Friday, June 30, 2006

Dimona takes lead in softball finals

The JerusalemPost-Sports Edition
June 30, 2006

Ovade Ben-Israel's game-winning, basesloaded, one-out single over a drawn-in outfield in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Dimona Mean Judeans a 12-11 victory over Penticon in Game 1 of the best-of-three Israel Softball Association finals on Sunday. Golan Halley started for Penticon, whose regular starting pitcher, Ami Baran, was in the US observing potential players for an Israeli Olympic Softball team. Halley injured his shoulder in the first inning and Dimona took a 6-2 lead.
Relief pitcher Benzi Fleightman came in and the sharp Penticon defense kept Dimona off the scoreboard until the sixth inning. Penticon fought back, tied the score in the top of the seventh and then held Dimona in the bottom of the inning to send the game into extra innings. Game 2 is scheduled for 9 p.m. Sunday at Baptist Village.

"SCLC" - Alive and Kicking - Back & Strong As Ever

NATIONAL NEWS - SCLC’s ‘New Day and New Way’ by Stan WashingtonSpecial to the NNPA from the Atlanta Voice

ATLANTA (NNPA) – This isn’t your father’s SCLC.The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which just a few short years ago was on life-support, is now charging forward with renewed vigor under the leadership of its energetic president Charles Steele Jr. Not only has the Atlanta-based organization rebounded financially from years ago, but it has now expanded its services internationally, Steele announced recently during a media briefing at Paschal’s Restaurant. “We know how to march, how to picket, how to shut you down, but with our partners we’re moving to another level,” Steele said. Steele outlined organizational plans to open conflict resolutions and the pending groundbreaking of its new headquarters. SCLC opened a confliction resolution center in Dimona, Israel and Dayton, Ohio in 2005, and has plans to establish 50 domestic and 10 international centers in the next four years. See Full Article: SCLC’s ‘New Day and New Way’

In Search of Noah's Ark

Team believes it found Noah's Ark - Returns from Iranian mountain with petrified wood, marine fossils World Net Daily - June 30, 2006
A 14-man crew that included evangelical apologist Josh McDowell says it returned from a trek to a mountain in Iran with possible evidence of the remains of Noah's Ark. The group, led by explorer Bob Cornuke, found an unusual object perched on a slope 13,120 feet above sea level. Cornuke, president of the archeological Base Institute and a veteran of nearly 30 expeditions in search of Bible artifacts and locations, said he is cautiously, but enthusiastically, optimistic about the find. Full Story: Team believes it found Noah's Ark

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Power of Enzymes

by Dr. Baruch

Enzymes are the sparks that start the essential chemical reactions ourbodies need to live. They are necessary for digesting food, forstimulating the brain, for providing cellular energy, and for repairingall tissues, organs, and cells. Humbart Santillo, B.S., M.H., in hisbook Food Enzymes, quotes a Scottish medical journal that says it well:"Each of us, as with all living organisms, could be regarded as anorderly, integrated succession of enzyme reactions."Three TypesThere are three types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes, digestive enzymes,and food enzymes. Metabolic enzymes catalyze, or spark, the reactionswithin the cells. The body’s organs, tissues, and cells are run bymetabolic enzymes. Without them, our bodies would not work. Among theirchores are helping to turn phosphorus into bone, attaching iron to ourred blood cells, healing wounds, and seeing that our hearts beat.Digestive enzymes are secreted by the pancreas and break down foods,allowing their nutrients to be absorbed into the bloodstream and usedin body functions. They ensure that we get the greatest possiblenutritional value from foods. Digestive enzymes include protease, whichdigests protein; amylase, which digests carbohydrates; lipase, whichdigests fats and oils; and maltase, which digests malt sugars andgrains.Food enzymes are enzymes supplied to us through the foods we eat. Theyinclude digestive enzymes, but also enzymes unique to the particularfoods. Food enzymes help us "predigest" foods; that is, start breakingdown foods before our bodies’ enzymes begin to do so. According toSantillo, the enzymes found in raw foods digest 5 to 75 percent of thefoods themselves without the help of other enzymes. This way, ourbodies’ digestive enzymes have help in the digestive process, and we donot use as many of the body’s "in-house" enzymes.The importance of enzymesDr. Edward Howell, who has written two books on enzymes, theorizes thathumans are given a limited supply of enzyme energy at birth, and thatit is up to us to replenish our supply of enzymes to ensure that theirvital jobs get done. If we don’t replenish our supply, we run the riskof ill health. In the enzyme nutrition axiom, Howell postulates that "The length oflife is inversely proportional to the rate of exhaustion of the enzymepotential of an organism. The increased use of food enzymes promotes adecreased rate of exhaustion of the enzyme potential."In other words, the more enzymes you get, the longer and healthier youlive.The key is to remember that food enzymes are destroyed at temperaturesabove 118 °F. This means that cooked and processed foods contain few,if any, enzymes, and that the typical diet found in industrializedcountries is enzyme-deficient. When we eat cooked and processed foods,we could well be eating for a shorter and less-than-healthy life. This points back to the importance of eating raw fruits and vegetablesbecause they are "live foods"; that is, foods in which the enzymes areactive. The more enzymes you get, the healthier you are. And the moreraw foods you eat, the more enzymes you get.The benefits of enzymesThe benefits of providing your body with more enzymes are many. Asnoted, getting more enzymes aids the body’s own enzyme supply, whichmay lead to a longer and healthier life.Digestive enzymes help us digest foods more completely. This means morenutrients (and maybe eating less!) and the good health that goes withthem.There is another advantage to being sure that foods are well-digested.When foods are not well-digested, they remain in the stomach and canrot and putrefy. This results in a buildup of waste in the colon. Thisfecal matter begins to decay, producing bacteria and toxins. The toxinseventually seep through the bowel wall, where blood capillaries pickthem up and distribute them throughout the body. This can result inhealth problems. These problems include constipation, stomach bloat,poor digestion, gas, malodorous gas fatigue, weight gain and weightloss, headaches, and more. Using digestive enzymes ensures that yourfoods are more completely digested, helping to eliminate potentialproblems due to toxins.Dr. Howell says that high calorie foods have far more of the three maindigestive enzymes, but unfortunately these foods are eaten cooked andhence without enzymes.In his opinion bananas, avocados, grapes, mangoes, olives from the tree,fresh raw dates, fresh raw figs, inhibitor-fee raw cereal grains andseeds and germinated, inhibitor-fee raw tree nuts are endowed with bothcalories and enzymes.Dr. Howell concludes that the best way to help the body keeping a highenzyme content is to follow a diet rich in raw foods based on fruits,nuts, seeds and vegetables. This can prevent many diseases and the bodywill have a long life of health and well-being.Please contact me for speaking engagements and nutritional consultationsfor you or a friend. "Together we can make the world healthier."

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Low Iron Could Help Spur Baldness

(HealthDay News) -- Could iron deficiency be key to baldness?
The answer is yes, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic, who reviewed scientific literature on the connection published over the past 40 years. "If doctors can understand fully the relationship between iron deficiency and hair loss, then they can help people regrow hair more effectively," study leader Dr. Wilma Bergfeld, head of clinical research in the department of dermatology, said in a prepared statement. "We believe that iron deficiency may be related to many forms of hair loss and that people may need higher levels of iron stores than previously thought to regrow hair." The review of data suggests that iron deficiency may be linked to several of the most common kinds of hair loss. However, there is not enough evidence to suggest universal screening for iron deficiency in hair-loss patients and further research is required, the researchers said. The findings appear in the May issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. Iron deficiency is the world's most common nutritional deficiency. It can be caused by inadequate dietary intake of iron, excessive menstrual bleeding, and other forms of blood loss. Treatment includes adequate dietary intake of iron and, when appropriate, iron supplements. Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic routinely screen for iron deficiency in patients with hair loss. If iron deficiency is detected and treated in the early stages, patients may be able to grow hair more effectively, the researchers said. More information: The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about hair loss.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Storms and Flooding hits US – from Illinois to Washington DC

Story complied by Yoeelah E.N. Aharon (KNN Reporter)

Second day of storms hits Midwest hard Wind and rain wreak havoc on Ohio, Illinois. By Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press

Severe storms pounded the upper Midwest with strong winds and heavy rain for a second day Thursday and were blamed for the death of a firefighter who tried to rescue two teenagers from rising floodwaters.
Al Anderson Jr., 47, was trying to get to the teens, whose Jeep had gotten stuck, when he drowned in Wellington, Ohio, about 40 miles southwest of Cleveland, authorities said. The teens were rescued. Near Logan, Ohio, nine people were injured Thursday afternoon when lightning struck a shelter during a charity run, according to the State Highway Patrol. One had life-threatening injuries. In Indiana, strong thunderstorms prompted numerous storm and flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service and left behind widespread reports of damaged homes, downed trees and blown over semi-trailers.
A lightning strike in Indianapolis sent six firefighter trainees to a hospital, although officials said none of the injuries appeared serious. The site of the U.S. track and field championships was evacuated twice as storms moved through the downtown area.
On Wednesday, 5 inches of rain fell in a five-hour span in the Toledo, Ohio, area, 56 mph wind gusts and golf ball-size hail pelted northern Ohio, and tornadoes were reported in Michigan, the National Weather Service said.
See: Press-Telegram - Second day of storms hits Midwest hard

Flooding cripples Washington
Tue Jun 27, 2006 12:19am ET By Randall Mikkelsen-Reuters News Service

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Torrential rain soaked the U.S. capital, toppled a century-old elm tree at the White House, closed the home of the Declaration of Independence and kept tax collectors from work on Monday.
With as much as 7 inches of rain falling since Sunday in an East Coast deluge, flooded basements or power outages forced the Internal Revenue Service, Commerce Department, Justice Department and the National Archives to close. The federal government told its 280,000 area workers they could take leave if they were unable to get to work. The Justice Department's main building, where hoses pumped out a flooded basement, would stay closed all week, authorities said. See: Flooding cripples Washington