Category Archives: Healthy Habits

Herbal Remedies and Priesthood Blessings

In the days ahead, I believe having a strong immunity is very important and trusting in the Lord to be imperative.  In His infinite capacity to do so, He lovingly blesses our lives according to that which will best be for our eternal good.  Here I share some personal experiences of herbal remedies and priesthood blessings that have been monumental for me in my mortal journey.  But this I know, His blessings cover body, mind, and soul – respecting our agency (free choice).  Life’s challenges are for our growth.  He never said it would be easy, and He will force no man to heaven; if He were to do so, it would not be heaven.”

Arrhythmia Problem

On January 1st, 1999, I was inadvertently poisoned while we were on our mission in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa.  It caused a significant heart arrhythmia problem.  When I got home the following March and had a physical exam, the doctor said, “This is life-threatening.  You have two choices: you can be operated on or be on medication for the rest of your life.”  I said, “I like the third choice.” To get a priesthood blessing and look at naturopathic and herbal opportunities.  I found several herbs and specifically Hawthorne Berry Juice.  Interestingly, and we have a lot of Hawthorne trees in our county.  After about three months the arrhythmia was gone. THANK YOU, LORD!
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Losing Weight and Getting Healthier

Better than the ketogenic diet, Professor Benjamin Bikman (BYU) has pioneered a major break-through in health and healthy weight loss.  His work is internationally famous and is best described in his book, Why We Get Sick, (WWGS) available on Amazon with 887 mostly five-star reviews.  Up to chapter 3 are available on Kindle, as well.  And I have a blog article that summarizes his pioneering work: Be kind to your Pancreas or Die.  As he profoundly shares, “the key to a long-lean life is to keep insulin under control.”  The medical community is just learning about his work.  I find his diet and exercise counsel have been easy and enjoyable to implement.  At age 84, I have been looking for the “get the younger pill,” and I have found it in his counsel, for which I am most grateful.  I enjoy eating and love my carbs — properly distributed in my daily diet and exercise.

He shows that there is a relatively unknown disease called “insulin resistance.”  Quoting from his book, “In fact, insulin resistance is the most common health disorder world-wide, and it affects more people — adults and children — each year than any other.”   “A recent study hints that up to 85% of all US adults may have it.”  And it increases the seriousness of most chronic diseases and in some cases causes the disease.

In the US in 2020, six times more people died of chronic diseases than from COVID-19.  In other words, this relatively unknown disease is more lethal than COVID-19.  But the most interesting thing is that both this relatively unknown disease and COVID-19 are curable in natural ways.  His simple suggested diet is, “Low carb; controlled proteins, and good fats,” to both deal with this disease and to lose weight naturally.  When you are in insulin balance, the body also uses fats as the body’s energy source.

Insulin Resistance

In the blog article, I share his questions so that you can self-diagnose whether you have the disease or not.  I have benefited greatly from what I have learned from Dr. Bikman, and here I share a summary of what I have learned for your benefit should you desire to lose weight and get healthier.  The wonderful thing about his counsel and guidance is that it is neither hard to do and still allows you to enjoy wonderful foods.
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Healthy Habits – Healing 8 Health Challenges

Healthy Habits It's About Time This is the last post in the “Heathy Habits” series. In addition to the health challenges discussed in previous posts, I have also dealt with these 8 additional health issues.
1.    Arteriosclerosis
2.    Arthritis
3.    Constipation problems
4.    Dementia
5.    Knee injury
6.    Cancer
7.    Prostate challenges; and
8.    Excessive epistaxis (nosebleeds).

 Cancer and Prostate Challenges

I have a whole chapter in my book, It’s About Time, on cancer.  Here, I will cover highlights.  Dr. Leonard Coldwell has helped to cure more cancer patients than any other doctor on the planet, there is a seven minute synopsis on YouTube of what he suggests for people to overcome this enormous health challenge.

The American diet is meat and dairy centered, which moves the body acidic.  A plant diet moves the body to a more alkaline state.  Dr. T. Simoncini in Italy has written a book, Cancer is a Fungus: A Revolution in Tumor Therapy, and a summary of his book is as follows: “On the basis of the scientific considerations in this book which demonstrate that cancer is caused by fungal masses (of the Candida type), sodium bicarbonate is the only useful remedy that is now available for healing the disease.”  He also has had great success.
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Healthy Habits – Controlling Hypertension

Controlling Hypertension (high blood pressure) is vital for good health. Blood pressure is the force exerted by the blood against the walls of the blood vessels. When blood pressure is consistently too high, the risk of heart disease and stroke and even death increases.

I inherited the tendency for hypertension from my mother.  For decades, she fought it with medications. I was on blood pressure medications after I had my heart attack and stroke.
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Healthy Habits – Spiritual Well-Being

Sometimes, when we are ailing physically, we may not tend to pay attention to our spiritual well-being and treasures in heaven.  We may ignore the Lord’s most important counsel: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matt. 6:33)  Laying up treasures in heaven should be our first priority.  My great-grandmother, Christiana Christensdatter Petersen Twede was such a great example to me of one who laid up treasures in heaven.

Christiana was Born in Denmark

Christiana was born in 1835.  She loved helping take care of her father’s sheep on the green hills near their home in Oudrup, Denmark.  Her father would give her a coin for her help.  Her siblings would spend theirs, but Christiana saved hers in a special box.  Her father would tease as he bounced her on his knee, “Whatever will you do with all that money?”

She replied, “I will save it all.  I don’t know why, but someday I will need it!”  He said she was such a good girl.
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Healthy Habits: Overcoming Obesity Epidemic

My Personal Journey

Being raised on a farm and also being a white-water guide, I stayed fit growing up.  When I moved to Boulder, CO, to do graduate work and to help develop the nation’s atomic clock and GPS , I took up jogging to stay in shape.  When we moved to Fountain Green, UT, in 1992, I was in very good shape.  Being the architect and general contractor as we built our solar home. I needed to be strong.  We poured all 125 cubic yards of concrete needed for that unique structure.

We have always followed our churches health code, but after finishing our home, I gained some weight.  When we went on a vegan diet, I lost 15 pounds and felt good.  Later on, when I encountered the disease called Rouleau, I went on a raw food vegan diet and lost another 15 pounds.

We have learned much more about nutrition over the years and have broadened our diet considerably.  We buy organic and fresh as much as possible, and we grow our own food extensively.  We built a geodesic-dome greenhouse, which allows us to grow our own food year around.  We have learned the great importance of body hydration.  Very often when people think they are hungry, they are really thirsty and would be much better off drinking a glass of Kangen filtered water with no chlorine.

We enjoy fresh fruit for breakfast and occasionally an omelet or boiled egg.   We use cage-free eggs.  I avoid bread because of the yeast problem I discuss in my book.  We like sour-dough bread.  I don’t trust the meat processing we have now because of anti-biotics and pollutants.   We enjoy wild caught salmon.  I like Jefferson’s counsel using meat as a condiment and having a plant-based diet  and pushing away from the table before you are full.

I realize everyone’s metabolism and genetics are different, but as we look over time and space for this planet’s history we can learn some very important and highly relevant lessons.  Let us take a careful look, and then I will share some fundamental causes and cures for America’s obesity epidemic.

Spiritual Warnings and Answers

The Lord in His infinite goodness always warns a people of impending dangers and consequences.  In Deuteronomy chapters 28-32 the Lord through Moses warns the Israelites that if they keep the commandments, they will be blessed.  And when we look closely, those blessings were both dietary and for how they used the land and their animals.

The Lord through Moses warned the Israelites the consequences if they did not keep the commandments.  History profoundly tells the story of the  fulfillment of the prophecies made by Moses with the scattering and now in our day the gathering of Israel from the nations of the earth with the ultimate goal the Lord has of providing an opportunity for all of His children to hear His glorious gospel message that all nations may be blessed. (Abraham 2:10-11)  The Lord can turn every evil into good, and we will see miracles — dietary and “heal their land” — as the Lord prepares a people for His Coming.  We need to clean up our act to be part of those to receive the Lord.  We have the great promise that our polluted lands will be healed.

In recent American history, the Lord, in his loving kindness, knowing “In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days” has given us a basic health code called “A Word of Wisdom”.

The Lord gave these health guidelines in 1833 to His prophet, Joseph Smith. Along with these health guidelines, He gave a wonderful promise to those “who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments shall receive health to their navel and marrow to their bones; And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint.  And I, the lord give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them. Amen.”  I am a recipient of those promises and I thank the Lord for them.  All who will heed can enjoy these blessings as well.


Hidden Offenders Causing Health Issues

In 1939, Dr. Weston A Price  wrote a book titled: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. This book describe his field work during the 1920s and 1930s among various world cultures. He studied these various world cultures with the original goal of recording and studying dental health. However, his research results became a game changer as he found that many modern diseases are a result of the industrial revolution which has added subtle toxins to the environment which had already pervaded our food sources at that time.

As we know, industrial contamination continues to be a problem. An excellent cookbook by Sally Fallon challenges this issue. Nourishing Traditions, The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, This is one of the best cookbook I have ever seen — providing much more information than just recipes..

Because his research is such a game changer as many modern diseases are a result of the industrial revolution, A Weston A. Price Foundation has been set up (1999) to promote that technology can be a kind father if he joins with a feminine partner – the mother of the “nourishing traditions of our ancestors.”


What Has Happened to The American Diet?

That obesity is an epidemic in America is evident everywhere.  See the movie “Fed Up.”   However, obesity can happen for a number of reasons: diet, sedentary lifestyle, genetic factors, and certain medications.  Of course, everyone’s metabolism and genetics are different.  In addition, different cultures, food traditions, societal influences, etc.  affect what we eat and who we are. However, we can control some of the factors that cause obesity, beginning with diet. It is not just a matter of the selection of the different types of foods we ingest but how those foods are grown and processed.   Also, there are other considerations, like body hydration and exercise.

As a result of the American diet, several other diseases have increased rapidly: for example, Type II diabetes, increase in heart disease, strokes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, and several other debilitating diseases.


Five Major Contributors to Obesity

1.  Recently, Michael Pollan has written a book, Omnivore’s Dilemma, which documents what has happened to food processing in this country, which is so harmful to our health. He specifically points out the pervasive and harmful effects of high fructose corn-syrup (HFCS).  It is hard to find processed foods and drinks that don’t use HFCS as the sweetener.  I highly suggest you look at the ingredients, as do we.

Developed in the 1970s, HFCS became a huge economic success in the 80s, but from a health standpoint, it is subtle disaster. HFCS is linked as one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic as well as to the diabetes epidemic. It tends to suppress the satiation sense, so that when we have eaten enough, we don’t know it and overeat. It also tends to be addictive. Its abundance in the American diet – especially in sodas — is often causing liver problems. As a synthesized sugar, the body doesn’t know how to digest it and turns it into fat.

2. Proper body hydration is extremely important. Unfortunately, most soft drinks and caffeine beverages are diuretic – tend to dehydrate the body.  So they work opposite to good body hydration. 

3. The need for regular exercise that you enjoy; otherwise, you will not persist in doing what your body needs to become slim and trim and fit.

4.  Table sugar is a culprit.  It is a slow poison to the body, table sugar is a slow poison. As I mentioned before, when I had Rouleau, cutting out sugar along with proper diet caused me to lose 15 pounds in two weeks.  Two books that address the sugar issue are: Sweet and Dangerous by John Yudkin and Sugar Blues by William Dufty.  In a wonderful CD by Dr. Lorraine Day is: Eye See; Prevent and Reverse Eye Diseases. Lorraine documents the causes and the cures for many eye diseases and that sugar contributes to eye cataracts. ( I used to wear glasses; now I don’t). 

5.   The book “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schosser is an excellent read. Most of your processed foods use vegetable oils – most of which you don’t want to eat if you are interested in your health and want to lose weight.  However, some are very good – coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, for example.


General Counsel – Avoiding Obesity

Read through all the links and information above, and then listen to your heart, mind, and your body and it will guide you to where you need to be.  As I explain in Chapter 8 of my book, the Lord will help you overcome any addiction, and consider His promise: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt. 11:28-30)

A yoke for a team of oxen is carved to exactly fit so that it is most comfortable; so the promise the Lord makes is for you to be comfortably yoked with Him as He helps you overcome addictions and find your divine purpose and joy in the Lord.  He wants you to be happy and to fulfill the promises you made with your Loving Heavenly Father when you were with Him in your pre-mortal epoch.

As you look at the signs of the times — Satan, knowing it is his last hour — he is doing everything he can to destroy us body, mind, and spirit.  Let us be valiant in know who we can trust and not be deceived by the philosophies of men.

David W. Allan

P.S. Follow the Healthy Habits Series:
Healthy Habits: 1 Mind, Heart and Soul
Healthy Habits: 2 Healing, Recovery from a Stroke
Healthy Habits :3  Arrhythmia Solution
Healthy Habits: 4: Failing Eyesight and Blood
Healthy Habits 5: Healing Back Pain
Healthy Habits 6: Healthy Bones
Healthy Habits 7: Spiritual Well-being
Healthy Habits 8: Controlling Hypertension
Healthy Habits 9: Healing 8 Health Challenges







Healthy Habits: Piezoelectric Effect In Our Bones

What does the Piezoelectric Effect have to do with our bones? Before I tell you, a short science lesson may be helpful.

What is the Piezoelectric Effect?

Simple Definition: The Piezoelectric Effect is simply the generation of a voltage when something is compressed, stretched, or twisted.  Quartz crystals have this unusual property as do bones.

Because of this effect in Quartz-crystals they are used extensively in electronic systems. You probably have a several them in your home, in your car and there are many in your computer.  For instance, the striker button on your barbecue generates a voltage or electric charge which ignites the flame by compressing a Quartz-crystal. So when you light your barbecue, the Piezoelectric Effect has been set in motion. There are about as many quartz-crystal oscillators and resonators manufactured each year as there are people on the planet.
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Healthy Habits – Healing Back Pain

Lower Back Pain Lower back pain is generally caused by muscle strain, lumbar disc herniation or lumbar degenerative disc disease. It is estimated that 75 to 85 percent of all Americans will experience some form of back pain during their life time.

Lower back pain makes moving difficult. The pain can travel to the upper thigh, buttock and groin. Often the pain feels dull and achy. When the disks in the back begin to break down it causes inflammation which produces deep aches. No matter what the cause, back pain inhibits normal life activities.

My Back Pain Onset

About 50 years ago, while I was serving as Bishop in Boulder, CO, the Elder’s President and I were helping a member of our church move a piano. For the two of us alone, it was too much and I crunched my lower back.

I did not go to the doctor but lived with pain over many years.  When we returned from our mission in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, in 1999 I could hardly lift anything without my back going into spasms. Sometimes I had to crawl to the bathroom.

Back Pain Relief

Some dear friends of ours, Doug and Charlotte Brown, told us of a book by Dr. F. Batmanghelidj’s: Your Body’s Many Cries for Water with subtitles: You are not sick, you are thirsty! and Don’t treat thirst with medications.  I read the book and was so impressed with the information that I wrote a book report entitled: Water, the Remarkable Panacea.

While reading that book, Dr. B, as he is often called, shared another book he had written: How to Deal With Back Pain and Rheumatoid Joint Pain Of course, this immediately caught my attention because of my lower back injury.

What I learned was: The spine doesn’t have blood circulation and has to be pumped osmotically to receive the needed nutrition for rebuilding.  Dr. B goes through the physiology of the back and then gives a set of exercises, proper hydration, and proper eating that help in this rebuilding process. I don’t know of another book that teaches you how to rebuild your spine.

Additional Back Pain Healing Pointers

In Dr B’s  book, while pointing out the importance of proper nutrition and proper exercises,  he clearly points out the importance in conjunction with proper hydration that coffee, tea, and soft drinks are diuretic, and are, therefore, counterproductive to proper body hydration. In addition, most soft drinks use high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS), as the sweetener.

One day I got a surprise phone call from him.  He had read my book report. During our discussion he learned I was a scientist and we visited for about a half hour.  He asked me to send him a letter sharing my healing story. 

Final Consideration

As I point out in my book and in a blog article: Fast Food Is Killing Americans. This diet tradition is a disaster and is contributing to the obesity epidemic and to many other diseases.  Getting off of processed foods and moving toward a healthy plant-based diet along with good hydration moves the body away from acidity and toward better life force.  The culture and climate where one lives, of course, are important dietary determining factors.

After following Dr. B’s protocol my back is so much better and I continue to follow his back pain relief recommendations pretty much every day.

David W Allan

P.S. Follow the Healthy Habits Series:
Healthy Habits: 1 Mind, Heart and Soul
Healthy Habits: 2 Healing, Recovery from a Stroke
Healthy Habits :3  Arrhythmia Solution
Healthy Habits: 4: Failing Eyesight and Blood
Healthy Habits 5: Healing Back Pain
Healthy Habits 6: Healthy Bones
Healthy Habits 7: Spiritual Well-being
Healthy Habits 8: Controlling Hypertension
Healthy Habits 9: Healing 8 Health Challenges




Healthy Habits – Healing Eyes and Blood

Two Overlapping Experiences

One: The gradual loss of vision seems to be an inevitable part of aging. However, many people unnecessarily lose their sight because they are unaware that their vision can be slowed or reversed by proper care.

Two: Rouleau is a clumping of the red-blood cells is due to a warm autoantibody. These antibodies cause your red blood cells to stick together. Rouleau can cause shortness of breath, dizziness, rapid heart beat and difficulty concentrating and remembering.

Killing Two Birds With One Stone

After we moved to Fountain Green in 1992, as I was sitting in Sunday school class I noticed difficulty in reading my scriptures.  I thought, “I guess it is time to get glasses,” and so I did.  I even got an extra pair when we went on our mission to Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, in 1997-99, because I knew if I lost a pair or broke them, it would be impossible to replace them there.

After we returned home, and I had gotten over my arrhythmia problem, I read Dr. Robert O. Young’s book, Sick and Tired, and learned a lot. It is like a college text; every fifth word or so is like five-syllables long.  I was fascinated with his microscopy technique of looking at live-blood and being able to determine a disease and its cure.

I tried to contact him, but learned that he had moved to California because he was healing people in Utah and not an MD. and Utah was getting after him. However, he had trained others, one being Marie Dahlen in Linden, UT.  She was willing to do a live blood analysis for me.
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Healthy Habits – Arrhythmia Solution

Arrhythmia is heart rhythm problem which occurs when the electrical impulses that coordinate your heartbeats don’t work properly, causing your heart to beat irregularly, or to fast, or too slow, or to miss a beat. Your heart may feel like it’s fluttering or racing.

Arrhythmia may be caused by coronary artery disease or an electrolyte imbalance Potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium are the substances in your blood which make up electrolytes. They help conduct the electrical impulses in your heart. If the electrolytes in your blood are too high or too low it can affect your heart’s electrical impulses and contribute to the development of arrhythmia. Arrhythmia affects millions of people in just America alone and can be life threatening.

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