Monday, September 9, 2019

Healthy Minute- Hormones and Aging

When God created our bodies, he created a fine tuned machine that had many parts all working in conjunction. People who believe in evolution usually ruin their ability to understand the human body because they tend to focus on one part as if it was autonomous from the rest of the body.
When we accept that our bodies were created as a single entity with multiple, dependent functioning parts we can then begin to learn how to have a healthy life.
Hormones are one of those little parts that effect many different areas. Our hormones are mainly looked at as making us a boy or a girl which grows into a man or a woman and then have something to do with procreation. But, they go beyond that. Our hormones can affect our mood, our use of vitamins and minerals, and our breakouts of acne and beginnings of osteoporosis.
Keeping our hormones in balance will go a long way to ridding the body of many ills.
Just speaking about hormones, you may think of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Sadly, most people only know of those three, and yet there are many more that are needed in our bodies. These working in harmony cause the body to function as flawlessly as a fallen creation can. But, when they are all out of tune and running wild or sitting idle they can wreck havoc on our entire being.
Progesterone is probably the most valuable of the hormones. Progesterone is synthesized in the body and is a precusor for the body to make corticosteroids and testosterone. Even though this hormone is made in copious amounts during pregnancy, this hormone is neither specifically male nor female as both genders need it.
The main role of progesterone is to oppose and balance estrogen. Progesterone production begins to drop as you age, but this hormone can flatline much earlier than any of the others causing some serious disfunction in the harmony of the body. Progesterone in the proper amount  not only protects women against fibrocystic breasts and endometrial cancer, but it also helps us use fat for energy, stimulates bone building, acts as a natural antidepressant, and even helps prevent prostate cancer in men. And those are just a few of the amazing things it does.
If you think you may be low on progesterone, you can buy a transdermal cream. Progesterone is highly fat soluble, and a good progesterone cream works better than any oral supplement. Read John Lee and Jesse Hanley's book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause to find out how to properly use the cream.
The most abused hormone on the market today is probably estrogen. Estrogen is needed in the female body to help with all of the lady organs as well as stopping the growth of long bones in both men and women. However, too much estrogen will make you bloated, moody, and give you insomnia.
Estrogen dominance is when this hormone runs rampant in the body to the exclusion of others. And it can cause so many problems from allergies to autoimmune disorders, cancer of the sex organs and breasts to thyroid dysfunction, hair loss and headaches to mood swings and osteoporosis. It's very scary stuff, and yet, doctors prescribe estrogen to their patients without a balancing progesterone to keep it in check. It's in so much of our food and water that it's cause so many problems in men, women, and animals!
If you are on estrogen and you aren't using a progesterone cream, you should really research the effects of too much estrogen on your body!
Another hormone that I've rarely heard mentioned is DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). DHEA and progesterone are used by the body to make estrogen and testosterone. This hormones helps with our energy and immune functions and moods. Many ailments like cancer, heart disease, allergies, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases pop up as our levels of DHEA drop.
If you are thinking of supplementing with DHEA, choose a low dose of 5 to 10 mg daily, and don't buy products that say DHEA precursors because there's no guarantee your body with use it to create it's own DHEA. Careful though, because this hormone can have a masculinizing effect on women like male pattern baldness and growth of facial hair.
Pregnenolone is another rarely heard of hormone which your body makes from cholesterol. This hormone seems to have some benefits on rheumatoid arthritis symptoms in low doses, but it should be taken under direction of a health care professional.
You may have heard a lot about Corticosteroids. Cortisol happens to be a big conversation piece when talking about stress. That's because these hormones respond to anything that signals stressors in our body.
But, you may not know that these hormones regulate immune responses, oppose insulin, and stimulate conversion of proteins to glucose. They can even help regulate mineral balance.
But, when our bodies are under constant stress, it can lead to high levels of cortisol in the blood stream which can result in Cushing's disease, hypertention, and osteoporosis. Some doctors even think that it may be the primary cause of Alzheimer's and dementia.
Testosterone is thought of as a man's hormone, but women actually need this one just as men need a little estrogen. Men and women decrease in their production of all hormones as they age and this is why we start to "look" old.
As men age, the start to notice the effects of lower hormones like weight gain, breast and prostate enlargement, and sometimes prostate cancer. Testosterone can be converted in the body to DHT, and while the original testosterone hormone will protect a man against certain ailments, DHT will not. You can supplement with saw palmetto extract to try to inhibit this conversion.
Unlike other hormones, testosterone is only available by prescription.
And, lastly there in Androstenedione. That one is not fun to type of try to say! This is a steroid hormone that is a precursor to testosterone and estrogen. It is secreted by the adrenals and the ovaries in women.
Body builders have known about this one for a while, and sometimes supplement it to boost their testosterone levels and increase the muscle mass. Doctors think it may also help in maintaining the bones and protecting them from bone loss. However, they can have a very masculinizing affect on women, especially when combined with DHEA or testosterone supplement.
All of these hormones working at the right time in the proper amounts give us some wonderful things. They allow us to build bone and muscle, get pregnant and grow a child in the womb, and much more. But, if even one of these hormones is out of whack then the whole symphony of our bodies sounds like a horror movie concert!
If you want more information, I suggest you read John Lee and Jesse Hanley's book What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause to see the best ways to test for each hormone and whether or not you need to think about supplementing. Women actually start the premenopausal stage of life in their late 30's and early 40's so it's never to early to start learning about what's coming and how to help our bodies through it.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Believer's Heritage- Bible Education And Missionary Services (BEAMS)



 Although several ministries print tracts and New Testaments for missionaries, few ministries provide them with whole, hardback Bibles, free of charge. Therefore, this has become the primary purpose of BEAMS. BEAMS raisew funds through offerings from local, independent, Bible-believing Baptist churches to purchase and supply whole, hardback Bibles for missionaries to give to those who are saved on the foreign mission fields. They supply only King James Bibles in English or its equivalent in other languages.

There are many different ways that you can participate with this company:
• Pray.
• Bible a Month
   $8.00 a month supplies one Bible.
• Missionary a Month
   $48.00 a month supplies Bibles for one missionary.
   (Does not cover the cost of shipping)
• Give Bibles in Memory
   of a loved one who has passed away.
• Give Bibles in Honor
   of special occasions: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc.
• Invite a BEAMS missionary to present BEAMS in your church.
   For an appointment, call (228) 832-1096.
• Bring a group to visit BEAMS.
   To schedule a group, call Bro. Scott (228) 832-1096
• Give an offering to cover cost of mailing a box.     
   On average one box costs $75.46 to mail to a missionary on the foreign field.

If you would like a brochure or to help supply Bibles for missionaries, contact them at office@beamsbibles.com , 228-832-1096 or 228-832-3578.

BEAMS also has a Biblical Heritage Exhibit that you can visit, you must call the number above to make an appointment to tour.

Friday, September 6, 2019

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause book review

Are some weird things happening as you age? I know they are, because they happen for everyone. We start getting moody over little things or sweating when it's not that hot out. People don't really talk about the changes that happen in the different stages of life after puberty.
I found Dr. Lee and Dr. Hanley's book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause, in the free bin at our local bookstore and I'm so thankful that I grabbed it!
I use to think I couldn't wait until I didn't have to worry about my period anymore, but I didn't realize how important my ovaries and uterus was. I was really shocked to hear about all the problems that could arise from having them removed.
I was also amazed at learning that the body can be restored to a nice balance that would make getting to and going through menopause as painless as possible.
If you are having problems with your female organs or your doctor has recommended having a partial or complete hysterectomy, I highly recommend this book. It goes over many female problems including PMS, adrenal fatigue, painful or cystic breasts, infertility, endometriosis, and more along with how to best work with your doctor or by yourself to bring your hormones into balance and gain relief.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Safe Place (poem)

I went to Jesus with a prayer
Upon a suppliant’s knee;
Low at His cross I laid me down,
Nor asked His face to see,
Yet whispered in His ear the tale
No mortal ear could bear:
The story of a faithless heart,
And of its self-despair.

I told Him how my feet had slipped,
How often gone astray;
How oft my heart refused to love,
My lips refused to pray.
In stammering words that none but He
Hearing could understand,
I made complaint of careless work
Done by a careless hand.

Of wasted hours, of idle words,
Of love oft waxing dim,
Of silence when a warmer heart
Had testified of Him.
I owned my weak and selfish ways;
How often all day long,
Moanings and sighs had filled His ears
To whom I owed a song.
And what said He? What whispered words
Responded unto mine?
Did He reproach me? Did His love
On me refuse to shine?

Nay, thus He spoke, and bent Him low
To reach my anxious ear,
My child, thou doest well to lie
As thou art lying here ;
I knew thy human weakness, knew
Each lurking bosom sin,
Knew it, and yet in loving grace
Thy heart I stooped to win.

I knew that thou wouldst often fall,
Poor work for Me wouldst do,
Wouldst give Me only half thy love,
Give praises faint and few.
And yet I choose thee. Be content
And since thou canst not fly
To heights by dearer souls attained,
Let it suffice to lie

Here at My feet; it is the place
To which My loved ones flee;
They find it sweet, and so shalt thou;
‘Tis a safe place for thee.
Yes, it is sweet, and it is safe!
And here will I abide;
Sinful, and yet forgiven, sad,
And yet so satisfied.

-Elizabeth Payson Prentiss

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Homemade deodorant recipe

1/4 cup Coconut oil
2 TBS manuka honey (15+)
4 tsp Arrow Root powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
3 tsp Diatomaceous Earth
4 tsp Shea Butter
3 tsp Bees Wax
30 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil


Melt the bees wax, shea butter, and coconut oil in a double broiler, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat, and add the arrow root, baking soda, diatomacous earth, honey, and tea tree oil and whisk vigorously.
Store in a glass container. Use a small wooden spoon to remove some and transfer to fingers to apply.

Note: Some people like to use Fractionated coconut oil, or MCT oil, instead of regular coconut oil.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Mercy

There is a song I sang as a teenager that went "How many times have I bowed before God just to ask His forgiveness for some wrong I had done? And how many times have I heard the Lord say, "Child, as long as I have mercy you're forgiven this day!"
Mercy is giving someone what they don't deserve. Christ had mercy on us when He died for our sins. And mercy is one of the three things that God requires from mankind.
Micah 6:8-He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
If you do these three things you won't wrong God or man, and you'll earn rewards in heaven. You need to do right, be merciful to others, and love God. That describes a soul winner.
Romans 9:15- For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Mercy goes hand-in-hand with compassion. If you truly think about the lost world- crying themselves to sleep, wondering if there's anyone who cares, and dying lost and alone to wake up in hell- it should evoke a feeling of compassion and a desire to share the mercy of God.
You'd help an animal if it were hurt, wouldn't you? I spent 30 minutes freeing a lizard from fly paper! Why? Because I felt compassion and wanted to show mercy.
Luke 7:47- Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
Sometimes we fail to see our sin the way God sees it. We think we haven't committed such a horrible offence as murder so we aren't really that bad. And because we think like this, we love little. If we could truly understand what we looked liked to God before He saved us, and what He actually saved us from, we would stop at nothing to tell the world about Him- because we would love abundantly, as He did.
It's very important to have an attitude of mercy and compassion to those who have hurt or offended us. We hurt and offend God and He extends mercy to us! We are suppose to be Christ-like. How many souls has mercy saved?
Mrs. Elliott showed great amounts of mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. The Auca Indians killed her husband. She harbored no ill feelings and her mercy led to the salvation of the entire tribe! We haven't been wronged that badly.
A military man named Fuchida was inspired by a story that Japanese POW's in America told. A young American girl came to their POW camp every day bringing small personal items that they needed. And each time asked, "Is there anything else I can do?"
The Japanese didn't trust her, but after months of this kindness she softened their hearts. When they were about to be released they asked her why she had been so kind. She told them her parents were missionaries to Japan. When the war broke out they fled to the Philippines, only to be caught by Japanese soldiers there and beheaded. She told them she forgave them and wanted them to know Christ.
Fuchida didn't believe the story, but he never forgot it!  He later read a tract about Jacob DeShazer, an American POW in Japan who survived and wrote about having mercy and compassion for his captors.
Fuchida ended up getting saved and testifying all around the world of God's mercy and compassion portrayed by these two Christians.
Now, how badly have you been hurt? Is it really so bad that you can't show mercy? If we desire to have mercy from the Lord, we need to show mercy to others. Someone had mercy on us!
Matthew 5:7- Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.