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Faith Ministry Stories

Immunizations

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Immunization is one of the most significant achievements of the 20th Century. Vaccines have eliminated or eradicated small pox and polio in the U.S. They have also reduced the number of cases of measles, diphtheria, rubella, pertussis and others. Today, I am writing about the importance of the...

Childhood Pneumonia

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

With school starting I thought this might be a helpful topic to write about. Pneumonia is a serious infection in the lung that is usually caused by a virus or bacteria. In school-aged children, strep pneumonia and mycoplasma pneumonia are the most common causes of bacterial pneumonia. Viruses...

Plantar Fasciitis

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of foot and heel pain. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It is attached to the heel bone and connects to each of the toes, and provides strength and support to the arch of the foot. Fasciitis occurs when this band...

Exercise

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Most people tend to work out too hard. Exercise should make you feel good. It promotes circulation, which in turn brings nutrients to parts of our bodies that might be getting a little worn. Like joints for example, gentle exercise helps to decrease the pain of osteo-arthritis. To our brains...

The Salt Shaker, Sodium and Your Blood Pressure

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Nearly 1/3 of adult Americans have high blood pressure, and salty diets may be partly to blame. Salt plays a key role in electrolyte balance, but too much salt can keep the volume of blood circulating in the body higher than it should be. This puts pressure on blood vessels, walls, causing...

Melanoma

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Now that spring is just around the corner, we will be spending much more time outside in the sun. The main risk factor for skin cancer is ultraviolet light which can come from sunlight or tanning beds. There are several kinds of skin cancer: Basal Cell – the most common; Squamous Cell...

Avoid Flu Reinfection

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Now that the flu season is here I thought I’d just write about a few things that might help us to avoid getting reinfected again. Can you reinfect yourself by using the same toothbrush after you have been sick? The answer is, yes, it is very possible. The best thing you can do is...

RSV

Posted by Jean Peikert, RN on

Respiratory Synctial Virus Respiratory Syncytial Virus RSV is a common virus that causes infections of the respiratory system. Infections caused by RSV include upper respiratory tract infections (colds), bronchiolitis (infection of lung passages), and pneumonia. RSV is spread from person to...