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We're following the latest health trends, some of which point to how consciousness affects health. Current pioneers are looking into whether it's possible to govern thought so that one can expect consistent health. Similarly, a pioneer in the mind/health connection in the late 1800's, Mary Baker Eddy, experimented with these ideas as well. She ultimately concluded that the human mind was subordinate to the divine Mind, which has broad implications on health today.

This page contains videos and blogs about these ideas.

Mary Baker Eddy, pioneer on health.

Videos

Meet Rick. A growth appeared on his body, and so he decided to pray about it as he's done throughout his life studying Christian Science. Within days it completely disappeared.

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Press Room blog

The Press Room blog includes articles published in other news media outlets that relate to health and Christian Science.

Instant Gratification, Instant Fear

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

Two items in the news last week never seemed more unrelated. One was a commentary on personal finances and the need to resist instant gratification. The other was one of many stories on Ebola. Not the outbreak of the disease, but the spread of fear surrounding it.

Both pieces – one on passion, the other on panic – had a common thread. They each urged greater self-control.

To read the entire article, click here.

This article was published on Psychology Today on October 10, 2014

The essential ingredients for youth mental health

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By Kay Stroud

The years between 15-25 are frequently a time of questioning and great discovery, but like many others I found them difficult. I had to deal with chronic disease, failure in my chosen career, a persistent lack of self-worth along with indecision about an alternative career path, and loneliness. 
Although never diagnosed, a psychologist would probably have called me depressed.

To read the entire article, click here.

This article was published on Coast Daily on October 07, 2014

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The placebo effect

Placebos are a trending topic in the public discussion on health. This section contains some articles on the subject by colleagues.

Linda Ross

By Linda Ross

Many of you may have seen the recent 60 Minutes segment exploring the placebo effect, pointing out the effect of a patient’s thought on their health outcomes. The results of the research were astounding in identifying that placebos are often as effective as drugs in treating mild and moderate depression.  Hearing this report was almost as striking for me as the first time I saw on television someone telling about being healed through prayer alone.

This blog by Linda Ross was published on the Creedible on Feb. 27, 2012.

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

CBS Television News magazine, 60 Minutes, aired a segment that correspondent Lesley Stahl described as “explosive” in promos for the piece. The segment discussed the new scientific research that is creating a stir in the medical community.

Stahl interviewed psychologist Irving Kirsch, associate director of the Placebo Studies Program at Harvard Medical School. Kirsch’s research challenges the effectiveness of antidepressants. He said the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2012.

John Clague

By John Clague

The Institute of Medicine released a report in June describing the prevalence of chronic pain in America. They report that it “affects at least 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.” So, what methods can be used to treat pain?

Bob Cummings

By Bob Cummings

The placebo effect is usually considered to be the curative effective resulting from patients equipping a sugar pill with their belief in its ability to help. But it turns out that the placebo effect can result from the thought of the caregiver as well.

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It turns out that in 1993 Dr. Peter Kramer published a blockbuster bestseller called Listening to Prozac. Kramer claimed in the book that Prozac and other SSRIs (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors) provided a near miraculous cure for depression. For those whose faith in the power of drugs may have reached an almost religious zeal, the reality has turned out to be more nightmare than miracle.

Steve Salt

By Steve Salt

The results are in.  Another study has been published on the effectiveness of placebos in treating pain even when the patient knows he is taking one.  The study, published in an issue of PLoS One, reports that researchers saw clear evidence of positive results when placebo pills were prescribed to patients.