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Dale Fletcher

Dale is the Executive Director of Faith and Health Connection Ministry where they teach biblical truths for health & wholeness. Connect with Dale at www.FaithandHealthConnection.org

Posted 8/22/12 at 2:14 PM | Dale Fletcher

U. S. Army Suicide Problem Needs God, not Nasal Spray & Drugs

Army Suicides and Nasal Spray

The U.S. Army has reported that there were 38 total confirmed or suspected suicides in its ranks in the month of July, 2012. This is the highest number of suicides in a month ever.

The Army has confirmed 120 suicides for both active- and non-active-duty soldiers in 2012, with 67 other deaths suspected as suicides but still under investigation. Twenty-five of those were attributed to soldiers who did not have any previous deployments. The Army reported 242 suicides in 2009, 305 in 2010 and 283 in 2011.

As part of its coverage of this serious issue, this week CNN carried an article titled Can Nasal Spray Prevent Military Suicides? Apparently, the Army has endorsed a grant for Dr. Michael Kubek, an Indiana University of Medicine professor, to determine whether a nasal spray could be a safe and effective way to administer a specific antidepressive neurochemical to the brain of soldiers and help calm suicidal thoughts.

I know that the Army, as well as the Navy and Air Force, has directed a lot of resources into attempting to prevent suicides. They clearly have not implemented initiatives that have been effective at reducing the incidence of suicides. So, they need to do more... but administering antidepressive neurochemicals through the nose? Come on. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/12 at 11:53 AM | Dale Fletcher

Prayer: The Most Common Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Practice

What is the most common type of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) treatment that mid-life women in the United States use to maintain their health?

Researchers analyzed data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) involving a random national sample of 5,849 women ages 40-59 years. Overall, 46% of women used some type of CAM treatment in the past 12 months, with the most common being herbs (25%), other natural products (9%); relaxation techniques (deep breathing exercises 17%, progressive relaxation 6%) ; chiropractic care (10%); yoga (8%), tai chi (1%), or qi gong (0.5%); and massage (7%). However, the most common CAM practice used for health was prayer. (54%).

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Posted 6/28/12 at 11:48 AM | Dale Fletcher

Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare, Obesity and the Church

Obamacare has been largely upheld by the Supreme Court. The impact on corporations, the health care industry and individuals will be widespread. As the dust settles over the next several weeks, the affects will be more clear.

One thing is certain. There will be an even greater focus and efforts to modify the lifestyles of individuals in an effort to control health care costs. That's because lifestyle and the personal choices that people make largely determine health status.

Obesity is now receiving the attention that smoking once did. The costs of obesity to our country is huge and growing. (Pun intended.) We all know this. The leadership of corporate America knows this. The leadership of health insurers knows this. Individuals know this.

Today's Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act is another reminder of the significance of attending to our lifestyle and overall wellness in an effort to impact on the financial impact of our health status.

How we manage our stress. our eating habits and our physical activity habits impact on our body weight. Our beliefs, our values and our attitudes affect our behaviors which become our habits. Since we are spirits at our core, we must address our deepest spiritual needs and beliefs if we are to measurably modify our lifestyle, which will impact on our body weight. We must 'connect the dots' between key biblical principles and our health-related behaviors and our health. FULL POST

Posted 6/26/12 at 11:17 AM | Dale Fletcher

Study Shows That Illicit Use of Pain Medication is Still Rising

The illicit use of prescription painkiller drugs is dramatically rising. That’s what a recent study shows.

Between 2002 and 2010, there was a 74.6% overall increase in the number of individuals taking prescription painkillers chronically for non-medical purposes, according to the CDC in Atlanta.

We all are vulnerable to experiencing inner pain and anguish. When this occurs, we all look for a way to relieve the pain that we feel. The research shows us that many of us turn to prescription drugs.

Is this how you are coping with your life circumstances and the associated pain?

Scripture — God’s love letter to us — tells us that we have a God who is able to help us in times of need.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 FULL POST

Posted 5/25/12 at 10:42 AM | Dale Fletcher

New Study: Church Attendance and Better Health

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The Canadian National Post carried an article - Attending Religious Services Linked to Better Health - earlier this week about a study that was conducted in Canada. The authors of the research say that is the first of its kind in Canada to link heart-related health and religious observance.

Ananya Banerjee, the epidemiologist who headed the research, and her colleagues looked at 5,400 people surveyed in Saskatchewan. They found that those who went to church or attended other religious services more than once a week were almost 20% less likely to suffer from hypertension and had 40% less chance of being diabetic. Fewer of the frequent churchgoers reported coronary-heart disease, as well, but the difference was deemed not statistically significant.

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Posted 5/8/12 at 3:56 PM | Dale Fletcher

Obesity Prevention: How Our Nation Should NOT Do It

One out of every three children in America are overweight or obese. Two out of every three adults are overweight or obese.

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On Tuesday, May 8th, the Institute of Medicine released a report that recommends, in their opinion, comprehensive strategies for addressing the nation’s continuing obesity epidemic and calls on leaders of all sectors to accelerate action to advance those strategies. The release was a highlight of the second day of the 2012 Weight of the Nation conference, hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report highlights five key goals for reversing the epidemic:

  • Make physical activity an integral and routine part of life.
  • Create food and beverage environments that ensure healthy food and beverage options are the routine, easy choice.
  • Transform messages about physical activity and nutrition.
  • Expand the role of health care providers, insurers and employers in obesity prevention.
  • Make schools a national focal point for obesity prevention.

This report, like most recent national wellness recommendations, misses a key component - the intentional care of the person's spirit. FULL POST

Posted 4/6/12 at 11:04 AM | Dale Fletcher

Why the Blood of Jesus is Related to the Care of Our Body

How does the blood of Jesus relate to the care of your body and health?

Jesus paid a high price for our lives and for our freedom from sin. As Christians, we're especially sensitive to this during Easter Week as we're reminded of what he went through in the hours before he was crucified on the cross and of the horrific death he experienced. It was not only the physical brutality and death that Jesus had to endure, he was spiritually separated from his Father for a period of time. This had to be the worst thing that the Son of God experienced in his life.

Paul reminds us that Jesus paid a high price for us:

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

In this passage, Paul also instructs us to honor God with our body. Are you doing that?

Are you careful about what you put into your body, God's temple? Are you keeping it pure by not having sexual relations outside of marriage? Are you giving your body a healthy dose of physical activity? Are you giving it the regular rest it needs? Do you get adequate sleep on an on-going basis? Do you keep your eyes from viewing or reading content that would be distasteful to God? Are you using your body in service for His Kingdom? FULL POST

Posted 3/22/12 at 2:18 PM | Dale Fletcher

New Study: Churchgoers Experience More Positive Emotions

Regular churchgoers seem to do better than non-churchgoers or occasional churchgoers in terms of their daily positive wellbeing experiences. This is the finding of a recent analysis of data from more than 300,000 interviews collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2011.

Not only do Americans who attend a church, synagogue, or mosque frequently report having higher wellbeing in general, but they also get an extra boost to their emotional state on Sundays -- while the rest of Americans see a decline in their mood.

In short, most Americans, religious and secular, feel happier on the weekend than during the week as there is greater chance for leisure and/or opportunity to spend time with one's family and friends. Read more of the details of this study at this site.

Posted 3/20/12 at 10:33 AM | Dale Fletcher

Spring and Jesus - Both Bring New Life

The warm temperature and additional sunlight in early Spring brings life to our earth. Tulips, hyacinths, clematis and daffodils begin to appear. Robins show up. Songbirds begin to gather material to build their nests. These are all signs that Winter is transitioning to Spring. And the vibrancy of Spring is synonymous with life.

I was sitting outside earlier this morning for my quiet time with God as I like to do this on nice days, especially in Spring, so I can experience nature and fresh air. The last scripture I read for my devotional prompted me to write this short post. FULL POST

Posted 3/6/12 at 9:08 PM | Dale Fletcher

The Emotional Life of Your Brain. What the Latest Research Says.

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Another wellness-related newspaper entry has caught my attention. In today's Wall Street Journal, Laura Landro briefly reviews a new book written by Richard Davidson and Sharon Begley titled The Emotional Life of Your Brain. In her review, Landro writes the following:

"Contrary to the old dogma that the brain is genetically fixed in form and function, he (Davidson) says, the new understanding of "neuroplasticity" means the brain has the ability to change in significant ways throughout life, not only as a result of experiences but also by our own mental activity."

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