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

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

Chronic Pain, we don’t have to depend on it.

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We seem to be creatures of habit. Most of us feel comfortable when at least a portion of our lives is predictable and our relationships are dependable. That’s certainly true for me. I get comfort in knowing that from day to day my life won’t change dramatically. There are some parts of our life, however, that we might not want to stay the same. Perhaps we’d like to get rid of those extra pounds we’ve been lugging around. Or maybe we feel a change in employment would be a good thing. Some 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

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