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In 701 B.C. the Assyrian empire was in its ascendancy. It had already vanquished the kingdom of Israel to the north including the capital at Samaria. It then prepared an assault on Judah and its capital at Jerusalem.

But in one of those significant events that changes the course of world history, Assyria was repelled. Jerusalem was saved until 586 B.C. when the Babylonians sacked the city, forcing its leadership class into exile.

Henry Aubin, in a major feat of scholarship, determines that Jerusalem was aided by a Kushite army from Africa which had marched northeast from the Nile valley. While the Bible attributes the Assyrian retreat to an angel and secular commentators cite pestilence, Aubin, in a meticulously documented work, demonstrates that an alliance with the African nation of Kush bolstered Jerusalem’s defences.

Kush, also known as Nubia, was located in what is now southern Egypt and northern Sudan. A monarchy that existed for more than 1000 years, from 900 B.C. to A.D. 350, Kushites held sway over Egypt from 712 B.C. to about 660 B.C. Of Egypt’s 31 dynasties, this, the 25th Dynasty, is the only one that all scholars agree, was black.

The commander of the Kushite expeditionary force was Taharqa (or as the Bible calls him Tirhakah). This Kushite prince, who had his own interests in halting Assyrian expansion, likely caught the aggressors by surprise as they prepared their siege of Jerusalem.

Aubin offers a thrilling military history and a stirring political analysis of the ancient world. He also sees the event as influential over the centuries.

The Kushite rescue of the Hebrew kingdom of Judah enabled the fragile, war-ravaged state to endure, to nurse itself back to economic and demographic health, and allowed the Hebrew religion, Yahwism, to evolve within the next several centuries into Judaism. Thus emerged the monotheistic trunk supporting Christianity and Islam.

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Aileen Burford-Mason graduated form University College, Dublin and later received a Ph.D in immunology. She has worked as a medical researcher  and was former assistant professor in the pathology department of Faculty of Medicine before becoming  director of a Cancer Research Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital . She has developed a continuing medical education course for physicians and other health practitioners at the University of Toronto on the use of diet and nutritional supplements in clinical practice. She is a popular speaker and in demand by media.

Judy Stoffman was book review editor, publishing reporter and arts writer at the Toronto Star for two decades. She has written for several magazines and is on the advisory board of the Humber School for Writers an the Jewish Book Awards Committee.  

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Eat Well, Age Better

With Judy Stoffman

How to Use Diet and Supplements to Guard the Lifelong Health of Your Eyes, Your Heart, Your Brain, and Your Bones

Aileen Burford-Mason is a distinguished immunologist and nutritional counsellor who lectures widely to medical professionals  and lay audiences while maintaining a private practice in Toronto. 

Nothing protects your health more effectively than optimal nutrition, she asserts, and she shows you how to achieve it.

Our cells are constantly dying and being remade. Whether your “next” body and the following one will be in good working order depends on the quality of the raw materials out of which new cells are built. The nutrients in food used to be able to provide reliable building blocks for cell renewal but contemporary methods of food processing steal micro nutrients, while urban water purification removes essential minerals from our water.

Fatigue, sleep disorders, constipation, the condition of hair, skin and nails, mood, colds and flu, and weight gain are signals of nutritional deficits. Similarly, degenerative diseases that can make aging a misery including  arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, muscular degeneration, heart disease and stroke are hastened by nutritional deficits. Aileen Burford-Mason reassures us with clear information and scientific evidence on how to age with health and vigor. 

After reading this book no one will be able to resist making myriad small changes whether it is applying magnesium gel for cramps and  insomnia or taking vitamin D for bone health, or feeling comfortable about adding the right kinds of fat to your diet.

Aileen Burford-Mason graduated from University College, Dublin and received a Ph.D in immunology. She is director of a Cancer Research Laboratory at Toronto General Hospital. She has developed a continuing medical education course on the use of diet and nutritional supplements in clinical practice. 

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Judy Stoffman was book review editor, publishing reporter and arts writer at the Toronto Star for two decades.