Daily Archives: November 17, 2010

Devotional for Men – Healthy Through and Through – Part 2 – The Four Wheels of Health

Here’s the second of an eight-part devotional for men based upon my chapter on health in Coach Joe Gibbs best-selling book, Gameplan for Life. The devotional was featured by the Men of Integrity ministry of Christianity Today. I hope you enjoy the series. Here’s Part 2 of 8:

THE FOUR WHEELS OF HEALTH

THE SERIES’ THEME: Healthy Through and Through. What does it mean to be a truly healthy man of God?

WHO SAID IT … WALT LARIMORE

Walt Larimore is one of America’s best-known family physicians and has been listed in the Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors and the Best Doctors in America. He’s been a practicing family physician for around three decades—delivering more than 1,500 babies. Walt has been a medical journalist since 1995 and has served as an on-air medical consultant for many radio stations.

WHAT HE SAID … THE FOUR WHEELS OF HEALTH

The Bible’s holistic view of health is most easily seen in Luke 2:52, where the writer describes the preteen Jesus: “So Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and all the people.” Jesus grew in stature (physical health), wisdom (emotional/mental health), and in favor with God (spiritual health) and others (relational health).

The Bible focuses on pursing physical health, emotional health, spiritual health, and healthy relationships with our family and others. I call these elements the four wheels of health, the importance of which has been confirmed by thousands of scientific studies.

If any one of our four wheels is wobbly or flat, our health will suffer. Life won’t run as smoothly, or as far, as it was intended.

Make no mistake—God is concerned about our physical bodies. We need to take care of our physical health—but God also designed three other wheels of health.

Key Study Passage: Psalm 32

I have a free assessment tool that can help you evaluate your four wheels of health. You can take it now, or at the end of this devotional series. You can download it for free here.

You can learn more about this principle in my book, 10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People: Becoming and staying highly healthy. Autographed copies are available here.

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Here’s the entire series:

Adapted from Game Plan for Life (Tyndale, 2009) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Lactoferrin for Acne. Does It Work?

Drinking cow’s milk enriched with the protein lactoferrin may improve acne by up to 20 percent, researchers report in the journal Nutrition. Here are details from the experts at The Natural Standard:

Earlier laboratory studies have suggested that lactoferrin-enriched cow’s milk may have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. In a recent study, 36 adults with acne were randomly assigned to drink fermented milk supplemented with 200 milligrams of lactoferrin or non-enriched fermented milk daily for 12 weeks.

Every four weeks, the researchers recorded the participants’ acne severity and lesion counts. At the beginning and end of the study, the authors evaluated the skin’s hydration, sebum (oily secretions), pH, and surface lipids.

By the end of the study, the number of inflammatory lesions, total lesion count, and acne severity significantly decreased by 38.6 percent, 23.1 percent, and 20.3 percent, respectively, in the lactoferrin group compared to the control. Additionally, lactoferrin led to a 31.1 percent drop in sebum content compared to the placebo.

In the control group, no significant improvements were observed in acne severity and inflammatory lesion count.

Both groups experienced reductions in skin surface lipids. However, triacylglycerols and free-fatty acids declined in the lactoferrin group, while only free-fatty acids decreased in the control group. According to the researchers, the drop in triacylglycerols was significantly associated with improvements in acne.

Skin hydration and pH were similar in both groups.

“Although the results are promising,” The Natural Standard concludes, “additional research is needed to confirm these early findings.”

Several natural therapies have been studied for acne. For example,

  • some studies suggest that zinc may be beneficial for acne, and that serum zinc levels may be linked to acne severity.
  • Also, derivatives of vitamin A called retinoids are used to treat various skin disorders, including acne. Topical and oral retinoids, such as tretinoin (Avita®, Renova®, Retina-A®, Retin-A Micro®), are available by prescription.

TV show contestants on “The Biggest Loser” lose fat while preserving muscle mass, study shows

USA Today reports, “The grueling boot-camp workouts on NBC’s The Biggest Loser help contestants lose large amounts of body fat while preserving their muscle mass, a new study shows.”

The “scientists measured the weight, body composition and resting metabolic rate of the 16 participants at the start of the show, at Week 6 and at Week 30, the finale.”

The findings, presented recently at the meeting of the Obesity Society in San Diego, noted that “overall, the contestants dropped from an average 49% body fat to 27%,” and “after 30 weeks, participants lost an average of 128 pounds; 81% was body fat and 19% was fat-free mass, mostly muscle.”

Nurse practitioner writes about her decision to stop getting mammograms

Last week I blogged on the topic “Mammography Screening for Breast Cancer: What’s a Woman to Do?” That blog was somewhat technical — although I think it presented both the benefits and the risks of mammography — and the fact that this is routine mammography is NOT by any means an easy decision to make. Now, a far more intimate and personal look at the topic is featured in a special report in the Washington Post where Veneta Masson, a nurse practitioner and writer living in Washington, explained the reasons for her decision to stop getting mammograms:

Masson cited a 2008 report by the Nordic Cochrane Center in Denmark, which noted that “if 2,000 women are screened regularly for ten years, one will benefit from the screening, as she will avoid dying from breast cancer.” At “the same time, ten healthy women will … become cancer patients and will be treated unnecessarily.  …

“Furthermore, about 200 healthy women will experience a false alarm.” The “psychological strain until one knows whether or not it was cancer, and even afterward, can be severe.”

In other words, for every 2,000 women who choose mammogram screening, one life will be saved, and 210 women will be harmed. That leaves 1789 who will be relieved.

Masson, 56 years old, last had her mammogram 10 years ago. But, unlike her, virtually all of the women in my practice are still choosing to be screened.