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Researchers have identified compounds in maple syrup with similar anti-inflammatory or anti-oxidant properties as blueberries, green tea and other "superfoods."
"In our laboratory research we found that several of these compounds possess anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which have been shown to fight cancer, diabetes and bacterial illnesses," said lead researcher Navindra Seeram, assistant professor of pharmacognosy at the University of Rhode Island.
Initial studies also suggest that polyphenols in the syrup may help keep blood sugar levels in check, important for diabetics, by inhibiting enzymes that are involved in the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar, he said....
the american western approach is kill and destroy nature. use it up, and forget the consequences.
this approach works for one generation. the next comes and bears the consequences.
modern medical drugs cannot make up for malnutrition and imbalances from chemical confusion in the body.
the good news in this is that the scriptures can remind us of the need to go to God's provision for health.
there is much to learn from the old ways of cooking, as well. There is truth in the older women teaching the younger, passing down wisdom. Oh for the older men the younger, too.
I must be a secret Mennonite! No, but having a respect for life, taking care of what is ours, leaving the next generation with a livable place. These are all good things.
I think of this time of year. Harvest time. What do western americans eat for their october holidays? CANDY. We are separated from the life-giving substances of life----those things that God uses to remind us of His Sovereignty and involvement in our lives!
Children need to be connected to nature, breathing fresh air and getting sunshine. Vitamin D is hugely important. We need to turn off the commercials and let God rewrite our concept of food ! Grow a garden!
British chef Jamie Oliver set up "Jamie's Kitchen" in Huntington, West Virginia, to highlight the problems Americans are experiencing in eating unhealthily, with the aim of teaching freely 1000 persons in Huntington to cook a healthy meal in one week. He gained the support of a local radio station, on 93.7FM, and eventually television crews and morning TV. On the final day, the governor of West Virginia and the First Lady made an appearance at Jamie's Kitchen, lending their support to the Mission to bless Americans by teaching them how to cook healthily and save lives. He said, "We teach folks to read and write, now we need to teach them how to take care of themselves."
Jamie accomplished his target of 1000 people who each cooked a small meal in a woc. And he gained a lot of friends who appreciated his help and concern in trying to lessen the many early deaths from obesity and related illnesses. Jamie's longterm aim is to begin a revolution to get people away from JUNK (killer) foods, and onto sensible, healthy foods. (Learned from a documentary on British TV.)
Ah yes, there is much needless suffering in the west on account of eating the wrong foods for our bodies.
Thank you jpw for your clarfying. I believed you a youth because of your mentioning your parents in the past. I didn't disagree with what you said since you stated, when we can. There are factors in life we cannot control and there are national judgments that will effect God's people like the saints in Jerusalem in Paul's day. There are issues of conscience that will be costly to stand by and many of lifes unperdictables. I'm of the opinion that there is a connection to good health in other unaddressed issues as well. I believe there is health in worshipping God in Spirit and truth and a generational curse on idolators that is passed over without due consideration.
"I am a research scientist retired from the FDA/NIH. I am currently working on nutrition and oxygen therapy. Our research has shown that when we eat natural nutrients (at least 65% raw fruits and vegetables) there is an energy explosion within our body. This gives the body the necessary tools it needs to rebuild strong cells that it takes to gain control of the body ..... we have had great success with our program ..... this we believe is or will be the beginning road map to return to the Garden of Eden." John H Norris PhD, Maryland.
"Americans are becoming aware that much of what we have been told by those we rely upon for healthcare is not true. In fact, powerful political and economic forces exist throughout the land which thrive upon the public's health misfortunes. These vested interests, because of financial reasons, do not wish to see these people freed from disease and pain. They hire expensive lawyers, influence the media and bitterly oppose those who say there is a better way.
'God's Way to Ultimate Health' is a book offering freedom to people enslaved by the shackles of chronic degenerative disease. Some of those who make a living from other people's ill health would certainly not want you to read this book." Dr David A Darbro, MD Indianapolis, Indiana
Modern processing and transportation has eliminated the food culture that developed, the knowledge of food, growing, preparing within the family and community.
When we say the family needs to be preserved.....food is an essential element to this.
Mercury is not food. It is harming us. Aluminum should not be purposely taken in. Aluminum is bad for us.
Ecoli excrement is not good for us. It is not food.
I am watching this civilization destroy itself within, by what it is taking.
Adam was cursed with difficult farming, Eve with difficult relationships and childbirth. They were both cursed with death (and also blessed in Christ with resurrection).
Today, Adam doesn't want to plant the seeds and Eve doesn't want to have children.
this explains the condition of our foods and how we've gotten here. There is much wisdom in a family-honoring approach to food and living. We are trading this in for sorrows upon sorrows. Anyway, a visit to the hospital for just a few days can be tens of thousands. Best to keep the body pure, to do what we can to honor God and what He has given us.
RP, I am not a youth. That was a long time ago for me. I appreciate your posts and Rufus and others.
I think it was you that posted the doctor's speech at the Presb. church. That was most excellent, and thank you for posting.
I have read a lot of research over many years and am well aware of the pitfalls, deceptions and corruption of research.
I also do not hold to an allopathic view of science. Neither its conclusions, nor its approach, although there are useful elements.
The scriptures make it clear and nature itself speaks to our Creator. The creation was made for us. The things we need to live, the beauty, was put there for us from a loving God.
And we are in a cursed world. So now each one of us must deal with illness and death.
Genesis teaches us that God gave us the plants of the earth for nourishment. There is much to this. This in itself could be studied during a lifetime. Aspirin, which we often take for headaches, but can cause harm as well. The natural form is white willow brk. Now, when God made white willow, which helps with inflammation and pain, was it accidental that it helps us or God's plan?
After the flood, with I assume greater increase of the curse on the physical world, (I'll add more....)
Rufus wrote: It was relevant as what they ate got them in trouble. What they ate brought forth the consequence....
Rufus, I think that a bit of a stretch. I hope you understand Genesis 3 in a clearer light then that Since it gives your reason for needing to acknowledge that God is Immutable or changes not and man in his best estate was changeable and suceptible to rebellion against ahis Maker's clear command. Adam sinned persumptiously, Eve was seduced, but it was their disobedience to the clear authoritative command ofGod that brought the curse on mankind. The gospel alone removes the curse. It is not a matter of meat and drink. The destruction of this nation is related to our abuse of the gospel, not food. Though it could be used as a secondary cause, if God so wills it. The gospel diverted from in truth and in faithful expository preaching will destroy any nation that once understood it and then rejected it for other gods, who are no gods at all. We are culpable for the light given to this nation historically. We are certainly more culpable then many other nations in the world.
Romans 13 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.---NASB
Pigging out is not only unhealthy but not Christian either.
If something is healthful, I don't care if it has come through the hands of man or not. Corn/maize is man-made grain. I'm still going to use it, within reason. Ah, castor beans aren't man-made, but I'm sure not going to eat them! If additives have been well-tested and proved to be beneficial, you know like vitamin pills, you can overdose on those too, by the way -- go for 'em!
Oh, finally, I like spinach, but a diet of spinach, if memory serves, can kill you.
RP wrote: Read Genesis 3. But since you didn't say how you saw this as relevant, I'm unsure what point you wanted to make from it. ...
It was relevant as what they ate got them in trouble. What they ate brought forth the consequence of death. What we eat today, be it bread that is not bread, milk that is not milk, honey that is not honey, or in general, food that is not food, will likewise bring forth death.
Rufus1 wrote: True that...Now take a look at Genesis 3.
Read Genesis 3. But since you didn't say how you saw this as relevant, I'm unsure what point you wanted to make from it. They were herbivorous in the beginning and after the fall until the world wide judgment of the flood? Just a wild guess.
I would chose to point out that God cursed the ground and the difficulty of a man's labors to obtain his daily bread. The woman's sorrows post curse would be related to the domestic sphere as Matthew Poole's Commentary points out exigeiting the text in Thess. 'If a man doesn't work he shouldn't eat. ' Poole believes this speaks to men primarily related to the curse in Gen. 3
Yet the whole counsel of God indicates that in times of persecution, there will be needed a mutual care between brethren, as in Paul's day for the poor saints in Jerusalem, or wherever the heat is on the people of God. In Paul's day recognizing or finding one's brethren was not as confusing.
Aristotle wrote: I dare anyone to prove categorically with airtight syllogistic reasoning that something called food is actually food, and then to prove categorically with watertight syllogistic reasoning that the definition of food is the true and accurate definition of food.
Something called food that is actually food...
"And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens." - Proverbs 27:27
The definition of food as the true and accurate definition for food...
"God is not a man, that he should lie;..." Numbers 23:19
I dare anyone to prove categorically with airtight syllogistic reasoning that something called food is actually food, and then to prove categorically with watertight syllogistic reasoning that the definition of food is the true and accurate definition of food.
I would not advocate a violation of the sixth commandment, but when I was a child one of my European friend's parents would tell us stories of being in prison camps and eating rats to stay alive. The point is God's favored nations have been brought to their wits end because they thought they knew more then God. Look at the prophet Malachi's contention with the religious hypocrits or Isaiah's look at the opening verses of chapter 58. It would appear that the Lord was telling Isaiah, it would not be easy or very successful to get the back-slidden people of God to listen. Look at 1 Cor. 11 where Paul indicates they are sick and dying, food wasn't the primary reason, though it could be used as a secondary cause, if God so willed it.
General rant: Look around you. Look at the people in your churches. How many of them have heart disease? Diabetes? How many have allergies? How many can't go a year without getting sick? How many are overweight and can't walk from here to there without getting winded? How many are dying? The curse causeless shall not come says the Bible. We are a cursed people because we lack knowledge or discipline in eating real, good food.
Cane sugar, HFCS etc. bring forth diabetes. Pig, catfish, shrimp, vulture, or any other scavenger bottom feeding animal are not good for consumption. Taking 1 Timothy 4 and running with it is hard to do if one considers a puffin fish or a trigger fish. There are animals that you should not consume for they kill you immediately. Then there are "foods" that you should not consume for they kill you slowly. Whether one's suicide is a quick one or a slow one, either path brings forth death.
Jpw, there is a few things, here that can be proved from Scripture and the first applies to all James 4:1. None of us want to be guilty of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh or the pride of life, I don't imagine. Nor do we want to forget our place 1Tim. 5:1-2 . Neil made a valid point and we are all tempted in this format to assumption. We are not neighbors viewing each others good works, should we then assume there are none?
David Silversides had a teaching on the green movement, I found it helpful and if I'm not mistaken it addresses Neil's concern. You are what appears to me a zealous youth. You like to learn and apply it. Give a listen, it's on SA
jpw, here you go again, making "appeal to pity" moral demands on me ("do not be fooled", "...get a poor chap some maple syrup","grow a garden, and share") on the grounds of purely extrabiblical, industry-funded, scientific reasoning. It is a classic example of humanistic legalism - moral injunctions of human invention. You mentioned that Scripture says something about health, yet have as yet offered no proof texts at all!
Since you beg the question again ("if poison is eaten consistently"), I repeat my request: I DARE you to *prove* categorically, with watertight syllogistic reasoning, that maple syrup, or any other foodstuff for that matter, actually does good for any given individual. Or harm.