Our Creator has designed within us a mind-body that is special and unique to humans. It’s true our mind-body is constantly facing attacks from foreign invaders that could cause infection, illness and disease. These ‘attacks’ include living microbes in the form of bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses; non-living toxins, such as man-made chemicals and drugs. The mind-body is fortiﬁed with a number of external and internal safeguards that prevent most dangerous invaders from entering our body and causing harm. The physical barriers are referred to as our body’s front-line defence systems.
Our skin, the body’s largest organ, provides physical and chemical barriers against outside environment. This organ forms a protective layer that completely surrounds the mind-body. It protects our cells, tissues, blood vessels, bones, organs and systems. When we get a cut or injury to our skin, this could provide an entrance for infective agents. Certain glands established beneath the skin activate special enzymes that help to kill the bacteria. Areas of our mind-body that are not protected by the skin are protected by other defensive measures. Mucus membranes line the respiratory system and secrete mucus that traps irritants that enters through the nose. There are other protections that prevent foreign particles from entering the lungs. Harmful microbes that escape and enter the stomach are destroyed by stomach acids.
MIND BODY CONNECTION FOR GOOD HEALTH
Our brain is surrounded by a brain blood barrier that acts as a physical shield to keep out toxins and most microbes while letting in glucose, which is a source of nutrients for the brain. Other lines of defence are equipped within the mind-body. These include the nervous, endocrine and immune systems that are designed to recognize and destroy all foreign invaders that enter the mind-body. Our Creator has uniquely designed our immune system with the ability to identify and destroy antigens, and to remember the markers of the antigens it has been exposed to, so that the body can provide a better and faster immune response the next time these antigens re-enter the body.
As we grow older, these defence systems require more need for penetrative maintenance. This does not limit our ability to perform and enjoy an active lifestyle of optimum health and wellness. If our mind-body does not keep active, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally, we will rust out and decay. The human body is designed and uniquely structured to last for more than one hundred years, when properly maintained. Some researchers and health care professionals have suggested that the reason we experience such degenerative diseases as cancer, heart problems and the like, is that people are living longer. This could be true for a small percentage of our society.
However, according to a recent study conducted by the American Institute for Cancer Research, one-third of all cancers are preventable through a combination of dietary changes, adequate physical activity, and maintenance of appropriate body weight. Avoiding tobacco and alcohol could prevent an additional one-third of the occurrences of cancer. The report suggested that 200,000 of the 600,000 cancer deaths in the United States each year might be prevented if these recommendation guidelines were followed.
The concept of preventing or inﬂuencing the growth of cancer has been studied since the early 1900s. In 1942 Tannenbaum described the enhanced eﬀect a high-fat diet had on tumor growth and in animal models. In 1981 Doll and Peto reported that dietary factors may account for 35 percent of cancer deaths, and a report published by the National Academy of Science in 1982 presented convincing evidence about the relationship between dietary fat and cancer. Citizens need to be better educated about health issues. Education could reduce the cost of health care within our community.
The role of the diet in the prevention and management of prostate cancer is undergoing intensive investigation. There are multiple causes of prostate cancer involving the aging process, hereditary factors, hormonal inﬂuences, and environmental factors. Perhaps the most important environmental factors are diet and lifestyle.
Researchers have accumulated information indicating that diet and lifestyle play an important role in the prevention and management of disease. Epidemiologic, animal model, biochemical, molecular biological, and cell culture studies are being done to evaluate the eﬀect of nutrition and dietary supplements on the development and prevention of cancer. These studies have begun to yield results that allow health care professionals, to advise patients regarding their diets. The studies should include information on emotional stressors, which multiply our problems.
The presence of prostate cancer cells is surprisingly common. Autopsy studies have shown that cancer cells can be detected within the prostate in 26 percent of men aged thirty to forty years and 38 percent of men in their ﬁfth decade. Prostate cancer cells seem to exist either as latent cancers whose numbers expand very slowly, which is the situation in 85 percent of men, or as actively growing cancers with the ability and propensity to metastasize. Researchers say this change in behaviour from a slow-growing, latent cancer to aggressive carcinoma is not clear, but it is the subject of intense investigation.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.[a] 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done,[b] on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c] 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 18:20 ESV For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
Matthew 26:41 NKJV Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Mark 11:17 NKJV Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
Mark 11:24 ESV Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Luke 6:12 ESV In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.
Luke 6:27-28 ESV But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
Luke 18:1 ESV And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Romans 8:26 ESV Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
Romans 12:12 ESV Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Acts 1:14 ESV All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
2 Corinthians 1:11 ESV You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
Ephesians 6:18 ESV praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Colossians 4:2 ESV Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
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