MOSDAC BULLETIN

This bulletin contains information for events on today's church service.

Speaker For The Day

Pastor Colby A. Matlock, Sr.

HOMECOMING MONTH BEGINS THIS SABBATH

Homecoming begining on September 7-29,2018. Theme: "Once Family, Always Family!" Featuring some former Pastors and sons of MOSDAC as guest speakers there will be music and much,much more. We are looking for old pictures and videos. Please give them to Darryl Johnson or reach out to him via email at admina@mosdac.org or call the church office at (856)365-6108 ext. 1001

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

AMEN

COMMUNITY SERVICES

VERY, VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!!!

REMEMBER THAT THE COMMUNITY AND CHURCH ARE ONE!"

IT'S HURRICANE SEASON AGAIN!!!

WE NEED YOUR HELP AGAIN THIS YEAR!!!

OUR CHURCH NEEDS TO FILL 50 BUCKETS BY SEPTEMBER 21ST THIS YEAR!!

PLEASE CONTACT OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE LEADER, SHARMAINE EDWARDS, SO YOU WILL KNOW WHICH ITEMS TO PURCHASE FOR THE BUCKETS INORDER FOR OUR CONFERENCE TO PICK UP AND AND DELIVER THE BUCKETS!!!

THESE ITEMS NEED TO BE BROUGHT TO THE CHURCH BY WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018.

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION!!!!

"YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM"

MOUNT OLIVET SDA CHURCH

800 CHELTON AVE, CAMDEN, NJ 08104

PHONE NO. (856) 365-6108

HONORING THE "2018" GRADUATES

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR "2018" GRADUATES!!!

OUR GRADUATES FROM KINDERGARTEN - COLLEGE WERE RECOGNIZED ON LAST SABBATH, SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018.

OUR 2018 GRADUATES ARE::

  • MONE BRICKEY - HIGH SCHOOL
  • SERENA CAMPBELL - COLLEGE
  • DIXON FORD - MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • MANIYAH FIGUEROA - HIGH SCHOOL
  • CLIVE LARMOND - HIGH SCHOOL
  • COLBY A. MATLOCK, JR - HIGH SCHOOL
  • JEWEL TATUM - KINDERGARTEN

CHARMAINE WATERMAN WANTS TO THANK ALL OF OUR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, FAMILY MEMBERS, CHURCH MEMBERS, AND FRIENDS WHO CAME BACK TO SUPPORT OUR GRADUATES, THE PARTICIPANTS AND OTHERS BEHIND THE SCENES WHO HELPED TO MAKE OUR PROGRAM A SUCCESS.

Poems About School

A Thought about School

The difficulties of School is a subject which many have written about. Children are in some ways like savages, untrained in the ways of society. They may not stop to think whether it is wrong to torture other children. Students are often the target of emotional or physical bullying. Most schools have various groups or gangs of students that exclude all others. Yet, there is much good that children and teens do between each other. There is no question that school can be a difficult place to be and there is much to write about school life.

Life Is Tough

  • Poem About Failing At School

    Life is tough--that's what they say,
    But they don't know what it's like every day,
    To wake up in the morning and go to school,
    Just so people can test you and prove you're a fool.



Leave Exam Fear

Listen o my dear leave exam fear
Work hard and feel confident
Give it your best and God will see the rest
In any situation never leave your cheer

No one does best always in exam
Mistakes do occur in reality realm
They give us training to always do better
Never loose your heart and don’t shatter
Learn from your mistakes and improvise
You will thus become more and more wise
People will admire and success will come near

Listen o my dear leave exam fear
Work hard and feel confident
Give it your best and God will see the rest
In any situation never leave your cheer

Nothing is certain in ever changing life
Only good exams will never suffice
Problems don’t declare their sudden arrival
Strength is needed for a peaceful survival
Practical learning is equally essential
It brings out your real potential
Opportunities lie in so many spheres
Listen o my dear leave exam fear
Work hard and feel confident
Give it your best and God will see the rest
In any situation never leave your cheer

SONGS OF SUMMER

CRICKETS begin their melodious TUNE.

LADYBUGS jig for the joy of JUNE.

DRAGONFLIES dance as they DART by.

Their WHIRRING WINGS sing a LULLABY.

BUMBLEBEES buzz a melody SWEET.

CATERPILLARS tap their many FEET.

OH, HAPPY HEARTS beat just like DRUMMERS.

AS JUNE BROUGHT the SONGS OF SUMMER.

SABBATH SCHOOL

WE NEED YOUR ATTENDANCE!

Our Adult SABBATH SCHOOL DEPARTMENT invites you to join us each and every SABBATH MORNING at 9:30 a.m. in the SANCTUARY. Become apart of one of our small, insightful, Biblical Lesson Study groups.

MOSDAC CYT SABBATH SCHOOL

CHILDREN, YOUTH, TEENS

Don't forget Bible study is from 9:30am till 10:30am each Sabbath. Parents, grand-parents, and guardians, we are depending on you to bring your children! We can hardly wait to see you!

SEPTEMBER 2018 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

9/7- Homecomming Month Begins, Kick Off, Friday,Sept.7th@7pm

9/8- Pastors thaddious M. Privette & T. Duwayne Privette

9/15- Pastor Frank E. Legette III

9/22- Pastor Colby A. Matlock, Sr.

9/29- Pastor Moses E. Eli

PASTOR'S OFFICE HOURS

Pastor Matlock will be in his office on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month from 10am - 4pm. Please call the Administrative Assistant @ 856-365-6108 Ext. 1001 to set up an appointment.

Thank You.

2018 DIRECTORY INFOMATION

Please fill out the Update Form so we can have your updated info. Forms may be found in the lobby at the Greeter's Desk. Please give to Laurie Williams or Darryl Johnson.

BACK TO SCHOOL

Let's remember to pray for all our students, who will be traveling to academies, universities and colleges during this month. Please pray that God will bless and keep them during the upcoming school year.

Click below to submit a prayer request.

FAMILY PRAYER

Two families will be selected for special prayer every first Sabbath. If you would like your family to be included, please contact: relationshipministry@mosdac.org.

Next Family Prayer is September 8.

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PLEASE INVITE FRIENDS AND FAMILY @ 8pm EST (302) 202-1110 pin 814478.

1st Friday - Focus on the Family

3rd Friday - Couples Devotion

ROOM SCHEDULING

Please be aware that all meetings being held in the church or on zoom, must be scheduled with the Administrative Assistant. Thank you!!

ADRA

Please support the efforts for Haiti, Florida, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Texas, US Virgin Islands in the aftermath of several Hurricane destructions. To donate, go online to adra.org or call 1-800-424-adra(2372),

COMMUNITY SERVICES

We cannot flourish without the church members of Mt Olivet. We would like your contributions so that we can continue to eat healthier.

We'd like to thank all who supported ACS over the past year. We look forward to your continued support of this ministry throughout 2018 and beyond.

VBS THANK-YOU

A note of thanks- Thank you staff and families for support of the MOSDAC VBS. We couldn't have done this without you! Please pray for us as we plan to meet in November to kick off our 2019 plans. Again, thank you church family and department leaders for your contributions.

Sharon Howard and Celeste Jones.



WEDNESDAY MORNING PRAYER GROUP

Will be meeting every other Wednesday@ 10am. Next meeting will be September 19, 2018 in the Annex.

BILLS, WILLS, LIFE AND DEATH WORKSHOP

Look for the class to be on the 1st Sunday of each month @ 10am in the Fellowship Hall.

TOPIC: DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSURANCE

Next class: October 7, 2018 at 10:00 am.

LEARN SIGN LANGUAGE

1st and 3rd Sabbath

3:00-4:30 pm: All youth

4:30-5:30pm: Youth under 10 years old

2nd and 4th Sabbath

3:00-4:30 pm: Youth above 10 years old

4:30-5:30 pm: Youth under10 years old

MEETING PLACE: Choir Room or Fellowship Hall

TEACHER: Sharanah Ridore

2018 Devotionals

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A 2018 DEVOTIONAL AND SEE IF THEY ARE AVAILABLE:

Please contact one of the following people: Reginald Alexander: ralexander@aecsda.com (206)370-0479, Jean Good: jgood@aecsda.com (732)648-7890. Robert Moses: rmoses@aecsda.com (410)419-2855. to place your order for the 2018 Devotionals. We can get a reduced rate for the cost of the books when we order in bulk. They are also available in French and Spanish.

MINISTRY HAPPENINGS

READ INFORMATION BELOW TO STAY INFORMED ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR CHURCH MINISTRIES!

RELATIONSHIP MINISTRY

Realationship Ministry join us for First Friday's "Focus on the Family". Our next Friday will be on the evening of October 5, 2018 from 8:00pm - 8:45pm. Call (302) 202-1110 pin # is 814478.

If you are interested in special prayer for your Family in August, please call Lorene Watkins at 856-952-5002. Please mark your calendars and set your alarm for these special monthly calls.

Register today!

Invite your non-Christian family and friends to register as well!

AEC Master Guide

Returning MOSDAC Master Guides: Our new MasterGuide Club Ministry will meet SEPTEMBER 1st to kick off our new year. We will be nominating officers to be submitted at the SEPTEMBER Church board & Business meetings.

NEW MASTER GUIDE candidates should plan to meet with us on SEPTEMBER 1st. Please contact me beforehand to receive your Registration packet and otherpertinent imformation.

Bring your 3 inch binder. Email or text for more information 856-304-7350.

NEWSLETTER

JUST FOR YOU!

PLEASE LOOK TO THE RIGHT AND LOOK BELOW!

GREAT INFORMATION AND TIPS FOR YOU TO KNOW!

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL EVENTS BELOW!!!

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US ON THESE SPECIAL DAYS!!!

IVY HILL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

LOCATION: PHILADELPHIA HAS OPEN ENROLLMENT.

OPEN HOUSE DATES: MARCH 18, 2018, APRIL 29, 2018, MAY 20, 2018, AND JUNE 24, 2018

PLEASE CALL (267) 422-3090 FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO RSVP YOUR APPOINTMENT TIME.

CHOIR REHEARSAL for the HOMECOMING CHOIR

If you sung in any of the MOSDAC CHOIR'S we need you we are having rehearsal . All interested in singing or helping out in any way please contact Shavaun Archie or Darryl Johnson.

MOUNT OLIVET 50 PLUS TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLS & TORONTO

SORRY, THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!!

WHEN: SEPTEMBER 10-14, 2018

MONDAY - FRIDAY (5 DAYS AND 4 NIGHTS)

DEPARTURE: MT. OLIVET SDA CHURCH

800 CHELTON AVE, CAMDEN, NJ @ 8 AM

FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONTACT Dr. Fern Bliss-Morgan @ (856) 963-2623 and Patricia Rodgers @ (856) 541-5989

PAINTING THE NIGHT RED

IT'S A FORMAL AFFAIR!!!

WHERE: LUCIEN'S MANOR

ADDRESS: 81 WEST WHITE HORSE PIKE

BERLIN, NEW JERSEY 08009

WHEN: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2018

5:00 PM - COCKTAIL HOUR

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT - MARCUS D. WILEY

LIVE BAND - MARK WANZER AND NEW DIRECTION

VIP RED CARPET PHOTOS - FULL COURSE DINING

FASHION SHOW - SILENT AUCTION

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NON-REFUNDABLE TICKETS - PURCHASE DEADLINE:

SEPTEMBER 30, 2018

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PROCEEDS BENEFITING - MOSDAC CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

PLEASE VISIT www.mosdac.org to purchase tickets on line.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

LORENE WATKINS (856) 952 - 5002 OR

LAURIE WILLIAMS (609) 868 - 2051

5 Promises from Scripture that God Wants You to Know

1. God loves you unconditionally.

We live in a sinful world that is fraught with conditional promises and relationships. Sometimes even those closest to us let us down. Despite this reality, our greatest need is to be loved unconditionally. We want to be loved with a perfect, sacrificial, forever kind of love in spite of our faults by someone who knows us intimately. Further, we want to be supported and inspired by that love to not only become better people, but to also leave lasting impressions on this earth.

God provides us with that as no one else can. That's what theologians have meant over the years by saying that we have a God-shaped hole in our heart; there's a space we were created with that only God can fill. And the love we were made to need is strong and unshakable. The Apostle Paul, who founded the early church, writes, "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 8:38-39). That love claims you by faith. Wherever you are feeling unloved today, drink it in.2. You are redeemed and have an eternal home in heaven.

When I worked as a chaplain, Psalm 121 was the most popular scripture read at bedsides. That's because the psalm describes God as our unfailing Protector who gives us an eternal home. The psalmist reassures us, "The Lord watches over you - the Lord is your shade at your right hand...The Lord will keep you from all harm - he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore." We worship a God who never leaves us, and he wants a relationship with us both in this life and beyond. We have been blessed with the promise of heaven through faith in Jesus Christ. It is by his blood that we have been washed clean and accepted by our holy God. This redemption plan was Christ's assignment, and it was all done in love (John 3:16). And the Holy Spirit is calling you today, reminding you of all God has done for you and wants to be in your life. Look to him, hold his hand, experience his salvation.3. God formed you with intention and knows you intimately.

The God who crafted creation and its redemption plan through Jesus also crafted you. The psalmist praises God's handiwork in Psalm 139 by saying, "For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." God created you intentionally, and you are "fearfully and wonderfully made." Not only are you God's masterpiece, but God has a special plan for your life that even spans to the number of your days. The psalmist continues, "Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them as yet existed." This means your existence is no mistake. God did not make any wrong moves. Isn't it amazing that the Creator of the universe knows you and formed you specially himself?4. God's plan for your life is to prosper you, not to harm you.

Our world knows brokenness and sin, but God knows hope and restoration. One of my favorite verses in scripture is Jeremiah 29:11, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" God's plan for your life includes hope and a prosperous future, or one in which you thrive. Psalm 103 lists many ways that God wants to bless you. The psalmist exclaims, "Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." God is invested in your well-being and working toward your renewal, wholeness, and healing daily. In addition to blessing us, God has big dreams for our lives and beckons us to follow. Obedience often requires faith and risk, but God will delight in your dependence on him and always be there to support you.5. You have special strength available to you through faith. The best resource that’s available to you is the power of Christ.

If you are facing an uphill battle, repeat this verse to yourself frequently: “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). God will never call you to a place and leave you unattended. Be assured that the God who has numbered the hairs on your head is fighting for you. His favor will surround you like a shield (Psalm 5:12). You have an insurmountable ally in our God -- for if God is for you, who can be against you (Romans 8:31)? When you boldly claim this truth with expectation, you give God the space and invitation to show his glory.

What is so different about Seventh-day Adventists?

Best Answer: Wow. I'm so sorry that many of you see Seventh-Day Adventists as weird and illogical. I, myself, am a Seventh-day Adventist and much of what has been stated about SDA's here is untrue.

We believe in actually following the 4th commandment which states, "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy" (Exodus 20:8-11). The bible clearly states that we are not to work on the seventh day of the week. Instead, we are to fellowship with other christians, worship God, do community service, and/or rest from the previous week.

We go to church on Saturday because Saturday is the 7th day of the week.

And I don't know any SDAs that refrain from using electricity on Sabbath so I don't know where that came from.

As for our eating styles, we believe that our body is the temple of God so we should abstain from things that are harmful to it. This includes drugs & alcohol, caffeine (it is a drug as well), and unclean meats (God commands us to abstain from that anyway).

I hope this answers your question. Honestly, you can't generalize too much about SDA's b/c many things vary across the board among SDAs. Based on culture and things like that. The one thing you can be sure of is that SDAs believe the bible is the inspired word of God and as Christians, we are called to follow it. As a result, we do our best to do so.

BTW, Ellen G. White was one of the founders of our church and the main reason we consider her a prophetess is because all of her visions and everything she has written coinside with the bible itself!

But if there is any doubt about her, don't worry about it. SDA's hold the bible as truth above everything and everybody else.

ELLEN G. WHITE QUOTES

Ellen G. White quotes “It is not earthly rank, nor birth, nor nationality, nor religious privilege, which proves that we are members of the family of God; it is love, a love that embraces all humanity. ”
Ellen G. White “Our heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know nothing.”
Ellen G. White “It is Satan's constant effort to misrepresent the character of God, the nature of sin, and the real issues at stake in the great controversy. His sophistry lessens the obligation of the divine law and gives men license to sin. At the same time he causes them to cherish false conceptions of God so that they regard Him with fear and hate rather than with love. The cruelty inherent in his own character is attributed to the Creator; it is embodied in systems of religion and expressed in modes of worship.”
Ellen G. White, Great Controversy: Between Christ and Satan

“The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed; the righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven, the second is our fitness for heaven.”
Ellen G. White “We need to have far less confidence in what man can do and far more
confidence in what God can do for every believing soul. He longs to have
you reach after Him by faith. He longs to have you expect great things
from Him. He longs to give you understanding in temporal as well as in
spiritual matters. He can sharpen the intellect. He can give tact and
skill. Put your talents into the work, ask God for wisdom, and it will be
given you.”
Ellen G. White tags: confidence, expectations, faith, god, talents “The world's Redeemer was treated as we deserve to be treated, in order that we might be treated as he deserved to be treated. He came to our world and took our sins upon his own divine soul that we might receive his imputed righteousness. He was condemned for our sins, in which he had no share, that we might be justified by his righteousness, in which we had no share. The world's Redeemer gave himself for us. Who was he? The Majesty of heaven, pouring out his blood upon the altar of justice for the sins of guilty man. We should know our relationship to Christ and his relationship to us.
The Review and Harold 3-21-91 PR-06”
Ellen G. White

“Worry is blind, and cannot discern the future; but Jesus sees the end from the beginning.”
Ellen G. White tags: worry, worrying “A kind, courteous Christian is the most powerful argument that can be produced in favor of Christianity.”
Ellen G. White, Reflecting Christ “The soul that is yielded to Christ becomes His own fortress, which He holds in a revolted world, and He intends that no authority shall be known in it except His own. A soul thus kept in possession by the heavenly agencies is impregnable to the assaults of Satan.”
Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, ASI “A knowledge of the truth depends not so much upon strength of intellect as upon pureness of purpose, the simplicity of an earnest, dependent faith.”
Ellen G. White, Prayer

“God does not require us to give up anything that it is for our best interest to retain. In all that He does he has the well-being of his (own) in view. Would that all who have not chosen Christ might realize that he has something vastly better to offer them than they are seeking for themselves. Man is doing the greatest injury and injustice to his own soul when he thinks and acts contrary to the will of God. No real (and lasting) joy can be found in the path forbidden by Him who knows what is best and who plans for the good of his creatures. The path of transgression is the path of misery and destruction.”
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ tags: repentance “Christ was treated as we deserve that we may be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. 'By His stripes we are healed.”
Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages tags: jesus-christ, kingdom-of-god, mighty-god, saviour 14 likes “We must do what we must to do”
Ellen G. White

“We are all woven together in the great web of humanity, and whatever we can do to benefit and uplift others will reflect in blessing upon ourselves.”
Ellen G. White, Patriarchs And Prophets “I should not want to live unless I could live to do some good to others. ”
Ellen G. White “False religion may prevail, iniquity may abound, the love of many may wax cold, the cross of Calvary may be lost sight of, and darkness, like the pall of death, may spread over the world; the whole force of the popular current may be formed to overthrow the people of God; but in the hour of greatest peril the God of Elijah will raise up human instrumentalities to bear a message that will not be silenced.”
Ellen G. White tags: christianity, church, darkness, encouragement, jesus, overcomer, overcoming, spiritual-darkness, spiritual-growth, victory “The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him;”
Ellen G. White, Reflecting Christ

“Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend. Not that it is necessary in order to make known to God what we are, but in order to enable us to receive Him.”
Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ “Before there could be any permanent reformation the people must be led to feel their utter inability in themselves to render obedience to God.”
Ellen G. White, Patriarchs And Prophets tags: dependence, faith, grace, his-grace-is-sufficient, justification, peace, praise-and-worship, salvation “The first time the temptation comes, meet it in such a decided manner that it will never be repeated!”
Ellen G. White, Ellen G White Study Bible with Spirit of Prophecy Comments KJV “The grace of Christ in the soul is developing traits of character that are the opposite of selfishness—traits that will refine, ennoble, and enrich the life.”
Ellen G. White, God's Amazing Grace

THE PLAN OF SALVATION

IF YOU DIED TODAY, DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE YOU WOULD GO TO HEAVEN?

1. SIN

  • ALL HAVE SINNED.
  • ROMANS 3:23

2. BLOOD

  • JESUS DIED FOR OUR SINS.
  • 1 JOHN 1:7

3. PURITY

  • JESUS WASHES AWAY CONFESSED SIN.
  • PSALM 51:7

4. HEAVEN

  • BELIEVE ON JESUS AND RECEIVE ETERNAL LIFE.
  • JOHN 14:2

5. GROWTH

  • GROW IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LORD.
  • II PETER 3:18

Health Ministries

Those who want to participate in the Medical Missionary training, please sign up to ensure you’re accounted for.

WANT TO BE HEALTHIER NOW?
    • to searchHEAR ARE THE TOP 10 TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED . . .
  • 1. Eat as if you are in the Garden of Eden, enjoying more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains in their MOST NATURAL STATE.
  • 2. Start WALKING at least 30 minutes a day. A moderate walk is the most effective and cheapest form of EXERCISE available. BONUS: WALK with a friend.
  • 3. Drink more WATER and put away soft drinks and coffee. Most people are chronically DEHYDRATED, and it is slowly killing them.
  • 4. Get enough SUNLIGHT, but not too much. We NEED sunlight for VITAMIN D production, better rest, and even just to feel better.
  • 5. Avoid CAFFEINE, NICOTINE, SUGARS, and other DRUGS. These ingredients can DESTROY IMMUNE FUNCTION and AGE you prematurely.
  • 6. Find time to BREATHE in CLEAN AIR. OXYGEN is the most important substance for life and health; go to where it is purest and breathe deep!
  • 7. HONOR THE SABBATH DAY. Fellowship and worship at church and place your worries with GOD. You'll be refreshed, ready to tackle the coming week!
  • 8. Get enough SLEEP during the week. Maintain a regular bedtime schedule of at least 7 hours every night.
  • 9. SLOW DOWN; KEEP STRESSFUL SITUATIONS to a minimum. Avoid debts and spend within your means. You'll be a lot HAPPIER with less stuff to worry about.
  • 10. TRUST IN GOD; PRAY and READ your BIBLE more. REMEMBER that you have a friend in JESUS and can claim HIS PROMISES!

IS IT A STROKE? ACT F.A.S.T!

F - FACE DROOPING

A - ARM/LEG WEAKNESS

S - SPEECH DIFFICULTY

T - TIME TO CALL 9 - 1 - 1

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE EDUCATION

3 GOOD REASONS TO CONTROL HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

#1 - yOUR HEART

LEFT UNTREATED, HIGH BLOOOD PRESSURE CAN LEAD TO:

  • ANGINA PECTORIS (CHEST PAIN CAUSED BY THE NARROWING OF AN ARTERY).
  • CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE (THE HEART CAN'T PUMP BLOOD NORMALLY - FLUIDS MAY COLLECT IN THE LEGS, ANKLES AND LUNGS).
  • HEART ATTACK (WHICH MAY RESULT IN DEATH).

#2 - YOUR BRAIN

CONTINUED PRESSURE INSIDE THE MAIN ARTERY TO THE BRAIN MAY LEAD TO A STROKE. THE RESULTS MAY INCLUDE:

  • MEMORY LOSS
  • SPEECH PROBLEMS
  • PARALYSIS
  • DEATH

#3 - YOUR EYES

  • LONG-STANDING, UNCONTROLLED HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN DAMAGE BLOOD VESSELS IN THE EYES. THIS MAY LEAD TO BLINDNESS.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!!!

YOU'LL IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF YOUR LIFE!!!

LEARN ABOUT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

IT'S A SERIOUS CONDITION THAT INCREASES THE RISK OF HEART ATTACK, STROKE & OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS.

ABOUT 60 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

- SEVERAL FACTORS THAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL CONTRIBUTE TO HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE.

HEREDITY

- YOU MAY BE BORN MORE PRONE TO CERTAIN TYPES OF ILLNESS.

AGE

- SOME ILLNESSES ARE MORE COMMON AMONG OLDER PEOPLE.

ENVIRONMENT

- POLUTTED AIR AND WATER MAY BE HARD TO ESCAPE.

GOOD NEWS!!!

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE CAN BE CONTROLLED!!!

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHANGES DURING THE DAY.

1. DON'T BE TOO CONCERNED ABOUT ONE READING

TO GET AN ACCURATE IDEA OF YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE, YOU'LL NEED TO HAVE IT CHECKED OFTEN, UNDER DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES.

2. THEREADINGS FROM A MACHINE MAY DIFFER ...

FROM THOSE YOU GET AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE. THAT'S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE IS USUALLY CHECKED AT YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE AFTER YOU'VE BEEN SITTING QUIETLY FOR A WHILE. ALSO, YOU MAY FEEL ANXIOUS USING A DEVICE FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CAN VARY...

FROM READING TO READING. iT'S AFFECTED BY MANY THINGS:

  • EATING
  • EXERCISE
  • STRESS
  • EXCITEMENT
  • CAFFINE
  • SMOKING

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR.

CONSIDER THESE BLOOD PRESSURE REDUCERS

BLOOD PRESSURE (BP) REDUCERS

MANY PEOPLE RELY ON MEDICATION TO TREAT HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (BP), BUT CERTAIN LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN ALSO HELP BRING THE NUMBERS DOWN.

REDUCING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE (BP) WILL CURB YOUR RISK FOR STROKE, HEART ATTACK, AND DEMENTIA.

HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS RECOMMEND THESE STEPS TO REDUCE BP:

  • EXERCISE MORE. - Moderate-intensity activities like brisk walking are effective if done for at least 150 minutes a week, while higher-intensity jogging may do the job in half that time.
  • LOSE WEIGHT. - Your heart and blood vessels work harder if you're carrying extra pounds.
  • CUT DOWN ON SALt. - Aim for no more than 2,000 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day.
  • NO ALCOHOL. - Some sources usually say limiting alcohol to one drink a day is usually OK, but how many people usually do this. So, No Alcohol is best.
  • MANAGE STRESS.
  • DON'T SMOKE. - If you do smoke, please STOP!

SOURCE: "Blood Pressure Creeping UP? How To Bring It Down Without Drugs," Harvard Women's Health Watch, 4/17.

DID YOU KNOW?

WHILE EATING A HEALTHFUL DIET IS ESSENTIAL, IT MIGHT NOT CURB THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF CONSUMING TOO MUCH SODIUM.

"Regularly consuming excessive amounts of sodium, derived mostly from commerically processed food products, is an important factor in the development of elevated blood pressure (BP) patterns," says Jeremiah Stamler, MD, who led a new study.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume no more than one (1 tsp.) teaspoon [2,300 milligrams (mg)] of sodium per day from all food sources.

HEALING HEARTBURN--SOOTHE THE BURN!

WHAT IS IT?

That burning pain behind the breastbone, often accompanied by a bitter or sour taste. It usually develops after eating--especially overeating or indulging in certain foods.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

STOMACH ACID BACKUP INTO THE ESOPHAGUS. Triggers include spicy foods, citrus fruits, onions, alcohol, caffeinated drinks, tomatoes, fatty foods, and chocolate, going to bed with a full stomach is another risk factor, as is slow digestion.

LIFESTYLE TIPS:

Eat slowly, maintain a healthy weight (if you're overweight, even losing 10 pounds will help); drink herbal teas instead of caffeinated beverages; avoid tight-fitting clothes. DON'T DRINK ICE-COLD LIQUIDS WITH MEALS! ANXIETY can agitate the digestive system and make heartburn worse. DE-STRESS with gentle exercise instead of alcohol or tobacco. LISTEN to MUSIC, get a MASSAGE, MEDITATE. or take a WALK.

If your heartburn comes at night, ELEVATE the head of your bed or put a wedge between your mattress and box spring.

DIET:

Choose low-acid fruits and vegetables such as asparagus and melons; whole-grain foods including oatmeal, brown rice, and couscous; lean poultry and meats (not fried); potatoes and other root vegetables; and grilled, poached, or baked fish. Some heartburn sufferers swear by taking one to two teaspoons a day of apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of water. Or try adding a splash of apple cider vinegar to a cup of tea sweetened with honey.

HERBAL THERAPY:

SIP CHAMOMILE TEA. Taking plant-based enzymes 40 minutes before meals can help with heartburn, says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD. ENZYMES that help DIGEST food and PREVENT HEARTBURN are AMYLASE (which helps digest carbs), CELLULASE (which helps digest the fiber in fruits and veggies), and LIPASES (which help digest fattier foods).

AMAZING BENEFITS OF LEMON

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LEMON (ORGANIC FACTS)

  • HELPS REDUCE WEIGHT
  • CONTROLS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  • CURES INDIGESTION AND CONSTIPATION
  • GIVES RELIEF FROM FEVER AND COLD
  • STOPS INTERNAL BLEEDING AND NOSE BLEEDS
  • SOOTHES TOOTHACHE AND CLEANSES TEETH
  • TREATS RHEUMATISM AND ARTHRITIS
  • PROVIDES RELAXATION TO FEET AND TREATS CORNS
  • EASES PAIN OF SUNBURN AND BEE STINGS
  • REDUCES DANDRUFF AND GIVES HAIR A NATURAL SHINE
  • HELPS FADE SCARS AND REMOVE WRINKLES AND BLACKHEADS

*NUTRIENTS: DIETARY FIBER 19%, CARBOHYDRATE 4%, PROTEIN 2%

*VITAMINS: VITAMIN C 128%, VITAMIN B6 5%, THIAMIN 3%

*MINERALS: COPPER 13%, CALCIUM 6%, IRON 4%

*PERCENT (%) DAILY VALUE PER 100g. FOR e.g. 100g of LEMON PROVIDES 128% of DAILY REQUIREMENT OF VITAMIN C.

www.organicfacts.net

SUNSHINE PREVENTS TYPE 2 DIABETES

Spending 20 minutes outdoors daily heightens INSULIN SENSITIVITY 54%, cutting your risk of Type 2 Diabetes 38%, suggests a HARVARD UNIVERSITY reeview of 21 studies. SUNSHINE revs your skin's production of vitamin D-3, a nutrient that switches on FIVE GENES essential for BLOOD-SUGAR CONTROL.

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VITAMIN D EASES ACHES--AND KEEPS BONES STRONG!

TAKING 1,000 IU OF vitamin D daily relieves achy joints and muscles, The Clinical Journal of Pain reports. "D is actually a hormone that balances our immune system and helps reduce inflammatiom, which is a major cause of pain and premature aging," confirms Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., author of Pain Free, 1,2,3.

STAY-YOUNG BONUS: D cuts the risk of OSTEOPOROSIS and several CANCERS!

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VITAMIN D FACTS

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is different from other vitamins because our bodies can make most of what we need with exposure to sunlight.

Vitamin D is more than a vitamin in that is acts as a pro-hormone and effects hormone balance and immune regulation of the body.

Most foods, unless they are fortified, are poor sources of vitamin D and there are only a small amount of vitamin D rich foods to choose from.

Vitamin D plays a role in calcium absorption into the bones.

A deficiency in vitamin D can result in a softening of the bones called osteomalacia or a bone abnormality called rickets.

Some of the biggest vitamin D deficiency symptoms include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Seasonal depression
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Cancer
  • Weak bones (osteopenia)
  • Skin issues eczema and psoriasis
  • Dementia

People most prone to a vitamin D deficiency include those who live in northern regions with little sunlight exposure, people with darker skin, people on low fat diets and those taking steroids and weight loss medications.

Vitamin D also helps with cell replication, and may play a role in the development of autoimmune conditions.

The RDA for vitamin D is 600 IU/day and the Daily Value is 400 IU.

TO B12 OR NOT TO B12?

VITAMIN B12

TO B12 OR NOT TO B12 ISN'T A QUESTION: IF YOU'RE AT RISK FOR DEFICIENCY, YOU'LL WANT TO BE SURE YOU'RE GETTING ENOUGH OF THIS ESSENTIAL VITAMIN.

Important in keeping nerve cells healthy, B12 helps the body produce DNA and works with other B vitamins in the production of red blood cells and the immunity-and mood-boosting compounds SAMe. It's been used in the treatment or prevention of pernicious anemia, heart disease, macular degeneration, and fatigue.

Our bodies can store several years worth of B12 in the liver. Healthy people under 50 who eat a varied diet usually get enough of the vitamin through meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Because B12 is not found in plant foods, Vegans and some Vegetarians need supplemental B12. Others who may want to get their daily dose through a supplement or forified cereal include people over 50, who may have problems absorbing the vitamin from food; people with conditions like Crohn's disease and pancreatic disease, which inhibit the absorption of nutrients; people who have had weight-loss surgery.

It's always important to talk with your healthcare provider about supplementation.

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RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE

(RDA) (YEARS) (MCG/DAY)

1. CHILDREN - 4 - 8 years old - 1.2 mcg

2. CHILDREN - 9 - 13 years old - 1.8 mcg

3. ADOLESCENTS - 14 - 18 years old - 2.4 mcg

4. ADULTS - 19 years and older - 2.4 mcg

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VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS NEED VITAMIN B12

Why Every Vegan and Vegetarian Needs Vitamin B12

WELLNESS | AUGUST 31, 2017

Eating a plant-based diet is one of the most healthful actions you can take, but it carries the very serious and potentially fatal risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. Although plant-based diets are full of other vitamins and minerals, they are generally devoid of vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is naturally found in animal foods or bacteria. Animals obtain vitamin B12 by eating foods that are covered in bacteria or from the bacteria that already line their own guts. Humans have lots of bacteria in their guts, but only in the colon. Unfortunately, humans are unable to absorb the vitamin B12 produced in the colon because vitamin B12 is only absorbed in the small intestine, which is upstream of the colon.

Primates, indigenous societies, and prehistoric populations never got cobalamin deficiency because they didn’t have the advanced hygiene techniques that we have today, even if they were eating a plant-based diet. Their food had enough vitamin B12–containing bacteria on the surfaces to meet their needs. Humans, unlike other members of the animal kingdom, take great care to clean, wash, and cook their foods, which reduces the vitamin B12 content of any plant foods we may eat.

Consequently, vegetarians and vegans run the risk of vitamin B12 deficiency. The risk increases the more plant-based one eats, with long-term vegans being at the highest risk. In one study, vitamin B12 deficiency affected 86 percent of all vegans. Vitamin B12 deficiency is serious and can cause anemia, nerve damage, neurocognitive changes, and, over time,paralysis—all problems that you don’t need.

Fortunately, vitamin B12 deficiency can easily be prevented. Vitamin B12 can be found in fortified foods, like certain cereals, soy milk, and nutritional yeast. Yet, the simplest and most reliable way to ensure you get an adequate amount of B12 is to take an oral supplement. The usual dose for the average person is 250 micrograms a day or 2,500 micrograms a week. Some people personally take a weekly, as opposed to a daily, supplement out of convenience, but either option is OK. If you are not sure if you are getting enough or getting too much, you can always see your doctor to get your levels checked.

Carnivorous humans and paleo-enthusiasts may say that taking a supplement is unnatural and that you should eat more meat. However, consuming the amount of saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol found in meat is unnatural for humans, who are best suited for a plant-based diet. There is no health reason to eat meat. Given that 1 in 6 meat eaters is also vitamin B12–deficient, they might be wise to take an oral supplement themselves.

BOOSTS YOUR HEALTH BY HEALING YOUR GUT!

Your DIGESTIVE SYSTEM keeps you healthy, protecting against everything from DIABETES to DEPRESSION, HEART DISEASE to CANCER, say HARVARD EXPERTS. In fact, 90% of diseases can be traced to the health of your "MICROBIOME" --the balance of HELPFUL MICROBES that keep your G.I. tract in the pink.

TO EASILY KEEP YOUR GUT HEALTHY--OR HEAL IT FAST:

1. FILL UP ON FIBER!

NINE IN TEN (10) OF US DON'T ACHIEVE THE FDA OF 25 GRAMS OF FIBER! "FIBER is the primary energy source for the beneficial microorganisms in the gut, so if you're not eating a high-fiber diet, you're essentially starving the gut microbiome.," preventing the proper absorption of essential vitamins and minerals, says Joel Fuhrman, M.D., president of the Nutritional Foundation. In fact, The Journals of Gerontology reports that folks who take in the most fiber are 79% more likely to avoid age-related heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer than those who take in the least. Dr. Fuhrman advises filling up on "G-BOMBS," an acronym for the most important foods to eat every day: green veggies, beans, onions or garlic, mushrooms, berries and seeds or nuts.

2. SIP CRANBERRY JUICE!

You know how important the PROBIOTICS in foods like yogurt are for a healthy gut. Well, PREBIOTICS are even more essential! "PREBIOTICS 'feed' a healthy microbiome," explains Dr. Fuhrman--and cranberry does it best!

Sip 2 oz. of unsweetened cranberry juice daily.

3. SUPERCHARGE YOUR SALAD!

Mom was right to tell you to eat your broccoli, but for a different reason than she knew. "Cruciferous vegetables--which include kale and cauliflower--are especially nourishing for your gut," Dr. Fuhrman says. "Plus they're rich in anti-cancer compounds."

His Rx: Eat a salad every day made with cruciferous veggies and spinach, which contain an enzyme that metabolizes sugars in the gut to help fend off a variety of diseases.

4. AVOID ASPARTAME!

SUGAR is a MAJOR culprit in feeding "BAD" gut bacteria--and artificial sweeteners, like ASPARTAME and SACCHARIN, do just as much harm, if not more! "These low-calorie sweeteners disrupt the balance and diversity of gut microbiota," says gastroenterologist James J. Lee, M.D., and they affect "good" gut bacteria in ways that worsen blood-sugar control!

Try STEVIA; the herbal sugar substitute has no negative impact on the gut.

- Kallie E. Kristensen

GOOD HEALTH NEWS!

TURMERIC KOs BOWEL DISEASES

ACCORDING TO THE JOURNAL SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, TURMERIC TURNS ON GENES THAT PROTECT AGAINST THE TWO MOST PAINFUL BOWEL CONDITIONS --ULCERATIVE COLITIS AND CROHN'S DISEASE.

THE STUDY-PROVEN DOSE: 1/2 TSP. OF TURMERIC DAILY.

CANCER AWARENESS MONTH CALENDER
SARCOMA AWARENESS MONTH

Sarcoma Awareness Month

Why do we have a Sarcoma Awareness Month? Simply, sarcoma is still considered to be the “forgotten cancer.” Efforts to encourage research and drug development are made more challenging due to a lack of awareness and understanding. How as a community do we raise funds for vital research if people don’t know that this cancer exists?

Though the Sarcoma Foundation of America works tirelessly every day to raise awareness, during Sarcoma Awareness Month we aim to further highlight the extraordinary challenges that sarcoma patients face and the need for more sarcoma research and better sarcoma therapies. Please join us in our efforts and pledge to bring awareness to your community!

WHAT IS SARCOMA?

Sarcoma is a rare cancer in adults (1% of all adult cancers), but rather prevalent in children (about 20% of all childhood cancers). It is made up of many “subtypes” because it can arise from a variety of tissue structures (nerves, muscles, joints, bone, fat, blood vessels – collectively referred to as the body’s “connective tissues”). Because these tissues are found everywhere on the body, Sarcomas can arise anywhere. Thus, within each site of the more “common” cancers there is the occasional surprise sarcoma diagnosis (e.g., breast sarcoma, stomach sarcoma, lung sarcoma, ovarian sarcoma, etc.). The most frequent location are the limbs since this is where the majority of the body’s connective tissue resides. They are commonly hidden deep in the body, so sarcoma is often diagnosed when it has already become too large to expect a hope of being cured. Although a lot of the lumps and bumps we get are benign, people should have them looked at by a doctor at an early stage in case it is sarcoma.

Sarcoma is sometimes curable by surgery (about 20% of the time), or by surgery with chemotherapy and/or radiation (another 30%), but about half the time they are totally resistant to all of these approaches—thus the extreme need for new therapeutic approaches. At any one time, about 50,000 patients and their families are struggling with sarcoma. Approximately 15,000 new cases are diagnosed each year nearly 6,000 people die each year from sarcoma.

Sarcoma – Cancer of the Connective Tissues

Sarcomas are cancers that arise from the cells that hold the body together. These could be cells related to muscles, nerves, bones, fat, tendons, cartilage, or other forms of “connective tissues.” There are hundreds of different kinds of sarcomas, which come from different kinds of cells.

Dr. George D. Demetri, MD, Director, Sarcoma and Bone Oncology Center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School

Sarcomas can invade surrounding tissue and can metastasize (spread) to other organs of the body, forming secondary tumors. The cells of secondary tumors are similar to those of the primary (original) cancer. Secondary tumors are referred to as “metastatic sarcoma” because they are part of the same cancer and are not a new disease.

SARCOMA AWARENESS WEEK

Types of soft tissue sarcoma

Every soft tissue sarcoma patient is different. The cancer experts at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) have extensive experience in properly staging and diagnosing the disease, and developing a treatment plan that's tailored to your specific type of soft tissue sarcoma.

There are 50 different types of soft tissue sarcomas, which can develop in many different locations and tissues within the body. Because of this great variability among soft tissue sarcomas, recommended treatment options will vary, depending upon the stage, grade, type and location of the tumor. Thus, developing an individualized treatment plan with your CTCA sarcoma care team is extremely important.

The various types of soft tissue sarcomas are generally named for the type of connective tissue in which they form. However, as researchers have learned more about these rare tumors, many of these names have changed over time.

Following are the most common soft tissue sarcoma types, as well as their tissues of origin:

  • Angiosarcoma: Forms in blood and lymph vessels.
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma: Forms in the tissue under the skin, commonly found in the trunk or limbs.
  • Epithelioid sarcoma: Typically found in the hands or feet of young adults, appearing as small nodules.
  • Ewing’s sarcoma: Though considered a type of bone sarcoma, one-third of all Ewing’s tumors develop in the soft tissues, and are categorized as extraosseous (outside of the bone) Ewing’s tumors.
  • Fibrosarcoma: Starts in the fibrocytes, which are the cells that make up the fibrous tissue that envelopes muscles, tendons and ligaments. This type of soft tissue sarcoma is commonly found in the arms, legs or trunk, but can also be found deeper inside of the body.
  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs): These tumors develop within the walls of the digestive system, most commonly in the stomach. However, rare cases of GISTs arising from outside of the digestive tract can also occur.
  • Kaposi sarcoma: A cancer of the blood vessels or lymph system known for producing purple plaques on the skin. It can spread elsewhere in the body.
  • Leiomyosarcoma: Starts in the involuntary smooth muscles, such as those found in the stomach, intestine and blood vessels.
  • Liposarcoma: Forms in fatty tissue.
  • Malignant fibrous histiocytoma: Forms in the fibrous tissue, most commonly in the legs, but may also occur in the abdomen. Also more recently known as pleomorphic undifferentiated sarcoma.
  • Neurofibrosarcoma: Also known as malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, this type of soft tissue sarcoma develops in peripheral nerves.
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma: Starts in the skeletal muscle. Alveolar rhabdomyosarcomas often occur in the limbs of teenagers and young adults, while pleomorphic rhabdomyosarcoma affects middle-age adults.
  • Synovial sarcoma: Also called synovial cell sarcomas, these tumors most commonly arise in the areas around large joints.

YOUR GOOD HEALTH -- BREAKTHROUGH

SIMPLE STRATEGIES THAT PROTECT AGAINST CANCER

PREVENTING CANCER DOESN'T HAVE TO MEAN MASSIVE DIET OR LIFESTYLE CHANGES. EXPERTS HAVE PINPOINTED SMALL STEPS THAT REALLY SHORE UP YOUR PROTECTION! (BRENDA kEARNS)

1. KO TROUBLE WITH CELERY

CELERY is packed with APIGENIN, a potent anti-inflammatory compound that helps stall the growth and spread of even tough-to-treat cancers!

IT WORKS, say University of Missouri researchers, by shutting down blood flow to cancer cells, starving them of the oxygen and nutrients they need to survive.

AIM TO EAT 1/2 cup of celery daily or take a supplement, such as SWANSON APIGENIN ($10.34 for 90 capsules; Walmart.com).

2. BLOCK CARCINOGENS WITH LEGUMES

EAT 1/2 CUP OF BEANS, PEAS, OR LENTILS DAILY, and a NORWEGIAN study shows your overall cancer risk will plunge 32%!

LEGUMES are rich in a type of fiber that binds to toxins and excess hormones, whisking them out of your body before they can contribute to cancer

3. UP YOUR PROTECTION WITH BARLEY

BARLEY has a chewy texture, a nutty flavor and is as easy to cook as rice -- and consuming three (3) cups of this underrated grain weekly could cut your cancer risk 34%, reports the Journal of Hematology and Oncology.

Its protective powers are thanks to a combination of manganese, molybdenum and beta-glucans, nutrients that together prime your immune cells to aggressively seek out and destroy cancer cells, explains study coauthor Godfrey Chan, M.D.

SUPER HEALTHY BARLEY GALLO PINTO HELPS KO CANCER!

THIS QUICK-TO-PREPARE DISH IS LOADED WITH THE NUTRIENTS AND PHYTOCHEMICALS IN BEANS, BARLEY AND CELERY THAT CAN SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCE YOUR CANCER RISK!

2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 large stalks of celery, thinly sliced

1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped

1 red bell pepper, diced

2 cups cooked pearl or pot barley

1 (19-oz. ) can black beans, drained and rinsed

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp. ground cumin

1/2 tsp. chilli powder

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

1 lime, cut into wedges, for garnish

In a large, heavy-bottom skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, celery, onion and red bell pepper. Saute, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent (approximately 5 minutes). Stir in cooked barley, black beans, Worcestershire sauce, cumin and chilli powder. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is heated through and has a slightly dry texture (approximately 10 minutes). Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Makes four (4) servings.

FOODS THAT PREVENT VARIOUS CANCERS!

GREAT NEWS: RESEARCH PROVES THAT YOU REALLY CAN POWER UP YOUR PROTECTION AGAINST BREAST, OVARIAN AND OTHER CANCERS JUST BY EATING MORE OF A FEW COMMON FOODS!

1. PROTECT BREASTS WITH PEACHES!

Fresh or frozen, peaches pack loads of compounds that help block the growth of suspicious breast cells, reveals Texas A&M University research. No wonder eating just three cups of peaches weekly cuts breast cancer risk 33%! Eggplant, plums, and blueberries are also rich in these protective plant acids.

2. CUT OVARIAN CANCER RISK 50% WITH SALAD GREENS!

Eating a cup a day of leafy greens, such as romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, watercress and endive slashes ovarian cancer risk as much as 50%, reports the British Journal of Cancer. The pigments that give those foods their color are also anti-oxidants that help keep ovarian cells normal, explains study coauthor Sue Larsson, Ph.D.

3. AVOID CERVICAL CANCER WITH PINK GRAPEFRUIT!

Enjoying half a pink grapefruit daily could cut your odds of both CERVICAL and ENDOMETRIAL CANCERS 25%! In the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology reveals that pink grapefruit is rich in two cancer-fighting nutrients (NARINGIN and LYCOPENE), which prod precancerous cells to self destruct. TOMATOES are another good source of these protective nutrients.

4. SAFEGUARD YOUR COLON WITH NUTS!

Snacking on a handful of cashews, almonds, pecans or walnuts daily can lower your risk of colon cancer 42%--even if you have a history of the disease! The reason? The healthy minerals and fats in tree nuts help heal damaged intestinal cells, which is a key to keeping them cancer-free.

5. APPLES GET AN A+ FOR LUNG CANCER!

Simply eating an apple a day slashes your risk of lung cancer a whopping 60%, European research shows. The credit goes to FLAVONOIDS, a type of antioxidant in apples, which rein in lung-damaging inflammation!

BONUS: That same apple helps shield you from lung-related winter ills, such as colds, bronchitis, and even pneumonia!

6. CANCER-FIGHTING POWER OF BRAZIL NUTS

NFCR-sponsored researchers have been investigating the links between nutrition and cancer prevention for decades. The latest research from Dr. Helmut Sies focuses specifically on the role of selenium, a nutrient that may play a critical role in reducing the risk of certain cancers. So what can we eat to add selenium to our diets? Brazil nuts.

Brazil nuts contain the richest source of natural selenium. They also make a great pesto (RECIPE BELOW). Add a dollop to some roasted broccoli, whole-grain pasta or salmon and voila! You now have a delicious, nutritious, cancer-fighting meal for dinner tonight. Try it…. And let us know what you think. Post your comments below.

9 SUPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF BRAZIL NUTS

  • AIDS IN DIGESTION
  • HELPS IN TREATING ACNE
  • BENEFICIAL IN WEIGHT LOSS
  • AIDS IN MAINTAINING HEALTHY SKIN
  • BOOSTS IMMUNE SYSTEM AND OVERALL HEALTH
  • HELPS IN PROPER FUNCTIONING OF THE THYROID GLAND
  • HELPS TO PREVENT ATHEROSCLEROSIS AND HEART ATTACK
  • HELPS IN CELLULAR GROWTH, REPAIR AND WOUND HEALING
  • HELPS TO PREVENT CONSTIPATION, BLOATING, AND COLON CANCER

BRAZIL-NUT PESTO

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped
2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp chopped tarragon
1 large garlic clove, chopped
1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground pepper

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE:

In a mini food processor, combine the parsley with the Brazil nuts, water, tarragon, garlic and lemon zest and pulse to a coarse paste. Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil and the Parmesan and process to a slightly smooth paste. Season with salt and pepper.

MAKE AHEAD OF TIME:

This pesto can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.

VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS AND CANCER

DIETARY SUPPLEMENTS VERSUS WHOLE FOODS


Dietary supplements such as vitamin and mineral tablets have become widely available in Australia and may be taken for a variety of reasons. Some people are advised by their doctor or dietitian to take dietary supplements if they have certain medical conditions, are pregnant or have a restricted dietary intake. However, the majority of people do not need dietary supplements if they eat a wide variety of nutritious foods.

Cancer Council recommends people eat a variety of nutritious food especially fruit and vegetables

Getting nutrients from tablets is not as good as getting them naturally from food. Foods like fruit and vegetables contain lots of vitamins, but also many other beneficial substances such as fibre, minerals and antioxidants. Dietary fibre can help to ensure a healthier digestive system and reduce the risk of bowel cancer, while antioxidants help protect against the damaging effects of free radicals in the body. Therefore eating whole foods is best to obtain maximum benefits.

In addition, research has shown that some vitamins that are taken as supplements may not have the same effect as when they’re consumed in food. This is because the effect of the vitamin may be due to interactions between different food compounds that don’t occur when vitamins are isolated in a supplement.

Cancer Council recommends people obtain their nutritional requirements from whole foods, rather than individual nutrients in a supplement form.

Eating nutritious foods like fruit and vegetables can also help you to maintain a healthy body weight.

WHAT ABOUT CANCER RISK?
Studies suggest that people who eat a diet high in plant foods such as fruit, vegetables and wholegrain cereals have a lower risk for some types of cancer.

However in most cases it is not known which compounds (or combination of compounds) is best when it comes to lowering the risk of cancer. There are likely to be important, but as yet unidentified, components of whole food that are not included in supplements.

Currently there is no evidence to suggest that supplements (e.g. tablets, capsules) can reduce cancer risk. The few clinical trials testing whether supplements can reduce cancer risk in humans have had disappointing results. Any link between diet and cancer is far more complex than simply adding vitamin supplements to your existing diet.

Beta-carotene
Some studies suggest that certain antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene are not protective, and may in fact increase overall mortality.

Beta-carotene is the orange colour pigment found in vegetables and fruit and is converted into vitamin A in the body. Normal levels of beta-carotene from foods such as dark-green leafy vegetables, carrots, sweet potato, mango and dried apricots may help protect against cancer.

However studies have shown that there is a convincing link between beta-carotene supplements and the risk of lung cancer in people who smoke cigarettes.

Therefore it is possible that the protective effect of beta-carotene at dietary intake amounts is lost or reversed with dietary supplementation and the higher levels that this can supply.

Cancer Council recommends people avoid taking high doses (>18 mg) of beta-carotene supplements, especially if they smoke.

Vitamin A
Vitamin A (retinol) is obtained from foods in two ways: preformed from animal food sources and derived from beta-carotene in plant foods. Vitamin A supplements, whether in the form of beta-carotene or retinol, have not been shown to lower cancer risk, and high-dose supplements may be toxic. Long-term use of high dose supplements increases the risk for lung cancer, particularly amongst people at high risk such as smokers.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is found in many vegetables and fruits. Many experimental studies have linked consumption of foods rich in vitamin C to a reduced risk for cancer. However the few studies in which vitamin C has been given as a supplement have not shown a reduced risk for cancer. High doses of vitamin C (more than 2000mg/day) can cause a number of side effects such as headaches, diarrhoea, nausea, heartburn, stomach cramps and possibly kidney stones.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant found in foods such as whole grains, seeds, nuts and vegetable oils. Studies of vitamin E supplementation and cancer risk have shown inconsistent results (positive effects and no effects). High doses of vitamin E supplements can cause certain side effects and should be avoided.


Read more at https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/22108/cancer-prevention/diet-exercise/nutrition-diet/fruit-vegetables/vitamins-and-cancer/#xOXmsAUlELglTjTf.99

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HERBAL CAUTION

HERBS AND CHEMOTHERAPY DRUGS

PEOPLE HAVE TURNED TO HERBS TO BOOST HEALTH FOR CENTURIES. But a new report published in the journal Cancer found that some herbal supplements may be risky for cancer patients. Researchers looked at 44 herbal medicines, and a whopping 29 of these were deemed to pose health risks to patients undergoing cancer treatment. For example, the study found that turmeric, popular for its anti-inflammatory properties, may increase toxic effects of certain chemotherapies, while green tea and ginkgo biloba could make bleeding more likely.

Most herbs and supplements have not been studied together with chemotherapy drugs, and their interactions remain unclear, says Chris D'Adamo, Ph.D., director of research at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

As with any medicine, check with your doctor before using a natural remedy.

SEPTEMBER 2018 AWARENESS MONTH

SEPTEMBER IS...

EVENT:

DAY

  • National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Food Safety Education Month
  • Healthy Aging Month
  • National ITP Awareness Month
  • Blood Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Cholesterol Education Month
  • National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • National Pediculosis Prevention Month/Head Lice Prevention Month
  • National Recovery Month
  • National Sickle Cell Month
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JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS

300,000 CHILDREN
IN AMERICA HAVE ARTHRITIS

And we need your help spreading the word.

JULY IS JUVENILE ARTHRITIS AWARENESS MONTH

That’s right, kids get arthritis. It is a common misconception that only “old” people are afflicted with arthritis. Nearly 300,000 children in America have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis.

Juvenile arthritis (JA) is not a disease in itself. Also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16.

JUVENILE ARTHRITIS
  • Juvenile Arthritis: Early Signs and Symptoms

    Learn the early signals that could indicate your child’s symptoms result from a juvenile rheumatic disease.

    By Susan Bernstein

    Young children often are sidelined by illness or fatigue – the flu-like bug picked up from playmates at daycare, or the sore arm caused by a tumble on the playground. When symptoms like pain, stiffness or fevers occur at odd times, without obvious cause, could this mean juvenile arthritis (JA)? How can you tell the difference?

    Traditionally, a child complaining of occasional achy joints was dismissed as having “growing pains,” a vague phenomenon believed to be the result of the natural growth process. Now, we know that symptoms of joint pain, swelling, stiffness, fatigue or illness may be early signals of a serious, inflammatory rheumatic disease that requires immediate medical treatment.

    Several rheumatic diseases affect children, often those who are too young to speak about what’s bothering them. In such cases, it’s important not to assume these symptoms are temporary, and to get a proper diagnosis from your pediatrician. Early drug treatment can prevent serious, permanent damage to your child’s joints and enable to her to live an active, full childhood despite juvenile arthritis.

    Common Signs of JA

    The most common type of juvenile arthritis is juvenile idiopathic arthritis, formerly known as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Children as young as two may be affected. Other rheumatic diseases affecting children include juvenile dermatomyositis, juvenile psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and systemic arthritis, or Still’s disease. In these diseases, a child’s immune system malfunctions for some reason, attacking her body instead, especially her joints. Here are the common symptoms of juvenile arthritis, and why they are different from symptoms caused by other illnesses or injury.

    Pain: Kids complain of pain in joints or muscles at times, particularly after a long day of strenuous activity. But a child with juvenile arthritis may complain of pain right after she wakes up in the morning or after a nap. Her knees, hands, feet, neck or jaw joints may be painful. Her pain may lessen as she starts moving for the day. Over-the-counter pain relief drugs like acetaminophen or ibuprofen may not help. Unlike pain caused by an injury or other illnesses, JA-related pain may develop slowly, and in joints on both sides of the body (both knees or both feet), rather than one single joint.

    Stiffness: A child with JA may have stiff joints, particularly in the morning. He may hold his arm or leg in the same position, or limp. A very young child may struggle to perform normal movements or activities he recently learned, like holding a spoon. JA-related stiffness may be worse right after he wakes up and improve as he starts moving.

    Swelling: Swelling or redness on the skin around painful joints is a sign of inflammation. A child may complain that a joint feels hot, or it may even feel warm to the touch. A child’s swelling may persist for several days, or come and go, and may affect her knees, hands and feet. Unlike swelling that happens right after a fall or injury during play, this symptom is a strong sign that she has juvenile arthritis.

    Fevers: While children commonly have fevers caused by ordinary infectious diseases like the flu, a child with JA may have frequent fevers accompanied by malaise or fatigue. These fevers don’t seem to happen along with the symptoms of respiratory or stomach infections. Fevers may come on suddenly, even at the same time of day, and then disappear after a short time.

    Rashes: Many forms of juvenile arthritis cause rashes on the skin. Many kids develop rashes and causes can range from poison ivy to eczema or even an allergic reaction to a drug. But faint, pink rashes that develop over knuckles, across the cheeks and bridge of the nose, or on the trunk, arms and legs, may signal a serious rheumatic disease. These rashes may not be itchy or oozing, and they may persist for days or weeks.

    Weight loss: Healthy, active children may be finicky about eating, refusing to eat because they say they’re not hungry or because they don’t like the food offered. Other children may overeat and gain weight. But if a child seems fatigued, lacks an appetite and is losing rather than gaining weight, it’s a sign that her problem could be juvenile arthritis.

    Eye problems: Eye infections like conjunctivitis (pinkeye) are relatively common in children, as they easily pass bacterial infections to each other during play or at school. But persistent eye redness, pain or blurred vision may be a sign of something more serious. Some forms of juvenile arthritis cause serious eye-related complications such as iritis, or inflammation of the iris and uveitis, inflammation of the eye's middle layer.

    While many early symptoms of juvenile arthritis could be easily mistaken for other childhood diseases or injuries that aren't serious or long-lasting, it’s important for parents to get a proper examination and diagnosis from their pediatrician. Juvenile arthritis includes many different diseases, but one common thread between them is that they can have serious, even life-threatening impacts on a young child. Diagnosis by a physician can determine the cause of the symptoms, rule out injuries or other diseases, and suggest treatments that will ease symptoms and allow your child to return to school and resume playing with friends and enjoying childhood.

SIDE STEP ARTHRITIS WITH ONIONS

Arthritis is the top trigger of chronic knee pain--and simply eating 1/2 cup of any type of raw or cooked onions daily could cut your risk of that painful condition as much as 50%. Credit goes to minerals (sulfer and selenium) in onions that help form shock-absorbing cartilage. Broccoli is also rich in sulfur; Brazil nuts provide selenium.

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WOULD YOU EVER USE ONION JUICE TO THICKEN HAIR?

It seems a bit wacky, but studies show applying onion juice to the scalp can incease HAIR GROWTH by 87 percent (87%) in six weeks.

BUT IS IT WORTH THE EFFORT?

To find out, staffers mixed the juice of one onion with 3 drops of lavender (to help mask the smell) and massage it onto their scalp twice daily. The consensus: IT STINKS!

"Lately I have been noticing more fallout, so I was game to try anything that boosts growth. But I just couldn't get past the potent onion smell to try this more than once.

--Melissa Sorrells, FIRST, senior editor

"Besides how time-consuming the onion juice is to make, this didn't help grow my locks at all. I did see some extra volume at my roots, but that was the only upside."

--Rebecca Haynes, FIRST, senior health editor

ARE YOU GAME?

NATIONAL MINORITY MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health conditions do not discriminate based on race, color, gender or identity. Anyone can experience the challenges of mental illness regardless of their background. However, background and identity can make access to mental health treatment much more difficult. National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 2008 to start changing this.

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition.

Taking on the challenges of mental health conditions, health coverage and the stigma of mental illness requires all of us. In many communities, these problems are increased by less access to care, cultural stigma and lower quality care.

In 2018, NAMI will promote the theme of "CureStigma" throughout all awareness events, including Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

Why this cause is important: One in 5 Americans is affected by mental health conditions. Stigma is toxic to their mental health because it creates an environment of shame, fear and silence that prevents many people from seeking help and treatment. The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.

Campaign manifesto: There’s a virus spreading across America. It harms the 1 in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions. It shames them into silence. It prevents them from seeking help. And in some cases, it takes lives. What virus are we talking about? It’s stigma. Stigma against people with mental health conditions. But there’s good news. Stigma is 100% curable. Compassion, empathy and understanding are the antidote. Your voice can spread the cure. Join NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Together we can #CureStigma.

#CureStigma For Minority Mental Health Month.

Help us spread the word through the many awareness, support and advocacy activities. Share minority mental health awareness information, images and graphics for #MinorityMentalHealth throughout July.

America’s entire mental health system needs improvement, including when it comes to serving marginalized communities. Learn more about how you can get involved with Minority Mental Health Awareness Month.

DEPRESSED?

YOU ARE NOT ALONE .....

1 IN 6 PEOPLE EXPERIENCE DEPRESSION

SYMPTONS INCLUDE:

  • Depressed mood, sadness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in things you normally enjoy
  • Trouble sleeping, or low energy
  • Problems with concentration, memory or making decisions
  • Feeling suspicious or that others are against you
  • Having unusual experiences such as hearing voices or sounds, or seeing things that aren't real

If this sounds like you or some one you know, call a counselor or a doctor.

Depression can be short-term, lasting for just a couple of weeks, or long-term, lasting for years. It is normal to feel sad, lonely, or hopeless sometimes, such as after you experience a loss or during a time in your life when you are struggling. However, it is a problem when these feelings won’t go away, cause physical symptoms, or begin to interfere with your normal daily activities. If you think you might be depressed, it is important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Untreated depression may continue for months or years, and may even threaten your life.

THE ANXIETY TRAP

A CHRONIC DISEASE AND ANXIETY CAN CREATE A VICIOUS CYCLE.

EVEN THE PRESSURE OF COPING WITH ARTHRITIS CAN RATCHET UP STRESS AND ANXIETY - a condition that affects as many as 1 in 3 people with arthritis. And that , in turn, can worsen the symptons of chronic diseases and contribute to a host of other problems.

"When we are STRESSED or PERCEIVE A THREAT, our body responds with physiologic responses that prepare us to fight or escape the enemy," says Rudy Nydegger, PhD, a clinical psychologist and professor emeritusat Union Graduate College in Schenectady, N.Y. "Our heart rate and breathing speed up, our muscles tense and blood flow to the brain increases, putting us in a stste of high awareness."

That can help protect you if the enemy is an attacking tiger and the threat ends quickly. But when ONGOING STRESS leads to ANXIETY (excessive worry), it can result in a heightened awareness of symptoms - for instance, pain feels worse - as well as increased susceptibility to infection and risk of other health problems, including heart disease. ANXIETY can have indirect health impacts, too, if it leads to INACTIVITY, INTERFERES WITH SLEEP or LEADS YOU TO UNHEALTHY FOODS FOR COMFORT.

Use this knowledge to make these healthy lifestyle changes to reduce STRESS and counteract its effects.

HERE'S HOW TO STOP IT.

1. GET MOVING.

REGULAR EXERCISE is one of the most important things you can do to releive anxiety, because it boosts the production of feel-good endorphins and the neurohormone norepinephrine. It also has many direct benefits for arthritis, including strengthening joint-supporting muscles and helping with weight loss.

2. PRACTICE DEEP BREATHING.

FOCUS ON BREATHING FOR RELAXATION. Here's one exercise to try: Breathe in for a count of five and then breath out for a count of five. REPEAT for several minutes.

3. SEEK COUNSELING.

PSYCHOTHERAPISTS use cognitive behavioral therapy to help you change behaviors and the way you think about situations that may be causing or contributing to your anxiety to ultimately help you feel better.

4. TRY MEDICATIONS.

ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND ANTI-ANXIETY DRUGS CALLED ANXIOLYTICS ARE SOME OF THE MEDICATIONS USED TO TREAT ANXIETY. These are often used short-term and should be in conjunction with COUNSELING, otherwise, ANXIETY will return WHEN THE MEDICATION IS STOPPED, SAYS DR. NYDEGGER.

--MARY ANN DUNKIN

WORLD HEPATITIS DAY

World Hepatitis Day takes place every year on 28 July, with the aim of bringing the world together under one single theme in order to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and the impact it has worldwide.

The theme for World Hepatitis Day 2018 is “Eliminate Hepatitis."

World Hepatitis Day is used to make the people to get accurate information about the Hepatitis to encourage the people to do early prevention, treatment as well as Diagnosis of the Hepatitis Disease. Many of the people are dying due to the Hepatitis Disease every year in many of the Countries.

"FIND THE MISSING MILLIONS!!!"

WHAT IS HEPATITIS?

HEPATITIS IS - An inflammation of the liver.

Most common types

  • Hepatitis B - A serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus that's easily preventable by a vaccine.
  • Hepatitis C - An infection caused by a virus that attacks the liver and leads to inflammation.
  • Alcoholic hepatitis - Liver inflammation caused by drinking too much alcohol.
  • Autoimmune hepatitis - Inflammation in the liver that occurs when the immune system attacks the liver.
  • Hepatitis D - A serious liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis D virus.
  • Hepatitis A - A highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus.
  • Hepatitis E - A liver disease caused by the hepatitis E virus.

Consult a doctor for medical advice

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis refers to an inflammatory condition of the liver. It’s commonly caused by a viral infection, but there are other possible causes of hepatitis. These include autoimmune hepatitis and hepatitis that occurs as a secondary result of medications, drugs, toxins, and alcohol. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease that occurs when your body makes antibodies against your liver tissue.

Your liver is located in the right upper area of your abdomen. It performs many critical functions that affect metabolism throughout your body, including:

  • bile production, which is essential to digestion
  • filtering of toxins from your body
  • excretion of bilirubin (a product of broken-down red blood cells), cholesterol, hormones, and drugs
  • breakdown of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins
  • activation of enzymes, which are specialized proteins essential to body functions
  • storage of glycogen (a form of sugar), minerals, and vitamins (A, D, E, and K)
  • synthesis of blood proteins, such as albumin
  • synthesis of clotting factors

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 4.4 million Americans are currently living with chronic hepatitis B and C. Many more people don’t even know that they have hepatitis.

Treatment options vary depending on which type of hepatitis you have. You can prevent some forms of hepatitis through immunizations and lifestyle precautions.

The 5 types of viral hepatitis

Viral infections of the liver that are classified as hepatitis include hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. A different virus is responsible for each type of virally transmitted hepatitis.

Hepatitis A is always an acute, short-term disease, while hepatitis B, C, and D are most likely to become ongoing and chronic. Hepatitis E is usually acute but can be particularly dangerous in pregnant women.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is caused by an infection with the hepatitis A virus (HAV). This type of hepatitis is most commonly transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infected with hepatitis A.

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen, containing the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Injection drug use, having sex with an infected partner, or sharing razors with an infected person increase your risk of getting hepatitis B.

It’s estimated by the CDC that 1.2 million people in the United States and 350 million people worldwide live with this chronic disease.

Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C comes from the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids, typically through injection drug use and sexual contact. HCV is among the most common bloodborne viral infections in the United States. Approximately 2.7 to 3.9 million Americans are currently living with a chronic form of this infection.

Hepatitis D

Also called delta hepatitis, hepatitis D is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis D virus (HDV). HDV is contracted through direct contact with infected blood. Hepatitis D is a rare form of hepatitis that only occurs in conjunction with hepatitis B infection. The hepatitis D virus can’t multiply without the presence of hepatitis B. It’s very uncommon in the United States.

Hepatitis E

Hepatitis E is a waterborne disease caused by the hepatitis E virus (HEV). Hepatitis E is mainly found in areas with poor sanitation and typically results from ingesting fecal matter that contaminates the water supply. This disease is uncommon in the United States. However, cases of hepatitis E have been reported in the Middle East, Asia, Central America, and Africa, according to the CDC.

Causes of noninfectious hepatitisAlcohol and other toxins

Excessive alcohol consumption can cause liver damage and inflammation. This is sometimes referred to as alcoholic hepatitis. The alcohol directly injures the cells of your liver. Over time, it can cause permanent damage and lead to liver failure and cirrhosis, a thickening and scarring of the liver.

Other toxic causes of hepatitis include overuse or overdose of medications and exposure to poisons.

Autoimmune system response

In some cases, the immune system mistakes the liver as a harmful object and begins to attack it. It causes ongoing inflammation that can range from mild to severe, often hindering liver function. It’s three times more common in women than in men.

Common symptoms of hepatitis

If you have infectious forms of hepatitis that are chronic, like hepatitis B and C, you may not have symptoms in the beginning. Symptoms may not occur until the damage affects liver function.

Signs and symptoms of acute hepatitis appear quickly. They include:

Chronic hepatitis develops slowly, so these signs and symptoms may be too subtle to notice.

How hepatitis is diagnosedHistory and physical exam

To diagnose hepatitis, first your doctor will take your history to determine any risk factors you may have for infectious or noninfectious hepatitis.

During a physical examination, your doctor may press down gently on your abdomen to see if there’s pain or tenderness. Your doctor may also feel to see if your liver is enlarged. If your skin or eyes are yellow, your doctor will note this during the exam.

Liver function tests

Liver function tests use blood samples to determine how efficiently your liver works. Abnormal results of these tests may be the first indication that there is a problem, especially if you don’t show any signs on a physical exam of liver disease. High liver enzyme levels may indicate that your liver is stressed, damaged, or not functioning properly.

Other blood tests

If your liver function tests are abnormal, your doctor will likely order other blood tests to detect the source of the problem. These tests can check for the viruses that cause hepatitis. They can also be used to check for antibodies that are common in conditions like autoimmune hepatitis.

Ultrasound

An abdominal ultrasound uses ultrasound waves to create an image of the organs within your abdomen. This test allows your doctor to take a close at your liver and nearby organs. It can reveal:

  • fluid in your abdomen
  • liver damage or enlargement
  • liver tumors
  • abnormalities of your gallbladder

Sometimes the pancreas shows up on ultrasound images as well. This can be a useful test in determining the cause of your abnormal liver function.

Liver biopsy

A liver biopsy is an invasive procedure that involves your doctor taking a sample of tissue from your liver. It can be done through your skin with a needle and doesn’t require surgery. Typically, an ultrasound is used to guide your doctor when taking the biopsy sample.

This test allows your doctor to determine how infection or inflammation has affected your liver. It can also be used to sample any areas in your liver that appear abnormal.

How hepatitis is treated

Treatment options are determined by which type of hepatitis you have and whether the infection is acute or chronic.

Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A usually doesn’t require treatment because it’s a short-term illness. Bed rest may be recommended if symptoms cause a great deal of discomfort. If you experience vomiting or diarrhea, follow your doctor’s orders for hydration and nutrition.

The hepatitis A vaccine is available to prevent this infection. Most children begin vaccination between ages 12 and 18 months. It’s a series of two vaccines. Vaccination for hepatitis A is also available for adults and can be combined with the hepatitis B vaccine.

Hepatitis B

Acute hepatitis B doesn’t require specific treatment.

Chronic hepatitis B is treated with antiviral medications. This form of treatment can be costly because it must be continued for several months or years. Treatment for chronic hepatitis B also requires regular medical evaluations and monitoring to determine if the virus is responding to treatment.

Hepatitis B can be prevented with vaccination. The CDC recommends hepatitis B vaccinations for all newborns. The series of three vaccines is typically completed over the first six months of childhood. The vaccine is also recommended for all healthcare and medical personnel.

Hepatitis C

Antiviral medications are used to treat both acute and chronic forms of hepatitis C. People who develop chronic hepatitis C are typically treated with a combination of antiviral drug therapies. They may also need further testing to determine the best form of treatment.

People who develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver disease as a result of chronic hepatitis C may be candidates for a liver transplant.

Currently, there is no vaccination for hepatitis C.

Hepatitis D

No antiviral medications exist for the treatment of hepatitis D at this time. According to a 2013 study, a drug called alpha interferon can be used to treat hepatitis D, but it only shows improvement in about 25 to 30 percent of people.

Hepatitis D can be prevented by getting the vaccination for hepatitis B, as infection with hepatitis B is necessary for hepatitis D to develop.

Hepatitis E

Currently, no specific medical therapies are available to treat hepatitis E. Because the infection is often acute, it typically resolves on its own. People with this type of infection are often advised to get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, get enough nutrients, and avoid alcohol. However, pregnant women who develop this infection require close monitoring and care.

Autoimmune hepatitis

Corticosteroids, like prednisone or budesonide, are extremely important in the early treatment of autoimmune hepatitis. They’re effective in about 80 percent of people with this condition.

Azothioprine (Imuran), a drug that suppresses the immune system, is often included in treatment. It can be used with or without steroids.

Other immune suppressing drugs like mycophenolate (CellCept), tacrolimus (Prograf) and cyclosporine (Neoral) can also be used as alternatives to azathioprine for treatment.

Tips to prevent hepatitisHygiene

Practicing good hygiene is one key way to avoid contracting hepatitis A and E. If you’re traveling to a developing country, you should avoid:

  • local water
  • ice
  • raw or undercooked shellfish and oysters
  • raw fruit and vegetables

Hepatitis B, C, and D contracted through contaminated blood can be prevented by:

  • not sharing drug needles
  • not sharing razors
  • not using someone else’s toothbrush
  • not touching spilled blood

Hepatitis B and C can also be contracted through sexual intercourse and intimate sexual contact. Practicing safe sex by using condoms and dental dams can help decrease the risk of infection. You can find many options available for purchase online.

Vaccines

The use of vaccines is an important key to preventing hepatitis. Vaccinations are available to prevent the development of hepatitis A and B. Experts are currently developing vaccines against hepatitis C. A vaccination for hepatitis E exists in China, but it isn’t available in the United States.

Complications of hepatitis

Chronic hepatitis B or C can often lead to more serious health problems. Because the virus affects the liver, people with chronic hepatitis B or C are at risk for:

When your liver stops functioning normally, liver failure can occur. Complications of liver failure include:

  • bleeding disorders
  • a buildup of fluid in your abdomen, known as ascites
  • increased blood pressure in portal veins that enter your liver, known as portal hypertension
  • kidney failure
  • hepatic encephalopathy, which can involve fatigue, memory loss, and diminished mental abilities due to the buildup of toxins, like ammonia, that affect brain function
  • hepatocellular carcinoma, which is a form of liver cancer
  • death

People with chronic hepatitis B and C are encouraged to avoid alcohol because it can accelerate liver disease and failure. Certain supplements and medications can also affect liver function. If you have chronic hepatitis B or C, check with your doctor before taking any new medications.

FRUITS BOOST KID'S BRAIN HEALTH!

Kids who load up on fruit score higher on tests measuring their intelligence and their ability to handle tough tasks, reveals a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine.

Also impressive?

Kids who eat fruit daily have better vocabularies during middle school, too. Fruit juice doesn't offer the same perks, so researches theorize that the benefits may be due to potent phytochemicals only in whole fruit.

THIS NUTRIENT BOOSTS BABIES' BRAINS

When PREGNANT women eat a diet rich in CHOLINE, their children tend to have better memories, according to a new study.

CHOLINE is a nutrient found in beans and other legumes, nuts, and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage, fish, poultry, egg yolks, and lean red meat.

The women in the study all consumed the same diet during their third trimester, but one group received 480 milligrams (mg) per day of CHOLINE, and the other group received 930 mg.

Researchers later tested the infants for information processing and memory several times during the first 13 months after birth. The babies whose mothers had taken higher amounts of CHOLINE tested consistently higher.

CHOLINE is similar to the B vitamins. The Adequate Intake (AI) level for adult women is 425 mg per day, with an increase to 450 mg during PREGNANCY. Both groups in this study received more than the Adequate Intake (AI).

SUPERCHARGE YOUR MEMORY IN JUST 10 MINUTES A DAY!

WANT TO ENSURE THAT YOUR ABILITY TO REMEMBER IMPORTANT DETAILS STAYS STRONG?

Sit still, breathe through your left nostril (holding your right nostril closed) for five minutes, then breathe through your right nostril (holding your left nostril closed) for five minutes and repeat.

Doing this once a day improves your verbal memory (helping you recall names and new info) and spatial memory (helping you recall directions like driving routes) within three days, reports the Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.

IT WORKS!

"One-nostril breathing" activates receptors that change electrical activity in the brain, enhancing effeciency in arears that manage verbal and spatial memory!

AND HAVE SOME SPINACH!

Brains of folks who eat a daily serving of leafy greens (such as spinach) are 11 YEARS YOUNGER than those who skip greens, research shows. Nutrients in these veggies BLOCK DAMAGE TO NEURONS!

TO BOOST MEMORY---SCENT YOUR HOME WITH SAGE!

Light a sage-scented candle or set out a few bowls of sage potpourri and you could chase away brain fog and improve alertness, focus and memory by 21 percent in just 10 minutes, say researchers at the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

That's because the rich herbal aroma of sage stimulates the brain's focus-enhancing frontal lobe, plus it energizes the limbic system--the brain region responsible for memory formation.

GOOD HEALTH NEWS!

EYE HEALTH NUTRIENTS ALSO AID THE BRAIN

LUTEIN AND ZEAXANTHIN are known key CAROTENOIDS for EYE HEALTH, filtering out harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and helping to protect and maintain cells comprising the eye. The human body does not make enough of either nutrient, so we mustget them from supplements or food sources such as KALE, SPINACH, COLLARD GREENS, TURNIP GREENS, CORN, GREEN PEAS, BROCCOLI, ROMAINE LETTUCE, GREEN BEANS and EGGS.

Researchers from the University of Georgia, in Athens, investigated the relationship between levels of LEUTIN and ZEAXANTHIN and COGNITIVE FUNCTION. They measured the levels of each nutrient in the retinas of 43 older adults with a mean age of 72 and asked that the subjects learn and recall pairs of unrelated words. The study found that those with higher levels of both nutrients did better on the test, suggesting that the enhanced neural efficiency that comes from consuming these nutrients leads to better BRAIN FUNCTION.

HOW TO MEMORIZE ANYTHING!

NEED TO COMMIT SOMETHING TO MEMORY?

READ IT OUT LOUD!

According to a new study in the the journal MEMORY, reading something aloud uses three different processes--reading the words, moving your mouth as you speak, and listening as you speak-- and that extra effort makes your brain work harder to ingrain into your memory.

THE UNEXPECTED WAY TO EXCEL!

SUCCESS SECRET!

THINK YOU'RE MORE JITTERY WHEN OTHER PEOPLE ARE WATCHING YOU? Maybe so -- but you're still probably doing better than you would if you were alone! That's the word from a suprising new JOHN HOPKINS UNIVERSITY study, which found that being observed improves performance by up to 20%. Researchers think knowning that all eyes are on you may increase your brain activity, which helps you shine.

HOUSEWORK LENGTHENS YOUR LIFE!

HATE JOGGING? DUST INSTEAD!

A NEW UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA STUDY OF 6,300 WOMEN(AGED 63 TO 99) SUGGESTS THAT FOR EVERY HOUR YOU SPEND TAKING CARE OF YOUR HOME, YOUR RISK OF EARLY DEATH PLUNGES 24%.

THE BEST NEWS?

LIGHTER CHORES, LIKE FOLDING LAUNDRY AND TIDYNG UP, ARE JUST AS PROTECTIVE AS TASKS THAT REQUIRE ELBOW GREASE, SUCH AS SCRUBBING THE OVEN!

NOTE:: REMEMBER TO THANK GOD FOR ALLOWING YOU TO BE ABLE TO DO HOUSEWORK TOO!!!

THIS IS PSORIASIS MONTH

Psoriasis is a common skin condition that speeds up the life cycle of skin cells. It causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches that are itchy and sometimes painful.

Psoriasis is a chronic disease that often comes and goes. The main goal of treatment is to stop the skin cells from growing so quickly.

There is no cure for psoriasis, but you can manage symptoms. Lifestyle measures, such as moisturizing, quitting smoking and managing stress, may help.

Psoriasis signs and symptoms are different for everyone. Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches of skin covered with thick, silvery scales
  • Small scaling spots (commonly seen in children)
  • Dry, cracked skin that may bleed
  • Itching, burning or soreness
  • Thickened, pitted or ridged nails
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Psoriasis patches can range from a few spots of dandruff-like scaling to major eruptions that cover large areas.

Most types of psoriasis go through cycles, flaring for a few weeks or months, then subsiding for a time or even going into complete remission.

There are several types of psoriasis. These include:

  • Plaque psoriasis. The most common form, plaque psoriasis causes dry, raised, red skin lesions (plaques) covered with silvery scales. The plaques might be itchy or painful and there may be few or many. They can occur anywhere on your body, including your genitals and the soft tissue inside your mouth.
  • Nail psoriasis. Psoriasis can affect fingernails and toenails, causing pitting, abnormal nail growth and discoloration. Psoriatic nails might loosen and separate from the nail bed (onycholysis). Severe cases may cause the nail to crumble.
  • Guttate psoriasis. This type primarily affects young adults and children. It's usually triggered by a bacterial infection such as strep throat. It's marked by small, water-drop-shaped, scaling lesions on your trunk, arms, legs and scalp.

    The lesions are covered by a fine scale and aren't as thick as typical plaques are. You may have a single outbreak that goes away on its own, or you may have repeated episodes.

    • Inverse psoriasis. This mainly affects the skin in the armpits, in the groin, under the breasts and around the genitals. Inverse psoriasis causes smooth patches of red, inflamed skin that worsen with friction and sweating. Fungal infections may trigger this type of psoriasis.
    • Pustular psoriasis. This uncommon form of psoriasis can occur in widespread patches (generalized pustular psoriasis) or in smaller areas on your hands, feet or fingertips.

      It generally develops quickly, with pus-filled blisters appearing just hours after your skin becomes red and tender. The blisters may come and go frequently. Generalized pustular psoriasis can also cause fever, chills, severe itching and diarrhea.

    • Erythrodermic psoriasis. The least common type of psoriasis, erythrodermic psoriasis can cover your entire body with a red, peeling rash that can itch or burn intensely.
      • Psoriatic arthritis. In addition to inflamed, scaly skin, psoriatic arthritis causes swollen, painful joints that are typical of arthritis. Sometimes the joint symptoms are the first or only manifestation of psoriasis or at times only nail changes are seen. Symptoms range from mild to severe, and psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint. Although the disease usually isn't as crippling as other forms of arthritis, it can cause stiffness and progressive joint damage that in the most serious cases may lead to permanent deformity.
      When to see a doctor

      If you suspect that you may have psoriasis, see your doctor for an examination. Also, talk to your doctor if your psoriasis:

      • Causes you discomfort and pain
      • Makes performing routine tasks difficult
      • Causes you concern about the appearance of your skin
      • Leads to joint problems, such as pain, swelling or inability to perform daily tasks

WHAT ARE OPIOIDS?

to search Opioid Drug class Chemical structure of morphine, the prototypical opioid.Class identifiersUse Pain relief

Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. Other medical uses include suppression of diarrhea, replacement therapy for opioid use disorder, reversing opioid overdose, suppressing cough, and suppressing opioid induced constipation. Extremely potent opioids such as carfentanil are only approved for veterinary use. Opioids are also frequently used non-medically for their euphoric effects or to prevent withdrawal.

Side effects of opioids may include itchiness, sedation, nausea, respiratory depression, constipation, and euphoria. Tolerance and dependence will develop with continuous use, requiring increasing doses and leading to a withdrawal syndrome upon abrupt discontinuation. The euphoria attracts recreational use and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs commonly results in death from respiratory depression.to searchOpioid Drug class Chemical structure of morphine, the prototypical opioid.[1]Class identifiersUse Pain reliefATC code N02AMode of action Opioid receptor

Opioids are substances that act on opioid receptors to produce morphine-like effects. Medically they are primarily used for pain relief, including anesthesia. Other medical uses include suppression of diarrhea, replacement therapy for opioid use disorder, reversing opioid overdose, suppressing cough, and suppressing opioid induced constipation. Extremely potent opioids such as carfentanil are only approved for veterinary use. Opioids are also frequently used non-medically for their euphoric effects or to prevent withdrawal.

Side effects of opioids may include itchiness, sedation, nausea, respiratory depression, constipation, and euphoria. Tolerance and dependence will develop with continuous use, requiring increasing doses and leading to a withdrawal syndrome upon abrupt discontinuation. The euphoria attracts recreational use and frequent, escalating recreational use of opioids typically results in addiction. An overdose or concurrent use with other depressant drugs commonly results in death from respiratory depression.

Opioids act by binding to opioid receptors, which are found principally in the central and peripheral nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract. These receptors mediate both the psychoactive and the somatic effects of opioids. Opioid drugs include partial agonists, like the anti-diarrhea drug loperamide and antagonists like naloxegol for opioid-induced constipation, which do not cross the blood-brain barrier, but can displace other opioids from binding to those receptors.

Because opioids are addictive and may result in fatal overdose, most are controlled substances. In 2013, between 28 and 38 million people used opioids illicitly (0.6% to 0.8% of the global population between the ages of 15 and 65). In 2011, an estimated 4 million people in the United States used opioids recreationally or were dependent on them. As of 2015, increased rates of recreational use and addiction are attributed to over-prescription of opioid medications and inexpensive illicit heroin. Conversely, fears about over-prescribing, exaggerated side effects and addiction from opioids are similarly blamed for under-treatment of pain.Terminology
Opioids include opiates, an older term that refers to such drugs derived from opium, including morphine itself.[14] Other opioids are semi-synthetic and synthetic drugs such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and fentanyl; antagonist drugs such as naloxone; and endogenous peptides such as the endorphins.[15] The terms opiate and narcotic are sometimes encountered as synonyms for opioid. Opiate is properly limited to the natural alkaloids found in the resin of the opium poppy although some include semi-synthetic derivatives. Narcotic, derived from words meaning 'numbness' or 'sleep', as an American legal term, refers to cocaine and opioids, and their source materials; it is also loosely applied to any illegal or controlled psychoactive drug. In some jurisdictions all controlled drugs are legally classified as narcotics. The term can have pejorative connotations and its use is generally discouraged where that is the case.

Medical uses Pain

Opioids are indicated for the relief of mild[21] to severe pain, but are usually reserved for moderate to severe pain. The weak opioid codeine, in low doses and combined with one or more other drugs, is commonly available without a prescription.

Acute pain

Opioids are effective for the treatment of acute pain (such as pain following surgery). For immediate relief of moderate to severe acute pain opioids are frequently the treatment of choice due to their rapid onset, efficacy and reduced risk of dependence. They have also been found to be important in palliative care to help with the severe, chronic, disabling pain that may occur in some terminal conditions such as cancer, and degenerative conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. In many cases opioids are a successful long-term care strategy for those with chronic cancer pain.

MEN'S HEALTH

THE KEY HEALTH CONCERNS THAT TYPICALLY CONCERN MEN

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT MEN'S HEALTH

1) JOINTS

One in every five American men reports joint pain (generally from osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis), notes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A great go-to for relief is curcumin, which is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory extracted from th spice turmeric. This herbal extract offers relief for aching joints without the risk of adverse effects seen with conventional medications. But it's not just about masking discomfort. Research shows that curcumin can help rebuild joint tissue by replacing damaged cartilage with new, healthy cartilage. Aim for 499 mg of curcumin twice a day.

All areas of connective tissue in the body contain collagen. This protein plays an important role in healthy joints. Supplementing with a form called collagen hydrolysate offers joint benefits, particularly for those with osteoarthritis.

2) PROSTATE HEALTH

The PROSTATE GLAND can be the location of several health concerns, ranging from harmless-but bothersome-to-severe. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is a common, noncancerous prostate condition. The urinary urge and frequency caused by BPH can be vexing. Many men find sympton relief from supplements that contain saw palmetto, with research typicallly based on 320 mg of saw palmetto extract daily. Prostatitis, which also causes the symptons of frequent and need to urinate and pain with urination, can be aided by saw palmetto supplements too.

One out of every six men develops prostate cancer; it's a leading cause of cancer-related death for men, second only to lung cancer.

Lycopene, a member of the carotenoid family and a powerful antioxidant, has been shown in several studies to reduce the risk of developing or dying from prostate cancer (aim for 15mg per day). Lycopene is most abundant in tomatoes and foods made from tomatoes. Lycopene supplement absorption improves when it's taken with a meal containing a little fat.

3) HEART HEALTH

"With HEART and BLOOD VESSEL DISEASE being the NUMBER ONE (#1) likker of men, as well as a major cause of disability, it is critical that you take good care of your heart," urges Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, author of Real Cause, Real Cure.

Coenzyme Q10 is a great supplement for heart health, especially for those taking a cholesterol-lowering medication. Since these medications deplete this important nutrient-putting your cardiovascular health at risk-Dr. Teitelbaum recommends supplementing with 400 milligrams (mg) of coenzyme Q10 daily for six (6) weeks, then continuing with a maintenance dose of 200 mg daily.

4) IN THE BEDROOM

While erectile dysfunction is reported by just 5% of 40-year-olds, the numbers go up to 15 to 20 percent of 65-year-olds. Clearly there is a higher risk with age. Erectile dfsfunction can be triggered by a circulation issue, depression, anxiety, or diabetes, or it can be a side effect of a medication.

The herb gingko promotes circulation to the blood vessels that feed the brain, and that same mechanism of action is thought to boost blood flow to the penis, which would be beneficial in garden-variety erectile dysfunction . For erectile issues due to prostate surgery, this herb could also help.

Building a Godly Marriage

Are you building a godly marriage? Are you applying God’s wisdom in the way you interact with each other? We are told in the Bible:

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” (Proverbs 24:3-4)

When we marry we believe that if we are both believers in God, we will build a Godly marriage. Oh, if it were only this simple!

Yes, the “chances” that we will have a Godly marriage are greater if both spouses are godly themselves. But that’s not the only determining factor. Building a godly marriage takes more than saying wedding vows and then living together. It takes determination and intentionality to live out your wedding vows, and also it takes actually living them out.

The Bible says in James 1:22: “Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Principles for Building a Godly Marriage

What we’ve found to be true is that the principles for building and living out a Godly marriage are the principles for loving, as God talks about all throughout the Bible. But you have to actually apply what God says in His Word for them to work. God, whose very name means LOVE, can teach you how to love each other and build a Godly marriage. But you need to call upon Him to help you. And then you need to apply what He tells you to do. That’s when your house WILL be filled with “knowledge” and “rare and beautiful treasures” as it tells us in Proverbs 24.

But it won’t be easy —especially in the same way we thought it would be before we married.

For some reason so many of us think that we will glide into marriage with ease. (Sadly Steve and I fell into this same trap.) After-all, if we love each other, and we’re both Christians before we marry —won’t our love just grow stronger as the years progress? That would make sense in theory —sure! But in reality it’s much more difficult.

It’s like what Dr Ed Wheat spoke of in his book, Secret Choices.He writes:

“It has been said that marriage presents one of the most difficult personal problems in life. That is because the most emotional and romantic of all human dreams has to be consolidated into an ordinary working relationship. Many of us would agree. And yet the statement is not precisely true, for marriage is no ordinary relationship.

“God designed it to be the ideal partnership in which each partner supports and complements the other. It’s a partnership, which is continually renewed and refreshed by the presence and power of love.”

Building a Godly marriage is about being partners and working through the many issues that come up with intentionality and Holy determination and perseverance. To do that, we must be dispensers of grace and mercy. It’s the same kind of grace and mercy we want from God. And in return, we are to apply this grace to each other in marital partnership.

There’s one thing about marriage that’s for sure: “At prime moments, God will use your marriage to show you how to love the unlovely.” (Dennis Rainey) It’s amazing how “unlovely” your spouse can appear to be at times.Uniting, Despite Differences

It’s like what Bridgette Dunk, from GTO Ministries said,

“Marriage is a union of two individuals who have come together from different families. Each spouse comes with a different set of expectations concerning marriage. For this reason, it has its challenges. Both spouses have been shaped by positive and negative experiences within their own childhood homes.

“Because of this, each has a predetermined idea about how conflict should be handled, the value of money management, religion, children, and what it means to love someone.”

Again, it will take applying the principles laid out in the Bible to learn how to do that to build a Godly marriage. And it will take hard work and determination. It’s like what Dr Steve Stephens said in his book, Marriage: Experiencing the Best.He wrote:

Many of us grew up with Hollywood fantasy that once married you automatically live happily ever after. Wonderful relationships should just happen, shouldn’t they? If relating is too much work, it’s not worth it. Tony Campolo writes, ‘Love becomes nonexistent and marriages collapse primarily because most people don’t work hard enough to create love and build marital relationships.’

“We fail to realize that things of value cost us time and energy. Marriages are demanding and draining. Good marriages don’t come easily.”Making the Necessary Repairs

He also said, (with which we also whole-heartedly agree):

“It’s a sad state of affairs when we take better care of our cars and houses than we do our marriages. We change the oil, fill the tank, check the tires, and periodically tune up our cars. We change light bulbs, wash windows, paint walls, unplug toilets, and re-roof our houses. But what do we do to maintain our marriage?

“The truth is, more damage is done than repairs are made. How important is your marriage? Is it more important to you than your car or your home? Are you willing to put in the time and energy and whatever else it takes to prove to your partner how valuable the relationship truly is to you?”

So, what it comes to, if you want to build a Godly marriage, there are some things you need to do.They are:

1. Read and apply the principles for loving, as outlined throughout the Bible.

2. Ask God, whose very name means LOVE, to teach you how to truly love your spouse. This is not done with human love, but with a Godly, Christ-honoring love (which won’t come naturally).

3. Live in partnership throughout your marriage with each other and with God.

4. Realize that you have entered into a union, blessed by God, with someone who is very different from you. (You are probably very different from who they thought you were also.) But still, you determine to persevere through whatever circumstances you find yourselves in.

5. Know that it will cost you time, energy and that it won’t come easily.

6. Come to terms with the fact that anything of value will take cost you something. And because marriage is something that God values and you should too (as you live in covenant with God and your spouse), it will be worth it all for your sakes and for the sake of God’s Kingdom work.

7. “Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” (James 1:2-4)In your marriage relationship, “May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance“ (2 Thessalonians 3:5)

AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION
A Brief History of Gospel

A Brief History of Gospel Music

“Hallelujah!” “Yes, Lord!” “Sing it, sister!” These are the shouts of joy that come from both singers and audiences who perform and listen to live gospel music. Blues comes from it. So do R & B and rock and roll. In fact, other than Native American music, gospel music (in particular, slave songs and Negro spirituals) is the original form of American folk music. No matter what style of gospel you prefer (gospel comes from three main traditions—Negro spirituals, black gospel, and white southern gospel), it’s experiencing a revival across the country.Origins: Protestant Hymns and Negro Spirituals

Most people think of gospel music as a southern phenomenon, but according to Horace Clarence Boyer in The Golden Era of Gospel, its seeds actually sprouted in New England in 1734. It started with Rev. Jonathan Edwards, the New England preacher who launched a religious revival known as The Great Awakening. Traditional, slow, long-meter hymns didn’t work for his passionate services. More upbeat hymns with faster tempos were needed, began to surface, and were published. The fervent preaching style and impassioned music of the Great Awakening swept down the eastern coast and into the southern states, where enslaved African Americans who attended services with their owners saw similarities between their chains of bondage and those of Moses’ people.

The enslaved also linked the promise of an afterlife with earthly freedom. Since they were “allowed” to sing only about Christian ethics and ideals, they eventually turned the hymns they learned into their own form of religious folk music. These songs became known as Negro spirituals. Hidden in them was a secret code to give one another messages of hope and freedom. Canaan meant Canada, the land of freedom. Going up yonder meant going north. Moses was a name for Harriet Tubman, founder of the underground railroad. And Swing Low, Sweet Chariot was a song about taking that underground railroad north to freedom. (The swinging low of the sweet chariot is the rocking rhythm of a train.) In the midst of excruciatingly difficult lives, slaves used these songs to inspire inner strength and courage. By borrowing from Protestant hymns, reworking them, and then making up new melodies and harmonies, Negro spirituals became the first authentically American sacred music.Black Gospel and Jubilee Quartets

Eventually the spirituals evolved into the ecstatic style of singing that was born in California Pentecostal churches. This in turn served as the foundation for black gospel, whose music was influenced by blues and early jazz. In this style, either the choir or the soloist repeats and/or answers the lyric just sung by the other, with the soloist improvising and embellishing. Male and female performers — Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey, Rev. James Cleveland, Mahalia Jackson, the Clara Ward Singers, and others — gained wide renown among both black and white audiences with this style.

After Emancipation, another form of gospel music known as the Jubilee Quartet took shape. Groups like The Blind Boys of Alabama and The Dixie Hummingbirds (who’ve been going since the 1950s) developed tight harmonies. They generally embrace one of three styles: “sweet” (softer vocals, understated rhythmic accentuation), “hard” (intense energy, exaggerated physical gestures), or “sweet and hard” (a combination).

As the years progressed, black gospel and black popular music influenced and borrowed from one another. This culminated in 1969 with “O Happy Day,” a 19th century Baptist hymn reworked by Edwin Hawkins. The song quickly climbed to number one on the Top Forty music chart and pushed gospel into the popular consciousness. After the 1970s, black gospel as a distinct form of its own ceased to develop.White Southern Gospel

Another sub-genre is a style that borrows from bluegrass and country, and is distinguished by close harmony singing. It has become popular recently from the soundtrack from the film “O Brother, Where Art Thou.” This is white southern gospel.

Many white musicians gravitated toward country, folk, and old-timey music to express their spirituality beyond traditional Christian hymn singing. Southern gospel is a country music gospel form with emphasis on steel and rhythm guitars as its foundation. Southern gospel groups tend to use four-part harmony with a high tenor and baritone. The Happy Goodmans, The Speers, and Gold City are examples. Bluegrass gospel is naturally very similar to country gospel, sharing many of the same songs and the same basic attitude, but with harmonies pitched high and lonesome, faster tempos, and deft and intricate instrumental work.

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YOLANDA ADAMS

Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961) is an American gospel singer, record producer, actress, and former radio host of her own nationally syndicated morning gospel show. As of September 2009, she had sold 4.5 million albums since 1991 in the United States, and nearly 8 million albums worldwide according to SoundScan. Adams is known as the "Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music" and the "First Lady of Modern Gospel". Variety dubbed Adams as the "Reigning Queen of Urban Gospel".

On December 11, 2009, Billboard named her the No. 1 Gospel Artist of the last decade In the same chart, her album Mountain High...Valley Low was acknowledged as the best gospel album.

Early life

The eldest of six siblings, Adams was born in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Sterling High School in Houston in 1979. After graduating from Texas Southern University, she began a career as a schoolteacher and part-time model in Houston. Eventually she gave up teaching to perform full-time as a lead singer.

Musical career Beginnings

Adams first attracted the attention of Thomas Whitfield and Sound of Gospel Records as a lead singer with Houston's Southeast Inspirational Choir affiliated with the Church of God in Christ, under the direction of Carl Preacher, Brenda Waters, and Shirley Joiner. The choir released the single "For My Liberty" in 1982 with Adams as the featured vocalist. In 1986, Adams was featured on the Edwin Hawkins Music and Arts Seminar Choir released Give Us Peace, with a performance entitled "My Trust Lies in You". Later, she signed a recording contract with Sound of Gospel which yielded her first album Just As I Am in 1987. In 1990, she was discovered by producer/keyboardist Ben Tankard, and signed to his independent label Tribute Records and released Through The Storm. Tankard's goal with Tribute Records during this time was to develop an audience for a smoother gospel/jazz sound. He featured Yolanda's jazzy vocals on his album and concept video single "You Bring Out The Best in Me" on his 1994 release Play Me in Your Key. The collaboration received positive response from gospel, jazz and "quiet storm" formats.

One year later, Adams followed with Save the World, which included her first signature song "The Battle Is The Lord's". Her next release was 1995's More Than a Melody, which featured more production work from Tankard with contributions from O'Landa Draper, and BeBe Winans. The single "Gotta Have Love," from that album featuring Tony Terry on background vocals, gained mainstream notoriety and was her first single and music video. Yolanda... Live in Washington, released the following year, featured versions of material from her first three albums. The footage from this recording was released as a collection of two videos on VHS initially, and later as a single set on DVD and CD. During this time Tribute Records' parent company Diadem Music Group merged with Benson Music Group, which was eventually bought by New York-based Zomba/Verity Records.

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Songs from the Heart was her final release for Verity Records, including "Only Believe", which was a popular song on contemporary radio. The album also included "Still I Rise," a dedication to Rosa Parks, which was inspired by the Maya Angelou poem of the same name.

Mainstream breakthrough

Adams' first significant attention outside the urban contemporary gospel arena came with the release of Mountain High... Valley Low in 1999 on Elektra Records. Several mainstream artists and producers helped in the production of this album including Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Boyz II Men), James "Big Jim" Wright (Mariah Carey, Nicole C. Mullen), Warryn Campbell (Mary Mary, Brandy), and Keith Thomas (BeBe & CeCe Winans). The album went 2x Platinum in 2000 and won Adams a Grammy Award. Notable singles from the album include "Yeah", "Fragile Heart", and "Open My Heart". "Fragile Heart" was dedicated to the memory of Adams' long-time road manager, who died in 1998.[11]

In 2000, Adams released a Christmas album, and in 2001 she released a live album (The Experience). The Experience netted Adams a second Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Believe, which included the hit "Never Give Up" was released in 2001 and reached gold status according to the RIAA. She would later go on to perform this song at "The Salute to Gospel Music" at the White House during President George W. Bush's administration. In 2001, Adams also released a compilation CD entitled The Divas of Gospel; it included the legendary Grammy Award winner Albertina Walker, who was popularly referred to as the "Queen of Gospel Music" until her death in 2010.

Adams recorded a song for the 2003 film Honey entitled "I Believe", which played during the last scene in the final dance.

Adams was also a judge for the 2nd annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. She is also credited as the Queen of Contemporary Gospel Music

Day By Day

After nearly four years without releasing an album, Adams returned in 2005 with Day By Day. Although charting higher than Mountain High...Valley Low on the Billboard 100 and Billboard R&B Albums chart, it did not receive RIAA certification. The album featured the singles "Be Blessed," "Someone Watching Over You," "This Too Shall Pass", and "Victory" (which was prominently featured in the movie The Gospel).

After ending her long association with Atlantic Records, Atlantic released a greatest hits collection entitled The Best of Me in May 2007.

Adams signed with Columbia Records in 2007. Columbia released What a Wonderful Time, her second holiday collection, in October 2007. "Hold On" was released as the lead single.

Morning radio show and book release

After the release of "What a Wonderful Time", Adams embarked on the radio career with "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show." The show proved to be a success, taking over 26 radio markets in just two years. Her radio show features Marcus D. Wiley as Bishop Secular. Currently, the show is heard on 39 stations, including 1190 WLIB in New York City.

On December 25, 2009, Adams performed on BET's The Mo'Nique Show, where she sang "Already Alright," from her 1999 Mountain High...Valley Low album. Mo'Nique stated that the song is one of her favorites.

In 2010, Adams released her book "Points of Power", based on one of the segments of her radio show Points of Power.

Yolanda Adams appeared on the 2011 BET Honors to sing her signature song "The Battle Is the Lord's" in honor of Cicely Tyson. Later, Adams appeared at the 53rd Grammy Awards, taking part in a tribute to Aretha Franklin, along with Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Florence Welch from Florence and the Machine, and Martina McBride Adams performed "Spirit in the Dark" – Franklin's classic from 1970. On several occasions, Franklin stated that she "especially loved" Yolanda's performance. On May 29, 2011, Yolanda sang at the prestigious National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC, to honor the U.S. soldiers.

VANESSA BELL ARMSTRONG

Vanessa Bell Armstrong Biography

Born Vanessa Bell on October 2, 1953, in Detroit, MI; daughter of Jesse Bell, a minister; married with five children. Addresses: Record company--BMG Entertainment/Verity Records, 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, Phone: (212) 930-4000.

Singer Vanessa Bell Armstrong has been praised for her R&B-flavored contemporary gospel music and has met with success in both the gospel and secular realms. She has often been compared with another Detroit native, Aretha Franklin. At times, Armstrong has stretched so far afield of "traditional" gospel music that in the 1980s she was at times considered too contemporary for gospel. Billboard , in a 1998 review of Desire Of My Heart--"Live," wrote, "A lot has changed [since 1988] and Armstrong has stood her ground, emerging with a work that is the perfect summation of gospel's rich history and its cutting-edge presence in the mix of today's R&B music.... It took a while, but the world seems to be catching up to Armstrong."

Vanessa Bell was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 2, 1953. She was raised in the Church of God in Christ, a denomination that had nurtured other gospel greats such as BeBe and CeCe Winans, Andre Crouch, Edwin, Walter and Tramaine Hawkins, and others. In 1957, when she was four years old, Vanessa began traveling with her mother singing in various churches in the Detroit area, singing. It was clear even at that young age that she had both remarkable stage presence and the vocal control of someone considerably older.

In 1966, when she was thirteen years old, Vanessa was discovered by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Clark became her mentor. She began traveling with Clark, singing in her various choirs and sharing the stage with such gospel titans as Rev. James Cleveland, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Clark Sisters, and the Winans. Other early influences include Marion Williams, Mahalia Jackson, Inez Andrews, and Aretha Franklin. Armstrong's first recording experience was an appearance on Donald O'Connor's 1981 release, Bring Back Birdie. Her own recording career began in 1984 when, at the age of 31, she signed with the Onyx label and released Peace Be Still.

Career Took Off

In 1987 Armstrong's career took off in earnest. She beat out stiff competition--including the likes of Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle--for the chance to record the theme song for the popular television sit-com Amen. Armstrong had her Broadway debut in 1987, captivating audiences in the musical Don't Get God Started. She made a guest appearance on Tom Jones' Move Closer .

When she signed with Jive Records in 1987, Armstrong began a period of prolific recording activity. Her eponymous album, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, released in 1987, yielded the crossover R&B hit, "You Bring Out the Best in Me". Her 1990 release, Wonderful One, featured a duet, entitled, "True Love Never Fails," with Jive label-mate jazz guitarist Jonathan Butler. The track was also included on Butler's acclaimed More Than Friends album. In 1990, Jive released a CD of Armstrong's greatest hits album along with the highly praised Truth About Christmas . In 1991 Chosen was released.

The multi-talented Armstrong branched out even further afield of gospel music in the late 1980s when she appeared with Oprah Winfrey in the Women of Brewster Place, a made-for-TV movie which enjoyed widespread critical acclaim. Armstrong continued her brisk recording pace; she released Something On The Inside i n 1993 The Secret is Out in 1995, and her first live album, Desire of My Heart: "Live" in 1998. Armstrong was a featured guest on the 1995 compilation release A Tribute to Rosa Parks, and on two John P. Kee CDs, the 1994 release, Color Blind,and the 1995 release, Stand.

Continual Spiritual and Artistic Growth

Armstrong has continually expanded her horizons and her audience, performing on Broadway and releasing eclectic, contemporary albums such as Truth About Christmas, Something on the Inside, and The Secret is Out. Mainstream entertainment and her music has been praised figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Anita Baker, Luther Vandross, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Tisha Campbell; artists such as Sandra Crouch and Donna McElroy have found musical guidance and inspiration in Armstrong's music and career.

Desire of My Heart--"Live," released in 1998 on the Verity label, was recorded in Detroit's Perfecting Church, and accompanied by a live video shot during the recording session. The recording shows the spiritual and artistic growth Armstrong has undergone over the course of her career. Its title track was the first song she wrote herself. And while recording the album, Armstrong reconfirmed her life's desire, above all else, to please God. Armstrong was the record's co-producer, also a first for her.

She decided to release a live recording for two reasons: her fans had wanted one for some time, and Armstrong felt it would be a new challenge. Recording in a studio afforded her a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere; the live CD brought Armstrong's fans into the recording process and reproduced the concert experience. The CD was something of a family affair--her father, Elder Jesse Bell, contributed the track "Labor In Vain." Joining Armstrong on the live recording were the Perfected Praise Choir; Perfecting Church pastor Marvin Winans sang with Armstrong and the choir on the powerhouse track "He Is Lord."

An Enduring Classic

Armstrong's career has flourished throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and gives every indication that she will continue to challenge herself and delight listeners. Billboard 's gospel reviewer brimmed with praise for the live CD, calling it "an enduring classic." Darren K. Greggs of Love Express wrote, "It's always a pleasure to see someone continue to grow in their ministry, and that's just what sister Vanessa Bell Armstrong appears to have done. The evidence is manifested in ... Desire of My Heart--Live. Each song on this one is powerful and displays the talent that sister Vanessa returns to God in his service."

Whether singing urban contemporary ballads, secular material, powerhouse gospel tracks, or television theme songs, Broadway hits, or forging into completely new territory, Vanessa Bell Armstrong will continue to astound her fans and to test the limits of her seemingly boundless talent.

by B. Kimberly Taylor

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Vanessa Bell Armstrong's Career

Began singing in various Detroit area churches at the age of four; discovered at the age of thirteen by Dr. Mattie Moss Clark; sang with gospel performers such as Rev. James Cleveland, the Mighty Clouds of Joy, the Clark Sisters, and the Winans as a teenager; appeared on Donald O'Connor's 1981 release, Bring Back Birdie; released Peace Be Still in 1984; released Vanessa Bell Armstrong album in 1987; recorded the theme for the television sitcom Amen in 1987; appeared in the Broadway musical Don't Get God Started in 1987; appeared on Tom Jones' Move Closer in 1988; released Wonderful One in 1990; released Greatest Hits and The Truth About Christmas in 1990; released Chosen in 1991; released Something On The Inside in 1993; released The Secret is Out in 1995; released Desire of My Heart: Live in Detroit in 1998; featured on the 1995 compilation A Tribute to Rosa Parks, on John P. Kee's 1994 release, Color Blind, and on Kee's 1995 release, Stand.



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Tramaine Hawkins

Hawkins was born in San Francisco, California to the late Roland and Lois (Cleveland) Davis. She grew up in the Ephesians Church of God in Christ located in Berkeley, California, pastored by her grandfather, the late Bishop E.E. Cleveland. While still in high school, Hawkins and her friends, Mary McCreary, Elva Mouton, and Vet Stone, had a gospel group called The Heavenly Tones that performed at various venues around the Oakland and San Francisco areas. In 1966 they recorded the album "I Love the Lord" for the Gospel label, part of Savoy Records, and a 45 for the Music City label called "He\'s Alright". When Vet Stone\'s older brother Sylvester, better known as Sly Stone, formed Sly & the Family Stone with their brother Freddie and friends Larry Graham, Cynthia Robinson, Jerry Martini, and Greg Errico, The Heavenly Tones were recruited directly out of high school to become Little Sister, Sly & the Family Stone\'s background vocalists for their recording. Tramaine left the group to focus solely on recording and singing Gospel Music. At the age of 17, she sang on The Edwin Hawkins Singers Choir\'s single "Oh Happy Day". With her distinctive soprano and extensive vocal range, she became better known as a featured soloist with late husband Walter Hawkins\' Love Center Choir as well as The Hawkins Family.

She scored several hits as a solo artist in the 1980s while signed to Light Records and released now-classic albums, such as her 1979 self-titled debut, Tramaine; and its 1983 follow-up Determined. Songs such as "Changed," "Goin Up Yonder", "He\'s That Kind Of Friend", Jesus Christ Is The Way" and "Highway" quickly became staples and fan favorites.

Tramaine was briefly a member of the 1970s soul female singing group Honey Cone. Honey Cone later recorded the R&B hit "Want Ads" that made its way back into the gospel genre by being sampled on Mary Mary\'s 2005 hit "Heaven". She also briefly sang with Andrae Crouch and The Disciples, singing lead on their 1970 release "Christian People."

Hawkins is both famous and infamous for her mainstream success as a gospel artist. In the mid-1980s, Hawkins signed with A&M Records and released a pair of dance-oriented contemporary gospel albums. Her 1985 A&M debut The Search Is Over yielded dance chart singles such as "Child of the King," "In the Morning Time," and the monster club hit "Fall Down (Spirit of Love)". The latter topped the Billboard Dance Charts to A&M\'s delight.

However, Hawkins was somewhat ostracized by her core gospel music audience, who were soured by the lyrically neutral content and heavy mainstream attention her music received. Though "Fall Down" became one of the earliest gospel songs to crossover to mainstream charts, traditional fans balked. Nonetheless, Freedom followed in 1987, producing "The Rock" and its title track as singles. The latter was co-written and produced by The Jacksons.

Nearly 15 years later, "Fall Down" received a resurgence of popularity as gospel singer Kelli Williams recorded a remake of the hit as "Fall Down 2000", produced by avant garde gospel artist Tonéx. Though the song had not been widely acknowledged in the gospel music community, the more than eight-minute extended dance mix was finally included on Tramaine\'s 2001 collection All My Best To You, Vol. 2.

In the new millennium, Tramaine resurfaced on GospoCentric Records with a powerful release, "Still Tramaine". This album included traditional gospel songs along with a duet with ex-husband, the late Walter Hawkins, on "It\'s Your Power". Also included on "Still Tramaine" was a track titled "Over There" an uptempo track reminiscent of "Fall Down".

Hawkins won her first Grammy Award in 1981 for her participation performance on The Lords Prayer along with then husband, Walter Hawkins.

Following harsh criticism and backlash from the success of her A&M recordings, Hawkins signed with Sparrow and delivered 1988\'s The Joy That Floods My Soul, including the opener "All Things Are Possible." The stellar set quickly re-endeared Hawkins to her core audience. Between album releases, Tramaine made a famous cameo on MC Hammer\'s 1990 pop-gospel hit "Do Not Pass Me By". She was also honored with a request to sing at the funeral of Sammy Davis, Jr. when the beloved entertainment legend died in May 1990.

Though Joy That Floods was well received, that studio effort would be eclipsed by the release of the concert recording Tramaine Hawkins Live in 1990. The grandiose recording with its sweeping arrangements and show-stopping medleys of fan favorites would become a benchmark in Tramaine\'s career. The set eventually vindicated Hawkins in total by winning a much-coveted Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 1991.

Following her triumphant comeback, she became one of the first gospel artists to sign with Columbia Records when she released To A Higher Place in 1994. Following this album\'s release, Tramaine took an extended hiatus from recording. New music would not surface until Hawkins\' 2000 cameo appearance on gospel trio Trin-i-tee 5:7\'s recorded cover of her signature tune "Highway".

Following this foreshadowing, Hawkins delivered the tour-de-force studio recording Still Tramaine in 2001 after signing a new contract with GospoCentric Records. The album would also give a nod to her former career as a dance-floor darling featuring Basement Boys club remixes of the single "By His Strength".

Hawkins again paid final tribute to an African-American legend when she was requested in 2005 to sing at the funeral service of civil rights activist Rosa Parks. Hawkins was also part of the Rosa Parks tribute recording "Something Inside So Strong" from A Celebration of Quiet Strength, featuring other gospel artists such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Daryl Coley.

Tramaine has been inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame. She received the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award and netting two Stellar Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year and Traditional Female of the Year for her 2007 CD release I Never Lost My Praise (2007). After the release of her second live album, I Never Lost My Praise, Tramaine embarked on a church tour across the United States. Lady Tramaine was the special guest along with Bishop Walter Hawkins, Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Daryl Coley, Pastor Andrae\' Crouch, Dorinda Clark-Cole, Karen Clark-Sheard and Joe Ligon of the Mighty Clouds of Joy on the Mary Mary project singing "It Will Be Worth It". She also returned to Bobby Jones Gospel in 2012 to perform "I Never Lost My Praise". In 2014, Tramaine joined fellow gospel star Donnie McClurkin on his album Duets, appearing on the track "My Past".

While married to Walter Hawkins, the couple had two children, a son, Walter "Jamie" Hawkins (Sunny Hawkins) and a daughter, Trystan Hawkins, with four granddaughters and three grandsons.

Hawkins now refers to herself as Lady Tramaine. She lives outside of Sacramento, California, with her husband Tommie Richardson Jr. and has one stepson, Demar (Chasity Richardson), with two step-grandsons.

UV SAFETY

With summer in full swing, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather. But are you protecting yourself from potential risks? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has named July as Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Month. The goal is to spread the word about how important it is to protect everyone’s skin from the harmful effects of UV rays. This presents a teaching opportunity for oncology nurses and their patients—not just during July but all year long.

What Is UV Radiation?

Most individuals don’t realize that UV light is a form of radiation. By definition, radiation is the emission of energy from any source. Radiation has many different types, but UV radiation is a form of electromagnetic radiation. The main source of UV radiation is the sun, although it can come from man-made sources such as tanning beds and welding torches. Radiation exists across a spectrum from very high energy, such as x-rays and gamma rays, to very low energy, such as radio waves. UV rays have more energy than visible light, but not as much energy as x-rays.

The sun emits radiation in the form of UV light, which is classified into three types by wavelength: UVA, UVB, and UVC. The ozone layer is a protective layer in Earth’s stratosphere that blocks all UVC light, but UVB and UVA light pass through it. UVA penetrates deeply into the skin. It’s the type of UV radiation that causes wrinkling or leathering of the skin. UVB is the type of radiation that causes sunburns. Exposure to both UVA and UVB are associated with the development of skin cancer, so it is important to protect the skin during exposure to sunlight.

UV radiation is at its highest when and where the sun’s rays are the strongest. This means that UV levels will be highest around noon on a clear sunny day, even more so during the summer months. UV levels will also be highest near surfaces that reflect sunlight, such as snow or sand, and it’s more pervasive at higher altitudes.

How Does UV Radiation Affect Skin Cancer?

One the most dangerous sources of UV radiation is artificial UV lights like the type found in indoor tanning beds. The amount and type of UV radiation depends on the specific lamps used in the bed, how long a person stays in the bed, and how many times the person uses it. Most modern UV tanning beds emit mostly UVA rays, with the rest being UVB. The American Academy of Dermatology reports that indoor tanning may be responsible for an estimated 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the United States annually.

According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 5.4 million basal skin cancers are diagnosed annually, and nearly 3.3 million people are diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancers annually. Even more troublesome is that many people are diagnosed with more than one skin cancer type. Invasive melanoma represents about 1% of all skin cancer cases, but it accounts for the majority of skin cancer deaths with an estimated 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma annually and 9,730 deaths annually. Overexposure to UV radiation can also cause eye cataracts, eye damage, skin aging, growths on the skin, and immune system suppression.

How to Protect the Skin From UV Radiation

Fortunately, there are measures to minimize the risks that comes with sun exposure.

  1. Block UV light with protective clothing. This includes wearing a hat (preferably wide brimmed) as well as shade-protective clothing. This can partly shield the skin from the harmful effects of UV ray exposure. The American Academy of Ophthalmology notes that many forget to wear sunglasses that have a label that says protects 99% of UV radiation for eye protection.
  2. Stay in the shade, especially when UV radiation is most intense at midday between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. The sun can still damage the skin on cloudy days or in the winter, so year-round protection is important. Use caution when near reflective surfaces, like water, snow, and sand, which can reflect the damaging rays of the sun. This can increase the chance of sunburn, even in areas that appear to be shaded. Individuals can experience more UV exposure at higher altitudes that have less atmosphere to absorb UV radiation.
  3. Choose the right sunscreen and apply it correctly. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration'sregulations for sunscreen labeling recommend that the sunscreen have a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and it should protect against both UVA and UVB radiation. According to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention, most people apply only 25%–50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. When out in the sun, apply at least one ounce (a palmful) of sunscreen every two hours. It should be applied more often when sweating or swimming, even if the sunscreen is waterproof.
  4. Stay away from sources of artificial UV light. There is no such thing as a safe tan. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stress that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of developing melanoma, basal, and squamous cell cancers. It also causes premature aging of the skin and suppresses the immune system.

    When planning outdoor activities, information about how much sun protection is needed is available at the Environmental Protection Agency's UV index. The index measures the daily intensity of UV rays from the sun on a scale of 1–11. A low UV index requires minimal protection, whereas a high UV index requires maximum protection.

    Many are scared by the term radiation. Many realize that radiation is dangerous, and it increases the risk for developing cancer. If individuals associate sunlight as a form of radiation, they may be inclined to make a bigger effort to avoid exposure and reduce the risk for developing malignancy.

WATER SAFETY

When the weather turns warm, everyone wants to be in or around the water. Hanging out at the pool or the beach on a hot day is a great way to beat the heat.

Between having fun and checking out the lifeguards, most people don't think much about water safety — but they should. For people between the ages of 5 and 24, drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death.

It doesn't have to be that way, though. Most water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe and following a few simple guidelines. Learning how to swim is essential if you plan on being on or near water. Many organizations provide swim instruction to people of all ages, check to see what classes are available in your area.Swimming Smarts

"Buddy up!" That's what swimming instructors say. Always swim with a partner, every time — whether you're swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake. Even experienced swimmers can become tired or get muscle cramps, which might make it difficult to get out of the water. When people swim together, they can help each other or go for help in case of an emergency.

Get skilled. Speaking of emergencies, it's good to be prepared. Learning some life-saving skills, such as CPR and rescue techniques, can help you save a life. A number of organizations offer free classes for both beginning and experienced swimmers and boaters. Check with your YMCA or YWCA, local hospital, or chapter of the Red Cross.

Know your limits. Swimming can be a lot of fun — and you might want to stay in the water as long as possible. If you're not a good swimmer or you're just learning to swim, don't go in water that's so deep you can't touch the bottom and don't try to keep up with skilled swimmers. That can be hard, especially when your friends are challenging you — but it's a pretty sure bet they'd rather have you safe and alive.

If you are a good swimmer and have had lessons, keep an eye on friends who aren't as comfortable or as skilled as you are. If it seems like they (or you) are getting tired or a little uneasy, suggest that you take a break from swimming for a while.

Swim in safe areas only. It's a good idea to swim only in places that are supervised by a lifeguard. No one can anticipate changing ocean currents, rip currents, sudden storms, or other hidden dangers. In the event that something does go wrong, lifeguards are trained in rescue techniques.

Swimming in an open body of water (like a river, lake, or ocean) is different from swimming in a pool. You need more energy to handle the currents and other changing conditions in the open water.

If you do find yourself caught in a current, don't panic and don't fight the current. Try to swim parallel to the shore until you are able to get out of the current, which is usually a narrow channel of water. Gradually try to make your way back to shore as you do so. If you're unable to swim away from the current, stay calm and float with the current. The current will usually slow down, then you can swim to shore.

Even a very good swimmer who tries to swim against a strong current will get worn out. If you're going to be swimming in an open body of water, it's a great idea to take swimming lessons that provide you with tips on handling unexpected hazards.

Some areas with extremely strong currents are off limits when it comes to swimming. Do your research so you know where not to swim, and pay attention to any warning signs posted in the area.

More Swimming Smarts

Be careful about diving. Diving injuries can cause head injury, permanent spinal cord damage, paralysis, and sometimes even death. Protect yourself by only diving in areas that are known to be safe, such as the deep end of a supervised pool. If an area is posted with "No Diving" or "No Swimming" signs, pay attention to them. A "No Diving" sign means the water isn't safe for a head-first entry. Even if you plan to jump in feet first, check the water's depth before you leap to make sure there are no hidden rocks or other hazards. Lakes or rivers can be cloudy and hazards may be hard to see.

Watch the sun. Sun reflecting off the water or off sand can intensify the burning rays. You might not feel sunburned when the water feels cool and refreshing, but the pain will catch up with you later — so remember to reapply sunscreen frequently and cover up much of the time. Don't forget your hat, UV protection sunglasses, and protective clothing.

Drink plenty of fluids. It's easy to get dehydrated in the sun, particularly if you're active and sweating. Keep up with fluids — particularly water — to prevent dehydration. Dizziness, feeling lightheaded, or nausea can be signs of dehydration and overheating.

Getting too cool. Speaking of temperature, it's possible to get too cool. How? Staying in very cool water for long periods can lower your body temperature. A temperature of 70°F (20°C) is positively balmy on land, but did you know that water below that temperature will feel cold to most swimmers? Your body temperature drops far more quickly in water than it does on land. And if you're swimming, you're using energy and losing body heat even faster than if you were keeping still. Monitor yourself when swimming in cold water and stay close to shore. If you feel your body start to shiver or your muscles cramp up, get out of the water quickly; it doesn't take long for hypothermia to set in.

Alcohol and water never mix. Alcohol is involved in numerous water-related injuries and up to half of all water-related deaths. The statistics for teenage guys are particularly scary: One half of all adolescent male drownings are tied to alcohol use.

At the Water Park

OK, so you do more splashing than swimming, but it's just as important to know your skill level at the water park as it is at the pool. Take a moment to read warnings and other signs. Each area in the water park can have different depths of water, so make sure you pay attention.

If you don't know how to swim be sure to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket when necessary, and be sure there is lifeguard supervision. And make sure you do slide runs feet first or you'll put yourself at risk for a ride that's a lot less fun — one to your doctor or dentist.Boating Safety

More people die in boating accidents every year than in airplane crashes or train wrecks, but a little common sense can make boating both enjoyable and safe. If you are going to go boating, make sure the captain or person handling the boat is experienced and competent.

Alcohol and water still don't mix. One third of boating deaths are alcohol related. Alcohol distorts our judgment no matter where we are — but that distortion is even greater on the water. Because there are no road signs or lane markers on the water and the weather can be unpredictable, it's important to be able to think quickly and react well under pressure. If you're drinking, this can be almost impossible.

Also, the U.S. Coast Guard warns about a condition called boater's fatigue, which means that the wind, noise, heat, and vibration of the boat all combine to wear you down when you're on the water.

Weather. Before boating, be sure the weather conditions are safe. The local radio, internet or TV stations can provide updated local forecast information.

Personal flotation devices. It's always a good idea for everyone on the boat to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket, whether the boat is a large speedboat or a canoe — and whether you're a good swimmer or not. Wearing a life jacket (also known as a personal flotation device, or PFD) is the law in some states for certain age groups, and you could face a stiff penalty for breaking it.

Your state may also require that you wear an approved life jacket for water skiing and other on-water activities. Wearing a PFD is like wearing a helmet while biking. It may take a few minutes to get used to it, but it definitely can be a lifesaver. Don't leave land without it.

Stay in touch. Before going out on a boat, let somebody on land know your float plan (where you are going and about how long you'll be out). That way, if you do get into trouble, someone will have an idea of where to look for you. If you're going to be on the water for a long time, it's a good idea to have a radio with you so you can check the weather reports. Water conducts electricity, so if you hear a storm warning, get off the water as quickly as you can.

Jet skis. If you're using jet skis or personal watercraft, follow the same rules as you do for boating. You should also check out the laws in your area governing the use of personal watercraft. Some states won't allow people under a certain age to operate these devices; others require you to take a course or pass a test before you can ride one.

Now Have Fun!

The pool and the beach are great places to learn new skills, socialize, and check out everyone's new bathing suit. So don't let paying attention to safety turn you off. Being prepared will make you feel more comfortable and in charge.

HIKING SAFETY

HIKING SAFETY: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO STAY SAFE ON THE TRAILS

It is not hard to figure out why hiking is such a desirable pastime. Some hiking trails run across state lines and cover a country's most beautiful natural spots. Most people already know that hiking comes with great physical demands like walking for hours with a backpack of heavy supplies. Carrying a heavy load and walking for miles in an open territory are reasons why hikers should learn how to stay safe during their treks. This safety guide teaches new and experienced hikers about common mistakes that hikers make, tips they should follow both before and during a hike, hiking guidelines for families, and advice on what to do after a hike. Hikers must prepare themselves well by familiarizing themselves with most of the hazards and safety tips involved so they can hike successfully.

Common Mistakes Made on the Trails

A mistake has the power to bring minor discomfort to hikers or it can cost them their lives. Many outdoor adventurers make mistakes but the greatest and most experienced ones will learn from their mishaps or prevent them altogether. Common hiking mistakes happen from simple carelessness like choosing the wrong path or not bringing a map. With a single mistake, hikers can lose many hours if they get hopelessly lost or even lose thousands of dollars if they lose valuable safety equipment. The best hikers will know how to avoid typical mistakes that are committed every day on the trail.

  • Backcountry Mistakes – The common mistakes that hikers make when trekking in the backcountry which they can easily avoid with the right planning and preparation.
  • Avoid Common Hiking Mishaps – A summary of the 10 common hiking errors that hikers make because of various reasons like not wearing the right clothing or overestimating their physical abilities.
  • The Wrong Way: Top 52 Hiker Mistakes – A broad list of the 52 most frequently committed hiker mistakes and the ways to avoid them.
  • 7 Common Hiking Mistakes to Avoid – Seven common hiking mistakes that amateur and expert hikers can avoid with proper knowledge and preparation.

Before Going on the Hike

Hiking is a fun, healthy, and affordable activity that is open to anyone. Anyone can get the most out of hiking and remain safe at the same time. Several outdoor organizations promote a list known as the Ten Essentials that lists important hiking equipment. Some basic outdoor survival items include a compass, map, lighter, water, food, and weather gear. Other useful tips for hikers include informing family or friends about a trip, taking a cell phone, and gaining knowledge about possible natural dangers. Hikers should know about the location they want to visit, use any outdoor experience, and take advantage of their common sense. Long-distance hiking will increase the risks of dehydration, fatigue, hazardous water crossings, hypothermia, insect-borne diseases contractions, and animal attacks. Remaining aware and prepared in addition to planning ahead are the main ways that hikers can prevent disasters from happening.

  • Gear Up: Preparing for a Hike – A quick overview of the right equipment, including shoes and clothing, that are needed for a successful hike.
  • 10 Hiking Essentials – A list of the 10 hiking essentials that hikers should know about if they plan to travel during the day or camp overnight.
  • Prepare for the Worst: Wilderness Survival and Safety – Information that teaches hikers how to prepare for the worst even after they have planned a hike thoroughly. Hikers should pay attention to significant factors like weather, health, and trail conditions.
  • Day Hike Planning Checklist – A checklist for hiking essentials and a first aid kit for people who want to embark on day hikes.

During the Hike

Preparing for a hiking trip well beforehand is the most important step for hikers. When they travel into unknown territories, they should know exactly what they are getting themselves into and take the highest precautions. Hikers are encouraged to have companions since they will be traveling a long distance on foot and the outdoors will make them very open to harm. One tip is that hikers who plan to camp should not do so within a half-mile of a road or tell strangers where they intend to travel. Also, hikers should remain on marked trails so they can reduce their chances of getting lost. Evidently, adventurers must follow their instincts and use their best judgment.

Hiking Safety for Families

A family hiking trek can bring people closer together, promote physical fitness, and encourage children to enjoy nature. Different members of a family will have different physical abilities when it comes to hiking long distances. The distance, environment, elevation, and weather are a few factors that should be tolerable for the group as a whole. Additionally, children are more sensitive than adults and tend to get bored or distracted more easily, so there are specific guidelines that will keep them safe. For instance, small children should stay close to adults so they are less likely to be attacked by animals. These young and inexperienced hikers will have greater problems with fatigue or dehydration, so a hiking group may have to stop an excursion entirely instead of struggle to finish it.

After the Hike

Hiking can take a physical toll on many hikers who come from all fitness backgrounds and experience levels. Hikers should pay attention to negative body signs so they do not go beyond their limits. Even though conditioning will make hikers last longer on the trails, resting is just as important. Hikers who have become injured should not take their pain lightly and should obtain proper medical help. Hikers who are just sore should take the time to relax or massage their uncomfortable areas. In addition to monitoring health, monitoring progress is a task that involves writing updates about hiking goals, health, and experiences. Hikers should also review important hiking tips like the Hiker Responsibility Code on a routine basis.

Top 10 Things You Need for Camping

#1 Tent Size

A tent is certainly one of the top 10 things you need for camping, and an important camping essential that you need to get right. The reason I say this is because if you choose a tent small enough to only roll your sleeping bag, you’ll compromise on extra room to keep your stuff in.Having said this, tent size isn’t much of an issue if you’re going on a weekend getaway camping trip. However, if you’re backpacking around the world, you’ll definitely want to safe weight by choosing a small tent.

#2 Navigation Aid

A navigational aid such as a compass, map or GPS may not seem necessary when camping in well known areas.

However, if you’re planning to do backcountry or wilderness camping (even for two days), you’re going to need at least one of these (preferably all three).The GPS (Global Positioning System) is one of the greatest breakthroughs in navigational systems, but it isn’t the most reliable or the best navigation aid to take with you camping.

A map and compass are the most popular and most reliable navigational aids out there, if you know how to use them (yes, believe it or not, 90% of campers that end up getting lost had a map and a compass but couldn’t find their way!)

#3 Camping Stove

A camping stove is most definitely on the list of top 10 things you need for camping.

There are many different types of camping stoves to choose from such as a multi or single-burner gas canister stoves, spirit burner stoves and solid fuel stoves, so choosing the right camping stove and fuel type is most important!Gas canisters, though expensive and bulky, are very convenient for long camping trips, while spirit burners and solid fuel stoves are inexpensive and great for short camping trips.

#4 Camping Utensils Set

A good set of utensils are undoubtedly one of the top camping essentials in a piece of camping equipment, which is why is why on the list of the top 10 things you need for camping.

You’ll find a large range and variety of camping utensils on the market that range from cast iron utensils and ultra-light utensils, to plastic ones.Which type of camping utensils you choose from will depend on you, but as a general rule of thumb, if you’re going on a weekend camping trip, plastic utensils work great!

Whatever you choose, make sure you include cups, plates, corkscrew, can opener, spoons, knifes, and forks.

#5 Backpack

The backpack you choose for your camping trip is most definitely one of the top 10 things you need for camping, so don’t overlook this area!

If you’re going on a short camping trip it may not matter as much, but if you’re planning camping for longer than two weeks, the size and quality of your backpack is crucial.A cheap backpack which isn’t design for heavy items will almost certainly split (trust me, the last thing you need is a split backpack in Alaska in the middle of winter!).

The type of backpack is very important too! It’s generally accepted that a backpack with an external frame on the outside of the backpack is best since you’ll be able to use it as a storage area for stuff like your dirty laundry.

The size of the backpack is also very important since you’ll be carrying your tent, cooking stove, food, water, clothes, etc.

As a general rule of thumb, if you’re planning to go camping for longer than 10 days, you’ll need either an 80 or 100 litre backpack. If it’s only for a couple of days, you can get away with a 50 litre one.

#6 Sleeping Bag & Pad

You won’t enjoy camping without a proper sleeping bag (this is especially true if you’re planning to go camping during the cold months).

Besides the fact that you could freeze to death and wake up with a sore back, choosing a good sleeping bag and a sleeping pad (or air bed) can mean the difference between a good night’s sleep, and…well, a bad one!You’re probably asking at this point “what is the best sleeping bag for camping?” Again, it depends on your camping trip and what time of the year you’re camping.

Buying an all-weather mummy-shaped sleeping bag is probably the best solution. Again, choose a sleeping bag according to the weather conditions.

#7 Lighting

Camping lighting is on the list of top 10 things you need for camping as it’s simply another essential you can’t overlook.

When it comes to camping lighting, you’ll also find various types on the market that range from the traditional battery-powered torches, flashlight and spotlights, to gas lamps, oil lamps and propane lanterns.Each of these has their own advantages and disadvantages but one thing I can say after so many camping trips is that propane lanterns are best! Propane lanterns aren’t only very efficient but also produce a very bright source of light.

#8 Food & Water

Food and water is, of course, one of the most essential camping items, unless you’re planning to use your survival skills on the camping trip.You’ll need adequate containers to store the consumable foods and a portable ice chest (cool box). Since you won’t be able to freeze foods, you’ll need vacuum-seal bags to store things like meat and vegetables in your ice chest.Water is also very essential, and how you ration it important. You’ll need at least 2-liters per day for cooking, drinking, etc. How much you carry depends on the length of the trip, though if you carry water purification tablets you’ll have the option to refill your water supplies from a lake or stream.

#9 Clothes

The clothes you take on your camping trip need important consideration also, especially if you’re camping on cold weather. You have more room to maneuver in warm weather, but if you're camping in cold weather you need to use the right clothing gear.Having said this, even in the summer months you’ll need the right clothing gear to keep those bugs and flies at bay!

Typical things you’ll need include a few changes of underwear, t-shirts and socks, as well as trousers, long-sleeved shirts and two good pair of boots.

#10 First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit, what can I say? It can truly be a life-saver so carrying first aid kit (even if it’s a small one) could well save your life!

VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN FOOD FOR HIKING AND CAMPING

Campers and hikers need foods which are healthy, lightweight, do not easily spoil, and hopefully, do not cost too much. The foods should also provide plenty of energy and electrolytes to make up for a long day of hiking. Choices typically include dried foods, nuts, and canned foods. Obviously eating fresh fruits and vegetables when you get a chance is also good, but not practical for longer trips. The list below gives some suggestions of healthy and cheap hiking and camping foods for vegans and vegetarians.

1. Dry Roasted Soybeans (Edamame)

Edamame is one of the most balanced and nutritionally dense foods around. High in protein, fats, carbs, and a range of electrolytes. Edamame is a great choice to take with you on a hike. It is lightweight and cheap too, and makes for a great quick snack.

2. Lentils (Dry)

Pink shelled lentils are actually a pretty fast cooking food. Just add water and boil for 10-15 minutes. Lentils are high in protein, carbs, fats, and fiber.

3. Rice

Rice really is a great healthy staple. It feeds over the half the world. Get par-boiled or precooked rice to save on cooking time. Adding vegetable based soup boullion cubes can be a great way to add flavor and electrolytes. Just be sure to get lower sodium boullion, without partially hydrogenated oils.

4. Pasta

Pasta is actually lighter than rice, and also cooks quickly. Like rice, adding soup boullion cubes can be a great way to add flavor and electrolytes.

5. Oatmeal

Traditionally eaten for breakfast, oatmeal is a great high fiber, high energy food to start the day. Add nuts and dried fruits for an extra boost of energy to last you longer into the day.

6. Dried Herbs or Vegetables

Freeze dried herbs or vegetables make a great addition to the rice, pasta, and lentils mentioned above. Not only do they add flavor, they also add vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

7. Dried Fruits

While high in sugar, dried fruits are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Be sure to brush your teeth or chew some dental gum after eating them to prevent dental problems down the road.


8. Cereal/Energy Bars

Whatever cereal bars lack in healthiness, they make up for in convenience and nutrition. For healthier choices in cereal/energy bars choose those low in sugar or refined oils. Better yet, try make your own with superfoods like flax seeds, quinoa, and chia seeds.

9. Nuts

Nuts are a great source of fat, protein, carbs, minerals, and fiber. That said, nuts need to be stored properly to last a long time. They are also not the lightest or cheapest.

10. Canned Beans and Vegetables

Canned foods are typically not the healthiest, but will suffice for a short term camping trip. Canned foods are quite heavy in weight, so this assumes you are driving somewhere to camp for a while, and want to reduce the cooking time of beans. Canned food are not light, but have the added bonus of being cheap. Check labels for low sodium varieties.

What Children Really Need for ‘Back to School’

Looking over summer homework assignments, last-minute shopping for clothes and supplies, and checking classroom placements — these are among the things parents do in the final weeks before their children start school.

We don’t want to add too many new items to the list. In fact, we’d suggest that if anything, many parents are doing too much. The price is children who aren’t really ready — not for school, and not for life.

While writing our book about the struggles of college students to adapt to independence, we saw clearly that it’s never too early for parents to start being careful about not being too careful with their children. If they don’t, their kids may have a greater chance of turning out like many of today’s college students: sheltered, dependent and unprepared for adult life.

Our national surveys of campus officials and students and our site visits to 31 campuses paint a picture of what one Midwestern regional university official calls “the You Generation,” because the students have been told since infancy: “You are great. You are wonderful.” The result is students who grow up feeling a sense of entitlement and looking to others to make them whole and address their challenges.

That dependency tends to lead to more dependency. One college official recalled a parent’s complaint that the college was not waking up her son to go to class. The official assured the parent that waking up was the student’s responsibility, and the mother responded, “If I thought he could do this on this own, I would have never sent him away to your school and kept him at home so I could keep doing it for him!”

If parents want to make sure their children become independent and self-reliant enough to become successful adults, then from the early grades on, “back to school” readiness should look a little different than what that department store circular might suggest. Here are our suggestions for the “supplies” your student really needs for school this year, and every year to come:

•Establish limits and clear rules for behavior. Make this the year when you set down the law about when homework should be done and when to be home and when to call, and hold them accountable for jobs around the house rather than doing those jobs for them.

•Let children make decisions on their own. Help them understand the consequences of specific choices, learning from experience that what they do takes time from other things and that what they neglect can get them into trouble. When they err, hold them accountable while guiding them to an understanding of how they went wrong.

•Take them out of their comfort zone. Let them see how people who are less wealthy or who hold different beliefs live. Encourage (or require) them to volunteer.

•Teach them to be smart about money, possessions and giving. Make sure they have a bank account that they manage and watch grow. Demand that they earn the discretionary material possessions they want, so they don’t view them as entitlements. Provide models of sharing and giving, and encourage children to give a portion of what they have to people in need.

•Provide unconditional love, not unceasing applause. Don’t just rubber-stamp that summer packet of assignments, or help them do what isn’t finished. Explain that there is still time to polish and finish their projects. Direct them to resources that will enable them to answer their own questions and complete homework assignments autonomously.

•Be an advocate, a coach and a source of solace, but only a fixer of last resort when children misbehave at school or with friends and neighbors.

•Grant them the degree of freedom necessary to become adept at dealing with their fears and other emotions. Encourage them to try out for the team or club that will put them on the spot. Cheer them for the risks they take, regardless of the immediate results.

Putting these into practice is difficult, as any parent knows. Yet the more parents can follow those guidelines, the more their children will develop confidence, patience, problem-solving ability, resilience and self-discipline. With these skills, they will be more likely to thrive in college, graduate and succeed in whatever career they choose.

And when you leave them at the threshold of their freshman dorm, you’ll find it much easier to let go to the extent necessary — to allow professors to do their jobs, and for your daughters and sons to do theirs.

8 Things Kids Need to Do By Themselves Before They’re 13

Walk away from doing these 8 things for your teen this school year

1. Waking them up in the morning

If you are still waking little Johnny up in the mornings, it’s time to let an alarm clock do its job. My foursome have been expected to get themselves up on early school mornings since they started middle school. There are days one will come racing out with only a few minutes to spare before they have to be out the door. The snooze button no longer feels luxurious when it’s caused you to miss breakfast.

I heard a Mom actually voice out loud that her teen sons were just so cute still, that she loved going in and waking them up every morning. Please stop. I find my sons just as adorable as you do, but our goal is to raise well functioning adults here.

2. Making their breakfast and packing their lunch

My morning alarm is the sound of the kids clanging cereal bowls. My job is to make sure there is food in the house so that they can eat breakfast and pack a lunch.

One friend asked, yeah but how do you know what they’re bringing for school lunch? I don’t. I know what food I have in my pantry and it’s on them to pack up what they feel is a good lunch. It will only be a few short years and I will have no idea what they are eating for any of their meals away at college. Free yourself away from the PB and J station now.

3. Filling out their paperwork

I have a lot of kids, which equates to a lot of beginning of the school year paperwork. I used to dread this stack, until the kids became of age to fill all of it out themselves. Our teens are expected to fill out all of their own paperwork, to the best of their ability. They put the papers to be signed on a clipboard and leave it for me on the kitchen island. I sign them and put them back on their desks.

Hold your teens accountable. They will need to fill out job and college applications soon and they need to know how to do that without your intervention.

4. Delivering their forgotten items

Monday morning we pulled out of the driveway and screeched around the corner of the house when daughter dear realized she forgot her phone. “We have to go back, Mom!” Another exclaimed that he forgot his freshly washed PE uniform folded in the laundry room. I braked in hesitation as I contemplated turning around. Nope. Off we go, as the vision surfaced of both of them playing around on their phones before it was time to leave.

Parents don’t miss opportunities to provide natural consequences for your teens. Forget something? Feel the pain of that. Kids also get to see, that you can make it through the day without a mistake consuming you.

We also have a rule that Mom and Dad are not to get pleading texts from school asking for forgotten items. It still happens, but we have the right to just shoot back “that’s a bummer.”

5. Making their failure to plan your emergency

School projects do not get assigned the night before they are due. Therefore, I do not run out and pick up materials at the last minute to get a project finished. I do always keep poster boards and general materials on hand for the procrastinating child. But, other needed items, you may have to wait for. Do not race to Michaels for your kid who hasn’t taken time to plan.

This is a good topic to talk about in weekly family meetings. Does anyone have projects coming up that they’re going to need supplies for so that I can pick them up at my convenience this week?

6. Doing all of their laundry

“What? YOU didn’t get my shorts washed? This response always backfires on the kid who may lose their mind thinking that I’m the only one who can do laundry around here. Every once in awhile a child needs a healthy reminder that I do not work for them. The minute they assume that this is my main role in life, is the minute that I gladly hand over the laundry task to them.

Most days I do the washing and the kids fold and put their clothes away, but they are capable of tackling the entire process when need be.

7. Emailing and calling their teachers and coaches

If our child has a problem with a teacher or coach, he is going to have to take it to the one in charge. There is no way that we, as parents, are going to question a coach or email a teacher about something that should be between the authority figure and our child.

Don’t be that over involved parent. Teach your child that if something is important enough to him, then he needs to learn how to handle the issue himself or at least ask you to help them.

8. Meddling in their academics

Put the pencil down parents. Most of the time, I honestly couldn’t tell you what my kids are doing for school work. We talk about projects and papers over dinner, but we’ve always had the expectation for our kids to own their work and grades. At times, they’ve earned Principals Lists, Honor Rolls and National Junior Honor Society honors on their own accord. At other times, they’ve missed the mark.

These apps and websites, where parents can go in and see every detail of children’s school grades and homework, are not helping our overparenting epidemic.

Every blue moon I will ask the kids to pull up their student account and show me their grades, because I want them to know I do care. I did notice our daughter slacking off at the end of last year and my acknowledgement helped her catch up, but I’m not taking it on as one of my regular responsibilities and you shouldn’t be either.

Facts About Teen Pregnancy

The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. About eighty-five percent of these pregnancies are unplanned, which in any population can increase the risk for problems. The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care or worse, about seven percent received no care at all.

The Rates of Teen Pregnancy

There were just under a quarter million pregnancies in women ages fifteen to nineteen in 2014, the most recent year for which we have data. This is a record low and a drop of nine percent since 2013. This is a very positive sign.Problems with Teen Pregnancy

One of the many reasons that teen pregnancy is not a good idea is the issues that arise, including the above-mentioned lack of prenatal care. The reason for the lack of prenatal care is usually delayed pregnancy testing, denial or even fear of telling others about the pregnancy. Most states have a health department or university clinic where prenatal care is free or low cost and patient confidentiality is very important, meaning no one can tell the teen mother's family.

Because the body of a teen is still growing she will need more nutritional support to meet both her needs and that of her baby. Nutritional counseling can be a large portion of prenatal care, usually done by a doctor or a midwife, sometimes a nutritionist. This counseling will usually include information about prenatal vitamins, folic acid, and the dos and don'ts of eating and drinking. Lack of proper nutrition can lead to problems like anemia (low iron), low weight gain, etc.

Another problem facing teen mothers is the use of drugs and alcohol, including cigarette smoking. No amount of any of these substances is safe for use in pregnancy. In fact, their use can complicate pregnancy even further increasing the likelihood of premature birth and other complications.

Premature birth and low birth weight create a wealth of their own problems, including brain damage, physical disabilities and more. The potentially lengthy hospital stay and increased risk of health problems for these babies often leads to more stress on the teen mother.

While facing the grim realities of teen pregnancy is not pleasant, this is not the picture that has to be painted. Teen mothers are perfectly capable of having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. With the proper nutrition, early prenatal care and good screening for potential problems the majority of these potential problems will not come to light. While some tend to think that you can't teach a teen mother anything about her body or baby, it's really a ridiculous notion. Many of the teen mothers who take active roles in their care do go on to have healthy babies, despite the other hardships that they will face in their lives. Support from the families and communities is a must for the young, new family to be successful.Many teens worry about what their families will say when they find out that they are pregnant. So they avoid telling their parents or someone else who might be able to help them find support. This delays their prenatal care, making the pregnancy even more risky for themselves and their baby.Problems for Pregnant and Parenting Teen Mothers

There are many programs in place to help teen parents learn parenting skills, complete their education, particularly high school, and find meaningful employment or further training and education with the idea of obtaining a better job. The truth is a teen parent will need more support and perhaps time to complete these tasks. Having good childcare that empowers the teen parent rather than forces the teen to abdicate to the paid care provider is a must. Only about half of the females who become pregnant will complete their high school education by the time that they are twenty-two, compared to about ninety percent of the females in that age group who do not become pregnant.

There is also the worry that after one pregnancy, another may follow. Discussing teen pregnancy can be really important, particularly in terms of subsequent pregnancies. That said, being open and accepting of teens who talk to you in the most important thing you can do.



GIVE CHILDREN ALTERNATIVES TO TELEVISION AND ELECTRONICS

1. INVEST IN A PAD OF DRAWING PAPER and start your child sketching. Have him/her try pencil, charcoal, pastels, and attempt different subjects.

2. BORROW, BUY, OR RENT A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT. Your child might be a musician!

3. BUY several card games like "Old Maid", "Go Fish", "UNO", and teach your child how to play them and others like "War" or "Concentration".

4. Charades are a lot of fun if you can let go and be a little silly. Even a 4- or 5-year-old can participate.

5. Search in your closet for or invest in board games like "Candyland," "Rack-O,"' "Memory," or checkers. Older children usually enjoy games like "Sorry," "Clue," or "Parchessi."

6. Set up a family reading hour or half-hour, when everyone curls up in a comfortable place and reads (or has read to him/her), the BIBLE, SABBATH SCHOOL LESSON, a book, magazine, comic book, encyclopedia--anything, as long as it's reading. Make popcorn afterward and talk about what you've read.

7. Go bowling or play miniture golf once in awhile if you can. Try croquet, tetherball, ping pong, hoola hoop, or hopscotch.

8. Take a walk or bike ride as a family.

9. Bake cookies. Experiment with new recipes!

10. Work in the garden or rake the lawn--together.

11. Write silly stories and read them to each other. With children too young to write, make up silly stories aloud.

Do something different! PLAY together! Just have fun together as a FAMILY!!!

AN ACT OF KINDNESS

1. "Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough."
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

2. "Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see." -Mark Twain

3. "You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. "Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness." -George Sand

5. "A warm smile is the universal language of kindness." -William Arthur Ward

6. "Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." -Albert Schweitzer

7. "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -Princess Diana

8. "Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver."
-Barbara de Angelis

9. "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." -Scott Adams

10. "One who is kind is sympathetic and gentle with others. He is considerate of others' feelings and courteous in his behavior. He has a helpful nature. Kindness pardons others' weaknesses and faults. Kindness is extended to all -- to the aged and the young, to animals, to those low of station as well as the high." -Ezra Taft Benson

11. "There is overwhelming evidence that the higher the level of self-esteem, the more likely one will be to treat others with respect, kindness, and generosity." -Nathaniel Branden

12. "The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted." -Aesop

13. "Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

14. "Because that's what kindness is. It's not doing something for someone else because they can't, but because you can." -Andrew Iskander

15. "You can accomplish by kindness what you cannot by force."
-Publilius Syrus

"WHEREVER THERE IS A HUMAN BEING, THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR AN ACT OF KINDNESS.

MAKE SOMEONE HAPPY TODAY, TOMORROW, OR THIS WEEK!

TITHE and OFFERING

Don't forget your TITHE and FAITHFULL OFFERING.

BE THANKFUL 365!!!

HAVE YOU THANKED GOD TODAY?

HOW MANY THINGS ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR?

LIFE--HEALTH--STRENGTH--OXYGEN--SUNSHINE--FOOD--FAMILY--FRIENDS, PLUS MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!

THANKSGIVING SHOULD BE EVERY DAY IN YOUR LIFE!!!

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