April 15, 2020

People have been encouraged to seek knowledge from the beginning of humankind through today and until the end of our lives. One is never too old to learn new things and benefit from that knowledge.

The Bible has well over 100 references about seeking knowledge, in both testaments. I want to cite a few of those verses to save you the time of having to look them up .

Proverbs 1:7    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 18:15     The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.

Isaiah 33:6     And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times…

Hosea 4:6       My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee.

I have seen many people do some very stupid things due to not having knowledge.  Usually that lack of knowledge is their fault.  But I’ll admit that many do not have knowledge because they were born into circumstances beyond their control.  However, it’s nobody’s fault but theirs that they never sought knowledge.

A funny anecdote was told to me by my late brother-in-law, Pete Peterson.  Pete was an avid sports fan.  He especially loved football, and the team from his home state, Nebraska – The Cornhuskers. I can’t remember the year this happened, but I never forgot the story. Nebraska was playing a better team that day and Nebraska was predicted to lose.  But Nebraska won – a very big upset.

After the game was over, a reporter and his cameramen approached one of the main players for Nebraska.  The reporter asked this player how they managed to win the game,  The player said, “We won by outsmarting our opponents.  You see this N on my jersey, that N not only stands for Nebraska, it also stands for knowledge.”  He didn’t know that knowledge started with a K, not an N..

Pete saw that game on national television.  And several of my friends who watched that game that day told me the same story.  How sad that a young man nearly through college didn’t know how to spell any better than that.

Another similar story I witnessed first hand. A good friend of mine opened a building supply store. It was one of the biggest in town.  He had thousands of invitations mailed out for people to attend his grand opening.  I got an invitation and went.  It was very packed with people as the employees were serving refreshments.

After I ate a cookie and drank some punch, I told the new owner I wanted to talk to him.  He said sure, lets step in my office.  We went to his office and I told him he was going to be very angry with his sign painter who designed his new sign and installed it.  He asked me what was the problem with it?  I said, “Well, he made a very bad typo.  He misspelled a word in your sign.”  He asked, “What was it?”

I said, “The name of your store is Builder’s Depot.  Your sign painter misspelled depot.  He spelled it depole not depot.  He said, “Will you excuse me?  I am going to call that SOB right now.  You don’t know how much that has embarrassed me in front of all my friends and customers.”

I never knew what he told his sign painter, but when I went back by his store a few day’s later, there was a bigger and prettier sign than before. And depot was spelled correctly.

These few stories were probably minor, just causing embarrassment.
But much of the time when people lack knowledge, it can lead to a major problem.

I’ll pick on myself for awhile and let other victims rest.  I’ve had many bad things happen to me for a lack of knowledge.  I’ll defend myself first by quoting the familiar adage that people don’t know what they don’t know.  But to be honest with my readers, I look back and ask myself. “Why didn’t I know?”  Again, it was my fault.

I want to just write about one catagory of my ignorance.  And this is a big one.  It’s about my health.  Some issues I could have avoided had I had the right knowledge.

I’ll start with my thyroid condition. It started about 40 years ago when I was diagnosed with an overactive thyroid.  I was losing weight rapidly while on the same diet and doing the same activities. And I had gotten very irritable and nervous.  Sandra told me she was making me an appointment with our family doctor.  He suspected an overactive thyroid and sent me to an endocrinologist.  He told me that I did have an overactive thyroid and needed to take a dose of radioactive iodine. That that woud kill part of the thyroid and I would be okay until sometimes when I got into middle age.

The doctor was right. When I got a little older, my thyroid became underactive. I gained a lot of weight over the next several years even though another doctor prescribed a medicine to replace the hormone I was not getting enough of.

I had gained so much weight that I asked my family doctor to run some tests on me and see how my thyroid was doing.  He ran a lot of tests and told me that the resulting numbers came back all within normal range and that my thyroid medicine was the correct dose.  So, I figured the doctors must be right.  But I had a gut feeling there was something wrong, or I wouldn’t continue having all the symptoms associated with a low thyroid.

A few months ago, I went to my new family doctor here in Longview, Texas, and asked her to do a thyroid test.  She did, and told me, too, that all the results looked normal.

I wasn’t satisfied, so I started reasearching for myself.  I read everyplace I could think of, starting by utilizing the internet.

I finally ran across a Medical doctor in Florida who had also started using holistic medicine about twenty years ago.  He publishe a medical news letter that came out monthly.  I also subscribed to two other medical newsletters from prominate and nationally known doctors.

My research paid off.  I gained a lot of knowledge about underactive thyroids.  One of the doctors said he had treated thousands of patients with underactive thyroids.  Most of them were older and had nearly given up ever getting relief from their underactive thyroids. All had been told their numbers were in normal range.

But this doctor  I was reading from said after he tested all those paitients, that nearly every one of them had an iodine deficiency.  The main problem with having an underactive thyroid.  He recommend to those paintents to buy  some iodine and take 25 mg. per day.

That’s what I decided to do.  But I didn’t want to overdo it so I just started with 12.5 mg per day.  Then a few days later, I cut down to taking only 6.25 mg per day.

Many of my symptome have already gone away over having an underactive thyroid.

My heart-rate had been around 49 to 52 beats per minute for several years.  That was way too low.  Consequently, I was cold all the time.  I had to wear a coat even in the summer time . Now my heart rate has been from 55 to 66 beats per minute. I’m not freezing all the time.

However, I asked my family doctor to refer me to an endocrine doctor.  I got a call from my doctor’s nurse yesterday that they are getting me an appointment scheduled.  I appear to be doing much better.

But that’s just one problem I’ve solved.  Sandra has had type 2 diabetes for years.  Her cholesterol was about 225 and her blood sugar was around 136 consistently.

My research (knowledge) led me to know what to do to help Sandra.  She quit eating sugary foods (including no sodas at all, not even diet sodas) and started eating healthier.  She has lost 25 pounds (that’s 35% off her former weight).  Now her blood sugar is averaging around 90 and her cholesterol has come down a lot under 200.

I have spent 100’s of hours on research trying to do whatever I could to get Sandra and myself healthier.  And we are both doing better.

I have read from many doctors that you have to be your own advocate. That nobody would be as interested in you as you are about yourself.  I have discovered that that’s a very true statement.

Knowledge can open up a brand new world to you, a new beginning.  So whatever you need, what’s holding you back?  I’ll answer that.  Only yourself.

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God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley