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

Freaked out about your health?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Health anxiety. Boy, that’s a big issue. It’s a condition I’ve seen in many people over the years. Parents worrying about each symptom experienced by their child. Adults obsessed with every the latest malady reported in the news. Have you ever paid attention to the conversations around you at work? A day doesn’t go by without someone talking about his latest health issue, what his doctor says about it, her concerns Continue Reading

Young people healing through prayer? Yep!

by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon There are those  times in our lives when we meet remarkable people.  The last two years have been one of those times for me.  You see, I get to meet with Christian Science college students at the University of Oregon every week.  They're incredible.  Their insights and understanding of the principles underlying the practice of Christian Science are unparalleled.  Two of them, Lauren and Denise, recently took the time to Continue Reading

Sin’s impact on Health

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So just how does "sin" affect our health?  And just what is sin?  My colleague and friend, Keith Wommack, from the great state of Texas, has an interesting discussion on this topic. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas There is a lot of suffering these days, it seems. If I wanted to shoot hoops today, but the only sneakers I could find were a pair of size 8½ red high-tops, I’d be Continue Reading

Hard Science, Not Science That’s Hard

In this blog post my colleague, Steve Salt, Committee on Publication for Ohio, talks about a topic that I have long been interested in.  Just what are hard and fast facts?  And how do they stand up against the test of time and new technology?  What does this have to do with Christian Science?  Interesting questions and an interesting discussion by Steve.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Solid, factual, and truthful is how we like things. Get to the point. Continue Reading

A Prayer on Memorial Day

Today, Memorial Day, I feel moved to share this blog post by my friend from Florida, Bob Clark, who is also my colleague as the Christian Science Committee on Publication for his state.  His story is fitting for this day of honoring those who have served our country.  Thank you, Bob, for sharing.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. by Robert B. Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida. Memorial Day is the most moving of American Continue Reading

Nursing that doesn’t fill a void

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What impact will health care reform in the United States have on the health care delivery system in Oregon? I’ve been watching this pretty closely. One trend, even before the current reform began, is the shortage of care givers. Now, with reform, there is increased access to care making the shortage worse. Availability of good health care is a concern to patients, policy makers, and legislators alike. In a recent article, Joe Rojas-Burke of The Oregonian points out that one way to meet this Continue Reading

National Day of prayer, or “every day is a prayer”?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Since today is the National Day of Prayer I thought it fitting to reflect on how prayer works in my life. As a child I behaved like most kids. I cried when I was sad. I ran away from anything that frightened me. If I was happy I would laugh or get excited and do all kinds of crazy kid things. All of this was pretty normal, given how I grew up. When I reached young adulthood my responses became less impulsive. I was more Continue Reading

Where can I buy some health care?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon As much as I consider myself willing to consider different ideas, I have to admit there’s one that really rankles me.  It’s no longer new or on the fringe but has become part of the everyday vernacular in American discourse on health care.  It’s a concept that seems to be embraced by the political left and the right.  The public at large seems to have fallen into the mindset that it’s acceptable too.  I believe we need to Continue Reading

Believe it or not, spirituality and prayer are a source of healing

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s interesting how some ideas come to us naturally.  And other ideas are just plain hard to wrap our thought around.  Our biases usually are the culprit in preventing us from seeing beyond our own point of view. There seems to be a tendency today to view medical science and spirituality as two distinct worlds that don’t intersect. Yet there are those glimmers of light where people are beginning to make the connection Continue Reading