“They are solely concerned with the quality of the food they put in their bodies, refining and restricting their diets according to their personal understanding of which foods are truly ‘pure.’” Guardian.co.uk
The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up. (Luke 21:26; NLT)
Mike Adams of NaturalNews.com just posted an article about a relatively new mental disorder. “In its never-ending attempt to fabricate ‘mental disorders’ out of every human activity, the psychiatric industry is now pushing the most ridiculous disease they’ve invented yet: Healthy eating disorder.”
He goes on to say, “This is no joke: If you focus on eating healthy foods, you’re ‘mentally diseased’ and probably need some sort of chemical treatment involving powerful psychotropic drugs. The Guardian newspaper reports, “Fixation with healthy eating can be sign of serious psychological disorder” and goes on to claim this “disease” is called orthorexia nervosa – (which is basically just Latin for “nervous about correct eating.”)
I then did some further digging to locate the Guardian newspaper. I believe I found the original article from which Mike Adams got his ammunition. The article says that, “Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soya, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out.”
Mike really takes issue with that last statement. “So attempting to avoid chemicals, dairy, soy and sugar now makes you a mental health patient? Yep. According to these experts if you actually take special care to avoid pesticides, herbicides and genetically modified ingredients like soy and sugar, there’s something wrong with you.”
Apparently the most susceptible are middle-class, well-educated people who read about food scares, research them on the Internet, and have the time and resources to purchase what they believe to be purer alternatives. Mike continues his rant by saying that the message being broadcast is, “Junk food eaters are ‘normal’ and ‘sane’ and ‘nourished.’ But health food eaters are diseased, abnormal and malnourished.”
So, I think I’ll just invent another new disease. Orthorexia phobia is the fear of people who eat healthy. How do you like it? Which disease do you think will warrant a psychotropic drug solution first — orthorexia nervosa or orthorexia phobia?
Father, we thank You for Your goodness, Your kindness and Your wisdom. Help us to seek You in all things.
Link of the Day
Choosing healthy foods now called a mental disorder
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“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” Anonymous
In keeping with our sometimes tradition of ending the week with something light like a video, I submit today’s “A Friday Movie.” Well — not quite a movie, but an incredible slide presentation that I felt compelled to share with you. This came to me from a friend earlier in the week and I was “blown away” by the overall quality of this presentation.
The photography in this show is some of the most striking and breath-taking scenes I have ever seen. If for no other reason than the photography, I urge you to take a short break and enjoy the scenery.
The music, “Eternal Love Affair” by Ernesto Cortazar is a perfect match for the scenery. Very relaxing.
The message presented by the slide show is poignant to say the least. And as an added bonus, the presentation ends with a series of ten tips on how to stay young. Some great advice, like “Throw out nonessential numbers.” Guess what those nonessential numbers are…
The only downside that I saw was the two rather cheesy messages to pass the presentation along. At least they weren’t accompanied by any disaster like your leg falling off for non-compliance. Still, to me at least, it was unnecessary and unfortunate. Also note that you will have to click your way through the presentation. It’s not automatic.
I did a little research, and the artist who put all this together is an engineer from Singapore named He Yan Jan. Google him if you would like. Looks like he’s done an amazing number of such presentations. I never thought of Power Point as an art form before, but this particular presentation is a true work of art in my book.
So, take a little time this weekend and enjoy.
Link of the Day
Philosophy For Old Age
“In short, microwaves distort the molecular structure of the foods. They destroy much of the nutrients and cause many other problems with the immune system over a period of time.” Global Healing Center
Then, as soon as they had come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread. (John 21:9; NKJ)
When you visit our home, you’ll notice the absence of a very common, every-day appliance used by more than 90% of Americans. I wasn’t always this “enlightened.” I succumbed to commonplace convenience and marketing in the eighties and learned how to use the microwave oven in a big way. I took on the challenge of cooking and baking gourmet food using the microwave. Today that sounds like an oxymoron to me. How could anyone make gourmet food using a microwave oven? We’ve not used a microwave in nearly 20 years.
Through my own research over the years, I’ve learned that the molecular structure of food is changed when cooked in a microwave oven. You might think, “So what? Why would I care?” Well, this structure change actually increases free-radical damage of your cells. You’ve no doubt heard that free-radical damage is what contributes to premature aging as well as the development of cancer cells. We should all do what we can to decrease free-radical damage — not increase it.
There are many scientific articles proving the dangers of microwave cooking. Dr. Mercola recently posted another one entitled, “Why Did the Russians Ban an Appliance Found in 90% of American Homes?” The article is quite lengthy and very scientific. However, it contains important information for someone who truly cares about their health and the health of their family.
In the Global Healing Center blog, the author also goes into great detail on what microwaved food does to the body. Dr. Lita Lee’s book, Health Effects of Microwave Radiation – Microwave Ovens, is quoted often. According to Dr. Lee, changes are observed in the blood chemistries and the rates of certain diseases among consumers of microwaved foods.
The Global Healing Center blog article gives 10 reasons to throw away your microwave:
- Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term – permanent – brain damage by “shorting out” electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
- The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.
- Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.
- The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.
- Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
- The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.
- Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.
- The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
- Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
- Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.
So, what are you going to do with your microwave?
Father, we are so thankful for the wisdom and knowledge that comes from You. May we continue to seek You for how to live each day.
Link of the Day
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“Of all the things that can have an effect on your future, I believe personal growth is the greatest. We can talk about sales growth, profit growth, asset growth, but all of this probably will not happen without personal growth.” Jim Rohn
Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. (Psa. 90:12; NLT)
Those of you who know me personally know that I am a “professional” learner. I love to learn new things and even some things that are not so new — but they are always new to me. I guess I could qualify as a life-long student.
There are lots of folks out there like me judging by the number of popular blogs that promote various strategies for self growth and self improvement. I’m using one of those blogs as today’s link — one titled, “42 Practical Ways to Improve Yourself.” (I wonder why the author chose 42 ways?) Anyway, all you have to do is pick one, and you’re a better person for it. How easy is that?
The author of the blog sums it up nicely as she writes, “I realize there is never an end to the journey of self improvement. The more I grow, the more I realize there is so much out there I don’t know, so much that I have to learn. For sure, there is always something about ourselves we can improve on. The human potential is limitless, so it’s impossible to reach a point of no growth. Whenever we think we are good, we can be even better.”
There is an endless list of ways to improve yourself. Recognize that improve simply means get better. It doesn’t mean get great. Great can be elusive, while better is actually pretty easy to attain. Today’s link provides 42. I bet you can come up with 42 more without half trying.
I’d like to urge you to think of one…just one…that you would like to. Then take the first step toward doing it. It’s a wonderful hobby.
Father, I thank You that You have instilled in us the ability to learn and get better at almost anything we set our mind to do. Stir up our unrest with the status quo.
Link of the Day
42 Practical Ways to Improve Yourself
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“According to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, Americans get about 70 million CT scans a year. That’s up from 3 million a year in the early 1980s.” Amira Dughri
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; (Prov. 2:2:NKJ)
A recent Christian HealthCare Newsletter featured an article written by Dr. Pamela Dehmlow titled, Five Questions to Ask before Having a Medical Scan. The article is rather lengthy so I’ve abbreviated the information but included each of the five questions.
Dr. Dehmlow writes, “Direct to consumer marketing of diagnostic imaging is creating increased awareness, but few consumers are aware of the risks associated with medical scans which are performed on nearly 25 million individuals each year. Due to my experience in family practice, as a senior medical director, and in radiology management, I recommend that all patients ask five basic questions before having a medical scan.”
She goes on to say that one CT scan can be as much as 300 times the radiation exposure of one chest x-ray, further emphasizing the importance of appropriate imaging procedures. So, the next time your doctor orders a medical scan, have your questions ready. And remember these questions were written by a doctor.
Why do I need this test?
When your doctor tells you that a scan is needed, do not hesitate to ask why and what added information it will provide. Ask how the scan will help make a diagnosis and how the results of the scan will affect your treatment.
What are the risks and side effects?
A. Exposure to energy source. Producing medical images involves an energy source that transmits pictures to film or computer. Radiation exposure (in CT studies), magnetic fields (in MRIs) and nuclear sources (in PET) must be considered:
–MRI. Done with a magnetic field and is considered safe for most patients.
–CT. Done with ionizing radiation at higher levels than plain x-rays and is relatively safe if used when needed.
–PET. Done with a nuclear source and is considered safe for most patients. There is also a newer machine called a PET/CT scan that adds some radiation.
B. Allergic reactions.
All of these scans might call for contrast, a sterile dye-like substance usually injected into a vein. In rare cases, contrast can cause allergic reactions that require immediate medical attention.
C. Other testing.
Advanced imaging techniques frequently expose abnormalities that are not necessarily a health problem. However, your physician is obligated to do further testing to ensure there is not a problem.
How much will it cost?
Is there a more cost effective alternative? The price of imaging studies varies, but CT is generally less expensive than MRI, which is less expensive than PET. There are many cases where less expensive imaging studies, such as an x-ray or ultrasound study, may provide the information your physician needs.
Where should I have the tests?
Just as quality may vary at different stores, quality at medical imaging facilities also varies. Centers may differ in the age of their equipment and quality of the images.
How soon do I need it?
Most advanced imaging studies do not have to be performed immediately. You should consider how long your health problem or condition has been present and whether you are improving or not.
While doing research for this article I came across a site called MDiTV. Today’s link is from this blog. If you scroll to the bottom of the page you’ll find a short and very interesting video that gives credence to today’s post.
Father, we are so grateful to You for our health and for the magnificent machine of the human body. Bless our readers this day with strength and stamina.
Link of the Day
3 Things You Should Know Before Getting a CT Scan
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“This is microfinancing. It allows everyday people to invest as little as $25 to help people in developing countries climb out of poverty. The concept of microfinancing is nothing new. At its essence, it’s making small loans to the working poor. The loans are used to establish or expand small businesses to help families earn more money.” CNN
The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Prov. 11:25; NLT)
Last week, fellow Internet entrepreneur and friend, Connie Ragen Green, made mention in one of her emails about an organization that exists to assist entrepreneurs in other parts of the world where it is significantly harder than in this country to get a start. The organization is Kiva — maybe you’ve heard of it. I certainly hadn’t. I followed Connie’s lead and went to Kiva’s web site (today’s Link of the Day) and was amazed and touched by what I found.
I have a special place in my heart for entrepreneurs. My dad was a very successful one. Sharon’s dad was very successful in several entrepreneurial endeavors. Her brother, a successful dairy farmer, is certainly an entrepreneur. I believe a strong case could be made that entrepreneurs are the backbone of our country and our standard of living is largely due to people not content to work a job.
Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. As of November 2009, Kiva has facilitated over $100 million in loans.
The lady pictured above, Hajidmaa Toidon, is a 36-year-old single mother who lives with her three children and her mother in Uvurhangai province, central Mongolia, in a 2-story- house. Hajidmaa currently operates a clothing business in her town to support her family. She started her business in 1997 and since then she has been operating it in a stable fashion out of a rented stall at the local market. She has found success in her new trade and attributes this to her good business knowledge and selling skills.
Hajidmaa recently applied for a loan to purchase and import more clothes from Erlian city in China for her business. I registered to be a member of Kiva, and from a long, long list of entrepreneurs, I chose to invest $25 into her business. Over the course of the next several months, that loan will be repaid and I can then invest in another entrepreneur or take my $25 out of the system. What an exciting way to help fight poverty.
I invite you to follow the link below and check Kiva out. What an amazing idea!
Father, I personally thank You for bringing this exciting concept and organization to my attention. I ask You to continue to bless them and use their efforts of help people pull themselves out of poverty.
Link of the day
“There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption.” Dr. Janet Hull
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; (Ps. 58:4a; NKJ)
I’ve had a movie in my inbox for months waiting for the time when Jerry and I could sit and watch it together. We took the time on Friday evening and became further incensed about the use of aspartame in our food supply. I know everyone’s schedule is busy but I implore you to set aside 90 minutes to watch this informative documentary.
I’ve studied the horrors of aspartame use for years, but this movie digs deep into the political quagmire and exposes numerous unknown, dark, and dirty facts presented by various respected authorities. Be ready to have your “ire raised” when you watch it.
The prompting behind my taking the time to watch the movie came as a result of something I recently learned about a person I know and care about. To my knowledge this individual eats a rather healthy diet, avoiding fast food and processed foods. However, I discovered that they drink Coke Zero. I was surprised that they drink sodas at all, but I didn’t know what was in Coke Zero, so I did some digging. I was very surprised when I learned that Coke Zero contains aspartame. I was shocked and saddened to think that this “above average intelligence” individual is poisoning their brain cells.
I went to the grocery store this morning to do some research. I learned that Diet Coke contains carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavor, citric acid, and caffeine in the amount of 64 milligrams in 16.9 ounces. (I could do an article on almost every one of these poisons and preservatives.)
Coke Zero, on the other hand, contains less caffeine (48 milligrams in the same 16.9 ounces). It too contains carbonated water and caramel color. Phosphoric acid is in third place and aspartame gets moved to fourth. However, Coke Zero also contains acesulfame potassium (ace-k), another poisonous sweetener.
With further digging I learned that the only chemical difference between Coke Zero and Diet Coke is that Coke Zero has about half the aspartame but has more ace-k. It’s a marketing thing. The Coca Cola Company has manufactured a “diet” coke without using the word diet…which in their eyes will appeal to someone who is informed enough to not want “diet” but who also doesn’t want sugar. Talk about deception! Choose your poison folks.
A number of years ago while doing a public presentation, I was asked the question, “If someone really wants a soda, should they choose diet or regular?” I quickly quipped, “Well, they’ll both eventually kill you; the diet soda will just kill you faster.” After watching the movie, I believe you’ll concur with my statement.
Another common food that many people enjoy, eat every day, and think they’re doing a good thing by eating it, is yogurt. I did some studying on those labels as well. Stay tuned to learn what I uncovered.
Father, open our eyes to see the deception we’re under. Give us strength and courage to stand up for what is right and true.
Link of the Day
“Sweet Misery: A Poisoned World”
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“Essentially it’s a mocha Blizzard made with Oreo cookies and topped with whipped cream and an
oversize Oreo. The result is a beverage with more calories than two Big Macs and more sugar than any other drink in America.” [sugar equal to 41 Oreo cookies]
Do not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty. (Prov. 23:20, 21a; NLT)
What a title! Who ever even thinks of the 20 worst of anything? It’s always the 20 best. And that’s as it should be. Whatever you focus on will grow, therefore focusing on the 20 best is the proper emphasis.
However, not focusing from time to time on the 20 worst can lead to apathy and generally being uninformed. And that’s certainly the case here. I’ve attached a mind-boggling pdf today entitled the “20 Worst Drinks in America 2010.”
When a friend sent me this earlier in the week, I couldn’t believe my eyes. I found myself, on the one hand saying, “How could anybody drink one of these atrocities?” and on the other hand recognizing that “Hmmmm…that sure sounds tasty!”
Sharon and I talked about this after she read it and I made the comment that before she came along to clean up my eating habits, I would have not even thought twice about being totally driven by my taste buds and drinking one (or more) of these potions and loving it. She pointed out that 30 years ago (before she came along) the worst of the worst was nothing like what’s being offered up here by the best of the worst. That was before aspartame, super-size me, high-fructose corn syrup, and the multitude of other toxins which are regularly introduced into our food supply for the uninformed and unthinking masses to “enjoy.”
Folks, please read this list and think about what it might mean to take in over 2000 calories, over 130 grams of fat, and over 150 grams of sugar (like eating 30 Chewy Chips Ahoy Cookies) in one beverage. Gee, how about a Triple Whopper with cheese to go with it?
P.S., As best as we can tell, the original of this document came from http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/20-worst-drinks-america-2010#title, but believe me, it’s easier to read the pdf than it is to fight through all the pop-ups and other distractions provided by menshealth.com.
Father, please wake us up to see what we are allowing to happen to our food supply. Grant us the grace to recognize how detrimental some of these “treats” really are to our health.
Link of the Day
20 Worst Drinks in America 2010
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“I counsel aspartame victims worldwide and witness nine out of ten clients restore their health by following the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Recovery from Aspartame Disease begins with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical structure of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products.” Dr. Janet Starr Hull
Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. (Prov. 9:9; NKJ)
In my recent Daily Gram I outlined the difference between Diet Coke and Coke Zero pointing out that they both contain caffeine, phosphoric acid, and the artificial sweetener, aspartame. Coke Zero actually contains two artificial sweeteners with the second one being acesulfame potassium or AceK.
Today we take a trip to a local grocery store to look at another common food that most people enjoy. However, do you know what’s really in that smooth, sweet “treat” you’re thinking is so good for you? Deceived again?
Watch the video to learn more.
Father, thank You for bringing the correct information to our readers on how they can learn the truth and take the best care of their bodies that they possibly can.
Link of the Day
Dangers of Aspartame Poisoning
“We live in a society that’s fascinated with all things big. It’s inherently American to push for something bigger and better than anyone else has.” Scott Hume
Pride goes before destruction, (Prov. 16:18a; NKJ)
The obvious answer to the perhaps inane or naive question posed in the title is probably always a resounding “Yes!” but one has to wonder what drives people to bring it on themselves.
Last week, I wrote a Daily Gram about the 20 worst drinks in America. Later in the week, I happened upon an article in USA Today about a foot-long cheeseburger. Can you imagine that? Three burgers, three pieces of cheese with a mere 850 calories swimming in 20 grams of saturated fat.
Turns out, according to USA Today anyway, that this is part of a trend for fast food chains to focus on “concocting more items intriguingly low in price but large in size.”
You know, it’s easy to blame the “evil” fast food chains, the “evil” food manufacturers, the “evil” advertisers, et al. But who is really to blame for such insanity? It can only be me and you. After all, we’re the ones who keep sticking our hands in our jeans and giving all these “evil” entities our money. After all, that’s what they’re in business for — to satisfy my demands and your demands. If we weren’t giving them our money, they wouldn’t be doing what they’re doing.
So, if you want to see even more ridiculous, people-killing behavior from the marketplace, just keep playing the victim and blaming someone else for the health crisis that’s occurring in our country. People are amazing!
Long live the orthorexia nervosics! (They will! )
Father, we have seen the enemy and it is us. Grant us the ability to see what we are doing to ourselves.
Link of the Day
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