Archive for December, 2012

From the Physician’s Desk

Have you heard the saying, “Stress will kill you!”

That is a grave statement indeed (no pun intended). If this is true, then many are in danger … yes? I am guilty of “dancing with stress” and the music will be tuned out in 2013!

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines stress as – a constraining force or influence as

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    a : a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part;

  • b : the deformation caused in a body by such a force
  • c : a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation

Nothing about the definition of STRESS or its causation is appealing to me …

I will resolve to combat stress 2013 by; (in no particular order)

  • Laughing out Loud more often (and not just ‘LOL’ in my notes)
  • Practice Yoga more regularly (at least once/wk)
  • Leave work…”at work”
  • Exercise more often and have more fun with it … yes I can!
  • Seek God’s face … seriously … and read my Bible
  • Forgive Quickly and Often
  • Recall what made me Happy/Smile at age 7, 9, 11 … Hhmmm
  • Take Vacations
  • Love Freely

Short list … but it is the first step in the right direction. All great things begin with a thought … written down … and a first step!

What will you do to De-Stress in 2013?

Happy New Years!

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This song says it well. Great Blog for Newtown Connecticut … victims’ family and friends!


I keep stopping while drafting this post.  Overflowing tears are blinding.

Tragedy strikes and you are engulfed in sorrow, disbelief.  Losing a child is like losing the ability to breathe, losing life itself.

Eric Clapton collaborated with Will Jennings to write this ballad in honor of Clapton’s four-year-old son Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother’s friend in 1991.  What went on in Clapton’s mind the minute he saw Conor sprawled on the pavement? This song illustrates his grief and America comforted him hugely: the song is one of Clapton’s most successful and stayed in Billboard charts for weeks on end.

My heart goes out to the families and friends who are doing their best to cope with death.  Prayers keep one steady, retain peaceful and happy thoughts in one’s mind and heart —because how can you go on with your day…

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Some news saddens the heart and tugs at the “heart strings” … just painful! Such is the case for the Newtown, Connecticut victims.

During the news broadcast about the Newtown Connecticut tragedy, the phrase, “… and especially during this Christmas season,”  was often stated.

The Nation's Heart is Broken

The Nation’s Heart is Broken

I was asked, “Is there ever a good time for giving BAD news?”

Many would say there is no such thing! Bad news is Bad news at any time it is given.  Others would argue, that it is just a little bit more difficult, stings a bit more, when it is delivered during a “Merry Season” … Hhhmmm.

As the funerals begins for the Newtown Connecticut victims … we are forced to confront this tragedy.

I Think of …

  • The many un-open Christmas gifts,
  • The many smiles and laughter never to be heard again,
  • The many lives forever changed,
  • The many Christmas’ that will never be the same ….

I pray for all the victims’ family and friends  of Newtown Connecticut.

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alarm_eAmong all racial/ethnic groups, African Americans bear the greatest burden of HIV in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection during their lifetimes. In 2009, blacks made up 14% of the US population but accounted for nearly half (44%) of all new HIV infections (this number continues to rise).

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From Madame Noir

Recent CDC data showed an alarming 48% increase in new HIV infections from 2006 to 2009 among young, black men who have sex with men (MSM), aged 13 to 29 years. Black women, most of whom are infected through heterosexual contact, are far more affected by HIV than women of other races. The rate of new HIV infections for black women is more than 15 times as high as that of white women, and more than 3 times as high as that of Latino women.


From NewsOne Article 25 JUL 12

Approximately 1 in 5 adults and adolescents in the United States living with HIV do not know they are infected. This translates to approximately 116,750 persons in the black community. Black MSM are particularly burdened with HIV. In 21 major cities, 28% of black MSM were infected with HIV, and 59% of those did not know they were infected.

Fear of disclosing risk behavior or sexual orientation may prevent blacks from seeking testing, prevention and treatment services, and support from friends and family.

Please do share your thoughts and comments!

Read more: CDC Statistics  ; HIV&AIDS information

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1 DECEMBER is World’s AIDS Day …

HIV/AIDS …  Do  you think HIV/AIDS is now a Chronic Disease?


WorldClass 101: Human immunodeficiency virus infection / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) is a disease of the immune system. A normal immune system works to protect our bodies against organisms, such as virus, on a regular basis. During the initial HIV infection, a person may experience a brief period of influenza-like illness. This is typically followed by a prolonged period without symptoms. As the illness progresses it interferes more and more with the immune system, making people much more likely to get infections, and illnesses that do not usually affect people with a normal working immune systems.

HIV is transmitted primarily via unprotected sex (including anal and even oral sex), contaminated blood transfusions and hypodermic needles, and from mother to child during, pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. Body fluids, such as saliva and tears, do not transmit HIV. Prevention of HIV infection, primarily through safe sex and needle-exchange programs, is a key strategy to control the spread of the disease. There is no cure or vaccine to prevent HIV/AIDS; however, anti-retroviral treatment can slow the course of the disease and may lead to a near-normal life expectancy.

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is defined in terms of either a CD4+ T cell count below 200 cells per µL or the occurrence of specific diseases in association with an HIV infection. (HIV-negative adult can vary but is usually between 600 and 1200 CD4 cells/mm3).  In the absence of specific treatment, around half the people infected with HIV develop AIDS within ten years. The most common initial conditions that alert to the presence of AIDS are pneumocystis pneumonia (40%), Cachexia (drastic weight loss) in the form of HIV wasting syndrome (20%) and esophageal candidiasis (white patchy fungal growth in the mouth and throat). Other common signs include recurring respiratory tract infections.

Read more at www.AIDS.gov for local information

World AIDS Campaign, Van Diemenstraat 192, 1013 CP Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS, +31 20 616 9045



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