Unmasking the Mask Mandate Mania [Video]

49740365902_299164f506_kAt this writing, more than half of America is struggling to live under tyrannical orders requiring face masks to be worn in public at all times. The reason given to justify these edicts is that wearing a face-covering protects yourself and others from the predations of the COVID 19 virus.

However, it is becoming evident that the evidence in favor of masking is almost non-existent. Moreover, substantial truly scientific evidence against mask-wearing has also come to light in recent weeks.

You might be forgiven if you haven’t heard much about such evidence. After all, none of the major networks are giving this information, nor are any but a small minority of cable channels reporting it.

Wearing a Mask Is Ineffective Against The Virus

Inset.1.7.29.2020I pose a question to the reader. Have you as yet seen or heard about any RCT’s, or Random Controlled Trials quantifying the effectiveness of wearing a mask to limit the spread of the Wuhan virus?

I don’t think anyone would expect them to be 100% effective, but what about 75%, or 50%, or 25%? The fact is that you will find no such studies that will even claim a 10% level of protection against the virus.

However, there is also the claim that wearing the mask prevents others from getting the virus from you. That is debunked as well by data as recent as 2 months ago

The video that Facebook censored with its phony ‘fact check’ mentioned by Mr. Swann was also removed from YouTube a day after I viewed it. This is an updated version that contains compelling evidence that there is no conclusive evidence wearing face masks is effective against COVID-19.

As Swann mentions, there is conflicting information from various studies. However, that only leads to the conclusion that there is no conclusion concerning the efficacy of masks against the Wuhan virus.

Since that is the case, why is there such an effort to mandate the wearing of masks across the land? As will be seen, there is a malevolent reasoning behind this push, as hinted at by the fact that Democratic lawmakers are in no hurry to tell us when this will all end.

The Democrats Want Americans to Wear Face Coverings Until…?

Before I continue, I must give full disclosure. I am employed at a direct care facility for disabled adults. I have been working throughout the ‘pandemic’ and we are required to wear masks around the residents.

This is understandable as many of these individuals have immune deficiencies and co-morbities to deal with, therefore such protection as may be possible is needed against bodily fluid spills and other such things as we may encounter. However, this is miles removed from requiring everyone everywhere to wear masks for everyday life!

Inset.2.7.29.2020Has anyone noticed something peculiar and similar in the various rulings concerning how we should behave during the pandemic-panic? There is never a firm date given as to when these measures will end.

What began as a reasonable request for a ‘lockdown’ of “15 days to flatten the curve” of COVID-19 spread, became lengthened for another month, then states began to implement longer ‘lockdowns’ while noting ever-moving goalposts as the virus raged on. The initial goal of avoiding overwhelming the healthcare system was changed to staying locked down to ‘slow the spread’ and then until we somehow ‘defeat the virus’ with a vaccine.

At every stage of this dangerous fiasco with the exception of the initial shutdown, there has never been an ending date applied to any measure. Which brings us to the newest proposals to force the mandating of wearing masks nationwide with no firm time limit applied.

Senator Diane Feinstein has decided to tie mandatory mask laws to federal aid in her newest proposal concerning this.

Feinstein said, “Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] said the Senate will take up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month. At that time, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement.”

There is no “until when” part in her demands. She and the rest of the Democrats are fine with keeping the American people in the dark and under their thumb in every way they are able for as long as they are able.

Face Coverings Are Aimed at Subjugation of Society 

6797826815_45e2be65fa_w (1)The establishment of “laws” requiring the wearing of face coverings is a step toward the establishment of a society subjugated to the whims of Leftist Socialists. How is this the case?

What has occurred during the pandemic-panic of 2020 is the Chief Executive, one person within the various state and local governments has effectively made law by decree both imprisoning and de-personalizing the people. These authorities now know that under the right conditions of emergency bolstered by the Leftmedia they will be allowed to do so again.

Mandatory mask orders are simply declared the law, and unless the legislature and/or judiciary intervenes on behalf of the citizen, the people are masked regardless of their wishes…or else. 

The order is also very convenient for government officials as well. Witness the recent masking order in Washington D.C. which exempts government officials while on official business.

Thus the overlords can keep easy surveillance of their subjects and immediately know who is defying them, without bothering to worry about abiding by their own rules. It also allows the subjects to see clearly who is in charge.

On the “Buck Sexton Show” of last Friday, he played a very perceptive quote from Irish journalist John Waters concerning mandatory mask-wearing,

At the very height of this alleged pandemic, back in April, there was no talk of compulsory masks. In all of May, when the figures were dying down to nothing…there was no talk of compulsory masks. In June, when there were no cases virtually at all, there was no talk of compulsory masks. Now, when it’s all but disappeared, it’s gone, they are now bringing in compulsory masks. The reason for that is they need …to create visibility of the terror they want to create in the people and that’s why this is so important to them. These are really sinister people we’re dealing with now… these politicians… They are the enemies of the Irish people. Because the mask is a way of denying the very human face of the person. It is a way of taking away the individual unique humanity of each person and turning us all into zombies and restoring us all to a kind of animal state. So that no longer when we look at each other coming down the street, we see Tom or Mary or Mick, my friend, my brother, but instead as a festering mess of bacteria and viruses which is a danger to my health. [emphasis mine]

What the Left wants to destroy they first must de-humanize. What is more dehumanizing than forcibly erasing a living person’s individual visage, covering the face where emotions and reactions are most expressed? Where we walk around thinking of other people and perhaps even our closest friends and family as diseases to avoid because the state has taught this?

The answer to that question is found in the Islamic world where women are fully covered in Burkhas to highlight their inferior status in that society.  Moreover, though burkhas and face masks are not the same, they represent the same spirit of submission to tyranny that Americans are being brought to by the state.

On that same July 24th program, Buck Sexton highlighted this point noting his experience in Afghanistan as a CIA intelligence analyst,

When you see people walking around with [burkhas] on you understand there’s a subjugation and dehumanization that occurs with that. …When you drape someone head-to-toe in a formless tarp, basically, …It is easier not only for you to view them as someone to be subjugated, they themselves will feel more subjugated.

Thus with the malevolent intent of reducing Americans to obedient servants of the state, we see a test run at just how obedient we can become to their commands. Mandatory masking is a large step toward tyranny and it must be resisted in every way possible even if it means defying the law, and it must be resisted now.

At the moment there are a few options still available to form a resistance to this oppression. The first is to be aware of and expose the truth wherever and whenever we can.

The second option is to exercise our right to vote, in person, and remove the Leftists from power via the ballot box in November. Unless that occurs, our efforts may all be in vain.

The third option is exercising the right to self-defense. Americans are seemingly becoming more aware of this in recent months as gun sales are skyrocketing.

If this seems excessive, consider that people have been physically attacked specifically for not wearing a mask in public. In fact, there was a recent example of someone being sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray at close range, which could result in losing one’s sight.

This, and the fact that the rioting in cities around the nation puts many at substantially more danger than in saner times, explains the very real and necessary precaution of obtaining and learning to properly use a firearm.

The most important option is to put our lives and hearts in the LORD’s hands, calling upon Him for mercy and wisdom and grace and love that we need in this hour. In hope and faith let us come to Him in prayer for this nation, that America may remain the bastion of liberty for the world.

Psa 27:1  Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Health and wealth: Virgil and others were right

What is your dream? Is it to make a lot of money?

If your dream is to become wealthy, I congratulate and encourage you. That is a lofty and worthwhile dream.

There is absolutely nothing wrong in being wealthy.

Riches are good. Money is good. Wealth is good. When we talk of wealth, we are talking of abundance, riches, valuable possessions.

I admire people who are wealthy and live in affluence. Living in opulence is good as long as it is legitimately earned.

If you know a way to create a fortune for yourself and live in luxury, don’t squander it.

If you become one of the billionaires of the world (and you can be), you can use your wealth to do a lot of good for others; for your people; your country and why not humanity in general?

Honestly earned wealth is unquestionably good. And it is the right of every body to be wealthy.

You can be wealthy; but listen! There is a point about life that many people miss.

Make no mistake.

There is a common saying that health is wealth.

Mahatma Gandhi says wealth “is not pieces of gold or silver” “It is health that is real wealth.”

Urijah Faber goes on the same line:

” Good health is true wealth.”

While Raph Waldo Emerson says,

“The first wealth is health.”

For the famous ancient, Roman poet, Virgil, “The greatest wealth is health.”

And to Hippocrates, the Greek Doctor who lived from 460 to 370 BC and called the Father of Medicine, “Health is the greatest of human blessings.”

These are just a few great minds randomly selected.

While you are labouring to succeed in your job, rise in position or to make a lot of money through your business, make sure you take care of your health. Do not neglect it.

Pay careful attention to tips on healthy living so that you can live healthily and enjoy the world.

One anonymous write says, “You can’t enjoy wealth if you’re not in good health.

It can’t be better said. What will it profit you if you have a lot of money but are in great pains because of poor heath?

Some people have much money but cannot eat the things they love because their health does not permit them. Maybe they spent their time pursuing riches and neglected their health.

Good health is important for success, be it to rise in your job, win an election, become President, or make a fortune.

What do I mean by this?

I mean that good health enhances your chances of succeeding in these areas. Poor health can be an impediment.

Let me explain. If you have worries about your health, you will not be able to put all of your energy into your work to achieve the success that you desire.

Take for example that you have to lie on a hospital bed for months; that is time taken away from you. Or take that you are paralysed or bedridden. It will be hard to do what you would have loved to do.

If you are not healthy, instead of focusing on your job or business, you will be worrying about your health.

In some countries, sound physical health is a pre-requisite for someone to run for president. And this is wise.

Hence, you need to watch your health and stay healthy.

The greatest worry about health and safety in the world today is the corona virus pandemic.

Let us look at this for a while because it is a threat to everybody from street sweepers to superstars, world political, business and ecclesiastical leaders. Nobody is immune to this disease. Worse of all, it is deadly.

In some parts of the world, the surge in infected cases is frightening.

The jump in one day in the USA, for example, is unbelievable. Figures for Thursday July 16, 2020 stood at over 77.000. Just imagine that! Meanwhile, in the roughly 6 months of the existence of the disease in the world, and precisely by Saturday, 18 July, 2020 when we wrote this, 14.211.652 people had fallen into its dragnet.

And of this number, 599,827 persons had received the fatal blow.

What accounts for our inability to contain this deadly disease?

Are we, the common people, to blame or our leaders are to blame?

It intrigues me that people are dying, figures are soaring and yet, when I look around me, I find lots of people who don’t care to respect barriers measures to stop the spread of the pandemic.

Many people I see everyday behave as if they were immune to covid 19.

Hardly would you find them wearing a nose mask, doing hand sanitization or respecting social distancing.

This is worrisome because it increases the chances of the spread of the disease.

Covid 19 is a dangerous reality which everyone must dread and take seriously.

The best action anyone can take as an individual to be safe and enhance the safety of others is to respect the barrier measures given by the WHO.

Three of them stand out above the others:

  • Wear your nose mask.
  • Respect social distancing.
  • Wash your hands and sanitize them.

These measures must be respected at all times and as a package not selectively.

What I see many people do is they select what to respect and do not care about others. For instance, someone will wear a mask but not bother to wash and sanitize their hands.

Another error I see people making is they will respect the measures at one time, and at another, will not.

You will find everyone in Church during a funeral or wedding Mass wearing their nose mask and respecting social distancing.

Later on, at the reception ground, they will throw off their nose masks and interact normally with no regard for social distancing.

Corona virus is something to be feared. It is dangerous because it kills. It has killed many and will still kill many. No one is immune to it and there is no vaccine yet. Although some patients have recovered from it, the best cure is prevention.

Wherever you find yourself in the world, do not play about this deadly pandemic. Make sure you take the necessary measures to protect yourself, your family and others.

Keep in mind that health is wealth. One who has good health is rich. One who has poor health is poor indeed.

Do not be like those people who spend all their time running after their business or career and make huge money but lose their health and have to spend all the money fighting, and sometimes in vain, to regain their health.

Health is wealth. Yes. Health is wealth.

Which of the quotes about health and wealth catches your attention the most?

Do you know another health is wealth quote?

Further Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’ [Video]

Chinese Communist Party, COVID-19, liberty,faith

In the previous article, we examined some of the changes that may await us as the cloud of pandemic panic and lockdown slowly lifts from the global atmosphere. We have seen that the reactions to the pandemic, such as the ‘lockdown’ are even more perilous than anything the Chinese Communist Party has inflicted upon the world with the coronavirus.

The colossal failure of the certified government ‘experts’ and the faulty policy of ‘lockdown or else disaster,’ are becoming more evident each day. However, those concerns are not the only thoughts that should be considered as this radical realignment of society forced upon most of us concludes, hopefully very soon.

Considerations for the National Election

Leftist, COVID-19, economy, electionsDespite the recent imaginings of former Vice President Joe Biden, the election in November of this year will happen and President Trump is not going to cancel the election. This national election is of paramount importance and the COVID-19 panic is already having an effect on what the shape of the voting will look like.

The Left is not letting this newest opportunity for election manipulation to fade into the ether. The largest push now from the Democrats is for “mail-in voting” as a way to vote and not be endangered by the CCP coronavirus.

The huge problem with voting by mail is that while it may be both convenient and safe for the voter, it is rife with fraud that makes the election results untrustworthy at best. What makes this more troubling is there is almost no way to prove that such election fraud is occurring even under the most suspicious of conditions.

Elections officials from all political stripes acknowledge that mail-in ballots are far more vulnerable to fraud. Stories of political operatives who routinely scam senior citizens out of their absentee ballots are so widespread that the term “granny farming” was coined.  Even the New York Times, when reporting on suspicions of election fraud in North Carolina last year, noted that “absentee ballots are especially susceptible to manipulation.”

One of the premier private organizations involved in assuring that our elections are ‘clean,’ is Judicial Watch. A very worrisome area JW discovered even before the Chinese Communist Party caused Coronavirus pandemic appeared was how many states had not cleaned up their voter rolls.

This wonderful organization has taken it upon themselves to do the work of the Department of Justice by pressuring states to abide by the legal requirement to update and clean voter rolls on a regular basis. Moreover, JW has even had to take some states to court over their refusal to obey the law.

The fight to keep voter rolls within states and counties honest continues to this day and has expanded to a nationwide battle for election integrity.

Judicial Watch announced in January that we found at least another 2.5 million extra names on voter rolls across the country. A Judicial Watch analysis of data released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission found that there are 378 counties in the U.S. that have more voter registrations than citizens old enough to vote. The 378 counties had a combined 2.5 million extra registrants over the 100%-registered mark. We’ve notified 19 counties in five states—California, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Colorado, and Virginia—that we intended to sue unless they take steps to clean up their voter rolls. Stay tuned.

The Democratic Left has been using these tactics for many years. In the midst of this pandemic panic, they are sure to attempt election fraud with renewed vigor. The fact is that despite JW’s efforts, many of the lawsuits will not be acted on until after November of 2020 and extra vigilance will be needed at the polls for this crucial election.

Possibilities for the Future of Education

Leftist, COVID-19, economy, SocialismTwo particular education arenas in the public and private sectors have had some revealing light shed upon them during the national lockdown in America. One is the arena of education at home aka ‘homeschooling.’

The necessity to educate children at home during the primary through high school years because of the closure of public schools has enlightened many to just how difficult that task can prove to be. However, it may have also opened some parent’s eyes concerning what their children are learning, or not as the case may be, in the public school system.

The unintended benefit of this factor might be that more parents embrace the concept of school choice, including choosing homeschooling as an option. At the least, it should render them more willing to be involved at a greater level in their local public school system.

The second education arena has been at the level of the university, or “higher” education in America. One revelation for all to see has been the shameless greed of prestigious institutions like Harvard who clamored for ‘stimulus bailout’ money while holding a 40+ billion dollar endowment!

Of course, most of these high-dollar education establishments presumably provided video lessons for the students. However, I haven’t heard of any who have said they will offer a discount on tuition instead of keeping the full amount while their professors and administrators continue to receive their paychecks without a reduction.

However, perhaps a more lasting development might be some growth in online college-level courses that many students have no doubt taken advantage of during the lockdown. Some should discover that many of their in-person classes not measurably better than those online and that they can also get much more real education for a fraction of the cost by using the resources already available through the internet outside of the university system.

Prepare for More Encroachments Upon Freedom

COVID-19, freedom, economy, LeftismAs the shackles of lockdown are loosened, one would expect that politicians and government authorities at all levels would also loosen their grip upon the movements and freedom of their citizens. Yet, for the most part, this doesn’t appear to be the case.

In fact, the appearance being put forth by various state and local authorities reeks of tyranny and strongly implies these particular people desire permanent dictatorial power for themselves. Perhaps the most infamous to date has been Michigan Gov. Gretchen Witmer who has extended her lockdown orders until the end of May in direct response to protests against her earlier orders from on high.

A lesser-known star in the tyranny club of governors is Gov. J.B. Pritzker [D] of Illinois. A recording of his response to an important question reveals the Leftist attitude toward liberty for individuals.

He responded to a question from a reporter about his wife being allowed to engage in “non-essential” travel to Florida despite a mandatory ‘stay-at-home’ order that he had issued.

First of all, I want to say that in politics it used to be that we kept our families out of it. My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly, that uhh, that reporter wrote a story about it.

This is a very disturbing statement. Gov. Pritzker is demonstrating a dictatorial level of abuse of power, which is typical of the power-hungry Left in America. If anyone thinks that these tyrants are going to give back power to the electorate without a battle, you are seriously mistaken.

Witness the recent statement by failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. She pined for government-run universal health care in light of the pandemic panic that would only extend the tyrannical claws of Socialism further thus gutting individual freedom.

it [the response to COVID-19] needs to be part of a much larger system that eventually — and quickly, I hope — gets us to universal health care. …So I can only say, “Amen,” to everything you’re saying, but also to, again, enlist people that this would be a terrible crisis to waste, as the old saying goes.

A crisis such as this pandemic is fodder for Leftist’s dreams of power and implementing Socialism as the means to obtain that power. Of course, true Socialism is incompatible with true faith, thus the most practiced faith in America is being attacked with new fervor in the name of helping people stay ‘safe’ from the virus.

Watch as this pastor is placed under house arrest for refusing to not preach to his congregation at church services in a clear violation of the 1st Amendment.

This targeting of Christianity, in particular, has one aim. It is to destroy any hope of deliverance from any crisis unless that deliverance comes from the government authorities.

Should that goal be reached, then the ultimate Leftist fantasy of a completely Socialist government will be at hand, and tyranny will soon follow. For only if the idol of the state is put in place of God can any kind of Socialism come to pass.

President Trump has repeatedly and rightly stated that in America, “We worship God, not government.” The Left wants to use the coming ‘new normal,’ as a way to turn that statement backward.

We must deliver the same answer to that effort that Peter and other apostles gave when punished and ordered not to speak the gospel in public by the government authorities of the time,

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”  Acts 5:29 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Considerations for The Coming ‘New Normal’

Chinese Communist Party, Coronavirus, COVID-19The White House has released its three-phase plan “Opening Up America Again,” to deal with the restarting of the economy nationwide after April 30, 2020. The plan is as detailed and precautionary as possible and commits to a very measured pace of the states coming online economically with the aid of the federal government.

The task of restarting everything that has been shutdown is perhaps the most difficult task America has ever attempted. After all, it is always much easier to destroy something than to rebuild it.

Moreover, in this instance, the nation has not simply shut down the majority of the economy. America has also created some very substantial new phenomena in the efforts to hinder the damage from the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP, coronavirus.

Therefore, those who may be longing and calling for a “return to normal” are not going to see that longing fulfilled. To be clear, it is far, far too late to return to the pre-CCP coronavirus “normal” in any real sense.

We aren’t going to get back to “normal”

coronavirus, economyDuring the state-imposed national economic cessation, there have emerged a number of changes both cultural and political that could remain in practice after the threat of this latest pandemic has passed. These factors mean that we aren’t going to get back to what was considered ‘normal’ life in the future.

The most noticeable adjustments will come from the cultural side of the societal scale. Those will imprint our national psyche toward a new kind of ‘normal’ that will have both advantages and disadvantages attached.

These variations of cultural habits could range from no longer routinely greeting each other with a handshake or a hug to routinely glancing over our shoulders to determine if we are being watched by drones. After all, such overhead surveillance has already been used in more than one location in America.

When a drone identifies a group of people collected together, such as individuals quarantined in their backyard, it says, “you should not be congregating in groups.” Consequences for refusing to abide by the drones in Elizabeth, NJ include a court summons or a $1,000 fine. In Lewes, Delaware, the police department is using drones to fly over bike trails and beaches. According to a local news station, the Lewes PD Chief said the state may use the drones in the future to enforce out-of-state quarantine protocols. Anyone with an out-of-state license plate would be subject to the drone.

Another case of some rather oppressive measures comes from the great state of Montana. One county is now requiring people to wear armbands or wristbands to be able to go shopping!

In what might be one of the most over-the-top and draconian responses to coronavirus yet seen in Montana, Valley County is mandating that people wear government-issued pink arm bands in under to purchase products inside of stores. The measure, enforced by the Valley County Health Department, insists that store-owners keep customers out unless they have the pink arm-bands, which denote the customer has been in the area more than 14 days and submitted to quarantine protocol. According to the flier produced by the Valley County Health Department, out-of-towners who lack the government-issued armbands will be prohibited from stores and residents are notified to call law enforcement if they do not comply.

It is more than a little disturbing that state and local government officials feel free to violate basic constitutionally guaranteed human rights so easily. It is frightening to see how many individual citizens are willing to assist them by ratting out their neighbors.

One police officer I spoke with told me his department has gotten multiple calls reporting couples—couples!—for walking down a sidewalk without maintaining a six-foot distance. Leave aside that these couples sit on the same couches, eat at the same tables, and sleep in the same beds, presumably within six feet of each other. Assuming one of these couples actually had the virus, the responding officer who is forced to “investigate” their afternoon constitutional is likely to have contracted the virus from them, and will pass it on to whoever he interacts with for the rest of his shift.

coronavirus, economyIt seems there are always these kinds of people lurking in society who long to serve as the ‘hall monitors’ for the rest of us. Now they have been given some hopefully temporary power to be a serious nuisance for everyone else while they happily engage in restricting liberty.

However, not all the news is bad news concerning the responses to the CCP Coronavirus pandemic, whether by the government authorities or individuals in local neighborhoods. One example is that at least six states in America, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and Texas are planning to begin ‘reopening’ on or before April 30, 2020.

The governors of these states realize that their citizens will act responsibly with proper precautions if they are able to go back to work and that delaying reopening any longer will cause more misery than the virus ever will. I believe the results of these actions will show that reopening the economy in all the states is essential and that it must be done very soon.

One of the more encouraging local stories comes from a small creamery  in Wisconsin.

Sassy Cow Creamery, located in Columbus, Wisconsin, and owned by brothers James Baerwolf and Robert Baerwolf, is keeping a refrigerator outside the creamery that is fully stocked with milk and other dairy products. The creamery has called this refrigerator “the kindness cooler” because it is available to anyone in need, and it is open until the end of the pandemic.

The idea of getting back to normal has a tremendous amount of appeal especially considering the condition of America before the pandemic panic. However, the ideal shouldn’t be a return to normal but a movement toward a better ‘new’ normal for the future.

We must learn our lessons and re-learn our liberty for a new and better ‘normal’

There are several lessons we must learn in the light of the pandemic’s damage both to life and to liberty. One of the lessons we should learn is not to place our trust in the government and global “experts.”

Perhaps the greatest example of this was the [intentional?] incompetence of the famed World Health Organization. The W.H.O. was warned as early as the end of December 2019, that the CCP Coronavirus was a serious danger, and they ignored it in favor of Chinese talking-points.

Taiwan officials say they alerted China and the WHO on Dec. 31 that suspected human-to-human transmission of the virus was taking place in China’s Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, according to NBC News. That is the same day China first officially notified the world that the virus existed.

economy, coronavirusHad the world been aware of this threat on Dec. 31, 2019, it is certain the massive destruction of life would have been largely avoided around the globe. Moreover, the economic devastation of America and many other nations need not have happened.

In fact, I believe that once this is examined reasonably, with the correct facts, the six-week shutdown of the American economy will prove to have been one of the worst policy decisions we could have made. President Trump, you may remember, was in favor of opening up after 15 days, a blow that our economy reasonably could have weathered.

Instead, because of the insistence of the public health ‘experts’ on Vice President Pence’s Coronavirus team, the President went against his own instincts and extended the lockdown to April 30th which has brought about terrible economic consequences for tens of millions of American workers and business owners. We are now in a full-fledged Depression, a self-induced economic coma, that the federal government will have to print money by the trillions to halt and reverse, the ultimate results of which nothing is known because it’s never been done before.

The public health experts within America have also been wildly inaccurate in their predictions about the spread and lethality of the virus primarily because Drs. Fauchi and Birx have been relying upon figures produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation [IHME] from the University of Washington. Perhaps using figures from an organization funded by China sympathizer Bill Gates was not such a wise idea.

In addition to learning important lessons from this state-imposed nightmare, we all need to re-learn our liberty as human beings. There are some indications that many Americans are realizing this and standing up against political tyrants in various states and localities around the nation.

Justin Caruso from The Daily Caller reports, Protesters gathered Thursday in front of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond demanding that the state be reopened. Virginians protesting stay-at-home orders due to CV are following the lead of other protesters around the country. This week, protests occurred outside state capitols in Michigan, Kentucky, and North Carolina.

Citizens must re-learn and stand up for constitutional rights especially the first and second Amendment guarantees in the Bill of Rights. Some churches are realizing this and have already been fighting local and state tinpots who wish to deny the right to assemble in worship, even while taking innovative steps, such as drive-in services for their worshippers.

Coronavirus, faith, economyThus we come to the most important liberty we must re-learn, our liberty from sin and despair through Christ. It is my hope and prayer that one of the few benefits of the lockdown has been a turn, or return for some, to a serious examination of faith in the LORD.

In the midst of this pandemic panic, fear drives many toward seeking security, but we will never find real security in the arms of the government. We cannot allow this crisis to push us to invest our total trust in the state for that road leads only to slavery.

We must instead be all the more driven toward embracing our liberty and security in Christ. Faith in His provision will carry us through any hardships that may surface in the coming ‘new’ normal and keep us free in every way.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 [ESV]

D. T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Our Faith is Being Tested

The brisk wind stirs my mind, and I ponder our current events. Shelves are empty in the stores, and a virus plagues us. Quarantined from life, it seems it’s against our nature not to roam freely with our adventuresome instincts. My excitement usually comes in the early light, but boredom sets in now as it rains throughout the day.

Are today’s trials set in place by God’s admission or schemed by Satan? Everyone has their hands tied, and the world has come to a screeching halt. No God in heaven would wish this on His chosen people… or would He? Perhaps He is telling us to take a stand. Our faith is being tested!

In the biblical scriptures of Matthew 24:6-8, Jesus speaks of the End Times events as “birth pains.” Besides food shortages and economic collapse, He also spoke of viruses and locust infestations. Throughout the Bible, God sent plagues and pestilence to deal with his own people.

Medical science has proven the coronavirus natural host is bats, and the Chinese consume them in the form of soup. Did you know the Bible labels bats as forbidden meat? China detests Christianity and persecutes believers in their country. It is undoubtedly interesting COVID-19 figures today show that over 21 million Chinese have died from this virus. Is this a message from God? It is probable He is putting you on alert.

You may ask why a loving God would allow the death of His children from a pandemic. This is a wake-up call for those who refuse to repent their sins or surrender to Christ as their Lord and Savior. After all, history repeats itself.

All the wealth and knowledge of mankind will not stop our Lord’s intentions. Are you concerned for your safety? Staying home helps… or does it? Yes, it can UNLESS it is God’s will for this to happen. I cannot affirm the coronavirus positively is such a plague, but be aware of the signs. What I write for you today may shed light on the secrets of the future.

The Lord is watching and preparing our new home. Life, at this moment, mirrors biblical prophecy, and our faith is being tested. Trying to make sense of an incomparable condition is better left to those chosen scholars of God.

Should you fear the ultimatum, or should you remain faithful? This disease is a test of our personal faith in Jesus Christ. Let Him be your refuge for peace and comfort. It is so essential in these times you pray for His protection, study the Bible, and ask for healing.

“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

A final thought –  a man recently delivered some lumber to my home, and he had a profound point of view on faith that I need to share with you. He said, “You can’t line dance to gospel music.” Thanks, Ira! Great perspective! Stay in faith, everyone… you’re being tested!


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Freedom and Faith Must Not Be Cast Aside to Fight a Viral Foe [Video]

CCP CoronavirusThere is an old curse attributed to the Chinese that states, ‘May you live in interesting times.’ It is somewhat ironic that the entire globe is going through some very dangerous ‘interesting times’ because of the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP Coronavirus.

The obvious danger is the danger of death from the disease. The less obvious danger is what is happening within the government, particularly in America, at various levels in the name of combatting this virus.

The economic dangers were referred to in the previous piece. However, there is a far more insidious process in operation by the Leftist powers-that-be in America that holds devastating consequences for both faith and freedom worldwide should it succeed.

The Threat to Religious Faith

CCP CoronavirusThe threat to the basic 1st Amendment freedom of religion has so far been confined to various individual states that have issued “stay at home” orders to the citizenry. The order has included any gatherings of more than 10 or 5 people, and some orders are aimed at eliminating any assembly of people at all.

This means that gatherings for church services in a single building are basically forbidden by government authorities. This has come to a head especially in a couple of spots within America in the last few days.

The most publicized of these threats has come from the mayor of the most affected city in America, New York City. Mayor Bill DeBlasio directly threatened to close down places of worship, i.e. church buildings and synagogues, if they violated his orders.

…de Blasio singled out synagogues and churches saying he would shut them down if they continued to meet during the coronavirus outbreak. “[Law enforcement] will inform them they need to stop the services and disperse,” de Blasio, a Democrat, said at his March 27 press briefing. “If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently.”

It is the final word in the mayor’s statement that is tantamount to a direct violation of at least two parts of the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, the freedom to worship as one sees fit, and the right to peaceably assemble. Temporary closure for a determined amount of time is acceptable, but a permanent closure is not acceptable and no one has the authority to circumvent the Constitution least of all a local mayor.

Lest you believe that this is an empty threat, take note of the arrest of one pastor who was determined to hold services despite orders such as these in other places. Moreover, this happened while such orders allow other businesses to remain open, as was seen last week in Florida.

Florida megachurch pastor Rodney Howard-Browne is defending himself after he was arrested for holding services Sunday in defiance of government orders aimed at curbing coronavirus. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister charged him with “unlawful assembly” and “violation of public health emergency order,” but Howard-Browne’s conservative legal team, Liberty Counsel, …argued in a press release that Hillsborough County’s orders issued March 20 and 27 included exemptions and exceptions used by businesses that also should apply to the church. Staver said Howard-Browne and his Tampa church took “extra precautions” and went “above and beyond” to be in “full compliance with the administrative order which allows any business to operate under the 6-foot restriction,” [Liberty Counsel Presiedent] Staver argues. …In addition to following the 6-foot rule, the church staff wore gloves, gave every person hand sanitizer as they entered, and spent $100,000 on a hospital-grade system that provides “continuous infectious microbial reduction (CIMR) that is rated to kill microbes, including those in the coronavirus family.”

I would contend that this particular church assembly far exceeded the health requirements of Hillsborough County’s order and further I doubt any of the other businesses exempt from it could match those same precautions provided by the church. In reality, the church was in full compliance with the law except where the law forbade the assembly altogether.

Moreover, the church was also in compliance with biblical requirements. They were in submission to man’s law [Romans 13] except where that law violated the Word of God for His church.

Heb 10:23  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. [ESV]

Threats to Second Amendment Rights

CCP CoronavirusIn various locales, the Leftist opponents of the right to keep and bear arms are using the CCP Coronavirus to justify incursions upon the Second Amendment. The two most populous states in America are in the midst of lawsuits for their attempts to close down all gun stores in California and New York.

The Trump administration recently designated gun stores as ‘essential businesses’ that should be allowed to remain open during our ‘National Emergency’ because of the CCP Coronavirus. However, both the governors of California and New York are ignoring this designation using their authority to continue to keep gun stores shuttered.

Other states such as Maine, New Jersey, and Connecticut initially tried to close gun stores, however, they realized this was unwise and have backed off of those demands. The governors in those states either have received much better legal advice than the Chief Executives of California and New York or Govs Newsom and Cuomo believe their assessments and proclamations should overrule the U.S. Constitution.

There is a natural question that surfaces from those not familiar with the importance of gun stores to 2nd Amendment rights. Gun stores are not the same as any other retail business.

A firearms purchase of almost any kind must be accompanied by a background check of the individual making the purchase. Assuming there are no problems with the check, the purchaser must go to a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer, i.e. a gun store, to pick up his merchandise.

As writer Cam Edwards explains,

Once gun stores in a state are shut down, residents of those states lose the ability to acquire arms, and in some states, they may not have the ability to purchase ammunition either. You can’t ship a gun to your home, and you can’t download a gun to your e-reader. In states that require background checks on all firearms transfers, there’s simply no legal way to acquire a firearm without going to a gun store.

During these trying times, some places are letting some criminals out of prison and allowing even some violent crimes to be committed. It is reprehensible and dangerous to use this crisis for removing an individual’s right to defend himself and his family especially with the elevated risks of the situation today.

The Threat of Government Tracking

Perhaps the most insidious threat to liberty has come in the form of a portion of a strategy proposed to combat the CCP Coronavirus in America. The following video contains a lot that has already been covered in this article.

However, the potential for widespread government surveillance as a “phase” of the battle against CCP Coronavirus, and even worse, is revealed toward the conclusion of the video.

The danger of this effort to track citizens’ movements by whatever means should be apparent. The Orwellian implications of such measures pose a grave threat to both life and liberty in the not-so-distant future.

Understand that this tracking is to be accomplished without the permission of the individuals being tracked. As Laura alluded to in the video, this smacks of ‘big brother teaming up with big business,’ and poses some frightening scenarios if we continue in the current direction.

Moreover, if the state can monitor all your movements, they can also control your movements to a level and with a preciseness that would rival the current situation in China itself, via the efforts of the CCP.

CCP CoronavirusThis cannot abide. It will indeed turn us into a “nation of snitches” as the power of the state is employed to coerce people to turn others into the government. How long before that progresses and friends turn in other friends, and perhaps family members turn against each other?

It is one thing to speak of battling against this microscopic enemy with all our resources and determination, however, any liberty-denying measures must be used only with a guarantee that they are limited and very temporary.

The trials faced by the entire globe because of the CCP Coronavirus are monumental. America must not allow her heritage of liberty to be forfeited in the war against this pandemic, or the hopes for liberty everywhere will be dashed as well.

We must instead unite as one nation under God and call upon His grace and wisdom in this hour of need. Faith and hope in Him will bring us through stronger than ever before.

Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.      Romans 5:2-5 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Price of Continuing An Economic Shutdown Is Too High [Video]

16319744852_a321475e85_kThe last few weeks of the virtual shut down all over the globe because of CCP virus has down more than simply keep most people confined to their homes. It has also brought the largest economic power in the world to a standstill.

In America, President Trump is voicing a strong desire for the economy to begin moving once again and the sooner the better. He is facing severe criticism for such sentiments from various outlets in the Leftmedia and all its incarnations on the internet.

These attacks are fueled by the fears of the CCP virus spreading and causing widespread death in America. However, as is increasingly becoming clear, the Left seems invested in ensuring that the level of panic over this disease is raised as high as possible and that America is kept under lockdown and out of business for many months to come.

Which option is the right one for our nation and for the world? The President has given the correct and truly only rational path to tread when he said,

We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem.

America Must Get Back to Business

Inset 1 3/29/2020During our self-shutdown in America, the amount of economic damage done by the inactivity is monumental, and without quick and decisive action, there may not be an economy left to rescue. It is imperative that America gets back to business as soon as possible.

The reasons for this are apparent. First of all, the workforce has already been devastated by the shutdown of businesses across the country. The following is an economic activity chart concerning the restaurant industry posted on Twitter by Andy Pudzer.

 

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This was put together about a week ago and clearly shows that the bottom has fallen out of the restaurant business in America. This means that a major industry employing millions of people has just ceased operations altogether.

Take note that this represents but one segment of the thousands upon thousands of businesses large and small across the nation which have entirely shut down in obedience to either state order or strong suggestions by government authorities. There is no guarantee that these jobs will still exist if a nationwide “restart” is delayed even two or three weeks.

Another factor amid all of this is the unprecedented act of literally shuttering the doors of American businesses while the economy was booming. Though it is not 100% of businesses, consider these that are not allowed to operate in California today.

Restaurants, auto dealers, real estate, most manufacturing, warehousing, bars, bowling alleys, construction, airlines, shipping, and many more are shut down and all have bills to pay as a business. Many small business owners still have rent or mortgage payments on the buildings and equipment they use for their operation that could be delayed but will still require payment or the business goes under.

The number of people this is affecting is reflected in the fact that last week 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. That smashed the previous record of 695,000 jobless claims for one week.

That pace would mean that another six weeks, there would be more than 12 million unemployed in the nation. Those who are panicking over wild predictions of death and doom are demanding at least a month longer and that would result in massive unemployment numbers approaching a 30% unemployment rate which is 5% higher than the Great Depression at its worst point.

The longer this continues, the greater the chance of an economic collapse in America, one which will rival, if not surpass the Great Depression era of nearly a century ago. The only solution is to end this forced lockdown quickly and get the economy going again, period.

What About the Risk?

Inset.2.3.29.2020The natural question becomes what is to be done about the risk of contracting the CCP virus when the nation is restarted economically? Here is where the Leftist fearmongers incite a panic both intentionally and out of ignorance.

The argument from the Left is that the risk of contracting and dying from the CCP virus is too great to allow any reopening of the country for several months. They say in many arenas that to speak of restarting the American economy in weeks instead of months is favoring ‘profits over people.’

These people on the Left seem to believe that there must be zero risks from the CCP virus before we contemplate returning to some semblance of normality in life and commerce and to suggest otherwise is tantamount to saying you want people to die. That kind of attitude sparks some to raise the level of fear with commentary like this from Chris Hayes a few days ago on MSNBC,

It’s not a question of if the economic shutdown is absolutely brutal for Americans…, of course it is. It’s just that those on the right and in the business world talking to Donald Trump are just misreading what the choices are right now. There is no option. If you just let everyone go back out and go back to normal if a pandemic rages across the country and infects 50% of the population and kills a percentage point at the low end of those infected and also melts down all the hospitals. What kind of economy do you think you’re going to have under those conditions?

These remarks are intentionally misleading half-truths pumped up with hyperbole to elevate the panic level as well as take another Leftmedia shot at President Trump. The figure of 50% infections in the country is, as Buck Sexton points out on his March, 24th podcast, a generous estimate over 3 flu seasons of the total who could be infected if we took no measures at all against the virus! 

Secondly, no one is suggesting, not even President Trump, that the nation should simply disregard this virus and go back to ‘normal’ as if nothing at all had happened. Proper precautions should be taken by individuals and businesses to reduce the risk of infection, however, as a society, we are going to have to accept a certain level of risk or expand the suffering to everyone else.

Inset.3.3.29.2020This is a true balancing act between the risk of infection and a probable increase in the number of people who will die and the risk of tens of millions of Americans becoming destitute and requiring government assistance for the foreseeable future. The Left, however, sees this as an opportunity to put into place a Socialist government on which all Americans are dependant.

One of the proofs of their intentions was the numerous delays in voting upon a relief package for Americans as the lockdown continues. After passing a smaller first relief bill on March 18th, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi [D. CA], refused a vote on further proposals and instead introduced another bill that provides funding for a plethora of Socialist policies.

“The country is burning and House Democrats would rather delay passage of direct relief to working families and small business so they can manipulate the way we conduct elections, bail out the postal service, impose greenhouse gas mandates on the airlines, and ensure diversity on corporate boards,” Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute told the Daily Caller. The bill also reportedly gives unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions, increases fuel emissions standards for airlines and expands wind and solar tax credits.

That version of the bill mercifully failed, however, the bill which finally did pass both the House and Senate, and was signed into law still includes a lot of spending unrelated to the CCP virus crisis. It is certain that this extra spending will come back to haunt us in the future but for now, the level of fear and panic seems to require some unusual behavior.

However, it is very questionable that the current level of fear is justified. After wild predictions of millions of deaths in the early weeks of the CCP virus, we are beginning to get a clearer picture of reality, as this video by Dr. Birx, a member of the President’s task force, demonstrates.

A quick comparison to a normal flu season can show how shutting down the economy for more than a very brief period is an extreme over-reaction. Currently, there are 120,000 cases of CCP virus in the U.S. and almost 2,000 deaths as a result.

Here are the CDC figures for the last flu season of 2018-2019 in America.

CDC estimates that the burden of illness during the 2018–2019 season included an estimated 35.5 million people getting sick with influenza, 16.5 million people going to a health care provider for their illness, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths from influenza (Table 1). The number of influenza-associated illnesses that occurred last season was similar to the estimated number of influenza-associated illnesses during the 2012–2013 influenza season when an estimated 34 million people had symptomatic influenza illness6.  …34,200 deaths in the United States alone. And yet we didn’t shut down one single thing.

Not only that, but Americans weren’t even practicing “social distancing” or panic-buying during that flu season. We all went about our business as we normally do any other time.

The biggest difference with the CCP virus is that we are dealing with a new factor whose parameters are poorly understood. We often fear what we don’t understand and this causes extreme reactions that cause far more harm than good.

Yes, it is and will be difficult to endure this battle with a horrible disease, and there will be an increased risk of infection and death with the reopening of America. But the risk of waiting is far greater than anything this virus will inflict on the public.

Let us around the nation and the globe instead renew our trust and hope in the LORD for wise guidance, hope and the courage to risk living in His light today and every day. For there is nothing that can overcome His power and love.

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Low Octane

Certain formulas just make sense, as in the Hi-Performance engines of my younger days. We raced muscle cars every Friday or Saturday night if the weather cooperated on those days. Low octane fuel was for little less-powered engines. But, if we wanted great strength and power, high octane gave us a much better performance. Our health and well-being run on the same performance factors, and it’s equated to the relationship we have with God.

I’m sure some of us have observed people who sat in the back of a church and appeared as though they slept in their clothes. Some believers come to take up space and really don’t take part in the songs of praise. But in the front pews of God’s church, sat the brilliant Christians, praising the Lord, and magnified by God’s glow. Those beautifully dressed believers in the front rows, with their hands held high to receive God’s word… need I say more? They are full of high octane. Then, I examined those of ill-faded color, dull complexions, blemished, and disheveled, and it was apparent their spirituality may be (or was) filled with low octane. Their engine’s performance could be directly related to the quality of octane they put into their bodies.

“If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.” 1 Corinthians 3:17

Though a remarkable difference in the congregation is clear, there appears to be a more profound correlation not so noticeable. My theory is purely hypothetical, so I did some research to discover the accuracy of my prognosis.

“You shall serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will take sickness away from among you.” Exodus 23:25

Jesus proved in His healing work that it is God’s will we have good health. Many examples in scriptures reveal the miracles of Jesus healing those with ailments. Our health is the inevitable result of knowing God and living a life filled with His love and direction. Let’s look at a few of these examples.

My wife’s mother was a devout, God-fearing Christian who lived her life by God’s commandments. When she passed away at ninety-five years old, she barely had a wrinkle on her face. She glowed in God’s spirit, and He took her from us peacefully, without pain and struggle. I have a high school friend who has not had a natural heartbeat since 1995. Pacemakers have been the source of her existence, but she praises the Lord for her health and life. Looking at her today, she is the epitome of health – glowing skin, smiling ear-to-ear, and shiny, beautiful hair. She runs on high octane and lives every day to the fullest. God bless her heart!

On a more notable scale, the evangelist, Billy Graham, was ninety-nine years old when he quietly passed away. He struggled with cancer and eventually died of pneumonia, but until the day he died, he looked healthy. He had God’s glow of high octane. The late Bishop Eddie Long, head of one of the largest mega-churches in the U.S., is another example of one who passed away from cancer. He maintained his youthful appearance and high octane looks until the day he left us.

Our health is a gift to all of God’s children. We can overcome disease and sickness, in some sense, by living a faithful life to Christ. Now do not misinterpret my words to mean we will never get sick or recover from terminal conditions if we live on high octane. God doesn’t promise us life with no pain or sickness. But one has to wonder… why are those with spiritually low octane, appear not so healthy, yet those who run on high octane rarely show any illnesses? Pay close attention to those around you who are suffering ailments and tell me if my observation isn’t correct.

The principles of well-being are not only our mental health but the condition of our physical health too. It’s simple – God is the highest octane you can receive for your body. Where can you get it? We obtain it through prayer and living a godly life. The more the Lord resonates in your life, the better you will look and feel. Let the love of God be Your octane bust!


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Useful Health Tips

The human body consists of multiple organs that makes up different organ systems, all the organs work together to provide proper functioning.

Unfortunately if any of the organ system malfunctions, the effect can be observed on the entire body. The following certain factors contributes to the destruction of our bodies.


Unhealthy Eating Habits: unhealthy eating habits play an important role in destroying the human body. In today’s hectic world, almost everyone prefers fast food over healthy food.

More than half of us would prefer a delicious slice of pizza loaded with extra cheese over the same homemade food, right?But we do not realize the harmful impact it can have on our bodies. It causes so many problems, including obesity diabetes, high blood pressure and heart diseases.

Fast foods are far inferior in nutrition but high in sugar, salt and fats. They have high trans fats, therefore raising the amount of bad cholesterol or LDL and lowering the good cholesterol or HDL in the body.

This promotes several cardiovascular disorders. Fried foods can also cause acne. Therefore the daily consumption of fast food is harmful to the body.

Irregular Sleeping Patterns: irregularities in sleeping habits are very harmful to our bodies. 7-9 hours of sleep every night is required by the body for proper functioning. Lack of sleep can have several side effects on the body.

It impairs our cognitive abilities, learning, concentration and thought processes. It also reduces memory storage. Sharp wave ripples that cause memory consolidation occur during deep sleep.

Therefore, lack of sleep can cause impairment in memory consolidation. Lack of sleep also increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, stroke and even death. It can also increase the process of aging.

The protein collagen is responsible for providing elasticity to the skin. Lack of sleep releases cortisol that damages the protein collagen and our skin. Hence, we should go to bed early to get proper sleep.

Sedentary Lifestyle: this is a lifestyle that involves little or no physical activity.

Elimination of physical activity from our lives can have immense adverse effects. Exercise causes the release of endorphins, also known as the happy hormones that reduce pain and induce the feeling of pleasure or happiness. Exercise is also important to gain strength, power and endurance.

Physical inactivity contributes to so various health related problems, including stress, depression, heart disease, especially coronary heart diseases. It also causes an increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Daily exercise is an important way of preventing our bodies from being damaged.

Cigarette Smoking: cigarette smoking has adverse effects on the human body; the smoke contains various harmful chemicals that get deposited in our lungs, therefore causing different lung diseases including bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, and lung cancer.

Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer. Apart from lung diseases, it can also cause anxiety, heart diseases, infertility, diabetes, blood cancer and pancreatic cancer.

Smoking should be strictly avoided in all circumstances because it can severely affect our body in negative ways.


If your food is wrong medicine is of no use and if your food is right medicine is of no need.

Peace!

A Harmful Or Healthy Social Comparison?

In my previous blog “Understand Your Worth – How You Value Yourself,” I talked about the topic of how much the society places value on outward appearances when defining one’s success, whereas little consideration is given to the inner values of a person, and that certain outward appearances of success can trigger a need within you to compare yourself to others.

This outward type of social comparison is often painful and rarely triggers any real change in our lives, because it makes us feel defeated right from the start – mainly due to fear and insecurity. It’s of no surprise that we live with different paradoxes, with the most common one is failing to see our own value, while simultaneously thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought.

Though social comparisons are often seen as unhealthy, yet comparing ourselves to others can be a powerful life tool in itself. The difference lies in your motive: Are you comparing out of fear and insecurity, or out of the desire to improve?

The Harmful Type Of Social Comparison

This is when you compare out of fear and insecurity, in other words, you want what belongs to others.

There are plenty of examples, such as getting mad when someone gets the promotion instead of you, has a nicer suit and car, or it can even be a talent that you wish you had. These strong feelings that you deserve more can lead you to feel that you will never be good enough, and push you in making false assumptions that you deserve as much or more then what the other person has. This fear will only lead to great discontentment, which in turn will mature into bitterness.

Bitterness may cause you to seek faults with this person and look for reasons why they don’t deserve whatever it is that they have. Then, your thoughts start to lean towards an idea that you are never good enough so you might as well give up. You feel that you can never be enough so you do the bare minimum to keep yourself afloat. When bitterness becomes the core of one’s existence, there can be no happiness.

The Healthy Type Of Social Comparison

When was the last time you felt inspired by watching someone giving a great presentation? Or an interviewee handling him- or herself well in a tricky question and you found yourself saying, “Wow, I’ll try it that way next time.”

Watching others is one way of how we learn. If I hadn’t seen great presenters, like Simon Sinek, I’d probably still be using PowerPoint with boring bullet-point slides. Whether it’s watching how people handle themselves at work, or observing another parent managing a playground tantrum, comparing their methods to yours opens your mind to new possibilities.

From my personal experience, I look in the mirror each morning knowing that I am falling short of my potential. This may keep me humble, but the vision of people accomplishing great things is changing that image in the mirror for the better. While I’m not fearing or fretting, I am also not content to stay the way I am. I hope that’s the same for you.

How To Make Healthy Social Comparisons

Firstly, be conscious of who you compare yourself with. Don’t choose just one person, instead, choose multiple people that inspire you to become better which match with or surpass your character and judgement. Ask yourself how they would look at certain situations and solve them. This way, you can look at more options and be able to make the best decision possible.

Secondly, watch and listen to the world and understand what is going on around you. We simply write off people that we don’t agree with, whether it be politicians or religions. What a mistake this is! Take time to learn from all sources. Listen to others. You may never agree with them but something in what they are doing is a teachable moment. You learn what you might do, but you also learn what you would never do. Either way, you win because you have learned from it.

Finally, make a habit of reading. Sometimes, I walk through the aisles of book stores, not to buy anything, but to read the titles of the books to get inspiration from them. Also, reading blog posts, book summaries, watching videos, and taking courses are all means that gives us a healthy visual to compare ourselves and inspire us to do more. It’s time to stop making unhealthy comparisons with others and choose the path for yourself.

“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Danielle LaPorte

Originally published at ye-chen.com.

  • What is your motive when the day is done?
  • Who inspires you to become better?

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