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Dealing with Climate Change as a Health Issue

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

By Eric Nelson

Climate change has not only been found to be a hazard to the environment, technology and economy it is now believed to be a serious threat to human life.  This humanizing of climate change may open the door to stronger public and government involvement in seeking a solution.  Eric Nelson, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, offers another viable approach to deal with the potentially life threatening effects of climate change.  Join me and read what Eric has to share on a spiritual, dependable and effective remedy for this challenging problem.

When climate change is framed as a health issue,’ say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, ‘it becomes clear that we are facing a predicament that strikes at the heart of humanity.

According to a report published in The Lancet, climate change is having as much of an impact on our health as it is on the environment.

The news may not be all bad, say Lancet editors Richard Horton and Helena Hui Wang, since this realization could reduce a complex and all-too-easily dismissed problem to something everyone can relate to and, presumably, will want to do something about.

“When climate change is framed as a health issue, rather than purely as an environmental, economic, or technological challenge, it becomes clear that we are facing a predicament that strikes at the heart of humanity,” say Horton and Wang. “Health puts a human face on what can sometimes seem to be a distant threat.”

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#environment  #health  #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. 

Finding Health a Duck or a Decoy? by Linda Ross

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

This article written by Linda Ross, a colleague, spiritual thinker and writer, explores a different “non-medical” approach for treating mental illness.  Recent studies have revealed that religion and spirituality promote positive effects on both mental health and physical health. Let’s join Linda and read what she has to share about the power of spirituality in combating a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder.

Duck and Decoy

Duck and Decoy

Dad was proud of his collection of duck decoys.

But little did he know that he himself would be deceived by them, when my prankster of a brother-in-law decided to play a practical joke on him.

When we were all visiting my parents, my brother-in-law got up extra early to place the decoys at the edge of a pond bordering their home. Dad, sipping his first coffee of the day and surveying the view, spotted ducks in the pond. Forgetting his eye-glasses, he grabbed some bread and hurried out to welcome the new arrivals, hoping they’d select his yard to nest.

He was diligent as he tried to woo the decoys to make their home on his land. Finally, though, my brother-in-law had to go out and let him know that all the quacking and breadcrumbs in the world would not matter a bit to those decoys!

I think of that when I consider the more important issue of caring for our health. Are we focusing on the duck or the decoy? We’re so used to assessing our health according to the state of our minds and our bodies, but is that actually distracting us from a deeper, spiritual understanding of our health?

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#spirituality   #mentalhealth  #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. 

Here’s the rock – here’s the hard place. Now what?

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Here’s the rock – here’s the hard place. Now what?

Research has revealed that repeated “no-way-out” situations can affect our health and wellbeing.  These types of situations that seem to offer only two unsatisfactory solutions can result in depression and anxiety which now affects millions of adults.  Karla Hackney, a spiritual writer, thinker and colleague, offers another option–spiritual inspiration-for coping with these seeming “no-way-out” scenarios.  Read this article and find out what Karla has to share on this spiritual option.

Anxious businessman looking at a wall with drawings of arrowsWe don’t see it coming, we only get two choices and both choices are completely unacceptable.  What do we do?

We are handed a first-thing-tomorrow deadline, for instance.  Because of expensive and once-in-a-lifetime plans for tonight, we say “no”.  Left with no other choice, the boss issues an ultimatum, “… get it on my desk by 8:00 A.M.”

We can:

1) “cancel plans”

2) “leave career”

Both options – unsatisfactory.

And then it happens again…

Facing repeated “no-way-out” endings can affect health and wellbeing, reports the ADAA, and anxiety or depression can ensue.  Statistics show that these two disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults. These “lesser of two evils” scenes don’t happen just at work; they can take place in our marriages, our families, and our communities.

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#spirituality  #mentalwellbeing #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. 

Spirituality prepares Children to make good life decisions

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Spirituality prepares Children to make good life decisions

Keith Wommack, a syndicated writer, spiritual thinker and colleague, presents an interesting point of view on spirituality.  He shares his personal experience with the power and dependability of this innate resource.  Recent findings have revealed that spirituality has been found to be a reliable-present source of help for children to turn to when making tough decisions and going through hard times. This unlimited and universal spiritual support is accessible and available to ALL.  Let’s see what Keith has discovered about this important life changing remedy.

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Photo by © Glow images

During a show, lines of cocaine, marijuana joints and shots of tequila had been placed on the stage at a young guitarist’s feet. At the end of the show, they were untouched.

Lisa Miller believes she knows why.

Miller, a Columbia University psychologist, in her new book, “The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving,” reveals why psychological and neurological researchers have come to the conclusion that spirituality supplies a protective and healthy advantage.

Spirituality, until relatively recently, interested mainly those of deep faith. Now, spirituality is a cottage industry involving university departments, clinical trials, researchers, writers, and publishers. This is a good thing. Each participant can help us to recognize the value of spirituality.

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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. 

Positively Health – Finding Ways to Help Addicts Overcome Their Addictions

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Positively Health – Finding Ways to Help Addicts Overcome Their Addictions

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 | Comments Off on Are 2015 Grads Spiritually Prepared to Pass Life’s Tests?

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

Photo by © Glowimages; models are used for illustrative purposes

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