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HEALTH MINISTRY Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Brain Fog Research shows that neither aging nor senility is typically to blame for clouded thinking. Forgetfulness, attention lapses and other complaints about mental sharpness are more closely related to mood and general mental health. It could stem from an underlying medical condition or a drug’s side effects, but most often it’s a disturbance in sleep or mood, or simply the harried, stressful nature of modern life. If you’ve been feeling off your game, here are six steps you can take to restore mental clarity. 1. Step one should be a medical checkup: high blood pressure; chronic pain; chemical, hormonal (e.g. menopause), metabolic imbalances (which can be found with lab tests) may be the cause. 2. Review your medications: The list of drugs which MAY dull one’s senses include opiate- based pain relievers, older antihistamines and certain antibiotics. 20% of cognitive impairment in older people is attributable to anticholinergics, which are used to treat asthma, stomach ulcers, urinary incontinence and other conditions. If you suspect that a medication is affecting your thinking, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR about reducing the dose or substituting another drug. The list below can cause confusion especially in people who are older, weigh less than average or have kidney or liver problems. ANTIARRHYTHMICS: ANTIBIOTICS,ANTIVIRALS: ANTIHISTAMINES: digoxin (Lanoxin), acyclovir (Zovirax), chlorpheniramine (ChlorTrimeton), disopyramide (Norpace) ciprofloxacin(Cipro), demenhydrinate (Dramamine), ganciclovir (Cytovene), dephenhydramine (Benadryl Allergy) metronidazole (Flagyl) ANTIHYPERTENSIVES: CORTICOSTEROIDS: COUGH & CONGESTION: Clonidine (Catapres) methylprednisolone (Medrol, dextromethorphan beta blockers such as Meprolone) (Robitussin Cough Gels), atenolol (Tenormin), prednisone (Deltasone,Orasone) pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) metoprolol (Lopressor), propranolol (Inderol) GASTROINTESTINAL: INCONTINENCE: MIGRAINE: cimetidine (Tagamet), oxybutynin (Ditropan), naratriptan (Amerge), diphenoxylate (combined solifenacin (VESIcare), rizatriptan (Maxalt) with atropine in Lofene, tolterodine (Detrol) Lomotil), dicyclomine (Bentyl), glycopyrrololate (Robinul), hyoscyamine (Anaspaz, Cystospaz), scopolamine (Scopace)
MUSCLE RELAXANTS; PAINKILLERS; PARKINSON’S: Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), Codeine (generic) amantadine (Symmetrel), Orphenadrine (Antiflex) Meperidine (Demerol), levodopa (Sinemet), Pentazocine (Talwin), selegiline (Eldepryl) Propoxyphene (Darvon) TRICYCLIC eszopiclone (Lunesta), ANTIDEPRESSANTS; zaleplon (Sonata), amitriptyline (Elavil), zolpidem (Ambien CR) imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamlor) 3. Reboot your brain: Your body responds to stress by releasing a cascade of hormones that put all body systems on full alert. In the short term, that provides a surge of energy, heightened awareness and sharp focus so you can meet deadlines. But in protracted or very stressful situations, too many nerve cells fire at once. That’s when you freeze. A whole lot of small hassles can have the same effect as a major stressor. So…do one thing at a time: avoid multi-tasking. Give your body a break: sleep, ask for support, use your vacation time. 4. Improve your sleep: Go to bed and wake at the same time each day. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, heavy exercise before bedtime. 5. Exercise: Physical activity improves brain function in the same regions adversely affected by stress and lack of sleep. Schedule an appointment with yourself to regularly exercise and make this a very high priority. No one else can keep you healthy! 6. Call someone: Interacting with other people and socializing is associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline and dementia. Submitted by Barb Emigh, RN Taken from: Clearing Away Brain Fog. Consumer Reports on Health. March, 2008. Volume 20, #3.
Perennial beds come alive with colors and textures this time of year. There is perhaps no more striking combination than that of the coarsely textured, brightly colored coneflower paired with the delicate greens of an ornamental grass. This combination should be admired not only for its beauty, but also for its hardiness. Grasses and coneflowers thrive regardless of weather. Through last year’s
Thank You . . . to all for your financial support. Last weekend’s collection was over $1,400. . . also for your contribution to the Helping Others collection for Haiti. Like the week before, it was around $1,500. A cheque for $3,000 is on its way to Development & Peace. Coming Events Monday, Feb. 1 Pastoral council meeting in the office at 7:30 pm. All members are asked to do