I am looking out on an ethereal scene of sunlight through the fog illuminating mottled tree trunks and backlighting golden autumn leaves. But I could not do this except for the wonders of a brain and nervous system that allow me to fathom my world and react to it. This amazing integrated system of intricate structures functions to help me experience life on many levels. These structures were designed to be inextricably linked through complex feedback loops. Working interdependently through a system of bio-electrical impulses, neurons send and receive messages using an amazing array of chemical transmitters and elemental gatekeepers.
This interplay of structure and systems allows me to think, feel, and express myself in many different ways. More
March 30th, 2018
Comments Off on Recipes for Passover and the Days of Unleavened Bread, Filed in Events, Healthy Living, by Jeremiah.
Coconut Oaties (unleavened)
Oven 350 degrees
Line baking tray with paper
Makes 20 large cookies
2 ½ cups organic shredded coconut (unsweetened)
1 cup quick oats and 2 ½ cups rolled oats
½ cup organic raw sugar and ½ cup honey
1 cup coconut oil
Vanilla, or cinnamon, or nutmeg to taste
Blend oil, sugar, honey, flavouring, and eggs
Add oats and coconut and blend thoroughly
Use ice-cream scoop to place dollops on paper-lined tray, then flatten to 3” diameter
Bake for 15-20 minutes – golden brown edges, let rest on tray for 10 minutes
Choco Balls (unleavened)
Mixer and bowl
2 cups organic rolled oats ( for gluten free, substitute 1 ½ cups ground sunflower seed)
6 T organic cocoa powder ( for gluten free, 1 cup cocoa)
1 cup finely shredded coconut (unsweetened)
½ cup ground seeds or nuts (sunflower, hazelnut etc.)
½ cup sesame tahini
⅓ cup honey (or to taste)
Cinnamon sugar for coating and I cup raisins (optional)
Blend the dry ingredients
Add the tahini and honey and mix thoroughly
Add up to 1 T water if needed to bind ingredients into moldable dough
Form balls using 1 T of the mixture
Makes about 30 balls
Serve plain or roll in cinnamon sugar
Keep in refrigerator, or freeze for later use
Health and Artificial Fragrance — What’s the Connection
Our God-Given Senses
Who can resist the aroma of fresh baked bread, or the tempting smell of cinnamon or vanilla? What would life be like without the smell of salt air, the scent of piney woods, or the fragrance of our favourite flowers? Natural scents add immeasurably to our enjoyment of life, and are tied to strong memories of past events. God gave us our sense of smell to enhance our personal experience of his awesome creation. Fragrant incense was an integral part of the temple service, symbolic of the praise and prayers of God’s people, that is a sweet-smelling aroma to God.
But something has changed in the past few years. No longer is that “vanilla” scent the product of the vanilla bean. Rather, it is a toxic chemical counterfeit that excites the senses while damaging the respiratory tract and producing ill-health.
There was a time, not so long ago in Canada, that wherever you were, whether on a flight or in the airport lounge, at your favourite restaurant, or even in the respiratory wing of a hospital, you could find yourself subjected to the toxic effects of secondhand smoke. Luckily the dangers of smoking for both smoker, and bystanders, has become well-documented over the past decades. The discoveries of medical science were brought to bear and legislation was put in place to protect the health of the public. As a result most public places are now “smoke-free” zones. More
August 13th, 2012
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Sleep and Health: Sweet Dreams or Nightmare
They drag their bodies into class, eyes glazed and shoulders drooping, and plop themselves down as if burdened by a great weight. It’s 9:00 am, but for many of my students the day has begun while they are still half asleep. As a teacher I know that their ability to think, concentrate, perform on a test, or remember information are all hampered by a lack of one of our basic needs – sleep. And it is not just my imagination that my students, more and more of them, are arriving to class sleep-deprived and unprepared to learn. Research shows that on average this generation is sleeping much less nightly than their grandparents.
Overall, sleep duration thus appears to have decreased by 1.5-2 hours during the second half of the 20th century. Today, many people are in bed only 5-6 hours per night on a regular basis. http://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/502825
While teaching lessons on healthy living, I’ve often asked my students about their sleep habits and I have been amazed with the results of our informal surveys. More
The Thinking Heart
Thoughts on the heart brain connection
Keep my commands and live,
and my law as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
Write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-4
The Heart is the Core of our Being
Science is playing a game of catch-up as it slowly finds evidence for what the Bible has proclaimed as fact for millennia. Research has now shown that the heart is more than a pump circulating the life’s blood – it thinks. In fact it communicates with the brain in four different ways, through the nervous system, pulse waves, hormones, and electromagnetic fields. And this knowledge of the thinking heart and its connection to the brain has great implications when it comes to our health.
In biblical terms the heart is our “core,” the centre of our being and the essence of who we are, that works in concert with our mind and spirit to guide our feelings, conscience, and decisions. The wisdom of Proverbs makes the clear connection between the thoughtful heart and our physical and spiritual well-being. The heart that is healthy, wise, and prudent, will be a wellspring of life. Amazingly scripture says that a happy heart is as good as a medicine and that a joyful heart that anticipates good things to come is actually “health to our bones.” More
I was initially a little perplexed by negative responses I received to comments I had written about there being sound biblical reasons for avoiding vaccinations. I had come to this conclusion a number of years ago, when I had occasion to present my case before a secular tribunal. At that time, the tribunal was willing to listen to and accept my faith-based position as a reasoned rationale for refusing vaccination. I have a binder full of documentation to support my understanding of scripture and this evidence was sufficient for these secular people to see the merit of my position. I do understand that other Christians hold variant views, based on their traditions and the lens through which they view the scriptures. But my understanding is based in part on the following 7 biblical principles that are being ignored when we put our confidence in vaccines. More
January 31st, 2012
Comments Off on Pain Prompts Change, Filed in Healthy Living, by CGP.
Injury or ill health produces pain. But pain is not the enemy; it is not a bad thing unless we ignore it. Today, I encouraged my husband to go and see the physiotherapist. Being the typical male he was planning to stoically “wait and see” and ignore his painful arm as much as possible. Yet, in seeking help from a skilled professional, he was given some helpful treatment, good instruction about the nature of the problem, and sound advice as to what he needs to do to remedy his “tennis elbow.”
Pain is our early warning system. Whether it is physical pain, mental anguish, or the emotional pain of anger, fear, doubt, or remorse. Pain has a purpose to alert us to the reality that all is not well. Yet in the age of the “quick fix” many view pain as the enemy that they try to eliminate at all costs. The initial folly in this “kill the pain” approach is that we are only treating the effect, the pain. The cause has not been unearthed and the problem is still there, but the person taking the painkiller is now no longer aware of it’s existence. Talk about willful blindness. More