Health Is Vital

Health is taken for granted, until you can't any more. In this blog I hope to put down on paper some of the articles I come across and want to remember, about health. I will be personalizing these articles to apply to me. I am diabetic, over weight, have high blood pressure and tinnitus, so these are the things you will find here. I will include nutrition, exercise, and holistic health, and many other ideas. I work in the health profession, particularly mental health, and have an interest in suicide prevention; so these topics will also be covered in this blog. Please, if you are suffering reach out. Our county health and crisis line is 1-855-278-4204.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Sugar Habit

http://www.everydayhealth.com/type-2-diabetes/diet/beat-your-sugar-addiction-to-manage-diabetes/?pos=1&xid=nl_EverydayHealthManagingDiabetes_20161129

Here is a look at curing the sugar habit for diabetics, presented by Everyday Health.  Too much sugar can be very bad for diabetics, and lead to sugar spikes in the blood.  There is a video about different non sugar sweeteners.  However it includes the best alternative is natural sugars; like those from fruit.

The article included gives two keys to combating the sugar habit.  the first to have many small meals and snacks throughout the day, thereby avoiding the big sugar spike.

The second suggestion is to exercise to cure the sugar craving.  This is full blown exercise.  ANy little bit of exercise can help.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Traffic Safety Involves Everyone


Vision Zero San Jose is a City of San Jose project to make the streets safer, and eliminate all traffic related deaths.  In 2015 there were 42 traffic related deaths.  Half of the death were to pedestrians.  Others to bicyclist, motorcyclist on in a car.   It seems some progress is being made.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Mindfulness through the Senses

I am taking this from a handout at work from the Wellness people.  Mindfulness is becoming a bigger and bigger thing, and a tool to help people maintain their wellness.  This is about using our senses to be mindful. 

Statewide Medical and Health Exercise: Disaster Preparedness Drill

There were disaster preparedness drills held though out the state a couple weeks ago.  Each county devised their own scenario, but the theme was terrorist attack.  I was invited to participate in the drill for Santa Clara County, representing behavioral health.  We were on the third floor of the Sheriff's office where the have the Emergency Command Center.  There was a table in the middle for the command captain and his immediate team.  Then beyond that were other important players, including behavioral health, animal control, public health, medical examiners office etc.  They have a system set up where in real time a worker was monitoring the ambulances and available space of all the hospitals.  In this way they knew which hospital could take someone, and where their were ambulances available to get them there.  It was quite a system. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Michael Ballam: The Healing Power of Music

Today in Sunday School we talked about Emma Smith and section 25 which was a revelation for her.  We talked about marital relationship, being aware of pride and finding joy.  We did not talk about her assignments to gather hymns, and what the Lord said about music.

 11 And it shall be given thee, also, to make a selection of sacred hymns, as it shall be given thee, which is pleasing unto me, to be had in my church.
 12 For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me, and it shall be answered with a blessing upon their heads.

I came across this movie on BYUTV of Michael Ballam.  This is one in which he talks about the power of music--the healing power of music for the most part.  I pray that I will be singing until the day I die and beyond. Music brings light to my life.
The link and presentation are available from BYUTV on You Tube  It is well worth listening to.  Michael Ballam went to high school with my sister.  He is an opera singer.  He now teaches at Utah tState University.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Village Program for Teenage Youth in San Jose



This is an advertisement for a teen housing, and social service program in San Jose.  I noticed this at a bus stop.  The Village has a drop-in center at 25 East Hedding Street in San Jose.  This puts it across the street from the Civic Center.  Times are on the ad.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Trastorno Obsesivo Compulsive OCD (Spanish)

This is a pamphlet produced by National Institute of Mental Health.  It is in Spanish and covers OCD, and anxiety disorder.  Provided are symptoms, and possible next moves.  The most poignant thing of this pamphlet is the subtitle: When undesirable thoughts take control.  That is a good description in a nut shell. 


Hay ayudas por esta enfermedad.  Lo mejor seria hacer contacto con el departamento de salud mental en el condado donde ud vive.