The study missed 7 other cancers that alcohol is responsible for

According to a recently released study, alcohol use has been directly linked as a major contributing cause to seven forms of cancer:

  • liver
  • colon
  • rectum
  • esophagus
  • larynx
  • pharynx
  • female breast.

The study also found that the health risks out-weigh any of the touted health-benefits of drinking alcohol…I’ve been telling people for years, who claim to drink for the health benefits, to drink grape juice and they’d reap the benefits that they’re looking to gain. You don’t need the alcohol component in and of itself for any physiological benefits.

While I sincerely appreciate the gravity and soberness and awareness that the report is trying to create in our culture when it comes to the dangers of using alcohol, I believe the story (which was meant to look at the relationship between alcohol and cancer in the human body mind you) missed seven other major societal cancers that alcohol has also been directly linked to as a major contributing cause: Continue reading

#alcohol, #health, #health-issues, #news

(#60) The Proverbs of Solomon 12:18-19-Sword swallowing 101

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 12:18-19: “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. 19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment.”

Whoever composed the children’s rhyme, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” never read this proverb. Words can penetrate, slash, slice, peel, and pare the very core of a person’s heart. Verbal “bullying” can produce a defeat the same as physical “bullying.” Another proverb says, “The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, And they go down into the inmost body” (Proverbs 18:8). People are as eager to swallow talebearing as if it were “tasty trifles.” The “lying tongue” is quickly proven to be “lying,” thus the life of a lie is “but for a moment.” No one should give a “talebearer” an ear to bear the tale to! Jesus Christ thought names and labels can be hurtful when He said: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire” (Matthew 5:21-22). Propagandists specialize in using hurtful names and labels that intimidate the souls of good people.

“The tongue of the wise” can speak words that go deeply into another person’s heart, but they do not hurt or injure, for they are “truth.” “Truth” is eternal, because it originated with God, for: “He is a God of truth” (Deuteronomy 32:3-4); “For the word of the LORD is right, And all His work is done in truth” (Psalm 33:4); so that we may “know the certainty of the words of truth” (Proverbs 22:21); Jesus’ enemies even said, “we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth” (Matthew 22:16); and Jesus declared, “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth” (John 18:37). Truth will always prevail, “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth” (2 Corinthians 13:8). Let us never be victimized by the “lying tongue,” but seek the “health” that only comes from the truth!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #health, #hurtful, #labels, #lying-tongue, #practical-lessons, #propagandists, #proverbs, #talebearer, #tongue, #truth, #verbal-bullying, #wisdom

Studies in the Book of Proverbs #8

(#8) The Wise Trust God And Improve Their Lives 3:1-12

Following God’s Wisdom brings out the best qualities in us, as we learn to have total confidence in God’s guidance. Heeding Wisdom will give one:

Verses 1-2: Longer Life. “My son” is an expression used some 15 times in the first 7 chapters of Proverbs, for it is written as if Solomon is instructing his son. The way to “not forget” law is to “let your heart keep” the commands. This is explained in James 1:21-25 and applied to Christian obedience. Obedience comes from the “heart,” as do all our words (Matthew 12:35-37), sins (Mark 7:21-23), jobs (Ephesians 6:5-8). Blessings promised include “length of days” as in good health, “long life” as in living to old age, and “peace” as assistance to abundance or prosperity. Statistics show that those who regularly go to church live longer.

Verses 3-4: Better Relations. If “mercy” (feelings for the plight of our fellowmen) and “truth” (factual and accurate knowledge of our, and others’, actions) are written on our heart, we will wear them like jewelry. These two qualities of character are appreciated (“favor and high esteem”) among men and by God. All deep friendships are based upon understanding the friend, and honesty.

Verses 5-6: Higher Direction. Total trust in God in all our ways is possible because He made us (Genesis 1:26-27), greatly loved us (Ephesians 2:4-7), gave His Son for us (Ephesians 5:1-2). Why should we not believe He wants to help us make the best decisions in our lives? Trust “with all our heart” means we give up our “own understanding” and defer to His direction. It reduces tension to know what to do.

Verses 7-8: Better Health. To be “wise in your own eyes” is another way of describing “loftiness and arrogance and pride” (Jeremiah 48:29-31), but it takes “fear” (respect, awe) of the LORD, and the desire to “depart from evil” (or leave sinful practices, also known as repentance). By listening to God, we may keep our physical bodies from the dissipation and disease of sins, and live healthier and stronger lives, just as God promised His Israelites (Deuteronomy 15:26). Humility is the way of recognizing realistically our place in this vast world, without hypocrisy.

Verses 9-10: Better Prosperity.  Thank God first with whatever we prosper, and He will think of us when we prosper. “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). God always has required that giving to Him come before any other consideration, and be freewill (Leviticus 23:37-38).

Verses 11-12: Better Attitude. A person who wants to be a spiritual “child of God” will accept some things that happen in life as God’s “chastening” (teaching) or “correction” (sometimes hurtful reminders not to stray from the path of good). No parent loves his/her child who will not “correct” (discipline) the child, when needed. These two verses are used to show Christians not to become discouraged at God’s correction, for it proves that God is dealing with them as a child whom He loves (Hebrews 12:3-11).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version,  unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #correction, #daily-bible-reading, #discipline, #god, #health, #life, #long-life, #mercy, #obedience, #practical-lessons, #pride, #proverbs, #sin, #teaching, #truth, #wisdom

Poem: A Smile

Here’s a poem that’s been all over the internet for quite some time. It took me a second or two to find the author’s name because the vast majority of time credit is given to “unknown.” If you haven’t read or heard it, it’s worth the time.

A Smile

Smiling is infectious,

you catch it like the flu,

When someone smiled at me today,

I started smiling too.

I passed around the corner

and someone saw my grin

When he smiled, I realized

I’d passed it on to him.

I thought about that smile

then I realized its worth,

A single smile, just like mine

could travel round the earth.

So, if you feel a smile begin,

don’t leave it undetected

Let’s start an epidemic quick,

and get the world infected!

(written by Matthew John Fraser)

I guess there’s such a thing as a healthy infection after all 🙂

#emotions, #friendliness, #health, #heart, #poetry

Relationships – JAM

A July Tennessean article was titled: “Close ties with others may boost longevity”. The article summarized the latest findings of researchers that show family and friend relationships has as much to do with good health and long life than not smoking or saying no to drugs. The research reviewed 148 studies that involved a third of a million people and consistently found that those of us with close relationships are 50% more likely to enjoy long life. The fact is God created us for community, for relationships. After making Adam God declared, “It is not good that man should be alone.” God made Eve and instituted the first marriage. The NT church is much about relationships. The church is a family with God as the Father and Christians as brothers and sisters. This is Just-A-Minute with Ed Boggess

#health, #just-a-minute, #research

The most influential person in my life (…

The most influential person in my life (excluding family) was Bro. Dan Gibson, former preacher for the Montana Street congregation. He (along with his wife Joy) were great examples of what a Christian should be in both thought and conduct. Due to health problems, they had to move closer to their children. We really do miss Bro. Dan and Sister Joy.

#conduct, #example, #health, #influential, #preacher, #thought

What makes for spiritual health? Exercis…

What makes for spiritual health? Exercising towards godliness, according to 1 Timothy 4:8 and 1 Timothy 6:6.

#exercise, #godliness, #health, #spiritual