“Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power.” James Madison
What would your reaction be if you woke up and found your freedom of choice severely restricted?
He will be a master of deception, defeating many by catching them off guard. Without warning he will destroy them. (Dan. 8:25a; NLT)
There comes a time when enough is enough! We have tried to keep the Daily Grams apolitical for the 2.5 years of it’s existence, but we felt we could bite our tongue no more. Even now, I’m going to do my best to keep this from being a partisan rant and simply bring what appears to be a clandestine end-run to your attention for you to take action or not as you see fit.
It should be no secret to any of our readers that we strongly believe in the need for natural supplementation in order to proactively maintain our health. Without boring you with all the previous articles and links we’ve presented to defend that position, know that even the powerful American Medical Association now admits that our food supply has degenerated so much in the last few years that supplementation is a necessity.
“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Harry S. Truman
What was the occasion of the last time you found the heat surrounding a position you took (or value you held) required you to either quit or stand firm on your beliefs?
They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit. (Jer. 17:8; NLT)
This is without a doubt the most exciting and fun time to be alive ever! I’m so grateful to be witnessing the literal upheaval that is taking place in our society. Some interesting examples — auto manufacturers, for a multitude of reasons, allowed the price of cars to get so high that the consumer rebelled and Uncle Sam had to step in to save an industry. Financial institutions allowed the prices of houses to get so high that mortgages far beyond people’s ability to pay them back had to be written, and then the bubble burst. Again, Uncle Sam to the rescue.
“Feeding grain to cattle has got to be one of the dumbest ideas in the history of western civilization.” John Robbins, FoodRevolution.org
How aware are you about the benefits of eating grass-fed beef?
I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deut. 11:15; NIV)
As I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, I grew up on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania during the 50’s and 60’s. Except for the frigid winter months, our black and white beauties, aka Holsteins, grazed on pasture for three seasons of the year. Like most things, farming practices have drastically changed since those carefree days of long ago.
“…reduced sleep time is a greater mortality risk than smoking, high blood pressure, and heart disease.” Dr. Michael J. Breus
How much sleep do you get in an average night? Do you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go?
At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone for a pillow and lay down to sleep. (Gen. 28:11; NLT)
Less than two weeks ago I wrote a Daily Gram titled “Don’t Think!” The gist was that breaking brain research was demonstrating that the brain is not just resting during periods of sleep as once thought. In actual fact, it is even more active when you are asleep than when you are awake, and it seems that it can be quite productive from a creative point of view when you’re not bothering it with your minute-by-minute interruptions.
“The same junk food crap that wasn’t labeled with any health claims two years ago is now labeled ‘all natural’ and positioned in the healthy food section of the grocery store. Same ingredients, new spin.” Live-the-organic-life.com
…for your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in your truth. (Psa. 26:3; NIV)
How many times have you bought something at the grocery store that said it was “all-natural” and you thought you were buying something good? Each time we shop we see those words, “all-natural,” or “100% natural.” Have you ever wondered what that really means? What is the difference between “all-natural” and organic?
“While fish used to be considered a healthy addition to any diet, farmed fish is now no better than eating a Big Mac.” Mike Geary & Catherine Ebeling
You put us in charge of everything you made, giving us authority over all things — the sheep and the cattle and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. (Psa. 8:6-8; NLT)
Last week, Sharon wrote about the differences between grass-fed beef and grain-fed beef. There’s a lot more that could be said about that and we will probably write more in the coming weeks and months. But a parallel issue was brought to my attention this morning when I received a video (now a couple years old but likely even more relevant today than when it was made) that talked about the dangers of eating farmed fish.
“There is a surprising link between heart attacks, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.” Alex Howard
They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. (Psa. 73:4; NIV)
Inflammation is a HOT topic. [pun intended] Most of the nutrition newsletters, magazines, and articles I’m reading touch on the subject of inflammation. Just doing a quick Internet search on inflammation brought up 26,100,000 entries!
Disorders such as arthritis, MS, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, diabetes, and even obesity are correlated with chronic inflammation within the body. Today’s many chemical exposures along with the modern diet and lifestyle are the main contributors to this “smoldering situation.”
“In the 21st Century, we have an ironic problem. For the 1st time in human history, there’s lots of food to go around. Starvation isn’t so much as issue as over nutrition. The problems that we have today are not that we don’t have enough food, but that there’s too much bad food available to us. This takes a toll on everyone, particularly the poorest people in society.” Jeff Nelson
Feed the hungry and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as day. (Isa. 58:10; NLT)
We are beginning to win this war against public apathy and ignorance of what causes our runaway health issues. I have the joy of saying that more and more lately. Maybe it’s all in my awareness and I’m finally seeing what was always there (RAS), but I don’t think so. Just when we hear about some major agri-business or big pharma winning yet another skirmish in their efforts to maximize profits while keeping the public in the dark about health and wellness, something like EarthSave comes along.
People are sick and tired of hearing the news about all the wonderful things science and technology is doing to alleviate (mask) the pain and suffering caused by poor health practices while never seeing any real, positive results. People will soon grow just as tired of hearing about how more government intervention and control will make the hurt go away. They will grow tired simply because it’s destined to fail because it is only addressing the symptoms while leaving the underlying causes untouched.
EarthSave, on the other hand, will demonstrate the kind of success that will quickly gain public attention. Finally, something is working! They are simply taking an ax to the root of the problem, and it’s inevitable that they will see results. And you can bet they will be followed by a growing number of “EarthSaves” all across this country and across the globe. It may take a decade or more, but we ARE winning this war! Hallelujah!!!
Please watch the video about this revolutionary new program called EarthSave.
Father, we celebrate what EarthSave is doing to help shine the spotlight on the effect of poor nutrition on our physical body. We pray wisdom for their leadership and favor with all who hear their message.
Link of the Day
EarthSave’s Meals for Health Program
“The first follower is an underestimated form of leadership for it is the first follower who transforms a lone nut into a leader.” Derek Sivers
Without wise leadership, a nation falls. (Prov. 11:14a; NLT)
I’ve taken lots of courses in leadership in my day, both at the undergraduate level and the graduate level. I’ve engaged in the infinite debate about whether leadership can be taught or whether it is a gift from God reserved for a select few. I’ve read books by and about great leaders such as Dr. John Maxwell, Peter Drucker, et al. I’ve never seen or heard a presentation on leadership that impacted me as much as this one by Derek Sivers given at one of the TED Conferences.
If you’ve never heard of TED, you’re missing out on a lot of fun, especially if you’re a techno nut like I tend to be. TED stands for technology, entertainment, and design. TED conferences are simply speaker after speaker who “blows your mind” by delivering a short talk regarding some aspect of technology, entertainment, and design.
Going on for over a decade now, TED has hosted multitudes of speakers. Some famous and some not so famous, but all with a story to tell about some aspect of the possibilities of the future. Some of you may find it interesting to note that Billy Graham was one of the speakers back in 1998. In fact, I’ve made his legendary TED talk today’s Link of the Day.
But in the meantime, I invite you to pay close attention to the leadership lessons given in the above 3-minute video of Derek Siver’s TED talk. Then go out and find a lone nut that you can join to start a movement. There’s plenty of us out here.
BTW, I want to thank my friend and Portsmouth Fireman Mark Peltonen who brought this fantastic video to my attention.
Father, today’s short video has so many hidden messages, not the least of which is that all leaders were once “lone nuts” plus the bravery of the “first followers” who were just as nutty. I pray that this video will set some of your “lone nuts” and “first followers” free from the bondage of culture to be all that You created and designed them to be.
Link of the Day
Billy Graham on Technology and Faith