Your Health is not a Chess Match

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  Does it ever feel as though some chronic condition or dire diagnosis has you in check mate? Well, not so fast. You do have a say in the outcome. Dr. David Katz, President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, says we've known enough—for decades—how to prevent 80% of all chronic disease and premature death (through diet, exercise, etc.). Katz's new campaign is that we should use what we already know, and that those health care providers who are searching for new Continue Reading

Too Busy For Work-Life Balance?

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Ping, ping, ping. The sound of incoming text messages punctuates my flying fingers as I Google-chat my co-worker while maneuvering my iPhone to respond to the incoming texts. The messages are from our three kids. I balance my iPhone over my laptop and quickly type responses in and out of text bubbles while taking care not to message the wrong person. I enjoy my multi-tasking parenting role but the irony of my situation doesn’t escape me. My texts deliver advice about how our teenagers can Continue Reading

Women’s History Month: Mary Baker Eddy as a Pioneer in Health


March is Women's History month. This year's theme, according to the National Women's History Project site is: Celebrating Women's Character, Courage, and Commitment. The following blog honors an extraordinary woman in the 19th century who made significant contributions to spiritual and religious education as a teacher, writer, and leader. Her courage and commitment are clearly evident in the body of work she accomplished. Mary Baker Eddy was no ordinary woman. Behind her Victorian-era Continue Reading

Is That God Calling Me?

My Brigth Abyss

Guest blogger Kim Shippey is a full-time writer and editor in Boston. I have always loved Poetry magazine without realizing what an inspiring story lies behind the seesaw life experience of its editor for the past decade, Christian Wiman. His new book of essays, My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux), reveals that even through the secularism of his college days, which led to disillusionment and a break with his childhood church in West Texas, he never Continue Reading

Dr. David Rosmarin Says Spirituality and Faith Key to The Future of Mental Health

Everyone wants a piece of the future when it comes to health care. If only we could all peer ahead and find the golden key to better outcomes, cost-cutting, and patient-focused care. There are a lot of people ardently focused on those very outcomes. Yet, a significant part of the solution has “been around for ions,” Dr. David H. Rosmarin told me in a recent phone conversation. Health professionals have simply been ignoring it. What is this "golden key"? The power of a patient’s spirituality and Continue Reading

Life Lessons From the Golf Green


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. At this time of year, American baseball players are coming back to the plate; in Europe, cricketers and tennis pros are loosening their shoulders; and top golfers from many countries are assembling for the first Major of the season, the US Masters, to be played from April 11 to 14 among the azaleas Continue Reading

What Does it Take to Be a Wise Health Consumer?

More people are asking themselves this question in part because of the newly mandated healthcare law, or Affordable Care Act, and in part because health care in the United States isn't exactly delivering on the goods. “We have a disease care system, not a health care system," says Shannon Brownlee, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and author of Overtreated: Why Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer. “And the disease care system . . . if it really was honest with Continue Reading

A Holy Night

Today’s guest blog is written by Boston, MA resident, and longtime journalist, Kim Shippey. Kim enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, reading, and playing sports. He is currently a full-time writer and editor with the Christian Science Sentinel, a weekly print and online publication. Ingenious advances in medical research have taught us more in ten years than in ten decades about mental health, especially in areas such as acute depression, loss of memory, and post-traumatic and Continue Reading

Oprah Interviews Dr. Eben Alexander

Today's News&Culture update: For those of you who have been following the buzz on Dr. Eben Alexander's New York Times best-seller, "Proof of Heaven" you won't want to miss this hour-long interview with Oprah Winfrey on her Super-Soul Sunday series. Neurosurgeon Dr. Alexander's ideas and book have been featured on this blog several times in recent weeks. He came back from a coma and life-threatening disease with a new understanding of life, health, consciousness and faith. Perhaps you'll be 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