Shifa – precious remedies for your health

by Karima Burns, MH, ND 24/01/2001

There is a famous Hadith reported by Abu Hurairah that, “Allah never

inflicts a disease unless he makes a cure for it…” (Sahih Bukhari). While some

of us may assume that this cure is always in the form of a medicine or herbs,

the Hadith does not state that. In fact, two of the greatest cures Allah has given us for heart disease are foods that the Prophet (SAW) ate: whole wheat

and barley. Both provide multiple benefits in the fight against heart disease

as they both lower cholesterol, increase proper elimination of wastes by the

body, facilitate proper blood clotting, and improve general circulation and

cellular health. When Sahl bin Sad was asked, “Did Allah’s Apostle ever eat

white flour?” he replied, “Allah’s Apostle never saw white flour [from the

time] Allah sent him as an Apostle till He took him unto Him.” Modern

science has long been against processed breads, even when they are

supposedly “enriched.” E. Cheraskin, in his book Diet and Disease, compares

enriching white flour with “robbing someone in a dark alley of their clothes

and wallet, and then giving them back their underclothes and bus money to

get home.” In addition to the fact that white flour has no nutritional value, it

can leech vitamins and minerals from the body as well. This is because

nutrient-void foods do not supply all of the nutrients that are needed for

their digestion; hence, they must take the nutrients that are lacking from the

body. White flour can even mimic white sugar, creating problems for the

hypoglycemic or diabetic person (Pritchard, Healing with Whole Foods).

According to nutritionists Jean Anderson and Barbara Deskin, whole-wheat

flour, high in protein and fiber, is far superior in nutrition to white flour.

Whole grain wheat contains a large amount of Vitamin E, mostly

concentrated in its germ layer. Research on the Vitamin E found in wheat

discovered that of 31,000 people studied, those who ate whole wheat bread

had a much lower risk of heart disease than those who ate white bread.

Michael H. Davidson, MD, president of the Chicago Center for Clinical Research, says that this is because the Vitamin E in wheat causes the liver to

produce less cholesterol. He found that subjects in his study who consumed

½-cup of wheat germ daily for 14 weeks saw their cholesterol levels drop by

seven percent. Although wheat has undeniable health benefits, we need to

be aware of the dangers of its overuse. Eaten daily, whole wheat can be

detrimental to the health as it causes bloating in many people and often

encourages the growth of unfriendly (candida albicanus) bacteria in the

colon. It can also encourage weight gain and cause allergic reactions in

many people when overeaten.It is revealing that Prophet Muhammad (SAW)

did not indulge in regular wheat consumption, but ate instead mostly barley

and bread made from barley flour. Abu Hazim narrated (in Sahih Bukhari)

that he asked the Prophet (SAW), “Did you use to sift barley flour?” The

Prophet answered, “No, but we used to blow off the husk (of the barley).”

Barley is so easily digested that the Prophet even recommended that barley

soup (talbiyah) be used for all stomach ailments (Sahih Bukhari). Possessing

even more health benefits than wheat, barley is extremely high in calcium

and protein, and is far less allergenic. It does not encourage bloating or

unhealthy bacterial growth; therefore, while wheat is healthful, barley is

better for daily consumption. One of the richest sources of tocotrienols,

powerful antioxidants that help reduce damage to the body from dangerous

oxygen molecules called free radicals, barley also reduces the body’s

production of cholesterol in the liver. David Jenkins, MD, professor of

nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto says, “Tocotrienols are

potentially more powerful antioxidants than other chemical versions of

vitamin E.” Barley is also a lot more affordable than most vitamin E

supplements on the market. Furthermore, it contains lignana, found to

prevent tiny blood clots from forming – perhaps providing a similar benefit

to the recently popular “daily dose of aspirin” against heart disease. Just

one-half cup of barley contains half the daily requirement for selenium in

the diet and almost twenty-percent of the USRDA (Recommended Daily

Allowance) of Vitamin E. Both of these have been found to be powerful allies

in the fight against cancer. Barley also contains beta-glucan, a type of

soluble fiber that forms a gel in the small intestine to which cholesterol binds

and is then excreted from the body. This gel forming action also prevents

constipation and colon cancer. To get barley’s healing benefits, it is

recommended by health experts that it be eaten in the same way that the

Prophet (SAW) did. Hulled barley (the husk loosely intact or “blown off”) is

superior to processed barley which has been cleaned and scrubbed more

than five times to create a quicker-cooking version that lacks most of

barley’s healthful fiber, minerals and thiamin.

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1 Comment

  1. nasr said,

    March 6, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Masha Allah alhamdulillah. sister Ammaara, what a wonderful job


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