Tag Archives: health

Faith Under Fire – Parental Rights v. Transgender Sanctuary – 03/09/23

 The divergent positions on medical treatments and procedures related to a person’s physical gender expression continue to bring debate and legislative battles. While some conservative-led states have restricted such gender-related procedures for minor children, a bill (SB-107) in the California State Senate wants to make California a place where surgeries, puberty blockers, hormone treatments, and other gender-changing medical procedures can be provided for children and teens– all without permission from those minors’ parents.

A California Christian ministry filed a preemptive lawsuit to stop the state from offering such treatments to children from other states, while blocking those parents from access to their own children’s medical information.

Mariah Gendeiro, an attorney from Advocates for Faith and Freedom, talks about the case, how to honor parents’ rights across state lines, and her take on why transgender issues have grown to such public prominence so quickly.


Hometown Heroes – Patrick Perl – 03/07/23

An New York-based nurse received a prestigious national award for his attention care of patients’ emotional needs, while they were hospitalized to care for their physical needs during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

Patrick Perl, RN, was honored as National Front Line Clinical Nurse of the Year by Press Ganey, a national provider of services to the healthcare industry. The judging panel unanimously chose Perl for the award among all the nominees from across the country. He is a Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist at Elmira’s Arnot Ogden Medical Center.

Patrick was nominated by Arnot Ogden’s managers for his commitment to care innovation, transformation, and collaboration. The nurse led the “Share the Light – Shine the Light” program, an initiative to decorate the rooms of COVID patients with holiday lights, providing warmth and beauty in otherwise isolating spaces. The community rallied together, donating hundreds and hundreds of strands of lights, all attached with thank you cards for staff. In his own words, the goal of this initiative was to “band together and show our community hospital, our healthcare workers, and our patients that we care.”

He tells Family Life the story of his simple idea that spread from one hospital window — across the facility and into the Elmira community. Listen to this week’s edition of our “Hometown Heroes” feature.

Special Feature – Fentanyl & Opioids – Dr. David Streem – 02/13/23

The fentanyl crisis.

A shocking statistic: Enough fentanyl was seized by law enforcement in 2022 to kill every American, of every age.

That is 50 million pills, plus 10 thousand pounds of Fentanyl powder. The DEA says that is over 379 million potentially deadly doses.

And that is only what law enforcement was able to confiscate.

The hundreds of thousands of deaths from the synthetic and illegal Fentanyl, plus hundreds of thousands more who became addicted to other (legal) opioid painkillers, this crisis calls out for a cure. 

David Streem is medical director for Cleveland Clinic’s alcohol and drug treatment center. He tells Family Life, in addition to the toll this epidemic has on victims, families, and law enforcement, the opioid crisis takes a toll on the medical community.


If you or someone you know needs help, you can talk with someone today: SAMHSA National Helpline

Confidential free help, from public health agencies, to find substance use treatment and information. 1-800-662-4357  (662-HELP)

 For basic information about addictions to legal or illegal substances: Medical research from Cleveland Clinic and a related conversation with Dr. Streem