Movie: ‘Lord, Save Us From Your Followers’

28 04 2010

Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing America?

If you were to meet ten average Americans on the street, nine of them would say they believe in God. So why is the Gospel of Love dividing America?

Dan Merchant put on his bumper-sticker-clad jumpsuit and decided to find the reason. After talking with scores of men and women on streets all across the nation, and also interviewing many well-known activists in today’s “Culture Wars,” Dan realized that the public discussion of faith doesn’t have to be contentious.

From its opening Talking Heads sequence through its touching look at faith in action, ‘Lord, Save Us From Your Followers‘ is a fast-paced, highly engaging documentary that explores the collision of faith and culture in America while opening up this important conversation to all of us.

As discussion of religion floods the media, the rhetoric is divisive, hyper, and most often, angry. With humor more common in a comedy-sketch program than a documentary, Merchant brings the sensibilities of someone who is deeply concerned with how his faith is being represented by others. Lord, Save Us provides a provocative, funny, and redemptive discussion that is sure to continue long after the credits run.

Merchant sits down for interviews with well-known people on all sides of this great divide, including best-selling author William Paul Young (The Shack), comedian/politician Al Franken, former “Religious Right” Senator Rick Santorum, noted “liberal evangelical” Tony Campolo, conservative radio host Michael Reagan, and racial reconciliation activist Dr. John Perkins.

If that’s not divergent enough, other features include Bono, Rick Warren, Bill Maher, James Dobson, George Clooney, Jerry Falwell, Stephen Colbert, Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Lewis Black, Tony Perkins, Monty Python, and even Stewie from “Family Guy”… along with many others.

Add to that the nationwide man-on-the-street interviews with “Bumper-Sticker Man,” the Culture Wars game show, the “renaming” of St. Paul to New Leningrad, and a controversial and moving “Confession Booth” at Portland’s Gay Pride celebration, and ‘Lord, Save Us From Your Followers’ delves into religious hot-button issues with candor, humor, and balance.

Engaging, unpredictable, and challenging, ‘Lord, Save Us From Your Followers‘ will change the way you talk about faith!



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Part 1 – Opening / Talking Heads:

Part 2:


“No one ever converted to Christianity because they lost the argument.” – Phillip Yancey

“You can tell you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Anne Lamott


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‘Letters from a Skeptic’

25 04 2010

Why should anyone be a Christian?

When Greg Boyd became a Christian, his father, Ed, thought he had joined a cult. For fourteen years, Greg tried to talk to his agnostic father about Christianity, with little success. Then, in what he saw as a last ditch effort, Greg invited his father to participate in a dialogue through letters in which Ed could express all his doubts and questions and Greg could attempt to answer them and prove the validity of his own views. To Greg’s surprise, his father agreed. This book is the collection of those letters.

Honest, thought-stimulating, intelligent and well-written. A good addition to any library. In ‘Letters From A Skeptic‘, Greg and Ed “debate” many objections to Christianity, the church, and the Bible, including the following:


Part 1: Questions about God

Why has Christianity done so much harm?
Why is the world so full of suffering?
Is the risk of freedom worth all the suffering?
Does God know the future?
Why does God create earthquakes and famines?
Why did God create Satan?
Is your God all-powerful?
Why believe in God in the first place?
Couldn’t it all be by chance?
Why didn’t God spare your mother?
Why would an all-powerful God need prayer?
Why would God care about us little humans?


Part 2: Questions about Jesus Christ

Why trust the Gospel accounts?
Aren’t the Gospels full of contradictions?
Who wrote the Gospels and when were they written?
How can you believe that a man rose from the dead?
How can you believe that a man was God?


Part 3: Questions about the Bible

Why does God make believing in Him so difficult?
Why do you think the Bible is inspired?
Isn’t the Bible full of myths and God’s vengeance?
Didn’t the Catholic Church put the Bible together?
Why are there so many differing interpretations of the Bible?
What about the “holy books” of other religions?


Part 4: Questions about Christian Life and Doctrine

Do all non-Christians go to hell?
How could an all-loving God torture people in an eternal hell?
Isn’t the Christian life impossible to live?
How can another man’s death pardon me?
How can I be holy and sinful at the same time?
How can I be sure it’s all true?


Greg’s story behind the writing of ‘Letters From a Skeptic‘:

The idea of trying to evangelize my father through letters first came to me as I was sitting in my office at Bethel College preparing for a public debate with a Muslim on the deity of Christ and the Trinity. I was finding myself impressed with the strength of the arguments supporting the Christian faith when I suddenly began grieving over the fact that I’d never had a chance to share this material with my agnostic/atheist father. Whenever I had tried to bring up the topic of faith it had quickly turned into an angry shouting match. But, I thought, what would happened if we exchanged letters instead of engaging in face-to-face dialogue? It seemed like a long shot, but I had nothing to lose. So I shot off a letter to him.



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Earth Day

22 04 2010



One of my favorite YouTube channels: ScenicVideos




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Intro: The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need

21 04 2010

by: Paul Chek

Foreword

I’d like to thank you for your interest in this short, but essential e-book about how to cultivate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual happiness and wellbeing. There’s an awful lot of information out there on health and wellbeing today, but we know that there’s an even larger number of unhealthy people in the world. Why is that? I believe it is in part because most people, experts and laypersons alike, don’t know what it means to be healthy! My definition of health – and one that has worked very effectively with my clients all over the world, quite simply, is taking responsibility for your self. The healthy person today is healthy because they honor their body with adequate rest, nutrition, movement and recreation. Healthy people typically accept responsibility for themselves because they value their body as a gift of experience, through which their Soul expresses itself.

Sadly, healthy people are getting very hard to find and emulate! That probably sounds counterintuitive given that we have all sorts of new medical technology. But the fact is, if you do some research you’ll find that we’re suffering from more illness and disease than our ancestors. If you read Weston A. Price’s book, Nutrition and Physical Degeneration you’ll see that he offers proof that before technology and consumerism reached native tribes and races all over the world, there was far less disease and stress among them. For example, Price writes that,

“The cook on the government boat was an aboriginal Australian from Northern Australia. He had been trained on a military craft as a dietitian. Nearly all his teeth were lost. It is of interest that while the native Aborigines had relatively perfect teeth, this man, who was a trained dietitian for the whites, had lost nearly all his teeth from tooth decay and pyorrhea” (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, p. 181).

Later in his book, Price cites the fact that many native tribal societies (in the late 30’s and early 40’s) didn’t even have a word for cancer, yet in 2004 the National Center for Health Statistics reported that 1500 people died every day from cancer in the United States alone! It was the discoveries of Dr. Price and others like him that led me further and further away from the standard western approaches to medicine, exercise and nutrition in my career.

During my 24 years as a Holistic Health Practitioner and trainer of elite athletes, my work has taken me around the globe as a therapist, consultant and lecturer too many times to count. I have given no fewer than 1,000 lectures in my career, circling the Earth at least twice a year for many years to educate and inform my audiences about health and wellbeing. My holistic approach has attracted the attention of medical schools, physical therapy schools, chiropractic and osteopathic schools, massage schools, strength training, personal training and corporate health conferences. I have served as an educator in all these arenas as well as owning my own multidisciplinary postgraduate institute for teaching holistic health. My Institute stays on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry and is well tuned to the causes of ill health, depression, diminishing cognitive performance and spiritual unrest in the world.

While I still maintain a clinical practice and oversee some 8,000 students in active clinical practice around the world, I travel about 8 months of the year lecturing. I have never missed a day of work in my career because of illness. Over and over again, I am astounded to find that the health of exercise and health professionals of all types (many of whom are my patients) shows little if any improvement over the health of their own patients and clients. Our doctors are sick. Our nutritionists and dietitians are obese. Our physical therapists, chiropractors and osteopaths struggle from constant musculoskeletal ills that mirror their very patients. Our exercise professionals are often fit, sick people, whose appearance masks their illnesses.

We are the sickest, fattest, most fatigued, depressed people that ever lived on this planet. Yet, we have amazing computers, space shuttles, microwave ovens, CNN, iPods and now iPhones. How can we have learned so much and still be so unhealthy?

It is that very question that drove me to write this e-book. In it, I will share profound, simple truths that are the very foundation of health and wellbeing. Just as an internal combustion engine will not run in the absence of ignition, fuel and compression, the human being needs the essential requirements of health and wellbeing to live fully. Most importantly we must meet these requirements actively, through conscious decisions about our lifestyle. Genuine health and wellbeing does not, cannot and will never come in a pill!

The Last 4 Doctors You’ll Ever Need – How To Get Healthy Now! is a synthesis and expansion of an ancient Greek philosophy, popularized by Hippocrates. Hippocrates essentially approached each patient with the notion that there were three main physicians already within each person:

1. Dr. Quiet
2. Dr. Diet
3. Dr. Happiness

He rationalized that whatever ailed his patients had its roots in one or more of these three chief aspects of human life. Using this simple principle and as little as 40 herbs and a pig’s bladder filled with sand to offer medical exercise, he achieved a level of success that made him a famous physician. This is true even today, some 2377 years after his death! Yet as successful as he was, were Hippocrates a modern physician, he would certainly have had to make an addition to his theory. As he would have found quickly, today’s patients also often suffer from a sedentary lifestyle. This change in our lifestyles is what prompted me to add Dr. Movement to Hippocrates’ original three experts.

My 24-year career has repeatedly taken me back to the very foundation of wellbeing, which Hippocrates identified so long ago. The approach I share here is simple. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it is easy to do. The writings of Lau Tzu are simple too. In 81 verses of poetry, he gives what can be described as profound truth and wisdom for successful living, yet so few people can understand Lau Tzu’s simplicity because of its profound depth. However, if you are ready for simple, permanent self-healing, this book will show you how to interpret the teachings and wisdom of your Four Doctors and to achieve it efficiently and effectively.

Together, we can heal humanity and the world one person, one farmer, one child, one doctor, one therapist, one businessman, one housewife, one athlete, one lover, and even one prisoner at a time!

Love and Chi,
~ Paul Chek

 

Introduction

THE PERILS OF MODERN LIVING

In my 24 years as a Holistic Health Practitioner, I’ve worked with thousands clients from all over the world and all walks of life who were suffering from a wide range of symptoms. Over the years, I’ve tracked a number of these illnesses, aches and pains that occur with alarming frequency and consistency. The short list includes:

• Chronic Neck/Shoulder/Back pains
• Digestion problems such as gas or indigestion
• General Fatigue
• Depression and mood swings
• Weight Gain
• Frequent bouts with the flu or colds
• Decreased sex drive
• Constipation

These symptoms may not appear related at first glance. They become even more puzzling when you run into the various combinations people experience – say, chronic neck pains, constipation and decreased sex drive. What could cause that combination?!

Modern western medicine has really thrown in the towel when it comes to dealing with the causes of chronic symptoms, let alone finding a connection amongst them. It’s much easier for a doctor to prescribe an anti-inflammatory, a laxative and Viagra. The problem, of course, is that while these drugs may take care of the symptoms, the person taking them is forever chained to their medicine. Until we learn to address the causes, we’re simply masking our symptoms.

FINDING THE CAUSE

In fact, most of my clients who faced the challenges I’ve listed above were really under the thumb of one root cause – Stress. Stress is a powerful buzzword in our culture. We’ve all heard about stress and how harmful it is. As our awareness of the potential dangers of stress grows, we are also discovering there are many different kinds and sources of stress that we experience every day. After all, we take on many different roles in our daily lives and each one of them presents us with its own set of challenges.

The key to genuine, long-lasting health is learning how to manage those stresses. For example, in addition to being an International Holistic Health Professional, lecturer, speaker, author, and consultant, I’m also an athlete. When I go to the gym, I’ve got a distinct idea of how much I want to lift with each exercise and how many times I’m going to lift those weights. If I can’t achieve that mark, I have to make a choice. I can quit, take a rest and try again, or lighten the load and continue incrementally toward my objective. The trick is learning how to handle the stress of the weights in a way that isn’t harmful to my body, but still stimulates it to produce muscle tissue.

Life stresses, whether they’re physical, emotional, mental or spiritual, regardless of the origin, work much the same way. We simply need to learn how to manage them properly, and when we do, they provide us with opportunities to become more healthy human beings.

The main stumbling block to genuine health and happiness that most of us face in our lives is that we have no one to help us understand how to manage the different sources and kinds of stress that we increasingly experience. In fact, that’s why I’ve written this book – to share one of my most important truths and a resource that anyone can use to meet the challenges that life throws their way. Let me introduce you to The Last Four Doctors You will Ever Need!

Every one of us has these experts inside of us. We just need to learn how to listen to the advice that they’re continuously offering us. This book is designed to teach you how to hear and interpret what your own panel of doctors – Dr. Quiet, Dr. Diet, Dr. Happiness, and Dr. Movement – are telling you about the challenges to your well being that you’re facing and how to use that information to guide you to a happier, healthier life.

Whenever I run into stresses in my physical life, my emotional life, my mental life or my spiritual life, I consult with my Four Doctors to overcome whatever challenges I’m facing with great success.

WHEN STRESS BECOMES DISTRESSING

Before I introduce you to your Four Doctors, I want to talk more specifically about the different sources of stress in our lives. In essence, we are all really spiritual beings that are having a human experience as physical beings here on planet earth. And, just like the Earth isn’t simply a big dead rock flying through space, our makeup isn’t simply that of our physical body. We are also emotional beings, sensitive to the wants and needs of others and ourselves. And beyond that, we are mental beings. We think. We process information in very complex ways, and this allows us to experience the richness of life in tremendous depth and complexity.

Because every one of us experiences these different dimensions of our lives, we are subject to stress on those levels as well. There are physical stressors, emotional stressors, mental stressors and spiritual stressors. They are an unavoidable reality in our experience of life, and successfully managing them is how we grow. We need them.

For example, when astronauts go into outer space, there isn’t enough gravitational stress on their bones and muscles. Without the proper exercises, they begin to lose muscle and bone mass, which is damaging to their bodies. In other words, sometimes we can be damaged by a lack of necessary stress. In this case, the required stress is gravity, a stress we are actually built to experience!

In the same way, the emotional, mental and spiritual challenges we face are necessary to our health and growth as human beings. If there were never any stress in our relationships, would we ever learn to communicate with each other effectively? Would we ever learn to understand what we feel, or manage those emotions? If we had never faced mental challenges that forced our minds to grow and mature, would we have computers, cars, the Internet, or the means to travel into space? If there were no such thing as spiritual stress, would we ever learn what it means to love others or ourselves? Would we have any grasp on the value of life? The answer to each of these questions is a resounding, “NO”!

Stress is important to our growth. It’s when we become physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually stressed beyond what we can handle that we become unhealthy, and less able to enjoy life’s experiences. When the stress overload persists, we become increasingly sick, pick up diseases and, in the worst case, eventually die prematurely.

As you look at the chart, you will see that different kinds of excessive stress often produce similar reactions.

Our body has no way of differentiating a physical stress from an emotional, mental or a spiritual stress. To the nervous system and hormonal system, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve just had a car accident, are going through a divorce, are under the pressure of too many deadlines at work, or even just won $100,000,000 in the lottery! Your hormonal and nervous systems react the same way – it’s just stress.

This means that both physical stresses and emotional stresses can, for example, result in lower back pains, weight gains and constipation.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT

These common symptoms are the result of our body’s general reaction to stress. To the degree that your body-mind as a whole interprets that it’s under stress, your body triggers its fight or flight reaction. In the short term, this reaction is healthy – necessary even. But when chronically triggered, the fight or flight reaction can be extremely harmful to your health. Let’s look at the effects of the fight/flight reaction.

In any part of our lives, whether it be personal or professional, every situation perceived as stressful activates the fight or flight branch of the nervous system (also called the sympathetic nervous system). The purpose of the system is to provide the body with a boost to protect itself during short periods of stress.

Think of your ancestor, the caveman, fleeing from a bear whose path he innocently wandered across. The bear probably isn’t going to stalk him for days, so he doesn’t need to have the fight or flight system running constantly – just long enough to escape the immediate danger and return to his natural, relaxed state. In order to help us out in these brief times of emergency, our fight or flight system enacts the following biological changes:

• Increased consumption of bodily resources. This includes neurotransmitters, stress hormones, and energy stores – particularly stored glycogen from the liver.

• Shifting blood away from the internal organs to the skin and muscles of the body. This stops all digestive processes, and allows a readily available supply of blood, oxygen and blood sugar to provide energy to the muscles.

• Release of stress hormones. When a stressful event occurs, a sequence of hormones is released in the body, ending with a class of chemicals called glucocorticoids. These chemicals: 1) elevate the heart rate and blood pressure to meet any immediate demands, allowing maximum opportunity to fight vigorously or to run as fast as possible for as long as needed to survive, and 2) increase immune system performance for brief periods of time.

• Increased sweat. Chronic stress results in sweaty hands and armpits. Because sweating is the human version of a radiator, this helps the body to stay cool and work more efficiently while running from that bear.

As I’ve said, all of these features are really helpful for brief periods of time. But the stresses that we face in the environment of our modern world aren’t temporary like the startled bear that our ancestors faced. They can persist for long periods of time and thus our fight or flight systems stay active for durations that weren’t originally intended in their design. In fact, in the face of chronic stress, our fight or flight system can have the following negative effects on our body-mind:

• Radical swings in energy levels during the day as blood sugar levels change

• Progressively reduced energy levels over the long term

• Weight gain, including in particular the accumulation of fat around the middle in response to blood sugar fluctuations and hormonal stress

• Low Self-esteem caused by weight gain/body issues

• Self-identity issues

• Digestive troubles including gas and acid reflux

• Chronic constipation, common to approximately 90% of people worldwide today

• Strong, smelly body odor

• The persistence of glucocorticoids and other stress hormones in the body which trigger

: 1) chronic elevation of blood pressure and heart disease, not to mention elevated triglycerides (fats)

, and 2) weakened immune system – the more stressed out the body is, the more susceptible it is to the cold or flu that’s going around.

If the stress persists in your body-mind long enough, the over-production of stress hormones is also likely to lead to Adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are small glands that sit atop each kidney and manufacture your stress hormones and most of your sex hormones. As the adrenal glands fatigue, the body starts to suffer from:

• Low energy
• Poor recovery from physical exercise
• Diminished sex drive
• Accelerated aging
• Difficulty concentrating

Now that you’ve read this laundry list of symptoms, it probably comes as no surprise that fatigue is the most common reason for visiting physicians worldwide!

MEET THE LAST 4 DOCTORS YOU WILL EVER NEED!

So how do we cope with and overcome excessive stress? With the help of the last Four Doctors you will ever need. I first learned of the concept called the three doctors while studying ancient Greek medicine and herbology. The ancient Greek physicians based their medical opinions on the framework of the three doctors: Dr. Happiness, Dr. Diet and Dr. Quiet. These physicians knew that if a patient wasn’t happy, if they weren’t eating right or they weren’t getting enough rest, the patient was likely to get sick. Today, because so many of my own patients and athletes are either sedentary or over-training, I added a fourth doctor – Dr. Movement.

Now that you know their names, let’s meet your Four Doctors.

Dr. Diet provides the foundation for wellbeing. Food and drink dramatically affect our energy levels and our biochemical reality, which in turn influences our emotional and our mental reality. In my 24 years of clinical practice as an International Holistic Health Practitioner, trainer and coach of athletes, I’ve seen over and over again that when the diet is deficient, there just isn’t enough energy or clarity of mind to initiate and sustain the changes needed for self-healing.

As you’ll soon see, surprisingly, Dr. Diet won’t necessarily guide everyone to eat the same foods. In fact, the kinds of foods and the proportions of those foods that are right for you may vary quite radically from your friends and loved ones. Dr. Diet gives you the information you need to make the right nutritional choices for your body.

Dr. Quiet is the physician in charge of energy management and recovery. When you’re overly stressed and your fight or flight system is triggered repeatedly or for long periods of time, one of the first things to suffer is your sleep. Unfortunately, your body’s ability to recover and repair itself is tied in very real, biological ways to the sleep that you get. Dr. Quiet’s primary duty is to encourage you to get the necessary sleep to recover from the challenges you faced the day before and to wake energized for the day to come. At the same time, Dr. Quiet guides you to get the relaxation and the self-time you need to stay calm, focused and energized during the day. For example, Dr. Quiet can show you how to get active rest during your workday that will help you to tackle your projects more efficiently and effectively than ever. In short, following Dr. Quiet’s specific guidelines and sleep recommendations will take you a long way towards permanent health and wellbeing.

Dr. Happiness is always there to lead us toward a life that fulfills our individual needs. Dr. Happiness advises us that if we lead a life that doesn’t fit with our core values and doesn’t fulfill us, every facet of our life becomes a burden. So, the less your current lifestyle fits with your core values, the more frequently your fight or flight system is active. The important guiding truth that this Doctor offers is that happiness is an essential feature of genuine lasting health. Dr. Happiness shows you how to create and undertake the deep introspective study and intention to discover what makes you truly happy.

Dr. Movement is my addition to our panel of inner Doctors. Over the course of history, humans have become more and more sedentary. We no longer have to hunt and gather just to feed ourselves. Our jobs and careers require us to sit most of the day in front of computer screens, and the daily demands of our life often keep us from any kind of beneficial physical movement. Daily movement isn’t simply necessary for keeping a trim figure or decreasing the risk of heart disease. In fact, it’s necessary to get nutrients to and through our body, to move waste out of our bodies and to generate emotional stability and mental clarity. Dr. Movement is there to show you the way to acquire more life-force and how to move it into action so that you can truly experience and enjoy life.

In fact, it’s necessary to get nutrients to and through our body, to move waste out of our bodies and to generate emotional stability and mental clarity. Dr. Movement is there to show you the way to acquire more life-force and how to move it into action so that you can truly experience and enjoy life.

ARE YOU READY TO CONSULT WITH YOUR 4 DOCTORS?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people argue that it’s just easier to take a pill and forget about it. But, because pills don’t address the root causes – which are the constant, excessive stresses that trigger our fight or flight systems – they can never give us the freedom of true health.

When we truly live, we feel so good we forget that we even have a body. When we truly live, we feel and hear our Four Doctors speaking to us easily through our inner-voice. When we feel, communicate and work beautifully with our body, we are in the flow and life is more rewarding for us.

When we don’t listen, and resort to unnecessary drugs to avoid the actual cause of our problems, we are no longer really living. We’re just aging, and fast. It should come as no surprise that the anti-aging business is the latest and greatest medical boom to come along, with yet another host of drugs, synthetic hormones, injectables and surgical cut-snip-n-tuck procedures – none of which addresses the stresses that caused the problem to begin with!

With a little bit of training, you can learn to hear the voices of your Four Doctors. Each of these inner doctors will help you to understand the symptoms that you’re facing and their causes, and provide you with the tools and guidance you need to transform these distressing pressures into opportunities for personal growth and wellbeing.

If you are ready to truly live, to have energy and vitality again, if you are ready to regain your shape, balance your emotions and tune up your mental function, I’m sure you are ready for the truly beautiful spiritual experience your Four Doctors offer you – a fulfilling, happy life of wellbeing. Let’s get started and see what prescriptions your Four Doctors are already trying to give you. Prepare to create the new you!

 

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Modern Medicine vs. Alternative Medicine

18 04 2010

How to fix a leaky roof‘ by Mike Adams

People often ask me about the difference in philosophy between conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine. While the differences are numerous, some of the more fundamental ones can easily be explained. Imagine your body is a house, and the health of your body is the maintenance of that house. If you don’t do regular maintenance on this house, the roof of your house begins to leak and you might notice water dripping into your home every time it rains. The water is a symptom of an underlying problem — a roof with poor maintenance.

The difference between conventional medicine and naturopathic medicine can be described in the way that health practitioners would perceive this problem and attempt to resolve it. Conventional medicine would look at the water dripping out of the roof and find a way to measure it. So they would have a number, which might be 60 drips per hour, and they might say anything above that (such as 70 drips per hour or 100 drips per hour) is a disease, and they would name that disease something like, “Roofoporosis Disease.”

They would identify the symptom itself — the water — as being the disease, and they would try to figure out which chemical would take care of it. In this case they might prescribe water absorbing crystals that you would spread around the house to absorb this excess water, completely ignoring the integrity of the roof, as well as the need to actually repair the roof and not allow water to drip through it. If you said to them, “well, maybe we should think about repairing the roof,” they would say, “The problem is clearly the water — you can see the water, here’s a measurement of the water.” They might even say if you don’t aggressively treat this excessive water, you’re going to end up flooding your entire house.

In contrast to that, a naturopathic approach involves a little more investigative work. A naturopath would use the dripping water as a clue, but then ask: what is the underlying fundamental cause of this water dripping into the home? The naturopathic physician would trace the water back to the stain in the ceiling, and this stain would indicate that water has been chronically dripping in from a leaky roof. Then, he would trace it through the attic to the roof and find a hole in the roof. After a bit of detective work, he (or she) would decide to patch the hole, repair the roof and stop the leaking water at its source.



Treat the problem, not the symptom

Naturopaths aren’t treating the water — the symptom — and this confuses conventional medicine to a great degree. They don’t understand how someone can treat cancer without treating the tumor itself. Because conventional docs think the symptom is the disease or the disorder. But naturopathic medicine sees the cancer tumor as only a symptom of a much deeper problem. Just like the water dripping into the home is only a symptom of a broken roof in need of repair, a cancer tumor is only a symptom of a serious underlying metabolic problem.

The naturopathic physician would fix the cause of the problem, but they wouldn’t stop there. They would also realize that if the roof has one hole in it now, it seems likely that there could be other holes that are beginning to form, too. They would look at it from a holistic perspective and work to not only solve today’s problems, but also prevent the development of other chronic degenerative problems that share the same cause.

Conventional medicine, having ignored the leaky roof in the first place, would play a game of prescribing a never-ending chain of treatments to mask all the various water disorders, each of which would be given a unique disease name. If water dripped onto your wooden furniture, it would be called something like Furniture Disease, whereas if the same water dripped on your carpet, they might call it Soggy Carpet Disease. No matter what the water dripped on, conventional medicine would have a different name and a different treatment for it. Even though all these problems have the same common cause (the leaky roof), medicine would find a way to turn it into a dozen different diseases and treatment plans, all while completely ignoring the root cause.

Naturopathic physicians and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners, on the other hand, will listen to their patient’s symptoms but not necessarily treat those symptoms directly. Sometimes they even appear to ignore the symptoms completely, even though they are in actuality looking beyond them and treating the fundamental causes of the disease. There are really only a few basic causes of all disease. Conventional medicine has over ten thousand names for various diseases, but these are merely symptomatic descriptions. Every single one of them is based on one of the following three causes:

Number one: the body (or the mind) doesn’t have something it needs, such as nutrition, oxygen, air, sunlight, love, sleep, etc.

Number two: the body (or mind) has too much of something it can’t use or is toxic.

Number three: the body (or mind) doesn’t have the proper flow, either energetically or physically. This means it cannot remove metabolic waste products, nourish cells with fresh blood, or neurologically respond to a stimulus.

No matter what symptoms you present at the doctor’s office, the naturopathic physician will investigate the root causes of disease: your exposure to toxic chemicals, your levels of chronic stress and the health of your relationships, your level of physical exercise, and your exposure to sunlight, fresh air and fresh water, among other factors. These are simple causative factors, but when they are out of balance, deficient, or present in excess, they combine to create all the different biochemical problems that conventional medicine labels as disease. In other words, these three causes can combine in ten thousand different ways, creating ten thousand different symptoms, and conventional medicine has invented a name for each one.

But treating disease is wasted effort if it remains focused on the symptoms. Preventing disease is sort of like doing basic maintenance on your home; it’s something you have to do routinely, something you do preemptively to prevent disease from occurring. And you have to cover all the basics: nutrition, exercise, avoidance of toxic chemicals, avoidance of chronic stress, good flow and circulation, and a healthy mind and emotional state. These things go together to create a healthy body and mind.

This fundamental idea — which is centuries old and was understood in China thousands of years before the rise of modern pharmacology — remains utterly neglected by modern medical science. Today’s medical practitioners cannot grasp this simple concept, and they still insist that there are more than 10,000 different diseases, each requiring specific chemical or surgical treatments.

It’s like running around a leaky house with a pail trying to catch all of the drops of water while billing Medicare for the cost of the pails. It would be better to simply fix the roof. But knowing that the roof is leaking requires some detective work, and conventional medicine has abandoned anything resembling real detective work. Today, it’s all about identifying and treating the symptoms, then waiting for the patient to return with more symptoms caused by the treatments used on the first round of symptoms.

Someday, this whole system of modern medicine will be looked upon as quite foolish. Because it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that fixing the leaky roof is the best way to prevent water from dripping into your home.



Dr. Mercola Article: The Leading Cause of Death



Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness






N.T. Wright – New Testament Theologian

18 04 2010

Nicholas Tom Wright (born 1948) is an Anglican theologian and Bishop of Durham. He was formerly Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey and dean of Lichfield Cathedral. Wright received his D.Phil. and D.D. degrees from Oxford, and taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill and Oxford Universities. He is an expert on the historical Jesus, especially his resurrection. Wright is also well known as an exponent of the New Perspective on Paul, especially on the topic of justification. Wright’s full-scale works ‘The New Testament and the People of God’, ‘Jesus and the Victory of God’ and ‘The Resurrection of the Son of God’ are part of a projected six-volume series titled ‘Christian Origins’ and the ‘Question of God’. Among his many other published works are ‘Surprised by Hope’ and ‘Simply Christian’.



Heaven isn’t the final destination – Video


Books by N.T. Wright

Audio, Video, Books, etc.

Official N.T. Wright Page


Interview Responding to Piper on Justification

Interview

Interview on ‘Surprised by Hope’







Christian: Shane Claiborne

12 04 2010

Bestselling Author, Prominent Christian Activist, Sought-after Speaker and Recovering Sinner.

With tears and laughter, Shane Claiborne unveils the tragic messes we’ve made of our world and the tangible hope that another world is possible. Shane graduated from Eastern University, and did graduate work at Princeton Seminary. His ministry experience is varied, from a 10-week stint working alongside Mother Teresa in Calcutta, to a year spent serving a wealthy mega-congregation at Willow Creek Community Church outside Chicago. During the recent war in Iraq, Shane spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team. Shane is also a founding partner of ‘The Simple Way‘, a faith community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.

Shane writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus. He is featured in the DVD series ‘Another World Is Possible’ and is the author of the several books including: ‘The Irresistible Revolution’, ‘Jesus for President’, and ‘Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers’. Shane speaks over 100 times a year in a dozen or so countries and nearly every state in the US. Shane has given academic seminars at Vanderbilt University, Duke University Pepperdine University, Wheaton College, Princeton University, Goshen College and Harvard University. Shane also speaks at various denominational gatherings, festivals, and conferences around the globe. Shane’s work has been featured in everything from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal to CNN and National Public Radio.




The Ordinary Radicals
Bringing Heaven to Earth!

Political shift; homosexuality

‘Justified’ war/violence; Christian soldiers struggling; Hitler and KKK were both holding the Bible

Selective ‘fundamentalism’

“Once we’ve really discovered how to love our neighbor as ourself, capitalism as we know it won’t be possible, and Marxism won’t be necessary.”



“Most good things have been said far too many times and just need to be lived.”

“For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.”

“There are some things to die for but none to kill for. ”

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.”

“How ironic is it to see a bumper sticker that says ‘Jesus is the answer’ next to a bumper sticker supporting the war in Iraq, as if to says ‘Jesus is the answer – but not in the real world.'”

“I asked participants who claimed to be “strong followers of Jesus” whether Jesus spent time with the poor. Nearly 80 percent said yes. Later in the survey, I sneaked in another question, I asked this same group of strong followers whether they spent time with the poor, and less than 2 percent said they did. I learned a powerful lesson: We can admire and worship Jesus without doing what he did. We can applaud what he preached and stood for without caring about the same things. We can adore his cross without taking up ours. I had come to see that the great tragedy of the church is not that rich Christians do not care about the poor but that rich Christians do not know the poor.”




Jesus for President

A book that provokes the Christian political imagination; not about how you vote on November 4th, but rather how you live on November 5th – November 3rd; “if you want to know how we vote, watch how we live”; Amish peace/love

Quotes from his book ‘Jesus for President’:

“Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from you, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination – end of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s law and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may posses slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans but not to Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is: how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor to the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are their degrees of abomination?

7. Leviticus 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Leviticus 19:27. How should they die?

9. I know from Leviticus 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Leviticus 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton-polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them (Lev. 24:10-16)? Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws (Lev. 20:14)?

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.”



“Hear the poignant words of US army veteran George Mizo, which were handed to us by one of his friends at a vigil for peace:
You, my church, told me it was wrong to kill
… except in war.
You, my teachers, told me it was wrong to kill
… except in war.
You, my father and mother, told me it was wrong to kill
… except in war.
You, my friends, told me it was wrong to kill
… except in war.
You, my government, told me it was wrong to kill
… except in war.
But now I know, you were wrong, and now I will tell you, my church, my teachers, my father and mother, my friends, my government, it is not wrong to kill except in war
… It is wrong to kill.
” (pg. 207)



“We figure anytime you are about to talk about hell, it’s good to start with a joke, so here goes… It was a busy day in heaven as folks waited in line at the pearly gates. Peter stood as gatekeeper, checking each newcomer’s name in the Lamb’s Book of Life. But there was some confusion because the numbers weren’t adding up. Heaven was a little overcrowded, and a bunch of folks were unaccounted for. So some of the angels were went to investigate. And it wasn’t long before two of them returned. “We found the problem,” they said. “Jesus is out back, lifting people up over the gate.”” (pg. 290)


GREAT message by Shane!


In ‘The Irresistible Revolution’, Claiborne briefly writes about working on the Republican presidential campaign at a time in his life when he was, as he writes, a “Jesus freak”:

“Then a couple of new kids transferred to our high school, and I heard a few rumors about them. They were from a “charismatic,” nondenominational congregation that was much more “radical” than the United Methodists; they spoke in tongues and danced in the aisles. All right, I must admit, something in me was secretly fascinated. I wanted to see passion. But of course, I dared not admit my interest and joined my other friends making weird looks and cult jokes. … But like good evangelicals, they invited me with open arms to worship with them, and I went. I quickly grew to admire their reckless, unguarded worship. And I met people who lived like they believed in heaven and hell, who cried and worshiped like they were actually encountering God.

Before long, I ended up joining that congregation. I became a Jesus freak. I tried to convert everybody, from heathens to pastors. I organized the See You at the Pole meetings at our school, where hundreds of us met at the flagpole to pray, committed to bringing prayer back into the public schools. I was passionately pro-life and anti-gay, and I tore apart liberals. I helped organize the local Bush-Quayle campaign, running around slapping bumper stickers on cars whether the owners wanted them or not. Nobody could stop us Jesus freaks. I went to the malls to do goofy skits and hand out religious tracts to try to save innocent shoppers from the fires of hell. To this day, I have a certain respect for those religious fanatics who stand on street corners. At least they have a sense of urgency and passion and live as if what they are saying is true.

It was awesome being a Jesus freak, and I did it for almost a year, but the fiery newness of it died out, and when they actually let us pray in school, it sort of lost its glamor. I saw the messiness of church politics and egotism. I was driven mostly by ideology and theology, which isn’t very sustainable, even if they’r true. I wondered if Jesus had anything to say about this world, and I began to question how much he cared whether I listened to Metallica. Sometimes when we evangelized, I felt like I was selling Jesus like a used-car salesman, like people’s salvation depended on how well I articulated things.”



Article: Letter to Non-Believers


Blogs by Shane

Blogs by Shane


A great dialogue, via email, between Shane and Jim Brenneman, about Christians and nationalism, patriotism, etc.