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Topic: HEALTH (10/13/16)
TITLE: Understanding God's Gift
By Francie Snell
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I always thought I was doing quite well practicing proper nutrition and healthy exercise, for the most part anyway. However, my body was now strongly suggesting otherwise, along with the diagnosis I received the day before…
It wasn’t long after the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) at the local Healthcare Clinic examined me that she wrote out a prescription for enough antibiotics to choke a large farm animal.
“You’ll have to take these for ten days,” she said, “and make sure you take all of them.” She then added with a piercing look, “and eat lots of fiber,” sounding like an elementary school teacher instructing a third grade class.
Silently, I nodded in obedience and considered the irony; if only she could see inside my refrigerator, a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables on every shelf, a proud display of earth’s bounty any health nut would envy. Then, only for a moment, I considered telling her of our retired aluminum fishing boat we now used for our vegetable garden. This year we grew beets, carrots, cucumbers, onions, dill and tomatoes. Would she be impressed? It didn’t matter. I was too tired to explain it all, so I just let her believe I was a careless eater and let it go at that.
As I left the clinic with prescription in hand, I was determined to follow her directions on my road to recovery: take all my pills and eat only high fiber until my problem went away. I could do that. That evening on the way home, I stopped at a sandwich shop and ordered all the veggies they could heap on 6 inches of 9-Grain Wheat goodness.
The next morning it was two pills and spicy lentil soup for breakfast. I wish I had studied the facts before starting the day. As I laid on my back on the couch with my stomach bloating to new heights, I decided to further my education on what was now more seriously plaguing my body. I’m so glad I did.
While surfing the internet, I came across some interesting information provided by the Mayo Clinic.
First, I learned that my ailment was not new to me; I was having a flare up of a condition called diverticulosis which I apparently had for some time. Another piece of valuable information was the recommended diet plan. Quite contrary to what was told to me by the FNP, a diverticulitis diet should start with only clear fluids for a few days which include:
• Fruit juice without pulp
• Ice chips
• Tea or coffee without cream
This diet is intended to give the digestive system a chance to rest. Then, as I felt better, I could slowly add low fiber foods.
I wondered why the FNP didn’t inform me of that. Perhaps she just didn’t know? I learned if I had taken her advice and continued eating mostly high fiber foods, I might have suffered some very dire consequences.
This whole experience impressed upon me a simple fact: no matter what we are told by anyone, regardless of their education or experience, we must do our own due diligence at finding the facts, especially when it comes to our own health and well-being.
So, what was the culprit in my physical fiasco? Could it have been the mega doses of coffee (acid) I often indulged in with extended periods of inactivity sitting in the car or in front of a computer? Maybe, maybe not. I’m still doing my research. Never the less, the factors that could possibly contribute to any problem are helpful to know.
“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”… I Cor. 6:19
So, who are the caretakers, and who’s responsibility is it to take care of these wonderfully created temples we’ve been given? We are. And what an honor that is.
Nobody can take better care of ourselves than we can, and that requires paying attention to our bodies and educate ourselves in order to maintain a healthy temple for God and ourselves.
Our bodies are a gift from the Lord, so I'll do my best to take care of it.
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