Can Laughter and Contemplation Overcome Stress?

Stress reduction through contemplation and laughter

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Have you ever heard someone say, “I’m stressed out and it’s awesome”? Probably not. We don’t usually connect awesomeness with stress. Some seem to live in a perpetual state of feeling out of control and enduring more pressure than they should. When they talk about stress it’s usually negative. How often do you describe your state of mind that way? Some say stress isn’t always bad. Researchers have identified something they call Eustress, a good stress coming from being excited about 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

Holding Crime in Check

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by John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon It’s never easy to see tragedies that undo lives and families and communities. In my 30 years of law enforcement I encountered  plenty of this sort of thing.  Our hearts go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut, and to all parents and teachers across the country.  And yet, as we enter the season of good will and peace on earth, we are challenged to find a way to address the unexplainable. Without some view of the Continue Reading

Health, More Than a Two-step?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon As a father, I remember many times assembling toys for my children. Some of them were complicated and required carefully following the provided instructions. My mechanical intuition just wasn’t adequate. In the end, when I patiently followed the steps for putting these toys together, I was happy and my kids were happy. There are other areas in life, too, where following some steps brings about good results. Sven 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

A Boomer’s Reflections on Aging

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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

One path to health care, or another choice?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’m curious about what’s missing in Oregon’s media on health and health care. You see plenty on health care reform, lots on the latest trends in conventional medical research, and much discussion about society’s hopes for a cure to our most obstinate health challenges. What you don’t see reported much is the public’s increasing pursuit of alternative and integrative health practices. People are concerned about their Continue Reading

Can Fear Terrorize Your Health?

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. “...the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror…” Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke these words during his first inaugural address at a time this country was in the depths of the Great Depression. Powerful words, and perhaps outlandish to those living in severe economic hardship. Yet, they showed Roosevelt knew what needed to be addressed. Could this also be applied to our Continue Reading