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Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

We should be seeing—and certainly feelingmore signs of better health by now, given the hefty price tag for this journey. We're paying First Class rates but finding out we’ve been bumped.

The data is clear on the reason for discontent. The Commonwealth Fund has tracked the quality  of U.S. health care since 2006 and shows it to be the most expensive system in the world even though it consistently under-performs health care systems in most other countries. What we assumed and trusted would make us healthy simply isn’t performing.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on the Psychology Today on July 21, 2012.

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

Early in 2011, while Bob and I were waiting for an elevator at the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles, Bob began chatting with someone walking by. While the two of them were deep in conversation, a retired general stepped up and asked, “Are you with Bob?”

I said, “Yes, I’m his son-in-law.”

The general looked me in the eye, as possibly only generals can do, reached out, took hold of my shirtsleeve, and said, “That man makes life worth living.” He meant it.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on July 16, 2012.

Anna Bowness-Park

By Anna Bowness-Park

Helping patients gain control over decisions about their health, and understanding the mental and emotional issues that lie at the root of health problems, are the key factors in one physician's efforts to contribute to improved health care.

It's a new health paradigm that Dr. Nelie Johnson of Maple Ridge has incorporated into her counselling practice. "Medicine," she says, "is great at making a diagnosis, and it is good at life-saving treatments, emergencies, trauma, etc. However, it primarily comes from a physical perspective, and what I have learned is that the physical perspective is all very well, but it is often not enough.

This blog by Anna Bowness-Park was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on July 14, 2012.

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

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?"

It's the kind of question that takes on greater significance the more you think about it. On a micro level it's about the side-effects of side-effects, which Dr. Barsky said was an enormous problem and one for which he didn't have an answer.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on the Huffington Post on July 13, 2012.

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

Citizen Opinion is your – the reader's – space on The Bay Citizen: Speak your minds, offer perspectives on the news of the day. Starting today, we're taking time to introduce Citizen Opinion bloggers with weekly profiles. 

Meet Eric Nelson, a media and legislative spokesman for Christian Science in Northern California. 

Marie McIntosh: You're one of Citizen Opinion's top contributors. What made you want to blog for The Bay Citizen?

This blog by Eric Nelson was published in the Bay Citizen on July 6, 2012.

Steve Salt

By Steve Salt

"You look tired," she said.  "Thanks," I replied reluctantly.  I thought I felt fine, but after her comment I wasn't so sure, especially when I soon began to feel limp and listless.

Why the sickly response to my friend's innocent words?  Did she foresee something I didn't? 

Nope.  It turns out I was simply experiencing the "nocebo effect."

This blog by Steve Salt was published on the Cleveland Plain Dealer on July 11, 2012. 

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

Health care reform - just three simple words.

But it is a phrase that has been convulsing the political scene on both sides of the Atlantic for a long time, commanding an untold number of print and digital column inches.

In the US it is a major talking point in the presidential election campaign while in Britain a significant fall in satisfaction with the National Health Service has been linked to the often contentious debate about its future.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the Huffington Post on July 3, 2012.

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

The story goes something like this…Years ago a man living in the Middle East made some startling discoveries having to do with compassion and its relationship to health. What he found was that to the extent he expressed compassion toward others, their health and general wellbeing would improve. Sick people, those who were blind and physically deformed – even a young man who had passed on – all of them experienced remarkable recoveries as a result of their brief yet obviously life-changing interactions with this man. 

This blog by Eric Nelson was published in the Sacramento Bee on July 2, 2012. Click here to read.

This morning, June 28,  the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the health care reform law (the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional as a tax.  Therefore, beginning in 2014, many Americans (including many Christian Scientists) will be required to buy health insurance, or pay a penalty for noncompliance.  Currently, Christian Scientists are neither accommodated in nor exempted by this law.  However, we are actively working to find appropriate solutions for Christian Scientists as we continue engaging with representatives of federal and state governments.  We are encouraged by the strong bipartisan support we have seen for ensuring that the needs of Christian Scientists are considered in health care legislation and are very grateful for it.

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

This may be hard to believe, but shortly after tumbling about a thousand feet down a rock- and ice-covered mountain and suffering multiple injuries from head to toe, I had to laugh.

Despite the trauma, despite the pain, and despite the fact that it would be hours before anyone would find me laying flat on my back in the middle of nowhere, the words of a familiar hymn came to mind and made me smile. And then chuckle.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on Blog Critics on June 13, 2012.

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