Category: HEALTH


You’re Too Sweet!

“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
(Psalm 119:103 NIV)

Americans are too sweet. In the year 1820 the average American consumed only about 20 lbs of sugar annually but today Americans consume an incredible 130 lbs of sugar annually. That’s about 3 lbs of sugar every week. Over a lifetime this is enough sugar to fill an entire dumpster. The American Heart Association recommends consuming not more than 9.5 teaspoons of sugar daily but the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons everyday. One 12 oz can of soda alone contains 12 teaspoons of sugar. Even the Bible says that “it is not good to eat too much honey.” (Proverbs 25:27) The problem is that refined sugar has no nutritional value and contributes to the development of obesity, diabetes, headaches, nervous tension, depression, and vascular disorders. What is even worse is that sugar is as addictive as cocaine.(1) The good news is that we don’t need the sweetness of this world because we can “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8) The cravings of our stomach will never be satisfied but the righteous eat to satisfy their soul. (Proverb 13:25) So the next time we want something sweet open a Bible and taste the sweetness of God’s Word.

1) http://foodbeast.com/2013/10/01/an-unforgiving-breakdown-of-how-much-sugar-america-consumes/

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Reach Out

“Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Mark 16:15

I treat many patients with shoulder pain which is a very common problem especially in the work force. Shoulder pain can significantly limit your ability to reach out. Research studies have shown a relationship between scapular muscle imbalances and many types of shoulder injuries. These muscular imbalances can cause abnormal movement patterns predisposing someone to shoulder weakness, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder impingement syndromes. The good news is that a specific scapular exercise program can greatly improve shoulder pain and even eliminate the need for surgery in up to 80% of the cases.(1) Workers in the Kingdom of God frequently reach out as well. The Lord Jesus requires us to reach out to those people who have never heard the Gospel but spiritual imbalances can limit this function. Life becomes imbalanced when the worries of the physical world, lifeless routines, and our own selfish agendas take precedent over this mandate of God. Exercising our faith by sharing the Gospel puts our lives in balance as we reach out to those in need.

1) Kibler WB, Ludewig PM, McClure PW, et al. “Clinical implications of scapular dyskinesis in shoulder injury: the 2013 consensus statement from the ‘scapular summit.” Br J Sports Med 2013 47: 877-885).

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Feed Me

“And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”
(Hebrews 13:16 NLT)

I was at a friends house recently for dinner and I ate a little too much. The food was delicious so I helped myself to a second plate full of food. Of course all these additional calories were not necessary. When I was younger I could eat a lot more since I was still growing. Our bones stop developing at about age 25 and our metabolism slows down by 2% each decade thereafter so we have to eat less or increase our activity level to avoid gaining body weight. When we are young we tend to sleep and eat more because we are still growing but as we get older we eat and sleep less becoming more productive working at our careers. When we are spiritually immature we require more time feeding on God’s Word and resting in his presence to develop our Christ-like character but with spiritual maturity our hands should start to work in serving God by doing good and meeting other people’s needs. We exercise those spiritual calories building God’s kingdom by applying his Word to love others.

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It’s All Good

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
(Genesis 1:29, 31 NIV)

The market is saturated with health and wellness products. Everywhere you look there is some company capitalizing on the latest nutrition trends. There are antioxidants that reduce the free radicals that damage our bodies. Multivitamins and multiminerals make up for dietary deficiencies in food. Fatty acids reduce body inflammation. Fiber can prevent gastrointestinal cancers. Herbs and botanicals improve immune system function. Probiotics promote digestive system health. Then there are the green supplements for those not eating enough vegetables and marine supplements for joint health. The list of health products is long and can make your head spin just thinking about what to buy. Fortunately there is one easy solution to this marketplace madness and that’s buy organic and eat food in it’s original form as God made it. Natural organic food is not genetically modified and the farmers do not use pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. Health supplements attempt to isolate beneficial compounds in a manufacturing process but natural food sources have the entire entourage of nutrients, phytochemicals, fiber, and enzymes already in the perfect combinations designed by our Creator because everything that God made was very good for us.

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Small and Mighty

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” (Galatians 5:13 NIV)

Bodybuilders spend hours in the gym lifting weights to build up their flesh. Some even use hormones to increase muscular growth but high-level bodybuilding has been associated with impaired vascular reactivity and increased arterial thickening which causes the heart to work harder to circulate the blood.(1) Excessively oversized muscles also look unusually abnormal and they are not very functional. Often we live life in the flesh pumping up the carnality of self interests as we work in our own strength to achieve apparent success. Striving for our own fleshly agenda appears abnormal to the Lord as he calls us to live in the power of his Spirit. We put unnecessary stress on ourselves pushing an egotistical agenda to satisfy our desires but this hinders our hearts ability to love one another. When we are weak God is strong. We are small and he is mighty. It’s easier to love one another in humility depending on God rather than ourselves.

1) http://content.onlinejacc.org/mobile/article.aspx?articleid=1126934

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Deadly Virus Cure

“Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ.”
(Ephesians 2:13 NLT)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have discovered a deadly new superbug called carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria or CRE. This “nightmare bacteria” is a terrible threat to our health because it is resistant to all antibiotics. What makes matters even worse is that these superbugs can transfer their invincibility to other bacteria. Infections with CRE bacteria have a fatality rate as high as 50 percent and the big fear is that it will spread.(1) The best way to protect yourself against CRE is to keep yourself healthy with an immune-supportive diet; plenty of exercise; detoxification; and restorative sleep each night. These superbugs are dangerous to our physical health but there is another virus which is far more deadly. It has spread to infect everyone of us and the mortality rate is 100%. It’s called sin. Sin damages our soul and the end result is eternal death separated from God. The Good News is that the blood of Jesus is the immunization against all unrighteousness.

http://www.cdc.gov/hai/organisms/cre/cre-patients.html

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Children of the Light

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
(Ephesians 5:8 NIV)

Many people avoid sunlight exposure entirely to prevent skin cancer but some sunlight is necessary for good health. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight strike the skin and trigger vitamin D synthesis and this promotes calcium absorption in the gut to facilitate normal mineralization of bone for a strong skeleton. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones can become thin and brittle resulting in poor structural support. Vitamin D prevents rickets which is a bone disease in children. Together with calcium, vitamin D also helps protect older adults from another bone disease called osteoporosis. Vitamin D researchers recommend between 5 and 30 minutes of sunlight exposure without sunscreen at least twice a week.(1) Physical light is good but without the spiritual light of Jesus we are cursed to live in the darkness of unforgiven sins. Jesus illuminates us with his truth which gives us the structural support necessary to walk as children of the light towards our eternal destination in heaven.

1)http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/

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Refreshing Fruit

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
(Galatians 5:22, 23 NLT)

I was hiking a long a beach trail on a very hot day when I started to feel fatigued. Then I noticed a group of sea grapes ripe and ready to eat. I stopped to devour as much of the refreshing fruit as I needed to satisfy my thirst before carrying on my journey. Whenever we exercise for extended periods of time in the heat there is always the risk of heat exhaustion from dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include weakness, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea and vomiting. To prevent heat exhaustion, fluids should be replaced every 20 minutes with 8 oz of water or preferably fruit juice during exercise. The Lord blessed me with the sea grapes to replace some electrolytes which I lost during my beach trail hike and I was refreshed to continue my journey. This experience reminds me of how the Lord often places Christians along our life’s journey bearing the fruit of the Spirit. These servants of God bless us with the spiritual fruit that refreshes us to continue for another day.

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Let there be Light

Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.
(Genesis 1:3, 4 NLT)

Laser light therapy also referred to as photobiomodulation uses specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects to treat various conditions. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. The scientific and medical evidence is compelling as lasers now play an important role in many areas of medicine and rehabilitation. Researchers have found that the light provided by the laser helps to heal all tissue types including skin, bone, muscle, tendon and ligaments. This should be no surprise because when God created light he said it was good! The light helps heal our physical bodies from injuries but Jesus said that “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Only Jesus can heal our soul and make us whole from the destructive effects of sin. Look to Jesus to bring light to your day.

1) Fulop AM et al, A meta-analysis of the efficacy of phototherapy in tissue repair. Photomed Laser Surg. 2009 Oct;27(5):695-702.

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Sunflower Happiness

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”
(Proverbs 13:12 NLT)

Seeing a sunflower plant always makes me feel happy bringing a smile to my face. I love eating sunflower seeds everyday because they taste great. Sunflower seeds are also known as the best whole-food source of Vitamin E which is an antioxidant important to health. In fact just one ounce of oil-roasted sunflower seeds provides 76% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for vitamin E. Sunflower seed sources of vitamin E are used more readily by our bodies than those obtained from supplements.(1) Research has demonstrated that Vitamin E may help prevent coronary heart disease by decreasing cholesterol.(2) People with major depression have significantly lower blood vitamin E concentrations and they might be more prone to develop heart disease.(3) Those who are depressed have lost hope. Ironically our all knowing God of hope created a happy looking sunflower plant which produces seeds that naturally help fight depression and heal the broken heart. Sunflowers might bring some happiness but only placing our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ can truly fulfill dreams and put an eternal smile on our face.

1)http://www.sunflowernsa.com/uploads/resources/11/nusun_factsheet_vol_1.4.pdf
2)http://www.jad-journal.com/article/S0165-0327(99)00121-4/abstract
3)http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/17168247/reload=0;jsessionid=4l5GbP8XgXhXjxVv1ulA.28

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