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Biblical Health

Begin Your Own Long-Term Care Now
by Judy Hartman

My prayer is that I may share with you something that may save your life. I am in my 70th decade and have been studying health, fitness, and nutrition since I was twenty-one. I have lived what I have learned. I am healthier today than I have ever been in my life. I feel better each day than I ever have before. I am stronger and more limber, more flexible than I have ever been. My mind is clear and alert.

I pray the same for you, dear friend. Whatever your age is, the time is now to take responsibility for your own health. Begin your long- term care now yourself, so that you can carry out God’s specific plan for your life with joy, clarity, vigor, and vitality.

The Bible on Health

First, let’s search the Bible for what keeps some people from being open to the statistics on health today. God tells us in Romans 14:2 that “One [man’s faith permits him [to] believe he may eat anything, while a weaker one [limits his] eating to vegetables.” These are decisions a person makes based on his or her faith. Therefore eating or not eating is a part of the person’s doctrine.

(I find instruction in the Bible regarding nutrition, but I do not include nutrition as a doctrine of the Bible. God has given each of us the freedom of choice to come to Him, to serve Him, to be obedient to Him, and to keep our bodies healthy so that we can do our part in completing God’s plan of redemption for mankind.)

I am in the group who can eat everything. God has given us the liberty to eat whatever we choose to eat. Based on my study and experience for sixty-five years my body does best on a plant-based diet. In fact, it thrives on a plant-based diet.

We know that Jesus ate fish with the disciples when he returned to earth after His resurrection. In John Chapter Twenty-One Jesus provided the fish and ate bread and fish with the disciples. We know that most, if not all, fish today caught in the seas, oceans, lakes, and streams contain mercury, a very harmful toxin.

I continually find instruction in the Bible that clearly tells me what to do as I read through the Bible again and again. I know that in the Garden of Eden fruit was enjoyed. “And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted). And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired-good (suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree of life also in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity,” (Genesis 2:9).

We Look Forward

I know that in the New Jerusalem there will be “the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations” (Revelation 22:1-2)

I like to think of what the different fruits will be. I am thinking that one will be avocado, one banana, and one lemon. One of my granddaughters says that she wants one to be spaghetti and one to be macaroni We will see what grows on the tree when we arrive there!

Why Be Healthy?

I have a passion to share what I have learned about health. I am the Health Minister at our church, Christ Church, in Palm Harbor. We see remarkable changes in people’s lives as a result of making simple changes in their lives.

The reason that I teach health to those who want to learn is found in Romans Chapter Fourteen. “For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me and every tongue shall confess to God [acknowledge Him to His honor and to His praise].” Our focus in life is to keep ourselves in Christ Jesus and to be instruments of God’s message for others to have ears to hear the gospel. Every single person will bow his or her knee to God one day.

Our hearts break with the thought that some will bow their knees from a place that will result in eternal separation from God. Many people’s lives are cut short because of the SAD, the Standard American Diet.

“Father, help us to show the way of salvation to others in a way that their hearts can receive You. Holy Spirit, empower us to be instruments of the gospel while there is still time. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”

I want to be healthy in order to go on the mission trips to countries where our books have been translated into the local language, to meet and encourage the Christian leaders and bless them in every way that I can. Teaching simple health principles will enable others to fulfill the plan that God has for their lives.

I am now taking the message of health to the nations. In 2004 of October I traveled to India with Laura Lee Ryan to teach simple health and fitness principles. I will be traveling to Zambia and Ghana with the same message. I want to present what I have learned and lived to the nations who are embarking on the Standard American Diet believing it is equal to prosperity, not knowing it can bring a painful, compromised life and early death.

I do not judge anyone for the day he or she chooses to worship God or the way that he or she chooses to eat. I will not allow eating to create a division. I explain that I have chosen to eat this way for my own health and I am clear not to judge others by what they eat.

God is very specific about the care of the temple in the Old Testament. He is just as specific about the care of the temple in the New Testament. That temple is the body where the Holy Spirit takes residence the moment we acknowledge Jesus Christ as our Messiah. Over 90% of all disease is directly related to an unclean temple or tabernacle, an unclean body. The two major causes of disease are toxicity and malnutrition. I choose to eliminate toxins as much as I can and to provide optimal nutrients to feed every cell in my body.

Be Aware of Toxins in the Environment

I have made changes to reduce toxins in our home. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that, “150 chemicals commonly found in homes have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities.”

In a 15-year study, women who worked at home had a 54% higher death rate from cancer than did women who worked away from home. The study concluded that the increased death rate was because of daily exposure to toxic chemicals in household products. Formaldehyde is found in household cleaners, disinfectants, carpet, permanent press fabrics, many personal care products, medicines, antiseptics and many other products used in the home.

I choose to wear only 100% cotton, 100% silk or linen, or 100% wool (stays packed for trips to the cold north). I use a vegetable-based laundry soap for washing our clothes. Much toxicity remains in clothes washed with the chemicals of laundry soaps and clothes drier sheets. These chemicals are against the body and can enter through the skin or the nostrils.

Health=Nutrition+Exercise-Toxins & Stress

Here is a health equation provided by Hallelujah Acres where I have been a Health Minister since 1997. A person’s level of Health equals nutrition plus exercise minus toxins and stress.

I am presenting facts that today present a SAD picture of health in the United States and in every country that adopts our fast foods and our animal-based diet. SAD means Standard American Diet.

I would like to present the principle of eating to live, not living to eat. In Proverbs we are warned to “take a knife to our throat if we are given to appetite.” God warns that gluttony is a sin. If I have extra fat on my body, I have eaten more than my body requires to live and to operate optimally.

Live Food for Live Cells

The United States is the most overfed and undernourished nation in the world. I choose to select nutrient dense food. I eat only when I am hungry. Each of the trillions of cells in my body was created by God to process live food. The best live food would be just picked from the tree or bush or from under the ground.

The next best is organic produce. When necessary I purchase produce from the produce section of the grocery store. More and more stores in our area are carrying organic produce. Statistics show that organic produce is more nutrient dense than its toxin-filled, fertilized, poison-sprayed counterparts found in the produce section of the grocery store. Yet, these non-organic veggies and fruit are better for my health than cooked food.

I reward myself with some cooked food at the end of the day after I have fed my cells lots of nutrients through freshly squeezed vegetable juices and the green powder of barley leaves and fresh fruit.

Preparing Fruit and Veggies

I clean veggies and fruit by spraying them first with straight hydrogen peroxide and let them sit for ten minutes. Then I spray them with white or cider vinegar and let them sit for another ten minutes. Then I rinse them, prepare the veggies for the week, and then put them all in the refrigerator. I try to do this as soon as I arrive home from purchasing my produce.

Immediately I prepare the greens for the week. I dry them and cut with scissors lettuce, kale, parsley, cilantro, and any other greens. I use as many different greens as I can find. I cut just a little of each of the tougher ones and more of the different kinds of lettuce. I place them in quart-sized plastic bags in the refrigerator.

Raw greens are the major source of protein for many species of animals. Where does the cow get protein? Where does the elephant get protein, the giraffe? The greens lose a little of the nutrients through being cut, but having salads all ready and veggies all ready for many dishes is worth the slight loss of nutrients. When I go for a physical exam, I see that my protein levels are exactly where they should be.

Then I take other vegetables that are not juicy, such as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, zucchini, green beans, snap peas, and others. I place these in the Cuisinart food processor with the blade. I pulse the machine on and off until the veggies are the size I want, about bite-sized. I place these in quart plastic bags in the refrigerator.

Now I have fast food salads all ready. I just slice some tomatoes. I am making salad dressings with avocados, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, plus lemon or lime juice, natural apple cider vinegar, or a fresh juice, such as orange or tomato. I add flavorings from the garden, such as dill, mint, or basil or use dried herbs.

I also have veggies ready for stir fry in vegetable stock or a sweet and sour veggie dish with pineapple and dried grated coconut (from the health food store) over brown basmati rice.

Health Crisis

I have much information about meat-based diets being the cause of heart disease. Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne of the world-famous Cleveland Clinic Foundation spoke to our Health Minister Reunion in 2004. He has a plan of eating that virtually eliminates heart disease, which was not listed in the medical journals before the 1900’s. Dr. Esselstyne reports that heart disease is the result of the increase of meat in the diet in the United States and other countries that adapt the SAD (Standard American Diet) when our fast food businesses arrive in their countries.

In Nigeria, Ghana, and West Africa there is an noticeable absence of men in their forties and older. A health crisis has occurred because the prosperous, young meat-eating men are dying of heart attacks at an early age. The influx of the Western style of meat-eating, fast foods, and the belief that meat-eating equals prosperity are killing the men of these nations.

The Japanese had little heart disease before the SAD diet arrived in their country. They had almost no lung cancer until smoking arrived into their culture.

Eating meat creates an odor in humans. Remember that the Indians would not eat just before they went to hunt. They knew that the animals could smell the meat in their bodies. Vegetarians usually do not have body odor and do not need deodorants.

The Great Deception in Beauty Products

I do not use deodorants with aluminum. In fact, I do not use deodorants with chemicals at all. The lymph system is right at the point where the deodorant is placed. A large majority of breast cancer is on the upper outside corner of the breast where the deodorant is placed year after year. There is a strong possibility that aluminum has a part in the onset of Alzheimer’s disease as well as well as breast cancer.

Any chemicals that I place on my skin can enter my skin through my pores. I no longer use chemical-laden sunscreen (Does it prevent or cause cancer? I purchase one at the health food store but never over the number 15).I choose not to use perfumes, creams, shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes, permanents, or any other chemical that would poison my body. I know that in time the accumulation of toxins in the brain (through hair products) or the skin will cause disease in my body. I purchase chemical free products for personal care and for the maintaining of my home. I prefer to live the Genesis 1:29 plan that God gave to Adam and Eve. It is so full of delicious food that I do not want to eat anything else. There are many sources for recipes, but I love to create my own. Please contact me if you would like to receive my recipes and ideas about how to take responsibility for your own health.

I have seven keys to health that I do my best to follow. They are Salvation, Oxygen, Sunshine, Nutrition, Exercise, Water, and Scripture.

#1 Salvation

We have presented God’s plan to redeem every person back to Himself. Redeem means to exchange something for something. Jesus Christ exchanged His life and His blood for each of us. He stood in our place before God as if He were a sinner. He took all of our sin upon Himself as he stood before His Father and our God. We each have a choice to redeem our lives or to forever be separated from God. We redeem our lives by acknowledging Jesus Christ as our Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We believe that the time in which this decision can still be made is short. We plead with every reader to be certain that your name is written in heaven. Please click the Home Page link “Receive God’s gift” for the explanation of how to know for certain that you are part of the family of God through Jesus Christ.

#2 Oxygen

Deep breathe like a baby, from your diaphragm. As you walk, breathe in to the count of four and breathe out to the count of four. All during the day do deep breathing by breathing in to the count of four, holding to the count of four, exhaling to the count of four, and then holding to the count of four.

As you take in the air after holding, exaggerate the intake. As you exhale, exaggerate the exhale. Clean out your windpipes! As you exhale the air, exhale all negative thoughts and worries as well.

#3 Sunshine

Try to be out in the sunshine for at least fifteen minutes each day. The sun provides nutrients, especially Vitamin D, for our physical health as well as the beauty of light for our mental health. We know that plants do not create chlorophyll without light. Our bodies require light for optimum health.

#4 Nutrition

Living food was designed for the human body. Our cells were created to operate optimally on living food. They have to work so much harder when they receive cooked food. I try to consume 85% raw, organic and 15% cooked food, with the cooked food at the end of the day. I use the Green Star and Champion juicers, a Vita Mix strong blender, a Cuisinart food processor, and an Excaliber food dehydrator.

Drinking freshly-extracted vegetables juices is an essential part of my nutrition. The extra nutrients enable my body to tackle unfinished business, healing old internal wounds left over from every sickness I ever had. My body cleans house and sends workers to the areas where there was a weakness and corrects the imbalance. God made the body to heal itself if it is given the right tools.

Protein and calcium are the major issues people questions about a plant-based diet. Fresh greens are loaded with protein and calcium. As the zebra, the buffalo, the gazelle, and the elephant will tell you.

I carry fruit with me and a small packet of seeds and nuts for snacks. I carry apples and carrots for my horse and for my grandchildren and me as well! I love avocadoes, so I often have one for lunch if I am out. These are the greatest fast foods!

#5 Pure Water

You are not sick; you are dehydrated is the theme of Dr. Rereydoon Batamghelidg, a research scientist who has dedicated his life to educating people about the healing nature of water. The body is 75% water; the brain is 85 % to 95% water; the blood is 82% water; and the lungs are 90% water. A drop in 2% of the body’s water supply creates dehydration. Fatigue can be key sign of dehydration.

Approximately 75% of Americans are at least mildly dehydrated. Imagine the dehydration of the people in undeveloped nations where water is not readily available!

So, how much water should you drink? Thirst is a poor indicator of hydration. Drink two times the amount you would drink to quench your thirst. Drink throughout the day. Drinking eight eight ounce glasses of water is a good habit. Another way to figure the amount of water you need in a day is to divide your weight in pounds in half and drink that many ounces of water daily.

You can be your own doctor! If your urine is very pale or clear, you are drinking enough water. Dark yellow urine is a sign of dehydration. Dr. Batamghelidg says, “You are not sick! You are thirsty!”

The sugar, acidity, articifical sweeteners, and artificial flavors in sodas can actually shorten your life. Caffeine consumption can cause dehydration. When the body cries for caffeine, the body may react in a headache, shaking, or an irritable attitude. Artificial sweeteners are linked to brain tumors. Sugar consumption compromises the immune system. One soda has about nine teaspoons of sugar which can compromise the immune system by one third for the day. So three sodas knock out the immune system for the day.

The key reason not to drink sodas is the mineral depletion. The body has to defend itself from the acidity in a soda. The acidity could actually kill a person, except that the body rises to neutralize the it to bring the body back into alkalinity. Where does the body search for the needed minerals? It looks wherever it can find the mineral needed. Calcium is found in the bones and teeth. You must drink 32 glasses of water to neutralize the effects of one twelve ounce soda.

Coffee dehydrates the body. Instead of using coffee to wake up, why not stretch and do jumping jacks to start your circulation going in the morning? The accumulation of caffeine in various foods and drinks consumed each day can contribute to increased metabolism, a rise in blood pressure as well as heart rate, accelerated breathing as well as sleep problems. Caffeine is the drug most widely consumed in the world today.

Fluoride can cause the teeth to turn brown and to be pitted. This browning of teeth happens primarily in the developing teeth of children before the teeth come through the gums. About 10 to 15% of children who receive the recommended amount of fluoride have some degree of brown and pitted teeth from the fluoride. We know that fluoride is actually available because it is left over from the aluminum industry. Something had to be done with it, so the decision was made to put it in the drinking water. Fluoride is used to deworm pigs, delouse chickens, as a rat poison, and as a pesticide.

How much fluoride is okay? Death will result in a human from 1/10th of an ounce. Dr. Joseph M. Price is the attending physician at the Saginaw General Hospital in Saginaw, Michigan. He states, “Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison.” He concludes that the addition of chlorine to city drinking water is the major cause of arteries hardening, heart disease and strokes, the onset of senility, and other degenerative diseases, especially of the cardiovascular system.” (DRINKING WATER by Dr. Donsbach, p. 18).

The average American drinks at least one serving of soda each day. The caffeine that is removed from decaf coffee is used for making sodas. Eleven and three fourths billion dollars are spent per year on soft drinks each year in the United States. A study shows that 39% of Americans would choose a car with a larger cup holder for the every present drink in a large cup.

The initial cost of a water purification system will be offset by the savings in money not spent on drinks other than water. We use a Waterwise 9000 water distiller every day in our home. I often add lemon juice, a squeeze or two, to the water to add minerals back into the water and for great taste as well as to alkalinize the body.

#6 Exercise

Muscles do not age. I fit aerobics, weight training, and stretching into my life through T-Tapp, the wellness workout that works. Walking is the very best exercise. I aim for a mile in fifteen minutes. My goal is a 45-minute three mile walk or walk-jog.

I combine walking with the rebounder mini-trampoline which was created by NASA for the astronauts. It combines acceleration, deceleration, and gravity which clean the lymphatic system by exercising every cell with every bounce. The lymphatic system has no pump of its own. An inexpensive rebounder may damage your back. I purchase only Needak rebounders. I can send you instructions and details about rebounding if you would like.

#7 Scripture

The Bible is God’s message to me. God gives me instructions, loves me, and blesses me every day in His Word, the Bible. I have a plan to read through the Bible. As I read in each area of the Bible, I note verses on specific subjects. I am interested in so many subjects that I have many lists! I keep these verses together, so I can create a message on a specific topic. I also carry verses and a chapter with me to be writing upon my heart. God keeps me in His love, walking in forgiveness (I choose to “pre-forgive” whatever may happen each day that might hurt or offend me.). Forgiveness is a major key to health.

The good news is that the miraculous, self-healing body can reverse the most severe of diseases if given the proper tools. God’s nature is to heal.

When I was in the eighth grade my left hip was operated on with the plan to amputate my leg. A tumor like an octopus was wrapped around my hip so severely that the only recourse appeared to be amputation of my leg. If you know me, you know that I am very active as I ride my horse, play tennis, swim, and ride bikes with my grandchildren. My family reported to me after our precious housekeeper was already in heaven that they had heard weeping and wailing from her room all night long the night before the operation. She was having a talk with the Lord about me. Janie will be one I will thank when I arrive in heaven. I have both of my legs.

God provided for healing as part of the atonement on the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus took our sin and our sickness upon Himself. He spent so much time healing people. He told us that He would empower us through the Holy Spirit to do what He did and even greater things because He would be going to the Father. His resurrection power would be made available to us. We pray for the sick and trust in the power of God to heal. We thank God for His healing power.

When a person is healed by God through a miracle, the person should seek to find out the cause of the disease or illness. If the person does not make changes in his or her health habits, the issue may recur through toxicity, malnutrition, poison, or a lack of nutrients. We are blessed today with the multiplication of knowledge today, especially in the area of health.

If I can help you in any way, please contact me. My heart breaks when I see the lack of health in the body of Christ. We should be the shining examples of health to others. They should come running to our churches because they want to be as healthy as we are! Whoever you are, if you desire to live your life fully until you take your last breath, I am here for youJ

I like to bring together the natural and the supernatural. I pray that we can keep our bodies fit for the King as we complete the assignment He has given us which includes feeding the poor and praying for the sick as we take the gospel to every nation.

Judy

 
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