The church is a hospital

READ THIS BOOK:

Pharmakeia A Hidden Assassin by [Ana Mendez Ferrell]

Then ask your pastor why healing services are not a common thing? Why are healing services relegated to special events?

THE CHURCH IS A HOSPITAL

THE CHURCH IS A HOSPITAL

THE CHURCH IS A HOSPITAL


Here’s to the healers

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Here’s to the healers who, like the myrrh bearing women of the bible, risk so much, and give so much of themselves for the benefit of others.

Here’s to the healers who study endlessly. Who learn the healing properties of plants. Who see the detriment of excessive use of modern pharmaceuticals and offer options for those who are willing. To those who worked hard to keep their families, friends, and other loved ones, out of hospitals… especially during the pandemic. Here’s to the foragers, the keepers of the hearth & home and those who use themselves as test subjects before offering the remedy to others. Here’s to those who wait patiently for the weeks it takes to make a tincture or infusion. Here is to the tea blenders, to those who study crystals and other alternative means of healing. To those who believe in miracles and desire to create them.

Here’s to those who know meat heals. Who go for walks in the woods and bring home pockets full of miracles. Here’s to those grinding herbs in their kitchens making poultices, salves and ointments.

Here’s to those of you who looked for the best path for you and walk it… willing to share your knowledge with those who will listen.

To you, the invisible care givers and healers, I raise a glass of fizzy drink to you.

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I am making natto

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Soy beans used to make natto. Photo by, @thomaskinto from Unsplash.

What is natto? Natto is fermented soy beans. It smells funky and tastes tangy. I LOVE it much to the surprise of the Japanese lady who runs the Korean market where I usually buy my natto.

I am making my own, or attempting to for the first time, because; natto comes in Styrofoam containers. Single use containers. This can add up in a landfill over time. Especially if you are eating it everyday which I am. Second, with everything going on; food shortages, shipping issues, etc., it is a good idea to learn how to make some of your favorite foods. Life skills are important. Unusual skills are even better. I can just see myself in a Natto food Truck! The third reason to make/eat natto; natto is a fermented food. Fermented foods are nutritionally dense. Few people get enough nutrients in their daily diet and consuming ferments (kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc. keeps your gut bacteria healthy. A healthy gut means you have a better immune system which in turn means you are better able to fight off illness (such as Covid and other nasty things trying to kill us). Natto, and other fermented foods are superfoods.

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This is how natto looks when it is ready to eat. Image from, Tokyo Treat

A healthy gut also contributes to good mental health & better recovery after surgery, plus faster wound healing.

I recommend trying natto before going out and buying supplies to make it. It has about a 50/50 popularity rating. Half o the people who try it love it and the other half do not.

If you have ever tried natto, I would love to know if you still eat it or not and, how you eat it.


Let’s talk about supplements & insulin glucose sensativity

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America is such a prosperous nation that we can afford to eat for entertainment. Not because we are hungry. Not to fuel a workout or to recover from a workout but just because it is fun, or we are celebrating something, etc. Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat. I especially love to eat junk food. Make no mistake, most of the foods I, and millions of other Americans love to eat, IS junk.

This is one of the reasons why it is so hard for us to eat plan, good whole, natural food and to drink plain water.

Our taste buds have been indoctrinated with something called, ‘the bliss point’. Food that is hyper tasty is the best and briefest explanation I can give. Many of the same people who would never put a GMO food into their mouth, or do illegal drugs, willingly eat preserved and fast food which in many cases is just as addictive, if not more, as certain drugs.

The bad food goes into our bodies and produces undesired affects such as inflammation and insulin glucose insensitivity (insulin resistance). Insulin resistance causes obesity. Your body floods with too much insulin until it has no where to go but into your fat cells. Increasing insulin sensitivity can reduce the amount of fat you carry on your body.

Before I go too much farther I need to write this disclaimer; please talk to your doctor before taking nay supplements listed here. I cannot diagnose or recommend anything to you. All I can do i make you aware of what is out there. The rest is up to you.

Let me be honest with you now… my husband is a Type 2 diabetic. I have watched him go through hell with this disease and I have gone through it with him. He is not just dealing with diabetes but all of the other ugly issues that go hand-in-hand with this insidious disease.

I realize that Covid-19 is no joke and I grieve with those who have suffered through it and who have lost loved ones to it. The amount of media given over to this disease has been incredible. I have to wonder the impact to obesity levels in America if there was as much time and treasure devoted to educating people about food related illness as we have on Covid-19?

Every night at dinner-time, ads start playing on t.v. to entice people to buy food and have it delivered to their homes. Not healthy food, of course, but highly processed garbage.

Can you imagine how different food commercials would be if food companies had to do disclaimers in their commercials like drug companies do?

Why do agencies such as; American Diabetes Association, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and American Heart Association just to name a few, actually used their money and influence to pass laws to reveal the dangers of junk food during commercials?

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A standing ovation for my brilliant idea. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Two major factors in creating insulin insensitivity are; inflammation, and ingesting too much glucose for your body to ingest. Glucose is the sugar found in carbohydrates. While i have been a proponent of high fat low carb diets, you CAN eat carbs in moderation and it depends on the type of carb. However, most people with insulin issues are also addicted to carbs/sugar and moderation and portion control are foreign concepts to many people suffering from food related illness. If they could control their carb intake they would not be sick and fat.

My first recommendation would be to investigate the low carb diets that are out there and pick one that works for you.

Next, I am listing the various supplements down below. There are 12. I am not going to go into a great amount of detail with them… or any detail really because you must do your own research. This is YOUR body. Learn about it. It is fascinating!

  1. Green Tea Extract or GTE. I use Nature’s Bounty. The name on the label is; Green Coffee Bean. It contains; green coffee bean extract, green tea extract, and raspberry ketones.
  2. Chromium & polyphenols from cinnamon. A liquid extract is recommended. I do not use a liquid extract. I use a cinnamon/chromium combo and it is amazing.
  3. N-3 essential fatty acids. (Basically, fish oils) I take a supplement but I also am one of those people who actually like sardines. I will make a lettuce salad, drizzle the oil from the sardine can all over the leaves of lettuce then scrape out the sardine flesh on to the salad. I finish it off with some persimmon vinegar and I have a tasty meal. I also put those tiny black caviar on my cottage cheese. Don’t throe up on your keyboard. It’s actually pretty good.
  4. DHEA- it is recommended that it be taken at bedtime.
  5. Vitamin D. Most people are deficient. Do your research.
  6. Magnesium. a doctor gave me a recipe for taking magnesium; take a 2 liter bottle of seltzer water, add 3tablespoons of unflavored milk of magnesia to the seltzer water (be careful it fizzes!) you made add natural flavorings or natural sweetener but since we are trying to reduce glucose levels I don’t recommend using sweetener. Buck up and drink it straight. One 1/2 cup twice per day is what my doctor ordered.
  7. CoQ10
  8. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)
  9. GABA
  10. CLA
  11. Yacon
  12. White bean extract.

I think supplements are great. I even have my own recipes for glucose reducing teas made from herbs. They work great. I was able to use them last year when my glucose levels were out of control. They brought my levels down 30-60 points (tested on my blood glucose monitor) IT IS MY PERSONAL OPINION THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A BLOOD GLUCOSE MONITOR and test their blood every morning and perhaps after meals (1 hour) depending on what they are eating. This is a good idea for people from those who are carrying a bit too much weight to those who are obese. Many people are walking around prediabetic and have no idea about it. Your muscles and bones can only hold so much glucose. When they become overwhelmed the glucose is stored in your fat cells causing you to gain weight. Supplementation & working out, combined with eating foods lower in carbs and eating actual REAL food, have been shown to reduce glucose levels.

Supplements are no substitute for a bad diet. What they CAN do is help carry you forward toward a healthier lifestyle. They can only do so much. YOU Must take responsibility for what you eat and how little or how much exercise you get each day… EACH DAY. Did you get that? Your health is a daily activity that needs your attention EVERYDAY.

Commit to a healthier you BEFORE the New Year comes. You do not need to make a resolution for 2021 before you can get started on your personal journey toward better health. Tomorrow is a great day to begin your transformation.

There are only 14 weeks left in 2020. What are you going to do with them?