Wow, Did You See What Google Said About You?

If you didn't know already – we are living in a reputation economy. And Google has become the new background check. Everyone is googling, all the time – to find information, opinions, background info, but also checking out people. Did you know that 80% of people will google you before they decide to meet you? Asking themselves: Who is the person I'm meeting? What makes him or her tick? What does he or she do outside their job? Where are they heading for in life?

Questions that Google can easily answer by showing what's being posted online. On all social media channels, just recently or maybe some time back. If nothing fresh is being posted, this keeps popping up and you might not like it. Basically, you are who Google says you are. My question to you: is your online reputation in line with you are?

The index (10 hits each page) is based on available online content and is taken from websites and blogs, but also articles, news and social media posts. And this picture drawn on Google page 1 will determine whether people choose to do business with you, or go elsewhere. You might never know why you missed the much needed investment, got skipped for the new job or that board position you pitched for. It's just inevitable: Google has become the first stage of the background check and the first elimination point.

My advice would be to start producing new, or re-purposing older, content. This will help to get your 'online-me' in sync with your 'offline-me'. Uploading good content (including photos and videos) improves your chances of being found online. And remember that in order to rank on search engines, you need to have fresh content that is relevant to your audience. Google not only indexes your page based on keywords, but also the relevancy of a page’s semantic relevance and back links to credible websites.

Key to all this: a strong online reputation will help generate more business opportunities. And who doesn't want that?

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Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
 
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It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

"It gives the 'OK' for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system," said Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California.

"And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

“Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system."

Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.

In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period.

Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth.

"We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system," added Prof Longo.

"When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged," Dr Longo said.

"What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?"

Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy.

"While chemotherapy saves lives, it causes significant collateral damage to the immune system. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy," said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.

"More clinical studies are needed, and any such dietary intervention should be undertaken only under the guidance of a physician.”

"We are investigating the possibility that these effects are applicable to many different systems and organs, not just the immune system," added Prof Longo.

However, some British experts were sceptical of the research.

Dr Graham Rook, emeritus professor of immunology at University College London, said the study sounded "improbable".

Chris Mason, Professor of Regenerative Medicine at UCL, said: “There is some interesting data here. It sees that fasting reduces the number and size of cells and then re-feeding at 72 hours saw a rebound.

“That could be potentially useful because that is not such a long time that it would be terribly harmful to someone with cancer.

“But I think the most sensible way forward would be to synthesize this effect with drugs. I am not sure fasting is the best idea. People are better eating on a regular basis.”

Dr Longo added: “There is no evidence at all that fasting would be dangerous while there is strong evidence that it is beneficial.

“I have received emails from hundreds of cancer patients who have combined chemo with fasting, many with the assistance of the oncologists.

“Thus far the great majority have reported doing very well and only a few have reported some side effects including fainting and a temporary increase in liver markers. Clearly we need to finish the clinical trials, but it looks very promising

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If We All Did This, We Could Change the World

Be a blessing to others.

Written by Janet Perez Eckles on 14/02/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: God, Blessing
On that day they will be told that they are either innocent or guilty because of the things they have said.

Matthew 12:37 (CEV)
My jaw was still numb as I approached the receptionist desk at the dentist. She handed me the card. “Here’s your next appointment date.”

“Thank you,” I said. Then I leaned toward her and whispered, “And stay as sweet as you are.”

She didn’t answer. But after a few seconds, she cleared her throat, “That’s the nicest thing anyone has said to me lately.” Her voice quivered.
I gave her a huge smile. But on the way home, her response rode in the car with me. What prompted me to say that to her? How often had I encountered folks who might also need a kind word, an encouraging comment or a genuine smile?

But the busyness of life, the tugging of the next chore, the issues at hand, usually erase any desire to encourage those we meet, those we know and…those we love.

We all hear words of discouragement on the news, at work, in the street, on the radio, on TV, on social media. But we have the power to change that.

We can make a difference choosing to encourage others. To share kind words, to impart positive comments and give a verbal hug.

Here are three truths about the power of our words:

“Worry is a heavy burden, but a kind word always brings cheer..” (Proverbs 12:25)
“Kind words are like honey– they cheer you up and make you feel strong.” (Proverbs 16:24)
“The right word at the right time is like precious gold set in silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)
Our words can lift the soul, bring a smile and touch the heart.

Pray this week:

Father, help me to be a blessing to others as I go throughout my day. Help me to be purposeful in my interactions with everyone I encounter, to impart Your love and blessing to them. Amen.

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A Strong Desire For The Word

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both
now and forever Amen (2 Peter 3:18). 

As a child of God, you must relish the Word of
God; you must enjoy the Word. Your most
exciting times should be when you’re in fellowship
with the Word. God’s Word is everything; it’s what
you need to be all that God has destined you to be in
life. Having come to Christ, you must have a strong
desire to grow in your spirit.
Just like a new-born baby is fed with natural food
to enhance its growth and wellbeing, so also does
God expect the one who’s born again to feed, and
keep feeding, on the Word. We’re born of the Word:
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). And then 1 Peter 2:2
says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of
the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Nothing else
will make you grow spiritually, except the Word. God’s
Word will build you up to be spiritually, mentally, and
emotionally sound and balanced.
Your approach to the Word should be like the
Psalmist’s who said, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that
findeth great spoil” (Psalm 119:162). Cherish God’s
Word. Know the Word for yourself. You may stand
on someone else’s faith for a while; you may even
stand on your Pastor’s faith for a while, but it may not
continue after some time. It’s the reason some people
wonder why the prayers of others for them don’t seem
to work like it used to. It’s because God never intended
for your life to be sustained by the faith of another;
you’ve got to stand on the Word for yourself.
You have to grow in grace and in the knowledge
of the Lord Jesus Christ—for yourself. Study and learn
more about Him, and watch your life become a full
expression of the Word. Meditate on the Scriptures
until you’re programmed to only think God’s thoughts,
and influenced only by His character, ideas, and
opinions.

Confession
Dear Lord, you’re my God! Early
will I seek you; my soul thirsts for
you; my spirit longs for your Word
as the deer pants for the water
brooks. I delight in your Word
and yield to it for exhortation,
doctrine, and counsel; in it I’ve
found life, peace, righteousness,
and everlasting joy. Blessed be
God
Pastor Chris

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