Four-Year-Old Goes to Heaven and Back

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In March of 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were living a nightmare. Their then four-year-old son, Colton, had suffered a burst appendix and developed a life-threatening infection. Doctors told the Burpos that surgery was Colton’s only option.
Colton narrowly survived the surgery. His survival, while miraculous, was not as spectacular as the journey he took while doctors worked to save his life -; while Colton’s body was in surgery, his consciousness ascended to Heaven.
Months after the surgery, when the family drove by the hospital in which he had stayed, Colton mentioned that angels had sung to him in Heaven. He described his experience in great detail. He had spoken to the archangels Gabriel and Michael. He had seen God’s throne.
At first, the Burpos were skeptical. But then, Colton started to describe things he shouldn’t have known about.
Colton accurately described his parents’ actions while he was in surgery. He talked about meeting his grandfather, who had died 30 years earlier. He revealed that he had met a sister who had been miscarried — except his parents hadn’t told Colton about the child they had lost prior to his birth.
Todd Burpo, who has co-written a book, “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,” about his son’s experience, was astounded when his son’s story matched up with scripture. For example, Colton mentioned several images that appear in the Book of Revelation.
Now eleven, Colton is a happy and healthy sixth-grader, who still regales his family with things he remembers from his otherworldly experience. His tale only has only become richer and more detailed as he ages and learns how to better express what he has seen.
“We have all accepted the truth of Colton’s witness,” said Todd. “As we read the Bible and hear Colton say over and over again, ‘yeah, that’s the way it is,’ [it] affects us all.”
You can read about Colton’s experience in Heaven by reading the book “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back.” Visit www.thomasnelson.com for more information.

Little Boy Survives Trip to Heaven

In March of 2003, Todd and Sonja Burpo were living a nightmare. Their then four-year-old son, Colton, had suffered a burst appendix and developed a life-threatening infection. Doctors told the Burpos that surgery was Colton’s only option.

Colton narrowly survived the surgery. His survival, while miraculous, was not as spectacular as the journey he took while doctors worked to save his life – while Colton’s body was in surgery, his consciousness ascended to Heaven.

That’s right. Heaven.

Program Helps Kids See More Clearly

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There’s nothing quite like seeing the world through a baby’s eyes, when everything from patterned carpet to the family cat becomes new and wondrous. And there’s a reason for all that fascination. Early in life, the brain and its visual pathways mature rapidly, developing the child’s ability to process visual feedback.

Those born with eye problems need quick intervention if they are ever to experience normal vision. For example, doctors often recommend that babies born with pediatric cataracts, or opaque areas on the eye lens, receive corrective surgery before they are six weeks old.

Pediatric cataracts are rare in developed nations, affecting one to four children in every 100,000 births. Most babies born with cataracts end up with normal vision, thanks to a surgery that removes the affected lens.

But children in developing nations may be 10 times as likely to be born with cataracts, and most don’t have easy access to surgeons. Left untreated, cataracts lead to blindness, which impacts future educational opportunities and the ability to earn income. One study found that, over 10 years, the global economic loss stemming from pediatric cataracts is somewhere between $1 billion and $6 billion.

Luckily, some charitable organizations are working to help children escape lifelong impairment. For example, Lions Clubs International Foundation partnered with the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute to create a new program, the Pediatric Cataract Initiative. The Pediatric Cataract Initiative will identify, fund and promote methods that will help treat pediatric cataracts in undeveloped areas.

Most cataracts are preventable or treatable. When successfully treated with surgery and proper follow-up care, most children with pediatric cataracts will need little, if any, visual correction as adults.

“Too many newborns afflicted with pediatric cataract have a lifetime of vision loss and blindness ahead of them — an untenable prospect in today’s world,” said Paul Sartori, corporate vice president, Bausch + Lomb. “With more funding and attention placed on research, prevention and treatment, we’ll be making an impact on the lives of children worldwide.”

To learn how you can help, visit www.PediatricCataract.org.

Hip and Knee Pain: When is it Time to Consider Surgery?

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Chronic joint aches and pains caused by arthritis can interfere with everyday life, limiting mobility and function.

In early stages of arthritis, pain relief can be obtained from acetaminophen and anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen or, for some, injections into the joint (intra-articular injections). However, when arthritis progresses, the cartilage between the bones disappears, and the joint is “bone on bone.” At this stage, these conservative measures may not be enough.

“As the progression of arthritis cannot be stopped, patients should consider joint replacement surgery when the pain in an arthritic joint is severe and disabling,” says Alejandro González Della Valle, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

The criteria used for recommending joint replacement surgery include disabling pain associated with limp, loss of function and mobility. The best candidates for surgery are people who have seen deterioration in their quality of life or impairment in their activities of daily living due to arthritic pain. Activities such as going for a walk or performing some non-impact recreational sports should not be difficult for people without major health problems.

Before arthritic pain is severe enough to consider surgery, some simple measures can be implemented to diminish pain and promote joint health.

* Respect the pain you feel. Perform activities only to the point of discomfort.

* Plan ahead and be realistic about what you can do.

* Learn how to pick things up properly. Bend from the knees when lifting and carrying weights more than 30-40 pounds.

* Reduce repetitive impact on joints, and distribute weight among them to protect joints.

* When walking more than four or five miles, wear well-padded shoes with rubber soles.

* Think about your weight. The impact on your joints will be less detrimental if you are not carrying extra weight.

“No one is too young or too old for joint replacement,” says Douglas E. Padgett, M.D., chief of the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. “Every condition can be addressed, even when compounded by other medical conditions.”

The Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service at Hospital for Special Surgery is the world leader in hip, knee and surgical arthritis patient treatment, education, innovation and research. For more information, visit www.hss.edu.

Healing After Weight-Loss Surgery

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Obesity is a national health crisis affecting over one-third of all American adults (72 million people). It increases the risk for a number of serious health problems, including coronary heart disease, type-2 diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and others. For most people, the safest and most effective way to lose weight is to eat less and exercise more. But for some, this is not enough. For these people, weight-loss surgery may be an option.

While weight-loss surgery (often referred to as “bariatric surgery”) has been around since the late 1960s, recent advancements in surgical techniques and increased safety have made it an increasingly popular option. Last year an estimated 220,000 Americans underwent a weight-loss surgery procedure, and this number continues to grow.

But healing from weight-loss surgery, including gastric bypass and laproscopic banding procedures, can be more complicated than one might expect. Immediately following, and for several days after surgery, patients are prohibited from eating, and their diet is restricted to clear liquids, including water, diluted non-acidic fruit juices, tea, artificially sweetened non-carbonated drinks, broth and sugar-free gelatin. Over the next few months, patients gradually progress from an all-liquid diet to a solid food diet of 1,000 to 1,200 calories per day with several intermediate steps along the way.

The problem? Water and fruit juices do not supply adequate protein that the body needs for recovery. Doctors want to improve their patients’ post-surgery nutrition, but traditional protein drinks are often too thick and heavy, contain calorie-packed carbohydrates and are unsuitable for use during the initial phases of recovery.

The Isopure Company, LLC, which makes nutritional products, developed Isopure Plus Zero Carb Protein Drink to help bariatric surgery patients get the protein they need during their recovery and beyond.

Unlike other nutritional drinks, Isopure Plus is clear, fruit-flavored and never thick or milky. Bariatric patients can drink it during any phase of recovery, and it provides 15 grams of high-quality whey protein and all eight amino acids in a single, 60-calorie, eight-ounce serving. The drink is lactose-, gluten- and fat-free and comes in two flavors — Alpine Punch and Grape Frost.

For more information, visit the Isopure Plus Web site at www.isopureplus.com

Lasers Redefine Medicine At the Speed of Light

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – In the past, lasers were fictional weapons created in comics to combat evil-doers. Today, fiction has become reality as medical specialists rely on advances in laser medicine to help provide patients of all ages with better and earlier detection of disease and improved treatments for common medical problems — combatting “evil” disease and medical problems worldwide.

“Chances are, you or someone you know has benefited from laser medicine or surgery,” said R. Rox Anderson, MD, president of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS). “Lasers have had a tremendous impact on how we detect and treat diseases, improve aging skin, and manage conditions that in the past were difficult to treat with traditional therapies or systemic medications. There are no signs that this technology has reached its peak; on the contrary, we expect new laser devices and applications will continue to be discovered in the years to come.”

When used in medicine, lasers work by delivering tiny pulses of light or energy in various wavelengths to target particular areas or particles in the body. Lasers and other energy sources offer patients tremendous benefits, including less-invasive procedures, reduced recovery times, elegant results, less bleeding and speedy healing. In fact, many laser procedures are now performed in a physician’s office using only topical or local anesthetic — eliminating the need for general anesthesia.

From corrective eye surgery, skin rejuvenation and dental disorders to throat surgery, treatment of acne and birthmarks, and early detection of numerous types of cancer, lasers and related technologies are improving the quality of medical and surgical care. Even persons of color, who previously were not good candidates for laser skin treatments, are now able to enjoy the advantages of most laser therapies and related technologies.

To help ensure a positive laser experience, the ASLMS suggests you consider the following tips:

1. Ask questions.

2. Find out who will be administering the treatment.

3. Discuss your medical history with your physician.

4. Ask whether this laser or other light source is right for your skin type.

5. Be realistic about expectations and results.

For more information and to find a laser doctor near you, please visit www.aslms.org.

Considering Back Pain Options? Know Fact From Fiction

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Back pain is the most common complaint brought to doctors in the U.S. Over 6 million cases are seen annually. For those who suffer from chronic back pain, medical advances now make it possible for those individuals to enjoy their lives once again. Knowing the difference between fact and fiction when considering back pain treatment options is key to a successful outcome.

Fact: Conservative back treatment should be the first option when treating back pain. In as many as 50 percent of all cases, back pain will greatly diminish or disappear within a month with supportive treatments. When conservative measures don’t alleviate pain within a few months, surgery may be considered.

Fiction: A diagnosis on what is specifically causing back pain can always be made. A booklet from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases states, “Only with a medical history and exam — and sometimes medical tests — can a doctor diagnose the cause of back pain. Many times, the precise cause of back pain is never known.”

Fiction: All laser spine surgery centers will be able to achieve the same results. While the United States offers the highest standard of health care in the world, a vast treatment variation exists based on the doctor’s experience with minimally invasive laser spine surgery and the spine center that you choose.

Fiction: All minimally invasive laser spine surgery is

the same. Minimally invasive surgery is a name given to a wide range of procedures with a common goal: treatment that is less traumatic to the patient, allowing a faster return to a normal lifestyle. All spine surgery has a significant degree of patient risk, but true minimally invasive surgery performed only by a skilled, experienced surgeon, dramatically affects whether you have a chance of being free of back pain.

Fact: The Bonati Procedures are performed only at The Bonati Institute. The Bonati Procedures are advanced laser spine surgeries developed, patented and perfected by Alfred Bonati, M.D. In an incision no longer than a half inch, these procedures employ a series of arthroscopic dilating tubes, a laser and other specially designed instruments to access the targeted area. Over 35,000 of The Bonati Procedures have been performed — only at The Bonati Institute.

Fiction: If you are experiencing pain from failed back surgery, there are no other options to relieve pain. While most statistics claim a success rate of approximately 80 percent for open spine surgery, physician practice reports that the actual rate is closer to 50 percent. However, with The Bonati Procedures, even patients who are still experiencing pain after having had “open” laminectomy or fusion surgeries performed at other medical facilities, now have renewed hope.

Visit www.bonati.com to learn more about The Bonati Procedures.

At-Home Beauty Treatments Offer Lower Costs, Lower Risks

<b>At-Home Beauty Treatments Offer Lower Costs, Lower Risks</b> (NU) – There has been an increase recently in Americans’ obsessions to look and feel better. Reality makeover programs such as “Extreme Makeover” use cosmetic surgery to erase signs of aging or to change the size and shape of specific body parts. However, for some people, invasive procedures are not an option.

Many are afraid to undergo surgery because of the risks or the expense that is often associated with these cosmetic procedures. Fortunately, there are now products that can be used in the privacy of your own home for a fraction of the cost, are more convenient and offer great results.

For years, those searching to get rid of fine lines and get that healthy glow went to a physician for microdermabrasion, a treatment where dead skin cells are removed with tiny silicon or aluminum-oxide crystals blown against the skin using a hand-held device and then sucked up with a small vacuum. Costing about $1,200 a visit, the procedure was not easy on the wallet. But there’s a new generation of at-home alternatives that allows you to get similar results within weeks. Creams and serums that contain Retinol (pure vitamin A) exfoliate the skin, giving a more youthful appearance. Those who want to go a step further can now buy their own high-tech beauty treatment system, a microdermabrasion machine, at a cost of $79.95 (www.sharperimage.com).

Some women are unhappy with the size or shape of their bust. They might have always wished they were a cup size larger so that their clothes fit them better, or they may have noticed changes in their shape after childbirth. Regardless of the reason, many of these women are afraid or unwilling to undergo the pain associated with implants. Others are simply not willing to fork over the average $5,000 cost for surgery. Now there is another option available, a system that is clinically proven to grow a woman’s own natural breasts about a cup size without surgery, pills or creams. At a cost of around $1,000, the system, called Brava (www.brava.com), is about a fifth of the cost of breast augmentation surgery. More information can also be found by calling 1-800-422-5350.

The shade of one’s pearly whites has also become part of the beauty fix-it phenomenon. Until recently, whitening was only available in a dentist’s office and was costly, ranging about $500 to $800. Now in less than two weeks, it is possible to get whiter teeth and a gleaming smile. Products such as Crest Whitestrips (www.crest nighteffects.com), wipe on gels and whitening toothpastes can be used at a fraction of the cost. In a matter of a few days, teeth will be shades whiter and brighter without ever having to sit in a dentist’s chair.

These are just a few of the do-it-yourself at home beauty treatments that are easier on your wallet, provide you with more control of your looks and can be done on your own time. To find out more about these treatments, log on to their Web sites or try the procedures yourself for the ultimate proof.