To Meat or Not To Meat?

Type 2 diabetes is a topic surrounded by controversy and misinformation. I am so thrilled that so many of our readers are health-conscious and are doing what you can to better your health. Kol hakavod! 

Since I love controversy, I thought I would add some to yesterday's post and post this video about the role of meat in diabetes. Actually, I'm posting the link because I have no idea how to post a video. Anyhow, meat consumption is shown to actually be a risk factor for diabetes, even though the ketogenic diet claims the opposite. Now, to be clear, I am in no way putting down the ketogenic diet. I just want to give you another perspective on the same subject, so you can better make informed decisions as to your eating habits.

Here it is, and I'd love to hear your comments!


The Child's Guarantor

Our children are not ours to do as we please. Their souls come from Hashem and are a tiny part of Him. Hashem entrusts them in our care for safekeeping, but they don't belong to us. Their bodies, although extensions of us as their DNA indicates, do not belong to us. They are not slaves and we don't own them. The duty of a parent is not to enslave a child or to use a child for his/her own benefit and/or self-gratification. Our responsibility is to raise our child to be a worthy servant of Hashem. By the way, that too is our obligation in regard to ourselves.

My beloved teacher Rabbi Shalom Arush was in Ashdod earlier this week. He gave a shiur on parental obligation that jolted many parents out of their complacency and self-centered mode. As I was listening, I wrote the lesson down, and G-d willing, will be delivering it tonight in English.

Join us today for our weekly shiur and broadcast from Jerusalem, entitled "The Child's Guarantor," a vital shiur than any parent or prospective parent should not miss. It will take place, G-d willing, in the ground-floor main sanctuary of the Chut Shel Chessed Yeshiva on 13 Shmuel Hanavi Street in Jerusalem at 7PM Israel time (12 noon EST); the shiur is open to the public - both men and women are invited. You can see today's lesson here - the broadcast, as well as our lessons posted from now on - are Mac and iPod compatible. If you tune in too early to the live broadcast link, you'll be sent to the main page of the Breslev Israel website, so try to tune in on time.  If you are not able to view today's broadcast live, then G-d willing, you'll be able to see the video tape of it later this coming week on Lazer Beams. 

Bye, Bye, Diabetes!

Bye, Bye Diabetes
Rav Brody and I are big on being healthy (except on Shabbat in my case,) and we've decided that our mission together isn't just about helping others heal their souls. It's also about helping others heal their bodies. Let's be honest - what good is a healthy soul without a healthy body? Can you properly express your soul's potential if you're 350+ pounds and full of atherosclerosis, diabetes, and other chronic diseases from the progressively longer list? I think it's safe to say no, you can't. 

In our joint quest to better our own health, we've discovered many things about modern medicine that ain't so pretty. I don't want to get into all of it now, because this post will never end if I do, but the bottom line of our discovery is that the modern medical model does not aim to prevent or cure disease. Doctors are not the ones to go to for dietary advice or lifestyle changes. While they can help with an acute problem, they can do very little to fix a chronic problem. Furthermore, many cannot offer any advice as to where a person can turn to for alternative therapies.

So Rav Brody and I have decided to do what we can to help our readers achieve optimal health, both spiritually and physically. You deserve to know something critical: most, if not all, chronic illnesses are treatable and reversible, with minimal drug intervention, and in many cases, no drug intervention at all.

This statement of fact is not coming from our own mouths. It's coming from the mouths of the top research scientists in the world, a fact that has been known in the elite scientific circles for many years. So this bold statement begs the question: how are chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc., curable? The answer is simple. Chronic diseases such as these and many more are all related to diet. Bad genetics, bad luck, being born under the wrong astrological sign are all excuses created to distract us from the truth. If you would like to know more about the connection between diet and health, read the first on my series of articles, The Protein-Cancer Connection. 

So let's talk about diabetes. I'll try to keep this as short as possible, and if you're interested, send me a comment and I'll forward you more info. Basically, Type II Diabetes people have a hard time handling all of the sugar in their blood, so their bodies respond by producing large amounts of insulin in an attempt to lower their blood sugar. When the body can't lower its blood sugar levels with the insulin that it produces, they are then required to inject even more insulin in order to keep the blood sugar levels from shooting up too high. This creates a vicious cycle that seems inescapable.

But, there is a way out! It's a combination of intermittent fasting, exercise, and eating healthy. You see, your body runs on two energy sources: sugar or fat. It can't run on both of them at the same time, however. Every time you eat, you signal your pancreas to release insulin. Furthermore, it takes about 12 hours of not eating for your body to switch from burning sugar as its fuel source to burning fat. 

These two factors combined keep you not only in a constant state of releasing insulin, but they also make it nearly impossible for your body to reach your fat stores and use them up. In other words, if you are constantly eating, especially starchy, sugary foods, you will never lose weight and you will never get yourself out of the deadly diabetic downward spiral. 

You can jump start yourself out of this illness with intermittent fasting! Here's what you do: after your dinner, don't eat. If you're still hungry, drink unsweetened herbal tea or water. Hunger comes and goes in waves; if you can stick through it, it will pass. When you wake up in the morning, do your best not to eat! Drink a coffee or tea with stevia, NOT sugar.

Try to make it until 10am without eating. If you're feeling super hungry like you're going to faint, here are some suggestions: a handful of macadamia nuts, walnuts, any nut with a high fat content, or an avocado. You can also take a 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil in a little bit of warm water. These healthy, high-fat foods will fill you up and give you a boost of energy. The point is not to eat anything with a high sugar content that will spike your blood sugar. Whenever you break your fast and/or eat, make sure it's foods that either keep your blood sugars relatively stable or do not spike your blood sugar. This means no junk foods, starchy foods, sodas, and sugary snacks. Also, please don't substitute diet drinks and snacks. While they may not spike your blood sugar, they are certainly extremely unhealthy and won't benefit your body in any way.

Fasting makes your body go into ketosis, which means it is burning up the stored glycogen in the liver, and it's now burning up all of those fat stores for energy.

If you do this every day and exercise a few MORNINGS a week, you are well on your way to curing diabetes! 

Now let's talk about eating. Here's something you need to keep in mind: the more sugar and starch in your food, the higher it will raise your blood sugar. So the key is that when you do eat, make most of your meal whole plant proteins from vegetables and fruits, and absolutely stay away from processed carbs and sugary drinks. If you really feel that you must have animal protein, keep it to lean meat and keep your portions below 10% of your entire meal. The bulk of your food should come from fruits and vegetables. 

We're actually giving you a 2-for-1 deal, here. You're not only going to cure your diabetes, but you're going to lose tons of weight doing it!

And by the way, I'm actually doing what I wrote here. Thank G-d I don't have diabetes, but I do fast every day until around noon. The secret is the coconut oil and the exercise. I have a coffee and a side of warm water/coconut oil about an hour before I exercise. The coconut oil and the exercise keep me from being hungry, and that gives me another few precious hours of ketosis. 

Please keep in touch and let us know how you're doing!


The Delusional Tzaddik

I've been to a night club or two in my life, and one of the most entertaining parts of my evenings out was to huddle up with my girlfriends and size up the competition. "Hey, check that one out," I'd say, nodding in the direction of the Barbie doll supermodel that looked like she dunked her head in a bucket of Clorox. It was South Beach, after all. "She be thinkin' she's all that with her goods on display." "Mmm, hmm, just look at her dress... she wishes she was as hot as you." Then we'd high-five and go dance some more. 

Okay, so this was totally my imagination gone wild. I hated going to clubs and I rarely drank. But, seriously, sizing others up is a problem that all of us face from time to time. It's easy to judge others for not being as good-looking, wonderful, smart, funny, well-dressed, blah, blah, blah, as we are. Actually, it's more than just easy; it's human nature. 

In reality, we're all delusional. All of us think that we're more perfect than we really are. That reminds me of South Beach, too. Oh, how many women I saw sauntering down the street in short dresses and too-tight tank tops when they really shouldn't have been. Really. Did they have one of those special circus mirrors at home that magically erased all of their imperfections? And if so, how can I score one?

Hey, all you BT's in da house... don't think you're not delusional, too. You are still human, right? Rav Shalom Arush explains that Baalei Teshuva are particularly prone to suffering from self-righteous delusion. Your beard can be so long that you're stepping on it, but that don't make you righteous. You're still the same person with the same baggage as you were before you decided to make teshuva. Every new BT wonders why he is suddenly bombarded with problems shortly after making the decision to lead a Torah lifestyle. Elementary, my dears! Rav Arush explains it all in his latest, Rebbe Natan and the BT's. Sounds like a music group from the '60's, no? 

Hmmm. Apparently there's a theme of delusion running through this week's Breslev Israel webmag. Rav Lazer Brody is telling us that if we think that Moshiach is going to come and wisk all of our problems away like Cinderella's fairy godmother, then we're in for a BIG surprise. Ain't no such thing gonna happen! So what's the point in Looking Forward to Moshiach if our fantasy lives of never-ending Tahitian vacations and 'round the world cruises don't await us? Great question! But I'm not going to tell you the answer - read it for yourself!

Ah, yes. More delusion. This time it's my turn to show y'all how delusional you are. I'm doing a series of shocking articles regarding diet and health. The Protein-Cancer Connection is the first in this series. While we're on the subject of delusion: did you know that most people don't relate what they eat to their state of physical health? Doesn't that seem a little crazy? But the craziest info is in this article. Please write me and tell me just how low your jaw dropped when you read what I wrote about the relationship between animal protein and cancer. 

This next story is an amazing one. Dr. Zev Ballen writes about the holy Rebbe Klonymus Kalmish Shapira, who served as a ray of hope and emuna in the dark and terrible years of the Holocaust. How can a person endure such horrific tortures and still be a source of inspiration and strength for others? Read about this amazing tzaddik (who wasn't delusional in the slightest) and his Faith in the Face of Pain. 

Rebbetzin Yehudit Channen, our amazing and well-loved Emuna Therapist, will send chills up your spine when you read her crazy (and not delusional) story about a little argument she had with her husband over where to have lunch. She learned the hard way that what seems to be unfair was actually the best thing for her in Your Money or Your Life.  Seriously, don't miss this one.

Dennis Rosen must have been a straight-A student in school, because I have no idea how he remembered so much detail in Rav Arush's and Rav Brody's lectures in Uman, and without taking notes! Anyhow, enjoy their Gifts From Uman, courtesy of Mr. Hyperthymesia. Just kidding, Dennis! 

Jennifer Woodward is way too organized for me as she describes her Spiritual Business Plan for 2017. It is 2017, right? Didn't I ask that already? 

And the Delusional Award of 2017 goes to David Perlow, for his unbelievable flight mix-up. Okay, so it's not so unbelievable to think you're flying on a different day than you actually are, but what do you do when you realize you've only got four hours to board your international flight? Speilberg, Emuna Take-Off is your next blockbuster. I want a 10% commission. Okay, 20%.

Wishing you every blessing!   

 ~Racheli (I'm really loving that squiggly thing!)

Four More Martyrs

I am heartbroken to hear the news of the tragic murder of four young Israeli soldiers today by an East-Jerusalem Arab. These sweet, innocent young adults had the rest of their lives ahead of them. And in one moment of insanity, a crazy terrorist decided to cut short four lives and injure dozens more. You can read the full story here

We at the Beams mourn for the loss of our beloved soldiers. May Hashem avenge their martyred blood.

-2nd Lt. Yael Yekutiel, 20, of Givataim

-Cadet Shir Hajaj, 22, of Maale Adumim

-Cadet Shira Tsur, 20, of Haifa

-Cadet Erez Orbach, 20, of Alon Shvut

What is the message Hashem is trying to send us through such needless violence? Well, I can't speak for anyone else but myself, but for me, the message is clear: either we can live al kiddush Hashem, or we can die al kiddush Hashem. There is no in between.

May The Almighty comfort their families among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. 


The Eternal Light

Today is the Tenth of Teveth. Who do we go from the high of Chanuka to the low of today's fast day in a mere week? Isn't that a little extreme? Also, Rav Shalom Arush shlit'a says that anyone who asks, "How was Chanuka?" doesn't understand the power and significance of Chanuka. The light of Chanuka stays with us not only for the rest of the year, but forever. Enjoy today's emuna lesson and have a wonderful and rewarding new week!/p>