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1 “Living Life More Abundantly” “A Wholistic Prescription to Modern Times Seminar”

2 “Why is Health Important?” by Lela Lewis, M.D. Chris Lewis, M.D.

3 NOTE:  CAUTION: These talks are for your information and do not serve to create a doctor-patient relationship, if you are ill or on medication and wish to significantly change your lifestyle you should do so under the direction of your regular physician.

4 Disease Trends  The #1 disease killers have dramatically changed over the past 100 years –Two proposed reasons: 1.Lifestyle practice changes 2.Medical Knowledge

5 A Changed Society THEN  NOW Industrialization and Urbanization –Need to live faster, quicker lives –Elevated stress

6 Diet and Lifestyle Changes “Get it Quick and Easy!”  Chains of fast food restaurants –Fatter, saltier, more processed foods  Minimal Exercise Society –Parking lots as close to grocery stores as possible

7 How Society has Coped with a Changed Society  Busy life relief mechanism has created a society of idleness.  Television  Increased junk food END RESULT: An epidemic of childhood obesity, and other chronic diseases

8 Disease Statistics Advances in medical knowledge –Disease prevention  Hygiene  Sanitation  Great improvements have been made –Increased average life expectancy from age 40 to 78 –Decreases in mortality and morbidity

9 Death Rates Per 100,000


11 Public’s Perception of Health 20 th Century led to “Quick Fix” health mentality.  Infectious Disease apparent success  Antibiotics and medical advances  Led to the notion, “What I do doesn’t matter, the doctor can fix it.”  Recently: Improved concern over lifestyle –Results:  Some improved health practices  “Fad,” quick fix diets

12 Infectious Disease: Despite Medical Advances  Infectious diseases are emerging and reemerging faster than the scientific community can keep up –Emerging:  West Nile Virus, SARS, Bird Flu, Mad Cow, HIV, Ebola…etc –Reemerging:  Increases in Tuberculosis, Pertussis, pneumonia, Streptococcus (Flesh eating bacteria)…

13 Despite Scientific Advances Chronic Diseases are the # 1 Killers Are at record highs and rising  Cardiovascular Disease  Cancer  High Blood Pressure  Diabetes  Obesity

14 Proper Motivation the KEY to Health Reform  Recently the scientific community has begun to change their approach to chronic disease and realize the importance of: –Lifestyle and Physical health –Sound Spirituality  Nevertheless few individuals are willing to make the necessary changes

15 Proper Motivation the KEY to Health Reform  Lack of motivation to improve health is the real battle facing public health today: –According to Dr. Doug Cumpos-Outcalt, former Medical Director for Maricopa County  “Most people do not succeed at lifestyle modifier reduction of disease”  “Education alone is not a good enough motivation for health reform”, there must be something more.

16 Proper Motivation and Inevitable Death  Numerous people say, “Seize the day, for tomorrow I may die.”  If life ends in this life, then this mentality is correct  The need for improved healthy living will be minimized.

17 What is the End Result of mere Healthful Living?  Increased longevity, and decreased morbidity  However, no matter what, total life expectancy is only about 80 years; then what? Answer: Answer: Inevitable DEATH

18 PROPER Health Reform Motivation Requires a knowledge of the: 1.True understanding of the WORST disease. 2.How it came about. 3.How to prevent, treat and defeat it once and for all.

19 If all disease ultimately ends in death, then what is the worst disease?

20 The Worst Disease The Ultimate End Result of Disease:  All Physical Diseases  Death  Cause of all Death = Sin  “For the wages of sin is death.” Romans 6:23 Then SIN IS THE WORST DISEASE Then SIN IS THE WORST DISEASE 

21 Physical Disease  SIN  Death

22 If Sin = worst disease, then what is sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4)

23 God’s Blueprint for Prevention of the Worst Disease “Laws of Happiness” “Laws of Happiness”

24 Laws of Happiness: Moral Laws Tell us HOW to avoid the Worst Disease, SIN a). Shows us how we should worship God b). Shows us how to serve our fellow man

25 Laws of Happiness: Health Laws  Help us avoid the “worst” disease a). Point to the moral law b). Provide the “way” to avoid physical disease

26 How did disease come about?  Originated with Satan in heaven. “…thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.” Ezekiel 28:15

27 Disease and Death Entered Humanity …for in the day that thou eat thereof, thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:17 First sin = Sin of appetite –Overcoming the sin of appetite has much to do with our restoration to Eden

28 Who has power over disease of sin? Jesus Heals physical, mental and spiritual disease –See Matthew 10:1

29 Physical Healing Causes Us to Realize Our Need of Spiritual Healing! “But that ye may know that the son of man hath power to forgive sins…arise take up thy bed and walk.” Matthew 9:6 “But that ye may know that the son of man hath power to forgive sins…arise take up thy bed and walk.” Matthew 9:6 Spiritual conversion symbolized in physical healing. Matthew 13:15

30 When is the End of Disease and SIN? The destruction of sin and its originator. Ezekiel 28:16-18 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4.

31 Must we wait until then to have health? Can we have health now?  Yes, by Keeping God’s laws –Moral laws (10 Commandments) –Physical laws  “WA N T R E S T” –God’s Eight Doctors Provide Health and Happiness Now

32 The Moral Law and God’s Health Promise The moral law = the 10 Commandments  “If you, “…wilt give ear to his commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee…for I am the Lord that healeth you.” Exodus 15:26

33 Health Laws and God’s Health Promise Jesus says, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Do you W A N T R E S T?

34  W ater  A ir  N utrition  T emperance  R est  E xercise  S unshine  T rust in Divine Power

35 Why is Health Important to a Christian? 1.Happiness and usefulness in this life and the life to come 2.Glorifying God in our bodies 3.Spiritual Discernment (hearing the holy spirit)

36 #1 Health: for Happiness and Usefulness  Christ wants us to be happy and healthy –“Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2  Health and Happiness are linked with our usefulness

37 #2 Health: To the Glory of God  “What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

38 Glory to God  Christ “owns” our body –The body is the temple of God.  1Corinthians 3:17  “Glorifying God” in our bodies: –Accomplished by following God’s Eight Doctors –When our bodies are kept well, this brings glory to God, the source of health. –Others notice improved physical, mental and spiritual health and want what we have.

39 #3 Health: Spiritual Discernment  Necessary to overcome sin, the “worst disease” –Provided by the Holy Spirit –Essential since the adversary knows his time is short  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 Following God’s eight doctors enhances discernment

40 How do we hear the Holy Spirit? Answer: The Central Nervous System The holy spirit communicates to us through our brain. Anything that affects the brain deadens the ability to discern the Holy Spirit.

41 Mind Altering Affects:  Mind altering practices or substances: –Hinders the ability to hear the Holy Spirit –Hinders the ability to utilize the will  The will (choice) is our only role in salvation  “Choose you this day whom ye will serve” Joshua 24:15  This “will” power even comes from God. Philippians 2:13.

42 Where does the WILL take place?  Frontal Lobe –Just behind the forehead –Largest lobe of the brain –Source of judgment (insight), reasoning, intellect and the will. Price, BH, The compartmental learning disabilities of early frontal lobe damage. Brain, 1990.

43 Frontal Lobe Research Study: 10 normal subjects were asked questions of judgment based on moral issues such as, “ We break the law when necessary, true or false?” –Subjects were then evaluated with a MRI –Results demonstrated increased activity in the frontal lobes –Indicating the frontal lobe is the “seat of morality” –Other studies indicate the frontal lobe is also responsible for spirituality Moll, J., Frontopolar and anterior temporal cortex activation in a moral judgment task: preliminary functional MRI results in normal subjects. Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2001 Sep;59(3-B):657-64. Moll, J., Frontopolar and anterior temporal cortex activation in a moral judgment task: preliminary functional MRI results in normal subjects. Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2001 Sep;59(3-B):657-64.

44 Phineas Gage: A Damaged Frontal Lobe Case Study Phineas Gage was a hard working, church going, loyal family man until his fateful injury Sept. 13,1848.  An explosion caused a metal rod to penetrate below his upper jaw and exit out his forehead  He lived but was never the same again –Started carousing local saloons –Missed work and eventually was fired –Lost all interest in spirituality –Left his family and ran off with the circus –Died from effects of alcoholism –The body was exhumed and his skull was placed on display  Recent Computer Tomography Scans (CT) indicate injury only to his frontal lobe Ratiu P, The tale of Phineas Gage. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2004 May;21(5):637-43.

45 Psychiatric Behavior of a Damaged Frontal Lobe In Children and Youth: Increased temper outbursts, assaultive behavior, early sexual promiscuity, increased drug use, and suicide in frontal lobe injuries.

46 Character and the Frontal Lobe  Frontal lobe determines character –Self-control, trustworthiness, reliability, serious reading, abstract reasoning, interpersonal relationships

47 Lifestyle and Frontal Lobe Functioning Following God’s Eight Doctors has been shown to improve frontal lobe functioning.  Gosselin, A. Total Sleep Deprivation and novelty processing: Implications for frontal lobe functioning. Clin. Neurophysiology. Jan.2005; 116(1) 211-22.  Hogervorst, E. etal. Cognitive performance after strenuous physical exercise. Percept Mot. Skills. 1996, Oct: 83(2):479-88

48 Willpower and Lifestyle Improved Frontal Lobe Capacity Increased Willpower Improved Healthy Lifestyle

49 Biblically, is the forehead or frontal lobe the “seat of character”?

50  High Priest’s name was written on his forehead (frontal lobe)  Name = “Holiness to the Lord.” Exodus 28:36-38  Jesus is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:15, 5:10)

51 Jesus’ Royal Priesthood Jesus’ Royal Priesthood  God’s people are His royal priesthood, set aside (sanctified) for Him. 1 Peter 2:9

52 “And they shall see His face and His name shall be in their foreheads.” Revelation 22:4

53 What is God’s name?  God’s Name = His Character;  “And the Lord descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering and abundant in goodness and truth.” Exodus 34:6,7

54 His Name = His Law = His Character His Name 1.“Merciful God”  “And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.” (Merciful) Ex. 20:6 2.“Truthful God = His name is truth”  “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” = (NOT LIE) Ex. 20:16  His character attributes refer us to His 10 Commandments (Law)  His “Law is righteous” Psalms 199:172


56  God’s people (Rev. 14:1) wear His name IN their (foreheads) frontal lobes  Since His name is His Righteous character and law, then they wear the Law of God IN their foreheads (frontal lobes). Revelation 7:2-4, Deuteronomy 6:1,8

57 Take Home Points:  Central Nervous System = where and how the Holy Spirit communicates with us  Frontal lobe = “seat of judgment” and the “WILL”  God’s final people have His Law of Love written IN their frontal lobes (foreheads) –Overcoming sin through His power –The mark that they have chosen Jesus

58 Protection of the Nervous System: Essential to Writing His Character IN our Frontal Lobes! 1.All disease affects the Central Nervous System:  High Blood Pressure decreases cognition  Utilize “Physiology, the Key to Be Disease Free” 2.Don’t take or do anything that interferes with the central nervous system –Follow ALL OF God’s Eight Doctors for improved physical, mental and spiritual health 3.Have daily Bible study and prayer

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