The first part is about my faith, the second part about my work . They are in that order because that is the order of importance.
First and foremost I believe in God and that Jesus is the Son of God. I believe that man is made in the image and likeness of God and that man's destiny is fulfilled by finding God within and expressing Him without. I believe that God created 'all' and God said 'It is good'. God says we are created in His image, after His likeness.
I believe that our bodies are the temples of God. I believe that illness occurs when we or our parents, in free will (which does not necessarily mean we know what we are doing, just that we have choice), break the physical and spiritual laws of life. I believe that to attain and maintain health, spiritual and physical laws cannot be broken.
I believe in sin, we do, and forgiveness of sin, He does. I believe that salvation and grace are God's gifts received by asking and believing. I believe that faith without works (action in one's life) is dead faith. Faith precedes action but only compliance with the laws of life (God) will bring full healing of body mind or soul. Sometimes healing does not come. Whether in suffering or In death for me there is only a shadow for I am convinced that Life, for the person born of Spirit, is eternal. While we are now bound to imperfect bodies then we shall see Him face to face and know His love in greater fullness than can now be imagined or experienced. We await our eternal bodies to truly know the wholeness He created us for.
One of my favorite verses:
This is what the LORD says:
Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,
24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight, declares the LORD.
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (electronic ed.) . Zondervan: Grand Rapids
Jesus understood and accepted the laws of the body (in our present physical world) and spirit. The miracle of the loaves and fishes was a spiritual response to physical, body, need. It was Jesus who said 'we must feed them lest they faint on their way'. Low blood sugar has always been with us as a part of the human condition. Not only did Jesus recognize this more than 2,000 years ago, He considered it His duty to correct the problem by feeding them. He did not say 'Be spiritual, think good thoughts and go on your way'. He fed them.My Work
My faith tells me we are all children of God (the God of Isaac and Abraham) and so my work is about learning how to feed us all to honor God's plan for our earthly lives. When I look for answers to health questions I am asking 'what was the original intent? God's idea, God's plan?' This has led me to answers often quite different from current popular opinions regarding nutrition, health, and life itself.
Nutrition is and will always be an art as well as a science. The nutritionist's concern is the overall well-being of a client. A nutritionist does not treat disease. Particular foods and supplements are used as adjuncts to support the body's natural process of healing and regeneration.
At best the nutritionist is an educator. The nutritionist supports the client in the process of attaining the knowledge, skill and habits needed to be at his or her best in a variety of life situations. One day nutrition education will be a part of general education from grade school through high school. Until that time, it is my purpose to provide that education for my clients, students and friends.
I accept the following concepts as true:
A personal nutrition program must fit, as closely as is possible, the clients current life-style. If it requires drastic change, the client will not be able to comply.
Nutrition supplementation can be used to minimize the effects of all forms of stress, psychological and physical. Persons recovering from injury or surgery can significantly enhance healing time with food and supplements. Athletes can enhance performance and speed recovery time by educated use of food and supplements.
Most modern degenerative conditions and diseases can be prevented or reversed with adequate diet, sunlight, and when needed supplements. These conditions include osteoporosis, heart disease, PMS, hypertension, adult onset diabetes, obesity and arthritis, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis.
Current research shows specific vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and accessory nutrients can prevent many short and long-term side-effects of prescription medications. Often supplements can eliminate the need for medication. Headaches are not caused by an aspirin deficiency.
With that said, we will all eventually pass from this life and it is my prayer we may have lived our lives to the fullest, honoring God and one another so that when are met by our Creator we can forgive ourselves, as He does, our multitude of failings, and know that we have earnestly tried to honor Him. Throughout life's journey the health of one's soul is supremely more important than one's body and yet how we love our bodies surely must count towards the health of our souls. Love is a verb, an action word. Jesus cared enough to feed the hungry so they would not faint on there way. We cannot do less, for ourselves and for others, and expect His blessing.
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Last modified on: 09-08-16