Health and Healthcare

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Posted 10/24/14 at 3:01 AM | Sylvie Simms

Drug Abuse Effects on the Brain

It is no surprise that drug use has adverse effects on your brain, but many people are unaware of the lasting impact. Your brain continues to develop through childhood into your adult years, and drug use takes a toll on different parts of your brain, leading to significantly negative results. Different drugs have different effects, which is why it is necessary to educate yourself and your child about what can happen after use. - See more at:

Posted 10/23/14 at 11:36 AM | Victoria Osteen

A Word to Women: Put Yourself on the List

As women today, we live in such a great time in history! We can enjoy so many more freedoms and take advantage of many opportunities that women in the past couldn't. Because of this, we also seem to wear more "hats" than ever before, too—employee or employer, mother, companion, friend, chef, counselor, housekeeper, investor, and the list goes on and on. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all that we are doing, that we don’t stop to take care of ourselves.

If you have ever flown in a commercial airplane, then you have heard the flight attendant's instructions informing passengers about airplane exits, emergency lighting, flotation devices, and oxygen masks that fall from above your head in case the cabin loses pressure. Then the flight attendant will say something like this; "Place the oxygen mask over your nose and mouth before assisting children or those around you."

That truth plays out off the airplane as well. We have to take care of ourselves if we are going to take care of anyone else properly. I heard someone say you have to “show up” for yourself before you can “show up” for others. Think about it—if you are empty, how will you have anything to give? If you are constantly giving and never replenishing, you will be left drained. We are God’s creation, and we have a responsibility to keep ourselves at our best. A hundred years ago, the main cause of illness was infection. Today the main cause of illnesses is stress. God never planned for us to live stressed-out and overbooked. He created the world and all that is in it, and then He took a day off. When is the last time you took the day off or took some time to recharge your battery? FULL POST

Posted 10/22/14 at 9:31 AM | Hallelujah Diet

12 Myths About the Hallelujah Diet

You sure can’t believe everything you hear. After twenty-three years, much has been said about what the Hallelujah Diet is and isn’t. A few of the most entertaining comments we have heard include: The Fountain of Youth, What the Energizer Bunny Eats, and A Disease Buster. Then, there are those who say: It’s boring, It’s not practical, and It’s Dangerous. So, we thought it was time to debunk a few of the myths. Some of them might even surprise our most ardent supporters:

The Hallelujah Diet:

1. It’s a vegan diet

True vegans don’t consume any animal products – nothing that comes from an animal source. While the vast majority of the food consumed on the Hallelujah Diet is from vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, some exceptions include raw honey (made from bees), small amounts of butter (typically from cows) and fish oil (for DHA). So technically, the Hallelujah Diet is not a vegan diet though it is mostly vegan.

2. Whole grains are a primary source for nutrition

While people following the Hallelujah Diet often consume whole grain products we have learned over the years that ALL grains increase leptin and insulin levels. Additionally, many people have gluten sensitivity, the cause of many negative symptoms people experience. Although some people can tolerate whole grains, it is more likely that this food could in time, be a factor in causing chronic disease. The Hallelujah Diet does not encourage whole grain consumption. FULL POST

Posted 10/22/14 at 8:46 AM | Ann Frailey

Eat to Live, Never Live to Eat

Food is big business in our society. But there are some things I have to keep reminding myself about food…

1) Something had to die so that I would live. With all the disconnect between people and their food – there are kids growing up today who actually believe that food comes from a store as if it materialized there. Food does not come from a store any more than a baby comes from a hospital. Food just stops off in transit. Understanding the origins of my food helps me to appreciate it and use it to good effect.

2) It takes a great deal of energy to make food, transport it, package it and generally make it look like it didn’t come out of the ground or off the side of a cow/pig/hen…

3) Food is meant to make me strong and healthy. It does not have the natural ability to take away heart ache, sooth a guilty conscience, repair lax morals, make a person sexy, elevate our IQ or about 99% of the things advertisers would have me believe.

4) Bad food choices don’t care about my needs. They just make me feel lousy, increase my chances of getting diabetes and other health problems, and often times make me look as bad as I feel. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 1:28 PM | Hallelujah Diet

Health Education Week: Eliminate the Toxins & Replenish With Nutrients for a Lifetime of Vibrant Health

It’s National Health Education Week! Sponsored by the Society for Public Health Education, this week is all about promoting “consumers’ understanding of the role of health education in promoting the public’s health.”

In this spirit, we too want to shine a spotlight on how important it is to educate, inform, engage and elucidate. Health education is one of the instruments we use to strive for disease prevention and management, overall wellness and vibrant health for each and every person.

Health is the foundation in which we build our lives. With great health, we’re able to aspire towards our dreams with full energy, optimistically strengthen our relationships, humbly serve others and much, much more. But the unfortunate truth is, many of us have still not reached our potential for full health. Our bodies are constantly accumulating toxins from processed, unnatural food choices and ravaged by a host of environmental aggressors whether it’s pollution, chemicals in our cookware or cigarette smoke. At the same time, we are not fully replenishing ourselves with the complete spectrum of nutrients we need to thrive. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 12:19 PM | Hallelujah Diet

How To Protect Yourself From the Ebola Virus

Ebola is a severe viral disease. It is caused by the Ebola virus which attacks the cells of the body. Its symptoms are fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness and the list of symptoms go on. Right now it is concentrated in Africa, but Ebola deaths have showed up in the United States.

What can we do to protect ourselves from a disease they say there is no proven treatment for and usually results in the death of the individual?

Let me begin by saying that God did not design His human creation to ever experience Ebola or sickness of any kind!

To do so would be totally out of character for a loving God. So if God didn’t design man to be sick, why does man get sick?

In this article, I am going to reveal the mechanism God placed into His human creation to prevent sickness from ever occurring. I will also reveal how God, if man ever did experience sickness, provided a means for man to restore wellness to his body without medical doctors, toxic drugs, or expensive therapies. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 11:36 AM | Hallelujah Diet

20 Keys to Protecting Yourself from the Ebola Virus

Ebola is in the news everywhere and on everyone’s minds. Fear and concern seem to be a common thread. Each day we tune into the news to see the status of the latest victim or the progression of the disease. We saw an article the other day entitled, “Are Rental Cars Safe from the Ebola Virus“. All this talk about a deadly virus can be frightening.

What we need to remember though is, ebola is a virus just like the flu virus. Sure, the effects of this particular virus can be devastating but it is still just a virus. What’s the point? Ebola isn’t something that God didn’t design the body to be able to defend against. The problem is that most people have weakened their defenses – or shall we say they have weakened their immune system.

Think about the word “immune”. Looking at the Oxford English dictionary (Ann’s favorite) we see that the definition of the word “immune” has two definitions: FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 11:22 AM | Hallelujah Diet

Bone and Joint Cancer

According to the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in 2014 there were approximately 3,020 new cases of bone and joint cancer and 1,460 estimated deaths. While the instance of bone cancer is certainly not as high as, say, lung, breast or prostate cancer, the NIH reports that new cases of bone and joint cancer have been growing by 0.4% on average each year over the last 10 years, with a 66% survival rate.

If you’re experiencing bone/joint cancer, or are cancer-free but still feel pain in these areas for other reasons, what are some sustainable, natural solutions that support the body’s efforts to alleviate or eliminate the day-to-day discomfort?

First, what is bone cancer?

Bone/joint cancer occurs when healthy cells within the bone and/or joints grow uncontrollably and form a tumor. Benign, or noncancerous, tumors can grow large enough to weaken the bone and add pressure to neighboring tissue. Malignant, or cancerous, tumors can spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs. FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 10:56 AM | Hallelujah Diet

Why Christians Are Just As Sick As Non-Christians

Listen to the prayer requests in the average Christian church today and you will find that most of the prayer requests are for sickness!

In fact, in most churches, the prayer requests for those who are experiencing physical problems dominate the prayer requests.

When you look at the general health of the Christian community and compare it with the general health of the non-Christian community – you will find no difference.

Why is this so?

Why is the Christian community just as sick as the non-Christian community? We will attempt to answer that question in this Health Tip.

But first, let’s begin with a few quotes from the Bible:

“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and BE IN HEALTH, even as thy soul prospereth.”
 ~ 3 John 2

In this verse, the Bible tells us that God wishes us to be just as well in our physical bodies as we are in our spiritual souls. Why aren’t we? FULL POST

Posted 10/21/14 at 7:55 AM | Karen Farris

Viagra: Good for the Heart

In research recently published in BMC Medicine, Viagra, the drug commonly prescribed for erectile dysfunction, is showing its effectiveness in the treatment of heart disease.

Viagra’s key ingredient, Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor also prevents the relaxation of the heart’s smooth muscle tissue and can offer heart protection with few side effects.

In studies over the past ten years, involving 1622 patients from mixed populations, scientists were able to study the effects of the Viagra inhibitor on the heart.

The lead author of the study, Andrea Isidori indicated that Viagra could be used, “as an effective, safe treatment for several patients with heart disease.” She also stressed that with these “encouraging findings” large clinical trials are urgently needed.

Viagra could eventually be prescribed to men who suffer from heart muscle thickening and early-stage heart failure. However, more study is needed to verify what the sex-specific long-term responses might be. Viagra may make its way out of the bedroom and help fight heart disease—which continues to be a lethal battle for many men.

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