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By SMH Webmaster on 8/24/2015 10:07 AM
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7a NLT   Recently I’ve been praying more than I usually do.  There just seems to be so many things going on in the world, in life, in ministry in and around Shawnee Mission Health.  It’s as if the burden to pray is heavy upon me.  The Bible teaches that prayer is more than just a religious discipline.  It has a purpose.  Charles Spurgeon expressed it like this, “…the goal of prayer is the ear of God.  Unless that is gained, the prayer has utterly failed.  The uttering of it may have kindled devotional feeling in our minds, the hearing of it may have comforted and strengthened the hearts of those with whom we have prayed but if the prayer has not gained the heart of God, it has failed in its essential purpose.”   So how do we gain the ear and heart of God when we pray?  The Bible has much to say...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Samech   “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 KJV   Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible, 176 verses.  Is divided into twenty-two sections, each section named for one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  It is an acrostic hymn that explores God’s law of love.  The following are just my personal reflections on one of the sections.   In the second verse of the fifteenth section, samech, the Psalmist represents God as a hiding place and a shield.  The significance of the letter that heads this section addresses the completeness of God.  The shape of the samech is circular.  Its end connects with its beginning and is representative of the eternal nature of a God who has neither beginning nor end.  The closed circle indicates that his love and his protection is complete and surrounds those who trust in him.     The Psalm is attributed to David and appears to be a collection of his thought and praises.  David was a man familiar with needing a place to hide....
By SMH Webmaster on 8/11/2015 2:05 PM
The return to school brings with it many welcome things – new activities, new studies and new friends. Unfortunately, fungus can often be lurking along with the fun. As students prepare for participation in sporting events, musicals and other group activities, they should also prepare for guarding against a few of the most common fungal infections.

Athlete’s Foot 
Athlete’s Foot is a widespread and easily contracted fungus. It is caused by the same fungus that we know as Ringworm. Often beginning between the toes, it can make skin red, cracked and itchy. Occasionally, the fungi can cause blistering on the feet. Athletes are often exposed to it in the locker room, where bare, sweaty feet and bacteria on the floor make for a perfect match. Students can ward against this by removing sweaty clothes and socks immediately after physical activity, and wearing flip flops or another water-proof shoe in the locker room instead of going barefoot. 
By SMH Webmaster on 8/10/2015 12:00 AM
Where there is no vision, the people perish: Proverbs 29:18a KJV   For many years, I’ve been fascinated with the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, SD and this weekend I had the privilege of visiting it.  The four faces of the US presidents were partially shrouded by clouds for most of the morning but after the clouds lifted and the sun came out, the monument lived up to my expectations.  The sculpture represents the work of eight visionaries. Doane Robinson, a South Dakota historian envisioned a monument carved into the rocks that would be so large it would attract people from all over the world to the Black Hills, SD.  He enlisted the services of sculptor Gutzon Borglum who “looked at the knobby, cracked face of Mt. Rushmore…and saw a vision of four United States presidents carved into the mountain.” (National Park Service Brochure)  It was 1923 and it wouldn’t be long until the country would be plunged into the great depression. Robinson and South Dakota’s Senator Peter Norbeck began fund raising...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/7/2015 9:56 AM

August is a busy time for many, and juggling all of the back-to-school to-do’s can become overwhelming for many families. Between the school supplies, new tennis shoes and gear purchases, to coordinating car pools and signing up for fall activities, keeping your kids’ health top-of-mind can slip through the cracks. It’s important to give your students a healthy start to the new school year so they will be prepared both physically and mentally. Consider these tips as you prepare for the busy school year ahead. 

By SMH Webmaster on 8/3/2015 12:00 AM
“And now, my friends, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is loveable and gracious, whatever is excellent and admirable – fill your thoughts with these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NEB   “A negative outlook turns off the light of hope, changes love into hate and peace into stress.  But a positive outlook does the opposite.  It brings hope, ignites love and sets hearts ablaze,” (Creation Health Training Manual – Outlook).  Where is you focus?  What you focus on can determine how high you will rise, whether you reach your goals and how satisfied with life you will be.  Do you go around waiting for the hammer to fall?  The fallacy of catastrophic expectations is a term social scientists use to describe the thought process of the fearful.  These people think, “If something bad can happen, it will!”  This leads to a negative self-fulfilling prophecy and the behaviors that will feed the prophecy.  For example:  The “expected” failure of a relationship makes them act in ways that will destroy it.  Changing...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/30/2015 12:54 PM
In my practice, I often meet with women who are preparing for conception. Having a baby is a huge decision, and there are many things women can do to prepare for a future in motherhood, beginning with the healthiest pregnancy possible. 

It takes around 120 days for an egg to fully mature, and around the same amount of time for sperm to generate, during which time they are vulnerable to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies. Therefore I recommend women who are planning for pregnancy really begin fine-tuning their diet and lifestyle three months prior to trying for pregnancy.  
By SMH Webmaster on 7/27/2015 12:00 AM
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).  Mark 5:41 NIV   The above Bible verse contains a life-giving command that might not have happened if Jesus had not followed through on a request for help even after the person asking for help had given up hope.  A ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, had a sick daughter.  He begged Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  Jesus agreed to go and while, on his way, there was an interruption.  A woman who had been suffering from a menstrual condition for twelve years sought healing from Jesus.  Unfortunately, she could not get to him because of the large crowd that pressed about him and was only able to touch the hem of his garment but that was sufficient for her to be healed.  The touch did not go unnoticed because Jesus felt it and commended the woman for her faith.    About that time a message from the ruler’s house conveyed the news that Jairus had hoped to avoid, “Your daughter is dead…why bother the...
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 8/24/2015 10:07 AM
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7a NLT   Recently I’ve been praying more than I usually do.  There just seems to be so many things going on in the world, in life, in ministry in and around Shawnee Mission Health.  It’s as if the burden to pray is heavy upon me.  The Bible teaches that prayer is more than just a religious discipline.  It has a purpose.  Charles Spurgeon expressed it like this, “…the goal of prayer is the ear of God.  Unless that is gained, the prayer has utterly failed.  The uttering of it may have kindled devotional feeling in our minds, the hearing of it may have comforted and strengthened the hearts of those with whom we have prayed but if the prayer has not gained the heart of God, it has failed in its essential purpose.”   So how do we gain the ear and heart of God when we pray?  The Bible has much to say...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Samech   “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 KJV   Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible, 176 verses.  Is divided into twenty-two sections, each section named for one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  It is an acrostic hymn that explores God’s law of love.  The following are just my personal reflections on one of the sections.   In the second verse of the fifteenth section, samech, the Psalmist represents God as a hiding place and a shield.  The significance of the letter that heads this section addresses the completeness of God.  The shape of the samech is circular.  Its end connects with its beginning and is representative of the eternal nature of a God who has neither beginning nor end.  The closed circle indicates that his love and his protection is complete and surrounds those who trust in him.     The Psalm is attributed to David and appears to be a collection of his thought and praises.  David was a man familiar with needing a place to hide....
By SMH Webmaster on 8/11/2015 2:05 PM
The return to school brings with it many welcome things – new activities, new studies and new friends. Unfortunately, fungus can often be lurking along with the fun. As students prepare for participation in sporting events, musicals and other group activities, they should also prepare for guarding against a few of the most common fungal infections.

Athlete’s Foot 
Athlete’s Foot is a widespread and easily contracted fungus. It is caused by the same fungus that we know as Ringworm. Often beginning between the toes, it can make skin red, cracked and itchy. Occasionally, the fungi can cause blistering on the feet. Athletes are often exposed to it in the locker room, where bare, sweaty feet and bacteria on the floor make for a perfect match. Students can ward against this by removing sweaty clothes and socks immediately after physical activity, and wearing flip flops or another water-proof shoe in the locker room instead of going barefoot. 
By SMH Webmaster on 8/10/2015 12:00 AM
Where there is no vision, the people perish: Proverbs 29:18a KJV   For many years, I’ve been fascinated with the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, SD and this weekend I had the privilege of visiting it.  The four faces of the US presidents were partially shrouded by clouds for most of the morning but after the clouds lifted and the sun came out, the monument lived up to my expectations.  The sculpture represents the work of eight visionaries. Doane Robinson, a South Dakota historian envisioned a monument carved into the rocks that would be so large it would attract people from all over the world to the Black Hills, SD.  He enlisted the services of sculptor Gutzon Borglum who “looked at the knobby, cracked face of Mt. Rushmore…and saw a vision of four United States presidents carved into the mountain.” (National Park Service Brochure)  It was 1923 and it wouldn’t be long until the country would be plunged into the great depression. Robinson and South Dakota’s Senator Peter Norbeck began fund raising...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/7/2015 9:56 AM

August is a busy time for many, and juggling all of the back-to-school to-do’s can become overwhelming for many families. Between the school supplies, new tennis shoes and gear purchases, to coordinating car pools and signing up for fall activities, keeping your kids’ health top-of-mind can slip through the cracks. It’s important to give your students a healthy start to the new school year so they will be prepared both physically and mentally. Consider these tips as you prepare for the busy school year ahead. 

By SMH Webmaster on 8/3/2015 12:00 AM
“And now, my friends, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is loveable and gracious, whatever is excellent and admirable – fill your thoughts with these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NEB   “A negative outlook turns off the light of hope, changes love into hate and peace into stress.  But a positive outlook does the opposite.  It brings hope, ignites love and sets hearts ablaze,” (Creation Health Training Manual – Outlook).  Where is you focus?  What you focus on can determine how high you will rise, whether you reach your goals and how satisfied with life you will be.  Do you go around waiting for the hammer to fall?  The fallacy of catastrophic expectations is a term social scientists use to describe the thought process of the fearful.  These people think, “If something bad can happen, it will!”  This leads to a negative self-fulfilling prophecy and the behaviors that will feed the prophecy.  For example:  The “expected” failure of a relationship makes them act in ways that will destroy it.  Changing...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/30/2015 12:54 PM
In my practice, I often meet with women who are preparing for conception. Having a baby is a huge decision, and there are many things women can do to prepare for a future in motherhood, beginning with the healthiest pregnancy possible. 

It takes around 120 days for an egg to fully mature, and around the same amount of time for sperm to generate, during which time they are vulnerable to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies. Therefore I recommend women who are planning for pregnancy really begin fine-tuning their diet and lifestyle three months prior to trying for pregnancy.  
By SMH Webmaster on 7/27/2015 12:00 AM
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).  Mark 5:41 NIV   The above Bible verse contains a life-giving command that might not have happened if Jesus had not followed through on a request for help even after the person asking for help had given up hope.  A ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, had a sick daughter.  He begged Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  Jesus agreed to go and while, on his way, there was an interruption.  A woman who had been suffering from a menstrual condition for twelve years sought healing from Jesus.  Unfortunately, she could not get to him because of the large crowd that pressed about him and was only able to touch the hem of his garment but that was sufficient for her to be healed.  The touch did not go unnoticed because Jesus felt it and commended the woman for her faith.    About that time a message from the ruler’s house conveyed the news that Jairus had hoped to avoid, “Your daughter is dead…why bother the...
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 8/24/2015 10:07 AM
“Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” Philippians 4:6-7a NLT   Recently I’ve been praying more than I usually do.  There just seems to be so many things going on in the world, in life, in ministry in and around Shawnee Mission Health.  It’s as if the burden to pray is heavy upon me.  The Bible teaches that prayer is more than just a religious discipline.  It has a purpose.  Charles Spurgeon expressed it like this, “…the goal of prayer is the ear of God.  Unless that is gained, the prayer has utterly failed.  The uttering of it may have kindled devotional feeling in our minds, the hearing of it may have comforted and strengthened the hearts of those with whom we have prayed but if the prayer has not gained the heart of God, it has failed in its essential purpose.”   So how do we gain the ear and heart of God when we pray?  The Bible has much to say...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/17/2015 12:00 AM
The Samech   “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.” Psalm 119:114 KJV   Psalm 119 is the longest Psalm in the Bible, 176 verses.  Is divided into twenty-two sections, each section named for one of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  It is an acrostic hymn that explores God’s law of love.  The following are just my personal reflections on one of the sections.   In the second verse of the fifteenth section, samech, the Psalmist represents God as a hiding place and a shield.  The significance of the letter that heads this section addresses the completeness of God.  The shape of the samech is circular.  Its end connects with its beginning and is representative of the eternal nature of a God who has neither beginning nor end.  The closed circle indicates that his love and his protection is complete and surrounds those who trust in him.     The Psalm is attributed to David and appears to be a collection of his thought and praises.  David was a man familiar with needing a place to hide....
By SMH Webmaster on 8/11/2015 2:05 PM
The return to school brings with it many welcome things – new activities, new studies and new friends. Unfortunately, fungus can often be lurking along with the fun. As students prepare for participation in sporting events, musicals and other group activities, they should also prepare for guarding against a few of the most common fungal infections.

Athlete’s Foot 
Athlete’s Foot is a widespread and easily contracted fungus. It is caused by the same fungus that we know as Ringworm. Often beginning between the toes, it can make skin red, cracked and itchy. Occasionally, the fungi can cause blistering on the feet. Athletes are often exposed to it in the locker room, where bare, sweaty feet and bacteria on the floor make for a perfect match. Students can ward against this by removing sweaty clothes and socks immediately after physical activity, and wearing flip flops or another water-proof shoe in the locker room instead of going barefoot. 
By SMH Webmaster on 8/10/2015 12:00 AM
Where there is no vision, the people perish: Proverbs 29:18a KJV   For many years, I’ve been fascinated with the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, SD and this weekend I had the privilege of visiting it.  The four faces of the US presidents were partially shrouded by clouds for most of the morning but after the clouds lifted and the sun came out, the monument lived up to my expectations.  The sculpture represents the work of eight visionaries. Doane Robinson, a South Dakota historian envisioned a monument carved into the rocks that would be so large it would attract people from all over the world to the Black Hills, SD.  He enlisted the services of sculptor Gutzon Borglum who “looked at the knobby, cracked face of Mt. Rushmore…and saw a vision of four United States presidents carved into the mountain.” (National Park Service Brochure)  It was 1923 and it wouldn’t be long until the country would be plunged into the great depression. Robinson and South Dakota’s Senator Peter Norbeck began fund raising...
By SMH Webmaster on 8/7/2015 9:56 AM

August is a busy time for many, and juggling all of the back-to-school to-do’s can become overwhelming for many families. Between the school supplies, new tennis shoes and gear purchases, to coordinating car pools and signing up for fall activities, keeping your kids’ health top-of-mind can slip through the cracks. It’s important to give your students a healthy start to the new school year so they will be prepared both physically and mentally. Consider these tips as you prepare for the busy school year ahead. 

By SMH Webmaster on 8/3/2015 12:00 AM
“And now, my friends, all that is noble, all that is just and pure, all that is loveable and gracious, whatever is excellent and admirable – fill your thoughts with these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NEB   “A negative outlook turns off the light of hope, changes love into hate and peace into stress.  But a positive outlook does the opposite.  It brings hope, ignites love and sets hearts ablaze,” (Creation Health Training Manual – Outlook).  Where is you focus?  What you focus on can determine how high you will rise, whether you reach your goals and how satisfied with life you will be.  Do you go around waiting for the hammer to fall?  The fallacy of catastrophic expectations is a term social scientists use to describe the thought process of the fearful.  These people think, “If something bad can happen, it will!”  This leads to a negative self-fulfilling prophecy and the behaviors that will feed the prophecy.  For example:  The “expected” failure of a relationship makes them act in ways that will destroy it.  Changing...
By SMH Webmaster on 7/30/2015 12:54 PM
In my practice, I often meet with women who are preparing for conception. Having a baby is a huge decision, and there are many things women can do to prepare for a future in motherhood, beginning with the healthiest pregnancy possible. 

It takes around 120 days for an egg to fully mature, and around the same amount of time for sperm to generate, during which time they are vulnerable to toxicity and nutrient deficiencies. Therefore I recommend women who are planning for pregnancy really begin fine-tuning their diet and lifestyle three months prior to trying for pregnancy.  
By SMH Webmaster on 7/27/2015 12:00 AM
He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum!” (which means “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”).  Mark 5:41 NIV   The above Bible verse contains a life-giving command that might not have happened if Jesus had not followed through on a request for help even after the person asking for help had given up hope.  A ruler of the synagogue, Jairus, had a sick daughter.  He begged Jesus to come to his house and heal her.  Jesus agreed to go and while, on his way, there was an interruption.  A woman who had been suffering from a menstrual condition for twelve years sought healing from Jesus.  Unfortunately, she could not get to him because of the large crowd that pressed about him and was only able to touch the hem of his garment but that was sufficient for her to be healed.  The touch did not go unnoticed because Jesus felt it and commended the woman for her faith.    About that time a message from the ruler’s house conveyed the news that Jairus had hoped to avoid, “Your daughter is dead…why bother the...
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.
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