"All disease begins in the gut." Hippocrates
Yesterday, I came across the following quote from Henry Blackaby that rang such a chord with me. You see, as of late, God has been working out some wonderful encounters for me to meet families who are looking for answers on how to start changing their diet in order to bring healing to their lives and the lives of their children.
"Wholeness: the whole of a person's being. Jesus did not segment or divide a human being. The root word in Hebrew is the same for salvation and healing. A person in not truly whole unless he is made well in spirit, mind, emotions, and body with all aspects of his being functioning in harmony and unity...We tend to segment human beings. We refer to a person's emotions, thoughts, and will as though a person can think without having an accompanying emotion or impulse to act (even if the action is to think a second thought). We refer to a person's body as if it has a capability of functioning independently of that person's emotions, mind, or spirit." Henry BlackabyThis quote was directed at Mark 2, the chapter I am concentrating on this week during my devotional time. This chapter, if you recall, is the one in which the four friends of the paralytic man lower him through the roof of the house that Jesus is teaching in. At first Jesus tells the man that his sins are forgiven, and then after a bit of controversy He also heals the man's physical ailments. To us today and in the culture in which we live, those two parts of who we are - our heart (what we love and focus our actions and thoughts towards whether it be sinful or righteous) and our physical being (all the parts that work together to help us get up and move around and work each day) - are at a disconnect in who we think of ourselves to be. But, the Hebrews, were onto something more logical than what we in our present day want to consider as the advanced logic of our modern day medicine and higher thinking.
As I have been studying the connection between the brain and the gut a bit more while reading through Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's research on what she calls GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), her worldly medical concerns of how our medical professionals have gotten off track in their pursuits sounds very similar to Henry Blackaby who is voicing a godly concern as a respected theologian and man who seeks to lead others closer into their experiences with God.
"A [medical] specialist in a particular area tends to pay attention to the organs which he or she knows best, ignoring the rest of the body [but]...The body lives and functions as a whole...One should not look at, let alone treat, any organ without taking the rest of the body into account. One area of medicine is particularly prone to look at its organ separately from the rest of the body... is psychiatry...The last thing...would be [to] consider looking at the patient's digestive system...And yet medical history has plenty of examples, where severe psychiatric conditions were cured by simply 'cleaning out' the patient's gut." Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBrideIt is not a wonder that after personally experiencing the transforming power of God's hand, which led me and my family though some miraculous changes mentally and spiritually because of the changes He showed us to make with diet and in our digestive systems (the physical stuff), that people feel the need to talk to me about how they too can seek a more whole way of living through changes in their family's diet. If you want to read more about our stories, you can go to the page above labeled "GAPS and Candida"
God made our bodies. He made our bodies to be His temples here on earth in which He can reside and from which He can shine His light and show Himself to the world that is around us and watching us. We need to take the utmost concern in protecting this temple we have been given and in making sure that we not only keep the spiritual and mental invaders cleaned out, but also its physical invaders. That is what living for God with our whole life is all about.
I will be posting more about GAPS, Candida, and about general gut health in the weeks and months to come so keep checking back to see what new information I have to share as my research continues.