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The Power of Habit

Eric Walsh
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Habit is one of the most powerful forces known to man. How you develop or disassemble habits is critical for your spiritual life.


Dr. Eric Walsh is a native of Hartford Connecticut.  He is a former faculty member at Loma Linda University in Family Medicine. His most important educational experience was at Oakwood University where he heard great preachers as he prepared for medical school. He went on to receive a medical degree from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, he completed a family medicine residency at the University of Alabama in Anniston, Alabama. This was followed by a Preventive Medicine/Public Health residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Dr. Walsh completed his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Public Health at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Currently, he is the medical director for Urgent Care and a Wound Care Clinic in Central California for a large medical group. As a highly sought after speaker, he has had the privilege to lecture and preach all over the world. Most importantly, Dr. Walsh seeks to continue to serve the Lord through his preaching and healing ministries. As a servant of the most high God, he finds great joy in healing others as well as praying with his patients. 


  • September 3, 2017
    9:00 AM
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There are good habits obviously in bad habits you want to form good habits Obviously if Eason's four to twenty to twenty forces that you put off concerning the former conversation the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts and be renewed in the spirit of your mind and that you put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. And then White says it is by a repetition of acts that habits are established and character confirmed. Habits make character and character is the only thing you get to take with you to heaven. So every year in the United States and probably in South Africa you make New Year's resolutions right. It's one of one to one of the most ironic things ever created was the New Year's resolution I will get into it except only eight percent of people who make New Year's resolutions stick to them and those who don't usually abandon them after just one week so the first week of the year I like going to the gym and when I go to the gym I know the first we get here I can find a parking space I can get on a machine one week later it's back to normal. People don't hold to their decisions very long so where do habits live in your brain Well it lives in a basal ganglia is where emotions pattern recognition and memories are so you find a basal ganglia down here to preform frontal cortex is this part of your brain here this is the frontal lobe of your brain the human brain is thirty three percent frontal lobe the next morning that was the next minus animal after a human. One of them lives here in Africa the chimpanzee is thirteen percent frontal lobe and the other one is a porpoise in the ocean and a porpoise is also thirteen percent from a lobe a third of the human brain is frontal lobe that says a lot about humans and our ability for intellect and to worship God That's what the frontal really allows us to do. So it it goes to sleep when habits are form so what happens is you form a habit at first when you're doing it you're thinking about it in your frontal lobe after a while it becomes automatic and your frontal lobe turns off and a cigarette is automatically comes out of the box and into the mouth. Yes that I'm saying automatically the T.V. is turned on when you walk in the house you even have to think about it you just do it without really thinking Do I Really is there even anything for me to watch on television. It seems that we're laughing because you know what I'm saying how do you form habits Well first of all habits make things easier so I took typing in junior high school. To properly type which I don't really properly but to properly type is a habit that you develop by practicing on a keyboard right so God designed it so that you could do things easier and easier without having to think about them like play the piano like run a machine like drive a car because you get it becomes habitual and your brain can then use that energy to do something else like while you're typing you can actually think about what it is you want to write because you don't think about typing anymore so you got design is that's what about as we are fearfully and wonderfully made never forget that you're fearfully and wonderfully made every action is received in past I want to nerve cells that are dangerous that receive the message X. and send a message to the next cell between the cells ascend have Source space and in this space the north transmitter such as acetylcholine jump across to send messages so if this is one nerve ending that's another one acetylcholine piles appear and when it's ready it jumps across the nerve ending sends a signal down and that's how the information is passed around in your brain so now there are things in the French that are French it's called bottoms in English it's actually buttons there's a small of this and so this is the end what is it a colon is all these sacks of extras you know coli begin to develop when you develop a habit so as you're learning to play the piano when you place your finger right your body puts a little extra bit of of acetylcholine in about right here then another one here another one here so eventually there's so much acetylcholine here if you were fired a nerve that allows you to abuse your fingers to play the piano there's an overwhelming amount of seed of coal and you don't have to think about it it just happens so watch this when I have it is formed the neuroanatomy. Of your brain is permanently changed now missing this thing when you form a bad habit you form something that you cannot actually fully every face you can't really ever get rid of it will talk about what you do then if an act is repeated more buttons are made repetition deepens the groove making the action or thought easier to repeat so we can show you a diagram of this here's the X. on the buttons come down here makes it easy to go in an actual electron microscope of it and so you see all of the dendrites it about and shows up here so there's extra acetylcholine to shoot so that you can fire that makes memory that makes things happen easier acetylcholine is the neural chemical of memory. So that's how habits are formed. There formed by your brain actually changing its structure to make certain things easier to do. Or come back to it. Addiction is different. Addiction has four stages so when someone is addicted to nicotine for example First they try a cigarette and they get a little buzz. So when I was a kid in a kid I never tried cigarettes I was too afraid of my mother but. If you smoke a cigarette when some of my friends say man I get this nice little buzz a little high from a cigarette right and so they liked it so they guess what you start that you do it every now and again because you like the buzz but eventually the buzz makes you get a mood swing so you don't feel so good school didn't go so good that day those friends would run home and do what smoke a cigarette get a buzz and feel better about themselves after a while they become preoccupied with the mood spring this in school like men and in a cigarette. Eventually you get obsessed with the thing and you may not even get the mood swing anymore so after a while you reset your brain so what happens is as as you over release them show you the diagram of dopamine in the second as you over release the dopamine adventure Lee what happens is. You need your. Your natural dopamine production gets depleted so in order for you to feel normal and not feel depressed enough feel anxious you actually need a cigarette to just feel normal ever seen somebody run nuclear cigarette shaking and freaking out and I got to go have a nurse that they were trying help or quit smoking and I mean days I'm if you have a minute sees me or I mean. So you have a cigarette and come back well as he does this calm and happy. Back to normal. So how does addiction pattern look in the brain well just like those studies you know Colin the dopamine receptors load up a don't mean hand are released Dopamine is the chemical in your brain that makes says you've got to have it it increases with sex chewing especially after dark if you two after dark your brain releases more dopamine that if you eat the same food before dark. That makes sense right as well as it was light and so late at night anything done that increases dopamine changes your mood anything that changes your mood can become addictive dopamine runs a reward pathway in our brain. And the light says it like this she says what the child sees and hears is drawing deep lines upon the tender mind which no after circumstances and life can entirely face just like the science says now the neurochemistry tell you nor snore scientists will tell you once you make that happen you can't get rid of it Ellen White said that. That case before science caught up to her and some people say she's not a prophet I don't know how she would've known as if she's not the intellect is now taking shape and the affections receiving direction and strength repeated acts in a given course become habits these may be modified by severe training in afterlife but are seldom changed. Difficult to change a habit so you don't want to form a bad habit so you need to parent your children out of bad habits Amen ones form habits become more and more firmly impressed upon a character the intellect is continually receiving It's mold from opportunities and advantages ill or well improved day by day we form characters which place the students as well disciplined soldiers under the banner of Prince of manual or rebels under the banner of the Prince of Darkness which shall it be. So when your child gets the habit every time they pass a drive through window at a fast food joint they start screaming and hollering and you say you know what even to stick a chicken nugget in their mouth in the day a little you create a habit. Think of how do you want to go how do you want to get out of a habit so again we don't want to judge I don't want to help them about exes It's not about judging you and making you feel bad to quit smoking is difficult there's no point in judging a cigarette smoker and calling them a center pointless they now have an addiction it's a disease that he should be treated the moral decision was when you started getting a buzz you made a moral decision the takes of than you probably knew wasn't good for you once you're addicted you're addicted and now we have to try and get you out of the addiction think of specific small steps you can take every day that will have the same result if you fail at any of these small steps which you inevitably will brush it off and realize that failure and recovery is part of any process so how do you get over habits you create new ones. With a deeper groove in your brain with more acetylcholine that you will do instead of the old habit so if you come home every day from school. And the first thing you do is turn on the television and you don't do your studies you have got to change you've got to take enough time where you don't turn on the television and you open your book instead for your brain to eventually make that the new habit and television the old one here's the problem if you ever go back and just are clicking on the T.V. again the old habit never totally disappeared. This is why we're going to get a glorified body before we go to heaven. Because we have to have a renewed mind of the anatomy of our brain must be made over now the power of Christ will give you new habits to overtake the old ones he can give you victory over any sin but the brain has been tattered and damaged in this life you're going to get a brand new one in terms of the actual anatomy of it when you get to glory you keep the character though so. You've got to make small steps to make a change so how do you do that well have a change partners you do better with an accountability partner and of course make it spiritual righteousness is by what by faith will take prayer and Bible study to have any real change is real change comes from an experience with Christ so what I used to tell patients. When I used to work in addiction medicine at the Veterans Hospital and they were addicted to nicotine we would get index cards that's what you guys got a little cards you study with in school and I would have them write on one side of the card and this is something you should practice if you try to break a habit or or an addiction you write on one side of the card a bible promise I can do all things to Christ who strengthens me you're right on one side a second Timothy one seven for God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind and there are revivals full of promises right I'll never leave you know for sake you get tons of them on the one side you had a bombs and what I would tell these veterans is who do who matters to you they give me a list of people and evidently most of them would come up with a child or grandchild and I say what about your granddaughter what do you hope for your granddaughter what do you want to see your granddaughter do and most of us I want to be there to see her get graduate from high school or college I want to see my granddaughter get married and I would say so write that on the other side of the cards on once out of card you write I can do all things to crashes trying to me on the other side say I want to be alive to see Rebecca get married. And here's what I tell him every four you smoke a cigarette you've got to re both sides of the card before you have a piece of cake you've got to read both sides of the cart before you eat a piece of chicken you've got to rebuild sides of the car and guess what happens it changes it from a mindless habitual activity and you make She mindful again so not each cigarette means I am distancing myself from seeing my granddaughter get married. Each cigarette says each each cigarette that I smoke says I don't believe God when He says I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. If you do and how many cigarettes are in a pack of cigarettes so I said well you answer that quick. I get somebody every time I do that job every time I do that. But he's right there are twenty cigarettes in a box of cigarettes so I would have to make up twenty cards if they smoke a pack a day before every cigarette they had to read one of the cars and you know what happened. Guys that in me and I would sometimes still give them nicotine supplement the gums up sometimes they go on man on Chantix or something but you'd be amazed at what just the index cards would do we would tell them to cut straws the length of cigarettes puff on a straw instead of a cigarette because a nerve plexus in the back your throat and I have a part of it you still do this the habit part the nicotine is the addiction part so we would do that we would we would also tell him that. The index cards the profit on this oh and having healthy snacks right healthy things like grapes like like nuts like seeds and you can munch on if you really got a bad needed a fix really really bad and so there were different things that we would try and do and of course it would take prayer and it would take having an accountability partner so I challenge you whatever it is you try to have you try to break you can use the index card method and it will help you to get better and help you to move off the habit but you've got to admit you have to have it first and you've got to want to change and the Bible says to confess your faults one to another that what happened that you maybe healed having a prayer group a study group that you share these things with will help you to heal that's one of the most important things so I want a wrap up this session by giving you some just some general information the stuff that you should look at one of them is eat to live as a New York Times bestseller by Joe firm and you go to his website he's got lots and lots of materials that book could have been written by an admin is the saddest thing is that all these guys are advocates in the states that are really promoting the message we've had four hundred plus years and it's really sad they're making a whole lot of money off of it actually and they're changing a lot of people's lives more importantly So that's one of things and so in his book he. Some pictures I saw a series of pictures right so people say well you know I'm a switch from whole milk to two percent milk because I want less fat but you notice it's actually not that much difference in the fact content between whole milk and two percent milk then I mean some of the interesting stuff that he shares. More book means fewer calories so here's four hundred calories of oil one of reason why you want to eliminate oil from your diet deep frying in stuff is really bad fry and stuff is bad find another way to cook it no good oil this is four hundred calories a chicken as for the calories a spinach eggplant and beans. You see the difference so you can eat till you're full and get fewer calories if you eat a plant based diet and if you know oily diet or a meat diet. So that's one of things that he shows so he talks about you can have unlimited amounts of raw vegetables cooked vegetables and you know you can see the list of the different types of vegetables he wanted a lot of beans in the dunes and fresh fruits at least for fresh fruits a day he talks about limiting certain things if you're trying to lose weight like nuts and seeds and stuff but he definitely says off limits dairy animal products between meal snacking fruit juice oils sodas so it is a very bad for you of course. He tells you to have a ten. To ten we plan salad as your main dish eating fruits. And you know a lot of variety of greens. Talks about eaten lagoons which is of course what Daniel and the three boys wanted to eat the polls are going to get an animal and dairy products out of the diet again not an admin is but this is what he recommends and he talks about it mushrooms and I put some I have and I don't like mushrooms you don't have to eat mushrooms but mushrooms actually do have the potential to block the development of fat and cancer cells if they're lightly cooked they're healthier and there's so so you can do the research for yourself if you want to eat mushrooms I will say for against a lot of amazing on. All the different foods and what's in them but I want to talk about exercise a little bit so physical activity can affect the physiology of the brain by increase. Seeing cerebral kl capillary growth blood flow oxygenation to productions of neurotrophic NS growth of nurse Els and the hippocampus where you learn so any child you want to do good in school needs to exercise. So the secret to having a smart child is diet plant based diet exercise so that they develop the part of the brain cells actually get that enough blood supply and sleep. That you know you actually form your memories when you sleep and when you sleep with your immune system actually does the bulk of its work so if you have a child it goes a bit one o'clock in the morning on the phone texting and tweeting and all this foolishness and then you have to get up early to mourn and they won't form memories they won't remember a thing for their exams the same way sleep is critical to learning so I just don't I mean it has run on exercise in the brain but Elsinore transmitter levels development of nerve connections density of neural network in brain tissue volume these changes may be associated with improved cognition functions including attention exercise helps with attention while you burn up a lot of extra energy when I sit in front of a teacher less likely to go running around the room. But of all I do is sit in front of a T.V. They've got all this brain stimulation no body stimulation the poor teachers and I have a fit information processing storage and retrieval enhanced coping and has positive effect reduced in station of cravings of pain so you raise your pain threshold when you exercise. And there's different types of exercise that they show you here and in active lifestyle you have the shortest lifespan regular moderate exercise you can add one point six years to your life but it remember moving keeps you moving so if you want to be seventy five eighty five ninety five and still moving you've got to keep moving right so you can live to be eighty five and be bedridden but you don't want that and high levels of physical activity can add up to three point eight years of life. Compared to an active person. If you if you want to have hours of exercise for we give a twenty percent lower risk of premature death three hours of exercise a week twenty seven to twenty percent lower risk and five hours of exercise for a week thirty three to thirty four percent lower risk so it was mentioned earlier that affluence messes with these things. I was telling them this morning that in America wanted things you notice people do is they would drive around in a parking lot for half an hour looking for a parking space in the front a building I don't want people doing in my car so I park far and walk and I know and by the park way back there my car safe back there so but you get a lecture walking but just a little bit of walking so I tell patients and I have elderly geriatric patients I do care and their wounds are really bad and they need to get blood to their parts of the body we have the wounds and it's all I can go I don't want to go outside and do this I said take your walker and every commercial because you don't watch in game shows all day take your walker and every time as a commercial walk around the couch make a path just walk around a couch and you know many patients we've cured of their moves because we've gotten them to elevate the part about as the moon and the walk. Exercise powerful and as three times as cardiovascular resistance flexibility all of these different things that you need to do resistance is really good so you want to lift weights mention young men you want to nice body even young ladies you want to keep your body the rest of your life build muscle because that baby fat is very susceptible to gravity. I won't say anything else. Is the truth anyhow but if you build muscle when you're young you have muscle when you're old so when young people especially you live in an era where there gymnasium that weights lift weights now as people get wealthier and wealthier one of things that happen is they drive around the parking lot a lot but I don't walk anymore so you know as people are poor to do more walking they get more wealthy they do less walking so you have to be intentional about getting your walking in and making sure you exercise play basketball young we play basketball football you know going outside and doing these things in order to have a strong and healthy body is something you need to do the. It is your enemy because it will captivate you when you sit two three hours motionless think about it for a second the human body was not designed to be so motionless you think Jacob and Isaac and Abraham is God just sitting around with their legs crossed they had stuff to go outside and do nobody ate unless somebody hooked it already and somebody went and picked the field or somebody went did something and I are all we do is walk the refrigerator open a door grab someone back to our couch so you've got to make exercise a serious pilot and watch this it's never too late to start exercising. I don't like talking about the best exercise been walking and I would I would second that for most people if you can't do anything else and you can walk walk fifteen minutes at a time so you can get to twenty minutes to get to thirty minutes to get to an hour hour and a half and the other exercise is really good and you guys have some beautiful beaches I've seen swam. Swimming to is good for your joints and there's no pressure on the joints the the water buoyancy lifts your body up so that you don't you know so that you don't you know you can do more in the water as you go do like aqua aerobics at the local gym is a good way to begin to reverse disease and to get healthier faster so I guess those are all the things that I would recommend I think my time is up so we're going pray and acts probably for some I think I'm going to want you to sing because. Eight minutes till the next time and everyone will be coming back over but I want to I want to thank you guys who came to my sessions this is tough stuff the health message stuff is very difficult stuff I read the book I read the book The China Study a few years ago and started to try to go vegan and when I saw that documentary that all of you need to watch what the health on Netflix and watch. Eating you alive as a black cardiologist on there and want to open with me admin is guy you love in Columbus Battista and you need to watch. Force overnight if you haven't watched before watch it again when you watch these things and you realize this is the secular world telling us it's not look this is not the church anymore I hope it convicts you that's what happened to me when I read the book The China Study I read this book and I realized I'm eating cheese and drinking milk and and all the stuff is so bad for me and I was convicted and I was like well I got to stop and iced up thought about it for a second I said I've been rude here in this in church my whole life and two guys who probably don't believe in God write a book and all of a sudden I believe them. I was convicted and I felt really bad that I didn't trust the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy enough to make the lifestyle changes without needing the world to tell me to do it. So I challenge you that you had a prophet that warned you and you have a scripture that actually gives you everything you didn't know about eating a healthy diet that we follow what God says on these issues Amen let's pray Father God we thank you Lord for your health message we thank you Lord for the truth I asked Father God in a special way. That we would all make the steps to become healthier Father God we're not to judge or beat each other up with his health message and we're not to make this a salvific issue but Father God we do hope that we would make up our minds to live for you and surrender even our plates to you our refrigerators to you our budget when it comes to eating to you Father God to eat the food of Heaven now in preparation for heavenly prayer in Jesus is precious and holy name a name in this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about the universe or if you would like to listen to more sermon leave visit B W W dot. Org.


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