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According to Is ipshita mitra of
Indian times, her grandmother
would in no time prepare her a
glass of warm milk with saffron
sprinkled on top when she went
crying to her with a bruise on her
knee or wound on the elbow. The
herbal turmeric paste soothed
minor cuts and healed all skin
rashes. These age-old kitchen
tricks are little more than mere
quick-fix tactics. Spices like
turmeric and saffron are inherent
with medicinal properties that,
when incorporated to our diet
from an early stage strengthens
our bodies against invasion of
toxins, bacteria and virus.
Here are the top 5 used in Indian
Dishes that really serve up a boost
of nutrition and anti- inflammatory
Spices like turmeric and saffron
are inherent with medicinal proper-
Turmeric/Curcumin: This is the
king of spices when it comes to
dealing with cancer diseases, be-
sides it adding a zesty colour to our
food on the platter. Turmeric con-
tains the powerful polyphenol Cur-
cumin that has been clinically
proven to retard the growth of can-
cer cells causing prostate cancer,
melanoma, breast cancer, brain tu-
mour, pancreatic cancer and
leukemia amongst a host of others.
Fennel: Packed with phyto-nutri-
ents and antioxidants, cancer cells
have nothing but to accept defeat
when the spice is fennel. 'Anet-
hole', a major constituent of fennel
resists and restricts the adhesive
and invasive activities of cancer
Saffron: A natural carotenoid di-
carboxylic acid called 'Crocetin' is
the primary cancer-fighting ele-
ment that saffron contains.
Though it is the most expensive
spice in the world for it is derived
from around 250,000 flower stig-
mas (saffron crocus) that make
just about half a kilo, a few saffron
threads come loaded with benefits
you won't regret paying for.
Cumin: Yes, it aids digestion and
probably that is why we like chew-
ing a handful of cumin seeds at the
end of every meal. However, its
health benefits go beyond. A po-
tent herb with anti-oxidant charac-
teristics, cumin seeds contain a
compound called 'Thymoquinone'
that checks proliferation of cells re-
sponsible for prostate cancer.
Cinnamon: It takes not more than
a half teaspoon of cinnamon pow-
der every day to keep cancer risk
away. A natural food preservative,
cinnamon is a source of iron and
calcium. Useful in reducing tumour
growth, it blocks the formation of
new vessels in the human body.
Oregano: Consisting of anti-micro-
bial compounds, just one teaspoon
of oregano has the power of two
cups of red grapes! Phyto-chemical
'Quercetin' present in oregano re-
stricts growth of malignant cells in
the body and acts like a drug
against cancer-centric diseases.
Immaculée Ilibagiza was born and raised in a
small village in Rwanda, Africa. She enjoyed a
peaceful childhood with her loving parents and
three brothers. Education was very important in
her household, so it was no surprise that she did
well in school and went on to the National Uni-
versity of Rwanda to study electrical and me-
chanical engineering. It was while she was home
from school on Easter break in 1994 that Immac-
ulée's life was transformed forever.
On April 6 of that year, the Rwandan President's
plane was shot down over the capital city of Kigali.
This assassination of the Hutu president sparked
months of massacres of Tutsi tribe members
throughout the country. Not even small, rural com-
munities like Immaculée's were spared from the
house-by-house slaughtering of men,
women and children.
To protect his only daughter from
rape and murder, Immaculée's father
told her to run to a local pastor's
house for protection. The pastor
quickly sheltered Immaculée and
seven other women in a hidden 3 x 4
foot bathroom. For the next 91 days,
Immaculée and the other women
huddled silently in this small room,
while the genocide raged outside the
home and throughout the country.
While in hiding, anger and resent-
ment were destroying Immaculée's
mind, body and spirit. It was then
that Immaculée turned to prayer.
Prior to going to the pastor's home, Immaculée's
father, a devout Catholic, gave her a set of rosary
beads. She began to pray the rosary as a way of
drowning out the anger inside her, and the evil out-
side the house. It was that turning point towards
God and away from hate that saved Immaculée.
In addition to finding faith, peace, and hope dur-
ing those three months of hiding, Immaculée also
taught herself English. Immaculée was always a
good student and already fluent in Kinyarwanda
and French. Using only a Bible and a dictionary, she
spent countless hours in that cramped bathroom
learning her third language.
After 91 days, Immaculée was finally liberated
from her hiding place only to face a horrific reality.
Immaculée emerged from that small bathroom
weighing just 65 pounds, and finding her entire
family brutally murdered, with the exception of one
brother who was studying abroad. She also found
nearly one million of her extended family, friends,
neighbors and fellow Rwandans massacred.
After the genocide, Immaculée came face-to-
face with the man who killed her mother and one
of her brothers. After enduring months of physical,
mental and spiritual suffering, Immaculée was still
able to offer the unthinkable, telling the man, "I for-
In 1998, Immaculée emigrated from Rwanda to
the United States where she continued her work
for peace through the United Nations. During that
time, she shared her story with co-workers and
friends who were so impacted by her testimony
they insisted she write it down. Three days after
finishing her manuscript, she met best-selling au-
thor Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, who, within minutes of
meeting her, offered to publish her book. Dyer is
quoted as saying, "There is something much more
than charisma at work here - Immaculée not only
writes and speaks about unconditional love and
forgiveness, but she radiates it wherever she
Immaculée's first book, Left to Tell; Discovering
God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (Hay House)
was released in March of 2006. Left to Tell quickly
became a New York Times Best Seller. To date, it
has been translated into seventeen languages and
has sold over one million copies. Immaculée's story
has also been made into a documentary entitled
The Diary of Immaculée. She has appeared on 60
Minutes, The CBS Early Show, CNN, EWTN, The
Aljazeera Network and in The New York Times,
USA Today, Newsday, and many other domestic
and international media outlets. She was recently
featured in Michael Collopy's Architects of Peace
project, which has honored legendary people like
Mother Teresa, Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela and
the Dalai Lama. Immaculée has received honorary
doctoral degrees from the University of Notre
Dame, Saint John's University, Seton Hall Univer-
sity, Siena College and Walsh University. She has
been recognized and honored with numerous hu-
manitarian awards including: The Mahatma Gandhi
International Award for Reconciliation
and Peace and the American Legacy's
Women of Strength & Courage Award.
Left toTell has received a Christopher
Award "affirming the highest values of
human spirit," and was chosen as Out-
reach Magazine's selection for "Best
Outreach Testimony/Biography Re-
source of 2007." Left to Tell has been
adopted into the curriculum of dozens
of high schools and universities, includ-
ing Villanova University, which selected
it for their "One Book Program," making
Left to Tell mandatory reading for its
Immaculée has written five additional
books in recent years - Led by Faith: Ris-
ing from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide, Our
Lady of Kibeho, If Only We Had Listened, Visit from
Heaven, and The Boy Who Met Jesus.
Today, Immaculée is regarded as one of world's
leading speakers on faith, hope and forgiveness.
She has shared this universal message with world
leaders, school children, multinational corporations,
churches, and at events and conferences around
the world, including a recent presentation to over
200,000 people in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Mpower Pictures is preparing to produce and re-
lease a major motion picture about her story in
Immaculée will be in Trinidad and will be giving
two public lectures on:
1. May 30th 3:30pm, Queens Park Savannah, Port
2. May 31st 3:30pm, SAPA, San Fernando.
Be part of this remarkable experience.
Tickets $200 available at: Dominican Book
Store, St Finbars, The Collection, Town Centre
Mall, Living Water Community, Frederick St,
Classique Religious Store, Arima, St Phillip & St
James Parish Chaguanas, Our Lady of Mt
Carmel, Carapichaima, St Paul's Couva, St.
Joseph's Mon Repos, Christian Book Store, Har-
ris Promenade, St Benedict's La Romain.
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