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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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Dealing With Climate Change as a Health Issue

Dealing With Climate Change as a Health Issue

By Eric Nelson


According to a recent report published in The Lancet, climate change is having as much of an impact on our health as it is on the environment. Ironically, the news may not be all bad, say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, since this realization could reduce a complex...

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Can You Cure Your Body With Your Mind?

Can You Cure Your Body With Your Mind?

By Eric Nelson


After years of suffering from a debilitating disease, not to mention multiple surgeries and countless doctor appointments, author Danea Horn made a commitment to herself: “You will heal yourself with your mind.” Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as planned as she found herself consumed with such an overwhelming sense of guilt for...

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In Search Of Our True Identity

In Search Of Our True Identity

By Eric Nelson


A lot of thought is being given these days to our sense of identity. Not just how we define ourselves or others in terms of being straight, gay, transgender or otherwise, but the deeper aspects of what makes us who we are and our place in this world. Even if we feel...

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How A Standing Ovation Could Help Josh Hamilton Beat Drug Addiction

How A Standing Ovation Could Help Josh Hamilton Beat Drug Addiction

By Eric Nelson


Josh Hamilton’s return to baseball couldn’t have gone better.

Before his first at-bat he received a standing ovation, then proceeded to hit the first pitch he saw for a double. A day later he hit two homers, lifting his Texas Rangers over the visiting Red Sox 7-4. And then, just two days after...

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Do Our Graduates Know How To Love?

Do Our Graduates Know How To Love?

By Eric Nelson


There are plenty of things we should be teaching children in order to ensure their happiness, health and success, but by far the most important is how to love. It’s unlikely, however, that you’ll find any mention of this in most school’s core curriculum. At least not directly.
 
“My job is not to...

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