You see, being "sick" (I use the term with quotations because I will not claim it), I had to embrace a new sense of normalcy to keep myself from going insane. I couldn't do many of the things I used to do that were enjoyable to me but I could still sit down and enjoy a good meal. Unfortunately, being "sick" has also wreaked havoc on all my hormones and my metabolism and has caused me to gain a great deal of weight. This was compounded when I was put on steroids for almost a year and further impaired because of my lack of any exercise. I think anyone would agree that when you feel like you have the flu each day, getting out and sweating to the oldies with Richard Simmons is the last thing on one's mind. (Not to mention, the sight of Richard Simmons in those spandex shorts can make a person a little queasy too *shudder*.) So here I am, an overweight, out of shape "sick" person trying to tell others how they can be well. Unh-unh, sorry, not gonna happen. It's time for me to get real.
The fact is, three years ago, God showed me that diet was an important part of healing one's body. God created our bodies in His image and it was only when sin entered the world that we were plagued by death and disease (Rom 8:20-21). Still, our bodies are amazing, self-healing mechanisms that continue baffle the scientific community today. But why then are there some things that the body cannot seem to heal itself from? One reason, and I believe a big one, is our diet. We now eat mostly based on the Standard American Diet (or the more aptly titled, more widely recognized "SAD" diet). The majority of people have moved away from the God-ordained ways of growing, raising and processing food and are now eating what the food industry, big corporations and disinterested conglomerates pump out in mass quantities, fill with toxins, chemicals, and unnatural substances and label as "food." Our body needs the proper nutrition to function at the optimal level and if we don't give it what it needs, chances are it's going to start breaking down. This break down is the beginning of the disease process.
Many diseases that you hear about today are considered modern, which means they have only been around for the last 100 years or so. There is only one thing has changed over that course of time time which would cause the influx of all these new diseases: the way we live. Disease rate has risen dramatically since the Industrial Revolution and continues to rise. Cancer, for instance, was only found in a handful of almost a thousand ancient mummies recently studied by researchers, however, today cancer is the cause for one out of three deaths. It is second only to cardiovascular disease. How many of you know someone who has been touched by cancer? I am betting most all of you. My own mother has had breast cancer twice. Her mother and her grandmother's sister had it as well. Doesn't look like very good odds for me, huh? God willing, with the changes I am implementing, I will not carry that label as well.
But there is ALWAYS HOPE! Many scientists are beginning to believe that there is really only one disease- cellular malfunction-and that all other "diseases" are just labels that tell us the location of the cellular malfunction. "Every disease known to man can be explained in seven minutes," according to Dr. Gary Tunsky. Dr. Tunsky and many of his colleagues believe that cellular malfunction develops into the symptoms we know as diseases. To understand this concept, Dr. Tunsky says we must first realize that the biggest error in mainstream medicine and even naturopathy is that the body is compartmentalized, suggesting that the systems are not interrelated. In reality, the human body is a complete unit with highly complex systems working together to keep it functioning optimally. Sounds kind of like the way God designed the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), doesn't it? A fully whole, yet fully functionally, separate entities. And remember, man was created in God's image (Gen 1: 27).
My HOPE with this blog is to tell you about my journey to healing and, in turn--for those of you who are sick--to help you on yours. For those of you who are not ill, I pray that this blog will be an eye-opener for you and that God will speak to your heart to alert you of the need for implementing some or all of these things in your own life. Join with me on this quest and let's fulfill God's true purpose for our lives together!
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