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The United States Supreme Court has ruled on the health care reform law

This morning, June 28,  the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of most of the health care reform law (the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act), ruling that the individual mandate is constitutional as a tax.  Therefore, beginning in 2014, many Americans (including many Christian Scientists) will be required to buy health insurance, or pay a penalty for noncompliance.  Currently, Christian Scientists are neither accommodated in nor exempted by this law.  However, we are actively working to find appropriate solutions for Christian Scientists as we continue engaging with representatives of federal and state governments.  We are encouraged by the strong bipartisan support we have seen for ensuring that the needs of Christian Scientists are considered in health care legislation and are very grateful for it.

Divinely inspired humor removes fear, heals body

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

This may be hard to believe, but shortly after tumbling about a thousand feet down a rock- and ice-covered mountain and suffering multiple injuries from head to toe, I had to laugh.

Despite the trauma, despite the pain, and despite the fact that it would be hours before anyone would find me laying flat on my back in the middle of nowhere, the words of a familiar hymn came to mind and made me smile. And then chuckle.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on Blog Critics on June 13, 2012.

Medical overtreatment needs to change – but will it?

Don Ingwerson

By Donald Ingwerson

There is much in the news about medical over-diagnoses and overtreatment, but where is this information going to lead us?

Elizabeth Loder, BMJ research editor, reported that the general consensus at an Avoiding Avoidable Care conference was, “US healthcare costs are unsustainable and a large amount of money is being wasted on unnecessary treatment.”

This blog by Donald Ingwerson was published on the Laguna Beach Patch on June 11, 2012.

What will the camera see?

By Keith Wommack

Spy Cams Installed at NY Hospital Bathrooms to Monitor Handwashing, an article by William Zimmerman at Telepresence Options, questions the correctness of recording behavior to reveal the need for change.

A camera lens focused outward may indicate a need for changes in health promoting behavior, but it also creates ethical challenges.

Zimmerman, in his piece, wrote that a hospital in New York placed cameras “to view sinks to insure proper hand hygiene.”

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on June 11, 2012.

Health care: The right questions

Bob Clark

By Bob Clark

In his recent Boston Globe article, "Are we Asking the Right Questions", Leon Neyfakh tells us,

 "A question is more than the simple thing we might think it is – it’s a unique and potentially sophisticated instrument. Wielded with purpose and care, a question can become a sophisticated and potent tool to expand minds, inspire new ideas, and give us surprising power at moments when we might not believe we have any.” 

It’s a great article, and as I read it I thought of our current national health care dilemma.

This blog by Bob Clark was published on the Clearwater Patch on June 1, 2012.

Compassion can heal both giver and receiver

Anna Bowness-Park

By Anna Bowness-Park

The simple act of listening may be one of the most effective and least expensive medicines around.

A friend of mine, a physician, told me of an experience when he was working in Ontario as a family practice doctor. After a long and difficult day, seeing countless numbers of very sick individuals, he was faced with a patient who was furious at being kept waiting. He recounted in an email to me....

This blog by Anna Bowness-Park was published in the Vancouver Sun on June 10, 2012.

The next big decision on health care may be your own

Russ Gerber

By Russ Gerber

The next time someone asks you what you're thinking about, take them seriously. They may be looking after your health in an important way.

Consider the following fast-expanding bundle of facts. You're probably aware of most of them. None are particularly new or hard to find. It's just that not many people stumble upon them bundled together and then look to see if there's a larger lesson about health in what they suggest as a whole....

This blog by Russ Gerber was published on the Huffington Post on June 6, 2012.

Gratitude proving to be key component of health

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

Gratitude pays. Just ask Dr. Robert Emmons.

Last week the John Templeton Foundation announced that they were giving Emmons, a psychology professor at U.C. Davis $5.6 million to fund a three-year project to promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in schools, offices, homes, and communities. But as Emmons himself would likely say, the real payoff isn’t in the number of dollars his research is attracting, but in the impact that gratitude is having on people’s lives; perhaps most importantly on their health.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on May 28, 2012.

Respect transforms and heals

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

I reluctantly said yes to driving George to the grocery store and helping him take up his groceries. Little did I know that he'd teach me a lesson about getting rid of judgement and replacing it with respect. I later learned from this lesson and found a direct correlation to curing disease.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on May 21, 2012.

Does medical hypnosis give patients more or less control of their health?

Eric Nelson

By Eric Nelson

Although many of us tend to think of hypnosis in terms of swinging stopwatches and making unsuspecting people act like chickens, it turns out that this age-old practice is now being used for far more practical purposes, including better health and lower hospital bills. However, as progressive as this may sound, I wonder if such an approach to easing suffering ultimately gives us more or less control over our bodies.

This blog by Eric Nelson was published on The Washington Times on May 21, 2012.

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