The Blessing of Anastasha Kalil – Part 15 – Day of Life 235

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Mental Health, Parenting
Many of us have been following, week by week, the life of Anastasha. She is unborn, but carries the  terminal diagnosis of anencephaly. She continues to grow and prosper in her mom’s womb, but the end of her pregnancy and, barring a miracle, the end of her life. Here’s the latest update from her fahter, family physician Craig DeLisi” We've decided on a middle name for our littlest princess. Kalil (Kah-LEEL) is a Hebrew name that means "complete". We've known of and liked this name for over a decade, but it seemed fitting to go with Anastasha (Greek name for "resurrection") since she will be made "complete" at the "resurrection." Since our last email, we've been blessed to have some special events for our daughter. The first one was an evening of prayer and…
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Taking a Spiritual Inventory of Your Healthcare Professional

Bioethics
Take a Spiritual Inventory Finding a doctor and other health care team members who share your spiritual foundation and practices may be crucial for you—and thankfully it’s fairly simple. You can use a spiritual inventory. Doctors are increasingly using spiritual inventories in their care of patients. In fact, when I make presentations at medical centers, medical schools, and professional meetings, the question I most often hear is, How can doctors take useful spiritual inventories of their patients? In the same way a doctor can inquire about a patient’s spiritual beliefs, a patient should feel free to ask about how a doctor’s spiritual beliefs and prac- tices relate to his or her medical care. A winning health care provider should be perfectly willing to let you know where he or she…
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Religious Doctors Less Likely to Kill Patients With Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide

General Health
In my newest health book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy, I discuss the importance of understanding your doctors spiritual belief system. In another post, I discuss how to find out more about your doctor's spirituality. But, now comes a shocking study supporting my recommendation. The report comes from London, England, and is reported by LifeNews.com: Patients worried about becoming a victim of euthanasia should ensure they find a doctor who holds strong religious views. That's because a new study out of Great Britain finds physicians who are atheist or agnostic are twice as likely to make decisions taking the lives of terminally ill patients. Dr. Clive Seale, a professor at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, conducted a random mail survey…
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Is Black Rice the New Superfood?

Nutritional Health
According to ancient Chinese legend, black rice was so rare, tasty, and nutritious that only the emperors were allowed to eat it. Times have changed. Although black rice is still relatively rare, researchers are trying to bring its distinctive flavor and mix of antioxidants to the masses—or at least to a grocery store near you. If you’ve never heard of black rice, much less seen it, the dark-hued grain is now available at supermarkets such as Whole Foods and appears to be gaining a foothold in kitchens and restaurants in the U.S. Here are more details from Health.com: Like brown rice, black rice is full of antioxidant-rich bran, which is found in the outer layer that gets removed during the milling process to make white rice. But only black-rice bran contains…
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