Carol asks…

Spiritually : What is the significance of our breath?

Our breath is the only thing that is constant during our lifetime. When you are happy, sad, angry, sick, crying, laughing, healthy, joyful, in love, in hatred, while sleeping, while unconscious, while subconscious etc, the breath is the only thing that is a constant.

Additional Questions:

1. What is hidden in the language and pattern of our breath?
2. Have you ever analyzed or looked into the mystery of your breath?

Helen answers:

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” We know how to breathe. It is something that occurs to us automatically, spontaneously, naturally. We are breathing even when we are not aware of it. So it seems not to think that one can be told how to breathe. Yet, one’s breathing becomes modified and restricted in various ways, not just momentarily, but habitually. We develop unhealthy habits without being aware of it. We tend to assume positions (slouched positions) that diminishes lung capacities and take shortened breaths. We also live in social conditions that is not good for the health of our respiratory system.

The first rule for correct breathing is that we should breathe through the nose. This may seem obvious, but many people breathe principally through the mouth. Mouth breathing can adversely affect the development of the thyroid gland. It can retard the mental development of children.

The nose has various defense mechanisms to prevent impurities and excessively cold air entering the body. At the entrance to the nose, a screen of hairs traps dust, tiny insects and other particles that may injure the lungs if you breathe through the mouth. After the entrance of the nose, there is a long winding passage lined with mucus membranes, where excessively cool air is warmed and very fine dust particles that escaped the hair screen are caught. Next, in the inner nose are glands which fight off any bacilli which have slipped through the other defenses. The inner nose also contains the olfactory organ-our sense of smell. This detects any poisonous gases around that may injure our health.

The yogis believe that the olfactory organ has another function: the absorption of prana from the air. If you breathe through the mouth all the time, as many people do, you are cheating yourself of all this free energy (prana). The yogis say this is a major factor in lowered resistance to disease and impairs the functioning of your vital glands and nervous system. Add to this the fact that pathogens can enter the lungs via mouth breathing, and you can see that it’s impossible to be healthy, not to mention vital, if you breathe through the mouth.

Given the great difficulty of designing foolproof, and cheatproof, experiments involving people, I have grave doubts that this level of significance will ever be achieved by this approach. But why should we rely on human experiments? If humanity never evolved, or if the earth were destroyed tomorrow by a cosmic cataclysm, neutrinos and quarks would still exist. Similarly, if spiritual energy exists, it
should not matter whether or not humanity does. The breath of God should be detectable throughout the cosmos, not just on earth.

The divine language mantras hidden in our breath, say gayatri mantra, Aum, etc., The mystery behind is the breath goes inside and come outside, if not come outside there ends the matter is the mystery.

The japa, meditations and prouncing mantras are the significance of our breath spiritually.

Richard asks…

Any childrens books on hyperthyroid and/or graves disease?

My stepdaughter was just diagnosed with a hyperthyroid and graves disease. She is 11 years old and is pretty confused, and I was wondering if anyone knows of any books that are actually FOR kids on these issues?

Helen answers:

I’m sorry about your stepdaughter, it must be a difficult thing for her to go through. The only children’s book I could find that wasn’t just about the endocrine system in general was about the Olympic track runner Gail Devers, who was diagnosed with Graves’ disease when she was in her early 20’s. One out of the 7 chapters in her 93 page biography is about Graves’ disease. The author of this specific book is Richard Worth, and the title is “Gail Devers: Overcoming Adversity.” Publisher is Chelsea House, 2002, ISBN 0791063054. I’d check with your local public library first — even if they don’t have it, they should be able to borrow it from another library for you.

Good luck with this.

Mary asks…

What is the life expectancy of a 4 yr old with myasthenia gravis?

only symtoms at this time is droopy eyes

Helen answers:

Hello,

Sorry about that,

I do not know alot about this disease, but i know it effect the skeletal system ..

Without treatment
Untreated, the disease is typically ‘active’ for 5-7 years and symptoms may progressively get worse over this time. Symptoms can vary in severity from person to person and from time to time in the same person. After this time the symptoms may reduce or even go away completely (a spontaneous remission). Up to 1 in 5 people with myasthenia gravis can expect a spontaneous remission where the disease ‘goes away’. However, recurrences may occur sometime in the future even if symptoms do clear. Also, without treatment, up to 3 in 10 people would die within 10 years of developing myasthenia gravis.

With treatment
Treatment usually works well. With treatment, most people with myasthenia gravis can expect improvement and many will become free of symptoms. So, although myasthenia gravis literally means ‘grave muscle weakness’, the outlook is not as ‘grave’ as it once was. Life expectancy is now normal in most cases. In the cases where the disease ‘goes away’ after a few years, then treatment such as steroids or immunosuppressive medicines can be stopped.

Here is another researched document i found okay, hope it helps

ABSTRACT – Myasthenia gravis (MG) in childhood is rare comprising 10 to 20 % of all myasthenic patients. We studied 18 patients with MG whose first symptoms started from 1 to 12 years of age, followed at the Department of Neurology of the UNIFESP-EPM, from January 1983 to August 1997. There were 10 girls and 8 boys (1.2:1). Eleven patients (61%) presented moderate or severe generalized disease and 4 (22%) had at least one myasthenic crisis. EMG with supramaximal repetitive nerve stimulation was diagnostic in 8 (47%) out of 17 patients, and chest CT was normal in 14 patients. Seropositivity to acetylcholine receptor antibodies was found in 81.6% (9 out of 11 tested) and the levels had no relation to clinical severity. Nine out of 16 patients (56%) worsened with pyridostigmine alone and were treated with prednisone. Four out of those nine continued worsening despite steroids and were subjected to thymectomy (all showed thymic lymphoid follicular hyperplasia). Three patients (75%) improved markedly after thymectomy and one (25%) worsened, eventually getting better with intravenous immunoglobulin and oral azathioprine. MG treatment, using all resources available, has to be individualized for each child.

Here are some websites that might be helpful to you

http://www.webmd.com/content/article/7/1680_53869.htm
http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/facts/myastheniagravis.htm
http://www.medscape.com/medline/abstract/15968930

Take care and God bless you and your kid…hope your kid lives a long and healthy life….

Maria asks…

Where in the Bible does is talk about a separation between Man and the Spirit?

First off do not answer this if you have something rude or atheist to say. I will respect your views as someone who disagrees with Christianity if you respect mine as a believer. So, I have a friend who constantly argues with me about religion. We are both of Pentecostal denomination, however she practices as Church of God and I practice as Assembly of God. She constantly says that I’m wrong and that the Bible is the basis of her beliefs. However, some of the things she says sounds like she has heard them from other people in her Church and she has not read them directly from the Bible. I have looked some things up and just cannot find them. For example, she believes that medication is evil and that going to the doctor is wrong because it is man-made. She believes that everything of “Man” is evil and not of God. However, I believe that God made us and that our body is His temple and we are to use it to glorify Him. And I believe that God gave man knowledge and knowledge is power; that He gave man the intelligence to cure illnesses. She also believes that if you say something negative it will happen. For example, if I say that I have a cold…. a legit cold where I’m coughing, have a sore throat, and a runny nose… she quickly rebuttals and says “Chloe, I will not let you speak that death into your life and I rebuke it.” and she says “The only reason you have a cold is because you spoke it into your life.” Where is her Biblical foundation for this? I seriously want to know if there is something I have not seen or is it just a belief of Church of God and “speaking death into situations”? If so can you direct me to some verses? Thank you for your time!

Helen answers:

When we die, our body goes to rot in the Grave and our spirit RETURNS TO GOD WHO GAVE IT (Ecclesiastes 12:7).

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit or I think another version says we will dine well on it (Prov 18:21) I also have a friend who talks this way too.

I believe the above scripture might be wisdom from Solomon in another way because one day we shall have to give an account in the day of judgement of every idle (empty) word we have spoken, but I think it speaks of Salvation and eternal life because it goes on to say, for by your words you will be justified (saved) and by your words you will be condemned (Matt 12: 36 & 37)

You might be interested to hear that there was (and still is) a movement called “The Faith Movement” which believes that God heals us WITHOUT Doctors or medication and if we don’t get healed, they say we don’t have sufficient faith. They go on scriptures such as “By Jesus’ Stripes we were/are healed in 1 Pet 2:24 from Isaiah originally and also scriptures where Jesus said “Your faith has saved you” or “Your faith has made you whole” and “Be it unto you according to your faith” in places such as Matt 9:22, 29: 15:28, Luke 8:48 etc.

The Movement believe we can receive nothing without faith so the less faith we have the less likely we are to be healed etc. The scripture actually says without faith it is impossible to PLEASE GOD because he who comes to God must believe that HE IS, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6) I believe this is speaking of Atheists concerning Salvation. Atheists have no faith because they don’t believe God exists (they don’t believe that HE IS, as scripture says) so they cannot please God because God wants everyone saved (2 Pet 3:9) but without faith they CANNOT be saved, so they won’t diligently seek God and be rewarded with Salvation. I don’t believe it has anything to do with having faith to be healed without medical intervention. As you said, God gave Doctors their knowledge to help all mankind, when Jesus gave gifts unto men (Eph 4:8)

This movement did a lot of damage to folks who sometimes let children die rather than call the Doctor. When they got sued, they stopped saying it was wrong to go to the Doc. Now they say you can go to the Doctor and once he says what is wrong with you, then you begin to confess it away by rebuking it out of your body and rebuking the Devil etc and they say those symptoms are a lie. If we accept the symptoms, we then have the disease. If we rebuke the symptoms, the disease can’t get a grip and you will eventually be healed if you keep on confessing, “By Jesus’ Stripes I am healed” and scriptures such as that.

If a person said they had faith to be healed and then spoke the words, “I have a cold” they believe you have then dug up your faith confession and you will have a cold etc. It’s weird stuff and very dangerous. A lot of ordinary sincere Christians have gotten very disillusioned with Christianity over this teaching and given up on the Lord. It’s very sad and as I say dangerous, because Jesus never told us to preach this stuff. He said preach the Gospel (which is salvation through Him)

You are quite right to stick to the scriptures alone and don’t be swayed. It’s another gospel, not the gospel of Christ. In the meantime, you will find if you enquire, that many Leaders in that Faith Movement went and had Surgery for cancer etc. It’s hypocritical e-mail me if you need more.

Nancy asks…

why do many white people focus on blacks on welfare?

There are more white people on it so why do they act like its just black people. Is it because they just want to put people down.

Helen answers:

Modern welfare states developed through a gradual process beginning in the late 19th century and continuing through the 20th. They differed from previous schemes of poverty relief due to their relatively universal coverage. The development of social insurance in Germany under Bismarck was particularly influential. Some schemes, like those in Scandinavia, were based largely in the development of autonomous, mutualist provision of benefits. Others were founded on state provision. The term was not, however, applied to all states offering social protection. The sociologist T.H. Marshall identified the welfare state as a distinctive combination of democracy, welfare and capitalism. Examples of early welfare states in the modern world are Germany, all of the Nordic Countries, the Netherlands, Australia, Uruguay and New Zealand in the 1930s.

Changed attitudes in reaction to the Great Depression were instrumental in the move to the welfare state in many countries, a harbinger of new times where “cradle-to-grave” services became a reality after the poverty of the Depression. During the Great Depression, it was seen as an alternative “middle way” between communism and capitalism.[7] In the period following the Second World War, many countries in Europe moved from partial or selective provision of social services to relatively comprehensive coverage of the population.

The activities of present-day welfare states extend to the provision of both cash welfare benefits (such as old-age pensions or unemployment benefits) and in-kind welfare services (such as health or childcare services). Through these provisions, welfare states can affect the distribution of wellbeing and personal autonomy among their citizens, as well as influencing how their citizens consume and how they spend their time.[8][9]

After the discovery and inflow of the oil revenue, Saudi Arabia,[10][11] Brunei, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates all became welfare states.

In the United Kingdom, the beginning of the modern welfare state was in 1911 when David Lloyd George suggested everyone in work should pay national insurance contribution for unemployment and health benefits from work.

In 1942, the Social Insurance and Allied Services was created by Sir William Beveridge in order to aid those who were in need of help, or in poverty. Beveridge worked as a volunteer for the poor, and set up national insurance. He stated that ‘All people of working age should pay a weekly national insurance contribution. In return, benefits would be paid to people who were sick, unemployed, retired or widowed.’ The basic assumptions of the report were the National Health Service, which provided free health care to the UK. The Universal Child Benefit was a scheme to give benefits to parents, encouraging people to have children by enabling them to feed and support a family. This was particularly beneficial after the second world war when the population of the United Kingdom declined. Universal Child Benefit may have helped drive the Baby boom. The impact of the report was huge and 600,000 copies were made.

Beveridge recommended to the government that they should find ways of tackling the five giants, being Want, Disease, Ignorance, Squalor and Idleness. He argued to cure these problems, the government should provide adequate income to people, adequate health care, adequate education, adequate housing and adequate employment. Before 1939, health care had to be paid for, this was done through a vast network of friendly societies, trade unions and other insurance companies which counted the vast majority of the UK working population as members. These friendly societies provided insurance for sickness, unemployment and invalidity, therefore providing people with an income when they were unable to work. But because of the 1942 Beveridge Report, in 5 July 1948, the National Insurance Act, National Assistance Act and National Health Service Act came into force, thus this is the day that the modern UK welfare state was founded.

Welfare systems were developing intensively since the end of the World War II. At the end of century due to their restructuration part of their responsibilities started to be channeled through non-governmental organizations which became important providers of social services.[12]

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