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What Christmas Means For Our Health

Dec 19, 2015
What Christmas Means For Our Health

By Eric Nelson


There’s a poignant scene in the animated TV classic “A Charlie Brown Christmas” where Charlie Brown, frustrated with the over-commercialization of the holiday, exclaims, “Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” To this, his trusty sidekick Linus responds by reciting the story of Jesus’ birth as described in...

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Can God ‘Fix’ What Happened In San Bernardino?

Can God ‘Fix’ What Happened In San Bernardino?

By Eric Nelson


If nothing else, the cover of Thursday’s New York Daily News is provocative.
 
“God Isn’t Fixing This,” reads the headline, in reference to the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif. and the reluctance of politicians to respond with anything but prayer for the victims. "As latest batch of innocent Americans are...

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There Is A Cure

There Is A Cure

By Eric Nelson


To say there is no cure for a particular disease is not to say that no one has ever been cured of that disease. And yet, this is likely the impression many people have when they hear or read these discouraging words, regardless of the illness being described.
 
“Today, affects more than...

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Something To Be Thankful For, Something To Be Thankful To

Something To Be Thankful For, Something To Be Thankful To

By Eric Nelson


It was a moment that literally stopped me in my tracks.
 
As I was walking through San Diego’s Balboa Park – the Spreckels organ pavilion to my back, the Museum of Art to my front – I found myself suddenly, inexplicably, overcome with the most amazing rush of gratitude. It lasted no more...

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The Biggest Medical Myth Of Them All

The Biggest Medical Myth Of Them All

By Eric Nelson


Medical myths abound.
 
For instance, contrary to popular belief, eating late at night does not make you fat; you don’t need to drink eight glasses of water a day; cold weather does not make you sick; and sugary foods do not cause hyperactivity in kids.
 
The problem is, a lot of us have...

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What Do I Believe?

What Do I Believe?

By Eric Nelson


What we believe, particularly as it relates to religion, is not the easiest thing to share with others. One trick I’ve learned, however, is that rather than trying to explain what my religion teaches, it’s much easier to stick with what I’ve discovered and what I continue to discover as I put...

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Our Declining Belief in Death

Our Declining Belief in Death

By Eric Nelson


“In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” wrote Ben Franklin to his friend Jean-Baptiste LeRoy in 1789, “except death and taxes.” Had he written this today, however, it’s not at all certain that death would have made the cut.
 
Of course, no one knows for sure what happens when we...

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Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?

By Eric Nelson


Having taught Sunday school for the better part of 25 years, you’d think I’d know better than to start a class – especially a college class – with “Any questions?”
 
“This may not be that original,” offered up my lone student recently, “but I’ve been wondering lately why bad things keep happening to...

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Contempt or Compassion for Sexual Deviants?

Contempt or Compassion for Sexual Deviants?

By Eric Nelson


Hardly a day goes by when we don’t see headlines about another public figure’s fall from grace. So many, it appears, are prone to the moral and ethical lapses underlying everything from political corruption to extramarital affairs to just plain lying to protect one’s reputation.
 
Most of the time such failings are dismissed...

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Hospital Chief Says Humility Key To Better Health Care

Hospital Chief Says Humility Key To Better Health Care

By Eric Nelson


“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 year’s TEDMED conference, “because the universe of what we don’t know dwarfs that of what we do...

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