Universal Blessing, not Depression in the Christmas Season


Guest-blogger Kim Shippey has worked as a broadcast journalist in many countries. He is now a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Jacqueline Rudis recently observed in an article published by New York University’s Langone Medical Center that many people, health professionals and laymen alike, believe that depression, anxiety, and suicide rates rise during the Christmas season. The media often link suicides during this time of Continue Reading

A Prescription For Health Without Side-Effects


You can also read this post at Metrowest Daily News on my syndicated blog, "Health Conscious." Smiling people dance in a field of summer flowers under a blue sky without a care in the world. Then a fast, cheerful voice-over begins listing some pretty awful symptoms that could occur if you take the drug being advertised. Only the United States and New Zealand are permitted to directly advertise pharmaceutical drugs to consumers. These advertisements list side-effects that often sound far Continue Reading

Freedom at Summer Camp–Hogwarts Style


The following post is an adaptation of a blog I wrote on July 2, 2012. It's about managing the stresses of packed schedules from a prayerful perspective and the benefits of summer camp. But even if you don't go to camp or have a child at camp, I think there's a message here for everyone. You can also read this post on my weekly syndicated blog, “Health Conscious” at MetroWest Daily News. I’ve just emerged from the land of trunk-packing and clothes-labeling for my kids’ summer camp Continue Reading

This Summer, Grab a Hammock and Get Unplugged

As summer gets underway, so do vacations. But this year more people may be opting to do nothing and go no where. The "stay-cation" is catching on. And perhaps for good reason, given that 83% of Americans report feeling stressed at work. The cost of 24/7 connectivity for America's work force is evidenced by a marked increase in stress and anxiety levels from years past. Checking email, tweeting, Facebooking and answering work calls day or night, has some waking up to the power of being Continue Reading

What Does a Hug Have to do with Health?

The next time you hug someone you probably won't be thinking about how it benefits your health. Who does that? Yet, a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna shared a fun fact in honor of National Hug Day: hugging someone you care about can ease stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure and even boost memory. Another benefit? It keeps you warm in the cold winter months, which is apparently one reason for the day landing in January! Thursday is Valentine's Day in the United States--a day Continue Reading

Wearable Health

Is monitoring your health just a bracelet away? It's a 2013 trend that's catching on to people's wrists across the country. Similar to a trendy watch, these bands--like the Basis--monitor your sleep, heart rate, calories burned, body temperature, etc. With a USB or Bluetooth these gadgets send data right to your computer or smart phone, so you can monitor and track your stats. A friend of mine got a sleek white one as a Christmas gift and recently showed me how it worked. She was excited to Continue Reading

Real Answers about Anxiety

Since 1980 there's been a 1200% increase in anxiety in the U.S. making it one of the most common mental illnesses in America. Consider these statistics: In 2011, an estimated 117 million Americans were diagnosed with general anxiety disorder. Only 1/3 of those who suffer from anxiety seek help. Pharmaceutical companies reported some $661 million in sales of anxiety drugs in 2011. There are currently at least 26 new medications slated for the market targeting anxiety. Clearly, this is a Continue Reading

Online MD, Honesty, and Early-Risers

Today's News & Culture update: CNN.com: Be Careful When Diagnosing Your Ailments Online According to a recent report from the Pew Research Center, 80% of Internet users have looked up health information online. The study points out that the social life of health information is alive and kicking, motivated by two driving forces: 1) the availability of social tools and 2) the motivation, especially among people living with chronic conditions, to connect with each other. The problem is, Continue Reading

Health Without Side Effects

Today's News & Culture update: I read a recent Boston Globe article, Warning Patients of Drug Side-Effects May Trigger Symptoms, that puts a twist on drug side-effects related to the nocebo effect, sometimes referred to as the "evil twin" of the placebo effect. Globe health reporter Deborah Kotz writes, "Recent research has demonstrated that when doctors and nurses inform patients about a laundry list of symptoms that a drug can cause -- such as headaches, anxiety, dizziness, and nausea -- Continue Reading

Supermom: Can career women have their cake and eat it, too?

Women "having it all" has been trending on Twitter ever since the July cover story of The Atlantic Monthly came out and Marissa Mayer was named the new CEO for Yahoo. Only they seem to be sending mixed messages. Marissa is pregnant (expecting her first child in October) and left the Google giant (net worth pushing $200 billion) to take on the hefty job of turning Yahoo around (net worth $20 billion). She's also the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. The world is watching for nothing short Continue Reading