IDEAL MARRIAGE: THE IDEAL OF FUNDAMENTAL EQUALITY The ideal will be attained when men and women share the work of the world alike; when women, merely because of the few times when their function of childbearing is exercised, will not be excluded from a life of stimulating, purposeful activity; when girls and boys will grow up together with the same ideals of a vigorous, courageous, responsible, unpampered existence; when chivalry, with all its implications of superiority and inferiority, will give way to the courtesy of equality; and when neither man nor woman will be “head of the house” but marriage will be a genuine partnership.Especially is it important that as soon as possible all women attain economic independence, not only because it will make men and women better companions when they both share the same responsibilities and interests but also because they will possess greater freedom and therefore be less constrained to endure the injustice or overbearing ways of men. Such freedom will create a wholesome fear that excessive peevishness or selfishness may mean the loss of one’s partner. Too much security is not good for anyone’s disposition. One can observe how much more irritable he himself is likely to be with his near relatives, on whom he can depend to stick by him regardless of his cantankerousness, than he is with his friends who will endure only so much and no more. It is a good thing to have to earn one’s way as one goes in matters of affection, and this applies to married life as well as to friendship. Thus again we see that freedom is the foundation of happiness in marriage, and that no genuine freedom is possible without equality and especially economic equality.*102\275\8*
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The first approach to treatment of a spinal cord injury is to minimize the ongoing damage to the spinal cord. This requires relieving pressure on the spinal cord and optimizing blood flow.
Several medications are now used to minimize the amount of spinal cord degeneration soon after injury. Methylprednisolone, a synthetic steroid hormone related to cortisone, is at the top of this list. When given immediately after the injury, methylprednisolone reduces the amount of damage to the nerve cells of the cord. Although this drug cannot reverse he damage already done, it can minimize the ongoing damage and result in better spinal cord function. How methylprednisolone works is not known, but it may interfere with the action of the toxic chemicals released by damaged cells. One limitation of this approach is that methylprednisolone must be administered very soon after the injury to produce any beneficial effect. Once a few hours have passed, the damage is already done and the drug is useless.
Methylprednisolone treatment is now in widespread use around the world. It results in a small but significant improvement in recovery from spinal cord injury. For example, a patient who might have had a completely paralyzed hand without methylprednisolone treatment may instead have a weak but functional hand. Thousands of patients have benefited from this drug, and its use has been an important breakthrough in the treatment of spinal cord injury. A number of other drugs with a similar function are currently under development. Some, such as Sygen, are already being tested.
Surgery on the spine can have a similar beneficial effect. By removing foreign bodies or abnormal structures that are pressing on the spinal cord, surgeons can sometimes restore normal cord anatomy and blood supply before permanent damage is done. New techniques are currently under development to improve surgical outcomes and reduce the complications of spinal surgery, which can be serious.
Another area of research is the development of medications to reduce demyelination after a spinal cord injury. As noted above, demyelination impairs nerve impulse conduction, even in nerve fibers that are otherwise intact. Reducing the extent of demyelination by medical treatment should result in better functions of the nerve fibers.
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Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. (Romans 12:1)
God has placed so much symbolism for death on this physical earth. Let me try to explain this paradox by some illustrations.
A caterpillar essentially “dies” in its cocoon so that a butterfly can emerge. Consider the spring that follows a harsh, deadly winter. Every year we watch trees lose their leaves, appearing to die; yet they come back to life bigger and stronger than before. Another symbol of life from death around us is the daily example of ^ * the long, cold night and the warmth of the morning sun rising again. We have to believe that the sun will rise again. Jesus drew a great word picture for us:
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:24-26)
God wants to build our faith in the idea that life comes from death. If we stay in the cooker, it will dissolve the self-will. If we live and die in the little ways and watch Him give us jewels, character or rewards of any kind after obedience; then we will be able to handle physical death with faith that He is going to take care of us. Then we can truly say with the prophet Hosea, “Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction?” (Hosea 13:14b). It was rephrased by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:55, ” ‘Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?’ “
God does not want us to be empty bodies without personalities or original ideas. When we die to our will and get off the throne— He puts His great personality (Holy Spirit) in its place. We become unified and married, so to speak. “The two shall become one.” What a fantastic mystery!
He does not want a zombie, but rather a willing servant. This is delicate surgery, and God will not let it go so deep that it kills the very spirit that He is trying to transform. God is performing this delicate surgery of stretching your heart into immortal character. It is somewhat like the artistry of blown glass. If the glass is blown and stretched too hard or too fast, it may break apart. God does not want to stretch our hearts to the point that we break apart; rather, He wants our hearts to grow. The rain showers in our life, when we have to stretch to navigate the puddles, prepare us for the big storms.
We do not need to blame God or get angry at the training of God. After all, God created this “Life from Death University,” and He created the students. Jesus is the Great Professor because He lived out the instructions we should live by.
I would say that the unity that comes from submerging our will into His will is the biggest allure to the suffering and death to self, in that it helps transform us to no longer desire overeating or any other worldly desire. There is no more internal strife or battles—just peace, deep peace.
We do have natural tendencies, or temptations, to jump out of this Desert of Testing. When the cooking pot gets to boiling temperatures, we often quit. I know. I have been in the boiler many times because my own will is so stubborn. We can resist the hand of God and wind up no better for all the pain that we have been through. Such was the plight of the Israelites referred to in Ezekiel 24:10-13:
So heap on the wood and kindle the fire. Cook the meat well, mixing in the spices; and let the bones be charred. Then set the empty pot on the coals till it becomes hot and its copper glows so its impurities may be melted and its deposit burned away. It has frustrated all efforts; its heavy deposit has not been removed, not even by fire.
” ‘Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.’”
This is not a pretty picture. Oh, our stubborn hearts! God wants so badly for us to understand His ways and His love for us, but we have some wild, untamed hearts. We are bucking stallions that need to submit to the rider’s hand. Once we understand God’s rules, we can be guided left and right and be allowed to gallop full speed ahead. We are like some of the trees in the fall that refuse to drop their leaves, until a strong November blast removes them. We must yield to His hand. Then we develop the faith to die more and more. None of us has suffered for God so much that we have lost blood. “In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood” (Hebrews 12:4). At almost every public presentation when I address an audience, I ask them, “Do I look dead from dying to my will? No! I look alive!” Do the people in this book who have lost 100 pounds of their will look dead? No, alive! Life comes from death!
That dying produces life is a mystery that confounds the world, but it is the mystery that sets Christianity apart from other religions. And there is a difference between self-selected self-denial just for the praise of man and denial decided by God and accepted because you trust God. Following this path that Jesus walked will bring life to every fiber of your soul.
God wants your soul. All I want to tell you is that life comes from death in such a powerful way. The suffering that we go through to give Him our very soul does not compare to the glory that we enjoy.
When Jesus was in His darkest hour, on the cross with the nails in His hands and feet, feeling forsaken by God, witnesses to the crucifixion called out to Him save yourself… save yourself… save yourself. (See Luke 23.) Save yourself will be the overwhelming temptation when you are giving up more food, being falsely accused by a family member, church member, or co-worker. You will be tempted to take care of yourself and remove yourself from the altar. But if you give in to the temptation, you will miss the incredible work and rescue of the Mighty Warrior and Savior, our God. You will miss it!
God calls us to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, but we keep crawling off the altar, jumping out of the cooking pot, or rolling off the surgery table. Do we not know that we will live even more? The answer is to remember Jesus … “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51).
Jesus resolutely set out to obey God and face the death He was called to. We must resolutely set out and face Jerusalem—death to this desire to eat. For Jesus said, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again” (John 10:17). If you do not, you will miss feasting on the will of the Father.
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The ideal will be attained when men and women share the work of the world alike; when women, merely because of the few times when their function of childbearing is exercised, will not be excluded from a life of stimulating, purposeful activity; when girls and boys will grow up together with the same ideals of a vigorous, courageous, responsible, unpampered existence; when chivalry, with all its implications of superiority and inferiority, will give way to the courtesy of equality; and when neither man nor woman will be “head of the house” but marriage will be a genuine partnership.
Especially is it important that as soon as possible all women attain economic independence, not only because it will make men and women better companions when they both share the same responsibilities and interests but also because they will possess greater freedom and therefore be less constrained to endure the injustice or overbearing ways of men. Such freedom will create a wholesome fear that excessive peevishness or selfishness may mean the loss of one’s partner. Too much security is not good for anyone’s disposition. One can observe how much more irritable he himself is likely to be with his near relatives, on whom he can depend to stick by him regardless of his cantankerousness, than he is with his friends who will endure only so much and no more. It is a good thing to have to earn one’s way as one goes in matters of affection, and this applies to married life as well as to friendship. Thus again we see that freedom is the foundation of happiness in marriage, and that no genuine freedom is possible without equality and especially economic equality.
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No drug – whether it’s OTC or prescription, alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine – should be considered safe during pregnancy! Most drugs can cross the placenta and affect your unborn baby as well as you.
Considering that the major stages in an embryo’s development occur during the first few weeks of life, before most woman even know that they’re pregnant, it’s wise, if you’re even contemplating motherhood, to think twice and check with a physician before taking any medicine!
Aspirin or salicylate analgesics, such as Anacin, Alka Seltzer, and so on, especially if overused in the third trimester, may prolong pregnancy or labour and cause severe bleeding in both mother and newborn before, during, and after delivery.
Antacids, such as Maalox, Milk of Magnesia, and others, should not be taken for prolonged periods, or in high doses. They may cause muscle problems in the fetus, and sodium antacids can cause a pregnant woman to retain too much water.
Anti-cough medicines, such as terpin hydrate products, contain large amounts of alcohol, which can cause birth defects. (Be aware of how much more alcohol you’re adding to your daily intake.)
Diuretics, if used routinely, can be dangerous to mother and fetus, and may cause liver and/or blood disorders in newborns.
Anti-diarrheal containing paragoric, if used too often, may lead to drug dependency in newborns and cause withdrawal symptoms. (If taken just prior to delivery, these medications have been known to cause breathing problems in newborns.)
Prescription anti-nausea preparations containing doxylamine with pyridoxine might cause birth defects.
Topical hydrocortisone products, used for the treatment of hemorrhoids can, if used in large amounts or for prolonged periods, is absorbed through the skin and cause birth defects.
Tetracycline, especially if used in the last half of pregnancy, may cause discoloration of forming teeth in newborns as well as retard their teeth and bone growth.
Decongestants containing pseudoephedrine may cause a reduction in size and rate of bone formation in the fetus.
Laxatives, which contain large amounts of sodium or sugar may increase blood pressure and cause water retention. Saline laxatives – Epsom Salts, Citrate of Magnesia, Phospho-Soda – containing magnesium or potassium should be avoided if your kidney functions are not normal; those containing sodium should be avoided if you tend to retain water. Repeated use of mineral oil as a laxative can decrease proper absorption of foods, vitamins, and oral medications. It may also cause blood disorders in newborns. Castor oil can also be dangerous because it may cause contractions in the womb.
Quinine may cause birth defects and stimulate premature labour.
Tranquillizers and sedatives, such as Librium, Valium, Dalmane, and others, may increase chances of birth defects. These drugs can also cause dependency and withdrawal symptoms in newborns. (Used late in pregnancy or during labour, they have been known to cause breathing problems in newborns.) Phenothiazine products are also not recommended as they can cause jaundice and muscle tremors in newborns.
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Some patients might decide not to opt for weight-loss surgery following screening, others might be deemed unsuitable; such patients should ideally be picked up in primary care.
The screening process might pick up biochemical evidence of an undiagnosed cause for obesity, or individuals for whom non-invasive management is clearly a better option. Patients might lose so much weight as a ‘preoperative’ measure that surgery is no longer necessary. In others there might be a psychological or underlying psychiatric condition that calls either for a different treatment altogether or needs to be dealt with before surgery is considered. Schizophrenia, personality disorder and uncontrolled depression are absolute contraindications for surgery. Individuals whose obesity is caused simply by love of food, or patients with binge eating disorder might find the postoperative adjustment of behaviour overwhelmingly difficult.
Prior to embarking on surgery, the risk : benefit ratio is considered and patients might be deemed unsuitable for surgery because of their comorbidities, anaesthetic risk and general well-being.
Women of childbearing age should be treated with extreme caution because of the increased nutritional needs of pregnancy being hampered by the reduced capacity for absorption of nutrients. Such patients are advised not to become pregnant after surgery until their weight has stabilized and their micronutrient status has been checked; contraceptive advice is essential.
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Retin-A is a much underutilized topical anti-acne preparation. It unblocks the oily ducts very effectively and is excellent for removing both blackheads and whiteheads. The main problem with Retin-A is that it initially produces some peeling, redness and irritation of the skin. After the first six weeks, however, the skin settles down.
People are often afraid of using Retin-A because of the initial irritation as well as the potential sun sensitivity. Both of these side effects are overstated. If Retin-A is used correctly, under medical supervision, it is a very successful treatment with minimal problems.
Retin-A comes as a cream, a gel or a lotion. The cream is the least irritating and should be used initially. Although the gel is a weaker strength, it is actually more irritating because it has an alcohol base. Individuals with oily skin may eventually use Retin-A lotion, which is the strongest preparation, but should wait until their skin has acclimatized to the cream.
Retin-A may cause initial irritation and even flaring of acne lesions. It takes a minimum of two to three months before any improvement is seen and this continues the longer it is used. However, Retin-A ‘controls’ acne rather than ‘cures’ it and is only effective while it is being used. It is safe to use for prolonged periods.
Although Retin-A does make your skin more sensitive to the sun, this effect has been exaggerated. However, if you are going outdoors for prolonged periods, a non-creamy sunscreen should be worn. Many sunscreens are irritating when Retin-A is being used, so a low irritant sunscreen such as Clinique City Block, Ego SunSense Toddler Milk, Ego Sunsensitive, Roche Aquababy or Koala Beach SPF 15 Gel is best. Alcohol-based sunscreens can sting if used in conjunction with Retin-A.
Topical antibiotics, in particular clindamycin, erythromycin and lincomycin, are also very useful for acne as they specifically attack the bacteria within the oily glands. These topical preparations are best used in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide or Retin-A and cause few problems and minimal irritation. Not all topical antibiotics are useful as many have no specific action against the offending bacteria.
Some of the old-fashioned anti-acne preparations contain sulphur and salicylic acid. They are still useful but are not as effective as those mentioned above. Topical cortisone preparations are best avoided as they can aggravate acne.
A new preparation, called Ketsugo, seems promising for the treatment of acne. This product is derived from shark oil, and has been developed by Japanese scientists. Although not yet fully evaluated, it appears to reduce oil production and is effective in cases of mild acne.
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In this part of the exercise you are sending energy to an area of discomfort. You may feel heat or cold and possibly rumblings in your gut. Don’t be surprised if it makes loud noises. This is just a sign that you are relaxing. As you practise this you will get a feeling of being ‘finished’. That is the only way to describe the sensation of an area having taken enough energy. You might also notice your nose feeling less congested or your sinuses making popping noises when you are working around your head. You can transfer energy in the same way to any aching muscles or joints that you can reach. Clearing congestion from the field also helps to cool a fever, ease itching and reduce swelling.
Many people get very enthusiastic about Therapeutic Touch and are keen to use it to help others. This is certainly to be encouraged but not before you are well and have learned more about it. Unfortunately most of the reading on this subject is American and some of the books are difficult to get in the UK. Dolores Kreiger’s Therapeutic Touch, How to Use Your Hands to Help or Heal is probably the most readily available.
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Testicular cancer is currently one of the most common types of solid tumors found in males entering early adulthood. Those between the ages of 17 and 34 are at greatest risk. There has been a steady increase in tumor frequency over the past several years in this age group.
Although the exact cause of testicular cancer is unknown, several possible risk factors have been identified. Males with undescended testicles appear to be at greatest risk for the disease. In addition, some studies indicate that there may be a genetic influence.
In general, testicular tumors are first noticed as a painless enlargement of the testis or as an apparent thickening in testicular tissue. Because this enlargement is often painless, it is extremely important that all young males practice regular testicular self-examination. This is done by placing the index and middle fingers of both hands on the underside of the testicle and the thumbs on top. Gently roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers. If a suspicious lump or thickening is found, medical follow-up should be sought immediately. It is best to perform an exam after a bath or shower, as the heat causes the testicles to descend and the scrotal skin to relax.
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How do you know how much insulin to inject? The doctor sets the doses and the routine of the injections after a period of trial and gradual adjustment. (The aim is to use the smallest amount of insulin that will keep the blood sugar under good control.) Then the patient may make minor changes in the dose on the basis of daily blood tests and any changes in his or her schedule, or special stress, that may arise. A cold or some more serious illness will make the body require more insulin, while heavy exercise will burn up sugar and decrease the person’s insulin requirement. (In fact, he or she may need to take a snack before exercising.)
The size and timing of meals are very important for anyone taking insulin. A healthy pancreas adjusts the amount of insulin it delivers according to the body’s needs. More insulin is produced after a large meal or a high-sugar, high-fat dessert; the pancreas cuts back its secretion when a healthy person skips a meal. But someone who takes insulin shots cannot adjust the insulin flow in this way. Once the injection is given, the amount cannot be increased or decreased to meet unexpectedly changing needs.
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NSAIDs and some of the rheumatoid arthritis drugs relieve symptoms but do not change the overall progression of the disease. As an analogy, consider a house that is “suffering” from termites. You could delay the house falling down by removing heavy furniture, tiptoeing about, and putting large beams under the joists; however, none of these methods would do anything to stop the gradual destruction of your house. Eventually, the termites would cause enough irreversible damage, and your house would collapse.
These delaying tactics are like NSAIDs. They treat the symptoms, but they don’t address the underlying cause.
In the case of the termites, a more definitive approach would be to hire an exterminator to kill them. In medical terms, this would be described as a “disease-modifying” treatment.
The DMARD drugs act more like this approach. They reach deeply into rheumatoid arthritis and affect it closer to its root.