Praise & Worship, The Jesus People Music Era: August 31st, 2012

Having gone through my CD’s recently I came across some music that dated back to the mid 70’s and earlier.  This was the first ‘Christian’ music’ I had ever heard and I fell in love with it.  I guess this would qualify as my version of olies but goodies!  I hope you enjoy the songs.  Allan

Song List

1.  Sometimes Alleluia-  Chuck Giard

2.  King Of Hearts-  Randy Stonehill

3.  Gimme Shelter-  Ashley Cleveland

4.  Nobody Knows Me Like You-  Benny Hester

5.  I Love You With My Life-  Sweet Comfort Band

6.  A Friend So True-  Kelly Willard

7.  Sail On Sailor-  Mustard Seed Faith

8.  Holy, Holy, Holy-  Maranatha

9.  Giver Of Life-  Darrell Mansfield

10.  Which Way The Wind Blows-  2nd Cahapter Of Acts

11.  Clean Before My Lord-  Honeytree

12. Oh Lord, You’re Beautiful-  Keith Green

Cheating At Paralympics Could Involve Self-Harm

Taken from Dawn.com  which is located   HERE.

I thought I would share this article as this is a type of self-harm I’ve never even considered.  I don’t believe this is a mental illness and am not trivializing those who suffer with self-harming themselves by sharing the article.  If anything it demonstrates that all of us (even the physically disabled)  are not above cheating.  In that light I find the article very enlightening.  Allan

LONDON: To ensure there is no cheating at the Paralympics, officials will be testing not just for the usual banned drugs, but for a practice called boosting, where wheelchair athletes do things like break a toe to cause a blood pressure spike to enhance performance.

In able-bodied athletes, intense physical exercise automatically raises the heart rate and blood pressure. Athletes with a severe spinal cord injury, however, don’t get that natural boost.

To get a rapid rise in blood pressure, wheelchair-bound athletes may resort to another solution: inducing a state called autonomic dysreflexia. That is a reflex that occurs when the lower part of their body is exposed to painful stimuli, like filling the bladder to capacity, using tight leg straps, or sitting on a sharp object. This elevated blood pressure can cause a heart attack or stroke but since the athletes can’t feel it, some think the risk is worth taking.

Studies have shown athletes with a spinal cord injury who boost can get up to a 10 percent improvement in some races.

”It’s an extreme thing to do and we have to constantly remind athletes it’s very dangerous,” said Craig Spence, a spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee.

The IPC banned the practice in 2004 and says it doesn’t have evidence boosting is widespread. At the Beijing Paralympics, 37 athletes competing in events thought to be at high risk of boosting were tested. None were positive.

According to a report by the World Anti-Doping Agency, about 10 out of 60 athletes surveyed at the Beijing Paralympics admitted having boosted at a major competition.

Spence said there are only about 100 athletes at the upcoming Paralympics who would benefit from boosting, given their disability and their event. ”At the end of the day, it’s only a handful of athletes who are actually self-harming,” he said.

Spence added that the IPC would conduct blanket testing in sports where athletes might be tempted to boost at the upcoming Games and officials would also examine athletes with symptoms of boosting, like having a red face or sweating before the race.

Athletes found to have high blood pressure will be asked to wait about 10 minutes before being tested again. If their second test is the same, they won’t be allowed to race for health reasons.

”There’s a limit to how we can test for this,” Spence said. ”We can’t really ask people to drop their trousers so we can check there’s nothing unusual in there,” he said, noting they have found competitors who stuck pins into their testicles to get the desired effect.

Spence said those suspected of boosting are not penalized in the same way as those caught doping. ”Their punishment is they can’t compete unless they have a doctor’s certificate to explain why their blood pressure is high.”

Some experts have said paralyzed athletes may simply accept the health risks of boosting as a necessary cost of victory. ”These athletes don’t feel the pain of the injury and the pursuit of elite sport is in some ways already unhealthy,” said David James, a senior sports engineer at Sheffield Hallam University.

”We accept harm in all sorts of sports, like boxing,” James said. ”They may think this is just another form of that,” he said.

Others said we shouldn’t expect Paralympic athletes to behave any differently than athletes in any other elite sport.

”To assume people in Paralympic sport won’t engage in whatever way they can to get an advantage is to put them on a pedestal,” said David Howe, a senior lecturer at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences at Britain’s Loughborough University. ”Just because somebody has an impairment doesn’t mean they’re a virtuous person.”

Twins Clare And Rachel Wallmeyer Dead: Australian Sisters With Anorexia Die In House Fire

Taken from the Huffington Post which is located    HERE.   Follow link for video.

Two identical twin sisters known for their long, public battle with anorexia have died in a house fire in Australia.

According to Australia’s Herald Sun, Clare and Rachel Wallmeyer, 42, were found by fire officials in the living room of their home in Geelong, about 47 miles southwest of Melbourne, on Monday night.

One of the twins reportedly perished in the fire, while the other succumbed to her injuries at a hospital the following morning.

Gary Coombes, acting inspector of Geelong police, told the Geelong Advertiser that the fire was being treated “as non-suspicious,” but that the cause was still being investigated.

The twins’ death was a tragic end to two lives that had long been fraught with pain.

In 2004, the sisters appeared on Australian TV to talk about the anorexia which had plagued them from early adolescence and had turned both of them into living skeletons.

The sisters shocked viewers by admitting to taking at least 20 laxatives daily to lose weight and consuming no more than a slice of watermelon, coffee and a Diet Coke in a given day.

Clare, who like her sister, was a compulsive long-distance runner, spoke of how she had endured 38 stress fractures and explained that her bone density was similar to that of a 100-year-old person. Clare also said that she, then 34, had never menstruated.

Over the years, the inseparable sisters publicly said that anorexia would likely kill them. According to the Sun, they once even made a pact to waste away to just 55 pounds.

“I think most people have accepted that we won’t live through this and we don’t want to live with it,” said Rachel in 2004. She weighed about 71 pounds at the time, according to New York Daily News.

Reports say the Wallmeyer twins had also attempted suicide in the past and had prophesied that they would die together.

If I died, Clare wouldn’t live a minute past me and I’d do the same for her,” Rachel once said, according to the Sun.

The twins, who reportedly had never held a job or ever been in love, had a history of criminal offenses and drug abuse.

According to reports, Rachel was charged in 2010 with the attempted murder of her sister after she was caught by police strangling Clare in their apartment. The charges, however, were eventually dropped.

During a now-ominous interview with Australia’s “60 Minutes” in 2004, the sisters had said that they were comforted knowing that they would die as one.

“Clare’s the only person that remains by my side. And at least we’ll die together,” said Rachel.

“Being with Rachel…makes it somewhat easier to die,” Clare added.

When the Wallmeyer family heard of the twins’ passing, they said they were devastated, but admitted that their early deaths had long been accepted as an inevitability.

“Mom’s really struggling. We loved them,” older brother Mark Wallmeyer told the Herald Sun.It was always going to happen, but you’re never happy when family dies.”

Feds Spotlight South Florida Mental Health Clinics For “Questionable Billing” To Medicare

Taken from the   Miami Herald  which is located   HERE.

No area of the country cheats Medicare quite like South Florida.

Consider this nugget in a new federal report: A Broward County mental health clinic billed the taxpayer-funded program for a patient who lived in Hawaii — 4,000 miles away. The same clinic’s 77 other Medicare patients resided an average of 550 miles away, according to the report by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services.

The vast majority of the nation’s mental health clinics with “questionable billing” were concentrated in South Florida and other metropolitan areas of Texas and Louisiana, collecting tens of millions of dollars in Medicare payments for purported therapy services in 2010, the report says.

By the end of that year, Justice Department prosecutors had launched a major offensive against the nation’s biggest mental-health chain, Miami-based American Therapeutic Corp., leading to convictions of the company, its top executives and more than 30 other defendants in a $205 million Medicare scam.

And last Friday, a Miami federal jury found another local mental-health clinic, Biscayne Milieu Health Center, along with its owner, his son and daughter, and five others, guilty of conspiring to bilk $57 million from the federal program for the elderly and disabled. Twenty other defendants who had worked at the Miami Gardens clinic pleaded guilty before trial.

“No matter where in the chain of the fraud — whether you’re a doctor, a clinic owner, a therapist, a billing clerk or a patient recruiter — you will be held accountable for your actions,” U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer said after the verdict.

After the nearly two-month trial, the jury convicted Biscayne Milieu’s owner, Antonio Macli; the company’s operating officer, son Jorge Macli; and another manager, daughter Sandra Huarte, of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud by collecting $11 million in Medicare payments for therapy services that were not provided or needed from 2007-11.

The father, son and daughter were also found guilty of conspiring to pay kickbacks to patient recruiters who supplied Medicare beneficiaries living primarily at halfway houses in South Florida. They included many with substance-abuse problems who did not meet the Medicare eligibility requirements, prosecutors said.

Some of those with drug or alcohol addictions were lured from out of state with promises to put a roof over their heads. Once they arrived, with their valuable Medicare cards in hand, they would be squeezed into Broward and Miami-Dade halfway houses and steered to Biscayne Milieu’s purported mental-health programs, according to prosecutors. But if they dropped out of the group therapy sessions, they would lose their housing.

A social worker at Biscayne Milieu also assisted patients seeking U.S. citizenship by completing immigration forms falsely indicating they suffered from mental illnesses. That enabled the patients to avoid taking the citizenship test, prosecutors said.

Also convicted of healthcare fraud at trial: Biscayne Milieu’s medical director, Dr. Gary Kushner, a Fort Lauderdale psychiatrist; Rafael Alalu, a clinic therapist; and Jacqueline Moran, who handled the company’s Medicare billing.

According to trial evidence, the clinic’s executives, along with Kushner and Alalu, fabricated records, prescriptions and certifications to make it appear that ineligible patients received legitimate mental health treatment.

Two patient recruiters, Anthony Roberts and Derek Alexander, were also found guilty of participating in the scheme by seeking and accepting kickbacks in exchange for sending patients to the Biscayne Milieu clinic in an office park off the Palmetto Expressway.

All eight defendants, except Moran, are being held at the Federal Detention Center as they await sentencing in December.

Their convictions followed another long trial that ended in June. Two South Florida doctors, psychiatrists Mark Willner of Weston and Alberto Ayala of Coral Gables, the medical directors for American Therapeutic Corp., were found guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to fleece $205 million from Medicare.

In addition, the jury convicted Vanja Abreu, program director for American Therapeutic in Miami-Dade, of the same healthcare-fraud conspiracy offense, and two other defendants, Hilario Morris and Curtis Gates, of paying kickbacks to group home operators in exchange for providing patients.

Since American Therapeutic’s six South Florida clinics shuttered nearly two years ago, more than 30 defendants have been charged in the case with the majority pleading guilty.

In his latest report, Health and Human Services’ Inspector General Daniel Levinson cited the case of American Therapeutic, which was paid $83 million by Medicare from 2003-10, as an example of the federal program’s “vulnerabilities.” The chain’s owner, Lawrence Duran, is serving a 50-year prison term, the longest sentence for a Medicare fraud offender.

Overall, the report criticized Medicare for its lack of oversight of about 200 so-called community mental health centers in 25 states, which received a total of $218.6 million in 2010. Most of those clinics, which were not identified, were located in Florida, Texas and Louisiana.

Half of all the mental health centers “met or exceeded the threshold that indicated unusually high billing,” the report says.

About two-thirds of those “questionable” therapy centers were located in eight metropolitan areas, including Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville. The Miami area, with 32 questionable clinics among a total of 52 in South Florida, scored the worst nationally, according to the inspector general’s report.

In response, Medicare officials acknowledged that mental health services “have historically been vulnerable to fraud, waste and abuse.”

But Medicare Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a July memo to the inspector general that the program “is taking additional steps to address potential vulnerabilities.”

She said Medicare has adopted computer software to screen prospective clinic operators, including doing criminal background checks, and to scrutinize claims, which are regularly paid within 14 days.

 
 

Military Hopes Antidepressant Nasal Spray Will Prevent Suicides

Taken from   NBC News  which is located    HERE.

The military is seeing unprecedented mental illness and suicide in its ranks, and is funding research to treat depression and prevent the most tragic of outcomes.

In July, a report released by the military found that mental health disorders in active-duty troops increased 65 percent since 2000. Of the more than 900,000 diagnoses, about 85 percent included cases of adjustment disorders, depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety. This month, the Army reported 38 suspected suicides among active-duty and reserve soldiers in July, the highest monthly number of suicides since record-keeping began a few years ago.

Col. Carl Castro, director of the Military Operational Medicine Research Program, told NBC News that the military is “leaving no stone unturned” in its hunt to find evidence-based treatments for depression and suicide. Included in its multimillion dollar research portfolio is a grant to evaluate whether a nasal spray using a fast-acting hormone could alleviate symptoms of both depression and suicidal behavior.

The $2.9 million grant will support a three-year development and testing period that will ideally culminate in seeking Food and Drug Administration approval for the medication and delivery device. The grant was awarded in April to Dr. Michael Kubek, a professor of neurobiology at Indiana University.

Kubek will research the use of Thyrotropin-Releasing hormone (TRH), which is known to act rapidly in relieving depression and suicidal behavior. However, its effects are short-term and the hormone has difficulty crossing the blood-brain barrier. Kubek is aiming to load up nanoparticles with TRH and then deliver them via the nasal spray, which could lengthen the drug’s effectiveness and overcome the challenges of getting past the blood-brain barrier.

The military is hopeful that the spray will provide a treatment for the period between when a patient is first diagnosed for depression or suicidal thoughts and when typical anti-depressants become fully effective, which can take three to six weeks.

The clinical trial will compare a few hundred patients split into two groups: one receiving the nasal spray and another getting a similar drug used to treat suicidal behavior and depression. The idea, Castro said, is to determine not only if the spray works, but if it is more effective than current drug therapies. The study will look at whether or not the drug decreases depression and suicidal thoughts.

Should the drug prove effective, Castro said a realistic timeline for putting it in a soldier’s hands would be five to eight years to account for possible setbacks and additional studies.

The research is part of a $100 million effort to study psychological and mental illness in the Army. Half of that funding is for Army STARRS (Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers), an initiative done in partnership with the National Institute of Mental Health to gather details about the lives and mental health of 55,000 soldiers. The Army hopes that the epidemiological study may eventually identify groups of soldiers whose mental health is most fragile based on an algorithm or formula of factors.

The Affects Of Psychological Abuse On Children

Taken from Mental Wellness Today  which is located    HERE.

For children, psychological abuse can be just as harmful to their physical, emotional, and mental health as physical abuse, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). And being able to recognize this form of child abuse is one of the hardest challenges.

Harriet MacMillan, MD, a psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences and pediatrics professor at McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and the Offord Centre for Child Studies, reported in the journal Pediatrics that psychological abuse can include exploiting, belittling, terrorizing or denigrating a child, being emotionally unresponsive, or corrupting to a point of risking a child’s well being.

MacMillan, who holds the David R. (Dan) Offord Chair in Child Studies at McMaster, is one of three authors of the position statement, She said: “We are talking about extremes and the likelihood of harm, or risk of harm, resulting from the kinds of behavior that make a child feel worthless, unloved, or unwanted.”

MacMillan says examples of psychological abuse could include leaving a child neglected in a crib all day or involving a teen in drug habits, but cases where a parent raises their voice after asking multiple times for a child to complete as task is not considered abuse.

“Yelling at a child every day and giving the message that the child is a terrible person, and that the parent regrets bringing the child into this world, is an example of a potentially very harmful form of interaction.”

Children are affected by psychological maltreatment, which could be linked to attachment, developmental, educational, and socialization disorders, as well as displaying disruptive behavior.
“The effects of psychological maltreatment during the first three years of life can be particularly profound.”

Homes where family conflict, multiple stresses, physical violence, mental illness, depression, or substance abuse are present are more likely to show signs of psychological abuse, although it can be seen in any family setting. Self report studies show that about 9 percent of women and 4 percent of men were exposed to psychological abuse as a child.

Shut Up To Faith: Streams In The Desert, August 25th, 2012

 
 
Galatians 3:23    Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed.

God, in olden time suffered man to be kept in ward by the law that he might learn the more excellent way of faith. For by the law he would see God’s holy standard and by the law he would see his own utter helplessness; then he would be glad to learn God’s way of faith.

God still shuts us up to faith. Our natures, our circumstances, trials, disappointments, all serve to shut us up and keep us in ward till we see that the only way out is God’s way of faith. Moses tried by self-effort, by personal influence, even by violence, to bring about the deliverance of his people. God had to shut him up forty years in the wilderness before he was prepared for God’s work.

Paul and Silas were bidden of God to preach the Gospel in Europe. They landed and proceeded to Philippi. They were flogged, they were shut up in prison, their feet were put fast in the stocks. They were shut up to faith. They trusted God. They sang praises to Him in the darkest hour, and God wrought deliverance and salvation.

John was banished to the Isle of Patmos. He was shut up to faith. Had he not been so shut up, he would never have seen such glorious visions of God.

Dear reader, are you in some great trouble? Have you had some great disappointment, have you met some sorrow, some unspeakable loss? Are you in a hard place? Cheer up! You are shut up to faith. Take your trouble the right way. Commit it to God. Praise Him that He maketh “all things work together for good,” and that “God worketh for him that waiteth for him.” There will be blessings, help and revelations of God that will come to you that never could otherwise have come; and many besides yourself will receive great light and blessing because you were shut up to faith.–C. H. P

“Great things are done when men and mountains meet,
These are not done by jostling in the street.”