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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lemons And Lemonade

It has been a while since I was able to post, but you probably know how that goes; first the Holidays, then sickness, and having to deal with the lemons life gives you.

The latter was the biggest problem which sure left us with a sour taste in our mouths at first. However, that is just the first bite. After that you find ways to sweeten the pill and make tasty lemonade so to speak.

Even though we encounter many obstacles, pitfalls, and have to fend off lots of fiery darts, there is always a solution. What that is may not always be clear right of the bat, but it will reveal itself in time.

After having set out a course we expect things to go accordingly. That doesn't necessarily mean it will; God knows best and He will guide and lead.

We need to have faith and ought to be prepared to adapt and go the different way He shows us to take. It might take a little longer than the short cut we had in mind, but at least we know it will turn out for the best.

The best part of it all is that even throughout all those trials God gives blessings galore!

James 1:2-4
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Friday, November 07, 2014

First And Foremost

Time has been sliding by and I know I haven't been posting for a while. My time has been taken up by school, cub scouts, and other gazillion things to remember and do. What little time we have to ourselves is (involuntarily) being put towards trying to catch up and recuperate from all the hustle and bustle.

If all of that hasn't been enough yet, Holiday season is right around the corner. We are already trying to gather up some gifts. That way we don't have to do everything at the last minute. It would be easy letting the holidays creep up on us. We may think we have plenty of time, but time goes by way too fast.

On top of all that we are being confronted with sickness and flare-ups. Our grandson is suffering from a cold which is accompanied with fever and a nasty cough, and some of my joints and muscles are acting up. Our little man probably got his condition from his mom and little sister. Don't ask me where mine come from, because I don't know.

It wouldn't take much getting lost in all these things and occupying our minds with daily troubles and problems. However, let's first and foremost keep in mind that God is our stronghold. He provides all we need and than some to face and get through this!

Romans 8:5-6
For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Friday, October 03, 2014

It's Flu Shot Time

It is that time of year again when you need to get your flu shot. The sooner you do it, the better. That way you will be protected when the flu makes its round and it is already in the process of doing so.

We got ours a few days ago. Those shots normally don't give us any grief, but this year is different. Hubby has been feeling flu-like since the day he received the shot and I am sniffling and have the sense I am coming down with a cold.

We were told this year's shot covers some more and different strains than last year's. I concur that can only be beneficial, but there must have been a strain in this shot we hadn't run into yet. I hope we get over the symptoms soon.

Either way, even though the flu shot may present you with some discomforts, it is always better being safe than sorry. Especially the elderly and those with a low immune system are at risk. You wouldn't believe how many people still pass away from the flu in this day and age.

It is up to you of course, but why would you take the risk? Everyone needs help at one point and why not accept the helping hand when it is offered? God's hand is constantly reaching out to you. Don't wait.

Grab it with both hands!

Psalm 91:1
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Immune Complex Disease

I suppose we all have heard about auto immune diseases and what that could mean for your physical wellbeing when you end up with one. RA for example is an auto immune disease, but there are many others.

Were you aware of what Immune Complex Diseases are? I wasn't. Well, when antigens and antibodies form clusters and are not removed from the bloodstream, but keep circulating, they can get stuck in body tissue and wreak havoc.

They can instigate inflammations, auto immune diseases, and tissue damage. Immune complex diseases reveal themselves through tissue damage and tissue, blood vessel, nerve, and/or kidney inflammations. These are the most common symptoms and the treatment totally depends on what kind of condition you end up with.

I would give you a list of all possible health issues and treatments, but I think that would be rather discouraging seeing how long it would turn out to be. I rather find encouragement in the fact that for many of them there are cures or treatments available to ease pain and symptoms.

I wish I could give you some more information on this condition, but it is rather complex as the name already indicates. Although we may never have heard of something and may not even know what it is, we can get it.

On the other hand; we all know what faith is. Let's ensure we have it in and give it to God!

Proverbs 2:8
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Perfect Hands

Hands can tell a lot about a person's health. They didn't have to point that out to me, because I am already fully aware of that. My hands clearly show the signs of severe RA. My fingers have grown outward to a point where I could steal around a corner, as I always jokingly say.

All joking aside though, studies have proven that the length of your fingers is a good indicator when it comes to the revelation whether you could be at risk for some conditions and diseases or not.

Measure your index and your ring finger from the lowest crease starting at the palm of your hand to the tip of your finger and use the following ration: 2D:4D (2=index finger, 4=ring finger).

When your index finger is smaller than your ring finger (lower 2D:4D ratio), you are more likely to end up with knee osteoarthritis. A higher ratio could mean a higher risk for developing prostate or breast cancer.

Swollen fingers are an indicator of a too salty diet or dehydration. In combination with stiffness, you could be dealing with RA, hypothyroidism, low albumen or protein, connective tissue disease, or systemic sclerosis.

In case you experience swollen fingers along with pain and stiffness in their joints, it would be wise to consult an internist or rheumatologist.

It may come down to treating and easing the pain and symptoms. Some of our health issues are still not cureable, but every bit of relief helps.

It is the same with any other issue we encounter during our life. Some problems are solved quick and easy, but to others there may not seem to be a solution. It is best to place those, including yourself, in God's hands.

His hands are perfect!

John 10:29
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

An Ideal Solution

We have become more and more health conscious over the past several decades and that is still an ongoing process. Diet and exercise are highly recommended by our physicians and many have made an effort to incorporate it in their daily routine. We sure don't have to suffer from any deficiency since vitamins and supplements are readily available over the counter.

One would think we ought to be in good shape, but all together that is not really the case. We all have our little indulgences which may undermine our physical health. Some have a sweet tooth, while others enjoy pleasing their taste buds with fatty foods. Weight-wise that will eventually come back to bite you and could result in all kinds of serious conditions.

Another thing, and high on the list of causing severe diseases, is smoking tobacco products. The nicotine in tobacco is not entirely bad for you; it prods your brain to get engaged and even opens up the airways. Yes, it is addictive, but the carcinogens in tobacco however are the main culprit for developing chronic and grave ailments.

Since smoking is an addiction, it is not easy to give up. The nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms can quickly prod a person to fall back into the old habit of lighting up a cigarette. Been there, done that and even though there are several products on the market to relieve the symptoms and cravings such as nicotine patches and chewing gum, they don't always do the trick.

They may take care of the physical aspect, but they don't address the psychological part of smoking. Holding a cigarette in your hand and the in- and exhalation of smoke somehow seems to have a calming effect which is not achieved by the use of those products. That doesn't mean smokers are sunk; there is light at the end of the tunnel in the form of what is called an electronic cigarette.

It is also referred to as an e-cig and it not only looks like a real cigarette, but acts and feels like one as well. So, then what is the difference between an e-cigarette and the real deal? The electronic one only delivers nicotine and none of all the carcinogens a real cigarette contains. It is a lot cheaper in use and doesn't disperse second-hand smoke. Overall, it is the perfect solution for the fervent smoker.

How it works, the ideal way to switch over, all the available brands and related products, and any other questions which may arise concerning the e-cig are answered by going to Ecigsopedia. On this website you will find all the knowledge and information you need without any prejudice, advertisement, or affiliation. It is clear, concise, and to the point.

The main costs of switching over to the electronic cigarette are mostly going towards the starter kits. Those range in price depending on what you want, need, and/or require.

After that, you are much cheaper off. The e-liquid to refill your e-cigarette is very inexpensive and lasts much longer compared to the pack of regular cigarettes you would normally purchase.

Another benefit is that it is safer too since no lighter or matches are needed. I would recommend you check into it and read up on all about electronic cigarettes and vaping. Even when you already switched over to the e-cigarette it may be helpful to visit the site. You may learn a thing or two and will most certainly be completely up to date on all the options, styles, and designs.

When browsing through the site, you will notice the manufacturers of the e-cigarette have ensured to adhere to all the requirements and desires a person could have.

Even for those who like to take pleasure in smoking a cigar; they are not forgotten. Yes, they too can have their pick, because electronic cigars are also readily available.

It sure looks like they got everything covered to accommodate the smokers among us. Personally, I have used the electronic cigarette for several years now and I am more then satisfied with it. My breathing has improved substantially and the smoker's cough was gone within a week of switching over to the e-cig. After a little while I was no longer huffing, puffing, and gasping for air after the least little bit of exertion.

Some other pleasant side-effects which come with smoking an e-cig is being rid of smelly clothes and the lingering, unpleasant odor of smoke in the house. Spring cleaning is a breeze, because there are no longer any yellow stains that have to be removed. Besides all the benefits it presents to your health and wallet, it saves time too.

If you don't want to give up smoking then the electronic cigarette is the ideal and perfect solution. You ought to try it. You have nothing to loose, but a whole lot to gain. And so will your loved ones and all others around you! 

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