This week we are sharing an article by Eric Nelson, Committee on Publication for Northern California. It features an interview with Dr. Fred Luskin, Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Projects.
“Forgiveness is one of those ways where we wipe clean a major threat to our well-being,” says Dr. Fred Luskin @GlowImages
Asked how he became the poster child for what he refers to as “forgiveness therapy,” Forgive For Good author Dr. Fred Luskin says, it all goes back to his desire to have a better understanding of practical spirituality.
Pink Shirt Day on Wednesday, February 26 is now a worldwide movement The Pink Shirt campaign was developed in Nova Scotia in 2007 to raise awareness about bullying in our schools. The idea caught on, encouraging communities to find ways to proactively deal with this problem. And now it has morphed into something much larger, often observed on different dates in many countries around the world.
Bullying in any form and at any age is a serious problem. We are used to hearing about it in schools and universities, but not as much in the workplace or other professional settings. Nor, do we hear much about its effect on adults who experience it. Continue reading →
Doctors prescribing placebos has long been considered a questionable practice. But, according to new research, prescribing a placebo is a stealthy, but increasingly accepted way to raise a patient’s expectation of getting better. And it has been shown to reduce symptoms even when patients know they are taking a dummy pill.
Giving a placebo without a patient’s knowledge is not acceptable ethics to Canadian physicians. However, in a survey of Canadian physicians, one in five acknowledged occasionally prescribing placebos.
Ongoing discussion about the role of placebos continues because the guidelines for their use are currently foggy. Alongside the debate over the ethics of placebo use, there remains steady and increased research into how placebos encourage the mind to heal the body – it’s often even referenced as a “mind game”. Yet, the fact that a patient’s thought about the drug seems to be the determining factor is hardly a game, given the need we all have to find consistent health outcomes. Continue reading →
Many people know about the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor. The story of Mary Baker Eddy and her writings is lesser known. Madonna Hamel from CBC British Columbia, interviews Kate Gibson Oswald who is a member of the Christian Science Society in Kelowna, B.C.
This week’s article is from my colleague Keith Wommack, entitled, “What Stops you from being Healthy?”
With the Olympics underway late last week, Keith contrasts his experience with breakthroughs to learning to play guitar rifts. The story of how a baseball injury and the healing effects athletes can experience through prayer, is also discussed. The article looks at how physical limitations can be overcome by first looking at the mental limitations that are essentially the basis of the physical barrier.
Health is wholeness and vitality of mind, body and spirit. But when mental illness strikes, it can be a tremendous challenge for both patient and caregiver.
Here is a story of a married couple, Marshall and Evelyn Bye. It’s a love story of 60 some years; they kept their partnership vital and rich with love, laughter and always enjoyed dancing! But during the past decade Evelyn was diagnosed with dementia. Even so, their good humour and laughter often helped them deal with the disease. Yet, during the last six months there had been no laughter or smiles. This was due to the antipsychotic medication Evelyn was under to manage severe symptoms of the disease. Marshall said, during that period, it felt like he was “losing the love of his life.” He continued giving love and encouragement, even though she did not respond.
The most common treatment for many forms of dementia has long been antipsychotics. While the drugs may “manage” severe symptoms of the disease, too often it sedates the patient to the point of leaving them no quality of life. The individual’s character and identity appear to be lost. Continue reading →
“Do you want to know how to get well – even prevent disease? Then you need to look at disease differently.” Challenging words from family physician and healing consultant Dr. Nelie Johnson of Maple Ridge. In a 2012 article in the Vancouver magazine Health Action, she went on to say: “If you continue to see disease as a physical affliction, then you will be limiting your choices and limiting your chances to get well.”
Dr. Johnson and I met recently for a conversation regarding how we see health and healing. She said, “We have to look at disease differently in the context of our lives, because the current perspective and methods of treatment are often not working or not working enough.” Continue reading →
What we believe matters! Our thoughts, convictions, beliefs have effects on the body. For example, the effect “stress“ has on us is a hot topic in the news – including warnings and health tips to lessen or manage stress for better mental and physical health. The focus has been on stress or stressors considered to be a cause of illness or premature death. But new research is examining something else – the patient’s attitude toward stress. What people believe about stress is causing physical effects on the body – for better or for worse! Continue reading →
Watching her mother Hilda Gorenstein slowly disappear into the labyrinth of Alzheimers disease, Berna Huebner asked her: “Would you like to paint again?” Her mother , a celebrated and acclaimed painter known as Hilgos, responded: “Yes, I remember better when I paint.”
This small comment inspired her daughter to seek ways to help her mother reconnect with her artistic life, and with those around her. The doctor suggested to Huebner that she could link her mother with some students from the Art Institute of Chicago, and following this advice, several became involved with Hilgos. Slowly and patiently, Hilgos rediscovered what she loved to do best – paint. It was through her painting that Huebner was better able to communicate with her mother – not in the same way, but differently, and with a new language. Continue reading →
Looking to loose weight in the New Year? If so, you need only look as far as the latest fad – a multi-million dollar trend of religious diet books and faith-based weight-loss systems.
This latest crop of diet books come by such titles as the ‘Hallelujah Diet’, the ‘Maker’s Diet’ and the ‘Daniel Plan’. They all suggest a more holistic approach to diet and lifestyle that will transform you from the inside out through a winning combination of food, fitness, focus, friends and faith.
The inspiration for the Daniel diet plan is from a Biblical narrative in the Old Testament – the story of Daniel, who was being held captive by the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, who wanted to feed and educate a few chosen captives with the riches of his lifestyle. Daniel decided not to follow the monarch’s diet of wine and meat. He felt it would defile him, as the food was not the simple kosher fare of his Jewish faith. Instead, he and his companions ate nothing but Continue reading →