Thursday, June 30, 2016

For Mental Health: Healing by Christ & Song

by Dr Margaret Aranda

June marks the end of Mental Health Month in the USA. We have shared many Pins, blogs, Tweets, and supportive prayers for many during this time.

* The bombing of Istanbul International Airport has devastated many, wreaking havoc on mental health and PTSD.

* People that you know have died, or been stricken with an illness that seems to have no hope left for a long, enjoyable life. Your heart hurts.

* You wish you could go back and make things different. You need to know that God was there as you were formed in your mother's womb. You were never, and you have never been alone.

* This song is for you.

* Listen in silence.

* Walk upon the waters.

Video. Oceans where my Feet Fail. If Jesus can walk on the waters, and He is holding His hand out to you in your storms and lightening and thunder.....then take His hand. Trust Him. You shall walk upon the waters too, wherever He shall lead you.

Christ is your Savior.



Monday, June 27, 2016

Eye-Witnesses: What did They Say about The Face of JESUS CHRIST?

by Dr Margaret Aranda

What did Jesus really look like? Dark brown hair? Beard?

What about His eyes?

Were His eyes similar to those of a newborn baby, filled with pure and undefiled Love?

Video. The True Faces of Jesus. Many thanks to YouTube Suscriber MLordandGod.
This Historical accounting is as beautiful as it is timeless.

As I watched this accounting, it amazed me to think of the people that actually did meet Christ in person. This video exudes the Eye-Witness statements of people of Jesus' day who actually did meet him in person.

More than that alone, can we all strive to be like Jesus?
Do people see "love" radiation from your eyes?
Do you have a "presence," and "aura" of love and gentle-kindness plain to see?

Each one of us is left to look at what was said of the man, the man in front of them!
And see how much more you can truly be!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

To Honor: PTSD in Veterans and First Responders

by Dr Margaret Aranda

War Troopers were once considered "chickens" when they looked as if they were shirking from assignments. Much like the black sheep in a family, it is not hard to imagine how they were ostracized as "the weakest link in the chain" in mortal combat.

These emotionally-disturbed warriors became sufferers of the "Friendly Fire" of emotional proportions in that they may not have lost their lives, but they did lose the lives that they once had. And they lost them forever.

No one knew that the scenes of battle had scarred their brains, their emotions, rendering them paralyzed from bodily and emotional shock. But today, we know that this syndrome is multidimensional, called Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

In combat on the front lines, I propose a closer look at a scenario with two different and unique "Impending Veteran PTSDs." Look at the first image below, and evaluate the situation as best as you can, before reading the caption under the image. What do you think is going on here?

Image 1. Two Possible "Impending Veteran PTSD" Patients.  This is imperative for family and friends to understand, so SHARE and spread it wide. See the raw emotions. Hear the bombs, the screams, and see the blood and body parts fly. They aren't just body parts. Those were their buddies that they loved and lost.

Don't think that your life is seriously all that bad if you get this far to read this post, okay? Traumatized people are warriors who fight to live every day, and millions have "Invisible Disabilities" that stay with them day and night. Just be aware of this for starters and put yourself out of your insignificant complaints that are minuscule, in comparison. Image Courtesy of the Christian Youth Musicians' YouTube video, "NF" . Note: For those with warfare PTSD, the video will provoke your PTSD again. Some Veterans cannot and should not watch the video. Others will find great comfort in knowing that they aren't the only ones that know how they feel. Caregivers and significant others may glean an epiphany of understanding that makes them understand and have compassion.

Image Assessment: It is plain to see that the soldier with the helmet wants to go run to our right, perhaps to help another soldier. Equally easy to see is the soldier on the left, who is pulling him back, preventing him from running into a hopeless situation. To me, it's like a scenario that firemen regularly see in front of a burning house.
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Transpose it to the World: People in despair, some who literally want to run inside their burning building, have others that are holding them back, screaming some 'sense' into them, as if anything makes sense.
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There are two "Impending PTSD's:" (1) the Primary 'Patient' and (2) the First Responder. The 'Primary Patient' is in severe distress; the First Responder is pulling the Primary Patient back. Who suffers the most? Do they suffer equally? Are their responses to stress the same, or are there too many variables to differentiate?

How deep can these feelings of desperation be put into words? How does the world stop turning?

The "Primary Patient:" The body's 'Flight or Fight' reflex for survival has him wanting to "Fight." His adrenal glands are secreting adrenaline, or epinephrine into his blood stream. He wants to run. Every muscle and every bone in his body wants to move forward, and he does not care if that means that he will die, too. He wants to die trying to save his fellow warrior. He is noble, caring, loving, honorable, and so much more. This instant of time is forever etched in his brain. It is a MAXED OUT, intensely vivid high state of instinctual survival. The stress response is normal for survival.

The "First Responder:" Similarly to firemen, paramedics, Emergency Room (ER) doctors, ER nurses, and military Meddacs, there is no time to think of anything but 'saving' the Primary Patient. Charged with the professional Duty of saving the "Primary Patient," the "First Responder" puts aside her own emotions and visions of the scene, and is the logical, pragmatic operative who 'saves' the Primary Patient. Inside, the First Responder can be literally sickened inside, holding back her own gut-wrenching vomit longing to be expelled. But she can not, and she does not show it. She may actually even "gag." She "gets over it," and then continues with her Duty as if nothing happened inside her.

Now, look at the this image, taken just seconds later. Think about the two soldiers again, before reading the caption below. What is your assessment of the "Impending PTSD?"

Image 2. Realization of Defeat. After some time, the warrior is swayed by the First Responder. The "Primary Patient" listens to the external pleading, the screaming familiar voice that allows him, no, makes him hold himself back. In defeat to the loss of rescuing his comrade, he passionately cries without considering what anyone else thinks of him.

With PTSD, perhaps the warrior never stops crying and can hope that with proper treatment, he will be able to live a 'normal' life again. He may always have "triggers" like the smell of blood, or the sound of fireworks, that "set off" the PTSD, putting him back into Image 1. But he is changed forever. He can, and he must go on to live his life the way that his comrade would have wanted him to....perhaps to settle down, get married, and have children of his own that join the military. Just like his father did, and his father's father.

Image Assessment: Warrior #1 submits to defeat, as First Responder #2 realizes that he has succeeded in swaying Warrior #1's actions. Warrior #2 has probably saved the life of Warrior #1. 
Transpose it to the World: Firefighters, paramedics, Meddacs, ER doctors & nurses can suffer from the trauma of seeing others in extreme situations where difficult life-and-death choices had to be made. There may not be a "winning" Duty. There may be no sense of accomplishment on the one hand: although he saved the life of Warrior #1 today, it is the 100th time that he has done this.  

The "Primary Patient:" After the Fight or Flight reflex subsides, and the adrenaline stops flowing, Warrior #1 will BOTTOM OUT. There, in an instant of time, is no more cause to 'survive.' He has given in, saved his own life, and like Star Trek's Spock, it is the only logical thing to do. But he still has the scenes, the sounds, the echoes of his Buddy's memory, laughter, farts, and hangovers to hold on to. Someday, he will reach his own equilibrium, and there are many phase to go through: The Stages of Grief, and more. There are things that can help with the trauma. God heals. Time heals. Prayer heals, as does the family, friends, and even the dog. If everything seems to fail, there is always hope that a new/different approach will arise. Together with Lenkey Harrison and others, we're bringing you closer to equilibrium.

The "First Responder:" Undergoes PTSD as well, which is why firemen, ER doctors, and Trauma Surgeons get 'burnout' and problems with alcohol, family relationships, or other negative areas. Retired fireman Lenkey Harrison has a novel method of self-help tools to gather internal resources, de-stress, and heal PTSD without specifically focusing on it and drilling the stress back into the body and mind. The method is described here, at "Raise Your Resilience."

So, let us open a new door to talk about PTSD in both patients with trauma, and in the First Responders. Because "It's About Time."

Güzelim / My Beauty - Selim Yeniçeri

Check out the Dedication, my friends.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Today, there are many, many worldwide helplines and lifelines that are alternatives to calling a HOTLINE when you feel desperately hopeless SUICIDE. They are waiting to give you hope.

List of helplines and lifelines (I tried to focus on Youth)
*   USA : the
*   USA :
*   Australia : the
*   Australia :
*   Canada : the
*   UK :

*** These are helplines and Lifelines for Counsel and a Listening EUR. ***

* USA: 


Monday, June 13, 2016

#WHATISTHEPOSITIVE - The Birth of a Smiling Warrior after Tragedy - PART I

by Dr Margaret Aranda

Dr Margaret Aranda is "known" for "always smiling." How can that be so, after all the sufferings and tragedies in every fiber within each style being? Where does she 'pull out' the Positive?

Image 1 Dr. Aranda's Smile.  What trials has to give this warrior for your inspiration? 
Let's look at each memoir:

  • Age 12 First job:  Picking garlic with migrant farm worker 's in Gilroy, CA; 
    • hot sun, "Lean on Me" by Bill Wuthers ... still stuck in each memory to this day;
    • still the inspiration of this warrior Gains, to help others in distress.

  • Age 13, 'Mother' to 6 siblings : Making sandwiches 35 / weekend for school lunches; 
    • the unknown warrior with the 'conquered' making French Toast, pancakes & amp; bacon for breakfast, creme puffs on weekends, and 
    • It made her first Thanksgiving dinner for all ~ quite the self-inspiring memory;
    • she still smiles at this one.

  • Age 14, Running Away :   Sleeping in the cold bushes every weekend;
    • memories of the LAPD driving by with them hug Search Light; 
    • drinking beer in the park with friends, all "under-age;"
    • shoplifting,  but not charged ~ seemingly headed to be a Juvenile Deliquent;
    • All Things NOT looking some inspiring or positive, for certain.

  • Age 15, No more Running Away:   Best friend fatally shot in the head and left in a ditch;
    • a never-to-be-forgotten memory, burning an impression on her psyche;
    • confusion, re-assessment, each owner stopped dead in tracks, the warrior-to-be is style.

  • Age 16, Left Home:   Testing out of high school;
    • everlasting memory: each School Counselor said she would FAIL the Exam; 
    • (Now, that was NOT POSITIVE, was it?) NOT the kind of "POSITIVE" that she ever wanted to be for anyone else, ever. 
    • the warrior Gains determination and positive inspiration from defeating the odds.

  • Age 18, Got Married:  Concluding 7yrs later that she was more in love with the 'idea' of being married, and less in love with the idea of being a battered wife
    • Calif. Cosmetology License:  Working as Cosmetologist in Encino Hair Salon;
    • Calif. Real Estate License:  Working as a Real Estate Agent  in Northridge, CA;

  • Age 19  Birth of Son:   Best thing ever. 
    • bursting, exploding rush of love, sentiment, warrior-hood, "Mama Bear" attitude.

  • Age 20,  Had a  miscarriage :   Worst thing ever. Bad, bad memory. Horrible. 
    • the warrior with the first trembled and cried;
    • than that, the warrior with the sacks that to rumble. 

... The warrior memoirs are now too big for more. But ...

.................. Does she still smile? Check this out and see what you think

Video 1 #WHATISTHEPOSITIV Guest Interview: Dr. Margaret Aranda at the 8 minute mark.   Very difficult memoirs, warrior style, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and all. 
But she hides it and later recounts the memories on her own. 
You decide if a positive attitude makes a difference ;-) and offers inspiration. 

Stay tuned for more upbeat, overcoming, FIGHTING, WARRIOR Attitude! 
Next: #WHATISTHEPOSITIV - The Battle Continues - PART II 

Twitter: @Medibasket

Friday, June 10, 2016

Coming Soon: Dr. Aranda's Course ~ "Getting Closer to Understanding God during Hard TImes"

by Dr.  Margaret Aranda

I have my own little secrets that I use 
every day  to keep myself persevering.  In Stepping from the Edge, there are 10 Lessons and 10 Workbook assignments to do after each Chapter.  

Image One. Picture from the Movie,  Australia I received inspiration for  Stepping from the Edge  from one particular scene in this movie,  Australia  with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. 

... Watch Australia  first, and then ...
read Stepping from the Edge Workbook . ..    
T hat's your first assignment. 
T hen, you will be inspired to persevere, and to conquer !!   

(Try to guess which movie scene inspired me to write the book.)

So many times, I opened my eyes to another morning, and thanked God for the day. I could not walk. I could not talk. I felt like a "blob" of human tissue, sewn together at the seams. I was standing on the edge of life, and I was imbalanced, Stepping from the Edge, so I would not fall. I was a broken doll. a broken Barbie Doll (R). But I was Determined to LIVE. I did not want to die. I had a daughter and a son to care for, and nothing in the world was more important to me. Nothing. 

So I let my eyes wander as my body did not do what I wanted it to do. And I wrote this book, Stepping from the Edge, as a workbook Fill-in-the-Blanks for you, as an individual. 

You know your childhood, you know your hardships, and you are still here to tell the tale. Do you look at yourself now, and do you LIKE yourself? Is your heart still soft and innocent, softened and compassionate towards others?  

Or do you just toss people on acid? 
Do you tell yourself, "I had my own problems. 
I dealt with them. "  
Or ...
Do you actually SAY that to people? 

Is your heart so hardened that you can not see anyone but yourself? 
Does everything have to be about YOU? 
Can you hear another's problems?
 ... And HELP them by DOING something OTHER than saying, "Praying?"

Photo 1. Book # 2, Stepping from the Edge.    ... This is the sequel to No More Tears: Physician Turned Inspires Patient Recovery.  It does not just happen in movies like Australia .  Things work out, and you learn from What happens in real life, too. God moves mountains and airplanes, too.

Going through a struggle in your life?  
It is a struggle every day?  
Do you live with someone who has a chronic illness,
 or has been through a devastating time?  
In Stepping from the Edge , I take you through the Thousands who have asked me that question of survival: 

"How do you do it?"

I share some very personal stories, from being a runaway at 16 years old, being a battered wife, being an abandoned wife in my first month of medical school, and being a single parent with no child support or alimony through medical school, internship, residency, or fellowship. 

Hey, most of you can tell me your stories.  
I'll come back at you every time 
with a "harder" hardship than yours.

Do you smile?
Are you Positive?
Listen to my story here. For starters.  

Dr Margaret Aranda is the Guest being Interviewed for every Positive attitude.

It's not a competition. It's SURVIVAL. 
SURVIVAL with a Clean Soul.



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Charity: Who Should Give, What should You Give, & Why Should You Give?

06/08/2016 at 11:30 am (PST) by Grassroots Talks Radio | Moms and Family Podcasts
Host: Dr. Allen Brown
Speaker: Margaret Aranda, MD, PhD

Dr. Aranda Says:
Let's start out by asking just one question: 
"What does James 1:27 say?"

Image 1. Grassroots Talks Radio with Dr. Allen Brown and Dr. Margaret Aranda on "Charity." The Call-in Phone Number for Listening in, Asking Questions, or Adding Comments is:
(657) 383-0162, USA. 

Charity Who Should Give, What should You Give, Why Should You Give? 06/08 by Grassroots Talks Radio | Moms and Family Podcasts: The act of Giving ~ Is it Godly to give? Are you being tricked when you give? What do the people who receive it, do with the gift? 

Listen to Dr Margaret Aranda give you an educational and inspiring talk on The Word of God straight from the Bible. And understand the good works that are being done in the world, all because of one word: "Charity." 

Go now, spreading this Word of God to more nations. We are an International undertaking with this TalkRadio Show, so we rely on each and every one of you to continue to spread the Word of God. Amen. 

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