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
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
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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 the emotional pain of anger, fear, doubt, or remorse, or mental anguish and physical pain. 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
January 15th, 2012
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Who do You Listen To?
I’ve been thinking a lot about listening this week, and how it impacts our health. It started with a particularly difficult couple of days with my students who were not listening. When asked why they would not listen to someone, I was a little surprised by their answers, as they really had little or no desire to listen to anyone but their peers or their entertainment idols. Then on the other hand I had a homestay student who adamantly believed that, “If it is written in a textbook it must be true,” and what made me laugh in incredulity was that even if you showed him two texts that disagreed he believed they both must be correct! How he managed those mental gymnastics I don’t know, but the cognitive dissonance was too much for me. It made me think about the bigger questions of, “Who should we listen to, and when, and why should we listen.” Jeff took up the theme in his message this week and talked about why we should listen to God.(sermon) Obviously, God tells us to listen to Him, because He loves us and has our best interests at heart and perhaps more importantly, He has the knowledge and experience to know what works! Therefore, His word should always be the first thing we listen to, and He provides a basic knowledge of many fundamental health principles if we are willing to listen. More
January 13th, 2012
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We Can’t Escape Cause and Effect
“As you sow, so shall you reap” is both a spiritual and a physical reality. Sow acorns you get oaks; this is a natural law that never changes. It is also a law of physics, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” The universe as we understand it, works on the principle of cause and effect. So how can we believe we can overcome some health or spiritual challenge by living the same lifestyle and doing and thinking the same things that created the problems initially? Would it not be a little crazy to think that the solution is to continue the behaviour that causes our pain? No crazier, I suppose, than thinking we can sow acorns and harvest apples!
Of course, some of the seeds of illness were not sown by us. Others were responsible for the weed seeds in our lives and their health consequences. More