The 700 Club: November 4, 2009

A man, once suffering from Crohn’s disease, now does the physically demanding sport of Parkour. Also, Dr. Susan Bartell helps you keep a fit family. CBN News reports on Mike Huckabee’s new book, A Simple Christmas.


UnderWing Transcripts PO Box 16282 Clearwater, Florida 33766 540 455-2333 / UnderWing@underwingtranscripts.com ________________________________________ The 700 Club Daily Broadcast Wednesday, November 4, 2009 PAT ROBERTSON: Well, welcome to The 700 Club. The Republicans gained ground yesterday in New Jersey’s governors race, and a blowout in Virginia. All three of the top slots on the ticket were Republicans. It’s going to be an interesting day in the White House as President Obama considers the fact that the illusion and the mystique is over, because he campaigned hard in New Jersey and he campaigned in Virginia, and it didn’t have any coattails. It’s going to be interesting. We’ll talk about that. We’ve also got Mike Huckabee here with us, and he’s going to talk about Christmas, not about politics. And we’re also going to show you how to whip your kids into shape. Not really. KRISTI WATTS: I know. You said “whip,” and then you kind of paused. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. Not whip. While they’re watching TV. All right, Kristi. KRISTI WATTS: Plus, Pat, as you said, he’s a lean, mean political machine, but he wasn’t always so lean. Former Governor Mike Huckabee will share his weight loss secrets and, of course, so much more a little bit later on in the show. PAT ROBERTSON: But first in the news, as I said, Republicans won both of the key governors races in Virginia and New Jersey. Here is Mark Martin with our report on Bob McDonnell’s victory in Virginia. VA Bob McDonnell (Virginia Governor-Elect): Eight months ago, I applied for the job of governor of Virginia. Tonight you have hired me. Thank you! MARK MARTIN: Bob McDonnell is a man known for his faith and family values. But it was the bread and butter issues, jobs and building the economy, that put him first in a landslide. Not only did McDonnell win a big victory by winning the governor's race, but his coattails gave the GOP a triple sweep, by winning the state's three highest offices. Independent voters, who have deserted the Virginia GOP in recent years, broke two-for-one for McDonnell. Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour gave one reason why. Haley Barbour (Chairman, GOP Governors Assn): Look, Americans don't want the federal government to take over the economy. They may not be able to say exactly why, but they know all this spending, all this debt is bad for the country. Americans know you can't spend yourself rich, and the government can't spend itself rich either. MARK MARTIN: The Virginia results are a clear reversal of fortune for the White House. George Allen (Former VA Senator/Governor): Well, last year in Virginia, you saw Barack Obama be the first Democrat since 1964 to win Virginia, and that was a referendum on the previous administration and the poor economy. It is amazing how the political winds have shifted really in just the last five months, and I think a lot of it is because of what's going on in Washington. MARK MARTIN: National GOP Chairman Michael Steele says that although his party made gains Tuesday, there is still much work to do. Michael Steele (RNC Chairman); Those tea parties and those town hall meetings meant something, and right now the voters are beginning to speak in a way that says, “You’d better listen to us, because we have real concerns that we need addressed.” MARK MARTIN: McDonnell is a graduate of Regent University, which is a blessing to the university's founder. PAT ROBERTSON (Founder, Regent University): Our motto is Christian leadership to change the world and this is the way to do it when you begin to get the leaders of states. I'm so proud of Bob McDonnell, I don't know what to do. Carlos Camp (Regent University President): We're proud of him and we're really hopeful that he'll be a new wave, not just for Virginia, but for the country as well. MARK MARTIN: As he readies himself for the governor's mansion, McDonnell hearkened back to the Old Dominion's most famous former governor. Bob McDonnell: I pledge to you that we will honor the words of Thomas Jefferson to keep a wise and frugal government, and we will do everything possible to keep taxes and regulations and litigation and spending to a minimum here in Virginia, so that freedom can grow. MARK MARTIN: Mark Martin, CBN News, Richmond, Virginia. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I was in Richmond for that victory. It’s nice to have one of your graduates of Regent University. And let me tell you, his opponent played the—I was going to say the race card. He played the religious card as hard as he could. It was just reeking, reeking, with anti-Christian bigotry and slurs on me, slurs on Regent University. But the voters wanted no part of it. Bob McDonnell ran an absolutely superb campaign. He stayed right on message. He emphasized what his concern of the Virginia voters’ jobs and the economy. And he just did a wonderful job. And they want lean government, efficient government and responsive government. He said, “That’s what we’ll give you.” And he never got flustered. Amazing. Just amazing. He has a beautiful family. His family was all together last night at that victory celebration. So we congratulate him. But the big thing, ladies and gentlemen, is as I was talking to Bob and I’m talking to others, this is putting a huge roadblock in the onrushing health care. There is no way that those blue dog Democrats or anybody else are going to walk the plank now for Obama and say, “Well, we’re going to lose our jobs for some crazy health care bill that you think is important to your career.” They’re just not going to do it, because they’ve heard the message, not only in Virginia, but New Jersey. Corzine is out in New Jersey, and that’s a big deal. So if these two states—well, back in ’93 there were similar elections. The results in New Jersey and Virginia went to the Republicans. And then in ’94, there was that landslide where the Republicans took over the Congress. It’s very possible that many, many Democrats are going to get voted out of office, because people are not happy. They are not happy with the encroaching governmental programs of Obama. They’re just not happy with them. And they say, “We know that you’re spending too much money. We know you’re wasting money. We know you’ve taken the government in a radical direction. We don’t like.” You watch what’s going to happen. But this was a bellwether. And, woo, amazing time. Kristi, did you vote? KRISTI WATTS: Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: Congratulations. KRISTI WATTS: I did vote, because, one, that is my right. And, two, I knew you were going to ask me. PAT ROBERTSON: I was going to ask you. And if you didn’t, you were in a heap of trouble. All right. Well, Lee Webb has more of the election coverage from the CBN Newsroom. Lee. NJ/NY LEE WEBB: Pat, Republicans completed their sweep, as you mentioned, of the governors races with a big win in New Jersey, but they lost a controversial New York congressional election. Paul Strand looks at those contests. PAUL STRAND: Barack Obama came to New Jersey five times to campaign for Governor Jon Corzine, and still the governor lost. Obama couldn't help Corzine win, but there are other danger signs in Corzine's loss for the Democrats now in charge in Washington. Nine out of ten New Jersey voters told pollsters they're worried about the economy. And it's a bad economy that usually hurts incumbents in Washington. But New Jersey had enough problems of its own to suggest that's why voters threw out Corzine and elected Republican Chris Christie. Chris Christie ([R-NJ] Governor-Elect): On the campaign trail, what Kim and I really learned was that the suffocating taxes and a government that was out of control has rendered Trenton completely out of touch. PAUL STRAND: Taxes were a big issue for voters, with the average household paying more than 7,000 dollars just in property taxes alone. But Corzine also ran an unremittingly negative campaign, which may have turned off many voters. David Goyco (Hoboken Voter): I just think it was a little ridiculous: the slander, the name-calling and stuff like that. PAUL STRAND: But just like in Virginia, a big problem for Democrat Corzine was getting young people, African Americans, and independents to come out for him like they did for Obama last year. Jawad Boukhriss (Independent): I guess I decided not to vote, because it seems like my vote doesn't matter. They have an agenda, that whatever you vote for, it just doesn't get done. PAUL STRAND: If there was a bright spot for Democrats, it was Bill Owens winning New York's 23rd District, which had gone Republican since Ulysses Grant was President. Bill Owens ([D-NY] Congressman-Elect): They put aside partisanship and declared they're ready to move forward, not backward. PAUL STRAND: But that race may have been mostly about grassroots Republican anger over party bosses picking a pro-choice, pro-gay marriage liberal to be the GOP candidate. Many party conservatives rallied around a third party candidate, Doug Hoffman, while the liberal Republican gave up and dropped out. Doug Hoffman (Conservative Party): All along I have been fighting for the soul of the Republican Party. PAUL STRAND: That battle wasn't settled in this race. And conservatives plan to keep on fighting for the GOP's soul in the months ahead, before next year's congressional elections. Paul Strand, CBN News. MAINE LEE WEBB: Earlier this year, the governor and legislature of the state of Maine legalized same-sex marriage. But the people of Maine wanted their say on the issue. They got it on the ballot, and voters repealed the law, dealing a stinging defeat to the same-sex marriage movement. Heather Sells has that story from Portland, Maine. HEATHER SELLS: When supporters of traditional marriage heard the news, they cheered and screamed for joy. Their push back against gay marriage in a very liberal state succeeded. Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage): What some have described as a deep blue New England state, even here we can win on the marriage issue, and people care about it. HEATHER SELLS: The Maine vote has national implications. Maine has now become the 31st state to vote against gay marriage. And in doing so, it has deprived the gay rights movement of a victory at the ballot box. Jesse Connolly (No On 1 Campaign Manager): And we won't quit because of the thousands of Mainers who gave us a volunteer shift, or talked to their neighbor. HEATHER SELLS: The night started off with a party atmosphere for Maine's gay marriage supporters with political heavyweights like the governor showing their support. But by evening's end, supporters were already mourning their loss. Winning strategists say their message made the difference. Brian Brown: The most forceful argument that we repeated again and again in the ads in Maine was that this will affect what your children are taught in the schools. HEATHER SELLS: Gay rights supporters had worried that another defeat would reinforce the perception that only judges and politicians support their cause. The Maine vote plays into that fear. Frank Schubert (Yes On 1 Campaign): I don't know how they can recover from this. This was the perfect storm for their side. It’s a very small state, special election. They had an organization that had been building for five years, thousands and thousands of volunteers, millions and millions of dollars. Every state, every gay marriage movement in the nation was focused on Maine. HEATHER SELLS: This victory in Maine is a thrill for traditional marriage supporters, but there is no letting up in the battle over marriage. Lawmakers in New Jersey and New York are expected to take up the issue in special sessions this month. Reporting in Portland, Maine, Heather Sells, CBN News. LEE WEBB: The pro gay marriage campaign outspent the traditional marriage campaign by a million and a half dollars. Same-sex marriage has been approved now at five states by courts or legislatures. But, Pat, as Heather mentioned in her report, it has lost in all 31 states where the public has voted on it. PAT ROBERTSON: I think it’s time those governors and legislators get with it, because the American people don’t want to change marriage. They don’t want marriage to be changed, because they know it’s the foundation of our society. The union of a man and a woman raising children in the nurture—well, the Bible says the nurture and admonition of the Lord. But nevertheless, to be responsible citizens and disciplined citizens, it has to come out of a heterosexual marriage. And the thought that we would change into something else and then have textbooks about “Heather has two mommies” and all that stuff. The people don’t want that. And they’re going to probably vote out of office these legislators and governors who insist on jamming something down their throats. But you can see how the bosses aren’t listening to the people. And I think it’s the same thing in Washington. The bosses in Congress aren’t listening to the people. The people are overwhelmingly against this health care proposal that is on the agenda now. And I think the congressmen are going to get the message from these elections and this particular initiative in Maine and others that the Obama agenda may be the prescription for defeat in the next election. And they just might say, “No, we’re not going to walk the plank for you. You’ve got your own boat to row, and we’ll have ours.” Well, it was a great day for traditional values, and we’re happy to see it. And I hope you’re happy to see it. KRISTI WATTS: I’m happy to see it as well. And you’re right. PAT ROBERTSON: All right. And we’re going to tell people how to lose weight, which is uppermost in many peoples’ mind. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. Politics, losing weight. It’s all the same, right? Maybe not. Well, up next, we’re going to give you the skinny on Mike Huckabee’s weight loss. 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It went over 1,000 dollars. Now it’s closing in on 1,100 plus. Oil is at 80 dollars. Something is happening in our economy. But our next guest isn’t talking about the economy. He has had an amazing, amazing run. He’s a former governor of Arkansas, a Republican candidate for President. He’s written bestselling books on politics an the fate of the GOP. And now with Christmas just two months away, he’s tackling his most important topic yet. HUCKABEE SET-UP ANDREA GARRETT: After a grueling run for the Republican nomination for President last year, Mike Huckabee is busier than ever. From winning the Value Voters straw poll for 2012, to a number one weekend cable talk show and daily radio commentary, this former Arkansas governor knows a thing or two about the rat race. In his new book, Simple Christmas: Twelve Stories that Celebrate the True Holiday Spirit, Huckabee writes about what truly matters this holiday season. Twelve intimate stories tell of the man before he became a household name, tales of impatience, trial and sacrifice. The former Baptist minister goes so far as to admit that with a family history like his, it’s a miracle he ever got elected. Huckabee uses his candid stories to remind us all to slow down and enjoy what's truly important this season: family, faith, love and hope. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FOCUS GUEST: MIKE HUCKABEE PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Mike Huckabee is here with us. Mike, it’s great to see you today. Thanks for being with us. Mike Huckabee: Thank you, Pat. What a pleasure to be with you, and especially in light of what was a great day I think for conservatives and for believers yesterday in the elections. PAT ROBERTSON: All the way. Bob McDonnell is a graduate of Regent University. He is a strong believer. And it’s just marvelous to see that taking place. Mike Huckabee: It really was, I think, an important day to say that the idea of big government, more control of our families, more control of our budgets, is just not the message that’s resonating with people. So I’m delighted to be here today. And thank you for having me to talk about something that may be a little early for some people to talk about Christmas already. PAT ROBERTSON: You stepped down out of a political run that was extraordinarily successful. And yet, instead of taking a break, you plunged into a frantic career. What do you do these days? Mike Huckabee: Well, I’m doing commentary on radio, about 500 stations. I do three a day, Monday through Friday. Weekends I’m doing the Fox News television show. A lot of speaking and traveling around the country to all kinds of groups, campaigning for people. I came to Virginia several times to campaign for Bob McDonnell, in fact. And then when I’m just sort of sitting around with nothing to do, I enjoy writing. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. And this book that’s coming out, my seventh book, quite frankly, Pat, is my favorite. And it’s not about politics. It’s really the most non-political book I think I’ve ever done. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, it’s a very sweet book. It’s called A Simple Christmas, ladies and gentlemen. There are some lovely stories in here. It’s the kind of thing you can give to people at Christmastime, and they will be blessed. Tell me about the Christmas guitar. That seems to be the forefront in your career. You play in a group that has opened for guys like Willie Nelson and, oh, who all else? Charlie Daniels? Mike Huckabee: Oh, Charlie Daniels, Dionne Warwick. We’ve opened for Grand Funk Railroad and all sorts of people. That guitar was life changing. And I received as a Christmas gift when I was 11. I had wanted it and wanted it and begged for it for several years. My parents really couldn’t afford it. But, Pat, when you’re 11, you don’t look at your parents’ tax forms. You don’t really know whether they’re rich or poor. I didn’t realize just how struggling my parents were. And so I kept asking this. Well, they got it for me on my 11th birthday, Christmas. And that gift, it cost them 99 dollars. They ordered the guitar from the JC Penney catalog. But it took them a year to pay for it. They had to pay little pieces of it each month until they could pay for it. They didn’t even have a Christmas for themselves, so they could make sure I had that guitar. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, they really loved you. It must bring to your eyes to think about those parents. Mike Huckabee: Oh, it does. I look back, and I see the sacrifice. And the point is that in all of our Christmases there are great messages. The sacrifice that they made was a reminder to me that the real Christmas, the first Christmas, was about the greatest sacrifice of all, that God gave up all of the glory of Heaven to come and to give me something that I couldn’t attain for myself. And it was years later before I fully comprehended. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever comprehend just what God gave up to give me the best Christmas of all, which was himself. PAT ROBERTSON: You have a story in here of your wife who had cancer, apparently a serious cancer wrapped around her spinal cord. Tell us about that. That must have been an awful ordeal. Mike Huckabee: It was a terrible ordeal. And it happened just barely a year into our marriage. We got married when we were very young, Pat. We were both 18, a few months of our 19th birthdays. By the time we were barely 20, my wife had been diagnosed with cancer of the spine. And it did not look good, and the original prognosis was that there probably wasn’t anything that could be done. It was when I think our faith was tested to its core. And I always will remember what one of my friends said to me. He’s a wonderful Bible teacher. And he said this, he said, “You don’t know that Jesus is all you need until He’s all you’ve got.” And he also made this comment, he said that, “When you hit bottom,” he said, “the good thing you find out is at least it’s solid at the bottom.” And those things sustained us during that period. But the stories in the book talk about how that Christmas is that milestone. You think, “If I can just make it to Christmas.” Or if you have a difficult moment like we did with my wife’s cancer, the next Christmas you celebrate, you don’t celebrate gifts. You don’t celebrate food. You celebrate life, because you realize how close you were to losing it. And the struggles of her having to learn to walk again and going through radiation therapy and all the post surgical issues, you come away from that with a whole different understanding. And as I like to say, Christmas was never the same after that. PAT ROBERTSON: Sure. You have had an amazing career. But you mentioned in this book about a simple Christmas, about the fact that you folks didn’t have any money. You lived in apparently a boxcar by the railroad tracks, courtesy of the Southern Baptists. Mike Huckabee: Well, when my wife and I first married, Pat, we lived in a 40-dollar-a-month apartment. It was grossly overpriced at 40 dollars a month. When I look back, we had some wonderful times, but Christmas also for most of us is not so much about the quantity of material things, it’s really relationships. And I think the power of the real Christmas story, the first Christmas, and this is the framework of the whole Christmas book, A Simple Christmas, and it’s this, that when God gave us the first Christmas, the one in Bethlehem, it was not trappings of royalty and robes, and there weren’t even any choirs of angels. It was a young, pregnant, unwed teenage girl with no Lamaze classes, no epidural or saddle block. There was no silent night. She was surely screaming. This must have been a painful, difficult night. And I talk about that we have this sort of sanitized church pageant version of the first Christmas. If we looked in on it right now, it would look like an unmitigated disaster, like God really messed this up. But God chose the most humble, let me use this word, humiliating circumstances for the birth of Himself on this earth to remind us that there is no place we can get on this planet that is so low that God hasn’t been there Himself, because that’s how He started, too. PAT ROBERTSON: That’s beautiful. One thing I’ve got to ask you, are you going to run for anything? Mike Huckabee: I’m so busy running now all over the country doing all the things I’ve got going. And the honest answer, because people do wonder, do I really have this ulterior motive of running for President in 2012? I tell people, we’re barely into a year of the last election. For Heaven’s sakes, let’s take a breather for a while. And so I don’t know. PAT ROBERTSON: I’m with you. And we’re also going to ask, you lost 100 pounds and ran three marathons. You’re awesome. Mike Huckabee: Well, four, Pat. I want to make sure you get the fourth one in there. PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, I’m sorry, four marathons. Forgive me. Mike Huckabee: No, it was a very I think important period of my life when I realized that I had to take better care of myself, that my body didn’t belong to me. And it’s one of those things you learn the hard way. But if it is the temple, then we’d better keep it in better shape than I was keeping mine. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Mike, you’ve had a great success. I’m so thrilled at what’s happening in your life and will continue to do so. We wish you the best. And this book, ladies and gentlemen, it will make a marvelous gift for Christmas. Mike Huckabee, A Simple Christmas. It’s a marvelous story. It’s the kind of thing that will touch your heart. You can read them together as a family. KRISTI WATTS: Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: Have you read it? KRISTI WATTS: No, I haven’t read it yet, so I’m going to be stealing that one. PAT ROBERTSON: You’ve got it. All right. Well, you read it and tell me what you think. KRISTI WATTS: Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, Mike Huckabee, thank you, my friend. God bless you. Mike Huckabee: Thank you so much, Pat. God bless. PAT ROBERTSON: Kristi. KRISTI WATTS: Well, Pat, a wonderful story. Well, still ahead, when you watch Adam Dunlap work out, you might think he’s going to hurt himself. But the truth is, he will actually already get hurt, but not doing this. Find out why, later on in today’s show. GRAPHIC: THE WORLD OF “PARKOUR” * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 2A: GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS Announcer: Thanksgiving is one of the best times of the year when we share God’s blessings with the people we love. 700 Club partners, this year you can make CBN’s Great Is Thy Faithfulness a part of your celebration. 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One day when I sent him to the field to get his brother, he hurt his leg because he couldn’t see where he was going. TIM BRANSON: Prem decided to go back to the school for the blind. Then he heard that Operation Blessing was conducting a free medical clinic close to the school. Prem was scheduled for surgery and soon his damaged lenses were removed and replaced with artificial ones. When the bandages were removed, there was no doubt that Prem could see clearly. Prem Singh: I was very excited to see my parents for the first time in my life. TIM BRANSON: Prem loves being back at his neighborhood school and exploring the world around him. Prem Singh: I am very happy. I will study hard. I will learn to read and write. Thank you, Operation Blessing. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: What is the gift of sight worth? If somebody took away your sight, what would you give to get it back? It’s priceless. 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Announcer #2: Visit BigSpot.com/tv41 and start earning cash and rewards for your opinions. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PAT ROBERTSON: Well, kids are constantly bombarded with flashy ads promoting the latest line of junk food. So it’s no wonder that childhood obesity is on the rise. Our next guest has a plan to help overweight kids lose weight. And she should know. She used to be one. SET-UP PIECE KRISTI WATTS: Susan Bartell stayed fit as a young girl by figure skating, but when she became a teenager, she gave it up and started gaining weight. So she knows how hard it is to be called fat as a teen. Susan tried to diet, but she hid junk food in her room at night. Today, she is a doctor, and now the parent of three children. She says it’s tough to keep kids healthy. Well, in her book, Dr. Susan’s Fit and Fun Family Action Plan, Susan will share some bite-sized things you can do right now that can change the life of your child. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GUEST: DR. SUSAN BARTELL PAT ROBERTSON: There’s a book. It’s called Dr. Susan’s Fit and Fun Family Action Plan, 301 things you can do today, Dr. Susan Bartell. Susan, it’s good to have you with us. KRISTI WATTS: Thank you so much for being here. Dr. Susan Bartell: Wonderful to be here with you. PAT ROBERTSON: What is the doctor again? Are you an MD doctor? Dr. Susan Bartell: I’m a psychologist. PAT ROBERTSON: You’re a what? Dr. Susan Bartell: I’m a psychologist. PAT ROBERTSON: A psychologist doctor. Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes. Parenting and child psychologist. PAT ROBERTSON: And so these fat people need a little head work, too. Dr. Susan Bartell: Well, everybody needs some support, Pat. Everybody needs some support. PAT ROBERTSON: All right. Well, how do you differentiate between baby fat and a chubby child? Dr. Susan Bartell: That’s a great question. Starting at about two, everybody needs some help to not be overweight anymore. So baby fat ends at about two. PAT ROBERTSON: It does? Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes, absolutely. So we shouldn’t be feeding our kids too much junk food, too much fast food, beginning at about that age. And certainly you should be talking to your pediatrician about that. PAT ROBERTSON: My mother loved me a great deal, more than she should have. But she thought the evidence of love was to stuff me with food. Dr. Susan Bartell: And your mother was not alone. KRISTI WATTS: Yes, that’s true. Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes. Yes. And you know what, it’s so important. I’m so glad you brought that up, because so many moms and even dads and grandmas—a lot of grandmas are taking care of kids these days—are saying, “Eat more. Eat more. If you love me, you would eat more.” And we have to separate that out and make sure that we’re not letting our kids know that love and food are the same thing, because they’re not. Love is about love and about disciplining our kids. We talked about that. KRISTI WATTS: I’m all about discipline. Dr. Susan Bartell: And it’s not about feeding our kids too much. You must eat until you’re satisfied, and then stop eating. Just a little treat once in a while. PAT ROBERTSON: We had so much food. KRISTI WATTS: Growing up you had so much food, Pat? PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, my goodness. Breakfast: waffles with maple syrup, liver . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: Stop it. KRISTI WATTS: Ew, you had liver? PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . gravy . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: Oh, my goodness. PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . eggs . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Every morning? PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . muffins. Well, most mornings. KRISTI WATTS: Well, then, obviously, you were loved. PAT ROBERTSON: And a double glass of fresh squeezed orange juice. KRISTI WATTS: Well, I don’t know what this says about me, but I had Cheerios. Dr. Susan Bartell: There we go. Now, let’s say plain Cheerios are good, but Honey Nut Cheerios have a little bit too much sugar. KRISTI WATTS: Got you. PAT ROBERTSON: Okay. Dr. Susan Bartell: Honey Nut Cheerios are good as a snack, as like a treat, but as a breakfast every day, not so great. If you mix them with regular Cheerios, half regular, half Honey Nut, that’s much healthier. KRISTI WATTS: So is the challenge more of the outside influences or the inside influences like Pat’s family? Dr. Susan Bartell: Oh, I think your family is being bashed here. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. I had a very sweet mother. Dr. Susan Bartell: There are all different kinds of influences. For example, there are outside influences like all the commercials on TV for junk food and fast food and cookies and stuff. But the influences that we have in our family for those kind of influences are also a problem. And then there are peer influences. For example, kids are coming home from school saying, “How come you’re sending me a healthy lunch when everyone else is bringing cookies to school?” Those kind of influences. And we have to really resist that. PAT ROBERTSON: My kids used to—we’d send them out with whole wheat sandwiches . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: And did they hate you? PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . and they’d trade them. They’d trade them for the junk food. KRISTI WATTS: We traded, too. Dr. Susan Bartell: You’re right. KRISTI WATTS: And how do you keep a kid from trading, because I used to trade. Dr. Susan Bartell: That’s true. And so what you have to do is you have to have balance. You can’t deprive your kids completely. You have to let them have some of the junk, so that they don’t feel like they want to trade. If you’re super duper healthy, too healthy, and I talk about that in the book, if you’re too healthy, then they’re going to eat, sneak, and they’re going to go to other people’s houses, and they’re going to eat all the cookies there and come home and lie to you. And that’s not good, because then your kids become at risk for an eating disorder. PAT ROBERTSON: Well, can’t you find some healthy—I used to see recipes for healthy cookies and brownies and things like that, that weren’t full of all the bad stuff. Dr. Susan Bartell: You can. You can substitute, for example, lower fat milk for full fat milk when you eat your Cheerios. You can definitely bake your chicken nuggets instead of frying your chicken nuggets. All of those things are great to do, and you definitely should do those as a parent. And again, I have a whole section in there about how to do that, called “Sensible Substitutions.” KRISTI WATTS: Well, you mentioned something about disorders, and I actually think about this. Dr. Susan Bartell: Eating disorders. KRISTI WATTS: Yes, because how as a parent can we balance saying, okay, we need to eat healthy and we’re very conscious, but not making our child feel so self-conscious that what everything he or she is eating is going to hurt them? Do you know what I’m trying to say? Dr. Susan Bartell: I do. I do, because that’s one of the number one questions that I get from parents, is they’re afraid that if they talk to their kids about being healthy, that they will immediately trigger an eating disorder, because their kids will become too focused. If you come from a place of love and a place of support and you do it as a family together, you’re not going to trigger an eating disorder. As long as you’re not saying, “You’re fat. You look terrible. I can’t believe you are even trying to wear that.” If you’re coming from a place of love and saying, “As a family together, we going to eat healthfully. We’re going to make healthy choices together,” your child is going to feel good. If you tell your child they look beautiful, they are beautiful, but we’re going to be healthier together, you don’t have to worry. If you provide healthy meals and you make healthy choices as a family, from a good, healthy, loving place, you don’t have to worry. Does that make sense? KRISTI WATTS: No, it makes a lot of sense. Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: My grandchildren just love vegetables. They love raw vegetables. Dr. Susan Bartell: That’s great. PAT ROBERTSON: They love all kinds of vegetables. KRISTI WATTS: That’s good. Dr. Susan Bartell: Your kids are doing a great job then. PAT ROBERTSON: Exactly. Dr. Susan Bartell: They’re doing a great job. Give your kids credit for that. That’s not luck. They’re doing a great parenting job. PAT ROBERTSON: Sure. Dr. Susan Bartell: Absolutely. PAT ROBERTSON: It’s just natural. It’s not one of those things like, “Well, you’ve got to eat your veggies.” They want the veggies. Dr. Susan Bartell: But parents have to offer that. They say that with kids it could take up to 12 or 15 times of offering a food that kids don’t like before they start to like it. So if your child doesn’t . . . . . PAT ROBERTSON: So starve them. Starve them and then . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: No, no, no. PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . you get hungry enough. Dr. Susan Bartell: Offer it to them. Offer it to them over and over. Like, if they don’t like broccoli, offer it to them again and again and again. And say, “You have to try it. You have to try a little bit.” And then eventually, their palate will start to enjoy it. Don’t just take no the first time and say, “Okay, you don’t have to eat it.” Same as everything else. KRISTI WATTS: And it’s about being creative. I call them trees. I don’t call it broccoli. It’s time to eat your trees. Dr. Susan Bartell: Good. KRISTI WATTS: And it’s more fun. Dr. Susan Bartell: That’s very smart. KRISTI WATTS: Did you eat your trees? PAT ROBERTSON: Broccoli is a tree? KRISTI WATTS: Broccoli. Listen, you say a tree. You eat the leaves of a tree. PAT ROBERTSON: You’re out of your mind. KRISTI WATTS: It works, Pat. It works. Dr. Susan Bartell: Little tree. I love that. KRISTI WATTS: Yes, you eat the tree and the bushes. PAT ROBERTSON: You’re not supposed to deceive children. KRISTI WATTS: It’s creative. Dr. Susan Bartell: I love that. Or some kids like things like broccoli dipped in a little bit of salad dressing, a little low fat dressing. That’s great, and they’ll get to eat it. I think that’s a great idea. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. PAT ROBERTSON: How is your book doing? Dr. Susan Bartell: It just came out. PAT ROBERTSON: It just came out. Dr. Susan Bartell: It just came out. Yes. PAT ROBERTSON: People can get this where? Dr. Susan Bartell: They can get it at stores everywhere. They can get it online. PAT ROBERTSON: Dr. Susan’s Fit and Fun Family Action Plan, 301 things you can do today. Get your children off the couch, out exercising and eating broccoli. KRISTI WATTS: Well, check this out, Pat. We have something really cool. Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes. See, the book is green. KRISTI WATTS: I know, right. Dr. Susan Bartell: Like broccoli. KRISTI WATTS: We are going to do something fun. We have a special guest here. Do you know who he is? PAT ROBERTSON: Your little . . . . KRISTI WATTS: My baby! PAT ROBERTSON: . . . . baby. KRISTI WATTS: My baby, Chase. Dr. Susan Bartell: He’s so cute. KRISTI WATTS: Isn’t he so cute? Dr. Susan Bartell: Oh, the most adorable child . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Thank you. Dr. Susan Bartell: . . . . except for my three, of course. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. The floor director is saying wrap it up. Well, still ahead, just because your kids are watching TV, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get them off the couch. See how to give them a quick workout, right after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * GRAPHIC: ODD CURE LEE WEBB: Coming up later . . . . Woman: He just never really got very big. LEE WEBB: A mysterious illness . . . . Man: And the symptoms started to get worse and worse. And there’s not much you can do. LEE WEBB: . . . . with an even stranger cure. Man: I can do incredible things physically. But more than anything, I wanted those muscles. LEE WEBB: Today on The 700 Club. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 5: CANCER CENTER –LAURA Laura Brokow: The doctor came in. I was still waking up from anesthesia. He leaned over my bed and he said, “Laura, you have cancer,” and he walked out of the room. The first thought is, “What’s going to happen to my children?” I knew I was ready to fight this, and I just wanted this cancer out of me. I wanted to take care of it and move on. Then my mom called me. She had seen an ad on TV for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. It was just a tremendous experience from the minute that I walked in the door. Their bedside manner, you just can’t even describe it. It takes a very special person to do what they’re doing. Announcer: Hope is alive at Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Call us now to have a real conversation about you and your treatment options. We’ll send you this free DVD that shows you how this very special group of people put you at the center of everything they do. Laura Brokow: I wanted to live to see my kids grow up. That’s what gave me the drive to fight cancer. They supported that in me. They gave me choices. They made me realize that every life is worth saving. You can’t fight cancer if you don’t have hope. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * DEMO: KRISTI AND SUSAN SHOW EXERCISES KRISTI WATTS: We are back with Dr. Susan Bartell and a special guest, my son, Chase. And we’re about to—look, there he is. He’s so cute. Okay. And we’re about to show you a way to get your kids in shape during a commercial break. Okay, we know that kids can be just entranced in television, but you say that there is a way that even during television they can exercise. Tell us about that. Dr. Susan Bartell: There is. Well, what happens is, when the commercial comes on, you have to turn the TV down and jump up with your child and do the commercial break challenge, which is in my book. So what you’re going to do is—with Chase, we’re going to, as soon as we see the commercial come on, you and Chase are going to jump up and we’re going to instruct you for the two minute commercial through some really fun exercises. KRISTI WATTS: Well, cool. Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes, are you ready? KRISTI WATTS: Yes. Is there a commercial? Dr. Susan Bartell: You have the flats on, I see. KRISTI WATTS: He’s watching Superbook now, and I think the commercial is just about to pop up. But as it comes up, there is the commercial. Come on, Chase. Get ready, Chase. You ready to exercise? Dr. Susan Bartell: Okay. KRISTI WATTS: All right. Tell us what to do. Dr. Susan Bartell: Okay, you ready chase? Let’s start with hopping on one foot. You ready? One, two, three . . . . KRISTI WATTS: We’ve got a two minute challenge. Dr. Susan Bartell: . . . . four, five, six . . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Good job, Chase. Dr. Susan Bartell: . . . . seven, eight, nine, ten. Okay, switch to the other foot. One, two, three, go mommy, four, five, six . . . . . KRISTI WATTS: This the modified version of the exercise. Dr. Susan Bartell: . . . . seven, eight, nine . . . . KRISTI WATTS: And I notice how you’re making me do the exercise with him. Dr. Susan Bartell: . . . . ten. I know. All right, now, go ahead, Chase, let’s see you run around the couch. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. Dr. Susan Bartell: Go, Chase, you’re doing great. I think you’re beating your mommy. KRISTI WATTS: And we’re supposed to do this every commercial break? Dr. Susan Bartell: You can decide as a family if you want to do it every one or every other one or during the very long ones. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, can this be the last time I go around this couch? Dr. Susan Bartell: Yes, the last time. Okay, come on back over here. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, here we go. There we go. All right, so here is the question. Are there different exercises that we should modify based upon your ages? Like older kids, younger kids. Dr. Susan Bartell: You can. In fact, with older kids, they can decide what they want to do. KRISTI WATTS: We’re supposed to keep doing something. Dr. Susan Bartell: Keep doing something. Okay, let’s run in place for a couple of seconds. KRISTI WATTS: You’ve got to run in place. Dr. Susan Bartell: Run, run, run. Run, run. KRISTI WATTS: Chase, look, we’ve got 58 seconds left, because we’re in the middle of a commercial. Dr. Susan Bartell: Okay. Keep running. Keep running. KRISTI WATTS: No. Run over here. Dr. Susan Bartell: Okay, let’s do some stretches. Stretch your arms up really high to the sky. Good. KRISTI WATTS: Okay. Dr. Susan Bartell: Older kids can choose what they want to do. They can even make a plan. Now, touch your toes, all the way down. You’re doing great. KRISTI WATTS: And the key, the basic key is that when . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: Good. Stretch up again, Chase. KRISTI WATTS: . . . . one of the number one issues of childhood obesity is just a sedentary lifestyle. Dr. Susan Bartell: Exactly. KRISTI WATTS: And so if we can get the kids even in the middle of the television shows to move . . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: Right, exactly, because what research shows us is that a little bit of exercise throughout the day adds up. You don’t have to do it all in one shot. So if you do a little bit now, a little bit later. Let’s stretch forward. KRISTI WATTS: Okay, we’re stretching forward. Dr. Susan Bartell: Stretch forward. Good. KRISTI WATTS: We’ve got 17 seconds left on this clock. And you say it also . . . . Dr. Susan Bartell: A little bit, it all adds up. It adds up, not only for your kids, for you. KRISTI WATTS: Exactly. Dr. Susan Bartell: So if you do it with them, get moving a little, all of that. So this exercise that you’re doing right now, you can count toward your exercise for the day. KRISTI WATTS: I’m all about the stretches. Dr. Susan Bartell: Okay, switch. KRISTI WATTS: We’ve got two seconds left. Dr. Susan Bartell: And you’re done. KRISTI WATTS: Fantabulous. We are done. Dr. Susan Bartell: You guys did a—give us a high five here, Chase. You did a great job. KRISTI WATTS: You did really good. High five, Pudding Pop. Or Chase. I was like, don’t call him Pudding Pop on national television. If you want more information, check out Dr. Susan’s new book—hey, side note, did you have fun? Chase: Yes. KRISTI WATTS: Do you feel as though your heart is pumping? Chase: A little bit. KRISTI WATTS: Do you feel like that was a good exercise for you? Chase: Yes. Dr. Susan Bartell: And it got you moving a bit, right? KRISTI WATTS: And you feel strong? Chase: Yes. Dr. Susan Bartell: Got him off the . . . . KRISTI WATTS: Got him off the couch. Good to know. Here. You hold the book. Can you hold the book for Mommy? Dr. Susan Bartell: Hold it up nice and high. KRISTI WATTS: Like, to the TV. There you go. And smile. Okay. God bless you. Fudgie wants to see your face. Your grandma and grandpa. All right, it is called Dr. Susan’s Fit and Fun Family Action Plan. And you can find it in bookstores nationwide. Thank you so much. Dr. Susan Bartell: Thank you. Thank you, Chase. You were awesome. KRISTI WATTS: All right, Pat, we’re going to throw it over to you. PAT ROBERTSON: That is a cute little boy. Boy, I’m proud of you. Well, up next, we’re going to Bring It On with your Skinny Wednesday e-mail. Anna writes, quote, “My grandma and I try to walk as much as possible to burn calories, but people tell us that walking is a worthless exercise. Is that true?” PAT ROBERTSON: Well, we’ll let you know emphatically, right after this. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * SPOT 6: SKIN MEDICA “SE HABLA” Spokeswoman: Notice anything? No? That’s the idea. I have unwanted facial hair. What, you thought you were alone? That’s because we all try so hard to keep it a secret. But now it’s easy with Vaniqa. It’s not a hair remover. It’s a prescription cream that’s clinically proven to reduce the growth of facial hair in women. Woman: Vaniqa has given me the freedom to be close to people again. Spokeswoman: Vaniqa is gentle. Use it along with your regular skincare routine. It works deep within the follicle, blocking the enzyme essential for hair growth. It’s dermatologist recommended and FDA approved. Woman: I started seeing less facial hair within a month. Woman: I’m so glad I asked my doctor about Vaniqa. Dr. Marla Klein, MD (Board-certified Dermatologist): It’s safe to use and it doesn’t have the potential to scar or damage skin like removal methods do. The most frequent side effects associated with Vaniqa are mild and skin related. Woman: Unwanted facial hair? With Vaniqa, nobody needs to know. Announcer: For more information and a free rebate of up to 60 dollars, call or go online now. Woman: It’s the best decision I ever made. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KRISTI WATTS: Well, Parkour is a unique sport that demands you to go up, over and around whatever obstacles are in your way. Well, for Adam Dunlap, his obstacle was a crippling disease. ADAM DUNLAP ANDREW KNOX: Today Adam Dunlap is the picture of health. The 23-year-old Portland, Oregon resident now practices and teaches the physically demanding art of Parkour. But things were not always this way. As a child, Adam was small and thin, but his family was not overly concerned. Shay Dunlap (Adam’s Mother): We didn’t really think that much about it. It was just his size. And it was sad, and we would pray that he would grow. And we just thought maybe one day he would have a growth spurt, and he just never really got very big. ANDREW KNOX: In high school, however, Adam had some serious health challenges. Adam Dunlap: In February of my senior year, I was 17, and I started to have daily chronic abdominal pain. And I thought it was cramping. Well, we had just come back from a family trip in Mexico, so we thought it was a parasite. So that’s when the problems really started. And my health really started to deteriorate as well. ANDREW KNOX: His doctor prescribed several rounds of antibiotics. Adam Dunlap: And it helped, a little bit. But then after those antibiotics wore off, it was back to the same problems. My symptoms started to get worse and worse. And so the physical manifestation of my illness was starting to be seen. My skin started to turn pale. My hair wasn’t curly any longer. It lost a lot of its natural curl. And I just didn’t look healthy. Then I couldn’t sleep at night. I had problems going to the bathroom. But sometimes I would be just kind of rolling around, almost writhing in bed. There’s not much you can do. ANDREW KNOX: He was eventually diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Adam became a Christian when he was just five, so he and his mother began praying for God to heal him and give them wisdom. Shay Dunlap: When he first was discovered to have Crohn’s, my sister sent us the book called The Maker’s Diet. And I thought, “This is a really interesting book. This person has had Crohn’s, and he’s a medical person.” And so I had Adam read it. Adam Dunlap: The main change I made to combat my Crohn’s was diet. ANDREW KNOX: Adam also began working out at a local gym and discovered something called Parkour. Adam Dunlap: Parkour is a training method that allows us to overcome obstacles in a natural or urban environment. What drew me to Parkour was being in shape, because I saw the people that did Parkour and they were very strong, very muscular. And they could do incredible things physically, but more than anything, I wanted those muscles. ANDREW KNOX: Adam’s body responded to his anti-inflammatory diet and his exercise regime. He continued to believe God for his healing, and he repeated the promises he found in scripture. Adam Dunlap: There’s one on Jeremiah that says, “’I know the plans I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you.’” So with that in my head and in my heart, I knew, “Okay, I think I’m doing this, I’m here for a reason, and I believe that God is going to do good things through this trying time I’m in.” ANDREW KNOX: Dr. Asa Andrew is a big proponent of fighting diseases like Crohn’s with diet. Dr. Asa Andrew (America’s Health & Lifestyle Coach): If we can reduce inflammation by eating the right kind of anti-inflammatory foods in the anti-inflammatory diet, that’s when you’re going to see some of the greatest results with someone dealing with Crohn’s disease. When he started doing the exercises, stretching and really getting his body active, that played just as important a role the bones, muscles and nerves. All of them are equally important when you’re looking to restore somebody’s health. ANDREW KNOX: Adam now teaches Parkour and has developed a line of clothing for Parkour enthusiasts. He also sees his experience as a chance to minister to others. Adam Dunlap: One of the things I took from the Bible that I think is neglected is diet. And God gave a diet for his people. He said, “This is the food I want you to eat, not because I am a harsh God and I’m mean and I don’t want you to eat donuts and all this other junk food that tastes awesome, but because this is what’s best for you.” And again, I don’t think it was God’s plan to have me get sick and then heal me miraculously and say, “Oh, look, I healed Adam,” but to use the story and the truths I found and the faith I have to heal me and to have that help other people as well in the same situation I was in. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * KRISTI WATTS: Now, I thought I knew every exercise or fitness regime out there. PAT ROBERTSON: That’s a new one. KRISTI WATTS: And I have discovered I don’t. Have you ever heard of that? PAT ROBERTSON: No, I never have. And I think if I tried it I’d break my neck. So let it be said on the record. But he’s good at it. KRISTI WATTS: Phenomenal. And when you think about it, every time he’s jumping or leaping or rolling, he’s probably using muscles that he couldn’t imagine, or bones. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes, and he’s getting over the Crohn’s. I think it’s marvelous. But in any event, diet, diet. But we didn’t say what kind of diet you had to get over Crohn’s. But whatever, he found it. KRISTI WATTS: He did. Absolutely. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * BRING IT ON PAT ROBERTSON: All right. E-mail. KRISTI WATTS: Time to Bring It On with your e-mail questions. These are the questions that you’ve either logged on to CBN.com with or you’ve either called The 700 Club. Whatever. Pat is going to answer them for you. PAT ROBERTSON: I’m going to try to. Go ahead. KRISTI WATTS: So we’re going to start with Anna, who writes, “Pat, my grandma and I try to walk as much as possible to burn calories, but many people tell us walking is a worthless exercise. Is this true? Walking is one of the exercises we can do together.” PAT ROBERTSON: That is absolutely false, that somebody would say this is not good. Doctors say that is probably the best exercise you can do. It gets your heart going. It gets your vascular system going. It helps your brain. It causes the blood to flow throughout your whole body. It’s good for your joints. It helps minimize the effects of arthritis. I can go on and on and on. But by all means. And by the way, Dr. Cooper, who was so big on jogging, has moved to walking, because jogging has an effect on—I had both of my knees messed up. I had them both scoped and then a knee replacement because of jogging. So walking is the answer. It’s good. KRISTI WATTS: I’m with you. No, I’m with you. And then if you want to add a little kick to it, you know, the speed walking. Have you ever seen those speed walkers? PAT ROBERTSON: Oh, man, I think my daughter Elizabeth does something like that. KRISTI WATTS: Yes. It’s fantastic. You can really get the groove on with that. PAT ROBERTSON: Yes. KRISTI WATTS: All right, Ray. Ray writes in and says, “Pat, is there anything I can do now to help prevent my annual battle with dry, itchy, winter skin?” PAT ROBERTSON: Stop taking long baths and long showers. Be careful of the kind of soap you use. Don’t use harsh soaps. If you can, there is something called MSM. It’s got sulfur in it, and it’s very good for your skin. It tastes awful, but nevertheless, you can get one teaspoon of it down a day, and it will do wonders for your skin. But you just don’t take baths all the time. You can’t do it. It will dry your skin out, and that’s not a good thing. But you can get some oil and put it on, too, olive oil and so forth. KRISTI WATTS: Well, you said not to take baths or showers every day. It might be helpful for you, but what about the people arou


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