Health and Healthcare
Posted 12/22/14 at 11:11 AM | Jonathan Feldstein
Some years ago, as our effort to bring tourists in Israel to donate blood began to take off and pick up steam, one of Israel’s leading daily newspapers wrote a feature about the trend, calling it “Israel’s newest tourist attraction.” Since then, thousands of tourists have donated blood in Israel, making this the only country to which people travel with the specific goal of shopping for gifts at home, but leaving an even greater gift behind.
The trend of having people donate blood in Israel has become an attraction across the gamut, but is especially resonant among Christians. The number of groups visiting Israel and making it a point to help out in this most personal way by donating blood has increased, but there is always a need for more.
Most recently, a group from CrossTalk came to donate blood as a result of one of the recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Singer Joshua Aaron also led a group here to do the same.
While donating blood himself, Director of Bridges for Peace in the US Jim Sulberg, commented, “One of the things that we, as Christians, can learn from Judaism is it’s not just about what you think, or what you say you believe, it’s about what you do.” FULL POST
Posted 12/19/14 at 10:56 AM | Jonathan Feldstein
This week, I had the special privilege of attending John Hagee Ministries’ 33rd annual Night to Honor Israel. One might say this is the mother of Christian events honoring Israel, as Hagee Ministries initiated this concept and it’s taken off widely since. I attended another much smaller event in Cleveland, Tennessee, sometime in the late 1980s, the first Christian Zionist event I ever attended, where I was called upon to be a liaison between Jews and Christians — a role I’ve taken on ever since. It’s a calling steeped with honor.
This week was special because I was asked to receive a gift on behalf of Hagee Ministries of $250,000 for two new Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances for Israel. These two new vehicles will join a fleet of more than 1,000 other ambulances operated by Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS, ambulance, disaster-relief, and blood-services organization. Included in this fleet are six ambulances previously donated by Hagee Ministries. Donating a seventh and an eighth ambulance to Israel is unprecedented in the Christian community, and will go a long way to save lives in Israel. FULL POST
Posted 12/18/14 at 1:33 PM | Dale Fletcher
When I visited the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte a few months ago, Laura Hillenbrand’s book - Unbroken, caught my attention as it was propped up on one of their bookshelves. It recounts the life of Louis Zamperini. I bought it and read it within a week.
As you might know, the movie by the same title releases in theaters on Christmas day.
Unbroken, the book, tells about Zamperini’s struggle to live. First, at sea – after his plane was downed during World War II – and then of his survival after being in several Japanese prison camps.
The book is a testament to the resilience of Zamperini’s mind, body and spirit. It’s also a book about the toll that severe chronic stress and a broken life can have on one’s behavior and overall health.
In the book, Hillenbrand describes, with painstaking detail, aspects of Zamperini’s lengthy time surviving at sea. As well, she writes about the extreme conditions and challenges that Zamperini dealt with in prison camps. The description of the brutality of some of the prison guards was painful to read.
From a mind, body, spirit perspective Hillenbrand writes about the postwar lives of the Pacific POWs. She captured the insidious nature of the emotional injuries that they received. She writes that, 40 years after the war, up to 85% of the POWs were experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hillenbrand sites about how Zamperini personally coped with the stress of war. He turned to drinking alcohol. He became an alcoholic. His relationship with alcohol almost wrecked his marriage.
Zamperini once shared the following with an interviewer: "The postwar adjustment was really a challenge for me.... I began to take advantage of these parties and I began to overdrink.... pretty soon I found myself fading away, to the point where I realized that I was in serious need of help."
Posted 12/18/14 at 12:49 AM | Sylvie Simms
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Posted 12/16/14 at 4:39 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis and Michael Ashcraft
She was accosted in January while staying at a small hotel in a college town. There on business, Jennifer never realized she was being followed until she turned around to close the door to her hotel room.
“It was so snowy and windy that I wouldn’t have heard his footsteps even if he had been stomping,” writes Jennifer Christie in a first-person account of her ordeal in Lifesite News. “It happened so fast. I got the door open, turned around to close it, and he was there – a huge man.”
Her first reaction was confusion. She never had time to process the danger and feel fear. The monster punched her in the face. Apparently he dragged her into her room and raped her. Mercifully, she doesn’t remember that part.
Later she was found in the stairwell. “I don’t know why I was there – maybe I was trying to go for help,” she notes.
In the post-rape treatment, she tested negative for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphillis, herpes and other STDs. But they didn’t check for pregnancy. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 3:32 PM | Hallelujah Diet
Whenever cold and flu season hits, what do we end up doing? We dust off that bottle of vitamin C in the back of the medicine cabinet. But really, just how effective is that vitamin C?
First of all, it’s important to know how vital vitamin C is to our diet. Humans can’t make nor store vitamin C in their bodies, so we have to get it from an outside source. It’s important for a wide range of bodily functions relating to the immune system, growth & development, bone health and many others. Without vitamin C we could not make collagen, which explains why there are so many skin products featuring this vitamin.
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in water and the leftovers are dispelled by the body. The most common form, the kind you’ve probably picked up at any local drug store, is a hard tablet, capsule, pill or powder of L-ascorbic acid. The challenge with the typical forms of vitamin C is that it must travel through the digestive system, reducing the amount of viable vitamin C that is actually available for uptake. What ends up happening is that most of your valuable nutrients end up down the drain, more specifically, the toilet since unabsorbed vitamin C is excreted in the urine. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 2:27 PM | Hallelujah Diet
Most people have given up control of their own health to someone other than themselves – their doctor or insurance company… or God.
Why have so many relinquished rights to their own health and wellbeing to someone other than themselves when God has told us that we are the responsible individual for our own health?
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man (or women) soweth, that shall he (or she) also reap.”
~ Galatians 6:7
Since healing myself of colon cancer in 1976 by taking control of my own health without doctors or drugs, I have been attempting to encourage others to take control of their own health.
To put it another way, to BECOME THEIR OWN DOCTOR!
For the past 20-plus years I have been attempting to do this very thing through seminars (thousands of them), printed page (I have written 6 books), weekly electronic Health Tips (I have written almost 900 of them), radio, television, and personal contact.
Because, no one can truly enjoy life if they are constantly in pain, going to doctors, taking drugs, and experiencing ill-health. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 1:36 PM | Hallelujah Diet
Today we commemorate a leading pioneer in changing lives, not through nutrition, not through conventional medical practices, but believe it or not, by identifying the cause of many unexplained diseases and symptoms for which the medical community has no explanation.
Dr. Hal Huggins has rightfully earned the title of “Elder Statesman” of Holistic Dentistry and is the “Grand Father” of identifying and treating medical problems caused by toxic dental materials. Dr. Huggins died last week peacefully at the age of 77.
Dr. Huggins began noticing significant changes in the health of his patients in the mid 1970’s when high copper amalgams were introduced. This “state of the art” filling, which the ADA claimed released no mercury was later found to release fifty times more mercury than previous amalgams based on studies from Europe.1
His patients began to show an increase in autoimmune diseases. During this same time, the country also saw an alarming increase particularly with Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). His study in toxic microorganisms, cavitations and the connection between root canals and neurological disease has been met with controversy and criticism but has also created testimonies from patients whose lives were improved from dental care that removed the primary cause of their degenerative conditions. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 1:29 PM | Hallelujah Diet
Contracting a cold, flu or other illness during the event-filled, on-the-go holiday season is that much more bothersome and inconvenient, so now is the time to give your immune system some extra TLC.
Supporting your immune system is especially critical this year. Why? The Center for Disease Control issued a statement notifying the public that the flu virus has mutated so much over the last five months that the current flu shot might be ineffective.
When most people think about boosting their immune system, the first thing they reach for is vitamin C (this isn’t surprising since it’s gotten so much good publicity over the years). However, to truly reinforce your immune system and build a complete defense against infections and viruses such as the cold, flu and even the Ebola virus, you need the right kind of vitamin C—plus three other research-backed supplements: Silver Biotics, Selenium and Nascent Iodine. FULL POST
Posted 12/16/14 at 11:29 AM | Hallelujah Diet
The physical body we each possess is the most complex of all God’s creations. Our brain exceeds the capabilities of the most complex supercomputer on earth. If you doubt this statement, just remember who designed this complex supercomputer.
Our sensory system is comprised of nerve cells that provide impulses from the periphery of the body to the central nervous system, a feat beyond the capabilities of the most advanced machines in the best funded laboratories on earth.
Our reproductive system is capable of producing a brand new life. Our bone structure is an unbelievable engineering accomplishment. Our lungs take in copious amounts of air, extract the oxygen, and place that oxygen into the blood. This oxygen is referred to as the “breath of life” in Genesis 2:7.
Our heart then pumps this oxygen rich blood to every cell within the body, and when that oxygen rich blood stops flowing, the body dies.
The imperative of keeping this oxygen-rich life-giving blood flowing throughout the body is made abundantly clear in Leviticus 17:11 where we read:
“The life of the flesh is in the blood.” FULL POST