A Key Ingredient for Athletic Excellence and Health

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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

Too much of the “right thing” could be the wrong thing.

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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

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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 promise of hope fulfilled

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What I know of Christmas today is certainly different than what I knew as a child. I was really caught up in the magic of the holiday: the Christmas tree, decorations, presents, special treats, and being out of school for two whole weeks. It was a magical time of year. As a child I was clueless about the sometimes unfortunate backstory of the magic. Stress, lack of money to buy gifts (or even to eat), being alone when you're supposed to be with family and friends, broken relationships, Continue Reading

Doing good for the benefit of who?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I'm sure there are many examples of people selflessly helping others. What comes to mind for you? Perhaps someone who is well known, like Mother Teresa. Or perhaps there is someone you personally know who is a selfless giver, not expecting anything in return. I think immediately of incidents like: Hundreds of boat owners and ferry pilots converging on the Manhattan shoreline to evacuate stranded New Yorkers after the Continue Reading

Thankfulness – a blessing for everyone

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication About a year ago, not long before Thanksgiving, I was invited to participate on an Oregon Public Broadcasting live panel discussion focused on the theme “...how people hold on to their faith when it is tested.” It was an interesting discussion with lively audience participation. “Lively” for sure. More than half the audience, and it was open to the public, was made up of various anti-religion groups self-identified as “humanist” or 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

Senior Moments

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My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida, has written a thoughtful blog challenging the notion that with maturity comes debilitation. He shares a healing of Alzheimer’s disease achieved through spiritual means alone. Whether or not you are a "senior", this is a blog worth reading. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re Continue Reading

Consciousness and health – more evidence

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This month Baylor University published the results of their religion survey taken in 2009, “The Values and Beliefs of The American Public”.  Two previous surveys were taken in 2005 and 2007.  Most of the findings of the survey were interesting.  Two in particular, however, resonate with me and my relationship with God. They report that those who have a “warm relationship with God” report the fewest “mental health Continue Reading

Prayer That Heals – A Reason for Blogging

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing this post from the blog of Shannon Horst, Christian Science Committee on Publication for New Mexico.  Her story is a clear and compelling example of why people, such as Shannon and I, choose Christian Science as their health care system.  It works!  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. For readers who follow this blog, you know that I generally post an original piece on Monday every week. Well, yesterday, I had every Continue Reading