Friday, June 26, 2009
One of the biggest and most successful pop stars Michael Jackson is no more....
collect on....(Rajesh Mirchandani
BBC News )
Michael Jackson was brought here to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles around 12 hours ago. Earlier there were several hundred people here, before it got dark - there was a sense of grief, of disbelief.
But in the last few hours, these people have been singing his songs, dancing, there was a guy on a keyboard earlier, playing his songs for people to dance along to.
This has turned into an impromptu celebration of Michael Jackson's music. He's the king of pop as far as they're concerned. They're still shocked by his sudden death but they're here because they want to show their support.
when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back,"
Few people could match his earning ability, having produced the all-time best-selling album, Thriller.
But the singer who rewrote the rules of pop ran out of cash to fund his lavish lifestyle, and hoped a 50-date tour in London would rebuild his finances.
Prosecutors in his 2005 trial on child abuse charges, of which he was cleared, described him as a "spendaholic".
They said he had a "billionaire spending habit for only a millionaire's spending budget".
Michael Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but whose musical genius was overshadowed by a bizarre lifestyle and sex scandals, died on Thursday. He was 50.
Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PDT (2126 GMT) after arriving at a Los Angeles hospital in full cardiac arrest, said Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The cause of death was not known and an autopsy would likely take place on Friday, he said.
Paramedics were called to the singer's Beverly Hills home at about midday on Thursday after he stopped breathing.
He was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre. Jackson's brother, Jermaine, said he was believed to have suffered a cardiac arrest.
Jackson, who had a history of health problems, had been due to stage a series of comeback concerts in the UK, beginning on 13 July.
Speaking on behalf of the Jackson family, Jermaine said doctors had tried to resuscitate the star for more than an hour without success.
He added: "The family request that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time."
"And Allah be with you Michael, always. I love you."
TV footage showed the star's body flown from UCLA to the LA County Coroner's office where a post-mortem is expected to take place on Friday.
Concerns were raised last month when four of Jackson's planned comeback concerts were postponed, but organisers insisted the dates had been moved due to the complexity of staging the show.
Jackson was taken ill at home and his personal physician tried to resuscitate him but could not, his brother Jermaine told reporters. Jackson was taken by paramedics to the hospital, where doctors worked for more than an hour to try to revive him before pronouncing him dead, the brother said.
Known as the "King of Pop," for hits that included "Thriller" and "Billie Jean," Jackson's dramatic, one-gloved stage presence and innovative dance moves were imitated by legions of fans around the world.
His lifetime record sales tally was believed to be around 750 million, and with his 13 Grammy Awards and boundary-breaking music videos he was one of the most successful entertainers of all time.
But Jackson's belief that "I am Peter Pan in my heart," his preference for the company of children, his friendship with a chimp, his high-pitched voice and numerous plastic surgeries also earned him critics and the nickname "Wacko Jacko."
Jackson led a reclusive life after his acquittal in 2005 on charges of child molestation, the second time he had faced ultimately unproved allegations of abuse of young boys.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
What it is and advice on how to deal with it .
Identifying the symptoms and getting help .
Up to ten per cent of people with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia are male, and the cause is unknown. Researchers have suggested that they stem from the pressures of a weight-conscious western society, family or relationship problems, and physical and neurological changes in susceptible people. It seems likely that several factors are at work.
One of the main problems in eating disorders is 'body image disturbance' or dysmorphia. The illnesses cause a person to have a very inaccurate perception of their own shape and body weight.
Asked to stand beside a door, for example, a man with anorexia might think he 'blocks out' the whole doorway because he is so overweight; looking at his thin forearm and bony hand, he might think he is covered in unsightly fat.
Research has suggested that male bodybuilders might have similar kinds of body image disturbance to that experienced by people with anorexia.
To confirm the diagnosis, the patient must, mistakenly, think they're too heavy, and be dieting to lose weight. People with anorexia usually have a body mass index of less than 17.5.
Other ways of trying to lose weight include:
extreme 'fat-free' diets
making yourself sick after meals
purging with laxative and diuretic drugs
Some people with diabetes or thyroid problems manipulate their medication to promote weight loss.
Although anorexia means 'loss of appetite', people with anorexia are often very hungry - and may have a strong interest in watching others eat, or in helping to prepare their food.
Bulimia shares the body image disturbance of anorexia, but people with this condition are more likely to be of normal weight, and binge eating and purging is more of a problem than dieting.
Living with an eating disorder
The consequences are serious. Not only is it difficult to maintain a normal social life, but the illness often causes intense family upset, and it's not easy to remain fit and alert at work.
The body's systems have to work hard to adjust to the changed metabolism caused by abnormal diet, and dangerous changes can occur - particularly when people are making themselves vomit.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists factsheet lists some common problems.
How to get help
Treatment needs to be long term, and is best carried out by a psychiatrist or psychologist. Some drugs, such as 'SSRI' antidepressants can help, particularly regulating binge eating.
Sometimes negative or worrying thoughts can take over.
It's the curse of our modern age, so how do you deal with it? Suicide
What are the risk factors?
Some ways to cope with stress:
Accept offers of practical help
Do one thing at a time - don't keep piling stress on stress
Know your own limits - don't be too competitive or expect too much of yourself
Talk to someone
Let off steam in a way that causes no harm (shout, scream or hit a pillow)
Walk away from stressful situations
Try to spend time with people who are rewarding rather than critical and judgmental
Practise slow breathing using the lower part of the lungs
Use relaxation techniques.
One response to stress can be anger. Find out more about anger management.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Totally deep in the touchable love of God....
We can spend many years of our lives out of place--trying to be accepted by the world, burdened by insecurities, buried in guilt, and full of emptiness in our hearts--or we can live a life of supernatural peace in God's presence.
If we lack the understanding of who we really are in Christ, we will walk around with an orphan spirit, but God has adopted us as sons and daughters. We are children of a great and mighty God; It's just that some of us do not realize this truth.
As you may know from previous articles, I have lived for years under the spirit fear and it was not until I was immersed in God's love that the burden of fear was lifted off of me. It was one of the first days that I got to experience constant peace. It was the day God let me feel His love for me.
We should know that it is when God reveals His perfect love to us that we are able to really love both ourselves and others unconditionally. After all, God Himself is the definition of Love. "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love" (1 John 4:8).
“I remember the first time I was knowingly immersed in the Love of God. My entire being was consumed with the love of Father God. I was one of many in an outside congregation of people attending The Call DC on August 16, 2008. I was freely dancing in uninhibited, abandoned worship to God and as I danced, I began to feel wave after wave after wave of the Father's love filling me and totally consuming my entire being.
After that encounter, I noticed that I had a deep love for the people around me--even the ones I did not know-- It was the love of God coming through me. As a matter of fact, I saw a girl bowing on her knees with her head to the ground praying and I just felt compelled to go up to her and tell her, "I love you." That is the pure love of God. He had just baptized me in His love and now I had plenty of His love to give away. I became totally fearless in love.