Tuesday, August 22, 2017

ALCOHOL: IS MODERATION OK? Sing of the Times., Sept. 2017 DR. Brian Bull.

My many thanks to both the author and this magazine. (John B)

    We have been told for some time now that drinking in moderation is good for your health. More recently (2014) in a scientific paper with a catchy title of "TO DRINK or NOT TO DRINK",  a Dr. Rubin counseled his lifelong, non-drinking readers to "relax and take a drink a day, preferably with diner." So have most doctors decided that alcohol is really going to improve your health ande enable you to live longer? Can we put alcohol alongside fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals as contributors to our good health and longevity? If so, then the health benefits of moderate drinking has better be pretty impressive, because the decision to start drinking alcoholic beverages carries some very measurable, and quite serious risks.


    Let's begin by considering the serious problem with Moderate drinking: the real risk of becoming an IMMODERATE DRINKER, do not include the risks assumed by ALL of those who drink. Because a person who begins to drink heavily is no longer a moderate drinker, he or she is dropped from the group whose health is being studied. This results is a serious underestimation of the risks of moderate alcohol consumption. It's very important NOT to exclude from the study of moderate drinkers those who have moved on to abuse alcohol, for studies have shown that in the Caucasian population, 1 out of 12 moderate drinkers (8 Percent) will become an alcoholic.

    Perhaps a simple illustration will clarify the point. Picture if you will a man holding a six-shooter in each hand. All six barrels of one gun are empty, while one of the six barrels contain a bullet. If the man pulls one trigger at random, with either his right or his left hand, he's playing a two-handed version of Russian roulette.Statistically, that's how likely it is that a moderate drinker will become an alcoholic. And every expert, including Dr. Rubin, agrees that excessive consumption of alcohol is devastating to your health.
    In the Native American population the downside of light to moderate drinking is even worse. Twenty percent ( or 2 out of every 5 people, JB) Native Americans will become alcoholics! That's the same as placing two bullets in one gun and one bullet in the other!

NOTE(JB): as with so many other earthly questions, it's best to "Follow the money," for one's truth.

So why is there any question about alcohol being harmful?  Because, as I noted earlier, for some time now the Popular Press has claimed that "Science Shows," that alcohol in moderation will PROTECT you from hearth disease, stroke, and other unpleasant ways of dying. In other words, there's a supposed to be a health benefit to moderate drinking, just as there a health BENEFIT to eating fruits and vegetables. (NOTE JB: this should be featured in Ripley's Believe it or not!]

  What is the quality of the available evidence that supports this conclusion? Does science really demonstrate this?


    I try to keep informed about alcohol and its effect on health, both the scientific evidence and the views reported in the popular press. First, let me confirm that the popular press is reporting on a truly impressive amount of evidence. There are--- if you can believe it--- more than 2,500 scientific papers on the topic of alcohol in moderation and whether or not it correlates with living longer. That's probably and equal number of articles in magazines and newspapers, although counting them is much more difficult. Of the last 87 research reports that I read, 84 concluded that moderate drinkers are significantly less likely to die from stroke or heart disease, and two studies were inconclusive.

    Before continuing, it will be helpful to note that although the amount of evidence is huge, it is of poor quality.----because it cannot be otherwise. Virtually all of these papers are based upon studies in which a large number of relatively healthy people are divided into two groups: light to moderate drinkers and ex drinkers ( those who have quit drinking entirely) . These two groups are them studied for ten or 15 years, or even 20 years,later to see what percentage of each group is still alive.  How many of the light-to moderate drinkers are still happily living their lives versus how many of the ex-drinkers, those who have quit before the study began, are still living, versus the ex-drinkers who have died. Thus if a higher percentage of the ex-drinkers have died, then it's clear that moderate drinkers and living loner are correlated, they go together.
    This kind of research project is known as Prospective, Observational Study. The data that it produces is considered by researchers to be of a poor scientific quality, because there are so many other influencing factors, that change the outcome, and are uncontrollable!
   Look at all this this way: Better quality date is almost impossible to come by as both drinkers and ex-drinkers are self-selected. Due to the fact, for legal reasons a researcher cannot tell one research subject to start drinking, or to stop drinking, and stay that way for the next 20 years! As a result, many other factor could influence how long that a person lives.
     In a more ideal set of circumstances, neither the investigators nor the participants would know who is getting alcohol and who is not. This is the so-called "Double Blind" setup.. So even though the available data set is huge, the quality is poor--- and there isn't much that can be done about it. This makes the conclusions drawn from this date quite uncertain.-- and that includes the drawn conclusion that drinking alcohol in moderation, will on the average, help you live longer.

   Throughout the years, many have asked about the relationship between drinking and living longer has remained.: "How is it possible to drink a toxin ( a mild toxin but still a toxin, something else must be going on--- but what is it?

     A very recent study conducted by researchers in New Zealand, provides a plausible answer. It's bee known for at least ten years, that moderate drinkers are both better educated and healthier than nondrinkers, and many researchers have suspected that this fact was contaminating the measurements of longevity. People who are richer and better educated are also healthier, and healthier people live longer.A fact no researcher disputes.

    The New Zealand doctors investigated this relationship carefully. They developed a very detailed questionnaire that took into account not only education level and income but also how much disposable income each participant had left over after paying for life's necessities. From this they computed a quite sophisticated standard-of -living index that measured three three things for each of the nearly 3,000 New Zealanders they studied: (1) how much alcohol he or she drank (2) his or her, state of health and (3) the standard-of-living index that just mentioned.
  The results? The the better of in health and wealth, fared much better, that those who drank excessively and those in poor health and poor in wealth did far less better. Thus moderation, health and wealth, fared the best!

NOTE(JB) How can anyone with a driver's license be surprised at this revelation?


   Let's examine what we DO KNOW about alcohol: Whenever the cells or tissues of our bodies are exposed to even low concentrations of alcohol, the effects are, almost without exceptions, harmful. We also know that 8 out of every 100 light-to moderate drinkers will become alcoholics. Thus taking that first drink with the intention of drinking only moderately is like playing Russian Roulette. This is true with the two-gun example from before. This is true because none can know from the first drink, that they will become one of the 8 people, who will become a victim of alcoholism.

    This then leaves any thinking person, with two important questions: Those who do not yet consume alcohol, (1)  what possible health benefits can you gain by beginning to drink in moderation? (2) What possible gain in your financial situation, can you claim by the consumption of alcohol?

NOTE(JB) Many have lifted up the consumption of wine, and yes wine does contain compounds that are good for health, but they also comes with the toxin of alcohol, so drink grape juice instead, and get all the health benefits of the grapes, without the added toxins! As the father of an alcoholic son, I well know of the pain, caused for the sake of FUN?  How many answers to life are found within the bottle or can of jug?  NONE!

Thanking Y O U for your time!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


Look and read, and to what conclusion to you come too?

Genesis 2:1-3 " Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

To Sanctify anything, is make it holy, or to set it apart for a holy purpose! Man can't make anything holy, only the Divine powers can do this!

Now look at the fourth commandment:
    Exodus 20:8-11 " Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."

QUESTION: If The Creator, had not given the 10 Commandments to Adam and Eve, why would He have begun this 4th, with the word REMEMBER??? While here, let's unpack this 4th a little further, shall we?  Do Y O U, dear reader, know about the "Seal of Office"? From the Public Notary, to the Presidential Seal, all have the identifiers within them. NAME, OFFICE, TERRITORY , right?  Now look above at the words in Bold, and see God's seal of office!  Name LORD, Office- maker/Creator,  domain: Heaven and Earth. Please know that a SIGN is also a SEAL, this will come to the fore, latter, just remember it, Please.

    Exodus 31:16-17 " Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed."

PERPETUAL, does it mean it is for ever, or until such time as we deem it to end? How seriously does our Creator-God view the observances of the Seventh day Sabbaths?   Look.....

      Exodus 31:15 " Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death".

Sabbath, in the Hebrew is SHABBATH [ SHAB-BAWTH'] Strong's # 7676 rest, intermission, a day of rest from labor! If it means so little to our God, why the death penalty for breaking it?  To all those who just jumped up, shouting.. "But that was only for the Jews, it states the "Children of Israel"!

    Galatians 3:28  "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
     IF Y O U, are "IN" Jesus Christ, then Jesus is "IN" Y O U, and you are a child of the promise to Abraham, therefore a "Spiritual Israelite"! All Jews MUST come to the Father through and with Jesus as their Savior, just as all others must also do! "Your house is left unto you , desolate, remember?

Why, why is this so important, to each, as we move ever closer to the "Time of the End"?
Revelation's book, tells us,indirectly, that at that time, just before Jesus' return, in the clouds, that there's but two camps of beliefs.  Camp ONE obeys God, while the other CAMP obeys man's laws!  More on this latter.

Now, was the Sabbath, the Seventh day, made for God or man?

   Mark 2:27-28 " And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath"

   Another point, showing God's importance upon the His Sign the Seventh -day Sabbath, is this verse.....

    .Matthew 24:3-4  "And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

Take heed, or be careful, that no man deceive you!  HOW?

    Matthew 24:5 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."

   Here's a man who died August 20, 1914 who said this: "I am not simply the representative of Jesus Christ. On the contrary I am Jesus Christ, under this veil of flesh."  Evangelical Christendom, January 1,1895 P. 15.  His name?  Officially was Pope Pius X!

   Pope Pius IX: ...."I alone am the successor of the Apostles. The Vicar of Jesus Christ. I am the way, the truth, and the life."
   John 14:6 " Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

Question: Is this a case of 'mistaken Identity', or a huge ego? If you think this is but a human error, look....

   2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 " Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."

Can we know the why of this condition? A condition that allows a human to think of self as God?

     2 Thessalonians 2:10-12  "And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."

    Are there further reasons for the why of this huge deception?  YES!
    Revelation 13:2 " And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority."

Dragon is Satan, the serpent, the devil  Revelation 12:9
The beast is the "Little Horn", the Pagan Roman Empire, which morphed into the Holy Roman Empire under the Popes! Pontifix Maximus, is one of their titles just as it was under the Caesars!

   Remember Jesus telling His disciples, "let no man deceive you, by any means'"?

     Matthew 24:5 " For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many."
     Matthew 24:11  "And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many."
     Matthew 24:23  "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not."
     Matthew 24:26  "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not."

   All these same warnings, and all within a single chapter, and many think it not important?  Remember the warning found in Exodus 31:15?

   Exodus 31:15 " Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."

   The Father and The Son, want all to be in Heaven with them as we can see...
   2 Peter 3:9  "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

   With this in mind, how can we doubt The Father's desire that we obey His Sabbaths?  So why does most of Christendom worship then, on SUNDAY, the first day of the week?  How and why of the change, when we read in....
   Malachi 3:6  "For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed."

   However look to the Biblical past in Daniel:
    Daniel 7:24-26  "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end."

   Please know, that the Book of Daniel was given to mankind, and written some 500 years before Christ, the progression, from east to west, of the beast powers from Babylon, to Medo-Persia, to Greece, to Pagan Rome, to Catholic Roman empires! The term beast means a human power that put religion and government under the control of one person! Any time this occurs, persecutions follow, look at ISES, "Believe as we say, or die" the same order heard in the Dark Ages, by the papacy!.

Rev. Peter Geiermann, C.SS.R.  author of "The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine"  P.50.
Question: Why do we observe Sunday instead of Saturday?
A: We observe Sunday insrtead of Saturday, because the Catholic Church transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."

YeYet, even in their own Douay Bible, they have the full Ten Commandments on Exodus 20, which they never encourage to read, other than their book of Catholic Catechism.. Go figure, do none read the Bible?

Do you know that the word Sabbath is written some 61 times in the Old, and 56 times in the New Testament, and the word Commandment is used 138 times in the Old, and 30 in the New Book in the King James version.

Yes, there are many who say: " It matters not which day I worship God, as long as I pick one day! To which responds the believers: "John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments."

    James 2:10  "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."

Thus, breaking one Commandment means the breaking of all ten! Who wants to be this foolish?

OK, so why all this focus on the Commandments especially the fourth?
   Well, it seems few have a problem with any of the other 9, or 8 for Catholics {#2 has been omitted in the Catechism books, and 3 10 split into two part to keep 10] with any one of the others but for the little old 4th, The Sabbath of the Seventh-day! Most of Christendom breaks this each Sunday! The Venerable day of the Sun-god!This was part of the 321 A.D. decree from Constantine, Rome's Emperor and he convinced the Church fathers the Bishop of Rome to allow the Pagans to worship in church, and slowly the introduced their customs,as they outnumbered the Christian many times over,  their feast days, and their rituals into the church, and over time it became the the apostate church, as we have read in 2 Thessalonians 2!

Is there a cost to be born, by those who having learned the God's truth, still reject it?

   Romans 6:23 " For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

OK, but then what does the Bible regard as sin?

   1 John 3:4  "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."
   Romans 4:15  "Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression."

   Hebrews 13:8  "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever."

   But, what does the Bible hold for those who refuse to accept Jesus, and His gift of salvation?

    Well, look at all the diverse characteristics od humans and see...

     2 Timothy 3:1-7  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."

So what's their end? Probation has closed for all people, each destiny is not set...
   Revelation 22:11 " He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still."

    Revelation 19:20  "And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshiped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone."

Brimstone is Sulfur, and it burns at 2300 F.Death is instant.  But what about the burning forever?
Forever only Biblically means jin the case of fire, "Until the designed task is completed". Is Sodom still burning? NO!

    Malachi 4:1-3 " For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts."

Thanking Y O U for your time.
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