What the Brain Isn’t – 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

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

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

Be Positive! It’s Good for Your Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon "We engage in emotional contagion," says Sigal Barsade, a Wharton management professor at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies the influence of emotions on the workplace. "Emotions travel from person to person like a virus," she says. Many of us have experienced this in one way or another. But its affect on health, especially of our elder populations, is now being documented. Barsade is the co-author of a new paper Continue Reading

The Crowd and the Win – Better Health

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Commitee on Publication for Oregon. Everywhere I go there’re runners. Here in TrackTown, USA there’s almost always an atmosphere of “get out there and go!” But when Eugene hosts special track and field events the atmosphere is electric. The University of Oregon is a track and field powerhouse, thanks to Bill Bowerman, one-time US Olympic track coach, and other great coaches, as well as Phil Knight, both co-founders of Nike. It hosts significant meets every 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

What we believe is what we get


By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Our culture’s relationship with food seems to be as complex as its relationship with body.  And how they converge is like a love/hate relationship.  Dissatisfaction with how our bodies look, what they weigh, our body mass index… all seem to occupy much of public thought.  Advertising uses this obsession to peddle clothes, makeup, drugs, and diet schemes. The public discussion about the struggle to be healthy centers on Continue Reading

It’s all about relationships

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon That’s the “elevator” training I often gave to my staff when I was a manager.  It’s a foundational principle they needed to understand because relationships bring results.  If they didn’t understand and apply this principle they weren’t going to be successful. Building relationships isn’t horse trading or politics. It’s establishing a rapport that engenders understanding, trust, compassion, and a conviction that you Continue Reading

Consciousness and health – more evidence


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