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Positively Health – Finding Ways to Help Addicts Overcome Their Addictions

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Addiction problems have escalated in Illinois and through-out the United States at an alarming rate contributing directly or indirectly to many deaths.  Tim Mitchinson, a blog writer, spiritual seeker and colleague, explores a growing belief that this problem has to be dealt with by breaking old patterns of behavior and identity. He shares his insight on a remedy that is close at hand-a more spiritual way of identifying one’s self. Join me and see what Tim has discovered.

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Photo by © Glow images

Addiction to alcohol and illegal drugs is increasing and can be deadly. According to the Illinois Department of Human services, “Over 5,500 deaths among Illinois residents each year, over 5% of all deaths, are directly or indirectly related to the use of alcohol and other drugs.”

Justin Wolfe, a clinical therapist at Linden Oaks Hospital told me, “We are just seeing the tip of the iceberg. The deception is that substances, such as alcohol, marijuana and other drugs don’t reject us, they accept us, offering instant gratification – but they really don’t offer anything but isolation – you may exist, but you certainly are not living.”

Wolfe spoke of the changes in thought and lifestyle that need to take place to overcome addictive behavior.
“The addict needs to develop new friends, new skills, new attitudes,” Wolfe stated.

“It begins with HOW, which stands for honesty, open-mindedness and willingness,” Wolfe commented. And that mental change is vital to recovery.

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#addictions #mentalwellbeing #spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Are 2015 Grads Spiritually Prepared to Pass Life’s Tests?

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

Ingrid Peschke, a syndicated blogger, spiritual explorer and colleague, shares her insight on the value of prayer in right decision making, developing the right moral standards and exploring the benefits that going to a Higher Power for answers brings.  With graduation season upon us many graduates will be facing hard challenges and, surprisingly, studies reveal that millennials are open and receptive to spirituality.  Join me and read about Ingrid’s personal experience and what she discovered about turning to God first.

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Photo by © Glow images

When a graduation speech in rural Alabama produced a spontaneous prayer to a healing God I wanted to stand up and clap, too.

Senior Christian Crawford struck YouTube fame and received national media attention for his public appeal to God during a medical emergency in the audience. His prayer went viral after he delivered it to the crowd during Clay Chalkville High School’s graduation ceremony this past May.

Speaking to more than 1,000 people, the graduate said the words just came to his thought to help the woman in her need: “We know that prayer is power and that God is able. We pray right now that whatever is going on that You will fix it. God we pray that you will heal it. We know that you are a God who is a fixer. You are a God who is a healer…”

Later it was reported that the woman in the audience, who had suffered a seizure, was doing fine.

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#wellbeing #spirituality #prayer

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Permanent Weight Loss – Really?, by Linda Ross

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Permanent Weight Loss – Really?, by Linda Ross

With summer and swim suit season in sight, Linda Ross, a published writer, spiritual seeker and colleague, explores a new approach to weight loss.  Recent research and studies are revealing that the answer to weight loss may be through prayer.  The findings showed that prayer is very effective in changing thought. Perhaps, how we see and think about ourselves is the real challenge to overcome in weight loss.  Let’s read what spiritual insight Linda has to share on this interesting and life changing subject.

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Photo by © Glow images

Ready to get rid of the weight loss yo-yo?

Yesterday a friend reminded me it’s the season of “6 weeks to a bikini body” once again.

I laughed, because a bikini is not what I wear to the beach. But I soon discovered that it’s also the title of a newly released book. The subject of weight loss is clearly not a laughing matter for many people!

But some have seen beyond that. I read this arresting quote from the site MindBodyGreen: “My desire to be happy is greater than my desire to be thin….At the end of the day, the enemy is not sugar, juice cleanses or Facebook. The enemy is our minds.”

As the MindBodyGreen article suggests, perhaps the time has come for a new approach to a healthier weight – beginning with reviewing how we think about ourselves. Interestingly, The London Daily Mail reported on a German study that went a step further and concluded that praying helps people stay in control of their emotions and behavior.

“These results are consistent with and contribute to a growing body of work attesting to the beneficial effects of praying on self-control”, the psychologists at Saarland University and the University of Mannheim, found.
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#stress #prayer #mentalwellbeing

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

How Do You Find Freedom from Fear? by Van Driessen

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on How Do You Find Freedom from Fear? by Van Driessen

The anxiety and limitation of fear presents itself in many different facets of life.  For example, the fear of flying effects millions of people in the United States and around the world.  Van Driessen, a published blog writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, shares his personal experience in dealing with the fear of flying and the complete healing he experienced by turning to a dependable, accessible, spiritual remedy.  Join me –read and ponder what Van has discovered.

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Photo by © Glow images

Ideas to help find freedom from fear

Fear often defies rational explanation. And yet, many people still suffer from it and are working to overcome it. There is something built into us that wants to be free of the grinding limitation of chronic fear and the negative impact it has on health.

Let’s take fear of flying. In today’s world this fear could be really limiting. Estimates are that up to 25% of the population of the United States have some form of anxiety about flying and that 20.0 million Americans have severe fear related to flying. According to those trying to understand and help others combat this fear, there are a wide range of underlying anxieties that need to be dealt with, including a feeling of powerlessness, a feeling of being trapped, and fear of accident.

Here is something that helped me when – out of the blue – I began to fear flying at a time in my life when I had to do quite a bit of it. I needed to fly regularly to get my family with young kids to see my parents 1500 miles away. I had clients requiring me to fly with them to visit their plants or potential acquisitions. I often found myself facing the near panic of getting on that next plane, holding on mentally till the flight was over and then dreading the return flight ahead.

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#wellbeing #facingfear #prayer

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Can we heal the culture of violence? by Kay Stroud

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Can we heal the culture of violence? by Kay Stroud

In today’s society violence has become a focal point in community discussions.  Despite years of efforts to prevent violence from growing the consensus of opinion is that until the ‘real cause’ for the violence is treated these efforts are futile.  Research has revealed that acknowledging and recognizing man’s spiritual nature is an effective tool in neutralizing and healing violence.  Kay Stroud, a spiritual thinker, syndicated writer and colleague, explores the possibility of a more spiritual approach to combat violence.  Let’s find out what spiritual insight Kay has to share.

Gentle Hands: Photo by © Glow images

Gentle Hands: Photo by © Glow images

THE issue of violence is prominent in our community conversations at the moment. Terrorism, drug-related violence, domestic and institutional abuse, and even road rage are insistently crying out for our attention.

Despite serious efforts over many years to prevent violence, to deal with its effects and to punish the perpetrators, there’s now general agreement that violence will continue to escalate and to propagate fear in the community until we find and treat the real causes.

Fundamental beliefs that underlie and perpetuate violence are: that humans have an animal nature prone to competition, self-preservation and aggression; that certain brain-based dysfunctions may be the root of violence, aggravated by abuse or neglect during childhood; and that there are deeply rooted social and cultural patterns, leading to a distorted sense of manhood and womanhood, that may take generations to change.

People working in the police and community services often speak of how addiction and abuse reoccur from generation to generation, and there is now general realization that special attention needs to be given to the families involved. There is some progress in breaking this cycle, as communities work together to fight apathy and educate each other.

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#familyviolence #violenceagainstwomen #spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner and her colleagues’ experiences.  She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org

Fasting out of Cancer, by Karla Hackney

Posted by on May 25, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Fasting out of Cancer, by Karla Hackney

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Photo by © Glowimages; models are used for illustrative purposes

Karla Hackney, a spiritual writer, published blogger and colleague, discusses the viability and history of fasting from food as a cure for cancer and many other maladies.  She shares her own experience with a different kind of fasting-a mental and spiritual fasting that has been proven to be an effective practice in healing.  Join me and find out what Karla has to reveal on this enlightening possibility.

Fasting – it’s trendy right now, promising everything from weight loss to a cure for cancer. Fasting hearkens back to a variety of ancient traditions and, in some, carries with it the promise of spiritual clarity and physical healing.  In numerous Biblical accounts, for example, fasting was practiced in deep times of need (Job), in times of mourning and as intercessory prayer (Nehemiah and Daniel after Jerusalem had been desolated) and in times of much needed spiritual strength (Jesus fasts forty days in the wilderness and returns to heal the masses).

Although the writings are ancient, to me these accounts don’t feel so far from our modern headlines.

The call for fasting, old or new, remains a part of our world’s culture. And modern medicine is increasingly trying to determine what actual health value it might have.

For some, a prolonged period in which one abstains from solid food supports mental acuteness, bodily cleansing, and even physical healing.  One recent study, published in the March 30, 2015 Oncotarget, reports positive lab results for cancer victims associated with short fasts.

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cancer, fasting, incurable, Prayer, spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org

What bill of (health) goods are you buying into? by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on May 18, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on What bill of (health) goods are you buying into? by Wendy Margolese

With the advancement of new technologies – over testing and over diagnosis of disease have become a growing concern in Canada, the United States and other parts of the world.  Needless and potentially harmful screening for diseases is expensive and needs to be considered and looked at more carefully.  Wendy Margolese, a published blogger, spiritual thinker and colleague, gives us important information and possible alternatives-even spiritual remedies-in combating this growing global problem.  Join me and read what spiritual insight Wendy has to share.

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Photo by © Glowimages; models are used for illustrative purposes

Stories abound of people who were ‘sold a bill of goods’, meaning that you did not receive what you thought you were purchasing.

Excessive use of all the new technologies for peering into the human body may be a bill of health goods that warrants a second, more discerning, look. Canadians are undergoing more tests today than we did 20 years ago – with no obvious improvement in our health.

In his book “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health”, Dr. Gilbert Welch offers the insight that ‘widespread screening of people for health issues does not promote health; it promotes disease. People suffer from more anxiety about their health, from drug side effects, from complications of surgery.’

And, Dr. Iona Heath may have uncovered why we buy into excessive medical testing. She writes in a recent edition of the British Medical Journal: ‘We need to admit …the very real and dangerous conditions of anxiety and worry that are affecting this country and the world…that cannot be satiated by countless unremarkable medical investigations or needless and potentially harmful and expensive medication.’

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#mentalheath #spirituality #mentalwellbeing

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org

Research shows that love & emotional support goes a long way toward healing the hurts life deals out.

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Research shows that love & emotional support goes a long way toward healing the hurts life deals out.

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Photo by © Glow images;  models are used for illustrative purposes

A recent Carnegie Mellon study found that social support-such as hugs- actively decreases the risk of developing infections- like the flu.  Could the comfort of being loved be a palpable remedy for preventing or lessening the effects of illness?  Cynthia Barnett, a spiritual thinker, writer and colleague, shares her own experience with the power of love to mend and to heal.  Join me and read what Cynthia has learned about the healing nature of love. 

There once was a boy with a boo-boo. He’d been hurt on the playground and came running, crying, to his teacher. Hugging him gently, needing no details, she simply murmured, “I know, Ramon, I know.” The boy’s tears stopped. He was quiet for a moment and then went happily back to play.

What happened to the boo-boo? Psychologist Dr. Haim Ginott didn’t really say, except that the unconditional love and unquestioning acceptance of the teacher were apparently enough to comfort the boy and override any sense of hurt. Dr. Ginott, best-selling author of Between Parent and Child, was convinced of the power of love to help and heal. He wrote and spoke about such true stories many decades ago.

So it’s not surprising that a recent article in Spirituality and Health  (January 6, 2015) makes the same point, but with Carnegie Mellon research to back it up. This research did not involve boo-boos and children, however. It looked at 404 adults’ experiences with stress, conflict and contagion when they received the loving support of friends or community. Specifically, these men and women were asked how many conflicts they’d experienced each day for 14 days, as well as how many hugs. They also agreed to be given nasal drops with a common cold virus as a protective or preventive ingredient.

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Love comforts, Love Quiets, Love heals

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Can we be scared into being healthier?

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Can we be scared into being healthier?

Research-although not conclusive-is pointing in the direction of using less fear tactics to utilizing more positive forms of reinforcement to encourage people to make better decisions about their health. Eric Nelson, a syndicated writer, spiritual explorer and colleague, offers a different-more spiritual method for breaking the cycle of negative thinking which may culminate in making bad health choices. Join me and find out what spiritual insight Eric has to share.

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Photo by © Glow images;  models are used for illustrative purposes

Ever since the first ‘dietary intervention’ in the Garden of Eden, even the threat of death has not proven to be an effective motivator to making healthy choices.

Anyone over 40 likely remembers the TV ad.

A man standing next to a kitchen stove picks up an egg.

“This is your brain,” he says. “This is drugs,” he continues, pointing to the piping hot skillet in front of him.

Then, after cracking the egg into the skillet, he says, “This is your brain on drugs.”

The message couldn’t have been clearer. But was it effective? Yes. And no. Although drug use among adolescents in the U.S. dropped from 3.2 million to 1.3 million between 1985 and 1992 (this particular ad began running in 1987), just a year later the number went back up to 2.1 million.

Although the jury is still out as to whether such scare tactics provide any lasting benefit – not just in terms of drug use, but also for other health-related choices we make – the scales appear to be tilting in favor of an approach that involves fewer sticks and more carrots.

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#fearless  #spirituality

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org. 

Debra Chew: #SpiritualMillennials

Posted by on Apr 27, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Debra Chew: #SpiritualMillennials

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Debra Chew, a published writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, explores the spiritual potential of the generation referred to as the”millennials” for handling stress and life challenges. Perhaps they have discovered the harmony and renewal that spiritual awareness and/or communing with God can bring. Join me in reading Debra’s informative and insightful article on the power and potential of prayer.  Prayer that is always available and can relieve the stress and challenges of life.

That group we call the “millennials” – the first generation to have had internet during their formative years – is reportedly the most studied generation ever.  Those researchers who refer to them as the most diverse aggregation of young people so far also calls them the most stressed-out generation ever!  What does that mean for the future health of this “most educated generation” to date?

According to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America Survey, released earlier this year, the health effects of stress are a growing concern across this group of young adults.  Their stress is causing not only irritability, anxiety and lack of motivation, it has also been linked to health problems.

At the same time, other reports indicate millennials are more likely than other generations to deal with stress using non-traditional methods….reportedly, twice as likely as other generations to meditate (commune with a higher power) to try to relieve stress.  While some are secular in their approach to meditation, many are seeking some sense of the Divine as a relief from stress.  And, with college finals fast approaching and stress awareness month – April – upon us, many millennials could find relief from the pressures of their school or work day by communing with God.

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#SpiritualMillennials

Kate is interested in blogging about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health from her experience as a Christian Science practitioner. She is the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland. Contact Kate on Twitter: @CscomMaryland, on Facebook: Kate Johnson CS, or email:  maryland@compub.org.