Many people are unaware of the hidden dangers lurking in their kitchens. We go to great lengths to keep our kitchen counters, dishes and utensils clean, but we don’t give a second thought to what we’re using to cook our food.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”toxic cookware”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Toxic cookware, when heated can leach chemicals into our food. These chemicals make their way into our bodies, and end up increasing our detoxification burden. Don’t put your families health at risk.
The bible tells us to “guard your heart” Why? Because it’s ready to sin on a moments notice? No!.. Because our hearts are where we find real life. (Proverbs 4:23) So, we should treat our hearts like we would a treasure, or our most precious possession. When we do, it’s life giving.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Your Heart is You”]Created in Canva[/featured-image]
We must hang on to this truth because it has huge implications for our health. Most of us are familiar with Proverbs 4:23 above. But, many are not as familiar with the couple of verses that precede that statement. They have everything to do with our physical health.
We are instructed:
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)
If we are to expect physical health, and vitality, we’ve got to get this spiritual concept right. It’s a matter of having an accurate self image. We must see ourselves as God sees us. When we do, we’ll be in much better positions to maintain, or even recover our health.
Good heart health means believing when God looks into our hearts, he doesn’t see darkness and sin. He sees the women and men we are capable of becoming in him. He sees our true glory. We must see ourselves this way as well, free from any form or self-condemnation, or self-deprecation.
No discussion on holistic health would be complete without addressing the human heart. Yes, we’re created as triune beings: body, soul, and spirit. But, where does the heart fit in? The answer to this question will change everything, and has huge implications for our health.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Your Heart is You”]Created in Canva[/featured-image]
If we’re going to make any meaningful changes to our lifestyles with the intention of improving our health and enhancing our effectiveness, we’ve got to get this right. If you believe as I used to believe, that the heart is just mushy emotions and therefore not worth paying much attention to, think again.
Our beliefs and thoughts are crucial to maintaining or recovering our health. There is a well-established mind-body connection. Most would not argue with the idea that our thoughts affect our health. [featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Ask The Right Questions”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
However, the logical question that follows is: “What should we believe and think to maximize our chances of recovering our health? ….READ MORE[callout]What we think and believe is crucial to our physical well-being. See my post: Pay Attention To The Placebo Effect.[/callout]
At a sub-conscious level, there may be beliefs in place that motivate us to remain sick. To help uncover these limiting beliefs, I suggest three critical questions that anyone seeking to maintain, or recover their health should ask himself or herself.
If any of these three questions are not answered properly, they’ll be severe impediments to one’s health. Remember, it’s not what we say that matters, but what we actually believe.
It’s our beliefs that determine our thoughts. And through the mind-body connection, our beliefs will ultimately affect our physical well-being.[Tweet “”Our beliefs will ultimately affect our physical well-being.” David Sandstrom”]
Do you want to be well? When Jesus healed the paralytic at the Bethesda pool in John 5, the first thing he said to him was: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6 ) At first glance this sounds strange, even a bit sarcastic.
However, Jesus knew exactly what he was doing. Jesus didn’t’ simply want to heal the man physically. He wanted to make him more whole, by freeing him from a limiting belief system.
There are likely many reasons someone may not actually want to become well. Maybe they’re finally receiving the sympathy that was missing in their childhood. Maybe a disability check would stop if they recover their health. Maybe they’ll have to get a job if they become well again.
I can’t say what it may be for you, but if you’re dealing with a health challenge, I recommend you do some soul searching, and see if there may be some underlying motivation for you to remain sick. What do you receive as a result of being sick?
Do you believe you can be well? This one is huge. If someone doesn’t believe it’s possible to get well, they likely won’t.
Imagine this scenario. A woman has a lump in her breast; she goes to her doctor, and he runs a biopsy. The test results come back positive. She has stage four cancer.
Her doctor calls her in to the office and says something like this: “I’ve got your test results; I’m afraid its cancer. It’s in an advanced stage, and the cancer has metastasized throughout your body. I give you four months to live. Go home and get your affairs in order.”
This doctor planted the belief that she cannot get well. If this woman accepts what her doctor says as absolute truth, the results could be devastating. In order to start her journey toward recovery, she needs to reject this kind of pronouncement, and say: “That doctor is full of sh _ t, and I’m going to beat this.
I would suggest that to varying degrees, every cancer survivor, or anyone that has beat an “incurable” disease has to say, or come to believe something similar. They have to believe they can recover. It is a virtual necessity.
Do you believe you deserve to be well? This one is more subtle, but can absolutely be a major block to healing. If we believe that we don’t deserve to be well, then it’s a slippery slope to the conclusion that we can’t be well.
An incorrect, or distorted self-image can lead to illness, or block our recovery from illness. Don’t be too quick to dismiss this thought. There is an awful lot of false guilt in the church today.
Again, there are perhaps many forms of this, depending on the individual person, and their life experience. Some may think that God is somehow punishing them for what they’ve done. These are false beliefs. God stands ready to forgive. (1 John 1:9)
Some may be thinking: “Good health is for other people; my lot in life is to be a sickly person.” In this case, there is likely some spiritual warfare going on. See my four-part series on spiritual warfare and health: The Secret To Finding Abundant Life.
It doesn’t matter how we came to the conclusion that we don’t deserve to be well. If we want to maintain and/or recover our health, we must believe the truth that we deserve to be well.[callout]To read the bible verses. Read From Your Browser and hover over the verse reference.[/callout]
We must learn to love ourselves well enough to accept the idea that we deserve vibrant health.
Consider the following truths:
You are precious, and valuable. (Genesis 1:27) You are loved and pursued by God. (Jeremiah 31:3) You are exquisitely, and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) You are the apple of God’s eye. (Zechariah 2:8) (Psalm 17:8) Jesus hung naked, and bloody on a cross and died for you. (Philippians 2:8) You’ve been crowned with glory and honor. (Hebrews 2:6-7) God is working in, and through you, for his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13) And, if Jesus is your Lord, you are forgiven. (1 John 1:9) (Hebrews 10:17)
God placed you here at this time in human history. (Acts 17:26) You are God’s masterpiece. He put you here for a reason, and he has work for you to do. (Ephesians 2:10) Doesn’t it make sense that his desire is that you have the vitality necessary to accomplish those purposes? (3 John 1:2)
Let these truths sink in, and ask yourself: Is there anything that would disqualify me from enjoying vibrant health? Do I deserve to be well?….
Next week we’ll dig deeper into our identity in Christ by defining the believer’s heart.
Medical doctors are trained to apply the “gold standard” for scientific research when it comes to accepting an hypothesis as truth. What is that gold standard? The double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Placebo”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
When I make the claim that our beliefs, and our thoughts affect our health, the natural question to ask is: “Where’s the double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial that supports your conclusions?”
Well, how about every clinical trial that’s ever been done! Every clinical trial, across all disciplines, must take into account the placebo effect.
Approximately 1/3 of the participants in clinical trials given a sugar pill, or some other inert substance, actually experience the outcome the researchers hope to demonstrate with the new drug or procedure.
Drug companies must demonstrate that the new drug is more effective than the placebo effect, or the FDA won’t grant approval. Consequently, researchers would love it if the placebo effect would go away, but it won’t.
The placebo effect is always present. Rather than trying to dismiss it, I suggest we explore it more.Continue reading