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Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

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 –...

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Is There A Cure For Old Age?

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...

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Would You Ever Talk To A Christian Scientist About Health?

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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TEDMED 2014: The Time For Thinkers Has Come

Sep 15, 2014
TEDMED 2014: The Time For Thinkers Has Come

Well over a century before anyone had ever heard of TEDMED, an annual confab of movers and shakers deeply interested in making the world a better, healthier place to live, religious reformer and health care maverick Mary Baker Eddy proclaimed, “The time for thinkers has come.” Thankfully that time is still here and...

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

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...

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Emmy Nominee "Escape Fire" Inspires Fresh Approach to Health

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...

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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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