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  1. The increase in your cravings for "sweet carbs" may just be a reflection of increased intake of and therefore dependence on sugars. The lay-term "sugar" is often used in place of glucose and really obfuscates what carbs are and what they do once consumed. Your body breaks down all carbs you consume into glucose which is then absorbed into the bloodstream via the gut. If you're eating simple/refined carbs (aka starches) like sugar (i.e. your everyday sugar you put in your tea), potatoes, refined white breads etc then your gut is able to very quickly break down the simple starches into glucose and very quickly absorb them into the blood. This results in a rapid rise in blood glucose levels (or blood sugar levels) which elicits rapid release of insulin from the pancreas. In such situations, the insulin response is usually over the top. Thus, you end up with more insulin than required causing glucose to be rapidly absorbed from the blood into muscle, liver, and fat cells. The blood glucose level rapidly drops, often dipping below the optimal levels needed in the blood. Ergo, you feel a lack of energy/hunger/cravings for more glucose and the cycle repeats itself. The overwhelming majority of desserts, packaged foods, and snack items contain refined carbs (cereals, breads, cakes, pastries, chips, confectionery, drinks, and most fruits etc). You should try to avoid them. Go for unrefined carbs as much as possible. Go for wholemeal foodstuffs with high fibre content. They take longer for your gut to breakdown into glucose, therefore there is a less rapid rise in the blood glucose level. That prompts a slower release of insulin which is better matched and thus more likely to result in optimal blood glucose levels.
  2. Can you provide more details about your pain? How does it start? What kind of pain is it (shooting, stabbing, constant, intermittent etc)? Does it involve the whole head or is it localised to certain areas? What symptoms before, during and after? How long does it last? What makes it better? What worsens it? How many times in a month do you get it? How old are you and how long have you been getting it? Do you have any other health problems? Does anyone in your family have migraines or significant health problems? What medications and supplements do you take currently? What meds have you taken in the past, esp for your migraine?
  3. If I follow your twisted and mindbogglingly narrow logic, enslaving other human beings is clearly halal given the "textual evidence"... Sorry to burst your bubble, but you don't have a monopoly over Islam. It encompasses far more than just the closed circle of jurisprudence/fiqh/sharia whose centripetal revolutions haven't allowed the penetration of any new sciences for centuries--a closed circle that clearly can't tolerate a significant interruption of its tradition of consensus on the limited number of doubts and difficulties considered permissible to discuss. You don't get to decide what or who is within the pale of religion. Having absolute faith in your convictions doesn't make your convictions more valid than mine or anyone else's. No text, not even the Quran, speaks for itself. It has to be interpreted by whomever reads it. As for my advice to the kid, I'm quite simply carrying out what I believe to be my duty as a Muslim and a medical professional and dispelling absolute garbage that are the myths about the physical and medical consequences of masturbation. You're more than free to dispense your advice, but stop deluding yourself and others that your interpretation and understanding of faith is the only true one--as if the line demarcating Islam has not "been twisted by agendas, ignorance, and personal desire since time immemorial."
  4. Conjecture: "the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence for proof" ^In fact not a single point in what you've quoted is conjecture or personal opinion; and you did graciously grant that it is backed by science. Let me clarify that it is the established consensus of the medical community. Not to mention, it's backed by the same 'limited' medical science that has extended life expectancy by 20-30 years on average. And I'm assuming you are enjoying the fruits of the medical fraternity's labour by living a relatively healthy life?
  5. Dear Hussein, I'm uncertain about your age and location so a lot of what I will say will be based on some assumptions. Your sexuality is a critical part of who you are and therefore it is vital that you have good awareness of it. Only with sound knowledge of your sexuality (and your body in general) can you have a healthy sexual life. 1) There is no evidence whatsoever that masturbation in and of itself poses any risks to your well being. It's a normal part of self/sexual exploration at first and can continue to be a healthy part of your sexuality throughout your adult life. There's absolutely zero evidence to support the myth that masturbation causes erectile dysfunction. (Of course if you do masturbate without sufficient lubrication you can cause a rash, injury or infection.) 2) Anecdotal evidence from recent years, particularly since the advent of high speed Internet, indicates that many adolescents who have had access to and watched lots of pornography (particularly extreme, fetishistic etc.) have suffered from performance anxiety and/or erectile dysfunction. This should not be confused with the physical act of masturbation. It has more to do with unrealistic portrayals of human sexuality by much of the pornography in recent years and the sheer availability of vast amounts and types of pornography. There's some evidence to suggest that it can be addictive and therefore hinder the formation of healthy sexual or romantic relationships because it distorts once's perceptions of their own or their partner(s)' sexuality. 3) Exercising and/or fasting is not an antidote to masturbation. Exercise and physical activity in general is good health behaviour. It not only improves your physical health but is one of the most important contributors to better mental health and has been linked to neuroplasticity and overall improved brain function. So, in short, exercise because it's good for you, not because it's a magic bullet to fix the problem that isn't, i.e. masturbation. These outdated theories originate from puritanical currents within Christianity and have been adapted by many Muslim conservatives without an iota of evidence to support them. 4) Healthy sexual relationships aren't about "satisfying" the wife (or your sexual partner). In fact, that's a very skewed, uninformed, and outright chauvinistic perception of sex and sexuality. Sexual intimacy is as much a social/emotional need as it is a biological/physical one. It isn't about a crude satisfaction of your partner! The concept of "satisfaction" reduces sex to a crude vaginal-penile intercourse. Healthy sexual intimacy is far more than that and encompasses having good awareness of your own body and sexuality, contraception and STIs, ongoing consent, respect for yourself and your partner, and good communication. 5) The idea that certain foods cause sexual arousal is as valid as the theory that eating bananas "corrupts" women. It would be laughable if it wasn't so tragic. I'm happy to answer any further questions if you have any. D
  6. Given what you've stated about your partner, I'm inclined to assume that he has a fairly long list of sexual partners. You should get yourself tested for STIs as soon as possible, if you haven't already. You should also get the HPV vaccination as well if you're within the recommended age range. This case is an excellent example of why all girls (and boys) should be immunised against HPV before they become sexually active. Too often females in the Muslim and other conservative communities refuse immunisation against HPV because some equate it to a license to promiscuity. The result, such as in a case like this, could be catastrophic.
  7. As different as the difference between awesome and average.
  8. Are you getting the blisters at the very same spot? Do you get them on both feet or just the one foot? Skin/tissue damage and the resultant pain is usually a signal from the body that it doesn't like what you're making it do. So try to get the rubber/adhesive strips to prevent the friction. Make sure the shoes you were are comfortable, especially in the context of the activity you're engaged in while wearing them. Finally, make sure that your feet are as dry as possible and don't wear the same pair of socks for more than a day.
  9. People need to be careful about stuff they see on TV and all these fad diets. There's no such thing as gluten allergy or intolerance. There's however a quite serious condition called coeliac disease in which the body's immune system damages the intestines because it perceives gluten (parts thereof) as dangerous to the body. So if you keep eating food with gluten in it, the damage to the intestine increases, this in turn reduces the body's ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat. Hence, signs and symptoms of malnutrition appear. UK's NHS has a helpful page on coeliac disease
  10. Usually the replacement lens is good for life. So why this problem has occurred needs to be investigated by a proper medical professional. There's nothing in your post for even an eye surgeon to be able to answer the question you are asking. Only an ophthalmologist/surgeon can answer your queries after doing a physical examination and reviewing your full medical history. (Age, smoking history, diabetes status, previous history of major illnesses/surgeries, type of cataract, type of cataract surgery, surgical complications, complications in the recovery phase, family history, work/social history, etc. are just some of the factors that go into a proper assessment of what might be going on.) There is an information page on cataract by the US National Eye Institute that can give you some background, but you're best off leaving such questions for the appropriate health professional. https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/cataract/cataract_facts
  11. Blu115, the most well known genetic disease that we know of is cystic fibrosis. By well known, I mean that it has been studied across the globe because its incidence in Europeans is quite high. Even so, the breakthrough in gene therapy for CF is very recent, limited to the most predominant mutations, and still in experimental stages. In contrast, primary hypoxaluria is a much rarer disease and exists mainly in Mediterranean populations. There's very little advanced research in it, so gene therapy won't be a realistic option for it for the foreseeable future. Spiritual engagement etc are important in your overall well-being. So I wouldn't stop you from that. But you do need to be well informed about your health so you can effectively manage your disease. Your ability to manage the disease depends on your disease status, age, financial ability, family support, the expertise of your doctor(s), and the healthcare system around you, among many other factors. A liver transplant would be useful only if you were facing imminent liver failure. Consult your specialist, find out what your disease status is at the moment. Learn about the necessary health and lifestyle changes that can help you prevent stones in the first place (for example, increasing fluid intake). Have regular health checks to stay abreast of your liver and kidney functions etc. There are many disease like diabetes or celiac disease that have no cure, but proper management can ensure that you're in very good health.
  12. There is no cure for primary hypoxaluria, only treatments available to manage it. Please try not to go off the advice of random lay people on the web. Since you've already done that, you're actually doing the exact opposite of what's recommended. You should not be fasting! High fluid intake is extremely important. The stuff about "alkalizing" your body is ridiculous. Our bodies' plasma is closely guarded within a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. The body self-corrects any disturbances, and if it is unable to correct the disturbance in pH within a reasonable amount of time, all metabolic activity will shut down.
  13. Sucrose (sugar), a disaccharide, is composed of monosaccharides glucose and fructose. Glucose and fructose are isomers of each other and their metabolism is very similar - same chemical formula, different atomic arrangement. The benefit of consuming fructose instead of sucrose or glucose is pretty much negligible. If people are really interested in improving health, the right course of action is to avoid sugars rather than find alternatives for it. Most day-to-day processed food products use a variety of sugars in very high amounts. Aside from the obvious products like desserts and drinks these include tomato sauces for example.
  14. Just shake the hand. It won't kill you. I've tried it and I was totally okay afterwards. Even lived to tell the tale. Like right now.
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