Friday, January 4, 2013
How to create fat mice, and perhaps fat humans, or perhaps we just need to avoid getting fat?
Fri, January 4, 2013 | link
the cat and the mouse agree, the grocer is ruined” ~ Persian Proverb
Reading up I found some interesting facts on fat production…here is some of what I found…
“The data is in and it is staggering: Scientists have been using the common food additive Monosodium Glutamate
to create fat rats and mice to experiment on. In hundreds of studies produced worldwide over the last thirty years, Monosodium
Glutamate has been injected under the skin of day old mice and rats to produce obese rats and mice with a predisposition for
hides behind 25 or more names, such as Natural Flavouring. ‘MSG is even in your favorite coffee from Tim Horton’s
and Starbucks coffee shops! I wondered if there could be an actual chemical causing the massive obesity epidemic,
and so did a friend of mine, John Erb.
He was a
research assistant at the University of Waterloo in Ontario
, Canada , and spent years working for the government. He made an amazing discovery while going
through scientific journals for a book he was writing called The Slow Poisoning of America.
of studies around the world, scientists were creating obese mice and rats to use in diet or diabetes test studies. No strain
of rat or mice is naturally obese, so scientists have to create them. They make these creatures morbidly obese
by injecting them with MSG when they are first born. The MSG triples
the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats (and perhaps humans) to become obese. They even have a name for the
fat rodents they create: ‘MSG-Treated Rats.’”
I got to wondering if there are “MSG- Treated shoppers”.
Taking a short look around the ingredients in many products we buy I was appalled to find how much of it has MSG in it. Those
are only the products that label it as such!
Fortunately our family does
not use a lot of MSG as my wife has a migraine trigger associated with MSG and so reads labels. Yet, the amount of it
in the shoppers available marketplace is incredible. We are eliminated from many, many food products as a result of my wife's
migraine trigger...and I think that is good!
is known to produce obesity and diabetes, why use it?
That got me
considering how the food manufacturers are forced to work. Let’s think about it for a second or two… If
we were food manufacturers, our objective would be to make money right?
The way we would do it is to get more people to buy our food. If MSG causes us to want to eat more, so much the better
right? MSG used as a flavour enhancer is also a good item to have in the toolkit under these conditions. It was
labeled as such by that U.S. Food and Drug Administration which says it is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) and by the
European Union as a food additive. Surely that is sufficient?
I wonder if you are aware that the FDA gets the companies
to do the research and foot the bill for the research. That was our problem with cigarettes right? Maybe we are having the
same problem with MSG?
Possibly it is not the only cause of obesity, but as far as I can
find out, to date there is no clear statement from the FDA that MSG does not cause obesity!
Here is a statement that one qualified person made...
ingested by human test subjects MSG directly affects the Pancreas stimulating it to triple its standard output of insulin
output. This unnatural amount of insulin finds the sugar in the blood and converts it to fat. A few hours after you eat MSG
the excess insulin the MSG triggers reduces your blood sugar level so much that you become tired and even hungry again. In
animal test subjects this excess insulin leads to hyperinsulinemia: the chronic overproduction of insulin. The pancreas becomes
so out of control that the body starts producing killer T cells to shut it down. Is it any wonder why diabetes, obesity and
lethargy in our youths are at an all time high? Junk foods, processed foods, even cafeteria foods are now laced with large
amounts of exitotoxic glutamates. John Erb reports.
for the food manufacturers (who provide the information to the FDA) say it doesn’t effect us, but independent studies
like the one quoted above overwhelmingly say it does! Do you believe the scientists working for the food industry or those
doing independent study? Which group would be likely to be more biased? You decide...
Yet, it is an absolute KNOWN fact that to get a fat mouse you HAVE to stimulate
them to get fat (mice are smarter than people in this regard J ) and
that injecting them with MSG fattens them!
guess minimal amounts of MSG consumed will not impact us,
however it is perhaps time to read labels, isn't it?
Such a huge amount of food manufacturers are putting it into our food that we are
getting lots of it!
Check it out for yourself!
Perhaps it builds up in our body systems? It has a good shelf life! Longer than ours
Food manufacturers would likely smile!
MSG is added to increase flavour and these people tout it as a replacement for salt, so it is “good”
Maybe MSG is a salt replacement, but it appears to be a body fat
incrementer as well! Is that healthy?
Christians view our bodies slightly differently
to the general population! To us it is a gift, given by
God for our use for a time and should be taken care of not only for us, but for our Lord God!
Can we say that by pumping ourselves full of false unnatural ingredients to satisfy our taste longings, and at the
same time quietly poisoning our health we are doing the right thing?
Personally I don’t think so!
we should take time in 2013 to read food labels and find out how much of this strange stuff they add to our foods is actually
good for us? For example I have heard it said that aspartame
is the crack of dieters. That people using diet drinks build additions to it and that they end up heavier within two years
due to the compulsion to have carbohydrates after drinking it that total circumvents what it proclaims! Is this true? Not
sure but perhaps we need to find out right?
Let’s read the labels
and try to understand what we put into our bodies.
I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing
to God—this is your true and proper worship.~ Romans 12:1 There is a thought for today as you go out to shop, right?
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
How do we feel about our thoughts and actions?
Wed, January 2, 2013 | link
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget
how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
contorted bundle of emotions, thoughts and activity, we
pass through our time finding ourselves sticking with like-minded souls as we go along.
That is unless we have a unique path to follow,
and who has that?
Ever considered that we are basically a combination of emotions, thoughts and activity?
Some of us balance on one side of this triangle and some on the others.
A few manage to balance within
all three perfectly but most of us careen off course frequently, biased to one of those three eternally human aspects of life.
Very few of us cut a clean path through
Most of us cannot even consider that there
is anything outside this realm of these three pillars, so
tightly are we chained to an existence dominated by them.
this is the case what should we be doing?
Many answers to that puzzle
could be batted around the court of world opinion, but I am constrained to truth delivered by someone outside of the impact
and influence of these influences.
is my only reasonable model and as I am a Christian. I find
the easiest way to understand God’s direction is to see how he modelled life itself as he lived as Jesus, the prime example of accurate living!
was Jesus emotionally?
Was he emotionally flat, devoid of the
influence of this great human motivator?
We read…”Jesus wept” , a very emotional reaction.
read that he got so angry he made a whip and used it to
chase money changers out of God’s temple.
anger an emotion leads to activity! A strong emotion! Mostly
we read Jesus loved and cared for others and asked us to do the same.
Jesus was very emotional!
Yet, he controlled
that emotion. Never did it run out of control. In each circumstance
he channels it to enable him to achieve the exact sequence of actions that he knew to be correct.
Emotions were subject to his thoughts and only then drove his actions!
Emotions out of control are not a Christian attribute!
If we would be like Jesus we have to endeavour to lead lives full of emotional
energy, but constrained
to flow in eternal paths by the leading of God himself as Holy Spirit and God’s own word (his bible)
give us direction as to where we should spend our energy.
Is this something we do effectively?
I know for myself that I fail continually and then have to ask for forgiveness from our loving God. However the more I
attempt to allow Holy Spirit to guide me and the more I study God’s word the more effective I find myself at the complicated
task of living well.
While it is never easy to live well, it is
sure rewarding, and on top of that I have comfort in knowing
that in so doing I oil the path of life enabling others to flow past their own sticky circumstances and perhaps also find
direction in our tough world with it’s difficult ways.
Want to join
me on this journey?
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Happy New Year 2013
Tue, January 1, 2013 | link
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
gelukkige nuwejaar / voorspoedige nuwejaar
Gëzuar vitin e
e glëckliches nëies / güets nëies johr
سعيد (aam saiid) / sana
shnorhavor nor tari
yeni iliniz mübarək
san'kura / bonne année
urte berri on
годам (Z novym
sretna nova godina
bloavezh mat / bloavez
нова година (chestita nova godina)
hnit thit ku mingalar
sun lin fi lok / kung hé fat tsoi
bon any nou
新年快了 (xin nian kuai
le) / 新年好 (xin nian hao)
bledhen nowedh da
pace è salute
šťastný nový rok
sale naw tabrik
happy new year
feliĉan novan jaron
dioul mo wouri
ახალ წელს (gilocavt akhal
Frohes neues Jahr / prosit Neujahr
Καλή Χρονιά (kali chronia / kali
xronia) / Ευτυχισμένος
ο Καινούριος Χρόνος (eutichismenos
sal mubarak / nootan varshabhinandan
barka da sabuwar shekara
hauoli makahiki hou
ombura ombe ombua
nav varsh ki subhkamna
boldog új évet
gleðilegt nýtt ár
obi anuri nke afor
selamat tahun baru
ath bhliain faoi mhaise
felice anno nuovo /
sugeng warsa enggal
あけまして おめでとう ございます
hosa varshada shubhaashayagalu
zhana zhiliniz kutti bolsin
sur sdei chhnam thmei
새해 복 많이 받으세요 (seh heh bok mani
bat uh seyo)
we ya nû pîroz be
mvhura zompe zongwa
sabai di pi
felix sit annus novus
bón ànno nêuvo
mbúla ya sika elámu na tombelí
laimingų Naujųjų Metų
Среќна Нова Година
arahaba tratry ny taona
selamat tahun baru
kia porotu te ano ou
kia hari te tau
navin varshaachya hardik shubbheccha
Шинэ жилийн баярын
мэнд хvргэе (shine jiliin bayariin mend
na kô-d yuum-songo
umyaka omucha omuhle
ngeu' shwi pong
subha nababarsa / naba barsara
naya sar Mubarak
bon anja / felis anja nobo
kaalmo mobarak sha
سال نو مبارک (sâle no mobârak)
feliz ano novo
ਨਵੇਂ ਸਾਲ ਦੀਆਂ
ਵਧਾਈਆਂ (nave saal deeyan
bun di bun onn
baxtalo nevo bersh
un an nou fericit / la
С Новым Годом
(S novim godom)
ia manuia le tausaga fou
bonu annu nou
bliadhna mhath ur
nova godina / Срећна
nain saal joon
අවුරුද්දක් වේවා (shubha aluth awuruddak
srečno novo leto
wan bun nyun yari
mwaka mzuri / heri ya mwaka mpya
es guets Nöis
manigong bagong taon
ia orana i te matahiti
(iniya puthandu nal
yaña yıl belän
శుభాకాంక్షలు (nuthana samvathsara
สวัสดีปีใหม่ (sawatdii pimaï)
/ losar tashi
sanat farah wa khare
itumelele ngwaga o
yeni yılınız kutlu olsun
Нового Року / З Новим роком
(Z novym rokom)
yangi yilingiz qutlug' bo'lsin
Chúc Mừng Nǎm Mới
/ Cung Chúc
Tân Niên / Cung Chúc Tân Xuân
ene boune anéye, ene boune
annéye / bone annéye èt bone santéye
blwyddyn newydd dda
a gut yohr
eku odun / eku odun tun tun /
barka'n da djiri tagio
unyaka omusha omuhle
All translations from http://www.freelang.net/expressions/newyear.php
Monday, December 31, 2012
New Year, knowing what is good to do, and doing it!
Mon, December 31, 2012 | link
Wisdom is simply knowing good from bad, nourishment from poison,
love for the divine. ~- the
Ocean Poet Barron Pilgrim
Okay, so we are at the cusp of a New Year! This year is over and we are ready for reflection on the past year and the next
year looms in front of us with its expectations and new anticipations.
· What are we to do?
· What new resolutions are to be made?
· Why even make a resolution?
Considering this a Christian, I got to thinking about good and evil,
and considering how I squared up against the eternal expectations for last year!
Now those that aren’t Christians may fail to see the irony of that statement!
Let me explain…as Christians, we are in a continual state of being forgiven
Jesus explained that if we love him, accept he is the son of God,
and try and follow the guidelines for loving God, others and ourselves, then no matter what we do, we are forgiven
by the God of the universe and our sin is wiped away.
Our sin is gone! It is as far as the East is from
You can see the statement I made about squaring up against eternal
expectation is a bit dubious isn’t it?
Logically, every Christian at the end of each year is as totally forgiven as
they were during the previous year.
· The trail of destruction and mayhem
we leave behind is very real!
· The ripple effect of our good works is also very real!
James sums up what we need to do to succeed at being good by saying…
If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. James
We need to look at what we know is good what we should do, and
then we should do it!
If we know we should do some good and
don’t do it, we, as Christians, cannot say we have done the right thing.
No! God didn’t let us
off that one so easily!
James states clearly that failure to do good is sin (Selfish, ignorant and nasty!).
This brings me to a suggestion for improving this coming year over the current year…
all we need to do is to do the good we know we should do!
this a simple yet very powerful resolution…
"I will do good when I recognise it for what it is!"
Now that’s a really good, all-encompassing resolution!
It’s better than a resolution to diet, since, we know that over-eating is gluttony and that
is a sin. We know it is good to eat in moderation, so the above resolution encompasses that lesser resolution.
We don’t need to build special resolutions to treat person A or person B better, since we know God wants us
to love even our enemies (Matthew :5:43 NIRV -You have heard that it was
said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But
I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”)
Again the above suggested resolution fills the gap!
above resolution out against some of your resolutions and see if it is not simply a bigger
better version of a resolution than the ones you are making.
This proposed resolution is one that improves ourselves, our relationship with God, our relationship with our world,
and our relationship with everyone else.
I would like to say it’s
my original idea, but it’s not…James had it way before I could have conceived it! Hey, I
pray you will make a good resolution and have a wonderful good, joy filled New Year when you get to it!