Thursday, April 29, 2004

Taking Care of the Temple

by Donna L. Watkins
Originally Published in A Healing Moment

© 2008 Donna L. Watkins - Costa Rica
Medical researchers are finding that your thoughts can affect your health. It always makes me giggle when I hear that science is catching up with the Bible. I love it! This link between our brain and our health only glorifies our God, Creator of Heaven and Earth. It supports Scripture. The Apostle Paul tells us in Philippians, "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things."

We all know that we feel better if we think good thoughts, but do we believe that it really affects our health? Too much research out there not to believe this. How about Proverbs 17:22, "A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing."

The cells that manufacture white blood cells can be directly controlled by the brain through the nervous system. Using the language of neurotransmitters (hormones) the brain can direct immune cells to kill invaders. Immune cells in turn communicate back to the brain using these more of these hormones. It has been shown that highly emotional states (stress) makes this communication less efficient, so the incredible immune system God has given us can't do the job it was designed to do.

Macrophages are a Pac-Man type of cell that devour bacteria and viruses. These amazing cells can even eat iron filings. Did you know the iron fillings in your teeth gradually are absorbed into your bloodstream and body tissues? We have cells that even eat iron fillings! Isn't it amazing how God has taken care of designing our bodies to even fight the heavy metal toxins of our day and age. During times of stress, prolonged periods of feeling helpless, hopeless or grief-stricken, these macrophages become very sluggish, so they can't do their job.

If we keep our temples working properly with good food, plenty of water and if we are anxious for nothing as commanded in Philippians, our body will handle any invaders. That's a tall order or prescription to follow with our daily lives jammed so full of details and events. It takes years to effect a change in our lifestyles and pace we choose to follow.

Even with that, God does not leave us helpless. He has also created plants for our healing. The scientific world is just beginning to discover a tiny bit of what God has placed within plants for the health and healing of our bodies. Many indigenous cultures have used these natural remedies for thousands of years, but "modern civilization" thought they had something better. Now we are going back to what was considered "old fashioned" and "unscientific."

Cleansing is so important since our bodies cannot run efficiently when clogged with toxins, no more than a machine can run effectively if it's clogged with dirt and debris. There are herbs that will cleanse the blood, the liver, support the kidneys, even clean out heavy metals and yeast and fungus. God's design for us was always healing! One way or another, He desires us to be well. Learn more about what symptoms indicate cleansing is needed.

Interested in doing a bit more digging? Your stools also indicate various things going on inside. Read "What Your Stools Will Tell You".

I'm sure there aren't many stool watchers out there, but I remember while growing up back in the early 50's that my grandmother, now and then, would want me to let her "see the toilet" before I flushed. She also gave me a Spring cleaning and tonic every year also. There's a lot of wisdom that we are leaving behind with our ancestors. We need to be sure it is not lost.

Home remedies may again need to be revived as medical costs go beyond the reach of many people. We haven't had health insurance since 1987, so I can tell you from my own experience that herbs, vitamins and minerals do work! We've invested a lot of time learning more about our bodies and physiologies so we could make wise decisions about our health. Might I suggest you pray about doing the same?

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