MELANIN

March 29th, 2015

 

 

Melanin i/ˈmɛlənɪn/ (Greek: μέλας – melas, “black, dark”) is a broad term for a group of natural pigments found in most organisms (arachnids are one of the few groups in which it has not been detected). Melanin is produced by theoxidation of the amino acid tyrosine, followed by polymerization. The pigment is produced in a specialized group of cells known as melanocytes.

 

There are three basic types of melanin: eumelanin, pheomelanin, andneuromelanin. The most common type of melanin is eumelanin. There are two types of eumelanin- brown eumelanin and black eumelanin. Pheomelanin is acysteine-containing red polymer of benzothiazine units largely responsible for red hair, among other pigmentation. Neuromelanin is found in the brain, though its function remains obscure.

 

In the skin, melanogenesis occurs after exposure to UV radiation, causing the skin to visibly tan. Melanin is an effective absorber of light; the pigment is able to dissipate over 99.9% of absorbed UV radiation.[1] Because of this property, melanin is thought to protect skin cells from UVB radiation damage, reducing the risk of cancer. Furthermore, though exposure to UV radiation is associated with increased risk of malignant melanoma, a cancer of the melanocytes, studies have shown a lower incidence for skin cancer in individuals with more concentrated melanin, i.e. darker skin tone. Nonetheless, the relationship between skin pigmentation and photoprotection is still being clarified.[2]

 

Contents

 

HumansEumelaninPheomelaninNeuromelaninOther organismsBiosynthetic pathwaysMicroscopic appearanceGenetic disorders and disease statesHuman adaptationPhysical properties and technological applicationsSee alsoReferencesExternal links

 

HumansEdit

 

Albinism occurs when melanocytes produce little or no melanin. This albino girl is from Papua New Guinea.

 

In humans, melanin is the primary determinant of skin color. It is also found inhair, the pigmented tissue underlying the iris of the eye, and the stria vascularisof the inner ear. In the brain, tissues with melanin include the medulla and pigment-bearing neurons within areas of the brainstem, such as the locus coeruleus and the substantia nigra. It also occurs in the zona reticularis of theadrenal gland.

 

The melanin in the skin is produced by melanocytes, which are found in thebasal layer of the epidermis. Although, in general, human beings possess a similar concentration of melanocytes in their skin, the melanocytes in some individuals and ethnic groups produce variable amounts of melanin. Some humans have very little or no melanin synthesis in their bodies, a condition known as albinism.

 

Because melanin is an aggregate of smaller component molecules, there are many different types of melanin with differing proportions and bonding patterns of these component molecules. Both pheomelanin and eumelanin are found in human skin and hair, but eumelanin is the most abundant melanin in humans, as well as the form most likely to be deficient in albinism.

 

 

ALLERGIES

August 4th, 2011

An allergy is the inappropriate response by the body’s immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. The immune system is the most highly complex defense mechanism that helps us to combat infection. It does this by identifying “FORGEIGN BODIES” and mobilizing the body’s white blood cells to fight them. In some people, the immune system wrongly identifies a nontoxic substance as an invader, and the white blood cells overreact and do more damage to the body than the invader. Thus, the allergic response and become a disease itself. Common responses are asthma, eczema, and hay fever.                                                         The substances that cause allergies are called allergies. Almost any substance can cause an allergy to someone somewhere in the world, but the most common allergens are grass pollen, dust, certain metals (especially nickel), some cosmetics, lanolin, some animal hair, insect bites and stings, some common drugs (e.g., penicillin, aspirin), some foods (e.g., strawberries, eggs, shellfish), some additives (e.g., benzoic acid, sulfur dioxide), and chemicals found in soap and washing powder.         Mold Allergies                                  Many people are allergic to mold. Molds are microscopic living organisms, neither animal nor insect, that thrive where no other life form can. Molds live throughout the house, under sinks, in bathrooms, basements, refrigerator, in any damp or dark place. They also flourish in the air, in the soil, on dead leaves, and other organic material. They may be destructive, but they are also beneficial. They help to make cheese, fertilize gardens, and speed decaying of garbage and fallen leaves. Penicillin is made from molds. Mold spores are carried by the wind and predominate in the summer and early fall. In warm climate they thrive year round. Cutting grass, harvesting crops, or walking through tall vegetation will provoke a reaction. Those who repair old used furniture are also at risk. Keep rooms free from dusk and use a dehumidifier in the basement.  Use mold free paints and disinfectant on walls and furniture.                                                             Food Allergies Food allergies and food intolerance are not the same. Those with an intolerance lack certain enzymes needed for digestion, and therefore do not break down the food properly. Undigested food can enter the bloodstream and cause a reaction.  A food allergy occurs when a person has an antibody response to the ingested food. A few foods may provoke a reaction as soon as one starts chewing. These are easy to identify and eliminate from the diet. A delayed reaction is harder to detect. An irritating cough or tickle in the throat is most often in food sensitivity.   Food Allergy Self-Test If you suspect that you are allergic to a specific food, a simple test can help you determine if you are correct. By recording your blood pressure after consuming the food in question, you can reveal if you are having an allergic reaction.  Using a watch with a second hand, sit down and relax for a few minutes. When completely relaxed, take your pulse at the wrist. Count the number of beats in a sixty-second period.  A normal pulse reading is 52-70 beats per minute. Consume the food that you are testing for an allergic reaction.  Wait fifteen minutes to twenty minutes and take your pulse again. If your pulse rate increases more than ten beats per minutes, omit this food from your diet for one month, and then retest.   CONSIDERATIONS Allergenic persons should rotate foods. A different group of foods is eaten for each of four days and then the cycle is repeated. There is an abnormal immune globulin called IgE, which is an antibody that is formed in a allergic response to a food substance. When this substance is found in your lung tissue, it frequently causes a reaction such as shortness of breath or asthma. It can cause hives if found in the skin. Many intestinal problems commonly occur because IgE is most often found in the wall of the intestine tract, often resulting in severe pain, gas, or bloating. IgE can be located anywhere in the body, causing severe problems. Even natural health foods can adversely affect the immune system. Stemming from a reaction to food pollutants, a cerebral allergy causes a swelling of the lining of the brain. Entire food families will cause allergic reactions. Schizophrenic, violent, and aggressive reactions could be an indicator. Foods such as corn, wheat, rice, milk, chocolate, and food additives may produce violent reactions in those suffering from allergies. From Prescription for NUTRITIONAL HEALING by JAMAS F. BALCH, M.D. PHYLLIS A. BALCH, C.N.C.

 

Poor Appetite

April 9th, 2011

Emotional factors such as stress, depression, and trauma may lead to a poor appetite. Controllable factors such as alcohol, cigarette, and drug use can also result in poor appetite, as can an undetected illness, heavy mental poisoning, and nutritional deficiencies. To stimulate a poor appetite, the diet must be individualized to the patient’s tolerances. Undernourished people may lose their appetite at the sight of large amounts of food. Therefore, frequent small meals may be better tolerated with a gradual increase in the volume of food. When trying to stimulate a poor appetite, consider whether the appearance and aroma of the foods are appealing, in addition to whether the environment is conducive to eating.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Do not drink liquids before or during meals.

Between meals, eat any of the following: Avocados, banana soy pudding, buttermilk, cheese, chicken or tuna, custard, fruit shakes, nuts and nut butters, turkey, and yogurt. In addition to promoting weight gain, these snacks are easy to digest, are high in protein and essential fatty acids, and contain “friendly” bacteria.

Drink three or more cups a day of skim, soy, or almond milk. Use a soy carob drink and yogurt fruit shakes. Eat only whole grain bread, rolls, macaroni, crackers, and hot and cold cereals. Use cream (soy) soups as desired. They are usually higher in protein than broth soups.

Although undernourished people need their strength to get well, it is important that they become active as soon as possible. Walking and/or moderate exercise can trigger the appetite. Exercise if possible, but avoid strenuous exercise. Some exercise help to assimilate nutrients better and to increase appetite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEPRESSION

March 6th, 2011

Praise Is What I Do

Some people do not admit sadness or guilt; instead they withdraw and hide from society. They lose all interest in things around them and become incapable of any pleasure. Things appear bleak and time passes slowly for them. They are typically angry and irritable. They often try sleeping off their depression or do nothing but sit or lay around. In most people depression is not severe. They can still function, but do so at a lower capacity and at a slower pace.

Symptoms of depression include chronic fatigue syndrome, insomnia or sleeping frequently and for excessive periods of time, loss of appetite or a ravenous appetite, headaches, backaches, colon disorders, and feeling of worthlessness and inadequacy. Many think of death and consider suicide.

Depression may be caused by tension, upset stomach, stress, headache, nutritional deficiencies, poor diet, sugar, mononucleosis, thyroid disorders, endometriosis (linked to depression in women), any serious physical disorders, or allergies. Some people become more depressed in the winter months when days are shorter and darker. The sun and bright light seem to trigger a response to a brain hormone known as melatonin (produced by the pineal gland), which is, in part, responsible for preventing the “blues.” Stay in brightly lit rooms on dark days. Research reveals that two hours of morning sun is very effective in lifting depression. The evening light had comparatively little results.

Depression begins with a disturbance in the part of the brain that governs moods. Most people can handle everyday stresses; their bodies readjust to these pressures. When stress is too great for a person and his adjustment mechanism is unresponsive, depression may be triggered.

It has been discovered that foods greatly influence the brain’s behavior. Diet is most often the cause of depression, related to poor eating habits and constant snacking on junk foods. The brain’s neurotransmitters, which regulate our behavior, are controlled by what we eat. The neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased. When it is produces dopamine or norepinephrine, we tend to think and act more quickly and are generally more alert. Eating carbohydrates alone seems to have a calming effect, while proteins increase alertness. Protein meals containing essential fatty acids and/or carbohydrates are recommended for increased alertness. Salmon and white fish are good choices. Avoid foods, high in saturates fats; consumption of pork or fried foods, such as hamburgers and French fries, leads to sluggishness, slow thinking, and fatigue. Fats inhibit the synthesis of neurotransmitters by the brain in that they cause the blood cells to become sticky and to clump together, resulting in poor circulation, especially to the brain.

At the neurochemical and physiological level, neurotransmitters are extremely important. These substances carry impulses between nerve cells. The substance that processes the neurotransmitter called serotonin is the amino acid tryptophan. It increases the amount of serotonin made by the brain. Complex carbohydrates, which raise the level of tryptophan in the brain, have a calming effect; protein promotes the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, which promote alertness. A balance is achieved when the diet contains a combination of these two nutrients. A turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread is a good combination: the turkey is high in protein and tryptophan, and the whole wheat bread supplies complex carbohydrates. Consume more carbohydrates than protein if you are nervous and wish to become more relaxed or eat more protein than carbohydrates if you are tried and wish to become more alert. A depressed person who needs his spirits lifted would benefit from eating foods like turkey and salmon, which are high in tryptophan and protein.

Beware: The body will react more quickly to the presence of sugar than it does to the presence of complex carbohydrates. The increase in energy supplied by the simple carbohydrates is quickly accompanied by fatigue and depression.

Tyrosine is also needed for brain function. This amino acid may be good for those who have prolonged and intense stress. Uncontrollable stress may thereby be prevented or revered if this essential amino acid is obtained in the diet.

Heredity is a significant factor in depression. In up to 50 percent of people suffering from recurrent episodes of depression, one or both of the parents were depressive.

RECOMMENDATIONS

A raw fruit and vegetable diet, with soybeans and their by-products, is important. Diets too low in complex carbohydrates can cause serotonin depletion and depression.

Avoid phenylalanine. It contains the chemical phenol, which is highly allergenic. Most depressed people are “allergic” to certain substances. However, there is a brand of amino acid available that does not contain phenylalanine; it is produced by Ecological Formulas.

Those suffering from manic depression should avoid choline, ornithine, and arginine. These substances may make the disorder worse.

If taking MAO inhibitor drugs, avoid tyrosine. It can raise the blood pressure. Also consume the following foods in moderation: avocados, cheese, chocolate, herring, meat tenderizer, raisins, sour cream, soy sauce, yeast extracts, yogurt, and wine and beer.

Beware of hypoglycemia, allergies, hypothyroid, and malabsorption. In these conditions vitamin B12 and folic acid are blocked from entering the system, thus leading to depression.

Keep your mind active and get plenty of rest. Avoid stressful situations as much as possible.

 

 

Essential Fatty Acid (Vitamin F)

January 16th, 2011

Those fatty acids that cannot be made by the body and which must be supplied through the diet are called essential fatty acids (EFAs), also referred to as vitamin F. These essential fatty acids are also known as polyunsaturates, and are recommended in order to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and to reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke.

Fortified flax is rich in omega-3 factors, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. It is also a good source of the B vitamins, protein, and zinc. Fortified flaxseed is low in saturated fats and calories, and contains no cholesterol. It has a nutty taste and can be mixed with water or any fruit or vegetable juice. It can also be added to salads, soups, yogurt, and cereals.

The most essential of the fatty acids is linoleic acid. The daily requirement for essential fatty acids is satisfied by consuming an amount of vitamin F equivalent to 10 to 20 percent of total calorie intake. The natural form is found in many vegetables and vegetable oils (except coconut or palm kernel oils). If such oils are heated or hydrogenated (processed), the linoleic acid is converted to trans fatty acids, which are not essential substances and cannot be utilized.

Primrose oil and black currant oil contain high amounts of linoleic acid. Salmon, mackerel, menhaden, herring, and sardines, found in cold deep water, are good sources of fish oil because they have the highest fat content and provide more omega-3 factors than other fishes,. For instance, four ounces of salmon can contain 3,600 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids, while four ounces of cod (a low-fat fish) contains only 300 milligrams, they should consume the fish for its essential fatty acids.

Cod liver oil from Norway is the most commonly used and is more mild tasting. Author Dale Alexander claims it is excellent for arthritis. He has marketed an oil containing 13,800 IU vitamin A and 1,380 IU vitamin D per tablespoon. Do not exceed this dose on a regular basis. Don’t rely on cod liver oil to obtain the essential fatty acids. You would have to overdose on vitamin A and D to obtain the amount of fatty acids needed.

These essential fatty acids have desirable effects on many disorders. They reduce blood pressure, aid in the prevention of arthritis, reduce the growth rate of breast cancer, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and help eczema, psoriasis, and arteriosclerosis. Found in high concentrations in the brain, EFA’s aid transmission of nerve impulses and are needed for normal brain function. Essential fatty acids are also needed in the treatment of candidiasis and coronary heart disease, and to minimize blood clot formation.

Research done by Dr. William E. Connor, professor of medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, indicates that dietary omega-3 fatty acids are essential for normal function and development of the brain. Japanese researchers concur that a deficiency of essential fatty acids leads to an impaired ability to learn and recall information.

 

CANCER

January 1st, 2011

When your body is injured—for example, if you have a cut, the cells surrounding the cut reproduce to replace the ones that have been harmed. These cells know to stop reproducing once they have “filled in” the cut.

With cancer, one cell gets the idea to reproduce and begins doing so for no obvious reason. The cells that it reproduces form a hard lump. This is cancer. Often, a cell from this lump, or tumor, will spread to another part of the body and begin reproduction there. These cells are not receptive to the normal signal to stop.

No one knows exactly why a cell will do this. We do know, however, some of the agents that cause cancer, such as cigarette smoke. Person who are exposed to this and other irritants have higher rates of cancer. Free radicals damage the cell, often resulting in uncontrolled growth.

There are four main categories of cancer. Carcinomas affect the skin, mucous membranes, glands, and other organs; leukemias are blood cancers; sarcomas affect muscles, connective tissue, and bones; and lymphomas affect the lymphatic system.

One person dies every minute from cancer. Another 3 million have cancer, and one out of three will die from it. There are more than one hundred different varieties of cancer. They all have different causes and vary in aggression (how fast they spread).

Two of what are believed to be the major cause of cancer (known as carcinogens) are environmental factors and diet, with resultant loss of immune defense. Many experts link cancer to stress and diet.

Some types of cancer are treated with chemotherapy and have apparently been cured with this treatment. The side effects of chemotherapy are hair loss, extreme nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, sterility, and damage to the kidneys and heart. Vitamin B6 and coenzyme Q10 help the body avoid some of the damage done by this treatment.

Vitamins and supplements should be taken daily with meals. Vitamin E should be taken before meals. Use only natural vitamins. Vitamin injections should be used when possible. Do not take any drugs except those prescribed by your doctor.

SELF-TESTS

Colon Cancer Self-Test

If you suspect that you have colon cancer, a test kit can be purchased to detect whether blood is in the stool (an early sign of colon cancer). In the newest test, you simply drop a strip of chemically treated paper into the commode after a bowel movement. The paper will change to the color blue if there is blood present in the stool.

If you test positive, take a second test in three days. If the second test is also positive, see your doctor immediately. Remember that the presence of blood in the stool does not necessarily mean you have cancer. The test may prove positive after consuming red meat, or if you have diverticulitis, hemorrhoids, polyps, ulcers, or an inflamed colon. About 10 percent of those who test positive have cancer.

Testicular Cancer Self-Test

Because there is presently no cure for cancer, early detection is extremely important. Cancer can appear anywhere in the body, so self-examination should be conducted regularly. You will be better able to feel for lumps if you check for them after a warm bath or shower when the scrotal skin is relaxed. With the fingers of both hands, examine each testicle, gently rolling each between the thumb and the fingers, checking for hard lumps or nodules. If you find a suspicious lump, see your doctor.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Do not take supplemental iron tablets. The body withholds iron from cancer cells. Studies reported in Volume 319 of New England Journal of Medicine reveal that people with excess iron levels in the blood tend to have an increased risk of developing cancer. Excess iron may suppress the cancer-killing function of the macrophages (an important type of cell that helps repair tissue) and interfere with T- and B-cell activity. The diet outline will supply the necessary amount of iron.

1.     Drink beet juice (from roots and tops), carrot juice (beta-carotene), and asparagus juice often. Dr. Hans Nieper, cancer researcher, is using fresh raw cabbage and carrot juice with excellent results. Grape, black cherry, and all dark-colored juices are good, as are black currants. Also beneficial is apple juice, if it is fresh. Fruit juices are best taken in the morning, and vegetable juices are best taken in the afternoon.

2.     Drink spring or steam-distilled water only!

3.     Eat onions and garlic. Kyolic is an odorless form of specially prepared garlic.

4.     Eat ten raw almonds every day. They are high in laetrile, which acts as anti-cancer agent.

5.     All anti-cancer diets should include grains, nuts, seeds, and brown unpolished rice. Millet cereal is a good source of protein. Eat wheat, oat, and bran. Eat plenty of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and cauliflower. Also consume yellow and deep orange vegetables such as cantaloupe, carrot juice are used in clinics around the globe. Apples, berries, Brazil nuts, cherries, grapes, legumes (including chickpeas, lentils, and red beans), and plums all help to fight cancer. The berries will protest DNA from damage.

6.     Do not consume the following: junk foods, processed refined foods, saturated fats, salt, sugar, or white flour. Instead of salt, use a kelp or potassium substitute. A small amount of blackstrap molasses or pure maple syrup acts as a natural sweetener in place of sugar. Use whole wheat or rye instead of white flour. Eliminate alcohol, coffee, and all teas except for herbal teas.

7.     Do not eat any animal protein—never eat luncheon meat, hot dogs, or smoke or cured meats. As your condition improves, eat broiled fish three times a week. Restrict consumption of daily products; a little yogurt, kefir milk, or raw cheese occasionally is enough. Do not eat any peanuts. Limit, but don’t eliminate altogether, your intake of soybean products; they contain enzyme inhibitors.

8.     Many cancer patients have good results with the macrobiotic diet.

9.     Cook all sprouts slightly, except alfalfa sprouts.

10.   Take coffee enemas daily. Use cleansing enemas with lemon and water or garlic and water two or three times weekly.

11.    Because of potential low-level radiation leakage, avoid microwave ovens. Use only stainless steel or glassware for cooking. Do not sit close to television sets—sit at least eight feet away. Also avoid x-rays.

12.    Exercise is important.

13.    Avoid chemicals such as hair sprays, cleaning compounds, waxes, fresh paints, and garden pesticides. Chemicals promote the formation of free radicals in the body, which may lead to cancer. Cancer victims will further weaken their immune system by using chemicals. The body expends energy trying to protect itself from the damaging chemicals instead of fighting the cancer. Do not use aerosol products.

CONSIDERATIONS

1.     Obesity is another factor linked to cancer, especially in women. Overweight women are more likely to develop cancer of the uterine lining than other women and tend to do poorly once they have breast cancer. Fat seems to affect female hormones—the greater the amount of fat present, the greater the amount of estrogen converted from androgen-like hormones and made into a much more potent form of the female hormone. Estrogen stimulates cells to divide in the breast and reproductive system. Obesity in men may cause colon and rectal cancer; in women it can cause gallbladder, cervical, uterine, and breast cancer.

2.     A lack of the nutrients beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the B vitamins in lung tissue may be related to lung cancer.  Researchers have found that the presence of calcium allows bile to bond with fatty acids that may irritate the colon lining and cause rapid growth in destructive cells.

3.     Those people whose mother’s smoked during pregnancy are 50 percent more likely to develop cancer later in life. These findings confirm the harmful effects smoking has on the unborn fetus. Smoking is extremely dangerous and leads to cancer no matter what age group is involve

 

 

 

CIRCULATORY PROBLEMS

December 25th, 2010

 

 

There are many disorders associated with circulatory problems. High blood pressure or hypertension results when cholesterol plaque deposits along the walls of the arteries, and cause them to harden and constrict. Because the arteries are constricted, the blood exerts a greater force against the walls of the blood vessels, causing the blood pressure to rise. Arteriosclerosis or “hardening of the arteries” is associated with lack of circulation due to narrowing of the arteries from fatty deposits as well. In addition, circulatory problems can lead to stroke and angina pectoris (chest pain).

Another circulatory disease brought on by chronic inflammation of the veins and arteries in the lower parts of the body is Buerger’s disease. This disease is most prevalent among people who smoke. Early signs of Buerger’s disease are a tingling sensation (commonly referred to as “pins and needles”) and a burning sensation in the fingers and toes.

Another serious circulatory condition called Raynaud’s disease is characterized by constriction and spasm of the blood vessels in the extremities, such as in the fingers, toes, and tip of the nose. Cold, stress, smoking, and other factors may cause fingers and toes to numb; extremities may appear colorless due to lack of circulation and arterial spasm. This disease most commonly affects women and occasionally leads to gangrene. In addition, poor circulation can result from varicose vein that have developed due to a loss of elasticity in the walls of the veins.

Because sluggish circulation can be caused by several things, you should see your doctor if it is persistent.

HERBS

Use black cohosh, butcher’s broom, cayenne, chickweed, Circu formula (an herbal combination from Switzerland), gentian root, ginkgo biloba extract, goldenseal, hawthorn berries, horseradish, horsetail, hyssop, licorice root, pleurisy root, rose hips, and wormwood. Cayenne increases the pulse rate, while black cohosh slows it. Ginkgo is being used for circulation disease in many clinics.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Make sure that your diet is high in fiber. Oat bran can help lower your cholesterol levels. Include the following in your diet: bananas, broccoli, brown rice, endive, garlic, lima beans, onions, pears, peas, and spinach. Eliminate animal protein and fatty foods (such as red meat), white flour, and sugar from your diet. Do not use stimulants such as coffee, colas, and tobacco, or foods with a lot of spices.
  2. Give yourself a dry massage over your entire body using a loofah sponge or natural bath brush. Also dip a towel in cold water and rub it briskly over parts of the body.
  3. Regular exercise is important to help blood flow and keep arteries soft and unclogged.
  4. Keep your weight down.

CONSIDERATION

Use steam-distilled water only.

 

 

 

“THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

November 27th, 2010
JESUSLight is one of the Bible’s most complex symbols. The primary term for light is ‘or in the OT and phos in the NT. Light may denote day light in contrast to darkness (Gen. 1:5, 1:18. Isa. 5:30).

Light is linked with instruction (Isa. 2:5; Ps.119:105,130), truth (Ps 43:3), good (Isa. 5:20), salvation (Ps. 27:1; Isa. 49:6), life (Ps. 36:9; Job 33:28,30), peace (Isa. 45:7), rejoicing (Ps. 97:11), covenant (Isa. 42:6), justice and righteousness (Isa. 59:9), God’s presence and favor (Ps. 44:3; 89:15), or the glory of Yahweh (Isa. 60:1-3).

Apocalyptic visions of the end are associated with the extinguishing of light (Isa. 13:10; Jer. 4:23; Matt. 24:29). In the new age, the new Jerusalem “does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because God’s glory illumines it, and its lamp is the lamb”. (Rev. 21:23), (Isa. 60:19; Zech. 14:6-7; Rev. 22:5).

On the first day God created light (Gen. 1:3), which implies that light existed before the sun and other luminaries (Gen. 1:14-18). God Himself is the source of that light (Ps. 104:2; perhaps James 1:17). If so, this light likely signified the divine presence just as the luminous cloud of the Shekinah glory (Exod. 24:15-18; 40:38; 2 Chron. 5:13-14; 7:2).

The indentification of light with the divine presence of the Shekinah glory above sheds light on the meaning of light in the Gosple of John and 1 John. In the person of Jesus “the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9). The only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, has made the Father known (John 1:18) because he “became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14; Exod. 34:6).

Jesus is “the light of the world” and His followers will have “the light of life”, (the truth that beings life; John 8:12). Jesus, who is the light, the embodiment of grace and truth, also brings salvation (John 12:35,46-47) and the doing of God’s works (John 9:4-5). This salvation and doing of God’s works comes from guidance and instruction from the light (John 12:35,47).

Human brings who reject the light are thus rejecting Jesus, the embodiment of grace and truth (John 3:14-21; John 18:37-38, where Pilate apparently exemplifies one who rejects Jesus as the embodiment of truth). John can thus deny that those who do not do the truth have fellowship with God, who is light (John 1:6). 1 John 2:8-10 is entailment of the truth-hating one’s brother is incompatible with the character of both the Father and the Son.
In addition, 1 John 1:7-10 indicates that walking in the light the truth includes the confession of our sins, which keeps us in fellowship with one another and effects cleansing from all sin through the blood of Jesus.

Paul’s use of light in 2 Cor. 4:4-6 runs along parallel lines with John’s usage (cp. Luke 2:32). “Light” (here photismos) is defined as “the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor. 4:4). “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’” is the One who has “shone in our hearts to give the light (photismos) of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). Indeed, the beholding of the glory of the Lord results in our “being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18).

Since they are being conformed to the glorious image of Jesus, who is the embodiment of grace and truth, it is fitting that Christ’s disciples too are called “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14,16). They have come to Christ to receive life (Eph. 5:13-14) and thus are possessors and givers of light (1 Thess. 5:5; Rom. 13:12; Eph. 5:8; Phil. 2:15; John 5:35). Like Paul (a prototypical disciple), they too are call “to open their [the Jewish people’s and the rest of the nations’] eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in Me [Jesus]” (Acts 26:18).

As sons of light, they bear fruit in all goodness, righteousness, and truth (Eph. 5:9) and bring glory to the Father (Matt. 5:16).

CoQ10 & UBIQUINOL

November 20th, 2010

ACIDOSIS

November 4th, 2010

Acidosis is a tendency of the body to be over acid. This occurs when the body loses its alkaline reserve. Persons who have diabetes often suffer from acidosis, and stomach ulcers are associated with this condition. The symptoms of acidosis are frequent sighing, insomnia, water retention, recessed eyes, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, abnormally low blood pressure, dry hard stools, foul-smelling stools accompanied by a burning sensation in the anus, alternating constipation and diarrhea, difficulty swallowing, burning in the mouth and/or under the tongue, sensitivity of teeth to vinegar and acid fruits, and bumps on the roof of the month or tongue. The causes of acidosis are kidney, liver, and adrenal disorders; improper diet; malnutrition; obesity; ketosis; anger, stress, and fear; anorexia; toxemia; fever; and excess niacin, vitamin C, and aspirin.

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acid effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkaline effect in the system, converting to carbon dioxide and water. To treat acidosis, start with small amounts of citric fruits and gradually add larger amounts.

ACID AND ALKALINE SELF-TEST

This test will determine whether your body fluids are either too acidic or too alkaline. An imbalance can cause illnesses such as acidosis or alkalosis.

Purchase nitrazine paper, available at any drugstore, and apply saliva and/or urine to the paper. Always perform the test either before eating or at least one hour after eating. The paper will change color to indicate if your system is overly acidic or alkaline. Red litmus paper turns blue in an alkaline medium and blue litmus paper turns red in a acid medium.

Water is neutral with a pH of 7.0. Anything with a pH below 7.0 is acid, while anything with a pH above 7.0 is alkaline. The ideal pH range for saliva and urine is 6.0 to 6.8. Our body is naturally mildly acidic. Therefore, values below pH 6.3 would be considered too acidic; values above pH 6.8 are too alkaline. The pH value of milk varies from 6.2 to 7.3.

The following foods should be consumed according to the results of your test. If your test indicated one extreme or another, omit the acid- or alkaline-forming foods from your diet until another pH test shows that you have returned to normal. Aklaline-forming foods should be consumed when the body is too acidic (pH under 7). Acid-forming foods should be eaten if the pH is too alkaline. Low-level acid and low-level alkaline foods are almost neutral.

Acid-Forming Foods

  • Alcohol
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Catsup
  • Chickpeas
  • Cocoa
  • Coffee
  • Cornstarch
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Pepper
  • Poultry
  • Sauerkraut
  • Shellfish

Low-Level Acid-Forming Food

  • Flour products
  • Legumes
  • Lentils
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Mustard
  • Noodles
  • Oatmeal
  • Olives
  • Organ meats
  • Pasta
  • Soft drinks
  • Sugar
  • Tea
  • Butter
  • Cheeses
  • Coconuts (dried)
  • Fruits (canned/glazed)
  • Fruits (dried sulfured)
  • Grain (most)
  • Ice cream
  • Ice milk (homemade)
  • Lambs quarter
  • Seeds and nuts (most)

Alkaline-Forming Foods

  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Corn
  • Dates
  • Fruits
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Honey
  • Lemons
  • Maple syrup
  • Melons
  • Millet
  • Molasses
  • Oranges
  • Raisins
  • Soy figs
  • Vegetables

Low-Level Alkaline-Forming Foods

  • Almonds
  • Blackstrap molasses
  • Brazil nuts
  • Buckwheat
  • Chestnuts
  • Coconuts (fresh)
  • Dairy products, soured
  • Lima beans
  • Millet

Prunes, cranberries, and plums are acid forming and remain acidic in the body. Raw fruits become acid forming when sugar is added. All foods with added sugar become acidic. Alcohol, drugs, aspirin, tobacco, and vinegar are also acid forming.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Diet is important. Acidosis results from eating excess animal protein, excess processed junk foods, and cooked food. When ingested, cooked and processed foods become acid in the body. Reduce intake of beef and pork.

Since excess vitamin C may lead to acidosis, reduce intake of vitamin C for a few weeks. When taking vitamin C, use the non-acid forming varieties (buffered, such as sago palm).

Avoid beans, cereals, crackers, eggs, flour products, grains, oily foods, macaroni, and sugar. Reduce cooked and processed foods-cooked food often means dead food. Plums, prunes, and cranberries do not oxidize and therefore remain acid to the body. Avoid these until the situation improves.

Eat 50 percent raw foods such as apples, avocados, bananas, grapefruit, grapes, lemons, pears, pineapples, and all vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables reduce acidosis. Phosphorus and sulfur act as buffers to maintain pH. Sulfur is now available in table form. Remember, eating well is living well!! May God richly bless you.

 

 

 

OBESITY

October 31st, 2010

 

Obesity is, quite simply, an excess of body fat. Anyone who is 20 percent over the norm for their age, build, and height is considered obsess. Those who are obese are more likely to experience kidney trouble, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, complications of pregnancy, and psychological problems. Liver damage is also common in overweight persons. Some of the causes of obesity are glandular malfunctions, malnutrition, emotion tension, boredom, habit, and love of food.

Obesity has been linked to food sensitivity/allergy. Changing your eating habits is important in losing weight. Malnutrition may be another important factor in obesity. When there is inadequate intake of all the essential nutrients, fat is not easily or adequately burned.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Be active-take a brisk walk before breakfast to burn off fat. Do not worry as much about the number of calories you consume as you do about eating the proper foods in the diet. Remember: Exercise is the best way to control your weight, not an overly strict diet. Exercise is the best way to rid the body of fat and to maintain good muscle tone.

Follow a fasting program once monthly.

Remember to rotate your food and to eat a variety of foods.

Drink six to eight glasses of liquids daily, such as distilled water and herb teas. They are nonfattening fillers.

Make sure your bowels move daily.

Use extra fiber daily. Take fiber with a large glass of liquid one-half before meals.

Put less food on your plate. Chew slowly. Under eat and do not chew gum. Gum starts the gastric digestive juices flowing and will make you feel hungry sooner in addition to overworking your digestive system.

Never consume animal fat (found in butter, cream, ice cream, whole milk, rich dressing, mayonnaise, and fried foods). However, do not eliminate sources of “good” fat (containing unsaturated fatty acids) such as avocados, olive oil, and nuts. Use these foods in moderation- no more than twice a week.

Do not use any white flour products, salt, white rice, or processed foods. Also, avoid fast food restaurants and all junk foods. Do not consume sweets such as soda, pastries, pies, cakes, doughnuts, and candy. Omit all forms of sugar from the diet.

Eat more complex carbohydrates that also offer protein such as tofu, lentils, plain baked potatoes (no toppings), sesame seeds, beans, brown rice, whole grains, and whitefish (no shellfish).

Never do grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You will be tempted to buy forbidden foods and will often buy more food than you need or can use before it loses its freshness.

Eat fresh fruits and an abundance of raw vegetables. Make one meal each day entirely of vegetables and fruits. Use low-calorie vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach, and turnips. Low calorie/low carbohydrate fruits include apples, cantaloupe, grapefruit, strawberries, and watermelon. The following are the highest in carbohydrates and calories and should be consumes in moderation: bananas, cherries, corn and hominy, figs, grapes, green peas, pears, pineapple, sweet potatoes, white rice, and yams. While raw foods are preferable, foods that are being heated should either be baked, broiled, steamed, or boiled. Never consume fried or greasy foods.

Make lunch your main meal instead of dinner. Some people have had excellent results consuming no food after 3 p.m.

Consume healthy snacks and desserts:

Celery and carrot sticks.

Low-fat cottage cheese topped with fresh applesauce and walnuts.

Crackers topped with sesame butter and sesame seeds.

Unsweetened gelatin made with fruit juice in place of sugar and water.

Natural whole grain, sugar-free muffins.

Freshly made, unsalted popcorn.

Rice cakes topped with nut butters (but not peanut butter).

Watermelon, fresh fruits, and frozen fruit popsicles.

Unsweetened yogurt topped with granola or nuts and fresh fruit.

Herb teas mixed with unsweetened fruit juice are very satisfying low-calorie drinks and are also very filling. Use between meals and when a desire for sweets hits you.

Use barley malt sweetener instead of sugar. This is highly concentrated, but is not dangerous. It contains only three calories to one gram (two teaspoons). This sweetener is particularly beneficial to the diabetic or hypoglycemic patient.

Yellow vegetables, chestnuts, corn, white potatoes, brown rice, oatmeal, apples, grapes, and buckwheat all contain a small amount of essential fatty acids and should be part of the diet in moderation. Nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, coconuts, and wheat or corn germ are high in vegetable fatty acids and should not be overused.

 

 

 

 

 

The Promise

October 28th, 2010

When we as humans would be angry at the foolishness of man’s sin, God, in His mercy, gives us a promise. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15). In speaking to the serpent, God made a promise of ultimate victory for man. Woman caused the fall, and a woman was to be the source of redemption.

The remainder of the Bible is a development of this promise. In the Old Testament- He is coming. The Gospels say-He has arrived. The epistles tell us-He is coming again.

The promise of Genesis 3:15 not only gave the hope of a Redeemer who would contend with Satan and overcome him, but also implied that there would be perpetual enmity between the opposing seeds in the world. The seed of the serpent and the seed, or spiritual children, of the Deliverer would be in a continual conflict of opposing each other.

The one would bruise the heel of his opponent, but the other would ultimately bruise his head, or destroy his usurped authority in the world and overthrow his kingdom. Thus a perpetual warfare is declared between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the devil among men. Jesus once said to the wicked, “Ye are of your father the devil,” or in other words, “the seed of the serpent.”