Mucus Changing Color? Discover What Your Mucus Is Telling You.

When you’re sick, mucus can be embarrassing, irritating, frustrating, and just plain gross – especially when you’re suffering from a severe cold or flu, but it’s incredibly important for your body. Whether it’s thick or thin, or clear or green, find out what your mucus is trying to tell you and when it’s time to schedule a virtual visit with an MDLIVE board-certified doctor.

What Is Mucus, Anyway?

Mucus is a slippery, gelatinous goo produced by your mucous membranes. It lines your mouth, nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, and gastrointestinal tract. It’s made up of 95% water, with a mix of glycoproteins, proteoglycans, lipids, proteins, and DNA.

Wondering what it’s good for? A lot, actually. Mucus acts as a lubricant for your body and protects your nasal and sinus passages, lungs, and throat from drying out. It also has special antibodies and proteins that fight off germs. It even acts as a barrier and traps bacteria and allergens, like dust or pet dander, to prevent you from getting sick. Snot what you were expecting, was it? Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

Why Is My Body Producing So Much Mucus?

The average person produces more than a liter of mucus each day. When you’re feeling well, you probably don’t even notice that you’re constantly swallowing it (to the tune of about 38 ounces a day), but when you aren’t feeling well, all that mucus becomes a lot more noticeable.

Something as simple as eating spicy food

can trigger increased mucus production.

Allergic reactions and respiratory infections like colds, the flu, and sinus infections, can cause your body to produce even more mucus. Even something as simple as eating spicy food can trigger increased mucus production, and when you think about it, it makes sense. Mucus protects your body from outside threats, so when your body is experiencing something outside of the norm, like allergens or extra spice, your body puts up its defenses and amps up your mucus production.

Thin Or Thick Mucus – Does It Matter?

Whether you’re dealing with a runny nose, postnasal drip, thick rubber mucus from your nose, or coughing up clear mucus, the thickness of your snot can give doctors an insight about what’s ailing you.

For example, if your nose won’t stop running, it could be allergies or a cold. On the other hand, thick mucus can be caused by dehydration. Since mucus is mostly composed of water, if you aren’t adequately hydrated or live in a dry climate, you won’t secrete as much fluid as you would if you were well hydrated or live in a more humid place. Your mucus will also be thicker if you’re taking certain medications, like decongestants, or if you smoke. Just another good reason to kick that habit.

What Does The Color Of Your Mucus Mean?

When people think about mucus, the biggest concern is the color. We’ve all been brought up to believe that yellow mucus means you have an infection and need antibiotics, but that isn’t always true. You could also be suffering from a virus like the cold, which doesn’t require antibiotics.

Your mucus can come in a wide variety of colors, and they all mean something different. Take a closer look and see what your snot is trying to tell you.

Mucus colors

Stop The Spread

If you aren’t feeling good and your mucus isn’t clear, the last thing you want to do is spread it to your family, friends, and coworkers. Each time you cough or sneeze, your mucus can travel as far as six feet away from you.

TO KEEP FROM SPREADING YOUR GERMS:

  • Wash your hands frequently

  • Try not to touch your face

  • Clean any surfaces you regularly touch

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when you sneeze or cough

To protect yourself and others even more adopt these habits as part of your daily life.

They’re simple ways to reduce the spread of illnesses and keep yourself healthy.

When Should I See A Doctor?

When you need mucus relief, your first thought might be to call a doctor; however, if you don’t have an infection, over the counter solutions might be the place to start. Drink plenty of fluids like hot tea, soup, and water. Use a humidifier at night or steam up your shower for chest congestion relief. And stack your pillows to elevate your head while you sleep to promote drainage and reduce coughing. For expert

advice on what over the counter medications you should you take, or for a full treatment plan, MDLIVE is here with low-cost virtual visits that let you speak with a doctor anytime, anywhere within the United States.

If you’ve been sick for several days without getting better, schedule a virtual visit with an MDLIVE board-certified physician. You can talk to a doctor without leaving the comfort of your own home and avoid the germs in a doctor’s office or Urgent Care.

Your mucus is more important than you ever imagined. This viscous fluid protects you from allergens and illnesses, the color can tell you what’s going on inside your body, and the thickness could indicate how hydrated you are. So, pay attention to your mucus so it can help you stay healthy.

BLACK LIVES MATTER, PART 2

BLM worshipping families

Part I exposed the motives and ideology of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) founders. Part II explores further why BLM is problematic for theologically orthodox Christians and how the church should respond to it.

The Danger of BLM

One of the dangers of BLM is that it pulls on the heartstrings of those who really care about life—both blacks and whites. Ironically, those who claim concern for black lives ignore the abortion of black babies and the killing of black boys by other black boys in gang violence. While focusing almost exclusively on race as the source of injustice and harm, BLM engages in the politics of racial grievance.

The politics of racial grievance trigger an emotional response that ultimately shuts down logical inquiry or debate, rendering people vulnerable to emotional manipulation. It is designed to exploit whites and blacks alike. In whites, it creates guilt for segregation, Jim Crow laws, and slavery even though systemic racism was defeated decades ago. The politics of racial grievance is intended to make whites feel guilty so that they’ll make concessions to black leadership, funding the programs and activities sanctioned by black leaders.

The politics of racial grievance works on black people too. It galvanizes black solidarity behind a cause, including causes unworthy of black allegiance. The idea is that if anyone should be “down with the cause,” black people should, and if you’re not, you’re a sell-out, an Uncle Tom. Black people are expected to support black causes, period. No questions asked.

This is not a new phenomenon. Booker T. Washington identified people in his day that used the politics of racial grievance to manipulate blacks:

There is another class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.

The dubious goal of the politics of racial grievance exploited by BLM and others is to finance their causes. Thus, in order to advance their agendas, they have to come up with a negative narrative regardless of its veracity. The story must pull on the heartstrings of blacks to ensure solidarity and of whites to keep them feeling guilty and compliant. Hence, the false narrative that “Blacks are being gunned down by white cops” excites those who have been conditioned to accept the claim regardless of its factual accuracy.

Black solidarity is often at odds with the truths of God’s Word. It pulls black Christians away from their solidarity with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. For example, in 1995 Louis Farrakhan and purportedly Christian ministers called on black men to travel to Washington D.C. for a day of atonement for their sins and individual and collective signs of reconciliation to their families and community. On the surface, such an appeal appears reasonable and even praiseworthy. Those who take the Bible seriously, however, understand that the work of atonement was made through Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection:

And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. (Heb. 10:10-14)

Hebrews 10:26 says, that there is no other sacrifice for sin. Therefore, it is impossible for us to find any other atonement other than what Jesus did for us at Calvary. Neither the Nation of Islam nor Islam understands or adheres to this theology.

Furthermore, Christians should not be following people who don’t understand who Christ is and what He did. The Million Man March gave legitimacy to Farrakhan who neither understands nor affirms Christian theology. I would speculate that neither did the many ministers who were involved in this charade, which birthed nothing and made a mockery of Christianity. It is the people of God—committed followers of Jesus Christ—not the Nation of Islam or BLM, who must take a stand for true reconciliation and repentance.

Loyalty to the King of Kings

We can’t allow people who have no loyalty to Christ and His Kingdom to move us to disloyalty simply by appealing to the color of our skin. The call to follow Christ means leaving racial solidarity behind, especially when it conflicts with our identity in and solidarity with Jesus. Racial solidarity, apart from Christ, is idolatry.

In Matthew 10:37 Jesus says, “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

He repeats it again in Matthew 16:24: “‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.’”

The forsaking of familial relationships also applies to racial and ethnic allegiances. Allegiance and honor to Christ must always be first.

The response of the Church

Matthew 5:13 tells us that as members of the Kingdom of Heaven and disciples of Christ, we are the “salt of the earth”—the preservative and seasoning agents of the earth. Verse 5:14 also calls us the “light of the World.” As Christ-followers, our purpose is to bear light in the world, so that our good works will be seen by others and give glory to God. The question is, does Black Lives Matter meet these criteria? It depends on how you understand “good works.”

Just before these verses are found the Beatitudes where Jesus teaches about the foundations of righteous living: those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those persecuted because of righteousness. Jesus, the righteous King, calls upon his disciples to be righteous: doing what God commands us. By doing so, we act as salt and light to the World.

So, how do we do that? How do we apply these principles of righteousness in our daily lives?

In Matthew 5:20, we are told that our righteousness must exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. This is not works-based salvation but, rather, a recognition that Jesus is the fulfillment of all righteousness, the law, and the Prophets (Matt. 5:17). True disciples of Jesus take on His righteous mantel as sons and daughters of God.

In contrast, the scribes and Pharisees are hypocrites who practice “their righteousness” before men. Jesus warns, “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven” (Matt 6:1).

God’s righteousness is different from that of the Pharisees, or in our case the practices of BLM.

  1. It must exceed the Pharisees’ interpretation of the Law (5:21-48)

  2. It must exceed the Pharisees’ motivation (6:1-21)

  3. It must exceed the Pharisees’ value system (6:22-34)

  4. It must exceed the Pharisees’ relationships (7:1-12)

If our righteousness does not affect our relationships with others, it lacks true fellowship with God.

Conclusion

BLM has created a false image. The BLM movement is interested in promoting a “progressive” social and political agenda—not in truly protecting black lives. They affirm homosexual activity and relationships, illegal immigration, and black liberation. Stories of the indisputably tragic deaths of black people at the hands of white cops are continually propagated while the tragic and senseless loss of preborn black babies’ lives and the lives of blacks gunned down in gang violence receive relatively little public attention.

Unfortunately, instead of uniting voices in an urgent call for righteousness and right relations between people, in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, BLM encouraged civil disobedience that became violent. How does that square with what Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-44: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.”

The church has lost its way. We are suffering the consequences of having far too many church attendees and not enough disciples. After his resurrection, Jesus spoke these words:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (Matt. 28: 18-20).

It’s high time we focus on what Jesus commands. Indeed, He died and rose again because black lives do matter. However, He calls those black lives and all who would follow Him to a greater righteousness that is only found through life lived in Him. The church has the authority to change our communities for Christ, but it must be done for His glory and not our own agenda. It must be done in a way that glorifies God and does not promote racial division. May God help us to faithfully follow after Him, forsaking all else.

Read part 1 here

 

AUTHOR

Dr. Wallace is the Publisher of Freedom’s Journal Magazine. He has been in publishing for over 20 years and in ministry over 40 years. He holds a PhD in Biblical studies and is an ordained minister. He also serves as the President & Co-founder of Freedom’s Journal Institute, the parent company of this magazine. He is married to Jennifer Wallace and they have two sons Eric and Greg.

Fearless Beverly Beatty Schools White Liberals on Biden and Democrats

 

 

RUSH: All right, folks, now, these are weird times. I normally don’t do what I’m gonna do here. It isn’t that big a deal. I just normally don’t do it. This morning, I started getting emails and texts from people, “You have got to see this! You have got to see it! This is the greatest thing I have ever seen. You have got to use this. I don’t believe it! This is the greatest…”

I said, “Okay.” So, I click on the link; it’s a YouTube video, and it is of an African-American woman — really, really articulate. Her name is Beverly Beatty, and she’s talking to your typical, brain-dead, Seattle, white female progressive who is clueless, and yet thinks that she knows everything. And this woman was explaining the genuine mind-set of the African-American community in America today.

And how it doesn’t support Biden. And how it never will support Biden. And if you want more black men to end up in jail, then vote Biden, because that’s what happened the last time Biden got his hands on crime legislation. Now, I say, normally I don’t do this because these videos are a dime a dozen and you could get notes like this from people every day.

“Oh, my God, Rush, you gotta see this! Oh, my God. I never heard anything like this. Oh, my God. This is incredible.” A lot of people have said this. So I thought, “You know what? I’ll break the rule. I’ll go ahead and air it.” It’s two minutes and change. It was not captioned. So when I first heard it, I was only able to understand 30% of what Beverly Beatty was saying.

I sent it up to Cookie; we got it transcribed. So now I know the full content of what she was saying. Let me set the picture here. Really… You’re not missing anything by not seeing the video. It’s in Seattle. It looks like it’s very near CHOP, CHAZ, whatever, and Beverly Beatty is wearing a bright red windbreaker, and she is conducting a lecture.

She’s fearless, she is confident, and she’s taking it to a bunch of white females. You can just see the arrogance and the condescension dripping off of them. They don’t know what to do with this! They’ve never heard an African-American man or woman speak like this. They don’t know what to do. This woman that Beverly Beatty is talking to, literally has no idea what to do.

She just sits there and kind of nods her head. I guarantee you this white progressive woman is hearing this stuff for the first time in her life, and she hasn’t the slightest idea how to process it because none of it comports with what her worldview is of African life in America and how African-Americans view politics. So, yeah, it’s like two minutes and six seconds.

I’m not gonna break it up. We normally don’t air bites longer than 60 seconds because of people’s attention spans, but this one will just go the full two minutes. It happened… It’s on The YouTube Red Pill Pusher channel. They posted a video: Seattle resident Beverly Beatty, African-American, talking to a white progressive condescending woman about how President Trump and the Republican Party are better for African-Americans than Democrats are.


Here it is…

BEATTY: (outdoor noise) I would be in the same position you’re in, so I’m not even mad at you, baby, for feeling like that.

WHITE LIBERAL WOMAN: I don’t watch any news, ’cause it’s all (dismissive hand gesture).

BEATTY: Oh, fake news?

WHITE LIBERAL WOMAN: Yeah. (crosstalk)

BEATTY: This is the thing. I know people don’t like Trump. I understand that. But let me tell you something. If I had to pick between him and Joe Biden, I’m not voting for Joe Biden. You want to see…? You want to see a bunch of black people go to jail by the next four years? Put Joe Biden in. Watch what happens.

You want to see black men get killed substantially, like you’ve never seen before? Put Joe Biden in and watch what happens. These Democrats — and I’m sorry to say this. I’m not trying to be racist, but they hate black people. These are the same people who have fought to keep slavery in. These are the same people who built the KKK.

These are the same people who hated us from the beginning. The Republican Party is the party of the blacks. Blacks freed? The Republican Party is the only party that the black people actually assisted in founding. But all of that history has been torn away. People say, “Oh, there was a big switch.” There was never a big switch. The Union… The Union won because we had grown in the industrial area — era.

So we were able to get trains and get supplies back to our soldiers while the Confederates was still riding horses. They were not able to get supplies back fast enough, right? So what happened was slavery was abolished and the South — the people in the South — could no longer make their money from slaves. They had to move to the North to work in the industry to produce.

And so the people in the North that already had established themselves in industries moved to the South, and so that’s where it was a transfer of people coming from the South to the North and people coming from the North to the South. There was never a big switch. So the same Democrats who hated black people from the beginning are the same ones who hate us now.

And they used our cause. How did Black Lives Matter turn into something about LGBTQ, when blacks really don’t support that? We’re conservative. We’re really not about that. Not only that, we don’t support abortion. This is the black culture. We ain’t never been about that. Not only that, we’re not about feminism.

WHITE LIBERAL WOMAN: No, we’re not.

BEATTY: Black women marry their husbands and respect their husbands. That’s where we are. We not on this, “Oh, I — I do what I want.” We don’t do that.

WHITE LIBERAL WOMAN: No!

BEATTY: That’s not our community. And you would understand, I know you understand what I’m saying.

WHITE LIBERAL WOMAN: Come on.

BEATTY: We don’t do that. But yet these people are hijacking our movement. And the Democratic Party, they’re trying to hijack us as well. No!

RUSH: And this white woman just doesn’t know what’s hit her. None of this computes. None of this makes any sense. Now, one question that I had that I’m curious about: Where in the world did Beverly Beatty pick all this stuff up? Where did she learn it? This stuff is not taught in American public education. Hell, this stuff’s not taught in universities.

This stuff isn’t taught anywhere anymore. It used to be standard, ordinary History Curriculum 101. This stuff is not taught. So where did she learn it? And she has obviously become proficient in not just explaining it, but selling it. But the cultural things that she hit this woman with. “How did Black Lives Matter turn into something about LGBTQ? Blacks don’t support any of that,” and they don’t, and they never have.

How did that happen? “We’re conservative. We’re really not about that. Not only that, we don’t support abortion.” Responsible African-Americans don’t because the vast majority of abortions in America are of African-American babies.

So a woman like Beverly Beatty can see that the abortion movement is a disguised method of limiting the black population. She says (paraphrased), “We don’t support this stuff. Abortion’s not our big issue. Neither is feminism.” And, of course, this woman is standing there; she’s nodding her head up and down. She’s taking it all in.

“Black women marry their husbands and respect their husbands. That’s where we are. We not on this, ‘Oh, I — I do what I want.’” We’re not on the gravy train. We’re not asking for handouts or benefits. That’s not who we are. “That’s not our community. … We don’t do that. But yet these people are hijacking our movement. And the Democratic Party, they’re trying to hijack us as well.”


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