Food and Cancer

I have an unexpected day home.  So I decided to pull out the hot glue gun and work on some crafts for Katherine’s room and watch a documentary.

I love documentaries about food and nutrition.  And Netflix has a pretty good selection of them.  They are always eye-opening and inspiring.  Forks Over Knives will probably always trump all the rest, but I still love to be informed.

This morning I watched FoodMatters.  Overall, it was pretty good.  I agreed with a lot of what they said and was encouraged by how much time they spent talking about nutrition and cancer.

The only thing I didn’t agree with was their talk of vitamins.   I do think vitamins should be regulated, because you have no way of knowing what they say is in the bottle is actually in it.  And I completely believe that we have a whole food deficiency in our country, not a vitamin deficiency.  (A friend recently posted this article about what is in children’s vitamins:  http://wakeupcallnews.blogspot.com/2013/07/top-childrens-vitamins-full-of.html)  I do think there is good research about how our bodies deal with manufactured vitamins versus the vitamins and minerals that come from whole foods.

But what the documentary did do was share the awful state of health in America especially regarding cancer.  There are reasons why Americans deal with things like cancer, heart disease, infertility, and autoimmune diseases in crazy high amounts and other countries don’t.  The answer?  What we eat.  If we fill our bodies with processed “foods” filled with chemicals and artificial ingredients of course we will feel tired in the afternoons, get grouchy, deal with all sorts of sicknesses and syndromes, and negatively impact our future health.  Our bodies need the nutrients found in plant-based whole foods.  And with the state we are in, our bodies need them desperately.  We can actually reverse DNA damage and cancer cells.  Our cancer rates (and other disease rates) will dramatically decrease once we realize the answer is found in the garden.

Watching things like FoodMatters makes me so grateful that we learned about Juice Plus and include it in our daily lives.  Check out my website for research and information about the most researched nutritional product in the world:  http://sconnatser.juiceplus.com  Seriously, just read about it.  It can change your life and give you peace of mind about your health.  It has for us.

I encourage you to do your own research and watch the documentaries FoodMatters and Forks Over Knives, especially if you are connected with cancer in this season of life or want to do what you can to not include it in your future.

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Nutrition Tuesday!

Did you know our bodies need 7-13 servings of raw fruits and vegetables a day? And if you are an athlete, you need even more (13-20 servings).

And at every meal at least half of your plate should be fruits and vegetables.

Fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants that your cells need to be healthy and perform well.

How do we practically accomplish this?

We have the answer!

Juice Plus has been out for 20 years and bridges the gap between what we actually eat and what our bodies need.  The nutritional quality is maintained in the fruits and vegetables that make up Juice Plus because of being juiced and dried at low temperatures.  It is NSF certified:  What is on the label is actually in the product.  What isn’t on the label isn’t in the product.  The Orchard Blend has 7 different fruits.  The Garden blend contains 8 vegetables and 2 grains.  And the Vineyard blend has 9 berries that are so very important.  There is no way to get this variety in your diet each day on a reasonable budget.

Vitamins do not prevent disease.  Whole foods do.

There are 10,000 nutrients in one apple.  Those are nutrients are bodies need and are tremendously lacking.

The FDA recognizes Juice Plus as a food source.  It has a food label not a supplement label.

Juice Plus is the most researched nutritional product in the world.  Seriously.  Check it out.  Universities and Institutions around the world have conducted third party research.  Research involving Juice Plus is published in medical journals around the world.  The research speaks for itself.  It is incredible.

A few proven benefits of Juice Plus:  

-It is absorbed by the body, not just eliminated.  

-Reduces oxidative stress (Oxidative stress leads to disease)

-Reduces systemic inflammation

-Supports a healthy immune system

-Helps protect DNA

-Supports cardiovascular wellness

-Supports healthy skin and gums

We are personally experiencing results and are at peace knowing we are preventing disease and illness in the best way possible.

It is totally affordable, especially if you look at it as part of your grocery budget and at the investment in not having as many doctor bills later on.

The Orchard, Garden, and Vineyard Blends (25 fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains) comes to less than $2.50 a day.  The Orchard and Garden Blends (17 fruits, vegetables, and grain) comes to less than $1.50 a day. 

And more great news?  Each adult on Juice Plus can sponsor a child for free!  Free!

So please ask us about it.  We want the people we love to not have to suffer from disease and illness, when most of them are preventable.

Check out our website:  sconnatserjuiceplus.com and email us at juice.plus.sarah@gmail.com for more information.  Ask about Juice Plus, placing an order, or about the business itself.  We want to answer your questions!

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13 Weeks Pregnant

It has been awhile since I’ve gotten on here.  It goes against what I was trying to do by writing more and being consistent with it, but sometimes life just happens.  And in our case, that meant welcoming the news of having a baby in early October.

We found out we were pregnant in February.  February 5th to be exact.  My first doctor’s appointment was the following week and we found out we were 6 weeks pregnant at that point.

The past two months have seemed to be a whole lot longer.  Not a day has gone by since then that I haven’t thrown up.  That might be a bit too much information.  But it’s true.  It’s been real life for us.  And it has only been this past week (which I’ve had off work for spring break) that it has only occurred about once a day.  I’ve been really sick and lost lots of weight from not being able to keep much down.  I have no appetite or energy.  And calling it “morning sickness” is a joke because it lasts all day long.  I’ve tried a lot of different things to help.  I had to have an i.v. from dehydration.  I can’t do much at work anymore. The getting up early routine and walking around lots at work wears me out and gets me sick.  From what I’ve heard, this isn’t normal for all.  Some just have it worse than others.  So we keep pressing on.  Spencer and I have had to adjust to this different way of life.

But the good news in all of it is that the baby is fine and healthy!  Praise God for that!

I used to be such a doer.  Someone who worked really hard constantly.  When there was a job to do at work or around the house, I just did it.  I’ve always had a hard time learning to rest and slow down.  But this pregnancy has forced me to ask for help, admit I’m tired, and slow down tremendously.

Spencer has been amazing through it all so far.  He has cooked when I haven’t been able to walk in the kitchen.  He has cleaned when I have no energy whatsoever.  He has taken care of me when I don’t have the strength to even take care of myself.  He has been an amazing encouragement and help.  Without complaining, he has served our family tremendously.  Spencer is going to be an incredible father.  He already is, and we haven’t gotten to meet our baby yet.

All the sickness might get better as we climb our way out of this first trimester valley, but it might not.  Either way, we will hold fast to the promises of our God and know that He is with us.  We will use the hard times to make our marriage stronger and more effectively share the gospel with the world.  Whatever may come, we will have joy.  We will continue to sing the songs of His mercy, grace, love, forgiveness, and kindness, in whatever may come.

A New Adventure with Juice Plus!

I first heard about Juice Plus from my aunt and uncle, who lived in California, about five years ago.  They spoke of this pill made of fruits and vegetables that gave them more energy and improved their health.  But unfortunately, I didn’t allow that news to stick at that time.  And about six months ago, my good friend Alice introduced me to Juice Plus once again.  Praise the Lord for her passion to share wellness with her friends!

Juice Plus makes so much sense to me because of the outstanding research that backs it up.  Seriously.  Read the articles and reviews about it.  It will amaze you.  (http://www.jpvf.info/JPVF.info/Introduction_to_the_VIrtual_Franchise_files/JPResearch-Summary.pdf)  The personal testimonies are wonderfully refreshing!  We live in a culture that promotes prescription medication, fast food, and poor health habits.  But Juice Plus provides an incredible alternative.

Since I added Juice Plus to my diet months ago, I am at peace knowing I am doing what I can to prevent disease and illness.  I know I am improving my immune system (which in the past has been quite awful).  I know I am making an investment in my future health and future children’s health.

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Fruits and vegetables can decrease and prevent disease.  Have you ever been told that?  I heard that for the first time from Alice a few months ago, and Spencer and I’s lives are forever changed.

My dad had prostate cancer seven years ago.  I was never able to meet my paternal grandfather because he passed away from prostate cancer a few years before I was born.  My paternal grandma had breast cancer.  My maternal grandmother dealt with heart disease and high blood pressure.

I, personally, went through a year of intense pain because my immune system would not allow me to heal from a couple surgeries from pilonidal cysts.  And then I became prone to staph infections.  Let me tell you, those were awful times.  And I’ve dealt with migraines for the past 10 years.

I don’t want to take lots of prescriptions throughout my life or worry about getting certain diseases.

There are ways to fight these awful results of the fall.  Fruits and vegetables can actually reverse DNA damage.  Incredible!

Juice Plus is not a vitamin, but fruits and vegetables in pill form.  (http://www.juiceplus-naturalhealthsupplement.com) Check out the label on the bottle…it says Nutrition Facts instead of Supplement Facts…because it’s food!  It allows your body to get the plant-based, whole foods that your body needs.  It bridges the gap between what our body needs and what we don’t feed it.

Check out some quick facts about Juice Plus here:  http://www.juiceplusfacts.com

And all this to say:  I am now distributing Juice Plus!  Spencer and I are excited about this opportunity and want to talk to you about it.  We believe in this mission to bring health and wellness to everyone around us.  If you have any questions about wellness or Juice Plus, please ask me anytime!

Here is my website:  www.sconnatserjuiceplus.com

Also, Juice Plus offers what is called a Tower Garden.  They are so cool!  If you are interested about growing your own produce, check out my website about Tower Gardens here:  https://sconnatser.towergarden.com

I hope I get to talk to you personally about Juice Plus soon!  Here’s to living life to the fullest!

YOU need to watch this A.S.A.P.

Spencer and I rented the documentary Forks Over Knives from our library this past weekend.

Forks Over Knives

I’ve heard so much about it recently, but we were waiting for a time to be able to watch it together.  We like to process things together and be on the same page.  So when it comes to health and wellness, we want to learn together and be on this journey together.

We sat down for 90 minute presentation of a profound claim that food can be your medicine, phenomenal research, and jaw-dropping testimonies and results.

This changed our lives.

We want everyone we love to watch this 2011 enlightening work.  Please.

There is no way for me to accurately relay the information that was so well presented on the screen.  The research, medical findings, and personal stories shed light on the amazing healing power of plant-based whole foods.

Read about it here:  http://www.forksoverknives.com

Watch it on Netflix.

Rent it from the library.

Whatever it takes…watch it.

And then let me know what you think.

A Night of Wellness: Quick Facts

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Last Friday night, my dear friend Hannah and I spontaneously went out to Brentwood to hear a wellness presentation.  Wellness is something I definitely am passionate about.  There are several reasons why America is plagued with obesity and disease.  And awful eating habits are a huge factor.  Food plays such a pivotal role in health.  Sadly, people tend to look to medication rather than change what they eat to try to improve health.  Sometimes relying on medication pushes disease further into your tissues.  Of course, I’m not against all medicine.  But I have learned that there are wonderful ways to prevent sickness and disease rather than just fight them when they come.

We listened to Dr. Carol Watson, R.N. and N.D., share some really great facts about wellness.  Many of the things she shared I had heard before, but this time I was able to take notes in order to be able to share them.  She worked as an R.N. in critical care for many years and said, “I was saving lives, but I didn’t know how to prevent the pain, suffering, and disease.”  There is a reason why other countries don’t have the diseases and sicknesses that we have here in America.  And here are a few notes worth sharing:

-We don’t have drug deficiencies; we have whole food deficiencies.

-When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.  When diet is right, medicine is not needed.

-Over 9.6 million older adults suffer from drug-induced side effects and death every year. (Dr. Sydney Wolfe)

-Hippocrates, the father of medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

-We are living creatures and so our bodies need living food.  The only thing that qualifies as living is raw food.  (If you cut a carrot and put it in a glass of water, it will grow roots.  If you cook a carrot and then put it in water, no roots will grow.)

-There is no such thing as junk food.  It is either junk or food.

-Trans-fats cause inflammation and calcification. Trans-fats are banned in Europe.  They didn’t exist until after 1903.  Their purpose is to allow something to sit on a shelf for lengthy amounts of time.

-Our bodies are self healing.

-We need 40 grams of fiber a day.  80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system.

-Most people think they can just take vitamins to make up for what they need and aren’t getting.  But, for the most part, no one regulates vitamins.

-3 Basic Rules:  (1) If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.  (2)  If man changed it, exchange it.  (3)  If it doesn’t rot or sprout, throw it out.

-A fresh, whole, clean apple has over 12,000 vitamins and minerals.

-Fruits and vegetables can reduce DNA damage.

-Juice Plus (fruits and veggies in pill form) bridges that gap between what we need and what we eat. Research it.  And then ask me about it.  I’d love to talk to you about it.  Seriously.  https://www.juiceplus.com/nsa/content/Welcome.soa?gpkw=juice%20plus%20(e)&ch=gppc&ca=JP.com%20-%20Brand&v=Brand%20-%20General&gclid=CIfWyJP6k7UCFQcHnQodUA0AZw

 

Some resources to look at that Dr. Carol Watson shared with us:

-Time “Why DNA is Not Your Destiny” 2010

-The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

-Best Pills, Worst Pills by Dr. Sydney Wolfe

-Reader’s Digest, “The Vitamin Scam” April 2010

-Medscape, “Dark Side of Vitamins” The Year of Medicine in 2011

-Consumer Reports, “10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements” September 2012

Passing along a few good articles…

I have stumbled upon some heavy articles recently that I wanted to pass along.  These are definitely worth the few minutes it takes to read them.  Enjoy.

About the Russian anti-American adoption ban:

Dr. Russell Moore, of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote this after a Russian saw his posts and responded with a bit of national pride:  http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2013/01/08/the-answer-to-russias-orphan-crisis/

Just yesterday I saw this http://m.voanews.com/1582953.html and it made my heart so glad.  That picture of thousands of Russians standing up, not for Americans, but for orphans brought such a smile to my face.  I am thrilled to see people being the voice to those who can’t speak up for themselves.

And then sign this petition to help the 46 families that were so near to bringing their Russian children home.  And then pass it along.  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/help-46-families-wchildren-caught-politics-bring-their-court-approved-adopted-child-home-russia/SgvPTKR2?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl

On the recent Louie Giglio and inauguration scenario:

This is an article from Ed Stetzer posing the question, are evangelicals no longer welcome in the public square?   http://www.edstetzer.com/2013/01/evangelicals-and-44-of-america.html

Here is one from Russell Moore concerning this situation and the new state church. http://www.russellmoore.com/2013/01/10/louie-giglio-and-the-new-state-church/

This blog shows resemblance between what is going on now and what George Orwell wrote about.  http://greatriversofhope.wordpress.com/2013/01/14/an-inauguration-to-make-george-orwell-proud/

This article I found most interesting. To sum it up, the author argues the point that if you have this much power are you really the ones being oppressed?  It is very insightful. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/philosophicalfragments/2013/01/11/help-were-gay-and-were-being-oppressed/

Along the same lines:

This is a letter from the CEO of Hobby Lobby about his business potentially being fined millions of dollars everyday they do not comply with certain health legislations concerning abortive contraceptions. http://thebrennerbrief.com/2013/01/03/tragic-letter-from-the-hobby-lobby-ceo-results-of-personal-freedoms-slipping-away/

While Louie Giglio is in the news recently for a sermon he preached 15 years ago calling sin what it is, he is usually known for his stance against human trafficking and slavery.  The Passion Conference took place in Atlanta at the beginning of this year to shed light on this horrific situation.  These provide information about that:

This is from Compassion providing some awful statistics about human trafficking.  http://blog.compassion.com/human-trafficking-awareness-day-what-is-a-childs-life-worth/

President Obama declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/12/31/presidential-proclamation-national-slavery-and-human-trafficking-prevent

And then you can go to this site  http://enditmovement.com to learn more about what you can do to stop modern day slavery.

This article has a different spin to it, but was written to those who attended Passion 2013.  In it the author quotes Fyodor Dostoyevsky.  It is a subject I wrestled with in college.  Why would I spend so much time and money getting an education when I can be starting a ministry or just be out in the world with hurting people?  This article has a wonderful answer to that.  It reminds me so much of C. S. Lewis’ “Learning in Wartime” essay, in which Lewis writes about the importance of staying in school even during such a time as war.  If you are in school and have passions that you are ready to make a difference with, read this and know your education is not in vain:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/christandpopculture/2013/01/did-you-go-to-passion-2013-heres-what-fyodor-dostoyevsky-would-say-to-you/

And then we come to health:

I was so glad to see an article about the dangers of fast food from TIME this morning.  Often Americans talk about different fad diets or the increase of disease in our culture, but for some reason people, including doctors, do not talk about whole body wellness.  There is a definite link between what we eat and disease.  http://healthland.time.com/2013/01/15/fast-food-linked-to-asthma-and-allergies-in-kids/  What we give our bodies affects them, and in America it seems to be more negative than positive.  We would do well to bring more things like this to light.  I talk about what wellness looks like for us a bit here: https://spencerandsarahc.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/living-well-together/

On a lighter note:

This blog was written about the show Duck Dynasty.  The author provides evangelical insight into why this popular new show is good for this country.  They are simple points, yet they are true.   http://truthmattersblog.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/5-reasons-america-needs-duck-dynasty/

That’s all for now folks.