Type 2 Diabetes – The Best Time to Eat Carbohydrates

Sometimes it may seem like there is too much fuss about carbohydrates. Rarely, if ever, are they neglected in a diet or nutrition conversation? But is their importance overstated? And just how accurate is the information spread about carbohydrates?These are profound questions beyond the scope of this discussion. That said, we will touch on these topics indirectly as we talk about timing and consumption of carbohydrates.

Type 2 diabetics are aware their carbohydrate intake has an effect on their body’s blood sugar. Which leads us to our first point: carbohydrates need not be totally avoided, because they are not altogether harmful. It is only under certain circumstances the situation gets out of hand leading to a continual rise in blood sugar and in turn pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. Being…

  • physically inactive,
  • eating an unhealthy diet containing too many sugary foods, and
  • lacking in control of portion sizes,

are some of the culprits.

Timing and the consumption of carbs are essential to healthy living. By choosing to eat your carbs at the wrong time, you leave yourself vulnerable to elevated blood sugar and weight gain, which act as catalysts in the development of Type 2 diabetes.

In short, you should aim to consume most of your carbohydrates around the time you engage in physical activity. Eating carbs before exercise will give you a boost in energy, which is useful if you are going to have a moderate to an intense workout. A fruit like an apple or banana is an excellent choice.

More importantly, the carbs you consume after exercise will be used to replenish the carbohydrates your body spent for energy. Provided you do not over consume, eating carbohydrates after exercising is beneficial to the body. A blood sugar spike following a workout is not harmful because nutrient partitioning is necessary at this time.

Furthermore, it is unlikely you will eat all of your daily carbohydrates before or after exercise: this is why it is important to eat healthy sources throughout the rest of the day. Complex carbs such as…

  • whole grains,
  • oats,
  • fruits, and
  • vegetables

do not have adverse effects on blood sugar. Not to mention they contain vitamins and minerals as well.

Carbohydrates are essential. And the importance of their timing and consumption should not be understated.

You will be doing yourself many favors health wise if you structure most of your carbohydrate intake around your exercise routines. Whether it is a walk, a jog, or a resistance training routine is irrelevant. After all, by this point in time, you already know you have no choice but to exercise in some way if you expect to be healthy.

Eight Ways to Put More Movement Into Your Day

Many of us don’t have time for formal exercise. So, how can we get even some exercise every day to reap all the health benefits that we should in order to be happy and healthy.

In this article, I will outline ten ways to put more movement into your day. The good news is that you can incorporate these new ways of behaving into your usual routine by simply changing a few things in your day.

We all think that exercising has to be hard, and it has to take a lot of effort and preparation for it to be most beneficial to our health. However, this is not the case at all.

The most successful form of exercise is easy and practical. But what is more it can fit right into our daily routine without a lot of difficulty.

Here are a few things to try to bring more movement into your daily routine.

1. Avoid all escalators and elevators. The best way to put in a bit more movement into your day is to walk up the stairs as much as possible.

2. Park further away from the entrance of a shopping mall or doctor’s office and walk if possible. This will put in more movement into your day and help you feel a lot more in control of your health.

3. Do you go for a cup of coffee or to your work cafeteria for lunch? If you do, go there by jogging slowly, enough for you to get out of breath.

4. If you work in an office, try working at a treadmill desk. Not only will you be more productive but you will also be getting some exercise.

5. Whenever the phone rings, stand up and walk around when you talk on the phone.

6. Consider getting a desk that allows you to do your work standing up. If you spend two hours a day standing, you are doing what the experts are now recommending for optimal health and well-being.

7. When you are brushing your teeth, flossing, shaving your face, combing your hair or taking a shower, get in the habit of doing some in place walking or squats. Bend your knees as if you were going to sit down and maintain that position until you get tired.

8. Walk every time that you can. Walking is a wonderful way to stay fit and have all the health benefits that you so much deserve.

By taking these steps, you will be putting some added steps into your day. And who knows you may even be adding so many new steps that you will be healthier, more fit, and happier. This is a recipe for good health and well-being.

Tip – I Just Set the Alarm on My Timex Ironman Watch and I Can’t Turn the Darn Thing Off!

Hope you didn’t set it too early.

Haven’t we all had moments like this!

You had nothing but the best intentions of course, when you set yourTimex IRONMAN Watch for 6:30am. You were determined to do that morning run if it killed you!

Of course best intentions are all good, but when 6:30am rolled around, your first reaction was predictable wasn’t it… at that moment in time, you wanted nothing better than to DESTROY your Timex IRONMAN watch, or at least turn that darn beeping off so as to squeeze another hour of sleep in before work!

Ok, so you probably (somehow) managed to turn the thing off. Or maybe you took the easier route and just pulled your pillow tightly over your ears until the damn thing stopped, and it worked.. Briefly, but now the #@”! thing goes off EVERY morning at 6:30am like, er… clockwork! Arrrrgggg! why do those IRONMAN watches have to be so efficient??

While I’ve heard a sledgehammer is a common solution to this common problem, please don’t despair, for I show you a way to unset your alarm that does not involve the mutilation of your timepiece.

The standard Timex IRONMAN watch looks something like the layout below:

(I cannot show a picture here, so please refer to the link in my signature)

Please note: I am attempting to keep this information as general as possible, however there are many Timex IRONMAN watch models on the market and this information might not apply precicely to every single model out there. I do believe the ALARM function works in a similar way in many IRONMAN watches and what I say here will apply in most cases.

Ok, so when the alarm is going off, simply pressStart/Split orStop/Reset to disarm the alarm. To know when your alarm is armed, a clock icon will appear on the face of your Timex watch, when disarmed, the clock will disappear. If the alarm goes off and you make the mistake of waiting it out in the hope it will go away, a back-up alarm will fire up five minutes later for further tormentation.

So now the quick fix is out of the way, here is how to turn the alarm off permanently:

  • press the MODE button until you are in ALARM mode
  • press SET/RECALL to configure the alarm
  • PressSTOP/RESET (-) orSTART/SPLIT (+) to cycle through alarms
  • When you have selected the alarm you wish to erase, hold down STOP/RESET (-) to clear the selected alarm.

Ahh peace of mind at last!

Oh, and if you were actually wondering how to SET the alarm, be sure to look out for this topic on my blog soon.

Rod

Getting Ready For Baby – A Newborn Checklist

Having everything you need for baby ready to go before you bring your newborn home is a wise thing for a new parent to do. But what to get for a newborn baby?

Keep in mind that you never really need as much as you think you will. Be realistic. Do you really need a bottle warmer? If you’re a parent who can afford it and you want it even if you don’t need it, then go for it. Just know that in a few months you’re probably going to be reselling it because you’ve realized that some things are more trouble than they’re worth.

I advise having the nursery set up, with supplies in place, clothes washed and ready to go, three to four weeks before your due date. That way, even if your baby comes early, you’ll be prepared. It’s so much easier to come home from the hospital when you know you’ve got everything you need on hand.

Below is a list of the essential must haves for your baby’s comfort and safety.

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT

• Bassinet, Co-Sleeper/Crib or a Pack and Play for your bedroom.

For the first 12 weeks, you’ll be feeding your baby every 2 to 4 hours so having him in your room will help keep you from having to shuffle back and forth to the nursery. It ‘s also nice for keeping your baby cuddled up and close by. Your newborn has just come from a compact space, so they like to feel snug. I recommend using the bassinet instead of the crib until your baby can turn over or there is no longer room for him to stretch. You’ll only need it in the early months, but you’ll be really happy to have it!

• Crib and Mattress

When your baby outgrows the bassinet it’s time for a crib. Be sure to buy one that meets current safety standards and make sure that the mattress fits snugly against the sides so that baby can’t wiggle or get wedged under.

• Baby sling

Every mom I know SWEARS by a sling or some type of carrier. It allows you to be mobile and still keep your baby physically connected to you. Be sure it provides proper neck and head support, and is made of a washable fabric. It should feel comfortable on you and permit you to carry your baby facing in or out. In the beginning, you’ll want to have her facing in. As she gets older, she’ll want to face out so she can see the world.

• Changing mat

This is a plastic pad that you put down in order to change your baby. You can put a towel on top or use a cover so your baby won’t feel the cold plastic. If you have the budget, you an also purchase a changing table, although it’s really not a necessity. The amount of time you will use it is very short.

• Infant Carrier/Car Seat/Stroller

I’m a big fan of the ‘system’. It’s a carrier that connects to the car and stroller attachments. They make it so much easier for you and the baby to go from home to car and to stroller. Be sure to get your car seat inspected or installed at the hospital where you will be delivering. You will not be able to leave the hospital with your newborn without a proper car seat so have this installed 1-week before your due date if you can.

• High Chair

You won’t need a high chair until your baby is at least 5-6 months old so you might want to hold off on this purchase for awhile.

• Baby Bumbo Sitter

Once your baby is about 3 months old and has some neck control, this is great! They can sit it in it for everything.

• Baby Bath Tub

It’s important to start off with a small bath tub because in a small space with just a little bit of water, you gain confidence in how to hold and handle your baby. I love those that have the sling because until about 3 or 4 months old they don’t have any neck control. The sling helps you keep them in place.

• Bouncy/vibrating seat and/or swing

Having somewhere safe to put your infant while you cook or get dressed is vital and babies love the motion they provide.

OTHER EQUIPMENT TO CONSIDER

• Large comfortable rocking chair

• Sound Machine – These are great for helping to soothe your baby. They play sounds from the mothers womb, water sounds, sounds from nature etc. They even come inside of soft stuffed animals.

• Baby Monitoring System – There are many options out there now including video monitoring systems so you can see the baby in his or her crib. Dual monitors or multiple monitors are a must if you have multiple levels in your home or your master bedroom is on a different level altogether. There are also remote pager systems so you can clip it on and listen as you go room to room.

• Breast Pump & Accessories

• Nursing Pillows – I like the Boppy. It can be used by the baby too, so it serves multiple purposes. The Brest Friend, however provides good support and leverage and has a strap you can tie around you if you need to be mobile. It also has a pouch that zips to put things in.

• CD Player with Head Phones and Audio Books – For you when you’re up in the night with the baby

• Baby Car Mirror – Since kids are rear-facing until they are about a year old and/or 20+ lbs., I love this. It allows you to see your baby through your rearview mirror. Some of them will even entertain your baby with lights and songs.

• Activity Mat or Baby Gym/ crib mobile – If you get a mobile for the crib or pack n play, make sure it’s colorful and musical. The same goes for activity mats. Be sure the toys include mirrors and sounds.

ESSENTIAL LINENS

I highly recommend all cotton. It’s soft and can be washed in hot water to sterilize. Everything should be washed with a mild detergent, like Dreft, before coming in contact with your baby. During the first six months, wash babies clothes separately from the other laundry. The baby’s bedding should keep your newborn comfortable and safe. Use only quality, breathable materials and avoid fluffy things until your baby is able to move items like blankets from his/her face.

• 3 stretch cotton-fitted sheets for the bassinet, and later for the crib

• 4 cotton blankets that can be used for swaddling

• 3 warmer blankets

• 2 mattress pads

• Lots of burp cloths (cloth diapers) that can be used for wiping up spit up and all kinds of messes

• 2 Hooded towels and washcloths

ESSENTIAL CLOTHING

When it comes to babies clothing, it’s all about layers. One key thing to know is that babies can’t regulate their temperature very well until they’re about six moths old. It’s very easy for them to get overheated or too cold. It’s up to you to keep the temperature right through layering of clothes and the use of blankets.

Think about the practicality and ease of dressing. Make sure the crotch opens easily for diaper changing. Soft and easy to change outfits are recommended since you will probably be changing your baby several times a day.

• 4-6 sleepers

• 5-7 one piece garments

• 3-4 gowns/kimonos

• 5-7 comfortable day outfits

• 8-10 undershirts

• 3-4 bibs

• 4-5 pairs of socks or booties

• 3 cotton caps/hats

• 2 sweaters if it’s winter

• 1 snowsuit or fleece if it’s winter

Optional – A sleep sack. These are making their way over from Europe — they’re a brilliant way to keep baby warm at night without blankets, which baby can kick off. It’s like a sleeping bag, but it has open arms for ventilation and a zippered bottom so diaper changes are still easy.

ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES

• Diapers – Your baby will go through roughly five thousand diapers before he’s potty trained! And in the early days you may be changing your baby up to 12 times a day. Whether you plan to use disposables, recycled, cloth or a diaper service, be sure to have plenty on hand.

• Diaper wipes – I like the unscented ones for the first several months

• Diaper Bag – Get a nice durable bag with large pockets and make sure that it always has:

• 4-5 Diapers

• Diaper wipes

• Cloth diaper/ burp cloths for cleaning up spit up and spills

• Diaper sacks for dirty diapers

• Diaper rash cream

• Antibacterial gel to clean your hands

• Changing pad

• One change of clothing from head to toe

• Spare pacifier

• 1 Bib

• A couple of soft toys and rattles

• 1 bottle of water that can be used for making a bottle

• 1 -2 bottles

• Formula

ESSENTIALS FOR BREAST FEEDING

• 2-4 nursing bras

• One box of disposable breast pads

• Nipple cream

• Either an electric breast pump or a hand pump

• Breast milk storage containers

• A kit or bag to put your milk bottles in and ice packs

• At least 2 bottles

• A Good Support Book – I like ‘The Womanly Art Of Breastfeeding’ by The La Leche League

ESSENTIALS FOR BOTTLE FEEDING AND PUMPING

• 6-8 slow flow or bent-neck bottles with soft nipples

• Bottle Brush & Optional Sanitizing System- It’s important to thoroughly wash bottles after every use and then sanitize bottles at least every 2-3 months. You’ll also want to sterilize your breast pump parts if you are pumping.

OTHER ESSENTIALS

• Baby thermometer

• Baby soaps and lotions

• Tearless shampoo

• Bath toys

• Baby oil

• Diaper rash Ointment

• Vaseline

• Sterile cotton balls

• Baby nail scissors/clippers

• Baby brush/comb

• Rubbing alcohol

• Q-tips

• 3-4 pacifiers

• Nose Suction Bulb syringe – usually supplied by the hospital so be sure to take it

• Hypoallergenic (dye-free) laundry detergent which is mild.

• Night lite

• Several Good Parenting Books – I like ‘Secrets Of The Baby Whisperer’ By Tami Hoag and ‘The Happiest Baby On The Block’ by Harvey Karp

Being prepared for your newborn will help eliminate as much as possible those worries you may have about being a parent so you can enjoy the process. It’s so much easier to feel confident about coming home from the hospital when you know you’ve got everything you need on hand. Enjoy your new little baby!

Benefits Of Taking Home Remedies

Do you really think that taking a pill to treat any illness is best solution? If yes, then you should think once again. Might be you are not aware of the power of home remedies and other natural treatments.

Natural remedies are that we have easily found in own house, you can get these remedies through different natural sources like herbs, fruits, vegetables, spices etc. Such kinds of remedies are very beneficial to cure and treat various common and chronic diseases. Here we describe many advantages of taking home remedies.

Benefits of taking Home Remedies

No Side effects:

This is the main reason that natural remedies are more recommended rather than manufactured drugs and medicines. It does not contain any side effects and easily taken for long time. Many people have allergies from the drugs, for that people these remedies are very effective. Even natural remedies does not contain any chemical or impurities, thats why taking homemade remedies are more safe and beneficial.

Easy to get:

You can easily get these remedies in your home. Most of the spices like turmeric, ginger, fenugreek seed, cinnamon etc. are easily found in your kitchens which are using to treat many common diseases. Even you can use many fruits and green vegetables as natural cure for several illnesses.

Cheapest option:

Homemade remedies are less expensive as compared to other manufactured medicines. You can easily make in their house and intake it without any prescription. Other then drugs and medicine are too expensive and their is also risk of side effects also.

Very effective:

No doubt natural remedies are very effective and even one single remedy could be used to treat different kinds of diseases. For example natural remedies used to treat heartburn, stomach ache, toothache, pimples, blood pressure, diabetes, depression, diarrhea, skin allergies, headache etc. and used to treat for many more diseases.

Clean:

Ingredients used to prepare for these remedies are natural and clean. For home remedies you use raw material as you use for cooking in your kitchen. On the other hand we don’t know about the ingredients of manufactured drugs and how they made.

So that conclusion is very much clear, taking homemade remedies instead of other drugs and medicines is more safe and beneficial. Besides this other natural therapies also available like acupuncture, yoga, aromatherapy etc. These options are also proven very effective to treat many diseases. So No need to visit doctor every time, you can use these natural cure in your own home without any risk.

Discover Foods That Help Constipation To Get Things Moving Again

Foods that help constipation…

Indeed, for some four millions unlucky Americans, constipation is a chronic problem and of course if you happen to be one of the four million you’re probably less concerned about what has made you constipated than about how to get things moving again. Therefore, let’s discuss foods that help constipation.

Befriend fiber. Begin your road to recovery by eating a high-fiber diet daily such as fresh fruits, raw green leafy vegetables whole-grain oatmeal, and brown rice. In addition, eat whole grains, sweet potatoes, peas, okra, kale, garlic, carrots, cabbage, beans, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus. The most common cause of constipation is a diet low in fiber. Foods that contain high amounts of soluble fiber include adzuki beans, barley, dried beans, oats, apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, cranberries, figs, grapes, peaches, and prunes. Foods that contain high amounts of insoluble fiber include cereals, seeds, wheat bran, whole grains, and the skins of many vegetables as well as fruits. Both soluble and insoluble fiber helps prevent the formation of hard, dry stools. Most, if not all, experts recommend high-fiber foods as the foods that help constipation.

Pair fiber with water. Whether you are thirsty or not, drink at least eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water every day. The reason why fiber relieves constipation is that it absorbs large amounts of fluids, adding bulk to the stool and making it softer and easier to pass.

Try lubricating the pipes. Healthy oils like olive or canola and other monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils act as digestive lubricants and may help get things rolling again. Try topping off your high-fiber salad with a tablespoon or even two using these suggested oils.

Don’t forget the old standbys. Figs and prunes are still considered the best natural laxatives.

When Foods That Help Constipation Isn’t Enough

Usually, a high-fiber diet accompanied by lots of water is enough to get things moving again. But if not, there are other natural help for constipation such as alternative remedies that can help beat constipation.

Let’s take a look beyond foods that help constipation and turn to the herbal kingdom for relief.

Move it with Aloe. Aloe vera latex is highly valued for its potent natural laxative properties. In fact, because the latex is such a potent laxative, it is not usually used alone but combined with gentler herbs. Actually, aloe latex is in the category of a stimulate laxative.

Not just a backyard weed. Dandelion root for centuries has been regarded as an effective, gentle laxative. Dandelion increases bile flow into the large intestine, making this herb valuable for constipation.

Get passionate with passionflower. Passionflower (passiflora) is one nature’s best tranquilizers. Often used to treat anxiety and stress, passion flower helps to relax and to relieve muscle tension. Indeed, high tension levels, anxiety and stress are often implicated in chronic constipation sufferers as well as other digestive complaints.

Other natural help for constipation from the herbal kingdom: cascara sagrada, senna, flax, psyllium seed, and milk thistle.

But wait, we’ve discussed foods that help constipation as well as herbal natural help for constipation. However, we have not discussed foods to avoid, so without further adieu, let’s discuss them now.

Stay away or limit the troublemakers. Foods that can cause constipation and should be

avoided are diets high in fat, including fried foods. In addition, dairy products, salt, coffee, alcohol, sugar, soft drinks, and meat offer the body little or no fiber and are difficult to digest.

Choosing Your Pneumatic Pin Nailer

A pneumatic pin nailer is a universally awesome tool lending a helping hand to everyone from serious carpenters to weekend-warriors. Because these tools are so versatile though, there are, by consequence, many to choose from. Finding the pinner that best compliments you and your individual specifications can be a chore, so I’ve compiled some information on the industry’s most heavy-duty, light-duty, and affordably priced pneumatic pin nailers. Researching the best of the best, these reviews are designed to help you find the best air pin nailer for your needs.

For the most heavy-duty pneumatic nailing, Senco’s line of pneumatic tools is one that truly never fails to impress; with innovation, design, and all-around style, Senco nailers, like the FinishPro 11, a 23 gauge pin nailer, remain in a league of their own. Perfect for your most detailed and intricate projects, this micro pinner is both lightweight and powerful with the extra punch for effective use in harder materials. Additionally, pins fasten securely and leave behind them a virtually invisible hole with no splitting to your materials. Not only is the tool durable with an aluminum housing and tough components, but it is also designed for optimal operator comfort.

The pinner drives 23 gauge, headless micro pins from 1″ – 2″ in length with the power to slide through tough materials while also not splitting or marring your projects and as the tool weighs only 2.9 lbs, it is extremely comfortable to operate throughout awkward or continuous work. Ultimately, with comfort, precision, and power, the pinner is ideal for molding, cabinets, trim, and etc, and pricing at about $240 – $250, the nailer is definitely an investment, but one that will continuously deliver professional, powerful, high-performance results.

Senco’s FinsihPro10 (23 gauge) pin nailer is another example of Senco’s line of brilliant pneumatic machines. At only 2.35 lbs the tool is ultra compact and lightweight to ensure strained, awkward, or continuous use is simpler and more comfortable for operators. Ideal for the most intricate finish, trim, and remodeling work, the FinishPro 10 fastens securely while still only making a virtually imperceptible hole in your materials. a hardened steel driver contributes to overall longevity, and with a smooth metal cap to protect your working materials, the pinner, with durabilty and delicate precision, yields results impeccable to the slightest detail. To ensure you are safe from a frustratingly empty magazine, the tool has a low load indicator, and is designed to load easily. The nailer shoots 1/2″ – 1″ fasteners, and with the help of a rear exhaust system,your work is protected from damaging oil and dust. Altogether, this pin nailer is built with sophistication for smooth, powerful, comfortable use in even hard woods and rough materials, and pricing at just about $130, the nailer is a smart, affordable addition to your tool repertoire.

Porter-Cable is another superior performer in the world of pneumatics; built with durable innovation, and brilliant speed and power, Porter-Cable’s PIN100 1″ pin nailer is uncommonly awesome in a variety of tough applications. Shooting 23 gauge micro pin nails from 1/2″ to 1″ long, the tool automatically adjusts to different fastener lengths to ensure that your pins are not only permanently tight, but always in the right place as well. Additionally, the tool’s bottom load magazine holds 170 micro pin nails, and because it also has a nail reload indicator, empty magazines will be the least of your worries. The nailer is extremely lightweight weighing only 2 lbs; this compact design provides optimized access into tight spaces, corners, and awkward spots – ultimately keeping you more comfortable and your materials more protected from the potential dents or dings of a bulkier tool. The pinner’s rear exhaust port channels debris, tool oil, and other contaminates away from your workpieces, and pricing from about $100 – $110, the tool is both professionally awesome and quite affordable.

On another hand, while this Air Locker tool is best suited for light-duty users and light-duty applications, the Air Locker P630 (23 gauge) micro pin nailer is a great tool at an astounding value. The tool’s components are built for durability and because the tool comes both with a case, as well as a replacement driver and o-ring kit, craftsmen can be certain the tool will remain kicking for a good, long while. The nailer automatically adjusts for fastener lengths from 1/2″ through 1-3/16″, rendering the tool always accurate as well as simple to operate for any degree of user. The P630 features a bottom load magazine and an adjustable exhaust to ensure oil and any other contaminates are directed away from your working materials, and although this nailer doesn’t necessarily perform on par with heavy-duty Senco or Porter-Cable models, the tool definitely carries its own weight. Ultimately, pricing at $59, the P630 offers light users a strong tool with the drive to complete light applications with notable high-performance and a ridiculously low price.

In the end, one of these pneumatic pin nailers is certain to meet your individual needs and specifications. With the power to keep your pins professionally secured, and the precision to do it cleanly and delicately, one of these pinners is your ticket to professional, beautiful results.

Chronic Eczema – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Eczema is a term for a group of afflictions that cause the skin to become inflamed, the most common type being atopic dermatitis. In Ayurveda, eczema is termed as "Vicharchika". This disease is described as a dark-colored, raised rash, with profuse discharge, and accompanied by itching. It is believed to be mostly caused by disturbed "Vata" and "Kapha" doshas. The skin, stomach and blood tissues are believed to be closely associated with this disease.

Eczema of recent origin usually responds well to standard treatment like antihistaminics and steroids. Chronic eczema is usually of much longer duration or is repeated, and in most cases, the offending cause is not known. Standard modern medicine may not be very helpful here. It is in such patients that Ayurvedic herbal treatment may be very useful and effective. One major advantage of Ayurvedic herbal medicines in such an affliction is that medicines may be taken for long periods without any serious side-effects.

For the sake of treatment, many Ayurvedic doctors division this affliction into wet and dry types, depending upon the presentation of the patient. A detailed history for the symptoms, and a detailed study of the constitutional framework of the patient is essential in determining the ideal combination of medicines for each patient, so as to get maximum results. Treatment for the impurities caused in the "Rakta" Dhatu, and treatment for stress, are two important principles of treatment which contribute significantly to the success of treatment. Known offending or aggravating causes should be avoided. Excessive salty and sour food products should be avoided.

For treatment of the "Rakta" impurities in chronic eczema, blood letting, by syringe or leech, is considered most useful and effective. An area of ​​skin or a vein near the affected part is chosen for this purpose. Even patients with very chronic eczema respond well to this therapy. Blood letting is effective in all types and stages of eczema, however, sometimes it is preferred to first treat the wet patches with medicines and local applications to treat the oozing and itching. Some doctors advocate rubbing of dry patches with a soft, silk cloth.

Induced vomiting and induced purgation are beneficial, where symptoms are severe and very chronic, however, these procedures should be carried out by qualified and experienced physicians. Selection of patients is important, and these are best done as inpatient procedures (after admitting patients to a hospital).

Local application medicines include Shatadhout Ghruta, Dashang lep, Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Chandan (Santalum album), Honey-Ghee mixture and Karanj- Kapur (Pongamia pinnata – Cinnamum camphora) oil. Oral medicines include Arogya-vardhini, Triphala Guggul, Manjishthadi qadha, Kamdudha, Gandhak Rasayan and Mahatikta Ghruta. Several single herbs like Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi) and herbal combinations are available which are very effective, and can be given long-term . The overall aim is to normalize the skin and blood tissue, and also optimize the immune system of the body.

Travel Cebu

Roosevelt Mountain Resort

Cebu City, gaining it’s name for the city’s great beaches. Cebu City, known as the Queen City of the South, has been gaining a lot of travelers, tourists and investors alike.

Cebu City has attracted Japanese for the Cebu city’s rich diving spots; Koreans for the Cebu city’s affordable ESL programs; Chinese for the Cebu city’s easy access to trade and industry. These are the top 3 nationals that are in Cebu aside from the few Taiwanese, Americans, and Indians.

Cebu City has a lot to offer, from the great beaches, great food, polite people “Cebuanos”, and mostly all things are affordable. One can do a lot of activities like parasailing, snorkling, diving, island hoping or.. if not a sporty type, one still can still enjoy Cebu by relaxing by the beach, for food enthusiast, there are a lot of restaurants available fro Western, Japanese, or to the local food which are very affordable.

One that has been growing with enthusiast are the mountain resorts in Cebu. There are a lot of mountain resorts sprouting. It is an adventure to try them. Different resorts offers different ammenities, pools, great view of Cebu, spring waters, and such.

While in Cebu, you should try it’s delicacies, Dried Mangoes, Dangit Dried Fish, Otap, Lechon, Chicharon and more! Visit Colon the oldest street in the Philippines, Taoist Temple, Santo Nino Church, Magellan Cross, Tops, Fort San Pedro, and don’t forget to include in your list the beaches!! Plenty to choose from in Mactan Island just a few minutes from City of Cebu!

Complete Information on Chaotic Atrial Tachycardia

Multifocal atrial tachycardia, also designated “chaotic atrial tachycardia,”. Multifocal atrial tachycardia (MAT) is an arrhythmia with an irregular atrial rate greater than 100 beats per minute (bpm). Atrial activity is well organized, with at least 3 morphologically distinct P waves, irregular P-P intervals, and an isoelectric baseline between the P waves. The arrhythmia developed during an acute illness in 18 cases (58%). However, it occasionally occurred in paroxysms without an apparent cause in patients with chronic disease. The arrhythmia was not associated with digitalis toxicity or with rhythm disturbances.

Chaotic atrial tachycardia is a relatively infrequent arrhythmia, with a prevalence rate of 0.05-0.32% in patients who are hospitalized. The condition is even less common in children and young adults. Chaotic atrial tachycardiais predominantly observed in males. chaotic atrial tachycardia is commonly observed in older patients. Causes of chaotic atrial tachycardia are mainly related illnesses such as, COPD, coronary artery disease, CHF, valvular heart disease, diabetes mellitus, hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia and azotemia. Other causes are postoperative state and pulmonary embolism.

Treatment of this arrhythmia involves handling and/or turnaround of the precipitating reason. Oral and intravenous amiodarone (300 mg PO tid or 450-1500 mg IV over 2-24 h) has been used and is efficient in transition to natural sinus cycle. Metoprolol has been used to depress the ventricular pace. More patients change to a natural sinus cycle when treated with beta-blockers. Esmolol can too be used to curb the ventricular pace as an intravenous infusion. It has a really brief half-life and can be terminated rapidly in the case of an unfavorable reactionThe goals of pharmacotherapy are to cut morbidity and to forbid complications.

Tuberculosis in Young Children

Who Is at Risk for Contracting TB?

While a dangerous and often fatal disease if left untreated, TB is not easily contracted.  The disease is transmitted through close personal contact over extended periods.  Family members, close friends, or live-in domestic workers risk contracting the disease from infected housemates.   Those exposed to the TB organism in closed spaces over long periods are the most likely to contract the disease.  The disease can infect persons of any age, including very young children.  Children who have been exposed to infected people, traveled to certain foreign countries, had contact with the homeless or former prison inmates are especially at risk for contracting the disease and should be tested with a tuberculin skin test or chest x-ray.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of TB in Children?


Tuberculosis Infection

Unfortunately, most infected children do not present with symptoms at all.  They have a positive tuberculin skin test, or PDD, and a clear chest x-ray.  Even with the normal chest image, the medical community considers them tuberculosis infected.  The physician will usually prescribe a 9-month course of isoniazid antibiotics.  However, physicians are seeing drug resistant strains of TB in infected individuals at an alarming rate.  In this case, the treatment involves a 6-month course of rifampin antibiotics.

Tuberculosis Disease

Children presenting with symptoms of TB, including labored breathing, persistent cough, night sweats, fever, weight loss, and a positive PDD or chest x-ray have tuberculosis disease.  Tuberculosis disease can develop from untreated tuberculosis infection in 6 months to 2 years.  In this case, medical staff must obtain a culture specimen from the child to determine which drugs offer the most effective treatment.  This process can take several weeks due to the slow growing nature of the TB organism.  Treatment requires long-term administration of a combination of antibiotics and supervised by a pediatrician specializing in infectious disease.

Effects of Untreated TB Disease

Left untreated, TB disease causes cysts in the lung tissue, which can rupture and bleed. These ruptured cysts are called cavitary lesions and often result in the patient coughing up blood-laden sputum.  Pleural effusions are often associated with advanced, or untreated TB disease.  This occurs when too much fluid collects in the pleural space – the space between the lung and the chest wall.  This malicious disease can also infect the kidneys, bones, and joints as well as cause often-fatal meningitis.  Ultimately, if left untreated, those with active TB disease will eventually die from these effects.

Prevention

Avoid contact with suspected infected persons or those with active TB disease.  In high-risk cases, pediatricians may consider the use of preventive medicines.  While the incidence of TB in U.S. children is steadily increasing, the U.S. is still considered a low risk country.  Maintaining a healthy, clean lifestyle is the first line of defense for families worried about the risks.

Other Considerations

Children and adults emigrating from the U.S. to high risk countries or those who travel to these countries regularly might consider inquiring about the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.  High-risk countries include Mexico, India, Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Romania, Russia, and many countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.  Additionally, children adopted from any of these countries should be tested for TB infection.  A positive skin test (PDD) can be produced within 2 to 12 weeks of suspected exposure.  A physician may require an additional test in 3 months for these children even with a normal PDD test.

Natural Way to Lower High Blood Pressure

The best natural way to lower high blood pressure fits any lifestyle and comes with no negative side effects.

As a matter of fact, this natural way to lower high blood pressure provides you with many other important health benefits too. These include less joint pain, greater energy, decreased risk of irregular heartbeats, less depression and the opportunity to get far more out of your long, happy, healthy life!

Although you’ll have to commit to some changes, what’s your alternative? High blood pressure medications have serious negative side effects. And if you choose to do nothing at all, you can look forward to a shorter, more painfully limited life and possibly premature death by heart attack. It’s your choice.

Here are the changes you’ll need to make to lower high blood pressure the natural way. First, if you smoke or drink alcohol excessively, stop.

“What’s the fun it that?” some might ask. Well, that depends on your definition of fun. High blood pressure generally leads to diseases that are no fun! Neither smoking nor excess drinking supports a healthy lifestyle. They cause misery, suffering and shorten your life.

If I haven’t lost you by now, that’s good. It means you’re committed to follow the best natural way to lower high blood pressure and to doing whatever works to make it happen.

Next on the list to lower high blood pressure is a natural whole food diet. To maintain your optimum weight, you can only afford so many calories a day. So, makes sure all your calories provide the best natural nutrition possible. Empty calorie foods include junk food, fast food, snacks, packaged meals, comfort foods, sweets and processed food, which are all high in the saturated fats, hydrogenated oils, sugar and refined grains that lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and heart disease.

And, unlike natural whole foods, they provide nothing that prevents these illnesses.

Eating more vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, lean meat and low-fat dairy will help lower high blood pressure. So, what’s your health worth to you? Are you willing to change your diet? Because that’s what it takes. The natural way to lower high blood pressure is paved with wholesome foods, eaten in moderation and accompanied by regular exercise.

There’s only one more thing you need to do to lower high blood pressure the natural way. And that’s to add pure omega 3 fish oil to your daily diet. Research consistently points out the amazing health benefits of high quality fish oil for preventing cardiovascular disease.

Fish oil fatty acids, DHA and EPA, help lower cholesterol, get rid of fat in the blood, remove plaque from arteries, increase the elasticity of blood vessels and prevent hardening of the arteries. Each one of these benefits helps to lower high blood pressure – naturally.

Blood pressure problems don’t happen over night. It takes years. But, if you follow these guidelines for the best natural way to lower high blood pressure, you can undo the damage in a very short period of time. It’s easier than you think – and I promise, you’ll have more fun too!

Lessons From an Overfriendly Landlord

When I purchased my first property, a triplex row home in an outlying section of Harrisburg, I was very anxious to get to know my tenants on a personal level. I introduced myself and made myself available to them 24 hours a day. I listened to all their complaints about the previous landlord and his leftover maintenance.

When my father upgraded his computer, I reloaded his old one so the hard drive was clear and gave it to my one tenant’s teenage daughters so she could use it for school. It was the ‘caseworker’ in me that made me do it and from that gesture I felt good.

It seems that computer was a turning point for me in my career in property management. Not because of the incredible satisfaction I felt from helping someone less fortunate. Not because I gave a low income family a computer they could not have afforded otherwise. But it was a turning point because of the overwhelming sense that that teenage girl could not have cared one bit that her great landlord gave her a computer for free. This little teenage diva felt entitled to this hand out and in return didn’t have a thank you, or even a neck snap in return.

It was then I realized that I am a landlord first and “friend” comes somewhere down the list. I have to thank this teen diva for that awakening because it had made me aware of the line in the sand that I should never cross.

There are many tenants out there that feed off of landlords that want to be friends. Friends do friends favors… Like let them slide on the rent for a couple of days/weeks/months… They dismiss the hole in the wall from a frustrated fist. All this will lead you holding the bag when this pseudo friendship come to a halt and your nice little investment is looking very similar to a well partied college row home.

This do good, caseworker mentality that I had in the beginning was the reason my first troublesome tenants were able to string out their own eviction for well over 6 months. I did not want to be the one to kick this family of 8 out of the apartment. Notably, only 3 were present when they moved in. The rest of the family filtered in during the 9 months that followed. Claudette paid the rent on time the first month but when the bread winner boyfriend moved, out things went south quickly. Me, being in caseworker mode, tried to help her best I could but she fell 2 months behind in rent before I even considered eviction. I felt bad for them. I liked their little daughter who would hug me every time I came over. Looking back, Claudette probably put her up to it b/c she saw how children soften my heart. Eventually, Claudette was forced to leave and I was learning. As I was cleaning out, repainting and repairing the wrecked apartment I had lots and lots of time to think about those lessons I had learned.

Three years later and I have run across my share of “Claudettes” but now a big red flag goes up every time a tenant tries to get too lovey dovey.

Here’s an example. One day I was wearing an Eagles sweatshirt (the year they went to the super bowl) while fixing a leaky sink. The tenant, who already was on thin ice, saw her opportunity and seized it… “Eagles! Oh yea, a fellow Eagles Fan!”… With high five locked and loaded she came traipsing into the kitchen. Being a loyal E-A-G-L-E-S fan, I threw up my own high five…. CLAP! And I responded, “now Terry, where’s my rent?”

Long story short, as landlords we don’t have to be unapproachable and cold but we do need to be on the look out. We need spot the occasional parasite tenant who wants to feed off an over friendly landlord. The bank asks that you pay your mortgage by the 16th of the month. No amount of friendly chatter will get you out of paying the mortgage on time. And that same friendly chatter shouldn’t influence you in collecting the rent when it is due. Always be a landlord first, and a friend second.

How to Get Back Together With Ex – A Couple Quick Tips

If you are trying to think of how you can get back with ex boyfriend or girlfriend, before you make any permanent, decision you should decide if that is the right thing to do. Sometimes getting back with ex girlfriends or boyfriends is not the right choice because of how bad the relationship was, such as constant fighting or abusive relationship.

Before you start thinking of how to get back together with ex girlfriends or boysfriends, you will want to do some deep soul searching. The reason for doing this soul searching is to ensure that getting back together with your ex is the right decision, you want to make sure that if you get back together that both of you will be happy.

To accomplish this soul searching you will need to be very honest with yourself, if you lie about things you will end up regretting it because you will not make the correct decision. For example, if you just got out of a relationship that was filled with constant fighting, and tell yourself that you were happiest when you were together that is a lie. Relationships that are filled with fighting are not healthy relationships, and nobody is happy in that type of relationship.

The good news is that most relationships are worth saving, so if you are thinking of how you can get back with ex girlfriends or boyfriends you can breathe easier. Once you have determined that the relationship is worth saving you will need to figure out what you can do to get back together with your ex. Knowing what you should not do is also important because it can save you tons of heartache.

One thing that you need to avoid doing when trying to get back with an ex is to become obsessive. Being obsessive does not just mean calling them all of the time, but it also includes following them to work or sending them emails every day, usually more than one time a day.

With emails, this does not just refer to personal emails that you write to your ex, but it also includes forwards. If you get obsessive with your ex you are going to end up pushing them away, not to mention make them think you are desperate. Instead, what you should do is give them some space for the first few weeks. Once that has passed call them or email them once to see if they would be interested in talking, if they are not interested give them some more time.

Something else that you want to avoid doing is begging and pleading with your ex about taking you back or not breaking up with you. Begging and pleading will also lead them to think that you are desperate, but it can also make you appear weak and insecure, which is not very attractive.

Pleading usually leads to promises that you can not keep, such as promising that you will change. Making promises that you can not keep will not save your relationship, it might help in the beginning, but soon after getting back together the trouble will start.

Rebuilding Society and the Tax Protest Movement – Part Two

Part Two continued…

The Christian’s duty of paying taxes even extends to “de facto” rulers. If Hodge is correct, then the jurisdictional argument stands in direct conflict with Scripture at this point. Renowned commentator, John Murray, adds his substantial theological influence to the question concerning whom “the powers that be” refer to:

The powers that be refer to the de facto magistrates.13

Christians especially should think twice before dismissing the insights of these exegetes whose reputations are well known and beyond dispute. If we are to pay taxes to de facto magistrates, how much more should we be careful to pay taxes to those representatives properly elected? “De facto” rulers may even be those rulers who emerge after a revolution. As will be shown, there has been a radical revolution from within in this country. In truth, failure to pay taxes is rebellion towards God which will result in His judgment (Romans 13:2). It also needs to be noted that the passages in Romans 13:1,2,5 control the proper interpretation and the recipients of taxes in Romans 13:7. There is not a hint anywhere in the writings of the apostle Paul, that believers were to resist Roman taxation.

In his commentary on the Westminster Confession Of Faith, G.I. Williamson makes the following observations:

But the Scripture teaches us that civil government comes from God, and that it has authority by the will of God with or without the consent of the governed. This clearly implies that the Christian is to regard the de facto government of any particular country in which he may reside as de jure.14

Does this mean that the Christian must submit to any command from government? Or course not! Williamson explains our duties and the biblical exemptions from unlawful commands:

(1) We ought always to obey the “lawful commands” of our government. We are in any and every instance “to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1). (2) We must always obey God rather than man when there is a conflict between the two (Acts 5:29). “We must obey God rather than men.” (3) We may resist actively as well as passively if that be necessary to obedience to God. When a civil authority becomes a terror to good works rather than evil, we believe that Christians have the right of active self defense (of life and property) by sanction of law (Ps. 82:4, Prov. 24:11,12 etc.). 15

A popular misinterpretation of Romans 13:1-7 says that if the government is not executing wrath against evildoers, (Romans 13:4) then the Christian is under no obligation to pay taxes to such a government. Proponents of this viewpoint seem to be implying that unless the standard of Romans 13:4 is met substantially, then the government in power has abrogated its authority and individuals are free to disobey laws of their choosing. Abortion is cited as proof that our government is not executing wrath against evildoers. In this case, it is true. However, the government is largely still executing wrath against evildoers. For example, criminals are still being prosecuted for theft, public drunkenness, rape, perjury, and murder to name a few. The law system in America still, in many ways, reflects the influence of biblical teaching. Roman law did not reflect any biblical influence.

What about taxes that go for unjust expenditures? Some tax protestors have attempted to use a moral argument to justify not paying taxes. They say that some of the tax monies go for immoral purposes and they in good conscience cannot pay taxes of this nature. Is the Christian obligated to pay these types of taxes? Is this type of argument valid? Haldane addresses this question:

Some persons make a distinction between general and particular taxes, and refuse to pay taxes levied for particular purposes, when these purposes are believed to be bad. But there is nothing that will render it unlawful to pay a particular or specific tax, that will not equally apply to a general tax, any part of which it is believed is to be applied to a bad use. Why are we not accountable for the application of every part of a general tax? Because we have no control over it, and our approbation of it when we pay it is not implied. The same consideration exempts us from any share of responsibility respecting the sinful application of a specific tax.16

If the moral argument were valid then Christians would never be able to pay any taxes. Haldane correctly points out that not paying specific taxes does not solve the problem. There is always a portion of general taxes that go for immoral purposes. How would the Christian ever decide how much of his general taxes to withhold? Withholding just some taxes is not the solution. Why? Because a portion of the remainder that was paid would still go to unjust expenditures. If you paid only one dollar a portion would still subsidize something evil. If this type of moral argument were valid no Christian could ever pay taxes. In addition, what is intolerable for one Christian would be tolerable to another. It would be difficult to escape subjectivism. And furthermore, placing veto power in the hands of the individual is a form of human autonomy. Would non-believers have this same right to determine which laws they will obey and the ones that will be ignored? If so, what are some of the implications for society? Societies built upon human autonomy are characterized by lawlessness or they become brutal tyrannies.

Rushdoony, in his book Christianity And The State has referred to the tax protest movement. What Rushdoony says in this book has relevance to the moral arguments advanced by tax protesters for refusing to pay taxes:

Third, we do have Donatism with reference

to the state today in such movements as the

tax revolt.17

Donatism was a perfectionist heresy. People did not want to participate in the sin of the state, so they did not pay taxes. This approach is fundamentally the same as monasticism. Becoming a monk or hermit was a way to escape the evils of the world. The tax protester’s attempt to escape the sins of the state has led to some unintended consequences, namely, the further empowerment of the socialists and pagans who are left in control. When those who believe that government is the solution are left in power, the results are always more government, i.e., higher taxes and more regulations. The modern day tax protesters are becoming culturally ineffectual and irrelevant. By dropping out of society the tax protester is surrendering cultural ground to the sinful state. Christianity, properly understood, engages culture at every level. Escapism is not the hallmark of Christianity. The righteous man battles against false arguments and does not flee in the face of trouble. See II Corinthians 10:4,5.

What kind of rulers do we have today? Do we still have a constitutional republic? If not, can our leaders be considered part of a de facto government? M. Stanton Evans tells us the reality of what has happened in our country:

For the plain reality is that the Constitution as originally adopted, and expounded in The Federalist, is no longer with us; the forms and titles remain, there are still entities called states, and there are divisions of administrative function. But the system of limited powers that was supposed to be the palladium of our freedoms has been consigned these fifty years and more to the dustbin of forgotten doctrines.18

Evans’ analysis is sad but true. The Constitution, for all practical purposes, is a forgotten document. The Constitution is supposed to function, as “chains” that will hold down the power of the federal government. Constitutionally speaking, the current federal government is a de facto government. There has been a revolutionary judicial takeover from within. This revolution has taken place largely with the consent of those governed. As said earlier the courts are using a different mindset or world view when interpreting the constitution today

In light of this, what should the Christian’s attitude towards government be? Should we submit to the laws of the present-day government? We read in 1 Peter 2:13,14:

Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s

sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme, Or unto

governors, as unto them that are sent by him…

It is significant that at this point in history, Christians and Jews did not have their own independent nations with a king. This indicates that this command transcends history and is relevant today. In 1 Peter 3:1 we learn that the purpose of subjection is to be a witness for Christ that non-believers may be won by our lifestyle. The early Christian apologists were able to say that Christians were the best citizens. It may be necessary to obey unjust laws for “the Lord’s sake.” For the Christian, the commands of Scripture transcend the arguments for not paying taxes. What is our ultimate authority, Scripture or the arguments and examples of abuse cited by tax protesters? Is it possible to begin using mistaken arguments and outside sources to interpret the Bible? It certainly is, and this has always been a problem that Christians have had to be on guard against. The issue is, which authority will guide our actions?

Many modern tax protesters and “patriots” quote from Patrick Henry’s speeches. What they do not seem to realize is that Henry gave his speeches to the Virginia State Legislature. He was an elected representative of the people. To use portions of Henry’s speeches to justify actions that go around, or by-pass our elected representatives is to misunderstand him completely. Acting independent of our representatives is the way of anarchy. This is what I fear is the rule governing the actions of many modern “patriots” and tax protesters. Neglecting to work with and through our elected representatives is the heart of the problem with the tax protest movement. The War for Independence was the culmination of a long process. At length, our legislators called us to take up arms against a power that had abrogated its authority.

The War Between the States was similar. The great leaders of the South led their people in a heroic constitutionally justified action against the dangerous abuse of constitutional principles by the North. It is a fact that the North won the war. Because of this the North determined the new direction of the country. The victor in war is always able to impose the terms of victory. The victor writes the history of the war for succeeding generations. During the bitter Reconstruction, the North imposed its will upon the South, e.g., the Fourteenth Amendment. The North’s victory has had serious constitutional consequences for our original form of government. The North’s victory set the stage for the uninterrupted growth of the federal government. The Sixteenth Amendment is the funding mechanism for the federal government’s expansion.

Some individuals in the tax protest and patriot movements have actually discussed the eventuality of various forms of civil revolt. Civil disobedience is only appropriate when the state, through its laws, prohibits Christians from obeying God. If Congress passed a law forbidding tithing to churches, the Christian must obey God rather than man (Acts 5:29) because tithing is an act of worship. The book In Defense Of Liberty Against Tyrants was one of the most popular books in America during the time of the War for Independence. This book lays out the biblical conditions that must exist before private individuals can lawfully resist the civil government with the force of arms. The author argues that it is the civil magistrate who must spearhead the resistance against tyranny, before private individuals can justify the use of armed force against an unlawful government. The author explains it like this:

What shall then private men do, if the king will constrain them to serve idols? If the magistrates, or if the magistrates of the place, where these particulars dwell, do oppose these proceedings of the king, let them in God’s name obey their leaders, and employ all their means (as in the service of God) to aid the holy and commendable enterprises of those who oppose themselves lawfully against his wicked intention. 19

The two examples in the above paragraphs concerning the Civil War and the War for Independence are instances where this pattern of resistance against tyranny was followed. This approach is consistent with our covenantal obligations. Please do not misunderstand me. I am not saying that individuals do not have the right to defend themselves against an unwarranted attack by tyrannical government agents. When facing life and freedom threatening situations, fleeing is best when options permit. The lethal use of force to defend oneself and family may be justified depending upon the circumstances.

Today we have a number of representatives who are calling for the present tax system to be completely scrapped. Let us seize the opportunities that are before us. We must act biblically for change through our representatives. Though we may not agree with our present representatives, they are, by a vote of the people, our representatives. Let us use some of our energy to educate members of Congress and state legislators who can repeal bad amendments and return us to the way of freedom. Biblically speaking it can be argued that it is the magistrate who protects us from tyranny. This is because it is the magistrate who is the God appointed ruler. God providentially appoints the rulers, who are in ideal circumstances elected by us. It is past time to support freedom-loving representatives who will repeal unjust laws and cut the funding of government schools and other unconstitutional freedom eroding agencies.

We must not forget the example of the apostle Paul and the implications that this holds for us. The apostle Paul paid taxes that were oppressive and unjust and did not drop out of the system of his day. Paul recognized that the civil government was a divinely created institution. In fact, he went so far as to say in Acts 25:10, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat where I ought to be judged.” Paul recognized the Roman government as legitimate in spite of its corruption. How many tax protesters today could say this? Paul was not capitulating to tyranny: he was working within the system by appealing to his Roman citizenship as a tool. Like Paul, consider the example of Azariah, the chief priest who opposed King Uzziah:

It appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord….Go out of the Sanctuary for thou hast trespassed….

II Chron. 26:18.

The example of Azariah should inspire Christians to speak out against government corruption. Azariah did not flee in the face of government wickedness. If Christians are to be the salt and light of society then running for public office may be necessary. Kevin Swanson, author of The Second Mayflower, is an example of a Christian who is trying to be a solution. Kevin has run for governor of the State of Colorado and the U.S. Senate. His campaigns have resulted in opportunities for himself and his church to talk about godly principles for government. Elected representatives are in a unique position to change oppressive tax laws. Dropping out of society makes it extremely difficult to educate politicians, or anyone else. Leaving the system allows socialists and other non-believers to win by default.

As Christian reconstructionists we know this is exactly what has happened when the church, influenced by dispensationalism, teaches their people that Christians have no responsibilities in the areas of culture. The consequence of this theology is that many Christians withdraw from society. Dispensationalism is a new system of interpreting the Bible, which began in the early nineteenth century. The theology of this system assigns to the church a roll of fulfilling heavenly purposes only, the saving of souls, waiting for the rapture, trying to figure out the identity of the anti-Christ, eating and retreating, other unworldly activities, etc. When tax protestors drop out of society, this may very well be a secular counterpart to the dispensational disengagement from society.

Ideas have consequences. If the ideas are false, the consequences can be disastrous. By repudiating a number of mistaken theologies and strategies we can get back on track so that government excesses and abuses can be corrected. Dropping out of the system will make us culturally irrelevant. Besides, short-term solutions ultimately fail. We are in a war of ideas. We need to change peoples’ minds, their world view. It will not be an easy task, but one that can be accomplished. This will take dedication and preparation on our part for a long-term battle. If we remain unwavering, then our children’s children will again taste the freedom of our forefathers.

Christ calls us to disciple the nations in Matt. 28:18-20. We are given a cultural mandate in Genesis 1:26-28, which is carried out through the Great Commission. We can accomplish the task of reclaiming our freedoms through teaching and preaching the whole counsel of God. We must have patience and apply wisdom. Flash in the pan activism accomplishes nothing of lasting value. Flash in the pan activists usually end up becoming apathetic beer drinkers. It has been said that we must “think generationally.” We must see that our fight to regain freedom is a long-term multi-generation battle. Our children will see positive change as a result of our allegiance to the cause of freedom. It is interesting to note that many tax protestors who claim to be Christian have in many cases been led astray by a pessimistic, dispensational eschatology (a view of history, which believes in the ultimate defeat of God’s people). Fallacious belief systems have serious, culturally debilitating consequences. Our lives must be built upon the solid Rock that is Christ. The gospel will triumph in history (Dan. 2:34,35; Matt. 13:31-33). The belief in either Christian or materialistic evolutionary origins determines how we live. Likewise, those obsessed with the end times can suffer a cultural paralysis, which prevents a meaningful contribution towards building a Christian society. Origins and eschatology can be either positive or negative. The Christian must carefully consider Scripture before taking action.

To be contiued….

Endnotes Part two

13. John Murray, The Epistle To The Romans, (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 1982), p. 150.

14. G.I. Williamson, The Westminster Confession Of Faith, (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1964), p. 241.

15. Williamson, p. 241, 242.

16. Haldane, p. 587.

17. Rushdoony, Christianity And The State, (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1986), p. 108.

18. M. Stanton Evans, The Theme Is Freedom, (Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing, 1994), p. 267.

19. Junius Brutus, A Defense of Liberty Against Tyrants, (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, Reprinted from the 1689 translation, 1989), p. 46.