Sunday Words- the Good Samaritan, Luke 10:25

Samaritan’s Purse doctor treating a victim of the Nepal earthquake

via Images of Disaster From Nepal.

Jesus told the story of the good Samaritan to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor? “ The term “good Samaritan” means a person who goes out of their way to help someone, especially a stranger, often at  personal sacrifice .

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

It also answers the question “Who  gives health care?”  Though no medical professionals are in the story, many health care facilities and charitable organizations use the name.  Health care includes the work done by non- healthcare employed people. They

  • donate food to a local food bank
  • deliver meals to homebound persons
  • coach sports teams
  • donate clothes, blankets and toiletries to a homeless shelter
  • take an animal to visit residents of a nursing home
  • help with clean up after a natural disaster

The answer to both questions is 

“The one who showed mercy.”

More information about the work of Samaritan’s Purse

What are you reading? book suggestions for health and fitness

Here are some health and medical books that sound interesting.

I like books and reading.  As a child I visited my local library weekly, and I still do.

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A Natural Woman, a memoir by singer/songwriter Carole King

Working Stiff, a memoir by medical examiner Dr. Judy Melinek

What are you reading?

Here are some health and medical books that  sound interesting.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health 

by  T. Colin Campbell, 2006

Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

HEART HEALTH

While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West.

 

 

 

Do No Harm

Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery

MRI OF THE BRAIN
an MRI image of the human brain (photo from Pixabay)

 

by Dr. Henry Marsh, 2015

A leading neurosurgeon offers a revealing look into his life and work, discussing the triumphs, disasters, and regrets of a medical practice that carries grave risks and often requires agonizing decisions.

Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in your Skin…every Inch of It

by  Brittany Gibbons, 2015

someone standing on a scale

A plus-sized blogger shares anecdotes about her life as a weird, overweight girl growing up in rural Ohio, including stories about dating, relationships, dieting, and finally accepting her curves.

Grain of Truth

The Real Case for and Against Wheat and Glutendrawings of wheat stalks

by  Stephen H. Yafa, 2015

Analyzes the current trend against wheat consumption, tracing its role in history and science to share facts about how wheat has been wrongly demonized and holds an important and nutritious role in dietary health

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Will reading about health make you healthier?

Thanks for joining me to explore the HEART of health.   
 Dr. Aletha 

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