Archive for October, 2012

Memory Loss: Disease or Normal Aging?

October 31st, 2012

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Those of us dealing with our own aging or that of aging parents often wonder which symptoms are normal memory loss and which signal Alzheimer’s.

The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a practical chart comparing which symptoms of memory loss are normal and which should cause concern of a serious illness. People used to believe that memory loss was a normal part of aging, even the severe symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s. Experts have since discovered that severe memory loss is a sign of serious illness.

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory while Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 70 percent of cases. The national website for the Alzheimer’s Association has a great deal of helpful information for those who want to study more details than listed below.

Here are excerpts of the 10 comparative symptoms of memory loss.

For the full article, see the Alzheimer’s Associations Warning Signs page. It should be noted that not everyone will experience the same symptoms or progress at the same rate. If you are worried about memory changes in yourself or a loved one, you can call Alz.org with your questions 1.866.ALZ.4199.

1. Memory Loss

Normal – Forgetting names or appointments occasionally.
Warning Sign – Forgetting recently learned information is one of the most common early signs.

2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Normal – Occasionally forgetting why you entered a room or what you were going to say.
Warning Sign – Hard to plan or complete everyday tasks. Lose track of the steps involved in preparing a meal, placing a telephone call or playing a game. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention

October 27th, 2012

As over 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s and over 500,000 of them are under the age of 65, it is well worth looking into preventative measures.

I’m highlighting 10 points from an AOL article by Vicki Salemi with a link below to the full article. The sentences in parentheses are my comments on some of the points. The doctor in Ms. Salemi’s article does recommend certain drugs as preventative measures; we, personally, prefer non-drug methods as much as possible, as all drugs have some negative side effects which can outweigh any benefits.

Vitamin B Work with your doctor to put together a plan to incorporate whatever vitamins you are deficient in, particularly Vitamin B. [Our doctor said that Vitamin B is the most difficult vitamin for the body to absorb, so he suggests a quality B complex even if it is the only vitamin you take.]

Heart Healthy Foods Implement a heart healthy diet that’s low in fat and high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Mental Gymnastics Taking your brain out of the comfort zone is one way to make connections and remain stimulated, such as doing crossword puzzles, creates a multi-dimensional connection.

Exercise Thirty minutes of exercise several times a week is beneficial for brain health. Exercise brings more oxygen to your brain, it helps burn excess sugar, it enhances hormones and is good for blood flow.

Avoid Heavy Metal Contamination Avoid shrimp and shellfish due to the mercury. Avoid exposure to aluminum in general, aluminum foil, pots and pans or deodorant with aluminum as an ingredient. [When buying fish, we look for “wild caught” on the label, and albacore in tuna, as they are supposed to be lower in heavy metals, though some doctors avoid fish completely, such as Dr. Mercola.] Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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The Essential Vacation

October 23rd, 2012

Though those of us who run our own businesses often feel it is impossible to get away for a vacation, it is this seemingly impossible idea that is essential for the prosperity of your business.

In times of stress, and more so when the weather turns wintery, most of us begin to dream of a relaxing getaway in a warm, responsibility-free environment.  The thought is wonderful, motivational, yet for the small business owner, it often seems only a dream.  Rod Kurtz, Small Business author for AOL, recently wrote a post reminding small business owners of the essential nature of vacation.  Especially since small business owners usually work 24-7, he says a relaxing getaway is crucial for

-renewed motivation
-rejuvenation
-increased productivity

As getting ready for such a vacation usually brings even more stress, business owners are more likely to cancel vacation plans than follow through.  According to Mr. Kurtz, while most Europeans take a month long vacation, almost 2/3’s of American business people have canceled vacations due to the recession.

Different vacations for different purposes!

I love this quote by Clint Greenleaf, Greenleaf Book Group, as to the different types of vacations necessary for the business owner Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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What Are You “Not?”

October 20th, 2012

Sometimes who you are is more clearly defined by what you are “not” than your present existance or what people would describe you as being.

During a traumatic time in Paul’s life (author of 2 Corinthians), the most important aspects of his life were what he was not, rather than what he was.  Let’s take a look!  Paul said he was:

  • hard pressed on every side but not crushed (defeated)
  • perplexed and unable to find a way out but not in despair (hopeless)
  • persecuted but not abandoned
  • struck down and hurt but not destroyed (1)

At a time when things were extremely difficult in all areas (every side),  he was clueless as how to solve anyof his difficulties, he was being grossly mistreated by people and even physically harmed, Paul still rises above all this, displaying Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Winter Ways to Increase Your Vitamin D

October 13th, 2012

Since Vitamin D3 is a vital source of daily health, a good anti-viral, and effective even against certain types of cancer, here are some ideas for up-ing your intake during winter weather.(1,2)

During the longer days of summer, it is easy to receive much of your needed Vitamin D intake from outdoor activities in the sunshine.  With the shortened days and cooler winter weather, it is time to consider incorporating these other sources of Vitamin D into your daily routine.

A recent study of the Journal of Food Science has concluded that most people get less than 2 percent of their recommended daily intake of 600IU (up to age 70) or 800IU (over 70) of Vitamin D from food.(3)  In the study, people’s intake averaged 152-220 IU per day, mainly from the milk used on their cereal.

Harvard School of Public Heatlh suggests fortified cereals, milk, salmon, and tuna in addition to vitamin supplements. (4)

WebMD suggests:  wild-caught salmon, mackerel, mushrooms, Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Characteristics of Father God Part 2

October 10th, 2012

Table of contents for Characteristics of Father God

  1. Characteristics of Father God Part 1
  2. Characteristics of Father God Part 2

We are covering today 6 more Fatherly Characteristics of God.  Understanding more clearly how God is your perfect Father will forever change how you relate to Him on a daily basis!

(This is Part 2 of this post.  If you missed Part 1, please use the above link.)

 Our knowledge of God’s Fatherly Characteristics removes harmful perceptions that we may have carried over from childhood experiences with our own parents and greatly enhances our ability to interact and receive good from Father God.

Perfect for Us and to Us

God says,

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Ps. 18:30

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Mt 5:48

God is a perfect Father. He is not capable of the failings of earthly fathers. The Greek word for perfect, teleios, means, complete in mental and moral character (Strong’s Dictionary of NT Words). Not only are His thoughts and character perfect, but as Ps. 18 says, His ways are also perfect. In other words, God says that His interactions with us are unflawed. This is vital for us to keep in mind. People blame God for so many bad things that happen to them. Does a good parent purposely harm his child? Of course not. Any parent that does is considered to be mentally and morally corrupt. God informs us that He is perfect; there is no flaw in His character or dealings with us.

Giving

God says,

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father, Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Characteristics of Father God Part 1

October 7th, 2012

Table of contents for Characteristics of Father God

  1. Characteristics of Father God Part 1
  2. Characteristics of Father God Part 2

Understanding the characteristics of God as your perfect Father is so awe-inspiring that it can forever change how you relate to God on a daily basis! 

This post today is in answer to readers’ questions regarding the characteristics or fatherly traits of God. Some of God’s fatherly traits are like those of a good earthly father; others, though similar, go far beyond an earthly father’s abilities. This lengthy list of God’s fatherly attributes as He describes Himself is in no way complete, for the list would probably be endless. Whether you have had mainly negative experiences with your earthly father, which in turn made it difficult for you to interact with God as your Father, or if you had positive paternal experiences as a child, these traits of Father God will be very healing and fulfilling to your mind and spirit.

We are going to explore 10 Fatherly Characteristics of God, 4 in this post (Part 1) and 6 in Part 2.  I trust they will be enlightening and bring healing to your interactions with your Father.

Loving Continually, Abundantly

God says,

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 Jn. 3:1

I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. Jer. 31:3.

Just as a good earthly father, God delights in lavishing His love on us, pouring His love into our lives in generous, plentiful, and even extravagant ways.

As your Heavenly Father, God’s love goes far beyond the capabilities of a human father in that His love is everlasting, never-ending.

Compassionate, Comforting, and Loyal

God says,

As a father Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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