Violence and health – challenging the status quo

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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

The remarkable rescue of Dale Ostrander

This touching story is brought to us by Bill Scott, my friend and colleague, and the Christian Science Committee on Publication for Washington.  This story clearly illustrates that the power of prayer is real.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. Posted on August 16, 2011 by Bill Scott This article first appeared on Blogcritics. Did you catch the news reports last week of the young boy who survived after being submerged 15-20 minutes underwater? For those 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

True manhood

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It was another night of disagreement between my parents, which led to my father's inevitable drinking. He marched out to his truck with his rifles, saying he was going to kill himself. "You don't love me. Just wait until I'm gone, then you'll be sorry." As the oldest of three sons I once again was put in the position of the "adult", intervening, taking away his guns, and telling him to go back into the house. I had become Continue Reading

Spirituality and Health: Inseparable

John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This post is by my friend and colleague, Keith Wommack, Committee on Publication for the great state of Texas.  I love this post because it introduces us to a truly enlightened individual in the medical field.  Thank you Keith for sharing your conversation with Dr. John K. Graham! By Keith Wommack, Chrisitan Science Committee on Publication for Texas. Last week, when our meeting first began, I had the feeling I was in the 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

What’s there to be grateful for when I’m sick?

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I didn’t use to equate health with my mental state, or my thoughts.  I saw health as a product of my genetic make-up, or what modern medicine could do for me.  I had no idea that how I thought, deeply, could actually allow me to achieve or maintain good health. A mental attitude can be quite broad, encompassing all kinds of things from wishful thinking to anger to fear, and everything in between.  So what kinds of mental Continue Reading

Shake/battle – be free

I borrowed this post from Keith Wommack, my friend and colleague in Texas. Keith's perspective on a spiritual approach to health is refreshing, youthful.  You will enjoy this little story. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication of Oregon By Keith Wommack Years ago, my brother and I were called by a casting director to act in the movie Ballad of the Sad Cafe because she needed twins who could sing. The movie was filmed outside Austin, Texas, during the heat of the Continue Reading

Signs of changing times

Here are some provocative thoughts from Russ Gerber, Manager of the Committee on Publication for the Christian Science church in Boston.  Oh, and by the way, he's my boss.  Do you know what era 3 of medicine is? Read on and you'll find out. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Looking out my window at home I still see several inches of snow lining the walkway.  As is routine for New Englanders in mid-February I won’t take a step outside without my winter coat Continue Reading