Health & Freedom Abundant Life Newsletter

Abundant Life Newsletter - Vol 1.1

"The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10

This newsletter is dedicated to primative christians trying to live simply according to God's Two Great Commandments, which encompass all others: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. and Love your neighbor as yourself.

The newsletter began in late 1992 and ran until some time in '94. I have been encouraged to republish and continue the newsletter in this online format. And after rereading many of the articles have decided that is a great idea. 

The following pages contain the early issues. I hope you enjoy them.

Christian Herbal Health: Basic Principles

Breathing Exercises Help Body Function

Have you ever wondered why you yawn? And why is it so hard to suppress? Because yawning is a reflex response most likely to oxygen deprivation or carbon dioxide buildup. Let's take a look inside the body.

In the lungs, millions of balloon-like structures called ALVEOLI are covered by blood vessels. This is the point of exchange; where the poisonous waste product of carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is received. But if the lung is not fully inflated with fresh air, this vital exchange cannot take place adequately.

Shallow breathing fills some of the alveoli with fresh air, but most are full of the gases which are to be excreted. The blood circulating around the alveoli cannot exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen unless there is an abundance of oxygen. Consequently, most of our blood cells go from lungs to organs to heart to lungs again and again without exchanging. This results in poor oxygenation and a build up of carbon dioxide in the tissues of the body. Eventually the brain percieves a crisis somewhere in the body and initiates a yawn to lower carbon dioxide and increase oxygen levels.

An easy way to help our body function in a more efficient manner is to exercise regularly. Another is to become more aware of sluggishness and practice deep breathing. [See Deep Breathing below.] You'll be amazed how much better you feel just by providing more oxygen to your blood.

Deep Breathing

Inhale Deeply. Hold breath for a few seconds. Then exhale slowly, like you are trying to swim across the swimming pool underwater with one breath. Repeat 2 or 3 times.

Bad Germs Can't Beat Good Habits

Did you know that soap and water is a most effective deterent to germs? It was not the introduction of technology or refined drugs that increased your chance of surviving a trip to the hospital at the turn of the twentieth century, but rather the adoption of the practice of thorough handwashing between patients.

This is the way it works. Viruses have a protein coat and bacteria have a cell wall, both of which are disrupted when exposed to soap. When the coat or cell wall is broken the contents can no longer function. So train everyone at your house to wash their hands often and you will decrease family illness tremendously.

Mother Hubbard's Herb Cupboard


This mild tasting herb is very good for digestion. It calms the nerves and a tea with a little ginger is soothing for cold and flu, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, insomnia and colic.

To make an infusion (tea), place an ounce of the flowers in a glass or ceramic container and cover with boiling water. Steep until cool enough to drink. Then strain out the flowers and enjoy a cup. The rest will keep a day or two in the refrigerator.

Parts used: flower heads

Systems affected: liver, stomach, lungs

Properties: calmative, nevine, antispasmodic, anodyne (pain reliever), diaphoretic (causes sweating), emmenagogue (helps regulate menstruation), carminative (relieves gas)


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