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Law of Clean & Unclean Part II

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope you are having a great week. We are still getting rain, but nothing like our neighbors in Louisiana where they are experiencing extensive flooding. It’s very sad. I believe our Mississippi Gulf Coast also experienced flooding. So, keep all the flood victims in your prayers.
The rain is drowning our garden. We’ve lost some plants to water and some to bugs brought on by the water. I picked 2 perfect tomatoes from my garden yesterday. I have several more coming on if they do not get too much water. My plants still look good.
On Tuesday, we planted Kale, broccoli, radish, tomato, carrot seeds. I have them in containers for now. I plan to plant them as my Fall garden. I already have carrots in the ground. Someone told me to leave them there for a year. I read somewhere else to harvest them after fifty to seventy-five days. If you have advice, leave me a comment or shoot me an email.
I want to finish the discussion of the Law of clean and unclean that I started last week. This week I want to focus more on hygiene. In Moses’ day practicing advanced hygiene was as essential to optimal health as diet and exercise. This is a system that had its roots in a plan that God laid out for the Israelites four thousand years ago. It was as clear as the laws on clean and unclean meats. In this plan God instructed them to avoid certain situations where they were likely to encounter germs. Sections of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy outline laws that protected the Israelites from communicable diseases.
They were told to avoid touching dead bodies, keep corpses away from where they lived, properly dispose of their solid waste, and clean their hands, utensils, and clothing in running water instead of stagnant water in a bowl. In addition, women were given guidelines to follow during menstruation, and the adults were presented with rules for sexual conduct, which condemned same sex activity, promiscuity, and sexual contact between humans and animals.

Prior to receiving these laws, the Israelites had lived side by side for four centuries with the Egyptians, who we have already discussed were the world’s most advanced people of their time. The Egyptians even had their own medical books, and their doctor’s little black bags contained medicines like mouse tails, cat hair, pig eyes, dog toes, breast milk, eel eyes, and goose guts. Notice that most of this would have been unclean to the Israelites under the Law. Egyptian practitioners ideas about treating medical ailments ranged from pouring worm’s blood on splinters, to packing donkey dung on open wounds. These two practices would have been anathema to the Israelites.

After Moses communicated God’s law for hygiene, Hebrew people were forbidden from consuming the blood of animals or coming into contact with the solid waste of animals and humans. The Israelites may not have known it at the time, but God’s laws of hygiene were for their own good. God promised good health to His chosen people if they followed His principles (Exodus 15:26).

“And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed” (Genesis 17:12). Even the details of circumcision were precise and specifically given for a reason. According to Jordan Rubin, “Blood clotting agents are lowest in newborns between the second and fifth days of life. Vitamin K, the natural blood clotting agent, begins to build up after five to seven days of breast feeding” (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health & Wellness). God knew this and instructed circumcision to take place on the eighth day. God doesn’t miss anything! His plan is perfect! According to Jordan Rubin, “Dr Russell said, ‘The foreskin provides a warm moist area for harmful bacteria to grow'” (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health & Wellness). So God’s command for males to be circumcised, stemed from His loving concern for proper hygiene.

There are more than six hundred health regulations in Leviticus alone, but not a single current medical misconception. God’s principles of hygiene protected the Israelites from germs and disease centuries before mankind had any idea what they were facing. We do not need the “Affordable Care Act.” We just need to go back to the Bible and get our “act” together according to God’s health plan.

I hope these excerpts from my dissertation have helped you. It was an eye opener to me when doing the research. My dissertation is over fifty pages in length, so we may revisit other topics in it as it relates to Biblical health.

For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! ☺️

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My Tomato Plants 

I had to share a photo of my tomato plants. My mom says they are some of the prettiest she’s ever seen. As I have told you before, they are heirloom and have only been fertilized one time using goat manure. We put pine chips in my garden before tilling it. Before we placed the tomato plants in the ground, I placed organic banana peels in the holes. I also added Epsom Salt in the hole. I have watered them a couple of times with Dead Sea Salt water. They’ve done great and it looks like I’ll get more tomatoes if the squirrels will stay away. 

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The Law of Clean & Unclean Animals 

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope your week is going great. We are getting a lot of rain here. The temperatures are down, but you can’t really tell it because of the humidity. We are so ready for Fall!
Last week I eluded to pork and catfish and said we would discuss it later. Well, later has come. I am going to share some excerpts from my dissertation where I addressed this topic. I am a Bible believing Christian, so this information comes from a Biblical perspective. I make no apologies for that.So, here we go!
“God’s people, the Israelites, were a separate people. He called them out to be a holy people unto Himself. He established laws by which they were to live, and in doing so, they would be blessed and healthy. If they did not follow the Law, they would be cursed. It was plain and simple. Scripture tells us that the Israelites were healthier and had more wisdom and provoked their neighbors to jealousy. Throughout history the Jewish people have been the most hygienic and healthiest race on the planet, as long as they held true to God’s commandments.
Their hygiene practices have protected them from virulent diseases. When the Bubonic Plague swept through Europe in the Middle Ages and wiped out more than a quarter of the population, many small pockets of observant Jews, escaped the Black Death, and for that, they attracted much persecution. 
Medieval cities were places without modern sewer or garbage collection, and rats which carried the fleas hosting the Plague, lived in close proximity with humans. The Jews, however, knew that rats were unclean animals and stayed clear of them. They followed God’s simple hygiene commandments that the rest of the world thought were ridiculous. For example, in the Middle Ages, people used a slop bucket for their household toilet. They became so accustomed to having sewage around them, they slept in close proximity to their own waste. Compare this form of dirty hygiene to the Jewsih practice of burying human waste since the days of Exodus. Also, no Jews of the Middle Ages drank from city wells, because they knew the water was unclean. n order to stay Kosher, Jews had to draw water from country springs. 
None of this.  Should surprise us, since the Jewish people have been keeping themselves separate and clean since they received the promise in Exodus 15:26, ‘And said, if thou wilt diligently harken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandment, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.’
According to Jordan Rubin, ‘The Egyptians happened to be the most medically, culturally, and technologically advanced people in the world’ (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness). When modern day scientists unwrapped the mummified bodies of Egyptians thousands of years later, they determined that Pharaoh and his family suffered from health problems that sound rather familiar to us today: bone deterioration, otherwise known as osteoporosis, joint degeneration or arthritis, calcification of the arteries or heart disease, and malignancies similar to today’s cancers. In other words, the most medically, culturally, and technologically advanced society was populated by men and women with sub par health. This wasn’t so among the Israelites. They weren’t recognized for their advancements, but they had a health plan far superior to that of the Egyptians.
God, in His infinite wisdom, did not mince words when He directed Moses to tell the Israelites of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat. He said they may eat any animal that has a split hoof, completely divided, and that chews the cud (Leviticus 11:2-3 KJV). Some examples of these are: cows, goats, sheep, oxen, deer, buffalo, and other wild game. The camel, though it chewed the cud, did not have a split hoof, and therefore was unclean and could not be eaten.Badgers, rabbits, and pigs were also the same.He said to them, ‘Of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcass shall ye not touch; they are unclean to you’ (Leviticus 11:8 KJV). 
God’s categorizations are elaborate and leave nothing to chance. However, the main reason He labeled certain animals, birds, or fish is that they are scavengers, bottom feeders, and mobile trash compactors. There was a reason why He forbad the eating of pork. He knew something about pig’s physiology since He created them. Pigs have a simple stomach arrangement. Whatever a pig eats goes straight down the hatch, into the stomach, and out the bak door in four hours maximum. As far as their diet goes, let’s just say, pigs are barnyard animals known to eat anything thrown their way. They feast on slop and whatever they can find under their muddy feet. They even eat the carcasses and body parts of other pigs. Compare the pig’s digestive system to that of the animals God allowed the Israelites to eat. These animals essentially have three or four stomachs. They take a leisurely twenty-four hours to digest their food.
The Hebrew word used to describe unclean meat can be translated as ‘fowl, polluted, and putrid.’ This is the same term used to describe human waste. Jordan Rubin says, ‘I believe God was quite serious when He directed us to keep unclean meat at arm’s length’ (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness). I agree! Do not think that God banned pork from the Israelites in those days because of their lack of refrigeration, or that storing ham, bacon, and baby back ribs in a cool environment makes them safe for modern day consumption. And don’t think that we now have ways to make pigs healthy, because we do not. Organic pork is an oxymoron. God excluded pork because they are unclean animals. They are not fit for human consumption.
God knew that lobster, crab, shrimp, and catfish are bottom feeders. They troll along the sea bed or lake bed, sustaining themselves on fish droppings. Whatever they eat goes directly into their system, which explains why scientists measure pollution in the water by checking the flesh of crabs, clams, and lobsters for toxin levels. There is a reason why Jesus did not touch the shrimp cocktails when they were passed around, or feast on pork during His time on Earth. Those were unclean foods. According to Jordan Rubin, and I concur, ‘What was unclean for the Israelites and for Jesus thousands of years ago, is still unclean today, and that’s why I don’t want to go against His commandments’ (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness). The God we serve is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He has never made and will never make a mistake.
We are not under the sacrificial law of the Old Testament. However, while we are released from sacrificing animals to atone for our sins, Jordan Rubin says, ‘I still believe that His dietary commandments are relevant and important to us today, and should be observed for our own good’ (Rubin: The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness).”
I hope this gives you a deeper insight into why certain foods are unhealthy. I could go into much greater detail, but if I haven’t convinced you already, I probably can’t convince you at all. Maybe next week we will look deeper into the Jewish hygiene practices.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! ☺️

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Seitan Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich 

Hey y’all! I wanted to share a quick post about our visit to High Noon Cafe yesterday.
We had the High Noon special for Thursday which was Seitan Philly Steak & Cheese sandwich with potato salad. Remember, High Noon is a vegetarian/vegan cafe. So where does the steak come from? Well, I didn’t know and I didn’t do my homework before we went. The sandwich was good even with vegan cheese. It was a pretty large sandwich too. The potato salad was delicious, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like just anyone’s potato salad. It was a good meal for the price, which was $9 and some cents.
After We arrived back home, however, I did the research I should have done before we went to eat. Seitan, which is a vegetarian meat substitute, is made from wheat gluten. Honestly, you could not tell it wasn’t meat. It was good, but I personally am not a fan of gluten. I’m not gluten intolerant, but I do not think it is healthy. 
My mom is gluten sensitive and it did bother her. There is no doubt, it is a tremendous meat substitute, but be sure you count the cost before you try it. If you aren’t sensitive to gluten, you owe it to yourself to try it once. They make chicken, steak, sausage, etc. from it. It was an interesting lunch for sure.
Take care!🙂

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Tomatoes, Glyphosate, Monsanto, & the MS Ag Museum  

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope your week is going well. It is very hot here this week. If weather predictions are correct, we should get a little break in the heat next week. Hallelujah!!! :-) 
I shared the photos of the 3 tomatoes I harvested last week. I actually harvested another one later in the week which wasn’t ripe, but it was very large and because we were getting a lot of rain, my mom said it would be best to pick it before it burst. I had several more tomatoes on my plants, including another large one I was watching. Monday I checked my tomatoes and my large tomato was gone. Yes, gone! In fact, several of my tomatoes were gone. We found a couple of them in the yard, but no trace of the big one. I picked the ones that were left, which was only one or two. Do I have to tell you that I wasn’t happy about this twist of events? I hope the squirrel or whatever it was, enjoyed its meal. 
I attempted to make tomato soup with the tomatoes I got. I wanted it to be whole and raw, so we didn’t peal the tomatoes, nor did we cook them. I put them in the Vitamix with a little goat milk, sea salt, and cayenne pepper and blended them. It tasted horrible!🙂 I am going to work on it some more. I think I will have to cook it some and add more herbs and maybe some chicken broth. If you have suggestions, leave them in the comments section or email me.
I was going to share some information with you about Glyphosate and Monsanto. However, the article I read about this is so good that I am just going to share the link and let you do your own homework. It is an enlightening article by Dr Mercola. Here’s the link, articles.mercola.com, and the title is, “Chilling History of Monsanto’s Rise to Power.” It is definitely chilling!
My family and I visited the MS Agricultural and Forestry Museum in Jackson last Friday. They have an entire section of the museum devoted to crop dusters. I realize it is a part of MS past and present, but I was frustrated just the same at how we are being poisoned by pesticides, namely Glyphosate produced by Monsanto. Needless to say, I didn’t linger in this section of the museum.
The next section was equally as frustrating as they began to praise the nutritional value of MS farm raised catfish. Catfish has no nutritional value at all, especially if it is raised on food filled with harmful chemicals, steroids, antibiotics, and hormones. Catfish are bottom feeders, in other words, trash disposals. Again, we passed quickly through this section.
I need to do a whole article on catfish, pork, etc. God knew what He was doing when He gave His people the laws for clean and unclean animals. We’ll talk about that more later.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week! :-) 

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Healthy Gut, Healthy Body

Happy Thursday y’all! Hope you are having a great week. It has been very rainy here this week, but yesterday, it was cooler at least. I want to talk a bit about health today since I have already shared my tomatoes with you earlier this week.
Your intestinal microflora–aka your microbiome–is an integral part of your immune system, and through the years research has shown that microbes of all kinds; bacteria, fungi, and even viruses; play instrumental roles in the functioning of the body. For example, beneficial bacteria, known as probiotics, have been shown to counteract inflammation and control the growth of disease causing bacteria; produce vitamins, amino acids, absorb minerals, and eliminate toxins; control asthma and reduce risk of allergies; benefit mood and mental health; and impact weight.
The composition of the microbiome varies from one person to another based on factors such as diet, health history, antibiotic exposures, geographic location, ancestry, chemical exposure, hygiene, and other environmental exposures. It has become increasingly clear that destroying the gut flora with antibiotics and pharmaceutical drugs, harsh environmental chemicals, and toxic foods is a primary factor in rising disease rates.
For all of these reasons and more, I recommend a diet rich in whole, organic, unprocessed foods along with traditionally cultured or fermented foods and plenty of fiber. A high quality probiotic supplement can also be a helpful ally to restore a healthy balance of gut flora, especially when taking antibiotics, and when eating processed foods, as both decimate the colony of beneficial microbes in the gut.
Improving diet is one of the quickest ways to improve gut health. Beneficial microbes feed on foods that are known to benefit health and vice versa. Sugar is a preferred food source for fungi that produce yeast infections and sinusitis, whereas healthy probiotic rich foods, like fermented vegetables, boost population of health promoting bacteria, thereby disallowing potential pathogenic colonies from taking over. Fiber is also important for a healthy microbiome. Some of the microbes in the gut specialize in fermenting soluble fiber found in legumes, fruits and vegetables, and the byproducts of this fermenting activity help nourish the cells lining the colon. Some of these fermentation byproducts also help calibrate the immune system, thereby preventing inflammatory disorders, such as asthma and Crohn’s Disease. Research shows that microbes starved of fiber can begin feeding on the mucus lining of the gut, thereby triggering inflammation, which may promote or exacerbate any number of diseases including ulcerative colitis. 
Here are some things to do, and some things to avoid in restoring proper gut health:
Do – Eat plenty of fermented foods. Healthy choices include kefir, sauerkraut, and fermented vegetables.

Avoid – Antibiotics unless absolutely necessary. When taking antibiotics, be sure to reseed the gut with fermented foods or a high quality probiotic supplement. 

Do – Take a high quality probiotic supplement if you do not eat fermented foods.

Avoid – Conventionally grown meat and other animal products, as they are fed low dose antibiotics and genetically engineered grains, loaded with Glyphosate, widely known to kill many bacteria.

Do – Boost your soluble and insoluble fiber intake, focusing on vegetables, nuts, and seeds, including sprouted seeds.

Avoid – Chlorinated/fluoridated water.

Do – Get your hands and feet dirty in the garden. Germ free living is not really in your best interest, as the loss of healthy bacteria can have a wide ranging affect on your mental, emotional, and physical health. Research shows that exposure to bacteria and viruses can serve as natural vaccines that strengthen the immune system, and provide long lasting immunity against disease. Getting your hands and feet dirty in the garden can reacquaint your system with beneficial microorganisms on the plants and in the soil.

Avoid – Processed food. Excessive sugar, along with otherwise dead nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria.

Do – Open your windows. Research shows that doing so can improve the diversity and health of the microbes in your home, which in turn benefit you.

Avoid – Agricultural chemicals, Glyphosate (Roundup) in particular! 

Do – Wash dishes by hand rather than in a dishwasher. This leaves more bacteria on the dishes, and decreases allergies by stimulating the immune system.

Avoid – Antibacterial soaps, as they kill off good and bad bacteria.
In conclusion, modern lifestyles have done much to damage the human gut microbiome. What most consider modern conveniences are literally destroying their health. It doesn’t have to be this way. Wee can live clean and healthy lives if we WORK at it.
For more information about Homestead Nutrition, or to make an appointment, email me at homesteadnutrition@dr.com. Have a healthy and blessed week!🙂

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