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

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

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

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

Sin’s impact on Health

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So just how does "sin" affect our health?  And just what is sin?  My colleague and friend, Keith Wommack, from the great state of Texas, has an interesting discussion on this topic. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Keith Wommack, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Texas There is a lot of suffering these days, it seems. If I wanted to shoot hoops today, but the only sneakers I could find were a pair of size 8½ red high-tops, I’d be 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

National Day of prayer, or “every day is a prayer”?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Since today is the National Day of Prayer I thought it fitting to reflect on how prayer works in my life. As a child I behaved like most kids. I cried when I was sad. I ran away from anything that frightened me. If I was happy I would laugh or get excited and do all kinds of crazy kid things. All of this was pretty normal, given how I grew up. When I reached young adulthood my responses became less impulsive. I was more 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

Achieving health may require a diet of humble pie

Today I want to share a post by my colleague Steve Salt, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Ohio.  I like the idea he brings out about the necessity of humility in healing.  In my study of Christian Science I learned this long ago.  Others outside the Christian Science community are now seeing this essential element as well. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Skill, knowledge, and experience are a must for any successful health care provider. Continue Reading

Health Management….or Healing?

My colleague and friend from Florida, Bob Clark, just posted this on his blog. He makes excellent points that all of us should take notice of. And be sure to click the link to the healing. It is quite extraordinary.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon Robert Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida.  Posted on April 7, 2011 My friend and colleague in Massachusetts, Ken Girard, did it again. He publisheda blog that made me think. He was Continue Reading