Proverbs 27:7 – When you are full, you even hate honey. When you are hungry, even what is bitter tastes sweet.
Dark chocolate is said to be good for your heart. All you need is one piece of dark chocolate a day.
Remember that one bite of chocolate, the other day I had one piece of chocolate and it was all my body needed to go into a bad reflux cycle. Reflux is when the acid in your stomach makes its way into your esophagus. With that, no more chocolate for me until the cycle stops.
I know that for me chocolate is my enemy, but it’s also my friend. It’s all about balancing how much of the chocolate I eat.
For some time, I could eat all the chocolate I wanted, but them bam! I got hit by a two-by-four.
Chocolate also can lift your spirits. Somehow when you’re depressed a piece of chocolate helps you feel better. Well, for a little while at least, until you step on your scale. Because chocolate may lift your spirits, but it can also contribute to gaining weight.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, in their article, “Health Benefits and Risks of Chocolate,” there are several benefits from eating chocolate. A few of them are chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants, chocolate may lower cholesterol, and chocolate may prevent cognitive decline. The downside of chocolate is that it contains high amounts of calories, has a possible high risk of migraines, can lower bone density, and contains high levels of heavy metals.
Whether you choose to eat chocolate in moderation or in large amounts, it’s a good idea to weigh the benefits vs the negative effects on your health.
And, as the Bible verse above says you can hate honey if you are full, but when you’re hungry even bitter foods can taste sweet. Perhaps the best bet is if you don’t have too many ill effects of sweet foods and can control yourself with a large consumption of sweet foods then go ahead and eat chocolate but in small quantities.
Revelations 21:4 – He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
In many cases, when you suffer with chronic pain, you feel better when you get off your feet and sit down. However, sitting down means that you must stand back up again. And, sitting down can be difficult because your pain is in your low back where all the pressure rests upon your lower discs.
In some cases, back pain can be eased by using a hot rice sock placed at the lower end of the spin. Warmth means that your discs loosen up and ease pain.
So, what is the recipe for making a rice sock and how do you heat it up in your microwave. Here’s the “recipe”:
Of all the pain relief methods I’ve tried, by far the rice sock is in the lead. The beauty is that you can make it yourself. I’m sure that they sell them on Amazon but making your own saves money.
Webmd.com provides us with some other methods to ease chronic back pain. Such as limit bed rest. The more you stay down the harder it will be to return to normal activities. Keep exercising. Simple exercises like walking can be helpful. Also, improve flexibility. Too much tension and tightness can cause back pain. Find the rest of Web MD’s ideas in the article, “12 Ways to Improve Back Pain.”
Someday God will wipe away all our tears and pain. In the meantime, try some of the methods mentioned above to ease your back pain when you can’t sit down or stand up.
Leviticus 13:1,2 – (Regulations about skin diseases) The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, When anyone has a swelling or a rash or a shiny spot on their skin that may be a defiling skin disease, they must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons who is a priest.
For those who are allergic to some medications that’s not the only reaction we can get. There are also skin allergic reactions. I was recently given a heart monitor to wear. Unfortunately, I had a skin reaction to the patches of a monitor. I was then told to use an old-fashioned type of patch which was supposed to give you a better chance of not having a reaction. I had a reaction anyway, so they sent me hypoallergenic patches to use. I had a reaction anyway. Now what?
It’s difficult to have a body that has many allergic reactions. Many of them are for medications. These can involve migraines, rashes and hives. These reactions aren’t in the category of life-threatening anaphylactic shock. Yet, they are still reactions.
For someone who already has sensitive skin, developing bright pink skin with blisters is common. A sensitive person can also react to pollen or food allergies.
According to medicalnewstoday.com, in their article, “How to Treat an Allergic Reaction.” Antihistamines are the first line of attack which can help treat most minor allergic reactions regardless of the cause. These drugs reduce the body’s production of histamine, which reduces symptoms. Next follows nasal decongestants which can reduce stuffy, swollen sinuses and related symptoms, such as a sore throat or coughing. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be used to help temporarily reduce pain, swelling and cramping. Learn more about treatments for an allergic reaction in the article.
Sometimes allergic reactions are bothersome, and others can be serious and need medical treatments. If your throat becomes constricted and your having difficulty breathing dial 911 or get to your nearest hospital.
In Bible times having a rash or skin reaction of any kind was to be shown to the priests to decide whether they could still stay in their camps or if they were to be sent away. Today, we show a doctor an allergic reaction and he decides on treatment. People aren’t sent away even if it’s a serious reaction but are treated.
It is a good thing that we aren’t living in the days of the Bible. Yet, it is still important to get an allergic reaction checked out. It may be treated with a simple antihistamine or need to receive further treatment.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
It is an awful thing to go through, cancer. You’re just walking through life and then you find a small lump in your breast or begin to cough endlessly.
There are tests and discussion of radiation and surgery to shrink the tumor. But it never completely goes away. Yes, you may go into remission because the cancer has shrunk or the surgery removed the lump and areas around it, but there are still cancer cells that linger, and the cancer can come back with its second swing.
Some people choose to live out the rest of their life without surgery or chemotherapy for cancer. They will walk through their life until the door is shut. And no amount of pleading with the family will make them change their mind.
Some people choose to fight and fight hard to beat cancer. The doctor says that he gives you three months to a year to live. You still fight. And months later the cancer is in remission and you can walk through life without looking over your shoulder for cancer to come back.
But sometimes it does.
It’s not fair, really. You thought you had a life to live again and then the symptoms start up, and after tests have been completed, your doctor tells you that you are no longer in remission.
The anger is worse this time, than when you first went through cancer. The family is hurt and angry too. What’s a person to do? Is their any way to make the cancer go away for good?
According to webmd.com in their article, “What Does Remission Look Like?” There are two types of remission, one treatment may have killed off most of the cancer cells, but there are still remnants in the blood. Second, all signs of cancer and its symptoms are gone.
The article also discusses how to get to remission. Some of their suggestions are medications, radiation, surgery, hormone therapy and immunotherapy. There are also nontraditional treatments that you may want to explore.
No matter how you look at it, if you’ve had cancer it can come back. Try to keep a positive attitude about your treatments. Also, prayer can be your first line of support and sharing your feelings with your family, since they may be having the same trouble accepting your cancer has come back.
And as the Bible verse above says, God is our refuge, our place to run to when life is too much and he is the strength you will need to go through cancer. And though cancer is serious trouble, God will walk with you every step you take, whether you’re in fighting cancer or are in remission.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.