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

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...

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What Is It About Religion That Keeps Us Healthy?

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...

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Can Spirituality Play A Role In Treating HIV?

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...

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‘God In A Bottle’ Claim Invites Further Scrutiny

‘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...

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Patients Require Compassion, Not Just Competence, From Doctors

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...

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A Trend Toward Patient-Driven Health Care

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...

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Is God a Reliable Source of Health?

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,...

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Harvest of Health Available to Anyone, Anytime

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...

Consciousness and Health
Our ‘Inalienable Right’ to Better Health

Our ‘Inalienable Right’ to Better Health

Tony Kushner can write. In fact he writes so well, he has received a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards and, just last year, an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay (“Lincoln”). 


Tony Kushner also recognizes good writing.

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In Search of a Healing Spark

In Search of a Healing Spark

The idea sounds crazy. Implant a computer no bigger than a grain of rice in the back of someone’s neck and plug it into their body’s central nervous system. Then, if the body starts complaining with symptoms of, say, asthma, arthritis or diabetes, the computer fires off an electrical current that takes care of...

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