Dr. Bell,
Thank you for your thoughtful response to our questions.   We both found this information rather fascinating.  Upon discussing your info on the preprogrammed “maps” of the nor-epinephrine cortex with my friend, we were both interested in how these “maps” are programmed.  Are they inherited at conception through DNA (which I am interested in yet do not understand) or are they developed during childhood and thus, as in both of our cases, imperfected through emotional abuse?  In other words, are these “maps” affected by nature or nurture?

As usual the answer to either/or questions is, “yes”. God says that the “iniquity” of the fathers travels down three or four generations. This is not a change in DNA. The effect is passed through epigenetic paraDNA  programming. In  father rats who are trained to fear a certain object of noise or to enjoy and locate certain food sources; when the parent is sacrificed before the baby is born, the babies have strong reactions both positive and negative to these triggers, much stronger than other baby rats whos fathers were not programmed. So it is inherited but not through DNA and we can reprogram our own epigenetic programming in order to not pass it on. The Bible also says that we can pass on a tendency towards loving and seeking godly things also. Next, we often downplay the environmental effects of prebirth experiences. Dumping adrenaline and cortisol into the preborn causes them to be born with “hyper” nervous systems. I have an adopted boy who’s mother was addicted to horror movies. When he was three we were listening to a tape of Jonah and during the storm the tape played organ music similar to horror movie music. The poor boy went ape. He remains hyper emotional to this day. Then there are basic tasks and needs of each stage in life. If the parents do not meet the needs of the child, they may spend their entire life expecting other humans to meet the void that their mother or father should have met. They must learn that only God can meet these needs. For example a newborn needs to be shown that they are loved and that their needs for food and clothing and attention will be met even though they are a pain in the neck, pooping all over and yelling in the middle of the night. When this need is not met, they try to get other people to love and care for them while being helpless and frankly a pain in the neck. We are born with certain design bents which must be affirmed and balanced. Many parents do not value the differences God has designed into the child. The child then spends years denying their abilities and trying to be strong in areas God intended them to depend on others for. We also have sin bents towards works, judging and addictions. Parents need to help the child let go of these. I had another son who was a perfectionist and I had to tell him that I did not care what he thought, I thought that he was a wonderful boy no matter how imperfectly he did a task and my opinion was the one that counted!  Rest assured that God longs to bring healing to all these areas and show us how cool we are and what a good job he has done and how even our scarring from living in a sin filled world makes us useful to him and others. We bring him great joy when we let him heal and do his work through our imperfect selves.

The Bible says “Don’t you realize that to whom you yield your body parts slaves to obey, that you will become the slave of those people as your body parts get programmed to keep obeying.” The part of the brain that registers and activity as pleasant or repugnant gets larger. It spends more time and energy watching for the situation and urging you to run away or to the thing that programmed you. After a short while of about 3 months it is almost impossible to not react in the preprogrammed way. Part of the programming is for the norepinephrine cortex to create a picture or map of the event and to hold that picture primed and ready to pick up on incoming signals that are similar and run away from what you see as danger and run towards what was fun.
Then there is the Dopamine reward system. A fascinating finding is that if we overindulge in a pleasure, we will burn out the dopamine system and it will no longer give as much pleasure; yet the drive to do it again does not diminish with the diminished reward! ( I think that the brain is puzzled as to the decreased reward and does the activity even more to try to make sense out of the change.) For example we know that children who are punished sporadically will actually increase the punished behavior to try to figure out why they are punished sometimes and not others. Making sense out of patterns is more important to our brains than the reward or punishment is.

Praise the Lord, we can find grace to yield our body members slaves to doing things his way and by predicting and yielding we can cause the bad programming to shrink and the new programming to hypertrophy. (This takes about 3 months of consistent obedience)


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What a brilliant plan! God designed people to pass on what they have learned and he designed children, ages 0 to12, to suck it up and hold on to it. Then , as a teen , they may add, to what they have learned, their own spin on things and they, as a young adult, they have to figure out how to fit it into society without causing too much trouble. Finally as parents they pass on their own take on things to their children. All of these steps are built into the changes that happen automatically in the brain of maturing people.

Unfortunately, we have lost the respect of parents and those who have gone before and we don’t care what society thinks either and we delegate the passing on of truth to others who have ungodly agendas.. This causes each generation to have to learn in the school of hard knocks rather than avoid those knocks by learning from the past. It also prevents the deeper wisdom that comes from accumulating ideas. Often a deep insight can only be reached by standing on the understanding of multiple previous generations. That is why the Bible is so crucial. It allows each generation to have a foundation of truth to build on and apply.

We throw out the music of our parents although our parents were fine with hymns written a thousand years ago we want everything new. We rewrite our countries history to deny the wisdom that they fought so hard to make practical and available to their children. We go on line and find groups that only repeat what we already believe and that affirm our broken way of life and we do not have to adjust. We feel no guilt at not speaking out loudly when our civilization is abandoning the truths of the past, because the primary, “virtue” is tolerance and “you have your truth and I have mine.” Judges 17:6

NO! truth is truth and there are benefits and losses that are inevitable if we apply or deviate from the truth. What I sow I will reap even if I believe sincerely the wrong thing it is still wrong and won’t work. Jesus says “I AM the way the truth and the life.” John 14:6 By listening to our parents and others, we were more likely to see and live in that truth.

We also lose the comfort of knowing that many godly people have walked this way before and are now with the Lord so that we are not alone, we are surrounded with a great cloud of witnesses letting us know what they experienced so that we can find encouragement in our own walk. Hebrews 12:1

“Lord, help me remain eager to learn from your Word, from the past, from the elders at church, from my parents and help me faithfully pass it on.



There is a whole discipline of helping people with moods and memory and reasoning by the use of music. We all know that the “first therapist” was David trying to help king Saul by playing calming music to him. We are commanded to sing in our hearts and make a joyful noise unto the Lord.My favorite Biblical use of music was when 3 enemy armies were coming to destroy Jerusalem and there was no way they could defend themselves. They cast themselves on the mercy of the Lord and he told them to just send the “Church choir” out to praise the Lord and he would take care of the rest. God arraigned for the 3 armies to start quarreling amongst themselves and killed each other off and all God’s people had to do was to pick up the spoil. 2 Chronicles 20

It is important to use healing music. Don’t forget that the devil was once Lucifer and he was himself a musical instrument and can use music to depress or agitate. If you want peace and logic then start with listening to music written by Mozart when he was a young boy. Listen to Gregorian chants and hum or sing hymns. A half hour a day will restore a troubled mind. Music is mathamatical and logical if written properly and will heal the logic and calming elements in your brain.

Write your own songs and sing to the Lord a joyful noise, sing a new song Psalm96:1

Write about how he has provided, guided, empowered, Psalm 21:13 supported you etc. Judges 5:3

Sing about his wonderful names and character, his holiness and mercy Psalm 18:49

Sing and play instruments if able Psalm 33:2

Meditate on the words in the hymns you sing Psalm 47:7 I Corinthians 14:15

Sing where others can hear you Psalm 57:9

I will sing to find the strength to keep my daily promises to him. Psalm 61:8

Join with others in singing but sing out loudly along with them Psalm 66:4

Sing of God’s love and his ways to our children. Psalm 89:1

Sing when I get old, sing everyday of my life. Psalm104:33

While singing, enjoy the moment and the pleasantness of singing. Psalm 135:3

Sing while falling asleep on my bed. Psalm149:5

Listen for the singing of the universe of the skies and woods and join in with their praise of God. Isaiah 49:13



The question is, “If I follow Christ and his practical truths, will I wind up with nothing and isn’t the little the devil’s way offers me better than nothing?”

For example someone is single or in a loveless marriage and God says, “No sex outside of marriage.” True pornography or adultery is hollow and empty but , Isn’t it better than nothing?” “Hanging around with ungodly friends leads me into sin and can never meet my inner need and gets in the way of close fellowship with Jesus, but Jesus is invisible and people at church have their cliques and some friends feels better than none, right?” Filling my time with worldly sports and entertainment does not lead to a sense of purpose and value but it is fun and exciting and reading the Bible can be so dry so artificial “fun” is better than nothing, right?” Surely going to work and doing a great job so that I get approval from my boss and peers and extra pay for overtime must be the right thing, and being home and helping out just seems to get me criticized and there is little appreciation. So some approval is better than nothing, right? Working to be strong and have power must be better than to be weak and powerless, right? Getting drunk, smoking pot isn’t real life but it makes me feel better and if I don’t use it I feel miserable so isn’t it better than nothing?

Wrong! Nothing of this world with Jesus is better than everything without him. Also I can’t try to find a balance of some world and some Jesus. It must be all him and his for the rest to mean anything, fulfill in any real way and be worth experiencing or having. Mark 8:36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

It is always better in the long run and even for the now to be dealing with real life and responsibilities and laying up treasure in heaven and growing in character and ministering to real people. We have a whole civilization that is running to virtual reality and away from the life God has given us. Sure real life is slower and often the only one who appreciates is God and it is a lot less exciting in the moment. No one ever had a heart attack having sex with their wife but with the wrong person watch out for the heart attack. However the excitement fades fast and is replaced with the devastation and damage that the new and exciting covered up for a moment. So we go on to more and more dramatic running from life and finally just collapse in burn out and have nothing to show for it all.

We have to start with finding that Jesus and his kingdom building and growing into his image and likeness are enough. Only then will whatever I add actually add anything. Matthew 6:33/ Proverbs 10:22 Don’t seek what the world seeks but seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added and bring no sorrow with them. Hosea 2:7And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: than shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now., John6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed., Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heeed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

The hard part is that the empty world give intense and immediate pleasure which only lasts briefly and godliness can be subtle and slow and even painful. But it is real!

Lord help me be OK with what feels like nothing rather than sell out for the fake something of the world and miss out on you.




2 Chronicles 36:21 suggests that healthy soil and therefore healthy nutrition is really important! The purpose of letting the land rest, (keep sabbath) was for better nutrition in the food. Of all the evils God could have focused on, he focused on the fact that they had not let the land lie fallow every 7 years.

  1. MUCUS lining: This is where the healthy bacteria live and make our neurotransmitters. 80% of Serotonin is found in the gut made by bacteria in the mucus. It also protects the lining of the gut from irritants and unhealthy bacteria which live in the center of the gut.
    Eat “slimy” food: oatmeal, bananas, okra,bone broth,kombucha, “slippery elm” or aloe, which you can find at health food stores.
  2. Avoid aspirin it dissolves the mucous lining. Use Tylenol, acetaminophen, instead but read the directions because too much Tylenol can hurt your liver.
  3. LEAKY GUT: comes from inflammation, thin mucus and too many “enemy” bacteria eating the connections between gut lining cells. Leads to large food particles getting into the blood and agitating the immune system. One must find out what causes your gut to react. Often it is food you ate a lot of as a child. Avoid these foods. Even when your gut is doing better, you will have a permanent priming to react with inflammation to foods you have been sensitized to.
  4. FEED THE HELPFUL BACTERIA; These eat fiber. So eat a high fiber diet or take Metamucil or Benifiber or anything that says, “might cause gas” Start slowly so that you may adjust to the fermenting and resultant gas without being uncomfortable. Drink lots of water with the fiber. Irritated bowels move food through too fast and you have loose stools. The fiber not only feeds the healthy bacteria, it holds onto the water and keeps the stool soft. This prevents diverticulitis, appendicitis, hemorrhoids etc. (Fiber Con is not a prebiotic since the bacteria can’t digest or ferment it, it will keep the stools soft and won’t cause gas but does not feed the bacteria.)
  5. REGULARLY REPLACE THE HEALTHY BACTERIA: These live in the mucus lining and are Lactobacillis plantarum and Bifido bifidum. You can eat sauerkraut, miso,tempeh,buttermilk,kimchee, Kefir, or yogurt and get lots of healthy bacteria, or you can take probiotics (Just pick up 50 billion with at least 10 varieties and it will have these and other helpful bacteria) These respond to requests from the brain and make more Serotonin as well as Dopamine and Nor-epinephrine, GABBA and Glutimate.

5.DON’T FEED THE ENEMY BACTERIA: These live in the center of the gut and thrive on sugar! We need to not eat things that need powerful machinery to refine, Ie. Sugar and white bread and white pasta etc.Even potatoes are too simple a carbohydrate.

  1. CAST ALL YOUR CARES ON HIM: Anger, ruminating on problems, worry over the possible future, bitterness over the past, guilt over the past etc. all dump out adrenaline , cortisol, thyroid, and crank up the gut’s immune system and shift blood from the gut to the muscles, all of which irritates the gut.
  2. Use antibiotics sparingly as they kill the good and the bad bacteria. Make sure you replace the probiotic bacteria after taking antibiotics.
  3. Be careful with steroids such as Prednisone. They will calm down the inflammation but some inflammation is needed to fight off attempts by the enemy bacteria to invade. It is better to have a gut that is not inflamed because of the above steps.



I recently got a near lethal case of COVID and these steps helped me.

  1. I was taking and continued taking 5000 units of Vitamin D daily
    (If I had not been taking Vitamin D then I would have taken a loading dose of 10 five thousand mg caps twice a day for 3 days,( I know, that would be 50,000mg twice a day)—then decrease to 5000 daily)
  2. I stayed hydrated, I lost taste and appetite so made myself drink chicken broth and liquids when I did not feel like drinking or eating.
  3. I stayed humid, I got a humidity monitor at the pharmacy for $10 and kept my house and bedroom above 35%. I had to be careful not to let a lot of outside winter air in, it is very dry. I bought a “large room” humidifier since I don’t have one on my furnace. I also used a cast iron pot and boiled water on the stove. (Cast iron won’t cause trouble if I forgot and ran it dry.
  4. I took 50mg Zinc daily to block the cycle of viral replication in the cell.
  5. The Zinc has to get into the cell and Hydroxychloroquine pushes it in but it was not available’ so I took Quercetin 500mg which I was told does the same thing and has better side effects. By the next morning the fever and chills were gone and did not return.
  6. My lungs were involved, it is essential to cough out the gunk to avoid pneumonia. So I took Mucinex twice a day and got a nebulizer or vaporizer at the pharmacy. I did the nebulizer mist at least twice a day to keep the “gunk” moist. It seems to help to put ½ teaspoon of colloidal silver water into the mist generator.
  7. Normal oxygen % should be 96-100%. I bought an oxygen monitor at any pharmacy and I found it comforting to check. I used an oxygen concentrator from Inogen and it was fun to watch my oxygen climb from80 to 93. If it had not climbed up, I would have gone to the hospital.
  8. ( They are very expensive at about 1700 dollars.
  9. I took colloidal silver water which kills the virus on contact but not when it is in the cells , the zinc/Quercetin does that. I took a half cup and swished it in my mouth for a min. twice a day and swallowed it to decrease the impact the virus had on my gut. I found it at health food stores and on line. Then I found someone who makes it at home and it was much cheaper. There are even kits for making your own. It seems to kill the unhealthy bacteria in the gut lumen and leave the healthy ones in the mucus alone. It also kills virus and fungi.

10. I slept a lot and that was good. I did push myself to get up and walk around some though so I wouldn’t get clots in my legs. I was cautious because getting up too early and doing too much could have set me way back.

  1. I had some Imodium on hand for diarrhea if the virus hit my gut but my gut symptoms were moderate.

11.Aspirin is OK short term. It is a blood thinner and the virus can cause clots. Long term it does damage the mucus lining of the GI tract. So I mostly used Tylenol but read the label as too much can damage the liver.

  1. I kept my mind occupied when awake with prayer, Bible reading, movies, writing letters etc. I felt a little trapped, as I have claustrophobia but knowing that being absent from the body is to be present with the Lord helped a lot.
  2. After recovering I still obtained the immunization. It generates a lot more antibodies than having had the illness so is still recommended for long term immunity.


It is all on how I look at it. To the question, “Is it half full or half empty?” Like most Biblical balances, the answer is—YES!

Life always delivers a choice; I can look at it God’s way and thrive under stress, or I can look at it my way and play the victim, “poor me” role and be destroyed.

Jesus pointed to the harvest and said: Lift up your eyes and look! He looked at the multitude and saw them.

First he wants me to see what is in front of my face, right now, right here. He does not want me to go off inside my head and fuss with tomorrow yesterday and elsewhere. He says, “Take NO thought for tomorrow, for food for clothes for, – – – for anything.

Next He wants me to tear my focus from what I don’t have, what I can’t do, from who isn’t in my life, from how messed up the people in my life are,from what I am not, and from what God is not doing the way I think he should. He wants me to stop taking the positives for granted, stop finding fault, stop comparing, (2 Corinthians 10:12, they…comparing themselves are not wise) stop wishing things were different and start taking what is and doing the little that I can and leave the outcome to him.

Instead I need to ask:

What can I do.

What has God given me?

Who has God put in my life?

Who am I in Jesus?

What have I seen God do in my life recently?

Let’s take some “negatives” and practice seeing the half full glass in the same situations.

Do I have few people in my life? –A chance to rely more on friendship with the Lord. A chance to relate to other lonely people and show myself friendly Prov 18:28. I have more time to spend in God’s Word.

Rejected by close friend? I can relate to David, “My own familiar friend lifted up his heel against me.” I can join in the sufferings of Jesus “they all forsook him and fled, Colossians 1:24. I can feel with the apostle Paul “no one stood with me” 2 Timothy 4:16. I can see it as an opportunity to pray for those who despitefully use me, “Father forgive them, do not hold this against them”

Financial loss? Chance to see God provide and to reset my priorities, “my life does not consist in the abundance of things that I possess. Luke 12:15 My situation of need provides an opportunity for others to reach out and minister and for me to practice humility in admitting need and accepting help.

Illness? Here I see an opportunity to get my priorities straight. In Jesus’ day everyone pressed on him to heal their diseases but he wanted to heal their lost and sinful souls. I can learn about being OK with his sovereignty by asking him for healing or for grace to deal with it. Sometimes he says OK sometimes, later, sometimes he says no as with the apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh sometimes he gives us what we demand and sends leanness to our soul. Recently I was almost dying with Covid low oxygen and I remembered, by God’s grace, to thank him for the illness and ask for healing and ask to learn any lessons he was teaching and to leave the outcome in his hands.

The Bible says that I should cast ALL my cares on him because he cares for me. This means that if I fail to cast my cares on him I must question his care for me.

I find that I must go beyond putting up with the reality I am currently facing with all it’s legitimate pain and loss and unfairness; no, I must see and thank God for his positive intentions and cooperate with him in letting him produce them.

I must not be pollyanish and deny the difficult and painful; but I must see my God as big enough to allow these and say thanks anyways, seeing both the good in the difficult and the presence of pleasant comforting positives at the same time as the problems. I must look for what God is helping me do, giving me to use and enjoy, people he is working through, the abilities he has given me to use for him and others and the serendipities that show he knows and cares and is involved.

“Lord, teach me to say “Thank you for this”, “Thank you now”, “Thank you always no matter what!”


FORGIVENESS-Word definitions

FORGIVENESS: GOD’S IDEAS ON THE SUBJECT (Watch out for the devil saying, “You should forgive!” and then giving a bad definition for which you will get no help from God to do because it is not what he is asking for.)

This week in your personal or family devotions, please look up the following verses and ponder

  1. What do they say?
  2. How should I then live?
  3. What kind of emotional struggle do I have to the thought of applying these truths?

Luke 23:34
2 Samuel 12: 9-15
Genesis 50:16-21
Exodus 10:14-20
2 Chronicles 7:14
Psalm 86:5
Luke 6:37,38/ 15:18.19
Matthew 5:39-48/ 6:12-15/ 18:21-35
I John 1:9
I Corinthians 5:1-7,13/ 2 Corinthians 2:6-11, 13:10
2 Thessalonians 3:14,15
Galatians 6: 1,2
Ephesians 4:32
Colossians 3:13
Romans 12:17-21
Job 31:29,30
Acts 7: 60
I Thessalonians 5:15
I Peter 3:9
I Timothy 1:20
Joel 2:25
Leviticus 26:41,42

FORGIVENESS: By God’s grace, not letting what others have done to me to be an excuse for sin or for feeling distant from God or for constant review. (See my blog on POOR ME) It does not rule out setting painful limits on the other for their own good. It does cause me to be careful lest I wind up justifying even worse things. It does not mean that I do not have any painful feelings when I think about what happened. It does not mean that there is no scarring in my emotions and reactions from what happened.

There is what forgiveness means in my life and there is what it takes for them to be forgiven by God who is the one actually offended. After David’s sin that involved adultery with Bathsheba and killing Uriah her husband to cover it up. David wrote Psalm 51:1-19 “Against you, God and only against you have I sinned and done this evil in your sight.”



God warned, “In the day that you eat of that tree, you shall surely die!”

Eve took a bite and handed it to Adam. He looked at her and saw a georgeous woman who seemed to still be full of life, so he took a bite and we all died. For as by one man sin entered the world and death by sin…

The devil is so sneaky and can’t help but lie lie lie. John 8:44 He takes advantage of the fact that death comes bit by bit to suggest that death is not coming at all. Sin is a lot like exposing ourselves to radiation. Death comes when we have accumulated a certain level. One can get enough in a moment to be killed but usually it is additive.

Young people have the most trouble with this, they eat poorly, don’t exercise, don’t sleep, worry worry worry, allow bitterness to fester, sleep on the beach exposed to the sun, and seem to be doing OK. They plan to get back on track later, just in time to avoid the consequences of their choices. However they will never be as healthy as they would have been if they had remembered NOW their creator in the days of their youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1 True, God can take the years that the locusts have eaten and do some restoring but he usually turns the damage I have done into a message to young people to avoid my errors. The most expensive thing that I can give young people are the lessons that I have learned from messing up. I am glad to give these for free in an attempt to salvage something from the mess, but young people always want to learn from earning long term consequences from their own repeating my mistakes for themselves.

I often wish that young people could spend a week as themselves at 71, (that’s how old I am) and then go back and live their life differently. Recent research showed young people a picture of what they are likely to look like at 70 by taking their present picture and aging it. (This is a tool that law enforcement uses to see what a person would look like now when the only picture is old) Amazingly the young people went out and bought life insurance and took future planning more seriously.

I think the devil suggests that “sin is fun and godliness is hard work and inconvenient; Acts 24:25 so enjoy sin now and repent later”. We need to get the message out that godliness is fun and “addeth no sorrow.” Proverbs 10:22

Death is accumulating. In Adam’s day it took 1000 years to kill them off and now we are down to 80 and still we don’t get it. We are all dying.

No I can’t avoid physical death unless Jesus returns first. However I can acknowledge that God has given me health instructions to slow the process and keep me serving him and others as long as possible. He says to let go of guilt and bitterness, focus in the present, live in hope, focus on the needs of others, eat healthy, get a good nights’ sleep etc. 1 Corinthians 9:27

I can move from death into life, by the grace of God and find that my inner man is a little younger and more fully alive each day even as the outer man dies. John 5:24, 2Corinthians 4:16

Oh death where is thy victory, oh grave where is thy sting? the sting of death is sin and Jesus has bought me victory over sin and death! I Corinthians 15:55Verle BellUncategorizedLeave a comment 2 MinutesEdit