesfound that you could easily pick up MRSA through such contact inside your house, especially if someone you know recently was sick with a MRSA infection.

    Stay Safe: Summer’s the most common time to catch a community-acquired MRSA infection.

    To prevent that:
    • Wash your hands frequently.
    • Shower before and after you visit pools, hot tubs, and saunas.
    • Keep any open wounds covered.
    • Shower after going to the gym or participating in a sporting event, and wash your workout clothes after each visit to the gym.

    If you DO get an antibiotic-resistant infection, which will most likely appear as a boil on your skin, do this:
    • Wash your clothes, bedding, and towels in hot water to kill lingering bacteria.
    • Disinfect surfaces thoroughly with bleach (not the greenest option, but when you’re dealing with harmful bacteria, it’s a compromise worth making).



    I’ll have a hair pizza please!

    China’s barber shops are about the last place you might expect to find a food ingredient. None the less, this is where the food industry obtains a good proportion of the raw material – human hair – for one of its favorite additives. It is commonly seen on packaged food ingredient lists as L – cysteine, or L – cysteine Hydrochloride (HCL). The additive can be produced in two ways: synthetically, from non-organic bases such as petroleum, or directly from human hair. It can be much cheaper to use human hair, which contains up to 8 per cent of the natural amino acid cysteine.

    Cysteine is used as a flavoring and a dough enhancer, but by the time it reaches our pizzas and snacks the hair has been thoroughly processed and reduced to its chemical constituents. Still, it is extraordinary to think that the body can be recycled and re-enter the food chain so abruptly. More extraordinary, perhaps, is the journey it makes from the the Far East to our food. Why the food – additives industry should favor hair from this particular region is clear: its homogenous abundance – China has a head count of one billion – and according to the food – ingredient expert Dr John Meyer, because “it’s easy to collect nice, clean, tied – up bales of human hair there”. The hair is collected, cleaned, processed and then chemically converted into L – cysteine in Far East factories.

    “There are very few renewable human resources, but cysteine is one of them,” says Dr Meyer, who is responsible for sourcing kosher foods for the Jewish Orthodox Union of America. “You often find it in yeast flavors and you might find it in a savory flavor for almost anything.” Muslims are also aware of its presence in food. According to Koranic law, Muslims are forbidden to eat anything containing L – cysteine because it may be derived from human hair. America is ahead in keeping track of all the added ingredients in processed food – kosher food marked with a “U” on the ingredients means it is free of L – cysteine, but elsewhere in the world there is no standard method of identifying foods containing L – cysteine.

    “L – cysteine may be present in a number of foods, but it is not always listed on the ingredients,” says Richard Ratcliffe, the executive secretary of the British Food Additives and Ingredients Association. “Additives regulations in Europe require manufacturers to list additives and class them as a coloring, for example. But L – cysteine is not regarded as a food additive. It is seen as a processing aid. The food processors decide whether or not to list something like L – cysteine depending on the amounts used. “Nor, of course, do the manufacturers have to state if the L – cysteine used is hair-derived or otherwise.”

    “The chemical process of converting hair to food additive has been known for a hundred years and couldn’t be simpler,” says Professor Derek Burke, the former chairman of the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes. For those of us who do feel queasy about hair chemicals in food, not only may the use of cysteine seem cannibalistic, but there are also chilling associations with Auschwitz, where it was produced in a hair – chemicals plant. But if cysteine’s provenance appears somewhat stomach-turning, then consider the chemical’s benefits. Health – supplement fans rave about it. According to a health-products retailer, cysteine is one of the body’s most effective anti-oxidants and destroyers of the metabolism’s toxic waste products, that are said to accelerate aging. Cysteine is also naturally produced in sulphur-containing foods such as egg yolks, red peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

    The Government’s of America and Europe believe cysteine, human hair-derived or otherwise, as a perfectly safe. In fact, the view is that it is just one of several additives regarded as essential if we are to continue to enjoy safe, cheap food with a long shelf life. And, say its champions, since cysteine is hairy by nature, it can help prevent hair loss and stimulate its growth.


    L-cystein in pizza dough and bakery products– food is haraam

    Eating Human Hair by Another Name?
    by Syed Rasheeduddin Ahmed

    Your bakery product may contain human hair and you may not even realize it. It comes in the form of L-Cysteine, a non-essential amino acid. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. There are 20 amino acids of which 8 are essential for human growth. The amount of these essential amino acids in a protein determines its quality. Casein, a milk protein, has the highest quality of protein whereas wheat proteins are lacking in amino acid Lysine, so they have less quality than milk protein.

    L is refers to levorotatory a type of optical rotation of a compound under plane-polarized light.

    L-Cysteine is used as a reducing agent in bakery products. It is used to:


    • Reduce the mixing time of the flour dough,
    • Stop shrinking of pizza crust after it is flattened,
    • Help move the dough through various bakery processing equipments or dough conditioners.


    L-Cystein is used in Bagels, Croissants, Hard Rolls, Cake Donuts (from human hair in Dunkin Donut’s cake donuts only, Yeast raised donuts do not contain L-Cysteine), Pita Bread, some Crackers and Melba Toast. It is also used as a nutrient in baby milk formula and dietary supplements.

    The source of L-Cysteine is human hair, chicken feathers, cow horn, petroleum by-products and synthetic material. It was reported by a food company that a Rabbi refused to Kosher certify L-cysteine from human hair obtained from a temple in India where hairs are cut because of religious rituals.

    L-Cysteine is manufactured in Japan, China and Germany only. Human hair is the cheapest source for L-cysteine.

    Some reports suggest that European Union countries are thinking to ban the use of L-Cystiene from human hair in food products. There is no pressure from consumers in USA and Canada to ban the L-Cysteine from human hair. It is a haram product for Muslims because it is a part of human body. Islam does not allow to consume any part of human body. Some Rabbis accept it as Kosher ingredient saying it is dead part of the body but some do not.

    Majelis Ulema of Indonesia has halal certified L-Cysteine from synthetic material for Ajinomoto Company and this L-Cysteine is used in USA by Caravan Products of New Jersey in their mixes for bakery industry.

    Majority of L-Cysteine used in USA is from human hair, so please read the ingredients on the package, if you find it call or write to manufacturer and find out the source of L-Cysteine and also tell them that you can not use it from human hair.


    Use of Pig in Islam


    In a desperate and abortive attempt to scavenge some credibility for its noxious reputation soiled in carrion blood from the stupid and deceptive pronouncements of the Malaysian government, and the Malaysian carrion halaalizer, Jakim, the South African Carrion and Pork Halaalize (SACPH), also known as SANHA, disgorged some laughable comics and bunkum  in its latest  pork bulletin. The pork stupidities disgorged in its bulletin shall be  refuted in another article, Insha-Allah. Here, we reproduce an eye-opening PORK article from which  it is clear that:

    • The word of manufacturers should NOT be trusted
    • The word of carrion halaalizing outfits such as SANHA, MJC, NIHT, JAKIM, etc. should NOT be trusted.
    • A wide variety of products contain PORK ingredients camoflauged with chemical names and E-numbers.

    In the deluge of processed foods and carrion chicken and meat which Muslims are consuming, PORK ingredients are obiquitiously and ominously present. Don’t allow the shayaateen of these haraam ‘halaal’ certificate scoundrel outfits to trick, befuddle and bamboozle  you with their ‘kosher’ claims. Their very Imaan is in doubt. They are among the vilest devils out to destroy the morality and spiritual fibre of the Ummah. They do all of this shaitaaniyat for the sake of the haraam boodle with which they nourish their bodies –fattening their bodies to be fuel for Jahannam. Now read this PORK eye-opener written by a concerned NON-MUSLIM.



    Christein Meindertsma, 29, said: ‘Like most people, I had little idea of what happens to a pig after it leaves the abattoir so I decided to try to find out. I approached a pig farmer friend who agreed let me follow one of his animals.’ Identified by its yellow ear tag number, 05049, her pig trail ended with her identifying an incredible 185 different uses to which it was put –  from the manufacture of sweets and shampoo, to bread, body lotion, beer and bullets.

    Christein said: ‘I was shocked when I began to find out just how unusual and varied the different uses for a ordinary pig were. It’s almost as if these days, a pig is no longer thought of an animal  –  more like an industrial raw material with a mind-blowing amount of different uses.’ She found that 4.9lbs of her 16st 3lb pig went to making wine gums, while 4.8lbs went into liquorice. In this process, collagen is taken from the pig and is then converted into gelatine. This finds its way into numerous foodstuffs, where it acts as a gelling agent.

    Although not all sweets in the UK contain pork gelatine, many do  –  including Marks & Spencer’s hugely popular and aptly-named Percy Pigs sweets. It is not only sweets that contain pork gelatine. In some beers, wines and fruit juices, pig gelatine is used to remove the cloudiness from the drink. It works as a clarifying agent by reacting with the tannins in the liquid and absorbing the cloudiness.

    Some ice creams, whipped creams, yoghurts and certain butters also contain gelatine, as do certain pet foods. More surprisingly, a number of medicines also contain pig gelatine  –  everything from painkillers to multivitamins.

    Hygiene and beauty products are also made of pig. Fatty acids extracted from the bone fat of pigs are used in shampoos and conditioners to give them their shiny, pearl-like appearance. These acids can also be found in a number of body lotions, foundations and anti-wrinkle creams. Glycerine made from pork fat is also an ingredient in many types of toothpaste.

    Christein, from Holland, found that while some companies were reluctant to cooperate in her quest, others claimed that they didn’t even realise their products contained elements taken from a pig because of the middle men involved in the complex distribution process. The confusion is not helped by the fact that it is not clear on products’ ingredient labels where they originally came from.

    According to the Food Standards Authority, there is no legal obligation for manufacturers to specify whether the gelatine they use is from a pig or another animal. When it is specified, it is often confusingly referred to as Suilline gelatine. According to Richard Lutwyche  –  a British pig farmer with more than 60 years experience, chair of the Traditional Breeds Meat Marketing Company and a member of the British Pig Association  –  the reasons for much of this confusion is due to the industrial-scale of much pig farming.

    ‘In the UK, big commercial farms send their pigs to large abattoirs. The abattoir will find different markets for all the by-products,’ he says. ‘Everything they can’t sell they have to incinerate, so it’s in their best interest to sell as much as they can.

    ‘There’s an old expression that says: when it comes to pig, you can use everything but the squeal. Over the past 100 years those uses have expanded rapidly.’

    Some of the surprising products that can include pig material include photographic film, which uses collagen from pig bones; shoes that use bone glue from pigs to improve the quality of the leather; and certain paints that use bone fat to enhance their glossy properties.

    Some makers of cigarettes use haemoglobin from pig’s blood in their filters. Apparently this element works as a sort of ‘artificial lung’ in the cigarette so, they claim, ‘harmful reactions take place before the chemicals reach the user’. And the next time you buy a loaf of bread you would be well advised to read the packaging. Some manufacturers use an ingredient called L-cysteine, which is a protein made from pig or other animal hair and which is used to soften the dough.

    A product like Tesco’s Plain Tortilla Wraps includes this ingredient. The strangest use for a pig by-product that Christein found was in bullets and explosives. Pig bone gelatine was used to help transport the gunpowder or cordite into the bullet. It is difficult not to be impressed by the sheer versatility of this animal and its parts.

    Virtually nothing in a pig goes to waste. The snout from Pig 05049 became a deep-fried dog snack, while pig ears are sometimes used for chemical weapon testing due to their similarity to human tissue. Tattoo artists even buy sections of pig skin to practise their craft on due to its similarity to human skin, while it is occasionally used with burns patients for the same reason.

    Pigs make an enormous contribution to medicine, with insulin, the blood-thinning drug heparin and pig heart valves all vital. However, for vegetarians, Jews keeping kosher, Muslims and anybody else wishing to avoid pig products, this may not be such good news. The complex workings of the global food and processing industry have ensured that it is almost impossible to avoid pig altogether.

    15 Sha’baan 1435 -14 June 2014

    Shocking Analysis: Do coke and Pepsi contain Alcohol?

    » 13th June 2014
    Shocking Analysis: Do coke and Pepsi contain Alcohol?
    Disclaimer: We are providing this information as a sincere attempt to help muslims stay away from haram. We hold no personal hatred against any muslim but we will NEVER tolerate such deceptions perpetrated against muslims time and again as al wala wal bara has defined the clear path for us. And we do hold on to the concept of al hubbu fillah and al bughdhu fillah very dearly.


    (يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِنْ جَاءَكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَإٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَنْ تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَىٰ مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ) [Surat Al-Hujraat : 6]

    O you who believe, if a sinful person brings you a report, verify its correctness, lest you should harm a people out of ignorance, and then become remorseful on what you did.


    We have verified only the ‘false’ claim about the muslim consumer group. We do not deem it necessary to probe into the analysis of the government of UAE and the study conducted by Jang Group of Pakistan for obvious reasons namely halaalization and legalization of prostitution, alcohol, carrion chicken and meat.

    (إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يُحِبُّونَ أَنْ تَشِيعَ الْفَاحِشَةُ فِي الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالْآخِرَةِ ۚ وَاللَّهُ يَعْلَمُ وَأَنْتُمْ لَا تَعْلَمُونَ) [Surat An-Noor : 19]

    Verily, those who love that filth should be propagated among those who believe, they will have a painful torment in this world and in the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you know not.

    Let us now examine the claim put up on the blog here:

    Coke, Pepsi and 7-up testing in USA finds NO Alcohol:

    Muslim Consumer Group randomly bought bottles of unopened Coke, Pepsi and 7 UP bottles, sent it to a lab for sophisticated Residual Solvents Identification (USP 35 ) testing and paid $1200. Tests revealed no Alcohol.

    Now let us see what the reality of the above claim is. A brief visit to the muslim consumer group website has revealed the astonishing truth.

    The claim mentioned above clearly states some of the details of the testing method and the amount paid for it – “sent it to a lab for sophisticated Residual Solvents Identification (USP 35 ) testing and paid $1200.”

    And the result as claimed in the statement above:

    “Tests revealed no Alcohol.”

    Now let us see the real results (truth) muslim consumer group states. We will copy relevant parts from the mcg website to make it brief. Links will be provided for the sincere readers and we urge everyone to visit them and verify our claim independently.

    1) TITLE: MCG’ s analysis of Alcohol in US made soft drinks will be same in other countries if the ingredients statement are same

    …… They do not use a single natural flavor but multiple natural flavors. Since most natural flavors are made with ethyl alcohol as a solvent, so amount of alcohol in natural flavors is more than a single natural flavor.

    …… This is the reason the lab analysis of Cocoa Cola, Pepsi and 7 UP at a independent lab in Chicago area shows that Coca Cola has more alcohol compare to Pepsi which do not show any alcohol at all.

    …… Conclusion:

    In conclusion Coca Cola in any part of world will have alcohol in it. It was proved by a independent lab in Chicago area USA and also a lab in France by Le Monde Le Progres reported that 10 out of 19 sodas tested by the magazine contained alcohol, including Coke and Pepsi. The difference in MCG results and La Monde Le Progres of France is due to use of different instrument to detect ethyl alcohol and procedure itself.

    …… The independent outside lab in Chicago area has found the following amount of alcohol in Coca Cola and 7 UP but nothing in Pepsi:

    The alcohol level in Coke was 0.0059 or 59 PPM

    7 UP has shown higher level of alcohol of 0.048% or 480 PPM.

    The Pepsi has showed less than 0.001% or less than 10 PPM (Instrument cannot detect less than 0.001% it means zero results.

    2) A simple search on the mcg website of the word “coca cola” yields many results. Some of them are reproduced below.

    Q) Is soft drink COCA COLA halal ??? -[Anonymous user]

    A) AOA

    It is not Halal because it contains minute amount of alcohol.

    Category: E-Numbers

    05-07-14 05:36:10


    Q) I sent msg to coca cola company asking them about alcohol and their answer was “Coca-Cola: Soft drink products of The Coca-Cola Company are nonalcoholic. The ingredients and manufacturing processes used in the production of our soft drinks are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities. In every country where our products are sold, our soft drinks are recognized by the local government and health authorities as nonalcoholic. ” so it doesn’t contain alcohol!! -[Anonymous user]

    A) AOA

    They are saying this since last 30 years and I also got the same reply 20 years back. Please send this report to them and ask about.

    From our website Alert section:

    Alcohol was detected in Coke and 7 UP

    Muslim Consumer Group was getting a lot of inquiries about the French study of finding the presence of alcohol in EuropeanCoke and Pepsi. MCG sent the samples to Northland Lab in Northfield, IL to use a more sophisticated method of Residual Solvents Identification known as USP 35 method than French’s Headspace Gas Chromatography-Flame Ionization Detection (HS-GC-FID) method which cannot quantify the amount of Ethanol or Ethyl Alcohol.

    MCG sent unopened Coke, Pepsi and 7 UP bottles to Northland lab to perform alcohol test by using Residual Solvents Identification known as USP 35 method. This method can detect amount of alcohol at least 0.001% or 10 Part Per Million or 10 milligram per liter or more. But this method can’t detect less than 0.001% of alcohol.

    MCG has paid over $1200 to perform these analysis for Muslim consumers in USA.

    The alcohol level in Coke was 0.0059 or 59 PPM as reported by Northland Lab.

    The 7 UP has shown higher level of alcohol of 0.048% or 480 PPM.

    [Our husn e dhann fails us to comprehend how a person can know the test method and the amount paid but couldn’t know the result and make such a clear distortion.]


    Q) Hi ! Dear brother I would like too know about coca cola and Pepsi ingredient is halal please can you reply me : Thanks Jazakumullah Khair? -[Anonymous user]

    A) AOA

    MCG sent coke, pepsi and 7 up to outside lab for alcohol analysis. The lab detected alcohol in coke and 7 UP but not in Pepsi so can use only Pepsi.

    Category: E-Numbers

    02-14-14 16:59:01


    Q) Please could you tell me the specific amount of alcohol in DR PEPPER not in coca cola dr pepper -[Anonymous user]

    A) AOA

    The amount of alcohol in Coca Cola is listed under Alert section. Dr. Pepper wrote me that all their flavor made with alcohol. So it does not matter how much there because a Hadith says even small amount intoxicant is Haram. Alcohol is a intoxicant.

    Category: Food Products

    11-24-12 09:53:4


    The below was stated in the comments of the blog. Let us see what mcg says about this claim in response to a similar question.

     Actually Coke denies it as well ( ) *** Coca Cola is proud to be the world’s largest non-alcoholic beverage company. In the manufacture of Coca Cola, alcohol is not added as an ingredient and no fermentation takes place.*** Remember that I haven’t presented this as evidence and I am merely correcting your misinformation.”

    MCG: They are saying for last 30 years that their soft drinks do not consider a alcoholic drink because in order to say alcoholic drink the USFDA requires a minimum percent of alcohol. Coke and Pepsi will never answered question about use of alcohol in natural flavors because if they answered yes then their products in Muslim countries will be banned. Dr. Pepper who also make 7UP send me an e-mail that mostly alcohol is used their flavors. This is the reasons we send coke, Pepsi and 7Up to outside lab to analyzed. This lab analysis is based on official AOAC procedure which is different used in France. The instrument was also different in both countries. This is the reason lab in France find alcohol in Pepsi but not in USA.


    Sincere readers can visit the website themselves to verify the above.


    Now some interesting comments from the blogger.

    “But such a rigours, repeatable, authentic approach will be boring and it’s a lot more fun to send people…..

    “And then people can approach Ulama for Fatawaa and then believers get into battle mode and fight it out for “Haqq vs Baatil”.”


    Our question is why was the result of mcg’s research stated incorrectly?


    The issue of whether small amounts of alcohol contained in a food item render it Haraam or not is a separate one. We shall focus for now on the question on whether Coke, Pepsi and other fizzy drinks contain alcohol.


    FDA will allow up to 2% of processing aid ingredients or hidden ingredients in a food product or in a food ingredient without reporting in the ingredients statement.

    A good example of a hidden ingredient used by some Kuffaar manufacturers is the use of pork gelatine in apple juice processing!

    The research of MCG and their many correspondences with major Kuffaar companies, prove that a shocking number of Kuffaar products have traces of pork or alcohol in them – and that’s judging from only those companies who have admitted, perhaps naively, to this fact! Most other companies will not reveal, and are not obliged to, any of the hidden ingredients used in manufacturing their products.

    The Kuffaar have a tendency to use Naajis, filthy ingredients in their products and they have a whopping 2% to play with without having to reveal any of the filth that they may have introduced into a product.


    It is commonly known and accepted by food processing experts that alcohol is used as a processing aid or a hidden ingredient as part of the natural or artificial flavouring. It is not supposed to listed under ingredients. We shall produce clear explicit statements of major companies admitting to this fact.

    We shall also produce some letters in which Coca cola and other major companies have clearly admitted that alcohol is used as a flavouring solvent in their product.

    In recent years they seemed to have learnt from their mistake of being so honest and now carefully word any letters or statements. For example, read this official statement of theirs:

    “Some products of The Coca-Cola Company they contain alcohol?
    All drinks are non-alcoholic . Ingredients and industrial processes used in the manufacture of our products are subject to strict controls by the government and health authorities in each country where our products are marketed. Our drinks are recognized as non-alcoholic beverages by the government authorities of each country.”

    Coca-Cola does not answer any questions and plays with words. Coca-Cola said its drinks are “recognized as non-alcoholic beverages”, but this does not mean that there is no alcohol in their drinks. This means that their alcohol beverages rate is less than 1.2% by volume, a rate that allows them, according to regulations, not be classified as alcoholic beverages. Clearly, according to the legislation, a drink that contains no more than 1.2% alcohol is not an alcoholic beverage. It is an alcoholic beverage in reality, but not in the texts.

    It does not clarify at all whether any of their ingredients or processing aid ingredients in their products contain no alcohol. Attempts by MCG and other Halaal food agencies in gaining clarification regarding this have invariably drawn a blank.

    In order to get the correct answer from these major ruthless corporations who are masters of deception, MCG provide guidelines in how to word a letter addressed to these companies.

    They state that the question about alcohol in flavors is a tricky one because it is treated as a hidden ingredient of the flavor. If you ask the alcohol question to non-technical consumer department person of a food company, they will first look at the ingredients list of the food product. After obviously finding that find no alcohol is mentioned they will simply state that no alcohol is used whilst completely oblivious to or trained to ignore the fact that alcohol is part of the 2% hidden ingredients of the flavor.

    The MCG advises the following or similar wording to be used by muslim consumers when asking the question to the consumer department of any food company regarding the presence or absence of alcohol in the flavor of a food product:


    “Is alcohol used as a solvent in the flavour? Is alcohol a hidden ingredient or processing aid ingredient of a flavour? Such information will not appear in the ingredients statement. The knowledge of the presence or absence of alcohol in flavors is only known to your QA or Technical service department who have access to the specification of flavors. In the specification of the flavors, the flavor supplier would have written the name of the solvent or carrier used in that particular flavor. Please request your QA or Technical service department to find out whether alcohol was used or not in the flavor as a solvent. The consumer department cannot answer this question because would not have access to the specification of ingredients.”


    MCG states:

    “Both Coca-Cola and Pepsi refused to answer the question of whether alcohol is used in natural flavors because of proprietary information.”

    GMWA from UK states:

    “Halaal according to information provided, however please note that Coca Cola has not responded to our question about alcoholic flavourings. Britvic, Rubicon and Libby’s drinks have clearly declared alcoholic flavourings.

    If you wish to refrain from alcoholic flavourings, then we advise you that Coca Cola Company products may not be suitable for your consumption.”

    The following are answers by Coca Cola and Pepsi. Notice how they evade giving the answer that was sought:

    “Thank you for contacting The Coca-Cola Company. We appreciate the opportunity to respond to your concerns.

    The ingredients and manufacturing process used in the production of our soft drinks are rigorously regulated by government and health authorities in nearly 200 countries that have consistently recognized these beverages as nonalcoholic. Therefore, consumers can be reassured that our products are nonalcoholic. As an aside, you may be interested to know that alcohol naturally occurs in many food products. A scientific literature review has shown that the majority of food and drink products, both natural and manufactured, may contain small amounts of alcohol. Such products include fruits, juices, vegetables, breads, cheese, fish, poultry, beef and even honey.

    With regard to halal, we abide by the laws and practices of every country in which our products are sold. In countries where Islam is the principal religion, our soft drink products are accepted by the local governments as suitable for consumption, even where we are not certified as Halal. Our soft drink products are non-intoxicating and officially recognized and registered as nonalcoholic beverages. Moreover, they do not contain any meat ingredients.

    We are not able to disclose or comment on the flavor composition of Coca-Cola brand products; this information is proprietary to The Coca-Cola Company. This is all the information we can provide. We suggest contacting your local countries food regulatory agency for further information or contacting the FDA for U.S. beverages.

    We hope this information is helpful.


    Industry & Consumer Affairs
    The Coca-Cola Company”

    From Pepsi Cola:

    “Dear Rasheed,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact us at Pepsi-Cola regarding our beverages.

    Although our exact formulations are proprietary, please be assured that analysis of our products will confirm that they are non-alcoholic. You can be certain that all our products throughout the world are non-alcoholic and fully comply with local regulations.

    Also, there are no animal products or bi-products in our carbonated beverages or our juice drinks.

    Once again, many thanks for your interest in our company. We hope this information is helpful to you.

    Allison Detillier
    Consumer Relations Representative”


    Here are some statements from far bigger experts than Muadh admitting to the fact that many such products contain alcohol:

    GMWA of UK states:

    “Most food products nowadays contain some type of flavouring – natural, artificial, or a combination of both.   Many of these flavourings contain alcohol, which is used as a carrier or solvent for the flavouring.”

    The Fiqh Council of North America:

    “It is well known that some soft drinks, such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, contain among their ingredients a tiny amount of alcohol, which is used to dissolve some constituents of the drinks such as color, flavor, etc. Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, for example, contain different types of flavors, considered to be part of the trade secrets; these flavors dissolve in alcohol, which is no more than two to three parts in one thousand (0.03-0.02 %) in these drinks.

    Such soft drinks are considered to be permissible or halal from the Islamic point of view, according to the rules of eating and drinking in the Islamic legal law.”

    Here are a few excerpts from letters from major companies found on the MCG website admitting to the fact that alcohol is used and that it is a widespread practice in the industry (many of these letters also argue how small the amount of alcohol content is):


    Dr. Pepper Snapple Group  make 7 UP, Dr. Pepper, A & W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Country Time, Crush, Diet Rite:

    [I]“…Most of the flavors in our products are designed with a carrier that is usually ethanol. The amounts are very slight, but still present”.

    AG BARR (Rubicon)

    “…Flavourings are added to many thousands of food and drink products right across the UK food Industry because they are an essential component in delivering and maintaining the individual products unique, characteristic taste profile preferred by their consumers.  These trace levels are so miniscule that they have no effect on the smell, colour or taste of the product and so bears no trace of its original nature. The body metabolises the alcohol faster than it is consumed, meaning it can have no possible intoxicating effect.”


    “Many natural and/or artificial flavors do contain some alcohol as flavor carriers…

    It can be surmised that if a product contains natural and/or artificial flavor, there is a good chance that alcohol was used in the development of the product…”

    In another letter:

    “…The information we’ve received from our ingredient supplier indicates that although the carrageenan is halal certified, alcohol is used in its manufacture…”


    A letter to Kanz on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 by Coca-Cola themselves:

    “It is with pleasure that we confirm that the soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol from flavorings used(medium flavor). Indeed, the amount of alcohol in our drinks is always very low and in any case always less than 1.2 percent alcohol ( 1.2% by volume ), regulatory threshold for drinks. “

    (Read the letter scanned the bottom of this article)”

    A scanned copy of the letter can be found here:

    Another explicit admission from Coca-cola here:

    Two more letters from other companies:

    Reduce the risk of cancer with probiotics

    by Carolanne Wright

    (NaturalNews) Considered a nutritional buzzword among the health-conscious crowd, probiotics are well-known as an important addition to the diet for maintaining digestive balance. And now, researches have discovered these micro-organisms are much more powerful than previously thought by playing a substantial role in discouraging, and also healing, cancer.

    Probiotics and health

    Present in a wide array of foods like yogurt, cheese, miso, fermented vegetables and pickles, as well as in supplemental form, probiotics are the guardians of health on several levels. Not only do these live microbes populate the gut with beneficial bacteria and off-set problematic pathogens, but also work in tandem with the immune system, giving it a substantial boost. Probiotics reduce inflammation, soothe depression and calm stress response too. But researchers are especially enthusiastic about the latest application for these microscopic beasts: cancer prevention and treatment.

    Beneficial bacteria and the anticancer connection

    A commentary published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition explores the part probiotics play in reducing the risk of cancer:

    “Consumption of fermented dairy products with LAB [lactic acid bacteria] may elicit anti-tumor effects. These effects are attributed to the inhibition of mutagenic activity, the decrease in several enzymes implicated in the generation of carcinogens, mutagens, or tumor-promoting agents, suppression of tumors, and epidemiology correlating dietary regimes and cancer. … Studies on the effect of probiotic consumption on cancer appear promising, since recent in vitro and in vivo studies have indicated that probiotic bacteria might reduce the risk, incidence and number of tumors of the colon, liver and bladder.”

    Moreover, research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states that “[i]ngestion of viable probiotics or prebiotics is associated with anti-carcinogenic effects, one mechanism of which is the detoxification of genotoxins in the gut. This mechanism was shown experimentally in animals with use of the rat colon carcinogen 1,2-dimethylhydrazine and by determining endpoints that range from tumorigenesis to induction of DNA damage.”

    Additionally, when prebiotics (found in foods like Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, root vegetables, asparagus, jicama and leeks) are ingested along with probiotics, the result is a reduced load of genotoxic agents and increased production of protective elements like butyrate — a short-chain fatty acid that guards against colon cancer.

    Lastly, keep in mind the following points made by Vanessa Wada, MS, RD, of Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center:

    “Probiotic-containing foods are fairly common in Japan and Europe but are slowly making their way in the United States. There is potential for these microbial creatures in cancer prevention, but further research needs to be conducted. Understanding the use of probiotics as a part of the whole food vs. the isolated product, obtaining a more thorough knowledge of its mechanism in the gut, and identifying the particular strains that have the largest beneficial impact in promoting health will be areas of future research and interest. And as long as these studies continue to provide positive outcomes, incorporating probiotics into the diet is a safe, easy, and cheap way to protect oneself from disease.”

    Sources for this article include:

    About the author:
    Carolanne believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness coach, she has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of green living for over 13 years. Through her website, she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people who share a similar vision.

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    Decades of devouring satanically ‘halaalized’  carrion chickens, carrion meat and even PORK in the form of  ingredients in satanically ‘halaalized’ junk ‘foodstuff’, has desensitized, not only the  palates of the masses, but also their Imaan. Thus, revelations of the pork content in the junk ‘foods’ hardly irks the devourers of carrion and rubbish junk  termed ‘food’.

    The latest PORK revelation is the discovery of some PORK ingredients in some of Cadbury’s chocolates which Muslims devour with utmost relish, destroying their health and Imaan in the process. The PORK was discovered by the Ministry of Health   in Malaysia. The report in this regard states:

    “The traces (of PORK) were found during a periodic check for non-halaal ingredients in food products by the Ministry of Health, which on Saturday said two of three samples of the company’s products contained pork traces, the website said.

    The two products, Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond, were readily available in stores throughout the country, Nikkel said.”


    The salient aspects of this haraam  PORK-CHOCOLATE debacle on which concerned Muslims should reflect are:

    (1)    The PORK discovery was made during a ‘periodic check’. There was no prior suspicion which necessitated an inspection of the PORK chocolates.

    (2)      Only three samples were tested. Cadbury  has hundreds of chocolate and sweet brands which have NOT been tested.

    (3)      These chocolates are sold by the ton, not only in Malaysia, but the world over.

    (4)     Prior to the PORK discovery, Muslims in Malaysia and all over the world were consuming these PORK chocolates.

    (5)      Currently, even  ‘pious’ and concerned Muslims are continuing to devour these PORK chocolates. Millions of Muslims are still unaware of the PORK content in these chocolates. It will take considerable time for the news to filter through in order to reach every Muslim who consume these haraam PORK chocolates.


    Furthermore, any claim that the PORK problem is restricted to Cadbury’s chocolates in Malaysia should be dismissed with contempt and regarded as an audacious attempt to bamboozle and hoodwink Muslims. And, only Muslims whose Imaan has been incorrigibly tarnished with PORK and CARRION will swallow this fiction which will be invented for the deglutition of moron Muslims who are addicted to  ‘halaalized” carrion and PORK.

    The disease of PORK and other haraam ingredients in a myriad of junk ‘foods’, sweets, chocolates and commercial biscuits is endemic. All of these commercial, processed products are littered with a plethora of ingredients – haraam and mushtabah – camouflaged with  lengthy, unpronounceable chemical names and mysterious E-numbers – poisons compounded with poisons, culminating in the long term in a host of serious maladies such as cancer, diabetes,  kidney failure, liver-malfunctioning, blood pressure, etc., etc.

    It is Waajib for Muslims to show mercy to their souls and bodies by abstaining from these destructive physical and spiritual poisons. Never accept the  vile ‘assurances’ of manufacturers and  of these evil ‘halaal’ certificate vendors whose primary objective is the haraam boodle which  has fattened their bodies which will be fuel for Jahannam. Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “The Fire has greater claim  over a body nourished by Haraam.”

    In a damage-control stupid, misleading exercise to befuddle Muslims, the company  ‘assured’ “The company said it was undertaking a full review of its supply chain to ensure halal standards…..” Such hollow and deceptive assurances should be contemptuously dismissed. The indisputable fact is that the chocolates contained PORK. From whence did the PORK come?  PORK ingredients are the cheapest and according to the convoluted brains of manufacturers,  such ingredients produce the best results. How is it ever possible for Muslims to place any reliance on the word of entrepreneurs whose existence on earth is regulated  only by the objective of  making money? Money is their god. It is their all. How is it also possible for Muslims to accept the word of these  vile mercenary carrion-halaalization  outfits who trade in haraam  so-called ‘halaal’ certificates which in terms of the Shariah are  pure scraps of worthless papers designed to  hoodwink the Muslim masses?

    Just examine the formidable  lists of ingredients on the wrappers of all processed products. Only minds which are the victims of intellectual and spiritual stultification will fail  to discern the poisons listed.


    28 Rajab 1435 – 28 May 2014





    The following  report depicts the mood of Muslims in Malaysia who had been conned into  consuming PORK Cadbury chocolates:

    Muslim groups in Malaysia call for holy war against chocolate maker. Confectionery giant accused of ‘crossing the line’ after pork traces found Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Almond ‘tested positive for traces of porcine DNA’

    Company recalls two batches of their product amid threats of legal action. Groups call for Cadbury factories to be ‘shut down immediately’. Malaysian Muslims have called for a holy war against the confectionery giant Cadbury – after pork DNA was found in some of its products.

    A group of more than 20 Malay-Muslim organisations say they want to declare jihad against the chocolate maker after two batches of chocolate products were recalled. The company has said that it was informed that samples of its Cadbury Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Cadbury Dairy Milk Roast Almond had ‘tested positive for traces of porcine DNA’. According to Malaymailonline, a news conference was held in Kuala Lumpur where the groups claimed Cadbury had ‘crossed the line’ and that quick action was now needed.

    The website quotes one of the group presidents, Ustaz Masridzi Sat, as blaming social ills in Malaysia on Muslims eating food that was not halal.

    He told the news conference: ‘Because the person eats pork it is difficult to guide him to the right path. ‘When the day of judgment comes, that person will be wearing a pig-face because of what he has eaten. ‘We need to unite, we must declare jihad.’ One group chief, Abu Bakar Yahya, claimed the pork traces were part of a wider attempt to ‘weaken’ the faith.

    Another called for a nationwide boycott on the Cadbury’s products saying its factories should be ‘shut down immediately’, Malaymailonline reports. The president of the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia, Datuk Nadzim, said talks were already underway with Malay NGOs over the possibility of taking legal action. Cadbury said it had been informed of the porcine traces following tests carried out by the Health Ministry.”



    30 Rajab 1435 – 30 May 2014



    Rasulullah has mentioned that there are two favors which most people take lightly; Good health and free time. Looking after our health is an essential part of a Muslim’s life. If we are not careful regarding this important aspect of our lives, then we may be deprived of many important a`maal (May Allah Ta’ala protect us all). We maybe unable to perform Salaah with Jama’ah, go out in the Path of Allah, make jihad and help the poor and needy if we do not preserve good health.

    In another Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahualaihi wasallam) has mentioned, “A strong Muslim is better and more beloved to Allah Ta’ala than a weak Muslim.”

    We have been repeatedly taught in the Ahaadith to make dua for good health and seek Allah Ta’ala’s protection from all dreadful diseases. One such dua is as follows, “O Allah! Keep my hearing well, keep my sight well and keep my body well.”

    Make shukar and thank Allah Ta’ala for the good health that we enjoy and in turn Allah Ta’ala will increase us in good health.

    Health and sickness are both from Allah Ta’ala alone. However, we have been commanded in the Qur’aan to take precautions. If we adhere to the following 7 points, Insha Allah, we will enjoy good health throughout our lives.

    1. Clean Air
      • Make a point of breathing in fresh clean air.
      • After Fajar, take a walk and breathe in deeply from your nose allowing the fresh morning air to filter through your lungs. Exhale from your mouth.
      • Hadhrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar Saahib (daamat barakaatuhum) has mentioned, “Subah ki hawa, Laakho ki dawa” (The fresh morning air is a medicine for hundreds of thousands of ailments).
      • Allow fresh air and sunlight into the home daily and ensure that it is free from dampness and diseases.
      • Hadhrat Moulana Ashraf Ali Thaanwi (rahmatullahi alaih) used to say that if a person takes a walk after the Fajar Salaah with the intention of enjoying good health, then he will Insha Allah receive the same reward as the one who sat in the musjid upto the Ishraaq Salaah.
      • Refrain totally from smoking or sitting near those who smoke.

    2. Clean Water
      • Drink clean fresh water. If possible, drink rain water or borehole water (provided it is tested and declared safe to drink). If this is not available, install a water purifying unit in your home whereby you can obtain filtered water instead of the water directly from the tap. Do ensure that you use a good quality filter.
      • Drink 8 glasses (+ 2 litres) of water per day.
      • Avoid drinking water ½ hour before and after meals.
      • Try and avoid drinking very cold or iced water.

    3. Exercise
      • Most of us are unmindful of this. One should exercise at least 3 times a week for 20-30 minutes.
      • People with busy schedules may suffice with at least 15 press-ups and 20 sit-ups at the beginning of the day.
      • At the least, a brisk walk every second day for approximately 20 minutes will do you much good. Those men who live within walking distance from the Musjid should make it a habit to walk to the Musjid for their five times Salaah. (NB. Women should not go out walking on the street. Rather they should walk in their homes or in their yards).

    4. Balanced diet
      • Eat two meals a day instead of three. Supper should be a light meal.
      • Refrain from eating processed foods (polonies, sausages, patties, foods with artificial colouring and preservatives, etc.).
      • Avoid eating too much of oily foods or food fried in oil.
      • Avoid eating between meals.
      • Don’t overeat. We learn from the Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) to reserve one third of the stomach for food, one third for water and one third for air.
      • Cook simple meals. Avoid cooking too many varieties for one meal. The Hakims are of the opinion that eating various different types of food in one meal is not conducive to good health.

    5. Sleep
      • Hadhrat Moulana In’aamul Hasan Saahib (RA) had advised that every person should get 6 hours of sound sleep daily.
      • One cannot function efficiently without having sufficient sleep.
      • Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has encouraged us to have an afternoon nap. (+ 45 minutes). This sleep in medical terms is referred to as a power sleep. Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) has said that having an afternoon nap will assist one in waking up for the Tahajjud Salaah.

    6. Control of emotions
      • Rasulullah Salallahu alayhi wasallam has, on several occasions, cautioned the ummat about controlling their emotions. There are many Ahaadith of Nabi (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) wherein there are severe warnings for those who do not control their anger as well as those who harbour jealousy, hatred and rancour in their hearts for others. This eventually builds into stress within us.
      • Stress has become very common. Due to our hectic lifestyles, the long hours that we work, we begin to stress and those around us suffer the consequences.
      • People who cannot manage their stress levels adequately are prone to cardiovascular high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses.

    7. Elimination of toxins (Detox)
      • Due to our unhealthy diet, we have a build up of toxins in our bodies. These toxins need to be eliminated from time to time. Toxin build-up in the colon is the beginning of many illnesses.
      • In order to eliminate these toxins, one should take 2 Tablespoons of Castor oil in half a glass of orange juice every two or three months

    Only hours out of the womb, a dairy calf’s eye was split open this week by a savage kick in an attempt to make him stand up.


    A witness to the event, Riversdale resident Jeanine Lotz posted her outrage on Facebook, like this:
    “I just got verbally abused in the most foul way! Why? Because I stood up for a new born calf who was expected to travel, in 30 degrees C, for about 5km on foot to the farmers dairy, where he would begin his short little life by being separated from his mother! He collapsed next to the road, unable to move, where the farm worker kept on kicking him to stand up until his eye split open. I yelled at the man to stop so I could fetch my son’s pickup and drive him (the calf) over to the dairy. My interference did not go down well at all! But I grew up on a farm.  I am not a bunny- hugging newby, but my father NEVER abused or allowed his workers to abuse animals this way!!!! My sister and I learned from an early age to respect and value all creatures great and small. I just feel really sad at the unnecessary cruelty of man.”
    Jeanine’s posting drew a host of supportive comments, some from people who have witnessed similar atrocious behaviour.
    Speaking to Animal Voice editor, Louise van der Merwe, today, Jeanine said:  “I breed Arabian horses on our farm. My mom and I were sitting on the stoep having a cup of tea  when we saw a cow who had just given birth being driven down the side road to the dairy, with her newborn calf trying to keep up. His umbilical was still hanging there. Like I said on Facebook, he collapsed and the labourer kept kicking him to make him get up. I was crying so hard and screaming for him to stop so I could fetch my son’s pick-up and drive the calf down to the dairy. My groom, Willem,  ran to the calf. He told me: ‘Die kalfie se oogie is heeltemaal oopgeskop’. My mom (80) was shocked at the foul language that was used by the labourer to convey his displeasure at me!
    “What upset me even further was the little ‘hokkie’ where we had to unload the calf! It was made from portable gates, on hard rocky soil, nowhere soft to lie. Willem pulled a piece of corrugated iron over the top for shade! I was crying so hard that Willem went to talk to the farmer, who said he would talk to his worker. This is one of the biggest dairy farms in Riversdale. And it is nothing new. It happens all the time. These little boy calves in the dairy industry are going to be slaughtered anyway but while they are alive, please let their lives be worth living.”
    Note from Ed: Animal Voice has forwarded Jeanine’s story to Dr Nico Schutte who represents the Milk Producers Organisation and asked for a progress report on the MPO’s endeavours to put a stop to the ill-treatment of boy calves.
    What you can do!
    Please forward this email to your supermarket and ask for confirmation that the calves that supply their milk, cheese, yoghurts, ice-cream and butter products, are properly cared for.
    Here are the Customer Care email addresses of the supermarkets:
    ·         Pick n Pay: Customer
    ·         Woolworths Customer Service Help
    ·         Shoprite/
    ·         SPAR Customer

    Only hours out of the womb,  a  dairy calf’s eye was split open this week by a savage kick in an attempt to make him stand up.

    A witness to the event, Riversdale resident Jeanine Lotz posted her outrage on Facebook, like this:

    “I just got verbally abused in the most foul way! Why? Because I stood up for a new born calf who was expected to travel, in 30 degrees C, for about 5km on foot to the farmers dairy, where he would begin his short little life by being separated from his mother! He collapsed next to the road , unable to move, where the farm worker kept on kicking him to stand up until his eye split open. I yelled at the man to stop so I could fetch my son’s pickup and drive him (the calf) over to the dairy. My interference did not go down well at all! But I grew up on a farm.  I am not a bunny- hugging newby, but my father NEVER abused or allowed his workers to abuse animals this way!!!! My sister and I learned from an early age to respect and value all creatures great and small. I just feel really sad at the unnecessary cruelty of man.

    Jeanine’s posting drew a host of supportive comments, some from people who have witnessed similar atrocious behaviour.

    Speaking to Animal Voice editor, Louise van der Merwe, today, Jeanine said:  “I breed Arabian horses on our farm. My mom and I were sitting on the stoep having a cup of tea  when we saw a cow who had just given birth being driven down the side road to the dairy, with her newborn calf trying to keep up. His umbilical was still hanging there. Like I said on Facebook, he collapsed and the labourer kept kicking him to make him get up. I was crying so hard and screaming for him to stop so I could fetch my son’s pick-up and drive the calf down to the dairy. My groom, Willem,  ran to the calf. He told me: ‘Die kalfie se oogie is heeltemaal oopgeskop’. My mom (80) was shocked at the foul language that was used by the labourer to convey his displeasure at me!

    “What upset me even further was the little ‘hokkie’ where we had to unload the calf! It was made from portable gates, on hard rocky soil, nowhere soft to lie. Willem pulled a piece of corrugated iron over the top for shade! I was crying so hard that Willem went to talk to the farmer, who said he would talk to his worker. This is one of the biggest dairy farms in Riversdale. And it is nothing new. It happens all the time. These little boy calves in the dairy industry are going to be slaughtered anyway but while they are alive, please let their lives be worth living.”

    Note from Ed: Animal Voice has forwarded Jeanine’s story to Dr Nico Schutte who represents the Milk Producers Organisation and asked for a progress report on the MPO’s endeavours to put a stop to the ill-treatment of boy calves.

    What you can do!

    Please forward this email to your supermarket and ask for confirmation that the calves that supply their milk, cheese, yoghurts, ice-cream and butter products, are properly cared for.

    Commercial bisquits/cookies and baked good Haraam

    27 Rajab 1435 – 27 May 2014





    In a letter, BAKERS BISCUITS has confirmed that its TENNIS, LEMON CREAMS AND CHOCKITS biscuits contain alcohol.


    Besides  alcohol which is haraam, commercial biscuits, not only of Bakers, but of all manufacturers, contain a variety of  ingredients such as  emulsifier, stabilizer, colourants, flavourings, essences,  and  ingredients camouflaged with chemical names and E-numbers whose   sources  are unknown.


    At the minimum biscuits with unknown ingredients are Mushtabah (Doubtful) from which abstention is  necessary.


    Biscuits containing alcohol are HARAAM.


    It is  Waajib for Muslims to abstain from consuming all commercially produced biscuits. Bake your own Halaal-Tayyib biscuits at home thereby saving your Rooh from the spiritual poisons of  haraam and mushtabah.

    Haraam bakers biscuits PDF Print E-mail

    It has been established that the following brands of BAKERS BISCUITS contain alcohol:


    ICED ZOO BISCUITS  contain HARAAM  gelatine.

    Abstention from these biscuits is Waajib. All forms of alcohol are HARAAM. Although NIHT has  certified these biscuits ‘halaal’, according to the Shariah the biscuits are HARAAM.

    Do not be misled and fooled by the deceptive arguments which classify certain types of alcohol as ‘halaal’.  According to the Shariah, all types of alcohol are haraam.

    Lemon & Baking Soda Shown To Be Powerful Healing Combination

    lemon_baking_sodaIn an age where cancer rates are rising incredibly fast, the need for alternative treatments is becoming even more prominent. Research is being put into a number of different avenues with one supporting Dr. Marty Pagel, PhD, from the University of Arizona Cancer Center, who will test the effects of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) on breast cancer patients. He is receiving a $ 2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find to perform the study.

    Lemon & Baking Soda

    An important note to understand right off the top- any treatment for cancer will react differently in various patients and also to various types of cancers. Traditional methods can work well on some cancers and terribly on others. The same can be said for various natural cures. On top of this fact, the state of the human body receiving treatment with either method also plays a big role. Do they have access to clean organic food? Clean water? Do they believe and feel they can overcome their disease? These are all important factors with any treatment.

    A number of studies in the past have shown interesting in vivo results surrounding the use of sodium bi-carbonate on cancer tumors. While research is not fully complete on the matter, early results are already showing some powerful effects of tumor metastasis. This of course encourages funding for further research as early signs are looking good.

    Dr. Robert J. Gillies and his colleagues have already demonstrated the effectiveness of baking soda in alkalinizing the area around tumors in mice. The same researchers found that bicarbonate increases tumor pH and also inhibits spontaneous metastases in mice with breast cancer. [3]

    Lemon has shown to contain anti-carcinogenic properties as it contains limonoides which are phytochemicals found in a number of citrus fruits. [1] Lemon also has been shown to have strong anti-microbial effects which has been tested in research exploring the idea that cancer is very much like a fungus within the body. [2] When treating cancer as a fungus, various methods can be used and some have found that lemon and bicarbonate can help fight the fungus causing various types of cancer.

    Lemons are also effective in helping the body detoxify. They are rich in vitamin C and help your body neutralize cell-damaging free radicals. Limonene, a substance found in lemons also helps to stimulate lymph flow which is important in removing carcinogens from the body. A weak or under performing lymph system is a big part of disease promotion.

    Lemon is also used to help balance Ph. They are taken together as it is believed that lemon is one of the safest ways to introduce high alkaline substances into the system. These methods of treatment are able to approach carcinogenic cells and destroy them without destroying healthy cells. This is another key factor as chemotherapy destroys all cells which includes the healthy ones.

    Together lemon and baking soda help to fight cancerous cells or diseases in the body while helping to increase the body’s ability to clean itself up of what may be causing the diseases in the first place. Having lemon as a part of your diet is certainly healthy and taking this combination as a detox can also be helpful even if you don’t have an illness.

    One method I have found for introducing this into your body as a drink is to mix 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda into 250ml of water with about 1 half of a lemon. Please check into more recipes that might work for you. I have personally taken this mixture if I ever had stomach issues or was feeling like I might be getting sick. It has been very successful each time I’ve used it. Of course, always do your own research and check with a health professional if you wish.



    2. Researchers examined human DNA from a variety of tissues and organs to identify and quantify aflatoxin DNA-adducts. Such adducts are considered to be proof of the mycotoxin’s presence in a particular tissue. Their finding? “Tumor tissues had higher aflatoxin-adduct levels than did normal tissue from the same individual.”


    Boy Recovers From Autism —-Strong Evidence Links Vaccines to Autism

    Boy Recovers From Autism By Removing Dairy & Gluten. Strong Evidence Links Vaccines to Autism

    Global autism rates are on the rise and many are beginning to ask questions about how they can best treat or remedy symptoms to increase quality of life overall. In one particular case, a young boy by the name of Ethan Fox began showing strong signs of Autism recovery when his diet was changed to no longer include gluten and dairy. The parents of Ethan acted on the advice of Dr. Kenneth Bock who is an autism specialist and author of ‘Healing The New Childhood Epidemics. Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies.’ It is believed that changing an autistic child’s diet to no longer include gluten and dairy can assist 60% of children with autism.


    There is much concern that the rise in autism is directly linked to the rise in vaccines since the early 1990′s. While this theory has been debunked on several occasions by mainstream health, many independent studies are confirming the link, suggesting that mainstream health has a vested benefit in the continuation of their practices. Many researchers in the field strongly believe the current vaccine schedule is unsafe and health professionals are turning a blind eye to the real and factual results. Many arguments against the mainstream approach to this research is that they have not properly studied or tested the link between autism and vaccines and therefore are irresponsibly drawing conclusions.

    Autism in the U.S. alone has increased by over 2700 percent since 1991. It was at that point that vaccines for children doubled, and even today we still see an increase in the number of immunizations. Before 1991, 1 in 2500 children were diagnosed with autism whereas now 1 in 91 children are diagnosed.[3] Although research by Epidemiologist Tom Verstraeten and Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado, both determined that thimerosal was responsible for the sudden rise in cases of autism, their findings were quickly dismissed by the CDC. [4]


    Further research on the link between a gluten free diet having positive results for autistic children is furthered by the a study focused solely on dietary therapy for children with autism. I have included a link to the study in the sources, below is an excerpt from the study’s abstract.[5]

    ‘We report the history of a child with autism and epilepsy who, after limited response to other interventions following her regression into autism, was placed on a gluten-free, casein-free diet, after which she showed marked improvement in autistic and medical symptoms. Subsequently, following pubertal onset of seizures and after failing to achieve full seizure control pharmacologically she was advanced to a ketogenic diet that was customized to continue the gluten-free, casein-free regimen.’[5]

    Want to learn more about the link between vaccines & autism? Here are 15 PubMed studies.


    Read the 15 PubMed studies