A closer look at health

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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.

Is Your Spiritual Vision 20/20?

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By Debra Chew

Because it seemed the newspapers and food labels were using a much smaller font, I saw an optometrist for an eye exam for reading glasses.  Unfortunately, I received an unwelcome diagnosis….my dimming vision was being caused by cataracts.

To read the entire article, click here.

This article was published on Chattanoogan.com on March 16, 2015

Face fear of disease head on

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By Bob Clark

You know things are bad when "phobophobia" (fear of fear itself) becomes one of 530 documented phobias now on record.

Many medical doctors agree that a large percentage of disease is rooted in fear and anxiety. These are also the biggest drivers of overdiagnosis and overtreatment, two chief causes of the upward spiraling cost of health care. Gilbert Welch chronicles and analyzes this phenomenon in his 2012 book Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health.

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This article was published on Tampa Bay Times on March 19, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.