Get Medical/Dental Work Done Now

Avoid waiting until Ramadhan to get a tooth drilled, filled, or pulled! The same goes for any medical tests or procedures.

Call your doctor or dentist. Do it before Ramadhan gets here. You still have time.

Resources

2-1-1 Information & Referral Search — free and confidential information and referral for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. Dial 2-1-1 from your phone. Or, use this link 211.org. Enter your city and state. Then click on the link(s) provided.

Free/Low-Cost/Sliding-Scale Clinics  — NeedyMeds is a database of over 11,000 free or low cost medical and dental clinics with a sliding scale based on income:

Walgreens Prescription Discount Card — low-cost membership to a prescription discount program. Apply in the pharmacy department or use this link: Walgreens

  • 90-day supply of generics for less than $1 week
  • 10% Reward when I buy Walgreen brand items
  • 10% Reward in photo department

Partnership for Prescription Assistance  — helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. Call 888-477-2669 or use this link PPA.

Care Note Books — printable medical information sheets. Print, fill out, and store in a binder. Makes filing out those forms at the doctor’s office a lot easier.

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Why Islamic fasting is different from other types of fasting part 2

Excerpted from Health Concerns for Believers by Shahid Athar, M.D.

4. Additional prayers are prescribed after dinner which help metabolize the food. Using a calorie counter, I counted the amount of calories burnt during the special night prayer of Ramadan (tarawih). It amounted to 200 calories. This form of prayer as well as the five daily prescribed prayers use all the muscles and joints and can be considered a mild form of exercise in terms of calorie output.

5. Ramadan fasting is actually an exercise in self discipline. For those who are chain smokers or who nibble food constantly, or drink coffee every hour, it is a good way to break the habit.

6. The psychological effect of Ramadan fasting are also well observed by the description of people who fast. They describe a feeling of inner peace and tranquility. The prophet advised those fasting, “If one slanders you or aggresses against you, tell him ‘I am fasting.”‘ Thus personal hostility during the month is minimal. The crime rate in Muslim countries falls during this month.

It is my experience that within the first few days of Ramadan, I begin to feel better even before losing a single pound. I work more and pray more. My physical stamina and mental alertness improve. As I have my own lab in the office, I usually check my chemistry, that is, blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglyceride before the commencement of Ramadan and at its end. I note marked improvement at the end. As I am not overweight, thank God, weight loss is minimal. The few pounds I lose, I regain soon after. Fasting in Ramadan will be a great blessing for the overweight whether with or without mild diabetes (Type 11). It benefits those also who are given to smoking or nibbling. They can rid themselves of these addictions in this month.

Source Health Concerns for Believers

Why Islamic fasting is different from other types of fasting part 1

Excerpted from Health Concerns for Believers by Shahid Athar, M.D.

The prescribed fast of Muslims is different from the so-called “Diet Plans” because it has beneficial features of both plans. Its unique medical benefits are due to the following factors:

1. As compared to other diet plans, fasting in Ramadan does not cause malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake since there is no restriction on the type or amount of food intake before beginning the fast or upon ending the fast at sunset. This was confirmed by M.M. Hussaini in 1974, when he conducted dietary analysis of Muslim students at the University of North Dakota , State University at Fargo during Ramadan. He concluded that calorie intake of Muslim students during fasting was at two-thirds of NCR-RDA.

2. Fasting in Ramadan is voluntarily undertaken. It is not a prescribed imposition from a physician. In the hypothalamus part of the brain there is a center called “lipostat” which controls the body mass. When severe and rapid weight loss is achieved by starvation diet, the center does not recognize this as normal and, therefore, reprograms itself to cause weight gain rapidly once the person goes off the starvation diet. So the only effective way of losing weight is slow, self-controlled, and gradual weight loss which can be achieved by modifying our behavior and changing our attitude about eating especially by eliminating excess food. Ramadan is a month of self-regulation and self-training in terms of food intake thereby causing hopefully, a permanent change in lipostat reading.

3. With the prescribed fast, Muslims are not subjected to a diet of selective food only (i.e. protein only, fruits only etc.). An early breakfast, before dawn is taken and then at sunset the fast is broken with something sweet i.e. dates, fruits, juices to offset any hypoglycemia followed by a regular dinner later on.

Source Health Concerns for Believers

Reminder: Fluids

It’s hot. We need to be more mindful of getting enough fluids. It’s recommended to drink at least 64 oz — eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.

I use a 16-oz re-usable bottle that I fill up several times a day. It’s easier for me to keep track of how much water I’m getting.

One way to make sure you and your family are staying well hydrated is to make a fluid schedule. Yes, plan out when you need to fill up on water or other liquids.

A sample schedule is to break the fast with water. Sit and Sip for a while. Then have more water after salaah. And more during your meal. And drink again on the way to the masjid for Taraweeh, and shortly after on the way home.

Have more before you sleep. You can even keep water in a water bottle/container with a lid next to your bedside. Remind yourself to wake up and drink water.

Then, when you get up for suhuur, have more water.

Take an evening walk

You’ve been fasting all day, probably sleeping a lot. After you’ve broken your fast, offered your salaat, had your dinner, it’s time to take the family out for an evening stroll. This is not something you want to do after Fajr, however.

Exercise –I’m not talking aerobics or weight lifting, Taebo or Tour de France, but something easy, like a walk– is important for diabetics (About.com) and people who want to keep other health problems such as high blood pressure at bay. Walking also aids the digestive process and helps the colon push along digested food waste (About.com).

Use your planner to work in a-walk-a-day during Ramadhaan. This is a habit that you can keep even after the month of fasting is finished.

Sisters need to walk in groups with some brothers looking out for them.

If you can’t go out, then create a pathway in your home or apartment –walking up and down hallways, in and out of rooms. Also, see this article, Walk as Exercise without Leaving Home.

If you have the space (and money), put in a treadmill or exercise bicycle.

Now get moving!

Step Counters Pedometer Walking Program: This free 28-day program gives you daily tips on using a pedometer and adding more steps to your day.

Taking an anaesthetic injection whilst fasting


*Please appropriately reference this fatwa to: www.fatwa-online.com, thankyou!*

Question: Does an anesthetic injection into the body break the fast? (And likewise) the blood flow after having a tooth extracted?

Response: Neither of these two breaks the fast, however, one must not swallow the blood which flows from (having) the tooth (removed).

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen
Fataawa Ramadhaan – Volume 2, Page 525, Fatwa No.492;
Fataawa Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen – Volume 1, Pages 511-512


Diabetes/Obesity Ramadhan health tips

DAMMAM

The Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association (SDEA) has advised citizens and all people with diabetes to plan for healthier and safer fasting during the holy month of Ramadan starting this week.

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Ali Al-Turki, chairman of SDEA, extending his congratulation to all diabetic people in the Kingdom, said they should take this golden opportunity to adopt healthy lifestyle during the month.

[Additionally,] obese people are urged to lose weight during Ramadan by exercising, including a 30-45 minute walk in the evening. For more helpful information on fasting this Ramadan, diabetic people may visit the association website ‘www.sdea.org.sa’.

Google translated page of the SDEA in English.

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