Wednesday, November 27, 2013
I pray and wish for only the brightest and happiest days for all of you and special strength and healing to those who are wrestling with hardships. Travel safe and enjoy these days of Thanksgiving.
Dr. Rick Barrett
Friday, November 22, 2013
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Join us for our 19th annual food drive benefitting the East Ft. Bend Human Needs Ministry on November 21st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Most wanted foods:
Box of Instant Mashed Potatoes
Bag of Sugar
Bag of Flour
Package of Gravy Mix
Pie Filling or Cake Mix and Frosting
Thank you for helping those in need. Together we can make a difference in people's lives. Please take 2 minutes to watch this video!
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
What is it?
Filling up with fuel at the gas station.
Please don’t dismiss this and stop reading because you believe it doesn’t apply to you. It does. Recently, the son of a patient and two others were casualties…victims of an explosion at a gas pump. This could happen to you too! Think of all the gasoline you use in your life. All the times you fill up your vehicles, boat, jet skis, fuel containers, lawn mowers, etc.
How often do you think about safety and the extreme flammability of the liquid you are handling? A few times? Never?
More than likely, the answer is never. It becomes a routine mindless task.
Have you ever touched someone and received a little electric shock? Ever gotten out of your vehicle and received a little electric shock while closing the door? Most probably you have.
That’s static electricity and can be extremely dangerous when it comes in contact with gasoline fumes.
Guess what happens? Did you say EXPLOSION? You’d be right!
Have you ever read the warning stickers attached to gas pumps? This is what they state…
"Never fill portable containers that are in or on vehicle.
Always place containers on ground.
Keep nozzle in contact with container while filling.
A static electric spark can occur when filling portable containers sitting on truck bed liners, or on any vehicle’s carpeting or floor matting.
This spark will explosively ignite a gasoline vapor fire and cause SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH."
A few months ago, my patient, Rosie, sent me a pleaful e-mail for prayers. Her son, Julian, and two others, Brandon and Shayne, were severely burned from a fuel pump explosion. At that time she didn’t know the extent of the damage. We started praying immediately and shared the request for prayers. It’s all we could do! While her son fueled a boat the others were sitting in the boat. Then it happened. Suddenly, they were on fire! After jumping from the boat, one of the boys tried to extinguish himself by rolling in a puddle of what he thought was water. It wasn’t. It was more gasoline engulfing him in flames. Fortunately, miraculously, he survived, as did the other two. But he had the most extensive burns. Rosie’s last update read:
“Thank you for your prayers, things are looking very good for the boys. My son and I are in Bethel and he is healing well. Brandon is still in Seattle but is walking now and doing his therapy, Shayne is now back in school. The Lord has given us strength and many blessings. I will be here a little longer to finish my son's wound care. Keep us in your prayers. Thank you.”
What a tragic and unfortunate incident. But there are many lessons in this story for all of us. We are vulnerable through our own carelessness, the fault of others or just some random occurrence at a particular moment in time that impacts us and changes our lives.
Just a few days ago, I stopped to gas up after work. I was using one pump and another vehicle was at the pump directly in front of me. At the direct opposite side of that same pump, a man stopped to fuel up. He was within fifteen feet of me, more or less. As he started to fuel up, I really wasn’t paying attention to him, but then I noticed he had the hatch of the car up and was fueling a gas can inside the trunk of the car! Naturally, this alarmed me and I immediately thought of those boys. Almost simultaneously, my thoughts went to, “Where is the fire extinguisher?” “Where is the emergency shut off valve?” Of course, I couldn’t simply stand there casually pumping gas and watching this potential nightmare unfold. I waved to him and shouted that he was creating a dangerous situation because the gas can should be on the ground, not in the car. Apparently, he didn’t understand me, so I walked towards him gesturing for him to stop fueling and remove the gas can from the car trunk and put it on the ground. I realized he couldn’t speak English as he began talking to someone in the vehicle. I noticed there were two others in the car, so I approached the passenger side and a young Asian woman opened the door to find out what I was trying to communicate. She told me she only spoke a little English, but once I explained, she understood and was very grateful.
Now I don’t know if I averted a disaster, but I’d like to think so. Perhaps I also taught them something very important and they won’t put themselves and others at risk in the future. I could have ignored them, but I felt a real urgency to get involved. It taught me a lesson too. Stay alert, look for fire extinguishers and emergency shut off valves and realize that not everyone at the gas pump reads or understands our language. So don’t hesitate to involve yourself when you witness a potential problem that could have a seriously tragic outcome.
So, what about using cell phones at the gas pump? Experts disagree as always. Some say it appears theoretically possible, but not probable. As a good Irish American, I believe in Murphy’s Law…which has many distinct points. I’m sure you’ve experienced Murphy’s Law many times in your life. Basically, it can be summed up with—whatever can go wrong, will go wrong! And Murphy was an optimist! I’m an optimist also, but I say, “If there is a one in a million chance, I don’t want to be the one.” Besides, that’s not the time to multi task. Think safety first and limit possible risks.
Please forward this information to every one you know. It really could save a life!
Here are some links to a few videos regarding static electricity.
Dr. Rick Barrett
P.S. According to the Petroleum Equipment Institute there are three causes of static electricity fires at gas pumps:
1) 50 percent are caused when a person returns to a vehicle during refueling and doesn’t shut the door or touch other metal when leaving the car to remove gas pump nozzle from the car’s fuel pipe.
2) 29 percent are caused when a person unscrews the gas cap.
3) 21 percent occur for other reasons.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Ken shared your message about the St. Francis Medical Mission work that you do, and I must tell you how inspired I was listening to you describe your mission experiences. Although I have felt a personal calling to participate in a mission trip for more years than I like to admit, I have unfortunately not yet turned that dream into action. As a retired school teacher, I have no medical knowledge or medical skills to offer, but am curious as to whether there might be a need on mission trips for someone besides active medical professionals to participate.
As you leave tomorrow for Colombia, please know that I will be praying for you to touch every single person in need that God has hand-picked for you to heal -- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. May God bless you indeed as He enlarges your territory and ministry to others in Christ's name. May His hand be with you every step that you take and every breath that you breathe until you are once again safely home in each other's arms. May He keep you as far from evil, the Evil one and his followers as North is from South, and may He bless you daily, give you rest when you need it most, enable you with strength, patience, discernment, and an extra dose of His wisdom as you meet every challenge during your trip.
Thank you so very much for sharing your message with Ken, so that he could in turn share it with us at Christ United Methodist Church.
Now, go with our prayers, working miracles through Christ. Miracles which He chose thousands of years ago to be performed at this precise time in history, in the lives of the Columbian people, by you personally. God bless every member of your team for the remarkable and rewarding work you are about to do.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
A few weeks ago, I was the keynote speaker for our mission fundraiser. Mary recorded it on her phone and you can see part of it on YouTube.
Millions of people (mainly women and children) have been internally displaced by violence. In 2004 alone, more than a quarter million people were forced from their homes. Displaced populations have little access to safe water and to basic health and educational services.
One third of all children are anemic. Stunting affects 14 percent of children under age five; seven percent of newborns have low birth weight.
Native American and Afro-Colombian populations suffer the highest rates of poverty, and are twice as likely to have been affected by violent armed conflict.
If you feel inspired to make a contribution to help the people of Colombia, send your contribution to our office. The address is:
4642 Riverstone Blvd.
Missouri City, TX 77459
While in the country, I will attempt to send a few messages and photos through Facebook and perhaps a video to YouTube to keep you informed and involved.
P.S. Mary and the staff as well as two chiropractors will be taking care of your needs while I’m away from. I will be out of the office Monday, September 30th and returning October 7th. See you at 9:00 a.m.!
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Love conquers all, but love can not afford to turn a blind eye to reckless and callous evil.
We are charged with a commandment of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Our enemies view love and compassion as weakness, but it is our strength. And because of our love, we will always fight for justice, freedom, equality and family. Always remember, continue to honor, and remain vigilant.
Dr. Rick Barrett
Monday, September 9, 2013
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) linked to cancer…this reported
in the Journal of the American Medical Association
The topic: Keep Your Kids Healthy!
But as always, we can spend a little time discussing other concerns such as NSAID use and alternatives.
Yours in Health,
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I've treated M.D.'s, nurses, police and fire personnel, dentists, FBI agents, Rabbis, Priests, clergy of all kind, several mayors, EMT's, business leaders, coaches, pro-athletes, amateur athletes, cross- country truckers, moms and dads, children, the elderly and so on.
I've always attempted to do my very best, treat all my patients with dignity and respect, and render care for them as if they were my family. My mom would say I should treat them better than I do my family...but that's another story.
Seriously, thanks go to every patient I've ever treated. My life is enriched by each of you. Now I need to go and get a copy of Living Magazine.
Dr. Rick Barrett
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Mary, some others and I have committed to helping Dr. Jones. Those of you who have supported our effort with prayers and financial resources have changed Alfred's life already. Perhaps saved it. I'm not exaggerating. He looks healthier and happier.
Mary and I have had several more opportunities to visit with him and I am amazed by him and by his stories.
In fact, on our last visit two weeks ago, I told him that the guy on the Dos Equis commercial should be stripped of his title, because Dr. Alfred Jones is actually the most interesting man in the world! He laughed and said, "Wait till I tell you about my father. He was a spy for the British. He was the most interesting man in the world."
All I can say is...wow. Alfred has told us stories about Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, several presidents and more. I've encouraged him to write about these things...that people would find it all fascinating. I believe he will.
He wrote a message with a request to deliver it to all of you. On behalf of Mary and I, thank you for helping save Alfred. You'll be amazed by him.
Dear Friends of the clinic,
There is no way I can adequately express my appreciation for your kindness. My ability to continue with a life of service was cut short because of my inability at age 88 to manage daily living. My circumstances were at best difficult. With your help, I am now able to live in a much greater degree of comfort and return to my writing. I have to pace myself, but life is so much more productive both physically and emotionally.
I have agreed to share my life story as it pertains to two wars, my work with the World Health Organization and more importantly, my many years in the academic and Christian mission field in China and Korea. Because of your help, I am now able to continue the work of letting everyone know about America and what needs to be done in Asia.
With sincere gratitude,
Alfred Jones, Ph.D.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Our independence was fought hard for with no small cost. Fought for by men and women of courage. Freedom (of all kinds) is an inalienable right given by God for all people. Independence won once is not guaranteed for eternity. It must be continually appreciated, yearned for and fought for on all levels...always.
Happy 4th of July! Let freedom ring in our hearts, and actions. Continue to pray for our country, our military sons and daughters and freedom for all people of all nations who suffer oppression. Be safe and enjoy your holiday!
Thursday, June 20, 2013
What you probably don't know is that going green either voluntarily or by force, by switching from regular incandescent harmless never hurt anybody and works great. Oh yes, and cheap regular old light bulbs to those irritating, ugly, annoying to the eyes, twirly fluorescent expensive light bulbs, you could be causing serious damage to yourself and need to lather on the U.V. sunscreen inside your home or office!
I'm crazy? ...You say. Well, you might be right.
But apparently someone has spent some money for Stony Brook University to research compact fluorescent bulbs.
What they suggest: use a lamp shade (of course not clear) or keep the light two to three feet away from you.
Maybe Coppertone can cut a deal with G.E. to package sunscreen with every bulb sold.
Just thought you should know.
Dr. Rick Barrett
P.S. I'm waiting for the next million dollar lawsuit here. Don't laugh! It's coming. I think I'll call my lawyer now and cash in!
SBU Study Reveals Harmful Effects of CFL Bulbs to Skin
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Thyroid Disorders, Hormones, Nutritional Supplements, Iodine, Salt, Cholesterol Drugs, Drug Reactions and More Were All Part Of…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Often times, patients give me wonderful gifts of appreciation. It could be cookies, home made gluten-free zucchini bread, bourbon (okay...forget I said that one, alcohol is very, very bad) or just a thank you card with a personal message.
Well, just the other day, my patient Maurice, brought me a poem that he had written for me. It's so great I just had to share it with you. Maurice writes poetry of all kinds, is an opera aficionado, sings, etc. He has a powerful, captivating British voice which I find delightful especially when he reads his writings. Believe me, when I read his works out loud, it is a pitiful comparison...like a kitten's meow compared to a lion's roar.
Maurice truly breathes life into the piece. I think he could make one cry if he read the ingredients on a cereal box out loud. Obviously, I'm attempting to verbally illustrate the power, grace and elegance of his voice and likely failing. So with no further ado...my gift from Maurice...