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It Is Not What We Say But What We See That Heals

It Is Not What We Say But What We See That Heals

Naomi Feil begins by caressing the face of her patient as a mother would her child – wiping away a tear, letting her know she’s not alone. Then she begins to sing quietly:

 
“Jesus loves me, this I know / For the Bible tells me so.”
 
Without missing a beat, Gladys, an elderly woman diagnosed...

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In Love, There Are No ‘Shades of Grey’

In Love, There Are No ‘Shades of Grey’

Despite the fact that nearly every critic on the planet gave it an emphatic thumbs-down (current Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer rating: 26%), “Fifty Shades of Grey” still managed to rake in more money over the Presidents Day weekend than any other movie in history. Go figure.

 
While analyses and commentaries abound as to what drives...

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Can Better Health Be Bought?

Can Better Health Be Bought?

There was a time during the late Middle Ages when anyone with enough cash on hand could appeal to the local church “pardoner” for the remission of their sins, in effect buying their way to heaven. The bigger the pardon (for instance, salvation from eternal damnation), the larger the donation, ensuring, if not a...

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Defeating the Demon of Teen Suicide

Defeating the Demon of Teen Suicide

At a recent meeting in Palo Alto, home to Stanford University and epicenter of Silicon Valley, a standing-room-only crowd gathered to figure out why, after years of effort, there still doesn’t seem to be any let up in the number of high school students choosing to take their own lives.


"I know there's an urge...

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A Healthy Reconnection With Our Spiritual Senses

A Healthy Reconnection With Our Spiritual Senses

A recent article in the Sacramento Bee gives a well-deserved shout-out to a local Eagle Scout who has carved out enough time from his high school studies to build a “sensory garden” designed to help people recoup cognitive and physical functions lost through injury.

 
“Garlic and citrus plants invite patients to take a nibble,...

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The Universal Desire For Universal Health

The Universal Desire For Universal Health

You’d be hard-pressed these days, at least here in the U.S., to come up with a more divisive subject than universal health care, but probably just as hard-pressed to find a more universal desire than good health. Even if we can’t all agree on how it’s achieved, it’s still something we all want.

 
The good...

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The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.


Although said with tongue firmly planted in cheek to an audience of health groupies at the...

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The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

The Preposterous Proliferation of Preconditions

According to Ivan Oransky, a medical doctor and former editor of Reuters Health, everyone reading this column is suffering from the universally terminal condition called pre-death. This assumes, of course, that everyone reading this article is actually alive.


Although said with tongue firmly planted in cheek to an audience of health groupies at the...

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Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

Confronting the Terror of Failing Health

In the midst of all the horror, outrage and despair surrounding the brutal attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, one image stands out above them all: A crowd gathered at the Place de la République holding up an illuminated sign declaring, “NOT AFRAID.”

 
Not a demand for justice, as important as...

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Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Is There Such A Thing As Psychedelic-Induced Spirituality?

Asked if they could envision a day when psychedelic drugs could or should be used to heighten an individual’s tendency toward empathy and compassion, both men sitting on a stage in front of a packed auditorium at Stanford University – one a research scientist, the other an accomplished neurosurgeon – responded with a convincing...

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