bless the jews
angel seraphim

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4333 Jan 2, 2013
Question: "What are seraphim? Are seraphs angels?"

Answer: The seraphim (fiery, burning ones) are angelic beings associated with the prophet Isaiah's vision of God in the Temple when God called him to his prophetic ministry (Isaiah 6:1-7). Isaiah 6:2-4 records,“Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.

And they were calling to one another:‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.’

At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.” Seraphs are angels who worship God continually.

Isaiah chapter 6 is the only place in the Bible that specifically mentions the seraphim.

Each seraph had six wings. They used two to fly, two to cover their feet, and two to cover their faces (Isaiah 6:2). The seraphim flew about the throne on which God was seated, singing His praises as they called special attention to God’s glory and majesty.

These beings apparently also served as agents of purification for Isaiah as he began his prophetic ministry.

One placed a hot coal against Iss, the seraphim are perfectly obedient to God.

Similar to the cherubim, the seraphim are particularly focused on worshipping God.
what should we learn

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4334 Jan 2, 2013
Question: "What should we learn from the account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego?"

Answer: The amazing story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, three young men defying the mighty King Nebuchadnezzar and thrown into a fiery furnace, has captured the hearts of young children as well as adults for centuries. Recorded in the third chapter of Daniel, the account of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego provides believers today with strong and lasting lessons.

For their refusal to obey the king’s decree to bow down to the idol, three charges were brought against them. They paid no heed to the king and his commands, they did not serve the king’s gods, and they refused to worship the golden statue the king himself had set up. The penalty for their actions was death. Their response to the king was profound:
"O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up" (Daniel 3:15-18).
We cannot but be astonished by their faith in the one true God.

At the very outset, their response in the moment of trial confirmed three things: their unswerving conviction of the God of the Bible, their confidence in the God who is who He says He is and will do what He says He will do, and their faith as revealed by their reliance upon the only One who had the power to deliver them from evil. Their acknowledgment of God over the world’s most powerful king resulted in God’s supreme power being revealed to unbelievers. Their faith demonstrates that God is able to deliver us from our own problems and trials.

As believers, we know that God is able to deliver. However, we also know that He does not always do so. Romans 5 tells us that God may allow trials and difficulties in our lives to build our character, strengthen our faith, or for other reasons unknown to us. We may not always understand the purpose of our trials, but God simply asks that we trust Him—even when it is not easy. Job, who endured incredible pain, almost insurmountable agony, and suffering, was still able to say,“Though He may slay me, yet will I hope in Him”(Job 13:15).
what should we learn

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4335 Jan 2, 2013
We also know that God does not always guarantee that we will never suffer or experience death, but He does promise to be with us always.

We should learn that in times of trial and persecution our attitude should reflect that of these three young men:“But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up" (Daniel 3:18). Without question, these are some of the most courageous words ever spoken.

Jesus Himself said,“Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell”(Matthew 10:28).

Even if Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had to suffer a horrible, painful death in a burning oven, they refused to abandon God and worship an idol. Such faith has been seen innumerable times throughout the centuries by believers who have suffered martyrdom for the Lord.

Nebuchadnezzar was astonished that the fire did not consume Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He was even more amazed when he saw not three, but a fourth person with them: "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God" (Daniel 3:25 NKJV).

The point here is that, when we “walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7), there may be those times of fiery persecution, but we can be assured that He is with us (Matthew 28:20). He will sustain us (Psalm 55:22; Psalms 147:6). He will ultimately deliver us. He will save us … eternally (Matthew 25:41, 46).
The chief lesson from the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego is that, as Christians, we will never be able to bring the world to Christ by becoming like it.

As did these three men, so should we in revealing to the world a higher power, a greater purpose, and a superior morality, than the world in which we live.

If we are put before the fiery furnace, we can reveal the One who can deliver us from it. Remember the powerful, yet comforting words, of the apostle Paul:

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal; (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).

Our hope when experiencing illness, persecution, or pain lies in knowing that this life is not the end—there is life after death. That is His promise to all those who love and obey Him. Knowing that we will have eternal life with God enables us live above the pain and suffering we endure in this life (John 14:23).

Recommended Resource: The Great Lives from God's Word Series by Chuck Swindoll.

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4336 Jan 2, 2013

"What do angels look like?"


Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14), so they do not have any essential physical form. But angels do have the ability to appear in human form. When angels appeared to humans in the Bible, they resembled normal males. In Genesis 18:1-19, God and two angels appeared as men and actually ate a meal with Abraham. Angels appear as men many times throughout the Bible (Joshua 5:13-14; Mark 16:5), and they never appear in the likeness of women.

Other times, angels appeared not as humans, but as something other-worldly, and their appearance was terrifying to those who encountered them. Often, the first words from these angels were “do not be afraid,” because extreme fear was such a common reaction. The keepers of Jesus’ tomb became as dead men when they saw the angel of the Lord (Matthew 28:4). The shepherds in the fields in Luke 2 were “sore afraid” when the angel of the Lord appeared and the glory of the Lord shone around them.

As for physical characteristics, angels are sometimes described as winged. The images of cherubim on the ark of the covenant had wings that covered the mercy seat (Exodus 25:20). Isaiah saw winged seraphim in his vision of the throne of heaven, each one having six wings (Isaiah 6:2). Ezekiel, too, saw visions of winged angels. Isaiah 6:1-2 depicts angels having human features—voices, faces and feet. Angel voices are heard singing and praising God in several other passages. One of the most complete descriptions of an angel is in Daniel 10:5-6:“I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold around his waist. His body was like chrysolite, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude.” The angel at Jesus’ tomb was similarly described:“His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow”(Matthew 28:3).
angelic appearances

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4337 Jan 2, 2013
Question: "Do angels appear to people today?"

Answer: In the Bible angels appear to people in unpredictable and various ways. From a casual reading of Scripture, a person might get the idea that angelic appearances were somewhat common, but that is not the case.

There is an increasing interest in angels today, and there are many reports of angelic appearances. Angels are part of almost every religion and generally seem to have the same role of messenger. In order to determine whether angels appear today, we must first get a biblical view of their ancient appearances.

The first appearance of angels in the Bible is in Genesis 3:24, when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden. God placed cherubim to block the entrance with a flaming sword.

The next angelic appearance is in Genesis 16:7, about 1,900 years later. Hagar, the Egyptian servant who bore Ishmael to Abraham, was instructed by an angel to return and submit to her mistress, Sarai. Abraham was visited by God and two angels in Genesis 18:2, when God informed him of the impending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The same two angels visited Lot and instructed him to escape the city with his family before it was destroyed (Genesis 19:1-11). The angels in this case also displayed supernatural power by blinding the wicked men who were threatening Lot.

When Jacob saw a multitude of angels (Genesis 32:1), he immediately recognized them as the army of God. In Numbers 22:22, an angel confronted the disobedient prophet Balaam, but Balaam did not see the angel at first, although his donkey did. Mary received a visit from an angel who told her that she would be the mother of the Messiah, and Joseph was warned by an angel to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to protect them from Herod’s edict (Matthew 2:13). When angels appear, those who see them are often struck with fear (Judges 6:22; 1 Chronicles 21:30; Matthew 28:5).

Angels deliver messages from God and do His bidding, sometimes by supernatural means. In every case, the angels point people to God and give the glory to Him. Holy angels refuse to be worshiped (Revelation 22:8-9).
angelic appearances

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4338 Jan 2, 2013
According to modern reports, angelic visitations come in a variety of forms. In some cases, a stranger prevents serious injury or death and then mysteriously disappears. In other cases, a winged or white-clothed being is seen momentarily and is then gone. The person who sees the angel is often left with a feeling of peace and assurance of God's presence. This type of visitation seems to agree with the biblical pattern as seen in Acts 27:23.

Another type of visitation that is sometimes reported today is the “angel choir” type. In Luke 2:13, the shepherds were visited by a heavenly choir as they were told of the birth of Jesus. Some people have reported similar experiences in places of worship.

This experience does not fit the model so well, as it typically serves no purpose other than to provide a feeling of spiritual elation. The angel choir in Luke’s Gospel was heralding some very specific news.

A third type of visitation involves only a physical feeling. Elderly people have often reported feeling as though arms or wings were wrapped around them in times of extreme loneliness. God is certainly the God of all comfort, and Scripture speaks of God covering with His wings (Psalm 91:4). Such reports may well be examples of that covering.

God is still as active in the world as He has always been, and His angels are certainly still at work. Just as angels protected God's people in the past, we can be assured that they are guarding us today. Hebrews 13:2 says,“Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” As we obey God's commands, it is quite possible that we may encounter His angels, even if we do not realize it. In special circumstances, God allowed His people to see His unseen angels, so God’s people would be encouraged and continue in His service (2 Kings 6:16-17

We must also heed the warnings of Scripture concerning angelic beings: there are fallen angels who work for Satan who will do anything to subvert and destroy us. Galatians 1:8 warns us to beware of any “new” gospel, even if it is delivered by an angel. Colossians 2:18 warns against the worship of angels. Every time in the Bible when men bowed down before angels, those beings firmly refused to be worshiped. Any angel who receives worship, or who does not give glory to the Lord Jesus, is an imposter.

Second Corinthians 11:14-15 states that Satan and his angels disguise themselves as angels of light in order to deceive and lead astray anyone who will listen to them.

We are encouraged by the knowledge that God's angels are at work. In special circumstances, we might even have one of those rare personal visitations. Greater than that knowledge, however, is the knowledge that Jesus Himself has said,“Surely I am with you always, even to the end of the age”(Matthew 28:20). Jesus, who made the angels and receives their worship, has promised us His own presence in our trials.
angelic appearances

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4339 Jan 2, 2013
Question: "Who are the four living creatures in Revelation?"

Answer: The four living creatures are found in Revelation 4:6-9, 5:6-14, 6:1-8, 14:3, 15:7, and 19:4. The texts that describe these creatures do not indicate that they are figurative—they are real, actual beings. The four living creatures (literally “beings”) are a special, exalted order of angelic being or cherubim. This is clear by their close proximity to the throne of God. Ezekiel 1:12-20 suggests that they are in constant motion around the throne.

Revelation 5:6-14 describes the duties or purposes of the four living creatures. They fall down and worship the Lamb, Jesus Christ, offering the same reverence to Him that they did to the Father (Revelation 4:10), proof positive of the deity of Jesus Christ. Along with the 24 elders, they have “harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.” Harps are frequently associated with worship in the Old Testament, as well as with prophecy (2 Kings 3:15; 1 Chronicles 25:1). Incense represents the prayers of the saints. Therefore, taken together the four living creatures and 24 elders hold in their hands all that prophets ever prophesied and believers ever prayed for—all about to come to pass.

The purpose of the four living creatures also has to do with declaring the holiness of God, leading in worship and adoration of God, and they are involved in some way with God’s justice, for when He opens for first four seals and sends out the four horsemen to destroy, their powerful voices, like thunder, command “come”(6:1-8). The horsemen respond to the summons of the four powerful creatures, indicating the power the creatures possess. That power is seen again in Revelation 15:7 when one of the four unleashes the last seven plagues of God’s wrath on mankind.

The four living creatures are very similar, if not the same, beings as those in Ezekiel 10:2,14, and 20 and Isaiah 6:1-3. They are four in number, full of eyes, have faces like the beings in Ezekiel 1:10, six wings (Isaiah 6:2), and offer worship as the beings in Isaiah 6:3, saying “holy, holy, holy is the Lord.” They may not be the exact same beings, but they definitely are comparable and probably of the same order.

In summary, these beings are an exalted order of angels whose purpose is primarily that of worship (Revelation 19:4). They are very similar to the beings in Ezekiel 10 and Isaiah 6:1-3, and they are in some ways involved in God’s divine justice.
mohler n white

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4342 Jan 2, 2013
Dan Mohler & Todd White

Dan Mohler

Dan Mohler began his ministry only two and a half years after coming to the Lord. After serving for 8.5 years as an associate pastor, he now travels as an itinerant minister, sharing the transforming power of the gospel in a way that leaves others changed forever. Dan also teaches at the Global Awakening School for Supernatural Ministry and Healing Schools.

His passionate quest for intimacy with God, has given Dan a powerful revelation on who we truly are in Christ and what our mission is here on earth as believers. His inspirational messages on redemption penetrate the hearts of believers and motivate them to live righteous, compassionate lives. His passion is to see the love of God reverse the effects of sin and sickness in the world and train others to reproduce the works of Jesus in their every day lives. Dan has seen the power of God heal countless diseases, including cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, leukemia, stroke, and many more. Dan’s absolute confidence in Christ’s redemptive power and his ability to walk in humility allow him to minister God’s love in a way that crosses all denominational boundaries. He preaches and lives the pure gospel, and as scripture promises, healings, signs and wonders follow.

todd WhiteTodd White

Todd White’s testimony is a beautiful story of the transformational power of Jesus. The Lord miraculously rescued him from a life of drugs, athiesm and deception; the result is a man who is 100% sold out for Christ. The power of redemption and what it truly means to be born again into the kingdom are the foundation of Todd’s teachings. God has given him a special anointing for words of knowledge and healing- especially in the context of street ministry. His boldness in stepping out by faith to allow the power of God to touch strangers is inspiring for everyone who wants to follow Peter’s example and “get out of the boat.”

Todd has been a guest on Patricia King’s “Extreme Prophetic” ministry as well as the 700 Club and the Sid Roth Show. Todd White's street ministry is regulary featured on the 700 Club Interactive and the God Squad TV shows.

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4348 Jan 2, 2013
Aimee Semple McPherson

Faith healing ministry

Aimee Semple McPherson's faith healing demonstrations were extensively written about in the news media and were a large part of her early career legacy.[15] No one has ever been credited by secular witnesses with anywhere near the numbers of faith healings attributed to McPherson, especially during the years 1919 to 1922.[16] Over time though, she almost withdrew from the faith healing aspect of her services, since it was overwhelming[17] other areas of her ministry. Scheduled healing sessions nevertheless remained highly popular with the public until her death in 1944

Alleged incidents of "miraculous" faith healing are sometimes clinically explained as a result of hysteria or a form of hypnosis. Strong emotions and the mind's ability to trigger the production of opiates, endorphins and enkephalins; have also been offered as explanations as well as the healings are simply faked. In the case of McPherson, there was no evidence of fraud found.[18]
McPherson claims to have experienced several of her own personal faith healing incidents, among them one in 1909, when her broken foot was mended, an event which first served to introduce her to the possibilities of the healing power.[19] Another was an unexpected recovery from an operation in 1914 where hospital staff expected her to die [20] and in 1916, before a gathered revival tent crowd, swift rejuvenation of blistered skin from a serious flash burn caused by a lamp exploding in her face.[21]
Her apparently successful first public faith healing session of another person was professedly demonstrated in Corona, Long Island, New York, 1916. A young woman in the painful, advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis was brought to the altar by friends just as McPherson preached "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever," meaning, in part, Jesus had the same power to heal now as in ancient times. McPherson, laid hands upon the crippled woman's head and she allegedly walked out of the church that same night without crutches.[22] Sick and injured people came to her by the tens of thousands. Press clippings, and testimonials became mountainous. To people who traveled with her, the numerous faith healings were routine.[23] Lubricating her hands with spiced oil, McPherson touched and prayed over the infirm and reporters wrote extensively of what they saw. When asked by a journalist about these demonstrations, McPherson indicated, "the saving of souls is the most important part of my ministry...." [24]
Denver Post reporter Frances Wayne writes while McPherson's "attack" on sin "uncultured,...the deaf heard, the blind saw, the paralytic walked, the palsied became calm, before the eyes of as many people that could be packed into the largest church auditorium in Denver." Next year, McPherson returned and asked about people who have claimed healings from the previous visit. Seventeen people, some well known members of the community, testified, giving credence to McPherson's claim "healing still occurred among modern Christians." [25]

Around 1921, investigating McPherson's healing services, a survey was sent out by First Baptist Church Pastor William Keeney Towner in San Jose California, to 3300 people. 2500 persons responded. 6% indicated they where immediately and completely healed while 85% indicated they were partially healed and continued to improve ever since. Fewer than half of 1% did not feel they were at least spiritually uplifted and had their faith strengthened.[26][27]
Storm Warning

De Forest, WI

#4351 Jan 2, 2013
what a pack of idiotic imbeciles
all lights out

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4352 Jan 2, 2013
Turn Out the Light! It May Be Making You Moody

Treating Depression: How Bright Light Can Help

Overexposure to bright light not only keeps you up at night, but animal studies show it may be linked to depressive symptoms and learning problems.

That’s what Samer Hattar, a biology professor at Johns Hopkins University and his team found while studying mice exposed to repeated cycles of bright light. Previous studies hinted at the connection between continued exposure to light and depression in animals, but Hattar also found that the bright lights contributed to poorer learning as well.
In the study, published in the journal Nature, the researchers exposed lab mice to 3.5 hours of light followed by 3.5 hours of darkness, which previous work shows does not disrupt sleep cycles in the animals.

After two weeks of the light exposure, the mice exhibited symptoms of depression and learning deficits as well as higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

(MORE: Unplug! Too Much Light at Night May Lead to Depression)

“Of course, you can’t ask mice how they feel, but we did see an increase in depression-like behaviors, including a lack of interest in sugar or pleasure seeking, and the study mice moved around far less during some of the tests we did,” said Hattar in a statement.“They also clearly did not learn as quickly, or remember tasks as well. They were not as interested in novel objects as were mice on a regular light-darkness cycle schedule.”

At the end of the experiment, the mice were treated with the anti-depressant Prozac, and their normal behaviors returned, which further suggests that their mood and learning issues were linked to depression.

According to Hattar and his team, the study results may have relevance to humans since we share light-reactive cells in the eyes called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) with mice.
These cells react to bright light and activate the brain‘s limbic system–which is responsible for memory and emotion.
bless jews

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4354 Jan 2, 2013
Storm Warning wrote:
what a pack of idiotic imbeciles

Have you taken a look and wonder whether your tiny brain can hold on long enough before your 3 family friends get to see all the filthy hatred you have been harboring? Finally exposed! A Jew hater....?

start repent & start blessing the Jews!!!!(::)
what to n what not to

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4355 Jan 2, 2013
What to Eat When You Have an Ulcer

You need to be very careful on what to eat when you have an ulcer, so as not to aggravate this condition.

You should be wise while it comes to choosing ulcer friendly foods and avoiding foods that will harm the stomach...

Suffering from stomach ulcers or gastritis can be quite distressing with all the pain, discomfort and food restrictions. An ulcer, also referred to as peptic ulcer, is a sore that is formed in the gastrointestinal tract due to a bacterial infection.

The main culprit behind it is the Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which attack the inner lining of the digestive tract and cause damage. This leads to the eruption of sores, or ulcers, in the digestive tract lining.
Certain medications are also known to cause ulcers, since they erode the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Some doctors believe that stress also is a culprit in aggravating this condition.

The food we eat is also responsible for aggravating or reducing the symptoms. Hence a stomach ulcer diet is designed for this condition and includes foods that are ulcer friendly and help in reducing the severity of the ulcers.

Foods to Eat When You Have a Stomach

Generally, doctors advice the patient to follow certain diet restrictions to minimize the pain and discomfort caused due to this distressing disorder.
to avoid

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4358 Jan 2, 2013
Black cohosh linked to heart rate problems

22 October 2010

The herbal ingredient black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) should be considered as a possible cause of unexplained heart rate problems, cardiologists believe.
Queensland cardiologists described a case where a woman was hospitalised because of fainting spells and investigations revealed she was having episodes of complete heart block (blocking of the heart's electrical signal, which causes the heart rate to slow down).

The woman had no history of other heart problems but had been taking a preparation containing black cohosh for 2 weeks to treat menopausal symptoms, the authors reported in the Medical Journal of Australia (2010; 193: 479-81

Bradycardia (slow heart rate) is a widely listed side effect of black cohosh in non-academic literature, the authors said. While black cohosh was useful for treating menopausal symptoms, they warned it had not been subjected to the postmarketing surveillance that conventional medicines receive.(Postmarketing surveillance is the practice of monitoring a medicine or device after it has been released on the market.)

©Copyright: myDr, UBM Medica Australia, 2000-2012. All rights reserved.

Last Reviewed: 22 October 2010
to avoid milk

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4359 Jan 2, 2013
.......but milk contains calcium and protein, and these eventually stimulate even more acid production in the stomach. This can cause a more severe heartburn that can return in as little as a half an hour.

In some cases, antacids and certain drugs do not mix. Tetracycline, indomethacin, and buffered and nonbuffered aspirin, iron supplements, digoxin, quinidine, Valium, and corticosteroids can adversely mix with acids in the stomach, causing problems that are more serious than heartburn.

Always check with your pharmacist if you take a medication regularly and are considering using antacids.

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4361 Jan 2, 2013
Flaxseed and Gout – a Uric Acid Update

Flaxseed oil and flax seeds are associated with gout pain relief.
WHO warns

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4362 Jan 2, 2013
Infectious diseases on the rise, WHO warns

21st Dec 2012

THE head of the World Health Organization says infectious diseases will spread more easily in the future due to globalisation, changing lifestyles and rising population densities.

"The future looks very bright for microbes, not so good for humanity," Dr Margaret Chan told a luncheon in her hometown Hong Kong, the site of a major outbreak of the SARS virus in 2003 that killed almost 300 people in the city.

Higher population density, industrialisation of food production and the increase in international travel have provided many opportunities for communicable diseases to spread, she said.

"Given this unstable and unpredictable situation, only one generalisation is possible – there will definitely be more new diseases capable of causing outbreaks in humans," Dr Chan said at the event organised by the Asia Society.

But the director general of the WHO said not all new diseases will be as "devastating" as the outbreak of SARS that killed more than 800 people worldwide or the H1N1 epidemic that caused at least 17,000 deaths.

Dr Chan said one reason infectious diseases have been on the rise in the region and China was due to the habit of eating the meat of exotic animals, as most new diseases are spread from animals to humans.

"Constant mutation and adaptation are survival mechanisms of the microbial world, these organisms are well equipped to take advantage of every opportunity to jump the species barrier," she said.

The WHO issued a global alert in September for a SARS-like coronavirus which killed two people in Qatar, one in Saudi Arabia and two in Jordan.

The WHO says the coronavirus detected in the Middle East this year was unrelated to SARS and is a novel form of the germ.

Tags: infectious disease, SARS, H1N1, World Health Organization
why u should not plant

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4364 Jan 2, 2013
Experts at the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office recommend burying thick 60-ml polypropylene or fiberglass about three feet deep, and leaving another two inches of material above the soil to inhibit surface spreading. Morgan Judy of Clemson University Cooperative Extension suggests creating a solid barrier made of concrete, metal or pressure-treated wood at least 18 inches deep around the bamboo.

Any of these barriers should stop shallow bamboo rhizomes from spreading, but Judy still recommends closely monitoring the area for escaping shoots, particularly during the early summer peak growing season.

3. Getting rid of bamboo can take years.

Bamboo is a long-term relationship that should not be entered lightly. It may take years and vigorous effort to remove unwanted bamboo. The first step in removing bamboo is to remove all the root mass and rhizomes. This is easier said than done, and many homeowners with bamboo-loving neighbors complain they can’t get rid of the spreading grass. No matter how much they dig, the shoots keep coming back.

Judy suggests frequent mowing can deplete and starve the bamboo, but it take at least two years of regular mowing to see any results.

4. Getting rid of bamboo may require herbicides.
Moreover, Judy notes that chemical herbicides are often necessary for controlling bamboo. This can be a problem for those trying to maintain organic gardens and avoid herbicide use.

She recommends Roundup Original, Quick Kill Grass and Weed Killer and other herbicides containing glyphosate. This broad-spectrum herbicide has minimal residual soil activity and typically only kills the plants that are directly sprayed. Mow or chop the bamboo and let it regrow until new leaves expand. Then spray the herbicide on the leaves

Again, this could take years. One application will not solve your bamboo problem. Also, Judy warns that only specialized glyphosate herbicides should be used near creeks, ponds and other surface water. Eraser AQ, Pondmaster and other products are approved for use near water.

5. The right bamboo can be hard to find.

Bamboo’s defenders will argue that not all of the more than 1,000 bamboo species are equally invasive. They recommend clumping bamboo species rather than spreading types. The problem is that even clumping species spread, albeit not as vigorously. It also can be hard to differentiate between the types, and some are mislabeled. Moreover, other similar invasive species may be confused with bamboo.

For example, University of Arizona Cooperative Extension officials warn against transplanting or encouraging the giant reed (Arundo donax), a bamboo look-alike that has invaded parts of their state.

Bamboo may seem like an attractive garden option, but it poses serious problems. Stick to a lucky bamboo in a small indoor pot, or avoid growing bamboo altogether. Moreover, do your homework before buying bamboo flooring and other products.

It may not be as eco-friendly or durable as you think.
what u should not do

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4365 Jan 2, 2013
Brushing your teeth after every meal.

Rushing to brush immediately after every meal may seem like a great way to keep your oral health in check, but according to Greg Diamond, DDS, a New York City periodontist, it's better to hold off.

Food can leave acid on your teeth, which can weaken the enamel, "and brushing while the enamel is in a weakened state can actually scrub the enamel away." To dislodge any food particles that may remain after eating, he recommends simply rinsing your mouth out with water and saving the brushing for morning and night.

Then when you do brush, be sure to do so in a circular motion. According to Dr. Diamond, this will improve your chances of removing harmful bacteria between the teeth and gums.

Brushing up and down or back and forth, on the other hand, can leave behind harmful bacteria, causing gum disease; while applying too much pressure can lead to receding gums.

Seri Kembangan, Malaysia

#4368 Jan 2, 2013
~Eucalyptus bunch~

I once successfully deodorized a very stinky room by cleaning thoroughly, opening up the windows, and placing a large vase of dried eucalyptus branches and a bowl of lavender oil on top of the radiator. A bunch of eucalyptus from your local florist packs a seriously strong odor-fighting punch that lasts. That same bunch of eucalyptus made the room smell fresh for 4 months!

~Essential Cedar Sachets~ by Woodlore

Cedar is the secret to fresh-smelling closets. Who needs mothballs when you can fight moths and must with a natural or lavender scented Essential Cedar Sachet? These sachets are a nontoxic alternative to chemical-laden potpourri. Use them anywhere you'd use potpourri. You'll never miss that ubiquitous synthetic smell.

~Desert Essence Eco Harvest Tea Tree Oil~

Tea tree oil is unsurpassed in its anti-fungal properties. For a cheap, all-purpose cleaner and deodorizer that really works, fill a spray bottle half full with water, half full with lemon juice, and add a few drops of tea tree oil. After a recent cleaning session with this concoction, a friend of mine walked into my apartment and said, "Your house smells SO GOOD!” Its minty, antiseptic smell is 100 percent fresh, clean, natural, and nontoxic. The little bottle goes a long way, as you only need a few drops at a time.

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