You Do Not Have To Be A Slave To Prescription Drug Addiction!

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A woman from Evanston, Illinois writes: “One day, about four weeks after our first appointment, my supply of tranquilizers was very low, and I felt desperate. The psychiatrist had already refused to give me more than my allotted amount. So I decided to visit some new doctors to see if I could get additional prescriptions. I planned to pretend that I had no other doctor, and that I'd never taken tranquilizers before.” How does one find him or herself in such desperation? No one expects to Continue Reading

Senior Moments

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My colleague, Bob Clark from Florida, has written a thoughtful blog challenging the notion that with maturity comes debilitation. He shares a healing of Alzheimer’s disease achieved through spiritual means alone. Whether or not you are a "senior", this is a blog worth reading. John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. By Bob Clark, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Florida I live in an area with a lot of wonderful older people, “seniors” as they’re 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

Prayer That Heals – A Reason for Blogging

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Today I have the pleasure of sharing this post from the blog of Shannon Horst, Christian Science Committee on Publication for New Mexico.  Her story is a clear and compelling example of why people, such as Shannon and I, choose Christian Science as their health care system.  It works!  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. For readers who follow this blog, you know that I generally post an original piece on Monday every week. Well, yesterday, I had every Continue Reading

Storytelling and healing

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon I’ve been thinking about how the stories we hear and tell are a powerful way of learning and connecting.  Through our stories we connect with our past, we experience the present, and we anticipate the future. Many sacred texts such as the Bible are a compilation of stories that were passed on orally from generation to generation.  When the written word, and the ability to read, became more common and widespread, these Continue Reading

Can the Thoughts of Those Around Us Influence Our Health?

This is a question that we all need to seriously consider.  If it's true, what can we do about it?  What responsibility do we have for the health of those around us?  Are we contributing to their well-being, or are we having a negative effect on them.  All important questions to reflect upon. In his blog post, my friend and colleague Bill Scott, Christian Science Committee on Publication for the state of Washington, discusses these issues.  You will find it by clicking the link below.  John D. Continue Reading

Did God Create the Universe?

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This is an intriguing blog post written by my colleague in Ohio, Steve Salt.  His discussion of an upcoming new television science series called "Curiosity", and the first program on the creation of the universe, will inevitably leave you thinking about the implications of this age old question...how did the universe begin? John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon By Steve Salt, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Ohio Abracadabra!  That’s how it all Continue Reading

Placebos are not the endgame.

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By John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon The Institute of Medicine released a report in June 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 the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity.” These astounding numbers are so large that finding a solution for this Continue Reading

Insurance Exchange Should Include Spiritual Care Services

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Last Tuesday, July 19th, The Lund Report published a guest opinion piece that I wrote.  It discusses why the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange Corporation should evaluate whether or not companies selling products within the exchange should cover spiritual health care services.  You can read the  piece on The Lund Report website, or read it below.   John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. A recent study indicates that 49 percent of Americans have used prayer to deal Continue Reading

Letter printed in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal – “Prayer has a role in treating illness”

On July 8, 2011, Mitch Horowitz wrote a column for The Wall Street Journal titled, “When spirituality kills.” In response, Russ Gerber, spokesman for the Christian Science Church, submitted a letter to the editor, which has been published. Click here for the letter posted on WSJ.com or you can read it below.  John D. Clague, Christian Science Committee on Publication for Oregon. In “When Spirituality Kills” (Houses of Worship, July 8), Mitch Horowitz refers to Christian Science and alludes to Continue Reading