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Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

Suggestions change people. They do. Whether they are mental or audible suggestions, behavioral and physical modifications take place.

Take for example, a shy friend. He loosens up immediately and becomes the life of the party when wine is set in front of him. The transformation takes place before the alcohol ever reaches his lips. The expectation or suggestion of relaxation frees him.

Then there’s pain. It can disappear when sugar pills are ingested or after someone undergoes a fake surgery. Of course, this phenomenon is the placebo effect. The suggestion of relief can alleviate pain.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on August 27, 2012.

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

My friend calls them “organ recitals” – those all-too-frequent occasions when our conversations with one another end up being nothing more than a depressing recap of bodily aches and pains. Although by no means restricted to one age group or another, experience would suggest that they’re more commonly heard amongst the elderly.

As it turns out, though, this kind of gloomy chit chat belies the fact that most older Americans are actually quite optimistic about their future. Even about their health.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on August 31, 2012.

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

There seems to be an urgency when it comes to health care. Perhaps, because of this, more consideration is being given to thought, spirituality, and the powerful connection they have to well-being.

Last year, the American Psychological Association revealed that the use of prayer for health concerns significantly increased from forty-three percent in 2002 to forty-nine percent in 2007.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on August 20, 2012.

The 10 healthiest thoughts on the planet by Anna Bowness-Park

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

His name is Juan Carlos – a rather distinguished moniker, to be sure, especially for a dog. But Juan Carlos is no ordinary dog. He’s been specially trained as a psychiatric service animal to provide emotional support to a friend of mine who suffers from severe anxiety, enabling her to rely far less on drugs to keep her condition in check and a lot more on the unconditional love that dogs seem especially adept at providing.

As “touchy feely” as this may sound, there’s quite a lot of hard evidence to support the notion that love – both given and received by pooches and people alike – can have a measurable impact on our health.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on August 17, 2012.

By John Clague

The Institute of Medicine released a report in June, 2011 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.”

These astounding numbers are so large that finding a solution for this health problem should be a high priority for the health care community. The report offers many recommendations but little was offered in how to eliminate pain.

This blog by John Clague was published on The Oregonian on August 15, 2012.

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

How often do you better your health and save money at the same time? I know. Never.

Yet, through some health care plans, it seems possible. Some plans include unique programs that will reward you for taking meaningful actions toward enhancing health.

Within good-health-behavior reward plans, an individual can earn up to $300 a year for participating in a coaching program or for meeting recommended health guidelines.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on August 13, 2012.

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By Elizabeth Santángelo de Gastaldi

En una oportunidad llegó a mis manos una reflexión de autor anónimo, titulada “La piedra”.

Comienza diciendo: “El distraído tropezó con ella, el violento la utilizó como arma, el emprendedor, construyó con ella, el campesino, cansado, la utilizó de asiento, Drummond la poetizó, David, la utilizó para derrotar a Goliat, y Michelangelo, la transformó en la más bella de las esculturas.

This blog by Elizabeth Sanángelo de Gastaldi was published in RosarioNet on August 1, 2012.

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

It's hardly a new question. By all accounts it's not an inconsequential one either. When the addiction question comes up, as it did in a recent L.A. Times  story, you see a familiar pattern. Battle lines are drawn and the contest begins. At least on the surface.

As the Times piece brings out, at issue is whether drug addiction is a disease  (involuntary) or a choice (voluntary), and the kind of help that's appropriate depending on your answer.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on the Psychology Today on August 13, 2012.

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

In the months leading up to the Supreme Court's decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most of the nation's attention was focused on the viability of the so-called individual mandate: the requirement for all Americans to have health insurance beginning in 2014. Conventional wisdom said that as the mandate goes, so goes the rest of law, regardless of how the court ruled on other aspects of the legislation.

Of course, by now everyone knows that this law, including the individual mandate, passed constitutional muster. What remains unknown, however, is whether this mandate will make us any healthier.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published in the Merced Sun-Star on July 31, 2012.

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