Health and Healthcare

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Posted 4/24/14 at 11:21 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Color of Happiness

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Chicago is next to Lake Michigan.

By David Murray

I have a friend who’s been struggling with depression for many months, with none of the usual remedies working for any length of time. He was just bumping along the bottom and I was beginning to really worry about him.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, as the snow finally lifted after one of the fiercest and whitest winters in living memory, he took his family on a short vacation to the Great Lakes where, quite suddenly, the depression lifted.

He was emphatic that it was seeing the green grass again, and the blue sky and water, that did the trick. He said that as he drank in the green and the blue in big mouthfuls and gulps, he could actually feel the depression lifting. FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 10:26 AM | Dale Fletcher

Do Others in the Church Adversely Affect Your Health Behaviors?

Our health-related behaviors can easily become influenced by the ways of the world – the ways of the unbeliever. We can also be influenced, in a negative way, by other Christians.

Social norms and the practices of those around us can be so influential that our ways and habits can end up being indistinguishable from those who are not followers of Jesus.

But, as Christians, we are called to be holy – set apart from the unbeliever, in all our ways. “For it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”" 1 Peter 1:16

This applies to what we eat and how we care – or don’t care – for our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Living God. I confess that this applies to my life too.

Let’s look at 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 2 Corinthians 7:1

“Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 12:39 AM | Sylvie Simms

Integrative Treatment of Eating Disorders

Living with an eating disorder can consume every part of your life. In addition to affecting your physical health, eating disorders affect your mental wellbeing and you can feel their reach into your daily life and personal relationships. While it is easy to want to get treatment for an eating disorder, the truth is that it can be very difficult to find a treatment that targets the cause of the disorder and gets you the help you need.

Rather than trying to suppress the symptoms of an eating disorder, it is important to identify the root of the problem. In an effort to do this, your doctor can help find the treatment method that will be most effective for your unique situation. Different medication, natural therapy, psychology and bodywork are all varying types of treatment for eating disorders. Acupuncture can be used to help balance the energy levels in your body so that you feel free and healthy once more.

You may also opt for functional medicine, which aims to target the foods and nutrients you are avoiding, so that your body recovers from any deficiencies that have developed. Neurofeedback will help you retrain and recondition your brain to work in conjunction with your body so that you do not restrict your intake and can instead understand the benefits of the food you eat and how eating disorders can be destructive. Oftentimes an eating disorder will occur when another condition is present, such as OCD, anxiety or depression, so it is important to talk with your doctor when any symptoms arise so that you can get the help you need to be healthy. FULL POST

Posted 4/16/14 at 12:17 AM | Sylvie Simms

10 Low Impact Workouts

As you get older, your body ages. It can be harder to lose weight, muscles weaken and eyesight can fail. Your health can be affected as well. You can develop medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and arthritis, all of which can affect your lifestyle and your independence. The older you get, the more at risk you are of developing one of these conditions. Since aging is a natural progression that no one can escape, it’s important to focus on your body’s health in order to offset the effects of age.

One way to increase your body’s health and to lessen your chances of developing one of these diseases and disabilities is to exercise. Since age can affect your joints and muscle mass, low-impact exercises can be used. Not only are these exercises easier on your joints, they also have a low-risk for exercise-related injuries. If you’d like to get started on your journey to better health and an active lifestyle, try out some of the following low-impact workouts for seniors.

Posted 4/9/14 at 7:35 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Is Mental Illness Actually Biblical?

By Stephen Altrogge

Photo: Flickr/Kiran Foster - Creative Commons

I recently read two articles by a well known Christian author who is also closely connected to a Christian counseling foundation. The articles essentially argued that mental illness was a social construct created by secular doctors and psychiatrists, and therefore, is not biblical. So, when a person is depressed, he is really just experiencing sadness, and to try to treat it medically is to short circuit the power of God. When a person is anxious, she is really just experiencing worry, and to treat it medically is a secular answer to a spiritual problem. You get the idea.

The desire behind the article was good: the author was trying to demonstrate that Jesus is sufficient for every facet of life. However, I believe that treating mental illness as only (or even primarily) a spiritual problem is both profoundly unbiblical and incredibly hurtful to those who struggle with mental illness. FULL POST

Posted 4/9/14 at 12:16 AM | Sylvie Simms

Steps to Dealing With Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. Although this disease commonly affects the elderly, there are people who develop what is called younger-onset Alzheimer’s. This condition begins to demonstrate itself with mild forgetfulness. As the disease develops, the symptoms become worse, leading to brain impairment and death. A person suffering from late stage Alzheimer’s loses the ability to function and live independently, making in-home care a necessity.

Although the person living with Alzheimer’s is clearly affected, many tend to overlook the effects on loved ones. Spouses or family members usually step in to assist a loved one with Alzheimer’s and it can be difficult to accept this new reality. Alzheimer’s can change a person’s personality and causes the person to forget cherished memories and loved ones. In order to live with this new reality, the affected family members need to take certain steps in order to deal with the progression of this disease.

Posted 4/7/14 at 12:48 AM | Sylvie Simms

Centers for Healing

Holistic Medicine

Alternative methods of healing have been around for many years. Traditional medicine can only do so much in some cases before some other method needs to be used. In these cases, holistic medicine can be useful, treating both the symptoms and the causes behind a condition.

What is Holistic Medicine?

Holistic medicine is a form of healing that focuses on the health of the mind, body and spirit. Holistic medicine differs from traditional medicine since it focuses on healing the contributing factors that might influence a sickness or symptom. There are many different types of holistic medicine, from yoga to acupuncture. Each different type of holistic medicine can be used to treat specific symptoms and causes of medical conditions.

Uses for Holistic Medicine

Holistic medicine can be used to treat a number of symptoms and contributing factors. For example, some forms of holistic medicine can help relax the body and mind. This can then ease stress, which contributes to medical conditions such as high blood pressure and depression. Other forms of healing can help address pain manifested by certain medical conditions. Massage therapy can be used to relieve tension and pain in muscles while acupuncture can be used to redirect the body’s energy flow. Holistic medicine can be used independently as a treatment plan or collectively with traditional medicine. FULL POST

Posted 4/2/14 at 10:54 AM | Karen Kramer

More Safe Sex Lies

Years ago when I visited teens in their health classes, I warned about some preliminary medical research indicating that oral sex could lead to throat cancer. Now more recent studies are confirming that oral sex is increasing the incidence of head, neck and throat cancers.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the most prevalent sexually transmitted infection. One in two sexually active Americans are carriers. Sexual intercourse, genital touching, and oral sex spread it. Most of the HPV issues have been limited to genital warts—and in the worst cases, cervical cancer. When vaccines were developed to help prevent HPV cervical cancer, medical professionals began urging children to be vaccinated prior to any sexual exposure.

But there is no indication that this same vaccine will help prevent the HPV virus from causing the head, neck and throat cancers they are now seeing in greater numbers—about 8,400 HPV-related cases each year. With so many sexually active people infected with HPV—and the virus usually clearing up on its own, no one seems to be too concerned—until they’re the ones dealing with cancer. FULL POST

Posted 4/2/14 at 6:55 AM | Sylvie Simms

12 Tips To Prevent Skin Problems

How the Skin Ages

Healthy skin is something to brag about, but fewer people have the right to brag as they get older. As the years pass, your skin is exposed to different factors that can cause the skin to sag, dry out or develop age spots. Wrinkles and sagging develop when the skin loses its elasticity due to insufficient amounts of collagen. In addition to this, other factors, such as sun damage, can cause the skin to dry and discolor. This causes you to lose your vibrant complexion and can add years to your appearance.

How to Prevent Skin Problems

All of these skin problems are a result of natural aging, but these problems can be accelerated due to certain habits and activities. In order to postpone the natural aging of your skin so you look younger for longer, you need to develop healthy habits that will protect your skin from harm.

Posted 4/2/14 at 5:29 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Anatomy of the Eye

There are five main senses, all of which work together to allow the body to “sense” the surrounding world. All of these senses send information to the brain. In turn, the brain interprets the information as needed. Although all of these senses are important, eyesight stands out as the most important.

What Makes Sight Possible?

There are many factors that work together to make sight possible. Although different muscles and nerves are needed to send images, the main organs dedicated to this sense are the brain and the eye itself. Without one of these vital parts, the world around us would be dark.

The eye is considered one of the most complex parts of the body. This is due to all of the different parts of the organ, numbering in the billions. This organ is held in place by the surrounding muscles, which also serve to move the eye as needed. Images are seen by the eye and projected towards the retina. The retina then converts the images into electrical impulses that can travel through the optic nerve to the brain.

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