The Cure is on your plate!

The Cure is on your plate! Back in the Nixon Era, war was declared on cancer. Strangely, even though a prevention and a cure has been found, the powers that be still fund and fight this war. Obviously, the conflict of interest and motive is profit over health. The China Study and practically a zillion others have found the answer. Cancer, like ALL other degenerative disease, is a food born illness curable by consuming greens, fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes. The healthiest people in the world eat little or no meat. Likewise, God's Word teaches that plants are the best foods for man. It's an issue of perspective. You can't exercise away a dirty diet. Is your body a garbage disposal or a temple?

Monday, September 15, 2014

love and devotion

This concludes my study of Jesus the Christ Chapter 14. All quotes are taken from this resource unless otherwise noted.

Matthew 9:9-17
Mark 2:13-22
Luke 5:27-39
Luke 5:1-11
Mark 1:16-20

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance and not the righteous. He called people to lay down their lives and follow Him. We then shouldn't sit in our ivory towers and self-righteously hang out with ourselves. We are called to follow Jesus, be examples of His followers, and serve ALL his children in need. "Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees," Isaiah 35:3. That's a tall order. Little day to day actions as well as the big things matter very much. If I am rude to a store clerk or on the road, I am not a good example. Do I really need to hurry or be first? In 1 Corinthians 13, my favorite passage btw, we are taught this principle in detail.

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things," 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Now that the Savior is no longer among us, we should fast. However, fasting like prayer is best done in one's secret closet. "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly," Matthew 6:6. "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward," Matthew 6:16.

Nevertheless, we ought to perform all the shoulds out of love and devotion to Jesus not for some self-righteous demonstration of piousness.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

pursue peace from within

Praying For...Tyson and Lizzy...I adopted a few more grandchildren on our mission, whom I added to my prayer rotation...that they will be happy, healthy, safe, and choose to follow Jesus as Savior and Friend...that the evils that surround them in the world today will be tempered...that they won't be affected by such...that leaders of nations will discover that joy isn't found in domination but in gentleness...let them grow gardens, associate with good people, delight in wholesome family recreation, worship as they desire, serve their neighbors, and pursue peace through strengthening their nations from within...

Jesus' Word..."...if the Gentiles shall hearken unto the Lamb of God in that day that He shall mainifest himself unto them in word, and also in power, in very deed, unto the taking away of their stumbling blocks," 1 Nephi 14:1. Oh, let us listen to Jesus.

Miracle Moment...usually after dishes and a walk, I'm ready to take a soak while J reads. We aren't anywhere near the kitchen after 7:30 unless one of us needs a drink. Last night was different. We decided to play Scrabble. Near the end of our game, I though I heard the dishwasher start up...but it didn't sound quite right. A few minutes elapsed, and I knew it wasn't the dishwasher. Upon investigation, I discovered the hose to the ice maker had popped off. Water covered the kitchen floor. If we hadn't been there our newly renovated kitchen and carpet would have been saturated. Since we don't use the ice maker and had no idea the workers had put in a new hook up, we disconnected it. We're thankful for this tender mercy of God. I don't believe in coincidences. Again and again He blesses me.

Bibliophilia...settling back into a life of study...rereading One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future by Ben Carson M.D. I don't agree with 100% of what Dr. Carson says, but he is logical and sensible. I like his ideas of listening and action. He could be a great president.

Cucina Fresca...absolutely loving the availability of fresh, inexpensive produce, which is a benefit of metropolitan living...for the most part, I prefer the country. Anyway, we've been eating less grains and beans but more greens, veggies, and fruits. This is good, because I gained a few too many pounds living in the cold and dark forest, forever hungry and craving dried fruit. I call it the salad diet. Split between us breakfast is a green smoothie made with 1 lb spinach and fruit. Salad for lunch is 1 lb romaine and other veggies, and 1 c beans with a side of fruit. Finally, I disguise our salad as a stoup: 1 lb cabbage or bok choi and other veggies, 1 c cooked whole grains, 1/2 c cooked beans or dal, and lots of flavorful herbs and spices with a side of fruit--this is the perfect time for banana ice kream. It is extremely filling and satisfying. Sambar is our current favorite stoup. When I get rid of the extra baggage, I'll eat a few more calories from legumes, whole grains, and potatoes. I don't want to be too thin again.

More that I'm a little more put together, I've resumed my mixture of yoga, martial arts, ballet, strength training, and foam rolling along with a lot of walking...I feel great when I am fit and strong...Additionally, I'm taking Clara's advice of Clara's Kitchen, who said that doing her housework was better exercise than running around the neighborhood. Sweeping, scrubbing floors, dusting blinds, cleaning bathrooms, vacuuming, and gardening keeps me fit without the injuries inherent with running. I was considering getting a cleaning service and taking up running. Seems pretty silly after listening to Clara. After seeing the mess our yard is in, we'll also fire the gardener. What has he been doing these last two years?

Dr. Ginger, Medicine Woman...I'm not a doctor but a student of natural healing and nutrition....Getting more sun on purpose, plus it's actually possible...sunlight therapy or heliotherapy is the healing science of sun bathing. I don't accept many of allopathic medicine's paranoid messages about the dangers of the sun. As a side note, allopathy accidents and mistreatments are the fifth leading cause of death in the US, which doesn't put them on any ivory tower to me. Ancient cultures and even modern medicine until not too long ago used the sun to heal all kinds of illnesses and restore radiant health. Hippocrates advocated sun bathing to the point that most large Greek homes had solariums or helioses. The Incas of Peru were also sun healers. Not only does sunbathing end depression and fight TB, it produces vital vitamin D, increases bone and tooth health, speeds wound healing, fights cancer, supports the immune system, protects against dementia and brain aging, helps eliminate excess fat and cholesterol, treats skin issues, builds the immune system, kills pathogens, promotes production of nitric oxide, aids production and regulation of hormones, improves proper liver function, fights insomnia, increases the production of both red and white blood corpuscles, raises oxygen saturation, and improves blood circulation.

Prophet's Voice...“The voice of warning is to all people by the mouths of his servants. If this voice is not heeded, the angels of destruction will increasingly go forth, and the chastening hand of Almighty God will be felt upon the nations, as decreed, until a full end thereof will be the result. Wars, devastation, and untold suffering will be your lot except you turn unto the Lord in humble repentance. Destruction, even more terrible and far-reaching than attended the last great war, will come with certainty unless rulers and people alike repent and cease their evil and godless ways. God will not be mocked. He will not permit the sins of sexual immorality, secret murderous combinations, the killing of the unborn, and disregard for all his holy commandments and the messages of his servants to go unheeded without grievous punishment for such wickedness. The nations of the world cannot endure in sin. The way of escape is clear. The immutable laws of God remain steadfastly in the heavens above. When men and nations refuse to abide by them, the penalty must follow. They will be wasted away. Sin demands punishment. When the voice of warning goes forth it is always attended by testimony. In the declaration issued by the apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1845, this is the testimony which was borne, and we who are the apostles today renew it as our witness,” Ezra Taft Benson, October 1975.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Love—the Essence of the Gospel

I"m way off on my days. I thought yesterday was Thursday.

This week I studied the sermon Love—the Essence of the Gospel by Thomas S. Monson. All quotes are taken from this talk unless otherwise noted. I could have simply copied and pasted the whole thing. President Monson is so wise, his love shining through all he does and says.

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself," Matthew 22:36-39.

"We cannot truly love God if we do not love our fellow travelers on this mortal journey. Likewise, we cannot fully love our fellowmen if we do not love God, the Father of us all...We are all spirit children of our Heavenly Father and, as such, are brothers and sisters. As we keep this truth in mind, loving all of God’s children will become easier...There are many attributes which are manifestations of love, such as kindness, patience, selflessness, understanding, and forgiveness."

The man after whom we named our youngest child, Spencer W. Kimball, said. “We must remember that those mortals we meet in parking lots, offices, elevators, and elsewhere are that portion of mankind God has given us to love and to serve. It will do us little good to speak of the general brotherhood of mankind if we cannot regard those who are all around us as our brothers and sisters.”

"Brothers and sisters, some of our greatest opportunities to demonstrate our love will be within the walls of our own homes. Love should be the very heart of family life, and yet sometimes it is not. There can be too much impatience, too much arguing, too many fights, too many tears...I would hope that we would strive always to be considerate and to be sensitive to the thoughts and feelings and circumstances of those around us. Let us not demean or belittle. Rather, let us be compassionate and encouraging. We must be careful that we do not destroy another person’s confidence through careless words or actions...Forgiveness should go hand in hand with love. In our families, as well as with our friends, there can be hurt feelings and disagreements. Again, it doesn’t really matter how small the issue was. It cannot and should not be left to canker, to fester, and ultimately to destroy. Blame keeps wounds open. Only forgiveness heals."

It's been a goal of mine the past six months to mark my words more carefully, refraining from saying unkind or unnecessary things. Surprisingly, I participated in this behavior more than I realized. After a lifetime of playing in the mud, it has been a difficult journey. Needless to say, I've a ways to go. I try to remember the commandment above and a quote by C. S. Lewis in his book, Weight of Glory.

"It is a serious thing," says Lewis, "to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal…our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner."

Friday, September 12, 2014

love and peace and satisfaction

Continuing study of Jesus the Christ Chapter 14...

Acts 10:38
Mark 2:1-12
Matthew 9:2-8
Luke 5:17-24
James 2:14-18
Matthew 9:2
John 5:14
John 9:1-3

Why do so many fight against the gentle teachings of Jesus? Even when He was in their midst, the ones who had studied and knew all the signs of His coming refused to see Him. Of course I know the reason Jesus is accepted by so few. However, I wish we could all live in love and peace, throwing off bitterness, contention, strife, envy, and other sins. Jesus knew the way to conquer the world was for all of us to love our neighbors. He loved all even sinners. No, He didn't accept sin; He told people to go and sin no more. But in His gentle rebukes, he loved continually and unconditionally. I'm so looking forward to the time, when everyone acts this way. Nevertheless, I'm not looking forward to the time between now and the 1000 years of peace.

Some illness is caused by sin, while other is the fault of nobody. What sins might cause illness? Addictions and immoralities are the ones that come to my mind. Our bodies are not perfect, subject to maladies and ignorance. However, we can do all in our power to keep healthy. Eat the best foods including grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, while avoiding oils, flesh, and other animal products. Stop reliving old hurts and forgive others. Try to put on a happy face until you actually feel happy. Avoid sloth.

I own a book written by a cute little lady in her late 90s. She refused to slow down as age approached, saying that scrubbing her floors and climbing her stairs kept her limber and young. I experimented with her ideas and can validate them. When I work hard even working through some minor pain, I feel happier, stronger, and my endurance increases. At the end of the day, I'm worn out whether I work hard or not. Accomplishment makes me happy, while indolence brings dissatisfaction, boredom, and illness.

Thursday, September 11, 2014


This begins my study of Jesus the Christ Chapter 14...

Luke 4:42-44
Mark 1:38-45
Matthew 8:2-4
Luke 5:12-15
Leviticus 14:2-10
Matthew 5:17

When I consider the leper and others cured by Jesus priesthood power, I am amazed by His mercy and charity. My own son was cured of a highly debilitating malady. It was plain as day in the first MRI, but in the second it wasn't present. That doesn't mean he was cured of every problem associated with the secondary defects, but he was spared from the worst of it. During my mission, I was given the gift of healing. It's hard to pin point the exact time, considering I had a odd, painful accident there. However, when I compare my strength, stamina, and lack of pain to the last time I was home two years ago, I'm blown away by the difference. I even look younger. Other of my family have also received healing great and small. As difficult as it is to accept disability or death, yielding to the will of God, we receive peace instead of bitterness. That is a healing miracle in itself.