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Studies (and life) prove it: Prayer works

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By Katie Brown

I know a man who was once very sick and angry who later became a well, kind and caring person. Not only I but many others know this man and have seen the changes.

His restored health and improved behavior were the result of prayer. It’s an approach that is on the rise but remains something neither a medical researcher nor a trained psychologist would be able to document with quantitative proof – despite the clear evidence of change.

Such experiences beg the question whether life experience is at least as valid as clinical research and trials. To actually experience the benefits of prayer usually adds credence to prayer. People who have used prayer to maintain or improve their physical health with effective results look to their life experience rather than statistical data for the proof of prayer.

This blog by Katie Brown was published on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette on November 3, 2012.

Are you sick of politics? No, I mean literally!

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

Overdosed on campaign rhetoric? Tired of political advertisements? You’re in luck. Official vote counting is about to begin.

As tired of this long political season as you may be, there are some who are actually sick and tired. The stress over political battles has impacted their health.

It’s good to be an involved citizen, but, nasty politics can cause extremes in thought and unpleasant physical symptoms. It seems the more negative a political campaign gets, the more illness is experienced.

While you should support and vote for candidates you truly feel can best govern, getting caught up in the anxiety and anger of opposing sides won’t help. It will only add to what harms.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on November 5, 2012.

¿Puede nuestra mentalidad poner límites a nuestra salud y bienestar?

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By Grace Fuller

Recuerdo como si fuera ayer el día en que el médico que venía tratándome de un problema severo de asma que sufría desde la infancia, me dio la posibilidad de considerar una vida libre de esa enfermedad simplemente con ayudarme a pensar de una manera más positiva sobre mi salud.

A punto de dejar mi ciudad natal, Lima, para estudiar en el extranjero, acudí a su consulta en busca de nueva medicación de control y un plan de acción en el caso de que me afectaran las condiciones meteorológicas una vez en España.

El comentario de mi neumólogo sigue resonando en mi memoria: "¿Por qué quieres llevarte contigo la enfermedad, Grace?", me preguntó sorprendido. "¡Déjala aquí!".

Al parecer eso fue lo que hice mentalmente ese día. Las crisis asmáticas desaparecieron, así como los síntomas asociados a factores genéticos y atmosféricos de esta afección.

Aunque no lo pudiera entender en aquel momento, quedó en mí la inquietud de que la desaparición de la enfermedad había estado inequívocamente ligada a un cambio de mentalidad. Fue como si la declaración del médico hubiese penetrado profundamente en mi pensamiento, abriéndome a la posibilidad de que no se trataba de una condición biológica sino mental.

This blog by Grace Fuller was published on Huffington Post Voces on November 13, 2012.

Consciousness without brain

Roger Whiteway

By Roger Whiteway

Conscious awareness? What enables it? Is it a healthy brain, whether awake or asleep? What about an individual in a coma (no brain function), does that mean no conscious awareness? What about death?

new book by neurosurgeon, Dr. Eben Alexander, in which he describes his conscious awareness during seven days while in a coma under the care of neurosurgeons at Lynchburg General Hospital in Virgina, challenges the common understanding that consciousness is the domain of a healthy brain function.

In 2008, while “doctors weighed whether to discontinue treatment, my eyes popped open,”Alexander writes. Rather than experiencing seven lost days of no conscious awareness, with “my higher order brain functions totally offline”, he describes a life-altering journey into a very different world, which he recalls in vivid detail.

His training and experience as a neurosurgeon had taught him that consciousness was impossible during this coma, given that “the neurons of my cortex were stunned to complete inactivity”, but he found he was conscious and aware.

This blog by Roger Whiteway was published on the Washington Post on Nov. 1, 2012.

De-stress from distress through a little soul searching

Sharon Frey

By Sharon Frey

I'd never felt so unfairly accused.

My boss told me of a complaint she'd received about my attitude, management style and performance which I felt was grossly unjust.

But instead of coming to my defence, in my dumbstruck silence she said: "I think you should take tomorrow off and think about what has happened. Maybe that will help you consider how to amend your ways."

I went home, curled up on the couch, and tried not to ruminate about what had just happened. But my reaction to what had occurred kept pushing its way into my thoughts, along with questions about myself.

Talk about stressful.

This blog by Sharon Frey was published on the Huffington Post on November 8, 2012.

The changing patient of the future - from passive recipient to active participant

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, was questioned by the BBC today on views expressed in a five year old letter to a constituent.

The letter defended NHS funding of homeopathic hospitals and the question was whether the Health Minister thought homeopathic medicine worked.

That was the wrong question. That was not what his letter - written while in Opposition - actually claimed. It had emphasised that healthcare was to be "patient-led".

This blog by Tony Lobl was published in the Huffington Post on October 19, 2012.

A healthy choice for de-stressing your day

Ingrid Peschke

By Ingrid Peschke

On a recent afternoon my middle schooler reported a less than stellar grade on his French test and followed that news with several other potentially nerve-racking comments about his school day. I stood at the kitchen island sorting mail and nodding to his news while he ate his afternoon snack.

“Mom, did you hear me??”

There was a time when I might have reacted, but not this day. 

Sometimes there’s so much talk about stress that the word alone can make you feel stressed out! That’s why our family has a virtual ban on the word in our household. It just seems unnatural to hear your teenager talking about “stress levels” and “overload.”

This blog by Ingrid Peschke was published on the Framingham Patch on October 24, 2012.

Don't worry be happy !

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By Alex Fischer

"Don't worry, be happy," ["ne vous inquiétez pas, soyez heureux"] dit le tube des années 80. Plutôt banal, voire même utopique comme conseil... Soyons honnête, il existe un paquet de choses qui nous rendent mal à l'aise.

Environ 1 adulte sur 4 souffre d'un type de trouble psychologique diagnosticable, ce n'est donc pas un mystère si les professionnels de la santé ont érigé ce mois -octobre 2012- en Mois du dépistage de la dépression et de la santé mentale.

Les professionnels de santé sont inquiets du niveau d'inquiétude prévalant et de son impact sur la santé. Le magazine Health beat publié par la Faculté de médecine de Harvard a traité récemment des troubles généralisés de l'anxiété.

This blog by Alex Fischer was published on Mon Psychologies on October 25, 2012.

Will 'Escape Fire' help change health care?

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By Donald Ingwerson

A lot people have been discussing the documentary film Escape Fire, and it might seem that everything’s already been said. But I can’t put the story out of my mind.

I keep thinking about what I would have done if I were one of those fire fighters. What if I had been one of those smoke jumpers who parachuted into that raging forest fire in Helena National Forest August 5, 1949, and found myself being overrun by changing fire conditions? With that terrifying inferno coming up behind him, smoke jumper foreman Wag Dodge took a counterintuitive approach. He stopped running, lit a match, and burned the brush around him, hypothesizing that the fire would jump over his area. He called on his crew to join him, but they didn’t. Dodge guessed correctly about his escape fire and survived; Thirteen members of his crew did not.

Dr. Donald Berwick, former head of Medicare and Medicaid, relates this anecdote, and ties it to the film’s point that we are embedded in the health care status quo, prisoners of old habits, and that unless we can change how we think about and deal with this situation, we are doomed to fiscal catastrophe.

This blog by Donald Ingwerson was published on Blogcritics on October 26, 2012.

Comprendre la douleur

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By Alex Fischer

Vous vous coincez le doigt. Ça fait mal, mais la douleur n'est pas dans le doigt démontrent les dernières études médicales.

Plusieurs études montrent en effet que la douleur se situe au niveau de votre cerveau et de votre état de pensée.

Dr. Sean Mackey est responsable de la division Gestion de la douleur à la Faculté de médecine de Stanford (Etats-Unis). Il explique: "Nous passons beaucoup de temps à expliquer aux patients le concept que la douleur est fondamentalement un phénomène se passant au niveau du cerveau. (...) L'idée est que la douleur est un phénomène cérébral; en réalité, la douleur n'existe pas dans notre doigt ou dans notre dos."

Si la douleur ne réside pas dans le membre endolori, cela expliquerait alors le phénomène des douleurs ressenties dans un membre pourtant amputé.

This blog by Alex Fischer was published on Mon Psychologies on October 24, 2012.

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