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Do You Identify Yourself As A Disease?

Do You Identify Yourself As A Disease?

By Eric Nelson


“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.
 
“Within two minutes, she started retelling the story of...

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Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

Mistaking Our Genetic Makeup For The Human Spirit

By Eric Nelson


"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 last 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...

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New View of God Could Break Cycle of Heredity

New View of God Could Break Cycle of Heredity

By Eric Nelson


Parents who have a fear of math should not try to teach the subject to their kids. At least that’s what some researchers are saying.
 
“We found that when parents are more math anxious, their children learn significantly less math over the school year and have more math anxiety by the school year’s...

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Back To School: Better Grades Don’t Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

Back To School: Better Grades Don’t Require Abuse of Prescription Drugs

By Eric Nelson


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 want to add a dose or two of Adderall or Ritalin as well. Or so some would recommend. 
 
The pressure to...

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Reliance on God Distinguishes Career of World Champion Duathlete

Reliance on God Distinguishes Career of World Champion Duathlete

By Eric Nelson


When George Pierce takes his place at the starting line at this year’s Duathlon World Championships, held in October in Adelaide, Australia, it will likely mark the close of a career that caught fire over 25 years ago when he became the world’s first duathlon champion (a run-bike-run race originally referred to...

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Is Profanity Bad For Our Health?

Is Profanity Bad For Our Health?

By Eric Nelson


Ask anyone if they think the occasional swear word is bad for their health and they’d likely say no. Ask these same people if they think a regular dose of anger, cynicism or hopelessness is a good idea and you’d likely get the opposite answer. And yet, when you consider that these...

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Happiness And Its Many Health Benefits Are Not Exclusive

Happiness And Its Many Health Benefits Are Not Exclusive

By Eric Nelson


“Recently, a critical mass of research has provided what might be the most basic and irrefutable argument in favor of happiness,” declares Kira Newman in her article on Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center website. “Happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Indeed, scientific studies have been finding that happiness can make...

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Were Jesus’ Healings a Placebo Effect?

Were Jesus’ Healings a Placebo Effect?

By Eric Nelson


John, a physician living in San Francisco’s East Bay, was always pretty good with patients. So good, in fact, that many of them preferred to have John himself and not one of his assistants doing the hands-on work of bandaging and injecting and whatever else needed to be done to ensure they...

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Declining Numbers Demand Revised Approach to Church

Declining Numbers Demand Revised Approach to Church

By Eric Nelson


No doubt, it’d be great to see a few more folks at church on Sunday. As nice as it is to have an entire pew (or two, or three) to myself, I’d gladly give up the surplus real estate for even a handful of extra voices to back me up on the...

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The (spiritual) alternative to wearable tech

The (spiritual) alternative to wearable tech

By Eric Nelson


More than once I had to check to see if I was reading something from The Onion.
 
“Thync, a startup based in the Bay Area town of Los Gatos, launched publicly last week with a device that sends electricity to the user’s nerves to alter their mood and mental state,” reports the...

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