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Posted 1/1/15 at 12:32 PM | Heidi Doose

Diary of an Influenza Prisoner of War: Day One

Day one
Where is the truck that hit me? The muscles in my neck and shoulders are gathering around my ears for a New Year's Eve party - except I'm not celebrating! I caught a glance of myself in the bathroom mirror and I almost jerked my head off my neck when I came back for a second look, trying to figure out who was the scary woman with the bright red cheeks?
I had to send the grand babies home. There was so much crying and carrying on! But eventually I stopped because my nose was producing more mucus than a box of tissues can handle.
The coughing has gone from a cat gakking up a hairball to a visit to the sea lion exhibit at Sea World. I fear I will wake up and find a lung on my pillow. Laughing is usually joyous - unless it sounds like two weasels wrestling in a pvc pipe. No jokes please! I have to make the choice between passing out or peeing my pants!
Upon hearing the official "influenza" diagnosis, you officially become a member of a club nobody wants to join. You go through a simple initiation where you answer the phone sounding like Darth Vador and hear the reply, "oh boy! You TOO, huh?" That password gets you the latest lowdown on all the CDC internet updates, Pinterest home remedies, and stock options for Mucinex. Almost everyone, with the best intensions, ends the conversation with," make sure to get plenty of rest!" This is a cruel joke. How much healing can be had with intermittent three minute naps between coughing fits?
The good news today is that my husband has developed a new talent: guessing the approximate official reading of the thermometer. After giving me the "Influenza Salute" (hand on my forehead, lips pursed, and pensive look), he quickly whisks his hand away and douses himself in Purell before calling his bookie with a 2:1 bet on "fever of 101.5." He's actually earned enough to pay for our next vacation!
I started my Flu imprisonment with a lot of complaining and a giant pity party (in leu of a New Year's Eve party) but decided to share the fun of the Holiday Epidemic sweeping the country. More tomorrow, but right now I'm having a hard time keeepin mine eys opin andzzzzzzz.......

Posted 12/31/14 at 1:59 PM | Jonathan Feldstein

Many Ways to Save Lives With One Gift

In the midst of what’s known as the “holiday season” I’d like to look at another important day that most people don’t even know exists. Every June, people observe International Blood Donation Day. It’s not exactly a Hallmark holiday during which people buy cards or exchange gifts, but it’s a terribly important day all the same.

In Israel especially, Israelis know that donating blood is a vital lifeline and they voluntarily give this precious lifesaving substance to fellow Israelis whose lives are in jeopardy. We have been blessed, additionally, at the steady number of tourists who make it a point to come to donate blood in Israel while on vacation or religious pilgrimage.

Heart to Heart is proud to support Israel’s national blood bank in partnership with diverse ministries all over to save Israeli lives. We celebrate all Israel’s blood donors and we are grateful to those who help us provide the resources to make this possible. But donating blood is not just for International Blood Donation Day. It’s an everyday occurrence and an everyday need. FULL POST

Posted 12/23/14 at 4:40 AM | Sylvie Simms

How To Calculate Your Calorie Consumption Based On Your Body Type & Fitness Goals

Whether you are trying to gain, lose, or maintain weight, the proper mix of diet and exercise will help you achieve your goals. In order to succeed in your effort, it is important to monitor your calorie consumption. The three primary macronutrients that provide calories and energy for your body are carbs, proteins, and fats.
To lose weight, it is necessary to keep your calorie intake lower than your total calories burned each day. Aim to lose no more than one to two pounds per week in order to stay healthy.
If you are looking to maintain weight, you will need to stick to a certain amount of calories each day. Take your current weight in pounds and multiply by 15 to find the magic number.
Finally, if you want to put on weight, it is important to consume an adequate amount of protein in addition to taking in more calories. Analyzing your current workout routine and diet will help you see what you can do to put on pounds.

Posted 12/22/14 at 12:31 PM | Dale Fletcher

15 Reasons Why God Sent His Son

During what is often a busy week, I'd like to encourage you to slow down and take a few minutes to reflect upon the significance of the birth of Christ and to be reminded why Jesus came into the world.

This list is from a whole-person health perspective - spiritual, emotional, relational, mental and physical .health

God sent His only Son, Jesus...

  • To give you His Spirit to guide, teach and empower you.
  • To empower you to change unhealthy lifestyle behaviors.
  • To give you rest and peace when you are burdened and stressed.
  • To comfort you when you feel sad, are mourning, or hurting. FULL POST

Posted 12/22/14 at 11:11 AM | Jonathan Feldstein

Donating Blood in Israel—The New Norm

Some years ago, as our effort to bring tourists in Israel to donate blood began to take off and pick up steam, one of Israel’s leading daily newspapers wrote a feature about the trend, calling it “Israel’s newest tourist attraction.” Since then, thousands of tourists have donated blood in Israel, making this the only country to which people travel with the specific goal of shopping for gifts at home, but leaving an even greater gift behind.

The trend of having people donate blood in Israel has become an attraction across the gamut, but is especially resonant among Christians. The number of groups visiting Israel and making it a point to help out in this most personal way by donating blood has increased, but there is always a need for more.

Most recently, a group from CrossTalk came to donate blood as a result of one of the recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem. Singer Joshua Aaron also led a group here to do the same.

While donating blood himself, Director of Bridges for Peace in the US Jim Sulberg, commented, “One of the things that we, as Christians, can learn from Judaism is it’s not just about what you think, or what you say you believe, it’s about what you do.” FULL POST

Posted 12/19/14 at 10:56 AM | Jonathan Feldstein

Saving Lives in Israel for as Little as $25

This week, I had the special privilege of attending John Hagee Ministries’ 33rd annual Night to Honor Israel. One might say this is the mother of Christian events honoring Israel, as Hagee Ministries initiated this concept and it’s taken off widely since. I attended another much smaller event in Cleveland, Tennessee, sometime in the late 1980s, the first Christian Zionist event I ever attended, where I was called upon to be a liaison between Jews and Christians — a role I’ve taken on ever since. It’s a calling steeped with honor.

The Mobile Intensive Care Unit sponsored by the John Hagee Ministries will help save lives in Israel.

This week was special because I was asked to receive a gift on behalf of Hagee Ministries of $250,000 for two new Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances for Israel. These two new vehicles will join a fleet of more than 1,000 other ambulances operated by Magen David Adom, Israel’s national EMS, ambulance, disaster-relief, and blood-services organization. Included in this fleet are six ambulances previously donated by Hagee Ministries. Donating a seventh and an eighth ambulance to Israel is unprecedented in the Christian community, and will go a long way to save lives in Israel. FULL POST

Posted 12/18/14 at 1:33 PM | Dale Fletcher

Unbroken – Jesus Heals Another Broken Heart

When I visited the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte a few months ago, Laura Hillenbrand’s book - Unbroken, caught my attention as it was propped up on one of their bookshelves. It recounts the life of Louis Zamperini. I bought it and read it within a week.

As you might know, the movie by the same title releases in theaters on Christmas day.

Unbroken, the book, tells about Zamperini’s struggle to live. First, at sea – after his plane was downed during World War II – and then of his survival after being in several Japanese prison camps.

The book is a testament to the resilience of Zamperini’s mind, body and spirit. It’s also a book about the toll that severe chronic stress and a broken life can have on one’s behavior and overall health.

In the book, Hillenbrand describes, with painstaking detail, aspects of Zamperini’s lengthy time surviving at sea. As well, she writes about the extreme conditions and challenges that Zamperini dealt with in prison camps. The description of the brutality of some of the prison guards was painful to read.

From a mind, body, spirit perspective Hillenbrand writes about the postwar lives of the Pacific POWs. She captured the insidious nature of the emotional injuries that they received. She writes that, 40 years after the war, up to 85% of the POWs were experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Hillenbrand sites about how Zamperini personally coped with the stress of war. He turned to drinking alcohol. He became an alcoholic. His relationship with alcohol almost wrecked his marriage.

Zamperini once shared the following with an interviewer: "The postwar adjustment was really a challenge for me.... I began to take advantage of these parties and I began to overdrink.... pretty soon I found myself fading away, to the point where I realized that I was in serious need of help."


Posted 12/18/14 at 12:49 AM | Sylvie Simms

Drug Testing in the Workplace Q&A

Learning about the statistics regarding drug use and testing and finding out about your employer’s testing policy will help you understand why it is so important for success. - See more at:

Posted 12/16/14 at 4:39 PM | Mark Ellis

After a brutal rape and unexpected pregnancy she was told to abort, but she and her husband took a different path

By Mark Ellis and Michael Ashcraft

She was accosted in January while staying at a small hotel in a college town. There on business, Jennifer never realized she was being followed until she turned around to close the door to her hotel room.

“It was so snowy and windy that I wouldn’t have heard his footsteps even if he had been stomping,” writes Jennifer Christie in a first-person account of her ordeal in Lifesite News. “It happened so fast. I got the door open, turned around to close it, and he was there – a huge man.”

Her first reaction was confusion. She never had time to process the danger and feel fear. The monster punched her in the face. Apparently he dragged her into her room and raped her. Mercifully, she doesn’t remember that part.

Later she was found in the stairwell. “I don’t know why I was there – maybe I was trying to go for help,” she notes.

In the post-rape treatment, she tested negative for HIV, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphillis, herpes and other STDs. But they didn’t check for pregnancy. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/14 at 3:32 PM | Hallelujah Diet

Liposomal Vitamin C Benefits: Why It’s More Effective Than Other Forms Of Vitamin C

Whenever cold and flu season hits, what do we end up doing? We dust off that bottle of vitamin C in the back of the medicine cabinet. But really, just how effective is that vitamin C?

First of all, it’s important to know how vital vitamin C is to our diet. Humans can’t make nor store vitamin C in their bodies, so we have to get it from an outside source. It’s important for a wide range of bodily functions relating to the immune system, growth & development, bone health and many others. Without vitamin C we could not make collagen, which explains why there are so many skin products featuring this vitamin.

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it dissolves in water and the leftovers are dispelled by the body. The most common form, the kind you’ve probably picked up at any local drug store, is a hard tablet, capsule, pill or powder of L-ascorbic acid. The challenge with the typical forms of vitamin C is that it must travel through the digestive system, reducing the amount of viable vitamin C that is actually available for uptake. What ends up happening is that most of your valuable nutrients end up down the drain, more specifically, the toilet since unabsorbed vitamin C is excreted in the urine. FULL POST

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