Have you ever heard the statement 'Death Begins in the Colon?' Because there are so many deaths attributed to bowel problems it is believed that the colon is where most diseases begin.
I believe a truer statement would be, 'The foundation of all disease begins in the mind'. Each of us are a product of our education, our belief system and our practices. If someone lacks proper education and understanding as to how the body works and the care it needs it will be impossible to know what to give it to function optimally. If someone believes that the body is so resilient that it matters not what they eat, they will then serve their taste and follow unhealthful practices and through this means destroy the health.
The health of the bowel is determined by what you eat and drink, how much physical activity you get on a daily basis, how much water you consume, what the state of you colon bacteria is, and how much rest you are getting. When there is a breakdown in any of these areas the organs of elimination (skin, lungs, bowels, kidney, liver) are not able to function optimally. God designed these organs to be in constant operation removing toxins from the body that cause disease.
Leviticus 17:11 says, "For the life of the flesh is in the blood..." If the blood is clean and healthy you will be as well. If the blood is impure and sluggish you will also be sluggish. Although the skin is the largest organ of elimination, it is the bowel that primarily affects the health of the blood. If you are neglecting healthful living it almost always affects the bowel in some way. It is important that everyone be acquainted with their bowel and how it functions and what it needs to move correctly and be healthy.
Our colons were designed to handle three meals per day. This is obvious from its anatomy, which consist of the ascending, transverse, and descending colon, three compartments. When you overeat, eat snacks between meals, or eat things that are not clean, you are asking for trouble. If you have more bowel movements per day than meals you are consuming you are constipated. If you eat three meals a day but only have one bowel movement per day, you are constipated. Irregular bowel habits set the stage for constipation, brain fog, acidity, polyps, arthritis, colitis, cancer, autoimmune disease, allergies, Crohn's disease, thyroid disease, PMS, emotional issues, gastro-intestinal disorders, hair loss, irritable bowel syndrome, candida, eczema, obesity, and the list goes on.
When the bowel is not eliminating "properly" and is retaining waste, the toxins are being re-absorbed into the bloodstream. The bloodstream touches and affects every organ of the body in some way, so therefore every organ is only as clean as the bowel function allows it to be. A clean efficient bowel will lead to clean organs, and a healthy mind.
One of the most important things you can do to help your bowel to eliminate its waste, it to P.A.N.I.C. - "Promptly Answer Nature's Immediate Call". As soon as you get the urge to go...go! If you hold it until it is more convenient, you are training your bowel to retain its waste and to recirculate its bi-products through the blood. Also, there are delicate nerves at the end of you bowel that alert you when it is time to go, if you refuse to respond, they will silence their voice. Commit to never miss a bowel movement for one day. It would be better to have an enema that to allow waste to be retained. If you eat your meals at the same time every day, your bowels will empty at the same time everyday and there will be no surprises.
Water is very important to keep things moving and to flush out toxins. Most us of don't get enough water nor do we drink it properly where it really benefits our body (sipping throughout the day, not gulping). You probably have heard it said that you should drink half of your body weight in ounces, and that is true. However, that is the minimum amount of water that is needed to keep your body functioning. When it is hot out, or you are talking a lot, or exercising, you need more than your minimum because you are losing a lot of water through the pores of your skin and your breath. If you are in a constant state of dehydration, water that is needed for the body, and the brain will be pulled from the colon, and other organs and contribute to constipation.
Fiber is a must for a healthy bowel and body. At each meal you should start with your raw foods before your cooked foods, and consume at least three to five servings of living food per meal (fruits and vegetables). Fiber not only keeps things moving, but it carries out cholesterol, as it binds to the fiber, it also binds colon toxins and carries them out. You can add fiber to your diet by sprinkling psyllium seed powder, flaxseed powder, oat bran, or pectin on to your food, or adding them to juice or smoothies.
Reduce or eliminate bread, pastas, and refined foods which clog the colon. For those in foreign countries who eat things that are gummy or gooey (fufu, kenkey, banku,) reduce or eliminate these as well. White bread should be avoided as much as possible because it lacks the wheat germ; the life of the bread, and its fiber.
Increase your exercise. Exercise increases the tone of the bowel through active movement and bouncing. Bouncing on a mini trampoline is the next best thing to walking or jogging on the street for toning the bowel. Exercise increases the peristaltic activity in the colon and promotes fuller and regular bowel movements.
Stress is killing people every day. It does untold damage to the body. In some people are living with so much stress that they accept it as something that is normal, but it is far from normal. When you get to this point it can go unrecognized until disease strikes. You should never eat when you are stressed or upset, it causes constriction of the digestive system and hinders digestion, absorption and elimination. Try to live in such a way to reduce and ultimately eliminate stress. Relax.
Sleep at least eight hours each night, and if you are ill sleep nine hours. The body as well as the bowel needs rest. The liver works at night and in order for it to do its work properly you need sleep. Do not eat late at night or the detoxification process during the night it interrupted.
Education, investment and being proactive about your health is the only way to secure it.
A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.
When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands...
He said, 'Sir you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly...He often talked about you, and your love for art.' The young man held out this package. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.'
The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his painting. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?'
There was silence...
Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one.'
But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting? Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?'
Another voice angrily said, 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goth's, the Rembrandt's. Get on with the Real Bids!'
But still the auctioneer continued. 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'
Finally, came a voice from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. I'll give $10 for the painting...' Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.
'We have $10, who will bid $20?'
Someone shouted, 'Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters.' The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.
The auctioneer pounded the gavel...'Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!'
A man sitting on the second row shouted, 'Now let's get on with the collection!'
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, the auction is over.'
'What about the paintings?'
'I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will...I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!'
God gave His son over 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: 'The Son, the Son, who'll take the Son?'
Because you see, WHOEVER TAKES THE SON GETS EVERYTHING!
An article appeared in the January-February 2017 AARP Bulletin, talking about aging. A conversation was held with Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute and a noble prize winner for her work on aging. The topic, Telomeres.
What is a Telomere?
A chromosome is a long strand of DNA, this is where all our genetic material is packaged. At the end of a chromosome is a telomere, which are the protective caps on the ends of your DNA strands which act as bookends. They protect chromosomes and prevent them from fusing into rings or binding with other DNA. They can tend to shorten and fray with age due to their role in cell division.
Every time a cell divides the DNA unwraps and some of the information in the DNA is duplicated. When it is finished dividing it comes back together but the telomeres wear down and lose a little bit of length just like a pencil eraser each time this process happens.
Cells can actually stop replicating when telomeres become too short. This is known as "cell senescence", which is said to be the cellular equivalent to aging. This inability to stop replicating has the potential to cause numerous health problems; cancer being one of them. God designed the body in such a way to keep it in health by cells replicating and dying. If cells stop dying but keep replicating there is now an imbalance in the system because there are too many of one kind of cell. These groups of cells form tumors.
What Elizabeth Blackburn and her colleagues discovered is an enzyme, telomerase, that adds back DNA to the end caps as they wear down. They stated that the better your telomeres are protected, the less chance you have of getting any of the big diseases.
How to Stop the Erosion
Relax! Stress has been found to cause damage to the telomeres, and the more stress, the more the telomeres wear down. One of the best ways to eliminate stress is exercise! However, they found it is best to do a variety of exercises opposed to the same thing every day. The greater the variety of exercises, the better results.
"And Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated." Deut. 34:7