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This blog by Bill Scott was published on BlogCritics.org on Sept. 3, 2011.

Have you noticed the number of reports on pain relief recently? From The Seattle Times to The Wall Street Journal, the topic is getting lots of media attention. It's becoming clearer that what we think impacts our health and well-being. Click here to read the full article.

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Source: Photostogo. Model used for illustrative purposes only.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on HuffingtonPost.com on August 18, 2011.

Feeling better and living a freer life is strengthened by cultivating higher ideals, by consistently entertaining better, and freer thoughts of life. Click here to read the full article.

From BostonHerald.com, August 18, 2011

By Brendan Lynch

Three towers are on their way to the Christian Science Plaza, but the church still needs to line up a developer.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority late Tuesday approved redevelopment plans for the 14.5-acre, triangular “Mother Church” property located where the South End, Fenway and Back Bay neighborhoods meet.

From Boston.com, August 18, 2011

By Casey Ross

A newly approved plan to redevelop the Christian Science Plaza will alter one of Boston’s most unusual public spaces, adding three modern towers to its edges and reconstructing its famed reflecting pool.

The Boston Redevelopment Authority signed off on the broad outlines of the plan Tuesday night, allowing First Church of Christ, Scientist to solicit developers to build the towers, add green space, and make other updates to the 15-acre property.

ON FAITH PANEL

The Washington Post, August 16, 2011

Q. “The world today really needs the perspective, the rest, the enjoyment that Sabbath gives,” Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman says in an interview with Sally Quinn, making the case for a weekly day of rest. In this season of Congressional recess, family trips and controversy over whether or not President Obama should take a vacation, why does rest matter? Is vacation spiritual?

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on HuffingtonPost.com on August 9, 2011.

To make the most of leisure it helps to widen rather than narrow our concept of the term, which means not only to be free from the demands of work (even for just a weekend), but also to be still and reflect. Click here to read the full article.

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on HuffingtonPost.com on August 2, 2011.

Did you catch the brief but remarkable story about researchers who have concluded (once again) that more and more Americans are praying about their health? As striking as that is, it's not the big surprise in the latest study. Click here to read the full article.

On July 8, 2011, Mitch Horowitz wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal titled "When spirituality kills." In response, Russ Gerber, spokesman for the Christian Science Church, submitted a letter to the editor, which has been published. Click here for the letter posted on WSJ.com or please read below.

In "When Spirituality Kills" (Houses of Worship, July 8), Mitch Horowitz refers to Christian Science and alludes to its safety. While the track record of its practice over the last 140 years isn't perfect, any connotation that the cumulative record suggests it is inherently unsafe doesn't square with the facts.

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Living in a Quantum World. The June cover of Scientific American really caught my eye. It seems that for a while now, physicists have been saying yes, quantum mechanics exists, but it only applies to a category of small things, very small things. However, the author of this article, along with a growing chorus of other physicists, says it looks like quantum mechanics applies to bigger things too.

So what?

The author, Vlatko Vedral, writes, “In a quantum world, a particle does not just have to take one path at one time; it can take all of them simultaneously.” All of them, at the same time. Imagine if you or I could take various paths simultaneously. That would really break our concepts of space and time. My understanding is that sometimes physicists refer to this as non-locality, or perhaps, infinity.

BlogCritics.com June 21, 2011

By Bill Scott

Like many of us, I’m interested in learning about efforts to improve health care in America. One method in my home state of Washington began in 2006, with the creation of the Health Technology Assessment (HTA)committee. The primary purpose of the 11-member group is to “ensure medical treatments and services paid for with state health care dollars are safe and proven to work.”

Since the committee’s inception, it has ruled on 21 procedures and denied coverage to about half of them. The decisions to date are expected to save the state approximately $32 million annually—but the savings have not come without controversy.

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