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Health Pearls March 2009

March 7, 2009  – Week 1


Revelation 22:17 (last part) - “And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” I recently was approached by a well-meaning, sincere Christian gentleman about the alleged benefits of alkaline water; its purported cancer healing, heart health and a multitude of others. When asked where this water could be obtained, I was informed that he sold a water purification system for $4,000.00 which produced this “alkaline water.” My knowledge of physiology and how the body maintains a blood pH of 7.4 made me question this theory. I also immediately sensed that this was not something I should get involved with because it did not meet Christ's principles of health. If this system was the way to health and longevity, then the rich would live and the poor would die. God has always made His remedies available to everyone and not just those with financial resources. After investigation, I was not able to find any credible medical endorsements of “alkaline water.” But if you feel it is beneficial, then drink it. The  most important thing is make sure you are drinking adequate water, whatever kind you choose. 


March 14, 2009  – Week 2


A recent study of young women showed an inverse relationship to vitamin C blood levels and blood pressure, the higher the vitamin C blood level the lower the blood pressure. “The current study involved 242 black and white women, between 18 and 21 years old, with normal blood pressures, who were participants in the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Growth and Health Study. The girls had entered the trial when they were 8 to 11 years old. Over a 10-year period, their plasma levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and blood pressure were monitored.  At year 10, Block (the lead investigator) and her colleagues found that blood pressure, both the systolic and diastolic (top and bottom reading), was inversely associated with ascorbic acid levels.” (Nutrition Journal, December 17, 2008) As you know the best source of vitamin C is not a supplement but fruit and vegetables. So make sure you get your 5 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables each day for better health and lower blood pressures.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

March 21, 2009  - Week


Peripheral artery disease (PAD) also known as intermittent claudication, is a condition in which the circulation to the legs and feet is compromised by cholesterol plaques in the arteries. Medications and surgery are the mainstays of treatment, but a recent study in the February issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, reports that of 278 persons enrolled in a walking program on a treadmill, only 16% required surgery after one year. Most of the participants that completed the study, doubled their walking distance, most without pain. “"Supervised exercise therapy represents a viable treatment of intermittent claudication with no known complications, which cannot be said of invasive treatment options," reports lead author Dr. Joep A. W. Teijink, a vascular surgeon at Atrium Medical Centre in Heerlen, the Netherlands. So you can see, there is not substitute for exercise. So get your 30-60 minutes of activity every day for better health!       


March 28, 2009  – Week 4


Malachi 4:2 - “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings;” While we know this refers to our Saviour Jesus Christ, its interesting to see the word “Sun” used.  I quote a recent article from the Daily Telegraph, February 24, 2009. “Colds can be beaten by a dose of winter sunshine. The gloomy winter could be encouraging more colds because vitamin D deficiency, which is caused by a lack of sunlight, reduces the body's ability to fight infection. The sun's rays are vital for the body to make vitamin D, which could be important for the body to fight off the common cold, the largest study of its kind suggested. People with the lowest vitamin D levels in their blood were significantly more likely to report having colds or flu. The latest findings, which are reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that people with less than 10 nanograms of vitamin D per millilitre of blood were 40 per cent more likely to report having had a respiratory infection than those with 30ng per millilitre.” So make sure you get plenty of sun and even more Son!

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