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What does Alcoholism, Leprosy, and Mother's Day Have in Common??

This Motherís Day, I am reminded of the pain that my mother lovingly chose in order to bring me into this world. Few of us as men seem to have this remarkable ability that so many women possess, the ability to bear pain in redemptive and meaningful ways. The Good Book comments on this mystery: "A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world". On this occasion of my 100th article for the Deep Cove Crier, I would like to say: ĎThank you, mom, for the pain that you embraced to give me life".

One of the most significant books that I have read recently is entitled: Pain: the Gift Nobody Wants by Dr. Paul Brand & Philip Yancey. Dr. Paul Brand is a world-famous leprosy surgeon, who has spent most of his life caring for the forsaken lepers in India. He has performed countless medical miracles, enabling people with leprosy (Hansenís Disease) to live healthy and productive lives. Dr. Brandís new book is endorsed by Dr. C. Everett Koop, the past Surgeon General of the United States, who bestowed on Dr. Brand the Surgeon Generalís Medallion. Dr. Koop said that when he wonders who he would like to have been if he had not been born C. Everett Koop, the person who comes to mind most frequently is Paul Brand.

One of Dr. Brandís greatest breakthroughs is the discovery that people with leprosy do not have Ďbad fleshí that just rots away by itself. In fact, their flesh is just as healthy as yours or mine. They are usually not even contagious. What they lack is the ability to feel pain.

Very few people realize that alcoholism and drug abuse are actually forms of chemical leprosy. Click to find out why...

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