The Immune System

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?   (Read More…)

Our monthly health blogger Kat Robertson is just what we need in these times of fast foods and unhealthy lifestyles. As always, Kat brings us a wealth of information about taking care of our total being! Enjoy the post.

It is common knowledge that having a healthy immune system is necessary in order to ward off sickness and disease. Mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants so that their baby’s health is fortified outside of the womb. There is a plethora of information on the subject, but I want to focus on what has been determined to be at the heart of a strong immune system.

Plasma cells or white blood cells pump out large volumes of antibodies and these plasma cells are released into the bloodstream and lymph. They seek out antigens (foreign invaders) and destroy them. The bulk of your immune system however is not in your lymph nodes, 70% of your entire immune system resides in your digestive system. So we need to begin here if we want our bodies to function optimally the way they were created. Researchers have determined that significant portions of our immune cells reside in our gastrointestinal system.

In order to support a healthy immune system you need to not only take Vitamins C and D, eliminate junk food from your diet and get sufficient sleep but you need to also feed your digestive system probiotic. Probiotics are live bacterial microorganisms that can be ingested to support digestion and fortify the balance of good vs. bad intestinal bacteria. This is especially important after taking antibiotics.

You can be sure of getting healthy probiotics in your diet a couple of ways. One is to eat naturally fermented foods such as Greek yogurt, sauerkraut, kombucha and Korean kimchi. Research shows that bacteria found in fermented foods can support the immune system throughout the body. Naturally fermented foods are the optimal choice but it may be difficult to eat them everyday and in the right quantities. Taking a probiotic supplement is another option to ensure that you are adding probiotics to your diet..

There are many on the market; however, I would advise against probiotic supplements that are derived from dairy products. These require refrigeration. You have no way of knowing how, or if they were refrigerated during the production process, or if they sat in the sun prior to loading onto refrigerated trucks for distribution.

Your best bet is to take probiotics that do not require refrigeration; that are made from fermented kiwis, purple grapes, sprouted purple maze and reishi mushrooms. Each of these ingredients individually provide strong immune support yet when combined, the synergistic effect is quite potent. There is a supplement on the market that includes all of these ingredients called ProBiotixx.

With the internet you have limitless research potential so do your due diligence. Find the supplements to support your dietary choices that are effective. Make the necessary changes in your diet to support healthy digestion and you are making the right choice in building a strong immune system.

To Your Health!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Immune System, Part 1: Crash Course A&P

Don’t Let Your No Be Yes

Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity Than he who is perverse in speech and is a fool. Proverbs 19:1

You ever wonder why people choose to deny themselves the right to say no?

Case in point, someone ask you to do something for them and in your heart, you know that this request isn’t something you want to do. Your heart is right but your lips don’t say no.

Yesterday, I had an important meeting with someone offering me a business opportunity. The monetary was small but the opportunities in accepting this offer would allow me to have an inside track to bigger and possible lucrative revenue. 

Mind you, I am in no position to turn down increasing my income but it hit me suddenly that my heart was not in it, nor was the opportunity meant for me.

The offer was extended and I informed the person that I would think it over and get back with him with my answer.

As I drove through hard downpours of rain, my mind was already made up. I would not accept the offer. It isn’t because it was little money but rather, it would have gotten little of me. The offer was for me to give them 100% commitment to do something I walked away from years ago. And the reason being is that this type of assignment burnt me out.

When I arrived home, I found solace in knowing that this time in my life, I don’t have to just turnover and do things I do not choose nor desire to do.

Life whether you are young or old, makes you realize that you don’t have to always be agreeable in order to get along.

Here it is in this small sentence below.

Don’t let your No be yes!

It can save you a great deal of hardship both mentally and physically.

Want to get some additional insight about why you say yes when you mean no. Click on this link to read at your leisure

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Oxygen, How Important Is It?

We are pleased to have once again, author, poet, artist, teacher and healthy living entrepreneur and our friend, Kat L. Robertson as a contributing writer.  Kat’s post this month is quiet an eye-opener, Oxygen, How Important Is it?

I thought it appropriate to begin this health series on a platform in which all health is sustained. We take breathing for granted because we do so unconsciously and generally only become aware of a problem when we are unable to breathe.

Oxygen is believed to be the most common hospital treatment throughout the developed world. According to the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines it is considered to be the safest, most effective medicine in the health system. Without oxygen, cells can only function for limited periods of time; however, long-term depletion leads to the death of the cell and eventually death of the organism.

In an article written by Neil C. Bhavsar and published in Futurism, he affirms that research is showing 40% of cancers are preventable. Cancers of the kidney, esophagus, colon, mouth, liver and breast can be avoided. The maintenance of normal body weight; eating a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetable, minimal to moderate alcohol consumption and abstinence from tobacco products, all help in reducing the risk of cancer.

So why is oxygen important? In 1931 Dr. Otto Henrich Warburg won his first Nobel Prize for proving that cancer is caused by a lack of oxygen respiration in cells. “All normal cells have an absolute requirement for oxygen, but cancer cells can live without oxygen – a rule without exception. Deprive a cell of 35% of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.” says Warburg. He discovered that cancer cells are anaerobic (meaning they do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high levels of oxygen.

Enter Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, otherwise known as H2O2 which contains one more molecule of oxygen than water.

As far back as 1920, H2O2 was successfully used to treat pneumonia in the epidemic following World War I. Between 1920 to 1940 there was wide-spread use of Hydrogen Peroxide for treatment of health disorders such as: Allergies Headaches,Altitude Sickness, Herpes Simplex, Alzheimer’s ,Herpes Zoster, Anemia, HIV Infection, Arrhythmia Influenza, Asthma, Insect Bites,Bacterial Infections, Liver Cirrhosis, Bronchitis, Lupus, Erythematosis, Multiple Sclerosis, Candida, Parasitic Infections, Cardiovascular Disease, Parkinsonism, Cerebral Vascular Disease, Periodontal Disease, Chronic Pain, Prostatitis, Diabetes Type 11, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetic Gangrene, Shingles, Diabetic Retinopahty, Sinusitis, Digestion Problems, Sore Throat, Epstein-Barr Infection, Ulcers, Emphysema, Viral Infections, Food Allergies, Warts, Fungal Infections, Yeast Infections,Gingivitis. All though there are much stronger, non evasive and effective alternatives to chemotherapy, (which actually kills everything but cancer cells), Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide can be used to treat the early stages of cancer.

Today H202 is heralded as a very effective health maintenance protocol.

The understanding of Epigenetics is a serendipitous component to the health equation. According to the Collins English Dictionary, Epigenetics “is the study of heritable changes that occur without a change in the DNA sequence.” It involves the addition of small chemical tags known as methyl groups to the DNA double helix. So in other words, environmental influences can change your DNA and be inherited by your offspring and future generations.

This is important when you consider the rise in cancers and diabetes for example. The predisposition of one member of a family to get cancer because their mother had cancer does not assure that a sibling with the same birth parents will also get cancer. Diet and lifestyle choices play a very important role in changing methyl groups and creating new ones based upon these healthy lifestyle choices.

All pretty fascinating stuff. Gone are the days when we look to our doctors to offer the sum total of knowledge about our health. The truth is, no one knows better how your body is doing, than you. Taking full responsibility for your health and making choices that are in your best interest will truly enable you to life your best life.

To your health!

“Christ himself carried our sins in his body to the cross, so that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. It is by his wounds that you have been healed.’ 1Peter 2:24

Aging in Good Health

A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness   Proverbs 16:31

Just imagine over hearing a conversation of this nature.

“My feet are aching. My back hurts. And my hips are stiff.“

“You know what your problem is…don’t you?”

“Yeah…I’m getting older!”

“Oh stop it! Age is just a number. Your problem is that you are too lazy to take care of yourself. Look at me. I walk five miles each day. Exercise every morning. Eat the right kind of foods. Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish and drink water with every meal. And you don’t see me complaining.”

“That’s because you are…”

“I’m what?”

“You’re ninety-years old and have lived life longer than I have. And I’m only sixty.”

“So what does that have to do with anything?”

‘You live by wisdom and I’m just not where you are right now…but one day, I will get to where you are.”

“Well grandchild…don’t wait too long…you might not make it to be my age.” 

The conversation above may for some seem unrealistic. But having celebrated my step into retirement, I am finding more mature adults over the age of sixty doing the unheard of.

For what I can verify, people in their seventies, eighties and nineties are putting those of us in the Baby Boomer generation to shame.

Perfect example of what I speak about is that this past weekend our church had a 5K Walk. It was our first time as a church taking the healthy route to raise funds for our education ministry (this is one way we help support those graduating and going to college and are in college).

The 5k Walk had teams with themes. This was all good. But one of the teams that happened to be part of this wonderful event is The Seasoned Saints. This is a ministry of men and women aged 62 and older.

Well, one can attest there are two beyond seventy, eighty and ninety that put their feet to the track and walked the park course without losing a beat.

These two Godly women are close to my heart and continue to show me and others that age is just a number.

At ninety-two and ninety-eight years of age these women put us on notice that aging in grace and faith in God can move mountains, feet and bodies.

The interesting thing that occurred after the walk was just sitting on the sideline watching these two vibrant and lively women jump up and join the young people doing a line dance. Their enjoyment of life brought me to complete shame. How could I be looking at them and not joining in too? The shame of it all.

But with all this said and done, the truth of the whole matter is this.

It’s never too late to learn…aging in good health pays in dividends!

And it’s never too late to make the necessary changes in our lives spiritually, mentally and physically.

Job 12:12    Is not wisdom found among the aged?  Does not long life bring understanding?

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

World’s Oldest Female Bodybuilder Ernestine Shepherd (80)

Reaching Your Breaking Point

Matthew 11:28-30

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

“Stop it! Stop it! If you two don’t stop screaming and yelling in my ears, I’m going to snatch you both out of this place and make you walk home!”

Turning around from the ice cream counter, there stood this middle-aged woman, dress down in her yoga outfit. She was near tears. At her breaking point I assumed. Yet, I could feel this mother’s disgust and disappointment.

As a mother and grandmother, I have had many of breaking points. The kind that made me give serious thought about picking up my car key and pocketbook and just walk. That’s right. Walk out the door and not look back.

But thank God that those breaking points only lasted for a short period of time. No, I never left my family but I on many occasions wanted too.

Reaching your breaking point can involve all facets of one’s life. Marriage, children, family, friends, work and church.

Was the mother out of line in the ice cream shop? I don’t think so. Everyone has a breaking point. It could come anytime and when one least suspects it.

If you have peaked to the point of no return and want to throw in the towel. You are not alone and you are not a bad person. It just proves you are not Jesus.

If you are reading this post right now and know without a doubt that you are at your breaking point, may I suggest to you, to find a quiet place to be alone with the Lord.

Then, do what you might fear will make you look unhinge…scream to the top of your lungs, punch or kick the wall and cry your head off! Better yet, drop everything and go stay overnight at a hotel. Pamper yourself. Then, when you return, don’t answer to anyone.

Your breaking point shouldn’t be taken for granted. You have a right to protect your mental health.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2017 The Year of Our Lord

Bishop TD Jakes -Breaking Point

The Choice of Health

As promised. I am quiet happy to introduce to you someone I have known for years as a friend and fellow thespian. Kat Robertson.

Kat is a gifted artist and author. But for years, Kat has made healthy living one of her missions to educate others not only about preventative measures to maintain good health but also being involve in keeping the environment safe for the future. Kat loves the Lord and  I look forward to many other contributions from Kat to the Counterfeit Christian blog,

I Corinthians 6:19-20

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;
20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

The Choice of Health
by Kat Robertson

The most valuable thing we each have is our heath. Those who suffer from poor health truly understand the blessing of excellent health in the light of life that has to be fought for. We must decide to make consciously healthy life choices because life is a gift that we cannot afford to take for granite. Poor health resulting from dire life choices only exacerbates the devastating conclusion that no amount of money can replace health once it is lost.

If you didn’t know that there is a conspiracy to take away your health one choice at a time, then it’s time to accept the fact. We represent dollar signs in the eyes of multiple corporations that can and will sell us anything. They encourage addictions to their products and like insects in a spider’s web, we get caught in the lie that we want/need/must have “something”.  Fast food, Bluetooth, wireless technology throughout our homes, etc. are all things we are taught that we cannot live without; serving the purpose of making our lives easier and more convenient. Yet very little is mentioned of the downside, the harmful effects that such addictive conveniences can have on our heath.

The phrase “profits before people” is not only a train of thought reflecting how little life is valued in our society, but it also suggests a larger purpose, that of decreasing the human population on earth.  Only the extremely wealthy could possibly benefit from this. In this scenario we become pawns blindly following the recommendations of our medical professionals and their diagnosis that lead to a dependency on prescription drugs and ultimately evasive medical treatments in an effort to “help” us regain our health.  As we suffer a decrease in our health; these corporations continue to increase their bottom line. Since prescription drugs often carry side effects that are worse than the purpose for taking the drug, one does begin to wonder just how much of this theory is a conspiracy and how much is based upon truth.  Far too many people are actually experiencing a decrease in the quality and longevity of their lives.

I am not suggesting that medicine is evil or doctors are only interested in experimenting and making money from you. To the contrary, I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with doctors who were very diligent in their care with me. Obviously there are times when medical attention is crucial. However, the purpose of this series is to encourage you to take responsibility for your own health. You should know more about your health than any medical professional because you live with you. You are aware of the intricacies of your day-to-day routines and the effect they have on your well-being. It’s time to make a decision not to poison your body with anything in excess and minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals and technology. Choose not to have to fight your way back from a devastating cancer diagnosis and instead elect to go for health conscious alternatives.

I will share my stories along with those of others who have learned through experience how to maintain their own optimal health. There is a wealth of information available to us and the internet puts it at our fingertips. Our bodies are to be the temple in which the indwelling Spirit of God can live. It is up to us to be the caretakers we were created to be.

Abundant Health!

Dr. George Carlo EMF Cell Phone Dangers
http://www.emfnews.org/articles.html

How Well Are You?

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.   John 11;4

young-female-doctor-800pxWeekly visits to my doctor’s office are becoming a ritual of late. And my health insurance premium will be increasing once again as we enter into the year 2017.

I can’t say that I don’t appreciate having health insurance, because I do. However, of late, I have been doing my due diligent to find natural and practical ways to combat allowing my body to deteriorate due to being over medicated with duplication of prescription drugs that are for the exact same treatment.

In 2017, I expect to see a turnaround in the way I treat my body. Especially after a discussion I had with a good friend.

“Child, I just got a call from my doctor,” my friend told me. “He says I’m pre-diabetes and that I should come in to see him for some more test.”

“Well, how do you feel about that?” I asked her.

“I don’t know girl. Most of my family is diabetic and a cousin recently lost his toes because of diabetes. I thought I was alright. I never felt sick or anything…”

My friend paused and looked over at me.

“Do you have diabetes?”

“No,” I told her. “Why are you asking me that, anyway?”

“Well, if I was going to have diabetes…I thought maybe we could go to the doctor together and get treated…you know. Make it a monthly girl get together.”

I couldn’t believe my ears. Who in their right mind would rationalize being treated for diabetes as a monthly outing? I always suspected my good friend to be a little thrown (loopy) but that day, she confirmed it!

But with that conservation push to the side.

I want to pose this question to you. How well are you?

And how well are you when it comes to your overall health?

Are you in the best physical, mental and emotional health you would like to be in?

As we see a growing and older population throughout the world, one should never assume because one is getting older, sickness and health issues are part of the equation. Because it is not!

To prove my point, I know of several, vibrant and healthy older members of our church that are still up and going, passed the age of ninety and still going strong.

So, I ask the question to you again.

How well are you?  And how well is your spiritual health?

And if you need to see a physician, do so. But always remember, the power of healing is always in the hands of God.

Concerned about healthcare costs? There several reputable health sharing ministries to consider.

Here is a partial list of Christian Health Sharing ministries. As always, I suggest you put due diligence in researching any services, businesses or organizations you consider before contacting.

Christian Healthcare Ministries
Biblical solution for health care costs

My Christian Care
Affordable-Biblical Healthcare Sharing Ministries

Liberty Healthcare
Healthcare Sharing Ministry

Samaritan Ministries
Biblical, non-insurance to healthcare needs

Solidarity Health Share
Health share

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Religion and Ethics/Health Sharing

The Gift of Perfect Health

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4

Farm to YouOh, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had perfect health?

No more cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, autism, mental illness, viruses and the list of so many more attacks on the body, and yes, even the common cold.

The gift of perfect health isn’t something that we can all have. No matter whom you are.

Everyone on this planet, humans and animals alike, will not escape having some type of illness that will cause us to stop and think that we could have been free of sickness and death, had not Adam and Eve obeyed God’s instructions when they lived in the Garden of Eden.

I know, I know. Some reading this post think that the Garden of Eden story, Adam and Eve, and yes, God is just an overblown fictional piece of crap that should have long ago been discarded from the hearing and reading of mankind.

But, the story is factual and I will just leave it at that.

So, here we are once again in the midst of the over-eating, over indulging, and over spending of the November to January holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s).

But think on this.

Imagine waking up one day having no more aches, pains and sickness.

What would you do if you found yourself, once going on a regular basis to see your doctor, no longer in need of the visits, or, prescription drugs?

Or how about the thought of once being bed ridden and housebound and it is now over with? You can now go about your days without needing a private nurse or caregiver.

The gift of good health is possible but reality is that good health is not the perfect health that God wants us to have.

Good health is fine…but I prefer perfect health and that will come soon…but until then, let us be mindful that we still have the opportunity to treat our body and mind with love and care.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Dr. Lissa Rankin – The Shocking Truth About Your Health

Teenagers and Mental Illness

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

Yesterday, my plans were turned upside down when I received a text from one of my daughters concerning one of my grandchildren.

When she had the opportunity to call me about the situation, it threw me for a loop.

My youngest grandson had attempted suicide.        man-person-school-head

Believe me when I say this, this is not the kind of call any parent or grandparent, or anyone, would like to receive, much less confront.

Let me put it out here plainly, A number of years ago, I would never have revealed a family matter of this nature to anyone.  But things have changed in my life. And it is because of the power of Christ within me that this post is being written today.

As quiet as it’s kept, mental illness for years has been a taboo subject and conversation within many families, especially, in the black community.

If this post can help someone. I am indeed thankful to the Lord for using me.

Teenagers and mental illness has been around since the start of mankind.

Nevertheless, let’s get to the heart of the matter by first throwing out the way words of shame and embarrassment will stop people cold in their tracks in sharing their concerns about getting help for mental illness, either for themselves or a loved one.

Imagine the anguish of experiencing hearing voices in one’s head or even to the extreme of thinking about self-inflicting wounds or committing suicide. Yes, these are signals that immediate attention is needed to get professional help.

Young people today are more prone to face mental illness due to this society that offers them everything without little consequences. Drugs, alcohol and social media (cyberbullying) are a powerful concoction that can fuel a young person with mental illness.

So you may ask. How does one recognize they are dealing with mental illness with a young person in their family or even outside the family?

Well, yesterday, I came across one interesting article on the website of the American Psychiatric Association.  This report title is Warning Signs of Mental Illness.

[ One half of all mental illness begins by age 14 and 75% begins by age 24.]

There is a tremendous responsibility we have not only as parents, grandparents, and guardians. But as adults who must be ever the more diligent in listening to what our young people are saying or acting out.

One thing that the Lord has shown me is that self-indulgence to push our young ones to fulfill their flesh rather than feed their spiritual soul will lead to a path of destruction.

Today God has given my family yet a clearer understanding of who He is.

My grandson is now getting the treatment he needs as well as knowing that God spared his life and not man. This was the favor of God on my grandchild life.

For those who don’t believe in God or His existence, we will continue to pray that one day your eyes and heart will be open to the truth.

In the meanwhile, the Word of God says, “pray without ceasing.” And not only pray but be proactive in the lives of others. Always have faith to believe in the impossible, and trust God in all circumstances, rather good or bad.

Please keep my family in your prayers and especially, our young ones who need to know not only is there a God in heaven. But He is also working miraculously here on earth.

Mental illness is nothing to frown on. Seek professional help and keep God in the process of healing.

Here is a brief list of websites that provide valuable lessons and resources about the disease of mental illness (specifically for middle and high school age group).

  1. Breaking the Silence 
  2. Teach with Movies
  3. Edutopia
  4. Adolescent Mental Health in the United States 
  5. Youth.Gov 
  6. Cry for Help -Teenage Mental Health and Suicide (highly recommend viewing the videos)
  7. Christianity Today-Mental Illness and Christianity:Scripture and Science

Psalm 91:1-2    He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

In Him Alone

The Countefeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Vickie Winans -Safe in His Arms

Miracles or Medicine

But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour. Matthew 9:22

Good Health Wednesday

After a number of years being treated for various medical conditions, I realized that maybe I did myself a disservice visiting doctors.

Doctors do have a role in society. Just like Luke (Book of Luke) served the disciples and helped spread the gospel about Jesus. Physicians serve to serve men. But physicians are not healers.

Having several family members now making regular visits to the doctors and specialists, it seems to me that each time they return home, they are given a new diagnosis. This is pretty much A-typical it seems in the African-American community.

It is almost like the medical establishment believe that we are expendable or at best, ideal candidates for clinical trials.

The more I begin to do research about various family members medical diagnosis, I am becoming more disheartened that the medical professionals don’t seem to have the patient well-being at hand. However, there are quite a number of doctors eager in  making sure that they are part of the financial windfall of health insurance and Pharmaceutical companies.

I will be the first to tell anyone. Good health must first start with oneself.

You cannot and should you never rely on someone else to take care of your well-being.

When I was in my early twenties, you could never have convinced me that the lifestyle I was living would cause me sickness or an early death.

When you are young, you believe you are invincible and that anyone who was sickly was usually old or born with poor health.

Fast forward. And reality kicks in that when I had the opportunity on numerous occasions to practice good health habits.  I didn’t. I can say that I had talked myself out of taking care of myself first.

Learning every day of the errors of my ways, I had to make a decision on what the rest of my life journey will look like.

Will it be miracles or medicine?

I’m choosing miracles!

In Him Alone

The Counterfeit Christian
2016 The Year of Our Lord

Woman Miraculously Healed of Stage 4 Cancer!!-CBN