The Law and the prophets; friends or foe? Part 2

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If Jesus declared all foods clean; (Mark 7:19)     why does Wellness Gospel say that unclean food still exists?

In the gospel of Mark Jesus declared all foods clean. Some believe that when he did that all the things listed in the Old Testament as unclean food, instantly became healthy for people to eat.

New International Version
For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

New Living Translation
Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)

There is always some, self-proclaimed “theologian”, who reads this passage and says, “If Jesus declared all foods clean, then there is no such thing as unclean food. And there is no point in being careful or particular about what we eat!  Since all foods are equally healthy, we should just eat what we want and enjoy it.”

That one idea, “there is no longer any unclean food,” has killed more good, loving Christians than all the persecutions through the ages. 

My initial answer to people who are saying this is, “how’s that working for you”! It never is working for them, in fact it is killing them. It is the reason they will not get to see their children’s children get married and have kids. Not following God’s instructions concerning food choices is the reason they will spend much of their adult life fighting off diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and cancer.

First of all; if it were true that there are no unclean foods and that all foods are equally healthy, then we wouldn’t have ever had the following disasters.

Jack in the Box, 1993

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732 people were affected by unclean food containing E. coli. It was the most infamous food poisoning outbreak in history, it nearly forced Jack in the Box out of business. 73 locations across California, Idaho, Washington, and Nevada served undercooked patties.  A specially promoted “Monster Burger” wasn’t cooked long enough to kill off the bacteria. Four people died, all of them children, and 178 others were left with permanent damage.


Chipotle, 2015

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In 2015, unclean food caused a norovirus outbreak in Simi Valley, California. The outbreak sickening 243, a salmonella outbreak in Minnesota and Wisconsin sickened 54, E. coli sickened 60 people in 11 states. It landed 22 in the hospital. A second norovirus outbreak in Boston sickened 143. The cause? Chipotle. While the exact culprit of the E. coli and salmonella will likely never be known, the two norovirus outbreaks were caused by sick employees who came into work. The chain has implemented several new rules and regulations in order to prevent this from happening again, but its reputation has taken a major hit.

McDonalds, 2004

Then there is the blockbuster documentary “Super-Size Me”. It was nominated for an academy award.  In the movie, Morgan Spurlock gets checked out by doctors and found to be in great health. Then he proceeds to eat only McDonalds food for thirty days. At the end of the thirty days he goes back to the doctors to see what effect eating McDonalds food had on his health.

Spurlock had gained 24 lbs. and , increased his cholesterol from 160 to 230 mg/dL. He also experienced mood swingssexual dysfunction, and fat accumulation in his liver. The doctors told him he was killing himself and needed to stop eating whatever it was he was he was eating and go back to his previous diet. Evidently not all food is created equal, maybe there is still such a thing as unclean food.

Does anyone really believe that all foods are equal? That all foods have the same amount of nutritional value? When Jesus declared all foods clean, wasn’t he aware of basic nutrition 101?

We believe that Jesus knew exactly what he was saying. Nothing that he said is contrary to science, health or the Bible. So what did Jesus mean when he said all foods are clean? And wasn’t he contradicting Deuteronomy 11:29 and other passages that list unclean food?

Deuteronomy 11:29 “‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard,

Matthew 5:19 “Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”   (Jesus speaking)

Mark 7:18Are you so dull?”  He  (Jesus) asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean”)

First of all, if you are a serious Bible student, you know that the word of God does not contradict itself.

Jesus is not confused, saying at one time you need to practice and teach the Law, and at another time that the Law is incorrect in saying that there is unclean food that should not be eaten. He is not like our politicians who say one thing to one group and something different to another group just to make everyone like them. You and I must rightly divide God’s word in order to understand it, and sometimes it requires a little hard work on our part.

2 Peter 3:16, speaking about the Apostle Paul who wrote a large portion of the New Testament, Peter says,  “He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Some things in the Bible are a little harder to understand than others but it is well worth our time to get the correct meaning.

One way is to look at the context that the passage is found in. The context of Mark 7:18-19, is where Jesus is rebuking the Pharisees and teachers of the law because he says, “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men… You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” Mark 7:1-9

Notice Jesus is not making friends, he is actually rebuking them for not following the law and the prophets. They were teaching that if you did not do a “ceremonial washing of your hands, cups, pitchers and kettles” that what you were eating became unclean food. We are talking about food that the law said was clean. (Lamb, beef, etc.) He was not talking about pig, rat, or shellfish.

We need to also notice that Jesus made a distinction between the heart (spirit, soul) and the body (Our flesh).

He was making a point that the Pharisees had missed. He wasn’t changing or nullifying the Old Testament scriptures, he was explaining them. Unwashed hands will not affect your heart or your spirit. It is what comes out of your mouth and my mouth that will affect our hearts. The Pharisees were concerned about ceremonial traditions that weren’t in the law.

Jesus was not teaching, as some people suppose, that all of a sudden unwashed hands couldn’t hurt you. If that were true Chipotle wouldn’t have been the focus of some very negative news that dominated the media for months. Cooks with hepatitis who tossed your salad couldn’t harm you. No one believes that! You’d have to be a couple of fries short of a happy meal to believe that.  So why would do people believe that Jesus was teaching us that all foods are physically clean, that all foods are equal, concerning our health?

Jesus was declaring food to be spiritually neutral. It has no direct effect on your spirit or your soul.

If Jesus  was teaching that the disciples should stop adhering to the teachings old testament teachings about unclean food, then we could expect that Jesus and the disciples would have acted upon that teaching. Jesus taught that you should not just be a hearer of the word but a doer. Jesus himself never violated any of the Mosaic Laws, he fulfilled them completely. He wasn’t even accused of eating with unwashed hands; it was his disciples who were accused of it.

Jesus never ate any unclean food. He even gave the Pharisees an opportunity to expose any violations of the  Mosaic law, that he might have made, if they could, “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” (John 18:46a) The Pharisees would have nailed him on that, but they could not, because he never disobeyed any of the Law, not even the least of the laws.

Then there is Peter’s declaration, many years after the resurrection and after Pentecost,

Acts 10:14  “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”

Why would the Apostle Peter still be observing the Mosaic food Laws if Jesus had taught him not to?

The answer is this; Jesus didn’t teach Peter not to observe the Law, on the contrary in Matthew chapter 5:17-19 Jesus taught Peter and the Apostles to teach and practice the Law till heaven and earth disappeared.

When Jesus declared all foods clean he was referring to the more important issue of the heart. The Pharisees had heart issues and they wanted to focus on food and ceremonies. We need to keep our hearts pure first, no amount of good nutrition can undo a heart that has no place for God. But if your heart is right with God and you ignore his teaching about what to eat and what not to eat, you will be unhealthy and get to see Jesus in heaven sooner than God intended.


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Why did thousands of honest people lose their faith in Jesus last year?

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Why thousands of honest people, lost their faith in Jesus Christ last year!

They were told to claim a promise found in God’s word the Bible and then the promise never came. They were told to claim prosperity but prosperity never came, they were told to claim healing but never got healed. Why?

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Losing your faith in God!

A couple in our church were constantly claiming health, wealth and longevity. They would often recite from Deuteronomy Chapter 28. Here are the selected promises they would quote to all who would listen.

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.The fruit of your womb will be blessed.You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail.

So how was their faith rewarded? The husband got very sick shortly after leaving our church. He had a massive heart attack and died. The wife had a nervous breakdown and their children are presently heroin addicts. Why?

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God’s promises never materialized!

So why didn’t God keep his promise to this man, his wife and their family?

God actually did keep his promise! If you read all of Deuteronomy chapter 28 you will find that there were conditions that needed to be met in order to receive the promises. Here are a few…

28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your GodIf you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left 

The biggest reason people lose faith in God’s commands!

The main reason people lose faith in God’s promises is because they have not been taught that God has given instructions for what they have to do to get the promises.  It is no surprise when people get their dream car or dream house repossessed. They don’t usually stop believing in cars or houses. They were told that as long as they make the payments and abide by the agreement,  they will get to enjoy the car or home. If they fail to meet the stated conditions they will fail to enjoy the stated benefit’s. It is the same with God’s promises.

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Too many good people dying too young!

Godly Christians dying young!  Why?

My married daughter Melody called me one day to lament that yet another relatively young member of her new church family had passed away. She was frustrated because this man, like the others, was physically active, and tried to avoid all the “Bad Food” doctors had warned him about. He looked and acted healthy until suddenly he keeled over dead. She said this man had completely rejected the idea that the Bible had any helpful advice for his health.

My daughter Brook lamented to me one day how a Christian woman she had lived with, laughed at her when she tried to explain why we were to listen to God’s specific advice about food choices. Shortly after her conversation with this woman the lady ended up in the hospital, very very sick.

A friend of mine kept telling me that God doesn’t care what we eat and he certainly doesn’t want us to follow any biblical advice about food.  in just a short time he and his wife’s health deteriorated rapidly. The last time I saw them she was permanently confined to a wheel chair, most of their problems were related to diabetes and arthritis.

I have many Christian friends that laugh at the idea that they should avoid foods God said not to eat, or follow any Old Testament advice, yet they often express to me how lucky I am that my family and I are so healthy. Its not luck! We used to be sick just like them until we started to follow Gods advice. We have simply tried to meet God’s conditions for better health. Those conditions cover subjects such as, attitude, forgiveness, worship, sin and food choices.  All of those conditions and promises can be found in one place, that is what the book “God’s Guide to Biblical Health and Healing” is all about!

Why are Irene Crump and Phyllis Jones so full of life?

These radiant 100 year old twins have worked hard, which the bible recommends, they have been careful to eat wisely like the Bible suggests, and they have prospered for it.  Irene says, [1]

“hard work and good food is our secret, that’s all I can put it down to

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100 year old twins, beautiful and still going strong.

It frustrates and saddens me!

It frustrates and saddens me when I encounter disappointed and discouraged Christians. People, who at some time in their life, put all their hope and faith in a promise of God, only to see their hope shattered, especially in the area of physical health. Why, you ask, “How can that be? Can God make a promise and not fulfill it?” I believe the Bible when it says…

“All of God’s promises are yes and Amen.”                                                                                                                                                                      2 Corinthians 1:20

To put that into common English, “God says yes to anyone who believes His promises, and all of His promises will be fulfilled as God said they would.”

So why are there so many disillusioned Christians out there?

Because many times they have not connected the conditions of God with the promises of God. Many have been told to pray for and receive health and healing for themselves and their loved ones, but were never told what the Biblical conditions were for receiving that help. They have been told to claim a specific promise found in the Bible, without being told what God says you have to do to get it. For instance…

The Bible states…

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

Romans 10:9

The promise:……………you shall be saved.

The condition:………confess Jesus as Lord and believe God raised him from the dead.

It doesn’t say that if we obey God’s commands and decrees, that we will be saved. We need to be careful to connect the proper promise with its corresponding condition. This is the difference between the good news of Christianity and all other religious systems. They all say you will be saved or received into heaven by how well you obeyed the rules. Nowhere in the Bible, not even in the Old Testament does it say that you will be saved from eternal separation from God or that you will go to heaven when you die, based on your ability to keep the rules.


But…the Bible does state that “…if you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees (laws). I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians for I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

The promise:………..I will not bring on you any of the diseases I

                                                brought on the Egyptians, I’m the Lord who heals  you

The condition:……………Listen carefully, pay attention to, and keep all

                                                God’s commands and decrees.

At this point someone usually says “Hey wait a minute, I’ve been taught that we don’t have to obey the Old Testament commands any more” and I agree; as it concerns your entrance into heaven.  But there are other consequences that are connected to God’s advice and commands.

Everyone knows!

Everyone knows that the Ten Commandments, found in the Old Testament, state that it is wrong to lie, steal, murder or commit adultery, and that there are consequences that come when we break these laws of God. For instance, if you commit adultery you could lose your marriage and it is possible that you could get a sexually transmitted disease. No one would argue, “Now I am a Christian, I’m not under the law, if I commit adultery, I won’t suffer any social or physical consequences”. Everyone knows that that is ridiculous.

Most preachers teach from time to time about the consequences of breaking these laws. But very little has ever been preached or taught about God’s laws concerning health and food choices, why not? They too have consequences, which have been mostly overlooked.

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Even though we know logically that you can’t break God’s laws without consequences, some Bible student always says…”didn’t Jesus do away with the law and the old testament?” I’ll let Jesus answer that question…

Jesus said…

Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; (The Old Testament) I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (He is the only one who ever did fulfill them) I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”                            Matthew 5:17-19

I am pretty sure heaven and earth have not passed away yet, so until then we are to practice and teach God’s commands.

Over the last thirty years

Over the last thirty years, I have prayed for people in my family and our congregation. I have studied the scriptures countless hours in order to bring teachings from God’s word that would help my family and congregation avoid physical and emotional trauma. I, like any other shepherd, want the people I love and care for to be spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy and happy. One thing I have discovered is that there is no one miracle pill that will accomplish that. What I mean is that there is not any one thing that will solve all of your problems.

Sometimes people think that if they just change their diet or exercise enough that that will ensure optimal health. Why doesn’t that work? The simple truth is this; the answer to all your problems lies in ALL that God has said about our attitudes, our sin, our rest, our exercise, our food choices and drugs. The more closely we follow God’s instructions every day, the more fully we will enjoy his promises.

If you have been taught that the old testament is of no value to us or that the societal and dietary laws in the Old and New testaments hold no benefit to you as a Christian, then I suggest you read “Non of These Diseases” by Dr. S.I. McMillen. As a medical doctor with years of experience he has documented how obeying God’s word is not only spiritually beneficial but physically beneficial as well.



Truly; the only way to exceptional emotional and physical health and wellness, is to spend time each day with the Great Physician, Jesus Christ!

If you have any questions or comments about this or any other Wellness Gospel article, please feel free to send an email to I would love to hear from you.

If you believe God knows what is best for us, join us and the Wellness Gospel team and spread the word, share this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly.

If you want to keep improving your health and enjoy this kind of biblical, scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books and Doctor Wallach’s vitamin and mineral supplements. Simply click on the title for purchase information.

  1. “God’s Guide to Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris and Shary Schauermann
  2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallach
  3. “None of These Diseases” by S.I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M. D.


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Childbirth part ll; Nutrition and exercises for an enjoyable pregnancy!

Childbirth and pregnancy

Childbirth and pregnancy are not a pleasant experience for many women!

Childbirth and pregnancy


When Shary was just beginning to consider teaching childbirth classes, a dear friend of ours, Betty Warren, called one night and asked Shary  to come to the hospital, a friend of ours from church was having a really hard time in first stage labor and Betty thought Shary might be able to help. Betty was one of the OB nurses at Forest Grove Community Hospital, she had also been our childbirth instructor. So Shary headed right over to see what she could do. When Shary got there our friend was jumping out of bed with each contraction, grabbing the end of the hospital bed, start rocking and yelling. (By the way, this is not the best technique for first stage labor, we’ll talk more about that next week)  While she was yelling in pain her husband sat reading the newspaper and her mother sat near her,  saying, “This is just one of those things you just can’t get out of”.

So often, as we began to teach childbirth classes, we were told that many of the common problems with pregnancy were unavoidable. We were assured that you just have to suffer through these things. Often this advice came from doctors but it also came from family members, friends and even well-meaning clergy. But, over and over we found people who had discovered solutions to those problems. We would try the things they suggested, and more often than not, their ideas worked. We believe the Bible when it says, “God will remove all sickness from you.”(Exodus 23:25-27)That means that there is a solution to every disease, we just need to preserver and find out what that solution is.

Some of the common ailments associated with childbirth, we were told, have no cure. Toxemia, stretch marks, constant back pain, varicose veins, permanently damaged stomach muscles, permanently damaged kegal muscle, heartburn, high blood pressure, cesarean-section and seizures to name a few, were said to be normal. It is no wonder most women don’t want to have babies; who could blame them? But, over and over we found people who had discovered solutions to those problems and that is a big reason we, and many of our students, continued to have children when others have decided it just isn’t worth the trouble.

Genesis 1:27-28a
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”

Psalm 127:3-5a
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.
4 Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.
5 Happy is the man whose quiver is full of them!”

God wants us to have children, but all the “common” problems modern women have in childbirth make it almost crazy to consider.

So did God have a better plan? Sure he did, not only did he want us to be fruitful and multiply but he said that people who have many children are blessed and happy. He also said that if we would listen to his advice and follow his laws he would remove all disease from us, he would bless our wombs, none would miscarry and he would give us a full lifespan.

So what have we found that would help you have a relatively problem free birth?

First, in childbirth, what you eat is your main priority!

If you gave your home builder some straw and asked him to make you a house you would end up with a home like the one the big bad wolf blew down!

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If you gave your home builder, good lumber, bricks and mortar, he could build you a house the big bad wolf couldn’t blow down.

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The same thing is true when making a baby, if you give your body materials like what is pictured below; your body cannot build a healthy baby, nor can it keep you healthy while it is trying to create this new life. One of the reasons so many people miscarry, or give birth to babies with birth defects, is because their  bodies simply didn’t have the raw materials necessary to do the job. Proverbs 23:1-3 says, “When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony, do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.”

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Babies bodies are primarily made up of calcium and protein. Milk is a high-quality source of calcium and eggs are the best protein you can consume.

Childbirth, pregnancy and nutrition

The basis for a great pregnancy diet is 1 quart of milk and two eggs each day. This gives your body the basics for building a healthy baby. For more detail check out this link.

Secondly, there are exercises that will make childbirth much more enjoyable and get you back into your pre-pregnant condition right after the birth.

Exercises for comfort, health and beauty.

1. Tailor sitting as often as possible, will help you limber up for birth. Shary actually took the legs off our dining room table with our first pregnancy. We ate tailor sitting on the floor, not my favorite position. Later, she let the rest of us sit on chairs while she ate sitting on a trunk, pulled up to the table.

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2. Squatting. When you go to pick up your kids toys or maybe even your husband’s cloths, squat down instead of bending over. Women who are comfortable squatting, find birthing much easier and are less likely to tear during birth. It is also much better for your back, which means fewer problems later in life.

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3. Pelvic rocks, 40, 40 and 80. Do 40 in the morning, 40 at noon, and 80 before you go to bed at night. This is truly the secret weapon of childbirth exercises. It solves many of the common problems associated with pregnancy, delivery and post-partum. Pelvic rock exercises, if done as prescribed, can eliminate back problems in pregnancy. They also help get the baby in the proper position for birth and will produce a flat stomach right after the birth. Pelvic rocks are done on your hands and knees by rotating your pelvis all the way down and then all the way up, for one pelvic rock. Speed is not the goal, rotating as far down as possible and as far up as possible is where the benefit comes. You are literally dropping the baby down and out of the birth canal and then pulling the baby back up tight. This strengthens the stomach muscles so that after the birth your stomach will be back to normal. When these muscles are strengthened, they take pressure off your back and the ligaments that hold the baby in place, making pregnancy much more enjoyable.

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4. Sleep or nap in the side running position at least 8 hours a day. Your body needs rest in order to keep you healthy and make a healthy baby. Lay on your side with your bottom leg straight and your upper leg bent. This is the best position for you and your baby. Sleeping on your back actually constricts the blood flow to the baby and sleeping on your stomach is never advised. Sleeping on your stomach simply becomes less possible the more pregnant you get. One time at the beach Shary had me dig her a hole in the sand so she could put her stomach in it. Her plan was to get some sun on her back, as you might guess, it didn’t work very well.
5. Aerobics, 2 mile walk, 5-6 days a week. Any exercise that elevates your heart rate and increases your breathing, is a benefit to pregnancy and childbirth. But, we have found that walking is almost a fool-proof way to assure a quick easy birth. Whenever we hear about a very easy and quick birth we ask what kind of exercise the mother did, almost every time we are told they walked outdoors a lot. So if you want an easy, no complications birth, this is a must.
6. Kegel, 10 times each urination or at least 100 times a day. There are several reasons why it is important to exercise this muscle. First, you need to have control of the muscle during the actual birth. When you relax the muscle, the baby is able to come more quickly. This exercise helps you to become aware of the muscle when it is relaxed, and when it is tense. If this muscle has been exercised and is in good tone at birth, it will stretch as the baby’s head comes through, like a rubber band. If it is in poor shape, it will be drug down the birth canal with the baby, and in the case of an episiotomy, it may be cut. Second, it improves the ability of the muscle to return to normal bladder and rectal control after the birth. Third, it makes intercourse more comfortable and improves a mother’s ability to achieve vaginal orgasm after giving birth. This muscle also keeps the bladder in the proper position. Many women complain that their bladder has dropped after birthing and has never returned to it’s normal condition, causing life long problems. The design of the western style toilet makes this even worse. Most other cultures squat when they go to the bathroom. The modern invention of the Squatty Potty was developed to solve this problem.

Childbirth, pregancy and exercises

Directions for Kegel exercises;
a. Practice when you are urinating by spreading your legs and tightening the vagina, stopping the flow of urine so that you are letting out only a teaspoon at a time.
b. Try squeezing the sides of the vagina together: squeeze from the bottom up, rather than starting with the abdomen which is at the top.
c. The rectum will squeeze together as you are squeezing the vagina. This is perfectly normal and, in fact, cannot be avoided.
d. Squeeze the vagina together slowly, and when you are squeezing full strength, hold to a count of three. Give a final short squeeze before relaxing, even though you may already think you are squeezing full strength. It is alright to use the abdomen during this “last effort”.
e. Relax the muscle, count to three, and relax again. The idea is to be able to get as much movement in the muscle as possible, hence the maximum contraction and the maximum relaxation. This builds the muscle strength quickly.
f. It is important to do the exercises throughout the day rather than all at tone time. Good times are morning, prior to arising, evening at bedtime, and times in between when you go to the bathroom. Other than those done while urination, the exercises should be done either lying flat or while standing.

Thirdly, miscellaneous tips!

a. To combat stretch marks, varicose veins or hemorrhoids, take 4 mg copper each day.
b. To specifically combat varicose veins, increase pelvic rocking, elevate legs at ten minute intervals, do foot circles, leg stretches and take Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopheral is the only type that works).
c. For leg cramps, point your heel till it stops and increase your calcium intake.
d. For heartburn, do not take antacids or baking soda, they destroy your B vitamins (energy vitamins). Eat slower, frequent, small meals throughout the day; sugar makes it worse. Place your hands on your ribs and take deep breaths to separate your ribs.
e. If you are having some problems in pregnancy that we did not cover or you have a friend or loved one who is having pregnancy issues, send us a comment and we will do our best to get you an answer.

This series on childbirth and pregnancy includes the following topics:

Part l    Nutrition

Part ll   Nutrition and exercises for a more comfortable pregnancy and birth

Part lll First stage, husband coached Childbirth. What you believe about birth will determine how it goes.

Part llll Transition

Part V   Second stage and post-partum

Part VI Nursing, sleeping and circumcision,

Part VII  The V approach to raising kids.

Our purpose for writing each week is to obey Matthew 5:19, providing you with biblical advice on the care and feeding of your body. We do it because this advice is rare. We also do it, because we see thousands of good Christians who are miserable, or whose lives have been cut short, simply because they were never taught what the Word of God and the Law of God had to say about health and wellness.

If you believe God knows best, join us and the Wellness Gospel team; register for our weekly newsletter, then spread the word by sharing this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly.
If you want to keep improving your health, and enjoy this kind of biblical scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books;
1. “God’s Guide to Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris and Shary Schauermann

2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallach                                                                                         

3. “None of These Diseases” by S.I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, M. D.
You can get all these books at or simply click on the URL under each book title.

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5 Guaranteed Baby Steps to Disease Free Living.

5 baby steps to disease free living.

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 5 Baby Steps To Disease Free Living!

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The 5 baby steps to disease free living can be done one at a time, by add one of these health builders each week. Simply add one new step each week and read the corresponding blogs that support that baby step.

Or… you can just take the leap and join the wellness gospel team by applying all 5 of these baby steps for the next 40 days. See for yourself how true the word of God is when it says that God will “remove all sickness from you and give you a full lifespan.” Deuteronomy 7:15  It has been our experience that people who jump in with both feet are more likely to succeed than those who try to ease into it. 

Where to get started? You can just follow the 5 steps listed below, or if you want to know why your doing them, you can read the blog posts attached to each item as well.


5 baby steps to disease free living.

Baby Step #1  “Foods To Avoid”

When Shary read her first book on nutrition, Eat Right and Live Longer, it told her to go to her kitchen and throw away anything that is on the list below. (These things are poison, they destroy your immune system and feed disease producing entities, like cancer and bad bacteria). So, Shary did it, and we have never looked back.

If you are serious about getting and staying healthy, go to your kitchen, read all the labels and throw away anything that contains the things listed below. No cheating, you have to get them out of your car, bedroom, work space etc. If you can’t see them you are less likely to poison yourself with them. Do not give any of this to the local food bank, it is poison. If you want to ship it to an ISIS training camp that would be the only alternative to throwing it in the garbage.

  1. Sugar, brown sugar, corn-syrup, high fructose corn syrup, malted corn, maltose, sucrose, dextrose, fructose, lactose, dried molasses etc…)
  2. Canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, Crisco.
  3. Enriched white flour, white rice.
  4. Modified food starch, monosodium glutamate diethyl glycol .
  5. Caffeine (coffee, energy drinks, some teas)
  6. Pork or pork products (Ham, bacon, sausage, wieners, bratwurst, lard)
  7. Anything that swims and doesn’t have fins or scales, ie, (clam, oyster, scallop, crab, lobster shrimp, shark, sturgeon, catfish, abalone, crayfish)
  8. Fried foods


  2. Read  

      baby steps to disease free living                                                                                                         Baby Step #2 “What You Need To Eat”

    The easiest way to do this is to post the items below on a calendar and check them off as you eat them. Get someone to keep you accountable and help you remember. Every time my wife Shary got pregnant, I would fill a quart jar with milk each morning. I would write on the jar, “for mom only”. This was an attempt to protect her milk from the older kids.  Then I would make sure Shary finished it  before we went to bed. I would also make sure she had eaten her eggs as well. So below you will find the foods that have been sanctified by the Word of God.

  • Two eggs per day, (poached, soft boiled, scrambled in butter, soft fried in butter low heat)
    1. Read
  • One quart of whole milk per day, (Goat’s milk is best but not essential, raw is best but not essential)
    1. Read
  • Red meat twice a day, (beef, lamb, deer, elk)
    1. Read
  • Seafood with fins and scales every other day (Salmon, cod, halibut, tuna)
    1. Read
  • Poultry with the skin on it, every other day (turkey, chicken duck)
  • Honey is your only sweetener, use it often, it is medicine. It adjusts your body ph to fight cancer and other diseases.
    1. Read
  • Butter and olive oil are your only oils. Use them to cook with etc.
    1. Read
  • Salt your food to taste, salt is an essential nutrient, do not buy foods that say salt free.
    1. Read
  • Eat only whole wheat or other whole grains, no enriched flours.
  • Eat fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts as you desire. Don’t force yourself to eat them.


baby steps to disease free living                                                            Baby Step #3Rest And Exercise Is A Must”

  • Walk  or exercise 30 min. 6 days per week
    1. Read
  • Rest and worship one day each week (no regular work, no stress, go to church and worship)
    1. Read
  • Get 7-8 hrs. of sleep each night (take naps if necessary, no caffeine)


baby steps to disease free living                                                              Baby Step #4Vitamins and Minerals”

  • Take Dr. Wallach’s mighty 90
  • Vitamin C        5,000mg/day, (if you are already sick take 10,000 mg/day)
  • Copper     2-4 mg/ day
  • Selenium        500mg/day
  • If you have deficiancy symptoms take associated vitamins and minerals suggested in the book, Lets Play Doctor.



Baby steps to disease free living.

Baby Step #5  “A healthy Soul”

  • Work at maintaining a positive attitude.

                                            Finish Here

baby steps to disease fee living
Healthy, happy families living disease free lives.



To wholewheat or not to Wholewheat!

longevity, gluttany

Wholewheat, God’s food choice for his children.

Wholewheat and whole grains are necessary for healthy living.  Many people couldn’t care less about whole grains, some even think that all grains are to be avoided like the plague. There is even a group who spend their time and energies to promote grain free living, they claim they feel better.[2] So what is the truth about grains in our diets? Wheat, barley, oats, spelt, etc. Are they all bad for you, or, are they necessary for a long, healthy life? Which is it?

Wheat can help you get to 100 with some fire left.

Don Pellmann at 100 years old, recently broke the world record (for centenarians) in the 100m dash by 3 seconds, he also broke records in the long-jump, shot-put, discus and high-jump.  Before the day was over Pellmann had broken 5 world records. All of this, mind you, at a track meet in San Diego, where the temperature was approaching 100 degrees.[1]

Whole wheat make you strong
Don Pellman shot-put record at 100 years old.

Don Pellmann is an amazing individual. He is still pole-vaulting at the age of 100. His advice to everyone who wants to be like Don, is to, “Eat sensibly and exercise every time you get a chance.”

Whole wheat/ live long and strong
Don Pellman flying over the pole vault bar at 100 years of age.

Somebody is going to be healthy past 100, might as well be you!

Don says to “eat sensibly”; Don shared with one reporter that he eats “normal things”, like meat and potatoes, soup and salad, fruit and vegetables. Don does not smoke and says he does not drink the “bad fluids” (presumably soft drinks and alcohol). He does have a beer occasionally.[3] Most everybody has their own version of what eating sensibly would mean. When I was growing up my parents believed they were eating sensibly and they thought they were feeding us sensibly as well.

Normal isn’t always good.

When I was growing up, I ate a lot of refined white sugar and refined white flour. I lived the life of a typical “healthy” American boy, I played sports, ate pretty much whatever I wanted and got a lot of fresh air. I had regular physical checkups, and was very physically active. Actually, I was a little over active. For some reason, my mom was always telling me to go play outside. I suffered from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). Maybe that’s why she wanted my friends and me to play outside all the time. Anyway, I broke my arm wrestling when I was in grade school. I suffered from frequent colds, flu, runny noses, bloody noses, pulled muscles, cramps, aches and pains, vomiting, chicken pox and mumps. While I had the mumps, I was told that if I got out of bed I might not be able to “have children.” I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about, I wasn’t that worried about it, so I got up when no one was watching. When I looked in the mirror and saw the huge lump on my neck, I hoped that it wasn’t permanent.

I suffered from tonsillitis, so my tonsils were removed. I had cavities and other tooth problems so some of my permanent teeth were removed. My eyesight was poor which affected my reading so I was prescribed bifocals. I had chronic hemorrhoids and pulled muscles. While going to school at Oregon State University, I tried out for the football team. But during that time, I was sick for a number of weeks, couldn’t get over it, and I ended up turning myself into the infirmary. They gave me codeine and I slept for a day or so. When I was 21, I almost died from a ruptured appendix. I still remember my mom calling me that morning. I hurt so bad that I had to crawl to the phone on my hands and knees and when I answered it, my mom, without me saying anything except hello, said, “You get yourself to the hospital.”  Somehow moms just know when their kids are in trouble. I still do not remember anything after that phone call. I ended up in the hospital and spend months recuperating.

Whole wheat eaters.
Shary and I in our prime, shortly after I almost died of a ruptured appendix.

I say all that to make a point. I was not abnormal; I wasn’t unusually healthy nor did anyone consider me sickly. Most of my friends have similar stories as mine, which is the crux of my point. Most people are spending way too much time being sick. Since we changed our health care philosophy and started living biblically, we have eliminated almost all the above health problems, including broken bones. Most of our children never saw a doctor.

One of the first changes we made was to eliminate as much processed food from our diets as possible; especially white sugar and white flour. We replaced them with honey, raisins and wholewheat and other whole grains.

There are people who believe they are pleasing God by avoiding all meat, but the Bible tells us what meat we should eat and what meat not to eat.[5,6] There are people who tell us to avoid all grains but the Bible tells us that grains are a blessing. Jesus ate the meat the Bible recommends, Jesus ate bread made from grains the Bible recommends. Since we started following God’s advice by eating red meat and whole grains our health has been phenomenal. Shary is sixty-four and has given birth to 13 healthy kids. She can still out work most twenty year old girls. I turned sixty-five today, I have eliminated all the above physical problems I had when I was in my prime. I can do over fifty pushups without stopping and can do 150 with a few rests in between.  I couldn’t do that when I was  eating junk foods at the age of 18. I couldn’t do that when I was exercising and playing sports all the time. I can do it now that I eat wholewheat and avoid refined flours.

So what kind of wholewheat bread do we eat?

We started by buying store bought, “wholewheat bread”, but soon found that it wasn’t always wholewheat. Some of it was just white flour with food coloring. Some was wholewheat, but also had sugar, preservatives, dangerous food coloring, carcinogenic oils and chemicals. So, we decided to make our own bread. It was so good, that for a while, Shary was selling it to restaurants.

When most of the kids were still living at home, we used to make a batch of wholewheat bread once a week. A batch was 18, one and a half pound loaves. Our kids made toast and sandwiches out of that bread and sometimes just ate it plain.

So, what has God said about wholewheat and whole grains, verses refined flour?

Proverbs 23:1-2When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.    Do not crave his delicacies for that food is deceptive.”

  1. A) Note what is before you.
  2. B) Do not crave a ruler’s delicacies (dainties)
  3. C) That food is deceptive
  4. D) It’s worse if you are given to gluttony (overeating, or uncontrolled eating)
  5. E) If you eat it, you might as well cut your own throat.

In the past, only kings and government rulers could afford to eat refined foods. They were far too expensive for common people. Wealthy people could afford to purchase a delicacy called white flour. White flour was produced by laboriously breaking off the dark wheat germ part of the wheat cornel, leaving only the white part of the wheat, then grinding what was left into a finer more delicate flour. Pellagra used to be called the kings disease because it seemed that only kings and wealthy people came down with it. But when machines made it easy to mill out the wheat germ, and virtually everyone could afford white flour (flour without the dark wheat germ), pellagra became an epidemic among all people.

Pellagra has been halted because it is virtually impossible to get white flour that is not enriched with vitamins and minerals; the vitamins and minerals that were removed from the wheat in the milling process. Though pellagra has been halted, there are many other diseases that can be attributed to eating refined foods. Loma Linda College put out a filmstrip called the Great Grain Robbery. Their premise was that if someone took a twenty-dollar bill from you and gave you back $6, you wouldn’t call yourself enriched. When wheat is refined, over twenty nutrients are removed and enriched flour only replaces six. That food is deceptive. It looks good, it tastes good, it smells good but it is going to shorten your life and make you susceptible to a wide variety of diseases. To remove 20+ nutrients and replace them with 6 and then call that enriched flour, is a flat out lie. Whole wheat flour is far more enriched with vitamins and minerals and will give you and your family a fighting chance at living disease free like our family. Whole wheat will increase your odds of being as strong at 100 as Don Pellmann.

Wholewheat is better for you than white flower.

The farther you get from the way God packaged our food, the worse it is.  In an article published by Readers Digest, in August 2007, respected Harvard obesity researcher David Ludwig, stated that, “Whole foods…digest slowly and release nutrients into the body in a slow and sustained fashion. They include non-starchy vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts and grain products in their least processed state.”  In one study it was found that “obese young adults that secrete insulin rapidly and who were placed on a low-glycemic diet (whole foods), lost five times more weight than the other group and kept all the weight off throughout the 18 months of the study.” That is… the obese young adults that did not eat whole foods, but instead ate refined foods (white flour, refined sugars etc…), lost five times less weight and did not keep it off.[4]

There is a new health craze that believes gluten to be our biggest enemy. If you are gluten intolerant it may be that you are missing some other vital cofactors. If you eat all the foods the Bible suggests, and take the vitamins and minerals you are showing deficiency symptoms for (read Let’s Play Doctor), you may find you are no longer gluten intolerant. For people who love the Bible, and have been opposed to eating wholewheat, here are just a few scriptures that would suggest God is in favor of us eating wheat and other grains.

Wholewheat bread, is one of Gods best gifts to his children.

Luke 11:11-13 (NKJV)                                                                                      11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

This is Jesus talking, and he is calling bread, fish and eggs, good gifts. Of all the things God could have chosen as an example of a good gift, he chose bread. It must be something special. But what kind of bread was Jesus talking about?

What kind of Bread does God approve of?

Psalm 81:16 (NKJV)                                                                                      16 He would have fed them also with the finest of wheat;
And with honey
from the rock I would have satisfied you.”

Ezra 6:9 (NKJV)                                                                                           And whatever they need—young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the request of the priests who are in Jerusalem—let it be given them day by day without fail,

Isaiah 28:25 (NKJV)                                                                                       When he has leveled its surface, does he not sow the black cummin
And scatter the cummin, plant the wheat in rows,
The barley in the appointed place, and the spelt in its place?

God specifically asks for wheat, honey, salt, olive oil, barley, cummin and spelt. He not only accepted these as offerings but a portion of the offerings were the food of the Levite clan and the priests. This is what God wanted them to eat. Aaron the first priest, lived on red meat and the bread made from these ingredients. Aaron live to the ripe old age of one hundred and twenty-three. Evidently this bread did not hurt him.

If you want to live long and strong you will need to eliminate refined foods and start eating bread made with wholewheat and these other ingredients. Some people have avoided these grains, because they have been bred for disease resistance and maximum yield, etc. They have been told that hybrid wheat is bad for them. We have not found that to be true. We have simply bought bulk, soft red wheat and hard red wheat, and we have eaten a lot of it.

Just eliminating processed flour and sugar and eating readily available wheat, has turned out to be a game changer for our family’s health. Below you will find Shary’s bread recipe. Shary and I used this recipe for years, this is what our kids practically lived on. We did freshly grind our own wheat before we made bread. This recipe makes 13 loaves of wholewheat bread, which our family could consume in approximately one week. Below there is also a two-loaf recipe for those of you who don’t need that much bread.

13 loaf recipe for  our 20 quart, commercial mixer.

4 quarts of very warm water or milk.

½ cup of salt.

3+ cups of honey.

½ cup of yeast.

You should have 8 quarts of wholewheat flour ready. You will not use all of it, but add it till you get the proper consistency. Slowly add fresh ground wheat till the dough cleans the inside of the mixing bowl. The dough should be tacky but not sticky.

Wholewheat commercial mixer.
on the kitchen counter is some finished wholewheat bread. In the cupboard is our built in, 20 quart, commercial mixer with a dough hook.

Above is a picture of our world WWI mixer. It was a real miracle the way we acquired it. We had been looking at mixers that size, which cost thousands, which we couldn’t afford. We saw this one at a Fort Stevens auction. We were going to bid on it and were prepared to go as high at a few hundred dollars, but a fire broke out in our neighborhood and we left the auction before it went up for bid. Later we found out it sold for scrap metal. We contacted the scrap man and he offered it to us for fifteen dollars. We made the dough hook, cleaned it up and have been using it for over thirty years.

Two loaf recipe for our 5 quart, Kitchenaid mixer.

This batch can be done without a mixer, by kneading the dough with your hands, but it is a lot of back breaking work.

1 ¾ cups of very warm water or milk

1 tablespoon of salt

1/3 cup of honey

1 tablespoon of yeast

Have 10 cups of wholewheat flour ready, you will probably not use all of it.

Detailed instructions on making wholewheat bread.

  1. Mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey, in kitchen aid mixer. Add 2 cups whole wheat flour, and mix, let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
  2. Mix in salt. Mix in 4 cups whole wheat flour until tacky but not real sticky. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Add flour slower and slower till the flour cleans the inside of the bowl.  Let it sit till it doubles.
  3. Mix till the dough is knocked back down to normal size, then remove from the mixer.  Divide into 2 – 1 ½ pound loaves. Knead and fold into loaf shape, finish with the smooth side up.  Place in greased (use butter) 4×8 inch loaf pans.  Allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch. This needs to be in a warm 72+ room with a towel over the pans to keep in the heat. Or, I preheat the oven to 100 degrees and then let them rise in the oven.
  4. Remove the pans from the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. When the oven is up to temperature put the loaves in for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Bake until the bottoms sound hollow when thumped.
  5. Lightly brush the tops of the wholewheat loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter when done to prevent  from getting hard. Cool completely before bagging.
Wholewheat grinder and mixer with dough hook.
Our wholewheat grinder and Kitchenaid 5 quart mixer. The mixer is equipped with a dough hook.

Hope you enjoy God’s whole wheat bread as much as we have. During this Christmas holiday we also hope you enjoy the celebration of Jesus’ birth, which is God’s best gift to us.

If you have a different experience with wheat or other grains, please comment. Or if you have some supporting information or a testimony that would encourage us, we would love to hear from you. We love a good comment.

Our purpose for writing each week is to provide you with biblical advice on the care and feeding of your body.  We do it because this advice is so rare. We also do it, because we see thousands of good Christians, whose lives have been cut short, simply because they were never taught what the Word of God and the Law of God had to say about health and wellness.

Biblical keys to health and longevity. 


If you believe God knows best, join us and the Wellness Gospel team; register for our weekly newsletter, then spread the word by sharing this with your friends on social media and may God bless you richly.

If you want to keep improving your health, and enjoy this kind of biblical scientific information, then I would like to recommend three must-read books.

  1. “None of These Diseases” by S. I. McMillen, M.D. and David E. Stern, D
  2. “Let’s Play Doctor” by Dr. Joel Wallac            
  3. “God’s Guide To Biblical Health and Healing” by Rev. Chris & Shary Schauermann                                                            

You can get all these books at or simply click on the URL under each book title.