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

Chronic Pain, we don’t have to depend on it.

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We seem to be creatures of habit. Most of us feel comfortable when at least a portion of our lives is predictable and our relationships are dependable. That’s certainly true for me. I get comfort in knowing that from day to day my life won’t change dramatically. There are some parts of our life, however, that we might not want to stay the same. Perhaps we’d like to get rid of those extra pounds we’ve been lugging around. Or maybe we feel a change in employment would be a good thing. Some Continue Reading

Placebo … not the endgame

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon This is an updated version of a post I put up over a year ago.  I  recently posted it on my Oregonian blog "Health and Spirituality." ____________________ The Institute of Medicine released a report in June, 2011 describing the prevalence of chronic pain in America. They report that it “affects at least 116 million American adults—more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Pain also costs 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 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

What we believe is what we get

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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