Satur-deja Vu

The memorial service for Hank Aaron was televised this week from Truist Park in Atlanta. The small numbers of family and friends allowed to attend gathered right in front of Aaron’s statue in the Monument Garden. The Commissioner of Baseball Rob Manfred noted that even if you took away Aaron’s 755 home runs he would still have over 3,000 hits. A FB friend pointed out this week that even without the 755 home runs he would still have more hits than Wade Boggs!

Larry King and more recently Cicely Tyson passed this week. At 87 and 96 respectively, neither event is Covid related. (King’s family states he died of infection, sepsis, contrary to early reports. No cause of death has been given for Tyson but she was, after all, 96 years old. This is a recent event that we will continue to hear about.)

If you listen to the Unashamed podcast featuring Jase and Phil Robertson you are probably familiar with a few of their regular sponsors. Phil Robertson, who is in his 70’s, does not take any maintenance drugs and touts that OmegaXL is the only pill he takes daily. I’ve read testimonials of fans who ordered the product themselves and while some have mixed results there is general agreement that the need for ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs needed for joint pain is reduced or eliminated. I have never taken OmegaXL (a proprietary blend of omega fatty acids) but discovered turmeric curcumin a few years ago. A rhumatologist suggested taking turmeric to my mother as an alternative to pain medication (Tylenol or Motrin). She was not impressed but my brother, who had been taking ibuprofen daily, started the supplements and no longer needed the meds. Ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can ruin your liver over time. The maximum dosage in a 24 hour period has been evaluated and reduced in recent years by the FDA. If natural food supplements can reduce your need to regularly consume medication, that’s a good thing.

Note: I am not a doctor but will share advice based on my own personal experience. I also recommend zinc lozenges at the onset of cold symptoms and oregano oil for any illness that’s not viral. I’ve taken like one sick day in the last five years so, you know, there’s that.

Speaking of anti-inflammatory drugs. the CDC and the WHO recommend not taking any before receiving a Covid vaccine. Headache, minor body aches, and a chill caused by fever are all possible side effects after receiving the vaccine but also indications that it’s working. In a study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Virology, researchers found nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen can reduce the production of antibodies and impact other aspects of the immune response to the vaccine. It’s okay to take something after the shot if you feel the side effects but doctors warn against taking them before as a preemptive strike. You may also preempt the very effect you hope to get.

Be prepared. It may be a typo but having cake in your car if stuck on the side of the ride might not be a bad idea.

That’s all I got. iMonk Radio #121 was posted yesterday, look for Van Til on Monday morning for good clean Christian fun.

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