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Generally speaking, a live missionary is better than a dead one...and a healthy one is better than an unhealthy one.
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Virgin Birth debate interrupts regular ‘War on Christmas’ program

Virgin Birth debate interrupts regular ‘War on Christmas’ program | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
The other war on Christmas — not the one over saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” — broke into a skirmish after a well-known evangelical preacher suggested he doesn’t have a problem with people who doubt the Virgin Birth.

Andy Stanley, founder of North Point Minis
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Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast : Internal Medicine News

Obamacare marketplace shakeout rocks Arizona, Southeast : Internal Medicine News | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Some of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces are in turmoil as the fourth open enrollment season approaches this fall, but what’s ahead for consumer
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"Competition on the Obamacare exchanges will be diminished next year when three of the nation’s largest health insurers – Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and Humana – will sell individual plans in many fewer markets. So too will several Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in various states. That’s on top of the 16 nonprofit co-ops that have closed since January 2015.

"Aetna will exit 11 of 15 states where it sells plans on the exchanges." 

"UnitedHealthcare has said it will quit 22 of 34 states, and 

"Humana will leave 4 of the 15 states where it operates. 

"In late May, the Kaiser Family Foundation estimated the number of rural counties at risk of having one insurer on the exchanges would triple in 2017. That was before Humana and Aetna detailed their plans.

"The states that will see the most difficulty will be marketplace consumers in Arizona, North and South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Florida, where only one or two insurers will be left when open enrollment season begins Nov. 15.

The Bottom line is that these companies are losing money.

"Aetna’s exit announcement Aug. 15 that blamed financial losses on its marketplace plans...."


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Rowan Led Research Team Develops Highly Accurate Blood Test For Alzheimer's Disease

Rowan Led Research Team Develops Highly Accurate Blood Test For Alzheimer's Disease | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Early detection of Alzheimer's Disease may be more possible than ever thanks to a group of researchers from Rowan University.
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VIDEO: Post legalization, what effect is recreational marijuana use having on children? : Family Practice News

VIDEO: Post legalization, what effect is recreational marijuana use having on children? : Family Practice News | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
BALTIMORE – Experts from Colorado and Washington – two states which have legalized recreational use of the drug – came together at the annual meeting of the Ped
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Consider, as you watch this video, that the legalization of marijuana was done in spite of:


1. The lack of knowledge by the experts concerning the effects of marijuana, in certain areas of concern (e.g. effects on unborn children, and presence of marijuana in mothers breast milk).....


as well as


2. The specific knowledge we do have concerning the deleterious effects of marijuana on the human system....



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Zika virus in the United States | Zika virus | CDC

Zika virus in the United States | Zika virus | CDC | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Information on Zika virus. Provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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I think that it is important to mention that there are no locally acquired cases of Zika in the U.S. (yet).  All Cases in the U.S. are travel related (to places outside of the U.S.)
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More Americans Than Ever Use Prescription Drugs

More Americans Than Ever Use Prescription Drugs | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs — close to 60 percent of U.S. adults, according to new research.
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Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises

Fish oil pills: A $1.2 billion industry built, so far, on empty promises | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
The phenomenon reflects our confusion about diet and anything touted as a life-extending elixir.
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“Almost all studies of fish oil supplements show no benefit."

American Heart Association President Robert Eckel

 

 

1. A federal advisory panel recommended withdrawing the government’s long-standing warning about consuming foods rich in cholesterol

 

2. The long-lived admonition that Americans are using too much salt is facing a strong challenge from research published in prominent medical journals.

 

3. Saturated fats not related to heart disease. http://www.docsopinion.com/2014/10/26/we-no-longer-suggest-avoiding-saturated-fats-per-se/

 

In relation to nutrition, don't be jerked around by the "experts." Take what they say, and use it when you can....with caution.

 

Be prudent in terms of your life. Eat a healthy well balanced diet that is as close to the earth as possible (i.e. raw and fresh). Maximize the fruits and vegetables....go easy on the meats. Be sure to get exercise and good rest. Drink plenty of good clean water and breath fresh air. Get careful sun exposure. Minimize and / or eliminate the stressors in your life. Trust the Lord and live a holy life guided by the Bible. If you will follow these basic admonitions, you will achieve a measure of healthy living that will help you to enjoy life to your personal maximum capacity.

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Antibiotic Use Linked to Obesity Epidemic : Family Practice News

Antibiotic exposure before 6 months of age or repeated antibiotic use during infancy is associated with increased body mass in healthy children, a population-based cohort study of Finnish children reports.

 

Researchers included 6,114 boys and 5,948 girls who had height and weight measurement data along with drug purchase data from birth through 24 months and found:

 

On average, children exposed to antibiotics were heavier than those who were not.

Brent Madaris's insight:

The historical overuse of antibiotics is creating some problems in medicine today. We need to spread the word about this, and let people know that antibiotics should be reserved for true need.

 

In my practice, I am seeing that many people are getting hold of this fact and not pressing for antibiotics.

 

Try to trust your provider when he says, "Let's hold off on that antibiotic today. Let's try some symptom control medicine while your body fights off that infection."

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Updated Guidelines: Screening for Thyroid Dysfunction : Clinician Reviews

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s updated guidelines for thyroid dysfunction screening found insufficient evidence for universal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) level testing in nonpregnant, asymptomatic adults. There is currently no consensus on the correct TSH cutoff to define subclinical hypo- or hyperthyroidism, and so normal is defined as values that encompass approximately 95% of the population, leaving about 5% of the population with abnormal values. 

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About one-third of people who have subclinical hypothyroidism detected on exam will eventually revert back to a euthyroid state over time.

 

The body has an amazing capacity for restoration if it is given the right conditions for recovery.

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Kombucha Tea Health Benefits

Kombucha Tea Health Benefits | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Kombucha, the beverage the ancient Chinese called the "Immortal Health Elixir?" It's been around for more than 2,000 years and has a rich anecdotal history of health benefits like preventing and fighting cancer, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases.
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Right now, this is not an extremely well known drink, but it is becoming more well known, and more important, in the world of American health.

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Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics

Essential Oils Might Be the New Antibiotics | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
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Summary

 

1. October 2014 Study - In the journal Poultry Science - chickens who consumed feed with added oregano oil had a 59 percent lower mortality rate due to ascites, a common infection in poultry, than untreated chickens.

2. 2011 - Biomed Central Proceedings - Adding a combination of plant extracts—from oregano, cinnamon, and chili peppers—actually changed the gene expression of treated chickens, resulting in weight gain as well as protection against an injected intestinal infection.

3. A 2010 study from Poultry Science (produced similar findings as above) - using extracts from turmeric, chili pepper, and shiitake mushrooms.

4. A multi-year study is currently underway at the USDA that includes investigations into the use of citrus peels and essential oils as drug alternatives.

Researchers have also directly compared the effects of commonly used antibiotics with those of various essential oils.

 

1. March 2012 - Journal of Animal Science - Rosemary and oregano oils resulted in the same amount of growth in chickens as the antibiotic avilamycin, and that the oils killed bacteria, too.

2. Additional findings have shown that essential oils help reduce salmonella in chickens

3. Another study found that a blend of several oils can limit the spread of salmonella among animals.

4. Two recent studies showed that lavender and cinnamon essential oils killed E. coli, and when combined with the antibiotic piperacillin, the oils reversed the resistance of the E. coli bacteria to the antibiotic.

5. Another recent study found that basil oil and rosemary oil were both effective in inhibiting the growth of 60 strains of E. retrieved from hospital patients.

 

 

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Boswellia frereana (frankincense) For Treatment of Osteoarthritis.

Phytother Res. 2010 Jun;24(6):905-12. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3055. Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
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Boswellia frereana prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs (Matrix metalloproteinase)

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Nurses: We Were Told to Call Authorities for Ebola Protocol - "The Infectious Disease Department did not have clear policies to provide either.”

Nurses: We Were Told to Call Authorities for Ebola Protocol - "The Infectious Disease Department did not have clear policies to provide either.” | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
A statement from National Nurses United on the treatment of Dallas Ebola patient said that “nurses were asked to call the Infectious Disease Department” to learn the policies on how to treat Duncan.
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Hospital officials allowed nurses who interacted with Mr. Duncan to then continue normal patient care duties, taking care of other patients, even though they had not had the proper personal protective equipment while providing care for Mr. Duncan, that was later recommended by the CDC,”

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Americas are declared measles free (endemically) by PAHO : Family Practice News

Americas are declared measles free (endemically) by PAHO : Family Practice News | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
The Americas are measles free, according to the Pan-American Health Organization.
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Read this article in conjunction with the Family Practice News Article; http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html
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A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end

A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
In a steady march, disease-causing microbes have evolved ways to evade the bulwark of medications used to treat bacterial infections. How did this happen, and what can be done?
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Cell Phone Usage - NTP Cancer Results

The cell phone cancer controversy will never be the same again. The U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) is expected to issue a public announcement that cell phone radiation presents a cancer risk for humans. The move comes soon after its recently completed study showed statistically significant increases in cancer among rats that had been exposed to GSM or CDMA signals for two-years.
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Management of Osteoarthritis with Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables

Management of Osteoarthritis with Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful and life-altering disease that severely limits the daily activities of millions of Americans, and it is one of the most common causes of disability in the world. With obesity on the rise and the world’s populatio
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An interesting and promising therapy for Osteoarthritis....Right now the product is only available in a few places....
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Women and Church Attendance - Going To Church Could Help You Live Longer, Study Says

Women and Church Attendance - Going To Church Could Help You Live Longer, Study Says | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that regular attendance may also help increase their lifespan.
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During the Nurses Health Study researchers found that women who went to church more than once a week had a 33% lower risk of dying compared with those who said they never went. 

Women who regularly attended religious services also had higher rates of social support and optimism, had lower rates of depression and were less likely to smoke.

The study suggests that for health, the benefits outweigh the potentially negative effects,” such as guilt, anxiety or intolerance...


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Nearly all 2015 U.S. measles cases related to travel abroad : Family Practice News

Nearly all 2015 U.S. measles cases related to travel abroad : Family Practice News | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
More than 80% of measles cases reported in the United States in 2015 were in people who were either unvaccinated or had unknown vaccination status, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A total of 159 measles cases have been reported in the first 3 months of 2015, 153 (96%) of which were import related, with 111 (70%) cases associated with one breakout in Orange County, California. Of those who contracted measles, 68 (43%) were unvaccinated, 60 (38%) had unkn
Brent Madaris's insight:

I am often asked about immunizations by my missionary friends. My answer is nearly always the same. I would not take my child to a foreign field unless they were properly immunized. The world, outside of America, is (very often) a different place when it comes to infectious disease.

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Is It IBS? Blood Test May Offer Conclusive Answer : Clinician Reviews

Is It IBS? Blood Test May Offer Conclusive Answer : Clinician Reviews | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – A new blood test could conclusively determine if a patient with chronic diarrhea has diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (D-IBS).
The IBSchek blood test detects the presence of antibodies to cytolethal distending toxin B and vinculin. In a study presented at the annual Digestive Disease Week and published in PLoS ONE, the positive predictive value for D-IBS of just one of the antibodies was greater than 98%, explained study lead author Dr. Mark Pimentel of Cedars-Sinai Me
Brent Madaris's insight:

Irritable bowel Syndrome has been a difficult diagnosis down through the years. It has been a diagnosis of exclusion.

 

This test will be a welcome addition to our diagnostic armamentarium.

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Too many vitamins can give you CANCER, major new study warns

Too many vitamins can give you CANCER, major new study warns | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Around 18 million Brits down supplements thinking they are getting a health boost, but research has found they can have the opposite effect
Brent Madaris's insight:

Here is another article related to a study on the use of vitamins for you to consider. 

 

I have never been a fan of the overuse of Vitamin / Mineral Supplements....

 

You cannot substitute good nutrition with a handful of pills.....

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Does Peanut Exposure Increase Allergy Risk? : The Journal of Family Practice

Does Peanut Exposure Increase Allergy Risk? : The Journal of Family Practice | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it

If you feel that someone has a peanut allergy, do not try a "self challenge" at home. These types of matters should be handled in a professional setting, where, if something goes wrong, immediate help is available.

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The prevalence of peanut allergy in the U.S. has increased from 0.4% in 1997 to more than 2% in 2010. In 2000, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended peanut avoidance until 3 years of age in children at high risk for atopic disease, then in 2008, based on emerging evidence that early introduction of allergenic foods, including peanuts, may decrease the development of allergy, the recommendations were retracted. The present study, using a randomized trial design, confirms the paradigm changing hypothesis that early introduction of allergenic foods decreases the subsequent development of food allergies. The authors of the accompanying editorial discuss that this data is now rock solid and that children at high risk of peanut allergy should, under supervision of an allergist, be tested and if skin prick negative for peanut allergy, be started on a peanut protein containing diet.   –Neil Skolnik, MD

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Essential oils for staph and MRSA infections

Essential oils for staph and MRSA infections | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
A study found that of 91 essential oils, the most effective against MRSA were lemongrass, lemon myrtle, mountain savory, cinnamon bark and melissa.
Brent Madaris's insight:

The link to the study (in the article) is apparently defunct.

You may find the study here:

 

http://www.edenwellnesscenter.com/storage/illness-and-symptoms/mrsa/MRSA_article%20Webber%20University.pdf

 

Most Effective Single Oils:

 

lemongrass, lemon myrtle, mountain savory, cinnamon bark and melissa essential oils showed the highest levels of inhibition

 

Most Effective Blended Oils:

 

R.C., (which is a combination of myrtle, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus

australiana, Eucalyptus radiata, marjoram, pine, cypress,

lavender, spruce, peppermint and Eucalyptus citriodoria

oils), totally inhibited MRSA.

 

The blended oil Motivation,

(a blend of Roman chamomile, ylang ylang, spruce and

lavender oils), was the next most inhibitory. Longevity, (a

combination of frankincense, clove, orange and thyme

oils), was the third most inhibitory blend against MRSA.

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Giuliani claims Obama has been influenced by Communism / Islam

Giuliani claims Obama has been influenced by Communism / Islam | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism.
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Rudy Giuliani - "If critics are playing them (his comments) up," he said, “I’m glad they’re making a big deal out of it, (because it’s) an issue of life and death, which is a lack of leadership by our President.”

 

Most of the likely 2016 GOP candidates have avoided addressing the Giuliani situation at length. This is distressing!

 

If only more men of character and national stature would speak concerning these sentiments, we could have a national conversation that would contain that which is wrong and promote that which right.

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The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants

The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants | Newsworthy Notes - Missionary Health | Scoop.it
Doctors are increasingly prescribing SSRIs to treat more than just depression
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Antidepressant use among Americans is skyrocketing. Adults in the U.S. consumed four times more antidepressants in the late 2000s than they did in the early 1990s.

 

They are the third most common type of medication taken in the U.S. The first two being.....Pain medications and anti-Cholesterol medication.

 

The most commonly used types of prescription drugs in the United States by age are:

 

Bronchodilators for children aged 0–11.

 

Central nervous system stimulants (ritalin, adderrall, strattera, etc) for adolescents aged 12–19.

 

Antidepressants for adults aged 20–59.

 

Cholesterol lowering drugs for adults aged 60 and over.

 

Among children under age 6, penicillin antibiotics were the most frequently used prescription drugs.

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