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Your Best Life - The Biggest Loser

NBC has a hit with their show, “The Biggest Loser”! It’s still on, right? Like Season 163 or something …? If you couldn’t recognize sarcasm printed in black and white, suffice it to say that I’ve never agreed with the show’s concept or it’s execution.

Attacking an abscess (pus must pass)

Pus is an exudate, a protein rich fluid that includes dead white blood cells (wbc) and bacteria and or parasites. It can range in color from yellow, white, brown, to green. The color depends on the bacteria causing the infection or substances made by the wbc to kill the bacteria. A collection of pus in an enclosed space of the body is called an abscess. Abscesses are very common in the skin, but can also be found in solid organs (brain, liver, lung, etc.). Other terms for an abscess in the skin include boil, furuncle or carbuncle.

They will know us by our love

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

Heart surgery patient may be depressed

Q. My husband had heart by-pass surgery two months ago and appears to be recovering well physically. However, he’s lost interest in most of his usual activities and complains frequently about being tired and depressed, and that is not improving at all. Could his depression be related to his heart surgery?

Tips for helping Mom feel less depressed

Q. My mother is in her late 80s. She is asking me to come home and live nearby because she is depressed. I’ve begged her to take medication, but she won’t. Although I’m divorced, I have a settled life in another state. I don’t want to relocate right now. What can I do at 55 to satisfy my mother and keep my own independence?

Body image

Body image. A topic fraught with danger! While I certainly don’t have the answers to deep-seated psychological issues, I’d like to — ever so gingerly — dip a toe into these waters.

Plantar fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a flat band of ligaments that connects the heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. If the plantar fascia is strained, it gets weak, swollen and irritated. This condition is called plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is responsible for about 2 million medical visits per year. As we age, the condition affects males more often than females due to the deterioration of the fat pad on the bottom of the heel after the age of 40.

‘The Man Who Knew Infinity’ is a by-the-numbers biopic

“The Man Who Knew Infinity” tells the fictionalized true story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a brilliant unschooled mathematician whose work changed the field. Let me stop you before you say “A Beautiful Mind” or “The Imitation Game.” This biopic, from writer-director Matthew Brown, is a dutiful effort that never quite adds up to those vastly superior efforts.

Detraining

You have all heard me say that we need to exercise consistently in order to achieve optimal health. But what happens when we take, voluntarily or not, an extended break from physical activity? “Rest” is important, but how much is enough, and how much is too much? Too much rest puts us in a state of detraining. Detraining is when a long enough period of inactivity has passed that health parameters, which were once improving, begin to deteriorate.

All hands on

Jesus was and still is very hands on working with people on this journey called life. (Hebrews 4:14-16). All throughout the Bible we can see this displayed because of the great love that God has for us.

Grief has no timetable

Q. My son, who was my best friend, died suddenly from a drug overdose. I have been overwhelmed with loss, guilt, and despair for much of that time. Most days I am crying or angry. It has been almost impossible to work because people either avoid me or look at me with pity. Why do I feel like I’m moving forward some days and others days I feel like this is all new territory?

Ted Cruz wages Jihad on truth

Listening to Ted Cruz’s response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels raised a question: Is he a pitiful victim of hysteria, a calculated promoter of it or both? Major emergencies call for sober leadership and careful thought, but Cruz is intoxicated by his 150-proof ideology.

The Myth of ‘Toning’

If asked how they envision their ideal body, I would imagine that many individuals would say something like: “nice and toned”. And when most people talk about being “toned” they mean a firm body with some muscular definition and little body fat. Agreed?

Outside The 4 Walls

“Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Ephesians 4: 3-7 KJV

‘10 Cloverfield Lane’ is a claustrophobic thriller

The claustrophobic thriller “10 Cloverfield Lane” isn’t a direct sequel to the 2008 hit “Cloverfield.” The two movies share DNA, but that’s it. This entry, from first-time director Dan Trachtenberg, working under the tutelage of producer J.J. Abrams, is “Room” meets “Misery.” And like a hostage is how I felt for 103 l-o-n-g minutes.