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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.

Fruits and Vegetables — Fresh vs. Frozen

Fresh fruits and vegetables are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. They’re full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber — all of which improve health. Eating more fruits and vegetables may even help protect against heart disease. Fresh produce may not always be available and frozen varieties are convenient; however, their nutritional value may differ.

God, Lord of the Breakthrough

“And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand. And David came to Baal- Perazim, and David smote them there, and said, The Lord hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal- Perazim” (2 Samuel 5:19-20).

Angry outbursts learned behavior, not inherited trait

Q. My husband is angry all of the time and yells constantly. He gets so upset about the election that he screams at the television until his face is red and he is shaking. I’ve asked him to go to a doctor, but he says it’s too late to change and he inherited his temper from his father. I told him that he can change, but do you think he really can?

Above average cleanliness not indicator of OCD

Q. I am really neat and keep my house spotless. My husband says I have OCD. He has told all of our friends and now every time I clean my rugs, people say it’s OCD. Even our children have started calling me “OCD Mom.” It is my understanding that having a normal, clean house is not a mental health problem. Can you explain OCD to my family?

‘London Has Fallen’ rises to the occasion

“Olympus Has Fallen,” the hit about terrorists taking over the White House, was not on my Top 10 list of 2013 movies, but it was among the runners-up. The same might happen with the sequel. “London Has Fallen” goes more global, with a different breed of terrorists taking aim at a number of world leaders, before settling back down on the U.S. president as the main target. But it also features an uptick in action, destruction, and violence. Yes, it’s time for another exercise in rah-rah patriotism and a kick in the teeth to terrorists everywhere.

Book Notes: Where is baby Bella?

“The Widow” is a quiet thriller that ratchets up the suspense, page by page. Four nicely drawn main characters, along with all of London and surrounding communities, wrestle with the incomprehensible abduction of a sweet little toddler seen playing in her fenced-in backyard one minute, utterly missing the next. What happened? Where is she? Who took her?

Life for Life

I wish to thank The Pine Bluff Commercial for the public forum section that is printed weekly. I agree with Pastor Jesse C. Turner concerning, “Life for Life.”

Macronutrients

The human body ONLY obtains calories from proteins, carbohydrates and fats … well, and alcohol. Protein, carbohydrate and fat — all necessary to sustain human life — are considered “macronutrients.” Alcohol has no nutritional value, therefore isn’t a macronutrient. Each gram of protein and each gram of carbohydrate contain four calories. Each gram of fat contains nine calories (each gram of alcohol has seven). Though all macronutrients are necessary to sustain life, each serves a different purpose.

Depression not character flaw

Q. I am in my second semester of college. Lately I have been feeling depressed for the first time ever and falling behind in my work. I have talked with a school counselor and she agreed that I’m depressed. She suggested medication and therapy. My parents, who are paying for my insurance, are highly against medication and “telling my problems to a stranger.” They tell me that my problem is my lack of faith in God and that I don’t pray enough. I feel so confused. Please help.

Food for Thought - Fighting memory loss

Nearly 3.4 million Americans suffer from memory loss and another 5.4 million Americans over the age of 70 suffer from memory loss that impacts their ability to live independently. Memory loss is described as unusual forgetfulness or amnesia, which effects the ability to remember new events, recall past events or both. Some memory loss may be short term or transient. However, prolonged or worsening memory loss may be associated with an organic disease such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.