The concept of mind we’re all familiar with is fast becoming the mind of the past. The decision-maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, stubborn will, and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we’re finding out. Human mind 1.0.
You see them all the time in the news - statistics on the number of people who were in the hospital last year, the rate at which people will catch the flu this winter and numerous other statistics about some aspect of our health.
Researchers use these biological health statistics to figure out risk factors and develop ways to prevent, control and treat or manage disease.
Have you ever heard the statement, “There are no atheists in a foxhole”? I recently came across this statement, and it really brought to mind the idea that although most of us aren’t actually hunkered down in a war zone foxhole, figuratively many of us feel that we are as we fight for health. It can actually feel like a combat zone for anyone who has a serious health condition, addiction, emotional stress, or other crises. And in these situations, people are more inclined to seek a higher power for help.
It seems to govern so much of our lives. It starts as a child with birthdays, balloons and excitement, before increasing in pace as teenagerhood, careers and the pressure of family life add their demands. Finally there's the senior years which seem to bring to a crescendo the "tick tock" of the body clock.
Have you been hired in a job that the simple requirement is to be joyful?
When I came to the United States and landed a job with an American family, the first question they asked me was, “Can you give joy?”
Well, I got the job, and the joy that is within me was doubled because as I worked with this family, I found out that when we give more, we receive more – not materially but a priceless peace of mind and steady healthy consciousness.
¿Qué es lo que buscas en tu vida? Y ¿cómo encontrarlo?
Muchos en la sociedad no logran encontrar su propósito, sufren de depresión y, en desespero, se vuelven al alcohol. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) informa que “cada año mueren en el mundo 3.3 millones de personas a consecuencia del consumo nocivo de alcohol, lo que representa un 5.9 por ciento de todas las defunciones”.
The folks at Stanford School of Medicine are putting doctors in touch with their patients. Literally.
To this end, faculty member Abraham Verghese and his team provide training for 25 hands-on physical exams that, according to Verghese, are given little if any attention beyond the typical med student’s first or second year of training – “old-fashioned” stuff like tapping the knee to check for reflexes, shining a light to test for pupil dilation and how to use the tried and true tongue depressor.
Gratitude allows us to move through life with more grace, affording greater rest and peace.
There’s an old saying that if you’ve forgotten the language of gratitude, you’ll never be on speaking terms with happiness. Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and inter-faith scholar, would likely agree with this old proverb. In a 2013 TedTalk on gratitude in Edinburgh, Scotland, he suggested that happiness is an outcome of gratitude in our lives. He points out that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but rather gratitude that makes us happy.
“You all know this, but it’s worth stating the obvious,” declared Amy McGuire, a genomic bioethicist from Baylor College of Medicine at the start of this year’s TEDMED conference in San Francisco. “Genomic sequencing is not an infallible prophecy of our future.”
A bold statement to say the least, especially considering her audience – an eclectic collection of doctors, nurses, medical researchers and others intent on improving the world’s health and health care using the most advanced and innovative means possible.
Yes, I do believe that religion can be scientific.
In a recent article on this website, Swami Kriyananda asks the question, "Can We Make Religion Scientific?"
To me, religion is a set of beliefs about God. It could also include certain practices relating to those beliefs. No matter what our religion, I think each of us in his/her own way, is seeking to learn more about God, to build up our understanding of this higher power.
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.
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.
Who would have thought that a simple ’thank you’ is worthy of a scientific study?
Robert Emmons, Ph.D., and professor at the University of California, Davis, has written the first major scientific study on gratitude - its causes, and potential impact on human health. Published findings from his studies have shown that a conscious focus on blessings improved moods, coping skills and overall physical well-being.
For many, health care is no longer just about caring for their body. People are waking up to what they can do to contribute to their health on a mental level. That often means considering the healthy impact of their spiritual practice, whether that involves regular visits to the temple, the mosque, a meditation room, or church. There's now plenty of research to support these findings.
En una entrevista que le hicieron a la doctora en cardiologia Mimi Guarneri, autor del libro de El corazón habla, señala la estrecha relación que existe entre las emociones y el corazón, cómo se altera debido a ellos. Según sus investigaciónes, cuando se experimenta alegría, gratitud y todo cuano se puede llamar emociones positivas, armonizan los latidos del corazón.
“What makes diamonds a good investment?” I asked my friend who is somewhat of a diamond expert. He listed four reasons – indestructibility, portability, stability and encashability. In other words, not only are diamonds considered to be almost indestructible, but their size makes them easy to carry, their prices are stable and they can be easily sold internationally.
The new science of epigenetics shows that genes and DNA are not static and do not control our biology, but are controlled by signals from outside the cell, including our positive and negative thoughts. Molecules don’t trigger events in our cells; mind does!
Tomar decisões acertadas sem se deixar influenciar pelo estresse ou por impulsos momentâneos. Quem não deseja desfrutar dessa liberdade?
Esse tem sido um tópico quente de diversas pesquisas, que discutem as consequências de se tomar decisões sob o efeito do estresse. Contudo, para o público leigo, persiste uma questão de ordem prática: Como fazer no dia a dia? É possível elevar o pensamento acima do sentimento de ansiedade e ter a certeza de que se está no caminho certo?
People have been defining and re-defining the word “health” for a long time now. Today the word most often refers to physical health, and the phrase “health care” has come to mean primarily care of the body. But it hasn’t always been that way.
Major change. For those who use iPhones and iPads, Apple just launched a thorough update of their operating system for its customers. Without requesting it, a new icon appears when this software is downloaded. It is the “Health” icon. I didn’t ask for it. It just appeared.
I absolutely could not believe it! Here we were, new to Tennessee and invited to our first social event. The house was beautiful, full of our newly made friends – and here I was sneezing uncontrollably…eyes watering…and breathing troubled. We quickly finished the meal, made our apologies and left. The culprit: a very large hairy dog.
George Bernard Shaw once said, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” Cultivating the right state of mind can help one stay active and vibrant.
A centenarian friend of mine seemed to understand this point. She lived alone in an upstairs apartment with no elevator. She did all her own cooking and cleaning, kept her house spotless, and managed her own investments. She often said, “I don’t believe God sees me as old.” This centenarian saw age as a reflection of a divine view, not as a number of years.
Let’s just say, the initial response I received was less than encouraging.
I had just been appointed as the media and legislative rep for the Christian Science Church in Northern California and was looking for ways to connect with those reporters and editors who I thought might have some interest in what I had to share. An introductory email seemed like an obvious way to get the ball rolling, but what I was really aiming for were face-to-face meetings.
When people recover from a serious disease, they sometimes go public. If they're persons of faith, they often thank God for the healing. This has stirred some pretty lively discussion in the media about the contributions of science and faith. Why do some people credit God for healing?
Well over a century before anyone had ever heard of TEDMED, an annual confab of movers and shakers deeply interested in making the world a better, healthier place to live, religious reformer and health care maverick Mary Baker Eddy proclaimed, “The time for thinkers has come.” Thankfully that time is still here and continues to generate ever more exciting advancements in human understanding, particularly within the field of health.
Hoarding less stuff in less space can lead to more happiness.
That's the view of writer and designer Graham Hill in a thought-provoking TED talkthat has attracted over 2.3 million views.
Hill has walked the talk of his minimalism. He room-tested his claims by moving into a 420 sq ft Manhattan apartment, ingeniously and beautifully custom-designed to seamlessly accommodate his "less = more" philosophy.
With public discussion focusing on depression and suicide, don't be tricked into identifying with self-destructive dark thoughts.
Contagion. It’s been in the news lately in regard to the Ebola outbreak. And, in a more subtle way, in regard to the recent suicide of comedian, Robin Williams. You might be wondering what contagion and suicide have to do with each other? At first glance, not much.
"Whatever blesses one blesses all..." Mary Baker Eddy shared this verity a century ago. It's true. The merits of neighborliness, brotherhood and sisterhood are countless and favorably impact entire communities as well as nations. And interestingly enough, being a good neighbor affects you!
Helping neighbors has a boomerang effect that comes back to bless you too. It might seem counterintuitive, but being the giver puts you on the receiving end of good things.
You may have noticed lots of headlines lately about the rise of prescription drugs – in particular, opioid painkillers – as a major cause of addiction and death by overdose.
Pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors. And, over the past decade, opioids have been the drug of choice; but this course of treatment has come with undesired side effects such as addiction, dependency and, more recently, a growing death toll.
Ogni attimo della nostra giornata è scandito dal tempo, tutto è misurato in minuti e ore, tutto ha un inizio e una fine. Ed è così che viviamo contando gli anni che ci allontanano o ci avvicinano a traguardi, eventi e persone. Nel suo libro Scienza e Salute con Chiave delle Scritture, la signora Eddy cita l'articolo apparso nel Lancet che racconta della ragazza che aspetta per anni alla finestra, nella speranza di vedere la persona amata tornare e priva della percezione del tempo non invecchia. "Credendo di continuare a vivere in quello stesso momento che l'aveva separata dal suo innamorato e senza contare gli anni, stava tutto il giorno alla finestra ad aspettare il suo ritorno. In questo stato mentale essa rimase giovane".
Recently, under darkness of night, members of a Wildlife SOS team, devoted to protecting animals in India, approached a cruelly confined elephant.
Cavan Sieczkowski, in a HuffingtonPost article, wrote of the rescue attempt in India, “For 50 years, Raju the elephant was abused, held shackled in spiked chains and forced to live off scraps from passing tourists.”
In making a case for aiding spirituality with materialty in treating disease, many have cited the Biblical story of Naaman (II Kings), healed of leprosy by dipping seven times in the River Jordan, according to the instruction of Prophet Elisha. Yet, if the Bible is not taken only in its literal meaning, a deeper look at the account serves to prove that matter has no place in spiritual healing.
Entretanto, se para muitas pessoas o inverno está associado à realização de certas atividades prazerosas, há uma categoria de “pensamentos invernais” que certamente não agrada: as assim chamadas “doenças de inverno”
(Taking the scarves out of the closet, testing a new soup recipe and drinking a nice hot chocolate are some of the many amusements of those who enjoy winter. However, whereas many people associate winter with certain pleasurable activities, there is a category of “wintry thoughts”, which certainly nobody likes: the so-called “winter diseases.”)
Rolling her eyes, my neighbor described a health breakthrough she’d read about. She was mirroring the same attitude of hope with reservations that many have when they hear those ads promoting the latest treatment for diseases.
Of course the draw to breakthroughs is great. Everyone wants to be well.
During a recent TV interview I was asked, “How do you pray?” “Desire is prayer," I found myself quoting from the book that has largely informed my spiritual discipline as a Christian Scientist, " . . . and no loss can occur from trusting God with our desires, that they may be moulded and exalted before they take form in words and in deeds” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 1).
If, as they say, cleanliness (and clutter-free living) is next to godliness, then my future is bright.
It’s always been appealing to me to pare down unimportant things and filter out the excess information that quickly adds up to an overloaded life. Streamlining whenever possible comes natural and feels right
“Oh, my aching body” was the prevailing theme at the table of a recent event I attended. The chatter included details of operations, diseases, and drugs; and almost everyone professed to have a bionic body due to knee or hip replacement surgeries. Along with discussing the ins and outs of the ailments themselves, my friends referenced various sources – physicians, medical journals, online medical information sites – as authorities they turn to for help.
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.