What the Brain Isn’t – Mind or Love

The brain is not mind or love 
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Dr. Dan Siegel, as a brain researcher, is astounded that neither scientists, including psychiatrists, nor philosophers or academicians have come up with a good working definition of mind, nor can they describe what thinking is. Neurobiologist Dan Siegel recently visited Portland to speak at a conference on integrative medicine. He opened his talk with the question: “What is mind?” He asks this question of all his audiences. Over his years of speaking to perhaps 100,000 science professionals Continue Reading

Health, More Than a Two-step?


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon As a father, I remember many times assembling toys for my children. Some of them were complicated and required carefully following the provided instructions. My mechanical intuition just wasn’t adequate. In the end, when I patiently followed the steps for putting these toys together, I was happy and my kids were happy. There are other areas in life, too, where following some steps brings about good results. Sven Continue Reading

Placebo … not the endgame


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This is an updated version of a post I put up over a year ago.  I  recently posted it on my Oregonian blog "Health and Spirituality." ____________________ The Institute of Medicine released a report in June, 2011 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 Continue Reading

The Crowd and the Win – Better Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Commitee on Publication for Oregon. Everywhere I go there’re runners. Here in TrackTown, USA there’s almost always an atmosphere of “get out there and go!” But when Eugene hosts special track and field events the atmosphere is electric. The University of Oregon is a track and field powerhouse, thanks to Bill Bowerman, one-time US Olympic track coach, and other great coaches, as well as Phil Knight, both co-founders of Nike. It hosts significant meets every Continue Reading

A Boomer’s Reflections on Aging


by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon When I was a young boy my grandparents seemed really old.  I laugh at that because even though I’m now their age, I still think of myself as young.  I’m sure there are a lot more like me, and the number is growing. But can the fact that I think of myself as young actually affect the aging process?  Recent research on aging points in this direction, and considering the demographics it’s no wonder why the conversation has Continue Reading

It’s all about relationships

BEB152 John, Josh, Nathaniel and Cindy Clague, Redmond, Fall, 1989

By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon That’s the “elevator” training I often gave to my staff when I was a manager.  It’s a foundational principle they needed to understand because relationships bring results.  If they didn’t understand and apply this principle they weren’t going to be successful. Building relationships isn’t horse trading or politics. It’s establishing a rapport that engenders understanding, trust, compassion, and a conviction that you Continue Reading

Too much of the “right thing” could be the wrong thing.


It’s hard to imagine that administering routine medical tests would have negative consequences, especially when the test in and of itself is completely harmless. Checking to make sure there aren’t problems lurking in our bodies makes perfect sense.  At least until the consequences of doing so are carefully examined. Here’s what’s happening:  a lowering of the threshold of indicators when tests are called for.  In fact, some tests are being administered at the onset of some general risk factors Continue Reading

The promise of hope fulfilled


What I know of Christmas today is certainly different than what I knew as a child. I was really caught up in the magic of the holiday: the Christmas tree, decorations, presents, special treats, and being out of school for two whole weeks. It was a magical time of year. As a child I was clueless about the sometimes unfortunate backstory of the magic. Stress, lack of money to buy gifts (or even to eat), being alone when you're supposed to be with family and friends, broken relationships, Continue Reading

Medical marijuana – isn’t there a better way?


“Medical pot clinic manager gets prison term” This headline in an Oregon newspaper isn't particularly remarkable. Everyday the news carries stories of crime and punishment. Here the defendant illegally provided marijuana to people. If we peel back the layers of this headline we begin to see a different issue than what's on the surface. It really isn't just about crime and punishment. It's about humanity's yearning to relieve pain and suffering. Sixteen states and D.C. have legalized the use Continue Reading

The future of innovation


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. “The End of the Future.” Really now. That’s the title, and argument, of Peter Thiel’s recent article in National Review.  His basic premise is this.  The pace of scientific discovery and innovation in the last twenty to thirty years is not keeping pace with what’s been accomplished previously.  The dominant consequence in Thiel’s article is a slowdown in economic growth.  The only sectors where innovation appears to be Continue Reading