“Offer up your body as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship”-Romans 12:1
This scripture verse from the Bible is my personal life verse when it comes to taking care of myself physically healthy. As I’ve grow in my personal relationship with the “Physician-Lord Jesus Christ”Since elementary school growing up, recess and gym were my foundations in keeping my body physicaly healthy. I remember playing kick-ball in the blacktop outside of our school with my peers. I may have not been the best player (was picked almost towards the end when captains were chose to pick teams), but I loved the game! I loved going outside of the classroom and just run outside.
As we get older, we sometimes need to “play outside” (I try to balance my day from inside and outside activities: doing yardwork, riding my bike, playing 1:1 basketball with a teenager I mentor, etc…) and get up off our butts from sitting in the computer as I’m doing now or not letting now a days technology keep us indoors. In fact, I was reading a testimony/story of a lady who is now recovering from 40+ years of bi-polar depression. She reccomended exercising as one of the keys to get out of depression. Also, I read this fact on the Morris channel that depression is increasing amongst our youth.
As a Filipino-American or “minority” (has a greater level or chance of diabetes than their Caucasian American counterparts-for some reason), I personally need to watch what I eat-especially “sweets”. What I try to do, is fast once a week on fruits or vegetables only and stay away from “sweets” as much as I can. My personal time I can eat “sweets” is only when there is a special occasion (eg. Birthdays, picnic, etc..), and I don’t drink pop at all if I can (only if there is totally nothing to drink; however pop can make one thirsty on a hot day). Plus, pop and citric acid combined makes your teeth “ugly” by the combination of the two causing decaying (I found this out for the first time at age 25 when I took one of my consumers at the group home I work at to the local dentist).
Gluttony or overweight is becoming an increasing nations problem too! Correct me if I got this wrong, but ˝ or 1/3 of our youth are overweight! I just know our nation’s health is deteriorating despite our increase in the medical technological field. Bible reading to get manna or “soul food” has kept me both physically and spiritually healthy to go through our daily tasks or life challenges.
I have a friend of mine who was adopted by a family in America at age 3. He was a very sick child, who had malnutrition (effects). By the grace of God, he was set free from hunger and starvation through a Christian family in America. I have notice the effects of malnutrition as he shared with me of his challenges growing up, which I personally feel has an effect on him:
Below is a list of links relating to some of my personal or general health issues or topics I’ve faced directly/indirectly so far at the age of 26.
Below are some "medical conditions/terms" I've heard through prayer requests I've received:
Stomach Infection Diverticulosis- is a condition in which the inner lining layer of the large intestine (the colon) bulges out through the outer, muscular layer. The "pouches" that develop when this happens are called diverticula. Most people with diverticulosis don't have any symptoms although a few patients may experience symptoms such as constipation, cramping, and bloating. Diverticulitis refers to inflammation and infection in one or more diverticula. Most patients who experience minor symptoms from diverticulitis are treated by increasing the fiber in the diet. Although surgery is not commonly used to treat diverticulitis, if the bulge is too large, surgery is may be necessary. This is because there is a higher chance of infection and bursting of these larger diverticula. Cost data shown here includes only those cases of diverticulitis that were treated using diet and medication, and do not include any cases where surgery was performed. (Blue Cross Blue Shield-Medical Cost-description
Inflammatory bowel disease from webmd
*just got an e-mail from a friend (Dan S.) on May 07' "is a disorder that causes chronic intestinal inflammation, abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea. The two main types of IBD are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. These conditions are different from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a functional bowel that has no identifiable physical or chemical disorder. "
" * Cereals like Hi-fibre Bran* and All Bran cereals*, fruit and bran cereals*, muesli*
* Oats porridge
* Breads and grains like rye bread*, wholewheat and brown bread, wheat biscuits, wholewheat pasta*
* Dried fruit
* Fresh fruit like figs*, oranges*, grapefruit*, apples*, bananas*
* Vegetables like broccoli*, Brussels sprouts*, butternut*, green beans*, brinjal*, cooked beans*, lentils and split peas*, sweet potato*, potato carrots, spinach, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower
* samp and beans*"
"While constipation is rarely serious, it usually means you’ve been depriving your body of essential stuff such as water, dietary fiber and adequate exercise. A long-term solution to constipation can be as simple as a daily walk and a few dietary changes. The natural remedies in this chapter, used with your doctor’s approval, may help prevent or relieve constipation, according to some health professionals."
*just got a call (4/30/07) from a friend that their family member (infant-just less then 2 weeks) was diagnosed with this "also called mucoviscidosis, is a hereditary disease that affects the entire body, causing progressive disability and early death. Formerly known as cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, this entity has increasingly been labeled simply 'cystic fibrosis.'
Difficulty breathing and insufficient enzyme production in the pancreas are the most common symptoms. Thick mucous production as well as a low immune system results in frequent lung infections, which are treated, though not always cured, by oral and intravenous antibiotics and other medications. A multitude of other symptoms, including sinus infections, poor growth, diarrhea, and potential infertility (mostly in males) result from the effects of CF on other parts of the body. Often, symptoms of CF appear in infancy and childhood; these include meconium ilius, failure to thrive, and recurrent lung infections." Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Living With Cystic Fibrosis "This is an article that I wrote a few years ago and was featured in HmongToday:
A lifelong believer in traditional spiritual healing (“ua neeb”), my passage to finding Jesus Christ (or “Yexus” as we Hmong know him) has caused a drift between me and the rest of my family.
Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) when I was 12 years old, I have been fighting chronic lung disability for the majority of my life. A life threatening condition, CF has taught me a lot of things as well as raising a whole lot of questions."
Cold remedies that really work.- update, from newmediaexplorer.org "Following three remedies from many, and how to administer them, will get rid of a cold/flu - I and many of my acquaintances have tried these with great success.
The key is to start at the first sign of cold or flu and then keep doing them a little after the cold has gone. It really helps to stop using sugar during this period. Also regular brushing with Hydrogen Peroxide and baking soda paste ensures you never get it in the first place....
In 1928 Richard Simmons, M.D. hypothisized that colds and flu virus enter through the ear canal. His findings were dismissed by the medical community. How to Get Rid of Colds, from how to get rid of stuff "natural cures and home remedies How to get rid of a cold, from everything2.com "Research suggests that psychological stress, allergic disorders affecting the nasal passages or pharynx (throat), and menstrual cycles may have an impact on a person's susceptibility to colds. However, research has found no correlation between bad weather or getting chilled and developing a cold. New research shows that although being cold does not lead to higher rates of infection, the nasal vasoconstriction caused by being cold can keep your body from as effectively fighting an existing infection, which may have previously been subclinical (i.e. the symptoms were not strong enough to have been noticed)....
Some things that may help to relieve the symptoms of a cold include:
* bed rest
* plenty of fluids (water, tea, Jello water...)
* gargling with warm salt water,
* petroleum jelly for a raw nose
* aspirin or acetaminophen to relieve headache or fever
* Nonprescription cold remedies
* Nonprescription antihistamines
* Inhaling steam, possibly with essential oils added
* Antitussives, which are cough suppressants.
* Expectorants, which help bring up mucus in the bronchial airways so it can be spit out. .
* Bronchodilators, which enlarge the bronchial passages to make it easier for people with asthma to breathe. .
* Anticholingerics, which dry up watery secretions in the nose and eyes.
* Hot packs
* Chicken soup
* Eucalyptus or camphor
* Spicy foods
* Zinc, Vitamin C, garlic, echinacea
"What you actually want to do is to draw this out, however taking a cold and sinus treatment is likely to push it all deeper inside and just make you more blocked up and make your problems worse generally.
If sitting in a warm bath helps, then what you need to do is to go out and buy some Olbas Oil. This contains Eucoplyptus and other things and what you should do is get a bowl of steaming water and add the Olbas Oil. You should then put your head over the bowl with a towel over your head or around it and breathe in deeply. Doing this will release any mucus and should help to clear your head a lot. Try doing this at least twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening. In between times however, you can take the Olbas Oil to work with you and can sprinkle some on some tissues and inhale it like this to help keep your passages free.
This is the best thing that I know for clearing the head and blowing cobwebs away like this.
Also consider taking some Echinacea Tincture or Vitamin C to give your immune system a boost. If you do this your are more likely to recover quickly.
Also, keep an eye on your diet and eat plenty of fruit and veg and a good all round and balanced diet. Good nutrition also helps. You also need to ensure that you are drinking enough fluid too. Water will help to decrease mucus build ups. You also need to avoid things like coffee, which can add to your problems.
Research: Organic Essential Oils "There are 188 references to oils in the Bible. The wise men brought the Christ Child gold, frankincense and myrrh. (Clinical research now shows that frankincense oil contains very high immune stimulating properties.) In Exodus God gives Moses the formula for "an holy anointing oil". (Exodus 30:22-25) Some of the precious oils which have been used since antiquity for anointing and healing the sick are frankincense (17 times), myrrh (17 times), galbanum, hyssop, cassia, cinnimon, and spikenard. Science is only now beginning to investigate the incredible healing substances found in essential oils. "
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."-Matthew 2:11
"ALS: ‘Death sentence’ harbinger of so much life
Morris Sun Tribune
Published Saturday, May 19, 2007
By Tom Larson
A benefit spaghetti supper for Curt and Lori Wiese is Wednesday, May 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Assumption Church in Morris. Curt last year was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease.
Curt Wiese was almost relieved when doctors concluded he suffered from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Wiese had been dealing with many painful effects of the progressively fatal disease. In recent years, he had surgeries on his neck, shoulder esophogus and heart.
Those procedures all worked, but didn’t really make his life any better. Curt and his wife of 10 years, Lori, last summer sought further tests.
The results were not good. But what the Wieses have learned throughout their ordeal is that so many people are.
Friends, relatives, even strangers have emerged in flocks to help the couple with household chores and offer gifts to help ease Curt’s daily routine.
And the community is sponsoring a benefit spaghetti supper on Wednesday, May 23, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Assumption Church in Morris.
There will be a free-will offering at the supper, or donations can be sent to: Wiese Benefit, Bremer Bank, P.O. Box 626, Morris, MN, 56267.
All that’s being done to help the former Morris Police Chief has left him and Lori awestruck as they continue to contend with the unknowns of ALS.
“It’s a death sentence, but a lot of positives have come out of it,” Curt said. “We do a lot of crying -- a lot of happy crying. It lets you know again how great it is living in a small town.”
Stunned but not surprised
Wiese, a 62-year-old Hancock native, returned to West Central Minnesota after a stint in the Army in Korea and served his hometown as police chief. He he also served the Roseville police department for 10 years before spending seven years as Tracy’s police chief.
Wiese returned to the area as Morris Police Chief in 1987 and served in that position until he retired in 2001.
A devoted walker, he met Lori during one of his strolls, and they celebrated their 10th anniversary this week.
A few years after his retirement, Curt began noticing a chronically stiff neck. Then, the other maladies began to crop up.
“It’s a hard disease to diagnose,” Curt said. “What really got me was the stiff neck. (Doctors) really think I had this four or five years before I was diagnosed. That’s the weird thing about ALS -- everyone’s different.”
Lori worked in long-term care for 26 years and still works at the Courage Cottage and filling in in discharge at Stevens Community Medical Center. Her medical background didn’t prepare her for Curt’s diagnosis.
“I was totally devastated,” she said. “I had to lay down on the floor; I thought I was going to die. I took care of people for a long time and I never had anyone with ALS. But I knew what is was.”
Curt was stunned but not really surprised.
“I was pretty accepting of it because I finally knew what I had,” he said. “It was almost a relief. It’s not something you look forward to, but it helps you to appreciate a lot.”
As Curt’s ALS progressed, so, too, did the community’s outpouring.
His weakened condition made it almost impossible for Curt to continue the long walks he and Lori often took. But a community member had a brand new scooter that wasn’t being used so he loaded it up, brought it to the Wiese’s home and showed him how to operate it. Recently, the couple made it all the way around a Morris walking trail, Lori on foot and Curt on the scooter.
Others have shown up unannounced to paint the deck at their home. The stories of calls made, the errands run, the generosity offered are almost countless, Lori said.
“This town is incredible,” she said. “We’re humbled.”
Under no illusions
The Wieses are under no illusions about their future.
Some people with ALS live years, some barely make it months beyond their diagnosis. The Wieses attend a support group in St. Cloud for those dealing with ALS. There they met the parents of a 39-year-old woman who discovered she had ALS in December 2006.
“They already buried her,” Lori said.
What makes the disease particularly insidious in that sufferers’ mental functions remain intact as their bodies fail.
“If you live long enough, you’ll eventually be totally paralyzed,” Curt said. “You know what’s going on.”
For the more than 127 years that doctors have known about ALS, there’s been only one drug found to slow its progression. And that drug is effective in only some patients and for only about three months. Still, the Wieses say the $900 per month cost of the drug is worth it.
“It it’s three months longer out of a wheelchair or three months longer out of a walker, you’ve going to do it,” Lori said. “It’s a life.”
What also has made ALS research painstaking is that it is so rare.
Only about 5,000 cases are diagnosed nationally per year, and about 100 cases in Minnesota are discovered each year.
Because former Minnesota Twins star Kent Hrbek’s dather died of ALS, Hrbek and the Twins are involved in the fight. The Wieses were able to attend a recent Twins game, and Wiese has rubber bracelets from the team imprinted with “Strike Out ALS.”
But there needs to be more attention paid to the disease if a cure is a possibility.
“It’s such a rare disease it doesn’t attract the attention or the money others do,” Curt said.
Blessing a benefit
But Curt has attracted the attention of those around the area.
One night, friends called up to say they had pizza and were on their way over to share. But they had an ulterior motive: Talking the Wieses into giving their blessings to the benefit supper.
“They were here to bribe us,” Curt said with a smile.
While the Wieses were reticent, they finally conceded to the idea. In a way, letting the community help is a way of helping the community.
“One of the positives from this is that you get to see how good people are,” Curt said. “Some people just can’t do enough. I can’t thank them enough.”
"The Schillings became involved with the ALS foundation through the Phillies. After meeting an ALS patient, they decided this was the right cause to which to devote their efforts. Thus, Schilling's Pitch for ALS was born. Schilling donates $200 for each of his strikeouts and $1,000 for each victory.
..Schilling said the holiday season has taken on deeper meaning since he became a Christian five years ago.
"For me it's about family and giving thanks," he said. "It's a time when we get to be a 'normal' family for a brief period of time. It's impossible to have this kind of atmosphere during the season."
"In 1997, at the age of 58, my mother died of a much accelerated case of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I will admit that I doubted God for a short period of time and even questioned his methods, wondering how my mom’s death would accomplish the goal of my father’s salvation. But eventually I came to the realization that God was in control, nothing catches him off guard and he alone knows what’s best for each one of his children.
"A Kansas woman who had been unable to speak for nearly three years due to what was believed to be Lou Gehrig’s disease unexpectedly began speaking on Halloween, the Associated Press (AP) reported. A patient at Medicalodge North Post-Acute Care Center in Arkansas City, De Glaze spoke first to her husband, Joe. “She said, ‘Thank you,’” he told the AP. “It just happened suddenly, and then, wham, she took off [talking]. Then she started complaining.” Joe said his wife’s doctors said they had never seen a Lou Gehrig’s patient regain his or her voice after losing it....."
*posted on Wednesday, July 25th of 2007
"Allergies -- they’re frustrating, irritating, sometimes life-threatening. Why are some people sensitive to the most ordinary things – milk, nuts, dust -- while others are not? How can you tame an allergy? The experts at WebMD have brought together the best information to help you put your allergies to rest."Allergies: Blood Testing for Allergies, from Webmd "Blood tests are sometimes performed to find out what triggers an allergic reaction and are often used if a patient has a skin condition or is taking medications, such as antihistamines. Such medications can interfere with an allergy skin test, which is a common test used to identify allergy triggers, but in general do not interfere with allergy blood tests."
*watched an interview (July 2005) on Trinity Broadcasting Network, which I personally thought was very informational. He humbly admit that the FTC (see coral) don't accept his product(s) because he feels they see him as a "threat" to the real truth=> "“They” in this case are really several government agencies— U.S. government agencies—and other agencies around the world, and the drug industry primarily, but also it involves the food industry. There are certain groups, including government agencies, as well as the food industry, the drug industry, and even some news and television and newspaper organizations that don't want people to know about cures for diseases that are all natural because people can't make money on all-natural cures. So there are in fact cures for cancer. There are cures for diabetes. There are cures for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There are cures—all-natural cures—for Attention Deficit Disorder, migraine headaches. . . "-HSU & Co
-books: Lose Weight in 30 Days (from 911healthshop), Natural Cures "They" Don't Want You to Know About (from isawitontv), and Mega Memory (from selfgrowth)
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