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Science Says This Is The Activity That Engages Your Brain The Most (No, It’s Not What You Think)

I would never have guessed. And I do this a lot.
 By Chris Matyszczyk 
Owner, Howard Raucous LLC@ChrisMatyszczyk

 Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.

You want your brain to function well.

You want to get the most out of it because, well, that's what every self-help book tells you to do.

But dragging your brain toward superior levels of activity isn't always the easiest task.

Yes, you could indulge in a math problem. Or perhaps you could slide a little Beethoven into your ears. Somehow, fine music makes the brain behave in a slightly cleaner and clearer manner, doesn't it?

New research, however, suggests that the one activity that I indulge in to switch my brain off is actually the one that engages the brain the most.

No, it's not lying in bed and wishing I was in Lisbon. It's wine tasting.

Please don't take my word for it. Listen to Yale neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd.

He recently released a book called Neuroenology: How the Brain Creates the Taste of Wine.

In it, he states with almost inebriated simplicity that wine "engages more of our brain than any other human behavior."

After all, when we let wine drift into our mouths, we're conscious of how it affects us. We seek out the beginnings of the taste, then the middle and the end.

Couple that with the sniffing that happens beforehand and suddenly you realize that there's a lot going on in your brain, as you're actually trying to relax with a decent glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Shepherd explained to NPR that drinking wine is a lot like experiencing color.

"The objects we see don't have color themselves. Light hits them and bounces off. It's when light strikes our eyes that it activates systems in the brain that create color from those different wavelengths. Similarly, the molecules in wine don't have taste or flavor, but when they stimulate our brains, the brain creates flavor the same way it creates color," he said.

He says that when you sniff a wine, it's not a single external process. There's also air coming up through your throat that carries smells back toward your nasal passages. This is called restronasal smell.

Then there's your saliva. The minute you put some wine in your mouth, it gets mixed in with your saliva, creating new compounds that your brain experiences and processes.

In order to create the best overall brain-stimulating sensations, Shepherd suggests never filling your glass too high. You have to leave room for your nose to dip inside and experience the aromas.

Chugging isn't a good idea either. You'll kill your perceptive antennae. You'll also get drunk far too quickly. That last part is actually my own advice.

I confess that in my role as Wine Ambassador for Napa's Honig Winery, I venture wine-tasting quite a bit. Especially as I'm constantly seeking out new wines for my occasional Alcohol By Volume column.

It's heartening, therefore, to know that I'm inadvertently exercising my brain at the very moment when I finally think I've got away from everything that plagues it daily.

My only worry now is that the next time I go wine-tasting, I'll start thinking about it.

The real secret of wine-tasting, you see, is that if you go to a winery during the week, there are fewer people. You have more time, too, to savor the wine and chat to the people behind it.

Yesterday, for example, I tasted at the very fine Medlock Ames winery. There, I didn't just enjoy a highly engaging Sauvignon Blanc, a very uplifting rosé and some distinctly refined reds.

I heard the multi-faceted tale of Dan the Wolfman and other legends of local lore.

Now those are going to get my brain thinking for days.

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When Cancer Came to Our Home

No one in this life is exempt from struggles, heartaches, and difficulties.

Written by Luis Palau
Tags: Cancer, Difficulty, Healing, Hope, Sickness
Nearly 20 years after Patricia and I were married, we faced the biggest challenge of our lives when she discovered a lump in one breast. We were just finishing a six-city speaking tour in Scotland— and rushed back home to Portland, Oregon. Yes, there was a problem. A biopsy was necessary. Then came the doctor’s verdict.

For a moment we sat in stunned silence, trying to block out his awful words. “The tumor is malignant and radical surgery must be performed immediately. We can’t delay.” Surgery was scheduled for the following Monday.

Pat had cancer.

When we got back to the house, I headed to my office in the basement. Somehow I had to come to grips with this terrible blow, I told myself. But a hundred emotions welled up inside me, and I began to weep. This was the sort of thing that happens to other people, but not to my wife. Not to Pat.

My thoughts were instantly interrupted by the strains of a familiar old hymn. Where was it coming from? Our four boys were all at school. No one was in the house except Pat and me.

Slowly it dawned on me—Pat herself was playing the piano and singing, “How Firm a Foundation.” As the bottom was falling out of our lives, the Lord reminded us both how desperately we needed to base our security and strength in Him alone.

No one in this life is exempt from struggles, heartaches, and difficulties, of course. I’d known that since I was a boy. My own mother had been widowed at age thirty-five. That she was even able to keep our family together was a miracle. I was reminded, God will see us through these deep waters, too.

Deep waters they were
After I broke the news to our four boys, there was a long moment of silence. Then my youngest son, Steve, who was only eleven years old at the time, blurted out, “But, Daddy, people die from cancer!”

“That’s true, but we believe God is going to make Mommy better again. She won’t be feeling very well for a long time, so that will mean some changes around here, for all of us. You guys are going to have to not only learn to take care of yourselves, but also to help Mommy every way you can.”

While Pat was recuperating at home after surgery, we carefully reviewed all our well-laid plans. Everything was up for grabs. Pat didn’t want me to cancel a huge speaking engagement in Los Angeles, but I was torn up inside. I ended up taking the two youngest boys with me on my next trip. They were used to traveling with me from time to time. It turned out to be a good decision, one that helped ease the turbulent feelings we all were experiencing. Yes, Mommy was sick. But we would take good care of her while she tried to get better.

Pat started chemotherapy treatment, at first every week, then every other week when she got too sick. We knew the current statistics of survival rates and all the rest. But we refused to play the “What if?” game. Pat’s life was in God’s hands. We also refused to give in to blasphemy. We dared not shake our fist in God’s face, no matter what so-called experts said about “the need to vent your feelings.” Third, we refused to second-guess the medical treatment she was receiving. Her doctor knew what he was doing.

You wouldn’t believe the amount of free advice people dished out to us. I waylaid most of the least helpful articles and books that arrived in the mail to spare Pat the grief of tossing them herself. At one point I had to tell someone, “Look, lady, you can cut people’s hair, but you are not going to give us medical advice!” That was the last thing Pat needed at that point.

What she did need and so appreciated were the calls and visits of friends who listened and shared an appropriate verse of Scripture with Pat. Jeremiah 29:11 became a favorite:

“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
When Andrew, Steve, and I got back from Los Angeles, Pat and I talked again about my schedule. Hard decisions had to be made. That included canceling a trip in June to an international conference where I was scheduled to give a major address. Instead, after conferring with my colleagues, I decided to take the next year to focus more on media opportunities close to home.

The next year I did accept a speaking engagement in San Diego. It was delightful to have Pat join me. She spoke one morning to a group of 2,000 women about her struggles with cancer and the need to trust Jesus Christ to stand strong through life’s storms. I didn’t keep it a secret how much I admired her strength and endurance the past fourteen months despite repeated periods of weariness, sickness, discomfort, and pain.

Our two oldest sons, Kevin and Keith, flew out of the nest that fall, for their first semester at college. They returned home for the holidays a few days after a bone scan revealed Pat had no signs of cancer anywhere. We celebrated Christmas and New Year’s in a big way. We were all back together again. And Pat’s cancer was gone!

As a family, we couldn’t thank the Lord enough for sparing Pat’s life. In my heart, I also thanked God for using that time of adversity to give Pat a wider platform for ministry. Suddenly, editors were asking her for articles. She started receiving many more invitations to speak at women’s conferences and other events. With our four sons getting older, the timing couldn’t have been better.

Twenty years later, Pat and I occasion think back on those heart wrenching days while she battled cancer. The truth of Jeremiah 29:11 is more real to us than ever. We praise God for truly giving us a hope and a future.

God is a God of healing, but sometimes the healing is not of the physical body. Do you trust God enough to heal you in His way, even if that meant He was going to take you home? Ask for prayer for whatever sickness you have in your life.

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Game over: Are we ready to die?

Game over: Are we ready to die?
Game over: Are we ready to die?We are all going to die someday. 

This is a fact and one of the few things we can be sure as humans. 

Nevertheless, death is never present in our lives; we carry on doing things as it would never happen to us.

We use to be speechless when, for example, we see somebody who has been diagnosed a terminal illness. 

We have the feeling nothing we can say or do will make things better.

To this point, I am in the need to share something it happened to me.

 

In November 2003 I was diagnosed to have cancer in my right parotid gland.

This is a quite rare place to have cancer, and very dangerous too, due to its proximity and a shortcut to our brain and other vital parts of our body.

Along 4 months I did not find a doctor who was willing to operate me, adducing lack of experience and not willing to take the risk of not succeeding or provoking me bad side effects due to the operation.

Finally, I got to know a doctor who, for a huge sum of money and previously signing a letter on which I would not claim him in case side effects or lack of success, he agreed to do it. I got some chemotherapy sessions after that, and to date, I can say the thing is over.

During these 4 months, and until I got the great new that there were no more signs of cancer in my body, I faced death daily.

When some “expert people” speak about showing empathy to those who have a terminal illness, or to learn about negative things in our life, well, sometimes I can’t resist having a sardonic smile in my inner thoughts, thinking:

If you knew what is the feeling to wake up in the morning, giving thanks you did.
If you knew the pain of the doubt about not knowing if you are waking up again.
If you knew for sure many things you wanted to do, are never going to happen.
If you knew that death is not as frightening as not being alive.
If you knew that having a painful death is scarier than the death itself.
If you knew I am not interested in your empathy or compassion.
If you knew how painful self-regrets can be for things you did and you didn’t.
If you knew how it feels to see your loved ones suffering hopelessly for you.
If you knew how it’s like to see that even if you are still alive, you are already dead for the rest.
But I know the answers to all of above. And I am sorry, these I cannot share with anyone, unless he/she has had the same experience.

Then, I agree entirely with the words of Pascal Derrien

"It does not matter how you want to print your life drawings, it does not matter how you dress up your existence kit and it is not that I particularly like it, but have you ever thought that it is very possible that you and I may probably be nothing more than just CRAB MEAT? (see more here)

I am thankful to have learned this life’s lesson, and survive to take advantage of it.

This is why sometimes I write the things I do.

And I am sad to see that many people will spend (or waste) their lives to finally face death and make themselves the above-mentioned questions.

Do we really need to face death to give value to life?

Humans, crazy we are.

David Navarro López David Navarro López
Social Media Manager • Tecfil, S.L.

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Why Won’t God Heal Me?

Lessons about God’s healing through the Life of Paul

Written by Dan Lee on 14/03/2017
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Sickness, Health, Healing, Prayer, Sovereignty
But He replied, ‘My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.’ So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
There are many wonderful stories of healing in the Bible. Jesus healed many people of leprosy, blindness, lameness and other ailments. He even raised Lazarus from the dead!

No doubt you have also heard of God healing people today. God still hears our prayers for healing and has the power to heal and do all kinds of miracles.

So you may be wondering, “What about ME?” I, or someone I love, have been struggling with (name the disease) all these years. And I have prayed for healing, fasted, had people lay hands on me. So why have I not been cured?

I’m afraid that there is no simple, easy answer. But there are some principles we can learn from the Apostle Paul’s example. We hope you will find them encouraging.

1. God Has a Purpose
Earlier in this same chapter, we read: “Of course, I am now referring to the wonderful things I saw. One of Satan’s angels was sent to make me suffer terribly, so that I would not feel too proud.” (2 Corinthians 12:7).

It’s interesting that though Paul’s affliction is never specifically named, the PURPOSE for the affliction is given twice — at the beginning and at the end of verse 7: “so that I would not feel too proud.”

In the beginning of the chapter, we see that Paul had some amazing revelations — he was “caught up into the third heaven” and also “caught up into paradise” (2 Corinthians 12:2-3). These experiences were so spectacular that he would have been tempted to boast about them, or to feel superior to those who had not had these experiences.

So God chose to humble Paul with a “thorn in the flesh.” It was not random, nor a whimsical act on God’s part. It had a very specific purpose.

2. God Can Use Anything
That same verse tells us that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was “a messenger of Satan.” How can that be? Was it from God or from Satan? The answer is it was both! Satan, of course, is set against God and His purposes and His people. Satan probably enjoyed tormenting Paul. But, just as at the cross, Satan’s evil plans were turned around 180 degrees to serve God’s purposes. Satan succeeded in harassing Paul, but the result was that God used it to bring humility in Paul’s life.

3. God’s Strength is Displayed
This principle is stated three times in these two verses, in different ways:

“But he (Christ) replied, ‘My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.’ So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong.”

God wants us to develop our gifts and talents and use them for His glory. But when weak, afflicted people achieve great things, it is clear that GOD is the one who did it and He receives the glory.

Our purpose in life is to glorify God — to show His power and His greatness. And even though our circumstances may be painful or uncomfortable for us, God wants to remind us that it’s the eternal things that matter. “Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

4. We Can be Content
“Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

Look at that list — a lot more things than just sickness! And yet in all those things, Paul was content for the sake of Christ, because his ultimate goal in life was God’s glory.

So when you or those you love are battling sickness, by all means, pray. But if God chooses to let an affliction persist, look for what He wants to do IN you and THROUGH you – to be humbled yourself; to show God’s great strength in you; and ultimately to give glory to God.

Pray this week:

Lord, I don’t like this sickness or affliction, and I wish I didn’t have it. But I trust that You have a higher purpose for my life, just as You did the Apostle Paul. Lord, humble me and show Your great power in me through this affliction. Use everything in my life, good and bad, to bring You glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF THIS BEFORE BED AND YOU WILL NEVER WAKE UP TIRED AGAIN!

TAKE ONE TABLESPOON OF THIS BEFORE BED AND YOU WILL NEVER WAKE UP TIRED AGAIN!
Lack of sleep causes numerous severe side effects, including an increased risk of developing hypertension, stroke and heart disease, irritability and crankiness, which raises the risk of accidents, and impedes your critical thinking. Therefore, getting the right amount of sleep every day is of high importance.

In order to take the proper rest the body needs, people take heavy medication which can cause severe side-effects. You should avoid these medications and try something natural. Therefore, we will suggest an incredibly effective natural remedy which will provide remarkable effects! It is completely safe, and simple, and contains only two ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
5 teaspoon raw honey
Method of preparation:

All you need to do is to mix the ingredients, stir well,  and pour the remedy into a sealed jar.

Use:

Every night, before going to bed, you should take half a teaspoon of the remedy or 3/4 teaspoon. Hold the remedy under the tongue, and it will be instantly absorbed.

If you like, you can also add it to a glass of warm water and drink it like tea.

The astonishing effects of this sleeping remedy are mostly due to the properties of the Himalayan pink salt, which is completely natural and unprocessed, so it does not include any harsh chemicals.

It contains 84 essential minerals, and no pollutants or toxins. It has remained in its purest form for millions of years and is absorbed by the body with its full capacity.

This incredible natural salt regulates the levels of serotonin and melatonin in the body, which ensures a healthy sleep, and also reduces blood pressure, unlike the conventional salt.

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Why Am I Sick?

In many cases sickness has nothing to do with punishment for sin. In fact, God often uses suffering for His glory and our own good.

Written by Hope on 03/10/2015
Series: Weekly Devotional
“[The Lord] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a

What is your health like? Do you know that God loves you and can work in your life, even if you are suffering physically?

What You Might Have Heard
Many Christians have heard that sickness or illness is caused by your sin or weak faith. Under Old Testament Law, God promised the nation of Israel: “If you listen to [God’s] regulations and faithfully obey them,… the Lord will protect you from all sickness” (Deuteronomy 7:12, 15). But “if you refuse to listen to the Lord your God, all these curses will come and overwhelm you (Deuteronomy 28:15), including being afflicted “with diseases” (Deuteronomy 28:21). Does that still apply today?

Sickness Itself Is Not Evidence of A Curse
In many places, God’s Word gives hope to those suffering sickness. In John 9:1-3, Jesus Himself explained that a man’s infirmity was not a punishment: “As Jesus was walking along, He saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” His disciples asked Him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?” “It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.”

God Uses Our Trials For His Glory
The Apostle Paul wrote much of the New Testament. Very few Christians have been used to bring God glory as much as God used Him. However, God allowed Paul to suffer, to have “a thorn in [his] flesh” which he repeatedly “begged the Lord to take away” (II Corinthians 12:7-8). The Lord did not answer Paul’s prayer with a “yes;” instead, God used this suffering for His glory, for Paul’s good, and for the building up of the Church.

You may discover that it is God’s will for you to endure illness. It is not His will for you to accept it passively, but to ask for recovery, even recruiting others to pray along with you. (See James 5:13-15) But even in the midst of sickness and suffering, we must continue to seek the Lord, for “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). God can use any situation, any trials, any suffering for your good and for His glory.

Pray this week:

Dear Lord, no matter what, please help me submit to Your will, trusting You to work all things for my good and for Your glory. In Jesus’s Name, amen.

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Here’s Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Banana Peels… Who Knew They Were So Healthy?

Bananas are one of nature’s greatest treats. Not only do they have a distinct, delicious flavour, they’re also packed with vitamins and minerals, including potassium and magnesium. They’re also a great source of fiber and they’re the go-to food for athletes who need a fast-acting carbohydrates to get a quick energy boost. Awesome!

But what about the peel? Sure, you can use them to decimate your opponents in a round of Mario Kart, but outside of video games, you probably don’t really think twice about them and you just throw them away. But as it turns out, chucking your banana peels is a huge mistake because they may actually be the best and healthiest part of the fruit! How is that possible? Well, check out these surprising ways that you can be using banana peels.
Believe it or not, you can actually eat raw banana peels. But before doing that, make sure you clean them thoroughly. Some people eat the peels just like that, while others choose to blend them with other fruits. But if raw isn’t really your thing, you can try boiling them for about 10 minutes before eating them. If the idea of eating the peel is still too much for you, consider scraping out as much of the insides as possible with the spoon and consuming this portion. Benefits include…

reducing cholesterol and preventing cardiovascular disease and strokes; the peel contains more fiber than the banana itself!
boost your mood, as the peel contains amino acids to trigger your serotonin
reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration thanks to the banana peel’s lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects your eyes
You can also apply the banana peel to different parts of your body for some amazing benefits:

whiten your teeth by rubbing the inner part of the banana peel on your teeth on a daily basis
reduce wrinkles by rubbing the banana peel on your face, leaving the residue on for about half an hour before washing it off
eliminate warts by securing a piece of banana peel on the affected area with a bandage and leaving it overnight; repeat until the wart falls off
sooth the itch and pain of bug bites by massaging the peel on the affected area

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Thank you for your grace and kindness…

"No One":
For those of you who don't know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum. I went to his back to school night on Thursday and took a picture of one of his projects displayed on the wall, one of many cute little cards that all the kids in his class had filled out. It asked him to list his favorite foods, sport, TV shows etc.
I took the picture hurriedly, and didn't notice all the answers he had filled out at that time. It was only after I got home that something stood out upon closer review.
Do you guys remember, a couple of weeks ago, the massive amount of press that the Florida State Football player got when he sat down at the lunch table with an autistic boy that was eating alone? That player didn't know the boy was on the autistic spectrum when he sat down with him…he just saw a boy eating lunch all by himself and decided to join him. A teacher snapped a picture of the moment and it went viral. That's what made the story great….it wasn't staged…it was just a real moment of human kindness.
The follow up to that story was that the boy no longer ate alone; that the other kids NOW were sitting with him and patting him on the back. That boy now had "friends",B and everything was right with the world.
Something that wasn't right was fixed, and tied up neatly with a pretty little bow of kindness and understanding.
But in my head, I asked "Where were those kids prior to this child being thrust into the spotlight? We know where they were: they're in the picture: sitting at other tables, ignoring him.
If that football player had not sat down next to that child, and if it hadn't become a national news story, that kid would still be sitting by himself today.
And it's not their fault…. that's the saddest part. They were clearly not taught to embrace and accept the differences of others. Not by their teachers, which would have been nice, had they thought to do so, but by their parents. I don't mean to imply that parents that don't have this conversation with their kids are bad people, but only that somewhere in between working, soccer practice, and homework, it never occurred to them to have this particular conversation. I'm sure that if Christopher were typical (that's the word we use instead of "normal" in our world of 'Holland', for our developmentally delayed children), I would have not had this conversation with him either.
Christopher's brothers have had many, many sleepovers over the years, obviously in front of him, and it has not gone unnoticed.
"Can I have sleepover?" Christopher has asked.
"Sure, buddy….with whom?" As a response, he would flap his arms and stim instead of answeting. He didn't have an answer because he didn't have a name.
Because he didn't have a friend.
He's never had a friend.
Ever.
He just turned eleven.
And because he's had no friends….there was no one to invite.
And I don't have a solution. I don't have an answer. The reality is that I have to rely on the compassion of others to be incredibly understanding in order just to sit next to him, attempt to engage him, and make him feel included.
My son is very smart and has a great sense of humor. Every adult that meets him is drawn to him. However, because he needs the input, he will spontaneously flap his arms and make loud, guttural sounds from time to time. It draws a lot of attention in public. If you're not used to it, it's normal to feel embarrassed, as you will have all the eyes in the room upon you. He will ask the same question fifty times in a short period of time (His latest is "What time do you go to bed?" and "What's your addtess?").
I typically have to tell servers in restaurants just to give him the restaurant's address…as once he has a satisfactory answer, he will usually move on.
Like I said, there's no easy answer for this…at the end of the day it comes down to compassion, empathy and understanding.
But mostly empathy. Not from you guys, but from your children. As far as I know, (save for one time), Christopher's classmates have never been overtly cruel to him. What they have done, however, is to exclude him. And frankly, I understand this. His classmates are delayed as well, but most not as much as Christopher. They are figuring out how to interact socially every day, and because Christopher cannot engage them in a typical way, he gets left behind…excluded.
Until Thursday, I didn't know how aware he was of this divide, as he does not often talk about his peers. I should not have been surprised as he makes his wants (but not his emotional needs) very clear….but I was. Mostly, I suppose, because I had never seen him put in down on paper. For the first time, it was staring at me in the face.
I guess I'm sharing this because when asked to list his friends he wrote "no one". Never have five letters cut so deep, and they weren't even directed at me….it was just an overly simplistic statement that spoke volumes.
And because I know him so well, and because I have pretty good handle on him after raising him for eleven years, I know this disconnect makes him feel lonely, and it makes him sad.
Usually, I have to figure out what Christopher is trying to say, as his manner of speaking is very straightforward; very black and white.
This time I did not.
It's clear to me that he desperately wants to be part of the group, but his challenges make it difficult for his peers to include him.
The only solution I can come up with is to share this with you and ask that you have a conversation with your kids. Please tell them that children with special needs understand far more than we give them credit for. They notice when others exclude them. They notice when they are teased behind their back (a lot of times "behind their back" is right in front of them because they think the 'different' child doesn't understand). But mostly they are very much in tune when they are treated differently from everyone else.
Trust me when I tell you this hurts them. Even if it's not obvious to you and me.
For the first time ever, I'm going to ask for two favor, here, on Facebook.
One: Share this post on your time line. Awareness and empathy are the only solutions I can come up with.
Two: Speak with your children. Show them the video of the Florida State Football player. The Internet is full of feel-good stories about a special needs child being included. Remember the special needs child that was put in the basketball game for the last few minutes of the final game of the season? Very recently, there was the prom king who gave his crown to a special needs classmate.
These stories are newsworthy because they are unusual. We are not used to hearing about kids being kind to those that are different and unique.
I not so naive that I think this post is going to change the world. But, if, by sharing this, I can make you think about having a conversation with your children about empathy, about going out of their way to include those that are different from everybody else, especially if it goes against the group mentality, especially if it's not socially poplar (I'm not so old that I don't remember that this takes bravery…bravery to break from the confines of whet your friends think is cool in the middle and high school worlds), then I will feel like Christopher's voice has been heard.
Because even though he can't say it, he wants to be included.
He wants a voice, that, at the moment, he doesn't have.
And he needs help to find his voice.
And the child that will finally reach out to him, that will help him, that will include him, will be the kindest child, the child that does the right thing by going above and beyond.
He will be Charlie Bucket.
And that child will be Christopher's first true friend.
Thanks for listening.
Sincerely,
Christopher's Dad
UPDATE:
As I have just leaned that this has gone viral, All of the requests I have been receiving to write Christopher a letter or send a care package now make sense. This was an idea that was started by KMBZ radio personalities Dana and Scott, or one of their listeners to be precise, so this "card shower" is on its way.
Many of you have asked to send cards and packages to Christopher, so, please join the party…I will be posting his reactions online. You may write to him at: Christopher Cornelius….96 Valley View Drive…Rockaway NJ )7866. Thank you for your grace and kindness….it is very much appreciated!  Bob Cornelius

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Heatstroke and cardiac arrest

Summer increase in cases of heat stroke due to high temperatures, a disorder afflicting our body when body temperature rises considerately. This excess heat can be very dangerous and even in the most severe cases, cause cardiac arrest.

Heatstroke occurs when the body temperature rises to 40 degrees due to prolonged sun exposure, which can lead to organ failure. The most common symptoms that warn us that we must avoid exposure include dizziness, nausea, vomiting, unconsciousness, convulsions, and in very severe cases, cardiac arrest.

To avoid this situation prevention is very important, especially in the elderly and children, whose bodies have more difficulty regulating body temperature. 
What are the recommendations to avoid heat stroke?

1. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, especially in times of risk, between 12 and 17 hours, which is when solar radiation is higher.

2. Cover the skin with light clothing, caps, hats and wear sunglasses. In addition to protect from burns we avoid excessive heat on the body.

3. Avoid heavy meals, which are difficult to digest and increase the temperature.

4. Very important, eating plenty of water, frequently drink to stay hydrated, especially the risk group composed of elderly and children.

5. If you have symptoms of dizziness or discomfort, look for a cool, dark

If we find a person with heatstroke, we must succor and apply knowledge of basic first aid:

1. call 112 or emergency services concerned and indicate that come with a medicalized ambulance

2. Place the person in a dark, cool place

3. If conscious, give cool water in small sips, and steadily. If unconscious, that we must not make for a possible choking.

Fernando Santa Isabel

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