Health and Healthcare

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Posted 10/14/14 at 12:12 AM | Sylvie Simms

Benefits of Green Tea Extract

If you don’t already take green tea extract on a regular basis, you are missing out on plenty of great benefits. Find out what you should know about how green tea extract is great for your health by referencing the infographic

Posted 10/13/14 at 7:06 AM | Margaret Brown

Wait!! Before You Eat That Breakfast....

Ah, Monday! The dieter’s friend and enemy. It’s our friend because we feel a sense of renewal to “get on a diet,” and our enemy who leaves us in The Pit when we fail by Tuesday (or Monday night).

Just what is “The Pit?” It is the chains of shame held close to our hearts that insulate and pollute us with feelings of worthlessness, self-loathing and condemnation so entwined within our hearts that we no longer can even see the person God made us to be. It’s the vicious cycle that always leads us back to where we started: ashamed and guilt ridden, and overweight.

What’s the good news?
 If you’re in The Pit, you do NOT have to say there!

Have you prayed and begged God for help and He only seems to ignore you? Don’t give up! We…you and I…are going to walk this road of freedom that Jesus has already paved. We are going to renew our minds and remember that we do not have to lean on our own strength and will power, but as Christians, we have full access to His grace and can rely on His strength to overcome The Pit.

Step One:  Believe. That’s it. When you ask God for forgiveness for gluttony, believe that He forgives you. When you ask him for help, believe He will help you. FULL POST

Posted 10/10/14 at 2:41 PM | Audra Jennings

Terminal Cancer Patient Implores Brittany Maynard to Reconsider Her Last Days

Kara Tippetts, author of the Hardest Peace
Jen Lints Photography
Kara Tippetts

This week the story of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old woman with terminal brain cancer who plans to end her life on November 1, has made national news. A California native, Maynard moved to Oregon for the purpose of being able to take her own life legally by aid of a prescription under the Death with Dignity Act. Her goal is to bring attention to assisted suicide laws in hopes that other states will follow Oregon’s lead.

Kara Tippetts, a Colorado mother of four, has written a letter to Maynard asking her to reconsider. Similarly, Tippetts has stage-four cancer (which started as breast cancer two years ago) that has passed the brain/blood barrier and metastasized throughout her body. She too knows that her days are numbered but believes it is possible to die with dignity while cherishing every breath she has been given. In her letter, Tippetts gently challenges the medical community to consider whether or not they are walking away from the Hippocratic Oath.

Since Tippetts’ letter to Maynard was posted on Wednesday (October 8) on Ann Voskamp’s popular blog, A Holy Experience, the post has been shared almost 900,000 times on Facebook. Tippetts book, The Hardest Peace (released last week), has also rocketed to the top 15 in sales on

In her letter to Maynard, Tippetts writes:

“Dear Brittany Maynard,

This morning my best friend and I read your story. My heart ached for you, and I’m simply grieved by your terminal brain tumor, for the less than six months the doctor’s gave you, just past your 29th birthday. With a heavy heart, I left my home and headed for my oncologist. I too am dying, Brittany. My oncologist and I sat for a long time with hurting hearts for your story. We spoke in gentle tones discussing the hard path you are being asked to travel. . . .

. . . Today my oncologist and I spoke of your dying, of my dying and of the beautiful partnership I have with my doctors in carrying me to my last moments with gentle care. For 2,000 years doctors have lived beside the beautiful stream of protecting life and lovingly meeting patients in their dying with grace.

The doctor who prescribed you that pill you carry with you that will hasten your last breath has walked away from the Hippocratic Oath that says, “First, do no harm.” He or she has walked away from the oath that has protected life and the beautiful dying we are granted. The doctors agreeing to such medicine are walking away from the beautiful protection of the Hippocratic Oath. . . .

. . . Hastening death was never what God intended. But in our dying, He does meet us with His beautiful grace. The Hippocratic Oath matters, and those who are choosing to walk away from it need to be challenged. My heart hurts that they have decided to swim from the shores of grace that it protected in our living and dying. I get to partner with my doctor in my dying, and it’s going to be a beautiful and painful journey for us all.

But, hear me — it is not a mistake — beauty will meet us in that last breath.”

(Click here for the full letter.)

The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts
David C Cook
The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts

Tippetts has also been interviewed on Colorado Springs CBS affiliate KKTV (Click here to view.) as well as Denver and Colorado Springs ABC affiliates about both The Hardest Peace and her letter to Maynard.

Tippetts’ story has also been featured by:

Visit Kara Tippetts online home at, become a fan on Facebook (mundanefaithfulness) or follow her on Twitter (@mother_to_many).

Posted 10/8/14 at 8:32 AM | Hallelujah Diet

What You Don’t Know About GMO’s Could Kill You!

Have You Heard?
With all the attention being given to pink this month with all of the ribbons, races and sneakers, we thought we should make you aware of another very important reason this month is so special. Happy Non-GMO Month!

You won’t see it in any of the headlines, no non-GMO sticker attached to football player helmets and sadly, there are no races or money being collected to further the research that GMO’s are killing us.

However, since 2010, October has been designated as Non-GMO month. What does this mean? It means that there are now 22,000 manufacturers that are concerned enough to pay a significant amount of money to have a NON-GMO sticker attached to their product label. You see, there is no law that requires GMO ingredients to be disclosed on products.

What are GMO’s?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. Genetic engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries unique risks. FULL POST

Posted 10/7/14 at 8:40 AM | Hallelujah Diet

Why Do You Need Supplements If You Are Eating A Healthy Diet?

By fully committing to a raw, plant-based diet, you bathe your body with extraordinary nutrients that continuously feed your cells with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals that support optimum health. If that’s the case, then why do you need supplements? Shouldn’t your healthy diet be sufficient?

Supplements are indispensable to your holistic approach for vibrant health. Our resident research director, Dr. Michael Donaldson, sheds light on the four key reasons behind why our bodies require supplements to round out our healthy eating.

1) Our fruits and vegetables are not as nutritious as they once were.

Modern farming practices, such as the heavy use of fertilizers, pesticides and other substances, has resulted in soil that is almost sterile and devoid of trace minerals. As a result, our food is not as nutritious as it was decades ago. In a recent review on modern foods4, scientists found that the larger the yield of crop, the lower the mineral concentration. Furthermore, a historical analysis of the nutritional composition of fruits and vegetables has confirmed a decline in several nutrients over the last 50-70 years and, specifically, hybrid versions of broccoli, wheat and corn have also shown lower mineral content. FULL POST

Posted 10/6/14 at 12:50 PM | Hallelujah Diet

What Makes The Difference Between Life and Death?

Most people can live the next 40 days without food, the next 4 days without water… but can’t live more than about 4 minutes without oxygen.

As you read these words, your chest is softly, rhythmically, and automatically rising and falling as air enters into and exits your lungs. You probably weren’t even consciously aware of this until I called it to your attention. Yet, without this intake of air, which contains oxygen, your physical life would come to an abrupt end.

Regarding the subject of oxygen, the Bible has this to say in Genesis 2:7:

“And the Lord formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a Living soul.”

Clearly, God used two separate and distinct steps in the creation of man. First he formed man of the “dust of the ground” (See Genesis 2:7). At death, when a body is placed in the ground, it eventually reduces to the same ingredients from which man was originally formed – mineral ash or “dust of the ground”. FULL POST

Posted 10/3/14 at 2:18 PM | Dale Fletcher

How to Train Your Spiritual Fitness 'Pathways'

When a person begins an exercise program to improve their cardiovascular or aerobic fitness level, several things are going on physiologically in the body. The cardiovascular system – the oxygen transport system – has to get used to carrying oxygen in the blood through the blood vessels and deliver it as fuel for the muscles. Once the blood and oxygen arrives at the cellular level, the membranes of the cells must become ‘trained’ to allow the oxygen in so it can be used by the muscles. The more a person exercises, the more efficient this oxygen transport system becomes. As these pathways are used more and more, the person’s cardiovascular fitness will improve.

In a similar way, as we exercise aspects of our faith, we improve our level of spiritual fitness. I’ll give you one example.

Our beliefs shape our attitudes, which shape our thinking patterns, which shape our behaviors. As we read the Bible our beliefs begin to align with the truths we read. If we’re serious about growing in our faith, we’ll be intentional about meditating on these biblical truths. Our repeated thoughts will grow our neural pathways. These repeated thoughts become our attitudes which will permeate our mind and our emotions…. and end up shaping our will and its corresponding choices. This will determine our behaviors. FULL POST

Posted 10/2/14 at 12:42 PM | Hallelujah Diet

A Succulent & Hearty Portobello Sandwich (Move Over, BLT!)

With football season and ongoing get-togethers throughout the fall, the temptation of a juicy, sizzling burger might be all around you. But don’t fret—let Chef Richard’s Portobello Sandwich come to the rescue! Equally satiating, dripping with flavorful goodness and bursting with nutrients, this hearty BLT alternative will keep your stomach and taste buds happy—not to mention the rest of your body!

Q: How did you come about creating a plant-based version of a BLT?

I once had tofu bacon at restaurant and it got me thinking about making a vegan BLT. I’ve never been a fan of bacon myself but a lot of people love it, which is why I wanted to create a healthy yet delicious alternative.I thought it would be fun with Portobello, which makes it super easy to make. FULL POST

Posted 10/1/14 at 8:28 AM | Hallelujah Diet

The Surprising Connection Between Teeth & Cancer

Hi, this is Ann. In recognition that Breast Cancer Awareness month begins this week and that most everywhere I turn, I am reading or hearing about the “Race for the Cure” activities that are going on around the country, I wanted to give you insight into what has been happening to my own health for the last several years and how undetected teeth issues could have led to breast cancer. While I’m on a great diet, that alone couldn’t improve my breast health, but without the Hallelujah diet, I may not have the quality of life that I do today.

Over 12 years ago, I had my first and only root canal. I had researched the endodontist and found her to be one of the best in the area and she was even a professor at the area dental college. After it was completed I thought nothing more of it. In 2010, I noticed a lump on my lower right jaw and had pain and a lump on my right breast. This by the way was the same side of the mouth where I had the root canal over eight years prior. FULL POST

Posted 9/30/14 at 11:06 AM | Hallelujah Diet

Help your self-healing body fight cancer

October is Breast and Liver Cancer Awareness Month. In honor of those who have survived or lost their lives from cancer, and to all their loved ones, our team at the Hallelujah Diet dedicates our days to finding healthy, sustainable solutions in hopes that fewer and fewer families face this deadly disease. We strive to educate, inform and effect change so, together, we can all live our lives vibrantly and blissfully. To anybody touched by cancer, your thoughts are with us today—and every day.

According to the American Cancer Society, about 585,720 Americans are expected to die of cancer in 2014. By this year’s end, there will be an estimate 1,665,540 new cases of cancer.

In 1975, the incidence rate for all cancers combined in the U.S. was 400 new cases for every 100,000 people. By 2011, that number shot up to 460.4 per 100,000 people.

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease, yet studies and researchers have pointed to the fact that a great amount of cancer cases can be prevented. A third of all cancer deaths in the U.S. are linked to diet and physical activity, including obesity, while another third is caused by smoking tobacco products. FULL POST

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