Peace is perhaps the most important ingredient for health. Not just peaceful thoughts, but peace in every part of our being.
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C.S. Lewis said: “We are a spirit; we have a soul; and we live in a body.” We’re created as tripartite beings. All three aspects of our being are interconnected, and interdependent.
In other words, what affects one part, will affect the others, for better or for worse. We cannot neglect one part of our being, and expect the other parts to thrive. Nor can we nurture one part, without benefiting the others.
There’s a body-soul-spirit, and a spirit-soul-body connection to our makeup. A very effective way to build health, it to reduce stress, and pursue peace holistically, body, soul, and spirit.Continue reading
One of the most common misconceptions I run across is the belief that whether or not someone is healthy, or sickly, is mostly a matter of their genetic programming.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Genetic Determinism”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
We hear it all the time. A person may have high cholesterol, and, they say: “It runs in my family therefore, it’s genetic.” Or “They way I’m wired, I may as well attach those donuts directly to my thighs.”
They may think it’s a personality trait they’re born with like: worry, or laziness, or addictions. All of these statements reveal a belief in what I call genetic determinism.
Genes are not destiny. From where I sit, this type of thinking is a cop-out. It removes personal responsibility from the equation.Continue reading
Mercury toxicity is far more common than most people realize. Do you have “silver” fillings in your mouth?. If you do, you’ve probably been misled by your dentist about their safety. You have toxins in your teeth![featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Toxins in your teeth”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
Metal, or Amalgam fillings are commonly referred to as “silver” fillings. What your dentist may not be telling you is that metal, or amalgam fillings are made of 50% mercury. Silver only makes up about 25%.
Mercury is released from these fillings constantly. Some may argue that this amount of mercury is of no consequence to our health. This is not true.
Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on the planet, and, serves no useful purpose in human physiology. In other words, there is no safe level of mercury in our bodies.
When absorbed by our bodies, mercury penetrates our cell membranes, easily passes the blood-brain barrier, intoxicating our brains, and nervous systems.
Every day, we’re all consuming genetically modified foods, and most of the time we’re unaware of it. According to the Grocery Manufacturer Association, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) are in 75% of all processed foods on the grocery store shelves.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”GMOs: Yea or Nay?”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
When given a choice between genetically modified food, and food that occurs naturally in nature, I believe most would choose natural. However the food industry, with the cooperation of the federal government, has effectively removed that choice. Continue reading
The topic of marriage seems to be coming up a lot lately. There’s a lot of discussion about how we should define marriage. A traditional marriage was originally defined in the bible to be a covenantal union between one man, and one woman, for life. (Genesis 2:24)[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Marriage is good for your health”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
A traditional marriage, has many benefits, including: emotional support, safe sex, and financial security. Homes with a traditional marriage are also the best way to raise children.
These facts are well established. However, a lesser understood concept is that marriage is good for your health. In terms of improving your overall health and well-being, your spouse is perhaps your greatest ally.Continue reading
Western medicine has bought into germ theory, hook, line, and sinker. Germ theory states that germs (bacteria and viruses) cause disease. In other words, sickness is caused from without.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Germ Theory Debunked”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
What if sickness and disease are caused from within? What if it’s really a favorable environment within the host (person) that gives the germs a chance to thrive? This could change everything.
Ask any gardner; a thick, healthy lawn is naturally weed resistant. Our bodies behave in a similar fashion. A strong, healthy internal system is naturally resistant to illness.Continue reading
I’ve never met a person that doesn’t have at least some desire to eat organic food. However, most don’t. Why? Maybe it’s cost, or maybe it’s not readily available. Either way, people can’t seem to justify going through the trouble.[featured-image single_newwindow=”false” alt=”Non Organic Farming”]Image from Dollar Photo Club Created in Canva[/featured-image]
A recent study published in the Annuls of Internal Medicine (1) suggests that organic produce is no more nutritious than conventionally grown produce.
In another recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition (2) researchers concluded that there are higher levels of antioxidants and other nutrients in organic produce.
Who do we choose to believe? Or, does it matter? Let’s explore this a little further.Continue reading
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.