The incredible work of our blood cells is fasinating. Our body contains about twenty trillion red blood cells, and for every 1,000 red blood cells, there is one white blood cell. A drop of blood contains ﬁve million red cells and 5,000-10,000 white cells. Red blood cells operate as a vehicle for transporting nutrients and oxygen through the whole body, for feeding and nurturing all tissues and organs of the mind-body.
Red blood cells transport oxygen and nutrient, to all area of mind-body and eliminate carbon dioxide.
RED BLOOD CELLS TRANSPORT OXYGEN AND NUTRIENT
- Rest of the body
The Bible says life is in the blood (Leviticus 17 : 11). If all the blood is taken from our body, there would have been no more life left in it. The blood never stops ﬂowing through the more than 100,000 km (more than 60,000 miles) of blood vessels (arteries, veins and capillaries), cleansing and feeding each cell, tissue and organ in the body moment by moment. Women average about 4.8 million of these cells per cubic millimeter, men average about 5.4. These values vary. They depend on such factors as health, attitude and environment. The adult human body is producing about 3,000 red blood cells per second. The cells survive about 120 days in the blood before they are destroyed. The bone marrow is constantly reproducing new blood cells to supply the body’s need.
Each hemoglobin molecule of the cell contains over 600 amino acids (amino acids are manufactured from proteins), which have to be laid out according to a precise blueprint and speciﬁcation designed by the master architect. If even one of the amino acids is placed out of sequence, a fatal disease could result. This is how sickle cell anemia originates. In sickle cell, there is only one amino acid out of its proper sequence, this small deviation could cause illness and may lead to death. What is so fascinating is the team work of the oxygen and the nutrients. They work together in precise sequence.
After the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all the tissues and organs of the body, the waste product of carbon dioxide is collected and transported back to the lungs, to be eliminated. If the carbon dioxide is not eliminated from the body, it will build up to a poisonous level in the cells. Tissues and organs need oxygen and nutrients to stay alive. This is why circulation of the red blood cells is so critical to health.
Low blood platelets (also called thrombocytes) are elements with a fragile membrane. They are one of the three blood groups that provide protection and maintenance for our mind-body. They average about 250,000 – 400,500 per cubic millimeter of blood. They are manufactured in the bone marrow. The rate of their formation seems to depend on the amount of oxygen ﬂowing in the blood and nucleic acid derivative from injured tissue. About one-third of the platelets are located in the spleen. The remaining two-thirds circulate in the blood stream. Their adhesion capabilities allow them to form clots in the blood vessels to prevent excess bleeding if there is an injury to the body. A very low count of platelets could occur as a result of infection, during cancer treatment, or other illnesses.
The white blood cells are soldiers of a ﬁnely-tuned immune system that recognizes and destroys foreign substances and organisms that enter the body, protecting us from infections. The immune system can distinguish between the body’s own tissues and outside substances known as antigens. The ability of the immune system to identify an antigen permits it to remember antigens that the body has been exposed to in the past so that the soldiers of the immune system can unleash a better and faster immune response the next time any of these “enemy” antigens appear.
Let me take you on a short tour of this incredible system. In this illustration, visualize your mind-body as an island with a white sandy beach surrounded by water. In the water are “terrorist” organisms trying to invade your island. Guarding the island is your defense system. In the water is the ﬁrst line of defense, the ‘infantry and navies’. Granulocytes, monocytes and natural killer cells are on duty. The phagocytes are the neutrophils, basophils and eosinophil; monocyte is the macrophages. Accompanied by the natural killer cells, they hunt down and destroy the ‘enemies’: organisms, infections, bacteria, parasites, and the like. However, if any of these enemies escape the ﬁrst line of defense and get on the island, special forces take over. They are the lymphocytes known as T helper cells that send the signal to T killer cells and B plasma cells, to attack the enemies and destroy them. T suppressor cells send signals to stop the attack. When the enemies (antigens) are defeated, B memory cells record their information. If these enemies try to attack again, the defense response will be faster and more eﬃcient. If the T killer cells do not respond to the instruction of the T helper cells to attack the enemies, our island (body) would be over-powered and be taken over by the enemies, who could destroy the island.
There is also the danger of communication breakdown between the T suppressor cells and the T killer cells. If the T killer cells do not respond to the instructions of the T suppressor cells, when the enemies are defeated, the T killers must stop their attack. If they continue to attack, they will start destroying good cells. In the army, when soldiers are accidentally killed by their own team members, it is called friendly ﬁre. In the immune system this is referred to as autoimmune disease.
Our defense system is given to us by our Creator to protect and heal us when we get sick. We need to supply it with the essential nutrients it needs.
My advice to all cancer survivors is that life is what one makes it. Courage, hope, faith, sympathy, forgiveness and love promote and prolong life and strength to the soul. “A merry (rejoicing) heart doeth good like a medicine” Proverbs 17:22 (KJ).
My studies in nutrition provide me with the understanding that if cancer is present, there are many points during the development stages in which nutrition and lifestyle changes can be an important factor. In fact, there are some nutrients that will inhibit cancer at the initiation and promotion stage, deactivating the cancer and strengthening the immune system.
All diseases are curable, but not all people. It is all up to the individual. We can read hundreds of testimonials from people who did the impossible without their doctors, but the reality is that they changed their life and lifestyle. Real healing is not just a quick ﬁx. If we want to be healthy and joyful, we have to address the reason why we are sick. There is no such thing as “once healed always healed.” Healing is a constant process and must integrate mind and body.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5 NIV
Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is set free from every sin, a justification you were not able to obtain under the law of Moses. Acts 13:38-39 NIV
He is the atoning sacrifice 1 John 2:2 NIV
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NIV
In him we for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7 NIV
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. Joel 2:13 NIV
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38 NIV
Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Psalm 32:5 NIV
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12 NIV
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. Acts 3:19 NIV
For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate. He will not turn his face from you if you return to him. 2 Chronicles 30:9b NIV
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. James 5:14-15 NIV
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25 NIV
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