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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.
The Press Room blog includes articles published in other news media outlets that relate to health and Christian Science.
If only I lost those extra pounds, If only so-and-so wasn't in my life, If only I got a raise, If only I was younger, If only I hadn't said that...
These refrains can seem as solid as a concrete wall. They have a way of putting off happiness and health in the present, making them seem like only a remote possibility in the future.
I've found that if I can detect these sneaky thoughts quickly, and do something about them, they lose their foothold. Take grudges, for example. There are plenty of studies that show how holding onto past wrongs is a negative influence on health.
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This article was published on Huffington Post on May 5, 2015
“Spirituality should be considered one of the vital signs in the care and treatment of patients,” said Christina M. Puchalski, MD, FACP, Founder and Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health (GWish). She was speaking to over 400 chaplains, physicians, nurses, and researchers from all around the world who were attending the second annual HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) Caring for the Human Spirit Conference held in Orlando in late April. The attendees participated in various workshops and several of them focused on integrating spirituality into care for those suffering from mental illness.
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This article was published on Chattanoogan.com on May 5, 2015
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.