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8/12/13 at 03:34 PM 0 Comments

There's Power in the Blood

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Why would anyone want to donate blood? I know that giving blood saves lives. But here's a twist for pet owners. In a few rare places, there are actually "Pet Blood Donors' banks. In England, enough blood was collected to save the lives of up to 32 dogs at a Pet Blood Bank UK (PBBuk) collection session at the University of Nottingham's School of Veterinary Medicine and Science on Wednesday (May 20, 2009). But this is primarily about humans donating blood for humans.

The present one day supply, worldwide, is one disaster away from being exhausted. Global and U.S. donations have plummeted in the last few years. Besides there being a world-wide shortage of blood, even areas within the borders of the U.S. can run out blood from one local disaster. Blood is needed for obvious reasons, transfusions, emergency blood supplies, life for a young baby or infant, a young child...your grandma, or maybe you someday. There are more reasons to give blood than just helping others. There are actually several important benefits for the donors that are tangible and extremely beneficial. When we are generous in donating blood, the generosity is returned to the donor. Here are just a few ways that donors are helped:

It lowers your blood pressure,

raises their good cholesterol levels (HDL),

while lowering the bad (LDL),

reduces dangerous platelets or clots,

purifies the blood with new blood being produced by the body,

stimulates the production of red (iron rich) blood cells,

lowers the risk for heart attacks,

lowers the risk of heart disease and strokes,

and there is also statistical evidence that it may reduce the occurrence of Dementia and Alzheimer's from setting in.

Another great benefit is like getting a "blood works" checkup and you get it for free! This is because all blood is tested for diseases, including STDs. If the test is positive or shows that the donor has some serious health issues, the donor will be notified confidentially and the information will not be shared with anyone. Blood may also be tested for additional infectious diseases such as West Nile Virus. Donated blood is tested by many methods, and a typical screening panel includes most of the tests below:

Antibody to Hepatitis B core "anti-HBC" , Hepatitis B Surface Antigen "HBsAg" , Nucleic acid testing by Transcription Mediated Amplification (TMA) or Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) for Hepatitis B "HBV-NAT" , Antibody to Hepatitis C "anti-HCV" , Nucleic acid testing for HCV "HCV-NAT" , Alanine Transaminase "ALT" (this test is used to check for liver problems which may be a sign of hepatitis and has been phased out as tests for hepatitis have improved) , Antibody to HIV types 1 and 2 "Anti-HIV1/2" , Nucleic acid for HIV "HIV-NAT" , Antibody to HIV p24 antigen (this test has been mostly replaced by HIV NAT) , Antibody to Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus I/II "anti-HTLV" , Nucleic acid testing for West Nile Virus "WNV-NAT" , Antibody to Chagas Disease ,Serologic test for syphilis "RPR" or "STS" , Antibody to Cytomegalovirus "anti-CMV", Atypical red cell antigen screening ,and blood typing.

Most metropolitan areas have a local blood bank but sometimes a bloodmobile is used to run a blood drive in smaller communities that utilizes a modified bus or recreational vehicle. If you've ever heard the old hymn, "There's power in the blood of Jesus,” there’s life in your blood too. The power in His blood is to save lives for eternity. You can make an appointment and you’ll have only a short wait in most cases or you can just walk in. It surprises most people that there are just enough blood supplies for about one disaster. A blood shortage is a bad thing but can be a disastrous thing if some disaster strikes your community. Pease give life...it's for your own good as well as for the good of others. John 15:13 put's it well saying, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” Truly, there is power in the blood.

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Jack Wellman is a pastor and Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.

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