I decided to tackle a project this summer. My son’s room hadn’t been painted in almost 9 years. It was in bad need of a new look. He needed a boy room, rather than a baby room. He went away to camp for the first time this year (he loved it), so I thought that would be the perfect time to redecorate.
As I was planning my painting project, I learned that latex paint contains mercury. This freaked me out and for a split second I had hesitation about the painting job. But then I remembered something I read in a fabulous book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. This book is a must-read for anyone dealing with Candida infection, skin disorders (eczema, psoriasis), autism, dyslexia, depression, ADD, ADHD, dyspraxia (extreme clumsiness), allergies of any kind, asthma, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, OCD, IBS, constipation, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, acne, migraines, PMS, yeast infections, chronic ear or sinus infections, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, fibromialgia, multiple sclerosis, and much more, but these particular items were mentioned in the book. This book is worth tracking down from a library if you don’t want to buy it outright. Check out www.worldcat.org to see if it is available at a library near you and if its not, ask your local librarians if they can borrow books from other libraries.
Dr. Campbell-McBride points out in her book (pg. 201-202) that our bodies are equipped with a detoxification system. She says this is, “a system which until recently we did not know much about. It has got its headquarters in the liver and departments in every cell of the body. The sophistication and complexity of this system is staggering to even the most knowledgeable biochemists and there is a lot we still don’t know about how it works so efficiently.” (Emphasis mine. I personally am not surprised at the complexity and sophistication that God designed!) She goes on to describe in the chapter how this detoxification system works properly when our bodies get the proper nutrients, telling me that it really comes down to how we EAT!
So the lightbulb went on in my head and I began to realize that ALL these things the doctors, media, environmentalists, and even nutritionists are focusing on are PERIPHERALS. They are not at the core; they are not the cause, but rather symptoms. Rather than solve issues from the outside in, we need to first start inside and the outside will take care of itself. The CORE issue here is DIET. You may have heard me say it before, but I will say it again, MOST health issues can be resolved with proper diet. This may sound extreme, but I believe it with all my heart.
As the lightbulb was going on in my head, this scripture came to my mind, II Timothy 1:7, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” These peripheral things that we hear we should stay away from, just bring fear into our lives. Fear does NOT come from God; we are NOT to be motivated by fear. It is the devil that brings fear and if we give in to this and focus all our time, energy and money on ridding our lives of these PERIPHERAL things, we won’t have time, energy and money left over to do the work of God.
Our PRIMARY purpose in life, as Christians, is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. If we are isolating ourselves from the toxic, busy world, or trying to build ourselves a little Shangri-La/Utopia within the toxic world, how much time, energy, and money are we putting into furthering the gospel? Probably not much! You may not identify with these types, but I have read of people that pour thousands of dollars into a new home or office to make it so environmentally friendly and therefore much less toxic to the human body, or others that pull away from society and go live a pioneer life in remote places like the mountains of Colorado or Alaska, in the name of purity. When I first read about a certain doctor that is building a new such office, my thought was one of helplessness; I don’t have the money to build a new home! Then thoughts fill my mind of all the toxins that are in my home! Or when I hear of people living in the pure mountain air, drinking pure mountain spring water, far away from the busy city life filled with toxins, I have to say I have a twinge of envy. Then I ask myself, “What is my purpose here?” Those things are not God’s will for me at this time. People that are living the remote pioneer life are at a disadvantage of spreading the gospel. I’m not saying it’s impossible for them, but they are limited. Most of them are not thinking about how they can help others, but rather how they can help themselves or our earth.
We do NOT live in an ideal world, BUT we do NOT have to live in fear of this world because God made provision in our bodies to filter out the harmful toxins. Our Creator is all knowing. He knows the end from the beginning because He is outside our dimension of time. He actually sees time as one thing, where we see things in a sequence of events. I love this analogy I heard once. Think of yourself watching a parade go by, you see things one at a time, in a linear manner, a float, a marching band, etc. Now imagine you are in a helicopter above the city, looking down on the parade. You see the beginning and the end all as one. This is how it is with God; He sees it all at once. He KNEW, when He created the universe, that we would be living in a world one day that was overloaded with toxins! And so He created our bodies with a detoxification system to handle whatever is thrown at it. Dr. Campbell-McBride spoke recently at a Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and said that if our gut health is in order (this comes from eating right), our detoxification system will even remove heavy metals from our bodies. (Want to know more about how God is outside our dimension of time? I encourage you to check out Cosmic Codes by Dr. Chuck Missler.)
Now you may be saying to yourself, “But I am VERY allergic to mold (or other various things)”. By all means, if you are suffering, you will need to remove certain things from your diet or environment, BUT focus on the inside, healing your body so that your body can do its job. Allergies to things like pollen, dust, toxic mold, wheat and dairy are all symptoms that something is not right inside. I urge you to read Dr. Campbell-McBride’s book and deal with the CORE issue.
For those that don’t suffer from these issues, take your babysteps to remove toxins from your life, BUT don’t live in fear of these toxins and DON’T spend large amounts of money and energy trying to be rid of them. That money and energy would be better spent helping out less fortunate people in our world. Examples of things our society wants us to fear are germs, mold, gases from carpet and padding, mercury in paint, cell phones, computers, anything electromagnetic, pollen, dust, plastics, and personal care products to name just a few. In the coming months I will detail some easy ways to get rid of some of these things from your life, but PLEASE know that they are peripherals.
I promise NEVER to use fear as a motivator in any of my articles! I have seen that from other writers in the health community and it bothers me. I am NOT going to live in fear and worry. I am not going to hide myself away. I am not going to dream of the pioneer days. God has me in this particular time for a specific purpose. I AM going to do what I can do, remove what toxins I can. I WILL focus more energy on eating right. And I DID paint my son’s room (will post pictures soon).
I hope this helps someone. Remember what your purpose is here and don’t let ANYTHING get in the way of fulfilling that purpose!