Friday, June 22, 2018

BENEFITS OF GREEN TEA

Green Tea Boosts Heart and Brain Health

Story at-a-glance 

  • Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), an antioxidant found in green tea, has been shown to positively impact a number of illnesses and conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer
  • Long-term tea intake may improve your blood pressure. Those who regularly drank either green or black tea for 12 weeks had an average of 2.6 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure and 2.2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure compared to those who did not drink tea
  • Drinking three to four cups of green tea daily has been shown to promote heart and cardiovascular health, and aid in the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack and stroke
  • Recent research suggests EGCG in green tea can help prevent heart disease by dissolving arterial plaque
  • Other recent research has found EGCG also has the ability to inhibit amyloid beta plaque formation in the brain, associated with Alzheimer’s disease
By Dr. Mercola
High quality teas — green tea in particular — contain polyphenol antioxidants recognized for their disease prevention and antiaging properties. Polyphenols can account for up to 30 percent of the dry leaf weight of green tea. Within the group of polyphenols are flavonoids, which contain catechins. 
One of the most powerful catechins is epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), found in green tea. EGCG has been shown to positively impact a number of illnesses and conditions, including obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. 

Tea Helps Lower Blood Pressure and Protects Your Heart

Previous research1,2 has shown long-term tea intake can improve your blood pressure readings. One systematic review of 25 randomized controlled trials found those who regularly drank either green or black tea for 12 weeks had an average of 2.6 mm Hg lower systolic blood pressure and 2.2 mm Hg lower diastolic pressure compared to those who did not drink tea. 
Green tea provided the best results, followed by black tea. According to the authors, this reduction “would be expected to reduce stroke risk by 8 percent, coronary artery disease mortality by 5 percent and all-cause mortality by 4 percent at a population level … These are profound effects and must be considered seriously in terms of the potential for dietary modification to modulate the risk of CVD [cardiovascular disease].” 
While unable to determine exactly how much tea you need to drink to receive these benefits, a number of previous studies have suggested the ideal amount lies around three to four cups of tea per day.3 For example, one 2007 study4 found “clear evidence” showing that three or more cups of tea — in this case black tea — reduced the risk of heart disease. 
Similarly, drinking three to four cups of green tea daily has been shown to promote heart and cardiovascular health,5 and to aid in the prevention of arteriosclerosis, cerebral thrombus, heart attack and stroke, courtesy of its ability to relax blood vessels, improve blood flow and protect against blood clots.6

EGCG Helps Prevent Plaque in Both Arteries and Brain 

More recent research supports these earlier findings. Researchers at the University of Leeds and Lancaster University say the EGCG in green tea can help prevent heart disease by dissolving arterial plaque.7,8 (Other recent research9 has found this compound also has the ability to inhibit amyloid beta plaque formation in the brain, associated with Alzheimer’s disease.) 
According to these findings, EGCG actually alters the structure of amyloid fibrils formed by apolipoprotein A-1 (apoA-I) — the main protein component of high-density lipoprotein shown to accumulate in atherosclerotic plaques — when heparin (a naturally occurring anticoagulant produced by certain cells) is present. As reported by New Atlas:10
“[ApoA-I] is fundamental to the development of amyloid deposits seen in both Alzheimer's and atherosclerosis. The hypothesis in this new study is that EGCG can effectively alter the form of these amyloid fibrils, making them less toxic.
‘The health benefits of green tea have been widely promoted and it has been known for some time that EGCG can alter the structures of amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease,’ says one of the researchers on the project, David Middleton. ‘Our results show that this intriguing compound might also be effective against the types of plaques which can cause heart attacks and strokes.’"
Unfortunately, the EGCG concentrations required to achieve the results found in this study are so high, you couldn’t possibly get that amount from drinking green tea alone. However, the researchers believe the compound could eventually be used to make new drugs treatments. In light of such plans, it’s worth remembering that too much of a good thing can be problematic. As noted in a scientific review published in 2010:11
“… [T]here is emerging evidence that high doses of tea polyphenols may have adverse side effects. Given that the results of scientific studies on dietary components, including tea polyphenols, are often translated into dietary supplements, understanding the potential toxicities of the tea polyphenols is critical to understanding their potential usefulness …”

Other Health Benefits of Green Tea

Green tea has also been found to have a number of other health benefits, courtesy of EGCG and other beneficial plant compounds. For example, studies have linked green tea consumption to:
Lower risk of cancer
Green tea polyphenols act on molecular pathways to shut down the production and spread of tumor cells, and discourage the growth of blood vessels that feed the tumors.12 In addition to acting as an antiangiogenic and antitumor agent, EGCG has also been shown to modulate tumor cell response to chemotherapy.13
Improved weight loss
One 2010 study14 evaluating EGCG’s potential in weight loss found a 300 milligram (mg) dose per day increased fat oxidation by 33 percent during the first two hours directly after eating. A cup of green tea will give you anywhere from 20 to 35 mg of EGCG, so to reach 300 mg by drinking green tea, you’d have to consume about six cups.
Importantly, in those given twice that dose (600 mg/day), this fat oxidation effect was only 20 percent, so more is not necessarily better. EGCG may also aid weight loss by inhibiting fat cell development and increasing fat excretion.
Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes 
One animal study15 found that EGCG was as effective as the diabetic drug Avandia in moderately diabetic mice, suggesting green tea, or a high quality green tea extract, could be helpful for the prevention and/or treatment of diabetes
Enhanced brain function and prevention of age-associated brain degeneration
As mentioned earlier, EGCG appears to decrease the production of beta-amyloid, which can overaccumulate in your brain, resulting in nerve damage and memory loss over time.16 In one 2005 study,17 researchers injected pure EGCG into mice genetically programmed to develop Alz­heimer’s; the results showed a decrease of as much as 54 percent in the plaque associated with Alzheimer’s. 
Reduced pain and inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis18
Protection against glaucoma and other eye diseases 
In one study,19 scientists analyzed eye tissue from rats that drank green tea and found that eye tissues such as the lens and retina had in fact absorbed green tea catechins. The retina absorbed the highest levels of gallocatechin, while the aqueous humor (the fluid in the chambers of your eye) soaked up the highest amounts of EGCG. 
According to the authors, oxidative stress causes biological disturbances such as DNA damage and activation of proteolytic enzymes that can lead to tissue cell damage or dysfunction and, eventually, ophthalmic diseases.
Treatment of genital and anal warts
A botanical ointment containing green tea extract was found to be an effective treatment for external genital and anal warts, according to the results of one 2008 study.20 Genital and anal warts are caused by certain strains of human papillomavirus, and there has been a lack of effective, well tolerated treatments. 
The researchers assigned over 500 adults with up to 30 warts to receive either an ointment containing sinecatechins, or a placebo. In the sinecatechins groups, warts cleared completely in roughly 57 percent of patients, compared to just 34 percent of subjects in the control group. 
Reduced risk of autoimmune diseases21
One caveat: Those with Th2-dominant autoimmune disorders (such as asthma and allergies, many cancers, ulcerative colitis, lupus and many viral infections) may be wise to avoid concentrated green tea products as it may upregulate Th2. 
Those with Th1-dominant conditions (such as multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis), on the other hand, may benefit, as green tea inhibits Th1. To learn more about this, see this “Green Tea Health Risks” article by Precision Nutrition.22
Improved exercise performance
In one study,23 mice given green tea extract for 10 weeks improved their endurance exercise performance by as much as 24 percent.  
Improved digestion24
Healthier gums25

Green Tea Is Part of a Healthy Diet

While some of the studies used far higher amounts of EGCG than you’d be able to comfortably get from drinking tea, if you enjoy it, a few cups a day could certainly be a healthy addition to your diet. Just be sure to drink your green tea “straight.” Adding milk and/or sugar will counter many of the benefits of the tea. One exception is lemon juice.
Research26 suggests you can actually increase the benefits of green tea by adding vitamin C — such as a squirt of lemon juice — as the ascorbic acid boosts the amount of catechins available for your body to absorb. In fact, citrus juice increased available catechin levels more than fivefold, causing 80 percent of tea's catechins to remain bioavailable. 
Green tea is the least processed kind of tea, so it also contains the highest amounts of EGCG of all tea varieties — provided the tea has not been oxidized, which is a common problem. The easiest sign to look for when evaluating a green tea’s quality is its color. 
If your green tea is brown rather than green, it’s likely been oxidized, which can damage or destroy many of its most valuable compounds. Besides being an excellent source of antioxidants, green tea is also packed with vitamins A, D, E, C, B, B5, H and K, manganese and other beneficial minerals such as zinc, chromium and selenium.

Matcha Tea and Tulsi — Two Superior Tea Choices 

My personal favorite is Matcha green tea. It has a wonderful flavor and superior nutrient content, as it has not been damaged through processing. It contains the entire ground tea leaf, and can contain over 100 times the EGCG provided from regular brewed green tea. 
The best Matcha green tea comes from Japan and is steamed rather than roasted or pan-fried. As a result, Matcha green tea retains all the nutrient-rich value possible from the tea leaf. The tea leaves are ground into powder, which you stir directly into hot water, resulting in a bright green beverage. 
A cold version option that is perfect for summer is to make Matcha lemonade. Simply dissolve the powder in hot water; chill, then add lemon or lime juice. A small amount of stevia can be added for sweetness. Serve with ice. Matcha powder can also be added to juices, yogurt and smoothies. For a number of different recipes, see “How to Make Matcha Tea Smoothies” by Natural Holistic Health.27 As an added boon, the chlorophyll in Matcha acts as a natural detoxifier.
Another delicious, healthy option is Indian Tulsi tea, which contains hundreds of beneficial phytochemicals. Working together, these compounds possess potential antioxidant, adaptogenic and immune-enhancing properties that can fight stress and help promote your general health in multiple ways, including: 
  • Bolstering your immune system 
  • Providing you with a calming effect and relief from occasional stress 
  • Promoting healthy metabolism 
  • Helping maintain optimal blood sugar levels 
  • Supporting normal cholesterol levels

Monday, June 18, 2018

ROMANS 13 AND OBEYING GOVERNMENTS???

HOW  TO  MAKE  THE  BIBLE  SAY  ANYTHING  YOU  WANT  IT  TO  SAY……

OH  IT’S  BEEN  USED  BY  “CHURCHES”!

IT’S  BEEN  USED  IN  BIBLE  STUDIES!

AND  JUST  RECENTLY  USED  BY  THAT  SENATOR  JEFF  SESSIONS  TO  UPHOLD   LAW  THAT  SEPARATES  CHILDREN  FROM  PARENTS  IN  IMMIGRATION  POLICIES.

YES  IT  IS  THE  SOMEWHAT  FAMOUS  APOSTLE  PAUL  INSTRUCTION  IN  ROMANS  13: 1-7.

OH  BOY  HOW  THIS  PASSAGE  HAS  AND  IS  AND  PROBABLY  WILL  AGAIN,  USED  TO  GIVE  BLANKET  TUNNEL  VISION  TO  SAY  YOU  “OBEY  GOVERNMENT”  WHATEVERS.

NOPE  AND  NOPE  AGAIN;  WRONG  AND  WRONG  AGAIN;  MISUSED  AND  MISUSED  AGAIN,  AS  DONE  BY  OTHERS  IN  THE  PAST,  AND  OBVIOUSLY  WITH  JEFF  SESSIONS,  IN  THE  VERY  PRESENT.

HOW  IS  THIS  USED  WRONG?

WELL  JUST  USE  SOME  COMMOM  SENSE  AND  LOGIC….

NOW  HE  WAS  NOT   “RELIGIOUS”  MAN  —  WHO  YOU  ASK?

WELL  ADOLF  HITLER!!!

IF  HE  HAD  BEEN  HE  WOULD  PROBABLY  HAVE  USED  ROMANS  13  ALSO!

HOW  DO  YOU  APPLY  ROMNAS  13  TO  HITLER  AND  THE  NAZI  GOVERNMENT  THAT  BROUGHT  WW2  ON  THE  WOLRD?

YOU  DO  NOT!!!

OBVIOUSLY  ROMANS  13  HAS   CONTEXT!

YOU  CANNOT  TAKE  THOSE  VERSES  AND  JUST  APPLY  THEM  TO  EVERY  GOVERNMENT  THAT  HAS  WALKED  THIS  EARTH.  YOU  CANNOT  EVEN  APPLY  THOSE  VERSES  TO  EVERYTHING  ANY  GOVERNMENT  HAS  ON  ITS  BOOKS  FOR  LAWS  THAT  IT  GOVERNS  PEOPLE  BY.

JUST  BECAUSE   GOVERNMENT  HAS   LAW  THAT  SAYS  “NO  DISCRIMINATION”  OF  PEOPLE,  DOES  NOT  MEAN   TRUE  CHRISTIAN  MINISTER  IS  TO  MARRY  TWO  PEOPLE  OF  THE  SAME  SEX,  THAT  COME  TO  HIM  AND  ASK  HIM  TO  BE  THEIR  OFFICIATING  MINISTER.

THE  LAWS  OF  GOD,  THE  WAY  OF  GOD,  THE  WORD  OF  GOD  AS  HOW  TO  CONDUCT  YOUR  LIFE,  AND  HOW  TO  BE   MINISTER  OF  THE  LORD,  OVERRIDES  ANY  CONTRARY  LAW  OF  MAN,  IN  ANY  GOVERNMENT  OF  MAN.

AS  PETER  SAID [AND  SEE  THE  CONTEXT]  IN  ACTS  5: 29 “…WE  OUGHT  TO  OBEY  GOD  RATHER  THAN  MAN.”

THE  VERSES  IN  ROMANS  13  HAVE   CONTEXT!!!

IT  IS  AGAINST  THE  LOVE  AND  FAMILY  LOVE  OF  GOD,  FOR   GOVERNMENT  TO  FORCE  FAMILIES  WITH  UNDER  AGE [THAT  WOULD  BE  18]  CHILDREN,  TO  SEPARATE  LIKE  THEY  ARE  SOME  HERD  OF  CATTLE,  LIKE  DIVIDING  SHEEP  FROM  GOATS.

IT  WOULD  NOT  HAVE  BEEN  CORRECT  IN  GOD’S  SIGHT,  FOR  HITLER  TO  HAVE  USED  ROMANS  13  TO  SAY  HIS  NAZI  GOVERNMENT  WAS  ORDAINED  OF  GOD,  AND  WAS  TO  BE  OBYED  WITHOUT  QUESTION,  AND  ALL  WERE  TO  FOLLOW,  AS  GOD  ORDAINED,  THE  LAWS  OF  THE  GERMAN  ELECTED  GOVERNMENT.  AND  THAT  HITLER  NAZI  PART  WAS  ELECTED  AND  GIVEN  AUTHORITY  BY  HUMANS  TO  GOVERN  GERMANY  IN  1933/34.  THAT  IS  TRUE  FACT  OF  HISTORY.

SO  WHAT  ABOUT  ROMANS  13  AND  
GOVERNMENTS?

IF  THE  LAWS  OF  GOVERNMENTS  DO  NOT  OPPOSE  THE  LAWS  OF  GOD— WE  AS  CHRISTIANS  ARE  TO  OBEY  THEM.

EXAMPLE— THE  LAWS  REGARDING  SPEEDS  ON  ROADS  FOR  VEHICLES,  VARIOUS  SPEEDS  FOR  VARIOUS  ROADS,  EVEN  TIME  OF  DAY  SPEEDS.  LAWS  REGARDING  THE  BUYING  AND  USE  OF  GUNS.  LAWS  REGARDING  HOW  “CHILD  DAY  CARE  CENTERS”  “PRE-SCHOOL  DAY  CARE  CENTERS”  ARE  RUN,  FOR  THE  SAFETY  AND  WELL-BEING  OF  CHILDREN  AND  CITIZENS.

ALL  THOSE  KIND  OF  LAWS  THAT  DO  NOT  VIOLATE  THE  LAWS  OF  GOD,  ARE  BY  CHRISTIANS,  TO  BE  OBEYED!

GOD  HAS  GIVEN  US  AN  INSPIRED  BIBLE;  BUT  THAT  BIBLE,  WORD  OF  GOD,  INSTRUCTIONS  TO  LIVE  BY,  COULD  NOT  POSSIBLY  CONTAIN  ALL  AND  EVERY  LAW  FOR  ALL  THINGS  IN  LIFE  THAT  GOVERNMENTS,  STATES,  PROVINCES,  COUNTIES,  CITIES  AND  TOWNS,  BUSINESSES  [LAWS  FOR  BUILDING  HOUSES,  APARTMENT BUILDING,  SKY-SCRAPERS],  LAWS  FOR  CUTTING  TREES,  THE  WOOD  LUMBER  BUSINESS;  LAWS  FOR  THE  FISHERY  INDUSTRY,  THE  CATTLE  INDUSTRY  AND  ON  AND  ON  WE  COULD  GO.

GOD’S  BIBLE  COULD  NOT  POSSIBLY  HAVE  ALL  LAWS  FOR  EVERYTHING  IN  THIS  PHYSICAL  LIFE,   MEAN  YOU’D  NEED  VOLUMES  UPON  VOLUMES  OF  BOOKS.

GOD  GIVES  GOVERNMENTS  THE  RIGHT  TO  MAKE  LAWS  IN  ALL  KINDS  OF  WAYS,  AND  FOR  ALL  KINDS  OF  REASONS,  IN  VARIOUS  SITUATIONS   GOVERNMENT  FINDS  IT’S  IN [I.E. HOLLAND  MUST  HAVE  LAWS  FOR  ITS  DYKE   BUILDING].

IF  ANY  LAW  OF  GOVERNMENT  IS  AGAINST  THE  LAW  OF  GOD,  IN  SPECIFIC  AND  IN  SPIRIT [THE  NAZI  GOVERNMENT  UNDER  HITLER  WAS  AGAINST  GOD  IN  SPECIFICS  AND  IN  SPIRIT]  A  CHRISTIAN  IS  NOT  TO  OBEY  THAT  GOVERNMENT— MANY  SPOKE  OUT  AGAINST  THE  NAZI  HITLER  GOVERNMENT,  AND  MANY  FLED  THE  COUNTRY  BEFORE  AND  DURING  WW2.

EVEN  IF  YOU  DID  NOT  AGREE  WITH  HITLER  AND  THE  NAZI  GOVERNMENT,  EVEN  IF  YOU  DECIDED  NOT  TO  FLEE  OUT  OF  THE  COUNTRY,  YOU  STILL  HAD  TO  OBEY  THE  TRAFFIC  SPEED  LAWS  IN  GERMANY—YOU  DISOBEYED  EVERYTHING  THE  NAZI  LAWS  AND  SPIRIT  OF  THE  LAW,  THAT  WAS  AGAINST  THE  LAWS  AND  SPIRIT  OF  THE  LORD,  EVEN  TO  DEATH,  AS  SOME  INDEED  DID  AND  DIED  FOR  IT!

 TELL  YOU  THIS,  SEPARATING  CHILDREN  FROM  THEIR  PARENTS  IS  AGAINST  THE  SPIRIT  OF  THE  WAY  OF  THE  LORD!

THE  PRESIDENT  TRUMP  GOVERNMENT  NEEDS  TO  RIGHT  THIS,   MEAN  RIGHT  NOW…. OR  TRUMP  AND  HIS  LACKEYS  ARE  DOOMED  TO  GO  DOWN  IN  HISTORY  AS  ONE  OF  THE  MOST  INHUMANE  GOVERNMENTS  IN  USA  HISTORY!
……….






Sunday, June 17, 2018

FATHER'S DAY in North America - June 17 - 20128

In Honest to God, Bill Hybels writes:

Recently my brother and I spent a lunch hour discussing the mark our dad left on our lives.
Dan and I reminisced about the times we had sailed with him on Lake Michigan. We remembered violent storms with fifty-mile-an-hour winds. All the other sailors would dash for the harbor, but Dad would smile from ear to ear and say, "Let's head out farther!"

We talked about the tough business decisions we had seen him make. We winced when we remembered his firm hand of discipline that blocked our rebellious streaks. We never doubted it. Dad was strong, tough, and thoroughly masculine.

Yet for twenty-five years he spent nearly every Sunday afternoon standing in front of a hundred mentally retarded women at the state mental hospital. Gently and patiently he led them in a song service. Few of them could even sing, but he didn't care. He knew it made them feel loved. Afterward he stood by the door while each of those disheveled, broken women planted kisses on his cheek. As little guys, Dan and I had the unspeakable privilege of watching our six-foot-three, two-hundred-twenty-pound, thoroughly masculine dad treat these forgotten women with a gentleness that marked us.

Taken from the book Honest to God by Bill and Lynne Hybels. Copyright © 1990 by Bill Hybels. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House.

Five Ways to Be Gentle

Jerry Bridges suggests these five strategies for Biblical injunctions about gentleness:

* Actively seek to make others feel at ease. Be sensitive to other's opinions and ideas, welcoming opinion.

* Show respect for the personal dignity of the other person. When you need to change a wrong opinion, do so with persuasion and kindness rather thandomination or intimidation.

* Avoid blunt speech and abrupt manner. Be sensitive to how others react to your words, considering how they may feel. When it is necessary to wound, also include encouragement.

Don't be threatened by opposition; gently instruct, asking God to dissolve the opposition.

* Do not belittle or degrade or gossip about a brother who has fallen—instead grieve and pray for his repentance.