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Search for health should include spirit

Don Ingwerson

By Donald Ingwerson

There's more discussion lately on who should be in charge of decisions regarding patient care - the patient or the physician - and whether a patient's religious beliefs affect that care. And how would a doctor's approach as far as treating the "whole person" affect the outcome of health care decisions?

This blog by Donald Ingwerson was published on the Redlands Daily Facts on Feb. 29, 2012.

Freedom to really see

Sharon Frey

By Sharon Frey

The Mayo Clinic site suggests tips for cultivating contentment, and it says that the “bulk of what determines happiness is your personality and -- more modifiable -- your thoughts and behaviors.” What happens when you actually put that into practice? You may be surprised how it affects your life and your health.

This blog by Sharon Frey was published on Everyday Health on March 4, 2012.

The paradox of patient satisfaction - the less satisfaction the better!

Tony Lobl

By Tony Lobl

Those patients who are most satisfied with what their doctors provide are more likely "to be hospitalized, accumulate more health-care and drug expenditures, and have higher death rates than patients who are less satisfied with their care", according to a UC Davis newsletter on the study. 

What if "patient satisfaction" were not viewed as an attitude towards medicine but as a quality of mind that is medicinal itself?

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

60 Minutes – explosive – What mind can do to affect health

Keith Wommack

By Keith Wommack

CBS Television News magazine, 60 Minutes, aired a segment that correspondent Lesley Stahl described as “explosive” in promos for the piece. The segment discussed the new scientific research that is creating a stir in the medical community.

Stahl interviewed psychologist Irving Kirsch, associate director of the Placebo Studies Program at Harvard Medical School. Kirsch’s research challenges the effectiveness of antidepressants. He said the difference between the effect of a placebo and the effect of an antidepressant is minimal for most people.

This blog by Keith Wommack was published on the Houston Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2012.

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.

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