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 Issue# 96 1st January 2006
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Dear friends we thank all of you
who have attended and helped make this meet a successful one. We hope that we can have these meetings regularly i.e every 4-6 months. It would be of great benefit to all if you who attended the event could keep safe the result sheets of yours and bring it along when you come for the next. These are the sheets on which we have recorded your weight, Height and Sugar check results. Regards
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- 1 kg. carrots, peeled and grated 
- 2 cups sugar
- 3\4 cup ghee

- 2 cups khoya or milk powder
- 100 g. blanched almonds, cut into slices
- 50 g. unsalted pistachios
- 50 g. unsalted and roasted cashew nuts
- 25 g. raisins 
- 7-8 whole cardamoms

- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- silver leaf (varak) for decoration

- few drops of kewra

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2. Heat ghee in a heavy based pan, add cardamoms. Stirring all the time, fry for a couple of minutes. Add carrots and stir fry for few minutes. Add sugar and while stirring cook uncovered for 10-12 minutes, until all the water from the sugar has evaporated.
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Chocolate
Chocolate
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Heart Disease

Researchers have produced more evidence that dark chocolate may help to reduce the risk of serious heart disease.

They found eating a few squares a day may stave off artery narrowing and hardening in smokers by countering the disruption caused by their habit. Smoking compromises the activity of both endothelial cells, which line the artery walls, and platelets, which are involved in blood clot formation.
The research, by University Hospital, Zurich, is published in Heart.
The researchers compared the effects of dark (74% cocoa solids) and white chocolate on the smoothness of blood flow in the arteries of 20 male smokers.
Before eating 40g of chocolate, smokers were asked to abstain from other foods rich in beneficial antioxidants, such as onions, apples, cabbage, and cocoa products for 24 hours.
After two hours, ultrasound scans revealed that dark chocolate significantly improved the smoothness of arterial flow - an effect which lasted for eight hours.
Blood sample analysis also showed that dark chocolate almost halved platelet activity.
Antioxidant levels rose sharply after two hours. White chocolate had no effect on endothelial cells, platelets, or antioxidant levels. The researchers are convinced that the key is the high antioxidant content of dark chocolate, which contains more per gram than other food and drink laden with the substances, such red wine, green tea, and berry fruits.
Research published last year by the University of California found antioxidant-rich flavonoids in chocolate helped the blood vessels expand.
Warning

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, of the British Heart Foundation, said: "There is some evidence that when eaten in small quantities, dark chocolate might have some beneficial effects on blood vessels, but as yet no study has investigated the long-terms clinical effects - and this new, small study from Switzerland, does not change that.
"The key thing to remember about such studies is that chocolate is a bigger part of the problem than the solution.
"Whilst dark chocolate is higher in anti-oxidants, all forms of chocolate are very high in calories (typically about 500 calories per 100g) and contain an average 30% total fat.
"We are certainly not suggesting people never eat chocolate - everyone can enjoy a treat from time to time.
"But there are much better ways of improving your heart health, such as eating a varied diet, including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
"And whatever they eat, the biggest step the smokers in this study could make to reduce their risk of heart disease would be to give up.
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Assalamu Alaikum
The Pakistan Islamic Medical Association has been providing excellent
medical care to the survivors of the earthquake in earthquake affected and have provided quality medical care to thousands of people. This was all thanks to hundreds of doctors and other medical volunteers.
Although the issue is not that "hot" in the media the need in the field is
still very desperate. The large number of doctors who have been helping
have obviously go back for their responsibilities. This has created severe
shortage in the hospital in Balakote.
If you or someone you know could spare a weeks and please contact us
immediately. Your skills can help save many lives.
Regards Mahmood Hassan Chairman - Islamic Aid
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 Lessons to Learn 
Dear all !!!
So we are approaching another year's end. As the year closes, we shall look back at all that happened this year, take an account of what has been going around the globe, in what areas the human race has worsened, in what improved, and most importantly analyze and account our own selves.
Year 2005 is not ending at a very happy note, especially for our country because of the disastrous earth quake of the black Saturday of 8th October that has claimed thousands of lives and left many of our dear countrymen as sufferers. Also, around the planet, we see that the evils of war, poverty and racial discrimination has continued to devour people and kept spreading its malicious claws. Peace across the world yet seems to be an elusive dream. Decline of morals and ethics is another tear-bringing thing to see.
While what is past cannot be undone, one must never lose the chance of learning from history. We must see what went wrong and where, how that mistake is to be avoided from being repeated, what good has been left undone etc.
Year 2006 will set in with many potential risks hanging over the world including sky rocketing inflation, higher fuel prices, international conflicts, forecasted natural disasters, to name a few. On a positive note, there is much to hope for including advancement in science, new medical discoveries, IT progress bringing us new gadgets and so forth.
So as the sun of year 2005 sets and the sun of year 2006 rises, let us pray that it will be a much better year for everyone. Let us hope and work for 2006 to be a better year, bringing humans their long lost glory.
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