How I Came to Learn that I Have Silent Reflux

Have you heard about acid reflux? That’s when you have that odd feeling of indigestion or heartburn after stuffing your face with a bit too much food.

For some people, it’s not a one-off thing. When it’s chronic, it’s called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). It’s a digestive disorder that affects the sphincter, the muscle between the esophagus and stomach. When the sphincter isn’t working properly, then the stomach’s acid and food ‘burp’ back into the esophagus.

Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is similar to GERD in its cause. But the symptoms are not commonly affiliated to acid reflux. That’s why its other name is Silent Reflux, because many may not even know they have the condition. Like me.

My development of silent reflux was gradual and over several years. There were countless moments of anxiety from not knowing what I had. So I’m sharing my story in case it could spare someone else that same anxiety.  Continue reading

Book Review: The Pattern

ThePattern_frontcoverweb_300Title: The Pattern: Discovering God’s Design for Marriage

Author: Dev Menon

Publisher: Graceworks

Price: SGD 12

 

Lately, there seems to be renewed discussions on the institution of marriage. The discourse goes beyond the “how-tos” of communication skills and financial management. Instead, it goes behind the scenes, focusing on ideas and principles that shape one’s view of matrimony. The common conclusion is that ultimately, marriage is to glorify God and testify to the gospel of Christ.

In his latest book, The Pattern, author and minister Dev Menon explores that same line of thought. But The Pattern is not just about what a God-glorifying union should look like. It hopes to reveal that an authentic, successful marriage is dependent on a proper understanding of God Himself.

Almost from the get-go, 1 Corinthians 11:3 is introduced, “But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God” (ESV).

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Reflections on March

Ah yes, the start of another month, and the end of the first quarter of 2016. Time flies, so on and so forth.

This year, I’m learning to break things down to smaller goals. One method is monthly reflections. So before I get lost in April, here’s an evaluation of March.

March turned out to be a month of realignment. It started from a need to do a juice cleanse. I was feeling sluggish, and pimples were breaking out – sure signs that my body was not at its optimum health. So a detox was needed.

From there, I noted other parts of my life that possibly needed a detox. There was a sense of confusion mentally. I was trying to figure out my next career steps, and had to deal with the unsettledness that comes with a nomadic lifestyle. So I needed to take stock of things, cut out the noise, and refocus.

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