It’s Not Supposed To Be Like This

Have you ever used talcum powder? Maybe you should stop. A jury just awarded $72 million to the family of a woman who died from ovarian cancer as a result of using products with talcum powder. This seems to be the first of many verdicts/settlements involving allegations that Johnson & Johnson ignored the link between cancer and its talcum-based products. Over a thousand more cases are pending. Studies going back to 1971 suggest a link between cancer and talc. A 1982 study showed a 92% increased risk of cancer when women used products containing talc for feminine hygiene. This research advised J & J to put warning labels on products containing talc.

J & J’s license was suspended by India’s FDA over toxic ingredients found in baby products. The formaldehyde-releasing preservative in baby shampoo has been removed from the product in many countries. In the United States you would have to pay considerably more to get the company’s “Natural” brand.

In the lawsuit Berg vs J & J it was stated that Berg’s cancerous tissue was removed and examined by three doctors. The doctors found talc particles embedded in the tissue and concluded talc was the cause of the cancer. She used J & J Baby Powder and Shower to Shower from 1975 to 2007.

Don’t think this is an isolated case. Household cleaners, food choices and aromatics from flooring, carpet and paint can cause harm. Also in the news is the health hazard from flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators.

If everyone practiced Jesus’ teaching to love their neighbors as themselves, these situations would vanish. A kingdom is coming where this will be the rule. Do you want to be a part of it?

Will a report like this change how you shop? Do you have an opinion about companies that make products like this? If so, be sure to comment below. We would like to hear from you.

Is Your Heart Troubled?

February has been designated as American Heart Month. This is a national campaign dedicated to pointing people towards a healthier lifestyle to improve cardiovascular disease. Generally when people think of heart health they also think about cholesterol. Cholesterol is an essential body chemical, mostly made in the liver. It is used as a raw material to make pituitary, adrenal and sex hormones. When under stress, the body makes more cholesterol to meet an increased need for adrenal/stress hormones. Cholesterol is one of the components of arterial plaque that can build in blood vessels and cut off blood flow. Often this results in heart attack or stroke.

Stress is often hard to avoid. Take the case of Myra Robin, an independent business owner. When her mom developed dementia, she came to live in. That changed Myra’s life as her days became consumed with caregiving, doctor visits, pharmacy runs and insurance calls. Watching her mother deteriorate was physically, emotionally and financially draining. Lifestyle habits weren’t good to begin with but now with less time they got worse and she lost her business. It wasn’t long before she developed severe problems, entered ER only to go into cardiac arrest. With medical intervention, the passing of her mom and major lifestyle changes, she is doing much better.

The Bible tells us to guard our heart because it is the wellspring of life. It also says a heart at peace gives life to the body and a cheerful heart is good medicine. From this we learn that taking care of our heart is important and peace and cheer are good for it. Jesus had the ultimate solution to heart health when he said not to let your hearts be troubled but to trust in God and also in Him. Your heart can have peace in the midst of adverse circumstances when you trust Jesus to carry your load. Are you carrying your burdens alone? Isn’t it time to give them to Jesus?

What causes you stress? Send us a comment. We’d like to hear about it!

Have You Done What’s Best For You?

We are encouraged when we hear that some people are making changes for the better. Recent studies have shown that there has been a decline in the number of new diabetes cases, soda consumption has dropped off, and Americans are starting to adopt a more healthful diet. It’s too early to classify any of these as a trend, but actions on food and exercise seem to be changing for the better.

The percentage of Americans smoking cigarettes has dropped 20 percent in the last ten years. Consumption of carbonated soft drinks dropped 14 percent between 2004 and 2014.

Regarding diet, Dr. Frank Hu, Professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health was one of the researchers who studied the nutrition of Americans from 1999 to 2012. During this period a scorecard aimed at capturing the healthy eating habits of Americans went from 39.9 to 48.2, with a perfect rating being 100. It’s estimated that dietary improvements may have averted over a million premature deaths. Speaking of deaths, it’s estimated that 70 to 90 percent of cancers are caused by lifestyle.

The number of new cases of diabetes reached a peak in 2009 after increasing for nearly a decade according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Now on the decline, diabetes is thought to be a lifestyle disease. Unfortunately it is estimated that there are 90 million people who are pre-diabetic.

It’s good to hear some people are making positive changes to their lifestyle that will affect them for the rest of their lives. But life is short and one wonders who would be willing to make a change that would affect them beneficially forever. The Bible tells us Jesus came to earth, had a sinless life and died to pay for the sins of mankind. He authenticated His ability to do that with healings, miracles and raising Himself from the dead. When a person accepts His payment, the Bible says God no longer condemns us. The action of Jesus is payment in full and offered to everyone, but who will accept it? Is it you? It will change your life now and forever.