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Eid: Avoiding the Sugar and Carb Madness

Eid: Avoiding the Sugar and Carb Madness Prayers have been offered, supplications have been asked and hopefully accepted, Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) has come and gone, and the last of a blessed month has tearfully departed, with hopeful wishes for a chance to experience Ramadan next year. After 29 days of fasting from sunrise …

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Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals

Mental Health Stigmatized Among Health Professionals I recently received a message from a friend struggling with anxiety and ADHD, who had been prescribed medication by her doctor. Coming from a South Asian Muslim background, her family was not supportive of her decision to take antidepressants and felt she just needed to strengthen her iman (faith). …

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Bottled Up: Mental Health and American Muslims

“Shhh, we don’t talk about that.” “People will think I’m crazy.” I often hear these statements in reference to a number of things within Muslim communities but none so often as seeking mental health services. The notion of telling a stranger your deepest thoughts and feelings when we have a hard enough time telling our …

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College Reputation vs. Rape-utation: Sexual Assault on College Campuses

In the last year, media headlines across the country have been rife with controversy around sexual assault cases occurring on college campuses, and lack of initiative by these colleges to properly handle the cases. Included in this large list of universities are some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including Harvard University, University …

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Refocusing: A Conversation about Rape Culture

Men ogling and catcalling women was always unacceptable and discomforting to me. I sometimes questioned if my attire was responsible for attracting that type of attention. If I was a victim of catcalling, I would keep moving and not respond. I felt voiceless doing so, and I began to realize how the culture I grew …

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Eating The Prophet Way

It’s the third day of your diet, and you’re craving sweets. Chocolate, ice cream, anything  sugary, carb-­loaded and definitely not a plus for your waistline. It doesn’t help that this new diet, one of several that you have tried over the years, reduces your food intake  significantly. Left hungry and on the brink of starvation, …

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Social Justice and Our Social Health

Death is inevitable.  It seems a macabre statement to make, but the truth of it cannot be denied. We public health and medical professionals spend our careers studying all manners of physical and mental maladies in an attempt to thwart them. Treat them. Cure or eradicate them. But death is inevitable. And so we attempt …

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Despite its flaws, the Affordable Care Act is a step forward

(Article reposted from KEVIN MD.com with the permission of Author, Meena Hasan) Most mornings, I opt to take the red line commuter train from my apartment in Bethesda, Maryland to my hospital in Washington, DC. Despite the costly two-way fare, it’s a worthwhile journey because it’s a chance to observe the various other commuters making …

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Why Health Insurance Matters

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has provided American Muslims with a unique opportunity to put our faith into practice: signing up for health insurance helps us better look after our own health, as well as the health of others in our community. It is narrated in a hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon …

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