Beyond Genetics for Health

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“Life is so uncertain.” This phrase from a song playing softly on the car radio interrupted my thought while I was driving early one morning. Thinking about this for a few minutes I wondered, “is it?” I could see where some might feel a lack of certainty in their life, Things happen – to jobs, relationships and health - and we don’t know why. So we assign them to chance. Some resist this feeling by falling into habits that create some perception of predictability, like regular schedules and Continue Reading

Can modern medicine evolve beyond materialism?

Modern medicine and materialism may not have all the answers.
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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon In an age of pervasive materialism it seems hard to imagine any other perspective on reality. We’re constantly bombarded with an assumption that the sum total of reality and our personal existence is material. This view is so pervasive that “It also illustrates the stifling nature of a stubborn dogma that can blind thinkers and shutter what should be the open-minded nature of true science and scholarship.” So writes Continue Reading

What do relationships have to do with my health?

Relationships are an important ingredient in drug and placebo efficacy.
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"It's all about relationships." 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 care for the other person. It’s being Continue Reading

Getting Health Through Expressions of Gratitude

Giving thanks by helping others, and getting health.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. We might find a definition for thanksgiving as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It isn’t focused inward or on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel action outward for the benefit of others. There are many examples of people selflessly helping Continue Reading

Information – Do We Really Need It All?

Too much information on health perhaps leads us in the wrong direction.

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What if our obsession for information isn't always good for us? Everywhere we go, information is at our fingertips through the ubiquitous Internet. We seem to have an insatiable desire to access data at any instant in any location. Everywhere people are staring at their laptops, tablets, and smartphones, searching for important tidbits. Interestingly, a 2007 story from BBC warned that prolonged exposure to cell phone transmissions and wifi radio waves could cause negative health Continue Reading

Lifting the Fog of Chronic Depression

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I have a friend who suffers from SAD -- seasonal affective disorder. The long periods of clouds and rain depress her so much that she feels she can no longer live in the northwest. She and her husband are actively looking to work and live in a sunny climate. My friend is not alone in her depression. The Center for Disease control estimates that 1 in 10 adults in the U.S. suffer from depression. Moments of temporarily feeling blue are not uncommon for most people at some point in their Continue Reading

Health Apps, or an Inner Spiritual Sense?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Simplifying our life seems to be getting more complicated. But never fear, there is an app for everything nowadays. Managing each aspect of the most intimate everyday details is being digitized through applications running on ever faster and smarter devices in astounding numbers. Almost everyone I know owns one of those ubiquitous smartphones or tablets. They seem to be able to do everything a computer can, and then Continue Reading

Health, More Than a Two-step?

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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

Giving as Thanks Aids Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. A dictionary might define this term, thanksgiving, as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It’s more action oriented and isn’t focused on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel Continue Reading

Does the health care system know best?

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Americans are an independent lot. It’s rooted in the very fabric of this country. We are accustomed to having a choice and making our own decisions. That’s what we expect in our homegrown version of democracy. We can choose virtually any product or service we want. Any size, shape, color, or model. Except when it comes to our health care. It seems to me from much of what I’ve read that the patient-doctor relationship is mostly unbalanced. The doctor tells the patient what’s wrong, and what Continue Reading