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By SMH Webmaster on 11/24/2015 8:44 AM
In a matter of days (or hours, really), we’ll be moving on from pumpkins to Christmas trees. Before you toss that pumpkin off your front porch, don’t miss out on the health benefits its seeds can offer – especially for men. 

Ninety-nine percent of the pumpkins marketed in the United States are used for Halloween jack-o-lanterns. While these varieties are usually too stringy to eat, the seeds can be very beneficial for men’s health. First, prostate health: Pumpkin seeds contain a phytonutrient called cucurbitacins that can prevent the body from converting testosterone into a much more potent form called dihydrotestosterone. By inhibiting or slowing down this pathway, it makes it difficult for the body to produce more prostate cells, and therefore more difficult for the prostate to keep enlarging. More is not better when it comes to the size of your prostate.
By SMH Webmaster on 11/17/2015 9:23 AM
As Thanksgiving approaches, we look forward to spending time with family and eating our favorite foods. But most of us don’t look forward to the extra pounds that come with it. If you’re looking to maintain your weight over the holidays, you don’t have to forgo your usual holiday dishes. Having a plan for your Thanksgiving meal can help you keep off any weight gain this season.

Load up on healthy foods
This might be easier than you think. Thanksgiving dinner typically includes many foods high in protein and nutrients. The key is to fill up on as much as you can on the low-fat versions. Turkey is high in protein and low in fat, especially if you remove the skin first. Vegetables like sweet potatoes are a great choice, as long as they’re not baked with fattening ingredients like marshmallows and butter. Aim to fill about 2/3 of your plate with veggies and fruits. If you eat salad, swap the high-fat dressing with a low-fat vinaigrette.  
By SMH Webmaster on 11/16/2015 9:07 AM
“…The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:37   The Old Testament account of David and Goliath is perhaps one of the most well-known and well-loved stories in the Bible.  Over the years it has become a metaphor for facing life’s difficult challenges or overcoming insurmountable odds.   Phrases like “Facing your Giants” or “Giant Killers” abound in movie titles and sports references all pointing back to the day that David felled Goliath with a sling and a stone.  But that was not David’s first demonstration of courage.  To understand how David prepared for this encounter we have to go back to the sheep pasture.   David was the youngest of twelve brothers who lived with their father Jesse in Bethlehem.  Birth order would have naturally presented him with some survival challenges.  From very early in his life he would have had to learn to develop some self-assertiveness.  The family business was raising...
By SMH Webmaster on 11/10/2015 3:04 PM

Tis the season for the exploitation of pumpkins. If you shop at Trader Joe’s (or any grocery store for that matter), you have probably seen the following seasonal products – pumpkin tortilla chips, pumpkin granola, pumpkin stuffing, pumpkin cereal bars, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin cookies and the popular pumpkin bread in a box. Not even mentioning the pumpkin spice latte craze. Pumpkin flavored anything will usually result in a high-sugar, highly processed food item.

Pumpkin itself is very nutritious. In the fall and winter months, consuming pumpkins and other winter squash varieties can actually help prevent you from catching a respiratory viral infection.

By SMH Webmaster on 11/9/2015 3:04 PM
“Then the fire of God fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God, the LORD, he is the God.”  1 Kings 18:38 KJV   References to God revealing himself by fire are commonplace in scripture.  In the life of Moses alone I will reference three.  One of the most well-known of these occurred at his calling to be deliver of Israel from Egyptian slavery, when God reveled himself in the burning bush, Exodus 3:2.  Another instance, was when God gave the Law on Mt. Sinai, the top of the mountain was smoking “because the LORD descended upon it in fire”, Exodus 19:18.  In the third account, God revealed himself at the dedication of the wilderness Sanctuary in such a way that the priests could not enter to do their work, Exodus 40:34.  In the New Testament the Holy Spirit is revealed as “cloven tongues of fire” that rested upon the disciples...
By SMH Webmaster on 11/4/2015 4:52 PM
As Kansas City gathered to watch the Royals win the World Series, it was more than just the final score that made the game great. It was the camaraderie between fans. The excitement in the extra innings.

And then, of course, there’s the food.

For many fans, stadium food is part of the baseball experience, with hot dogs being one of the most popular menu choices. So some may have balked at the recent announcement of the World Health Organization (WHO) confirming that regularly eating processed meats increases the risk of colorectal cancer. 
By SMH Webmaster on 11/2/2015 8:56 AM
“How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions?  If the LORD is God follow him!  But if Baal is God then follow him. ” 1 Kings 18:21 NLT   It had been three years since the Elijah prophesied that there would be no rain.  During that time King Ahab and Queen Jezebel continued to lead the nation in rebellion against God by advancing the worship of Baal as the true religion of Israel.  On this day Elijah called for a showdown on Mt Carmel to determine who was to be worshipped The LORD or Baal.  After the people were assembled, he shouted his challenge.  “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions?” Elijah knew where he stood.  The 450 priests of Baal knew where they stood, but the masses…well they were not so sure.  It had been about sixty years since Jeroboam the first king of the Ten Tribes of Israel began to lead the nation into idolatry.  Since his reign there had been seven more kings and with each new monarch, the moral condition of the nation declined further.  By now...
By SMH Webmaster on 10/27/2015 1:22 PM
At this time of the year, sick days are common for both kids and adults. But one infection in particular has seen a dramatic increase this year. 

Shigellosis is a diarrheal disease caused by the bacteria Shigella. According to the Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department, there are normally only 10 cases of shigellosis per year in the area. However, this year, that number has spiked to more than 150. Most of the cases in Kansas City have been children in daycare and elementary schools.
By SMH Webmaster on 10/26/2015 8:03 AM
"Then Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you waver, hobbling between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him! But if Baal is God, then follow him!” But the people were completely silent.” 1 Kings 18:21 NLT Indecision induces paralysis.  Until a person makes a decision about which course of action should be taken it is as if they are stuck in limbo.  The Apostle James says, “…a double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”  Elijah issued the above challenge to the people of God to help break them out of their limbo.   It had been three and a half years since Elijah had prophesied that there would be no rain except by the word of God.  The drought was intended to teach King Ahab and his queen, Jezebel, that it was the living God and not Baal who should be worshipped.  This royal couple had led the people into a mixture of attempted service to both, thereby giving allegiance to neither.    Elijah stood alone representing God, before him stood 450 prophets of Baal and a multitude...
By SMH Webmaster on 10/20/2015 3:44 PM
The dreaded cold and cough season is here. Before you rush to the medicine cabinet, did you know that cough and cold medications are among the top 20 substances leading to death in children younger than 5-years-old? And there is little to no evidence supporting the use of most over-the-counter cough remedies in children? While that might be surprising to you, you do have evidence-based options for natural ways to treat the littlest ones in your family. FYI, these recommendations can also be implemented in adults.

First off, it’s important to note that because viral infections are the causes of most colds, antibiotics are not the answer. However, theAmerican Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) lists the following as effective treatments for children with the common cold:
By SMH Webmaster on 10/19/2015 3:58 PM
“It’s not whether you win or lose. It’s how you play the game.” We’ve all heard the saying, and probably repeated it to our own kids. But when kids receive participation trophies no matter how they play, they’re missing out on an important life lesson – how to lose.

As a father of two teenagers, I’ve seen for myself the number of participation trophies and awards that are given to kids whether they’ve earned them or not. Often, kids receive them at the end of the season just for showing up, not as a measure of effort. I have noticed most of these trophies in the back of a closet or in a box. Look to see which awards they display.  
By SMH Webmaster on 10/19/2015 2:01 PM
"When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, ‘Oh Lord, please leave me – I’m too much of a sinner to be around you.’” Luke 5:8 NLT   It was late morning and Simon and his partners were tired and discouraged.  They had fished all night and caught nothing.  They were cleaning and repairing their fishing nets unaware that a huge crowd had gathered close to where they were working until Jesus asked if he could stand in one of their boats so that he could speak to the people who had gathered.  Graciously he agreed and pushed the boat out a little way from the shore.  Jesus taught the people and Simon listened while he worked.    What Jesus taught that morning is not recorded but it must have impressed Simon significantly because when Jesus had finished teaching, he told Simon to take the boat out to where the lake was deeper and cast the net, there was no argument, merely a statement of frustration about an unproductive night, even though they had worked hard.  Simon’s...
By SMH Webmaster on 10/12/2015 1:27 PM
“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, 17 comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NLT The word hope is used 109 times in the King James Version of the Bible and in nearly all cases it is part of a phrase that connects hope to God.  Some phrases talk about the absence of hope without God, like Job 8:13, which deals with the condition of those who forget God.   Psalm 31:24 tells the saints to have courage because they hope in the Lord.  Psalm 43:5 is a verse of self-encouragement saying, “hope thou in God for I shall yet praise him [who is] the health of my countenance, and my God.”   In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul tells us that we hope for things that we have not yet seen and learn patience in the process. Romans 8:24, 25. Hope is a fundamental human need.  Maslow’s Hierarchy lists safety and love and belonging as needs two and three, hope is akin to these...
By SMH Webmaster on 10/6/2015 8:50 AM
If you are using chemicals to get rid of bugs inside your home, you might want to find a new approach. According to a meta-analysis published in October’s 2015 Pediatric journal, childhood exposure to residential indoor insecticides was associated with a significant increased risk of childhood cancers, specifically childhood leukemia. 

Based on this study, the authors conclude that children may be at increased risk, compared to adults. Children’s immune systems are still developing and may provide less protection against environmental toxins. In addition, adults have mature detox systems and, therefore, are able to excrete harmful pesticides more than a developing child. Just consider the size of our little ones, yet exposed to the same amount of chemicals as adult bodies are. On top of all of this, children are low to the ground, crawling on the ground, regularly putting hands and other items in their mouths. This means more chances of exposure, ingestion or absorption of these potentially cancer-causing agents. 
By SMH Webmaster on 10/5/2015 10:58 AM
And she said, Truth, Lord; yet even the dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.  Matthew 15:27 KJV   The word dog, as a term of endearment, was popularized by its use in the “hip-hop” culture in the 1990’s and was generally used between African-American men.  Spelled “dawg”, the Urban Dictionary defines it as, slang for "my close acquaintance of an African-American ethnic background".  In Biblical times it was not a term of endearment.  It was an intentional insult used to describe any person not of Jewish heritage.  Jesus demonstrated, in an encounter with a woman who would typically fall into this category, that there should be no such distinction and that no one was to be excluded from the benefit of his Grace.    Jesus and his disciples had retreated to the coast of Tyre and Sidon hoping that here they would be able to get a break from the busy life of ministry.  While here a local woman sought Jesus out for help.  Evidently, word about the miracles of Jesus had reached that region...
By SMH Webmaster on 9/28/2015 12:00 AM
“The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms…” Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV There’s a lot of construction going on around the campus, both inside and out.  Most of the projects are renovations that involve gutting old space, reconfiguring and building out redesigned spaces for alternative uses.  The most engineering heavy project involves building two new stories on top of the old emergency department.  I asked a worker who was pouring concrete to repair a footpath leading to a secure entrance to the west of the former emergency department, why they had dug it up in the first place and he gave me a five minute lecture on foundations, fascinating. He informed me that the original foundation was not strong enough to bear the weight of the additional two floors so they were having to reinforce the foundation.  He described a process in which (and this is my oversimplification of a very complex process so no calls or emails correcting me please) they drilled down next to the foundation to...
By SMH Webmaster on 9/22/2015 2:53 PM
Nobody wants to have to take regular medications, but sometimes our health status requires we do so. Medications are formulated to help override or block a specific biochemical pathway in our body. However, long-term use of certain medications can change the way our body absorbs, excretes or metabolizes certain nutrients. Here are a few commonly used medications, and the nutrient depletions to consider.

If you are currently taking a statin, your body might be lacking in coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme that is needed to produce cholesterol. Sounds great, right? But, blocking this enzyme also blocks the body’s ability to make CoQ10. 
By SMH Webmaster on 9/21/2015 5:14 PM
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” Luke 12:15 NIV   Who are you?  No, who are you really?  Tullian Tchividjian in his book “One Way Love”, says, “Performancism casts achievement not as something we do or don’t do but as something we are or aren’t.”  In this performance driven world we measure ourselves by where we went to school, how smart we are, what kind of work we do, how much money we make, what we drive, where we live, how we look and what people think of us.  These things, he says are not just reflective of what we do but they are reflective of who we are, “they are synonymous with our worth.”  The high level of anxiety that is associated with measuring up and the inability to cope with perceived failure correlates with the increasing frequency of insomnia, increased suicide rates among all ages and an inability to find satisfaction in life.   The Bible passage above is part of Jesus’ response to a request...
By SMH Webmaster on 9/15/2015 11:03 AM
Fall is arguably one of the best times of the year to be in Kansas City. With the leaves changing (minus the obligatory raking that requires), cooler air, football games and everything pumpkin, it’s hard not to love our city. But it’s also the time of the year that the dreaded flu begins to reemerge, which means it’s time to get your flu shot. 

Every year, I hear the phrase, “The last time I got the flu shot, I got sick.” Not only is it not true, but not getting the flu shot also leaves you and the ones you love vulnerable. Let me explain why you won’t get sick from the shot – and if you do get sick, why that might be – the types of vaccines available this year, and when you should get yours.

By SMH Webmaster on 9/14/2015 12:00 AM
This weekend America remembered. September 11, 2001, is a day that is indelibly inscribed in the hearts and minds of the people of this country because it was a day like no other. Terrorists launched a coordinated attack against America, targeting the Pentagon, the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Washington, DC, symbols of American freedom. On that day 2996 lives were lost and many more were injured physically and emotionally. This country has never been the same since. The “War on Terror” was launched, the “Patriot Act” was passed and security was heightened and continues to be so. Thousands of families were impacted by the pain of loss and change.  Stories of courage and heroism continue to be told of firefighters and law enforcement officers, of spouses and children who refused to allow this tragedy to destroy their lives, stories of children, now adults who live to honor the memory of a fallen parent.   This kind of event can be described as a turning point.  It is a point in time where our history...
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