Beyond Genetics for Health

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“Life is so uncertain.” This phrase from a song playing softly on the car radio interrupted my thought while I was driving early one morning. Thinking about this for a few minutes I wondered, “is it?” I could see where some might feel a lack of certainty in their life, Things happen – to jobs, relationships and health - and we don’t know why. So we assign them to chance. Some resist this feeling by falling into habits that create some perception of predictability, like regular schedules and 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

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

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.


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?


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

Eating or Starving – a Lifetime of Health?


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Can you imagine eating enough Big Macs, milkshakes, french fries, ice cream, and M&Ms to equal 15,000 calories in an hour and a half ?! That’s five times what the normal American male would eat. Ron Saxen, author of “The Good Eater” more than imagined it. He’s one of an estimated eight million Americans who suffer from binge eating. Along with other recognized eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia Continue Reading

Placebo … not the endgame


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This is an updated version of a post I put up over a year ago.  I  recently posted it on my Oregonian blog "Health and Spirituality." ____________________ The Institute of Medicine released a report in June, 2011 describing the prevalence of chronic pain in America. They report that it “affects at least 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs Continue Reading

A Key Ingredient for Athletic Excellence and Health


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon For as long as I can remember, new athletic achievements were initially regarded as unsurpassable. Records never to be broken.  And yet, again and again, those records were shattered. I’m guessing that we will see it happen more than once in the next couple of weeks at the Summer Olympics in London. How does this happen?  What is the force behind this phenomenon? Of course there are the latest techniques in Continue Reading

A Boomer’s Reflections on Aging


by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon When I was a young boy my grandparents seemed really old.  I laugh at that because even though I’m now their age, I still think of myself as young.  I’m sure there are a lot more like me, and the number is growing. But can the fact that I think of myself as young actually affect the aging process?  Recent research on aging points in this direction, and considering the demographics it’s no wonder why the conversation has Continue Reading