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Insomnia 2012

How has your start to 2012 been? I pray that Our Great Lord is keeping you all in grace and peace. Unfortunately, I was met at the beginning of this secular year with a resistant bout of insomnia which hindered my ability to do my normal daily tasks, including posting, which has become dear to me. Actually, it is a bittersweet result of my slowly healing adrenals; it’s “sweet” because it is a sign of my adrenals building up & making a bit more of it’s own hormones (chiefly cortisol in this case), however “bitter” because it is overproducing cortisol at the wrong time of the “day” and makes it difficult to sleep.

Cortisol is an extremely important hormone involved with modulating responses to stress (whether physical or emotional stress, the body doesn’t know the difference) and affects all body systems from your immunity to your metabolism. In fact, it is the main hormone that is meant to “kick-in” to wake you up in the morning after your melatonin (sleep hormone) decreases as the morning sunlight begins. Cortisol helps to get your body ready and alert to face the day and is meant to gradually decrease as the evening rolls around so you can eventually sleep (melatonin then takes over during the night with other important hormones). However with Adrenal Fatigue (Insuffiency), at a certain stage, your adrenals that make cortisol can misread when to send out or when to stop sending out cortisol, therefore the body could be kept “awake” at night because cortisol still remains in high levels.

I used to think that I was truly “wired”, or programmed physiologically, as a “night owl”, since my most creative & mentally active time of day has been between 12-3 AM. However, since adrenal fatigued stepped in, those glands cannot maintain that schedule and is overcompensating with excessive cortisol. If you find you can’t fall asleep when your body is tired, if you fall asleep only to awaken and not fall back to sleep, or your sleep ends short with lingering exhaustion, you might want to check with your health care professional if other symptoms might lead to hormonal testing & diagnosis.

This was also important for me to mention, as it has implications for relationship/marriage stability. As I’ve mentioned before, there are several things that can interfere with how couples relate or understand each other, and a significant one is one’s health. This is where Jesus’ teaching to bear with each other and be kind is paramount, since it is possible emotional tension could be rooted in a physical imbalance, such as in adrenal fatigue. Your partner may be irritable, depressed, moody, anxious, tired,trite, etc. due to hormonal fluctuations, not simply because that’s “the way they are”. Their behaviors could be a mirror to a real physical turmoil from within that is crying out for help. Therefore, let’s be more patient with each other, and offer comfort with the understanding that other underlining issues can exist from health problems.

I praise Father God for sharing His infinite wisdom & for His Holy Word for guidance as I wade through this recovery process. Thank you all for your patience and continuing to follow & comment on my blog. I hope in God’s Will to respond & visit each of you, and will definitely continue posting.  I hope this post will be a blessing to others suffering with this condition. In our weakness, Christ is made strong!

God Bless!

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Love & Rest

Despite having and enjoying another delightful Sabbath Saturday, I find myself extremely exhausted as my hopes to complete some tasks tonight slipping away. When I go through my day struggling to maintain my energy, I know it’s the result of my slowly recovering Adrenal Fatigue. This is a condition that I’ve struggled with since the chaotic stresses of medical school and working without replenishing my soul, body, & spirit. Conventional medical schools don’t teach nor truly encourage medical students (or resident doctors) to properly take care of their holistic wellbeing, especially under the immensely brutal work load & schedule. Therefore, when my labwork earlier this year confirmed it, I was not surprised as I had researched it  for some years already.

However, when I feel the fatigue flow over and permeate my body, I know that my body is telling me to rest and recoup before going any further. As a single Christian woman, I admit that there are times when it would be nice to come home to a caring husband whom I can just rest my weary head on his shoulders and be nourished by his tender words. Nonetheless, I appreciate the single season God has maintained me in, because it has revealed to me that I already have a spiritual husband in Christ that DOES care for me, DOES allow me to rest on his shoulders, and DOES replenish my spirit with his tender words!

Isaiah 54:5 “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called”

Matt 11:28 “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Jeremiah 31:25 “For I have fully satisfied the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.”

Hosea 2:14 “Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.”

Therefore, I will listen to my body’s need for extended rest and know that I am not resting alone, but in the safe arms of My Lord Jesus.

Psalm 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.”

 

I’m so glad to be loved by a Lord like that!

 

 

 

 

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Marriage & Health

Can Health Be A Reflection of Your Marriage?

I read an intriguing article online yesterday that I thought deserved commenting on (article linked below for review). It gave an overview of a few research studies on the affect of marriage on health, highlighting the notion that married individuals enjoy a better state of health. Some of the factors they reviewed were lowered antisocial behavior for young males who married later on, lower risk of colon cancer and an improved survival rate for even coronary heart bypass surgery. As a medical doctor, I’m always interested in research that seeks to provide better insight on the relationship between matters of the heart and health, as I believe many health ailments are a result of issues born in the heart, mind, and spirit that is oftentimes overlooked. More importantly, as a child of the Heavenly Father and Great Physician, I know from Scripture that God created us with the intention to enjoy an abundant life overflowing with joy, health, and love. He created the first loving relationship by simply creating us! Then, He created the first marriage and couple in Adam & Eve. When God saw that Adam was not as content as could be despite the surrounding wildlife and nature, God created Eve out of Adam’s rib to fashion a partner after his own heart to enjoy life with…

  • Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
  • Genesis 2:22-23 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Notice how in Gen 2:18 God said that is was NOT good for man to be alone, but to be in a partnership with someone suitable for him to enjoy life with. Being in a marriage ordained by the Living God is a good  thing, and is a blessing to be cherished and nurtured.

  • Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
  • Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

On an earthly level, some of us have been fortunate enough to experience how being in a secure, loving marriage uplifts your quality of life and feeds your soul. When you know you have a partner that has dedicated their life to being with you , who will bear with you through “thick and thin”, support you and defend your union, who will remain faithful to you through all trials and be your team-player in life, there is no better feeling. You have truly found a “home” in that marriage.

That is not to say that marriage is easy; of course it requires dedication and hard work to bring two lives together to become “one” as the Lord says. You have both HIS-tory and HER-story to meander and work through to create a new life as a family. However, when Jesus Christ is the center of your marriage, and its foundation is on solid Biblical truths, the marital path carved for the two is much smoother as you are “equally yoked”. As a result, you are in complete union in mind, heart, body, and spirit. There is less strife, strain, resentment, depression, and warring of spirits since you are both under Christ and agree on moral values. Therefore, both partners would enjoy improved health and well-being, as God blessed marriage to be.

On a spiritual level, a godly marriage also reflects on earth the heavenly marriage we entered into with God through Jesus Christ as our Savior. Just as in an earthly marriage, fidelity, faith, love, and honor are essential to upholding our marriage to God in Jesus:

  • Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
  • Hosea 2:19-20 And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.
Therefore, a healthy & godly marriage can bring forth blessings in physical, emotional, and spiritual health for both partners and their children. It’s nice to see that earthly science is revealing what God already showcased in His Living Word!