Health and Healthcare

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Posted 11/20/17 at 4:40 AM | Boris Dzhingarov

How to Sleep Better and Finding Your Best Sleeping Position

When it comes to sleeping restfully and getting enough sleep, you must start with what your most natural sleeping position is. The reason is that the sleeping position dictates what type of mattress and pillow will suit that sleeping posture. Where one position might suit a firm mattress, another position would cause pain along the rib cage or spinal region when the bed and pillow aren’t suitable.
Let’s consider how you can improve your sleep so you wake well rested for the day ahead.

How Can You Sleep Better?

First, get the fundamentals right. If you’re staying up past midnight and hoping to wake up late morning feeling refreshed, you’re asking too much from your body. We need to sleep in the late evening until the early morning hours to follow our natural circadian rhythms to benefit from the most rest. Do anything other than that and the result will be less than optimal.

How Many Hours Sleep Do You Need?

Most people require 7-9 hours of sleep a night to feel good the next day. A few of us manage fine with 5 hours of sleep, but that’s highly unusual. People usually require less sleep the older they get with babies needing the most and pensioners needing the least. It’s not a good idea to force yourself to sleep more if your body doesn’t want to; deliberately sleeping 9 hours when you don’t need it isn’t good for you either. FULL POST

Posted 11/16/17 at 11:48 AM | Audra Jennings

Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy

Part 1 of an Interview with Becky Baudouin,
Author of Cancer, Faith and Unexpected Joy

Kregel Publications
Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy by Becky Baudouin

“I’ve taught you how to live; now I want to teach you how to die. You don’t have to be afraid.” When Becky Baudouin’s mother spoke those words to her, they weren't said lightly. Her mother had an inoperable tumor—and after months of treatment, there was no hope for a longer life. There was, however, assurance of everlasting life. In Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy: What My Mother Taught Me About How to Live and How to Die (Kregel Publications/September 26, 2017), Baudouin (pronounced Beau-dwen) shares the invaluable wisdom imparted by her mother during her final days.

Q: Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy are insights into dying your mother shared with you following her cancer diagnosis. Can you tell us about the relationship you had with your mom? What was she like when you were growing up?

My mom was very relational and fun. There are five kids in our family, and she was very fulfilled being a stay-at-home mom. She felt it was her highest calling in life. She worked various side jobs as I was growing up to help pay for extras, but I knew being a mom was her first job; she was happy with that. Even though our family life was busy and hectic, I just remember her always being there. She loved and accepted me unconditionally — I didn’t have to earn it, and she was always proud of me and let me know it.

I struggled a lot with anxiety growing up, especially in school, and she was very compassionate and understanding of my struggle. She created a sense of safety and security for me because of her unconditional love and acceptance, so when I was with her I felt peaceful and relaxed. She didn’t push me — I was pushed enough at school — but rather she gave me the space to be my true self. She was the best example to me of what it looked like to live out her faith and live in community with other people. Her faith in Christ was at the center of how she lived and the way she loved others.

Q: When your mother was diagnosed with cancer, what prognosis did the doctor give her? What did the doctor add after answering the medical questions your family had?

Mom’s pulmonologist, Dr. Kraker, told us her cancer was incurable and inoperable. Treatment would hopefully extend her life and give her a bit more time with her family, but the type of cancer she had would spread. There was no hope of her surviving.

However, he did offer a different kind of hope. He asked Mom if she was a person of faith. She answered, “Oh, yes! I have a deep faith in God, and I believe in the power of prayer.” We had not yet been able to process or accept what the doctor had just told us, and at this point, I think Mom was holding on to the hope she would be healed miraculously through prayer and faith. Dr. Kraker told us, “If you read even a little bit of the Bible, you will see God tells us we will have troubles in this life. But He tells us over and over again not to be afraid. He promises no matter what happens, He will never leave us. He will help us through all of our trials, and He gives us the assurance of eternity — the promise of Heaven after this life is over.” I think he was encouraging my mom and our family to put our faith in God and in the promises of His presence, His help, and Heaven, rather than in a desired outcome. His words helped to set the tone for how we processed this difficult news and how Mom approached her diagnosis.

Q: What was the first decision you made when you learned your mother had lung cancer?

I decided to rearrange my priorities so I could show up and be fully present with my mom during her illness. My husband, Bernie and I had been volunteers in our church’s marriage ministry for more than 10 years, but I immediately knew I need to step out and take a break. I knew I needed to pull back from some of the groups and activities I was in so I would have the energy and time to take care of myself and my family and to take frequent trips to Michigan to be with my mom. I realized I had limited time and resources, and I drastically simplified my commitments.

During that season, I didn’t volunteer at my daughters’ schools and extra-curricular activities, and some people didn’t really understand. I just had to say no to some of those things, and I didn’t worry about trying to explain this to people who didn’t really know me or what I was going through. I took some time off from work, and I missed some things with my kids. However, I knew I would never regret the time I spent with my mom. I knew it was a season that wouldn’t last forever. I also reached out and asked people for help. Friends brought meals over when I was out of town, and our kids spent lots of time at their friends’ houses. I didn’t try or pretend like I could get through this alone or keep juggling everything I had been doing before Mom got sick.

Q: What role did your mom’s faith play during her months of treatment?

We all prayed for Mom to be healed, and she believed she would get well. One night during one of our phone conversations, though, she told me, “The way I see it, either way I’m in a win-win situation. Do you know what I mean?” I thought I understood, but I asked her to explain. “Well, if I am healed of this cancer, then I win more time with my family. If I die, then I win eternity in Heaven with my Savior. Either way I win.”

I saw her faith was in God and not in a particular outcome. I saw she was trusting God no matter what. I think her faith in God just continued to grow deeper throughout the course of her treatments, and it enabled her to surrender and accept the reality of what was happening.

Becky Baudouin, author of Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy

Q: Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy is written as a series of journal entries. Was there a reason you decided to document this time, or was journaling something you had always done?

I have always kept journals. Writing is and always has been one of the ways I process what is happening and what I am learning. Sometimes I can’t even process something that happens until I write about it. During my mom’s illness, I had a strong sense I needed to write things down. I wanted to be able to remember things she said and did and what I was feeling and to share these things with my daughters.

Q: How did each of your daughters process the news about their grandmother differently? Why did you choose to be open about your grief with them rather than shield them from what you were feeling?

My eldest daughter, Kate, was very mature and compassionate toward me. She could see how hard the idea of losing my mom was for me and was sensitive to that. My middle daughter, Claire, was very quiet and didn’t want to talk about it a lot. She is not as much of a verbal processor, and I realized it’s OK for us to process differently. My youngest daughter, Brenna, was very distraught and upset about the news. She was afraid her grandma was going to die and talked about it to me often. She had a lot of fears and sadness.

I chose to be open with my children about my grief because, for one thing, I couldn’t hide it. It was just so heavy and present with me, I couldn’t keep it from them. I also saw value in letting them walk with me, letting them observe how I dealt with my strong emotions of sadness and fear. My mom was teaching me how our faith is an anchor during these storms of life, and I wanted to do the same for my daughters. They saw me hold on to Jesus during this time, and I think they learned the value in grieving well. I remember Brenna wrote me a note one day, telling me I looked beautiful when I cried because she could see my heart. She was seven years old and very open and tender-hearted. She connected with me in my grief in a profound way.

Q: What was the last lesson your mom taught you?

Surrender. My mom taught me what it looks like to surrender, especially when things turn out differently than we had hoped. She accepted what was happening, even though we had prayed for something different. She entrusted herself to the One who is all-loving and wise and trusted in His plan. This posture of surrender brought a deep, abiding sense of peace leading up to her final moments on this earth. She was deeply at peace and taught us when we surrender to God, we really don’t need to be afraid. He is completely trustworthy.

Q: Even though cancer plays a major part in your book, isn’t there something everyone facing trials can take away from reading Cancer, Faith, and Unexpected Joy?

Absolutely. I think the commonality and place of connection is when we find ourselves facing something out of our control, a problem or trial no one can fix. A sickness no doctor, no treatment and no amount of money can fix. A loss or tragedy that cannot be reversed. From a human perspective, these are hopeless situations with circumstances that cannot be changed. Yet there is hope of another kind. We have our faith as an anchor, and God promises His presence and help in every difficult trial we face. He promises never to leave us or forsake us. This is true hope — not that our circumstances will change, but that God will get us through those circumstances.

Learn more at www.beckybaudouin.com. She is also active on Facebook (Becky Baudouin), Twitter (@beckybaudouin) and Instagram (beckybaudouin).

Posted 11/15/17 at 3:32 PM | George Smith

Dan Manson Works to Give Hope to the Addicted

drug addiction and hope for cure

America has been waging a war on drugs for decades. Drug addiction is an issue that has touched the lives of people from coast to coast, and the Christian community has been no exception. We all know the comfort that comes from our faith when we or our families face a crisis. Unfortunately, faith alone won't always shield us from temptation. As we are taught by 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV):

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Becoming addicted is not indicative of some character flaw or a lack of morality, it is simply a part of the human condition. It can happen to anyone, no matter how faithful or virtuous they may be. It's the second part of the verse that offers hope to the addicted. God knows that all of his children will face temptation, and his love is the means for us to overcome it. To be able to recover, an addict must heal spiritually as well as physically. FULL POST

Posted 11/7/17 at 12:03 PM | Brian Wallace

Comprehensive Stroke Centers Save Lives

When you are having a stroke, getting yourself to a comprehensive stroke center can save your life. Please plan ahead and know where to go before it happens.

Posted 11/7/17 at 12:02 PM | Brian Wallace

Are You Suffering From Burnout?

When noting seems to matter anymore and things are just too difficult to go on, you may actually be suffering from burnout. Learn more about burnout from this infographic!

Posted 11/3/17 at 2:07 PM | Addie Davison

Is Chiropractic Care Medicine or Religion?

Over recent years, chiropractic care has become an increasingly popular option for many people suffering from a range of joint and back problems. There are lots of people that are not keen to take traditional medication to treat pain and discomfort so they turn to this type of holistic approach. However, the question is just what is chiropractic?

When it comes to back pain remedies, a lot of people turn to this type of treatment. But is chiropractic classed as medicine, nature, or religion? Well, in its early days, many people thought of this type of treatment as some sort of religious cult. At the same time, the founders of Chiropractic actually renounced modern medicine and Christianity. In short, there was a lot of confusion of what chiropractic was for many years – and still is today.


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Posted 11/2/17 at 3:58 AM | Rob williams

2018 ICD-10-CM: Catch Up on These Ob-Gyn Coding Updates

Heed changes to antenatal screening, breast lump, tubal & ovarian pregnancy, & fetal heart abnormalities codes

Your ob-gyn practice faces a host of ICD-10-CM changes that affect how you code your services. You’ll find more specific codes for antenatal screening and be able to specify quadrant when coding for an unspecified lump in the breast under N63. Here are some of the ICD-10 changes you’ll want to note for your specialty:

Start Using These New Specific Antenatal Screening Codes

For those awaiting for a more specific code for antenatal screening, there’s good news. Effective Oct. 1, the code Z36 makes way for 17 new specific antenatal screening codes: Z36.0, Z36.1, Z36.2, Z36.3, Z36.4, Z36.5, Z36.81, Z36.82, Z36.83, Z36.84, Z36.85, Z36.86, Z36.87, Z36.88, Z36.89, Z36.8A, and Z36.9. This change will help you identify what the screening is for — such as Strep B (Z36.84) and nuchal translucency (Z36.82).

Look to Expanded Codes for Tubal & Ovarian Pregnancy Codes

Tubal and ovarian pregnancy codes now expand so that you can identify the side affected. You’ll choose the code structure O00.101, O00.102, and O00.109 in place of O00.10, O00.11, O00.20, and O00.21. Your ob-gyn will now need to document where anatomically — left or right side — the tubal or ovarian pregnancy is occurring. FULL POST

Posted 10/31/17 at 4:20 PM | Mark Ellis

The new shingles vaccine NOT made using aborted fetal cells

By Mark Ellis

Many people may be surprised to learn that many common vaccines given to children and adults were developed using aborted fetal cell lines.

Vaccines for measles, mumps, and rubella, hepatitis A, polio, and shingles – among many others — all used aborted fetal cell lines in their development.

“Until now, people wanting to have protection from shingles have had to either use Merck’s aborted fetal version (Zostavax) or abstain entirely,” noted Debi Vinnedge, Executive Director at Children of God for Life.

Vinnedge is elated that a “morally produced” shingles vaccine has received FDA approval for licensing in the US.

Shingrix, made by Glaxo SmithKline (GSK), is produced using a yeast cell line, unlike Merck’s Zostavax, which used aborted fetal cell lines MRC-5 and WI-38.

The WI-38 fetal cell line came from a Swedish married couple that aborted their baby in 1962 because they felt they had too many children, according to Dr. S. Plotkin. The cell line used lung tissue from their aborted fetus of about 3 months gestational age. FULL POST

Posted 10/27/17 at 11:43 AM | crystal jerke

Top Brain Games to Boost Mind Power

Mental exercises to brains are like the push-ups and crunches to your body. They stimulate the brain chemicals and keep the brain charged to enhance your productivity. One of the most interesting ways to boost your mind power is to play brain games. Below is a list of powerful brain games designed by Dr. Cynthia Green, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry of Mount Sinai school of Medicine. These games are a part of her brain-booster lifestyle program called “Brainpower Game Plan”.

1. Name your colors

Designed to improve your focus, it’s a very simple game with powerful results. You would simply need to look at the sheet & read out the color of each word. Do it twice a day for faster results.

2. In just 7 words

This particular game is great to hone up your creative skill. It’s an interesting task where you have to mug up a story in 7 words.

3. Get the picture?

If you want to test and improve your memory, this is a cool game for you. It also helps you to work on your attention span. The game is simple. You will have a photograph dotted with several objects. You would have 1 second to observe it and then you will note whatever you remember from the picture. It’s natural to miss out on a large number of objects in the first turn. Look at it another time and see if you improve. FULL POST

Posted 10/23/17 at 4:11 AM | Smith Willas

Foods That Nurture & Strengthen You from Inside Out

It’s not surprising to know that there are certain foods found in the lap of nature, which are extremely potent in nutrients. Superfoods as we may call them, pave a solid foundation of health. These very foods hold a great potential and quality that they could be given a special status.

The way processed foods, junk foods, and lifestyle habits are taking their toll on a significant part of the population; it is far better to recognize the nutritious foods and experience their health benefits.

Well, you surely would like to be benefited by their effective nutrition value, which no other medicinal supplement can achieve whatsoever. To begin with, the maximum calories that you derive come from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, which are generally called as macronutrients. On the other hand, Vitamins and minerals provide fewer calories but are essential in normal growth and functioning of your body, hence are called micronutrients.

Foods That Strengthen Heart

Heart is a very important organ of the body and is equally susceptible to strokes due to increasing levels of stress and other lifestyle habits like eating, drinking, and smoking. You have to doubly ensure that your heart remains fit and fine. Eating fish that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids such as salmons, herring and trout will be healthy for your heart. Nuts like walnuts, almonds, fresh fruits and vegetables will also keep your heart in good shape. In addition to that, black seed oil has amazing heart benefits because it contains rich and unsaturated Omega 6 & 9 fatty acids. FULL POST

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