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Health Issues / Miscellaneous



Q&A on Life Support
QUESTION: What does the Bible say aboutkeeping someone on life support if they are seriously injured in an accident? I know that the Bible says to preserve human life so I am guessing...
November 22nd, 2013
I Know the Plans I Have for You - Cassie Husby's Journey
UPDATE: On November 18, 2013, Cassie Husby received "the call" and surgeons performed a double-lung transplant. We thank the LORD of Life for this gift! Pills. Oxygen. Nebulizer...
November 21st, 2013
The Holy Grail of Medicine - A Look at Ethical Stem Cell Research
No one believed him. No one thought Dr. Shinya Yamanaka had managed to do the impossible. The 44-year-old physician/scientist from Japan had been encouraged to enter medicine by his...
November 19th, 2013
My Son, Maxwell
My son, Maxwell, was born on April 6, 2011. He was diagnosed with Down syndrome (DS) when he was two days old. I have since learned that Down syndrome, also known as trisomy 21, is...
June 12th, 2013
Proper Palliative Sedation Not Same as Assisted Suicides Terminal Sedation
The assisted suicide movement is ever about blurring vital distinctions and deconstructing crucial definitions.  One target has been the proper pain control technique known as...
May 11th, 2010
Accutane Linked to Serious Side Effects in Pregnant Women
Accutane is a medication that was commonly prescribed to treat severe acne, typically when other treatments proved ineffective.Over a period of more than 25 years, Accutane was prescribed...
May 10th, 2010
Q&A on Caregiving and Diminished Quality of Life
QUESTION: My dad was recently diagnosed with ALS. We are all pretty devastated. He knows that his quality of life will diminish, and he will become totally reliant on us kids. The other...
March 15th, 2010
Parish Nurses Promote Caregiver Support
The role of parish nursing is growing and developing in many congregations, and as the growth continues, many new programs need to be created. One special project being developed by...
February 3rd, 2010
Healthcare Reform and the Christian Perspective
A considerable amount of debate has taken place lately on the benefits of reforming the healthcare system in the United States. Many people agree that reform is needed, but not everyone...
July 22nd, 2009
Where Did the Time Go? - A Look at Family Caregiving
This question might be triggered by a baby picture of our 11-year-old daughter or the news that an eighth-grade nephew is now as tall as I am. Most recently it was a look at my father’s...
July 12th, 2009
Medical Professionals Deserve Conscience Rights on Abortion, Bioethics Practices
We live in a culturally diverse society in which people vary greatly in their moral beliefs about the importance of human life. These profound differences are most bitterly expressed...
May 28th, 2009
Witnessing a Miracle - A Look at Pregnancy and Life in the Womb
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full...
April 10th, 2009
Sarah Palin and the Lessons She Has Taught Her Children
By the time you read this commentary, Sarah Palin may or may not have been elected Vice President of the United States. There is and will be a great deal written about her qualifications....
January 23rd, 2009
Cherish the Quality of Life
When I was a boy, my parents took me more than once to visit Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wisconsin. We called it a home for the mentally retarded back then. I imagine that...
May 12th, 2008
Q&A on Genetic Testing of Preborn Children
QUESTION: Is genetic testing of preborn children acceptable for Christians? ANSWER: The answer to your question requires some clarification, because there are many variables that come...
May 5th, 2008
2008 FDA Warning on Birth Control Patch Risks
FDA NewsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJanuary 18, 2008Media Inquiries: Rita Chappelle, 301-827-6242Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAFDA Approves Update to Label on Birth Control PatchThe U.S....
January 24th, 2008
Hospitals - A Historical Perspective
Caregiving is rooted in a desire to enhance the well-being of our fellow man. Whether it is through our own need to be cared for or a loved ones need, at some point in each of our lives...
October 24th, 2007
At What Cost? - A Look at Medical Progress and Embryonic Stem Cell Research
I live today because of medical progress. I was born premature in 1956 with a condition called "atrial septal defect." That means I had a hole in the heart. Not just any hole,...
September 12th, 2007
A Parish Nurse Visit
CLR NOTE: The parish nursing ministry is a growing effort in Christian churches, yet many questions come to mind about the exact nature and activity of a parish nurse. Here is a story...
May 9th, 2007
Learning to Face Death
We are victims of our culture.  Despite knowing better from God’s Word, we find ourselves sucked into the thoughts and practices of the world.  This is evident when...
May 8th, 2007
Down Syndrome and Abortion
CLR NOTE: Despite the date of this article, it is nevertheless included on this website for your information. Statistics have changed since its  publication in 2007. If current...
April 5th, 2007
Take the Stress Study
The purpose of this study is for you to examine the amount of stress you have experienced in the last 12 months. Click here to obtain a .pdf copy of the test. Stress indicators are...
April 3rd, 2007
PRESS RELEASE: 'FDA Approves Over-the-Counter Access for Plan B for Women 18 and Older'
FDA NEWSFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEP06-118August 24, 2006Media Inquiries: Julie Zawisza, 301-827-6242Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced...
August 28th, 2006
Quality of Life - How Far Do We Go?
The priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the...
August 10th, 2006
Teen Abortion Risks Fact Sheet
“Parents are faced with a shell of a person and have no idea where they lost their child.”- Terri, who had a secret abortion as a teen10 times more likely to try to kill...
August 7th, 2006
Top Ten Causes of Death Worldwide, 2001
Researchers at the University of Queensland's School of Population Health published the results of their Global Burden of Disease Study on global health in 2001. The results show, regardless...
June 1st, 2006
Parish Nursing Today: Delegation
How good are you at delegating work? Even nurses with the gift of delegation need to practice and reinforce that gift regularly.The ability to delegate is an important aspect of effective...
May 2nd, 2006
Alzheimer's Disease vs. Dementia --- Understanding the Difference
As we become older, most of us will have some problem with our memory. We may forget where we placed the car keys, or have trouble remembering the name of someone we only met once or...
March 14th, 2006
The Dying Need TLC, Not Rulings - Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Be Very Risky Decision
NOTE: Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, a lawyer for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and a special consultant to the Center...
January 22nd, 2006
Abortion Increases Risk of Subsequent Child Abuse
Does maternal abortion history increase the risk of child abuse? A new study recently published in the Scandinavian medical journal Acta Paediatrica suggests the answer is "yes," supporting...
November 23rd, 2005
Myths and Wisdom About End-of-Life Decisions
Have you discussed your end-of-life preferences with your loved ones yet? A blessing that came from the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that end-of-life issues have led to better planning...
November 23rd, 2005
2005 FDA Warning on Birth Control Patch
FDA NewsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEP05-90November 10, 2005Media Inquiries: 301-827-6242Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDAFDA Updates Labeling for Ortho Evra Contraceptive PatchThe Food and...
November 14th, 2005
A.C. Green Speaks Out - Abstinence Education Works
To: Arthur Caplan, Director of the Center for Bioethics, University of PennsylvaniaFrom: A.C. Green, President, A.C. Green Youth FoundationI read your recent commentary on abstinence...
October 21st, 2005
Legal Abortion Isn't Safe Abortion
Those who were responsible for legalizing abortion in the seventies claimed that if abortion were legally available, women would be protected from unsafe, back-alley abortionists. Pro-abortion...
October 18th, 2005
'Why Wait?' - A Look at Closure Before Death
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)A speaker at our first medical ethics conference indicated that he hoped for a lingering...
September 9th, 2005
Q&A on Terri Schiavo and Medical Decision-Making Based on Her Religious Beliefs
QUESTION: I am very upset that Terri Schiavo’s faith was not seriously considered before her feeding tube was pulled. Why didn’t the doctors follow her strong Catholic belief?ANSWER:...
September 9th, 2005
Q&A on Terri Schiavo and Other Related End-of-Life Issues
Q: Thank you for your sincere concern, and brutally frank appraisal of the utter contempt and disdain modern society shows for God's precious gift of life. First Terri Schiavo, next...
June 15th, 2005
Umbilical Cord Banking: An Ethical Stem Cell Alternative
Roger and Cindy Aggson both have a history of cancer in the family. It was for this reason that the couple decided to bank their youngest son's cord blood when he was born, an increasingly...
May 3rd, 2005
'A Silver Lining' - A Look at a Christian's Life Near Its End
It was seen as one of the darkest moments for a family. The unexpected diagnosis of cancer six months previously brought a dark cloud over the family Nobody wanted to talk about the...
April 1st, 2005
A Chronology of Life in the Womb [Fetal Development]
Day 1FertilizationThe sperm joins with the ovum to form one cell. This one cell contains the complex genetic makeup for every detail of a new human life - the child's sex, hair and...
April 1st, 2005
'Who Would Want a Child Like That?' We Would!
This article first ran in the December 1998 issue of National Right to Life News and is one of the stories readers have most asked them to reprint. Read it and you will see why. An...
January 15th, 2005
Q&A on Hospice - Questions to Ask
QUESTION: Do you really consider “pulling the plug” to be euthanasia?ANSWER: Deuteronomy 32:39 tells us that God alone has the right to begin or end life. Exodus 20:13 and...
November 1st, 2004
PRESS RELEASE: 'FDA Approves Abortion Pill RU-486'
Milwaukee, WI September 28, 2000 -- The Food and Drug Administration gave its approval Thursday for the abortion pill mifepristone (RU-486). This method of using mifepristone (which...
October 1st, 2004
How Depression Ruled My Life
One woman's story of how depression ruled her life.It was my fourth hospitalization in two years. I hadn't eaten for six days. Medical doctors were checking for any physical problems,...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 1)
QUESTION: What's the difference between voluntary euthanasia and non-voluntary euthanasia?ANSWER: Voluntary euthanasia involves a competent and stated desire of someone to have his...
October 1st, 2004
Suicide Warning Signs
What To Watch For: A major change in sleep or eating patterns Increased alcohol or drug use Major personality changes - becomes impulsive, rebellious or violent Violent or rebellious...
October 1st, 2004
Nutrition and Hydration (Food and Water)
Intravenous FeedingHow feeding is providedNeedle is inserted into a vein, usually in the hand or forearm, allowing the person to be nourished through the circulatory system.General...
October 1st, 2004
Euthanasia: Questions and Answers (Part 2)
QUESTION: Out of Christian love and concern, am I ever able to make a decision to remove a feeding tube?ANSWER: Providing a feeding tube is what we do when a person is no longer able...
October 1st, 2004
Congressman Dave Weldon Discusses Human Cloning
[Part 1 of 2 Parts]

[LifeNews.com Note: The following is the first half of an interview with pro-life Congressman Dave Weldon (R-FL). A practicing physician in Florida, Congressman Weldon sponsored the...
October 1st, 2004
Thoughts and Hearts Together - The Christian and Medical Decision-Making
I. IntroductionThe purpose of my presentation this afternoon is to describe the phenomenon that runs through much of what our convention addresses today. This is the relationship that...
October 1st, 2004
Congressman Dave Weldon Discusses Human Cloning
[Part 2 of 2 Parts]

[LifeNews.com Note: The following is the second half of an interview with pro-life Congressman Dave Weldon (R-FL). A practicing physician in Florida, Congressman Weldon sponsored the...
October 1st, 2004
Father in Alcohol Recovery Gives Perspective to Those With Other Addictions
A father in recovery writes to his wife and children. His perspective can be applied to those involved with other addictions.To My Family, Whom I Love...I know that this letter is too...
October 1st, 2004
Wrongful Birth/Life Lawsuits Present New Pro-Life Concerns
[LifeNews.com Note: Wendy McElroy is the author and editor of many books and articles, including the forthcoming anthology Liberty for Women: Freedom and Feminism in the 21st Century...
October 1st, 2004
Inconvenient People and the Quality of Life
An interview with Kenneth Schleef, a Christian with cerebral palsy.Q: Your appearance at the Life Chain-Madison this fall told me you're concerned about life issues. I also know you...
October 1st, 2004
Assisted Suicide, It's All About Money
When liberals ask me why they should oppose physician-assisted suicide (PAS), I always reply, "I can summarize a big reason in just three letters: HMO."That always raises an eyebrow....
October 1st, 2004
Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Transplants in Parkinsons Disease Treatment
CLR NOTE: Despite the age of this article, it is nevertheless included on this website for your information.There are many alternatives to fetal tissue transplantation in the treatment...
October 1st, 2004
Fetal Tissue Research Raises Disturbing Questions
Spring is the season of renewal -- from the Christian belief in the resurrection of Christ to the more secular appreciation of the earth's rebirth from the winter months. Renewal is...
October 1st, 2004
Don't Let False Alarms Scare You Off Prenatal Tests, but Do Get the Facts First
It was horrible, horrible, horrible," says Elizabeth Lampert, 34, about her weeks of uncertainty last winter. Like most pregnant women, the Washington, D.C., publicist had a blood test...
October 1st, 2004
How Drugs Can Affect the Embryo
The savage syringe attack on a pregnant Bronx nurse spotlights the importance of a commonly available B vitamin in the development of a fetus.A married doctor allegedly injected Joy...
October 1st, 2004
'On Eagles' Wings' - A Look at Support During A Difficult Pregnancy
It all began innocuously enough. A phone call, a cry for help. That's what this ministry is all about. Help, love, support. Usually the call is from a distant place. The faces remain...
October 1st, 2004
God Does Not Play Favorites
In Acts 10:34 Peter learned that God does not play favorites. He did not send his Son to die just for the Jews, or the Pharisees, or even just for his followers. God sent his son to...
October 1st, 2004
When Life Seems to Have No Meaning
Why did I not perish at birth, and die as I came from the womb? We know such a question is not uncommon in our world. We live among a people who not only may ask such a question concerning...
October 1st, 2004
When Bad Things Happen to Good People
Hundreds of innocent people die in the Swissair crash. A man is struck down by cancer in the prime of his life. Tragedies such as these cause us to ask "Why would God allow such...
October 1st, 2004
Hospital Devotions - 1
Luke 2:29-31 - Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people....
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 1
On Entry"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)We go to doctors because we need help. Our bodies hurt. In our suffering Jesus invites...
October 1st, 2004
The Great Physician at My Bed - 2
On Entry"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick." (Matthew 9:12)We weaken and become ill, or some serious problem in the body sends us to a hospital for treatment. God...
October 1st, 2004
Burden Sharing in Love
Something perceived to be beyond the ability to cope, not related to a desire to carry.Understanding the Terms:Burden:Review the following passages: Numbers 11:14; Nehemiah 5:15; Psalm...
October 1st, 2004
The Vaccination Quandary
When a couple is expecting their first child, often times hopes, dreams and aspirations take center stage. The parents know they are going to love and care for their child, and plan...
October 1st, 2004
All Stressed Out
As a Christian, you have an edge in coping with stress!You're stuck in traffic. Horns honking, motorists screaming. It's Monday. You worked all weekend, but you're still behind deadline.You...
October 1st, 2004
When Good Things Become Addictions
Innocent activities that initially bring pleasure can spiral into compulsions that are difficult to control and have devastating effects.Addictions consume energy. Problems exist when...
October 1st, 2004


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