The Other Faces of Addiction   Leave a comment

The Other Faces of Addiction

When most people hear the word addiction, they associate it with heroin, and cocaine.  They don’t consider the facts behind addiction;  those are the other faces.  There are other people who are addicted to other things that many of us would think are harmless, which are misguided beliefs. Anything that one feels they can’t live without, that satisfies them, and gives them a sense of comfort and security,  is an addiction.

The faces behind this kind of addiction are people of all ages, and nationalities, professionals, and nonprofessionals. This kind of addiction, can trick the individual into thinking they are not addicted.  And that they are different from those who are using heroin or cocaine.  Be it heroin, cocaine, prescription drugs, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or others, any kind of an addiction is very serious.

My Story:

I once was addicted to crushed ice. I went to bed with a bottle of crushed ice, and I woke up with a desire for my crushed ice. I had to have my crushed ice, throughout the day, and night. I realized that this was not any different than any other addiction, and I prayed to God to help me to get rid of this addiction, and he did. It took me a while, but I defeated that overwhelming desire to have crushed ice.

My problem was so serious I would freeze a bottle of water, and wrap it against the kitchen sink, until the ice was very soft.  (That was a noisy process.)  My husband and children teased me about my ice eating habit. But that didn’t bother me, I didn’t care. The thing about any addiction is that the individual becomes insensitive to others. Crunching on ice, and making loud noises while breaking the ice into pieces in the bottle was rude, but I was addicted to crushed ice.

I didn’t realize any of those things I was doing was wrong. It all seemed harmless. In my weakness, I judged myself, and made the decision that this was O.K., because I wasn’t hurting anyone. We all have to have a spiritual awakening before we can come face to face with our weaknesses, in order for us to overcome them.

__Ellen J. Barrier

Recommended Read  Life with Father: This is a true story of a boy who grew up with an alcoholic father who he remembers to have been abusive , and neglected his family.  He tells about the domestic violence and physical and mental abuse he witnessed of  his father attacks on his mother.

Book: How to Trust God When all Other Resources Have Failed  is written by Ellen J. Barrier@ http://barriersbooks.com/ Barrier’s Books & Associates

 

Engaging in extramarital Sex or multiple sexual affairs is risky   1 comment

 

Available to read in ebook @ http://www.myebook.com/elllenbarrier/

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In a relationship, a couple should be faithful to each other.

There is a risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, and spreading them to others, when engaging in sexual encounters with different partners. There is also, the possibility of getting hurt or endangering someone’s life or getting killed over a love affair.

To get involved with a person who is presently in a relationship, such as the young man did in the story, Self- Restraint from Sexual Temptation is using poor judgment.  The woman referred to her husband as “The good Man.”  She had no respect for her husband and neither for her body or health concerns for anyone else. To her, sexual encounters with different partners were a game.  And it was one that turned out badly for the young man.

Story:  Self- Restraint from Sexual Temptation

Read @ http://voices.yahoo.com/self-restraint-sexual-temptation-11888057.html

The danger of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and spreading them to others or losing one’s life or perhaps taking a life and sometimes being at fault for another person loss of life are things to consider before getting involved in a relationship with someone who is presently in a relationship.

These are the Symptoms of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Diseases & Related Conditions:

Bacterial Vaginosis – an infection which symptoms include an odorous vaginal discharge. The vaginal odor may be fish like, and grey in color.

  Chlamydia - Chlamydia is a silent sexually transmitted disease, caused by Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium. The disease can  affect about three quarters of women and half of men without them knowing they have it.  Parts of the  body  infected:  rectum, urethra, eyes, liver, throat and lungs. In worst cases, it can cause infertility.

 Gonorrhea- a disease affecting the sex organs that is passed on by sexual contact.

  Hepatitis Viral - a group of viral infections that affect the liver . The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Viral hepatitis, is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected. About 80,000 new infections occur each year.

Herpes (Genital) – a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex virus. It affect the genital and anal regions with painful blisters.

There is no cure for herpes. Treatment can reduce symptoms and decrease the risk of transmission through sexual contact.

Continued @ http://ellenshealthinformation.blogspot.com/2011/08/spread-symptoms-of-sexually-transmitted.html

The Price We Must Pay For Our Father’s Sins is a “Slice of Life” Story

The Price We Must Pay For Our Father’s Sins is a movie production film.  It is a ‘Slice of Life story’ that deals with life issues; money, power, sex and violence. The description for this film is: Feature film, Theatrical film, TV film or Life time film.

This story is based on the life of Priscilla Emerson and her family

“Death is the Inevitable Price We Must Pay.”  Tony said.

“How can a dead person reach beyond the grave and continue to destroy and dominate someone else’s life?” Priscilla asked.   Evil never dies.

Priscilla was a beautiful young woman who graduated from law school, with a promising future in the field of law. However, on the day she became Mrs. Jim Elliott, every one of her dreams were destroyed. Jim Elliott was not an ordinary man. He was possessed with demons, a man without a conscious. But, Priscilla didn’t realize this horrible truth about her husband, until it was too late.

This story is available in ebook @ http://www.myebook.com/elllenbarrier/

 

Protecting your Immune System   Leave a comment

 

Noni Juice

 

When we are vacationing or traveling for business purposes, it is difficult to get the nutritional foods our body needs. To stay healthy, we must protect our immune system by eating nutritious meals. To keep my immune system healthy while traveling, I drink nutritional supplements. I carry a bottle of ®Tahitian noni Juice and some nutritious snacks in my possession when I travel.

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Written by: Ellen J. Barrier

Good Nutrition and Health   Leave a comment

 

Good Nutrition and Health

 

Vitamin A (retinol) function is essential for healthy eyes, skin, hair, organ linings, and bone formation. Vitamin A is a fat- soluble vitamin.

Food Sources: carrots, dark green leafy vegetables, cantaloupes, oranges, apricots, fortified milk products, eggs and oily fish.

Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) is essential for hemoglobin, maintain healthy skin, and regulate the function of cells in the nervous system.
Food Sources: bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, papayas, oranges, cantaloupes, beans, sweet potatoes and other potatoes, sunflower seeds, fortified cereals, poultry and fish.

I grew up on a farm of large fields of vegetables, and orchards with their beautiful trees bearing fruits and nuts. My parents also, raised animals; chickens, cows, pigs, horses and a dog. There were places to fish and hunt. The farm gave us back more than my parents put into it. We received good health and happiness.

 

Vegetables, fruits and nuts are much needed in our diets. It is difficult to get many of our young people and older ones as well, to eat green leafy vegetables. Exercise, without eating the proper foods will not produce a healthy and fit body. I have listed food products, and their nutritional values, sources of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and their functions in the body.

The Importance of Vegetables Fruits and Nuts in Your Diet : View Vitamins and Mineral and their food sources @

http://ellen-barriershealthandfitness.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-importance-of-vegetables-fruits-and.html Blog

Written by: Ellen J. Barrier

Controlling Stress   Leave a comment

How to Trust God When all Other Resources Have Failed - Book

Many people encounter stress, due to lack of scheduling their daily tasks. Some wait, until the very last minute, before doing anything. Scheduling, my tasks a day ahead, make them easier for me, the next day.

Before I started scheduling, my tasks were overwhelming! Trying to get too many things accomplished – caused difficulty in sleeping. This brought on sleep apnea attacks. Working outside of the home, being a parent, and spouse – and having to attend events, can be very stressful!  And increasingly stressful, if you are a student or a career parent.
I can relate to all of the above.

Scheduling Tasks:

Never schedule more than you know, you can do. Start with a few tasks for each day. Make a six-day schedule. Make a shopping list. Plan the shopping list, on the day, that is not your shopping day. This allows to carefully list all of the things you will need, until you need to visit the store again. Never wait until you run out of food, before you go shopping. When I shop, I buy enough food to last for two weeks. But, I will visit the store two days, before I run out of food.

*Laundry should never be done while other tasks are being performed.
*Plan your menu for the next day, and don’t alter your plan.

Holiday preparation:

1.Start shopping several days ahead of the holiday:
2.House cleaning and shopping, shouldn’t be done on the same day
3.purchase foods that you know your family will eat
4.Shop when you aren’t rushed for time
5.Shopping for food and gifts for the holidays, aren’t stressful when done on
separates days
6. Shop for gifts on the days  you have more time to spend in the store.
7. Pick a time of the day or night, that you feel the stores in your community
are less crowded.

Allowing Time for Yourself:

This is very difficult to do. But when it is done, it relieves tension, that causes stress.
Before going to bed, take time to unwind. Find something that helps you to relax. Never schedule any tasks for all 7 days of  the week. Use one day to have some freedom.

I found that sitting on the floor and stretching, along with taking deep breaths and some other forms, of exercises – I came up with, help me to relax, and sleep more comfortably. Since these exercises, have greatly helped me, I want to share them with others.
Illustrations, and information, for exercising – and stress related illnesses, are listed in the book above.

Chapter 8:         Exercises to Relieve Tension and Tone Muscles
Chapter 14:       How to Deal with Stress

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Recommended Food Groups for Proper Nutrition   Leave a comment

Protein is one of a class of complex nitrogenous compounds which occurs naturally in plants and animals, and gives amino acids when hydrolyzed. Because of the amino acid, they contain, proteins are essential to growth and tissue repair.

Proteins are a source of heat and energy to the body. They are essential for growth, the building of new tissue, the repair of injured or broken-down tissue, and the repair of the protoplasm of every cell. They are oxidized in the body, thus liberating heat.

 

Corn

Amino Acids are the building blocks of which proteins are constructed, and the end products of protein digestion or hydrolysis. Unused amino acids are converted into urea, the chief nitrogenous constituent of urine and the final product of protein metabolism in the body.

Corn is used frequently in our diets. It contains macronutrients, micronutrients, water, fiber, and other substances contained in a food; corn contains 74% of water. 20% of Macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins)  0.1% or less of Micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) 5%  Dietary fiber. Water and macronutrients form the largest part of most foods. While micronutrients are present in much smaller amounts. Fiber is present in varying degrees in those foods of plant origins.

 

 

Meat products are protein food sources.     

Lamb, Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Sardines, Tuna, Macerel

 

Seeds products are protein food sources.

Sesame, Sunflower, Pumpkin, Soy bean, Quine, Guava

 

Nuts are products containing sources of protein.

Pecan, Walnut, Safflower, Peanut, Hazel, Cashew, Brazil, Pistachio, Pinon, Coconut, Almond

 

Fruits are Products containing sources of protein.

Apples, Eggplants, Oranges, Olives, Tomatoes, Dates, Guavas, Mangoes, Bananas, Papaya, Grapes, Plums, Raisins, Nectarines, Grapefruit, Zucchini, Tangerines, Strawberries, Persimmons, Raspberries, Peaches, Blueberries, Cherries, Lime, Watermelon, Squash, Pineapple, Kumquats

 

Vegetables are products containing source of protein. 

Cabbage, Mustard, Peas, Dandelion, Beets, Spinach, Greens, Celery, Turnip, Broccoli, Collard

 

Section 2 of the Vegetable products.           

Asparagus, Radishes, Cauliflower, Romaine lettuce, Turnips, Watercress, Artichokes, Green beans, Rutabagas, Green onions, Brussel sprouts, Garlic, Chard, Split peas, Bean sprouts, Peppers, Carrots, Dry beans, Cantaloupe, Dry peas, Sweet potatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, White potatoes

 

Other Sources of Protein                        

Milk, Eggs, Cheese

Yoga   Leave a comment

What is yoga

What is Yoga?

It is a Hindu spiritual discipline which includes the relaxation of the mind and body.  Yoga is a good way to experience the spirituality of the mind, body and spirit. In Yoga the mind, body and spirit are fused to be one. It helps you to maintain a distance between various day to day tensions, struggles, sickness, etc. It helps you to relax after a tiresome day.

Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and possibly a meditation technique as well. Some yoga classes are designed purely for relaxation. But there are styles of yoga that teach you how to move your body in new ways. Choosing one of these styles offers the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

Before You Start: Staying Safe While Practicing Yoga

Even though for most healthy people yoga is a safe non-aerobic form of exercise, it is not without its risks. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the yoga injuries most commonly treated  in emergency rooms involve overstretching and strain from repetition to the:

  • neck
  • shoulders
  • spine
  • legs
  • knees

Also, certain poses can increase your risk of injury if you have conditions such as:

  • severe osteoporosis
  • high or low blood pressure
  • ear problems
  • problems with your spine
  • pregnancy (including risks to your unborn child)

If you are pregnant or have a pre-existing health condition: Consult your health care provider before starting a yoga program. Your health care provider can help you know how to judge what type and level of yoga exercise is safe for you.

 

Yoga for Exercise at Home

Yoga classes are best for beginners because you can get feedback on your poses and ask questions. If you want to try doing yoga at home, there are videos available that offer fitness-based yoga. Here are a few that I’ve reviewed:

  • P90X Yoga: You have to purchase the whole P90X system to get the yoga workout, but it offers a nice at-home routine.
  • Yoga For Beginners: Body + Soul: Pilates for Yoga offers an introduction to this ancient form of spiritual and physical exercise. The disc contains a variety of starting poses designed to lead the viewer slowly and easily into this discipline.
  • Jillian Michaels: Yoga Meltdown Jillian Michaels, winning trainer on NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” introduces a new yoga workout unlike any other. Combining hard-core yoga power poses with her dynamic training techniques, Jillian will get you real weight-loss results fast. YOGA MELTDOWN includes two complete 30-minute workouts that include a warm-up and cooldown. Begin with the Level 1 workout which focuses on quickly flowing yoga sequences to burn mega calories. Then progress to Level 2 which adds twists and balance poses for an even greater burn.
  • Yoga Pregnancy: Pre and Post Natal Workouts: Pregnancy and Mothering are some of the most challenging and fulfilling times in a woman’s life. An appropriate yoga practice can help us stay healthy, happy and calm, both as we prepare for and recover from our babies arrival. The 30-minute pre-natal sequence is designed specifically to help moms-to-be develop the strength, flexibility and mental focus that will help them not only in the delivery process but also in facing the new challenges of mothering.
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