Matthew E. McLaren
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 and other nutrients that are essential to our brain. Other lines of defense are equipped within our mind-body. These include the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, which are designed to recognize and destroy all foreign invaders that enter our 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 our mind-body can provide a better and faster immune response the next time these antigens re-enter our system.
As we grow older, these defense systems require more need for penetration 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. Our mind-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 degenerative diseases, 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. From my personal experience researching health issues, this study could include all degenerative diseases that are affecting our society. Lifestyle factors are the cause of most illnesses. When we learn to understand the power of our healing system, we will be more willing to take action and make lifestyle changes to unleash our mind-body potential healing power.
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. We need to be better educated about health issues. Education could reduce the cost of health care within our community and our society.
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 are environmental factors, including diet and lifestyle.
Researchers have accumulated information indicating that diet and lifestyle play an important role in the prevention and management of the disease. Epidemiologic, animal model, biochemical, molecular biological, and cell culture studies are being done to evaluate the effect of nutrition and dietary supplements and the development and prevention of cancer and other diseases. These studies have begun to yield results that allow health care professionals to advise patients regarding their diets and lifestyle. The studies should include information on emotional stressors, which multiply our problems.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” – Matthew 7:11
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”- Proverbs 16:3
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 – Luke 12:24
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