Christian Science in the news
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New labels for disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association has shown to increase the severity of conditions simply based on their disease classification. This is opening the discussion for the effect our minds can have on our bodies.
This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the HuffingtonPost on Feb. 12, 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.
“Bugs,” the two year old boy said as he pointed to an irritated patch of skin on his face. Mary Leitao looked closer, and although she found no visible insects, she was startled to find colored fibers sprouting from her son’s skin. It was a summer evening in 2001 that would change the lives of the Leitao family for years to come.
This blog by Bill Scott was published on BlogCritics on Feb. 1, 2012.
What if everything we call a “miracle” isn’t so “miraculous” after all? What if it’s simply a misunderstood phenomena waiting for an explanation? What if what we now think of as impossible and supernatural suddenly became possible and completely natural – for everyone?
This blog by Eric Nelson was published on OwningPink on Jan. 4, 2012.
What this Navy SEAL is expressing is not a new ideal. The practice of taking time to quiet thought on a regular basis, for the purpose of recharging our spiritual battery and achieving a sense of wellness, has been found in many cultures over the centuries.
This blog by Roger Whiteway was published on the Norfolk Navy Flagship on Feb. 1, 2012.
Some people are surprised to hear that spirituality ever had a role in healing. However, not counting this blog site, I believe you will hear more and more about the importance of spirituality in regards to health issues.
Perhaps we've all forgotten that religions and religious organizations were the first sponsors of medical care institutions.
This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Lubbock Avalanche Journal on Jan. 30, 2012.
The onward march of dematerialisation hasn't been only an environmental trend, it's a factor I have observed in health care too.
Today, interest in a non-material dimension to health care continues in the NHS and a steady flow of local, national and international conferences show spirituality re-emerging as a factor in well-being.
This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the HuffingtonPost on Jan. 26, 2012.