Health Ministry

Health Hash for June

"Foods are good for what ails you!!!!"


Some of the chemicals contained in foods help regulate the different body processes, fight disease, lower blood pressure and even relieve pain.

Take this little quiz and see how many matches you can get correctly.

A. GARLIC       B. FISH        C. PARSLEY

D. GINGER       E. TEA         F. CHILIPEPPER                  


1.  As refreshing on a hot day as it is soothing  on a cold night;

it fights infections, ulcers, cavities and diarrhea.                                        

2.  It may be used ground or whole in cooking.           

      Helps relieve toothache.

3.  Often used to enhance flavor; relieves nausea,

       can reduce pain and swelling of arthritis.            

4. Has high calcium content that helps maintain strong bones

5.  Helps neutralize cancer causing agents in cigarette smoke.  Often used as an garnish.  

6. A rich source of anti-cancer substances, including Vitamin C

7.  Good for a stuffy nose and congested sinuses.

8.  Fights bacteria, fungi, intestinal parasites,

    cancer, colds and inflammation.  But watch lingers on your breath.

9.  Rich in fiber, it's an anti-cancer warrior.

10. Sometimes known as brain food, but also works well

    for the heart.  An ounce a day, can cut your heart

    risk by 50%.


                                (1.E, 2.J, 3.D, 4.I, 5.C, 6.G, 7.F, 8.A, 9.H, 10,B)

 "Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and have good

   health, even as your soul propers."  (3 John 2)




One question regularly asked is, "How do I know if this upper respiratory infection (URI) is the flu or a cold?" since many of the symptoms mimic each other. Here is a chart to help you determine which it might be:


SYMPTOM                      COLD                 FLU

* Fever                                 Pretty rare              Usually present

* Body aches/pains              Slight                     Severe

* Chills                                Uncommon            Fairly common

* Fatigue                              Mild                       Moderate/Severe

* Sudden Symptoms            Over a few days     Rapid onset (within hours)

* Coughing                          Hacky/productive  Dry/nonproductive

* Sneezing                           Common                Uncommon

* Stuffy nose                       Common                Uncommon

* Sore throat                        Common                Uncommon

* Chest discomfort              Mild/moderate       Can be severe

* Headache                         Fairly uncommon   Very common


Unlike colds, flu can lead to complications like pneumonia, especially in the elderly, the young and those with chronic or serious health issues. Viruses are transmitted by contact with objects the infected person has touched after coughing or sneezing.  Germs can be transmitted 1 day after symptoms appear and up to 5 days after becoming sick. Stay healthy by eating well, exercising routinely, getting plenty of rest and practicing GOOD HAND WASHING.  If you have the cold or the flu, cover your nose or mouth with a tissue when coughing/sneezing, avoid people while ill, wash your hands after coughing/sneezing and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. If you are ill STAY HOME; don't share your germs!!  Treat your symptoms by hydrating yourself, get plenty of rest, gargle to moisten a sore throat, drink hot liquids to clear nasal passages, apply hot or cold paks to congested sinuses, use an extra pillow when sleeping to relieve congestion and avoid traveling by air. And if you are the healthy one, remember those who are ill by sharing Jesus' love through your prayers and doing a little kindness for them, like taking them some chicken soup, watching their children or running to the store.

Nancy Rader RN,  Parish Nurse

"Then shall the light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall  spring forth speedily ......."   Isaiah, 58:8