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Study: Stinky 'Gas' Helps Regulate Blood Pressure

研究調査結果:くさい臭いを発するガスが、血圧抑制に効果
2008年10月24日 金曜



臭うかもしれない。しかし、嫌な臭いを発するガス、腐った卵のような異臭などが、血圧を抑制するのに一役買うかもしれないというのだ。
ジョン・ホプキン医科薬科大学の研究者たちによる発表。



研究者たちの発見によると、人間の大腸に生息するバクテリアから発せられる、異臭のもとである硫化水素は、齧歯(げっし)類動物の血管を緩め、リラックスさせ、血圧を下げる働きをして、高血圧症を予防する効果があったというのだ。



研究者たちは、このいやな臭いが、人間の血管にも同様に作用するはずで、今回の発見は、高血圧症治療の新しい薬物療法開発に結びつくに違いないと確信している。
10月24日発行、科学ジャーナル誌に記載された研究発表による。



Cited on 25 Oct 2008, Online: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,443892,00.html
日本語訳:池田 豊



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Study: Stinky 'Gas' Helps Regulate Blood Pressure
Friday, October 24, 2008



It may be stinky, but the gas blamed for smelly flatulence and the smell of rotten eggs also appears to play a role in regulating blood pressure, researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine reveal in a study.



Researchers found that hydrogen sulfide, the unpleasant aroma expelled by bacteria in the human colon, relaxed the blood pressure of rodents by relaxing blood vessels and preventing hypertension.



They believe the gas would have the same effect on human blood vessels and hope the discovery leads to the development of new medications to treat the disease, according to a study published in the Oct. 24 issue of the journal Science.



Cited on 25 Oct 2008, Online: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,443892,00.html



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A Small mistake? 小さなミス?

小さなミス?

あるパーティーでのこと。牧師と弁護士が立ち話をしておりました。
「訴訟事件の弁護で間違いをおかした場合は、弁護士さん、どうなさるんですか?」と牧師が尋ねました。
「ええ、大きな間違いでしたら、なんとかやり直そうとしますよ。でも、小さなミスでしたらそのままにしておきますね。」そう弁護士は答えました。

「牧師さんの場合は、間違ったらどうなさるんですか?」

そうしましたら、牧師はこう答えました。
「まあ、私も同じようなことをしますね。一例をあげましょうか。
あの、この間、私は、説教で、“悪魔は、すべて偽りを言う者たち(laiars)の父だ!”と言おうと思ってたんですがね。
口すべらしちゃって、“悪魔は、すべての弁護士たち(lawyers)の父だ!”って言っちゃいました。でもそのままにしておきました。

(*訳者注:ライアーズとロイヤーズの発音が似ているので、間違って発音しちゃったんだけど、小さなミスだったんで、そのままにしておいたということなんですね・・・)

日本語訳:池田 豊

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A Small mistake?

A minister and lawyer were chatting at a party.

"What do you do if you make a mistake on a case?" the minister asked.

"Try to fix it if it's big; ignore it if it's insignificant," replied the lawyer. "What do you do?"

The minister replied, "Oh, more or less the same. ?Let me give you an example. ?The other day I meant to say 'the devil is the father of liars,' but instead I said 'the devil is the father of lawyers,' so I let it go."

Correct Punctuation 正しい句読点のつけ方

正しい句読点のつけ方



英語教師が、ホワイト・ボードに次のような文章を書きました。
「女性;無しには;彼女の;男性;無に等しい」
そして、生徒たちに、この文章に句読点を正しくつけてみなさいと言いました。



男性徒は、こう句読点をつけました。
女性よ、あなたの男性無しだと(カレシがいなけりゃ)、あなたは無に等しい。



女性徒は、こう句読点をつけました。
女性よ(大事なのは)!彼女無しだと、男はナスィング(価値無し)。



日本語訳:池田 豊 このタイプのジョークは、日本語に訳すの、到底無理!



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Correct Punctuation



An English teacher wrote these words on the whiteboard: "woman without her man is nothing". The teacher then asked the students to punctuate the words correctly.



The men wrote: "Woman, without her man, is nothing."



The women wrote: "Woman! Without her, man is nothing."



A Lamp in the Darkness

* This may not be an amusing story but is certainly an amazing story because of God's love.
My Testimony: Shared in the morning service at Lincoln Road Bible Chapel
13 July 2008 Yayoi Ikeda

I was born and raised in Japan, the land of the rising sun, but my life was darkened when I was fourteen. My father passed away leaving me in darkness.

A few years later when a communist teacher challenged me what I would do to solve the problems in the world, I was devastated and eventually decided that communism was the answer. ?I was taught to deny the existence of God and I believed communism was a lamp in the darkness.

However, after three years of involvement in a student movement, I was still groping in darkness. ?In the end of my first year in college, I was confused and I tried to commit suicide. ?And by the end of the second year I’ve attempted my second suicide as I was asked by two men in the student movement to marry. ?When I failed in my attempt, I sought to hide myself. ?In part I was afraid of the direction of some student movement which began to allow terrorism. I went to work as a Geisha in downtown Tokyo. ?I thought that a heavy make up and colorful ancient costume would give me a cover up. ?But it was only a fake lamp under which I saw no future.

After ten months I returned home to study in another college. ?But the life was boring and during the year when I failed to marry an American student with whom I was corresponding, I decided to leave for America, a land of opportunities to start my life over. That was January, 1974. The bright sunshine of southern California however, was not enough light on my path and my heart was darkened again when a foreign classmate in college pursued me for marriage.

I fled all the way to Detroit, Michigan and I was all alone to look for a temporary employment. ?Soon I was hired by a family as a babysitter. In a cozy Michigan family, I thought I found a lamp.

Then I began to despair again as I had little money, no chance to study, no friend and no future. Just about time when I began to think about taking my life, a lamp was held up in California. ?A retired Catholic lawyer helped me to start over. ? On the first day in language school, I met my English teacher, Anita and a girl from Argentina who showed much interest in me. In a few days, they even endeavored to share Christ with me through the Four Spiritual Laws.

Even though I listened to them carefully, it did not make much sense. ?I was not ready to believe in what they were saying. ?So Anita offered to teach me the Bible. ?It sounded good as I would get free English lessons. ?Each week, along with two other Japanese classmates, we learned the claims of Jesus from the Bible. ?Although I was not interested in becoming a Christian, I began to pray to God. ?For the first time I learned that God existed and that He loved me. ?The Living Bible Anita gave me was easy to understand, so that was an encouragement.

Four months later, I was invited to attend Campus Crusade’s Christmas conference with a scholarship. ?I was so happy to know I was finally meeting American students. ?Even though I was not a Christian, it was interesting to go through all the training classes of evangelism. I was impressed by the friendliness and openness of the students. ?I felt warmness of the lamp.

Finally on the fourth day when everybody else was going out for door-to-door evangelism, I was taken aside to talk with Charlene, a Japanese American staff member from UCLA. ?She asked me why I was not a Christian yet, so I replied, “Well, I have done so many bad things that I don’t think I can be a Christian.” Then she said, “That’s all right. That’s why Jesus died on the cross for you. ?He did not sin but He died in your place.” And she went on to explain from the Four Spiritual Laws that God loved me, I was sinful and that Jesus died for my sins. So if I trusted that Jesus died in my place to pay the penalty due on me, and was raised on the third day to guarantee His eternal life and forgiveness of my sins, I would be saved. Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life. ?No one comes to the Father but through me.”

In the light of His word, I simply followed after her prayer to acknowledge, “Jesus, I have sinned and deserve to die for my sins. But Jesus died on the cross in my place. I now receive Jesus as my personal Savior, Amen.” ?That was a simple prayer, but Jesus came into my heart to assure me of His forgiveness from sin and of eternal life when I trusted Christ as my personal Savior. ?II Cor.5:21 God made Jesus who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Joy filled me when I understood that sinless Jesus took the penalty due on me to forgive and released me from the power of sins. ? ?

On the last evening of the conference I was challenged in the international student meeting to go back and share Christ with my own people in Japan. It was a message from a Filipino speaker, but I took the challenge from the Lord and committed myself to a life time of ministry.

After trusting Christ, the Bible became the living Word of God, a lamp in my life to tell how sinful and corrupt I am but when I confess my sins to Him as His daughter, He can continue to cleanse me. ?After the conference I have written letters of apology to my grandfather and mother that I was so sorry I have been rebellious to them asking their forgiveness. And I shared how Jesus died for my sins and forgave me to be a child of God. They wrote me back how happy they were to hear that. Two years later I went home and shared Christ with my grandparents and my mother, so they also trusted Christ for their salvation.

At school I began to share Christ with students around me and started to attend church regularly where I became anxious to grow in Christ. In September, ’75, the Lord led me to study in a Bible college and in July ‘77, I went on staff of Japan Campus Crusade for Christ. ?After receiving staff training both in America and in the Philippines I was sent back to Japan as a national missionary to work among college students and young professionals.

Rom.5:8 “But God demonstrate his own love for us in this: ?While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” ?Jesus came into my life to light up my darkness and said, “I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6

From darkness to joy and excitement

* This may not be an amusing story but is certainly an amazing story because of God's love.

My Testimony: Shared in the morning service at Lincoln Road Bible Chapel
Yutaka Ikeda ?29 June 2008

? ? Today, there are approximately 9,000 churches with 1 million Church members for ?127 million people in Japan. ? Only 275,000 Japanese regularly attend the Protestant Church service. ?This means only 0.21% of the total population after 149 years of missional efforts since the first non-Roman missionaries came in 1859. ?

? ? Strange as it seems, over 5 million Bibles are sold annually in Japan today, and 43 % of the under-30s possess at least a copy. ?Nonetheless, Japanese are considered as one of the least responsive people groups to the claim of Christ. ?Is it true that Japanese are inherently indifferent to the Christian message? ?History testifies otherwise. ?More over, it proves the above assumption is a gross myth. ?

? ? Takatsuki, where we have resided just before coming to New Zealand, marked a record that Roman Catholic Christian population exceeded 73 % within less than 35 years of missional work since the very first Roman Missionary, Francisco Xavier arrived in 1549. ?Christianity was the fastest growing religion in Japan.

I would like to share my personal testimony how I came to know the Lord upon the very first hearing of the Gospel presented by a missionary.

? ? Flower blossoms in order to wither.
? ? Promises are made to be broken.
? ? Men exist in order to die.

? ? This is a poem I wrote in my diary when I was fifteen. ?I was born in Japan. ?A traditional Japanese Buddhism gave me an idea that life existed without a purpose. ?I thought my life was just like a vapor and that death was the end of everything. ?I could not stand the thought that I was totally alone and that my life was a meaningless waste.

? ? One day I planned to commit suicide, but I couldn't stab a knife into my belly, because I was scared of dying. ?These following thoughts came into my mind.

? ? Those who commit suicide don't have courage to face the reality of their lives. ?They are cowards. ?On the other hand, those who are living don't have courage to kill themselves. ?They are cowards too, or else they are fooling themselves.

? ? The change took place when I was seventeen after I met a missionary. ?He explained to me that the Bible was very different from any other books in regard to the accuracy of historical facts and prophecy. ?I started to think that if the Bible was true concerning the history of nations, then the Bible could also be true and trustworthy concerning my life after death. ?He showed me a booklet called the Four Spiritual Laws, and told me how God loved me and sent Jesus Christ to die for my sins. ?He told me also that eternal life was a free gift of God through Jesus Christ. ?That night I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. ?It was January 8 1970.

? ? Since then, the search for the purpose of my existence has ended.
I understand now God does exist and cares for me in every detail of my life.
I learned that nothing will happen to me without first going through God's approval. ?As a result, I do not have to worry about what happens to me in my future. ?Before, I had a very negative, introspective personality. ?After I trusted Jesus Christ, He changed me to have a positive, thankful and peaceful one. ?

? ? Prayer and trusting God became a part of my daily life. ?I started to read the Bible. ?I started to sing new songs. ?I started to share Christ with friends in my high school. ?Christ has changed my life from that of a dark one to that of joy and excitement!

Jesus said, "Let him who is thirsty come. ?And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Rev. 22:17

Here I would like to share my joy through singing a song, “He That Believeth”. ?The lyric is based on Scripture passages, John 6:47, 2Cor 5:21, Isa 53:6 and Gal 1:9.

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