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Web Radio Today, the Faith and Fitness Podcast, Episode 34


WEB RADIO TODAY, The Faith and Fitness Podcast

Faith, Diet, Exercise, Attitude, Positive Imagery, Music and Research



Skip Orem (00:15):

This is the Web Radio Today Podcast.

Hi, everybody. I’m Skip Orem recording the podcast today at the XBHS Radio Studios on Printer’s Alley here in Nashville, Tennessee, and welcome to the February 19, 2021 episode of Web Radio Today. This is episode number 34. It is on this episode, everybody, that we will start to make a little bit of a turn as the Web Radio Today Podcast continues on down the road. More about that later here it is, though, mid February, spring is just around the corner and all of us older folks in our 50s, 60s, our 70s and beyond are continuing to make some important changes in our life.

Skip Orem (01:09):

Those important changes are going to help us lead a healthy, a happy, and a very long life.

And a special thank you, everybody, for pushing the play button on the Web Radio Today Podcast. I know from emails I received this week that many of you did the heart rate training interval training workout, which was the entire content of last week’s episode. And I want you all to know everybody that attempted that workout, well, if you were unable to finish the workout or if you had to go slower for some of the intervals, maybe you couldn’t even complete some of the intervals, that’s no big deal.

Skip Orem (01:55):

You will continue to get better each time that you do the workout.

It’s always going to be available to you to use. That’s at webradiotoday.com, our website. Click on the podcast and show notes page and that workout is Web Radio Today episode number 33. You can also download the workout to your computer and then transfer it to any listening device that you use. On today’s episode, we’re going to spend some time on the Web Radio Today Disease Fighting and Fitness Plan. Our Web Radio Today Fitness and Health Plan, it has seven elements.

Skip Orem (02:37):

Regular listeners, they know them by heart, faith, diet, exercise, attitude, positive imagery, music, and research.

And it’s that research element we’re going to talk about on today’s episode. And then a little later in the episode, I want to talk to you how kindness can help you to stay healthy. But first, well, let’s talk about this small turn Web Radio Today is making as we move on down the road to good health.

Skip Orem (03:27):

30 some episodes into the Web Radio Today Podcast, I’ve decided to change ever so slightly the direction of the podcast.

Now, we’re always going to be about faith, fitness and good health, fighting disease, and of course the Web Radio Today Podcast will always be directed specifically at baby boomers, us older folks, people in their late 50s, the 60s, 70s, and beyond. Going forward, I plan to focus more of the podcast on the latest health and fitness news, specifically health and fitness news that affects us older folks. There’s so much new cool stuff happening in healthcare that’s geared specifically to folks in our age group.

Skip Orem (04:20):

so many new discoveries and treatments

are being developed to help us fight and get cured of, well, those diseases that tend to attack us as we get older.

My goal is to make part of each podcast episode sort of an aggregator of some of the latest developments in what I’m going to call senior healthcare. It’ll be the senior healthcare news, and it’ll be part of each Web Radio Today Podcast

Skip Orem (05:09)

That page will be a place where you can go on the internet to find links to some of the important senior healthcare news on the web. Now I should have that all set up and operating within the next couple of weeks. Everything else about the Web Radio Today Podcast will stay the same as it’s always been. And some of our episodes will still be like the one last week. Some of our episodes will still be standalone workout episodes and standalone guided imagery session. And of course, we are still going to stress the importance of faith on every episode, as well as making sure each one of us continue to practice the elements of the Web Radio Today Disease Fighting and Fitness Model.

Skip Orem (06:07):

So really everybody just a minor, but very important directional change for Web Radio Today.

Web Radio today the faith and fitness podcast will now include important health news for seniors in each episode. And speaking of healthcare news for seniors, later in the episode today, I’m going to share with you some new research that is going on right now concerning time restricted eating and how it just might help you improve your health. And also later in the episode, some important information for us older guys concerning testosterone.

Skip Orem (07:05):

Of course, everybody, every single podcast episode of Web Radio Today and includes a mini workout.

Let’s do that right now. And then after we finish this mini workout, we’ll talk about COVID vaccines. We’ll talk a little bit about other types of sweeteners, those natural sweeteners. And then that information I mentioned about time restricted eating and some info about testosterone. But right now, this is where on every Web Radio Today Podcast episode, we take a few minutes, get up and start moving in any way we can. Our goal with our mini workouts is to get your heart rate up just a bit, get your blood flowing and burn a few calories.

Skip Orem (07:57):

Do whatever you want to get moving. You can dance, walk, run, cycle, whatever you want to do. If you’re doing a workout right now while listening to this episode, it’s time to crank that workout up to the next level. If you are sitting down, maybe you can’t get up, no big deal. Just start moving in any way you safely can. This is everybody a Web Radio Today mini workout.

Skip Orem (10:45):

All right, everybody, you can slow down, move a little slower, but don’t stop moving yet. Let’s take a couple of minutes and cool down from that mini workout. Right now, folks in our age group, well, we’re starting to become eligible for the COVID vaccine. Some of you may have already had yours. I’m signed up and ready to go, just waiting for a time slot to open up here in the middle Tennessee area. NBC News had a story last week about taking painkillers either before or after getting the COVID vaccine. Folks are doing that to sort of get ahead of any discomfort that might occur as a result of getting the shot.

Skip Orem (11:34)

Some people are experiencing minor discomfort from the vaccine,

so a few folks they’re taking sort of preventative measures by taking some over the counter pain medications. However, you may want to keep this in mind, certain painkillers like ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, and other brands, they might actually interfere with the vaccines effectiveness and there is some science to back that up. The NBC News article goes into more detail and I’ll link to it in the show notes for this episode. It appears people should not take painkillers as a preventative measure before getting the vaccine.

Skip Orem (12:22):

Well, the same is also true when you get the flu shot. Of course, if your doctor has prescribed any of those over the counter meds, do not stop taking them unless you talk with your doctor first. And if you’re worried how the vaccine might cause you to feel for a few hours, maybe even a day or so after you get it, well ask your healthcare provider what you should or, and this is important, should not do. And my advice as with everything we talk about on Web Radio Today, your doctor is the gold standard for medical advice. Always talk with your doctor if you’re thinking about doing anything we discuss or suggest here on the podcast.

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There has been a lot of talk lately about fasting.

Now, I don’t know how you might feel about fasting. I see the benefits, but, well overall, I’m not sure it’s a good thing. There are benefits, but there are also some risks, especially as it relates to any of us who have medical conditions. I’ve never fasted. I’ve been able to keep my weight under control by watching my calories and doing exercise. I was reading this article, though, in Medical News Today about time restricted eating. It’s a form of fasting where you limit your eating each day to like a time window, a time window of anywhere from six to 12 hours a day.

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And then once the window closes, you stop eating.

You don’t eat anymore until the next day when the window opens up again. So when that window closes, you are consuming no calories. That’s called intermittent fasting. And intermittent fasting, it might you to lose weight. They say that it can reduce insulin resistance, which lowers your risk of type two diabetes. And some studies are even showing that intermittent fasting can have some benefits toward preventing diseases. I may test this on myself for a week or so. Of course, I’m not going to do anything until I talk with my doctor first.

Skip Orem (15:17):

I don’t really need to or want to lose much weight, but I’m curious about how this intermittent fasting might improve my energy level, my alertness. And of course, I’m all for preventing diseases from getting to me. And of course, I’ll let you all know if and when I start doing this time restricted eating experiments. And again,

I have links to the articles on this time restricted eating stuff at webradiotoday.com in the show notes for this episode.

Most of us older men have heard the commercials or seen the advertisements on the internet about how we might benefit from taking extra testosterone.

Skip Orem (16:12):

Testosterone that we naturally produce in our bodies has its benefits.

It influences many physiological processes in our body. It influences our sex drive, the amount of bone mass we have, fat distribution throughout our body and the amount of muscle mass that we have. So advertisers, they understand this and they play up the need for increased testosterone in us older men. Who doesn’t want to look strong

muscular, ready for sex at the drop of a hat? That’s what you hear in a lot of these commercials. So I

urge you guys don’t respond to these ads.

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If you think for any reason that your testosterone level might be off, maybe you feel like some of these ads say you might be feeling, go to your own doctor, not one of these clinics.

Because, guys, it’s so important that your levels be checked and monitored correctly before attempting any of these changes.

While testosterone has its benefits, it can also be dangerous. You can check out the article, I’ve linked to it in the show notes at webradiotoday.com. And by all means, if you’re worried about your testosterone, check with your doctor.

Skip Orem (17:45):

The research element of the Web Radio Today Disease Fighting and Fitness Plan means exactly like we’re talking about right now, staying up to date on changes in healthcare that can have an immediate effect on your health. And especially for those of us concerned about diseases, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, skin cancer, other types of cancer.

Staying informed, doing your research, it’s so important.

Doing health research, it helps you to get a feel for what you might want to talk to your doctor about. Our doctors do a real good job of keeping themselves informed about everything new and important in their field, but they don’t have the time when they meet with us to bring us up to date on everything that’s happening.

Skip Orem (18:42):

Each of us, if we want to stay healthy, we need to do research ourselves. That’s why I’ve included research as one of the seven elements, and that’s part of what we’re here to help you do on Web Radio Today. And that’s why I’m making this commitment to you to use this podcast and our website,

webradiotoday.com, as a small aggregator of current information, health information for seniors.

Skip Orem (19:21):

I hope, everybody, that you all are starting to at least be aware of how much sugar you’re putting into your body each day.

I know some of you are actually counting sugar grams each day. There are a couple of audio bursts at webradiotoday.com, where I talk about determining how to start limiting and measuring how many grams of sugar you should limit yourself to each day. Audio burst 23.1 and 31.2 contain that information. And you can listen to them by going to webradiotoday.com and clicking on the audio burst page. We think of sugar sometimes, well just in terms of those white crystals sitting there in the sugar bowl.

Skip Orem (20:18):

Of course, sugar is in so much of what we eat.

It’s listed sometimes on the label as sugar, but actually though any form of sucrose, sugar beets and sugar cane or fructose, fruits and honey and lactose in milk and yogurt, that’s sugar, corn syrup, agave, honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, date sugar. They all might sound healthy, but they all are in fact sugar, and they are affecting your health the same way that those crystals of sugar in your sugar bowl do. Those names, sucrose, fructose, lactose, ani, coconut sugar. They might sound healthy, but they are not.

Skip Orem (21:12)

We need to think of them as added sugar. Most of the diseases we fear, the diseases that many of us are suffering from right now in our golden years, most of those diseases, guess what? Those diseases, they love sugar.

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I mentioned on a previous episode in my Bible studies recently,

I have been focusing on the life of David in The Old Testament,

and there are two qualities of David that just jumped out at me this week. I say qualities, but I think of the more as strengths. And these two strings, if we could achieve them and live them in our live, well, in addition to vastly making us better human beings, they could actually improve our health and our lives in general. Those two strengths, the first is kindness and the other is a willingness to help God help us to answer our prayers.

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That’s kind of presumptuous, don’t you think? Us helping God, but I’ll explain it in a couple of minutes what I mean by helping God to answer our prayers. First, let’s talk about this other strength, kindness.

There is a quote. It goes “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I’m old, I admire kind people.”

David, for much of his life was a very kind man. He was able to empathize with people, even his enemies, and to show sympathy for them. Well, sometimes his enemies, they didn’t know how to accept that kindness. I think some people now, the way they react to people who are being kind, they don’t understand the kindness and they think of people offering them kindness as being weak.

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But David demonstrated that being kind often requires so much courage, so much strength. We can improve our health by being kind. You know how to show kindness. You know what kindness is.

Always be looking to help people, have sympathy for them when they’re going through bad times and our enemies, people who might be mean to us or who are always angry with us, if our first goal is to show them kindness instead of anger,

it will often diffuse the whole situation. We’ve all probably heard the saying that people who want to hurt us, well, it’s actually because they’re hurting so much themselves.

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I wrote in my journal today,

I want to help God to help me be a kinder person and to react to things in a more kind way.

That’s going to be tough. I’m striving for that because I know it’ll make me a less angry person. And we all know anger, getting upset with people, it’s not good for our health or our wellbeing. And the other thing about anger, it can have a really bad effect on decisions we might make when we’re angry in the spur of the moment. Maybe we know we shouldn’t make any decisions under the influence of alcohol. Well, we also shouldn’t be making any decisions under the influence of anger.

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Calm down and think about it. Let kindness play a part in all of your decisions.

Let’s do random acts of kindness today and every day.

The other strength of David that I think can help us is to help God help us with the things that we ask for in our prayers. In The Bible, when David asked God for something, he didn’t just wait around for God to answer his prayers. He helped God with a spirit of cooperation. We need to do that.

We know that God answers prayer, but he often wants us to help him grant our request.

I pray, every night I pray to God to keep this prostate cancer that invaded my body last year and then was removed, I pray that God will keep it from coming back.

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But I need to help him answer my prayer. I need to eat right, exercise, do everything I can on my part to help God out with this.

A lot of us, we pray every night that someone we love will let Jesus back in their life,

God will help them to let Jesus back in their life. So much we want him to answer that prayer. Are we doing enough to help him with that? Are we setting a good Christian example? Are we taking whatever steps we can to help God lead that person back to Christ? Okay. So maybe it seems a little prideful to think that we can actually help God out. I think it’s more like we need to do everything we can to work with God to have our prayers answered.

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God loves us so much. His son, Jesus, sacrificed for us. He loves us so much. They do answer our prayers.

That wonderful feeling to know that Jesus loves us.

And how do we know that? Like a little children’s sang, yes, Jesus loves me. This I know for The Bible tells me so. Jesus, see, he loves us so much. He forgives us our sins, offers us eternal life. I pray that everyone listening to this podcast, I pray that Jesus is in your life. If not, just know this, know that Jesus, he’s waiting there for you. He died on the cross and then was risen again to give you forgiveness, peace and eternal life.

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Let him into your life. He’s waiting there for you.

Well, the devil is telling you that everything’s okay. You don’t need Jesus. Even if you are, you’re starting to think about Jesus, the devil is telling you no need to worry about it today. It’s plenty of time in the future to do that. After all, you’ve got so many more important things that are on your plate right now. Here’s the truth, everybody. There really is no time. You have right now. Tomorrow’s not guaranteed, the next hour, the next minute.

You can’t know the future. Let Jesus into your life today.

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You’re going to walk into any church, tell the first person you see, tell them you want to learn more

about Jesus. You’ll put a smile on their face and they’ll introduce you to your savior.

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Next week, Friday, 

February 26th, a special guided imagery session, spring affirmations.


Nashville for the Web Radio Today Podcast, I’m Skip Orem. Bye, everybody.