Category Archives: Health

Preparing For Eternity

I created a podcast to share information and find solutions for the care of those suffering from Dementia related illnesses, as well as for reversing and preventing the disease. This podcast however deals with a much more important aspect of life, what happens after life. Planning for eternity is something we should all do. I hope this podcast inspires you to do just that.

Listen to the newest episode of my podcast, A Heart 2 Serve: Preparing For Eternity https://anchor.fm/torie-mclaughlin/episodes/Preparing-For-Eternity-e2t72v

The Real Expense of Our Baggage

Anyone who pays for luggage today to travel by plane, but has lived long enough to remember the days when luggage was a free commodity can understand just how much things have changed.   The days of 25 cents to mail a letter has now long since gone, for sure the transport of weight is at an all time high premium for those of us who travel or ship cargo. Today luggage is very costly to transport by plane and regardless of how valuable your things are to you, you will either have to pay the cost for your weight or lighten your load. Yah is the first one to encourage us to travel light, both physically and spiritually. Scripture is replete with encouragement to cast our spiritual weights upon him, to lay down every weight that so easily besets us, and to carry neither purse nor script when we are being led by him. (1 Pe 5:7; Heb. 12:1; Luk 10:4; Mar 6:8; Luk 22:35-36)

Messiah understood and walked in this weightless provision. When money was needed for taxes he paid from the mouth of a fish not from a wallet in his pocket. (Matt. 17:27) Weights not only cost you money, but it weighs you down. Those who have more then they can carry find themselves challenged with understanding what’s really important in life. They’ll fill their barns to the full with stuff that will out live their ability to use them. They’ll lie to themselves and others, cheat whomever they have to to hold on to what’s not important and in the process lose access to what is. We give more value to the things we possess in this life then the relationships we have. The man who can live his life not attached to these things will not only lighten his load but free himself up to care about the things that are important to God.

Consider “forever homes”, the issue I have with forever homes is the mental block it sets up resident in a persons mind to accept. We will give power to a house that’s sole purpose for existing is to accommodate the needs that our families have into some sort of unholy shrine that we must defend and preserve at all cost. A home fulfills a purpose like clothes fulfill a purpose if that home fulfills that purpose for you until you die you keep it, but if like clothes that become too small you pass it down to someone else, when homes outlive there purpose in your life you should not allow the home that blessed you to become the house that buries you.

To die for a friend is noble to die for a cause is admirable, to die for things is foolish. Father Abraham understood that what God gives you; you don’t have to fight to hold on to. While he was given much, nothing he was given had him. Thus it is said of him that he was looking for a city whose builder and Maker is God. (Heb. 11:10) What exactly are we looking for? Do we set ourselves up for failure when we look for those things in the things we possess, including our home? Sure we do and many of us will drive ourselves mad trying to hold on to something that God is trying to pry from our hands. Not because God hates us, but because He has something else for us. He is exposing the unholy attachments that we have placed in our lives so that we can free our resources, our minds, and ourselves to fulfill His purpose for our lives.

What is the fascination with things anyway? Think about it, the things that we struggle to acquire in life rob us of valuable time doing and spending with the people that we say matter most. This is why we have to be reminded that life doesn’t consist of the abundance of things that we possess, but it does consist of something are we missing that something that life does consist of? (Luke 12:15) He who puts his trust in riches will be shamed, but he who puts his trust in the Lord will never be ashamed. We are so weighed down in this world with so many things that even airplanes have to extract money from us to carry it, which should tell us something?

What are you worrying about today? Or more appropriately put what load are you carrying that is weighing you down? You may not be struggling with sin, but you have so much baggage that you can’t see the forest amidst the trees? There is a call that the Lord is giving us, and that call is to lay down our burdens at his feet, if we say we trust God in any area of our life we are called to stand by that trust regardless of what it looks like or feels like. If we are suffering from unbelief, then He doesn’t mind us asking Him to help us with our unbelief. Consider this what do we have to lose trusting him with our baggage? Is worrying, anxiety, and the distractions of daily living getting us closer to where we want to be in life? If it isn’t then clearly we are doing something wrong, and perhaps Yah is allowing it to consume us so that we can see that we aren’t able to bear it and we will finally give it to him before He has to pry it from our closed fists.

Consider the complexity of the universe we have inherited. How seasons come and go regardless of any preparation by us, yet like clockwork we know what to expect in winter and what to expect in the summer. Now, if God can handle the complexities of the universe causing the cycles of seasons to continue to evolve from one side of heaven to another why do we have problems giving him the stress of our mess to place in order? He is finite we are not, the one weight that we must contend with is the weight of the limited seconds, minutes, hours, and days we have on this earth, and while every year we commemorate our birth we simultaneously are made aware of the reality of our death which is to come. Question is, when that day comes will we be found faithful and will we be ready? I myself endeavor to be ready, and naked I came into this world, and naked shall I return into the loving arms of my Creator. Let’s not let our end be the only time that we lighten our load. Let’s endeavor to lighten our load today and experience the freedom that living footloose and fancy free can bring.

Do You Cheat or Treat Yourself?

Many of us cheat ourselves out of life, but we don’t realize it because the terminology we use to do it is “treat” ourselves.  This teaching challenges us to “treat” ourselves by living in a way that will lead to health and life.  Sustained change in our eating habits require that we change the confessions that we make which leads us to making repeatedly poor choices.  If you want to change how you eat you must first change how you think.

Book Review:What the Bible Says About Healthy Living

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This book was like my bible for eating.  The 3 principles that Dr. Rex Russell sets forth is biblically sound, scientifically documented, and easy to follow.  You will be hard-pressed to find an easier plan to follow in achieving a well balanced diet for life.  In a society that focuses on eliminating (carbs, meat, dairy, etc…) this well put together book focuses on what the purpose of food is, and how the bible lays out this life giving plan for us.

I read this book during a time when I was going through hell on earth.  I was between what would end up being six surgeries total and looking for answers that would not leave me dependent on the medical system to stay well.  You will want this practical guide in your library of books.  It is a resource that you will want to depend on regularly.  In this book he gives you multiple witnesses to the benefits of God’s plan for your health and well being.  This book will rebuild your faith, will serve as a guide to determine if any other health information you encounter is sound, and will help you transform the health of your family if you apply them to your life.  Simple, doable, and affordable.  Anyone serious about being healthy should own it and read it.  The format of the book reads like a text book which makes it easy to go directly to the section you need making it an excellent resource book.

Finding My Way Out Of Endo

cave-555727_1920So I haven’t had to deal with any pain or other issues with endometriosis since 2001.  I have read countless testimonies online about the battle with this disease for so many women.  But I know it is the favor of God that has kept me from making this part time headache a full time job.  However, the last few weeks I have been getting that oh so familiar feeling but this time not during my cycle, and coupled with constipation.  Unfortunately, IBS has been a battle since my surgeries.  Bouts of diarrhea and constipation coupled with occasional cramping would become an occasional unwanted guest in my day.  After the surgeries I had in 2001 I already had my mind made up that the only physician’s prescription I will follow is that of the Great Physician, Messiah Yahushah.

Although I have had constipation before I never recalled it causing me to have that sort of pain before.  That is when I perceived Yah was revealing to me that the constipation I was experiencing was the culprit for the pain.  When I relieved the constipation, I relieved the pain.  Unfortunately, it took an enema to do the trick.  I can’t remember the last time I used one of these, but I assure you it is not the path I would choose to alleviate it, but desperate times cause for desperate measures.  So I went everywhere looking for one of those old fashion water bottle kits, had no luck finding one.  Everything is linked back to already created elixirs, so I had to turn to ordering online what I needed.  However, until then I ended up getting the already put together kit of saline solution and it worked.  It took about half a day before the pain completely vanished from seering up my right leg, and that is when I came to the conclusion that constipation could be irritating the inflammation, causing the pain.  I had already been daily drinking smoothies with berries and radishes but this pain was still coming. It was only when I was able to get the sewage out of my system that I experienced relief.  The constipation hasn’t gone completely away, yet, but the pain sure has.  Once my kit comes in I will keep you posted on what mix I used and if it is helping.  I will probably post my results on http://www.essentialtreasures247.wordpress.com.

Guilt free No bake Cheesecake

  • 2 containers Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread Daiya (Dairy-Free)daiya
  • 3/4 cup coconut butter (dairy free version) or organic butter (less expensive version)
  • 4 tbsp. water
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp. natural vanilla extract (clear or white is best but regular vanilla extract can also be used)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (organic cane sugar is better option)
  • 4 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Torie’s Topping

  • 1 cup frozen blackberries
  • 1 cup of organic cane sugar or honey to taste
  • 2 graham cracker crusts or can make crust yourself in Aluminum free pan (glassware) for healthier option from organic graham crackers
*Note: Coconut butter, also known as coconut manna, can be found in many grocery stores in the nut butter aisle. It is not the same thing as coconut oil.
This recipe comes from here, with a few additions from me.
  1. In a blender or food processor, add the coconut butter (or butter), water, lemon juice, vanilla, coconut shavings and sugar. Blend until completely smooth (about 2 min.)
  2. With an electric beater, whip the Daiya Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread until smooth. Add the smooth coconut butter paste and beat until fully incorporated.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour into the cream cheese mixture. Beat until fully combined.
  4. Spread onto prepared crust and let sit covered in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
  5. In a saucer cook frozen berries with 2 tbsp of water to prevent scorching, add sugar after berries begin to form its own liquid. Be sure to cover while cooking until liquid forms then add sugar.

Being Spiritually Grounded

I want to make it clear to my readers, that while I promote the use of therapeutic Grade oils because of its purity, I want it to be known that lasting healing comes from God (YHWH), it is a gift to the believer paid for by the stripes on Yahushah’s back. (Isa. 53:5) It is important to look at oils the same way we look at food. Doctors will tell you consistently that many autoimmune diseases can be prevented or treated by a healthy diet and exercise. Essential oils are naturally an extension of that and like food you will only reap the full benefit without any undesirable side effects by eating it as provided by the Father, the right way, in the right quantity, grown in right conditions. Essential oils require the same thing in order to reap the benefits, they need to be separate from chemical constituents, solvents, and harmful ingredients that are counterproductive to health in order for us to maximize the greatest benefit.  The right food produces healthier cells, the wrong food produces sick cells, the right oils promote healthy cell regeneration the wrong ones promote sick cell regeneration and since oils are highly concentrated you multiply in time and quality whichever one you choose to use.

I do not support or endorse New Ageism on any level it is idolatry.  However, because like food, and herbs, oils are used in pagan practices as well a distinction must be made between that which is profane and that which is holy. Scripturally, children of Israel were instructed to use oils and we know that then like today, the use of oils were not limited to those who were YHWH’s children.  Nevertheless, to discredit the benefit of oils on the basis of it being used by pagan religions would be the equivalent of saying that all animal sacrifices are of the devil, completely ignoring the fact that Yah told the children of Israel to offer them to Him. The distinction being Yah reveals details concerning where, who, how, and what sacrifices were acceptable to Him. Hence, this article deals with the importance of being Spiritually grounded so that you won’t be a false apostle sharing this information and you won’t get caught up in the deception pushing a name brand rather than the Name that is above every name. My support of any company is based on their commitment to quality and them taking no stance concerning religion is preferred rather than them taking a stance against Christianity.  However, be it known this day that if any company that I support are found to practice the use of essential oils in a manner contrary to scripture those practices will not be used by me.

Having said that I have discovered, that the company that I purchase my oils from do borrow some of their uses of the oils from pagan traditions.  As a result I do not support using essential oils in that fashion and will no longer offer Raindrop Technique as a service to my customers.  This is not to say that I won’t use the oils for therapeutic purposes.  I will keep my use and promotion of the oils centered on the wisdom of scripture along with the caution that scripture reveals concerning it.

For good cause, Paul addresses this issue as it relates to eating things offered to idols. We (Believers) know that an idol is nothing and that it all comes from God. (1 Cor. 8:4-7) Essential oils come from God they are not something that Hindu’s or Buddha can take credit for unless we give it to them. How can this become an issue? Paul specifies clearly, if our eating causes another brother to stumble. Here in lies the dilemma in sharing the oils with others when we use terminology that is associated with Pagan use of the object it opens the door to use the oils for pagan practices and opens the door to possibly even more dangerous arena’s if we aren’t prayerful and led in how we share, and very important shed light on the truth concerning those who are connecting this to pagan practice.  We must be careful what terminology we use, because when we use the names that have been originated by pagan practices we give credence to them and substantiate their ritual. We must endeavor to keep our language biblical so that in doing so the only source anyone who engages in communication will have to rely on is what does scripture say concerning it.

The issue is simply this, laying on of hands is not a sin, however, if we are engaging in it in a way other than that which is prescribed by the Great Physician then we enter into dangerous territory. Like in our nation ignorance of the law is not an excuse and thus we must repent. On the other hand if we associate that which is of God falsely to that of an idol we are equally guilty and our lack of knowledge of scripture and embracing of all that Yah has made available for us could cause someone to die that Yah desired to live because we failed to embrace all that scripture has said concerning healing and health. Thus the instructions of Proverbs, brings clarity, that in all our getting let us make sure we get an understanding. (Prov. 4:7)

How do we dishonor our Head in using the oils?

The same way we dishonor our head when we eat, because herbs, and oils are things that were in times past and are currently used by both believers and nonbelievers in cooking and for health. What made those in 1 Cor. 8 as we just read weak? They associated the food they were eating to sacrifices offered to idol’s hence who were they blessing or attributing blessing too? Whatever god they were serving in times past hence, their conscience was convicted at the eating of meat. When we eat who are we instructed to break bread and give thanks to? According to Yahushah who by example demonstrated when feeding the multitudes, he gave thanks to Abba (Yahweh) His and our Father if we are in Him. (Matt. 14:19) Who are you blessing and giving thanks to when you present the oils? Is it to man or to Yah? Satan always imitate’s and plagiarizes anything Yah does because that’s all he can do since he can’t originate anything but lies. His abuse of a substance doesn’t discredit Yah’s use of it. We give Satan glory when we do it in his name as opposed to Yah’s name and character and act independent of His Spirit.

Scripture teaches us that if we obey Yah’s word we will be blessed, and if we disobey we will be cursed, this is a fundamental law that is like the law of gravity it applies whether we believe it or live by it. What brings about lasting healing (wholeness) is loving obedience to YHWH by adhering to His word and being led by His spirit and it is in our obedience to His word and the leading of His Spirit that we receive results. It is by the stripes of Yahushah (Jesus) Christ that we are healed. He is the anointing that destroys every yoke of bondage in our lives. The information that I provide to you is for the distinct purpose of connecting you to the Creator of the oils and the substance that He uses has its benefit because He made it so, not for any other purpose.

I share the true treasure behind the essentials in the oils with the express purpose of connecting you with the Word of God which if applied to our lives brings restoration and healing. My ministry is one of reconciliation to YHWH and teaching believers how to live a sanctified, balanced life in Messiah Yahushah.