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


What Is It About Giving Thanks That Makes Us Healthy?

Nov 25, 2014
What Is It About Giving Thanks That Makes Us Healthy?

In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our...

Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Nov 17, 2014
Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Regardless of your feelings about Brittany Maynard’s decision to die on her own terms, the story is a tragic one. 


After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the former Bay Area resident and her husband moved from California to Oregon – one of only five states where it’s legal to terminate your own...

A Little Humility Can Lead To A Lot Of Health

Nov 10, 2014
A Little Humility Can Lead To A Lot Of Health

“None of us in science and medicine have the answers we tell you we have,” said Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor at Harvard Medical School at last month’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do know.”


Come again?...

Are you identifying yourself as a disease?

Nov 3, 2014
Are you identifying yourself as a disease?

“Get down off your cross.” 


Harsh words, perhaps, especially when you consider that the one who said them is a longtime hospital chaplain, and the woman she was speaking to had just learned that a year after going through chemotherapy, she was still cancer free.
 
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“Within two minutes,...

Increased trust, decreased fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

Oct 27, 2014
Increased trust, decreased fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

Does it really matter if your doctor appreciates the power of prayer? For me it may not have been the most important factor to consider but, ultimately, a significant if unexpected plus.


I had spent the better part of three weeks in the hospital, lying in traction, recovering from a number of injuries following a...

Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

Oct 20, 2014
Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally. 


To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training –...

"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

Oct 13, 2014
"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

The story is pretty straightforward. Shannon Harvey got sick, really sick, and began trying all sorts of therapies, both conventional and alternative, to get better. Then she happened to read something on Google – on page 20 of her search results, no less – that made her realize that, in her words, in...

Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

Oct 6, 2014
Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

“You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of this year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”


A bold statement to say the least, especially considering her audience –...

Is There A Cure For Old Age?

Sep 29, 2014
Is There A Cure For Old Age?

Given the choice between living 80, 120 and 150 years – or even “forever” – the majority of those polled last year during a talk here in the Bay Area by popular science journalist David Ewing Duncan opted for 80. Even after being presented with an astonishing array of devices and drugs that...

Would You Ever Talk To A Christian Scientist About Health?

Sep 21, 2014
Would You Ever Talk To A Christian Scientist About Health?

Let’s just say, the initial response I received was less than encouraging.


I had just been appointed as the media and legislative rep for the Christian Science Church in Northern California and was looking for ways to connect with those reporters and editors who I thought might have some interest in what I had to...

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