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Weekly Contemplation

I’m not a very consistent blogger. I apologize. Although, I’m probably harder on myself than need be considering my readership is virtually nill. I do like to follow through with what I’ll say I’ll do regardless though… Enough of that vein. I’ll work out my self imposed guilt on my own later. 😉

Funny how I said that I’d like to start up this series of posts again just before Mother’s day and then didn’t post again until just after Father’s Day because the quotes I’m hoping to share from the section of the book I’m currently reading on Patrick Henry discuss the influence of his mother and father. The irony of things like this in my life I find amusing. Anyhow…getting back on track with inspirational quotes…

“Patrick Henry was born to neither wealth nor station. Yet he was forunate enough to be blessed with one of life’s most important foundations – an able and godly father. While some men – for example, a Winston Churchhill – are able to overcome the pain and emptiness of a neglectful or absent father, it is generally true that the lack of a strong father in the house tends toward both personal and social disintegration. It is not without reason that Proverbs 17:6 states: ‘the glory of children are their fathers.'”

~ Give Me Liberty: The Uncompromising Statesmanship of Patrick Henry (Leaders in Action), pg. 133, emphasis added.

Unfortunately, we are seeing the truth of that emphasized portion in our day and age. Prayers that God will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children is our only hope.

‘Til next time,

Review: Love Your Husband, Love Yourself

EXCELLENT book! Over the course of time, the School of Hard Knocks, previously reading many of the listed resource books and the Word, I drew many of the same conclusions. However, I wish this book had been available at the start of my marriage…provided I would have been willing to listen. Would have saved on much frustration and tears. God’s timing is His timing however. Lessons learned (still perfecting 😉 ) though and she has written about it much better than I ever could! I highly endorse it and heartily recommend it to ALL *married* women – young or old, newly married or not. If you’ve already experienced and learned these things, then it would be a fabulous reference to pass on to some other lady God leads you to share it with!

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Weekly Contemplation

“CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a naturally occurring fatty acid found mainly in the fat of dairy products and meats such as beef and lamb. … CLA has been found to have numerous beneficial health effects. It acts as an antioxidant. It helps maintain a healthy heart and veins, and healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It combats atherosclerosis. It encourages the buildup of muscles and helps prevent weight gain. Preschoolers who have an optimal intake of CLA i the diet are less likely to suffer from asthma when they are older. But, perhaps the most impressive feature, is that CLA is the only known fatty acid to have strong anticarcinogenic properties. CLA has been shown to inhibit the growth of a variety of human tumor cells, including cancer cells of the skin, colon, heart, and lung. Also, animal studies showed that CLA prevents the spread of cancer.

Australian studies published by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences showed that CLA inhibited the proliferations of malignant melanomas as well as colorectal, breast, and lung cancer cell lines. In mouse studies, CLA reduced the incidence of chemically induced epidermal tumors and forestomach neoplasia (the formation of new tissue). In rat studies, CLA reduced the incidence of aberrant crypt foci, which are precancerous.

Unfortunately, less than optimal amounts of CLA are consumed by Americans. There are several reasons: changes in agricultural practices, changes in dietary choices, and mixed messages from governmental agencies.

Cud-chewing animals (ruminants such as cows) have bacteria that convert linoleic acid in to CLA. However, the CLA content of the milkfat of cows and the CLA content of the fat in beef has declined steadily as the animals have been switched from grass grazing in pastures to grain feeding in feedlots. These changed practices yield greater volumes of milk from cows, and quicker weight gain in beef animals, at the expense of CLA and other beneficial components. Also, the feeding of dry hay in wintertime offers no CLA in the feed.

Due to changes in dietary choices, most Americans fail to consume adequate amounts of CLA. Many people select low-or non-fat milk and other dairy products, and avoid butter and cream. Many people also foolishly shun red meats or limit their intake and discard any visible fat in the meat.

Government agencies have been sending mixed messages. They have recommended reduction of saturated fats (sources of CLA) and have encouraged the substitution of vegetable oils (lacking in CLA). They have labeled trans fats as “bad” and fail to acknowledge that CLA, a trans fat, is beneficial. The FDA had wrestled with this problem, when it formulated a regulation mandating food manufacturers to indicate the trans fats in food products. The agency considered exempting CLA from the regulations, but decided it would be too confusing for the public.

Beef and lamb fat also contain another fatty acid, palmitoleic acid. This substance protects humans from viruses and other pathogens. These various findings should arouse some curiosity in scientists. The time has come to reexamine the commonly held belief that butter, cream, whole milk, and animal fats should be limited or avoided.” pg. 165-66, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Weekly Contemplation

“Researchers at the National University of Singapore found that dark soy sauce derived from fermented soybeans, which is used widely in East Asia, may prove to be a potent agent in combating human cell damage by free radicals. The research team, led by Professor Barry Halliwell, found that fermented soybean sauce was about ten times more effective as an antioxidant than red wine, and about 150 times more effective than vitamin C. Also, the study showed that the soy sauce improved blood flow up to 50 percent in the hours after consumption of the sauce. Regarding the sauce, Halliwell was quoted in Food Processing’s Wellness Foods (Aug 2006) as saying, “There’s a preventive aspect, showing that it may potentially slow down the rate of cardiovascular and neuro-degenerative diseases.” pg. 140-41, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Weekly Contemplation

“In the West, we should have learned the necessity of fermenting the soybean to make it suitable for consumption. During World War II, many of the fermentation plants in Asia were destroyed by bombings. There were great food shortages. As a humanitarian gesture, the United States shipped soybeans to Asian countries. Despite the lean times, the Asians were reluctant to consume the soybeans in an unfermented form. Gradually, American officials came to understand that the Asians considered fermentation of soybeans a necessity. We helped rebuild the destroyed fermentation plants, and Asians accepted the subsequent soybean shipments with appreciation.” pg. 140, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Weekly Contemplation

“This method of brine preservation of pickles leads to a large loss or destruction of most of the nutrients present originally in the cucumbers. The water-soluble constituents are leached out into the vinegar brine and are largely discarded in a desalting operation prior to packing into jars. The sugars are fermented mostly to carbon dioxide and acids. In studies, such pickles lost 100 percent of their vitamin C, and from 75 to 85 percent of their vitamin B complex. For some puzzling and unexplained reason, the beta-carotene content was higher in the pickles than in the fresh cucumbers, but not high enough to be of nutritional significance. The role of such pickles is their contribution of variety and zest to the diet rather than nutrients, whereas the lacto-fermented pickles have health-promoting features similar to those of other fermented foods.”

pg. 130, Probiotic Foods for Good Health: Yogurt, Sauerkraut, and Other Beneficial Fermented Foods

Review – Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

I recently finished Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
and thought I’d give a review as I believe it has a very valuable message.

It is basically a “survival manual” in novel form. The storyline follows a group of people who commit to helping each other in any future crisis in which survival becomes paramount in the event of disrupted “systems” our world is so dependent on – electrical, phone, emergency, food, etc. While characterization is weak, that’s not as important as the basic day-to-day survival living skills that are described. What tools, weapons, supplies, home “improvement” projects, etc. that the author considers basic and necessary are laid out in the narrative in an interesting and compelling way. Fair warning: there is description of some of the sinister and gory events that inevitably would result from a break down of our society although not in overly graphic ways. Also, there is a passage that discusses very basic preparations for, and working your way through, a home birth which is, again, not overly graphic.

Patriots certainly left me convicted about how unprepared most of us really are! Despite growing up fishing, hunting (ie – using firearms), raising small livestock and horses, supplying ourselves with firewood to heat our homes and living a general rural lifestyle including gardening and wildcrafting, there is still so.much.more to *survival* in a world that is hostile, violent and so far removed from the peace and plenty most of us enjoy in the modern industrial United States. Think about it. Even those striving to live a more simple agrarian based life still have comfortable amenities that are taken for granted. Unless you have purposefully chosen to live “off-grid”, you are still tied to certain grids that would make life uncomfortable in the least and down-right life threatening at the most. So while I know how to rough it – build lean-tos, hunt/fish and process the kill, haul water, fell a tree, and an endless list of things that would help me and my family should we be without electricity or gas heat, there is also an endless (seemingly) list of things I/we don’t know or have that would still make life extremely difficult or put us in a vulnerable position. I don’t like that last thought *at all.* I wouldn’t say it was an “eye-opening” read…our eyes have been open to these things for a long time (since childhood?)…it was an urgent shove toward fixing/aquiring/learning those things that are still lacking in our lives.

One other fact I did appreciate was that the author is a Christian (of the same theological bent even!) and wove faith and dependence on God throughout the novel. Nice! You really don’t find that often in a book of this sort.

Get it. Read it. Act on it. I don’t think you’ll be sorry you did. Unless, you are looking for a light adventure story to veg out with. It’s anything but. 🙂

‘Til next time,

ps – This was not a sponsored book review. However, all book related links are affiliated with Amazon from which our family will benefit should you decide to make a purchase. Thanks!

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