Teach Diet, Stroke Prevention and Integrative Medicine for Health Ministry
Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.
More than 780,000 strokes occur each year, most prevalent in people aged 65 or older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). But risks can be palpable given complex health conditions—regardless of age. How can you educate parishioners? Visit NIH’s website and Know Stroke, a joint site created with the National Institute of Nerological Disorders and Stroke holds a wealth of information, including a community education kit, literature and posters.
If you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease, you might think that medication is all you need to protect yourself from future heart problems. While it is important to take your medication as directed by your physician, you also need to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle.
A Mediterranean-style diet is a good place to start, inspired by lifestyles of southern Italy, Greece and Spain. The a plan is centered on vegetables, legumes, whole grains and fruit and lean sources of protein, such as chicken and fish. Use olive oil instead of butter, and season your food with fresh herbs and vinegar instead of salt. By reducing the amount of red meat and full-fat dairy you eat, you’ll be reducing saturated fats—and feeling more energized.
Making changes to your diet is definitely worth the effort. Research shows that people with heart disease can lower their odds of having a heart attack or stroke by following a heart-healthy diet.
This story struck a personal chord; my entire family is seeing a MD who transitioned into integrative medicine. He’s found basic root causes for some major heath issues and is treating them with stellar results; my parents can discontinue the thyroid and blood pressure medications their previous physician prescribed, in one case, misdiagnosing the condition.
In a time where people are concerned with heath care coverage, I thought I should share this intriguing look at the concept of cost and care.
The use of therapy dogs extends back to World War II, possibly earlier. And pet owners and lovers know of the healing power of pets. But it seems that hospitals are becoming more receptive to visitation from family pets. Find out how Rush University Medical Center in Chicago established a policy that was safe and unobtrusive to staff operations.
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. As principal of Hoskins Interactive, an inbound marketing consultancy, she helps organizations improve the quality of website traffic needed to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.