Great Prayer Promises

In Zechariah chapter 10 verse 1, we are reminded to “ask the Lord for rain in the time of Latter rain [for]…He will give showers of rain, grasses in the field for everyone”.  This promise for abundant answer to prayer symbolized by the late growing season rains that helped to bring in bumper crops is…

Standing in the faith gap

Zechariah, a book from the Old Testament of the Bible, is a great reminder from the Lord that He is faithful and present in our times of personal struggle.  Just as the nation of Israel was rebuilding their faith life during Zechariah’s time, so to we can find ourselves in those same types of faith…

Introduction to Sangre de Cristo Internal Medicine’s E-platform

The link below is a recording of an SDCIM Health News Live broadcast discussing SDCIM’s medical home and e-platform.  We are hoping to get the word out to SDCIM patients that the resources available for communication and education can be helpful.  The video visit, google+, wordpress, Facebook and website are all built with this in…

Gene replacement therapy; how cool is this?

Check this article out. A “proof of concept” treatment approach for fixing the broken gene in a person with sickle cell anemia. It goes like this…new gene is put into a virus. patient has “chemo” to knock down their own cells. virus (which does not cause any disease) is put into the patient which then…

Another benefit of exercise…

This article from medical news today shows the benefit of exercise for those dealing with a cancer diagnosis.  Over the years in practice I have seen first hand how diet, weight management, exercise and maintaining a sense of optimism really does help us do better in both the normal aging process and in living with…

More on stem cell therapies

In continuing our discussion on stem cell therapies, as outlined in previous posts, the theory behind the use of stem cells is intriguing.  By guiding a cell’s development from unbroken immaturity toward regenerated maturity in the diseased body part of choice, worn broken and diseased tissue can drink from the fountain of rebuilt youth.  However…

Genome Sequencing; Overview and Application

With the sequencing of the entire human genome in the early 2000’s and with the cost reductions in this process using improved efficiencies from “next-gen” sequencing techniques making this same testing commercially available, we are being confronted with options in learning our genetic backgrounds.  On radio especially, companies like 23 and me promote learning ones…

Patient behavior and precautions in stem cell therapy, the perfect storm

In a recent perspectives article in the New England Journal of Medicine (link below), a warning was issued for the use of stem cell therapy.  “Off label” claims for the benefit of stem cell therapy (for example in orthopedic treatments) currently lack evidence for effectiveness and in some cases (as outlined in the article) stem…

Unsuspected side effects of marijuana use

Here in Colorado, the promotion of marijuana as a panacea has been incessant.  If one is to believe the propaganda, you would think it cures everything.  Beside the fact that tranquilizing over the top of symptoms is not a cure for anything, a recent article in Medical News Today shows possible cardiac side effects from…

Engage! The Reliability of the Bible; Its Inspiration

As we continue to look at the reliability of the bible, in addition to how Jesus respected the OT writings and how we have a profoundly accurate reproduction of the original, we now look at how the writers were led to formulate and then pen the revelation of scripture. Two important verses speak to this…

Engage! The Reliability of the Bible and the witness of manuscripts

Moving from showing the need for a  revelational epistemology as given through the Bible to trusting biblical revelation because Jesus did (our last 2 posts), we now look at another reason we can trust the Bible.  Namely, the extensive manuscript witness. If we accept the principle of biblical authority based on the necessity for revelation…