Rising above limitations, to attain breakthroughs.

Glenn TMby Glenn Laycock

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.

To read Keith’s article, click this link.

Glenn Laycock is the Committee on Publication for Manitoba.

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Mental Illness – Improvements can come from love and music rather than drugs




By Joy Hinman

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.

See the article and video here

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

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Perspectives on a path to wellness

Dr. Nelie Johnson

Dr. Nelie Johnson

By Anna Bowness-Park

“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

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Belief – its effect on health

By Joy Hinman

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

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Treating Alzheimers through the creative arts brings results

Boats by Hilgos

Boats by Hilgos

Watching her mother Hilda Gorenstein slowly disappear into the labyrinth of Alzheimers diseaseBerna 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

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Faith vs Food: does a Biblical-inspired diet mean success?

©GlowImages Bible based slimming - is the new diet fad a success?

©GlowImages Bible based slimming – is the new diet fad a success?


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

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What is health? How can we achieve it?

In 2013, health professionals and researchers shared their experiences on the link between health and how we think. @GlowImages

In 2013, health professionals and researchers shared their experiences on the link between health and how we think.

Anna Bowness-Park

Health is a major topic of conversation these days. What does it mean to be healthy? What makes us sick? When I read the parade of health care options available I ask myself the question – “ We live longer, but are we really any healthier?”

Here are some quotes or salient points I’ve gathered from my articles in 2013 that I feel can help us better understand a path to health in 2014. “Health is not just about [physical] healthcare – it is about seeing the person, rather than the illness,” said healthcare leader Paul Gallant as we chatted over coffee about his wishes for some new directions in the Canadian healthcare system.

A wider perspective than we usually consider in caring for our health is addressed in my article that mentioned the currently well-read TED book, the “The Upstream Doctors.” We read, “Upstreamists are the rare innovators on the front lines who see that health (like sickness) is more than a chemical equation balanced with pills and procedures. … They see, rather, that health begins in our everyday lives, in the places where we live, work, eat and play.”

However, along with the factors of where we live, what we eat or how much we exercise, is the effect of thought and consciousness, which have long been studied and discussed as vital factors in our health and well-being. 19th century Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger wrote, “Consciousness cannot be accounted for in physical terms. For consciousness is absolutely fundamental. It cannot be accounted for in terms of anything else.”….. Continue reading

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Random Acts of Kindness: The Health Benefits to Canadians

©Glowimages Kindness linked to health

©Glowimages Kindness linked to health

The frenzied pace of holiday shopping erupted with consumer-focused ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’.  However, a new movement was launched recently,  ‘Giving Tuesday’ – which followed Cyber Monday – and encouraged Canadians from coast to coast to raise money and/or volunteer.

Did you know that giving is good for our health? Doing something unselfish not only makes us feel better about ourselves, it also gives a boost to our physical and mental health.

Studies find these health benefits associated with giving:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Less depression
  • Lower stress levels
  • Longer life

As an avid student of the Bible, I looked for references made long ago to the correlation of health and giving – as in Isaiah, where the prophet saw this connection between unselfishness and health: “…deal thy bread to the hungry….and bring the poor that are cast out to thy house….then shall thy light break forth as the morning and thine health shall spring forth speedily.”

Can the goodness of giving go viral?…. Continue reading

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Finding a healthy peace at Christmas


Christmas peace  @GlowImages

Christmas peace

By Anna Bowness-Park

During the Christmas season the usual noise level seems to rise in a crescendo, bringing with it a sense of hurry rather than the peace we associate with this festival.

We are rarely in a silent place with our own thoughts, and some people say they prefer it that way. Many of us reach for the TV remote or some music as soon as we awake in the morning, and the sounds continue until we go to sleep. But these days we do not sleep in silence if we live in a city – which most of us do. And when we go to work, it is often in open-plan offices where conversation, phones and traffic noises are an accepted background to our every waking moment…. Continue reading

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Season of light can bring health to minds and bodies



Joy Hinman

Darkness comes early on cold winter nights here in Canada. We welcome light, and enjoy the multi-colored lights in homes and businesses — in preparation for Christmas. This is also the time of Hanukkah  which Jewish people celebrate as the Festival of Lights. And  Kwanzaa is celebrated by Africans and African-Americans as they light candles  symbolic of culture and ethics. Along with these festivals come happy times with family and friends, music and good food. But what of the person who feels lonely, sad, or mentally distressed with dark, hopeless thoughts?  Recently a single woman said to me “This season is always the hardest for me.” A person feeling this way may be dealing with a sense of isolation, loss of a loved one or a job, the expectations of others, family friction, or the stress of too few funds for gifts she feels must be bought. They may also be affected by the cold days and diminished light in the winter season. (The Canadian Mental  Health Association terms it Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) ), a mental illness – even depression –brought on by changes in light due to the season.

Still, there is good news because experts say that  SAD is a treatable illness. They   use a variety of medical means including drugs, psychiatric treatment, or light therapy – exposure to doses of more light.  While many people are today helped using one or more of these therapies, there remain challenges — drug-based approaches can have side effects. People can end up dependent on the drug or the therapists,  and this does add an overall burden to the cost of health care Continue reading

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