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Aloe Vera Juice Not Available In Stores

Posted in Health on February 15th, 2009 by Chris – 2 Comments

This short article introduces Aloe Vera Juice as one of the best health supplement readily available to consumers. Juice Plus+ fruit and vegetable powders in a capsule may be the one product everyone should take, but if you are able to consume a large array of fresh fruits and vegetables daily Aloe Vera Juice is another fantastic product you may consider taking. Some individuals may take both Juice Plus+ and Aloe Vera if they are really serious about health.

Aloe Vera Juice is produced by a company named Forever Living. Forever Living is responsible for 80% of the world’s Aloe Vera production. They ensure their products are monitored, organic and of the highest quality available. Aloe Vera is known for it’s topical ability to heal the skin from cuts and burns, but it has been less publicized for its ability to heal from the inside. The fact is, Aloe Vera Juice ingested offers numerous benefits.

Aloe Vera contains 18 of the 23 amino acids that the body needs to form cells and tissue. It also contains enzymes that facilitate proper digestion. Aloe contains vitamins B1, B5, B6, B12, A and C. It also contains Calcium, Phosphorous, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Sodium. Special sugars are derived from the plant and are known as “mucoplysaccharides”, which enhance the immune system and help the body to detoxify. The most important components, though, are the long chain sugars Aloe Vera contains, which involve glucose and mannose or the gluco-mannans. These sugars are not broken down by the stomach. These special sugars prevent the absorption of unwanted material. Aloe Vera also contains uronic acid, which helps to remove food that is stuck within the diverticulum (folds of the intestine).

Aloe Vera Juice has an effect unreplicated by other products I have researched to assist the gastro-intestinal tract remain healthy and functions as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent, as well as, a painkiller. It ensures a higher output of digestive enzymes and that the good bacterial population of the intestines is improved. It is helpful, therefore, in connection with Crohn’s Disease, Colitis and IBS. As an individual who has Crohn’s I can attest to the benefits of this product.

The functions of many different cell types within the immune system are improved with taking Aloe Vera, but one of the most dramatic is the increase in the work of the cells, which actively engulf and then digest bacteria. Aloe Vera has been demonstrated scientifically as effective against infection and tumors. One ingredient in Aloe Vera is a licensed medicine in the USA in the veterinary treatment of fibrosarcoma (cancer in dogs and cats). Aloe Vera juice will also clear the arteries of small blood clots, similarly to what Omega 3 oil can accomplish.

You may proceed to purchase Aloe Vera Juice by calling 604-589-8848. Be sure to take advantage of the “Special Offer” provided on this site. There are no specific directives on the amount of Aloe Vera Juice a person needs to consume to receive benefit. I recommend taking around two ounces in the morning and two ounces at night to make the product last longer and to receive ongoing, consistent benefit. You may drink more at certain times, if desired. A four month supply will constitute one case, which is a dozen, one litre bottles.

God’s Sovereignty- Man’s Responsibility; A Subject That Everyone Should Be Familiar With

Posted in Apologetics on February 2nd, 2009 by Chris – 5 Comments

Is God in control, or does man have a choice? This is a quotation from the book Chosen But Free, written by theologian Dr. Norman Geisler. I read this book some time ago and felt it was a good topic to look at in terms of God’s inerrant and infallible Word. Norman Geisler offers perspective on the Sovereignty of God and the responsibility of man. I do not necessarily hold to his view, nor do I reject it. His book and this topic is important. This article will also look at the institutes of John Calvin.

Norman holds a Doctorate degree in both philosophy and theology and has written many books. He is especially noted for his contributions to the subject of Christian Apologetics (defending the faith). This article will address the subject of God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility in salvation, and will quote directly from Dr. Geisler’s book “Chosen But Free” on occasion. The article will also look at the five points of Calvinism as they are addressed within the acronym TULIP. TULIP stands for: Total Depravity (of sinful man), Unconditional Election (instilled by God upon His elect), Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints (God’s elect will perservere till their end and will not die living in a life on unrepentant sin).

Before this subject is addressed, it should be noted that we can demonstrate that the Bible is divine rather than human in origin. We can establish this by means of the manuscript evidence that has been discovered over the past centuries, the archeological evidence, the predictive prophecies which have been fulfilled, and the science of statistical probabilities- that the Bible was written over a 1500 year period, on different continents, by different individuals and all of it pointing to man’s redemption by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. The Bible is the only book in the world, which can make this claim.

The Bible indicates that all are sinners (Romans 3:23, Genesis 2:17, 1John 1:8). Because God is unchanging and cannot accept sin, He cannot accept a sinful person in His all consuming presence. All people get what they deserve, which is to be sent to Hell (Revelation 21:8, Matthew 5:29-30). However, in God’s infinite mercy He has provided a way of salvation for those who receive it. The only way is through God the Son, Jesus Christ, He is imputed to the sinner as righteousness and acts as a substitute for the sinner when the sinner repents from all sin and places his faith in Christ alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6, 1Corinthians 3:11, Luke 3:3).

To begin with, let’s look at the five points that Bible theologian John Calvin discussed based on what the Bible says about the Sovereignty of God. The first point to be discussed in the acronym is the letter “T”, which stands for Total Depravity. A traditional Calvinist perspective sites Romans 9:16 to establish that it is not man at all who has anything to do with his/her salvation but that salvation is brought about only by God. The verse states the following: “So then it is not of him who willeth, nor of him who runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy”. This seems unmistakable evidence that salvation “does not… depend on man’s desire (will)” (NIV). Sometimes, however, only emphasizing this one verse and others like it without consulting with the whole counsel of God can pose a stumbling block and this may be especially evident within evangelism.

Geisler’s response to this is that the Greek idea “of” in this verse can mean “out of” (John 1:13). It is a reference to the source of salvation, not the means by which we receive it, he states- and the Bible does tell us it is an act of our will in receiving it (John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8, etc). This happens in conjunction with the work of the Holy Spirit, Who impresses Himself upon everyone (John 16:7-11). The Bible clearly states that God is the one who initiated salvation, even before the world began (Ephesians 1:4). Only God can be the source of God’s saving mercy. However, as the Bible indicates later in Romans 9:22, we can reject God’s mercy. This is also stated in 2peter 3:9 and Acts 7:51.

The next point in the acronym is the letter “U”, which stands for Unconditional Election. Ephesians 1:5-11 states the following: God “predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will” Also, “he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ…” Again, “in him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” (1:5, 9, 11).

It is true, says Geisler, that there are no strings attached to the gift of salvation-it is unconditional. When election occurred-before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4)-the elect were not even created yet. God elected on His own, without any conditions that needed to be performed on the part of the elect. However, the question is not whether there are any conditions for God giving salvation; the question is whether there are any conditions for man receiving salvation.

Here the Bible seems to be very emphatic that faith is the condition for receiving God’s gift of salvation. We are “justified by faith” (Romans 5:1). We must “believe” on the Lord Jesus Christ” in order to be saved (Acts 16:31). “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). In response to Geisler, however, the Bible is also clear that our faith is “not of yourselves, it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). However, this should bring us comfort knowing that God is sovereign and also gracious…

Some have rightly stated it might be foolish to get caught up in concerning ourselves with God’s Sovereignty and asking the question “am I really one of the elect; do I deserve to be”? The answer to this is no, because none of us deserve to be when we understand the holiness of God. Nevertheless, the command is to: “Believe (or follow) the Lord Jesus Christ”; “Whosover believes” (and continues to believe) will be saved (John 3:16).

This is our responsibility being exercised within the context of God’s sovereignty. If our inner being has been awakened to make a decision to cast ourself upon Christ, we must do it. In Romans we are told not to look into certain mysteries of God, His purposes and pleasure, but rather, in all things, we are to be thankful (Romans 9:17-21). It is also a mandate that we also ask of God and trust in God and that we not trust in ourselves (Matthew 7:7, Jeremiah 17:9).

The next part of the acronym is “L” which stands for limited atonement. Jesus said in Mathew 20:16, “Many are called, but few chosen”. While God knew that only the elect would believe (Acts 13:48), He desires all to be saved (2Peter 3:9, 1 Timothy 2:4). Thus, “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16) to provide an atoning sacrifice for the sins of “the whole world” (1John 2:2). Since God called all, He provided salvation for all and commanded all to repent (Acts 17:30) and believe (Acts 16:31).

The “I” in the acronym stands for Irresistible Grace. One of the texts that comes to the forefront is Exodus 7:3-4, where we read: “I (God) will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and…he will not listen to you”. We can also look at the account in its entirety by studying other passages. The Bible says Pharaoh’s heart “grew hard” (Exodus 7:13, 7:14, 22). It also states that Pharaoh hardened his heart (Exodus 8:15), and that “Pharaoh’s heart grew hard the more God worked on it” (Exodus 8:19). While it is true that God knew it would happen (Exodus 4:21), God’s Word also indicates Pharaoh hardened his heart first and God also hardened Pharaoh’s heart later (Exodus 9:12, 10:1, 20, 27). This demonstrates that Pharaoh was responsible for his actions.

Some say that God only hardens people’s hearts if they go on in continuous unbelief (John 12:37). Finally, parallel passages by Paul the Apostle, support the idea that it is man doing the initial hardening, not God. Romans 2:5 asserts, “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself…”. Another point brought out by Geisler is that things that eventually seem “irresistible” may not have been so to begin with. For example, sin only becomes unavoidable when one freely rejects what is right and the conscience becomes hardened or seared. This is referenced in 1Timothy 4:2. Likewise, righteousness becomes irresistible when we yield to God’s grace.

Another verse that can be rightly brought forth is 1Corinthians 2:14, which states: “But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them”. The word “receiveth” in the Greek (dekomai) means “to welcome”. It simply affirms that while persons do perceive the truth (Romans 1:20), they do not receive it. There is no welcome in his heart for what he knows in his head. A person has the truth, but is holding it down or suppressing it (Romans 1:18).

The last point in the acronym is Perseverance of the Saints. This means that the Christian who is truly was saved or being saved, will persevere in the faith. The Christian will not simply be a Christian for a little while, but will persevere in his/her faith.

There are several verses to consider, which provide insight into this subject. Jesus says of those who are truly saved “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned” (John 5:24); “By this gospel you are saved if you hold firmly to the Word I preached to you” (2Corinthians 15:2).

Jesus speaks of Himself and His Word when He teaches in Matthew 13. He states the following in verses 4-9: “Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the birds came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had little earth: and afterward they sprung up and they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because of the lack of depth in their root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and overtook them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some one hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Who has ears to hear, let him hear”.

Everyone in the world has a responsibility to Jesus Christ and His message, even if one may think they do not. Romans chapter one tells us that everyone has the light of creation and the light of conscience- this holds true for anyone, anywhere in the world… When people do not respond to these two elements (regardless of what cult they may be involved with), they will not be revealed the truth of Christ. Jesus illustrates this further in the parable above and I will make reference to the study notes of Theologian Dr. John MacArthur to illustrate what Jesus meant in His parable. It is represented in the following points:

1) The gospel never penetrated the souls of the first people mentioned in the parable; the Devil snatched it away right from the start (seed on the side of the road). One might think of African headhunters, those steeped in family religion or traditions, or cultural practices that lead to blindness. God can override this, of course, but these are typical examples that come to mind.

2) These next people made only an emotional decision- they remain followers of Christ only until there is a sacrifice to be made or are persecuted, then they fall away (seed on the rocky places).

3) The third professors of the faith make a superficial commitment also, but they can’t break from the love of money, love of the world and winning the favor of people- James 4:4 (seed among the thorns).

This verse is communicating that those who will truly be saved and persevere through tough times will be those who have forsaken all they have in life to put Christ first and have everything flow from Him. Christianity cannot merely be a shallow profession, it must be one that affects your entire life forever. All sin in life must be rooted out. You cannot make any agreements with sin.

Revelation 2:26 states that the “overcomer” will be the one who is truly saved: “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations”. Revelation 3:5 says: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life…”. There is no question that the Christian will still sin (1John 1), however the Christian will not stay in a pattern of habitual sin continuously.

The Christian will be someone who knows they are weak and that they are utterly corrupt and prone to sin in thought, word and deed. They will be meek (they will not have an arrogant attitude, nor will they filled with concern for their own personal rights), they will also be humble (giving thanks to God for all things), and they will be also have a gentle attitude (Matthew 5:1-12).

They will not remain in an habitual practice of fornication, which is sex outside of one partner marriage, or any sexual union outside marriage, including pornography- Matthew 5:28. Nor will they be an extortionist for the love of money (like Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus). Further to this, they will not continue in a life of habitual drunkenness, drugs or pleasure seeking (1Corinthians 6:9). Those who go on and on in these sins demonstrate they have not repented and put their faith in Christ. This is the mark of someone who is not walking in love (filled by the Spirit-Ephesians 5). Simply put, this is someone who is not right with God and who must find repentance by coming to the end of self and casting their trust upon the compassion and grace of Christ alone.

Being “Spirit Filled” is another consideration that is often misunderstood. The Word tells us that the believer is to live a “peaceful and quiet life” (1 Timothy 2:1-2); and to give all an answer for their hope in Christ with “meekness and fear of the Lord” (1Peter 3:15). These directives are absent in many church circles today.

There are many people who believe that approaching a Christian life this way is not one of being “Spirit filled”. This is shocking, but true. Those who embrace this perspective are slipping into apostasy from the faith. Amusements and entertainments in the church and outside the church characterize the lifestyles of many who attend a church today. There is also an emphasizes on a “Pentecostal Movement” or the return of the “Charismata” (miracles, speaking in tongues, signs and wonders etc). This has been referred to as the “Charismatic Movement”, popularized recently from the 1960s onward.

Those who teach this movement refer to the first book of 1Corinthians in particular and reference speaking in “tongues”. In context, however, this passage is referring to speaking in another “language”. While there was a time during the book of Acts and during the first century time of Pentecost that God enabled miracles, the ability to understand foreign languages, and other supernatural phenomena to build the early church, this was not to continue after a certain time.

What is commonly referred to as “cessation” is explained by the Apostle Paul in 1Corinthians 13:8 where he states the following: “Love never fails, but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues (the sudden ability to understand and speak a foreign language), they will cease; if there is knowledge (extra Biblical words of knowledge), it will be done away… This of course, stands to reason.

Do we see people who suddenly grow new limbs? Or who the ability to understand and explain to others a foreign language they have never learned? The answer, of course, is no- as much as some Pentecostals hype themselves up, imagine or hope that this may be true.

The Apostle Paul spent a long time discussing this topic with the church in Corinth because it was a church in chaos (just like much of the Pentecostal Movement today is in chaos). The Corinthian Church had been affected by the sorcery/sex cults of the region. Part of those cult movements involved babbling incantations. Notably, this is what many modern Pentecostals do also. These characteristics are not attributable to being “Spirit Filled”, but are actually quite the opposite, which will be explained later on.

Another element that went along with the church in Corinth was that there were even more blatant indications that there were individuals in the church who were not Spirit filled. 1Corinthians 6:9 states: “Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate (cross dressers), nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. In the book of 2Corinthians we find out that some eventually repented of those sins, but others did not and went on to damnation. Are all Pentecostals unbelievers then? This is not the suggestion. However, the movement as a whole should be avoided because it is one of confusion.

Being “spirit filled” is based on a special relationship one has with God through repentance from sin. It has nothing to do with “speaking in tongues”, “healing” or having so-called supernatural visions. The believer’s pattern of life is to look a certain way and this is the key element. This is nowhere better explained than in Ephesians 5 where we read the following:

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”

Notice the “silly talk”… “filthiness”… “coarse jesting”. What is the nemesis of this? The answer is pride and sin. It is the work of fallen man under the influence of the devil. And it will lead to damnation. This type of preaching on holiness, true repentance and sorrow for sin must be emphasized, while Pentecostalism should be avoided as a false teaching of confusion.

In bringing this part of the discussion to a conclusion, the best way to ensure that a person has made an appropriate profession of their Christian faith and is “Spirit filled”, is to emphasize that one must believe that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh who lived, died, and rose again on the third day, and is a substitute for the penalty of sin. The person must receive Jesus Christ by faith as their own Savior and demonstrate their trust in Him by forsaking all sin with God’s help. Also that this forsaking of a sin must be a lifelong commitment, asking for God’s grace to do so- even to the point of death, if needs be. It must also be explained that failure to do so will bring the “second death”- being cast into Hell by God (Matthew 10:28, 2Peter 2:4, Revelation 22:15).

After having taken a look at this topic, we come to the conclusion that our loving God has sent His son to die for the sins of the whole world. No one is ever be able to say that God does not love the world. He offers His salvation freely to those who will receive Him and repent from their sins. However, the believer will understand that in light of God’s holiness and his own depravity, Christianity is not a soft option. Many people have been and continue to be condemned (Romans 1:26) because of the hardness of their own hearts (1Timothy 4:2).

However, for us who are being saved and sanctified it is imperative to follow what Jesus said: “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and then looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God”. (Luke 9:62). Abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him at His coming. “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of him” (1John 2).

A Christian will not go on and on in an unbroken pattern of sin in their life. There will be repentance and faith in Christ. The true believer will also believe in the correct nature of who Christ is: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God” (1John 2-3). Both the full humanity and full Deity of Christ must be maintained.

It is not us that does the saving, it is Christ. Jesus says: “without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). And without the work of the Holy Spirit in regeneration, through the proclamation of the Word of God, everyone would go to Hell… Man is born with a sin nature. Everyone must be “born again” (John 3:3). A popular quote is John 3:16, but is just as important John 3:19, which says: “And here is the condemnation, light has come into the world, but men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil”. “Today if you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart” (Hebrews 3:15).

How To Eat To Stay Healthy

Posted in Health on February 1st, 2009 by Chris – 4 Comments

Nutrition is a very important aspect of our daily well being. It is connected to both our physical and spiritual health. The Bible communicates that it is God’s will that we not only prosper spiritually but that our bodies prosper as well (see 3John). The importance of the two working together synergistically is certain, but often overlooked. We are honor our Maker when we treat ourselves well (1Corinthians 6:13-19). Godly living is the most important aspect of life, but physical exercise does have some value also.

Some of the doctors which I would like to acknowledge and thank for their contributions to this article are: Dr. Richard DuBois, an infectious disease researcher, specializing in HIV/AIDS, and Dr. Russell Blaylock, Neuroscientist, Jackson, Mississippi. Special acknowledgement also goes to several doctors from which the majority of the dietary recommendations in this article have come. Dr. Humbart Santillo, author of the book Food Enzymes the Missing Link and inventor of “Juice Plus+” fruits and vegetables in a capsule. Dr. Mitra Ray is a Biochemist for the American Cancer Society and a Stanford University graduate who is acknowledged in the medical field for discovering an enzyme.

Nutrition consultants outline key components required for excellent health. The following is a list of what we want in our diet: Carbohydrates, Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Fat and Fiber. In contrast, here is what we don’t want: Sugar that is not mixed with fiber, fat that is derived from sugar, or hydrogenated fat (fat from cooking and deep-frying).

The average person should consume five to ten servings of raw fruits and vegetables per day (according to the Canadian Cancer Society). We also need to eat a wide variety of different ones. It is also recommended that we should not consume vitamin pills as the method of providing daily nutritional requirements. Vitamin pills separate the antioxidant from the natural food source.

As a product of the natural elements from which we are created, we should feed ourselves with the unprocessed whole food source as much as possible. Whole foods, with their proper balance of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, enzymes, and fiber is what’s best for our bodies. Without long explanations, here are the highly recommended fruits: apple, orange or grapefruit, pineapple, cranberry, peach, and cherry. The vegetables that we most benefit from according to science are: broccoli, spinach, kale, tomato, parsley, carrot, and beat. These combinations give us all the vitamins from A to E.

Unfortunately we must now be careful with leafy greens and fish products as of 2011…  Because of the Tsunami in Japan and radiation that continues to spew (which Globalist propaganda mongers have said is safe) radioactive isotope levels are actually at dangerous levels within Pacific seafood and also leafy green vegetables, where radiation tends to bioaccumulate.  Dairy products are also being affected.  Talk to Chris for suggestions on how to mitigate this concern.

Carbohydrates will be discussed briefly in this next passage. Contrary to some dieting philosophies, carbs are essential. Carbs coming from fruits and vegetables are great because generally they mix refined sugars with adequate levels of fiber. This is important because fiber slows down the movement of sugar to the blood serum. This fiber lessens the sudden “impact” of sugar to the body. Sugar without fiber causes a “high glycemic index”. Eating foods which are high glycemic index causes blood sugar levels to be thrown off balance, causing a high release of insulin, until eventually, the body can no longer create insulin on its own. This is how diabetes occurs.

High glycemic index foods also cause cancer. Non-refined sugar (pure white or brown sugar) kills white blood cells in the blood. White blood cells are our cancer fighting cells and they fight cancer daily. Here is a list of carbohydrate foods to stay away from: white pasta, white or brown bread and white rice. All of these foods are high glycemic index, which means they are low in fiber. If you are athletic you can get away with eating a little of these foods, otherwise, they will be stored as excessive fat. Obviously, candies and other processed sugar snacks are probably the worst things we could eat. Sugar is your enemy. Anything, which contains added sugar, should be avoided. This means almost everything that the average North American eats. Here are some things you should not be consuming on a regular basis: many frozen juices from concentrate, flavour crystals (pure sugar), ice cream, cakes, potato chips and many salad dressings.

The next consideration is fiber. Fruits and vegetables, again, is the best thing we can eat. They contain lots of fiber, especially dense leafy ones such as broccoli, and spinach. It should be noted that broccoli and spinach also contain vitamin E and calcium, which is especially dangerous to take in a pill form. A study in Finland showed that taking vitamin E and Beta Carotene in a pill form could actually cause cancer. This is because they are not water soluble in a pill form. The human body requires about thirty grams of fiber per day. All bran flakes, muslix, or all grain bread are also good sources of fiber.

Regarding minerals that your body requires, other than the ones found in the above-mentioned vegetables, the most important one to consider is extra calcium and magnesium. Calcium is found in broccoli, kale and spinach and, of course, dairy products. Likely around 75% of the North American population is low in magnesium (as of 2008). However, organic all grain breads, made without traditional flour, are high in magnesium, as are some bottled spring waters.

Another thought in connection with calcium for discussion is the controversy surrounding dairy products. Dairy products, depending upon whom you speak with are either good or bad. One thing that is certain, however, cow’s milk is really not good for adults (as we get older, we lose the lactic enzyme that our body needs to break down cow’s milk). Instead of cow’s milk, we can drink Soymilk for women (high in estrogen) and for men, they may consider having fresh-squeezed orange juice with added calcium, instead. Conventional Soymilk is extremely high in protein and calcium. This should, however, be non-GMO Soy (non-genetically modified soy bean). Some other sources of calcium might be cottage cheese, or yogourt (these cultured dairy products are easier to digest).

It is interesting to note that our body really does not need to intake high amounts of calcium, contrary to some popular belief. The reason why many individuals suffer with osteoporosis may be because we often eat too much protein. High protein intake creates high uric acid levels in the body, which, in some popular theory must be neutralized by calcium. One study shows that the Eskimo Indians, who have a high percentage of osteoporosis, consume 2000 milligrams of calcium a day. The problem is, though, they also consume 240-400 grams of protein per day from fish, Whale, and Walrus meat.

Another interesting study comes from the “Journal of Clinical Research” in the mid 1980’s from researchers at Michigan State University. It showed male vegetarians over the age of 65 had only a 3% average measurable bone loss, while their meat-eating counterparts had 18%. For women it was even more critical. The women vegetarians had 7%, while those who ate meat had a staggering 35%! The type of protein (whether it is from animals or not) is why Naturopath, Doctor Humbart Santillo, for example, does not recommend getting protein from any type of meat, cheese, or dairy products. This type of protein seems to be the type, which especially leads to high uric acid levels in the body. However interesting this research may be, it might also be a bit unrealistic for the average person to pursue.

Protein is still a very important aspect of our diet.  We should eat a little bit of protein with every meal.  One common belief is that it should be about the size of the palm of our hand.  Protein contains necessary amino acids.  Proteins create enzymes in the body, which cause chemical reactions, stimulating the body.  The body cannot produce amino acids on its own.  It is essential, then, that we consume enough protein.  And the more a person does exercise, the more protein they will also require, especially if muscles are being strained.  The egg contains the perfect amino acid profile for the human body.  Some other good sources of protein are soy products, tofu, textured vegetable protein (TVP), cottage cheese, fish, chicken, and turkey.  Once more, some nutritionists discourage the use of any meat (including chicken) and any dairy products (including yogurt and cottage cheese), but opinions vary.  Red meat, however, should not be eaten, generally, on a daily basis.  Once or twice per week may be sufficient.  Red meat is a good source of iron that cannot be obtained alternatively.

Fat is also a very important and, sadly, very misunderstood topic.  Obviously, obesity is something that ought to be avoided.  It should be noted, though, that some individuals simply have a larger bone structure and, hence, are bigger individuals.  They may give the illusion of being fat, but one must consider different body types that exist and that having a larger or smaller bone structure, gives different appearances.

A common belief some years ago was that if a person eats “low fat” foods they will necessarily lose weight.  This is not true.  Of course, eating lower fat amounts is helpful, but if we deprive ourselves of all fat, the body will think there is a famine and will store the fat that it has.  Fat is an important part of our diet.  Some good fat are ones that come from raw nuts, seeds, and from fish.  Salmon, or Omega 3 fish oil pills are excellent and can be taken on a daily basis.  With Japan spewing radiation (as of 2011) it it recommended that your fish oil come from Scandinavia.  Fish oil acts as an anti-inflammatory and can also help with constipation. This may be common knowledge, but still a good reminder- hydrogenated fats obviously should be avoided (fats that are cooked, especially deep fried foods).  Cooked fats, be it from Macdonald’s, or even roasted nuts, clog the arteries and cause heart complications.

Exercising is the other part of the equation when attempting to deal with obesity or even being overly skinny or “gaunt” looking.  It is also recommended that we drink a glass of red wine each day.  Drinking red wine in moderation is a way to clear out clogged arteries without consuming all the added sugar that we find in conventional frozen grape juice.

The last consideration, albeit, a very important one, is that we always want to eat as much of our food raw as possible.  This is especially true regarding fruits and vegetables or fruit and vegetable powders.  The fruit and vegetable powders that are available from health food stores are “freeze dried” (a product called Juice Plus+ can be taken instead).  Freeze-drying destroys the enzymatic benefit of the powders.  Another interesting fact is that cooking foods over 120 Fahrenheit destroys all the enzymes in the food.  Food with no enzymes is dead food.  This makes the food very hard to digest and causes the body to send out stored enzymes from the pancreas to break down food  proteins, bringing a depletion in the body.  While we have just eaten the food to gain some enzymatic benefit we have just lost the enzymes we already had.  The only other way to combat the problem of overprocessed and overcooked food is to take a digestive enzyme in a pill form, available at your local health food store.

Juice Plus+: Possibly Still The Best Health Supplement Available

Posted in Health on February 1st, 2009 by Chris – 4 Comments

Many people consume vitamins to augment their nutrition levels. Vitamin pills, however, are not whole food. Only whole fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytochemicals that work together in synergy in a way our bodies can recognize and assimilate.

Separating the antioxidant from the natural food source into vitamins can even be toxic. Non water-soluble pills like vitamin E and Beta-Carotene can actually be harmful in a pill form. A ten year study in Finland showed some indication that these vitamins may even have caused Cancer. Also, the bioavailability (what the body can assimilate) of vitamin pills in general, is low. The liver is put under strain and most of the vitamin ends up exiting the body as waste, never entering the blood stream. The body is not geared for fragmented supplementation. It finds vitamin pills difficult to recognize and assimilate because it is not whole food. Whole fruits and vegetables are irreplaceable. They should also be eaten raw for antioxidant benefit.

Antioxidants are chemicals that fight free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are produced whenever we burn food for energy. Free radicals cause sickness, disease, and aging (basically, body breakdown). Any food cooked over 120 Fahrenheit kills all the enzymes (which are the catalysts of our food), so cooked vegetables have lesser antioxidant value. Raw fruits and vegetables also contain many phytochemicals, which can only be found in fruits and vegetables in their natural state.

Juice Plus+ distribution began in 1997. Juice Plus+ is 17 different fruits and vegetables plus fiber in two capsules. It contains all the vitamins from A to E. The difference between Juice Plus+ and other products in recent years, is that JP+ is not freeze dried. Freeze drying destroys the enzymes. Enzymes are the catalysts that make the product work in the body.

One daily serving of four capsules is equivalent to the vitamin C from four oranges, the beta-carotene from three carrots, and the vitamin E from several servings of spinach. The blood plasma level changes for key antioxidants after one month of Juice Plus+ seem to be substantial. JP+ uses a fruit and vegetable dehydration which does not denature the fruits and vegetables. The fruit blend contains: apples, oranges, pineapples, cranberries, peaches, acerola cherries, prunes,dates, and papayas. The vegetable blend contains: carrots, barley, parsley, beets, kale, broccoli, cabbage, oats, spinach, and tomatoes.

Juice Plus+ has recently added the “Vineyard Blend”, which consists of nine different berries. This product for some may be less essential than the fruit and vegetable blend, but it should be noted that berries contain flavonoids (or bioflavonoids) that are exclusive to berries. Flavonoids are antioxidants that combat certain diseases. The Vineyard Blend is another good product offered by Juice Plus+.

The renowned American Medical Journal backs Juice Plus+ and that publication rarely makes such claims on consumer products. Juice Plus’s manufacturing technique is a proprietary secret, but uses fully ripened, organically grown fruits and vegetables. Independent studies in several other medical journals like Current Therapeutic, Integrative Medicine, and Nutrition Research, have shown the following changes in blood antioxidant levels after taking Juice Plus+ for 28 days.

Beta-carotene levels up 510% on average.

Alpha-carotene levels up 119% on average.

Lycopene (the red pigment in tomatoes that fights cancer) levels up 2046% on average.

DNA damage down 66% on average.

This product seems to still make the most sense of any health supplements that are available.