11.30.2009

The World's Most Expensive Perfume : Clive Christian

11.28.2009

my youtobe : Cistus Incanus

11.27.2009

SWINE FLU SYMPTOMS



1. High temperature, tiredness and lowered immunity

2. Headache, runny nose and sneezing

3. Sore throat

4. Shortness of breath

5. Loss of appetite, vomiting and diarrhoea

6. Aching muscles, limb and joint pain.



Q&A: Advice about swine flu

in BBC news.

Jump in number of global swine flu deaths


The global number of swine flu deaths has jumped by more than 1,000 in a week, latest figures from the World Health Organization (WHO) show.

At least 7,826 people are now known to have died following infection with the H1N1 virus since it first emerged in Mexico in April.

Europe saw an 85% increase in the week, with the total number of deaths rising from at least 350 to at least 650.



all in BBC.....

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11.24.2009

11.19.2009

Plain of Sharon

Shar'un "a plain" (Acts 9:35). Extremely fertile coastal plain between Joppa on the S. and Mount Carmel on the N. Sharon and was noted for its flowery beauty (Isa 35:2; Song 2:1). It was famous for its forests and lush vegetation (Is 33:9; Song 2:1), rich pasture and David appointed his overseer for the herds that grazed there (I Chr 27:29). The Via Maris (a favorite caravan route) passed through the Plain of Sharon, connecting Egypt to Palestine and Syria, Asia Minor, and Mesopotamia with many cities along the road (according to the lists of the Egyptian Kings). Amenophis II traveled this route on his way to northern Syria (according to his list).

In the Persian and Hellenistic periods there are many Phoenician colonies built along this coast. In the Roman period it was called drymos which means "forest", with some of the major cities at that time built along the coast.

Some well-known biblical cities located in this plain were: Dor, Lydda, Joppa, Caesarea, Rakkon, and Antipatris.

Today the area is filled with citrus farms and numerous settlements.

Isa 35:1-2 "The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;

NKJVIt shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,

The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the LORD, The excellency of our God."

1 Chr. 5:16; 27, 29; Isa. 33:9


Mount Carmel’s rich red soil is covered by a typical Mediterranean shrub forest. There are beautiful Kermes Oak groves and not only flowering trees and delicious fragrant herbs, but all the flora of the North of Israel seems gathered in this favored spot.
So early as November, the crocus, narcissus, pink cistus, and large daisy are in bloom, and the hawthorn in bud.
In spring, wild tulips, dark red anemones, pink phlox, cyclamen, purple stocks, marigolds, geranium, and pink (Cistus salvifolius) and white (Cistus creticus) rock-roses make it spectacular.

11.18.2009

Rose of Sharon

Cistus salvifolius (white flower)

by site http://www.101bible.com

Rose — Many varieties of the rose proper are indigenous to Syria. The famed rose of Damascus is white, but there are also red and yellow roses. In Cant. 2:1 and Isa. 35:1 the Hebrew word _habatstseleth_ (found only in these passages), rendered "rose" (R.V. marg., "autumn crocus"), is supposed by some to mean the oleander, by others the sweet-scented narcissus (a native of Palestine), the tulip, or the daisy; but nothing definite can be affirmed regarding it. The "rose of Sharon" is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound in Palestine. "Mount Carmel especially abounds in the cistus, which in April covers some of the barer parts of the mountain with a glow not inferior to that of the Scottish heather." (See MYRRH ).

Cistus Creticus (pink flower, product labdanum).

11.12.2009

Myrrh of Bible (labdanum from Cistus Creticus) in Mount Carmel



Mount Carmel
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mount Carmel (Hebrew: הַר הַכַּרְמֶל‎, Har HaKarmel (lit. God's vineyard); Greek: Κάρμηλος, Kármēlos; Arabic: الكرمل‎, Kurmul; Arabic: جبل مار إلياس‎, Jabal Mar Elyas, i.e. Mount St Elijah in Arabic) is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast. Archaeologists have discovered ancient wine and oil presses at various locations on Mt. Carmel. The range is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a number of towns are located there, mo
st notably the city of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, located on the northern slope.

As a sacred location

In ancient Canaanite culture, high places were frequently considered to be sacred, and Mount Carmel appears to have been no exception; Thutmose III lists a holy headland among his Canaanite territories, and if this equates to Carmel, as Egyptologists such as Masper
o believe, then it would indicate that the mountain headland was considered sacred from at least the 15th century BC. According to the Books of Kings, there was an altar to Yahweh on the mountain, which had fallen into ruin by the time of Ahab, but was rebuilt by Elijah. Iamblichus describes Pythagoras visiting the mountain on account of its reputation for sacredness, stating that it was the most holy of all mountains, and access was forbidden to many, while Tacitus states that there was an oracle situated there, which Vespasian visited for a consultation;[2] Tacitus states that there was an altar there, but without any image upon it, and without a temple around it.

Elijah
The Grotto of Elijah

In mainstream Jewish, Christian, and Islamic[1] thought, it is Elijah that is indelibly associated with the mountain, and he is regarded as having sometimes resided in a grotto on the mountain. In the Books of Kings, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of a particular Baal to a contest at the altar on Mount Carmel to determine whose deity was genuinely in control of the Kingdom of Israel; since the narrative is set during the rule of Ahab and his association with the Phoenicians, biblical scholars suspect that the Baal in question was probably Melqart.

According to the bible in 1 Kings 18, the challenge was to see which deity could light a sacrifice by fire. After the prophets of Baal had failed to achieve this, Elijah had water poured on his sacrifice several times to saturate the wood altar, prostrated himself in prayer to God, fire fell from the sky, and consumed the sacrifice shortly afterwards, in the account, clouds gather, the sky turns black, and it rains heavily.

Though there is no biblical reason to assume that the account of Elijah's victory refers to any particular part of Mount Carmel,[1] Islamic tradition places it at a point known as El-Maharrakah, meaning the burning. In 1958, archaeologists discovered something on the mountain range that resembled an altar, which they assumed must have been Elijah's altar.

from site
Mount Carmel’s rich red soil is covered by a typical Mediterranean shrub forest. There are beautiful Kermes Oak groves and not only flowering trees and delicious fragrant herbs, but all the flora of the North of Israel seems gathered in this favored spot.
So early as November, the crocus, narcissus, pink cistus, and large daisy are in bloom, and the hawthorn in bud.
In spring, wild tulips, dark red anemones, pink phlox, cyclamen, purple stocks, marigolds, geranium, and pink (Cistus salvifolius) and white (Cistus creticus) rock-roses make it spectacular.

11.10.2009

The H1N1 (swine) flu might be a bigger problem than first thought


Steven S. Clark
August 25, 2009

Increasingly, indications are that the H1N1 influenza might pose a greater health threat than we saw with the recent pandemic.

There are two r
easons to think this. First the World Health Organization is receiving reports that Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 strains are popping up around the world. The Canadian Press reports that Japan has found three cases of Tamiflu resistance, while Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong and Singapore each discovering one. China reportedly also has seen Tamiflu-resistant H1N1. The big unknown is whether the resistant pandemic-causing virus swapped genes with last year's seasonal flu virus for which Tamiflu was declared all but useless. If the pandemic flu picks up those resistance genes, it could render government stockpiles of the drug much less effective for treating severe cases or slowing the spread of the virus.

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Cistus Incanus is one of the richest Polyphenol sources available. Polyphenols generally have a broad use for our well-being. The best of these is the strongly anti-oxidative effect of these secondary plant materials. They neutralise free radicals and therefore support the body’s-own defense mechanisms. A well functioning immune system is the very best precaution against pathogens (cold and flu viruses and other bacteria and fungi) maintaining health and well being.

11.06.2009

Cistus Incanus and swine flu problem.

Cystus052 a new compound against seasonal and pandemic influenza virus

Karoline Droebner 1), Holger Kiesewetter 2), Stephan Ludwig 3) and Oliver Planz 1)


1) Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Institute of Immunology, Paul-Ehrlich Str. 28, 72076 Tübingen, Germany 2) Charité Universität
smedizin Berlin, Institut für Transfusionsmedizin Campus Charité Mitte, Luisenstr. 65, 10117 Berlin, Germany 3) Westfaelische-Wilhelms-Universitaet Münster, Zentrum für Molekularbiologie der Entzündung, Institute of Molecular Virology (IMV),Von Esmarch-Str. 56, 48159 Muenster, Germany


Influenza still represents a major threat to human health. The appearance of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses of the H5N1 subtype being able to infect humans reveals the urgent need for new and efficient countermeasures against this disease. Several antiviral compounds have been developed against influenza virus; their long-term efficacy is often limited, because of their toxicity or the emergence of drug-resistant virus mutants. Moreover, neuraminidase inhibitors the most common anti-influenza agents are less effective against new H5N1 isolates. In this regard, we were able to show that a polyphenol rich plant extract from a special variety of Cistus incanus named Cystus052 exhibits antiviral activity against influenza viruses in vitro, in a mouse model and a randomized, placebo controlled clinical study. The recovery from clinical symptoms was 2.5 days faster in the Cystus052 group compared to patients taken the placebo. The protective effect of Cystus052 appears to be mainly due to binding of the polymeric polyphenol components of the extract to the virus surface, thereby inhibiting binding of the hemagglutinin to cellular receptors. The antiviral potential of Cystus052 against seven H5N1 viruses by IC50, EC50, Km, Vmax and Ki values indicated that Cystus052 was much more potent than oseltamivir. In addition, using an in vitro infectivity inhibition assay we found that a single treatment of Cystus052 was up to 100-fold more effective against these H5N1 viruses compared to oseltamivir, during the first 24 hours after infection. We conclude that Cystus052 given prior to infection might be an effective antiviral with prophylactic potential against influenza viruses including A/H5N1.



11.05.2009

Christmas in London : Actor Carrey switches on lights


Christmas 2009

London's Oxford Street and Regent Street Christmas lights have been switched on at precisely the same time.

Read more..... BBC


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Christmas Gift.


Myrrh is mentioned in the Bible (Psalm 45:8; Song of Solomon 4:14) and is believed to have been a mixture of myrrh and the oleoresin labdanum. One of the three gifts the Magi brought to Jesus Christ (Matthew 2:11) was myrrh. Myrrh gum resin was also used as a stimulant tonic and is even used today as an antiseptic in mouthwashes as well as to treat sore gums and teeth.

11.03.2009

El Greco (Doménikos Theotokópoulos) was born in Northen Crete (labdanum area).

El Greco (1541 – April 7, 1614) was a painter, sculptor, and architect of the Spanish Renaissance. "El Greco" (The Greek) was a nickname, a reference to his Greek origin, and the artist normally signed his paintings with his full birth name in Greek letters, Δομήνικος Θεοτοκόπουλος (Doménikos Theotokópoulos).

El Greco was born in Northen Crete (labdanum area) which was at that time part of the Republic of Venice, and the centre of Post-Byzantine art. He trained and became a master within that tradition before travelling at age 26 to Venice, as other Greek artists had done. In 1570 he moved to Rome, where he opened a workshop and executed a series of works. During his stay in Italy, El Greco enriched his style with elements of Mannerism and of the Venet
ian Renaissance. In 1577, he moved to Toledo, Spain, where he lived and worked until his death. In Toledo, El Greco received several major commissions and produced his best known paintings.

El Greco's dramatic and expressionistic style was met with puzzlement by his contemporaries but found appreciation in the 20th century. El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting.

I bought newspaper "ΠΡΩΤΟ ΘΕΜΑ" with the movies "El Greco" is the latest film by Greek director Iannis Smaragdis.












11.01.2009

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