Are You Married? It Can Help Your Heart!

Marriage may help your heart be healthy! 

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The marriage covenant is one of the most significant relationships we can enter into with someone else. We anticipate good things when we couple up in this way. I also see the marriage pact as an expression of my relationship to a supreme Being. If I can love God unconditionally despite the attraction of materialism, then I develop a state of mind that naturally loves and reveres my wife as well. As an Old Testament author puts it: The one marrying you is the one who made you—the Lord of Continue Reading

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

Can modern medicine evolve beyond materialism?

Modern medicine and materialism may not have all the answers.
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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon In an age of pervasive materialism it seems hard to imagine any other perspective on reality. We’re constantly bombarded with an assumption that the sum total of reality and our personal existence is material. This view is so pervasive that “It also illustrates the stifling nature of a stubborn dogma that can blind thinkers and shutter what should be the open-minded nature of true science and scholarship.” So writes Continue Reading

What do relationships have to do with my health?

Relationships are an important ingredient in drug and placebo efficacy.
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"It's all about relationships." 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 care for the other person. It’s being Continue Reading

An Attitude of Fun in our Senior Years Brings Health

A fun attitude can keep us healthy.  
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“You're invited!” That's what the card said. To the “14th annual Older American's Day Celebration.” But who are “Older Americans?” Whoever they are, the number is apparently growing. The Census Bureau estimates that the percentage of US citizens 65 and older will swell from 13 to 20 percent of the total U.S. population in the next 40 years and could cause significant challenges to the health care delivery system – one that already seems to be maxed out. Older people as a group Continue Reading

Getting Health Through Expressions of Gratitude

Giving thanks by helping others, and getting health.

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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, probably because it’s a time to especially acknowledge the gratitude I feel for all the good in my life. We might find a definition for thanksgiving as “an act of giving thanks”, but I think it means more than that. It goes beyond uttering words of thanks to expressing it in concrete ways. It isn’t focused inward or on me. Rather, my gratitude should impel action outward for the benefit of others. There are many examples of people selflessly helping Continue Reading

Are the labels put on us really who we are? And what about our health?

The labels we assign to others, and ourselves, can affect health.

It would be a rare person who could navigate through life completely unaware of expectations placed upon him by others or by himself. One way expectations are powerfully conveyed is in the words we choose and how we use them, as my wife and I found in raising our children. Words choices, as well as our thoughts about them, affected their behavior. Research has also shown that expections by teachers is a powerful influence on student performance. For instance, Harvard professor Robert Continue Reading

Information – Do We Really Need It All?

Too much information on health perhaps leads us in the wrong direction.

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What if our obsession for information isn't always good for us? Everywhere we go, information is at our fingertips through the ubiquitous Internet. We seem to have an insatiable desire to access data at any instant in any location. Everywhere people are staring at their laptops, tablets, and smartphones, searching for important tidbits. Interestingly, a 2007 story from BBC warned that prolonged exposure to cell phone transmissions and wifi radio waves could cause negative health 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