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A single dose of antibiotics can cause long-term gut damage

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          3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

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ciproA single dose of antibiotics can cause long-term gut damage

“The statistics are sobering: in the United States alone, antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 fatalities and at least 2 million new cases of disease annually. But if you think antibiotic resistance only comes about with massive and repeated rounds of antibiotics, think again. Science shows that just one dose of antibiotic ‘therapy’ not only contributes to antibiotic resistance, but also brings about long-term damage to the microbes living in the gut. Many of the intestinal bacteria destroyed by antibiotics play a significant role in the body’s natural defense system against cancer and other disease conditions.”

The neurons in our gut help the immune system keep inflammation in check

The immune system exercises constant vigilance to protect the body from external threats–including what we eat and drink. A careful balancing act plays out as digested food travels through the intestine. Immune cells must remain alert to protect against harmful pathogens like Salmonella, but their activity also needs to be tempered since an overreaction can lead to too much inflammation and permanent tissue damage.

MIND diet, healthy fats and smoothies are crucial for preventing Alzheimer’s disease, research shows

“Researchers at Rush University Medical Center are now confirming that a hybrid Mediterranean diet, including healthy fats, blueberries and whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, with the fiber intact, can have a powerful governing effect on a person’s cognitive abilities, preventing memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease. The Rush researchers are praising their newly formulated MIND diet which stands for: “Mediterranean Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.” The diet was developed by nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, PhD, and fellow colleagues at the Rush medical center. The MIND diet is a simple, wholesome lifestyle eating template that is proven to slow cognitive decline. When it was followed moderately, it was found to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s by 35 percent. When the diet was followed rigorously, it lowered the risk of Alzheimer’s by 53 percent.”

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Vitamin D and K2 Work in Tandem to Slow Arterial Calcification

“The data revealed a slower progression of calcification in those taking both vitamin K2 and vitamin D compared to those taking vitamin D alone.1 The study’s lead author said: “In this study, the K2 and D protected against cardiovascular calcification, while the D group alone did not. Clearly, this has positive implications for human health.” This makes sense because whereas vitamin D provides improved bone development by helping you absorb calcium, there is new evidence that vitamin K2 directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don’t want it.”

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy increases risk of autism by 87 percent

“Using antidepressants during pregnancy greatly increases the risk of autism, Professor Anick Bérard of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine children’s hospital revealed. Prof. Bérard, an expert in the fields of pharmaceutical safety during pregnancy, came to her conclusions after reviewing data covering 145,456 pregnancies. “The variety of causes of autism remain unclear, but studies have shown that both genetics and environment can play a role,” she explained. “Our study has established that taking antidepressants during the second or third trimester of pregnancy almost doubles the risk that the child will be diagnosed with autism by age 7, especially if the mother takes selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, often known by its acronym SSRIs.”

Treating colon cancer with vitamin A

“A leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide, colon cancer is famously resistant to treatment. Now the biological pathway behind the growth of colon cancer has been discovered by researchers who have been able block it with vitamin A.”

Drugging the microbiome may treat heart disease

“A first-of-a-kind drug that interferes with the metabolic activity of gut microbes could one day treat heart disease in humans, according to a mouse study. Dietary supplementation with a compound that is naturally abundant in red wine and olive oil prevented gut microbes from turning unhealthy foods into metabolic byproducts that clog arteries.”

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Plastics chemicals BPA, BPS linked to altered brain development

“Many plastic product manufacturers are starting to put “BPA-free” labels on their products. The plastic industry is slowly moving away from BPA, removing it from baby bottles and plastic food storage containers. This is progress, especially since BPA has been shown to worsen obesity, cancer and behavioral problems. However, as manufacturers move away from BPA and assure consumers that their plastics are safe, they ultimately replace it with something just as sinister — BPS. BPS is like a cousin to BPA. It’s also an endocrine disrupter and is linked to some of the same health problems as BPA. In fact, BPS might be worse than BPA.”

 

Higher risk of leukemia linked to low sunlight, vitamin D

“Epidemiologists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that persons residing at higher latitudes, with lower sunlight/ultraviolet B (UVB) exposure and greater prevalence of vitamin D deficiency, are at least two times at greater risk of developing leukemia than equatorial populations.”

Antibiotics pave way for C. diff infections by killing bile acid-altering bacteria

“New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Michigan finds that bile acids which are altered by bacteria normally living in the large intestine inhibit the growth of Clostridium difficile, or C. diff. C. diff is a harmful bacterium that can cause painful and sometimes fatal infections. The work sheds light on the ways in which some commonly used antibiotics can promote C. diff infections by killing off the bile acid-altering microbes.”

Milk, vitamin supplements and exercise raise children’s vitamin D levels

“Sufficient intake of fortified dairy products is of significant importance for the serum vitamin D level in primary school children, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. Children who drink at least three glasses of milk per day had a higher serum vitamin D level than their peers who drink milk in lesser amounts. The use of vitamin D supplements was also associated with a higher serum vitamin D level. Furthermore, children who exercise more than 2 hours per day had a higher serum vitamin D level than children who exercise less than 1.5 hours per day. The article “Determinants of Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentration in Finnish Children:”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Superbugs to devastate humanity as last antibiotic chemicals prove useless

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                3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Articles

coffee-beansResearchers Uncover 8 Ways Coffee Improves Health

“Coffee’s reputation as a food to avoid has been replaced with hundreds of studies that show coffee may be one of the healthiest drinks in the world. A Harvard study released this month found that coffee drinkers who drink three to five cups a day are less likely to die from any cause than nondrinkers. The study, published in Circulation, found that coffee drinkers of both regular and decaf had lower rates of dying from heart disease, stroke, neurological diseases, and suicide. Overall, the risk of dying was reduced by 15 percent.”

“The report came just as the World Health Organization (WHO) launched a campaign titled “Antibiotics: Handle with care,” designed to help stem the practices that lead to antibiotic resistance. The campaign urges patients to take antibiotics only when prescribed, and to follow the prescription instructions exactly. It also urges doctors to be more sparing in their antibiotic use. “Doctors need to treat antibiotics as a precious commodity,” said WHO head, Margaret Chan. If antibiotic use does not become more responsible, Chan warned, antibiotics will eventually become useless, which “will mean the end of modern medicine as we know it,” and “a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections will once again kill.” Effective antibiotics are needed to preserve patients’ lives during routine surgery and chemotherapy, and to keep premature infants alive, among other uses. “The rise of antibiotic resistance is a global health crisis,” Chan said. “More and more governments recognize (it is) one of the greatest threats to health today.”

Infant antibiotic use linked to adult diseases

“A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmune disorders, and even obesity, later in life.”

The Real RDA for Vitamin D Is 10 Times Higher Than Currently Recommended

“Remember, you’re not bound by the IOM’s mistakes, miscalculations, and flawed recommendations. You can take 8,000 IUs of vitamin D a day, or more, if that’s what you need to reach and maintain a level of at least 40 ng/ml. Vitamin D exerts epigenetic control of thousands of genes, and can vastly decrease your risk for heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and much more. It’s a profoundly important nutrient that has massive health benefits. Just remember that when you take oral vitamin D, you also increase your need for vitamin K2. Vitamin D also need sufficient amounts of magnesium and zinc to work properly, and is best taken with some healthy fat, as it’s a fat-soluble vitamin.”

Vitamin C for heart disease – shown to greatly reduce risk of world’s number one cause of death

“This discovery highlights some important characteristics of vitamin C, including its ability to build and repair connective tissue throughout the body and inside the vital organs. Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant, protecting cells and biological molecules from oxidative damage, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses. Natural vitamin C from food is obviously the best choice, with citrus fruits containing some of the highest levels among common produce. Acerola cherry and camu camu berry are also rich in vitamin C, containing some of the highest levels of vitamin C among all known foods.”

Mediterranean Diet With Extra Nuts, Olive Oil Keeps Mind Sharp: Study

“Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet — one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat — may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following such diets had greater improvements in thinking and memory than people who were simply advised to eat a lower-fat diet. “You can delay the onset of age-related mental decline with a healthy diet rich in foods with a high antioxidant power, such as virgin olive oil and nuts,” said lead researcher Dr. Emilio Ros, director of the lipid clinic at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona.”

Foods to avoid with multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases

“Any “food” that contains the following:  Artificial flavoring, Artificial color, Preservatives, MSG, Trans Fats, Sugar, High fructose corn syrup, Gluten (Which means no wheat including kamut, faro, spelt, durum, bulgur, or semolina and no barley, rye, or triticale. Oats may be a problem, too.), Dairy, Caffeine, GMOs
Any foods you have had an allergic reaction to. In other words, cut out all processed foods. Choose whole foods, organic foods filled with nutrients.”

Five symptoms that indicate thyroid problems

“Millions of Americans today suffer from thyroid dysfunction, and many of them do not even know it. Startling enough, over 80% of people who suffer from poorly functioning thyroids do not show problems on standard thyroid tests. Knowing some common symptoms of thyroid problems can help you get proper treatment early.”

Ancient onion and garlic medicinal recipe cures drug-resistant superbug infections

“A thousand-year-old potion found in an Old English manuscript in the British Library to treat an eye infection has amazed the scientific world. Researcher at the University of Nottingham found it to be very effective against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA.Combating MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria is one of the biggest challenges hospitals face each year. Due to overuse of and overexposure to antibiotics, some bacterial strains have evolved to withstand our drugs. This gives rise to a whole army of superbugs which are very hard to treat and cause the death of at least 23,000 people each year.”

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

“In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist. That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis.”

Why Filtering Your Water Is a Necessity

“If you care about your health, filtering your household water is more a necessity than an option these days. Water pollution has become a very significant problem that simply cannot be ignored any longer. It doesn’t matter where you live, as many of the most dangerous chemicals find their way into the ecosystem and food chain, spreading from one continent to another, as described in a recent article by Prevent Disease.1 Fish and other wildlife are demonstrating the ramifications of out of control water pollution, and there’s cause to believe chemical pollution may be affecting human health as well, even if the effects are not always as directly traceable.”

Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Threaten Women’s Health Throughout Life

 “Recent research reveals American girls are hitting puberty earlier than ever before. The median age for breast development is now around 9, with rare cases of extreme precocious puberty occurring in girls as young as 4. Precocious puberty is triggered by premature release of hormones, which results in sexual maturation, sometimes years before the natural norm. Research into the phenomenon reveals that environmental exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals plays a major if not decisive role. Interestingly, recent research1 also claims that high sugar consumption — specifically soda — can affect young girls’ rate of maturation. According to associate professor Karin Michels, who studies links between environmental exposures, genetics and disease:

“Our study adds to increasing concern about the widespread consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks among children and adolescents.

The main concern is about childhood obesity, but our study suggests that age of first menstruation (menarche) occurred earlier, independently of body mass index, among girls with the highest consumption of drinks sweetened with added sugar.”

Brain levels of vitamin B12 decrease with age and are prematurely low in people with autism and schizophrenia

“A new study published in the online journal, Public Library of Science One (PLOS One) found that Vitamin B12 levels in the brain are significantly decreased in the elderly and are much lower in individuals with autism or schizophrenia, as compared to their peers at similar ages. For example, children with autism under the age of 10 were found to have three times lower brain B12 levels, which is similar to levels for generally healthy adults in their 50s, indicating a premature decrease.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Almost all psych drug use is unnecessary, claims doctor researching medical holocaust of over 5 million psych med victims

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           3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Articles

america-mental-illnessAlmost all psych drug use is unnecessary, claims doctor researching medical holocaust of over 5 million psych med victims 

More than half a million people age 65 years or older die every year in the West from psychiatric drug use, and the worst part is that these death pills aren’t even effective at treating either mental illness or depression. Researchers from Denmark’s Nordic Cochrane Centre found that the benefits of psych drugs are minimal at best, and that most people who currently use them would be better off just ditching them entirely… Professor Peter Gotzsche reveals that most antidepressants and dementia drugs are generally useless when it comes to providing tangible relief. The drugs are also vastly overprescribed, he says, and they come with such a high risk of adverse effects that it isn’t even worth it for the average person to try them. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are dying every year from the normal and prescribed use of psych meds like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are linked to causing extreme depression and provoking users towards suicide or even homicide. Add to this the fact that most psych meds have never been shown effective, matching or not even reaching placebo in terms of their efficacy, and there’s no legitimate reason for their continued use.

bad-drugsReanalysis Confirms Long Held Suspicions — Paxil Is Unsafe and Ineffective for Teens

In 2004, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revised2 the labeling requirements for antidepressant medications (SSRIs and others), warning that:

“Antidepressants increased the risk compared to placebo of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders.

Anyone considering the use of [Insert established name] or any other antidepressant in a child, adolescent, or young adult must balance this risk with the clinical need.”

Healthy gut bacteria help prevent age-related diseases

“Scientists experimenting with fruit flies in a bid to understand how some people can remain in good physical and mental health until a very old age while others do not are hinting that it might have something to do with the gut. Indeed, other recent studies have also started linking diseases such as diabetes and Parkinson’s to changes in a person’s gut bacteria. So far, however, researchers have been unable to pinpoint a direct cause. “Age-onset decline is very tightly linked to changes within the community of gut microbes,” senior author David Walker of the University of California, Los Angeles, told Agence France-Presse. “With age, the number of bacterial cells increase substantially and the composition of bacterial groups changes.”

Gut microbiome drives success of immunotherapy 

“Why some patients respond well to immunotherapy and others do not is unclear, but two new studies now provide evidence that the gut microbiome can play a role.”

Healthy gut bacteria and the understanding of interconnectivity is the key to longevity

Link between intestinal bacteria, depression found

“The complex mechanisms of interaction and dynamics between the gut microbiota and its host have been illuminated by recent research. Data show that relatively minor changes in microbiota profiles or its metabolic activity induced by neonatal stress can have profound effects on host behavior in adulthood

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Dairy products boost effectiveness of probiotics

The success of probiotics for boosting human health may depend partly upon the food, beverage, or other material carrying the probiotics, according to research.

“This new study found that the pungent constituent in ginger known as 6-shogaol was very active when it came to anti-cancer stem behavior. This constituent is produced when the root is either dried or cooked, two very common uses for ginger already. But there is something very specific about 6-shogaol that makes it superior to chemotherapy treatments for cancer. Researchers found that these cancer-destroying effects occurred at concentrations that were non-toxic to non-cancer cells. That means that this particular component of ginger only killed cancer cells, leaving healthy cells alone. This makes it very different from conventional cancer treatments that do not display that kind of selective cytotoxicity, meaning they can really harm the patient. When it comes to breast cancer, 6-shogaol significantly affects the cell cycle therefore resulting in increased cancer cell death. It induces programmed cell death through the induction of autophagy. It also inhibits breast cancer spheroids (lumps) from forming. But that isn’t the only astounding thing about 6-shogaol.”

Resveratrol, quercetin could provide new options for cancer therapy

“Resveratrol and quercetin, two polyphenols that have been widely studied for their health properties, may soon become the basis of an important new advance in cancer treatment, primarily by improving the efficacy and potential use of an existing chemotherapeutic cancer drug. For the first time a system has been developed that could dramatically increase the levels of these compounds in the body.”

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Sugar: Public Health Enemy No. 1, Researchers Say

“Dietary fat was blamed for decades as the primary driver of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. That common wisdom has rapidly changed in the face of new research showing that sugar is the real danger and should be eliminated wherever possible. “Sugar is poison,” says Richard Jacoby, M.D., a peripheral nerve surgeon based in Scottsdale, Ariz. “We’re eating too much, and it’s changing the biochemistry of our nerves.” In his new book — “Sugar Crush: How to Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health” — Dr. Jacoby says sugar causes a surprising range of illnesses, including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), Alzheimer’s, autism, Bell’s palsy, cancer, carpal tunnel syndrome, diabetes, gallbladder disease, heart disease, migraines, and multiple sclerosis. The solution to such problems, he says, is to decrease consumption of sugar, wheat, and processed carbohydrates, and eat more good fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids.”

SODA NATION: Half of America now has type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes

“According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), about half of the adult population in the U.S. has either pre-diabetes or diabetes. Interestingly, reaction to the findings seems to suggest this is a good thing.”

Statins: Heart disease drug speeds up ageing process, warns new research

“Scientists have found the heart disease drug badly affects our stem cells, the internal medical system which repairs damage to our bodies and protects us from muscle and joint pain as well as memory loss. Last night experts warned patients to “think very carefully” before taking statins as a preventative medicine. A GP expert in the field said: “They just make many patients feel years older. Side effects mimic the ageing process.” The new research by scientists at Tulane University in New Orleans has reignited the debate about statin side effects which many doctors say have been played down. They include memory loss, muscle pain, diabetes, cataracts, liver dysfunction, diabetes, fatigue and memory loss.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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BLOG POST: Processed grains, white bread, pasta cause huge blood sugar spikes linked to depression

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    3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

Always remember that you are in charge of your health and not the doctors. Do not put your life in their hands without first seeking God and His health system.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

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Most Americans are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency

Most Americans are suffering from Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D status related to immune response to HIV-1

“Vitamin D plays an important part in the human immune response and deficiency can leave individuals less able to fight infections like HIV-1. Now an international team of researchers has found that high-dose vitamin D supplementation can reverse the deficiency and also improve immune response.”

Vitamin D, inflammation and schizophrenia:

“The researchers proposed a theory that high vitamin D levels may decrease the risk of schizophrenia by reducing inflammation and protecting against neurobiological damage related to schizophrenia. However, this mechanism is merely a theory and still needs to be tested.”

Vitamin D may play key role in preventing macular degeneration 

“In a paper published in JAMA Ophthalmology online, Amy Millen, associate professor of epidemiology and environmental health in UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions, and her team found that women who are deficient in vitamin D and have a specific high-risk genotype are 6.7 times more likely to develop AMD than women with sufficient vitamin D status and no high risk genotype.”

Genetic study finds association between reduced vitamin D and multiple sclerosis risk

“Genetic findings support observational evidence that lower vitamin D levels are associated with increased risk of multiple sclerosis, according to a new research article.”

Processed grains, white bread, pasta cause huge blood sugar spikes linked to depression

“A diet high in processed grains such as white bread, white flour and sugar could increase the risk of depression in older women, according to a study conducted by researchers from Columbia University that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In contrast, a diet high in whole grains and vegetables decreases the risk.”

Trans fats, but not saturated fats like butter, linked to greater risk of early death and heart disease

Contrary to prevailing dietary advice, a recent evidence review found no excess cardiovascular risk associated with intake of saturated fat. In contrast, research suggests that industrial trans fats may increase the risk of coronary heart disease.

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

“People in the United States spend about $1.2 billion annually for fish oil pills and related supplements even though the vast majority of research published recently in major journals provides no evidence of a health benefit. The “accrual of high-level evidence,” according to a review of studies published last year in an American Medical Association journal, shows “that the supplements lack efficacy across a range of health outcomes.”

Aspirin could hold key to supercharged cancer immunotherapy

Giving cancer patients aspirin at the same time as immunotherapy could dramatically boost the effectiveness of the treatment, according to new research. Aspirin is part of a group of molecules called COX inhibitors, which stop the production of PGE2 and help reawaken the immune system. Combining immunotherapy with aspirin or other COX inhibitors substantially slowed bowel and melanoma skin cancer growth in mice, compared to immunotherapy alone, authors say.

Targeting bacteria causing ulcers may prevent stomach cancer

“Eliminating Helicobacter pylori bacterium — the main cause of stomach ulcers – with a short course of therapy of two commonly used medicines may help to reduce the risk of gastric cancer, researchers suggest.”

Chocolate for your heart

“Eating up to 100 g of chocolate every day is linked to lowered heart disease and stroke risk. The calculations showed that compared with those who ate no chocolate higher intake was linked to an 11% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and a 25% lower risk of associated death.”

 Psychobiotics: Your Gut Bacteria – Your Mood 

“Chronic imbalances in our gut bacteria that lead to gut-brain axis signaling irregularities can also lead to a wide variety of other health problems – including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid problems, dental issues, cancers, degenerative neurological diseases, obesity, ADD/ADHD, allergies, asthma, autism, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic Lyme disease … and many, many more. And they all begin with the health of the several pounds of miniscule critters living in our gut microbiomes.”

Does heart disease begin in childhood? ‘Statistically significant association’ found between vitamin D levels, non-HDL cholesterol in kids

“A ‘statistically significant association’ between higher vitamin D levels and lower non-HDL cholesterol in kids has been found by researchers. There has been evidence that low vitamin D levels in adults are linked to cardiovascular disease, as well as other health issues such as obesity, hypertension and diabetes. But that link hadn’t been studied in children.”

Fish oil-diet benefits may be mediated by gut microbes

“Diets rich in fish oil versus diets rich in lard (e.g., bacon) produce very different bacteria in the guts of mice, reports a new study. The researchers transferred these microbes into other mice to see how they affected health. The results suggest that gut bacteria share some of the responsibility for the beneficial effects of fish oil and the harmful effects of lard.”

High sugar consumption among children relates to poor family functioning, study finds

“The quality of general family functioning is a major determinant of healthy dietary habits, according to new research. A British study found that a mother’s perception of effective general family functioning has a significant effect on limiting the intake of sugary foods and drinks by their three and four year old children. In contrast, less effective family functioning leads to high frequency intake of sugary foods and drinks by three and four year old children in the family.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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How Safe Are Our Food and Water? Factory Farms and Fluoride

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06/04/2015

                3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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fluoride HitlerAmericans are becoming more savvy about what’s happening with their food and water. Once a fringe movement, recently calls to remove fluoridation have gone mainstream as more people become aware that fluoride is actually a deadly poison and that it has NO health benefits. Even the American Dental Association has admitted that it weakens the enamel on teeth. Yet dentists still push fluoride rinses for teeth, because there is a fear of going against medical standards and norms, with those who do so often being ostracized and losing their licenses.

For the most part, our health is in the hands of a Babylonian system that cares more about its own profits than it does our welfare. That’s not to say that everyone participating in the system is unconcerned or profit-oriented. Below you’ll find stories containing references to doctors standing up against conventional standards and trying to warn people. You’ll also find information on how to make good choices to protect yourself from a medical system that is being pushed to the brink by the new Affordable Care Act, as doctors have more demands on them and even less time for patients or for thinking about the diagnoses and treatments they’re providing.

As noted here, Hitler put fluoride into the water at concentration camps to weaken immunity, encourage sterility and make inmates more docile. Given that knowledge, why would a “benevolent” government be doing that in communities all across America? But fluoride is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what we’re eating and drinking, and government’s role in that. There is a scandal within America’s poultry industry, and the role that not only large corporations but also federal and state governments have in making sure that the situation will continue unabated is breaking news.

It’s scandalous because contract farming keeps producers at the poverty level and punishes whistleblowers who speak out about not just the servitude they’re bound to, but also about the abuse of the birds and animals under the system. You’ll learn how large producers require birds be kept in barns with less than 1 square foot of space each so they can’t walk around, that they sit on mounds of feces since they’re packed so tightly there’s no way to clean them up, that they be denied fresh air and light (and yes, all of this is in the company contracts). The birds are sickly with raw open sores and no feathers on their undersides, and high mortality. And as a result, they’re not healthy and our poultry is contaminated with bacteria at record levels. Yet companies still label them as “humanely-raised” because consumers don’t want to buy poultry from tortured and diseased birds. Yet government standards permit this false advertising.

All of this is about profit, about hoodwinking the American public and punishing anyone who tries to speak out or ask that fair rules be enforced. A few brave souls have begun to do so, and there have been stories in major national publications such as the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, etc. But they’ve paid a high price for their courage. Supposedly there are rules in place to protect farmers, but as the John Oliver documentary shows, each year the Ag Committee in the House has attached an amendment to its funding bill prohibiting those rules from being enforced. And in North Carolina, just this week lawmakers have passed a bill that protects the factory system by punishing whistleblowers, not just on farms but in hospitals and nursing homes as well.

We’ve been saying it repeatedly: take charge of your own health. Don’t rely on anyone else, not even a medical professional. You need to learn as much as you can and find a doctor who will work with you, who knows about nutrition, and who will spend time answering your questions. Be proactive about your food and water – demand that fluoride be removed from your community, learn about factory farming and what Congress or state agencies are doing, then make phone calls and write letters to demand better. Purchase foods that are locally grown and organically raised whenever possible. The groceries are full of convenience foods, but how convenient is it when you’re sick and weak from the chemicals that make up most of them? It may take more time and it may cost a bit more, but what is your health worth? Aside from that, do you want to bear part of the responsibility for keeping farmers in poverty and for abused animals?

Numbers 35:3 And the cities shall they have to dwell in; and the suburbs [surrounding pastures] of them shall be for their cattle, and for their goods, and for all their beasts.

Nehemiah 9:36-37  Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that thou gavest unto our fathers to eat the fruit thereof and the good thereof, behold, we are servants in it: And it yieldeth much increase unto the kings whom thou hast set over us because of our sins: also they have dominion over our bodies, and over our cattle, at their pleasure, and we are in great distress.

Drinking Water

fluoridation deathFluoride Dangers: What You Need to Know  

“Here’s a shocking fact: The average tube of toothpaste has enough fluoride to kill a child. Yet fluoride is enthusiastically hailed in ads as a dental savior. More than half of the country’s community water supplies have added fluoride. But now, many experts are calling for a change,

“Fluoride poisons hundreds of enzymes in the body,” says Dr. Brownstein, author of the newsletter Natural Way to Health and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. “Fluoridation of the water supply is associated with an increase of certain cancers and causes thyroid problems.” While critics of fluoride were once considered a fringe group, they are now finding themselves gaining a voice in mainstream medical circles.

A study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that long-term high intake of fluoride can increase the risk of brittle bones, fractures, and bone abnormalities. Other studies have suggested that
Excessive levels of fluoride may be linked to neurotoxicity, hormone problems, and cancer.

Your local water utility can tell you whether your water supply has added fluoride. If it does, consider a home filtration system that removes it. Not all filtration systems eliminate fluoride. One that does is reverse osmosis filtration.”

fluoride waterIs Your Drinking Water Damaging Your Health?  Because the human body is 60% water, we need to drink enough daily to remain hydrated – eight 8 oz glasses are recommended. But there can be problems with our water, depending on the source of it, whether tap, bottled or well. This article discusses 3 specific problems that can have serious health consequences such as heart disease or cancer.

• Magnesium deficiency. Magnesium supports more than 300 metabolic processes, including regulating blood pressure and heart rhythm and the proper absorption of calcium. Health experts say as many as 80 percent of us fail to reach the RDA of 360 milligrams daily for women and 420 milligrams for men. Older adults are especially vulnerable. Bottled drinking water is making the situation even worse, since many people have swapped tap water, which is a significant source of magnesium, for bottled water, which contains far less. Typical symptoms of magnesium deficiency include insomnia, anxiety, pain, muscle cramps and weakness, restless leg syndrome, abnormal heart rhythms, and fatigue.

• Arsenic. Arsenic is a deadly poison, and a study at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that even trace amounts that naturally occur in well water double the risk of developing and dying from heart disease, stroke, and atherosclerosis. The [EPA’s] limit on arsenic in drinking water is 10 parts per billion, but the standards only apply to municipal water utilities. Arsenic levels are much higher — sometimes as much as 100 times higher — in well water in some areas of the country…Numerous studies have found links between arsenic and poor health…[including] diabetes.

• Fluoride. “Fluoride is a very powerful cardiac poison,” says Dr. Russell Blaylock…The U.S. regulatory agencies admitted that 3 parts per million of fluoride in water produces severe fluorosis of the teeth and bones, is neurotoxic, is a cell toxin, and produces organ damage. “Dentists that I know say they can always tell when a patient has been drinking fluoridated water because the enamel of their teeth is soft… Fluoride destroys the teeth….”

“Fluoride can also injure the nervous system and even cause cancer…Degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are possibly linked to drinking fluoridated water. Cancer, behavioral problems, thyroid suppression, male infertility and impotence are also some examples of what may happen to the body when too much fluoride is present. “Once in the body, fluoride is very difficult to remove, but some nutrients, including vitamin C and magnesium, can decrease its toxicity,” says Dr. Blaylock.”

Fluorosis is becoming common in both adults and children

Fluorosis (enamel loss) is becoming common in both adults and children due to fluoride

US Government Admits Americans Have Been Overdosed on Fluoride

“The US government has finally admitted they’ve overdosed Americans on fluoride and, for first time since 1962, are lowering its recommended level of fluoride in drinking water.

About 40 percent of American teens have dental fluorosis, a condition referring to changes in the appearance of tooth enamel—from chalky-looking lines and splotches to dark staining and pitting—caused by long-term ingestion of fluoride during the time teeth are forming. In some areas, fluorosis rates are as high as 70-80 percent, with some children suffering from advanced forms.

It’s quite clear that when you add fluoride to drinking water, you cannot control the dose that people are getting, and fluoride is in fact not only a non-essential mineral but a toxic drug. This alone is one of the reasons why fluoride shouldn’t be added to drinking water at any level. Yet water utilities administer this drug without a prescription, at the behest of the government, without any idea of who will get what dose and for how long, and without monitoring for side effects.

Moreover, fluoride isn’t even approved by the FDA for the prevention of cavities. Considering the fact that people also get fluoride from toothpaste, dental rinses, processed foods, and beverages, the chances of overexposure are still present, even at this lowered level.”

Fluoride in Water Could Be Lowering Our IQs: Study

“Although the granite mountains of Maine may be spectacular, they may be hiding a secret that’s affecting the IQs of residents: Fluoride leaches from the granite and drains into the private wells that provide drinking water for many of Maine’s communities, leaving many with dangerously high levels, says an article in the Scientific American.

Although small amounts of fluoride are added to public water supplies in many municipal water supplies in the United States to reduce tooth decay, too much fluoride can discolor teeth, weaken bones, and affect the brain — a 2012 review of 12 studies found that high fluoride reduced children’s IQs by an average of 7 points.”

 GMO and Contaminated Food

A typical chicken barn with "humanely raised" "cage-free" birds

A typical corporate chicken barn with “humanely raised” “cage-free” birds

The not-so-humane way ‘humanely raised’ chickens are being raised  

After farmer Craig Watts went public about the abuses in the factory farm system, over 130,000 people signed a petition to the USDA calling for reforms in the chicken industry and demanding that the USDA prohibit false labeling of poultry. Consumers are being misled about the conditions birds are kept under, and the health and safety of the birds being raised for public consumption. A recent John Oliver program on HBO featured an expose on the factory farm system for chickens. Although normally Oliver is a comedian and it’s HBO so he can be a bit crass, still it’s something EVERYONE should see. He documents how the companies bind poultry producers to outrageous contracts that keep them in poverty, and force them to keep the birds in extreme conditions (such as no fresh air or light, living on caked beds of feces, etc.) to maximize their own profits, without regard to either the welfare of the birds or the health of consumers.

“Craig Watts is a North Carolina chicken farmer who raises more than 700,000 broiler chickens each year for Perdue farms, one of the largest poultry manufacturers in the country. Watts says he has been raising chickens for Perdue for more than 20 years, tending to the chicks delivered to him by the company and following Perdue’s guidelines for how to raise the birds. Perdue labels all of its chickens as “humanely raised.” For a long time, Watts went along with things as they were. But then he allowed the group, Compassion for World Farming, to spend months at his farm with cameras documenting the conditions.

The physical toll the chickens endure as a result of their genetic make-up only appears to be exacerbated by the physical reality of circumstances in which they’re being raised. The birds are confined to a space smaller than a square foot, and frequently spend their entire lives atop mounds of feces. The result is that many birds—more than 1,000 per 30,000 bird flock—die within the first six weeks.

Perdue sells its chicken with a label that says both “humanely raised” and “raised cage free.” The former claim seems debatable, especially considering how nearly one million of its birds are being raised each year…And the latter is arguably misleading, because it applies to virtually all chicken meat sold in the United States. The problem is that these claims, however misleading they might be, are actually pretty effective sales pitches. A recent survey showed that the vast majority of consumers prefer cage-free “humanely raised” labels, according to Kristof.

“I can’t speak for a chicken—all I can say is what I observe,” Watts tells Garces. “And no, they’re not happy. And they’re definitely not healthy.”

Craig Watts: Keep food system transparent  This is a national scandal, not just because animal welfare matters (since most Americans do not want to purchase meat from animals which have been tortured) but because it puts the health of consumers at risk when those same birds and animals are kept in unsanitary conditions, are sick, and are bred for deformity. This new law will legally sanction punishment of whistleblowers like Craig Watts not just on factory farms but in hospitals and nursing homes that care for veterans and the elderly. Pushed by lobbyists for large corporations, North Carolina’s governor vetoed the bill but it was passed by an override vote.

“I opened my doors to cameras because I saw misleading advertising about the realities of the way chickens were being raised. I shared video and photos of those realities to American public because I thought it deserved to know the truth. As I expected, once the people saw the truth, they were outraged.

In response, instead of taking these concerns and American outrage seriously, those calling the shots in North Carolina’s meat industry are trying to make sure the public never sees inside another factory farm in North Carolina. Senate Bill 433 and House Bill 405 are deceptive “ag-gag” measures aimed at stopping investigations into North Carolina farms. Lobbying groups such as the Pork Council and Poultry Federation are pushing legislators hard to pass these bills. Our elected officials shouldn’t be serving the interest of a few powerful companies and trade groups, they should be serving the American public, who, when polled, squarely oppose these types of bills.

Even if animal welfare isn’t a top concern for us when buying meat, food safety should be. Meat, eggs and dairy from animals from intensive conditions, where the farmer has no ability to even speak up when they see something is wrong, just isn’t right and as un-American as it gets.”

Compassion in World Farming  This is a great site to get information about the raising of poultry, cows, pigs, etc. You’ll learn more about the contract system that large companies keep most American farmers bound to today, and how it is hurting animals, farmers and consumers. The “family farm” of past generations is virtually gone, even when the farms are small and family-owned so that they appear traditional. For instance, whislteblower Craig Watts’ farm has been in his family since the 18th century, but that history is one reason why he finally spoke out against the practices that corporate contracts demand for the sake of their profits.

This is typically what the underside of chickens look like - ammonia burns and raw skin

This is typically what the underside of chickens look like – ammonia burns and raw skin

“Farmageddon: Throwing the Book at Factory Farming”  There is a video on this page showing the reality of what’s happening to animals and birds on factory farms, and relating it not just to the damage to the environment, but also to the plight of the farmers caught up in it, and the consumers who are having health issues because of it.

“For decades, our farm animals have been disappearing from our fields as our food industry has gone global. Every year, we farm nearly 70 billion animals for meat, milk and eggs. By the time you finish reading this sentence, around 4,000 farm animals will have been slaughtered.

We no longer know for certain what is entering the food chain and what we are eating – as the UK horsemeat scandal demonstrated. Most farm animals are now raised in factory farms – intensive systems that produce vast quantities of seemingly cheap meat, milk and eggs. But this industry endangers everything we hold dear: our health; our livelihoods; our countryside; the welfare of animals. Find out more about the dangers of factory farming.”

food crisisIG Farben – the Monsanto of World War II  

“[B]io-agriculture on planet Earth is deteriorating nutrition and health in general. People are eating pesticide and insecticide and looking to MDs to fix their self-inflicted health detriment, all while they keep eating weed killer and bug killer food. We are living in a time of smart phones, smart drones and smart meters, but we eat processed, dead and deadly food. We are living in a time of jet planes, cross-world video chats, and flat screen liquid televisions, but we are suffering by the millions from preventable disease, like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Adolf Hitler had his Gestapo and his “Biotechnology” Big Pharma monopoly called IG Farben, which was short for Interessengemeinschaft Farben. When Hitler took over a new country, he would replace their “drug stores” with his own, and this helped him weaken the enemy.

The food choices we make and the “medicine” we choose to take or NOT TAKE can be all the difference in our health, wealth, personal power and control of everything we experience. Even our job and our home can be realms of personal power if we don’t consume chemicals. But Monsanto, the conglomerate corporation that creates a majority of pesticide-based food, along with Dow Chemical, DuPont, Bayer and Syngenta — are feeding the masses sick food so they can make more trillions of dollars off sick care. It’s the way of the Western world, unless you choose to make a DIFFERENT choice with every dollar you spend. There are only two types of people in the world: those who want to control you and those who want to empower you. Even corporations can be viewed in that same light. Their products can be part of manipulating you and taking your money, or they can be part of your healthy, happy and progressive lifestyle.

Monsanto manipulates the seeds of Mother Nature’s vegetables and fruits to contain weed killer and bug killer. This is like inhaling deadly gas — a little at a time. Did you know that chemotherapy was invented by the Nazi scientists who made the gas that killed millions of Jews? It’s a twisted way to address cell mutation disease — with something that mutates your cells! Western medicine is evil in some ways. Most MDs have no idea that the pharmaceuticals they recommend and prescribe make things worse for humanity in the long run. Now it’s all in the water supply — pesticide, herbicide, medications, chemo and fluoride. And CAFOs, confined animal feeding operations, are just like the Nazi concentration camps. Have you seen them? Some animals are tortured, suffering sickness and disease, miserable and dying all around each other. Biotech is feeding the animals cancer food (genetically modified soy, corn and alfalfa).”

Babylonian Health System

Be sure to ask the right questions of your doctor

Be sure to ask your doctor the right questions

Doctor Errors Kill 500,000 Americans a Year  This helpful article doesn’t just give you the bad news about a health system that is rapidly getting worse. It also gives some good, practical suggestions for things you can do to protect yourself. The most important thing is to ask questions of your doctor such as how confident are they in your diagnosis, where can you learn more about your condition, etc. There are 8 specific questions listed that it would be good to keep somewhere so you have them handy next time you go to the doctor.

“Here’s a shocking statistic: Doctors screw up 15 percent of the time. “Let’s put this in perspective. The death toll from healthcare screw-ups adds up to at least 500,000 Americans annually. That is the equivalent of three jumbo jets crashing every day of the year and killing everyone aboard,” says renowned pharmacy professor and medical author Joe Graedon.

Joe and his wife Terry have written a new book called Top Screwups Doctors Make—and How to Avoid Them. The book chronicles case after case of medical mistakes that killed, injured, or maimed patients. “No one is counting the bodies,” he says. “There is no outrage, no plan to change a system that allows too many to die unnecessarily. The medical profession seems largely immune to the consequences of its errors.”

[D]iagnostic errors are rampant. “It’s the most frequent, most severe, and most costly of medical mistakes in malpractice suits that result in payments to patients and families,” says Dr. Newman-Toker. The No. 1 reason doctors mess up a diagnosis is overconfidence, says Graedon. Other causes for diagnostic errors include reluctance by doctors to ask for help in difficult cases and a too-big patient load that makes doctors rush to a conclusion without proper consideration.

“When it comes to medical care, you need to realize that you need to take charge,” Graedon says. “Don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask questions and speak your mind.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Understanding and Bonding Between Pets and Their Owners, Part 2

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05/8/2015

          Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Commentary

dogs welcomeIn our last post on Pet Health, we focused mainly on dogs: how much they understand about us, how closely they bond to us and why they’re considered our best friends. While it may appear at first glance that we’ve resumed our focus on dogs, if you’ll check the articles and videos below, you’ll find that the information applies to cats and other animals as well. 

In Part 1 we also included information from a recent book about pets in heaven. We’re continuing in this post to list additional resources for those who have lost a pet or who have questions about whether their beloved pets have an afterlife. That subject is very important to us when we’ve bonded closely with an animal we love. All of us want to believe that we’ll see them again, and for Christians, there’s good reason to believe that we will.

Pets add a great deal to our lives, and it’s hard to imagine life without them. They comfort us, make us laugh, provide companionship, teach us compassion and so much more. What’s becoming apparent as research progresses is just how amazing they are, and how they love us as much as we do them. Below you’ll find some remarkable stories about animals who answer the phone, know what their owners are thinking and more.

There also are a couple of links for resources that you might need one day, for Yahoo groups where you’ll find people who care about animals and put in time to help others with missing or sick pets. You’ll find lots of compassion, prayer and expert advice in these groups, should you be in a position to need that. Finally, just for fun, there’s a section on one cat’s rising fame as an existentialist video philosopher.

Pet Health

The Unexplained Powers of Animals (video) This is an interesting and humorous clip from a 40 minute lecture by Rupert Sheldrake, speaking about the telepathic power of animals, and some of the research done for his landmark book, “Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home.” His remarks on cats are especially funny.

The Unexplained Powers Of Animals 

“For many years animal trainers, pet owners and naturalists have reported various kinds of perceptiveness in animals that suggest the existence of psychic powers. Surprisingly little research has been done on these phenomena. Biologists have been inhibited by the taboo against ‘the paranormal’, and psychical researchers and parapsychologists have with few exceptions confined their attention to human beings.

Some companion animals even seem able to tell when a particular person is on the telephone before the receiver has been picked up. For example, when the telephone rings in the household of a noted professor at the University of California at Berkeley, his wife knows when her husband is on the other end of the line because Whiskins, their silver tabby cat, rushes to the telephone and paws at the receiver. “Many times he succeeds in taking it off the hook and makes appreciative meows that are clearly audible to my husband at the other end”, she says. “If someone else telephones, Whiskins takes no notice.”

For several years, with the help of hundreds of animal trainers, shepherds, blind people with guide dogs, veterinarians and pet owners, I have investigated some of these unexplained powers of animals. There are three major categories of seemingly mysterious perceptiveness: telepathy, the sense of direction and premonition.”

dogs that know when their owners are coming homeDogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home by Rupert Sheldrake  This book also covers animals other than dogs. In strictly controlled, scientific studies, it was found that certain animals did know, to the point that an owner could be many miles and hours away, and the moment they began even thinking about returning, their pets demonstrated clear behavior (such as running to the door, etc.) indicating that they knew their owners were on the way or merely had decided to return.  It is a fascinating book, one which demonstrates that you have a definite chance of communicating through thought with your pet, and which reinforces the amazing power of love. That bond of love which develops between us and those pets we cherish creates a literal connection which grows from that love.

Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home. by Rupert Sheldrake  (Facebook site)  Rupert Sheldrake is a Cambridge University biologist who has written more than 80 scientific papers and ten books.

your cats are finePrayers for Pets  When you need us, we’re here”

Animals in Heaven (video)  This is an hour long video presentation by Jack and Rexella Van Impe which covers biblical texts, thoughts of great theologians through the ages, and much more. You’ll be convinced by the end of this video that there’s no doubt we’ll see them again.

Cats & Dogs. Pets in Heaven: Is It Biblical?  This short video is a compilation of Bible verses, set to piano music, about animals and the afterlife. No Rainbow Bridge here, just assurances that they too are waiting for redemption because the Bible speaks of them being in heaven and on the new earth.

Pet Health – Cats

Missing Cat Assistance  As a member of this group since 2004, (and moderator for a time) I can verify that members are supportive, creative and full of helpful tips for recovering a lost cat. There also are links for other cat-related services. If you need them, simply fill out a questionnaire about your missing cat and join. There are nearly 2,000 members and archives with letters on just about any topic you can think of, relating to lost cats.

Missing Cat Assistance offers resources [and] a network of support in locating and recovering lost cats. Membership is open to volunteers, shelter personnel, rescue volunteers, pet detectives, people who want to learn about lost cat behavior, lost pet services, conscientious pet-owners, and pet-owners who have lost a cat and are seeking help. Searching our archives you can find helpful tips, rescue stories, questions, photos [which] are all welcome.

Herni, le Chat Noir: The Existentialist Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat

Could Henri be speaking for more of our cats than we realize? Is this where that aloof attitude originates?

Henri, afflicted by fame  If you’re wondering what your cat really is thinking, maybe you should step out of the box and listen to Henri, the existentialist philosopher who lives inside this cat’s body. The article states that “Paw de Deux” is his most popular video, but I have a different, personal favorite, embedded below.

“Over the last six years, [filmmaker Will] Braden and Henry have developed a special relationship. Braden makes YouTube videos in which Henry plays a French existentialist named Henri. The two-minute videos of the fluffy black cat with particularly long whiskers are Internet sensations, viewed more than 10 million times.

He has signed his first book deal. “Henri Le Chat Noir: The Existentialist Musings of an Angst-Filled Cat” will be published by an imprint of Random House next year.

No one can say for sure why cat videos attract such an enormous following, but Emily Huh, editor in chief of Cheezburger, a website of humor blogs, has a theory. “Dog owners have a dog park where they can show off their dogs, but cat people don’t have that,” she says. “The Internet is where people who love cats can go to say, ‘Look how cute my cat is.’ “

How to Decode Your Cat’s Behavior 

“[D]espite their reputation for being aloof and independent, cats bond closely with their human owners and often engage in a serious of behaviors to communicate affection, anger, agitation and other emotions, scientific studies show, Scientific American reports.

Here are some common cat behaviors and what they mean:

Purr: This curious guttural sound that cats make has many meanings. It can signal contentment or distress, hunger, fear or even injury.

Meow: Cats rarely make this sound to one another, but use it to communicate with their human owners. Typically, cat owners can decode their own cat’s wide vocabulary of meow sounds in ways others can’t — in the same way mothers can understand a newborn’s unique vocalizations.

Ears: When a cat’s ears are pulled back, it generally signals fear or aggression. Ears forward: interest and curiosity.

Tail: Unlike a dog’s wagging tail, which indicates contentment, a cat will whip its tail back and forth when agitated or distressed. A tail straight up indicates fondness; a puffed out tail may indicate fear; and a tail tucked between the legs usually signals insecurity.

Rubbing behaviors: When a cat rubs its face on you or an object, it’s not necessarily a communication of affection. Cats have facial glands that issue secretions they use to mark territory.

Kneading: This instinctual behavior develops in kittens to stimulate production of its mother’s milk. In adult cats, kneading is thought to communicate affection.

Licking: Cats lick themselves, one another, and their human owners for grooming, but also to demonstrate affection.”

Henri Le Chat Noir  (Henri, the Black Cat) If you also find Henri clever and appealing, at present his YouTube channel has 18 videos. Here’s another great one, exemplifying the point of the article, above, that cats have a way of getting their thoughts across to the humans in their lives.

Conclusion

God’s Word requires us to care for our pets and for those animals in our charge, and He will hold us accountable for how we treat them. They are a part of the creation that, along with us, is longing for redemption. The new earth will be filled with animals and Scripture seems to indicate that the pets we cherish will be reunited with us in heaven. That’s compelling evidence of how much they matter to God and are loved by Him. For that reason, along with the knowledge of how much they add to our lives through their loyal, loving and trusting natures, they should matter to us! It’s both our duty and our privilege to do the best we can for them because of the God-given dominion we hold over them.

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 
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Medical establishment forces psych meds on one million children just because of their birth date

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          3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

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The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Articles

Medical establishment forces psych meds on one million children just because of their birth date

“In other words, if they’re the youngest and considered the most immature in their kindergarten class, they’re more likely to be labeled as having ADHD. In turn, they’re prescribed medications like Ritalin. Shockingly, such harmful psych medications are being doled out to 1 million children in the United States for this reason, which often comes from the interpretation of teachers whose opinions are often heavily weighed in the determination of whether or not a child should be prescribed such drugs.”

Too many vitamins can give you CANCER, major new study warns the millions who take them 

 “Meanwhile another trial of 35,000 people between 2001 and 2014 in the States found taking too many vitamin E tablets increased the risk of developing prostate cancer by 17%.”

Onion extract naturally improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels

“Enjoying onions on a regular basis can do wonders for health; they’re considered to be a significant source of polyphenols and flavonoids as well as dietary fiber, folate, potassium and manganese.(3) Eating them has also been linked to everything from fighting bacterial infections (primarily involving ones of the mouth such as gum disease and ones that lead to cavities) to keeping certain cancers at bay. They’ve even been linked to keeping inflammation under control thanks to its flavonoid antioxidant, quercetin. Conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or allergic airway inflammation can be managed by ingesting more of this helpful ingredient.”

New evidence for how green tea, apples could protect health 

A new study that adds more to the growing body of evidence that certain compounds found naturally in foods have specific effects that help prevent chronic diseases. Researchers have uncovered a mechanism by which polyphenols in green tea and apples affect a key signalling molecule, which could explain other studies that have shown how polyphenol-rich foods reduce risks of chronic diseases.

How gum disease treatment can prevent heart disease

“A new study is helping to shed more light on the important connection between the mouth and heart. According to research, scientists have demonstrated that using an oral topical remedy to reduce inflammation associated with periodontitis, more commonly known as gum disease, also results in the prevention of vascular inflammation and can lower the risk of heart attack.”

Mechanism outlined by which inadequate vitamin E can cause brain damage

“Researchers have discovered how vitamin E deficiency may cause neurological damage by interrupting a supply line of specific nutrients and robbing the brain of the ‘building blocks’ it needs to maintain neuronal health. They found that nutrients needed to build and maintain the brain can be cut by more than half, with possible implications for an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Microbes help produce serotonin in gut

“Although serotonin is well known as a brain neurotransmitter, it is estimated that 90 percent of the body’s serotonin is made in the digestive tract. In fact, altered levels of this peripheral serotonin has been linked to diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. New research shows that certain bacteria in the gut are important for the production of peripheral serotonin.”

Meditation builds brain cells, Harvard study shows proof

“Research has now demonstrated that meditation builds brain cells and increases gray matter in the brain. Using magnetic imaging (MRI), Harvard researchers found that meditation produced physiological changes in the brain’s gray matter. Some areas in the brains of the study participants thickened after only eight weeks of mindfulness practice. The research was published in 2011 and represented the first time that physical changes to the brain caused by mediation were documented.”

New research sheds light on how popular probiotic benefits the gut

“One of the most well-known of these is Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG). This strain of bacteria, which is part of many popular probiotic products, has a reputation as a helpful microbe. Researchers have found evidence that it can help with intestinal problems, respiratory infections and some skin disorders. Some research suggests that it may even help with weight loss.”

Brain development suffers from lack of fish oil fatty acids, study finds

“While recent reports question whether fish oil supplements support heart health, scientists have found that the fatty acids they contain are vitally important to the developing brain. Neurobiologists report that dietary deficiencies in the type of fatty acids found in fish and other foods can limit brain growth during fetal development and early in life. The findings suggest that women maintain a balanced diet rich in these fatty acids for themselves during pregnancy and for their babies after birth.”

B vitamin deficiency will drive you insane

“B vitamins help carbohydrates break down to glucose and they aid in the breakdown of fats and proteins. Without them, we would not have fuel for any tissues in the body. They are absolutely essential for neurotransmitters and nerve tissue. They help our bodies form red blood cells. B9 and B12 are required for normal fetal development during pregnancy.”

4 Major Retailers Caught Selling Fake Supplements: Check This List

Battle in the gut: Immune cells help ‘good bacteria’ triumph over ‘bad bacteria’

“The body’s immune system may be the keeper of a healthy gut microbiota, report scientists. They found that a binding protein on white blood cells could affect whether or not mice produced a balanced gut microbiota. Without the protein, harmful bacteria were more easily able to infect. Why this happens is unclear, but it may be that the immune system has a way to sense the presence of invading intestinal bacteria.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
 
Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
 
For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
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Understanding and Bonding Between Pets and Their Owners, Part 1

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 04/24/2015

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Commentary

undeserved giftThere are great differences in the behaviors of cats and dogs, with dogs being seen as loyal, loving and committed to their owners, no matter how they are treated. Cats, on the other hand, are seen as aloof and independent, even when their owners dote on them. Traditionally, both are seen by science as “dumb beasts,” without the mental or emotional faculties for anything much, and as such, acceptable for use in any type of research. But is that right?

Science is beginning to awaken to the understanding of pets as amazing creatures, knowing and understanding far more than ever believed possible. New research is opening the eyes of those who saw cats, dogs, horses and other animals as unintelligent, soulless creatures, and It is confirming what pet lovers have believed all along: that the animals we share our lives with have some amazing capabilities, far beyond anything we ever imagined.

Below are articles discussing the bonding of our pets with us, showing they understand a great deal about our needs, our feelings, and our conversations with them, and presenting studies that show those animals we’re closest to actually can read our thoughts. Are cats and dogs different? Yes, in general ways. But when it comes to the bonds they share with loving owners, they’re more alike than we ever knew. At least, that’s what science is beginning to understand and prove.

What’s even more amazing than all of this is that we’re beginning to understand that dogs are moral creatures, with a sense of justice and fair play, and that they expect their human owners to behave morally as well. All of that demonstrates why God found them such an important part of His creation, and why He gave them to us as best friends. This brings into focus the question of whether pets are so important that they’ll be with us in heaven. The new research being done actually bolsters the argument that they will, and because of a covenant relationship with their owners, pets will be resurrected as well. The bonding which allows them to know our thoughts also seems to guarantee them a place in eternity.

This is part 1 of a two part series and while most of the information this time focuses on dogs, in part 2 we’ll spend more time on cats and their relationships with their owners.

Pet Health – Dogs

A dog’s life: study reveals people’s hormonal link with tail-waggers  There’s a very good video by the Canadian Broadcasting Company explaining this in more depth on the article page. Because it can’t be embedded here, you’ll have to watch it there, but it’s something worth viewing if you’re at all interested in this subject.

“[S]cientists say the bond between people and their pooches may be deeper than you might think.

Researchers in Japan said on Thursday oxytocin, a hormone that among other things helps reinforce bonds between parents and their babies, increases in humans and their dogs when they interact, particularly when looking into one another’s eyes.

Sometimes called the “love hormone,” oxytocin is made in a brain structure called the hypothalamus and secreted from the pituitary gland. It is involved in emotional bonding, maternal behavior, child birth, breast-feeding, sexual arousal and other functions.

In one experiment, dogs were put in a room with their owners. The researchers tracked their interaction and measured oxytocin levels through urine samples. People whose dogs had the most eye contact with them – a mutual gaze – registered the largest increases in oxytocin levels. The dogs also had an oxytocin spike correlating with that of their owner.

The researchers conducted a similar experiment with wolves, close relatives of dogs, and found that no such thing happened despite the fact that the wolves had been raised by the people.”

For related subjects, and to see other articles on animal emotions and bonding, scroll down within the posts: “Have You Been Eating Cancer?” and 7 Signs You May Have a Vitamin D Deficiency.

Dogs expect fairness; Audie argues when he thinks I'm being unfair.

Dogs expect fairness; Audie argues when he thinks I’m being unfair.

15 Amazing Things Your Dog Can Sense About You  This is an interesting list of things that dogs understand about the people in their lives, with either a lay explanation or discussion of scientific research done in that area. Unfortunately, each entry is on a separate page so it takes some time to go through the article, but the list includes traits such as knowing when you’re being unfair, when you’re grieving, when you’re sad, if you don’t like someone, any diseases you may have, and even when your back is turned (and why that matters). There also are entries on how dogs know if you’re a good, generous person.

It provides some useful information and gives us a better understanding of exactly how and why we relate so well to dogs, and why they truly are “man’s best friend.” Reading through this, it’s clear that they are empathetic, emotional and intelligent, some of the finest animals in God’s creation. Most scientists believe dogs have the intelligence level of toddlers and can understand about the same number of words, relating to their owners in much the same way as a child to a parent. But this makes clear that they have much more emotional ability, understanding and connection with us than previously was thought.

“Dogs expect reciprocity, they expect kindness, and they expect fairness. Dogs have a strong moral compass, which is what makes them such outstanding companions. They expect you to live a moral life and will react accordingly.

Your dog will understand when you are mourning a loved one and will most likely go through a grieving process of his own. He may become clingier or more attentive. Some dogs have been known to howl when experiencing bereavement. To help your dog deal with grief, start by maintaining his normal routine.

New science suggests that, contrary to what neurologists previously believed, the heart actually has a stronger electromagnetic field than the brain. It also sends messages to the brain, through neurotransmitters, that influence thoughts and behavior. When we describe someone as being “goodhearted,” it means that the person literally has a force field of good energy radiating from their heart. Dogs have been aware of this magnetic field for centuries and will naturally gravitate toward those who emit good energy.

Dogs will also know if you are a good person based on your body language and how you treat others. If your dealings with others are just and fair, your dog will pick up on that based on how people react to you. Just as the dogs above were drawn to the more generous individuals, dogs are also drawn to those they perceive as more fair or trustworthy. It isn’t entirely clear how dogs make these moral judgments, but it is clear that you need to be consistently fair, both to your dog and to those around you….”

VETERAN PASTOR OPENS UP ON WHAT THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAYS ABOUT PETS  Excerpted from the new inspirational book, “Do Our Pets Go To Heaven?”

“In the same way that people will be in Heaven (or not) depending on their covenant relationship with God (which in the New Testament is defined as an ongoing relationship with God through Jesus Christ, our Mediator, whose atonement for our sins was made through the shedding of His blood at the cross—“this cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” [Luke 22:20]), the question of whether pets go to Heaven may depend, some believe, on their “covenant” relationship with man! In other words, just as we are made a part of the family of God as a result of accepting the grace extended to us through Jesus Christ, pet animals may be brought back into a pre-Fall covenant by coming under and accepting human dominion as it was first intended. No longer “wild” and outside man’s control, they become part of a Christian family, and are saved as a result. In this way, some animals as “pets” may be in Heaven while most other animals will not, similar to how some humans will be in Heaven while others will not, all depending on restored covenant.”

Is your pet psychic? A Cambridge scientist believes we have only seen the beginning of animals’ telepathic powers 

“[S]ome animals seem to sense when their owners have had accidents or have died in distant places — as documented on my database of more than 5,000 case histories involving psychic phenomena in animals.

This includes 177 cases of dogs apparently responding to the death or suffering of their absent masters or mistresses, mostly by howling, whining or whimpering, and 62 accounts of cats showing similar signs of distress. Conversely, in 32 instances people knew when their pet had died or was in dire need, even when they were many miles away at the time.

[A]s someone who has spent his entire adult life working as a biologist, holding senior academic posts both here and in the U.S., I am constantly surprised and frustrated by the refusal of my colleagues in the scientific world to take them seriously. Without acknowledging such phenomena, it’s difficult to see how we can fully understand the behaviour of not just cats and dogs, but wild animals such as wolves.

In telephone surveys in Britain and the U.S., I found that in about 50  per cent of dog-owning households and about 30  per cent of those with cats, the animals were said to anticipate the arrival of a member of the family. And it was not just dogs and cats that were involved. More than 20 other species showed similar behaviour, especially parrots and horses, but also a ferret, several bottle-fed lambs raised as pets, and pet geese.”

Conclusion

God’s Word requires us to care for our pets and for those animals in our charge, and He will hold us accountable for how we treat them. They are a part of the creation that, along with us, is longing for redemption. The new earth will be filled with animals and Scripture seems to indicate that the pets we cherish will be reunited with us in heaven.

That’s compelling evidence of how much they matter to God and are loved by Him. For that reason, along with the knowledge of how much they add to our lives through their loyal, loving and trusting natures, they should matter to us! It’s both our duty and our privilege to do the best we can for them because of the God-given dominion we hold over them.

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 
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Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

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            3 John 1:2

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

For anyone first reading the Health and Nutrition Update, please read this first: Your Health.

Also, please go to God’s Health System and subscribe to receive the updates.

On Saturday night at 9:00 PM EST, I have a blog talk radio show called God’s Health System and Protection. During this show, we pray for people’s health and protection as found in Psalm 91 and also discuss health information found posted on this blog. You are welcome to attend: God’s Heath System and Protection. The information discussed is cutting edge for your health. The show is archived if you cannot attend it live.

Commentary

The goal of this blog now is to build up your health and especially the immune system to withstand the coming pestilences that are now rampant in America and the world. God gave the knowledge to prepare for pestilences, so take advantage of this information.

The focus is posting articles with great information that can immediately help your health and quality of life.

God bless you.

Vitamin D3

Low Vitamin D in Childhood Linked to Heart Risks Later in Life, and Raises Adults’ Risk of Severe Stroke and Cancer   

“{When you don’t have enough, your entire body will end up struggling to function properly, because all cells need the active form of vitamin D to open up the genome and access the information retained within its genetic plans. When you’re deficient in vitamin D, your health can deteriorate in any number of ways from this lack of access to the cells’ genetic blueprint. Researchers have previously pointed out that increasing levels of vitamin D3 among the general population could prevent chronic diseases that claim nearly one million lives throughout the world each year. Chances are this number would reach even higher if more recent research were to be taken into account. Either way, compelling evidence suggests that optimizing your vitamin D can reduce your risk of death from any cause,1 making it a foundational component of optimal health.”

Study finds vitamin D helps prevent and treat colon cancer

“In people who have never had colon cancer, the nutrient can help prevent it from ever forming, according to the study. And in patients who have already been diagnosed with the disease, vitamin D can help increase their life expectancy.The first of its kind to identify a direct association between vitamin D and the body’s immune response to cancer, the study provides further insights into how vitamin D helps the body thwart disease. Similar to how vitamin D lowers breast cancer risk, researchers found that the prohormone also targets colon cancer.”

Common bacteria on verge of becoming antibiotic-resistant superbugs

“Antibiotic resistance is poised to spread globally among bacteria frequently implicated in respiratory and urinary infections in hospital settings, according to new research. The study shows that two genes that confer resistance against a particularly strong class of antibiotics can be shared easily among a family of bacteria responsible for a significant portion of hospital-associated infections.”

Drinking fluoridated water can lead to hypothyroidism, depression and obesity, study finds

“Meanwhile, the prevalence of the thyroid condition in areas where tap water is left alone was found to be significantly less common, affirming what many earlier studies have found concerning fluoride’s displacement of necessary iodine throughout the body, a damaging process that essentially starves the thyroid gland of much-needed nutrients.”I think it is concerning for people living in those areas,” stated Prof. Peckham about the findings. “Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems. I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water.”

Is Your Drinking Water Damaging Your Health?

“Fluoride can also injure the nervous system and even cause cancer,” says Dr. Blaylock. “Degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s are possibly linked to drinking fluoridated water. Cancer, behavioral problems, thyroid suppression, male infertility and impotence are also some examples of what may happen to the body when too much fluoride is present. “Once in the body, fluoride is very difficult to remove, but some nutrients, including vitamin C and magnesium, can decrease its toxicity,” says Dr. Blaylock.”

Five ingredients that poison your brain

“Whether it is aspartame (or AminoSweet), sucralose (Splenda), or saccharin (Equal, Sweet ‘N Low), artificial sweeteners so popular due to their zero calorie marketing, have been poisoning brains for decades. Aspartame is a combination of chemicals, namely aspartic acid (an amino acid with excitatory effects on brain cells), methanol, and phenylalanine, and when broken down produces a compound that is a powerful brain-tumor-causing chemical. Aspartame consumption causes a variety of symptoms including anxiety attacks, slurred speech, depression, and migraines. It and other artificial sweeteners can be found in sodas, yogurt, chewing gum, cooking sauces, tabletop sweeteners, flavored water, cereal, and sugar free products.”

Olive Leaf Extract Proves Effective for Diabetes Treatment

“It will come as a surprise to no one familiar with natural health that olive leaf extract has been proven to have medicinal value. After all, olive oil itself has been used since Biblical times for its healing properties and has played a part in medicinal traditions around the world. Modern research has confirmed ancient wisdom, citing many instances of olive oil being effective even against serious conditions like cardiovascular disease. Now research is being done on the active components in olive leaves themselves and the preliminary findings are positive. Olive leaf extract appears to have bioactive compounds which could eventually be developed into natural and effective treatments for diabetics.”

 

Pomegranate-date cocktail a day keeps the doctor away

“Pomegranates and dates are delicious, increasingly trendy, and healthy to boot. As it turns out, when consumed together they are a winning combination in the war against heart disease. The researchers conclude that people at high risk for cardiovascular diseases, as well as healthy individuals, could benefit from consuming the combination of half a glass of pomegranate juice (4 ounces), together with 3 dates. Ideally, the pits should be ground up into a paste and eaten as well, but even without the pits, the combination is better than either fruit alone.

18 Collective Uses And Benefits Of Aloe Vera Juice

Breastfed babies achieve more in life, have higher IQs and make more money

“New research has shown a connection between breastfeeding and intelligence. Many mothers choose to breastfeed to bond with their baby, to provide optimum nutrition and for the convenience, but the lifetime effects go beyond this. Most people, researchers and doctors agree that breastfed babies are more intelligent. However, whether this intelligence carries over into adulthood has not been studied until recently.”

 

Thousands of Indian farmers protest GMO corporate imperialism in Delhi

“The massive insurrection against the Modi Government and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) coalition on March 18, 2015 by the major agricultural unions of India has led to a widespread launch of lobbying regarding farmer’s rights and farmer cost of living allocations in the capital city.”

Eye training naturally improves age-related vision loss

“Just five days of training can make the visual acuity of older adults equivalent to that of adults in their 20s, according to a surprising study The focused visual training regimen improved older adults’ sensitivity to contrast, and their ability to see things close up.”

Oregano Oil: Most Powerful Plant-Derived Antibiotic and Antiseptic

“Oregano oil is effective in treating a myriad of conditions, some of which include, colds/flu, lung conditions (asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis), arthritis, animal bites, candida, ear infections, rashes, giardia, sore throat, tuberculosis, and diarrhea just to name a few.”

Research Proves Causation—Sugar Consumption Increases Risk for Chronic Disease

“Basically, sugar is metabolized virtually identically to that of alcohol, and we are now seeing diseases in children that we never saw before, and they are alcohol-related diseases, like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes. Kids don’t drink alcohol but they certainly consume sugar, and that’s the point,” Dr. Lustig says. “Sugar is the alcohol of the child. And we are all overdosed.We have gone beyond our limits and we are now evidencing a massive increase in chronic metabolic disease that is chewing through the health care resources of every developed and developing country on the planet, and this is unsustainable.”

Is Bone Broth the New Super Food?

“Inhibits infection caused by cold and flu viruses etc. Indeed, Dr. Daniel reports chicken soup — known as “Jewish penicillin”—has been revered for its medicinal qualities at least since Moses Maimonides in the 12th century.Recent studies on cartilage, which is found abundantly in homemade broth, show it supports the immune system in a variety of ways; it’s a potent normalizer, true biological response modifier, activator of macrophages, activator of Natural Killer (NK) cells, rouser of B lymphocytes, and releaser of Colony Stimulating Factor.Fights inflammation: Amino acids such as glycine, proline, and arginine all have anti-inflammatory effects. Arginine, for example, has been found to be particularly beneficial for the treatment of sepsis (whole-body inflammation).6 Glycine also has calming effects, which may help you sleep better. Promotes strong, healthy bones: Dr. Daniel reports bone broth contains surprisingly low amounts of calcium, magnesium and other trace minerals, but she says “it plays an important role in healthy bone formation because of its abundant collagen. Collagen fibrils provide the latticework for mineral deposition and are the keys to the building of strong and flexible bones.”

Conclusion

Your physical health is very important, but of even greater importance is your spiritual health. Man suffers from a fatal spiritual disease called sin, which always leads to death.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

This is why Jesus Christ said we need the Spirit of God who gives us eternal life with Him. We need to be “born again” with a new spirit that is not subject to sin and death.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

Right now, through repentance of the spiritual disease called sin, you can come to Jesus Christ, the Great Physician, for healing and assurance of eternal life.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

For those who love the Lord Jesus and are looking for His coming, the following is their future:
Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

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Pet Health – Deadly Foods Update, and Cardboard Box Cats

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04/05/2015

Proverbs 12:10

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.”

Commentary

contaminated foodAlmost a year ago we posted, Pet Health: Contaminated Pet Food – Deadly Ingredients! as the first entry in a new Pet Health category. That post explained in detail how a thousand dogs and some cats had died from treats made with ingredients sourced in China. While chicken, duck and sweet potato were the main suspect ingredients, to date, the FDA still has refused to ban importation of these ingredients or issue any recalls. In that post, we listed all of the suspect treat brands, as well as providing info on heavy metal contamination in dog treats and some general information of the use of genetically modified ingredients in pet food and the serious risk to pet health these ingredients posed.

Also to date, Chinese authorities have refused to allow the FDA to inspect ingredients sold for pet food. That post contained reports of various symptoms, suspected illnesses caused by the treats which had resulted in the deaths, etc. The situation has not improved despite public outcry. In fact, it appears to have gotten worse since then. Reports of illness and death among dogs, associated with Chinese-based treats, are now spreading across Europe as well. For symptom information and how to report problems, see our earlier post.

One of the suspected causes of death linked to treats was discussed in an article within that post, FDA investigation confirms that thousands of dogs died from contaminated China-based jerky treats, which stated,

“The FDA says it is still receiving complaints about dog treats, having processed more than 1,800 of them just since October when the previous warning was issued. Roughly 60 percent of the cases involve some sort of gastrointestinal distress or liver disease, while 30 percent involve kidney disease. The remaining 10 percent involve other conditions, including neurological and skin disorders. Shockingly, about 15 percent of the kidney and urinary cases have tested positive for Fanconi syndrome, which is when the kidney tubes release substances into the urine that, under normal circumstances, are supposed to be released into the blood. The result is that affected animals become unable to process certain nutrients, leading to chronic illness or even death.”

There has been a sudden rise in cases of Fanconi syndrome, except now the suspect treats also are made with completely US sourced ingredients (according to the packaging and website of the one case with the biggest outcry).  Because of it, nationally prominent veterinarians are advising against purchasing any jerky treats, and sticking to homemade. And now the claims have spread to dog food, not just treats. At issue is a popular brand sold in grocery, discount and pet stores across the nation. That’s real cause for concern. Hence, this update.

In addition, to provide some balance in this post we’re providing information for cat lovers on why cats seem to adore cardboard boxes and ways to make some nifty cat hideaways for virtually nothing but some time and imagination. New research has been done to solve the mystery of why cats are so attracted to cardboard (and boxes in particular) and you’ll find the answers below. And yes, they’re health related,

Pet Health

The treats at the center of the latest controversy

The treats at the center of the latest controversy

American made jerky treats may be tied to rare kidney disease in dogs  The most highly publicized case involves “Spot Farms all natural chicken strips” produced by Purdue Farms, the large producer of chicken for human food. The treats in question are listed as antibiotic-free, made from human grade chicken which were raised on family farms in Kentucky. The owner was aware of the issues surrounding treats originating in China and had carefully chosen only those made with US source ingredients. The article covers the packaging and website claims, and statements from a veterinary specialist.

“Dogs in the United States are turning up with the rare kidney disease, Fanconi syndrome, that had previously been associated with the China jerky treats.

Since 2007, more than 1,000 dogs have died from eating the China derivative treats, however no exact cause for the deaths have ever been found, and the treats continue to be sold on the shelves of pet stores and supermarkets. Within the last few years, public pressure has led stores to only sell the jerky treats made and produced from products in the United States.

In February, the FDA reported the number of illnesses and deaths had slowed between the months of May and September, leading experts to believe the problem may have resolved on its own, however the University of Pennsylvania has now reported recent cases of Fanconi disease in dogs that ate treats not made in China.

Media staff for Spot Farms, owned by Perdue Farms Inc., issued a statement they were saddened to hear about an ill dog, but since the launch of the product in 2013, they had never received any complaints of serious illnesses. The company is now following up on the information

Double check ingredients in your pets' food - the FDA approves using propolene glycol (antifreeze) so be sure yours doesn't have it

Double check ingredients in your pets’ food – the FDA approves using propylene glycol (antifreeze) so make sure yours doesn’t have it

Dangerous dog food? Lawsuit claims Beneful sickened, killed pets  In our earlier post, we warned against purchasing pet food which contains ANY grain, not only because it isn’t an integral part of the diet for felines and canines and they’re digestive systems aren’t set up to handle grains, but also because the grains used in pet food today are genetically modified and are leading to numerous health problems. A lawsuit filed in February 2015 alleges there have been 3,000 online complaints in the last four years about dogs becoming ill after eating Purina’s Beneful. At issue are mycotoxins produced from fungus in grain, and propylene glycol, used in antifreeze. Just a few drops of antifreeze can kill pets, which often are attracted to it because of its sweet taste.

“A dog owner has filed a class-action lawsuit against the maker of a popular pet food brand alleging that thousands of dogs have been sickened or died from eating its dry dog foods. Pet owner Frank Lucido filed the suit on Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California against Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Lucido claims he fed his three dogs Beneful, and within a short period of time, two were sick and one was dead.

The suit alleges Beneful dry dog foods contain an ingredient toxic to animals, propylene glycol, a chemical used in automobile antifreeze. On Purina’s website, the company notes that propylene glycol is an FDA-approved food additive that’s used in human food products. The lawsuit also claims Beneful contains harmful mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains.

in a lawsuit settled in May, [2014] Purina and Waggin’ Train LLC agreed to create a $6.5 million fund to compensate pet owners who claimed their pets were sickened after eating pet jerky treats made in China. At the time, Food and Drug Administration officials said the pet treats were linked to more than 1,000 deaths in dogs and more than 4,800 complaints of animal illness. Three humans also got sick.”

a box of your ownCardboard Boxes And Cats: The Mystery Is Solved!  If you have a cat, you know how they’re drawn to any type of cardboard box, especially ones which seem so small that the sides are ready to split from the mass crammed inside. But why?

“[A]ccording to a new study from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands…cats use boxes for stress relief. Researches took 19 cats that were new to shelters and gave 10 boxes, while the other 9 did not [receive any]. Over a 14 day period, the felines with boxes showed far less stress on the Kessker and Turner Cat-Stress-Score (CSS), and adjusted to the shelter environment far better than their box-less cohorts.

Cats are also awful at resolving conflict. If you have more than one cat, pay attention to where they go after a squabble, or to avoid one. Chances are, they are hitting an enclosed space, most likely a box. Hiding out in them helps them ignore whatever is stressing them out. That’s assuming your other cats don’t try to follow into the same box. . .

Outside of stress relief, boxes also provide something every cat needs: extra warmth. Cats prefer to stay between 86 and 97 degrees Fahrenheit, about 20 degrees higher than the average temperature of homes. Since cardboard is such a great insulator, curling up in boxes helps them maintain their comfort temperature. The same goes for cats curling up in a sink, or in a corner of the basement when they are too hot.”

Any size box is the right size for a cat

Any size box is the right size for a cat

Great google images of homemade cardboard cat structures and cats loving boxes  The pictures here should provide inspiration for some exciting designs of your own!

Cardboard Cat House/Doll House  This site, and the one following will give you complete instructions for creating the perfect cardboard cat castle for almost nothing (except your time).

How to Make Cat Jungle Gyms and Playgrounds  This is a basic primer for building a cardboard heaven for your favorite feline.

DIY cat furniture  This is a particular helpful site, in terms of which step follows the previous one.

Modern Cat Furniture – the KEK Cat House  If cutting up your own cardboard is too much for you, but you don’t like leaving boxes around the house either, there’s always the option to purchase pre-made cat furniture. It’s sure to delight since it’s made from cardboard, and because of that, the cost isn’t prohibitive either, at least from some sources, like this one in the UK. From others, pre-fab is over the top, in terms of cost.

10 Amazing Cat Structures  Want to be really amazed at what can be accomplished in terms of creating a paradise for cats? Check out this article (with extensive pictures). These aren’t cardboard though, so while they may be impressive, they may not appeal to cats or relieve stress in them like your own cardboard box creation can.

Rufus Tower  This is a delightful video of one man’s creation of a cardboard tower to distract his ailing cat. There are lots of videos on YouTube that cover creating cardboard structures. Just search for “cardboard cat furniture.”

Conclusion

God’s Word requires us to care for our pets and for those animals in our charge, and He will hold us accountable for how we treat them. They are a part of the creation that, along with us, is longing for redemption. The new earth will be filled with animals and Scripture seems to indicate that the pets we cherish will be reunited with us in heaven. That’s compelling evidence of how much they matter to God and are loved by Him. For that reason, along with the knowledge of how much they add to our lives through their loyal, loving and trusting natures, they should matter to us! It’s both our duty and our privilege to do the best we can for them because of the God-given dominion we hold over them.

Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 
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