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children under five years of age would be greatly appreciated.  

The holidays are upon us and I plead with you all not to drink and drive. I find it ironic that the Drive Alive Campaign have their ad on TV and following it are three or four liquor ads.  Be cautious on the roads and remember to avoid the lunatic behind you who is drinking and driving and has lost control of his vehicle.

I ask you to forgive me for the late newsletter but I had a mini stroke at the end of January and recovered well.  I was determined to get over the mild stroke with no damage to me and succeeded but I knocked my PPS back and was fatigued for quite some time.

         As ever


The day I quit

One day I decided to quit…

I quit my job, my relationship, my spirituality.  I wanted to quit my life.

“Yes”, I replied.

“When I planted the fern and the bamboo seeds, I took very good care of them.  I gave them light.  I gave them water.  The fern grew quickly from the earth.  Its brilliant green covered the floor.  Yet nothing came from the bamboo seed.  But I did not quit on the bamboo.

“In year three there was still nothing from the bamboo seed.  But I would not quit.

“In year four, again, there was nothing from the bamboo seed.  I would not quit”, he said.  “Then in the fifth year a tiny sprout emerged from the earth.  Compared to the fern it was seemingly small and insignificant.  But just six months later the bamboo rose to over one hundred feet tall.

“It had spent five years growing roots.  Those roots made it strong and gave it what it needed to survive.  I would not give any of my creations a challenge it could not handle”.

He asked me, “Do you know, my child, that all this time you have been struggling, you have actually been growing roots.  I would not quit on the bamboo. I will never quit on you.

“Don’t compare yourself  to others”, he said.  “The bamboo had a different purpose than the fern.  Yet they both make the forest beautiful.

“Your time will come”, God said to me.  “You will rise high”.  “How high should I rise?” I asked.  “How high will the bamboo rise?” He asked in return. “As high as it can?” I questioned. “Yes”, he said,  Give me glory by rising as high as you can”.

I left the forest and brought back this story.  I hope these words can help you see that God will never give up on you.

Never, never, never give up.

---Author unknown


By Lauro S. Halstead, MD

It is well known from muscle physiology that exercise of various types improves both muscle strength and endurance.  Following episodes of acute paralytic polio in the past, individuals often went through long periods of exercise training and muscle re-education to regain the strength and muscle mass they had lost.  In fact, exercise was frequently viewed as the “cure” for paralytic polio.  The belief of many persons was that they could overcome or “beat” polio if they did enough exercises.

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