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By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 3:24 PM
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22   Late on Saturday afternoon, a group of friends and I decided to visit a friend who because of failing health and old age was no longer able to get to church regularly.  We made a nice plate of food for her and stopped by her home.  As we visited with her, she told us that she was not feeling very well and shared that she had not eaten since breakfast but had no appetite.  We encouraged her to try to eat a little so that she would regain some strength and after much persuasion she agreed to try.    My friend and I sat with her at the table and we began to talk as she looked at the food in front of her.  She stressed her disinterest in the meal and pushed the food around with the fork taking tiny bites as if to pacify us.  We shared news about what was going on in the church.  We talked about her health, her family and we shared some funny stories.  We talked about what was going on in our lives and we laughed together....
By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 7:40 AM
Taking a vacation is always the highlight out of my year. It’s the short week of having no worries – only fun. However, the actual traveling part can be a different story. With travel comes the stress and fatigue of flying or driving, and sometimes even illness. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy getting from point A to point B on your summer vacation.

Before you begin your escape, be sure to pack well. Plan to take not only your clothes, but items such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid equipment and medications as well. Not only is it cheaper to bring your own instead of buying at roadside convenience stores, but you won’t waste valuable vacation time if you have the items at your fingertips. 
By SMH Webmaster on 7/14/2015 10:59 AM

Summer is officially here, and we can definitely feel it with recent high temperatures and humidity. A lot is said about protecting our skin from the hot summer sun, but our eyes are often overlooked (no pun intended) in our quest for sun safety. Wearing sunglasses is a great start, but not just any sunglasses will do. There are various aspects to look for when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, not just color and style.

First of all, ultraviolet (UV) protection is important and probably the most well-known lens characteristic. UV light is damaging to the eyes and can lead to cataracts, a clouding of the eye. There is also some evidence that UV light can lead to macular degeneration as well. Pterygia and pinguecula are due to UV exposure. These are growths that occur on the white part of the eye, and symptoms range from cosmetic to irritating to vision interference.

By SMH Webmaster on 7/6/2015 12:00 AM
While attending the meetings of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, TX this past weekend. I rode in a taxi and was drawn into a conversation with the cab driver about why he was not a church goer. He said he believed in God but did not go to church because he knew that he would not be able to “keep the rules” (his words) and didn’t want to be a hypocrite. He felt that he wasn’t good enough and so he was better off living the way he did. I reminded him that nobody is perfect and all of us miss the mark from time to time. I tried to help him understand that God is merciful and gracious and then the car stopped, it was the end of the journey. I’ve been thinking about him, and people like him, since that cab ride and the following Bible passage came mind:
By SMH Webmaster on 6/30/2015 10:08 AM
No one wants to get food poisoning, yet, statistically, one in six Americans will get sick from eating contaminated food this year. Summer brings some activities that can put you at a higher risk of eating food that is unsafe. With some prevention and planning, hopefully illness can be avoided.

First of all, always wash your hands with soap before and after preparing food. Make sure any utensils and surfaces you use are cleaned with hot, soapy water. Wooden cutting boards can be harder to clean, so opt for other types if possible. Also, the safest way to defrost food is in the refrigerator or the microwave, not out on the counter at room temperature. Use defrosted foods promptly, and do not re-freeze them.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/29/2015 1:49 PM
What do you do when you are out of options? What do you do when you’ve tried everything you know but the circumstances don’t change? These questions are never asked when things are going well. Who wants things to change when they are going well? Well, perhaps some do. When things are going well, many, especially those in business, still want things to go better. There seems to be an insatiable drive to do more, have more, get bigger. Sometimes that drive comes from within and sometimes it comes from the expectations of others. We have a contentment problem. The Apostle Paul challenges our striving after more with these words, “I know how to live on almost nothing, or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or with little.” Philippians 4:12
By SMH Webmaster on 6/23/2015 12:56 PM
Having low testosterone levels can be an issue for many men – especially as you age. In the Baltimore 
Longitudinal Study on aging, 20 percent of men over 60 had low testosterone levels. If your levels are low, here are a few things you need to know about testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone is the hormone produced in the testes. It is responsible for the development of the sex organs, facial hair, muscle mass and change in voice during puberty in men. Symptoms of hypogonadism, or low testosterone, are sometimes obvious, but not always. A simple blood test can give you the answer.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/22/2015 12:08 PM
“When my father and mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take me up.”  Psalm 27:10 NKJV This Father’s Day was a precious one.  I texted and spoke with my children and grandchildren.  I spent the day reflecting on what it means to be a father and remembered good times and special moments.  I thought about how much I want to always be there for them.  As I reflected on the events of last Wednesday in the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, it made me realize that even though I want to be, I may not always be able to be there for my children and grandchildren.  I am still blessed to have my 87 year old dad in my life and I don’t ever want him to leave but I realize that one day he will be gone.  Any one of a number of circumstances can take a father away from his family.  It may not be the vicious hate of a cold blooded killer, it could be old age, accident, illness or a divorce. The Psalmist is reflecting on the presence of God in his life as a protector, deliverer, the reason for his confidence and hope,...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/17/2015 7:59 AM
1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers' market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you. The food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season
The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal and fresh. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. 

3. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 4:06 PM
Tuberculosis used to be rare in developed countries like the United States. In the mid-80s, we started hearing about it more frequently, partly due to the rise in HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV lowers the immune system’s ability to fight off infection, so illnesses like tuberculosis have more of a chance of infecting someone. With preventive measures, it came under fairly good control within the U.S. However, with a rise in news reports about tuberculosis, it may be good to have a quick primer on what this disease is, how it is classified and how it is treated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 12:00 AM
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 KJV   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reports that, “many Americans have good access to health care that enables them to benefit fully from the Nation’s health care system”* while at the same time identifying disparities impacting other Americans who have difficulty accessing available care.  “National Healthcare Disparities Reports confirm that racial and ethnic minorities and people of low socioeconomic status are represented among those with access problems.”*     As I reflected upon this passage it struck me that the problem of access to care is centuries old.  In this passage of scripture Jesus is responding to critics of his practice of spending time with people who were deemed unworthy of the company of the “righteous”.  They were looked down upon because of their occupations, their lifestyles, their socioeconomic standing and even their health....
By SMH Webmaster on 6/9/2015 2:36 PM
After enjoying a warm afternoon at the pool, you may find yourself completely worn out this summer. Surprisingly, the answer may be a tall drink of water to rev your energy instead of an early bedtime or another cup of iced coffee that is going to keep you up too late.

Dehydration can present in many ways, from fatigue, lightheadedness or even hunger. The general rule of eight glasses of water a day is not always accurate for everyone, which can make it confusing to try to figure out if you are tired from real fatigue or because you have not had enough to drink. A few simple clues can help you determine if you are dehydrated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/8/2015 1:55 PM
“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat.  They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd.  So they went up on the roof and took off some tiles.  Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”  Luke 5:18, 19 NLT How far would you go to help a friend?  There are two stories in the New Testament about friends carrying a paralyzed person to where they could get help.  The second one occurs in the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles where friends carried a man daily to the Temple gate so that he could beg for alms.  He was eventually healed when he encountered Peter and John and never had to beg again.  The first is this story recorded by Luke.  People had gathered at a house where Jesus was presumably staying, and what a crowd.  There were Pharisees and Doctors of the Law from all of the surrounding towns along with people from all walks of life including the sick who had been brought so that Jesus could...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/2/2015 11:33 AM
As I was seeing a patient in clinic last month, she all of a sudden noticed a tick crawling on her. She removed it before it bit her and disposed of it within seconds. What a great reminder that tick season is here in the Midwest!

Ticks live in wooded areas and fields. Knowing this, it is important to practice preventive techniques when planning to be in potentially tick-infested areas. There are multiple bug repellants available over-the-counter marketed against ticks. There is even a clothing line that is pre-treated with permethrin, a tick repellant. However, just taking some general clothing precautions will help. Tucking in your shirt and wearing long pants tucked into your socks will help keep ticks from getting under your clothes without being seen. Wear light clothing as well. This makes dark ticks more visible on quick glance. If you want to take it one step further, especially in heavily infested tick areas, wrap tape around your waist and ankles as another layer of protection from sneaky ticks. Yes, you may be made fun of endlessly by friends and family, but you might be the only one without a tick on you.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/1/2015 12:34 PM
 “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Mark 9:41 NIV   There will always be a great need somewhere.  This past weekend people in Texas and Oklahoma lost lives and property because of storms and flooding.  ABC News reported on May 2, 2015 that the death toll resulting from the earthquake in Nepal had risen to over 7,000 in addition to more than 14,000 people injured and thousands more homeless.  Relief agencies from around the world and around the U.S. rushed to bring aid as we watched the news with a sense of helplessness, some of us asking ourselves, what can we do?  But all of the needs of this world are not solely the result of natural disasters, neither do they all happen on a national or global scale.  They don’t all need disaster response teams and FEMA to provide help.  Some needs are smaller, everyday events that require a smaller yet no less significant response.   Think for a moment about the things...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/27/2015 7:50 AM
I love summer. I may not appreciate the winter months as much as others do, but I clearly love the sun and the heat of our Kansas City summers. If you’re not careful though, the sun can be hard on you. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage your skin quickly, depending on the time of year. There are many ways to enjoy the sun this summer without getting burned.
 
Get in the shade
Getting under an umbrella, a tree, or anything that provides shade, can significantly reduce your risk of burning, but the sun’s rays can still reach you. Even with shade, your best bet is to use sunscreen. I’ll never forget being on a boat under a canopy and feeling protected, but being burned by the reflection off of the lake.
By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 2:45 PM
Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get outdoors. When the weather cooperates, swimming makes a great recreational as well as fitness activity. It is always important to remember a few safety tips around water.

First of all, one of the best ways to start a swimming life is with lessons. There are swimming lessons offered all over the area, for all ages. It is a great way to make friends and receive instruction on how to keep safe but also how to have more fun, like diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve pool rings.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 10:07 AM
“Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 NIV   In his book, “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am”, John Powel discusses five levels of communication.  He describes as follows: Level five; “Cliché Conversation”, exchange of greetings, small talk, “Did you see those Royals?”  Level four; “Reporting the Facts”, we talk about what happening but not about how it makes us feel or how it affects us. Level three; “Ideas and Judgements”, Ideas, thoughts and personal statements are shared about a variety of subjects and we begin to take some risks. Level two; “Feelings and Emotions”, at this level we start “sharing feelings about facts, ideas and judgments”. Level one; this is the kind of communication we share with a few close friends or family.  We are the most open, honest and vulnerable at this level.  This is the level at which true intimacy is shared and experienced.  This where it gets deep and sometimes a little scary, actually it can get a lot scary which...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 12:50 PM

With summer just around the corner, let’s review some sun safety tips, as well as my top picks for non-toxic, yet effective sunscreens.

Keep infants under six months of age out of direct sunlight, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Babies’ skin is less mature compared to older children and adults, and sunscreen is not recommended in this population as there is an increased risk of side effects from chemicals in sunscreen. 

Wear protective clothing. Look for shirts, hats and shorts that provide the best UV protection. Check out this local Prairie Village company, Swim Zip.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 8:38 AM
“…I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” Genesis 17:16 KJV   At ninety years old, if one is blessed with clarity of mind, life is mostly about looking back and reflecting over the journey.  It’s about passing on a few last pearls of wisdom to your children and grandchildren.  It is a time to set things in order and finally come to the place of acceptance about those long held hopes, dreams and desires that were never fulfilled.  I imagine that’s where Sarai was in her mind when she heard the words that were shared between her husband Abram and some visitors claiming to be messengers from God or as some understand it, God himself.   During that conversation there were name changing ceremonies, Abram – exalted father was changed to Abraham – father of a multitude and Sarai – princess was changed to Sarah – noblewoman, most commonly used in reference to one who was the wife of a king.  And there was an unbelievable promise.  At ninety Sarah was to get pregnant...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 3:24 PM
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22   Late on Saturday afternoon, a group of friends and I decided to visit a friend who because of failing health and old age was no longer able to get to church regularly.  We made a nice plate of food for her and stopped by her home.  As we visited with her, she told us that she was not feeling very well and shared that she had not eaten since breakfast but had no appetite.  We encouraged her to try to eat a little so that she would regain some strength and after much persuasion she agreed to try.    My friend and I sat with her at the table and we began to talk as she looked at the food in front of her.  She stressed her disinterest in the meal and pushed the food around with the fork taking tiny bites as if to pacify us.  We shared news about what was going on in the church.  We talked about her health, her family and we shared some funny stories.  We talked about what was going on in our lives and we laughed together....
By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 7:40 AM
Taking a vacation is always the highlight out of my year. It’s the short week of having no worries – only fun. However, the actual traveling part can be a different story. With travel comes the stress and fatigue of flying or driving, and sometimes even illness. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy getting from point A to point B on your summer vacation.

Before you begin your escape, be sure to pack well. Plan to take not only your clothes, but items such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid equipment and medications as well. Not only is it cheaper to bring your own instead of buying at roadside convenience stores, but you won’t waste valuable vacation time if you have the items at your fingertips. 
By SMH Webmaster on 7/14/2015 10:59 AM

Summer is officially here, and we can definitely feel it with recent high temperatures and humidity. A lot is said about protecting our skin from the hot summer sun, but our eyes are often overlooked (no pun intended) in our quest for sun safety. Wearing sunglasses is a great start, but not just any sunglasses will do. There are various aspects to look for when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, not just color and style.

First of all, ultraviolet (UV) protection is important and probably the most well-known lens characteristic. UV light is damaging to the eyes and can lead to cataracts, a clouding of the eye. There is also some evidence that UV light can lead to macular degeneration as well. Pterygia and pinguecula are due to UV exposure. These are growths that occur on the white part of the eye, and symptoms range from cosmetic to irritating to vision interference.

By SMH Webmaster on 7/6/2015 12:00 AM
While attending the meetings of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, TX this past weekend. I rode in a taxi and was drawn into a conversation with the cab driver about why he was not a church goer. He said he believed in God but did not go to church because he knew that he would not be able to “keep the rules” (his words) and didn’t want to be a hypocrite. He felt that he wasn’t good enough and so he was better off living the way he did. I reminded him that nobody is perfect and all of us miss the mark from time to time. I tried to help him understand that God is merciful and gracious and then the car stopped, it was the end of the journey. I’ve been thinking about him, and people like him, since that cab ride and the following Bible passage came mind:
By SMH Webmaster on 6/30/2015 10:08 AM
No one wants to get food poisoning, yet, statistically, one in six Americans will get sick from eating contaminated food this year. Summer brings some activities that can put you at a higher risk of eating food that is unsafe. With some prevention and planning, hopefully illness can be avoided.

First of all, always wash your hands with soap before and after preparing food. Make sure any utensils and surfaces you use are cleaned with hot, soapy water. Wooden cutting boards can be harder to clean, so opt for other types if possible. Also, the safest way to defrost food is in the refrigerator or the microwave, not out on the counter at room temperature. Use defrosted foods promptly, and do not re-freeze them.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/29/2015 1:49 PM
What do you do when you are out of options? What do you do when you’ve tried everything you know but the circumstances don’t change? These questions are never asked when things are going well. Who wants things to change when they are going well? Well, perhaps some do. When things are going well, many, especially those in business, still want things to go better. There seems to be an insatiable drive to do more, have more, get bigger. Sometimes that drive comes from within and sometimes it comes from the expectations of others. We have a contentment problem. The Apostle Paul challenges our striving after more with these words, “I know how to live on almost nothing, or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or with little.” Philippians 4:12
By SMH Webmaster on 6/23/2015 12:56 PM
Having low testosterone levels can be an issue for many men – especially as you age. In the Baltimore 
Longitudinal Study on aging, 20 percent of men over 60 had low testosterone levels. If your levels are low, here are a few things you need to know about testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone is the hormone produced in the testes. It is responsible for the development of the sex organs, facial hair, muscle mass and change in voice during puberty in men. Symptoms of hypogonadism, or low testosterone, are sometimes obvious, but not always. A simple blood test can give you the answer.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/22/2015 12:08 PM
“When my father and mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take me up.”  Psalm 27:10 NKJV This Father’s Day was a precious one.  I texted and spoke with my children and grandchildren.  I spent the day reflecting on what it means to be a father and remembered good times and special moments.  I thought about how much I want to always be there for them.  As I reflected on the events of last Wednesday in the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, it made me realize that even though I want to be, I may not always be able to be there for my children and grandchildren.  I am still blessed to have my 87 year old dad in my life and I don’t ever want him to leave but I realize that one day he will be gone.  Any one of a number of circumstances can take a father away from his family.  It may not be the vicious hate of a cold blooded killer, it could be old age, accident, illness or a divorce. The Psalmist is reflecting on the presence of God in his life as a protector, deliverer, the reason for his confidence and hope,...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/17/2015 7:59 AM
1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers' market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you. The food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season
The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal and fresh. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. 

3. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 4:06 PM
Tuberculosis used to be rare in developed countries like the United States. In the mid-80s, we started hearing about it more frequently, partly due to the rise in HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV lowers the immune system’s ability to fight off infection, so illnesses like tuberculosis have more of a chance of infecting someone. With preventive measures, it came under fairly good control within the U.S. However, with a rise in news reports about tuberculosis, it may be good to have a quick primer on what this disease is, how it is classified and how it is treated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 12:00 AM
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 KJV   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reports that, “many Americans have good access to health care that enables them to benefit fully from the Nation’s health care system”* while at the same time identifying disparities impacting other Americans who have difficulty accessing available care.  “National Healthcare Disparities Reports confirm that racial and ethnic minorities and people of low socioeconomic status are represented among those with access problems.”*     As I reflected upon this passage it struck me that the problem of access to care is centuries old.  In this passage of scripture Jesus is responding to critics of his practice of spending time with people who were deemed unworthy of the company of the “righteous”.  They were looked down upon because of their occupations, their lifestyles, their socioeconomic standing and even their health....
By SMH Webmaster on 6/9/2015 2:36 PM
After enjoying a warm afternoon at the pool, you may find yourself completely worn out this summer. Surprisingly, the answer may be a tall drink of water to rev your energy instead of an early bedtime or another cup of iced coffee that is going to keep you up too late.

Dehydration can present in many ways, from fatigue, lightheadedness or even hunger. The general rule of eight glasses of water a day is not always accurate for everyone, which can make it confusing to try to figure out if you are tired from real fatigue or because you have not had enough to drink. A few simple clues can help you determine if you are dehydrated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/8/2015 1:55 PM
“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat.  They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd.  So they went up on the roof and took off some tiles.  Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”  Luke 5:18, 19 NLT How far would you go to help a friend?  There are two stories in the New Testament about friends carrying a paralyzed person to where they could get help.  The second one occurs in the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles where friends carried a man daily to the Temple gate so that he could beg for alms.  He was eventually healed when he encountered Peter and John and never had to beg again.  The first is this story recorded by Luke.  People had gathered at a house where Jesus was presumably staying, and what a crowd.  There were Pharisees and Doctors of the Law from all of the surrounding towns along with people from all walks of life including the sick who had been brought so that Jesus could...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/2/2015 11:33 AM
As I was seeing a patient in clinic last month, she all of a sudden noticed a tick crawling on her. She removed it before it bit her and disposed of it within seconds. What a great reminder that tick season is here in the Midwest!

Ticks live in wooded areas and fields. Knowing this, it is important to practice preventive techniques when planning to be in potentially tick-infested areas. There are multiple bug repellants available over-the-counter marketed against ticks. There is even a clothing line that is pre-treated with permethrin, a tick repellant. However, just taking some general clothing precautions will help. Tucking in your shirt and wearing long pants tucked into your socks will help keep ticks from getting under your clothes without being seen. Wear light clothing as well. This makes dark ticks more visible on quick glance. If you want to take it one step further, especially in heavily infested tick areas, wrap tape around your waist and ankles as another layer of protection from sneaky ticks. Yes, you may be made fun of endlessly by friends and family, but you might be the only one without a tick on you.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/1/2015 12:34 PM
 “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Mark 9:41 NIV   There will always be a great need somewhere.  This past weekend people in Texas and Oklahoma lost lives and property because of storms and flooding.  ABC News reported on May 2, 2015 that the death toll resulting from the earthquake in Nepal had risen to over 7,000 in addition to more than 14,000 people injured and thousands more homeless.  Relief agencies from around the world and around the U.S. rushed to bring aid as we watched the news with a sense of helplessness, some of us asking ourselves, what can we do?  But all of the needs of this world are not solely the result of natural disasters, neither do they all happen on a national or global scale.  They don’t all need disaster response teams and FEMA to provide help.  Some needs are smaller, everyday events that require a smaller yet no less significant response.   Think for a moment about the things...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/27/2015 7:50 AM
I love summer. I may not appreciate the winter months as much as others do, but I clearly love the sun and the heat of our Kansas City summers. If you’re not careful though, the sun can be hard on you. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage your skin quickly, depending on the time of year. There are many ways to enjoy the sun this summer without getting burned.
 
Get in the shade
Getting under an umbrella, a tree, or anything that provides shade, can significantly reduce your risk of burning, but the sun’s rays can still reach you. Even with shade, your best bet is to use sunscreen. I’ll never forget being on a boat under a canopy and feeling protected, but being burned by the reflection off of the lake.
By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 2:45 PM
Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get outdoors. When the weather cooperates, swimming makes a great recreational as well as fitness activity. It is always important to remember a few safety tips around water.

First of all, one of the best ways to start a swimming life is with lessons. There are swimming lessons offered all over the area, for all ages. It is a great way to make friends and receive instruction on how to keep safe but also how to have more fun, like diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve pool rings.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 10:07 AM
“Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 NIV   In his book, “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am”, John Powel discusses five levels of communication.  He describes as follows: Level five; “Cliché Conversation”, exchange of greetings, small talk, “Did you see those Royals?”  Level four; “Reporting the Facts”, we talk about what happening but not about how it makes us feel or how it affects us. Level three; “Ideas and Judgements”, Ideas, thoughts and personal statements are shared about a variety of subjects and we begin to take some risks. Level two; “Feelings and Emotions”, at this level we start “sharing feelings about facts, ideas and judgments”. Level one; this is the kind of communication we share with a few close friends or family.  We are the most open, honest and vulnerable at this level.  This is the level at which true intimacy is shared and experienced.  This where it gets deep and sometimes a little scary, actually it can get a lot scary which...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 12:50 PM

With summer just around the corner, let’s review some sun safety tips, as well as my top picks for non-toxic, yet effective sunscreens.

Keep infants under six months of age out of direct sunlight, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Babies’ skin is less mature compared to older children and adults, and sunscreen is not recommended in this population as there is an increased risk of side effects from chemicals in sunscreen. 

Wear protective clothing. Look for shirts, hats and shorts that provide the best UV protection. Check out this local Prairie Village company, Swim Zip.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 8:38 AM
“…I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” Genesis 17:16 KJV   At ninety years old, if one is blessed with clarity of mind, life is mostly about looking back and reflecting over the journey.  It’s about passing on a few last pearls of wisdom to your children and grandchildren.  It is a time to set things in order and finally come to the place of acceptance about those long held hopes, dreams and desires that were never fulfilled.  I imagine that’s where Sarai was in her mind when she heard the words that were shared between her husband Abram and some visitors claiming to be messengers from God or as some understand it, God himself.   During that conversation there were name changing ceremonies, Abram – exalted father was changed to Abraham – father of a multitude and Sarai – princess was changed to Sarah – noblewoman, most commonly used in reference to one who was the wife of a king.  And there was an unbelievable promise.  At ninety Sarah was to get pregnant...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 3:24 PM
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  Proverbs 17:22   Late on Saturday afternoon, a group of friends and I decided to visit a friend who because of failing health and old age was no longer able to get to church regularly.  We made a nice plate of food for her and stopped by her home.  As we visited with her, she told us that she was not feeling very well and shared that she had not eaten since breakfast but had no appetite.  We encouraged her to try to eat a little so that she would regain some strength and after much persuasion she agreed to try.    My friend and I sat with her at the table and we began to talk as she looked at the food in front of her.  She stressed her disinterest in the meal and pushed the food around with the fork taking tiny bites as if to pacify us.  We shared news about what was going on in the church.  We talked about her health, her family and we shared some funny stories.  We talked about what was going on in our lives and we laughed together....
By SMH Webmaster on 7/21/2015 7:40 AM
Taking a vacation is always the highlight out of my year. It’s the short week of having no worries – only fun. However, the actual traveling part can be a different story. With travel comes the stress and fatigue of flying or driving, and sometimes even illness. Here are a few tips on how to stay healthy getting from point A to point B on your summer vacation.

Before you begin your escape, be sure to pack well. Plan to take not only your clothes, but items such as hand sanitizer, sunscreen, bug spray, first aid equipment and medications as well. Not only is it cheaper to bring your own instead of buying at roadside convenience stores, but you won’t waste valuable vacation time if you have the items at your fingertips. 
By SMH Webmaster on 7/14/2015 10:59 AM

Summer is officially here, and we can definitely feel it with recent high temperatures and humidity. A lot is said about protecting our skin from the hot summer sun, but our eyes are often overlooked (no pun intended) in our quest for sun safety. Wearing sunglasses is a great start, but not just any sunglasses will do. There are various aspects to look for when purchasing a pair of sunglasses, not just color and style.

First of all, ultraviolet (UV) protection is important and probably the most well-known lens characteristic. UV light is damaging to the eyes and can lead to cataracts, a clouding of the eye. There is also some evidence that UV light can lead to macular degeneration as well. Pterygia and pinguecula are due to UV exposure. These are growths that occur on the white part of the eye, and symptoms range from cosmetic to irritating to vision interference.

By SMH Webmaster on 7/6/2015 12:00 AM
While attending the meetings of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in San Antonio, TX this past weekend. I rode in a taxi and was drawn into a conversation with the cab driver about why he was not a church goer. He said he believed in God but did not go to church because he knew that he would not be able to “keep the rules” (his words) and didn’t want to be a hypocrite. He felt that he wasn’t good enough and so he was better off living the way he did. I reminded him that nobody is perfect and all of us miss the mark from time to time. I tried to help him understand that God is merciful and gracious and then the car stopped, it was the end of the journey. I’ve been thinking about him, and people like him, since that cab ride and the following Bible passage came mind:
By SMH Webmaster on 6/30/2015 10:08 AM
No one wants to get food poisoning, yet, statistically, one in six Americans will get sick from eating contaminated food this year. Summer brings some activities that can put you at a higher risk of eating food that is unsafe. With some prevention and planning, hopefully illness can be avoided.

First of all, always wash your hands with soap before and after preparing food. Make sure any utensils and surfaces you use are cleaned with hot, soapy water. Wooden cutting boards can be harder to clean, so opt for other types if possible. Also, the safest way to defrost food is in the refrigerator or the microwave, not out on the counter at room temperature. Use defrosted foods promptly, and do not re-freeze them.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/29/2015 1:49 PM
What do you do when you are out of options? What do you do when you’ve tried everything you know but the circumstances don’t change? These questions are never asked when things are going well. Who wants things to change when they are going well? Well, perhaps some do. When things are going well, many, especially those in business, still want things to go better. There seems to be an insatiable drive to do more, have more, get bigger. Sometimes that drive comes from within and sometimes it comes from the expectations of others. We have a contentment problem. The Apostle Paul challenges our striving after more with these words, “I know how to live on almost nothing, or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or with little.” Philippians 4:12
By SMH Webmaster on 6/23/2015 12:56 PM
Having low testosterone levels can be an issue for many men – especially as you age. In the Baltimore 
Longitudinal Study on aging, 20 percent of men over 60 had low testosterone levels. If your levels are low, here are a few things you need to know about testosterone replacement therapy.

Testosterone is the hormone produced in the testes. It is responsible for the development of the sex organs, facial hair, muscle mass and change in voice during puberty in men. Symptoms of hypogonadism, or low testosterone, are sometimes obvious, but not always. A simple blood test can give you the answer.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/22/2015 12:08 PM
“When my father and mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take me up.”  Psalm 27:10 NKJV This Father’s Day was a precious one.  I texted and spoke with my children and grandchildren.  I spent the day reflecting on what it means to be a father and remembered good times and special moments.  I thought about how much I want to always be there for them.  As I reflected on the events of last Wednesday in the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, it made me realize that even though I want to be, I may not always be able to be there for my children and grandchildren.  I am still blessed to have my 87 year old dad in my life and I don’t ever want him to leave but I realize that one day he will be gone.  Any one of a number of circumstances can take a father away from his family.  It may not be the vicious hate of a cold blooded killer, it could be old age, accident, illness or a divorce. The Psalmist is reflecting on the presence of God in his life as a protector, deliverer, the reason for his confidence and hope,...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/17/2015 7:59 AM
1. Taste Real Flavors
The fruits and vegetables you buy at the farmers' market are the freshest and tastiest available. Fruits are allowed to ripen fully in the field and are brought directly to you. The food is as real as it gets—fresh from the farm.

2. Enjoy the Season
The food you buy at the farmers market is seasonal and fresh. Shopping and cooking from the farmers market helps you to reconnect with the cycles of nature in our region. 

3. Support Family Farmers
Family farmers need your support, now that large agribusiness dominates food production in the U.S. Small family farms have a hard time competing in the food marketplace. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 4:06 PM
Tuberculosis used to be rare in developed countries like the United States. In the mid-80s, we started hearing about it more frequently, partly due to the rise in HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. HIV lowers the immune system’s ability to fight off infection, so illnesses like tuberculosis have more of a chance of infecting someone. With preventive measures, it came under fairly good control within the U.S. However, with a rise in news reports about tuberculosis, it may be good to have a quick primer on what this disease is, how it is classified and how it is treated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/15/2015 12:00 AM
“They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:31-32 KJV   The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, reports that, “many Americans have good access to health care that enables them to benefit fully from the Nation’s health care system”* while at the same time identifying disparities impacting other Americans who have difficulty accessing available care.  “National Healthcare Disparities Reports confirm that racial and ethnic minorities and people of low socioeconomic status are represented among those with access problems.”*     As I reflected upon this passage it struck me that the problem of access to care is centuries old.  In this passage of scripture Jesus is responding to critics of his practice of spending time with people who were deemed unworthy of the company of the “righteous”.  They were looked down upon because of their occupations, their lifestyles, their socioeconomic standing and even their health....
By SMH Webmaster on 6/9/2015 2:36 PM
After enjoying a warm afternoon at the pool, you may find yourself completely worn out this summer. Surprisingly, the answer may be a tall drink of water to rev your energy instead of an early bedtime or another cup of iced coffee that is going to keep you up too late.

Dehydration can present in many ways, from fatigue, lightheadedness or even hunger. The general rule of eight glasses of water a day is not always accurate for everyone, which can make it confusing to try to figure out if you are tired from real fatigue or because you have not had enough to drink. A few simple clues can help you determine if you are dehydrated.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/8/2015 1:55 PM
“Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a sleeping mat.  They tried to take him inside to Jesus, but they couldn’t reach him because of the crowd.  So they went up on the roof and took off some tiles.  Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus.”  Luke 5:18, 19 NLT How far would you go to help a friend?  There are two stories in the New Testament about friends carrying a paralyzed person to where they could get help.  The second one occurs in the third chapter of the Acts of the Apostles where friends carried a man daily to the Temple gate so that he could beg for alms.  He was eventually healed when he encountered Peter and John and never had to beg again.  The first is this story recorded by Luke.  People had gathered at a house where Jesus was presumably staying, and what a crowd.  There were Pharisees and Doctors of the Law from all of the surrounding towns along with people from all walks of life including the sick who had been brought so that Jesus could...
By SMH Webmaster on 6/2/2015 11:33 AM
As I was seeing a patient in clinic last month, she all of a sudden noticed a tick crawling on her. She removed it before it bit her and disposed of it within seconds. What a great reminder that tick season is here in the Midwest!

Ticks live in wooded areas and fields. Knowing this, it is important to practice preventive techniques when planning to be in potentially tick-infested areas. There are multiple bug repellants available over-the-counter marketed against ticks. There is even a clothing line that is pre-treated with permethrin, a tick repellant. However, just taking some general clothing precautions will help. Tucking in your shirt and wearing long pants tucked into your socks will help keep ticks from getting under your clothes without being seen. Wear light clothing as well. This makes dark ticks more visible on quick glance. If you want to take it one step further, especially in heavily infested tick areas, wrap tape around your waist and ankles as another layer of protection from sneaky ticks. Yes, you may be made fun of endlessly by friends and family, but you might be the only one without a tick on you.
By SMH Webmaster on 6/1/2015 12:34 PM
 “Truly I tell you, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to the Messiah will certainly not lose their reward.” Mark 9:41 NIV   There will always be a great need somewhere.  This past weekend people in Texas and Oklahoma lost lives and property because of storms and flooding.  ABC News reported on May 2, 2015 that the death toll resulting from the earthquake in Nepal had risen to over 7,000 in addition to more than 14,000 people injured and thousands more homeless.  Relief agencies from around the world and around the U.S. rushed to bring aid as we watched the news with a sense of helplessness, some of us asking ourselves, what can we do?  But all of the needs of this world are not solely the result of natural disasters, neither do they all happen on a national or global scale.  They don’t all need disaster response teams and FEMA to provide help.  Some needs are smaller, everyday events that require a smaller yet no less significant response.   Think for a moment about the things...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/27/2015 7:50 AM
I love summer. I may not appreciate the winter months as much as others do, but I clearly love the sun and the heat of our Kansas City summers. If you’re not careful though, the sun can be hard on you. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can damage your skin quickly, depending on the time of year. There are many ways to enjoy the sun this summer without getting burned.
 
Get in the shade
Getting under an umbrella, a tree, or anything that provides shade, can significantly reduce your risk of burning, but the sun’s rays can still reach you. Even with shade, your best bet is to use sunscreen. I’ll never forget being on a boat under a canopy and feeling protected, but being burned by the reflection off of the lake.
By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 2:45 PM
Memorial Day weekend is a great time to get outdoors. When the weather cooperates, swimming makes a great recreational as well as fitness activity. It is always important to remember a few safety tips around water.

First of all, one of the best ways to start a swimming life is with lessons. There are swimming lessons offered all over the area, for all ages. It is a great way to make friends and receive instruction on how to keep safe but also how to have more fun, like diving to the bottom of the pool to retrieve pool rings.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/19/2015 10:07 AM
“Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch.” Luke 5:4 NIV   In his book, “Why Am I Afraid to Tell You Who I Am”, John Powel discusses five levels of communication.  He describes as follows: Level five; “Cliché Conversation”, exchange of greetings, small talk, “Did you see those Royals?”  Level four; “Reporting the Facts”, we talk about what happening but not about how it makes us feel or how it affects us. Level three; “Ideas and Judgements”, Ideas, thoughts and personal statements are shared about a variety of subjects and we begin to take some risks. Level two; “Feelings and Emotions”, at this level we start “sharing feelings about facts, ideas and judgments”. Level one; this is the kind of communication we share with a few close friends or family.  We are the most open, honest and vulnerable at this level.  This is the level at which true intimacy is shared and experienced.  This where it gets deep and sometimes a little scary, actually it can get a lot scary which...
By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 12:50 PM

With summer just around the corner, let’s review some sun safety tips, as well as my top picks for non-toxic, yet effective sunscreens.

Keep infants under six months of age out of direct sunlight, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Babies’ skin is less mature compared to older children and adults, and sunscreen is not recommended in this population as there is an increased risk of side effects from chemicals in sunscreen. 

Wear protective clothing. Look for shirts, hats and shorts that provide the best UV protection. Check out this local Prairie Village company, Swim Zip.

By SMH Webmaster on 5/11/2015 8:38 AM
“…I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.” Genesis 17:16 KJV   At ninety years old, if one is blessed with clarity of mind, life is mostly about looking back and reflecting over the journey.  It’s about passing on a few last pearls of wisdom to your children and grandchildren.  It is a time to set things in order and finally come to the place of acceptance about those long held hopes, dreams and desires that were never fulfilled.  I imagine that’s where Sarai was in her mind when she heard the words that were shared between her husband Abram and some visitors claiming to be messengers from God or as some understand it, God himself.   During that conversation there were name changing ceremonies, Abram – exalted father was changed to Abraham – father of a multitude and Sarai – princess was changed to Sarah – noblewoman, most commonly used in reference to one who was the wife of a king.  And there was an unbelievable promise.  At ninety Sarah was to get pregnant...
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