January 20, 2017

Complete Relief from MCS Disease

We often hear some version of the following claim, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything,” or its positive expression, “If you have your health, you’ve got everything.” There is no question that our physical health is vitally important to our overall well-being!

For many, chemical sensitivities pose a real threat to their health—and probably for all of us, even more than we know.

it's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heartBut I’d like to challenge the above claim, not to discredit it or diminish its importance, but to contrast it with a disease and sickness that threatens even more than health itself. In all reality, other physical diseases pale in comparison to the devastating effects of this disease.

The disease I’m referring to results each year in thousands of murders, tens of thousands of rapes, and hundreds of thousands of robberies in the US. But this sickness is not just confined to “criminals.” This disease manifests itself in child and spousal abuse, road rage, bigotry, outbursts of anger, and malicious lawsuits.

This illness destroys families, wrecks marriages, ruins relationships, alienates friends, and divides a nation. Its more subtle symptoms surface as arrogance, greed, cheating, lying, unforgiveness, ungratefulness, vulgarity, profanity, and lack of love, mercy, or self-control.

Not only is this disease horrible in its symptoms, manifestations, and outcomes, but it is terrible in its dominance. There is no portion of the population that has been spared from infection. Contamination is universal.

In fact, as humans, we’re genetically predisposed to this disease. There’s no avoiding it. We may each exhibit its symptoms in varying degrees, but we’re all capable and culpable. We are all infected. We all stand guilty.[1]

In contrast to harmful chemicals, viruses and bacteria that threaten our health from outside of us, Jesus Christ explained, “It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”[2] Obviously, I’m talking about the pervasive spiritual disease of sin.

But as is often the case with a diagnosis, one of the initial responses is denial. In the case of this spiritual disease, we express denial in many ways: “I’m not as bad as so-and-so.” Or, “Sin’s not a real disease.” Or, “I’m not a bad person.” Or, “Who says I have this disease?”

Sadly, it’s possible for a person to have their health, but not have much else. After all, what is physical health if we have no one to enjoy it with? What is freedom from illness, cancer, or MCS if our lives are still plagued by the awful effects of sin? Jesus asked, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”[3]

In an article on multiple chemical sensitivities, the author asserts that…[4]

“Most serious health problems come from difficult relationships between people.” Click to Tweet.

Perhaps we’ve all experienced the gut-wrenching torment of a broken relationship and the havoc it wreaks on us physically, emotionally and spiritually. This is sin-induced stress.

I’m not saying that all stress stems from sin, but often it does. Feelings of guilt, remorse, regret, anxiety, fear, anger, envy, jealousy, etc. are often prompted by sin in our lives or by that imposed on us by others. These emotions create stress in our lives and we know that stress aggravates MCS.[5] From this perspective, addressing sin in our lives may help relieve or prevent an MCS reaction.

In fact, until we resolve the issue of sin in our lives, we find ourselves in opposition to God. Our sin creates a rift in our relationship with him, so that we’re estranged from him. Depending on our spiritual sensitivities, we may or may not even be aware of this broken relationship—but it exists.[6]

Fortunately, God loves us too much to leave us guilt-ridden and helplessly “sick” in our sin. The passage below refers to Christ and what he has done for us to remedy our plight.

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.[7]

This is why God sent his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sins. He suffered to pay the penalty for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God.[8] Obviously, if it took the death of God’s Son to break the power of sin, then there’s nothing you or I can do to earn or merit this priceless gift. Instead, Christ offers us forgiveness from our sins and restored relationship with his Father if we put our trust in him.[9]

Trusting Christ for the forgiveness of sin may not heal your MCS, but it definitely can heal the much more deadly disease of sin. Also, in relationship with Christ, he offers love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.[10] These virtues transcend MCS in importance and may even provide some relief and prevention from its ill-effects.

My intent is not to belittle or diminish the suffering you might be experiencing from a physical ailment like MCS. But I encourage you to experience whole-person healing and health—not merely of your physical body, but emotionally and spiritually as well. Christ extends forgiveness of sin freely for all who call on him. Trust in Christ today and experience healing from sin and its ravages.

You’ll also discover that Jesus cares deeply about you and your physical and emotional suffering due to MCS. The comfort and encouragement he gives can give you stamina and tremendous relief.

I can say with conviction, “If you have Christ, you really do have everything.”[11]

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Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.
Sources:
[1] Romans 3:10, 23, Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
[2] Mark 7:15, Holy Bible. New Living Translation (NLT) copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007, 2013 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
[3] Mark 8:36, NIV.
[4] Curezone, “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – MCS Cause,” nd, http://www.curezone.com/dis/read.asp?C0=83.
[5] CureZone, “Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – MCS – Prevention & Curing Protocol,” nd, http://www.curezone.com/dis/1.asp?C0=83.
[6] Ephesians 4:18, NIV.
[7] Isaiah 53:4-5, NIV.
[8] Romans 5:10, NIV.
[9] Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-9, NIV.
[10] Galatians 5:22-23, NLT.
[11] Philippians 3:7-9, NIV.

Cause and Effects of Low Testosterone

By Dr. Richard A. DiCenso

What is Testosterone?

Testosterone is one of a family of hormones called androgens. Best known for their masculinizing effects, androgens first kick into action during the embryonic stages of life. An embryo is conceived when a female egg is fertilized with a male sperm. Androgens are a naturally occurring sex hormone that is produced by the ovaries, adrenal glands and other tissues. Androgen plays a key role in regulating certain bodily functions, including the growth spurt at puberty. It is believed to regulate the function of many organs, including the reproductive tract, kidneys, liver and muscles. The egg and sperm each donate a single sex chromosome to the embryo, an X chromosome from women, and an X or Y chromosome from men.

If the combination of these sex chromosomes is XX, then the embryo will be female. If it’s XY, the embryo will be male. Though in fact, it’s not until the sixth week of development that XX or XY embryos are anatomically defined. Before this the human fetus is essentially sexless, possessing a set of “indifferent” genitalia. One interpretation of this is that all embryos begin as female. Testosterone makes the difference, influencing the growth of male genitalia, while the female component of the indifferent genitalia degenerates.

Testosterone tends to be identified with masculine stereotype

According to some, the intimate association between testosterone and male identity starts early. This inference that testosterone equals male, while absence of testosterone equals female, is well-entrenched in the layers of our culture.  But, the reality is that testosterone is a girl’s hormone, too.

We have been conditioned to box our hormones into those that belong to men, and those that belong to women. Estrogen and progesterone are the so-called female sex hormones, and testosterone, the so-called primary male sex hormone. With that we assign our hormones impossible gender roles. But of course, gender is not that simple and nor are our hormones.

It turns out men and women produce exactly the same hormones, only in different amounts. Men’s bodies generate more than twenty times more testosterone than women, an average of 7 milligrams per day. Women, via mainly their ovaries and adrenal glands, make a tiny 3/10 of 1 milligram of testosterone per day.

But it may come as a surprise to know that women’s ovaries primarily produce testosterone, from which estrogen is then made. This ovarian production accounts for one-quarter of the total circulating testosterone in a woman’s body. At first glance, this might appear to suggest that women naturally have less estrogen than men.However, with the help of an aromatase enzyme, estrogen is also produced in your fat and muscle cells both before and after menopause. Aromatase is an enzyme found in the liver, responsible for the conversion of the androgens into the estrogens. Inhibiting aromatase can cause the body to produce less estrogen and maintain a higher testosterone state.

Your estrogen levels are not totally dependent on your ovaries, there are a lot of other factors that come into play, like your diet and body composition.

While these numbers may appear to be a bit confusing at first, they basically translate to the fact that women have about 1/10 the amount of testosterone found in men.

Conversely, men’s bodies produce their own estrogen, converted by their tissues from their testosterone. In reality, testosterone is as much a woman’s sex hormone as it is a man’s.

What Does Testosterone Actually Do?

Testosterone is considered to be the principal male hormone, playing an important role in the development and maintenance of typical masculine characteristics, such as facial hair, muscle mass and a deeper voice. In men, testosterone plays a key role in the development of male reproductive tissues such as the testis and prostate, as well as promoting secondary sexual characteristics such as increased muscle, bone mass and the growth of body hair.

So, why would women want testosterone? The fact is, women produce it too, and it has more positive influences than you might think. Testosterone is essential for health and well-being in women, as well. In women, studies show that it helps maintain muscle and bone and contributes to sex drive or libido and aids in the prevention of osteoporosis.

Is More Testosterone Better?

Not necessarily! In fact, over the past decade researchers have found elevated testosterone levels to influence a person’s tendency towards

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