Prescriptions That Are Outside of the Doctor’s Toolbox

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You can also read and share this post from my syndicated blog, "Health Conscious" on The Metrowest Daily News. Patient-driven care, the mHealth movement, the fact that over a third of the population is willing to pay out of pocket for complementary and alternative medicine–this is today’s health care reality. From the latest health apps on their mobile devices to having direct access to their online medical records, more people are taking charge of their health. This attitude is reflected Continue Reading

Expect Good Health: A Conversation With Dr. Eva Selhub

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The following is a conversation I recently had with Dr. Eva M. Selhub, M.D. You can also read this on Huffington Post: Your Health: What's Love Got To Do With It? Dr. Selhub has lectured throughout the United States and Europe and has trained healthcare professionals from all over the world. She is the author of The Love Response (Ballantine 2009) and co-Author of Your Brain on Nature (Wiley 2012). Dr. Selhub is a Clinical Associate of the Benson Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at Continue Reading

A Prescription For Health Without Side-Effects

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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

When the Doctor Calls, Do They Ask If You Pray?

You can also read this post on my weekly syndicated blog, "Health Conscious" at MetroWest Daily News. Patient-centered care is the buzzword in the healthcare industry. More people today are online, asking questions, finding their own path to treatment and healthy outcomes. They're also recognizing the value of treatment that considers them as more than just a bunch of moving parts, but recognizes their spiritual and emotional well-being as well. Still, this trend may may not be catching on yet 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

Put a “Be” before Healthy

So often the emphasis is on the "doing" not the "being" when it comes to caring for one's health. People do all sorts of things, from taking daily medications to undergoing treatments and procedures to find out if they are healthy or not. Yet despite all these efforts, health can still be illusive. All this emphasis on the doing is adding up to a high-cost health care system in the U.S. According to a recent New York Times article, "When it comes to medical care, many patients and doctors Continue Reading

Healing from the Inside Out

Today's News & Culture update: A regular feature of this blog that follows current conversations on health care pointing to the powerful impact of thought and spirituality on physical health, as well as ways in which people are finding results outside of a traditional bio-medical approach to health care. Join the conversation and share your comments on these ideas. 6 Ways to Heal Your Inner Self Julie Silver, MD, writes: "One of the most important components of healing is recognizing Continue Reading

Winds of Change with Health Care

The following guest blog is written by my friend Steve Graham. Much of his career as an editor has been centered on spiritual reporting. He writes from his home in Natick, MA. It’s long been said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That old adage holds a lot of modern-day significance when it comes to health care—and health maintenance in particular. In his book “Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health,” Dr. H. Gilbert Welch notes a profound shift that Continue Reading

Is God “good for you”?

Today's News & Culture update: I listened to this Talk of Iowa public radio broadcast that explores the relationship between physical health and religion/spirituality. A doctor is interviewed on the program who says, "You absolutely cannot separate physical health from the mind/body/spirit. I have incredible technology at my fingertips, but ultimately my career has become more of a ministry in healing. When you're dealing with healing someone, not just treating them, you have to take into Continue Reading

Placebo’s power–even when you know it

Tuesday's News & Culture update: A recent placebo study that took place in Boston might just make you sit up and say, "What?!" It did for me. Typically patients aren't aware when they're given a placebo, yet in this instance, a woman was totally knowledgeable of the fake pills she was given to treat a longstanding ailment. She'd tried a lot of remedies, so when she got better through this acknowledged placebo treatment, she wanted more! Continue Reading