Have you heard about the French Paradox? It’s something that has troubled scientists, fashionistas, dieticians and anybody not French for years. The question is as follows: how do the French maintain such low mortality rates from coronary heart disease while eating food that is so high in saturated fats and smoking copious amounts of cigarettes? Were they all just born lucky, blessed with amazing genes? Or could there be something else, something, say, such as the fact that they drink large amounts of red wine? This speculation led to many scientific investigations into the nature of red wine, and the discovery of a polyphenolic compound called resveratrol. Suddenly resveratrol was being touted as a cure-all, able to prevent cancer, heart attacks, and even aging. Doctors began prescribing a glass of red wine per day, and the health benefits seemed endless. But how much of this is hype, how much hard fact? Let’s take a look and sort the truth from fiction, and see whether red wine really is a wine saver-or a delicious hoax.
First, let’s take a look at what’s in red wine a course in miracles . The two key ingredients that get people excited are flavonoids and resveratrol, both of which are polyphenolic compounds found in select plants, vegetables and fruits.
Everybody knows that vegetables and fruits are good for you, and some scientists are beginning to actively suspect that the reason might be in part due to flavonoids a course in miracles workbook lessons , while resveratrol has been linked to exciting studies on the prevention of cancer and aging.
While it would be fun to be sensationalist and proclaim that yes, flavonoids and resveratrol are miracle cures, the results of the many scientific studies are mixed. When it comes to preventing Cardiovascular Disease, significant reductions have been associated with alcoholic beverages, but not necessarily any particular component within them. And while both flavonoids and resveratrol have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and other potentially anti-atherogenic properties, they’ve not been conclusively linked with preventing cardiovascular disease-the reason being that in some studies wine lowered the risk of heart disease more than beer and spirits, while in others that didn’t correlate. Also there’s speculation that the people who drink wine are contextually healthier than those who drink beer and spirits (diet, exercise, etc).
Excitingly, both resveratrol and flavonoids have been shown to inhibit the proliferation of a variety of human cancer lines, ranging from breast, prostate, stomach, colon, pancreatic, and thyroid cancers. However (and this is the key part to this entire article) this has only been demonstrated in animal studies under laboratory conditions at exceedingly high doses. One of the things about resveratrol that is rarely mentioned is that it has a very limited bioavailability, meaning that little of it passes into the blood stream, with most being converted into resveratrol metabolites. Thus the lab conditions are exposing cells to almost 100 times as much of the chemical as anything you would ever expose your own cells to (except briefly the cells lining your stomach).
I cranked up my imagination and visualized more money coming in as I touched the checks and cash waiting to be deposited into my credit union bank account. A couple hours later I received an email from a client saying, “Michael, when can I come over for a reading? I’m miserable.” I did the reading on Thursday evening. The next day was Friday and I was packed and set to go. I wasn’t leaving until noon and would spend the morning working on my new book. While driving to my credit union I said, “I could even do a reading before I leave for Eaton. Again, we need to watch what we ask for.
When I got back home I had an email from another regular client, Rhonda. “Michael, can you do an email reading for me today?” I did the reading and a half hour later a little voice told me to sign onto my live person psychic on-line business. Minutes later a request for a reading came from one of my regular clients. I had been so busy and not been signed on much for several weeks. But he found me at that precise time when I had put ‘out to the universe’ I’d like some more prosperity before I left for my trip. Was this a coincidence? No. Tears fell down my face and I was truly humbled.
I do not claim to always be in the flow. I think that after all these years of working with the law of attraction, that I have a pretty good idea and understanding of how it works. I have seen this universal law of attraction in action many times in my life and in the lives of many others. Still there are times when I get out of synch and my abundance slows down or even totally comes to a screeching halt. I allow myself to indulge in a ‘poor me pity party’ for a little while. I cry and moan and the whole nine yards. I think that this is okay. Perhaps such relapses occur to humble us and keep us on our toes.
So called bad things can also happen to good people for other reasons such as soul contracts agreed upon before we were born and soul choices to experience particular challenges, not necessarily for karmic reasons, but for desired growth. Being born into abject misery and poverty does not always mean that the soul stole from others or created misery for them in other lives, although it often does. Sometimes the soul will simply choose a more challenging lifetime for the mere experience of learning about polarity and duality. It may have experienced many lifetimes with relatively few, if any, challenges and then decide to see what it is like to be faced with struggle and conflict. I think of one of my teachers who used to say that growth comes from irritation. An old gospel song says “If I never had a problem I’d never know that God could solve them.”
Sometimes we will choose such lives for the mere learning opportunities that are offered from adversity. I do believe that every adversity has an equal or greater benefit. I have learned this the hard way you could say. I would not change my horrible childhood for anything. It made me stronger and made me seek spiritual help within and outside myself. The challenges led me to discover my soul’s own resources as well as strengthened my resolve and faith in God, my angels, my guides, and my resolve and fierce determination to heal and become a beacon of hope for others.
By the same token, there are many soul contracts and agreements which result from karma we have incurred from our previous lives with different individuals or groups. Such lessons are pre-planned and are a part of our growth, destiny, and soul evolution. Yet, even taking our karma into account does not mean we are doomed to live a life of misery; that is unless we were very bad in some past lives and have soul contracted to pay off many bad past life deeds in the current lifetime. Fortunately, such scenarios are unusual and rare. There is also the element of ‘grace’ where our guides are sometimes permitted to assist us. I believe with the ascension process that is currently raising the entire planetary vibrations and the energies so heightened now, that most of us are able to work off or even transcend our bad karma through service and love to humankind.