Depending on your devotion to the Divine, it’s likely that by simply reading the headline of this column you’ve already decided on an answer. It’s also likely that regardless of any arguments that might be presented, your opinion won’t change. Perhaps the larger issue, then, isn’t whether you answer in the affirmative or negative, but whether you feel it’s a question worth asking.
“You don’t need a medical degree to say, ‘I love you,’” writes Pamela Wible, MD, in an article at KevinMD.com. “Just three simple words can heal more wounds than all the doctors in the world.”
Studies show that love heals physical wounds and reduces stress. Researchers are also looking into whether love improves the immune system. I believe they will find love to be a medicine for every ill.
Desde el coche, en una larga avenida de la linda ciudad de Puebla, México, una amiga lee un espectacular con una foto de un hombre y una frase en gran letras: “Cuando el médico comprende a su paciente, cura sin receta”.
From the car, on a wide avenue of the beautiful city of Puebla, Mexico, a friend read a billboard with a picture of a man and a phrase in large letters: "When the doctor understands his patient, he heals without prescription."
All the teams were seated around the infield of the Little League Baseball field. My twin brother, Kevin, and I were decked out in our uniforms, sitting and laughing in our team’s cluster between the pitcher’s mound and third base.
It was All-Star selection day. My heart raced in anticipation.
The league was made up of ten, eleven, and twelve year olds. Kevin and I were twelve.
"Who are you wearing?" The favorite opening query of many a red carpet reporter is taking on new meaning these days for anyone focused on health.
A new crop of designers is making a name for themselves, but you probably haven't heard of them yet. Their creations are called 'wearables', clothes and accessories that monitor your body's vital signs. It is one of the hot trends in health care.
The moments that followed a deep-down prayer for help many years ago had an all-alone, helpless feel to them. On the surface, nothing had changed and I was heartbroken. Hours of contemplation, listening, yearning to be heard and helped, and still no answer, no help. If there was a divine influence nearby, able to help me progress in my life, it was ignoring me.
Savory or sweet might be our menu preferences but Dr. Andrew Weil suggests that “Bitter is Better” in his recent Huffington Post article (April 28, 2014) regarding the food we eat. Of course, it makes good sense to rebalance our eating with some less sweet tasting vegetables along with our more habitual fare. Variety in diet has always made sense.
How many times have you heard “I’m addicted to chocolate” or “I’m addicted to my morning coffee?” These statements sound familiar and generally innocuous. Someone is simply sharing that they like something so much they want it all the time. But, there is nothing harmless when it comes to addictions to drugs or alcohol.
At first blush Apple’s new ‘Health’ app looks pretty slick, a real game changer. Developed with help from the Mayo Clinic, it’s the first app of its kind to seamlessly integrate personal information from any number of other health-related apps into a single location. But for all its slickness, it seems to have left what many consider to be the most important barometer of our health on the coding table.
This unequivocal statement deserves investigation, if only to determine whether there is any authority for such a radical thought, and to discover whether the statement has been or can be proved in practical terms. The meaning of spiritual understanding, the said premise for healing, must be defined.
It’s planting time in Illinois! From rural farms to suburban backyards to high-rise city pots, it’s time to plant those seeds.
But there is another kind of planting you can do. Consider planting more spirituality in your life. Why? For one reason, spirituality has many health benefits. A Johns Hopkins Health Alert stated, “A growing body of research suggests that religion and spirituality may help some people better cope with illness, depression and stress.”
I recently returned to my rural childhood home, where I hadn’t been for decades. I found I still had vivid memories of past events, even though buildings had decayed and schools were closed. I had a chance to catch up with those I hadn’t seen since I was a teenager: What were they doing with their lives? Were they fulfilling their dreams and achieving the purposes they had outlined years ago? How did they see themselves?
How should you react when you feel you have been wronged? The better way is to turn the other cheek according to noted personalities like Maya Angelou, who walked the talk of forgiving under trying circumstances.
A desire for self-knowledge can bring with it what I call the dark attic effect. Venture up there and turn on the light and who knows what you’ll encounter. Imagine all the dust and nests and hidden creatures lurking in the darkness. Reason enough to avoid climbing into the attic in the first place, right?
But then nothing changes. The darkness, and what thrives in it, remains.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Those funny ears? Plentiful wrinkles? Your physical features? Perhaps your attention is drawn to something less evident but more significant—the glint in your eyes, your expression and demeanor, unique soulful qualities.
I ask because the way you see yourself has a bearing on your health.
If the old saying is true that aging is not for the faint of heart, then Ambler must have a strong vibrant community core. Rather than crumbling with age, this town is ever being re-invented with fresh new ideas based on an old theme. Buildings have been re-built inside and out while preserving their original charm. New businesses have taken up residence. Some are growing roots.
Do our genes control our destinies? The new science of epigenetics is challenging that theory.
“It’s all in the genes” is a comment we hear often. Whether it is about our health problems, weight issues or temperament, we have been educated to believe we are programmed a certain way even before birth, and that there is not much we can do but grin and bear it.
Let’s try some word association. If I say messaging you might come back with instant, or texting, or SMS, or WhatsApp. In the not-too-distant past you might have said pencil-and-paper. If we went way back, to April 1860, when the Pony Express was new and considered the fastest letter delivery service ever, we likely would have heard that name mentioned with a bit of excitement. 1,800 miles in a breathtaking 10 days!
There I was having dinner with my husband, his boss and the boss’s wife. I wanted to make a good impression and was fine until I saw out of the corner of my eye – a cat. I thought, “Oh, no. Please don’t come near me.” I was at that time so afraid of being near a cat. All of my friends and family knew I was allergic to them and made sure that when I came to visit, any cat was securely locked away. But the boss and his wife did not know that.
“Every moment of life … is more or less of a turning-point. Opportunities are swarming around us all the time, thicker than gnats at sundown.”1. So wrote nineteenth century American educator and clergyman Henry Van Dyke.
How to know which way to turn? And, are we really free to choose any opportunity?
Womanhood is wholeness and full of bliss. It is a blessed idea and reflection of the divine. And, when understood spiritually, it goes beyond one’s gender. It is an idea, divinely protected and cherished.
While many women dream of becoming a happy bride some day, one particular book on Spirituality and Health describes the concept of BRIDE as follows:
“BRIDE. Purity and innocence, conceiving man in the idea of God; a sense of Soul, which has spiritual bliss and enjoys but cannot suffer” (Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures; by Mary Baker Eddy)
There is a difference between the brain and the mind. One very obvious difference is that the brain is a physical organ, while the mind is intangible and inorganic. The crucial consequence of this difference is that thought is a mental, rather than a physically dependent activity. Many wrongly assume that the mind resides vaguely in the head region, somewhere beneath the skull. It is therefore wrong to say for instance ‘Think! Use your brain.’ The brain cannot think.
Estaba en el aeropuerto, volviendo de un viaje a Albuquerque, Nuevo México, cuando vi una tienda con lindas piezas de arte y cosas muy interesantes. Entré, y compré unas cositas que me gustaron mucho, incluso un libro escrito por el Dr. Wayne Peate, un médico que estudió en Dartmouth y Harvard y hoy es profesor de medicina y salud pública de la Universidad de Arizona, en Tucson.