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  1. The Dude says:

    Hello Michael
    Life style changes are never easy.Changing your diet will be your biggest hurdle.Changing my was a struggle….all the foods that tasted good had to be stopped or moderated.
    18 months later…25pound’s lighter with a walkersize program life is much better.You can do it.Will pray for you that the Lord will help you through your life style changes

  2. Michael says:


    Excellent job you’ve done.
    The lifestyle changes are the hardest, but much easier when appropriately frightened. 🙂

  3. Jean says:

    “Stop putting bad stuff in, start putting good stuff in.”

    This is a spiritual truth, as well as a physical truth. The application is often easy once realized and a suitable replacement found, but confronting addictions can make it a heck of a struggle. I pray that you’ll find a healthy replacement for all that bad stuff.

  4. Caryn LeMur says:

    Hugs to you, Michael.

    It is easy to absorb all the pain on the Internet as your own pain. Been there; done that. Over time, I began to view Jesus as the Shepherd; and pastors as simply fellow-sheep. That took me down a necessary notch. I was no longer a professor instructing students; I was no longer a lead scientist with subordinate workers.

    Now, I just give advice, share my similar pains and journeys, with anyone on the Internet. I speak as their equal. I pray with them, rather than for them.

    And, I realize they are on their own journey. Their pain is their pain. I come alongside of them (the Law of Christ), rather than come as a pastor. I bear only their overburden for a moment to help them, and encourage them to continue with their rightful burden (Gal 6). I offer ways to think and reason without the final answer, and trust their walk with the Holy Spirit will be a good walk and lead them to a good answer.

    Peace to you always; Caryn

  5. Michael says:


    I’n spending as little time as possible online these days.
    Getting back to reading real books, and talking with people who are here…and remembering that I live in the most beautiful place on earth.
    It’s working…

  6. Michael says:


    That…was an excellent word for all of us.
    Thank you!

  7. JTK says:

    This is not my “style,”
    But I found myself sending this to someone today because it was exactly what *they* needed to hear!

    Make your own application.

  8. Paige says:

    Great post my dear. Yes, tons of toxic cr@p ‘out there’…..on many levels. God bless you with the strength and grace to do for yourself what is best on each level. It can be done. If you ever want to chat about the practical particulars, love to chat. One bite at a time. One walk at a time. One thought at a time. Boundaries too…… You can turn things around. Love you!

  9. JTK says:

    Not the last part though. Just the first part.

  10. Michael says:

    Thank you, Paige…much love to you.
    I’m going one step at a time…and already feeling mucho better.

  11. Francisco Nunez says:

    Good Word Michael.

    BTW I’m going in for gum grafts/transplants this next Tuesday. My periodontist says that’s what happens when we don’t use a night guard over time. On the bright side it will be a good time for prayer and fasting. Keep me in prayer 2.

  12. Michael says:

    You’ve got it, Francisco… sounds painful…

  13. Alex says:

    Ya, good luck with that…you’re a social media junkie 🙂

  14. SJ says:

    My bro is a good christian dude that is over 300 lbs and is 6′. It’s catching up with him at age 55. Health issues are becoming more important/apparent.
    Walk is good, wife is good, family is good and work has taken over. Health is suffering.
    The preferred order now IMHO.

    His walk
    His health

    The kids are grown up and the relationship with wifey is great. Now is the time to play catch up on his health.

  15. Em says:

    Oh my, Michael…
    your caring heart is a wonder – I suspect that what you have stood up for and fought for using your website here has born far more fruit than you know… even if the victory is on the other side

    that said, self medicating in most forms is really not good at all – time to be a little sensibly selfish – those near and dear to you will understand and there’s the role model thing, too, eh? … speaking for myself and perhaps others here also, I’d rather have a little Michael Newnham than no Michael at all – to loosely quote a dead saint of not too long ago

    will continue to pray

  16. Muff Potter says:

    My warranty expired long ago Michael. The book of Ecclesiastes is the most real to me now. If anything, I’ve learned to be happy in the here and now and to savor every good thing that comes my way. It’s so fleeting. From dust I was made and to dust I will return.

  17. Em says:

    “dust to dust”… that’s a ponder that I’ve had lately… I remember a Greek fellow once saying that it troubled him that there’d be no seas in the new heaven and the new earth – he had a good sized cruising sailboat and he dearly loved to be on the water – that must be a mortal appetite? – and what about the wonderful yin and yang of the two sexes? no male and no female in eternity? while the concept of asceticism makes me nervous, it must be true that, more than we realize, we make our precious (dying) flesh the center of our reality (it was the center of my reality when I had my gall bladder attack).
    when/if life is good we say, ‘can it get any better than this? … I just have to trust the One who created our mortal bodies as I sense His answer is, ‘just wait and see ! it can; it will !’

  18. Jim says:

    Better for us to miss Michael online than for Trey to miss his dead dad. Time to unplug, bro.

  19. Muff Potter says:

    Em wrote @ # 17:
    “dust to dust”… that’s a ponder that I’ve had lately… I remember a Greek fellow once saying that it troubled him that there’d be no seas in the new heaven and the new earth

    If one insists only upon a literal and face value reading of John’s Apocalypse, then yes, I suppose one can then say that the desire for the things of this life in the afterlife are not to be. I hold to no such reading.

  20. Jean says:

    #19, I don’t know if this will be of help, but what I understand John to mean by “the sea existed no more” in his apocalyptic imagery, is, consistent with OT imagery, that
    chaos will not exist in the new heaven and new earth. The sea was an unpredictable and chaotic place in the ANE.

  21. Em says:

    Muff, a reasonable observation… the fellow I quoted was a Greek who read his Bible in Greek, but I suspect that it could be interpreted more than one way – never really looked into it for myself… Is the reference to no more seas even in Revelation? I’ll have to look that up one of these times…
    Ecclesiastes is a good read as he works thru the ponders to his conclusion
    Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

    another interesting short rabbit trail on the Phoenix Preacher – another ponder

  22. Michael says:

    Thanks for the kind words, folks.
    I’m feeling much better…and I’m limiting my online activities to a couple hours a day.
    I’m staying busy dealing with real life here and generally keeping the stress level down.
    I think I like feeling better… 🙂

  23. I like what you typed today Michael.

    Keeping the stress down entails no television. All of the networks are owned by big pharmaceutical companies. (Ever wonder why so many drugs are being pushed on the public in ads?)

    They still have a of of patents active for drugs like Prozac etc…and they make profit if people think they need them.

    Notice all of the negative energy coming out of that TV box designed to stress the population; just watch your local news?

    Also get off of the typical single American male diet of fast food and things that taste good.

    More natural vegetables and fruits added to the diet will work incredible wonders.

    Look for the documentary “Fork over knive.”

    In it people give the testimony that they revearesed their health conditions by diet alone.

    Men gave testimony that their ED signs and symptoms evaporated after changing their diet alone.

  24. Tim says:

    Michael –
    I’m praying for you…that your body and mind would know peace and “the good stuff.”

  25. Michael says:


    Thank you!

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  27. Xenia says:

    This is a really good post and may God help you carry out your good intentions!

  28. PP Vet says:

    The Grant Study – by Harvard Med, following 270 men over 75 years – finally revealed what is essential to being a healthy man.

    The most important thing, it was concluded, is … love.

    There may be some scriptures to that effect.

  29. “by Harvard Med, following 270 men over 75 years” – see I am not paranoid – I was being followed!

  30. That was funny MLD.

  31. Just because your paranoid does not mean that they are not following you…

  32. Truth Lover says:

    I feel for you Michael and want to encourage you to have a tough attitude when it comes to seeing what others are eating but you can’t eat. Remember, most of what we so freely indulge in is not real food these days. You will have to cook at home and learn that food is our medicine. Look forward to the vitamins and minerals you will be giving your body through fresh, real food. Buy organic if possible. It’s a whole new mindset you will need to have to succeed. I had to go through an elimination diet last Fall and I was angry and irritable during the whole 6 months of it. The worst part was having to give up my beloved coffee with cream which sent me over the edge! My labs results improved so I am better for it. Now my husband is starting a restricted diet tomorrow. He put off seeing the doctor and getting his blood tests done for over a year. He just found out he is a walking time bomb; could have a stroke or heart attack anytime! All because he put off seeing the doctor and complying with his instructions. And all the while very busy in the ministry. Yes, fear and desperation are great motivators. Which can be a part of God’s grace to us to get it in gear. Why do men avoid the doctors? Us women need the security of knowing our men will be around for us in the future. I don’t think they even think about that. Anyway, be tough, be determined and read lots of stuff on nutrition and health to get your mind in gear for this. Knowledge is power.

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