Tuesday, August 2, 2011

If the salt loses its saltiness....

In Medicine - low Na is known as "Hyponatremia".

There are three kinds of "Hyponatremia" - Hypovolemic, Euvolemic and Hypervolemic. In simple English - one where the body loses salt and wanter, one where body salt is normal, but there is a problem in distribution of salt due to hormonal issues and in the third situation, body water is more so that there is a relative reduction in salt.


Let me take this one by one - Hypovolemic - where the body water and salt, both are reduced because of an inadequate intake or disproportionate loss like during diarrhea or excessive sweating....A Depleted state....


Inadequate intake of "Salt" or "Kingdom values" due to a "Depleted state" of spirituality is not uncommon in our lives - in some seasons specially! How one need to guard oneself, not to be depleted...!


Hypervolemic - where there is more water - and so the salt gets diluted in the increased volume and there is a relative Na loss - an overloaded state - where one is overloaded with water...


Overload syndrome - overloading with "necessary' but more than required issues of life it be work, pleasure or ministry could lead to a "overloaded state" but reduced "saltiness"....Again another season to be weary against....


Euvolemic - is where the body is "insensitive" to some hormones  due to a inappropriate secretion of hormones (SIADH) the salt content reduces....


Insensitivity is not too uncommon in my life too - due to inappropriate life styles....again to be guarded against....


The treatment to all these are - GIve more Salt, get the water out and treat the underlying cause of insensitivity...


Spiritual loss of saltiness also need to be treated this way - spend more time imbibing the word, purge out un-necessary water and treat the cause of insensitivity...







Sunday, July 31, 2011

Spiritual dissociation...

Dissociation is defined as "partial or complete disruption of the normal integration of a person’s conscious or psychological functioning". This is one common understanding of the word dissociation. But in other situations in Medicine, the same word takes similar but lightly different meanings 


One such situation is - "Albuminocytological dissociation" - where you expect for certain number of cells in the fluid surrounding spinal cord or brain (CSF) you  a certain level of Albumin - and if you do have no or few cells but increased levels of Albumin than what is expected for the number of cells - you label this as "Albuminocytological dissociation". One of the causes of this is - Block in the spinal canal and thus the fluid flow due to tumors....If you have such a situation - you need further investigation - scanning to delineate the tumor and surgical removal of the tumor...


In life also we do see "Dissociation's" - the "Being-Doing" dissociation, "Preaching-Practice" dissociation, or the "Knowledge-Life" dissociation. Like the block in the spinal canal, life dissociation also are due to a "Block" - block in the "Perception" than a "dissociated life" is acceptable...or that "integrated" or "associated" life is not "practical" "feasible"or required....Or other blocks....!


The other life dissociation is one of "Poverty - blessedness" -" Poor in spirit - son of God"; "Inner weakness and brokenness - external resilience and tenacity"....Unlike the previous one - this dissociation is welcomed, because it is in this dissociation - flow of enabling power of God is made avoidable,...Here instead of block, there is a flow of God's enabling grace...this free flow also could deliver us from the "Being-doing" or "Knowledge-life" dissociation too....


The second situation in medicine is  "Dissociative  anesthesia" - where one will not experience pain but is aware of what is happening around him or her even though is under Anesthesia...You know what is being done to you, but you do not feel the pain....


I walk around many times as if I am under "Dissociative Anesthesia" - I know that there is injustice, brokenness, pain suffering around me - but I do not feel the pain...Again the problem is a block - block of the flow of Gods passion and compassion into my life...and out of my life....


So the answer to Dissociation is - enable free flow....pass through the scanner of the "word" and undergo the surgery by the Spirit...so that the block is removed and free flow is enabled....!

Stations on the Road to Freedom

Dietrich Bonhoeffer(1906-1945) Discipline If you set out to seek freedom, then learn above all things to govern your soul and your sense...