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Are there really more reasons to be sick? by Eric Nelson

Posted by on Jul 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

A new trend in the medical world is the identifying and naming of ‘pre-diseases’ that are directly associated with the belief in the probability of developing certain diseases or conditions in the future. Eric Nelson, a colleague and Christian Science Practitioner, explores this new phenomena that is spreading via social media, advertisements and by way of medical information web sites.  He shares his spiritual view point on this alarming trend, (along with comments from others associated with the medical community), of imposing this oppressive type of ‘decree’ that in the majority of people causes unnecessary fear and anguish. Join Eric and find out what he has discovered about this provocative topic!

Is there a reason to be sick today(1) (1)‘As if actual diseases weren’t frightening enough,’ writes Brian Fung, ‘we now have what seems like a whole encyclopedia of pre-diseases to fear.’

According John Fauber and Kristina Fiore, illness is on the rise. Not because more people are getting sick, but because more people are being given reasons to think of themselves as sick.

“Know someone who shouts and pounds on the steering wheel when cut off in traffic? They might be one of 16 million Americans said to suffer from ‘intermittent explosive disorder,’” write Fauber and Fiore in a recent investigative report. “Can you polish off a box of cookies while watching your favorite TV show? Could be a sign of ‘binge-eating disorder,’ said to afflict 7 million Americans.”

Twenty years ago, no one had even heard of these conditions. But all of a sudden, thanks in part to new definitions of disease and the advent of so-called pre-conditions, millions of people have been labeled with medically treatable disorders.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Supporting diversity without fear, by Kay Stroud

Posted by on Jul 11, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

We live in a world that is diverse in every aspect.  We differ in religion, ethnicity, race, skin color, age, gender and in many other ways.  Kay, Stroud, my colleague and the media and legislative spoke person for Christian Science in Queensland, offers clear examples  of the power of ‘Brotherly Love’ which embraces diversity and helps us to become more respectful of  other people’s belief systems and social/economic status. She shares her spiritual viewpoint on a remedy (available to everyone) that diffuses intolerance and hatred by turning to the Bible and God- who gave us all diversity of gifts to express Him- we can show more tolerance and compassion toward our brother man.  Kay feels that living in harmony and peace is possible now-See what you think!

Diversity without fearScientists have made a powerful discovery that appears able to improve everyone’s life. Reports indicate it works on individuals, families, communities, economies, and nations. Interestingly, it appears that too little of this substance may explain the coarsening of language and the hardening of hearts so evident in politics and the media. Lack of it also might be responsible for everything from substance abuse to the anxiety many people say they feel despite the unprecedented security, better health, and affluence the world is experiencing.

And here’s the kicker: It’s free, it’s abundant, and you can’t overdose on it. (John Yemma, Christian Science Monitor)

The substance this editorial is referring to?

Brotherly love!

We see evidence of this love in quiet acts of empathy and encouragement demonstrated by carers from all walks of life. For instance, the guy in the queue at the supermarket checkout who steps up to pay the balance for the mother of two pre-schoolers who is caught short. Or the young female social media whiz who creates social change through her dedication to affirming the good while gently dismantling prejudice.

Then there’s the hospice chaplain offering simple words of comfort and walking a patient or family member through a process that aims to help them find meaning according to their own faith, or no faith.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

The snake, the bird and the stick, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on The snake, the bird and the stick, by Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article, Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague, and a writer who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, addresses a big problem in schools today-Bullying.  He shares his personal experience and spiritual perspective on being bullied and afraid in school.  He explains how he naturally turned to prayer-which was and is his go to in fearful times and challenges-and was led to a shift in thought that nullified the fear and ended the chaos.  Let Tim show you a way to uplift thought out of fear and worry to freedom!

Snake, Bird, StickYears ago I read a story about a man who was out on a walk and noticed a bird standing still, transfixed.  The bird was staring at a snake that was coming closer and getting ready to strike.  Just then, the man threw a stick between the two.  The snake recoiled, and the bird flew off.  Through the years, that story has continued to hold a lesson for me.

We all may have challenges in life – times of sickness, lack, loneliness, unhappiness.  Have you ever felt like that bird, unable to move, paralyzed by fear?  I have.  But I have been saved by a stick thrown in my path.  What is that stick that has broken the spell of fear?

For me, and maybe for you, too, that stick has been spontaneous prayer – the ability to turn to God at any time and feel the quick influence of divine power in my life.  Prayer does not necessarily need time and quiet to be effective, but can be instant in helping us feel the powerful effect of God.  Maybe you have found, like me, that prayer has the capability to break the grip of fear and bring divine goodness and protection into our lives.

My freshman year of high school was not an easy time for me.  The school was out of control.  I saw violence in the halls and drug deals in dark corners.  The outside smoking area reeked of pot.  There were no closed halls.  Students roamed where they wanted, whenever they wanted.  It was chaos.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Chronic Pain: Bearable, manageable or stoppable? by Deborah Sherwood

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Chronic Pain: Bearable, manageable or stoppable? by Deborah Sherwood

A recent study revealed that 57 percent of Americans suffer from chronic pain.  Deborah Sherwood, a colleague and writer who explores the impact of thought and spirituality on health and safety, shares her personal experience with chronic pain.  Deborah talks about her journey out of stress and pain from a spiritual perspective. She explains how a shift in thought- that resulted in a complete healing-was the result of turning to God through prayer with trust and the expectation of good. I know you will enjoy learning about this life changing cure that is available to everyone!

Chronic Pain girl with bikeLike so many parents today, anyone who knew me could see I was the epitome of the adage, “if you want something done, ask a busy person.” As a full-time working mom, I was devoted to ensuring my kids didn’t feel short-changed when compared to friends with homemaker moms. At the same time, I felt it essential to model an ethic of nonprofit service elbow-to-elbow with my kids.

It seemed that I was managing to cover all the bases, and I didn’t see anything that could be eliminated or simplified. There was one thing that kept nagging at me though – a dull pain in my shoulder. It took some time and thought, but I learned a lot of lessons about the mental nature of pain — and how to control it, rather than letting it control me.

I didn’t know then that I was part of a staggering national statistic — the high percentage of Americans who report they experience chronic pain. It was forty-seven percent in a 2012 Gallup-Healthways study.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Graduating into a Secure Future, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on Jun 20, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Graduating into a Secure Future, by Wendy Margolese

Graduation is a time to celebrate accomplishments.  It is the doorway that leads to new adventures, friendships and careers.  However, many may suffer from self-doubt upon leaving the academic world fearing what the future holds for them. Today, these types of feelings are referred to as, Post Commencement Stress Disorder (PCSD). Wendy Margolese, a colleague and writer who focuses on the relationship between thought, spirituality, health and trends, gives us her spiritual perspective on how to overcome these types of doubts and fears.  Wendy shares her own experience on this topic-suffering from doubt when no one wanted to hire her-she turned to God through prayer and found the answer. See what she figured out-the right opportunity is always available! 

Graduating into a secure futureIt’s June! University and college seniors are gearing up for the end of an era. Commencement ceremonies bring a host of mixed feelings as graduates celebrate, leave behind cherished friendships and take different paths to future endeavours.

Graduation can seem stressful even though it’s intended to be a joyful time. Graduates are being challenged to put their degrees to work in a world where the job market seems unsure and graduate placements unattainable – all amid feelings of being overwhelmed in this time of significant social change.

Post Commencement Stress Disorder (PCSD) is a term coined of late to describe the symptoms affecting new graduates when they leave the comforting bubble of the academic world.

Self-doubt, tinged however with optimism, is fueled by feeling our abilities are defined by a piece of paper – the result of lectures, exams and successful marks; or, by a job market that is subject to a wide variety of human influences. But our experience needn’t feel so limited and our future can be more secure if we understand and acknowledge the spiritual source from which our talents and abilities come and by which all aspects of our lives are governed.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Are there laws behind spontaneous remission? by Valerie Minard

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Are there laws behind spontaneous remission? by Valerie Minard

Spontaneous remissionIn this article Valerie Minard, a colleague and a writer who focuses on the connection between consciousness, spirituality and health, explores the phenomena referred to as spontaneous remission from a spiritual perspective.  Spontaneous remission is unexplainable from a medical standpoint-it is the cure of disease that has been diagnosed as potentially fatal without any traditional medical treatment.  Valerie offers compelling examples of this type of cure and the medical research that suggests that mental and spiritual principles are directly associated with these recoveries. Explore with me this eye opening article that offers promise to the ‘incurable’.

In 2008, Claire Haser was diagnosed with cancer and told it would be fatal. Although in the past, she had used traditional medicine, she decided to skip the recommended surgery and chemotherapy.  Instead, she decided that what she really needed to do was “change her relationship with fear.” In the process, she did some deep soul searching.  Five years later, when she went back to the doctor for some unrelated tests, she discovered that she was cancer-free.

Some people may call this a miracle.  Others, a fluke.  Doctors call it spontaneous remission.  But, according to Dr. Jeffrey Rediger, an instructor at Harvard Medical School who also holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, there is a common thread.  “In my studies of more than 100 people with medical evidence for recovery from incurable illness,” says Rediger, “the similarity in their paths suggests to me identifiable mental and spiritual principles associated with their recoveries….Miracles only contradict what we know of nature at this point in time.” But he believes that they may be consistent with mental and spiritual laws we have yet to study more thoroughly.

One hundred and fifty years earlier, however, health researcher and theologian Mary Baker Eddy came to the same conclusion through first-hand experience.  She had a quick recovery from a near-fatal accident when she turned to the Bible for the spiritual understanding she believed could heal her.  She had read and loved the Bible her whole life, but after her healing, she made a three-year, in-depth study of it to find out what had happened. The Bible has numerous cases of people being healed of incurable diseases– such as deafness, blindness, and even death.  Eddy believed there was a divine Principle that Jesus applied in his healing work and taught to his disciples.  This enabled them to heal others repeatedly as he did.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Healing Injustices with the Laws of Divine Love, by Debra Chew

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Healing Injustices with the Laws of Divine Love, by Debra Chew

Healing injustices (1)Injustice is the outcry for much of the world today.  It seems to adversely affect individuals from every walk of life and every corner of the world.  Debra Chew, a colleague who writes about the connection between thought, spirituality and wellness, offers a unique solution that has been proven to be successful in neutralizing injustice of every kind. Debra shares a recent experience she had that reveals how looking at an unjust situation from a spiritual perspective and turning to prayer blessed everyone involved.  Read how she applied the law of God that supplies the perfect answer to any adverse situation. 

While many of us live in an environment full of hope, opportunity, honesty and joy, others in our world face unjust situations every day.  But no matter how blatant or subtle the injustice is, an understanding of the love that is God – divine Love – can be a big help toward resolving unjust situations.

A few years ago, my teenage daughter asked, “Mama, will you have lunch with me on Wednesday?”  And, over the course of the next few days, she kept asking if I could specifically have lunch on Wednesday.  Finally, I realized there was more to this than her desire for take-out food.

Upon further questioning, I discovered she had received a disciplinary “dot” because I had kept her math book home for homework.  On Wednesday, students with no “dots” would be permitted to have a special lunch in the classroom.  Because of my actions, she would have to eat alone.  “It’s not fair!” she insisted. While I kind of agreed, I saw this unintentional mistake as a perfect opportunity to teach her something about healing injustices.

Today, those words “It’s not fair!” ring out around the world – from the war crimes in Darfur, to the poor living conditions in Iraq, to the lack of social rights in Egypt, to women’s inequality in Yemen, to the repression of human rights in North Korea, and even to the ills of poverty in small Appalachian towns in the United States. With such sobering world situations, what caring individual doesn’t yearn to help?  We may not have the opportunity for political or social activism in remote parts of the world, but we can play a part in helping to correct human injustices through spiritual activism.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Spiritual Concepts that Helped Heal Grief, by Van Driessen

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Spiritual Concepts that Helped Heal Grief, by Van Driessen

A Path out of griefVan Driessen, a colleague, health writer and Christian Science Practitioner, shares his own experience with the challenge of deep grief and his personal journey out of the depths of despair. Van chose a spiritual path – he turned to God through prayer for comfort, answers and direction and was able to overcome all the devastating symptoms and stages of grief and the overwhelming feeling of loss.  Take a moment and read this inspiring and heart-felt article of victory over grief!

When my wife of 24 years passed away, I felt there was a gaping hole in my life. I ached with loneliness and loss. But all that steadily turned around through my discovery of some transformative spiritual concepts. This began with a visit from a friend who had come to my wife’s funeral.

Some years before, this friend had raced motorcycles, and in one race, he’d crashed, ending up in a coma for a week. During that week while in the coma, he said there was definitely a time when he was aware that he was dying, although he said it felt more like leaving the world he had known and entering another. But there was this bright light that told him to go back. And he did. He awoke from the coma, gradually recovered, and was a better man, with a heightened desire to do good. He was not religious either before or after this experience, but he was a good man, an honest man, and after that experience he was not afraid of death because he knew he would continue on.

His story really helped me. It gave me comfort to realize that my wife was living and literally had moved on to another experience. It helped me more fully understand the many references to eternal life in the Bible and the apostle Paul’s words in the New Testament book of Romans (see Romans 8: 38, 39) saying that we are never separated from the love of God–that even death does not separate us from the love of God.

But at times there was still an almost overwhelming feeling of loss. I needed to go deeper.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Chronic pain need not be a life sentence, by Wendy Margolese

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Chronic pain need not be a life sentence, by Wendy Margolese

Millions of people in Canada and the United States suffer from chronic pain and as a result many have become addicted to pain killers (opioids). Wendy Margolese, a colleague, and a blogger who writes about the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, approaches this growing epidemic from a spiritual view point. She shares a personal experience on how turning to God opened thought to a paradigm shift that resulted in a complete healing of addiction.  Check out Wendy’s inspiring article of hope!

Chronic Pain not a life sentenceAccording to a recent Globe and Mail report, Canadians now have the dubious honour of being the world’s biggest users of narcotic painkillers per capita!

Chronic pain has become the most common reason that people see doctors. And, over the past decade, opioids have been the drug of choice. But this course of treatment has come with the undesired side effect of addiction, which has led to a growing health crisis of opioid overdose deaths.

No one wants a lifetime of chronic pain. And it’s unlikely that many intend to become an opioid addict, even when a strong painkiller seemed to be a good choice at the time.

My friend, Ray, found a solution to pain and addiction through a purely spiritual approach. He had enjoyed more than four decades of good health when he was rushed to the hospital in sudden need of emergency surgery. Taking medication had never been part of his health regimen; however, he felt that the intentions of the compassionate medical personnel were sincere when it was strongly suggested, upon his discharge, that he continue with the prescription painkillers to enable his complete recovery. This was the beginning of his addiction.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org

Fierce Women in History: Mary Baker Eddy, Malissa Lakin-Watson

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Fierce Women in History: Mary Baker Eddy, Malissa Lakin-Watson

Malissa Lakin-Watson, a colleague and a health writer who focuses on the connection between thought, health and spirituality, explores in this inspiring article the life of a fierce woman in history, Mary Baker Eddy.  She shares how Mary Baker Eddy, against all odds, and circumstances of the day became a preacher, an author, a publisher and founder of a world-wide religion in a time when women had few rights.  Let’s join Malissa and learn more about this amazing woman and how her contribution gave spiritual enlightenment to the world.

Mary Baker Eddy - fierce woman of historyThe struggle for realizing equality between men and women has been going on for ages. For example, in July of 1848, the first Women’s Rights Convention in the U.S. was held in the little hamlet of Seneca Falls, New York. The organizers, Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, sounded the call and declared that the mission of the convention was to “discuss the social, civil, and religious conditions and rights of women.” Two hundred people were in attendance and, on the second day, forty men participated, including African-American abolitionist, Frederick Douglas, who was no stranger to inequality.

The outcome of this historic gathering resulted in the construction of a document that Stanton had drafted during the days of the convention. This, “Declaration of Sentiments and Grievances,” was closely modeled after the American Declaration of Independence. In its preamble featured this similar proclamation, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights…”

At this very same time, in nearby New Hampshire, there lived a young widow by the name of Mary Baker Glover, (who eventually became known to the world as Mary Baker Eddy.) She had a young son named George whom she had a hard time caring for due to her chronic ill health.

Through a series of complicated events, her son was eventually taken out of her care and went to live with another family who later moved to Minnesota. In effect, she lost custody because she was often ill, could not support herself financially, and had little custodial rights as a widowed woman.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org