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

Can We Define Quality Health Care?

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How do you measure quality? Even though good or high quality is important, how each one of us measures “it” can be quite different. Having some measure of quality is important because it can be the basis on which we evaluate many things. Often it might be why we choose one thing over another, or why we make a particular recommendation. And, having commonly agreed upon standards of quality provides a vehicle for groups of all kinds to make collective decisions. Quality in health care is Continue Reading

Taking Responsibility For Our Health – Will It Make Us Healthier?

Patient responsibility for making health decisions is important for healthy outcomes.

Taking care of my grandchildren reminds me of all those parenting years, from birth to striking out on their own. Once my kids left the nest I sort of forgot just how dependent they were on my wife and me for most of their needs. As they got older their dependency shifted to learning to make wise choices on their own. Depending on others to occasionally help us is not unwise. But why does depending on others to manage our health seem to be the norm? To some extent the well meaning Continue Reading

A Softer Side of Health Care

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Not long ago I had an email exchange with Dr. Pamela Wible, a physician in Eugene, about the recent documentary Escape Fire. The movie examines the problems with health care in the United States, and possible solutions. Unhappy with the “conveyor belt” system of medicine that she had found herself in since medical school, “pushing pills into patients as they flew past me,” Dr. Wible got off the racetrack and stopped to consider what kind of health care system she wanted to work in. The 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

Health Insurance–Everyone pays but is Everyone covered?

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I heard someone recently talking about an acupuncture treatment that had helped him. He joked, “It may have been a jab well done, but I sure wish it was covered by my insurance!” All over the country, the question of health insurance is being pondered by governments, uninsured individuals, and employers, as they try to sort out what the new laws will require of them. And the insurance companies are looking at what coverage they can provide and at what cost. The US spends more per patient on Continue Reading

One path to health care, or another choice?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’m curious about what’s missing in Oregon’s media on health and health care. You see plenty on health care reform, lots on the latest trends in conventional medical research, and much discussion about society’s hopes for a cure to our most obstinate health challenges. What you don’t see reported much is the public’s increasing pursuit of alternative and integrative health practices. People are concerned about their Continue Reading

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

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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

Medical marijuana – isn’t there a better way?

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“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

Does more medical treatment mean better health?

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Keith Wommack is my friend.  He's also the Committee on Publication for Texas.  He wrote this excellent blog on a topic I've been thinking about.  Keith presents the issue so well that I wanted to share it.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas I respect the great heart, the motive, of every physician and healer. For, I believe, they yearn to improve their patients’ quality of life and care. Continue Reading