Health and Healthcare

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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.

Posted 3/31/14 at 4:49 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Sleep Your Way to Success

Photo: Flickr/Daniel Guimarães - Creative Commons
Sleeping cat

By David Murray

Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, and Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post fame, both say that we should sleep our way to success.

In their speeches and the Q&A at the launch of Huffinton’s new book, Thrive, they both kept coming back to the importance of getting enough sleep. FULL POST

Posted 3/31/14 at 12:56 AM | Sylvie Simms

Binge Eating

Twenty four million people in the United States and seventy million people in the world suffer from this disorder, but few know extensive information about binge eating disorders. A condition characterized by reoccurring episodes of uncontrolled eating, binge eating disorders cause people to feel guilt, shame and depression after they have an episode. Some people may not even realize that they have an unhealthy relationship with food that can be considered disordered, so if you feel a loved one may be at risk for this disorder be on the lookout for those who eat excessively and then compensate for this by vomiting, excessive exercise, or abusing medications such as laxatives or diet pills. On the whole, women more commonly have either a binge eating or compulsive overeating disorder. One in 5 women suffer from some sort of eating disorder or dysfunctional relationship with food and 3.5% of all women will have a binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime compared to 2% of men. Read the infographic below to get informed about binge eating and help a loved one who might be suffering.

Posted 3/28/14 at 10:04 AM | Karen Kramer

#nomakeupselfie for Cancer Awareness

Why post a selfie? I love people and hate cancer.

The wave of Facebook selfie pics that started in Britain quickly hit American shores. #nomakeupselfie photos flowed over social news feeds.

Women tagged their girlfriends to show support for cancer research. But it didn’t take long for the antagonists to complain that it was all useless narcissism—arguing that money will cure cancer, not selfies.

For those selfie haters, the British campaign used text message donations to support Cancer Research UK. Within 48 hours over a million dollars was raised. Here in America, the #nomakeupselfies aren’t about money; it’s baring our faces for the love of others. We care about those who’ve faced a debilitating disease.

The American selfie exhibition reflects a bare-naked truth—we all use some sort of make-up to cover ourselves. Sure, women like cosmetics and clothes, but we all cover ourselves with hopes, goals, and a future filled with our plans and expectations. Cancer strips off the coverings.

Cancer bares our fears. It forces us to face the reality of our limited earthly journey. Yes, cancer is the ultimate #nomakeupselfie—revealing the reality that we aren’t really in control. It often brings us much closer to the One who is. FULL POST

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