Be Heart Healthy – Take a “peace break” by Kate Johnson

by thornypup

by thornypup

If you happened to notice everyone wearing red on Feb. 1, it wasn’t because they are getting ready for Valentine’s Day; it’s because it was ‘Wear Red’ day. That’s the day the American Heart association kicked off Heart Healthy Month. The intent was to make everyone aware that heart disease is a growing problem in women.

Women are becoming more susceptible to heart disease than ever before.  In the Huffington Post, February 1, issue, Marlo Thomas says the AHA estimates that over 43 million women in the U.S. are affected by heart disease.  And, “since 1984 more women than men die of heart disease each year.”  Barbra Streisand has launched a campaign to raise $10 million “on behalf of the Women’s Heart Center at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles.”

It is important for both women and men to understand that studies are being done by researchers and important steps are being taken to combat and, therefore, help to prevent this illness.

The costs of researching and combating heart disease is in the billions.  It is estimated that “between 2010 and 2030, the cost of medical care for heart disease will triple.

Stress and heart disease go hand-in-hand. And if stress is a cause of heart disease, this field of study is now beginning also to think about how this new understanding can be used in prevention.

Michelle Oznowics of Ode Magazine, asks, “Could Our Attitude Prevent Heart Disease? And the answer was found by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health to be that a positive outlook on life can actually protect your heart from cardiovascular disease.  “’Don’t worry be happy,’ suddenly has a lot more weight behind it,” the research concluded.

Cardiologists are now asking their patients about their moods, the amount of stress in their daily activities, and what kind of support they have at home, on the job, in their families, as a way to determine and identify cause.

In the June 2005 issue of the Harvard Heart Letter, published by the Harvard Medical School, it is stated, “How you think, feel, and behave can affect heart disease for better or for worse.”  It continues, “Depression, loneliness, a positive (or negative) outlook on life and other psychosocial factors extend beyond affecting mood and reach into the heart.”

What else can we do to reduce the possibility of heart problems? What is the current status of research into the best ways to avert the disease and/or surgery to solve it?

Dr. Kelly Sennholz, founder and Chief Medical Office of Symtrimics LLC, a Physician Prescribed Wellness Program, gives us a list of 21 Ways to Live a Healthy and Joyful Life.  Most of the recommendations focused on eating healthy, exercising, getting sleep. And these are important. But Sennholz also included a recommendation that is every bit as important and one with which I can really identify. I use it on a daily basis and it has worked for me — she calls them “peace breaks” — I call them “prayer breaks.”  Sennholz characterizes these as “little moments of solitude. Taking a few moments to let your mind relax and to consciously put your attention on peacefulness.”  She recommends doing this “2 or 3 times a day, especially right when you wake up and right before you go to sleep.”  You can take these positive breaks anywhere, any time – driving, shopping, standing in line, cooking, cleaning — any where! These peace (or prayer) breaks can “change your life dramatically.  Take a moment to pencil this in!” Sennholz encourages.

Mary Baker Eddy, a health seeker who became a Christian healer and eventually wrote a textbook on healing tells us:  “The poor suffering heart needs its rightful nutriment, such as peace, patience in tribulation, and a priceless sense of the dear Father’s loving-kindness.”

Participants in Dr. Dean Ornish’s Lifestyle Heart Trial focused on the relationship between spiritual well-being and progression or regression of heart disease.  The study was conducted over a four year time period and it was found that the “spirituality scores were significantly correlated with the degree of progression or regression of coronary artery obstruction. The highest scores of spiritual well-being had the most regression.

It does not matter if we wear red or not; what does matter is that we take time to pray and settle our thought on a daily basis. If all of us were to do that, there’s a good chance we would see a significant decrease in the incidents of heart disease, and in the pain, sadness and cost of treatment that goes with it.

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Kate is interested in blogging about health, spirituality, Christian Science, science, the importance of prayer and religion.  She is a Christian Science practitioner and the media, legislative and public contact for Christian Science in the state of Maryland.  She and her husband enjoy hiking, especially with Callie, a Blue Heeler, and riding motorcycles.  









  1. Mrs Eddy says, “Sin and disease must be thought before they can be manifested. You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second. Jesus declared that to look with desire on forbidden objects was to break a “moral precept. He laid great stress on the action of the human mind, unseen to the senses.”

    Jesus said, “Hear, and understand: not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.”

    And when the disciples questioned him about this, Jesus elaborates, “Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?…That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”

    We just need to watch our thought, so-called heart disease is way more mental than physical.. A man’s heart and a woman’s, needs to be as pure as possible..