SPECULATIONS ON HEALTHY LIVING

1 INTRODUCTION

. Speculations

. Healthy Living

2 THE CHANCES

. Placebos

. Do-It-Yourself Computer

. Spiritual Healing

. Inspired Story

. Right Judgement (Second Opinion)

. Healthy Brain

. Exercise and the Senses

3 SURMARY

. Personal Choice and Control

. Bible Passages

INTRODUCTION

To speculate is to ponder or take risky chances in business. For most people, living healthy is to live without sickness or any form of disability, but it really means to be happy, robust, satisfied and fulfilling in all spheres of life, definitely devoid of sickness. Without good bodily health, you cannot have a balanced, enjoyable life. In this story, the authors looked into the two categories; healthy body and living healthy. Jesus performed healing miracles to offer healthy living to people in the Holy Bible, especially those who believed in Him. Some people think they can live healthy and have long life regardless of doctors. Such people think it all depends on their genes and parents. This belief wasn’t as simple as they thought. Though our parents’ height explains 80 to 90% of how tall their children are, their longevity is accounted for by only 3%. For instance, identical twins die, on average, some 10 years apart. Medical science is not perfect, and not absolutely correct unlike the Word of God. The Creator is the only Specialist who can give your desired healthy body and healthy living. Doctors make mistakes like any other person for despite good intentions, human error prevails. This is the limitation of medical sciences. Medicine is an inexact, evolving science. A well-meaning physician provides advice based on the best available knowledge of the day, but that doesn’t mean he or she necessarily has the right answer. Typically, parents do not perceive the uncertainty inherent in medical practice. Their advice tends to change (perhaps with very good reason) over the years or vary from one country to another. This inconsistency over time and place, comes to pass because medical doctors are human like you. Then, there are the antibiotics which had transformed society by eradicating most infections. Then, we have aspirin and quinine which alleviate most pains. Today, innovation continues with the development of synthetic drugs. Drugs coupled with unceasing research on health matters contribute to healthy body and healthy living. Medical researchers are worthy of our praises. However, you need to apply your intelligence, be in-charge of yourself, get the right information in relation to your health. Health is wealth. God desires healthy living for all of us.

The Bible says –

JEREMIAH 9:23-24

23 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 things 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

PLACEBOS

A story told us that a particular doctor ran out of morphine. So, he started injecting his patients with harmless saline solution to treat terrible injuries. To his surprise, there was little difference in the results. The soldiers thought they had received morphine. The salted water acting as placebo, suppressed the excruciating pain even among those recovering from amputation. Of course, it wasn’t really the saline solutions doing the healing. It was the human mind. This treatment is without any cost. Have we ever thought of this? If this is possible, why don’t we spend our hard-earned money on some important issues like helping the homeless?

I witnessed placebo effects on various occasions. It is a common practice in most hospitals. I saw a prescription of water for injection for patients desperate to have injection medications. Those patients believed injected medicines to be more effective because they went straight into the blood-steam. Little did they know that the prescribed water for injection did not contain any medicine at-all. It is just like taking water from the cup. Needle application is the only added task.

When two of my grand-children were playing a game in the car, they disagreed at a point. One of them started to cry. She complained that her brother wounded her and she wanted a treatment to show her mummy. There was nothing to show for the wound, not even a scratch or swelling spot. But because she wanted any type of treatment, I simply rubbed her hand with Vaseline oil to make it shine more than the other hand. She was happy. At-least she had something to show to confirm her case of rough game. The supposed relief was placebo treatment. She felt satisfied and healed with no medication whatever. Is this a spiritual belief? God created us to enjoy healthy living. We can obtain this without any stress or cost, if only we believe. Unfortunately, humans value only what they put money on. Money is the servant of the devil when it comes to being wasteful but it does good when spent wisely.

It has been verified that placebos can be more powerful and even reverse the action of potent active drugs. The incidence of placebo reactions approaches 100% in some studies. Placebos can have profound effects on organic illnesses including incurable malignancies. Placebo can often mimic the effects of active drugs. They render positive messages because human mind produces effects as strong as with the most powerful drugs. Despite over 50 years of research, science is yet to explain fully the self-healing or pain-relieving power of the placebos, yet their responses to health and longevity are significant. Mind and body achieve a lot for humanity. Can they really contribute to healthy living?

In the Bible, 1 SAMUEL 2:35 says

35 I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind.

I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always.

DO-IT-YOURSELF COMPUTER

God made us to be creative like Him. It is no surprise that scientists attempted to make a computer, possibly to mimic the placebos, and introduce all kinds of life-expectancy. The computer is not currently in use but it is in the front line of new inventions. Several studies have compared its ability with the doctors to assess health and life expectancy. In one research, doctors typically read medical history, see the results of tests and carry out detailed examination for each person concerned. Independent of doctor’s prediction, the person is asked to answer a simple, multiple-choice question such as the following; In general, would you say your health is – EXCELLENT, VERY GOOD, GOOD, FAIR, POOR? (Please circle the write answer) Those rating their health as EXCELLENT were between 2 and 10 times as likely to be alive 6 to 10 years latter than people who rated their health as poor. It turns out that the older ones were the best judges of how long they would live based on the simple assessment of how they felt right then. The people who circled GOOD are probably doing something right. Whether good or bad, the assessment reads human minds because it influences the body. However, DO-IT-YOURSELF computer will definitely be a sophisticated device for rich people. The problem is probably going to be the high cost. Though computers have been made to take over from men globally, they still lack human touch and definitely they cannot be like the Creator who has made everything free and easy going for all of us.

The Holy Bible says, in EXODUS 20:25-26

25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it

26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, lest your nakedness be exposed on it.

SPIRITUAL HEALING

Many cases of spiritual healing abound in the Holy Bible. I will just refer to only one in this story. This is recorded in

MATTHEW 9;27-30

27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out ‘’Have mercy on us, son of David’’

28 when he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, ‘’Do you believe that I am able to do this? Yes, Lord,’’ they replied

29 Then he touched their eyes and said, ‘According to your faith will it be done to you’’.

30 and their sight was restored.

Jesus warned them sternly

‘’ See that no one knows about this.’’

Thus, the Faith of the two blind men healed them. Like the placebos, most of the Healings in the Bible are spiritual and freely given. The supernatural power of the mind orchestrated by the Holy Spirit miraculously give healthy healing to mankind freely. This is the desire of the Almighty God. All that is needed of us is to believe. At 55, I experienced this type of faith in a big way. When I had a horrible pain in my forehead, instead of seeing a doctor in the government health center where I worked, I decided to go to a catholic hospital. I had more faith in a Christian hospital than government institutions. Believe it or not, what I first saw in-front of the hospital healed me instantly, even before an interview with a doctor. Right in-front of the hospital was the statue of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. The statue exposed his bleeding Heart ON THE CROSS. This is the cru-ci-fiction where he died for my sins and by his stripes and blood I have been healed. In spirit, I hugged the statue. Inwardly I was healed of the migraine, the excruciating pain that brought me to the hospital. My faith healed me. I just entered the hospital for a friendly chat with the doctors. Bible passage says in LUKE 5:20

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, ‘’ Friend, your sins are forgiven’’

AN INSPIRED STORY

In the auto-biography of one renowned man, he described his experience on Earth as a gift of a life-time. Definitely he had a healthy living. There was no report on body healing but he was happy, robust, fulfilled, successful in all spheres of life. He shined a bright light on the values and principles that he learnt over his life-time. The values that he grew up with, and instilled in his children to practice on the World stage. People and experiences influenced his thinking, guided his moral compass which definitely contributed to his heathy living in all aspects of his life. He discussed the importance of hard work, getting along with people, honoring confidence, speaking out and much more. All the training contributed to the success of all his children who also turned out to be stars in the World market. This man was able to translate his experience of healthy living into an inspiring road-map for people everywhere.

Inspired imitation is recommended for any creative person, hoping to have healthy living. If you’re a painter and you can’t think of anything to paint, copy a landscape or a portrait by a painter you like. If you’re a writer and you feel like you’re not capable of writing something new, find a poem you like and type it out again. If you’re a chef and you’re drawing a blank in the kitchen, try to make a classic dish of your mentor’s. People with limited ideas of things call this cheating. It’s not. It’s called inspired imitation. There is a lot to learn about healthy living. You can take a step at a time. Better late than ever. You are destined to be great for healthy living. Making your own version of life style keeps your machinery humming along. It is rewarding to copy positive people. Your life is your own. Make the best of it as much as possible. Healthy living is honoable.

JOB 32:8-10 says –

8 But it is the spirit in a man, the breath of the Almighty, that gives him understanding

9 It is not only the old who are wise, not only the aged who understand what is right

10 Therefore I say; Listen to me;

I too will tell you what I know

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