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Go God go

Stand still and know that He is God and see the salvation of Lord. Whatever battle of this life you are facing now, know it belongs to the Shepherd of our souls.

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.

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.

Cast of ‘The Choice’ picks their 5 favorite love stories

Maggie Grace’s role in Nicholas Sparks’ locally filmed “The Choice” was almost too easy, the actress admitted on set in 2014. Her supporting role is that of the intuitive sister of leading man Benjamin Walker. She’s the first to recognize that the neighbor he’s butting heads with, played by Teresa Palmer, is actually his soulmate. “I just show up and root for love,” Grace said.

One man’s spiritual journey captured in ‘Risen’

Just in time for Lent, and from the same folks behind “Heaven Is For Real,” comes the faith-based “Risen.” It isn’t so much the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as it is the telling of how one man found faith when he discovered Yeshua, as Jesus is called here. So, don’t expect an Old Testament swords-and-sandals actioner. This isn’t that movie, no matter what the trailer promises.

Maximize your ‘fitness’ time

Just as in life, there are many cliches in the realm of health and fitness. One that most of us have heard is: “doing something is better than doing nothing.” While that may be true, is that the extent to which we value our time and effort? Not me! And as a result, I strive to make sure I am getting maximum benefit out of the time I do have. The time we dedicate to our health should be highly valued as well. In the interest of maximizing your “fitness time,” I’d like to introduce the overload principle.

God is love

Valentine’s Day is set aside to show love to one another and many people get gifts and expressions of love. Some people don’t get these things though and are lonely.

Each new prescription should have list of questions

Q. I’ve been having panic attacks for the past few months. I know what they are because I had them when I was younger. Now, I am also experiencing some depression. I have an appointment with my doctor to discuss medication for both of these. I get nervous, and forget to ask questions about medications. Can you give me a list of what I need to ask?

Seth Grahame-Smith’s Jane Austen-zombie mash-up makes it to the screen

When Seth Grahame-Smith came up with the idea for a mash-up of Jane Austen’s most popular book and a tale of today’s probably equally popular armies of the undead — resulting in the 2009 novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” — he had no idea that it would be such a huge success. He went on to have another hit with another genre novel, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” and though that book’s film adaptation fizzled at the box office, the new film of “PPZ” has some very strong buzz going. Grahame-Smith spoke about the book recently in West Hollywood.

Comic talent saves goofy ‘Zoolander No. 2’

Fifteen years later, Ben Stiller and his teeny-weeny flip phone are back on the runway for a continuation of his fashion-industry farce in “Zoolander No. 2.” And Stiller, who also co-wrote and directs, accessorizes his movie with the same fun and goofy energy as the first, even if the story is thinner than Kate Moss.

Is juice as bad as soda?

Many studies show that a high soft drink intake is associated with an increased caloric intake and an increase in body weight. Soda consumption is also correlated to a decreased intake in calcium and other nutrients and an increased risk of many diseases (such as diabetes). This is all due to their high sugar content.