The River is WIDE / Common Sense Solutions To Beat Depression / Friday Trip: Museum of Science & History and Omni Theater

“There’s a new World somewhere
They call the Promised Land.
And I’ll be there someday
If
you will hold my hand.”

Tom Springfield

              A new world somewhere.

Stargazers,
are the very
few,

those walking hand in hand.
But they are the ones
who come to understand,
just how wide
the River of Life
truly is,
that the Water of Life
is Love.

This precious River
can overflow

the banks of time
and nourish Life,
as the tide
subsides.

And the Beautiful Melody
of its flow,
can open your Heart
and touch your very
Soul.

                   If you will hold my hand.

“The river is wide.
I cannot see.

Nor do I have light wings to fly.
There’ll be a boat that can carry TWO,
and both shall row,
my Love and I.”
James Taylor

Only
someone who Loves

discovers real Freedom,
and knows
it is born only in the eyes

of another.
When
you liberate feelings
of Compassion and Love
in the precious Life
of someone near you,
your Sight
no longer turns inside yourself,
to see only the lonely,
and how empty
Life can be.

                      To see only the lonely.

My Friends,
our road leads
to nowhere,
or
we glimpse

Eternity.

One path
lies through the closed
and very narrow
vexations of the mind,
the other,
through a Loving
Heart,
an open door.

What a Beautiful Journey
Life
can be,
when we take it
together,
hand in hand.

Yes,
you can live
in night forever,
never even knowing
you do not
see.

“A Life
without Love
is worse than
death.”
Padre Pio

.
How soon Life

flies,
and all is
gone,
as the Seasons drift by
one by one,

and Life
is quickly done.
But the Human Heart,
YOUR Heart,

is always
young.

If you build
your World
around someone
other,
YOU
come to discover
that you truly
exist.
YOU
finally know
the meaning of
Life.

Love
must be shared,
or it and you,
simply

do not exist.

Goodnight.

“Holding your hand
And standing by to catch you
when you fall,

Seeing you through
In everything you do.

Let me be there in your Morning.
Let me be there in your night.
Let me change whatever is wrong,
and make it right.

Let me take you through
that Wonderland

that only
TWO can share.

All I ask you
is let me be there.”

John Rostill

Low-cost, common sense solutions
to beat depression at its own game.
by

 1. Get a General Health Check
“A true diagnosis is half the cure”
– wise saying.

In some cases, depressive symptoms can be caused by an illness, vitamin defenciency, drug side effect or withdrawal. Common medical causes include underactive thyroid, heart disease, cancer, certain blood pressure medications and even birth control pills.

By getting to the root cause of your depression, you can figure out the best way to treat it and beat it.

Common Sense Tip: Get a general medical checkup and if you are taking any prescription drugs, investigate if depression is a possible side affect.

 2. Eating Right
“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates

Let us not underestimate the power of food to affect mood. Medical studies have linked vitamin deficiencies, such as in Vitamin D and B12, to depression. And that’s just for starters.

Many sufferers of bio-chemical/biological depression may find they also suffer from sugar sensitivities or allergies. In that case, diet can play a vital role in beating depression.

Common Sense Tip: Take notice of how you feel after eating certain foods. Keep a food diary.

 3. Getting Enough Sleep
“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man
healthy wealthy and wise.”
– Benjamin Franklin

 A successful psychologist once said that post-partum depression may in fact be another label for sleep deprivation. While it may not be that simple, sleep and depression are closely related.

Lack of sleep has been shown to precipitate psychotic episodes, for example. But does lack of sleep cause depression or does depression cause the inability to sleep? Whatever it is, by getting more sleep, you can start making inroads to improvement.

Common Sense Tip: Go to bed early. If you suffer from insomnia, explore gentle methods of promoting rest like meditation, yoga and massage.

 4. Get your Blood Pumping
Exercise, exercise, exercise.

It took me 3 years after having my youngest child and suffering a bad spout of post-partum depression to make an exercise move. That was the most liberating step I took in all those 3 years, literally. And I saw the results immediately.

Exercise gets your heart rate up, serotonin kicking in and blood sugar cravings, which cause mood swings, down. Oh and I recommend doing it in fresh air with some deep breathing. There’s nothing like nature and some life-energy pulsating through your veins.

Common Sense Tip: Put on your jogging shoes right now and take a walk or run outside. Make a realistic exercise schedule that you can keep up weekly.

 5. The Right Support
“I get by with a little help from my friends
The Beatles

Because depression sufferers tend to socially withdraw or hide their true feelings, it can be a bit of a catch twenty two.

Finding the right person to talk to about how you’re really feeling is a great start to fighting those blue feelings. Whether it’s a trusted friend, psychologist or life-coach – a little step in the right direction can do wonders. Getting out the house, when you’re about to sink into another lazy, self affair episode, is another way to beat depression at its own game.

 Common Sense Tip: Even if you don’t feel like it, go out and socialize with your friends on the weekend.

Open your Heart and touch your very Soul.

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We are Living a Truth / What Really Causes Heart Disease / Friday Trip: Code Camp Open Labs

Today
is tomorrow,
yesterday.
Welcome
to the Future!

I am part
of ALL
that I see.
I am part
of every Leaf
on every Tree.
I am cousin
to the Hawk
and the beautiful Butterfly
and the tiny Honey Bee.
I am
ALL that I survey
and touch and hear
and say.

          Blessed beyond Belief.

And when
I think on all the other
Living Things,
and know
that part of them
is some of me,
that you and I
are the sum
of WE,
I know that God
lives in Everything
that is Today
or ever will be,
and I am Truly
Blessed
beyond Belief.

“ALL living organisms
store genetic information
using the same molecules
– DNA and RNA.
Written in the genetic code of these molecules
is compelling evidence
of the shared ancestry
of ALL living things.”
DNA from the Beginning
read more

Yes,
YOU and I
are part and sum,
of what is now
and ever has been,
what is
to be.

                 I am part of ALL that I see.

From MIT Technology Review:
.

“Particles can be linked
by the strange quantum property
of entanglement.
Entanglement occurs
when two particles are so deeply linked
that they share the
same
EXISTENCE.”

read more

We are
Miracle
and Miraculous,
the telling
and the told,
the young
and the old.

“A study of DNA replication
proves that there is only ONE life
and all living things
share in that life.”
http://www.onelife.com
read more

           We are Living a Truth.

We all
come to live,
to come alive
and to give
more than we can,
more than we are,
to be
and become
Loved
and in Love,
with someone
and everyone,
and the ONE
Who is Everything.

We are ever reaching
and never reaching
the end.
We are Living
a Truth
that is Beauty
beyond what we can
imagine,
if
we but open the eyes
of our very Human
Hearts.

          You and I are the sum of WE.

Yes,
“I am you,
you are me,

I am part of all I see.”
This concept is such an important one
to teach to today’s children
because we are getting more and more
disconnected
due to social media, devices and video games.
Yet scientists teach us that it is
connection
that will provide us with lasting
Happiness.

Dr. Emma Seppala
from Stanford’s Center
for Compassion & Altruism Research & Education,
says that when connection with others is present,
it can boost mental and physical health,
and even increase immunity and longevity.
Connection to our family, communities and
Nature

is vitally important
for today’s children.

– YogaKids Momma Marsha

        Connection.

“A philosophy of ALL Life,
is needed,
not of the Human alone.

It is not that the Human
needs to take care of all other Life
as a Moral obligation,
though that is certainly true,
it is that the Human is a small part of Life,
but one which possesses a characteristic
(intelligence)
which is valuable to the survival
and well being of all Life.
It was Life which developed that intelligence,
not the Human,
therefore its service is for all Life,
not merely the Human.
The Human is, in that sense,
a servant to Life, a caretaker in the service of Life,
the good Shepherd
for ALL of Life.
onelife.com
read more

My Friend,
the only
One
who can heal you
and wash away the dust
of every sin,
is listening
to hear
your precious voice.

Because
He Loves you,
far more
than you can wish.
Just as YOU
long to hear
the voice of your
child,
your Father,
in Heaven Above,
also Prays
to hear the voice
of His Child,
YOU.

“I am the Day,
soon to be born

I am the Light soon to begin
I am the new Hope in the morning
I am the darkness soon to be Light
I am the rising and the falling,
I am the Alpha and Omega
The night and day,
the first and last.”
Libera

Based on the current state of
physics:

“The Universe is inevitable.
The Universe is impossible.”
– Arkani-Hamed
.
Unbelievably,
both declarations are true,
and because they are mutually
contradictory statements,
they could be true
in a multiple Universe scenario.
But, there is no way to prove,
today,
that multiple Universes exist,
no scientific support.

None,
except
that the only alternative
is that the Universe was actually
DESIGNED.
Belief in the multiverse among cosmologists
amounts to a surrender
in the war over design.

Yes
the alternative to multiple Universes,
is intelligent design,
which is not the same
as a belief in God.

“To posit the existence
of a Creator

requires only reason.
To posit the existence of a good God requires
FAITH.”
Dennis Prager

Those who admit
that the Universe must be intelligently designed
can discover exactly who that Designer is
in the Holy Bible.

The God of the Bible
told us the Story of our Creation:
.

  “All things were made by Him;
and without Him
was not anything made
that was made.
John 1:3
read more

My Dear Friends,
the Bible
told us the story
of our Creation.
God has always existed.
And the Universe began
when He created it.

“For by Him
were ALL things created,
that are in Heaven,
and that are in Earth,
visible and invisible.”
– Colossians 1:16-17

Those Scriptures
do not contradict
observable science.
Please share
with your precious children
the Truth.

The Truth
is far more precious
than pure gold,
more valuable
than anything on
Earth.

Truth
is simply telling it
like it is;
it is the way things really are,
and any other viewpoint is not Truth.
A foundational principle of Philosophy
is being able to discern between
truth and error,
or as Thomas Aquinas observed,

“It is the task of the philosopher
to make distinctions.”

And the greatest Philosopher
your child will ever meet
is YOU.

You and your child
are truly ONE:
biologically,
Spiritually,
and in every other
WAY.

Share
with your child.
Show
the WAY.
And the pathway
to Truth,
and ultimate Truth,
which is LOVE,
is through your
Heart.

“Train up a child
in the way he should go:
and when he is old,
he will not depart from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6

What a Joyful
Adventure
awaits you
both.

Goodnight.

The pathway is through your Heart.

Philosophy discussion for this week:

Heaven is for Real.

What Really Causes Heart Disease
by Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.
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World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

We physicians with all our training, knowledge and authority often acquire a rather large ego that tends to make it difficult to admit we are wrong. So, here it is. I freely admit to being wrong.. As a heart surgeon with 25 years experience, having performed over 5,000 open-heart surgeries, today is my day to right the wrong with medical and scientific fact.

I trained for many years with other prominent physicians labelled “opinion makers.”  Bombarded with scientific literature, continually attending education seminars, we opinion makers insisted heart disease resulted from the simple fact of elevated blood cholesterol.

The only accepted therapy was prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that severely restricted fat intake. The latter of course we insisted would lower cholesterol and heart disease. Deviations from these recommendations were considered heresy and could quite possibly result in malpractice.

It Is Not Working!

These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.

The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.

Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

Simply stated, without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

Inflammation is not complicated – it is quite simply your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. The cycle of inflammation is perfect in how it protects your body from these bacterial and viral invaders. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is just as harmful as acute inflammation is helpful.

What thoughtful person would willfully expose himself repeatedly to foods or other substances that are known to cause injury to the body?  Well, smokers perhaps, but at least they made that choice willfully.

The rest of us have simply followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

Let me repeat that: The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.

What are the biggest culprits of chronic inflammation? Quite simply, they are the overload of simple, highly processed carbohydrates (sugar, flour and all the products made from them) and the excess consumption of omega-6 vegetable oils like soybean, corn and sunflower that are found in many processed foods.

Regardless of where the inflammatory process occurs, externally or internally, it is the same. I have peered inside thousands upon thousands of arteries. A diseased artery looks as if someone took a brush and scrubbed repeatedly against its wall. Several times a day, every day, the foods we eat create small injuries compounding into more injuries, causing the body to respond continuously and appropriately with inflammation.

While we savor the tantalizing taste of a sweet roll, our bodies respond alarmingly as if a foreign invader arrived declaring war. Foods loaded with sugars and simple carbohydrates, or processed withomega-6 oils for long shelf life have been the mainstay of the American diet for six decades. These foods have been slowly poisoning everyone.

How does eating a simple sweet roll create a cascade of inflammation to make you sick?

Imagine spilling syrup on your keyboard and you have a visual of what occurs inside the cell. When we consume simple carbohydrates such as sugar, blood sugar rises rapidly. In response, your pancreas secretes insulin whose primary purpose is to drive sugar into each cell where it is stored for energy. If the cell is full and does not need glucose, it is rejected to avoid extra sugar gumming up the works.

When your full cells reject the extra glucose, blood sugar rises producing more insulin and the glucose converts to stored fat.

What does all this have to do with inflammation? Blood sugar is controlled in a very narrow range. Extra sugar molecules attach to a variety of proteins that in turn injure the blood vessel wall. This repeated injury to the blood vessel wall sets off inflammation. When you spike your blood sugar level several times a day, every day, it is exactly like taking sandpaper to the inside of your delicate blood vessels.

While you may not be able to see it, rest assured it is there. I saw it in over 5,000 surgical patients spanning 25 years who all shared one common denominator — inflammation in their arteries.

Let’s get back to the sweet roll. That innocent looking goody not only contains sugars, it is baked in one of many omega-6 oils such as soybean. Chips and fries are soaked in soybean oil; processed foods are manufactured with omega-6 oils for longer shelf life. While omega-6’s are essential – they are part of every cell membrane controlling what goes in and out of the cell – they must be in the correct balance with omega-3’s.

If the balance shifts by consuming excessive omega-6, the cell membrane produces chemicals called cytokines that directly cause inflammation.

Today’s mainstream American diet has produced an extreme imbalance of these two fats. The ratio of imbalance ranges from 15:1 to as high as 30:1 in favor of omega-6. That’s a tremendous amount of cytokines causing inflammation. In today’s food environment, a 3:1 ratio would be optimal and healthy.

To make matters worse, the excess weight you are carrying from eating these foods creates overloaded fat cells that pour out large quantities of pro-inflammatory chemicals that add to the injury caused by having high blood sugar. The process that began with a sweet roll turns into a vicious cycle over time that creates heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and finally, Alzheimer’s disease, as the inflammatory process continues unabated.

There is no escaping the fact that the more we consume prepared and processed foods, the more we trip the inflammation switch little by little each day. The human body cannot process, nor was it designed to consume, foods packed with sugars and soaked in omega-6 oils.

There is but one answer to quieting inflammation, and that is returning to foods closer to their natural state. To build muscle, eat more protein. Choose carbohydrates that are very complex such as colorful fruits and vegetables. Cut down on or eliminate inflammation- causing omega-6 fats like corn and soybean oil and the processed foods that are made from them.

One tablespoon of corn oil contains 7,280 mg of omega-6; soybean contains 6,940 mg. Instead, use olive oil or butter from grass-fed beef.

Animal fats contain less than 20% omega-6 and are much less likely to cause inflammation than the supposedly healthy oils labelled polyunsaturated. Forget the “science” that has been drummed into your head for decades. The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent. The science that saturated fat raises blood cholesterol is also very weak. Since we now know that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, the concern about saturated fat is even more absurd today.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the very foods now causing an epidemic of inflammation. Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and not those your mom turned to as grocery store aisles filled with manufactured foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Dr. Dwight Lundell is the past Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Banner Heart Hospital , Mesa , AZ.

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Fruit on the Vine / Cancer Dies When You Eat These Five Foods / Pesticide Soaked Fruits and Vegetables / Friday: Museum of the Americas

“Anyone
who does not Love
does not know God,
because God is Love
.”
– 1 John 4:8

                             Today is never over.

The Fruit
of all our Love,
is still hanging
on the Vine.

The Promise of
Evermore
confounds the senses
on the road to Belief.
For we
accept the perceived as inevitable
and think the seemingly impossible
is never
to be.

We live and we trust
that Tomorrow
can Forever be,
and that never,
never more will we see.
Such is the Nature
of Life
longing
to Be,
not fully aware
that from whence
Life came,
and where it will
be,
was ever known.

“For I know
the plans I have for you,

declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil,
to give you a future
and a HOPE.”
Jeremiah 29:11

And now doubt
can come from
afar
no more.
Our time
is not
our time.
Today
is never really over.
For in Faith,
the Light of Day is
over and over,
again and again.
This Sun
never sets.

“The LORD
will be your permanent source of Light –
the Splendor of your God will shine upon you.
Your sun will no longer set,
your moon will not disappear;
The LORD
will be your permanent source of light;
your time of sorrow will be over.”
Isaiah 60:19-20

Day
is never night.
And night,
is not the Light
of any
day.

“This is the message
we have heard from Him
and declare to you:
God is Light;
in Him
there is NO darkness
at all.”
1 John 1:5

With words
that penetrate
like arrows,
what
would be said
in Love,
we seemingly cannot
say
enough.
What
could be done,
appears
to have already
been done.
And we think
Love
a Song unsung.

            His Words will warm and calm you.

But the night
of our lives
awakens to the
dawn.
And
we hear the music
that is
our Life,
a beautiful Song,
we sing our
whole Life
long.

And death,
death never comes
to the end
of this magnificent Song,
the Music
of the Spheres.

God
is in His
Heaven
and in your
Heart.
All
is right
Believing.

For the Light
of His Love
is always
Shinning.

“We Love
because He first
Loved us.”
1 John 4:19

Millions of Angles
are singing,
at the thought
of your Love
bringing
HOPE
to the Heart
of someone
in need.

“Therefore,
since we have been
justified by FAITH,

we have PEACE with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through Him we have also obtained
access by FAITH

into this Grace in which we stand,
and we rejoice in HOPE of the Glory of God.
More than that,
we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces HOPE,
and Hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s Love
has been poured into our Hearts
through the Holy Spirit
who has been given to us.”
Romans 5:1-21

His Words
will warm
and calm you.

I Pray
you will share
God’s Love,
in your Lifetime,
beginning today,
when tomorrow
was yesterday.

                     Share God’s Love.

Close your
eyes in Prayer.
Use the dark
to see,
with the Light
of Understanding,
the Eternal Light
of God’s Love,
the bright
of which
never blinds and distorts
you and me.

  Use the dark to see.

My Dear Friends,
there is
always a war
raging.
But it is not
for the ground
upon which you
stand,
the price of which
has already
been paid,
not for the reasons
that surround,
and confound
you.
No,
it is for the Spirit
that dwells
within.
But Fear
NOT.

“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my Life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is THEY who stumble and fall.

Though an army encamp against me,
my Heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the House of the Lord
all the days of my Life,
to gaze upon the Beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in His Temple.
For He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
He will conceal me under the Cover of His Tent;
He will lift me HIGH upon a rock.”
Psalm 27:1-14

Now,
close your eyes gently
in Prayer.
And know that God
is with you
and Loves YOU,
so much more
than words mere,
can ever share.

“Day is done, gone the sun
From the lakes, from the hills, from the sky
All is well, safely rest
God is nigh.”
Melodious Monk

Goodnight.

                             ALL is well.

Cancer Dies
When You Eat These Five Foods.
It’s Time To Start Eating Them

in Overall Health by

Cancer is many faceted, and generally treated with big pharma products, like chemicals, radiation, and chemotherapy. What if there were foods that naturally killed cancer, though?

Fortunately for you and us, there are. And we’re here to tell you about those foods, including our five favorites, foods which naturally fight cancer cells and help keep them from feeding – and consequently help keep the cancer from growing.

 1. THE BLUEBERRY & RASPBERRY EFFECT

Blueberries and raspberries are plants that are well known by their anti – cancer capabilities, especially when it comes to ovarian cancer. Phytochemicals are the reason why they have their dark hue and the secret of their effectiveness, which are proven to be great for cancer prevention. Furthermore, blueberries and raspberries are also known to have a decreasing effect on oxidative stress and angiogenesis.

2. COFFEE AND GREEN TEA

Besides the fact that both coffee and green tea, are the most popular daily consummated drinks, they decrease the chances of cancer development.

3. THE TOMATO EFFECT

 According to recent Harvard research, there is up to 50% reduction in chances for prostate cancer in people who regularly ate cooked tomatoes. It was proven that tomatoes are incredibly effective in inhibiting the angiogenesis, and the reason why this fruit is so effective is that they contain high amounts of a substance called lycopene, which has strong anti – angiogenic properties.

Experts explain that lycopene is easily distributed through the body’s digestion system due to the fact it breaks down in our bodies’ fat. In addition, lycopene concentration increases when it is subjected to higher temperatures. That is why cooked tomatoes are very effective when it comes to stopping cancer growth.

4. DARK CHOCOLATE

For many people this is almost unbelievable. Dark chocolate is an incredibly tasty desert, which also happens to be incredibly healthy to eat, because it is good for you heart condition, your overall happiness, but also for fighting cancer cells.

5. TURMERIC

This plant has various health benefits, and it is well known by the effectiveness in fat reduction, turmeric is also used as a preventive measure against cancer.

The Top Five Pesticide Soaked Fruits and Vegetables

With such a striking level of pesticides on each of these “conventional” produce items, it would be wise to avoid them entirely (even though most people buy them non-organic without second thought):

1. ApplesPerhaps the most notable inclusion on this list is the apple, considering its reputation as a health food, and the lack of organic apple orchards for that matter. The vast majority of apple orchards remain “conventional,” and yet American apples were recently banned in Europe by regulators.

Over 47 pesticide residues were found in conventional apples by the USDA’s pesticide data program in 2010. Doesn’t exactly make for a healthy cup of apple juice now, does it?

 2. CeleryIt may be a negative calorie food but with a total of 64 different pesticide residues found by the PDP in 2008 including 12 different neurotoxins and 10 known carcinogens according to this article from the Center for Food Safety, conventional celery should lose its distinction as a health food. Such chemical cocktails will sabotage your metabolism in the long run, so go organic.

3. StrawberriesPesticides with negative effects on the brain and nervous system have been found in spades on strawberries, with 45 total pesticide residues found by the PDP in 2009.

Organic strawberries are especially pricier but well worth the investment; buy them in season and freeze to save big money.

4. PeachesThe soft skin of peaches combined with the amount of chemicals they’re treated with could spell serious trouble for your health.

A 2008 study by the PDP found 62 different pesticide residues on conventional peaches; several are considered as neurotoxins and/or known carcinogens. While you can wash some of the residue off much of it remains in the soft flesh and skin of the peach.

5. GrapesThe fourth and final fruit on the list, grapes have been found with 56 different pesticide residues as of 2010, including four developmental or reproductive toxins linked to fertility problems and even miscarriages.

That means that wine drinkers should be especially careful not overdo it, especially in its non-organic form.

Final Thoughts:

You can easily find most of these top five most pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables in just about everyone’s kitchen in one form or another, and that’s what makes them so dangerous to our health.

Don’t forget to share this information with your friends who still falsely consider these pesticide-soaked fruits and vegetables to be health foods.

“Was there anything so real as words?”                   Oscar Wilde

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Tomorrow May Become Yesterday / Living a ‘High Definition Life’ / Friday: Main Event

Slow
to learn are
we.
Impatient
to be perfect,
which cannot
be.

                      Thank the Lord.

As our lives
spill into each other,
the gravity
of our Being
can fail to keep us
close to one another.
And we never really know,
after the dark
of such night,
comes the Day,
after rest,
Hearts awake
looking to take
flight,
in the warm Sunlight
of Love.

I Pray
that every Child,
grown and otherwise,
will pause
for a moment of awareness,
a tiny trace in time,
to thank the Lord,
for everyone and everything,
and come to realize,
we are truly Blessed,
but not for what we seek,
not for what we savor
or see,
but for what you and I
can discover
deeply embedded in the
very Human
Heart
of you and me:

LOVE.

God
Loves us
more Dearly than
His Written Word
can tell.
And YOU
Love your Child
equally well.

                              We are truly Blessed.

I Pray
we will have the
courage
to say on this
and every day,
what mere words
cannot really convey –
the simple words
that FOREVER stay
deeply embedded
in the Human Heart:

“I Love You.”

These three words
open many doors.
Be sure
one of them is
YOURS.

We are Blessed
in a
strange way,
not knowing
what lay
ahead of us.
The confidence
of ignorance
gives courage
to cause.

As young children
we are unblemished
by the wildfires
of hate and bigotry and bias.
The landscape
of our tender young Hearts
is pristine
and pure, positive
potential.

But few
stay that way.

Pristine and pure, positive potential.

My Dear Friends,
we
are all newly wed
to our dreams
each night,
and divorced
of our visions
by mid day.
Au contraire,
they are but illusions
to someone
else.

Spend your Life
directing
your own
play.
Star in it
as yourself.
Don’t play
someone else
in Life.

The gravity of our Being.

Discover
a World of Wonder –
Your World.
Your vision
of this World
can only come
through
your eyes.
Every child alive
looks
through the eyes
of someone,
most often
a deeply Loved
Mother
and Father.
They see
the World around
YOU.
They see the World
you create.
And if what they
see
is not Love,
but hate,
not Hope
or Compassion,
then depression
and regret
will lead the
way.

And tomorrow
may become
yesterday.

Goodnight.

Luis Palau: Living a ‘High Definition Life’

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Luis Palau
says there are “good” areas of life
but God has something even more excellent
than what the world has to offer.

Pleasure or happiness: “Pleasure delights only so long as it lasts; it’s great but fleeting,” says Luis. “Pleasure feels good, but joy feels better.” Joy erupts from the inside.

Popularity or connectedness: Everyone wants to be liked, but Luis reminds us that we can’t mistake popularity for friendship. “Friendship may be harder to cultivate than mere popularity, but it pays far greater dividends,”.

Acceptance or forgiveness: Most of us admit to feelings of unworthiness, but Luis reminds us that God wants to set us free. “Too often we settle for a substitute that doesn’t go quite far enough,” says Luis. “We settle for acceptance but what we need is forgiveness.”

Relief or peace: Luis says a great temptation for many evangelists (like himself) is that they want to be the one who leads more people into the kingdom of God or the one who writes more books, etc. One day Luis, who was struggling with a lack of peace, heard a chapel message in Bible college about Galatians 2:20, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live. Yet it’s not I, it’s Christ living in me.” He ran to his room and fell on his knees for two hours. “I was 25 and felt as though I had just been converted again.”

Achievement or success: Luis reminds us that in order to enjoy success at the highest level, we need an eternal purpose. Luis tells about Fiona Hendley, a famous, successful BBC actress who was living with Paul Jones, the lead singer for the 1960s pop group Manfred Mann. One day, pop singer Cliff Richard invited both of them to hear Luis speak at a festival. They both responded to the invitation to accept Jesus. Paul moved out, they married and are still happily married after 14 years. “True success demands something from you,”.

Excitement or adventure: Excitement causes our bodies to produce endorphins, which play a huge role in producing feelings of pleasure. Because we crave intense feelings, increasing numbers of us pursue the thrill provided by “extreme sports.” We are naturally drawn to whatever kindles our built-in desire for adventure. “The Christian life is the greatest adventure,” says Luis. Real adventure touches the soul.

Invulnerability or safety: Luis says he almost settled for a career in international banking until his mother encouraged him to take a risk. He was working as a teller at a branch in Argentina. The bank was cheating in their money exchanges. Luis says he knew it was wrong but couldn’t quit his job since he was supporting his mom after his father died. Soon he resigned and took a job with an evangelistic magazine for less pay.“My family went through tough financial times, but I would have missed out on the privilege of leading souls to heaven,” says Luis.

Activity or significance. While all of us need to know that we matter, many of us settle for a flurry of “busyness.” We crave purpose and destiny but we settle for mere productivity. God offers us life, purpose, meaning, significance, but many of us turn down these astonishing possibilities. Luis reminds us to remember our fabulous destiny in God.

Positive thinking or hope: Many of us substitute positive thinking for genuine hope. Positive thinking puts us in the right frame of mind, but it can’t do much about the problems themselves. Hope takes a stand on the unchanging character of God. Positive thinking depends on us, while hope depends on God.

God promises us His best,
but He doesn’t always make our circumstances
turn out the way we think we would like them.
Instead God promises to be with us completely
in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.

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Fair use is permitted by copyright statute. Non-profit,
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