Voices in My Head

I hear voices. They are in my head. If you’re honest, you hear voices too. It is given to man to hear voices, lest we miss that still small voice within us. Similarly, it is imperative that we learn to recognize the voices in our heads, lest we take ownership of every single one. From before exiting the womb, my soul has been subjected to the voices of others. I had no control, nor frame of reference, for the nature and persuasions of those voices.

An acquaintance of mine checked himself into the psychiatric ward of a hospital some years ago. I don’t really know his reasons, he said he felt overwhelmed by life and decided to drop out for season. In hindsight this seems to have been a mistake, psych ward admittance is no small stigma on one’s record. During a visit, he told me he heard voices in his head, suggesting to him that he was of no use to anyone and would never amount to anything in life. I argued with him. Surely every soul is valuable under heaven, to someone, somewhere, somehow. God had need of him in the here and now. My earnest attempts at encouragement most likely we’re received as plebeian platitudes, I could not compete with such deep grooves in his wax.

I asked my friend if he told the hospital workers about the voices. “Oh no, you don’t do that here. You don’t say you hear voices. And they will ask you, it’s one of the first questions on their little clip boards. They’re very interested in your voices. But you never, ever say that you hear voices.” When I pressed him, he explained that he had become friendly with another young man in his ward, who also heard voices. “I told him to keep quiet about it. But he didn’t. When he was a no-show for our game of chess, I asked about him. The worker said he had been moved to the ‘blue wing’.” Stronger chemicals in the blue wing, I assumed. Perhaps they were merely washing his brain out of talkers.

It is no secret that, through mass media outlets and education establishments, we are all brainwashed. If we’re wise, we’ll choose that which washes over our brains with discretion and no small amount of intention. It’s important that the voices in one’s head be of value. For those we must search. There is seemingly no end to the negative programming that gets carved into our minds, from cradle to grave. Psychologists will tell you that replacing a bad habit with a good one is easier than trying to drop the habit cold. We squeeze out those things which are crippling when we fill our vessels with thoughts and activities intended to produce good fruit; victory by starving the baddies for time and attention. It is written, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” It would not be incorrect to consider the first half of that statement on it’s own: faith comes by hearing. It is analogous to a spoonful of cough remedy. We may whinge and wince at the taste but, once swallowed, the medicine produces results. Similarly, whatever we allow into our conscious minds most certainly finds place in our long-term subconscious minds. Et voilá, we are programmed.

If we spend our listening hours in the company of detractors, we become down on ourselves by internalizing their estimations of us. No shame to the detractors, they are expressing their own programming; forgive and be forgiven. If we tune in to the news of the world, which is known to be produced with agenda back of it, we shall become angry and fearful…whereas everyone I know would prefer to be joyful and at peace. It cannot be otherwise, God is not mocked, we reap what is sown. So we must sow in our own gardens seed of our own choosing.

I continue to hear voices in my head. Most are ones I’ve invited in, a conscientious self-programming in accordance with those concepts I consider most valuable. There are other voices occasionally, spiritual entities connected to other programmers, controllers, tyrants. Those are like weeds and must be silenced immediately. Emerson wrote that “a man is what he thinks about all day long.” Before him, the writer of Proverbs illuminated the same truth: as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. These concepts bear out as self-evident after only a few years in one’s skin. We are the products of the thoughts we think.

Let us think well, with conviction toward the desired end of prospering. Let us think love. Confucius say, “The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” The apostle Paul expressed this notion most excellently in his letter to a church in Philippi, that we do well to meditate upon uplifting and honorable things, so as not to become bogged down in bleak despair. There is no shortage of valuable voices. We have only to seek them, study them for truth and internalize them. If we do not, we most certainly become the product of someone else’s intentions. And who’s to say they have our best interests at heart?

Voices in My Head

YOUR GUT LEAKS? OMG!

I learned of a new concept in the last few months.  As I’ve said, I have very few health issues over the last 20 years.  By God’s kindness I have a mother who taught biology in the local school, educating us in good nutrition at home.  The vast majority of my family and friends are very healthy too.  I would love to believe it’s by their association avec moi, but surely one may not be so vain.  So it came as a surprise to me in late 2015 that there was an already-well-known malady commonly referred to as “leaky gut”.  The bigger surprise was that so many people suffer this debilitation, with an estimated 80% of Americans having some degree of the syndrome, this according to health watchers on the internet.

Increased intestinal permeability, as Leaky Gut Syndrome is also called, is a situation in which one’s intestines have become so weakened as to allow the passing-through of larger particles than is beneficial to the rest of the body.  These particles can include partially digested food matter, even toxic waste which should be moved through and expelled.  In many cases this will cause inflammation and an immune response, and here the trouble really picks up speed.  In progressive cases, the elements passing through an overly permeable gut can turn up in just about any system of the body.  Common symptoms of LGS may include poor digestion, food allergies, inflammation, headaches, weight gain, skin disorders, chronic pain, brain fog, adrenal fatigue, thyroid irregularities.  This is not a conclusive list, but you get the idea.  Our colon is the manufacturing plant of nutrients to be dispatched for use in the body.  These nutrients are distributed through the blood, deposited in all the critical life systems of our vessel.  Leaky gut is like allowing known contagions into your home where they may work their destruction unchecked.  To my way of thinking, this is unacceptable; code red.

Here’s a riddle: the current Wikipedia entry for “leaky gut syndrome” still claims that LGS is actually a “hypothetical…condtion”, and that the scientific community generally doesn’t recognize the existence of “credible evidence” that diseases may be caused by a so-called leaky gut.  Rather LGS is considered, by some, a quack’s theory used to peddle magic powders.  If it weren’t for the numerous testimonies I’ve either heard or read, I might have laughed such an ailment out of class myself.  But what’s this?  Another Wikipedia entry, “leaky gut”, essentially pulls the previous punch.  On one page we find the same no-evidence statement, preceded immediately by a section which states that evidence exists to show that “nutritional depletion results in increased intestinal permeability”.  One can readily see where confusion might set in.

So often the case, any alternative practitioner outside the established medical model is open to ridicule.  As an aside, one of the telling points in a flawed argument is the presence of an ad hominem attack.  Hippocrates’ quote comes to mind: all disease begins in the gut.  Surely the scientific community hasn’t departed from this maxim.  If so, a body might wonder if the Hippocratic oath, in it’s original intent, is of no further interest either.  The argument could be made.  Back to the main point.

To quote another inspired soul, Albert Einstein said that “we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.  In other words, our great grannys knew that one doesn’t get sick because the body is deficient in prescribed or over-the-counter synthetic chemistry.  So many elders in my childhood promoted the concept, “we are what we eat”.  I offer no argument here.  If disease begins in the gut, it stands to reason that health can be allowed to flourish in the gut, touching all areas of the body, even the mind.  Not all cases are the same, someone may be deeper in the trap than another.  But there is no substitute for excellent nutrition and adequate exercise.  But what if you are caught in the trap?  Perhaps you’re unwilling or unable to change eating and exercise habits.  What then?

Nutritional supplementation seems a good bridge from poor health to excellent health.  I personally pop as few pills as possible and, if something does go down the hatch, I must know that it was worth the pop.  Sometimes all it takes is assisting the body toward proper balance in order to get someone on the track toward optimal health.  Supplements can be considered a means for priming the pump for the sake of longevity.

The reason I chose to independently promote the products offered by PLEXUS WORLDWIDE is because I have recognized that they have an effect, I notice results.  I have improved my own life, and have seen improvement in those around me, simply by adding some of their supplements to the daily routine.  The company monitors the quality of it’s product carefully.  And a major area of interest to the company and it’s customers is Leaky Gut Syndrome.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with LGS or another digestive issue, do yourself and them a favor by considering a quality probiotic supplement right away.  A probiotic worth taking will reduce disease-causing microbial populations (including yeast) in the intestines, while maintaining a healthy level of beneficial flora.  An excellent partner with that would be something to help cleanse the colon of disease-causing toxic residue or build-up.  I can recommend PLEXUS’ Pro Bio 5 and their Bio Cleanse as well worth taking.  The reason a cleanser is important is that, as the probiotic is breaking down harmful microbes and build-up, we need to eliminate that material from the colon.  Otherwise, as we like to say at home, it’s like scrubbing a filthy toilet but never flushing the bowl.  Ew.

You may contact me with questions via the comments section here, or visit http://www.shopmyplexus.com/borarew to learn more about what PLEXUS products can do for you.  It could make the difference between a measurable return to good living, or a slow and aggravated wearing-out of your body.  Please don’t put off your good health.

 

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YOUR GUT LEAKS? OMG!