Making the Most of Life


Advice to Young Men


​Kevin East

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Kevin East is the President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East Texas.

There are many things I wish someone would have told me when I turned 18. As I shared in a previous post, I was given the opportunity to write a young man a letter recently, passing any wisdom to this young man that I thought would be appropriate. I did, but I felt that my letter came up short. It did because it barely scratched the surface of what I wish someone would have told me.

For this reason, I have written another letter. Although it is addressed to one man, it would be what I would tell any young man entering college.


I was honored to write you a letter this past week. However, thinking back over what I said, I think I came up terribly short. As usual, I could always blame the brevity of my note to the fact I am busy, that I have a large family, or that my responsibilities with work were getting the best of me. The problem is, if I said that, I’d be just like most other men in America; making excuses for coming up short.

The truth is, I was more concerned with sounding good than saying something good. Austin, I believe in you too much to simply tell you to choose maturity throughout life. In the next few years, you will go through such a shaping season of your life. I have watched good men make decisions during this time that would alter their life dramatically.

That being said, here are a few points I want to pass along:

Pornography kills marriages. Austin, this is serious. I’ve sat across many tables with college guys in tears because they were addicted to looking at naked women on computer screens. They knew they hated looking at it, but sin’s web was tightly constricting them. Remember that this isn’t just about keeping your eyes pure. It is also about not setting your wife up to fail. What these guys look at on computers is not real. It is a sick fantasy. The producers of porn take air-brushed, plastic women, and have them act like they have the sex drive of men.

Men arrive in marriage with unreal expectations, and the damage done takes years to unravel.

Men need friends. You need good, solid guys that can lock arms with you and walk life next to you. In college many guys start living life “around” other guys, but never with them. Austin, find some guys that want to honor God with their lives. Seek to know them, and allow them to know you. As you get older, this becomes even more difficult, so learn early how critical this really is.

God’s grace is deep. Some of my most profound realizations about the goodness of God came while I was in college. Growing up, I didn’t have the slightest desire to read books. Given the decision, I would have picked doing something outside fun and active as opposed to reading. Yet, after I became a Christian, this changed.

Take advantage of your college years to dive deep in God’s Word. Study it. Reflect on it. Memorize it. Ask someone to teach it to you. Austin, you are a good man, raised in a great family. Yet, you have so much to learn about the depths of the riches of God’s love. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Don’t focus so much on your grades that you miss an education. Austin, I know you have a 4.0 right now. That is great. I had that as well until my first conduct grades in 1st grade. It was all downhill from there. As you go through college, studying hard and trying to excel is important, but don’t put in on a throne it didn’t belong.

Take advantage of opportunities to “cut your teeth” leading. Go on mission trips where you can learn that God doesn’t just speak English. Look at other cultures to understand what real poverty looks like. When you finish college, all these experiences will have shaped you.

Above all else. This is a chapter title from the book Spiritual Leadership . In this chapter, he talks about the need for leadership that is Spirit-led. Austin, this world needs men who are under the authority of the Lord Jesus. Be purposeful in stopping to place your heart under His. Great leadership doesn’t come from “technique-ing” people. It comes from wisdom and discernment that is God-given. So go to Him, and ask. He’ll give it.

As I told you in my first letter, I believe in you, Austin. I look forward to watching God’s shaping hand on your life. Come sit on my porch anytime if you’d like to discuss this further.

Walk in great grace, and speak with great power (Acts 4:33),


Frame of Mind

Frame of mind is an important concept when dealing with challenges towards health. For me, getting into the ‘right’ frame of mind for eating healthy foods seems equivalent to the difficulty mountaineers face when trekking towards the summit of Everest without appropriate foot wear on! You probably think I’m over-doing it a little…more than likely I am, but for those few who know the feeling that there is a chocolate gateau in the depth of the fridge, staring at you…laughing! You know the unlikely event that you’ll go to sleep that night without lying in bed in-tears over the fact that you just devoured 1242 calories in less than 8 seconds…teeth covered in chocolate and a breath that represents a ‘taster session’ to everyone nearby for what you’ll deliver once your stomach churning stops. “It was worth it at the time” I guess is the reply.
Anyways…frame of mind. It clearly has an impact on people’s motivation and ability to deliver on performance and achieve the things they set out to complete. With that secret weapon we call ‘willpower’ lasting approximately 5 minutes, I think its time to re-evaluate our strategy.
So what is our strategy? I know each time I set out to lose a pound or two (or twelve) without anything to follow, it doesn’t go all that well…pretty miserable in fact. So what can we do about it? Well…we can put a strategy in place I suppose. It sounds simplistic probably but think of this as our ‘road map’…the way you can follow the exact directions outlined by the map to lead you to a destination. It’s no different with (in this case) weight loss! Yes, the route may change a little from person to person, but we all have different starting positions…and some people have further to go than others. Give them the RIGHT directions in the first place however…and maybe they’ll actually enjoy the journey instead of just returning to where they started, frustrated and feeling like there’s no point!
So, through my own experience, I’ve discovered your ‘frame of mind’ is a very important concept! It doesn’t give you directions, but having the correct mindset will allow you to continue again and again without giving up. I reckon by now you’re expecting something like “10 tricks to trim stomach fat”. Quite frankly, the quicker they’re off the internet, the better.
So what advice do I have then?
Re-organise your values first! We need to get to the point where healthy living is ranked amongst our top 5 values. This will help gain a much stronger position to evaluate related actions, making it less likely that we will depend that momentary willpower when faced with a choice. So try this, Think about your top four values…really think about them for a second…
Now, label your values in order, but try to include healthy living is at least one place.
5. (Example: Healthy living)
When we come across people from all walks of life and from different countries, we can notice that their lives lead entirely different paths based on their values. If they valued money more than themselves, how would their life look? If they valued family over themselves, how might this be different? If they valued ‘junk food’ as pleasurable and fruits as a painful necessity, how might this affect the persons habits?…And would this be any different if this was the opposite way?
Now. We all have values that have either been developed through experience, circumstance or just pure choice. For the next couple of days, I’d like you to consider the values that you have chosen including ‘Healthy living’. Having this valued amongst other important aspect of your own life will increase your ‘frame of mind’ to perform in your favour…rather than weightless advice like “just be positive.”
So here’s the challenge for healthy living. You have to consider your actions…no matter how insignificant they seem…and compare them against the new value that we have created! This means anything from thinking of the food that you consume, the way you treat yourself or your surroundings and the actions you take on a daily basis.
Once we get experience of a new frame of mind, we will be on course to applying our strategy…but one thing at a time.
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Medical practitioners and other stakeholders in the health sector have applauded the Primary Healthcare Development Agency bill and the Akwa Ibom State Health Insurance Agency bill sponsored by the Speaker House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke, describing the two health care sector related bills as important bills that would enhance the well-being of the citizenry.
Speaking, Friday at the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly during a public hearing on three health care related bills namely, A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom state Health Insurance Agency, and A bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of Akwa Ibom State Primary Healthcare Development Agency and for Matters Connected therewith, sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Barr. Onofiok Luke and a bill for a law to make provisions for the establishment and control of private hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for other matters connected therewith, 2016, sponsored by a former Speaker of the House and member representing Ibesikpo Asutan State Constituency, Hon. Aniekan Uko, the Commisioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong, Chairman, Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, Akwa Ibom State branch, representative of the National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, in the state, a former legislator and Medical director, St. Atanasius Hospital, Dr. Emmanuel Akpanobong, State Co-ordinator, National Health Insurance Scheme, NHIS, Miss. Vivian Imebu, Former Chairman, Hospital Management Board, and currently the Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Sir. Dr. Val Attah , and the State Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Imo Okon, among others, hailed the Speaker of the Assembly, Barr. Luke for the bill. They noted that the Primary healthcare development agency bill will help in the improvement of health care delivery service at the rural areas.
However, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Ukpong, asked the House to stand down on the Bill for a Law to Make Provisions for the Establishment and Control of Private Hospitals and Other Healthcare Facilities in Akwa Ibom State and for Other Matters Connected Therewith , which is sponsored by Hon. Aniekan Uko, saying the bill needed to be properly fine tuned and re-presented at a later date, as there were loopholes in the composition of the bill.

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Unsaturated fatty acid may reverse aging effect of obesity

Obesity, or a high fat diet, can lead to changes in the immune system similar to those observed with aging. That’s what research published this week in
Experimental Physiology suggests.

The research was carried out by scientists at Liverpool John Moores University in the United Kingdom and the Institute of Food Science, Technology and Nutrition of the Spanish National Research Council (ICTAN-CSIC), the University Complutense of Madrid and the Research Institute of the Hospital 12 de Octubre, in Spain.

These findings are useful as they help scientists understand the impact of obesity on our body’s ability to fight infection. They also found that it was possible to reverse some of these effects by supplementing the diet with unsaturated fatty acids found in vegetable oils, such as olive or fish oils.

Obesity affects one in four adults in the UK and can lead to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, some types of cancer, and stroke.
The researchers fed mice a high-fat diet, causing them to become obese. Signs of oxidative stress and certain properties of immune cells indicated aging of the immune system. These obese mice were then split into groups and received food supplemented either with 2-hydroxyoleic acid or omega-3 fatty acids for eight weeks.
Author Dr. Fatima Perez de Heredia from Liverpool John Moores University said:
‘This is the first study, at least to our knowledge, to suggest the efficacy of 2-hydroxyoleic acid for reversing obesity-associated immune alterations and improving oxidative stress.’

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An Overview of the Nigerian Health Policy

The Nigeria health system

Bombarded with quality health policies both mental and physical health provision for its citizenry, the Nigerian health system has for years seek to improve through awareness, prompt emergency response and free treatment amongst other measures, the lifestyle and other factors that facilitate the wellbeing of Nigerians. The primary health care being the third tier on the ladder of the health sector, serve as the avenue through which all and sundry can run to in times of health crises with the assurance of receiving if not comprehensive but at least first-hand medical attention and treatment. Most evident in this case is the diagnosis and treatment of malaria. Across the century, in virtually every pharmacy store and primary health centre, boldly written on posters are the words “not every fever is malaria” advocating for a “Rapid malaria test” usually done within 3 minutes or less and if confirmed, malaria drug (ACT) is prescribed/given at affordable price.



According to the foreword in the revised health policy by the then honourable minister of health in 2004, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, who stated the relationship between the health policy and the health care system nationwide “the national health policy represents the collective will of the government and people of this country to provide a comprehensive health care system that is based on primary health care”. The health policies which provide the foundation for the planning, organization and management of the nation’s overall health system.

The national health policy encompasses major intention program as setup by the ministry of health at the federal level including HIV/AID, roll back malaria, Immunization, control of onchocerciasis, control of tuberculosis and leprosy, blood transfusion, elimination of female genital mutilation; others include reproductive health, adolescent health, food and nutrition, child health policy, drug policy and food and hygiene policy. With each providing overall goals and strategies for their implementation.

Over the years, such measures taken by the government in the form of interventions have yielded positive results across the nation as incident cases of some disease have been properly handed as reported in some quarters.

To be continued….

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Discuss With The Director of Health, SUG Uniuyo about World Cancer Day

February 4: Cancer Day Awareness Campaign

All is now set for World Cancer Day Sensitization Awareness campaign organized by the Office of Health, Students’ Union Government to consolidate effort by the World Health Organization in the creation of awareness and advocacy of regular examination for early detection and possible treatment with the theme “We Can, I Can”.


Comr Gabriel Eyo

In an interview with the Director of Health, Comrade Gabriel Eyo on Wednesday, said “the office of the director of health in collaboration with the three health related faculties; Faculties of Clinical Science, Basic Medical Science, and Pharmacy is doing a cancer awareness campaign”. He outlined events to mark World Cancer day to be “from 10am to 12pm there will representatives from each faculty on Uniuyo FM, discussing cancer and its effect on students. By 5pm, there will be candle light walk for those who have died of cancer as well as those who survived”. The walk which is to take center stage from the school’s environs through Ikpa Road, Ikot-Ekpene Road, and Abak Road, will come to a halt in the school’s annex field where the sky lantern will be lighted in honour of survivors and lost ones.

There are said to be over 200 different types of cancer including anal cancer, bladder cancer, bone cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer amongst other. Cancer cells are characterized by their ability to divide rapidly and grow (angiogenesis) enabling their spread throughout the body through the blood or lymphatic system, destroying healthy tissue in the process (invasion). Cancer tissue are known to compete with normal tissues for nutrients, their continual proliferation starve normal tissue which consequently affect organs and system of the body in a long run leading to nutritive death.



Comr. Gabriel Eyo further sited examples of students of the University of Uyo who have died of cancer hence the need for awareness. In his words, “Uniuyo have lost about two students for cancer both of which are Engineering students; one Mr. Idiana Etim who died of skin cancer and in 2013 Ms. Idara died of Leukemia”. The director further buttress the need for cancer awareness “cancer is fast growing in Nigeria, cancer of the prostrate kills faster than HIV or malaria in male and in female, breast cancer is the second largest killer of female in Nigeria.

It’s high time we bring to the knowledge of student this trend in the health sector most especially to give them preventive tips to enable them avoid these cancers


Mr. Abasino Great, a member of Health Care Committee, office of the Director of Health, SUG lent his voice advocating for early detention through regular examination as the panacea of sudden death due to cancer. In his words “we need to be aware of these cancers and the need for regular checkup by visiting health care facilities.

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Being Who God Created You to Be

Living to fulfil Divine Purpose as sermonized by Barrister Iboro Ben

Becoming what God created you to be was the theme of yesterday’s message the first sermon of the year by pastor Iboro, the shepherd of Deeper Life Campus Fellowship, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state. Opening passage which was drawn from Jeremiah 1v 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”   showed God’s intention for Jeremiahs life, you’ve got yours, discover it

1. Divine encounter. We all need encounter of one sort or the other, the earlier the better he stressed amongst others, the greatest of which is salvation. Biblical examples of divine encounter include Genesis 12v 1,2; Matthew 1v17 notice God “makes” calling them “come ye after me”
2. Divine partnership. Psalm 73v24. There is need to be guided continually by Gods counsel
3. Dedicated prayers also through revelations, dreams, doubtless intuition Genesis 37v1-2

Discovering God’s purpose is just a means to an end, it’s not the end. So many distractions pop-up along life’s journey to dissuade us from following God’s revealed purpose for our lives.
Using Samson as a case study few of the pathway that destroy lives include: he was distracted judges 14:1; uncontrolled passion distracted him. Take not there are more distractions than concentration in our world today-the movies, peer-pressure, etc.; he became disloyal judges 13:5; he drew back James 1:14, when one misuses God’s grace on his life there is a great tendency to draw back; he declined in his commitment Proverb 7:25; he derailed judges 16:1 and finally he departed from his purpose 1 Timothy 4:1, Judges 16:30. He destroyed his wife.
A question that comes to mind is what if Samson fulfilled his destiny? That will have been a plus to the nation of Israel (i.e. the destruction of the philistine nation)

There is no fulfilment of goals or life’s purpose without determination. After discovering God’s purpose for our lives, it is imperative to
(i) Refuse to be distracted from life’s purpose for our lives Acts 20:24
(ii) confirm every step you take from God Isaiah Isaiah 30:21
(iii) stay close to God and be attentive to God for further instructions.

Remember God’s revelation comes in pieces and not at an instant so stay close to him by purposing in your heart to do what God says Numb 23:18; decide to cling to God till death Ruth 1:16

Have a rewarding 2017 ahead as you fulfil God’s purpose for your life.

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Inability to cope with stress indicates lack of cortisol

Addison’s Disease and Its Presentation

After a long break due to the Christmas and New Year holiday, group 7 finally had a day to present on Addison’s disease.
Virtually, everyone undergoes stress be it mental or physical and how come they recover soon, that’s because there is a secretion of cortisol by glucocortisol the Zona fasciculate, a layer of the adrenal cortex. So what happens if this secretion stops and how does the body respond to stress?

Addison disease result in the inability or the deficiency of the adrenal cortex to secrete its hormone. (Adrenocortical hormone). The adrenal cortex is sub-divided into three layers namely
*Zona glomerulosa which is responsible for the secretion of mineralocorticoid aldosterone which utilizes cholesterol to synthesis sex hormones including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone amongst others
Zona fasciculate, which secrete glucocortisol, the cortisol. Their secretion is controlled by the hypothalamic pituitary axis via adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)
Zona Reticularis which secretes the adrenal androgens dehydroepinandrosterone (DHEA) and androstenedione
It is important to state that all human steroid hormone including those produced by the adrenal cortex are synthesized from cholesterol. What happens when these hormones are not secreted due to certain factors i.e. adrenalism result of Addison disease.

Causes of Addison Disease
Atrophy or injury if the adrenal cortex autoimmunity against the cortices in about 80% cases resulting in atrophy.
Tuberculosis causes the destruction of the adrenal glands or invasion of the adrenal cortices by cancer
Another case could be adrenal insufficiency due to impaired function of the pituitary gland which fails to produce sufficient ACTH, low ACTH causes decrease production of cortisol; and aldosterone.

Symptoms of Addison’s Diseases
Deficiency in mineralocorticoid results in reduction of renal tubular Na+ reabsorption and consequently loss of Na+, Cl- and water into urine resulting in decrease ECF volume other consequences includes hyponatremia, hyperkalemia and mild acidosis which can result in shock. This is due to the failure of potassium and hydrogen ion exchange for sodium  reabsorption
Glucocorticoid deficiency results in lack of cortisol causing decrease in the mobilization of both proteins and fats from tissues thus depressing many other metabolic functions resulting in weak muscles; deficiency of cortisol also makes the patients highly susceptible to the deteriorating effects of different types of stress.
Melanin pigmentation: there is pigmentation of mucous and skin melanin appears as blotches on the skin. Due to decrease in cortisol secretion, there is no feedback to the hypothalamus thus there is increased secretion of ACTH by the hypothalamus as well as simultaneous increase in the secretion of Melanocytes Stimulating Hormone. Increased ACTH in the blood causes pigmenting effect.

Treatment Replacement
The possible way of correcting Addison disease is hormonal replacement, small quantities of mineralocorticoids and glucocorticoids are administered.

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