Monday, November 15, 2010

Knowledge is Power!!

Today, the holy spirit impressed upon me to begin to share the knowledge that I have acquired over the past couple of months. I was also asked by a dear friend of mine to share this knowledge with you. I do want to warn you that this information will lead you to improve your health. I am not a medical doctor nor a dietician; therefore, know that I am sharing the things that God (the Great Physician) has given me as a tool to improve my health.

These past couple of months have been truly eye opening for me. I have learned that most diseases in this world are caused by insufficent levels of oxygen in our bodies. I emphasize caused because there are many things that are precursors or by-products of disease (e.g. viruses, microbes, germs, harmful bacteria, genes, stress, and toxins in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the things we consume), but not necessarily the cause. One article that I read said that while these above mentioned factors do "characterize most diseases, or might be precursors or by-products of disease, they do not CAUSE disease. Rather, they bring about a condition in the body (oxygen deficiency) that, in turn, causes disease."

A two-time Nobel Prize-winning doctor, Otto Warburg, won the Nobel Prize in 1931, for his research into cellular respiration, showing that cancer thrives in anaerobic (without oxygen) or acidic conditions. Dr. "Warburg reported that cancer cells maintain a lower pH, as low as 6.0, due to lactic acid production and elevated CO2 (Carbon Dioxide). He firmly believed that there was a direct relationship between pH and oxygen. Higher pH means higher concentration of oxygen molecules while lower pH means lower concentrations of oxygen."

What I have gathered from that information and many other articles is that a body that is rich in oxygen has a lower probability of acquiring disease, and because cancer cells, harmful bacteria, toxins, pathogens, and disease microorganisms can't live in a high-oxygen environment, they cannot survive!

Did you know that every human being has cancer cells existing in their body, but the difference between someone who develops cancer and someone who is healthy, is that the person who is healthy has a strong immune system that is able to fight off the existing cancer cells. Eating poorly, not exercising, and high stress levels, are just some of the ways that we compromise our immune system on a daily basis.

That is why you always hear commercials and doctors say, "eat healthy," "eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day," and exercise daily. All of these things (even though we seem immuned/or desensitized to them) have an underlying truth...they create oxygen to your body. They help your body create an oxygen-rich environment that fights off diseases.

Now to go into some details of what I have learned about our bodies and food. [If you remember earlier, I talked about how Dr. Warburg's studies found that having an anaerobic (low oxygen) and/or acidic (low PH level) environment creates an environment for cancer cells to grow.] Therefore, knowing that information, it is important for us to have a diet that is "pH" balanced. I am sure you hear that term in commercials, on food labels or cans, and through media all the time.

In chemistry, pH is a measure of the acidity or basicity of a solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are said to be basic or alkaline. For example... Pure water is said to be neutral, with a pH close to 7.0 at 77 °F. Here is a picture of what some typical pH values look like (they range from 0-14). Think of the colors of the rainbow (ROYGBIV [Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet]), just like a continuum. The Red is like a 1 (acidic) on the pH scale and 7 is Green and 14 (alkaline or base) is Violet. The ideal pH level is between a 7.35 and 7.45. Here is a link in wikipedia that gives you an idea of what this looks like and what types of things would be considered acidic and alkaline(base):

Also, here is one of the better sites that I have found that gives you a great idea of what foods are acidic and alkaline. It is a good start to giving you a great idea of what types of things should be in your diet to keep you at the ideal pH level.

Now, remember this is a balancing act, from what I have read it seems that you should eat about 80% of your food in the alkaline level and about 20% in the base level. It seems that it is better to be more alkaline than base...given the knowledge that we now know that cancerous/diseased cells tend to grow in an acidic environment.

If you want to know your pH-levels on a daily can buy pH strips at some health food stores, on-line, or in a some medical supply stores. There seems to be two different types of pH strips, one looks like a scotch tape roll (less expensive $5-10 per roll) and the other is like strips of white plastic with a little square of litmus paper (more expensive $15-25/50 strips) at the end of it.

If you are struggling with cancer or any other type of disease, especially auto-immune related, in my opinion, it would be important for you to check your levels at least once daily. Just to make sure that you are staying more on the alkaline side of the pH balance.

This is just ONE of many components that I am currently doing. I will post more as the week goes by. I hope that this has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or comments...please feel free to comment on this page. I do moderate the comments, so it won't automatically show your comments until I allow it to.

Ultimately, I want to say...God is the one who is in charge. We have to do our part in helping ourselves, but ultimately it is our FAITH in Him that overcomes all things.
--Con Amor, Tina

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