Archive for the ‘Diseases’ Category

“I’ll never forget sitting in the counseling room with her. As a crisis pregnancy counselor, I volunteered weekly to administer free pregnancy tests and provide confidential counsel to people in need. Sadly, I would sit with clients as young as twelve years old.

This particular client didn’t seem too concerned about whether her test was positive or negative. As the timer for the pregnancy test counted down, her mind was clearly elsewhere.

“What are you thinking?,” I asked.

“I know I got herpes from my last partner. This is going to change everything.”

Sorrow overwhelmed her and anger began to surface.

Like many in our society, she bought into the “safe sex” lie and falsely trusted a piece of latex.  However, latex doesn’t cover the entire genital region.  Since herpes is a skin to skin contact disease, she was still infected and could never turn back.  

Herpes is a viral STD. There is no cure.

There are two classes of STDs- viral and bacterial.  Once a person acquires a viral STD, it is for life.  There may be medication to treat the symptoms, but they cannot eradicate the disease.  Bacterial STDs, on the other hand, are curable.  If a person sees their physician and tests positive for one of these diseases, antibiotics are available to wipe it out.  Unfortunately, many teenagers are having genital contact and failing to be tested.

But did you know the following?

§                     STDs are the most common diseases in America next to the common cold and flu.  Source:  http://humanlifeservices.org/teens.htm

§                     One in four teens are already infected with at least one STD.  Source:  http://std-gov.org

§                     One in two sexually active youth will contract an STD by age 25.  Source:   http://www.ashastd.org/pdfs/ASHA_05.final.pdf

§                     One in five American’s age 12 and over has genital herpes, a virus for which they can only treat symptoms.  Source:  http://www.cdc.gov/std/Herpes/STDFact-Herpes.htm#common

§                     At least 50% of sexually active men and women acquire genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Sadly, for some girls this leads to premature hysterectomies and even death.  Source: http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV.htm#howget

§                     15% of all infertile American women are infertile because of tubal damage caused by an STD (Chlamydia or gonorrhea).  Source:  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18076491/ns/health-sexual_health/.

§                     To date, there is no evidence that consistent use of condoms during oral sex reduces your chance of getting most STIs.  Source:  http://www.medinstitute.org/public/92.cfm

§                     Hormonal birth control, while preventing pregnancy, can dramatically increase a girl’s chance of STD infection.  Source: http://www.global-sisterhood-network.org/content/view/218/59/

§                     80% of people infected with an STD have no symptoms.  Source: http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/206/37/

Obviously teens aren’t infecting each other intentionally, but the lack of symptoms in 4 out of 5 people is allowing for disease to spread like wildfire. 

And, unlike a boy who may walk away from sexual contact without permanent damage, girls’ bodies were created with an open sexual system, placing them at risk for internal damage that forever affects their future.  Sadly, girls will pay a higher price every time. 

Sexually transmitted diseases are SERIOUS.    

Pam Stenzel and I want to make sure that you are educated and empowered to make healthy relationship choices.  To help you, we’ve written the book NOBODY TOLD ME.  This book is perfect for every student (12 and up).  If you have abstained, this book will offer a window into the heart of your peers, provide answers to difficult questions you still might have (and be afraid to ask), strengthen you to remain pure until marriage, and offer suggestions to help you live that out.  If you have made mistakes, this book will give you the opportunity to hear stories of young people struggling right along with you, but within that commonality our words will provide clarity where there was confusion, hope where there was pain, understanding that your past choices don’t have to define your future ones, and practical steps to redeeming your future.

Please don’t pass this by. We don’t want you to have to say to God, your parents, a physician, or a future spouse, “Nobody told me. I didn’t know.” 

Pam’s website – www.pamstenzel.com

Melissa’s website – http://melissanesdahl.blogspot.com/

Fan Page for the book – http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nobody-Told-Me/119424511453919

(This post was written by Melissa Nesdahl, co-author of Nobody Told Me. Nobody wants to talk about STDs, but if you or someone you love has one, contact Melissa or Pam at their websites.)

This week we celebrated the 4th of July; Independence Day. On that day, 235 years ago, our Declaration of Independence was signed, marking our freedom from the British leadership of that time and making us the United States of America. Several years after that, our Constitution was signed and it has been the longest used Constitution for any country in the History of the world, almost 224 years in use!

These documents are the basics to our liberty and the American dreams. In today’s age these documents, and several of our fundamental freedoms, are being questioned, such as freedom of speech, worship, and the like. Did you ever imagine that our medical freedoms are also at risk… The fact is they might already have been taken.

Let me start by showing you some real modern statistics:

This link shows the lung and bronchus cancer death rates of 2007 for each of the 50 states:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/statistics/state.htm

The obesity average nearly doubled between 1980 and 2008 in England, and Americans are the fattest in this study of 2008:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41411275/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/

According to this study, 32.4% (or about 1 in 3) adults could be diagnosed with a mental disorder in any given year:

http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2010/05/03/mental-health-statistics/

Here is a 2011 map which shows that the average body mass of men over the age of 20 has grown since 1980, almost double of what it was:

http://www.economist.com/blogs/dailychart/2011/02/daily_chart_global_obesity

Here is a “no-brainer” study that links obese children to things like watching TV:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/02/03/kids-rising-obesity-rates-due-to-bad-habits-not-genes-study

This link shows some “one in “X” amount of American adults” have which disease:

http://drpatriciab.com/2011/06/21/center-for-disease-control-cdc-health-statistics/

And so on… you can do your own research and tell me what you find.

It doesn’t take long to find a diabetic, someone with back pain, allergies, asthma, acid reflux, insomnia, depression, heart disease, or even a cancer of some kind. Yet, more then ever in history, we have the MOST medicine, vaccinations, surgeries, doctors, and hospitals. In light of this there are still many people without proper treatment, Americans who are dying from “untreatable” or “incurable” diseases everyday. How many times have you seen on TV another major drug being taken off the market by the FDA because it is linked to birth defects or something? Why do you think that is? Are the drugs “they” provide working? Or is it a waste of time, money, and effort to buy them?

Lets look at some quotes from the past:

The thing that bugs me is that the people think the FDA is protecting them. It isn’t. What the FDA is doing and what the public thinks it is doing are as different as night and day.” –Herbert Lay, M.D., former FDA Commissioner.

If what Mr. Lay has said is true we might be in big danger. This really needs to be looked into more.

One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive.” -Hieroglyph found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. (Meaning that three-quarters of what you eat are causing you to get sick and “need” to go to your doctor.)

Doctors give drugs of which they know little, into bodies, of which they know less, for diseases of which they know nothing at all.” –Voltaire

(Read other interesting and thought-provoking quotes here: http://www.spice-of-life.com/quotes.html)

Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will
come when medicine will organize into an underground dictatorship…
To restrict the art of healing to one class of men and deny equal
privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical
science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no
place in a republic… The Constitution of this republic should make
special privilege for medical freedom as well as religious freedom.” – Dr. Benjamin Rush M.D. a signer of the Declaration of Independence and personal physician to George Washington

This last quote from Dr Rush is very interesting because I believe we are at that time in American history. To emphasize my point, consider this: the Food and Drug Administration can make some laws of their own, one of those laws are the following: “Only a drug can cure, prevent, or threat a disease.” (Find that quote here: http://www.fda.gov/food/labelingnutrition/labelclaims/ucm111447.htm ) What?!? The FDA, which on their website says they are protecting and promoting your health, is now telling us that only drugs, not natural or homeopathic medicines, are the magic cure-all. Yet, they are taking drugs off the market left and right because of the major side effects that the drugs cause…

In our day, years the government is trying to mandate healthcare for all us citizens (even those who do not want it)… Is the FDA and/or the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) “playing god” by telling us which medicines cure and which don’t? Something is not right here. Are they right? What is correct medicine? What does God really say about medicine and health? I will try to answer these questions in upcoming posts.

If only Thomas Edison was right when he said: “The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will instruct his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”

People are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and they want solutions and cures for diseases not cures the symptoms of the diseases. People need to be educated in God’s medicine and His cures. Not only would it be safier and beneficial, but God would bless it since we would be obeying Him and His Law.

May God have mercy on us all to re-focus the medical industary back to Him so we might have true Liberty under God.

Praise be to the Great Physician for all Eternity!