Chapter Seven –The Consequences - The Problems
Of the multitude of consequences and problems caused by the first disobedient act in the Garden of Eden, and subsequent concealment of the truth, we have four main categories:
1) By partaking of flesh foods, we create a hellish problem, for example, an internal war for the body or the flesh in which our spirit abides and its eventual deterioration and destruction, an environment in which our immune systems become exhausted. Our ability to think in a rational way is affected.
2) Second, but really foremost, we harden our hearts to the pain and suffering of other living beings. This hardens our heart to the suffering of human beings and gives us a callous disregard for life of all species. This hardness will not allow space for the fullness of the Holy Spirit who is a being of light and love, who regards life as divine and the stewardship of it a sacred trust.
3) Disease and massive environmental problems result, not just for ourselves, but multiplied many times for all creatures and plants that live upon our earth.
4) Ultimately WAR, on the unborn, as well as each other.
First, by partaking of flesh foods, we create a hellish problem — for instance, an internal war for the body or the flesh in which our spirit abides and its eventual deterioration and destruction, an environment in which our immune systems become exhausted. Our ability to think in a rational way affected.
34 The light [intelligence] of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light: but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. (Luke 11:34)
Let us now think about the center or the hub of the human body. It is the stomach and the first guardian of the inner sanctum of the body. It is represented around the pupil of the eye and looks much like the hub on a wheel. We know that the human body is not only physical, mental and spiritual, but also chemical. It is in the chemical realm that the physical problems of the human body begin.
When a person eats a high-protein flesh food — whether fish, fowl, meat, or dairy — certain chemical reactions take place in the stomach. A high-protein animal diet requires first that the stomach secrete a large amount of hydrochloric acid so that the food can be broken down into amino acids, which can be used by the body. In the process of this initial digestion, there is always either an acid or alkaline residue. High-protein animal flesh food/dairy leaves an acid residue after the breakdown. This chyme (or food) along with the hydrochloric acid that mixes with it in the stomach cannot be allowed to traverse the small and then large intestine as being acid it would damage delicate tissue, so the body uses minerals, the chief one being sodium, to buffer this acid residue. The lining of the stomach has the greatest amount of sodium in the body and protects the stomach from the hydrochloric acid. The bile that comes from the liver is rich in sodium. This mixes with the contents of the stomach to buffer the acid as it leaves the stomach and traverses the intestines.
Day after day, month after month, year after year, if a person eats predominantly flesh foods, or foods that leave a residue of acid, and neglects to eat fruits and vegetables which leave an alkaline residue rich in minerals, these minerals, mainly organic sodium, then potassium, then calcium and magnesium are used up.
Dr. Bernard Jensen, known as the father of Iridology, devoted his life to studying and developing iris analysis. Each part of the body and each organ, including the brain, are represented in the iris of the eye. Each part can look different depending upon the health of the body. Jensen studied and related how the iris changes not only in color but in configuration when certain dietary changes are made. His work contains the basic knowledge of how diet affects the inner tissues and organs of the body. Most important, he presents his knowledge in “before” and “after” pictures so that almost any student can understand the concepts. His work includes the use of foods and certain herbs that are rich in specific minerals to restore health and vitality to different organs or tissues of the body. His many books are used as textbooks for those who wish to learn this fascinating science. It is alternative medicine and is being accepted each year by more and more medical doctors as they eschew drugs and embrace natural medicine. (See Iridology, The Science and Practice in the Healing Arts, Volumes I and II, by Bernard Jensen, DC, ND)
There are myriad techniques for drugging or performing surgery upon the human body. Modern allopathic medicine is a method of suppressing the illness. For example, if one has a continuous rash, steroids such as cortisone are given to suppress it. The cream pushes the rash, or illness, further down into the body so that the skin stops breaking out. However, the sickness is still in the body, just further down in the tissues.
Natural medicine seeks to strengthen the tissues using certain foods and plants that are high in organic minerals. When the tissues are strengthened, the body then has the ability to expel the poison or corruption through the skin, or wherever it is the easiest. There is no technique that can surpass Jensen’s method, because he can actually look into the human body and access information, which can be had in no other way, and then prescribe those certain foods or herbs which will provide the life-giving, healing elements that nourish the tissue of the body, allowing it to strengthen, and then heal itself.
Dr. Richard Anderson, student of Dr. Bernard Jensen, and author of Cleanse and Purify Thyself, says,
“When the body becomes low in organic sodium, it is forced to go to another part of itself to retrieve the electrolyte, and it will do this even if it has to kill its own cells. When it begins to retrieve organic sodium from within itself, the most benign and efficient pathway is the bile. This way it can avoid having to directly injure itself. However, the removal of sodium from bile, though harmless in the beginning, has a devastating chain reaction.” (Dr. Bernard Jensen, quoted in Cleanse and Purify Thyself, Volume 1, Dr. Richard Anderson)
Just as one small hole in the dike or one small brick removed from the base of a building, can be the initial cause of its tumbling down:
“The removal of sodium from bile causes the bile pH to drop. The more it drops the more acid it becomes. When bile drops to a certain point, gallstones are formed. Gallstones can cause severe problems, including life-threatening afflictions.
“When the bile becomes acid, it is highly caustic and irritates the intestinal wall. Bile can become so acid that it can burn a hole right through the gut wall; in fact, 90 percent of all so-called stomach or peptic ulcers are found in the duodenum near the bile duct. Bile irritation is associated with development of polyps, bowel tumors, colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), leaky gut syndrome, and various other bowel diseases.
“Fortunately, the body has a protective mechanism that can help to compensate for this dangerous scenario: mucin secretion. Mucin is a glycoprotein mucus. It is secreted by intestinal glands and can line the intestines, thereby protecting if from acids and other irritants. Mucin is the primal essence of mucoid plaque.” (Dr. Richard Anderson, Cleanse and Purify Thyself, Volume I)
The good thing about this scenario is that the delicate tissues are protected. The bad part is that if the diet stays the same (high animal protein) the mucin continues to form, day after day, year after year, until it has formed a very heavy mucoid plaque, which begins to be a home for all kinds of parasites such as harmful bacteria, viruses, worms and other unclean creatures of darkness.
“The consequences of acid bile and mucoid plaque include the following: poor digestion, poor assimilation, toxic accumulation, poor peristalsis, mutation or destruction of friendly bacteria, bowel diseases, and the commencement of many chronic and degenerative diseases. And all of this caused primarily because of organic electrolyte deficiencies” [or chiefly organic sodium deficiency, because the minerals which are not replaced in the diet become less and less, thus exacerbating the problem even further].
“The next most likely locale for the body to retrieve organic sodium is the stomach. In a healthy person, the parietal cells of the stomach manufacture hydrochloric acid, an essential element in digestion. But in order to do this, it must have large amounts of organic sodium to protect the stomach cells from the hydrochloric acid. It is at this site that we find the greatest store of organic sodium, and if it is diminished, the stomach is forced to stop hydrochloric acid production. For if the hydrochloric acid production were continued without the protection of organic sodium, the hydrochloric acid would burn a hole right through the stomach. Yes, a lack of organic sodium is associated with ulcers. Therefore a lack of sodium in the stomach not only means a shutdown of hydrochloric acid production, it also means that pepsinogen cannot be activated, nor can proteins be efficiently digested.
“Lack of hydrochloric acid and enzymes devastates digestion. Poor digestion always means that health is diminishing. Not only has that occurred, but a lack of the normal hydrochloric acid in the stomach allowed potential pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and yeasts to enter the inner-sanctum of the gastrointestinal tract! (Dr. Richard Anderson, Cleanse and Purify Thyself, Volume I)
Security has been breeched! The entire body is now at risk. The serpent is upon the tree!
Now that the mucoid plaque has become a home for parasites such as harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms, for example, unclean creatures of darkness, other problems arise. One problem is the waste they continually give off, in the process of metabolism and catabolism. This waste in and of itself causes a darkness in the body, not only physical and chemical, but mental and spiritual. The mucoid plaque does another thing, in that it prevents our foods from absorbing into the blood stream properly. Now the cells of our bodies are not only underfed and becoming weaker each day, but they are surrounded by a murky filth which is hard to cleanse because of the daily inundations of more filth. This is basically the meaning of ‘unclean’.
“According to Dr. Bernard Jensen, 80 percent of the people of the world are affected first by lack of sodium and then by lack of hydrochloric acid. He says that 80 percent of people who enter the hospital have no hydrochloric acid and that 100 percent of Aids patients have no hydrochloric acid production.” (Dr. Richard Anderson, Cleanse and Purify Thyself, Volume I)
The body becomes so desperate for organic sodium that it will rob it from the stomach until it is gone. It will take it from any tissue of the body, such as muscle tissue, causing premature wrinkles and flabbiness. Finally, if the body cannot get it anywhere else, it will begin to rob organic sodium from the joints, which have a rich supply, thus causing the problem of different types of arthritis.
By studying the nerve reflex points in the iris of the eye, these things can be observed before the problem begins and the changes in the iris after the correcting of the problem. Those who practice it know which foods, rich in either organic sodium or other different minerals, to prescribe for their patients. The stomach is the hub of the eye and surrounds the pupil. It is highly observable to even new students of iridology when the stomach begins to lose its supply of organic sodium. When it first begins to lose organic sodium, it is in an acute stage and is brighter than the rest of the iris of the eye. After many years of sodium loss, the hub (stomach) is chronic and is darker than the rest of the iris of the eye.
More cracks in the dike. Another phenomenon now takes place when the body begins to get low in organic sodium. The next occurrence is that there is a hormone called aldosterone, produced by the adrenal gland, which keeps a specific ratio of sodium and potassium in the body. When sodium is low, this hormone triggers the body to reabsorb sodium. This hormone keeps organic sodium and potassium perfectly balanced. When sodium is insufficient, and is not being replaced, this hormone causes the body to also release potassium to keep the delicate balance. Now the body is not only low in organic sodium but also potassium, which causes other problems, among which are flabby organs, flabby muscles and many serious diseases.
“It is almost impossible to be low in potassium as all foods are rich in this mineral, unless one doesn’t eat, one can’t digest, or one is deficient in organic sodium.
“The loss of these two electrolytes in the body can also cause calcium and magnesium to be used as buffers to replace the sodium and potassium. Something has to be used to buffer the acid coming from the stomach and the residue from the high-protein flesh foods. When calcium and magnesium are used up in such a manner it causes bone problems such as osteoporosis. It is very common to find someone who has arthritis to also have osteoporosis. (Dr. Rich Anderson, Cleanse and Purify Thyself, Volume I.)
All these things happen because the foods we have chosen use up these precious minerals in our bodies and we negligently, and ignorantly, fail to replace them with God-given produce which contains the proper minerals or elements and doesn’t leach out what we have.
The serpent on the tree is not just a metaphor; this has truly happened because of the foods we have eaten, which contained parasites. Our lack of hydrochloric acid has let them through into the intestine, where they thrive and multiply and cause all kinds of problems for the body.
This is the beginning of disease. Which disease a person has it depends upon the inherited weaknesses of his body and which parasite has infested which part. These parasites, large and small, begin to infest all weak parts of our bodies, causing various symptoms. The small ones actually travel through the body in the blood stream and it is evident by observation through high-powered microscopes. The immune system begins to be overwhelmed when we handle or ingest foods high in live bacteria such as certain dairy products. However impaired the immune system is in most people, it always works to a certain extent. However, according to Anderson, disease is never acquired, it is earned.
“Disease is a natural result, obtained from an unnatural lifestyle. To view germs as the cause of disease is a deadly mistake. In view of scientific researches that have been cast aside by medicine, it is just as reasonable to assume that the maggots and flies found in a manure pile cause the manure pile, as it is to assume that the various kinds of germs and bacteria, bacilli, or microorganisms, by whatever name you call them, found in a thoroughly filthy body poisoned with food, drugs and bad habits, cause the condition of ill health. Disease is not a result of exposure.
“Disease is an internal environmental development, which can lead to exposure susceptibility. The survival of every animal, bird, fish, plant, and germ, whether it is bacteria, viruses, fungus, or protozoa, depends entirely upon the environment. Disease occurs only when one’s internal environment is favorable for disease growth. We create our internal environments by the way we think, feel, and eat. Yet we have been programmed to believe that people are constantly ‘catching’ the flu or catching a bug from someone else.
“I hope that I have made it clear: about 99.9 percent of the American population has created a polluted internal environment capable of catching or creating just about any disease. In 1929 a brilliant medical doctor wrote the following, ‘It has been proved that all sorts of germs, which are capable of existing in injured or dead tissues or wounds, are not able to live in the healthy organism. [This is true no matter] how deadly and poisonous their products are supposed to be when they have succeeded in establishing themselves … Just as maggots and flies require the filth of the manure pile in which they grow and propagate, so the human organism must become broken down and filthy through bad habits of living before the tissues and juices of the body will permit the harboring and growth of any noxious bacteria. As you never see flies in a clean garbage can, you also never see disease in a completely pure being. Disease seldom, if ever, can occur in a clean, healthy, loving body. In fact, it may be totally impossible; but we don’t know for sure, because there probably isn’t anyone pure enough to test.” (Dr. Richard Anderson, Cleanse and Purify Thyself)
“Alexis Carrel, (who lived before Anderson) a two-time Nobel-Prize-winning scientist who performed the first kidney transplant, and was head of the Rockefeller Research Institute, pretty much proved the teachings of Drs. Bernard Jensen and Richard Anderson when he performed this experiment: Under his direction a small piece of heart tissue from an embryonic chicken was cultured in a flask. It was provided with nutrients, oxygen and water fresh daily. The piece of chicken heart was kept growing for more than 30 years. After 34 years, it showed no signs of deterioration. So, the caretakers stopped the daily replacement of clean fluid and nutrients and let it die. Carrel concluded that our cells could live and reproduce forever provided proper conditions are maintained.”
Alexis Carrel who was obsessed with the idea of eternal life, wrote about the experiment in 1935:
“When the composition of the [fluid around the cells] is maintained constant [with oxygen, nutrients, etc.] the cell colonies remain indefinitely in the same state of activity. They never grow old. Colonies obtained from a heart fragment removed in January 1912 from a chick embryo, are growing as actively today as 23 years ago. In fact, they are immortal.” (Alexis Carrel, Man the Unknown, 173)
Now that the body is fully prepared and unclean with parasites of all kinds, another type of parasite is attracted. What truly makes the body unclean are not only the serpent-like parasites, which can dwell and thrive there, but spiritual parasites which have roamed the world since time immemorial causing problems for the family of Adam and are now ready to find a borrowed home within this unknowing host. Never does the being know when he has begun to harbor a guest other than the fact that now he might have even more problems that he had before. He might have cravings for certain sugar-filled foods, or alcohol, or drugs, or he might harbor anger or bad thoughts of which he cannot rid himself. There are myriad troubles and problems in which he may involve himself. He becomes ruled by pride, delusions, impulses, base desires, and base appetites. Depending upon his moral upbringing, guilt becomes an ever present weight upon his shoulders. He begins to fear death but to desire it at the same time. Lies roll easily from his tongue and deceit is his companion. Cursing and foul words come naturally to his lips.
13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips.
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways;
17 And the way of peace have they not known:
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes. (Romans 3:13–18)
2 … Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (Revelation 18:2)
Second, but foremost, we harden our hearts to the pain and suffering of other living beings. This hardens our heart to the suffering of human beings and spawns a callous disregard for the life of all species. This hardness will not allow space for the fullness of the Holy Spirit who is a being of light and love and who regards life as divine and the stewardship of it a sacred trust.
As the dike is breached by one small hole, our hearts are breached by gradual acclimationto the realities of our culture and our traditional diets. Note this little story of a small child in everywhere, USA which fully illustrates how each small Adam and each small Eve in most families of the world begins the path of hardness and unconsciousness to the lives of animals, insects, and finally people.
“Last week I talked on the phone to a young mother who I’d never met. We talked about my order of grains for the food co-op we’re in. She wondered why I had ordered such a variety of seeds and grains, and when I explained our family’s recent conversion to a vegan lifestyle, and my efforts to add more sprouts to our meals, she told me that she, too, had recently become a vegan. We’d both noticed that there is an expanding of understanding happening all around us, and shared a few joyous moments of conversation and confirmation of the new things our hearts are feeling as we move away from animal products.
“Then she told me about her Thanksgiving Turkey. Last year, she was getting ready to stuff a turkey, which she had in a pan on the table. Her three-year-old wanted to know what it was, so mother explained that it was a bird: the wings were here, the tail was here, the head used to be here, there used to be legs and feet over here. It used to be alive, but wasn’t anymore. Then she had to leave the room for a few minutes. When she came back the turkey was gone! In searching, she discovered the turkey on her daughter’s bed. The child had wrapped the turkey in little blankets, laid it gently on her bed among her dolls, and was singing to the turkey.
“When the mother asked what the child was doing, the child said she felt sad for the turkey and was singing it a happy song. She cried when the mother took the turkey away and put it in the oven. Later that day, the family sat down to the standard American Thanksgiving dinner. The mother served turkey and gravy to the little girl, who ate it all up and said, “Yum, yum, that turkey tasted good, Mom.”
“At that moment in time, the mother realized that she had just desensitized her child to the sanctity of life, and there would be a cost, somehow, somewhere, sometime.
“As I heard her story, I recognized my own sins as a mother, sins of ignorance and well-meant intent, but no less tragic. I work now to overcome the taste for meat, the conditioning of the minds of my children, and to build for us a solid foundation of compassion, kindness, gentleness, and courage in overcoming addictions. It’s hard work — the memories linger. But hopefully, we can get back to the child in ourselves that sings happy songs to sad turkeys, instead of eating them. God help us all.” (Lynne Motola The Western Wheatgrass Journal)
What about milk? How can drinking milk cause pain and suffering?
Robert Cohen writes:
“On this first Sunday in October of 2004, scientists are warning those who live in the vicinity of an awakening volcano to immediately leave the area. Mount St. Helens is about to again erupt, with the explosive power of thousands of atomic bombs. In May of 1980, 57 people ignored similar advice to evacuate, and lost their lives to the power of nature.
“In June of 2002, I attended a raw food festival in Oregon and took time off to visit Mount St. Helens in Washington State. I remember driving across the bridge spanning the cascading Columbia River, which separates the cities of Portland and Vancouver. It was a hot summer day, and I was suddenly jolted aware by the powerfully offensive ammonia-like stench of fermenting body wastes. There next to my car was a 40-foot long silver van with holes large enough to see through.
“Inside of the truck were dairy cows. They were packed tightly together with no room to lie down. The cows had served man’s purpose. Each individual lived her short lifetime of stress, first birthing a child who would be immediately taken from her, then injected with hormones that would painfully stretch her udder, depleting calcium from her own bones so that she would generate enough milk to fill 100 half pint containers for school children to drink each day. Her ancestors naturally produced enough milk to have filled just four of those same containers.
“Two years have passed, but the cow whose eyes I looked into for just one moment still haunts me. She was made to suffer through hours or days of driving hundreds or thousands of miles to what would become a dairyman’s final solution. On that day she died a violent death shared by 10,000 of her sisters.
“Today she will share that same fate with 10,000 other Guernsey and Holstein cows on route 80 or Route 66 or I-95 in Kansas, New Jersey, or Florida, on highways and neighborhoods where your children and mine sleep comfortably unaware of the predestined doom for living beings who have done nothing to merit such treatment. Tomorrow the same and the day after that: Eternal death, Eternal slaughter.
“A holocaust occurs while meat eaters turn the other way, denying that such horrors could possibly exist. Were the German and Polish people who knew the fate of those trucked to Buchenwald and Treblinka any less moral or guilty than those who comprehend the truth about what really happens to farm animals?
“I followed the truck for a bit until it veered off to the left, and I continued my drive in another direction. I took the high road, and she took the low road, and her wild-eyed look will forever be with me. Her body will produce two thousand quarter-pounders for one of many fast-food franchises. Her anus and cheeks, arms and legs, back and udder will be served so that others can have it their way. That day’s slaughter fed 20,000,000 people, and this year’s tally will add up to seven billion kids’ meals served.
“I feel the slaughterhouse. I hear the screams and know their fear. I smell the sweat and blood and suffer their pain. I internalize the agony and distress of transported animals. I envision the once green fields in which these animals grazed and the cold metallic ramp and smell of warm sticky blood that flows on the slaughterhouse floor and stains the psyche of us all.
“I imagine the stun gun bolt to the head, the upside-down hoisting and the sliced neck artery. The animal who chokes on her blood and the man who slices off her legs as she kicks in fear from the ensuing pain of butchery. The last fifteen seconds of a death that no creature deserves-- the arrogance of a man who eats the flesh and dares not consider the origin of each bite.
“Nobel-Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer once wrote about a man’s love for his departed pet mouse: “What do they know, all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world — about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst transgressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other creatures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.”
“I ceased eating meat six years ago. I now look at my pet dog, who my daughters rescued from a shelter one day before she was due to be injected with man’s final solution. I have come to love her. Her name is Tykee, the goddess of fortune. Is she unlike the baby lamb or calf that is separated from her mother and shipped to the exterminator? I reflect on the Amazon parrot that recognizes me and sings ‘Hello’ when I visit my parents. Does the bird with green feathers differ significantly from the chicken with white plumage?
“Do they not feel pain and deserve the right to live? I cannot eat them. I can no longer be the cause for their pain, although I once was a part of their genocide. I once denied responsibility for the acts of terror that occurred outside of my vision …outside of my consciousness. Their bodies were cut into smaller pieces and were broiled, baked and fried.
“Oh, that same crime of arrogance to which I now plead guilty! My penitence? Community service. I explain the act to meat eaters, and some turn their backs on me. Close their eyes. Shut their ears. Who wishes to deal with the truth and reality of death?
“Arriving at Mount St. Helens, I carefully read one plaque after another, taking note of performances both heroic and ironic. I considered the day that once silenced the birds and boiled to death fish in the streams. A blink in the eye of geological time that stripped the landscape of the color green, divested pine trees of their needles and scattered whole trees like matchsticks across barren mountain tops.
“I examined the original seismographs and warnings from hundreds of scientists to the residents to evacuate their homes and come to terms with an absolute truth.
“I became dumfounded by the arrogance of one man, Harry R. Truman, who lived alone in a cabin aside the lake below a mountain that would soon explode with the magnitude and power equivalent to 27,000 Hiroshima-type blasts -- a man who was so arrogant, a man who declined to leave that mountain -- a man who denied a truth shared by others – a man who looked death in the face and refused to respect man’s destiny. I try to imagine his final moment of sensibility. At the same time, in my own mind’s eye I recall the face of a cow in a truck on a bridge. (Robert Cohen, notmilk.com)
Excerpts from Slaughterhouse, by Gail Eisnitz:
A dairy cow’s last moments:
“When a conscious cow arrives at the first hind-legger, usually the legger tries to make a cut to start skinning out the leg. Unfortunately, it is very difficult and dangerous to do that when an animal is kicking violently. So the legger will cut off the bottom part of the animal’s leg he’s working on with a pair of clippers.
“These hogs get up to the scalding tank, hit the water, and just start screaming and kicking. I’m not sure whether the hogs burn to death before drowning. The water is 140 degrees. I do not believe the hogs go into shock, because it takes them a couple of minutes to stop thrashing. I think they die slowly from drowning.
“Federal records show that major meat packers smoked rancid meat to cover foul odor, or marinated it to disguise slime and smell …Chickens and hams were soaked in chlorine baths to remove slime and odor, and red dye was added to beef to make it appear fresh. Plant managers repeatedly fought to allow ‘some contamination’ such as feces, grease, hydraulic oil, maggots, metal, floor residue and rancid meat.
“Today, thanks to automation in the industry, individual poultry plants … can kill and process as many as 340,000 birds per day.
“Since it’s easier to bleed a bird that isn’t flapping and struggling, most live birds have their heads dragged through an electrically charged water bath to paralyze -not stun- them. Other industrialized nations require that chickens be rendered unconscious or killed prior to bleeding and scalding so they won’t have to go through the process conscious. Here in the United States, however, poultry plants keep the stunning current down to about one-tenth of that needed to render a chicken unconscious.
“A conveyor then carries the shocked and paralyzed birds to a high-speed circular blade meant to slit their throats but which occasionally misses birds as they rush past at the rate of thousands per hour.
“After their heads and feet are removed and they’ve been washed (and feathered), the chickens are re-hung on an evisceration line. There, machines automatically cut them open and pull their guts out.
“In the scald tank, fecal contamination on skin and feathers gets inhaled by live birds, and hot water opens bird’s pores allowing pathogens to seep in. The pounding action of the de-feathering machines creates an aerosol of feces-contaminated water which is then beaten into the birds. Contamination also occurs when the birds have their intestines removed by automatic eviscerating machines. These high-speed machines commonly rip open intestines, spilling feces into the bird’s body cavities.
“Rinsing a chicken 40 times does not remove all of the bacteria.
“Water in chill tanks has been aptly named ‘fecal soup’ for all the filth and bacteria floating around. By immersing clean, healthy birds in the same tank with dirty ones, you’re practically assuring cross-contamination. Chickens that bathe together get contaminated together.
“Gerald Kuester of the USDA says, “There are about 50 points during processing where cross-contamination can occur. At the end of the line, the birds are no cleaner than if they had been dipped in a toilet.”
This hardness and unconsciousness to the suffering and pain which the animals of the world suffer daily takes place in every country of the world; in cities, in jungles, on lakes and oceans, on plains, on farms, and in slaughterhouses, until we pick up a packaged steak, chicken, or fish in the grocery store, never considering the life it once had, and that our Father originally intended that this animal should fulfill the measure of its creation and find joy therein as we are told in the temple.
The disregard for the lives of animals began millennia ago. Animals have been slaughtered for trivial things: furs, ivory for jewelry and ornaments, and most trivial of all, sport. Buffalo Bill became a hero to many when he slaughtered thousands of buffalo in the early days of the American west. At this writing one thousand extinct species outnumber living ones by a factor of perhaps a thousand to one. When the earth began to become more and more populated, the squeeze began. At this writing, forty-five billion animals are in captivity, are born and end their lives on factory farms in squalid conditions. Chickens routinely are born and live their entire lives in huge darkened coops. They live in their own filth and routinely fight and peck each other because of stress. Mother pigs are kept in a tight pen where they can’t even turn around to see their own babies. Among the high-protein snacks cattle are fed are the dead bodies of other cattle, chicken manure and other such delicacies. Crowded into huge feedlots filled with manure, many fall of sickness each day. These downer cattle are rendered into more animal feed and fed back to the ‘healthy’ cattle or other farm animals.
“In 2001, 13 billion pounds of dead animal parts from pigs and cows were fed to America’s chickens as food. Many bacterial intestinal infections such as Campylobacter, E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, and Helicobacter pylori are transmitted by the consumption of animal flesh. In 2002 we saw two major meat recalls in ‘America. ConAgra Foods Inc. in July recalled almost 19 million pounds of ground beef from a plant in Greeley, Colorado, some of which was contaminated with E. Coli bacteria; Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. recalled 27.4 million pounds of ready to eat chicken and turkey products in what U.S. officials called the largest recall in the nation’s history. Commenting on that disaster, Paul Harvey, nationally renowned radio personality, commented last October, “Ellen White foresaw meat contamination over 100 years ago. She said it would come close to the time of the end. Now in 2003, we are witnessing SARS, another disease caused by consumption of a certain cat species by the Chinese. After 200 years, society must rethink vegetarianism as a safer form of eating. It is a rational consideration that can be life-saving.” (Robert Cohen, The Not milk Newsletter)
Huge cattle lots result in huge piles of manure, which pollute ground water, and eventually finds its way into streams, rivers, and lakes, affecting the aquatic life that lives there. Baby calves are taken from their mothers when they are three days old and the mother cow mourns her baby for months. Many mother cows in the herd mourn with her. That baby is then kept in a tight little pen where he cannot move for six weeks so that his muscles will be tender enough for veal. He is fed a diet of milk, and amazingly enough, pig blood. Bees are routinely robbed of their honey and are fed sugar water; this results in the death of half the hive.
When we unthinking Americans, or Germans, or Armenians, or whatever country in the world we happen to live, partake of the food from these unfortunate creatures, we have to claim personal responsibility for their suffering, agony, and demise.
To the unconscious member of the church, or the man on the street who says, “Why did Jesus die for me? I haven’t done anything all that bad or that evil that I have to be forgiven! In fact, I have tried all my life to be good and have gone out of my way to help people.” We say: “When you realize what you have done, you will mourn for your unconscious travesty against the animals and you will get on your knees to be forgiven by the Master.”
104 … Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess.… (D&C 88:104)
4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4)
Third, disease and massive environmental problems result, not just for ourselves, but they are multiplied many times for all creatures and plants that live upon our earth.
Ancient scriptures that describe the primeval beginnings of man speak of trees of every variety that covered the entire earth. In the early beginning of humanity, when man became a keeper of flocks and herds of all kinds, huge forests were chopped down or burned to make room for pastures for these cattle, sheep, and goats. Ecologically speaking, when one knows that one tree pumps 200 gallons of water into the atmosphere every day, then it is not unimaginable for one to realize that with the disappearance of trees comes the disappearance of rain clouds. Land, upon which once-verdant forests thrived, now becomes grassland where cattle and other herds flourish. Over hundreds of years, the land becomes overgrazed, and consequently drier and drier, until as is evident in the Sahara and other major deserts, it is hard for a lizard to survive. This standard operating procedure is massively taking place in Malaysia and Brazil at this time. It is said that the astronauts can see the burning day and night in the forests of Brazil.
One half of our topsoil is gone — regrettably, it takes nature 500 years to make one inch of topsoil. China and India still have their topsoil. The earth is heating up. There is no forest cover. There are great tidal waves, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.
Seven out of ten Americans will die because of diet, and saturated fat is one of the problems. “Of those who don’t die of cardiovascular disease, one out of four will die of cancer; one out of eight women dies of breast cancer; and one out of eight men dies of prostate cancer. Seventy-five percent of carcinogens get into the body because of animal products.
It is impossible to be protein deficient on a vegetarian diet. How many people die every year because of a 100 percent vegetarian (vegan) diet?
Chickens and chicken manure are fed back to chickens, “giving a whole new meaning to finger-lickin’ good.” Their bones are blue. They are fed arsenic because it stimulates growth.
Fish are full of ddt and Dioxin, which are found in nursing mothers’ milk. There is a higher occurrence of this contamination in people who live near oceans and eat a lot of fish.
“Milk pasteurization (162 degrees for 15 seconds) does not destroy all the bacteria in milk. Bacteria without refrigeration double every 20 minutes. Bacteria with refrigeration double every 30 hours. Casein — a constituent found in milk — is the most allergenic substance known to man.” (Johns Hopkins University)
“The world is turning to dust, with lands the size of Rhode Island becoming desert wasteland every year and the problem threatening to send millions of people fleeing to greener countries, the United Nations says.
“One third of the Earth’s surface is at risk, driving people into cities and destroying agriculture in vast swaths of Africa. Thirty-one percent of Spain is threatened, while China has lost 36,000 square miles to desert — an area the size of Indiana — since the 1950s.
“Most at risk are dry regions on the edges of deserts — places like sub-Saharan Africa, or the Gobi Desert in China, where people are already struggling to eke out a living from the land.
“As populations expand, those regions have become more stressed. Trees are cut for firewood, grass is overgrazed, fields are over-farmed and lose their nutrients, and water becomes scarcer and dirtier.” (http://apnews.myway.com/article/20040615/D837O6TO0.html)
Other problems we are familiar with are the pollutions from manure in huge cattle and pig yards. In these operations rain and run-off seep into the ground water, and pollute streams, lakes and oceans. Chemical run-off from huge factories pollutes our water, while chemicals from factories pollute the air. Many species of animals, insects and fish lose their habitat and become sick and die as a result.
Random Headlines or Signs of the Times:
Study Finds Mercury in Lake Fish
Washington — Fish from lakes and reservoirs sampled by federal researchers were contaminated with mercury, and most exceeded federal exposure limits for young children and women of childbearing age, a study by an environmental advocacy coalition said Tuesday. (Ira Dreyfull, AP writer, Wed. August 4, 2004)
Ugly Lobster Disease Creeping North
A baffling disease that makes lobsters ugly, but not inedible, has crept northward from the Buzzards Bay area where it has afflicted lobsters for several years. (http://news.yahoo.com Friday May 28, 2004)
Bird Beak Deformities Concern Scientists
A bird beak deformity first recorded among black capped chickadees near Anchorage has been increasingly seen in crows in Southeast Alaska, broadening an already mysterious phenomenon. (http://story.news.yahoo.com April 07, 2004)
Could Mad Cow Disease Already be Killing Thousands of Americans Every Year?
October 2001, 34-year-old Washington State native Peter Putnam started losing his mind. commondreams.org, January 9, 2004)
Bush Meat Sparks Fears of New AIDS-Type Virus
London (Reuters) People in central Africa who hunt monkeys and apes for food and trade are being infected with viruses and researchers fear their transmission could spark a future epidemic similar to AIDS. news.yahoo.com, March 19, 2004)
Toxins in Farm-Raised Salmon Pose Health Risk
Health Day News — Chemical contaminant in farm-raised salmon are at unacceptably high levels may dramatically increase the risk of cancer, a new report claims. (http://news.yahoo.com January 09, 2004)
The higher up one eats on the food chain, the more one consumes concentrated toxins from flesh and body fluids of animals. Eat one portion of broccoli or lettuce and you’ll ingest one dose of pesticides and dioxins. After all, these chemicals are in the environment. Ingest body fluids from animals that eat thousands of doses, and you deliver these same concentrated residues of poisons to your own body. (Notmilk Newsletter, Robert Cohen August 17, 2004)
The majority of toxic dioxin is and has been derived from industrial chlorination processes, incineration of municipal waste, and production of certain herbicides. The lipophilic nature of dioxins results in higher concentrations in the fat of animal and fish products, and their excretion via milk secretion in dairy cattle may result in relatively high concentrations of dioxin contamination in high-fat dairy products. (The Journal of Animal Science, Jan 1998, 76:1)
Herd of Cattle in Montana Infected with Brucellosis
Brucellosis in cattle can be passed on to man in the form of Mediterranean Disease or Undulant fever. Brucellosis infections are difficult to detect, and easily misdiagnosed. Symptoms include chronic fatigue (syndrome), headaches, and arthritic pain. Once infected with Brucellosis from cows [milk, cheese, and meat] the disease can hide in the human body, emerging many years after the initial bacterial infection. (Robert Cohen, Not Milk Newsletter, December 07, 2003)
Stomach Bug Hits Carnival Cruise Ship
A stomach virus outbreak sickened 120 passengers and crew members aboard a Carnival Cruise Line excursion to Mexico that ended here Thursday. (NewsMax.com Wires Friday, Oct. 18, 2003) [Why is this article included? This stomach outbreak was undoubtedly caused from the food. Most times when this happens in a town or city, everyone just goes home and suffers individually whereas one else ever really finds out. There may have been hundreds who became ill, but undoubtedly they never see each other and so it is not really publicized. On a cruise ship, it becomes public information.]
Human Evolution can’t cope with fast food, say scientists
Calorie-packed fast food encourages overeating and weight gain because it is out of step with human evolution, scientists have said. (Ananova.com October 22, 2003)
Athletes Are Warned of Skin Infections
Atlanta — Health and sports officials are warning schools and sports teams about a hard-to-treat skin infection once common to hospitals and prisons that’s now plaguing athletes on the playing field.
The National Federation of State High School Associations sent a warning Tuesday to states about a Staph infection that can’t be cured by the usual penicillin related antibiotics. yahoo.com, October 16, 2003)
Extreme Obesity Ballooning in U.S. Adults
The number of extremely obese American adults — those who are at least 100 pounds overweight — has quadrupled since the 1980s to about 4 million. That works out to about
one in every fifty adults. (wcco.com, October 13, 2003)
One in Three Americans Will Get Diabetes
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2003 An estimated one in three Americans born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes at some point in their lives. (yahoo.com October 7, 2003)
Drug Supply, Use Soars — ROME — The supply and use of synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy and amphetamines are soaring worldwide in part because the public doesn’t realize how dangerous they can be, a UN report said Tuesday. (http://chron.com, Sept. 23, 2003) [Many people who take drugs such as alcohol, amphetamines, etc. are self treating themselves because the heavy animal food diet causes everyone to feel lugged down and sluggish.]
FDA Analysis Backs Antidepressant Concern
Federal health officials are preparing stronger warnings for some anti depressants used in children after new analyses back a possible link to suicide. (Lauren Neergaard, AP medical writer, Friday, August 20, 2004)
Survey Finds Millions of New U.S. Drug Abusers
Washington (Reuters) — A redesigned survey of who uses and abuses drugs in the United States has found millions of ‘missed’ users and addicts, with an estimated 22 million Americans suffering from alcohol or drug abuse. [More self medication-- because animal foods eventually also cause pain, depression and then death.]
Strained ERS flooded with common flu cases
Flu victims and people with flu like symptoms are flooding local hospital emergency rooms, health experts said Wednesday, straining an already taxed system with cases better served with Tylenol and bed rest. (Leigh Hopper, chron.com, October 23, 2003)
Sperm Counts Have Dropped by Almost a Third in 10 years — London (AFP) — Male sperm counts have fallen by almost a third since 1989, with factors such as drinking and obesity possibly to blame, according to a British study newsyahoo.com January 5, 2004))
Molecule Found in Meat, Milk and Tumors — Study
Washington (Reuters) — A non-human molecule found in red meat and milk makes its way into the human system when eaten — and seems to build up especially in tumors, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. They also showed that the body produces an immune response against the molecule! (Maggie Fox, http://story.news.news.yahoo, September 30, 2003) [THIS ARTICLE ACTUUALLY SHOWS THAT THE BODY SETS UP AN IMMUNE RESPONSE TO ANIMAL FOODS!! NO WONDER IT CAN’T EFFECTIVELY FIGHT DISEASE ORGANISMS – IT IS TOO BUSY JUST FIGHTING MOLECULES OF THE FLESH FOODS WE EAT!!]
Bacterial Infection Kills 100 patients at Quebec Hospital in 18 Months — Toronto (CP) — A bacterial agent commonly found in health-care settings has been blamed for the deaths of 100 patients in the last 18 months in a single Quebec hospital, says an infectious disease expert at the facility, who is calling for government action to forestall more outbreaks across the country. (Sheryl Ubelacker, canada.com, August 8, 2004)
Killer Rash Breaks Out
New York Post — a vicious skin infection resistant to all but the most powerful antibiotics has jumped out of New York City hospitals onto the street. (Sam Smith, nypost.com, April 31, 2004)
Experts Fear Global Bird Flu Outbreak
With luck, the world will escape the latest outbreak of bird flu with no more than the six human deaths already blamed on it and the loss of millions of chickens. But public health experts worry of a much greater disaster: A catastrophe they say is among the worst imaginable, a global outbreak of an entirely new form of human flu. (Daniel Q. Haney, apnews.myway.com, January 24, 2004)
Bird Flu Rivals SARS As a Global Threat
In the otherwise dry lingo of public health, a wonderfully evocative word is used to describe impending tragedy. The Word is “smolder,” and in epidemiology it means the silent, treacherous spread of a brand new influenza virus. (Madeline Drexler, boston.com, January 27, 2004)
[THESE TWO ARTICLES ARE IN EFFECT SUBTERFUGE ON THE PART OF THE MEDIA. OF COURSE THEY TELL US ABOUT EXOTIC FAR AWAY DISEASES THAT MIGHT BECOME A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. BUT DO THEY TELL US THAT OUR EVERYDAY FOOD SUPPLY IS GRADUALLY KILLING US WITH THE DISEASES WE HAVE ALREADY BECOME USED TO?]
Medicare Redefines Obesity As an Illness
Washington (AP) — Medicare now recognizes obesity as an illness, a change in policy that may allow millions of overweight Americans to make medical claims for treatments such as stomach surgery and diet programs. (Elizabeth Wolfe, myway.com, July 16, 2004)
Time Bomb of AIDS Menaces Bloom of Asia’s Youth
Asian governments, long in denial about infection rates from HIV/AIDS, face a health crisis which may eventually outstrip the suffering in Sub-Saharan Africa. Some 11 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. And the UN is projecting that China will have 10 million HIV/Aids patients by 2010 if preventive steps are not taken immediately. India already has nearly five million HIV victims. (http://independent.co.uk July 13, 2004)
Pigs to Eat Rendered Flesh
Pigs will soon be fed rendered flesh from the Texas Mad Cow because America’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that it is safe for consumers to eat pigs who eat Mad Cows. (Robert Cohen, Not Milk Newsletter, May 8, 2004)
Annual ‘Dead Zone’ Spreads Across Gulf of Mexico
Houston (Reuters) — A huge “dead zone” of water so devoid of oxygen that sea life cannot live in it has spread across 5800 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico this summer in what has become an annual occurrence caused by pollution. (Jeff Franks)
Environmental Defense (environmentaldefense.org) has issued a report documenting how agricultural pollution has decimated ecosystems which provide habitat for some of America’s most endangered and treasured animal species.
Urine and manure from farms and ranches ooze and drip their way into the waters that we drink and bathe in. Manure used to fertilize crops is responsible for polluting almost half of America’s bays and rivers.
Environmental Defense has issued a report that identifies the nation’s most polluted sites. They have found that pollution from farm animals creates dead zones and dangerous algae blooms.
The worst example is the Mississippi basin. Some of the other horribly polluted waters include the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Delaware Inland Bays, San Francisco and Newport Bays, and Barngat Bay in New Jersey. (Robert Cohen, Notmilk Newsletter)
International Experts Warn of Acceleration in Animal-to-Human Disease — Geneva (AFP) —International experts warned that the emergence of new diseases that are passed from animals to humans, such as avian flu, was accelerating and they were ill-equipped to counter the trend. (firstname.lastname@example.org, May 6, 2004)
Pollutants Cause Huge Rise in Brain Diseases
The Numbers of sufferers of brain diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neuron disease, have soared across the West in less than 20 years, scientists have discovered.
The alarming rise, which includes figures showing rates of dementia have trebled in men, has been linked to rises in levels of pesticides, industrial effluents, domestic waste, car exhausts and other pollutants, says a report in the journal of Public Health. (Juliette Jowit,www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/ 0,11381,1283588,00.html, August 15,2004) [THIS ARTICLE TELLS NOTHING ABOUT THE SLOW VIRUSES SUCH AS HUNTINGTONS DISEASE AND PICKS DISEASE THAT ARE FOUND IN LIVESTOCK THAT CAUSE ALZHEIMERS, AND DEMENTIA, NOT TO MENTION CREUTZFELDT JAKOBS AND BSE WHICH ABSOLUTLEY RUIN PEOPLES LIVES.]
Famine, disease, and pestilence plague the earth. Modern
Medicine has provided a way for us to live in our sins comfortably and live a little bit longer than we normally would. However, as we all know, this palliative causes more problems than it helps. Over 150,000 Americans per year die of iatrogenic disease (doctor or hospital induced). Many millions more die because, first: modern medicine purposely keeps people uninformed about how diet heals; and second, modern medicine is unaffordable for millions of people.
Modern medicine is expensive! Did the Creator intend for his people to be robbed blind in order to pay for modern health care?
Mark Sircus Ac., OMD writes:
“Medical and health authorities often live in an illusionary world where there is no connection between medicine and economic reality. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported earlier this month that health care spending shot up 9.3 percent in 2002, the largest increase in 11 years, to a total of $1.55 trillion. That represents an average of $5,440 for each person in the United States though more than 43 million Americans are uninsured. There seems to be a consensus that a health care crisis of soaring costs and declining medical coverage is with us. “The problem with health care in America is not just bringing in 43 million Americans who don’t have insurance at all, the problem with health care in America is reducing costs,” said Senator John Kerry. Some people, like Senator John Edwards, have declared that it was time to “make health care a birthright for every child born in America.” Representative Richard A. Gephardt describes it as nothing short of a “moral issue.” [Would John Kerry truly reduce costs? Or is it just another of his empty promises. It is evident that politicians think that throwing tax payer money at a problem will solve anything. It is helpful to understand that they are lobbied heavily by the health care industry and are persuaded to believe that modern medicine is the only answer.]
“So expensive has allopathic medicine become that many families without full health care insurance are forced to make decisions like selling their homes, cashing in retirement plans and burning through saving to pay for care their kids so urgently need. Spending on Medicaid, the health-care program for the disabled or poor jumped 40 percent in five years to $228 billion nationwide. The care for the most seriously ill can easily reach beyond $500,000 dollars a year with some individuals’ care costing millions. Each year more and more people are spending all their time working to keep up with medical payments and medication costs for medicines that don’t really heal them. It really is shocking that 43 million Americans have no health insurance.
“Medical authorities at the major institutions in America act under a basic assumption that is disconnected with reality. They have assumed that society can afford a form of medicine that is unaffordable, not only to the majority of the human race, but soon even to a great percentage of the American public. What point is there in creating a medical system that people cannot afford? If people and governments cannot afford health care they cannot receive medical treatments and thus they are really not treatments at all. What would be the use of coming out with a cure for cancer that cost 50 million dollars per individual? Could authorities claim the war on cancer won when only several hundred people in the world could afford such treatments? Many common treatments are already beyond the pockets of anyone without ‘complete” medical insurance. Those with compassionate and empathetic hearts know and understand that people who are surrounded with medical wonders that they cannot afford suffer a special kind of pain when their loved ones are sick.” (Mark Sircus, Medical News January 17, 2003, congregator.net/medicalnews/sircus/index.html)
A report has just come out stating that 48 million in the year 2005 do not have health insurance. The average premium for a family with coverage through an employer is $10,979. For an individual the cost is $4065. [The article seems to blame those who have no insurance but use the facilities of hospitals at the taxpayers expense thus increasing premiums for everyone who does have insurance.] Uninsured add $800. to health premiums – study. Yahoo News, Wed. June 8, Washington (Reuters).
Is it naive to wonder why no major media seems to seek a solution through diet? Those who do seek and find a solution through diet know that they no longer need insurance and are taking the responsibility for their own health and well being.
Lizard’s saliva could help lick diabetes.
The saliva of a poisonous lizard could soon be helping diabetics control their blood sugar levels and lose weight. (Craig Brown, Scotsman.com, Monday September 13, 2004)
People in some countries have given up on modern medicine and have turned to euthanasia.
Belgium Considers Euthanasia for Children.
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Brussels (Reuters) — Belgian lawmakers belonging to Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt’s ruling Flemish Liberal party have introduced a bill seeking to expand the country’s controversial euthanasia legislation to include minors.
Senators Jeannine Leduc and Paul Wille said in the bill that terminally ill children and teenagers had as much right to choose when they wanted to die as anyone else.
Their suffering is as great (and) the situation they face is as intolerable and inhumane,” the senator’s bill read on Wednesday.
A controversial law decriminalizing euthanasia came into force in Belgium in September 2002.
Patients wishing to end their lives must be conscious when the application is made and repeat their request for euthanasia. Their doctor must fill in a form and consult another physician before making a final decision.
Wille and Leduc now also want to include “assisted suicide” in the current legislation as they feel patients often want to end their lives themselves.
Fourth, ultimately War upon the unborn, as well as each other.
We know that we will find joy in our posterity, yet we wage war against them. The cruelest way is with abortion. We have to remember again who the enemy of our unborn children is.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
When we have purified ourselves and taken the Holy Spirit as our guide, we will joyfully welcome each child who comes to us and consider them great gifts from God.
War upon each other:
And the time will come that war will be poured out upon all nations. (D&C 87:20)
Suicide Car Bombing Kills 68 Iraqis [An almost daily occurrence.]
Baghdad, Iraq — A suicide car bomb exploded outside a police recruiting center in central Baquoba on Wednesday, killing 68 Iraqis and turning the city’s busy streets into a bloody tangle of twisted metal and bodies. (Paul Garwood, http://story.news.yahoo.com Wed, July 28, 2004)
The body has been set up and gradually corrupted and is beginning the process of deterioration. The defenses are down. War. How does the adversary manage this complete takeover of the human body so that it is filled with hate and wishes nothing but to fight and kill another? The answer is gradual, gradual, as we give heed to his whisperings.
For behold, at that day shall he rage in the hearts of the children of men, and stir them up to anger against that which is good. (2 Nephi 28:20)
As we learned from the Essenes at Qumran, every man walks with two spirits, the one of goodness and light and the other of darkness.
Heber J. Grant tells a story in October of 1882, he was called to be one of the twelve apostles in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“There are two spirits striving with us always, one telling us to continue our labor for good, and one telling us that with the faults and failings of our nature we are unworthy. I can truthfully say that from October, 1882, until February, 1883 [when he received a personal revelation of why he was called] that spirit followed me day and night, telling me that I was unworthy to be an apostle of the Church and that I ought to resign. When I would testify of my knowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, the Redeemer of mankind, it seemed as though a voice would say to me: ‘You lie! You lie! You have never seen Him.” (Best Loved Stories of the LDS People, edited by Jack Lyon, Linda Ririe Gundry, and Jay Parry.)
George Ritchie, in his book, Return from Tomorrow, tells of a near-death experience he had as a young soldier. He was stationed at an army base in West Texas and became very ill with the flu, which then developed into pneumonia. He died and for a long time didn’t realize he was dead. He began to yearn to go home and his spirit began to travel back to North Carolina where his family lived. On his way he had many revealing experiences and learned much about the spirit world. He happened to walk into a bar and noticed that there are two kinds of people there: some of them had auras that surround them — an aura is something like an energy field. Others of the patrons in the bar were not surrounded by this energy field. As George Ritchie watched the people in the bar, some of them (the ones with the bright auras) became extremely drunk and fell over in a stupor. As they did so, their energy fields or auras begin to split open. As they split apart, hundreds of the people (who don’t have the bright auras) dived into them and disappeared. George Ritchie was puzzled by this strange metaphor of his vision, but finds out later in the experience that the ones who have auras are alive — living beings — and the people who were not surrounded by this bright energy field were actually disembodied spirits who obviously had been addicted to alcohol during their life on earth and sought the experience over and over again using the bodies of those who were still alive.
We learn many things from George Ritchie’s experience:
1. The living body has an energy field that surrounds it. There are also scientific studies which have been made which prove the energy field exists and there are specialized photographers who film that field using Kirlian photography and even make dietary recommendations based upon the appearance of it. (The author has personally seen photographs of people who had cancer for example. Where the cancer is located in the body, there is a split in the field.)
2. There are things that weaken the energy field: drugs, alcohol
3. By weakening the field with drugs or alcohol, as did the bar patrons in George Ritchie’s book, we make ourselves not only open and susceptible to the parasitic forces of nature, but also the parasitic forces of the universe — i.e., spirits of the spirit world who do not want to progress, but wish to remain in this dimension in order to experience again the life habits they previously enjoyed or were addicted to and use our bodies to do it.
4. A major important fact that many people do not realize: We can also gradually weaken the body by poor diet choices, consequently weakening our energy field so that it no longer can protect us against spiritual parasites.
Adam and Eve left as our inheritance a weakened body — one that allows us to walk with two spirits: the good spirit of light and the evil spirit of darkness. The Gospel (good news of Jesus Christ) tells us that we can begin to cleanse and restore our bodies, which will strengthen our energy fields! Once we have purified ourselves and obtained a remission of our sins through the atonement of Jesus Christ, we can once again put on, or possess, that complete spirit of light, the full armor of God, the Holy Ghost.
At the present time, the spirit of the adversary is strong in the world. Until the people of the world repent, war will be with us. At this time, more and more people seem to be listening to the whisperings of the dark spirit, which brings upon them the horrors of war.
Therefore, rejoice ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)
According to Laurence M. Vance (The Horrors of War, www.LewRockwell.com), at the beginning of 2004 there were fifteen major wars in progress and twenty lesser conflicts, which include:
Afghanistan (Taliban and al Qaida)
Algeria (insurgency by Muslim fundamentalists)
Angola (secessionist conflict in Angola’s Cabinda enclave)
Burma (insurgency by ethnic minority groups)
Burundi (civil war between ethnic groups)
China (dispute with other countries over ownership of Spratly Islands)
Colombia (insurgency by various guerilla groups.)
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo War involving nine African nations.)
Georgia (conflict with Russia, ethnic group conflict)
India (longstanding conflicts in Assam and Kashmir; Naxalite uprising)
Indonesia (conflicts in Aceh.Kalimantan, Maluku, and Papua)
Iraq (occupation by US Forces.)
Ivory Coast (civil war)
Liberia (ritual killings and cannibalism)
Moldova (Transdniester independence movement)
Namibia (Caprivi Strip liberation movement)
Nepal (Maoist insurgency)
Nigeria (religious and ethnic conflicts)
Peru (Shining Path terrorist movements)
Philippines (Moro Islamic Liberation Front uprising)
Russia (Chechen uprising)
Somalia (civil war)
Spain (Basque uprising)
Sri Lanka (Tamil uprising)
Sudan (civil war)
Thailand (Islamic insurgency)
Turkey (Kurdish separatist movement)
Uganda (civil unrest)
[In addition, Northern Ireland]
War is only too miserable for those who experience it and those whose countries are blighted by it. For those who live far from it, and go about their comfortable lives each day, it is hard to imagine the horrors of war. Here I quote from Laurence M. Vance’s research into different books that describe the horrors of war.
He quotes mainly from recently published Intimate Voices from the First World War.
“What makes this book so unique is that the authors — twenty eight men, women and children from thirteen different nations — because they were not writing for publication, had no particular statement to make other than to describe the effects of war on themselves and their surroundings. This is the ultimate in primary source material. From their research into hundreds of first hand accounts, the editors of the book, Svetlana Palmer, and Sara Wallis, selected twenty-eight diaries or collections of letters written by soldiers and civilians who lived (and in some cases died) during World War I. Many of the diaries were found decades after the end of the war, and some in the last few years. A few are published here for the first time.
“The horrors of war are described here as no historian writing in the twenty-first century could describe them. But in addition to the accounts of death, destruction, and starvation, Intimate Voices also gives us an insight into the role of the state in warfare, the religious ideas of the combatants, the war’s demoralizing effect on women, and the regrets of soldier and civilian:
“German Soldier Paul Hub is a young recruit sent to make up for the heavy losses suffered by his advancing army. He married his sweetheart, whom he wrote to throughout the war, while home on leave in June of 1918. After a few days with his wife he returned to the front — only to die two months later: He writes to his girlfriend: ‘I’ve already seen quite a lot of misery of war.… Maria, this sort of a war is so unspeakably miserable. If only you saw a line of stretcher-bearers with their burdens, you’d know what I mean. I haven’t had a chance to shoot yet. We are having to deal with an unseen enemy.... Every day brings new horrors.... Every day the fighting gets fiercer and there is still no end in sight. Our blood is flowing in torrents.... That’s how it is. All around me is the most gruesome devastation. Dead and wounded soldiers, dead and dying animals, horse cadavers, burnt-out houses, dug-up fields, cars, clothes, weaponry — all this is scattered around me, a real mess. I didn’t think war would be like this. We can’t sleep for all the noise.
“Austrian doctor Josef Tomann tends to the sick and wounded soldiers in a hospital in Prezemysl. He contracted disease and died in May 1915, leaving behind a wife and a baby daughter: He writes in his diary: ‘Starvation is kicking in. Sunken, pale figures wander like corpses through the streets, their ragged clothes hanging from skeletal bodies, their stony faces a picture of utter despair....A terrifying number of people are suffering from malnutrition; the starving arrive in their dozens, frozen soldiers are brought in from the outposts, all of them like walking corpses. They lie silently on their cold hospital beds, make no complaints and drink muddy water they call tea. The next day they are carried away to the morgue. The sight of these pitiful figures, whose wives and children are probably also starving at home, wrings your heart. This is war.
“Serbian officer Milorad Markovic is the future grandfather of Mirjana Markovic, wife of Slobodan Milosevic. He survived the war, only to be captured by the Nazis in the next one. He made it through that one as well and died in 1967: He writes in his diary: ‘I remember things scattered all around; horses and men stumbling and falling into the abyss; Albanian attacks; hosts of women and children. A doctor would not dress an officer’s wound; soldiers would not bother to pull out a wounded comrade or officer. Belongings abandoned; starvation; wading across rivers clutching onto horses’ tails; old men, women and children climbing up the rocks; dying people on the road; a smashed human skull by the road; a corpse all skin and bones, robbed, stripped naked, mangled; soldiers, police officers, civilians, women, captives. Vlasta’s cousin, naked under his overcoat with a collar and cuffs, shattered, gone mad. Soldiers like ghosts, skinny, pale, worn out, sunken eyes, their hair and beards long, their clothes in rags, almost naked, barefoot. Ghosts of people begging for bread, walking with sticks, their feet covered in wounds, staggering. Chaos: women in soldier’s clothes; the desperate mothers of those who are too exhausted to go on, a starving soldier who ate too much bread and dropped dead. A soldier selling anything and everything for bread: his gun, clothes, shoes and boots, coats, horses’ feedbags, saddlebags, horses.
“Russian soldier Vasily Mishnin was reunited with his wife and two sons after the war. He went back to work at a furniture shop and died in 1955: He writes to his pregnant wife: ‘We go to the depot to get our rifles. Good Lord, what’s all this? They’re covered in blood-- black clotted lumps of it are hanging off them.... It is frightening even to sit or lie down here — the rifle is shaking in my hands. My hand comes down on something black: it turns out there are corpses here that haven’t been cleared away. My hair stands on end. I have to sit down. There is no point in staring into the distance — it is pitch dark. All I can feel is fear. I am so frightened of the shells that I want the ground to open up and swallow me.... Suddenly a screeching noise pierces the air, I feel a pang in my heart, and something whistles past and explodes nearby. My dear Lord, I am so frightened — and I hear this buzzing in my ears. I leave my post and climb into my dugout. It is packed; everyone is shaking and asking again and again, ‘What’s going on? What’s going on?’ One explosion follows another, and another. Two lads are running, shouting out for nurses. They are covered in blood. It is running down their cheeks and hands, and something else is dripping from underneath their bandages. They’re soon dead, shot to pieces. There is screaming, yelling the earth is shaking from artillery fire and our dugout is rocking from side to side like a boat....Our eyes are full of tears, we wipe them away, but they just keep coming because the shells are full of gas. We are terrified.…We will probably never see each other again — all it takes is an instant and I will be no more — and perhaps no one will be able to gather the scattered pieces of my body for burial.... A zeppelin attacked Ostrow in the night and dropped a few bombs, many killed. One woman and her two kids got blown to pieces that blew away in wind.”
“Turkish second lieutenant Mehmed Fasih was captured by the Allies and released at the end of the war. He married in 1924 and lived until 1964: He writes in his diary: “Though I keep picking off lice, there are plenty more — I just can’t get rid of them and am itching all over. My body is covered with red and purple blotches.... When I finally reach our trenches I find a large pool of blood. It has coagulated and turned black. Bits of brain, bone and flesh are mixed in with it.”
The dike has been breached. The building has crumbled. The body is corrupted and deteriorated and the enemy has penetrated the gate.
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