Notes to the Family

Issue 11, To Our Health, December 31, 2009


It was great seeing you all in Augusta over Thanksgiving. We missed the folks from New York, but we might be able to catch you later in 2010.

I watched a story on 60 Minutes a few Sundays ago about the U.S. government’s program to grow body parts. It is called regenerative medicine and the goal is to help the thousands waiting for organ transplants, including the hundreds of veterans who return from Iraq and Afghanistan horribly maimed.

So far, researchers have created beating hearts, ears and bladders by manipulating cells in the human body into redrawing tissue. The program is based on the fact that every organ in our body contains special stem cells that are unique to each body part. So if you place that cell in the right environment, it'll be programmed to do what it's supposed to do. The key to regeneration is to isolate and then multiply those cells until there are enough to cover a mold of that particular body part.

All that was missing was the directions to the cells to start recreating again. And now researchers have found the key to activating the process. It is called ECM (Extra Cellular Matrix), which comes from pig bladders. ECM is loaded with signals that instruct cells to do things, as well as serving as a structural support. ECM is a throwaway product for the agricultural community.

So, we are no longer limited to transplants and prostheses and artificial organs. Over time medical science will actually be able to create replacement organs or limbs for the ill, disabled or suffering. And the time may not be that far off. As progress is made funding becomes easier and the efforts to recreate body parts and organs will be sped up.

Now this all happens in a controlled environment. But what happens when the activator is added in an uncontrolled environment? For instance, say when bacon or pork chops are added to the diet? Is there a possibility that pig byproducts activate cells in our body in an uncontrolled fashion? Is it possible that God tells us to not eat swine for own benefit? Is it possible that all of the unclean animals identified in Deuteronomy 14 have been so identified as unclean and not to be eaten for our good? Is it possible these animals serve purposes that are not consistent with out digestive systems and their consumption causes reactions in our bodies that are not good?

This is really a lot to think about, particularly for me since I enjoy bacon (I’ll deal with shell fish later) and the flavor of just about anything is made better with bacon. I’ve read the Scriptures in Acts 10 and Romans 14 and 2 Timothy where there appears to be allowance for eating the meat of unclean animals. But I like pork so much I am not sure I am the best person to do the research. I could easily be overlooking something that puts a different spin on what I am reading. And it is so easy for me overlook verses like Psalms 15:4 that state that God does not change. If not for Psalms 15:4 I could easily accept that Genesis 9:3 is a correct translation.

Well this is really one for the ministers in the family. Perhaps you guys can explain these Scriptures in a way that preserves God’s never changing status while at the same time clarifying what we should and should not eat.

Let’s do this, I’ll create a page for your posts of thoughts and ideas on the subject so we can all tag along as you work this out. This will really be great for the family. As we age we should all be doing all we can to stick around. And you know we’d be doing our part for America, this (our diets) may be the real solution to the health care crisis in America?

Anyway, post your comments and thoughts at]; ?> I’ll be looking for your insight and input.

See you guys soon, love Ya

blessings . . .

Genesis 9:3 (KJV) Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Deuteronomy 14:7-21 (KJV) Nevertheless these ye shall not eat of them that chew the cud, or of them that divide the cloven hoof; as the camel, and the hare, and the coney: for they chew the cud, but divide not the hoof; therefore they are unclean unto you. {8} And the swine, because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase. {9} These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat: {10} And whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you. {11} Of all clean birds ye shall eat. {12} But these are they of which ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the osprey, {13} And the glede, and the kite, and the vulture after his kind, {14} And every raven after his kind, {15} And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckoo, and the hawk after his kind, {16} The little owl, and the great owl, and the swan, {17} And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant, {18} And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat. {19} And every creeping thing that flieth is unclean unto you: they shall not be eaten. {20} But of all clean fowls ye may eat. {21} Ye shall not eat of any thing that dieth of itself: thou shalt give it unto the stranger that is in thy gates, that he may eat it; or thou mayest sell it unto an alien: for thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.

Psalms 15:4 (KJV) In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.

Acts 10:13-15 (KJV) And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. {14} But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. {15} And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.

Romans 14:14-15 (KJV) I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. {15} But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

1 Timothy 4:3-5 (KJV) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. {4} For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: {5} For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 

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