Holding Crime in Check


by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s never easy to see tragedies that undo lives and families and communities. In my 30 years of law enforcement I encountered  plenty of this sort of thing.  Our hearts go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, and to all parents and teachers across the country.  And yet, as we enter the season of good will and peace on earth, we are challenged to find a way to address the unexplainable. Without some view of the 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

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


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

One path to health care, or another choice?


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

Can Fear Terrorize Your Health?


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. “...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror…” Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke these words during his first inaugural address at a time this country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Powerful words, and perhaps outlandish to those living in severe economic hardship. Yet, they showed Roosevelt knew what needed to be addressed. Could this also be applied to our 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

Violence and health – challenging the status quo


We often talk about health in terms of treating disease or not getting sick. But there are other factors that can negatively affect one's health that aren’t so obvious, such as violence. This is a major public health issue that is monitored by the Center for Disease Control. Take for instance young people. The CDC reports that: “Youth violence results in considerable physical, emotional, social, and economic consequences. Although rates of youth homicide have declined substantially during Continue Reading