High-potency cannabis, or frequent use, raises the risk of psychosis
Regular use of cannabis with a high potency (HIGHER THAN 10%) increases the risk of developing psychosis five-fold, according to a study published this week by the Lancet. It also found that using less potent strains daily increased the risk three-fold. This study looked at cannabis use among 901 European patients newly diagnosed with psychosis including schizophrenia. In London, 30% of new cases of psychosis in the study were estimated to be tied to strong cannabis.
In addition, the risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia increases when cannabis use is initiated before the age of 16. Also, persons with a family history of psychosis or schizophrenia who use cannabis are at greater risk of developing psychosis and schizophrenia. Cannabis users with a family history of psychosis are 2.5 to 10 times more likely to develop psychotic disorders, compared to non-users with a family history.
The scourge of crystal meth, with its exploding labs and ruinous effect on teeth and skin, has been all but forgotten amid national concern over the opioid crisis. Meth has returned with a vengeance.In Oregon, meth-related deaths vastly outnumber those from heroin.
Mexican drug cartels stepped in and have inundated the market with so much pure, low-cost meth that dealers have more of it than they know what to do with. Under pressure from traffickers to unload large quantities, dealers are even offering meth to customers on credit.
Heroin is a depressant. It shuts you down and you’re not capable of doing a whole lot. In contrast, meth is a stimulant: addicts have lowered inhibitions and are awake 24/7, running around at night, so night burglaries abound. Eighty or 90 percent of heroin users are also using meth to temper the effects.
Like opioids, meth is highly addictive and difficult to quit.Meth has been overshadowed by opiates. Unfortunately, there are fewer tools to combat meth than to combat opioids: There is nothing like Naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdoses, or methadone, which can stem opioid cravings.
Meth or methamphetamine use is plausibly responsible for as many if not more drug-related crimes, episodes of violence, and trips to the emergency room than any other substance (discounting all of our daily opiate overdoses)
Meth first overloads and then eventually disables the dopamine system in the brain, which is not good. Meth exacerbates any pre-existing psychosis or induces psychosis altogether. Frequent users often report they hear voices, see “shadow figures,” experience severe paranoia, and endorse full-blown psychotic delusions. When you couple these sorts of psychotic symptoms with frequently hyper-aggressive and/or hyper-sexual behavior while intoxicated, you have a real public health problem. Addicts become semi-aware fragments of themselves, arousing and satisfying their darker impulses.
Meth kills by overloading blood vessels,eventually resulting in aneurysms, heart failure and strokes. As a result, long time older users are likeliest to die—in San Francisco, the average age of those who die of a meth overdose is 49.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers estimates the total social cost of the opioid crisis to the country in 2015 was as high as $504 billion, or 2.8% of GDP.Continue reading THE METH SCOURGE→
Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ” 3 John 1:2
Healing is often overlooked today.
Our culture has little place for such experiences. People do not understand the concept of a “divine breakthrough” into our little world. “
If a person does not appear to be healed after prayers, one should not be anxious; the healing minister will have followed exactly what God requires. The healing is done in heaven: these are only delayed healing. God wants us to depend on Him– not a technique.
Man’s most basic need is to know that he is loved. Let us contemplate the important part love has in the healing process. At Lourdes, some people are healed and others are not, but all leave with a sense of peace,convinced that the Holy Spirit has touched them and that God loves them.
When you go to a doctor for healing, you don’t try to justify our asking for help, e.g. Help me because I can be a better parent, a better worker, a better spouse. Yet this is what many people do when they pray for healing from God: they even try to bargain with God:I will do this if only you heal me. These people have a fearful relationship with God.
The real truth is that God is Love and He wants to see you healedwithout your justification. Healing is an ordinary, not an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy and compassion. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Jesus cured not just to prove He was God, but because He was abounding in love. God is more than willing to save and heal all who come to Him with open and contrite hearts. Healing can be a test of faith, but also a natural response to God’s generous love. The minister of healing, who is nothing more than a human channel, says the prayer of healing and then steps aside.
After welcoming the presence of Jesus, and giving Him praise and thanksgiving, we turn to laying of hands, which is biblical: “They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well“Mark 16:18
Along with a prayer of faith, the value of touching the sick person in any way possible provides a channel, where power is transferred more readily and far, far more effectively. There seems to be a current of healing power that flows from the minister of healing to the sick person. But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.” Luke 8:46Continue reading A FAITH PRAYER & HEALING→
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anyone whom you need to forgive. Respond to His prompting and specifically name each person. Remember, the ones that you find hardest to forgive are the ones you most need to forgive. You can use these words:
I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me in the past. In particular, I forgive (name those who you need to forgive). It is done in heaven.
Forgiveness is a decision. It is not an emotion. Yet, psychologically, you may still find it difficult to forgive someone who really harmed you. This is when you take it upon yourself to pray a short prayer for that person including the above prayer every day for ten days. It will also be done in your mind.
Why is the important? God offers to forgive your ten million dollar debt to Him if you forgive a ten thousand dollar debt for someone is owed you. If you persist in holding on to this debt, God will hold onto yours. It becomes merely enlightened self-interest.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
BLESSING AND CURSES Derek Prince
The root cause of unforgiveness is bitterness and hatred towards the person who has offended us.
Stephen William Hawking: an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge, who scored one of the highest possible score — 160 — on his Mensa IQ test, died recently on March 14, 2018.
Hawking said he didn’t believe in a personal God and that God did not create the universe. He claimed that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God:
The science-religion debate has been going on since science was born, centuries ago. Until relatively recently, it seemed to have quietened down, but now Hawking and others have brought it back into the limelight.
We need to stop thinking therefore that science is the fount of all knowledge. It’s simply not. Science does not tell us how we ought to live—science isn’t ethics.Scientists and religious believers should keep out of each other’s territory. But this is naive. The science-religion relationship is a sure-fire source of publicity, which is always welcome when one has a book to sell.
No religion has ever been set out in terms of scientific statements. This is why scientists are able to mock the claims of religions but have never been able to deal a knock-out blow: in the end, a religious believer can always fall back on a faith that does not depend on verification.
Einstein claimed that the greatest mystery of the universe was that its most fundamental laws can be expressed in terms of beautiful mathematical equations. Einstein followed closely the views of the concept of God as an expression of the underlying unity of the universe, something so wondrous that it can command a spiritual awe.
Hawking’s view appears to be that the belief in a God-created universe can be supplanted by a belief in M-theory (a form of string theory). One problem with the theory is that it looks as though it will be extremely difficult to test, unless physicists can build a particle accelerator the size of a galaxy. Even if the experimenters find a way round this and M-theory passes all their tests, the reasons for the mathematical order at the heart of the universe’s order would still remain anunsolvable mystery.
The bringing of an idol into a man’s house, even unwittingly, brings a curse into itand can makes him liable. This can come in the form of disease. One Christian discovered that she could not sleep in one particular room of the house because of nightmare.
“Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.” Deuteronomy 7:26
Certain jewelery can bring curses to a home. The makers of this jewelery sometimes pray in order to place a spirit in those objects. Christians have reported cases of demonic invasion from dolls and puppets. Some hard rock or rap music have been known to cause problems: in one case these records stored under a bed brought about sexual lust in the same way as pornographic materials open the gates to sexual sins.
This doesn’t mean that you must destroy these dolls or puppets. It is enough to pray for deliverance over these objects if you know a Christian to pray who is without sin :
“In the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, I pour the Blood of Jesus upon these objects.”
“I command any evil spirits to leave now from these objects and never return and go to the abyss in the Name of Jesus Christ,our Lord.”
In the Name of Jesus Christ,our Lord, I revoke and break any curse attached to this item and I command evil spirits to leave now and go to the abyss and never return.
Similarly tattoos can be problematic and can be handled in the same way and the tattoo can be renounced. “‘Do not cut your bodies (in mourning) for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28
THE HAUNTED ROOM
Demons may persist in inhabiting a dwelling even after the practice of worship in them is discontinued. This could also have happened if a house has been build over an ancient unknown graveyard. We enlist the services of a Christian without sin and use the same prayer.
In addition, this Christian can also walk the perimeter of the property counter clock wise (to reach back in time) using the same prayer. A vial of holy oil* can be dabbed on the sides and tops of windows and doors to post an angel there while using the same prayer. The heaviness that one feels from these evil spirits will be lifted and there will be a feeling of lightness.
*My vial of holy oilcame from a home where, Maureen Morolly, (1609 boul Sunnybrooke, Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, QC, H9B 1R4). It is Montreal’s present ongoing miracle and this is attracting bus loads of people.
Psychology is slow recognizing how the spirit realm functions.Most of the psychiatric world ridicules belief in demons. Mental disorders do exist and yes Satan is alive and well.
Both neurobiological and/or spiritual reasons exist for some people with mental illness. There is NO non-spiritual cure for a spiritual problem. There can be, however, a spiritual cure for a non-spiritual problem.
It’s a simple issue. God is the greatest Healer ever known, and He can heal all things, regardless of cause. Man’s healers are limited by their finite power and ability. They can heal some physical/psychological things, some of the time. It therefore stands to reason that God can heal things of both a spiritual nature AND a physical or psychological nature.
LACK OF WISDOM
There is a variety of mental illnesses that do not allow us to “see” reality “as it is”, but rather see it through the distorted lens of doubt, ignorance and misconception. The root cause of this is lack of the true perception that is due to lack of wisdom, understanding or knowledge.
This type of understanding is given by the Holy Spirit to those who pray and meditate. We should be willing to write down what comes to us in a journal at this prayer time. ”If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, Who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
This type of illness can also keep us in bondage, prevent God’s healing power from working within us, and cause us to become physically ill. We could force the demons to leave by the power and authority of Jesus Christ.
HOW DOES DELIVERANCE WORK?
Jesus said, “I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” Luke 10:19
These evil spirits immediately obey us in the name of Jesus Christ, submit to us (Deliverance practitioners), acknowledge our power, and are forced to come out of the bodies they possess. They fear Christ, have mortal dread of the word of God, and obey believers who speak it with authority: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” Philippians 2:10
Jesus explained this power-principle when He told the disciples “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Acts 1:8
Materialistic life can be so absorbing that we get caught in it and we forget about spirituality. Many don’t believe in the soul and therefore many don’t give it any place in the hierarchy of values. What we need is soul in the middle holding together mind and body. A spiritual life of some kind is absolutely necessary for psychological ”health”.
Psychology is a secular science while care of the soul is a sacred art.We separate psychology and religion, therapy and spiritual practice. Psychology and spirituality need to be seen as one. Psychology is incomplete if it doesn’t include spirituality in a fully integrated way. When the soul is neglected, our problem doesn’t just go away; it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence and loss of meaning.
The emotional complaints of our time that are heard by therapist:
Disillusion about marriage, family and relationship
Loss of values
Yearning for personal fulfillment
A hunger for spirituality
All these symptoms reflect a loss of soul and let us know what the soul craves. We cannot solve our “emotional” problemsuntil we grasp the mystery that honors the Divine.
We yearn excessively for entertainment, power, intimacy, sexual fulfillment, and material things. We think we can find these things if we discover the right relationship or job or therapy. We strive to attain alluring satisfaction in great masses, thinking that quantity will make up for lack of quality.
Yet, without soul, whatever we find will be unsatisfying. What we truly long for is the soul in each of these areas. Soul doesn’t pour into our lives automatically. It requires our skill and attention.
We cannot care for the soul unless we are familiar with its ways. We need to make the necessary changes revealed by depression and anxiety. These problems make it felt because the soul needs attention.
ILLNESS AND HEALING
Doctors are learning that there is an actual correlation between psychological experience and physical ailments. For example, one’s colon is unhappy. Doctors know that there is a relationship between repressed anger and colitis. If cancer cell growth has gone berserk, is there something that has been disordered?
The word, “disease or dis-ease” says it all. It means without ease and disease emanates from stress. Disturbances created from marriage and family can be more stressful to the soul than conditions of work.
Modern medicine is hell-bent on cure and has no interest in anything about the soul. Maybe our lives are too secular and in need of such a visitation through the soul. Do we know what can be speaking silently to us in our body? “Recognize what is before your eyes, and what is hidden will be revealed to you.” Gospel of ThomasContinue reading CARE OF THE SOUL→
Do you count yourself in with 100 million Americans who are sleep deprived? The root causes are overcrowded schedules, the desire to accomplish one more thing before retiring and too much stimulation from watching television in bed.
You say that you have arough time falling asleep.Try an Epsom salt bath, which allows the magnesium to be absorbed into your skin and they will put you into a total relaxation mode.
Sleep and relaxation are basic necessities in life. We need sleep: our body needs time for the liver to start its cleansing process and time to allow the proper production of hormones. When we don’t sleep enough, our appetites become unregulated.
The Great Physician has a prescription, “Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” Genesis 2:3
Individuals who were extremely obese had higher odds of reporting insomnia than those of normal weight. The prevalence of insomnia among seniors was largely attributable to poorer health, not age.
One elderly lady had always problems with sleeping. She had been heavily involved in yoga when she was younger. There are some dangers with this practice if one delves into too deeply. We call this an ungodly superstitious belief. A crack in a person’s spirit is opened to allow an influence from demonic attack. Deliverance is needed! “…Oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them.”Psalm 54:3
Life stress also kept Canadians up at night, the study says. Nearly one-quarter (23 per cent) of people who described most of their days as being either “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressful reported insomnia.
In the mist of all David’s troubles he still honored and praised God as his protector, his shield, and strength: “But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head.”Psalm 3: 3
BRAIN HEALTH CAN HELP!
Your brainis the fattest organ in your body. The human brain is nearly 60 percent fat. We’ve learned in recent years thatfatty acidsare among the most crucial molecules that determine your brain’s integrity and ability to perform.Continue reading SLEEP DEPRIVATION→
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