Month: March 2014

Fasting Linked to Longevity

Everybody craves a long life. It is a universal desire. Nutritionists, dieticians, public health professionals and biomedical experts all have tips which they share with us about how to live longer. One such tip is fasting, intermittently. Scientists have conducted a plethora of studies both in animal models and human beings that have demonstrated that a strict diet is associated with a relatively longer life. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) claims that what you eat and how often you eat it can affect not only the quality of your life but the length of it. The results of the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE) research study revealed that overweight participants who reduced their caloric consumption by 20% to 30% through a supervised type of fasting and calorie restriction were able to lower their fasting insulin levels and core body temperature. These changes are positively associated with longevity. The genes that are responsible for aging are concentrated in the fasting-induced upregulated genes, according to a separate 2013 study by Uno et. al. In this study, geneticists analyzed the promoter regions of selected genes as a way of identifying transcription factors responsible for fasting-induced transcriptional changes and thus intermittent-fasting induced longevity. The findings indicated that a significant portion of these genes began to be upregulated within a period of 6 to 9 hours of fasting. In a nutshell, the findings confirmed that the 48  hour fasting period had a greater capacity to extend life span than a 24 hour fasting.

In the Old Testament God commanded the nation of Israel to observe several fasting periods. In the New Testament fasting is neither forbidden nor commanded. Although they were not commanded to do so, most early Christians practiced prayer and fasting often. Jesus Himself confirmed that after His departure His disciples would find fasting a necessity. Fasting has been found to have both spiritual and medical benefits. God had not only our spiritual well-being in mind when he gave us instructions on how to conduct ourselves during our brief pilgrimage on earth. His counsel to us is for our own well-being and it stands firm forever.

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Waste Management:: The Bible’s Perfect Prescription for Health

You shall have a place outside the camp and you shall go out to it; and you shall have a paddle with you; and when you sit down outside, you shall dig a hole with it, and turn back and cover up your excrement,” (Deuteronomy 23:12-13).

Waste management has become a global problem of significant proportions. The United States alone produces approximately 210 million tons of municipal solid garbage, annually. A safe and healthy waste management system is a public health imperative and a responsibility of all mankind in all societies. Hazardous waste in the form of liquids, solids, sludges as well as gases can wreak havoc to general health and well-being. Hazardous waste can also take the form of discarded pesticides and cleaning materials. An inadequate waste management system can undermine health in numerous ways. For example, we are told that the unsanitary and deplorably filthy conditions of 17th century cities became breeding grounds for flies and other vectors that transmit pathogens to human beings. Because there was no comprehensive sanitation system in place, excrement, urine and garbage lay exposed all over in streets. In the 19th century, cholera and other infectious diseases ravaged Europe simultaneously for the same reason. In the 21st century, in some countries intestinal nematode infections such as ascariasis, trichuriasis, and hookworm transmitted through soil contaminated by fecal matter are endemic due to lack of proper waste management systems. With the re-emergence of dangerously infectious diseases, medical waste has become hazardous. The World Health Organization is frantically trying to urge governments in various nations to design and implement comprehensive waste management systems. Still, a lot of people are dying from preventable diseases whose etiology stems from poor waste management.

A close examination of biblical laws concerning cleanliness, washing, and other forms of hygiene practices reveal to us that they were not merely ceremonial rituals. These laws were given to Israel to protect people from infectious diseases, contagious diseases, plagues and chronic diseases. Over three millennia ago, God gave Israel one of the fundamental principles for safeguarding their health in the biblical text quoted above. This was a comprehensive law that, from a public health perspective, addressed hygiene, environmental pollution and sanitation. If properly applied, universally, this law could contribute significantly to a global reduction in the burden of infectious diseases. This law laid the groundwork for modern sanitary laws and waste management. Learn more from the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya from Amazon.com

Healing for Natural and Spiritual Cancer Cells

COVER COPYThe human body contains trillions of different types of cells performing an assortment of functions. For example, muscle cells manufacture energy for movement; bone cells make up the skeleton of vertebrates; red blood cells course through the blood taking food and oxygen to other cells, and fat cells store up energy and fat. Fat cells also control levels of free fatty acids in the bloodstream.  Cells come in different sizes and shapes. The longest cell in the human body is called a motor cell which extends from the lower spinal cord all the way to the big toe. It can be up to 4.5 feet in length. Cells produce other cells in a continuous process of cell division. Every time a cell divides DNA re-forms itself. All these cells function in a conscious and coordinated manner to sustain the function of the body. Altogether the human body has 200 different types of cells.

Sadly, a situation can arise in which a cell might rebel and refuse to perform its programmed functions. For example, if a fat cell rebels, it begins to hoard its fat reserves and neglects the needs of the body for energy. It starts to grow exponentially and as it divides it produces daughter cells after its likeness-rebellious and self-serving. Soon a tumor begins to develop, threatening the well-being of the entire organism. Nutritionists claim that most cancers can be prevented by proper nutrition and pure filtered water. They propose a liberal consumption of plant foods such as herbs, fruits, and vegetables which act as inhibitors of the proliferation of cancer while at the same time strengthening, cleansing and repairing the body.

The community of believers, can learn quite a bit from the behavior of our body cells. Ours is a mosaic community composed of a variety of members hailing from diverse backgrounds, professions, ethnic groups and races, forming one body: the Body of Christ. However, if some members of the Body of Christ adopt the unfortunate stance of the fat cells described above and rebel against the Body; if they start utilizing their abilities for their benefit only, a spiritual tumor can easily develop and spread to other parts of the Body, crippling and stunting growth. Some of these spiritual tumors can grow so large that they can develop into cults with devastating consequences. To combat this, the community of believers has been endowed with different specializations and unique abilities which we call spiritual gifts. These are sources of the needed edification for the Body of the Lord. They also provide it with the necessary spiritual nutrition which, in turn, inhibits and prevents the formation of spiritual cancer cells. Check this out: http://youtu.be/9TOcHIb8N5k

Laughter-A Perfectly Efficacious Therapy Costing Nothing!

It is no exaggeration to say that humor is highly infectious-even more infectious than a cold. Actually, humor is not only infectious, it is contagious. The sound of a hearty roaring laughter automatically makes us smile even when we have no clue what the person might be laughing at. Laughter has a way of binding us together-sharing in each other’s happiness. Health-wise, laughter has physiological and psychological health outcomes. For example, it fortifies our immune system. It reduces stress levels and pain. It also decreases inter-personal and intra-personal conflict. Interventional scientific studies affirm the preventive and therapeutic properties of spontaneous laughter.

Laughter has been found to have positive effects on the following:

  • Blood Pressure: When a person has a hearty laugh, initially their blood pressure rises, but then it immediately falls to levels below normal, and levels off to normal levels.
  •  Hormones: Science claims that laughter is associated with reduction of four neuro-endocrine hormones that are associated with stress. These hormones are epinephrine, cortisol, dopamine, and growth hormone.
  • Immune system: Findings of studies by Leek Berk of Loma Linda University claim that laughter strengthens the immune system and increases infection-fighting antibodies.
  •  Brain Function: Hearty laughter stimulates both sides of the brain and keeps the brain alert, which in turn enhances learning and information retention.
  • The Heart: According to a study at the University of Maryland Medical Center, laughter can help protect against heart attack.
  • A Good Workout: Laughter is said to be equivalent to internal jogging. William Fry, Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, claims that one minute of laughter is equal to ten minutes on the rowing machine.
  • Mental and Emotional Health: Our moods are elevated when we find humor in difficult situations.

Is it any wonder then that the Bible asserts that “A merry heart does good, like medicine,” (Proverbs 17:22). Again the Bible has proved to be millennia ahead of science in health promoting principles.

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Pathophysiology of Incest

None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the Lord, (Leviticus 18:6).

In the book, The Perfect Prescription, incest is described as the sexual abuse of another human being by a close family member or relative. Incest can also take place between related and quasi-related individuals. Author and researcher, Dr. Christine A. Courtois observes that when the perpetrator of an incestuous relationship is older and much bigger or stronger or has the advantage of power differential, such as a parent with a child, a grandparent with a grandchild, an aunt with a nephew, or an uncle with a niece, then that incestuous expression becomes child abuse, too. Incest offenders usually prey on the trust of their victim and use it to manipulate them into submission. The effects of incestuous relationships on the victim can last a lifetime. Victims of incest tend to have emotional, relational and sexual scars that outlast the physical scars. The findings of a study by Bushnell and associates conducted among women aged 18-44 in New Zealand to assess potential long-term effects of intrafamilial sexual abuse during their childhood years demonstrated that incestuous sexual abuse during childhood were significantly associated with increased mental problems including depression, bulimia, and anxiety. The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault Fact Sheet states that in the United, 46% of children who are raped are raped by their own family members and about 61% of victims of rape are raped before they are 18. Twenty-nine percent of these rapes take place when the victims are below 11 years old. About 11% of rape victims are raped by their own fathers or step fathers. Societal taboo against incest forces the victims to carry and keep to themselves this violation for many years. A child who is raped away from home can run home for safety and support but a child, who is sexually abused by a person at home, in the same family, has nowhere to run to for security. Sexual abuse by a father is one of the deepest betrayals a child can experience because, in the balance of power in the family, the father is a symbol of authority and security. Fathers betray their roles as protectors of their families when they rape their children. The father is supposed to protect everybody who comes under his roof from such violations. He is the head of the family, and power and authority differentials are skewed in his favor. Therefore, when the father becomes the perpetrator, the children feel trapped. An abused child has very little knowledge about therapeutic resources that might exist outside the family. As a consequence, recovery from the violation becomes very difficult. Although in all cases of incest, the survivors of incest know that there was nothing they could have done to prevent it, they still experience a sense of guilt and shame because of their involvement.

God foresaw millennia ago the devastation caused by incest, particularly to the victim and warned against it even before science discovered its adverse effects.

Learn more about the negative health outcomes of incestuous relations. Check out the book, The Perfect Prescription by Reigh Simuzoshya at: http://youtu.be/9TOcHIb8N5k

Biological Machines or Bearers of the Imago Dei-Choose Ye This Day!

Richard Dawkins, atheist Oxford Professor of biology, who prefers to label himself as one of the militant atheists, contends that blind, mindless, and unguided processes have the ability and power to produce complex biological information, and that the intricate information contained in the DNA in the human genome containing 7 billion bits of information merely emerged out of matter in an automatic, mindless and unguided process. In The River Out of Eden, Dawkins further makes this astonishing statement: “The universe we observe has … no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference. … DNA neither knows nor cares. DNA just is. And we dance to its music.” Francis Crick, co-discoverer of the DNA molecule together with James Watson, made this statement: “You, your joys and sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” In other words, you are nothing but nerves and molecules-you have no spirit, no creative force within you, no freewill, no soul; just a random assemblage of atoms and molecules and nerves!!! Stephen Hawking further asserts that “”It is hard to imagine how free will can operate if our behavior is determined by physical law, so it seems that we are no more than biological machines and that free will is just an illusion.”

If all of the above is true and that there is no evil and no good; that we merely dance to the music of DNA, then what do we say about morality? Why should anyone be held responsible for crime if they are merely helplessly dancing to the tune of their DNA? Why should did we have Nuremberg trials? Why was the Rwandan genocide abhorrent? Why were we so shocked about the carnage at Columbine and Virginia Tech and many others?

However, some scientists take a different view from all this. They do not relish in pitting science against religion. Scientists such as Dr. Fritz Schaefer, III do not relish in pitting science against religion. Schaefer makes this statement: “The significance and joy in my science comes in the occasional moments of discovering something new and saying to myself, ‘So that’s how God did it!’ My goal is to understand a little corner of God’s plan.” Francis Collins, physician-geneticist who led the Human Genome Project (HGP) has written a book titled The Language of God in which he tries to help people address the confusion caused by the conflict between science and religion. It seems that he has managed to demonstrate that science and religion are compatible. God reveals his creative genius by revealing the laws of nature.

I am not proselytizing, nor am I trying to convince anyone to believe in a particular manner. I am only challenging us to think, critically, and analyze the arguments advanced by both sides and make intelligent choices.

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