Dear everyone, here is a brief message from MARINA. “A big thank you to all of you who sent me such lovely birthday greetings. It was a real surprise to get so many messages on Facebook, emails, cards and phone calls. I would love to write to each of you but that is not possible, as I have not been well lately. May the dear Lord bless each one of you and keep you in His care. Much love from me, Marina.”
WOW. Today, 82 years ago, a brave farmer in Saskatchewan took his very brave and very pregnant wife on a horse-drawn sleigh for almost 25 km to a small hospital in Herbert, where a beautiful little girl was born. They named her Marina. I was the lucky man to have her become my wife and I have asked her whether she remembers this sleigh ride, but she doesn’t, strange because she made the trip. So, my dear honey, a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and may the Lord really bless you today and all the days yet to come. (P.S. He has blessed you already by giving you such a wonderful and very humble husband.) 😊
I have just been informed by the hospital in London, On. that my hip surgery has been moved over from Feb.26 to March 26, due to too many emergencies. Your continued prayers are appreciated and we continue to rejoice in the Lord.
AMAZING THINGS. (12)
DE BIJBEL EN HYGIËNE. (3)
“Was uw handen, dokter.” Dit is niets nieuws en geldt voor ons allen. In ieder ziekenhuis en ook in sommige andere openbare gebouwen zijn er hand desinfecterende apparaten geplaatst, zodat we onze handen kunnen desinfecteren. Ik herinner me nog hoe de dokter die mijn vrouw ging bijstaan met de bevalling van onze tweede dochter, binnenkwam en zijn handen waste boven een wastafel met een waterleiding die uit de muur stak zonder kraan er aan. Hij zette zijn voet op een pedaal en het water stroomde uit de leiding. Met andere woorden, hij waste niet alleen zijn handen maar deed dat ook nog met stromend water. Nu, kijk eens naar wat Mozes 3500 jaar geleden geschreven heeft: “Wanneer de man van zijn kwaal genezen is, moet hij zeven dagen wachten voor hij gereinigd kan worden. Dan moet hij zijn kleren en zijn lichaam met bronwater (levend of stromend water) wassen en is hij weer rein.” Lev.15:13. Met andere woorden, hij moest zich niet alleen wassen, maar ook nog in bronwater, (stromend of levend water). WONDERBAARLIJK.
Misschien hebt u gehoord van Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, (1818-65), een Hongaarse arts wiens werk aantoonde dat het wassen van handen het aantal vrouwen dat sterft na de bevalling drastisch kan verminderen. Zijn werk vond plaats in de 1840’s, terwijl hij Directeur was van de kraamkliniek van het Weense Generale Ziekenhuis. Beschreven als de “Verlosser van moeders”, Semmelweis ontdekte dat de incidentie van puerperale koorts (ook bekend als “kinderbedekoorts”) drastisch kon worden verminderd door handdesinfectie in obstetrische klinieken. Puerperale koorts kwam veel voor in ziekenhuizen in het midden van de 19e eeuw en was vaak dodelijk. Natuurlijk weten we nu waarom het zo belangrijk is de handen te wassen. We hebben waarschijnlijk allemaal wel eens op TV gezien hoe dokters hun handen wassen voordat ze de operatiekamer binnengaan. In het Bijbelboek Leviticus worden de woorden wassen, waste en gewassen 44 maal vernoemd. Interessant, niet waar? Karl Sudhoff, professor in de medische geschiedenis, schrijft over zijn diepe bewondering voor de praktische wetten in de Bijbel: “Het 13de en 14de hoofdstuk van Leviticus zijn gewichtige officiële documenten die het verdienen om in letters van glanzend goud geschreven te worden, omdat ze de kiem vormen van de modern profylaxe (bescherming) tegen besmettelijke ziekten.” (K. Sudhoff: Essays in the History of Medicine, Medical Life Press, New York, 1926, blz. 146.) Wie zegt dat de Bijbel een ouderwets en verouderd boek is? Het is zeer “up to date” en openbaart ons dingen die wij nog maar de laatste paar honderd jaar ontdekt hebben. ABSOLUUT WONDERBAARLIJK. Geloofd zij de Heer.
WONDERBAARLIJKE DINGEN. (12)
THE BIBLE AND HYGIENE. (3)
“Wash your hands, doctor.” This is nothing new and applies to all of us. In every hospital and some other public buildings, there are hand sanitizers installed, where we can disinfect our hands. I remember seeing the doctor do that before he went into the delivery room to help my wife have her second baby. I can still picture him standing in front of a sink with a water pipe coming out of the wall, no tap on it, but a pedal on the floor on which he stepped, and the water began running. In other words, he not only washed his hands but also did this in “running water.” Now look at this, Moses wrote 3500 years ago, “And when he who has a discharge is cleansed of his discharge, then he shall count for himself seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe his body in running water; then he shall be clean.” Leviticus 15:13. He not only had to wash but also do that in “running” (fresh) water, AMAZING.
You may have heard of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis, (1818-65), a Hungarian physician whose work demonstrated that hand-washing could drastically reduce the number of women dying after childbirth. This work took place in the 1840s, while he was Director of the maternity clinic at the Vienna General Hospital in Austria. Described as the” Saviour of mothers”, Semmelweis discovered that the incidence of puerperal fever (also known as “child-bed fever”) could be drastically cut using hand disinfection in obstetrical clinics. Puerperal fever was common in mid-19th-century hospitals and often fatal. Of course, now we know why it is so important to wash one’s hands. All of us have probably seen on TV how doctors wash their hands before going into the operation room. In the Bible book Leviticus, the words wash, washed and washing occur 44 times. Interesting. Karl Sudhoff, professor of medical history, writes about his deep appreciation for the practical laws in the Bible: “Chapters 13 and 14 of Leviticus are weighty official documents that deserve to be written in letters of gold, as they form the germ of the modern prophylaxis (protection) against contagious diseases.” (K. Sudhoff, Essays in the History of Medicine, Medical Life Press, New York, 1926, page 146.) Who says, the Bible is an old-fashioned book, it is very up to date and reveals things that we have only discovered the last couple of hundred years. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. Praise God.
For my praying friends. I saw a cardiologist in London yesterday, Friday, and he gave me the green light for my hip surgery. I was afraid that my aorta aneurysm might be too dangerously large, but he assured me that there is no problem and I am safe. The surgery on my hip, the third one, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb.26, my wife’s birthday. So, she will have a party here at home and I will have my “party” in the operating room in the hospital, how nice! Please pray that the specialist shall be able to fix the hip now once for all. Thank you.
THE BIBLE AND MEDICAL SCIENCE. (2)
The last time I wrote about Moses’ instructions, written 3,500 years ago, regarding quarantine and toilets, and how these helped stop the Black Death, or the Plague in Europe during the Middle Ages. In other words, the Bible was 3,500 years ahead of modern science, AMAZING. But that’s not all, listen to what else Moses wrote, for example in Genesis 17:12, where God says to Abraham, “He who is eight days old among you shall be circumcised, every male child in your generations.” This circumcision was so important that even when the 8th day would be on a Sabbath, the boy still had to be circumcised. Why the emphasis on the 8th day? Modern science has discovered that babies during the first few days have very little prothrombin, and vitamin K is almost completely absent, these are the very important blood clotting elements. The prothrombin present in the first few days is a leftover from the mother and by the third days has gone down to 30% of normal. But then from the third day on the amount of pro-thrombin shoots up to 110 % on the 8th day, after which it goes down to 100% where it stays the rest of its life. Prothrombin needs vitamin K to be effective. In other words, on the 8th day, the baby has more prothrombin than at any other time in its life, so that the 8th day is the safest day and bleeding will be stopped much sooner. AMAZING. Where did Moses get this? Some might say, from the Egyptians, as he was brought up in the royal courts of Egypt. It is true that their anatomical knowledge was amazing but the cause of an illness and the treatment of it was completely unknown. The oddest and most repulsive drugs were recommended, for example, cat poo, the intestines of a goose, the eyes of a pig and other strange things. How to heal an open wound? Allow the wound to mature by applying cow fat or meat. Thereafter, human feces ground in brewer’s yeast, oil, and honey, and apply this as a paste. (C.P. Bryan: Ancient Egyptian Medicine. The Papyrus Ebers, Ares Publishers, Chicago, IL. 1930, page 73)
How different Moses’ instructions. Absolutely AMAZING. Where did he get it? I believe there is only one reasonable answer, he received it from God Almighty, who is the only one who knew this. Praise God.