Friday, July 23, 2010

Food for the Soul

Reposting Bro Bo Sanchez' latest post.  It's exactly what my parents preach every single day.  If I show this to them, I'm sure I'll never hear the end of it.  They will agree with much conviction.

The Best Medicine In The World Is Right In Front Of You

       Lolo Carding and Lola Caring met each other in their old age, fell in love, and decided to get married.
       Their age? Lolo Carding was 81 and Lola Caring was 79.
       One day, while walking in a mall, they passed by a big drugstore.
       Lolo Carding told his fiancé, “Let’s go in.”
       They met the woman behind the counter. Lolo Carding asked, “Do you sell heart medication?”
       The woman said, “Yes, Lolo.”
       “Medicine for arthritis?” Lolo Carding asked.
       The woman nodded her head, “Plenty, Lolo.”
       “How about medicine for memory problems, back pains, osteoporosis, constipation, high cholesterol, hypertension, and diabetes?”
       The woman smiled, “Yes, we have all those medicines, Lolo.”
       “Do you also sell wheelchairs and walkers?”
       “We have many brands, Lolo.”
       Lolo Carding and Lola Caring smiled at each other, turned to the woman behind the counter and said, “We will be getting married in one month. Can we use this drugstore as our bridal registry.”
How You Can Avoid
Becoming A Walking Drugstore?
       People expect that as they grow old, they’ll be taking more and more drugs.
       Why? Because that’s what old people do. 
I know of some people who take 20 tablets a day. 
That seems normal now. People take maintenance medicines for hypertension, high sugar, cholesterol, uric acid, high sugar, and heart problems. Plus, they take more medicines for the side effects. Isn’t that insane? Yet that has become normal too.
       Friend, this doesn’t have to happen to you.
You have a choice.
There’s another path to growing old.
       I’ll repeat my message: The best medicine in the world is God’s chosen food. Eat it and be healed.
Consult Your Manufacturer
       If you’re phone is busted, what do you do?
       You just don’t bring it to anyone.
If you’re wise, you bring it to its manufacturer.
If you have a Nokia phone, you bring it to Nokia. 
If it’s Samsung, you bring it to Samsung. 
If it’s an Iphone, you bring it to Apple.
Today, I want you to go to your Manufacturer.
Get yourself repaired.
       Consult Him. 
       What does He say about becoming healthy?
       I’m not a doctor.
       I’m a spiritual mentor.
       So I’ll be showing you what the Bible says about health.
It’s amazing how science is now discovering the logic behind these ancient verses. 
99% Cause Of All Disease
Read carefully: According to immunologists, 99% of all diseases aren’t caused by germs. They’re caused by a starving, weak, malnourished immune system.
       Your body has an incredible, God-designed, super-elite army capable of destroying any germ that tries to attack it.
       This internal army consists of billions of cells in your body that can prevent and cure any disease in your body.
       But that’s the problem: We don’t eat the food that God designed for us to eat. So that army is starving.
       No wonder we get sick!
       If you look at the Bible, it gives you very practical recommendations on what you should eat. Let’s consult our Manufacturer and find out what He says about what we should eat.
       Let me discuss three prescriptions today.
1. Eat Plants
2. Eat Clean
3. Eat Other “Food”
1.Eat Plants
In Daniel 1:11-15, we read the fascinating story of how Daniel and his friends competed with the Babylonians in the “Who Will Be Healthier In 10 Days?” Contest…
“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food….” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.
Daniel and his friends ate “vegetables and water”.
The other young men ate “royal food” which consisted of meat and other food that was considered “unclean” by the Bible. After ten days, Daniel and his friends were healthier. The poor man’s diet won over the rich man’s diet.
The Bible says in Genesis 1:29, “I have given you every plant with seeds on the face of the earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds. This will be your food.”
       The Bible tells us that plants should be our main food. And today, modern science agrees!
       If you study our bodies, you’ll find more similarities with herbivores than carnivores.
       Go to the mirror now and check your teeth.
What do you notice?  They’re flat. (If they’re all sharp, I suggest you find a good Exorcist.) Just like the teeth of cows, goats, and sheep. 
Carnivores, like lions and tigers, have sharp teeth. 
       Second, herbivores have very long digestive tracks. Just like ours. Carnivores have short ones.
       Our anatomy is telling you that our major food should be plants. The reason why we get sick is because for many years (decades?) we’ve not been eating enough plants.
Objection 1:
“But Bo, I Take Vitamins!”
       Some people say, “I don’t like fruits and veggies. So I just take vitamins.”
       Thank God you’re taking vitamins.
But that isn’t enough. Sorry, vitamin pills won’t replace the actual fruit or veggie. 
       They’re called supplements because they add, not replace. 
Because fruits and vegetables aren’t just about the vitamins. The actual plant also gives enzymes, trace elements, fiber, alkalinity, etcetera!
Let me give you an analogy.
       If you’re my age, you probably watched Voltes V.
       For younger people who didn’t watch this Japanese cartoon, my deepest condolences. 
Voltes V consists five spaceships piloted by Steve, Mark, Big Bert, Little John, and Jamie. There was a love triangle between Steve, Mark, and beautiful Jamie and…uh, never mind. 
By themselves, the spaceships are okay. Each can shoot down enemy ships. 
       But somewhere in the middle of the cartoon, these five spaceships connect with each other and “volt-in”.  Attached together, they form a giant, powerful, kick-butt robot with a saber sword. 
Yep, the sum is always greater than its parts.
Swallowing a vitamin pill is like getting only one spaceship of Voltes V.   But when you eat the whole fruit or vegetable, you’re getting all 5 team members—and they volt-in!
They work together to build you up.
       Take the case of enzymes.
You Need Workers
       Vitamins and minerals are like the raw materials for building your body. Imagine all of the wood, steel, and cement necessary to build a home. 
But the enzymes are your laborers. Without laborers, the house won’t be built.
       And where do you get enzymes? Not from a pill.
       You get enzymes when you eat raw fruits and raw vegetables.
Alkaline Body
       No, I’m not talking about long-lasting batteries.
Here’s another thing complete fruits and vegetables gives you that pills can’t: When you eat plants, your body becomes alkaline.  And germs can’t live in an alkaline environment. Cancer cells can’t live in an alkaline environment. That’s why cancer patients and other sick people have highly acidic bodies. (By acidic, I’m not talking about stomach acidity. I’m talking of the entire body.)
       When you eat fruits and vegetables everyday, you make your body alkaline, thus making it stronger against disease.
       Here’s another objection…
Objection 2:
“But Bo, I Do Eat Fruits and Veggies!”
       That’s great!
Question: How much?
Some eat one fruit a day—a banana after a meal—and they pat themselves on the back and say, “I’m healthy.”
Some eat one tiny side dish of cooked veggies—perhaps buttered string beans and carrots—and they say, “I’m healthy.”
But doctors specializing in immunology will tell you that you need fifteen kinds of fruits and vegetables everyday to be healthy.
       Fifteen! Every single day.
       I’m not asking you to be vegetarians. 
But if you want to be healthy, make fruits and veggies your main food. Let everything else be side dishes.
Objection #3:
“But Bo, It’s So Simplistic…”
       Last month, while traveling in Shanghai, my 85-year old mother got sick. (Yep, at her age, she still travels!)
       When she came home, she got worse. She was coughing non-stop, felt very weak, couldn’t sleep, had pain in her ribcage.
       When my sisters brought her to the clinic, the doctor gave her top-of-the-line antibiotics. They were expensive and powerful. She took one tablet before she slept.
       The next morning, she felt terrific. “It’s a miracle,” she said, “I feel so good. The antibiotic worked.”
       That day, my health mentor visited us (I have a mentor for various areas of my life). He looked at my mother, and said, “Mommy, I want you to take a megadose of vitamin C.”
       My sister asked, “What brand?”
       My health mentor laughed. “When I say megadose of vitamin C, I don’t mean swallowing a pill. I’m talking about eating fruits and drinking fresh fruit juices.  Liquefy them. Drink juices many times everyday!”
       Here’s what happened. 
My mother didn’t listen to him. Nor did any of my sisters who were staying with her.
       Why? Because the antibiotic was working.
       Or so they thought.
The next day, the “miracle” wore off and she got worse. 
Her coughing got worse. Her pains got worse. Despite taking powerful antibiotics everyday.
       After one week, she was a wreck. 
Mom hates hospitals. But that morning, she felt so bad, she woke up and said, “Bring me to the hospital. I can’t take it anymore.”
       But that day, my health guru visited again. 
And he asked her, “Mommy, did you take your fresh fruit juices?”
       Mom shook her head.
       My sisters said, “Ooops, we forgot.”
       My health teacher scolded us, “What happened? Mommy, please take your juices, non-stop, everyday.”
Healing From Simple Fresh Fruits
       That day, we gave her fresh fruit juices.
Many times a day. We’d take the fruits, chucked them in a blender, and poured the juice into a glass. Simple.
That was her main food the next few days.
       And would you believe? 
In two to three days, she was cured!
Here’s our problem.
       We don’t like simple solutions.
       We like it when the solution is complicated. 
       It’s more believable.
Like costly pills.
A trip to the hospital.
An expensive medical test.
       But when we hear the words, “Eat fruits”, we think it’s old wives tale.
       But scientists are now telling us it’s NOT old wives tales.
Just last January, a group of food scientists proved that Mango—in an experiment made in a laboratory—fought the cells of breast and colon cancer.
For years, scientists have been saying that bananas are effective against hypertension, depression, digestive problem and a host of other diseases. And ripe bananas have cancer-fighting elements.
For years, pineapples have been known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
       Ordinary fruits that we take for granted because they’re so available. But what do we do?
       We’d rather eat a candybar than a mango.
       We’d rather eat chichiria (chips) than a pineapple.
I’m not a scientist. Never was and never will be. But here’s my wild guess: I believe all fruits are powerful medicines for your body. If you follow the immunologists and eat 15 kinds of fruits and vegetables everyday, you’ll avoid many sickness.
Let me give you two very practical steps on how to apply this important food recommendation into your daily life.
Action 1:
Eat Local Fruits For Breakfast Everyday
I have a simple solution for you.
       Instead of a breakfast of hotdogs, pancakes, bacon, eggs, spam, and rice—why not eat fruits?
Here’s what I do.
       Every morning, I eat local fruits for breakfast.
       Pineapples. Watermelons. Melons. Star apple. Mangoes. Bananas. Guyabano. Papaya. Etcetera!
       I try to eat 5 fruits every morning. 
       When I do that, I bless my body everyday with the following:
o   I load up with natural vitamins and minerals.
o   I take in necessary living enzymes.
o   I cleanse my internal organs of toxins.
o   I give my body an alkaline environment.
Suggestion: To really get the maximum effect of the fruits, wait for an hour before you eat any other food or drink water.
Action 2:
Eat Raw Veggies For
Lunch And Dinner Everyday
       Most people eat veggies.
       But we eat too little of them. 
A few leaves. And we think we’re okay.
No, you’re not. Your immune system is starving for real food.
       Another thing? We cook our veggies to death. All the nutrients and enzymes are gone.
       Here’s my very strong recommendation: For lunch and dinner, eat a huge bowl of raw salads. Let that be your main meal.
       What veggies? Sing Bahay Kubo.
Organic, if you can find them. If not, wash thoroughly.
       For variation, you can also eat slightly cooked, slightly steamed, slightly blanched veggies.
       I’ve got some favorite dishes: I love a bowl of hot soup filled with slightly-cooked fresh veggies with a dollop of Korean fermented chili (spicy!) sauce. Yum!
       I’ve been eating this way for some time now and my body is thanking me for it. If you’re good to your body, your body will be good to you.    
I encourage you to study how to make delicious veggie dishes. Google it. Buy vegetarian recipe books. Make your family healthy and prevent disease! Ten years from now, you’ll be grateful you upgraded your diet.
Here’s my second prescription.
2.Eat Clean
If you read the Old Testament, you’ll find God calling some animals “clean” and others “unclean”.
Here’s one example in Leviticus 11:1-3: The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a split hoof completely divided and that chews the cud.
       According to the Bible, cows, sheep, and goats are clean.
       Pigs aren’t.
       Chickens and turkeys are clean.
       Rabbits aren’t.
       Tuna and salmon are clean.
       Crabs, shrimps, shells, and squid aren’t.
       On and on the list goes.
       In the New Testament, we no longer follow these food laws. Because as Christians, we don’t consider them spiritual laws anymore. We’re free to eat anything. 
Yes, you won’t go to the fires of hell if you eat lechon
Instead of taking them as spiritual laws, I suggest that we take them as health recommendations.
       Because this is what I find amazing: Science is now discovering that animals labeled as “unclean” by the Bible carry more diseases and more toxins than the “clean” variety.
For example, “clean” animals have 3 or 4 stomachs and with very long digestive tracks. But unclean animals have one stomach and a very short digestive track. 
A cow takes 24 hours to digest its food. 
Aside from the fact that a pig eats anything, it also takes only 4 hours to digest its food—absorbing much of the toxins that it eats into its meat.
Vacuum Cleaner Of The Sea
I find this next passage rather fishy.
In Leviticus 11:9-10, it says, Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams, you may eat any that have fins and scales.  But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to detest.
What are sea creatures without scales or fins? 
Crabs, lobsters, shrimps, squid, and all shells.
Today, we know that they’re the scavengers of the sea.
They’re garbage collectors.
They’re vacuum cleaners.
They’re bottom-feeders, eating fish droppings and dead creatures.
Because of this, they purify the water. 
Good for the water. But bad for them. And bad for those who eat them.
High concentrations of germs and toxins are in their meat.
       In fact, if scientists want to know the toxicity level of a lake or lagoon, he’ll get a shrimp in that water and measure the toxins in its meat.
       And what’s so important about scales anyway? 
       Today, science has discovered that scales are important because that’s what fishes use to release the toxins from its body.  
       My recommendation?
       Avoid pork.
       Avoid crabs, lobsters, shrimp, squid, and all shells.
       At the very least, minimize eating them. 
       Because if you eat them regularly, you’ll have a more difficult time preventing disease in the future.
       Let me now go to my last prescription…

Prescription #3:
Eat Other “Food”
       Food isn’t our only food.
       Your body requires other kinds of nourishment.
       Let me mention four of them today very quickly.
1. Oxygen
God formed Man out of dirt from the ground
and blew into his nostrils the breath of life
–Genesis 2:7
Your cells are starving of fresh oxygen. 
Germs can’t live in a highly oxygenated environment. 
Take deep breaths everyday. De-stress yourself at different times of the day.
This naturally happens when you follow the next “food”…
Physical exercise has some value…
–1 Timothy 1:8
Find an exercise that you enjoy. 
Personally, I love walking. 
It’s the simplest exercise. 
When you walk, you go outdoors, you get sunlight, you oxygenate your body, you get an emotional lift, you lessen your stress, and you cleanse your lymphatic system.
And speaking of sunlight…
The light is pleasant,
and it is good for the eyes to see the sun.
–Ecclesiastes 11:7
Many people are sick because they lack Vitamin D. 
Because Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis, prostate cancer, breast cancer, depression, diabetes, and obesity. (No one is marketing sunlight because we can’t bottle sunlight and earn from it.) Mothers who expose their babies to the sunlight know what they’re doing. But what’s the difference between the baby and an adult? Get 30 minutes of sunlight everyday.
Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain…;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Psalm 127:1-2
Many people don’t sleep enough. 
If you want to be healthy, listen to your body. Your body will tell you how many hours of sleep it needs. For example, I’ve noticed that vegetarians need lesser hours of sleep—because digestion takes a huge amount of energy. But most people will require 8 hours of sleep to be fully totally restored.
       But at the end of the day, I believe that real sleep doesn’t come from sleeping pills or an expensive bed.
       I believe real sleep comes from God.
       Do you trust in the Lord for all your worries?
       When you trust Him deeply, you can sleep!
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       By the way, didn’t you notice that the four elements above—oxygen, movement, sunlight, and sleep—are free? Health isn’t expensive.
Cleanse Your Soul,
Cleanse Your Body
       Let me end with two true-to-life stories.
       I know of a woman who was almost a vegetarian for ten years. But recently, she had cancer.
       People around her were aghast. How could someone whose diet was so healthy have cancer?
       The answer came from those who knew her predicament: Last year, she discovered her husband was having an affair. It was such a painful experience for her. Her heart was filled with rage and bitterness.
       In my ministry, I’ve talked to so many people with cancer. I’m no longer surprised when I find out that it coincided with a highly stressful, very painful event in their lives.
       Why am I sharing this to you?
       To remind you again that we’re not just biological creatures. We’re spiritual and emotional beings too. And eating the right food is crucial for our health, but that’s just one part of the equation.
       Let me now share with you my other story.
       My friend had breast cancer 7 years ago.
       Prior to this, she too discovered her husband had an adulterous relationship. The family was torn apart. Bitter rage filled her heart.
       But she knew the deadly poison of resentment. And so daily, she let go of her anger. She surrendered her husband to God.
       And in prayer, she was led not to go through any chemotherapy or radiation. Instead, she became a pure 100% vegetarian. Her goal was to remove all emotional and physical toxins in her body.
       She was successful.
       Because today, my friend is totally free from cancer.
       I pray that the same miracle will happen to your life.
       Go ahead.
       Cleanse your soul.
       Cleanse your body.
       May your dreams come true,
       Bo Sanchez

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