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Great expectations

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

I am intrigued by the power of expectations; by the impact they have on our well-being.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Thomas Curry, a licensed Texas psychotherapist about this phenomenon.

Dr. Curry explained, “Expectations are a hot topic in healthcare practice and research. It is widely recognized that an individual’s, or group of individuals, expectations either help or hurt healthcare outcomes. Why this is so, and how it happens, unfortunately remains a mystery. However, what is not mysterious at all is the fact that expectations play a very pivotal role in the progression of mental and medical disease, as well as it has a strong role in any treatment effect.”

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on March 26, 2012.

Could the mind play a bigger role in healthcare?

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

An “unthinkable” future without antibiotics, as once easily treated infections rage out of control – this is the “nightmare scenario” painted in graphic detail by media outlets around the world over the past couple of weeks.

But could it be a storm cloud with a silver lining? Might there be fresh approaches to health care waiting in the wings as the so-called “miracle medicine” of antibiotics apparently passes its use-by date?

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on The Independent on March 26, 2012.

Does the Bible serve up the healthiest nutrition advice?

Bill Scott

By Bill Scott

I found that I’m not the only one viewing nutritional reports in the media with a grain of salt. Have you noticed how the reports are often contradictory? Experts have noticed this also, including science writer Gary Taubes, author of Good Calories - Bad Calories, who has questioned the validity of many widely accepted ideas regarding carbs, calories, and what is considered healthy eating.

So could the Bible provide a more accurate nutrition guide?

This blog by Bill Scott was published on BlogCritics on March 27, 2012.

Questions of identity in sickness and health

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

How we're identified means a lot. And what about when it affects health? In hospital wards over many decades individuals have complained of being referred to by their disease rather than by their name. 

London GP Dr Mabel Aghadiuno pinpoints this need to have a more holistic view of patients in her recent book "soul matters".

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the HuffingtonPost on March 19, 2012.

'The end of modern medicine' may encourage alternative to antibiotics

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

Could modern medicine, as we know it, be coming to an end?  According to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), absolutely. 

In remarks at a recent conference on combating antimicrobial resistance, Dr. Chan highlighted the fact that as bacteria continue to build up resistance to antibiotics, common infections could become deadly and diseases that were once curable will become more difficult and more expensive to treat.

But despite the outlook, there's hope.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on March 23, 2012.

Generosity gives a healthy uptick during economic downturn

Steve Salt

By Steve Salt

We all know families affected by the financial turmoil of the past few years.  The hardships created by economic adversity and the accompanying insecurity have impacted health, relationships and the fabric of life itself for many.  And if you follow the money experts, 2012 looks just as challenging.  

It's serious stuff: loss of job, loss of self-respect, even loss of life.  Left unchecked, the downward spiral instigated by economic adversity culminates in depression and isolation. In fact, a study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even confirms that stress during these periods results in increased rates of suicide.

Interestingly enough, generosity also rises during hard times as well.

This blog by Steve Salt was published on the Cleveland Plain Dealer on March 19, 2012. 

Einnie, meenie, miney, mo, — I choose health!

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

One of the important responsibilities of parenting is making sure children are physically cared for. Because of this, parents should be helping their children cultivate greater self-control. So suggests the findings from a 32-year study, which showed that children whose self-control improved were more likely to have better health.

There are many ways to improve self-control, but what the study suggests is that the effort could be rewarded with greater well-being.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on March 12, 2012.

It's all about relationships

John Clague

By John Clague

History is rife with examples of businesses and professions not understanding how important relationships are. And history is full of examples where it's inherent in an organization's culture.

Research is now finding that "relationships" are at the core of a more complex dynamic that has a significant impact on health. These are called "therapeutic relationships" and they directly affect the effectiveness of drugs.

Does this mean the thought behind the healing process is more powerful than what's being used to heal?

This blog by John Clague was published on the OregonLive on March 9, 2012.

Tour de happiness

Sharon Frey

By Sharon Frey

I'm lightheartedly gliding along a beach-side path on a gold rental bike with silver arched handlebars. Suddenly I hear someone screaming "Aaaaahhhrrrr!" It sounds like an angry pirate is heading toward me.

I quickly realize I’ve crossed over into the wrong lane by mistake as I made space for a friend riding next to me. A guy dressed for some serious biking was 20 feet in front of me, his face twisted with rage. I immediately got back into my lane and he passed by.

"Do you think he's riding for his health?" asked my friend, tongue in cheek. 

"If he is, it may not be working, unfortunately," I said.

Of course I had made a mistake being in the wrong lane. But this guy’s response didn’t seem very helpful for him, especially if he really was riding to benefit his health.

Researchers report that anxiety and anger aren’t fruitful for well-being and, on the contrary, happiness is good for us. A 2011 review of 160 studies published in the journal Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being found "clear and compelling evidence" that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than unhappy peers.

This blog by Sharon Frey was published on Everyday Health on March 12, 2012.

Detox from the Botox mentality

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

Duke Ellington once offered a thought that has resonated with me since I first read it. Asked to analyse his music he pointed out if you cut up a rose to learn how it works you no longer have the beautiful rose.

Could there be a "Botox mentality" that is the self-image equivalent of that?

A friend of mine encountered something of the kind when she interviewed to be a model. The agency director offered words which cut like a scalpel.

This blog by Tony Lobl was published on the HuffingtonPost on March 5, 2012.

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