Here in California, the great health care reform countdown has begun, with less than a month to go before our Covered California insurance marketplace opens its doors to those needing to buy a policy before the federally mandated January 1 deadline.
That much we know for certain. What remains to be seen, however, is whether simply adding more people to the pool will translate into better health for policyholders.
The following is a conversation I recently had with Eva M. Selhub, M.D., author of The Love Response(Ballantine 2009) and co-author of Your Brain on Nature (Wiley 2012). Dr. Selhub has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has trained health care professionals from all over the world. She's a clinical associate of the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an integrative medicine specialist in Waltham, Mass.
A rumour going around for, oh, several millennia, is that God's divine m.o. includes sending suffering to teach us to love Him.
That view has always mystified me.
When I was a kid and ill my parents comforted me. They did all they could to help me. And later they would celebrate my recovery. So how could I believe in a heavenly parent who would even leave us in pain, much less cause it?
Pain is one of the darkest and loneliest places there is, and I speak from experience. One in five Canadians suffer from the effects of chronic pain on a daily basis according to a 2010 Nanos Survey. The problem with chronic pain is that it’s not something we can ignore or put up with, because it feels like a constant assailant. It colours each day with grey or even black tones, so much so that many will reach for any solution to vanquish the dull throbbing or acute presence of this enemy. And, in the urgent search for relief that millions reach for, we are now increasingly witnessing the heartbreaking and deadly effects from the overuse and misuse of painkillers.
El escultor francés del Siglo XIX, Augusto Rodin, se caracterizó por producciones de gran realismo. La actitud de una de sus más importantes esculturas, “El Pensador”, es más una observación que una ejecución, solitaria y en un estado de profunda tranquilidad y quietud, pero sabemos que todo pensador puede sugerir internamente una multitud de pensamientos en acción, en movimiento, adoptando nuevas ideas, nuevas formas y alternativas para su vida y experiencia.
The nineteenth century French sculptor, Auguste Rodin, was characterized by highly realistic productions. The attitude of one of his most important sculpture,...
This article was published on the clarin.com on August 23, 2013.
In the final minutes of a lunchtime talk sponsored by the Harvard Medical School, someone in the audience had a question for the two guest speakers, both of whom were there to talk about the placebo effect and its opposite, the nocebo effect. The question to Associate Professor Ted Kaptchuck and Senior Faculty Arthur Barsky went something like this:
"What effect do you think the wide advertisement of drugs on television and media ... and sometimes I listen to the side-effects that they cite in the ads, which can include death ... what kind of problem is it for physicians when a patient comes in with prior knowledge of side effects?"
Is relying on prayer in lieu of conventional medicine a viable alternative for your health? It depends, in part, on how you define prayer.
If the assumption is that prayer is little more than a shot in the dark, a desperate plea to an unknown entity to do something He or It isn’t naturally inclined to do, then no, it’s probably not a good idea. On the other hand, if by “prayer” you mean a particular discipline of thought that benefits both mind and body, then yes, without a doubt.
Michael Kirsch, MD, in “Can prayer heal the sick?” wrote about a woman who, after going through a surgery in 1985, was informed that she most likely had only one to two years to live. “The patient and her husband were devastated.” The husband “related the tragic news to his three children, ages 3, 5 and 8.”
Have you ever considered what it would be like to always be in good health? After all, health should be the norm, right?
If this seems near impossible, then doesn’t this beg the question, “What are we missing?”
This article was published on the MLive on July 31, 2013.
God As The Physician
By Moji Solanke
In an address on June 6, 1899, Mary Baker Eddy, a renowned Christian healer, with an unprecedented record of success in spiritual healing, announced that ‘divine Love’, [a name she used to signify God], ‘is our only physician, and never loses a case’. She spoke from personal experience spanning over thirty years; and for another 10 years after she gave that address, until her passing in 1910, she continued to heal, and teach others to heal spiritually, by prayerfully understanding that God is the only physician.