Posts tagged ‘healthy’

September 4, 2012

Health Nuts

by pastortimfowler

Healthy or Nutty?

I read a recent study conducted by Stanford University about how “all natural” foods are not any better for you than those produced using chemical preservatives and fertilizers. I rejoiced because I have been saying this all along. My belief is that the all natural food movement was nothing more than an all natural money-making scheme. The assumption that if it is all natural it is better for you goes against proven science that has been responsible for the average human life span steadily increasing as technology and science better our ability to grow food.
Now I am not saying that there aren’t some foods that are better than others, because we can all give one example or another of an extreme no brainer there. What I am saying is that our ability to produce foods that can feed more people with less farmland is a direct result of many of these chemicals. We have far less crop loss due to bugs than ever before and far less to diseases that are spread through micro-organisms in our food source than ever before. We also have far fewer cases of E-coli and Salmonella with the use of chemical fertilizers than with natural ones.
If the all natural way was so much better for us, why has our life expectancy gotten higher through that years? Why didn’t the pilgrims live much longer and have less diseases? Why don’t people in third world countries live longer than we do?
There is a huge money-making scheme that is feeding on health nuts. All natural remedies can “cure” baldness, colds, obesity, impotence, and about anything else you can think of. The claim that it is all natural over rides the risks that un-regulation of these products brings. I remember years ago when the all natural ephedrine was the big thing in weight loss. Then people started dying from it and the all natural weight loss phenomenon was pulled from the shelves.
All natural does not equal healthy. Here are a few things that are all natural that you don’t want in your food. Poop; a common substitute for chemical fertilizers. For those who don’t understand, poop is all natural and can kill you if ingested. Roaches and flies: Commonly killed by most chemical pesticides but run rampant in all natural food handling facilities. They carry many diseases that can make you sick and can kill you. Rat droppings; I know, technically poop too: Found in these same food handling facilities, can cause many illnesses.
God gave us brains that are amazing at problem solving. Sometimes those problems require synthetic solutions. Many of the prescription drugs that we take are not all natural and give us amazingly good health results. The all natural treatment known as blood-letting was not a very healthy. Neither was eye of newt, bat wings, or herb bags tucked under our pillows.
The fear that is thrown at us is that these artificial products will cause cancer. But if you look back throughout history, everything you can think of has been linked to cancer at one time or another. Cancer happens to people. It is part of being imperfect beings. Cancer scares people and anything can be found to be a link if the study is done the right way. Here is a good example. Did you know that when studied, it was found that over 75% of people who died of cancer between the ages of 55 and 70, had eaten lettuce several times a month over most of their lives? That means, lettuce is linked to cancer, right?
All natural foods cost more money that the normal stuff we eat, yet it doesn’t cost as much to grow it. That means someone is making more money. Could it be that money is behind it? No!!! Not those pure intentioned people in the natural food market. That would be unheard of. The love of money is the root of all evil…naturally. Think about it.

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January 10, 2012

Beautiful Women

by pastortimfowler

Every year, several magazines name the world’s top ten most beautiful women and they always get it wrong because my wife is not on the list. Because of this, I refuse to take anything they say seriously when it comes to beauty. It is obvious that they have no clue of what true beauty is, nor do they really care. Their idea of beauty is what they can manufacture through the sales of the products advertised in their publications. Besides the make-up and surgical enhancements, a computer makes the women of these lists look like they do and it is something that God has never created and intended a woman to look like.
Now let me admit that I love it when the most beautiful woman in the world gets all dressed up and puts on some make-up and fixes her hair and then we go out in public and people stare at me wondering how did I get so lucky. But I love it just as much when I wake up next to this same woman and she has no make-up on and her hair is a bit wild-looking. She is just as beautiful then.
Our church is full of beautiful women too. It is difficult to be a pastor and admit that in a blog that many of our church members say that they read, including the most beautiful woman in the world. But the truth is what it is. I guess it sure beats looking out at a bunch of ugly women every Sunday. But what I was getting at is that these women are beautiful just as they are.
Several of them are on this health kick and have started a Zumba class. I am not sure what that is. All I know is that when they start, they shut and lock the doors and threaten people who dare to come in while the class in going on. From that, I assume it is an anger management class. Nothing like a bunch of beautiful, angry women, locking themselves behind a closed-door, huh?
They also have been gambling. That’s right, in the church. They collect money in a pot to see who will lose the most weight. Silly women, who said that you needed to lose weight anyway? I bet the husbands would rather take you out on a hot date for ice cream with that money than have you come home sweaty, tired, and mad that you didn’t win.
I guess as long as they are doing these things for health reasons and not beauty reasons I am okay with it. I do know that exercise, if it doesn’t cause injury or heart attacks, could be good for you. But, I was watching the football game last night and saw these amazing athletes involved in a game that required them to exercise regularly and several of them got hurt. Meanwhile there was about 90,000 people sitting in seats watching and half of them were fat and out of shape and yet none of them got injured. So perhaps this exercise thing is not what it’s cracked up to be.
Let me stop with the amazingly witty and ingenious humor and get serious for a minute. God made you to be beautiful in His eyes. If you don’t feel that you are beautiful, it is not His fault, it could be that you have been fooled by some people who don’t love you. God loves you. God made the first woman, Eve, before there were even any stores that sold make-up and before there was even a door to hide behind to do Zumba. When He created her, Adam looked at her and said, WO! MAN!, Thus she was called woman, because she was beautiful, without make-up, surgery, or a magazine to tell her or her husband what she should look like. Sure, if you have read the Bible, you know that Adam got to see her naked first, and I am sure that helped with his perception of beauty, but still, she didn’t have to work at it, God made her that way.
So to the beautiful women of my church, who appropriately call themselves “The Body Babes”, zoom on in your Zumba class. Eat as little as you think will help to drop a pound or two. Get healthy and feel good. But at the end of it all, as I sit back and eat my chocolate chip ice cream and cheese curls and I watch the game and those commercials come on trying to convince me that you are not perfectly beautiful, I will turn away from the TV, dip my cheese curl in my ice cream, raise it in a toast, and look at the most beautiful woman in the world.

October 26, 2011

No Accident

by pastortimfowler

A good friend of mine has been in the hospital for the last few days and thankfully he is about to be released. It was really weird the way it happened and how quickly it turned dangerous. One day he is at the doctor for a minor problem, an infection, and the next day he is in ICU because his blood pressure had bottomed out. I will probably regret saying this, but thank goodness his wife kept nagging at him to go to the emergency room and get checked out. I know that she will not call it nagging, but us guys know what I’m talking about.
Whenever this type thing happens it always causes me to reflect on how short this life is and how quickly we can lose it. My friend is a guy about my age, so young, and relatively healthy and a week ago you would have never thought that he would be in the hospital, much less ICU. We can have someone we love with us today and tomorrow God can take them away. It reminds me of this verse from the Bible: James 4:14 You don’t know what will happen tomorrow. What is life? You are a mist that is seen for a moment and then disappears. We rarely think of life this way until we are faced with these things.
So, what are you doing to make the most of this life? If you are like me, I often think about selfish things, like watching the football game or going fishing. But I am talking about making the most of life so that others can have it better. We are put here for a reason and somehow I don’t believe it was to be selfish. If so we are only here by mistake and there is no Creator, and if that’s the case, forget everyone, I’m going fishing.
When faced with the possibility of death being near, we often think, is there anything after this? There are very a few choices for what happens after death. If there is no God, no Creator, no Higher being who has any moral fortitude, then we don’t have to worry about what we do in this life. Unless you believe in reincarnation, but even then if there is no judge of what is a good life, then it is just the luck of the draw. With my luck, I would come back as a cricket or a worm being sold in a bait shop. But if we die and that is it, life just ends, we should not worry about doing anything more than what feels good to self. I can’t even make a good argument for being a good husband and father if there is no moral higher being that we have to answer too when we die.
As a pastor I have had to sit in hospital rooms with people who are dying, both young and old. I can’t recall anyone ever saying that they wished they had done more for themselves, but rather the opposite, they wish they had done more for others. Funny how people closest to death think very seriously about what is after death and those of us who seem to be a long way from death seem to be quite selfish thinking. But with what happened to my friend, healthy one day and in ICU the next, we all should be thinking a little more about how close to death we might really be.
I wrote in my blog yesterday that I wished that people would think a little more for themselves about things instead of listening to what others say. I think that holds true for how we think about God. I believe that there is a Creator who loves me and will judge the things that I have done. I believe that He offers forgiveness because He loves me and that He wants me to know Him. I believe that God wants everyone to know Him and that if we just thought logically, we might have reason to think that perhaps there is a God. Just look at the world around us. It has design and purpose and where there is design and purpose there is a designer. Let me leave you with this to think about.
If you had never seen a watch, but found one as you were walking along the beach one day, would you think that the watch formed by accident? After all, the sand contains the minerals needed to make the watch and the force of the ocean and gravity and the occasional asteroid crashing into the beach would create the heat needed to form the glass and if lightening stuck at the right time it would cause an electrical charge that would power the watch, right? Of course not. Although you couldn’t explain it, you would think that someone made it. Perhaps a watch maker.  And if you searched, you could find this watchmaker or at least someone who knew him or enough about him to learn what the watch was and how to use it.
I can tell you about my Creator, if you really want to know. Life is not an accident.

August 8, 2011

Welcome Bryson Daniel Fowler

by pastortimfowler

It is hard to fathom that today our 7th grandchild was born. Bryson Daniel Fowler, was born via C-section at 3:39pm today. He weighed 7lbs 3ozs and was almost 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing fine, dad is a bit rattled but expected to pull through. Papa is doing fine and should not suffer any ill effects until Mimi starts to spoil him.
God has blessed me beyond my ability to understand. All of my children now have children and they are all awesome! No matter how hard I try, I am at a loss for words to describe this feeling. So I guess I will just say praise God!
Sadly we will have to drive home tonight, but the weekend will be here before we know it and we will be back.
Thanks to everyone for your prayers. Thanks to God for a healthy baby boy! Welcome, Bryson, we are thrilled to have you here!

June 8, 2011

All Natural

by pastortimfowler

The all natural craze of today really bothers me. I hear TV commercials that offer all natural remedies for everything. They usually say something that leads you to believe that because it is all natural, it can’t hurt you. I have news for you. Cobra venom is all natural and it can kill you dead. I understand the desire to be healthier and try to eat better and want to live longer, but all natural is not the cure-all.
One part of the big all natural movement is to eat only vegetables that are grown without the use of artificial fertilizers. The only problem with that is that the natural fertilizer is manure, or as I like to call it, poop. And poop is not good for you. That is why God designed living creatures to get rid of it in a way that did not include the mouth. The last two major e coli break outs were because the all natural farms growing the all natural veggies were using all natural poop.


Isn’t it weird that we will eat plants that feed on poop, but won’t eat a fish that doesn’t eat poop, but just happened to swim in a lake or part of the ocean that had sewage dumped in it. I would think that the all natural crowd would prefer this too.
All natural stuff for the most part, is a ploy to make money. It takes far less money to get poop than man-made fertilizer. Even if you are buying all natural meat, I believe they call it free range, that means the farmer is not buying processed feeds but rather letting the animals eat what is growing naturally. Shouldn’t that cost less? Why does all natural milk, which I like to call cow squeezins, cost more that cows fed with processed stuff and shot full of chemicals to make them healthy?
All natural man is nothing more than a man who is doomed to die and get sick because of sin, not chemicals. Our life expectancy is longer now than it has been since the days of Moses, because we have found un-natural ways to make humans healthier. But no matter how natural or how un-natural we think we are, God said that we are going to die and get sick. But God is a gracious God who allowed man to be smart enough to find artificial ways to fight disease.
Most people I know do not want an all natural anesthesia when they are getting ready for surgery. Most people want an artificial hip to replace their old worn out, natural one. And the antibiotics that work the best are not the all natural ones either.
If people who love the all natural movement are true to the cause they would not shave, they would not brush their teeth, they would not use birth control, (the artificial kind) nor would they watch TV, listen to electronic music, or cook with an electric stove. I am also glad that they are not true to the cause, because this blog is “written” using anything but all natural stuff. Why I am even using some artificial words in this blog just to mess with those who are all natural. WHOOPDY DO!
Not even our salvation is all natural. Can you imagine Jesus as a natural man trying to redeem the world? Natural man is a sinful man. Jesus Christ was not natural, He is SUPERNATURAL!
Give me some meat full of hormones and if there is arsenic in it, I want the fake stuff. I want my cow squeezins radiated and pasturated. I want my veggies grown with good clean fertilizer and no poop. I want my woman washed and smelling good with smelly stuff that kills all of the bacteria that would make her smell all natural and I want her to shave with the finest of artificial lubrication in the shaving cream to make her legs as smooth as a babies all natural butt. I want my man-made money to go as far as it can, as I purchase the things that keep hard-working chemists in America employed through this tough economic time.
And finally, I want all the SUPERNATURAL Jesus I can get, because when it comes to me, I am just better with Him than I can ever be all natural.

April 4, 2011

Sheep Need a Shepherd

by pastortimfowler

Last week I asked for ideas for my blog and someone named Kim gave me this one.
She thinks that the role of a pastor has changed over the last 20 years or so. I disagree. Okay, let me explain. The role of a pastor has never changed because it is one that is defined by God. His word and His job description will not change no matter what century we live in. Now I know what Kim is trying to get to, I am one of the few who can actually understand her. She sees a shift in the way pastors are being perceived and many are carrying out their responsibilities. There is a new wave of leadership in the church and many are taking a very open change in what tradition defined as the role of a pastor.
A pastor has always been closely related to a shepherd. In fact the word pastor comes from the Greek word meaning shepherd. These days we have no idea what that looks like because folks don’t have flocks of sheep everywhere like they use to. That has allowed the job description of a pastor to be manipulated by people and thus pastors have become what man wants not what God intended. So let me tell you some stuff that a shepherd did.
I guess the best description to some it up is this: The shepherd is to provide a safe, healthy environment for sheep to reproduce.
Safe. That means watching out for wolves and lions that want to kill the young and the weak. In a church environment these wolves and lions often take the form of control hungry people. They want the congregation to think that following one leader is bad and instead they split the church into smaller groups and tell them how wrong the shepherd is, thus leading them away from good food and fresh water and the protection of the shepherd.
Healthy. This means ensuring good food and enough food for all to eat. The right food for the young and old alike. Fresh water for all, free of the stuff that hides in stagnation and causes the sheep to puke the good stuff up because of the unseen bad stuff they ingested. And sometimes the worst danger to the entire flock is another sick sheep. Left to mingle with the rest of the flock, that one sick sheep will infect the whole herd if not separated until the sick one gets better. And yes, sometimes that even means permanently separating the sick one from the flock.
Finally, shepherds don’t grow flocks by purchasing more sheep from somewhere else. If you have a safe and healthy flock they will do what God designed them to do. They will reproduce. Healthy, safe sheep love to make babies. They fulfill something that God puts inside of them and the flock grows.
That is what the shepherd does; provides a safe, healthy environment for sheep to reproduce.
Today, there are some pastors who have become business men, sheep shearers, or vets that make the old sheep comfortable until they die. These are not pastors.
But I am thrilled to say that there is a growing desire to be a shepherd again in the church. Pastors are letting others worry about the things that were drawing them away from being shepherds of the flock and learning a valuable lesson…When the shepherd provides a safe, health environment and sheep are reproducing, the sheep love the shepherd and will follow him where he leads.
It is not complicated and it works. It is God’s design and that is why it works.
To my flock I say, I will do my best to keep the wolves and lions away and make sure that there is good food and water and that your health is good so that you can, eat, drink, and make babies!