MOSDAC BULLETIN

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Divine Worship Service - Speaker For The Day

Pastor J. Alfred Johnson III

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

SCRIPTURES FOR THE MIND

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Isaiah 43:18-19 - Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.   (Read More...)

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Romans 13:11-13 - And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.   (Read More...)

Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:   (Read More...)

2 Peter 1:3-10 - According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:   (Read More...)

Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

1 Chronicles 4:10 - And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Exodus 40:2 - On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Isaiah 43:18-19 - Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.   (Read More...)

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Romans 13:11-13 - And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now [is] our salvation nearer than when we believed.   (Read More...)

Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:   (Read More...)

2 Peter 1:3-10 - According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:   (Read More...)

Psalms 34:8 - O taste and see that the LORD [is] good: blessed [is] the man [that] trusteth in him.

Romans 12:1 - I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.

1 Chronicles 4:10 - And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep [me] from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Exodus 40:2 - On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Isaiah 43:18-19 - Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.   

Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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 9:30 am till 10:30 am each Sabbath. Parents, grand-parents, and guardians, we are depending on you to bring your children! We can hardly wait to see you!

FEBRUARY 2019 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2/2-Pathfinder Fundraiser after AYS in the Fellowship Hall. A small fundraiser fee will be acessed per person. Funds go towards the Oshkosh Camporee.

2/3-Bills, Wills, Life & Death Workshop @ 10 am.

2/9-Community Service Day

2/10-Men's Prayer Breakfast @10am with Pastor Frank E. Legette III our Guest speaker. ALL ARE WELCOME.

2/16- Guest Speaker Pastor J. Alfred Johnson III

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 will be Sabbath, March 2, 2019.

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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!!

THE FIRST BLACK FEMALE COL.

The Defense Department’s April 10 release of slated general promotions includes a historic first for the Corps.

Marine Corps Col. Lorna M. Mahlock, the deputy director of Operations, Plans, Policies and Operations at Marine Corps headquarters outside Washington, D.C., will become the first black woman to don the rank of brigadier general if she is confirmed.

Mahlock’s nomination was first reported by ABC News. The Marine colonel has not made a public statement since her nomination, but in 2016, she discussed her experience in the Marine Corps as part of a video dedicated to Women’s History Month.

“Over my 30 years in the Marine Corps, my experience in terms of how women have evolved has been very positive,” she said in the video. “It’s been a steady rise. I’m very, very hopeful.”

The Marine Corps is the smallest of the four military services and has the lowest percentage of female members, according to Marine Corps Community Services.

And just under a hundred women across active duty and reserve Marines are serving in various combat job fields that were previously closed to women.

The first black general in Marine Corps history was Marine aviator Frank E. Petersen Jr. He was selected as a second lieutenant in October 1952 after completing flight training and was promoted to brigadier general in 1979, according to Marine Corps University.

The Marine pilot served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He flew more than 350 combat missions.

Petersen retired as a lieutenant general in 1988, and passed away on Aug. 25, 2015.

Mahlock previously was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where she was charged with overseeing 1,300 military and civilian personnel and $250 million in military equipment in support of U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region.

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 February 13, 2019 in the Annex.

As we continue our time of "Prayer and Praise", bring your Bibles, prayer requests and a smile.

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: March 3, 2019

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

2019 Devotionals

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A 2019 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 2019 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 March 1, 2019 from 8:00pm - 8:45pm. Call (302) 202-1110 pin # is 814478.

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

Also if you are interested in going to see a play on March 24th. Please contact Lorene Watkins for details.

Register today!

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

AEC Master Guide

Returning MOSDAC Master Guides: Our new Master Guide Club Ministry meet SEPTEMBER 1st to kick off our new year.

NEW MASTER GUIDE candidates began on SEPTEMBER 1st.

If you would like to be in the next class, Email or text for more information at 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!!!

DIASTER RELIEF

Hurricane Florence Diaster Relief please donate to ADVENTIST COMMUNITY SERVICES efforts to help the victims of Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Please see Sharmaine Edwards to get your yellow bucket to fill. Buckets are to be returned to Mrs. Edwards and/or other Community Service Team Members.

REMINDER: PLEASE RETURN YOUR YELLOW BUCKET, FILLED OR EMPTY TO THE COMMUNITY SERVICES DEPARTMENT!!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

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.

BIRTH DEFECTS

Birth Defects

About birth defects

A birth defect is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in utero (in the womb). Approximately 1 out of every 33 babies in the United States is born with a birth defect.

Birth defects can be minor or severe. They may affect appearance, organ function, and physical and mental development. Most birth defects are present within the first three months of pregnancy, when the organs are still forming. Some birth defects are harmless. Others require long-term medical treatment. Severe birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the United States, accounting for 20 percent of deaths.

What causes birth defects?

Birth defects can be a result of:

  • genetics
  • lifestyle choices and behaviors
  • exposure to certain medications and chemicals
  • infections during pregnancy
  • a combination of these factors

However, the exact causes of certain birth defects are often unknown.

Genetics

The mother or father may pass on genetic abnormalities to their baby. Genetic abnormalities occur when a gene becomes flawed due to a mutation, or change. In some cases, a gene or part of a gene might be missing. These defects happen at conception and often can’t be prevented. A particular defect may be present throughout the family history of one or both parents.

Nongenetic causes

The causes of some birth defects can be difficult or impossible to identify. However, certain behaviors greatly increase the risk of birth defects. These include smoking, using illegal drugs, and drinking alcohol while pregnant. Other factors, such as exposure to toxic chemicals or viruses, also increase risk.

What are the risk factors for birth defects?

All pregnant women have some risk of delivering a child with a birth defect. Risk increases under any of the following conditions:

  • family history of birth defects or other genetic disorders
  • drug use, alcohol consumption, or smoking during pregnancy
  • maternal age of 35 years or older
  • inadequate prenatal care
  • untreated viral or bacterial infections, including sexually transmitted infections
  • use of certain high-risk medications, such as isotretinoin and lithium

Women with pre-existing medical conditions, such as diabetes, are also at a higher risk of having a child with a birth defect.

Common birth defects

Birth defects are typically classified as structural or functional and developmental.

Structural defects are when a specific body part is missing or malformed. The most common structural defects are:

  • heart defects
  • cleft lip or palate, when there’s an opening or split in the lip or roof of the mouth
  • spina bifida, when the spinal cord doesn’t develop properly
  • clubfoot, when the foot points inward instead of forward

Functional or developmental birth defects cause a body part or system not to work properly. These often cause disabilities of intelligence or development. Functional or developmental birth defects include metabolic defects, sensory problems, and nervous system problems. Metabolic defects cause problems with the baby’s body chemistry.

The most common types of functional or developmental birth defects include:

Some children face physical problems associated with specific birth defects. However, many children show no visible abnormalities. Defects can sometimes go undetected for months or even years after the child is born.

How are birth defects diagnosed?

Many types of birth defects can be diagnosed during pregnancy. A healthcare professional can use prenatal ultrasounds to help them diagnose certain birth defects in utero. More in-depth screening options, such as blood tests and amniocentesis (taking a sample of the amniotic fluid), may also be done. These tests are usually offered to women who have higher-risk pregnancies due to family history, advanced maternal age, or other known factors.

Prenatal tests can help determine whether the mother has an infection or other condition that’s harmful to the baby. A physical examination and hearing test may also help the doctor diagnose birth defects after the baby is born. A blood test called the newborn screen can help doctors diagnose some birth defects shortly after birth, before symptoms occur.

It’s important to know that prenatal screening doesn’t always find defects when they’re present. A screening test can also falsely identify defects. However, most birth defects can be diagnosed with certainty after birth.

How are birth defects treated?

Treatment options vary depending on the condition and level of severity. Some birth defects can be corrected before birth or shortly after. Other defects, however, may affect a child for the rest of their life. Mild defects can be stressful, but they don’t typically affect overall quality of life. Severe birth defects, such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, can cause long-term disability or even death. Speak with your doctor about the appropriate treatment for your child’s condition.

Medications: Medications may be used to treat some birth defects or to lower the risk of complications from certain defects. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to the mother to help correct an abnormality before birth.

Surgeries: Surgery can fix certain defects or ease harmful symptoms. Some people with physical birth defects, such as cleft lip, may undergo plastic surgery for either health or cosmetic benefits. Many babies with heart defects will need surgery, as well.

Home care: Parents may be instructed to follow specific instructions for feeding, bathing, and monitoring an infant with a birth defect.

How can birth defects be prevented?

Many birth defects can’t be prevented, but there are some ways to lower the risk of having a baby with a birth defect. Women who plan to become pregnant should start taking folic acid supplements before conception. These supplements should also be taken throughout the pregnancy. Folic acid can help prevent defects of the spine and brain. Prenatal vitamins are also recommended during pregnancy.

Women should avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco during and after pregnancy. They should also use caution when taking certain medications. Some medications that are normally safe can cause serious birth defects when taken by a pregnant woman. Make sure to tell your doctor about any medications you may be taking, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.

Most vaccines are safe during pregnancy. In fact, some vaccines can help prevent birth defects. There is a theoretical risk of harm to a developing fetus with some live-virus vaccines, so these kinds should not be given during pregnancy. You should ask your doctor which vaccines are necessary and safe.

Maintaining a healthy weight also helps reduce the risk of complications during pregnancy. Women with pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, should take special care to manage their health.

It’s extremely important to attend regular prenatal appointments. If your pregnancy is considered high risk, your doctor can do additional prenatal screening to identify defects. Depending on the type of defect, your doctor may be able to treat it before the baby is born.

Genetic counseling

A genetic counselor can advise couples with family histories of a defect or other risks factors for birth defects. A counselor may be helpful when you’re thinking about having children or already expecting. Genetic counselors can determine the likelihood that your baby will be born with defects by evaluating family history and medical records. They may also order tests to analyze the genes of the mother, father, and baby.

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.

History of the Seventh-day Adventist Church

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church had its roots in the Millerite movement of the 1830s to the 1840s, during the period of the Second Great Awakening, and was officially founded in 1863. Prominent figures in the early church included Hiram Edson, James Springer White (Husband to Ellen G. White), Joseph Bates, and J. N. Andrews. Over the ensuing decades the church expanded from its original base in New England to become an international organization. Significant developments such the reviews initiated by evangelicals Donald Barnhouse and Walter Martin, in the 20th century led to its recognition as a Christian denomination.

Foundations, 1798–1820s[edit]

The Second Great Awakening, a revival movement in the United States, took place in the early 19th century. The Second Great Awakening was stimulated by the foundation of the many Bible Societies which sought to address the problem of a lack of affordable Bibles. The spread of Bibles allowed many who had not had one to be able to purchase and study it themselves rather than just hear it preached, and led to the establishment of many reform movements designed to remedy the evils of society before the anticipated Second Coming of Jesus Christ.[1] Many religious minority movements formed out of the Congregational, Presbyterian, and the Baptist and Methodist churches. Some of these movements held beliefs that would later be adopted by the Seventh-day Adventists.

An interest in prophecy was kindled among some Protestants groups following the arrest of Pope Pius VI in 1798 by the French General Louis Alexandre Berthier. Forerunners of the Adventist movement believed that this event marked the end of the 1260-day prophecy from the Book of Daniel.[2][3][4] Certain individuals began to look at the 2300 day prophecy found in Daniel 8:14.[2] Interest in prophecy also found its way into the Roman Catholic church when an exiled Jesuit priest by the name of Manuel de Lacunza published a manuscript calling for renewed interest in the Second Coming of Christ. His publication created a stirring but was later condemned by Pope Leo XII in 1824.[2]As a result of a pursuit for religious freedom, many revivalists had set foot in the United States, aiming to avoid persecution.

Millerite roots, 1831–44[edit] Main article: Great Disappointment

The Seventh-day Adventist Church formed out of the movement known today as the Millerites. In 1831, a Baptist convert, William Miller, was asked by a Baptist to preach in their church and began to preach that the Second Advent of Jesus would occur somewhere between March 1843 and March 1844, based on his interpretation of Daniel 8:14. A following gathered around Miller that included many from the Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Christian Connection churches. In the summer of 1844, some of Miller's followers promoted the date of October 22. They linked the cleansing of the sanctuary of Daniel 8:14 with the Jewish Day of Atonement, believed to be October 22 that year. By 1844, over 100,000 people were anticipating what Miller had called the "Blessed Hope". On October 22 many of the believers were up late into the night watching, waiting for Christ to return and found themselves bitterly disappointed when both sunset and midnight passed with their expectations unfulfilled. This event later became known as the Great Disappointment.

Pre-denominational years, 1844–60[edit] Edson and the Heavenly Sanctuary[edit]

After the disappointment of October 22 many of Miller's followers were left upset and disillusioned. Most ceased to believe in the imminent return of Jesus. Some believed the date was incorrect. A few believed that the date was right but the event expected was wrong. This latter group developed into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. One of the Adventists, Hiram Edson (1806–1882) wrote "Our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted, and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before. It seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison. We wept, and wept, till the day dawn."[6] On the morning of October 23, Edson, who lived in Port Gibson, New York was passing through his grain field with a friend. He later recounted his experience:

"We started, and while passing through a large field I was stopped about midway of the field. Heaven seemed opened to my view, and I saw distinctly and clearly that instead of our High Priest coming out of the Most Holy of the heavenly sanctuary to come to this earth on the tenth day of the seventh month, at the end of the 2300 days [calculated to be October 22, 1844], He for the first time entered on that day the second apartment of that sanctuary; and that He had a work to perform in the Most Holy before coming to the earth."[7]

Edson shared his experience with many of the local Adventists who were greatly encouraged by his account. As a result, he began studying the bible with two of the other believers in the area, O.R.L. Crosier and Franklin B. Hahn, who published their findings in a paper called Day-Dawn. This paper explored the biblical parable of the Ten Virgins and attempted to explain why the bridegroom had tarried. The article also explored the concept of the day of atonement and what the authors called "our chronology of events".[8][9]

The findings published by Crosier, Hahn and Edson led to a new understanding about the sanctuary in heaven. Their paper explained how there was a sanctuary in heaven, that Christ, the High Priest, was to cleanse. The believers understood this cleansing to be what the 2300 days in Daniel was referring to.[10]

George Knight wrote, "Although originally the smallest of the post-Millerite groups, it came to see itself as the true successor of the once-powerful Millerite movement."[11] This view was endorsed by Ellen White. However, Seeking a Sanctuary sees it more as an offshoot of the Millerite movement.

The "Sabbath and Shut Door" Adventists were disparate, but slowly emerged. Only Joseph Bates had had any prominence in the Millerite movement.[12]

Adventists viewed themselves as heirs of earlier outcast believers such as the Waldenses, Protestant Reformers including the Anabaptists, English and Scottish Puritans, evangelicals of the 18th century including Methodists, Seventh Day Baptists, and others who rejected established church traditions.[13]

Sabbath observance develops and unites[edit] Main article: Sabbath and Seventh-day Adventism § History

A young Seventh Day Baptist layperson named Rachel Oakes Preston living in New Hampshire was responsible for introducing Sabbath to the Millerite Adventists. Due to her influence, Frederick Wheeler, a local Methodist-Adventist preacher, began keeping the seventh day as Sabbath, probably in the early spring of 1844. Several members of the Washington, New Hampshire church he occasionally ministered to also followed his decision. These included William and Cyrus Farnsworth. T. M. Preble soon accepted it either from Wheeler or directly from Oakes. These events were shortly followed by the Great Disappointment.

Preble promoted Sabbath through the February 28, 1845 issue of the Hope of Israel. In March he published his Sabbath views in tract form. Although he returned to observing Sunday in the next few years, his writing convinced Joseph Bates and J. N. Andrews. These men in turn convinced James and Ellen White, as well as Hiram Edson and hundreds of others.[14]

Bates proposed that a meeting should be organised between the believers in New Hampshire and Port Gibson. At this meeting, which occurred sometime in 1846 at Edson's farm, Edson and other Port Gibson believers readily accepted Sabbath and at the same time forged an alliance with Bates and two other folk from New Hampshire who later became very influential in the Adventist church, James and Ellen G. White. Between April 1848, and December 1850 twenty-two "Sabbath conferences" were held in New York and New England. These meetings were often seen as opportunities for leaders such as James White, Joseph Bates, Stephen Pierce and Hiram Edson to discuss and reach conclusions about doctrinal issues.[15]

While initially it was believed that Sabbath started at 6 pm, by 1855 it was generally accepted that Sabbath begins at Friday sunset.[16]

The Present Truth (see below) was largely devoted to Sabbath at first. J. N. Andrews was the first Adventist to write a book-length defense of Sabbath, first published in 1861.Sabbath observance develops and unites[edit] Main article: Sabbath and Seventh-day Adventism § History

A young Seventh Day Baptist layperson named Rachel Oakes Preston living in New Hampshire was responsible for introducing Sabbath to the Millerite Adventists. Due to her influence, Frederick Wheeler, a local Methodist-Adventist preacher, began keeping the seventh day as Sabbath, probably in the early spring of 1844. Several members of the Washington, New Hampshire church he occasionally ministered to also followed his decision. These included William and Cyrus Farnsworth. T. M. Preble soon accepted it either from Wheeler or directly from Oakes. These events were shortly followed by the Great Disappointment.

Preble promoted Sabbath through the February 28, 1845 issue of the Hope of Israel. In March he published his Sabbath views in tract form. Although he returned to observing Sunday in the next few years, his writing convinced Joseph Bates and J. N. Andrews. These men in turn convinced James and Ellen White, as well as Hiram Edson and hundreds of others.[14]

Bates proposed that a meeting should be organised between the believers in New Hampshire and Port Gibson. At this meeting, which occurred sometime in 1846 at Edson's farm, Edson and other Port Gibson believers readily accepted Sabbath and at the same time forged an alliance with Bates and two other folk from New Hampshire who later became very influential in the Adventist church,

ELLEN G. WHITE " THE DESIRE OF AGES"

Chapter 1: "God With Us"

Nearly two thousand years ago, a voice of mysterious import was heard in heaven, from the throne of God, “Lo, I come.” “Sacrifice and offering Thou wouldest not, but a body hast Thou prepared Me.... Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.” Hebrews 10:5-7. In these words is announced the fulfillment of the purpose that had been hidden from eternal ages. Christ was about to visit our world, and to become incarnate. He says, “A body hast Thou prepared Me.” Had He appeared with the glory that was His with the Father before the world was, we could not have endured the light of His presence. That we might behold it and not be destroyed, the manifestation of His glory was shrouded. His divinity was veiled with humanity,—the invisible glory in the visible human form. DA 23.1

This great purpose had been shadowed forth in types and symbols. The burning bush, in which Christ appeared to Moses, revealed God. The symbol chosen for the representation of the Deity was a lowly shrub, that seemingly had no attractions. This enshrined the Infinite. The all-merciful God shrouded His glory in a most humble type, that Moses could look upon it and live. So in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, God communicated with Israel, revealing to men His will, and imparting to them His grace. God's glory was subdued, and His majesty veiled, that the weak vision of finite men might behold it. So Christ was to come in “the body of our humiliation” (Philippians 3:21, R. V.), “in the likeness of men.” In the eyes of the world He possessed no beauty that they should desire Him; yet He was the incarnate God, the light of heaven and earth. His glory was veiled, His greatness and majesty were hidden, that He might draw near to sorrowful, tempted men. DA 23.2

God commanded Moses for Israel, “Let them make Me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8), and He abode in the sanctuary, in the midst of His people. Through all their weary wandering in the desert, the symbol of His presence was with them. So Christ set up His tabernacle in the midst of our human encampment. He pitched His tent by the side of the tents of men, that He might dwell among us, and make us familiar with His divine character and life. “The Word became flesh, and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the Only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.” John 1:14, R. V., margin. DA 23.3

Since Jesus came to dwell with us, we know that God is acquainted with our trials, and sympathizes with our griefs. Every son and daughter of Adam may understand that our Creator is the friend of sinners. For in every doctrine of grace, every promise of joy, every deed of love, every divine attraction presented in the Saviour's life on earth, we see “God with us.”

Satan represents God's law of love as a law of selfishness. He declares that it is impossible for us to obey its precepts. The fall of our first parents, with all the woe that has resulted, he charges upon the Creator, leading men to look upon God as the author of sin, and suffering, and death. Jesus was to unveil this deception. As one of us He was to give an example of obedience. For this He took upon Himself our nature, and passed through our experiences. “In all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren.” Hebrews 2:17. If we had to bear anything which Jesus did not endure, then upon this point Satan would represent the power of God as insufficient for us. Therefore Jesus was “in all points tempted like as we are.” Hebrews 4:15. He endured every trial to which we are subject. And He exercised in His own behalf no power that is not freely offered to us. As man, He met temptation, and overcame in the strength given Him from God. He says, “I delight to do Thy will, O My God: yea, Thy law is within My heart.” Psalm 40:8. As He went about doing good, and healing all who were afflicted by Satan, He made plain to men the character of God's law and the nature of His service. His life testifies that it is possible for us also to obey the law of God. DA 24.2

By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God. As the Son of man, He gave us an example of obedience; as the Son of God, He gives us power to obey. It was Christ who from the bush on Mount Horeb spoke to Moses saying, “I AM THAT I AM.... Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14. This was the pledge of Israel's deliverance. So when He came “in the likeness of men,” He declared Himself the I AM. The Child of Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God “manifest in the flesh.” 1 Timothy 3:16. And to us He says: “I AM the Good Shepherd.” “I AM the living Bread.” “I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life.” “All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth.” John 10:11; 6:51; 14:6; Matthew 28:18. I AM the assurance of every promise. I AM; be not afraid. “God with us” is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven.

In stooping to take upon Himself humanity, Christ revealed a character the opposite of the character of Satan. But He stepped still lower in the path of humiliation. “Being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8. As the high priest laid aside his gorgeous pontifical robes, and officiated in the white linen dress of the common priest, so Christ took the form of a servant, and offered sacrifice, Himself the priest, Himself the victim. “He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him.” Isaiah 53:5. DA 25.1

Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might 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. “With His stripes we are healed.” DA 25.2

By His life and His death, Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruin wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about an eternal separation between God and man; but in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Saviour has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature. This is the pledge that God will fulfill His word. “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder.” God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the “Son of man” who shares the throne of the universe. It is the “Son of man” whose name shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6. The I AM is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who is “holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners,” is not ashamed to call us brethren. Hebrews 7:26; 2:11. In Christ the family of earth and the family of heaven are bound together. Christ glorified is our brother. Heaven is enshrined in humanity, and humanity is enfolded in the bosom of Infinite Love.

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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

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HOW TO STAY SAFE
  • 1 Keep a first aid kit handy. To make sure your home is as safe and prepared as possible, it's a good idea to keep a quality first aid kit on hand for emergencies. You can buy one, pre-packaged, or you can assemble one yourself and keep it in a tackle box or another plastic case. Make sure it includes:
    • Clean bandages and gauze
    • Isopropyl alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
    • Antibacterial ointment
    • OTC painkillers
    • Surgical tape
    • Antibiotics
    • Keep emergency supplies well stocked. In the event of an emergency, you want to be prepared. A safe home should have the following items stocked in a safe place, in case you need them:
      • Batteries and sturdy flashlights
      • Pocketknife
      • Needles and thread
      • Canned goods and other nonperishable items
      • Lots of water
      • Matches or lighters
      • Radio



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.

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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

Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is the name given to a group of fat-soluble prohormones (substances that usually have little hormonal activity by themselves but that the body can turn into hormones). Vitamin D helps the body use calcium and phosphorus to make strong bones and teeth. Skin exposed to sunshine can make vitamin D, and vitamin D can also be obtained from certain foods. Vitamin D deficiency can cause a weakening of the bones that is called rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults.

Two major forms of vitamin D that are important to humans are vitamin D2, or ergocalciferol, and vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol. Vitamin D2 is made naturally by plants, and vitamin D3 is made naturally by the body when skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation in sunlight. Both forms are converted to 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the liver. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D then travels through the blood to the kidneys, where it is further modified to 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, or calcitriol, the active form of vitamin D in the body. The most accurate method of evaluating a person’s vitamin D status is to measure the level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the blood.

Most people get at least some of the vitamin D they need through sunlight exposure. Dietary sources include a few foods that naturally contain vitamin D, such as fatty fish, fish liver oil, and eggs. However, most dietary vitamin D comes from foods fortified with vitamin D, such as milk, juices, and breakfast cereals. Vitamin D can also be obtained through dietary supplements.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies has developed the following recommended daily intakes of vitamin D, assuming minimal sun exposure (1,2

  • For those between 1 and 70 years of age, including women who are pregnant or lactating, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) is 15 micrograms (μg) per day. Because 1 μg is equal to 40 International Units (IU), this RDA can also be expressed as 600 IU per day.
  • For those 71 years or older, the RDA is 20 μg per day (800 IU per day).
  • For infants, the IOM could not determine an RDA due to a lack of data. However, the IOM set an Adequate Intake level of 10 μg per day (400 IU per day), which should provide sufficient vitamin D.

Although the average dietary intakes of vitamin D in the United States are below guideline levels, data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that more than 80 percent of Americans had adequate vitamin D levels in their blood (2).

Even though most people are unlikely to have high vitamin D intakes, it is important to remember that excessive intake of any nutrient, including vitamin D, can cause toxic effects. Too much vitamin D can be harmful because it increases calcium levels, which can lead to calcinosis (the deposit of calcium salts in soft tissues, such as the kidneys, heart, or lungs) and hypercalcemia (high blood levels of calcium). The safe upper intake level of vitamin D for adults and children older than 8 years of age is 100 μg per day (4000 IU per day). Toxicity from too much vitamin D is more likely to occur from high intakes of dietary supplements than from high intakes of foods that contain vitamin D. Excessive sun exposure does not cause vitamin D toxicity. However, the IOM states that people should not try to increase vitamin D production by increasing their exposure to sunlight because this will also increase their risk of skin cancer (2).

Why are cancer researchers studying a possible connection between vitamin D and cancer risk?

Early epidemiologic research showed that incidence and death rates for certain cancers were lower among individuals living in southern latitudes, where levels of sunlight exposure are relatively high, than among those living at northern latitudes. Because exposure to ultraviolet light from sunlight leads to the production of vitamin D, researchers hypothesized that variation in vitamin D levels might account for this association. However, additional research based on stronger study designs is required to determine whether higher vitamin D levels are related to lower cancer incidence or death rates.

Experimental evidence has also suggested a possible association between vitamin D and cancer risk. In studies of cancer cells and of tumors in mice, vitamin D has been found to have several activities that might slow or prevent the development of cancer, including promoting cellular differentiation, decreasing cancer cell growth, stimulating cell death (apoptosis), and reducing tumor blood vessel formation (angiogenesis) (3-6).

What is the evidence that vitamin D can help reduce the risk of cancer in people?

A number of epidemiologic studies have investigated whether people with higher vitamin D intakes or higher blood levels of vitamin D have lower risks of specific cancers. The results of these studies have been inconsistent, possibly because of the challenges in carrying out such studies. For example, dietary studies do not account for vitamin D made in the skin from sunlight exposure, and the level of vitamin D measured in the blood at a single point in time (as in most studies) may not reflect a person’s true vitamin D status. Also, it is possible that people with higher vitamin D intakes or blood levels are more likely to have other healthy behaviors. It may be one of these other behaviors, rather than vitamin D intake, that influences cancer risk.

Several randomized trials of vitamin D intake have been carried out, but these were designed to assess bone health or other non-cancer outcomes. Although some of these trials have yielded information on cancer incidence and mortality, the results need to be confirmed by additional research because the trials were not designed to study cancer specifically.

What is the evidence that vitamin D can help reduce the risk of cancer in people?

A number of epidemiologic studies have investigated whether people with higher vitamin D intakes or higher blood levels of vitamin D have lower risks of specific cancers. The results of these studies have been inconsistent, possibly because of the challenges in carrying out such studies. For example, dietary studies do not account for vitamin D made in the skin from sunlight exposure, and the level of vitamin D measured in the blood at a single point in time (as in most studies) may not reflect a person’s true vitamin D status. Also, it is possible that people with higher vitamin D intakes or blood levels are more likely to have other healthy behaviors. It may be one of these other behaviors, rather than vitamin D intake, that influences cancer risk.

Several randomized trials of vitamin D intake have been carried out, but these were designed to assess bone health or other non-cancer outcomes. Although some of these trials have yielded information on cancer incidence and mortality, the results need to be confirmed by additional research because the trials were not designed to study cancer specifically.

What is the evidence that vitamin D can help reduce the risk of cancer in people?

A number of epidemiologic studies have investigated whether people with higher vitamin D intakes or higher blood levels of vitamin D have lower risks of specific cancers. The results of these studies have been inconsistent, possibly because of the challenges in carrying out such studies. For example, dietary studies do not account for vitamin D made in the skin from sunlight exposure, and the level of vitamin D measured in the blood at a single point in time (as in most studies) may not reflect a person’s true vitamin D status. Also, it is possible that people with higher vitamin D intakes or blood levels are more likely to have other healthy behaviors. It may be one of these other behaviors, rather than vitamin D intake, that influences cancer risk.

Several randomized trials of vitamin D intake have been carried out, but these were designed to assess bone health or other non-cancer outcomes. Although some of these trials have yielded information on cancer incidence and

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.

FEBRUARY 2019 AWARENESS MONTH

FEBRUARY IS...

  • AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
  • American Heart Month
  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
  • National Children’s Dental Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • African Heritage and Health Week (first week of February)
  • National “Wear Red” Day for women’s heart health (Feb. 1)
  • Give Kids a Smile Day (Feb. 1)
  • World Cancer Day (Feb. 4)
  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7–14)
  • National Donor Day (Feb. 14)
  • Eating Disorders Awareness and Screening Week (Feb. 25-March 3)

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.

GALLBLADDER AND BILE DUCT CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

February is Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month. Unlike other, more common forms of cancer, such as breast, colon and prostate cancer, there is an overall lack of knowledge among the general public about gallbladder and bile duct cancer, which is relatively rare. Therefore, the goal of Gallbladder and Bile Duct Cancer Awareness Month is to get people talking and raise awareness about these conditions.

The gallbladder is a small organ that is connected to the liver by the bile ducts. Its function is to store bile, a substance produced by the liver to aid in the digestion of dietary fats. Although the gallbladder plays an important role in digestion, it is possible to live without this helpful but nonessential organ.

When cancer develops in the gallbladder, it usually begins within the innermost layers and then gradually spreads to the surrounding tissues. This type of cancer can be challenging to detect, mainly because the gallbladder is a tiny organ that is largely concealed by the liver. For this reason, it is important for everyone to learn about the risk factors and symptoms of gallbladder and bile duct cancer, and to promptly report anything unusual to a physician.

While the precise causes of gallbladder cancer are unknown, the leading risk factor is believed to be a history of gallstones. These tiny crystals, which are made up of hardened bile and cholesterol, can form within the gallbladder and prevent the passage of bile. This can lead to pain, inflammation and jaundice. However, even though this condition can increase the risk of developing gallbladder cancer, it is important to keep in mind that gallstones are very common, but gallbladder cancer is not.

Some of the initial signs and symptoms of gallbladder and bile duct cancer include:

  • Jaundice (a yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
  • Fever
  • Black, tarry stools
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain and swelling
  • Unexplained weight loss

If you experience any of these symptoms and are unable to readily explain their cause, you are encouraged to speak with a physician right away. When symptoms occur, they tend to be mild at first, and this can make them easy to overlook.

If you’d like to learn more about the warning signs of gallbladder and bile duct cancer or the diagnostic and treatment services available in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete our new patient registration form online. We do not require referrals.

GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER

Carver was born into slavery, the son of a slave woman named Mary, owned by Moses Carver. During the American Civil War, the Carver farm was raided, and infant George and his mother were kidnapped and taken to Arkansas to be sold. Moses Carver was eventually able to track down young George but was unable to find Mary. Frail and sick, the motherless child was returned to his master’s home and nursed back to health. With the complete abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865, George was no longer a slave. Nevertheless, he remained on the Carver plantation until he was about 10 or 12 years old, when he left to acquire an education. He spent some time wandering about, working with his hands and developing his keen interest in plants and animals. He learned to draw, and later in life he devoted considerable time to painting flowers, plants, and landscapes.

By both books and experience, George acquired a fragmentary education while doing whatever work came to hand in order to subsist. He supported himself by varied occupations that included general household worker, hotel cook, laundryman, farm labourer, and homesteader. In his late 20s he managed to obtain a high schooleducation in Minneapolis, Kansas, while working as a farmhand. After a university in Kansas refused to admit him because he was black, Carver matriculated at Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa, where he studied piano and art, subsequently transferring to Iowa State Agricultural College (later Iowa State University), where he received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science in 1894 and a master of science degree in 1896.

Carver left Iowa for Alabama in the fall of 1896 to direct the newly organized department of agriculture at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, a school headed by noted African Americaneducator Booker T. Washington. At Tuskegee, Washington was trying to improve the lot of African Americans through education and the acquisition of useful skills rather than through political agitation; he stressed conciliation, compromise, and economic development as the paths for black advancement in American society. Despite many offers elsewhere, Carver would remain at Tuskegee for the rest of his life.

After becoming the institute’s director of agricultural research in 1896, Carver devoted his time to research projects aimed at helping Southern agriculture, demonstrating ways in which farmers could improve their economic situation. He conducted experiments in soil management and crop production and directed an experimental farm. At this time agriculture in the Deep South was in steep decline because the unremitting single-crop cultivation of cotton had left the soil of many fields exhausted and worthless, and erosion had then taken its toll on areas that could no longer sustain any plant cover. As a remedy, Carver urged Southern farmers to plant peanuts (Arachis hypogaea) and soybeans (Glycine max). As members of the legume family (Fabaceae), these plants could restore nitrogen to the soil while also providing the protein so badly needed in the diet of many Southerners. Carver found that Alabama’s soils were particularly well-suited to growing peanuts and sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas), but when the state’s farmers began cultivating these crops instead of cotton, they found little demand for them on the market. In response to this problem, Carver set about enlarging the commercial possibilities of the peanut and sweet potato through a long and ingenious program of laboratory research. He ultimately developed 300 derivative products from peanuts—among them milk, flour, ink, dyes, plastics, wood stains, soap, linoleum, medicinal oils, and cosmetics—and 118 from sweet potatoes, including flour, vinegar, molasses, ink, a synthetic rubber, and postage stamp glue.

Carver, George WashingtonGeorge Washington Carver holding a piece of soil in a field, 1906.Library of Congress, Washington D.C. (LC-USZ62-114302)

In 1914, at a time when the boll weevil had almost ruined cotton growers, Carver revealed his experiments to the public, and increasing numbers of the South’s farmers began to turn to peanuts, sweet potatoes, and their derivatives for income. Much exhausted land was renewed, and the South became a major new supplier of agricultural products. When Carver arrived at Tuskegee in 1896, the peanut had not even been recognized as a crop, but within the next half century it became one of the six leading crops throughout the United States and, in the South, the second cash crop (after cotton) by 1940. In 1942 the U.S. government allotted 2,023,428 hectares (5,000,000 acres) of peanuts to farmers. Carver’s efforts had finally helped liberate the South from its excessive dependence on cotton.

Among Carver’s many honours were his election to Britain’s Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (London) in 1916 and his receipt of the Spingarn Medal in 1923. Late in his career he declined an invitation to work for Thomas A. Edison at a salary of more than $100,000 a year. Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt visited him, and his friends included Henry Ford and Mohandas K. Gandhi. Foreign governments requested his counsel on agricultural matters: Joseph Stalin, for example, in 1931 invited him to superintend cotton plantations in southern Russia and to make a tour of the Soviet Union, but Carver refused.

In 1940 Carver donated his life savings to the establishment of the Carver Research Foundation at Tuskegee for continuing research in agriculture. During World War II he worked to replace the textile dyes formerly imported from Europe, and in all he produced dyes of 500 different shades.

Carver, George WashingtonGeorge Washington Carver in a laboratory at Tuskegee University, Alabama, in 1938.National Archives and Records Administration/U.S. Department of Agriculture

Many scientists thought of Carver more as a concoctionist than as a contributor to scientific knowledge. Many of his fellow African Americans were critical of what they regarded as his subservience. Certainly, this small, mild, soft-spoken, innately modest man, eccentricin dress and mannerism, seemed unbelievably heedless of the conventional pleasures and rewards of this life. But these qualities endeared Carver to many whites, who were almost invariably charmed by his humble demeanour and his quiet work in self-imposed segregation at Tuskegee. As a result of his accommodation to the mores of the South, whites came to regard him with a sort of patronizing adulation.

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Carver thus, for much of white America, increasingly came to stand as a kind of saintly and comfortable symbol of the intellectualachievements of African Americans. Carver was evidently uninterested in the role his image played in the racial politics of the time. His great desire in later life was simply to serve humanity, and his work, which began for the sake of the poorest of the black sharecroppers, paved the way for a better life for the entire South. His efforts brought about a significant advance in agricultural training in an era when agriculture was the largest single occupation of Americans, and he extended Tuskegee’s influence throughout the South by encouraging improved farm methods, crop diversification, and soil conservation.

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.

WHY MORE WOMEN ARE LIVING ALONE

The Lesson: The script is officially being flipped on the concept of the ‘bachelor pad’. Nowadays, more and more single women are choosing to live alone, and they’re absolutely loving it. Freed from financial or marital expectations, women of all ages are finding empowerment in the concept of living on their own. According to research, living alone can be socially beneficial as it encourages women to lead socially active lives outside the confines of their homes, meaning they become more actively involved in non-solitary activities, thus happiness skyrockets.

Notable Excerpt: “The research on living alone versus living with others is very interesting. It turns out that people who live alone are more likely to be engaged outside the home in a specific activity whereas married couples, for example, especially with young children are much less likely to have the time and the energy to maintain and create social bonds outside the home. So, there is a little bit of counterintuitive findings there because we think of families as being most connected and integrated but basically … people are social animals, in whatever situation we live in. What matters is that we have strong bonds with other people, are we well cared for, do we have others that we care for, and do we have enough economic support to be able to live well, and the research shows that it really doesn’t matter if you live alone or not, what matters are those other factors and we need to move beyond focusing on people’s marital status and their housing status especially in terms of gender, where it’s no longer the notion that a single woman of old age—women like that we called spinsters, now we call them independent women. What matters is that people have rich social lives regardless of where they live or how they live, and that’s what the research shows.”

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

NATIONAL TIE MONTH

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In December, we honor the most required, yet maligned strip of cloth that’s an essential part of business attire – behold, the tie. Neckties give a man the chance to add a little spice to his classy, professional look. Let’s be honest ladies, a good lookin’ necktie speaks volumes about a man’s sense of style and even gives us a little look at his personality. So this month, give a little extra respect to the men who are professional, classy, and trendy in their favorite ties.

Tie Trivia

  1. Neckties originated when Croatian soldiers wore silk scarves; at the time, they were called cravats.
  2. $220,000. Believe it or not, that’s the price of the most expensive tie ever made. It was created by Satya Paul Design studio and contained 271 diamonds and 150 grams of gold. Talk about a class act. *insert wide eyes and jaw-dropped face here*
  3. There was a time in history when touching a man’s necktie was cause for a duel.
  4. Ties aren’t at their height of popularity anymore, but the year that they were, American’s spent over 1 billion on 100 million ties.
  5. You can buy a special tie that will block a 9-millimeter bullet from piercing your skin. (Hopefully, though, you don’t have to.)
  6. Tie History

    Different versions of the tie go back at least as far as the days of the Roman Empire, where soldiers wore them for decoration or identification. The beginning of the modern necktie traces back to the Thirty Years War where Croatian mercenaries were celebrated for their cravats (see above). The French, most notably King Louis XIV, began wearing them in the mid-1600s.

    In the early 1700s, a variation called the “stock” enjoyed popularity, notably among horsemen. The stock was made of leather and wrapped around the neck to help the rider hold his head up. (How crazy is that?!) Portraits of prominent soldiers such as George Washington and Civil War general William T. Sherman show them wearing versions of stocks

  7. The modern version of the necktie was developed during the Industrial Revolution, as more people were seeking neckwear that was comfortable and easy to put on. Colored, hand-painted neckties came into prominence after World War I.

    Bow ties and ascot-type ties also enjoyed varying levels of popularity during the 19th and 20th centuries. The bow tie was developed originally as a smaller version of the cravat.

    HOW TO CELEBRATE

    Use #NationalTieMonth to post on social media. Guys, (or girls!) take a selfie in your favorite necktie and post a picture of yourself rocking that business-professional-with-a-little-bit-of-edgy-personality look! If you don’t know much about neckties or why they’re a staple in men’s (and sometime’s women’s) professional wear, you’re about to find out!

  8. HISTORY In our research, we were unable to find the founder of National Tie Month.

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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)

TITHE RECEIPTS

You can now pick up your Tithe Receipts anytime on Wednesday nights from 5:30p-8:00pm. Thank you for being a faithful giver. Looking forward to you being even better this year.

PANCREATIC CANCER

Pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer arises when cells in the pancreas, a glandular organ behind the stomach, begin to multiply out of control and form a mass. These cancerous cells have the ability to invade other parts of the body.[10] There are a number of types of pancreatic cancer.[6] The most common, pancreatic adenocarcinoma, accounts for about 85% of cases, and the term "pancreatic cancer" is sometimes used to refer only to that type.[6] These adenocarcinomas start within the part of the pancreas which makes digestive enzymes.[6] Several other types of cancer, which collectively represent the majority of the non-adenocarcinomas, can also arise from these cells.[6] One to two percent of cases of pancreatic cancer are neuroendocrine tumors, which arise from the hormone-producing cells of the pancreas.[6] These are generally less aggressive than pancreatic adenocarcinoma.[6]

Signs and symptoms of the most common form of pancreatic cancer may include yellow skin, abdominal or back pain, unexplained weight loss, light-colored stools, dark urine and loss of appetite.[1] There are usually no symptoms in the disease's early stages, and symptoms that are specific enough to suggest pancreatic cancer typically do not develop until the disease has reached an advanced stage.[1][2] By the time of diagnosis, pancreatic cancer has often spread to other parts of the body.[6][11]

Pancreatic cancer rarely occurs before the age of 40, and more than half of cases of pancreatic adenocarcinoma occur in those over 70.[2] Risk factors for pancreatic cancer include tobacco smoking, obesity, diabetes, and certain rare genetic conditions.[2] About 25% of cases are linked to smoking,[3] and 5–10% are linked to inherited genes.[2] Pancreatic cancer is usually diagnosed by a combination of medical imaging techniques such as ultrasound or computed tomography, blood tests, and examination of tissue samples (biopsy).[3][4] The disease is divided into stages, from early (stage I) to late (stage IV).[11] Screening the general population has not been found to be effective.[12]

The risk of developing pancreatic cancer is lower among non-smokers, and people who maintain a healthy weight and limit their consumption of red or processed meat.[5] A smoker's chance of developing the disease decreases if they stop smoking, and almost returns to that of the rest of the population after 20 years.[6] Pancreatic cancer can be treated with surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, palliative care, or a combination of these.[1] Treatment options are partly based on the cancer stage.[1] Surgery is the only treatment that can cure pancreatic adenocarcinoma,[11] and may also be done to improve quality of life without the potential for cure.[1][11] Pain management and medications to improve digestion are sometimes needed.[11] Early palliative care is recommended even for those receiving treatment that aims for a cure.[13][14]

In 2015, pancreatic cancers of all types resulted in 411,600 deaths globally.[9] Pancreatic cancer is the fifth most common cause of death from cancer in the United Kingdom,[15] and the fourth most common in the United States.[16][17] The disease occurs most often in the developed world, where about 70% of the new cases in 2012 originated.[6] Pancreatic adenocarcinoma typically has a very poor prognosis: after diagnosis, 25% of people survive one year and 5% live for five years.[6][7] For cancers diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate rises to about 20%.[18] Neuroendocrine cancers have better outcomes; at five years from diagnosis, 65% of those diagnosed are living, though survival varies considerably depending on the type of tumor.[6]The many types of pancreatic cancer can be divided into two general groups. The vast majority of cases (about 95%) occur in the part of the pancreas which produces digestive enzymes, known as the exocrine component. There are several sub-types of exocrine pancreatic cancers, but their diagnosis and treatment have much in common. The small minority of cancers that arise in the hormone-producing (endocrine) tissue of the pancreas have different clinical characteristics and are called pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors, sometimes abbreviated as "PanNETs". Both groups occur mainly (but not exclusively) in people over 40, and are slightly more common in men, but some rare sub-types mainly occur in women or children.[19][20]

Since pancreatic cancer usually does not cause recognizable symptoms in its early stages, the disease is typically not diagnosed until it has spread beyond the pancreas itself.[4] This is one of the main reasons for the generally poor survival rates. Exceptions to this are the functioning PanNETs, where over-production of various active hormones can give rise to symptoms (which depend on the type of hormone).[29]

Bearing in mind that the disease is rarely diagnosed before the age of 40, common symptoms of pancreatic adenocarcinoma occurring before diagnosis include:

  • Pain in the upper abdomen or back, often spreading from around the stomach to the back. The location of the pain can indicate the part of the pancreas where a tumor is located. The pain may be worse at night and may increase over time to become severe and unremitting.[23] It may be slightly relieved by bending forward. In the UK, about half of new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed following a visit to a hospital emergency department for pain or jaundice. In up to two-thirds of people abdominal pain is the main symptom, for 46% of the total accompanied by jaundice, with 13% having jaundice without pain.[11
    • Jaundice, a yellow tint to the whites of the eyes or skin, with or without pain, and possibly in combination with darkened urine. This results when a cancer in the head of the pancreas obstructs the common bile duct as it runs through the pancreas.[30]
    • Unexplained weight loss, either from loss of appetite, or loss of exocrine function resulting in poor digestion.[11]
    • The tumor may compress neighboring organs, disrupting digestive processes and making it difficult for the stomach to empty, which may cause nausea and a feeling of fullness. The undigested fat leads to foul-smelling, fatty feces that are difficult to flush away.[11] Constipation is common.[31]
    • At least 50% of people with pancreatic adenocarcinoma have diabetes at the time of diagnosis.[2] While long-standing diabetes is a known risk factor for pancreatic cancer (see Risk factors), the cancer can itself cause diabetes, in which case recent onset of diabetes could be considered an early sign of the disease.[32] People over 50 who develop diabetes have eight times the usual risk of developing pancreatic adenocarcinoma within three years, after which the relative risk declines.

WHAT IS A VEGAN?

The best way to explain the vegan concept is to quickly define what vegan means, and then look at how and why the word came into existence.

A vegetarian diet is commonly understood to forbid meat and fish, but to allow both eggs and dairy. The word vegan takes this concept to the next level, cutting out every item of animal origin. Vegan refers to anything that’s free of animal products: no meat, milk, eggs, wool, leather, honey and so forth. Your sandwich, your shampoo, and your car seats are examples of items that could be vegan.

Veganism carries at least three potential advantages:

  1. avoidance of animal mistreatment and slaughter
  2. elimination of certain health risks
  3. reduction of environmental footprint

Can you become a vegan through diet alone? Absolutely, since, as we will see in the next section, vegan was originally defined purely in dietary terms.

A handful of vegans (sometimes abrasively) insist that veganism is not merely a diet, but extends into every corner of your lifestyle. In other words, you don’t get to join the vegan club until you go beyond food to purge your life of leather, wool, and animal-derived cosmetics. Oftentimes, these vegans are doing the animals a grave disservice by defining the vegan concept in the most rigid and exclusionary way possible. These are people would love to revoke your vegan membership card if they find out you haven’t yet taken your 10-year-old leather winter boots to the thrift store.

The entire question of who gets to call themselves a vegan is annoying and not worth much attention. Rather than think of veganism as an identity, it’s wisest to use it as a concept that can inspire you to remove animal products from your life, wherever you can easily do it. And it’s almost always easy. Oftentimes, it’s not readily apparent whether a given food or cosmetics ingredient comes from animals, so you can use our animal ingredients list to familiarize yourself with the most common animal-derived substances.

No matter the degree to which you ultimately embrace the vegan concept, it makes sense to begin your transition by emphasizing dietary choices. After all, unless you buy a new fur coat every winter, the overwhelming majority of animal use associated with your life almost certainly arises from your food choices.

To learn more about vegan living, check these compelling advantages of a vegan diet, as well as our our information on making an easy transition. You can learn everything you need to quickly and easily go vegan by reading just one or two books—check out But I Could Never Go Vegan! or The Ultimate Vegan Guide.

Etymology

Donald Watson coined the term vegan in 1944 in Great Britain. Here’s Watson from that year, in the first issue of The Vegan News, proposing that his readers either embrace the word, or come up with a better one, as the basis for a new social movement:

We should all consider carefully what our Group, and our magazine, and ourselves, shall be called. ‘Non-dairy’ has become established as a generally understood colloquialism, but like ‘non-lacto’ it is too negative. Moreover it does not imply that we are opposed to the use of eggs as food. We need a name that suggests what we do eat, and if possible one that conveys the idea that even with all animal foods taboo, Nature still offers us a bewildering assortment from which to choose. ‘Vegetarian’ and ‘Fruitarian’ are already associated with societies that allow the ‘fruits’ (!) of cows and fowls, therefore it seems we must make a new and appropriate word. As this first issue of our periodical had to be named, I have used the title “The Vegan News”. Should we adopt this, our diet will soon become known as a VEGAN diet, and we should aspire to the rank of VEGANS. Members’ suggestions will be welcomed. The virtue of having a short title is best known to those of us who, as secretaries of vegetarian societies have to type or write the word vegetarian thousands of times a year!

Watson’s article was immensely important, but he kept it short, since he only sought to cover what vegan means, and why the word deserved to be coined.

The questions of why and how to go vegan require much more space to properly answer, and over the years these answers have grown fuller and more compelling, as the wisdom of the vegan concept has grown more evident. These topics are covered at length in our “Why Choose Vegan?” and “How to Go Vegan” pages.

Finally, you may wish to explore the history of plant-based eating and veganism. If you want to discover how veganism went from an obscure World War II-era concept to one of the most influential ideas surrounding diet and food politics, check out A Vegan History: 1944-2010

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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Epithelial ovarian cancer

Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer. About 90 out of 100 tumours of the ovary (90%) are epithelial.