RUNNING AN EXTRA MILE

Katie Cooke, Dr Colin DohertyAmong runners one moment a woman, collapsed on the ground and frothing at the mouth the next. For a short time she is lost to the convulsion and then she scrambles to her feet and sprints away. Katie Cooke will not let epilepsy get in the way of a race. The 19 year old student from Cherrywood South Dublin has what her specialist doctor calls “an arsenal of epilepsy, contends with 15 convulsions daily that makes her unconscious. Katie said, “her whole body shakes feeling her muscles jump, like everything has been sucked out of her so cannot breathe. So every single day she often loses control.  Despite having to cope with multiple seizures, Cooke won prestigious events including her age group in the Dublin City Marathon and she runs 5km in under 17 minutes. She is often seen pounding the streets with her running partner, Dr Colin Doherty, who is her consultant neurologist. But she was not always so athletic.Katie Cooke with a running trophy

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Diagnosed at the age of nine with frontal lobe epilepsy, she managed condition with medication until it deteriorated when puberty hit and her hormones started “kicking up.”She was not able to get out of bed, unable to do anything for herself and could not really speak. My Mum was dressing and showering me,” she says. Cooke was admitted to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin where she remained for 10 months. Despite being involved in numerous medical trials she regressed, lost control of her back and hips, and by the time she was discharged she wasn’t able to walk. And she could not hold herself up in a wheelchair for about seven months but being stubborn person wanted to prove to people what she could do. After a lot of physio started jogging every day and started to absolutely love the freedom.

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Cooke now runs every day and says a missed session sees the tiredness and dizziness of her earlier condition return.  Running only alleviates her symptoms, it has not been a cure. The raised heart rate brought on by running triggers more seizures than if she did not run, but Cooke says it improves her general well-being which is a negative worth accepting. Her neurologist, Dr Doherty, has weighed up the pros and cons from a medical perspective. “The particular challenges of having epilepsy and long-distance running are similar to walking challenges too and I think the general benefits outweigh these risks,” he says. “If you took the average long-distance runner and measured all their health parameters against someond who does not run you would find, no matter what disease or disorder they carry with them, they are better off.” So health conditions affected by starting exercise, it is always important to consult your doctor first.


Dr Colin Doherty explains epilepsy

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The brain consists of about three billion cells and all of these cells are active, but they do not fire together, the brain is a de-synchronised machine. A signature of epilepsy is the cells fire together in a synchronised way. If a million cells fire together it causes a change in behaviour, when all three billion cells fire together that causes convulsion or a fit. There are about 40 distinct types of epilepsy. In some cases people will just stare blankly, others will wander around in a confused state and there are those who fall to the ground with convulsions. Competitive running was initially a non-starter for Cooke. As soon as she had a convulsion during a race paramedics withdraw her from the event, but a chance comment at one of her consultations led Doherty to offer himself as her running partner and he has kept her on track ever since.  He says: “I’m a specialist in epilepsy but my sole role when running with Katie is to stop people from taking her off in an ambulance. I just stand there and say ‘Katie’s fine, I’m her doctor, she’s going to recover.” Despite Cooke’s seizures, the nature of her epilepsy means her body does not require lengthy recovery time, she is able to immediately get up and run again. Doherty believes it is her fitness levels which help with recovery._93538541_mediaitem93538539.jpg


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Listen to the BBC Ouch talk-show to find out more about Katie Cooke, Dr Colin Doherty and their running partnership. “Katie is a very serious runner, and she trains properly. I’m very confident that this is a really positive experience for her,” he says. As well as sport, college, Cooke also has to navigate a social life and relationship with partner Jack, a role most daunting at night when Cooke’s seizure’s make her scream, thrash around and cause the bed to shake and shudder. Cooke says: “He’s one of the most chilled people I know and he sleeps through my seizures which is a bit weird. He wakes up for the odd one because some are quite violent and was slapped in the face before, but he just falls asleep again.” In terms of intimacy Cooke says sex does not trigger seizures, although a fit can occur at such times, and women report an increase in convulsions around the time of ovulation and their period.Jack and Katie Cooke

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Her nightime seizures are accompanied by hallucinations of a shadowy man who she says “comes for her” and it is these which leave her most exhausted. She does not sleep well at all,” she says. Her education suffered and she missed the majority of secondary school. Despite that, she managed to cram three years worth of curriculum for the Irish Leaving Certificate into one year, secured a place at college to study sports management. Doherty calls her a “remarkable young woman” for all she has achieved while handling so many severe convulsions on a daily basis. When people watch Katie drop to the floor mid-run it is alarming but Doherty believes being public about it will help others with the condition. So there is need to facilitate people to live a normal life as possible and they need to be encouraged to do everything, he says. The biggest barrier is not the safety issue but the perceptions of other people.”

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HOPE RESTORED IN GOD

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Hope is restored in humanity through the miracle life of Hope who survived the streets.  It is exactly one year ago the world came to know a young little boy called Hope. This week Hope will start school. Hope now lives with care worker Anja Ringgren Lovén, on 30 January 2016 and one year later on his first day of school. Anja Ringgren Lovén Facebook  page gives more details by the Danish aid worker who rescued the young boy who ostracised by his community in Nigeria says now he has completed his first week at school. Anja Ringgren Loven marked the landmark in 3 year old Hope’s life by recreating similar image of her encouraging him to drink from a bottle of water as shared around the world one year ago. Ms Loven and her husband, David Emmanuel Umem, run an orphanage in south-east Nigeria for children who have been abandoned by their families as a result of superstitious beliefs, called the African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation (ACAEDF).

They took on and named then two year old Hope on 30 January 2016, after he was accused of being a witch. Hope was emaciated, riddled with worms suffering hypospadias, inborn condition where one has incomplete developed urethra. Writing on Facebook at the start of this week, Ms Loven said: On the 30 January 2016, I went on a rescue mission with David Emmanuel Umem, Nsidibe Orok and our Nigerian team. A rescue mission that went viral, and today it’s exactly 1 year ago the world came to know a young little boy called Hope. This week Hope will start school. Thank God for Divine intervention on behalf of Hope and God help billions of children needing urgent support in the world in Jesus Name. As  400,000 children at risk from Nigeria famine. The post, contrasting the old and new images, has been shared more than 27,000 times. Ms Loven was named “the most inspiring person of the year 2016” by Germany’s Ooom Magazine at the end of last year, beating the likes of Pope Francis and Barack Obama to the title. George Kindel, OOOM’s editor in chief, who led the jury that chose the list, said: “When she saw the starving child, she acted like a human being and became an inspiration for millions. Her sustained efforts to help the abandoned children of Nigeria gives us hope and encourages us to follow suit.”  1 John 4:4 says in the Bible, little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for HE who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Thanks be to God for all the compassionate kind-hearted people who help give hope to Hope and others.
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END OF THE CIGARETTE

The cost of a packet of cigarettes in Australia will reach AUD$40 (£24) by 2020

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Australia was the first country in the world to introduce mandatory plain packaging for tobacco products and UK will have followed suit by May this year. But will any country copy Australia’s plan to keep increasing taxes until a packet of cigarettes costs AUD$40 (£24)?

It’s not easy being a smoker in Australia.

The smoking bans started inside – in workplaces, bars and restaurants – and moved out. “Smokers would congregate on footpaths and near public transport creating clouds of smoke – what we call ‘smoking hotspots’,” says Mark Driver, Sydney’s Park and Recreation Planner.

“Now, smoking is prohibited within 10m (33ft) of a playground, within 4m (13ft) of the entrance to a public building, at rail platforms, taxi ranks and bus stops.”

Those are the rules in New South Wales, but they are mirrored in many other states. Smoking is banned on many beaches, and most Australian states have now banned cigarettes in jail. All states ban smoking in vehicles if children are present. Fines vary, but in some places you may be fined AUD$2,000 (£1,210) if you smoke in the wrong place. And even if you don’t, you’ll be paying more than that each year by 2020, if you smoke just one AUD$40 pack a week.

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It’s already five years since Australia became the first place in the world to make plain cigarette packaging compulsory. Tobacco-advertising has long been banned, and now branding has too. The boxes are a drab, dark brown colour (deemed the ugliest in the world by a team of Australian researchers), they carry no logos, and graphic health warnings cover most of the front of the box. You see this gigantic, see-and-never-forget kind of image of throat cancer – a hole in the neck, or what a stroke looks like with a brain sliced open,” Chapman explains. Some smokers say they don’t even look at it, but there has been research which shows that with the people who engage in those avoidance strategies, it’s actually a predictor of them quitting later on.”Cigarettes on a shop shelf in Sydney, New South Wales, May 2016

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All this came on top of anti-smoking campaigns that have been driving down smoking rates in Australia since the 1970s. “It’s a toxic, poisonous mix of substances, including ammonia, the bleach in toilet cleaner; acetone, the chemical in nail polish remover; benzene, found in paint stripper; and hydrogen cyanide, used in rat poison,” went one advertisement. “And smoking delivers it straight to your body.” The evidence shows that these hard-hitting, graphic ads that really show the harms of smoking are the most effective says Scott Walsberger, head of tobacco control at Cancer Council NSW. But other campaigns have also tried a gentler approach, emphasising how quickly a smoker’s health starts to improve once he or she has quit.

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It was this approach taken by creators of an interactive, behavioural change app called My Quit Buddy, launched in 2012.

Offering tips for giving up with the daily motivational messages, distractions to overcome cravings, and a place to share success stories and celebrate milestones, it has now been downloaded more than 400,000 times in Australia alone.


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“It shows people that just by even quitting for five days, you can start to see changes – you’ll have more money in your wallet, your skin becomes clearer,” says Paul Den, one of My Quit Buddy’s creators.

“And the community forum shows people that they’re not alone – people generally trust other people more than they trust the government.”

The cumulative effect of these policies is that smoking rates for adults have almost halved since 1980, says Henrietta Moore, of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London, and are now at about 13%, compared to a global average of about 20%. There has also been a decrease of almost 23% in the rate of hospital admissions caused by smoking. Simone Dennis, an associate professor at Australian National University, says a culture of shame surrounding smoking has begun to emerge, and that itself has become a smoking deterrent. Take, for example, the policy of confining smokers to areas where they will not create a public nuisance. If you think about smoking in public, those tend to be spaces that no-one wants to hang out in anyway,” she says. So smokers feel marginalised because they can’t be citizens in public spaces any more, because they’re restricted to these kind of ‘dirty spaces.'”


Tobacco in Australia

  • The government has committed to reduce the number of adults smoking on a daily basis to 10% by 2018
  • Plain-packaging rules insist that 75% of the front of a cigarette pack is covered by a health warning, and 90% of the back
  • Tobacco taxes rose 25% in 2010, and are now rising 12.5% every year
  • The Tasmanian parliament has discussed a bill that would ban smoking for those born after 2000
  • Australia has not gone as far as Bhutan and Turkmenistan which banned the sale of tobacco products

Read: The battle for control of the cigarette packet


These days, smoking is often taken up by people who are on lowest rungs of the socio-economic ladder, she points out, and adds a burden of shame to people who might already be marginalised.” If it’s the poor who are now the most likely to smoke, it’s hard to see how they will afford the AUD$40 pack of cigarettes.

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CHILDBIRTH LONELINESS

_93856458_img_3770Childbirth loneliness transition affects mothers in isolation without extended family support. As many experience, Molly Forbes is a sociable person but became very lonely when she had a baby
A commission started by murdered MP Jo Cox is investigating loneliness in the UK, which is an epidemic affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Here, two young women share their stories. In 2010 Molly Forbes had her first child, Freya. But after the birth she was confronted with something she had not prepared for: loneliness. A “sociable person”, Molly – then 26 – was one of the first of her friends to have a baby. Her husband was out at work all day and she did not have close family living by. The loneliness of being a new mother was a real surprise for me. It just hit me,” she said. You are suddenly at home with a baby. You feel safer there so you stay home but it makes you more isolated. “When you go out, you want to be seen to be doing a good job and being happy. If you admit you’re lonely, you might be labelled as not coping. Molly Forbes says you want to be seen to be doing a good job and being happy says Molly. The commission planned by West Yorkshire Labour MP Jo Cox before she was murdered last June – says a fifth of the population privately admit they are “always or often lonely.”_93856435_photo-17
But two-thirds of those would never confess to having a problem in public, it says Molly, from Devon, said that rather than being honest about how she was feeling, she had “put a brave face on – and that can make you more lonely”.
“Looking back, I was definitely feeling quite anxious. “I was worrying about money, about whether I’d go back to my job – and when you don’t have someone to talk to, these worries can spiral out of control.” Molly had lots of friends, but found she couldn’t talk to them about her post-baby concerns. She started writing a blog and made connections with other mums online, and from there I started meeting up with people and found friends that way. The commission says three-quarters of people who are lonely on a regular basis do not know where to turn for support. It is looking for practical solutions to beat loneliness. Molly’s advice for new mums? “Spend time making friends with pregnant women, so you have a support network ready to go once the baby is born.” Find other mums to provide support network Molly said._93885386_ornstein

Who is feeling lonely? Parents – Action for Children found 24% of parents surveyed were always or often lonely. Teenagers – 62% are ‘sometimes lonely’ and one in 20 never spend time with friends at weekends. Carers – 8 out of 10 carers feel lonely or isolated as a result of looking after loved ones. Refugees and migrants 58% of those surveyed in London cited loneliness and isolation as their biggest challenge. The elderly 1 in 3 people aged 75 and over say feelings of loneliness are out of their control. The deafblind charity Sense has said that up to half of disabled people will be lonely on any given day. Have you experienced loneliness? Do you have advice or tips about how to deal with feeling isolated? Talking is key says Michelle so avoid ‘Bottling’ it up. For Michelle Ornstein who has a learning disability, there is nothing worse than being alone. “When Iam here on my own, I feel really down and anxious,” she said. The 22-year-old, from Essex, said her anxieties had got worse in recent years, leading her to leave college. There was an incident on school bus where Michelle was wearing her hearing aids close to a group of people being loud. “I just burst out in tears on the bus. I got myself so worked up and thought this is it. I cannot do this Michelle said. At one point I couldn’t be left on my own at all, I would not let [my parents] out the door. Spending time out of the house and with friends is key to countering loneliness but, Rossanna Trudgian, the Head of Campaigns at Mencap explained, a third of youngsters with learning disabilities spend less than an hour outside their homes on a Saturday. “Social isolation and fear of negative attitudes can remain huge barriers towards feeling welcome and included in society,” she said. But things have got better for Michelle. Talking things through with her family helps and this week she starts a new course. Michelle’s advice is talk she said: “If you keep it to yourself, you will bottle it up to build up anxieties so not go out.”‘Few admit it.’ Michelle is not the only young person experiencing loneliness. _93856429_photo-2

The Mix is an online support service for under-25s. This year, it has seen a 26% rise in the numbers of those accessing loneliness support service, compared to the previous year. Jo Cox begun setting up the commission before murdered in her constituency last June. Community manager James Pickstone said loneliness was an underlying issue shared by many people who visit the service though it was “rarely discussed openly.” He said: We see a lot of young people feeling very isolated at college and university, living away from home, not having the social life expected associated with university experience.” Younger people experience loneliness differently from how older adults do. Prof Graham Davey from the University of Sussex explained “Younger people appear to be focused on the friendship networks and number of relationships they have and experience loneliness as a function of the fewer friends they have.” In today’s society, friendship networks represented nowhere more obviously than on social media. Whether perceived to be a successful user of social media is with many followers one is likely to have impact on feelings of loneliness, anxiety, paranoia and mental health generally,” the psychology professor said. But you won’t find too many status updates about feeling lonely because ultimately Prof Davey argued loneliness has a stigma and few people want to admit they’re lonely. Have you experienced loneliness? Do you have advice or tips about how to deal with feeling isolated? Email your comments to haveyoursay@bbc.co.uk

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ACUTE SYNDROME

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Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS), post-withdrawal syndrome, protracted withdrawal syndrome or prolonged withdrawal syndromes describe a set of persistent impairment occur after withdrawal from alcohol, and often these opiates benzodiazepines, or antidepressants, other substances. The infants born to mothers using substance of dependence during pregnancy may also experience a post-acute withdrawal syndrome. While post-acute withdrawal syndrome has reported by those in the recovery community, that there have been few scientific studies to support existence.  Because of this disorder not recognized by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders or major medical associations. So be realistic to stop burying your head in the sand to make tough decisions for the changes however hopeless life seems to you.shutterstock_102143875-e1442238812300
Drug abuse, including effects of alcohol prescription drugs, can induce all these symptomatology which can resemble mental illness. Can occur in  intoxicated state and during withdrawal state. In some cases these substance-induced psychiatric disorders can persist long after detoxification, such as prolonged psychosis or after the depression after taking amphetamine or cocaine abuse. A protracted withdrawal syndrome can also occur with symptoms persisting for months after the cessation of their use. Benzodiazepines are the most notable drug for inducing prolonged withdrawal effects with symptoms persisting for years after cessation of use. Severe anxiety and depression are commonly induced by sustained alcohol abuse which in most cases abates with the prolonged abstinence. Even moderate alcohol sustained use may increase anxiety and depression levels in some individuals. In most cases drug-induced psychiatric disorders fade away with prolonged abstinence.relapse-factors
Symptoms can affect recovery process and restoration of life. Symptom can sometimes come and go with wave-like reoccurrences or fluctuations in severity of symptoms. Common symptoms are impaired cognition, irritability, mood swings, depressed mood, anxiety; all of which may reach severe levels which can lead to relapse. Protracted withdrawal syndrome from benzodiazepines can produce symptoms identical to these generalized anxiety disorder as well as panic disorder. Sometimes prolonged nature and severity of benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms means an abrupt withdrawal not advised. Instead tapering by reducing in slower stages because of the common symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome predicaments are frustrating fluctuating emotions:mesa-drug-rehab-for-relapse-prevention-e1447182081627

  •  Psychosocial dysfunction
  • Anhedonia
  • Depression
  • Impaired Interpersonal skills
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviour
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Autonomic disturbances
  • Pessimistic thoughts
  • Impaired concentration
  • Lack of initiative
  • Craving
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Memory problems
  • Emotional overreactions or numbness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Physical coordination problems
  • Stress sensitivity
  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Panic disorder
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Sleep disturbance (dreams of using, behaviors associated with life style.

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Symptoms occur intermittently, but are not always present. They are made worse by stress or other triggers and may arise at unexpected times and for no apparent reason. They may last for a short while or longer. Any of the following may trigger a temporary return or worsening of symptoms of post-acute withdrawal syndrome:

  • Stressful and/or frustrating situations
  • Multitasking
  • Feelings of anxiety fearfulness, or anger. Claustophobic
  • Social conflicts
  • Unrealistic expectations of oneself

The unpredictable nature of symptoms makes progress complex. Abstinence is the best option regardless of excruciating debilitating mental and physical state, if detoxing rest assured it will pass.f366767263bd8febce7da7ed76b8ce35
Overwhelming symptoms often need a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and plus a good pain management team to support and help you. Do not suffer in silence get physical massage to help enhance your blood circulation. Take multi – vitamins food supplements to ensure vitamins A, B, C,D, E and drink water to help detox. These interventions can help plus eat healthy, sleep well and find stimulating hobbies to help boost seratonin. Ensure Physical activities and physical Exercise can help distract the mind but do not overdo it pushing yourself beyond your limit. Do not feel guilty or sad for the past missing out numbed by medication so may be seen as insensitive or lazy. Apologise if you have to, move on to rebuild your life, encourage and reward yourself for your success of self control discipline that helps you to continue to heal. Pray to God, believe Christ and seek empathic confidential support for your wellbeing. No matter how stressful and painful it feels during recovery there is light at the end of the tunnel and you will smell flowers again.84197be22820dadf7a9338cbb6eab423
Ultimately endure to the end to emerge at other side turns your success to help others. The water you crossed on the river yesterday is not the same water on river you cross today. It means you a learning emotional being you change day by day. Do not have a perceived fixed expectation to beat yourself up for not meeting standards. Life is dynamic so be grateful so thankful for each day alive try to cope as much as you can see cup half – full. Therefore do not be disheartened if your own rate of recovery seems slower than the other people you interact with on the social media forums. Do not ever give up on yourself or give in to quit there is hope for your future in Christ in God because Jesus Lives you can face tomorrow to the Glory of God in Jesus Name. Do not toxic anger or bitterness rob you of JOY of Lord. Overwhelming distress caused by these unpredictable emotions can drive you to abandon treatment. It may seem easier to keep on numbing pain by just more pill popping yet long – term damage to body takes its toll eventually. And can poison your blood circulation so affect your immune system repeating cycle of dependency on medication and the side-effects. Herbal treatments are available so not do force changes by date setting to get better. Process sometimes daunting so do not try to calibrate your success rate by comparing it to others in treatment.

GODLY FELT GRIEF

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2 Corinthians 7:1 says since we have the Godly Promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from defilements of body and spirit bringing holiness to completion in fear of God. 2  Make room in your hearts for us for we have wronged no one, and we have corrupted no one, we have taken advantage of no one. I do not say this to condemn you for I said before that you are in our hearts to die together and to live together. I am acting with great boldness toward you; I have great pride in you I am filled with comfort. In all our affliction, I am overflowing with joy. 5 For when we came into Macedonia, our bodies had no rest, but afflicted at every turn fighting without and fear within. So 6 God who COMFORTS all the downcast COMFORTED us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the Comfort which he was comforted by you as he told us of your longing, your mourning, your zeal for me, so I rejoiced still more. 8 If I made you grieve with my letter I do not regret it though I do regret it for I see the letter grieved you though only for a while. 9 I rejoice not because you grieved, but because you Grieved to REPENT felt GODLY GRIEF but suffered no loss. 10 GODLY GRIEF REPENTANCE is for SALVATION without regret worldly grief produces death. 11 Earnestness in GODLY GRIEF produces the eagerness to clear you from indignation fear error zeal punishment of sin consequences!GodisGood (1).jpgAt all points you have proved yourselves innocent in the matter. 12 So although I wrote to you, it was not because you did anything wrong or suffered wrong but in order that your earnestness be revealed to you in the Sight of God.13 COMFORTS besides our own comfort we rejoiced still more at joy of Titus because his Spirit is Refreshed by you all. 14 Whatever boasts I made to him about you I was not put to shame. As everything we said to you was true our boasting before Titus has proved true. 15 His affection for you is greater so he remembers Obedience of you all, how you received him with respect, honour and humility. 16 I rejoice, because I have PERFECT CONFIDENCE in you. God and Jesus HAVE PERFECT CONFIDENCE in all GOD’S Children so brag and boast to the devil that GOD’S Faithful loyal Children make GOD PROUD. Those who endure to the end despite all adversity REWARDED CROWNS IF ETERNAL LIFE. GODLY Grief MOURNS in GODLY Repentance so saves from God and Jesus Sword Destruction.c7b2cdb68478d9fe482f32807e48c7a0LORD GOD DRAWN HIS SWORD Ezekiel  21:1 says The WORD of LORD God came to me Ezekiel 2, “Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem preach against the sanctuaries prophesy against the land of Israel and say to land of Israel, Thus says the Lord: Behold, I am against you and will draw my sword from its sheath and will cut off from you both righteous and wicked. 4 I will cut off from you both the righteous and wicked therefore my sword shall be drawn from its sheath against all flesh from south to north. All flesh shall know I AM The LORD. I have drawn MY SWORD from its sheath it shall not be sheathed again. 6 As for you son of man, groan with the breaking heart and bitter grief, groan before their eyes. And when they say to you, ‘Why do you groan?’ you shall say, Because of the news coming. Every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble every spirit will faint, all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming, and it will be fulfilled, declares the LORD GOD. 8 The word of the LORD GOD to Ezekiel “Son of man, prophesy and say Thus Says the LORD GOD, A sword, a sword sharpened and polished 10 sharpened for slaughter  polished to flash like lightning! Cannot rejoice because you.e1c7bd199370a060dccd0e27263c6267Punishment therefore is 11 the sword is given to be polished, so be grasped in the hand. It is sharpened and polished to be given into hand of a slayer. 12 Cry out, and wail son of man for it is against MY people, against all princes of Israel. They are delivered over to the sword with MY people. Strike on your thigh to see if it will not cut or bleed if you do not believe God means it. 13 For it will not be testing in vain or could it be if you despise the rod?” declares LORD God. 14“As for you son of man prophesy and Clap your hand let the sword come down twice, and yes, three times, the sword for all those to be slain. The sword for the great slaughter surrounds them 15 their hearts will melt and many stumble. All gates I have given glittering sword made like the lightning taken up for slaughter 16 Cut sharply to the right or set yourself to left wherever your face is directed. 17 I WILL CLAP MY HANDS TOO, I WILL SATISFY MY FURY I LORD GOD ALMIGHTY HAS SPOKEN. 243c9697afd8bfb192578a889ef822ecConsequently 18 The word of the Lord came to me again: 19  For you, son of man, mark two ways for the sword of the king of Babylon to come. Both of them shall come from the same land. And make a signpost; make it at the head of the way to a city. 20 Mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of Ammonites and to Judah, to Jerusalem the fortified. 21 For the king of Babylon stands at the parting of the way, at the head of the two ways, to use divination. He shakes the arrows; he consults the teraphim; he looks at the liver.22 Into his right hand comes the divination for Jerusalem, to set battering rams, to open the mouth with murder, to lift up the voice with shouting, to set battering rams against the gates, to cast up mounds, to build siege towers. 23 But to them it will seem like a false divination. They have sworn solemn oaths, but he brings their guilt to remembrance, may be taken as Despised Rod of MY SON with all Wood Gentiles.truth2Repentance means God redeems sin and Forgives through Jesus Name. Those who reject Christ Jesus have all their sins still unforgiven by reject remission of all sins through punishment by Jesus death. And their sins remain before God unless they repent God’s punishment falls on them. God is warning all people on the earth to repent before Jesus Returns with Sword in His Mouth judge the world by Sword. Some deceive people sword is metaphor to speak through the mouth without the physical sword. GOD’S WORDS EXACTLY MEANS WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO SO SAVE YOURSELF FROM GOD JUDGMENT AND JESUS SWORD TO DEFEAT devil. 24 Thus says the Lord God Because you made your guilt to be Remembered so your transgressions are uncovered in all your deeds your sins appear because you have come to remembrance you will be taken in hand. 25 The profane wicked ones, prince of Israel whose day has come time for final punishment 26 Thus SAYS the LORD GOD Remove the turban and take off the crown. Things shall not remain as they are. Exalt that which is low and bring low that which is exalted. 27 A ruin, ruin, ruin I Will make it. This shall not be, UNTIL JESUS COMES The ONE to Whom JUDGEMENT BELONGS and I WILL Give it to Jesus. 28 Son of man prophesy and say Thus says LORD GOD concerning Ammonites their reproach say, A sword, a sword is drawn for their slaughter, polished to consume and to flash like lightning.fe5043627f4f02ecbcb196cc072a721c.jpg29 While they see for you false visions, divine lies for you to place on the necks of profane wicked whose day has come for time of final punishment. 30 And so returned sheath in the place you were created in the land of origin to judge you. God punished both the righteous, and wicked in Israel including Gentile converts in captivity so many times in Iraq Babylon, Abraham’s root ancestral home. 31 I WILL pour out indignation upon you; I WILL blow upon you fire of MY wrath, I WILL deliver you to hands of brutish men skillful to destroy. And 32 you shall be fuel for fire your blood shall be in the midst of land no more remembered, for I the LORD GOD HAS SPOKEN.” Many people are deceived to think God is TOO LOVING TO PUNISH HARSHLY so do not feel need to repent or feel they did anything wrong to be considered a sinner. Adam and Eve sin DNA in all human beings on the earth passed down all generations affected. So Seek GOD’S Face Weep, God’s Mercy FORGIVINESS IS FREE TO YOU IN JESUS NAME. God Sent Jesus to teach TRUE TESTIMONY of God to reveal LORD GOD in Spirit and Truth to SAVE to Redeem.hermeneutics-bible-versions-why-use-the-king-james-bible-64-638All mankind sinned so this is why Jesus Came FIRST TIME to teach all the world the REAL PHYSICAL NATURE OF GOD’S GENUINE SPIRIT OF LOVE FOR WORLD TO SAVE FROM PERISHING. However, devil and evil angels continue to rebel against God through deception or lies against God to fool many people about TRUE CHARACTER OF GOD. God IS LOVE, PATIENT, KIND, TOLERATES IGNORANCE AND HOPING TIME WILL PROVE GOD RIGHT TO ALL PEOPLE. So people choose to ignore God, prefer to follow the devil. This GOD JUDGEMENT Warning happened in the past but as rebellion is repeated again and again God Punishes again and again. So Hear GOD’S VOICE and Cross OVER now into GOD’S GLORIOUS Kingdom to be saved. God’s GRACE for Gentile season draws close for all Israel to be Saved. And Do NOT ignore SERIOUS Warnings from God to save you because pending Great Tribulation disaster is worse than all evil since creation never to be seen ever after Jesus RESTORES EARTH. forgiveness-sets-you-freeOVERWHELMING Contempt for Rod of MY SON Jesus and for all other trees, Gentiles. Thus Says LORD God, this sword sharpened brightened despises the rod or sceptre for the word signifies Israel MY Son, MY Firstborn and make no more of it than common stick cut to pieces and destroy it; signifying hereby easy destruction of sceptre, kingdom of Judah by sword of Chaldeans, Romans. Some understand this means Christ the SON of GOD. WORDS may be rendered, Rod of MY SON  despised like all other trees, this Sword, prepared, is no other than the rod of iron, which the SON of GOD USES to RULE enemies with, and break them in pieces and no TREE, high and low, can stand before Him; so cuts down all destroys all will in Psalm 2:7. Intense Godly Grief, Sorrow ABSTAINS from making merry so Father God and Son Jesus SWORD stops enemy delight in evil pleasure, wrath is executed on their enemies. All those telling people God will not destroy by sword read the Bible and understand these warnings to all nations to repent. God says nations used to destroy others HIMSELF WILL DESTROY. RUN TO GOD AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE WHEN GOD SWORD is Unleashed.

NUTRITION AND YOUR SPINE

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Whether it’s the spine, the heart, the brain, or the digestive system, we absolutely are what we eat. But the great news is that small dietary changes you make today can add up to loads of bone protection. What you eat can directly impact your spine.  You may not think that your diet affects your spine, but it actually plays a key role. A healthy diet consists mostly of lean proteins, healthy fats, lots of fresh fruits, vegetables is ideal for building a lean body and muscles support spine.It is a topic I have a lot of experience with and one I am passionate about. The truth about back pain and spine issues is that most people will experience them at some point in their lives. Another fact? And this is an important one. Most of those people won’t need surgery. Long-term dietary changes can benefit your spine condition. If you are overweight, ask a health professional to help you lose weight, especially abdominal fat.

Most people can do this safely by eating fresh, raw, or steamed vegetables every day eating two or three pieces of fresh fruit every day eating five to seven fish meals a week eating three to six ounces of clean, lean beef, poultry, lamb, or game meat daily.To improve the condition of your spine, supplement your diet with a multivitamin along with a B-complex and Omega-3s, as they have been shown to help decrease pain in the nerves of the spine.

Especially when it comes to the waist line, excessive weight is a strain on the spine, and is a major contributor to chronic back pain and poor general health. I know this blog is supposed to be about spine surgery.Eggs are also an excellent source of protein for most people using olive oil on salads and for cooking daily eating fresh nuts and seeds. Almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds give us high quality, healthy fats

If you do not have a regular habit of exercise, invest in instruction with a professional who can teach you how to strengthen your muscles and protect your joints. Certain exercises will be very good for some spine conditions, and possibly harmful for others. An exercise professional is your best choice for guidance to design a safe, effective program just for your needs.

Obesity is on the rise in our country and so too is back pain. The relationship between the two has been studied extensively and the proof is clear  our bodies simply were not designed to carry around too much extra weight. Since spine bears brunt of the load, treat it well. Maintaining a healthy diet is one of the most important ways to do that.Food-that-the-Body-needs-and-likes-287x300

Bon Appétit. Unfortunately for the millions of people suffering from chronic low back pain, there is no one certain cure. Drink at least 8 large glasses of water or herbal tea daily. Avoid fruit juices or beverages with colouring and preservatives added. This includes soda pop.

Eliminate simple sugars. Get rid of sweets and starchy, refined white flour foods from your diet. Avoid packaged foods with added preservatives and colourings. Take a high quality multiple vitamin/mineral supplements 3 times daily with each meal. f you have any form of Arthritis or any inflammatory condition, take a pure fish oil supplement. Most people are helped by one to three grams of combined omega 3 fatty acids daily. Look for EPA and DHA on the label. Add vitamin D3 to your supplements; make sure you get 800 IU to 1000 IU daily. Add vitamin D3 to your supplements; make sure you get 800 IU to 1000 IU daily.

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You may need more if you have a history of malabsorption, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, gastric bypass surgery. Foods that are good for bone health is composed of two things, namely calcium and vitamin D. Calcium is an essential mineral for the body. What I often find about people who are new to a condition that is negatively impacting their spine, and overall health is that they are hungry for information about what they themselves can do to make the pain go away. In addition to those people are the ones caring for someone experiencing debilitating back pain; they want to know what they can do to prevent themselves from travelling down the same path.

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So today, I want to explore the topic of nutrition and bone health. It isn’t something we necessarily hear much about in the mainstream media is it? I bet you can recite to me the virtues of Omega-3 fatty acids for heart health or the importance of a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables to help stave off cancer.

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But what about a diet with the health of your bones (of which your spine is the largest) in mind? Do you know that looks like or why it matters? Read on to find out. The health and well-being of every structure in our bodies is based largely upon our vitamin and mineral composition.006

A View on Vitamins :While it’s true that many of the beneficial vitamins that help keep the bones strong can be found in supplement form, your best bet is to get your dose via the foods you eat. You can follow a vitamin supplement regimen to a “t,” and you won’t see the benefits if your diet otherwise consists of heavily processed and unhealthy foods. Your best bet is to get your daily dose by eating highly nutritious foods. What types of foods should you focus on.
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Here are a few to consider:

Meat – There are now more recipes than ever before that consist of the highly nutritious parts of these animals. Beef, calf and chicken liver, for example, are significant sources of Vitamin A (helps repair tissue and aids in bone formation), Vitamin B12 (important for healthy bone marrow), Vitamin K (necessary for proper absorption of calcium into bones) and Iron (necessary for healthy cells, muscles support spine. That’s a huge punch of bone-healthy vitamins in just one piece of food.

Mean Greens – Spinach packs a big Vitamin A and B12 punch, while frilly kale and broccoli are great sources of Vitamin K and Iron. Many nutritionists say the greener the vegetable, the better. But if you have an aversion to how these veggies taste in their raw form, get creative. Find recipes that help you incorporate them into your favourite dishes while your palate adjusts to their flavour.

Outstanding Oranges – Did you know that orange fruits and vegetables including nectarines, cantaloupe, apricots, carrots and sweet potatoes are all great sources of Vitamin A? Remember, this vitamin is essential for repairing damaged tissue in the body as well as in the formation of strong bones. And here we thought it was only calcium that did all the heavy lifting in that department.

Dutiful Dairy – Depending on who you consult, dairy can get a pretty bad rap these days. From stories of intestinal upset to other autoimmune conditions, sifting through the pros and cons can seem daunting. If you’re lactose intolerant, then avoiding dairy products might make sense. But for those who aren’t, there are big calcium and Vitamin D, B12 and K benefits. The quality of the dairy you consume and making sure it isn’t filled with added “fake” ingredients or unnecessary sugars is the key to keeping dairy as part of your healthy diet in check.The key is to find what works for you, often through trial and error. Medical approaches usually focus more on addressing anatomical problems in the lower back, but treating pain is often more than just treating the medical issue. For best results, try a well-rounded approach. We’ve borrowed these tips to reduce or relieve lower back pain from our readers. Try them out, and let us know which ones work for you. Many lower back problems can irritate nerve roots and cause pain. See Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Release your inner endorphins
Endorphins, hormones made naturally in the body, can be just as strong as any manufactured pain medication. When endorphins are released in the body, they help block pain signals from registering with the brain. They also help alleviate anxiety, stress, and depression, which are all conditions that are often associated with chronic back pain.

Read more: Depression and Chronic Back Pain

Insomnia and Back pain

Out of all medical conditions, pain is the number one cause of insomnia. Approximately 2/3 of patients with chronic back pain suffer from sleep disorders. Paradoxically, inadequate sleep can make back pain worse. This vicious cycle makes it ineffective to treat just one of the problems. Both the sleep problems and the chronic pain need to be treated. See Chronic Pain and Insomnia: Breaking the Cycle. We have borrowed these tips to reduce or relieve lower back pain from our readers. Try them out, and let us know which ones work for you. Many lower back problems can irritate nerve roots and cause pain. See Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment.

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There are many options for treating sleep problems that accompany chronic lower back pain:

      • Medication
      • Relaxation techniques
      • Psychological techniques
      • Cutting back on caffeine
      • Eating the correct foods
      • Getting the right amount of exercise
      • Writing your worries down

Often, a combination of approaches will work best. See Snacks, Supplements, and Scents to Help You Sleep and 11 Unconventional Sleep Tips: How to Get to Sleep and Stay Asleep Why is Exercise and Massage Good for Back Pain?  There is massage therapy as a non-invasive and low risk technique which can be used to treat both acute and chronic back pain. Dr. Lawrence DelRe gives simple, yet powerful techniques to teach people how to correctly massage in y-tube video tutorials on-line. This is used in conjunction with a comprehensive complementary supplementary massage table giving 15 best techniques built for comfort complete with a face cradle for alignment of the spine.

Access shows a reflex connection between the organ system of the spine and how to rectify malfunction of an organ on somebody’s back. Massage therapy may reduce pain caused by spinal stenosis to relax affected areas of your spine. The prominent goal of massage therapy is to relieve tension in the muscles in the neck and back that supports the spinal column.  It is a profitable gain to the standard of quality of improving health through investing in massage if suitable and related to you. Seek your doctor’s advice before you do anything with regard to your spine.

Exercise your core
The muscles in your abs and back play a critical role in supporting the lower lumbar spine. These muscles don’t get a good workout in most people’s normal day. Consumer Reports reported that in retrospect, 58% of people with back pain wished they had done more back strengthening exercises. There are many simple exercises that can be performed in 20 to 30 minutes as part of a daily routine.

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