A healthy christian life – Part 2

Have you ever wondered about changing your life for the better? Maybe you have tried to shed some weight, become more active and improve your health. There are varieties of measures to ensure we maintain a healthy lifestyle, and irrespective of our busy schedules, it...
Finding an alternative to the anxious pursuit of happiness parading as American Christianity

Finding an alternative to the anxious pursuit of happiness parading as American Christianity

In My Bright Abyss, poet and Yale professor Christian Wiman wrote, “There is nothing more difficult to outgrow than anxieties that have become useful to us.”

I’m a psychotherapist who used to be a Baptist pastor in the Southeast. For much of my life I have believed that anxiety is not only an unfortunate byproduct of pursuing excellence in my life and work (sort of like off-gassing for the human soul) but a deeply integral component of that which secures my success. Somehow I picked up along the way that my anxiety was a reliable way of measuring how hard I was working and how seriously I was taking the next assignment, job, prayer, paper, relationship or client.

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How to Attain Emotional Stability

How to Attain Emotional Stability

God created us with emotions, and it’s wrong to try to become emotionless, to withdraw to a state in which nothing ever bothers us—a state where we are just numb. That is certainly not what God wants. On the other hand, some folks let their emotions take them on a...

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3 Suicides In A Row… How Should The Church Respond To Tragedy After Trauma?

3 Suicides In A Row… How Should The Church Respond To Tragedy After Trauma?

In the span of a week, two students who survived the Parkland School Shooting have tragically died in apparent suicides. The first, was Sydney Aiello on Sunday, March 17th. Next, was Calvin Desir on Saturday, March 23rd. Then, on Monday, March 25th,  Jeremy Richland, the father of one of the 26 victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting took his own life.While, it is still too early for an explanation into the reasons for their deaths, it is suspected that SydneyAiello was struggling with “survivor’s guilt”. It’s not too hard to imagine that the same could be the reason for the other two deaths.Both of the mass shooting events, as well as many others that have occurred over the last couple decades have been followed by calls for stricter gun control laws and other security measures. What may not appear to be as obvious a need, but probably should be, is greater grief counseling and/or long-term mental health services for survivors of these traumatic incidents.

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Did You Know The Bible Can Radically Improve Your Health?

Did You Know The Bible Can Radically Improve Your Health?

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.”  (Proverbs 3:7-8)The Bible, aside from spelling out the life accounts of patriarchs and prophets, the redemptive work of Christ for humanity and the dos and don’ts of our faith as does every manual, also makes bare many principles concerning attaining good physical, mental and spiritual health. This is corroborated by The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia that says the laws Moses received from God, which make up the bulk of all health instructions in the Bible, contain remarkable rules pertaining to public health which concerns us even today, such as how to deal with infectious diseases, food and water hygiene and sewage disposal.“If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if  you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians…” (Exodus 15:26)

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I Was Healed of Thyroid Cancer

I Was Healed of Thyroid Cancer

In this video, Greg Mohr gives his testimony of being healed from thyroid cancer. Serving in the church he noticed a growth in his neck and the doctor gave him the diagnosis of cancer. As Greg sought the Lord, He told him to go to three men and have them pray for him and the cancer will die, the devil will leave and you will be healed. The three men helped Greg deal with issues of the heart that would hinder him receiving his healing (unforgiveness, bitterness etc). The next test that he undertook over a 3 day period of time. The head nurse shook her head and a doctor asked him why he was visiting the hospital? There was no cancer!

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3 Things You Need To Know About Harmful Fungi And Your Health

3 Things You Need To Know About Harmful Fungi And Your Health

3 things to know about fungi

First, fungi, makes poisons that cause or mimic autoimmune diseases, including cancer and Alzheimer’s, as well as many others.

Second, a change in diet along with, both natural antifungals as well as supplements can help in eliminating pathogenic fungi inside the body.

Third, author, lecturer, and long running TV host, Doug Kaufmann brings “Know the Cause” to GOD TV beginning on February 4th 2019, on all feeds across the globe. The series will air five days a week, Monday through Friday at 1:30 pm (EST/GMT).

The road to recovery

After his return from service in Vietnam, in 1971, Doug had health issues that hampered and plagued him for more than 10 years. After reading a research paper on fungi and the gut, he found himself on the road to recovery and with his growing research and knowledge base on fungi that had cured him, Doug, felt a need to help others.

He began in radio, with a program in the late 1980’s and then turned to television in 1998 with a show called “Your Health” changing the name to “Know The Cause” in 2004. Doug is also an author of many books on fungi, diets, supplements and health.

Know the Cause with Doug Kaufmann is a series that will enlighten and enable you to have better health, with a greater understanding of some of the causes and cures for things that some of us have been dealing with for a very long time.

In the video below Doug shares about the new series which looks at the symptoms behind illness and allergies and suggests helpful cures…

Doug’s website Know the Cause also has a wealth of helpful information. He has a great presence on social media as well so be sure to follow him. We hope you will tune into this fascinating new series, Monday through Friday at 1:30 pm (EST for the USA) and local time around the world on GOD TV!

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How To Care For A Family Member With A Mental Health Condition

How To Care For A Family Member With A Mental Health Condition

The composed demure and glow which comes with maturity is the opposite of the turmoil going on inside Jessica Ojhara. When she begins to speak you see a woman who has bottled up a lot of pain that has come with the challenges of mothering a mentally challenged child and husband.

Her family is one of those affected by mental illness as reflected in the global situation of mental health. According to the World Health Organization 2001, it is estimated that 1 in 4 families has at least one member currently suffering from a mental disorder. Mental disorders accounted for 10.5% of the global burden disease in 1990. They increased to 12% in 2000 and are expected to reach 15% by 2020.

According to the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS) of 2005/2006; of all the households in the country 58% had at least one person with a mental disorder.

In May, we marked World Mental Health Day in Uganda by focussing on how people can address mental health before symptoms are severe thus prolonging the recovery process. Jessica’s contribution cannot be ignored. Her journey puts a face to the challenges of mothering a mentally challenged child; this is not just a statistic.

Jessica’s relationship with Emmanuel
Jessica, the sole breadwinner for over 30 years, has made many sacrifices to nurture Emmanuel Ojhara, her 27-year-old son. The mother of 7, became Emmanuel’s caregiver from the time he turned 18-years-old, when he became ill. It has taken years of longsuffering, love and kindness.

“I remember it started, one day, when he was very quiet. I would talk to him he would keep quiet. He had a lot of saliva in his mouth. When he would spit, it was like a lot of water.

One day I came from the office and when I asked for Emmanuel they told me he had left home. I looked for him and even went to the lake but l did not find him. I could not sleep that night. The following morning at 6.00 I saw him walk past our home. When I called out to him he ran away. I told his brothers to run after him until they got him,” she explains with anguish and pain.

So, when did she know that Emmanuel was mentally ill? “When he started holding conversations with people we did not see, while laughing, l did not want to believe he was mentally ill. He was admitted for three months to the Butabika Hospital with his father at the same time.

But the medicine has not helped him because he does not talk unless it is with these invisible people or when he wants food. Emmanuel has no friends. He has a problem with his memory especially when it comes to remembering places,” she observes.

As a child Emmanuel was talkative and active. He was friendly, the kind who would prepare a cup of tea for visitors, especially when his mother was not around.

However, before Jessica noticed any problem her son’s teachers complained that he would play with other children in the park instead of going to school.

Emmanuel dropped out of secondary school. Since his father suffers from schizophrenia, this probably contributed to his illness.

Jessica recalls, in her early years of marriage while her husband worked in Zambia, he had a relapse and became violent. He wanted to throw their children through the window, which terrified her. While her husband studied in Britain, he fell ill and she had to run away from home with her son because he threatened violence.

“I ran to a friend’s home. I knocked at their door incessantly, when they opened, I collapsed in their arms. They grabbed the baby first when he dropped from my arms,” she says with desperation. By this time she had three children (Emmanuel is her fifth born).

This has been her life. Jessica recalls incidents when her husband would chase her and the children while wearing only his underwear and they would be the talk of the neighbourhood in Entebbe where they still reside.

She feels this could have affected her son. Emmanuel, sometimes cries for long periods. “He can cry for the whole day and I also cry while holding him to my chest. I tell him that Jesus loves him and has a plan for his life.

Sometimes he gets violent, then I calm down and do not insist on anything. When he is aggressive I hear it in his tone when he refers to me as ‘you woman’.

There is a time he was shaking uncontrollably when I called him he got angry and started chasing me. Fortunately, the other boys were there so they looked out for me,” she explains with a pained facial expression.

“I continue to show him love. I tell him that everything is going to be okay. But I am in trouble, l do not have anything. For instance, for Easter he asked me for trousers but I could not afford any.” Jessica works as a secretarial administrator, whose salary is usually delayed.

How do Emmanuel’s siblings cope?

“I have told [Emmanuel’s siblings] not to blame him for any action or reaction. I encourage them to love, serve and comfort him. I always tell them to be near him when he talks to ‘other things’ to be nice to him and support him. Sometimes they watch television with him. They have managed,” she observes.

Dennis Ojhara, 33 years, is Emmanuel’s older brother. He explains, “Mummy has done a good job of mothering our brother. Mum told us to keep watching dad and Emma. When they started taking medicine they were able to rest.”

Dennis explains that their mother is very committed because she follows up on Emmanuel even though it has been tough. She has zeal. Jessica cares for her husband and son at home which is touching. He observes that many people would have given up on such family members.

“She has been very strong,” David Ojhara, 23-year-old University student, Emmanuel’s younger brother describes his mother. “She always has a positive attitude and believes that everything will be alright. She believes that Emmanuel will not always be like this. She pushes him to be involved as part of the family.”

Emmanuel’s perspective

Emmanuel sleeps long hours because the medication sedates him. He prefers to keep indoors rather than socialize with friends. Though Jessica was weary, Emmanuel talked to me.

When Flair magazine, asked him over the telephone what he thinks of his mother regarding how she has taken care of him, he responds in a slurred tone, “I thank God for her for caring of me.”

So, there is hope. With the love he is getting from his family, one day Emmanuel’s story will change. With divine intervention and consistent love from a caring and committed mother, there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Caregiver coping tips
- Seek counseling;
- Join a support group and share your experiences. For instance, Heartsounds Uganda, a non-governmental organization run and managed by mental health service users also creates such a platform;
- Read widely on the mental disorder so you can look after your loved one better;
- Love the affected person; and
- Do not be ashamed because mental illness is like other diseases.

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