“Just the toxic laundry products from the detergent aisle create a layer of toxicity throughout the entire store. While conventional consumers don’t understand this because their olfactory senses have been destroyed through exposure to toxic fragrance chemicals, I can actually smell the detergent residues on fresh produce bought in a conventional grocery store. The apples, in other words, smell like Tide laundry detergent! Yuck!” Mike Adams
Vast supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, and sheep were brought to the celebration. There was great joy throughout the land of Israel.
(I Chr. 12:40b; NLT)
At times it seems that our Daily Grams are filled with doom and gloom about what is happening to our food supply, our environment, and our health care (or disease care) system. We do recognize that and try to offset the negative with positive actions our readers can take to make life in their world a bit healthier.
We often refer to Mike Adams and Natural News.com. Mike presents some rather frightening information at times. However, last week he posted a very positive piece on why he is thankful for Whole Foods. I could have written that article myself! I was blessed by the upbeat tone of his post. I can still recall one of the very first times I ever entered a Whole Foods. I was beyond excited. I kept running from department to department saying, “Jer, look at this!” It felt like “health food heaven” to me!
Even though the nearest Whole Foods Grocery Store is a four-hour drive from us, we’re still very familiar with the store. When we travel, we always look for a Whole Foods. Last weekend was a case in point. We traveled to another state for the wedding of a dear friend. Prior to leaving our house for a 10 hour drive, Jerry had already determined that there was only 14 miles between our designated hotel and the nearest Whole Foods store!
Once we arrived and settled into our hotel, off we went. Armed with our Smart Phones and a Garmin we set out on our journey. Although we encountered a few hiccups (that’s another story), we eventually did find our way to the well-hidden store.
If you’ve never been to a Whole Foods store, you are in for a great treat when you go. One of the first things I usually notice is the lovely, hard-wood floors. I also immediately notice the smell of food and fresh produce….NOT fabric softeners and detergents that assault the senses as in commercial grocery stores. And as Mike Adams points out, even the food and the plastic bags smell like detergents in regular stores. YUCKO!
Although not all of the produce is organically grown, the majority of it actually is, and it’s clearly marked. They also feature locally and regionally grown produce when possible. They have a large salad bar complete with hot entrees as well. When we’re blessed to have a Whole Foods close to us while traveling, we usually develop a pattern of eating our large meal of the day at the salad bar.
Last week was no exception. That first evening we both had large mixed green salads with lots of veggies and each of us had some form of chicken with some other cooked veggies. I had Brussels sprouts since Jerry doesn’t like them so I never prepare them at home and I had some yummy sweet potatoes. Jerry had black-eyed peas along with his meal. The next afternoon our friends went with us, and again we all ate a large salad and some other hot foods.
Whole Foods also carries a huge line of healthy personal care products and environmentally safe products for the home. So, if you have a Whole Foods near you, be very thankful! And if you’ve never traveled to one, do some digging and see how close one actually is to your home. Take a trip. You’ll be glad you did!
Father, we are so grateful for your bounty of heavenly foods!
Link of the Day
Why I’m thankful for Whole Foods Market stores
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“Remember, we DID make a difference last year—the flu vaccine was not mandated! But there are new threats to our freedom this year as health care workers are being threatened with being fired if they don’t get a flu shot. We need to push back now or, like NVIC’s President said recently, we all could be next to be targeted for punishments if we don’t get a flu shot every year.” NVIC (National Vaccine Information Center)
This is what the Lord says to me: “Go, post a lookout and have him report what he sees. (Isa. 21:6; NIV)
It’s back!!! Flu season, that is! And along with it, the usual marketing push by mainstream medicine and media. However, last year, “armed with the facts less than one-third of the US population fell for fear mongering” according to Dr. Joseph Mercola in his blockbuster, must-read blog posted Monday.
I describe his post as “must-read” especially if you’re a pregnant mother-to-be (this year the vaccine is officially labeled a Category C drug which the FDA says is more likely to cause problems for the mother or fetus), and if you’re a senior citizen (because senior citizens are being given a version of the vaccine that is FOUR TIMES as potent as that given to the rest of the population). And in the face of all that, the marketing machine marches on. Can you believe it?
Another alarming fact pointed out in Mercola’s post is that it is well-known that Australia’s flu season is half a year ahead of ours, and due to more than 1,000 adverse reactions in children under 5, the Australian government has wisely banned flu shots for that age group. Do you think the US will follow suit? Don’t bet on it. The marketing machine must march on.
This week is Vaccine Awareness Week. Sharon and I urge our readers to do a little research and become “aware” of the risks. Prayerfully weigh those risks against the risk of the worst-case scenario of coming down with the flu. Make an informed decision. Don’t be one of those lemmings rushing into the sea. Check out today’s link.
Father, once again, it seems that greed overrides common sense. Grant us the motivation to do the research and think for ourselves.
Link of the Day
NVIC’s Facebook Page
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“What had always been regarded as a relatively benign childhood illness was suddenly reinvented in the 1990s as a life-threatening disease for which children must get vaccinated or face dire health consequences.” Mercola.com
I was so foolish and ignorant — I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. (Ps. 73:22; NLT)
Getting to lie in Mom and Dad’s “big” bed, and having Mom bring me tea and toast are my memories of having chickenpox. I don’t remember the red, itchy lesions but I do remember of getting to stay home from school! What are your memories of having chickenpox?
Yesterday, I read with interest of Dr. Mercola’s article entitled, “Why a Shingles Epidemic is Bolting Straight at the US.” Compelling title, don’t you think? His statement, “Vaccinating children for chickenpox may very well be causing a shingles epidemic.” Crazy, you say. What does a kid getting chickenpox have to do with someone getting shingles? Plenty, according to his article. I also unearthed some other research that substantiates Dr. Mercola’s findings.
Dr. Mercola calls Shingles the Evil Cousin of chickenpox. “Chickenpox and shingles are related. They are caused by similar viruses, both in the herpesvirus family. After you recover from chickenpox, the virus can remain dormant (“asleep”) in your nerve roots for many years, unless it is awakened by some triggering factor such as physical or emotional stress. When awakened, it presents itself as shingles rather than chickenpox.
“Shingles is marked by pain and often a blister-like rash on one side of your body, left or right. Other symptoms can include headache and flu-like symptoms. Shingles typically runs its course in three to five weeks.” If you’ve ever known someone who developed shingles, they suffered greatly with pain and discomfort!
So, what’s the connection between the two? Dr. Mercola explains. “Nature has devised an elegant plan for protecting you from the shingles virus. After contracting and recovering from chickenpox (usually as a child), as you age, your natural immunity gets asymptomatically “boosted” by coming into contact with infected children, who are recovering from chickenpox. This natural “boosting” of natural immunity to the varicella (chickenpox) virus helps protect you from getting shingles later in life.
“This is true whether you are a child, adolescent, young adult, or elderly — every time you come into contact with someone infected with chickenpox, you get a natural “booster shot” that protects you from a painful-and expensive-bout with shingles.
“In other words, shingles can be prevented by ordinary contact, such as receiving a hug from a grandchild who is getting or recovering from the chickenpox. But with the advent of the chickenpox vaccine, there is less chickenpox around to provide that natural immune boost for children AND adults.”
Did you get that? Due to children being vaccinated against a common, childhood illness, decreased natural immunity will cause folks to be more susceptible to develop shingles!
Mercola goes on to say, “So as chickenpox rates have declined, shingles rates have begun to rise, and there is mounting evidence that an epidemic of shingles is developing in America from the mass, mandatory use of the chickenpox vaccine by all children.”
There’s much more to the article that you can read for yourself on today’s link. I also included a link with the work of Dr. Gary Goldman who was presenting similar information a number of years ago.
Father, we continue to be in awe of how You designed our physical bodies. May we continue to seek You for Your answers to our health and well-being.
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“We don’t edit photos in order to mislead.” Emma Duncan, Deputy Editor, The Economist
“What is truth?” Pilate asked. (John 18:38a; NLT)
This past weekend, I was doing a little editing of some transcripts of the recent interviews that Sharon did called Keys to Wellness Telesummit. As I was reading through the interview with Nancy Curtis, her comments reminded me of a YouTube video I had filed away for a rainy day. Well, it’s not raining, but nevertheless, let’s start with Nancy’s quote in response to Sharon’s question about why there seems to be an insatiable market for new diets and weight loss gimmicks. Nancy said:
Because they’re desperate. You know, I think there are a couple of reasons here. The first reason, obviously, is the marketing we see every day and what our body “should fall into the parameters of what we should look like.” I mean, we have walked so far away from being in touch with our own bodies and our own minds that we are willing to sacrifice our own health to look like somebody else. We’re not even supposed to look like that person. But we’re willing to do, you know, by golly we’ll do whatever it takes to look just like that person on TV or in a magazine or because it’s just what we have been fed.
Here’s the YouTube video that came to mind. I found it fascinating. I don’t think most of us begin to realize just what awesome power is available to a journalist (?) with this kind of tool.
Issues of integrity aside, the video raises some interesting questions regarding the effect the intentional distortion of truth has on a gullible populace. Ask yourself, “Am I disciplined enough to question and then reasonably assess the veracity of the images I see in the media? If your answer is “no” (as is mine), then unfortunately, you must put yourself in that “gullible populace” group.
Folks, this is not just about pretty girls on the covers of magazines. You may recall the media brouhaha over the cover of The Economist showing our President standing alone on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico back in the middle of the BP oil spill. If not, check out Huffington Post’s “Economist Defends Photoshopping Obama Cover.”
Pontius Pilate’s question, “What is truth?” is every bit as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.
Father, we’re so grateful for the assurance that God cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Thank you for being the lighthouse in the fog.
Link of the Day
“As predictably as temperatures drop and the cold and flu season sets in, many of us seek out virus-fighting solutions.” Energy Times
Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. (Prov. 3:8; NLT)
Are you seeing (and hearing) people sneezing yet? Have you yourself begun using more facial tissues to blow your nose and wipe your eyes? Has the “flu” knocked on your doorstep? As the above quote implies with the dropping of the temperatures comes the increase of the cold and flu season.
However, we can be proactive and go on the offense to prevent our bodies from succumbing to the “scourge.”
Here are some simple tips for boosting your immunity. Most of them probably won’t be new to you, but they do bear repeating.
- Get a Good Night’s Sleep
Sleep deprivation can cause you to be much more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Dr. Len Saputo says, “If you miss just one night of sleep-about five hours-your natural killer cells, which are what fight your viral infections, go down 30%.” I would add that five hours sleep is never enough! Many studies have been done showing that those who slept for shorter durations are more susceptible to illness in general.
- Stay Well Hydrated
You’ve heard me talk over and over about the importance of drinking plenty of clean, purified water! It is one of the best things you can do to boost your immunity. Or, in other words, you’re more susceptible to viruses when you’re dehydrated and you won’t function well in the long run. Also, houses tend to be dryer in the winter due to various forms of heat, which in turn can be drying to the mucous membranes. Use a humidifier or place bowls of water throughout the house.
- Avoid the Sugar
It is common knowledge that sugar lowers the body’s ability to fight off viruses. The immune system is greatly affected by the ingestion of sugar. “Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of two-and-a-half 12-ounce cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40 percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.” To boost your immunity, choose fruit over cookies, candy, and pastries. Your body will thank you. 🙂
- Take Daily Dose of Vitamin D
Vitamin D supports the proper functioning of T-cells, a key immune system component which helps the body to fight viruses. We have an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency in this country which is manifesting in many preventable health conditions. 400 IU used to be the recommended amount. Now, practitioners are recommending 5000 IU per day!
- Wash Those Hands
I know we hear this all the time and many people are avid hand washers. However, there are some who still haven’t gotten the message. Cameras in public rest rooms revealed that many people (primarily men) never washed or even rinsed their hands after using the facilities. Our hands accumulate microbes throughout the day…and we carry those microbes with us wherever we go. The first thing I do when I come home from being out is wash my hands. It may seem like a small thing but it goes a long way in keeping us healthy.
I know there are several other good immune boosting things we can do but these will certainly bring benefit to us when we employ them consistently.
Father, thank You for giving us healthy and strong immune systems. Bless our readers with health and vitality this day.
Link of the Day
10 Ways to Boost Immune Health
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“A real important issue here is that of name giving, that is to define things, which when done by a more powerful group (e.g. priests, doctors, academics, and politicians) and applied to a less powerful group (e.g. believers, ordinary citizens, patients, and students) is always problematic.” Dominik Ritter
Whenever he was put into chains and shackles–as he often was–he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to control him. (Mark 5:4: NLT)
Last week some colleagues of mine sent me a link to a series of mind-boggling (pun intended) videos on the apparent abuses of psychiatry. While I can’t say the videos caused nightmares, they certainly left an indelible, frightening impression on me that I just can’t shake. The videos are part of today’s Link of the Day. Warning: They will make you think!
I looked up “Psychiatry” in Wikipedia as I wanted a simple definition for the discipline to include in today’s DG — but I ran across the following amazing quote in only the 2nd paragraph: “A number of phenomena considered ‘deviant’, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness have been examined by Kittrie who demonstrated how such phenomena were originally considered as moral, then legal, and now medical problems. As a result of these perceptions, peculiar deviants were subjected to moral, then legal, and now medical modes of social control.”
To me the word “control” is the operative idea here. Is it possible the control is at the heart of the incredible escalation of the standard of care practice of drugging our young people in our schools today? I have often wondered if what was possibly intended as a gift of an active and questioning mind isn’t just being defined and treated as an inconvenience which is all too easily managed through pharmacology. Are we shooting our selves in the foot?
Allow me to close with an extended quote from a recent blog which I have also included as a second link in today’s links.
Any form of dissent, disobedience or non-conformity in relation to the predominant mental health ideology quickly becomes labelled as a form of mental illness. Let’s take the example of one of the most widespread psychiatric diagnoses amongst children and adolescents in the world, i.e. ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). I argue that this psychiatric diagnosis pathologises childhood behaviour of not paying attention, having a lot of energy, and not wanting to sit still for hours on end. What these children might be guilty of are the “crimes” of striving for independence and autonomy, questioning the usefulness of the curriculum, their assignments and homework, and challenging the arbitrariness of authority of being told what they should do and what they shouldn’t do. As a society we seem to have very rigid ideas of what we expect from each other, often to an extent that can only be described as questionable in terms of purpose, stifling and hindering any kind of progress. In short, it maintains the status quo, the way things have always been. But who benefits from all this? I would argue that it ultimately serves an elite class in society that holds the power to make decisions, such as the decision to punish children who misbehave according to their standards, by calling them names, drugging them, or imposing some form of moral therapy (e.g. correct ways of behaving, thinking and feeling). As already stated above, the psychiatric ideology provides an easy explanation and an easy solution. We are spared the inconvenience of having to venture down a different avenue, to explore a path off the beaten track. Psychiatry leads the way and we follow like stupid cattle. When we focus on something like “ADHD” we no longer think about more important issues such as the usefulness of the current national curriculum (e.g. what we think is important to teach our children; whether our education system is educating at all), classroom sizes, grading systems, the promotion of competitiveness at the expense of collaboration, lack of teaching resources, inadequate teacher training, staff turnover, etc.
With that, I invite you to sit back watch the videos and review the blog post in today’s links and think. Think for yourself. I’d be interested in hearing your opinions.
Father, grant us the grace and discernment of balance in all aspects of our lives.
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“It’s no secret that sitting around all day isn’t exactly the best way to lose weight.” Matthew Adkins
They seem to live such a painless life; their bodies are so healthy and strong. (Ps. 73:4; NLT)
I know that many of our readers work in an office setting requiring them to sit for hours on end at a desk or staring at a computer screen. I recently read an article by Matthew Adkins in the fall issue of Health and Wellness magazine that offered some suggestions for helping folks stay fit that work in that type of environment.
Movement is critical to metabolism and if you’re staying glued in a single spot all day, your body’s natural functions tend to slow down. Make it a habit of getting up every hour or so and walking around. This will give your eyes and neck a break from the computer and will help to relieve some stress. Your neuroendocrine system is affected in a negative way by sitting in a chair and staring at the same thing for hours on end. The result is an increase in abdominal fat! Add these to your day.
- Leg Extensions
Extend one let until it is level with your hip. Hold it in place for five seconds, then slowly lower it. Don’t drop the leg all the way to the floor, though. Repeat extension 15 times and then switch legs.
- Chair Lifts
Using the arms of your chair, lift yourself slowly as high as you can, then lower yourself but not all the way. You want to keep the tension in your arms. Hold yourself in that low position for a few seconds, and repeat. Begin with 15 times and increase as you’re able,
- Chair Dips
While seated, place your hands next to your hips and slide forward, off the chair. Once you’re off, dip down as close to the floor as you can get until your arms are at 90 degree angles. Then slowly raise yourself up and repeat. Repeat 15 times. (Make sure you have a stable chair when doing this.)
Stand with your feet roughly shoulder length apart. Imagine a chair is behind you and carefully “sit” on it while keeping your balance on your heels. Hold it for a few seconds and then stand back up. Repeat 15 times.
Begin standing. Take a step forward until your front leg is at a 90 degree angle. Once your back knee is almost touching the ground, return to the starting position by driving the front leg back to its original position. Do 10 reps per leg and then switch.
All of these are easy and doable. I do versions of each of these on the various machines at the gym. However, if you’re at the office or in your cubicle, you too can be working on your health and fitness.
Father, bless our readers with grace to live extraordinary lives!
Link of the Day
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“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” Jim Rohn
The servant who received the five bags of gold began immediately to invest the money and soon doubled it. (Matt. 25:16; NLT)
How many times in your life have you heard, “Money doesn’t grow on trees!”? Well, I guess it doesn’t, but it’s still fun to think about, isn’t it?
What if you were walking down the street in your home town and came upon a money tree? Would you even recognize it? Or would you be so engrossed in what you were thinking (or worrying) that you wouldn’t even see it?
You know, in order to see a money tree, you have to be looking up. How many of us are looking down as we walk? If you’re looking down, you won’t see the money tree as you walk by.
What would you do if a complete stranger walked up and offered you a dollar bill? Would you accept it? If so, what would you do next?
All those silly questions are to set the stage for the following very interesting video that chronicles a fascinating experiment in human nature. Enjoy!
Now reflect — which one of those good folks in the movie is most like how you would react?
BTW, read the Link of the Day to learn how to grow a real money tree — no joke!
Father, we thank You that You are our primary source of supply.
Link of the Day
Start Growing Your Money Tree