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Is There a Good Carbohydrate?

Dates in a small bowl

The purveyors of popular fad diets are enraptured by the evils of sugar. Consequently, they try in every possible way to recognize sugar in all its forms (honey, dates, bananas, soda, etc.), which is a good thing--and eliminate it. However, they confuse the issue when they label simple sugar as a carbohydrate (which it is) and then try to eliminate all carbohydrates from the diet as if they were all as bad as sugar.

Carbohydrates come in many varieties. All are made up of sugar molecules attached to each other in different ways. Candy, cakes, rolled oats, potatoes, corn, pasta, donuts, bagels, whole wheat bread, squash, peas, beets, carrots, rice, soy, pineapple, and strawberries are all largely carbohydrates. Fiber in all its useful varieties is carbohydrate in an indigestible form.

Live Longer with Lower Vitamin D Levels

Vitamin D written in sand

Studies of the role of vitamin D in human physiology indicate that vitamin D is involved in bone formation, the growth and development of immune cells, and stimulation or inhibition of blood vessels in cancer. Those who have lower levels of vitamin D are found to have higher death rates from heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and several kinds of cancer. Low vitamin D levels also adversely affect, multiple sclerosis, allergies, asthma, infections, and depression.

Head Start a Failure

A girl blows dandelions

Nearly one million children are enrolled in the federal Head Start program that provides preschool and daycare services for disadvantaged children. By any and nearly all measures Head Start has failed to meet any of its intended goals.

Head Start was begun in 1965 as part of the War on Poverty. Head Start was designed to give a boost to the intellectual capabilities and physical health of underprivileged children. Head Start hoped to achieve this by providing education, nutrition, and health services, designed to help deprived children catch up to children living in more fortunate circumstances.

Since its inception the U.S. government has spent $167 billion dollars on Head Start. The annual appropriation has ballooned to more than $ 9 billion each year. This is tax-payer money that has been wasted.

Another Problem with Sleep Apnea

Glasses on an eye chart

The optometrist leaned back in his chair. To Chuck, it looked like a position in which to deliver bad news.

“Chuck, take a look these results of your visual field test.”

“Yeah, I noticed that you took longer on this test than the last time. I thought the test would never be over,” Chuck commented, his mouth dry with worry.

“Yes, I did the longer test,” Dr. Tim said. “This time I wanted to make sure we got a good look, especially at your left eye.” Chuck looked down at the two small charts that Dr. Tim held in his hand. “You’ll notice that the right eye shows good responses all around. No places are blacked out. You have excellent perception in all four quadrants.” Then Dr. Tim pointed to the left-hand chart. “But here on the nasal side of your left eye. This blacked out space. You consistently missed seeing any of the squiggly lines right here.”

Here's the Key

Father laughs with his disabled son

(Note: The Ol’ Doc series provides illustrations of lifestyle change related to particular love relationships, of which three are the most significant;  Person-God (P-G), Husband-wife (H-W) and parent-child (P-C).)

The special love relationship between parents and children is life-changing on both sides. I have watched families deal with healthy children, those with autism, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), cerebral palsy, and many other challenges.

In families where finances are a continual challenge, I have noticed that finances were no less a challenge when the new baby arrived. However, the way money was spent was drastically different.

These Could Be Prevented

Image of "Death" entry in a dictionary

Over 2.5 million Americans die every year. Most people would like to avoid being in this group and live a long, healthy life, but aren’t sure how to do it. Is early death a matter of bad genetics? Limited access to health care? Let’s look at the facts and draw some conclusions.

Fact # 1:  What are the major killers of Americans? Depending on what age group you check, the major killers include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, chronic lung disease, auto accidents, suicide, infectious disease, kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease. The top four of these events alone account for over 60% of the deaths.

Resolve to be Grateful This Year!

Thank You!

People in the United States recently celebrated Thanksgiving, the holiday least associated with commercialism (unless you are a turkey!). It is a day to focus on our blessings as families and friends meet together. Just a few days ago, we celebrated Christmas, which is probably the most commercialized holiday around the world. 

This holiday originally focused on the greatest gift of all--God giving His only Son to save us from our sins. Although this is often lost in the secular expectations and hustle and bustle of the season. How grateful we should be for that wondrous gift! What's more, gratitude can actually change us! 

New Year's Resolutions that Stick

NY Resolutions

Guess what the biggest medical epidemic of the year was – for the last several decades. Clue:  This problem is set to become the number one cause of death because it increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many cancers.

Obesity! Every state in the union now has a 30% obesity rate. Over two-thirds of Americans are officially overweight.

Now would you like to guess what the number one New Year’s resolution might be?

One of the principles for promoting a healthy lifestyle is to eat a well-balanced diet to maintain ideal weight. To help those of us who carry one of the fat genes (there’s more than one) keep our favorite New Year’s resolution to take off excess pounds and maintain ideal weight, here are Ten Commandments for eating. For those who are not struggling with this problem, these commandments have many other health benefits too.

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The Gift of a Good Influence

Happy Family!

We all intuitively recognize relationships at home form the basis of successful and positive outcomes in life. Of course, there are some who defy the odds, and in spite of incredibly negative early experiences become positive influences in this world. 

Alina Baltazar and colleagues from Andrews University examined the dynamics of relationships between adolescents and their parents and the risk of using inhalants.

Physician's Puzzle

Obese man jogging in a park.

Now let me tell you about the “good ol’ days,” back when I was convinced that people would change their habits if they only knew a better way. While this happened to be true for most of my pregnant clients, it was seldom the case for those struggling with hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.

On patient was approximately 50 years old, and the most pleasant grandmotherly lady you could imagine. This was the first patient I had cared for that weighed over 300 pounds. Baking and decorating specialty cakes was her hobby. It was also her business. When my twin boys had their second birthday, she baked the most incredible train cake I had ever seen. The engine, caboose, and all the train cars were exquisite.

She came to see me monthly for her weight control and hypertension.