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I Have a Rare Disease #RareDiseaseDay

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In January 2000, I woke up with one eye dilated. When it didn’t go away, I called the doctor who saw me immediately. There was concern that I could have a brain tumor. That was scary. The nurse called around to find an ophthalmologist who could see me right away. The eye doctor tested some eye drops in my eyes and determined I had a neurological disease called Adie’s Tonic Pupil. He prescribed some eye drops that I could use to force my pupil constrict and he added, “You can look it up on the Internet. If there are any new treatments available, let me know.” Jaw dropping. Back in 2000, the Internet was less helpful than it is today. But that’s when I discovered NORD, the National Organization of Rare Disorders. They listed Adie’s Tonic Pupil or Adie’s Syndrome as a rare disorder affecting fewer than 10,000 people. I ordered the report from NORD...

What the Bible Says About Healthy Living by Rex M.D. Russell

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Rex Russell’s book, What the Bible Says about Healthy Living, explores what the Bible says about healthy diet and compares it with modern science. The research upholds the wisdom of biblical advice so the author encourages us to heed the dietary laws, not in a legalistic obedience, but as a way to honor our Creator with our bodies. I was most interested in the extensive section on fasting. Because I’m on medication, I’m not able to go without food so fasting never seemed like an option to me. The author explained four types of fasting: normal fast, absolute fast, partial fast, and rotational fast. The latter two are options that don’t require complete abstinence from food, but focus on abstaining from particular types of food or rotating abstinence from different foods. I learned a lot from his teaching, especially about the health (and mental health) benefits of fasting. Many of his...

Ask God to Amplify the Results of Your Weight Loss Efforts

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I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I’ve never thought about praying for God to accelerate my weight loss. I always took on the burden of weight loss as something I had to do on my own. But it makes sense, now that I think about it. I wanted to share this excerpt from Adam Hogue in which he talks about his near-death experience, obesity, and dramatic weight loss with the Lord’s help.   “I’m fat.” It’s one of the most self-destructive phrases with which people can attack themselves. Satan loves to throw this at people to empty them of all God’s joy. Such people try to lose weight but just can’t seem to do it, so they lose heart and lose faith, finding that they hate the image in the mirror. But God has a better plan for you—a plan to heal you and give you a future and a hope. Did you know that 95 percent of all people who have a weight issue could do something about it? So unless you have...

Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst

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Made to Crave Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food Lysa TerKeurst 2010 218 pages   My weight has gone up or down in response to lifestyle changes: a new job that is physically demanding, the loss of a family member, eliminating gluten from my diet, or a new prescription that caused weight gain. I’ve rarely tackled losing weight for a prolonged period because I would just wait until the next lifestyle change to swing the pendulum of my weight. Still, on the occasions I did try to lose weight, I felt the burden of the responsibility on my shoulders. This was my problem and I had to fix it. But in her book, Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst proposes we look at weight loss less in terms of self-discipline (because we are bound to fail) and more in terms of reliance on God’s strength (because He is bound to succeed). This was a new way of looking at the problem for me and I think...