Health & Wellness

1 Corinthians 6:19 states, "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own," anything that we borrow from someone else, we should care for it and keep it in the same condition that it was given to us. Our minds, bodies, and spirits, should be maintained and kept in good health. Read, reflect, and let us know your thoughts.

Hope Through Cancer

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June 11, 2014

Hope Through Cancer

Hope is defined by dictionary.com as the feeling that what  is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best. Hope brings joy and happiness to one’s 
life. Without hope, you will not experience happiness. The more hope you have in God, the happier you become.

From a biblical perspective, hope is synonymous with faith. It’s impossible to have faith without hope because hope under-girds faith. Hope brings positivity and the belief that everything is going to turn out all right. To live victoriously you must maintain  a good, positive attitude.

Cancer is a terrible  disease that affects millions of lives every year. Unfortunately, when people start to face the possibility of death being near, depression and other negative feelings can start to make the patient lose hope of seeing another  day. If someone has been diagnosed with cancer, it’s important to remain hopeful in order to focus on fighting the disease rather than focusing on the result if they don’t win. Hope promotes healing.

How to Have Hope Living with Cancer

1.   Fight it—by any means necessary. Remember, no weapon formed against you will prosper. Though you should listen to medical recommendations, you should actively research other methods and alternatives to cure the cancer. Researchers purport there are more than 300 different natural cures for cancer, with more  being discovered  as time  progresses. As long as you listen to your doctor, it doesn’t hurt to also try other natural cures.

2.   Live worry-free. Worrying  is the exact opposite of trusting God. Transfer the energy spent in worrying to prayer. Here’s a formula to remember: Worry replaced by prayer equals faith.

And if God cares so wonderfully for the wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith? (Matthew 6:30, NLT). You must have faith and live like you know everything is fine...because it is!  Learn and utilize visualization techniques to give you peace inside and enjoy life.

3. Enjoy every second. Spend as much time as possible with family and friends doing exactly what makes you happy! Time is a valuable resource that you’ll never get back, so spend your time more enjoyably and wisely.

4. Confront Cancer with Faith. Your In a top American cancer hospital, a study looked at factors such as diet, lifestyle, medical treatment, etc., to determine what factors linked to cancer survival. The results were surprising. Cancer patients who believed in God survived seven times longer. Even with all the medical improvements and technological advancements, it’s important that you believe! Your belief and faith in God is vital in helping to conquer cancer.

How to Give Hope to Loved Ones with Cancer

1. Focus on the positives. The best way to give someone hope of survival is to look for the positives. For example, benign cancer can be extracted before it spreads and cancers with a higher survival rate can be survived. There are other types and stages of cancer that may challenge the mere thought of hope, however, you must seek the good from the situation as a source of encouragement.

2. Create benchmarks to look forward to. Simply looking forward to something gives a cancer patient the will to survive. Consider a special day like a birthday, or the birth of a child. If they have something to anticipate in the future, they may become determined to live long enough to experience the benchmark. And after they passed one benchmark, continue to give the patient more to look forward to.

3. Remain positive. If you remain positive about their survival, the more likely they will become positive and be more determined to survive. If you become depressed, that opens the door to depression for them. In turn, that can negatively affect their health.

4. Give love. Use love to create miracles. When someone believes they are loved, and someone believes in them, it encourages them to confidently fight and emerge victoriously from cancer.

Silence = Death: Ending the Silence on HIV and AIDS

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June 11, 2014

Silence = Death: Ending the Silence on HIV and AIDS by Maya Solomon

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDCmore than 30,000  new cases of HIV

and AIDS are reported annually in the United States. Our country spends more than a billion dollars annually on HIV and AIDS prevention campaigns, and yet there seems to
be a deaf ear, especially in the African American community, about HIV and AIDS. Are we ignoring the HIV/AIDS education? Or do we think we are invincible and it could never happen to us? In the African American community,why do we talk about so many other things, and yet choose silence about this deadly disease.

At the end of 2006, there were 
more than one million adults and adolescents living with HIV, of which almost half (49% l were African American.In 2007, the rates among African American decreased but were still higher than any other ethnic group.The rate of AIDS di­agnosis in the African American community is ten times higher than whites and three times higher than Hispanics. The rate of AIDS diagnosis for African American women is 22 times higher than white women.The rate of AIDS diagnosis for African American men is eight times higher than white men. 

So why are the African American statistics much higher than any other ethnic group? According to the CDC, one of the factors contributing to the alarming numbers is "stigma." Any behavior deemed deviant has been stigma• tized. Many people who are at risk of HIV fear stigma-a mark of disgrace-more than knowing their status; they choose to hide their high-risk behavior rather than seek counseling and testing.

It's time to end the silence! Let's talk about the 
disease... how it's contracted,how to prevent it, and how to treat it.For additional information on AIDS and HIV,visit cdc.gov, AIDS.gov, globalhealthreporting.org, or visit your family physician.

Need to Know...
1) Adolescents represent one of the fastest growing risk for HIV in the U.S., with approximately 50% of new HIV infections occurring in people younger than 23 years of age.

2) Hispanics/Latinos account for 17% of new cases annually. 


3) Men sleeping with men (MSM) account for 2% of the However, MSM have an HIV diagnosis than 44 times that of other men, and more than 40 times that of women.

4) MSM is the only group with increasing numbers of new infections each year. Among females, most diagnoses were for those exposed through high-risk heterosexual contact.

5) HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, vaginal fluid or breast  milk from an HIV-positive person  enters the body of an HIV­ negative person.

6) The best way to avoid HIV infection is to avoid behaviors that would involve exposure to infected body fluids, including unprotected sexual inter­ course or sharing needles to inject drugs.


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Remember, it is your testimony that helps others overcome the enemy.  What you share has the potential to not only impact someone's life, but their eternity. 

Sickle Cell Anemia: Understanding an Issue of Blood

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June 11, 2014

Sickle Cell Anemia: Understanding an Issue of Blood by Maya Solomon

Sickle Cell Anemia Disease (SCD) is one of the most overlooked diseases and affects an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Americans. Although the disease is not isolated to African Americans, SCD does occur in about 1 out of every 500 African American births and the sickle cdl trait occurs in about one in 12 African Americans (www.cdc.gov).


According to the Center for Disease Control  (CDC), SCD is an inherited blood disorder that affects red blood cells. People with SCD have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobine, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. Sometimes these red blood cells bome sickle-shaped 
and stiff,causing difficulty passing through small blood vessels.When  the sickle-shaped cells block small blood vessels,less blood can reach that part of the body, which eventually ca uses tissue damage.This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease.

Hemoglobin is the main substance of the red blood 
cell. It helps red blood cells carry oxygen from the air in our lungs to all parts of the body. Normal red blood cells contain hemoglobin A. Normal red blood cells are soft and round and can squeeze through tiny blood vessels.

There are several types of sickle cell disease, which should not be confused with Sickle Cell trait. Sickle Cell trait,similar to SCD, is an inherited disease. However, person with the trait produces both hemoglobin A and S in their red blood cells. People with the trait are generally healthy.

Sicklecell conditions are inherited from parents the same way blood type hair color, eye color, and other psychical traits are inherited. SCD is usually diagnosed at birth during routine newborn screenings. 

If you are interest in finding out if you have the sickle 
cell trait, please contact your physician for a painless blood test.

To help someone with SCD, please donate blood at your local blood bank.

For additional information on SCD or Sickle Cell Trait, visit cdc.gov/sicklecelldisease or sicklelldisease.org.

Facts About Sickle Cell Disease
Did you know?  Sickle Cell Anemia may be the result of a genetic mutation that happened in malaria-prone regions like Africa thousands of years ago.  People with sickle cell traits may have been more likely to survive malaria epidemics - and because they survived when others did not
1) People with SCD start to have symptoms during the first year of life, usually around 5 months of age.

2) People with SCD are more at risk for harmful infec­tions.

3) SCD is common among those whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa,Spanish-speaking regions of the Western Hemisphere,Saudi Arabia India,and Mediterranean countries. 

4) SCD occurs in about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic Americans birth.

5) Blood transfusions are used to treat severe anemia. The only cure for SCD is bone marrow/stem cell 
transplant.The procedure is very ri sky with serious side effects, including death.

6) A pregnant woman with SCD is at a higher risk of preterm labor and of having a l ow birth weight baby.

7) Taking iron supplements will not help people with SCD. This type of anemia is ca used by not enough red blood cells.

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