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


Back To School: Better Grades Do Not Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Sep 7, 2014
Back To School: Better Grades Do Not Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

It used to be all you needed to do well on your high school calculus test was a disciplined study plan, a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Nowadays you might need to add a dose or two of Adderall or Ritalin as well. Or so it would seem.


The pressure to get good...

Emmy Nominee "Escape Fire" Inspires Fresh Approach to Health

Sep 2, 2014
Emmy Nominee "Escape Fire" Inspires Fresh Approach to Health

Perhaps the best thing that will come from Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare being nominated for an Emmy Award is that it will give even more viewers a sense that our country’s troubled healthcare system can actually be saved and that its success depends, not just on the decisions made...

New Film by Marilyn Schlitz, Deepak Chopra, Explores Meaning of Life and Death

Aug 25, 2014
New Film by Marilyn Schlitz, Deepak Chopra, Explores Meaning of Life and Death

The title of a new documentary by social anthropologist and researcher Marilyn Schlitz and popular holistic health guru Deepak Chopra is arresting, if not a bit confusing: Death Makes Life Possible.


Come again?

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“It’s taken me almost a lifetime to fully comprehend that death is...

What Is It About Religion That Keeps Us Healthy?

Aug 18, 2014
What Is It About Religion That Keeps Us Healthy?

In order to be healthy – really, truly healthy – people need religion.

 
This is not the opening salvo of some evangelical sermon, but the opinion of an increasing number of doctors and medical researchers alike.
 
“Medical care… does a good job of taking care of us once we get sick, but it doesn’t have a...

Can Spirituality Play A Role In Treating HIV?

Aug 10, 2014
Can Spirituality Play A Role In Treating HIV?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, two teams of scientists with Bay Area connections are working like crazy on a new therapy that could provide a cure for those living with HIV – a revolutionary approach that involves nothing less than a complete “reengineering” of an individual’s immune system. What tends to attract...

‘God In A Bottle’ Claim Invites Further Scrutiny

Aug 4, 2014
‘God In A Bottle’ Claim Invites Further Scrutiny

A man who used to suffer from chronic back pain makes a pretty impressive claim about the herbal supplement that finally gave him some relief. “This stuff is God in a bottle,” he says in an advertisement appearing in email spam boxes around the country. “It healed me so fast it was like an...

Patients Require Compassion, Not Just Competence, From Doctors

Jul 28, 2014
Patients Require Compassion, Not Just Competence, From Doctors

True story: A man who severely cut his hand while using a table saw ran screaming into the emergency room of a local hospital. The attending doctor asked that he be given a dose of morphine to calm him down. When he continued screaming, he was given a second dose. And then another. And...

A Trend Toward Patient-Driven Health Care

Jul 21, 2014
A Trend Toward Patient-Driven Health Care

Ezekiel Emanuel, a medical doctor and former chief health policy advisor to President Obama, has a pretty good idea of what we can expect to see in health care over the next decade – things like the end of insurance companies as we know them, an increased focus on treating the chronically and...

Is God a Reliable Source of Health?

Jul 14, 2014
Is God a Reliable Source of Health?

Depending on your devotion to the Divine, it’s likely that by simply reading the headline of this column you’ve already decided on an answer. It’s also likely that regardless of any arguments that might be presented, your opinion won’t change. Perhaps the larger issue, then, isn’t whether you answer in the affirmative or negative,...

Harvest of Health Available to Anyone, Anytime

Jul 6, 2014
Harvest of Health Available to Anyone, Anytime

For anyone who might have been listening, the exchange must have seemed pretty mundane. 


A man who has just moved to a new town strikes up a conversation with his barber. They discover they both enjoy hiking and the barber begins to wax poetic about his favorite local jaunts. He finishes cutting the man’s hair...

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