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For a long time I had poor health, poor diet, lack of exercise, bad sleep.
After being saved and changing my thinking from an evolutionary adaptation perspective to a designed by God perspective I eventually started to actually wonder about the details of what food is, what it is made up of and how our body uses it. Partly (in regaining my health) to be of greater service to the Lord, partly for a better testimony and of course just wanting to be healthier in general.
After prayer I believe God lead me into an understanding of Intermittent Fasting, combined with Nutritional Ketosis, which for me seemed to be the optimal method for a quick recovery; and after adopting that strategy I lost 70lbs in 7 months with virtually no exercise, and without the fatigue and potential rebound of extreme calorie cutting, it's much better to exercise (high intensity) once you have lost the weight and healed your organs for a variety of reasons, but as I was losing weight I would do more and more low intensity exercise like walking.
All glory to God for the wisdom and the success.
[Intermittent Fasting] I was eating generally one, sometimes two, meals per day with no snacks in-between
[Nutritional Ketosis] trying to stay under 20-50g of NET(Total - Fibre, or sugar alcohols) Carbohydrate / day,
while having large salads or amounts of vegetables and or raw greens supplements to meet nutritional requirements.
If you attempt this after living your whole life running on constant sugar and carbohydrates 3 meals / day + snacks (like I had) the initial transition to fat burning will be rough, my strategy (after a few botched attempts) became to eat my last 'normal' meal late on Thursday and try to make it as far as I could on Friday water fasting, have a Keto meal and just crash, again fast as long as I could on Saturday eat Keto and crash again. generally adaptation would occur in 48-72 Hrs in this case the goal being fully adapted by Monday morning to go back to work. During the adaptation phase I'd try to stay as close to 0g NET Carbs / day rather than the normal 20-50, once adapted.
Supplementing electrolytes (mainly sodium, potassium but also the others), trace minerals, and B vitamins helps get through it, also providing an easily convertible source of Fat -> Ketones, in my case "MCT Oil" helps as well, especially if just resting for a few days isn't an option and you need to work look after the home / family etc...
In the beginning you will mainly be converting nutritional fat to ketones, but after a few weeks(months) you will be fully transitioned to the point of burning body fat for fuel when that is the case you can do long term fasts and barely feel it, or even feel better than normal.
The longest pure water fast I have done so far is maybe 4 full days and nights (eating part way through the 5th day) which felt great, not tiring at all.
The problem is most people enter into a fast with a pre-existing nutritional deficiency and the fast will exacerbate it, which can cause a lot of problems.
The primary effect of all this is to correct insulin resistance / pre-diabetes from constant blood sugar spiking with constant eating throughout the day for years, and associated organ damage.
As most of us know you generally can not trust the medical establishment, they have a multi-billion dollar incentive for keeping people just healthy enough to live, but unhealthy enough to require constant symptom management $$$.
It became clear that I was essentially going to have to become my own doctor, or rather rely on God's mercy and prayer for wisdom, as what better source for information than the designer himself, Jesus Christ.
To those with interest I would suggest start researching the symptoms associated with particular vitamin / mineral deficiencies and compare to your own health, or analyze your diet and it may become clear just from that what is lacking, also consider potential organ damage from past (or present) substance abuse, or environmental / chemical exposure, maybe you have even had things removed: Gallbladder Appendix Thyroid etc.
If you are currently taking prescriptions for anything that complicates things and each medicine has to be considered individually, how to not have adverse interactions and to gradually (or quickly) come off of it as necessary.
Here is a spreadsheet I made for myself as I was trying to correct my diet, perhaps some will find it useful even thought it is very lacking (centered around my personally preferred foods, and diet), and still a work in progress. Nutritional information can also vary wildly depending on the source of information but for the sake of maintaining a pattern I took all info from this website in portions of 100g, making a few exceptions if that site lacked the info I was looking for; also generally choosing organic over regular.
Different tactics seem to work for different people it depends on current state of health, organ health, body weight, metabolism, so called genetic factors etc...
Some people are all about vegetarian / vegan, while some thrive on the carnivore diet, some people even seem to do well no matter what they eat.
I'm just sharing what worked for me and I'm curious what has worked (or not worked) for you, to anyone who has had or seeks victories from the Lord regarding their health.
Now I'm starting to get into other remedies but just starting out the learning process on that:
So far I've been experimenting with:
Chamomile (for sleep / stress)
Stinging Nettle (for kidney)
Lemon Balm (for sleep / stress)
Herbal or Enzyme or other Supplements:
Milk Thistle (for liver)
Choline (for liver)
Apple Cider Vinegar (digestion)
Digestive aid (digestion gallbladder / pancreas)
Valerian Root (for sleep / stress)
Ashwagandha (for sleep / stress)
Serrapeptase (for heart / inflammation)
Nattokinase (for heart)
I'm interested if anyone has experience with other useful herbs or other effective supplements.
SACRAMENTO (CBS SF / CNN) — While you can still attend in-person church services in California, you can’t sing.
The state, to curb a rapidly worsening pandemic, has temporarily banned singing and chanting in places of worship.
“Places of worship must therefore discontinue singing and chanting activities,” he state’s Department of Public Health said in their latest guidance for houses of worship posted Wednesday (.pdf).
“Practices and performances present an increased likelihood for transmission of Covid-19 through contaminated exhaled droplets and should occur through alternative methods like internet streaming,” health officials went to say in its updated order.
California has had more than 24,000 coronavirus cases. On Tuesday, it announced 6,367 cases, the second highest total for the state since the pandemic began. This has prompted Gov. Gavin Newsom to tighten restrictions.
Covid patients make up for about 30% of all hospitalizations, according to state data.
Singing at services has proven to be one way to spread a virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency studied how coronavirus spread from one member to 87% of the singers at a Washington choir practice and said in a report:
“The act of singing, itself, might have contributed to transmission through emission of aerosols, which is affected by loudness of vocalization.”
Your prayers are much coveted with a situation I'm going through. My mom is trying to get a daycare license here in California. Since I'm an adult in the house they are requiring a MMR and Dtap immunization. I may have found a christian doctor who will write an exemption. Its getting crazy in California! Thank you in advance for keeping me in prayer
Since Kent Hovind has been exposed as a false teacher, do any of the Brethren recommend any good creation science videos? I want to show my 7 year old brother biblical creation teachings. He's like a sponge and loves to learn about God and the Bible.
I'm seeing more, and more of these stories.Quote
Birx also said messaging needs to change to break through to younger people, who are increasingly the ones contracting Covid-19.
“We can get through this until we have a vaccine, if we all do our part,” Birx said.
This seems to be the trend, we're just making you do this until we have a vaccine. My fear is what happens when they have the "vaccine".
Work to be done on the website before the official launch and video announcement.
I want to finish some of the items below before the official launch as well, but I am pretty constrained on time working on the back-end.
If anyone would like to help out with planning these features, writing categories, and descriptions, or in any other way, it'd be greatly appreciated.
This list is what I've put together so far, I'm probably missing some things, and some of the ideas need further refining. So if you see something that I forgot or something you think should be here, please let me know. I'm open to any suggestions, recommendations, or ideas.
I have the homepage set to display the most recent topics with new activity. Is there a more functional/better use for the homepage?
I've been thinking of building a "research dashboard" page of sorts. I know we all do quite a bit of research into all kinds of subjects. It would be nice to have a central place to create research projects, store information, links, pictures, pdfs, view and take notes, and even make tools to help the community with researching.
I've still in the planning phase of this project, but have started to consider the following;
What information do you use when researching a subject?
How can this information be saved and then presented in a way that would be useful(topics, posts, database entries, links, notes, file/picture uploads)?
What tools would help in general research/study?
I'd to know what everyone thinks about this idea, would it be useful and should I build it? If you like the idea, what would you like to see in your research dashboard?
Health, Food, Nutrition.
I'd love to build a healthy living/eating section if someone wanted to take the lead on designing what that section should look like and how it should be structured. I could put it all together.
We'd need to figure out what pages or databases we want, Food, Recipes, Keto Tracker, Home Remedies, Medicinal Plants and Mushrooms, etc. We'd need custom fields for the databases. For example, for the Medicinal Plants database, do we need fields for the common name, botanical name, description, medicinal uses, warnings, recommended dose, etc.
We can have record feeds from databases and forums as well, so if we had a Healthy Living page, we could have feeds on that page from the recipe database, the medicinal plants, a private forum, a links database, and so on. Categories and descriptions would need to be written, and we could add anything else that might be useful to the Body of Christ as well.
Same as above.
Categories and subcategories need to be created for things the body of Christ might need, KJV Bibles, Tracts, Public domain documents (Random References, the Wescott and Hort letters, for example), general PDF's, and so on.
I think once the categories are in place, the downloads section will become quite useful.
It'd be nice to sort Bryan's videos by subject matter or create playlists of some sort. We could also tag videos(really anything), and then create feeds based on tags throughout the website. Similar content could be shown on topics, the research dashboard, alongside study pages, etc.
This will be a big time-consuming project in itself, but I think it would help the ministry and have untold rewards for the body of Christ.
If someone or multiple people were interested in taking up this project for the body of Christ, I could make a group with permissions to edit all tags.
User Submitted Videos
We just need some categories and descriptions written here.
Bible Study Tools
Should we have categories(what categories?) or list everything on one page?
Bible versions database
What categories or custom field would this have? Do we list authors, translators, release dates, publishers, missing verses, corrupted doctrine?
Biblical Places database
We could use a database to hold the Latitude and Longitude of significant places in the Bible and then feed it into a mapping application to be able to see at a glance where certain places in scripture took place.
A tract creator would be nice; I'm not sure how to make this yet, but it's on the wishlist.
How to Witness - Database
Say to the Mormon's or about the bible version issues. I'm sure we could compile some good information over time, and It'd be nice to have that knowledge base online to refer people to if you're short on time. If any has any ideas on how we could set this up, I'm all ears.
Finding good electronic sources for the KJV bible, in any format, PDF, Text, SQL, Word, Bryan has talked before about the altered versions floating around. It would be nice to have a place where anyone could download a good copy.
Pew, that took forever to write. Thoughts, Feelings, Ideas, Suggestions?