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Health Pearls July 2009


This title arrested my attention especially when I considered the statement in Counsel on Diet and Food p. 73, “It is the custom and order of society to take a slight breakfast. But this is not the best way to treat the stomach. At breakfast time the stomach is in a better condition to take care of more food than at the second or third meal of the day. The habit of eating a sparing breakfast and a large dinner is wrong. Make your breakfast correspond more nearly to the heartiest meal of the day.” In the 91st Annual Meeting of The Endocrine Society in Washington, D.C., June 2009, a team of researchers from the Imperial College of London presented this amazing study. 20 healthy, non-obese volunteers underwent a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scan to find out how eating affected the brain's “reward” center, which influences how the body perceives and responds to pleasure. The volunteers skipped breakfast and were scanned. During this time pictures of high-calorie foods like pizza, cake and chocolate and healthier options like vegetables, salad and fish were presented to them. The reward center of the brain lit up more vividly and/or became more active when the high-calorie food pictures were shown, indicating these foods were more desired. But when the participants ate breakfast and underwent the same scan, the reward centers of the brain showed no differences in activity when pictures of high-calorie or low-calorie food were shown. The participants also rated how appealing they found each food picture. When skipping breakfast, high calorie foods were favored, but when breakfast was eaten, there was little difference. This corresponded to the fMRI findings. So for better health eat a healthy and hearty breakfast every day!



“I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4) Night in Bible times was the time for sleep, but today man has turned night into day with artificial lighting. This may pose a cancer risk. In the May 2009 Reader's Digest an article reveals the possible relationship between artificial light and an increase risk of breast and prostate cancer; which  may be due to the effect of artificial light on melatonin, a hormone which may play a role in immunity (the body's natural defenses). Research from Israel's University of Haifa analyzed satellite measurements of night-time light and cancer rates in 164 countries. The brightest lit areas had the highest rates of prostate cancer; twice as much as the dimmest lit areas. A Harvard study monitored 18,000 women who had gone through menopause and noted that those with the lowest nighttime levels of melatonin were about 60% more likely to have breast cancer. Light suppresses melatonin production. Therefore it only seems prudent to endeavor to increase the body's production of melatonin. This can be accomplished by eating breakfast by the window, because 20 minutes of morning sunlight promotes healthy nighttime melatonin levels. Reducing artificial light in the bedroom at night also promotes melatonin production. While this relationship needs further investigation, the possible implications are fascinating.                                                                        



If you are feeling “down,” there is a simple approach that may prove effective. In a study from the Laval University in Quebec Canada, women taking 1 gm of Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil related significant improvements in their depression after 8 weeks as compared to placebo. Omega-3 fats increase the amount of serotonin in the brain which improves mood. Other known benefits of Omega-3 fats include: reduction in cholesterol and blood pressure, improvement in arthritis, reduction in heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, improvement in menopausal symptoms (hot flashes), along with many others. Optimal intake of Omega-3 fats would be about 3 grams daily. While most studies use fish oils as the source of Omega-3 fats, you can receive the same amount of this very beneficial nutrient by using 3 tablespoons of ground flax seed meal daily; and you also miss the mercury, cholesterol and carcinogens found in fish. Other excellent source of Omega-3 fats include walnuts, soybeans, and tofu. So for better health, make sure you get your Omega-3 fats daily.(Reader's Digest May 2009 p. 76)


“Cancers, tumors, and all inflammatory diseases are largely caused by meat eating. From the light God has given me, the prevalence of cancer and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh.” (Counsel on Diets & Foods p. 388) The truth of this statement is readily seen in an article found in the July 15, 2009 edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 500,000 cancer-free persons completed a dietary survey and were followed for an average of 6 years. 865 of the men and 472 of the women developed pancreatic cancer. “Compared to people with the lowest total fat intake, people with the highest fat intake were 23% more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. And people with the highest intake of saturated fats were 36% more likely to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.” Saturated fat is found predominately in meats and dairy products. So for better health and less cancer, follow the best diet, the Genesis 1:29 (flesh-free) diet!


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