You Do Not Have To Be A Slave To Prescription Drug Addiction!

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A woman from Evanston, Illinois writes: “One day, about four weeks after our first appointment, my supply of tranquilizers was very low, and I felt desperate. The psychiatrist had already refused to give me more than my allotted amount. So I decided to visit some new doctors to see if I could get additional prescriptions. I planned to pretend that I had no other doctor, and that I'd never taken tranquilizers before.” How does one find him or herself in such desperation? No one expects to Continue Reading

Are the labels put on us really who we are? And what about our health?

The labels we assign to others, and ourselves, can affect health.

It would be a rare person who could navigate through life completely unaware of expectations placed upon him by others or by himself. One way expectations are powerfully conveyed is in the words we choose and how we use them, as my wife and I found in raising our children. Words choices, as well as our thoughts about them, affected their behavior. Research has also shown that expections by teachers is a powerful influence on student performance. For instance, Harvard professor Robert 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

Can Laughter and Contemplation Overcome Stress?

Stress reduction through contemplation and laughter

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m stressed out and it’s awesome”? Probably not. We don’t usually connect awesomeness with stress. Some seem to live in a perpetual state of feeling out of control and enduring more pressure than they should. When they talk about stress it’s usually negative. How often do you describe your state of mind that way? Some say stress isn’t always bad. Researchers have identified something they call Eustress, a good stress coming from being excited about Continue Reading

What the Brain Isn’t – Mind or Love

The brain is not mind or love 
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Dr. Dan Siegel, as a brain researcher, is astounded that neither scientists, including psychiatrists, nor philosophers or academicians have come up with a good working definition of mind, nor can they describe what thinking is. Neurobiologist Dan Siegel recently visited Portland to speak at a conference on integrative medicine. He opened his talk with the question: “What is mind?” He asks this question of all his audiences. Over his years of speaking to perhaps 100,000 science professionals Continue Reading

Where Will Mapping the Brain Lead Us?

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“Investing in “the best ideas.” That’s what President Obama wants to do. And he plans to do it by funding the mapping of the human brain. Scientists envision this as a “concerted effort to advance the knowledge of the brain’s billions of neurons and gain greater insights into perception, actions and, ultimately, consciousness.” Understanding where perception, actions, and consciousness comes from or resides is an intriguing idea, but I’m wondering if the search will ever provide the 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

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

Holding Crime in Check

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This piece was originally published on OregonLive last December not long after the shooting at Newtown, CT.  Emotions surrounding the shooting are still raw.  I thought it would be helpful to post my comments here, with a few changes to make it current. 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 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