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From Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Plantation on the first Thanksgiving of the Pilgrims in July 30, 1623

“But here I cannot but make a pause and stand half amazed at this poor people’s present condition; and so I think will the reader, too, when he considers it well. Having thus passed the vast ocean, and that sea of troubles before while they were making their preparations, they now had no friends to welcome them, nor inns to entertain and refresh their weather beaten bodies, nor houses, much less towns, to repair to.

As for the season, it was winter, and those who have experienced the winters of the country know them to be sharp and severe, and subject to fierce storms, Besides, what could they see but a desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men; and what multitude there might be of them they knew not! Neither could they, as it were, go up to the top of Pisgah, to view from this wilderness a more goodly country to feed their hopes; for which way soever they turned their eyes (save upward to the Heavens!) they could gain little solace from any outward objects. Summer being done, all things turned upon them a weather-beaten face; and the whole country, full of woods and thickets, presented a wild and savage view.

If they looked behind them, there was a mighty ocean which they had passed and was now a gulf separating them from all civilized parts of the world.

What, then, could now sustain them but the spirit of God and His grace? Ought not the children of their fathers rightly to say: Our fathers were Englishmen who came over the great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity. Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good and His mercies endure forever. Yea, let them that have been redeemed of the Lord, show how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered forth into the desert-wilderness, out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them. Let them confess before the Lord His loving kindness, and His wonderful works before the sons of men.”
George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, October 3, 1789

“Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.”
Abraham Lincoln’s October 3, 1863 Thanksgiving Proclamation

“It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations are blessed whose God is the Lord (Psalm 33:12). We know that by His divine law, nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world. May we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people?

We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.

But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Thanksgiving Proclamation November 26, 1942

(Historical Note: In 1942, America is now in the midst of WWII, which started on December 7, 1941 and lasted until 1945.)

“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” Across the uncertain ways of space and time our hearts echo those words, for the days are with us again when, at the gathering of the harvest, we solemnly express our dependence upon Almighty God.

The final months of this year, now almost spent, find our Republic and the Nations joined with it waging a battle on many fronts for the preservation of liberty.

In giving thanks for the greatest harvest in the history of our Nation, we who plant and reap can well resolve that in the year to come we will do all in our power to pass that milestone; for by our labors in the fields we can share some part of the sacrifice with our brothers and sons who wear the uniform of the United States.

It is fitting that we recall now the reverent words of George Washington, “Almighty God, we make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy Protection,” and that every American in his own way lift his voice to heaven. I recommend that all of us bear in mind this great Psalm:

Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want (worry). He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Inspired with faith and courage by these words, let us turn again to the work that confronts us in this time of national emergency: in the armed services and the merchant marine; in factories and offices; on farms and in the mines; on highways, railways, and airways; in other places of public service to the Nation; and in our homes.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the United States of America, do hereby invite the attention of the people to the joint resolution of Congress approved December 26, 1941, which designates the fourth Thursday in November of each year as Thanksgiving Day; and I request that both Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1942, and New Year’s Day, January 1, 1943, be observed in prayer, publicly and privately.”



According to this article the top 7 healthiest countries in the world are as follows:

1) Iceland
2) Japan
3) Sweden
4) Okinawa
5) New Zealand
6) Sardinia
7) Finland

In reading the article I found some important points that can be applied to everyone’s overall health.

From Finland (Scandinavia, Europe): Only 30 years ago Finland had the highest death rates in heart disease, which led the country to increase pro-health actions. “Smoking has been reduced significantly and fruit and vegetable intake has more than doubled.” According to WebMD, smoking can lead to heart disease. (Source:
By quitting smoking, or at the very least reducing it, Finlanders have decreased the possibility of heart disease for themselves.
Along with that, Finlanders have increased fruit and veggie intake. Fruits and veggies have Vitamins C, E, and A (among many other things) that are the basic foundation of our immune systems and overall health.

From Sardinia (Europe): A region of Italy, Sardinia is an island of a close knit people. The many shepherds walk an average of 5 miles PER DAY. So few of us Americans can boost of this.
The diet of these shepherds includes mostly “whole grain flatbread, fava beans, tomatoes, greens, garlic, various fruits, olive oil and pecorino cheese from grass-fed sheep (high in Omega 3).” I can safely say none of those foods have GMOs and all of them are home-grown or from local farmers markets.
Omega 3 is very important for skin, eye, and brain health and has anti-cancer effects in the body. It is used also to decrease inflammation, fight against Cardiovascular Disease, and support the immune system.

From New Zealand (South-West Pacific Ocean): The New Zealanders enjoy many outdoor activities that are full of beneficial exercise, such as fishing, swimming, camping, and hiking. They eat freshly caught seafood (most of which they catch themselves) and locally grown organic fruits and veggies. Some these include kiwis, avocados, lettuce, apples, and plums.
Add the Vitamins C, A, and E from the fruits and veggies to the Omega 3 oils and proteins from the fresh caught seafood and you have a very, very strong immune system boosting formula of health.

From Okinawa (Asia, near/part of Japan): Said to have the world’s healthiest people, Okinawa locals eat tons home grown fruits and vegetables per day as well as fresh caught seafood and tofu. Many people of Okinawa live to be 110 years old (about 50 out of every 100,000 people live past 100)!
According to the article the people of Okinawa have low stress but rigorous daily activity.

From Sweden (Scandinavia, Europe): In the landscape like Sweden everyone practices outside exercise/activities daily. The Sweden diet is high in fish that is fresh caught and poached, fermented, smoked, and or dried instead of frying or cooking in oil.

From Japan (Asia): “Every meal in Japan looks like a piece of art. Food is so beautiful and so delicious and so simple,” fitness expert Harley Pasternak said to Empower News Magazine. “They are the largest consumer of fish in the world and of whole soy and of seaweed and green tea. When they are about 80 percent full, they stop and wait for about 10 minutes, then decide whether to keep going. And most times, they are full so they don’t need to keep eating more.”
Simply put; You should take time to eat, do not rush through mealtime and do not stuff yourself beyond repair.

From Iceland (Europe): Do to the colder weather, the Icelanders work out in the gym a lot, most likely more than the average American. Iceland’s cool clean air increases the health of the body through the lungs. Oxygen is one of the most important, if not the most important, ingredients needed for our bodies. If our oxygen is not clear, along with our water, than you can safely say that your insides are not clean either.

Overall, these locations had clean air (little or no pollution), had very good balances between working and living that helped to control stress and blood pressure levels, always ate an abundance of local fruits and veggies, and many ate fish instead of meat.

We certainly can learn a lot of them because, whether these countries known it or not, they are following almost all the time the diet that God has set for us.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

I found this great article (well, it is really part of a bigger article but still,) about Dr. Gerson’s life in Germany and the USA. Please read…

“…One of the earliest truth messengers to feel the sting of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) attacks was Dr. Max Gerson, a German immigrant born October 18, 1881 in Wongrowitz, Germany. Gerson attended the Universities of Breslau, Wurzburg, Berlin, and Freiburg from 1901 to 1906. He then served as an intern at a number of hospitals and clinics throughout Germany.

In 1910, Dr. Gerson, who had suffered from severe migraine headaches for years, came across a book written by an Italian doctor who claimed that some migraine headaches could be relieved by a milk diet, while others could be relieved by a fresh-fruit-and-vegetable diet.

Gerson first tried the milk diet, but without success. He then put himself on the fruit-and-vegetable diet, with an emphasis on apples, both raw and cooked. In a short period of time, his migraines disappeared. He further experimented by adding salt and a variety of other substances to the fruits and vegetables, only to find that his migraines returned very quickly, sometimes within a half-hour.

After serving in World War I, Dr. Gerson set up practice in Bielefeld, Germany as an internist and specialist in nervous diseases. Expanding his experimentation with diet, he was successful in curing 446 out of 450 supposedly incurable cases of lupus (an autoimmune disorder characterized by skin lesions).

For his work in this area, Dr. Gerson was hopeful that he might earn the Nobel Prize for Medicine. To his disbelief, he instead was challenged by the German medical establishment and hauled into court. The charge was that he was not a specialist in skin disorders, and therefore his work in this area was in violation of the German medical code.

After having similar success with “incurable” tuberculosis, he again was challenged by the establishment medical community. Unfortunately, before he was able to prove that his natural diet therapy did, in fact, cure tuberculosis, Dr. Gerson, who was Jewish, had to flee his homeland because of the increasingly dangerous political situation.

After his escape from Germany, Dr. Gerson lived in Vienna and then moved to Ville d’Avray near Paris to become chief of staff of a sanatorium. Finally, after a short stay in England, he emigrated to the United States.

In New York, at age fifty-five, Dr. Gerson had to go to school with first and second graders to learn how to speak English, a prerequisite for his earning a medical license. (He received his license in January 1936 after passing the New York State Board examination.) After setting up practice in New York City, he continued his diet experiments with incurable arthritis and cancer patients. His success rate was astonishing even to him, and it made the medical establishment very uneasy.

On July 3, 1946, Dr. Gerson demonstrated his healing techniques before a U.S. Senate subcommittee headed by Senator Claude Pepper, bringing with him five cancer patients whom he had cured with his organic fruit-and-vegetable therapy. The AMA went berserk – to put it mildly.

In its November 16, 1946 edition, the Journal of the American Medical Association stated, “Fortunately for the American people, this presentation received little, if any, newspaper publicity.” Later, in its January 8, 1949 edition, the same publication declared, “There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to indicate that modifications in the dietary intake of food or other nutritional essentials are of any specific value in the control of cancer.”

The AMA pressured hospitals, laboratories, and other doctors not to do business with Dr. Gerson. This made it difficult for him to document his work, because he was prevented from bringing his patients to established medical facilities for testing.

The final blow, however, was when Dr. Gerson was invited to be a guest on a radio talk show hosted by the popular Long John Nebel. The show lasted for several hours, and the public’s response was overwhelming. The result? The radio network was threatened by the AMA, and Nebel was fired the next day.

Finally, on March 8, 1959, after years of harassment from the AMA and other segments of the establishment medical community, Dr. Max Gerson, the ultimate medical messenger, died of pneumonia.

In reflecting on Dr. Gerson’s work, Albert Schweitzer, the renowned doctor and humanitarian who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952 (and whose wife Gerson had cured of tuberculosis) said, “I see in him one of the most eminent medical geniuses in the history of medicine. …Unfortunately, he could not engage in scientific research or teach; and he was greatly impeded by adverse political conditions.

“In ordinary times he would have been able to expound his ideas for many years as a professor at one of the important German universities; would have taught pupils who could carry on his research and teachings; would have found recognition and encouragement. … All this was denied him.

“His was the hard lot of searching and working as an uprooted immigrant, to be challenged and stand as a fighter. We who knew and understood him admired him for working his way out of discouragement again and again, and for undertaking to conquer the obstacles.”

Dr. Gerson was the most hated kind of messenger, because the message he delivered threatened not only the incomes of doctors, but also of hospitals, clinics, and those involved in the manufacture and sale of pharmaceuticals and surgical equipment. After all, if people ate healthy food, where would the medical community get its patients?

That’s why, long after the silencing of Dr. Gerson, corporate giants in the dairy, beef, tobacco, and pharmaceutical industries, along with the American Medical Association, continued to shoot down one medical messenger after another in an effort to repress the hated, profit-killing truth…”


To find more information on Dr. Gerson read the following articles:   <—- This is also the Gerson Institute website where you can find information on the Gerson therapy and help if you have an “incurable disease.”

Wongrowitz, Germany, 1881: Max Gerson is born.

 1909: Max Gerson graduates from Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (English: University of Freiburg), whichhas been called by the Germans the “University of Excellence” because of all the famous minds who have passed through the university. Minds like David Daube and Friedrich August Hayek and many others who received Nobel prizes.

At age 28, the now Doctor Max Gerson began practicing medicine in Germany.

Dr Gerson suffered from many severe migraines these led him to look for a cure. He tried the “milk diet” and that did not work. This led him farther to finding his own cure. Dr Gerson tried his own fruit-and-vegetable diet, this was the building blocks of his famous Gerson therapy later on in life.

Dr Gerson served in World War 1, after which he “set up shop” in Bielefeld, Germany where he was able to cure “446 out of 450 supposedly incurable cases of lupus.”

Later Dr Gerson immigrated to the United States where he received citizenship and began going to school (first and second grade) to learn English. He was than able to continue his medical practice in New York City where his success was even greater than he himself imagined.

July, 1946, Dr Gerson had to present his healing techniques before a United States Senate subcommittee where he stated that his healing was done by organic fruit-and-vegetable therapy. This made the American Medical Association (AMA) very uncomfortable and mad. The AMA attacked Dr Gerson’s method by stating “There is no scientific evidence whatsoever to indicate that modifications in the dietary intake of food or other nutritional essentials are of any specific value in the control of cancer.” They pressured doctors, hospitals, and organizations not to do any business with Dr Gerson.

Dr Gerson went on a radio show to talk and defend his views and healing methods. In turn the AMA threatened the radio show.

In 1958, Dr Gerson published a book called A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases.

Sadly in 1959, at the age of 78 (by the way the life expectancy of 1959 was about 68 years old on average for males), Dr Max Gerson died of what is said to have been pneumonia. Many people today believe that Dr Gerson died of poisoning, by the AMA or another organization of the time no one knows but the debate and investigations and very much in the background today.

Albert Schweitzer M.D., a Nobel prize winner, was Dr Gerson’s lifetime friend after Dr. Gerson’s therapy cured Schweitzer of his Type II diabetes, cured Albert’s daughter of a chronic skin condition, and saved the life of Albert’s wife, suffering from tuberculosis of the lung which had not responded to conventional treatment. He stated, “I see in him one of the most eminent medical geniuses in the history of medicine. …Unfortunately, he could not engage in scientific research or teach; and he was greatly impeded by adverse political conditions.

In ordinary times he would have been able to expound his ideas for many years as a professor at one of the important German universities; would have taught pupils who could carry on his research and teachings; would have found recognition and encouragement. … All this was denied him.

His was the hard lot of searching and working as an uprooted immigrant, to be challenged and stand as a fighter. We who knew and understood him admired him for working his way out of discouragement again and again, and for undertaking to conquer the obstacles.”

Dr Max Gerson, the “unsung hero of modern medicine,” the “miracle man,” or the “blessing from God” as I say. He truly was a blessing from God, whether or not he was a Christian, Lutheran, or Jew; he impacted his world in mighty ways and his healing methods continue to be practiced today through the Gerson Institute, which was founded by his daughter.

(For more information… Howard Strauss, Dr Gerson’s grandson, has written a book, which I have yet to read, called Dr. Max Gerson: Healing the Hopeless, in which the writer details Dr Gerson’s life and therapy that works.)

May God be pleased to raise up more “Dr Gersons” who in the face of the government and in the face of danger stand up for what he believed and who, whether he realized or not, showed the world how God’s food is the cure for incurable illnesses and that God’s way is the hope for the hopeless.

 Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!

“I’ll never forget sitting in the counseling room with her. As a crisis pregnancy counselor, I volunteered weekly to administer free pregnancy tests and provide confidential counsel to people in need. Sadly, I would sit with clients as young as twelve years old.

This particular client didn’t seem too concerned about whether her test was positive or negative. As the timer for the pregnancy test counted down, her mind was clearly elsewhere.

“What are you thinking?,” I asked.

“I know I got herpes from my last partner. This is going to change everything.”

Sorrow overwhelmed her and anger began to surface.

Like many in our society, she bought into the “safe sex” lie and falsely trusted a piece of latex.  However, latex doesn’t cover the entire genital region.  Since herpes is a skin to skin contact disease, she was still infected and could never turn back.  

Herpes is a viral STD. There is no cure.

There are two classes of STDs- viral and bacterial.  Once a person acquires a viral STD, it is for life.  There may be medication to treat the symptoms, but they cannot eradicate the disease.  Bacterial STDs, on the other hand, are curable.  If a person sees their physician and tests positive for one of these diseases, antibiotics are available to wipe it out.  Unfortunately, many teenagers are having genital contact and failing to be tested.

But did you know the following?

§                     STDs are the most common diseases in America next to the common cold and flu.  Source:

§                     One in four teens are already infected with at least one STD.  Source:

§                     One in two sexually active youth will contract an STD by age 25.  Source:

§                     One in five American’s age 12 and over has genital herpes, a virus for which they can only treat symptoms.  Source:

§                     At least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Sadly, for some girls this leads to premature hysterectomies and even death.  Source:

§                     15% of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by an STD (Chlamydia or gonorrhea).  Source:

§                     To date, there is no evidence that consistent use of condoms during oral sex reduces your chance of getting most STIs.  Source:

§                     Hormonal birth control, while preventing pregnancy, can dramatically increase a girl’s chance of STD infection.  Source:

§                     80% of people infected with an STD have no symptoms.  Source:

Obviously teens aren’t infecting each other intentionally, but the lack of symptoms in 4 out of 5 people is allowing for disease to spread like wildfire. 

And, unlike a boy who may walk away from sexual contact without permanent damage, girls’ bodies were created with an open sexual system, placing them at risk for internal damage that forever affects their future.  Sadly, girls will pay a higher price every time. 

Sexually transmitted diseases are SERIOUS.    

Pam Stenzel and I want to make sure that you are educated and empowered to make healthy relationship choices.  To help you, we’ve written the book NOBODY TOLD ME.  This book is perfect for every student (12 and up).  If you have abstained, this book will offer a window into the heart of your peers, provide answers to difficult questions you still might have (and be afraid to ask), strengthen you to remain pure until marriage, and offer suggestions to help you live that out.  If you have made mistakes, this book will give you the opportunity to hear stories of young people struggling right along with you, but within that commonality our words will provide clarity where there was confusion, hope where there was pain, understanding that your past choices don’t have to define your future ones, and practical steps to redeeming your future.

Please don’t pass this by. We don’t want you to have to say to God, your parents, a physician, or a future spouse, “Nobody told me. I didn’t know.” 

Pam’s website –

Melissa’s website –

Fan Page for the book –!/pages/Nobody-Told-Me/119424511453919

(This post was written by Melissa Nesdahl, co-author of Nobody Told Me. Nobody wants to talk about STDs, but if you or someone you love has one, contact Melissa or Pam at their websites.)

A friend of the family is trying to raise enough money to buy a BioMat among other things for relief of her chronic Lyme Disease symptoms. Here is her message through facebook:

“I do hate that it’s come to this…but to tell the truth, I have spent everything I ever earned to try to jump back into life. Though what I’m doing has helped, it has been over three years of constantly trying now, and I’m still not back in the game to stay. I would love to be able to work, but I still can’t.

My friend, Shari, set up the fundraiser so I can get three things that I know can drastically change my body’s environment, reduce my pain, and making it easier for everything else I’m doing to actually work. The BioMat is FDA approved for pain and fatigue…I deal with those constantly.

Anyway, I would really appreciate it if everyone could pitch in a dollar or more… I understand if some of you can’t. Please share this on your Facebook walls, and with friends who also would share and may be able to help. The fundraiser will be for 2 months, so please keep sharing it so people can notice!”

Times are tough today, but what is one dollar worth to you at the moment? Would you use it for you next cup of coffee? Or would you try to help someone like this. If you are interested and can help go here: to learn more.

If you can’t (or do not want to) help, then please pass on the link and the information. What would you want if you had a disease like Lyme? As Christians we are called, in fact commanded, to help the sick. Why don’t you set an example for others and help KC?

The Special and Help Someone Else categories will host stories like this so that you know HOW and WHERE to help someone, even if you do not even know them… be a good Steward of your wealth, help someone else

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!