“In the hearts of the children
a pure love still grows
Like a bright star in heaven
that lights our way home
Like the flower
that shattered the stone.”
– Joe Henry & John Jarvis
Dedicated to the Love
of the precious Mothers and Fathers of,
Jared Benjamin High,
Joshua Thompson, &
And thousands of other children
Gathered to the Sacred Heart of God.
The Cathedral of Your Heart
The Majesty of coming to be
Is rarely given for us to see.
Mirrored in each other,
That more than see,
We are given, one to the other,
To look at in wonder,
You and me.
And seeing what we believe
To be the Majesty of being,
We find ourselves
To see what lies within.
And discover in ourselves,
In the endlessness of creation,
That we are far more
Than we could ever discover,
As we look through
The eyes of Love,
Through the Heart of another.
Is a journey of discovery,
To find ourselves
In the Heart of our Creator,
And alive forever.
So when your heart has been
And the night has been too long,
And sufferance seems everlasting,
Thirst from dusk to dawn.
Oh, when the darkness
Never gives in,
And your dreams
Are the only Love left in life,
And there is seemingly no end,
For awake you cannot begin.
Love, whose Seed you are,
Cradled in the Warmth of God’s Heart,
Will find you one day
Blossom in His Spring.
You are a Flower,
Who in a Moment of His Time,
Is picked to give Hope
Who can only dream.
Child of so many restless nights,
Listen, as He softly whispers your name.
Your Father in the Heavens above
Loves you and worships you,
As you do your child,
In the Cathedral of your Heart.
You are the beautiful child of His Dream,
In His Own Image were you made,
Cradled in the Dawn of His Light,
And with His Breath, given Life.
For you the day began,
For you the Earth was formed,
Shaped into magnificent being.
Love has brought you here,
And Love will keep you near
To the very Heart
When the tide of your trust rises
To claim your faith in the Lord,
And drown the tender need
From which you were born,
The Grace of God
Will lift your dreams,
Rejoice in your Heart,
Is to be aware
Is a Beautiful Song,
And this, my friend,
Is just the dawn.
Now, in Faith carry on,
Sing His Song,
All day long.
In your trusting eyes,
He will always be strong.
“Don’t eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food”
– Michael Pollan
What’s Missing from Multi-Vitamin Supplements?
By Elizabeth Wagner, ND
Scientists at Harvard Medical School have advised all adults to take a multi-vitamin supplement to help prevent suboptimal levels of nutrients that may contribute to the onset of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and osteoporosis. For example, suboptimal levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and cancer of the colon and breast. Deficient levels of calcium and vitamin D can contribute to osteoporosis and the loss of bone mass. While multi-vitamins can help to prevent certain illnesses, research indicates that abundant intake of fruits and vegetables can prevent some of the major diseases of aging. Studies at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in Los Angeles, have reported that higher intake of fruits and vegetables is associated with a reduced incidence of many common forms of cancer.
The World Cancer Research Fund published an extensive review of the
effects of vegetable and fruit consumption on cancer risk. After reviewing hundreds of studies, this not-for-profit group determined conclusively that vegetables and fruits protect against cancer. The panel noted that consumption of at least five servings a day of vegetables and fruits was associated with an approximately 50% reduced risk for cancer compared to the risk associated with consuming only one or two servings. The panel also noted that the cancer-preventive effects of fruits and vegetables were dose dependent, with in-creased intake conferring greater protection.
Compelling evidence likewise suggests that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of heart disease, the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the US and worldwide. People who consume more fruits and vegetables often have a lower prevalence of important risk factors for cardiovascular disease, including hypertension, obesity, and type II diabetes. Regular and frequent consumption of fruits and vegetables has also been shown to lower the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, and hypertension.
A large study conducted in Finland examined the effects of dietary fruit, berry, and vegetable intake on cardiovascular mortality and all-cause mortality in men. More than 2,000 Finnish men participated in the study. Men with the highest consumption of fruits, berries, and vegetables had a 41% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease and a 44% lower risk of all-cause death than men who consumed the least amount of fruits, berries, and vegetables. The study authors concluded, diets that are rich in plant-derived foods can promote longevity.”
Fruits and vegetables not only contain beneficial vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, but also provide a wealth of phytonutrients. These plant-based compounds likely are responsible for some of the protective effects of fruits and vegetables. Phytonutrients are versatile and powerful agents that help to modulate disease risk through a variety of mechanisms. For example, the glucosinolates in broccoli have been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, particularly of the lung and gastrointestinal tract. These compounds appear to offer protection by stimulating the liver’s Phase II enzymes, which are powerful detoxifiers of chemical carcinogens. By contrast, the polyphenols present in olive extract promote health through a different mechanism. In humans, olive polyphenols have been shown to increase the resistance of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) to oxidation. Oxidized LDL is a significant risk factor for the development of heart disease and atherosclerosis.
Opt for organic as much as possible.
This is the best way to avoid pesticides, GMOs and other harmful chemicals.
Pomegranate Promotes Heart Health
The pomegranate is a widely cultivated tropical fruit that is native to Asia. Valued throughout history as a symbol of health and fertility, pomegranates contain many seeds enclosed in juicy red pulp and covered in a tough red rind. Pomegranate appears to be one of the most powerful sources of antioxidants among dietary plants, demonstrating a number of actions that can help prevent disease and aging. Ellagic acid, a polyphenol compound found in pomegranate, has been associated with antioxidant, anti-cancer, and anti-atherogenic biological properties. Pomegranate polyphenols have been found to protect LDL against cell-mediated oxidation.
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
FOR HEALTHY BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure often is a silent yet dangerous condition that increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Researchers in Athens, Greece, investigated the effects of the Mediterranean diet – rich in fruits, vegetables, and olive oil—on blood pressure in adults. Over 20,000 subjects who had never been diagnosed with hypertension participated in the study. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet was significantly associated with lower levels of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. By contrast, intake of cereals, meat and meat products, and ethanol was associated with higher levels of arterial blood pressure. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and olive oil has been demonstrated to promote healthy blood pressure levels.
PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER
Chinese researchers investigated the effects of dietary intake of lycopene and other carotenoids on the prevention of prostate cancer in men.
Information on food consumption, including fruits and vegetables, was gathered using an interview and questionnaire. The researchers found that prostate cancer risk declined with increasing consumption of lycopene, alpha carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Consumption of tomatoes, pumpkin, spinach, watermelon, and citrus fruits was also associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer. The dose-response relationships were also significant in this study, suggesting that increasing one’s intake of lycopene and other carotenoid-rich vegetables and fruits may offer protection from prostate cancer.
“If you can’t pronounce it,
don’t eat it“
By Amy Goodrich in NaturalNews.com
Here’s a list of 10 common habits that put a lot of pressure on your kidneys and can cause serious damage over time.
1. Not Drinking Enough Water
2. Too Much Salt In Your Diet
As a good rule of thumb, no more than 5 grams of salt should be eaten on a daily basis.
3. Frequently Delaying The Call Of Nature
Retaining urine on a regular basis increases urine pressure and can lead to kidney failure, kidney stones, and incontinence.
4. Kick The Sugar Habit
People who consume 2 or more sugary drinks a day are more likely to have protein in their urine.
5. Vitamin And Mineral Deficiencies
Eating a clean, whole food diet full of fresh vegetables and fruits is important for your overall health and a good kidney function. Many deficiencies can increase the risk of kidney stones or kidney failure. Vitamin B6 and magnesium, for instance, are super important to reduce the risk of kidney stones.
An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Americans isn’t getting enough magnesium, so there may be a good chance that you are one of them. Click here to learn more about magnesium deficiencies.
6. Too Much Animal Protein
Over consumption of protein, especially red meat, increases the metabolic load on your kidneys. So more protein in your diet means your kidneys have to work harder and this can lead to kidney damage or dysfunction over time.
7. Sleep Deprivation
Chronic sleep deprivation is linked to many diseases and kidney diseases are also on the list. During the night your body repairs damaged kidney tissue.
Caffeine can raise blood pressure and put extra stress on your kidneys. Over time excessive consumption of coffee can cause damage to your kidneys. A couple of cups will provide 60 antioxidants. Many more than that and you, too, will be photographing leaves.
9. Painkiller Abuse
Way too many people take painkillers for their small aches and pains, while there are many all-natural, safe remedies available. Excessive use or painkiller abuse can lead to severe damage of liver and kidneys.
10. Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol is actually a legal toxin that puts a lot of stress on our kidneys and liver. Please see this weblog dated 02/26/14 – What To Tell Your Kids About Alcohol (go to: News & Events/Newsletters/Digital Newsletters.) You will be shocked to discover what alcohol really is. (Hint: put a long straw in the septic tank and you will get the same effect!)
For FRIDAY: Remember, we follow Fort Worth I.S.D. regarding school closure and late opening.
We will have C.P.R. and First Aid Training (weather permitting) for all students & staff at the school. Our friend, Chris Leech, with Premier Safety will once again conduct classes. In the afternoon students will work with Director, George Rodriguez, on our upcoming Shakespeare production.
PARENTS / GUARDIANS / FRIENDS are always invited to participate on Friday.
Comfortable shoes & clothing are highly recommended for activities on this Friday.
FINANCIAL: Fee for both classes: $ 10.00 for children ten and under and $ 20.00 for children and $25.00 for adults.
GIFT SHOP: Well, yes! The gift of life – the one you save with your new knowledge. Now that’s a bargain.
Certifications will be issued to successful learners (CPR & First Aide).
Feb. 1 Tuition Deposits were Due for 2015-16
Mar. 6 C.P.R. & First Aid Training for all students & staff at school
Mar. 9 – 13 Spring Break Holidays
Mar. 20 Museum of the Americas (Weatherford)
April 3 & 6 (Fri. & Mon.) Easter Holidays
April 28 Scarborough Renaissance Festival
(Drama Competition is “Twelfth Night”)
May 1 Tuition Due for 2015-16
May 4 & 5 (Mon. & Tues.) Anderson School Theatrical Production “Twelfth Night” At Stage West Theater