Consciousness and Health

Consciousness and Health Taking a deeper look at the undeniable connection between mind and body from a writer and speaker on matters of health, and a practitioner of Christian Science.

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What Christmas Means For Our Health

What Christmas Means For Our Health

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 the book...

The Promise and Potential of Compassion

The Promise and Potential of Compassion

It would seem that over the years the widely accepted definition of compassion – that is, a feeling of deep sympathy coupled with the desire to alleviate the suffering of others – has been watered down somewhat.


Take the word “alleviate.” While alleviating someone’s pain might include the actual removal of it, it really just...

Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

Does Being Spiritual and Religious Make You Uncool?

The Ariel Atom is one of the quickest cars on earth, reaching a speed of 100 km/h in just under 2.5 seconds. Even faster is the time between when some people say “I’m spiritual” and “but not religious,” as if within those few milliseconds they might be mistaken for someone misguided, deluded or just...

What Is It About Giving Thanks That Makes Us Healthy?

What Is It About Giving Thanks That Makes Us Healthy?

In remarks made to a conference convened this summer by Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center (GGSC), renowned gratitude expert Dr. Robert Emmons explained why giving thanks is so appealing to so many. “Gratitude has the power to heal, to energize and to change lives,” he said. More specifically, gratitude increases our...

Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Moving From The Right To Die To The Desire To Live

Regardless of your feelings about Brittany Maynard’s decision to die on her own terms, the story is a tragic one. 


After being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, the former Bay Area resident and her husband moved from California to Oregon – one of only five states where it’s legal to terminate your own...

A Little Humility Can Lead To A Lot Of Health

A Little Humility Can Lead To A Lot Of Health

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


Come again?...

Are you identifying yourself as a disease?

Are you identifying yourself as a disease?

“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.
 
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“Within two minutes,...

Increased trust, decreased fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

Increased trust, decreased fear, in the doctor-patient relationship

Does it really matter if your doctor appreciates the power of prayer? For me it may not have been the most important factor to consider but, ultimately, a significant if unexpected plus.


I had spent the better part of three weeks in the hospital, lying in traction, recovering from a number of injuries following a...

Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

Removing Fear Essential To Health and Healing

The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally. 


To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training –...

"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

"The Connection" Explores Potential For Mind-Body Medicine

The story is pretty straightforward. Shannon Harvey got sick, really sick, and began trying all sorts of therapies, both conventional and alternative, to get better. Then she happened to read something on Google – on page 20 of her search results, no less – that made her realize that, in her words, in...

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