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MSabbath Service for September 23, 2023

Sermon Title: "Change your Programmer"

Speaker for the Day: Miss Shamaya Marshall

Scripture: Col 3:1-3 KJV


Invocation and Call To Worship: Mrs. Jennifer Eugene

Tithes & Offering : Elder Alex Archie

Children's Story: Gracelink Video - Your host: Mrs. Jenifer Eugene

Prayer By: Mrs. Jenifer Eugene

Prayer Request and Intercessory Prayer:

Special Music: MOSDAC Praise Team,Theo Milford, Forest Lake SDA Church Child Praise Choir, Miss Samantha Howard


PLEASE LISTEN to or WATCH our SABBATH SCHOOL DISCUSSION @ 9:30 AM on Zoom. Please contact Elder Darryl Johnson, Administrative Assistant or check your email for the Zoom link.

PLEASE WATCH US AT 11:00 AM ON FaceBook at or at MOSDAC live broadcast. You can even watch us on YouTube.



Prayer on a Beautiful Morning

Our Father in heaven, how we love you; how you love us. A new day unfolds, and we desire that it is infused with our worship of you. As we turn our eyes on the beauty of you, so our spirits lift and find peace. Please pour out your Spirit upon us today, so that we can worship in fresh ways. We humbly ask for a deeper relationship with you, so we can have a heightened awareness of God’s presence in us. In Jesus’ name, we pray, amen.


TRUST in HIS timing,

RELY on HIS promises,

WAIT on HIS answers,

BELIEVE in HIS miracles,

REJOICE in HIS goodness,

RELAX in HIS presence.

2023 Devotionals

Give your days extra power with Scripture and the 2023 Devotionals By ABC

Does your faith journey need a power boost? Starting and/or ending your day with Jesus can be the thing that sets the tone for a great day and a peaceful night. Devotional books can be as little or as much as you need: give the day's thought a quick read or use it as a jumping-off point for deeper study. Either way, you'll be enriched.

The new 2023 daily adult and children's devotionals are now available at Links to Spanish and French titles are available too.


Please contact one of the following people: Reginald Alexander: (206)370-0479, Jean Good: (732)648-7890. Robert Moses: (410)419-2855. to place your order for the 2023 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.

Please check your email dated 12-30-21, 10:00 am, from the Administrative Assistant, Elder Darryl Johnson inorder to see information about these devotionals.



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

DURING THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC, Please listen to our SABBATH SCHOOL DISCUSSION @ 9:30 AM on the PRAYER LINE. The number is 712-775-8968 Pass Code: 909676.

Our Adult Sabbath School has moved to Zoom. Please contact our Administrative Assistant for the Zoom link and other information.



Don't forget Bible study is from 10:00 am - 10:50 am each Sabbath. Parents, grand-parents, and guardians, we are depending on you to bring your children to our Lesson Study and Arts Time on Zoom! We can hardly wait to see you!

For our upcoming,13th Sabbath Presentations, of each quarter of 2023, please contact our leader, Sharon Howard, for the Zoom link.

Our 13th Sabbath Guest Day Presentation for the 1st Quarter will be Sabbath, April 1, 2023.

Our 13th Sabbath Guest Day Presentation for the 2nd Quarter will be Sabbath, July 1, 2023.

Our 13th Sabbath Guest Day Presentation for 3rd Quarter will be Sabbath, September 30, 2023.

Our 13th Sabbath Guest Day Presentation for 4th Quarter will be Sabbath, December 30, 2023.


Parents, please remember that our cytPM meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings. For the day, date, time, and Zoom link of this PM, fun-filled, Bible Study, please contact our leader, Sharon Howard.




PARENTS with all the evil things going on in this world we need you to PLEASE, PLEASE pay attention to where your KIDS are during service. That includes making sure that they are accompanied to the bathroom, getting a drink of water or anything where they might be leaving your sight. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR FUTURE.






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,





GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 26, 2022: Illicit Trafficking and International Day in support of victims of torture

*National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is observed every year on January 11.

*This observance was started in 2011 by Presidential Proclamation of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

In 2011 President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation, designating each January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Slavery was officially abolished in the USA by the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865 however sadly human trafficking is growing at an alarming rate and despite the USA being a first world country, human trafficking has become a lucrative business for some members of our society.

The victims affected and forced into modern day slavery can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to the horrific injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage.

Many of the anti trafficking organizations arrange awareness raising campaigns all year round, but particularly in January when this awareness day is recognised and publicity is at its peak. It is important to know the signs of human trafficking and who you can contact should your suspicions be raised. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline, a resource that anyone can call to submit a tip about potential incidents of trafficking, received 20,424 calls and had 5,748 cases of trafficking reported in 2016 alone with figures increasing every year. Help raise awareness and potentially save peoples lives by educating yourself more about the despicable act of human trafficking and what you can do if you suspect anyone of being a victim or organizer of this terrifying act.

September ("National Month") CALENDAR

  • Fall Hat Month
  • Better Breakfast Month
  • Classical Music Month
  • Little League Month
  • National Blueberry Popsicle Month
  • National Chicken Month
  • National Courtesy Month
  • National Honey Month
  • National Italian Cheese Month
  • National Library Card Sign Up Month
  • National Mushroom Month
  • National Papaya Month
  • National Piano Month
  • National Rice Month
  • Self Improvement Month
  • Whole Grains Month


Achalasia Awareness Month

Alopecia Awareness Month

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Blood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Craniofacial Awareness Month

Falls Prevention Month

Gynecologic Cancer Awareness Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

School enrollment requirements

Public school requirementsApplications

Many school districts ask you to apply for more than one school with a common application. Find out from your district what their policy is.

Kindergarten cut-off date

In most states, to be eligible for kindergarten, your child must be at least 5 years of age. The birthday cut-off date varies by state.

Provide proof of your child’s age and identity

Either a birth certificate or another reliable document stating the child’s identity and age (such as a passport, school ID card, school record, report card, military ID, hospital birth record, adoption record or baptismal certificate). Some schools may require a social security card. If you need another copy of your child’s birth certificate, see Vital Records Information.

Proof of residence

Provide a driver’s license, voter/motor registration card, utility bill, rent statement, income tax return statement, proof of home ownership (including a mortgage statement) or any official document showing both your name and address.

Records of vaccination and immunization against specified diseases

Check with your school district to find out which immunizations are required.

Vision and dental check-ups

Some schools require vision and dental check-ups at certain ages. Make the required appointments before registering.

Registration and emergency forms

You may have to fill out registration and emergency medical referral forms.

Auditions and portfolios

Some schools (usually magnet or charter schools) with a specific focus require students to demonstrate their talent in a performing or visual art. Usually, this involves an audition or submitting a portfolio of work.

Charter school requirements

Check the school’s Web site or call to see if there are any added requirements such as an application form. Charters don’t usually have an enrollment boundary and can recruit students from a larger geographic area. Some schools have a lottery system when there are more student applications than available slots. Some performing or visual art charter schools require students to demonstrate their talent with an audition or a portfolio of work.

Private school requirements

Check each school’s Web site or call the school directly. Many private schools require an application form, teacher recommendations and past report cards. Some schools require your child to interview and take a formal assessment test. Some performing or visual art schools require students to demonstrate their talent with an audition or a portfolio of work.

What vaccines do my kids need?

Vaccines for school-age kids

Here are the vaccines your children ages 4 to 6 should receive and may need before starting kindergarten:

  • Flu — needed every year
  • COVID-19
  • Measles, mumps and rubella — or MMR, for short
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) — known as DTaP
  • Varicella (chickenpox)
  • Polio (IPV)

Additional vaccinations that your elementary school–age children ages 7 to 10 should receive include:

  • Flu — needed every year
  • COVID-19
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV) — recommended starting at age 9

Heading into middle school (ages 11 and 12), your preteen may need the following vaccines:

  • Flu — needed every year
  • COVID-19
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) — known as Tdap (this vaccine is different from DTaP)
  • Meningitis (Meningococcal conjugate, called MenACWY)
  • Human papilloma virus (HPV)

    In junior high and high school (ages 13 to 18), your children should receive the following immunizations:

    • Flu — needed every year
    • COVID-19
    • Meningitis
      • Meningococcal conjugate, called MenACWY — 2nd dose at age 16
      • Serogroup B meningococcal, called MenB — preferably between ages 16 and 18
    • Human papilloma virus (HPV) — if they have not previously received it

Things You Need to Know About Your Kids’ School

Learning Environment and Philosophy

For a majority of parents, local public schools are the best option for their families, and while your school choice is often limited to the district where you buy or rent your home, it’s still helpful to understand your school’s environment and philosophy. Take a school tour and attend a new parent orientation. Maybe you’re curious about how the school addresses bullying or promotes inclusivity. Don’t hesitate to ask questions that are important to you.

School and Classroom Calendar

Save both the school and classroom events to your digital calendar and regularly check ahead. You don’t want registration deadlines, holidays, teacher in-service days, or spirit days to sneak up on you—take it from someone who nearly missed basically all of these.Know which days of the week your child has gym or library, so you help make sure they’re prepared. Plus, field trips, class parties, and other obligations with your child’s individual class will come up, so you’ll always be adding to the calendar.

Birthday Celebration Rituals

Birthday celebrations vary so much school-to-school. Some schools and districts do not allow food-based treats to help address childhood obesity and avoid food allergy issues. Some teachers may have their own rituals, like having the student bring a parent or friend into the classroom to read a story or donate a book to the library.

Find out your school or classroom preference in advance of your little one’s birthday. If your child has a summer birthday, you can also ask the teacher’s preference for celebrating (perhaps on their half birthday?).

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behavior. While autism is considered a lifelong disorder, the degree of impairment in functioning because of these challenges varies between individuals with autism.

Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Early signs of this disorder can be noticed by parents/caregivers or pediatricians before a child reaches one year of age. However, symptoms typically become more consistently visible by the time a child is 2 or 3 years old. In some cases, the functional impairment related to autism may be mild and not apparent until the child starts school, after which their deficits may be pronounced when amongst their peers.

Social communication deficits may include1:

  • Decreased sharing of interests with others
  • Difficulty appreciating their own & others' emotions
  • Aversion to maintaining eye contact
  • Lack of proficiency with use of non-verbal gestures
  • Stilted or scripted speech
  • Interpreting abstract ideas literally
  • Difficulty making friends or keeping them

Restricted interests and repetitive behaviors may include1:

  • Inflexibility of behavior, extreme difficulty coping with change
  • Being overly focused on niche subjects to the exclusion of others
  • Expecting others to be equally interested in those subjects
  • Difficulty tolerating changes in routine and new experiences
  • Sensory hypersensitivity, e.g., aversion to loud noises
  • Stereotypical movements such as hand flapping, rocking, spinning
  • Arranging things, often toys, in a very particular mannerRisk Factors

    The current science suggests that several genetic factors may increase the risk of autism in a complex manner. Having certain specific genetic conditions such as Fragile X Syndrome and Tuberous Sclerosis has been identified as conferring a particularly increased risk for being diagnosed with autism. Certain medications, such as valproic acid and thalidomide, when taken during pregnancy, have been linked with a higher risk of autism as well.2 Having a sibling with autism also increases the likelihood of a child being diagnosed with autism. Parents being older at the time of pregnancy is additionally linked with greater risk of autism. Vaccines on the other hand have not been shown to increase the likelihood of an autism diagnosis, and race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status does not seem to have a link either. Male children tend to be diagnosed with autism more often than those assigned female sex at birth, albeit this ratio is changing over time.Tips For Parents

    • Learn as much as possible about autism spectrum disorder
    • Provide consistent structure and routine
    • Connect with other parents of children with autism
    • Seek professional help for specific concerns
    • Take time for yourself and other family members

    Having a child with autism affects the whole family. It can be stressful, time-consuming and expensive. Paying attention to the physical and emotional health of the whole family is important. Many national and local advocacy organizations provide information, resources and support to individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. A few are listed in the Resources section.

How to Dress for School

Wearing the right clothes for school can have a major effect on your confidence. There is a lot of pressure to look good, but to also feel comfortable. If you take the time to find great fitting clothes, and prepare your look before you go to bed, you can wake up in the morning ready to put on an outfit that helps you feel great and ready for the day.

Planning in Advance

Take your shower in the evening. When you wake up in the morning, all you have to do is wash your face. If you need your morning shower to help wake up, go ahead and take it, but try to just wash your body, and leave your hair dry to save time.

Plan what you are going to wear before you go to bed. Go through your wardrobe, and pull out the clothes you want to wear. Then, decide what accessories or shoes you want to pair with your outfit. This will save you from trying to decide what matches in the morning. Also, it will keep you from frantically searching for a certain top or missing shoe in the morning. Your outfit will look more put together, and you will have less stress in the morning.

Leave yourself enough time to get ready. You may have stayed up late, but you need to avoid hitting the snooze button. The longer you stay in bed, the less time you have to get ready. It may be tempting, but you will regret it when you are trying to look good for the day.

  • Try to give yourself at least thirty minutes in the morning to get ready.
  • The best way to feel refreshed in the morning, and be ready to get out of bed, is to get plenty of sleep each night. Try to set a bedtime routine that allows you to get at least eight hours of sleep every night.
Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down. Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.

Uric acid crystals, which form when there's too much uric acid in your blood, can cause gout. Infections or underlying disease, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.

Treatments vary depending on the type of arthritis. The main goals of arthritis treatments are to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life.


The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. Depending on the type of arthritis, signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motionCauses

    The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — damage joints in different ways.


    The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis involves wear-and-tear damage to a joint's cartilage — the hard, slick coating on the ends of bones where they form a joint. Cartilage cushions the ends of the bones and allows nearly frictionless joint motion, but enough damage can result in bone grinding directly on bone, which causes pain and restricted movement. This wear and tear can occur over many years, or it can be hastened by a joint injury or infection.

    Osteoarthritis also causes changes in the bones and deterioration of the connective tissues that attach muscle to bone and hold the joint together. If cartilage in a joint is severely damaged, the joint lining may become inflamed and swollen.

    Rheumatoid arthritis

    In rheumatoid arthritis, the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. This lining (synovial membrane) becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.

Foot Health Awareness

Healthy Feet Are the Foundation of A Healthy Body

Conditions like flat feet, hammertoe, plantar fasciitis, and more can cause a lot of pain and overcompensation in your feet and the rest of the body. Here are some of the most common ways in which your feet can affect your whole body…

Back and Joint Pain

If you have any sort of foot issue, it’s likely that you’re changing the way you walk to avoid hurting it more. You may not even be aware that this is happening. This overcompensation and misaligned walking patterns can cause back pain, because it causes your spine to become misaligned as well. Your foot is not only important to your balance, but your whole back can be affected too.

This is especially the case for people with flat feet. Flat feet cause a misalignment with the ankle and can affect your whole body - from the knees to the hips to the spine and neck. Your body will naturally compensate, causing you to walk, sit, and stand in unhealthy ways that may only make the condition worse.

Flat feet also don’t have a proper arch to absorb the shock of everyday walking, running, standing, etc. This means that your joints – especially the knees and hips - have to absorb all this shock, even though they aren’t designed to do so. Over time, this added stress can cause severe ankle, knee, and hip malfunction. Talk to one of our podiatrists today to find out what can be done about your flat feetImbalance and Posture Problems

Your feet can cause imbalance and posture problems as well. When your feet aren’t properly aligned with the rest of your body, it’s easy to see that this can throw your overall balance off as well. This makes you more prone to accidental slips and falls, which could result in further injury.

Although most people don’t have perfect posture all the time, poor posture is often exaggerated for people with foot problems. When foot pain occurs, the body tries to redistribute its weight so it doesn’t fall so heavily on painful parts of the feet. This results in poor posture that, over time, becomes habitual. Correcting these issues as soon as they are discovered is the best way to avoid foot problems spiraling into a whole body issue.Leg Pain

In addition to bones and joints, your feet are also full of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect to the rest of your body. Any pain in your feet can also commonly travel into your legs. The lower legs are most commonly affected, since that is where the soft tissue is most closely connected. Calf pain, stiffness, soreness or leg muscle weakness can actually be a result of foot problems.

Organ Function

You may not know it but your feet make an impact on your organ health as well. Consider this… The sensory nerves and touch receptors in your feet are sending messages to your brain every second. If there’s an issue with your feet, your brain is receiving messages that there’s a problem, so it will start sending information to make adjustments throughout your body - including your organs. Your feet are intricately connected to the rest of your body in ways you’ve probably never thought of before, but can have a major impact on your life.

Medicaid Awareness

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a healthcare insurance program for Americans with limited income, and in some cases, limited financial assets. Medicaid is available nationwide, but coverage and eligibility rules vary from one state to another, as the program is jointly run by the federal and state governments (unlike Medicare, which is fully funded by the federal government, and thus very consistent throughout the country).

Click on your state on this map to see more details about the Medicaid program, including how the state has handled the ACA’s Medicaid expansion.

How many Americans are enrolled in Medicaid?

As of September 2022, there were nearly 91 million people enrolled in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage in the United States. Most are enrolled in Medicaid, although 7 million are enrolled in separate CHIP coverage. Including separate CHIP and Medicaid, children account for about 45% of the 91 million enrollees (some states administer CHIP separately, while others offer it as part of their Medicaid program).When did the Medicaid program start?

Medicaid became federal law in 1965, as part of Title XIX of the Social Security Act. Coverage became available in 1966, with about 4 million people enrolled in the program that year. But since it’s a joint program between the federal and state governments, states adopted the program at different times. Arizona was the last state to create a Medicaid program, doing so in 1982. Medicaid has been available nationwide since 1982.Who is eligible for Medicaid?

Medicaid eligibility is based on income, but some populations also have to meet asset limits. Medicaid eligibility is also based on immigration status; for most types of Medicaid coverage, a person must be either a United States citizen or have lawfully resided in the U.S. for at least five years in order to qualify (some states use state funds to provide Medicaid to recent immigrants or even undocumented immigrants, particularly children and pregnant women).

The Affordable Care Act expanded eligibility and eliminated asset tests for some populations, including children, pregnant women, and adults under the age of 65. For these populations, eligibility requirements are based on an ACA-specific version of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), with income limits that vary by category and state.

Under Medicaid expansion rules, a single adult under the age of 65 is eligible for Medicaid in most states (some states still haven’t implemented Medicaid expansion) with an income of $18,754 in 2022 (this will increase to $20,120 once states begin using the 2023 poverty level numbers in the first few months of 2023). This amount is 138% of the federal poverty level, based on an eligibility cap of 133%, plus a 5% income disregard).How do I apply for Medicaid?

You can apply for Medicaid through your state’s Medicaid office. If you’re eligible for MAGI-based Medicaid, you can also apply through your state’s health insurance marketplace/exchange. In most states, that’s, although DC and 17 states run their own marketplace website. If the marketplace or state agency determines that you’re eligible for Medicaid, they’ll give you information on how to proceed to complete your enrollment.

What does Medicaid cover?

Medicaid benefits vary by state and by age (for example, certain services, such as dental and vision care, have to be provided to children but are not required to be covered for adults). Some benefits are mandatory under federal rules (including things like inpatient and outpatient hospital services, labs and x-rays, and family planning services), while others are optional and states can decide whether to provide them as part of their Medicaid programs (optional benefits include some healthcare services that are considered essential health benefits under private individual and small group health plans, including things like prescription drugs and physical therapy).

Medicaid covers the costs for more pregnancies in the U.S. than any other insurance payer, covering about 42% of all births (in some states, it’s more than 60%). And unlike Medicare, Medicaid does cover long-term care, and the majority of nursing home residents in the U.S. are covered under Medicaid (most also have Medicare, which covers their medical care).


What is child abuse?

Child abuse is hurting a child. It occurs when a child experiences harm or neglect. Often, the abuser is someone the child knows. It may be a parent, family member, caregiver or family friend.

Most U.S. child abuse laws agree on this definition of child abuse: Any intentional harm or mistreatment of a child under age 18 is abuse and a criminal offense.

Another term for child abuse and neglect is adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). If untreated, these experiences can impact a child’s lifelong health and well-being.

What are the types of child abuse?

Child abuse can come in many forms:

  • Physical: Slapping, pushing, punching, kicking, shaking or burning a child or not allowing a child to eat, drink or use the bathroom.
  • Emotional: Frequently verbal, involving insults, constant criticism, harsh demands, threats and yelling.
  • Sexual: Rape, incest, fondling, indecent exposure, using a child in pornography or exposing a child to pornographic material.
  • Medical: Intentionally trying to make a child sick or not treating a medical condition.

Is child neglect a form of child abuse?

Yes. Child neglect is a form of abuse. Neglect is failing to provide a child with food, shelter, education, medical care and emotional support.What is incest?

Incest is a sexual act between family members who are too closely related to be legally married. The sex act can be anything from fondling to intercourse. Any sexual act with a child is abuse.

How does sexual abuse affect a child?

Researchers have noted certain characteristics in children who have experienced abuse. Some behaviors may be more noticeable, such as:

  • Acting out sexually in inappropriate ways.
  • Chronic belly pain, headaches or other physical complaints.
  • Return to childish behaviors such as thumb-sucking and bedwetting.
  • Running away.
  • Self-destructive behavior, such as cutting and self-harm.
  • Severe behavioral changes.

Other characteristics may be harder to identify, such as:

  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Difficulty learning and concentrating.
  • Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Lack of emotional development.
  • Poor self-esteem.
  • Recurring nightmares.
  • Suicidal thoughts and/or attempts.
  • How common is child abuse?

    Child neglect and child abuse are common. At least 1 in 7 children has experienced neglect in the past year. The actual figure is likely higher. In the United States in 2018, nearly 1,770 children died of abuse and neglect.

    Who is more at risk of child abuse and neglect?

    Some children are at higher risk of experiencing abuse and neglect. Risk factors include children who:

    • Live in poverty. Rates of child abuse are five times higher for children in families with low socioeconomic status.
    • Are younger than 4 years of age.
    • Have special needs, which increase the burden on caregivers.What are signs of child abuse?

      Signs of child abuse may not be obvious. You may first notice a shift in the child’s behavior. Or they may react differently to situations. Any change in a child’s behavior or temperament without an obvious trigger can be a sign of abuse.

      Other signs of child abuse include:

      Physical signs:

      • Looking unclean or neglected.
      • Unexplained bruises, welts, sores or skin problems that don’t seem to heal.
      • Untreated medical or dental problems.
      • Pain in the genital area.
      • Vaginal bleeding other than a menstrual cycle (period).
      • Unusual discharge or pain.

      Emotional signs:

      • Fear of one or both parents or caregivers (including babysitters, day care workers, teachers and coaches).
      • Fear of an activity or place.
      • Crying often or in situations that seem inappropriate.
      • Regression (returning to behaviors typical of a younger child).
      • Who can be an abuser?

        Frequently, the abuser is someone the child knows and is close to, including;

        • Parent or other family member.
        • Family friend.
        • Caregiver.
        • Anyone close to the child (teacher, coach, religious leader).
        • Peers or older children who have experienced abuse themselves and are re-enacting what happened to them.

How Does The Foster Care System Work?

The foster care system is complex, composed of a combination of federal, state and local organizations working to keep children safe and help them thrive in a home and school environment. The foster care system is not a single entity.

While the primary responsibility of child welfare services belong to the states and counties (depending on if the state is county administered), the federal government plays a supporting role in funding and legislation.

Specifically, The Children’s Bureau (CB) implements federal child and family legislation within The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

They develop programs that focus on preventing child abuse and neglect by strengthening families, protecting children from further maltreatment, reuniting children safely with their families, or finding permanent families for children who cannot safely return home, according to the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

What Is Foster Care?

Foster care is meant to be a temporary arrangement in which trained caregivers, including kinship or relative caregivers, provide for the care of a child when their biological parent(s) are unable to care for them.

Over 77% of all foster children are placed with relatives or non-relative caregivers, while the remainder are placed in group homes (any home that has six or more kids in it, which can also be considered a family household), institutions, or supervised independent living.

All ages, from infants to youth between 18 – 21 years old (depending on the state), are represented in the foster care system, with the median age of entry just 6.1 years of age. While designed to be a temporary arrangement, the average time a young person spends in care is almost 2 years (20.1 months) before they are reunified or exited care to permanency, legal guardianship including adoption, or have emancipated from the system.

The goal for all children is to reunify with their family unless reunification is not possible (parents are dead or incarcerated) or it is not in the best interest of the child (i.e. parents present a real, documented and present danger to the life and health of the child).

Each state provides a subsidy to cover some of the basic costs associated with raising a child. Nationally, these subsidies are less than half of the average amount a family spends to raise a child.

According to the most recent Children’s Bureau statistics, there were an estimated 437,465 children in foster care on September 30, 2016, which is an increase of approximately 10,000 children compared to the same date the year prior. Of these, there are approximately 108,000 foster children eligible for and waiting to be adopted. Tragically, this stat has stayed consistent for the past five years

How many children are in foster care nationally?

1. There are approximately 424,000 foster youth nationwide. Despite child welfare’s efforts to prevent the removal of children from their parents, the number of children in foster care has been increasing. Currently, we are at an all time high as the demand for foster parents is far higher than the supply, and factors like parental opioid addiction are forcing more children to be removed from their homes.

2. The median age of children in foster care is 6 ½ years old. While many people stereotype foster children as troubled teens, the truth of the matter is that most foster children are just that — children. Their biological parents are taken from them at a very young age, which can have a huge impact on their cognitive and emotional development growing up if they are not cared for properly in their youth.

3. 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system between the ages of 18 – 21 annually. The exact time a foster youth ages out of the system depends on where they live. Regardless, roughly 20,000 youth are forced to exit the system annually without having found a forever family, leaving them to fend for themselves.

4. The foster care system underinvests in foster children, contributing less than 50% of what it costs an average American family to raise a child from 0 – 17 years of age. With this tragic lack of investment, it is not surprising that youth are not adequately prepared for independence. Within four years of aging out, 70% will be on government assistance, 25% will not have completed high school, and less than 12% will ever earn their college degree. Not only is this a tragic loss of potential, but our economy as a whole suffers a cost of $1million per youth we fail because of lost production and the cost of social services.

The iFoster Resource Portal provides thousands of curated resources specifically to address this investment gap, contributing over $125 million annually into the lives of foster youth.

5. Within four years of aging out, 50% have no earnings, and those who do make an average annual income of $7,500. After a foster youth ages out, homelessness and unemployment become a huge issue. Despite there being more than 34 million entry level jobs nationwide, many foster youth aren’t prepared to be independent and don’t have the skills or resources needed to access the opportunities that could launch them into employment.

The iFoster Jobs Program was created to combat that exact issue. This is a trauma and evidence informed training program that has provided hundreds of foster youth with the job skills they need to succeed in the workforce. iFoster has partnered with over 25 major corporate employers who offer interviews to each of the youths who graduate from training. As a result, these youth have achieved financial stability, and have experienced three times the industry average retention rate in the first six months of their jobs. The iFoster Jobs Program is being evaluated as a promising practice in youth employment.

6. Only 5% of rural foster youth and 21% of urban foster youth report access to a computer at home. Having access to technology is crucial for a foster child to be on a level playing field with their peers and to pursue education and employment opportunities. Without a laptop or smartphone (that has voice, text, data and a hotspot), they are restricted in many arenas, including studying, job applications, extracurricular opportunities, and networking.

The iFoster Pilot Program with California Public Utilities Commission has provided over 12,000 cell phone Internet hotspots to foster youth in California. The iFoster Computer Program has provided over 5,000 laptops to youth across the county. Technology is the gateway to normalcy and opportunity for foster youth.

Want to learn more? Please contact so we can connect you with the resources you or your foster youth need to succeed

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Sexual assault

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity or contact that you do not consent to. Sexual assault can happen through physical force or threats of force or if the attacker gave the victim drugs or alcohol as part of the assault. Sexual assault includes rape and sexual coercion. In the United States, one in three women has experienced some type of sexual violence.1 If you have been sexually assaulted, it is not your fault, regardless of the circumstances.

Trainined Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners

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What Are the Symptoms of Thyroid Problems?

The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include:

  • Weight loss, despite increased appetite
  • Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, higher blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration
  • More frequent bowel movements, sometimes with diarrhea
  • Muscle weakness, trembling hands
  • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
  • Lighter or shorter menstrual periods

    The symptoms of hypothyroidism, in which the body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormones, may include:

    • Lethargy, slower mental processes or depression
    • Reduced heart rate
    • Increased sensitivity to cold
    • Tingling or numbness in the hands
    • Development of a goiter (an enlargement in your neck)
    • Constipation, heavy menstrual periods, or dry skin and hair

    Subacute thyroiditis:

    • Mild to severe pain in the thyroid gland
    • The thyroid feels tender to the touch
    • Pain or discomfort when swallowing or turning your head
    • Appearance of these symptoms shortly after a viral infection, such as the flu, mumps, or measles
Caffeine: How much is too much?

.How much is too much?

Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That's roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two "energy shot" drinks. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in beverages varies widely, especially among energy drinks.

Caffeine in powder or liquid form can provide toxic levels of caffeine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned. Just one teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee. Such high levels of caffeine can cause serious health problems and possibly death.

Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it's not a good idea for children. Adolescents and young adults need to be cautioned about excessive caffeine intake and mixing caffeine with alcohol and other drugs.

Women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant and those who are breast-feeding should talk with their doctors about limiting caffeine use to less than 200 mg daily.

Even among adults, heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects. And caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.

Read on to see if you may need to curb your caffeine routine.

You drink more than 4 cups of coffee a day

You may want to cut back if you're drinking more than 4 cups of caffeinated coffee a day (or the equivalent) and you have side effects such as:

  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Frequent urination or inability to control urination
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle tremorsEven a little makes you jittery

    Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than are others. If you're susceptible to the effects of caffeine, even small amounts may prompt unwanted effects, such as restlessness and sleep problems.

    How you react to caffeine may be determined in part by how much caffeine you're used to drinking. People who don't regularly drink caffeine tend to be more sensitive to its effects.

    You're not getting enough sleep

    Caffeine, even in the afternoon, can interfere with your sleep. Even small amounts of sleep loss can add up and disturb your daytime alertness and performance.

    Using caffeine to mask sleep deprivation can create an unwelcome cycle. For example, you may drink caffeinated beverages because you have trouble staying awake during the day. But the caffeine keeps you from falling asleep at night, shortening the length of time you sleep.

    Some medications and herbal supplements may interact with caffeine. Examples include:

    • Ephedrine. Mixing caffeine with this medication — which is used in decongestants — might increase your risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke or seizure.
    • Theophylline. This medication, used to open up bronchial airways, tends to have some caffeine-like effects. So taking it with caffeine might increase the adverse effects of caffeine, such as nausea and heart palpitations.
    • Echinacea. This herbal supplement, which is sometimes used to prevent colds or other infections, may increase the concentration of caffeine in your blood and may increase caffeine's unpleasant effects.

    Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether caffeine might affect your medications.Curbing your caffeine habit

    Whether it's for one of the reasons above or because you want to trim your spending on coffee drinks, cutting back on caffeine can be challenging. An abrupt decrease in caffeine may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and difficulty focusing on tasks. Fortunately, these symptoms are usually mild and get better after a few days.

    To change your caffeine habit, try these tips:

    • Keep tabs. Start paying attention to how much caffeine you're getting from foods and beverages, including energy drinks. Read labels carefully. But remember that your estimate may be a little low because some foods or drinks that contain caffeine don't list it.
    • Cut back gradually. For example, drink one fewer can of soda or drink a smaller cup of coffee each day. Or avoid drinking caffeinated beverages late in the day. This will help your body get used to the lower levels of caffeine and lessen potential withdrawal effects.
    • Go decaf. Most decaffeinated beverages look and taste much the same as their caffeinated counterparts.
    • Shorten the brew time or go herbal. When making tea, brew it for less time. This cuts down on its caffeine content. Or choose herbal teas that don't have caffeine.
    • Check the bottle. Some over-the-counter pain relievers contain caffeine. Look for caffeine-free pain relievers instead.The bottom line

      If you're like most adults, caffeine is a part of your daily routine. Usually, it won't pose a health problem. But be mindful of caffeine's possible side effects and be ready to cut back if necessary.

      • Types of Blood Donations

      • Giving the "right" type of blood donation - based on your blood type and patient needs - helps ensure the best use of your valuable contribution. Here are some things to consider when determining how you can have the most impact.
      • Whole Blood Donation

        Whole blood is the most flexible type of donation. It can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets. Learn more about whole blood donations.

        Who it helps: Whole blood is frequently given to trauma patients and people undergoing surgery.

        Time it takes: About 1 hour

        Ideal blood types: All blood types

        Donation frequency: Every 56 days, up to 6 times a yearPower Red Donation

        During a Power Red donation, you give a concentrated dose of red cells, the part of your blood used every day for those needing transfusions as part of their care. This type of donation uses an automated process that separates your red blood cells from the other blood components, and then safely and comfortably returns your plasma and platelets to you.

        With just a little extra time at your appointment, you can donate more red cells and increase your impact on patients in need. Learn more about Power Red donations.

        Who it helps: Red cells from a Power Red donation are typically given to trauma patients, newborns and emergency transfusions during birth, people with sickle cell anemia, and anyone suffering blood loss.

        Time it takes: About 1.5 hours

        Ideal blood types: O positive, O negative, A negative, and B negative

        Donation frequency: Every 112 days, up to 3 times/year

        Height/Weight requirements: See specific details

      • Platelet Donation

        Platelets are tiny cells in your blood that form clots and stop bleeding. Platelets are most often used by cancer patients and others facing life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

        In a platelet donation, an apheresis machine collects your platelets along with some plasma, returning your red cells and most of the plasma back to you. A single donation of platelets can yield several transfusable units, whereas it takes about five whole blood donations to make up a single transfusable unit of platelets.

        Platelets are collected at Red Cross donation centers only, and are not collected at blood drives. Learn more about platelet donations.

        Who it helps: Platelets are a vital element of cancer treatments and organ transplant procedures, as well as other surgical procedures.

        Time it takes: About 2.5-3 hours

        Ideal blood types: A positive, A negative, B positive, O positive, AB positive and AB negative

        Donation frequency: Every 7 days, up to 24 times/year

      • Plasma Donation

        During an AB Elite donation, you give plasma, a part of your blood used to treat patients in emergency situations. AB plasma can be given to anyone regardless of their blood type. Plasma is collected through an automated process that separates plasma from other blood components, then safely and comfortably returns your red blood cells and platelets to you. AB Elite maximizes your donation and takes just a few minutes longer than donating blood.

        Plasma is collected at select Red Cross donation centers. Learn more about plasma donation.

        Who it helps: AB Plasma is used in emergency and trauma situations to help stop bleeding.

        Time it takes: About 1 hour and 15 minutes

        Ideal blood types: AB positive, AB negative

        Donation frequency: Every 28 days, up to 13 times/year

      • How can one donation help multiple people?
      • In modern medical treatments, patients may receive a pint of whole blood or just the specific components of the blood that are needed to treat their particular condition. This approach to treatment, referred to as blood component therapy, allows several patients to benefit from one pint of donated whole blood.

        The transfusable components that can be derived from donated blood are red cells, platelets, plasma, cryoprecipitated AHF (cryo), and granulocytes. An additional component, white cells, is often removed from donated blood before transfusion.

Children’s mental health

Why is children’s mental health important?

Mental health—an essential part of children’s overall health—has a complex interactive relationship with their physical health and their ability to succeed in school, at work, and in society. Both physical and mental health affect how we think, feel, and act on the inside and outside. Mental health is important throughout childhood—from prenatal considerations through transitions to adulthood.

For instance, an overweight young boy who is teased about his weight may withdraw socially and become depressed and may be reluctant to play with others or exercise, which further contributes to his poorer physical health and as a result poorer mental health. These issues have long-term implications on the ability of children to fulfill their potential as well as consequences for the health, education, labor, and criminal justice systems of our society.

For instance, a boy named Bobby is being physically abused by his father and often acts out aggressively at school. His behavior is a natural reaction to the abuse, but his behavior may also mark the beginning of undiagnosed conduct disorder. His teachers simply see him as a troublemaker and continually punish his behavior. Later, Bobby drops out of school as a teenager because he finds it a harsh and unwelcoming environment and is anxious to leave his abusive home and fend for himself. However, holding down a job is difficult because Bobby often clashes with his coworkers and supervisors due to his aggression. Bobby has also begun to self-medicate by abusing alcohol and has been arrested a number of times for drunken disorderliness. By the time Bobby finally receives a proper diagnosis of his conduct disorder and substance abuse, he is in his 30s and his mental health problems have become deeply entrenched. They will require extensive therapy, which Bobby probably cannot afford without a job that provides adequate health insurance. Things could have been very different if Bobby was referred to a psychologist in his childhood who could have diagnosed him, offered effective treatment, and alerted the authorities about the abuseAll children have the right to happy and healthy lives and deserve access to effective care to prevent or treat any mental health problems that they may develop. However, there is a tremendous amount of unmet need, and health disparities are particularly pronounced for children living in low-income communities, ethnic minority children, and oppressed populations such as those defined by gender identity and sexual orientation; immigration status; physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities; or chronic medical conditions.

How does one find a psychologist for children?

Psychologists working with children can be found in many settings:

  • In schools
  • In community health centers
  • In hospitals working in partnership with pediatricians and psychiatrists
  • In research centers
  • In private practice

You can find a psychologist in your area.

You can also call (800) 964-2000

Teenage Pregnancy and Teen Abortions

Teenage Pregnancy Statistics

According to Save the Children (a leading international organization), 13 million children are born to teenagers each year; 90% of these births occur in the developing countries. It is also believed that the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the world is found in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), it was seen that 329,797 babies were born in the year 2011 in the United States. The age group of these pregnant women was between 15 to 19 years; hence, they come under the category of ‘teen moms’. The live birth rate was 31.3 per 1000 for the women in this age demographic. The birth rate fell to 11% for women aged 15 – 17 years, and 7% for women aged 18 – 19 years, when compared to the statistics of the previous year. The main reason for the decline in numbers has not been proven. It has been observed that teens who are sexually active have been using birth control methods like condoms and contraceptive medication more than what they previously did.Other Important Facts

  • Even though there has been a decline in teen pregnancies in the US, around 34% of teenage girls have at least one pregnancy before they reach the age of 20 years.
  • At least 79% of the teens that get pregnant are single mothers.
  • About 25% of teen mothers have a second child, within two years of having their first child.
  • 80% of these pregnancies are accidental.
  • The rise in ‘teen moms’ are in the age group below 15 years.
  • Today, at least 33% of teen pregnancies lead to abortions.
  • Sons of teenage mothers are more likely to serve some jail time, and there is a higher chance that the daughters go on to become teenage mothers themselves.
  • The teen pregnancy rate in the United States of America is twice as that of Canada, four times that of Germany and France, and eight times that of Japan.
  • Complications during pregnancy and childbirth is a major cause of deaths of teen mothers, between the ages 15 to 19, in developing countries.Understanding Teen Abortions

    Most people put in a lot of thought and planning before they decide that they want to have children. Raising a child is no easy task, and requires a lot of psychological, physical, as well as financial backing. The first and the most important thing about teenage pregnancy is that the teenage is a very tender and vulnerable period. That’s why, teenagers lack the physical as well as psychological maturity required for conceiving and raising a kid. Pregnancies can be extremely difficult to deal with, not only for the expecting teen, but her entire family too, and might have an effect on the younger siblings of the teenager as well.

    Continuing education becomes very difficult for someone who has a child at a very young age, which again leads to an unstable future with less employment opportunities. This affects the quality of living of both the mother as well as the child.

    The risks associated with childbirth are higher for girls under the age of 14. An underdeveloped pelvis often leads to complications during childbirth. A C-section option can be used for dealing with obstructed labor. However, in developing regions, where medical services might be unavailable or not up to the mark, it can lead to obstetric fistula, eclampsia, infant mortality, or even maternal death.Apart from the physical issues regarding abortions, there are also psychological effects that should be considered. Depression due to guilt is one of the main causes for a disturbed mental status of the pregnant teen. Most teens, who abort, harbor the feeling of regret throughout their life. They turn into a hollow shell and are unresponsive. Some also resort to self-harming such as cutting themselves, drug and alcohol abuse, etc. In such cases, the teens who have had an abortion should go in for counseling, so that they can learn deal with their emotional issues. Family members should also be supportive and understanding in such situations.

What Is Bladder Cancer?

Bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder start to grow without control. The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ in the lower part of the abdomen that stores urine.

The bladder has a muscular wall that allows it to get larger to store urine made by the kidneys and to shrink to squeeze urine out of the body. There are two kidneys, one on each side of the backbone, above the waist. The bladder and kidneys work together to remove toxins and wastes from your body through urine:

  • Tiny tubules in the kidneys filter and clean the blood.
  • These tubules take out waste products and make urine.
  • The urine passes from each kidney through a long tube called a ureter into the bladder.
  • The bladder holds the urine until it passes through a tube called the urethra and leaves the body.Types of bladder cancer

    Urothelial carcinoma (also called transitional cell carcinoma) is cancer that begins in the urothelial cells, which line the urethra, bladder, ureters, renal pelvis, and some other organs. Almost all bladder cancers are urothelial carcinomas.

    Urothelial cells are also called transitional cells because they change shape. These cells are able to stretch when the bladder is full of urine and shrink when it is emptied.

    Other types of bladder cancer are rare:

    • Squamous cell carcinoma is cancer that begins in squamous cells (thin, flat cells lining the inside of the bladder). This type of cancer may form after long-term irritation or infection with a tropical parasite called schistosomiasis, which is common in Africa and the Middle East but rare in the United States. When chronic irritation occurs, transitional cells that line the bladder can gradually change to squamous cells.
    • Adenocarcinoma is cancer that begins in glandular cells that are found in the lining of the bladder. Glandular cells in the bladder make mucus and other substances.
    • Small cell carcinoma of the bladder is cancer that begins in neuroendocrine cells (nerve-like cells that release hormones into the blood in response to a signal from the nervous system).

    There are other ways to describe bladder cancer:

    • Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer is cancer that has not reached the muscle wall of the bladder. Most bladder cancers are non-muscle-invasive.
    • Muscle-invasive bladder cancer is cancer that has spread through the lining of the bladder and into the muscle wall of the bladder or beyond it.What Is Bladder Cancer?

      Bladder cancer occurs when cells in the bladder start to grow without control. The bladder is a hollow, balloon-shaped organ in the lower part of the abdomen that stores urine.

      The bladder has a muscular wall that allows it to get larger to store urine made by the kidneys and to shrink to squeeze urine out of the body. There are two kidneys, one on each side of the backbone, above the waist. The bladder and kidneys work together to remove toxins and wastes from your body through urine:

      • Tiny tubules in the kidneys filter and clean the blood.
      • These tubules take out waste products and make urine.
      • The urine passes from each kidney through a long tube called a ureter into the bladder.
      • The bladder holds the urine until it passes through a tube called the urethra and leaves the body.
      ENLARGEAnatomy of the male urinary system (left panel) and female urinary system (right panel) showing the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. The inside of the left kidney shows the renal pelvis. An inset shows the renal tubules and urine. Also shown are the prostate and penis (left panel) and the uterus (right panel). Urine is made in the renal tubules and collects in the renal pelvis of each kidney. The urine flows from the kidneys through the ureters to the bladder. The urine is stored in the bladder until it leaves the body through the urethra.Types of bladder cancer

      Urothelial carcinoma (also called transitional cell carcinoma) is cancer that begins in the urothelial cells, which line the urethra, bladder, ureters, renal pelvis, and some other organs. Almost all bladder cancers are urothelial carcinomas.

      Urothelial cells are also called transitional cells because they change shape. These cells are able to stretch when the bladder is full of urine and shrink when it is emptied.

      Other types of bladder cancer are rare:

      • Squamous cell carcinoma is cancer that begins in squamous cells (thin, flat cells lining the inside of the bladder). This type of cancer may form after long-term irritation or infection with a tropical parasite called schistosomiasis, which is common in Africa and the Middle East but rare in the United States. When chronic irritation occurs, transitional cells that line the bladder can gradually change to squamous cells.
      • Adenocarcinoma is cancer that begins in glandular cells that are found in the lining of the bladder. Glandular cells in the bladder make mucus and other substances.
      • Small cell carcinoma of the bladder is cancer that begins in neuroendocrine cells (nerve-like cells that release hormones into the blood in response to a signal from the nervous system).

      There are other ways to describe bladder cancer:

      • Non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer is cancer that has not reached the muscle wall of the bladder. Most bladder cancers are non-muscle-invasive.
      • Muscle-invasive bladder cancer is cancer that has spread through the lining of the bladder and into the muscle wall of the bladder or beyond it.
      Learn more about bladder cancer


      Many bladder cancer symptoms are also seen with other less serious conditions. These are the warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

      Causes and Risk Factors

      Using tobacco, especially smoking cigarettes, is a major risk factor for bladder cancer. Learn about tobacco use and other risk factors for bladder cancer and what you can do to lower your risk.


      Learn about bladder cancer screening tests for people at high risk.


      Learn about the tests that are used to diagnose and stage bladder cancer.

      Prognosis and Survival Rates

      Learn about bladder cancer survival rates and why this statistic doesn't predict exactly what will happen to you.


      Stage refers to the extent of your cancer, such as how large the tumor is and if it has spread. Learn about bladder cancer stages, an important factor in deciding your treatment plan.


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Latest IRS Scams: How to Spot Them and Fight Back
  1. The latest IRS scams

    Have any of these happened to you?

    1. 'We recalculated your tax refund and you need to fill out this form'

    These scam emails display the IRS logo and use subject lines such as "Tax Refund Payment" or "Recalculation of your tax refund payment." It asks people to click a link and provide their Social Security numbers, birthday, address, driver's license number and other personal information in order to submit a fake form to allegedly claim their refund.

    2. 'You need to pay a small fee to get your stimulus check'

    This is a growing scam related to the government's ongoing response to the coronavirus, the Federal Trade Commission warns. Many Americans will qualify for a stimulus check, but the government (including the IRS) does not require anyone to pay anything to receive the money.

    3. 'We're calling from the FDIC and we need your bank information'

    The Federal Depository Insurance Corporation insures bank deposits so that consumers won't lose all of their money if a bank fails. But it does not send unsolicited correspondence asking for money, sensitive personal information, bank account information, credit and debit card numbers, Social Security numbers or passwords. Scammers claiming to be from the FDIC are hunting for information they can use to commit fraud or sell identities.4. 'We're calling to tell you your identity was stolen; you need to buy some gift cards to fix it'

    In this trick, a criminal calls the victim and poses as an IRS agent. The criminal claims the victim's identity has been stolen and that it was used to open fake bank accounts. The caller then tells the taxpayer to go buy certain gift cards; later, the crook gets back in touch and asks for the gift card access numbers.

    5. 'We'll cancel your Social Security number'

    In this IRS scam, the criminal contacts the victim and claims that he or she can suspend or cancel the victim’s Social Security number.

    "If taxpayers receive a call threatening to suspend their SSN for an unpaid tax bill, they should just hang up," the IRS says.

    6. 'This is the Bureau of Tax Enforcement, and we're putting a lien or levy on your assets'

    There is no Bureau of Tax Enforcement. Victims often receive a letter from the fake agency claiming that they have a tax lien or tax levy and that they had better pay the “Bureau of Tax Enforcement” or else.7. 'If you don’t call us back, you’ll be arrested'

    Criminals can make a caller ID phone number look like it's coming from anywhere — including from the IRS, the local police or some other intimidating source. But the IRS doesn’t leave prerecorded voicemails, especially ones that claim to be urgent or are threatening. Also, the IRS can’t revoke your driver’s license, business licenses or immigration status.

    8. 'Use this Form W-8BEN to give us personal

    data'Although the Form W-8BEN, which is called a “Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for United States Tax Withholding,” is a legitimate IRS form, criminals have been modifying the form to ask for personal information such as mother’s maiden name, passport numbers and PIN numbers. (The real form is here.)

    9. 'Click here to see some details about your tax refund'

    These emails are intended to trick the reader into clicking on links that lead to a fake IRS-like website and expose the user to malware. The IRS never emails taxpayers about the status of their tax refunds. (We've collected in one place the links to track the status of your tax refund directly with the IRS or your state's tax authority.)

Top 20 must-have supplies for a Hurricane

1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day for 2 weeks. Don't forget water for cooking, cleaning, and your pets, as well as water purification and filtration supplies.

  • Fact: According to those who experienced Hurricanes Wilma, Katrina, and Sandy the most important item to have during a Hurricane is water, which quickly sold out at grocery stores. If you live in an urban setting or small space, an Aquapod is a great place to store water before the storm hits.

2. Food Storage: At least enough for 3 to 7 days. In addition to having non-perishable packaged or canned food, you’ll also want to have fuel to cook outdoors in case the power goes out. 3. Solar Power: If the power goes out, you can easily run a solar generator in your home without worrying about propane, gasoline, or other flammable chemicals. Even having a small solar panel like a Nomad 7 to charge your cell phone or small electronics can go a long way in a power outage.

  • Fact: During Hurricane Sandy, several residents discovered their solar panels didn’t restore their power. In fact, many residential panels are connected to the power grid; if the grid goes down, so do your panels. However, using portable solar panels can help you have a reliable source of electricity, when the power goes out. Check out Goal Zero’s portable and durable solar panels to help you weather a storm.4. WaterProof Containers: For storing important documents (copies of wedding license, special family photos, social security card, driver’s license, map of area, etc.) 5. Cash: Have cash on hand in small denominations, including change. At least $20. 6. Manual Can Opener: Make sure to have a manual can opener in case of power outages. You’ll definitely want a way to get into your food storage cans. Try the Swing-Away Crank-Turn Handle Can Opener. 7. WaterProof Matches: If you don’t have waterproof matches, you can also store regular matches in a plastic container to keep them safe and dry. 8. Essential Kits and Medications: First-Aid Kit, Emergency Kit, prescription medications. 9. Sanitation Supplies/Personal Hygiene items: It’s important to keep your hands clean during an emergency to prevent the spread of disease. If your hands are caked with dirt or other substances, hand sanitizers become ineffective. If your tap water isn’t safe, wash your hands and bathe with boiled or disinfected water. Only bathe with clean, safe water in a water-related emergency like a hurricane. Wait for officials to tell you the water is clean and safe for bathing.
    • Fact: Poor hygiene and sanitation can spread disease, especially in a natural disaster. According to a John Hopkins Red Cross study, more people die from unsanitary conditions, rather than the natural disaster itself, in some cases. So make sure you have a way to get clean!10. Light and Communication: Make sure to have a battery-operated radio, flashlight, clock, or wind-up clock (include extra batteries); tune in to NOAA weather radio for constant updates on the storm and water conditions. 11. Extra Clothes, Pillows, Blankets: Stored in your emergency kit or a waterproof container. 12. Hurricane Shutters or Storm Panels: Consider installing hurricane shutters or storm panels if you live in a hurricane-prone area. Hurricane shutters protect your windows and doors from wind and flying debris. There are commercial shutters you can buy, or you can also install your own using plywood. For a guide on picking and making shutters, check out this article.
      • Fact: During Hurricane Andrew, much of the damage “resulted from failure of windows and doors. These failures frequently lead to interior wall failure and sometimes roof failures.” This damage could have been prevented if shutters were installed in most homes.13. Entertainment items: Cards, board games, toys, drawing pads 14. Flood Insurance, Home and Property Insurance: Look into flood insurance, if you don’t already have it, to cover damage in case of a storm. Also, check out your current insurance coverage to determine if hurricanes and other natural disasters are covered under your policy. 15. Evacuation/Communication plan: Be sure to practice your plan and be familiar with it before a storm hits. 16. Plastic Sheeting/Tarps: After a hurricane, you can use plastic sheeting or tarps to cover any holes or damage to your roof until it can be fixed. Make sure your tarps are in good condition; heavy winds can easily damage them. Note: Installing a tarp on your roof is dangerous, check out these tips for safely installing a tarp.Plastic sheeting with a bit of duct tape is also great for patching leaks. 17. Tools/Supplies for securing your home—Make sure to have a drill with a screwdriver bit to secure hurricane shutters. Also, have roof and window repair tools, rope, leather gloves, shovel, head and foot bolts for doors, and hurricane straps or clips to help hold the roof and walls up.
        • Fact: A common myth about hurricane preparedness is that using duct tape to secure your windows will reduce shattering, but recently, experts from the National Hurricane Center have been de-bunking this myth. They suggest that taping your windows “can create larger and deadlier shards of glass when winds blow through a home,” increasing the danger. Instead, look into buying or making your own storm shutters.
        18. Insect Repellent: This is a product that may be overlooked when packing our emergency supplies, but it’s good to have, especially in a hurricane.
        • Fact: Heavy winds and sitting pools of water often attract mosquitos after a hurricane. Mosquitos arrive in the area after being blown off trees and shrubbery—and they’re usually hungry, so make sure you have your insect repellent on hand.
        19. Child care and Pet care items: Make sure to have food, wipes, clothing, and other items to take care of your children and pets, if needed. 20. Whistle and Flares: Do you know why you should have a whistle in your Hurricane emergency kit?
        • Fact: During hurricanes, whistles are excellent tools to help you signal for help. Whistles are more effective than yelling or shouting because they can signal for help well beyond the range of your voice and with a lot less effort, allowing you to conserve energy. Whistles are one of the most commonly listed items to include in a hurricane emergency kit by hurricane survivors.

The global pandemic that began in Wuhan, China in November 2019 has led to the lockdown of businesses, schools, restaurants, and recreational centers, leaving a huge impact on the world. Current studies as of September 4, 2020, indicate the confirmed number of cases globally is 26,472,012, the number of deaths is 873,229, and the number of recoveries is 18,664,866. Although a few cases of children have been registered, they are believed to be less vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic, except those with underlying health conditions such as asthma.

Studies so far indicate that the pandemic could have negative effects on children’s physical and mental health, and yet parents do not have the appropriate mental health or counseling skills to help their children or themselves. However, due to uncertainties surrounding the outbreak and ongoing scientific research, it’s estimated that 220 million Chinese children are at a risk of facing mental health issues due to potential prolonged school closure and home containment.

Additionally, the fear that the psychological impact on children and adolescents could potentially be neglected has exacerbating effects. During the first months of the outbreak in China, studies revealed that the average posttraumatic scores were four times higher among children who were quarantined than those who were not. This implies that, due to restrictions to routine lifestyle, psychosocial stress caused by home confinement or isolation could further exacerbate the harmful effects on the child’s physical and mental health.

Studies show that the mental health needs of COVID-19 patients are on the rise and yet poorly met. Research indicates that the mental health needs of patients with confirmed COVID-19, patients with suspected infection, quarantined family members, including medical personnel have been poorly managed.

Although these studies were originally conducted in China, the nations that are currently getting new cases of COVID-19 should learn from China’s experience. For instance, home confinement restricts children from their normal lifestyles which has effects on their physical and mental health. Since children are constantly exposed to COVID-19 related news which could alleviate their anxiety and panic, parents need to create direct conversations with children about these issues to avoid panic and reduce anxiety. This could also create opportunities to develop close and open communication with children so that any physical and psychological concerns are addressed.It’s important that the health authorities establish multidisciplinary mental health taskforce teams compromised of professional psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists, and other mental health workers at regional and national levels to provide mental health support to patients. Professionals with specialized skills should collaborate and work with religious clergy to bring specialized treatments and appropriate mental health services to families and patients, including those who have been isolated.


Answering God’s Call during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Written by Marie Lloyd-MOSDAC Media

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church (MOSDAC), answered the call to provide care packages for the senior members of the church as well as anyone in the community who were in need of food, toiletries, or supplies. Celia Archie (Deaconess), Sharmaine Edwards (Community Service), and George Jenkins (Deacon) from MOSDAC were joined by several volunteers who helped prepare, bag, and distribute the items to the community.

Sharmaine and her team regularly distribute food to the community every Wednesday and every second and fourth Thursday. However the distribution on Wednesday was different.

Because of the Covid-19 crisis, it was determined that there was a need to serve a targeted group of seniors, single parents, and single members of the church, as well as the broader community. That is when Celia Archie and her team of deaconesses got to work making phone calls to find out who in this targeted group needed food and personal items.

Celia acquired toiletries and teamed up with Community Services, Sharmaine Edwards, to prepare care packages. They enlisted help from Deacon George Jenkins, who didn’t hesitate to lend a helping hand. He loaded the church van with food and supplies and delivered care packages to everyone that was on the targeted list.

Even though the number of people who are being affected by the pandemic increases daily, Sharmaine is still determined to provide food to the community for as long as possible. Celia, filling bags with toiletries, says, that the “feeling of doing something good for the community and the sense of accomplishment to be there for our seniors and community in their time of need,” is a good feeling as a Christian.

According to George, the challenges they faced with “orderly distribution and the language barrier” within the community were minor in light of the gratification they experienced in doing “something good for someone else” and putting the needs of others before their own. About 100 care packages were prepared for distribution to the community, not including all the care packages that were prepared and delivered to the targeted group of seniors, and singles with or without children. MOSDAC is heeding the call in this time of need. “As a deaconess, we are called to do this as part of the job”, said Celia.” “This is not a one-time thing. God has called us to look out for one another.”

MOSDAC was also able to assist the Williamstown Seventh-day Adventist church by providing enough food to fill two trucks which enabled them to service their community. With a community that is scared and filled with fear, MOSDAC is answering the call and is reaching out to fulfill a need and to provide hope by making that fear a little more bearable.

Celia points to Psalm 91 as encouragement to deal with fear. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him.

All three described the collaboration as a success. The need is great, and Mount Olivet is answering the call.

National Safety

Week 1: Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs)

NIOSH: The NIOSH Musculoskeletal Health Program works to reduce the burden of work-related MSDs through a focused program of research and prevention that protects workers, helps management mitigate related risks and liabilities, and helps practitioners improve the efficacy of workplace interventions. A recent blog post summarizes NIOSH research to protect workers from MSDs over the last 50 years. Technology has a role to play in MSD prevention. A series of webinars highlights how emerging technologies such as wearable technologies, exoskeletons, and computer vision can reduce work-related MSDs. MSD prevention is part of Healthy Work Design. For more information see the NIOSH website Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders.

NSC: Overexertion (e.g., lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or carrying objects) and bodily reactions have long been the leading cause of work-related injuries and illnesses in the U.S., with the recent exception of 2020 due to COVID-19. Every worker deserves to work in an environment where their safety is valued and risks of musculoskeletal disorders are evaluated and minimized. The NSC has been working on several key initiatives to prevent these ergonomic injuries through the MSD Solutions Lab, of which NIOSH is a founding member of its advisory council.

NSC encourages companies and organizations to protect their most valuable assets – their workers. By taking the MSD pledge, you will join a growing community of employers committed to sharing ergonomic solutions and cutting-edge insights, enhance the wellbeing of your workers, gain access to free tools, events and training, strengthen your safety culture and be able to assess your progress.

Changing the approach to MSD risks can provide relief to millions of workers and save employers the costs of physical and psychological disability. In addition, many technologies that reduce MSD risk also make it easier for workers to perform their tasks, directly enhancing productivity. By investing in workplace safety, employers can improve their bottom line, strengthen retention, reduce absenteeism and improve workers’ lives on the jobsite and beyond.

Week 2: Workplace Impairment

NIOSH: The opioid crisis is taking a devastating toll on parts of the U.S. workforce. High rates of opioid overdose deaths have occurred in industries with high injury rates and physically demanding working conditions such as construction, mining, and fishing. Workplaces have the opportunity to play a critical role in improving the safety and well-being of workers. A recovery-supportive workplace aims to prevent work-related factors that could cause or extend a substance use disorder while making it easier to seek and receive appropriate care and maintain recovery. The NIOSH opioid webpage provides more information for workers and employers, including resources related to medication-assisted treatment and Naloxone.

Substance use/misuse is not the only work-related issue that may result in impairment in the workplace. Fatigue can affect any worker in any occupation or industry, with serious consequences for worker safety and health. Fatigue can slow down reaction times, reduce attention or concentration, limit short-term memory, and impair judgement. Work-related fatigue is often related to nonstandard schedules, such as night shift work and extended work hours, which can disrupt or shorten sleep. However, there are other factors such as physically demanding work, or hot environments which can affect fatigue. For more information on managing fatigue such as online training, and fatigue detection technologies, please visit the NIOSH Center for Work and Fatigue Research.

The mental health of workers is increasingly a concern in today’s rapidly evolving workplaces. Workplace stress and poor mental health may arise from, or be worsened by, difficult working conditions, and may be associated with impairment. The NIOSH Total Worker Health ® program is exploring how work can impact mental health. See the related webinar.

NSC: Impairment has been a workplace safety issue for decades. The pandemic, however, has forced a new era of workplace safety, one where employers are grappling with increased substance use and misuse as well as increased mental health concerns, including depression and anxiety – medical conditions that are frequently interrelated. It has also negatively impacted other causes of impairment such as fatigue.

NSC defines impairment as the inability to function normally or safely as a result of a number of factors – from chemical substances (e.g., alcohol, opioids, cannabis), physical factors (e.g., fatigue and certain medical conditions), social factors (e.g., professional and other stressors) and mental distress (e.g., related illness and other factors). A recent NSC national employer survey on impairment showed more than 90% of participants agree with this expanded impairment definition. It also revealed that more than half of employers say impairment is decreasing the safety of their workforce. NSC offers a variety of employer impairment resources including cost calculators on substance use, fatigue and mental health as well as toolkits on opioids, fatigue and safe driving.

Week 3: Injury Prevention

NIOSH: Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. A hierarchy of controls helps determine how to implement feasible and effective control solutions. One of the best ways to prevent and control occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is to “design out” or minimize hazards and risks. NIOSH leads a national initiative called Prevention through Design (PtD) (see related blog). Safety and health data play an important role in identifying at-risk industries and occupations (see data blogs). Examples of efforts to target industries and jobs with high injury rates include:

  • The NIOSH Lifting Equation mobile app, NLE Calc, a tool to calculate the overall risk index for single and multiple manual lifting tasks. This application provides risk estimates to help evaluate lifting tasks and reduce the incidence of low back injuries in workers.
  • The Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator helps prevent falls and other injuries and deaths related to aerial lifts. From 2011-2014, 1,380 workers were injured and 87 died as a result of operating an aerial lift.
  • The NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety provides research-based guidance to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes- the leading cause of work-related deaths in the U.S.
  • An infographic highlights risks to lawn care workers who have a fatality rate over six times that of all workers.

NSC: According to Injury Facts, four million work-related injuries requiring medical consultation occurred in the U.S. in 2020. Tried and true injury prevention approaches like hazard recognition, job safety analysis and risk assessment are crucial to curbing workplace injuries and deaths. But it will also take innovation.

The Work to Zero program at NSC is designed to eliminate workplace fatalities through the use of technology. Work to Zero offers a suite of resources to help employers of any size along their Safety Innovation Journey, including Safety Technology Locator Tool, Organizational Readiness Resources, Business Case for Safety Innovation, Employer Investment Calculator, and a Safety Technology Pilot and Implementation Roadmap paper. Attend a free webinar on June 21 to learn more.

Week 4: Slips, Trips, and Falls

NIOSH: Falls are a hazard found in many work settings. A fall can occur while walking on a level surface, while climbing a ladder to change a light fixture, or as a result of a complex series of events affecting an ironworker 80 feet above the ground. The construction industry experiences the highest frequency of fall-related deaths (roughly 300-400 each year). To combat this problem, each year NIOSH joins with partners for the Falls Campaign and National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction to raise awareness of fall hazards and reinforce safe work practices that help prevent fatalities and injuries related to falls.

The highest numbers of nonfatal fall injuries are in the health services and the wholesale and retail industries. NIOSH research found that providing highly-rated slip-resistant shoes to food service workers led to a 67% reduction in workers compensation claims for slip injuries. Download the infographic available in English and Spanish and visit the NIOSH falls website to learn how to keep workers safe.

NSC: Slips, trips and falls were the second leading cause of workplace death and the third leading cause of workplace injuries resulting in days away from work in 2020 according to Injury Facts. Falls can happen anywhere. Whether it’s working at heights or tripping on the same level, you always need to keep your eyes out for hazards.

Falls from heights often cause more serious injuries and fatalities. The Council’s Falls from Heights resources offer best practices, planning tools and more to keep workers safe. Technology can also help reduce unnecessary hazards at heights by going places workers can’t. Learn more in the Drones for Working at Height report.

Do I still need to wear a mask after recovering from COVID-19?

Coronavirus reinfection may be rare, but it's still possible, so experts advise wearing a mask even if you've recovered from the virus.

As coronavirus case counts continue to rise, so does the number of people who've recovered from the illness.

However, patients who recover from COVID-19 may not be in the clear immediately. Side effects can linger, and medical experts have expressed concern about long-term damage, especially to the lungs and heart.

There are also concerns about reinfection, which means that people who've had the illness should still be wearing masks, social distancing and following other safety guidelines, like frequent hand-washing and avoiding touching their face. While patients are likely to be immune for at least some time after recovering, experts say they worry about the possibility of reinfection.

Dr. Patrick Kachur, a professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, pointed out that there have only been a small number of documented cases of people being infected with COVID-19 a second time. "We don't yet know enough about how infectious they might be," he told TODAY. "It does seem that having a genetically distinct strain of infection the second time has been a factor in some of the reported cases."

Dr. Colleen Kraft, associate chief medical officer at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, said that some cases have indicated that people who get the illness a second time might be less affected by it, but it's hard to be certain without much data.

"I think right now a lot (of our information) is just anecdotal," said Kraft. "We don't know, but we think that when you get reinfected you probably have a much less severe illness because your immune system already has fought it off once."

Both Kachur and Kraft said that it would be important to continue to wear masks, especially with the virus surging across the country. Beyond the possibility of reinfection with COVID-19, wearing a mask will also help you continue to protect those around you from other viruses.

"There's more than just COVID that people can give each other," Kraft said. "You may be carrying something other than COVID, so it's a good idea to just try to minimize the transmission of respiratory viruses this year."Kraft also emphasized the importance of acting out of solidarity and respect for one another. "We want to just be watching our bodily fluids, right?" she said. "These droplets transmit lots of different things, so in general just wearing a mask for source control is a healthy way to behave, especially right now."

Kachur agreed that continued mask-wearing can help prevent the spread of other viruses, which can be important, especially as doctors try to understand more about the long-term effects COVID-19 can have on the body.

"For people who've survived COVID, particularly if they're high-risk to begin with, they may have some residual risk for other infections," he said. "Continuing to wear masks for other respiratory infections can be ... a way of protecting ourselves and others."

Finally, Kachur and Kraft both said that wearing a mask even after recovering from the virus can help with public perception, since there's no way to tell from looking at someone whether or not they're immune to the virus.

"It's not like you're going to wear a shirt or a sign that says 'I've already had COVID, it's OK, I don't need a mask,'" Kraft joked

How to Clean Your Home With Coronavirus in Mind

    • If you’re one of those people who always keeps a spotless home, the influx of new coronavirus cases might have kicked you into a coronavirus cleaning frenzy. Even if you’re someone who thinks cleaning is more of a chore than a calling, the news that the new coronavirus appears to be able to survive on physical surfaces for varying lengths of time may have you looking for a few house-cleaning tips.

      First, a big disclaimer: Based on what we know so far, the new coronavirus is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets, not contact with contaminated surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains. The new coronavirus can spread when people are in close contact with each other—typically within six feet—and someone with the new coronavirus disease (also known as COVID-19) coughs, sneezes, or talks. These actions produce droplets that can land on the noses and mouths of other people, thereby spreading the infection, Marc Lipsitch, D.Phil., professor of epidemiology at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, tells SELF. (It may also be possible to just inhale the droplets before they land on your body.)

      Even though SARS-CoV-2 (the pathogen that causes the new coronavirus disease) appears to spread mainly via those droplets, experts think you can also get COVID-19 by touching a surface contaminated with the virus, then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, the CDC says. What’s more, as we referenced, emerging evidence indicates that SARS-CoV-2 can live on some surfaces for several hours or even days.

      Researchers, including infectious disease experts from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), published a recent study that suggests the new coronavirus can potentially live on copper surfaces for up to four hours, on cardboard for around 24 hours, and on plastic and stainless steel for up to four days. These findings haven’t yet been peer reviewed, which means experts will need more time before they can say exactly how long the virus can live on surfaces under real-world conditions (outside of a lab). But working from this premise, you can see why it’s extra important that we’re all really on top of cleaning and disinfecting right now (in addition to things like regularly washing our hands). So let’s get right to the cleaning Qs and As.

    • How often do I need to clean my home right now?
    • First things first: There’s a difference between cleaning, which means removing visible traces of dirt, and disinfecting, which involves killing germs with chemicals, the CDC explains.

      Provided that you regularly clean and disinfect your home, you’re starting from a great place. Regularly is a relative word, but in general, you should aim to clean your home at least once a week, Philip Tierno, Ph.D., clinical professor in the departments of microbiology and pathology at NYU Langone Medical Center, tells SELF. Yes, even in non-pandemic times.

      To increase your protection against the new coronavirus, the CDC recommends daily cleaning and disinfecting of “high-touch areas,” which, as you probably guessed, are the surfaces of your home that you’re always touching for one reason or another. Since your hands are great at transferring bacteria, viruses, and the like, these spots tend to be among the germiest places in your home. They include doorknobs, light switches, tables, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks, and chairs. Basically, anything you or the people you live with touch even somewhat frequently deserves a lot of your attention right now, especially if it’s a hard surface. (Viruses generally live longer on hard surfaces than on soft, more porous ones, according to the Mayo Clinic.

    • What should I use to clean and disinfect?
    • It depends on if you’re talking about hard or soft surfaces.

      For hard surfaces, the CDC says you can use regular soap and water for cleaning (or a special cleanser if the material calls for it), then you can use a few different options for disinfection. One is a household disinfectant like the type you buy in a store. If you’re determined to use the most effective disinfectant possible to account for the new coronavirus, take a look at this list of products that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved for combating emerging pathogens, including the new coronavirus. The list is by no means exhaustive, but you’ll find products from several well-known brands on it, including Lysol, Clorox, and Purell. In other words, many of the products on this list aren’t obscure cleaners that only pros know about.If your local store doesn’t have many disinfectant options at the moment, you can also disinfect surfaces with alcohol solutions that contain at least 70% alcohol (which you might have lying around as an antiseptic), or you can make a diluted bleach solution (four teaspoons of bleach per quart of water), the CDC says. Tierno is a strong proponent of bleach and considers it “the cheapest and most effective disinfectant that money can buy,” he previously told SELF. So, if all else fails (or your favorite disinfectant wipes are temporarily out of stock), a paper towel and your household disinfectant of choice will do the trick. Just remember to wear disposable gloves if you can while you’re cleaning (so you can toss them when you’re done), the CDC says. And be sure to follow the instructions on the label of whatever you’re using.We’ve talked a great deal about hard surfaces, but some of us have carpets, curtains, and other softer spots around the house that need to be cleaned as well. First, the CDC says to remove any visible dirt or grime, then clean those areas with products that are made for those surfaces. After you’ve done that, the CDC recommends dropping the items in the laundry (which we’ll get to next), if you can.

    • MORE COMMING NEXT WEEK and BE SAFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is a growth of cells that starts in the testicles. The testicles, which are also called testes, are in the scrotum. The scrotum is a loose bag of skin underneath the penis. The testicles make sperm and the hormone testosterone.

Testicular cancer isn't a common type of cancer. It can happen at any age, but it happens most often between the ages of 15 and 45.

The first sign of testicular cancer often is a bump or lump on a testicle. The cancer cells can grow quickly. They often spread outside the testicle to other parts of the body.

Testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when it spreads to other parts of the body. Treatments depend on the type of testicular cancer that you have and how far it has spread. Common treatments include surgery and chemotherapy.


Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer include:

  • A lump or swelling in either testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the lower belly or groin
  • Sudden swelling in the scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breast tissue
  • Back pain

Usually testicular cancer only happens in one testicle.


It's not clear what causes most testicular cancers.

Testicular cancer starts when something causes changes to the DNA of testicle cells. A cell's DNA holds the instructions that tell the cell what to do. The changes tell the cells to grow and multiply quickly. The cancer cells go on living when healthy cells would die as part of their natural life cycle. This causes a lot of extra cells in the testicle that can form a mass called a tumor.

In time, the tumor can grow beyond the testicle. Some cells might break away and spread to other parts of the body. Testicular cancer most often spreads to the lymph nodes, liver and lungs. When testicular cancer spreads, it's called metastatic testicular cancer.

Nearly all testicular cancers begin in the germ cells. The germ cells in the testicle make sperm. It's not clear what causes DNA changes in the germ cells.

Risk factors

Factors that may increase your risk of testicular cancer include:

  • Having an undescended testicle, which is called cryptorchidism. The testes form in the belly during fetal development. They typically descend into the scrotum before birth. If you have a testicle that never descended, your risk of testicular cancer is higher. The risk is increased even if you've had surgery to move the testicle to the scrotum.
  • Having a family history of testicular cancer. If testicular cancer runs in your family, you might have an increased risk.
  • Being a young adult. Testicular cancer can happen at any age. But it's most common in teens and young adults between 15 and 45.
  • Being white. Testicular cancer is most common in white people.
  • Testicular cancer screening

    Some health care providers recommend regular testicle self-exams. During a testicular self-exam you feel your testicles for any lumps or other changes.

    Not all health care providers agree with this recommendation. There's no research to show that self-exams can lower the risk of dying of testicular cancer. Even when it is found at a late stage, testicular cancer is likely to be cured.

    Still, you might find it helpful to become aware of the usual feel of your testicles. You can do this by doing a testicular self-exam. If you notice any changes that last longer than two weeks, make an appointment with your health care provider.

Understand head and neck cancer

What is head and neck cancer?

When cancer cells or tumors are found in the mouth, throat, voice box, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, or salivary glands, it’s called head and neck cancer. In 2021, it was estimated that more than 68,000 men and women in the United States would be diagnosed with head and neck cancer, which again, includes cancers of the mouth (also called the oral cavity); throat (pharynx); voice box (larynx); nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses (small hollow spaces in the bones surrounding the nose); and salivary glands.

Most head and neck cancer occurs in the mouth, throat, or voice box.

When detected early, head and neck cancers are generally considered to be highly treatable and curable. A little background knowledge can go a long way in terms of helping patients obtain an early diagnosis, which offers the best chance for successful treatment.

Why do some cells turn cancerous?

While often the exact trigger cannot be identified, certain factors may make it more likely that cancer develops, including lifestyle choices (tobacco use, alcohol use, exposure to toxic substances); genetics (a tendency to develop cancer that you inherit from your family); and some viruses.

Types of head and neck cancer

There are many different types of head and neck cancer, with cancer cells or tumors occurring in the mouth, throat, voice box, paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, or salivary glands

Head and neck cancer staging: What is it and how does it work?

Staging is a way to describe a cancer. The cancer’s stage tells you where a cancer is located, its size, if it’s grown into nearby tissues, and if it’s spread to nearby lymph nodes or other parts of the body. Staging is a critical step in any patient’s cancer journey and is used to help decide what treatments will be used to fight your cancer. So, before you and your doctor create your treatment plan, you’ll need to have your cancer staged.

The five stages of head and neck cancer

Staging of head and neck cancer varies depending on the location of the primary cancer site. There are five stages of cancer, Stage 0 through Stage 4. In general, the higher the number, the more the cancer has spread.

Head and neck cancer can arise in a number of different sites, and the staging criteria vary slightly depending on where the cancer started. Staging also helps the doctor determine your prognosis, which describes the chances that your cancer may or may not return.



Nutrition and Immunity

What is the immune system?

The immune system protects your child's body from outside invaders. These include germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and toxins (chemicals made by microbes). The immune system is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together.

There are 2 main parts of the immune system:

  • The innate immune system. You are born with this.
  • The adaptive immune system. You develop this when your body is exposed to microbes or chemicals released by microbes.

These 2 immune systems work together.

The innate immune system

This is your child's rapid response system. It is the first to respond when it finds an invader. It is made up of the skin, the eye's cornea, and the mucous membrane that lines the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts. These all create physical barriers to help protect your child's body. They protect against harmful germs, parasites (such as worms), or cells (such as cancer). The innate immune system is inherited. It is active from the moment your child is born. When this system recognizes an invader, it goes into action right away. The cells of this immune system surround and cover the invader. The invader is killed inside the immune system cells (called phagocytes).

The acquired immune system

The acquired immune system, with help from the innate system, makes special proteins (called antibodies) to protect your body from a specific invader. These antibodies are developed by cells called B lymphocytes after the body has been exposed to the invader. The antibodies stay in your child's body. It can take several days for antibodies to form. But after the first exposure, the immune system will recognize the invader and defend against it. The acquired immune system changes during your child's life. Immunizations train your child's immune system to make antibodies to protect them from harmful diseases.

The cells of both parts of the immune system are made in different organs of the body, including:

  • Adenoids. Two glands located at the back of the nasal passage.
  • Bone marrow. The soft, spongy tissue found in bone cavities.
  • Lymph nodes. Small organs shaped like beans, which are located all over the body and connect via the lymphatic vessels.
  • Lymphatic vessels. A network of channels all over the body that carries lymphocytes to the lymphoid organs and bloodstream.
  • Peyer patches. Lymphoid tissue in the small intestine.
  • Spleen. A fist-sized organ located in the belly (abdominal) cavity.
  • Thymus. Two lobes that join in front of the windpipe (trachea) behind the breastbone.
  • Tonsils. Two oval masses in the back of the throatHow do antibiotics help fight infections?

    Antibiotics can be used to help your child's immune system fight infections by bacteria. But antibiotics don’t work for infections caused by viruses. Antibiotics were developed to kill or disable certain bacteria. That means that an antibiotic that works for a skin infection caused by a certain bacteria may not work to cure diarrhea caused by a different bacteria. Using antibiotics for viral infections or using the wrong antibiotic to treat a bacterial infection can help bacteria become resistant to the antibiotic so it won't work as well in the future. It's important to take antibiotics as prescribed and for the right amount of time. If antibiotics are stopped early, the bacteria may develop a resistance to the antibiotics. Then the infection may come back again and be harder to treat.

    Most colds and acute bronchitis infections won't respond to antibiotics. You can help decrease the spread of more aggressive bacteria by not asking your child’s healthcare provider for antibiotics in these cases.

The Importance of being a Vegetarian

We all know who vegetarians are. Vegetarians are people who do not consume meat, poultry and sea food. Many vegetarians also abstain from consuming or using by-products of animal slaughter such as eating eggs or even wearing leather belts or leather shoes.There are certain extreme vegetarians who even abstain from consuming honey. Vegetarianism is a good thing. There is no doubt about it. The reason many people become vegetarians is because they see animals as beings which also have life. They therefore don’t see the reason why animals should be killed in order for us to enjoy.

What are the importance of being a vegetarian?

  1. Vegetarianism has so many benefits to the individual and society at large. One of the major importance of being a vegetarian is the fact that a vegetarian diet has lots of health benefits. Scientific studies have shown that people who live on a proper vegetarian diet tend to live longer than those who eat meat. Recently, the Loma Linda University conducted a major study into the link between longevity and being a vegetarian. At the end of the research, researchers found out that vegetarians live between seven and fifteen years longer than people who eat meat regularly.
  2. Another importance of a vegetarian diet is that it can significantly help in the fight against obesity and cardio-vascular diseases.
  3. Vegetarians also rarely suffer from cancer, hypertension and constipation as compared with regular meat eaters.
  4. Since vegetables and fruits contain a significant amount of antioxidants and nutrients that help protect the heart, it goes without saying that a proper vegetarian diet helps the body significantly.
    1. Another very important benefit we derive from vegetarianism is the fact that vegetarianism can save the planet in the sense that the mass production of meat for human consumption damages our environment. According to a research, about 70 percent of all grain crops grown in the United States is used for feeding animals for the sole purpose of consuming their meat. Research has shown that animal farming is not environmental friendly as it helps in generating high amounts of nitrous oxide and methane which are not good for the health of this planet we live in. Science tells us that excessive amounts of nitrous oxide and methane in the atmosphere contributes immensely to global warming.
    2. Another good reason why you should become a vegetarian is because it is cheaper. Believe it or not but a vegetarian diet is quite cheaper than the meat diet. Imagine how much meat and chicken cost these days? Just compare the price of buying vegetables and fruits with that of buying fish and meat.

    The above are some of the major importance of vegetarianism. As you can see from the above, the health benefits of vegetarianism are immense. What are you waiting for? Try a vegetarian diet and make this world a better place for yourself and others.

  5. NOTE: The writer of this article is not a vegetarian but is hoping to to become one soon.


When it comes to stroke, every minute counts. Your immediate action can help prevent brain damage and long-term disability.

Signs of stroke: dizziness, weakness, trouble speaking, vision changes

Signs of stroke: loss of balance, headache, confusion

Signs of stroke: difficulty understanding, numbness, trouble walking

Do you think you could identify all signs of stroke?

You might know the BE FAST* signs of stroke: Balance loss, Eyesight loss, Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 911

But did you know that recognizing the other signs is just as important?

A SUDDEN ONSET of the following symptoms may indicate stroke*



1. CONFUSION - Unable to understand what is happening, can't think clearly or feel thrown off

A puzzled look, a hard time focusing, trouble making decisions

2. DIFFICULTY UNDERSTANDING - Unable to comprehend speech or language

Raised or wrinkled eyebrows, shaking their head “no.”

Unsteady or woozy

3. DIZZINESS - Feeling faint, lightheaded, or like the room is spinning

Unsteady movements (like they have motion sickness), like they are drunk (without having any alcohol)

4. LOSS OF BALANCE - Unstable with less coordination

Wobbling around, grabbing onto a stationary object

5. NUMBNESS - A tingling sensation in the body (i.e. face, arm, or leg), like pins and needles

Constant touching, massaging, or shaking of the numb areas

6. SEVERE HEADACHE - Pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck with no known cause

Touching their head or rubbing their temples, sensitivity to light

7. TROUBLE SPEAKING - Unable to speak or slurred speech

Sentences that can’t be understood, difficulty having a conversation

8. TROUBLE WALKINGS - tumbling or unable to walk straight, Tripping over nothing

9. VISION CHANGES - Blurred vision or trouble with eyesight in one or both eyes

Squinting or rubbing their eyes, not able to read

10. WEAKNESS - Lack of strength in the face, arm, or leg—especially on one side of the bodyWanting to sit or lay down, difficulty doing simple tasks

*Note that these symptoms or a combination of them are not unique to stroke, but if they are sudden and out of the ordinary, they may indicate a sign of stroke and require immediate attention.

Call your local emergency services immediately if you think you or someone near you is having a stroke.Download the list.

*BEFAST was developed by Intermountain Healthcare, as an adaptation of the FAST model implemented by the American Stroke Association. Reproduced with permission from Intermountain Healthcare. © 2011, Intermountain Healthcare.

NEXT SABBATH: Review stroke facts


The following are more likely to notice the warning signs of a stroke.

  • People over age 55
  • People with family history of stroke
  • Overweight people
  • Those who smoke, drug addicts, alcohol addicts
  • Those who have had pre stroke
  • High levels of homocysteine
  • Those who use certain medications in excessive amount
  • Those who have undergone hormone replacement therapy
  • People with high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

It is believed that men are more susceptible to stroke than women, but if you check the above list of risk factors, you will notice that women are equally susceptible to stroke as men.


Types of Cancer that Develop in Children

The types of cancers that occur most often in children are different from those seen in adults. The most common cancers of children are:

  • Leukemia
  • Brain and spinal cord tumors
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Wilms tumor
  • Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)
  • Other types of cancers are rare in children, but they do happen sometimes. In very rare cases, children may even develop cancers that are much more common in adults.
  • Leukemia

    Leukemias, which are cancers of the bone marrow and blood, are the most common childhood cancers. They account for about 28% of all cancers in children. The most common types in children are acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These leukemias can cause bone and joint pain, fatigue, weakness, pale skin, bleeding or bruising, fever, weight loss, and other symptoms. Acute leukemias can grow quickly, so they need to be treated (typically with chemotherapy) as soon as they are found.

  • Brain and spinal cord tumors

    Brain and spinal cord tumors are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 26% of childhood cancers. There are many types of brain and spinal cord tumors, and the treatment and outlook for each is different.

    Most brain tumors in children start in the lower parts of the brain, such as the cerebellum or brain stem. They can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred or double vision, dizziness, seizures, trouble walking or handling objects, and other symptoms. Spinal cord tumors are less common than brain tumors in both children and adults.

  • Neuroblastoma

    Neuroblastoma starts in early forms of nerve cells found in a developing embryo or fetus. About 6% of childhood cancers are neuroblastomas. This type of cancer develops in infants and young children. It is rare in children older than 10. The tumor can start anywhere, but it usually starts in the belly (abdomen) where it is noticed as swelling. It can also cause other symptoms, like bone pain and fever.

  • Wilms tumor

    Wilms tumor (also called nephroblastoma) starts in one, or rarely, both kidneys. It is most often found in children about 3 to 4 years old, and is uncommon in older children and adults. It can show up as a swelling or lump in the belly (abdomen). Sometimes the child might have other symptoms, like fever, pain, nausea, or poor appetite. Wilms tumor accounts for about 5% of childhood cancers.

  • Lymphomas

    Lymphomas start in immune system cells called lymphocytes. These cancers most often start in lymph nodes or in other lymph tissues, like the tonsils or thymus. They can also affect the bone marrow and other organs. Symptoms depend on where the cancer starts and can include weight loss, fever, sweats, tiredness (fatigue), and lumps (swollen lymph nodes) under the skin in the neck, armpit, or groin.

    The 2 main types of lymphoma are Hodgkin lymphoma (sometimes called Hodgkin disease) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Both types occur in children and adults.

    Hodgkin lymphoma accounts for about 3% of childhood cancers. It is more common, though, in early adulthood (usually in people in their 20s) and late adulthood (after age 55). Hodgkin lymphoma is rare in children younger than 5 years of age. This type of cancer is very similar in children and adults, including which types of treatment work best.

    Non-Hodgkin lymphoma makes up about 5% of childhood cancers. It is more likely to occur in younger children than Hodgkin lymphoma, but it is still rare in children younger than 3. The most common types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in children are different from those in adults. These cancers often grow quickly and require intense treatment, but they also tend to respond better to treatment than most non-Hodgkin lymphomas in adults.


Choose Food by Color for Cancer Fighting Nutrients Part I: Red, Purple and Blue Foods

MARCH 5, 2014 BY

If you’re new here, welcome! I’m Julie, a registered dietitian specializing in oncology nutrition.

I focus on providing evidence-based information for eating well before, during, and after cancer. You’ll often find me citing credible organizations such as the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

If you're looking for something specific, use the sidebar to search over 300 evidence-based articles. Also, be sure to join my newsletter for articles about lifestyle choices and cancer risk.

Thanks for visiting!

First off, to understand why the color of your food is important, you MUST know the basics on nutrition and cancer. If you’re not sure, read this short article I wrote a few months ago called Nutrition and Cancer 101: The Basics.

Don’t have time to read it?

The Bottom Line for Cancer Fighting Foods:

Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, or plant nutrients are the KEY to a health promoting diet. The more the better!

Food sources of phytochemicals come from:

  • PLANTS! You will note that you do not get phytochemicals in animal based
    foods. Consuming animal products can be part of a cancer fighting diet,
    but only in the context of mostly plant based diet.
  • Not processed. Plants that are processed basically have phytochemicals
    removed. White rice does not have near the phytochemical count that
    brown rice does.
  • Bonus points for phytochemicals from tea,
    herbs, spices and whole grains. Anything that is a plant has phytochemicals.

Why Does Color Matter?

The color of our food tells us something. And I’m not talking about color, like jelly beans, or kool-aid! I’m talking about the colors of foods when they are grown in the ground. The color they are grown to be. The color of the food actually represents the phytochemicals, or plant nutrients, that are present in the food.

Every color is important, and by eating a variety of colors on your plate, you will make sure to get a variety of nutrients. Over the next few articles, I will highlight a color group and share what makes it particularly good for you, and share practical recipes that I use. Today it’s the purple, blue, red group!

Foods with Red, Purple and Blue Color

There are a lot of delicious foods that fit into the Red/Purple/Blue color group. Here’s a list to get you started thinking about it:

  • cranberries
  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • grapefruit
  • blueberries
  • red bell peppers
  • kidney beans
  • cherries
  • prunes
  • eggplant
  • figs
  • tomatoes
  • watermelon
  • & more! – obligatory on lists of things

Nutrients in Red, Purple & Blue Foods

As a reminder, there are over 900 different phytochecmicals discovered so far. Here are some of the phytonutrients that are found in red, purple and blue plant foods:

  • Antioxidants like anthocyanins (blueberries are one of the top sources of these particular antioxidants), lycopene (watermelon and tomatoes) all work to protect against cell damage.
  • Folic acid (strawberries, beets, kidney beans) – keeps DNA healthy and promotes and maintains the growth of new cells.
  • Fiber (all fruits and vegetables) – fiber is known to reduce risk for colon cancer.
  • Vitamin C (berries, grapefruit, red peppers) – essential for wound healing and protects cells from damage.
  • Vitamin A (red peppers) – necessary for eye and skin health.
  • Potassium (cherries, figs and tomatoes) – helps to protect against nerve damage and plays a role in electrolyte balance.

There are many reasons to make sure that you have red, purple & blue foods on your plate at least once a day!

– Julie



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We cannot flourish without the church members of Mt Olivet. We would like your contributions so that we can continue to eat healthier. Not all food at the Food Bank is "free"!!!

We'd like to thank all who supported ACS over the past year. We look forward to your continued support of this ministry throughout 2022 and beyond.



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  1. On Sabbath, April 23, 2022, there was a presentation, "Understanding Memory Loss," by the New Jersey Alzheimer's Associationon. This event is from 4:00-5:00 p.m. via Zoom. Information for this meeting is, ID: 727 887 0606 with Passcode: 230498, and One tap mobile: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) US (Washington DC).

There is an AEC 50+ Association Vesper Service via Conference Call for the Month of June. It is an awesome service event, and lots of people have chimmed in to enjoy.

There will be Special Music, a Health Segment, Prayer and a Vesper Thought. All who have been involed have been Blessed. Mark your calendar for the next spectacular services in the coming months of 2023.

Please check your MOSDAC email, sent , for dates and times for these Services and for the Zoom link for the special program mentioned below.

On April 10, 2021@4:30 PM, there was a special afternoon program presented by the MOSDAC Fifty Plus Club. A special guest from AARP gave a presentation on Fraud Watch Network Basics. See flyer for more details. *If you missed this presentation and would like to get information about this topic, please contact the 50 Plus Leader, Sister Fern Bliss-Morgan.

If you are looking for a fun, loving, and stress free ministry of seasoned people that love Jesus, The MOSDAC 50+ Club is the ministry for you!!! Contact Dr. Fern Bliss-Morgan or Patricia Rodgers for more info. We are looking for volunteers for the following positions: Retired Social & Mental Health Workers.

As of right now we are still not in church due to COVID but look forward to seeing you very ,very soon GOD BLESS and STAY PRAYED UP


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Jesus 101 Bible Class

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Will be meeting every other Wednesday@ 10am. Next meeting will be in the Annex.

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

Our Health Ministries Leader is First Lady Theresa Best.

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Next class: Sunday, September 03, 2023

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MOSDAC Family Worship resumed on January 8, 2023 from 7:30-8:30 pm, and will be every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. We will have Family Worship, led out by our Personal Ministries Leader, Whitney Allen.

Our last meeting was Friday, June 11, 2022 @ 7:30 pm.

We resumed September 10, 2021, (to start the Fall season), and will continue on a monthly basis thereafter, only on the 2nd Friday of each month.

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Relationship Ministry - Join us for First Friday's "Focus on the Family". Our next Friday will be on the evening of June 2, 2023 from 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm. Call (302) 202-1110 pin # is 814478.

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

If you would like to check out and see what "Love In Action" is doing, go to either Lorene Watkins' FaceBook page, MOSDAC's FaceBoook page for their community involvement.

We would like to thank you all for helping out with the homeless. We look forward to seeing you next time.

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AEC Master Guide

Bay Area Master Guide Classes have begun. MOSDAC'S new class has began already too. Please keep our new candidates in prayer too!!!

For information about this class, please contact Elder Dillon Waterman.

Tips for Handling Bullying in School

If your child is being bullied, it's important that you help them understand that bullying is never their fault. Bullying is always more about the person who is engaging in the behavior and not the person being targeted.

It's not up to a child to prevent their own bullying, but it can be helpful to have a plan in place for how to address it and potentially help stop it from escalating. Here are some suggestions to prepare a toolkit for kids to use in tough situations when it can be hard for them to think straight.

Promote positive body language

By age 3, your child is ready to learn tricks that may help them feel more empowered in difficult situations, including when being faced with bullying behavior. "Tell your child to practice looking at the color of their friends' eyes and to do the same thing when they are talking to a child who's bothering them," says Dr. Borba. This will force them to hold their head up so they will appear more confident.

That's not to say that being confident will necessarily stop a bully or that not being confident enough will promote bullying, but confidence can help your child feel more empowered in a challenging situation. Also, practice making sad, brave, and happy faces and encouraging them to switch to "brave" if they are being bothered. "How you look when you encounter a bully is more important than what you say," says Dr. Borba.

Suicide Warning Signs: What to Watch for and Do


Suicide is one of the top causes of death in the U.S., with rates rising across the country. Nearly 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2016, according to the CDC.

Suicide can be preventable. And that starts with knowing what to look for and what to do.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). It’s always open, and you can speak to a trained counselor.

If someone is threatening to kill themselves, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 or, if you can do it safely, take them to the nearest emergency room. Try to keep the person calm, and get help from others.Warning Signs

People who commit suicide don’t want to die, but to end their pain. Don’t dismiss their talk of suicide as just threats. If you notice any signs that they may be thinking about harming themselves, get help.

Focuses on death. Some people talk openly about wanting to die or to commit suicide. Or they dwell on the topic of death and dying. They may research ways to kill themselves or buy a gun, knife, or pills.

Makes plans. The person may take steps to prepare for death, like updating a will, giving away stuff, and saying goodbye to others. Some may write a suicide note

Becomes withdrawn. The person avoids close friends and family, loses interest in activities and social events, and becomes isolated.

Shows despair. The person may talk openly about unbearable pain, or feeling like they’re a burden on others.

Shows swings in mood or sleep. Often, the person may be depressed, anxious, sad, or angry. They also may be very irritable, moody, or aggressive. But they can suddenly turn calm once they’ve decided to go through with the suicide. Then they may sleep a lot more or a lot less than usual.

Drinks or takes drugs. Substance misuse raises the chance of suicide. Using a lot of drugs and alcohol may be an attempt to dull the pain or to harm themselve

Acts recklessly. The person may take dangerous chances, like driving drunk or having risky sex.

People may also be at risk if they have:

  • Mental disorders
  • Addictions to alcohol or other drugs
  • A serious physical illness
  • A major loss (such as the death of a loved one or the loss of a relationship or job)
  • Serious legal or financial problems
  • A history of trauma or abuseHow to Help

    Take all suicide warning signs seriously. Your involvement and support may help save a life.

    Don’t be afraid to ask whether the person you’re concerned about is thinking of suicide, is depressed, or has problems. Talking about it won’t make the person act on their feelings. It might actually help ease suicidal thoughts -- and lets you know if you need to take further action.

    Encourage the person to talk to a mental health professional as soon as possible. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is always open. You can reach a trained counselor at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

Suicide Hotline: What Happens When You Call?

Ways of Contacting Suicide Hotlines

Because people in distress are all different, people choose to access suicide hotline services in different ways. Suicide hotlines provide a toll-free number, but many also provide online chat, email, and text messaging hotline services as well. You should choose to access a suicide hotline in the way that makes you the most comfortable. Calls to most suicide hotlines are confidential and free.

Who Answers a Call at a Suicide Hotline?

Suicide hotlines are typically staffed by trained personnel but it depends on the specific hotline as to how they're trained. Some suicide hotlines are manned by volunteers with minimal training whereas the operators at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, for example, are skilled, trained counselors that are often in your area.

Suicide hotlines that are for specific types of crises, such as the concerns of veterans or of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or queer (LGBTQ) individuals, are generally trained in the main issues facing those populations. Often you'll speak to a member of that group his or herself when you call that type of suicide hotline.

What Happens When You Call a Suicide Hotline?

Depending on the suicide hotline, your call may be routed to a central location or, as in the case of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your call may be answered by the center closest to you. When you call, you'll typically hear a message confirming the number you have reached and then on-hold music until someone can answer your call.

Once your call is answered, a caring and trained person will listen to you, learn about your situation, ask questions and will then generally tell you about mental health services in your area. Services in your area can range from a mobile response team to a suicide prevention center staffed with counselors where you can be accommodated overnight.


What is Cancer Survivorship?

A person who has had a cancer diagnosis is oftentimes called a "cancer survivor." When people talk about "survivorship," they are usually referring to navigating their life experiences and challenges resulting from their cancer diagnosis.Who is a cancer survivor?

The phrase cancer survivor can mean different things to different people. It is often used as a general term describing someone who has had a diagnosis of cancer. This means that cancer survivorship starts at the time of diagnosis. This definition includes people who have no signs of cancer after finishing treatment, people receiving extended treatment over a longer period of time to control the cancer or reduce risk of its return, and people with advanced cancer.

Not everyone who has or has had cancer uses the word survivor. For some people, this term doesn't feel right. They may feel more comfortable defining themselves as a "person who has had cancer", "a person living with cancer," or another way.

The most important thing is to be able to explain and discuss your medical and emotional needs with your health care team and loved ones. That's why people should find words they are comfortable with to name and navigate their personal changes and challenges that have come from their cancer diagnosis and treatment.How many cancer survivors are there in the United States?

As early detection methods and cancer treatments have gotten better, the number of people who have had cancer has gone up greatly over the last 50 years in the United States. In 1971, there were 3 million people with cancer. According to the latest figures (2022), there were 18 million people living with a history of cancer in the United States.

Other recent statistics on cancer survivorship :

  • About 67% of cancer survivors have survived 5 or more years after diagnosis.

  • About 18% of cancer survivors have survived 20 or more years after diagnosis.

  • 64% of survivors are age 65 or older.

It is more likely to survive certain types of cancers than others. This may be because these diseases are more easily detected or treated, and/or more medical advances have been made in new therapies for some cancers. However, any person's individual survival rate depends on several factors. Be sure to talk to your doctor about your prognosis, which is the chance of recovery.

Statistics adapted from the American Cancer Society’s publication, Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2019-2021 (PDF), and the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Survivorship.Why are there more cancer survivors than ever before?

Screening is used to look for cancer before there are any symptoms or signs, to find it at an earlier and more treatable stage. For instance, mammography for breast cancer, colonoscopy for colorectal cancer, and pap tests for cervical cancer have all improved early detection of cancer, which often leads to better outcomes for patients.

Treatments are also improving. Treatments like surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy are being used in better ways. Newer treatments such as targeted therapy and immunotherapy are extending and saving lives. Advances in palliative care or supportive care are also important. Fewer side effects can keep planned treatments on schedule and help with patients' well-being.

Cancer research is where new advances come from in cancer screening, treatment, and survivorship care. This includes cancer clinical trials, which are research studies involving volunteers. There are clinical trials about different aspects of cancer care, including studies about long-term side effects and other aspects of survivorship care. Learn more about the history of cancer research on a separate website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.What to expect as a cancer survivor

Most people have the common belief that their life will be "different" after cancer. However, these life changes are also different from person to person. Such changes can be ones you expect or changes that are surprising.

For example, some survivors find that they appreciate life more and find it easier to accept themselves as they are. At the same time, it is also common to feel more anxious after cancer, especially about your health.

Some people find that they have a hard time coping and adjusting after active cancer treatment ends. This transition usually means less frequent contact with their health care team. People may feel uneasy or distressed before a medical checkup, at certain milestones, or more often. This generally gets better over time, but if it doesn't, let your health care team know. For others, treatment never ends, and they deal with cancer and its effects every day. It's important to remember that people experience survivorship in many different ways, and talking with your health care team can help you know what to expect and manage changes.

Common experiences amongst cancer survivors include:


MOSDAC Administrative Assistant


MOSDAC Family,
If anyone is interested in a part-time driving position, transporting clients to and from their outpatients program. Please call 856-424-4124 and speak to the administrator. This job tip comes from our own, Charmaine Waterman.
Thank you for your attention. Have a Blessed rest of your day!
Elder Darryl A. Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church, 800 Chelton Avenue, Camden, New Jersey 08104, 856-365-6108 Ext. 1001,


1. What did Jonah's family say when he told them about what happened before reaching Nineveh? "Hmm, sounds fishy."

2. What was Moses' wife, Zipphora, known as when she'd throw dinner parties? "The hostess with the Moses."

3. Why couldn't the Israelites initially enter the Promised Land? It wasn't the Pinky Promised Land.

4. What did the classmate say when asked why they kept walking next to the same person at school? "I was told I'm supposed to walk by Faith!"

5. Which Bible character was super-fit?Absalom.

6. What did Adam say when he was asked his favorite holiday? "It's Christmas, Eve."

7. What do you call a Bible character who just pulled into church? A parking Lot.

8. What did God's people say when food fell from Heaven? "Oh man-na!"

9. What did pirates call Noah's boat? "The arrrrrrk."

10. What did David have in common with Hamilton? He wasn't going to throw away his (sling)shot.

What did Jonah's family say when he told them about what happened before reaching Nineveh? "Hmm, sounds fishy."

What was Moses' wife, Zipphora, known as when she'd throw dinner parties? "The hostess with the Moses."

Why couldn't the Israelites initially enter the Promised Land? It wasn't the Pinky Promised Land.

What did the classmate say when asked why they kept walking next to the same person at school? "I was told I'm supposed to walk by Faith!"

What did Adam say when he was asked his favorite holiday? "It's Christmas, Eve."

What did God's people say when food fell from Heaven? "Oh man-na!"

What did David have in common with Hamilton? He wasn't going to throw away his (sling)shot.










Don't Forget to Stay Six Feet Apart, Wear Your Mask, and PLEASE, PLEASE, DON'T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WHAT CAN WE DO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sunset begins at 7:00PM, Friday, September 29, 2023!!!




  • Dear God, Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for all that you've allowed into our lives this past year, the good and the hard things that have reminded us how much we need you and rely on your presence filling us every day.

    We pray for your Spirit to lead us each step of this New Year. We ask that you will guide our decisions and turn our hearts to deeply desire you above all else. We ask that you will open doors needing to be opened and close the ones needing to be shut tight. We ask that you would help us release our grip on the things to which you’ve said “no,” “not yet,” or “wait.” We ask for help to pursue you first, above every dream and desire you’ve put within our hearts.

    We ask for your wisdom, strength, and power to be constantly present within us. We pray you would make us strong and courageous for the road ahead. Give us ability beyond what we feel able, let your gifts flow freely through us, so that you would be honored by our lives, and others would be drawn to you. We pray that you’d keep us far from the snares and traps of temptations. That you would whisper in our ear when we need to run and whisper in our heart when we need to stand our ground.

    We pray for your protection over our families and friends. We ask for your hand to cover us and keep us distanced from the enemy's evil intent; that you would be a barrier to surround us, that we’d be safe in your hands. We pray that you would give us discernment and insight beyond our years, to understand your will, hear your voice, and know your ways. Amen.









GOD is never BLIND to your TEARS,

never DEAF to your PRAYERS,

and never SILENT to your PAIN.


and HE will DELIVER.


*The Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God * 2 Tim. 3:16.

*In the Trinity:God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.*Heb. 1:-3, John 15:16.

* In regeneration and the birth, through the acceptance of the Gospel.*2 Cor. 5:17.

*That man by nature is mortal and eternal life is a gift of God through Christ.*John 14:1-33, Acts 1:11, Matt. 24:30.

*In the resurrection of the dead.*1 Thess. 4:16 & 17, John 5:29, 11:25, 1 Cor. 15.

*In the ultimate final destruction of sin and the wicked.*Malachi 4:1-3.

*In justification by faith through Christ.*Rom. 4:3-5.

*That God's law, the Ten Commandments, including the seventh-day Sabbath command is the rule of life for Christians.*Ex. 20:3-17, James 2:10-12.

*In baptism by immersion. In the Communion of the Lord's supper preceded by the ordinance of cleansing.*Romans 6:3-5, Mark 1:9 & 10, John 13:4-17, 1 Cor. 11:23-26.

*In the gifts of the Holy spirit.*Eph. 4:8-11.

*In the support of the gospel through tithes and offerings.*Malachi 3:8-11, Matt. 23:23.

*In discarding unhealthy practices.*1 Cor. 3:16 & 17, Deut. 14:3-20.

*That Christians will be characterized by modesty in dress,conversation,deportment,and a high standard of social relationships.*1 Tim. 2:9 & 10, James 1:27.


  • Genesis 1:3 “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

    Psalm 74:17 “It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth; you made both summer and winter.”

    Amos 8:1 “This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe (summer) fruit.”

    Matthew 24:32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near.”

    Proverbs 10:5 “He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.”

    Proverbs 30:25 “Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;”

    James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”







The equinox is what most think of as the official start of spring, but there’s also meteorological spring, which began on March 1 and lasts until May 31.

Meteorological seasons are grouped into three-month blocks that make it easier to tabulate data.

According to NASA that astronomical seasons happen because of the tilt of Earth’s axis and its position during its orbit around the Sun.

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun will set just a bit farther north on the horizon each evening until the June solstice – when the sun reverses directions, moving back to the south.

And sunsets will continue to happen later in the day. That will be the case until the next astronomical seasonal marker, the summer solstice, which will happen on June 21.

Family Life Bible Class

Join the JESUS 101 Bible class every 2nd and 4th Sabbath afternoons at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Due to the things going on right now, we are unable to be in the church. But as soon as God tells us it's okay, we will be back . See you soon and remember GOD LOVES YOU and WE DO TOO!!!!!!!!!!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess what? Please join us on Zoom. Contact Lonnie Watkins for the information required to log into Zoom.






Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Friday @ 5:30 am

(712) 775-8968, Pass Code: 909676

Youth prayer line is on Wednesday at 5-6 pm. Join us for encouragement and praise.


Glory be to God…
for clear blue skies and sunny days
for fresh green grass and leafy trees
for vivid purple flowers and well-tended gardens
for fluffy white clouds and gentle breezes
for bright red buses and busy streets

Glory be to God…
for people stepping out with sandaled feet
for children playing games with delighted squeals
for picnics and street parties
for street traders and market stalls
for long days and short nights
for open-topped buses and open-necked shirts.

Glory be to God…
for seasons
for summer
for sunshine


God's Love
Poet: Mary C. Ryan

Midst scenes of distress, oh I what would we do,
If God's love like His rainbow was not
Encircling the world, with its chasms of woe,
Where the sin-burdened souls writhe in despair?

Our heart's strings would snap, when life's cold storms blow.
Blighting the hopes of our sunniest hour,
If the soul in its anguish then did not know
That all things were made and ruled by God's pow'r.

Alone on life's sea, oh! where would we drift.
If God's love did not encircle the soul;
Bearing it onward to faith's tow'ring cliff,
As the ages of eternity roll?

Our bark would be wrecked, on some rocky
Where powers of darkness ever would reign,
If we knew not, when our voyage was o'er,
That smiles of our Lord would banish all pain.

When sowing the wheat and reaping the tares.
And struggling to rise, we stumble and fall.
What could we do, to escape Satan's snares,
If God's love was not a refuge for all?


"Like the Sabbath, the week originated at creation … Six days were employed in the work of creation; upon the seventh, God rested, and he then blessed this day, and set it apart as a day of rest for man." —Ellen White

A world without a Sabbath would be like a man without a smile, like a summer without flowers, and like a homestead without a garden. It is the joyous day of the whole week.
—Henry Ward Beecher

The savings bank of human existence is the weekly Sabbath.
—William Garden Blaikie

The happiness of heaven is the constant keeping of the Sabbath. Heaven is called a Sabbath, to make those who have Sabbaths long for heaven, and those who long for heaven love Sabbaths.
—Philip Henry

As we keep or break the Sabbath day, we nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope by which man rises.
—Abraham Lincoln

Sabbath is that uncluttered time and space in which we can distance ourselves from our own activities enough to see what God is doing.
—Eugene Peterson


How long does it take to make the woods?
As long as it takes to make the world.
The woods is present as the world is, the presence
of all its past, and of all its time to come.
It is always finished, it is always being made, the act
of its making forever greater than the act of its destruction.
It is a part of eternity, for its end and beginning
belong to the end and beginning of all things,
the beginning lost in the end, the end in the beginning.

What is the way to the woods, how do you go there?
By climbing up through the six days’ field,
kept in all the body’s years, the body’s
sorrow, weariness, and joy. By passing through
the narrow gate on the far side of that field
where the pasture grass of the body’s life gives way
to the high, original standing of the trees.
By coming into the shadow, the shadow
of the grace of the strait way’s ending,
the shadow of the mercy of light.

Why must the gate be narrow?
Because you cannot pass beyond it burdened.
To come in among these trees you must leave behind
the six days’ world, all of it, all of its plans and hopes.
You must come without weapon or tool, alone,
expecting nothing, remembering nothing,
into the ease of sight, the brotherhood [and sisterhood!] of eye and leaf.

+ Wendell Berry






Please continue to PRAY for the following persons:

Adrienne Archie, Angelique Archie, Celia Archie and her Mother, Simone Archie, Shelia, Shayne, and Jerry Bardowell, Pastor Best's Daughter and His Mother, Dr. Fern Bliss-Morgan, Amelia Clements' daughter (Kirstin Johnson), her grandson , (Alex Pope), and her adopted daughter, (Theresa Martin-Franklin), Cooper-Jones Families, Blondel Dwyer, her Sister, and their Uncle, Earl Edwards, Shelly Eldridge (Joan Jackson's Daughter), Sharmaine Edwards, Darlene Figueroa, Cassandra Freeman, Theodore, Sharon Green and Baby TJ, Sharon Howard, James Jackson, Joan Jackson's Sisters, Jamar Jenkins, Lewis Jessup, Dorothy Kilpatrick, Dennis Sr. and Elaine Larmond, Tony Lloyd, Sadie McClean, Margaret O'Bryant, Lancey Patman, Darlene and David Smith, Rita Smith's daughter, Sharlyn Smith, Sadea Tatum, Jeannie Thornton, Wanda Williams


Please Pray For Our MOSDAC Church Members, and their Families who have experienced the loss of a love one.


Prayers are needed for Michael and Tamara "Tammy" Smith in the loss of their only child/son, Demerious, AKA "Deme", who passed away on Saturday December 31, 2022. His death was caused from a serious car Accident which ocurred on Friday, December 30, 2022. Please remember his Aunt, Karen Smith, and his Fiance, Naomi Varmah in your prayers too. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.


We regret to inform you of the passing of Pastor Best's Aunt Bea. Please keep him and Sister Teresa, his mother Patricia, cousins Roscoe and Felicia, and the rest of the family in prayer.


Prayers for Yvonne Myers Roberts and Family in the loss of her cousin, Diane E. Myers, who lived in Philadelphia. Please pray for all extended Myers family members, Diane's friends, and her co-workers, as well.


We regret to inform you of the death of Elder Robert Walker, former member and Elder here at Mt. Olivet. Elder Walker passed away on last Friday, July 29, 2022. Service was held Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, 7040 Bowers Road, Frederick, Maryland 21702. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


We regret to inform you of the passing of Kenneth Dwyer, uncle of Sister Blondel Dwyer. Please keep Blondel and the family in prayer. Arrangements are still pending.


Claudette L. Jefferson, mother of Calvin Jefferson and Linda Gibson, mother-in-law to Pastor Jimmy Gibson, and aunt of the Gibson Family was held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 1:00 PM
in the Manning Chapel, 700 North 25th Street, Richmond, VA 23223 The
Funeral Services were live streamed and are still available for viewing. Please keep the Jefferson, Gibson, Williams Families in special prayer.


Our beloved sister, Dora Elmandorf, passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2022. Please keep her sister, niece, other family members, the Archie family, and the rest of our MOSDAC family members in special prayer.


Condolences to the Bunch Family. Brother James (Shelly) lost his sister, Margie, in Charleston, SC on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Please keep the entire family lifted in prayer, during this time of bereavement.


Prayers and condolences go out to Sister Lil Jones and the entire Cooper Family. Her sister, Sandra Cooper, passed away the evening of June 4, 2022 from a heart attack. Sandra lived in Florida with her husband and children. Please keep them all lifted up in your prayers.


Prayers for Rita (Wendell) Smith, her siblings, and all of their family members in the loss of their sister and that same sister's daughter. Their sister was funeralized on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


The funeral arrangements for Joseph O. Dickerson, the brother of Shelia Dickerson-Smith and Carol Hall was Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Converge Church, 802 N. Lenola Road, Moorestown, New Jersey 856-234-3791
Please continue to keep the family in prayer.


We regret to inform you of the passing of Eric Lewis, the brother of Elder Paula Fleming and uncle to Christina Fleming-Gabriel. Please keep their siblings Joseph & Shelia, Eric's children and the rest of the family in prayer.


The funeral arrangements for Leroy Williams, Jr. was Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the North Philadelphia SDA Church, 1510 W Oxford Street, Philadelphia, PA 19121. Please keep Mike (Laurie) Williams and family in your prayers.


Condolences and prayers go out to Cassandra Martin and family at the loss of her father, Omar Rivera. His passing occurred on Friday, April 1, 2022. His funeral will be held Thursday, April 14, 2022. Please keep Cassandra Martin and family in your prayers.


Please continue to keep Sharon (Elder Bernard) Howard/Vines Family in your prayers for the loss of their Mother, Virginia N. Vines. The funeral service for Virginia N. Vines will be on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at the Ebenezer SDA Church, 1375 Mumford Rd., Greenville, NC 27384.


Elder Paula Fleming, her siblings, Christina and Family, and extended family in the loss of their Aunt, who was funeralized on Friday, February 25, 2022.


Prayers for Sister Lillie (Antoine)Jones and Family in the passing of Lillie's sister, Sharon, who passed away Tuesday morning, February 15, 2022. In honoring her sister's wishes, everything will be held in a private setting. Please check your email for Wednesday, February 16, 2022 for names and addresses for the sending of cards.


Prayers for Pastor/Dr. Colby, Ericka, Colby, Jr., Judah, his mother, Sister Matlock, and his two sisters in the loss of his Father.


Pastor Augustus (Shirley) O' Giste and family are in need of prayers in the loss of his brother and a nephew. Please pray for his extended family as well.


Mary Hopkins and Eloise Morton loss their youngest brother due to a lenghty illness. Please keep them, their other siblings, and all of their Family members, and friends in Prayer.


Prayers for Sister Patricia Rodgers and Family for deaths of two Family members. Her son-in-law, Alfonzo (Gwen's husband)has passed away.


Please continue to pray for the VanNockay Family, in the loss of their Father and our Dear Brother, George H. VanNockay. Please pray for Yvonne Roberts and Family, Larry and Dottie Berry, and Mosdac members.


Ena Johnson and son Jay-Jay in the loss of her 14 year old granddaughter in the Bahamas. Prayers for her other sons and their families as well.


Please continue to Pray for Sister Margaret O'Bryant and Family in the loss of her great, great, great nephew (Michele Sellars' Grandson) who was killed in a tradgic situation. Please Remember his Twin Sister the Gibson, Easterling, Johnson, O'Bryant, Smothers, White, Williams Families, Extended Family, in Special Prayer.


Prayers for Yvonne Roberts and Family, Joi, Crystal, Wayne, Jr. , grandson Kennedy in the loss of her older brother and their uncle, Thomas Larry Myers. Larry passed on July 31, 2021, and was funeralized on Friday, August 6, 2021. Larry's Burial was held on Monday, August 9, 2021 at the National Military Cemetery in Salisbury, NC. Prayers for Yvonne's younger brother, Lawrence (Mercedes) Myers and Family, Larry's wife Brenda, children, grandchild, their uncles, Romus Myers and Benjamin Lawrence III and their Families, aunt Marie Myers Jones and Family. other nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.


Prayers for Lillie (Antoine) Jones and Family, Charmaine Cooper and Family in the loss of their brother and brother-in-law. Remember Cheryl Cooper, Sharon (Theodore) Cooper-Jones Green, Lakeisha Cooper and Family in loss of their Uncle, other nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other Family members, friends, and MOSDAC members.


Please pray for the Gulledge Family, Brenda, Patty, Clara, cousin (Debbie Bennett), and others, in the loss of their brother, Michael Gulledge, and Our Dear MOSDAC Brother, who just passed away.


Please pray for Donna Houston and son, Mark, in the loss of their cousin, Brenda Brown. Remember her children, other family members in former coworkers of Camden BOE, MOSDAC members, Blondell Dwyer, and other friends as well.


Please pray for our dear sister, Deaconess Rita Smith, and dear brother, Deacon Wendell Smith, and their family in the loss of Rita's brother, Elwood Woolfolk.


Please pray for our dear sisters, Elder Arlene Pierre and her sister Deborah (Debbie) Carr, and their families in the loss of their brother Michael.


Please pray for our dear sister and brother, Jennifer (Rob) Eugene and Family in the loss of Jennifer's Uncle.


Henry Tuten's Family in the loss of Henry and his mother


Darlene Carter, Harold, Harold, Jr., Jadeah, Darlene's siblings and their families in the loss of Darlene's/their brother, Jerry Huggins, and the recent loss of her male cousin.


Lewis Jessup, Price Family, Darlene and David Smith and Family in the loss of Lewis' wife and their mother and our Dear Sister and Deaconess Debbie Jessup. Please pray for these families and Mosdac members



From Elder Kenny Watkins & Inner City Ministry:COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
This applies NATIONWIDE. Please share.COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.

Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for funeral assistance, you must meet these conditions:

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.

How to Apply

In April, FEMA will begin accepting applications. If you had COVID-19 funeral expenses, we encourage you to keep and gather documentation. Types of information should include:

  • An official death certificate that attributes the death directly or indirectly to COVID-19 and shows that the death occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • Funeral expenses documents (receipts, funeral home contract, etc.) that includes the applicant's name, the deceased person's name, the amount of funeral expenses, and the dates the funeral expenses happened.
  • Proof of funds received from other sources specifically for use toward funeral costs. We are not able to duplicate benefits received from burial or funeral insurance, financial assistance received from voluntary agencies, government agencies, or other sources.

How are Funds Received

If you are eligible for funeral assistance you will receive a check by mail, or funds by direct deposit, depending on which option you choose when you apply for assistance.


Good morning MOSDAC Family,
There is a Queen size water bed in very good condition available. For more information please contact Mike Williams @609.868.2050 or
Thank you for your attention.Have a Blessed Day!
Elder Darryl A. Johnson, Administrative Assistant, Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church, 800 Chelton Avenue, Camden, New Jersey 08104, ph #: 856-365-6108, Ext. 1001, Email:;


Breathe of Summer

Creator God
who breathed this world into being,
who is discernible within
the harmony of nature,
the perfection of a butterfly's wing,
the grandeur of a mountain range,
the soaring eagle and humming bird,
thank you for this world
which you have created.
Thank you for summer sun,
which reminds us
that your creative breath
is still alive and active.
Thank you for the warmth of your love,
sustaining this world,

your garden
- Found on:




Leader, Sharmaine Edwards


Relationship Ministry serves the homeless community in the downtown Camden City Area every third Sabbath of each month. In conjunction with other churches and community organizations, they help to feed the homeless, provide blankets, gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, other articles of clothing, toiletries, and the like. In additional to providing these things, they also try to help with the spiritual aspects of life for these homeless participants. For more information, please contact the Relationship Ministry Leader, Lorene Watkins.


MOSDAC WOMEN'S MINISTRY Chapter Chattin’ Book Club has read "When Joy Came To Stay", by Karen Kingsbury; and "The Masterpiece" by Francine Rivers.

Our new book is "Atonement Child", by Francine Rivers. This book will be discussed iat a later date. Get your copy of the book now, and be involved in the discussion as soon as everybody is ready.

Books can be purchased at:,,


For the purchase of this new book, or any of the other books, please contact either Celia Archie, or Paula Fleming - Women's Ministry Leader.




Sign up today!

Would you like to be in the next Financial Peace class?

If you are interested, please contact Blondel Dwyer at and/or call Administrative Assistant duriing office hours to register.

Online Bulletin FYI...

PLEASE TAKE NOTE: All online Bulletin Announcements should be submitted no later than 9:00 p.m. on SUNDAYS. Voicemail messages can be left at (856) 365-6108, mailbox #1. You can also email Announcements to:

Announcements received by 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays, will be included in Thursday's posting.

Capital Campaign

Mount Olivet Seventh-day Adventist Church is doing great things in our Camden NJ community. By the grace of God and the generosity of our supporters, we can reach our $1.9 million renovation goal. This project will enable us to expand our community services in a great way!

We are asking you to contribute at least $5.00 to this vision of progress. Please help us build at least two dollars at a time. We appreciate your best gift of any amount.


This April was Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) to honor one of America’s earliest and iconic art forms. Rich with extraordinary heritage and cultural history, jazz music originated in the blues era in the early 20th century and bestowed the world with bebop tunes to which we can dance all night. Founded in 2001, JAM is a 30-day long festival held to learn and recognize the cultural significance of this hip music genre and the jazz pop stars, and offers a chance to jam to some boogie-woogie day in and out.

Don't forget about classical, gospel, and inspirational music too.





1. Make sure you lather your hands in soap and don't forget under your nails and around your wrists.

2. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, which is two Happy Birthday songs.

3. Antibacterial hand soap is not necessary and plain soap works well.

4. When soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that is at least 60% (percent) alcohol.



Be an advocate for an abused or neglected child. For more information about CASA (Court Appointed Speical Advocates for Children) see Bulletin Board in Fellowship Hall or call Michael Schaefer @ 856-361-7180 or email





Dirty Air Can Make You Sick

When the air has some dust, soot or chemicals floating in it, people who are inside probably won't notice it. People who are outside might notice it.

People with asthma, a disease that can make it hard to breathe, and children who play outside a lot might feel a little strange. When you are active outdoors, for example, when you run and jump a lot, you breathe faster and take in more air. Any pollutants in the air go into your lungs.

When the air is very dirty, almost everyone will notice it. It would be good if we could stop breathing on those days, but of course we can't!

How Can I Tell if the Air is Clean or Dirty?

Have you ever been stopped behind a truck or a bus at a traffic light? When it starts up, sometimes a puff of dark smoke comes out of the exhaust pipe.

At times like that you can see dirty air - it looks hazy and brownish. If your window is open, you might be able to smell the pollution. But sometimes the air can be dirty and you can't see it or smell it. So you need another way to tell if the air is dirty. This is why EPA developed the Air Quality Index, which we will describe in the "What is the AQI" section.

The Environmental Protection Agency

The environment is everything around you - the air, the land, and the rivers and oceans. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a government office that works to keep the air, the land, and the water clean. Clean air, land, and water help keep us healthy. The EPA works with state environmental agencies to keep the air clean. State environmental agencies take samples of the air at more than 1000 places in the United States to see if the air is dirty or clean.




Did you know these 10 facts about diabetes?

  1. About one third of all people with diabetes do not know they have the disease.

  2. Type 2 diabetes often does not have any symptoms.

  3. Only about five percent of all people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.

  4. If you are at risk, type 2 diabetes can be prevented with moderate weight loss (10–15 pounds) and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) each day.

  5. A meal plan for a person with diabetes isn’t very different than that which is recommended for people without diabetes.

  6. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults.

  7. People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop heart disease than someone without diabetes.

  8. Good control of diabetes significantly reduces the risk of developing complications and prevents complications from getting worse.

  9. Bariatric surgery can reduce the symptoms of diabetes in obese people.

  10. Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses

Teas To Drink This Summer Season:

Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea

Sweet tea gets a seasonal makeover in this fun, fruity recipe. Well-suited for a fancy ladies' lunch or a casual beach day, this Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea will be the drink of the summer.

Balanced and not overly sweet, this beverage is tea-forward with hints of strawberry and basil. The strawberry-basil simple syrup can be used for a variety of other mixed drinks, with or without alcohol. At many modern cocktail bars, herb garnishes are heavy-handed to give you the scent of the drink before the taste—replicate that experience with a plentiful bushel of basil as a garnish.

You can use the tried-and-true Southern trick of adding baking soda to the tea to prevent cloudiness, but know that since the thick strawberry syrup is not clear, it will cloud a bit more than regular sugar. Our Strawberry-Basil Sweet Tea is fantastic all on its own, but if you're in the mood, feel free to spike it with a little something stronger (might we suggest a splash of bourbon?).


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, plus more for garnish

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, plus basil sprigs for garnish

  • 3 family-size black tea bags

  • 1 ½ tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • Ice cubes

What are the Uses of Chlorine Dioxide Solution?

"Get to know the Master Mineral!!!"

The chlorine dioxide product (also known as MMS, MMS1, Master Mineral Solution) is liberated from a base of a 22.4% sodium chlorite solution. This solution comes with citric acid to activate the sodium chlorite. In actual sense, this compound is a chemical oxidizer that is capable of killing pathogenic stressors by destroying the biofilm on bacteria. It also dissolves in water to kill pathogens that cause diseases as well as assisting the chelation of metals and poisons in the water. Its weak oxidization property is what enables it to perform this task.The Miracle Mineral Solution was initially used for the treatment of malaria but with time, it has been found to be useful in the treatment of other conditions. This article looks into detail the various conditions that can be treated using this product and the required dosage for each.






Exercise regularly

Regular physical activity can lower high blood pressure by about 5 to 8 mm Hg. It's important to keep exercising to keep blood pressure from rising again. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day.

Exercise can also help keep elevated blood pressure from turning into high blood pressure (hypertension). For those who have hypertension, regular physical activity can bring blood pressure down to safer levels.

Some examples of aerobic exercise that can help lower blood pressure include walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or dancing. Another possibility is high-intensity interval training. This type of training involves alternating short bursts of intense activity with periods of lighter activity.

Strength training also can help reduce blood pressure. Aim to include strength training exercises at least two days a week. Talk to a health care provider about developing an exercise program.



Starting meals with a PRAYER OF GRATITUDE can trim 10 points off your blood pressure, plus cut the risk of pressure spikes by 40%, researchers say. Cardiologist Herbert Benson, M.D., explains, "Gratitude Prayers elicit a relaxation response that slows your heart rate and lowers blood pressure."


In addition, Potassium helps manage blood pressure and supports heart and nerve function. You can find potassium in foods like acorn squash, apricots, bananas, cooked lentils, kidney beans, plain yogurt, raisins, sweet and white potatoes, and tomatoes.





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