Health and Healthcare
Posted 3/4/14 at 11:18 PM | Sylvie Simms
Leading a healthy lifestyle is important in increasing a person’s chances of good health. Many factors can negatively impact a person’s health, but high cholesterol is one such condition that can and should be prevented. High cholesterol can lead to a variety of dangerous and even deadly health conditions, which is why it is important to keep cholesterol levels in the normal range.
What is Cholesterol?
Cholesterol is actually a substance that is needed for the body to function. It is a substance produced by the liver. This substance is used by the body to produce hormones and vitamins that aid in normal digestion. Cholesterol, however, ceases to be beneficial when there are high levels of this substance present in the body.
When too much cholesterol is present in the body, this substance can build up in arteries. This plaque buildup can lessen the blood that reaches the heart, causing additional health problems.
Prevent High Cholesterol
Since high cholesterol is such a danger for a person’s health, it’s important to prevent cholesterol levels from getting too high. Such factors as weight and poor eating habits can increase the levels of cholesterol in a person’s body. In order to prevent high cholesterol, a person should use diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body. FULL POST
Posted 3/4/14 at 11:32 AM | Brian Wallace
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Posted 2/21/14 at 9:41 AM | Karen Farris
It was several years ago, but in my mind the scene could have been yesterday.
A friend had been blindsided by a bottle of pills. An overdose.
This wasn’t some anonymous person I would read about in tomorrow’s newspaper, but my friend’s daughter.
Standing on either side of a gurney, our hushed hospital voices pleaded for God’s mercy. We looked past the IV tubes and the machines bleeping their numerical stats and remembered a much younger girl twirling around the living room pretending to be a ballerina.
Driving home from the hospital, I asked myself all the questions I couldn’t ask in the hospital. When had this precious little ballerina become a drug addict and why?
My friend’s daughter hadn’t been smoking pot, snorting cocaine, doing meth, or shooting heroin. She’d been buying prescription drugs from friends of friends. The journey from the emergency room to one treatment center after another was a long one. Getting past the opiate bondage wasn’t easy or cheap. It seemed like her life was a constant rerun of a horrible movie. And it was a movie her whole family had to watch too. FULL POST
Posted 2/18/14 at 10:51 AM | Brian Wallace
Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle is starting to affect our kids' health. This infographic provides helpful information on how lifestyles have changed in the past 30 years and why it's important to combat these changes:
Posted 2/14/14 at 1:39 PM | Dale Fletcher
I’m going to stick with the sin and snow theme for another post.
Yesterday I wrote that here in Charlotte we received about 8 inches of snow and one inch of ice. Well, the wet snow combined with the ice was pretty darn heavy. Mid-morning I glanced out the kitchen window to see that our 10′ x 10′ gazebo, or canopy, had become crushed under the weight of the snow and ice that had accumulated on it over the previous 12 hours. I imagine that the age of the gazebo and its steel frame – 7 years – contributed to the gazebo buckling under the heavy weight of the snow and ice.
The guilt and shame of our sinful behaviors can do the same to us. It can crush us… if we allow it.
After Adam and Eve sinned, by eating from the tree in the center of the Garden of Eden, they both hid from God and covered themselves because of the shame and guilt they felt. Genesis 3 tells us this story. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/14 at 10:04 AM | Dale Fletcher |
We don’t often get snow in Charlotte, N.C.. When we do, it’s typically just a dusting that disappears the next day. That’s not the case with the weather system that is coming thorough the Carolinas with the current storm.
As I write this post, we’ve had about six inches and it’s still coming down. This is more than a dusting. Most everything is covered in white. As I was eating my breakfast this morning and watching the snow gently fall, I was reminded of the lyrics of the song based on the scripture that tells us that our sin has been washed away by the blood of Jesus.
As the song – Nothing But the Blood – goes, ‘Oh! precious is the flow that makes me white as snow. What can wash away our sins?… nothing but the blood of Jesus.’
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18 FULL POST
Posted 2/13/14 at 3:25 AM | Sylvie Simms
Common Cornea Disorders
There are some common eye disorders that are caused by the abnormal shape of the eye. One such condition is ectasia, a disorder that causes the cornea to bulge outward. LASIK surgery causes this by weakening the cornea. Other, naturally caused disorders include keratoconus and astigmatism. Keratoconus is caused when the cornea thins, causing it to bulge outward in a cone shape. Astigmatism, on the other hand, is a result of the cornea or lens curving in a different direction.
Common Optic Nerve Disorder
Another eye condition that afflicts many different people is glaucoma. This condition is different from other common conditions in that it is caused by elevated eye pressure. This pressure can result in damage to the optic nerve, which in turn can lead to vision loss.
Signs of an Eye Disorder
Although each eye condition is different and might manifest itself in a different way, there are some common signs that point to an eye disorder. If you notice any type of vision loss or blurring, make an appointment with an optometrist for an eye exam. Other common symptoms associated with these conditions could be eye pain, sensitivity and even headaches and nausea. FULL POST
Posted 2/13/14 at 1:40 AM | Sylvie Simms
Tobacco has been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations. The preferred method of receiving tobacco into the body includes chewing and smoking with a variety of smoking instruments. To date, cigarettes have been the most common way to smoke tobacco, with millions of Americans lighting up every year. In the last decade, however, there has been an alternative method introduced to the modern world. Electronic cigarettes made their debut a decade ago and they are gaining in popularity among the smoking crowd.
Similarities between Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes
Cigarettes and electronic cigarettes are very similar in look. Both have the same general appearance, coloring and shape. Whereas a cigarette lights up on the end with a smoldering tip, the e-cigarette has a glowing LED light to give it a similar appearance. Both lights flare up when the smoker inhales.
Differences between Cigarettes and E-Cigarettes
Although cigarettes and e-cigarettes are very similar in look, the mechanisms of the two are very different. To smoke a cigarette, a person lights up, subsequently causing the tobacco to burn. The person than inhales this smoke, bringing nicotine into the body. Alternatively, e-cigarettes do not contain smoke. Inside of the filter of an e-cigarette is a vaporization chamber with nicotine. When a smoker inhales, a reaction takes place that causes the nicotine to vaporize which is then inhaled. FULL POST