Tuesday, April 18, 2017

#ANCIENT MEDICINAL PRACTICES #MEDICINAL PLANTS #CIVIL WAR #CLEAN HANDS #ROMAN AQUADUCT #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #KEN HAM #ONE MILLION MOMS #HOME SCHOOL

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ANCIENT  MEDICAL  PRACTICES


Good day all you fine people! What a beautiful day it is here in North America where spring time is in full bloom. I so love the changes in the seasons and the warmer weather is a welcome part of the year. You folks who live in the southern hemisphere I’m sure are welcoming the cooler weather and the beautiful colors of autumn, another favorite time of the year for me! 

And speaking of a change in seasons, it often brings with it colds and the flu and allergies! We have all sorts of medicine nowadays but what did our ancient ancestors use? Surely they knew of some remedies, right? 

Back before The Flood, many of the plants we have today were present then. We know this from the fossil record. Also from the fossil record we know there are plants that became extinct from this cataclysmic event. That is sad not just from the loss of diversity but also who knows what great medicinal values we may have lost. For it follows the Law of Logic that when Adam and Eve walked and talked with God that our
Creator taught them not just plants good for food but also those that were good for healing for the Lord would have known what was to come and I would like to think helped prepare them. I would also like to think that the Lord taught them how to test and try different plants for different purposes (i.e. for cuts and bruises and sickness too).

So with this in mind, we see early on in scripture different medical practices put into
play. “The instructions recorded in Leviticus 15 are strikingly similar to modern disease-prevention techniques. For example, anyone touching a person with a ‘running issue’ (that is, a bodily discharge), or anything upon which that person sat or lay, became ‘unclean’. In addition, should the ‘toucher’ touch someone without first having washed his hands, uncleanness would be transferred to the person he touched as well. Just a little more than 100 years ago, these precautions were instituted in modern medical facilities to prevent diseases from spreading. ‘No touch’ surgical and dressing techniques are now used. Gloves are necessary for persons touching infected areas and careful hand washing is observed before and after patient care. In addition, ‘universal precautions’
require that all bodily secretions be treated as potentially infectious agents.”1 A good example of this occurred during the North American civil war. “It would only be in post 1865 that Joseph Lister embarked upon the era of antiseptic surgery. Careful hand washing by
the surgeon of the Civil War was not even done. The doctors wore blood splattered clothes. When something was dropped, it was simply rinsed in cool, often bloody water. They used sponges that had been used in previous cases and simply dipped in cold water before using them again on the next person.”
2 So many lives were lost that could have been saved if only people had listened to God’s word.


Deuteronomy 23:12-14 records God’s instructions on burying
their waste material—away from camp. “The Israelites were also admonished to burn used dressings. Garments that contained a growth (perhaps a fungus) were to be washed. If the fungus/growth was removed, the garment was to be rewashed before using again. If not, it was to be burned (Leviticus 13:47—58). Note that a first wash could germinate hardy spores. The new growth could then be removed by rewashing. Objects that were touched by an infected person were to be washed. If the object was pottery, however, washing was insufficient (perhaps due to its porous nature). It was to be destroyed (Leviticus 11:33, 15:12).”3 The ancient Israelites that followed
this practice lived free of many diseases. Yet many ancient cities didn’t practice this and with human filth, rotting garbage and rat and mice over running the city, diseases such as cholera, typhoid, plague and more were prevalent. Not until 22 A.D. when Rome rose to power did this issue become addressed again. The Romans built great aqueducts (over 300 miles) that brought fresh water to the city. This not only brought clean drinking water but also allowed for clean bathing, which they did, every day! Yet centuries before, clean water practices were written in Leviticus. “If the carcass of an animal was found in drinking water, use of the water was forbidden as ‘unclean’. If, however, the water source had a continual supply of fresh
Roman aquaduct, Italy public domain
water, such as a spring, it would remain ‘clean’ because of the tendency of such water to renew itself (Leviticus 11:34—36). In addition, all food and water within a vessel that came in contact with a dead animal or an infected person was declared unclean (Leviticus 11:34, 15:12).”
4


The ancient scriptures also speak of isolation practices (Leviticus 13:1-14:57), and wearing coverings over their mouths (Numbers 5:2-4). Something only recently brought into modern medical practice.

Early scripture also deals with burial precautions (Numbers 19:11, 19, 22 and Leviticus 11:24–28, 40), and unlawful lifestyles that spread disease (Leviticus 18:22, 20:10–16 and Exodus 20:14), and God’s plan of husband and wife constituting an exclusive married unit (Genesis 1:27, 2:23–25; Matthew 19:3—6) which would contain disease. 
Ancient Burial Tomb, Israel

So even though ancient medical practices were crude and horrible in various parts of the world, other people groups continued to follow God’s instruction until today we have the most sanitized and advanced medical practice known to man. 

So when you are told that humans have evolved from apes and the medical practices evolved from crude to advanced along with man’s evolution, you now know this is false. Man had been given advanced and wonderful knowledge of medicinal practices from the very beginning. It was through the fall of mankind and sin entering the world that death and disease became wide spread. The crude practices of various early cultures had nothing to do with evolution but rather with falling away from God. As a
Burial graves, Israel
matter of fact, you can still find crude practices of medicine being utilized today. And I don’t think anybody would consider those humans “less evolved” than humans in the most advanced cultures.

In my novel “Of One Tongue” I mention medical practices. Also in my new novel, next in the series “Sign of the Oth”  I have written about several interesting ancient medical practices. The book should be released in about 6 to 8 weeks. Look for “The Golden Strand” at Amazon and other major book stores. Great for high schoolers and up!

Until next time, God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel

References:

Gates, Phil, “The History News Medicine”Candlewick Press, Cambridge, MA, 1997.

Monday, April 10, 2017

#IRIDESCENT CLOUDS HIMALAYS #LAKE RETBA #ROAD TO HEAVEN #IRELAND #HORSETAIL WATERFALLS #YOSEMITE PARK #WILLOW DRESSEL #CHRISTIAN #CREATIO SCIENCE

YOSEMITE PARK, HORSETAIL WATERFALLS, USA

THE BEAUTY OF GOD

Hello all you good people out there! 

I pray none of you have had any setbacks this week like I did! The last three chapters of my book I have rewritten and added to and revised several scenes and really got them into shape when I was visiting my sister last month. My sister reviewed the changes on her own and with me. I sent a copy to my computer here at home and my sister saved it in two different places. But we cannot find the recent changes! The changes are no where in her computer or flash drive, nor on my computer anywhere. How did that happen? It is very frustrating but you know it happened the last time I came near to completion of my novel “Of One Tongue”. And I wound up having to rewrite the last few scenes all over again. I would sure appreciate your prayers because I know this is a battle not against flesh and blood but with the principalities of darkness! Ugh! But this is not going to stop me. I will roll up my sleeves and hit the computer again and get to work. So again, I pray you all have had a much better week than I and will have a great week to come. 

So with that major frustration in mind I decided to look to God’s glory instead of dwelling on irritation. A friend sent me several beautiful snapshots I would like to share with you so in your prayers for me for protection from the evil one and staying the hand of the enemy, you can also give thanks to God’s love of wondrous creations.


This photo taken by Oleg Bartunov, is a breathtaking snapshot of a phenomenon known as Iridescent clouds. It “was observed early morning on October 18, 2009 on the path to Khumjung in the Himalayas. The mountain pictured is Thamserku (6623m). Iridescent clouds are a diffraction phenomenon cause by small water droplets or small ice crystals individually scattering light. Larger ice crystals produce halos, which are a refraction phenomena rather than iridescence. Iridescence should similarly be distinguished from the refraction in larger raindrops that makes a rainbow. If parts of clouds have small droplets or crystals of similar size, their cumulative effect is seen as colors. The cloud must be optically thin, so that most rays encounter only a single droplet. Iridescence is therefore mostly seen at cloud edges or in semi-transparent clouds, and newly forming clouds produce the brightest and most colorful iridescence.”1 A different version of this photo (not included) that had been tampered with by turning the cloud into a spiral actually, in my opinion, took away from the natural beauty and wonder of God’s handy work.




“Lake Retba or Lac Rose lies north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal (a country in west Africa), north east of Dakar.
Depending on the time of day, the lake changes colour from a light purple to a deep scarlet pink. The unusual colouring of the water is caused by harmless halophilic bacteria that thrive in the lake’s high-salinity environment. The color is particularly visible during the dry season. “ ‘The strawberry colour is produced by a salt-loving organism, Dunaliella salina. They produce a red pigment that absorbs and uses the energy of sunlight to create more energy, turning the water pink,’ said Michael Danson, an expert in bacteria from Britain's Bath University. Covering an area of about 3 sq km, the lake is located about 35km north-east of Senegal’s capital Dakar. Since the 1970s, local residents have been mining Lake Retba for its salt, which they use mainly to preserve fish.”2




This spectacular photo via David Adashek is called the “Road to Heaven” for obvious reasons. It is located in Ireland and every two years the stars align with the road to make this beautiful display.

















An amazing phenomenon occurs each year in February at
Yosemite Park, USA. The sun rays fall for a short period of time in such a way that Horsetail Waterfalls is illuminated and appears as if it’s on fire. It only occurs during dusk and only for a two week period of time. Breathtaking!

I hope you enjoyed these wonderful photos. God bless and take care!
Willow Dressel


References:
http://kenatchitydoortodoor.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-road-to-heaven-place-in-ireland.html

http://www.snopes.com/photos/natural/firewaterfall.asp

Monday, April 3, 2017

#BRONZE SHORT SWORD #LONG DAGGER #Mesopotamia #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #Damascene nanotubes #CHURCH #ANCIENT HISTORY

Mesopotamia Bronze Short Sword

BRONZE SWORDS

Hello everyone! How are you all? I pray well as can be. I thank all of you fine folks who prayed for my sister. Her operation turned out well and now she is in recovery. She still has lots of pain but is not complaining, bless her heart. She is such a trooper!

Speaking of troopers, wars and battles, in the old days people used swords to fight. And in the really ancient times they used bronze swords. So a question was posed to me recently about how sharp a bronze sword or dagger can get. This is an important question for me as in my newest novel, people were using bronze long daggers. A long dagger is
Courtney of How Stuff Works
another name for a short sword and ranged anywhere from 307 to 600 mm (one to two feet) long including the handle (tang).

The earliest Bronze Age (c. 33rd to 31st centuries[secular]; just after The Flood and the split at the Tower of Babel [unaltered history recorded in the scripture]), short swords are based on finds at Arslantepe by Marcella Frangipane of Rome University. There he discovered nine swords and daggers composed of an arsenic-copper alloy. Among them, three swords were beautifully inlaid with silver. These weapons range from 450 to 600 mm and are described as either short swords or long daggers. In the same place twelve bronze spearheads were found.

Most ancient shorts swords have been unearthed around Mesopotamia, then spreading out from there to other places in the Middle-East, China, Japan, Europe, Egypt, The Moors and others. 
Edge of long dagger nicked in battle

“Bronze is an alloy consisting primarily of copper, commonly with about 12% (or more) tin and often with the addition of other metals (such as aluminum, manganese, nickel or zinc) and sometimes non-metals or metalloids such as arsenic, phosphorus or silicon. These additions produce a range of alloys that may be harder than copper alone, or have other useful properties, such as stiffness, ductility, or machinability.”1

Most early Bronze Age short swords where made of a composite of 10 to 12 % tin, which is strong, but not brittle.This means the long dagger would most likely bend before it broke. To prevent bending slightly later blades were designed for maximum strength while still giving the blade great balance and thrusting/slicing ability. Designs cropped up such as the leaf-bladed sword that housed a thick but narrow blade near the hilt, and a broad but thin near the tip and folded metal started to become popular. In China they used 17 to 21% tin—breaking more easily under stress. In the Mesopotamia area long daggers were found with a high tin content for the cutting edge and bronze with low tin
Leaf Blade Short Sword
content for the spine. This resulted in a short sword with hard and durable cutting edges and a flexible spine to absorb shock. In some early period swords extensive use of copper sulphides were utilized as an anti-corrosion coating. 

So the answer for “Were ancient bronze swords sharp?” is yes. Sharp enough to cut through leather, skin and muscles. 

As an interesting side note, read the following short article:

Damascene nanotubes: Carbon nanotubes are the strongest and stiffest materials known. They consist of cylinders with walls that are just one atom thick. When used within composite materials they can massively enhance the strength of an object resulting in super strong and light components, some of which you can find in wind turbines, sports gear and vehicles. In 2006, researchers discovered
that the people of Damascus were making use of nanotubes in their steel hundreds of years ago. The result was beautiful blades covered in swirling patterns. And more importantly for the soldiers of the time was the exceptional durability and the razor-sharp edges the steel held. We now know the exact composition of Damascus steel, yet modern metallurgists have failed to reproduce it so far.”2

I know this article is about steel rather than bronze, but steel was utilized thousands of years ago too. And the secular scientists say we came from dumber apelike ancestors? This is one more proof that our ancient ancestors were so smart that we can’t, even in our modern age, duplicate what was produced thousands of years ago. 

Something to think about…Until next time, take care and may Jesus bless you all,
Willow Dressel

References:

1https://forums.elderscrollsonline.com/en/discussion/166227/datamine-new-armor-weapon-styles-artifacts-akaviri-glass-db-tg-5th-tier-weapons-armor/p4

Monday, March 27, 2017

#AGING #PETER DE KEIZER #PEPTIDE FOXO4 #CHRISTIAN #CREATION SCIENCE #sciencedaily



NEW BREAK IN HEALING AGING CELLS


Greetings ladies and gentlemen! Can you believe another week has passed already? Time really flies. Especially when children are involved. Many times I have had to drop what I am doing to help with the kids. And then before I know it, here I am again trying to write on my weekly blog, ha ha! I have a favor to ask you fine people out there. My sister just had knee surgery and I ask for your prayers for a quick healing. Thank you so much.

Speaking of time passing, that process also affects our aging process. Scientists have come up with a new breakthrough in aging. Cell Press has released an article (March 23, 2017) by senior author and researcher, Peter de Keizer from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands. He has been
developing a peptide for the last four years that works by blocking the ability of a protein, FOXO4, connected to senescence (aging cells/the aging process) to tell another protein, p53, not to cause the cell to self-destruct. By interfering with the FOXO4-p53 crosstalk, the peptide causes senescent cells to commit cell suicide. Thus the aged cell doesn’t continue to divide and “reproduce” more aging cells. The peptide selectively seeks out and destroys these broken-down cells that hamper proper tissue renewal. 

De Keizer tells us, ”Only in senescent cells does this peptide cause cell death. We treated mice for over 10 months, giving them infusions of the peptide three times a week, and we didn't see any obvious side effects. FOXO4 is barely expressed in non-senescent cells, so that makes the peptide interesting as the FOXO4-p53 interaction is especially
Credit: Peter L.J. de Keizer


relevant to senescent cells, but not normal cells."

The experiments were conducted “…in naturally-aged mice and mice genetically engineered to rapidly age. The proof-of-concept study, published March 23 in Cell, found that an anti-senescent cell therapy could reverse age-related loss of fur, poor kidney function, and frailty. It is currently being tested whether the approach also extends lifespan, and human safety studies are being planned…Results appeared at different times over the course of treatment. Fast-aging mice with patches of missing fur began to recover their coats after 10 days. After about three weeks, fitness benefits began to show, with older mice running double the distance of their counterparts who did not receive the peptide. A month after treatment, aged mice showed an increase in markers indicating healthy kidney function.”

Very interesting and exciting. But is this something Christian should condone? In an article written by Ken Ham, “Mature
For Her Age” he states “When God created Adam and Eve and told them to be fruitful and multiply, He gave them mature bodies that were ready to produce children. Some people conclude that God would have created them with the appearance of age, say 20 or 30 years old. But would ‘age’ have any effect on Adam’s body before he sinned? If the first people—and the universe—were originally designed to last forever, would you expect to see any difference between a man at age 30 or at age 3,000? When doctors look at the human body today, they can estimate age from various evidences in the body. But before sin, nothing aged—everything was created ‘very good.’ The human body did not experience the effects of sin or aging.” Mr. Ham did not write this article in relation to human engineering. It was an article on how we are “brain washed” to look at the universe as old. But he points out vital information; that the entire universe was original designed to NOT grow old! So is it ethical to except this type of human engineering? My personal opinion is yes. It is an advancement in medicine that can elevate suffering. Just like the many accepted advances already made in medical science. As far as I can tell, the scientists involved are not trying to play God. As a matter of fact, de Keizer states, "This wave of research on how we can fight aging is complementary, and not in
competition.” In the end, God still has control of when it is our time to go. It doesn’t matter if we are in the best of health, God controls when we die. And He controls whether we go to heaven or hell. This is why he sent his only begotten son, Jesus, to die for our sins so we can spend eternity with Him in heaven. If only we would accept him as Lord and Savior.

Until next time, God bless and take care,
Willow Dressel


References:

https://answersingenesis.org/astronomy/age-of-the-universe/mature-for-her-age/

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#SHARKS #travelandleisure #worst-beaches-for-shark-attacks #FLORIDA #CREATION SCIENCE #CHRISTIAN

Grey Reef Shark

YIKES, SHARKS!

Hello all you people out there! How was your week this week? I had a fabulous one spending time with my sister and girlfriends in Florida. The weather was quite cool except for the last day but we still had a lot of fun. So, my friends, how are all of you? All well I hope.

In light of my trip to Florida, I thought I would disclose some facts for you. Unfortunately we chose a vacation area not conducive to swimming. Oh, the water is beautiful and the waves were just right, but we found out some interesting facts while we were there. Where is there? We spent the week at New Smyrna beach, Florida. There is an inlet at the norther peak of this outer barrier peninsula called Ponce de Leon. While the weather was too cold for us to swim, which turned out to be a good thing, we did see fishermen standing in knee deep water catching fish and surfers. Crazy people and this is why…

We asked what they were catching (blue fin tuna) and then
Tiger shark
asked (of course) about sharks. We were informed that the inlet is a breeding ground for tiger and bull sharks and that right on the other side of the rock pylons at New Smyrna beach, hammerheads and older bull, black tip, reef and tiger sharks hang out. Ok, I won’t be going in the water but, not all is lost as I love to watch the waves.

And what did I see? Dolphins! It was fun and exciting to watch them as they kept diving deep down, flukes high in the air. Then, one time, as I was watching, I see a nice big, narrow dorsal fin glide by slowly sinking into the water. Yikes! It was a hammerhead dorsal fin (you know the one that sticks out of the water)! I saw a shark fin one more time that day. I was so glad I was safely grounded on the beach. Yet there were people on tiny, little kayaks paddling around, surfers, and even some fishermen out waist deep in the water. Not
Bull shark
me or my friends!

Another day while walking the shore I ran across a chunk of chum (raw meat; slang for shark bait). A big chunk, about the size of two footballs. It had been terribly windy that day and had been washed up on shore. I still don’t know if it was left over from the shark’s victim or if it was chum that someone dropped in the water to attract the sharks. Either way it had to do with sharks.

So I thought I would give you some interesting trivia on sharks;

  • Sharks have both upper and lower eyelids but don’t blink.
  • There are over 370 species of sharks worldwide.
  • A shark can grow and use over 20,000 teeth in its
    lifetime.
  • Sharks can swim up to 40 miles per hour.
  • Baby sharks are born with teeth and can hunt right away.
  • Sharks can see almost as well behind them as to the front.
  • The capacity of dried shark brains to relieve pain is widely accepted.
  • Nurse sharks in captivity have been known to push buttons with their snouts.
  • Other than humans, a shark’s greatest enemy is other sharks.
  • Around 100 million sharks are killed annually. 
  • About 75 shark species are in danger of becoming extinct.
  • Both the upper and lower jaw of sharks move.
  • Sharks can detect one drop of blood per ten billion parts of water. Equivalent to one drop of blood in an area the size of an Olympic swimming pool.
  • The following information came from the International Shark Attack File, and the Global Shark Attack File. “Globally, there have been 447 fatal shark attacks and 2,320 nonfatal incidents since 1845. The number of reported shark attacks increased worldwide in 2010, with 79 attacks, up 25 percent from 61 the prior year,
    Hammerhead shark
    according to the International Shark Attack File. That said, in the U.S., the last decade has seen 230 deaths from dog bites and only eight from sharks.”
  • The three most likely sharks to attack a human are bull sharks, great white sharks, and tiger sharks. 
  • About 90% of people that are attacked by sharks are not eaten and actually survive.
  • Since 1845 the following North American regions have recorded shark attacks:
    • Florida 988
    • Hawaii 279
    • California 276
    • South Carolina145
    • North Carolina 101
    • Texas 170
    • New Jersey 47
    • New York 30
    • Oregon 28
    • Virginia 17 
  •  The 10 most dangerous beaches known for shark attacks;
    • New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA
    • Ponce de Leon inlet, Florida, USA
    • Peyton, West Australia 
    • Second Beach, Port St Johns, Africa
    • Reunion Island, east of Madagascar 
    • Malena Beach, Maui, USA
    • Boa Viagem, Pernambuco, Brazil
    • Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
    • Surf Beach, Vandenberg, California
    •  Garden Island, Sydney, Australia 

*Two rules you should follow: never swim alone and, if you’re actually attacked, take aim with repeated hard blows to the eyes or gills, not the nose.


So why did God create such amazing predators such as sharks and T. rexes? Genesis 1:30 states very clearly that God created His animals to be vegetarian. The ferocious teeth and behavior may very well have started to change after the Fall of Man and certainly after The Flood. In God’s original creations everything had been made very good. No death, disease, or suffering. We live in a fallen world and wondrous creatures such as sharks are reminders of both God’s astounding skills as a Creator, and of the Fall of Mankind and the consequences of disobedience to God. 

Until next time, Take care and God bless,
Willow Dressel

References:

1http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/worst-beaches-for-shark-attacks/10

https://popculturemadness.com/Trivia/August/Shark.php