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A Healthy Attitude Is…Well…Healthy

“Do you have a healthy attitude?”

Keith Wommack (picture courtesy of Keith Wommack)
Keith Wommack (picture courtesy of Keith Wommack)

This question is tackled in a recent article by Keith Wommack, a syndicated columnist from Corpus Christi, Texas who focuses on the impact thought and spirituality have on health.

The article quotes Mark Hyman, M.D., author of Calm Your Mind, Heal Your Body, who said, “… the most powerful pharmacy in the world … is right between your ears!” Wommack then asks us to take this idea a bit further: “Healthier lifestyles might be found, not only in what’s between your ears, but, most importantly, in what’s between you and your God.”

He lists a number of divine characteristics that make for a healthy attitude and shares some steps on how to put this into practice.

The article spurred me to ask myself, “Does my attitude have the ‘identifying features of a spiritual consciousness – a divine attitude?'”

An interesting read: Do You Have A Healthy Attitude?

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Preparing for a health miracle

Keith Wommack (picture courtesy of Keith Wommack)
Keith Wommack (picture courtesy of Keith Wommack)

You almost have to read the title of his article twice, and even then, you may still wonder if you got it right.

Here’s the title: You are not prepared for a health miracle.

In this recent Houston Chronicle article, Keith Wommack of Corpus Christi, Texas — a self-syndicated columnist writing about health, thought, and spirituality — addresses the following questions:

    • What constitutes a miracle?
    • Does consciousness affect health?
    • Can prayer heal the sick?
    • What six things can help one prepare for a health miracle?

Read Wommack’s article by clicking here: You are not prepared for a health miracle.

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What is Mind?

John D. Clague (Picture courtesy of John D. Clague)
John D. Clague (Picture courtesy of John D. Clague)

Think about it for a minute. How would you answer this question?

What is mind?

John D. Clague from Salem, Oregon, who writes about spirituality and health, discusses this after hearing neurobiologist Dan Siegel open his talk at a Portland, Oregon conference on integrative medicine with the question.

Clague shares Siegel’s observation that in measuring the brain, science cannot find love as one of its functions. And what about consciousness or mind?

These are deep questions, and Clague’s article will get you thinking. To read his article, click here: What the Brain Isn’t – Mind or Love.

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Prescribing self-help books to improve mental health

General Practitioners in England are now free to try a drug-free, thought-based approach – prescribing self-help books – to improve the mental health of their patients.

Hear more about this in a short Christian Science Press Room video by Eric Bashor.

If you can’t play the video below, you can view it by clicking here.

To read the article cited, click here.
To read the study cited, click here.

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The curious case of Mr. Wright

The curious case of one Mr. Wright, suffering from advanced lymphosarcoma, who gets better and then worse and then better and then dies, reveals how what we think matters for our health.

Mr. Wright was a patient of psychologist Bruno Klopfer in 1957, had large tumors, and was expected to die from the disease. Mr. Wright gave a new drug called Krebiozen a try. Here’s how this sad but insightful case unfolded:

  • After receiving shots of Krebiozen over the course of several days, his tumors disappear.
  • Several months later after hearing news reports that question the effectiveness of the drug Mr. Wright has a relapse and is once again near death.
  • His doctor then tells him that the news reports were due to early shipments of the drug deteriorating and that this problem has been fixed. The doctor then gives him injections of water (a placebo). Mr. Wright becomes hopeful again and responds to the treatment (of just water).
  • But once again, after reading more news reports that indicate the drug is ineffective, Mr. Wright relapses again, is re-admitted to the hospital and in a couple of days, dies.

In her recent TEDx talk entitled, “Is There Scientific Proof We Can Heal Ourselves?” Lissa Rankin, M.D. asks, “Can the mind really heal the body?” Her account of Mr. Wright’s experience really makes one think and her entire talk is worth the time it takes to view.

If the video does not appear below, view it by clicking here.

To see the Noetic Institute’s Spontaneous Remission Bibliography, click here.
To read a more in-depth account of Mr. Wright’s experience, click here.
To see the study cited, click here.

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“Beam me up, Scotty”

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“McCoy’s syndrome” is defined, in an article¹ in a leading medical journal called The Lancet, as an excessive faith in medical technology (especially imaging), an absence of clinical reasoning and a lack of making emotional connections with the sick. The problem: frequent misdiagnosis.

Technological equipment in medicine helps physicians do their job better. But there can be a temptation to rely excessively or exclusively on a test result or image scan.

TRICORDER (Picture courtesy of Flickr user ted.sali)

The reference to McCoy’s syndrome is based on the fictional character named Dr. McCoy on a TV show called Star Trek in which the doctor diagnosed patients using a medical “tricorder” that scanned the patient and eliminated any need to discuss things with the patient or examine them any further. Take a reading, get a diagnosis.

But in real life, medical machinery today doesn’t accomplish this. And it may never do so. And one reason for this is that there is a mental component to health.

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Charles Darwin sees connection between thought and blushing

Blushing provides a great example, I think, of how consciousness can affect health. An emotional response in thought (e.g. feeling embarrassment) has a direct effect on the body – a change in blood flow seen as blushing in the face. I have found that through prayer, a change in thought resulting from feeling a connection to God, or feeling God’s love, can result in physical healing.

Charles Darwin (courtesy of flickr user shehal)

So I was pleasantly surprised to come across some of Charles Darwin’s writings about blushing in Chapter 13 of his book, The Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals (see pages 325-326). Now I’m not getting into any debate here between evolution and creationism. I’m just sharing interesting insights from a well-known and respected naturalist.

Darwin wrote (emphasis added by me), It is not the simple act of reflecting on our own appearance, but the thinking what others think of us, which excites a blush.

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Taming impossibility

What is now proved, was once only imagined.” – William Blake

Earlier this month Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of a new chemical structure called quasicrystals that researchers considered to be impossible. Initially the scientific community was reluctant to accept his discovery, to the point where he endured mockery and even expulsion from his research team. The Academy said that his discovery “fundamentally altered how chemists conceive of solid matter”. This recognition came with a $1.5 million award.

This news item got me to thinking about “possible” and “impossible”. It seems that we deem things to be impossible until we have evidence to the contrary. Man couldn’t fly, until of course, the Wright brothers proved that we could. It is impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes – or so we thought, until Roger Bannister did this.

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Happiness is healthy

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Don’t worry, be happy”. It’s a catchy tune sung by Bob Marley. Being healthy makes us happy. But did you know that being happy can help keep us healthy?

“Happy people live longer, probably because happiness protects physical health.”

This was the conclusion of a research paper by Dutch sociologist Ruut Veenhoven
in The Journal of Happiness Studies in 2008 that looked at 30 follow-up studies on happiness and its effect on health and longevity.

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