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Monkeys? Yep, we’ve got those too! :)

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Posted by on September 28, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Sai Yok Waterfall

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Naam

That’s Thai for water btw.  🙂

So 2 of my 4 devoted readers have asked for me to expand on the topic of water.  I was all gung-ho about it when I made the offer, but now I am not so sure as to what I should write down.  There was just so much information that all tied back to water that I don’t want to go into all of the details and bore you and me to death.  A lot of it is very intricate and not easy to go into in such a short amount of time.  I know this all sounds like a bunch of excuses, and you would be right, it is.  lol  But nevertheless, I will attempt to do my best to describe just a couple of the benefits of water in layman’s terms.

The Mouth

A large portion of our food is or should be broken down in our mouth.  The salivary contents created by your salivary glands helps that food get broken down and get sent down for further processing.  The major component in the salivary contents is water. As soon as you see food, the message is sent to the brain and your mouth starts to “water”/salivate in preparation for that food.  The job of saliva is to wet the food enough so that it protects the mucosal lining of the oral cavity as it leaves the mouth.  Without enough water at the beginning of this process, digestion becomes more a difficult job for the body.

On an interesting side note that has nothing to do with water, as the food goes down it passes the tonsils.  The tonsils identify what it is you are eating and sends a report to the brain if there are any invading pathogens present.  If so the brain will release the proper chemicals, blood cells, or whatever is necessary to fight it off.

So why do we take out people’s tonsils again?

Mucosal Lining

Okay, so as I’ve stated before, your body has a something called a mucosal lining.  It is all throughout your body.  It also is made up of mostly water. This is important because one of the jobs of the mucosal lining takes place in the stomach.  It provides a barrier in the stomach to help protect against the hydrochloric acid that is being released from your gastric pits to help break down the chyme (chewed up food) that comes in.

Without a thick enough mucosal lining in the stomach, the hydrochloric acid will eat away the mucosal lining and you will have issues like heart burn, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers just to name a few.

How do you keep your mucosal lining thick? Yep, you guessed it, drink plenty of water.  It makes perfect sense when you remember that the lining is 90% water.

Constipation

Our last stop…the toilet. We touched on the exit of food a couple of times only. We have mainly talked about the entrance of food into our bodies.  Here is a nice synopsis I pulled off the Internet that pulls it all together better than I could explain it.

How do we get constipated? Well, food flows through the small intestine as a liquid mixture of digestive juices and the food you eat. By the time it reaches the large intestine, all the nutrients have been absorbed. The large intestine has one main function: to absorb water from the waste liquid, and turn it into a waste solid, known as the stool. The hard and dry stools of constipation occur when the colon absorbs too much water, or if the colon’s muscle contractions are too slow or sluggish, which results in the stool moving through the colon at too slow a pace. These hard, dry stools are difficult to pass.

The reason they are difficult to pass is that the hard, dry stool actually sticks to the dry wall of the colon and requires that the colon develop high-pressure waves to be moved. Since the body needs help to remove the stool, strain is then placed on the abdominal muscles to contribute the necessary force to push out the stool. This straining can have negative effects to the body, such as the development of hernias, varicose veins, hiatus hernia (upward pressure forcing the stomach into the chest), diverticulitis and diverticulosis (weakening and infection of the colon wall), hemorrhoids, anal fissures and fistulae. 

Water is so beneficial for our bodies and yet we drink so little of it.  Seems we do that with most things that are good for us.  Water can help prevent and many times cure lots of the health issues we face today. High blood pressure, gout, diabetes, kidney stones, asthma…the list is long.

There are different calculations as to how much water you should drink.  Our teacher says 2 liters a day. Another formula is to take your weight and divide by 2, and that’s how many ounces you should drink each day.

Whatever the case, if we want to live long happy lives, we should probably start by drinking more water.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

My Wife Left Me

Can you believe that? After all we have been through. We moved here together and just like that she decides to up and leave!

I guess I can’t blame her, Singapore does seem pretty nice.

Good news is, she will be back on Thursday! 🙂

Aunt Audrey, Aunt Rose, Cousin Bree, and Raena…wow, that’s trouble any way you look at it.

So it’s Daddy Daycare for a few days.  What in the world am I going to do with these crazy kiddos for two days?

A better question is, what are they going to do to me?

Sadly, Aunt Audrey will be leaving when they get back in town. Cousin Bree goes a few days later.  Then Aunt Rose a little while after that.

Which begs the question…

Who’s coming to visit us next? 🙂

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Back to School

For the past 12 years I have started this time of year the same way…in front of a classroom full of high school teenagers.  Little did I suspect that year 13 I would have me in a classroom as one of the students. It has been a different experience being on the other side of things.  The last time I was in a formal class was back in college 12 years ago.  I completed my MA degree completely online so I skipped the whole traditional classroom experience.

The class is a holistic medical class, taught by a guy from Papua New Guinea.  He is a very nice, Christian man that has been doing this sort of work for about 10 years or so.  We also got training last night in Bangkok at Mission Hospital from Dr. Nick, a specialist in tropical diseases. Both men are just full of information.

But, to be quite honest I don’t really have an interest in medicine or medical things but I must say he has kept my interest throughout.  If you knew the effect of water (and lack of) on your body you would be shocked. I won’t bore you with all the details, but if you want to know more, let me know in the comments and I will do a post about some of it.

Though I am not very much into medicine, I am quite fascinated with how the brain works. Specifically, how the brain works in correlation with how we see and deal with our dating relationships. Some of you in fact have heard my oxytocin presentation. Well, I had an opportunity to talk with John one on one and he told me some fascinating things. Since I won’t be returning and doing any talks in the states for quite a while ( I figure when I do return, most people will want to hear about my recent adventures), I will go ahead and tell you now.

If you have talked to me at length for any time you should know that I some different views that society on “dating”.  One of those different views is that I don’t believe in having sex outside of marriage. Period. There are no exceptions. My oxytocin talk touches on things that happen in the brain when you do.

As I was talking with John about some of this, he told me that premarital sex actually does even more damage than we realize.  The simple version of it is that you have things in your body called lysomes.  They are actually white blood cells that are present in any mucosal lining.  Mucosal lining is all throughout your body.  It is made mostly out of water. Coincidentally, this lining is also in a woman’s “special area”.  These lysomes actually take a picture of the FIRST sexual partner and sends that information to the brain.  Every other  partner after that the body treats as a foreign body, and the immune system actually begins to actually fight and protect itself.

Many times the effects of this can and often do lead to several difficulties later on in life, including but not limited to, a woman’s PH balance routinely being off, difficulty maintaining a pregnancy, and a higher susceptibility to getting cervical cancer…among other things.

Often times we as Christians question the Bible’s “rules” or label them as suggestions or outdated, something meant for another time. But the more we discover about science, the earth, human nature and the human body, the more I find the Bible to be correct and still relevant for our time.

What say you?

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2012 in AJ's Adventures

 

Our first visitors

My wife’s aunts, Audrey and Rose, have decided to throw caution to the wind and come and spend some time with us.  Actually they are here to take care of the girls while Raena and I are in class 4 days a week doing holistic medical training.  They got in yesterday and I went to go and pick them up. You wouldn’t think that finding two taller black ladies in an airport with many non-black people wouldn’t be that hard, but trust me when I tell you, it’s harder than its sounds. 🙂  We will keep you posted on our adventures in thailand.

Any suggestions on what trouble we should get into?

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in AJ's Adventures