Marrow To The Bones

Proverbs 3:8 in the bible talks about "health to the navel and marrow to the bones". I believe that proper functioning in these two areas is key to maintaining ones health. If you think about it, it makes sense. The navel (digestive system) is how the body takes in nutrients and the bone marrow is where the body generates blood cells and cells critical to the body's protection via the immune system.

The presentation " Fibromyalgia: A Hypothesis of Etiology " shows how "health in the navel" may be directly linked to fibromyalgia. THMI's wellness program is, in part, designed to help restore health to the digestive system. But, what about the bone marrow? What can we do to help maintain health in that area?

Using google, searching for information on bone marrow did not return many helpful references for specific information. I was suprised to find so much information related to bone marrow transplants. It looks like that procedure is very common, suggesting that there may be a high incidence of poor marrow health. Most bone marrow transplants are performed to help combat Leukemia and other forms of cancer.

Since the google search came up empty lets see what else the Bible has to say on the topic.

Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

From these two scriptures we see the relationship of sorrow breaking the spirit, which in turn has the effect of drying the bones. I am assuming that drying the bones has a negative effect on the bone marrow.

For those that need more scientific proof, here is an interesting article which supports the wisdom on this topic presented in the bible: Study: Depression Causes Brittle Bones. It is interesting that the article notes that this is pioneering research on the effects of depression on bone density when this has been revealed in the bible a few thousand years ago.

Definitely, when in a great deal of physical pain it may be difficult to focus on anything other than the pain. But it is important for overall health to keep a cheerful heart, to do those things that bring pleasure and joy into your life.

In closing, before I get too preachy, adopt the wisdom outlined in the song "Don't Worry, Be Happy!" Sometimes easier said than done; But, sometimes it's not that difficult if you think about it. Make a habit of it.

All the best,