Why So Many Christians Are Relaxing Over Drinks

Christianity Today Magazine

Rick Dalbey November 18, 2013 6:49pm In my 63 years, I’ve seen food destroy too many lives. No, it isn’t a sin to “have a donut”; it’s a sin to “overeat”. Problem is, Americans doesn’t know where to draw the line, the tendency is to satisfy the flesh before the spirit. It starts with donuts or pop and ends in buckets of fried chicken and fast food. There’s an epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Church people seem the most suseptible, especially pastors. Christians who think they can play around with donuts and not get burned are only fooling themselves. That’s why large containers of pop were outlawed in New York. Those that abuse food use the excuse, Jesus was called a glutton too! But we believe He only ate vegetables.

Sugary drinks might cause brain changes linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s — at least in rats

We know that soft drinks are bad for the body, so its reasonable to assume that they arent doing anything good for your brain, either. To confirm that assumption, Franklin and her colleague Jennifer Cornish gave 24 adult rats either water or a solution of water containing 10 percent sugar about the proportion you would find in a typical can of soda for 26 days. For the following seven days, both groups were given only water. At the end of that time, the rats that had drunk the sugary drink were significantly more hyperactive spending lots more time moving around than the control group. Hyperactivity is a physical sign that something unusual is happening in the brain, Franklin says. It is probably a reflection of changes being made to return the system back to its pre-sugar state, after it had adjusted to prolonged sugar consumption, she says. To find out what was going on, the team looked at the rats orbital frontal cortex, the part of the brain that sits behind the eyes. An enzyme was used to snip proteins from this tissue into their constituent peptides. These fragments were then analyzed using a mass spectrometer, which identifies the peptides, and therefore the proteins, present. This was then compared to a database of the proteins you would expect to see in a healthy rat of this species. Of the 1,373 proteins identified in both sets of rats, 290 were altered in those that drank sugary drinks but not those that drank water. Some of the proteins were present in greater numbers, and some in fewer numbers than expected. This is a lot more change than we anticipated, Franklin says, and is significantly more than the group saw in a similar analysis of caffeine in other brain areas. While more work is needed to determine the exact effect of these changes, just under half of the altered proteins are known to be involved in the cellular function of the brain, including determining cellular life span, communication and DNA repair. Thirty percent of the changed proteins are linked with conditions such as cancer, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease and schizophrenia.


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