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FINDING RELIABLE HEALTH AND MEDICAL INFORMATION
ANCHOR POINTE, The Faith and Fitness Podcast
Faith, Diet, Exercise, Attitude, Positive Imagery, Music and Research
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Skip Orem (00:10):
From the Nashville Studios of the Xb H S Radio Network. I’m Skip Oram, and this is the Anchor Point Podcast. Hi, everybody from the X B H S radio studios here on Printers Alley in Nashville, Tennessee. Welcome to The Anchor Point, the Anchor point, your faith and fitness podcast for, for us older folks in our fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond. January’s gone and we’re halfway through February of this exciting new year of 2023.
I’m so happy right now because many of you have decided to join me in making 2023 your year of faith and fitness and health improvement. New listeners, by the way, are joining the podcast with every new episode, and I’m really happy about that. We have folks pushing the play button on this podcast from everywhere, and I’m just not talking about the United States, but all over the world. Those folks looking to increase their faith, fight, disease, get healthy, and live a long, happy, and healthy life. On today’s episode, we’re focusing on the research element of the anchor point disease, fighting and fitness model, the disease fighting and fitness model. It has seven elements, faith, diet, exercise, attitude, positive imagery, music, and the element we’re going to focus on today research. Before we get started today, I wanted to thank those of you who took the time to email me about the short interval training heart rate training workout, which was part of last week’s episode.
Some of you were able to go all out and, and complete the workout. Many of you enjoyed the opportunity to learn about and practice heart rate training, and a lot of our listeners are going to add heart rate training to their fitness routine. If you want, you can download that workout from the AudioBurst page of the anchor point.com website, and that way you can practice the workout, do the workout anytime you want. Several of the emails I received were asking me about additional information on how to measure your heart rate and, and then how to track it while doing the workouts. As I, I mentioned on the episode last week, I prefer and, and I actually think it’s easier to just listen to my body and then let my body tell me which heart rate zone I’m exercising in. There are though more exact ways you can determine your individualized heart rate for each of the training zones and then measure it during your workout.
So in answer to all of those of you who emailed me, I’ve decided to make next week’s episode all about measuring and tracking your heart rate while exercising that episode, focusing on measuring and then tracking your heart rate while exercising. It’ll drop next Friday. Also, on that episode, we’ll talk about, and I’ll review some of the fitness devices out there that are designed to measure and track not only your heart rate, but also your overall health and fitness. That’s next week, Friday, February 24th on the Anchor Point Podcast, and then everybody the following week, March 3rd, that Anchor point episode will be a standalone 25 minutes heart rate training workout, a special all workout episode of The Anchor Point Podcast March 3rd. I’ll talk more about that on next week’s episode and one more response to an email. One listener notice that I changed the anchor point opening theme song first to that one listener. Thanks for noticing. I changed it away from the sort of surf music intro that we were using, and I switched it to attune well, uh, attune that I feel more effectively gets our listeners ready for the podcast. It’s the same intro song that I used for the old web radio today episodes. Enough about all that, everybody. Let’s get going with today’s episode, focusing on the research element of the Anchor point disease, fighting and fitness model like we do early in every Anchor Point podcast, it’s time for medical news for seniors.
Keeping yourself informed about your health issues and answers to medical questions is a significant part of managing your health. I added the research element to the anchor point disease, fighting and fitness model because as we age, good, reliable health information is vital to our long-term good health and fitness. The medical news for seniors headline for today, be extremely careful though in researching medical and health information on the web. Every one of us needs to be careful when searching the internet for health information, and that includes, uh, an understanding of of who’s providing the content. Some websites and brochures, they’re written by pharmaceutical companies, and while they can provide some information, they may only be talking about aspects of a certain condition that supports their products. When looking on the Internet for Health information, verify the source of the information, the About Us page on a website. It’ll tell you who runs the website and who’s providing the information. Does the site have an editorial board? Is the information reviewed by qualified experts before it’s posted? And of course, is the information up to date. There is good medical information on the internet provided by credible organizations, but there is also information that that may be misleading or not even true.
And of course, everybody, the absolute best source of medical information is your medical care team, your doctor, your hospital. They know your specific situation and they can direct you to places on the internet for good, reliable health information. Stay informed about your health while at the same time considering the source when researching, reading or talking about your health and medical conditions. Consider the source and that is your anchor point. Medical news for seniors for today,
I included research in the anchor point disease, fighting and fitness model. I did that because I wanted us all to know how important it is to have a good understanding of the need for us to educate ourselves about our health and any medical conditions we might have. There is an important first step in gaining that education and that is to know where and how to get it. Whether you’ve just been diagnosed with a disease or, or if you just wanted to learn how to eat healthy and exercise properly, it’s hard to do that on your own and, and that’s not because there’s any kind of lack of information. The problem is there’s too much information available to us. A lot of that information is conflicting and quite frankly, uh, a lot of it is just plain bogus information as it pertains to diet and exercise.
I like to think the anchor point is a pretty good first step in obtaining information, especially as it relates to diet and exercise. But on these weekly podcast episodes, I just skim the surface and try to lead you to go after more information, do further research At our age. We’re older folks. Most of us are baby boomers. I believe that next to God and next to our family, our health is the most important thing for us right now. We are so vulnerable to life-threatening diseases. We’re also vulnerable to the, the lack of good health that sometimes just comes along with old age. As part of our overall wellbeing, we need to keep ourselves informed, especially in the areas of good health, and we can do that by doing research and and educating ourselves. The first and most reliable source of information, of course, is our doctor.
You need to know everybody what’s going on with your body inside and out. The person who can help you find out about that, about all that stuff is your doctor. All of us need to be spending regular scheduled time with doctors having tests, and we need to be doing that at least every six months and more frequently if, if we’re sick or have an illness or a disease. I want every listener to this podcast to make sure that you make the most of the limited time you’re with your doctor. I always think through the visit in advance, prepare my written list of questions. Your doctor and your medical team, they are the first and most reliable source of your medical information. If you don’t feel comfortable with your doctor, if you feel they, they might be annoyed by all the questions you’re asking. Either talk with them about it or change doctors.
If you’re having trouble hearing your doctor or if they talk too fast, ask them to speak up or slow down or bring someone with you who can help you hear, understand, and remember what the doctors say and to you. I am a very annoying old person. I don’t hear well even with hearing, and I have trouble remembering things, especially in compressed situations like a doctor’s appointment. I take my wife along on all important doctor’s appointments between the two of us. We’re pretty effective at getting the information we want. No doctor has fired us yet. I’ve changed doctors before though when I either lost confidence in them or they just didn’t seem to care. Of all the health research you do, the most important is the information you get from your doctors. Now, be sure everybody, to ask your doctor where you can find additional information. Let them know you want to get yourself educated on whatever condition or disease you might have.
When I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, in addition to being scared to death, I just didn’t know what to do, but I was so fortunate in that my doctors were just awesome and they provided me with so much information and and suggested places to go to find additional information. Like most cancer patients, I had some difficult decisions to make about how I wanted to proceed with my treatment. I needed reliable information and I learned from personal experience that the web Google, I’ll tell you this with Google, if you weren’t already scared about your diagnosis, Googling your disease will scare you for sure, doing an internet search on prostate cancer. For me, it was a house of horrors, but I did my research. I asked my doctors for help, and I was guided to the very few sites where I could find credible information and also with recommendations from my doctor and friends and other prostate cancer survivors.
I was able to find some outstanding books that were invaluable to me. The point here is beyond your doctor’s appointments, you need to continue to research and educate yourself about whatever’s going on with your body. While your doctor is the best source of medical information for you, there’s not enough time to get all the information you’re gonna need to deal with whatever is affecting your health. You can’t really have a total fitness and disease fighting plan unless it includes research and fact finding and educating yourself. Congratulations everybody, because well, you’re ahead of the game already. Why’s that? You know how to find a choir and listen to a podcast. That’s a pretty amazing skill for folks as old as us. If you’re listening to the Anchor Point podcast, you know how to research, find and learn and use stuff. Just keep using those skills as part of your quest to stay healthy and live a long life. The Anchor Point podcast, it’s no way a complete source for all the information you need. I can help you get started, but you everybody, you all need to do the work.
Some quick insight about social media as it relates to researching medical information. There are many groups on the internet made up of people who, who share the same disease and health condition. Facebook, as an example, has a group or page for just about every type of health condition, and there are other types of online forums and message boards. These groups are kind of cool because they can provide you with a community of people who, well, they’re dealing with the same type of issues that you’re dealing with and it’s a good place to ask questions and share information. However, like we said in our medical news segment, consider the source. The people in these groups are, are not medical professionals for the most part, and everyone is different in terms of how conditions and treatments may affect them. Remember, people might share the same medical condition as you, but they will have a totally different medical history. They will have different needs, so their medical treatment may not be the same as yours. Even though these groups can be an awesome source of support for whatever condition or or disease that you’re dealing with. Remember, everybody’s medical situation is different, and as always, with any kind of medical information, consider the source.
Let’s talk for a minute or two here on anchor point about leadership.
I sometimes joke around and I say that I don’t want to be in any club if I’m not the president. I don’t wanna be on any committee unless I’m the chairman. I don’t want to be in any meeting unless I’m running it. That was partially my ego speaking and perhaps me being some kind of a control freak, but you know what? I think I used to say those things as well as a way of expressing my frustration with the process of, of coming to group decisions. I’ve been humbled since then and I’ve come to realize that often group decisions are the best decisions. The more minds thinking it through, the better the resulting decision. Every one of us has seen and experienced both outstanding and then bad leaders. As we’ve gone through our lives, there are people we naturally look to for leadership, teachers, pastors, really good friends, parents, that leadership and teaching, a lot of us received from our parents back in the day. Most of it’s still good advice and, and and still very relevant in today’s world. For many of us, it’s what built our character, but here’s this, everybody. I firmly believe though, if Jesus is not in your life, you don’t have any leadership.
Luke chapter nine, verses 23 to 26. Jesus says, whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world and yet lose or or forfeit their very self and then ending with this verse, whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the son of man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. In those verses, Jesus is telling his disciples in us, anyone who wants to follow him needs to realize that he is their leader. He’s telling us we are not in the driver’s seat. He is, and you know what everybody, I find comfort in that in times of trouble, Jesus has got our back.
You know, though, as as I’ve said before, you turn your life over to Jesus, things aren’t necessarily gonna get better. In fact, they might get worse, but he tells us, don’t run from suffering. Embrace it. Jesus has your back when you give your life to him because we know the ending, you and me in heaven, Jesus sitting at the right hand of God. I imagine he’ll have this proud smile on his face as he welcomes us to eternal life with him. It’s such a, such a small time we have here on earth. Heaven is forever, eternal life. That’s what we’re working for. That’s what we’re suffering for what we are all sacrificing for this podcast, the anchor point, it’s about self-help getting and staying healthy, fighting off diseases, but most important of all, the anchor point is about faith because your faith, everybody will save you.
I know that for a fact. In times of trouble, in times of serious illness looking directly into the face of death during those times, the most comforting feeling is to know that Jesus has your back. This is all in God’s hands. What peace of mind, what comfort, what joy? There is no time left. You need to let Jesus into your life today except his love, his comfort, his blessings, and his leadership. I know some of you are out there saying, you’re talking about research and education on this episode. I need to investigate this whole Jesus thing before I make any decisions. Get that. It’s just, here’s what it is. I worry because I know time is running out. None of us have even our next hour on earth guaranteed. I do this podcast, everybody, because I want you to feel the same comfort, the same joy that I do. I have very vivid memories of a dreary March day here in Nashville. My wife was driving me to the Vanderbilt Medical Center for a six hour, somewhat risky for my age surgery that would hopefully get rid of the advanced prostate cancer that had invaded my body, and I remember this was before I had any drugs. I remember the excitement, the confidence, the joy, the comfort, the positive anticipation I felt knowing Jesus had me in his arms. My future was guaranteed. Don’t you want that comfort? Of course you do.
If you are not ready to come to Jesus yet, you’re thinking you need to investigate this Jesus stuff first. You need to make sure that that’s not just your mind, your subconscious mind like a lot of us do. When we have difficult decisions to make, make sure that’s not just your mind wanting you to delay an important decision. If you honestly don’t know about Jesus and and you feel you need to investigate this Jesus thing before making a decision where you need to get going right now, today,
The answers your investigation. It doesn’t begin on the internet, the answers. They’re in the first church you see today. Walk into the door of that church. Tell the first person you see. Tell them you’re not real sure yet about this Jesus thing, but you wanna learn more about him. I promise you, you’ll put a smile on their face and well, you’ll, you’ll probably make a friend for life and that new friend, they’ll start you right there, right there in that church. You walked into that strange church, that new friend, they’ll start you on your fact-finding journey and they will introduce you to your savior, Jesus Christ. Time, everybody. It goes by so fast. Please be quick about it next week on the Anchor Point Podcast, measuring and tracking your heart rate and a little bit about fitness devices, new anchor point episodes drop every Friday, and we’re available on all of the major podcast platforms for the X B H S Radio Network and and for the Anchor Point Podcast from Nashville. I’m Skip or bye everybody.
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