The last time I heard about “digital drugs” was a couple of years ago when they decided to ban them in Dubai If I am not mistaken. I don’t know why the phenomenon just got to Lebanon, or at least the Lebanese media just found out about it, but I second Gino that you have to be stupid to buy this stuff. Moreover, I am not sure how the Lebanese authorities are planning to ban this thing as it’s impossible to do.
Anyway, if you’d like to waste your precious time reading about these drugs that were a hot topic 3-4 years ago, here’s a couple of links I recommend:
[NowLebanon: The Truth About Digital Drugs]
[Huffingtonpost: Digital Drugs]
7ki Jelis reproduced the Nestlé FITNESS bra camera initiative and fitted Myriam Klink with a pink bra embedded with a hidden camera and asked her to walk inside a mall and see how many times her breasts are checked out. I liked the original experiment as it’s a smart way to raise awareness on Breast Cancer but I think Myriam Klink is a bad choice. Also, I don’t understand why the video says that she’s stripping or “tzallatit” which means getting naked which she’s not.
Polio is a highly infectious disease that affects children under 5 years of age. The disease was only found in 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) at the beginning of 2014 but it somehow reached Syria which prompted the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon, along with the UNICEF, to launch national polio immunization campaigns.
We haven’t had any Polio case affecting a Lebanese child yet it is very important that all children be vaccinated as there’s no cure for Polio once a child is infected. The first immunization campaign ends tomorrow and there’s another one from November 8 till November 22 so make sure you vaccinate your children if you haven’t done so yet.
You can check out more updates [Here].
Early detection tests for breast cancer saves thousands of lives every year, and many more lives can be saved if women are reminded to take these tests.
The Modeling of Biological and Socio-Technical Systems at Northeastern University in Boston published a list showing the countries in which Ebola is most likely to show up. The scientists used Ebola disease spread patterns and airline traffic data to come up with this table but keep in mind that this is the risk of a single imported case, not the risk of an outbreak.
Even though Lebanon is on that list, the risk is less than 25% but it wouldn’t hurt to take all the necessary precautions. On another note, I hope this map will help some Lebanese understand that a tiny part of Africa is affected by Ebola because our ignorance of Africa is proving to be more dangerous than Ebola.
Check out more info [here] and [here].
Almost a year after his arrest, Dr. Farid Fata has pled guilty to 16 counts including health care fraud, conspiracy to receive kickbacks and money laundering. He admitted to administering anti-cancer drugs that were medically unnecessary and filing claims to Medicare he knew to be fraudulent. All in all, Fata’s oncology centers submitted about $109 million in Medicare claims for chemotherapy and other cancer treatments between August 2007 and July 2013.
What a horrible human being!
You can read the full complaint [Here].
The Ministry of Public Health launched the 2014 National Hepatitis B&C Awareness campaign with the aim to increase awareness and understanding of the viral hepatitis in order to reduce the spread of the disease. You can call the hotline 01566100 for help or any questions.
If you like Quinoa, you should definitely try the one Super Dfouni makes. I’ve been having it almost every day for the past 2 months. It contains grilled Halloumi, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, parsley, cranberries and almond. It’s home-made, fresh, delicious, filling and costs only 12,000 LL.
Here are other Quinoa salads I recommend:
– Captain Cook’s AC/DC Quinoa Salad which is huge and filling.
– Lord Of The Wings’ All Natural Quinoa salad.
– Zaatar W Zeit’s Quinoa Tabbouleh.
PS: Super Dfouni is a supermarket located in Achrafieh on the Charles Malek Avenue, facing SO restaurant (Phone number: 01/330999).
According to a new study by the Lancet, the world is getting fatter and the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased in children and adolescents in developing countries to 12.9% in 2013 for boys and 13.4% in girls. Here are some of the numbers related to Lebanon and the Arab countries that I’ve collected from the study.
Obese Boys < 20 years
Lebanon – 15.9%
Bahrain – 9.3%
Iraq – 8.2%
Kuwait – 16.7%
Jordan – 8.0%
Palestine – 11.9%
Qatar – 18.8%
Saudi Arabia – 9.4%
Syria – 13.9%
UAE – 12.2%
Obese Men >= 20 years
Lebanon – 26.3%
Bahrain – 31%
Iraq – 25.7%
Kuwait – 43.4%
Jordan – 27.5%
Palestine – 29.8%
Qatar – 44.0%
Saudi Arabia – 30%
Syria – 24.2%
UAE – 27.1%
Obese Girls < 20 years
Lebanon – 12.5%
Bahrain – 10.7%
Iraq – 8.2%
Kuwait – 23.3%
Jordan – 8%
Palestine – 12.5%
Qatar – 15.5%
Saudi Arabia – 14.8%
Syria – 15.4%
UAE – 12.6 %
Obese Women >= 20 years
Lebanon – 29.3%
Bahrain – 24.9%
Iraq – 37.5%
Kuwait – 58.6%
Jordan – 45.6%
Palestine – 42.4 %
Qatar – 54.7%
Saudi Arabia – 44.4%
Syria – 39.9%
UAE – 33.2%
The number of obese boys and girls in Lebanon is quite high and alarming. You can download the full report [Here] (sign up required).
This is great news to kick off the day! Simon’s family has been raising money online to cover the expenses of his surgery and they’ve received a huge support from all the Lebanese and collected all the money needed and more a couple of weeks before the campaign’s end date.
All the best of luck to you Simon and I hope you will defeat Leukemia and get back to your normal life!
Many thanks to everyone who has helped by either donating or spreading the story.