Tag Archives: Spirituality

Are positive health impacts of spirituality simply a placebo effect?

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 … Continue reading

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A healthy workplace starts with mental health

By Joy Hinman Workplace safety is not just about keeping workers safe in potentially dangerous jobs, as important as that is. It begins and continues with mental health and ways to achieve it — for overall health — for employer, … Continue reading

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Bringing Spirituality to Medicine

Since 1998, the World Health Organization has been lobbying to include the word ‘spiritual’ in its description of overall health and wellness. The inclusion of the word ‘spiritual’ with ‘wellness’ is becoming more prevalent in modern definitions of wellness – … Continue reading

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Does the weather control your mental health?

By Joy Hinman How’s the weather out there today?”  That’s almost always the first question when friends call me on the phone – even from just 60 km away!  It’s almost as if they’re concerned  about me – thinking  “How … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary! 7 Health Headlines Take Top Billing

I am lighting the candles on a cake to celebrate my one-year anniversary of publishing on the Simcoe County online paper!  Celebrate with me – fifty-two weeks – and here is the fifty-second column!  It has been an eye-opening journey … Continue reading

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Weighty Matters Worked Out

A Manhattan court judge recently struck down the move by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to legislate the limit of the size of soft drinks and other high-calorie sweetened beverages sold at various outlets. Mr. Bloomberg, perhaps influenced by … Continue reading

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One Healthy Resolution Essential to the New Year

It’s that time of the year.  We make all kinds of promises to ourselves to be healthier – more exercise, better diet – and to spend more time with the family, and be kinder to our neighbours. I have only … Continue reading

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Spirituality? Good for health?

This blog post was written by Steve Salt, a colleague from Ohio.  The focus of his blog is health, spirituality and thought. Something to think about….. Religion and spirituality have often been viewed in medicine as largely irrelevant, even conflicting … Continue reading

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Is Poverty Nearer to a State of Grace?

By John Park. Throughout the ages certain individuals and religious sects have closed themselves off from society to follow a simple and contemplative life dedicated to some religious or spiritual ideal. We think of cloistered monks or nuns, who, in … Continue reading

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Are we puppets on a string?

Are we “puppets on a string, controlled by a supernatural being?” It’s an idea many seem to hold about religious and spiritual people, so let’s explore it more deeply. The concept of freedom is one we hold close to our … Continue reading

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