The next breakthrough in health is here
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.
The Press Room blog includes articles published in other news media outlets that relate to health and Christian Science.
Eating a balanced meal should not be as complicated as a chemistry experiment. Is it possible to live one’s life fully without being subject to the ever-changing theories and beliefs around what constitutes good eating? No question that it is important to nourish our body, but not at the expense of our mind, heart and spirit.
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This article was published on 40 South News on April 4, 2014.
The answer to this question depends primarily on what prayer is, and what it does. Mouthing lofty words that have divine, spiritual or holy connotations cannot really of themselves heal. Many would also admit, from personal experience, that pleading in desperation to a humanly mighty Deity who plays favorites and must be pestered to gain any kind of attention, does not particularly yield the fruit of healing. Parroting familiar words of inspiration originally provided by inspired individuals can certainly not be the measure of the prayer that has the ability to heal.
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This article was published on The Guardian on April 6, 2014-page 12
Placebos are a trending topic in the public discussion on health. This section contains some articles on the subject by colleagues.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.