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Spirituality and beating breast cancer

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By Debra Chew

Today, I passed the local hospital and saw a large pink ribbon on the sign in front. And, pink water rushed forth from the beautiful water fountain at the entrance. Well, of course, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The country’s awareness of this important issue for women’s health is particularly important to me as well, for I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor.     

I can still remember that day.  I had gone to Ohio to be with my mother, Miriam Parker, as she had a suspicious lump removed from her breast.  Her surgeon was not concerned, thinking the outcome would be the same as several other lumps he had removed from her breasts through the years. For that reason, when the call came, it was quite shocking to both of us. Cancer? Not my mom! She was too young. She was fit, healthy, and full of life in her sixties. She couldn’t possibly be facing cancer. What did that mean for her future?

This blog by Debra Chew was published on the Chattanoogan on October 22, 2012.

Riez, c'est bon pour la santé !

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By Alex Fischer

La semaine dernière, un ami à posté cette phrase sur Facebook : « Saisissez toutes les occasions de rire. C'est de la médecine pas chère. » (Lord Byron). Cela m'a interpelé.

Puis en surfant un peu sur le net, je suis tombé sur une photo de Barack Obama posant à coté d'un membre de l'« Association de l'humour thérapeutique appliqué » (www.aath.org).

Vous vous souvenez du carnage qui a eu lieu l'année dernière aux Etats-Unis ? Une députée américaine s'était fait tirer dessus en pleine réunion publique. Il y avait eu six morts et plusieurs blessés.

Eh bien l’association en question a rapporté que « passé les premiers jours de choc, plusieurs patients et leurs familles ont eu recours à l'humour et au rire pour surmonter la tragédie. »

This blog by Alex Fischer was published on Mon Psychologies on October 23, 2012.

Rescuing healthcare – escaping pain

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By Keith Wommack

While reading reviews for the new film Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare, I thought of my own recent release from pain.

Two weeks ago, as I stood outside and reluctantly prepared to mow my yard, my neighbor’s yardman pulled up with his trailer full of yard equipment. I was reluctant to begin working because my back was aching. It had been hurting for several weeks and I was having trouble bending over.

While watching the yardman drive his riding mower off the trailer, I thought perhaps he could help me. I didn’t realize just how much help he would be.

I walked across the street to ask if he had time to mow my yard too. Knowing that my wife and I always cared for our own lawn, he stopped what he was doing and asked, “Are you feeling OK?”

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on October 15, 2012.

Is it possible to deal with pain beyond a "quick fix"?

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By Ingrid Peschke

By now we've all heard about the Framingham-based pharmacy responsible for the contaminated steroid drug that has sickened more than 200 people nationwide and left 15 fatalities in its wake.

Based on these findings, patients eligible for injections to deal with pain have declined treatment according to last week's Boston Globe. The article featured Dr. Carol Hartigan, a physiatrist at the spine center at New England Baptist, who said “Clinicians and patients can really exaggerate the response [of steroid injections] out of hope. We want the quick fix sometimes” (Contaminated Drug Draws Attention to Steroid Injection Procedure).

An estimated 86 million Americans struggle with chronic pain. The treatment options are many, ranging from commonly prescribed medications and steroid injections to physical therapy, massage, meditation, and more.

This blog by Ingrid Peschke was published on the Framingham Patch on October 16, 2012.

Therapy dog shows healing is complex

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By Anna Bowness-Park

“People may tell you in detail about the pain in their elbow or leg, where and how it hurts, but they may not tell you about the emotional pain they feel in their heart,” says Dr. Jim Melling, a family physician who sees patients at his Langford office, at local hospitals and sometimes in their homes.

This is where Todd, a registered therapy dog, comes in. In Melling’s view, the dog’s deep loving looks, quiet demeanour and attention to those in need create an atmosphere that is calming for patients, paving the way for them to open up more than perhaps they would otherwise. Todd’s presence perhaps sends a message that this doctor is ready to listen – a message that isn’t sent if he just reaches for the ever-present prescription pad.

This blog by Anna Bowness-Park was published in the Victoria Times Colonist on October 13, 2012

3 ways to increase your focus during meditation

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By Sharon Frey

On a recent flight to Jackson, Wyo., it wasn't only the plane that soared to new heights -- so did a conversation with my seat-mate.

I had an inclination of something that might occur when she took out a book on Buddhist wisdom. So it came as no surprise that after laughing about some shared travel experiences, the topic shifted. 

"Do you meditate?" she asked.
"Yes," I said.

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

Does the health care system know best?

John Clague

By John Clague

Americans are an independent lot. It’s rooted in the very fabric of this country. We are accustomed to having a choice and making our own decisions. That’s what we expect in our homegrown version of democracy.

We can choose virtually any product or service we want. Any size, shape, color, or model. Except when it comes to our health care.

It seems to me from much of what I’ve read that the patient-doctor relationship is mostly unbalanced. The doctor tells the patient what’s wrong, and what needs to happen to fix it. Our health care system forces doctors to quickly address the offending symptoms and move on.

In the United States more is spent per patient on health care than in any other developed country in the world.

For all the wonders of our nation, its unparalleled standard of living and freedom of choice, does this ensure that we are the healthiest country with the longest lifespan?

This blog by John Clague was published on The Oregonian on October 4, 2012.

For this doctor, business as usual is over

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By Russ Gerber

Dr. Rob Lamberts cares for a living. Make no mistake, he's a bona-fide primary care physician, but his out-of-the-box health care practice  is turning heads because he really does care about his patients. He thrives off the joy of connecting with and helping them.

That's a refreshingly rebellious attitude for a doctor to have these days given the accelerated pace of the current health care model - and it's not the only way his practice stands out as an anomaly.

Lamberts, also known as Dr. Rob, wants to keep people away from health care. "As strange as that may sound," he says, "the goal of most people is to spend less time dealing with their health, not more," and he's looking for ways to do that.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on the Psychology Today on September 28, 2012.

World Alzheimer’s Day: The healing depths of togetherness

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By Tony Lobl

Caring for an Alzheimer’s sufferer may sometimes seem like being next to someone who is a world apart.

Perhaps David Bowie unwittingly captured something of this sadness in “Life on Mars” with the lyric “she walks through her sunken dream”. When it is your grandmother, aunt, father or brother that seems to be lost to the real world their dream can feel like your worst nightmare.

Despite the enormous challenges such situations present, the “Dementia: living together” theme of the ongoing World Alzheimer’s Month strikes a hopeful note.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published in the Washington Post on September 21, 2012.

Is there a way out of negative cycles of thought?

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By Sharon Frey

"PIES. COOKIES. WHOOPIE PIES," announced the sandwich board along a winding Maine road.

We were easily persuaded.

We pulled over to the roadside stand to find fresh-baked blueberry pie, strawberry rhubarb pie and those whoopie pies, as well as maple cookies and fresh jam. Standing to attention with her ears back and tail wagging, a three-legged black Lab/boxer mix was gleeful at the sight of two cars full of potential tummy-scratchers.

It was my third day off the grid, and I was in a new groove. Some friends and I were on our way home to Boston from a weekend canoe trip, and I had gained a good mental distance from the incessant tug to check email on my iPhone.

This blog by Sharon Frey was published on the Huffington Post on September 14, 2012.

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