A Big Punch In The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer: A Possibility For Early Detection

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer and has been primarily because it is often found late.  There have been no means of detecting it early enough to allow time for intervention to save lives.   According to an article published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it is predicted that 50,000 people will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year with only 7% likely to survive for five years.  It is very often insidious and fatal.

It is strongly linked to cigarette-smoking; likely due to the nicotine which is a known cancer-causing agent.  In fact, it is found high numbers of cigarette smokers.  It has also been strongly linked to diabetes; likely related to the role of the pancreas in the control of diabetes.  With type-1 diabetes, there are no beta cells functioning in the pancreas to release insulin for blood sugar control in the body. With type-2 diabetes, there are some functioning beta cells.  Tumors called bezoars are found on the pancreas.  Consider also the fact that many artificial sweeteners have a warning on their packaging stating that they have been known to cause cancer in laboratory test animals.  The development of pancreatic cancer itself may arise from a combination of the two:  cigarette-smoking and diabetes.  Also, diabetes is an illness which tends to have high numbers among African-Americans; even gestational diabetes which is found during pregnancy. Research continues.

However, the same NIH article gives an array of hope for early detection.  It highlights the results of a recent research study which found and tested fluid-filled sacs called exosomes released by cells.  They tested both normal cells and cells with cancer.  They found a substance marker called GPC-1 common to the cancer cells which was noted to be in high numbers in late pancreatic cancer and lower numbers in early pancreatic cancer. In one instance, this marker was detected in pancreatic cancer when no tumors were noted on imaging.

This is ground-breaking!  Pancreatic cancer has been found so late that no chemotherapy, radiation, or surgical intervention was even feasible. Researchers note in the article that having such an early means of finding pancreatic cancer can lead to having more time to treat with more treatment options.

Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House will keep you posted of any updates on this huge punch in the fight against pancreatic cancer.  Stay tuned also to the Official Website of D.M. Blake for the next upcoming issue of her AfricAm Health Focus News Journal; which provides up-to-date health information on a personalized level.

In the meantime, stay well.   Avoid cigarette smoking.  Even if you do smoke tobacco, it is never too late to quit.  The beneficial effects on the body begin to take shape as soon as you quit! In fact, the lungs can regenerate themselves if you quit timely, but it will take the same amount of time that you have smoked. They are only beyond repair after twenty years.  There is hope!

In addition, stay active, exercise, and keep a healthy diet low in fat, salt, and concentrated sweets with plenty of fruits, vegetables, fiber, and water.  These actions alone keep your weight under control.  Weight is the number one predisposing factor in the development of diabetes.  Exercise actually helps to control blood sugar because the blood sugar is used during uptake at the muscle level during the exercise.

Let us celebrate the newly found hope of early detection of pancreatic cancer by packing our own punch in the fight against the disease.  Join the fight against pancreatic cancer yourself on an individual level.  Follow all of these healthy tips to stay well!  The fight against pancreatic cancer goes on!


D.M. Blake, a.k.a. Dana Morris-Blake, is a Family Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nurse, and Medical/Legal Consultant with 22 years of experience in healthcare in a variety of fields including medical/surgical acute care, long term care/geriatrics, primary care, disease management, skilled nursing and rehabilitation, public health, and employee health.  She is in private practice as the sole Family Nurse Practitioner and Director of Beckett-Graves Health & Wellness, a Nurse-Practitioner-run family practice providing primary care.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Mauldin Publishing & Literacy House, the publisher of her quarterly AfricAm Health Focus News Journal.

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Spread the Good News of the Gospel of Love No Matter What: Learn to shake it off and keep it moving!

As the children of God and soldiers in the Army of Christ, it is expected of us to go forth into the world and preach the good news.  Jesus shed his blood on the cross; was crucified, died, but rose on the third day and is seated at the right hand of God making intercession for all of us.  He who knew no sin took on the sins of the world that we may be made righteous through Him by our faith.  We have been reconciled with the Heavenly Father and given the gift of everlasting life having accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We must spread the gospel of love so that it is heard.

Acknowledging the presence, even since the days of the old testament, of the antichrist (anyone who doesn’t accept Jesus as Lord and Savior), various religions, various doctrines of men, as well as various traditions of men; let us realize that the gospel of love a.k.a the good news will not truthfully always be heard.  It is a fact that some will accept it, some will reject it, and some will consider it.

Jesus said in Luke 24:47, “…And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations beginning at Jerusalem.”  In John 21: 17, Jesus spoke to Simon Peter yet a third time saying, “Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?”  Peter was grieved because he had said it unto him a third time, “Lovest thou me?”  Peter said unto Jesus, “Lord thou knowest all things; thou knowest I love thee.”  Jesus then said unto him, “Feed my sheep.”  3 John 5-8 states, “Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church:  whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:  Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.”

We must not only preach the good news spreading the gospel of love for the teaching of repentance and remission of sins, but also serve as examples of God’s holy ones acting as fellowhelpers to the truth that others may choose to follow the godly sort that we show and represent.

If you ever encounter resistance in the midst of spreading the gospel, know how to handle those who oppose themselves and are resistant to The Truth.  In Acts 18:6, the Apostle Paul encountered such resistance while preaching in Corinth.  He met a group that not only opposed themselves, but also went even further to blaspheme.  The bible states that Paul shook his raiment and said unto them, “…Your blood be upon your own heads, I am clean:  from hence forth I will go unto the Gentiles.”

Remember, some will accept it, some will reject it, and some will consider it.  Like the Apostle Paul, shake it off!  We have to shake it off and keep it moving!  Let it roll off our backs if the good news is rejected and move forward preaching the good news to yet more people…and keep on spreading the gospel of love.

Nothing occurs by accident.  Every encounter happens at an appointed time.  2 Timothy 2:25 states, “”…If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth…” This means that there will likely be yet another appointed encounter for those individuals at an appointed time.

So, soldier in the Army of Christ, keep doing what you do serving the Lord no matter what!  Shake it off and keep it moving!

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God’s Way or No Way: Do Not Confuse His Great Mercy

In Psalm 145:8, the bible states, “The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”  Many may confuse His great mercy as a green light to sin, sin, and keep on sinning.  Yes, God will give us mercy.  However, it is God’s command that we do not sin.  In fact, he wants us to turn away from the sin and repent of it.   This means that we stop sinning, confess our sin to the Lord asking for forgiveness, and then turn away from the sin.

It is God’s way or no way.  God will not tolerate your sin.  Don’t confuse God’s mercy with tolerance of your sin.  Mercy is what you get until you have some type of epiphany or realization that you cannot continue with sinning as you have.  You come to yourself, telling yourself that things must change.

It is never too late to turn away from sin and submit to God.  What a beautiful thing to know that God’s love for us is unconditional, so much so that he offers His mercy in addition to his love in those darkest times when we are most undeserving.

Understand God’s mercy during your time of sin as a back-up shield protecting you from the full fall.  He will catch you as you are never falling alone.  Repent.  Turn away from your sin.  Submit to God.  It is God’s way or no way.


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The Right Approach: Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

The Right Approach:  Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God

In Matthew 6:33, the bible states, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all things shall be added unto you.”  This growth and operational approach is extremely necessary for appropriate order in all things in your life.  You will begin to grow as a Christian; walking with Christ.  This is the growth aspect.  You will begin to operate in a way that is aligned with God and the things of God.  This is the operational aspect.

As things are added unto you, which is your abundance of blessings hand-crafted and hand-picked by God with your name written on them, you will be better equipped as a Child of God to handle with care everything that he has placed in your hands.  These are the things over which you have stewardship (responsibility).  Without the right approach, you risk ruining everything given to you.  God has to work on you to get you to a place where you are able to handle your blessings.  It all starts with seeking Him.

God is and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  So, seek Him and the kingdom of God first to grow and operate as God would have you to do.  Pray at least daily committing to at least 20 minutes.  Join a church.  Take notes on the sermon while in church.  Begin your own personal bible study using those sermon notes.  As you learn hearing the word, become a doer of the word.  As you connect with God, begin to follow his guidance as He speaks over your life.  Have yourself ready, able, and equipped to be that good and faithful steward which God is calling you to be.  Take the right approach!


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Ease of Transformation to Holiness: Become A New Creature in Righteousness

One of the biggest obstacles that we face as Christians is the realization that we cannot continue to live in the same frame of mind as was taught, witnessed, seen, learned, etc.  In order to grow as Christians, we must renew our minds.  The things that our elders and ancestors have said, have done, or have thought are not things that we are to continue saying, doing, or thinking simply because that is what they chose.  These are generational curses and traditions of men; carnal ways and traditions which became the norm in families and cultures passed on generation to generation.

The Apostle Paul talks about this in Romans 12: 1-3.  He states that, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God; which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove that which is that good, acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” In order to renew our minds, we must be sure to avoid conforming to these generational curses and traditions in order to be transformed into holiness with new creation righteousness; a new creature with a new nature.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  Although he knew no sin, he became sin that we may be made righteous in Him.  Righteousness is our free gift, but holiness is what we strive to perfect.

We can accomplish this through the renewing of our minds; a growing process.  We are Christians under construction.  We are constantly growing and learning with each trial and tribulation; which is an opportunity to exercise that holiness with new creation righteous. It is just like learning a new craft or trade.  The more that you exercise it, the better that you become at it and the more you grow in it.  You begin to make a transition from a “carnal mindset” to a “spirit-led mindset.”

As we experience these trials and tribulations, Satan will get in your ear; speaking those lies and pushing you into a life of sinful and wicked deeds and ways.  He wants you to react through what is evil.  However, you don’t have to accept his evil thoughts, ideas, and suggestions.  Remember that the devil uses people; placing them in a snare with the assignment of bringing you and/or your offender down.  We don’t wrestle against flesh, but against demonic spirits, principalities, and wickedness in high places.  That person who offended you is not in control, but being used by a demonic spirit.  Do not succumb to what Satan is trying to do.  Instead, change your mindset to one that is “spirit-led.”  Tell the devil that you rebuke him in name of the Lord Jesus and focus on WWJD:  What Would Jesus Do.  If it will cause any type of strife, hurt, hate, anger, discomfort, displeasure, or conflict, it is not of God.  Turn it off from your mind like flicking a light switch from “on” to “off,” to escape from that mindset that is “carnal.”  Remember, we don’t have to speak, act, or think like our elders and ancestors have in the past or according to what he have seen or heard growing up.  We can choose to speak, act, and think differently; as God would have us to do.

How do you get started?  It is great that you asked!  Remember the mnemonic:   T.A.S.K.

  • T = Take heed to thyself. Proverbs 2:10.
  • A = Act wisely. Proverbs 18:25.
  • S = Speak well and not of evil. Philipians 4:8
  • K = Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit. Galatians 5:19-22.

Take heed to thyself (T).  Proverbs 2:10-11 states, “When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul.  Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee…”  To have discretion means that you act and speak in such a way that does not offend.  In having discretion, you do take heed to yourself.  You are mindful of how you act and speak with a focus on the avoidance of offending someone.  This is a “spirit-led” mindset; avoiding that which is carnal.

Act wisely (A).  Psalms 18:25 states, “With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful; with an upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright; With the pure thou wilt show thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.”  We show mercy when we take the back seat, act as the peacemaker, allow someone to think they are right, or anything that stops evil in its tracks.  Every thing doesn’t require a response or action.  It is okay to ignore things.  It is okay let people think they are right.  It is okay to let people think that they “win” or have some type of upper hand.  In doing so, you deem yourself merciful and upright.  Great is your reward in heaven. You have the true victory.

Speak well and not of evil (S).  Philippians 4:8 states, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report:  if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  This is the basis of being “spirit-led.”  You strive to focus on those things that are positive and of virtue.  In doing so, you don’t give in to that which is ungodly or evil.  You set your mind upon that which is holy and good.

Know the works of the flesh to avoid them and understand the fruit of the spirit (K).  Galatians 5:19-23 states, “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these:  Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envying, murders, drunkenness, reveling, and such like:  of which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.”  The works of the flesh are all ungodly things.  If you focus on being spirit-led and recognize these works for what they are, you will understand and set your mind on the fruit of the spirit:  love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

You are sure to transform to holiness and become a new creature in righteousness with a renewed mind by exercising these four principles.  Will you ever slip up, backslide, and do something carnal?  Sure.  It is work in progress.  Remember, you are a Christian under construction; building yourself up in your most Holy Faith.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Keep growing; persevering in your faith in the name of Jesus!


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God’s Gift of Free Will: Understand it and be not deceived.

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God’s Gift of Free Will: Understand it and be not deceived.

God’s Gift of Free Will:  Understand it and be not deceived

I once heard a famous celebrity make the statement, “A just God wouldn’t send his children to Hell.”  Although very indicative of a lack of knowledge, the statement is actually true.  God would not and does not send His children to Hell.

God commanded the great flood to wipe out the earth due to the vast sin and iniquity of Sodom and Gomorrah.  The sins were many and of different types.  After the great flood, God promised not to do that again.  Genesis 8:22 states, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.”  Unfortunately, today’s society is plagued by sins similar to those of the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

God instead chose to give us free will; the free will to choose life or choose death. Deuteronomy 30:19 states, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  

Choosing life means that you choose Jesus; accepting Him as Lord and Savior.  John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  So many people want to accept Him as “savior,” but not, “lord.”  Accepting Him as Lord means that you live a life of obedience to God’s word according to the commandments and fulfill God’s purpose for your life.

People want to live how they want to live; even if living a life of works which are not of God or living a life which is not lined up with God’s purpose.  In Jeremiah 1:5 of the New American Standard Bible, the Lord states, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…”  God knew you before He formed you; as you were when born.  His purpose for your life began at that time; everything written with your destiny set beforehand.  Many have veered away from God’s purpose for their lives.  Many are living a life of sin against God’s commands.

We can repent and turn away from sin; to sin no more.  God doesn’t remember our sin.  John 2:1 states, “And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father through Jesus Christ the righteous.”  The connection is Jesus; no man enters the kingdom except through Jesus Christ.  Jesus’ blood was shed for you and I.  He died on the cross for our sins; taking on the sins of the world.

Choosing death means that you choose a life of sin.  You continue to live contrary to God’s purpose for your life, do not obey His commandments, live a life of sin, and have not accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior.  You have no intention of repenting from your sinful lifestyle and ways.  You basically choose death.

Those who choose life will have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  It is important to remember that being “saved” doesn’t determine the placing of your name in the book.  If we lose His righteousness, we risk losing the listing of our name in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  Phillipians 2:12 states, “Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”  

Stay in constant renewal of the mind so as not to be transformed by this world. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name have done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Choose life by choosing to give your life to Jesus.  He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly.  Then, keep your life lined up with the things of God, so that you keep your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and don’t go to Hell.

Clearly, God doesn’t “send” His children to Hell.  When you choose death, you choose Hell. Again, choosing a life of sin and rejecting Jesus means that you choose death.  It is your choice; based on your gift of free will.

We can all work out our salvation.  It is a simple choice:  choose life or choose death.  Going to Hell means that, when Jesus returns and the trumpet blows, you will not be going to Heaven.  Again, this is based on your choice.  If one does go to Hell, it is what they chose.

It is not too late.  There is still time.  Give your life to Jesus.  Accept Him as your Lord and Savior.  Repent and turn away from your sin.  Live a life of obedience to God’s word and His commandments.  Exercise your gift of free will with the right choice:  choose life!


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