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My nominee for 2012's person of the year: The health care reformer

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

I realize it’s only February, I'm thinking about who the next Person – or Persons – of the Year should be. My nominee: The Health Care Reformer.

I’m not talking about politicians and high-powered lobbyists here but Everyday Joes like you and me – people who are beginning to learn that maintaining our health isn’t just about what we eat, how often we exercise, or even what genes we were born with. It has to do with what and how we think.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on BlogCritics on Feb. 16, 2012.

Want health – try church?

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

Many feel that the supportive relationships found in church fellowship likely lead to the health benefits of attendance. An attender’s fellowship with others, — their caring for another’s emotional, economic, and physical needs, is important. Yet, could there be something even more significant that enables attenders to experience such dramatic health benefits?

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

The "medicalisation of normality" or the normalisation of health? Let's choose wisely

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

New labels for disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association has shown to increase the severity of conditions simply based on their disease classification. This is opening the discussion for the effect our minds can have on our bodies.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the HuffingtonPost on Feb. 12, 2012.

Placebos are not the endgame

John Clague

By John Clague

The Institute of Medicine released a report in June 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.” So, what methods can be used to treat pain?

Caregiver placebo effect

Bob Cummings

By Bob Cummings

The placebo effect is usually considered to be the curative effective resulting from patients equipping a sugar pill with their belief in its ability to help. But it turns out that the placebo effect can result from the thought of the caregiver as well.

Worshipping Prozac

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It turns out that in 1993 Dr. Peter Kramer published a blockbuster bestseller called Listening to Prozac. Kramer claimed in the book that Prozac and other SSRIs (selective serotonin uptake inhibitors) provided a near miraculous cure for depression. For those whose faith in the power of drugs may have reached an almost religious zeal, the reality has turned out to be more nightmare than miracle.

Placebos, drugs, and a mortal’s mind

Steve Salt

By Steve Salt

The results are in.  Another study has been published on the effectiveness of placebos in treating pain even when the patient knows he is taking one.  The study, published in an issue of PLoS One, reports that researchers saw clear evidence of positive results when placebo pills were prescribed to patients.

For sufferer’s of Morgellons disease, what next?

Bill Scott

By Bill Scott

“Bugs,” the two year old boy said as he pointed to an irritated patch of skin on his face. Mary Leitao looked closer, and although she found no visible insects, she was startled to find colored fibers sprouting from her son’s skin. It was a summer evening in 2001 that would change the lives of the Leitao family for years to come.

This blog by Bill Scott was published on BlogCritics on Feb. 1, 2012.

Understanding miracles

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

What if everything we call a “miracle” isn’t so “miraculous” after all? What if it’s simply a misunderstood phenomena waiting for an explanation? What if what we now think of as impossible and supernatural suddenly became possible and completely natural – for everyone?

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on OwningPink on Jan. 4, 2012.

Alternative therapies and the mind-body connection

Roger Whiteway

By Roger Whiteway

What this Navy SEAL is expressing is not a new ideal. The practice of taking time to quiet thought on a regular basis, for the purpose of recharging our spiritual battery and achieving a sense of wellness, has been found in many cultures over the centuries.

This blog by Roger Whiteway was published on the Norfolk Navy Flagship on Feb. 1, 2012.

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