Heavy smokers get textual healing


Want to quit smoking? There’s an app for that. Last week, experts lit up an Israeli conference with new strategies to curb smoking using email, text messages and smartphone apps. Hebrew University’s School for Public Health, in cooperation with The Medical Society for Smoking Prevention and Cessation in Israel and the Hadassah Medical Organization, sponsored a forum focused on using modern communication to help smokers kick the […]

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Dubai’s Dancing Towards Fitness, Bollywood Style


Get a Bollywood belly by dancing in Dubai Half a century ago, Chubby Checker (ironically) popularized the waist-whittling dance, “The Twist”. Twenty years on, Jennifer Beals’ Flashdance foot-stomping fueled record-breaking sales of leg warmers: required apparatus for burning off surplus 1980’s calories. Micro-shorted Richard Simmons challenged TV audiences to “Sweat to the Oldies”. Suburban strip malls […]

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How To Pasteurize Eggs


Making your raw, home-grown eggs safe for mayonnaise is easy. If you raise your own chickens and have plenty of healthy eggs, like chickens our editor Karin raises,  there’s little to fear from salmonella. But for those of us bringing eggs home from the supermarket, that fear may creep into the fun of cooking. True, chances […]

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Hummus Ice-cream from Israel Tastes Sweet Like Halva


Taking the Italian invention of gelato and making it the most “local” we’ve ever seen is a new Israeli sweet treat: hummus-flavored ice-cream. Made from chickpeas, this Middle East treat isn’t just for dipping your pita anymore. Served in Jaffa, La Genda makes their frozen delicacy with chickpeas, tahini, vanilla and sugar – plus some stabilizers. “I […]

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Protect your heart With bananas


What’s sweet, good for you, and comes in completely biodegradable packaging? Bananas, of course. Don’t let June’s seasonal fruit distract you from picking up a bunch of firm yellow bananas when you’re out shopping. Bananas are in season too, and considering all the easy, no-cook ways to eat them, it’s a pity to pass them […]

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Saudi Arabian Bukhari Rice (Vegewarian RECIPE)


What’s vegewarian? It means reducing the amount of meat you eat every week, celebrating delicious food and sustainability with vegetable-based dishes. This week we bring you Ruz Bukhari, a traditional and well-loved Arabic dish. Pilgrims from Uzbekistan brought Ruz Bukhari with them long ago, as they traveled to Mecca and Medina. We’re sure they traveled […]

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Environmental Health Courses Not In Best Medical Schools: New Study


Air pollution is one of many environmental factors that impact public health. But doctors aren’t learning about this, finds new Israeli study. According to a new study by Israeli medical students, doctors in the United States, Israel and Europe are receiving inadequate environmental health education. The study, titled “Our Health and Environment,” was sponsored by […]

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Breast Milk Worth More Than Oil


One of the surprising facts in Florence William’s new book: breast milk is more expensive than oil. Jet fuel in breast milk? Breasts getting bigger than generations ago? These are just two discoveries that investigative journalist, Florence William’s, shares in her latest book about the environmental impact on breasts. Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History […]

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Olive Prices Hit Hard – Explained


Middle Eastern olive oil producers are baring the brunt of falling oil prices Olive oil prices have hit a 10 year low, severely impacting producers in Spain, Italy , Greece and Protugal- which produce more than 60 percent of the world’s olive oil. However, Middle Eastern Farmers in Tunisia, Morocco, Syria, Libya, Israel and Palestine will […]

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