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De-drugging ADD and dementia patients

Ingrid Peschke

By Ingrid Peschke

May is National Mental Health month. Two big issues our nation faces – both typically on opposite ends of the age spectrum–are dementia, or Alzheimer’s, and ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder.

For anyone dealing with a child or elderly parent whose emotional behavior is erratic – even scary at times–these disorders can leave people feeling helpless. A common way of treating them is through the use of psychoactive medication. While drugs may mask the condition for a time they don't make it go away.

This blog by Ingrid Peschke was published on the Framingham Patch on May 17, 2012.

Can fear terrorize your health?

John Clague

By John Clague

Fear is often considered a survival mechanism. It can cause us to react quickly to avoid danger.

But one kind of fear is not so helpful. It’s subtle and ongoing, and doesn’t impel us to do anything. But it does influence our lives, if we let it.

Many people experience this kind of fear, or anxiety. Worry about finances, what people think, or even the unknown.

Another common worry is about health, even when there’s no evidence that something is wrong. Why does this happen? Especially about health?

This blog by John Clague was published on the OregonLive on May 14, 2012.

Thinking differently about your health

Melvyn Howe

By Melvyn Howe

Once upon a time getting sick meant visiting the doctor, reaching for a bottle of aspirin or simply toughing it out.

But attitudes are changing as studies around the world appear to show links between thinking and health.

It has long been recognised that stress, for example, affects the body and appears to be responsible for a whole range of ailments – both physical and mental.

However, research also suggests gratitude, forgiveness, humour, prayer etc., have a beneficial effect on our well-being.

This blog by Melvyn Howe was published on This is Bristol on April 12, 2012.

Facing modern-day stress with time-tested tools

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

Stress is not a new concept, but we live in an age which is constantly creating fresh varieties of angst to add to our mental in-tray.

Unsurprisingly, new technology and one of its central planks – the ubiquitous email – seem to be prime culprits.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the Independent on May 10, 2012.

Optimism can help Boomers in a funk

Steve Salt

By Steve Salt

The country's largest generation feels they have gone from boom to bust. And the situation is turning their mood rings dark. Baby boomers have a lot on their minds.

Living longer and healthier is getting some intense focus as Boomers begin turning 65. This year 10,000 of them will hit that mile marker each day. The trend will continue for the next 18 years.

Boomers are in a funk.

This blog by Steve Salt was published on the Cleveland Plain Dealer on May 10, 2012. 

Cheating death 101

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

In the health care arena, there is an explosion of interest in spirituality’s ability to make physical changes. Harold Koenig, MD, associate professor of medicine and psychiatry at Duke University, is a senior author of Handbook of Religion and Health, a comprehensive examination of the impact of spirituality on well-being. The book details nearly 1,200 studies that explore the effects of prayer.

If prayer can help in times of physical crisis, how does it accomplish this? Perhaps, prayer heals because our bodies are more thought-based, than matter-based.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on April 30, 2012.

Changing perspectives on spirituality in healing

Linda Ross

By Linda Ross

How the approach to health has changed since I was a pre-med student in the 1970’s. Up to that point in my life and that of my family and friends, prayer was a way to experience peace. But a call from an insurance adjuster was the beginning of quite a change in my view of prayer and its transformative effect on the body.

This blog by Linda Ross was published on Creedible on April 30, 2012.

Illusions, delusions and healing

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

After viewing this optical illusion with an Einstein mask, it's clear our eyes can deceive us. But are they to blame for the false impression made by an optical illusion?

Should that make us question the brain's reliability? After all, wouldn't we be wary of putting our trust in a friend who might at any time tell us a whopper?

Or could it even be hinting at something deeper when what you see is not always what you get?

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the Huffington Post on April 23, 2012.

WHO is right: We need to re-think aging

Anna Bowness-Park

By Anna Bowness-Park

"The experience of aging in the 21st century will be very different from that in the last century. We need to reinvent aging," states the World Health Organization.

How we think about aging affects us all - from teething toddlers to Botoxed celebrities, from teenagers anxious about starting life to seniors who feel life is ending. Age surrounds every corner of our thought and stalks our days and years. But perhaps WHO, with its campaign sporting bungee-jumping seniors, has a better way to approach getting older.

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

TEDMED Conference encourages revolution in health & medicine

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

Revolutions seem to be a dime-a-dozen these days. But the uprising being launched this week at theTEDMED medical conference in Washington, DC just might be the most far-reaching of them all, impacting in some way, shape, or form the vast majority of those living on planet Earth.

But perhaps the most interesting – and promising – rebellion of all is the slow but certain shift away from looking at the body as a purely matter-based construct to a more enlightened view that takes into consideration the individual’s spirituality as well.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on April 9, 2012.

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