Eric Nelson

Eric Nelson Eric Nelson has been published and featured in numerous newspapers, online publications, and radio talk programs. He speaks from years of experience in the mind-body field, especially as it relates to health. In addition, he is the media and legislative spokesperson for Christian Science in Northern California and is a self-employed Christian Science practitioner. He’s also a huge baseball fan and loves riding his bike in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.

Web Site: http://www.norcalcs.org


Even God Has A Sense Of Humor

Apr 25, 2016
Even God Has A Sense Of Humor

By Eric Nelson


This may be hard to believe, but shortly after tumbling about a thousand feet down a rock- and ice-covered mountain and suffering multiple injuries from head to toe, I had to laugh.
 
Despite the trauma, despite the pain, and despite the fact that it would be hours before anyone would find me laying...

Evidence-Based Medicine Should Consider All The Evidence

Apr 17, 2016
Evidence-Based Medicine Should Consider All The Evidence

By Eric Nelson


While researching her New York Times bestselling book “The Gratitude Diaries,” author Janice Kaplan came up with what she described during a recent talk in San Francisco as her “big plan” for maintaining an attitude of gratitude as a way to get rid of her next migraine headache.
 
“Well,...

Is God A Man Or A Woman?

Apr 4, 2016
Is God A Man Or A Woman?

By Eric Nelson


Two priests walk into a bar.
 
The first priest, who had just had a near-death experience, says that during the time he was unconscious he went to heaven and discovered that God is a woman.
 
“She had a soft and soothing voice,” he says, “and her presence was as reassuring as a mother’s embrace.”
 
The...

Easter Through The Eyes of a Woman

Mar 23, 2016
Easter Through The Eyes of a Woman

By Eric Nelson


It’s interesting that the culmination of this year’s Women’s History Month just happens to coincide with a worldwide celebration of one of the most significant women of all time: Mary Magdalene.
 
That celebration, in case you’re wondering, is Easter.
 
Well, not exactly. Everyone knows that Easter is actually the commemoration of the resurrection of...

Surgeon General Says, A Happy Person is a Healthy Person

Mar 14, 2016
Surgeon General Says, A Happy Person is a Healthy Person

By Eric Nelson


The fact that U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was getting a standing ovation at last November’s TEDMED medical conference in Palm Springs wasn’t in itself that surprising. After all, he’d just given a terrific speech about the relationship between happiness and health.
 
What was surprising was the fact that...

Prayer as an Alternative to Opioids

Mar 7, 2016
Prayer as an Alternative to Opioids

By Eric Nelson


(Following is an unpublished response to a recent San Francisco Chronicle editorial.)

It’s ironic that President Obama’s $1.1 billion proposal to reduce the use of opioid painkillers suggests only “medication-assisted treatment,” in effect using one drug to fix a problem created by another. And it’s unfortunate that the San...

CDC Study of Teen Suicide in Palo Alto Not Enough

Feb 29, 2016
CDC Study of Teen Suicide in Palo Alto Not Enough

By Eric Nelson


At a meeting last year in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University and a city where the adolescent suicide rate is five times the national average, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to figure out why, after years of effort, there still wasn’t any let up in the number of high school students choosing...

Keeping Health Consumers From Becoming Disease Consumers

Feb 22, 2016
Keeping Health Consumers From Becoming Disease Consumers

By Eric Nelson


According to historian Nancy Tomes, author of “Remaking the American Patient: How Madison Avenue and Modern Medicine Turned Patients Into Consumers,” the onslaught of pharmaceutical ads we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing and hearing has been going on a lot longer than one might think. Ever since the dawn of...

Removing the Mask of Mental and Physical Disease

Feb 16, 2016
Removing the Mask of Mental and Physical Disease

By Eric Nelson


“Give a man a mask,” said Oscar Wilde, “and he will tell you the truth.”
 
A clever adage, to be sure. But for creative arts therapist Melissa Walker, it’s actually the process of unmasking the invisible wounds of her patients that enables them to discover what’s true – and what’s not...

Love Is Not a Chemical Reaction

Feb 10, 2016
Love Is Not a Chemical Reaction

By Eric Nelson


The other day a good friend of mine texted me a picture of her 11-year-old son’s latest school project. At the top of the page it read, “What is love?”
 
“Love is when you give up your freedom and soul for marriage,” he wrote. “Love is when your girlfriend steals all your money.”
 
Funny....

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