Health and Healthcare
Posted 8/22/13 at 1:15 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Stephen Altrogge
Mental illness is tricky business. As Christians it is something we desperately need to talk about yet almost never have the courage to talk about. We need to talk about it because it affects so many people. My guess is you either know someone who struggles with mental illness or you struggle with it yourself. Mental illness is not limited to the crazies on the street who talk to invisible phantoms. Moms, dads, pastors, executives, accountants, and karate instructors struggle with mental illness. When we don’t talk about mental illness openly and honestly the result is tragedy and hurt and pain and confusion.
We don’t have the courage to talk about mental illness because, frankly, we’re not sure what to say. For those of us who struggle with anxiety or depression, trying to explain it someone who has not experienced it is extraordinarily difficult. For those of you who don’t deal with mental illness but know someone who does, my guess is that you’re not quite sure how to help them. You desperately want to help but don’t know what to say or what to do.
If the body of Christ is going to effectively serve those who struggle with mental illness we need to have some open, honest conversations about it (and just to be clear, this post is in no way directed at anyone in my church!). As one who has struggled with chronic physical anxiety for many years let me add my voice to the discussion. I hope that my fragile thoughts can serve both the strugglers and those of you who care for the struggling. FULL POST
Posted 8/21/13 at 11:05 AM | Dale Fletcher
Sometimes we can close off a part of our heart to Jesus. It may hurt too much to go there because there is pain... and we just don't want to deal with the past and the pain associated with it. Or, we may not want God to take away a lustful desire or behavior we have that gives us what we want - that meets a selfish desire.
As an example, we may be enjoying the pornography or the illicit sex or the box of cookies or the shopping or the tub of ice cream. We enjoy them, in the moment, and we want to keep whatever the habit is because it makes us 'feels' good. What is this behavior or thing for you?
But when we do these things, we are really not being satisfied at the deepest level of our hearts. The deeper spiritual need has not been met by the behavior or the thing we may have purchased or obtained.
We are also missing out on the full and abundant life that Jesus died for us to experience. John 10:10
Can you relate to any of this?
Might Jesus be saying to you, as he writes to the church in the book of Revelation... FULL POST
Posted 8/20/13 at 2:23 PM | Bill Blacquiere
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.4 million children worldwide were living with HIV at the end of 2011, the latest year for which data is available. Many have lost both parents to the virus, and thankfully the majority of these orphans have found care with their grandmothers or other family member. But a small percentage have no one, which is why we are passionate about finding loving homes for them.
Sadly, these orphans are marginalized in their countries and become extremely vulnerable because of the stigma attached to HIV. They are today’s lepers, languishing in orphanages because no one wants them. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions surrounding this disease. For example, many Americans believe you can become infected with HIV by sharing eating utensils, drinking from a water fountain, shaking hands, or touching a door handle after an HIV-positive person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, casual contact does not spread the virus. Normal interaction between a parent and a child with HIV presents little to no risk. Another misconception is that an infant with HIV will die before he or she is two years old. It is true that children without treatment are at risk to die at a young age, but thanks to the development and availability of antiretroviral drugs (ARV), a person with HIV can be expected to live a long and healthy life. FULL POST
Posted 8/19/13 at 5:08 AM | Sylvie Simms
Alzheimer’s has long been the most common form of dementia, worsening as it progresses. Affecting six million Americans and those more frequently over the age of 65, Alzheimer’s disease requires patience and a long-term care plan both from friends as well as health care practitioners caring for the affected. Recently, the link between those suffering from Alzheimer’s and depression has gained tremendous backing from research, since those suffering from depression are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s or Alzheimer-related diseases. Oftentimes, it is difficult to diagnose those with Alzheimer’s as having depression, and doctors usually rely heavily on nonverbal cues and symptoms that are common to both, such as social withdrawal, a loss of interest in activities usually enjoyed, impaired concentration and memory, and abnormal or deficient sleeping patterns. It is important to note that treatment must begin immediately and typically for the long-run. Antidepressants, support groups, physical exercise, and electroconvulsion therapy are all treatment options available which help ease the cognitive debilitating symptoms of those with depression and Alzheimer’s disease. FULL POST
Posted 8/15/13 at 11:27 AM | Brian Wallace |
While innovation in healthcare technology can often go unnoticed, these entrepreneurs are on the leading edge of medical technology.
Watsi is a crowdfunding platform connecting patients in developing nations to donors around the world. They have already raised $200,000 and are currently seeking more patients and angel investors.
Nanoly is a bioscience firm, developing technology that allows vaccines to survive without refrigeration. This technology could potentially prevent 25% of vaccine waste and 2.1 million deaths each year.
Orbis Biosciences develops control-release delivery systems for pharmaceutical and consumer product industries. Their products include vaccinations with built-in follow-up doses, improved ready-to-eat meals for the U.S. Army, and taste-masking oral pills.
SynCardia is the maker of the Total Artificial Heart, a complete heart replacement that could become the first permanent artificial heart.
Drchrono provide an affordable, practical solution for healthcare professionals in small practices to schedule and bill patients using their iPads or iPhones.
To learn more about these leading health entrepreneurs, check out the infographic below, from health-science-degree.com.
Posted 8/14/13 at 3:30 PM | Mark Ellis |
By Mark Ellis
Messianic Jewish believer Bobbie Barsky likes to identify herself as a completed Jew. When she went through a horrific health battle with metastasizing cancer, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob gave her assurance every step of the way.
“God made the difference!” Barsky exclaims three times to emphasize her gratitude. Barsky and her husband, Rabbi Dr. David Barsky, oversee Congregation Beth Hillel in Coral Springs, Florida, a messianic synagogue.
Long before her cancer diagnosis she received a vision that helped prepare her for what was coming. “It wasn’t my imagination, because I couldn’t turn off what I was seeing,” she notes in her book, “The Silver Lining” (Gazelle Press) In the vision, she sat in a hospital bed but appeared healthy – as if a crisis had passed – and many people were lined up to see her.
After the vision she shared her concern with husband David. “Something is going to happen,” she told him.
“We have to pray against it,” he said. FULL POST
Posted 8/13/13 at 2:30 AM | Sylvie Simms
Finding out you’re pregnant is a wondrous and exciting occasion, marked with physical as well as mental and emotional changes. Although these changes will prove to be taxing on you and your body, the end result will be a beautiful baby boy or girl you’ll be welcoming into the world.
From the moment your baby is a single cell, the physical changes that take part throughout your body are astounding. Your bones soften, hair thickens, and even your heart grows, enlarging due to the extra work load, all due to hormone increases and fluctuations! These are just a few of the amazing changes covered in this infographic. You’ll gain remarkable insight into some interesting facts and statistics of fertility, pregnancy, and birthing.
Everyone knows that as you get older, your fertility begins to decline, but did you actually know that older women are also much more likely to give birth to twins and triplets? In 2010, there were about 571 babies born to women over the age of 50! Once you’ve gotten pregnant, you can expect to see some big changes coming, for one, gaining on average of about 21-30 pounds. But there’s no need to fret, about 38% of that is the weight of the baby; the rest consists of the placenta, fluid and blood, and fat mostly gained around the breasts and uterus (which will be expanding up to five times its normal size!). Once those 9 months pass, it will be time for you to decide how your baby will be delivered. Although most cesarean deliveries are required, many women still might prefer to go this route as opposed to a vaginal delivery. The real fun comes when your baby finally arrives! Most likely averaging in at about 7 pounds, the last thing there is to do is decide on your baby’s name. FULL POST
Posted 8/10/13 at 12:33 PM | Karen Farris |
For over a decade I traveled to schools and talked to teens about their sexual choices. Yes, I promoted sexual abstinence until a monogamous marriage—it was a better guarantee for a sexually healthy future.
While premarital sex and multiple sexual partners leads to dissatisfaction in relationships, it often comes packaged with lifelong STDs with serious complications. Not the lovebug one ever wants.
Herpes Simplex 2 is one of the incurable STDs that strikes the unsuspecting. Genital herpes is a cultural reality, with staggering statistics to prove it. Sex outside of a monogamous marriage can come with a high price tag—and a lifetime of suffering. All of the thrilling TV and movie sexual escapades rarely ever highlight the pain of STDs.
Web MD recently posted a genital herpes quiz. You need to know. Don’t be embarrassed by your low score. Take it again and then share this information with someone else. https://www.facebook.com/Waitformarriage
Posted 8/7/13 at 5:49 AM | Sylvie Simms |
The human body is an amazing machine which we sometimes can't help but abuse and take advantage of. However, if you want to be sure that your body will stay healthy and thriving into your later years, it's important to concentrate on the wellness of your spine. Made up of three basic curves that help maximize the advantages for weight bearing, your spine acts as an arch, effectively distributing the stress of day-to-day activities. Not many of us can claim to know much about our spine, which is why we've provided this infographic to help you understand as well as categorize your own posture. Getting to know which posture you most likely fit into will then help you take the necessary steps toward spinal correction through our guide.
Bad posture can be separated into a few different categories of causes. The first set mainly affecting mothers, the second, children, and the third is for those of us who spend most of our work time outdoors. Everyday tasks can be excruciatingly stressful on our spines, which attributes to the 70% of women who will report back pain at some point in their lives and the astonishingly 79% of kids who felt their backpacks were too heavy. Once your posture has been determined, it will then be easier to correct it to avoid any issues down the line such as Scoliosis. Standing, as well as sitting at your desk correctly, taking proper breaks, and exercising, are just some of the techniques that will ensure your spine is in great and working condition! FULL POST
Posted 8/6/13 at 5:26 PM | Sunny Shell
A serious condition known as Ingrown Eyeballs, if not handled properly, will cause a person to have a distorted view of God and every person around them. If left untreated, it will cause serious damage and/or kill every relationship you have.
Symptoms: light-headedness from straining constantly to look at self; hypochondriac; bouts of nonsensical anger; frequent mood swings; easily agitated and provoked; suffers from severe victimitis; ungrateful; is daily consumed with gossip and complaining; prone to self-indulgence, legalism and holier than thou attitudes which decreases the patient’s ability to understand any wisdom shared with them.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from these symptoms, please call on God right now! Open His word and dial: Psalm 8:3-4, Job 42:3-6, Isaiah 6:5, Romans 3:10-18, Psalm 73:21-22, Romans 12:1-3, Philippians 2:3-4, 3:8-11 and Galatians 2:20. FULL POST